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Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap 1/14/14

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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Earlier recaps:

January 7, 2014 | December 31, 17, 10, 3 | November 26, 19, 12, 5 | October 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | September 24, 17, 10, 3 | August 27, 20, 13, 6 | July 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | June 18, 11, 4 | May 28, 21, 14, 7 | April 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | March 26, 19, 12, 5 | February 26, 19, 12, 5; January 29, 22, 15, 8, 1

CDs Now Available:

Chip Deffaa's Irving Berlin's America
(Original Cast Records - new on CD/digital/iTunes)
Premiere recording of the first musical play about the life of Irving Berlin. By ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award-winner Chip Deffaa, mixing Berlin classics with rarities and rediscoveries. Michael Townsend Wright, Jack Saleeby, Tyler Duboys. Music Direction By Richard Danley, Vince Giordano on bass and banjo and Andy Stein on violin. Samples, tracks, CD and digital album at CD Baby.

Goddess Wheel by Galt MacDermot
(CD/digital album)
Musical adaptation of Lysistrata by Galt MacDermot and Matty Selman. Premiered at the Wagner College Theatre in 2012. Samples, CD and digital album available at CD Baby.

Li'l Abner Soundtrack
(Masterworks Broadway/ArkivMusic - new on CD-R)
First time on CD. Peter Palmer, Stubby Kaye, Julie Newmar, Joe E. Marks. Nelson Riddle adapted and conducted the Gene de Paul/Johnny Mercer score. Choral arrangements by Joseph J. Lilley. Available purchase at CD-R and digital to be released February 11.


Chance: A New Musical About Love, Risk & Getting It Right
(Clearsong - new digital album)
Music, book and lyrics by Richard Isen. Richard Hefner, Randy Roberts, Ken Lear. Samples, tracks and digital album at CD Baby.

Murder for Two Original Cast Digital
(Ghostlight Records - digital release on mp3/iTunes)
Original cast recording of Joe Kinosian (music) and Kellen Blair (lyrics) score. Jeff Blumenkrantz and Brett Ryback. "Prelude," "Waiting In the Dark," "Protocol Says," "Dahlia Whitney," "A Perfectly Lovely Surprise," "Murray & Barb Flandon," "It Was Her," "Timmy, Yonkers, & Skid," "A Lot Woise," "Steph Whitney," "He Needs a Partner," "Barrette Lewis," "So What If I Did?," "A Friend Like You," "Henry Vivaldi," "Process of Elimination," "Steppin' Out of the Shadows," "Finale (I Need a Partner / Protocol Says)," "Finale Ultimo (A Friend Like You)" Produced by Joel Moss. Kurt Deutsch executive producer. Digital booklet included.

DVD/Blu-Rays Now Available:

American Masters: Marvin Hamlisch - What He Did for Love
(PBS - new on DVD)
Presented in December 2013 on PBS. Created with cooperation from his family and access to his personal archives. PBS lists bonus features What He Did For Love ; At The Ballet ; Genius At Work ; Piano Man ; Rent-A-Composer ; The Musician's Musician ; The People's Composer ; The Ultimate Mensch ; Christopher Walken on Dance ; Collaborating with Marvin: Kelli O'Hara; Larry Hochman; Matt Sklar; Fran Liebergall ; Whitney Garvey - Midnight FAO Madness ; Marvin and Terre's Wedding ; Marvin's Mentor-Jule Styne ; The Glass Menagerie - Musical ; Peter Dugan & Charles Yang - I Can Not Hear The City ; Kevin Cole - A Marvin Medley ; Marvin Hamlisch & Ed Kleban: A Beautiful Collaboration. 84 minutes.

A Chorus Line
(MGM/UA - new on Blu-Ray)
1985 film adaptation of Broadway musical. Michael Douglas, Alyson Reed, Terrence Mann, Sharon Brown, Dancers, Michael Blevins, Yamil Borges, Jan Gan Boyd, Gregg Burge, Cameron English, Tony Fields, Nicole Fosse, Vicki Frederick, Michelle Johnston, Janet Jones, Pam Klinger, Audrey Landers, Charles McGowan, Justin Ross, Blane Savage, Matt West. Directed by Richard Attenborough, produced by Cy Feuer, screenplay by Arnold Schulman.

BOOKs Now Available:

Ham: Slices of a Life: Essays and Stories
(Gallery Books - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
Essays and stories by Sam Harris. 304 pages.

Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical: 2013 Revival Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Frank Wildhorn/Leslie Bricusse score. 19 selections from the recent revival production: "Someone like You," "This Is the Moment," "Alive!," "Bring on the Men," "Confrontation," "Facade," "In His Eyes," "Letting Go," "Murder, Murder," "A New Life," "Once upon a Dream," "The Way Back," "Your Work and Nothing More" and more.

Roadshow!: The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Matthew Kennedy. "From Julie Andrews to Barbra Streisand, from Fred Astaire to Rock Hudson, Roadshow! offers a brilliant, gripping history of film musicals and their changing place in our culture." 320 pages.

Sondheim for Singers series
(Rilting Music/Hal Leonard - Paperback Books)
Editor Richard Walters. Five volumes present 128 songs from 26 shows or films. Songs appear in original keys, categorized by voice type. (The Duets volume is all original keys.) There are also appropriate and practical transpositions of Sondheim standards, almost all of which appear in print for the first time. Published with the full approval of Sondheim, with new, fresh and clear music engravings. Soprano (43 Songs), Belter/Mezzo-Soprano (45 Songs), Tenor (39 Songs), Baritone/Bass (40 Songs), Duets (29 Songs).


Chicago: Diamond Edition
(Lionsgate - new Blu-ray/DVD set)
New transfer of 2002 film version of Kander & Ebb musical. Directed by Rob Marshall. Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Taye Diggs, John C. Reilly, and Dominic West. Special features include: new Chicago in the Spotlight retrospective documentary with cast and crew; audio commentary with Marshall and screenwriter Bill Condon; deleted musical number "Class" performed by Catherine Zeta-Jones and Queen Latifah; From Stage to Screen: The History of Chicago featurette. New English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track.

Cinerama Holiday Soundtrack
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
1955 released "Cinerama Holiday" original soundtrack, first time on CD. Re-mixed from the movie audio tapes with music from the studio recording issued on the LP. Morton Gould score. Track details at

A Night With Janis Joplin
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
2014 OBC recording. Mary Bridget Davies, Taprena Michelle Augustine, de'Adre Aziza, Nikki Kimbrough, NaTasha Yvette Williams, Allison Blackwell. "Tell Mama," "Maybe (Chantels)," "Summertime," "Turtle Blues," "Down On Me," "Piece Of My Heart," "Today I Sing The Blues," "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out," "Spirit In The Dark," "Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)," "Maybe," "Little Girl Blue," "Cry Baby," "Kozmic Blues/I Shall Be Released Medley," "Me And Bobby McGee," "Ball And Chain," "Stay With Me," "I'm Gonna Rock My Way To Heaven" (previously unrecorded), "Mercedes Benz."

The Odyssey: The Fitzgerald Translation
(Macmillan Audio - Audiobook)
Robert Fitzgerald translation, narrated by Dan Stevens. Includes twenty-five new line drawings by Barnaby Fitzgerald.

Together Original Soundtrack
(Real Gone Music - new on CD)
Soundtrack for American release of Armenia Balducci's 1979 film Amo non Amo starring Jacqueline Bisset, Maximilian Schell and Terence Stamp. Music by Burt Bacharach. Songs by Burt Bacharach and Paul Anka. Jackie DeShannon, Michael McDonald, Libby Titus sing. "I Don't Need You Anymore" (Jackie DeShannon), "I Think I'm Gonna Fall in Love," "In Tune" (Libby Titus), "If We Ever Get Out of Here," "On the Beach," "I've Got My Mind Made Up" (Michael McDonald), "I Don't Need You Anymore (Reprise)" (Jackie DeShannon), "Find Love" (Jackie DeShannon), "Luisa," "I've Got My Mind Made Up" (Instrumental). Notes by Joe Marchese with contributions from all principals. Remastered by Mark Wilder at Battery Studios.

Toomorrow Original Soundtrack Recording
(Real Gone Music - new on CD)
1970 British "cosmic musical trip." Music by Ritchie Adams, Mark Barkan, Hugo Montenegro. Produced by Don Kirshner and Harry Saltzman. Olivia Newton-John sings. "You're My Baby," "Taking Our Own Sweet Time," "Toomorrow" (Instrumental), "Let's Move On," "Walkin' on Air (Instrumental)," "If You Can't Be Hurt," "Toomorrow," "Walkin on Air," "Spaceport," "Happiness Valley," "Let's Move On," "Goin' Back."

Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Anthology
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley with Harold Arlen, Ray Eberle, Betty Hutton, Marion Hutton, Robert Young and featuring the orchestras of Tommy Dorsey, Vince Lopez, Frankie Masters, Glenn Miller, Meredith Willson, Victor Young. Songs from the movie (and some dropped) recorded by Judy Garland, Harold Arlen and popular performers of the day. Most were made to promote the movie on "live" radio broadcasts, etc. The "Maxwell House Good News" radio show featuring Garland and other members of the cast plus Harold Arlen. (complete show released on CD by Jass Records in 1992), the Decca album of songs from the film, not previously on CD, with Judy and The Ken Darby Singers, and "pop" singles of the day by Glenn Miller's Band, Betty Hutton ("The Jitterbug"), excerpts from the film soundtrack, and more. Four versions of "Over the Rainbow," performed by Judy Garland: movie version, a "live" version, a "pop" version and one with the Tommy Dorsey orchestra recorded to sell government war bonds. Orchestras provide big band dance versions of songs from the film. 23 tracks. For track details, see


The Oxford Handbook of Sondheim Studies (Oxford Handbooks)
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
Robert Gordon ( Professor of Drama and Director the Pinter Centre for Performance and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London), editor. Never before published essays on "the most important and compelling topics in the growing field of Sondheim Studies. Focusing on broad groups of issues relating to the music and the production of Sondheim works, rather than on biographical questions about the composer himself..." Six sections: "issues of intertextuality and authorship; Sondheim's pioneering work in developing the non-linear form of the concept musical; the production history of Sondheim's work; his writing for film and television; his exploitation and deployment of a wide range of musical genres; and how interpretation through key critical lenses (including sociology, history, and feminist and queer theory) establishes his position in a broader cultural context."


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A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder OBC
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Steven Lutvak and Robert L. Freedman score. Jefferson Mays, Bryce Pinkham, Lisa O'Hare, Lauren Worsham, Pamela Bob, Joanna Glushak, Eddie Korbich, Jeff Kready, Mark Ledbetter, Jennifer Smith, Price Waldman, Catherine Walker and Jane Carr. Recording date 1/13/14.