Broadway is buzzing with hit new musicals, and some say the great white way is in the midst of a renaissance. Besides talent, show diversity is something anything thespian should be excited about. The fact that Fun Home was able to win a Tony Award last year is a testament to the progressive taste of theatre goers. And this years new Broadway smash, Hamilton, broke many traditional musical theatre barriers and become an over-night hit.
With all of these fantastic shows popping up, there are plenty of amazing soundtracks to delight your senses.
Here are 7 must-have Broadway cast albums to add to your spring playlist
1. Fun Home
This surprise Tony Award winning (Best Musical & Best Score) show is filled with colorful songs on the struggles of a family to find their true identities. Not to mention the beautiful voices, particular that of Michael Cerveris and the adorable Broadway debut of Sydney Lucas.
2. School Of Rock
I may have done a double take when I saw that this was a new Andrew Lloyd Webber project, a far cry from his longest running Broadway show in history (you know, that Phantom show).Based on the film with Jack Black, this new Broadway show stars Alex Brightman & Sierra Boggess. Nonetheless, this cast album really does “rock” and has enough hits to get you pumped up.
Unless you have been hiding under a rock (and even if you have been), you probably know Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton is kind of a big deal right now. The tale of Alexander Hamilton is told through hip-hop, and the cast album received a Grammy Award for best Musical Theater Album. History is given a fresh makeover with this great score.
4. Daddy Long Legs
Okay I’m cheating a little bit as this is technically an Off-Broadway show, but I couldn’t leave it off the list. This quaint two-person musical tells the story of a young & promising orphan getting her chance in life. The music by Paul Gordon is a beautiful, sweet, and fresh take on a timeless story. Even with a cast of two, you will not tire from hearing the voices of Megan McGinnis and Paul Alexander Nolan.
5. Bright Star – Coming April 29th
Bluegrass meets Broadway in this brand new show by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. The music is a great tribute to Americana roots making you feel like driving through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Its nice to have another unique and non-traditional score on the Broadway stage.
6. Something Rotten
Our list wouldn’t be complete without a goofy satire show about theatre itself. With a 2015 Tony nomination for best original score, Something Rotten has plenty of tunes with a reminiscent flare of Monty Python’s Spamalot. To give you an idea of this musicals personality, two of the tunes are titled: God, I hate Shakespeare, and The Black Death. Merde!
7. The King And I
The only revival on the list, you cannot ignore the eternal scores of Rodgers & Hammerstein. A classic tale told in vocal perfection by Broadway stars Kelli O’Hara &