Stream these festive theatre shows this holiday season
This year’s holiday season is guaranteed to feel different, quieter, and perhaps more peaceful than previous years. Suspension of Broadway performances also means we can’t partake in our annual traditions; no Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall and no Christmas Eve productions to bring us festive cheer live on stage. But that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the holidays.
Create your own theatrical advent with these holiday shows, which you can stream throughout the holiday season. From solo concerts, group performances, and even live musicals broadcast to audiences around the globe, find the show for you below.
The Disney Holiday Singalong
If you’re a Disney musicals fan, this star-studded Disney singalong will blow your mind. The Broadway casts of Aladdin and The Lion King will reunite for the first time in nine months to perform together again, joined by international companies of Frozen. There’ll also be performances from your favorite pop singers like Katy Perry and “Christmas personified” Michael Buble, as well as Hamilton’s Leslie Odom Jr. singing “What’s This?” and Kerry Washington singing “Joy To The World.”
The concert will stream on November 29.
Santa won’t be coming down our chimneys this year to deliver presents, but there’s still holiday magic in the air. That’s the case in A New York Holiday Minute, a series of six short plays all about living in the city during the holidays which will be available to stream December 14-20. Every play is different, with stories about shop workers decorating a storefront, a Kwanzaa celebration, and Papa Elf playing matchmaker on a subway.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
In recent years, a holiday season hasn’t been complete without a NBC holiday musical. Even though theaters aren’t lit up this year, the tradition continues this year with a family favorite: How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Take a trip to Whoville with Glee and Finding Neverland’s Matthew Morrison as he plays the title role in the production, which will be broadcast live from London’s Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre on December 9. The musical was last seen on Broadway in 2007, with this production set to include two brand new songs. Let’s just hope the Grinch isn’t too mean to audiences.
Look forward to a trio’s swinging holiday covers including “Sleigh Ride,” courtesy of A Swinging Birdland Christmas. This year will mark the group’s 11th year performing festive hits, and their album “Christmas at Birdland” even reached number two on the iTunes music charts. It’s a holiday-themed cabaret with all the musical trimmings you could ever imagine which will be available to stream on December 18.
A Christmas Carol
If 2020 was a Christmas character, it’d be a Scrooge. But there’s no reason why you need to be a Scrooge. Jefferson Mays reprises his groundbreaking performance as the fictional Dickensian in A Christmas Carol, which will be available to stream worldwide on November 28. Soon to star in The Music Man on Broadway, the Tony Award-winning actor will star in this holiday spectacular, first performed in Los Angeles in 2018. All money raised from livestreams going toward partner theaters across the United States.
Fans of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime will want to tune in to this stream on December 10. Have yourself a merry little Christmas with Darius de Haas, as he takes to the stage for an unmissable seasonal concert. Singing well-known Christmas ditties, he’ll perform tracks by Nat King Cole and Whitney Houston, as well as his own single “Let Me Carry You This Christmas.”
A Christmas Carol
Seen on Broadway in 2019, transport yourself to Dickensian London via your laptop with A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic in London. The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln will play Scrooge in this critically-acclaimed production, written by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’s Jack Thorne, which is available to stream December 12 – 24.
Hailed as the answer to “The Great Gatsby meets Mad Men,” Guilty Pleasure Cabaret present their latest variety show, just in time for the holidays. Founded by six female friends, they’ve made guest appearances all over New York City. Their creative talents have only got better over the years, selling out concerts and performing around the world. Their stellar harmonies will definitely be ringing in your ears on December 11.
What do you think Cindy Lou Who would be like as a grown woman? No need to wonder, as Who’s Holiday brings Dr. Seuss’s lovable character to life again on December 11. Lesli Margherita stars in this live-streamed revival, written entirely in rhyme. All proceeds raised will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, so you can watch a show, donate money and feel good at the same time.
Another A Christmas Carol, you say? You’d be mistaken here, as the world premiere of Estella Scrooge imagines what would happen to Ebenezer’s four times great-granddaughter. Planned, produced, and digitally captured during the pandemic, creatives have rallied what feels like the whole of Broadway to get involved, including Betsy Wolfe, Patrick Page, and Danny Burstein. Stream it on November 27.
Home For The Holidays
Struggling to feel the holiday spirit? Broadway is here to welcome you home. Escape the real world for a few hours with this star-studded charity concert, including Alan Cumming, André De Shields, Lena Hall, Karen Olivo and even more to be announced.
Head to “church” via the theatre with Sister Helen Holy of the First Southern Fried Self-Satisfied “Babatist” Church. The 701 Club is popular all over the country, so join the coolest congregation in town this season. Stream on demand from Dec. 4 to Dec. 20, 2020.