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The 50 best stage shows to stream right now: musicals

Top row: Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl, Bruce Springsteen. Photos: Marc Brenner/Robert DeMartin. Bottom row: Rufus Hound in Wind in the Willows, Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. Photos: Tristram Kenton
Top row: Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl, Bruce Springsteen. Photos: Marc Brenner/Robert DeMartin. Bottom row: Rufus Hound in Wind in the Willows, Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. Photos: Tristram Kenton

Lockdown has led to a boom in audiences for digital work. Natasha Tripney has chosen the best musicals streaming now


 

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A scene from Eugenius! the Musical. Photo: Pamela Raith
A scene from Eugenius! the Musical. Photo: Pamela Raith

Eugenius!

Facebook

A recording of Eugenius!, the new British musical by Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins about a boy who dreams of being a superhero, that first played at London’s Other Palace in 2018, is now available on Facebook.
Available at: facebook.com/eugeniusthemusical

Clare Burt and Laura Pitt Pulford in Flowers for Mrs Harris. Photo: Johan Persson
Clare Burt and Laura Pitt Pulford in Flowers for Mrs Harris. Photo: Johan Persson

Flowers for Mrs Harris

cft.org.uk

This 2018 revival at Chichester Festival Theatre, directed by Daniel Evans and starring Clare Burt, Joanna Riding and Gary Wilmot is the first of the theatre’s archive productions to stream on its website, and is free to watch.
Available at: cft.org.uk/flowers-for-mrs-harris-broadcast

Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl. Photo: Marc Brenner
Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl. Photo: Marc Brenner

Funny Girl

Digital Theatre

Sheridan Smith gives an acclaimed performance in the musical about the life and career of Broadway star Fanny Brice and her volatile relationship with entrepreneur Nicky Arnstein. First seen at the Menier Chocolate Factory, it subsequently transferred to the West End.
Available at: digitaltheatre.com/consumer/production/funny-girl


Ghost Quartet

Ghost Quartet

YouTube

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 composer Dave Malloy has posted his atmospheric song cycle on YouTube. Malloy stars in this 2015 recording of the show, a version of which went on to open Soho’s new Boulevard Theatre last year. Photo: Marc Brenner
Available below:


Into the Woods

Into the Woods

Digital Theatre

The 2010 Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production directed of Stephen Sondheim’s musical was directed by Timothy Sheader and stars Jenna Russell, Hannah Waddingham, Michael Xavier and the voice of Judi Dench as the giant. Photo: Catherine Ashmore
Available at: digitaltheatre.com/consumer/production/into-the-woods


Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

Broadway HD/HBO

Audra McDonald gave an award-winning performance as Billie Holiday in this one-woman musical about the iconic singer’s life and music. McDonald is “technically impeccable” in the role even if the show itself errs towards the formulaic.
Available at: hbo.com/movies/lady-day-at-emersons-bar-and-grill


Memphis

Memphis

BroadwayHD/Amazon Prime

The 2010 Tony award winner for best musical, Memphis, with music and lyrics by David Bryan and a book by Joe DiPietro, stars Montego Glover and Chad Kimball in a performance filmed live at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre.
Available at: amazon.com/Memphis


Newsies

Newsies

Disney+

The 2017 Broadway production of Alan Menken and Harvey Fierstein’s musical inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 starring Jeremy Jordan is available via Disney’s streaming service, which launched in the UK in March, as is the 1992 film. Photo: Disney
Available at: disneyplus.com


Oklahoma!

Oklahoma!

BroadwayHD/Amazon Prime

Directed by Trevor Nunn and starring Hugh Jackman, the 1998 revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical was originally produced by the National Theatre before transferring to Broadway in 2002, cementing Jackman’s reputation as a musical theatre star. It’s available via BroadwayHD. Photo: Tristram Kenton
Available at: amazon.com/Oklahoma-Maureen-Lipman


Pieces of String

Pieces of String

Digital TV

Produced by Colchester’s Mercury Theatre, Gus Gowland’s 2018 musical, developed through Perfect Pitch, tells two intertwining stories, one set in the present day, one in the 1940s. The Stage’s review praised its “warmly evocative score”. Photo: Robert Workman
Available at: digitaltheatre.com/consumer/production/pieces-of-string


Springsteen on Broadway

Springsteen on Broadway

Netflix

The Boss’ Broadway residency was filmed for Netflix. According to Variety’s review: “Netflix’s filmic rendering offers a better-than-front-row seat to a miracle of a monologue.” Photo: Robert DeMartin
Available at: netflix.com


The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

willowsmusical.com

The producers of the Stiles and Drewe musical version of The Wind in the Willows, which played at the London Palladium and starred Rufus Hound, have made it available for audiences to watch for via the show’s website. Photo: Tristram Kenton
Available at: willowsmusical.com

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