Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 10/20/15

Earlier recaps:

October 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 week.

CDs Now Available:

Andrea Bocelli: Cinema
(Sony - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
"Maria," "La chanson de Lara," "Moon River," "E piĆ¹ ti penso," "Be My Love," "The Music Of The Night," "Por Una Cabeza," "Sorridi amore vai," "Mi mancherai," "Cheek To Cheek," "Brucia la terra," "No Llores Por Mi Argentina," "Nelle tue mani." Also available in a Deluxe Edition, which also includes "Sorridi amore vai," "Historia De Amor," "Ol' Man River".

A Chorus Line: 40th Anniversary Celebration Original Broadway Cast Recording
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Remastered new edition of the original Broadway cast recording. Score by Marvin Hamlisch and Ed Kleban. With eight bonus track demos. Scott Allen, Renee Baughman, Carole Bishop, Pamela Blair, Wayne Cilento, Chuck Cissel, Clive Clerk, Kay Cole, Ronald Dennis, Donna Drake, Brandt Edwards, Patricia Garland, Carolyn Kirsch, Ron Kuhlman, Nancy Lane, Baayork Lee, Priscilla Lopez, Robert LuPone, Cameron Mason, Donna McKechnie, Don Percassi, Carole Schweid, Michael Serrecchia, Michael Stuart, Thomas J. Walsh, Sammy Williams, Crissy Wilzak. "Opening: I Hope I Get It," "I Can Do That," "At the Ballet," "Sing!," "Montage (In Three Parts); Montage Part 1: Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love," "Montage (In Three Parts); Montage Part 2: Mother," "Montage (In Three Parts); Montage Part 3: Gimme The Ball," "Nothing," "Dance: Ten; Looks: Three," "The Music and the Mirror," "One," "What I Did for Love," "One (Reprise) / Finale"; Bonus tracks: "It's All in Here," "I Can Do That," "At the Ballet," "Sing!," "Shoes," "One," "Finale Ballad (What I Did For Love)," "Joanne." New high-resolution (24/96) master of the original cast recording, taken from the surround-sound remix created for the SACD-only format (previously available only in that format). Expanded booklet with new liner notes by Oskar Eustis, Terre Blair Hamlisch, Linda Kline, and Robert Viagas. 180-gram vinyl version includes a gatefold jacket with rare photos from the original recording sessions and a digital download card redeemable for the entire 40th Anniversary Celebration set. Vinyl album to be released November 6.


Singing Sondheim —Songs By Stephen Sondheim: Aaron Morishita with Jon Delfin
(Emenar Records - new digital album)
Full recording of the acclaimed, 2000 Back Stage Bistro Award-winning evening of songs by Stephen Sondheim from Aaron Morishita, with musical director Jon Delfin at the piano. "Something's Coming / Our Time," "Love, I Hear," "What More Do I Need," "I Remember," "Anyone Can Whistle," "It Wasn't Meant to Happen / Not a Day Goes By," "Move On," "I'm Calm," "Silly People," "What Can You Lose - Loving You," "More," "Could I Leave You," "Pleasant Little Kingdom - Too Many Mornings," "I Never Do Anything Twice," "So Many People," "No More - Children Will Listen," "With so Little to Be Sure Of," "Aaron Morishita." Clips, tracks and album at CD Baby.

DVD/Blu-Rays Now Available:

Danny Kaye: Legends
(MVD Visual - on 2 DVDs)
Six episodes from Kaye's 1960s TV series. Guests include Louis Armstrong, Lucille Ball, Tony Bennett, George Burns, Shirley Jones Liberace, the Righteous Brothers, Mireille Mathieu, Vikki Carr, John Gary and Imogene Coca, with series regulars Harvey Korman, Joyce Van Patten and orchestra leader Paul Weston.

BOOKs Now Available:

The Life and Times of Mickey Rooney
(Gallery Books - new Hardcover Book)
Biography by Richard A. Lertzman and William J. Birnes. Draws on never-before-seen excerpts from Rooney's diary and exclusive interviews with Mickey, and with those who knew him best, including his heretofore unknown mistress of sixty years. 432 pages.

Presenting Shakespeare: 1,100 Posters from Around the World
(Princeton Architectural Press - Hardcover Book)
By Mirko Ilic and Steven Heller. Foreword by Julie Taymor. 1,100 posters for Shakespeare's plays, designed artists representing 55 countries. Trove of theatrical artifacts for theater and design lovers alike. 320 pages.

Secrets of Stage Success
(Nick Hern Books - Paperback Book)
UK musical theatre performers Louise Dearman and Mark Evans answer questions asked by fans about how to succeed in showbusiness. Kindle edition released earlier.


Irving Berlin - This Is The Life
(New World Records - on CD)
Highlights Berlin's songs for vaudeville, revue, and the Broadway stage, including some rediscovered scores from Berlin's first musical Watch Your Step (1914). All selections are performed from rare historic orchestrations prepared by Irving Berlin's own staff arrangers and orchestrators. Includes an extensive booklet. "Overture" (Watch Your Step), "Finale to Act II (Opera Medley)" (Watch Your Step), "That Mesmerizing Mendelssohn Tune," "The International Rag," "You'd Be Surprised," "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Everybody's Doin' It Now," "Play a Simple Melody," "I Love a Piano," "The Girls of My Dreams," "Smile and Show Your Dimple," "Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning!," "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody," "When I Leave the World Behind," "Home Again Blues," "Tell Me, Little Gypsy," "Nobody Knows (and Nobody Seems to Care)," "Say It With Music," "This Is The Life!," My Melody Dream," "When I Lost You."

Johnny Mathis: The Complete Christmas Collection 1958-2010
(Real Gone Music - 3-CD set)
All five Christmas albums Johnny recorded for Columbia and Mercury. The 71 tracks include duets with Bette Midler and Gladys Knight & the Pips, and there are rarities that did not appear on the albums (two of them are newly discovered tracks). Among the producers, arrangers and conductors behind the scenes here are Mitch Miller, Percy Faith, Don Costa, Glenn Osser, Ernie Freeman, Gene Page, Jack Gold, Ray Ellis, and Henry Mancini. Remastered by Mike Piacentini at Sony's Battery Studios. Packaged in an eight-panel wallet sporting photos and notes by Joe Marchese drawn from an exclusive interview with Mathis.


The American Song Book: The Tin Pan Alley Era
(Oxford Univ Press - new Hardcover/Paperback Book)
By Philip Furia and Laurie J. Patterson. First in a projected five-volume series of books that will reprint original sheet music, including covers, of songs that constitute the enduring standards of Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, the Gershwins, and other lyricists and composers of what has been called the "Golden Age" of American popular music. The authors place these songs in historical context with essays about the sheet-music publishing industry known as Tin Pan Alley, the emergence of American musical comedy on Broadway, and the "talkie" revolution that made possible the Hollywood musical. They also provide biographical sketches of songwriters, performers, and impresarios and analyze the lyrical and musical artistry of each song and relate anecdotes about how the songs were created. 256 pages.

Curtain Up: Agatha Christie: A Life in the Theatre
(Harper - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Julius Green. Examines the bestselling mystery writer's career and work as a playwright, published to commemorate her 125th birthday. Analyzes her plays and features excerpts from Agatha Christie's correspondences, notebooks, and several unpublished and unperformed scripts quoted from for the first time. 624 pages.

Sondheim: The Man Who Changed Musical Theater
(Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Susan Goldman Rubin. 192 pages.

What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Brian Seibert (dance critic for New York Times). Authoritative account of the great American art of tap dancing. 624 pages.


Digital and LP links added:

School of Rock - The Musical OBC
(Warner Bros - new on CD/mp3/iTunes/2-LP vinyl)
Original 2015 Broadway cast recording, featuring Alex Brightman and Sierra Boggess. Twelve original songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, and three songs from the 2003 film. Produced by Rob Cavallo and Lloyd Weber.

Added to February 5, 2016:

A New Brain Encores! cast
(P.S. Classics - new on 2 CDs)
Summer of 2015 Encores! version of musical with score by William Finn. Jonathan Groff, Dan Fogler, Ana Gasteyer and Aaron Lazar. 95-minute, through-composed show recorded in its entirety for the first time, in a deluxe two-disc set.

Moved to February 5, 2016:

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