I Dreamed a Stream
When I wrote my Masters thesis on Filmed Live Musicals back in 2012, there was exactly ONE online platform dedicated to streaming musical theatre, the UK’s Digital Theatre. Over the past nine years, especially the past year, online streaming has boomed. There are now over a dozen streaming services providing filmed live theatre content including BroadwayHD, Broadway on Demand, Streaming Musicals and more!
Two new platforms have launched in the past month, Stage2View and stream.theatre.
Stage2View is a new pay-per-view streaming service based in the UK. Launched in mid-November, the platform is aiming to provide live theatre and music content.
The platform was founded by Austin Shaw, Joshua Andrews, and Stuart Galbraith, a team with quite a bit of experience in filmed live musicals. Shaw also runs Stage2View Films, which co-produced the captures of The Phantom of the Opera, The King & I, 42nd Street and Kinky Boots. Andrews and Galbraith are the founders of Kilimanjaro, the UK’s leading music act promoters, who also Kilimanjaro Theatrical which co-produced An American in Paris. Their other other Broadway and West End credits include Pretty Woman, Noises Off, 9 to 5 The Musical, Hadestown, and Mrs Doubtfire.
The Stage2View catalogue currently only contains 9 titles (all of which are already available on BroadwayHD), however the catalogue is expected to grow once theatres re-open for business. Current titles include 42nd Street, Kinky Boots, From Here to Eternity: The Musical, An American in Paris, The Wind in the Willows: The Musical, Hetty Feather, Ruthless! The Musical, and The Toxic Avenger.
stream.theatre is the British division of Broadway on Demand. Launched in September 2020, the company aims to be provide an accessible platform for streaming theatre content. Current titles include NAMT’s 32nd Annual Festival of New Musicals, Falling Stars, The Last Five Years, two concerts filmed live at St Paul’s Church A West End Christmas and We Need a Little Christmas, and E15 Jazz Sessions recorded live from Stratford Circus Arts Centre.
It’s not a platform (yet), but Sony have announced they now have a 50% ownership of Seaview, the theatre company behind the Broadway productions Slave Play and Sea Wall/A Life. Between the two companies, upcoming stage productions include Sing Street, a musical adaptation of the film that was scheduled to open on Broadway just after the shutdown, and Lempicka, a new musical directed by Rachel Chavkin about the life of artist Tamara de Lempicka. I have a pretty good feeling that Sony will be jumping into the streaming market before too long.
What platforms are you using to watch filmed live theatre? Since the beginning of the pandemic, I've been keeping a running list of where to find streams. Visit Filmed Live Musicals to learn more.
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