One of the surprisingly few genuinely successful jukebox musicals of the decade, this show is so odd in format that you could debate whether it even counts as a musical. It’s essentially a modern ballet set to Billy Joel songs, and while the songs are performed live, they are sung not by the dancers, but by a Billy Joel sound-alike who sits on the side of the stage at his piano while the rest of the cast dances. Still, the live music and the fact that the ballet has a plot do seem to have decided the question, since everyone acts as though this is a jukebox musical. If it is one, it ranks with The Boy From Oz as one of the most artistically successful of the decade, as the dancing is unanimously agreed to be superb and Joel’s music, so often dismissed as Easy Listening, proved surprisingly well-suited to an angry urban ballet. Indeed, Billy Joel is an inherently obvious choice for a Jukebox musical, since his trademark style of melody has often been observed to sound quite a bit like show tunes, and his knack for writing character songs make his work much easier to fold into an integrated musical than most other Rock songwriters. Unfortunately, as fine as the show was in performance, it yielded a surprisingly dull cast album…without the dancing that formed most of the show’s content, all you’re left with is a series of Billy Joel covers that sound uncannily like the real thing, but are still less interesting than Joel’s original recordings. My advice would be to see the show if you ever get the chance, but don’t waste your time with the cast recording…there’s a reason it’s a staple of $1.99 used CD bins the world over.