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An American in Paris
Photograph: Angela Sterling An American in Paris

The best live theater to stream online this week

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

By Adam Feldman
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The pandemic 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 large gatherings in New York currently 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 from across the country (and around the world) that you can watch today without leaving home, many of which will help you support artists and worthy charities. Scroll past the day-by-day listings to find events that have already premiered but can still be seen for a limited time. We update this page on a weekly basis.

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EVERY DAY

Anna Netrebko and Željko Lučić in Macbeth
Anna Netrebko and Željko Lučić in Macbeth
Photograph: Marty Sohl

Metropolitan Opera

Daily 7:30pm EST / 12:30am GMT (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 remains online for the next 23 hours. Click here for a complete schedule for this week, which focuses on star performers in signature roles. 

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Kenney Green and Dayna Grayber at Marie's Crisis
Kenney Green and Dayna Grayber at Marie's Crisis
Photograph: Courtesy Tyler William Milliron

Marie’s Crisis Virtual Piano Bar

Daily 4pm–9:30pm EST / 9pm–2:30am GMT 
The beloved West Village institution keeps the show tunes rolling merrily along every night of the week. Visit the Maries Group page on Facebook to watch from home, and don’t forget to tip the pianists and staff through Venmo. Read all about it here

James Wesley and Seth Rudetsky at piano
James Wesley and Seth Rudetsky at piano
Photograph: Juli Wesley

Stars in the House

Daily 8pm EST / 1am GMT
Showtune savant and SiriusXM host Seth Rudetsky (Disaster!) and his husband, producer James Wesley, are the animating forces behind this ambitious and very entertaining series, in which they play host to theater stars in live, chatty interviews interspersed with clips and songs. Dr. Jon LaPook, the chief medical correspondent for CBS News, provides periodic updates on public health, and surprise virtual visitors are common. Donations benefit the Actors Fund. You can find a schedule of guests here.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26

Ballets Ruses: The Slutcracker
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

Ballets Ruses: The Slutcracker

Dance Burlesque Online,

Director-choreographer Vanessa White presents the lucky 13th edition of her version of the classic holiday ballet: an adults-only, feminist, body-positive depiction of the grown-up Clara’s adventures in sexual freedom, in which toys play an important but quite different function than before. The Boston-area cast includes burlesque performers, belly dancers, hula hoopers and others along with the usual ballet types. This year’s filmed version, assembled from archival recordings of last year’s live show, can be streamed from Thanksgiving through the end of the year for $10. 

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josh groban
Photo: Brian Bowen Smith

Josh Groban: Harmony

Thursday 4pm and 8pm EST / 9pm and 1am GMT (live only)
The lovely-voiced pop-classical crossover phenom Josh Groban, the star of Broadway’s Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 and your aunt’s favorite singer in the world, performs the second installment of a fall virtual-performance series to promote his brand-new album, Harmony. Among the songs on the new release are covers of “Both Sides Now,” “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” “Celebrate Me Home” and Man of La Mancha’s “The Impossible Dream.” There are two performances today; tickets start at $25.

The Last Five Years with Molly Lynch and Oli Higginson
Photograph: Pamela Raith

Broadway On Demand: The Last Five Years

Thursday 7pm EST / midnight GMT (through November 29)
Jason Robert Brown’s 2001 musical The Last Five Years has grown, in the last 20 years, into a staple of college stages, regional theaters, audition rooms and piano bars. The show tracks soon-to-be exes along different lines of an X-shaped structure, in which his story moves forward and hers is told in reverse. Brown’s work overflows with verbal acuity, deftly combining Broadway and pop influences into music that is catchy, surprising and character-specific; each number is in essence a theatrical monologue, because the central couple shares only a single scene. This weekend, Broadway On Demand is sharing a recording of the show’s 2020 revival at London’s Southwark Playhouse, directed by Jonathan O’Boyle and starring Molly Lynch and Oli Higginson as the doomed couple. Tickets cost $15.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27

Estella Scrooge
Photograph: Tyler Milliron

Streaming Musicals: Estella Scrooge

Theater Musicals Online,

Betsy Wolfe (Waitress) plays the title character, a Wall Street predator who just might have a thing or two to learn about the Christmas spirit, in an original holiday musical by Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre) and director John Caird (Les Misérables). The project was shot remotely during the pandemic, using green screens and other technological workarounds. The cast of Broadway pros also includes Clifton Duncan, Lauren Patten, Carolee Carmello, Patrick Page and—as Estella’s famous ancestor Ebenezer—the beloved Danny Burstein. The show lifts characters and story ideas from several Dickens works beyond its principal source, A Christmas Carol. Tickets cost $25 for a three-day rental.

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The Wolves
Photograph: Anthony Werhun

Philadelphia Theatre Company: The Wolves

Friday (available through December 20)
Sarah DeLappe's hit 2016 play about a teenage girls' soccer team, which was a Pulitzer finalist and returned for an encore run at Lincoln Center the next year, gets back on the playing field, courtesy of Philadelphia Theatre Company. As the team members differentiate themselves from the pack, DeLappe teases out larger questions hidden amid the keen naturalism; her hopeful, respectful play is an implicit reproach to those who worry or complain about kids today. Nell Bang-Jensen directs this digital version, which has been recorded remotely and is streaming on demand through December 20 on a pay-what-you-can basis.

Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope in An American in Paris
Photograph: Matthew Murphy

The Shows Must Go On!: An American in Paris

Friday 2pm EST / 7pm GMT (available for 48 hours)
Universal’s YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On! began by rolling out a different Andrew Lloyd Webber musical every week, and has since moved on other offerings. After a month of Shakespeare, the series returns to its musical-theater roots this week with An American in Paris. The ballet world's Christopher Wheeldon directed and choreographed this elegant 2015 adaptation of Vincente Minnelli’s 1951 movie musical about—guess what?—an American in Paris. On Broadway, a pre-Cats Robbie Fairchild played an American soldier in the wake of World War II, and Leanne Cope was the lovely local dancer who captured his heart; they reprise their roles in this version, filmed in London in 2018. Songs by George and Ira Gershwin and sets by Bob Crowley help transport you to a world of retro romance in the City of Lights. The centerpiece is a long ballet sequence set to the George Gershwin orchestral piece that gives the musical its name and that includes a ravishing four-minute pas de deux between Fairchild and Cope.

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Death of England: Delroy, National Theatre, 2020
Photograph: Normski Photography

National Theatre: Death of England: Delroy

Friday 2pm EST / 7pm GMT (available for 24 hours)
Clint Dyer and Roy Williams’s powerful depiction of a working-class Black Englishman had the misfortune of opening at the National Theatre on the very night the second lockdown went into effect. Happily, the show was recorded, and now NT is sharing it for free on YouTube for one day only. Read all about it here, including a review of the play by Time Out London’s Andrzej Lukowski that singles out Michael Balogun “superb” and “star-making” performance along with the production itself: “It’s a rollercoaster ride of a play, directed by Dyer at terrific pace and wittily enlivened by Jackie Shemesh’s staccato lighting and the hidden surprises of Ultz’s set.”

Beth Leavel
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

Virtual Halston

Friday 5pm EST / 10pm GMT
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 guest this time is Beth Leavel, the gutsy, funny, Tony-winning star of The Prom and he Drowsy Chaperone (and survivor of Baby, It's You!

 

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William TN Hall
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William TN Hall: Broadway to Beyoncé

Friday 7pm EDT / midnight BST 
One of NYC’s most appealing piano-bar entertainers, British transplant William TN Hall has tickled keys and audiences alike at the Duplex, Brandy’s and Don’t Tell Mama for years. Now he shows off his versatility in a live, two-hour weekly set. Requests are welcome, as of course are tips (Venmo: @WilliamTNHall).

Jessie Mueller
Photograph: Jacqueline Harris/The Interval

Stars in the House: Best in Shows

Friday 8pm EST / 1am GMT
Showtune savant and SiriusXM host Seth Rudetsky (Disaster!) and his husband, producer James Wesley, are the animating forces behind this ambitious and very entertaining series, in which they play host to theater stars in live, chatty interviews interspersed with clips and songs. In this special edition, a host of Broadway performers—including Jessie Mueller, Sierra Boggess, Lilli Cooper, Darius de Haas, Andy Karl and Orfeh, Jose Llana, Paige Price, Kate Rockwell, Doug Sills and Will Swenson—perform with their pets to raise money for the Humane Society of New York.

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City Garage: OedipusText: The White Wedding

Friday 8pm EST / 1am GMT (available through December 2)
The experimental-theater company City Garage has been blowing minds in Santa Monica, California, since the 1980s. This week it streams a video of its 1999 production of The White Wedding, an absurdist erotic fairy tale written in 1968 by Poland’s Tadeuz Rozewizc and directed here by Frédérique Michel. As always, the stream is free but donations are welcome.

Great Performances presents Lea Salonga with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Photograph: Robert Catto

Great Performances: Lea Salonga in Concert

Friday 9pm EST / 2am GMT (available for four weeks)
Lea Salonga, the radiant star of Broadway’s Miss Saigon and Allegiance (and Disney’s Mulan and Aladdin), sings all the songs you want to hear her sing, backed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, in this new episode of PBS’s indispensable series Great Performances. The episode will remain available for streaming on PBS’s website for a month after the world premiere.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28

Jefferson Mays in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Photograph: Chris Whitaker

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Theater Drama Online,

The marvelous Jefferson Mays, who played a mere eight characters in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, ups the ante to 50 in this solo version of Charles Dickens’s holiday chestnut, adapted by the Tony-winning actor with Susan Lyons and director Michael Arden (Spring Awakening). The show—let’s call it I Am My Own Ghosts—premiered at L.A.’s Geffen Playhouse in 2018 and has been filmed for streaming this year as a benefit for regional theaters across the country whose own holiday programming has been upended by the pandemic. Tickets cost $50 and proceeds are distributed to participating partner theaters according to ZIP code. (If you’d rather buy through them directly, you can find a list of them here.)  

 

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Mark Morris
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Mark Morris Dance Group: MMDG Premiere Performance 

Saturday 9am EST / 2pm GMT (available through December 6)
Morris’s joyful contemporary dance company continues to share archival videos from its long history in its Dance On! Video Vault series. This week’s document is the very first show the company performed as the Mark Morris Dance Group, exactly 40 years ago, at New York’s Merce Cunningham Studio. The program comprises five early Morris works: Barstow (1973), Ženska (1975), Brummagem (1978), Dad’s Charts (1980) and Castor and Pollux (1980).

Jim Brickman
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Brickman for Broadway Christmas

Saturday 8pm EST / 1am GMT (live only)
Pianist Jim Brickman gathers talented friends to spread holiday cheer in a live holiday benefit for the Actors Fund. Guests include Kelli O’Hara, Matt Doyle, Sierra Boggess, Megan Hilty, Wayne Brady, Shoshana Bean, Santino Fontana, Adrienne Warren, Norm Lewis, Max Von Essen and Jane Lynch. Tickets start at $20.

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Metropolitan Playhouse: Aunt Betsy’s Thanksgiving and The Downfall of Justice

Saturday 8pm EST / 1am GMT (available for four days)
For Thanksgiving weekend, the dramatic archaeologists of the Metropolitan Playhouse unearth a double bill of old rarities: Kate Tillman’s Aunt Betsy's Thanksgiving, directed by Linda Kuriloff, and an anonymous 18th-century curio called The Downfall of Justice, and the Farmer Just Returned from Meeting on Thanksgiving Day, directed by Alex Roe. The readings are followed by a discussion with playwright Michael Dinwiddie and historian Timothy H. Breen.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29

Inside the Wild Heart
Photograph: Livia Sá

Group Dot BR: Inside the Wild Heart

Sunday 1pm and 7pm EST / 6pm and midnight GMT (live only) 
The NYC company Group Dot BR, which specializes in Brazilians, streams an ambitious virtual version of its immersive 2018 production Inside the Wild Heart, adapted by Andressa Furletti and Debora Balardini from texts by the mind-expanding 20th-century modernist Brazilian-Jewish writer Clarice Lispector. Directed by Linda Wise, the show was staged on multiple floors of a preserved 19th-century space in Gramercy Park; the digital version, which uses recordings from 2018, aims to allow audiences to choose their own paths through the nonlinear work. The show runs several times a week through December 20; tickets start at $20.

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Brian Nash
Photograph: Robb Sapp/Dirty Sugar Photography

Brian Nash

Sunday 8pm EST / 1am GMT 
A wizard at the piano and an ace musical director, Brian Nash is also an exuberant showman when he takes the mic himself—as he usually does on Sunday nights at the Duplex in the West Village, where he has held court for the past decade or so. Tonight he brings the magic to Facebook Live in a weekly virtual concert. In lieu of a tip jar, you can Venmo him at @BrianJNash. (If you do it in advance, feel free to include a request.)

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Dance Concert and Pow Wow
Photograph: Jonathan Slaff

The American Dance Guild Performance Festival: 10 Years Over 10 Weeks

Monday (available for one week)
Each year, the American Dance Guild honors prominent modern dance figures with awards for Distinguished Artistry and Lifetime Achievement. For its virtual incarnation this fall, ADG is offering a survey of the past decade, with archival recordings every week that celebrate the work of each year’s honorees.  This episode looks back to 2017 and features salutes to Garth Fagan, Martha Myers and Thunderbird American Indian Dancers.

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Colin Donnell and Patti Murin
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The Seth Concert Series: Patti Murin and Colin Donnell

Monday 3pm EST / 8pm GMT (live only)
Seth Rudetsky’s intimate chat-and-sing series at the Art House in Provincetown has drawn top Broadway stars to the tip of the Cape for nearly a decade. He knows exactly what stories and songs people need to hear from each of his A-list guests, and now he brings the magic online in a weekly series that uses a new approach to sound design to make it possible to accompany his guests in real time. Joining him this week is the very talented musical-theater power couple of Patti Murin (Frozen) and Colin Donnell (Anything Goes). Virtual tickets cost $25; last night’s live edition at 8pm was recorded and is being rerun today.  

Theater in Quarantine: Joshua William Gelb
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Theatre in Quarantine: Closet Works

Monday 7pm and 9pm EST / midnight and 2am GMT
East Village director-performer Joshua William Gelb (jazz singer) has been making theater in his closet every other week. Tonight’s offering, performed twice, is part of Closet Works, a monthly series of short dance-based pieces; this one, presented by the Invisible Dog Art Center, features choreography by France’s Van-Kim Tran.

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Colleen O'Doherty
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Project Y Theatre: Missing Ingredient

Monday 7:30pm EST / 12:30am GMT 
Project Y Theatre, which mounts an annual Women in Theatre festival in NYC, takes a dash of WIT online with three Zoom plays this week, culled from hundreds of submissions. The first is Colleen O'Doherty’s Missing Ingredient, directed by Jennifer Chang and featuring Joy Osmanski, Elizabeth Ho and Corey Brill.

Jim Caruso
Photograph: Bill Westmoreland

Jim Caruso's Pajama Cast Party

Monday 8pm EST / 1am GMT
Part cabaret, part piano bar and part social set, Birdland's long-running Monday-night open mic Cast Party offers a chance to hear rising and established talents step up to the spotlight. The waggish Jim Caruso presides as host, and now he brings the show online via YouTube. This week’s guest list includes Broadway’s James Snyder (Cry-Baby), Charl Brown (Motown: The Musical) and Kara Lindsay (Newsies) along with the superb musical-comedy impersonator Christine Pedi (Forbidden Broadway) and caricaturist Justin “Squigs” Robertson. The show is free, but tips are appreciated (Venmo: @Jim-Caruso-1).

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Monday Night Magic
Photograph: Mike Wartell

Monday Night Magic: Live Online

Monday 8pm EST / 1am GMT (live only)
For more than two decades, the proudly old-school Monday Night Magic has offered a different lineup of professional tricksters every week. It is an heir to the vaudeville tradition; many of the acts incorporate comedic elements, and audience participation is common. In contrast to some fancier magic shows, this one feels like comfort food: an all-you-can-eat buffet to which you’re encouraged to return until you’re as stuffed as a hat full of rabbits. The virtual edition of the series features two live performers every week as well as video highlights from past shows at the Players Theater. Tickets cost $20–$35. 

Keith Nelson
Photograph: Maike Schulz

Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show: Quarantine Edition

Monday 8pm EST / 1am GMT (available for one week)
Mounted by the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus gang, this exhibition of curious human endeavors features everything from stripping clowns to heavy-metal magicians. A remote edition of the vaudevillian variety pageant now hits YouTube every week. Bindlestiff’s Keith Nelson plays host. Contributions are welcome via Venmo (@BindlestiffFamilyCirkus).

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1

The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special
The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special
Photograph: Matt Baume

The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special

Theater Musicals Online,

Two of Drag Race's most legendary dames serve nog till you gag in this virtual edition of their now-annual holiday camp fest. The plot of the hour-long spectacular finds the queens at odds over the direction of a Christmas TV special they are creating together. Expect plenty of musical comedy and spiked punchlines. Two-day rentals cost $14.

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Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Wilma)
Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Wilma)
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Wilma Theater: Heroes of the Fourth Turning

Tuesday (available through December 13)
Will Arbery’s Heroes of the Fourth Turning, a portrait of deeply conservative alumni of a Catholic university in rural Wyoming, was arguably the best new play of 2019; a finalist for this year's Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it also won the Best Play award from both the New York Drama Critics' Circle and the Lucille Lortel Awards. As we try to move forward after the election, Arbery's deep dive into religious right-wing worldviews seems as essential as ever. "Arbery’s plays are important explorations of language," wrote Helen Shaw in her five-star Time Out review. “His own family comes from this world, and he has clearly steeped long in its heady, often keenly intellectual poetry." The play’s original company has reunited several times to perform it virtually this year, and now Philadelphia’s esteemed Wilma Theater is taking a crack at it. This production, directed by Blanka Zizka, was filmed site-specifically in the Poconos with a quarantined cast. Tickets are limited and cost $37.

Brittany K. Allen
Brittany K. Allen
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Manhattan Theatre Club: Ball Change

Tuesday 2pm EST / 7pm GMT (available for four days)
MTC continues its virtual Ted Snowdon Reading Series with a free reading of Brittany K. Allen’s Ball Change, which tracks a celebrity answering service through decades of change and increasing obsolescence, starting in the 1960s. Margot Bordelon directs.

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Norm Lewis
Norm Lewis
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Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

Tuesday 5pm EST / 10pm GMT (available through December 5)
A superb lineup of stars help observe World AIDS Day with a performance of Janet Hood and Bill Russell's 1989 song cycle about people who have died of the disease and the friends and family they have left behind. Nathan Lane and Norm Lewis lead a cast that also includes, among many others, Cherry Jones, Jessie Mueller, Cynthia Nixon, Fran Drescher, JK Simmons, Richard Chamberlain, James Monroe Iglehart, Famke Janssen, Anthony Rapp, Jayne Houdyshell, Brooks Ashmanskas, Laura Bell Bundy, Gideon Glick, Lena Hall, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Robin de Jesús, Joaquina Kalukango, Francis Jue, Vicki Lewis, Telly Leung, Okieriete Onaodowan, Jeffrey Roberson, Alysha Umphress, Mariand Torres, Alyse Alan Louis and Robin Lord Taylor.

Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber
PHOTOGRAPH: Cedric Buchet

Irish Rep: Plaguey Hill

Tuesday 7pm EST / midnight GMT (live only)
The masterful Liev Schreiber reads Plaguey Hill, a new work by the Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Paul Muldoon that is structured as an interlocking series of 15 sonnets. The piece deals with life in upstate New York during the COVID-19 crisis while harking back to a cholera epidemic in Belfast in the 1830s. The Irish Rep is streaming the event for free, with a $10 suggested donation.

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The Nice List
The Nice List
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The Nice List

Tuesday 7pm EST / midnight GST (available through December 31)
James Monroe Iglehart, who won a Tony as the Genie in Aladdin, plays another magical wish-granter—jolly old Saint Nick himself—in a free new family musical that explores the inner workings of the toy workshop at the North Pole. Telly Leung, Ann Harada, Julia Mattison, Jennifer Barnhart, Nick Kohn and Don Darryl Rivera play the elves who have to deal with inventory and classification problems while the big man is away. Alan Muraoka directs the show, which features a book and lyrics by Phoebe Kreutz and original tunes by Gary Adler.

Lamman Rucker
Lamman Rucker
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Horizon Theatre Company: Love, M. 

Tuesday 7pm EST / midnight GMT (available through December 31) 
Atlanta’s Horizon Theatre Company marks World AIDS Day with the virtual premiere of Clarinda Ross’s Love, M., which depicts maternal relationships and AIDS activism in the early years of the crisis through the lens of two women—a white socialite and a Black Southern Baptist—and their sons. Heidi McKerley directs a cast that comprises Lamman Rucker, Terry Burrell, Chris Hecke and Ross herself.

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La MaMa Puppet Slam

Tuesday 7pm EST / midnight GMT (live only) 
Jane Catherine Shaw curates a collection of quirky puppet quickies by innovative artists including Paul Zaloom, Maiko Kikuchi, Spica Wobbe, Concrete Temple Theater, Maria Camia, Hobey Ford, Larry Reed/Shadow Light Productions, Adelka Polak, Anurupa Roy Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust and Lake Simons.

Leontyne Price in Aida at the Metropolitan Opera
Leontyne Price in Aida at the Metropolitan Opera
Photograph: Metropolitan Opera Archives

Metropolitan Opera: Aida

Tuesday 7:30pm EDT / 12:30am BST (available for 23 hours)
Tonight's 1985 production of Aida predates the HD era, but what is lost in image clarity is more than made up in artistry and emotion. One of the leading sopranos of the 20th century, Leontyne Price had been a Met star since 1961, and this performance marked her permanent retirement from the opera stage at the age of 57. Her rendition of the Act III aria "O Patria Mia," in which Aida bids goodbye to her homeland, was chosen by viewers in 2007 as the most memorable moment in the then-30-year history of Met broadcasts. Not only is the singing gorgeous—she glides with astonishing ease into the aria's famously difficult high C—but as Price absorbs the crowd's three-minute ovation, a close-up on her face captures the deep well of feeling behind the singer's normally steely mien. It's breathtaking. James Levine conducts the performance, which costars James McCracken and Fiorenza Cossotto.

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Jesse Eisenberg
Jesse Eisenberg
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The 24 Hour Plays’ 20th Annual Broadway Gala

Tuesday 8pm EST / 1am GMT (live only)
The 24 Hour Plays’ free Virtual Monologues series on Instagram has been a reliable source of pandemic-era entertainment. Now comes the group’s tentpole benefit event, in which a group of playwrights, directors and actors write, rehearse and perform a collection of 10-minute plays in the span of one day. The 20th annual edition—virtual, of course—has a typically fabulous cast of actors: Marcia Gay Harden, Jesse Eisenberg, Bebe Neuwirth, Hugh Dancy, David Cross, Rachel Dratch, Gillian Jacobs, Josh Hamilton, Vella Lovell, Andra Day, Merle Dandridge, Dagmara Domínczyk, Portia, Solea Pfeiffer, Noah Galvin and Tommy Dorfman, to name just some. The writers are Rachel Axler, J. Holtham, David Lindsay-Abaire, christopher oscar peña, Jonathan Marc Sherman and Lauren Yee. Tickets start at $30.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2

Dylan McDermott
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La Femme Theatre Productions: The Night of the Iguana 

Wednesday (available through December 6)
Dylan McDermott, Phylicia Rashad, Roberta Maxwell, Jean Lichty and the always busy Austin Pendleton star in this virtual performance of Tennessee Williams’s 1961 drama, in which a disenchanted former priest leads a tour group of women through Mexico in the 1940s. McCarter Theatre Center’s Emily Mann directs the excellent cast for the women-forward La Femme Theatre Productions. Tickets start at $10, and proceeds benefit the Actors Fund. 

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Andrew Scott (Sea Wall)
Photograph: Kevin Cummins

Old Vic: Three Kings

Wednesday 2:30pm EST / 7:30pm GMT (live only)
The excellent Andrew Scott, who played the wicked Moriarty on Sherlock and the Hot Priest on Fleabag, and his performance in Sea Wall was one of the highlights of the quarantine season. Here he stars Stephen Beresford’s Three Kings, a solo play about fathers and sons written especially for Scott to perform during the lockdown. Matthew Marchus directs the production, which was performed live onstage at London’s the empty Old Vic in September and is now getting a recorded encore run for just three days (through December 4). Seating is limited; tickets start at £10 (about $13.50) and must be booked in advance.

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Ben Vereen
Photograph: Isak Tiner

Broadway’s Great American Songbook: Ben Vereen and Klea Blackhurst

Wednesday 7pm EST / midnight GMT (live only)
Off Broadway’s York Theatre Company, which specializes in musicals, continues its series of virtual cabaret shows dedicated to classic showtunes from the Great American Songbook. Standards bearer Michael Feinstein acts as host, and Barry Kleinbort directs. Each edition premieres on Wednesday night and is then repeated five times over the next three days; tickets cost $20. This week’s double bill features Fosse muse, jazz cat and showbiz triple-threat entertainer Ben Vereen—of Pippin, Jesus Christ Superstar and All That Jazz fame—and the trumpet-voiced Klea Blackhurst, best known for her excellent Ethel Merman tribute show, Everything the Traffic Will Allow. Gary Adler serves as musical director.

Justin Mortelliti
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New York Theatre Barn: New Works

Wednesday 7pm EST / midnight GMT
In this weekly 45-minute show, hosted by Jen Sandler and Joe Barros, New York Theatre Barn's development series Zooms in on musicals-in-progress. This week’s selections are Justin Mortelliti and Shannon Hunt’s The Ladies Man, about a young gay man from an Italian-American New Jersey family, and Nico Juber’s comedy Millennials Are Killing Musicals, in which an anxious single mother tries to reach for her dreams.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Alvin Ailey's Revelations
Photograph: Bill Hebert

Alvin Ailey: Revelations Reimagined

Wednesday 7:30pm EST / 12:30am GMT (available for one week)
In lieu of its usual December residency at City Center, the beloved Ailey dance company is presenting a series of virtual offerings, each running for one week. At the core of many of them is Alvin Ailey's 1960 signature classic, the enormously popular 1960 group piece Revelations, which explores the African-American soul in a group dance set to spirituals, gospel songs and other religious music. The virtual run begins with a virtual benefit, Revelations Reimagined, that features excerpts from a performance of the work at the Bronx’s Wave Hill Public Garden & Cultural Center. A dance party follows the December 2 premiere.

Parsifal (Metropolitan Opera)
Photograph: Ken Howard

Metropolitan Opera: Parsifal

Wednesday 7:30pm EST / 12:30am GMT (available for 23 hours)
The Met shares a 2013 performance of Richard Wagner’s final opera, 1882’s Parsifal, a tale of Arthurian knights and the Holy Grail that is not to be confused with Spamalot. Daniele Gatti conducts this 2013 recording, which stars Jonas Kaufmann, Katarina Dalayman, Peter Mattei and René Pape.

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Valerie Terranova in Soup
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Project Y Theatre: Soup

Wednesday 7:30pm EST / 12:30am GMT  
Project Y Theatre, which mounts an annual Women in Theatre Festival in NYC, takes a dash of WIT online with three Zoom plays this week, culled from hundreds of submissions. The first is Rachael Carnes’s Soup, directed by Shelley Butler and featuring Bernardo Cubrio and Valerie Terranova.

Rubén Polendo
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Theater Mitu: </remnant>

Wednesday 8pm EST / 1am GMT (live only)
The global-minded, experimental Theater Mitu revisits its 2018 show, Remnant, a wide-ranging investigation into what makes people go to war. Devised by the company and directed by Rubén Polendo, the piece is based partly on interviews with soldiers, doctors and scholars around the world. The reconceived virtual edition, platformed by New York Theatre Workshop, is now being streamed a total of ten times. Tickets cost $10.

THEATER MULTIPLEXES

Hamilton
Photograph: Joan Marcus

Highlights of the lockdown

Most of this content that gets listed on this page is only available live or for a limited time, but some of it remains viewable indefinitely. As a supplement to our daily listings, here is the permanent collection: musicals, plays, dance works, cabaret sets, awards nights, special events more that have been released online since March and that you can still watch or rewatch at your leisure.

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Clare Halse in 42nd Street
Photograph: Courtesy Brinkhoff/Moegenburg

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 42nd StreetThe King and I, 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

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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.

ONGOING RUNS

Noah Levine
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

Atlas Obscura: Backstage with a Magician

For several years now, the engaging trickster Noah Levine has been performing Magic After Hours, an evening of cozy evening of prestidigitation held at the city’s oldest magic shop, Tannen’s, after closing time. Since cramming 20 people into a tiny room is not currently an option, Levine has teamed up with Atlas Obscura for a new show, Backstage with a Magician, that he performs from home four times a week (Mondays through Wednesdays and Fridays) for a maximum of 10 households at a time. Expect an entertaining shuffle of audience interaction, close-up magic and magic history. Tickets cost $25 per device; bring a deck of cards, a rubber band, a marker and 15 socks to take full advantage of the home-participation element.

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Jason Suran
Photograph: Alex Knight

Jason Suran: Reconnected

Zoom has proved surprisingly fertile territory for magicians of various kinds during the shutdown period. Now the highly skilled New York mentalist Jason Suran (The Other Side) joins the virtual party on Friday and Saturday nights with an intimate evening of diversions that he plans to perform in person once safety guidelines permit it. The limited audience size permits a pleasing degree of interaction. Tickets cost $50.

Shirley Jordan
Photograph: Joanna DeGeneres

Jocunda Festival

The Riant Theatre, best known for its Strawberry One-Act Festival, now offers several Zoom readings each week as part of its ongoing Jocunda Music, Film and Theatre Festival. Tickets cost $15 and advance reservations are required; conversations with the playwright and cast usually follow the performance.

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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.

ONGOING LIMITED RUNS

Kelli O'Hara
Kelli O'Hara
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

New York Pops: Kelli O’Hara 

Through December 1
Broadway's golden-voiced Kelli O’Hara has made a graceful transition from dramatic ingenue (The Light in the Piazza) to top-tier leading lady (The King & I), earning six Tony nominations and one win along the way. Now, the exquisitely poised performer performs a benefit concert for the New York Pops, backed by Dan Lipton at the piano. The event is hosted by Pops poppa Steven Reineke, who also chats with the singer after the show. Tickets start at $20.

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Satoko Ichihara
Satoko Ichihara
Photograph: Mizuki Sato

Japan Society: Underground Fairy

Through December 2
As part of its annual Play Reading Series: Contemporary Japanese Plays in English Translation, Japan Society presents a live virtual performance of Satoko Ichihara’s Underground Fairy, translated by Aya Ogawa and directed by Piehole’s inventive Tara Ahmadinejad. The play centers on a girl who fe4l like an outsider in her fairyland community because she is half human. Tonight’s  premiere is followed by a live discussion with Ichihara and Tara Ahmadinejad. Tickets cost $15.

Peggy Shaw
Peggy Shaw
Photograph: Alice Massey

La MaMa: Last Gasp WFH

Available through December 4
Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver cofounded the seminal lesbian downtown theater troupe Split Britches in 1980, and they have continued to stir the honey pot ever since. Their latest show was scheduled to premiere at La MaMa in April; now they have adapted it for a live remote performance that took place on November 20. Tickets for the on-demand recording of that show start at $5.

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Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Dance Concert and Pow Wow
Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Dance Concert and Pow Wow
Photograph: Jonathan Slaff

JoyceStream

Through December 6
In normal times, 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 of productions from artists who have appeared there. (They’re calling the program JoyceStream, but may we suggest Re-Joyce?) Four pieces go up at once, and remain available for one month. The November lineup includes: tap dancer Michela Marino Lerman’s Love Movement; a collection of short works by Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, emceed by director Louis Mofsie; two works, Gimp Gait and an excerpt from Reprise, by Miami’s Pioneer Winter Collective; and Fecha Limite (Expiration Date), a look at Indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities choreographed by Rafael Palacios for Colombia’s Sankofa Danzafro.

Dice
Dice
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

This Is Not a Theatre Company: Readymade Cabaret 2.0

Through December 6 
In Erin R. Mee’s interactive, Dada-inspired Readymade Cabaret 2.0, the audience determines which scenes will be performed, and in what order, through rolls of dice. The possibilities include dramatic scenes (written by Jessie Bear) as well as computer-generated poetry, art, music and something the show calls “Chance Dances.” The show is performed five times a week through December 6, and tickets cost $25.

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Grace McLean
Grace McLean
Photograph: Shervin Lainez

Joe’s Pub: The Liz Swados Project

Through December 8
Ghostlight Records celebrates the release of the new album The Liz Swados Project, a musical tribute to the innovative late musical-theater auteur whose Runaways (1978) earned her Tony nominations for Best Score, Best Book, Best Choreographer and Best Director. The event includes footage of Swados herself at Joe’s as well as an appearance by Freestyle Love Supreme’s Utkarsh Ambudkar and videos from Sophia Anne Caruso, Heather Christian, Damon Daunno, Amber Gray, Stephanie Hsu, Taylor Mac, Grace McLean, Alicia Olatuja and Ali Stroker. 

Jessica John in No Way Back
Jessica John in No Way Back
Photograph: Daren Scott

Roustabouts Theatre Co.: No Way Back

Through December 13
Jessica John stars in Mahshid Fashandi Hager solo play about escaping Iran as a 10-year-old girl during the fundamentalist Islamic Revolution in 1979. Fran Gercke directs the world premiere for San Diego’s Roustabouts Theatre Group. The show has been filmed and is available on demand through December 13; tickets start at $25.

 

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Two nuns talk in Luna Eclipse
Two nuns talk in Luna Eclipse
Photograph: Nicholas Thomas

spit&vigor: Luna Eclipse

Through December 13 
A professor invites audiences to join her for a séance that probes her family’s history of mental illness in Luna Eclipse, written and directed by Sara Fellini for her company, spit&vigor. As the show travels through time and space, it also moves through various locations at the atmospheric West Park Presbyterian Church, where the company is in artistic residence. The show was performed live in early November; though December 13, a recorded version is being streamed on a regular schedule for $15.

Massiel Armengot, Katherine George and Yohanna Florentino
Massiel Armengot, Katherine George and Yohanna Florentino
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

New York Theatre Workshop: The Cooking Project

Through Dec 15
The Dominican Artists Collective surveys the view from Washington Heights in a group work  that explores Dominican-American history, culture and identity. Melissa Crespo directs a cast of 11 DAC members for this NYTW presentation.

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Toshi Reagon
Toshi Reagon
Photograph: Courtesy Kevin Yatarola

Joe’s Pub: Toshi Reagon: Post-Election Day Concert

Through December 16
Brooklyn-based blues-rock-folk singer-songwriter Toshi Reagon, the daughter of Sweet Honey in the Rock cofounder Bernice Johnson Reagon, excels at merging diverse textures. In this live, free post–Election Day concert at Joe’s Pub, she looks ahead to what the future may or may not have in store; the event includes prerecorded segments with Taina Asili, Carl Hancock Rux, Morley and tap-dance genius Michelle Dorrance.

Nikki Renée Daniels
Nikki Renée Daniels
Photograph: Laura Marie Duncan

Lyrics & Lyricists: Rodgers, Rodgers, and Guettel—Statues and Stories

Through December 22
The 92nd Street Y’s estimable Lyrics & Lyricists continues its virtual “preludes” season with a salute to three generations of a Broadway-composer family tree: Richard Rodgers, who wrote countless pages of the Great American Songbook in his collaborations with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II; his daughter, Mary Rodgers, best known for composing Once Upon a Mattress; and her son, Adam Guettel, the genre-expanding creator of The Light in the Piazza. The singers this time are Allison Blackwell, Nikki Renée Daniels, Katherine Henly, Telly Leung, Julia Murney, Zachary Noah Piser, Pearl Sun and Mariand Torres; Beth Malone serves as narrator, and Paul Masse is the musical director. Tickets cost $15.

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Galen J. Williams in The Gaze…No Homo
Galen J. Williams in The Gaze…No Homo
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

Fountain Theatre: The Gaze…No Homo

Through December 31
Larry Powell adapts his original dramatic satire The Gaze…No Homo, an exploration of how Black queer artists navigate historically white spaces, into a free 12-part serial streamed by Los Angeles’s Fountain Theatre. Three episodes go live every Friday morning for a month, and they all remain viewable through the end of the year. Powell himself is among the relay-race team of rotating directors; the cast includes Galen J. Williams, Sharon Lawrence, Devere Rogers, Eugene Byrd, TC Carson, Yvette Cason and Jason “Freckle” Greene.

Luis Alfaro
Luis Alfaro
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

Center Theatre Group: The Greek Trilogy of Luis Alfaro

Through January 20
L.A.’s biggest nonprofit theater company, Center Theatre Group—which runs the Ahmanson Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum and the Kirk Douglas Theatre—streams all three parts of MacArthur “genius” grantee Luis Alfaro’s Greek Trilogy, which transplants ancient tragedies to the world of modern Latino-American life: Oeidpus El ReyMojado and Electricidad. The plays are free on demand and include an option for Spanish captioning.

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