This is a blog about cast albums.
I love show tunes. I was that weird kid in high school who knew all the words to Hello, Dolly! and Phantom but couldn’t reference a Marvel character to save his life. (You know the type.) I performed in all the shows I could and made some great, lifelong friends in the process.
Then I got to college and my theater loving identity took a backseat. I still blasted Hairspray in the car on occasion, but gone were the days where I would spontaneously begin a rendition of “Do You Hear the People Sing?” on the sidewalk or enthusiastically lip-sync to “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” in the tub. I suddenly had more important things to do.
Now I have a degree and a career; what I need is a distraction. I have challenged myself to listen to every (yes, every) musical cast recording in the English language that I can get my hands on. These are the rules:
- The show must have run on stage professionally at some point.
- There must be at least one cast album available in English.
- I will only listen to cast albums in English unless there is a cast album available in the original language in which the show was performed or the native language of the show’s setting or characters.
- I may ignore studio cast recordings if there are more than 3 stage and/or film cast albums available.
I don’t know how this will turn out, but I will start by randomly selecting shows and listening to all of their available cast recordings in order of production. I will listen to film soundtracks as well, providing that they are in line with my rules. From there, I will offer synopses, reviews, and personal insights.
I hope you enjoy! Curtain up…