August may be the last month to enjoy the summer heat, but the streamers are pulling out all their tricks to keep theatre fans indoors. Netflix helms a new musical movie and a star-studded adaptation of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, the highly anticipated Marvel series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law releases on Disney+—led by Mark Ruffalo and Tatiana Maslany—and Vera Farmiga stars in a new Apple TV+ drama. Here's a look at what's streaming this month.
The Sandman (August 5)
Based on the DC comics by Neil Gaiman, this Netflix series blends mythology and dark fantasy and follows the Dream King, Morpheus, as he mends his past mistakes. The show stars Tom Sturridge (last seen in Broadway’s Sea Wall/A Life) as Dreams of the Endless, Mason Alexander Park as Desire, and John Cameron Mitchell as Hal, drag queen-slash-bed-and-breakfast owner.
13: The Musical (August 12)
Netflix’s adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s 13: The Musical centers on 13-year-old Evan Goldman as he navigates a sudden move from NYC to “the lamest place in the world” Indiana, his parents divorcing, and his impending bar mitzvah. The movie stars Eli Golden as the lead character, alongside the ensemble teen cast comprising Gabriella Uhl, JD McCrary, Frankie McNellis, Lindsey Blackwell, Jonathan Lengel, Broadway The Lion King alum Ramon Reed, Nolen Dubuc, Luke Islam, Shechinah Mpumlwana, Kayleigh Cerezo, Willow Moss, Liam Wignall, and Khiyla Aynne. Debra Messing, Rhea Perlman, Josh Peck, and Peter Hermann star in newly added roles for the film, playing the adults. Watch the trailer here.
Prime Video, Freevee
A League of Their Own (August 12)
The eight-episode Prime Video series is an adaptation of the 1992 cult classic film penned by Mr. Saturday Night co-writers and 2022 Tony nominees Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel. The reboot's stars include Broadway favorites Roberta Colindrez, Chanté Adams, Molly Ephraim, and Rosie O’Donnell. The drama tells the story of a generation of women who dreamed of playing professional baseball and their relationships on and off the field as they battle sexism in the industry. The show is said to look at race and sexuality among its ensemble of characters. Watch the trailer here.
Sprung (August 19)
Created by writer, director, and executive producer Greg Garcia (My Name is Earl, Raising Hope) Amazon Freevee’s Sprung follows a convicted criminal, Jack, who gets an early release from prison due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to not having the proper resources to turn his life around, he finds himself living with his former cellmate and his mom (and his prison girlfriend), and they decide to “right some of society’s wrongs.” The series stars Martha Plimpton—who starred in Broadway’s A Delicate Balance and the New York Philharmonic Concert production of Company—along with Garret Dillahunt, Kate Walsh, and Shakira Barrera.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (August 17)
Stage favorites Mark Ruffalo, Tatiana Maslany, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Josh Segarra star in this Marvel’s Disney+ series about attorney-slash-superpowered-hulk Jennifer Walters as she navigates her busy life.
TrollsTopia: The Seventh and Final Season (August 11)
TrollsTopia has boasted Broadway talent throughout its long-lived series with Megan Hilty and Skylar Astin lending their voices in recurring roles. In the show’s seventh and final season: Val’s vacation goes awry, Cloud Guy is accepted to Cloud College, and Branch needs a new buddy.
The Patient (August 30)
The Patient, presented by FX on Hulu, is a psychological thriller about a therapist, Alan Strauss who's held prisoner by a patient/serial killer, Sam Fortner. The twist is… Sam wants Alan to cure his homicidal urges. The 10-episode limited series stars Broadway vets David Alan Grier—last seen in A Soldier’s Play—and Linda Emond, alongside an all-star cast, including Steve Carrell and Andrew Leeds (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist).
Five Days at Memorial (August 9)
Based on actual events and adapted from the book by Sheri Fink, Five Days at Memorial takes place in a local hospital amid the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The series stars stage favorites Vera Farmiga, Cherry Jones, Cornelius Smith Jr., and Molly Hager.