How to Watch Your Favorite Broadway Shows from the Comfort of Your Couch

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If you’re in need of a musical fix and the Cats movie just won’t cut it (just kidding), then we have some good news. You can still enjoy the magic of Broadway from the comfort of your own home.

Thanks to PBS’s THIRTEEN Passport service, you can now watch a handful of Broadway shows virtually at a tiny fraction of the normal cost. With a $5 monthly or $60 annual donation (remember, PBS is a public broadcast service), you can tap into the channel’s extensive collection of both TV and Broadway shows.

So what entertaining gems await you? Well, the THIRTEEN Passport service has everything from The Sound of Music, An American in Paris: The Musical, 42nd Street and Much Ado About Nothing to Kinky Boots. (The site also has a load of kids programming and educational games to keep little ones entertained and there are even live concerts from Austin City Limits and the Lincoln Center.)

If PBS isn’t your thing, you can watch plenty of Broadway shows on other platforms. Amazon has Rent, Into the Woods, She Loves Me and more available for Prime members, you can rent or buy Billy Elliot on iTunes and you can stream Disney’s Newsies from Vudu.

Suffice it to say, the entertainment options are endless. And you don’t have to get nearly as dolled up as you would for a Broadway show—plus there are snacks, cozy blankets and a captive audience (ie: you).

What better way to give your regards to Broadway (sorry, had to).

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Lex Goodman

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