The arts have taken a major hit as the coronavirus pandemic has shut down theaters and concert venues, including New York’s fabled Broadway.
But as the old adage goes, the show must go on. Artists and performers are going online to entertain audiences — many for free.
Here’s a list of performances that will keep you entertained during self-isolation for the week of March 23.
“A Night With John Rich Live!
FOX Nation will present a live concert with host of The Pursuit! and country music star John Rich on Friday, March 27th at 8 p.m. ET. During the one-hour special, Rich will perform a number of his own hits as well as favorite songs from other artists and requests from viewers that will be submitted via social media. Watch here.
Hunter Hayes – “In the Lab”
Country star and multi-instrumentalist Hunter Hayes will take fans inside his virtual studio for a four-part video series called “In the Lab,” in which he’ll demonstrate how he builds songs from scratch and constructs arrangements in real-time. “It’s like taking my studio on the road. The show gets built in front you. Every night, we start from scratch, and I can’t wait for everyone to see it.” The series debuts every Tuesday beginning March 24 and will be released via his YouTube channel. The series follows his live concert that he performed under quarantine called “#Rescheduled.” Check out Hayes’ YouTube channel here and watch his live concert here.
The 24 Hour Plays Viral Monologues
The 24 Hour Plays will release a new set of Viral Monologues Tuesday on IGTV @24hourplays and on its website. 24 new teams of the theatre’s top writers and actors have been paired, with writers crafting unique pieces especially for their actors. This group of actors includes Michael Shannon, Daveed Diggs and Clark Gregg. Watch on Instagram or here.
Billboard Live at Home
A diverse slate of musical artists are performing all week long on Billboard’s Facebook page. This week’s artists include X Ambassadors (Tuesday), Lauren Jauregui (Wednesday), Hunter Hayes (Thursday) and Lukas Graham (Friday). See the week’s whole line-up. Watch on Facebook.
92nd Street Y
The 92Y has made its archive of performances — from concerts to talks — free for the public. On Tuesday, pianist Conrad Tao will hold a recital of Frederic Rzewski’s epic “The People United Will Never Be Defeated” (a message we really need at this time). On Wednesday, pianist Jonathan Biss will perform a program of Beethoven’s final three piano sonatas. Watch here.
Living Room Concerts
Broadway World has partnered with some incredible singers to launch a series of daily Living Room Concerts — performances direct to you from the living rooms of Broadway performers! The concerts have already included Carolee Carmello from “Hello, Dolly!” and Andrew Barth Feldman from “Dear Evan Hansen.” Watch here.
The Met will stream a title from its Live in HD series each night beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET through the duration of the closure. This week highlights the works of Richard Wagner. Watch here.
Dubbed the “Netflix of the Arts,” Marquee TV is a newly-launched streaming service that provides access to the world’s best performances in opera, dance, theatre and more. Marquee is offering a free 30-day trial, with monthly subscriptions priced at $8.99. Watch here.
Together At Home
Together At Home is our virtual concert series in partnership with WHO to help us all practice social distancing and promote global health. The series has raised over $40 million for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund to help the World Health Organization save lives. Artists across many genres, including Camilla Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Vance Joy and Coldplay have already performed via their Instagram accounts. Billboard is keeping track of each day’s performances here.
Here are artists whose social media pages are worth checking out as well:
Katharine McPhee and David Foster
“American Idol” alum turned Broadway star McPhee and her superstar songwriter husband are committed to performing at 5:30pm PT every day. And they’re taking requests! Watch on Instagram.
The singer/flutist has been posting motivational performances. Watch on Instagram.