Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 2/23/16 (updated Friday, 2/26/16)

Earlier recaps:

2016: February 16, 9, 2 | January 26, 19, 12, 5, 2016

2015: 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:

Amazing Grace OBC
(DMI - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Broadway cast recording of Christopher Smith score. Tom Hewitt, Erin Mackey, Chuck Cooper, Chris Hoch, Stanley Bahorek, Harriett D. Foy, Laiona Michelle, Rachael Ferrera and Elizabeth Ward Land. "Prologue," "Truly Alive," "Auction," "Someone Who Hears," "Yema's Song," "Voices Of The Angels," "We Are Determined," "Never," "Shadows of Innocence," "Expectations," "The Battle/The Drowning," "African Welcome Song," "Sing on High," "Tell Me Why," "A Chance for Me," "Nowhere Left to Run," "Daybreak," "I Still Believe," "Testimony," "I Will Remember," "Nothing There To Love," "Amazing Grace." Produced by Frank Filipetti. Recorded November 2, 2015.

Mrs. Henderson Presents OLC
(Sony Classical Masters - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
London cast recording. George Fenton & Simon Chamberlain/Don Black score. Tracie Bennett, Ian Bartholomew. "Everybody Loves the Windmill," "Mrs Henderson Presents," "Whatever Time I Have," "Lord Chamberlain's Song," "What a Waste of a Moon," "Rubens and Renoir," "Ordinary Girl," "It Starts With a Dream," "Perfect Dream," "Living in a Dream World," "He's Got Another Think Coming," "Women at War - Medley," "Now is Not the Time," "Anything But Young," "We'll Never Close," "What a Waste of a Moon - Reprise," "Innocent Soldier," "If Mountains Were Easy To Climb," "We'll Never Close - Reprise." Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in December 2015.

Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin
(Legacy - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Performed by this 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. "But Not for Me", "Somebody Loves Me", "Someone to Watch Over Me", "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" (with Cyndi Lauper), "It Ain't Necessarily So", "I Got Rhythm", "Love is Here to Stay", "They All Laughed", "Embraceable You" (with Sheryl Crow), "They Can't Take That Away from Me", "Summertime."

DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:

First Daughter Suite Digital
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/iTunes)
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. "Opening," "Out Go The Chairs / Happiness," "Ruined," "Martha / Two Perfect Girls / Daddy's Mind," "Why Not? / Surrender," "Never Surrender," "Mother Likes To Dance," "Susan Ford," "Fabulous Dream Adventure," "Iran," "Daughters Of," "Everyone's Dead / Fabulous Dream Adventure (Reprise)," "Patti By The Pool," "Anita's Song," "Robin / Come On Inside," "Your Big Brother George," "You, My Love," "My Beautiful Mind," "Underneath The Waves," "Laura / No Tears," "Let Go / Finale." Digital booklet included. (CD to be released April 1.)

VINYL ALBUMS Now Available:

Fiddler on the Roof OBC
(Razor & Tie/Analog Spark - new vinyl album)
1964 show. Score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. Zero Mostel, Beatrice Arthur, Bert Convy, Tanya Everett, Michael Granger, Maria Karnilova, Joanna Merlin, Julia Migenes, Austin Pendleton, Jon Ponazecki. Cut from the original stereo tapes by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound 1964 stereo recording on 180-gram vinyl for the first time. Housed in a Stoughton old style tip-on jacket. 180-gram vinyl pressed and plated at RTI. Also available at

My Fair Lady OBC
(Razor & Tie - new vinyl album)
1956 show. Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner score. Julie Andrews, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Cathleen Nesbit. Cut from the original mono tapes by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound. Legendary 1956 mono recording on 180-gram vinyl for the first time. Produced by Goddard Lieberson and recorded by Fred Plaut at Columbia 30th Street Studio. Housed in a Stoughton old style tip-on jacket. 180-gram vinyl pressed and plated at RTI. Also available at

West Side Story OBC
(Razor & Tie/Analog Spark - new 2-LP vinyl album)
1957 show. Score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. Cut from the original 3-track tapes by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound. Larry Kert, Carol Lawrence, Ken Le Roy, Chita Rivera, David Winters, Michael Callan, Tony Mordente, Big Deal: Martin Charnin, Tommy Abbott, Jamie Sanchez, Marilyn Cooper, Reri Grist, Art Smith. Stoughton old style tip-on gatefold jacket with rare photos from the original recording sessions. 2LP 180-gram vinyl pressed and plated at RTI. Also available at

DVD/Blu-Rays Now Available:

The Sound of Music Live UK TV Region 2 DVD
(new on Region 2 DVD)
The UK's ITV live broadcast of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music. Directed by Coky Giedroyc. Aired on December 20, 2015. Kara Tointon, Julian Ovendon, Alexander Armstrong, Maria Friedman, Katherine Kelly. Available at Dress Circle
and Amazon UK.


Bing Crosby: Good & Rare Vol. 3
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
Includes previously unissued recordings, alternate takes, and rehearsal recordings. "Ol' Man River," from 1928, is the unissued alternate take of Bing's first Victor hit with Paul Whiteman; 1944 "Duke the Spook," "Song of the Seventh Airforce," and "Song of the Fifth Marines" are three previously unissued recordings Crosby made for the war effort; rehearsal recordings of Crosby's film songs include "It's Easy to Remember" (1934) and "Where Is Central Park?" (1938). "Ol' Man River," "Poor Little G String," "Song of the Dawn," "A Bench in the Park," "Everything's Agreed Upon," "After Sundown," "Let Me Call You Sweetheart," "Red Sails in the Sunset," "It's Easy To Remember," "The Moon Got in My Eyes," "All You Want To Do Is Dance," "I ve Got a Pocketful of Dreams," "Laugh And Call It Love," "Laugh And Call It Love (Alternate Take)," "Where Is Central Park?," "Beware! I m Beginning To Care," "East Side of Heaven," "Sing a Song of Sunbeams," "When the Moon Comes Over Madison Square," "Duke the Spook," "Song of the Seventh Airforce," "Song of the Fifth Marines," "Night And Day," "The Blue Room," "Cheek To Cheek," "Mountain Greenery."

(Kritzerland Records - new on CD)
1978 cast recording of Eubie Blake, Noble Sissle, Andy Razaf, F.E. Miller, Jim Europe, and Micki Grant score. Gregory Hines, Maurice Hines, Alaina Reed, Lynnie Godfrey, Terry Burrell. Musical arrangements by musical supervisor Danny Holgate. Mastered from the original master tapes from the Warner Bros/Rhino vaults. "Charleston Rag/Shuffle Along," "In Honeysuckle Time," "I'm Just Wild About Harry," "Daddy," "I'm a Great Big Baby," "My Handyman Ain't Handy No More," "Low Down Blues Gregory Hines," "Gee, I Wish I Had Someone to Rock Me in the Cradle of Love/," "Low Down Blues & Cradle of Love Duet," "Dixie Moon," "Weary/Roll Jordan," "Memories of You," "If You've Never Been Vamped by a Brownskin, You've Never Been Vamped at All," "You Got to Git the Gittin' While the Gittin's Good," "I'm Craving for That Kind of Love," "Goodnight Angeline," "Finale." Limited to 1000 copies only. Available at

Mario Lanza: Never Till Now
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
new compilation of songs in English: studio recordings, radio broadcasts, film outtakes, and a live performance, spanning the years 1950 to 1958. Also includes previously unreleased spoken introductions by Lanza and a reconstructed duet. "Because," "For You Alone," "Some Day ," "If," "All the Things You Are," "Long Ago" (and Far Away), "Without a Song," "My Romance," "Begin the Beguine," "The Night Is Young Introduced by Lanza," "If I Loved You Introduced by Lanza," "I'll Be Seeing You," "A Kiss," "You Do Something to Me," "I'll Walk With God," "Serenade" (from The Student Prince), "Beloved," "Only a Rose," "Yours Is My Heart Alone," "A Night to Remember," "Never Till Now," "Deep in My Heart, Dear Partial" (film outtake), "Because You're Mine" (live performance).

Warm & Wild / This Is Vic Dana
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
Vic Dana's debut album "This Is Vic Dana" from 1961 and the follow up, "Warm & Wild" from 1962. "Get Me to the Church On Time," "Lollipops and Roses," "I Believe in You," "Blame It On My Youth," "Close Your Eyes," "Her Face," "My Romance," "It's a Most Unusual Day," "Penny Candy," "Happy Ending," "Through a Long and Sleepless Night," "Hey, Look Me Over," "Red Grapes," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Nature Boy," "Someone New," "Glad to Be Unhappy," "Cry Me a River," "Moon River," "Young and Warm and Wonderful," "Mamacita," "Little Altar Boy," "A Cottage for Sale," "Hawaii," "(A Girl Needs) to Love and Be Loved," "Time Can Change," "A Voice in the Wind," "The Prisoner's Song."


Broadway Baby (Silver Shoes series)
(Random House Australia - Paperback Book)
By Samantha-Ellen Bound. "Jazz has always been Ellie's thing, but since taking singing lessons at Silver Shoes, she has big dreams of making it on Broadway. Her chance to leap into this world comes when auditions for a grand musical are announced." For 9-12 years old. 144 pages.

On Broadway: From Rent to Revolution
(Rizzoli - new Hardcover Book)
By Drew Hodges. Foreword by David Sedaris and Chip Kidd. Visual and oral history of the past twenty years of theater. Includes hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos, concept art, and posters, as well as personal anecdotes by and with some of Broadway's most beloved stars, including John Leguizamo, Berry Gordy, Alison Bechdel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Ruffalo, Patrick Stewart, Bernadette Peters, Joel Grey, Harvey Fierstein, Sting, Dolly Parton, Neil LaBute, Cherry Jones. Stories and art cover working with Jonathan Larson’s family and the producers on the campaign for Rent; Nicole Kidman on her decision to bare all during her photo shoot for The Blue Room; selling the hip-hop Hamilton; and collaborating with the legendary Kander and Ebb on their revival of Chicago, in addition to stories about shows such as Annie Get Your Gun, Young Frankenstein, Freak, Avenue Q, Shrek, Pippin, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, Gypsy, and Kinky Boots. 224 pages

(TCG - new Hardcover/Paperback book)
Play by Annie Baker (produced in 2015 at Signature Theatre, NY). 160 pages.

Singing and Dancing to The Book of Mormon: Critical Essays on the Broadway Musical
(Rowman & Littlefield - new Hardcover book)
Marc Edward Shaw and Holly Welker, editors. Collection that examines this cultural phenomenon from a variety of perspectives. Contributors to this volume address such questions as, What made the musical such a remarkable success? In what ways does the show utilize established musical theatre traditions and comic tropes, but still create something new? What religious and cultural buttons does the work push? What artistic and social boundaries—and the transgressions thereof—give the work its edge? Another focus in this volume is the official and unofficial Mormon reactions to the musical. 192 pages.


Added to April 28:

Sissle & Blake Sing Shuffle Along
(Harbinger Records - new on CD)
From recordings Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle made for Blake's EBM record label as well as a newly discovered set of rare acetates of demo recordings by Sissle and Blake for a proposed Shuffle Along of 1950 Broadway show; plus bonus historic recordings, a piano roll medley, and excerpts from EBM, which was formed in the 1970s. Shuffle Along composers Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle and some original cast members (Flournoy Miller and Aubrey Lyles, and Gertrude Saunders, and Ivan Harold Browning who appeared in the original company as part of The Harmony Kings) present the show as heard on Broadway in 1921 (songs listed in performance order as listed on opening night), though many of the cuts were recorded by the composers in 1950, making the sound exemplary. "Shuffle Along Medley," "Election Day" *, "Election Day in Jimtown," "I'm Just Simply Full of Jazz," "Love Will Find a Way," "Bandana Days" *, "Mirandy/In Honeysuckle Time" *, "Gypsy Blues" *, "Shuffle Along Medley (Entr'acte) (Love Will Find a Way, Baltimore Buzz, Bandana Ways, I'm Just Wild About Harry, Gypsy Blues, Love Will Find a Way)," "Shuffle Along" *, "I'm Just Wild About Harry," "Jimtown Fisticuffs," "If You've Never Been Vamped by a Brownskin" *, "Oriental Blues," "I'm Craving for That Kind of Love" *, "Low Down Blues," "Ain't You Comin' Back to Maryland, Mary Ann?" *, "Baltimore Buzz," "Pickaninny Shoes," "Daddy Won't You Please Come Home," "Fourth of July in Jimtown." * Recorded for the Shuffle Along of 1950 demonstration recording. [Harbinger plans to release all of the EBM recordings as well as the complete demo of Shuffle Along of 1950.]

Sylvia McNair: Subject to Change!
(Harbinger Records - new on CD)
Grammy Award-winning opera, symphony, and jazz singer new album, a mix of old and new standards. Accompanied by Ted Taylor, Jeremy Allen, and Steve Houghton. "Everybody Says Don't," "The More I See You," "Sylvia's Dilemma," "Orange Colored Sky," "This Time the Dream's on Me," "Love Is in the Air/Loving You," "The Boy From," "I Cannot Hear the City," "Orange Blossom Special," "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," "Summertime," "One Hundred Easy Ways to Lose a Man," "It's Good to Have You Near Again," "West Side Story Medley," "With a Song in My Heart."