In the wake of theatre and performance space shutdowns, actors and singers are turning to the web to present performances with multiple performers via Zoom and Facebook Live.
The Loud and Proud theatre company gave an online revue concert called “Happy Broadway - A Virtual Musical Revue.” The show featured various artists from the Inland Empire theatre scene, including Ron Blakely, Emily Paige, and many more. The emcee for the show was Brianne Lopez.
But it’s not just local performers; big stars are performing free concerts as well. Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood performed a Facebook Live concert that reached more than 3 million people.
Online shows have also been performed by John Legend, Indigo Girls, Katharine McPhee, Coldplay's Chris Martin, and Deathcab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard.
Some of the shows are raising money as well. Elton John, Fox, and iHeart radio teamed up to present a “Living Room Concert” that raised over $10 million for COVID-19 relief and had 9 million viewers. In addition to Elton John, the concert featured Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Dave Grohl, Billie Eilish, Sam Smith, Camilla Cabello, Shawn Mendes, H.E.R., Billie Joe Armstong Demi Lovato, Tim McGraw, and Mariah Carey.
John opened the concert from his home saying, “Here we are, all together at home. You’ve got your family and loved ones, and I’m keeping mine close, too. We’re taking care of each other, looking out for each other, doing what we can during this crisis. There’s a lot of grief out there, uncertainty and fear. But let me tell you what’s going to keep us together. All the goodness that’s happening in the world … all those doctors, nurses, and scientists on the frontlines. They’re living proof that most superheroes don’t wear capes.”