Movie Musical Boosts Dreamgirls Original Recording to Billboard Cast Album Chart

News   Movie Musical Boosts Dreamgirls Original Recording to Billboard Cast Album Chart Sparked by the new movie musical, the original Broadway cast recording of Dreamgirls has landed on the Billboard Top Cast Album chart at No. 14 as Wicked reaches its 45th week at the top.

The Decca Broadway release of the Henry Krieger-Tom Eyen musical features the 1982 original cast, including Loretta Devine, Jennifer Holliday and Sheryl Lee Ralph as the lead trio of singers.

Decca Broadway, meanwhile, dominates the top of the chart with its recording of the hit musical Wicked at No. 1 and Mamma Mia! (also on Decca Broadway) at No. 3. With Rhino's release of the 2006 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Jersey Boys, this trio reaches six consecutive weeks in the top three positions on the chart.

The recording of Monty Python's Spamalot (Decca's final entry) and Walt Disney's The Lion King round out the top five.

Along with Avenue Q (which hangs on at the No. 15 spot), the cast recordings of Wicked, Mamma Mia! and Monty Python's Spamalot have remained on Billboard's Top Cast Album Chart for the full 50 weeks since the chart's inception.

The release of Stephen Schwartz's Wicked has topped the chart for 45 of the 50 weeks the chart has been published. The recording has dominated the spot, only being toppled before by the Columbia Records two-disc "Harry" release (comprised of the recording of Broadway's The Pajama Game revival and selections of Connick, Jr.'s 2001 show Thou Shalt Not) and The Color Purple for one week each. Rhino's release of Jersey Boys, following its big Tony win, also took hold of the top slot for four weeks. *

A recent addition to Billboard's listings, the Top Cast Albums chart debuted in Billboard on Jan. 12, 2006. Stephen Schwartz' Wicked — which opened on Broadway in October 2003 (album released Dec. 16, 2003) — appeared at the top of the first chart. The chart measures sales of albums from stage musicals. Broadway recordings mostly fill the 15-slot table, but cast albums from other locales are also eligible. The addition of the chart to Billboard's 112 charts generates exposure for the genre which does not often chart on the Billboard 200.

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