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11 Wonderful Cast Recordings You Can’t Find On Spotify

 
 

Streaming services such as Spotify can increase certain musicals’ profiles by making their cast albums more easily accessible. In fact, the “Hamilton” cast album was streamed 500 million times in 2016. Unfortunately, not every cast recording has the privilege of getting exposure through Spotify, often because of record label issues or the album being out of print.

Because several shows are long forgotten this way, here is a list of 11 cast recordings Spotify has yet to acquire:

1. “The Magic Show” (1974 Original Broadway Cast)

The 35th longest-running Broadway musical, this Stephen Schwartz show starred Cheryl Barnes (“Hair”), David Ogden Stiers (“Beauty and the Beast)” and Dale Soules (“Orange Is the New Black”) in some of their earliest roles. The show was nominated for two Tony Awards in 1975. Although there is a Canadian filmed production, the musical has yet to be revived on Broadway.
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2. “The Pirate Queen” (2007 Original Broadway Cast)

Based on a 1986 historical novel by Morgan Llewellyn, this show was written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil (“Les Misérables”) and starred Stephanie J. Block and Hadley Fraser. It opened in 2007 but closed after 85 performances. The cast recording has since gone out of print.
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3. “21 Chump Street” (2014 Original Radio Cast)

Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, this 15-minute musical was based on an NPR episode about a high schooler who is arrested after selling drugs to impress a police officer. The mini musical has been performed in Brooklyn, London and Sydney.
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4. “Big Fish” (2013 Original Broadway Cast)

Andrew Lippa’s adaptation of the 2003 Tim Burton film ran for 98 performances in late 2013. Norbert Leo Butz received universal acclaim for his performance as Edward Bloom. The musical has since been produced in Victoria, Munich and Orlando.
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5. “Sail Away” (1961 Original Broadway Cast)

Noel Coward’s penultimate Broadway musical was a star vehicle for future Broadway legend Elaine Stritch. Stritch created the role of Mimi Paragon, a cruise director who has to put up with annoying passengers. She reprised the role in a 1999 Carnegie Hall production.
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6. “Starmites” (1989 Original Broadway Cast)

This unusual musical opened on Broadway in 1989, closed after 60 performances and was nominated for six Tony Awards. “Starmites,” which is about a girl who creates a fantasy world from various comic book characters, is a popular choice among junior-high audiences.
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7. “Triumph of Love” (1998 Original Broadway Cast)

This musical, based on a 1732 French play, ran for 85 performances and starred Betty Buckley, who earned a Tony nomination as Hesione. The musical follows the pop-opera style of “Miss Saigon” and “Jekyll and Hyde.”
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8. “Bombay Dreams” (2002 Original London Cast)

This Bollywood-themed musical mixes original songs with tunes from popular Bollywood films. After opening in London in 2002 and Broadway in 2004, the North American tour began in February 2006.
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9. “A Doll’s Life” (1982 Original Broadway Cast)

One of the most colossal Broadway flops ever, this Comden and Green musical premiered on Broadway in 1982 and closed after just five performances. However, it did receive three Tony nominations, including one for actor George Hearn.
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10. “Chess” (1988 Original Broadway Cast)

While the original West End production of this musical ran for three years, the original Broadway production lasted only two months in 1988. Despite its short Broadway run, the show was nominated for two Tony Awards and was David Carroll’s penultimate Broadway musical before his untimely death in 1992.
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11. “Heathers” (2014 Original Off-Broadway Cast)

One of Laurence O’Keefe’s more recent efforts, this musical based on the 1988 dark comedy film ran for four months Off-Broadway. Although Spotify features four of the musical’s songs, the streaming service does not offer the whole cast album.
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Did we leave out one of your favorite hard-to-find albums? Let us know in the comments!

Written by Joseph Kisiday

Joseph Kisiday is a 2016 graduate from Christopher Newport University, majoring in Music Composition. Joseph's love for theatre came at a young age through discovering the musicals of Andrew Lloyd Webber, such as "Cats" and "The Phantom of the Opera." When he is not writing, Joseph can be found watching operas or Miyazaki films.

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  1. The Original Boradway Cast Recording of La Cage Aux Folles and the 1994 Broadway Revival of A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum.

  2. A little musical called “Romance/Romance” which was overwhelmed that year by something starring a phantom.

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