What To Stream This Weekend: Phantom of the Opera, 25 Years of Disney on Broadway, Madama Butterfly

Below are just the shows I’m hoping to see myself this weekend. It’s too overwhelming to try to list everything that’s suddenly available from day to day online (See my Where to Get Your Theater Fix Online for a list of major platforms and series, and long-running shows; and my April 2020 Calendar of “Openings” for a larger list)

My must-sees

Phantom of the Opera

The longest-running musical in Broadway history has also had a long run in London. Andrew Lloyd Webber is presenting a recording of the 25th-anniversary production of his musical at London’s Royal Albert Hall, starring Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess, for free on his new YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On, starting 2 p.m. Friday and for the next 48 hours (basically the weekend).

25 Years of Disney on Broadway
The streaming of the anniversary special that was supposed to happen this past Monday is now happening on Friday at 7 p.m. on the Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS YouTube channel
The November, 2019 concert featured performances by a cast of 79 (including 18 from “Newsies”) and a 15-piece orchestra.

Madama Butterfly
Starting Friday at 7:30 p.m. and available for the next 24 hours on the Metropolitan Opera website. This 2006 production of Puccini’s opera by director Anthony Minghella’s was chosen by popular vote.


Appalachian Spring by Martha Graham Dance Company, Saturday 8 p.m.

Buyer and Cellar, one man play by Jonathan Tolins starring Michael Urie, Sunday 8 p.m.
(I love this show about Barbra Streisand basement, which I saw Off-Broadway)


My Non-Theater Sees

On Hulu:

Oscar winner Parasite debuts on Hulu

I’ve seen Parasite, Oscar winning best picture. If you haven’t, I recommend it. Its lively depiction of income inequality, and even scenes of life in lockdown, have become all the more relevant.

Mrs. America
Cate Blanchett portrays the conservative anti-feminist Phyllis Schlaffly in this three-episode series that tells the true story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and the backlasth against it. Rose Byrne plays Gloria Steinem and Uzo Aduba is Shirley Chisholm. (I only commit to watching the first episode this weekend.)

On Netflix

The Innocence Files

A nine-episode series chronicling some shocking cases of unjust convictions uncovered and overturned by the Innocence Project

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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