Lay Down Your Head
Described by Variety as “lovely and lyrical,” this is the one of the best Broadway lullabies out there. From the musical Violet, Audra’s cover is mystifying.
You knew this one had to be on the list. Romantic and gentle, this beautiful cornerstone of both the musical and the film, Once, has won an Academy Award. This sweet cover by Daniela Andrade & Paulo Serapio combines what we love about the original with a simple guitar.
Brings tears to our eyes each time. The gentle love song to Burr’s daughter, is one of the most tender moments in the runaway hit, Hamilton. This cover by trio Trey Mclaughlin, Jamal Moore, & Arthur Chapman with only a light piano accompaniment, makes us long for an a capella version.
No One Is Alone
From Hal Prince and Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods, this song is a guiding morale compass for the everyday. It is a great reminder to look out for each other, no matter the circumstances. GLEE covered this song in an episode where Kurt (played by Chris Colfer) is attacked because of his sexuality.
Come Down From The Tree
Cut from Once On This Island, this lullaby is one of our favorites for our budding musical theatre performers. We all need a reminder to get out of our comfort zone. Lillias White’s cover from the album “Lost in Boston” gives us a bit of gentle beat with an amazing vocal performance.
What I Did For Love
The answer to the question, “How would you feel if you had to stop dancing today?” This moment in A Chrous Line is the heart of the show. We love that Hamilton did a post-show tribute to the production. (Yes, we know Josh Groban did a cover, but the electric guitar and drums are a bit too much for this list.)
‘Always’ by Scott Alan is not technically Broadway, but there are many videos of Broadway stars singing this beautiful songwriter’s work. Cynthia Erivo’s haunting voice definitely does this song justice.
Not My Father’s Son
This ballad by Cindy Lauper is a beautiful inside look at the character of Lola in Kinky Boots. And who better to perform it than the Gay Men’s Chorus of Boston?
A Million Dreams
Instrumental! We’ve highlighted so many beautiful voices, this is one for the accompaniment lovers. Arranged and Performed by Alex Young, he gives us a new appreciation for Pasek and Paul’s “want song” from The Greatest Showman movie musical. And the best part? You get to sing along.
Drink With Me
Although social distancing is preventing us from doing just that, we are fond of our memories, both recent and long past. Les Miserables, the epic musical from the 1980’s, gives us a sad moment to mourn the lost characters we loved from the production. Tamar Brannigan does a lovely job of pairing her voice with a soft acoustic guitar. Here’s to her, and here’s to you.