There’s no harm in listening to Broadway’s greatest hits on repeat. If you’re looking to expand your library though, you definitely need to be listening to the new stuff happening on and off Broadway! We’ve taken the time to pull a few of our favorites – give these new musical soundtracks a try. They are sure to boost your spirits, update your playlist, and keep you connected to what’s happening in the musical theatre world today:
A new musical about the hardships of high school and the bravery of love. The music is modern, sometimes upbeat and sometimes thoughtful. The songs encompass Emma’s journey as she tries to find acceptance in the face of adversity because she loves another girl.
This folksy, unique musical took the Tony Awards by storm this year. Anaiis Mitchell writes an incredible score to tell the updated story of the Greeks – specifically Orpheus, Eurydice, Persephone, and Hades. The sound is unlike most things on Broadway – if you loved Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, you’ll love this.
We are the Tigers
An off-Broadway production, this show is a cheerleading musical with a dash of murder. The score is edgy and definitely modern, reminiscent of something like Heathers or Carrie.
The Cleopatra Experience
This Egyptian queen’s tale is taken for a risque ride. The show appeared off-Broadway and thrilled audiences with its EDM/Pop score, headlined by rising star, NYA. Before its close, the production was said to be seductive, haunting, and full of spectacle.
Come From Away
This musical isn’t quite as new, but it sometimes slips through the cracks – it definitely should not! Following the immediate aftermath of 9/11 and the planes that were rerouted after the attacks, this musical is based on the true story of what happened when 7,000 travelers were stranded in Gander, Newfoundland. You’re sure to fall in love with the bluesy, raw sound that caught Broadway by surprise.
The Band’s Visit
Another unique presence on the Broadway stage, The Band’s Visit is an entrancing score, heavily influenced by Middle Eastern style music and instruments. The songs cover a wide variety of styles from group instrumental moments to captivating ballads.
These are just a few of the options on the modern Broadway stage. If you’re looking for more recommendations, check out the list of 2019’s Tony Nominees and give those scores a try, too! Don’t be afraid to branch out Off-Broadway, also. There are lots of hidden gems in store – you can even find new music by googling “shows currently running Off-Broadway” and you’ll get a list of cool options. There is so much new theatre to explore, and while the oldies are certainly still goodies, give your playlist a little update.
(And hey, If you’re burnt out on musical theatre scores, but you want to stay connected to the scene, consider one of these 5 musical theatre podcasts!)