The Best Musicals To Watch Online Right Now
Due to life events, finances, location, or lack of time, the option of watching live theatre isn’t always available to us. But the good news is that there are tons of ways to watch your favorite musicals digitally! So here are some amazing hand-picked musicals to watch online this spring!
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1. Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway
This filming of Rent➝ was shot in HD during the final performance of their legendary 12-YEAR RUN on Broadway! This particular production is starring Will Chase, Michael McElroy, and Rodney Hicks.
2. The Wiz: Live!
This live broadcast of The Wiz➝ was filmed in 2015, and it features huge stars like Shanice Williams, Queen Latifah, Ne-Yo, and Mary J. Blige. And for a little teaser of what you can expect, you can check out The Wiz: Live! cast album➝ first!
3. Hairspray: Live!
Hairspray Live➝ was another special event featuring huge stars like Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Dove Cameron, and Maddie Baillio. It has crazy good ratings on Amazon and is the perfect pick-me-up to a blah week.
This production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel➝ was filmed at Lincoln Center with an all-star cast (including Kelli O’Hara, Audra McDonald, and Nathan Gunn).
5. Billy Elliot
This production of Billy Elliot➝ was filmed in London’s West End and celebrates one of their most successful stage shows! This cast includes Elliot Hanna, Ruthie Henshall, and Deka Walmsley.
6. The Sound of Music: Live
The Sound of Music: Live➝ is a highly-rated live broadcast filmed in 2015. This cast features Kara Tointon, Julian Ovenden, and Katherine Kelly.
7. The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!
This special Nickelodeon television event is a slightly adapted version of the latest Broadway hit. This production of The SpongeBob Musical➝ features Ethan Slater and it’s a guaranteed mood booster!
8. Jonah: The Musical
If you’re looking for something a bit different, Jonah➝ could be a really great choice! This production was filmed at Sight & Sound Theatres in Lancaster, PA (which is even listed as a must-visit theatre in The Thespian’s Bucket List!➝).
9. Grease: Live!
If you’re more in the mood for a classic, you can’t go wrong with Grease➝. This production is starring Vanessa Hudgens, Aaron Tveit, and Julianne Hough. And it’s brought to you by the director of Hamilton and the producer of Wicked!
10. Newsies: The Broadway Musical
This touring Broadway production of Newsies➝ was filmed at the Pantageous Theatre in Hollywood, CA. It’s one of the highest-rated live musicals on Amazon and features Jeremy Jordan, Kara Lindsay, and Ben Fankhauser.
11. Jesus Christ Superstar: Live Arena Tour
This production of Jesus Christ Superstar➝ was filmed live in the UK during its arena tour. And the cast is featuring Ben Forster, Tim Minchin, and Melanie Chisholm.
12. A Christmas Story Live!
A Christmas Story Live!➝ is a great musical to save for the winter holidays. This was a live musical event with an all-star cast including Maya Rudolph, Andy Walken, and Matthew Broderick.
13. Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary Performance
Miss Saigon➝ is just one of my favorite musicals ever, and this performance does not disappoint! This is the special 25th anniversary performance of the show, featuring Eva Noblezada, Alistair Brammer, and Jon Jon Briones.
Do you know of any other great musicals to watch online?
Or have you watched any of the ones above? We would love to hear all about it in the comments below!
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Author: Stacy Karyn
Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.