Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 2/26/19 (updated 3/1/19)

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Earlier recaps:

2019: February 19, 12, 5 | January 29, 22, 15, 8

2018: December 18, 11, 4 | November 27, 20, 13, 6 | October 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | September 25, 18, 11, 4 | August 28, 21, 14, 7 | July 31, 24, 17, 10, 3 | June 26, 19, 12, 5 | May 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | April 24, 17, 10, 3, March 27, 20, 13, 6 | February 27, 20, 13, 6 | January 30, 23, 16, 9, 2

2017 | 2016 | 2015

CDs Now Available:

Lullabies of Broadway
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
CD version of Mimi Bessette's 1990 recording. "Lullaby of Broadway / Never Never Land," "Jenny Rebecca," "Blueberry Eyes," "Castle on a Cloud," "My Broth of a Boy," "Edelweiss," "New Words," "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep / Lullaby of Broadway (Reprise)."

Lullabies of Broadway, Act II
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Mimi Bessette (Bonnie & Clyde) presents a second edition of Broadway songs arranged as soothing lullabies. "The Rainbow Connection," "Clusters of Crocus / Come to My Garden," "Morning Glow," "I Can't Wait," "Everything Changes," "Hushabye Mountain," "Beauty and the Beast," "Come Down from the Tree," "The Colors of My Life," "Sylvia's Lullaby," "Moonshine Lullaby," "No One Is Alone," "Till There Was You," "Finding Wonderland," "More I Cannot Wish You," "Come to My Garden (Reprise)." Released on mp3 and at iTunes 12/14/18.

On The Town / Broadway Melody
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
CD debut of two British studio cast recordings of the iconic Hollywood movie musicals, On The Town (1959) and the Broadway Melody series. This studio recreation of On the Town represented the first time the iconic film's songs had been preserved on record. Conducted by Geoff Love, the recording features Dennis Lotis, Lionel Blair and Shane Rimmer. Plus the studio cast recording of songs from the various Broadway Melody films, conducted and arranged by Tony Osborne, with Bruce Forsyth, David Hughes, Millicent Martin and Gerry Dorsey (Engelbert Humperdinck) re-creating the classic songs of Arthur Freed, Nacio Herb Brown and Cole Porter. Recorded in stereophonic sound. 28 tracks total.

Rent soundtrack of the Fox Live television event
(Masterworks Broadway - new on 2 CDs)
Soundtrack from the January 27, 2019, television program. Cast includes Vanessa Hudgens, Brandon Victor Dixon, Mario, Tinashe, Kiersey Clemons, Jordan Fisher, Brennin Hunt, Valentina, and Keala Settle. "Tune Up #1," "Voice Mail #1," "Tune Up #2," "Rent," "You Okay Honey?," "Tune Up #3," "One Song Glory," "Light My Candle," "Today 4 U," "You'll See," "Voice Mail #2," "Tango: Maureen," "Life Support," "Out Tonight," "Another Day," "Will I?," "On the Street," "Santa Fe," "I'll Cover You," "We're Okay," "Christmas Bells," "Over the Moon," "La Vie Bohème," "I Should Tell You," "La Vie Bohème B," "Seasons of Love," "Happy New Year A," "Voice Mail #3," "Happy New Year B," "Take Me Or Leave Me," "Without You," "Voice Mail #4," "Contact," "I'll Cover You (Reprise)," "Halloween," "Goodbye Love," "What You Own," "Voice Mail #5," "Finale," "Your Eyes," "Finale B," "Curtain Call," "Seasons of Love (Finale)," "Seasons of Love (Radio Edit)." Released February 1 on mp3and at iTunes


Heathers West End cast digital
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy score. Carrie Hope Fletcher, Jodie Steele, Sophie Isaacs, T'Shan Williams, Jamie Muscato, Dominic Andersen, Christopher Chung, Rebecca Lock, Nathan Amzi, Jon Boydon, Jenny O'Leary. "Beautiful," "Candy Store," "Fight for Me," "Freeze Your Brain," "Big Fun," "Dead Girl Walking," "The Me Inside of Me," "You’re Welcome," "Never Shut Up Again," "Our Love Is God," "My Dead Gay Son," "Seventeen," "Shine a Light," "Lifeboat," "Shine a Light (Reprise)," "I Say No," "Kindergarten Boyfriend," "Yo Girl," "Meant to Be Yours," "Dead Girl Walking (Reprise)," "I Am Damaged," "Seventeen (Reprise)." Customers who pre-order will immediately receive the first track, "I Say No."

Hit Her with the Skates: A New Musical About Life, Love, and the Roller Rink
(E 29 Music - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Score by Christine Rea and Rick Briskin. Studio cast includes Diana DeGarmo, Ace Young, Roy Bennett, Rick Briskin, Madeline Fansler, Christine Rea, Amy Toporek, and Sky Seals. Produced by Rick Briskin. "Skating Nation," "A Simpler Time," "Could It Be," "Believe," "Shazizzle," "Crushin' on You," "Russ's Challenge," "Someday," "Forward Motion," "You're the One." Played at Hamilton Stage in New Jersey in 2017. Released 1/11/19. Free download at

Mary Knapp: Disco Eclipse
(795491 Records DK2 - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Solo album from Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 performer/accordionist Mary Knapp. "Disco Eclipse," "Civilians," "Northern Boulevard," "You My Love," "Rolling on the Floor," "Fault Line," "Bloody Murder," "Toot Suite," "Rainy Day," "Funky Dub Interlude (Dub)," "Playground Politics," "Sway," "Bzzzness" (duet with Grace McLean, and an ode to "War and Peace"), "Tread Softly Epilogue." Released 2/1/19.

BOOKs Now Available:

A Doll's House, Part 2
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Lucas Hnath. 2017 Broadway play. 96 pages.

Pretty Woman: The Musical: Piano/Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
16 selections in standard piano/vocal format with the melody in the piano part from this Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance score for the 2018 Broadway musical. Includes: "Anywhere but Here," "Don't Forget to Dance," "Freedom," "I Can't Go Back," "Long Way Home," "Luckiest Girl in the World," "Never Give up on a Dream," "On a Night like Tonight," "Rodeo Drive," "Something About Her," "This Is My Life," "Together Forever," "Welcome to Hollywood," "Welcome to Our World (More Champagne)," "You and I," "You're Beautiful." 136 pages.


Ben Bagley's Kurt Weill Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Remastered. Music by Kurt Weill, lyrics by Maxwell Anderson, Fernay, Ira Gershwin, Yvette Guilbert, Langston Hughes, Alan Jay Lerner, and Ogden Nash. Paula Laurence, Ann Miller, John Reardon, Chita Rivera, Arthur Siege, and Jo Sullivan. arrangements and orchestrations by Dennis Deal. Added bonus material: Lotte Lenya’s 1930 recording of "Alabama Song," performed with The Three Admirals and conducted by Theo Mackeben and his Jazz Orchestra; 1930 recording of selections from The Threepenny Opera in German with Lenya, Kurt Gerron, Willy Trenk-Trebitsch, Erich Ponto, Erika Helmke, with the Theo Mackeben and Lewis Ruth Band. This all brings up the running time to close to seventy-five minutes. Limited to 500 copies only. Expected to ship by last week in March. At

Mary Poppins Returns
(Walt Disney Pictures - new 4K Blu-ray with DVD and digital HD)
2018 musical film. Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, Dick Van Dyke. Songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Blu-ray extra features: sing-along mode option, "The Practically Perfect Making of Mary Poppins Returns," "Seeing Things from a Different Point of View: The Musical Numbers of Mary Poppins Returns," "Back to Cherry Tree Lane: Dick Van Dyke Returns," "Practically Perfect Bloopers," delete scenes "Leaving Topsy's" and "Trip a Little Light Fantastic," deleted song "The Anthropomorphic Zoo." Exclusive included with digital code – audio commentary.[Amazon link should start working again soon.]

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical OLC digital
(Stage Entertainment/Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Features Adrienne Warren, who will also play Tina Turner in the upcoming Broadway production. "Etherland," "Nutbush City Limits," "Don't Turn Around," "Shake a Tailfeather," "The Hunter," "Matchbox," "It's Gonna Work Out Fine," "A Fool in Love," "Let's Stay Together," "Better Be Good to Me," "Higher," "River Deep - Mountain High," "Be Tender with Me Baby," "Proud Mary," "I Don't Wanna Fight," "Private Dancer," "Disco Inferno," "Open Arms," "I Can't Stand the Rain," "Tonight," "What's Love Got to Do with It," "We Don't Need Another Hero," "(Simply) The Best," "Finale, Nutbush City Limits / Proud Mary." Customers who pre-order the digital album will immediately receive a free download of the single track "River Deep - Mountain High." Recorded in February 2019 at Angel Studios and produced by Nicholas Skilbeck and Kurt Deutsch, and co-produced by Tom Kelly. CD is planned for release later this spring.


Broadway Investing: How to Make Theater and Yes, Even Make Money
(new Kindle book)
By Ken Davenport. The myths of Broadway investing.; How to get started investing in Broadway for less than you think.; Who to talk to and where to find Broadway investment opportunities.; How to mitigate your risk and increase your chance for profitability.; All the perks you should get when you invest and how to get even more. 139 pages.

The Stage Producer's Business and Legal Guide (second edition)
(Allworth - Paperback Book)
Updated and expanded version of Charles Grippo's 2002 book. Crowdfunding Your Production, New Opportunities to Raise Money, Self-Production, Licensing and Producing Plays, Devised Theater and Collaborations, Creating Jukebox Musicals, Organizing a Theater Company, Theatrical Insurance, Maintaining a Harassment-Free Environment, Negotiating Contracts, Essential Rules Every Board Member Must Know, Managing a Not-for-Profit Theater Company, Navigating Taxes, Using Third-Party Intellectual Property, and much more. 288 pages.


These UK CD releases are now on U.S. Amazon, though links aren't active yet:

Company 2018 London cast
(Warner Music Group - new on CD at Amazon UK)
Recording of Stephen Sondheim score. Cast includes Rosalie Craig, Patti LuPone, Jonathan Bailey, Alex Gaumond, Daisy Maywood, Mel Giedroyc, George Blagden, Ashley Campbell, Richard Fleeshman, Richard Henders, Ben Lewis, Jennifer Saayeng, Matthew Seadon-Young, Gavin Spokes, Michael Colbourne, Francesca Ellis, Ewan Gillies, Grant Neal and Jaimie Pruden. "Overture," "Company," "The Little Things You Do Together," "Sorry-Grateful," "You Could Drive a Person Crazy," "Have I Got a Guy for You," "Someone Is Waiting," "Another Hundred People," "Getting Married Today," "Marry Me a Little," "Entr'Acte," "Side by Side by Side," "Poor Baby," "Tick Tock," "Barcelona," "Music Interlude," "The Ladies Who Lunch," "Being Alive," "Curtain Call," "Exit Music." Recorded 11/25-26/2018. "Making of" documentary of the recording session also expected. Digital version was released previously on mp3 and at iTunes. Amazon U.S. listing has been added, though not active yet.

Follies new London cast
(Arts Music/Warner Classics/National Theatre - new on CD at Amazon UK)
2017 National Theatre cast album. Stephen Sondheim score. Cast includes Imelda Staunton, Philip Quast, Janie Dee, Peter Forbes, and Tracie Bennett. "Prologue," "Beautiful Girls," "Don't Look at Me," "Waiting for the Girls Upstairs," "Rain on the Roof / Ah, Paris! / Broadway Baby (Medley)," "The Road You Didn't Take," "In Buddy's Eyes," "Who's That Woman?," "I'm Still Here," "Too Many Mornings," "The Right Girl," "One More Kiss," "Could I Leave You," "Loveland," "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow / Love Will See Us Through (Medley)," "Buddy's Blues," "Losing My Mind," "The Story of Lucy and Jessie," "Live, Laugh, Love," "End of Show." Recorded in January 2018. U.S. release status unknown. Released on mp3 and at iTunes 1/18/19. Amazon U.S. listing has been added, though not active yet.