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How to Celebrate the Holidays the Broadway Way: What to Watch and Stream

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! One way to make it even more wonderful is to celebrate the Broadway way.

Find ways to get in the Christmas and Holiday spirit, whether it’s by attending a heartwarming show or by streaming Broadway stars’ holiday albums. Take a look at our guide to a Broadway holiday season below!

Get Tickets to Heartwarming and Bright Musicals

Hugh Jackman, Sutton Foster and the Cast of The Music Man. Photo by Julieta Cervantes.
Hugh Jackman, Sutton Foster, and the cast of The Music Man. Photo by Julieta Cervantes.

While The Music Man may start off as a story of deception, the classic turns into a story of community and coming together, a beautiful holiday theme.

The hit revival starring Tony Award winners Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster is currently running at the Winter Garden Theatre and is a great musical to attend during this time of togetherness. The beloved production is wrapping up its successful run in January, so stop by River City this holiday season and experience the joy of this classic show.

The Lion King
Disney on Broadway’s The Lion King. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Families come in all shapes and sizes…and species! The beloved Disney classic The Lion King is brought to life onstage, telling the story of Simba and “the circle of life.”

Recently celebrating 25 years on Broadway, the Tony Award-winning musical is currently running at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre and would be a great stop for the holidays. A perfect show for the family to see or any individual who wants to experience showstopping songs that will amaze theatergoers of any age!


Stream Holiday Stories

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and White Christmas.

Are you not able to make it to Broadway during this special season? There are still ways to infuse your holiday with Broadway and theatre joy!

Want a little Broadway and a little Christmas? There’s nothing more perfect to turn on than Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn. The 2016 Roundabout production starring Lora Lee Gayer, Corbin Bleu, and Bryce Pinkham was filmed and preserved on BroadwayHD for all to see. Based on the 1942 holiday film of the same name, the stage adaptation is perfect for your Broadway holiday fix! Stream here.

A Christmas Carol is a Christmas classic that stretches back over a century with many screen and stage adaptations to enjoy. The Muppets’ take on the cherished story in The Muppet Christmas Carol which has become a favorite for many, featuring characters we know and love like Kermit and Miss Piggy. With original songs and festive cheer, get that fire started and settle in for this Muppet Christmas tale. Stream now on Disney+.

White Christmas is a musical movie loved for ages since it first premiered in 1954. Beginning as a movie, it made the leap to the stage, performing on Broadway in two limited engagements in the 2008 and 2009 holiday seasons at the Marquis Theatre. You can stream the original Christmas classic that features charming songs like “Sisters,” “Snow,” and, of course, “White Christmas,” on Netflix.

Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell in Spirited. Photo courtesy of Apple TV+.
Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell in Spirited. Photo courtesy of Apple TV+.

Also new to the holiday canon this year is the Apple TV+ original film Spirited starring Will Ferrell, Ryan Reynolds, and Octavia Spencer. The new musical movie features songs by the Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award-winning pair Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the songwriting duo behind Dear Evan Hansen, The Greatest Showman, and La La Land. Make sure to stream this holiday season and find out if it’s the next holiday classic!

Listen to Holiday Tunes from Broadway Favorites

Tony Award-winning star Idina Menzel, known for her iconic roles of Maureen in RENT, Elphaba in Wicked, and Elsa in Frozen, has two holiday albums to make your holiday season merrier. Take a listen to her first album, Holiday Wishes, and her second album, Christmas: A Season of Love.

Fellow original cast member of Wicked, Emmy and Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth also has two holiday albums to her name. You can have albums from the original Elphaba and the original Glinda in rotation this holiday season, how wonderful! Listen to Kristin Chenoweth’s A Lovely Way To Spend Christmas and HAPPINESS Is…Christmas!

Known for his rich baritone voice, let Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis serenade you this holiday season with his aptly titled album The Norm Lewis Christmas Album, which includes beloved tunes like “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Santa Baby.”

And lastly, before he swings his razor high on Broadway this spring in Sweeney Todd, let Josh Groban charm you with his Christmas album. Stream Noel, an album that has been on a constant loop for many around this time of year since it first came out in 2007.

Need even more Broadway-themed holiday songs? Check out our holiday playlist!

All of us at Broadway Direct wish you safe and happy holidays. If you get any Broadway gifts this holiday, make sure to tag us on Instagram!