Whether you live in New York City or across the world from it and can’t get to the theatre, finding plays and musicals to stream online is a difficult task. Luckily, with streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, BroadwayHD, Disney+, HBO Max, and most recently Apple TV+, there is a wealth of theatrical resources available where you can find live recordings of original productions from Broadway and beyond. Here is a guide to what is currently available, including several film adaptations, for your viewing pleasure.
Productions on Disney+
West Side Story (2021, Film). Starring Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose, and Rita Moreno. Available on Disney+.
The beloved musical is brought to life on the screen for today’s audiences. Directed by Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tony Kushner, West Side Story tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City. Find out everything you should know before watching the film adaptation here.
Hamilton (2020, Broadway). Starring the Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton. Available on Disney+.
Featuring the Original Broadway cast and filmed at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, told by America now. Check out this comprehensive guide to the film.
Trevor: The Musical (2022, Filmed Live Event). Starring Holden William Hagelberger, Aryan Simhadri, and Sally Wilfert. Available on Disney+.
The Off-Broadway musical Trevor, about a teen on a path of self-discovery, made its small-screen debut on Disney+ this past June. The show is inspired by the 1994 Oscar-winning short film also titled Trevor. The film famously paved the way for the creation of The Trevor Project, a suicide-prevention nonprofit dedicated to young people, specifically LGBTQIA+ and questioning youth. Fourteen-year-old Holden Hagelberger stars as the titular character, under the direction of theater veteran Marc Bruni. Read our conversation with the pair here before streaming the musical.
Annie (1999, Film). Starring Victor Garber, Audra McDonald, and Kristin Chenoweth. Available on Disney+.
The second film adaptation of the beloved Tony Award-winning musical, featuring an all-star Broadway cast, Annie tells the story we know and love of a young girl living a “hard-knock life” in an orphanage. Fed up with the dastardly Miss Hannigan, Annie escapes the run-down orphanage determined to find her mom and dad. It’s an adventure that takes her from the cold, mean streets of New York to the warm, comforting arms of bighearted billionaire Oliver Warbucks – with plenty of mischief and music in between.
Into the Woods (2014, Film). Starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, and Anna Kendrick. Available on Disney+.
Based on the much-beloved Stephen Sondheim musical, Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales in a musical format that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.
Newsies (2017, Filmed Live Event). Starring Jeremy Jordan, Kara Lindsay, and Ben Fankhauser. Available on Disney+.
At the turn of the 20th century, Jack Kelly leads a ragged band of teenage “newsies” against two publishing titans intent on raising distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense. Filmed live at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, CA.
Hello, Dolly! (1969, Film). Starring Barbara Streisand, Walter Matthau, and Michael Crawford. Available on Disney+.
The musical film is based on the 1964 Broadway production of the same name and features Barbara Streisand in the title role. Dolly Levi uses her matchmaking skills in New York City to orchestrate the love lives of her friends, all the while trying to get the man she likes to fall for her.
Howard (2020, Documentary). Available on Disney+.
Directed by Don Hahn (Beauty and the Beast), Howard is the untold story of Howard Ashman, the brilliant lyricist behind Disney classics like Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and creator of musicals including Little Shop of Horrors. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage, personal films and photographs, as well as interviews with Howard’s friends and family, the film is an intimate look at the Disney Legend’s life, his creative drive, and the process behind the music.
Plays and Musicals on Netflix
13: The Musical (2022, Film). Starring Eli Golden, Gabriella Uhl, and Debra Messing. Available on Netflix.
Adapted from the Jason Robert Brown musical of the same name, 13: The Musical is the coming-of-age story that centers around a 12-year-old named Evan, whose parents split right as he is about to become a bar mitzvah. He moves from New York City to Indiana with his mom and has to make new friends in the hope they will attend his service and party.
tick, tick…BOOM! (2021, Film). Starring Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, and Vanessa Hudgens. Available on Netflix.
Based on the stage show and story of Jonathan Larson, the creator of RENT, tick, tick…BOOM! is about a promising theater composer on the brink of turning 30, showing him navigating love, friendship, and the pressure to create something great before time runs out. Featuring a transcendent performance by Academy Award nominee Andrew Garfield in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s directorial debut, tick, tick…BOOM! is a must-see for any lover of theater. Find out even more about the musical and its origins here.
Diana The Musical (2021, Broadway). Starring Jeanna de Waal, Roe Hartrampf, Erin Davie, and Judy Kaye. Available on Netflix.
The dazzling and devastating life of Princess Diana takes center stage in this original musical. In a daring and exciting move, Diana The Musical was filmed and released in advance of its official November 2021 Broadway opening. Written by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan (Tony Award-winning Best Musical Memphis), directed by Tony winner Christopher Ashley (Come From Away) with choreography by Tony nominee Kelly Devine (Rock of Ages) and music supervision and arrangements by Ian Eisendrath (Come From Away), this sensational production brings the legend of Princess Di, played by Jeanna de Waal, to thrilling new life on the stage and now to Netflix.
Les Misérables (2012, Film). Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway. Available on Netflix.
One of the most notable stage-to-screen adaptations in recent years, the musical movie Les Misérables came out 10 years ago this December. Revisit the Oscar-winning film that features performances from Tony Award winners Hugh Jackman, Eddie Redmayne, and Aaron Tveit.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020, Film). Starring Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, and Glynn Turman. Available on Netflix.
Tensions and temperatures rise at a Chicago music studio in 1927 when fiery, fearless blues singer Ma Rainey joins her band for a recording session. The incredible cast features an unrecognizable Viola Davis and a heart-wrenching final performance from the late Chadwick Boseman.
Oh, Hello on Broadway (2017, Broadway). Starring Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. Available on Netflix.
Stand-up comedians John Mulaney and Nick Kroll star as “two delusional geriatrics” in Oh, Hello on Broadway, a recording of their hit limited-run Broadway engagement. This recording has it all: irreverent humor, too much tuna, and a special surprise comedy guest.
Springsteen on Broadway (2018, Broadway). Starring Bruce Springsteen. Available on Netflix.
If you couldn’t get to New York City to see Bruce Springsteen for the Summer 2021 return engagement of his Broadway residency, have no fear: Netflix has you covered. You can watch a recording of the rock star’s intimate one-man show, where he plays acoustic versions of some of his greatest hits and shares personal life stories, on the streaming service anytime, and all from the comfort of your own home.
Shrek the Musical (2013, Broadway). Starring Brian d’Arcy James, Sutton Foster, and Christopher Sieber. Available on Netflix.
Everyone’s favorite ogre is given the musical treatment in this kid-friendly tale of how a crotchety monster with a heart of gold finds his true love and saves his kingdom from the evil Lord Farquaad. With a score by Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire, Shrek the Musical is fairy-tale-inspired fun.
Mike Birbiglia: The New One (2019, Broadway). Starring Mike Birbiglia. Available on Netflix.
If you missed Mike Birbiglia’s three-month residency at the Cort Theatre, Netflix has you covered! This performance was filmed on Broadway during the show’s limited run, so you’re sure to get the whole, hysterical experience. This hilarious yet profound one-man show recounts Birbiglia’s emotional and physical journey to parenthood.
American Son (2019, Film). Starring Kerry Washington, Steven Pasquale, and Jeremy Jordan. Available on Netflix.
The 2018 Broadway play, American Son comes to Netflix in a stage-to-screen adaptation of the original play. The film team features the same writer, director, and reprise performances by the original cast. Staged more like a play than a movie, this performance captures the same compelling energy from the Broadway version.
Plays and Musicals on Amazon Prime
Funny Girl (1968, Film). Starring Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, and Kay Medford. Available on Amazon Prime.
Can’t make it to New York to see the brand new Broadway revival of Funny Girl? Well, you can always watch the classic musical movie starring the legendary Barbra Streisand! Streisand’s debut film won her the Academy Award for her performance as singer-comediene, Fanny Brice. Featuring songs you know and love like “People,” “I’m the Greatest Star,” and, of course, “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” if you’ve yet to watch Funny Girl, it’s time to change that.
Carousel (2013, Concert). Starring Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, and Jessie Mueller. Available on Amazon Prime.
Julie Jordan falls in love with a charming, carefree carousel barker with a short temper. After she becomes pregnant, he resorts to extreme circumstances to get extra money to provide for his family. Staring Broadway favorites Kelli O’Hara and Jessie Mueller, along with Metropolitan Opera staple Nathan Gunn, this live-from–Lincoln Center concert recording is a great way to get your Rodgers and Hammerstein fix.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (2021, Film). Starring Max Harwood, Sarah Lancashire, and Lauren Patel. Available on Amazon Prime.
Based on a true story and adapted from the West End musical hit, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie tells the story of 16-year-old Jamie who, despite obstacles, has the courage to fabulously follow his unconventional dream in this inspiring true story turned musical sensation.
Plays and Musicals on HBO Max
Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known (2022, Documentary). Starring Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele, and John Gallagher Jr. Available to stream on HBO Max.
15 years after the smash, Tony-winning Broadway run of Spring Awakening, the original cast and creative team reunite for a spectacular, one-night-only reunion concert to benefit The Actors Fund. Chronicling their whirlwind journey back to the stage, the documentary follows the players as they reconnect and rediscover the beauty and timelessness of the hit musical, sharing the show’s underdog origins, its path to Tony glory, the universal themes of teenage repression and angst, and the unconventional love story of breakout stars Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele.
David Byrne’s American Utopia (2020, Broadway). Starring David Byrne. Available on HBO Max.
In American Utopia, Talking Heads superstar David Byrne is joined by 11 diverse musicians from around the globe in a “knockout theatrical concert, honoring the pleasures of music, dance and song as collective celebration” (The Hollywood Reporter). Experience the filmed version of the acclaimed Broadway show, directed by Oscar winner Spike Lee.
Angels in America (2003, TV Miniseries). Starring Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, and Mary-Louise Parker. Available on HBO Max.
Originally seen in the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play told in two parts, Mike Nichols’ take on the masterpiece Angels in America is a must-see for all theatre lovers. Playwright Tony Kushner adapted his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-1980s and centers the story around a group of disparate but connected individuals. Watch now to see why Angels in America broke the record for the most Emmys awarded to a miniseries in a single year by winning 11 awards.
Dear Evan Hansen (2021, Film). Starring Ben Platt, Julianne Moore, and Amy Adams. Available on HBO Max.
The Tony Award-winning Best Musical came to life on screen in the 2021 film adaptation of Dear Evan Hansen, with Tony Award winner Ben Platt recreating his performance for the movie. Featuring beloved songs like “Waving Through a Window” and “You Will Be Found,” the musical is now available to stream.
In the Heights (2021, Film). Starring Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, and Leslie Grace. Available on HBO Max.
Perfect to pair with your Hamilton viewing, watch Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Tony Award-winning musical! The In the Heights film adaptation, starring Hamilton‘s Anthony Ramos taking on the role of Usnavi that Miranda originated, is the lively musical about a New York bodega owner who dreams of a better life.
Rent (2006, Film). Starring Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp, and Idina Menzel. Available on HBO Max.
Based on the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical of the same name, Rent is the story of starving New York artists coping with poverty, drugs, and the AIDS epidemic. Starring much of the original Broadway cast, get ready to sing along to “Seasons of Love” from the comfort of your couch.
Musicals on Apple TV+
Come From Away (2021, Broadway). Starring Petrina Bromley, Jenn Colella, and De’Lon Grant. Available on Apple TV+.
Filmed live on Broadway, the Tony Award-winning musical tells the remarkable true story of 38 flights grounded in a small Canadian town on September 11, 2001. As the locals host these “come from aways,” they come together and find hope. Featuring much of the original Broadway cast, including Jenn Colella reprising her Tony Award-nominated performance, Come From Away makes for a great first Broadway entry into Apple TV+’s catalog.
Schmigadoon! (2021, TV Show). Starring Cecily Strong, Keegan-Michael Key, and Kristin Chenoweth. Available on Apple TV+.
In this parody of 1940s musicals, backpacking couple Melissa and Josh get trapped in Schmigadoon, a magical town filled with singing and dancing townspeople, and learn they can’t leave without finding true love—which they thought they already had. Boasting a myriad of Broadway stars that include Kristin Chenoweth, Ariana DeBose, Alan Cumming, Ann Harada, and Aaron Tveit, just to name a few, it’s the perfect watch for all musical theatre lovers. The next season is on the way, so make sure you’re caught up!
Productions on BroadwayHD
Launched in 2015 with 100 titles available, BroadwayHD is an on-demand digital streaming service that has grown to include more than 200 titles of filmed Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals, plays, and concert events. Listed below are some of the notable additions to BroadwayHD’s catalog.
She Loves Me (2016, Broadway). Starring Zachary Levi, Laura Benanti, and Jane Krakowski. Available on BroadwayHD.
Holding the distinction of being the first Broadway musical to be live-streamed, She Loves Me follows Amalia and Georg, two parfumerie clerks who aren’t quite the best of friends. Constantly bumping heads while on the job, the sparring coworkers can’t seem to find common ground. But little do they know the anonymous pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other! Will love continue to blossom once their identities are finally revealed?
Cats (1998, London). Starring Elaine Paige, Ken Page, John Mills, John Partridge, Jacob Brent, Michael Gruber. Available on BroadwayHD.
One of the longest-running hits in the history of Broadway and the West End, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats has been specially restaged for this video presentation, which captures all the music and movement of the original stage production with an uncommon intimacy and depth.
Kinky Boots (2018, West End). Starring Killian Donnelly, Matt Henry. Available on BroadwayHD.
Charlie is a factory owner struggling to save his family business. Lola is a fabulous entertainer with a wildly exciting idea. With a little compassion and a lot of understanding, this unexpected pair learns to embrace their differences and creates a line of sturdy stilettos unlike any the world has ever seen! But in the end, their most sensational achievement is their friendship.
Falsettos (2017, Broadway). Starring Christian Borle, Stephanie J. Block, Andrew Rannells. Available on BroadwayHD.
Nominated for five 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, Falsettos is a hilarious and poignant look at a modern family revolving around the life of a gay man Marvin, his wife, his lover, his soon-to-be-bar-mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. Originally created under the specter of the AIDS crisis, this timely musical about middle-class family dynamics manages to remain buoyant and satirically perceptive even as it moves towards its heartbreaking conclusion.
Miss Saigon (2016, Concert). Starring Paul Benedict Sarte, Eva Noblezada, Jon Jon Briones. Available on BroadwayHD.
The spectacular, sell-out 25th Anniversary Gala Performance of this acclaimed new production of the global stage sensation was described as “the most thrilling, soaring and emotionally stirring musical with magnificent performances” by the Daily Telegraph and “the greatest musical of all time” by the Daily Mail.This epic musical love story tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with an American GI called Chris – but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. From the creators of Les Miserables, Miss Saigon is truly an international sensation.