Week Ending Jan. 6, 2013. Albums: Les Miz Takes Broadway To The Top
Les Miserables jumps to #1 in its third week on The Billboard 200. It’s the first soundtrack to a movie that was based on a stage musical to top the chart since Mamma Mia! scored in August 2008. Les Miz has grossed $103,503,000 in its first two weekends at the box-office. It dipped from #3 to #4 in the box-office rankings in its second weekend.
Les Miz opened on Christmas Day. The movie version of Dreamgirls, which also spawned a #1 soundtrack, opened on Christmas Day in 2006. Les Miz is likely to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture tomorrow.
The Les Miz Broadway cast album vaults from #171 to #104 (its highest ranking to date). It has sold 1,596,000 copies. The London cast album re-enters the chart at #160. It has sold 887K copies. Putting this together, Les Miz is #1 on Top Soundtracks for the third straight week and holds the top two spots on Top Cast Albums, a neat trick.
Thirteen soundtracks to movie that were based on stage musicals have reached #1 since Billboard published its first album chart in 1945. The team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote four of these musicals, a sign of their unmatched dominance in the 1940s and 1950s. (Hammerstein collaborated on a fifth with Jerome Kern.)
Here’s a complete list of the 13 soundtracks to movies that were based on stage musicals to reach #1 since 1945. I tell you the name of the show, the composer and lyricist, the date the show opened on Broadway, the date the movie opened in the U.S., the date the movie soundtrack hit #1 (using Billboard issue dates) and key songs from the show.
Annie Get Your Gun, music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. Opened on Broadway: May 16, 1946. Movie opened: May 17, 1950. Soundtrack hit #1: Aug. 12, 1950. Key songs: “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Anything You Can Do.”
Show Boat, music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Opened on Broadway: Dec. 27, 1927. Movie opened: Sept. 24, 1951. Soundtrack hit #1: Aug. 11, 1951. Key songs: “Ol’ Man River,” “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.”