Music Picks: Broadway cast recordings

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Next To Normal nexttonormal
From the director of RENT, Next to Normal is a contemporary musical that explores how one suburban household copes with crisis. With provocative lyrics, and an electrifying score of more than 30 original songs, Next to Normal shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family’s world intact – BroadwayWorld [Video]

Official street date:  May 12, 2009; iTunes

The Story Of My Life thestoryofmylife

The Story of My Life is a new musical which tells the story of two childhood friends and how that friendship profoundly defined their lives. Thomas Weaver (Will Chase) is a best-selling, award-winning author. Alvin Kelby (Malcolm Gets) was his best friend for 30 years. But time can test the bonds of friendship, and when it does, Thomas calls on the only resource he has — his stories of Alvin — to learn where things went wrong. A richly melodic musical, The Story of My Life is a soaring tribute to the power of friendship and the people who change our lives forever. – BroadwayWorld [Video]

The show closed on February 22, 2009, three days after it officially opened on Broadway.  But hey, the music is great and it has a very interesting website!

Official street date:  June 2, 2009; on iTunes May 19, 2009

West Side Story [Revival] westsidestory_newcastrecording

West Side Story transposes Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to the gang-ridden streets of Manhattan in the 1950s. Instead of the Capulets and Montagues, we have the Puerto Rican Sharks versus the Anglo Jets. In place of Romeo and Juliet are Tony and Maria, two teens torn between ethnic loyalty and their intense, abrupt love for one another. The Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim score includes “Tonight,” “Somewhere,” “Maria,” “I Have a Love” and “Something’s Coming.” In what director/librettist Arthur Laurents says will convey authenticity, this version of the landmark musical will have Spanish interwoven in the dialogue and songs and gang members who are more thug life than thug lite. – BroadwayWorld [Video]

Official street date: June 2, 2009

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