While “Coming to America” and “Born in the U.S.A” made great background tracks for fireworks this weekend, there are quite a few new cast albums out that we’re currently obsessing over. We asked you which new recording is your must-have. The votes are in and here are the shows you can’t stop listening to!
Our love is Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy. Call us old fashioned, but we tend to believe that no cast album is complete without four fierce ladies belting their faces off. Thanks to Barrett Wilbert Weed, Elle McLemore, Jessica Keenan Wynn and Alice Lee, that’s exactly what the cast album of Heathers delivers, and then some. From the haunting and introspective “Freeze Your Brain” and “Seventeen” to the insane harmonies on “Candy Store,” this recording makes the perfect playlist for eating pâté and playing croquet.
Speaking of beltresses…who’s this Idina Menzel girl? Her powerhouse vocals are in top form in this score from the Pulitzer-winning Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey. The cast album debuted at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 chart—the highest debut for a cast recording since Rent in 1996 (lesson being: have Idina Menzel sing on your cast album). If you’re still parched for more of the Frozen queen, check out our playlist of all things Idina here. Or just wait for her Christmas album.
3. The Bridges of Madison County—12%
To balance this list out some, let’s throw in some head voice. Though this heartbreaking musical was sadly short-lived on the Great White Way this season, Jason Robert Brown’s Tony-winning score lives on for whenever you need a good cry. Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale’s vocals perfectly accompany a night in with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, some tissues and a snuggie.