I was only partly referring to the original album... i also said the revival, which was fully in the time of CD and digital, and could have fit it on if they chose to. Maybe it was about the cost of the time to record it. But honestly if they'd give him 3 takes it would have taken 1/2 an hour, and they just take the best one (as if it were a live performance he was doing 8 times a week) if they don't wanna pay for the time to edit them together.
I mean i'm okay, i've seen the show 10 times, i know what the monologue is. But it would be nice to have it recorded, and i know if I were playing Paul and my big story in a musical was done in a monologue and not a song like most of the other characters, I'd sure have loved to have it recorded for the world at large to have access to. That kind of thing can be pretty world-changing to your legacy as a performer and ability to build fans etc. I know they don't make decisions about what to record based on that, and as a record of the *SCORE* of the show, the album(s) are not missing anything by leaving that out, and the story of the show doesn't at all depend on having it there on the album. But still. Would have been nice, even if just on the far less noteworthy revival album.