What to Watch Tonight, May 11, 2020


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Welcome to a new week! If you’re looking for something great to watch to kick your week off right, we’ve rounded up tonight’s best streaming options.

This weekend we told you about a free screening of “John Wick,” a way to watch Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “By Jeeves” and a screening of a classic Grateful Dead performance .

Today, check out a star-studded benefit show for NYC, performances by The National and Grace Potter and a virtual piano bar where you can sign up to sing from home.

Use the arrows at the bottom of the page to navigate through the slideshow to the next suggestion. On the last page, you’ll find a rundown of some of the great things we’ve found in the past that you can experience whenever you want.

Find something fantastic that we haven’t written about yet? Tell us about it in the comments and we might feature it in a future post.

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Tina Fey is hosting a one-hour telethon to help raise money for New Yorkers who have been impacted by COVID-19. The event kicks off at 8 p.m. EST and will include appearances by Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Lopez, Robert De Niro, Bette Midler, Chris Rock, John Mulaney, Jake Gyllenhaal, Spike Lee, Jimmy Fallon, Trevor Noah, Julianne Moore, Rosie Perez, Andrew Rannells, Matthew Broderick, Fab 5 Freddy, Salt-N-Pepa, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo, as well as musical performances by Billy Joel, Mariah Carey, Bon Jovi and Sting.

If you’re in NYC you can catch the show on all of the local television stations. It will also be broadcast nationally on CNBC and streamed online on NBC News Now.

The Lincoln Center is continuing its “Lincoln Center at Home” series today with a performance by the San Francisco Ballet of “Romeo & Juliet.”

The performance stars Maria Kochetkova and Davit Karapetyan in the title roles, with a score by Sergei Prokofiev.

The performance debuts tonight at 5:30 p.m. EST on the Lincoln Center’s website and YouTube page and will be available on-demand for two weeks.

Indie rock band The National will be live-streaming a performance on its YouTube page tonight starting at 5 p.m. EST. Additionally, the band is raising money to help support its touring crew during the pandemic by donating all profits of sales from its webstore and from enrollments in its members-only group Cherry Tree to them.

If you can’t tune in right at 5 p.m., it looks like the show might stay up for a while: Last week’s live-stream, embedded below, is still available on YouTube.

Supper club Feinstens/54 Below has been sharing some of its past performances on YouTube during the pandemic. Today at 6:30 p.m. EST it’s offering a stream from 2015 reining the cast of the Broadway show “The Wedding Singer.”

Cast members in attendance include Constantine Maroulis, Amy Spanger, Felicia Finley, Matt Saldivar, Rita Gardner, David Josefsberg and Spencer Liff, allof whom reunited on stage in 2015 to perform songs from the show, including several songs that were cut from the musical’s 2006 Tony-nominated Broadway run.

Singer/songwriter Grace Potter has be hosting a weekly “Monday Night Twilight” performance on her YouTube page to help promote her recent album release, “Daylight.”

You can catch the next live performance at 8 p.m. EST tonight. Last week’s performance, embedded above, is also still available.

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The Metropolitan Area is continuing its weekly opera series today with a performance of Massenet’s “Werther.” The show stars Lisette Oropesa, Sophie Koch, Jonas Kaufmann and David Bižić and was recorded on March 15, 2014.

Much like the previous week’s performances, the recording will go live on The Met’s website at 7:30 p.m. EST tonight and will remain available on the site until 6:30 p.m. EST tomorrow.

Now is also a good time to mark your calendar for the rest of the group’s performances for the week. Here’s what’s in store:

Tuesday, May 12
Thomas Adès’sThe Tempest”

Starring Audrey Luna, Isabel Leonard, Alek Shrader, Alan Oke, and Simon Keenlyside, conducted by Thomas Adès. From November 10, 2012.

Wednesday, May 13
Strauss’sAriadne auf Naxos”

Starring Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle, and Tatiana Troyanos, conducted by James Levine. From March 12, 1988.

Thursday, May 14
Britten’s “Peter Grimes”

Starring Patricia Racette, Anthony Dean Griffey, and Anthony Michaels-Moore, conducted by Sir Donald Runnicles. From March 15, 2008.

Friday, May 15
Viewers’ Choice: Donizetti’sLucia di Lammermoor”

Starring Joan Sutherland, Alfredo Kraus, Pablo Elvira, and Paul Plishka, conducted by Richard Bonynge. From November 13, 1982.

Saturday, May 16
Verdi’s “Rigoletto”

Starring Diana Damrau, Oksana Volkova, Piotr Beczała, and Željko Lučić, conducted by Michele Mariotti. From February 16, 2013.

Sunday, May 17
Verdi’s “Nabucco”

Starring Liudmyla Monastyrska, Jamie Barton, Russell Thomas, Plácido Domingo, and Dmitry Belosselskiy, conducted by James Levine. From January 7, 2017.

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Songwriter and pianist Lance Horne is at it again his Monday with his “Mondays in the Club with Lance” series. The show brings the nightlife of NYC’s Club Cumming to the web with piano-bar style singing and storytelling. Just like at the bar, guests can make requests and potentially even perform at home. Today’s theme: Flash-Back of the Bar.

The show kicks off at 9 p.m. EST and is free to watch, but if you’re able, Horne requests you make a donation to the nonprofit arts collective Orchard Project. (The artist is also accepting personal tips via Venmo.)

Emily is a tech, travel, and alcohol reporter based in San Francisco. She is also the author of the book "Productivity Hacks: 500+ Easy Ways to Accomplish More at Work--That Actually Work!"