How to Watch Broadway Shows Online for Free Right Now

Alexandra Whittaker
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From Cosmopolitan

  • Here’s the scoop on how to watch Broadway shows and musicals online now.
  • BroadwayHD is letting people stream them for free, for a limited time.

I have a question for you: Have you already slammed through every season of your favorite shitty reality TV show and succumbed to watching Cats four times? (No? Just me?)

Regardless, if you’re looking for something new to occupy your time, I suggest pausing your 5,000-piece puzzle for a second to check out the latest news in streaming: There’s now a way you can watch Broadway shows online this week without paying a cent.

No, it’s not the same as watching a live performance in an actual theater. But with all of Broadway on hiatus until next month because of coronavirus, we theater nerds have to do *something* while staying safely socially distant beyond just streaming the Beetlejuice musical soundtrack until our ears bleed. (Although, honestly, that’s great too.)

Thankfully, we’ve found the Link Larkin to our Tracy Turnblad in the form of streaming service BroadwayHD. The streaming service offers up performances of musicals like Kinky Boots, The King and I, Sound of Music, and even Cats, if you want to see what the horror movie you just watched was attempting to channel.

To take advantage of the deal, head to BroadwayHD, which has a library of about 300 productions on hand. It’ll give you a seven-day free trial, so you can stream as many shows, plays, and ballets as your musically deprived heart desires.

If that’s not enough, though, you could also check out Digital Theatre (which has a lot of British productions specifically) or even Amazon Prime, which has literally seven versions of King Lear on it, in case mastering King Lear is *really* important to you for some reason.

Because even if the show can’t go on...there’s no harm in pretending otherwise for a couple of hours. At least until we’re safe and the theaters open up again.

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