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Musical Theatre on Demand: The Complete Song and Dance

Date: 3 Apr 2020

Yesterday, we bought you our world-wide audit of live theatre currently available for streaming.

Well, strap yourself in, because today we’re serving you all that’s great in musical theatre on demand.

While the recording of live theatre, opera and ballet productions has been a long tradition, musical theatre has only recently come to the party more broadly. The following list includes those works which have been filmed live on stage for broadcast, as well as the films and documentaries that have inspired, or been adapted from our most beloved musicals.


Live Recordings (PPV/requires subscription)

An American in Paris BroadwayHD

Disney’s The Little Mermaid Live! Disney+

Falsettos BroadwayHD

Funny Girl (starring Sheridan Smith), Digital Theatre

Grease Live! Amazon Prime

Into the Woods (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Digital Theatre

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn BroadwayHD

Jekyll & Hyde (starring David Hasselhoff), BroadwayHD

Jerry Springer: The Opera BroadwayHD

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill BroadwayHD

Lift (starring Cynthia Erivo), Digital Theatre

Memphis BroadwayHD

Newsies: The Broadway Musical Disney+

Oklahoma! (starring Hugh Jackman) BroadwayHD

She Loves Me BroadwayHD

Available for a limited time only (free)

21 Chump Street with Book, Music & Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda (This American Life – Live at BAM, USA). Watch now on YouTube.

Eugenius! The Musical  with Book, Music & Lyrics by Ben Adams & Chris Wilkins (The Other Palace, UK). Watch now on Facebook.

Exposing Edith (Morning Melodies) by Michaela Burger and Greg Wain (2020, cabaret). Watch now on Arts Centre Melbourne’s YouTube.

Timpson: The Musical with Book & Lyrics by Sam Cochrane & Chris Baker, Music by Tom Slade & Theo Caplan (Stockwell Playhouse, UK). Watch now on YouTube.

COVID-19 Concerts (free / donation encouraged)

Living Room Concerts (USA, concert) Broadway World. Watch now on YouTube.

LIVE: From Your Living Room (AUS, online concert).

Rosie O’Donnell’s YouTube Broadway Concert (recorded 23 March 2020, concert). Watch now on YouTube.

Musical films, documentaries and concerts (PPV/requires subscription)

20 Feet from Stardom (documentary), Stan

Annie (1982, film), Amazon Prime

Annie (1999, film), Disney+

Annie (2014, film), Netflix & Stan

The Big Gay Musical (film), Amazon Prime

Chicago (film), Stan & Amazon Prime

Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang (film), Stan

De-Lovely, Stan

Dreamgirls (film), Stan & Amazon Prime

Disney’s Aladdin (2019, live action), Disney+

Disney’s Broadway Hits at Royal Albert Hall (concert), BroadwayHD

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (2017, live action), Disney+

Disney’s Mary Poppins (film), Disney+

Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns (2018), Disney+

Disney’s The Lion King (2019, live action), Disney+

Elaine Stritch at Liberty (documentary) BroadwayHD

Encore (2019, TV series, documentary), Disney+

Fiddler on the Roof (film), Stan

Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles (documentary), Amazon Prime

Goddess (Australian film), Stan

Grease (film), Stan & Amazon Prime

Hair (film), Stan

Hairspray (film), Netflix & Stan

Hamilton: One Shot to Broadway (documentary), Amazon Prime,

High School Musical (film), Disney+

High School Musical 2Disney+

High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Disney+

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Disney+

Into the Woods (film), Disney+

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (1954, film), Amazon Prime

Jersey Boys (film), Netflix

Les Misérables (film), Amazon Prime

London Road(film), Stan

The Making of West Side Story (documentary), BroadwayHD

Newsies (film), Disney+

The Pajama Game (1957, film), Amazon Prime

Putting it Together (documentary), BroadwayHD

Rent (film), Amazon Prime

The Sound of Music (film), Disney+

Springsteen on Broadway (2018, Broadway), Netflix

Stephanie J Block: Live from Lincoln Center (musical theatre, concert), BroadwayHD

Sutton Foster: Live from Lincoln Center (musical theatre, concert), BroadwayHD

Tim Minchin and the Heritage Orchestra (2011, concert), Amazon Prime

Tim Minchin: So Fucking Rock (2008, concert), Amazon Prime

West Side Story (film), Stan

Yentl (film), Stan

This list will continue to be updated as more information becomes available, and was last updated on April 3, 2020.

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