Welcome to the latest edition of Plum Viewing, my weekly roundup of arts and culture to view online.
Hello lovely readers! As you will have noticed, I took a little break last week, as I hope you did as well (it has been a long winter and we deserve it!). I’m back this week with a few exciting picks to keep us all entertained on their balconies, backyards and cottages.
So, with that, here are this week’s picks. Enjoy!
Ok, let’s start with a reminder of a play which is streaming this month. I have mentioned this before and as readers, you all know I am a big fan of Hannah Moscovitch. And, I am very pleased to say that her new play, Post Democracy, is now available. Produced as a digital only production, it explores power, privilege and corruption. Are you hooked yet?? If not, here’s the description: “Welcome to the world of the 1%, the corporate elite, the “C-suite” — the “king-makers” whose influence flows through every aspect of our lives virtually unnoticed. When a CEO and his top executives are on a business trip for a major deal, a damaging sex scandal at the company is unearthed back home. As the pressure to complete the deal mounts, more secrets come to the surface, endangering the CEO’s company, his family, and his legacy. What happens to morality when human beings have limitless power?”
Broadway opened its doors last weekend with NY PopsUp and who was the first person to grace the stage, Nathan Lane, of course. To a socially distanced audience of essential workers (which NYC has just declared Broadway workers to be — and too right!), Lane performed a new monologue by playwright Paul Rudnick. It told the story of a theater-obsessed man cooped up in his studio apartment during quarantine, his particularly hilarious encounter with Hugh Jackman and others. I mean, does it get better than that?! No, is the only correct answer. Here’s a snippet from the show. Let’s hang in there everyone — it is coming back!
Until then, we can go “behind the scenes” with Broadway icon John Cullum in An Accidental Star, produced by our friends at the Irish Rep Theatre. Here, we get to hear stories and songs from the Golden Age of American Musicals and never-before-heard stories of working with friends Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Goulet, Julie Andrews, and more. The NY Times described An Accidental Star as “a rare opportunity to revisit the making of some of Broadway’s greatest shows, and the funny, moving, and fascinating encounters John had along the way.” Oh who doesn’t want nostalgia right now! It is streaming until April 22, for free with a recommended donation of $25. You can reserve your tickets here.
For anyone who missed the glorious and very Canadian rendition of Messiah by our friends at Against the Grain Theatre, fear not because we have an opportunity to once again enjoy this masterpiece.
As a reminder, here is how it is described: “The daring, 70-minute performance of Messiah/Complex, filmed against iconic Canadian landscapes, will showcase multilingual translations, and feature a diverse cast of soloists and choirs representing every province and territory across Canada, accompanied by the exceptional sounds of the TSO and conducted by Johannes Debus (Canadian Opera Company).” I can not recommend this enough. It’s available until April 13. Please do enjoy it!
Our friends at Red Bull Theater are back, this time with a livestream performance of John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Milton’s epic poem explores the fundamental questions of the human experience: What is evil? If God is all-powerful, why did he allow evil to exist? Do humans have free will? Is our life predestined? And it does so with the exquisite language you have ever heard. Just beautiful.
This new dramatization will be presented in two parts: “The Fall of Lucifer” (April 12) and “Eve and Adam” (April 26). Tickets are free and can be reserved here.
Our friends at Jazz at Lincoln Center are hosting a virtual gala, which will stream from April 15–25. Hosted by Dee Dee Bridgewater (a gorgeous performer who Mr Fairs and I had the pleasure of seeing at City Winery in NYC but I digress!), we will be treated to special appearances by President Bill Clinton, dancer Lil Buck, conguero/vocalist Pedrito Martinez, vocalist Veronica Swift, actress Anna Deavere Smith, trumpeter Michael Rodriguez, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here.
See you next week my lovely readers!
And, and ask: While we’re enjoying these wonderful performances, let’s remember that for the arts organizations producing this incredible content, this is their livelihood; not a hobby. If we can, now is our time to continue to support our incredible arts community!
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