Watch Broadway Plays From Your Couch
If you’re an avid theater-goer, you may be missing a regular dose of culture while self-isolating and social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.
But fear not — you don’t have to settle for box-set bingeing in the upcoming weeks. You can actually stream a whole host of musicals, plays, ballets, and other performances from Broadway, the West End, and other elite theater venues around the world on BroadwayHD.
BroadwayHD, a streaming service for theater fans started in 2015, has long been bringing Broadway performances to people’s living rooms.
As the company explained in a statement, “BroadwayHD was created with the goal of making high-quality theater accessible to everyone globally.”
On the platform, subscribers will find a combination of acquired performances including performances of “Cats,” “The King and I,” and “The Sound of Music,” along with originals the platform filmed including performances of “Kinky Boots” and “42nd Street,” from Broadway, The West End, and other elite venues around the world.
The company announced this month that in addition to its preexisting library of nearly 300 productions, BroadwayHD would be curating two new playlists for anyone hoping to binge-watch some seriously stellar performances.
To honor Women’s History Month, BroadwayHD curated a playlist featuring the works of female theater-makers and show-stopping performances including an all-female Shakespeare Trilogy, along with “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” “A Night with Janis Joplin,” “Ann,” “Driving Ms. Daisy,” and more.
Additionally, BroadwayHD is celebrating the theater legend Stephen Sondheim for his 90th birthday and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 72nd with a special tribute playlist including some of their most beloved productions.
The playlist contains “Gypsy,” “Putting It Together,” “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Cats,” “Phantom Of The Opera,” “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and more.
The platform is offering a free seven-day trial, along with an $8.99 monthly plan.
Here are some of the shows that you cannot miss:
“Romeo and Juliet”
Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad played the lead roles in the 2013 Broadway revival of the tragic romance.
“The King and I”
This 2018 version of the musical was described as “a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre — it is the greatest musical from the golden age of musicals.”
“An American in Paris”
This 2018 performance of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical features the music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin.
“Death of a Salesman”
This adaptation of Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play is from back in 1966.
This performance of the classic ballet is set to Tchaikovsky’s score, and performed by Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet in 2015.
“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”
Lewis Carroll’s classic story was brought to life by Royal Ballet Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon in 2011.
So go ahead and watch as many times as you want. You can even sing along if you please because you’re in your own house — who’s going to complain?
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