Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 2/2/16

Earlier recaps:

January 26, 19, 12, 5, 2016 | December 29, 15, 8, 1 | November 24, 17, 10, 3 | October 27, 20, 13, 6 | September 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | August 18, 11, 4 | July 28, 21, 14, 7 | June 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | May 26, 19, 12, 5 | April 28, 21, 14, 7 | March 31, 24, 17, 10, 3 | February 24, 17, 10, 3 | January 27, 20, 13, 6

Quick list of all Amazon links for this recap.

CDs Now Available:

Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs - Live at the Cafe Carlyle
(Yellow Sound Label - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
"Why," "Somewhere Only We Know," "Welcome to Club Cumming - Story, "The Climb," "Tommy Darling - Story, "Goodnight Saigon," "A Musical Condom Commercial - Story, "Ecstacy," "A Sojourn 'Round Europe Pt 1 - Story, "Mother Glaskow," "A Sojourn 'Round Europe Pt 2 - Story, "Complainte de la Butte," "A Sojourn 'Round Europe Pt 3 - Story, "How Do Humans Live," "The Tonys - Story, "You You You," "Alex Cumming - Story, "Dinner at Eight," "Raven - Story, "Complicated," "Someone Like the Edge of Firework," "They're All the Same - Story, "No One Is Alive Not While I'm Around," "Liza - Story, "And So It Goes," "If Love Were All," "Ladies Who Lunch." Backed by Lance Horne on piano, Eleanor Norton on cello and Chris Jego on drums.

Josh Groban: Stages Live
(Reprise - new DVD/CD set)
From Groban's Stages album plus video of his 2015 PBS concert. Set includes material not shown in the broadcast, plus bonus tracks. CD: "Pure Imagination," "What I Did for Love," "Bring Him Home," "Le Temps Des Cath├ędrales," "All I Ask of You" (duet with Kelly Clarkson), "Try to Remember," "Over the Rainbow," "Children Will Listen/Not While I'm Around," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "If I Loved You" (duet with Audra McDonald), "Anthem," Bonus Track "Unusual Way" (unreleased studio version). Target-exclusive version has three more bonus tracks.

Nancy Lamott Sings David Zippel
(Midder Music - new on CD/mp3)
From live and in the studio performances by the late Nancy Lamott. Marvin Hamlisch and Cy Coleman accompany on their own songs. Intro, "You Can Always Count on Me," "Another Mr. Right," Intro to "In Someone Else's Arms," "In Someone Else's Arms," Outro to "In Someone Else's Arms," Intro to "Let Go," "Let Go Life's Ambition (I Was Born to Be a Slide Trombone)," "Lost and Found," "I'll Be There for Him," "Camel's Blues," "Loud Is Good," "How Can I Win?," "Lullaby," "In Someone Else's Arms (Pop Demo)," "Let Go," "Why Don't We Run Away," "With Every Breath I Take," "(Christmas) Stay with Me," "Just in Time for Christmas." Liner notes by David Zippel tell you the history of each song.

A New Brain Encores! cast
(P.S. Classics - new on 2 CDs at Amazon)
Summer of 2015 Encores! version of musical with score by William Finn. Jonathan Groff, Dan Fogler, Ana Gasteyer and Aaron Lazar. 95-minute, through-composed show recorded in its entirety for the first time, in a deluxe two-disc set. Disc One: "Prologue: Frogs Have So Much Spring ("The Spring Song")," "Prologue: 911 Emergency/I Have So Many Songs," "Heart and Music," "Mother's Gonna Make Things Fine," "Trouble in His Brain," "Be Polite to Everyone," "I'd Rather Be Sailing," "Family History," "Gordo's Law of Genetics," "And They're Off," "Roger Arrives," "Just Go," "MRI Tomorrow," "Poor, Unsuccessful and Fat," "Sitting Becalmed in the Lee of Cuttyhunk," "Craniotomy; Disc Two: "An Invitation to Sleep in My Arms," "Change," "Yes," "In the Middle of the Room (Part 1)," "Throw It Out," "In the Middle of the Room (Part 2)," "A Really Lousy Day in the Universe," "Brain Dead," "The Music Still Plays On," "Don't Give In," "Craniotomy (reprise)," "You Boys Are Gonna Get Me in Such Trouble," "I'd Rather Be Sailing (reprise)," "The Homeless Lady's Revenge," "Time," "Time and Music," "I Feel So Much Spring." Also available at PS Classics.

Tony Yazbeck: The Floor Above Me
(P.S. Classics - new on CD)
Debut album from Tony Yazbeck, currently appearing in On the Town on Broadway. Adapted and expanded from his one-man show of the same name (which returns to 54 Below on March 16 and 23). The show is co-written by Yazbeck and Howard Emanuel and features music direction and arrangements by pianist Jerome Korman. Guest appearances by Clyde Alves (On the Town) and Melinda Sullivan (So You Think You Can Dance). Tony Lewis on drums, Tom Hubbard on bass, Marc McGowan on trumpet, and Jack Bashkow on woodwinds. "Let Yourself Go / No Strings / Fascinating Rhythm / Can't You See It?," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," My mom and I drove into New York..., "Pure Imagination," Flash forward to 2007..., "All I Need Is the Girl," I was living out my dream..., "Moses Supposes," "Till' Kingdom Come," "Got to Get You Into My Life," "Dance Me to the End of Love / I Won't Dance," "Cheek to Cheek," So there I was, on top of the world..., "Nothing I Do," "Where Did I Go Wrong?," I was taught to be a fighter..., "Both Sides Now," "Hello, My Old Heart," I'm backstage at the Drury Lane Playhouse..., "Lucky to Be Me," "Slap That Bass." Produced by Tommy Krasker. Also available at


Grease Live!: Music from the Television Event Digital
(Paramount/Republic - digital album on mp3/iTunes)
From FOX "Grease Live!". Include songs from the original Broadway musical, written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, and the 1978 Paramount film, plus two original tracks written by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey performed by Carly Rae Jepsen and DNCE, and an original track written and performed by DNCE. Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Hudgens, Carlos PenaVega, Keke Palmer, Kether Donohue, Jordan Fisher, Andrew Call, David Del Rio, Boyz II Men and others. Jessie J sings "Grease Is the Word." "Grease (Is The Word)," "Summer Nights," "Freddy My Love," "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee," "Greased Lightnin'," "Those Magic Changes," "All I Need Is An Angel," "Beauty School Dropout," "Cake By The Ocean," "Maybe (Baby)," "Born To Hand Jive," "Hopelessly Devoted To You," "Sandy," "There Are Worse Things I Could Do," "You're The One That I Want," "We Go Together." Released 1/31/16. Target exclusive CD package to be released March 4 has bonus tracks: "Rock N' Roll Party Queen," "Rock N' Roll Is Here To Stay," "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee (Reprise)," "Grease (Is the Word)" karaoke version.

DVD/Blu-Rays Now Available:

All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records
(FilmRise - new on BD-R/iTunes)
Documentary directed by Colin Hanks explores the rise and fall of Tower Records and chronicles its legacy, forged by its founder, Russ Solomon. Exclusive footage and behind-the-scenes interviews with rock legends. Bonus features include deleted scenes and additional interviews—from the legal battle to preserve the old Tower Records location, to a history of its famous marketing murals on Sunset Blvd. Released on January 19, 2016, and also available On Demand.


American Psycho OLC
(Concord Records - new on CD)
Duncan Sheik score.

Fiddler on the Roof Revival Cast
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Bock & Harnick score. Cast includes Danny Burstein, Jessica Hecht, Jenny Rose Baker, Michael C. Bernardi, Adam Dannheisser, Adam Kantor, Karl Kenzler, Alix Korey, Jesse Kovarsky, Samantha Massell, Melanie Moore, George Psomas, Ben Rappaport, Nick Rehberger, Jeffrey Schecter, Alexandra Silber, Jessica Vosk, Lori Wilner, Aaron Young, Jennifer Zetlan. Also available and on sale at

Grease Live! DVD
(Paramount - new on DVD)
January TV show. Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Hudgens, Carlos PenaVega, Keke Palmer, Kether Donohue, Jordan Fisher, Andrew Call, David Del Rio, Boyz II Men and others.

The Importance: The Musical Version of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
Previously unreleased studio cast recording of Sean O'Mahony's 1984 West End musical The Importance. Studio cast includes members of the original Peterborough cast and other West End vocalists. Album was produced over a period of 20 years. Nigel Williams, Jill Martin and Susan Jane Tanner. "Overture / A Fine and Gracious City," "Bunburying," "One Love / the Importance of Being Earnest," "Your Engagement," "Bunburying (Reprise)," "I Must Write That Down Before I Forget," "I Need Someone to Rescue Me / I Must Write That Down Before I Forget (Reprise)," "Every Flower in the Garden," "Sincerely Yours," "Your Duty as a Gentleman," "The Importance of Being Earnest," "I Am Never Wrong," "May I Offer You a Cup of Tea?," "Yes For a Woman He Will," "One Vital Question," "My Ward / Your Engagement (Reprise)," "Borne in a Handbag," "The Importance of Being Earnest (Finale)." Also available directly from the U.K. with early shipping at

Live in Central Park Revisited: Simon & Garfunkel
(LML Music - new on CD)
Johnny Rodgers and Lee Lessack perform the actual set list from the September 19, 1981, concert. Based on their concert event. "Mrs. Robinson," "Homeward Bound," "America," "Me & Julio Down by the Schoolyard," "Scarborough Fair," "April Come She Will," "Wake Up Little Susie," "Still Crazy After All These Years," "American Tune," "Late in the Evening," "Slip Slidin' Away," "A Heart in New York," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," "The Boxer," "Old Friends / Bookends Theme," "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)," "The Sound of Silence," Bonus Track: "Here's To You."


Musical Theatre Song: A Comprehensive Course in Selection, Preparation, and Presentation for the Modern Performer
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Broadway and West End vocal and audition coach Stephen Purdy. Handbook for musical theatre performers, providing them with the wide-ranging skill set they need for success in today's competitive musical theatre environment. Breaking down the process into knowing how to select song material based upon individuality and how to prepare and perform it in a manner that best highlights your attributes. 312 pages.


Added to February 26:

First Daughter Suite Digital
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album)
Original cast recording of Michael John LaChiusa score; premiered in 2015 at the Public Theater. Alison Fraser, Rachel Bay Jones, Caissie Levy, Theresa McCarthy, Betsy Morgan, Isabel Santiago, Carly Tamer, Mary Testa and Barbara Walsh. The opening track is now streaming at

Added to April 1:

First Daughter Suite
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Original cast recording of Michael John LaChiusa score; premiered in 2015 at the Public Theater. Alison Fraser, Rachel Bay Jones, Caissie Levy, Theresa McCarthy, Betsy Morgan, Isabel Santiago, Carly Tamer, Mary Testa and Barbara Walsh. The opening track is now streaming at