Andrew Lloyd Webber continues to stream his musicals for free on YouTube during COVID-19

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Stay safe and enjoy theatre online!

As West End and Broadway lower their curtains to slow the spread of coronavirus, arts institutions everywhere have been looking for creative ways to continue to share the magic of musical theatre with fans.

Both on a national scale — like the Metropolitan Opera and National Theatre — and a local one — like Nashville Shakespeare Festival and Nashville Ballet, institutions have been getting creative by providing filmed versions of stage shows to audiences at home.

Quentin Oliver Lee as ‘The Phantom’ and Eva Tavares as ‘Christine Daaé’

Quentin Oliver Lee as ‘The Phantom’ and Eva Tavares as ‘Christine Daaé’ (Photo by Matthew Murphy).

Even composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, an institution himself, has been getting in on the fun.

Not only has the musicals legend shared several individual songs performed by himself at his piano in videos on his Instagram and Facebook accounts, Really Useful Group (in partnership with Universal) has been offering a free stream of one of his productions every week on the YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On!.

Two musicals in the series were announced initially, and the rest are being unveiled week by week. After last week’s screening of a special 25th anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera — which was watched by more than 11 million people and raised more than $400,000 for the Actors Fund and other charities — you can now catch Lloyd Webber’s 2010 sequel: Love Never Dies, which kicks the Phantom story 10 years down the road.

The production will be available to watch for 48 hours, beginning April 24 at 1 p.m. CST.

The series began on April 3 with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar the following week on April 10. In addition to full-length videos, the channel streams clips and behind-the-scenes footage.

Yes, we know. It’s no replacement for the real thing; and we anxiously await when we can gather together again and experience art together. But there’s still plenty of ways to enjoy musical theatre from the comfort and safety of your own home during this temporary period.

In case you missed TPAC News Center’s online guide for Broadway streaming, here is an updated list of ways to enjoy your favorites:

Love Never Dies

Free Friday, April 24, at 2:00pm ET for 48 hours

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s YouTube platform called The Shows Must Go On!

Lyrics by Glenn Slater, book is by Lloyd Webber, Slater, Ben Elton, and Frederick Forsyth.

Les Misérables

The 2019 Staged Concert – Various ways to download and donate

Les Misérables in Concert (2010) is available through the subscription service Broadway HD

“Talkin with Thénardier” weekly Instagram Live chat every Tuesday at 6:01pm ET on Instagram: @lesmizus

View free nostalgic content, part of Seth Rudetsky’s “Stars in the House” streaming series, here.

The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall is available through the subscription service Broadway HD.

Jersey Boys

The feature film is available for rent/purchase on YouTubeGoogle PlayVuduAmazon PrimeiTunes and Netflix.

Beautiful 

Tapestry: Live in Hyde Park (featuring the West End production of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical) is available to rent and buy on Amazon Prime.

Summer

The film Thank God It’s Friday, in which Donna Summer performs her song “Last Dance,” (1978 Academy Award, Best Original Song) is available for rent/purchase on VuduAmazon PrimeYouTubeGoogle Play, and iTunes.

Miss Saigon 

Available through the subscription service Broadway HD.

Falsettos 

Available through the subscription service Broadway HD.

The King and I 

Available through the subscription service Broadway HD.

The SpongeBob Musical

Available through the subscription service Broadway HD.

Ann

Holland Taylor’s play about Texas governor Ann Richards will broadcast nationwide on PBS-TV on June 19, 2020.

42nd Street

Available through the subscription service Broadway HD.

The Heroin Diaries 

The soundtrack is available from Spotify, and the book is available through Audible.

Handel’s Messiah Rocks 

The film is available through Amazon.com.

Hairspray 

The film is available for rent/purchase on YouTubeGoogle PlayVuduAmazon Prime and iTunes.

Fiddler on the Roof

The film is available for rent/purchase on YouTubeGoogle PlayVuduAmazon Prime and iTunes.

Broadway on Demand – launching in May

This new platform will premiere with a live stream concert event, and the platform will offer video-on-demand, live events and educational resources.