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THE THEATERMAKERS ULTIMATE MOVIE MUSICAL STREAMING GUIDE!

Written By Melvin Tunstall III

Thank goodness for streaming! If your family is like mine, each holiday requires an official movie for the family to sit down and watch together. I haven’t had a request (or demand in this case) for a particular movie since the Beyonce-led Dreamgirls in 2006- until this year. West Side Story starring my dear friend Ariana DeBose (pictured above) is the MUST WATCH of the holiday season!

Hitting theaters December 10th, Steven Spielberg and company have updated the classic to reflect the truths of the era through a modern lens. With a special appearance and guidance by executive producer Rita Moreno, this movie already has Oscar voters ready to hand out the golden statuettes.

While you’re waiting to see Bernstein’s classic on the big screen, here are 40 (!) movie musicals you can stream RIGHT NOW! Our stage-to-film selections start in 1962 with Rosliland Russell’s Gypsy and take us all the way to the newly released Tick, Tick…Boom!, while the Original Musicals date back all the way to The Wizard of Oz!  No matter the category, these films are sure to entertain this holiday season. 

MOVIE ADAPTATIONS OF STAGE MUSICALS

1. Gypsy (1962)


Watch it on HBO Max.

2. My Fair Lady (1964)


Watch it on Netflix.

3. Fiddler on The Roof (1972)


Watch it on Amazon Prime

 

4. The Wiz (1978)


Watch it on Peacock for free.

5. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)


Watch it on HBO Max.

6. Into the Woods (1991)


Rent it on Amazon Prime Video.

7. Oklahoma! (1999)


Rent it on Amazon Prime Video.

8. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)


Rent it on Amazon Prime Video.

9. Chicago (2002)


Watch it on Amazon Prime Video with Starz.

10. Phantom of the Opera (2004)


Watch it on HBO Max.

11. The Producers (2005)


Watch it on Peacock for free!

12. Rent (2005)

Watch it on HBO Max.
13. Dreamgirls (2006)


Watch it on HBO Max.

14. Hairspray (2007)


Watch it on Netflix or HBO Max.

15. Passing Strange (2009)


Rent it on Amazon Prime Video or watch on Amazon Prime Video with IFC.

16. Les Miserables (2012)


Watch it on Netflix.

17. Shrek the Musical (2013)


Watch it on Netflix

18. Billy Elliot (2014)


Rent it from Amazon Prime Video or watch it on Amazon Prime Video with Broadway HD.

19. Jersey Boys (2014)


Watch it on HBO Max.

20. Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical! (2017)


Watch it on Disney+.

21. SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY (2018)


Watch on Netflix

22. Cats (2019)


Watch it on HBO Max.

23. The Spongebob Musical: Live on Stage! (2019)


Watch it on Paramount+.

24. David Byrne’s American Utopia (2020)


Watch it on HBO Max.

25. Hamilton (2020)


Watch it on Disney+.

26. Come From Away (2021)


Watch it on Apple TV+.

27. In The Heights (2021)


Watch it on HBO Max.

28. Tick, Tick… Boom! (2021)


Watch it on Netflix.

 

ORIGINAL MOVIE MUSICALS!

Many of these may be classics now, but they started out as Original Movie Musicals! It’s hard to imagine the iconic Wizard of Oz as the new kid on the block, but audiences in 1939 were the first to experience the masterpiece. Can you imagine the audience’s reaction to the first time the movie transitions to color?!

1. Wizard of Oz (1939)


Watch it on HBO Max.

2. Singin’ In the Rain (1952)


Watch it on HBO Max.

3. White Christmas (1954)


Watch it on Netflix.

4. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory (1971)


Watch it on HBO Max.

5. Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)


Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

6. Purple Rain (1984)


​​Rent it from Amazon Prime Video.

7. Moulin Rouge (2001)


Watch it on Amazon Prime Video

8. High School Musical (2006)


Watch it on Disney+.

9. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)


Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

10. LaLa Land (2016)


Watch it on Hulu.

11. The Greatest Showman (2017)


Watch it on Disney+.

12. Annette (2021)


Watch it on Amazon Prime Video

 

Still want more?! Head over to our friends at Broadway HD to find even more pro-shots of hit stage shows and for more blogs like these, join our tribe of TheaterMakers at The TheaterMakers Studio and open up a treasure trove of ideas, resources, and so much more that will help get you to the next stage of production.

Have a great holiday Theatermakers! We are thankful for each and every one of you!


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