Performance Arts and Broadway Shows Are Now Available to Stream While Social Distancing
It’s show time! It’s time to dig up your favourite playbill’s, re-live your favourite Opera experiences, and fall in love with classical music all over again.
A collection of theatres and performing arts hubs have now made their collections available to everyone confined to their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some of the theatre shows, performances, and classical music experiences you can now enjoy from home.
For the Broadway Lover
The Show Must Go On
In a new series for West End and Broadway fans, Andrew Lloyd Webber is now streaming a collection of his musicals via Youtube. The new series is aptly named, The Show Must Go On, where each musical will be available to stream for 48 hours. Beginning Friday April 3rd with the 2000 version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, starring Donny Osmond, Maria Friedman, Richard Attenborough and Joan Collins.
The channel is free and available to anyone with access to Youtube. In an effort to help out broadway performers and theatres, viewers are asked to donate to a number of charities dedicated to the sector.
Broadway HD Free Trial
Giving access to their full catalogue of over 300 broadway shows, BroadwayHD is offering a 7-day free trial. The completely ad free service can stream across any device in your home. In addition to plays, BroadwayHD has a number of ballet’s, shows and musicals for the theatre junky.
A collection of Broadway shows and musicals are now also available on streaming giant NETFLIX. While their catalogue includes mostly modern theatre and modern adaptations of classic theatre, the amount of available content in impressive for a large scale streaming service. Most recently the 2019 film adaptation of American Son, starring Starring Kerry Washington, Steven Pasquale, and Jeremy Jordan, made headlines in the theatre community is still available to view and critique.
Cirque Du Soleil
A breath taking escape in regular circumstances, for anyone struggling with social distancing, this free online collection will whisk you away to a land where anything is possible- The Circus. Cirque Du Soleil has created a new hub called #CirqueConnect where fans can watch videos, single performances and entire live shows at no cost.
In a note to fans on the website the organization wrote, “At Cirque du Soleil, we offer an escape from everyday life through the delight and whimsy of our shows. Now more than ever, we want to do our little part to spread joy, even from afar, directly to your safe spaces. Let us welcome you into our world where awe-inspiring show footage and fan favourite videos will transport you.”
For the Opera Lover
Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall
The Berlin Philharmonic is digitally streaming all concerts and films free of charge. Using an online voucher that is accessible through their website, viewers can enjoy hours of the best performance arts the industry has to offer.
The Metropolitan Opera
Saving desperate Opera fans everywhere, The Metropolitan Opera announced that they will be streaming encore presentations of a number of their most critically acclaimed performances. Streams will be hosted on their website, beginning at 7:30 p.m. EST nightly and will be available for the following 20 hours.
“We’d like to provide some grand opera solace to opera lovers in these extraordinarily difficult times,” Peter Gelb, General Manager, said in a press release to beloved fans, “Every night, we’ll be offering a different complete operatic gem from our collection of HD presentations from the past 14 years.”
Understandably, fans rejoiced.
A long-time streaming service for Opera lovers everywhere, OperaVision has one of, if not the, largest collection of ready to watch performances on the internet. Full length opera’s are continually at your disposal on their website. OperaVision is constantly updating its database with performances from across Europe, so viewers can rest assured that all the latest and buzz worthy shows are available for consumption.
For the Classical Music Lover
Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Hosted by their official YouTube page the Scottish Symphony Orchestra has an enormous collection of concerts. Some of their most notable live streams, Shostakovich No. 5, Wagner’s The Ring, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and more are all available 24-hours a day.
NPR Online Concerts
As many theatres were forced to close their doors as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, NPR music updated their expansive collection of live concerts. Weekly they will be live streaming a variety of highly acclaimed shows. For a full list of shows and their dates and time visit their website. The concerts begin on April 3rd and will run daily through to May 3rd.