Since there is really no fun in Las Vegas until our quarantine is over, most of our fun is on our screens. Last week I shared some FREE online shows by some of my favorite Las Vegas performers. Today we are headed to Broadway!
I love Broadway! What can be more entertaining than musical theater?
Two weeks from now I was headed to New York City to attend my Columbia University graduate school 45th Reunion. I bought tickets to see Roulin Rouge and Six. Hopefully those shows will come to the Smith Center, as I am a Broadway Las Vegas season ticket holder. As for the Reunion, I guess I’ll have to wait for our 50th!
Here are some of my favorite shows online:
The Show Must Go On (Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber’s work)
Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber, along with Stephen Sondheim, are the reigning geniuses of modern musical theater IMHO.
During the pandemic Sir Andrew created a YouTube channel called The Show Must Go On.
Every Friday morning he puts up a recording of one of his plays. The entire show from the opening number to the curtain call.
It is gone by Sunday night. You have 48 hours to enjoy. You gotta be quick!
Last week featured a young Donny Osmond starring in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. But since Sunday is Easter, Jesus Christ Superstar was the most appropriate offering.
Peter Gallagher is in this one! But Jesus Christ (pun intended) Tim Minchin as Jesus crushes it.
This is not the original cast because it has cell phones. But it’s a well-done, wild production.
I saw this show on Broadway when I was a student at Columbia. All I could afford was a standing room ticket back when I was young enough to stand for two hours…. But I digress.
Or, you can watch the live performance of this show on NBC Sunday night. It seems the execs at NBC figured out it was Easter too.
Can’t wait for Phantom of the Opera!
This is John Krasinski‘s YouTube Channel.
He saw a twitter post on Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s Twitter feed that a young girl, who is a big Hamilton fan, didn’t get to see the show because the Florida theater cancelled the performance because of the corona virus. Her mother posted how disappointed she was.
So Krasinski reached out to Miranda, who summoned most of the original cast. They did a Zoom call to the young girl and performed the opening number.
Having seen Hamilton twice but not with the original cast, I was blown away. You gotta see it!
Last November some of Broadway’s biggest stars (Sherie Rene Scott, Sierra Boggess among others) paid tribute to Disney’s contribution to Broadway.
A recording of the show will air starting Monday night on the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS YouTube channel. This is the season when the actors in the play come into the audience to ask for donations.
This show features all your favorite Broadway tunes. Earworms, anyone? My favorite Disney song is Beauty and the Beast, sung by Angela Lansbury and Jerry Orbach. You did know they were Broadway stars before Murder, She Wrote and Law and Order?
This broadcast is a fund raiser for the charity’s Covid-19 Emergency Assistance Fund.
Playbill Playback (Bandstand)
Bandstand, the story of a World War II veteran who starts a swing band of fellow veterans, has Las Vegas roots; it was written by two locals.
Laura Osnes stars as a war widow who joins the band as a singer.
Andy Blankenbuehler won a 2017 Tony Award for best choreography for this play. He also won the Tony as the Hamilton choreographer in 2016.
This one has a cost: $6.99. Still way cheaper than a ticket for a real seat.
Stars In The House (Seth Rudetsky, James Wesley)
If you have Sirius XM and love Broadway, then you listen to Seth Rudestsky‘s radio show. And if you have Broadway Las Vegas season tickets, Rudetsky always introduces the new season with humor and deep knowledge.
Rudetsky and his husband James Wesley started this YouTube channel. Every day, at 11 am and 5 pm Pacific, they host Zoom meetings with their friends at home, who are, of course, Broadway stars. They chat and then the Broadway stars sing.
Kristin Chenowith, of Wicked fame, has a Saturday night residency.
Each session features a segment with Dr. Jon LaPook, who is the CBS News chief medical correspondent. He shares some interesting facts about the virus, which is making this all possible.
The show is FREE but you can make a donation to the Actors Fund as you listen. I know they’re not working now because my Broadway show tickets were cancelled!
Be safe and healthy, Las Vegas.
((hugs)) BETH Ellyn
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P.S. All these opinions about Broadway are mine. You might think Kiss the Girl is a better Disney hit.