Labor Day Weekend Shows to Watch Sept 4-7. Porgy and Bess, The B-Side, Brandon Victor Dixon

The long weekend offers concerts by theater stars (including several in-person), a festival,  and online theater that’s both opening and soon to end, as well as more long-lasting videos that you finally have time to see. Below is a selection. Also check out my calendar of September 2020 theater openings. which has more complete theater listings.

Festival

Latinx New Play Festival, Friday through Sunday, from San Diego Rep. The offerings include Marga Gomez’s hilarious childhood memoir Spanking Machine

 

Concerts

All weekend:

Belting for Biden
Broadway Sessions

In-Person and Online

Friday: Teal Wicks 
Saturday: Kate Baldwin
Sunday: Brandon Victor Dixon
All three concerts above are offered through Broadway relief project which is offering in-person, socially distanced concerts at midtown’s Open Jar Studios (for concert prices), but they are also being llive-streamedr for free or at low cost.

Online

Sunday and Monday Karen Olivo

Sunday: Nick Cordero Memorial Tribute

Theater

Friday and Saturday

Porgy and Bess at the Met, the 2019 production starring Eric Owens and Angel Blue with a 60-member ensemble choreographed by Camille Brown. Available for 48 hours.

Eleanor

This new play about Eleanor Roosevelt, by Mark St. Germain stars Harriet Harris (who also portrayed the First Lady, diplomat and activist in the recent Ryan Murphy Netflix series “Hollywood.” as well as in a forthcoming TV series, “Atlantic Crossing.”) The livestream is presented on Friday and Saturday.

 

Already opened

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel Ends Tuesday

#WhileWeBreath

An anthology of Black theater artists responding to the current crisis.

The B-Side  
Ends September 14. The Wooster Group’s unusual sing-along inspired by the 1965 LP Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons, featuring work songs and spirituals When I saw this last year, I wrote: “In “The B-Side,” three men sing along with an album on a record-player — or, as people prefer to say these days, a vinyl on the turntable. But there’s a reason why the Wooster Group’s encore presentation of its simple and odd hour-long piece, first performed at the Performing Garage in 2017, is filling St. Ann’s Warehouse every night….The B-side” seemed to embody what’s become an overused word: authenticity.

Author: New York Theaterh

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

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