ON RECORD: Howard McGillin's Five Favorite Cast Albums- 'It's One of the Musical Theatre's Greatest Treasures'
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1. Sweeney Todd
It is perhaps my favorite Broadway cast album ever. First of all, it's one of Sondheim's greatest (if not the greatest) scores, and there are several of his cast albums I can't imagine the theatre being without. The performances are superb, and the album captures a 'performance' energy essential to a great cast album. This album alone inspired me to leave Los Angeles (where I'd been working on a television career) and give New York a try.
2. Merrily We Roll Along
Simply brilliant score, witty, inspiring and heartbreaking. While driving the freeways of LA, I'd have this album blasting on my car stereo, wondering if I might ever get to appear in a Sondheim musical. I ended up making my Broadway debut in "Sunday In The Park With George".
3. Sunday In The Park With George
Ok, you sense a trend. To me it sets the bar very high for cast albums, and for the theatre in general. Gorgeous, brilliant, and challenging us all to "move on".
Well, Merman. I mean, there was no one in the world like her. Voice like a trumpet. She defines musical theater excitement.
5. She Loves Me
We did a production of this show when I was a senior in high school, and I discovered one of the musical theatre's greatest treasures. It's just a perfect show. Little did I know I'd be cast in the Broadway revival, which brought this brilliant little gem to a whole new audience.
McGillin's Broadway credits include: The Phantom Of The Opera, Kiss of the Spider Woman, She Loves Me, The Secret Garden, Anything Goes (Tony, Drama Desk Award nominations), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Tony, Drama Desk nominations; Theatre World Award), Sunday in the Park with George. London: Mack and Mabel, Anything Goes. Off-Broadway:It's a Wonderful Life, I Remember Mama, High Spirits, As Thousands Cheer, La Boheme (Drama Desk Award nomination). National Tour: Peter Pan. Regional: Damn Yankees, It Shoulda Been You (George Street Playhouse), The 39 Steps (Cape Playhouse), Stephen Sondheim's Bounce (Goodman Theatre, Chicago and Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. - Helen Hayes Award nomination). Films: South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut;The Swan Princess. Concerts: Ragtime, Stephen Sondheim's Follies. Solo CD: Howard McGillin: Where Time Stands Still, available online.