Drowsy Chaperone and Altar Boyz Edge Back Onto Billboard Chart; Top 5 Remain

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The cast recordings of The Drowsy Chaperone and Altar Boyz are back on the Billboard Top Cast Albums chart, while the top five spots hold steady for the third consecutive week with Wicked still at the top of the countdown.

Sh-K-Boom Records releases, The Drowsy Chaperone (Ghostlight/Sh-K Boom) and Altar Boyz, make their way onto the chart at No. 14 and 15, respectively.

Holding steady from the past two weeks, the top slots on the chart are filled by Decca Broadway's Wicked, followed by Rhino's Jersey Boys, Decca Broadway's Mamma Mia! and Spring Awakening with Walt Disney's The Lion King rounding out the top five.

Along with Wicked and Mamma Mia!, the cast recordings of Monty Python's Spamalot and Avenue Q have remained on Billboard's Top Cast Album Chart for the full 67 weeks since the chart's inception.

The release of Stephen Schwartz's Wicked has topped the chart for 61 of the 67 weeks the chart has been published. The recording has dominated the top spot, only being toppled by 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. Jersey Boys also had a four-week run at No. 1 following its big Tony win and reclaimed the top spot the week of Feb. 8.

* Billboard added the Top Cast Albums chart to its listings Jan. 12, 2006. 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. The Schwartz musical — which opened on Broadway in October 2003 (album released Dec. 16, 2003) — appeared at the top of the first chart.

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