BroadwayHD, bringing Broadway online!

Writer: Hannah Bordofsky 

Editor: Sophia Alexander

Many people plan months in advance to get Broadway show tickets. For Christmas I even got tickets to see Hamilton at the Pantages! But on March 12th as the world embraced social distancing; they closed all broadway shows through June 7th (as of April 8th). Throughout being on quarantine broadway stars have done their best to keep the entertainment going from their homes to ours. 

As all of Broadway’s productions were shut down BroadwayHD, a digital streaming media company that records and distributes live theater performances decided to make some of their shows available for free online. This made it so that people who would not have even gone to see the shows could see them and have the opportunity to have the experience of seeing a  Broadway musical. 

Like all of us, Broadway stars have been connecting to the outside world through zoom. They have participated in many formal zoom performances as well as some more casual entertainment zoom happenings. 

Because of the COVID-19 virus,many people have to adapt their traditions with holidays and birthdays. One major holiday that was affected by this pandemic Is Passover. Broadway performers participated in the “Saturday Sedar” put on by the CDC Foundation. One Broadway performer who participated in this Sedar is Ben Platt, you guys might know him from being the main love interest in Pitch-Perfect but Broadway fans know him as the actor who originated Evan Hansen in the world-famous Broadway production dear Evan Hansen. In this zoom sedar he performed an amazing rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” As well as Idina Menzel who starred in the Broadway show Wicked, and the voice of Elsa from Frozen! During the zoom Saturday sedar she sang a traditional Passover seder song in Hebrew. 

When 9-year-old Aubrey was not able to go and see Hamilton in Jacksonville, he mom tweeted “ we were supposed to see Hamilton in Jacksonville tonight DD’s 9th birthday present (seeing Hamilton has been her dream since she saw her first Broadway show last year) but were home watching Mary Poppins Returns. At Least we’re safe and healthy.” The original Broadway cast decided to bring Hamilton to her by surprising her on a zoom call. After interrupting her zoom call with John Krasinski who had seen her mother’s tweet and wanted to cheer her up. The original Broadway cast including Lin-Manuel Miranda the creator of hamilton performed her favorite song from the musical. The song “Alexander Hamilton.” Nik Walker and Michael Luwoye Broadway actors made a COVID-19 rendition called “the Zoom where it happens” to the famous song the room where it happens in the musical Hamilton.

On the Late-Night show with James Corden the Broadway cast of the beloved musical Dear Evan Hansen performs the song you will be found over a zoom call. 

As the COVID-19 emergency fund was launched Broadway cares (the non-profit organization that raises funds for aids through America’s theater community) donated an initial 250,000. As well as over 20 broadway producers have come together to match every donation to the emergency fund up to $1 million. 


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