Below are a selection of “theater openings” today, including the much anticipated “Lungs” starring the royal leads from The Crown, the Off-Broadway production of Gloria (about Gloria Steinem) and both the sequel to Boys in the Band and a starry new Stonewall drama, two of the many Pride plays (and rallies and parties) today, the start of Pride Weekend, the 50th anniversary of the first LGBT Pride March.
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The Sound of Music
The Shows Must Go On!
Launches at 2 p.m., available for 48 hours
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s channel is resurrecting the 2013 live broadcast of The Sound of Music, the first and most popular NBC live musical, starring Carrie Underwood as Maria, Stephen Moyer as Captain Von Trapp, Audra McDonald as the Mother Abbess, Christian Borle as Max and Laura Benanti as the Baroness. Will we all live-Tweet during the streaming the way we did the TV broadcast? Starts at 2 p.m. and viewable for 48 hours. (Warning: This is the same show that was scheduled last month, and was inaccessible to U.S. viewers, reportedly because of rights issues.)
Live-streamed performances through July 4
Claire Foy and Matt Smith (who were Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in the TV series The Crown) star in the socially distanced performance of a play by Duncan Macmillan (Every Brilliant Thing; People Places and Things) about a couple contemplating parenthood. “The ice caps are melting, there’s overpopulation, political unrest; everything’s going to hell in a handcart – why on earth would someone bring a baby into this world?”
5 to 8 p.m. NYC Virtual Pride Rally with trans journalist Ashlee Marie Preston and trans actor Brian Michael Smith as hosts
6:30 The second day of Fractures of Pride, a three-day festival, begins with MusicTalks Celebration of LGBTQ Composers: Live concert with Cellist Elad Kabilio and special guests
7 p.m. Global Pride 2020 24 hours of performances and speeches!
7 p.m. The Men from the Boys. Mort Crowley’s sequel to The Boys in the Band, showing what happens to the characters, directed by Zachary Quinto and shown on Playbill’s Pride Plays page
7 p.m. Criminal Queerness Festival: vichitra: an anthology of queer dreams
8 p.m. Queerly Festival: The Reparations Show, a variety show that will center stories created by and about Black and Indigenous artists. Kevin R. Free is the host at this performance.
8:00pm Brick by Brick: STONEWALL As part of the Fractures of Pride festival, a reading of a television pilot written by Eric Ulloa and performed by Robin De Jesus, Doreen Montalvo, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Julius Rubio, Daniel Reichard, Jason Veasey, Max Chernin,, Sis, Samyra James, Stephen DeRosa, Danny Burgos
East Village Chronicles: Arrivals
Launches at 8 p.m.
A double feature; two plays about immigrating to New York. Paloma Sierra’s Cola’o (performed in Spanish and English, with supertitles), in which lovers bicker about Puerto Rico and coffee, and Bill Russell’s Fulltime Active, based on interviews conducted in the 1970s and 1980s.
9 p.m. “Stonewallin’.” From Iowa’s Mirrorbox Theater: “Stonewall Jackson coughs, and out comes glitter.” Stonewallin’ is a queer coming-of-age story in the American South full of witchcraft, war re-enactors, and ghosts.
Gloria: A Life
Launches at 9 p.m.
Great Performances offers the play by Emily Mann about Gloria Steinem, starring Christine Lahti. When I reviewed it at the Daryl Roth Theater in 2018, I found the scripted Act I to be a moving, enlightening and inspiring show about the life and work of the famous feminist, journalist, activist, co-founder of Ms. Magazine and one-time Playboy Bunny. Then Act II is a “talking circle,” turning the show into half storytelling, half consciousness-raising.