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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Amid Coronavirus, Live Theater Goes Online

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The coronavirus has forced the closure and postponement of live entertainment productions, but the show goes on, online and in other digital formats. The theater-starved public can now access and stream free performances showcasing new and classic works from noted creators and stars.

Great Britain’s National Theatre Live adds a new full-length play every Thursday night to its YouTube channel, and the current offering is “One Man, Two Guvnors,” starring James Corden. Each production is available for seven days.

Andrew Lloyd Webber will stream a production of one of his musicals for free each weekend on YouTube, beginning with “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Starring Donny Osmond, Joan Collins and Richard Attenborough, it’s available through 11 a.m. PT Sunday, April 5.

L.A. Theatre Works, which offers radio broadcasts of classic plays every week beginning on Friday, is currently streaming Israel Horovitz’s “Park Your Car in Harvard Yard,” to be followed by Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers” on Apr. 11, Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” on April 18, and “The Graduate” on April 25. Science-themed plays from the company’s Relativity Series including “Proof” and “Copenhagen” are also free to stream, and additional titles are available via free subscription to L.A. Theatre Works podcasts.

At the Broad Stage at Home [www.facebook.com/thebroadstage] visitors can find archived classical music, dance, and poetry performances and weekly livestreams including the Red Hen Press Poetry Hour (April 4 at 8 p.m.) and Broad Stage Music Mornings, which showcases cellist Lynn Harrell and violinist/vocalist Lucia Micarelli this week (April 5 at 11 a.m.).

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