Shows to Watch This Weekend Aug 14-16: Casts of “Hamilton” and “Hair,” BD Wong and Kristoffer Diaz

There is SO much to see this weekend: six starry concerts. five plays (some opening, some closing), four festivals and two Netathons. Below is a brief rundown with links to tickets and more info (or to the videos themselves). Also check out my calendar of August 2020 theater openings.



On Friday: Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley: Broadway and Beyond  and Lena Hall Presents Obsessed : Alanis Morissette ;

On  Saturday: Christopher Jackson: Live from the West Side and La MaMa: Hair 50th Anniversary

On Sunday: The Seth Concert Series: Stephanie J. Block

All weekend:  Scott Siegel’s Great American Songbook Concert: Volume 8


Edinburgh Fringe Festival continues with a new batch of virtual plays on Saturday at The Space UK

Battery Dance Festival begins Friday

BOLD 2020: Ten-Minute Play Festival, begins Friday

Ice Factory Festival, ends Saturday



1 p.m. A Love Letter to Lebanon, a benefit to raise money for those whose lives have been affected by the explosion in Beirut that occurred on August 4th.

7 p.m. Ham4Change: A Virtual Fundraiser Event featuring the original cast of “Hamilton” benefiting nine organizations fighting against systemic racism

Theater to Catch


Still available: (Each of the four links contain both my review and the video of the show itself)

Songs From An Unmade Bed: Watch B.D. Wong Remake, Ends Friday

No Blue Memories: Black Poet Gwendolyn Brooks via Manual Cinema Ends Monday


Actors in The Line

The Line.

Opening Saturday:
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

7 p.m.

The tenth annual reunion reading of this play written and directed by Kristoffer Diaz. Macedonio “The Mace” Guerra is a middle rank wrestler who may have discovered his ticket to the big time: a charismatic, trash-talking Indian kid from Brooklyn whom he recruits as the perfect foil to the all-American champion, Chad Deity. But when their rivalry is used to exploit racial stereotypes in the name of ratings, all three men find themselves fighting for much more than the championship title.  (My review of the play Off-Broadway in 2010.)

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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