The Broadway cast albums released in 2012 span the gamut from classic musical theatre to modern pop-musicals, concept cast recordings, and plays with music. Several of the productions represented won Tony Awards while others were snubbed. Some even recorded their soundtrack after the show had closed. Regardless of which music style you prefer, you will find something you like among the 2012 cast album recordings.
Based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name, Once the Musical was the quiet show that exploded onto the Broadway scene in 2012. A small musical with an intimate love story told through various styles of music, the cast recording of Once the Musical is a beautiful demonstration of emotive singing and focused storytelling. Get this album.
A cult favorite among Broadway and musical theatre aficionados, Jekyll & Hyde has launched productions around the world and numerous recordings in several languages. This 2012 concept cast recording hints at what audiences can expect when the re-imagined J&H returns to the Broadway stage in 2013 with Rock of Ages' Constantine Maroulis, Deborah Cox, and Teal Wicks.
Technically not a Broadway production, the cast album from Encores! 2012 revival of the Broadway show Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a welcome break from the pop and rock musicals that proliferate Broadway nowadays. With all the shtick of an old black-and-white screwball comedy, GMP also delivers on well-known songs, great singing, and rich orchestrations. Starring "Smash's" Megan Hilty, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes does not disappoint in the entertainment department.
Known as the "Greatest Musical Ever Written," Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece Follies has stood the test of time, wowing audiences with its 2011 Broadway revival. The production starred Bernadette Peters, Jan Maxwell, Ron Raines, and Danny Burstein, leading a cast of 41 and an orchestra of 28 to create a definitive cast album of the one and only Follies.
Though its Broadway run was short-lived, Bonnie and Clyde the Musical is a top-notch musical that deserved a longer stay on the Great White Way. Another musical by Frank Wildhorn, Bonnie and Clyde is practically a survey of early 20th century American music. The arrangements by John McDaniel are incredible, as are the vocal performances of its leads, Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan.
The long-anticipated return of Evita to the Broadway stage had Broadway fans wondering how a production could top the 1980 Tony-winning production that made overnight stars of Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin. The 2012 Evita came out hitting with pop sensation Ricky Martin as "Che," Tony winner Michael Cerveris as "Peron," and Argentinian Elena Roger as "Evita." The album captures the thrill and the chaos of a complicated woman in a tumultuous time.
An imaginative telling of a World War I story of a boy and his horse who fight in battle, War Horse won over audiences from the day it opened on Broadway. The use of specially designed puppetry for the horses earned the show a Special Tony Award, to go along with the Tony Award for Best Play for 2012. The play also spurred a film of the same name and a national tour. Still playing, War Horse is a family-friendly show, best-suited for older kids and teens.
Based on the 1983 film of the same name, A Christmas Story opens on Broadway late Fall 2012 full of fun songs for the whole family. The movie that is best known for a kid sticking his tongue to a flagpole has been adapted for the stage with music by the writing duo Pasek and Paul. For holiday cheer and family-friendly fare, A Christmas Story is a safe bet for 2012.
9. Bring It On!
The original Broadway Cast Album Recording for Bring it On! the Musical features the songs from Tony Award-winning composers Lin-Manuel Miranda of In the Heights and Tom Kitt, who penned Next to Normal. With acrobatics on stage and on the vocals, Bring it On! the Musical brings the high energy of the stage show to the digital realm.
Helmed by Tony winner Kathleen Turner, Nice Work If You Can Get It is a collection of the Gershwins music strung together with a plot straight out of a zany 1930's romantic comedy romp. Starring Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick and Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara, Nice Work If You Can Get It brings the music of the American songbook to life.