The Internet has always been a source of untold wealth for entertainment. But now that we’re spending more time at home, it has become a way to bring the arts right to your doorstep.
We’ve been able to visit museums from our couch and view livestreams of incredible performances from all over the world. Here are a few of our top picks of theatrical streaming experiences for the whole family:
- On July 3rd, 2020 head over to Disney + to see Hamilton, the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical from Lin-Manuel Miranda. Recorded over three days in the Richard Rogers Theatre, see the original cast from the comfort of your couch.
2. Side by Side by Susan Blackwell (for teens) on Broadway.com or Youtube.com – Susan has the inside scoop on all your favorite Broadway stars. She gets up close and personal with these short, fun interviews.
3. On the Youtube channel The Shows Must Go On!, Andrew Lloyd Webber is bringing one of his classic musicals online each week. Keep an eye out for your favorite! Although there are clips from each show always available, the full length show usually only stays available for 48 hours.
4. With a free 30-day trial to BroadwayHD, it’s like bringing The Great White Way to your living room. The streaming service offers lots of filmed theatre, old and new, for you to peruse – from Hugh Jackman in Oklahoma! to the newest revival of She Loves Me, there’s something for everyone!
5. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London is offering lots of different ways to enjoy plays by The Bard. You can watch full length productions of Shakespeare’s most popular plays like A Midsummer Night’s Dream and artists around the world bring his soliloquies, sonnets, and quotes to life.
6. With countless parents trying to balance work, parenting, and keeping their children safe and entertained, actors Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner launched the Save With Stories initiative. For the program, Adams and Garner enlisted other famous actors – like Glenn Close, Drew Barrymore, and Eddie Redmayne – to read children’s books out loud as if they were reading it for their own children. These readings are live-streamed on Instagram and Facebook, but can be watched any time after they are posted. Watch Ryan Seacrest read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss or recording artist Ne-Yo read Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes.
While theatres are dark, we hope these streaming picks help your family discover a little extra theatrical fun this summer. We look forward to seeing you all again when the curtain rises at FST. Until then, happy streaming!