As 2019 draws to a close, BroadwayHD has found exciting ways to ring in the New Year with their lasting additions to the online streaming platform. Among the diverse and exciting offering that they will be adding to their catalog are 1954 MGM film version of the Lerner and Loewe classic Brigadoon, starring Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse. Also on the docket for January is the six-time Tony Award nominated play Red starring Alfred Molina. Donmar Warehouse’s all-female production of William Shakespeare’s Henry IV will stream for fans of the Bard. Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and the National Ballet of Norway’s production of the ballet Hedda Gabbler round-out the highlights of the January titles coming to BroadwayHD.
For more details about each of these new titles, as well as they dates that they will arrive, read further:
January 1, 2020 – Brigadoon – In this 1954 classic, Tommy Albright (Gene Kelly) and Jeff Douglas (Van Johnson), two American pals on a Scottish hunting trip, get lost in the woods and come upon the magical village of Brigadoon. Rising out of the Scottish mist only once every 100 years, and only for one day, Brigadoon is an enchanted place where life is simpler and easier, untouched by the worries of the modern world. When Tommy falls for beautiful villager Fiona Campbell (Cyd Charisse), he must decide whether to stay or to return to his life.
January 9, 2020 – Red – Master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons restaurant, in the newly designed Seagram building on Park Avenue. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. Based on the original Donmar Warehouse production, this six-time Tony Award nominated new production of Oscar nominated writer John Logan’s Red is filmed at the Wyndam’s Theatre on London’s West End. Award-winning stage and screen actor Alfred Molina reprises his critically acclaimed performance as the American abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko. He is joined by rising star Alfred Enoch, of U.S. television drama series How to Get Away With Murder, and the Harry Potter film franchise, as his assistant Ken.
January 16, 2020 – Henry IV – This innovative film, recorded before a live audience, documents the Donmar Warehouse’s all-female stage production, adapted from William Shakespeare’s two plays about King Henry IV, Prince Hal and Falstaff. The bold, contemporary production is presented as if played by inmates of a women’s prison. The director for both stage and screen is Phyllida Lloyd, and Dame Harriet Walter is Henry IV.
January 23, 2020 – The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny – Composed by Kurt Weill and Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht, this production tells the story of a city lost in the middle of a desert and run by three thugs. In twenty scenes, the production combines enormous inventiveness, joy and energy with awe-inspiring ferocity. Perfect casting brings together a group of singers – Measha Brueggergosman, Michael König, Jane Henschel and Willard White. The Teatro Real Orchestra and Chorus are directed by young Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado.
January 30, 2020 – Hedda Gabler – One of the greatest successes of the National Ballet of Norway,renowned stage director, Marit Moum Aune, transforms Henrik Ibsen’s play into a ballet titled Hedda Gabler. In the fall of 2017, we meet Hedda Gabler on the main stage of the Norwegian State Opera. Hedda is furious because her disappointment is gnawing. The honeymoon in Europe is behind her, and now she has returned home with her husband, Jorgen. Nothing was as she had thought. And when her former lover, Eilert Loevborg, emerges, she reacts in a dangerous way for everyone, including herself.
BroadwayHD introduces award-winning theater from all across the globe with both classic and modern productions. Fans can expect to see the full works of Shakespeare, awe-inspiring performances from Cirque du Soleil and a selection of the world’s greatest musical including Kinky Boots, Cats, 42ndStreet,She Loves Me, The Phantom of The Opera, The King and I, Sound of Music, and An American in Paris. All performances are adapted specifically for streaming audiences to maximize the entertainment experience. To learn more about BroadwayHD, visit www.broadwayhd.com.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His latest book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, released on October 15. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.
Last updated and effective as of January 14, 2019
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