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Broadway Cast Recordings#1
Posted: 4/29/14 at 9:56am
Dear Broadway Board.

I am a regular on the west end board and with the announcement of the tony award nomination (don't worry, me and my friends in the UK are as weirded out as you guys are) But it is time for me to buy my annual tony awards Broadway Cast recording. I will be buying Aladdin and The Bridges of Madison County and want to order 1 more. It is between Rocky and If/Then ( I will be ordering A Gentleman's guide to love and marriage from the UK) can anyone help me out on which I should buy..Rocky or If/Then Broadway Cast Recordings
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Broadway Cast Recordings#2
Posted: 4/29/14 at 10:01am
If/Then... I think the music was superior and many of the tunes can stand on their own outside of the show, such as Learn to Live Without:

http://youtu.be/gVfVZ05n4pA
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Broadway Cast Recordings#2
Posted: 4/29/14 at 10:27am
No idea 're If but it allegedly not the best even though it is nominated. Rocky is OK but not Ahrens/Flaherty best work.

Bottom line is I cannot make a choice for you
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Broadway Cast Recordings#3
Posted: 4/29/14 at 10:45am
Musical-Matt: several songs from If/Then are available on YouTube, and at least one song on the official website. Rocky has five songs posted on Facebook/ Soundcloud. I'd just suggest you listen and be able to pick which you like best. Broadway Cast Recordings


Rocky- Soundcloud
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Broadway Cast Recordings#4
Posted: 4/29/14 at 12:41pm
As neither ROCKY or IF/THEN have had their recordings released I can't speak to the quality of the recordings, but as far as the scores themselves worked in the theatre neither was pretty revelatory and/or worth purchasing from my perspective. If I had to pick one of yours there were more highlights musically in ROCKY than there were in IF/THEN for me, but each had a lot of filler that I'd skip on any listen.

ETA: I had mistakenly thought the OP wasn't planning on purchasing GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE, which I mentioned in this post as being more worthy than either of these two.
Words don't deserve that kind of malarkey. They're innocent, neutral, precise, standing for this, describing that, meaning the other, so if you look after them you can build bridges across incomprehension and chaos. But when they get their corners knocked off, they're no good anymore…I don't think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.
Updated On: 4/29/14 at 12:41 PM
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Broadway Cast Recordings#5
Posted: 4/29/14 at 12:42pm
If/Then
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Posted: 4/29/14 at 12:43pm
The music on the Rocky soundcloud IS from the cast recording, and it sounds pretty great to me. But you're right, If/Then is not available for it to be compared.

jnb9872- the OP is purchasing "Gent's Guide" already... and I have to mention that I also love that score!
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Broadway Cast Recordings#7
Posted: 4/29/14 at 12:48pm
Ah whoops! I missed that parenthetical! (Ironic, as I do love parentheticals myself.)
Words don't deserve that kind of malarkey. They're innocent, neutral, precise, standing for this, describing that, meaning the other, so if you look after them you can build bridges across incomprehension and chaos. But when they get their corners knocked off, they're no good anymore…I don't think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.
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Broadway Cast Recordings#8
Posted: 4/29/14 at 3:28pm
Just get Fun Home in preparation for next year... Broadway Cast Recordings
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Broadway Cast Recordings#9
Posted: 4/29/14 at 3:46pm
IF/THEN
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Broadway Cast Recordings#10
Posted: 4/30/14 at 8:48am
Rocky

It does sound good and I enjoyed the show.
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Broadway Cast Recordings#11
Posted: 4/30/14 at 11:19am
Love the Rocky songs.
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Broadway Cast Recordings#12
Posted: 4/30/14 at 11:25am
If/Then
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Broadway Cast Recordings#13
Posted: 4/30/14 at 11:43am
Truthfully I thought the scores for both Rocky and Gentleman's Guide were very mediocre. I can't speak for If/Then.