This Week on the Calendar
Find out where to stream these musicals and more on the Filmed Live Musicals calendar.
Sugar, Butter, Release Date Pie: Waitress Opening Up in Cinemas
Sara Bareilles’ musical based on the 2007 Adrienne Shelley film was filmed live on Broadway in 2021 starring Bareilles, Charity Angél Dawson, Caitlin Houlahan, Drew Gehling, Dakin Matthews, Eric Anderson, and Christopher Fitzgerald. After premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in June 2023, the film will be released in cinemas across the United States by Fathom Events on December 7, 2023.
HEX Released on National Theatre at Home
Based on Sleeping Beauty, the new musical by Tanya Ronder, Jim Fortune, and Rufus Norris was filmed live at the National Theatre during its run in late 2022/early 2023. Available on demand via the National Theatre’s At Home.
RuneSical to be Released Online
A choose-your-own adventure musical comedy, RuneSical was created by British company GiggleMug. The musical was filmed live at The Town & Gown Theatre in Cambridge. It will be available for free on YouTube from September 29, 2023.
There can be miracles! The Prince of Egypt to be Released in Cinemas and Streamed Online
A musical adaptation of the DreamWorks animation which tells the story of Moses learning his true identity and following his destiny to be the leader of his people. Filmed live in the West End in 2019, The Prince of Egypt will be released in cinemas worldwide by Trafalgar Releasing on October 19, and online in the United States via BroadwayHD on November 15, 2023.
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Host Luisa Lyons chats with the Grammy nominated, and Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, and Emmy Award winning Broadway producer Jim Kierstead. Jim’s extensive producing credits include Kinky Boots, Pippin, Hadestown, The Inheritance, The Lehman Trilogy and The Inheritance. He is also the co-founder of Broadway Virtual, a new company that aims to help artists develop work for stage and screen.
Jim shares how his background in computer science, and clinical and counseling psychology helps him be a Broadway producer, the importance of filmed theatre, capturing The Gospel According to Heather off-Broadway, why Broadway shows like Kinky Boots are being filmed in the West End, the virtual benefit of Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, the Yank 10th anniversary concert, and the movie version of Be More Chill!
Jim Kierstead (Producer) is a Grammy-nominated, Emmy, Olivier, and six-time Tony Award-winning producer of the Broadway, touring, Toronto, and London productions of Kinky Boots, Pippin, Hadestown, The Inheritance, The Lehman Trilogy, and Company. In addition, he has been a co-producer of 25 Broadway productions. Off-Broadway projects include The Gospel According To Heather, Unexpected Joy, Yank! (Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Nominees), Bright Colors and Bold Patterns, and Thrill Me (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Nominees). He has also produced extensively in London’s West End and produced Miami’s hit immersive show Amparo. Jim is on the Board of Directors of The York Theatre Company and The Abingdon Theatre Company and is the founder of the digital theatre content creation company Broadway Virtual.
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This week in the *new look* streaming calendar:
The Eras Tour
Taylor Swift has announced that a film of her recent record-breaking Eras Tour, filmed live at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles in August, will be released in North American cinemas on October 13. Deadline reported that sales exceeded well over $10 million on the first day of the presale. If only theatre had a way to emulate the model of filming a live event with limited seats and making it available to millions of fans around the world…
The Prince of Egypt: Live from the West End
Disney’s stage adaptation of the 1998 animation was filmed live in the West End at the Dominion Theatre in 2021. According to Filmed on Stage the musical will be released in cinemas in the UK and Ireland in October, 2023.
Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love
A 2013 documentary all about composer Marvin Hamlisch is now available to stream for free on All Arts. A composer, conductor, musical genius like no other, Marvin Hamlisch is the artist responsible for some of the most iconic music of our time. Hits like the Broadway sensation A Chorus Line and Oscar winning scores for The Way We Were and The Sting cemented his place in music history. At the extraordinary age of 31 he became one of two PEGOT winners ever, having won a total of 4 Grammys, 3 Oscars, an Emmy, Tony and a Pulitzer prize. Featuring interviews with close friends including: Barbra Streisand, Woody Allen, Carly Simon, Steven Soderbergh, Quincy Jones and many more. Directed by Dori Berinstein. Available on All Arts.
Michael Jackson ONE: MJ Blue Sapphire Celebration of the King of Pop’s Birthday
A special panel and performance featuring the cast of ONE by Cirque du Soleil, a state-of-the-art visual and audio experience dedicated to the creative legacy of one of the most successful recording artists of all time, Michael Jackson. Features an interview with MJ: The Musical star and Tony Award winner Myles Frost. Filmed live at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Available on demand for free via YouTube.
Support a new musical: Grace and the Ghost
Written by up and coming composers Anna DeNoia and Joshua Villa, Grace and the Ghost tells the story of a reclusive young musician who spends her days alone in her room, singing songs for the friend she’s imagined in the shadow on her wall. When a city-wide blackout leaves her without light, however, she discovers her “imaginary friend” has been listening. In the darkness, Shadow is able to move around uninhibited, physicalized by Grace’s touch. The two discover how they are connected, explore the consequences of making physical contact, and wrestle with who should hold ownership over the body that exists between them— a depressed, living person who wishes they could disappear, or a spirit who wishes for a second chance. Learn more at Indiegogo.
Host Luisa Lyons chats with performer and writer Alexandra Palting whose new solo musical 0874 A Filipino American Love Story recently played the She NYC Arts Summer Theater Festival, where the show won Best Score. The musical tells the story of when Alex’s college boyfriend moved across the country and her Lola (grandmother) showed her a grocery bag filled with hundreds of love letters from Alex’s grandfather.
Alex shares how her Lola inspired not only the show but Alex’s love of musical theatre, her unique vocal approach to writing her one woman show, the development of the show, and the process of performing in the She NYC Arts Summer Theater Festival.
Alexandra Palting is an actor and writer based in New York City. She is the performer, writer, lyricist and co-composer of 0874: A Filipino-American Love Story, a one-woman musical that tells the story of her grandparents’ courtship and immigration to the United States. The show premiered off-Broadway at the Connelly Theater during SheNYC Arts (Festival winner: Best Score) and was developed through The Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage residency. She has performed her music at venues including The Lincoln Theatre and Merriweather Post Pavilion and has sung at venues from the swing clubs of Baltimore to the Vatican. Favorite acting credits include CATF, Olney Theatre Center, Imagination Stage, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, The Keegan Theatre, InterAct Theatre Co. and Shakespeare in Clark Park. Her on-camera work can be seen on "Law and Order," in independent films, and in productions for clients like Apple, the NIH, and Home Depot. Her work as an audiobook narrator can be heard anywhere from NYT Bestsellers at MacMillan Publishers to Microsoft. As a producer, she has raised over $60,000 for arts organizations that champion diverse voices and for nonprofits like Feeding America and RAINN that provided direct aid to vulnerable populations throughout the pandemic. She studied at the University of Delaware, RADA, and Harvard Online Business School. @alpal1210, alexandramariapalting.com.
This Week on the Filmed Live Musicals Calendar
Discover new musicals:
Catch performances by Broadway veterans and a cabaret featuring the talents of Broadway standbys, understudies, and alternates!
It’s your last weekend to livestream Opera Wyoming’s macabre musical Ride the Cyclone.
Find out where you can watch these musicals and more
in the Filmed Live Musicals streaming calendar!
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Immersive Audio Sondheim
Masterworks Broadway have released “immersive audio” editions of the original cast albums of Sweeney Todd, Assassins, Into the Woods, and Company. Sondheim himself consulted on the remastering of each album prior to his death in 2021. Each album is available via Apple Music, Amazon Music, and Tidal.
Where to Stream:
Sweeney Todd: Amazon, Apple
Assassins: Amazon, Apple
Into the Woods: Amazon, Apple
Company: Amazon, Apple
For more info visit Masterworks Broadway.
More Musical Theatre Games: Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical
Last week I shared info on the new Hamilton Simulator, and this week saw the launch of another musical-themed game Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical. Gods. Romance. Murder. Musical Numbers?! Play as Grace in a world where Greek Gods live in hiding among us. Change your fate as you draw friends, foes & lovers into song using your powers of musical persuasion to unravel the mystery of the Last Muse's death. The game features music by Grammy-nominee Austin Wintory, and Australian musicians Tripod (Scott Edgar, Steven Gates, and Simon Hall), and Montaigne. The character voices are provided by The Last of Us actors Laura Bailey and Ashley Johnson, along with Felicia Day, Troy Baker, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, and Merle Dandridge as the Gods. Stray Gods is available now on STEAM, Nintendo Switch, Xbox and X/S, PC and PS4/5.
SIX: Teen Edition
The Teen Edition of the international hit musical SIX is now available for licensing in the US via Concord Theatricals. It is also available in the UK. A release date on the West End capture of the musical has yet to be announced.
Children of Eden
A special one-night-only concert performance of John Caird and Stephen Schwartz’s Children of Eden was filmed at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago in October, 2022. The production featured over 150 performers, including Michelle Williams, Randal Keith, Koryn Hawthorne, David Phelps, and Sam Tsui. The film is expected to be released later this year.
This Week On the Calendar
Ride the Cyclone
Two different productions of the cult favorite musical about 6 teens in a chamber choir whose lives are cut short in a freak accident aboard a roller coaster.
Fifty Key stage Musicals
The Routledge Key Guide book in concert!
Gilbert & Sullivan Festival
Catch 9 G&S productions streaming from the 29th International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival.
Stream a new opera for free from the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
The Midnight Gang
A special one for the kids from London’s inclusive theatre company Chickenshed.
Come to the Cabaret
Catch Broadway performers such as Ann Hampton Callaway, Stephanie Torns, Caroline Illiff, and Jonathan Hoover performing their signature cabarets.
A Strange Loop Filmed in London
Although not yet confirmed by the production, it was announced on Twitter/X this week that the West End transfer of Michael R. Jackson’s “big, Black and queer-ass American Broadway show” has been filmed in London.
The mega-hit musical Hamilton has announced two partnerships this week that extend the musicals reach into the virtual world and onto the pickleball court.
The musical has paired with gaming company Super League and Small World Games to release a new immersive digital experience which allows players to step in to the world of the musical, and American history. The game commences on a ship arriving at the Old New York Docks, and users can unlock collectible versions of Hamilton characters that become companions on their journey, rapping, singing, and going head-to-head with adversaries as they go deeper into the narrative world brought to life on Broadway. The Hamilton Simulator is available for free on Roblox.
Hamilton Pickleball Paddles
Pickleball — a hybrid of tennis, ping-pong and badminton — has been around since the 1960s and has been named the fastest growing sport by The Sports & Fitness Industry Association three years running, can now be played with USA Pickleball Association-approved paddles! To celebrate National Pickleball Day on August 8, Hamilton announced a partnership with the female-led Nettie, a company specializing in pickleball gear, and released a Hamilton emblazoned paddle featuring the quote “I’m not throwing away my shot.” Paddles are available for $99.99 from Hamilton and Nettie.
NOW FREE: A Spotlight On
Launched earlier in 2023, the British platform features interviews, shorts, documentaries, performances, and masterclasses. Most content is now freely available, with additional content available via a premium subscription. More info and access via A Spotlight On.
Back to the Future on Good Morning America
To celebrate the opening of the West End musical on Broadway, the cast of Back to the Future performed “The Power of Love” and “Back in Time” on Good Morning America.
TOP OF THE UNIVERSE: Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - “Subspace Rhapsody”
According to Screen Rant, the soundtrack for Star Trek’s first musical episode topped the iTunes streaming charts after its release, charting at #1 in the Top 100 Soundtracks and #3 Top 100 Albums. The soundtrack features music and lyrics by Letters To Cleo's Kay Hanley and Tom Polce (the latter of whom also wrote for Crazy Ex Girlfriend). “Subspace Rhapsody” is available to stream via Apple.
Stage Access & ReachTV
The streaming platform Stage Access has partnered with travel entertainment provider ReachTV to broadcast opera, ballet, and concerts in airports and hotel rooms across the United States.
This week in Filmed Live Musicals news:
?️ Streaming this week
? New book alert!
?♀️ The Little Mermaid now streaming
? Star Trek musical episode
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Streaming This Week
?Go To the Festival
There are a plethora of shows that will be available to stream from the Edinburgh Fringe. Make sure to check out Castle Gillian, the world’s first full-length virtual reality musical by Victor Kazan and Kevin Purcell (there are several ways to enjoy this musical - no VR headset required!).
The She NYC Arts Festival are also streaming the majority of their productions including two new musicals - Chasing Grace, a meta-musical about learning to love your younger self and 0874: A Filipino-American Love Story of the composer’s grandparents told through 847 love letters. Also check out Moss Maidens, a play inspired by the true events of a group of teenage girls who flirted with Nazis, lured them into the woods for a romantic walk, and murdered them.
Today is also your last chance to stream new musicals from The Orlando DigiFringe on demand.
? More New Musicals
Discover The Death of the Living Club, a new musical inspired by the apocalypse and video games, or re-live the off-Broadway musical We Are the Tigers when the cast reunites at 54 Below!
? Come to the Cabaret
Enjoy a night of Sondheim Unplugged, check out debut shows for several up-and-coming artists, and see the Broadway Matildas all grown up in Matildapalooza!
? Broadway in ASL
Catch of some NYCs most talented Deaf Artists performing poetry and Broadway hits to benefit Deaf Austin Theatre’s fall production of The Laramie Project, and if you’re in NYC see Deaf Broadway performing Company to the 2011 New York Philharmonic concert production for free at Lincoln Center!
Learn where you can watch these musicals and more in the streaming calendar!
? New Book Alert - Out For Blood: A Cultural History of Carrie the Musical
In 1988, following the success of its production of Les Misérables and in the wake of the commercial success of mega-musicals such as Cats, Phantom of the Opera and Chess, the Royal Shakespeare Company agreed to co-produce a musical based on Stephen King's Carrie, written by the team behind Fame. The result was one of Broadway's most infamous disasters. Plagued by technical problems, on-stage chaos and a critical savaging, Carrie would soon become the by-word for musical theatre flops. But thanks to the efforts of a vocal army of fans and the impact of bootleg trading and emerging online communities, the show reinvented itself as a mainstream success story with thousands of productions worldwide.
Featuring contributions from over eighty original cast members, creatives, crew and audience members, Out For Blood pieces together the surprising, hilarious and often-moving inside story of Carrie The Musical to discover how this 'horror of a Broadway musical' lived, died and was subsequently resurrected as a mainstream success story. Available via Amazon and Bookshop.org.
?♀️ The Little Mermaid
The new live action film starring Halle Bailey is now available to stream on Apple TV, Prime Video, and Vudu/Fandango. The film will also be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD from September 19, 2023.
? Star Trek Musical Episode!
Trekkie fans rejoice! For the first time in the series franchise, a musical episode! The episode features 10 original songs by Letters to Cleo musicians Kay Hanley and Tom Polce. Polce also wrote for Crazy Ex Girlfriend. Airs on Paramount Plus on August 3, 2023.
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Host Luisa Lyons chats with the London based Australian director Brett Sullivan - the director behind the captures of Love Never Dies, Billy Elliot, Miss Saigon, Newsies, Kinky Boots, Les Miserables for BBC’s The One Show, Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends, Waitress, and the upcoming releases Prince of Egypt, and Aladdin.
Topics include the impact of AI in filming live theatre, filming for live broadcast, working with stage directors who are also film directors, the process behind setting up for a live capture, capturing footage for Here Lies Love, what’s in the archive, and more!
Brett Sullivan is a London based Australian filmmaker. He is a founder and Creative Director at Steam Motion and Sound, located in London and New York (steammotionandsound.com). His work across the West End and Broadway for the world’s biggest producers and productions has redefined how to film live stage shows for the screen. His directorial and producing roles span commercials, trailers through to feature film captures. Productions include Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Hamilton, The Lion King, Billy Elliot, War Horse, Waitress, Newsies, and many more. Alongside the theatrical work Sullivan has produced music videos, tv specials and concert films for artists such as Michael Bublé, Ed Sheeran, Madonna, Phil Collins,, Natalie Merchant, Bette Midler, Josh Groban, Robert Plant, Bruno Mars and others.
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Sunday, July 23rd, will be 9 years since I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. The survival rate for this disease beyond 5 years is just over 25%. Needless to say, I am *very lucky* to be here.
Although the treatment saved my life, there was a long stretch where I was immune-compromised and unable to ride the subway, eat takeout, or do my favorite thing in the world, go to live theatre. During that incredibly difficult time, I started Filmed Live Musicals. I’m proud that I’ve since created a database of over 180 musicals (with a back catalog of nearly 400 more), interviewed nearly 70 industry professionals about the making of filmed stage musicals on the podcast, and sent out over 180 newsletters featuring hundreds of upcoming musicals!
I’m excited to share that Filmed Live Musicals was recently accepted for fiscal sponsorship by The Field. This means that folks in the US will soon be able to make tax deductible donations to continue the work of cataloging filmed staged musicals and the curation of one easy place to find them all. Watch this space!
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I can’t think of a better way to be celebrating my 9th cancerversary than to be in-attendance at BroadwayCon in New York City! You can bet I will be at the panels on podcast musicals, livestream and captures and proshots, musicals and mental health, and the world premier screening of Between the Lines: A New Musical with Jodi Picoult!
RENT in Concert: Symphonic World Premier
I’m also very excited to be attending the world premier of RENT performed with a symphony orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC next weekend! Keeping my fingers and toes crossed the concert will be filmed and made available to a wider audience. Directed by Sammi Cannold, the cast includes Jimmie Herrod (Angel), Myes Frost (Benny), Jordan Donica (Collins), Awa Sal Secka (Joanne), Andrew Barth Feldman (Mark), Ali Stroker (Maureen), Lorna Courtney (Mimi), and Alex Boniello (Roger).
I loved Ali Stroker’s performance as Ado Annie in the most recent Broadway revival of Oklahoma! (I also very much enjoyed the intermission corn bread), and it would be amazing to see more representation of people with visible disabilities on the Broadway stage.
New Streaming Platform: ReelAbilities Stream
The ReelAbilities Film Festival, an organization dedicated to promoting accessibility and inclusion that presents awards to films by and about people with disabilities. The org has released a new streaming platform featuring films celebrating the lives and stories of people with disabilities.
While the platform doesn’t (yet) feature any musicals, there are a few theatre-related shorts available to stream on demand for less than $5US each. Currently only available in the United States.
This Is Going to Be Big
A new Australian film about a group of neurodivergent teens as they prepare to come of age and hit the stage in their school’s time-travelling John Farnham–themed musical. The film will receive its world premier in August as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival, and will be available to stream Australia-wide August 18-27, 2023.
Ragtime: The Symphonic Concert
The audio of a special concert performance of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s musical Ragtime performed at Tanglewood is now available to stream on demand. Conducted by Keith Lockhart and directed by Jason Danieley, featuring Alton Fitzgerald White (Coalhouse Walker Jr.), Elizabeth Stanley (Mother), John Cariani (Tateh), Nikki Renée Daniels (Sarah), David Harris (Father), A.J. Shively (Mother’s Younger Brother), and Klea Blackhurst (Emma Goldman). Available via Classical 99.5.
Oklahoma! on TV in 1951
I’ve been reading through the incredible tome The Letters of Oscar Hammerstein II, edited and compiled by Mark Eden Horowitz, and nearly fell out of my seat when I came across a letter detailing the live television transmission of a performance of Oklahoma! in Berlin in 1951. I’m investigating whether or not the footage still exists but the surface level digging I’ve done thus far is proving fascinating. I can’t wait to share more soon!
The Artist in the Open Jar: Susan Stroman, John Kander, David Thompson, Sharon Washington
Open Jar Studios in NYC hosted a panel with the creative team of the new Kander and Ebb musical New York, New York. Filmed in March, 2023.
This week on the calendar
?Between the Lines
World premier of the musical based on Jodi Picoult’s novel.
? Ragtime in Concert
Stream the audio of the symphonic concert of Ragtime direct from the Tanglewood Festival.
? Come to the Cabaret
Catch Lucie Arnaz, composer Emma Ashford , The Players from & Juliet, and Broadway veteran Lee Roy Reams performing in their own cabaret shows.
?Spring Awakening in concert
Stream a performance from a sold-out run of Spring Awakening filmed live in San Francisco.
? Go to the Festival
Catch brand new musicals from the Ice Factory @ New Ohio Theatre in NYC, She L.A. Arts Summer Theater Festival and the Orlando DigiFringe.
On the Calendar:
Get your international fix of Americana this week with cinema screenings of the National Theatre’s Oklahoma!, livestream events from The Great American Songbook Academy, or stream the Philip Glass opera about Walt Disney filmed live at the Teatro Real de Madrid.
? Stranger Sings
It’s your last chance to catch a stream of the Stranger Things parody musical - available at prime times around the world this weekend.
? Sing for me
Catch Broadway performers in new cabarets and discover a musical improvised from the love story of a couple in the audience.
? Go to the festival
There are a slew of new musicals to stream from the New York’s Ice Factory Festival and the Orlando DigiFringe.
New on the website: A Store!
New on the website this week is a store page with links to purchase musical theatre books, DVDs and Blu-Rays, sheet music, cast albums, and musicals on demand! Not only can you find musical theatre treasures to keep and stream, you’ll be supporting Filmed Live Musicals with every purchase! Learn more at the Filmed Live Musicals store.
Oklahoma! in cinemas!
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Rodgers and Hammertein’s iconic musical, the 1998 National Theatre production starring Hugh Jackman, Maureen Lipman, Josefina Gabrielle, and Shuler Hensley is being released in cinemas worldwide July 16, 18, and 19. Check Oklahoma in Cinemas for local listings.
The UK touring production of Maury Yeston’s stunning musical about the ill-fated ship has teased the making of a film on Twitter. More details to come!
Business & Marketing Strategy For The Proactive Performer: Former podcast guest Kimberly Faye Greenberg, is not only the star and writer of the gorgeous one-woman show Fabulous Fanny: The Songs and Stories of Fanny Brice, she is a terrific performer business coach, and she has a new book coming out. Featuring “Actionable Tips, Tricks, and Templates Including...How To Get Representation, Approach Casting, Auditioning, Creating Your Own Work, and Working Smarter and Not Harder To Achieve Career Success!” Available in paperback from August 8. Pre-order now.
Garland – That’s Beyond Entertainment – Reflections on Judy Garland: a new highly praised book that is not a traditional birth-to-death biography, but a deep dive that aims to remove Garland from the simplistic realm of such epithets as “world’s greatest entertainer” and “Miss Show Business” and reconsider her as one of the greatest singers of the 20th century’s Great American Songbook, one who took us beyond entertainment to a level of artistry unique in classic American popular music. The two volume book took over 30 years to complete and is written by award-winning music producer, critic, and translator Lawrence Schulman. Available now - Volume I from Amazon. Volume II from Amazon.
Gerswhin’s Rhapsody in Blue with piano soloist Leonard Bernstein
I loved Good Night, Oscar with Sean Hayes playing Rhapsody in Blue live on stage, but would have loved for that scene to have been performed with a live orchestra! Carnegie Hall Plus have kind of granted my wish by releasing a 1976 performance of Gershwin’s stunning piece with the inimitable Leonard Bernstein at the piano.