Theater to Stream: Concert Sets and Reimagined Classics

Streaming music was troublesome to start with of the pandemic. Zoom delays made it robust to sync singers and accompanists, however workarounds have since appeared, generally involving some prerecording, that enable for theatrical aptitude.

Among the preferred musical theater programming has been Seth Rudetsky’s “The Seth Concert Series,” which might be relied on for a canny, entertaining mixture of performances and chitchat.

Up on May 30 is George Salazar, who has one thing many performers spend a profession chasing: a signature quantity, “Michael in the Bathroom,” from the musical “Be More Chill.” As for Alex Newell (June 6), he’s the uncommon crossover between Broadway and dance golf equipment. Newell introduced down the roof with “Mama Will Provide” within the Tony Award-winning revival of “Once on This Island,” however you’ll be able to simply as usually hear him booming out of discos world wide on nice tracks like DJ Cassidy’s “Kill the Lights.”

Ali Stroker first pinged on New York’s radar within the 2015 revival of “Spring Awakening,” then confirmed her presents with a Tony-winning flip as Ado Annie in Daniel Fish’s manufacturing of “Oklahoma!” It received’t be an enormous shock if “I Cain’t Say No” turns up in Stroker’s fund-raising live performance for the Philadelphia Theater Company, the place she as soon as performed Olive in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Rumor has it that the set record will even embody a sure Goffin-King traditional and an excerpt from “Grease.” May 26;

Ali Stroker in her live performance for the Philadelphia Theater Company.Credit…Chris Ash

Another live performance, by Jane Krakowski for the Roundabout Theater Company’s 2021 gala, options visitor stars together with Tituss Burgess and the New York Pops. The occasion shall be each stay in Central Park and streaming — an indication of hybrids to come? June 7;

Global Forms Theater Festival

It’ll be some time earlier than worldwide firms can journey simply once more. In the meantime, New York Theater Salon and the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater are presenting a free, globe-spanning competition that includes works by immigrant artists and troupes based mostly outdoors the United States, in addition to occasions that present alternatives for worldwide exchanges and discussions. June 1-9;

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Shakespeare’s Globe is bringing again bodily performances of Sean Holmes’s manufacturing of this wackiest of comedies, and the excellent news is that a few them shall be livestreamed, with the primary one in June. Make certain to pay attention to time zone variations; being too late or too early by a number of hours fairly than a couple of minutes is the brand new regular in theater. June 5;

‘Rising Stars 2021’

LaGuardia High School is normally launched because the inspiration for the 1980 film “Fame,” however youthful generations would possibly favor extra up-to-date references: The New York City arts faculty’s many alumni embody Awkwafina and Ansel Elgort. This 12 months, LaGuardia is taking its “Rising Stars” selection showcase on-line; so now you’ll be able to strive to spot the following Timothée Chalamet. Premiering June four;

‘Time Capsule’

Virtual theater, as we now have seen throughout the previous 12 months, makes entry to the stage financially and bodily simpler. It’s an evolution that’s notably related, and maybe game-changing, for firms like Theater Breaking Through Barriers, which focuses on writers, performers and audiences with disabilities. The newest “Playmakers’ Intensive” competition options 14 new quick items. May 31-June 13;

Frida Espinosa-Müller in “Ursula.”Credit…Morgana Wilborn


The Latino Theater Company presents Cara Mía Theater’s manufacturing of Frida Espinosa-Müller’s highly effective, emotional solo play about Nadia, a 7-year-old Honduran lady separated from her household on the Mexico-United States border. (The title refers to a detention heart in McAllen, Texas.) Performing in English and Spanish, each subtitled, Espinosa-Müller brings to life a story ripped, all too tragically, from the headlines. Through June 6;

Heather Christian, heart, within the Bushwick Starr manufacturing of “Animal Wisdom.”Credit…by way of Animal Wisdom

Expanding Boundaries

Heather Christian is among the many younger writers and performers upending musical theater with hard-to-pin-down works. A great alternative to catch up is a movie adaptation by Woolly Mammoth and American Conservatory Theater of Christian’s “Animal Wisdom,” which mines a “rhapsodic musical style of cosmic gospel” and performed at that fantastic incubator the Bushwick Starr in 2017. Through June 13;

The pop band Sky-Pony has barely extra simple theatrical roots: the core members Lauren Worsham was in “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” and her husband, Kyle Jarrow, wrote the e book for “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical” (a few of us are not-so-patiently ready for a revival of Jarrow’s “A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant”). Now they’re reimagining their 2016 present, “The Wildness,” for streaming. May 26;

Lisa Banes, left, and Jordan Boatman in “The Niceties.”Credit…by way of Manhattan Theatre Club and The Huntington Theater Company

‘The Niceties’

In Eleanor Burgess’s two-hander “The Niceties,” a white college professor and a Black scholar begin discussing opinion and sources in an educational paper — then their trade spins uncontrolled, constructing towards a cold ending. Lisa Banes and Jordan Boatman reprise their roles from the Manhattan Theater Club 2018 manufacturing for this streaming model. May 27-June 13;

Kara Young, left, and Corey Stoll in “Bulrusher.”Credit…by way of Bard on the Gate


Among essentially the most hanging choices in Paula Vogel’s Bard on the Gate sequence, which is devoted to undersung performs, was a studying of Eisa Davis’s unabashedly lyrical 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist “Bulrusher.” Luckily, those that missed final 12 months’s quick run, which Davis directed, have a second probability with this stream, thanks to Bard on the Gate’s new partnership with the McCarter Theater Center in Princeton, N.J. Kara Young stars because the title character, a teenage clairvoyant in 1950s California; the superlative forged additionally contains André Holland and Corey Stoll. June Three-9;

Classics, Every Which Way

You might imagine you realize your classics, however likelihood is that these radical variations will scramble your mind. That’s how they roll in German theater. This week’s choices embody subtitled interpretations of a pair of texts by two main Berlin firms. Eugene O’Neill was impressed by Greek tragedy for “Mourning Becomes Electra,” which has been taken up by the Volksbühne Berlin (May 27; And on the experimental Maxim Gorki Theater, “Hamlet” is framed as a film directed by Horatio. (May 28;

Toby Jones, left, and Richard Armitage in “Uncle Vanya.”Credit…Johan Persson

Conor McPherson’s adaptation of “Uncle Vanya,” directed by Ian Rickson and a part of the PBS sequence “Great Performances,” is a retreat to extra acquainted floor. Toby Jones stars within the title position, and Richard Armitage is Astrov. Neither of them will, say, launch into techno or strip bare whereas hanging the wrong way up. Vive la différence! May 7-June four;