John Michael in <em>Meatball Seance</em>

The Show Must Go Online

UPDATED! Artists are putting their work out there during the Coronavirus threat. Here are some livestream, social media and other innovative options from DFW and national artists.

published Wednesday, March 18, 2020



Many artists and arts patrons are stuck at home during the Coronavirus crisis, and considering that every performing arts organization and venue has canceled or postponed their productions in March and April and temporarily closed their facilities, artists are finding ways to get their work out there via livestreaming and other solutions. (You can read the most recent list of cancellations, postponements and closings in our constantly updated story, here.)

Below is a list of North Texas groups and artists keeping us entertained. But remember, this doesn't necessarily mean that they're being compensated as they would have for full productions that were canceled. The Dallas Opera is one of many national opera companies committed to paying their artists for the canceled shows, but not every group can do that. Also, if you had a ticket to a canceled show, please consider donating that money back to the arts organization, because this crisis is going to have a huge, negative impact on arts funding and the arts organizations' bottom line.

First we'll list the North Texas artists, followed by suggestions from national and international sources.

If you want to have your event added to this list, email Mark Lowry at



Photo: Simon Pauly
Baritone Lucas Meachem



The Dallas Opera

Livestream Recitals

TDO has been producing a series of Livestream Recitals via Facebook Live on its Facebook Page. These concerts are filmed in Hamon Hall at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. On Monday, March 16, it featured baritone Lucas Meachem, who was to appear in TDO's canceled performance of Verdi's Don Carlo. Meachem performed an aria from Don Carlo and then sung a selection of American art songs, accompanied by his wife Irina on piano. You can watch the 55-minute video above. On Wednesday, March 18, the performer was soprano Jocelyn Hansen from TDO's Education and Outreach program, with pianist Emily Baltzer. This program consists of Broadway songs. There were some classics, from shows like The Sound of Music, Girl Crazy, South Pacific, My Fair Lady, Funny Girl, and A Little Night Music, along with selections from newer and/or lesser-known musicals like Floyd Collins; The Scottsboro Boys; Do Re Mi, One Touch of Venus, and Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. (This recital will soon be available on the Dallas Opera's YouTube page.)


The Classics Theatre Project

The Imaginary Invalid

UPDATE MARCH 23, 2020: Because of the new shelter in place guidlines in Dallas County, this production is postponed. However, Van Quattro, who plays the title character, will now read the entire play with all of the characters, at every performance time, on livestream. See the website below.

The Classics Theatre Project will perform its planned production of the Moliére comedy The Imaginary Invalid, which is as relevant as ever right now. The production runs April 1-19 (previews on April 1 & 2; opening April 3) at the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park, but it will not be performed for a live audience. Every performance will be streamed, but you have to buy a ticket and you'll receive a link to the YouTube livestream channel. The production stars Van Quattro as Argan, the title role; as well as Braden Socia, Chris Messersmith, Devon Rose, R. Andrew Aguilar, Rachel Reininger, Rhonda Durant, and Stan Graner. It is directed by Joey Folsom, with special guest direction by Chad Cline. You can buy tickets at


Plano Symphony Orchestra

Previously Recorded Performances

Because PSO's home at the Eisemann Center is closed until further notice, the group will broadcast its previously recorded performances at 8 p.m. on six Saturday nights, from March 28 through April 25. These broadcasts will be free and available on the group's website, The schedule is as follows:

  • Saturday, March 28 - Plano Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hector Guzman with soloist Yekwon Sunwoo, piano, performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 Op. 18 in C Minor and the orchestra will also perform Techaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, Op. 64 in E Minor. 
  • Saturday,  April 4 -  Plano Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hector Guzman, soloist Ashley Brown and Ryan Silverman, “Broadway Tonight” and “Cole Porter Salute.”
  • Saturday, April 11 – Plano Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hector Guzman, soloists, The 5 Browns, performing Berlioiz, ach, Saint-Saens/Anderson, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Williams/Anderson
  • Saturday, April 25 – Plano Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hector Guzman, soloists, Shiv Yajnik, piano; Bryan Han, cello; Anais Feller, violin; The Young Artists/A Salute to Leonard Bernstein;  The Plano Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hector Guzman performing a program that includes Candide, On the Town and Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, with Chamberlain Performing Arts.
  • Saturday, May 2 – Plano Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hector Guzman, soloist, Kenneth Brobert, piano, performing a program that includes Ravel, Loman and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
  • Saturday, May 9 – Plano Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hector Guzman, soloist Sharon Isbin, performing a program that includes Rodrigo and Bartok. (You can read TheaterJones' review of this concert here.)


Photo: Paul Clark
John Michael in Meatball Seance

John Michael

Meatball Seánce

Dallas native and current Chicago resident John Michael performed his solo show Meatball Seánce at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre in July 2019. In it, he attempts to introduce his deceased mom to his new boyfriend via a cooking seánce. If you want to watch the 60-minute show, Venmo @john-colgin $10 and he’ll send you a link. Learn more about the show here.


Plaza Theatre Company

Drive-Up Theatre

The Plaza Theatre Company in Cleburne has canceled its shows until further notice, but this Saturday, March 21, is introducing "drive-up theatre" in their parking lot. It will be an hourlong revue of cabaret-style songs from the 1950s that patrons can listen to in their own vehicles, therefore keeping distance from performers and other patrons. It is free; no reservations are necessary and it will operate on a first-come, first-served basis. The performers, who will also be social distancing, include Emily Warwick, Josh and Caitlan Leblo, Eden Barrus and David Midkiff. Parking begins at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.


Quarantined Cabaret

UPDATE MARCH 23, 2020: This group now has more than 18,000 members.

Dallas actor Mikey Abrams started this Facebook group on March 17, and it already has more than 3,500 members. That idea is that performers can share videos, live or recorded, of them performing from isolation. The rule is that there is to be no negative comments on any of the performances. You can join it here.


Denise Lee Onstage

Music for the Soul Concert Series

Denise Lee, who runs the Dallas Cabaret Festival, is launching the Music for the Soul online concert series, with performances streamed via Facebook Live on the Denise Lee Onstage Facebook page. Lee herself will kick off the event at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 20, featuring Norman Williams (piano), Danny Lyons (bass), and Peabody Ferrell (drums). Liz Mikel performs on Monday, March 23.


Dallas VideoFest and Thin Line Film Festival

The Dallas VideoFest is partnering with Denton's Thin Line Fest to stream via There will be introductions by filmmakers, post-screening Q&As and real-time streaming during the scheduled times. Thin Line‘s dates are March 25–29; VideoFest‘s are April 3–5.





The Metropolitan Opera

New York's Metropolitan Opera will offer free streaming of its filmmed operas on the group's website. You can learn more, and see the full schedule, here.



This streaming service offers opera, ballet and theater performances from the U.K., including productions from Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Opera House. It's $8.99 a month, but in response to the Coronavirus, they have extended the free trial period from one week to one month. Learn more here.



The streaming service offers archived Broadway and regional theater performances. The service is $8.99 a month, but if you sign up you can get a week for free. Learn more here.



Portland's experimental theater On the Boards has been filming and livestreaming its productions for years, and offering them online for a fee. Now through the end of April, you can use the code ARTATHOME20 and view the productions for free. The shows include Okwui Okpokwasili's Bronx Gothic, Young Jean Lee's The Shipment, and more. Learn more here.


Theatre Without Theater

An Instragram feed in which artists record and share a song or speech, or part of a production. View it here.





The Rest I Make Up

Filmmaker Michelle Merman has made her documentary about influential playwright and educator María Irene Fornés temporarily free on Vimeo. You can watch it here. Read more about the film here. The trailer is below.


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