THE ONLINE SHOWS MUST GO ON
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical phenomenon remains one of the very hottest tickets in the West End, but if you haven’t seen it live yet, then the good news is that Disney has now released a filmed version of the original Broadway production to tempt people to sign up to its new streaming service. With its rousing combination of US history, rapidfire wordplay, and postmodern political charge, it’s is just the thing to blast away any lockdown lethargy.
Available now on Disney+, disneyplus.com
The Old Vic has joined other major venues in streaming old productions, and its latest offering is its 2018 production of Joe Penhall’s play about the perils of, and power games within, the music industry. Apple Tree Yard’s Ben Chaplin is on memorably unlikeable form as a cynical middle-aged music producer who gets into a legal battle with a young female singersongwriter. The stream is free, but, without any regular government subsidy, The Old
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Rock of stages: The Old Vic’s Mood Music. Below: Hamilton. Inset: Mariah & Friendz