Cyberspace is blowing up as the artists among us create virtual offerings for “Entertainment in the time of pandemic.” Here’s an uplifting lineup: Check out Meryl Streep, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Audra McDonald and many more to celebrate Sondheim in Concert!
This musical special celebrates Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday. Hosted by Raul Esparza, the show is called “Take Me To The Word” and will include performances by Mandy Patinkin, Christine Baranski, Donna Murphy, Kristin Chenoweth, Sutton Foster, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara, Aaron Tveit, Maria Friedman, Iain Armitage, Katrina Lenk, Michael Cerveris, Brandon Uranowitz, Stephen Schwartz, Elizabeth Stanley, Chip Zien, Alexander Gemignani and cast members of “Pacific Overtures” at Classic Stage Company including Ann Harada, Austin Ku, Kelvin Moon Loh and Thom Sesma. See it for FREE on Broadway.com and YouTube Donations will benefit ASTEP or Artists Striving to End Poverty.
2) Tony Award-winning star Jesse Mueller joins an international cast from the hit Broadway show “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” to sing this classic, a salve for loneliness in trying times..
3) “Fantastic Fungi” is a ravishing and revelatory film that leads us into a world of enchantment that might change our lives and the life of the planet. We are ushered into the fascinating primordial network of organisms above and below ground that have been with us since life began. What they mean and can mean in these transformational times, is a mind trip of magical proportions. Directed by Louie Schwartzberg, the film employs the input of renowned scientists, mycologists, and best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil who attest to the intelligence of the fungi kingdom, and the solutions it promises in response to some of our most pressing medical and environmental problems. Rent it now and benefit the REGENT THEATER.
4) Boston Ballet Principal Dancers Lia Cirio and Paul Craig, haven’t been sitting around. Here’s a “pandemic pas de deux” the quarantine buddies have choreographed to lift you out of this world and into a dream!
5) The following video went instantly viral, and it all started with Boston Conservatory at Berklee composition-major Shelbie Rassler. On a plane ride home to Florida, she had a brainstorm and went on to coordinate this inspired musical collaboration, enlisting the talents of 74 of her classmates and alums from the conservatory and college, to form a virtual orchestra and vocal ensemble. She produced, arranged, and edited the video herself to create this soaring interpretation of Burt Bacharach’s “What the world needs now.” And how.
MORE TO COME here at JoycesChoices– stay tuned!