Top Five Friday: Best Musical Shows for Theatre Fans During Quarantine

Lift your spirits and take a break from work and the COVID-19 news to enjoy these uplifting shows celebrating life at your home. These shows are perfect for watching during quarantine because of their entertaining content!

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist om NBC

When and Where to Watch: Returns Sunday April 19th, 9pm on NBC
Catch Up on Episodes:  Watch for free on NBC, or on Hulu,
Rent or Buy on Amazon Prime
Original Air Date: Season 1 January 7, 2020
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Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

About Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist : “A young woman discovers she has the ability to hear the innermost thoughts of people around her as songs and musical numbers.”

Starring: Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Peter Gallagher, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, Lauren Graham, and Mary Steenburgen.

Why it’s great for quarantine: A dose of Broadway in a TV show! Heart-warming, charming, funny, and musical episodes! I love the relationship between Zoey and her Dad. Her Dad may not be able to physically talk to her or do normal activities like he used to but can fully express himself within the context of the show’s musical numbers.

Dance fans will love this show too! Mandy Moore (choreographer of La La Land, So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars) puts together some remarkable group ensemble and solo dances to fully extend the emotional impact of each musical beat. The movement ranges from organically extending the story to punctuating the sheer joy or confusion of a character’s deepest desires and thought process.

Katy Keene Lucy Hale

When and Where to Watch: Thursdays,  8 pm on CW
Catch Up on Episodes:  Watch for free on CW,the Next Day
Buy on Amazon Prime, Wait of HBO Max
Original Air Date: 2/6/2020, Season 1
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Katy Keene

About Katy Keene: “A group of aspiring artists living in New York City try to make their dreams come true.”

Starring: Lucy Hale, Ashleigh Murray, Johnny Beauchamp, Julia Chan, Camille Hyde, Lucien Laviscount, Zane Holtz and Katherine LaNasa
Special Guest Stars: Broadway Stars come to your screen! Daphne Rubin-Vega, Bernadette Peters, Nathan Lee Graham

Why it’s great for quarantine: This series is for all the dreamers and go-getters who need a spark of joy, gorgeous style, and an escape from reality. The episodes are sprinkled with musical numbers amongst heartwarming stories of friendship and magnetic personalities that bring this sweet comic-based fairy tale to life.

Style: Katy Keene (Lucy Hale) wears bright pinks and reds and many heart accessories, ruffles, heels, embellished button-up blouses, faux fur accents, puff sleeves, collars, and of course sparkles. Her look plays with layers, textures, and patterns to give her style a feminine business sensibility with whimsical elements.
Makeup: For a behind the scenes look at some of the makeup looks of the show check out Instagram.

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About: Watch taped shows from the comfort of your home with Broadway HD‘s subscription service! Always ad-free and stream from any device. Gain access to a library with hundreds of productions ranging from critically-acclaimed dramas, musicals, and classics. Watch artists in concerts like Sutton Foster and Disney’s Broadway Hits. You can enjoy Riverdance and Cirque du Soleil performances too. Below are some of my favorite musicals in their entirety on stage.

Favorite Musicals with Dancing: 42nd Street (2018), An American in Paris (2018), Holiday Inn (2017) with Corbin Bleu, Kinky Boots (2019), Memphis (2011), Oklahoma! (1999) with Hugh Jackman, and Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby (2000).

Spectacular Staging and Vocals: Love Never Dies (2011), Phantom of the Opera (2011)

Broadway Classics: Les Miserables in concert (2010), She Loves Me (2016), The King and I (2018)

Broadway on Demand

About:Broadway On Demand, the all-new membership-based streaming service that offers an extensive and wide-ranging library of video-on-demand content, exclusive live-stream events, interactive platforms, and educational resources, is set to officially launch in mid-May with a star-studded live concert.”

“Additional information, including the live concert launch event broadcast schedule, the line-up of talent and the complete programming schedule for “30 Days of Opening Nights,” will be announced shortly.”

Pricing: Unknown at this time, some content will be free. “For a small monthly fee, a Premium Subscription will offer access to a special selection of premium content, including archival materials and the bulk of live-streams.”

Disney + Musicals

Disney +: subscription video on-demand streaming service featuring the best of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic
Monthly Price: $6.99/month
Ads: No
Number of Streaming Devices: 4

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Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical! (2017): “Filmed live on stage at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, CA, this is a not-to-be-missed high energy show starring Original Broadway cast members.” – IMDb Starring Jeremy Jordan as Jack Kelly and Kara Lindsay at Katherine Plumber. I have this musical on repeat and love the Tony award-winning choreography by Christopher Gattelli.

Newsies Movie (1992): “A musical based on the New York City newsboy strike of 1899. When young newspaper sellers are exploited beyond reason by their bosses they set out to enact change and are met by the ruthlessness of big business.” –IMDb. Starring Christian Bale as Jack Kelly. Directed and choreographed by Kenny Ortega.

Encore! hosted by Kristen Bell: Reality Television (premiered on Disney+ on November 12, 2019)
Encore! reunites the cast members of high school musicals to recreate their performance years after they originally performed.
Favorite Episode: Episode 6 – Oklahoma! 1991 Cast
Tony Award Winner Ali Stroker (won for Best Actress in a Musical as Ado Annie in Broadway’s Oklahoma! 2019) makes a special appearance to encourage a cast member! I love this episode for the storylines and the creative use of rhythm to utilize an actor’s strengths.

Disney on Broadway

When: April 17, 2020, at 4 pm (PST)

The evening raises money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund.
The concert will be available for a week after its premiere.

Disney On Broadway’s Free 25th Anniversary Concert

Enjoy the Celebrating 25 Magical Years of Disney on Broadway concert! It is a pre-taped concert (from November 2019). “Ryan McCartan (Frozen, Liv and Maddie) will still host the event from his family’s basement, conducting interviews with Disney on Broadway stars from their respective homes.”

The concert featured 79 performers, including Jelani Alladin (Hercules), Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid, School of Rock), Christian Borle (Little Shop of Horrors, Mary Poppins), Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins), Kerry Butler (Beetlejuice, Beauty and the Beast), Gavin Creel (Hello, Dolly!, Waitress), Susan Egan (Beauty and the Beast), Andrew Barth Feldman (Dear Evan Hansen), Whoopi Goldberg (The View), Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton, Aida), James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin, Hamilton), Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), Kara Lindsay (Newsies, Beautiful),  Ashley Park (Mean Girls), Adam Pascal (Rent, Aida), Krysta Rodriguez (Hercules) and Michael James Scott (Aladdin) to name a few.]

The show also marked a reunion of 18 Newsies from the show’s Broadway and national touring productions and a performance from Broadway Inspirational Voices.

Celebrating 25 Magical Years of Disney on Broadway was held at the New Amsterdam Theatre and raised $570,426 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

More Disney: If you missed the Disney Family Singalong last night, you can watch some of the stars sing your favorite Disney tunes. Click here for the playlist.
“Be Our Guest” – Derek Hough, Hayley Erbert featuring Julianne Hough

YouTube Channels sharing musical or theatre-related content for free:
  • The Show Must Go On! – A different Lloyd Webber musical streams each week. Each show goes live on the channel on Friday at 11 am, and usually remains viewable for 48 hours afterward. Today it is the full stage show of The Phantom of the Opera.
  • Stars in the House (The Actor’s Fund ) – Daily online shows/concerts featuring stars of stage and screen singing and performing live from home. “This concert series will promote support for The Actors Fund’s services for those most vulnerable to the effects of Coronavirus (COVID-19).” Check back at 11 am PST and 5 pm PST to see who is performing.
  • Josh Groban’s “Movie Night” – (launched yesterday) one-time-only screenings of five different concert films with a live Q&A and commentary. Each selection will benefit a different charity. The lineup includes Stages Live (April 30 at five pm PST) – Broadway! , Awake Live (May 14 at five pm PST), Live at the Greek (May 28 at five pm PST), and Josh Groban in Concert (June 11 at eight pm PST).
  • #54BelowatHome from Feinstein’s/54 Below – streaming filmed performances for one-time-only-events. The schedule includes 54 Below Sings Legally Blonde on April 24 and Celebrating Mel Brooks on May 7 at 3:30 pm PST. See the schedule here.
  • #LiveatFive Home Series from Broadway.com – interviews with your favorite Broadway stars from home and Broadway news.
  • Benjamin Rauhala’s YouTube Channel – Watch Hit List from NBC’s television show “Smash” in Concert or Broadway Princess Party with Laura Osnes (Broadway’s original “Cinderella”), Susan Eagan (Broadway’s original ‘Belle’ in “Beauty and the Beast,” the voice of ‘Megara’ in Disney’s animated film “Hercules”) and Courtney Reed (Broadway’s original ‘Jasmine’ in “Aladdin”). There is a unique video shot remotely based on “Go The Distance” from ‘Hercules.’

iHeart Radio Broadway Saturday Matinee (starting tomorrow!)
“iHeartRadio Broadway is bringing theater fans closer to the music by playing cast albums from the current season and beyond, cover-to-cover, beginning Saturday, April 18 at 2 pm on the iHeartRadio Broadway station. Each week, the iHeartRadio Broadway Saturday Matinee will feature cast and creators of scheduled Broadway shows hosting the program by providing pre-record sound bites that were created in the comfort of their own homes.
The schedule includes Dear Evan Hansen on May 2 and Disney on Broadway on May 16.
Listeners can tune in to iHeartRadio Broadway by visiting iHeartRadioBroadway.com or by downloading the free iHeart App and searching “Broadway.”
Giving Back: “During the promotion of the Saturday Matinee, iHeartRadio Broadway will also highlight Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund and how our listeners can donate by visiting Broadwaycares.org/help2020.”

Theatre:

Center Theatre Group’s L.A. Theatre Speaks (Art Goes on Project) – “biweekly series of live-streamed public discussions bringing together members of the local theatre community to discuss the issues and opportunities they are facing in this time of crisis.”

South Coast Repertory Theatre’s “At Home with David Ivers” – interviews led by the artistic director with members of the creative community. SCR’s Pacific Playwrights Panel is online via zoom (for free) on Thursday, April 23, at 4 p.m. PT. Reserve your spot by April 21 – click here.

Geffen Playhouse’s Stayhouse – “exclusive, original content every Wednesday from some of our wonderful Geffen alumnus and favorite theater artists.” You can also watch full-length productions of Geffen Playhouse shows on BroadwayHD. Sign up for their newsletter, and you may receive a special code to access BroadwayHD for 30 days.

Other theatres to check in on include LA Jolla Playhouse’s  “The Staging Area,” The Old Globe’s Online Theatre Programs, Segerstrom Center for the Arts’s “Center at Home” coming soon. Enjoy many’s theatre’s Instagram stories posts and takeovers too.

Stay Connected

I hope you are staying connected to community and what brings you joy from your home! Enjoy any of the above listings or perhaps even The Metropolitan Opera’s free nightly stream selection of Madama Butterfly for 24 hours starting 3:30 pm PST tonight.

If you love going to the theatre, consider how you can support your local theatre by visiting the organization’s websites. Perhaps you can just leave a nice encouraging comment on their social media channels as you discover what their next show lineups are for the future.

It is essential to stay positive and hopeful with a grounded perspective. I love to share goodness and hope you do too!

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