A Los Angeles actress and filmmaker has entertained herself – and thousands of others – during quarantine by reenacting scenes from some of her favorite Broadway plays.
While Broadway theaters are closing in New York City in the near future, Mary Neely, 29, plays her own performances of Wicked, Rent, Les Miserables, West Side Story, South Pacific and more.
She plays dual roles in each of the videos, dressing up in different costumes, and lip syncing along with her favorite soundtracks.
Drama! 29-year-old Mary Neely performs her own performances of songs from Broadway shows. Here she does ‘A Heart Full of Love’ by Les Miserables and plays both Marius and Cosette
“Since I’ve been single in quarantine, I’ve decided to reenact moments from my favorite musicals to make me feel like I’m in love,” she tweeted on March 31.
For her first performance she performed ‘A Heart Full of Love’ by Les Miserables, where she played both Marius and Cosette.
The next day, she produced her own performance of the South Pacific Finale, playing both Emile and Nellie.
In another video, she did the parts of both Wendela and Melchior singing Spring Awakening’s ‘The Word of Your Body’, and in yet another she does the parts of Laurey and Curly from Ohlahoma! sing “People will say we are in love.”
“Since I’m single in quarantine, I’ve decided to reenact moments from my favorite musicals, so it feels like I’m in love,” she tweeted (pictured Finals from the South Pacific, both Emile and Nellie)
A show! The actress played both male and female roles for each of her videos (pictured as Wendela and Melchior singing ‘The Word of Your Body’ from Spring Awakening)
On Broadway! She plays the roles of Laurey and Curly from Ohlahoma! sing ‘People will say we are in love’
She has been incredibly productive and released a new video every day.
Van Rent played ‘Your Eyes’, playing both Roger and Mimi.
From The Music Man, she lip-synced with ‘Till There Was You’, playing Marian and Harold Hill.
Her Phantom of the Opera performance included Christine and Raoul singing ‘Little Lotte / Angel of Music’ while her The Light in the Piazza song ‘Say it Somehow’ by Clara and Fabrizio.
Her choice of Wicked was Elphaba and Fiyero who sang ‘As Long As You’re Mine’, and her West Side Story was ‘Tonight’ by Maria and Tony.
The whole production! From The Music Man, she lip-synced with ‘Till There Was You’, she played Marian and Harold Hill and donned costumes for each
Classic: Her Phantom of the Opera performance included Christine and Raoul singing ‘Little Lotte / Angel of Music’
Light (your candle), camera, action! Van Rent played ‘Your Eyes’, playing both Roger and Mimi
Most recently, she performed Audrey and Seymour from Little Shop of Horrors with ‘Suddenly Seymour’ and Robert and Janet from The Drowsy Chaperone sing ‘Accident Waiting to Happen’.
For each performance, the talented actress works out hair and makeup.
In addition, she seems to have a pretty full closet at home, full of costumes, and she dresses in appropriate clothes for each video.
“Musicals were actually my religion when I was growing up,” she said Good morning America. “When I was younger, I would imagine being in musicals and in love. Now I know how it is, but I am single.
Incredible: She did Audrey and Seymour from Little Shop of Horrors with ‘Suddenly Seymour’
Popular: Her choice of Wicked was Elphaba and Fiyero who sang ‘As Long As You’re Mine’
“This is a perfect mix of all these parts of myself and of songs I sang to myself when I was alone when I was younger,” she added.
The performances certainly keep her busy: she said it could take three hours to film them all, then spend a few more hours editing the footage.
The clips certainly earned her fans.
OMG. All these. Excuse me, I am in love with you, ‘wrote an enthusiastic admirer.
‘I. Ben. An enormous. Fan (as of this writing)! Simply fantastic, “another tweeted, while a third wrote,” You are incredible. I hope someday I can perform with you on Broadway. This is the content I longed for and did not know. ‘