Netflix has rapidly become our first choice for lazy day entertainment, providing us with hours of bingeable material at the touch of a button. To those of you with an account (which is almost everyone, right? Find out your mum’s login details if not!) Once you have eventually caught up on Behind Her Eyes – and maybe had a shower, peeled back your curtains and engaged in some human interaction – you’ll be delighted to hear that you have access to some of the best musicals from the comfort of your own home!
Here are the top 7 musicals available for streaming right now:
1. Dreamgirls (2006)
Adapted from the 1981 Broadway musical, and taking strong inspiration from the true story of The Supremes, Dreamgirls explores the evolution of 60s & 70s R&B music through the eyes of American girl group The Dreams. Tensions arise for the girls when their manager replaces lead singer Effie with the more ‘marketable’ Deena. Boasting a star-studded cast of Beyoncé Knowles, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy, this is a real must-see.
2. La La Land (2016)
La La Land is an American musical romantic comedy-drama film starring Ryan Gosling as a jazz pianist and Emma Stone as an aspiring actress, who meet and fall in love while pursuing their dreams in Los Angeles.
3. Mamma Mia! The Movie (2008)
Embrace the lovable hits of Swedish pop band ABBA in Mamma Mia! – the film adaptation of the 1999 West End musical. A single mum is preparing for her daughter’s wedding on the Greek isle of Kalokairi, when her three ex-lovers (and potential fathers of the bride-to-be) arrive for the big day. With a star-studded cast, including Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Julie Walters – and ABBA’s most-loved songs – Mamma Mia! promises to delight and uplift.
4. Dirty Dancing (1987)
Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Jennifer Grey playing Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Patrick Swayze playing Johnny Castle.
5. Annie (1982)
Follow 11-year-old Annie, the world’s favourite urchin, as she transforms from rags to riches after capturing the heart of Daddy Warbucks with her adorable innocence and optimism. It’s a charming, feel-good classic complete with unforgettable songs. Perfect entertainment for a rainy day.
6. Annie (2014)
In this adaptation of the Broadway musical, a spunky foster kid comes under the wing of a political player, and they change each other’s lives. Starring Jamie Foxx who plays Will Stacks, Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie, Rose Byrne as Grace and Cameron Diaz as Miss Hanigan.
7. Glee (2009)
It centres on the glee club New Directions at the fictional William McKiney High School which competes as a show choir while its disparate members deal with social issues, especially regarding sexuality, race, relationships, and teamwork. Get to watch all six seasons of the Glee Club on Netflix.
Still haven’t booked any musicals for the summer? Check out our website for all the best musicals on the West End fromtheboxoffice.com.