Top 5 Stage Performances to Stream This Weekend January 27-29
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, January 25, 2023  •  
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Even though in-person theatre and dance are back in full swing, in the name of accessibility, we're continuing to round up performances to watch online from the comfort of home. Our carefully curated list spotlights the five best options to stream this weekend, Friday, January 27 to Sunday, January 29, for free or at low cost.

Live from 54 Below: Love Song Saturday Night

Live-streaming Saturday, January 28 at 7 p.m. ET for $25

NYC cabaret impresario Scott Siegel presents this musical celebration of passion, with acclaimed vocalists crooning a wide variety of love songs. The lineup includes two-time Tony nominee Bob Stillman, chanteuse Anaïs Reno and Broadway veteran Michael Winther. Streaming live from the cabaret club's swanky stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

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Live From 54 Below: Sondheim Unplugged

Live-streaming on Sunday, January 29 at 7 p.m. ET for $25

Enjoy the latest installment of Sondheim Unplugged, a stripped-down concert series celebrating the late songwriting legend. Talented vocalists croon Sondheim tunes accompanied solely by piano alongside special guests Ramona Mallory and Marissa McGowan from 2009's A Little Night Music revival, and Lucia Spina and Alex Joseph Grayson from Broadway's recent production of Into the Woods. Live-streaming from 54 Below's swanky stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

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Live from 54 Below: 54 Sings the Glee Version

Live-streaming Sunday, January 29 at 9:45 p.m. ET for $25

Attention Gleeks! Cast members from hit Broadway musicals, including Justin David Sullivan from & Juliet, Bryson Jacobi Jackson from MJ the Musical, and Nina White and Fernell Hogan from Kimberly Akimbo belt out songs that Glee repopularized, from "Don't Stop Believing" to "Loser Like Me." Streaming live from the cabaret club's swanky stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

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Red Bull Theater: Animal Magnetism

Streaming until Sunday, January 29 for FREE (tickets are pay-what-you-wish)

NYC's Red Bull Theater, which revitalizes undersung classics, presents a reading of Elizabeth Inchbald's 18th-century farce Animal Magnetism, which was recorded live onstage. Two-time Tony nominee Brad Oscar stars at the Doctor, a pompous charlatan who's determined to force his beautiful ward Constance (Cara Ricketts) into wedlock. But she plans her escape and the Doctor's comeuppance with the help of her true love (Amir Arison) and his sly servant (the hilarious Carson Elrod). Jose Zayas directs.

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National Theatre at Home: King Lear Starring Ian McKellen

Streaming for $10 indefinitely 

In 2020, London's lauded National Theatre launched its own streaming service featuring professional stage captures of its productions. While you can buy a subscription, shows are also available to rent individually for 72 hours. New to the roster is King Lear starring Ian McKellen as the tragic royal in Shakespeare's moving and violent masterpiece about a family and state divided. Recorded live on stage in 2017, this critically acclaimed mounting is directed by Johnathan Munby and features McKellen in an unforgettable and heartbreaking performance as the misguided monarch. King Lear costs $10 and captions are available. It's just one of many fantastic National Theatre shows you can stream, so be sure to browse the entire list.

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Raven Snook is the Editor of TDF Stages. Follow her at @RavenSnook. Follow TDF at @TDFNYC.

Top image: Ian McKellen in Chichester Festival Theatre's King Lear, which is streaming this weekend. Photo by Manuel Harlan.




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