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Fairly new fan of Broadway - what are five DVDs and five cast alblums I should experience?

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In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 9:03:43 AM PDT
misterposter says:
I love the OCR of "Book of Mormon" but would never recommend it for someone just establishing their Broadway cast recording collection. I play "BOM" all the time but there is so much more out there that is more representative of musical theatre. "Mormon" is a new show and whether it will stand the test of time is unknown - I can assure you that it will never be performed by any high school in America - I've seen it, loved it and have tickets to go again in the summer but still it would not make my top five cast recordings. My five would probably be "A Chorus Line", "Mack & Mabel", "Miss Saigon", "Carrousel" and "Merrily We Roll Along" and if I can squeeze in a 6th it would be the OCR of "Annie" which is pure sing along fun all the way through. But as I suggested previously the public library is a great place to borrow OCR's at no charge - when you find something you enjoy see if there are other works available by the same writers and give them a try - narrowing it down to five should be difficult once you've been exposed to numerous different scores and styles.

Posted on May 9, 2012 12:56:03 PM PDT
BearguyVA says:
Tons of stuff has already been recommended; some of it I've heard, some of it not... all I can do is add some of "my favorite things"... (yeah, bad pun...)
- Mame, w/Angela Lansbury. Especially the remaster with some of Jerry Herman's demos. "Camoflage" is such a fun number!
- Jesus Christ Superstar, 1971 (NOT the movie)
- Chess, early 1980's. Okay, it didn't make it to Broadway for a while... I prefer the original recording with Murray Head
- The Pirates of Penzance - the version with Kevin Kline and Linda Ronstadt. I readily admit to bias on this one... the movie version came out not long before we did this one during my senior year of high school.

I don't have many DVD's. "Cats" is good and makes more sense when you see the whole thing. I recently saw "Memphis" on PBS (which is supposedly out on DVD) and although I liked it on TV, I wasn't as enthusiastic about just listening to it on CD.

Have fun exploring and finding new treasures!
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