Activities to do while hunkering in: see segments from musical Tony Award winners, perform scenes and/or sing along with Broadway and Disney musicals, an announcement from Rabbit Run Theater, and more
A LOOK BACK AT THE BEST MUSICAL TONY AWARD WINNERS FROM THE PAST 10 YEARS
The Peanuts gang reunites in an animated version of Clark Gesner’s musical. , Google Play
Available on: Vudu, Amazon Video, iTunes
Starring: Rue McClanahan, Christine L. Anderson, Christine Meyers
The Little Sisters of Hoboken are in a bind when Sister Julia Child accidentally poisons the convent and 52 sisters die. The remaining nuns have no funds with which to bury them, so they decide to put on a show—to hilarious effect.
Available on: Amazon Video
Starring: Bette Midler, Cynthia Gibb, Peter Riegert
Made for CBS, Midler won a Golden Globe for her performance as Rose in the legendary musical about the stage mother who made Gypsy Rose Lee. Of course, hits like “Some People” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” are belted to perfection.
Available on: Google Play, Vudu (free), iTunes, Amazon Video
Starring: Jason Alexander, Vanessa Williams, Marc Kudisch, Tyne Daly
Jason Alexander takes the role originated by Dick Van Dyke in this remake. Conrad Birdie is the Elvis-like rock star about to go off to war; to rehab his image before he does, his songwriter Albert Peterson (Alexander) arranges for him to sing “One Last Kiss” on The Ed Sullivan Show and kiss a wholesome hometown girl. When Kim MacAfee wins the coveted prize, her boyfriend isn’t all too happy and trouble ensues. Featuring beloved tunes like “The Telephone Hour,” “Put On a Happy Face,” and “A Lot of Livin’ To Do” by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams.
Available on: Vudu, iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play
Everyone's favorite red-headed orphan came to ABC in this adaptation of the beloved stage musical. Starring Kathy Bates as Miss Hannigan, Alan Cumming as Rooster, Kristin Chenoweth as Lily St. Regis, Victor Garber as Daddy Warbucks, Audra McDonald as Grace, and Alicia Morton as Annie, this is a fairly faithful retelling of the original.
Available on: Amazon Video, iTunes, Disney+, Vudu
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Kristin Chenoweth
Professor Harold Hill (Broderick) is a traveling salesman of musical instruments and band uniforms—who also happens to be a con artist. From town to town, he sells the instruments and wardrobes promising to teach music and organize a band, but skips town before he does. Things, of course, get complicated when he begins to romance the librarian Marian Paroo (Chenoweth). With unforgettable songs like “Ya Got Trouble,” “76 Trombones,” and “Shipoopi” by Meredith Willson.
Available on: Amazon Video, Vudu, iTunes
Starring: Christian Campbell, Kristen Bell, Neve Campbell, Alan Cumming
Cumming stars as a lecturer who comes to warn the students of a small town about the dangers of marijuana by telling the tale of two teens who fell under the spell of weed. Madcap doesn’t even begin to cover it. Based on the 2001 Off-Broadway musical.
Available on: Amazon Video
Starring: Carol Burnett, Tracy Ullman, Denis O’Hare
Directed by Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall, this retelling (the third made for TV!) of the classic “Princess and the Pea” fable features music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Berer, and Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Barer. Burnett originated the role of Princess Winnifred on Broadway, but in this made-for-TV musical Burnett plays Queen Aggravain with Tracey Ullman as Winnifred. It also features a young Zooey Deschanel and Matthew Morrison.
Available on: Disney+, Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Video, Vudu
High School Musical
Starring: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Corbin Bleu
Made as a Disney Channel Original Movie, High School Musical is the Fame of its generation. Directed and choreographed by Kenny Ortega, HSM begins when Troy and Gabriella meet singing karaoke at a New Year’s Eve party and then suddenly (a lá Grease) Gabriella is a new student at East High, where Troy is king of the jocks. But when auditions for the spring musicale take place, Troy and Gabriella both break out of their boxes as jock and “freaky genius girl” to find themselves and the start of something new. The movie also spawned two more movies, a stage adaptation that toured the country, and the Disney+ series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.
Available on: Disney+, Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes
Starring: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Corbin Bleu, Ashley Tisdale
The entire crew from East High is back for the summer, and all working together at a country club-resort whose most important customers just happen to be Ryan and Sharpay Evans. The kids have their eyes on the end-of-summer talent show, but Sharpay would prefer that she be the event’s solo star.
Available on: Disney+, Google Play, Amazon Video, iTunes
A Christmas Story Live!
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Maya Rudolph, Andy Walken, Chris Diamontopoulos, Jane Krakowski
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s first Broadway musical, based on the movie of the same name, came to broadcast TV as a must-see holiday event. Set in 1940s Indiana, the musical follows the mischief of Ralphie Parker and his unrelenting need for a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. This version did incorporate a new Chanukah song, written especially for the broadcast and sung by Ana Gasteyer.
Available on: Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play
Starring: Auli’i Cravalho, Queen Latifah, Shaggy, John Stamos, Graham Phillips
For the first time, this event featured live, fully-produced musical numbers interwoven with the original animated film. The cast created a full undersea world, and the world above, before a live studio audience.
Available on: Disney+
April 29: Christine Andreas
May 1: I Am Woman: A Concert for Female Empowerment
May 6: It's Kind of a Funny Story
May 7: 54 Below Celebrates Mel Brooks
May 8: Luba Mason
May 9: Storm Large
May 11: The Wedding Singer Reunion Concert
May 12: The Year of Living Dangerously
May 14: Andy Karl & Orfeh: Legally Bound
May 15: Joe Iconis and Family
May 16: Charlie Rosen's Broadway Big Band
May 17: 54 Sings Grand Hotel: The 25th Anniversary Concert
May 19: 54 Sings One Direction
May 20: 54 Does 54: The Feinstein’s/54 Below Staff Show
May 23: Mauricio Martinez with special guests Orfeh & Mariand Torres
May 26: Another Opening, Another Debut! Broadway Debuts of the 2017-2018 Season
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Conceived and Originally Directed and Choreographed by Michael Bennett / Book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante / Music by Marvin Hamlisch / Lyrics by Edward Kleban
By Karen Zacarías
By Thornton Wilder
By Ken Ludwig
Music by Richard Rodgers / Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II / Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
By L. Frank Baum / With Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg / Background Music by Herbert Stothart / Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard / Orchestration by Larry Wilcox / Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company