March 2021 Streaming Guide: For Colored Girls, Raya and the Last Dragon, Genius: Aretha, More
See what’s coming to Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix, and more this month.
This March, a slew of films that inspired stage adaptations are coming to streaming from Rocky to Pretty Woman. In addition, at least two stage-to-screen works, For Colored Girls and Sweeney Todd, are now available to watch.
There’s plenty of new content this month, too. The second season of Staged, starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen, debuts on Hulu. HBO presents a documentary of Tina Turner, including footage from her namesake bio-musical. And, Cynthia Erivo plays the Queen of Soul in National Geographic’s latest Genius installment.
Check out the options for theatre lovers below. Titles are available March 1 unless noted.
For Colored Girls
Tyler Perry directs this film based on Ntozake Shange’s 1974 play that interweaves the stories of African American women through a series of poems, both individual and choral, which trace their battles through life, love, violence, and self discovery. The star-studded cast boasts 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, against all odds, decide to bare all—and that means all—in a striptease act for their family and friends. David Yazbeck and Terrence McNally moved the action to Buffalo, New York for their 2000 stage musical adaptation starring Patrick Wilson.
Based on Bret Easton Ellis’s 1991 novel, this film centers on a yuppie investment banker in Manhattan who turns out to be living a gruesome second life as a violent serial killer. The same novel formed the source material for a stage musical by Duncan Sheik and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, which starred Matt Smith on the West End in 2013 and Benjamin Walker in its 2016 Broadway bow.
Sweeney Tood: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Tim Burton, one of the cinema’s favorite gothic-horror directors, took on Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s gothic-horror musical masterpiece in 2007. Burton had reportedly been interested in adapting the work for the screen since seeing the original production’s West End run in the early 1980s. Burton regulars Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter star as Sweeney Todd and his accomplice Mrs. Lovett in a notably gorier take on the operatic musical’s story of murder, revenge, and, of course, cannibalism. Broadway and West End favorite Laura Michelle Kelly co-stars as the Beggar Woman.
Raya and the Last Dragon (March 5)
Vietgone playwright Qui Ngyuen co-writes the screenplay for this Disney first: a Southeast Asian lead protagonist. Kelly Marie Tran voices Raya in the myth-inspired film following 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 theatre-adjacent might be a stretch, but any excuse to include a link to this photo gallery of Sebastian Stan in Picnic makes an inclusion worthwhile. Stan plays the Winter Soldier opposite Anthony Mackie as the Falcon in this latest Marvel series—the second on Disney+ after the critically acclaimed WandaVision featuring stage and screen favorite Kathryn Hahn. The action follows the title heroes following the events of Avengers: Endgame.