Who says that theatre and online video can’t mix? In the last few years, some highly entertaining web series and viral videos focused on the theatre world have sprung up on YouTube and other video sharing platforms. These videos have managed to attract new audiences to theatre productions and have given actors and writers a new outlet for their talents. Here are just some of my favorite theatre web series. Maybe they can fill the void in your life between shows.
“The Battery’s Down” is a musical web series that follows struggling actor Jake and his friends as they try to make it in the Big Apple. The show features original music from some of Broadway’s hottest composers and the best young talent in the musical theatre world. Creators Wilson and Gallagher also managed to bring in plenty of well-known Broadway actors to guest star in several episodes. Though the series ended in 2009, all of the episodes are still on YouTube and Jake now uses the channel to create viral musical comedy videos.
In this series on ticket and theatre news behemoth Broadway.com, Susan Blackwell of [title of show] fame interviews Broadway stars about their latest projects, favorite spots in New York, and occasionally what their costars’ mouths taste like. The show is a great way to get up close and personal with your favorite Broadway stars, and Susan Blackwell is also one of the funniest women on the planet (in my opinion). If you’re a fan of Susan, [title of show], or just Broadway in general, you’ll love this series.
Here’s an oldie but goodie. This show chronicles the journey of [title of show], a musical that documents its own conception, to Broadway. Each episode features irreverent banter between Hunter and Jeff, guest stars, and lots of charts (mostly from Jeff). I didn’t know much about the musical when I started watching "the [title of show] show", but by the time I saw [tos] during its short-lived run on Broadway, I was fully invested in the story of the little original musical that could. I’ll still watch an episode from time to time to get my nostalgia on, and if you’re at all interested in the musical, or theatre in general, I suggest you check this series out.
Do you have any favorite theatre-related videos? Let me know in the comments!