Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap 3/22/11

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.

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March 15, 2011 | March 8, 2011 | March 1, 2011 | February 22, 2011 | February 15, 2011 | February 8, 2011 | February 1, 2011 | January 25, 2011 | January 18, 2011 | January 11, 2011


CDs Now Available:

Michael Ball HeroesMichael Ball: Heroes
(Universal UK - new import CD)
CD Universe
15 classic songs which were originally big hits for legendary artists such as Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel and more. "Let The Heartaches Begin," "I'll Never Fall In Love Again," "Play Me," "Summer Wind," "For The Good Times," "Misty," "When I Fall In Love," "You Don't Know Me," "Weekend In New England," "New York State Of Mind," "Joanna," "I Can't Help Falling In Love With You," "He'll Have To Go," "For Once In My Life," "Avenues And Alleyways" (with Tony Christie) Bonus Track. Being release March 14 in the UK: pre-order at Dress Circle and Amazon UK.

Michael BruceMichael Bruce: The Album
(Speckulation Entertainment - new on CD))
Award-winning composer Michael Bruce (Ed, Holes, Christmas in New York 2007, Helen of Troy, Pirates of the Caribbean, Rigged, Hey Diddle Diddle ...) debut album of songs performed by West End performers, including Julie Atherton, Paul Spicer, Sarah Lark, Mark Evans, Jessie Buckley, Emily Tierney, Charlotte Wakefield, Sarah Earnshaw, Alex Jessop. Available at Dress Circle and Amazon UK.

War HorseWar Horse Soundtrack
(National Theatre - new on CD/iTunesWar Horse - Various Artists
CD Universe
Music and songs from London production. Previously available at the National Theatre website. Was made available digitally and on import CD in the U.S. since that time.

WitchcraftWitchcraft: Claire Martin / Richard Rodney Bennett
(Linn Records - new on CDWitchcraft - The Songs of Cy Coleman - Claire Martin & Richard Rodney Bennett
"I'm Gonna Laugh You Out Of My Life," "The Best Is Yet To Come," "Rules Of The Road," "On Second Thoughts," "Everybody Today Is Turning On," "Sometimes When You're Lonely," "Let Me Down Easy," "Nobody Does It Like Me," "That's My Style," "When In Rome," "Witchcraft," "With Every Breath I Take," "On The Other Side Of The Tracks," "Would You Believe." Amazon lists this as Hybrid SACD - DSD.


DVD/Blu-Rays Now Available:

Anastasia Blu-RayAnastasia [Blu-ray]
(20th Century Fox - new Blu-Ray)
1997 animated film with songs by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens sung by the voices of Liz Callaway, Angela Lansbury and others. Extras: audio commentary by Directors Don Bluth and Gary Goldman; Sing-A-Longs; Anastasia's Music Box Favorites; Russian Stacking Doll Game; Anastasia's Seek and Find; Bartok the Magnificent; How to Draw with Don Bluth; The Making of Anastasia; Anastasia: A Magical Journey; Making of "Journey to the Past" Music Video; Music Video: "Journey to the Past" by Aaliyah; Trailers and TV Spots.


BOOKs Now Available:

Horton FooteHorton Foote: America's Storyteller
(Applause - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of Wilborn Hampton's 2009 comprehensive biography. 304 pages.

The Lady of BurlesqueLady of Burlesque: The Career of Gypsy Rose Lee
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
By Robert Strom. Chronicles the triumphs as an actress, novelist, playwright, artist, political activist, and, ultimately, star. Three appendices include details of Gypsy's will and estate, the original production and Broadway revivals of Gypsy, and complete filmographies and discographies. It also includes rare and never-before-published photographs.


Recordings RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:

Carnival OLCCarnival OLC
(Kritzerland Records - new on CD)
Original London cast album. Music and Lyrics by Bob Merrill. Sally Logan, Michael Maurel, Bob Harris, Shirley Sands, Francis de Wolff, Reg Lever, and James Mitchell. To be released the first week in May. Mastered from the original album master tapes housed at EMI in the UK. Limited release of 1000 copies. Orders placed through Kritzerland.com will be sent about four weeks earlier.

Christopher and His KindChristopher & His Kind
(Bfs Video - new on DVD)
Matt Smith, Christopher Isherwood. 2011 BBC television film adapted by Kevin Elyot from the autobiography by Christopher Isherwood, produced by Mammoth Screen and directed by Geoffrey Sax. Isherwood played by Matt Smith; with Toby Jones, Douglas Booth, Imogen Poots and Iddo Goldberg. 90 minutes.

Streetcar Named DesireTennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire (1995)
(Image Entertainment - new on DVD)
CD Universe
1995 TV version with Alec Baldwin, Jessica Lange, Diane Lane and John Goodman.  Presented by CBS with cuts; this release is said to be unedited. 156 minutes.


OTHER NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The Stephen Sondheim So Far DVD set is today's (March 22) deal at PopMarket.com: 55% off original price free shipping (within the US).




Thanks to Max Preeo for his contributions.

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