We all need as much uplifting experiences as possible right now. If you’re a musical theater lover, I’m sure you’ll love listening to my Top 10 favorite Broadway cast albums during this at-home time:
1) Hello, Dolly! (2017 Revival)
Jerry Herman’s masterpiece has never been better than the 2017 revival. It’s a joyful experience starring Bette Midler.
This 2005 Grammy Award-winning album is a blast to sing along with during the romp through Oz pre-Dorothy.
It’s the best-selling cast album of all time with more than 6 million copies sold. Featuring 46 songs, it’s an awesome example of inventive rap/hip-hop music. Jam along.
4) JERSEY BOYS
The fantastic music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons will get you singing and moving. Perfect housecleaning music!
5) DEAR EVAN HANSEN
With the quarantine, it’s apropos to include a musical that has much to do with isolation. But remember, “You Will Be Found.”
6) MY FAIR LADY
Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s musical masterpiece is chock full of Broadway’s most memorable music. And Julie Andrews singing ... ooh, la, la!
The original 1979 Broadway cast recording featuring Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinkin and Bob Gunton is dynamic beyond belief. It’s also a great listen if you’re out walking or on a treadmill. The difficult vocal gymnastics LuPone and Patinkin successfully pull off in Webber's tricky score will surely inspire you given their undeniable talent!
John Kander and Fred Ebb’s sardonic telling of the American justice system is musical satire at its best. The cast includes Chita Rivera, Gwen Verdon and Jerry Orbach. The album features many catchy tunes filled with lots of tongue-in-cheek humor.
This album is pure fun with upbeat tunes across the board that will have you on your feet, welcoming you into the fun beats of the '60s.
10) ANNIE GET YOUR YOUR GUN
A true classic starring Ethel Merman featuring timeless tunes like “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun” and “Anything You Can Do.”