NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, October 26, 2015, 1:22 PM
Stewart Lane And Bonnie Comley have launched BroadwayHD.
They aim to be the Netflix of Broadway.
A Tony Award-winning team of producers have launched a new online streaming service that will enable fans to watch a live performances of their favorites shows on their computers, TVs — even their cellphones.
It’s called BroadwayHD and it’s the brainchild of Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley, whose credits include shows like “Legally Blonde,” “On Your Feet!” and “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.”
Their mission, they declared on BroadwayHD’s website, is to “promote and preserve live theatre, extending the reach of Broadway and Broadway caliber shows to anyone.”
“BroadwayHD is capturing and then transporting the magic of performance from the stage to your screen — so if you can’t get to Broadway, get to BroadwayHD.”
Just how much magic could be conjured up by watching a big production like “The Lion King,” “Oklahoma” or “Guys and Dolls” on an iPhone remains to be seen.
But Lane said the idea is not to replace Broadway.
The streaming service will allow audiences to watch Broadway performances on their TVs, computer or phones.
“We’re not going to replace the Broadway experience, but if you can’t get to Broadway, get to BroadwayHD,” Lane told The Associated Press. “Hopefully it will whet your appetite to go see it live.”
BroadwayHD’s yearly subscription rate of $ 169.99 costs less than an orchestra seat to see “Jersey Boys” these days — and it’s a lot easier to subscribe than to snag a ticket to a hot new show like “Hamilton.”
Not that Lane and Comley, who are husband and wife, have a lot to choose from at the moment.
Right now their roster consists of some 120 productions, mostly culled from the BBC, WNET-TV, NBC and Broadway Worldwide archives.
Their offerings include things like Orlando Bloom in the 2013 Broadway revival of “Romeo and Juliet,” Helen Mirren in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Peter Brook’s production of “Hamlet,” a live “Jekyll & Hyde” from 2001 that features David Hasselhoff, Mandy Patinkin in “Broken Glass,” and Daniel Craig and Stephen Rea in “Copenhagen.”