Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap 2/15/11

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February 8, 2011 | February 1, 2011 | January 25, 2011 | January 18, 2011 | January 11, 2011


CDs Now Available:

Ben Vereen Steppin' Out LiveBen Vereen: Steppin' Out Live
(Sh-K-Boom - new on CDSteppin' Out Live - Ben Vereen
CD Universe
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."

End of the RainbowEnd of the Rainbow OLC
(First Night Records - new import CDEnd of the Rainbow - Tracie Bennett
CD Universe
Olivier Award winner Tracie Bennett in Judy Garland play with music. "Anything But Love/Just In Time," "Medley – The Bells Are Ringing for Me and My Gal / You Made me Love You/ The Trolley Song," "The Man That got Away," "When You’re smiling the whole World Smiles With you," "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Get Happy/By Myself," "When the sun Comes Out," "Smile," "I could go on Singing," "San Francisco," "Zing Went the Strings of my Heart," "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (Bonus Track). Also available at iTunes, Amazon mp3 ($7.99), Dress Circle and Amazon UK.

Helena Blackman: The Sound of Rodgers and HammersteinHelena Blackman: The Sound of Rodgers and Hammerstein
(Speckulation Entertainment - new on CD/iTunes/mp3The Sound of Rodgers & Hammerstein - Helena Blackman
Best known as runner-up in the BBC's "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?," West End star Helena Blackman releases her debut solo album. She is joined in two exclusive duets by the number one classical charting singer Jonathan Ansell and her fellow West End star Daniel Boys. "I Have Confidence," "What s the Use of Wondrin?," "I m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair," "It Might as Well be Spring," "If I Loved You / Something Wonderful," "I Enjoy Being a Girl," "I Have Dreamed (with Jonathan Ansell)," "Some Enchanted Evening," "Love Look Away," "People Will Say We re in Love (with Daniel Boys)," "The Gentleman is a Dope," "Climb Every Mountain." CD available at Amazon UK and Dress Circle. MP3 at Amazon ($8.99).

Songs from the Dark Shadows: A Gothic MusicalSongs from the Dark Shadows: A Gothic Musical
(new on CD/mp3)
Written and performed by David Leinweber. Designed as a stand-alone collection of songs, or as a musical or opera for a theatrical setting. 24 tracks. Available at CD Baby.

The Secret Life of Walter MittyThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD-R/mp3/iTunesThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty - Original Off-Broadway Cast
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. CD-R available at ArkivMusic.


DIGITAL DOWNLOADs Now Available:

Christopher Jackson: In the Name of LoveChristopher Jackson: In the Name of Love
(Yellow Sound Label - new iTunes/mp3In the Name of Love - Christopher Jackson
The Lion King, In the Heights performer. "In The Name Of Love," "Paralyzed," "Our Love (Is So Good)," "Nobody Else," "Don't Give Up," "Invisible," "Blinded By The Lights," "Be A Light," "One More Day," "Change Your Mind," "Promises To Keep," "If We Let It Go," "I Got You." CD release date March 29.


BOOKs Now Available:

Enraged Accompanist's GuideThe Enraged Accompanist's Guide to the Perfect Audition
(Applause - Paperback Book)
Award-winning New York theatre composer and pianist Andrew Gerle's guide to everything you've never been taught about auditioning for musical theatre. From the unique perspective of the pianist's bench, he demystifies the audition process, from how to put together your book and speak to an accompanist to the healthiest and savviest ways to approach the audition marketplace and your career.

And Furthermore - Judi DenchAnd Furthermore: Judi Dench
(St. Martin's PRess - Hardcover Book)
Memoir by Judi Dench. U.S. publishing date - available now at Amazon UK.

Michener's South PacificMichener's South Pacific
(University Press of Florida - Hardcover Book)
By Stephen J. May (award-winning Michener biographer). The creation of one of the most beloved books and Broadway musicals of the century. Delves deeply into this formative and turbulent period in Michener's life and career, using letters, journal entries, and naval records to examine how a reserved, middle-aged lieutenant known as "Prof" to his fellow officers became one of the most successful writers of the twentieth century.


Recordings RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:

Alfie Boe Stranger in Paradies CollectionAlfie Boe: Stranger in Paradise - The Collection
(EMI Classics - new on CD)
Collection of songs and arias from the Lancashire-born tenor (Les Miserables concert). Includes several which which receive their first CD release including the title track, from Kismet. "Caruso," "Torna a Surriento," "Mattinata," "Granada," "A Living Prayer," "Where'er You Walk" (Semele), "A Gaelic Blessing [new version by Rutter]," "The Lord Is My Shepherd (Psalm 23)," "I Vow To Thee My Country," "Brindisi" (La Traviata), "Abide With Me," "Stranger In Paradise," "Fratello sole sorella luna," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "Eternal Light: A Requiem" (2008) - Agnus Dei, "Eternal Light: A Requiem" (2008) - Cujus Animam (Stabat Mater). Pre-order at Dress Circle and Amazon UK.

Fiddler on the Roof 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray
(MGM - new Blu-Ray/DVD)
1971 film version of the stage musical. Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon, Paul Mann. Bock & Harnick score.


Books RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:

I Was a DancerI Was a Dancer: Jacques D'Amboise
(Knopf - Hardcover Book/Kindle)
Memoir by Balanchine protégé Jacques D'Amboise. 464 pages.

Look I Made a HatLook I Made a Hat: with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Wafflings, Diversions and Anecdotes
(Knopf - Hardcover Book)
>Volume II picks up with the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday in the Park with George, and his other shows up until the present.  In addition is a chapter on Sondheims songs for television and film, which includes the Oscar-winning song "Sooner or Later" from Dick Tracy film.   480 pages.

Marry Poppins Easy PianoMary Poppins: The New Musical - Easy Piano
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
17 easy piano arrangements of songs from the popular London and Broadway musical based on the classic Disney film. Songs include: Anything Can Happen," "Being Mrs. Banks" (Parts 1 and 2), "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "Feed the Birds," "Let's Go Fly a Kite," "A Man Has Dreams," "Practically Perfect," "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Step in Time," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," "Temper, Temper," and more.

Staging the PeopleStaging the People: Community and Identity in the Federal Theatre Project (Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History)
(Palgrave Macmillan - Hardcover Book)
By Elizabeth A. Osborne. Re-imagines this vital moment in American history, considering the Federal Theatre Project on its own terms - as a "federation of theatres" designed to stimulate new audiences and create locally-relevant theatre during the turbulent 1930s. A wealth of previously undiscovered archival materials with cultural history, delving into regional activities in Chicago, Boston, Portland, Atlanta, and Birmingham, as well as tours of refugee camps and Civilian Conservation Corps Divisions.




Thanks to Max Preeo for his contributions.

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