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A Broadway Lover's Guide to Quarantine

Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration

While the street may be closed, Broadway still lives on online with exciting live streams, concerts, and specials!

Whether you have been to 100 Broadway shows or had your first one planned for this Spring, the closing of Broadway shows affects a multitude of people. Luckily for theater fans all over the globe, actors and actresses have been taking to the Internet to share their amazing gifts in new and innovative ways. Here are just a few to satisfy that musical craving!

Stephen Sondheim's 90th Birthday Celebration

To celebrate the legendary composer's 90th birthday, Broadway legends including Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, and Neil Patrick Harris performed a concert entirely through their screens. The entire show is now available to stream on YouTube. Featuring songs from Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George and more, this two-and-a-half hour event feels like a live concert in your own living room.

Jason Robert Brown SubCulture Residency Concert #58

Speaking of legendary composers, Jason Robert Brown similarly gathered a plethora of talented singers to perform songs from his extensive discography. The concert benefited the cast and crew of concert venue, SubCulture in New York City where these concerts currently resided before efforts became digital. Experience the music of the Tony-winning composer sung by incredible performers such as Ariana Grande and Shoshana Bean.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Show Must Go On

In a never before seen way, musical fans are now able to access full-length, high-quality versions of Tony-winning Andrew Lloyd Webber productions for free through YouTube. Every Friday on The Show Must Go OnYouTube channel, a new Webber show will be released for 48 hours. In between uploads, behind the scenes content and exclusive performances can be found on that channel with new footage being released every week. Past shows have included Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, and Joseph and the Technicolor Raincoat.

Stars in the House

Broadway fans may never starve for content again after Sirius XM host Seth Rudetsky and husband, James Wesley started Stars in the House, a daily live stream featuring a myriad of different interviews, reunions, performances, and appearances. Rudetsky has united stars from shows such as Glee and Jessie and also invited entire casts from Broadway musicals to perform together once again. Everyday brings something new!

Broadway Jackbox

Jimmy Award winner and former Dear Evan Hansen star, Andrew Barth Feldman, started his own YouTube live stream series where he gathers a group of Broadway stars and plays Jackbox games with them. While they may not be performing, this series gives a more personal look into the lives and personalities of your favorite Broadway stars while also being a successful distraction from the world around us.

More From YouTube

The internet has no shortage of Broadway content. Performances from the Tony Awards are a great way to see which musicals were popular from each year. Other annual charity concerts such as Miscast post performances each year where actors perform songs from musical that they're not in. Famous nightclub Feinstein's 54 Below hosts a new Broadway resident every night and most performances can be found on their YouTube channel.

Streamable Shows

And for those willing to spend a few bucks, Lin-Manuel Miranda recently announced that a full filming of his Tony-winning musical Hamilton will be available on Disney+ on July 3rd. Already on Disney+ is a similar filming of the musical, Newsies. John Mulaney and Nick Kroll's Broadway comedy, Oh, Hello, can be found on Netflix along with the film adaptation of Jersey Boys. And now, an entire FREE streaming service dedicated to Broadway entitled Broadway on Demand will stream full shows, exclusive performances, and backstage content.

While Broadway may be closed, quarantine is slowly becoming a theater lover's paradise. Stars are sharing their gifts through YouTube, Instagram lives, and even TikTok (especially Kristin Chenoweth and Renee Rapp). The opportunities for musical theater are endless, we all await the day when we can walk into a crowded, historic theater again.

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Julia Fields