Capture the magic of Broadway with National Theater Musical Mondays

Musical Mondays at the National Theater

Thanks to COVID-19, I haven’t seen a play or musical in a theater since January. I tried to fill this hole in my heart with virtual cast meetings and filmed productions, but we can only watch hamilton so many times before it gets repetitive. I mostly ingested theater in the form of show tunes played while I was doing the dishes at the end of the day. Thank goodness, then, for the National Theater, which is trying to bridge the Broadway divide with a series of Spotify playlists. Dubbed “Music Monday,” each playlist has a specific theme, whether it’s songs about work, snippets from shows that visited the National last year, or picks from shows that have had their pre-Broadway tryouts on location. The latter option is the best place to start – it combines pieces from popular contemporary musicals (beetle juice, mean girls) that locals got to see at the National along with selections from beloved classics (Hello Dolly!, fiddler on the roof, A funny thing happened on the way to the forum) with forgotten DC origins. Same Showboat, the 1927 show that brought the Broadway musical to maturity, has roots at the National and two leads on the roster. It could be a year, at least, before we enjoy a musical from the cushioned seats of the National, but if you fill your commemorative goblet from a past National season with wine, fire up the playlists and close the eyes, you can shake off blue Mondays and imagine yourself there. Playlists are available on Spotify. Free. —Caroline Jones