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Broadway in a Box: The Essential Broadway Musicals Collection [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 11, 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 25
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: SONY MASTERWORKS
  • ASIN: B008E16LS2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,770 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Welcome to Broadway! With Broadway in a Box, you'll become acquainted with 25 classic musicals that are essential to any great Broadway collection. This handsome set includes a 60-page book packed with show descriptions, cast lists, musical numbers, recording session photos and more. Each compact disc is packaged in a mini jacket featuring the original album cover art. Broadway in a Box guarantees hours of listening pleasure and is the perfect introduction to the distinctive sound of Broadway musicals.

Contents:
Disc 1: Annie (Original Broadway Cast)
Disc 2: Anything Goes (1987 Lincoln Center Theater Cast)
Disc 3: Cabaret (Original Broadway Cast)
Disc 4: Camelot (Original Broadway Cast)
Disc 5: Carousel (1965 Music Theater of Lincoln Center Cast)
Disc 6: Chicago (Original Broadway Cast)
Disc 7: A Chorus Line (Original Broadway Cast)
Disc 8: Company (Original Broadway Cast)
Disc 9: Fiddler on the Roof (Original Broadway Cast)
Disc 10: Guys and Dolls (1992 Broadway Cast)
Disc 11: Gypsy (Original Broadway Cast)
Disc 12: Hair (Original Broadway Cast)
Disc 13: Hello, Dolly! (Original Broadway Cast)
Disc 14: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Original Broadway Cast)
Disc 15: Into the Woods (Original Broadway Cast)
Disc 16: The King & I (1964 Music Theater of Lincoln Center Cast)
Disc 17: Man of La Mancha (2002 Broadway Cast)
Disc 18: My Fair Lady (Original Broadway Cast)
Disc 19: Oklahoma! (1979 Broadway Cast)
Disc 20: Oliver! (Original Broadway Cast)
Disc 21: Show Boat (1966 Music Theater of Lincoln Center Cast)
Disc 22: The Sound of Music (Original Broadway Cast)
Disc 23: South Pacific (Original Broadway Cast)
Disc 24: Sweeney Todd (Highlights) (Original Broadway Cast)
Disc 25: West Side Story (Original Broadway Cast)

Customer Reviews

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, A must have for Theatre Lovers October 14, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
An incredible assembly of some of the great Broadway classics. As a teenager who enjoys Broadway musicals, I don't have access to a lot of the original cast albums for the older shows except through Itunes, and with Itunes I don't get the CD to put in my collection. I would recommend this to anyone who loves theatre, it is a chance to relive the classics, and to understand them in a new way.
The box is very nice, and includes a book that gives a brief summary of each show and a list of all the songs, which I love. But, the CDs are only held in these (albeit durable and very nice-looking) thin cases, and it's unfortunate the lyrics aren't included.
Overall an incredibly worthwhile purchase, and 100$ is a very reasonable price for such an extensive collection.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A WONDERFUL COLLECTION February 17, 2013
By Gary
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have always enjoyed the music I have heard that has been taken from Broadway, but never taken the time to listen to a complete Cd of the musicals from which the music was taken. I was browsing musical eslections at Amazon when I came across this box set.

My first thought was that 25 Cd's for just over $100 was too cheap and that the recordings must in some way be inferior. I took a chance and how wrong my first assumption was.

Using the booklet as my guide I have now listened to the first 9 selections and willl be listening to Guys And Gals next. At the moment I am considering this the best musical buy I have ever made. The sound quality is great and I absolutely love what I am hearing. If there were a volume !! to this set I would be ordering it today.

I would alsdo like to see an essential Off Broadway musical collection put together.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Collection! January 5, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I purchased this as a gift for my 78 year old father. He said it was the best gift I ever gave him. He was really happy to get the large assortment of 25 musicals that would provide hours of listening pleasure. He also thought it was really cool that several of the musicals were done by the original cast. I thought it was a great price for the quantity of music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's January 3, 2014
By BG
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The real deal. Every play done with fidelity to the original performance. If you're into Broadway plays, this is a must have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great selection, great deal, time to buy is now September 30, 2014
Format:Audio CD
As you probably know, large boxed sets of CD's are good sellers -- essentially anthologies of one composer or "house" such as Franz Josef Haydn or Mercury's Living Presence Collection. In 2012 the Masterworks Broadway people applied the same concept to this BROADWAY IN A BOX: THE ESSENTIAL BROADWAY MUSICALS COLLECTION, and it's a honey. In one box are 25 cast album CD's from the Great White Way: seven revivals, eighteen originals, all excellent.

The product info. lists all 25 CD's, so here are just a few notes:
Oldest musical - 1927's SHOW BOAT, here in the 1966 Lincoln Center revival.
Oldest album of a musical - SOUTH PACIFIC (1949).
Newest musical - INTO THE WOODS (1987).
Most frequently represented songwriters - Stephen Sondheim (5, some in collaboration with other composers); Rodgers and Hammerstein (4); Lerner and Loewe (2); Frank Loesser (2); Kander and Ebb (2).
Which were hits - Trick question, they were all hits! masterworksbroadway.com is essentially a combination of Sony, Columbia and RCA, so the range is great, as is the sound quality.

How do these CD's fit in one attractive cube? The individual jackets for each CD are in cardboard sleeves, and one good-sized booklet covers all the shows' production history, cast, and names of songs with playing times (which are also on the back of the individual jackets). No printed lyrics, though.

If you haven't noticed, this set is a tremendous deal. Since this kind of B'way CD currently runs from about $8 - 18, supposing an average of $13 would make this set, if purchased as individual CD's, run in the neighborhood of $325.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great present for a broadway lover! January 28, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My teenage daughter is an avid Broadway fan so I bought this for her for Christmas and she tortures us daily with the CD's. I am very pleased that she loves the collection so much, it has introduced her to even more Broadway shows that are no longer in production. I highly recommend these to anyone that loves Broadway, makes a fantastic gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection if Broadway musicals at a great price January 7, 2014
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Fabulous collection of classic Broadway musicals at a great price. From Annie to Sweeney Todd this collection if show tunes will have any musical theater fan giving a standing ovation of joy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Gift I Ever Gave January 1, 2014
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I gave this collection as a gift for a friend who worked on Broadway many years ago. She was absolutely delighted when she opened the package and has had many hours of enjoyment -- not only are the original cast/Lincoln Center recordings great, but the memories have been wonderful for her. What a great collection at a truly reasonable price!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Broadway in a Box
Excellent value, packed with 25 classic musicals. Really hope Masterworks Broadway decide to make a second box set like this.
If you love musicals, buy this.
Published 1 month ago by Christian Standing
5.0 out of 5 stars I got this for my daughter as a gift. ...
I got this for my daughter as a gift. I am an idiot and didn't realize they were audio CD's and not video DVD's. I spent more money making up for my ignorance.
Published 1 month ago by Brian R. Hartley
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it so much that I gave it to one ...
My husband gave me this box set for our anniversary last year. I love it so much that I gave it to one of my close friends for his birthday. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ann Duffield
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great collection . We'll worth the money
Published 2 months ago by Jo Claire Hutchison
5.0 out of 5 stars If Broadway is what you like, you want this collection.
An amazing compendium, all featuring original cost productions. Sound quality is excellent, slipcases are the original artwork, and if you want one and only one introduction to one... Read more
Published 2 months ago by 3rd Day Believer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous collection
If you're a fan of musicals (and I am) you'll find some of the very best in this box. Most of them are original cast recordings, too, the ones I grew up listening to. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marte
5.0 out of 5 stars how can you beat it?
all these shows in a compact little box. absolutely awesome! A few caveats: the term "Original Broadway Cast" is loosely interpreted. Read more
Published 3 months ago by RichardDargan
5.0 out of 5 stars Broadway musical collection box set
This was a Christmas gift for my husband. He is loving it as it is the original artists on the CDs. It is not one person singing all the different musical songs. Read more
Published 4 months ago by K. lord
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful gift
I gave this as a gift to a broadway music buff. He reports that it is an excellent representation of musical theater. He especially enjoys the index booklet that comes with it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by S. P. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars My sister the actress loved it.
I was on a roll finding music to walk to. When my sister’s birthday came up, I thought she might enjoy it. I was glad to hear that she did.
Published 6 months ago by raygor-yanez
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