Do you love live theater? STAGE wants to be your go-to service for all things Theatre. Launching this summer Stage will offer a wide range of theater-related programming from recorded performances to documentaries about theatre it will all be there.
“Much like the time it takes to produce a full-scale Broadway show, we’ve been quietly at work on STAGE for two years, building our team of talent, developing our platform and acquiring existing content, as well as producing new, exclusive programming,” said Rich Affannato, chairman, CEO and co-founder of STAGE. “Our mission is to make theatre accessible to all, drawing in existing theatre fans and those new to the world to appreciate the legacy of theatre, while presenting it in a fresh, streamlined, relevant manner. We will not only give viewers an inside look at what’s happening on-stage, but also take them behind-the-scenes to provide backstage access into rehearsals and the lives of theatre stars and legends, as well as educate and provide a historical look back at the evolution of this art form.”
STAGE will offer both a free and a paid option. Just a casual fan and don’t want to pay? STAGE will have an option for free content. Are you a huge fan of live Theatre STAGE will have a premium plan for fans who want it.
Here is some of what STAGE offer:
- “Studio Sessions” celebrates the best of Musical Theatre Composition. Shot at New York City’s famous recording studio, The Power Station, in front of a live, studio audience, each episode celebrates a composer’s history and body of work through acoustic performances by celebrated Broadway stars, including Heidi Blickenstaff, Mandy Gonzalez, Chita Rivera and more.
- “CrossOvers” is a half-hour talk show, taped in front of a live studio audience, featuring a one-on-one interview with a performer who has crossed over from theatre to another media (or vice versa). The conversation with a host, as well as audience Q&A, will explore how theatre informed arts in other media, challenges faced, tools utilized and more.
- “The Next Great American Musical” is a reality competition show in which new musicals are presented and judged until one show wins a Broadway production. Each week, writing teams will enlist singers and dancers to perform portions of their musicals, allowing the panel of judges to narrow the competition down to four finalists. During the finals, both the judge’s panel and online voters will select The Next Great American Musical.
- Films, documentaries and other licensed content such as “How I Got Over,” “The Standbys,” “EMO the Musical,” “Broadway Idiot,” “Showing Up,” and Artists Lounge Live” (showcasing solo artists from the musical theatre world honoring the great song catalogs).
“Our free platform, along with our robust social media campaign, will give theatre curious fans a clear picture of who we are and what we’re working so hard to do,” said Bobby Traversa, executive vice president and co-founder of STAGE. “Once we complete this ‘dress rehearsal’ phase and launch the full platform, or as we’ve been calling it – ‘opening night’ – users will be part of our performance, celebrating the tradition of theatre in a new, modern way.”
“With the successes that other genres have seen, such as the mystique of restaurant kitchens and chefs being shared through food programming, we’re hoping to do with the theatre world by taking the exclusivity away and making it available for all,” added Jesse Kearney, chief operating officer, General Counsel and co-founder of STAGE. “Our logo intertwines three stage lights, representing the past, present and future of theatre. With STAGE, we are confident that we will be successful in reaching present and future theatre fans around the country!”
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