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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 Theatrical Performances

Vimeo
Watch our production of Destiny of Desire, presented by Leading Ladies! It's available to rent on Vimeo for $35 through April 11.

YouTube
*Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber will post a musical once a week on his new YouTube channel — The Shows Must Go On! Shows will be available for free for 48 hours, so you can tune in whenever you like over the weekend. National Theatre Live is also releasing free full-length plays every Thursday on YouTube. You can watch each play for one week before it disappears. The lineup includes James Corden in One Man Two Guvnors, starting April 2. Stream Children's Theatre of Cincinnati's Casper: The Friendly Musical for free with the kids! Another family-friendly YouTube event: Celebrating 25 Magical Years of Disney on Broadway – which featured a starry cast of 79 performers – will be streamed at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 13. (You can also watch on their website or Facebook page).

Subscription Services
Check out Shrek the Musical, Springsteen on Broadway or Oh, Hello on Broadway on Netflix, and Newsies: The Broadway Musical! on Disney+. Or, visit Broadway HD — a subscription service with tons to choose from, including Daddy Long Legs (which began its life at the Playhouse in 2009-10). They have ballet and opera performances available to stream as well. Amazon Prime will stream the stage version of Fleabag for two weeks starting April 10 for $5 — proceeds will be given to charities helping to fight the coronavirus.

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, and was the top-produced playwright in America in 2019). LA Theatre Works has a catalog of over 500 plays on audio, including August: Osage County and other popular titles, available for purchase.

*Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre is sharing full-length videos of the company performing on stage via their Ailey All Access site.

Check out Know Theatre of Cincinnati's new Stream Team, where you can rent Andy's House of [blank] through April 24.



Explore Playhouse Productions

Give your spirits a lift early this year! 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). *Plus, print our vintage coloring pages for the kids!

*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.

For something cathartic and uplifting, explore the work of Cheryl Strayed — who inspired our fall play Tiny Beautiful Things. You can read the original book the show is based on, or explore her work as advice columnist Dear Sugar. She also has a new series called Sugar Calling, and she's the author of the book Wild (which is also a film).

You can get into the mystery of next season by watching any of the Sherlock Holmes adaptations on Amazon Prime before our world premiere of Ken Ludwig's Moriarty: A New Sherlock Holmes Mystery in April 2021.

*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!


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.


Jump Around

*Get on TikTok to watch or create your own mini-dance videos and following 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!


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.


Get Inspired

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

*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!

*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).

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, Deary Sugar or Tiny Beautiful Things, author Cheryl Strayed is on there too!


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? Here's 12 more art galleries to explore!

*Give your kids the chance to be an artist by tuning into the Kennedy Center's Lunch Doodles with Mo Williams, 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.


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.

*Stream Cincinnati Opera's world premiere Fellow Travelers via Spotify.

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