BroadwayHD presents a dazzling line up of holiday classics and the premier of Peter Rothstein’s All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 plus Forever Plaid 20th Anniversary Special.
November 30, 2020 – ‘Tis the season to be jolly! BroadwayHD, the premier streaming service for theater fans, is spreading holiday cheer in December with a dazzling line up of holiday classics, anniversary specials and more. Kicking off on December 1st is Mame starring Lucille Ball, a musical revolving around the antics of Mame Dennis, a fun-loving, wealthy eccentric with a flair for life and a razor-sharp wit. The film also stars Bea Arthur reprising her Tony Award Winning role of Vera. Shakespeare’s famous pastoral comedy of love and disguise, As You Like It, is reimagined with darker, more somber undertones in this production out on December 3rd. Next, on December 15th is the streaming premiere of Peter Rothstein’s All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, followed by a video capture of Private Lives on December 16th, which will celebrate Noël Coward’s birthday.
Spend your Christmas Eve watching the Forever Plaid 20th Anniversary Special, which is an affectionate musical homage to the close-harmony ‘guy groups’ that reached the height of their popularity during the 1950s.Then, on December 26th check out Behind the Burly Q, a 2010 film documentary giving an inside look at the golden age of American burlesque. BroadwayHD’s month of festive programming concludes with The Fabulous Ice Age documentary on December 29th and Art and Heart on the 30th.
BroadwayHD is also celebrating the holiday season with a special playlist of jolly titles, including Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, The Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker, Goes Wrong Show: The Spirit of Christmas, Peter Pan, She Loves Me, Meshugna Nutcracker, Meshuggah-Nuns, Nuncrackers and more.
“BroadwayHD is looking to give the lovely gift of engaging holiday viewing to BroadwayHD subscribers with such popular and acclaimed titles like Forever Plaid and All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 coming to the service this month,” said BroadwayHD co-founders, award-winning producers and filmmakers Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley. “The holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate with close family and enjoy a bit of festive television time together.”
See below for a full line-up of what BroadwayHD subscribers can see starting this December:
Mame – December 1- Lucille Ball stars in this film of the blockbuster Broadway musical that tells the story of the flamboyant, unconventional and, above all, glamorous Mame. In 1928, nine-year-old Patrick Dennis (Kirby Furlong) comes to live with his Auntie Mame (Ball), who has a generous heart, believes life should be a party and collects fascinating friends. But the stock market crash of 1929 ends a decade-long fete and forces Mame into disastrous forays as an actress and a working woman, before doing what she knows best: marrying well. Once again wealthy, Mame returns to her self-appointed task of liberating friends and family from their bourgeois sensibility. With help from her dearest friend Vera Charles, she keeps life at 3 Beekman Place a rousing free-for-all. The film stars legendary Emmy® Winners Lucille Ball and Bea Arthur and features popular songs; We Need a Little Christmas and Mame.
As You Like It – December 3- Shakespeare’s famous pastoral comedy of love and disguise is reimagined here with darker, more sombre undertones. This production, directed by Michael Boyd and starring Jonjo O’Neill and Katy Stephens as Orlando and Rosalind, was captured at the RSC’s Courtyard Theatre in Stratford Upon Avon.
All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 – December 15 – The streaming premiere of All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914,directed by Peter Rothstein, tells the story of a German soldier who steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace. A remarkable true story, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it.
Private Lives – December 16 – Private Lives, a comedy of manners by Noël Coward and starring Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor, sees a romance revisited between Elyot and Amanda after they unexpectedly meet each other while both on honeymoon with their respective spouses. This production was filmed live at London’s Gielgud Theatre and starred Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor.
Forever Plaid – December 24 – The Forever Plaid 20th Anniversary Special is an affectionate musical homage to the close-harmony ‘guy groups’ that reached the height of their popularity during the 1950s. This quartet of high-school chums, and their earnest dreams of recording an album, ended (symbolically, and even literally) in death, when their cherry red ’54 Mercury collided with a bus filled with Catholic schoolgirls on their way to see the Beatles’ American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. The girls were fine. The play begins with the wondrous and wondering Plaids returning from the afterlife for one final chance at musical glory.
Behind the Burly Q – December 26 – Behind the Burly Q is a 2010 film documentary directed by Leslie Zemeckis, which gives an inside look at the golden age of American burlesque. The film tells the intimate and surprising stories from its golden age through the women (and men!) who lived it. Behind the Burly Q reveals the true story of burlesque, even as it experiences a new renaissance.
The Fabulous Ice Age – December 29- The Fabulous Ice Age is a 2013 documentary film chronicling the era of the great American touring ice shows revealing how, with their dazzling production numbers and variety acts, they dominated family entertainment for decades. It also depicts one skater’s quest to keep this history from being forgotten.
Art and Heart – December 30- This 2016 documentary film about the life of Isaiah Sheffer is an enduring portrait of a beloved figure in the arts community and in the hearts of many. Symphony Space co-founder and the resonant voice of Selected Shorts on public radio, was an actor, director, radio announcer, playwright, lyricist, singer, mentor, cultural entrepreneur, creative thinker, loyal friend, and champion of those he worked with.
BroadwayHD introduces award-winning theater from all across the globe with both classic and modern productions. Fans can expect to see the full works of Shakespeare, awe-inspiring performances from Cirque du Soleil and a selection of the world’s greatest musical including Kinky Boots, Cats, 42nd Street, She Loves Me, The Phantom of The Opera, The King and I, Sound of Music, andAn American in Paris. All performances are adapted specifically for streaming audiences to maximize the entertainment experience. To learn more about BroadwayHD, visit www.broadwayhd.com.
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