Tonight the cast of "Hamilton" performs via satellite at the Grammy Awards, and this fall the cast album's #12 debut on the Billboard 200was the highest outing in the category since 1963. To put that in context, it's the first time since Keanu Reeves was born, since Andy Griffith was on TV, and since AstroTurf was invented.
Even more impressive, "Hamilton" snagged the #1 spot on Billboard's rap albums for the week of November 28th, beating out Fetty Wap (#2) and Drake (#3).
Musical theater geeks know, though, that the "Hamilton" cast album, superb as it is, doesn't hold the sum total of showtunes capableof crossing into the mainstream --- not when there's the familiar folk of "Once", the earnest emo of "Bloody Bloody Bloody Jackson"and the lovable Latin hip-hopof "In the Heights."While "Hamilton" fans may be all aboutnot giving away their shot, even begrudging Broadway converts should consider offering one to this musical theater playlist. These seven songs are so much more than showtunes.
This song from"Once"pairs well with a tankard of Guinness and a nice slideshow of the Irish countryside.
Illness is a Metaphor
Your friend who loves "How I Met Your Mother" but hates musicals may be swayed by Barney Stinson's singing in"Hedwig and the Angry Inch."Besides, who can forget that time Neil Patrick Harris danced on Stingat the Tony Awards?
I Made That
Add this tune from "The Burnt Part Boys"to your favorite summertime country music playlist.
Do you know moremusical theater songs that deserve mainstream love? Let us know in the comments!