10 Broadway Streams To Watch That Are NOT Mine!
One of the few upsides of this shutdown is that the theater has embraced live-streamed content like my kid with her teddy bear.
It’s by necessity, of course. Take away our theaters and we’ll stare at screens as much as you want us to.
But when we are on the other side of the curve, I wouldn’t expect it to go away. I’m predicting that streaming will become more of a standard tool used by Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theater productions, for sure.
We’re not there yet, unfortunately (#StaySafeStayHealthySTAYHOME), and this blog isn’t about then . . . it’s about NOW, and the awesome plethora of streamin’ content you can get today.
As you know, I started a nightly live stream of interviews with Broadway’s movers and shakers. But I’m not the only one who has taken to the 2D form of entertainment.
Here is a list 10 Streams other than mine that you should watch to get your Broadway fix!
- BroadwayHD: Since 2015, BroadwayHD has been offering theatre fans the opportunity to watch Broadway and off-Broadway productions on demand from the comfort of home. Their extensive catalogue of shows ranges from The King and I to King Lear. Memberships are $8.99 a month or $99.99 a year (a fraction of the price of Broadway tickets!) and the first 7 days are FREE! Check out their full offerings and sign up to start watching here! And make sure you watch Daddy Long Legs!
- Feinstein’s/54 Below: 54 Below is known for showcasing Broadway’s most versatile and talented stars in endlessly entertaining cabaret performances. With all upcoming program halted, they’re streaming select archived performances as one-time-only events on their YouTube channel. Selections for April include Bonnie Milligan & Natalie Walker, Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods Reunion Concert!, and Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen.
- Disney on Broadway: Followers of the official Disney on Broadway Instagram were treated to a choreo-crash course from Frozen on Broadway, and a livestream featuring Aladdin and Frozen cast members. With three mega talented Broadway casts in their lineup, their next stream is sure to be just as magical!
- Stars in The House: James Wesley & Seth Rudetsky come together with different guests from the Broadway community to put on virtual live performances from home. Head to the Actors’ Fund YouTube channel for 23 episodes already available to binge in a convenient playlist, and more to come!
- Broadway Jackbox: Dear Evan Hansen co-stars Andrew Barth Feldman and Alex Boniello teamed up with Jackbox Games on Twitch to raise money with donations from viewers for the Actors’ Fund while theatres remain dark. The show goes live every Tuesday and Friday at 6pm, featuring a different group Broadway personalities playing one of Jackbox’s hilarious and irreverent games.
- Met Opera Live in HD Series: Broadway theaters aren’t the only performance venues that have had to halt performances due to social distancing. The Metropolitan Opera House has been streaming a different opera from its prolific archive nightly since mid-March. Why not expand your horizons? You can find a link to the stream on the Met Opera website.
- National Theatre at Home: Go (virtually) across the pond for a selection of productions from the National Theatre in London. Here, you can watch James Corden in One Man Two Guvnors now (streams become available 7pm UK time and are available for the following week). On the horizon is Sally Cookson’s adaptation of Jane Eyre (April 9), Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Treasure Island (April 16), and Tamsin Greig in Twelfth Night (April 23).
- HERE online programming: Even though their performance space in Lower Manhattan is closed at this time, the HERE arts center is continuing its mission to provide innovative and exciting programming for theater makers with three new initiatives- HERE@home, in which HERE hosts a Facebook Watch Party every Wednesday at 7pm, to stream one of their past full-length productions; #stillHERE streaming every Friday, featuring a HERE artist who leads viewers in sharing in the creation of new work; and #COVIDEO, which strings together a series of short creative videos with daily postings. Join the community on their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to get involved.
- Play Per View: Created by producer Jeremy Wein and actor/producer Mirirai Sithole, the new platform will present one-time-only livestreamed performances and unscripted content. The price of virtual admission is $5 and all proceeds go to organizations helping provide relief to arts organizations dealing with the impact of COVID-19. Keep checking their website and Twitter for upcoming programming updates!
- Broadway Weekends at Home: And when you’ve made it through all the performances on this list, get involved with Broadway Weekend‘s online classes! Join their Facebook group for access to classes taught by Broadway & West End Performers via Zoom. Multiple classes are held throughout the day, making them accessible to theater fans across all timezones.