There is something new from the Broadway’s Best Shows YouTube Channel that they're calling "Spotlight on Plays.". They’ve gotten casts together to read plays that will be streamed live one time, and one-time only, on Thursdays – and today is the first one. They stream live in New York at 8 PM and in Los Angeles at 5 PM. (That time is not ideal on the West Coast, but there are far-worse things “not ideal” in the world at the moment. The play today is a notable one -- David Mamet’s political satire November with John Malkovitch, Patti LupPne and Dylan Baker. The play opened on Broadway in 2007 and is about a fictional U.S. president in the days leading up to his second election. When the live-stream ends, the show will not be repeated or be available.
Here’s more about the series which benefits the Actors Fund --
Next up in the series will be Joshua Harmon’s Significant Other on May 14, directed by Trip Cullman and reuniting the play's Broadway original cast of Gideon Glick, John Behlman, Sas Goldberg, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Lindsay Mendez, Luke Smith and Barbara Barrie.
And then A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters, directed by Jerry Zaks, with Bryan Cranston and Sally Field on May 21. The play follows the 50-year correspondence between of two soul mates.
Additional productions will be announced shortly.
MEDIA ALERT #2
And the other Media Alert for today is a reminder that the new National Theatre Live production begins today and will stream for a week. The play today is It’s Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra with Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo. This is the online link, though as I said, it can be watched on a Smart TV via the YouTube app or browswer app.
By the way, so that you can plan ahead, related to this the National Theatre Live productions were only scheduled through today. But they just announced it will continue with four more, for the time being -- all premiering on a Thursday and streaming for a week.. Not all are Must Sees for me, though they all look interesting –
- Barber Shop Chronicles - a never-before-seen archive recording of Inua Ellams’ smash-hit play, about the places where banter is barbed, and the truth is telling.
- A Streetcar Named Desire - Gillian Anderson and Vanessa Kirby play Blanche and Stella in the Young Vic production of Tennessee Williams' American classic.
- This House - James Graham’s timely, biting and funny portrait of British Politics in the 1970s.
- Coriolanus - Tom Hiddleston plays the title role in the Donmar Warehouse's production of Shakespeare’s searing political tragedy