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In the midst of theater shutdowns, social distancing and home isolation because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, a series of familiar musicals by Andrew Lloyd Webber are set to appear online each week for free viewing.
The filmed versions of Lloyd Webber’s musicals will be housed on the YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On! Currently, the channel is promoting the first show in the series, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, premiering April 3 at 11 a.m.
The full-length musical film, first released in 2000 and modeled on the West End production, stars Donny Osmond, Maria Friedman, Richard Attenborough and Joan Collins. It will be available to view for a 48-hour period. It includes the hit numbers “Go, Go, Go, Joseph,” “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”
The second production in the series will be the rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar, appearing on YouTube April 10. The show stars Tim Minchin, Melanie C and Chris Moyles. Just days ago, NBC announced that it will re-air the popular special Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, which won five Emmys in 2018, on Easter Sunday.
On April 17 at 11 a.m. PT, The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall will become available for a 48-hour viewing window. The 2011 production, from producer Cameron Mackintosh, was staged at London’s Royal Albert Hall to mark the 25th anniversary of the musical.
Additional musicals by Lloyd Webber — including, as the composer notes in his introductory message below, his reworked flop By Jeeves — will be revealed on the channel weekly, with behind-the-scenes footage also uploaded regularly.
View Lloyd Webber’s announcement below.
April 14, 12:15 p.m.: Updated with an additional show listing.
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