With a new Broadway season comes a new slew of cast recordings for theatre lovers everywhere to obsess over. I know especially for me, this season was filled with new and original music that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on, like Kinky Boots, the classical revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and especially the revival of The Last Five Years. In this article I’m going to talk about some cast recordings that have already come out and my favorite songs that you should definitely check out and also some cast recordings that are coming out soon and that you should keep your eye out for.
The Matilda cast recording is one of my favorites of all time, they haven’t made a Broadway cast recording yet but when it premiered on the West End they made a cast recording with that cast, so you could listen to and fall in love with the music before it even came to Broadway! Some of my obvious favorites are “When I Grow Up” which is a heartfelt ballad sung by all the school children and Miss Honey about how life will be so much better when they finally do grow up and mature. Also some upbeat songs to listen to are “Revolting Children” and “Loud”. The first relates to most of us still in school and constantly disagreeing with the faculty and teachers, and the latter is a great song to jam out to in your room or just let yourself go to! Another one of my favorite songs that is not talked about as much is “Quiet” which is sung by Matilda and is the song where she begins to realize the special powers she is capable of. It’s a very simple, calm, and serene song and was beautifully written by Tim Minchin.
Another cast recording is Pippin, which was released on June 4th after the revivals’ wonderful opening at The Music Box Theatre. This reimagined version of Pippin as a circus setting recently won the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical and includes all the old fan favorites such as “Magic to Do”, “Corner of the Sky”, and “Simple Joys”. The cast includes Patina Miller who won the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical, Matthew James Thomas, and also Terrence Mann and Andrea Martin who won the Tony for Best Featured Artist in a Musical. The cast recording also comes with four sing a long tracks made by the Pippin orchestra just for you!
A new and original musical Kinky Boots which stars Billy Porter (Tony award winner for Best Leading Actor in a Musical) and Stark Sands shows the importance of being yourself and realizing that you have a lot more in common with others than you might think. The score was composed by Cindy Lauper, who also won the Tony for Best Original Score and has a very pop and rock-esque sound. Some of my favorite tracks from the cast recording, which was released on May 28th are “Take What You Got,” “Step One,” “Not My Father’s Son,” “Everybody Say Yeah,” and “Raise you up/Just be.” If you are looking for funky, different, and uplifting music definitely check out the Kinky Boots soundtrack!
Some other musicals whose soundtracks came out recently are Bring it On, based on the movie and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. The cast albums came out on September 25th 2012 and May 7th 2013 respectively. Bring it On was nominated for Best Musical at this years Tony Awards and performed my favorite song where the cheerleaders are trying to convince people at their new school to start a squad title, “It’s All Happening.”
Some of my favorite songs from Cinderella, which stars Laura Osnes in the title role and Santino Fontana as her prince, are the duets between the two entitled “Ten Minutes Ago,” “Loneliness of Evening,” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful.” It’s the same Cinderella that all your friends and family grew up with and love ,and its good for children and adults alike to listen to and fall in love with.
Some of the off-Broadway cast recordings that recently were released were Dogfight which starred Derek Klena and Lindsay Mendez and Murder Ballad which stars Caissie Levy. So definitely check some of those songs out! Editor’s Note: The Murder Ballad Cast Recording includes Karen Olivo in Caissie Levy’s part!
Lastly some of the upcoming cast recordings that are coming out are Hands On a Hardbody which only ran on Broadway for two weeks but whose cast recording is being released digitally on July 9th and since many people weren’t able to see the production this will be the best way to understand the show.
Also The Last Five Years album starring the new cast of Betsey Wolfe and Adam Kantor is coming out in an unset date sometime in the future which will be great for all the Jason Robert Brown fans! Also a bare: the Musical cast recording has been rumored but because of the shows closing and cast members becoming more involved in different projects this is looking less and less likely, but there is always hope!
Go and check out some of the songs I recommended or just some of the cast recordings in general, you won’t be disappointed in the talent that has graced Broadway and Off-Broadway this season!