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Showbiz Nation LIVE! Interview with BroadwayHD Founders STEWART F. LANE & BONNIE COMLEY
BroadwayHD founders STEWART F. LANE & BONNIE COMLEY discuss the success of the multi-media streaming service and their mission to “promote and preserve live theatre, extending the reach of Broadway and Broadway caliber shows to anyone, anywhere.” Lane and Comley have nine Tony Awards between them, including 2014 Best Musical for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.
Since its launch in 2015, BroadwayHD.com aims to extend the reach of Broadway to fans old and new, anytime and anywhere. BroadwayHD is the only online streaming service of its kind, offering viewers an unprecedented Broadway experience and access to exclusive live streams. In June of 2016, BroadwayHD made history with Roundabout Theatre Company’s “She Loves Me,” marking the first-ever live stream of a Broadway show. In addition to exclusive live-streamed content, BroadwayHD offers subscribers unlimited access to an on-demand library of over 160 theater productions from the comfort and convenience of their homes—or wherever streaming is possible. It’s the Broadway you know and love, curated from the stage to your screen.
BroadwayHD will live stream Roundabout Theatre Company’s “Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical,” produced in association with Universal Stage Productions, starring Tony Award nominee Bryce Pinkham, Lora Lee Gayer, Tony Award nominee Megan Lawrence, Danny Rutigliano, Megan Sikora and Corbin Bleu. Captured live on 14 high-definition cameras at Roundabout’s Studio 54. “Holiday Inn” will be available to watch on BroadwayHD.com on Saturday, January 14 at 8 p.m. ET. The critically acclaimed production of “Holiday Inn” opened on Broadway on October 6, with Variety exclaiming “Smashing performers, dynamic dancing and a lively orchestra make it the FEEL GOOD show of the fall!”
BroadwayHD monthly and annual subscribers around the world can watch the “Holiday Inn” live stream on BroadwayHD.com, Chromecast and BroadwayHD’s Roku, Apple TV, iPad and iPhone apps
This strictly limited run of “Holiday Inn” is the final production of Roundabout’s celebrated 50th Anniversary Season and plays through January 15, 2017 only, at Studio 54. It’s directed by Gordon Greenberg and choreographed by Denis Jones. With music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, the new book by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge is inspired by the Academy Award-winning film “Holiday Inn.” This performance of “Holiday Inn” will be produced in association with THIRTEEN Productions LLC and Universal Stage Productions, and directed for the screen by David Horn.
Stewart F. Lane is a six-time Tony Award-winning producer and co-founder of BroadwayHD, a stage to screen production and distribution company expanding the reach of theater productions by making them available through online streaming and in cinemas. In June 2016, BroadwayHD made history with the first ever live stream of a Broadway show, Roundabout Theatre Company’s She Loves Me. The production now joins over 150 productions in BroadwayHD’s on-demand library, available at www.BroadwayHD.com. Mr. Lane’s producing credits include Tony Award-winning productions A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, War Horse, Jay Johnson: The Two & Only, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Will Rogers Follies and La Cage Aux Folles. He is also co-owner and operator of the legendary Palace Theatre in New York and has written several books, including the critically acclaimed “Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way”, “Jews on Broadway”, and “Let’s Put on a Show”
Bonnie Comley is a three-time Tony Award-winning producer, Vice President of Stellar Productions, and co-founder of BroadwayHD, a stage to screen production and distribution company expanding the reach of theater productions by making them available through online streaming and in cinemas. In June 2016, BroadwayHD made history with the first ever live stream of a Broadway show, Roundabout Theatre Company’s She Loves Me. The production now joins over 150 productions in BroadwayHD’s on-demand library, available at www.BroadwayHD.com. Comley won her first Tony Award for producing Jay Johnson: The Two & Only, and has since won two additional Tony Awards for War Horse and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Comley is a long standing member of the Broadway League and serves on several boards, including the Board of the Directors for the Drama League, Board of Overseers at Emerson College and the Chancellor’s Advisory Board for The University of Massachusetts/Lowell.