The Top 5 Broadway Cast Albums of 2014
The original Broadway cast recording of Wicked continues to fly high on the charts, as the album -- released in 2003 -- finishes 2014 as the No. 1 cast album of the year. The album leads the 15-position-deep Cast Albums recap, which features such familiar shows as Jersey Boys, The Phantom of the Opera and The Lion King, in addition to more recent arrivals to the stage, like If/Then, Kinky Boots and A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder.
The 2014 recap is based on chart performance between the top Cast Albums charts dated Dec. 7, 2013, and Nov. 29, 2014.
The album features Frozen’s Idina Menzel as the green-skinned Elphaba.
2. THE BOOK OF MORMON
The set climbed to No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in 2011.
3. IF/THEN: A NEW MUSICAL
Menzel is everywhere -- she plays the lead on Broadway.
4. ONCE: A NEW MUSICAL
The Tony Award winner for best musical opened in 2012.
5. JERSEY BOYS
The soundtrack has sold 1.4 million copies, and the show inspired a film version this year.
This article first appeared in the Dec. 20 issue of Billboard.