Friday, January 13, 2006


A notice on a cast recordings list I partake in spurred the following trivia question: What is the longest-running Broadway musical to not have had an original Broadway cast recording recorded?

The answer is, as you may have guessed, The Phantom of the Opera, which just this week became the longest-running Broadway play ever. And, no, it doesn't have an Original Broadway Cast recording. Why? Because the show opened in London before coming to Broadway, and the Original London Cast recording featured many of the same cast members, and, most critically, the same two leads (Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman--two singers I do not care for at all, as it happens). So while you can certainly head to your nearest record store and get a Phantom CD in honor of its new status, you can't get the OBC.

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