Top 10: Broadway's Best Cast Albums Ever

BY Winston Gieseke

January 24 2012 5:00 AM ET

THE LAST 5 YEARS COVER X560 | ADVOCATE.COM8. Oklahoma! (From the Sound Track of the Motion Picture) (1955)


On their first collaboration, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II hit gold. While you may not be a musical theater fan, I reckon you know at least one show from this show, whether you realize it or not. And the voice of Gordon MacRae (the finest male vocalist of the 20th century, in my opinion) truly makes me drool, regardless of whether he’s singing about tall corn, a surrey with fringe, or a pore daid farmhand named Jud. Trivia lovers might appreciate knowing that this soundtrack — which has never been out of print since it hit #1 on Billboard’s album chart in 1956 — was the first ever certified “gold” record album presented by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). (It went “multi-platinum” in 1992.)

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