March 2021 Streaming Information: For Coloured Women, Raya and the Final Dragon, Genius: Aretha, Extra
This March, a number of films that inspired stage adjustments will be streamed from Rocky to Pretty Woman. In addition, at least two stage-to-screen works, For Colored Girls and Sweeney Todd, can now be viewed.
Also this month there is a lot of new content. The second season of Staged starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen debuts on Hulu. HBO is presenting a documentary by Tina Turner, including footage from her namesake organic musical. And Cynthia Erivo plays the Queen of Soul in National Geographic’s latest Genius episode.
Check out the options for theater lovers below. Titles will be available from March 1st unless otherwise noted.
For colored girls
Tyler Perry is directing this film based on Ntozake Shange’s 1974 play, which ties the stories of African American women together through a series of poems, both individual and choral, that trace their struggles through life, love, violence, and self-discovery. The star cast includes Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Loretta Devine, Kerry Washington, Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton, Jurnee Smollett, Kimberly Elise, and Macy Gray.
The full Monty
This charming film follows a group of unemployed factory workers in rural England who, despite the odds, decide to bare everyone – and that means everyone – in an act of striptease for their family and friends. David Yazbeck and Terrence McNally moved the action to Buffalo, New York for their musical adaptation in 2000 with Patrick Wilson.
Based on Bret Easton Ellis’ 1991 novel, this film is about a yuppie investment banker in Manhattan who leads a gruesome second life as a violent serial killer. The same novel formed the basis for a stage musical by Duncan Sheik and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, in which Matt Smith could be seen in 2013 on the West End and Benjamin Walker in 2016 on Broadway.
Helena Bonham Carter in the 2007 film
Sweeney Tood: The Demon Barber on Fleet Street
Tim Burton, one of the most popular gothic horror directors in cinema, took over the musical masterpiece from Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler in 2007. Burton has reportedly been interested in adapting the work for the screen since the West End of the original production ran in theaters in the early 1980s. Burton regulars Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter play as Sweeney Todd and his accomplice Mrs. Lovett, the operatic musical story of murder, revenge and of course cannibalism. Laura Michelle Kelly, the Broadway and West End favorite, plays the part of the beggar.
Raya and the Last Dragon (March 5th)
Vietnamese playwright Qui Ngyuen co-wrote the script for this Disney: a Southeast Asian lead actor. Kelly Marie Tran addresses Raya in the myth-inspired film that follows a warrior princess as she tries to save the fictional kingdom of Kumandra from evil.
The falcon and the winter soldier (March 19)
Calling this project contiguous to the theater might be a stretch, but any excuse to include a link to this Sebastian Stan photo gallery in picnic is worth including. Stan plays the Winter Soldier alongside Anthony Mackie as the Falcon in this latest Marvel series – the second on Disney + after the critically acclaimed WandaVision with stage and screen favorite Kathryn Hahn. The action follows the title hero after the events of Avengers: Endgame.
Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman driving Miss Daisy
Drive Miss Daisy
Film stars Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman and Dan Aykroyd, written by Alfred Uhry in 1989. Uhry also wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning piece on which the film is based. It was last on Broadway in 2010 with Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones and Boyd Gaines.
Rocky (March 6th)
Rocky is the film that gave birth to a seven (and more) movie franchise and a 2012 Broadway musical with a score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens Heavyweight Champion. Stallone co-wrote the book for the musical adaptation, working with Annie and Hairspray playwright Thomas Meehan.
Tina (March 27)
This new documentary portrays the life and career of Tina Turner with her ex-husband Ike during her solo career in Vegas and her resurgence in the 1980s. The film ends with her bowing on the opening night of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, the Tony-nominated Broadway biomusical musical based on her life. Tina will show interviews with Turner herself as well as interviews with the playwright Katori Hall, who co-wrote the libretto for the musical. Turner’s husband, producer Erwin Bach; and media mogul Oprah Winfrey.
Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman
Julia Roberts and Richard Gere play the leading role in this romantic comedy about a call girl who falls in love with her wealthy business man customer through an opulent weekend booking. Samantha Barks and Andy Karl starred in the musical adaptation of the film, directed by Jerry Mitchell and opened on Broadway in 2018.
The social network
Tony winner Andrew Garfield (Angels in America) steals the show in this genesis as Eduardo Saverin, one of Facebook’s co-founders and early investors. The film was a huge hit when it was released in 2010 and received an Oscar for Sorkins Adapted Screenplay. Off-Broadway favorite Jesse Eisenberg plays Mark Zuckerberg, a performance that earned him an Oscar nomination.
Staged: End Season 2 (March 16)
David Tennant and Michael Sheen star in this BBC comedy series that follows the cast of a West End production vacationing due to the current pandemic. The show is filmed using a combination of video conferencing technology and self-recording. Expect cameos from big names like Whoopi Goldberg, Cate Blanchett, Jim Parsons, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Cynthia Erivo, Rebecca Naomi Jones and Patrice Covington in Genius: Aretha
National Geographic / Richard DuCree
Genius: Aretha (premieres March 21 at 9 p.m. ET on National Geographic, available March 22 in Hulu)
Tony winner Cynthia Erivo plays The Queen of Soul in NatGeo’s latest limited edition Genius: Aretha. Courtney B. Vance as CL Franklin and Rebecca Naomi Jones (Oklahoma!) And Patrice Covington (who appeared with Erivo in The Color Purple) as Franklin’s sisters Carolyn and Erma join Erivo. Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks is the showrunner.
WATCH: Cynthia Erivo sings ‘Chain of Fools’ in new trailer for Genius: Aretha
After 10 years in prison, a man takes revenge on those who conspired to keep him prisoner. This stage production, shot specifically for the screen, stars Takaya Kamikawa, Izumi Inamori and Taichi Saotome.
One week away (March 26th)
A new music series that follows a teenager who is sent to a Christian summer camp thanks to a violation of the law. With the help of regular camp guests, he finds a sense of belonging in the place where he expected it. Adam Watts provides the music with choreography by Paul Becker and Melena Rounis.