Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap 11/4/14

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October 28, 21, 14, 7, 1 | September 16, 9, 2 | August 26, 19 | 12 | 5 | July 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | June 24, 17, 10, 3 | May 27, 20, 13, 6 | April 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | March 25, 18, 11, 4 | February 25, 11, 18, 11, 4 | January 28, 21, 14, 7, 2014 | 2013

Quick list of all Amazon links for this week.

CDs Now Available:

Bette Midler: It's The Girls
(Warner Bros - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Tribute to girl groups. "Be My Baby," "One Fine Day," "Bei Mir Bist Du Schon," "Baby It's You," "Tell Him," "He's Sure The Boy I Love," "Mr Sandman," "Come And Get These Memories," "Too Many Fish In The Sea," "Teach Me Tonight," "Waterfalls," "You Can't Hurry Love," "Give Him A Great Big Kiss," "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," "It's the Girl." Version sold at Target stores has two additional bonus tracks: "Talk to Me of Mendocino" and "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game."

Carols For A Cure 2014: Volume 16
(new on 2 CDs)
Broadway and Off-Broadway casts come together in song. "A Very Glam Christmas" (A Gentleman's Guide To Love and Murder), "Soul Cake" (The Last Ship with Sting), "Another Christmas Eve" (Motown the Musical with Ryan Shaw), "New Year's Day" (Beautiful-The Carole King Musical featuring Jessie Mueller), "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" (Kinky Boots), "Christmas Eve in My Hometown" (On the Town), "Stille Nacht & Mi Zeh Hidlik" (Cabaret), "In the Bleak Mid-Winter" (Wicked), "One Good Thing" (Matilda the Musical), "Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella" (The Phantom of the Opera), "Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace)" (Mamma Mia!; Disc 2: "Christmas Cinderella" (Cinderella, featuring Keke Palmer, Sherri Shepherd and Judy Kaye), "The Little Drummer Boy" (If/Then), "My Simple Christmas Wish" (Perez Hilton), "Here We Come A-Wassailing" (Once), "I Saw Three Ships" (Les Misérables, featuring Nikki M. James and Andy Mientus), "What Child Is This?" (Pippin, featuring Carly Hughes and Kyle Dean Massey), "We Three Kings" (Aladdin), "Christmas in New York" (Jersey Boys), "O Holy Night" (The Lion King), "I Am Here" (Motown the Musical). Available at Broadway Cares

Rosemary Clooney: Irving Berlin's White Christmas (Expanded Edition)
(Real Gone Music - new on CD)
From the Columbia album plus a previously unreleased bonus duet between Rosie and Bing on "Silver Bells" pulled from The Bing Crosby for General Electric radio show, and six other bonus tracks from Rosie's appearances on various CBS radio shows (all but one never before released), all remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in New York. Liner notes by Clooney expert Tom Pickles, with photos. "White Christmas," "Mandy," "Snow," "Gee, I Wish I Was Back in the Army," "Love, You Didn't Do Right by Me," "Sisters (with Betty Clooney)," "The Best Things Happen When You re Dancing," "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," "Happy Christmas, Little Friend," "Home for the Holidays," "Jingle Bells," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "The Christmas Song," "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," "Silver Bells" (with Bing Crosby). There is also a new vinyl version of Clooney's original album from Concord.

Robert Goulet: The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings
(Real Gone Music - new on CD)
Goulet's two previously out of print Columbia Christmas albums (1963 This Christmas I Spend with You and 1968 Robert Goulet's Wonderful World of Christmas), remastered by Sean Brennan at Battery Studios in New York, plus five rare bonus tracks: three rare duets he recorded with his wife Carol Lawrence for a series of albums released by Columbia Special Products for such clients as Goodyear Tire and Beneficial Financial, plus both sides of a promotional-only single he recorded for the Christmas Seals charity. Liner notes by Joe Marchese and photos. "This Christmas I Spend with You," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "December Time," "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," "The Christmas Song," "Silver Bells," "Winter Wonderland," "White Christmas," "O Holy Night," "Panis Angelicus," "Ave Maria," "O Come All Ye Faithful," "Do You Hear What I Hear," "Hurry Home for Christmas," "Wonderful World of Christmas," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Christmas Day," "(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays," "Sleigh Ride," "Little Jesus, Sweetly Sleep," "The Little Drummer Boy," "On This Noel," "He's Gonna Take Away Our Christmas," "The Christmas Waltz," "This Christmas I Spend with You (Mono Single Version)," "White Christmas (Mono Single Version)," "The Christmas Waltz" (with Carol Lawrence), "Angels We Have Heard on High" (with Carol Lawrence), "Carol of the Bells" (with Carol Lawrence).

Scott Alan Greatest Hits: Volume One
(new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
To include a studio recording of the Alan's newest hit and a dance remix featuring Taylor Dayne. "The Distance You Have Come" (Natalie Weiss), "Never Neverland (Fly Away)" (Stephanie J. Block), "It's Good to See You Again" (Marcus Paul James), "Home" (Shoshana Bean), "Blessing" (Rj Helton), "Behind These Walls" (Kerry Ellis), "I'm a Star" (Eden Espinosa), "Kiss The Air" (Oliver Tompsett), "Defective" (Samantha Barks), "Again" (Hadley Fraser), "Watch Me Soar" (Willemijn Verkaik), "Over The Mountains" (Stuart Matthew Price), "And There It Is" (Lisa Brescia), "In This Moment" (Marc Broussard), "Anything Worth Holding on To" (Cynthia Erivo), "Goodnight" (Liz Callaway), "I'm Coming Home to You" (Christina Marie), "I'm Coming Home to You" (Claes Rosen remix; Taylor Dayne), "Taking Back My Life" (Claes Rosen; Jonathan Mendelsohn). Sample clips, CD and digital album also available at CD Baby.

Stearns Matthews: Spark
(new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Debut album from three time MAC nominee. "The Spark of Creation," "Right as the Rain," "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head," "My Romance," "Drift Away," "My Alligator and Me" (John Bucchino, not previously recorded), "King of the Road," "I Can't Stop Loving You," "Steer," "Sing," "My Own Space." Produced by Emmy Paul Rolnick, musical direction by Christopher Denny. Sample clips, tracks, CD and digital album at CD Baby.

Sunny Afternoon original cast recording
(BMG/Chrysalis - new import CD)
Cast recording for new musical that tells the story of the early life of Ray Davies and the rise to stardom of The Kinks. Currently appearing at the Hampstead Theatre in London. John Dagleish, Ned Derrington, George Maguire And Adam Sopp. "You Still Want Me," "I Gotta Move/You Really Got Me," "Just Can't Go To Sleep," "Denmark Street," "A Well Respected Man," "Dead End Street," "Dedicated Follower of Fashion," "You Really Got Me," "(This Time Tomorrow into) Set Me Free," "Till the End of the Day," "This Strange Effect," "Stop Your Sobbing," "This is Where I Belong," "Where Have All The Good Times Gone/All Day and All of the Night," "This Time Tomorrow," "Maximum Consumption," "Sitting In My Hotel," "I Go To Sleep," "I'm Not Like Everybody Else," "Too Much On My Mind/Tired of Waiting," "The Moneygoround," "Sunny Afternoon," "A Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy," "Days," "A Long Way From Home," "Waterloo Sunset," "Lola," "All Day And All Of The Night/You Really Got Me/Lola," "Look A Little On The Sunny Side." Produced by Ray Davies at Konk Studios in London. Also pre-ordering directly from the U.K. at Amazon UK

Tribute to the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
(new import 3 CD set)
West End stage singers include Dave Willetts, Peter Skellern, Marti Webb, Paul Jones, Fiona Hendley, Stephanie Lawrence, Jess Conrad, Carl Wayne, Maria Kesselman, Claire Moore, Jack Emblow, John Dulieu, Nick Curtis. 60 tracks.


Ghost Quartet
(new digital album)
Cast recording of new musical by Dave Malloy (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812) which is running through November 8 at The Bushwick Starr Theater. Brent Arnold (vocals, cello, guitar, erhu, dulcimer, percussion), Brittain Ashford (vocals, autoharp, keyboard, percussion), Gelsey Bell (vocals, metallophone, Celtic harp, accordion, percussion), Dave Malloy (vocals, piano, keyboard, ukulele, percussion). Available at

Roberta Digital
(New World Records - now on mp3 and iTunes)
First recording of the complete score in its original orchestrations by Kern's orchestrator-of-choice, Robert Russell Bennett. Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach score. Conducted by Rob Berman. Kim Criswell, Annalene Beechey, Jason Graae, Diana Montague, Patrick Cummings, Laura Daniels, Jeanne Lehman, John Molloy, Eamonn Mulhall, Tally Sessions. Disc: 1: "Let's Begin," "Lindy Hop," "Madrigal," "You're Devastating," Dialogue 1, "Finaletto," Dialogue 2, "You're Devastating: Stephanie's Reprise," Dialogue 3, "Yesterdays," Dialogue 4, Dialogue 5, "Something Had to Happen," "Rhapsody in Prose," Dialogue 6, "The Touch of Your Hand," "Scene and Trio," "Scene and Sidonie's Reprise," "Opening of Scene 4," "Fashion Show," "I'll Be Hard To Handle," "Yesterdays Dance," "Act One Finale"; Disc: 2, "Entr'Acte," "Hot Spot," Dialogue 7, Scene: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Dialogue 8, "Let's Begin: Reprise 1," "Dance Scene," Dialogue 9, "Something Had to Happen: Reprise," Dialogue 10, "Let's Begin: Reprise 2 and Sewing Dept Dance," "Don't Ask Me Not to Sing," "The Touch of Your Hand: Party Performance," "Scene Change," "Wardrobe Scene," "Clementina," "Reprises: I'll Be Hard to Handle & Let's Begin," "Finale Ultimo," "Appendix: Armful of Trouble," "Appendix: I Won't Dance," "Appendix: Lovely to Look At," "Exit Music," "Song: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." CD released 10/7/14.

DVD/Blu-Rays Now Available:

Pete Kelly's Blues - Blu-ray
(Warner Archive - new on Blu-ray)
1955 film with songs, about a jazz band and gangsters. Jack Webb, Janet Leigh, Lee Marvin, Jayne Mansfield, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee (Oscar nomination).

BOOKs & Other Items Now Available:

Geek Theater: 15 Plays by Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers
(Underwords Press - Paperback Book)
Editors Jen Gunnels and Erin Underwood. 15 science fiction and fantasy stage plays by some of today's top authors and award-winning playwrights. Mission to Mars (Jeanne Beckwith), For the Living (Chie-Hoon Lee), Rapunzel's Haircut (Cecil Castelucci), Promise of Space (James Patrick Kelly), Consider the Services of the Departed (F. Brett Cox), Zombies of Montrose (James Morrow), Clockwork Comrade (Carlos Hernandez), The Long and the Short of Long Term Memory (Cecil Castelucci), Geek! (Crystal Skillman), Faustfeathers (John Kessel), Thunderbird at the Next World Theatre (Andrea Hairston), Universal Robots (Mac Rogers), DEINDE (August Schulenburg), Hearts Like Fists (Adam Szymkowicz), Dog Act (Liz Duffy Adams). 470 pages.

I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend
(Harper - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook)
Martin Short memoir. 336 pages.

Mainly on Directing: Gypsy, West Side Story, and Other Musicals - Paperback
(Knopf - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of Arthur Laurents' 2009 book about theater, the art, the artist, the insider, the outsider ... enriched by the author's two loves, love for the theater and love for his partner of fifty-two years, Tom Hatcher, who shared and inspired every aspect of his life and his work. Laurents writes about the musicals he directed (I Can Get It for You Wholesale, Anyone Can Whistle, La Cage aux Folles, Gypsy revival, the new bilingual production of West Side Story) and about the works of other directors. A unique close-up look at today's American musical theater by a man who's been involved for more than five decades. 192 pages.

Phantom of the Opera Christmas repro poster
(Dress Circle)
Printed on top gloss poster paper, ready framed (length 50cm / width 30cm). Limited edition. Available at Dress Circle

Stephen Joseph: Theatre Pioneer and Provocateur
(Bloomsbury Methuen - Paperback Book)
By Paul Elsam. This radical man brought theatre-in-the-round to Britain, provoked Ayckbourn, Pinter and verbatim theatre creator Peter Cheeseman to write and direct, and democratised theatregoing. Draws on largely unsorted archival material (including letters from Harold Pinter, J. B. Priestley, Peggy Ramsay and others), and on new interviews with figures including Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Trevor Griffiths and Sir Ben Kingsley. Detailed assessment of Joseph's work and ideas during his lifetime, and summarizes his broadly-unrecognised posthumous legacy within contemporary theatre. 224 pages.


American Masters: Bing Crosby - Rediscovered
(PBS Home Video - new on DVD)
To premiere on PBS same day. Crosby's estate granted unprecedented access to his personal and professional archives, including never-before-seen home movies, Dictabelt recordings, photos and more. Narrated by Stanley Tucci with new interviews with all surviving members of Crosby's immediate family —wife Kathryn, daughter Mary and sons Harry and Nathaniel —and Tony Bennett and Michael Feinstein, record producer Ken Barnes, biographer Gary Giddins and writers Buz Kohan and Larry Grossman. 90 minutes.

Hark!: The Broadway Boys
(PS Classics - new on CD)
From the Broadway Boys roster of tenors. "Angels We Have Heard on High," "The Little Drummer Boy," "Today (Just Come Home)," "The Lights (The Chanukah Song)," "Do You Hear What I Hear?," "A Place Called Home," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "In the Bleak Midwinter," "The Christmas Song," "Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)," "Imagine Me."

Have Faith: Mary Testa and Michael Starobin
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
"Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries," "What If," "Sonnet 29," "Heroes," "Pink," "Sometimes it Snows in April," "Change," "Sister Clarissa," "Soldiers of Christ," "Lost," "On the Other Side," "God Only Knows," "Unravel/If I Loved You," "Heaven," "Thank U," "Hallelujah."

Michael Ball: If Everyone Was Listening...
(USM TV - new on CD)
"Bad Things," "Simple Love," "I Won't Give Up," "Jessie," "Still the Same," "You Needed Me," "Stuck Like Glue," "The Climb," "Need You Now," "May You Never," "What We Ain't Got," "If Everyone Was Listening," "Let It Be Me," "Angel," "Falling Slowly." Pre-ordering at Amazon UK.

Sandy Bainum - It Might Be Fun
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Album of original songs by Bruce Kimmel. "It Might Be Fun," "When You're Waiting for Love," "I See Rainbows," "Three Acts," "Falling Out of Love," "Here On Earth," "What Do I Do Now?," "I'm Here," "Who Do I Have to Blank to Get Out of this Show?," "It Doesn't Get Easier," "Maybe Something More," "No Letting Go," "The Lights and the Smiles," "Truly Married," "Two Roads." Recorded in Los Angeles at Capitol Studios Studio A with a 35-piece orchestra. Arranged, orchestrated and conducted by Lanny Meyers and produced by Bruce Kimmel. Pre-ordering at

On the Town 2014 revival cast
(PS Classics - new on CD)
Score by Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Leonard Bernstein. 30-member cast, led by Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Clyde Alves, Megan Fairchild, Elizabeth Stanley and Alysha Umphress; and 28-piece orchestra. Recorded 11/3/14. Produced by Robert Sher. Early shipping if ordered directly from

(Ghostlight - new on CD)
Public Theater cast album of Matt Sax and Eric Rosen's futuristic rock musical (additional music by Curtis Moore). Uzo Aduba, Jennifer Damiano, Emilee Dupre, Claybourne Elder, Semhar Ghebremichael, Jonathan David, Leslie Odom Jr., Victoria Platt, Angela Polk, Devin L. Roberts, Matt Sax, Haaz Sleiman, Manuel Stark. Previously released on mp3/iTunes


The Untold Stories of Broadway: Tales from the World's Most Famous Theaters - Volume 2
(Dress Circle Publishing - Book)
Second in series by Jennifer Ashley Tepper. Hundreds of stories about the most important stages in the world, seen through the eyes of the producers, actors, stage hands, writers, musicians, designers, directors, and door men who bring The Great White Way to life each night. Volume 2 features the Palace Theatre, the Barrymore Theatre, the Gershwin Theatre, the Circle in the Square, the Shubert Theatre, the Criterion Center Stage Right, the Vivian Beaumont Theatre and the Nederlander Theatre. Pre-ordering at Dress Circle Publishing.


Postponed to November 10:

The Definitive Miss Saigon Live Recording
(First Night/Polydor - new import on 2 CDs/already at iTunes)
Live recording of Claude-Michel Schönberg/Alain Boublil score. 2014 London revival cast. Jon Jon Briones, Rachelle Ann Go, Hugh Maynard, Alistair Brammer, Eva Noblezada, Kwang-Ho, Tamsin Carroll. Disc: 1: "Overture," "The Dance," "Why God Why?," "This Money's Yours," "Sun And Moon," "Asking For Leave," "The Deal," "The Wedding Ceremony," "Thuy's Intervention," "Last Night Of The World," "The Morning Of The Dragon," "I Still Believe," "Coo-Coo Princess," "You Will Not Touch Him," "If You Want To Die In Bed," "Kim & Engineer," "I'd Give My Life For You"; Disc: 2: "Entr'acte -," "Bui Doi," "The Revelation," "What A Waste," "Too Much For One Heart," "Kim's Nightmare," "Sun And Moon (Reprise)," "Room 317," "Maybe," "The Confrontation," "Paper Dragons," "The American Dream," "Little God Of My Heart." Available in the U.K. at Dress Circle and Amazon UK.

The Definitive Miss Saigon Live Recording Highlights
(First Night/Polydor - new import CD/already at iTunes)
Highlights disc of live recording of 2014 London revival cast performing the Claude-Michel Schönberg/Alain Boublil score. Jon Jon Briones, Rachelle Ann Go, Hugh Maynard, Alistair Brammer, Eva Noblezada, Kwang-Ho, Tamsin Carroll.

Postponed to November 11:

Southern Baptist Sissies
(Breaking Glass Pictures - new on DVD)
2013 film based on Del Shores' award-winning play. Emerson Collins, Leslie Jordan, , Matthew Scott Montgomery, Bobbie Eakes and Willam Belli.

Added to March 3, 2015

Warner 3D Musical Collection
(Warner - new Blu-rays w/ 3D versions)
Kiss Me Kate, The Band Wagon and Calamity Jane. Also to be released individually.