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ICYMI, the original cast recording of Hamilton was certified Gold in April by the RIAA, joining some historic ranks. To celebrate, we made a list of some of our favorite musicals that have been certified Gold and higher. Broadway, history has its eyes (and ears) on you.
- •Les Miserables, certified 4X multi-Platinum in 1998Les Miserables, the musical based on Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel about the French Revolution, premiered on Broadway in 1987. It closed, for the first time in 2003, but experienced revivals in 2006 and 2014, as well as a film adaptation in 2012. At 4X multi-Platinum, it is the highest certified original cast recording for a musical and has a number of other certifications attributed to it, including certifications for the original London cast, the film soundtrack, and others.
- •Wicked, certified 2X multi-Platinum in 2010Based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel of the same name, Wicked premiered on Broadway in 2003 and is still running. In 2005, it won a Grammy for Best Musical Show album. It is the tenth longest-running show in Broadway history.
- •Rent, certified 2X multi-Platinum in 2003Rent opened on Broadway in 1996 and closed in 2008. It is loosely based on the opera La Boheme and is about the lives of struggling young artists in New York City. In 1996, it won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In 2005, it was adapted into a film with most of the original cast members from the Broadway production.
- •The Lion King, certified Platinum in 2007The Lion King debuted at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis before moving to Broadway in 1997. It is the third longest-running show in history and the highest grossing Broadway production of all time. The music for the production, based on the Disney animated film from 1994, was written by Diamond awarded artist Elton John.
- •Cats, certified Platinum in 1988The musical Cats opened in London’s West End in 1981, and on Broadway in 1982. It closed in 2000 and, during that time, won seven Tony awards. There is a revival set for August 2016 with new dances choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler, the choreographer of Hamilton and In the Heights.
- •Mamma Mia!, certified Platinum in 2004In 1999, Mamma Mia! opened in London’s West End. Its United States debut came in 2000 in San Francisco, before it moved to Los Angeles and Chicago in 2001 and finally opened on Broadway in 2001. It is the longest-running jukebox musical in Broadway history, based on the songs of Swedish pop/dance group ABBA. In 2008, a film adaptation was released with Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried. The play closed in 2015.
- •Hamilton, certified Gold in 2016The 2015 Broadway breakout, inspired by the 2004 biography by Ron Chernow, is the first certification for a Broadway musical in six years! The musical about the founder of the United States treasury has won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater album and a Pulitzer Prize for drama. Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the book, lyrics, and stars in the title role.
- •Dreamgirls, certified Gold in 1993Dreamgirls is based on the careers of R&B acts such as The Supremes, James Brown, and others, as well as the history of MOTOWN. It opened on Broadway in 1981 and was adapted into a film in 2006, featuring Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson.
- •Sound of Music, certified Gold in 1960The classic Sound of Music opened on Broadway in 1959. It closed in 1963 but experienced a Broadway revival in 1998. The famous film starring Julie Andrews was released in 1965 and a live television event starring Gold & Platinum’s top certified digital country artist Carrie Underwood aired in 2013. The Sound of Music was the last musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein.
- •Hair, certified Gold in 1969Hair opened in 1968 and addressed the hippie counterculture of the sixties. It ran for four years, closing in 1972 and was made into a film in 1979. A Broadway revival in 2009 earned both a Tony and a Drama Desk award for best revival. Hair was Broadway’s first concept musical and won a Grammy for its performance in 1969.
- •By no means are these all of the amazing musicals that have graced the stages of Broadway and been recognized for their accomplishments by the RIAA. To see if your favorite musical or soundtrack has been certified, visit the newly enhanced Gold & Platinum searchable database at www.riaa.com/gold-platinum/