February 2021 Streaming Information: Moulin Rouge!, The Muppet Present, The USA vs. Billie Vacation, Extra

February welcomes a slew of TV and movie favorites that are a blast from the past. From Moulin Rouge! and 9 to 5 to The Muppet Show and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, there is enough to cure that nostalgic longing while you are cozy this winter.

In addition, a number of new films with theater favorites are coming to the streamers, including Tony winner Frances McDormand in Nomadland and Dianne Wiest and Peter Dinklage in I Care a Lot. The list of new titles is rounded off by The United States vs. Billie Holiday with a script by Suzan Lori-Parks.

All films will be released on February 1st unless otherwise stated.

Amazon Prime

Patina Miller and McKinley Belcher III

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Mercy Street
Set during the American Civil War, this series follows two volunteer nurses – one Union and one Confederate – who work together in a Virginia hospital. Numerous stage favorites appeared during the two-season run, including Norbert Leo Butz, Donna Murphy, Josh Radnor, Patina Miller and Brían F. O’Byrne.

Red mill!
This wildly romantic musical journey to the Parisian stars of the turn of the century, Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, features epic and opulent musical numbers. The soundtrack features a varied list of songs made famous by Madonna, Elton John, Nirvana and others, and theater fans will even notice some show songs: “The Sound of Music” and “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”. Baz Luhrmann’s film was converted into a Broadway stage musical in 2019 with Aaron Tveit, Karen Olivo, Danny Burstein and Tam Mutu.

WATCH: What a Moulin Rouge! Scene Did Nicole Kidman play for Andrew Rannells?

Notes on a scandal
Stage favorites Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett star in this psychological thriller based on Zoë Heller’s 2003 novel. Dench plays a veteran teacher who befriends Blanchett, the school’s new art teacher, but an explosive secret threatens everything. The 2006 film also has a behind-the-scenes family tree, with Richard Eyre directing and Robert Fox and Scott Rudin producing.

Disney +

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The Muppet Show (February 19th)
All five seasons of the fans’ favorite series come to the streamer. The show was set up like a variety show and practically bordered Broadway with a number of guest stars including Ethel Merman, Bernadette Peters, Pearl Bailey, Elton John, Leslie Uggams, Joel Gray and Carol Channing.

WATCH: Pearl Bailey turns medieval on the Muppets

HBO max
Willy Wonka & the chocolate factory
Gene Wilder plays Willy Wonka, who opens the gates to his wonderful – and mysterious – factory to a select few. This includes the young Charlie Bucket, whose life absolutely needs to be sweetened. The Oscar-nominated score features music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, as well as favorites like “The Candy Man” and “Pure Imagination”. The film is based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, which was turned into a Broadway musical in 2017.

Hulu
9 to 5
Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton star in this dark and feminist comedy about three female employees who plan to kill their boss after experiencing too many sexist abuse. Parton, who wrote the movie’s popular anthem, turned the property into a Broadway stage musical in 2009, starring Allison Janney, Stephanie J. Block, and Megan Hilty.

You have mail
This charming romantic comedy – about bookstore employees hating each other in real life while unwittingly exchanging anonymous love letters back and forth via email – is based on Miklós László’s 1937 Hungarian piece Parfumerie, which earlier inspired the 1940 film The Shop Around the Corner, the musical film In the Good Old Summertime from 1949 (with Judy Garland) and the Broadway musical She Loves Me from 1963. Parfumerie’s most modern adaptation, You’ve Got Mail, contains a director and a screenplay (with Delia Ephron written) by Nora Ephron, playwright of works such as Imaginary Friends; Love, loss and what I wore; and lucky guy.

Nomad land

Frances McDormand in nomad land

Courtesy Searchlight Pictures

Nomadland (February 19)
Up-and-coming director and writer Chloé Zhao tells a story of resilience and exploration in this beautifully shot film that will satisfy anyone who suffers from wanderlust. As mentioned above, Tony winner Frances McDormand plays Fern, who lost all of her savings during the 2009 economic downturn. Now she lives in a van and travels the American West from job to job. She meets new friends.

Florence Foster Jenkins (February 26)
The three-time Oscar winner and Tony nominee Meryl Streep is the vocally challenged title character in this biopic. Jenkins is an heiress with a devout love of music and sings with the means to make a career on stage but doesn’t really have the voice. He’s determined to make it into the big time. Stephen Frears directs the film, with Hugh Grant as St. Clair Bayfield, Jenkins’ manager and partner.

The United States v Billie Holiday (February 26)
This Daniel Lee-directed biopic was written by Suzan Lori-Parks and shows Andra Day as the title blues legend. It follows Holiday’s career as the fans love it – and the authorities don’t. At the center of the song “Strange Fruit”, The United States dares to ask Billie Holiday what really happened to the singer towards the end of her career. Trevante Rhodes and Natasha Lyonne star along with Garrett Hedlund, Miss Lawrence, Rob Morgan and Da’Vine Joy Randolph.

Netflix
My best friend’s wedding
Revisit one of the most beloved romantic comedies of the 90s before the musical adaptation premieres in the UK in 2021. Julia Roberts plays Julianne Potter, a food critic who finds out her lifelong buddy is getting married – only to realize that she might be in love with him. Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz and Rupert Everett complete this perfect cast.

In the middle of nowhere (February 11th)
Stage and film favorites David Oyelowo, Lorraine Toussaint and Sharon Lawrence complete the cast in Ava DuVernay’s picture. The story follows a nurse (played by Emayatzy Corinealdi) who tries to understand the complicated life of her husband, who is currently in jail for parole, and to assert the independence she once had.

I am very worried (February 19th)
The New York stage favorites Dianne Wiest and Peter Dinklage play head to toe alongside Rosamund Pike in this thriller. Pike plays a professional court-appointed guardian named Marla, who extracts older clients from their assets, which is essentially a legal form of extortion. When Marla and her business partner / lover Fran (Eiza González) stumble upon their latest victim, Jennifer Peterson (Wiest), it becomes clear that the two have messed with the wrong senior.

Enter a world of pure fantasy with a first look at Charlie and the Broadway Chocolate Factory

Enter a world of pure fantasy with a first look at Charlie and the Broadway Chocolate Factory

The new music stars Christian Borle as Candy Impresario Willy Wonka.

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