Top 10: Broadway's Best Cast Albums Ever

BY Winston Gieseke

January 24 2012 5:00 AM ET

ASSASSINS COVER X560 | ADVOCATE.COM1. Camelot (Original Broadway Cast) (1960)

This is by far my favorite musical theater score, and this original recording of it is still the best ever produced. Frederick Lowe’s melodies are lush and gorgeous, while Alan Jay Lerner’s lyrics are incomprehensibly brilliant. How can you go wrong with internal rhymes as cleverly structured as “The wee folk and the grown folk / Who wander to and fro / Have ways known to their own folk / We throne folk don’t know”? The voices of Julie Andrews and Robert Goulet are breathtaking on tunes like “I Loved You Once in Silence” and “If Ever I Would Leave You,” and there’s even a song devoted to a month-long celebration of extramarital dalliances. Pure delight from start to finish.

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