It can be argued that these unprecedented times have (unwantingly) offered creative people opportunities to stretch their imaginations, push their adaptability, and experiment with new mediums. Case in point, Sing Street, a new Broadway musical that is now a new Zoom musical.
Lost Planet’s Charlie Johnston has been working alongside Smuggler and Droga5 to adapt what was originally oriented for a two-hour stage production into a thirty-minute livestream because, well, the show must go on. Sing Street is an adaptation from a 2016 film about 1980’s Dublin youth who form a New Romantics band. Adapting a Broadway musical into a virtual show has come with a set of unique complications deserving of its own story, many of which are captured in this entertaining New York Times article.
Consider the fact that in the originally rehearsed musical, the actors play their own instruments while on stage together. Due to the limitations imposed by social distancing, this coordination simply could not translate over Zoom. With the actors spread across countries and states, from England to California, Charlie helped facilitate cutting all the geographically disparate performers together to create a final show that will still carry the cohesion and awe of any live stage production.
Sing Street – Grounded at Home with the Broadway Cast premieres April 30th at 6:30 EST on the show’s Facebook page and is soliciting donations to benefit the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. It will be available on the show’s Facebook page from April 30th through May 4th.