Musicals have drawn sounds across every genre of music. This week’s Playbill Mixtape celebrates the crossover of rock to the Broadway stage. Be it the blaring guitars of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s scores—from Evita to Jesus Christ Superstar to School of Rock—the ’90s rock of Rent, the pop-rock of Next to Normal or the punk rock of American Idiot, this soundtrack proves the eclectic offerings of theatre’s scores. And, if you’re more attuned to listening to “traditional” musical theatre, consider this playlist an education in sonic influences.
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Think “Smash the Mirror” from The Who’s Tommy. Think “Sugar Daddy” from Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Think “Holiday” from American Idiot.