Performing Arts You Can Stream At Home Now

July 08, 2020
Hey, welcome or welcome back to my blog. We've been in lockdown for over 100 days now and whilst restrictions are slowly being lifted, it's still uncertain when most theatres are going to reopen. I was however delighted to hear that Six the Musical will be doing drive-in performances taking place in 12 locations from August. The cast for the piece will be a mix of the West End and tour ensembles and it's so exciting to have something to look forward to for next month!

For today's post I thought I'd compile a list of TV shows / films that are in some way related to the arts that you can stream at home right now. Whether it be a classic musical movie, a TV show based around dance, or that Disney show you would watch religiously as a kid, everything has some form of the arts behind it. This list has something for everyone, no matter what age!
1. Glee - When a high school Spanish teacher becomes the new Glee Club coach he takes on a group of very different but talented students as they deal with social issues, especially regarding sexuality, race, relationships, and teamwork.

2. The Next Step - The Next Stepis a Canadian dance show which follows the lives of an ensemble cast of dancers at The Next Step Dance Studio.

3. La La Land - While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.

4. Mamma Mia!
5. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
6. Annie (1982 & 2014)
7. Funny Girl
8. Burlesque
9. Dreamgirls
10. The Wizard of Oz
11. Grease Live!
12. Rock of Ages
13. Pitch Perfect 1 & 2
14. West Side Story
15. Victorious
16. Step Up 2 & 5

Disney Plus:
1. Hamilton - Hamilton is a musical with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It tells the story of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton in a hip-hop / R&B, mixed with pop, style. The musical talks about the personal, political, and social struggles of living in colonial America. 

2. High School Musical: The Musical: The Series - The students from the school where the High School Musical films were shot stage a musical production based on the franchise.

3. Descendants 1, 2 & 3 - The Descendants franchise consists of three Disney Channel musical fantasy adventure-comedy films which follow the lives of the teenage children of four Disney-villains on the Isle of the Lost, and their move to Auradon at the request of the teenage son of Queen Belle and King Beast. 

4. Frozen / Frozen 2
5. High School Musical 1, 2 & 3
6. Camp Rock 1 & 2
7. Teen Beach Movie 1 & 2
8. The Cheetah Girls 1, 2 & 3
9. Lemonade Mouth 
10. Let It Shine
11. Mary Poppins / Mary Poppins Returns
12. The Sound of Music
13. Newsies
14. Annie (1999)
15. Into The Woods
16. Encore!
17. Austin & Ally
18. Liv and Maddie
19. Shake It Up
20. Hannah Montana 
21. Hannah Montana: The Movie
22. Beauty and the Beast (2017)
23. Aladdin (2019)
24. The Lion King (2019)

Broadway HD:
1. Kinky Boots - Adapted from the 2005 film, Kinky Boots is the story of Charlie Price as he tries to save the Northampton shoe factory he inherited when his father died. When he meets a drag queen named Lola, Charlie soon realizes that he can save the factory by catering to a niche market: transvestites. He brings Lola on as a designer and they put together a line of ladies' footwear (for men) in time for a big fashion show in Milan.

2. 42nd Street - Julian Marsh, a tough, demanding Broadway director, ignores his weak heart when he has a chance to earn money he needs desperately by directing Pretty Lady the next musical.

3. Jekyll and Hyde - Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic thriller, Jekyll & Hyde is the gripping tale of Dr Jekyll who attempts to cure his father’s mental illness by separating good from evil in the human personality. He ends up creating an alternate personality of pure evil named Mr Hyde and begins committing murders on the streets of London. Struggling to control Hyde before he takes over for good, Jekyll must race to find a cure for the demon he has created.

4. Daddy Long Legs
5. Falsettos
6. Fame
7. From Here To Eternity
8. Disney Broadway Hits
9. An American In Paris
10. Kiss Me, Kate
11. Memphis
12. Oklahoma
13. Pippin
14. Some Enchanted Evening
15. The King and I
16. Ruthless
17. She Loves Me
18. Sunday In The Park With George
19. The Toxic Avenger
20. The Wind In The Willows

Amazon Prime:
1. Sweeney Todd - 
Sweeney Todd is the unsettling tale of a Victorian barber who returns home to London after fifteen years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. With the help of pie shop owner Mrs Lovett, they kill off people before baking them into pies, in order to get to Judge Turnip. 

2. The Last Five Years - The Last Five Years composed by Jason Robert Brown tells the story of Cathy, a struggling actress, and Jamie, a budding novelist as they meet, fall in love, marry, and divorce over the course of five years. Cathy tells the story from the end of their marriage and Jamie begins from when they first met.

3. Hairspray - Teenager Tracy Turnblad and her friend Penny Pingleton are avid fans of the Corny Collins show. When the chance to dance on the show is publicised, Tracy jumps at the opportunity. Not only does her dancing skills attract Corny Collins, but also the attention of teen heartthrob Link Larkin. Tracy emerges from being an victim of bullying due to her weight, to a television superstar. However, her journey is interrupted when she becomes involved in racial discrimination and decides to fight back. 

4. Barnum
5. Little Shop of Horrors
6. Kiss Me, Kate
7. Jesus Christ Superstar
8. Grease Live!
9. Once
10. Guys and Dolls
11. Fleabag
12. Emma the Musical

Broadway HD and Amazon Prime have a lot more plays on their list but we'd be here forever if I listed them all too! I've probably missed a few here and there but here's my list of stagey / musical TV shows, movies, and filmed performances available for you to watch now on different streaming platforms. Filmed performances of musicals are becoming a lot more popular nowadays so I'm hoping to see some from shows I missed out on in the future. Stay safe.

Mia x

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