Watch 20 Stunning Broadway Music Videos from 2020

Below are ten stunning music videos put together by Broadway stars, often for a political cause,  some just for kicks (literally.)

Then below those:  ten of the most popular videos I posted this year on my New York Theater Youtube channel — also Broadway, heavily Sondheim this year, mostly individual performances. These are in order of popularity; I include some of the gushing comments left by viewers.

Then as a bonus: Two more remarkable music videos I couldn’t leave out.

Some of these videos are funny, some are extremely moving — not least because they provide a portrait of a troubling year, when a spirited community forced apart still joined together.

10 Broadway Music Videos

In roughly reverse chronological order. Most of these are astonishing group videos.

Rock the Runoff: Broadway for Georgia performs “Georgia On My Mind”
sung by nearly 70 of the biggest stars on Broadway

You Will Be Found performed by Dear Evan Hansen’s Broadway, North American Tour and West End companies

Make Them Hear You from Ragtime
Sung by Jelani Alladin, Chuck Cooper, André De Shields, Brandon Victor Dixon, Joshua Henry, Billy Porter; the John Bucchino’s “Grateful” sung by Norm Lewis and Broadway Inspirational Voices, for The Actors Fund

Bring Back Broadway: A Vote Blue Video
A Zoom Cantata
performed by
Unemployed Actors For Biden

Thanksgiving the Musical

Cast of Rent Sings “Will I?” with Arts Workers for Federal Relief

Billy Porter – “For What It’s Worth” with Stephen Stills – 2020 Democratic National Convention

The cast of the new, reverse-gender Broadway revival of Company performs the opening number

Isaac Powell, who portrays Tony in the 2020 revival of West Side Story, sings “Something’s Coming” accompanied by the WSS orchestra. Something IS coming, but when, and how?

A Chorus Line In Quarantine, by 44 cast members of the Broadway revival

Top 10 New York Theater Videos of 2020

in order of popularity

Ladies Who Lunch from Company in Take Me to the World: The Sondheim 90th Birthday Concert

Viewer comments:

Elaine Stritch is joining the Ladies Who Lunch from Heaven!

 

Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford sing Sondheim Move On” from Sunday in the Park with George

Viewer comments:

I wasn’t well-versed in Jake Gyllenhaal before this, but now he’s my full-on stay-at-home streaming quarantine crush.

Jake is amazing but what about Annaleigh?? She has a wonderful voice!

Beanie Feldstein and Ben Platt sing Sondheim
It Takes Two from Into the Woods

Viewer comments:

Beanie and Ben performed this song together in 10th grade while both were in their H.S. production of Into The Woods! They ARE besties!!! Both are amazing talents!

Okay- I’m obsessed with these two in general, they’re both amazing performers and I can’t wait to see Merrily We Roll Along (in literally two decades which sucks) but I’m fully distracted by how INSANELY hot Ben Platt looks in this. It could be the hair, it could be the mustache, or the lighting, or all three- but he has me weak.

Jordan Fisher sings Waving Through A Window  from Dear Evan Hansen in
A Night of Covenant House Stars

Viewer comments:

He’s such an underrated singer. he definitely deserves more recognition.

He’s my favorite Evan Hansen

Jake Gyllenhaal sings “Across the Way” by Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire as part of 24 Hour Plays’ Viral Monologues

Viewer Comments:
I want a movie about that. With that song. With him.

I’ve watched this so many times, it melts my heart

Lyrics:

Another day in lockdown as panic grips the nation
Another day of quarantine and utter isolation
Thank god I have a window
Thank god I have a view
Across the street, another window
And in that window, is you

Day 21 I noticed you, you played the clarinet
Day 24 you sort of waved and that was how we met
Day 29 at 2am we both were up too late
I poured some wine, you raised a glass like we were on a date
A really nice first date

You there across the way
Just above the shuttered sushi bar
I dont know your name and I dont know who you are
But sixty feet has never felt so close
So close and yet so far

Day 32 I washed my hands, you made a cornish hen
Day 36 you sewed a mask, I washed my hands again
Day 43 we both ate lunch on window sills that day
We felt the breeze and dreamed of France, a chic outdoor cafe
A très bien café

You there across the way
Laughing as I play my air guitar
I dont know your name and I dont know who you are
But sixty feet has never felt so close
So close and yet

So far I’m asymptomatic except for a bad case of FoMO
And a slightly distressing unhealthy obsession
With governor Andrew Cuomo Wouahahahah ! 😉

Day 48 yeah thats today I see your beaming face
You’re holding up a handmade sign that says my name is Grace
Grace
Of course your name is grace

You there across the way
Just above the shuttered sushi bar
Now I know your name and I want to know who you are
But sixty feet has never felt so close
So close and yet
So close and yet
Hello Grace, my name is
Anthony

Raúl Esparza sings Sondheim
“Take Me To The World” from Evening Primros

Viewer comments:

I need the whole song. What a gorgeous performance 😍

Anyone knows which key is this?
D major!

Neil Patrick Harris sings The Witch’s Rep

Viewer comment:
Hello I just read this Neil Patrick Harris is an amazing actor.

Patti LuPone sings Anyone Can Whistle

Viewer comments:

Patti LuPone knows how to capture your heart!

Subtle and magnificent.

Donna Murphy sings Send in the Clowns

Josh Groban sings Sondheim

Bonus Videos

What the World Needs Now from some future Broadway stars The Boston Conservatory at Berklee

ok, just one more

A Boléro from New York: NY Philharmonic Musicians Send Musical Tribute to Healthcare Workers

Author: New York Theaterh

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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