What Productions Should Be Streamed on BroadwayHD?

Polls   What Productions Should Be Streamed on BroadwayHD?
 
BroadwayHD, an on-demand service that streams recorded theatre productions as Netflix and Hulu have been doing for broadcast media, has launched… And, we asked our readers what productions they would like to see streamed directly from Broadway to their TV.

The initial 100-plus offerings include Broadway productions of Romeo and Juliet, starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad; Jekyll & Hyde, starring David Hasselhoff; and Memphis, with more to come. Click here to learn more about the service.

 

The cast of <i>Hamilton</i>
The cast of Hamilton Photo by Joan Marcus

— murder squash (@yourgwyneth) October 28, 2015

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, the revolutionary new musical about America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, is the hottest ticket in town. Celebrities have been in and out of the Richard Rodgers Theatre to see it, and President Barack Obama will return to the show for a special performance Nov. 2. Lucky for theatregoers unable to attend, Miranda hopes to film the production before the year is over, although there are no official plans in place as of yet.

 

Austin P. McKenzie and company
Austin P. McKenzie and company Photo by Joan Marcus

— Spooky Sophie (@sophkarps) October 28, 2015

The revival of Spring Awakening got raves from the critics, as it completely re-imagines the story for Deaf audiences with a cast of both Deaf and hearing actors. If it were streamed, perhaps it could come with closed captioning for Deaf viewers around the world. Read about how the production came to life and how Deaf and hearing actors are communicating this season on Broadway.

 

Christian Borle in <i>Something Rotten!</i>
Christian Borle in Something Rotten! Photo by Joan Marcus

— Meredith Parr (@MeriAnne7) October 29, 2015

Christian Borle and Brian d'Arcy James co-star as theatrical adversaries in Something Rotten!, the buzzed-about show that opened last season and was nominated for a Best Musical Tony Award. The plot centers on two brothers, desperate to write a hit play of their own in Shakespeare's shadow, who end up creating the world's first musical. The comedy, which is packed with musical theatre references and show-stopping moments, is helmed by Tony Award-winning Aladdin and The Book of Mormon director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw.

 

Sierra Boggess and Hugh Panaro in <i>The Phantom of the Opera</i>
Sierra Boggess and Hugh Panaro in The Phantom of the Opera Photo by Joan Marcus

— Chip Beck (@ChippyCh1pa) October 28, 2015

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera is the longest-running musical in Broadway history. Based on the classic novel "Le Fantôme de L'Opéra" by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House. For those who have yet to see it — and those who want to see the modern classic again and again — Phantom would be the perfect addition for the BroadwayHD streaming platform.

 

Neil Patrick Harris in <i>Hedwig and the Angry Inch</i>
Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch Photo by Joan Marcus

— don't call me shirli (@janeramma) October 29, 2015

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the 2014 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival, played its final performance at the Belasco Theatre Sept. 13. The production, with a book by John Cameron Mitchell, music and lyrics by Stephen Trask and direction by Michael Mayer, was initially announced as a 16-week limited engagement with Neil Patrick Harris, but it turned into a 76-week run that welcomed some of Broadway's best leading men. Writer John Cameron Mitchell played the part after Michael C. Hall. Click here to see how Mitchell compares each Hedwig to a superhero!

 

Jeremy Jordan and cast in <i>Newsies</i>
Jeremy Jordan and cast in Newsies Photo by Deen Van Meer

— FUNHOME (@HannahSchutzler) October 28, 2015

Newsies, the Tony Award-winning Disney musical about a group of high-flying newsboys who take on powerful newspaper giants in 1899 New York City, proved to be the little show that could. Before it opened on Broadway, the musical — which features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman and a Tony-nominated book by Harvey Fierstein — made its world premiere at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse, where it was met with a massive fan base who crossed their fingers for a Broadway transfer. Following its bow on Broadway, the production took home 2012 Tony Awards for Best Choreography (Christopher Gattelli) and Best Original Score (Menken and Feldman). Though the musical closed on Broadway, it continues to tour.

 

Sydney Lucas and Michael Cerveris in <i>Fun Home</i>
Sydney Lucas and Michael Cerveris in Fun Home Photo by Joan Marcus

— James (@RingOfKeys) October 28, 2015

The critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir Fun Home, which parallels her own coming of age as a lesbian and the suicide of her closeted gay father, is directed by Sam Gold and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. With the show, the writers (Tony Award winners Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron) were charting new territory in a medium that has been strongly shaped by gay male culture on stage and off. Lesbian musicals are nearly unheard of. Since the show is staged in the round, to be able to watch it again on a streaming platform would help theatregoers understand the story from a new perspective.

 

J. Robert Spencer and Alice Ripley in <i>Next to Normal</i>
J. Robert Spencer and Alice Ripley in Next to Normal Photo by Joan Marcus

— Emily Aaaayyy (@DreamInPlaid) October 28, 2015

Alice Ripley won the Tony Award in 2009 for her performance as the bipolar mother Diana in Next to Normal, the brainchild of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey that won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2010 (although it lost the Best Musical Tony that year to Billy Elliot). Jennifer Damiano and Aaron Tveit played Ripley's children, Natalie and Gabe, respectively, in the musical that took audience members into the Goodman household — a place where they had to figure out what was real and what was only part of Diana's mind.

 

Jackie Burns in <i>Wicked</i>
Jackie Burns in Wicked Joan Marcus

— last minute costume? (@blkMYmorris) October 28, 2015

The hit Stephen Schwartz-Winnie Holzman musical Wicked celebrated its 5,000th performance Oct. 28 at 7 PM at the Gershwin Theatre. The musical is now the 11th longest-running show in Broadway history, having surpassed the record-breaking original runs of classics including Fiddler on the Roof; Hello, Dolly!; Miss Saigon; My Fair Lady; 42nd Street; and Cabaret. It's expected to overtake the original run of Rent (5,123 performances) in about four months. Read our latest Diva Talk column, in which we talk to 11 former Elphabas!

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