Within the fantasy model of a December night, we might sweep in off West 54th Avenue, down the staircase and into the comfy, enveloping glamour that all the time makes Feinstein’s/54 Below really feel prefer it’s prepared for its close-up. We’d slide right into a sales space and order a little bit one thing pretty. Then the long-running cabaret collection “Sondheim Unplugged” would start — yet one more shimmering perk to spending the vacations in New York.
Fortunately, the pandemic model of “Sondheim Unplugged” is kind of good, too: elegant, consoling, peppered with deadpan humor. Shot on 5 cameras and streaming on Saturday at eight p.m. Jap time (after which accessible on demand from Sunday to Jan. 9), it’s an hour of Sondheim hits and obscurities, sung by Broadway performers, with solely piano for accompaniment. Excessive factors embody Telly Leung’s heartstring-plucking “Being Alive,” Lucia Spina’s seethingly offended “Might I Depart You?” and T. Oliver Reid’s exquisitely regretful “Good Factor Going.” Tickets to entry the efficiency are $25 at 54under.com. Pour a glass of one thing bubbly and revel in.
Ending 2020 Calmly
When you want a respite from vacation actions, or some area to mirror on the previous yr, think about spending time with Jordan Demetrius Lloyd’s dreamy, entrancing brief movie “The Last Moon in Mellowland.” Lloyd, a Brooklyn-based dance artist, transitioned into making work for the display when theaters shut down in March. A part of Difficulty Challenge Room’s “comfortable our bodies in exhausting locations,” a collection organized by the curator Benedict Nguyen and timed to planetary occasions (like a brand new moon or a solstice), “Mellowland” attracts the viewer right into a 20-minute meditation that loosely traces the arc of a day. Lloyd describes this world as a spot that “viewers already keep in mind,” and there’s a calming familiarity in its rhythms and repetitions, because the digital camera rests on a spinning ceiling fan or two dancers on the ocean’s edge.
With performances by Lloyd, Breeanah Breeden, Ariana Speight and Demetries Morrow, and dramaturgy by Stephanie George, the movie, which was launched in November, is offered free via Dec. 31 at issueprojectroom.org/occasion/last-moon-mellowland.
An Empty Corridor Filled with Spirit
On the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday subsequent month, the Harlem Gospel Choir will have fun 35 years as one of many nation’s main modern gospel teams, and a globally acknowledged ambassador for the style. Throughout any regular yr the choir would do a world tour not less than as soon as, and each time it wasn’t on the highway, the group would play a Sunday brunch every week at Sony Corridor close to Instances Sq., joined by a full band, bringing the sounds of reward to a mixture of devotees and vacationers.
The group will return to (an empty) Sony Corridor on Friday for the primary time since March, for a particular Christmas Day efficiency at 5 p.m. Jap time, doing its half to maintain the spirit of communion at a social distance. Tickets to view the livestream price $25 and may be bought at sonyhall.com. Archived video of the efficiency will stay accessible to ticket holders via Jan. 1.
Overlook magic and fairy godmothers. The title character of “Hip Hop Cinderella” wants rap and rocket science.
Charmingly performed by Alexis Aguiar, she masters each on this 35-minute space-age adaptation, which streams on demand on Stellar via Jan. 31. (Tickets are $15-$25.) Offered by Amas Musical Theater in affiliation with HipHopMusicals.com, the present nonetheless pits Cinderella towards a scheming stepmother (Lexy Piton) and stepsisters (Cassandra Barckett and Emily Lang), however the prize isn’t a royal marriage. As an alternative, a prince (Jamiel Tako L. Burkhart) intends to crown the winner of a hip-hop ball and rap contest. With the assistance of her loyal robotic (Brian Criado), Cinderella, a.ok.a. Ella C, simply may get the galaxy’s groove again.
Conceived by Linda Chichester and David Coffman and directed by Christopher Scott, this manufacturing incorporates intelligent graphics and even a little bit area shuttle footage. The present, which encompasses a e-book by Scott Elmegreen and music and lyrics by Rona Siddiqui, may also amuse adults when the stepmother makes a familiar-sounding criticism: “That competitors was rigged!”
The Final Kosher Christmas
For the primary time in its 28-year historical past, Kung Pao Kosher Comedy, a.ok.a. “Jewish Comedy on Christmas in a Chinese language Restaurant,” is on-line, which additionally means you needn’t go to San Francisco to benefit from the reveals.
The headliner is Judy Gold, who seems frequently on “The Drew Barrymore Present” and revealed a e-book this yr, “Sure, I Can Say That: When They Come for the Comedians We Are All in Hassle.” Additionally performing is Alex Edelman, whose piece about attending a neo-Nazi assembly in New York, “Only for Us,” earned him a nomination for finest present on the Edinburgh Competition Fringe in 2018.
Kung Pao Kosher Comedy’s founder, Lisa Geduldig, hosts the occasions, which air on Zoom and YouTube Stay at eight p.m. Jap time on Thursday and Friday, and at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets to entry the published are $25-$50 and accessible at cityboxoffice.com.
SEAN L. McCARTHY