In just 16 hours and 10 minutes, Andrew Lloyd Webber proved there’s a future in live-streaming for the stage, and an upside to stay-at-home orders under COVID19, he’s got 1 million views with the 2000 adaptation of “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” on his YouTube Channel “The Shows Must Go On”.
The appropriately titled place to watch what will be many of Webber’s classics in the weeks to come is surely the lifeline needed for all who’s been denied the theater as Ambassador Theatre Group extended their production suspension to May 31 to stop the spread of COVID19, as well as the entire West End and Broadway community alike who’s work stoppage hurts both crew member and talent.
The livestream itself of “Joseph” on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. London Time) landed comfortably with nearly 62,000 views, showing off more solid success in livestream/ streaming, like with National Theatre and their first offering with “One Man, Two Guvnors”.
And in more ways than one, ideas about live-streaming places like Broadway, movies, and other forms of stage have come from Daniel plus Lauren, starting with the initial livestream layout as COVID19 was declared a pandemic, followed by the pricing structure to watch theater productions right when Broadway closed, and then finalizing it to what’s being done now.
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