I enjoyed the movie The Greatest Showman, but I LOVED the music. And to my delight, The Greatest Showman: Reimagined has been released. Along with the original cast recordings, the soundtrack has been enhanced with artists including Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Pentatonix, Sara Bareilles, and Panic at the Disco! performing songs.
My favorites include Zac Brown Band’s rendition of “From Now On” and Kesha’s take of “This is Me.” Let this rousing album lift your spirits (listen instantly on Hoopla). And check out a Billboard article for how these artists joined forces.
Check out the soundtrack to Fun Home, the 2015 Tony Award-winning Best Musical based off the graphic novel memoir by Alison Bechdel.
It tells the story of Alison’s experiences growing up with her family, in college, and as a 43-year-old adult. The musical uses three different actors to play Alison.
The music ranges from funny and humorous to poignant as it conveys all three viewpoints of Alison. My favorite song is the anthem “Ring of Keys” when young Alison realizes that she recognizes herself in an older lesbian.
I definitely recommend reading the graphic novel memoir, as well as getting some insight into the musical since not every scene is on the CD. You can do that by listening to the podcast Broadway Backstory or investigating the musical’s website.
Recommended for fans of RENT, In the Heights, and Spring Awakening.
Loved the show and love this CD! The Music of SMASH features thirteen songs from the first season of the hit TV show.
There’s time to catch up on Season 1 before the February 5 premiere of Season 2 on NBC featuring guest actress (and local) Jennifer Hudson.
Another great soundtrack by Howard Shore! The music is very suspenseful and I am usually able to imagine what scenes are playing during each song. I enjoyed listening to this CD when I was in the middle of writing my short story. It gives me a lot of energy and it’s very entertaining.
My favorite song from The Return of the King is probably “The Grey Havens.” It’s the last song during the film, and I think it was a great way to end it.
If you missed last month’s review of The Two Towers soundtrack, read it now.
I love listening to soundtracks from different films, and The Lord of the Rings movies have some of the best soundtracks. My favorite from The Two Towers is probably “Evenstar.” I can listen to it all the time.
Check back next month for my thoughts on The Return of the King soundtrack.
Did you know? You can see what soundtracks we’ve added to the collection recently.
The Jersey Boys [original Broadway cast recording] (2005)
For those of us who remember the Four Seasons, this is a wonderful and delightful trip back to memory lane. The Four Seasons were inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1990) and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame (1999). And if you want to hear the music of Jersey Boys live, check out the musical that’s still downtown at the Bank of America Theatre. Over the weekend, the Tribune rated the new cast.
Jersey Boys [original Broadway cast recording] (2005)
Music from the Broadway hit takes the listener back to the 1960s and the singing sensations Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons. The musical tells the story of working class kids who rose to superstars in the entertainment world. The CD has all the hits, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk like a Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” and more. Their story is told, their music celebrated. If you remember the ‘60’s, don’t miss this CD.
To hear the music live, check out Jersey Boys, currently playing at the LaSalle Bank Theatre in Chicago. Visit Broadway in Chicago for a preview of the show, ticket information, and more.
Love Me or Leave Me by Doris Day (1955)
Doris Day played real life 1920s singer Ruth Etting in the movie of the same name. Here she performs great songs from the early decades of the twentieth century. Songs include the upbeat “Stay on the Right Side Sister” and “Shaking the Blues Away” and lovely ballads such as “I’ll Never Stop Loving You” and “Love Me or Leave Me.” You can also check out the original movie with Day and James Cagney. Find out Doris Day is more than just “Que Sera Sera.”