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'Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812' cast album -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LISTEN

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You’ve heard pop, and you’ve heard opera, and maybe you’ve heard a chapter or two of War and Peace, but it’s probably safe to say that you’ve never heard anything that combines the three like the smash off-Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.

Billed as an electro-pop opera, Dave Malloy’s stunning musical (based on a most scandalous portion of Tolstoy’s jumbo Russian saga) has been the talk of the city since it burst onto the scene last fall at Ars Nova. Since then, it played an acclaimed run in New York’s meatpacking district before recently moving uptown to the theater district on Sept. 27 for a limited 14-week run.

Anyone who’s seen the blazingly original musical — which takes place in a custom-built supper club and includes a menu of Russian snacks in the ticket price — knows that the show’s greatest charm (and there’s a lot of it) lies with the vibrant score, and EW has your first listen to the brand-new cast recording.

Below, take a listen to the 27-track cast album from Ghostlight Records, available for digital release Tuesday and in stores (with two discs!) on Dec. 10. A digital highlights edition is also up for grabs on Tuesday.
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'Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella' cast album -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LISTEN

Don’t be late for the ball!

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella earned nine Tony nominations this morning, including one for Best Revival of a Musical and nods for its lead actors, Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana. With a refurbished, Tony-nominated book by Douglas Carter Beane (Sister Act), the musical is releasing a new cast recording that you can listen to in its entirety right now, a week before a digital version becomes available for download purchase. (The official CD from Ghostlight Records is available digitally May 7 and goes on sale June 4.)

Just below, relive the glorious tunes, such as “Ten Minutes Ago,” “In My Own Little Corner,” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” in a full 27-track exclusive first listen. READ FULL STORY

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