6 Free Shows to Keep Your Theater-Streaming Habit Going
Despite Broadway’s current closure, the July drop of Hamilton on Disney+ proved that Americans still have a hungry appetite for theater, even if it is via streaming at home.
In fact, Filmed on Stage—a website that aggregates which Broadway and West End productions are available online and where—doubled its traffic leading up to Hamilfilm’s July 3 drop. And when compared to an average Friday, traffic nearly quadrupled on Hamilton‘s premiere date. Since then, interest in Broadway musicals listed on Filmed on Stage has held strong.
While many of these shows are strictly available via paid streaming services, there are some free options out there for the (literal) armchair theatergoer. PBS’ Broadway at Home kicks off July 24, with a different offering each Friday at 9 pm Eastern for five consecutive weeks. Drawing from its vault of “Great Performances,” these previously aired gems will be available via broadcast, PBS.org and the PBS Video App.
Here’s what’s on deck for your nights in at the theater:
She Loves Me—A musical comedy about a couple who, on paper, are romantic pen pals, but, in person, are feuding co-workers. The 2016 revival features choreography by Warren Carlyle.
Noël Coward’s Present Laughter—The play, also a comedy, stars Kevin Kline, as a self-obsessed actor.
In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams—A documentary about the development of the 2008 Tony-winning show that first put Lin-Manuel Miranda on the map
Much Ado About Nothing—The Public Theater’s popular 2019 Shakespeare in the Park production features an all-black cast and choreography by Camille A. Brown.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I—This 2015 Tony-winning revival of the classic musical was choreographed by Christopher Gattelli based on Jerome Robbins’ original movement.
But first, a treat: On July 17 at 9 pm Eastern, “Great Performances at The Met” will air the beloved opera The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, also featuring choreography by Camille A. Brown.