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The first livestreamed Broadway show is happening June 30th

Engadget Engadget 17/06/2016 Richard Lawler
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There have been theatre and opera performances streamed live over the internet before, but until now the famous Broadway stages have been off limits. That will change June 30th, when BroadwayHD streams She Loves Me to customers not in a movie theater, but at home or on the go. The Roundabout Theater Company production features familiar names from TV like Zachary Levi and Jane Krakowski, and will be available both live and afterwards via video on-demand. BroadwayHD has been streaming replays since late last year, and has apps available for both the new Apple TV and Roku (PC and mobile viewers will need to watch on their web browser.)

The main hangup to livestreaming has been a fear that it will cut into the number of customers who buy tickets, however this production is well-suited as a test since it's a revival and also has a limited run of performances scheduled. If you prefer to see it in person, tickets are available for between $52 and $162. BroadwayHD offers subscriptions for $15 per month or $170 for a year, although viewers can pay $10 for this individual show. If you're a theater buff and miss the stream, it will be streaming for a week afterwards, but the real question is how quickly we'll be able to watch bigger productions (*cough* Hamilton *cough*) without making the trip to NYC and either getting lucky in the ticket lottery or overpaying scalpers.

New York Times, Variety, BroadwayHD

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