What Are You Listening To On The Subway? 16 Broadway Actors Share Their Summer Jams!

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Looking for the perfect "Song of the Summer" for your iTunes playlist? Broadway has you covered! 16 of our favorite actors share what they are listening to on the subway, before and after work and while strolling through Central Park.

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Adam Kaplan: I've been jamming out hardcore to "Cheerleader" by OMI. Seems to be popular amongst the How to Succeed… cast [at Flat Rock Playhouse]!!

Wesley Taylor: "Home" by Phillip Phillips

Zak Resnick: I confess to not being much of a cast album listener (blaspheme!), but I'm pretty obsessed with Ed Sheeran's "X," Tori Kelly's new album "Unbreakable Smile," Jazmine Sullivan's "Reality Show" and, last but not least, Jason Mraz's "Yes!" I dare you to listen to that album and NOT feel the best ever. Instant day brightener. BAM.

Eric Michael Krop: Walk the Moon's "Talking is Hard" (album) and "Avalanche" (song); Kelly Clarkson's "Piece by Piece" (album) and "Let Your Tears Fall" (song).

Kara Lindsay: I literally just listen to Pandora and switch between Bruno Mars radio and Taylor Swift radio. They're real good for the walk home from the subway or workin' it out at the gym… when I go to there!

Lindsay Mendez: Right now, my obsession is the Bridges of Madison County album… Gideon Glick and I listen to it on route to our play and then sing it backstage walking to places… daily.

Corey Cott: Here are the two albums I have been listening to a lot. 1) I am revisiting The Format's album "Dog Problems." A perfect driving/commute upbeat blend of tunes.

2) This incredibly talented Icelandic kid called Asgeir and his album "In the Silence." A little more subdued, but beautiful music.

3) Andrew Keenan-Bolger does an amazing playlist blog on Spotify. I find a lot of my music there! Check it out!

Jay Armstrong Johnson: This summer is all about Hozier for me. Every song has a new vibe and brilliant lyrics. You can catch me on my yoga mat and Hozier rocking my speakers everyday before On The Town.

Also, the "Blessing of Abraham" by the Tri-City Singers. Talk about getting amped for life. My spirit sets on fire when they tell me to "go get my inheritance." Nothing better than a gospel choir.

Corey Mach: I usually go toward the acoustic, singer/songwriter vibe. I love my girl Morgan James, The Gabe Dixon Band, Magic!, Gavin DeGraw, Marc Broussard, John Legend and, of course, the one and only Sara Bareilles (who, by the way, happens to have written a fierce little musical up here in Boston).

Remy Zaken: "You Make My Dreams" — Hall & Oates. It's usually accompanied by exaggerated lip syncing and puts me in the best mood.

Gideon Glick: I've listened to The Bridges of Madison County every day for about a year now. I've started throwing Fun Home into the mix, too, obviously.

Nic Rouleau: I'm a nerd, and I'm always listening to podcasts. My top three are: The Ensemblist (DUH!), BBC World News and Alec Baldwin's Here's The Thing. Can't go wrong with any of those!

Leslie Odom, Jr.: "To Pimp a Butterfly" — Kendrick Lamar. Current favorite track: "u." He paints outside the lines. It's hip-hop, but it's jazz also.

"Reality Show" — Jazmine Sullivan. Current favorite track: "Silver Lining." Puts a smile on my face on the walk to work.

Fun Home OBC. Current favorite track(s): "Changing My Major" and "Telephone Wire." The performances are still so alive in my head and my heart. The songs can summon up the performances on cue.


Jonathan Groff: Lately it's been Fun Home. It's so good.

Dan Fogler: My go-to cast album, because I'm a rock 'n' roll guy, is Jesus Christ Superstar. I could probably listen to that over and over and over again.

Jenni Barber: Sunday in the Park with George. That's one of my favorites of all time. I mean when you're singing Sunday and you're coming out of Central Park, you're like, "This is great!" It gives you a soundtrack for your life.

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