Stage in Free Previews

(Above: Leslie Uggams and Taye Diggs on ‘ Crossovers’)

Stage, a new subscription streaming network devoted to theater, has begun free previews and set its opening night for October 1.

Content available for preview audiences includes:

  • TV and film actress Leslie Uggams on the half-hour pilot of Crossoversa series that will feature multimedia star Taye Diggs interviewing performers who have excelled in both theater and one or more other media;

  • The first half-hour episode of The Divorce, a 2015 four-episode Australian musical comedy series (the show is also available to Amazon Prime subscribers);
  • The first four-minute episode of Waaay Off Broadway, a scripted comedy in which Caroline Renfro attempts to put on an original play in just 48 hours;

  • The documentaries Broadway Idiot (2013), following Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong as the “American Idiot” album transforms into musical theater, and Theater of War (2008), following Meryl Streep as she prepares to play the title role in Mother Courage and Her Children in New York’s Central Park;
  • Maxine Peake as Hamlet (2015) in a full production from Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre;

  • The feature film If I Were You (2012), starring Marcia Gay Harden in a comedy involving a production of King Lear (this film is also available on Amazon Prime);
  • Four episodes of On the Patio, a talk show starring 1989-1994 Mickey Mouse Club alum Lindsey Alley and her mom Marcia.

To check out all available content and become part of Stage’s preview audience, go to and click on “Preview Now” in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Stage says apps are also available for iOS, Android and Apple TV, with Roku coming soon.

Starting October 1, Stage will be available to paid subscribers only. Subscriptions will cost $4.99 monthly, or $49.99 annually.






About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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