- Here’s the scoop on how to watch Broadway shows and musicals online now.
- BroadwayHD lets people stream them for free for seven days.
- Disney+ also offers Hamilton and Newsies if you’ve got a subscription.
Update: October 9, 2020
Sad news from NYC: The Broadway League announced today that Broadway will remain dark through at least May 30, 2021, with no clear path to reopening. It’s bummer news, but here are a few things you can do from home instead of wallowing:
- Donate to BroadwayCares’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund to help Broadway professionals meet pandemic-related expenses.
- Check out Playbill’s guide for how to help theater industry workers while shows are shut down.
- When you’re done, look below for some (free!) ways you can watch Broadway shows safely from your couch…at least until it’s safe to catch a show IRL again.
Update: May 12, 2020
Reminder: This show won 11 Tony Awards, a Grammy, an Olivier Award, and a Pulitzer, so, yes, it’s a big deal.
“I’m so proud of how beautifully Tommy Kail has brought Hamilton to the screen. He’s given everyone who watches this film the best seat in the house,” said Lin-Manuel Miranda in a statement to Cosmo. “I’m so grateful to Disney and Disney+ for reimagining and moving up our release to July 4th weekend of this year, in light of the world turning upside down. I’m so grateful to all the fans who asked for this, and I’m so glad that we’re able to make it happen. I’m so proud of this show. I can’t wait for you to see it.”
Original story: March 19, 2020
Have you already slammed through every season of your favorite reality TV show and succumbed to watching Cats four times? (No? Just me?) Either way, if you’re looking for something new to occupy your time, pause 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 because of the 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, you could also check out Digital Theatre (which has a lot of British productions specifically) or even Amazon Prime, which has 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 hours. At least until we’re safe and the theaters open up again.
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