Roundabout Theater Company's revival of the 1963 musical comedy She Loves Me will be the first Broadway musical to be live streamed for home viewing, The New York Times reports. The stream of the June 30th evening performance will be offered on BroadwayHD.com for $9.99, and will also be available for purchase afterwards in the site's library.
She Loves Me was nominated for eight Tony Awards this year, including Best Revival of a Musical. It also received acting nominations for its three leads — musical theater icon Laura Benanti, Chuck's Zachary Levi, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Jane Krakowski. Think of it as the plot of You've Got Mail — plus beautiful songs and Jenna from 30 Rock doing some improbable gymnastics. It's great!
think of it as 'You've Got Mail' but with beautiful songs
In a comment to the Times, artistic director of Roundabout said, "The fact that this production will be recorded in a truly a first-class way for the world to see for the next 50 years to me means a great deal — in an industry where the work is usually just a memory."
This is the latest in a series of industry-wide pushes to make Broadway shows accessible to a wider and more diverse audience. Hamilton offers $10 lottery tickets for the front row of every show, and with the help of a Rockefeller Foundation grant, will admit 20,000 high school students for the same price; the Off-Broadway Davenport Theater live-streamed its production of Daddy Long Legs last year for free; Lincoln Center offers student discounts for nearly all of its performances, including its yearly musical; and the Public Theater offers free tickets to all of its shows' previews via a lottery system.
She Loves Me is set to close on July 10th, so this live stream will get a lot more people a chance to see it before final week ticket prices shoot up.