Playbill’s Weekly Streaming Guide: What to Watch January 18-22

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A reunion reading of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Gloria, new musical excerpts from Joe Iconis and Rob Rokicki, and more online offerings this week.

Below are just some of the digital offerings this week. For more, check out Playbill’s Streaming Calendar, presented in partnership with Broadway Podcast Network.

Monday, January 18

11 AM: BAM’s 35th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Brooklyn Academy of Music goes virtual this year for the annual celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The festivities include a keynote speech by Alicia Garza, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, and performances by Grammy Award-winning gospel and R&B artist and Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton, Tank and the Bangas lead vocalist Tarriona “Tank” Ball, Vy Higgensen’s award-winning choir Sing Harlem!, 2020-2021 BAM Artist Resident poet Timothy DuWhite, and spoken word artist Ashley August. The program will be complemented by a digital film screening of William Greaves’s newly-restored documentary Nationtime and the week-long public art installation Let Freedom Ring. RSVP here.

4 PM: National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s Soul to Soul

The theatrical concert explores the parallels between African-American and Jewish music through English spirituals, Civil Rights songs, Yiddish folk songs, and theatre pieces. The concert features Elmore James, Tony Perry, Lisa Fishman, and more.

9 PM: Crowndation Sneak Peek

The Fire This Time Festival offers a free look at the first offering in its Not a Moment But a Movement, a series of three events that pair play readings with visual artists and musicians, all celebrating Black voices. Crowndation; I Will Not Lie to David, by Angelica Chéri, will star Sheria Irving; Cezar Wlliams directs. The piece, subsequently available on-demand beginning January 21, follows Fatima Seed, a 29-year-old African-American woman navigating a pursuit of faith, sexuality, and purpose. The stream features an introduction by Vanessa Williams.

Tuesday, January 19

7 PM: Vineyard Theatre Original Cast Benefit Reading: Gloria

The original cast of Vineyard Theatre’s production of the Pulitzer Prize finalist play Gloria, by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, reunites for this benefit reading supporting the nonprofit theatre’s 2020–2021 season, with a portion of the proceeds supporting The Dramatists Guild Foundation. The stream will be available through January 24.

Wednesday, January 20

 Joe Iconis and Rob Rokicki


Joe Iconis and Rob Rokicki


7 PM: New York Theatre Barn: Love in Hate Nation / Experience Marianas

The New Works Series live stream features excerpts from the new musicals Love in Hate Nation by Joe Iconis (Be More Chill) and Experience Marianas Rob Rokicki (The Lightning Thief) and Sarah Beth Pfeifer

Thursday, January 21

8 PM: BPN Live: E-Ticket to Broadway: Queens of the Kingdom

A special “Queens of the Kingdom” edition of E-Ticket to Broadway, as part of the Broadway Podcast Network’s Special Live events, stars original Broadway cast members of the musical Six, Adrianna Hicks, Abby Mueller, Brittney Mack, and Samantha Pauly, with host David Alpert.

8 PM: Stage Door Sessions: Be More Chill

Meet three of the artists who helped the musical turn into a viral sensation. Ask questions, interact with other fans, and learn new things about the show in this virtual hangout from Playbill Social Selects and Broadway Roulette.

Friday, January 22

8 PM: Broadway Murder Mysteries: Play The Part Or Be A Detective!

Join host Brandon Hicks with a special virtual appearance from Broadway’s Betsy Struxness (Hamilton, Matilda) on a virtual night of murder mystery fun where you can: Be A Character in the Murder Mystery and Act “On-Stage” or Be A Detective and remain “Off-Screen” while watching the comedy at play and helping solve the crime.

More Streaming Options

  • A playback of Faith Healer, which debuted on Old Vic’s In Camera programming. The socially distant production stars 2020 Olivier winner Indira Varma and David Threlfall and is helmed by Artistic Director Matthew Warchus. Three daily streams wil take place January 20–22 at 2:30 PM ET.
  • St. Ann’s Warehouse, Landmark Productions, and Project Arts Centre will present Mark O’Rowe’s The Approach, live-streamed from Dublin’s Project Arts Centre, January 21, 23, and 24.
  • Atlantic Theater Company presents African Caribbean MixFest, a free reading series exploring and celebrating the abundance of diverse stories in the theatre. RSVP here for programming that includes full-length plays by France-Luce Benson, Guadalís Del Carmen, and Kwame Kwei-Armah.
  • U.K. streaming concert series Leave the Light On features a line-up comprising Lauren Byrne, Lauren Drew, Chelsea Halfpenny, David Hunter, Rachel John, Lucie Jones, Rob Madge, Tim Mahendran, Nicholas McLean and Billy Nevers. The daily series streams at 2:30 PM ET.

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