Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 10/27/20 (updated 10/30/20)

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2020: October 20, 13, 6 | 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

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DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:

"Back in Time"
(Sony Masterworks Broadway - new single on mp3/at iTunes)
New track from Back to the Future the Musical, which has a score by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, with songs from the film. Sung by cast member Olly Dobson. The musical is scheduled to appear on the West End at the Adelphi Theatre beginning May 14, 2021. Full OLC album expected around the time of opening.

Beetlejuice: The Demos The Demos The Demos
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Beelejuice musical composer and lyricist Eddie Perfect performs 24 tracks, including original pitch demos and 17 cut songs (including two cut opening numbers and a cut closing number). On Spotify and YouTube, the album is accompanied by track-by-track commentary from Perfect.

Billy's Place
(Club 44 - new album on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Inspired by Billy Stritch's online music program, featuring Stritch at the piano and mic performing some of his favorite songs as he has online. "Meet Me, Midnight," "Billy's Place Theme," "Skylark," "It Might Be You," "Falling in Love With Love," "Since You Left New York," "Ordinary Miracles," "Lazy Afternoon / Estate," "Planes," "My Love Went to London," "That Old Feeling / I Thought About You," "Blue Again." Released 10/23/20. CD available at

BLU-RAY/DVDs Now Available:

Hans Christian Andersen
(Warner Archive - DVD-R)
1952 musical film starring Danny Kaye. Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. Directed by Charles Vidor. 112 minutes. Released in June on blu-ray.

That's Dancing!
(Warner Archive - on DVD-R)
1985 compilation film produced by M-G-M that looked back at the history of dancing in film with clips from MGM, United Artists, and the Associated Artists Productions films. Hosted by Gene Kelly (executive producer), Ray Bolger, Liza Minnelli, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Mikhail Baryshnikov. 104 minutes.

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.

Books Now Available:

American Utopia
(Bloomsbury - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Features the words and lyrics from David Byrne's recording and subsequent theatrical concert, with artwork by Maira Kalman (who designed the art for the Broadway show's curtain). Edited and designed by Alex Kalman/What Studio?. 160 pages.

B Is for Ballet: A Dance Alphabet (American Ballet Theatre)
(Doubleday Books for Young Readers - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By John Robert Allman with illustrations by Rachael Dean. "A is for arabesque, B is for Baryshnikov, and C is for Coppélia" in this illustrated, rhyming, alphabetic picture book, filled with ballet stars, dances, positions, and terminology. 48 pages. Released 9/22/20.

Broadway Baby
(new hardcover book)
By Russell Miller with Judith A. Proffer, illustrated by Yoko Matssuoka. Limited edition. 46 pages. Available at the Playbill Store.

Linda Vista
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Play by Tracy Letts, produced on Broadway by Second Stage in 2019. 190 pages.

A Tale of Transformation: Twenty-Five Years of Beauty and the Beast On Stage
(Disney Editions - Hardcover Book)
By Jeff Kurtti. Fully illustrated with concept art, costume designs, behind-the-scenes photography, and other rarities and never-before published visuals, along with text by renowned Disney author historian Jeff Kurtti. Also features a dozen guest essays by creative talents and performers who have been a part of, or been deeply influenced by this landmark cultural work. Disney Editions Deluxe series. 160 pages. [May have been postponed.]

Three Sisters
(Nick Hern Books - Paperback Book)
Cordelia Lynn's version, from a literal translation by Helen Rappaport, first performed at the Almeida Theatre, London, in April 2019, in a production directed by Rebecca Frecknall. Kindle Edition released earlier. 96 pages.


Michael Ball & Alfie Boe: Together at Christmas
(Universal UK - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
"It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas," "Have Yourself A Merry Christmas," "Mistletoe and Wine," "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," "I Believe," "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" (with Gregory Porter), "White Christmas," "Silent Night," "The Spirit of Christmas," "O Holy Night," "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "My Christmas Will Be Better Than Yours," "Once Upon A December."

Shirley Bassey: I Owe It All to You
(Decca - new album on CD)
"Grand finale" album includes new material written specifically for the world-renowned singer, plus tracks handpicked by Bassey to reflect her career. "Overture," "Who Wants To Live Forever," "I Owe It All To You," "Almost Like Being In Love," "Maybe This Time," "I Made It Through The Rain," "Adagio," "Look But Don’t Touch," "Smile," "You Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet," "I Don’t Know What Love Is," "Always On My Mind," "I Was Here," "Music." Deluxe version, with expanded booklet featuring archived material and career highlights, also available.

Starry Deluxe Edition
(Broadway Records - new album on CD and digital)
Re-release of original concept album with a score by Matt Dahan. Now includes never-before heard demos of songs not featured on the original album, performed by Dahan and Kelly Lynne D'Angelo (book). Jeff Blim, Jaime Lyn Beatty, Mariah Rose Faith, Natalie Llerena, Natalie Masini, Michael Minto, Joe Viba, Clayton Snyder, Dylan Saunders and Huck Walton. Currently at

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