New York closed all of the theatres on Broadway last week in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, but you can still catch a few of the most popular shows from Broadway at home from your couch.
BroadwayHD is offering a free 7-day trial of its theatre-streaming service. Videos can be viewed on iOS, AppleTV, Android, Amazon Firestick, and the web.
The free trial is only for a week, so you’ll need to cancel before then or you’ll get charged. A monthly membership to the service is $US8.99 ($15) and a yearly subscription $US99.99 ($172). That said, in a world where we’re all sticking close to home, 7 days is enough to watch a pretty substantial number of musicals.
Available musicals right now include Brokeback Mountain, Cats, Driving Miss Daisy, Kinky Boots, Swan Lake, Peter Pan.
If you’re not interested in tuning in for a full show, the Actors Fund is also offering free daily shows.
The shows will feature stars of stage and screen signing and performing live from their homes. Each star will be singing a mix of their hit songs as well as some wildcard additions.
Confirmed celebrities include: Iain Armitage, Sara Bareilles, Shoshana Bean, Laura Benanti, Sierra Boggess, Wayne Brady, Betty Buckley, Laura Bell Bundy, Andréa Burns, Kerry Butler, Norbert Leo Butz, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Carolee Carmello, Kristin Chenoweth, Gavin Creel, Melissa Errico, Raul Esparza, Christopher Fitzgerald, Kathryn Gallagher, Ana Gasteyer, Mandy Gonzalez, Justin Guarini, Debbie Gravitte, James Monroe Iglehart, Rachel Bay Jones, Jeremy Jordan, Marc Kudish, Judy Kuhn, Anika Larsen, Linda Lavin, Beth Leavel, Telly Leung, Beth Malone, Melissa Manchester, Lesli Margherita, Lindsay Mendez, Idina Menzel, Varla Jean Merman, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessie Mueller, Julia Murney, Rosie O’Donnell, Kelli O’Hara, Christine Pedi, Alice Ripley, Adam Pascal, Faith Prince, Keala Settle, Marc Shaiman, Kate Shindle, Jennifer Simard, Elizabeth Stanley, Patrick Wilson, Marissa Jaret Winokur, and Scott Wittman.
You can view those performances live on YouTube. They’re free to watch, but the performers are asking for viewers to make a donation to the Actor’s Fund to help keep performers afloat while theatres are closed around the U.S.