National Programming Available (or Scheduled) for Streaming
Finish the Fight
They were tireless organizers. Tenacious fighters. And political geniuses. They were Black and Latinx. Indigenous and immigrant. Together, they won women the right to vote and laid the cornerstone for gender equality in the United States. Yet their stories have rarely been told. Until now.
This August, we give voice to these heroes of the suffrage movement. Join us for the premiere of this innovative new performance. Learn why their fight is far from over.
Finish the Fight: The Story Behind the Story
As part of its examination of the 19th Amendment centennial, The New York Times is publishing a new book, called “Finish the Fight!: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote.” Written by Times journalists, the book explores diverse women who fought for suffrage, but have been less recognized for their work.
The Times also asked playwright Ming Peiffer and director Whitney White to adapt some of the book’s biographies into a new form of theatrical storytelling, with invented scenes and imagined conversations among five women. The events of their lives, and their accomplishments, are real.
This event is free for all to attend. Access details are shared on R.S.V.P. confirmation and on the day of the event.
Tuesday, August 18
7:00 pm E.T.
4:00 pm P.T.
From The New York Times, a generous Broadway Cares sponsor: On Thursday, August 13, The New York Times’ Offstage series will take a behind-the-scenes look at the new Shaina Taub musical Suffragist. It will explore the show's pandemic-interrupted production, see performances of two never-before-heard songs and talk live with Taub, cast members Jenn Colella, Nikki M. James and Kuhoo Verma, director Leigh Silverman and scenic designer Mimi Lien.
Transport Group Brings back World-Premiere Musical Performance of Broadbend, Arkansas!
Broadbend, Arkansas spans nearly half a century and three generations. It asks us to contemplate the cycle of violence in this country and how we will find hope and create change against the backdrop of hate that plagues America.
In this unique musical, a Black family grapples with decades of inequality, violence, and suppression in the South. Benny, an orderly at a nursing home, delicately balances his role as a caregiver to an ornery white resident who shares a contentious past with his white boss while at the same time caring for his own family as the fight for equality grips the nation in the midst of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Thirty years later, his daughter, Ruby, struggles to understand an incident of police brutality against her 15-year-old son.
The performance is available through August 16th.
Time-Out New York Gives Ghost Quartet 4 Stars!
A song cycle about love, death, and whiskey. A camera breaks and four friends drink in an interwoven tale spanning seven centuries, with a murderous sister, a treehouse astronomer, a bear, a subway, and the ghost of Thelonious Monk.
If you weren’t able to raise a glass with The London cast at The Boulevard Soho when Ghost Quartet first premiered, you can now relive a recording from 2015, filmed live at the McKittrick Hotel, starring the production’s writer, Dave Malloy.
“Ghost Quartet unfolds with a subtly seductive allure...Brittain Ashford and Gelsey Bell deliver some breathtaking harmonies as well as spine-tingling interpretations of songs, with Ashford’s lush alto brimming with personality and Bell’s clear soprano ringing out with emotion and power...tight harmonies, compelling characters, and rich musicianship, draw us into a cozy world to explore our fascination with and connection to otherworldly spirits for a uniquely thrilling evening.”
The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse presents
Shakespeare's RICHARD II
Swinging the Lens will be showing Sam Wanamaker Playhouse's (London) 2019 version of Richard II. For your lockdown viewing pleasure, witness the film version of the critically acclaimed first all-women-of-color Shakespeare on a UK stage.
"By casting an iconic English history play with women of colour, this production immediately makes a strong political statement: it’s a reminder that Shakespeare is available to everyone." The Guardian
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Don’t Miss Marin Mazzie & Jason Danieley Broadway & Beyond!
AUGUST 14, 2020
8:00 PM ET
Broadway & Beyond is a celebration of their life together through music
and theatre, with songs they introduced in original Broadway cast productions,
songs they also sang in Broadway revivals, and in concerts across the country.
This concert is especially special and meaningful because Marin had been
living with ovarian cancer since her diagnosis on May 6th 2015.
Marin passed away September 13th, 2018, Marin and Jason were just short of
celebrating their 21st wedding anniversary. All proceeds from this event will be
donated to CSC (Cancer Support Community), Tina’s Wish and The Actors Fund
through Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS.
STREAMING NOW - THE ARTIST CHANNELS
WATCH MORE THAN 350 VIDEOS FROM MUSICAL THEATER'S MOST EXCITING CONTEMPORARY SONGWRITERS
Broadway On Demand has launched The Artist Channels, a new section of the platform devoted to musical theater composers and lyricists. The Artist Channels provide a digital space for theater fans to explore the incredible talent of the songwriters who are creating today's new musicals.
Explore our 36 Artist Channels available now, and check back as more are added in the coming weeks!
LIVE STREAM LINE-UP
Tony Award winner BD Wong debuts an imaginative, musical take on a gay man's life in quarantine with his music video version of Songs from an Unmade Bed. The stream, set for 8 pm Eastern this Monday, August 10, includes guest hosts Awkwafina, John Lithgow, John Cameron Mitchell, Billy Porter and Keala Settle, plus bonus appearances by Maulik Pancholy, Bowen Yang and more. Learn
Lin-Manuel Miranda Hamilton's improvisation hip-hop group, Freestyle Love Supreme and their reunion performances in New York City in 2019.
August 1 steamed up our laptops with BROADWAY BARES: ZOOM IN. It was recorded and is now available for at-your-leisure viewing. Click Here, Enjoy, and don't forget to tip the dancers, all to benefit Broadway Cares: Equity Fighs AIDS
Welcome to Playbill Social Selects, a new way for Broadway and theatre fans to enjoy interactive activities based on what you love: the theatre!
At This Theatre
Take a virtual tour through the historical theaters of Times Square and beyond with your host, the owner of Broadway Up Close, Tim Dolan.
August 5, 8PM ET
Serving Up Shakespeare
Try your hand at making a recipe based on the food from one of Shakespeare's plays with chef and Shakespearan actor, John Tufts.
Learn which wines pair best with your favorite Broadway shows and deepen your knowledge about wine in general with hosts/sommeliers Anna-Christina Cabrales and Brian Carl Long.
Tune in on Saturday (or Wednesday August 12) at 7:00PM EST to watch the original cast of the Cherry Lane production of Amiri Baraka's Dutchman featuring Dulé Hill (Psych, Suits), Jennifer Mudge (Rocky, The Big Meal, The Irishman), and Chris Myers (Obie Award Winner, An Octoroon) under the direction of Robert Barry Fleming (Artistic Director of the respected Actor's Theatre of Louisville).
In Amiri Baraka's revolutionary 1964 play Dutchman, a lascivious blonde tries every way she knows to manipulate and seduce a black youth in a New York City subway car, with devastating results.
Buy your tickets on Eventbrite here.
$5 TIX for DULÉ HILL in "Dutchman" available NOW from Play-PerView!
Justin Kirk (HBO's Angels in America, Weeds) will be joining the cast of the August 15th reunion of Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award-winning Best Play The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, written and directed by Kristoffer Diaz, and also featuring Usman Ally, Terence Archie, Desmin Borges, and Christian Litke.
In The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, 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.
Get your tickets to watch this play next Saturday, August 15, at 7:00PM EST by clicking the link here.
In this benefit for the East Hampton arts center Guild Hall, A-list actors Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin perform Bernard Slade’s hit 1975 two-hander Same Time, Next Year, which follows an adulterous affair through a quarter-century of changes. Bob Balaban directs this one-night-only virtual performance. The live performance cost $100, but a recording of it is now available on demand for $10.
This performance is available to watch through August 16th. Check it out here.
From Journalism to Play to Musical
21 Chump Street
Looking for a quick and hilarious piece of musical theatre?
Lucky for us, Lin-Manuel Miranda turned a piece from the popular radio/podcast This American Life into a mini-Broadway musical, created by people who normally work on Broadway, including Anthony Ramos (Hamilton) and Lindsay Mendez (Carousel).
And that's just a part of This American Life’s wildest, most ambitious live show ever - This American Life LIVE at BAM! Nearly 50 actors, singers, dancers, musicians and comedians joined Ira Glass onstage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Opera House to try some things they'd never tried before. The result? Journalism turned into opera, into plays, into a Broadway musical. Comedy from Mike Birbiglia, and SNL’s Sasheer Zamata. Songs from Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields. Dance from Monica Bill Barnes & Company.
Watch a 20-minute snapshot of the show here, including Lin Manuel's musical!
Or buy the full show here. The video can be yours for only five bucks!
Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Buried Child returns 20 years after its last major New York production. Dodge (Ed Harris) and Halie (Amy Madigan) are barely hanging on to their farmland and their sanity while looking after their two wayward grown sons (Rich Sommer and Paul Sparks). When their grandson Vince (Nat Wolff) arrives with his girlfriend (Taissa Farmiga), no one seems to recognize him, and confusion abounds. As Vince tries to make sense of the chaos, the rest of the family dances around a deep, dark secret. This wildly poetic and cuttingly funny take on the American family drama gleefully pulls apart the threadbare deluded visions of our families and our homes.
Part of the 1973 American Film Theatre series, this is the Kurt Weill/Maxwell Anderson Musical based on Alan Paton's classic Cry, the Beloved Country.
Brock Peters (To Kill a Mockingbird) is Stephen Kumalo, a black South African minister searching the unfamiliar back alleys and shantytowns of Johannesburg for his son, Absalom. But Kumalo's unwavering faith is put to the test when he finds Absalom in jail facing a capital murder charge. Courage, dignity, and sacrifice fall prey to the whirlwind of racist hypocrisy and hollow justice in Absalom's trial. Absalom's reunion and reconciliation with her father, his jailhouse marriage to his pregnant sweetheart Irina (Melba Moore), and his heroic determination to tell the truth no matter the cost set the stage for a tragic climax of both epic proportion and documentary immediacy. Peters, whom Weill declared, "one of the great voices of American theatre," delivers a flawlessly moving performance. Singing the title song, "Lost in the Stars," in an empty church to which he will never return, Kumalo's agony offers spiritual richness in place of poverty and human grace in place of prejudice, even as his heart becomes another casualty of vicious ethnic hatred.
Alabama Shakespeare Festival presents
ASF recently commissioned 22 Southern playwrights to each create original pieces on the theme of “home.”
The playwrights collaborated with actors from around the country to bring these new works to life.
And here are some samples from Atlanta artists you should enjoy:
"The Cat" Written by Lauren Gunderson, Performed by Suehyla El-Attar
"What You Can Fix" Written by Topher Payne, Performed by Shannon Eubanks
"Home is Where You're Who You Are" Written by Daryl Lisa Fazio, Performed by Madeleine Lambert
"Homing" Written by Mary Lynn Owen. Performed by Terry Burrell
"Coming Home" Written by Pearl Cleage, Performed by Darlene Hope