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CD recommendations#0
Posted: 2/27/04 at 9:53pm
It is my birthday in less than a month, and what I really want is all Broadway CDs. So, I was wondering if people could give me their top three choices. I already have some, like Avenue Q and Wicked plus a lot of the old shows, but other than that I am a rookie when it comes to this. Thanks for your help!!
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re: CD recommendations#1
Posted: 2/27/04 at 9:55pm
What's your "type" of musical preference?
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re: re: CD recommendations#2
Posted: 2/27/04 at 9:56pm
first of all, kudos for expanding your musical collection =)

If you don't already have RENT, you must own it. Period. Smae goes for AIDA and Tick, Tick, Boom!! Also, you can't go wrong with Jason Robert Brown. Enjoy, and Happy Birthday! =)
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re: re: re: CD recommendations#3
Posted: 2/27/04 at 9:59pm
I would for sure get Tick Tick Boom....Taboo (the broadway version, it should be coming out right near your birthday) and Wicked. Happy early birthday!!
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re: re: re: CD recommendations#4
Posted: 2/27/04 at 10:00pm
I like anything that is on Broadway, doesn't matter to me. I am open to anything, well, if it is a musical, because I banned popular music about a year ago from my life. lol
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re: re: re: re: CD recommendations#5
Posted: 2/27/04 at 10:12pm
I don't know what you have, but these are some of my favs:

Les Miserables
Parade
Titanic
Chess
The Secret Garden
Ragtime
March of the Falsettos
Falsettoland
Aspects of Love
Urinetown
City of Angels
Once on This Island
Rent
Wicked
Avenue Q
Miss Saigon
Martin Guerre
Into the Woods
The Will Rogers Follies
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Rags
Dreamgirls
On the Twentieth Century
Hair
Two Gentlemen of Verona
A New Brain
Hairspray
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re: re: re: re: re: CD recommendations#6
Posted: 2/27/04 at 10:13pm
Wow...are you sure you didn't forget anything MisterMatt?
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re: re: re: re: re: re: CD recommendations#7
Posted: 2/27/04 at 10:30pm
Get the *Grammy-winning* CD of the Gypsy revival with Bernadette Peters. It's an amazing show starring an amazing performer.
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re: re: re: re: re: re: CD recommendations#8
Posted: 2/27/04 at 10:31pm
My top three (not including Avenue Q or Wicked since you've already picked those):
1. Thoroughly Modern Millie
2. Gypsy (New Cast Recording)
3. The Boy From Oz

Also the Taboo Broadway cast if it's out by then. re: re: re: re: re: re: CD recommendations
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I just got Lippa's Wild Party and I think it's great! I haven't heard Julia Murney sing before...she has a fabulous voice. Plus the Idina factor, I love her voice particularly on this recording- she has the sort of sweet sound from "Here" her new CD, but still has the belting. (Can you tell I'm an Idina fan?)

I also just saw The Last 5 Years, I think that would be a good cast recording to have- especially if you plan to see the show (helps to understand the way the plot moves).
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Avoid William Finn and Jason Robert Brown like the plague. Terrible, self-indulgent songwriting.
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Here we go again...

Can JRB and William Finn be a bit self-indulgent? Yes
But I think that that's ok when what they're indulging in (their knack for songwriting and lyrics) is so good.

Everyone has their opinions but I would not advise anyone to avoid JRB and William Finn like the plague. And the same goes for Lippa, Guettel, LaChiusa, etc...
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Agree definitely w/ mamachita re: Rent OBC. Amazing. Don't just get the highlights. Get the full 2 disc set. The sad thing is I haven't even seen Rent yet (April, baby!) but I've owned the obc discs for about 5 years now and it's one of my favorites!

Also agree on Aida. The sound quality and the singing is spectacular (can you really get any better than Heather Headley and Adam Pascal?). If you wanna go back to some of the old school stuff, Phantom of the Opera has a really beautiful and grand score. Let us know how it goes! (I'd like to build up my collection too!)
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How about a triple shot from Jerry Herman?
Hello, Dolly!
La Cage Aux Folles
Mame
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Hmmm....you also MUST add some Sondheim. If you're just staring out with your collection, I would suggest
A Little Night Music
Sweeney Todd
Into The Woods
Company
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If you don't already have these...
ANYTHING Jason Robert Brown!
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Hairspray
The Wild Party
Gypsy
Urinetown
Fame (any recording... I personally really like Fame on 42nd Street)

And yes DEFINITELY get Wicked and happy early birthday!
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In no order:

Lippa's The Wild Party
Urinetown
RENT
Thouroughly Modern Millie
Songs for a New World
Gypsy (revival)
Hairspray
Seussical

happy b-day!!
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thanks everybody!! I can still use some more ideas from other people if you feel like helping though!! I can always use more choices!!
Updated On: 2/28/04 at 12:11 PM
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Nobody else?? I am sure all of you have your favorite Broadway CDs!!
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I haven't seen any Richard Rodgers mentioned:
Babes In Arms
Pal Joey
Oklahoma!
South Pacific
Carousel
The King & I

Show Boat by Jerome Kern should be in any good Broadway recording collection.

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CD recommendations#20
Posted: 2/28/04 at 3:23pm
SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE
AIN'T MISBEHAVEN
ANYTHING GOES
EVITA
ASPECTS OF LOVE
BLOOD BROTHERS
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re: CD recommendations#21
Posted: 2/28/04 at 4:27pm
Anything by William Finn and Jason Robert Brown. Two of the most gifted and intelligent songwriters since Sondheim. Parade, A New Brain and Falsettoland are some of the most emotionally stirring scores I've ever heard. I don't care if they indulged themselves, but they managed to indulge me as well. Some of their material was based on personal experience (like so many artists), but it doesn't mean it isn't good. The stories are very interesting and emotionally engaging. Gorgeous melodies and brilliant lyrics make the songs immediately memorable (especially in the case of Finn, you'll find yourself memorizing the songs without realizing it). But you don't have to listen to me or MusicMan. Judge for yourself. I suggest the following clips available on Amazon.com:

Heart and Music - A New Brain
Year of the Child - Falsettoland
Four Jews in a Room Butching - March of the Falsettos
The Old Red Hills of Home - Parade
I'm Not Afraid of Anything - Songs For a New World
Still Hurting - The Last 5 Years
Start Here
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re: re: CD recommendations#22
Posted: 2/28/04 at 4:33pm
Here are some of my favorites... it's probably slightly redundant from some of the other lists though.

Chicago OBRC
Bells Are Ringing (2001 Revival)
Contact
BCEFA Carols for a Cure 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 (4 seperate cds)
3hree
Side Show
RHS
Seussical
Rent
A Chorus Line (1975 remastered re-release)
Little Shop
Movin Out
Nine (Revival)
Cabaret
Fosse
Full Monty
Hairspray
Hedwig
Rent
Tick, Tick... Boom
The Wild Party
Aida
Sweet Charity

Ooooooooh there are so many!
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re: re: re: CD recommendations#23
Posted: 2/28/04 at 7:49pm
I don't really know what your taste is, but I'll recommend to you the stuff I listen to most often.

Aida
Rent (get the two-disk version, not the "best of". I have both, and the "best of" cd just doesn't do Rent justice.)
Tick, Tick... Boom!
Cabaret
Wicked
Millie
Man of La Mancha
Gypsy
Avenue Q
Little Shop of Horrors
Movin' Out
Chicago
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re: re: re: re: CD recommendations#24
Posted: 2/29/04 at 12:45am
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Although it's not on Broadway - yet, I hear there are a couple of producers who have expressed interest in it, including one in London.

The premiere cast CD is available at Footlight Records in NYC.
It's also available on the show's web site.
www.SleepyHollowTheMusical.com
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