Valentine’s Day is on Monday, and love is in the air, with two star-studded online events coming direct to your home from NYC. One is an open-mic Zoom celebration; the other a live in-person concert that will also be livestreamed.
Off-Broadway’s Gingold Theatrical Group (GTG) will celebrate love in all its forms with a virtual open mic, livestreaming free on Facebook on Monday February 14, from 6-7:30 pm. Viewers are invited to join an all-star company of GTG alums, featuring Brenda Braxton, Charles Busch, Robert Cuccioli, Tyne Daly, Joel Grey, Jefferson Mays, Renée Taylor, Bruce Vilanch, and more surprise guests, to share a poem, an excerpt, a monologue, a limerick, a song, or a toast dealing with any aspect or point of view about love. All perspectives are welcome, as long as each presentation is under three minutes, so as many guests as possible can participate.
“This is your official invitation to share the most confusing of all human conditions: Love. If you’ve ever been in love, fallen out of love, had your heart broken, avoided love, confused love with sex, or looked for love, this is for you,” said Artistic Director David Staller. “Register to participate, or if you just like to watch, great! This is a celebration, not a fundraiser – just a chance to raise a glass and be together!”
To register as a participant, go online before 1 pm on Valentine’s Day; you will receive the Zoom link by email that afternoon. In order to avoid duplicate presentations, you will be asked to enter the title of the selection you’ll perform. To view the free livestream via Facebook, starting at 6 pm, click here.
At 7:00 and 9:45 pm on Monday, A Broadway Valentine’s Day! returns live and in-person to Feinstein’s/54 Below for a night full of love and laughter, with the 9:45 performance of the annual fan favorite also available in a real-time livestream (which will not become accessible on demand). So whether you’re in NYC or celebrating at home, you can join some of your favorite Broadway lovebirds for an evening of heartfelt and hilarious stories, coupled with some of the greatest love songs from the stage, for a night you won’t soon forget. Along with the music, you can enjoy a gourmet three-course prix fixe menu at the supper club for $85 per person (a la carte items will also be available).
Produced by Jen Sandler, with musical direction by Drew Wutke, the line-up of romantic duets features Gerard Canonico and Devon Meddock; Joey Contreras and Brian Russell Carey; Charlie Franklin and DeLaney Westfall; Laurel Harris and Rob Marnell; Peter LaPrade and Ian Fairlee; Sydney Morton and Preston Truman Boyd; Elliott Mattox and Michael Damian Fasano; Nora Schell and Jane Cardona; Alexandra Silber and Alec Silver; Amy Spanger and Brian Shepard; Emerson Steele and Matt Gumley; and Stephanie Torns and Benny Elledge.
A Broadway Valentine’s Day! plays on Monday, February 14, at 7:00 and 9:45 pm, at Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 West 54th Street, NYC. For tickets (beginning at $45, plus a $25 per person food and beverage minimum), call (646) 476-3551, or go online. To enter the club, everyone must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and a photo ID. The 9:45 performance will also be livestreamed; for tickets (priced at $25, plus a $3.50 fee), click here.