Stream All These Musicals Now That You’ve Watched ‘Hamilton’
When Hamilton dropped on Disney+ on Friday, July 3, it was like the shot heard round the world, as Hamilfans and newbies alike gathered to bask in the glory of finally being in the room where it happens. The launch of a big budget Broadway musical on a global streaming service is a huge step for a shuttered theater industry, while live performance is out of reach, and it also has people calling out for theatrical producers to “release the archives” of filmed productions.
While high quality live-captures of Broadway performances like Hamilton are few and far between (we can get into the economics of Broadway another time), there are some non-bootleg offerings that are totally worth your time now that your theatrical appetite has been whet.
So with no further ado, here are some theatrical productions you should get to streaming ASAP!
Laura Benanti, Jane Krakowski, Gavin Creel, and Zachary Levi star in this classic romantic comedy — the original inspiration for the movie You’ve Got Mail. Take a trip down to Maraczek’s Parfumerie, and follow Amalia and Georg’s love story. Make sure you have some vanilla ice cream to eat while you watch!
While we’re anxious awaiting for theater to return, we can take a virtual trip outside to the open-air production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods at Regent’s Park. After all, if you’re going to go into the woods, you might as well watch the production while surrounded by nature! Gather your house plants and re-create the experience at home.
Watch Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin make theatrical magic in this Stephen Sondheim classic about the painter Georges Seurat. We have not moved on from this musical’s sheer genius — it won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1995 — and watching the original Broadway cast is a rare opportunity.
Okay, so this isn’t *technically* a musical, but it’s a live theatrical production with lots of laughs so we’ll let it slide. Comedians John Mulaney and Nick Kroll take on their alteregos of George St. Geegland and Gil Fazan, two old men from Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and you can enjoy their special brand on humor with the Broadway production on Netflix.
Watch Andrew Rannells, Christian Borle, Stephanie J. Block, Brandon Uranowitz, Betsy Wolfe, and Tracie Toms make theatrical magic in the 2017 revival of William Finn and James Lapine’s musical about a family struggling to stay together. While we all might feel like Trina breaking down at home in these uncertain times, a trip to Falsettoland can be a nice escape!
The glitzy and glamorous West End revival of the ultimate showbiz story is just the kind of escapism we need right now. Come and meet those dancing feet, and watch young Peggy Sawyer go from chorus girl to star! The real 42nd Street might be sleeping right now, but she’s alive and well in this production!
Travel might be prohibited right now, but a virtual musical trip to Paris is just the ticket. Fall in love with this beautiful stage adaptation of the classic 1951 film with music by George and Ira Gershwin. You’ll feel transported in now time with the soaring balletic leaps and beautiful ballads in this Tony-winning production.
Cole Porter’s show-within-a-show musical comedy is full of laughs, dancing, and heart. When ex-lovers Lilli and Fred are cast in The Taming of the Shrew, their romantic failings unfold onstage and off. Add in two conniving gangsters and a co-star with a wandering eye, and you have the ultimate musical theater classic. Watch the 1999 Broadway revival starring Marin Mazzie and Brian Stokes Mitchell on Broadway HD.
Everybody say yeah! Get ready to don your most fabulous outfit and witness the Cyndi Lauper-scored show about an entrepreneurial drag queen who revives a small-town factory. Welcome to the land of Lola!
Part play and part concert, Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway debut took the theater world by storm and earned him a special Tony Award. Find out what makes The Boss tick in this rare intimate look into his music and his life.
Star Trek star George Takei’s real life is the inspiration for this emotional musical bout the Japanese internment during World War II. Takei also stars in the show, alongside Lea Salonga and Telly Leung. Get your tissues ready for this emotional ride.