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One of the rare bright spots in this whole mess is the number of concerts, musicals, plays, and other performances showing up on YouTube and other free venues. So, here is an ever-growing guide to the ones we see or come across. Add as you wish.

London, UK's national theatre has taken their new version of Frankenstein online for the next week. The cool twist is that there are two versions, with the actors (Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller) switching parts. So can have Cumberbatch as Frankenstein and Miller as the monster, or vice versa, or both if you're feeling really ambitious.

(Cumberbatch as Frankenstein)

(Miller as Frankenstein)

And remember, please, Frankenstein is the scientist, not the monster.
 

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And The Show Must Go On, a channel backed by musical theatre legend Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber, takes a break from films of his musicals to present a gala concert of various West End and Broadway stars performing songs from his shows. Shows on this channel only stay up for 48 hours so this link will go dead on Sunday.


Here's a link to the channel which, in between shows, has videos for various Lloyd-Webber songs.

 

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And The Show Must Go On, a channel backed by musical theatre legend Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber, takes a break from films of his musicals to present a gala concert of various West End and Broadway stars performing songs from his shows. Shows on this channel only stay up for 48 hours so this link will go dead on Sunday.


Here's a link to the channel which, in between shows, has videos for various Lloyd-Webber songs.

This weekend's show is "By Jeeves", a lesser known Lloyd-Webber work with Alan Ayckbourn writing the book and lyrics. Based, of course, on P. G. Wodehouse's novels, it originally debuted as just "Jeeves" in 1975 but stiffed badly and was shelved until 1996, when they rewrote it pretty much from the ground up to much greater success.
 

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The Stratford Festival is running a program called Stratford on film on their YouTube channel. So far they have productions of King Lear, Coriolanus, and MacBeth up. Each play stays up for three weeks and the schedule is posted at the top of the channel. The virtual festival runs until July 30

 

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I have never made any secret of how much I love Lake Street Dive. They were supposed to be touring this Spring but, like the rest of us, they are home. So, they have been trying to make up for it by doing a show called Lounge Around Sounds. I missed the first one but here is the second.

 

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I have never made any secret of how much I love Lake Street Dive. They were supposed to be touring this Spring but, like the rest of us, they are home. So, they have been trying to make up for it by doing a show called Lounge Around Sounds. I missed the first one but here is the second.

This is a great show. These people really are friends and are having a ball doing this it seems.
 

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COVID song parodies are definitely a thing on YouTube right now. A couple have been posted in other threads already. I fell for this one instantly. The original was one of my favorite Disney songs even before I saw the movie, and this version maps almost perfectly to the original scene from Mary Poppins.

 

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Pop violinist and dancer Lindsay Stirling is doing a series on her channel called String Sessions. Watched one tonight that features her performing and talking with rock singer Amy Lee of the band Evanescence. Lindsay toured with the band a year or two ago, a dream combination for folks like me who enjoy both. The song they do here is an acoustic version of the band's latest single.


Given how serious Amy comes across when performing, the story and clip from the tour really shows another side of her.
 

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A choir of female physicians singing the magnificent "Rise Again". I have heard this sung as an anthem in church and it is perfect as a choral piece, even if it is best known from the Rankin Family version (no, it was not original to them, though Cookie sang on the original).

 

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Ruairi, who also owns at Athlone’s Wildlife Apiaries, had already thought of creating the beehive before the pandemic hit. But with a long spell of quarantine on the horizon, the bee-lover decided to commit to making his dream a reality.
 

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Catholic and protestant churches in Berlin Germany have opened their large churches as a space for Friday prayers to their muslim neighbours because their own meeting places where not big enough for social distancing.
 
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