Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 11/7/17 (updated 11/10/17)

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2017: October 31, 24, 17, 10, 3 | September 26, 19, 12, 5 | August 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | July 25, 18, July 4 & 11 | June 27, 20, 13, 6 | May 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | April 25, 18, 11, 4 | March 28, 21, 14, 7 | February 28, 21, 14, 7 | January 31, 24, 17, 10, 3

2016 | 2015

CDs Now Available:

The Ballad of Little Jo original cast recording
(The Musical Company/Concord Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Two River Theater cast recording of score by Mike Reid and Sarah Schlesinger. Teal Wicks, Eric William Morris, Jane Bruce, and Daniel K. Isaac. Accompanied by John O’Neill (conductor/piano) and Martin Agee (violin), Troy Chang (cello), Philip Coiro (drums/percussion), Simon Hutchings (reeds), Justin Rothberg (guitar), and Joseph Wallace (bass). Orchestrations By Danny Larsen. Music Supervision & Vocal Arrangements By Patrick Vaccariello. Music Direction & Dance/Incidental Arrangements By John O'Neill. Album Produced By Sean Patrick Flahaven.

Carols for a Cure 2017
(new on CD)
Volume 19 of the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS annual holiday recording. Performed by Broadway, Off-Broadway, and tour cast. Aladdin: "O Come All Ye Faithful," Anastasia: "All Those Christmas Cliches," Avenue Q: "The 12 Days of Christmas," Beautiful: "Love at Christmas Time," A Bronx Tale: "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day," Cats: "Joy to the World," Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: "Do You Hear What I Hear?," Chicago: "This Is The Night," Come From Away: "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," Dear Evan Hansen: "Down In Yon Forest," Groundhog Day: "Oh Little Town of Punx, PA," Hamilton: "Chester," Jersey Boys (national tour): "Let’s Have an Old Fashioned Jersey Christmas," Kinky Boots: "Hark! The Herald Angel Sing," The Lion King: "Everyone’s a Kid at Christmas," The Phantom of the Opera: "Old Fashioned Christmas," School of Rock: "Yule of Rock," Waitress: "I Wonder What You Got For Me," War Paint: "I Can't Wait For Christmas," Wicked: "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." Available at participating shows during Gypsy of the Year Performances, through December 4, and at

Cheryl Bentyne: reArrangements of Shadows, The Music of Stephen Sondheim
(ArtistShare - new on CD/at iTunes)
Cheryl Bentyne, known for her 38 years with The Manhattan Transfer and as a solo artist, re-imagines songs by Stephen Sondheim. "I Remember," "Sand," "The Ladies Who Lunch" (with Janis Siegel and Tierney Sutton), "Everybody Says Don't," "Comedy Tonight," "Wish I Could Forget You," "Not a Day Goes By," "Move On," "Send in the Clowns," "The Ladies Who Lunch" (solo). Accompanied by Dave Tull on drums, Brad Dutz on percussion, John Arrucci on marimba, Rafi Rishik on violin, Irina Voloshina on violin, Jennie Hansen on viola, And Armen Ksajikian On Cello. Released 11/1/17.

Sheridan: The Album
(new import CD)
Debut album for U.K. actress/singer/dancer (Funny Girl, Little Shop of Horrors, Legally Blonde, Bridge Jones's Diary). "Crazy," "Anyone Who Had a Heart," "City of Stars," "Mad About the Boy," "I Smell a Rat," "Dinner at Eight," "Superstar," "Hurt," "Addicted to Love," "My Man," "For Forever," "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." Produced by Tris Penna and Steve Sidwell.

DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:

Christiaan Smith: "All the Way"
(new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Actor/singer original song from upcoming album. Single released 10/20/17.

Debbie Gravitte: Big Band Broadway
(Group 5 Records - new album on mp3/at iTunes)
"My Heart Belongs to Daddy," "I Enjoy Being a Girl," "I Can Cook, Too," "Never, Never Land," "Surrey with the Fringe on Top," "Daddy," "My Ship," "It Might as Well Be Spring," "Let Me Entertain You," "Lulu's Advantage," "From This Moment On," "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered." CD format available at

BOOKs Now Available:

The Children (TCG Edition)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Lucy Kirkwood. Played Royal Court Theatre in 2016 and starting on Broadway November 28 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. 80 pages.

Daphne's Dive
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Quiara Alegría Hudes. Produced at Signature Theatre in 2016. 96 pages.

The Ferryman
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Play by Jez Butterworth, which recently had its world premiere at the Royal Court Theatre in London. 80 pages. The Kindle Edition was released in May 2017.

(Back Bay Books - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook)
Play by Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced). To play Lincoln Center beginning October 2017 starring Steven Pasquale as Robert Merkin. 176 pages. Audiobook narrated by Michael Crouch.

The Lion King: Pride Rock on Broadway
(Disney Editions - Hardcover Book)
By Julie Taymor. In this updated and redesigned edition of her book originally published in 1998, Taymor has a chance to reflect on her 20-year journey with the show. Features all of the original behind-the-scenes text and imagery photographed during the building of sets and rehearsals and costume creation. 192 pages.

The Lion King: Twenty Years on Broadway and Around the World
(Disney Editions - Hardcover book)
By by Michael Lassell. A Disney Theatrical Souvenir Book. In honor of its 20th anniversary (7/8/17) ... traces the origins of the show from the animated film, features stories from the creators and actors, and showcases never-before-published images both onstage and behind the scenes from the many productions around the world. 224 pages.

My Pride: Mastering Life's Daily Performance
(Disney Editions - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Alton Fitzgerald White (The Lion King). White " delivers his message of service - taking responsibility for and deriving happiness from commonplace achievements - as a philosophy that anyone can get through each day with satisfaction, pride and a sense of accomplishment." 320 pages.


Expresso Bongo OLC
(Kritzerland Records - new on CD)
1958 musical with music by David Heneker (Half a Sixpence) and Monty Norman, and lyrics by Julian More, David Heneker, and Monty Norman. Paul Scofield, James Kenney, Millicent Martin, Meier Tzelniker, Hy Hazell, and Elizabeth Ashley. Remastered by James Nelson. Also included are the songs from the film version, performed by Cliff Richards, and two covers. "Overture," "Don't You Sell Me Down the River," "Expresso Party," "Nausea," "Spoil the Child," "Seriously," "I Never Had it So Good," "There's Nothing Wrong With the British Youth Today," "The Shrine on the Second Floor," "He's Got Something for the Public," "I Am," "Nothing is for Nothing," "We Bought It," "Time," "The Gravy Train," "Finale. Bonus Tracks: soundtrack EP with Cliff Richard and The Shadows: "Love," "A Voice in the Wilderness," "The Shrine on the Second Floor," "Bongo's Blues"; Cover Versions: "He's Got Something for the Public" (Stephen Hill Singers/The Tony Hatch Orchestra), "Seriously" (Millicent Martin/Tony Osborne Orchestra). Limited to 500 copies. Expected to ship by mid-December. Order at


Guillaume: A Life
(Univ of Missouri - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of actor Robert Guillaume's 2002 autobiography, written with David Ritz. 240 pages.

Time and The Rose Garden: Encountering the Magical in the Life and Works of J.B. Priestley
(O Books - Paperback Book)
By Anthony Peake. A reassessment of Priestley's plays and novels. Peake argues that Priestley should be recognized as one of the most prescient of all middle century playwrights and that his ideas on time, consciousness and mortality can be found in hugely popular movies such as The Matrix, Vanilla Sky, Deja Vu, Sliding Doors, Butterfly Effect and many others. 264 pages.


Added to December 1:

A Christmas Carol
(Universal Music - on 2 CDs)
Simon Callow's self-written solo version of Charles Dickens tale. With the national brass band champions The Brighouse and Rastrick Band performing traditional Christmas carols. Produced by Island Records. Currently at Amazon UK.

Elaine Paige Presents Showstoppers from the Musicals
(Union Square - 3-disc import boxed set)

Collection of songs from stage and screen. 60 of the best loved and most memorable songs ever by performers including Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Elaine Paige, Michael Crawford, Idina Menzel, Liza Minnelli, Il Divo, Sarah Brightman, John Barrowman, Julie Covington and many more. See track list here. Also available at Amazon UK a week earlier. [Amazon link not working yet at the time posted.]

Added to December 8:

High Tor
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
1956 musical CBS TV film, based on the based on the Maxwell Anderson 1936 play. From the Decca album that featured the songs and story (dialogue tracks), plus two bonus tracks. Music by Arthur Schwartz, lyrics by Anderson. Cast includes Julie Andrews (U.S. television debut), Bing Crosby, Nancy Olson, Everett Sloane. Why yes, I'll tell you what happened on High Tor, "Living One Day at a Time," Just after that, two first class skinflints, "When You're in Love" (Crosby, So there I was up there alone, "Sad Is the Life of a Sailor's Wife," And then they all drifted away, "When You're in Love (Sloane and Julie Andrews)," I don't know whether you'll believe this, "A Little Love, a Little While," I don't know whether I believe this next part, "When You're in Love (Reprise)" (Sloane, At that moment the bank robbers came back, "John Barleycorn," They began to offer me real money for High Tor, "Once Upon a Long Ago," I didn't hear Judy coming., "Once Upon a Long Ago," There isn't much more to tell, "John Barleycorn (Reprise)," They got out in a couple of days, "A Little Love, A Little While (Reprise)." Bonus tracks: "When You're in Love" (Leroy Holmes and His Orchestra and Chorus), "When You're in Love" (The Lancers). First time on CD. Part of Stage Door Records' Collector's Series with special packaging, bonus tracks, and limited to 500 units. Currently at for the U.K. release date of December 8, 2017. Amazon link and U.S. release date to come.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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