Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 11/1/16 (updated 11/4/16)

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Earlier recaps:

2016: October 25, 18, 11, 4 | September 27, 20, 13, 6 | August 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | July 26, 19, 12, 5 | June 28, 21, 14, 7 | May 31, 24, 17, 10, 3 | April 26, 19, 12, 5 | March 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | February 23, 16, 9, 2 | January 26, 19, 12, 5, 2016 | 2015

CDs Now Available:

Carols for a Cure 2016: Volume 18
(BC/EFA - new on 2 CDs)
Exclusively benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and features new and classic holiday songs sung by the companies of Hamilton, Waitress, School of Rock, and The Color Purple, among others. At BC/EFA Store.

A Christmas Carol 1995 Original Cast Recording
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD/mp3 w/ digital booklet)
Alan Menken, music; Lynn Ahrens, book and lyrics. Cast includes Mary Elizabeth Albano, Betsy Chang, Walter Charles, Company, Nick Corley, David Gallagher, Jimmy Holiday, Ken Jennings, Andy Jobe, Ramzi Khalaf, Joseph Kolinski, Michael Mandell, Michael X. Martin, Ken McMullen, Matthew Mezzacappa, Michael Christopher Moore, Bill Nolte, Robert Ousley, Darcy Pulliam, Christopher Sieber, Emily Skinner, Mary Stout, Andrea Frierson Toney, Gerry Vichi, Theara J. Ward, Walter Willison. "Overture," "The Years Are Passing By," "Jolly, Rich and Fat," "Nothing to Do with Me," "Link by Link," "The Lights of Long Ago," "Mr. Fezziwig's Annual Christmas Ball," "A Place Called Home," "Money Montage," "Abundance and Charity," "Christmas Together," "Dancing on Your Grave," "Yesterday, Tomorrow and Today," "Christmas Day," "God Bless Us, Everyone."

So Much More: The Songs of Brandon Sturiale
(new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original songs by songwriter/composter/musician (The Marvelous Wonderettes). "Perfect With You" (Josh Tolle), "So Much More" (Natalie Weiss), "Come My Way" (Justin Matthew Sargent), "Change" (Michael Cerveris), "Home" (Bryan Fenkart), "Returning the Favor" (Loren Allred), "Jackie's Right" (John Krause), "The Last Word" (EClayton Cornelious), "I'm Too in Love With You" (Russell Fischer), "Sunscreen and Shaving Cream" (Tony Edgerton), "Sublet My Heart" (Melanie Burg), "Heal the Bruise" (Max Chernin). CD format available at

Susan Watson: The Music Never Ends
(new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
New album from Susan Watson (The Fantasticks, Bye Bye Birdie, A Joyful Noise, No, No Nanette, Follies)"Old Friends," "Starting Here, Starting Now," "My Ship," "A Foggy Day in London Town," "Nobody Else but Me," "They Were You," "Let Yourself Go," "Beyond Compare," "Long Ago and Far Away," "It Had to Be You," "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?," "Old Friend," "Old Love," "Here's to Life." Orchestrations and arrangements of Michele Brourman and Stephan Oberhoff. CD format available at CDBaby. Released 10/24/16.

Together: Michael Ball and Alfie Boe
(Decca - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
"Somewhere," "For Once in My Life" (with Tony Bennett and Marc Anthony), "Some Enchanted Evening / We Kiss in the Shadows," "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Les Miserables Suite: Bring Him Home / Empty Chairs and Empty Tables / I Dreamed a Dream," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "Anthem," "Tell Me It's Not True," "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise," "A Thousand Years" ( by Christina Perri), "Music of the Night," "What a Wonderful World / Over the Rainbow," "Speak Softly Love," "I'll Be Home For Christmas.

DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:

Famous Last Words
(free download)
Alexander Sage Oyen (Outlaws, Moment by Moment, Money$hot!, Sidekicks, Immaculate Hearts) and Jessica Kahkoska's rock collaboration, Discount Ghost Stories, releases its debut album, Famous Last Words. Incorporates text from historical archives and the American folk canon into lyrics, re-imagining the "tall tales around the campfire" tradition as multimedia rock concerts and albums.” Alexander Sage Oyen, Jessica Kahkoska, Evan Tyor, Jakob Reinhardt, Elanna White, Anne Wechsler, Amanda Savan, Henry Colle, Ricky White, and Cynthia Meng. Lyrics and music by Oyen with dramaturgy by Kahkoska. Available at by Oyen previously released as Drafts: The Music and Lyrics of Alexander Sage Oyen, Volumes One and Two.

VINYL Now Available:

Songs From The Lion (Original Cast Recording) (Picture Disc)
(Paper Music - new on vinyl)
Songs written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer from his Off-Broadway and touring play. "Cookie-tin Banjo," "Weather the Storm," "The Lion," "A Surprising Phone Call," "Golden Castle Town," "Cure," "White Underwear," "Saint Rick," "Build a Bridge," "When We Get Big," "Laugh," "Lovin' You Will Be Easy," "Invisible Cities," "Dear Dad," "Three Little Cubs." Released previously on CD, mp3 and iTunes

DVD/Blu-Rays Now Available:

Leonard Bernstein's Candide: A Comic Operetta in Two Acts in concert
(Shout! Factory - new on Blu-ray)
2004 concert production at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center and broadcast on PBS Great Performances. Leonard Bernstein operetta. Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth, Paul Groves, Sir Thomas Allen, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Janine LaManna, and the Westminster Symphonic Choir. New York Philharmonic under conductor Marin Alsop.

(Shout! Factory - new on Blu-ray/DVD)
West End production of Arthur Laurents/Jule Styne/Stephen Sondheim musical starring Imelda Staunton.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street In Concert
(Shout! Factory - new on Blu-ray)
2001 San Francisco concert featuring George Hearn, Patti LuPone, Neil Patrick Harris, Victoria Clark, Davis Gaines. 136 minutes.

BOOKs Now Available:

Barbra Streisand: Steve Schapiro & Lawrence Schiller
(Taschen - Hardcover Book)
Photographs, stories, and behind-the-scenes shots from photographers Schapiro and Schiller, who followed the Streisand's first five years in Hollywood. Nina Wiener, Editor. Patt Morrison, Lawrence Grobel, Matt Tunia, contributors. Previously available as a limited edition. 336 pages.

Breaking and Entering: From Auditions to Agents to a Career
(Opus Books - Paperback Book)
By agent Philip Carlson (Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Billy Crudup, Liev Schreiber, Claire Danes, Viola Davis, Kathy Bates, Brian Dennehy, and others). Advice, anecdotes and more. "A Manual for the Working Actor." Topics include The Schools, The Business, Showcases, Casting Directors, Agents, Auditions, Which Coast?, Producers, Staying Real, Negotiating 101, Where Do I Fit?, Movies, TV. 368 pages.

By Women Possessed: A Life of Eugene O'Neill
(Marian Wood Books/Putnam - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Arthur Gelb and Barbara Gelb. An "investigation of the emotional knots that ensnared one of our most important playwrights." 896 pages.


Elaine Paige Presents The Musicals Box Set
(Union Square Music Limited - on 3 CDs)
Collection of Paige's favorite songs from musicals, featuring Michael Ball, Il Divo, Michael Crawford, Idina Menzel, Sheridan Smith, Alexandra Burke and Elaine Paige herself. 58 of the biggest hits from classic West End productions such as Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, The Bodyguard, Beautiful, and Half a Sixpence. Set and track list at Amazon UK.


Moved to 11/18:

The Bodyguard The Musical
(First Night Records - new import CD)
World premiere cast recording. Featuring Alexandra Burke, Rachel Marron, Melissa James, Nicki Marron. "Rachel Marron Entrance," "Queen Of The Night," "How Will I Know," "Greatest Love Of All," "Saving All My Love For You," "Mayan Medley (Million Dollar Bill, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, So Emotional)," "Run To You," "I Have Nothing / End Of Act One," "All The Man That I Need," "I'm Every Woman," "Fletcher," "All At Once," "Run To You Reprise / Going Home," "Jesus Loves Me / Phone Call," "Nicki's Death," "Jesus Loves Me Reprise," "One Moment In Time," "He's My Bodyguard," "I Will Always Love You," "I Wanna Dance With Somebody." Released in 2015 on mp3 and at iTunes. [Import CD was listed in 2015 when it was released in the UK, but it apparently never shipped to the U.S.] The U.S. Tour Begins November 25, 2016, In Millburn, NJ.

You're a Good Man Charlie Brown York Theatre cast
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
By Clark Gesner, additional material by Andrew Lippa and Michael Mayer. Joshua Colley (Elf, the Musical), Gregory Diaz (School of Rock), Aidan Gemme (Finding Neverland), Mavis Simpson-Ernst (Evita), Jeremy T. Villas (Kinky Boots) and Milly Shapiro (Matilda). Recorded June 13, 2016. Also at

Added, no release date:

Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers
(Bee & El and Sony Masterworks - new on CD)
"Soulful takes on classic Richard Rodgers songs." Solos and duets, including pairings with Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom, Jr., Renee Elise Goldsberry, Patina Miller, Ledisi, Joshua Henry, and Brandon Victor Dixon. Produced by Billy Porter. Expected April 2017.

Falsettos 2016 Broadway cast
(Ghostlight Records - new on 2 CDs)
The complete score by William Finn recorded for the first time. Stephanie J. Block, Christian Borle, Andrew Rannells, Anthony Rosenthal, Tracie Thoms, Brandon Uranowitz, and Betsy Wolfe.

Track list added:

Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
2015 cast from limited run Montreal production. Alan Menken and David Spencer score. Cast includes Ken James Stewart, George Masswohl, Marie-Pierre de Brienne, Adrian Marchuk, Victor A. Young, Howard Jerome, David Coomber, Sam Rosenthal, Michael Rudder, and Kristian Truelsen. The show, first presented at the 1987 American Music Theatre Festival in Philadelphia, has been rewritten from the ground up, with "a handful" of songs remaining from the Philadelphia version, "and most of those altered in shape." "Overture," "The Man You’re Gonna Be," "The Somebody Riffs – Riff 1," "The Somebody Riffs – Riff 2," "A Man Without Land -1 ," "Leaving St Urbain Street," "Don't Let Him Worry You - 1," "Hey Boychick," "You Fascinate Me," "One Dollar Betting Limit," "How Could I Not?," "I’m Gonna Buy This Lake," "A Man Without Land - 2," "Art and Commerce," "What a Liar!," "Unfinished Business," "I Like Trains," "Small Reprises, Big Problems," "Act 1 Finale," "Turn It Around – 1," "Turn It Around – 2," "Turn It Around – 3," "Don't Let Him Worry You – 2 / A Man Without Land – 3," "Softie," "Come to Think of It," "The Final Hustle," "A Man Without Land IV," "Welcome Home," "The Man You're Gonna Be (Finale)," "Schnorrer’s Day (Bonus Track)." Also at

Hairspray Live!
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD)
Recording from December 7, 2016, live telecast on NBC. Cast includes Dove Cameron, Kristin Chenoweth, Garrett Clayton, Harvey Fierstein, Ariana Grande, Derek Hough, Jennifer Hudson, and Martin Short. Kenny Leon directs. Book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan. Music by Marc Shaiman. Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. "Good Morning Baltimore," "The Nicest Kids in Town," "Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now," "I Can Hear the Bells," "(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs," "Ladies' Choice," "It Takes Two," "Velma's Revenge," "Welcome to the 60's," "Run and Tell That," "Big, Blonde and Beautiful," "(You're) Timeless to Me," "Good Morning Baltimore (Reprise)," "Without Love," "I Know Where I've Been," "(It's) Hairspray," "Cooties," "You Can't Stop the Beat," "Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)."