22 Musical Streams in 2022
2022 is coming to a close and we can look back on a year that brought us so much when it came to musicals streaming online.
While live theater finally accepted audiences this year, streams still reigned supreme in terms of selections. Musicals old and new, local and international, filled the digital sphere, streaming on various platforms and giving access to a global audience who enjoyed these shows from the comfort of their homes and at their own preferred schedules.
Proshots of shows like Batang Rizal and ²Bayani brought history to life through music and magic. Movie versions of Matilda and 13 started streaming on Netflix while the new holiday musical Spirited is on Apple TV+. Other stage productions like Heathers, The Last Five Years, Allegiance, Pride and Prejudice also found new life online.
The long-awaited sequel to Disney’s Enchanted, Disenchanted, also finally cast its spell on us last month, the most recent addition to the extensive catalog of Disney musicals, to which we now finally have access. And no doubt, there will be more to come in 2023.
For now, let’s look back at 22 musical streams in 2022, some you can still stream today:
Babae ang Bukas
Puso ng Pasko
Lapulapu, Ang Datu ng Mactan
²Bayani: Isang Rock Operang Alay Kay Andres Bonifacio
Centering on the Passion of the Christ, this show is written by National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera, with script-teleplay by National Artist Rolando Tinio, music and arrangement by Fr. Eduardo Hontiveros, and additional music by Fr. Benildus Ma. Maramba.
Daluyong ng Diwa (Tides of Our Soul)
Azul: Ang Sirena ng Sigwa
Matilda the Musical
Scrooge: A Christmas Carol
Like all versions of the story, this animated musical follows Ebenezer Scrooge, a mean-spirited, miserly old man who hates Christmas. One fateful Christmas Eve, he is taken on a journey where he meets the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. These supernatural encounters show him the error of his ways and the old man has a change of heart, becoming more generous and compassionate as he learns to live out the true meaning of Christmas.
This version features the voices of Luke Evans, Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, Jonathan Pryce, Johnny Flynn, James Cosmo and Trevor Dion Nicholas. Streaming on Netflix.
The film features original songs by Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman) and production numbers choreographed by Chloe Arnold (The Late Late Show with James Corden). Streaming on Apple TV+.
It tells the story of a woodcarver named Geppetto who carved a wooden puppet and named it Pinocchio. Pinocchio is brought to life by a Blue Fairy and desires for nothing more than to become a ‘real boy.’
Tom Hanks plays Geppetto, with Cynthia Erivo as the Blue Fairy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the voice of Jiminy Cricket, Luke Evans (if you’re feeling déjà vu, it’s because he’s also mentioned as the voice of Scrooge somewhere on this list) as The Coachman, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth as the voice of Pinocchio, Keegan-Michael Key as the voice of Honest John, and Lorraine Bracco as the voice of a new character called Sofia the Seagull. Streaming on Disney+.
The film features an all-star voice cast with Ewan McGregor, David Bradley as Geppetto, and introducing Gregory Mann as Pinocchio as well as Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, Burn Gorman, Christoph Waltz, and Tilda Swinton. Streaming on Netflix.
13 the Musical
Better Nate than Never
Heathers the Musical
The show is based on the 1989 black comedy film of the same name which deals with the subject of suicide, bullying, and school violence. The story focuses on Veronica Sawyer, an unpopular girl who crosses paths with the three super popular Heathers. When Veronica gets involved with the troublemaker JD, her world spins out of control and the students of Westerberg High School get caught in a series of gruesome “suicides.”
Little Women the Musical
Little Women follows the lives and loves of the March sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, and their Marmee, as they go through life in Concord, Massachusetts. The musical opened on Broadway in 2005, starring Sutton Foster as Jo, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award.
Among the memorable songs from the show are “Astonishing,” “The Fire Within Me,” and “Sometimes When You Dream.”
Pride and Prejudice: A New Musical
Based on Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride and Prejudice: A New Musical is set in Regency era England and centers on Elizabeth Bennet, one of five sisters whose mother is determined to find rich husbands for all her daughters. The arrival of the wealthy and single Mr. Bingley provides the opportunity for Mrs. Bennet’s matchmaking schemes. Elizabeth instantly dislikes Bingley’s richer friend, Mr. Darcy, who develops an interest in her but is repulsed by her embarrassing family. Will both of them see beyond their pride and prejudice and find happiness in one another?
Based on Takei’s life, Allegiance explores one family’s journey during the Japanese internment camps during World War II. Sammy and Kei Kimura are the Japanese-American children of Tatsuo Kimura, a domineering father and first generation Japanese-American immigrant (or Issei). The family struggles with their opposing views of America when anti-Japanese sentiments begin to sweep across the country after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. While Sammy wants to join the army to prove his American loyalty, Kei protests against the unfair treatment of the Japanese people and demands freedom for her people.