What To Watch September 9th To Take Away The Blues

What To Watch September 9th To Take Away The Blues

8am: NYU Abu Dhabi: As Far As Isolation Goes (Online). Through touch, sound, and interactivity  As Far As Isolation Goes (online) is a moving microtheater piece which explores the journey of asylum seekers. Experience this very unique virtual performance; over Zoom artist Basel Zaraa takes you through a story where you respond to his prompts. 

The work is a collaboration between live artist Tania El Khoury and musician and street artist Basel Zaraa. Reimagined for an online experience during physical distancing, the piece is a 1-on-1 virtual intimate experience.

Built from their original collaboration, As Far As My Fingertips Take Me, El Khoury commissioned Zaraa to record a rap song inspired by the journey his sisters made from Damascus to Sweden. This online iteration focuses on mental and physical health experiences of refugees in the United Kingdom. Zaraa created a song inspired by conversations with friends and colleagues who have recently claimed refuge in the UK.

2:30pm: West End Unplugged: Alice Fern, Tim Howar and Sandra Marvin Welcome to the first live broadcast in the West End Unplugged series! Alice Fearn, Tim Howar and Sandra Marvin perform with some of theatre’s top musicians in a special event to support three charities: Backup-The Technical Entertainment Charity, Help Musicians UK, Theatre Artists Fund. The concerts are free to watch, though we hope you’ll give what you can in these difficult times.

Karen Olivo
Karen Olivo

3pm: The Seth Concert Series: Karen Olivo Tony winner Karen Olivo performs highlights from some of her biggest roles, like West Side StoryMoulin Rouge, and In the Heights.

The Seth Concert Series is hosted by Sirius XM host and Playbill contributor Seth Rudetsky. While normally held in Provincetown, Massachusetts, under the Broadway @ Art House banner, the performances will be held indoors from the stars’ homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

3pm: The Show Must Go Online: Othello  Two-time OnComm award-winning The Show Must Go Online today announce the full cast for their upcoming live-streamed reading of William Shakespeare’s Othello. The performance features Alex Andlau (Desdemona), Ross Bailey (Ensemble), Dominic Brewer (Iago), Susan Bush (Duke Of Venice), Esmonde Cole (Othello), Ben Gilbert (Lodovico), Karim Hadaya (Cassio), Candace Leung (Ensemble), Tyler Moss (Gratiano), Shamiso Mushambi (Ensemble), Louise Oliver (Roderigo), Chi-Chi Onuah (Bianca), Elena Pavli (Emilia), Stephen Schnetzer (Brabantio), Alec Stephens III (Montano), with Gabriel Akamo, Luke Farrugia, and Claire-Monique Martin as swings.

4pm–9:30pm: Marie’s Crisis Virtual Piano Bar Tonight’s scheduled pianists are James Merillat (@James-Merillat-2) and Franca Vercelloni (@Franca-Vercelloni).

Heather Alicia Simms, left, and Jessica Frances Dukes in ‘By the Way, Meet Vera Stark’ © Joan Marcus

5pm: Inside the Rehearsal Zoom with Jessica Frances Dukes and Heather Alicia Simms Signature Theatre and Black Girls Do Theater announce the first installment of Inside the Rehearsal Zoom, a conversation series designed to bridge the gap for emerging artists to converse and interact with Black playwrights, actors, directors and designers.

Moderated by Black Girls Do Theater founder Renee Harrison, artists will engage in a conversation about the development and execution of their craft whether that be acting, directing, or design!

First up, Jessica Frances Dukes and Heather Alicia Simms break down The Acting Process and reflect on Signature’s 2018 production of Lynn Nottage’s By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.

5pm: LAO at Home: Song of Los Angeles See how the talented kids of this year’s virtual Opera Camp put together their big presentation, full of hope and resilience, and inspired by the stories of the elders and unique communities of the City of Angels.

5pm: Student Stream Met Opera Rusalka. Mary Zimmerman’s production of Dvorák’s “Rusalka,” starring Kristine Opolais and conducted by Mark Elder. Opened February 2, 2017.

7pm: Q&A With Peppermint and Marti Gould Allen-Cummings Broadway Records and Losing My Mind: A Sondheim Disco Fever Dream will host a virtual Q&A with NYC Council District 7 candidate Marti Gould Allen-Cummings (they/them) and Peppermint (she/her).

This Q&A will be an opportunity for Allen-Cummings to share their proposed policies and vision for the future of the city and will feature music from the recently released album, Losing My Mind: A Sondheim Disco Fever Dream

7pm: Babbling by the Brook By Paper Mill Playhouse. Join Paper Mill Playhouse and Mark S. Hoebee each week for lighthearted, entertaining conversations with a star-studded roster of performers, writers, directors, and more theatrical denizens.

Gain insight into upcoming productions, delve into the creative process, and catch up with veteran actors!

7pm: New York Theatre Barn: New Works New York Theatre Barn will continue to host weekly free live streams of its New Works Series each Wednesday evening at 7PM ET. Upcoming September installments of the series include excerpts from the new musicals A Walk On The Moon, Walt and Roy, We Live In Cairo, Loch Ness and more. Available on New York Theatre Barn’s YouTube channel and Broadway on Demand, the live 45-minute series includes excerpts from two new musicals and a conversation with the writers and creative team.

Walt and Roy: Book, Music and Lyrics by Richard Allen and Taran Gray (Freedom Riders). Featuring live performances by Charity Farrell and  Payson Lewis (NBC’s The Sing-Off, BAZ: Star Crossed Love). Walt and Roy follows the journey of the Disney brothers, from their roots in Los Angeles in 1923, through producing their first feature length animated film: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in 1937. The musical chronicles the mental stress of Walt Disney, the special relationship between Walt and Roy, and their genius in creating the “House of Mouse.” 

Loch Ness: Book and Music by Marshall Pailet (Triassic Parq, Baghdaddy). Book and Lyrics by A.D. Penedo (Baghdaddy). Directed by Marshall Pailet. Choreographed by Misha Shields (Baghdaddy). Musical Direction/Supervision by Madeline Smith (Waitress). Featuring live performances by Kaylin Hedges (Annie) and Jeremy Kushnier (Footloose, Head Over Heels). Is there a creature that inhabits the waters of Loch Ness? 12-year-old Haley is stuck on her father’s research expedition that aims to answer that question once and for all. Struggling with the unexpected disappearance of her mother at sea, Haley escapes her father’s ship to find her, but instead she finds the most legendary water monster of all time. Upon learning of the creature’s dark history, the two embark on an epic quest to escape Loch Ness in this larger-than-life musical adventure.

7pm: #Nword Urban Stages. In this play by Christian Elder, a white girl calls a black boy “the n word” on the school bus. His mother confronts her mother. The event escalates.

7pm: The Groundlings: The Crazy Uncle Joe Show Watch as The Groundlings Players begin with suggestions given by you, and then proceed to weave the stories together, traveling back and forth through time, playing different characters in many different situations. AND, they keep it up for an uncanny 60 minutes straight!

This Event will be run through ZOOM WEBINAR. All participants will receive a link prior to the event, which will require ZOOM registration. Please make sure you are registered and logged in 5 mins before the show to guarantee full access.

7:30: Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust Berlioz’s sweeping, symphonic adaptation of Goethe offers both rhapsodic and viscerally thrilling music as it recounts Faust’s ruinous bargain with the devil Mephistopheles and his descent to the depths of hell. Calling for a huge orchestra, chorus, and children’s chorus—in addition to highly taxing principal roles—the work is famously difficult to stage and is often performed in concert, making this full theatrical production a rare treat.

7:30pm: Shakespeare Hour LIVE! Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Simon Godwin and Resident Dramaturg Drew Lichtenberg lead an online tour through every corner of the Shakespeare universe. Confirmed special guests include Tony-winning director Julie Taymor, Tony and Emmy nominee Kate Burton, former United States Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie K. Liu and STC Bard Association Chair Abbe Lowell.

Shakespeare Theatre Company will continue its online program Shakespeare Hour LIVE! in September with episodes devoted to Shakespeare and the Law (September 9), Shakespeare & Film (September 16), Shakespeare’s Heroines (September 23), and Richard II (September 30).

7:30pm: Artists for Change Julie Boardman and Nolan Doran have partnered with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to bring together leading theater voices in a conversation on the role of the arts in society.

The virtual political fundraiser will be hosted by Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Maggie Hassan, and will feature Tony Kushner, Audra McDonald, Paula Vogel, Moisés Kaufman, Young Jean Lee, Kamilah Forbes, Laura Benanti, Dominique Morisseau and others.

7:30pm: TUTS Spotlight Webcast: Houston Strong The first episode, titled “Houston Strong,” features a conversation with artistic directors from several Houston theatre companies, including The Alley Theatre, Stages, Meca, Teatro de Gente and the Ensemble Theatre, hosted by TUTS Artistic Director Dan Knechtges.

8pm: Best of Stars In The House! Stars in the House is the daily live streamed concert series created by Playbill correspondent and SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley.

Join Seth, James, and Dr. LaPook to celebrate our 199th Episode with “best of” clips and special guest stars from the last six months. 

8pm: Baking with Broadway Jared Sullivan and Stephen Lowry of Showboy Bakeshop in Las Vegas, Nevada (who have appeared on Food Network’s Cake WarsCupcake Wars, and Wedding Cake Championship) are joining us to share their love of desserts and Broadway, while teaching us all a thing or two along the way.

Join the Playbill community for a fun filled hour of decorating and socializing, including some informative quick fire questions and hilarious kitchen gaffes.

9pm: In Concert at the Hollywood Bowl The new weekly music series in partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association features the “best of” live performances from the past 10 years at the Hollywood Bowl. With performances by Rodrigo y Gabriela, Natalia Lafourcade, Misty Copeland, Kamasi Washington, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Kristin Chenoweth, John Williams, and more.

Hosted by LA Phil’s Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel the series premiere airs locally Wednesdays at 9 PM PT on KCET and Fridays at 8 PM PT on PBS SoCal


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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