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.