It’s Monday, you can’t leave the house, and it might feel like you’ve watched everything there is to see. Good news, below are some highlights debuting the week of April 6th to help keep you entertained and your spirits up!
Monday, April 6th – LIPS TOGETHER,TEETH APART
This live reading of the play is in honor of the late Terrence McNally, who died of coronavirus complications last month. This one time event has an allstar cast featuring Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family, Tony winner Celia Keenan-Bolger, Star Trek‘s Zachary Quinto and Ari Graynor star as a pair of straight couples spending Fourth of July weekend in a gay community on Fire Island at the height of the AIDS crisis.
This event is free but donations are encouraged – all proceeds will go to the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund
Click here to watch on Broadwaycom youtube channel
HAMLET – Shakespeare’s Globe starts streaming shows tonight, starting with their 2018 HAMLET
For more info go to last week’s article on this- click here
You can sign up to watch with the Globe Player
Tuesday, April 7th – The Eastern kicks off its new virtual series “Performance & Pedagogy”
Tuesdays & Thursdays: Plays!
On select Tuesdays and Thursdays, join founding members of The Eastern, Steve Schmitz and Justin Allen Slagle, to explore plays. Some sessions will be virtual play-readings, some discuss and analyze the text, and others will be advanced scene and character breakdowns.
Wednesday: HAPPIEST HOUR
A virtual “hang out.” Grab a beer, a snack and hangout… chatting about this and that, how you’re feeling, theatre and arts… or whatever else comes to mind.
Saturday: Voice for Actors 101 & Movement Class
Take group voice and dialect classes with Vanessa Dinning. Voice for actors will focus on breath and body connection, freeing the voice, resonance and text-connection. Dialect work will be an introduction to approaching dialects. Both will include effective warm up work and vocal health advice (from the voice, not medical view)
In addition, Alyssa Austin will offer Movement for Actors, and/or Dance classes that will vary from week to week (Warming Up the Body for Auditions, Musical Theatre Fundamentals, Intro to Tap, Intro to Jazz, and intermediate level combination-based dance classes).
Sundays: The Biz / Audition Prep / Self-Tapes / Resumes
As people who are usually the ones watching the auditions, this is an opportunity to give feedback on how to present yourself in the best way possible. These sessions will be informal – each will cover a basic topic followed by a Q&A/Open Discussion
All sessions will take place on Zoom (information to join sessions will be shared privately with interested parties). These sessions are free and open to the public, but donations are accepted.
You can register for individual sessions here
Wednesday, April 8th – 54 Below 6:30pm eastern Bonnie Miligan and Natalie Walker Livestream
Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels) and Natalie Walker (Alice By Heart), join forces for an evening of music, mayhem, and potentially murder – though Natalie won’t explain why exactly. I guess you’ll have to join in to find out…
You can see them and the other love streams from 54 below on their youtube channel
Friday, April 10th FLEABAG – STREAMING
Before the tv show there was the stage version. Now you have a shance to watch the filmed stage version from2019 from Wyndham’s Theatre in London of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s FLEABAG. On Available for rental on Friday, April10th and running for two weeks, it’s available for a $5 rental fee and all proceeds will be donated to charity.
Fleabag was directed by Vicky, with a creative team made up of Holly Pigott (scenic design), Elliot Griggs (lighting design), and Isobel Waller-Bridge (sound design).
Sunday, April12th – NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, which aired live from Brooklyn April 1, 2018, will be rebroadcast on the network Easter Sunday: April 12. This aired 5 EmmyAwards in 2018 and features Oscar, Emmy and Grammy winner (and Tony-winning producer) John Legend starred as Jesus, with Waitress’ Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene, Hamilton alum Brandon Victor Dixon as Judas, Alice Cooper as King Herod, Ben Daniels as Pontius Pilate, Tony nominee Norm Lewis as Caiaphas, Jason Tam as Peter, Jin Ha as Annas, and Erik Gronwall as Simon Zealotes.
Check your local listings for when it airs in your area.
Monday, April 13th – Disney – Live Streaming their November 2019 CELEBRATING 25 MAGICAL YEARS OF DISNEY on April 13th 7pm eastern. I’m counting this as part of the week of April 6th even though it kicks off next week because this sounds fun so mark your calendars!
This concert features 79 performers which is an insane amount of star power to have in one show! Some of those performers include Jelani Alladin (Hercules), Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid, School of Rock), Christian Borle (Little Shop of Horrors, Mary Poppins), Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins), Kerry Butler (Beetlejuice, Beauty and the Beast),), Gavin Creel (Hello, Dolly!, Waitress), Lindiwe Dlamini (The Lion King), Susan Egan (Beauty and the Beast), Andrew Barth Feldman (Dear Evan Hansen),Whoopi Goldberg (The View), Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton, Aida), James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin, Hamilton), Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), Tamika Lawrence Norm Lewis (Once on This Island, The Little Mermaid), Kara Lindsay (Newsies, Beautiful), Ashley Park (Mean Girls), Adam Pascal (Rent, Aida), Krysta Rodriguez (Hercules), Sherie Rene Scott (The Little Mermaid, Aida), Josh Strickland (Tarzan), and more!
But wait, there’s more! This show is also the reunion of 18 Newsies from both the Broadway and national touring productions.
This is fundraiser for BroadwayCares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund.
The stream will be available online at BroadwayCares.org
Those are some of the highlights for the week of April 6th, any you think should be added? Tell me below!
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