Sound Advice
Schedule of New & Upcoming CD, DVD & Book Releases

Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap 1/11/11

Complete information on all known upcoming releases of theatre related audio and video recordings can be found on our Upcoming Releases page. Recordings released last week and earlier can be viewed here.

CDs Now Available:

Jim Caruso: The Swing Set
(Yellow Sound Label - new on CD)
Collection of wryly re-imagined standards and new tunes, with Birdland's Cast Party's Jim Caruso. "I've Got My Fingers Crossed," "I Love A Violin" (w/ the Stritch brothers), "Manhattan," "Gotta Be This Or That" (w/ Michael Feinstein), "I'm So Happy," "If I Only Had A Brain," "Avalon" (w/ Hilary Kole & Billy Stritch), "I'm Shootin' High," "The Doodlin' Song" (w/ Stephanie J. Block), "Pick Yourself Up," "Flexible," "Just Squeeze Me," "Heart's Desire" (w/ Billy Stritch). Aaron Weinstein violin/musical director/arrangements, Bucky Pizzarelli, Warren Vache, Harry Allen, Tedd Firth, Steve Doyle, Jon Burr, Warren Odes, Kristy Norter, Dave Trigg, Ross Konikoff. Amazon exclusive.

Lance Horne: First Things Last
(Yellow Sound Records - new Amazon Exclusive CD)
Debut album for composer, lyricist, singer, pianist, and music director Lance Horne. 16 original compositions backed by an all-star orchestra, highlighting Lance on piano. Guest singers include Alan Cumming, Amanda Palmer, Cheyenne Jackson, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Ricki Lake, Meow Meow, and more.

Thirteen Stories Down: Songs of Jonathan Reid Gealt
(Sh-K-Boom - new on CD)
CD Universe
I Am Yours" (Caissie Levy), "I Wont Have to Anymore" (Adam Chanler-Berat), "Quiet" (Natalie Weiss), "My Best Friend" (world premiere, Tituss Burgess & Quentin Earl Darrington), "No Reason at All" (Carrie Manolakos), "September of '92" (Zak Resnick), "Expectations of a Man" (Bridie Carroll), "Lessons Learned" (world premiere, Will Chase & Kate Baldwin), "Alex...You're Fine!" (Lauren Kennedy w/ Stephanie Umoh & Lindsay Mendez), "Lovable" (world premiere, Alysha Umphress), "Stay/I'll Never Go" (Adam Armstrong & Jonathan Reid Gealt), "Wanting" (Matt Doyle & Darius de Haas), "Momma Don't Cry" (Capathia Jenkins w/ the Broadway Inspirational Voices). Produced by Lynne Shankel and Joel Moss, music supervision by Lynne Shankel, orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin, Lynne Shankel and August Eriksmoen

The Woo: A Latin Jazz Suite for Soprano Saxophone
(Peter MacDonough - new on CD)
A re-write of the soundtrack to The Wizard of Oz in Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian rhythms for soprano saxophone. Featuring Jovino Santos Neto, Mark Levine, Michael Spiro, David Belove and Paul van Wagenegan. Arrangements by Peter MacDonough, Jovino Santos Neto and David Belove. Released November 2010. CD, mp3 and clips available at CD Baby. See our review of this recording.

DVDs Now Available:

Macbeth: Great Performances
(PBS Home Video - new on DVD)
CD Universe
Filmed for television in 2009. Rupert Goold's stage production of Macbeth starring Sir Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood (both Tony-nominated), Michael Feast, Martin Turner, Scott Handy, Paul Shelley, Suzanne Burden, and Christopher Patrick Nolan. Features subtitles in English (SDH). Shipping 10/19/10 from

BOOKs Now Available:

9 to 5 - The Musical Songbook
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
By Dolly Parton. A dozen songs (vocal lines with piano accompaniment), and full-color photos. Includes the title song and: "Around Here," "Backwoods Barbie," "Change It," "5 to 9," "Get Out and Stay Out," "Here for You," "I Just Might," "Let Love Grow," "One of the Boys," "Shine like the Sun." Vocal selections.

Broadway Songs for Kids: Songs Originally Sung on Stage by Children
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
More than 30 songs made famous by kids singing on stage, arranged in piano/vocal/guitar notation. Includes: "Castle on a Cloud," "Do-Re-Mi," "Gary, Indiana," "Getting Tall," "I Just Can't Wait to Be King," "I Whistle a Happy Tune," "I Won't Grow Up," "It's the Hard-Knock Life," "Let Me Entertain You," "Little People," "So Long, Farewell," "Tomorrow," "Where Is Love?," "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile," and more. 154 pages.

Building the Successful Theater Company (Second Edition)
(Allworth Press - Paperback Book)
By Lisa Mulcahy. New edition takes readers even deeper into the world of theatrical production, examining in great depth the financial realities of establishing--and maintaining--a successful organization. Updated to include more theater company profiles with expert advice to better reveal the pitfalls, passions, and practicalities of the theater industry ... from finding a performance space, to creating a first season, to promoting a company and production, to designing a long-term plan. Chapters include developing business and budget plans, rehearsing, attracting attention with publicity and word-of-mouth, adapting to growth, and more. No other book contains the unique insights and sound advice found in this indispensable reference.

West Side Story: Cultural Perspectives on an American Musical
(Scarecrow Press - Hardcover Book)
By Elizabeth A. Wells. A major scholarly study of the famous American musical, viewing the work from cultural, historical, and musical perspectives. From the 'mambo craze' of the 1950s to the work's ongoing permeation of popular culture, Wells looks at the myriad ways in which this canonic musical reflects and refracts American culture. Drawing on primary documentary sources, oral history, including interviews with members of the original creative team such as Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents and early sketch material, Wells explores the creation and dissemination of West Side Story to diverse audiences. Illustrated with images and musical examples and complete with factual appendixes like a chronological timeline, discography, and cast and crew list. Released 12/16/10.


Alice Ripley: Daily Practice, Vol. 1
(Sh-K-Boom - new on CD)
Solo album of rock covers by Tony Award winning stage actress (Next to Normal). "Message in a Bottle," "It's Too Late," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," "You Oughta Know," "Essence," "Thunder Road," "The Flyer," "Take It Easy," "Everybody Hurts," "Anticipation."

Ben Vereen: Steppin' Out Live
(Sh-K-Boom - new on CD)
Recorded live in the Roberts Theatre at the Hartford Stage in Connecticut. Nelson Kole keyboard and arranger, with Marc Dicciani on drums, Thomas Kennedy on bass and percussionist Aaron Vereen. "With a Song In My Heart," "Getting To Know You," "Corner Of The Sky" / "Aquarius" / "Hair" / "Jesus Christ Superstar" / "I Don't Know How To Love Him," "Defying Gravity," "Frank Sinatra Medley" / "It Was A Very Good Year" / "I've Got You Under My Skin" / "The Lady Is A Tramp" / "Come Fly With Me" / "My Kind Of Town, My Way," "Once In A Lifetime," "I Got A Lot Of Livin' To Do," "That Old Black Magic," "My Funny Valentine," "Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered," "MrBojangles."

Originals - Musical Comedy 1909-1935
(Sony Masterworks Broadway/ArkivMusic on CD-R/mp3/iTunes)
"I've Got Rings on My Fingers," (1909, Blanche Ring), "Turn Off Your Light, Mr. Moon-Man," (1911, Jack Norworth and Nora Bayes), "That Haunting Melody," (1911, Al Jolson), "Fo' de Lawd's Sake, Play a Waltz," (1920, Elsie Janis), "Second Hand Rose," (1921, Fanny Brice), "Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Shean," (1922, Ed Gallagher and Al Shean), "Manda," (1924, Noble Sissle with Eubie Blake), "Like He Loves Me," (1926, Beatrice Lillie with Vincent Youmans), "Rio Rita and the Rangers' Song," (1927, J. Harold Murray), "Sometimes I'm Happy," (1927, Louise Groody & Charles King with Frank Banta), "Hungry Women," (1928, Eddie Cantor), "Why Was I Born?," (1929, Helen Morgan), "You're the Top," (1934, Cole Porter), "You and the night and the music," (1934, Libby Holman), "What a Wonderful World," (1935, Eleanor Powell). Mono.

Glee: Season 2, Volume 1
(Fox - on 3 DVDs)
CD Universe
First ten episodes of Glee Season 2.

Kiss Me, Kate
(VAI - new on DVD)
CD Universe
1958 Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, telecast with Alfred Drake, Patricia Morison, Julie Wilson, Billy Hayes, Harvey Lemeck, Jack Klugman. 78 minutes. Black & white.

Les Miserables - 25th Anniversary
(Universal - new on DVD/Blu-Ray)
U.S. release of special performance shown on screens across the world on October 3, from London's O2 Arena. Cast Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Nick Jonas as Marius, Norm Lewis as Javert, Matt Lucas as Thenardier, Lea Salonga as Fantine, Jenny Galloway as Madame Thenardier, Ramin Karimloo as Enjolras, Camilla Kerslake as Cosette and Samantha Barks as Eponine. Previously available on Region 2 at Amazon UK and Dress Circle.


The Golden Age of American Musical Theatre: 1943-1965
(Scarecrow Press - Hardcover Book)
Synopses, cast and production credits, song titles, and other pertinent information for over 180 musicals over a 22-year span. 256 pages.


Added to February 15:

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD-R/mp3/iTunes)
Original 1964 Off-Broadway cast recording for the show based on the James Thurber short story. Leon Carr (music) / Earl Shuman (lyrics) score. Marc London, Cathryn Damon, Rue McClanahan, Christopher Norris, Lette Rehnolds, Eugene Roche, Charles Rydell, Lorraine Serabian, Rudy Tronto.

Added to March 15:

Inner City
(Sony Masterworks Broadway - new on CD-R/mp3/iTunes)
1971 original Broadway cast recording. Helen Miller (music) / Eve Merriam (lyrics) score, based on Merriam's book The Inner City Mother Goose. Linda Hopkins, Delores Hall, Larry Marshall and Allan Nichols.

Announced, no release date:

A Christmas Story (the musical)
(Sony Masterworks - new on CD)
Seattle 5th Avenue Theatre production. Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The cast includes Clarke Hallum as Ralphie, Matthew Lewis, John Bolton, Anne Allgood, Frank Corrado, Carol Swarbrick, Jadd Davis, Candice Donehoo, Brandon O'Neill and Billie Wildrick, Matt Wolfe, Orville Mendoza.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
(Ghostlight - new on CD)
OBC cast recording of musical based on the film by Pedro Almodóvar, with book by Jeffrey Lane, music and lyrics by David Yazbek. de'Adre Aziza, Laura Benanti, Danny Burstein, Justin Guarini, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Patti LuPone, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Mary Beth Peil and Sherie Rene Scott. To be recorded January 17 for a spring release. Produced by David Yazbek and Dean Sharenow with Kurt Deutsch serving as Executive Producer.

Added to list, no release date:

(new on CD)
Original Broadway cast recording. Matthew Sklar/Chad Beguelin score (book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin). Based upon the New Line Cinema film written by David Berenbaum. Sebastian Arcelus, Amy Spanger, Mark Jacoby, Michael Mandell, Michael McCormick, Valerie Wright, Matthew Gumley, Matthew Schecter.

Thanks to Max Preeo for his contributions.

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