Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap 4/5/11

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CDs Now Available:

AirHeartAirheart: A New Musical Royal Crown Players
(Sweet Rain Music - new on CD)
Original cast recording. Music and Lyrics by Brad Frey (Choral and Theater Director at Roslyn High School, Roslyn Heights, NY) and Julia Edelman. Produced at Roslyn High School. Cast includes student actors and musicians of the Royal Crown Players, the theatrical club of Roslyn High School.

Helena Blackman: The Sound of Rodgers and HammersteinHelena Blackman: The Sound of Rodgers and Hammerstein
(Speckulation Entertainment - on CDThe 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 previously available in UK. Now at CD Baby.

If U Want MeIf U Want Me, U Can Have Me, Right NOW!!
(Elizabeth Rose Music - new on CD)
Original cast album written and performed by Elizabeth Rose. Available at CD Baby.

Mary Poppins Australian CastMary Poppins: The Live Cast Recording
(Buena Vista - new on CD/iTunesMary Poppins (The Supercalifragilistic Musical) - Australian Cast - Mary Poppins
Captured live over five nights at Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne 2010. Verity Hunt-Ballard, Matt Lee, Philip Quast, Marina Prior, Debra Byrne and Judi Connelli. Includes the premiere recording of the new song, "Playing The Game", which was put into the show in the US and is now in all productions worldwide. 24 tracks. Previously available as an import.

Priscilla Queen of the DesertPriscilla, Queen Of The Desert OBC
(Rhino - new on CD/mp3/iTunesPriscilla - Queen of the Desert (Original Broadway Cast Recording) - Various Artists
CD Universe
"It's Raining Men," "What's Love Got To Do With It," "Don't Leave Me This Way," "Material Girl," "Go West," "I Say A Little Prayer," "I Love the Nightlife," "True Colors," "Verdi: Follie Delirio vano e questo!," "Color My World," "I Will Survive," "A Fine Romance," "Shake Your Groove Thing," "Pop Muzik," "A Fine Romance (reprise)," "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," "Hot Stuff," "MacArthur Park," "Always On My Mind / Like A Prayer," "We Belong," "Finally." Produced by Stephen "Spud" Murphy and Frank Filipetti.

Sondheim Solos FemaleSondheim Solos: Female Selections
(Stage Star Records - new on CD)
Tracks 1-10 contain the background tracks and guide vocals; tracks 11-20 contain the accompaniment tracks alone. This album is a re-recording in the original show keys and tempos. This album plays in any CD player, in a karaoke machine lyrics will appear on-screen. A lyric booklet is included. "I Know Things Now," "The Steps of the Palace," "Another Hundred People," "The Ladies Who Lunch," "The Worst Pies in London," "Green Finch and Linnet Bird," "Send in the Clowns," "the Miller's Son," "Broadway Baby," "Losing My Mind."

Sondheim Solos MaleSondheim Solos, Male Selections (karaoke)
(Stage Star Records - new on CD)
Tracks 1-10 contain the background tracks and guide vocals; tracks 11-20 contain the accompaniment tracks alone. This album is a fully-orchestrated, re-recording in the original show keys and show tempos. This album plays in any CD player, in a karaoke machine lyrics will appear on-screen. A lyric booklet is included. Accompaniment track, unless noted: "Any Moment" (complete track), "Giants in the Sky" (complete track), "Being Alive" (complete track), "Marry Me a Little" (complete track), "Johanna" (complete track), "Epiphany" (complete track), "Later" (complete track), "In Praise of Women" (complete track), "Beautiful Girls" (complete track), "Buddy's Blues" (complete track), "Any Moment", "Giants in the Sky", "Being Alive", "Marry Me a Little", "Johanna", "Epiphany", "Later", "In Praise of Women", "Beautiful Girls", "Buddy's Blues."


DIGITAL DOWNLOADs Now Available:

ChristineChristine 1960 OBC
(Masterworks - new mp3/iTunesChristine (Original Soundtrack) - Various Artists
Sammy Fain score/Paul Francis Webster. Maureen O'Hara, Morley Meredith, Barbara Webb. Conducted by Jay Blackton.

First ImpressionsFirst Impressions 1959 OBC
(Masterworks - mp3/iTunesFirst Impressions (Original Soundtrack) - Various Artists
Score by Glenn Paxton, Robert Goldman, George David Weiss. Polly Bergen, Farley Granger, Hermione Gingold, Christopher Hewitt, Phyllis Newman. Conduced by Frederick Dvonch.

JunoJuno 1959 OBC
(Masterworks - new mp3/iTunesJuno (Music from the Musical) - Various Artists
Marc Blitzstein score. Shirley Booth, Melvyn Douglas, Tommy Rall, Monte Amundsen, Jack MacGowran, Loren Driscoll, Jean Stapleton, Nancy Andrews, Sada Thompson, Beulah Garrick, Earl Hammond. Conducted by Robert Emmett Dolan. Musical direction by Robert Emmett Dolan.

Oh, Captain!Oh, Captain! OBC
(Masterworks - new mp3/iTunesOh, Captain! (Music from the Musical) - Various Artists
Jay Livingston/Ray Evans score. Tony Randall, Jacqueline McKeever, Edward Platt, Susan Johnson, Paul Valentine. Conducted by Jay Blackton.


DVD/Blu-Rays Now Available:

De-Lovely Blu-RayDe-Lovely [Blu-ray]
(MGM - new on Blu-Ray)
CD Universe
2004 film story of Cole Porter. Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd, Jonathan Pryce.

Fiddler on the Roof Blu-Ray<i>Fiddler on the Roof 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray
(MGM - new Blu-Ray/DVD)
CD Universe
1971 film version of the stage musical. Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon, Paul Mann. Bock & Harnick score. Disc 1 -Blu-Ray Fiddler in high definition; audio commentary by Norman Jewison and Topol; Norman Jewison, Filmmaker; Norman Jewison Looks Back; John Williams: Creating A Musical Tradition; Songs of Fiddler on the Roof; deleted song: "Any Day Now"; Tevye's Daughters; Set in Reality: Production Design; storyboard-to-film comparison; Tevye's Dream Sequence (in full color with side-by-side comparison and introduction by Norman Jewison); trailers, teasers and TV spots. Disc 2 - DVD; audio commentary by Norman Jewison and Topol; Dual Layer. Widescreen - 2.35. Subtitles - English, French, Spanish.


BOOKs Now Available:

The Book of Grace
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Play by Suzan-Lori Parks.

The Last 5 Years LibrettoThe Last Five Years (The Applause Libretto Library): The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Musical
(Applause - Paperback Book)


Memphis LibrettoMemphis (The Applause Libretto Library): The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical
(Applause - Paperback Book)



Recordings RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:

On Your Toes 1952 Studio CastOn Your Toes 1952 Studio Cast
(Masterworks/Arkiv - new on CD-R/mp3/iTunes)
Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart score includes "There’s a Small Hotel," "Glad To Be Unhappy," "Quiet Night," "It’s Got to Be Love," the title song, and the first complete recording of "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue." Laurel Shelby, Robert Eckles, Portia Nelson, Jack Cassidy, Zamah Cunningham, Ray Hyson. Conducted by Lehman Engel. Newly transferred and restored from the original mono masters. CD pre-ordering at Arkiv Music.

Rabbit Hole Blu-RayRabbit Hole
(Lionsgate - new on Blu-Ray/DVD)
2010 film version of David Lindsay-Abaire's play. Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart. Directed by John Cameron Mitchell. Audio commentary with the director, writer, and director of photography; deleted scenes; trailer. 91 minutes.

Wizard of Oz OLCThe Wizard of Oz London Paladium Recording
(Polydor - new on CD)
All the songs from the movie score, and new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Michael Crawford, Edward Baker-Duly, Hannah Waddingham, Helen Walsh, Emily Tierney, Danielle Hope, David Ganly, Paul Keating, Stephen Scott. Overture, "Nobody Understands Me," "Over The Rainbow," "Wonders Of The World," "The Twister," "Arrival In Munchkinland," "Munchkinland / Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead," "Follow The Yellow Brick Road," "If I Only Had A Brain / We're Off To See The Wizard," "If I Only Had A Heart / We're Off To See The Wizard," "If Only I Had The Nerve / We're Off To See The Wizard," "We're Outta The Woods," "The Merry Old Land Of Oz," "Bring Me The Broomstick," "Haunted Forest," "Red Shoes Blues," "Bacchanalia," "Red Shoes Blues" (Reprise), "Over The Rainbow" (Reprise), "If I Only Had A Plan," "The Rescue," "Hail-Hail! The Witch Is Dead," "The Wizard's Departure," Finale. Order from Dress Circle and Amazon UK.

OTHER NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Track List added:

Women on the Verge of a Nervous BreakdownWomen 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. Recorded January 17. Produced by David Yazbek and Dean Sharenow with Kurt Deutsch serving as Executive Producer. Overture, "Madrid is my Mama," "Lie To Me," "Lovesick," "Time Stood Still," "My Crazy Heart," "Model Behavior," "Island," "The Microphone," "On The Verge," "Entr’acte," "Mother’s Day," "Yesterday, Tomorrow and Today," "Tangled," "Invisible," "Island (Reprise)," "Shoes From Heaven," BONUS: "My Crazy Heart" (Original Show Opening). 40-page full-color booklet featuring an essay by Pedro Almodovar, liner notes by Frank Rich, a recipe for gazpacho by NY Times writer Mark Bittman.

Matthew MorrisonMatthew Morrison [Amazon.com Exclusive Version]
(Mercury/Island - new on CD)
"Still Got Tonight," "Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot" (featuring Sting), "My Name," "Hey," "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" (with Gwyneth Paltrow), "Don't Stop Dancing," "It Don't Matter To The Sun," "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters/Rocket Man" (featuring Elton John), "It's Over." "Summer Rain" single already available on iTunes and Amazon mp3.

Added to May 17:

The Merry Widow 1964 Music Theatre of Lincoln Center
(Masterworks/Arkiv - new on CD-R/mp3/iTuns)
Franz Lehár score. Patrice Munsel, Bob Wright, Joan Weldon, Frank Poretta, Mischa Auer and Sig Arno. Produced by Richard Rodgers. Conducted by Franz Allers.

Carousel 1955 Studio Cast
(Masterworks/Arkiv - new on CD-R/mp3/iTunes)
Rodgers and Hammerstein score. Metropolitan Opera stars Patrice Munsel and Robert Merrill, Florence Henderson, George S. Irving, Gloria Lane and Herbert Banke. Conducted by Lehman Engel.




Thanks to Max Preeo for his contributions.

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