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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.
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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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.
Find out what's streaming this week from the Filmed Live Musicals calendar:
NOW STREAMING: New Releases
NEW STREAMING PLATFORM: Stratfest @ Home
Stratfest @ Home is the new streaming platform from Canada’s Stratford Festival, the largest classical repertory theatre company in North America. The platform features a wide range of content filmed at the festival Shakespeare productions, original plays and musicals, and family-friendly content. $7.99CAN per month or $79.99CAN per year. A 30-day free trial is on offer until July 13, 2023. The platform is available on iPhone, Apple TV, Android, Android TV, Roku, and fireTV. More info and access via Stratfest @ Home.
NEW PLAY ANTHOLOGY: Stage It and Stream It: Plays for Virtual Theater
A new anthology from Rowman & Littlefield and edited by John Patrick Bray brings together new works from both emerging and established playwrights to explore the rich opportunities afforded by streaming theater. They reveal a range of styles and approaches to storytelling; encompass both traditional and experimental plays, from solo pieces to large-cast dramas; and take place within single settings, multiple settings, or even in a utopian “nowhere.” Throughout, these selections all help to bring playwriting fully into our new era, embodying the sense of magic that comes from simple moments of human connection, even when we cannot be together. Available from Amazon and Bookshop.
ICYMI: The Jimmy Awards
Be inspired by outrageously talented high school kids competing in the annual Jimmy Awards. The acting choices! The belting! The theatre kid spirit! Filmed live at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre. Watch the whole performance on YouTube, or stream highlights.
ICYMI: West End Live
Filmed live in London’s Trafalgar Square over the weekend of June 17-18, a free event that featured performances from West End musicals. See performances from the casts of Frozen, The Lion King, Wicked, The Wizard of Oz, Moulin Rouge, Tina!, Crazy for You, Cabaret, The Book of Mormon, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Oklahoma!, Jersey Boys, Operation Mincemeat, Glory Ride, The Choir of Man, Six, Annie Get Your Gun, Matilda (including a special appearance by Tim Minchin), The Time Traveler’s Wife, RIDE, and more! Available via YouTube.
Waitress Capture World Premier
The live capture of Waitress premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 12.
Watch Sara Bareilles performing live after the screening:
âLOLST: The Puzzle
The newly formed League of Livestreamed Theatre (LOLST) have partnered with Hedgerow Theatre to livestream the world premier of Juliette Dunnâs The Puzzle from June 16-18, 2023. The play blends clowning and neurodivergence to tell a story of connectivity and follows two clowns, Finneas and Quinton as they strive to escape a surreal scrap yard, and The Boy - a non-speaker with autism - whose arrival upends their plans. The cast features Tony award-winning clown David Shiner, Daniel Passer, and Michael Stahler, an actor with autism. Livestreamed from the Hedgerow Theatre in Pennsylvania. For more info and tickets visit LOLST.
Broadway Day Rally
A rally in solidarity with the Writers Guild of America East featuring performances from some of Broadwayâs best that took place in Times Square on June 15, 2023. Hosted by Paula Pell and featuring Sara Bareilles, Craig Bierko, Norbert Leo Butz, Jordan Cooper, Adam Pascal, musical director Seth Rudetsky, and many more. The rally was livestreamed and is now available on demand on YouTube.
2023 Metro Awards
The best in high school musicals across Westchester, Bergen, Rockland, and Putnam Counties filmed live at the Tarrytown Music Hall.
The 76th Annual Tony Awards
âCatch-up on the performances from the 76th Annual Tony Awards, filmed live at the United Palace Theatre in New York City. You can stream The Tony Awards: Act One - which included presentation of the technical categories, along with the Lifetime Achievement Awards for Joel Gray and John Kander - for free on Pluto TV.
Re-live the stunning opening number, along with numbers from Sweeney Todd, Parade, Some Like it Hot, Shucked, A Beautiful Noise, Kimberly Akimbo, Funny Girl, New York New York, & Juliet, Camelot, and Into the Woods, along with Joaquina Kalukangoâs In Memoriam Performance of "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" from The Phantom of the Opera, âall available on YouTube.
All Arts: Broadway
The free arts channel All Arts have curated an on-demand Broadway playlist featuring over 20 videos with performances, interviews, and behind-the-scenes looks from a wide range of Broadway musicals including Six, MJ: The Musical, Moulin Rouge, The Phantom of the Opera, The Book of Mormon, TINA: The Tina Turner Musical, Aladdin, Beetlejuice, Wicked, Funny Girl, A Strange Loop, Company, Hadestown, Come From Away, The Lion King, Beautiful, The Cher Show, The Bandâs Visit, Mean Girls, Once on this Island, Kinky Boots, and Hamilton. Visit All Arts to learn more.
âNot in my Bodyâ from A Transparent Musical
Watch a number from the new Broadway-bound A Transparent Musical filmed at the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles.
Vale Treat Williams
Stage and screen actor Treat Williams passed away earlier this week from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Among his many screen credits, Williams appeared as Berger in the movie adaptation of HAIR (available on DVD and Blu-Ray or to stream). On Broadway, Williams performed in the original production of Grease (Danny replacement), Over Here! Once in a Lifetime, The Pirates of Penzance (The Pirate King replacement; the 1981 production was filmed with its original cast starring Kevin Kline), Love Letters, and the 2001 revival of Follies.
This week in Filmed Live Musicals news includes work from Tony nominees and winners, a Hawaiian Language Theatre Festival, new digital offerings from Chichester Festival Theatre, TEDx Broadway Ten, upcoming releases and more!
Tony Tony Tony!
I know many of my readers outside the US were frustrated that they weren’t able to watch the Tony Awards this year, either live or on catch-up. Despite this, it bodes well for filmed theatre that 6 shows from the 2021/22 Broadway season have been, or will be filmed live for release.
Earlier in the week, I shared a blog post, Where To Watch the Tony Winners & Nominees, which features a list of over 35 filmed live musicals that this year’s Tony contenders previously worked on, most of which are available to stream!
'Aha Hana Keaka: KEAKA Hawaiian Language Theatre Festival
The month long festival is available on demand for free and includes a wide range films, plays, musicals, and slam poetry performed in “full Hawaiian language to partial Hawaiian language.” The musical Wordsworth, available with Hawaiian or English subtitles, looks particularly delightful. More info and access via KEAKA Hawaiian Language Theatre Festival.
Chichester Festival Theatre: Digital Stages
In July, Chichester Festival Theatre (CFT) will be celebrating their 60th anniversary with five unique digital events. Events include Visionary Stages which will use cutting-edge technology to recreate the stage as it looked in 1962, and Digital Diorama which will feature 60 pieces from CFT’s archive such as model boxes, props, costumes, set designs, and sound bites. More info and tickets from CFT.
International Thespian Festival
A festival celebrating school theatre taking place at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. For the first time, a virtual option is being made available which includes access to a livestream of the opening ceremony, online workshops, and screenings of The SpongeBob Musical and the National Theatre production of Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Virtual tickets for non-members are $99US. More info and tickets from ITF.
TEDx Broadway Ten
The tenth anniversary of TEDx Broadway was held at New World Stages on May 17, and is now available to stream via Stellar. Speakers include Emanuel Azenberg, Sammy Lopez, past Filmed Live Musicals podcast guest Margaret Hall, and more! Tickets are $15US. More info and access via Stellar.
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Tony, Tony, Tony!
The 75th Annual Tony Awards are happening on Sunday, June 12! Broadcast live from Radio City Hall in NYC, the awards celebrate excellence from the 2021/22 Broadway season and will feature performances from this year's Tony nominated musicals including A Strange Loop, Company, Girl from North Country, MJ, Mr. Saturday Night, Music Man, Paradise Square and SIX. Check out this previous blog post for a list of over 30 filmed live musicals that were nominated for, or won, a Tony Award!
Don’t Lose Your Head: Six Taping
I’ve been waiting for this news for a loooong time. Six, the smash-hit musical with a rocking score about the six wives of Henry VIII, is going to be filmed live in the West End with the original cast! If you’re going to be in London, you can enter the lottery to attend the live taping on July 1 at the Vaudeville Theatre. The ballot goes live at 10am GMT (5am ET) on Friday, June 10. Follow Six on Twitter, for more info and links to the ballot!
Celebrate Black Excellence: Live Taping
Inspired by the cultural phenomenon Verzuz, BROADWAY VS is a celebration of the vital impact of Black culture on Broadway. Hosted by Amber Iman, the Broadway Advocacy Coalition will honor the careers of two Broadway legends - Joshua Henry and Norm Lewis - while raising funds to support Broadway Advocacy Coalition’s work empowering artist activists on Broadway and beyond. You can also register to watch the livestream. More info and registration at Broadway Advocacy Coalition.
Digital Access to Arts and Culture
A new report, Digital Access to Arts and Culture was released this week that details the findings of an 18-month British research project into the role of digital arts and culture in the UK during the pandemic, focusing on its accessibility implications. The report found that:
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
A medley of musicals was performed as part of the The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on June 4. The performance included songs from Hamilton, The Lion King, Six, Phantom of the Opera and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The medley was introduced by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Andrew Lloyd Webber singing together at a baby grand piano. Watch the performance on YouTube.
A big congratulations to Chickenshed, one of my favorite theatre organizations, who were invited to perform in The National Lottery's Big Jubilee Street Party. The event aired on ITV in the UK on June 4, and is now available on demand via ITV (UK viewers only). Take a listen to episode 22 of the Filmed Live Musicals podcast to hear more about Chickenshed’s extraordinary work!
Our Boy by John Kander
Writer Samaan Ashrawi shared a beautiful story on Twitter about his grandfather’s college love John Kander. During the pandemic, Ashrawi discovered a 7” vinyl in the family bookshelf labelled “Our Boy - John Kander - Summer 1951”. The song was actually part of a one act musical composed by a twenty-two year old Kander (who would later go on to write Flora the Red Menace, Cabaret, Chicago, and more), who had wanted Ashwari’s grandfather to be the lead. You can listen to the whole sweet story via Elis.