With the goal to bring the live theater experience of Broadway to millions of homes, BroadwayHD has been launched. A streaming service similar to Netflix, the company wants to make the best plays and musicals accessible through TV, computer and phone.
Tony-Award winning duo Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley, known for producing shows such as “On Your Feet!” ”A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” and “Legally Blonde,” is the same team that founded BroadwayHD.
“We’re not going to replace the Broadway experience, but if you can’t get to Broadway, get to BroadwayHD,” Lane tells The Huffington Post. “Hopefully, it will whet your appetite to go see it live.”
A monthly subscription for the service is $14.99, or there’s the one-time payment option of $169.99 for the year, which is slightly less per month. Signing up for an account is free and purchasing on a show-by-show basis is also available to users . BroadwayHD’s main focus, which will separate them from other streaming services, will be the ability for subscribers to view a live event.
“This is part of an evolution,” Lane says. “We’re never going to replace the communal experience of seeing actors live. I understand that. New York has an amazing caliber of talent — of writers, directors and performers — that we’d like to share with the world. If they can’t get here in time, we can share that with the world in the best way we can.”
The current library on BroadwayHD already has over 100 available shows, including classics from the likes of Shakespeare and Chekhov, and a slew of recent productions such as Orlando Bloom in the Broadway revival of “Romeo and Juliet,” a live “Jekyll & Hyde” with David Hasselhoff, Helen Mirren in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Montego Glover and Chad Kimball in “Memphis.” Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” will soon be added after it airs on HBO.
While theatre geeks everywhere are jumping with joy, they are also wondering when will “Hamilton” be available?