EA has announced the beta launch of The Sims On Stage, an interactive online playground on which anyone with a PC or Mac and a broadband connection can unleash their creativity on the rest of the world.

By visiting The Sims On Stage people can record songs, stories, comedy routines and more thanks to a set of fun and accessible tools. It is easy to watch, create and share recordings with just friends, The Sims On Stage community or the entire world.

"The Sims has long had one of the largest, friendliest and most creative communities in the world. With the release of The Sims On Stage, we welcome a new kind of customer to our way of having fun," said Studio Head of The Sims Label, Rod Humble.

At launch The Sims On Stage will feature thousands of well-known rock, pop and country songs to sing along to. The Sims On Stage will also feature easy-to-use movie tool - Movie Mashup - that will enable members to create original movies featuring The Sims content.

The Sims On Stage is based on the online Karaoke community SingShot Media, which was acquired by EA in February 2007.