A few weeks ago, Tim suggested that I should do a blog post about the best Broadway songs. It sounded fun, so I agreed...and soon realized just how difficult the task would be. I ended up settling on my favorite Broadway soundtracks, so that I could cheat a little bit and include more awesome songs. Here's my list, in no particular order:
This is one of the most powerful shows ever written. I saw it for the first time just a few months ago, and it was a very intense and emotional experience. It helps that there is almost no dialogue; the entire show is music, which is amazing. This video is of the finale of the 25th anniversary concert version of the show; the video is about 11 minutes long...including 3 minutes of standing ovation at the end. Shows you just how great this show is.
The Last Five Years
Jason Robert Brown is amazing. If you've never heard of him, you need to check him out. The Last Five Years is about a couple from their first meeting to their separation...but while the man tells the story from beginning to end, the woman is telling the story from end to beginning. So. Cool. Also check out 13 and Songs from a New World. Amazing.
The Music Man
This is one of those classic musicals that I grew up watching. Most of the songs in this musical are awesome, but click the image at left to see "Ya Got Trouble," where the con man convinces the town that they need to pay him to create a boys' band (like a concert band, not like One Direction). The videos are on YouTube but they won't let me embed them.
Chicago is one of the longest running shows on Broadway, and for good reason. The tale of two women facing murder charges in 1920s Chicago has a great plot and an even better soundtrack. The show deals with some racy subject matter and has some adult content, but this clip is pretty safe. Poor Amos.
The Lion King
Okay, so this was actually a movie first. But it has to be one of the most recognizable soundtracks of all time, and I don't know anyone who doesn't love it. And even though this article is supposed to be just about music, I'd like to say that the stage version of this musical is so incredibly cool (even better than the movie). Check out the video to see what I mean.
What do you think of my picks? Did I leave out a very obvious number one pick in your mind? Tell us your favorite Broadway soundtrack in the comments!