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A - Zoom! 26 Broadway & Off-Broadway Musicals We'd Love To See Produced Online

October 7th, 2020 by

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Remember how we used to get year after year of those live musical telecasts on television? With Broadway in intermission, what if those could come back but online?

Looking at the musical theatre canon, there are so many smaller cast musicals and revues that could be such a treat to see new productions of in this new Zoom age. It would take a little tech savvy and patience (and of course the official musical rights to do them!).

This afternoon, we went from A to Z throughout the variety of possible musicals that could be produced either socially distanced or via Zoom. Let's go on with the show!


The Act



Originally a 1977 Broadway vehicle for Liza Minnelli playing nightclub singer Michelle Craig - let's zoom all those solos up!


Baby



Imagine the talented Broadway couples that could take on this Maltby and Shire musical about parenthood.


Chicago



The show is a musical vaudeville after all! If Joel Grey can perform the song solo with The Muppets, anything is possible.


The Drowsy Chaperone



Drowsy is a spectacular show but the tunes in the show are like little vignettes. Man in Chair is already sitting downstage reminiscing, why not in a Zoom window?


Elegies: A Song Cycle



William Finn wrote a moving song cycle in the early 2000's for a small five person cast singing of life's infinite joy.


First Date



Have you seen those TV commercials from dating websites showing audiences first virtual dates made from matches made on their site? Boom - First Date The Musical!


Godspell



Imagine each of the Parables performed by Broadway's best! The ensemble numbers might take some tech savvy but imagine the solos like this!


Hedwig and The Angry Inch



The Broadway revival starred NPH, Michael C. Hall, Andrew Rannells, original John Cameron Mitchell, Darren Criss and Taye Diggs. Could you imagine the superstars that could step into Hedwig's heels?


I Do! I Do!



Like Baby, this would be another fun vehicle for those super talented couples who could step into the roles made famous by Mary Martin and Robert Preston.


Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris



A magnifique revue featuring the music of Jacques Brel which could expand the four person cast to showcase his extensive song catalog. We love "Carousel."


Kiss of the Spider Woman



Broadway Isolation Project made us think of this title with thanks to their beautiful quartet from this Kander & Ebb spectacular. Scaling down would be key but imagine the Aurora casting!


The Last 5 Years



Southwark Playhouse in the UK recently produced a socially distanced production (where this clip is from) and picture a rotating cast of stars. We would never tire of a variety of musical theatre's best singing this Jason Robert Brown score.


Million Dollar Quartet



Calling all actor/musicians - this musical could be so special with a Zoom era Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.


Nine



Rather than all sitting on the stage, why not have each of the women in Guido Contini's life in their own Zoom windows? The ladies could then take center... screen for their number!


Disney's On The Record



This magical Disney revue is set in a recording studio which would lend itself to an online version! There are so many Disney on Broadway alum we would love to hear sing a night of music from those beloved classic movies and (now!) Broadway shows.


Passing Strange



Yes, we have the Spike Lee filmed movie but let's hear Stew and Heidi Rodewald's scored musical sung by as many people as possible.


Queen of the Mist



Anything is possible and so is a Michael John LaChiusa musical about Anna Edson Taylor who wants to go over Niagara Falls performed over Zoom.


Rooms: A Rock Romance



Paul Scott Goodman, who wrote the score for Bright Lights, Big City also wrote this two person musical about two songwriters taking them to Glasgow, London and NYC.


Songs For A New World



Over the summer, The Other Palace produced this Jason Robert Brown musical with an all-star cast. The singers that could deliver "Stars and the Moon" - gotta go dreamcast!


[title of show]



Friends Hunter, Jeff, Heidi and Susan (and Larry) took their musical from musical theatre festivals, off-Broadway to Broadway. Let's figure out how to get "An Original Musical" like [title of show] online.


Urinetown



It would be a privilege to see this funny musical revived and online. The ensemble numbers will need some tech sass but worth it for all of the laughs.


Vanities



Let's find three ladies to perform this musical going from page to stage about a group of friends moving through the years.


Working



Here's a fabulous revue which could highlight so many performers singing of their different occupations like Andrea Burns singing the waitress' showstopper "It's An Art."


Xanadu



The movie musical is so over-the-top amazing and funny we could only imagine what an online version of this Electric Light Orchestra 80's fantastical show.


You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown



"Happiness" is celebrating "Beethoven Day" on Zoom with our favorite Peanuts characters.


Ziegfeld Follies



Okay there are very few 'Z' musicals but we are all for more online concerts featuring Broadway superstars much like the Ziegfeld Follies did back in the day like Fanny Brice, Buddy Ebsen and Milton Berle performing their legendary acts and songs. The video that instantly came to mind for us that was even comparable was the 2009 Tonys where audiences saw Elton John, Liza Minnelli, Dolly Parton and what looked like one million Broadway performers.