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An Original Broadway Cast Recording, or OBCR, is an album of the songs from the musical in question, recorded by that musicals' original cast, hence the name. Though it is great for hardcore Broadway fans to relive those two or so hours spent in the theatre, OBCRs and NBCRs (New Broadway Cast Recordings, which often accompany Broadway revivals) will inevitably have a different feel than watching the performance, because they are recorded in a studio under optimal conditions. Even though the sound quality will be better, it will lack the energy that comes with a live performance.

Yet another example of how all music sounds better live.

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