Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 2/25/20 (updated 2/28/20)

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Earlier recaps:

2020: February 18, 11, 4 | January 28, 21, 14, 7

2019: December 24, 17, 10, 3 | November 26, 19, 5 | October 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | September 24, 17, 10, 3, August 27, 20, 13, 6 | July 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | June 25, 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

2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

CDs Now Available:

Annie OLC
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
CD debut of the 1978 original London cast recording of this score by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin. Digitally remastered from the studio master tapes. Ann-Marie Gwatkin (who alternated on stage with Andrea McArdle), Sheila Hancock, Stratford Johns, Kenneth Nelson, Judith Paris, Matt Zimmerman. "Maybe," "The Hard-Knock Life," "Tomorrow," "We'd Like to Thank You Herbert Hoover," "Little Girls," "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here," "N.Y.C- Stratford Johns, Judith Paris, Ann-Marie Gwatkin, Chorus," "Easy Street," "You Won't Be An Orphan for Long," "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile," "Tomorrow (Reprise)," "Something Was Missing," "I Don't Need Anything But You," "Annie," "A New Deal for Christmas." Part of Stage Door's Cast Album Masters Series. Also at

James Taylor: American Standard
(Fantasy - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
James Taylor album of songs he recalls listening to in his youth. With Jimmy Johnson, Steve Gadd, Luis Conte, Larry Goldings, Lou Marini, Walt Fowler, and Kate Markowitz, Caroline Taylor, Andrea Zonn, Dorian Holley and Arnold McCuller. "My Blue Heaven," "Moon River," "Teach Me Tonight," "As Easy As Rolling Off A Log," "Almost Like Being In Love," "Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat," "The Nearness Of You," "You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught," "God Bless The Child," "Pennies From Heaven," "My Heart Stood Still," "Ol' Man River," "It's Only A Paper Moon," "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top." Produced by Dave O’Donnell, John Pizzarelli and James Taylor.

Platinum Girls - The Musical
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Original concept album for musical written by Andrew Beall, Russell Moss and Brad Zumwalt. Beth Leavel, Debbie Gravitte, and Brenda Braxton. "Overture," "If I Only Knew," "I've Been Here Before," "The Big Break," "Baby," "High Heel Tango," "Grapefruit Twist," "We've Been Here Before," "Finale." Also at

DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:

"Drive It Like You Stole It"
(Masterworks Broadway - digital single)
Single from upcoming Sing Street cast recording.

Emojiland The Musical digital
(Broadway Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Off-Broadway show score written by Keith Harrison and Laura Schein. Original cast includes Lesli Margherita, Josh Lamon, Lucas Steele, Ann Harada, George Abud, Laura Schein, Felicia Boswell, Natalie Weiss, Max Crumm, Jacob Dickey, Dwelvan David, Heather Makalani, Tanisha Moore, Jordan Fife Hunt. "Overture," "It's Just So Great to Be Alive," "Sad on the Inside," "Princess Is a Bitch," "The Progress Bar," "Zeros & Ones," "Cross My Bones," "New Crown in Town," "Work Together," "Stand for," "Thank Me Now," "Entr'acte," "Firewall Ball," "Pile of Poo," "Virus," "A Thousand More Words," "Anyway," "Start Again," "It's Just So Great to Be Alive (Reprise)." CD format to be released 3/13/20.

BLU-RAY/DVDs Now Available:

Frozen II
(Disney - Blu-ray/DVD/4K)
Voices include Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Rachel Matthews, Sterling K. Brown. Songs by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Musical score by Christophe Beck. Directed by Chris Buck Jennifer Lee. 120 minutes.

Books Now Available:

A Very Expensive Poison
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Lucy Prebble, based on the book by Luke Harding. Premiered in 2019 at The Old Vic. 128 pages.

Norma Jeane Baker of Troy
(New Directions - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Anne Carson that reconsiders the stories of two iconic women—Marilyn Monroe and Helen of Troy—from their point of view. Premiered at The Shed in 2019. 64 pages.


Bernstein: Songfest
(Naxos - new on CD)
An American in Paris and An Outdoor Overture. Wolf Trap Opera. National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic. James Judd, conductor.

Godspell blu-ray
(Sony - new Blu-ray)
1973 film adaptation of Stephen Schwartz/John-Michael Tebelak musical. Victor Garber, Katie Hanley, David Haskell, Merrell Jackson, Joanne Jonas, Robin Lamont, Gilmer McCormick, Jeffrey Mylett, Jerry Sroka, Lynne Thigpen. New 4K remaster. Audio commentary by film historian Lee Gambin; Stephen Schwartz audio interview; Robin Lamont audio interview; Katie Hanley audio interview; Jerry Sroka audio interview; producer Edgar Lansbury audio interview; historian and Stephen Schwartz biographer Carol de Giere contribution.


Moved to March 6:

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
(Metropolitan Opera - new on 3 CDs)
George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward. 2019 Metropolitan Opera cast. Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles, with Latonia Moore, Golda Schultz, Alfred Walker, Frederick Ballentine, and Denyce Graves.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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