January 2021 Streaming Guide: One Night in Miami, Selena, A Star is Born Coming to Streaming
See what’s playing on Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, HBO Max, and more this month.
As we welcome 2021, theatre fans will find plenty of streaming options to enjoy whether they’re looking for hidden gem musicals, bonafide box-office hits, or upcoming awards contenders. In fact, it might be a brand new year‚ but this month the majority of streaming options are modern favorites worth repeat viewings like Mamma Mia! and Purple Rain, along with Selena and A Star is Born.
The exception to the rule seems to be Oscar and Emmy winner Regina King’s directorial debut One Night in Miami, a 2020 film festival breakout that’s already building Oscar buzz. Based on the stage play by Olivier nominee Kemp Powers, it features Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton) as singer Sam Cooke.
Check out what to watch on streamers like Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, and more below. Titles arrive January 1 unless otherwise noted.
Amazon Prime Video One Night in Miami (January 12) Directed by King and featuring a screenplay by Powers, the movie follows a young Cassius Clay (before he became Muhammad Ali) as he emerges from the Miami Beach Convention Center the new World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. Joining Odom and Eli Goree, who plays Cassius Clay, on screen are Kingsley Ben-Adir as Malcolm X, and Aldis Hodge as Jim Brown. Rounding out the cast are 2020 Tony nominee Joaquina Kalukango, Nicolette Robinson, Beau Bridges, and Lance Reddick. Watch the trailer here.
42nd Street The film, which inspired the Tony-winning musical of the same name, tells the story of a chorus girl from Allentown, PA, who steps into a starring role to save the show when its star breaks her leg. Ruby Keller stars alongside Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent, Dick Powell, and Ginger Rogers.
The Color Purple Celie, a Black, Southern woman who embarks on a decades-long journey of self-acceptance and love despite a series of hardships, is the heart of this film based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker. Enjoy the original film, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Whoopi Goldberg, before the movie musical adaptation (based on the 2015 Broadway revival) hits theatres.
Gossip Girl, Seasons 1-6 The CW teen soap set in NYC featured a handful of theatre alums, including Tevi Gevinson who will return in the HBO Max reboot. Other well-known stars dropping by the Upper East Side include Aaron Tveit, Margaret Colin, Matt Doyle, and Jan Maxwell. Episode 7 of Season 5 features the Manhattanites taking in a performance of the immersive Sleep No More.
Margaret Written by Kenneth Lonergan, the film follows a young woman who feels she was implicit in the death of a woman in a traffic accident. Margaret brings together several theatre alums, including Mark Ruffalo and Tony winner Matthew Broderick, along with Allison Janney, J. Smith Cameron, Sarah Steele, Renée Fleming, and Tony winner John Gallagher, Jr.
The Producers Mel Brooks’ comedy classic, which was later turned into a Tony-winning Broadway musical. The movie stars Zero Mostel as Max Bialystock, the former King of Broadway who is reduced to romancing old women to finance his new show and Gene Wilder as Leo Bloom, Bialystock’s accountant who suggests the two could make a fortune by producing a flop musical. Brooks won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay and Wilder was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
Purple Rain With an Oscar-winning score by Prince, featuring songs like “Let’s Go Crazy,” “When Doves Cry,” and “Purple Rain,” this ‘80s rock musical is frequently found atop the genre’s best-of lists. The film tells the story of a frontman named The Kid and his band as they gain popularity throughout Minneapolis on their way to national stardom.