New Live Theater Online Preview Guide. Don’t Scream, Livestream!

As a follow-up to my post “What can I watch online that’s like Broadway?” below is a list with links to newly created/promised livestreamed theater, mostly free,  from La MaMa to the Metropolitan Opera, or concerts by theater artists, including schedules when they exist. Added in the mix are also some newly posted recordings of past musicals and concerts, but the strange new world of mandated social distancing is already starting to create some new forms of theater.

The 24 Hour Plays Viral Monologues

Update: Link above not working. Go directly to their Instagram account.

I’m not sure this is a great title, but it sounds like a terrific project:  20 theater writers have been paired with 20 actors — including Hugh Dancy, Rachel Dratch, Marin Ireland, Richard Kind, Bobby Moreno — for 20 original monologues, which will be posted from 6 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday, March 17.

92Y live-streaming
Wednesday, March 18 – Mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron gives her New York debut recital, singing songs of Beethoven and Mahler.

Thursday, March 2 – Beethoven interpreter Jonathan Biss performs the composer’s final three piano sonatas.

You can also view the 92nd Street Y’s  previously recorded events in its archive.



Folksbiene Live.

Tues March 17: Zalmen Mlotek’s Living Room Concert

Wed & Thur March 18 & 19: Yiddish Theater, past, present and future

“Ghost Quartet” by Dave Malloy

A newly released recording of this 90-minute musical by the creator of “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.”
Hell, I’ll just share it here



Katsura Sunshine’s Rakugo

This humor-filled adaptation of a tradition of Japanese storytelling was at New World Stages. It will now be on the performer’s Facebook Page Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. for free.

Living Room Concerts on Broadway World

A series of one-song performances  by Broadway stars from their own homes. Since it began March 13th, there have been performances (which you can still see) by Jagged Little Pill’s Kathryn Gallagher, Dear Evan Hansen’s Andrew Barth Feldman singing from Godspell (pictured), Andy Karl and Orfeh, Carolee Carmello singing from Hello, Dolly, Hadestown’s John Krause.

Stars in the House via The Actors Fund

This twice daily combination performance and talk show, with hosts Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, was launched on Monday March 16 with Kelli O’Hara,

March 17: Judy Kuhn at 2 p.m., Lindsay Mendez at 8 p.m.

“Teenage Dick” at Theater Wit  

The play by Mike Lew imagines Richard III as a disabled h.s. student, will be livestreamed starting 3/20. It’s a production of a Chicago company, but thanks to the miracle of Livestreaming, it’s available to New York theatergoers. I’m not sure how they’re going to be doing this, but the theater is promising talk-backs after each performance.

Theatre Without Theater

An instagram account that’s been offering a nightly “theatrical broadcast,” and soliciting artists to contribute more. Among the broadcasts so far (and still available) are Emily Walton singing from “Darling Grenadine” and Margot Seibert from “Unknown Soldier,” (which I reviewed.)  both musicals that were playing Off-Broadway until all theaters were shut down.

La MaMa plans to start live-streaming its productions soon, as it did already for the Re-Fest festival.

The Metropolitan Opera is offering a different opera every day., each starting at 7:30 p.m. and staying up for 20 hours.  During this period of shutdown and social distancing, they are offering it for free.


Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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