The Top 5 Best NYC Broadway Shows to See Online During the Pandemic

September 04, 2020

We all know it can get boring sitting at home under quarantine. So, why not add a little culture to your day to day life by watching some NYC Broadway shows….from the comfort of your couch! There are multiple streaming services offering the live and movie versions of your favorite NYC Broadway shows. Sit back, relax, and enjoy these 5 iconic plays.

Rent

According to IMDB, Rent “tells the story of one year in the life of friends living the Bohemian life in modern-day East Village, New York City, 1989-1990.” Rent is one of the more popular shows on Broadway, as it won four 1996 Tony Awards for Best Musical, as well as a Pulitzer Prize.

According to Playbill, you can view Rent the Musical on Amazon Prime, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube, iTunes, as well as on DVD/Blu-ray from Amazon.

Cats

The musical Cats is about, well, cats — No surprise there! You’ll enjoy the different style costumes, as well as the singing and choreography of this off-beat musical. Everyone seems to have an opinion on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats musical, so why not watch it for yourself and see what all the fuss is about?

According to Playbill, you can view Cats on BroadwayHD, Amazon Prime, iTunes, and Google Play, and on DVD from Amazon.

Sunday in the Park with George

A musical based on a painting, Sunday in the Park with George “merges past and present into beautiful, poignant truths about life, love and the creation of art”, as brilliantly reviewed by mtishows.com. What viewers love most about this show is the stunning backdrop and design, and its attention to detail in accordance with the inspired painting.

The audio version is available to listen to on Spotify, YouTube Music, Apple Music and Deezer.

You can view the play on Amazon Prime and BroadwayHD and for rent or purchase on iTunes.

Billy Elliot the Musical

According to Playbill, Billy Elliot the Musical “tells the story of a little boy in a small British town who prefers ballet to boxing, much to the dismay of his conservative working-class community.” Written by Elton John and Lee Hall, this musical became a hit in 2005, winning four prestigious Oliver Awards.

You can view this instant hit on Amazon Prime, iTunes, Vudu, and DVD.

Hamilton

What’s this list without one of the most popular musicals of our time? Written by Lin Manuel Miranda, the musical is about America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Miranda said he was inspired to write a musical after reading a biography about Hamilton.

Unfortunately, right now, Hamilton can only be viewed on Disney+, since Disney owns full ownership of the musical. You will have to pay for Disney+ in order to watch this masterpiece since the streaming service does not currently offer a free trial. You can get Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+ all for $12.99 a month.

Want to watch more or see what other musicals have in store? Take a look at BroadwayHD’s “Must See” musical list and find your next quarantine binge.

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