Every month we highlight the best programming available on BroadwayHD, a streaming service for theater around the world.
Brand-new on Broadway HD, the revival of multiple-Tony-nominated Falsettos is as timely today as when it was first produced in 1992. Centered around Marvin (Christian Borle), a gay man separated from his wife Trina (Stephanie J. Block) in favor of his lover Whizzer (Andrew Rannells), this musical charmingly and emotionally explores all of the complications of wanting to maintain family connections while recognizing one's true self. Their school-aged son Jason (Anthony Rosenthal) wonders if being homosexual is hereditary as his mother forges a new relationship with the family psychiatrist Mendel (Brandon Uranowitz). The songs are on point, hilarious and heartrending as each person struggles to find their place in the world and each others' lives. Highly recommended. (For our five top reasons to watch Falsettos, click here.)
The Woodsman is stunning and universal in its appeal. Expressed mainly with puppets and music, this is a reimagined prequel of sorts for L. Frank Baum's legendary tale The Wizard of Oz. This play focuses on the Tin Man, who started life as Nick Chopper, a mortal woodsman whose fate it is to fall in love with a young woman who is the ward of the Wicked Witch of the East. The witch puts a curse on his axe, and Nick's body slowly turns from human to that of the tin man.
This 1982 production is a fantastic musical on the life of American composer and musician Duke Ellington, who lived his entire adult life in New York City. The talented cast is led by Hinton Battle as they perform Ellington's famous hits such as "Take the A Train", "It Ain't Got a Thing (If It Ain't Got that Swing" and the title song, "Sophisticated Lady". A must-see.
The Kathy & Mo Show: Parallel Lives
This 1991 production starring Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney as themselves bringing their own brand of humor to situations involving men, women and America is as funny as ever. Each lady is a gifted comedian in her own right but the combination of the two gives the material a great chemistry and on-fire delivery of these masterful skits.