Netflix and chill? More like Netflix and trill. Nowadays, theatre nerds can get into the Broadway spirit just by binge-watching on everyone’s favorite streaming service. This fall, grab your popcorn and pumpkin spice latte and settle in to watch these cozy musicals now on Netflix:
Not every musical movie is actually set on a stage, but this high-energy show is taped inside a theatre. It’s chock-full of amazing choreography and features original members of the Broadway cast. This Netflix watch is about as close your couch can get to sitting in a New York City theatre.
‘Shrek the Musical’
In similar fashion, we’re happy to report you can still stream this fairy tale of ogre-ish proportions. It stars Broadway names such as Brian d’Arcy James and Sutton Foster and ties in nicely with the creepy, crawly Halloween season. Be warned: This fantastical musical is more silly than spooky!
‘Beauty and the Beast’
She really is a funny girl, that Belle! The live action film featuring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens is one of Netflix’s newest additions. While this latest version may differ from the theatrical productions of “Beauty and the Beast,” it still includes iconic tunes such as “Be Our Guest” and “Something There.” It’s the perfect movie musical when you need a little Disney magic.
While this Russian royal currently graces the Great White Way, she also reigns on Netflix in this beloved 1997 animated feature. Rom-com queen Meg Ryan lends her voice to Princess Anastasia, with actor John Cusack voicing cartoon heartthrob Dmitri. Pregame for your trip to the Broadhurst Theatre with this musical masterpiece.
The year is 1924, and the merry murderesses of Cook County Jail are fierce and fabulous — mostly because they’re shimmying to the “Cell Block Tango,” “Roxie” and “I Can’t Do It Alone.” Pop some popcorn and experience glitz and glamor in this screen adaptation.
Summer lovin’ happened so fast — and now it’s fall. However, you can still sing along to this Netflix stream if you’re in the mood for some greased lightning. Celebrate the back-to-school season with Danny, Sandy, Rizzo and the rest of the students from Rydell High.
‘The Last Five Years’
Experience a modern tale of love and loss featuring Broadway’s own Jeremy Jordan and Hollywood starlet Anna Kendrick. “The Last Five Years” touches on relatable relationship issues and showcases heartfelt songs (penned by Jason Robert Brown”) that you’ll be humming all day long.
‘High School Musical’
Autumn often means the return of homework, studying and midterms. Get your head in the game for school (or work) by relieving this melodious Disney Channel original. Go Wildcats!
It may only be October, but it won’t be long until the holiday season arrives. If you’re counting down the days until Christmas, why not tune into this Irving Berlin classic? There’s snow reason not to.
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