We all know that Spotify is a haven for music lovers, right? I mean, a cornucopia of songs from almost all genres are stored in this app. Even Broadway songs! Yep, the official Broadway cast recordings (OCBR) of our fave musicals can be searched and listened to. Gone are those days when we feel that being a musical theater lover is way too pretentious and yes…geeky.
So, here’s the list of OCBRs that get me through the day. I hope you get the time to listen to them too, you Broadway musical buffs, you!
Hamilton is a musical with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The show was inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton, by historian Ron Chernow.
The musical made its Off-Broadway debut at The Public Theater in February 2015, where its engagement was sold out. The show transferred to Broadway that summer, opening on August 6, 2015 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. On Broadway, it has received enthusiastic critical acclaim and unprecedented advance box office sales.
The off-Broadway production of Hamilton won the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical as well as seven other Drama Desk Awards out of 14 total nominations. (wikipedia.com)
-“You’ll Be Back”
-“That Would Be Enough”
-“The Schuyler Sisters”
Actually, I love all the songs! Yey.
2. Finding Neverland
Finding Neverland is an original musical with music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham. Inspired by the 2004 film Finding Neverland, the musical made its world premiere at the Curve theatre Leicester in 2012, with the reworked version making its world premiere in 2014 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Following completion of its Cambridge run the production transferred to Broadway in March 2015. (wikipedia.com)
-“If The World Turned Upside Down”
-“All That Matters”
-“When Your Feet Don’t Touch the Ground”
3. Stages (Josh Groban)
I’ve always been a Groban fan, so when I discovered that he’s dropping an all-Broadway album, I couldn’t be more elated to listen to these tracks.
-“What I Did For Love”
-“Bring Him Home”
4. Fun Home
Fun Home is a musical adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori from Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir of the same name. The story concerns Bechdel’s relationship with her gay father and her attempts to unlock the mysteries surrounding his life. It has been called “the first mainstream musical about a young lesbian.” It is the first Broadway musical with a lesbian protagonist. (wikipedia.com)
-“Ring of Keys”
-“It All Comes Back” (Opening)
-“Come to the Fun Home”
5. Cynthia Erivo and Oliver Tompsett
It’s just that Oliver Tompsett brings tears whenever he belts out a Scott Alan song. And yes, I’m a Scott Alan fan forevs!
-“Anything Worth Holding On To”
-“You’re Not Alone”