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There are so many ways to experience art from home! Here’s a running list that features our suggestions — we’ll continue to update over the next few weeks with fun and inspiring ways to keep the arts in your life.

Look for this symbol * next to items that are totally free of charge, and note that many items that are not free do have free trial periods available.

Enjoy!


Stream Performances

Disney+
Hamilton
Newsies: The Broadway Musical!

*YouTube
National Theatre at Home
Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Shows Must Go On!
The Public Theater's What Do We Need to Talk About?

Netflix
Shrek the Musical
Springsteen on Broadway
Oh, Hello on Broadway

Broadway HD
With this subscription streaming service, you can watch tons of Broadway shows, including Daddy Long Legs (which began its life at the Playhouse in 2009-10).

Websites and Apps
Audible has fully produced plays by well-known playwrights, including Lauren Gunderson (who wrote The Revolutionists and Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley).
LA Theatre Works has over 500 plays on audio, including August: Osage County, available for purchase.
Check out Know Theatre of Cincinnati's new Stream Team productions.
*The Kennedy Center's Digital Stage features original works, new clips and the best of their vast archive.
*Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre is sharing full-length videos of the company performing on stage via their Ailey All Access site.
*Visit Round House Theatre to see their new Homebound project, a websieres that features work by Playhouse connections Karen Zacarías, Audrey Cefaly, Nicole Watson and Matthew M. Nielson.

*Monologues of Hope
Visit our Monologues of Hope page to see the brand-new work of local playwrights and actors!

 

Get Inspired

*TED Talks
Watch TED Talks for theatre people — here's curated list every performer, designer, or artist-at-heart will enjoy.

*Disney
Need a little magic in your life today? Visit Disney's new website, Disney Magic Moments, to get Pixar backgrounds for Zoom video chats, a series called #AtHomeWithOlaf that's great for kids and more! (They also shared their recipe for Churro Tots, in case you're ready for something magically sweet.) You can also gift someone a Disney+ subscription at a discount here.

*Trends
Follow along on Instagram and Twitter as artists band together for the #BwayHandwashChallenge, #SunshineSongs (students sharing songs from their cancelled musicals), #TogetherAtHome (celebs doing concerts from home), #CelebritySelfTape and #LivingRoomConcerts (Playbill and BroadwayWorld's sponsored concerts by Broadway stars, respectively).

Cameo
Looking for ways to brighten someone's day? Visit Cameo.com to buy someone a message from their favorite star! Broadway stars include Lauren Molina (who was in our production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown), Betsy Wolfe (who starred in the staged reading of The Music Man with the Cincinnati Pops directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Blake Robison), Adam Pascal, Laura Onses and Taye Diggs. For fans of Wild, Dear Sugar or Tiny Beautiful Things, author Cheryl Strayed is on there, too.

Watch the CSO's Concert Livestream!

 

Explore Playhouse Productions

A Christmas Carol
Give your spirits a lift early this year! *Watch as Bruce Cromer reads from the final chapter of the book, or print our vintage coloring pages for the kids! You can also check out one of the many adaptations of A Christmas Carol to rekindle the magic we create on stage each season (or at least hold you over until the show is back again this winter).

Get in the Groove for Next Season

*For jazz and music fans, we recommend listening to the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill (coming to the Playhouse in January 2021) on Spotify. Need a new mood for your home office? We've got a Billie Holiday Work from Home playlist geared up and ready to go.

Rekindle your love for Steel Magnolias (coming to the Playhouse in March 2021) by watching the film on Amazon Prime, then *take a quiz to see which character you take after.

*Hit Rewind with Past Productions

Watch Encore! on Disney+, featuring Kristen Bell and director Marcia Milgrom Dodge, who directed our productions of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, The Secret Garden, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Cabaret.

Check out this curated list of piano games, apps and tutorials inspired by our holiday production of 2 Pianos, 4 Hands. It's part of our Beyond the Stage blog series, which features engaging activities and stories about each of our shows this past season.

Go behind-the-scenes of the making of our 2018 world premiere, Cincinnati King, on CET Public Television's The Art Show.

Frank Ferrante, star of An Evening With Groucho (performed in full at the Playhouse in 2017), shared a 45-minute Facebook Live performance full of songs and stories you can enjoy for free!

 

Jump Around

*Get on TikTok to watch or create your own mini-dance videos and follow Broadway shows like Hadestown, Six, Hamilton, Mean Girls, Dear Evan Hansen and Beetlejuice.

*Check out these downloadable activities for kids from Seattle Children's Theatre to keep your little ones engaged, or have them watch this juggling tutorial video!

 

Dance Through the Day

*Play Dance Bingo with Cincinnati Ballet, or take one of their virtual dance classes — stay up to date by following #CBAtHome.

*Explore BAM's DanceAfrica 2020 programming, including performance videos, free classes and more!

 

Make 'Em Laugh

The Second City is now offering virtual classes and camps for adults, teens and kids — it's the perfect way to find the laughter in your day!

 

Hone Your Skills

The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts is hosting online classes for both adults and kids with Pay-What-You-Can pricing. The classes are once a week for 6 weeks, and are held virtually via Zoom.

 

Explore Incredible Visual Art

*Cincinnati Art Museum has a virtual collection and a Google Arts & Culture page for you to explore, as well as a new Facebook group called CAM Connect, where they're sharing artwork features, videos, guided art-making activities, a virtual book club, and more. You can also find their Art Palace podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud and Spotify.

*Check out the MoMA Full Virtual Collection or take a virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel! Love those? Check out the Met 360° Project, or peruse 12 more art galleries online.

*Give your kids the chance to be an artist by tuning into the Kennedy Center's Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems, author and illustrator of the Elephant and Piggie books.

*The Taft Museum of Art has weekly creative prompts, trivia, family-friendly activities and a video tour of their permanent collection for you to enjoy.

 

Read a Play

Download “ePlay” scripts to read on your computer, e-reader device or your smart phone at Dramatists Play Service and stageplays.com. They have everything from classics to current Broadway shows.

*Theatres across the country are banding together for #PlayAtHome, a series of short plays commissioned specifically for this moment of unprecedented isolation to inspire joy and connection for all. You can download and read these new plays for free, including one by Destiny of Desire playwright Karen Zacarías.

 

Write a Play

*Want to tell your story? Lauren Gunderson is using Facebook Live to share classes, interviews and discussions about playwriting for free. Here's the first episode on beginnings and endings, and an episode specifically for teen playwrights.

 

Inhale and Exhale, with Music

*ArtsWave is working with Mindful Music Moments to provide 10 weeks of daily doses of guided meditation set to music from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and the Cincinnati Opera. Sign up for free!

*The CSO and Cincinnati Pops have a variety of ways to let the music play at home, including CSO concert recordings, the Pops American Soundscapes on video, music learning resources, their podcast and Spotify playlists.

*Opera fans can stream Cincinnati Opera's world premiere Fellow Travelers via Spotify, and tune in for Nightly Met Opera Streams.

*Watch and listen to CCM Philharmonia's Season-Opening Concert on YouTube.