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Broadway Online: A Roundup of Stars Sharing Their Talents from Home

During this time of uncertainty and confusion, there have been many ways in which Broadway stars have been sharing their craft with the world, along with continuing to keep up a sense of community, all online from their respective homes. In this article, we round up many of the fun videos and social posts that have been shared online for you to enjoy while you’re at home practicing social distancing. 


Stars in the House

In this daily online show, SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley will feature Broadway stars from the stage and screen to sing and perform live from home. The hosts and guests of Stars in the House will be encouraging viewers to donate to The Actors Fund during this time of hardship in the entertainment industry. Confirmed celebrities include: Ian Armitage, Shoshana Bean, Laura Benanti, Sierra Boggess, Wayne Brady, Betty Buckley, Laura Bell Bundy, Andréa Burns, Kerry Butler, Norbert Leo Butz, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Carolee Carmello, Kristin Chenoweth, Gavin Creel, Melissa Errico, Raúl Esparza, Christopher Fitzgerald, Kathryn Gallagher, Ana Gasteyer, Mandy Gonzalez, Justin Guarini, Debbie Gravitte, James Monroe Iglehart, Rachel Bay Jones, Jeremy Jordan, Marc Kudish, Judy Kuhn, Anika Larsen, Linda Lavin, Beth Leavel, Telly Leung, Beth Malone, Melissa Manchester, Lindsay Mendez, Idina Menzel, Kate Shindle, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessie Mueller, Rosie O’Donnell, Kelli O’Hara, Christine Pedi, Alice Ripley, Adam Pascal, Faith Prince, Kate Shindle, Keala Settle, Marc Shaiman, Jennifer Simard, Elizabeth Stanley, Patrick Wilson and Marissa Jaret Winokur, with many more to be announced! New shows will be produced daily, airing in between the times of 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM.


Plays in the House

Beginning Wednesday, April 1 at 2 PM, Stars in the House will begin a new segment in the weekly lineup: Plays in the House. These new episodes will feature actors doing live readings of classic plays. Plays in the House will continue every Saturday and Wednesday matinee at 2 PM until Broadway reopens. The Wednesday, April 1 episode will star the complete cast of the original Broadway production of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein including Joan Allen, Peter Friedman, Boyd Gaines, Ellen Parker, Joanne Camp, Anne Lange, Drew McVety, and Cynthia Nixon. The Saturday, April 4 matinee will feature The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife starring playwright and Tony Award-nominee Charles Busch as “Marjorie” with more to be announced. Future plays will star Harvey Fierstein, Tony Shaloub, Brooke Adams and more. The readings will be available on the Actors Fund YouTube page, as well as live on SiriusXM on Volume (channel 106) and On Broadway (channel 72).


The Rosie O’Donnell Show

The Rosie O’Donnell Show came back for one night only, on Sunday March 22 at 7PM, on YouTube live. This special program featured a large group of stars, all live-streaming from their own homes. The return of this legendary, 25-time Emmy Award winning show served as a live-streaming fundraiser for The Actors Fund, to help in this time of crisis. If you missed this one-night only program, never fear! You can still watch the video on YouTube. The special program featured stars such as Sebastian Arcelus, Skylar Astin, Beth Behrs, Erich Bergen, Nate Berkus, Stephanie J. Block, Matthew Broderick & Sarah Jessica Parker, Tituss Burgess, Norbert Leo Butz, Kristin Chenoweth, Gavin Creel, Darren Criss, Gloria Estefan, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Harvey Fierstein, David Foster, Morgan Freeman, Neil Patrick Harris, Megan Hilty, Judith Light, Barry Manilow, Rob McClure, Audra McDonald, Katharine McPhee, Alan Menken, Idina Menzel, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara, Lauren Patten, Ben Platt, Billy Porter,Randy Rainbow, Andrew Rannells, Chita Rivera, Seth Rudetsky, Lea Salonga, Miranda Sings, Jordin Sparks, Ben Vereen, Adrienne Warren, James Wesley, and more!


Humpday With Hampshire

Building upon the success of the one-night revival of The Rosie O’Donnell Show, The Actors Fund is teaming up with “Schitt’s Creek” star Emily Hampshire for a new weekly live-streamed talk-show “Humpday with Hampshire.” The program will debut on Wednesday, April 1 on The Actors Fund’s YouTube channel. It will feature virtual interviews with many of Emily’s celebrity friends from TV, film, sports, and social media, live from the comfort of their own homes. The show will live-stream every Wednesday until film, TV, and theater productions are back up and running. 


Living Room Concerts

BroadwayWorld is partnering with Broadway performers to launch a series of “Living Room Concerts” to bring video performances direct to you from the living rooms of Broadway performers. The first video is from Jagged Little Pill’s Kathryn Gallagher, performing “You Learn.” If you enjoy these videos, consider donating to The Actors Fund, who provide emergency financial assistance to entertainment professionals in need during this time of unpredictability.


Laura Benanti Sunshine Songs

For all the canceled high school musicals because of the coronavirus, Laura Benanti has asked that those students who will no longer get to sing the songs they were going to in their musicals, to send them over to her. Check out a few below.

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My 11 year old 5th grader was heart broken when her Honor Choir performance at Barnum Hall at Santa Monica High School was canceled. She practiced so hard to audition for honor choir and then she practiced even crazy harder to audition for the lead solo for the performance. The day of the solo audition, she was convinced that another girl was going to get it… because “the other girl looks like a singer” and Sloan (my girl) says that she looks “not like a singer in my soccer gear and plain hair.” Before her turn, I took her from the audition room back to the car and showed her the @paulpottsmusic audition video from his Britain’s Got Talent audition. She watched- I cried (every time)- and then I told her to remember under no circumstance do you ever judge a book by its cover and to get her cute soccer butt into that room and sing her heart out. She did. She got the solo. It’s not at Barnum Hall. But here it is. Thank you to @jennifer.garner and @laurabenanti for giving our kids the opportunity to shine ✨ #heyjenlookatme #sunshinesongs #kids #momlife #village

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#BwayHandwashChallenge

Broadway stars are taking to social media and washing their hands for 20 seconds, the recommended time to effectively clean off bacteria, all while singing Broadway show tunes. Check out a few of the ones from the stars below.


Get in Shape Grrl (Broadway COVID series)

This Facebook group works to ensure that we can remain upbeat, moving and positive through fun cardio and muscle toning sessions for the whole family, during this time of staying at home. All workouts will be led by dance professionals including some of Broadway’s top dancers, inspired by their shows as well as top ballerinas from the American Ballet Theater. This is for all ages and genders. Check out this group for the best workout videos from Broadway!


Broadway Weekends at Home

Broadway Weekends is a musical theatre camp for adults, based in New York City with pop-up programming across the country. While the COVID-19 situation continues to affect the people across the world in varying capacities, Broadway Weekends is offering “SOCIAL D(ist)ANCING” classes from home, as a part of their Broadway Weekends from Home Facebook Group. On this page, Broadway Weekends is hosting FREE online musical theater classes taught by Broadway & West End talent. Multiple classes are held early morning and late evening, making them accessible to theater fans across the globe.


Being a-LIVE! – #InComesCompany

Company has announced that for the next couple of weeks, their Instagram will feature live streams from members of their Broadway cast. 


The Kat and Dave Show

Katharine McPhee and her husband, David Foster, have been hosting a live stream mini series, The Kat and Dave Show. Each episode has centered around a particular theme, from Broadway to Disney to country-themed. She even had a special guest, Jeremy Jordan, join her for the special Broadway themed night to sing a few bars of “You Matter to Me” from Waitress. Check out her Instagram and IGTV to look back on previous highlights, and follow along to see what’s next!


Marie’s Crisis Virtual Piano Bar

The legendary piano bar Marie’s Crisis is usually the place for any show tunes fans. Many Broadway stars, including Cynthia Erivo, have been spotted at this downtown favorite. This bar has had to close its door for the time being during this crisis, but they have figured out a way to continue this love of community. Every night on their Facebook page, Marie’s Group, they will have the talented pianists who usually play at their bar stream live to your computer. 


THE SHOW MUST GO ON…SHOW

Art Lab and ShowTown Productions have announced a new web series, THE SHOW MUST GO ON…SHOW, which will begin airing on YouTube every Tuesday beginning April 7 at 7:00 PM. Hosted by co-creators Howie Michael Smith and Andy Truschinski, each episode will feature a musical performance and talks with experts and artists about coping with the coronavirus pandemic through creativity. Each episode will be a 15-minute variety show, exploring topics of art, medicine, science, and beyond. The first episode will feature Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me Kate), Dr. Anthony Weiner MD, artists and curators Bob and Jill Whitney Armstrong, and meditation expert Minita Gandhi. Each episode will feature a charity and provide information on where to donate. The April 7 episode will feature The Actors Fund. Guests for future episodes will be announced shortly.


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