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Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap 2/5/13

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 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | December 25, 18, 11, 4 | November 27, 20, 13, 6 | October 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | September 4, 11, 18, 25 | August 7, 14, 21, 28 | July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 | June 5, 12, 19, 26 | May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | April 3, 10, 17, 24 | March 6, 13, 20, 27 | February 7, 14, 21, 28 | January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

CDs Now Available:

Benjamin Grosvenor: Rhapsody in Blue: Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Gershwin
(Decca - new on CD/mp3)
Nineteen year old British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and James Judd. Includes "Rhapsody In Blue," "Love Walked In." Released at iTunes in August 2012.

Classical Barbra
(Sony - new on CD/iTunes)
1976 Streisand album, digitally remastered with two bonus tracks (first ever release of "An Sylvia" and "Auf dem Wasser zu singen" recorded during the original sessions).

Harry Connick, Jr.: Smokey Mary
(Sony - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Homage to the Mardi Gras Krewe of Orpheus, which Connick co-founded in 1993, and their Mardi Gras parade float, Smokey Mary. "Smokey Mary," "Hurricane," "Cuddina Done It," "Wish I Were Him," "S'pposed To Be," "The Preacher," "Dang You Pretty," "Angola (At The Farm)," "Nola Girl," "Mind On The Matter," "City Beneath The Sea."

Josh Groban: All That Echoes
(Reprise - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Seven songs written by Groban and five covers. "Brave," "False Alarms," "Falling Slowly," "She Moved Through The Fair," "Below The Line," "E Ti Prometterò (w/ Laura Pausini)," "The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress," "Un Alma Mas (w/ Arturo Sandoval)," "Happy In My Heartache," "Hollow Talk," "Sincera," "I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)."

Loving the Silent Tears
(new on CD/mp3)
One-time only performance world premiere at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Based on verses in Supreme Master Ching Hai's "Silent Tears." Composers include Jorge Calandrelli, Al Kasha, Doug Katsaros, Henry Krieger, Don Pippin, Nan Schwartz and David Shire. Singing by Camellia Abou-Odah (Arab), Flo Ankah (French), Black Uhuru (Jamaican), Liz Callaway (Australian), Debbie Gravitte (American), Hò Quýnh Huong (Vietnamese), Mark Janicello (Italian), Brian Joo (Korean), Liel Kolet (Israeli), Kiril Kulish (Russian), Katie McMahon (Irish), Heather Park (Korean), Fabiana Passoni (Brazilian), Siavash Shams (Persian), Jon Secada (Cuban), Kay Tse (Chinese) and Jody Watley (African). Directed by Vincent Paterson. 29 tracks. Sample clips, tracks and album available at CD Baby.

Tony Bennett: As Time Goes By: Great American Songbook Classics
(Concord - new on CD/mp3)
From recordings made during the '70s. Digital remastering by Joe Tarantino. New liner notes by Will Friedwald. 12 tracks.

DVD/Blu-Rays Now Available:

All's Well That Ends Well: Shakespeare Globe Theatre
(Kultur Video - new on 2 DVDs)
Sam Crane, Janie Dee, Ellie Piercy. Released 1/29/13.

Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection Musicals
(Warner Home Video - 21 disc set)
Broken out into 3 chapters: 1927-1951 (You Ain?t Heard Nothin' Yet); The Jazz Singer (1927), The Broadway Melody of 1929 (1929), 42nd Street (1933), The Great Ziegfeld (1936), The Wizard of Oz (1939), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), An American in Paris (1951); 1951-1964 (The Music Makers) Show Boat (1951), Singin' in the Rain (1952), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), A Star Is Born (1954), The Music Man (1962), Viva Las Vegas (1964); 1967-1988 (Now, That's Entertainment) Camelot (1967), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), Cabaret (1972), That's Entertainment! (1974), Victor/Victoria (1982), Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Hairspray (1988). Also includes a 24-Page Booklet.

Cabaret 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray Book & DVD
(Warner Home Video - new Blu-Ray Set/DVD)
Film with Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey. Blu-ray Book version includes 40 pages of photos and text; new documentary Cabaret: The Musical That Changed Musicals; vintage documentaries Cabaret: A Legend in the Making, The Recreation of an Era; multi-part memory gallery and more.

A Star Is Born [Blu-ray]
(WHV - new on Blu-Ray)
1976 film featuring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. 1080p video, a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack. 40-page digibook. Extras to include: audio commentary by Barbra Streisand, additional scenes, wardrobe tests, and trailer gallery.

BOOKs Now Available:

Chekhov on Theatre
(Opus Books - new Paperback book)
Stephen Mulrine's translations of Chekhov's newspaper articles and letters about the way theatre works and his concerns about how best to realize his own intentions as a playwright.

Better Nate Than Ever
(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - new Hardcover/Kindle Book)
Broadway dancer Tim Federle's first book, about a small-town eighth grader who concocts a plan to run away to New York and audition for the role of Elliott in the musical version of E.T..

Les Misérables: From Stage to Screen
(Applause - new Hardcover book)
By Benedict Nightingale and Martyn Palmer. How the musical came to life, the trials and tribulations from the initial concept to the new film version. At least 15 facsimiles that highlight key moments in the creation of Les Miserables, on stage and on the screen, including: Original costume sketches; annotated scripts; original music scores and librettos; film screenplay extracts and anniversary mementos.

The North Pool
(Soft Skull Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Book)
Play by Rajiv Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo).

The Oxford Handbook of The American Musical (Oxford Handbooks in Music)
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of 2011 book. Raymond Knapp , Mitchell Morris, Stacy Wolf, editors. Cross-section of essays written by leading experts in the field, organized within broad conceptual groups... on issues and topics in the field of musical-theater and film-musical studies.

South Pacific: Paradise Rewritten (Broadway Legacies Series)
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Edition)
Paperback version of 2010 book by Jim Lovensheimer. Drawing on extensive research in the Rodgers and the Hammerstein papers, including Hammerstein's personal notes on James A. Michener's Tales of the South Pacific, Lovensheimer offers a reading of South Pacific that explores the show's complex messages and demonstrates how the presentation of those messages changed throughout the creative process ... how Rodgers and Hammerstein refined and softened the theme of racial intolerance until it was more acceptable to Broadway audiences. Likewise, the treatment of gender and colonialism in the musical, how it both reflected and challenged early Cold War Era American norms. Photographs and music examples.


Petula Clark: Lost In You
(The End Records - new on CD)
U.S. release. "Cut Copy Me," "Lost In You," "Crazy," "Never Enough," "Downtown (New Version)," "Next To You," "Reflections," "He loves And She Loves," "Every Word You Say," "Imagine," "Love Me Tender," "I Won't Care." Released in the U.K. 2/25/13.

Shakespeare: The King's Man
(Acorn Media - new on DVD)
BBC series with host James Shapiro.

Shakespeare Uncovered Complete Set
(PBS - new on 2 DVDs)
Six episodes of the PBS series. Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Trevor Nunn, Joely Richardson and David Tennant tell the story behind the stories of Shakespeare's greatest plays. 360 minutes.

South Pacific & Gypsy - Musical Mini-Series Double Feature
(Mill Creek Entertainment - new on 2 DVDs)
Twofer of TV versions of South Pacific (Glenn Close) and Gypsy (Bette Midler).

Julie Andrews: One Step Into Spring
(Legend Group Media - new on DVD)
1978 musical variety television special. Musical "salute to Spring." Host Julie Andrews with Leslie Uggams, Leo Sayer and Jim Henson's Muppets. 60 minutes.


Added to April 9:

At Long Last Love
(Twilight Time - new on Blu-Ray)
1975 musical flop film. Cole Porter songs sung live by Cybil Shepard, Burt Reynolds, Madeline Kahn, Eileen Brennan, and others. To be available exclusively through Screen Archives.

Added, no release date:

Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson OBC Recording
(new on CD)
Recorded February 1. Cast includes Carolee Carmello, Candy Buckley, Edward Watts, Roz Ryan, Andrew Samonsky, Nick Cartell, Joseph Dellger, Erica Dorfler, Carlos L. Encinias, Hannah Florence, Corey Greenan, Benjamin Howes, Karen Hyland, Elizabeth Ward Land, Alison Luff, Jess Nager, Sam Strasfeld, Betsy Struxness, Billie Wildrick, Dan'yelle Williamson, Matt Wolfe and George Hearn.

Added U.S. Release:

Chita Rivera: Chita & And Now I Sing!
(Stage Door Records - new on import CD)
Twofer CD debut of albums with showtunes, standards and more. Digitally remastered. Chita tracks: "Ten Cents a Dance," "The Lady's In Love With You," "Love, Look Away," "An Occasional Man," "Moanin' Low," "Get Me To the Church On Time," "The Surrey With the Fringe On Top," "Fly Me To the Moon," "Small Fry," "Old Devil Moon," "Something I Dreamed Last Night ," "Let's Put Out the Lights and Go To Sleep.". And Now I Sing! tracks: "I Hear Music," "You're Mine You," "Hit The Road to Dreamland," "The Nearness of You," "Easy to Remember," "Goodbye My Love," "Moon River," "Isn't It Romantic," "Falling In Love Again," "It's Always You," "Lonesome Road." 8-page color booklet. Also available directly from the UK at Stage Door Records.

Track List added:

Merman Her Greatest
(Sepia Records - on CD)
First time on CD. Digitally remastered 1961 album, plus bonus tracks. Billy May orchestrations. "I Got Rhythm," "This Is It / Do I Love You," "I Get A Kick Out Of You," "Sam And Delilah," "Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries," "Blow, Gabriel, Blow," "You're An Old Smoothie," "Down In The Depths On The Ninetieth Floor," "But Not For Me," "Friendship," "You're The Top," "I Got Rhythm " (Live), "Eadie Was A Lady " (Live), "The Girl That I Marry" (Live, Fess Parker) / You Can't Get A Man With A Gun" (Live, Ethel Merman) "Blow, Gabriel, Blow " (Live), "I Get A Kick Out Of You " (Live), "That Old Feeling " (Live), "Over The Rainbow " (Live), "I Got Rhythm (1937 Live Version)," "They Can't Take That Away From Me" (1937 Live Version).