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New York: Playbill recommends shows to stream this weekend

Friday, May 22, 2020

While Memorial Day typically yields an influx of tourists at the Broadway box office, the coronavirus keeps theatres around the country shuttered. Still, several theatre companies and artists have found ways to keep the curtains raised online, with classes, productions, concerts, and more available to stream.

Here are some of the offerings presented over the holiday weekend.

Saturday, May 23

8 PM: Puffs Streaming Watch Party
Playbill’s Playback series continues with a full-length stream of the Off-Broadway production, about “a Certain School of Magic and Magic.” Also on hand will be Playbill’s Felicia Fitzpatrick, who will host a talk with members of the cast and creative team. The stream is available beginning May 22 at noon through May 31, but viewers can join in a virtual watch party Saturday evening using the hashtag #PlaybillPlayback.

8 PM: Our Lady of 121st Street
Bobby Cannavale and Laurence Fishburne will lead a reading of the Stephen Adly Guirgis play, joined by several members of the original 2003 Off-Broadway production from LAByrinth Theater Company. Elizabeth Rodriguez directs the event, available for 24 hours in support of the venue.

Sunday, May 24

2 PM: Bunnicula
For young thrill seekers confined by quarantine: TheaterWorksUSA will stream a benefit reading of their musical adaptation of the James and Deborah Howe children’s book, with a script by Charles Busch and music by Sam Davis and Mark Waldrop. Watch on the organization’s YouTube channel.

2 PM: Mad Forest

Created by experimental theatre and opera director Ashley Tata, Caryl Churchill’s 1990 play Mad Forest will be broadcast live in a specially modified version of Zoom and brought to life by Fisher Center at Bard actors performing remotely.

The presentation is presented by Theatre For A New Audience (TFANA). 

CLICK HERE to register for one of the three performances. 

8 PM: National Memorial Day Concert
A host of stage favorites will participate in the virtual edition of the annual festivities, featuring both new performances and highlights of past concerts. Expect appearances by Hamilton Tony nominee Christopher Jackson, Tony winner Cynthia Erivo, Tony nominee Renée Fleming, and Tony winner Kelli O’Hara. Watch on YouTube or PBS stations around the country (check local listings).

Monday, May 25

7:30 PM: Bandstand
Following Playbill’s earlier stream of the Broadway musical, new streaming service Broadway on Demand hosts a special Memorial Day screening of the title, starring Laura Osnes and Corey Cott. The broadcast will also include a 30-minute preshow.

More Streaming Options

  • The NT Live re-broadcast of A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Gillian Anderson as Blanche Dubois, is available until May 28 at noon.
  • Weekend titles in the Metropolitan Opera’s Nightly Met Streams series include Faust (May 23), Manon (May 24), and La Damnation de Faust (May 25).

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