Deep down I’m still a “drama kid,” and I’m saddened that this pandemic has shuttered most, if not all, live theater venues for the foreseeable future. A silver lining is that many performers and production companies have stepped up to provide online access in ways never seen before link. While I miss “the smell of the greasepaint, the roar of the crowd,” I’m delighted that the audience for all live theater has truly worldwide potential now. Here are some of my favorite ways to watch theater online, either live or pre-recorded (not “adapted into film;” these sites are all strictly filmed live productions) *:
And finally, Playbill keeps a calendar of upcoming theatrical live streams.
* Please note, I have not included Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Disney+, though you should know that those also have a number of recorded theater productions available, such as Hamilton, Newsies, Shrek the Musical, and Springsteen on Broadway.
Settle in and enjoy!
-Ellen Miles, Programming & Outreach Coordinator
December 18th, 2020