BY: FRANCESCA BRILLI
Amidst all of the theatre closings, it can be easy to feel disconnected from the Broadway community. With your favorite stars going live on Instagram every day, to your favorite news outlets keeping everyone posted on digital happenings, it can be easy to get lost as to what is happening when, so we put together a list of ways to stay engaged in the community from home (with dates, times, and links!).
Andrew Barth Feldman and Alex Boniello’s “Broadway Jackbox”
Not only have they helped reunite the Smash cast (iconic), but they are also getting together every week to raise money for the Actors Fund! Including the Smash cast, they have also played with stars like Patti Murin, Matt Doyle, Erika Henningsen and Alex Brightman, just to name a few! The games are pretty simple to follow, but allow for the audience to get involved via voting. You can check out their old streams here and watch live every Tuesday at 6pm EST here!
BroadwayWorld “Songs from the Archives”
Broadway World has been digging up old videos from their archives, like Mandy Gonzalez singing “Don’t Look Back”, and Max Von Essen singing “Evermore Without You”. Check them all out in their #thread here!
Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley’s “Stars in the House”
Rudetsky and Wesley have created a podcast that they stream daily at 2pm & 8pm EST (two different shows each time!), and feature some of your Broadway favorites including Carol Kane, Jonathan Groff, Santino Fontana, Andrea Martin, Will Chase, Kerry Butler, and so many more! You can catch up on their past streams on The Actors Fund’s YouTube channel here and you can check out their upcoming schedule here! All money raised via stream is donated directly to The Actors Fund.
Dramatists Play Service “DPS on Air”
DPS just launched a new series that features performances from playwrights, actors, and friends of theater. Each episode shares a performer reciting an excerpt from a DPS playwright! You can check it out on YouTube, IGTV, or on their Twitter, here.
Kat McPhee’s “Quaranstreams”
Katharine McPhee and her husband David Foster have been live-streaming nearly every day at 8:30 pm EST. For each stream they follow a different theme and sing a few songs within that theme! Some highlights have been Mariah Carey’s “Hero” dedicated to healthcare workers, “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion, and her hilarious take on “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid. You can check out clips from her old streams on her IGTV, or tune in live on her Instagram!
Little Did I Know, a Podcast Musical
Starring Hadestown’s Patrick Page and Emojiland’s Lesli Margherita, follows the story of a few recent college grads as they bring an old summer theatre back to life. Set in the late 1970’s, the podcast musical features music by Doug Besterman and lyrics by Dean Pitchford and Marcy Heisler. The first three episodes were released on March 31st, with the following six episodes will be available every Tuesday following. Stream the first three episodes here!
Playbill’s “Daily Cast Album”
Playbill has been posting daily recommendations of Cast Albums to check out from Broadway stars themselves! Check out the #thread here and let us know which album was your favorite!
36 Questions, a Podcast Musical
36 Questions premiered in 2017 as the first podcast musical, ever. Starring Jonathan Groff (Little Shop of Horrors, Hamilton) and Jessie Shelton (Hadestown, Waitress Tour) It follows the story of a couple who attempts to use the 36 questions (personal questions designed to ‘make anyone fall in love’) to save their marriage. Listen here on their website, or on Spotify or Apple Music.
Just because you can’t spin the wheel doesn’t mean we can’t still have fun together! In addition to keeping you up to date here on our blog, we are also doing Trivia, Finish the Lyric challenges, and creating playlists together on Twitter! Every night we watch NBC’s Smash, and live-tweet it together at 8pm EST, and on the weekends we pick and watch a different movie-musical. Come check out all of our happenings, here!