The Sunday Giveaway: A copy of The Bridges of Madison County Cast Album!

We’re closing The Bridges of Madison County today.  Super sad times.

But, as I wrote about in this blog about the closing, I’m supremely confident that the show will live on for a long time after we finish loading out of The Schoenfeld Theatre.

And one of the reasons why will be its score.  This sucker is going to be listened to and sung all over the place over the next several years.

That’s why I wanted to commemorate today by giving away a copy of the Bridges cast recording.

It may not be as valuable dollar-wise compared to a couple of tickets to a Broadway show, but I think it’s only fitting.

And if you can’t wait to see if you win, you can go to the Barnes and Noble on 86th and Lex this Friday, May 23rd at 5:00 PM and get an autographed copy- because we’re having an album signing with a performance by Kelli & Steven.

So here’s how to enter to win:

What’s your favorite cast album of a show that is no longer on the boards?  What recording would you take on a deserted island if you could only have one?

Tell me your #1 favorite cast album in the comments below and you could win what I think might replace it.  🙂

Good luck.  And now, I’ve gotta run to this final performance.  Gonna be a special one.


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  • Sarah P. says:

    Next to Normal! I’m obsessed with that Tony-winning score as well as the show itself, and Alice Ripley is amazing.

  • Rebecca says:

    If I had to pick my favorite soundtrack of a show no longer on broadway I would have to pick Rent.

  • Allie says:


  • Jenna Rich says:

    The Big Fish cast recording. It was such a beautiful production and closed far too soon…

  • Brad Widener says:

    If it has to be gone from Bway already, probably In the Heights. Lin and everyone else are superb.

  • Lori Freedman says:

    Altar Boyz of course!!!

  • Chris says:

    The original Broadway recording of Ragtime!

  • Brittany says:

    The Light in the Piazza.

  • Tracey says:

    One of my all time favorites is The Drowsy Chaperone! Pure fun!!

  • Debbie says:

    Sweeny Todd.

  • Judy says:

    Carrie the musical!

  • Brian says:

    Company’- the original London cast which is the broadway recording with Larry Kert instead of Dean Jones

  • steve jacobson says:

    I would take South Pacific. It still is the best musical I ever saw and have several different versions in my collection.

  • Michelle says:

    I would love to win this score! I saw the play and the acting and music were breathtaking! Bridges definitely deserved more time to gather word of mouth and get more people to see it. My two favourite cast albums of all time are Grease and Rent. Both classics!

  • Amy says:

    I can’t count how many times I’ve listened to another JRB class, the original cast recording of The Last Five Years. Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott are amazing.

  • Elizabeth T says:

    I wore out my CATS soundtrack (on tape, might I add) when I was a kid. As an adult, it’s still the reason I chose to go into theatre.

  • Jared Goerke says:

    My Favorite cast recording of a show that is no longer on the boards is and always will be Merrily We Roll Along. I find that its very underrated and just needs a chance to prove that. Its just so beautifully written and one of my favorite Sondheim scores. My favorite cast of this specific one is the 2012 Encores! production. That cast seemed to do wonders with that score and its really good. I honestly would recommend even just the music to people.

  • Larry says:

    West Side Story! My
    song would be “Somewhere”

  • R.J. Lowe says:

    Hard to choose a favorite so I will limit myself to a show with a tragically short run (like BRIDGES had – saw it and LOVED it)…

    THE STORY OF MY LIFE by Bartram and Hill starring Will Chase and Malcolm Gets. My best friend and I loved it SO much we produced the first post-Broadway, non-school production of the show as a special fund-raiser for our local theater not too long after the Broadway production shuttered. I played Alvin Kelby, my friend was Thomas Weaver. An amazing show and a beautiful cast album.

  • Megan says:

    I love In the Heights! I especially love Breathe! Its the soundtrack to my life some days!

  • Hendri says:

    Into the woods!

  • Mark S. says:

    Although the Company or Ragtime OBCs would probably be my top picks and my desert-island cast albums, I ended up pitching the High Fidelity musical to a theatre company based solely on my love of the source material and the music from the cast album, having bought it shortly after it came out. They loved my pitch, I directed the show, and, best of all, I got to live with that amazing Tom Kitt/Amanda Green music every day for months.

  • Tiffany says:


  • Randi says:

    West Side Story!

  • Claire says:

    It’s impossible to pick a favorite, but one that I always love to listen to is the Chess original cast recording. I love the score!

  • Laurie B. says:

    The Full Monty! It’s a great gym soundtrack and has all styles of music!

  • Billy R. says:

    Falsettos has always been a score and story that I strongly connect with, and it’s cast album is not only my favorite musical score, but a well produced,fully enjoyable cast recording. I discover something new to appreciate in the lyrics or music every time I listen to it (which is quite often).

  • Natalia says:

    HAIR!!! The revival recording. The original is also beautiful, but after dancing with the revival cast on stage I have a particular fondness for them 🙂

  • Lauren says:

    So torn… Love “9 to 5” but I’m going with “the most happy fella”

  • Chris says:

    I’m choosing The Music Man, for sentimental reasons (and because, on a desert island, I’d never get tired of it.)

  • Lynn Manuell says:

    The original cast of Pippin

  • Rick Stutzel says:

    So hard to choose!
    But since I can only take one to the island, it would have to be the original Gypsy with Ethel Merman.

  • Rafi Levavy says:

    Choosing a favorite is REALLY difficult – like choosing between children, but I’ve been listening to Violet a lot recently. (I’m counting it since the production closed in 1997, even though there is another production of it going on right now.)

  • Congrats Ken on Bridges, it was sublime.

    My pick is Grey Gardens. I absolutely adore that score. So clever, funny and such beautiful melodies.

  • Evan says:

    I always love listening to the original cast recording of The Pajama Game.

  • Barbara Vaccaro says:


  • Ken Wydro says:

    ONCE – the closest thing to Leonard Cohen/Bob Dylan ever on Broadway. ONCE is the only cast album CD I listen to over and over again. Poetry. Passion. True to life. Authentic.Real. And,I hear something new with every listen. John Tiffany and staff at the top of their game.

  • Christine Garfinkel says:

    Next to Normal is probably my favorite. But I have so many that I love. And we saw Bridges of Madison County last weekend and it was such a beautiful show! So sad that it ended way too soon! Sorry Ken!

  • George Matusek says:

    My favorite cast recording is the original cast album of “Promises, Promises” (from the 1970s, with Jerry Orbach).

  • Matthew says:

    I know a lot of people are going to think I’m crazy with the choice, but I never get tied of”The Fantasticks”!

  • Karl P says:

    Sweeny Todd with LuPone and Cerveris. I never get tired of the magic.

  • Nicole says:

    The Last Five Years

  • Christine Schoppe says:

    Giant – Like Bridges this Michael John LaChiusa score didn’t get the audience it deserved. I could listen to “He Wanted a Girl,” “Midnight Blues,” and “The Desert” for hours. Absolutely captivating.

  • Thomas Heath says:

    Old School here Ken and can’t rule out the influences of my ‘rents… Tie between “Man of La Mancha” and “My Fair Lady”… Vivid memories of them waffling through the house with the windows open on a summer night and all those wonderful characters coming alive.

  • Candace says:

    I can’t get enough of RENT, original cast album. Amazing songs, lyrics, and performances!

  • Andrea Herbert says:

    When I was about 6, my British grandparents took me to see Crazy For You in NYC when they came to visit. I remember loving it so much and giving it a standing ovation, even though I had no idea what it was. My grandfather bought me the cassette tape and I played it so much I broke it. When I moved to England, my American grandparents took me to see it in London. I still loved it. When I came back to the states, I saw it at Papermill. I got the videotape of the Great Performances on PBS and when that broke, I found someone who had made a DVD of the PBS Great Performance. I still take it out every once and a while. Anytime I hear those songs, I smile. It always puts me in a good mood.

    So, I would have to say Crazy For You is the musical I could listen to over and over again.

  • Lisa Pratt says:

    Paying homage to Jason Robert Brown, and undeniably my fav, “The Last Five Years” – it’s brilliant, funny, sad, moving and as in everything he creates, one of a kind. Just like “Bridges.”

  • Deena McClusky says:

    The American Idiot soundtrack is on my near constant rotation.While I didn’t see it on Broadway (my daughter did….twice), I did see the touring production and loved the music.

  • Brian Pier says:

    Sweeney Todd

  • Cydney Halpin says:

    A Chorus Line!!!! I wore out several copies…back when cast recordings were really records!!! FABULOUS!!!!

  • Bunny says:

    I love The King and I (Toads! Toads! All of your people are toads!)and It’s A Bird! It’s A Plane! It’s Superman! (You’ve Got Possibilities, maybe even a lot). Loved Monty Python’s Spamalot (You Won’t Succeed on Broadway if you don’t have any Jews) but I guess the one I sing the most is The Producers. Especially I Want to be a Producer. Interior rhymes, addictive tunes… Too bad the movie was gershtunken.

  • Emily Goforth says:

    bare: a pop opera. Picking my #1 favorite cast recording is so difficult…but I think that the recording for bare: a pop opera is so beautiful. The show itself is really interesting, but additionally all of the actors pour their soul into that recording. You almost feel like you’re on stage seeing it.

  • Barbara Laronde says:

    Can’t live without In the Heights! I wish LMM would write a new show every year and then come to my house to rap it for me. I would send a car!

  • Dean Ackerman says:

    I would have to pick two. The first would be Ain’t Misbehavin’ because the cast was so great and the recording was such a terrific representation of the show. The second, albeit a much less commercially successful show would be the Original
    Broadway Cast Recording of Chess, because it has one of the most powerful scores I have ever heard on The Great White Way!

  • Louis says:

    Les Mis’ in French with the cd insert so I could learn it. A few words/lines in the English translation(s) are still French and it’s on my bucket list to learn parts of it in French. #musicaltheatrenerd

  • fran says:

    The original cast recording of Pippin. Love the music, the lyrics.

    Irene Ryan singing Time to Start Living. May sound sacrilegious, but I put it on when I clean; it gets me moving!

    Years ago, working out of town in West Virginia, my roommate brought his stereo and show albums. He played the original albums of Annie and Coco almost daily.

  • The Broadway OCR of “Les Miserables”….all those inspirational, stirring anthems, the moving luxurious lyricism of the entire score. Randy Graff, Frances Ruffelle, Colm Wilkinson,,,,sheer perfection after all these many years. One day I WILL see it in London, no surprise that it is still running there…bloody brillant! Loved the fact that it initially received so/so reviews!

  • Joyce Joseph says:

    A tie: “A Chorus Line” (I know every lyric) and “Rent”. Love them both. SOOO many others are in the top ten as well: “Ain’t Misbehavin'”, “Aspects of Love”, “West Side Story”, “Dreamgirls” – I could go on and on…..

  • Patrick McGregor II says:

    Big Fish! Can’t stop listening to it!!!

  • Ron Emerick says:

    My three favorite cast albums are Gypsy, A Chorus Line, and Les Miz. Dating back to the 70s, I’ve seen all of these shows three times on Broadway–with completely different casts each time. Tough to choose, but I’ll go with Gypsy!

  • Mary M. says:

    AIDA (Elton John/Tim Rice)
    Still listen to it all the time 🙂

  • Kate says:

    My Favorite is CHESS, and if I had to pick a favorite song… “I know him so well”

  • Steve says:

    March of the Falsettos

  • Derek Pickens says:

    The one cast recording I couldn’t live without would have to be A NEW BRAIN. Such an amazing score and compelling story.


    The revival of “Chicago” with Bebe Neuwirth



  • Brad says:

    Although I love all the choices that I have read, I tend to think of shows like Crazy for You and Annie Get Your Gun, but if I could only take one CD with me, I think it would be the CD from Broadway the American Musical. Or is that cheating?

  • Bruce says:

    Ken, I haven’t heard the Bridges score. Can’t imagine it compares to My Fair Lady, South Pacific, The King and I, The Sound Of Music, Gypsy or Sweeney Todd. Need I go on?

  • Randy Lake says:

    Floyd Collins. It gains more depth and beauty and power with every new listening…simply breath-taking. (Although, technically, it has never played Broadway.)

  • Tony P says:

    I can put “Caroline, or Change” in the player and be transported. Every day.

  • Bryan Austermann says:

    Well, my answers cannot be the same.

    I’d bring the Wicked cast recording with me on a deserted island, but the first cast recording that popped to mind of a show no longer playing that I adore was Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown! LOVE that score!

  • Margaret says:

    What’s your favorite cast album of a show that is no longer on the boards?
    This is a nearly impossible question – and my answer would probably change every week. I think I would have to go with Fiddler on the Roof, the OBC recording. I’ve just always adored that show and score and the OBC recording. Truly timeless classic. Runners up include Into the Woods, Oklahoma!, Dreamgirls, and maybe In the Heights, N2N, and Little Women. Nothing particularly “obscure” comes to mind, but I am probably missing several gems.

    What recording would you take on a deserted island if you could only have one?
    This is such a tough call, but I think I would have to say the 10th Anniversary Concert Recording of Les Mis. Terribly cliché, I know. 10th Anniversary recording over the 1989 Complete Symphonic Recording solely because of Lea Salonga as Eponine. Runners up include Fiddler on the Roof (my favorite classic), Cabaret, Pippin (revival cast), Ragtime, and – I’m ashamed to say – Wicked and Legally Blonde (If I were stranded on a desert island, I’d need my guilty pleasure, self-esteem-boosting, car-belting songs, “Defying Gravity” and “So Much Better.”)Although I fancy myself a fan of obscure musicals, if I really had to live off of just a few, I’d pick well-known ones, although the boppy Off-Broadway recording of Altar Boyz almost made the cut due to sheer peppiness – which I’d need on a deserted island. (Can you tell I’ve pondered this question before??)

    #1 favorite cast album:
    10th Anniversary Concert Recording of Les Mis

  • Philip Gallas says:

    I love the original cast album of Candide with Leonard Bernstein’s amazing score and Barbara Cook’s coloratura rendition of Glitter and Be Gay! Time for a Bridges update!

  • Qun says:

    Actually I quite like the cast album of Bonnie & Clyde. The show had problems but I still think it’s under-appreciated and got closed too early.

    If I have to bring only one album, it’s probably going to be The Book of Mormon….

  • John Presutti says:

    Many great cast recordings…. but the top for me ….will be my first Musical.. the Original “A Chorus Line”. I can sing the entire show and often do at stressful times at work…. I pride myself on making people laugh with my rendition……..Mother always said I’d be very attractive….When I grew up, when I grew up.
    “Diff’rent”, she said, “With a special something
    And a very, very personal flair.”
    And though I was eight or nine,
    Though I was eight or nine,
    Though I was eight or nine,
    I hated her…………..

  • Rick Shulman says:

    I love Sunday in the Park With George. As much as I love Mandy and Bernadette, I would probably go with the recent London revival cast, since there is more music. Ragtime would probably be my second choice.

  • Marybeth says:

    The Secret Garden OBC.I’ve been listening to it for 20 years, and it still makes me weep.

  • Marina Barry says:

    Sweeney Todd — I saw it 13 times at the then Uris Theatre. The recording I’d have on my island would be South Pacific that Kelli just did — the cast was amazing and the orchestra was the best.
    I am extremely sad Bridges has closed — I saw it 3 times and would have gone more …… music and shows like this must be given a chance and I am grateful that the producers gave it life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

  • Sarah L says:

    The Original Broadway Cast Recording of “South Pacific.”
    But on a LP that was passed down to me from my great-grandmother. Besides the fact that there’s nothing quite like the nostalgia of listening to that glorious score complete with the crackles of a vinyl record, it also allows me to travel back in time to imagine my great-grandmother and her family enjoying that very same record on their farm in rural Missouri, perhaps while she baked a batch of cookies.

  • Kathleen Smith says:

    I read the email while I was drinking my fourth drink since 5:00 PM this evening. FIrst, I had to determine which shows which opened on Broadway were no long open on Broadway. That elimiated Jersey Boys and Altar Boys. I then thought of the show without which I would not have received the email and which caused me to realixe live theater is my addiction, The Scarlet Pimpernel which I first saw Mother’s Day weekend 1999. Listening to that CD I can recall the other shows I have seen since that date. It was also the first show I purposefully went to see again because I realized there were things I missed the first time.

  • Randy Zeese says:

    Sunset Boulevard! Without a doubt, the biggest source of “diva ballads” in many years! Barbara Streisand picked “As If We Never Said Goodbye” for her opening song for her big “comeback” live performance tour, and who can resist hearing any of the legendary Norma Desmond’s singing “With One Look”?!!!

  • Catherine Downey says:

    Light in the Piazza!

  • Rob L. says:

    My favorite cast recording of a show that is currently running is The Drowsy Chaperone. The cast album fills that heart warming and joyful feeling that show created in me. The feeling of the cast album has a similar feel to the show, while obviously not being exactly the same. Plus, how can you beat the Man in Chair?

    As for a cast recording I would take to a deserted is different – I would take something like Hairspray of Legally Blonde to keep myself up best and dancing.

  • Lauren says:

    I think the best cast recordings are the ones that come closest to capturing the energy of the live experience. In the Heights and Passing Strange both did that quite well, but I’d name HAIR’s recent revival as my all-time favorite. Their recording of the title track has the energy of that Tony performance. It’s magic.

  • Rick says:

    “Funny Girl”! When were kids my sister loaned it to me – on vinyl – and I never gave it back!

  • Jackie S says:

    Such a difficult question! (Anyone out there NOT having a hard time?)
    There are so many options… Next to Normal came to mind, and I still consider it my all-time favorite show (Though Bridges really pushed for that spot), but I really have to go with “[title of show]”… It’s the first “small” show I fell in love with, and the cast recording gives so much to us theatre nerds that I would still feel connected to the community from a desert island, as long as I could listen to it. The show lives on in all obscure references to random musicals, and I love it!
    (Close seconds are Next to Normal and the OBCR of Sunday in the Park with George)

  • Melissa N says:

    BONNIE & CLYDE. It definitely did not get a fair shake on Broadway and it’s an amazing cast album

  • Ryan says:

    Honestly, I’d have to say Rent. There are tons of other terrific shows, but Rent has a special place in my heart. In terms of the recording I’d take with me on a desert island, though, (assuming that the island had something with which to play the recording), I’d definitely say The Book of Mormon if I could magically have a recording of the cast from Chicago (particularly Nic Rouleau and Ben Platt, both on Broadway now). Otherwise, probably Wicked, the first show I ever saw on Broadway. Yes, they’re all widely popular with mainstream audiences, but I still love them.

  • Perin says:

    At the moment, the London cast recording of A Little Night Music (though Light in the Piazza is a close second).

  • Lori Goldstein says:

    My all time favorite cast album whose show is no longer on Broadway would be Oklahoma.

  • I love Hair. Know all the songs. Saw it when I was a kid sitting next to my dad. Got pulled on the stage by George “Fluffer” Hirsh. It was at that moment on that stage that I knew this is what I want to devote my life to. Musicals!!! I had friends who grew up with me in the movie version. Then for the revival my friend Heath Calvert was in it and Will Swenson and one of the Amas Musical Theatre Grads, Briana Carlson. And I ran up on stage again and danced. Hair shaped my life. Hair started my love and creative appetite to write musicals. So Hair it is!!! Hair forever!

  • Kyle says:

    Company OBC

  • CopaCabana says:


  • Keni Fine says:

    Gospel at Colonus.

    To Ken & Co.,
    “Bridges” was beautiful
    with this lesson learned:
    a Bridge bright and musical
    shall never be burned.

  • Barb Seaton says:

    Favorite show not on Broadway: Barnum
    To take on a dessert island: Cats or Chorus Line

  • Pam Morse says:


  • Brian Jones says:

    I’m pretty sure I’m the only guy rocking it out at the gym to Memphis every day, but my deserted island pick would definitely be Sweeney Todd.

  • Alex B. says:

    No longer on the boards – Merrily We Roll Along
    Desert Island – The Last Five Years

  • EllenFD says:

    My all-time favorite would have to be the original Broadway cast recording–yes, even with all its flaws and omissions–of FOLLIES, mostly because it contains the performance for which John McMartin should have won a Tony.

    Close behind: A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE, featuring Steven Pasquale’s pulse-pounding “The Streets of Dublin.” (Why he didn’t appear in a Broadway musical until the exquisite BRIDGES mystifies me.)

    Of course, all this assumes I can somehow find an electric current on a desert island to play my CDs.

  • City of Angels. So much wit, and I’m a sucker for anything noir.

  • Luke Haynes says:

    The Godspell Revival is close, but I’d have to say Jason Robert Brown’s PARADE is number 1. That album just seems to have a song for any mood I’m in!

  • Cheryl says:

    A Chorus Line – it would keep me dancing on that deserted island!

  • JM says:

    A Man of No Importance!

  • Ginger Lawson says:

    Yeah I think Hair – – and let me add that I think this would be a great time for a revival of that one! See you Friday:)

  • Kiss of the Spider Woman with Chita Rivera 🙂

  • Fiddler on the Roof. The closest score to my heart.

  • Elan Kramer says:

    A Chorus Line.

  • Dave Cackowski says:

    I couldn’t pick one so here are 3 that all tied for my favorite: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Taboo and Hair! For the 2nd part I didn’t know if the one album had to be Broadway so I picked Little Queen – Heart!

    • Tom L says:

      My desert island all-time favorite CD—HIGH FIDELITY. Another show that was misunderstood and closed far too quickly.

  • Allison DeLuca says:

    This is so ridiculously difficult! My favorite changes all the time. My usual top two are Next to Normal and Spring Awakening, but since I’m feeling reminiscent today I’m going to go with Aida. I played Nehebka in a community theatre production of Aida and the cast recording never fails to make me cry at least once!

  • Once On This Island. When you can listen to a cast recording and feel like you get the entire show, it’s a great album. And that music! Those lyrics! Those performers!

    • Ann-Carol Pence says:

      I agree. LaChanze singing Waiting for Life to begin, Jerry Dixon’s Some Girls, and the 4 Gods – each fabulous would make me yearn for Rain and the Human Heart, but be comforted in the fact Mama will Provide. It is Broadway’s most uplifting story by my favorite writers Ahrens & Flaherty. Thanks for asking.

  • Wendy Hall says:

    Bare: a pop opera, still hoping for the Bare the Musical cast recording, also love the cast recordings for Spring Awakening and 13.

  • Ryan McCurdy says:

    The Who’s Tommy. All day long.

  • Sam Hawk says:

    Without a doubt, the original cast recording of West Side Story. When I was 8 years old, I asked for it for my birthday. Instead, I got a shotgun! I think my parents were trying to send me a message. Years later, my husband gave it to me and I treasure it.

  • Karma says:

    Merrily We Roll Along!!

  • Dayna Kurnitz says:

    Hair is by far my favorite!!!

  • Debbie McIntyre says:

    My all time favorite has got to be Dreamgirls…close favorite is The Wiz…I can listen to these CD’s any day and anytime of the day…Love them!!

  • Lindsey Wilson says:

    Bring It On is my go-to, but I would take Cabaret with me on a desert island.


    I so enjoyed the show, and
    Judy Kaye was the understudy for Ms Kahn several times (plus she toured the show with Rock Hudson ).

    I am happy it is coming back to Broadway , but wish they had cast Ms Kaye in the Imogene Coca role .

    Still,I hope the show revival is a HUGE hit.

  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (first recording of the two official ones) is my guilty pleasure.

  • Chris says:

    Passing Strange. The raw energy on that album, the catchy tunes… wish I could’ve caught it onstage.

  • Michael R says:

    Congrats on the run of Bridges, so sad to see it close! It’s a tough call, but I would say Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party.

  • Jared W says:

    I absolutely adore my Original Cast Album of “Sweeney Todd.” Although the show premiered well before I was even born, that cast album makes me feel like I am in the theatre with all of those magnificent artists. It does what every good cast album does; it doesn’t just preserve the score, but the experience of seeing the show live.

  • Rachael says:

    A couple of summers ago, I listened to the cast recording of Anything Goes with Sutton Foster non-stop. It still is one of my favorite scores.

  • Sara says:

    My absolute favorite show is “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”. If i was on a deserted island with the recording with Donny Osmond I would be happy 🙂

  • Paula says:

    I have the original My Fair Lady album, which is a classic. If I were on a desert island, I would want to have a South Pacific CD.

  • Mark says:

    I honestly can’t decide between SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD and PARADE.

    Both recordings are beyond beautiful. Jason Robert Brown truly knows how to musically capture not only an emotional narrative, but a physical place. With one bar, he drops you right into a different world. Although I’ve listened to them hundreds of times, I’m still transported to those worlds every time I listen.

  • John says:

    The Original Broadway Cast Recording of “The King and I” starring Yul Brynner.

  • Karen Campbell says:

    I loved Bridges .. saw it at WTF and on Broadway. I know I will love the cast album!

    My #1 pick – just because it’s upbeat and so much fun..and because Patrick Wilson has such an amazing voice.. The Full Monty!

  • Jared Eberlein says:

    Gun to my head choosing, I think the OBC recording of “Sunday in the Park with George”. It’s the first one my son and I listened to together all the way through when he was first born.

  • David says:

    Next to Normal. I Miss the Mountains . . .

  • Frank Zuback says:

    West Side Story!
    It runs the emotional gamut with powerful and sophisticated music and lyrics from arguably the greatest American musical.

  • Elizabeth H says:

    No longer running – Merrily We Roll Along
    (Honorable Mention to Rent, Bonnie & Clyde and The Last Five Years)

    Dessert Island – Newsies
    (Honorable Mention to Once, Wicked, and Legally Blonde. You’d need something fun!!)

  • Owen Leonard says:

    Marry Poppins Orgnial Broadway Recording.

  • Stacey says:

    I’m going to say another Kelli O’Hara musical “The Light in the Piazza”. I didn’t even see the musical but could picture it all from the cast album.

  • John Maday says:

    I could listen to WEST SIDE STORY. It runs the through every emotion you have. Exciting orchestrations..Beautiful lyrics..and a story to die for!! 🙂

  • For its passion and emotion I pick “Carousel.”

  • For its passion and emotions I pick “Carousel.”

  • ASSASSINS hands down. I remember hearing about the show, then buying the cassette (yes) and passing it around to all my friends in high school, saying, “You’ve GOT to hear this. There is NOTHING else like it!”

  • Cara Corradetti says:

    Merrily We Roll Along, 1982 OBC, no question.

  • Josh says:

    I’d have to take my cast album of Ragtime.

  • Sue Cohen says:

    Rent, hands down.

  • eva says:

    I totally agree with A Man Of No Importance and Follies but on a desert island I would have to include James Joyce’s The Dead and Dirty Rotten Scoundrel.
    I also agree Bridges and Big Fish closed too soon.

  • Adrian says:


    The little show that could.

  • Billy Christopher Maupin says:

    The second concept recording of JEKYLL AND HYDE (I know, I know it’s not REALLY a cast recording), but Anthony Warlow AND Carolee Carmello AND Linda Eder and that fabulous ensemble! Ooh I love it.

  • ken says:

    I’d always pick the cast recording of Les Miz. Always brings all the emotions to the surface. Don’t know if Les Miz qualifies, cause they just keep bring it back and back.

  • Anonymous says:

    This a hard one, but I’d have to say “West Side Story” I know it’s been mentioned above, but it bears mentioning again.
    Specifically, because my 9th grade drama teacher pointed out that on Broadway, you can say anything and it couldn’t be censored.
    So Sondheim could have easily written “when the shit hits the fan”, but he chose “when the spit hits the fan”. “whole buggin'” and “mother lovin'” are also good examples.

    Not that I’m prudish by any means, but on that day, in her class, I found true respect for the art form of Broadway theater.

    Thank you Mrs. Jacobs

  • Mickey Brodey says:

    If I were to go off on a desert island with one show album, it would be a mix of everything by Sondheim (Follies & Merrily), Styne (Gypsy, subways, Bells) and, above all, Coleman (Little Me, 20th Century, The Life and City of Angels). It will be a multi disc
    mix,but I’ll have my favorites!

  • Philip V says:

    “Spring Awakening.” Every time.

  • Jim says:

    Put me down for JANE EYRE. I’m sucker for a great love story. I wish I lived in NYC so I could have seen BRIDGES!

  • Ellen Orchid says:

    It took me a long time to scroll down to the bottom, to get to this entry slot, because there were so many heartfelt responses to this week’s contest. I was very moved to read how deeply attached people are to this music and how much it means to them. What a great art form musical theater is, and how it sustains people. I saw “Bridge of Madison County” and the music was extraordinary. It will live on. I saw many responses above whose feelings I shared, but the absolute ONE album that I played over and over “until it broke” as they say, was the cast album for “City of Angels”. I just love those ultra-jazzy songs and those incredibly clever lyrics. “Lost and Found” and “What You Don’t Know About Women” are genius songs and have sustained me on many a rainy day. Here’s to musical theater and their creators and of course their producers, who make the shows possible!!!!!

  • Jeannie says:

    Spring Awakening. I have so many fond memories from this show as I saw it many times sitting with some of my favorite people. And the best part was sitting on stage …what an incredible experience!

  • Rina says:

    West Side Story is still my favorite. It’s simply the best!

  • Joann Sickinger says:

    It would have to be Parade and Passion
    Such beautiful music……

  • Rick Hinkson says:

    really impossible to pick just one, so it’s a bit of a coin toss among three or four favorites. and the winner is NINE.

  • Adrian Ruz says:

    Legally Blonde!

  • Maria Spjoetvoll says:

    Merrily We Roll Along from Encores!

  • Lori says:

    Jane eyre

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  • ECP says:

    SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM. So tempted to pack one of the so-called classics, but on a desert island, maybe in for the long haul, I’d take an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord over one singular sensation.
    Happy long weekend!

  • Micah McCain says:

    Sunday in the Park with George. OBC. Changed my life. I was in middle school (and STILL to this day) I would walk around singing: ‘Your eyes, George. I love your eyes, George.’ And each time I saw Bridges on Broadway(yep, multiple times) when Francesca sang: ‘How do I go? Tell me, How do I go? How do I go with you?’ I was transported back to the magic of music and the power of words.

  • Shariland says:

    Hair. The plaintive plea “Let the Sun Shine In” kills me every time.

  • Byrne H says:


  • Ashlyn S. says:

    Call me crazy, but I love the soundtrack from Wonderland. If I could combine the OBC and concept recordings, I would.

    Other ones include Dogfight (if we are counting off-Broadway), American Idiot, and Bring it On. I also love the classics, but a lot of them are still playing!

  • James Mack says:

    “Ragtime.” The score by Flaherty and Ahrens is unparalleled. I became obsessed with the show and its music during the pre-Broadway preview period in Toronto, Ontario, which is about 100 miles from my home in Buffalo, NY. I saw the show three times in Toronto and even invested $1000 in Livent (the producing company) stock because I was so sure this show would run on Broadway forever. (Of course, the value of the stock became worthless when the company went bankrupt a year or so later.) I was also fortunate to have a friend who knew of my adoration of the show offer me tickets to the Broadway Opening Night of “Ragtime” at the appropriately named Ford Theatre. My love affair with the music continues and the cd is never far from my playlist.

  • Andy Gordanier says:

    So many choices but I think the cast album of Day in Hollywood/Night in the Ukraine
    Not a well known show but one of my favorites.

  • Nanda Douglas says:

    I would take the OBC recording of The Last Five Years with Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott. JRB’s music works for every situation.

  • Bob Devlin says:

    One of my favorites is Anyone Can Whistle. I know the show was a hot mess but Sondheim’s score is inventive and witty. Angela Lansbury’s numbers are knock-outs. I would take the 1970’s version of Candide to any island. “Make Our Garden Grow” was sung by a choir right before my wife went down the aisle on our wedding day. 39 years later, it is still our song.

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  • alan gardiner-atkinson says:

    Marat/Sade has the best theatre music i’ve heard

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