If you fancy watching a musical but can’t get to West End, there’s good news.
More and more musicals are now available to buy on DVD/Blu-ray or watch and stream online with official, professionally shot recordings.
Offering the best possible view at the cheapest possible price, here’s your run down of some of the musicals on offer and where to buy or stream.
Hamilton – Disney+
Filmed live on Broadway, a filmed recording of Hamilton is available on Disney+ featuring the original Broadway cast – Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Leslie Odom, Jr., Christopher Jackson, Jonathan Groff, Phillipa Soo, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Okieriete Onaodowan and Anthony Ramos.
Kinky Boots – BroadwayHD
Taken from shows in November 2018 in London, this filmed version of the hit West End and Broadway musical stars Original West End cast members Killian Donnelly and Matt Henry in the lead roles of Charlie and Lola. Stream via BroadwayHD here.
Les Misérables Staged Concert – Amazon Prime Video/YouTube
A proshot recording of the all star Les Misérables Staged Concert from 2019 is available to purchase on DVD and Blu-Ray here or to stream via Amazon Prime Video here or YouTube here. Filmed at the Gielgud Theatre, the cast featured Michael Ball plays Javert and Alfie Boe as his nemesis Jean Valjean joined by Matt Lucas, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Katy Secombe, Bradley Jaden, Rob Houchen, Shan Ako and Lily Kerhoas.
Little Women – BroadwayHD
Little Women The Musical is now available to watch online via BroadwayHD. Based on the critically acclaimed 1868 novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott, the recent production at London’s Park Theatre was recorded for release. The cast of Little Women features Ryan Bennett as Professor Bhaer, Hana Ichijo as Meg, Sev Keoshgerian as Laurie, Anastasia Martin as Beth, Mary Moore as Amy, Bernadine Pritchett as Aunt March and Brian Protheroe as Mr Lawrence. They’re joined by Lejaun Sheppard as John Brooke, Savannah Stevenson as Marmee, Lydia White as Jo and Liv Andrusier.
Shrek The Musical – Amazon Prime Video / YouTube
Shrek the Musical is available purchase to stream on Amazon Prime Video here or YouTube here. The Broadway production features a cast of Brian d’Arcy James, Sutton Foster, Daniel Breaker, Christopher Sieber and John Tartaglia.
Rent: Filmed Live On Broadway – Amazon Prime Video
Rent filmed on its last performances on Broadway in 2008 which you purchase to stream via Amazon Prime Video here. The recording features a cast made up of Adam Kantor, Will Chase, Michael McElroy, Rodney Hicks, Tracie Thoms, Justin Johnston, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Eden Espinosa.
The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals – YouTube (FREE!)
The latest stage show by the always brilliant StarKid Productions, The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals is available to watch on YouTube in full completely for FREE here.
Falsettos – BroadwayHD
Filmed on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre, this 2016 revival of the William Finn and James Lapine musical stars Christian Borle, Andrew Rannells, Stephanie J. Block, Brandon Uranowitz. Tracie Thoms, Betsy Wolfe and Anthony Rosenthal. Stream via BroadwayHD.
The King and I – BroadwayHD
The award winning production of The King and I at London Palladium features Kelli O’Hara, Ken Watanabe and Ruthie Ann Miles and is available to stream now via BroadwayHD.
Newsies – Disney+
Newsies: The Broadway Musical is yet to be produced in the West End – but the original production featuring Jeremy Jordan is available to watch online on Disney’s new Disney+ streaming service here.
The Phantom of the Opera at the Albert Hall – Amazon Prime Video/YouTube
This phenomenally successful stage show was filmed to celebrate its 25th anniversary and is available via Amazon Prime Video here or YouTube here. The lavish production is set in the Victorian splendour of the Royal Albert Hall with stars Ramin Karimloo as The Phantom and Sierra Boggess as Christine plus a supporting cast and orchestra of 200 and special guests.
Miss Saigon – Amazon Prime Video
A recording of the spectacular, sell-out 25th Anniversary Gala Performance of this hit musical can be streamed online now via Amazon Prime Video.
Ghost Quartet – YouTube (FREE!)
Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet has released an original recording of the show recorded live at the McKittrick Hotel in 2015. You can watch it for free on YouTube here.
Cats – Amazon Prime Video & BroadwayHD
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS, the most famous musical of all time, first exploded onto the West End stage in 1981. A filmed version of the stage show was made in 1998 and is available to stream online here with Amazon Prime Video or here from BroadwayHD.
42nd Street – BroadwayHD
Filmed live at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in the heart of London’s West End, 42nd Street tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway. The cast for the film includes Emmerdale’s Tom Lister as Julian Marsh, Philip Bertioli as Billy Lawlor, Clare Halse as Peggy Sawyer and Bonnie Langford as Dorothy Brock. Stream via BroadwayHD.
The Wind in the Willows – BroadwayHD
Join Ratty, Badger, Mole and the impulsive Toad as they embark on a series of riotous adventures spiraling from Toad’s insatiable need for speed in The Wind in the Willows Musical. Filmed at the London Palladium, the cast features Rufus Hound, Gary Wilmot, Craig Mather, Simon Lipkin, Neil McDermott and Denise Welch. Stream here via BroadwayHD.
Billy Elliot: The Musical – BroadwayHD
Based on the beloved film and winner of 10 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Billy Elliot: The Musical Live from London’s West End is a celebration of one of the world’s most popular and successful stage shows. From the creative team behind the original film and music legend Elton John, this story of self-discovery, determination, love, and hope is brought to life in this funny, uplifting, and spectacular experience that you’ll want to experience again and again! Stream here via BroadwayHD.
Fame: the Musical – BroadwayHD
Based on the 1980 phenomenal pop culture film, Fame The Musical is the international smash hit sensation following the lives of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts as they navigate their way through the highs and lows, the romances and the heartbreaks and the ultimate elation of life. This performance was filmed in 2020 in London. Stream here via BroadwayHD.