Here are the 17 best live musicals you can watch right now

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One day, perhaps “Hamilton” won’t be so hard to see.

Show creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda confirmed that the original cast’s performance of the hit musical will be filmed prior to his departure on July 9. Even Jonathan Groff is returning.

He has no idea what they’ll do with the footage just yet, but we’d bet it will reach the light of day at some point.

Musical fans can’t always make it to a show on Broadway, so they comfort themselves with the soundtracks and wait for Hollywood adaptations, like the upcoming “Wicked.” But some of those movies turn out to be trainwreck’s, like the pitiful Madonna version of “Evita,” the Meryl Streep-led “Mamma Mia!” or Adam Shankman’s almost unmentionable “Rock of Ages.”

The solution? Watch the filmed musical performances from the comfort of your own home, the way they were intended with their staging and sets.

Here are the best musicals, from “Rent” and “Into the Woods” to “Shrek the Musical,” that you can watch right now.


The 2016 revival of “She Loves Me” will be streamed on BroadwayHD on June 30. It will be the first time a Broadway show has been streamed live, a new twist on the idea of preserving live performances.

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Zachary Levi as Georg in “She Loves Me.”
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Roundabout Theatre Company/ YouTube

Watch the live stream on June 30 on BroadwayHD for $9.99.


After a 12-year run, the final performance of Jonathan Larson’s classic “Rent” was filmed live in 2008. “Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway” features recent Tony Award winner Renée Elise Goldsberry, Will Chase, Adam Kantor, and Tracie Thoms, who played Joanne in the 2005 film adaptation.

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Tracie Thoms, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Will Chase, and Adam Kantor in “Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway.”
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Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway

A DVD is available on Amazon for $9. Amazon Video offers the title for $7.99. It is also available for DVD rental on Netflix.


The incomparable Angela Lansbury’s iconic — and Tony Award-winning — role as Mrs. Lovett in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” was preserved in 1982.

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Angela Lansbury in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”
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Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

A DVD is available on Amazon for about $10. It is also available for DVD rental on Netflix.


See Wolverine in “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!” on the PBS website for free and without commercial breaks. Hugh Jackman’s breakout musical role as Curly will go off the website on November 15, 2016, so make sure to check it out before it becomes unavailable.

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Hugh Jackman as Curly in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!”
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PBS “Great Performances”

Watch for free on PBS’ website.


In 1981, a stage production of “Pippin” was taped and featured Ben Vereen, who won a Tony Award for the show.

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Ben Vereen as the Leading Player in “Pippin.”
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Pippin

A DVD is available on Amazon for $13.


Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” was restaged for this 2012 arena tour in the UK. Note: Melanie C of the Spice Girls plays Mary Magdalene.

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The cast of “Jesus Christ Superstar Live Arena Tour.”
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Jesus Christ Superstar 2012 Live Arena Tour

A DVD is available on Amazon for about $8. The title is also on Amazon Video for $3.99 to rent and $13.99 to buy. You can also stream the musical on BroadwayHD for $7.99.


“Shrek the Musical” is easily accessible on Netflix, so you can check out Brian d’Arcy James and Sutton Foster as Shrek and Fiona.

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Christopher Sieber as Lord Farquaad and Gingy in “Shrek the Musical.”
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Shrek the Musical/ YouTube

Stream the musical on Netflix. A DVD is available for about $14 on Amazon while Amazon Video offers it to rent for $3.99 and to purchase for $12.99.


Fox’s pretty good first entry in the broadcast networks’ new live musical game, “Grease Live!” is available on DVD or Fox.com. Though, honestly, the 1975 film is still the way to go.

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Aaron Tveit and Julianne Hough in “Grease Live!”
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Fox

Own “Grease Live!” on DVD for about $13, on Amazon Video for $7.99, or on Fox.com if you have a TV service provider with which you can log in.

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John’s classic film is available on Amazon for only $5 – just saying.


NBC’s greatest live musical so far, “The Wiz Live!” is still available on NBC.com for free and also on DVD.

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Shanice Williams and David Alan Grier in “The Wiz Live!”
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NBC is still offerring the broadcast for free to stream on its website – with commercial interruptions, of course. The live musical featuring Shanice Williams, Queen Latifah, and Ne-Yo is also available on DVD for about $10 on Amazon.


The original Broadway cast’s performance of “Into the Woods” is available on DVD. Rob Marshall’s 2014 film with Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, and James Corden was good, but Bernadette Peters is obviously better.

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Bernadette Peters as The Witch in “Into the Woods.”
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Into the Woods

Own the DVD of the original Tony Award-winning cast for about $12. The title is also available on Amazon Video to rent for $2.99 and to buy for $8.99. It is also available for DVD rental on Netflix.


Want even more Bernadette Peters? Her and Mandy Patinkin’s original Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George” was also filmed live.

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Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin in Stephen Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George.”
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Sunday in the Park with George

A DVD is available on Amazon for about $12.


Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” has two versions available. Watch the Tony Award-winning 2006 revival with Raúl Esparza, the first Latino actor to play protagonist Bobby in a major production (a production that had the actors play their own orchestral accompaniment). Or you can see Patti LuPone, Neil Patrick Harris, Anika Noni Rose, Stephen Colbert, and a handful of other stars perform the New York Philharmonic concert. That may be cheating a little because it’s not fully staged, but it has Patti LuPone, so it’s forgiven.

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The cast of “Company” at the New York Philharmonic concert.
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PBS “Great Performances”

The DVD of Raúl Esparza and the 2006 revival is available on Amazon for about $12. The DVD for Patti LuPone, Neil Patrick Harris, and more costs about $24 on Amazon – though the Blu-Ray is only listed for $17.

Both versions are available on BroadwayHD for $7.99 and for DVD rental on Netflix.

If you want more Patti LuPone, check out the film version of her and Kristin Chenoweth’s mostly staged New York Philharmonic concert performance of the operetta “Candide” on BroadwayHD for $7.99.


“The Phantom of the Opera” was fully staged at Royal Albert Hall for a 25th anniversary celebration. The production features Broadway darlings Sierra Boggess — whom Andrew Lloyd Webber called “the best Christine certainly” — and Ramin Karimloo, and a grand finale featuring five Phantoms and Sarah Brightman, the original Christine.

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Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess in “The Phantom of the Opera.”
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“The Phantom of the Opera at Royal Albert Hall”

Snag your copy on Amazon for $18. You can also rent it on Amazon Video for $3.99 or buy it for $13.99. It is also available for DVD rental on Netflix.


“Cats,” the second-longest-running musical of all time, was filmed live in a London theater with Elaine Page and Sir John Mills.

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“Cats the Musical.”
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Cats The Musical/ YouTube

A DVD is available on Amazon for $11. Watch it on BroadwayHD for $7.99. It is also available for DVD rental on Netflix.


The West End production of “Billy Elliot the Musical Live” was filmed for PBS’ “Great Performances” and is available on DVD.

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Elliott Hanna as Billy at the end of the number “Solidarity” in “Billy Elliot the Musical Live.”
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PBS “Great Performances”

A DVD is available from Amazon for about $15. Watch it on BroadwayHD for $7.99.


Head down to “Memphis” any time on DVD. The Tony Award-winning musical was filmed live at the Shubert Theatre.

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Montego Glover in “Memphis.”
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PBS “Great Performances”

Pick up a copy on Amazon for about $14. The title is also available on Amazon Video for $11.99, and on BroadwayHD for $7.99.


You might know Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge from the film version of “Harry Potter,” but she just won an Olivier Award for her performance as Rose in “Gypsy.”

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Imelda Staunton as Rose in “Gypsy.”
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Gypsy

The West End revival is available to watch on BroadwayHD for $7.99.

Note: Some musicals were filmed but are not available to watch now and thus are not included in this list. For instance, “Legally Blonde: The Musical” was filmed and aired on MTV but was not made available afterward. Also, the musicals included were filmed live onstage and are not solely concerts, such as the 25th anniversary concert of “Les Misérables.” Any BroadwayHD listing for $7.99 is for a two-day rental.