A New York Theatre Guide to... BroadwayHD!
Check out our guide to Broadway's premier streaming service...
Of course there's nothing quite the same as experiencing a Broadway show live and in living color, but during the current COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, theater fans have been forced to get their fixes in the virtual world.
You can check out our Top 20 Netflix picks for Broadway fans in the United States here. But Netflix, of course, isn't the only streaming service out there. In fact, we'd like to take this opportunity to recommend a service that is completely dedicated to the theater world.
What is BroadwayHD?
BroadwayHD is a platform that showcases some of the best recorded productions from Broadway, the West End and around the world.
How do I access BroadwayHD?
You can access BroadwayHD via Amazon Firestick, Android, AppleTV, iOS, Roku, or the official website at www.broadwayhd.com, and you can watch from your laptop, phone, tablet, or TV.
Which titles are available on BroadwayHD?
There are plenty of musicals on offer on BroadwayHD, both modern and classic. More recent titles from the Great White Way include the likes of Kinky Boots, An American in Paris, Falsettos, Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, Memphis, and She Loves Me. But there are also recorded productions from London's West End including the Broadway transfer of The King and I, as well as 42nd Street, From Here to Eternity, Jerry Springer: The Opera, The Toxic Avenger, and The Wind in the Willlows. And Off-Broadway hasn't been left hanging either with productions such as Daddy Long Legs and Ernest Shackleton Loves Me available to stream.
There are also plenty of titles from yesteryear, including The Pirates of Penzance, Jekyll & Hyde, and Oklahoma! starring Hugh Jackman.
But if musicals aren't your cup of tea, there are also plenty of plays on offer on BroadwayHD from Shakespeare to Sam Shepard, Arthur Miller to Eugene O'Neill. Our drama picks include the 2008 Royal Shakespeare Company revival of King Lear (starring Ian McKellen) and the 2017 Broadway premiere of Indecent by Paula Vogel.
There is also a selection of documentaries available, such as 2001's Let's Put On a Show, a section dedicated to Foreign Theatre, and concerts featuring your favorite Broadway stars, including Sutton Foster, Andrew Rannells, and Stephanie J. Block, as well as Disney's Broadway Hits at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
And unlike YouTube, all of BroadwayHD's videos are ad-free.
How much does BroadwayHD cost?
You can subscribe to BroadwayHD for the cost of $8.99 per month or $99.99 per year (plus applicable taxes) and you can even enjoy a 7-day free trial.
So, why not check out the extensive library today and make this temporary Broadway-shutdown-quarantine-period a little more bearable?