There is nothing better than an original Broadway cast recording OR one of your favorite Broadway stars delivering their own interpretation of a Broadway classic. Here is a list of some new show tunes available for download or pre-order.
Hand In Hand
North Carolina audiences might remember Julie Benko for her portrayal of Cosette in the North Carolina Theatre production of Les Miserables (2014). Now, however, she is proving to be the greatest star on Broadway, devouring the role of Fanny Brice ahead of Lea Michele’s return to Broadway. Fans can hear her version of People on her new album, accompanied by her husband Jason Yeager, which just dropped on Amazon.
Keep a Tender Distance
Sondheim fans will want to pre-order Eleri Ward’s second acoustic album, Keep a Tender Distance, featuring Ward’s interpretation of Another Hundred People, Not While I’m Around, and No One Is Alone. Ward recorded her first album of acoustic Sondheim songs, A Perfect Little Death, in her closet during the pandemic. Ward is currently in rehearsal for the new off-Broadway musical Only Gold, which opens October 5.
A Commercial Jingle For Regina Comet
A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet was the first musical to open in New York after the pandemic off-Broadway. And though the show closed last November, the off-Broadway cast album just dropped featuring an original score from Alex Wyse and Ben Frankenhauser (Newsies) perhaps opening the door for regional licensing.
Another highly anticipated musical opening in October is the London import & Juliet, which features the pop music catalog of songwriter/producer Max Martin. And although it may be quite a few months before we have a Broadway cast recording, you can download the London cast recording now. Hear what & JULIET’S Arun Blair-Mangat has to say to B2B’s Mike McGee about originating the role of May on the West End.
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