Broadway Bound

Feb 20, 2021 4:00 PM β€“ 6:00 PM

With Garrett Stack

Life-Changing, Mind-Blowing Musicals

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A few musicals, a dozen or so, have been life-changing, mind-blowing shows. Their impact is profound. This is my list. What's yours?

When you're in the theater and suddenly you say to yourself, "where am I?" you have just been transported to that magic place by the confluence of many theatrical elements that make the living stage sometimes breathtaking. I say sometimes, and perhaps even most of the time you may enjoy a show, but it's not life-changing.

On this Broadway Bound I offer my list of 12 musicals that have had a profound effect on me. The oldest is from 1969. The newest is from 2017.

This is my list and is incomplete due to to time constraints. But rest assured, these shows only rarely come along. Spoiler alert. Here they are:

1776
Cabaret
Les Miserables
La Cage aux Folles
Sunset Boulevard
A Chorus Line
Evita
Sweeney Todd
Chaplin
Come From Away
Billy Elliot
Hamilton

Broadway Bound
4:00 PM
John Williams;The Boston Pops Orchestra Gotta Dance - A Tribute to Jerome Robbins
Music of the Night: Pops on Broadway 1990 Sony Classical USSM10315473
4:02 PM
William Daniels & Virginia Vestoff Yours, Yours, Yours Sherman Edwards
1776 (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Masterworks Broadway USSM16901281
4:04 PM
William Daniels Is Anybody There? Sherman Edwards
1776 (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Masterworks Broadway USSM16901287
4:07 PM
1776 Ensemble Finale Sherman Edwards
1776 (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Masterworks Broadway USSM16901288
4:10 PM
Alan Cumming;The Kit Kat Club (Girls, Boys and Band) Wilkommen (From "Cabaret")
There's No Business Like Show Business RCA Victor USBC19801386
4:18 PM
Alan Cumming Finale John Kander
Cabaret (New Broadway Cast Recording) Masterworks Broadway USBC19801404
4:24 PM
Randy Graff I Dreamed A Dream Claude‐Michel SchΓΆnberg
Les Miserables - Highlights Universal Music Ireland Ltd. USGF18715105
4:28 PM
Colm Wilkinson Bring Him Home
Les Miserables - Highlights Universal Music Ireland Ltd. USGF18715128
4:33 PM
George Hearn I Am What I Am (From La Cage Aux Folles) Jerry Herman
La Cage Aux Folles RCA Red Seal USBC18300158
4:39 PM
Glenn Close & Alan Campbell There's Been A Call / Journey To Paramount
Sunset Boulevard US [ 2005 remastered (set) ] Universal Music Ireland Ltd. GBALG9400022
4:43 PM
Glenn Close As If We Never Said Goodbye - US 1994 / Musical "Sunset Boulevard" Andrew Lloyd Webber
Sunset Boulevard US [ 2005 remastered (set) ] Decca Broadway GBALG9400023
4:51 PM
Carole Bishop, Nancy Lane, Kay Cole At the Ballet Marvin Hamlisch
A Chorus Line (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Masterworks Broadway USSM17500231
5:00 PM
Patti LuPone Eva's Final Broadcast Weber/Rice
Evita (Original 1979 Cast Recording) RCA
5:03 PM
Mandy Patinkin, Patti Lupone Montage Andrew Lloyd Webber
Evita Universal Music Ireland Ltd. USMC17909275
5:06 PM
Mandy Patinkin, Patti LuPone Lament
Evita (Original Cast Recording 1979) Universal Music Ireland Ltd. USMC17909276
5:12 PM
Len Cariou & Victor Garber Wigmaker Sequence: The Ballad of Sweeney Todd: "Sweeney'd Waited Too Long Before" / The Letter Stephen Sondheim
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Original Broadway Cast Recording) RCA Victor USBC10500378
5:15 PM
Ken Jennings, Angela Lansbury Not While I'm Around (From "Sweeney Todd") Stephen Sondheim
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Original Broadway Cast Recording) RCA Victor USBC10500381
5:19 PM
Rob McClure What Only Love Can See (Reprise) Christopher Curtis
Chaplin: The Musical Masterworks USQX91202169
5:22 PM
Christiane Noll & Company This Man Christopher Curtis
Chaplin: The Musical Masterworks USQX91202170
5:25 PM
Company Finale / Tramp Reprise Christopher Curtis
Chaplin: The Musical Masterworks USQX91202171
5:29 PM
'Come From Away' Company Blankets and Bedding
Come From Away (Original Broadway Cast Recording) The Musical Company USC4R1700018
5:32 PM
'Come From Away' Company On the Bus
Come From Away (Original Broadway Cast Recording) The Musical Company USC4R1700021
5:33 PM
'Come From Away' Company Darkness and Trees
Come From Away (Original Broadway Cast Recording) The Musical Company USC4R1700022
5:35 PM
Chad Kimball & 'Come From Away' Company Prayer
Come From Away (Original Broadway Cast Recording) The Musical Company USC4R1700027
5:38 PM
'Come From Away' Company 10 Years Later
Come From Away (Original Broadway Cast Recording) The Musical Company USC4R1700036
5:38 PM
Joel Hatch & 'Come From Away' Company Finale
Come From Away (Original Broadway Cast Recording) The Musical Company USC4R1700037
5:44 PM
Original Cast of Billy Elliot He Could Be A Star Elton John
Billy Elliot: The Original Cast Recording Universal Music Ireland Ltd. GBUM70500261
5:49 PM
Original Cast of Billy Elliot Electricity Elton John
Billy Elliot: The Original Cast Recording Universal Music GBUM70500291
5:53 PM
Christopher Jackson Alexander Hamilton Lin-Manuel Miranda
Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Atlantic Records USAT21502596
5:57 PM
Christopher Jackson History Has Its Eyes On You Lin-Manuel Miranda
Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Atlantic Records USAT21502614