Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 10/27/15

Earlier recaps:

October 20, 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:

Chip Deffaa's Irving Berlin & Co.: The Original Cast Album
(Garret Mountain Records - on CD)
Two dozen Berlin songs to help tell his life story. Some are well-known, some are rarities and rediscoveries, and some have never before been recorded. Company of 24 artists. Produced by Chip Deffaa. Album available at CDBaby.

(new import CD)
Original London cast recording of Matthew Sklar/Chad Beguelin score. Cast includes Ben Forster, Kimberley Walsh, Joe McGann, Jessica Martin. "Overture," "Christmastown," "World's Greatest Dad," "In The Way," "Sparklejollytwinklejingley," "I'll Believe In You," "In The Way," "Just Like Him," "A Christmas Song," "World's Greatest Dad," "Nobody Cares About Santa," "Never Fall In Love (With An Elf)," "There Is A Santa Claus," "The Story Of Buddy The Elf," "Nobody Cares About Santa," "A Christmas Song," "Finale."

Judy Collins: Strangers Again
(Wildflower/Cleopatra Records - new on CD/mp3 Deluxe Edition/iTunes Deluxe Edition)
Album of duets. "Strangers Again" (with Ari Hest), "Miracle River" (with Michael McDonald), "Belfast To Boston" (with Marc Cohn), "When I Go" (with Willie Nelson), "Make Our Garden Grow" (with Jeff Bridges), "Feels Like Home" (with Jackson Browne), "From Grace" (with Thomas Dybdahl), "Hallelujah" (with Bhi Bhiman), "Someday Soon" (with Jimmy Buffett), "Stars In My Eyes" (with Aled Jones), "Send In The Clowns" (with Don McLean), "Races" (with Glen Hansard). Digital Deluxe Editions also include "Last Thing on My Mind," "Diamonds and Rust," "When Your Eyes Close." Released 9/18/15.

Melissa Errico: What About Today? Live at 54 BELOW
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3 )
11 tracks which Melissa has never recorded before, including the title track by David Shire and Bacharach's "The April Fools" and performances of a pair of Michel Legrand classics. Why are actors so nuts?, "What About Today?," Do you like this hair flip?, "The Summer Knows," Those were seals..., "The April Fools," Let's stay at the movies a little longer..., "His Eyes, Her Eyes," How 'bout we do a little Broadway?, "It's An Art," One perfect storm of a song..., "Meadowlark," Where does that leave us?, "Getting Married Today," Time to regroup..., "No More," It doesn't get better than this..., "Small World," "Show Me," "The Heart Is Slow To Learn," I got the idea to write this..., "Gentle Child," I am really bananas about Eydie Gormé..., "What Did I Have That I Don't Have?," "Last Dance," I'm like Cher in Moonstruck!, "How Are Things In Glocca Morra?."

Seth Macfarlane: No One Ever Tells You
(Republic - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Features both originals and covers. Macfarlane teams up with composer Joel McNeely for the project. "No One Ever Tells You," "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry," "A Ship Without A Sail," "The One I Love (Belongs To Somebody Else)," "It's All Right With Me," "This Nearly Was Mine," "Make This A Slow Goodbye," "Don't Call It Love," "I'll Only Miss Her When I Think Of Her," "These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)," "Before I Gaze At You Again," "Only The Lonely," "I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan," "I Wish I Didn't Love You So," "Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye," "Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year," "Loss Of Love."

We Love Disney (Deluxe Edition)
(Verve/Disney - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes/vinyl w/ digital)
Compilation album. "Friend Like Me" (NE-YO), "Part of Your World" (Jessie J), "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (Jason Derulo), "The Rainbow Connection" (Gwen Stefani), "Zero To Hero" (Ariana Grande), "In a World of My Own/Very Good Advice" (Jhené Aiko), "I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)" (Fall Out Boy), "Colors of the Wind" (Tori Kelly ), "A Spoonful of Sugar" (Kacey Musgraves), "Ev'rybody Wants To Be a Cat" (Charles Perry), "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" (Jessie Ware), "Let It Go" (Lucy Hale & Rascal Flatts), "It's a Small World" (Various Artists). Bonus tracks: "It's Not Easy Being Green" (Brenna Whitaker), "A Whole New World" (Yuna). Produced by David Foster. Also available in Disney collector's boxed set.

DIGIAL Albums Now Available:

Be More Chill Digital
(Ghostlight Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Joe Iconis score. Book by Joe Tracz and is based on the novel by Ned Vizzini. Two River Theater (NJ) cast. Will Connolly, Eric William Morris, Stephanie Hsu, Jake Boyd, Gerard Canonico, Katlyn Carlson, Katie Ladner, Lauren Marcus, George Salazar, and Paul Whitty. "Jeremy's Theme (Instrumental)," "More Than Survive," "I Love Play Rehearsal," "The Squip Song," "Two-Player Game," "The Squip Enters," "Be More Chill Part 1," "Do You Wanna Ride?," "Be More Chill Part 2," "More Than Survive (Reprise)," "A Guy That I'd Kinda Be Into," "The Squip Lurks (Instrumental)," "Upgrade," "Halloween," "Do You Wanna Hang?," "Michael In The Bathroom," "The Smartphone Hour (Rich Set A Fire)," "The Pitiful Children," "The Pants Song," "The Play," "Voices In My Head." The six-piece orchestra includes Nathan Dame (Conductor and Keyboard), Danny Jonokuchi (Trumpet), Dan McMillan (Drums/Percussion), Josh Plotner (Reeds), Mike Rosengarten (Guitar) and Amanda Ruzza (Bass). With digital booklet. CD to be released 12/18/15.

Clinton the Musical Digital
(Ghostlight - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Original Off-Broadway cast recording. Music and lyrics by Paul Hodge. Kerry Butler, Tom Galantich, Duke Lafoon, Judy Gold, John Treacy Egan, Veronica J. Kuehn, Kevin Zak, Kara Guy, Dale Hensley, Rob Richardson and Gretchen Wylder. "Overture," "Awful-Awesome," "The Me I See," "The Day After That," "A Starr Is Born," "Lie to You," "Say Nay," "Monica's Song," "Both Ways," "Both Ways (Reprise)," "What Could Go Wrong?," "That Woman, Miss Lewinsky," "State of the Union," "A Place Called Hope," "Monica's Song (Reprise)," "Enough," "Sexual Relations," "Brew It for Your Country," "The Me I See (Reprise) / What Could Go Wrong? (Reprise)," "Finale." CD to be released November 20.

DVD/Blu-Rays Now Available:

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.

BOOKs Now Available:

Between Riverside and Crazy
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Pulitzer Prize winning play by Stephen Adly Guirgis. 108 pages.

Gwen Verdon: A Life on Stage and Screen
(McFarland & Co - Paperback Book)
By Peter Shelley. First full-length biography of the American dancer, singer and actress Gwen Verdon. Covers her life and career, as an individual and also in her collaborations with choreographers Jack Cole and Bob Fosse. Includes a brief appendix with information about DVD and video availability. 277 pages.

Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story
(DK - Hardcover Book)
Foreword by Elaine Paige. "Showcases the complete history of the musical on stage and screen, from its origins in ancient Greece to early twentieth century dance halls and vaudeville to the golden age of cinema productions to the record-breaking Broadway musicals of today." 360 pages with infographics, black-and-white and color photography.

Play Readings: A Complete Guide for Theatre Practitioners
(Focal Press - Hardcover/Paperback Book)
By Rob Urbinati. Examines considerations involved in readings: use of the venue, pre-reading preparations, playwright/director communication, editing/adapting stage directions, casting, using the limited rehearsal time effectively, simple "staging" suggestions, working with actors, handling complex stage directions, talkbacks, and limiting the use of props, costumes, and music. A variety of readings are covered, including readings of musicals, operas, and period plays. 224 pages.

Seth's Broadway Diary, Volume 2
(CreateSpace - new Paperback Book/Kindle Edition Pt 1 and Pt 2)
A compilation of Seth's Broadway-centric "Onstage and Backstage" columns for Featuring blow-by-blow accounts of experiences like doing Kathy Griffin's reality show opposite Kristin Chenoweth and Cloris Leachman (what?), going to Disneyland with Audra McDonald, and helping Sutton Foster star in two completely different Broadway shows (on the same night). Features behind-the-scenes stories straight from the mouths of stars like Lea Salonga, Megan Hilty, Gavin Creel, Idina Menzel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and more. 294 pages.


Act One: An Autobiography - Audiobook
(Blackstone Audio, Inc. - new on CD)
Moss Hart memoir in audiobook format. Unabridged. Foreword by Christopher Hart. Read by Jim Meskimen.

In the Holiday Spirit: Russ Lorenson
(LML Music - new on CD/mp3)
With The Kelly Park Big Band and The San Francisco Boys Chorus. "Shake Hands with Santa Claus," "Holiday for Two," "Let's Share Christmas," "Let Me Be the First to Wish You Merry Christmas," "Jingles, The Christmas Cat," "You're All I Want for Christmas," "Mrs. Claus," "Warm in December," "The Christmas Blues," "Santa Claus Is Near," "It'll Be Christmas Before You Know It," "A Winter Romance," "Kissin' by the Mistletoe," "Little Drummer Boy / Peace on Earth," "It's Christmas Time All over the World."

Lady in the Van Soundtrack
(Sony - new on CD)
Soundtrack from 2015 film based on Alan Bennett play (directed by Nicholas Hytner and featuring Maggie Smith, Dominic Cooper, James Corden and Jim Broadbent). Original music composed by George Fenton and classical pieces featured in the movie. "Miss Shepherd's Waltz," "Moving in," "Two Women —Tango," "Re-parking," "In Care," "The Neighbours," "Special Paint," "Collision and Confession," "Piano Concerto No 1 —Extract," "The New Van," "Broadstairs," "Impromptu in Gb Major- Extract," "Curtain Down," "Alive and Well," "Freewheeling," "The Day Centre," "A Sepulchre," "Remembering Miss Shepherd," "Walk through the Cemetery," "The Ascension (Miss Shepherd's Waltz)," "Impromptu in Gb Major D.899, No.3, Op 90 —Clare Hammond," "Piano Concerto No 1 in E Minor, Op.11, 2Romance (Larghetto)," "Piano Concerto No 1 in E Minor, Op.11, 3Rondo."

Songs for You: Telly Leung
(Yellow Sound Label - new on CD)
To include "Human Nature," "Leaving on a Jet Plane," "Being Alive," "I Am What I Am," "Dreamscape"and "Second Chances" from Allegiance.

Sublimities: Cy Walter Centennial Tribute Vol 1 & 2
(Harbinger/Musical Theater Project - new 2-CD set)
Artists include: Cy Walter, Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Marlene Dietrich, Mabel Mercer, Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, Art Tatum, Teddy Wilson, Liberace, Eileen Farrell, Stan Freeman, Buddy Barnes, Steve Ross, Alex Hassan, Doug Bowles, Margaret and Forrest Perrin, Walter Gross, Earl Wild, Audrey Christie, Wynn Murray, Gil Bowers, June Valli, Bob Haymes, Helen Carroll, and Inez Carrillo. The two 24-page booklets include essays by fellow pianists and music historians Mark Walter, Michael Feinstein, Peter Mintun, Chilton Ryan, Maggie Perrin, Alex Hassan, Richard Behrens, and Stanley Turkel. Will be available in a wide release, but now pre-ordering (track list can be found here too) at


The Fourth Messenger: A Musical by Tanya Shaffer and Vienna Teng
(4m Productions - Paperback Book)
Musical by by Tanya Shaffer (book and lyrics) and Vienna Teng (music and additional lyrics). Produced in Berkeley CA in 2013. 142 pages.

The Penguin Arthur Miller: Collected Plays
(Penguin Classics - Hardcover Book Set)
Hardcover edition set published to celebrate the centennial of Miller's birth. Includes The Man Who Had All the Luck, All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, An Enemy of the People, The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, After the Fall, Incident at Vichy, The Price, The Creation of the World and Other Business, The Archbishop's Ceiling, The American Clock, Playing for Time, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, The Last Yankee, Broken Glass, Mr. Peters' Connections, and Resurrection Blues. 1312 pages.


Added to January 2016:

Amazing Grace OBC
(DMI - new on CD)
Broadway cast recording of Christopher Smith score. Tom Hewitt, Erin Mackey, Chuck Cooper, Chris Hoch, Stanley Bahorek, Harriett D. Foy, Laiona Michelle, Rachael Ferrera and Elizabeth Ward Land. "Prologue," "Truly Alive," "Auction," "Someone Who Hears," "Yema's Song," "Voices Of The Angels," "We Are Determined," "Never," "Shadows of Innocence," "Expectations," "The Battle/The Drowning," "African Welcome Song," "Sing on High," "Tell Me Why," "A Chance for Me," "Nowhere Left to Run," "Daybreak," "I Still Believe," "Testimony," "I Will Remember," "Nothing There To Love," "Amazing Grace." Produced by Frank Filipetti. Recorded November 2, 2015.