I enjoyed it as well but not having seen the show I didn't really know what to expect. I was imagining a more whimsical score if that makes sense. The story is a kind of fantasy but it also gets pretty dark even in the film so I think Tim Minchin made the more interesting choice with the score. I like it. I'd like to see the show now.
The show isn't that bad. I love "To Hear You Say My Name." There's a demo that MTI sends out that includes many of the Broadway leads and the score is fairly charming. Like most other musicals that year it just had the misfortune of opening the same season as The Producers.
gypsy101 said: "anyone else wish Anybody Have a Map was like 2 minutes longer and included some of the other characters looking for a map? such a good melody and it ends so abruptly and too soon (though maybe that shortness works better onstage)"
On stage the song is longer because there's more dialogue and the abrupt ending is cut off by a school bell ringing. There's also an entire opening media montage and sequence with E
It does just start very abruptly. It really would have been nice to have the opening recorded but at the same time as an album it pulls you right in. There's enough dialogue on the rest of the album for someone who hasn't seen the show to follow along well enough. The sound quality is superb.
Based on the iTunes track length listings it also looks like they didn't record Evan's opening or closing bits which is a total shame. I love the way Ben does the opening. I agree that cast albums should strive to capture not only the spirit but also the structure of a show. It's a pet peeve but the more dialogue the better and if there's a prologue before the first song I like to hear it. This looks like it's just a collection of singles. Those cast albums don't