The time of the Great Pumpkin is upon us again. With October in full swing, Halloween preparations have already begun. What better way to get in the mood than with the perfect playlist? Whether you prefer tricks or treats, scary or sweet, we’ve got you covered for your Halloween musical playlist picks.
Here are a few Broadway cast recordings to help you get in that Halloween spirit:
1. ‘The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall’
Combine mystery, murder and a haunted opera house, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a spooky musical. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s take on the classic French novel by Gaston Leroux will leave you feeling both enchanted and haunted.
2. ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Original Broadway Cast Recording)’
From the very first note of the organ, there is a foreboding tone to this recording that is confirmed moments later by a screaming whistle. Stephen Sondheim’s dark and gruesome tale of the psychotic barber of Fleet Street is not for the faint of heart.
3. ‘Wicked (Original Broadway Cast Recording)’
Witches are as synonymous with Halloween as pumpkins! So, it makes sense to include the origin story of the most famous witch in pop culture, who was on the scene long before Hermione Granger.
4. ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)’
The title of the show in red typeface dripping blood sets the stage for a horror extravaganza of epic proportions. While “Time Warp” is arguably the song heard most often around Halloween, the rest of the album holds other ace choices that are perfect for your party playlist.
5. ‘Evil Dead: Original Broadway Cast Album’
The flavor of “Evil Dead” is “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” meets any horror movie set in the woods ever. The cast sings and dances as they battle demons and each other while trying to survive a weekend in a remote cabin.
6. ‘Into The Woods (Original Broadway Cast Recording)’
This one is a little more twisted fairy tale than Halloween horror, but it has a witch in it and the music is classic Sondheim, so we’re including it anyway.
7. ‘Young Frankenstein (Original Broadway Cast Recording)’
Another horror parody, the stage adaptation of the famous Mel Brooks movie has a few show-stopping numbers that could replace the “Monster Mash” on your Halloween playlist.
8. ‘Little Shop of Horrors (Broadway Cast Recording)’
Disney superstar Alan Menken found his first hit with this dark musical comedy about a mutant Venus flytrap that feeds on humans.
9. ‘Jekyll and Hyde — The Musical (1997 Original Broadway Cast Recording)’
One of Broadway’s lesser-known musicals, “Jekyll and Hyde” is as dark as the original story on which it’s based. The classic tragic tale of a dangerous alter ego boasts some haunting pieces about the murderous doctor terrorizing London.
10. ‘The Addams Family (Soundtrack from the Musical)’
The “Addams Family” theme song has long been a popular Halloween track. But now that everyone’s famous spooky family has joined the theatre world, there is a whole soundtrack of delightfully kooky tracks to enjoy.
11. ‘Carrie: The Musical (Premiere Cast Recording)’
Based on Stephen King’s popular terror-inducing novel, the musical soundtrack features up-and-comers such as Molly Ranson alongside current Broadway stars such as Derek Klena and Christy Altomare of “Anastasia.”
12. ‘Heathers: The Musical (World Premiere Cast Recording)’
The cult-classic film about a set of sinister and complex high schoolers first made its way to Broadway in 2014. The rock musical’s soundtrack is edgy with dark undertones and an ominous feel, making it a must-have for your Halloween playlist.
Now, go dance the night away and remember to let the stage inspire you this Halloween season!