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
I actually really liked the current tour of The Sound of Music. I thought the design was simple and beautiful especially the act one finale with scenery, lighting, direction, music and performances all coming together to create something I won't soon forget. It is directed by Jack O'Brien which perhaps in years past would have been enough of a reason to bring it back, but I agree that it maybe isn't a radical enough reimagining to merit a Broadway revival.
I doubt the recording will include many spoilers. It doesn't look like they recorded much dialogue. I was hoping it would at least begin with Evan's opening letter but Ben isn't listed as a contributing artist for the first track on iTunes so unless that listing is incorrect it seems likely that they really just recorded the songs completely divorced from the story and dialogue which is a shame. We'll see though. I think the artist info was up before the album was actuall