Wednesday 26 September 2018

My Favourite Musical Soundtracks #2

It feels like a while since my last musical theatre post so today I wanted to talk about some of the soundtracks I'm currently loving. I wrote a post like this last Summer but since then my love for all things musicals has just grown massively so the amount of different albums I've listened to is huge! I've whittled it down to 5 which was a struggle but I'm sure that means they'll be more posts like this in the future, let me know if you're a fan of any of these too!
Kinky Boots, Chicago, Come From Away, Hamilton, Mamma Mia

Kinky Boots

There isn't often a day that goes by now where I don't listen to at least a few songs from this soundtrack. For a long time it was a show I wasn't too fussed about, it never appealed to me but then when I took the time to listen to the soundtrack earlier this year, I soon totally got why people love it so much. I'm now a massive fan of the show and the music and I am so incredibly pleased we got to see it in May. I love that the soundtrack has such a variety of songs from more upbeat pieces which just make you smile to ones that kind of break your heart too. Seeing them play out in the show was amazing and I'm desperate to see it again before it officially closes in London in January. It's a show that's definitely not spoken about as much as ones like Wicked, Les Mis, Phantom etc. but honestly it's amazing in every way.
Kinky Boots - Lola


It wasn't until a few months ago we finally decided to watch Chicago and I ended up absolutely loving it! It was another musical I wasn't that bothered about and whilst I had heard good things about the film, for a long time I just thought it wasn't the sort of music I'd like. Well how wrong was I. The film is absolutely brilliant and I've become such a huge fan of each song on the musical soundtrack. I've heard very mixed things about the stage show, some say it's very different to the film so that's kind of why it's probably not going to be one we see just yet. Also the prices are insane! For now I'll just keep listening to the soundtrack and watching the film, Catherine Zeta Jones is fab as Velma!
Chicago - Velma

Come From Away

I'm sensing a pattern here - another show I put off for a long time but now I can't stop listening. Come From Away is a pretty new show and it's actually not opening in London until January, but it's had rave reviews everywhere else so far. It's set in the week of the 9/11 attacks and it tells the true story of what transpired when 38 planes had to land unexpectedly in the town of Gander. All of the characters in the musical are based on real Gander residents and some of the stranded travelers they looked after during that time. I didn't feel an urge to listen to it at first and just thought it would be quite depressing but I feel so differently now. It's an incredibly uplifting story of how communities pull together in times of need and the music is just brilliant. If the casting rumours for the London cast are true, I'm going to have to try and see it at some point.
Come From Away


I don't even know where to start with this show, I'm just addicted to it. As the whole musical is told through rap and singing, it definitely takes a while to get through and really get to grips with what's going on but once you do, you realise just how incredible it is what Lin Manuel Miranda has put together. Each and every song is great in it's own way and really tells a story that you might not originally think would work as a musical. I'm so excited to see it play out in December, I'm counting down the days now. I don't tire of the soundtrack at all, it's been months and months now and I still get goosebumps at certain songs and I seem to have a new favourite song each week. Give it a chance if you haven't already, there's a reason it's so popular.
Hamilton - The Schuyler Sisters

Mamma Mia

I've fallen in love with all things Abba since the new Mamma Mia film was released. I was a huge fan of the stage show soundtrack because of the original film anyway but since the second film has come out, my love for it has just intensified. It's another show that's so expensive so I doubt we'll be seeing it any time soon but it's definitely one for the future. Some days I listen to the film soundtracks and other days the actual musical but all of them make me smile.
Mamma Mia - Sam, Bill and Harry
When I write posts like this I can't believe there was ever a time I had no clue about musical theatre and some of the amazing shows within it. I can't imagine being without it now!

Are you a fan of any of these shows too?

Other musical posts - My Top 10 Hamilton Songs // Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre Review // Broadway to West End Transfers I'd Love To Happen

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