Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 9/1/15

Earlier recaps:

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 week.

CDs Now Available:

Bucky Pizzarelli: Renaissance: A Journey From Classical to Jazz
(Arbors - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Legendary jazz guitarist performs a classical concerto and several American Songbook tunes. "TEDESCO: Concerto No1 in D, Op99," "Send In The Clowns," "Have You Met Miss Jones," "Laura," "The Bad and The Beautiful," "Street of Dreams/Two Funky People Medley," "Stardust," "Satin Doll," "I'm Through With Love/I'll Never Be The Same Medley," "Robbins Nest," "It's Easy To Remember/This Nearly Was Mine," "Goodbye."

Love Birds Original Edinburgh Cast
(SimG Records - new on CD)
Score by Robert J. Sherman. New musical currently playing at Edinburgh Fringe. Ruth Betteridge, Greg Castiglioni, John Guerrasio, George Knapper, Jonny Purchase, Joanna Sawyer, Anna Stolli, Rafe Watts, Ryan Willis. "Prologue," "Mary Poppins," "Tinpanorama," "Sadie Macaw (Part 1)," "The Bird With The Broken Heart (Nobody Knows)," "Valentine," "Sadie Macaw (Part 2)," "Old Fashioned Guy," "The Flipper Flap," "Old Fashioned Guy (Reprise)," "The Sharpest SmilE," "Paint A Rainbow," "Crunchy Crackers," "On Cloudy Days," "Love Birds," "Today Is Yesterday's Tomorrow," "Love Birds (Finale)." At Dress Circle.

Pageant new Off-Broadway cast
(Jay Records - new on CD)
Albert Evans/Bill Russell/Frank Kelly score. Nick Cearley, Nic Cory, Alex Ringler, Marty Thomas, Seth Tucker, Curtis Wiley and John Bolton."Overture / Natural Born Females," "Hair Aware," "Texas Tap," "A Salute To Dixie," "A Classical Fantasia," "Banking On Jesus," "Snappin' Fresh," "Girl Power," "Something Extra (Reprise)," "Goodbye," "Miss Glamouresse," "She's the One," "Exit Music," "It's Gotta Be Venus." Released on iTunes 6/2/15.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
(JAY Records - new on CD)
Studio album inspired by Regent's Park open air theatre production in 2015. Gene De Paul and Johnny Mercer score, with new songs by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn. Laura Pitt-Pulford, Alex Gaumond, Sam O'Rourke. National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates. "Overture," "Bless Your Beautiful Hide," "Wonderful, Wonderful Day," "One Man," "Goin' Courtin'," "Challenge Dance," "Love Never Goes Away," "Sobbin' Women," "We Gotta Make It Through the Winter," "A Woman Ought To Know Her Place," "Lonesome Polecat," "Spring, Spring, Spring," "Glad That You Were Born," "Wedding Dance," "Finale," "Bless Your Beautiful Hide" (Bonus Track). Released digitally earlier at iTunes.

Victor Herbert: The Only Girl
(Albany Records - new on CD)
Victor Herbert's three-act 1914 score, with Henry Blossom's lyrics. Light Opera of New York cast: Kyle Erdos-Knapp, Antoni Mendezona, Natalie Ballenger, Sarah Best, Sarah Mossman, Ian McEuen, Adam Cunnedy, Cameron Smith. "The clash between a young female composer and an egotistical Broadway librettist." Based on a play by Frank Mandel. New performance edition by Michael Phillips. Gerald Steichen, conductor. All music is presented, with a truncated version of Phillips' book.

Woman of the Year OBC
(Masterworks/ArkivMusic - new on CD-R/mp3 on 9/11/15)
Original 1981 Broadway cast recording. Score by John Kander and Fred Ebb (book by Peter Stone). Lauren Bacall, Harry Guardino, Marilyn Cooper, Eivind Harum, Grace Keagy, Roderick Cook, Rex Everhart, Daren Kelly. Pre-ordering at At Masterworks on August 14, ArkivMusic and digital outlets September 11.


It Shoulda Been You OBC
(Ghostlight Records - new on mp3/at itunes)
Barbara Anselmi and Brian Hargrove score. Tyne Daly, Harriet Harris, Lisa Howard, Sierra Boggess, with David Burtka, Montego Glover, Chip Zien, Josh Grisetti, Adam Heller, Michael X. Martin, Anne L. Nathan, Nick Spangler, Farah Alvin, Gina Ferrall, Aaron C. Finley, Mitch Greenberg, Jillian Louis, and Edward Hibbert. "I Never Wanted This," "This Day (Opening)," "Who," "It Shoulda Been You," "Back In The Day," "Perfect," "Nice," "Albert's Turn," "Where Did I Go Wrong," "Beautiful," "A Perfect Ending," "Love You Till The Day," "Jenny's Blues," "Whatever," "A Little Bit Less Than," "What They Never Tell You," "Perfect/Whatever Reprise," "That's Family," "Finale." CD to be released 10/13/15.

DVD/Blu-Rays Now Available:

(HBO Studios - new on Blu-ray/DVD)
2015 HBO film based on the life of Bessie Smith. Starring Queen Latifah.

Peter Pan (1955 and 1956) Collector's Edition
(VAI - new Blu-ray/DVD)
Mary Martin as Peter Pan in the live 1956 telecast, with Cyril Ritchard, Kathy Nolan, Sondra Lee, and Heller Halliday. From the original kinescopes. Produced for television by Jerome Robbins. Bonus feature: the 1955 telecast. Black and white, 235 minutes total. Also available directly from VAI. Also available, the 1956 on DVD alone.

BOOKs Now Available:

The 101 Greatest Plays: From Antiquity to the Present
(Guardian Faber Publishing - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Michael Billington (The Guardian) offers his highly personal selection of the 100 greatest plays ranging from the Greeks to the present-day, justifying them in extended essays, and occasional dialogues, that put the plays in context, explain their significance and trace their performance history. 464 pages.

How to Write About Theatre: A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Hardcover/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Mark Fisher (Scottish theatre critic for The Guardia, contributor to Variety). Foreword by Chris Jones (Chicago Tribune). Lessons from history's leading critics and examples from around the world; practical advice about how to celebrate, analyse and discuss the art form. 296 pages.


Ann Veronica London cast
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
Cyril Ornadel/David Croft score. Original 1969 London cast album, first time on CD. Digitally remastered. Mary Millar, Hy Hazell, Arthur Lowe, Peter Reeves, Charles West, Ian Lavender and John Inman. "Overture / a Whole Person," "I Don't See What Else I Could Have Said," "Maternity," "Opportunity," "Sweep Me Off My Feet," "Ann Veronica," "One Man's Love," "Chemical Attraction," "I Couldn't Do a Thing Like That," "Why Can't I Go to Him," "They Can't Keep Us Down," "Stand In Line / Home Sweet Home / Glad to Have You Back," "If I Should Lose You," "You're a Good Man," "Too Much Meat," "Ann Veronica (Reprise)." Extensive booklet with rare production photographs and detailed sleeve notes. Also available directly from the U.K. at Stage Door Records in the U.K. (should appear on Amazon soon).

David Benoit Trio (w/ Jane Monheit & the All American Boys Chorus): Believe
(Concord Records - new on CD)
"Santa Claus is Coming to Town," "Believe," "Christmas Waltz," "Christmas Time is Here," "Guaraldi Medley," "My Favorite Things," "Just Like Me," "My Little Drum," "Christmas Song."

John Pizzarelli: Midnight McCartney
(Concord Records - new on CD)
"Silly Love Songs," "My Love," "Heart of the Country," "Coming Up," "No More Lonely Nights," "Warm and Beautiful," "Hi, Hi, Hi," "Junk," "My Valentine," "Let 'Em In," "Some People Never Know," "Maybe I m Amazed," "Wonderful Christmastime." Jessica Molaskey co-producer and providing background vocals. Bucky Pizzarelli providing rhythm guitar on several tracks and a solo on "Junk." Martin Pizzarelli on bass throughout. Madeline Pizzarelli transcribed "Warm and Beautiful" for her father to sing in a different key.

Lady, Be Good Encores! cast
(Ghostlight - new on CD)
George and Ira Gershwin score. Charissa Bertels, Colin Donnell, Danny Gardner, Joe Grandy, Tiffany Haas, Jeff Hiller, Drew Humphrey, Erin Mackey, Jason Mills, Patti Murin, Nicolas Dávila, Douglas Sills, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Tommy Tune and Kirsten Wyatt. "Overture," "Hang On To Me," "A Wonderful Party," "End of a String," "We're Here Because," "Fascinating Rhythm," "So Am I," "Oh, Lady, Be Good!," "Piano Specialty," "Finale (Act One)," "Entr'acte," "Linger in the Lobby," "The Half of it, Dearie, Blues," "Juanita," "I'd Rather Charleston," "So Am I (Reprise)," "Oh, Lady, Be Good! (Reprise)," "Little Jazz Bird," "Carnival Time," "Swiss Miss," "Finale." Also pre-ordering at [Artwork may not be final.]

The Light Princess OLC
(Universal - new on 2 CDs)Score by Tori Amos and Samuel Adamson. London cast plus exclusive bonus tracks sung by Tori Amos. Cast includes Rosalie Craig, Nick Hendrix, Amy Booth-Steel, Kane Oliver Parry, Hal Fowler and Clive Rowe. Disc 1: "Prologue: Once Upon a Time," "My Own Land," "My Fairy-Story," "Queen Material," "Sealand Supremacy," "Zephyrus Call & Levity," "Althea," "Scandal," "The Gauntlet," "Better Than Good," "The Solution," "Highness in the Sky," "Proverbs & Let the Bells Ring & God, the Horror," "No H2O," "Zephyrus Call Reprise & Althea Reprise," "Darkest Hour," "After Darkest Hour"; Disc 2: "Amphibiava," "Tinkle, Drizzle, Bubble and Gush," "Nothing More Than This, Part One," "Part Two: Queen of the Lake," "Drought," "The Whistleblower," "My Little Girl s Smile," "Bitter Fate," "The Wedding," "Crash in the Universe," "Tears," "Gravity and Epilogue: Once Upon a Time," "Coronation," "Gravity," "Highness in the Sky" (Tori Amos), "Darkest Hour" (Tori Amos). Produced by Amos. Martin Lowe conducting with orchestrations by John Philip Shenale, and vocal arrangements and additional orchestrations by Amos and Lowe. Musical played London's Lyttelton Theatre in 2013.

At Long Last Love
(Varese Sarabande - on CD)
Soundtrack from 1975 Peter Bogdanovich musical film. Music by Cole Porter. Burt Reynolds, Cybill Shepherd.

Micky Dolenz: A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock & Roll
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Live at 54 Below series. Also available at at a special price.

My Fair Lady 50th Anniversary Blu-ray/DVD
(Paramount - 3-disc blu-ray set)
Remastered 1964 film based on the Lerner & Loewe musical. Per Playbill, extras to include video from the British and Los Angeles premieres, Rex Harrison's BFI Honor and Golden Globe acceptance speech, alternate Audrey Hepburn vocals.

Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap: The Silver Lining - The Songs of Jerome Kern
(Columbia - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
"All The Things You Are," "Pick Yourself Up," "The Last Time I Saw Paris," "I Won't Dance," "Long Ago and Far Away," "Dearly Beloved," "The Song Is You," "The Didn't Believe Me," "I'm Old Fashioned," "The Way You Look Tonight," "Yesterdays," "Make Believe," "Nobody Else But Me," "Look For The Silver Lining." Renee Rosnes (on the piano duet pieces), Peter Washington (bass) and Kenny Washington (drums).


Moved to 10/16/15:

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 pre-ordering at