The Year of Living Cinematically

As usual: each film was watched in its entirety. All films that I’d never seen before have been marked with an asterisk.

*Show Boat (1929) 1/1
Pinocchio (1940) 1/6
Sleeping Beauty (1959) 1/10
101 Dalmatians (1961) 1/12
*The Aristocats (1970) 1/23
*Sister Kenny (1946) 2/26
*The Farewell (2019) 2/27
Victor/Victoria (1982) 2/28
*Written on the Wind (1956) 2/29
*One Hour With You (1932) 2/29
*The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931) 2/29
Good News (1947) 3/6
*Cabin in the Sky (1943) 3/7
The Quiet Man (1952) 3/20
Clue (1985) 3/27
*Love and Death (1975) 4/12
*Little Women (2019) 4/15
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) 5/18
Show Boat (1936) 5/19
Life After Tomorrow (2006) 5/19
Show Business: The Road to Broadway (2007) 5/19
*Three Coins in the Fountain (1954) 5/21
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967) 5/22
Holiday (1938) 5/25
42nd Street (1933) 5/26
The Thin Man (1934) 5/28
Easy Living (1937) 6/1
Hope and Glory (1987) 6/3
Flower Drum Song (1961) 6/3
*The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) 6/4
*Spitfire (1934) 6/4
*It’s Love I’m After (1937) 6/4
Calamity Jane (1953) 6/5
High Society (1956) 6/6
*Music in the Air (1934) 6/6
*King of Jazz (1930) 6/7
*Undercurrent (1946) 6/7
*The Talk of the Town (1942) 6/7
Z (1969) 6/8
*The Whole Town’s Talking (1935) 6/9
*Gidget (1959) 6/10
*The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1957) 6/10
*The Devil and Miss Jones (1941) 6/11
She’s Working Her Way Through College (1952) 6/13
The Trouble With Angels (1966) 6/15
*Beat the Devil (1953) 6/17
*Raintree County (1957) 6/17
*Pin Up Girl (1944) 6/18
My Favorite Wife (1940) 6/18
*Bitter Sweet (1940) 6/18
*The Wings of Eagles (1957) 6/19
*New Moon (1940) 6/20
*So This Is Love (1953) 6/20
*Song of Love (1947) 6/22
*A Midsummer’s Night Sex Comedy (1982) 6/23
*King Solomon’s Mines (1950) 6/24
*The Petrified Forest (1936) 6/25
Sister Act (1992) 6/26
The Party (1968) 6/26
*Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) 6/26
*Atlantic City (1980) 6/27
Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines (1965) 6/28
*Murder She Said (1961) 6/29
*Melvin and Howard (1980) 6/30
*The Front (1976) 6/30
*The Human Comedy (1943) 7/1
Twister (1996) 7/3
*Hamilton (2020) 7/4
*San Francisco (1936) 7/5
Guys and Dolls (1955) 7/6
My Favorite Year (1982) 7/25
Light in the Piazza (1962) 7/26
*It’s a Date (1940) 8/4
*The Story of Irene and Vernon Castle (1939) 8/5
*Lady of Burlesque (1943) 8/5
The Mad Miss Manton (1938) 8/6
*The Student Prince (1954) 8/6
*The Opposite Sex (1956) 8/9
*Butterflies Are Free (1972) 8/9
The First Wives Club (1996) 8/10
The Letter (1940) 8/14
*A Free Soul (1931) 8/16
Steel Magnolias (1989) 8/18
*Dream Wife (1953) 8/18
Moonstruck (1987) 8/18
*The Prince of Tides (1991) 8/20
The Lady Eve (1941) 8/22
Suspicion (1941) 8/25
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) 8/25
Clash of the Titans (1981) 8/25
State Fair (1945) 8/28
Moonstruck (1987) 8/30
The Phantom Tollbooth (1970) 9/1
Grease (1978) 9/3
*Grease 2 (1982) 9/4
*Flying Down to Rio (1933) 9/7
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993) 9/8
*Footlight Parade (1933) 9/9
Psycho (1960) 9/17
Little Shop of Horrors (1986) 9/22
Destry Rides Again (1939) 9/24
The Sound of Music (1965) 9/29
Summer Stock (1950) 9/30
Oklahoma! (1955) 10/2
*The Goodbye Girl (1977) 10/8
*Cats (2019) 10/12
Barefoot in the Park (1967) 10/15
Now, Voyager (1942) 10/17
*Howard (2018) 10/20
Auntie Mame (1958) 10/21
Hud (1963) 10/22
To Sir With Love (1967) 10/24
*Cluny Brown (1946) 10/30
*Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957) 11/3
*The Gunfighter (1950) 11/4
Brigadoon (1954) 11/5
Lifeboat (1944) 11/7
*Mother Wore Tights (1947) 11/10
Moonstruck (1987) 11/13
Moonstruck (1987) 11/13
*Baby Boom (1987) 11/16
*Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) 11/16
The Queen (2006) 11/17
*You’ll Never Get Rich (1941) 11/20
A Star Is Born (1954) 11/20
*Love Me Tonight (1932) 11/24
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947) 12/1
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) 12/2
Les Girls (1957) 12/3
The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) 12/3
*Mank (2020) 12/4
*Marnie (1964) 12/8
*Nothing Sacred (1937) 12/10
*Grace Quigley (1984) 12/11
Moonstruck (1987) 12/12
*Let Them All Talk (2020) 12/15
The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942) 12/15
*Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020) 12/18
Desk Set (1957) 12/20
Remember the Night (1940) 12/21
Come to the Stable (1949) 12/22
Elf (2003) 12/24
Christmas Vacation (1989) 12/24
The Bishop’s Wife (1947) 12/25
Christmas in Connecticut (1945) 12/27
*The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) 12/29
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) 12/31
Operation Petticoat (1959) 12/31

My Year in Show Music

Old habits die hard. I haven’t written about theatre in years but I am still keeping track of what I listen to; a grasp at normalcy in abnormal times, perhaps. Every recording—which I listened to in its entirety; the only criterion—is linked to its own page on castalbums.org (a site I highly recommend for serious collectors of theatre music).

An asterisk indicates a recording I listened to for the first time.

1/3 – Fiorello! [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
1/6 – Chicago [1998 London Cast Recording]
1/9 – A Little Night Music [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
1/13 – The Visit [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
1/14 – Barbara Cook: It’s Better with a Band
1/20 – The Most Happy Fella [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
2/2 – Kwamina [Original Broadway Cast Recording – Deluxe Edition]
2/2 – Porgy and Bess [2019 Metropolitan Opera Cast Recording]*
2/3 – Prettybelle [Studio Cast Recording]
2/4 – Show Boat [1993 World Premiere Cast Recording]
2/8 – A Chorus Line [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
2/12 – Annie [Original London Cast Recording]
2/14 – Six [Studio Cast Recording]
2/15 – Lady in the Dark [1963 Studio Cast Recording]
2/16 – Bright Star [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
2/24 – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
3/2 – On the Level [Original London Cast Recording]*
3/3 – The Merry Widow [1968 Studio Cast Recording]
3/17 – Juno [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
3/25 – June Bronhill at the Sydney Opera House*
3/28 – Something’s Afoot [World Premiere Cast Recording]*
3/29 – La Cage Aux Folles [Original Australian Cast Recording]
3/30 – The Boys from Syracuse [Encores! Cast Recording]
4/3 – Six [Studio Cast Recording]
4/13 – South Pacific [The New Broadway Cast Recording]
4/14 – Bye Bye Birdie [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
4/17 – Fiddler on the Roof [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
4/18 – The Light in the Piazza [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
4/19 – Carousel [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
4/20 – The Wedding Singer [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
4/21 – Pal Joey [Encores! Cast Recording]
4/24 – Barbra Streisand: The Second Barbra Streisand Album
4/26 – Company [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
4/29 – On the Level [Original London Cast Recording]
5/2 – Sunday in the Park with George [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
5/5 – John Raitt: Highlights of Broadway
5/7 – No, No, Nanette [1971 Broadway Cast Recording]
5/14 – The Last Five Years [Original Cast Recording]
5/15 – Rags [Original London Cast Recording]*
5/18 – The Good Companions [Original London Cast Recording]
5/19 – The Girl Who Came to Supper [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
5/21 – Gypsy [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
5/23 – Annie [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
5/24 – Legally Blonde [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
5/27 – Six [Studio Cast Recording]
6/13 – Geraldine Fitzgerald: Streetsongs*
6/20 – Raisin [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
6/27 – Phantom [Original Cast Recording]
6/28 – Flower Drum Song [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
6/29 – Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Complete Overtures
6/29 – Flower Drum Song [Original London Cast Recording]
7/2 – Ann Veronica [Original London Cast Recording]*
7/2 – James Shigeta: Scene One*
7/3 – The Phantom of the Opera [Original London Cast Recording]
7/6 – The Sound of Music [Original London Cast Recording]
7/7 – Ragtime [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
7/7 – Robert and Elizabeth [Original London Cast Recording]
7/8 – Ain’t Misbehavin’ [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
7/8 – James Shigeta: We Speak the Same Language*
7/18 – Hello, Dolly! [Original French Cast Recording]*
7/20 – Zip Goes a Million [Original London Cast Recording]*
7/21 – Happy Holiday [Original London Cast Recording]*
8/3 – Here’s Love [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
8/9 – The Merry Widow [1962 Studio Cast Recording]
8/13 – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [Original London Cast Recording]
8/15 – Company [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
8/15 – A Chorus Line [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
8/16 – The Producers [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
8/19 – Destry Rides Again [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
8/19 – Diahann Carroll Sings Harold Arlen*
8/20 – Beautiful [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
8/21 – Kiss Me, Kate [The New Broadway Cast Recording]
8/21 – Sail Away [Original London Cast Recording]
8/22 – Passion Flower Hotel [Original London Cast Recording]
8/24 – Dolores Gray: Heat Wave, The Decca Singles 1953-1955*
8/24 – Mr. & Mrs. [Original London Cast Recording]*
8/25 – Anne of Green Gables [Canadian Studio Cast Recording]
8/26 – Mary Poppins [1966 London Studio Cast Recording]*
8/26 – Hallelujah, Baby! [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
8/27 – James Joyce’s The Dead [PICT Cast Recording]
8/27 – Anything Goes [2003 London Revival Cast Recording]
8/29 – The Desert Song [1967 London Studio Cast Recording]*
8/30 – Pippin [New Broadway Cast Recording]
8/31 – Rachel Bay Jones: ShowFolk*
9/2 – Carousel [1994 Broadway Cast Recording]
9/2 – Oklahoma! [1966 London Studio Cast Recording]*
9/6 – Kiss Me, Kate [1967 London Studio Cast Recording]
9/9 – On the Town [1959 London Studio Cast Recording]*
9/11 – South Pacific [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
9/12 – Grease 2 [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]*
9/15 – Blitz! [Original London Cast Recording]
9/15 – Salad Days [Original London Cast Recording]*
9/15 – Free As Air [Original London Cast Recording]*
9/17 – On the Level [Original London Cast Recording]
9/17 – My Fair Lady [Original London Cast Recording]
9/17 – The Secret Garden [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
9/17 – The Pajama Game [The New Broadway Cast Recording]
9/17 – Nick Cordero: Live Your Life [Live at 54 Below]*
9/20 – Nine [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
10/3 – Rex [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
10/5 – Six [Studio Cast Recording]
10/5 – Evita [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
10/6 – Carnival [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
10/7 – The King and I [1966 London Studio Cast Recording]*
10/16 – Anyone Can Whistle [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
10/16 – Mame [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
10/16 – Dear World [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
10/16 – Gypsy [Original London Cast Recording]
10/16 – Sweeney Todd [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
10/20 – Oliver! [1962 London Studio Cast Recording]*
10/20 – The Bridges of Madison County [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
10/22 – Grease 2 [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
10/23 – Laura Benanti*
10/25 – Seesaw [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
10/28 – High Spirits [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
10/30 – The Scottsboro Boys [Original Cast Recording]
11/3 – The Unsinkable Molly Brown [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
11/6 – Mary Poppins [The Definitive 2020 Cast Recording]*
11/6 – Porgy and Bess [Houston Grand Opera Cast Recording]
11/16 – The Sound of Music [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
12/4 – Anyone Can Whistle [First Complete Recording]*
12/17 – Bye Bye Birdie [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
12/23 – Strike Up the Band [1990 Studio Cast Recording]
12/23 – Brigadoon [1991 Studio Cast Recording]
12/23 – The Secret Garden [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
12/23 – Show Boat [1993 World Premiere Cast Recording]
12/23 – Rebecca Luker: Anything Goes – The Songs of Cole Porter
12/23 – The Boys from Syracuse [Encores! Cast Recording]
12/23 – The Sound of Music [The New Broadway Cast Recording]
12/24 – The Music Man [The New Broadway Cast Recording]
12/24 – She Loves Me [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
12/25 – Rebecca Luker & Sally Wilfert: All the Girls*
12/25 – Six [Studio Cast Recording]

The Year of Living Cinematically

As usual: each film was watched in its entirety. All films that I’d never seen before have been marked with an asterisk.

East of Eden (1955) 1/5
*Blossoms in the Dust (1941) 1/6
*It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947) 1/7
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) 1/16
The Apartment (1960) 1/17
S.O.B. (1981) 1/20
All About Eve (1950) 1/21
Swing Time (1936) 1/25
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) 2/26
*I Know Where I’m Going (1945) 4/11
*Our Betters (1933) 5/3
*Carefree (1938) 5/6
*There Goes My Heart (1938) 5/11
*Wine Country (2019) 5/11
*Keeper of the Flame (1943) 5/16
*The Bank Dick
(1940) 5/17
The Pajama Game (1957) 5/18
*Summer Holiday (1948) 5/21
*Room Service (1938) 5/25
*Hobson’s Choice (1954) 5/26
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) 5/28
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) 5/29
*The Old Maid (1939) 5/30
*Enchanted April (1991) 5/30
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) 5/30
*Sylvia Scarlett (1935) 5/31
*The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936) 6/1
*Coquette (1929) 6/1
That Night in Rio (1941) 6/3
*Quality Street (1937) 6/4
*Portrait of Jennie (1948) 6/5
*The Most Dangerous Game (1932) 6/5
*You Can’t Have Everything (1937) 6/5
*Kismet (1944) 6/12
*Johnny Eager (1941) 6/12
*Three Daring Daughters (1948) 6/12
*Luxury Liner (1948) 6/13
*Holiday in Mexico (1946) 6/13
Summertime (1955) 6/14
Pillow Talk (1959) 6/16
On Moonlight Bay (1951) 6/16
Clue (1985) 6/18
*Nancy Goes to Rio (1950) 6/20
Steel Magnolias (1989) 6/21
*The Reluctant Debutante (1958) 6/21
Stage Door (1937) 6/22
*Pickup on South Street (1953) 6/22
*Let’s Make Love (1960) 6/25
Cactus Flower (1969) 6/26
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) 6/27
*I Dream Too Much (1935) 7/9
Camille (1936) 7/20
*Two-Faced Woman (1941) 7/21
The Gay Divorcee (1934) 7/21
*Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974) 7/23
Yours, Mine, and Ours (1968) 7/25
*Dangerous (1935) 7/27
*Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) 7/27
The Women (1939) 7/28
*The Favourite (2018) 8/5
The Heiress (1949) 8/7
*Klute (1971) 8/12
*Die Trapp Familie (1956) 8/13
I Confess (1953) 8/14
*The World According to Garp (1982) 8/14
*Joy of Living (1938) 8/16
*The Barefoot Contessa (1954) 8/20
*Sweet Adeline (1934) 8/20
High Noon (1952) 8/26
*Christopher Strong (1933) 8/27
The Sound of Music (1965) 8/29
*The Great Lie (1941) 9/2
*The Westerner (1940) 9/2
*Late Night (2019) 9/7
*The Happiest Millionaire (1967) 9/10
*Dodsworth (1936) 9/11
*Too Many Girls (1940) 9/11
*The Subject Was Roses (1968) 9/12
*Quo Vadis (1951) 9/13
*Gaslight (1940) 9/17
*Porgy and Bess (1959) 9/19
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) 9/28
*Johnny Belinda (1948) 9/28
*Notting Hill (1999) 10/1
*Star! (1968) 10/21
The Uninvited (1944) 10/22
Dolemite Is My Name (2019) 10/26
*The Gang’s All Here (1943) 11/2
*Leonard Soloway’s Broadway (2019) 11/6
The Addams Family (1991) 11/15
Addams Family Values (1993) 11/15
*The Letter (1940) 12/6
The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942) 12/14
*Lady on a Train (1945) 12/15
The Shop Around the Corner (1940) 12/16
*The Holly and the Ivy (1952) 12/16
Remember the Night (1940) 12/17
The Bishop’s Wife (1947) 12/20
A Christmas Carol (1938) 12/22
Christmas Vacation (1989) 12/24
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) 12/26
*Booksmart (2019) 12/30
The Thin Man (1934) 12/31

My Year in Show Music

A few years ago, I decided to keep a log of the musical theatre-related albums I listened to in their entirety throughout the calendar year. Every recording is linked to its own page on castalbums.org (a site I highly recommend for serious collectors of theatre music). An asterisk indicates a recording I listened to for the first time.

1/1 – Bye Bye Birdie [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
1/1 – Woman of the Year [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
1/2 – Bajour [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
1/4 – The Roar of the Greasepaint—The Smell of the Crowd [Original Broadway Cast Recording]*
1/5 – Wildcat [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
1/9 – Kean [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
1/11 – Pacific Overtures [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
1/12 – A Little Night Music [National Theatre Cast Recording]
1/15 – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
1/15 – Hello, Dolly! [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
1/15 – Hello, Dolly! [The New 1994 Cast Recording]
1/15 – Jerry’s Girls [Original Cast Recording]*
1/18 – Follies [National Theatre Cast Recording]*
1/18 – Follies [Original London Cast Recording]
1/23 – Songs for a New World [Encores! Cast Recording]*
1/24 – First Impressions [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
1/25 – Songs for a New World [Encores! Cast Recording]
1/27 – Rent [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
1/29 – Giant [Original Cast Recording]
1/29 – Gigi [New Broadway Cast Recording]
2/1 – Company [2018 London Cast Recording]*
2/2 – Six [Studio Cast Recording]*
2/3 – Six [Studio Cast Recording]
2/3 – Hadestown [Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording]*
2/3 – Shirley Jones & Jack Cassidy: Marriage Type Love*
2/4 – The Scarlet Pimpernel [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
2/10 – Six [Studio Cast Recording]
2/27 – Follies [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
2/28 – Coco [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
2/28 – Six [Studio Cast Recording]
3/1 – Sweeney Todd [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
3/1 – Six [Studio Cast Recording]
3/4 – Wonderful Town [1999 London Studio Cast Recording]
3/7 – Six [Studio Cast Recording]
3/7 – The Boy Friend [1984 London Cast Recording]*
3/11 – Cyrille Aimée: Move On, A Sondheim Adventure*
3/11 – Six [Studio Cast Recording]
3/16 – Six [Studio Cast Recording]
3/16 – 1776 [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
3/22 – Anne of Green Gables [Original London Cast Recording]
3/22 – Pacific Overtures [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
3/25 – The Music Man [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
3/27 – Blood Brothers [1988 London Revival Cast Recording]*
3/28 – Bloomer Girl [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
3/28 – How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying [The New Broadway Cast Recording]
3/29 – Pippin [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
3/29 – Nine [The New Broadway Cast Recording]
3/29 – Two Gentlemen of Verona [Original London Cast Recording]*
4/1 – Six [Studio Cast Recording]
4/1 – The Bridges of Madison County [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
4/3 – A Time for Singing [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
4/5 – Tina [Original London Cast Recording]*
4/7 – The Band’s Visit [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
4/11 – Six [Studio Cast Recording]
4/16 – Alfred Drake: Lucky to Be Me*
4/18 – The Light in the Piazza [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
4/19 – The Cher Show [Original Broadway Cast Recording]*
4/20 – La Cage Aux Folles [Original Australian Cast Recording]
4/29 – The Most Happy Fella [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
4/30 – The Streets of New York [Original Cast Recording]*
5/1 – Ben Bagley’s Kurt Weill Revisited*
5/3 – The Threepenny Opera [1930 German Studio Cast Recording]*
5/5 – The Most Happy Fella [The New Broadway Cast Recording]
5/10 – Sweet Charity [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
5/11 – Six [Studio Cast Recording]
5/12 – High Button Shoes [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
5/15 – Gypsy [The 2008 Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
5/16 – Goodtime Charley [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
5/21 – Gypsy [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
5/28 – On a Clear Day You Can See Forever [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
5/31 – Walking Happy [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
6/1 – Six [Studio Cast Recording]
6/3 – Laura Benanti: Songs from My Fair Lady*
6/7 – Kiss Me, Kate [2019 Broadway Cast Recording]*
6/29 – Oklahoma! [2019 Broadway Cast Recording]*
6/30 – Crazy for You [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
7/4 – Regina [1958 NYCO Cast Recording]
7/7 – Six [Studio Cast Recording]
7/9 – Laura Benanti: Songs from My Fair Lady
7/15 – Into the Woods [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
7/25 – Bravo Giovanni [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
8/9 – Fiddler on the Roof [2018 Off-Broadway Cast Recording]*
8/12 – The Dancing Years [1968 London Cast Recording]*
8/12 – South Pacific [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
8/17 – State Fair [1945 Motion Picture Soundtrack]
8/24 – She Loves Me [Original London Cast Recording]
8/28 – Irma La Douce [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
8/29 – Jan Clayton Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel*
8/29 – Ella Logan Sings Finian’s Rainbow*
8/31 – Kean [Original Broadway Cast Recording – Deluxe Edition]
9/2 – Guys and Dolls [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
9/5 – Moulin Rouge [Original Broadway Cast Recording]*
9/6 – Grey Gardens [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
9/12 – The Boy Friend [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
9/13 – Six [Studio Cast Recording]
9/15 – Ragtime [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
9/20 – Porgy and Bess [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]*
9/20 – Cabaret [Original London Cast Recording]
10/3 – The Dancing Years [First Complete Cast Recording]*
10/4 – No Strings [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
10/6 – House of Flowers [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
10/8 – Porgy and Bess [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
10/9 – Marin Mazzie & Jason Danieley: Broadway and Beyond [Live at 54 Below]*
10/19 – Julie Andrews: An Evening with Julie Andrews*
10/25 – Ambassador [Original London Cast Recording]
10/28 – Elaine Stritch At Liberty
10/31 – Aimie Atkinson: Step Inside Love*
11/9 – On the Town [1960 Studio Cast Recording]
11/11 – Six [Studio Cast Recording]
11/16 – The Sound of Music [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
11/18 – Ernest in Love [Original Cast Recording]
12/3 – Six [Studio Cast Recording]
12/6 – The New Yorkers [Encores! Cast Recording]*
12/9 – The Sound of Music [Original Broadway Cast Recording – 60 Anniversary Edition]
12/9 – Man of Magic [Original London Cast Recording]*
12/10 – The Importance [Studio Cast Recording]*
12/21 – Bye Bye Birdie [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
12/24 – She Loves Me [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
12/26 – Little Shop of Horrors [The New Off-Broadway Cast Recording]*
12/27 – Parade [Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording]
12/27 – Milk and Honey [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
12/27 – Hello, Dolly! [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
12/27 – Mame [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
12/27 – Hello, Dolly! [1967 Broadway Cast Recording]
12/27 – Dear World [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
12/27 – Mack & Mabel [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
12/27 – The Grand Tour [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
12/27 – La Cage Aux Folles [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
12/28 – The Prom [Original Broadway Cast Recording]*

The Year of Living Cinematically

Same as every other year: each film was watched in its entirety. All films that I’d never seen before have been marked with an asterisk.

*Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) 1/1
*Shirley Valentine (1989) 1/3
*Maurice (1987) 1/5
*Lady Bird (2017) 1/9
*Call Me By Your Name (2017) 1/9
*Paddington (2014) 1/11
Love with the Proper Stranger (1963) 1/22
*The Great Dictator (1940) 1/30
Ben-Hur (1959) 1/31
Hello, Dolly! (1969) 1/31
Laura (1944) 2/1
West Side Story (1961) 2/2
*Night Train to Munich (1940) 2/3
The Harvey Girls (1946) 2/4
An Affair to Remember (1957) 2/5
Wall-E (2008) 2/5
A Song Is Born (1948) 2/6
*Lucky Night (1939) 2/7
*The Matchmaker (1958) 2/8
The Birds (1963) 2/8
You Can’t Take It With You (1938) 2/9
*Easy Living (1937) 2/10
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 2/10
*Without Love (1945) 2/12
On Golden Pond (1981) 2/12
Desk Set (1957) 2/14
*Bigger Than Life (1956) 2/15
Vertigo (1958) 2/15
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) 2/16
Harold and Maude (1971) 2/16
An American in Paris (1951) 2/17
Babette’s Feast (1987) 2/18
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) 2/18
*Design for Scandal (1941) 2/19
Rebecca (1940) 2/19
The World of Henry Orient (1964) 2/20
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) 2/20
The Departed (2006) 2/21
The Breakfast Club (1985) 2/21
*Theodora Goes Wild (1936) 2/22
The Children’s Hour (1961) 2/22
Kismet (1955) 2/23
Carmen Jones (1954) 2/23
Shadow of a Doubt (1943) 2/24
Rear Window (1954) 2/24
*Min and Bill (1930) 2/25
*The Americanization of Emily (1964) 2/26
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) 2/26
*Emma (1932) 2/27
*The Way We Were (1973) 2/27
*The Great Waltz (1938) 2/28
Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962) 2/28
Foreign Correspondent (1940) 3/1
*A Date with Judy (1948) 3/2
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) 3/11
Tom Jones (1963) 3/13
The Lion in Winter (1968) 3/17
*The Age of Innocence (1993) 3/18
*Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) 3/19
Election (1999) 3/20
*Girls Trip (2017) 4/5
Bells Are Ringing (1960) 5/9
*The Divorcee (1930) 5/17
State Fair (1945) 5/19
*The Opera House (2017) 6/1
*Finding Dory (2016) 6/23
Lady Bird (2017) 7/14
The Awful Truth (1937) 8/1
*Valley of the Dolls (1967) 8/15
*A Star Is Born (1976) 8/16
Blazing Saddles (1974) 8/16
The Tree of Life (2011) 9/12
*Wait for Your Laugh (2017) 9/28
*Tea with the Dames (2017) 9/28
*River’s Edge (1984) 10/12
A Raisin in the Sun (1961) 10/21
*Shampoo (1975) 10/22
*Halloween (2018) 10/22
My Man Godfrey (1936) 10/29
Halloween (1978) 10/31
The Princess Bride (1987) 11/15
*The Rose (1979) 11/17
*The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) 11/29
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) 12/3
*Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) 12/4
From Here to Eternity (1953) 12/7
*Merrily We Live (1938) 12/11
*The Christmas Chronicles (2018) 12/12
Christmas Vacation (1989) 12/18
Scrooged (1988) 12/18
Elf (2003) 12/20
The Bishop’s Wife (1947) 12/23
Miracle on 34th Street (1947) 12/23
*Paddington 2 (2017) 12/25
*Evita (1996) 12/26
Mary Poppins (1964) 12/27
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) 12/28

My Year In Show Music

A few years ago, I made a conscious decision to keep a log of the musical theatre-related albums I listened to *in their entirety* throughout the calendar year. With a couple of exceptions, almost every recording is linked to its own page on castalbums.org (a site I highly recommend for serious collectors of theatre music). An asterisk indicates a recording I listened to for the first time.

1/1 – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
1/2 – Out of this World [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
1/2 – Shuffle Along [Tony Voter Sampler]
1/4 – Evita [Original London Cast Recording]
1/4 – Half a Sixpence [The New 2016 London Cast Recording]
1/5 – Melissa Errico: Legrand Affair
1/5 – Christine Ebersole Sings Noel Coward*
1/6 – Bye Bye Birdie [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
1/6 – Cry for Us All [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
1/10 – Bush Is Bad [Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording]
1/13 – My Fair Lady [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
1/16 – August: Osage County [LA Theatreworks Recording]*
1/18 – Ragtime [Toronto Cast Recording]
1/18 – Ragtime [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
1/18 – Ragtime [Original 2009 Broadway Cast]
1/19 – Donnybrook! [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
1/21 – Songs from Sunset Boulevard and Evita [Studio Cast Recording]*
1/21 – Barbra Streisand: The Music…The Mem’ries…The Magic! Live in Concert*
1/22 – Annie [Original London Cast Recording]*
1/23 – St. Louis Woman [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
1/25 – The Phantom of the Opera [Original London Cast Recording]
1/30 – Hello, Dolly! [Original Israeli Cast Recording – LP Edition]*
1/30 – The Drowsy Chaperone [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
2/4 – Zenda [Original Cast Recording – LP Edition]
2/4 – Barbra Streisand: Simply Streisand [LP Edition]
2/4 – The Sound of Music [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – 2-LP Edition]
2/6 – Man of La Mancha [Original Mexican Cast Recording – LP Edition]*
2/13 – Follies [The New Broadway Cast Recording]
2/15 – Call Me Mister [Original Broadway Cast Recording]* 
2/16 – Anything Goes [1950 Studio Cast Recording]*
2/18 – Mack & Mabel [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
2/19 – On the Twentieth Century [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
2/20 – On the Twentieth Century [New Broadway Cast Recording]
2/21 – Once on This Island [New Broadway Cast Recording]*
2/22 – Anything Goes: Rebecca Luker Sings Cole Porter
2/23 – Chess [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
3/9 – Wicked [Original Stuttgart Cast Recording]*
3/11 – Les Miserables [10th Anniversary Concert Cast Recording]
3/12 – The Bridges of Madison County [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
3/23 – The Most Happy Fella [Complete Studio Cast Recording]
4/4 – Tom Foolery [Original London Cast Recording]*
4/5 – Jesus Christ Superstar [Original Broadway Cast Recording]*
4/7 – Sweeney Todd [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
4/8 – Girl from the North Country [Original London Cast Recording]*
4/8 – Jesus Christ Superstar Live! [Television Soundtrack Recording]*
4/13 – Call Me Madam [Encores! Cast Recording]
4/24 – The Visit [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
4/24 – My Fair Lady [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
4/24 – My Fair Lady [Original London Cast Recording]
4/24 – My Fair Lady [20th Anniversary Broadway Cast Recording]
4/25 – My Fair Lady [London Revival Cast Recording]
4/25 – My Fair Lady [Complete Studio Cast Recording]
4/25 – Oklahoma! [1952 Studio Cast Recording]
4/25 – Subways Are for Sleeping [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
4/26 – Call Me Madam [Original Broadway Cast with Dinah Shore]
4/27 – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie [Original London Cast Recording]*
4/27 – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie [Original London Cast Recording]
4/28 – On the Twentieth Century [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
4/29 – Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown [Original London Cast Recording]
4/29 – Into the Woods [Original London Cast Recording]
4/30 – Mary Poppins [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
5/1 – Tenderloin [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
5/2 – Sunday in the Park with George [2017 Broadway Cast Recording]
5/5 – Evita [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
5/6 – Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends
5/8 – The Sound of Music [1976 Mexican Cast Recording]*
5/8 – Once Upon a Mattress [Original London Cast Recording]*
5/11 – Audra McDonald: Sing Happy*
5/11 – Frozen [Original Broadway Cast Recording]*
5/14 – Sugar [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
5/14 – Redhead [Original Mexican Cast Recording]*
5/15 – Bells Are Ringing [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
5/16 – Damn Yankees [Broadway Revival Cast Recording]
5/18 – A Family Affair [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
5/18 – Mean Girls [Original Broadway Cast Recording]*
5/21 – Up in Central Park [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
5/21 – Arms and the Girl [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
5/24 – Audra McDonald: Sing Happy
5/25 – By the Beautiful Sea [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
5/28 – The Boys from Syracuse [Studio Cast Recording]
5/29 – My Fair Lady [2018 Broadway Cast Recording]*
5/30 – Something for the Boys [Original Broadway Radio Broadcast]*
5/31 – I Married an Angel [Studio Cast Recording]*
6/2 – Illya Darling [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
6/3 – Take Me Along [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
6/4 – Allegro [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
6/5 – The King and I [The 2015 Broadway Cast Recording]
6/6 – The King and I [The New Broadway Cast Recording]
6/7 – Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
6/8 – My Fair Lady [2018 Broadway Cast Recording]
6/8 – Carousel [2018 Broadway Cast Recording]*
6/8 – My Fair Lady [2018 Broadway Cast Recording]
6/8 – Barbra: The Concert*
6/9 – Judy Holliday: Trouble Is a Man*
6/13 – The Cradle Will Rock [1960 NYCO Radio Broadcast]*
6/14 – Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown [Original London Cast Recording]
6/14 – The Band’s Visit [Original Broadway Cast Recording]*
6/15 – The Band’s Visit [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
6/15 – The Band’s Visit [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
6/15 – Betty Buckley: Hope*
6/17 – The Band’s Visit [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
6/17 – Cabaret [2006 London Revival Cast Recording]*
6/22 – Pacific 1860 [Original London Cast Recording]*
6/24 – Barbra Streisand: The Barbra Streisand Album
6/26 – Prince of Broadway [Original Broadway Cast Recording]*
6/29 – Nine [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
7/6 – Matilda [Original Stratford Cast Recording]
7/6 – James and the Giant Peach [World Premiere Cast Recording]*
7/8 – Matilda [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
7/15 – Oklahoma! [Original Broadway Cast Recording – 75th Anniversary Edition]
7/19 – The Rink [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
7/28 – She Loves Me [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
7/30 – Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope [Original Broadway Cast Recording]*
8/3 – Shirley Jones & Jack Cassidy: With Love from Hollywood*
8/7 – Company [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
8/10 – The Band’s Visit [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
8/12 – The Music Man [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
8/12 – Oklahoma! [Original Broadway Cast Recording – 75th Anniversary LP Edition]
8/12 – South Pacific [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – LP Edition]
8/13 – The King and I [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
8/13 – South Pacific [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
8/13 – Maggie Flynn [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
8/13 – Robert and Elizabeth [Original London Cast Recording – LP Edition]
8/13 – The Most Happy Fella [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
8/14 – Jessica Vosk: Wild and Free*
8/14 – Man of La Mancha [Original London Cast Recording – LP Edition]*
8/14 – Cyrano [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
8/14 – My Fair Lady [Original Broadway Cast Recording – EP Edition]
8/14 – Carousel [Music Theater of Lincoln Center Cast Recording – LP Edition]
8/14 – Little Me [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
8/14 – Li’l Abner [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
8/16 – Purlie [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
8/17 – Bells Are Ringing [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
8/18 – Candide [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
8/18 – The Pajama Game [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition] 8/18 – Tony Bennett at Carnegie Hall*
8/18 – Carnival [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
8/18 – Camelot [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
8/19 – The Boy Friend [Original London Cast Recording]*
8/21 – It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
8/21 – High Spirits [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
8/21 – On a Clear Day You Can See Forever [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
8/22 – The Apple Tree [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition] 
8/22 – Hello, Dolly! [The New Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
8/24 – 110 in the Shade [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
8/24 – Hello, Dolly! [30th Anniversary Cast Recording]
8/24 – Hello, Dolly! [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
8/24 – Mame [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
8/25 – Wonderful Town [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
8/25 – West Side Story [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
8/28 – Jerry Orbach: Off-Broadway*
9/5 – Camelot [Original London Cast Recording]
9/6 – Funny Girl [Original Broadway Cast Recording- LP Edition] 
9/7 – Renee Fleming: Broadway*
9/7 – Wonderful Town [2018 London Concert Cast Recording]*
9/8 – Your Arms Too Short to Box With God [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
9/9 – Jane Eyre [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
9/9 – Destry Rides Again [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
9/9 – Into the Woods [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
9/9 – Kean [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
9/10 – Juno [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
9/10 – The Sound of Music [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
9/10 – A Little Night Music [Original London Cast Recording – LP Edition]
9/10 – Pipe Dream [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
9/10 – Damn Yankees [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
9/14 – Passion [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
9/14 – Out of this World [Encores! Cast Recording]
9/15 – Ragtime [Original Toronto Cast Recording]
9/15 – Ragtime [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
9/17 – I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky [1996 Studio Cast Recording]*
9/18 – Kiss Me, Kate [The New Broadway Cast Recording]
9/18 – Marin Mazzie & Jason Danieley: Opposite You
9/18 – Company [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
9/19 – Sweet Bye and Bye [Studio Cast Recording]*
9/19 – Carrie [World Premiere Cast Recording]
9/20 – Bullets Over Broadway [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
9/20 – Marin Mazzie: Make Your Own Kind of Music [Live at 54 Below]
9/21 – Anne of Green Gables [Canadian Studio Cast Recording]*
9/21 – Pretty Woman [Original Broadway Cast Recording]*
9/22 – Mr. Wonderful [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
9/24 – Porgy and Bess [Houston Grand Opera Cast Recording – LP Edition] 
9/27 – The Bridges of Madison County [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
9/27 – A Little Night Music [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
9/28 – A Little Night Music [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
9/30 – Darling of the Day [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition] 10/1 – Anya [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
10/1 – The King and I [1977 Broadway Revival Cast Recording – LP Edition]
10/1 – Happy Hunting [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
10/1 – High Button Shoes [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
10/2 – Porgy and Bess [1952 Berlin Radio Broadcast]
10/4 – Ben Bagley’s Leonard Bernstein Revisited*
10/7 – My Fair Lady [2018 Broadway Cast Recording]
10/7 – One Touch of Venus [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
10/8 – La Bohème [2002 Broadway Cast Recording]
10/9 – Porgy and Bess [1935 Studio Cast Recording]* 
10/10 – Ben Bagley’s Alan Jay Lerner Revisited*
10/13 – Head Over Heels [Original Broadway Cast Recording]*
10/15 – Porgy and Bess [1950 Studio Cast Recording]*
10/15 – The Band’s Visit [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
10/15 – Ballroom [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
10/20 – How Now, Dow Jones [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
10/21 – South Pacific [Royal National Theatre Cast Recording] 
10/21 – Porgy and Bess [1951 Studio Cast Recording]
10/22 – Shirley Jones & Jack Cassidy: Speaking of Love*  
10/25 – My Fair Lady [Complete Studio Cast Recording]
10/29 – They’re Playing Our Song [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
11/2 – Barbra Streisand: Walls* 
11/8 – Sweeney Todd [The 2012 London Cast Recording]
11/9 – She Loves Me [The New Broadway Cast Recording]
11/9 – Christine Andreas: Piaf: No Regrets*
11/28 – Caroline, or Change [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
12/7 – Brigadoon [Encores! Cast Recording]*
12/8 – The Secret Garden [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
12/14 – Something for the Boys [2018 Studio Cast Recording]*
12/14 – The Sound of Music [Original Australian Cast Recording]
12/21 – My Fair Lady [2018 Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
12/24 – She Loves Me [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
12/28 – Mary Poppins Returns [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]*
12/31 – Mary Poppins [Original London Cast Recording]

The Year of Living Cinematically

Same as every other year: all films were watched in their entirety and all films that I’d never seen before have been marked with an asterisk.

The Bishop’s Wife (1947) 1/1
*Sing Street (2016) 1/3
His Girl Friday (1940) 1/13
*La La Land (2016) 1/19
The Third Man (1949) 2/3
*Moonlight (2016) 3/2
*Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened (2016) 3/21
Fiddler on the Roof (1971) 3/28
*A Conspiracy of Faith (2016) 4/22
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) 4/30
*Clueless (1995) 5/1
*Tomorrow Is Forever (1946) 5/3
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) 5/29
Sister Act (1992) 5/29
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993) 5/30
*If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast (2017) 6/6
*Lincoln (2012) 6/29
Woman of the Year (1942) 7/6
Kiss Me, Kate (1953) 7/14
*The Lodger (1927) 7/15
*A Month in the Country (1987) 7/16
Nanny McPhee (2005) 7/18
Mame (1974) 7/29
The Sound of Music (1965) 8/14
La La Land (2016) 9/17
*My Left Foot (1989) 9/19
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) 10/2
*The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) 10/18
Pygmalion (1938) 10/22
The Addams Family (1991) 10/29
Addams Family Values (1993) 10/31
Halloween (1978) 11/1
*Too Funny to Fail (2017) 11/13
*Hopscotch (1980) 11/15
*Remittance (2015) 11/19
*Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017) 11/22
The Philadelphia Story (1940) 12/16
Christmas Vacation (1989) 12/19
Scrooged (1988) 12/20
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) 12/22
The Bishop’s Wife (1947) 12/23
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) 12/30
*Fences (2016) 12/31

My Year in Show Music

A couple years ago I realized that shuffle made it easier for me to have my own portable radio but made me less likely to listen to complete albums. Around this time, I made a conscious decision to keep a log of the musical theatre-related albums I listened to in their entirety throughout the calendar year. Each recording is linked to its own page on castalbums.org (a site I highly recommend for serious collectors of theatre music). An asterisk indicates a recording I listened to for the first time.

1/1 – Sweet Charity [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
1/3 – Irene [1976 London Cast Recording]*
1/4 – Damn Yankees [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
1/5 – Singin’ in the Rain [2012 London Cast Recording]*
1/6 – 110 in the Shade [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
1/9 – The Scottsboro Boys [Original London Cast Recording]
1/12 – Candide [The New Broadway Cast Recording]
1/14 – Aladdin [Original Broadway Cast Recording]*
1/15 – Henry, Sweet Henry [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
1/16 – In Trousers [Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording]*
1/16 – Anything Goes [1962 Off-Broadway Cast Recording]*
1/17 – The Unsinkable Molly Brown [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
1/18 – The Boys from Syracuse [Original London Cast Recording]*
1/19 – Candide [Scottish Opera Cast Recording]*
1/20 – Doonesbury [Original Broadway Cast Recording]*
1/21 – Fade Out, Fade In [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
1/22 – Working [Original Broadway Cast Recording]*
1/22 – Inner City [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
1/22 – Runaways [Original Broadway Cast Recording]*
1/23 – Flower Drum Song [The New Broadway Cast Recording]
1/24 – The Robber Bridegroom [2016 Cast Recording]
1/25 – Bright Star [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
1/26 – The Golden Apple [First Full-Length Cast Recording]
1/27 – Saturday Night [Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording]
1/28 – Sophisticated Ladies [Original Broadway Cast Recording]*
1/31 – Mamma Mia [Original London Cast Recording]
2/3 – Newsies [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
2/3 – Dear Evan Hansen [Original Broadway Cast Recording]*
2/5 – There’s No Business Like Show Business [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack with Dolores Gray]*
2/5 – Stop the World – I Want to Get Off! [Original London Cast Recording]*
2/6 – Passion Flower Hotel [Original London Cast Recording]
2/7 – Oklahoma! [1980 London Cast Recording]*
2/10 – Freaky Friday [Studio Cast Recording]*
2/13 – Big River [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
2/17 – The Bridges of Madison County [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
2/19 – Nymph Errant [London Concert Cast Recording]*
2/20 – Crazy for You [Original London Cast Recording]
2/20 – The Count of Luxembourg [1969 Studio Cast Recording]
2/21 – On the Brighter Side [Original London Cast Recording]*
3/2 – Come From Away [Original Broadway Cast Recording]*
3/3 – Come From Away [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
3/4 – The Desert Song [1959 London Studio Cast Recording; Mario Lanza]*
3/11 – Come From Away [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
3/19 – Dreamgirls [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
3/31 – Miss Saigon [Complete Symphonic International Cast Recording]*
4/1 – The Bridges of Madison County [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
4/8 – Betty Buckley: Story Songs*
4/14 – Richard Kiley: Rodgers and Hammerstein Songbook*
4/14 – 42nd Street [Original Australian Cast Recording]*
4/15 – Barnum [Original Australian Cast Recording]*
4/21 – Hello, Dolly! [The New Broadway Cast Recording]*
4/30 – Hello, Dolly! [The New Broadway Cast Recording]
5/4 – Gypsy [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
5/4 – The Golden Apple [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
5/5 – Annie [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
5/5 – If/Then [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
5/5 – The Book of Mormon [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
5/5 – Dreamgirls [Original London Cast Recording]*
5/10 – Three Wishes for Jamie [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
5/11 – Ragtime [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
5/15 – Hello, Dolly! [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
5/15 – Hello, Dolly! [Original London Cast Recording – LP Edition]
5/15 – Hello, Dolly! [1967 Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
5/15 – A Little Night Music [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
5/16 – Two by Two [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
5/16 – Once [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
5/16 – Tovarich [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
5/17 – Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 [Original Broadway Cast Recording]*
5/17 – The Pajama Game [Original Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
5/18 – South Pacific [Music Theatre of Lincoln Center Cast Recording – LP Edition]
5/19 – Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
5/20 – Amélie [Original Broadway Cast Recording]*
5/21 – Oliver! [1994 London Revival Cast Recording]*
5/23 – Barbara Cook: It’s Better With a Band
5/24 – Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
5/24 – Mame [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
5/25 – The Pirates of Penzance [1981 Broadway Cast Recording]
5/26 – War Paint [Original Broadway Cast Recording]*
5/30 – The Consul [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
5/31 – Birds of Paradise [Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording]*
6/1 – Leslie Uggams: A Time to Love*
6/1 – In Transit [Original Broadway Cast Recording]*
6/2 – Holiday Inn [Original Broadway Cast Recording]*
6/3 – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory [Original Broadway Cast Recording]*
6/4 – Caroline, or Change [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
6/5 – A Doll’s Life [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
6/6 – Mr. President [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
6/12 – Anastasia [Original Broadway Cast Recording]*
6/26 – Brigadoon [1991 Studio Cast Recording]
6/27 – Bright Star [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
7/11 – Bandstand [Original Broadway Cast Recording]*
7/14 – Mixed Doubles/Below the Belt [Original Cast Recordings]*
7/24 – Annie Get Your Gun [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
7/30 – Mame [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
7/30 – Mame [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
7/31 – Chicago [Broadway Revival Cast Recording]
7/31 – The Sound of Music [Original London Cast Recording]
8/4 – Cabaret [Complete Studio Cast Recording]*
8/7 – The Baker’s Wife [Original London Cast Recording]
8/10 – Flahooley [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
8/10 – Plain and Fancy [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
8/11 – Candide [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
8/11 – The Music Man [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
8/13 – Barbara Cook: Songs of Perfect Propriety*
8/13 – Barbara Cook: From the Heart
8/14 – The Gay Life [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
8/14 – Show Boat [1962 Studio Cast Recording]
8/14 – She Loves Me [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
8/23 – Something More! [Original Broadway Cast]
9/5 – Hansel and Gretel/The Yeomen of the Guard [Television Cast Recordings]*
9/5 – The King and I [1964 Studio Cast Recording]
9/5 – Show Boat [Music Theater of Lincoln Center Cast Recording]
9/5 – The Grass Harp [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
9/6 – Barbara Cook at Carnegie Hall
9/6 – Barbara Cook: As of Today
9/6 – Barbara Cook: It’s Better with a Band
9/7 – Follies [1985 Concert Cast Recording]
9/11 – The Secret Garden [1986 Studio Cast Recording]
9/22 – Sunday in the Park with George [2017 Broadway Cast Recording]*
9/24 – Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown [Original London Cast Recording]
10/2 – Kismet [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
10/2 – Camelot [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
10/11 – Barbra Streisand: The Broadway Album*
10/19 – Patti LuPone: Don’t Monkey with Broadway*
10/23 – The Light in the Piazza [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
10/24 – Guys and Dolls [1976 Broadway Revival Cast Recording]
10/26 – Mack and Mabel [1988 London Concert Cast Recording]*
10/30 – The Happy Time [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
10/31 – The Act [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
10/31 – Hedwig and the Angry Inch [Original Cast Recording]*
11/1 – Nine [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
11/2 – Top Banana [Original Broadway Cast Recording]*
11/3 – God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater [Premiere Cast Recording]*
11/8 – Mack and Mabel [1995 London Revival Cast Recording]*
11/15 – Brigadoon [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
11/17 – My Fair Lady [1965 Music for Pleasure Studio Cast Recording]*
11/23 – Darling of the Day [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
11/27 – Robert and Elizabeth [Original London Cast Recording]
12/5 – William Tabbert: Younger than Springtime and Other Rarities*
12/7 – Hello, Dolly! [The New Broadway Cast Recording – LP Edition]
12/8 – Once on this Island [Original London Cast Recording]*
12/15 – 42nd Street [2017 London Cast Recording]*
12/24 – She Loves Me [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
12/27 – Show Boat [Original London Cast Recording]*

The Year of Living Cinematically

Same as every other year: all films were watched in their entirety and all films that I’d never seen before have been marked with an asterisk.

The Naked Gun 2 1/2 (1991) 1/9
The Monster Squad (1987) 1/23
*The Exorcist (1973) 3/5
My Fair Lady (1964) 4/13
Sense and Sensibility (1995) 4/15
*Bound for Glory (1976) 4/16
The Money Pit (1986) 4/16
Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) 4/18
Hawaii (1966) 4/18
*Stormy Weather (1943) 4/21
Grey Gardens (1975)
*State Fair (1933)
101 Dalmatians (1961) 5/1
Separate Tables (1958) 5/3
The Graduate (1967) 5/14
*Spotlight (2015) 5/16
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) 5/18
10 (1979) 7/1
Howards End (1992) 8/26
The King and I (1956) 8/31
*Bay of Angels (1963) 9/1
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) 9/1
State Fair (1945) 9/2
*Olly Olly Oxen Free (1978) 9/3
South Pacific (1958) 9/3
Carousel (1956) 9/3
*Three Smart Girls (1936) 9/11
*A Delicate Balance (1973) 9/16
Halloween (1978) 10/31
Howards End (1992) 12/7
Christmas Vacation (1989) 12/22
Scrooged (1988) 12/23
A Christmas Story (1983) 12/22
Elf (2003) 12/24
Singin’ in the Rain (1952) 12/28