A weekly round-up of what's happening in the land of Filmed Live Musicals!
Broadway on Demand on TV!
Broadway on Demand is now available for free on smart TV's via DistroTV, FreebieTV, FreeCast, localnow, and Streamstak, (available via AppleTV, chromecast, Roku, androidtv, and Samsung). Stream Visit Broadway on Demand to learn more.
Beyond the Back Row: The Breakthrough Potential of Digital Live Entertainment and Arts
Jim McCarthy, CEO of Goldstar and Stellar, has released a truly brilliant new book that breaks down the why, how, and what of online, streaming, and hybrid live events. If you’re interested in streaming theatre, or even if you’re a skeptic, this book is for you! Available via Amazon or Bookshop.org (these are affiliate links and I may earn income from purchases made through these links).
Phantom: The Musical
A Korean-language production of Maury Yeston’s take on “musical genius cursed with a monstrous face” is available to watch in cinemas around the US and Canada on September 22 and 24. The musical was filmed live at the Charlotte Theatre in South Korea, and is presented in Korean with English subtitles. For local listings and tickets visit Art Seen Films.
Mexican Pizza the Musical
Mexican Pizza the Musical, a ridiculously fun advert featuring Dolly Parton and Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza, with music and lyrics by Grammy Award Winners Barlow & Bear (writers of viral sensation Bridgerton the Musical) is available on TikTok.
Some Like it Hot: Streaming Speakeasy
Upcoming Broadway musical Some Like It Hot, with music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, have paired with Stellar to create what is billed as a “social club [that] gives theater fans exclusive access to the secrets of the next great musical comedy.” The Speakeasy includes livestreamed events including behind-the-scenes peeks, conversations with cast and creatives, and exclusive content. Programs are made available on demand after the livestream. Free. More info and access via Stellar.
Chichester Festival Theatre: Digital Stages
Chichester Festival Theatre provided an array of wonderful online content throughout the pandemic — their WWII-era Beauty and the Beast and Flowers for Mrs. Harris were particular highlights — and they continue to provide digital events available around the world. To celebrate their 60th anniversary, CFT have released five fascinating digital events including a digital diorama, a virtual behind-the-scenes tour, and a unique program utilizing new technology that allows you to step back in time to see the Festival Theatre as it was in 1962. Most programs are available for free, or for a small fee. Visit CFT Digital Stages to learn more.
Hollywood in Vienna: A Celebration of Disney Classics Featuring Alan Menken
An annual concert celebrating Hollywood music performed with a symphonic orchestra in memory of Austrian composer Max Steiner. Steiner worked on Broadway in the early 20th century, and composed the scores for over 300 Hollywood films including Gone With the Wind and Casablanca. This year's concert celebrating the work Alan Menken was originally scheduled for 2020, and is now taking place on September 23, 2022. It has been announced that Disney Plus will stream the concert, but a broadcast date has yet to be set.
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There are two new entries to take a look at in the database - Better Late (1946) and Of a Lifetime (2021). The titles were filmed 75 years apart and represent very different possibilities of bringing live musicals to the screen. And just for fun, despite being filmed in the UK and US respectively, both musicals have Aussie connections much like yours truly who is Australian born!
Better Late was a musical revue starring Beatrice Lillie, and it was the first musical to be broadcast live by the BBC from the West End following WWII. The cast also included Aussie actor Murray Matheson who became a dear friend of Lillie's. A fun connection for me, when I was accepted to study at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama I was awarded the Beatrice Lillie Scholarship! I wonder what Ms. Lillie and Mr. Murray would think of this Aussie, who trained in London and now lives in the US, would think of their revue being studied in this way over three-quarters of century later?!
Of a Lifetime is a new electro-rock sci-fi musical by Aussie writer and composer James C.K. Jefferies. The musical was filmed during its off-Broadway run in 2021, and the film was an official selection of the 2022 International New York Film Festival where it received a Merit Award. It's available to stream online.
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