Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 10/6/20 (updated 10/9/20)

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Please note that scheduling changes due to the coronavirus pandemic are being made as soon as we are aware of them. But there may be further changes in release dates in the future, as things play out.

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Earlier recaps:

2020: September 29, 22, 15, 8, 1, August 25, 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 25, 18, 11, 4 | January 28, 21, 14, 7

2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

CDs now available:

Genevieve: Songs From "Can-Can" and More
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
French singer who toured with Can-Can, Silk Stockings, Irma la Douce, and The Genevieve Show. Songs on CD for first time. "I Love Paris," "Hi Lili Hi Lo," "Pigalle," "Allez-Vous En," "Java," "Hearts of Paris," "C'est Magnifique," "Autumn Leaves," "Mademoiselle de Paris," "Let It Be Me," "I Like You Like That," "Domino," "Never Give Anything Away," "Live and Let Live," "Can-Can," "Coin de Rue," "Mon P'tit Voyou," "Un Coup de Printemps," "Un Jour Tu Verras," "On M'a Vole Tout Ca," "La Nuit Va Commencer," "L'ame Des Poetes," "Rien Ne Pourra Changer," "Complainte de La Butte," "Le Trottoir aux Chansons," "Chanson Pour L'auvergnat," "I'm Never Gonna Kiss You with Johnny Tillotson," "Cherie, Cherie." Also at

Like Blue & Like Young
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
Andre Previn & David Rose and his Orchestra. Twofer album remastered in stereo sound with the addition of David Rose's "One Love" and "Holiday in Strings" as bonus tracks, also in stereo. Also at

On The Level OLC
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
Part of Stage Door Records' Cast Album Masters Series. CD debut of 1966 OLC recording of Ron Grainer and Ronald Millar '60s-contemporary score. The show ran at London's Saville Theatre for 118 performances. Cast includes Angela Richards, Barrie Ingham, Gary Bond, Phyllida Law and Sheila White. Licensed courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited and is strictly limited to 500 units only. Also at

Seth MacFarlane: Great Songs from Stage and Screen
(Republic - new on CD)
"Once Upon A Dream," "I Loved You Once In Silence," "Let's Not Be Sensible," "Ten Minutes Ago," "Ain't Got A Dime To My Name (Ho Ho Ho Ho Hum)," "Love Is Only Love," "What Did I Have That I Don't Have?," "Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are," "Two For The Road," "All Er Nothin'," "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To," "Mind If I Make Love To You," "Time For Parting." Recorded at the Abbey Road studios. Chuck Berghofer (bass), Peter Erskine (drums), Larry Koonse (guitar), Dan Higgins (alto sax), and Tom Ranier (piano); John Wilson Orchestra. Digital version released 8/28/20.

DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:

1969: The Second Man
(DK Records - new album on mp3/at iTunes)
Concept album of score by Jacob Brandt (the musical played Next Door at NYTW in 2018). "Prologue," "Million Headed Witness," "Take Off," "Zero Gravity," "Moon Facts And Fictions," "Stuff Up Here," "When You Were Gone," "The Call," "Used Cadillacs," "Gonna Be First/Landing," "Communion," "It Should've Been Me," "Epilogue (Walking)." Brandt on vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, ukulele, synth; Paris Ellsworth on violin; Robin Buyer on bass; Seth Eliser on drums; Jonah Scott on lead electric guitar on "Zero Gravity" & "The Call;" and Mateus Falci on synth on "Moon Facts and Fictions." Produced by Jacob Brandt and Robin Buyer. Engineered and recorded by Robin Buyer at Virtue and Vice Studios and Pulse Music. Mixed by Robin Buyer and mastered by Ryan Schwabe, with additional engineering by Mateus Falci.

Pal Joey digital
(Capitol Records - on mp3/at iTunes)
1952 recording of score by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. (Partial Broadway) cast includes Dick Beavers, Jane Froman, Helen Gallagher, and Elaine Stritch. "Overture," "You Mustn't Kick It Around," "I Could Write A Book," "Chicago," "That Terrific Rainbow," "What Is A Man," "Happy Hunting Horn," "Bewitched," "Pal Joey," "The Flower Garden Of My Heart," "Zip," "Plant You Now, Dig You Later," "In Our Little Den," "Do It The Hard Way," "Take Him," "Bewitched (Reprise)," "Finale." Released 9/18/20.

VINYL LPs Now Available:

A Charlie Brown Christmas
(Craft - vinyl LP)
Limited Edition LP with "dancing" lenticular cover. Soundtrack of animated show which premiered in 1965. Performed by Vince Guaraldi Trio. In celebration of the "Peanuts" 70th anniversary. "O Tannenbaum," "What Child Is This," "My Little Drum," "Linus and Lucy," "Christmas Time Is Here," "Christmas Time Is Here," "Skating," "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing," "Christmas Is Coming," "Für Elise," "The Christmas Song," "Greensleeves."

BLU-RAY/DVDs Now Available:

The Black Emperor of Broadway (The Play That Changed History)
(Vision Films - new on DVD)
2019 film about Charles Gilpin, Eugene O'Neill, and The Emperor Jones. Shaun Parkes, John Carter Hensley, Nick Moran, Liza Weil, Lonnie Farmer. Directed by Arthur Egeli. Written by Ian Bowater, Adrienne Earle Pender.

(Flicker Alley/Blackhawk Films - new on Blu-ray)
1927 black and white silent film based on the 1926 play by Maurine Dallas Watkins. Written by Lenore J. Coffee. Produced by Cecil B. DeMille, directed by Frank Urson (uncredited, Cecil B. DeMille). Phyllis Haver (Roxie Hart), Julia Faye (Velma Kelly), Victor Varconi (Amos Hart), May Robson (Matron Mama Morton), Robert Edeson (Billy Flynn). This MOD disc features an HD transfer of the film Chicago and an HD transfer of the bonus feature that previously accompanied the DVD titled The Golden Twenties. Restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive in 2006.

The King and I
(Mill Creek - new Blu-ray)
1999 animated feature film based on the musical with score by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Vocal cast includes Miranda Richardson, Martin Vidnovic, Ian Richardson, Darrell Hammond. I don't know why either.

Books Now Available:

Ann Miller: Her Life and Career
(McFarland Publishing - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Peter Shelley. Presents Ann Miller's career in the context of her fascinating life, beginning with child acting and including three Hollywood studio contracts, two retirements for marriage, and appearances in film, stage, variety shows, sitcoms, her comeback in the stage musical Sugar Babies, and appointment as an international spokesperson for MGM in the ailing years of the studio. 185 pages.

Gene Kelly: The Making of a Creative Legend
(Univ Press of Kansas - Hardcover Book)
Biography by Earl Hess and Pratibha A. Dabholkar. Offers a full picture of Gene Kelly as the Renaissance man he actually was—dancer, choreographer, actor, clown, singer, director, teacher, and mentor. Photographs. 552 pages.

London Theatres (new edition)
(Frances Lincoln - Hardcover Book)
Fully revised and updated version of 2017 book by drama critic Michael Coveney, with photographs by Peter Dazeley. Stories of the architecture, the people, and the productions which have defined each theatre, with photographs of the public areas, auditorium and backstage, Updated to include ten additional theatres, including the Victoria Palace Theatre, the Sondheim Theatre, the Bridge Theatre and the Noël Coward Theatre. Foreword by Mark Rylance. 288 pages.

My White Best Friend: (And Other Letters Left Unsaid)
(Oberon Books - Paperback Book)
By Jasmine Lee-Jones. Rachel De-Laha, editor. Originally commissioned by The Bunker Theatre as a festival that ran in 2019. 23 letters that engage with a range of topics, from racial tensions, microaggressions and emotional labour, to queer desire, prejudice and otherness. Includes work from Zia Ahmed, Travis Alabanza, Fatimah Asghar, Nathan Bryon, Matilda Ibini, Jammz, Iman Qureshi, Anya Reiss, Somalia Seaton, Nina Segal, Tolani Shoneye, Lena Dunham, Inua Ellams, Rabiah Hussain, Mika Johnson, Jasmine Lee-Jones, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, Shireen Mula, Ash Sarkar, Jack Thorne and Joel Tan. 280 pages.

Peggy: The Life of Margaret Ramsay, Play Agent
(Salamander Street Ltd. - Kindle Edition)
Kindle edition of 1998 book about Peggy Ramsay, the influential British play agent (Joe Orton, Eugene Ionesco, John Mortimer, Robert Bolt, Christopher Hampton, Edward Bond, Caryl Churchill, Howard Brenton, David Hare, Willy Russell and Alan Ayckbourn). The author was granted complete freedom of access to all the records and correspondence accumulated over the forty years of her agency's existence, including hundreds of impassioned letters between Peggy and her authors. Released in 1997 and 1998 in hardcover and paperback.

Working on a Song: The Lyrics of Hadestown
(Plume - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
Book of lyrics and stories from Hadestown from its author, songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, with a foreword by Steve Earle. 272 pages.


Josh Groban: Harmony
(Warner/Reprise - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Josh Groban performing a collection of timeless songs and two originals. The World We Knew (Over and Over)," "Angels," "Celebrate Me Home," "Shape of My Heart" (with Leslie Odom Jr.), "Your Face," "Both Sides Now" (with Sara Bareilles), "She," "The Impossible Dream," "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," "It's Now or Never," "I Can't Make You Love Me," "The Fullest" (with Kirk Franklin). Those who pre-order (not clear if that's just digital) will receive an instant download of Josh's rendition of "Impossible Dream."

SpongeBob SquarePants: The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!
(Paramount/Nickelodeon Home Entertainment - new on DVD)
Filmed version of the show presented live on October 17, 2019, plus an exclusive sing-along edition only available on this DVD. Ethan Slater, Gavin Lee, Danny Skinner, Brian Ray Norris, Wesley Taylor, Christina Sajous, Tom Kenny. Conceived and directed by Tina Landau. Original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, the Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants, T.I., and songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny, and Andy Paley. Book by Kyle Jarrow. Music supervision, orchestrations, and arrangements by Tom Kitt, and choreography by Christopher Gattelli. Scenic and costume design by David Zinn. Lighting design by Kevin Adams. Projection design by Peter Nigrini. Sound design by Walter Trarbach.

We Won't Sleep: Songs from the Musical Jeannette
(Sony Masterworks Broadway - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Eight-song concept album of highlights from the pop musical Jeanette performed by songstress, advocate, actress and co-writer Ari Afsar with collaborators MILCK, MA/SA, Mermaid, and artist and activist Genesis Be.

The Opposite Sex
(Warner - new Blu-ray)
1956 musical comedy film starring June Allyson, Joan Collins, Dolores Gray, Ann Sheridan, Ann Miller, Joan Blondell, Leslie Nielsen, Agnes Moorehead, Charlotte Greenwood, Sam Levene, Carolyn Jones, Dick Shawn, Jim Backus. Based on Clare Booth Luce's play The Women. Songs include "The Opposite Sex," Nicholas Brodszky and Sammy Cahn, "Young Man With a Horn," by George Stoll and Ralph Freed, "A Perfect Love," by Nicholas Brodszky and Sammy Cahn, "Yellow Gold," by Nicholas Brodszky and Sammy Cahn, "Rock and Roll Tumbleweed," by Ralph Freed and George Stoll, "Now Baby Now," by Nicholas Brodszky and Sammy Cahn. 116 minutes.


Added to October 23:

Night of the Living Dead! The Musical!
(Broadway Records - new digital album)
Original concept album. Score by Jordan Wolfe. The musical premiered in 2019 at Theatre Row. Album produced by Wolfe and James Morgan. Jaime Cepero, Meg Lanzarone, Michelle Dowdy, Michael Buchanan, Susan J. Jacks, Jordan Wolfe, Richard Binder, and Steven Amendola.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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