Q: Who's talking about theatre on YouTube?
Don't worry. I've got your back.
Because I spend a lot of my free time on YouTube tuning into vloggers (many of whom are artists), a large part of my theatregoing is supported by a lengthy list of their YouTube Channels.
Below are five YouTube channels that every theatregoer needs to check out, and some of their videos to get you started...
ItsWayPastMyBedTime is Carrie Hope Fletcher's main YouTube channel.
Carrie was born and raised in London, England, and got involved with performing at a very young age, appearing in commercials and television shows as a small child and eventually in London's West End productions of Les Misérables (as young Éponine), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (as Jemima Potts), and Mary Poppins (as Jane Banks). Carrie returned to professional theatre in 2013, taking on the role (as an adult this time) of Éponine in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre. In 2014, Carrie briefly left her role in Les Misérables to play Beth in Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds national arena tour, returning to Les Misérables at the tour's end. In early 2016, Carrie joined the cast of the UK tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to play Truly Scrumptious. Carrie played Éponine in the Dubai production of Les Misérables, and following that run starred as Miss Emily in the UK production of A Christmas Carol. Carrie is now in rehearsals for the UK tour of The Addams Family, where she will play Wednesday Addams.
P.S. Carrie is also an author and songwriter!
P.P.S. Carrie's adoring fans: Hopefuls (a play on her middle name and on the message of positivity and kindness that she spreads to her online audience).
Carrie's opinions on Stage Door Etiquette:
Carrie's tour of The Queen's Theatre:
Ryan McCartan is Ryan McCartan's main YouTube channel.
Ryan McCartan is an American born and raised actor and singer. His first role came in 2007 when he was cast in a minor part in the stage adaptation of Disney's High School Musical. In 2011, he won a Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor (see his performance!) at the National High School Musical Theater Awards, an award given annually to only two talented students. In 2013, Ryan began a recurring role as Diggie on Disney Channel's Liv and Maddie. In 2014, Ryan starred in New World Stages' production of Heathers: The Musical. Ryan made up one half of the musical duo The Girl and the Dreamcatcher, which released their first video in 2015 but is now on hiatus. In 2016, Ryan played Brad Majors in Fox's musical television film The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again.
Ryan has recently started a weekly video-series called Me Monday, where he regularly posts videos with positive messages:
The acoustic version of one of Ryan's latest singles, "When You Went Away" :
3) Dylan Marron
Dylan Marron is Dylan Marron's main YouTube channel.
Dylan Marron is an American writer, performer, and video maker. He voices Carlos on the hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale, and is a former member of the New York Neo-Futurists. Dylan is best known as the creator of the Every Single Word series, in which he edits down movies to the exact number of words spoken by a person of color, in addition to his position as a writer and correspondent at Seriously.tv, where he created his Sitting in Bathrooms with Trans People series, where he does just that, his Shutting Down Bullshit series, where he successfully shuts down bullshit over the course of a brief interview, and his Unboxing series, where he unboxes various complex concepts.
Here's some of the work Dylan did for the New York Neo-Futurists:
4) Tom Fletcher
Tom Fletcher is Tom Fletcher's main YouTube channel.
Tom Fletcher is London born and raised singer-songwriter, guitarist, children's author and YouTube vlogger. Like his younger sister, Carrie Fletcher (pictured above), Tom got his start at performing at a young age, acting in commercials and making his debut on London's West End in the lead role of Oliver!. Tom is best known as one of the members of English pop rock band, McFly, a band he also founded.
Tom's musical wedding toast:
The musical progression of Tom's wife's first pregnancy resulting in their first child:
usnavi is Lin-Manuel Miranda's main YouTube channel:
Lin-Manuel Miranda is an American actor, playwright, composer, rapper, writer, and producer (yes, he can do it all!), most widely known for writing and starring in the Broadway musicals Hamilton and In the Heights. Lin-Manuel was also involved with helping create the soundtrack for Disney's Moana, and he will star in Disney's upcoming film, Mary Poppins Returns. Lin-Manuel has many awards to his name, including a Pulitzer Prize, two Grammys, an Emmy, a MacArthur Fellowship, and three Tony Awards.
Lin-Manuel Miranda's surprise Fiddler on the Roof-inspired wedding performance:
Mandy Gonzalez mashes up a cut Nina tune from In The Heights with Moana's How Far I'll Go at 54 Below:
Do you watch any YouTubers to get your theater on?
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