Updated: Nov 26, 2021
Broadway is dark until at least 2021, and musical fans are hungry for programs to watch from home. This is where Broadway HD comes in. Broadway HD, a streaming service for theater enthusiasts, offers about 300 professionally shot live theater performances from Broadway, London's West End and more. (Some purchased from existing catalogs, others were created specifically for the channel.) Subscriptions are only $ 8.99 per month, and new subscribers are free for the first week.
Here are top 10 best musicals on Broadway HD:
If escapism is yours, don't look beyond this 1980 story of a brave understudy to become a star. It's a happy hymn of praise for the musical theater itself, and it's the essence of Broadway's Show Must Goon ideology. The 1933 source film is an antidepressant treatment. The musical complements the story with additional standards from the Harry Warren-Aldubin songbook and
a massive downpour of synchronized dance. This filmed version captures the 2017 West End revival. Randy Skinner's choreography depicts Gower Champion's original work at some important moment.
The King and I
Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe starred in Rogers & Hammerstein's 1951 classic romantic drama 2015 Lincoln Center Theater Revival on the Cultural War between King Siam and the British Governor in the 1860s. This gorgeous film directed by Bartlett Sher includes beautiful costumes and rich expressions of scores (including criteria such as "hello, your lover," "know you," and "something wonderful." It is). O'Hara offers a measured, beautifully sung performance as I am a Tony Award-winning storm (as Lucy Ann Miles did as the king's main wife). This version was shot during production in London in 2018.
Elaine Stritch at liberty
Elaine Stritch's Broadway career dates back to the 1940s, but her deification took place in 2001 in this solo exhibition co-authored with John Lahr. In a sense, Stritch has always been a moody old woman in the entertainment world. She had to wait for her true age to catch up. She was her own best character role, and her moody, whiskey-immersed style exploded with honesty, regret, and keen wit. Filmed in Old Vic, London and first screened on HBO in 2004, this version captures a willing and enthusiastic woman ready to get rid of the tired bones of show business charm.
Before Hugh Jackman tightened Wolverine's claws to become an action movie star, he was the leader of the Australian musical theater in his hometown. But his international breakthrough was like Rogers & Hammerstein's groundbreaking 1943 tuner Curly at the 1998 West End. Trevor Nunn's work is much more traditional than Oklahoma. I saw it on Broadway last season, but it's still a darker show than I imagined, and Shuler Henlsey makes a strong impression as a malicious Ute Fly (who won Tony when Broadway pulled a few years later). .. .. .. But that's why the brilliant and charismatic Jackman pays attention. Whenever he is on the screen, everything is on his way.
She loves me
The musical teams Reebok and Sheldon Harnick behind the fiddler on the roof are also this fun and beautifully crafted 1963, based on the same Hungarian play used in the movie The Shop Around the Corner. I wrote the music for a romantic comedy. You have Inspired email. Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi play fighting colleagues who don't even know they are penpals. Jane Krakowski and Gavin Creel are comical supporting characters. All of Scott Ellis's 2016 productions (the first Broadway productions livestreamed on Broadway HD) feel like opening a small, neatly wrapped gift box.
Into the woods
In the first act of this 1987 classic, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine weave the story of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood, and Jack the Bean Climber into a basket of funny curses, and the bakery and his wife curse the witch. To end. In Act 2, the character's happy ending is unleashed, leading to a fierce confusion of retaliation and accusations. Into the Woods does more than just rewrite the lessons of the story. It examines the subjective and selected nature of morality itself with disturbing conclusions. This shot is directed by Timothy Sheader, with Hannah Waddingham as the witch, Mark Hadfield as the bakery, and Jenna Russell as the bakery's wife (and the voice of the giant with Judi Dench recorded). It's not as definitive as the original work, but it adds an interesting twist to the material.
The intimate, smart and heartbreaking 1992 musical of William Finn and James Lapine is back on Broadway with this resurrection in 2016. The prickly first half is a nervous and annoying quest for masculinity and its dissatisfaction. Written 10 years later, the second is a sparkling, entertaining, tearful, sweet song that challenges AIDS. Directed by Lapine, the show is about a particular Jewish family in the early 1980s. The story of a man (Christian Borle) entrusting his wife and children to his male lover (Andrew Rannells) is not new today, but the greater truth continues to resonate. Looking at it now is like opening a time capsule and finding a mirror.
Like many Rogers & Hammerstein shows, the 1945 carousel is darker than many remember. In 19th-century Maine, the fascinating Julie Jordan turned from a moth to a flame, becoming a charismatic carnival screaming Billy Bigelow. Their unfortunate marriage faces a June-filled idyllic seaside world and a truly beautiful Cranberg. Billy's domestic violence is treated as a deep
moral failure, but the treatment of Shaw's problems naturally causes convulsions. However, this 2013 New York Philharmonic concert production, recorded for the Live from Lincoln Center, offers a rendering of stately and engaging material, although it may be flawed. Broadway top stars (Kelli O'Hara is Julie, Jessie Mueller and Jason Danny Lee are side couples, John Cullum is Starkeeper) share the stage with opera headliners (Nathan Gunn is Billy and Stephanie Blythe is Julie's best friend Netty).
Jerry Springer: The opera
The title character does not sing at Stewart Lee's terrifyingly flooded high and low festivals. But everyone around him does it in a variety of styles, from epic baroque music (at some point, melismatic words stretch to about 200 tones) to Busby Berkeley's charm. After a great mud bath, the show literally goes to hell in the second half. Aside from its lofty jokes, this wild ride has to do with the culture of reality shows and the urgency of humiliating participants-now more or less include us. This recording captures an English performance since 2005. It will take another 13 years for the full production of the show to reach New York.
Legendary director and choreographer Bob Fosse picked up Stephen Schwartz and Tony O. Harson's 1972 musical (a parable about the medieval prince of a self-discovery journey, full of fun songs). Transformed into a fascinating rotten showbiz style exercise. Recorded for Canadian television in 1981, this version is far from ideal. Sometimes at the expense of the heart, I shorten some numbers and completely shorten "I Guess I'll Love". But it's an integral record of Fosse's staging and seemingly flattering performance as Ben Beren's top player. Greatest American Hero William Katt has a title roll with a curly blonde hair mop. Chita Rivera is an impressive number that uses the crown as a garter belt.