Rhino's Jersey Boys release returned to the top spot six weeks ago, beating out the constant chart-topper, Decca Broadway's Wicked (which again places at No. 2). The musical based on the Four Seasons had previously enjoyed a four-week run at No. 1 following its Tony win as Best Musical and also reclaimed the countdown's lead position the week of Feb. 8.
Legally Blonde's original Broadway cast recording on Ghostlight Records holds steady at No. 3 (for a third week). The recording debuted July 17 at No. 1.
In other movement, the original London cast recording of The Phantom of the Opera (Really Useful) re-enters the chart at No. 14 — just behind its "Highlights" CD counterpart (on Polydor). *
Legally Blonde recently joined the company of those that have unseated the release of Stephen Schwartz's Wicked — which has topped the chart for 81 of the 96 weeks the chart has been published. The only other recordings to topple the stronghold are Spring Awakening, the Columbia Records two-disc "Harry On Broadway" release (with Broadway's The Pajama Game revival and selections of Connick, Jr.'s Thou Shalt Not) and The Color Purple for one week each.
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