Stage & Sound: 10 New Musical Gems You Need to Check Out Now

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Lights up! Get ready to rock the season with the hottest soundtracks from Broadway Musicals’ latest hits! The 2023-24 years’ crop of musicals dazzles with something for everyone. From the laugh-out-loud tunes of Mean Girls to the hauntingly beautiful melodies of Hadestown, these soundtracks will have you singing along and wanting more. Immerse yourself in the unforgettable voices of these talented casts, and let the music take you on a journey through laughter, tears, and everything in between. It’s the magic of musical theater, all captured in these electrifying soundtracks!

1. Mean Girls – “Someone Gets Hurt”

Someone Gets Hurt,” a captivating number from the witty production written by Tina Fey, is a standout choice. Renée Rapp aka Regina George delivers a compelling rendition of this villainous anthem. This track reminds us that even the most popular girls can hide vulnerabilities. It’s a showstopper that perfectly captures the ruthless side of the high school hierarchy.

2. Wicked – “Defying Gravity”

Unleash the magic with “Defying Gravity,” an iconic moment from one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals. This showstopping anthem from the smash hit musical Wicked soars with Idina Menzel’s powerhouse vocals. Belting out the defiant spirit of Elphaba, Menzel’s performance will leave you breathless and wanting to reach for the stars.

3. Company – “Company”

Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece “Company” throws you headfirst into the whirlwind of Bobbie’s single life, surrounded by a kaleidoscope of married couples. The music explodes with wit and energy, mirroring the frenetic pace of their dinner parties and philosophical debates about love, marriage, and everything in between. This captivating introduction sets the stage for a hilarious and thought-provoking exploration of modern relationships.

4. Ain’t Too Proud – “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”

Experience the soulful journey of The Temptations through the electrifying medley “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” which captures the pure energy and soulful sound of The Temptations. Witness the original Broadway cast pay tribute to these musical legends, transporting you back to the heart of Motown with their irresistible vocals and captivating choreography.

5. Mrs. Doubtfire – “Rockin’ Now”

Embark on a hilarious yet heartwarming adventure with “Rockin’ Now” from the stage adaptation of the beloved film Mrs. Doubtfire. This side-splitting song showcases the comedic genius of Rob McClure as Daniel. Witness him transform into Mrs. Doubtfire and navigate the hilarious chaos of family life. “Rockin’ Now” is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, offering a delightful mix of laughter and poignant moments that captures the heart of this beloved story.

6. Girl from the North Country – “Like a Rolling Stone”

Step back in time and feel the raw energy of “Like a Rolling Stone” echoing through the historic Forrest Theatre. This captivating show features Bob Dylan‘s legendary hits, promising a powerful musical journey that will transport you to another era.

7. Disney’s Frozen – “Monster”

Prepare to be dazzled by “Monster,” Elsa’s sensational anthem, as Disney’s Frozen makes its national tour debut. Witness the magic ignite as Cassie Levy delivers an enchanting performance of this emotional song. “Monster” will send chills down your spine and leave you yearning to join Elsa on her unforgettable journey of self-discovery in the world of Arendelle.

8. White Collar Prison – “If It’s Not Too Much Trouble (You’re Going to Jail)”

A new musical satire called White Collar Prison takes aim at the realities faced by wealthy criminals in the justice system. Inspired by real-life scandals, the musical’s debut single “If It’s Not Too Much Trouble (You’re Going to Jail)” follows a fictional Congressman through his downfall and prison experience. Creators Gregory James Jenkins and Neil Garguilo use humor and catchy music to expose the hypocrisy of the privileged class and spark conversations about accountability.

9. Hadestown – “Wait For Me (Reprise)”

Return to the haunting allure of Hadestown as “Wait For Me (Reprise)” takes audiences on a fascinating journey to the Underworld. This emotional ballad from Anais Mitchell’s Tony Award-winning musical will grip your heart and transport you to the depths of the Underworld. As the yearning melody unfolds, prepare to be swept away by the power of love and loss in this unforgettable song.

10. Funny Girl – “Don’t Rain On My Parade”

Celebrate the indomitable spirit of Fanny Brice with the timeless classic “Don’t Rain On My Parade.” Witness Lea Michele’s captivating performance ignites the stage in this dazzling portrayal of Fanny Brice’s rise to stardom. This iconic song celebrates perseverance and individuality, sure to leave you empowered and cheering!