The professionally-shot film of Hamilton is smashing streaming records on Disney+, transforming any computer or TV in America into the Richard Rodgers Theatre. And while we understand that not every Broadway show has gorgeously-filmed footage on file, we can still dream: Could this be a new way to experience live theater, at least while Broadway remains closed? Here are eight other shows that we'd love to view from our living rooms.
Bring your own chili and cornbread. Daniel Fish's edgy take on the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical was scheduled for a national tour this fall. With those plans on hold, now would be the perfect time to share this revelatory production, including Ali Stroker's Tony Award-winning performance as Ado Annie, with audiences at home.
Now that they've entered the whole new world of streaming theater, it's easy to imagine Disney+ releasing pro shots of Disney on Broadway shows. Since 2014, Aladdin has enchanted audiences at the New Amsterdam Theatre; a national tour was cut short due to the coronavirus. This family-friendly pick would be popular with audiences of all ages.
Hadestown's message of hope during dark times is more necessary now than ever before. Singer/songwriter Anais Mitchell's take on ancient Greek mythology, which addresses everything from climate change to workers' rights, is eerily relevant to current events.
Traveling to Paris may not be an option at the moment, but a streamed recording of Moulin Rouge! could be just the ticket to tide us over until we can revisit the City of Lights in person. The classic love story and familiar music, as well as the incredible dancing and sets, would make it a surefire hit with mainstream TV audiences.
This year, many students could unfortunately relate to Emma and Alyssa's canceled prom. While we wait for the feature film version to drop, a broadcast of the stage show, with its uplifting story and high-energy dance numbers, would be the perfect consolation for anyone who missed out on their school dance.
It'll be harder for the Plastics to rule the cafeteria when classes go virtual this fall. Performances of Mean Girls both at the August Wilson Theatre and across the country have been paused, but maybe NBC's new Peacock streaming service, which hosts other Tina Fey material such as "30 Rock," could provide access to the stage version of the 2004 film. (In fact, the show might already have footage on file for its previously-announced movie version.)
It only premiered in 2017, but Six has already been performed on the West End, throughout the UK, in Chicago, Australia, New Zealand, and on cruise ships. Could its next stop be a streaming service? Like Hamilton, Six combines pop culture and modern music with history, shining the spotlight on the six ex-wives of King Henry VIII and imagining them as a high-energy girl group.
"Ain't Too Proud"
If there's one thing we could all use right now, it's some sunshine on this decidedly cloudy day (year?). Featuring memorable music by the Temptations and Tony Award-winning choreography by Sergio Trujillo, this jukebox musical would have us dancing in our living rooms.