Andrew Lloyd Webber releases filmed Musicals for free but are they much use to theatre fans?

A few weeks ago, Andrew Lloyd Webber announced that he would be releasing a different filmed production of one of his musicals, every week, for seven weeks, on his YouTube channel, for fans to stream for free.

To start off we had the 1999 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, starring Donny Osmond and Maria Friedman.

This week you can watch the 2012 arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, starring Ben Forster, Melanie C, Tim Minchin, Chris Moyles and many more.

Then from tomorrow (Friday 17 April 2020), the 2011 25th anniversary concert of The Phantom of the Opera will be available to watch, starring Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess.

It’s great that people get to watch these for free, during these times of isolation (where all theatre’s are closed) but they are all previously released productions that can be found on current TV streaming services like Now TV and Sky Arts and have been available to buy on DVD and streaming platforms like iTunes for years.

I think many hardcore theatre fans (like myself) would love to see never before seen recordings of shows like The Wizard of Oz, The Woman In White, Sunset Boulevard or Evita. There must be archive recordings out there of at least some shows that have never been released – so why not make a stagey theatre kid’s day and release something that we haven’t seen before?

What do you think? Are you over the moon with the show’s that have been released so far? Have you never seen them before or are you just happy to see them being made available online for free? Or, like me, do you have your fingers and toes crossed for something you’ve never seen before to be made available?

We have been promised seven weeks of show’s, so lets see what is announced for the other four!