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Are you missing having theatre in your life?

We’ve curated a selection of online theatre resources, including access to some of the finest productions in the world, podcasts, and archives. Take a look. There’s a treasure trove here for you to enjoy whenever you want.

We hope you enjoy the show!

Best of Broadway

Are you feeling those mid-week blues? How about some of the best of Broadway to snap you out of it. We’ve got a couple of awesome playlists featuring the very best Broadway songs to give your day a little dramatic flair. Check out the links below for “Broadway Essentials” on Apple Music and “Best of Broadway” on Spotify.  Happy Listening!

Broadway's Best Shows

This is a great new website dedicated to all things Broadway. Since the Covid-19 shutdown this website has begun collecting outstanding interviews, long form journalism, and artistic performances straight from Broadway. 

In addition to the articles and interviews every Thursday at 8pm eastern they offer a one-night-only livestream of a play reading featuring some of Broadway’s best talent.  This week, May 21st, they are featuring: 

“LOVE LETTERS”

by A. R. Gurney

Starring: Bryan Cranston and Sally Field

Directed by Jerry Zaks.

Hamilton Artists Relief Fund

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hamilton Arts Council (HAC) presents the Hamilton Artist Relief Fund and Online Performance Series.

The Hamilton Artist Relief Fund is focused on raising and distributing emergency relief funds for artists struggling during this difficult time and providing a curated online platform for local artists to present and perform to a virtual audience. 100% of the donations collected for the Relief Fund will be distributed directly to artists in need. 

Video performances will air most days Tuesday-Friday in the afternoon through Facebook Live. Visit the website for updates on scheduling and how you can participate!

Broadway Backstory

If you’ve ever wondered how a show goes “from the page to the stage” than this is the podcast for you!  Broadway Backstory is a documentary style podcast from TodayTix and Theater People that explores the stories behind our favorite shows and how they develop from an idea to a full Broadway production. We get the behind the scenes story directly from the people who lived it – the conceivers, actors, directors, and producers.

The newest season features episodes about hit shows like “Kinky Boots”, “Come From Away”, “Hamilton” and so much more.

Find it everywhere you look for Podcasts or visit the link below.

36 Questions Podcast

Next up for our Podcast recomendations we have 36 Questions.  

In a last-ditch attempt to salvage their crumbling marriage, a couple uses the 36 questions—an experiment known for making strangers fall in love—to save their own relationship. Starring Tony-nominated actor Jonathan Groff and Jessie Shelton, “36 Questions” is the world’s first podcast musical—made for your ears only.

“THE FUTURE OF MUSICALS? IT’S A PODCAST CALLED ‘36 QUESTIONS.’” – New York Times

“MOVE OVER HAMILTON — IT’S TIME FOR 36 QUESTIONS, THE FIRST EVER MUSICAL PODCAST.” – The Guardian

“MEET YOUR NEW PODCAST OBSESSION: A BROADWAY MUSICAL MADE JUST FOR YOUR EARBUDS” – Marie Claire

Find it everywhere you look for Podcasts or visit the link below.

Play Me Podcast

We’ve been sharing a lot of videos lately so it felt like time for a little change.  Today’s Stay-At-Home share is a brilliant podcast from the CBC.  PlayME from CBC Podcasts celebrates the best of Canadian Theatre on a national and international scale. The project helps raise the profile of Canadian playwrights by highlighting Canada’s best, award-winning theatre shows through a series of podcasts, making it accessible to audiences worldwide. PlayME from CBC Podcasts is transforming the way we experience Canadian theatre, by taking a bold and innovative approach to disseminating plays. The podcast features distinguished actors, and focuses on current and relevant scripts geared to the growing “on-demand” audience.

Each play will be recorded in three episodes, followed by another episode that features an interview with the respective playwright. All four episodes for each work will be released at once.  Find it everywhere you look for Podcasts or visit the link below.

Andrew Lloyd Webber comes to YouTube

Andrew Lloyd Webber will be streaming his musicals for free online! A new YouTube Channel called “The Shows Must Go On” has been launched and will be presenting the best musicals from Andrew Lloyd Webber. A new show will be released once a week on Fridays and is available for free to stream on YouTube for 48hrs.

The series begins today, April 3, 2020, at 2pm eastern with the 2000 adaptation of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Donny Osmond, Maria Friedman, Richard Attenborough and Joan Collins.

Newsies two ways!

Disney+ has lots of great streaming options for the whole family but we wanted to highlight NEWSIES.  You can watch the movie version from 1992 starring a young Christian Bale or a filmed performance of the Broadway Musical captured at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood from 2017. Whether you choose movie or broadway version, you’re in for a good time.  The broadway adapatation was nominated for eight Tony Awards, winning two including Best Original Score.  So let us seize the day and enjoy this cult favourite.

A Sonnet A Day

The one and only, Sir Patrick Stewart, has taken to Twitter to share his love of the Bard. Head over to his twitter account or follow the hashtag #SonnetADay to be treated to a daily reading of one of Shakespeare’s sonnets.

Springsteen on Broadway

This intimate show became an instant sensation when it premiered in 2017 at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City. A combination of storytelling and songs, the show is just Springsteen alone on the stage with an acoustic guitar and a piano. The New York Times said “as portraits of artists go, there may never have been anything as real – and beautiful – on Broadway”.  Springsteen received a special Tony Award for this show. 

Musical Fun For The Whole Family!

Today’s Netflix pick is perfect for the whole family. This 1982 film adaptation of the Broadway Musical Annie stars Albert Finney and Carol Burnett and is full of familiar songs and wholesome fun. The stage version has been produced countless times and has received Tony awards for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score. 

Oh, Hello.

We could all use a little bit of laughter these days and Oh, Hello on Broadway is up for the task. Partially scripted, partially spontaneous comedy this unique Broadway production was captured in 2017 and is now available for you to enjoy on Netflix.  The show follows Nick Kroll and John Mulaney’s popular alter egos Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland as they recount their strange lives and their “memoir of the stage”.

Broadway Theatre (paid)

Broadway HD is a streaming service offering a wide variety of plays and musicals from around the world. While the service costs $8.99 (USD) a month, you are able to sign up for a free week long trial. We’ve made a few selections to get you started but the Broadway HD catalogue is quite extensive.

She Loves Me 
An intimate and touching show, featuring music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) and book by Joe Masteroff (Cabaret). Considered by many to be the most charming musical ever written, She Loves Me is a warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old world elegance.

Roundabout’s luscious 2016 broadway revival of this romantic comedy is not to be missed. Starring Zachary Levi, Laura Benanti, Jane Krakowski and Gavin Creel, this production will leave you laughing and smiling.

MacBeth
The hottest ticket at Stratford in 2016 was Antoni Cimolino’s haunting production of MacBeth. Featuring a cast of faces familiar to Aquarius audiences this production is great way to see top Canadian talent from the comfort of your own home.

Featuring Theatre Aquarius alumni: Ian Lake, Michael Blake, EB Smith, Trish Lindstrom

Puffs
For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs… who just happened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.

Harry Potter fans are in luck. Normally parody productions are cheaply done, both financially and artistically, but this production is more homage than parody. Please note, if you’re not familiar with Harry Potter, you might wish to skip this one.

The Woodsman
Set in the fictional Land of Oz, notably Baum’s 1918 book The Tin Woodman from Oz. The production employs live performers, puppets, music, and very few spoken words.

Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter described the “charming and disturbing”, minimalist production as the antithesis of Wicked, the massively successful big-budget Oz-based musical.

Watch Live Theatre

Nothing scratches the itch to enjoy live theatre quite like enjoying live theatre. We may not be able to share our own productions at the moment but thanks to the internet there is lots to enjoy. Filmedonstage.com is collecting a running list of full length productions that are available online for free.

University Theatre Archive

A classic of “old-time radio”, NBC University Theatre offers full-cast audio adaptations of great works of drama and other literary classics. More than 100 hour-long episodes streaming for free from Internet Archive

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