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The show must go on!
culture in the time of covid-19

The show must go on!

by Michael Reinertz 3 min. 17.04.2020 From our online archive
Michael Reinertz picks theatre, musical and other shows to watch from your sofa
Photo: Shutterstock
Photo: Shutterstock

As avid fans of the performing arts know, there is no substitute for live theatre. But desperate times call for desperate measures. The show must go on!

Below is a list to show what theatres around the world are doing to bring their work to audiences stuck at home. An incredible testament to the resilience of the artistic community, which like many others, has fallen on particularly hard times.

The Show Must Go On!

This YouTube channel bringing you showtunes, backstage access and full performances from some of the most famous musicals from around the world. As part of their recent series broadcasting productions by Andrew Lloyd Webber – such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar featuring Tim Minchin - the YouTube channel will premiere a free, online re-broadcasting of Webber’s famous The Phantom of the Opera. The musical will air at 8:00pm, April 17th and will be available for viewing up to 24 hours after the premiere.

Lincoln Center at Home: Ballet Hispánico

After making the tough decision to cancel their summer Performing Arts programming, The Lincoln Center has decided to take their work online with Lincoln Center at Home. Here, you’ll find everything from Pop-Up Classrooms, #ConcertsforKids, as well as archival and live stream performances. For a taste of their theatrical offerings, check out CARMEN.maquia and Club Havana in which Ballet Hispánico gives a modern Latin twist to Bizet’s classic opera.

Hampstead Theatre: Drawing the Line

Summoned by the Prime Minister, Cyril Radcliffe is presented with a near impossible task. With no prior experience as a cartographer, he has been asked to draw the border which will divide the Indian sub-continent into two new Sovereign Dominions. Originally performed and live streamed in 2013 on The Guardian website, this unique recording of playwright Howard Brenton’s sweeping story of the partition that shaped the modern world returns as part of the Hampstead Theatre’s At Home series.

Theatre Together: All the Web’s a Stage

With over 300 theatres closed across the UK, Theatre Together formed as a collective of over 100 artists and professionals in order to take action and support the arts and culture industry throughout the pandemic. Theatre Together has organized All the Web’s a Stage, an online event consisting of 12 jam-packed hours of performances from West End theatre to comedy, drag and magic—all performed, of course, from the comfort of the performers’ homes. Fittingly, this theatrical programme starts on April 23rd—Shakespeare’s birthday! While completely free to the public, this event provides viewers an opportunity to support the artistic community, with donations going to charities supporting artists in need.

The Actors Fund: Stars in the House

Join Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley, for daily online interviews and mini-performances with stars from the stage and the big screen. Organized by The Actors Fund—the national human services organization for those in the performing arts and entertainment—this mini-series promotes The Fund’s continued support of those most vulnerable to the effects of Coronavirus. Including guest appearances by famous Broadway performers such as Kelli O’Hara and reputed medical professionals such as CBS Chief Medical Correspondent Jonathan LaPook, “Stars in the House” is a fun and informative dose of theatre that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home.

Michael Reinertz is the culture critic of the Luxembourg Times. Photo: Guy Wolff
Michael Reinertz is the culture critic of the Luxembourg Times. Photo: Guy Wolff

CirqueConnect

The Cirque du Soleil has created an online hub where visitors can access a collection of recorded performances, virtual reality experiences, webseries, content for kids and more. Here you’ll find everything from incredible feats of pyrotechnics to a weekly workout programme hosted by performers from the Cirque du Soleil. If you or your child is a fan of the performing arts, this is a great place to keep inspired.


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