Watching clips from Broadway performances and interviews with their casts and crews can help fulfill your need to watch people break out in song for no reason. Say you’re a fan of musical theater but can’t make it to the “Great White Way” in person right now. Or you’re missing the recently-ended Glee, or reminiscing for the plays of years past. Of course many shows or actors have their own promotional videos online, but here are some of the best sources covering all of Broadway:
The Broadway League
Straight from the horse’s mouth, this trade association for Broadway posts mostly behind-the-scenes clips and interviews. Their videos tend to be posted infrequently, with most videos around big events (like the Tony Awards).
One of the more frequent posters (with multiple videos per day), the YouTube channel for the ticket-selling and information-providing site Broadway.com has performance clips, interviews, and a weekly news program.
This channel has the usual interviews and such, but it also has “supercuts” of popular songs being sung by multiple actors and singers, and web series like I Hope I Get It, where actors tell their interesting audition stories.
Famous in NY
This company that provides live video recording services has a great collection of videos featuring Broadway cast members singing at cabarets and intimate concerts, including venues like 54 Below. There are performances of many different singers taking on anything from Beyonce to Sondheim, as well as several concerts which reunite the cast from the cult-favorite TV show Smash. Jeremy Jordan performing Celine Dion’s It’s All Coming Back to Me Now is a must-see. The only downfall is that there is so much content here that even YouTube’s “playlist” function fails to make it manageable to sort through.
Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS
This leading AIDS charity posts clips from their many fundraising benefits — including Broadway Backwards, which highlights LGBT and gender-swapped performances, and Broadway Bares, a striptease show — along with informative videos about the grants and services they provide.
Broadway on Music Vault
There’s basically just three concerts here — featuring Julie Andrews (from 1995), Ben Vereen (1998), and a collection of “Leading Ladies” from Audra McDonald to Lea DeLaria (1998)– which you can view as full concerts or individual song clips. However, even though the content appears limited, the quality of the performances makes it worth checking out.
Disney on Broadway
This channel focuses on the current and past musical offerings from just one company. But when corporate synergy creates videos like Nashville‘s Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio singing Beauty and the Beast, I’m certainly not complaining.
Seth Rudetsky is a well-known Broadway radio show host, author, and star. His channel features clips from his http://www.sethtv.com website as well as vlog posts.
The publisher that makes all those programs and magazines for Broadway shows also has a YouTube channel. Unfortunately, many of the videos here are just extremely short promo clips (and you’ll be directed to a link on their own poorly-designed site to watch the full video), so be prepared for that.
What are your favorite sources for Broadway and theater videos?