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The best live theater to stream online on August 6 and August 7

Theaters are closed for now, but you can find great stage stars and events live online today

By Adam Feldman

The current crisis has had a devastating effect on the performing arts. Broadway has shut down for at least the rest of 2020, and the ban on gatherings in New York extends to all other performance spaces as well. So the show must go online—and streaming video makes that possible. Here are some of the best theater, opera, dance and cabaret events you can watch today without leaving home, many of which will help you support artists and charities. Performances that go live today are at the top of the list; scroll past the daily listings to find events that can still be seen for a limited time and, below that, a bonus section of videos with no expiration dates. We update this page every day, so bookmark it for the latest information.   

The Homebound Project
Now (available through Sunday at 7pm EDT / midnight BST)
An extremely impressive roster of actors and writers lend their talents to this online initiative to raise money for No Kid Hungry, which helps feed children affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Founded by playwright Catya McMullen and director Jenna Worsham, each of the Homebound Project’s editions features new short dramatic works, directed by professionals; you can watch them in return for a donation of $10 or more. The actors in this final installment include Brian Cox, Laurie Metcalf, Janelle Monáe, Amanda Seyfried, Kelli O’Hara, Austin Pendleton and Ryan J. Haddad; among the writers are Craig Lucas, Stephen Karam, Lena Dunham, Lloyd Suh, Sylvia Khoury and Donnetta Lavinia Grays. Read more about it here.

Brian Cox | Photograph: Jack Latimer

Ice Factory: The Transit Ensemble: Who’s There?
Thursday 10am EDT / 2pm BST (live only)
Need a break from the summer heat? The cool curatorial heads of the New Ohio Theatre’s Ice Factory festival always provide a welcome breeze. In its month-long 27th edition, the fest is offering four new productions, performed virtually for runs of three or four days each. The third is the Transit Ensemble’s Who’s There, a devised work about the intersections of race, class, gender and otherness in the age of internet activism. The piece is performed live by artists in the United States, Singapore and Malaysia; Sim Yan Ying “YY” and Alvin Tan direct a diverse cast of six that includes YY herself along with Ghafir Akbar, Sean Devare, Rebekah Sangeetha Dorai, Neil Redfield and Camille Thomas. Reservations are required; the tickets are pay-what-you-will with a suggested price of $10.

Sim Yan Ying "YY" | Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

Playbill: Cuttin’ Up
Thursday noon EDT / 5pm BST (available through August 9)
A starry cast performs Charles Randolph-Wright’s Cuttin’ Up, a stage adaptation of Craig Matberry’s book Cuttin’ Up: Wit and Wisdom from Black Barber Shops. Joe Morton (Scandal), Blair Underwood (L.A. Law) and Dyllon Burnside (Pose) play three barbers from different generations, and Tisha Campbell (House Party) plays multiple customers. Carl Cofield directs a cast that also includes the comedian Godfrey, Charles Browning, Reynaldo Pniella and Marcel Spears. First shown in June, the reading is now getting an exclusive encore run on Playbill; all proceeds from the $10 suggested donations benefit the Classical Theatre of Harlem.

Joe Morton | Photograph: Bob D'Amico/ABC

Marie’s Crisis Virtual Piano Bar
Thursday 4pm–9:30pm EDT / 9pm–2:30am BST
The beloved West Village institution keeps the show tunes rolling merrily along every night of the week. Read all about it here. Join the Maries Group page on Facebook to watch from home, and don’t forget to tip the pianist and staff through Venmo. Tonight’s scheduled pianists are Alex Barylski (@Alexander-Barylski) and Adam Michael Tilford (@Adam-Tilford-1).

PlayBAC: Company SBB/Stefanie Batten Bland: A Place of Sun
Thursday 5pm EDT / 10pm BST (available for five days)
Baryshnikov Arts Center resumes its weekly series of videos from its archive of live dance, theater and music performances. This week’s offering is Stefanie Batten Bland 2012 piece A Place of Sun, created with artist Benjamin Heller as a response to BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill and set to choral music by Karol Szymanowski.

A Place of Sun | Photograph: Julieta Cervantes

Classic Conversations: Quincy Tyler Bernstine
Thursday 6pm EDT / 11pm BST
Artistic director John Doyle interviews artists associated with Classic Stage Company in this Thursday series, which usually includes at least one musical performance by the subject of the week. Today’s guest is the superb Off Broadway mainstay Quincy Tyler Bernstine, who has brought her wary, weary intelligence to productions including Ruined, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, 10 out of 12, Marys Seacole, Grand Concourse and CSC’s As You Like It.

Quincy Tyler Bernstine | Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Love Stories
Thursday 7pm EDT / midnight BST (available for one week)
Alvin Ailey’s groundbreaking company, now under the guidance of artistic director Robert Battle, continues its Ailey All Access program. This week’s offering is Love Stories (2004), a half-hour work created by Ailey mainstay Judith Jamison in collaboration with Battle and hip-hop dance pioneer Rennie Harris. Set to music by Stevie Wonder, the dance was featured in the 2006 TV special Beyond the Steps. 

Love Stories | Photograph: Gert Krautbauer

Brandy’s Piano Bar Benefit
Thursday 7pm EDT / midnight BST 
Staff members of the Upper East Side watering hole and piano bar Brandy’s raise some noise—and hopefully a little money—in this weekly August concert series to help keep the place going. Performers include Jennifer Pace, Jon Satrom, Joe Ardizzone, Gregg Goodbrod, Lauren Mufson and pianist John Bronston, joined by guest stars Erica Lustig, Tommy McDowell and Anne Steele.

Jennifer Pace | Photograph: Stewart Green

TRLive!: Gilbert L. Bailey II and Jessie Hooker Bailey
Thursday 7pm EDT / midnight BST 
In its informal Thursday-night series, Theatre Row provides a platform for its associated artists to reach audiences at home. This week’s guests are the married Broadway ensemblers Gilbert L. Bailey II (Beetlejuice) and Jessie Hooker-Bailey (Waitress). 

Gilbert L. Bailey II and Jessie Hooker Bailey | Photograph: Jeremy Daniel

Metropolitan Opera: Madama Butterfly
Thursday 7:30pm EDT / 12:30am BST (available for 23 hours)
The Met continues its immensely popular rollout of past performances, recorded in HD and viewable for free. A different archival production goes live at 7:30pm each night and usually remains online for the next 23 hours. Tonight’s selection is Anthony Minghella’s gorgeous staging of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, a tragic East-meets-West, East-loses-West story that borrows heavily from the plot of Miss Saigon. Kristine Opolais, Maria Zifchak, Roberto Alagna and Dwayne Croft star in this 2016 performance, conducted by Karel Mark Chichon. 

Madama Butterfly | Photograph: Ken Howard

Theater Breaking Through Barriers: Voices from the Great Experiment
Thursday 7:30pm EDT / 12:30am BST
Theater Breaking Through Barriers, whose productions prominently feature artists with disabilities, presents the second edition of its Virtual Playmakers’ Intensive. The company shares a new short play every evening through August 10. Tonight’s offering is Christopher Chan Roberson’s M-O-U-S-E, directed by Kimille Howard and featuring Scott Barton, Nayab Hussein, Ayako Ibaraki and Sean Phillips.

Stars in the House: Forbidden Broadway
Thursday 8pm EDT / 1am BST
Showtune savant and SiriusXM host Seth Rudetsky (Disaster!) and his husband, producer James Wesley, are the animating forces behind this ambitious and entertaining series to raise money for the Actors Fund. They play host to different theater stars in live, chatty interviews, interspersed with clips and songs. (Rudetsky is an expert at sussing out good stories.) Dr. Jon LaPook, the chief medical correspondent for CBS News, provides periodic updates on public health; surprise virtual visitors are common as well. Tonight’s episode, guest-hosted by Christine Pedi, welcomes Gerard Alessandrini, the creator of the affectionately acid-tongued parodic revue Forbidden Broadway, which has served as the Great White Way’s loyal opposition in multiple incarnations dating back to 1982. Joining him are multiple alums of the show, including Bryan Batt, Fred Barton, Brad Ellis, Jason Graae, Gina Kreiezmar, Bill Selby, Jenny Lee Stern, Michael West and Pedi herself.

Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation | Photograph: Caro Rosegg

Joe’s Pub: Kathryn Allison
Thursday 8pm EDT / 1am BST (available through August 12)
The essential downtown music hub Joe’s Pub continues its rollout of favorites from its archives. Tonight’s offering is the 2019 set by Broadway ensemble member Kathryn Allison that marked her first live performance of her debut album, Something Real, in which she covers R&B and jazz favorites. 

Kathryn Allison | Photograph: Drake’s Takes

Seize the Show: All About Evil
Thursday 8pm EDT / 1am BST (live only)
The virtual theater-game company Seize the Show returns with a new interactive adventure, this one a murder mystery set in a world of backstabbing backstage Broadway drama. As always, the company uses its own technology (which it calls Gamiotics) to let audiences make collective choices that affect the direction and outcome of the story. Actor Jacob Thompson—who co-wrote the episode with David Carpenter, Kevin Hammonds and Caroline Prugh—is the genial host. The show will be performed again tomorrow night; tickets cost $10.

Jacob Thompson | Photograph: Peter Hurley

Eden Theater Company: The Bathroom Plays
Thursday 8pm EDT / 1am BST 
The female-forward Eden Theater Company concludes its monthly series of original short plays, written by emerging playwrights to be performed on Zoom. Each edition is organized around a different room. This one, about bathrooms, is 45 minutes long and comprises works by Amy Berryman, E. E. Adams and Brennan Vickery. Donations to the Equal Justice Initiative are encouraged. 

E. E. Adams | Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

Confessions of a Prairie Terror
8pm EDT / 1am BST (live only)
Best known for playing evil little Nellie Oleson on Little House on the Prairie, actor and activist Alison Arngrim spills the tea about her days as a child star in this late-night 30-minute online version of the popular solo show, Confessions of a Prairie Bitch, that she has been performing off and on for 15 years. Tickets cost $10, and virtual seating is limited.

Alison Arngrim // Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

Stanford TAPS: Cerulean
Thursday 9pm EDT / 2am BST (live only)
Director Kari Barclay and nine students from Stanford’s Department of Theater and Performance Studies present a new play that they have collectively devised with Zoom performance in mind. The story centers on the founder of a social-media platform that emphasizes vulnerability. The show is free but reservations are required; it will be streamed once a night through Saturday. 

Cerulean | Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

San Francisco Magic Theatre Gala: Springing Forward
Thursday 9pm EDT / 2am BST (live only)
San Francisco’s Magic Theatre, which was home to Sam Shepard at the peak of his career, holds a virtual fundraising gala. The main honorees are longtime S.F. arts-grant czar Kary Schulman and departing artistic director Loretta Greco; guests include Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Taylor Mac, Mfonsio Udofia and Lloyd Suh. 

The Road Theatre Company: Summer Playwrights Festival
Thursday 9pm EDT / 2am BST (available for 24 hours)
Los Angeles’s Road Theatre Company takes its 11th annual Summer Playwrights Festival online, offering 26 readings of new plays and shorts over the course of three weeks. A donation of $15 is suggested per event, and can be contributed here. The festival continues tonight with Lisa B. Thompson’s Dinner, about a fraught meal at which an African-American woman introduces her middle-class parents to those of her rich Nigerian fiancé. Jayongela Wilder directs.

Lisa B. Thompson | Photograph: Ricardo B. Brazziell

Let Them Eat Cake: MILFs and Daddies
Thursday 9pm EDT / 2am BST (live only)
The weekly Zoom-in Let The Eat Cake showcases the talents of aerialists, dancers, polers and burlesque artists. Elena Delgado hosts this week’s episode, which is devoted to respecting your sexy elders. The company is requesting donations of $10 or more for tickets, which you can buy through Venmo at @ltecakenyc; send a direct message to @ltecakenyc on Instagram for the password to attend. A portion of this week’s proceeds will benefit Planned Parenthood.

Elena Delgado | Photograph: Allison Stock

The Muny: The Muny 2020 Summer Variety Hour Live!
Thursday 9:15pm EDT / 2:15am BST (live only)
The St. Louis Municipal Opera Theatre, known to all as the Muny, is the biggest and oldest outdoor musical-theater venue in the United States, and it usually mounts multiple productions every summer in its 11,000-seat amphitheater. Since that’s out of the question this year, the company is creating weekly online specials (through August 17) that include highlights from past seasons, cast reunions and live song-and-dance material recorded remotely. Tonight’s third episode includes scenes from Les Misérables, South Pacific, Newsies and All Shook Up, new performances by Beth Leavel, Adam Heller, Julie Hanson and Michael James Scott, a reunion of the 2018 cast of Annie and dance numbers choreographed by Marjorie Failoni and Jon Rua, plus an episode of the game show Munywood Squares with guest stars E. Faye Butler, J. Harrison Ghee, Ann Harada, Raymond J. Lee, Vicki Lewis, Steve Rosen, Jeffrey Schecter, John Scherer and Christopher Sieber. (The show is broadcast live on Monday and rerun once on Thursday night.)

Les Misérables | Photograph: Phillip Hamer

The Moth: Out of the Blue: Stories of Surprise
Thursday 10pm EDT / 3am BST (live only)
The most trusted name in storytelling, the Moth, is drawn now to the flame of Zoom—which might actually be a good medium for the group’s intimate genre. This mainstage edition, hosted by Jon Goode, features tales of the unexpected. The ticket price is $15 and ticket sales end at 7pm EDT.

Cirque du Soleil
Friday 3pm EDT / 8pm BST
As part of its ongoing CirqueConnect series, the Québécois neocircus behemoth Cirque du Soleil offers weekly hour-long specials of highlights from its past spectaculars. 

Elemental Women: Meet Me at Dawn
Friday 3pm EDT / 8pm BST (live only)
Scotland’s Broghanne Jessamine is based in New York City, where she has co-founded the company Elemental Women. In tonight’s Zoom reading, she reaches back across the Atlantic to act opposite fellow expat actor Yasmin Harvey (who has returned to Scotland) in Zinnie Harris’s Meet Me at Dawn, a fable of same-sex love and grief. Reservations are required and a donation of $10–$20 is requested, part of which will be split with two LGBTQ+ organizations: the Center in NYC and Stonewall in the U.K. 

Broghanne Jessamine | Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

Marie’s Crisis Virtual Piano Bar
Friday 4pm–9:30pm EDT / 9pm–2:30am BST
See Thursday 4pm. Tonight’s scheduled pianists are Kenney Green (@KenneyGreenMusic) and Brandon James Gwinn (@brandonjamesg).

Virtual Halston: Colman Domingo, Jane Monheit and Jessica Vosk
Friday 5pm EDT / 10pm BST
The divinely daffy Julie Halston suggests a cross between Teri Garr and Thelma Ritter, and her career includes many shows as Charles Busch's longtime muse as well as memorable supporting turns in such Broadway productions as Gypsy, You Can’t Take it With You and Tootsie. Now she hosts a weekly half-hour talk show, and why not? She’s one of the city’s most amusing talkers. Her guests on this episode are writer-performer Colman Domingo, jazz chanteuse Jane Monheit and Broadway vocal powerhouse Jessica Vosk. 

Jessica Vosk | Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

The Kitchen: Autumn Knight 
Friday 6pm EDT / 11pm BST 
In the third installment of her virtual residency at the Chelsea arts center, performance artist Autumn Knight putters around the mostly empty Kitchen—with sound and camera artists capturing her from a safe distance—in a live, space-filling improvisation that lasts for several strangely compelling hours. (To get a sense of the piece’s style, check out her first and second episodes.)  

Autumn Knight | Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

Play Reading Fridays: The Understudy
Friday 7pm EDT / midnight BST
The Actors Fund’s weekly series of readings continues with a look back at Theresa Rebeck’s 2008 backstage comedy The Understudy, a three-hander about a star, his bitter standby and a stage manager who is barely managing to keep things together. The cast comprises Lesli Margherita (Matilda), Andrew Kober (Hair) and Jawan M. Jackson (Ain’t Too Proud); a talkback with Rebeck and the actors follows the performance. 

Lesli Margherita | Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

Bristol Riverside Theatre Summer Music Fest: A Night at the Movies
Friday 7pm EDT / midnight BST (live only)
Pennsylvania’s Bristol Riverside Theatre offers a virtual edition of its annual concert series, Summer Music Fest. Each of the three shows is recorded and broadcast three times. This month’s selection is A Night at the Movies, in which singers Demetria Joyce Bailey, Rebecca Robbins and Sean Thompson add their vocal polish to silver-screen tunes from “Stormy Weather” to “Moon River” and beyond. Keith Baker serves as host and music director; tickets cost $35, which will help the Bucks County company collect some much-needed bucks. 

Metropolitan Opera: Parsifal
Friday 7:30pm EDT / 12:30am BST (available for 23 hours)
See Thursday 7:30pm. Tonight’s selection, which predates the HD era, is a 1992 broadcast of Wagner’s 1882 Holy Grail opera Parsifal, based on the same epic poem by the medieval German knight Wolfram von Eschenbach that also inspired the composer’s earlier Lohengrin. Siegfried Jerusalem sings the title role, flanked by Waltraud Meier, Bernd Weikl and Kurt Moll. James Levine conducts.  

Parsifal | Photograph: Metropolitan Opera Archives

Theater Breaking Through Barriers: Voices from the Great Experiment
Friday 7:30pm EDT / 12:30am BST
See Thursday 7:30pm. TBTB’s virtual festival continues this evening with Chris Phillips’s Cloudbusting, directed by Stuart Green and featuring Jen Bradley, Richard Lear and Dan Teachout. 

The Know Theatre: Feast.
Friday 8pm EDT / 1am BST (available for 24 hours)
Cincinnati’s Know Theatre presents a six-week virtual run of Megan Gogerty’s Feast., which casts a sympathetic eye on Grendel’s Mother, the fearsome lake monster who seeks to avenge the death of her son in the Old English epic Beowulf. Jennifer Joplin performs the solo show, directed by Tamara Winters, at 8pm on Wednesdays through Saturdays and at 3pm on Sundays though September 20. Seating is limited and reservations are required; tickets cost $15–$25 (except on Wednesdays, which cost $5 in advance but are free on the day of the show). For an extra $10, if you order at least a week in advance, you can request an edible vegan snack that will be delivered to you by mail to augment the interactive experience. 

Feast. | Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

City Garage: right left with heels
Friday 8pm EDT / 1am BST (available though August 12)
The experimental-theater company City Garage has been blowing minds in Santa Monica, California, since the 1980s. Now the company is sharing archival recordings of some of its best-received past productions. The unusual right left with heels, by Poland’s Sebastian Majweski, follows a pair of shoes from their gruesome origin in a Nazi death camp—where they were created especially for the wife of Joseph Goebbels—through decades of tumultuous Polish history. Frédérique Michel directs this well-received 2016 production, which stars Lindsay Plake and Alexa Yeames.

right left with heels | Photograph: Paul Rubenstein

Seize the Show: All About Evil
Friday 8pm EDT / 1am BST (live only)
See Thursday 8pm.

Stars in the House: Brenda Braxton and friends
Friday 8pm EDT / 1am BST
See Thursday 8pm. Tonight the show is guest-hosted by Broadway veteran Brenda Braxton (Smokey Joe’s Cafe), who celebrates her birthday with guests including Donna Marie Asbury and Amra-Faye Wright.

Brenda Braxton | Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

Great Performances: In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams
Friday 9pm EDT (available for one month in U.S. only)
The PBS channel WNET, one of New York City's most cherished cultural resources, is reopening its vault to offer access to several Great Performances recordings of major theatrical productions. This documentary traces Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of In the Heights over the course of several months before the musical’s 2008 Broadway debut, and includes substantial footage of that production. The show will be televised on PBS tonight, and will be viewable on the Great Performances website. 

In the Heights | Photograph: Joan Marcus

The Road Theatre Company: Summer Playwrights Festival
Friday 9pm EDT / 2am BST
See Thursday 9pm. Tonight’s reading is Corey Hinkle’s All the Good in the World, in which a well-meaning North Dakota priest invites trouble when he lets an ex-con move into his family home. Cameron Watson directs. 

Stanford TAPS: Cerulean
Friday 9pm EDT / 2am BST (ive only)
See Thursday 9pm. 

Mirrorbox Theatre: We Don’t Bury Cars
Friday 9pm EDT / 2am BST (live only)
Based in Cedar Rapids, Mirrorbox Theatre bills itself as Iowa’s only company exclusively dedicated to presenting new plays in their state premieres. In its Out of the Box series, the company presents free Zoom readings of contemporary plays every Friday night. Tonight’s offering is Jerrod Jordahl’s We Don’t Bury Cars, about a man in mourning after his son’s fatal overdose. Mirrorbox artistic director Cavan Hallman directs a cast that includes Dennis Barnett, Mic Evans, Marty Norton and Mike Spara. Seating is limited and advance registration is required.

Mike Spara | Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

Ice Factory: The Transit Ensemble: Who’s There? 
Friday 10pm EDT / 3am BST (live only)
See Thursday 10am.

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Così fan tutte
Photograph: Courtesy Ken Howard

Così fan tutte (Metropolitan Opera)

Through August 7 at 5pm EDT / 10pm BST 
In addition to its nightly full productions, the Met offers an additional free opera from its Live in HD series every Wednesday through its Free Student Streams program. The videos stay live for 48 hours, and supplemental materials help newcomers unpack each offering. This week's study subject is Mozart’s saucy Così fan tutte, set by director Phelim McDermott in 1950s Coney Island. David Robertson conducts this 2018 performance, which stars Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, Adam Plachetka, Christopher Maltman and Broadway’s Kelli O’Hara. 

The End of TV
Photograph: Judy Rosenthal

The End of TV (Manual Cinema)

Through August 9
The  Chicago collective Manual Cinema (Ada/Ava) combines shadow puppetry and filmic techniques to create virtuosic immersive theater experiences. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the company is sharing four full shows from its archives in a month-long series it is calling Retrospectacular! Each show remains viewable for free for one week. The second is 2017’s The End of TV, an exploration of existence and advertising that is set in a 1990s Rust Belt town and accompanied by a five-piece band.

The Wooster Group in rehearsal for Harold Pinter's The Room (2015)
Photograph: Paula Court

The Room (Wooster Group)

Through August 10
The Wooster Group has been in the front lines of postmodern, tech-forward, intensely detailed avant-garde performance in America for 45 years now, so in some ways the company's work lends itself well to sharing on the internet. As a gift to experimental-theater fans at home, the Woosters have streamed multiple videos from their archives. This one is a 2015 rehearsal recording of their take on Harold Pinter's 1957 debut play, The Room, the first of three Pinter pieces that the company is developing. Company leader Elizabeth LeCompte directs; the cast includes Ari Fliakos, Philip Moore, Scott Renderer, Suzzy Roche and the peerless Kate Valk.

Jekyll & Hyde (Old Vic)
Photograph: Manuel Harlan

Jekyll & Hyde| (Old Vic)

Through August 12 at 2pm EDT / 7pm BST
London’s stately Old Vic has been around for more than 200 years, most recently under the stewardship of director Matthew Warchus. While the 1,000-seat venue is closed to in-the-flesh audiences, it has been sharing various kinds of virtual programming, including live broadcasts as well as free archival recordings on its YouTube channel. This week, the company shares choreographer Drew McOnie’s 2016 dance thriller Jekyll & Hyde, which crossbreeds Robert Louis Stevenson’s gothic Victorian novella with Little Shop of Horrors and sets it to new music by Grant Olding. The cast is led by Daniel Collins, Tim Hodges and Rachel Muldoon.

A dance in Graciela Daniele's Cada Noche...Tango
Photograph: Rachel Neville

Cada Noche...Tango (Ballet Hispánico)

Through August 12 at 7pm EDT / midnight BST 
The venerable Ballet Hispánico, which was to celebrate its 50th birthday with a two-week run at the Joyce in April, continues its virtual program, B Unidos. Most of its offerings are on Instagram Live, but its weekly watch parties of archival favorites are the exception. The latest offering is Graciela Daniele’s Cada Noche...Tango, a 1988 portrait of Buenos Aires nightlife in the 1920s and 1930s set to music by the modern Argentine tango king Astor Piazzolla.

Renée Fleming
Photograph: Andrew Eccles

Renée Fleming (Met Stars Live in Concert)

Through  August 12
Even as it continues its nighty streams of full productions, the Metropolitan Opera broadens its scope with a new series of live recitals every other Saturday by top classical vocalists from around the world. Met queen Renée Fleming continues the series with a concert that she performs at the Dumbarton Oaks Museum in Washington, D.C. Christine Goerke hosts the broadcast, which is shot with multiple cameras and directed remotely by Gary Halvorston, who has overseen the Met’s Live in HD transmissions. The program, accompanied by Robert Ainsley on piano, includes arias by Puccini, Massnet and Handel. Tickets cost $20, and each edition in the series remains viewable on demand for a week and a half after the live performance.   

Nathan Lee Graham
Photograph: Andrew Werner

Night of a Thousand Judys

Through August 14
Queer leader Justin Sayre is the writer and host of this eighth celebration of ultradiva Judy Garland. The terrific lineup of guests includes Alice Ripley, Ann Harada, Lena Hall, Nathan Lee Graham, Adam Pascal, Jessica Vosk, Natalie Douglas, Ann Hampton Callaway, Eva Noblezada, Beth Malone, George Salazar, L Morgan Lee, T. Oliver Reid, Spencer Day, Billy Stritch and Bright Light Bright Light. Music-directed by Tracy Stark, the show is a benefit for the Ali Forney Center, which helps homeless LGBTQ+ youth. Friends of Dorothy should not miss it.

Same Time, Next Year
Photograph: Courtesy Guild Hall

Same Time, Next Year (Guild Hall)

Through August 16
In this benefit for the East Hampton arts center Guild Hall, A-list actors Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin perform Bernard Slade’s hit 1975 two-hander Same Time, Next Year, which follows an adulterous affair through a quarter-century of changes. Bob Balaban directs this one-night-only virtual performance. The live performance cost $100, but a recording of it is now available on demand for $10.

Danyel Fulton in Broadbend, Arkansas
Photograph: Carol Rosegg

Broadbend, Arkansas (Transport Group)

Through August 16
The Transport Group, whose consistently fine work has earned it special honors from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle and the Drama Desks, streams a recording of its original 2019 musical Broadbend, Arkansas, which follows three generations of an African-American family in the South as it grapples with questions of civil rights, economic inequality and police brutality. The music is by Ted Shen, and the libretto is by Ellen Fitzhugh and Harrison David Rivers. Jack Cummings III directs a cast led by Justin Cunningham and Danyel Fulton. Contributions to the Black Theatre Network are encouraged. 

Kevin Augustine in The God Projekt
Photograph: Richard Termine

The God Projekt (Untitled Theater Company #61)

Through August 16
Edward Einhorn’s Untitled Theater Company #61 shares a treasure from its archives: The God Projekt, Kevin Augustine’s extraordinary mash-up of gruesome puppets, Borscht Belt humor and theological fantasy. Co-written and co-directed with Einhorn, this 2013 work imagines the Supreme Being as a ghoulish Beckettian wraith trying to maintain order in his celestial office. “Augustine takes his sweet time unfolding his indictment, and God's bumbling routine can make you impatient,” wrote Helen Shaw in her Time Out review. “Looking back, though, it's one of the most startlingly intense shows I've seen.” 

And So We Come Forth: The Apple Family: A Dinner on Zoom
Photograph: Jason Ardizzone-West

And So We Come Forth: The Apple Family: A Dinner on Zoom

Through August 26
In this original microdrama, created during the current pandemic crisis, writer-director Richard Nelson continues his exhaustive chronicle of middle-class, middle-aged family life in Rhinebeck, New York, as previously explored in five plays about the Apple family,
three about the Gabriels and one about the Michaels. Here he returns to the Apple tree, last seen in late-April quarantine in the Zoom play What Do We Need to Talk About?, to see how they are holding up. The wonderful original cast returns yet again to spin their ensemble magic: Jay O. Sanders, Maryann Plunkett, Laila Robins, Sally Murphy and Stephen Kunken. Donations to the Actors Fund are encouraged.

Shantala Shivalingappa: Bhairava
Photograph: Kes Tagney

Shantala Shivalingappa: Bhairava

Through August 27
The Joyce Theater hosts a continuous rotation of top dance companies from across the country and around the world. Now the Chelsea venue is sharing archival recordings by artists who have appeared there. This offering is Shantala Shivalingappa’s 13-minute Bhairava, an evocation of the Hindu deity set to music by Ramesh Jetty and performed site-specifically in the ancient Indian village of Hampi. 

Present Laughter
Photograph: Joan Marcus

Present Laughter (Great Performances)

Through August 29 (U.S. only)
The PBS channel WNET, one of New York City's most cherished cultural resources, is reopening its vault to offer free access to several Great Performances recordings of major theatrical productions. Kevin Kline pops bon mots like bonbons as an egotistical actor in this splendid 2017 Broadway revival of Noël Coward's witty 1939 comedy, directed by Moritz Von Stuelpnagel. Kline deservedly won his third Tony Award for this performance; the marvelous party of a supporting cast includes Cobie Smulders, Kate Burton, Kristine Nielsen and Reg Rogers. 

Alice: A Virtual Theme Park
Photograph: Courtesy of the artists

Alice: A Virtual Theme Park (Creation Theatre)

Through August 30 at 2pm EDT / 7pm BST
After a successful virtual run of The Tempest earlier in the pandemic season, Creation Theatre and Big Telly Theatre Company reteam for a Zoomed-up adaptation of another milestone of English lit: Lewis Carroll’s Alice books. Adapter-director Zoe Seaton has devised the piece with a company of seven actors (led by Leda Douglas as Alice), with an assist from playwright Charlotte Keatley in the tea-party scene. The show is performed live ten times a week through August 30. Tickets are limited and cost £20 (about $25) per device. 

Alison Pill
Photograph: Catie Laffoon

The Line (Public Theater)

Through September 1
The ever civic-minded Public Theater commissioned this moving and illuminating original work by documentary-theater creators Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen (The Exonerated), based on interviews with medical first responders during the COVID-19 crisis. Blank directs the play, which stars Santino Fontana, Arjun Gupta, John Ortiz, Alison Pill, Nicholas Pinnock, Jamey Sheridan and Lorraine Toussaint. The great Aimee Mann contributes an original song.

Nathan Funn and Kelli O'Hara in Carousel (2013)
Photograph: Chris Lee

Carousel (Live from Lincoln Center)

Through September 8 at 8pm EDT / 1am BST
Like many Rodgers and Hammerstein shows, 1945's Carousel is darker than many people remember. In 19th-century Maine, the moony Julie Jordan is drawn, moth to flame, to the charismatic carnival barker Billy Bigelow; their unhappy marriage is set against a seemingly idyllic seaside world of busting-out-all-over Junes and real nice clambakes. Although Billy's domestic violence is treated as a deep moral failure, the show's treatment of the question understandably raises hackles. But this 2013 New York Philharmonic concert staging, recorded for Live From Lincoln Center, offers a stately and stirring account of the material, flawed though it may be. Top Broadway stars (Kelli O’Hara as Julie, Jessie Mueller and Jason Danieley as the secondary couple, John Cullum as the Starkeeper) share the stage with opera headliners (Nathan Gunn as Billy, Stephanie Blythe as Julie's close cousin Nettie).


Bernadette Peters in Into the Woods
Photograph: Courtesy BroadwayHD

The best musicals now on BroadwayHD

The streaming service BroadwayHD offers roughly 300 whole, high-quality, professionally filmed live theater performances from Broadway, London's West End and beyond, including Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with GeorgeThe Phantom of the Opera, Bob Fosse's Pippin and Hugh Jackman in Oklahoma! For new subscribers, the first week is free. Here are the musicals currently featured there that you won't want to miss.

The 35 best Tony Awards performances of all time


The Tony Awards provide a national showcase and public record of performances that are otherwise local and fleeting, and the most memorable numbers from Broadway musicals on the Tonys can echo in theater history for decades to come. But which are the best of the best? We've surveyed every televised number from a nominated musical or musical revival since the very first Tony telecast in 1967 to create this list of the all-time classics.

Photograph: Mari Uchida

Adirondack Theatre Festival

The annual Adirondack Theatre Festival in Glens Falls, New York, has been called off this year, but the not-for-profit group is inventively filling what would have been its entire summer season, through August 7, with on-demand offerings. A donation of $50 or more gets you access to all the shows on the menu. The offerings include full concert performances of Nikko Benson and Benjamin Halstead’s electropop musical Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat, Douglas Lyons and Ethan Pakchar’s funk-folk musical Beau, Emily Goodson and Jeremy Schonfeld’s musical comedy Calling All Kates, and Creighton Irons and Douglas Lyons’s sad-romance tuner The Moon & the Sea. Also featured are the nonmusical comedies The Banana Tree and Kalamazoo, magic shows by Simon Coronel, Max Major and Jonathan Burns, and cabaret concerts by Brian Charles Rooney and others. (Cheeyang Ng and Khiyon Hursey bilingual musical Eastbound is available only from July 16 through July 23.)


Broadway Bares 2019
Photograph: Billy Bustamente

Broadway Bares: Zoom In

Broadway players get extra playful at the beloved annual burlesque extravaganza Broadway Bares, where the Great White Way's hottest chorus guys and gals bump and grind to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The benefit can't be held in the flesh this year, so Broadway's sexy feast of titillations and assistance is offering a virtual edition that includes new routines recorded remotely as well as video highlights from past editions of Broadway Bares. (Click here to see photos of recent Broadway Bares events.) You can watch it on the Broadway Bares website or through one of the event's many media partners, including Time Out.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is Alexander Hamilton and Leslie Odom, Jr. is Aaron Burr in HAMILTON, the filmed version of the original Broadway production.
Photograph: Courtesy Disney+

Hamilton (Disney+)

Perhaps you have heard of a Broadway musical called Hamilton? Perhaps you have been wishing to see it? Or see it again? Or see it over and over and over, again and again and again, until you know every note, every gesture, every rotation of the turntable as well as you know the proverbial back of your hand? Well, friend, today is your day. The film of the original Broadway production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hurricane of a musical is streaming on Disney+, some 15 months ahead of schedule. Have at it! Full details are here.

Robbie Fairchild in In This Life
Photograph: Daniel D’Ottavio

In This Life (All Arts)

The terrific dancer Robbie Fairchild has been on an odyssey of self-discovery in the past few years that has taken him, among other things, from New York City Ballet principal to Broadway leading man (An American in Paris) and cinematic Muskustrap (Cats). Now he ventures into the realm of digital short films with In This Life, an exploration of grief that he has co-created with director Bat-Sheva Guez. The piece is divided, à la Kübler-Ross, into five sections, with a different choreographer for each: James Alsop, Warren Craft, Andrea Miller, Christopher Wheeldon and Fairchild himself. 

Assumed Positions (The Fire This Time Festival)
Photograph: Garlia Jones

Fire This Time Festival (All Arts: House Seats)

WNET’s All Arts platform presents a collection of short plays by seven writers: Cyrus Aaron, Niccolo Aeed, Natyna Bean, Tyler English-Beckwith, Jay Mazyck, Deneen Reynolds-Knott and Mario (Mars) Wolfe. Filmed earlier this year, this event was the centerpiece of the 11th annual edition of the Fire This Time Festival, which showcases early-career African-American playwrights. The full collection is only viewable in the United States, but All Arts is also rolling out one playlet at 10am every day (starting August 2) on the All Arts YouTube channel.

Judy Collins at piano
Photograph: Miller Mobley

Judy Collins (Live with Carnegie Hall)

Carnegie Hall continues its online series with a live concert-and-interview set by Judy Collins, who sings with a radiant decency that verges on holiness and uses her voice like a fine crystal vessel: to elevate and beautify but also to expose. A folk-pop icon since the 1960s, she has appeared at Carnegie Hall more than 50 times. Joining her for this virtual engagement are Shawn Colvin, Alan Cumming, Steve Earle and Jimmy Webb; expect Collins originals as well as songs by Stephen Sondheim, whose "Send in the Clowns" she made into an unlikely popular hit in 1975. 

Kerry O'Malley
Photograph: Peter Konerko

Scott Siegel's Great American Songbook Concert: Volume 7

Cabaret producer Scott Siegel, well known for his multiple concert series at the Town Hall and Feinstein’s/54 Below, has developed a promising model for his virtual programming: He crowdsources funding in advance so he can actually pay the performers who are singing remotely. In this seventh episode, recorded and edited in advance, Siegel serves as host for a lineup that includes Karen Ziemba, Emily Skinner, Kerry O’Malley, Tony DeSare, Mark Nadler, Michael Winther, Ben Jones, Dongwoo Kang, Q-Lim, Anais Reno and Luana Psaros.

Yvonne Roen in Performance for One
Photograph: Courtesy Arthur Cornelius

Performance for One

Writer-director Edward Einhorn’s suggestive microplay about memory and connection was originally performed as a brief encounter between one actor and one audience member at a time. Now Einhorn has adapted it so that homebound viewers can connect with actors via Skype, with the 1:1 ratio intact. It’s an unusually intimate experience, and a lovely way to feel a personal connection through theater. Email Einhorn directly to book a slot; it is currently being performed by Yvonne Roen, for whom it was written. Tickets cost $25.

Hi Bi
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

Hi Bi (Hot! Festival)

Margot Mejia’s Hi Bi is a full-length bisexual love story that has been recorded remotely and painstakingly edited. Originally presented as part of the 2020 edition of Dixon Place's LGBTQ-themed Hot! Festival, the play can now be watched on its own website.

Patina Miller
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

#WhileWeBreathe: A Night of Creative Protest

Performers, writers and directors join forces virtually to share original short works created in response to the current antiracist movement. The cast comprises Birgundi Baker, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Bryan Terrell Clark, Neil Brown Jr, Keith Eric Chappelle, Kevin R. Free, Alfie Fuller, Marcus Henderson, Chris Herbie Holland, Ty Jones, Patina Miller, Lori Elizabeth Parquet, Esau Pritchett, Michele Shay, Hailey Stone, Will Swenson, TL Thompson and Lynn Whitfield.  Proceeds benefit the  NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Bail Project and other charitable organizations. 

837 Venice Boulevard (2008)
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

837 Venice Boulevard (HERE)

The downtown arts complex HERE shares 837 Venice Boulevard, Faye Driscoll’s humorous and direct 2008 dance-theater piece about the construction of personal identity.

Audra McDonald
Photograph: Allison Michael Orenstein

Audra McDonald (Live with Carnegie Hall)

Carnegie Hall continues its online series with a live concert-and-interview set by the great Broadway leading lady and Tony hoarder Audra McDonald, a dazzling interpreter whose virtuosic technique doesn’t get in the way of her natural warmth. Expect some recent additions to her repertoire. Joining her is CBS Sunday Morning wag Mo Rocca and musical director Andy Einhorn. 

Christina Bianco
Photograph: Darren Bell

Christina Bianco: Lockdown Live! Concerts for a Cause

Christina Bianco is a comic firecracker with a pyrotechnic voice and a great gift for mimicry, which broke her out when a video of her performing "Total Eclipse of the Heart"—as sung by 19 different divas—went megaviral. Last year, she earned rave reviews as Fanny Brice in a revival of Funny Girl in Paris. In this YouTube benefit concert, she delves into her deep reserves of vocal impersonations to raise money for TDF's Lifeline Campaign, with guest help from her erstwhile Forbidden Broadway costar Michael West.

Hailey Kilgore
Photograph: Jeffrey Mosier

Project Sing Out!: A Benefit for Arts Education

Hailey Kilgore, who made a memorable Broadway debut in the 2017 Broadway revival of Once on This Island when she was just 18, corrals a terrific lineup of fellow musical-theater lights to raise funds for the Educational Theatrical Foundation, which supports arts education in low-income communities and communities of color. Hosted by Playbill, the event includes performances and appearances by Lea Salonga, LaChanze, Brandon Victor Dixon, Javier Muñoz, Ruthie Ann Miles, Ali Stroker, Saycon Sengbloh, Colman Domingo, Chita Rivera, Don Cheadle, Vanessa Williams, Audra McDonald and Will Swenson, Jordan Fisher, Jenna Ushkowitz, Peppermint, Jamie Brewer, Celia Rose Gooding, Adam Jacobs, Ana Villafañe, Rodney Hicks, Jon Rua, Telly Leung, Quentin Earl Darrington, Jelani Alladin, Robin Roberts, Whoopi Goldberg, Eden Espinosa, Nikki Renée Daniels, George Salazar and many more.  

André De Shields
Photograph: Lia Chang

André De Shields (Classic Conversations)

Artistic director John Doyle interviews artists associated with Classic Stage Company in this Thursday series, which usually includes at least one musical performance by the subject of the week. Today’s guest is the sly André De Shields, Broadway's original Wiz, whose master showmanship in Hadestown earned him a Tony Award last year, and whose 50-plus years in the business have given him some valuable perspective on what may lie ahead. 

Freestyle Love Supreme
Photograph: Matthew Murphy

We Are Freestyle Love Supreme (Hulu)

The streaming service Hulu debuts its documentary about Freestyle Love Supreme, the improv hip-hop group whose notable alums include Lin-Manuel Miranda, James Monroe Iglehart, Christopher Jackson, Daveed Diggs and Thomas Kail (who directed FLS’s very enjoyable Broadway run last year). Filmmaker Andrew Fried started documenting FLS performances back in 2004 so there should be a wealth of nostalgic material to draw on. Hulu costs as little as $6 a month; if you don’t subscribe already, the first month is free.  

Isolating Together: Online International Toy Theater Festival #5
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

Isolating Together: Online International Toy Theater Festival #6

Miniaturist maestros convene virtually on the Facebook page of Great Small Works for a delightful celebration of micropuppetry curated by Trudi Cohen. Individual artists and groups from across the country have filmed and submitted their teensy creations. This sixth edition follows closely on the heels of the fifth. Any money raised will go to the Black Puppeteer Empowerment Grant and Creative Research Residency.

André Holland
Photograph: Dylan Coulter

Richard II (Shakespeare on the Radio)

The Public Theater's free annual Shakespeare in the Park, held at the beautiful open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park, is one of New York City's most cherished cultural traditions. While this year’s edition had to be canceled, the Public is teaming up with WNYC to keep the experience alive in a new way: with a radio-play production of what was to have been the 2020 festival’s first offering, Richard II. Rarely seen in full productions, Shakespeare’s history play depicts the overthrow and eventual regicide of the last of the direct-line Plantagenet kings, a prickly man with a knack for making powerful enemies. While the plot is heavy on medieval politics, the writing contains some of the most beautiful verse that the Bard ever crafted. André Holland plays the title role in this audio production, directed by Saheem Ali; the large and excellent supporting cast includes Phylicia Rashad, Estelle Parsons, Stephen McKinley Henderson, John Douglas Thompson and Miriam A. Hymna; Lupita Nyong’o provides narration and historical context.  The play was spread out over four successive nights, and the entire four-part series is now available as podcast. (The script is here if you want to follow along.)

Cole Escola
Photograph: Allison Michael Orenstein

The 2020 Obie Awards

The hilarious Cole Escola hosts the 65th annual edition of the Obies in this celebration of Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway achievements in the 2019–2020 theater season. Along with this year’s awards, the pre-recorded virtual ceremony includes performances by songwriters Michael R. Jackson and Shaina Taub, Fela!’s Saycon Sengbloh and Sahr Ngaujah, and members of three casts—the original and two revivals—of the Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along

Nrityagram: Samhāra Revisited
Photograph: Stephanie Berger

Nrityagram Dance Company: Samhāra Revisited (MetLiveArts)

The Indian classical dance company Nrityagram presents Samhāra Revisited, a collaboration with Sri Lanka’s Chitrasena Dance Company. Choreographed by Surupa Sen and set to original music by Pandit Raghunath Panigrahi, the show was staged site-specifically at the Temple of Dendur in 2018; now the Metropolitan Museum is streaming a recording of that performance for free.

Lisa Joyce in Billy and Billie
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

Billy and Billie

St. Louis Actors’ Studio shares Billy and Billie, a ten-part serial by Neil LaBute (reasons to be pretty) that the misanthropic playwright expanded out of his own play The Way We Get By—which, oddly enough, wound up premiering after the series. Adam Brody and Lisa Joyce star as step-siblings in a taboo-breaking relationship; the supporting cast includes Jake Lacy, Frederick Weller, Victor Slezak, Eric Bogosian, Li Jun Li, Gia Crovatin, Phil Burke, Katie Paxton and the late Jan Maxwell. 

Jewbadours at Highline Ballroom
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/slgckgc

The Jewbadours: The Last Schmaltz (Joe’s Pub)

Joe’s Pub continues its rollout of hits from its archives. This offering is a Hanukkah-themed 2019 set by Ari Hest and Julian Velard, in which the Jewish duo—Jewo?—refracts the story of the Maccabees through a prism of pop tunes from the ’70s and ’80s.  

Norm Lewis
Photograph: Kevin Yatarola

Kritzerland Influencers

The actor, writer and producer Bruce Kimmel has been an essential font of show tunes for decades, notably as the force behind the labels Bay Cities, Varese Sarabande, Fynsworth Alley and now Kritzerland. Since 2010, he has also assembled and hosted monthly cabaret shows with high-level casts, most recently at Feinstein’s Upstairs at Vitello’s. The cast of this virtual version includes Norm Lewis, Emily Skinner, Jason Graae, Kerry O’Malley, Daniel Bellusci, Hartley Powers, Sami Staitman, Adrienne Stiefel and Robert Yacko. Proceeds benefit NoHo theaters in financial jeopardy.

Natalie Weiss
Photograph: Michael Carlo

Natalie Weiss (Joe’s Pub)

This 2019 Joe's Pub concert features riff analyst, YouTube video star, Wicked understudy witch and American Idol semifinalist Natalie Weiss. The stream is free but donations are welcome via Venmo (@thenatalieweiss).

Cole Escola
Photograph: Allison Michael Orenstein

Cole Escola: Help, I'm Stuck!

The saucer-eyed costar of Difficult People and At Home with Amy Sedaris, the brilliantly funny Cole Escola, has dropped an hour-long online version his perpetually sold-out solo sketch comedy act, which continues to reveal new facets of a talent that gleams with scrappy razzle-dazzle. Blending boyish mischief with dark neurosis and the ruthless coyness of a starlet bent on fame, Escola’s comic persona suggests a street urchin raised by The Match Game. It's an hour of silly wigs, genre parodies, absurdist humor and refreshing pseudo-honesty that you won't soon forget.

Gloria Steinem (Christine Lahti) with marchers in Gloria: A Life
Photograph: Joan Marcus

Gloria: A Life (Great Performances)

Screen and stage ace Christine Lahti (Chicago Hope) plays feminist trailblazer and Ms. founder Gloria Steinem in this 2018 bioplay by Emily Mann (Having Our Say). The American Repertory Theatre's Diane Paulus (Pippin) directs a production that opens up, in its second half, into a talking circle with the audience. Filmed for Great Performances during its six-month Off Broadway run at the Daryl Roth Theatre, the play makes its PBS debut tonight.

Kevin Augustine: Body Concert
Photograph: Vane Teran

La MaMa Moves!

La MaMa's annual festival La MaMa Moves! runs riot with dance every summer, and for the time being it is moving online. La MaMa den mother Nicky Paraiso curates and hosts this collection of works-in-progress, longer versions of which are planned for later in the summer. Four shows are on the lineup: Body Concert, a stripped-limb solo work by the extraordinary avant-puppeteer Kevin Augustine (The God Projekt); Norwegian choreographer Kari Hoass’s Be Like Water—the distant episodes, described as “a series of digital dance haikus”; Anabella Lenzu’s solo dance-theater piece The night that you stopped acting/ La noche que dejaste de actuar; and Tamar Rogoff’s A Plague on All Our Houses, a look at four dancers in their homes that was created in response to the quarantine. 

Caleen Sinnette Jennings
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

Homebound (Round House Theatre)

For ten weeks starting at the end of April, Washington, D.C.’s Round House Theatre challenged a different local playwright to write an episode of the company’s web serial, Homebound, whose plot continues from each installment to the next. Ryan Rilette and Nicole A. Watson are the directors; the playwrights run from Alexandra Petri to Caleen Sinnette Jennings. You can catch the entire series, which stars Maboud Ebrahimzadeh and Craig Wallace, on YouTube now.

Michael Feinstein
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Michael Feinstein: It’s Delovely—The Music of Cole Porter (Live with Carnegie Hall)

Carnegie Hall continues its online series with a live concert-and-interview set by venue habitué Michael Feinstein, the popular and polished standard-bearer of American song. This episode salutes Cole Porter, the worldly wit and musical magpie behind such shows as Anything Goes and Kiss Me, Kate and such songs as "Night and Day," "Begin the Beguine" and "Just One of Those Things." Along for the ride this time are vocalists Storm Large and Catherine Russell. 

Ariel Sinclair
Photograph: Jeff Eason

Stonewall Sensation Reunion Live!


For a decade or so, surprisingly talented wanna-be stars competed in Stonewall Sensation, an American Idol–style weekly contest at the West Village’s legendary Stonewall Inn. Now the gang gets back together for a marathon reunion concert that doubles as a fundraiser for Stonewall staff members. Participants include the show’s hosts—the irrepressible Brandon Cutrell and drag star Ariel Sinclair—pianists Brandon James Gwinn, Stonewall stalwart Melissa Driscol, multiple former contestants, and regular judges including singer Erik Sisco, nightlife veteran Susan Campanero and Time Out's own Adam Feldman.

Justin Sayre
Photograph: Ricardo Nelson

Justin Sayre Makes the Case for America (Joe’s Pub)

An avatar of retroqueer cultivation, the sharp-tongued Justin Sayre delighted New Yorkers for years as host of the Meeting*, a variety series that combined hilarious rants with musical numbers and sometimes passionate advocacy. In this 2018 Joe's Pub show, the writer-performer sees red, white and blue in a show that tries to save America from itself.

Isaac Oliver
Photograph: Zack DeZon

Isaac Oliver (Joe’s Pub)

The essential downtown music hub Joe’s Pub continues its rollout of favorites from its archives. Tonight’s selection celebrates Pride Month with a 2018 “sit-down comedy” show by Isaac Oliver, the author of the compulsively readable Intimacy Idiot. If David Sedaris and Fran Lebowitz had a baby who wrote about subways, theater patrons and blow jobs, he might be a lot like Oliver; the hilarious and poignant comic essayist is also a deft deliverer of his own work. 

The Ninth Hour: The Beowulf Story
Photograph: Ross Collab

The Ninth Hour: The Beowulf Story

Kate Douglas and Shayfer James star in their The Ninth Hour: The Beowulf Story, their dark rock-opera reimagining of the Old English epic poem. Directed by Kevin Newbury and choreographed by Troy Ogilvie, the show was staged site-specifically at the Fuentidueña Chapel at the Cloisters last year; now the Metropolitan Museum is streaming a recording of that performance for free.

Max Vernon
Photograph: Roberto Araujo

Max Vernon: Existential Life Crisis (Joe's Pub)

Max Vernon is a rising musical-theater composer who has proved equally adept at capturing the sounds of 1970s glam rock (The View Upstairs) and modern Korean bubblegum (KPOP). This 2019 Joe's Pub concert, directed by Ellie Heyman, features an impressive roster of guests, including Michael Longoria, Jo Lampert, Andy Mientus, Gianna Masi, Fancy Feast, Sophia Ramos, Helen Park and Leah Lane.

Cats in Quarantine
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Cats in Quarantine

Harry Francis, who has appeared in multiple productions of Cats, has assembled 333 (!) alums of Andrew Lloyd Webber's feline spectacular for the most epic Jellicle Ball of the quarantine era, if not ever. Performing remotely, Cats veterans from the U.K., the U.S. and all around the world—France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Australia, South Korea, South Africa, the Netherlands, Canada, Russia, even the Royal Caribbean cruise line—re-create six minutes of Gillian Lynne's dynamically slinky original choreography in a gigantic video celebration. (Participants include three performers from the original London production and six from the original Broadway.) Some are alone, some are in small groups; some are in costumes, some in human-dancer togs; all are in the joyful moment. If you love the spirit of theater, this right here is catnip.

Kim David Smith
Photograph: Travis Chantar

Kim David Smith Sings Kylie Minogue (Joe’s Pub)

As part of its Pride Month programming, Joe's Pub shares this 2018 show, in which the flirty, sly, dark-elfin Australian baritone Kim David Smith departs from his Weimar-inflected signature set, Morphium Kabarett, for a special salute to Aussie dance-pop icon Kylie Minogue. Tracy Stark is the musical director.

Rob Roth in Soundstage
Photograph: Paula Court

Soundstage (HERE)

The multimedia innovator Rob Roth’s shares a newly re-edited version of his 2018 HERE piece Soundstage (cowritten with Jason Napoli Brooks), which explores queer notions of the artistic muse with an eye toward the projections of previous generations of gay men onto female icons. The wonderful British actor Rebecca Hall (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) costars in an onscreen capacity; Roth and Hall will comment during the viewing party. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Emergency Release Fund and Black and Pink.

Justin Sayre
Photograph: Matthew Dean Stewart

5, 6, 7, 8—DIE!

With his wicked witticisms, ardent social activism and cultivated mid-Atlantic accent—he sounds like Lauren Bacall in a saucy mood—Justin Sayre is an avatar of retroqueer cultivation. During quarantine, he has kept the camp fires burning with a monthly series of hilarious original fright-flick spoofs, performed on Zoom by top-drawer comic actors making the most of lo-tech costumes and effects. The latest, 5, 6, 7, 8—DIE!, borrows from sources that range from Dario Argento’s Suspiria to—horror of horrors—Dance Moms. The cast, directed by Tom DeTrinis, includes Lauren Weedman, Jeff Hiller, Sam Pancake, Ryan Garcia, Isaac Oliver, Drew Droege, Jenn Harris, Rob Maitner, Michael Cyril Creighton, Leslie-Ann Huff and Daniele Gaither. A donation of $20 is suggested, which viewers can send via Venmo (@SweetNellProd); a portion of the proceeds go to bail funds for Black Lives Matter protesters.

Tina—The Tina Turner Musical
Photograph: Manuel Harlan

The Antonyo Awards (Broadway Black)

The Tony Awards are still in indefinite limbo, but Broadway Black steps up to fill some of the void with its own Juneteenth awards show, dedicated to celebrating the achievements of Black theater artists. The Antonyo Awards nominees are drawn from both Broadway and Off Broadway productions, and the acting categories are not separated by gender. Along with the competitive prizes, the evening features musical numbers and a Lifetime Achievement Award for the formidable actor Chuck Cooper. Among those scheduled to appear are Audra McDonald, Tituss Burgess, Alex Newell, LaChanze, Jordan E. Cooper, Teyonah Parris, James Monroe Iglehart, Jelani Alladin, Ephraim Sykes, Derrick Baskin, Nicolette Robinson, Christiani Pitts, Amber Iman, Shereen Pimentel, Kirsten Childs, Aisha Jackson, Griffin Matthews, Michael McElroy, Jocelyn Bioh and L Morgan Lee. 

Jomama Jones in Black Light
Photograph: Joan Marcus

Jomama Jones: Black Light (Joe's Pub)

In this Joe's Pub show, recorded in 2018, Daniel Alexander Jones (Duat) inhabits his longtime alter ego, Jomama Jones—or does she inhabit him?—in a high-concept musical evening that reflects on a shattered mirror of black history. Jomama is a paradigm of R&B-diva grandeur circa 1982, with impeccable posture and elocution that bespeak an old-school black-star dignity. It’s a pleasure to bask in Jones’s sequined, oracular presence, especially when Jones allows us to see the pain and labor behind the all-but-impervious diva’s self-fashioning.

The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes
Photograph: Rick Aguilar

The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol. 4—Lockdown!


The Chicago camp outfit Hell in a Handbag Productions presents the fourth episode in its series of Golden Girls homages. In this first online edition, written by and starring Handbag honcho David Cerda, the Florida foursome is forced to spend 30 days in quarantine together after Blanche is exposed to Legionnaires’ disease. Spenser Davis directs an all-male cast of eight. Tickets cost $20, which lets you watch the video anytime before August 15.

Katrina Lenk and the cast of Company
Photograph: Brinkhoff-Moegenburg

Offstage: Opening Night (New York Times)

The New York Times presents the first edition of its new digital series, which offers performances and discussions about how the theater world is adjusting to the great pause. Cast members from Broadway’s Company, including Katrina Lenk and Patti LuPone, sing the show’s opening number; Elizabeth Stanley (Jagged Little Pill) and Mare Winningham (Girl from the North Country) perform songs from their suspended shows, and Mary-Louise Parker shares a monologue from The Sound Inside, which played earlier in the season. Times writers set up the prerecorded segments and talk with subjects including Slave Play author Jeremy O. Harris, Moulin Rouge! choreographer Sonya Tayeh and Six creators Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. Newly added to the program is an introductory panel discussion with Adrienne Warren, Daniel J. Watts, Celia Rose Gooding and director Kenny Leon about the impact of the global protest movement.

Lea DeLaria
Photograph: Kharen Hill

Lea Delaria: Fuck Love (Joe's Pub)

Few singers have the sheer macho swagger of DeLaria, who rose to fame as a butcher-than-thou stand-up comic and Broadway star (On the Town), and has more recently earned a host of new acolytes as Big Boo on Orange Is the New Black. As a jazz vocalist, she has tough-guy sell and a penchant for scat. In this 2019 set she serves up anti-Valentine fare, joined by guest artists Adina Verson, Emily Tarver and Vicci Martinez and the Village Voices.

Martha Graham Cracker
Photograph: Kevin Monko

Martha Graham Cracker (Joe’s Pub)

In this Pride Month offering, filmed at Joe's Pub in 2019, the hirsute drag queen Martha Graham Cracker—the creation of Dito van Reigersberg, who cofounded Philadelphia’s excellent Pig Iron Theatre Company—and her four-piece band offer rollicking alt-cabaret shenanigans through songs by artists including Prince, Lady Gaga, Black Sabbath and Nina Simone. The virtual tip jar is Venmo (@DitoVanR).

Terrence McNally in the 1970s
Photograph: Courtesy Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life (American Masters)

Terrence McNally, who died on March 24 from complications related to the coronavirus, was a leading figure in American theater for decades: His plays included Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Lisbon Traviata, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Master Class, The Ritz and A Perfect Ganesh; his musicals include Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Full Monty, The Rink and Anastasia. In his honor, and to celebrate Pride Month—McNally was openly gay, and wrote about gay characters throughout his career—PBS is making its 2019 American Masters documentary about him available for streaming through August 31. The doc includes interviews with the four-time Tony Award winner (and 2019 Lifetime Achievement Tony winner) himself as well as with F. Murray Abraham, Christine Baranski, Tyne Daly, Edie Falco, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Audra McDonald, Rita Moreno, Billy Porter, Chita Rivera and more.

Hannah L. Drake
Photograph: Jessie Kriech-Higdon

Fix it, Black Girl (Actors Theatre of Louisville)

The Louisville-based poet, author and activist Hannah L. Drake curates this free night of spoken word poetry, essays and songs that celebrate resistance and resilience. The cast includes Drake as well as local artists Erica Denise, Janelle Renee Dunn, Robin G, Sujotta Pace and Kala Ross.

Michael Feinstein
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Micheal Feinstein: The Music of Irving Berlin (Live with Carnegie Hall)

Carnegie Hall continues its online series with a live concert-and-interview set by venue habitué Michael Feinstein, the popular and polished standard-bearer of American song. This episode salutes the master tunesmith Irving Berlin, the man behind such all-time earworms as "Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Puttin' on the Ritz,""White Christmas" and "There's No Business Like Show Business." Along for the ride are big-time Broadway guest stars Kelli O'Hara, Cheyenne Jackson and Tony Yazbeck.

Photograph: Jose Miranda

LAPA (The Brick)

The Brick Theater continues its Archival Streaming Series with a genre-bending abstract work by the early–20th century Russian experimentalist Daniil Kharms, directed by Timothy Scott and Nicolás Noreña for Brooklyn’s The Million Underscores. The show, which engages with questions of dreaming and industrialization, premiered at the Brick on March 11 before the pandemic curtailed its run.

Send for the Million Men
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Send for the Million Men (HERE)

 In this 2014 piece, Joseph Silovsky revisits the nation-dividing Sacco and Vanzetti murder trial of the 1920s in an inegenious production that employs found materials, robotics, puppetry and projections. “Don’t seek clarity in the shambolic, outstanding Send for the Million Men,” wrote Helen Shaw in her Time Out review. “Silovsky is mainly interested in the elusive quality of multiplying details, and even the work’s obvious synergy with current events remains diffident and sly. The scrappy-magical, shaggy-dog chaos builds to an ending in which Silovsky cedes the stage to Vanzetti’s lyrical prison letters, some of the greatest, angriest works written on American justice.”

Charles Busch
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Mommie Dearest (Scripts Gone Wild)

Camp guardians Charles Busch (The Confession of Lily Dare), Del Shores (Sordid Lives) and Josh Grannell (a.k.a. San Francisco drag queen Peaches Christ) star in a live reading of the 1981 classic Mommie Dearest, about Hollywood royalty whose daughter treats the beautiful dresses she buys her like dishrags. Proceeds benefit the Trevor Project.

The cast of Scraps
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Scraps (Matrix Theatre Company)

Joseph Stern’s Matrix Theatre Company has been a staple of Los Angeles’s small-theater scene since the 1970s, and in the past decade it has focused on theater that actively engages with questions of race. To rise to the current moment, the company is now streaming its 2019 West Coast premiere production of Geraldine Inoa’s Scraps. The first hour looks at four young adults in Bed-Stuy, a few months after an unarmed friend was killed by the police; the last third takes a sharp tonal swerve into the surreal, superheated nightmare of an eight-year-old boy battered by pain about the future that awaits him. At its best, this bold play has the urgent appeal of a passionate voice screaming to be heard. Stevie Walker-Webb directs a cast that includes Stan Mayer, Tyrin Niles, Ashlee Olivia, Damon Rutledge, Ahkei Togun and Denise Yolén. 

Disposable Men
Photograph: Mike O’Reilly

Disposable Men (HERE)

In Disposable Men, James Scruggs explores the monstrous depiction of black men in American film and culture. Astutely employing dark humor and a panoptic array of video projections, Scruggs offers a pointed account of denigration in the media and on the streets. The high quality of the design is matched by Scrugg’s performance, and the show’s finale, in which the audience participates in a re-creation of the infamous death of Amadou Diallo, is hard to forget. 

Destructo Snack, USA
Photograph: Chrissy Reilly Downey

Destructo Snack, USA (The Brick)

The Brick Theater continues its Archival Streaming Series with Sarah Graalman and Brick leader Theresa Buchheister’s wacky exploration of gender performance, filmed in 2012 at the East Village’s late, lamented Incubator Arts Project. The stream is free, but donations benefit the Marsha P Johnson Institute.

Kerry O'Malley
Photograph: Peter Konerko

June Is Bustin’ In All Over (Kritzerland)

The actor, writer and producer Bruce Kimmel has been an essential font of show tunes for decades, notably as the force behind the labels Bay Cities, Varese Sarabande, Fynsworth Alley and now Kritzerland. Since 2010, he has also assembled monthly cabaret shows with high-level casts, most recently at Feinstein’s Upstairs at Vitello’s. The cast of this virtual version includes Brent Barrett, Kerry O’Malley, Christiane Noll, Daniel Bellusci, Hartley Powers,  Sami Staitman, Adrienne Stiefel and Robert Yacko; Kimmel is the host, and Richard Allen serves as musical director.

Chita Rivera
Photograph: Laura Marie Duncan

Chita: A Legendary Celebration

One of the great Broadway leading ladies of all time, Chita Rivera came to New York in the early 1950s, and the rest is razzle-dazzle history: starring roles in the original casts of West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie and Chicago; 10 Tony nominations (and two wins); the 2002 Kennedy Center Honors. She’s often called a legend, but she’s determinedly real. In tonight’s live-only fundraiser, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is streaming a recording of the 2013 concert evening Chita: A Legendary Celebration, recorded at the August Wilson Theatre when Rivera was a mere 80 years old. Written by the late Terrence McNally and directed by Graciele Daniele, the event features performances by Rivera, Tommy Tune and Ben Vereen, as well as a video appearance by the great Broadway tunesmith John Kander. The BC/EFA broadcast also includes new interviews with Rivera, conducted remotely by Richard Ridge. 

Celisse Henderson
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Let’s Stay (in) Together: A Benefit to Support the Apollo Theater

This concert benefit for Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater centers on performances of songs by such past Apollo stars as Patti Labelle and Steve Wonder. It includes appearances by Celisse Henderson, Dionne Warwick, Kool & the Gang, Michael McDonald, Vernon Reid, Gary Clark Jr., Ziggy Marley, Keb’ Mo’, Lil Buck and Jon Boogz, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Doug E. Fresh, Teddy Riley, “Captain” Kirk Douglas (of the Roots), Robert Randolph, Infinity’s Song, Ray Chew, Warren Haynes, Roy Wood Jr. and DJ Reborn.

Silas Farley's Songs from the Spirit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Silas Farley: Songs from the Spirit (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art streams a recording of Silas Farley’s site-specific dance piece Songs from the Spirit, which was performed in the museum’s galleries in March, 2019. The piece, which explores questions of bondage and grace, is set to traditional spirituals as well as new songs written by inmates at San Quentin State Prison. Dancers Cassia Farley, Rachel Hutsell, James Shee, Taylor Stanley, Claire Kretzschmar, and Alizah Wilson are joined by soprano Kelly Griffin and tenor Robert May.

Lady Bunny
Photograph: Santiago Felipe

Lady Bunny: Cuntagious

The shameless drag legend, nightlife pioneer and Wigstock founder Lady Bunny responds to the pandemic as only she can: with a potty-mouthed comedy special. Beneath her trademark towering wigs, Bunny knows her mind and isn't afraid to say what's on it. Expect irreverent humor and multiple changes of costume. Tickets cost $10.

Cirque du Soleil: Luzia
Photograph: Matt Beard

Cirque du Soleil: Best of Contortion

As part of its ongoing CirqueConnect series, the Québécois neocircus behemoth Cirque du Soleil offers an hour-long special that focuses on body-bending, eye-popping acts of contortion from past shows including Luzia, Alegría and O.

Breaking the Waves (Opera Philadelphia)
Photograph: Nicholas Korkos

Breaking the Waves (Opera Philadelphia)

Opera Philadelphia presents the broadcast premiere, in full, of its acclaimed 2016 adaptation of Lars von Trier’s brutally bleak 1996 film about a pious woman who degrades herself sexually at the request of her paralyzed husband. The composer is Brooklyn’s Missy Mazzoli—a rare woman composer in the world of opera—and the librettist Royce Vavrek. Soprano Kiera Duffy and baritone John Moore play the lead roles in a performance conducted by Steven Osgood.

Alexandra Silber
Photograph: Rebecca Michaelson

I Wish: The Roles That Could Have Been (54 Below At Home)

Feinstein’s/54 Below has been streaming shows from its archives, but this one is different: a live-from-home edition of a series conceived and hosted by Alexandra Silber (Fiddler on the Roof), in which Broadway performers get a chance to dreamcast themselves in parts they will probably never get to play. Performers include Elizabeth Stanley, Julia Murney, Drew Gehling, Nicholas Barasch, Robyn Hurder, Samantha Massell, Isabelle McCalla, Jelani Remy,  Kirsten Scott, Matthew Scott and Nik Walker. Ben Caplan serves as musical director. 

Julia Stiles in Sexting
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Detestable Films

Contemptible Entertainment shares six short films by the provocative misanthropist playwright Neil LaBute (reasons to be pretty). The casts include Julia Stiles, Marin Ireland, Adam Brody, Keith David and Thomas Sadoski.

ZviDance: On The Road
Photograph: Yi-Chun Wu

ZviDance: On the Road

In this show, presented at Joe's Pub by Dance Now in 2019, Israeli-American contemporary choreographer Zvi Gotheiner reprises a work inspired by Jack Kerouac's novel and his company's retracing of its narrator's cross-country journey. His multimedia piece, performed by four dancers, is set to music by Jukka Rintamki and features Americana-themed video by Joshua Higgason.

Ballet Hispánico: Carmen.maquia
Photograph: Paula Lobo

Ballet Hispánico: CARMEN.maquia and Club Havana

Lincoln Center shares two works by the venerable Ballet Hispánico, which turns 50 this year. Pedro Ruiz’s Club Havana, is a celebration of Cuban dance including the conga, rumba, mambo and cha cha; Gustavo Ramírez Sansano's Carmen.maquia, which was the company’s first evening-length narrative ballet, is based on the classic Bizet opera and incorporates Spanish paso doble and flamenco.

Marie Mullen
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The Gifts You Gave to the Dark (Irish Repertory Theatre)

After its success earlier this month with a virtual revival of Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney, the Irish Rep now launches an entire summer season of online offerings. Starting things off is the world premiere of The Gifts You Gave to the Dark, a short play written by Darren Murphy in response to the current crisis and directed by the Abbey Theatre’s Caitríona McLaughlin. Marty Rea plays a man who, while confined to his sickbed in Belfast by COVID-19, telephones his dying mother in Dublin to share a memory of a day they once spent together. Marie Mullen, who won a 1998 Tony for The Beauty Queen of Leenane, plays the older woman; Seán McGinley completes the cast. The play will remain viewable for free on YouTube through October.

PLAYBILL BUNNY Jenn Harris takes audiences down comedic rabbit holes.
Photograph: Allison Michael Orenstein

Pussy Fright!

With his wicked witticisms, ardent social activism and cultivated mid-Atlantic accent—he sounds like Lauren Bacall in a saucy mood—Justin Sayre is an avatar of retroqueer cultivation. The Zoom reading of his zany Hitchcock spoof The Ducks last month was an absolute hoot, Now he is keeping the camp fires burning with another black comedy: Pussy Fright!, in which Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Tom Lenk plays a sad heiress whose plan to leave her fortune to her cat gets her entangled in multiple webs of nefarious intrigue. The cast, directed by Tom DeTrinis, includes some of America’s funniest actors: Larry Owens (A Strange Loop), Drew Droege, Jeff Hiller, Rob Maitner, Sam Pancake, Ryan Garcia, Leslie-Ann Huff and Jenn Harris as the cat. Viewers can donate via Venmo (@PussyFright) to benefit the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center and New York’s Ali Forney Center.

Mark Morris
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Mark Morris Dance Group: Dance On!

Mark Morris and his joyous ensemble spread a little light in the darkness of isolation with a special Zoom program that includes the premieres of four short works choreographed by the inventive modern dance master. Rehearsed and filmed remotely, the pieces are Lonely Waltz (set to Maurice Ravel’s La Valse), Lonely Tango (set to piano music by Erik Satie), Anger Dance (set to music by Henry Cowell) and Sunshine (set to Gene Autrey’s recording of “You Are My Sunshine”).