Audiences will be able to watch performances from their couches as theaters from Broadway to Hollywood close and blockbuster releases are postponed. On March 16, the Metropolitan Opera began streaming nightly performances of classic operas from its archive, starting with the 2010 production of Carmen. The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is livestreaming performances on YouTube while the opera house is closed, and the Philharmonie Berlin has made its library of digital performances available to the public for 30 days.
Broadway officially shut down on March 12, but musical theater fans can stream past performances on BroadwayHD, which is currently offering a one-week free trial. And the 24 Hour Play Festival, during which anyone from Broadway veterans to theater students write and perform a play in 24 hours, posted a surprise staging on Instagram; from 6pm EST March 17 to 6pm EST March 18, the festival released a special production called Viral Monologues, featuring celebrity actors performing monologues by famous writers, posted to Instagram every 15 minutes. Those lamenting the silver screen amid cinema closures and film premier postponements will be able to view new movies at home instead of at theaters—movies like The Invisible Man, The Hunt, Emma and Frozen II are all being released early online.
Museums and zoos are inviting would-be visitors to experience their art and animals digitally. Some of the world’s most renowned art destinations, including the Louvre, the Vatican and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, all offer virtual tours while they are closed to visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The New England Aquarium in Boston has scheduled daily airings of feedings, tours and behind-the-scenes looks on Facebook Live, as have the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Philadelphia Zoo, and the Melbourne Zoo.