Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan, the musical's titular stars, along with Claybourne Elder and Melissa Van Der Schyff, who play Buck Barrow and Blanche Barrow, respectively, were asked to choose their favorite interpretations of Frank Wildhorn's songs and share why they made the list.
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Jeremy Jordan (Clyde Barrow):
Laura Osnes (Bonnie Parker):
- "Someone Like You" (Linda Eder's version from the Jekyll & Hyde [cast album]). I love this song so much, I actually have a demo recording of me singing it when I was 12! I grew up listening to the album and watching the DVD!
- "This Never Happened Before," which was actually a song that was cut from Bonnie & Clyde, so it can't be found anywhere, but it's SOOOOOO lovely and was always my favorite song that Frank wrote for the show. I was so sad when it got the cut.
- "Must Be My Lucky Day," which I believe is on one of Linda's albums. I haven't heard a recording of it, but I've sung the song with Frank and I LOVE it. Definitely one of my favorites of his!
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Claybourne Elder (Buck Barrow):
- "Into the Fire" from Scarlet Pimpernel. This was one of the first songs I ever sang when I started taking voice lessons as a kid, and I remember being so challenged and excited by it.
- "Living in the Shadows" played on the violin by Kao on her album "Overture." I played the violin for years, and while many people hear instrumental albums of musicals as music you hear at the grocery store or in an elevator, when played really well, like on this track, it can be astounding. Kao blows my mind.
- "Virginia" from the Civil War (Studio Cast Recording or The Nashville Sessions). You just can't go wrong with this song if you ask me.
- "Vienna," Linda Eder style, yo. I'm not even positive Frank Wildhorn wrote the music for that song, but it counts and you should check it out.
Melissa Van Der Schyff (Blanche Barrow):
- Deana Carter singing "Missing You My Bill." I love this song because it has such a sweet melody that reflects the longing and loneliness of the heartfelt lyrics. The tune really stands alone as a single as well as a highlight of The Civil War score.
- Linda Eder singing "This Time Around." It's an epic song with a theme that everyone can relate to from some moment in their life. The verses are understated and draw you in with a slow sexy build that is ultimately hugely satisfying and inspiring.
- Whitney Houston singing "Where Do Broken Hearts Go." Who doesn't remember hearing this on the radio and blinking back a tear as you thought of your own experience? The melody of the chorus soars. It's undeniably a pop classic.