Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 11/19/19 (updated 11/22/19)

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2019: November 5 | October 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | September 24, 17, 10, 3, August 27, 20, 13, 6 | July 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | June 25, 18, 11, 4 | May 28, 21, 14, 7 | April 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | March 26, 19, 12 | 5 | February 26, 19, 12, 5 | January 29, 22, 15, 8

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CDs Now Available:

American Utopia on Broadway OBC
(Nonesuch - 2-CD set)
Includes songs from David Byrne's American Utopia along with songs from Talking Heads and his solo career, currently on Broadway in October at the Hudson Theatre. "Here," "I Know Sometimes a Man Is Wrong / Don't Worry About the Government," "Lazy," "This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)," "I Zimbra," "Slippery People," "I Should Watch TV," "Everybody's Coming to My House," "Once in a Lifetime," "Glass, Concrete & Stone," "Toe Jam," "Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)," "I Dance like This," "Bullet," "Every Day Is a Miracle," "Blind," "Burning Down the House," "Hell You Talmbout," "One Fine Day," "Road to Nowhere," "The Great Curve." Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes.

Angels Among Us
(Mormon Tabernacle - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
The Tabernacle Choir holiday album with featured singer Kristin Chenoweth (on "We Need a Little Christmas," "O Holy Night," "Mary, Did You Know," "Come On, Ring Those Bells," "The Christmas Waltz," "Angels Among Us," "What Child Is This?," "Angels from the Realm of Glory." Video of the concert is also available on Amazon Prime. Released 10/18/19.

Ben Bagley's Shoestring Revue
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Remastered Music by David Baker, Arthur Siegel, Charles Strouse, Ken Welch, Alec Wilder, and others. Lyrics by Lee Adams, June Carroll, Norman Gimbel, Ronny Graham, Sheldon Harnick, Bud McCreery, Mike Stewart, and others. Cast includes Bea Arthur, Danny Carroll, Jane Connell, Dody Goodman, and others. Limited release of 500 copies. To ship by the third week in November. At

Ben Bagley's Kurt Weill Revisited Volume II
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Music by Kurt Weill. Lyrics by Maxwell Anderson, Bertolt Brecht, Ira Gershwin, Paul Green, Edward Heyman, Alan Jay Lerner, Ogden Nash. Cast includes Nancy Andrews, Ellen Burstyn, Nell Carter, Blossom Dearie, Tammy Grimes, Estelle Parsons, John Reardon, Arthur Siegel, and Jo Sullivan. Musical and vocal arrangements by Dennis Deal. Remastered. Limited release of 500 copies. To ship by the third week in November. At

Carols for a Cure 2019: Volume 21
(new CD & digital album)
21st annual collection of seasonal songs sung by members of the Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre community. "Carol of the Beetlebells" (Beetlejuice), "Jingle Bells" (Tootsie), "O Come All Ye Faithful" (Ain't Too Proud), "Drey Dreydele" (Fiddler On the Roof In Yiddish), "Auld Lang Syne" (Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!), "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (Mean Girls), "A Prayer for Peace" (Broadway Musicians Afm Local 802), "December Feels" (Aladdin), "What Child Is This?" (Hamilton), "Hine Ma Tov/Together" (Dear Evan Hansen), "Do You Hear What I Hear?" (Come From Away), "Lo, How A Rose E'er Bloomin'" (Wicked), "O Christmas Tree" (An Fls Treemix), "O Holy Night" (Frozen), "Secret Santa" (Waitress), "Coventry Carol" (the Broadway Baby Mamas), "The First Noel" (the Phantom of the Opera), "Midwintersong" (Hadestown). Digital download card included This purchase exclusively benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Currently at the Broadway Cares store.

Debbie Reynolds: The MGM Singles
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
Collection of all of Debbie's MGM singles on one disc. Included are some rare recordings that have not been available since their initial releases in the early 1950s; many others making their debut on CD. Plus some key soundtrack singles that not only showcase this versatile and legendary performer from the golden age of MGM musicals, but also helped define an era. 30 tracks. Released 11/8/19.

Frozen 2
(Disney - new on CD/on mp3)
Soundtrack for 2019 animated film. New songs by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Evan Rachel Wood, Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff, Panic! At The Disco, Kacey Musgraves Weezer. "All is Found," "Some Things Never Change," "Into the Unknown," "When I Am Older," "Reindeer(s) are Better than People (Cont.)," "Lost in the Woods," "Show Yourself," "The Next Right Thing," "Into the Unknown(end credits)," "All is Found (end credits)," "Lost in the Woods (end credits)."

Joe Stilgoe's Christmas Album
(Storyville Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
British singer/pianist/songwriter Joe Stilgoe (son of Richard Stilgoe and Annabel Hunt). "Medley: Winter Weather / I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," "The Night Before," "Little White Berry," "December Lights," "Sleigh Ride," "The Christmas Song," "Round & Round the Christmas Tree," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Medley: Top Hat / Putting on the Ritz," "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "I'm the Happiest Christmas Tree," "Rest in Peace." With saxophonist Amy Dickson, the Canterbury Cathedral Girls Choir, Ben Castle, and Rob Brydon.

Luke Evans At Last
(BMG - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Welsh West End (Taboo, Rent, Miss Saigon Avenue Q) and film actor Luke Evans solo album. "Love Is a Battlefield," "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," "If I Could Turn Back Time," "Changing," "With or Without You," "I'm Kissing You," "Show Me Heaven," "At Last," "Always Remember Us This Way," "Say You Love Me," "Faith's Song," "Bring Him Home."

Margaret Whiting: Let's Fall in Love: The Lost Recordings Vol. 2
(Sepia Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
56 songs performed by the young Margaret previously unavailable commercially, including "Summertime," "Come to Me, Bend to Me," "Johnny One Note," "I'm Gonna Love That Guy," "I Got Lost in His Arms," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," "This Can't Be Love," "Someone to Watch over Me," "Bill," "Come Rain or Come Shine." Released 11/8/19.

Mark William: Come Croon With Me
(Yellow Sound Label - new on CD)
Debut album from Mark Williams, featuring the songs in his critically acclaimed nightclub act. "Overture," "Medley: Come Live Me/ Come Fly with Me/ Blue Skies/ From this Moment On," "I've Gotta Be Me/ Golden Rainbow," "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," "Moon River/ Ebb Tide," "Just to Get My Name In Lights/ Everything Old Is New Again/ All I Wanted Was the Dream," "On the Street Where You Live," "Pure Imagination/ Over the Rainbow," "Bewitched/ You Do Something to Me/ That Old Black Magic/ Witchcraft," "I Want to Go to Hollywood," "Let Me Be Your Star," "A Lot of Livin' to Do/ Shine It On," "I Am What I Am," "Home." Backed by a five-piece band led by musical director Clint Edwards.

Randy Rainbow: Hey Gurl, It's Christmas!
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Randy Rainbow's debut Christmas album. Randy puts his signature twist on holiday classics and premieres a brand new Christmas song (the title track) with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Randy Rainbow and Shaiman. With special guests Alan Cumming, Kathy Griffin, Norm Lewis, and Lorna Luft. "Hey Gurl, It's Christmas!," "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," "Merry Christmas Darling / What Are You Doing New Years Eve?," "Trump's Favorite Things," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "The Christmas Movie Medley: Somewhere Over the Rainbow; Somewhere in My Memory; White Christmas; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas)," "Make Someone Happy." Backed by a swingin' band and new musical arrangements by Jesse Kissel. Also at

The Sound of Music 60th Anniversary
(Craft Recordings - new on CD/2-LP vinyl)

1959 Broadway cast performs the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II score. Mastered from the original 3-track master tape. New liner notes by the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization's Ted Chapin. Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel, with Brian Davies, Elizabeth Howell, Kurt Kasznar, Marion Marlowe, Patricia Neway, Muriel O'Malley, Lauri Peters, Karen Shepard. "Preludium," "The Sound of Music," "Maria," "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen," "The Lonely Goatherd," "How Can Love Survive?," "The Sound of Music," "Laendler," "So Long, Farewell," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "No Way To Stop It," "An Ordinary Couple," "Processional," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen," "Edelweiss," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain."

Transparent Musicale Finale Original Soundtrack
(Decca Gold - new on CD)
Zach Barack, Alexandra Billings, Jay Duplass, Sophie Giannamore, Hannah Glazer, Alexandra Grey, Kathryn Hahn, Gaby Hoffmann, Richard Kind, Jo Lampert, Jari Jones, Amy Landecker, Erik Liberman, Judith Light, Lesli Margherita, Shakina Nayfack, Theo Tiedemann. "Sepulveda Boulevard," "Come Through Shelly," "Goddamn House," "Where Have You Been?," "Sit In It," "Your Boundary Is My Trigger," "Father's House," "Let Her Be Okay," "Where Have You Been? (Reprise)," "Your Shoes," "Crazy People," "Joyocaust." Vinyl version to be released 11/22/19. Released previously on mp3 and at iTunes.

A Vintage Broadway Christmas: Festive Showtunes and Yuletide Favorites Sung by Broadway Stars of Yesteryear
(Stage Door Records - 2-CD import set)
Festive showtunes and yuletide favorites as sung by Broadway's stars of the 1950s and '60s. Includes seasonal selections from the Broadway musicals Subways Are For Sleeping, Greenwillow, Irma La Douce, Song Of Norway, Call Me Mister and Babes In Toyland. Singers include Sydney Chaplin, Elaine Stritch, Mary Martin, Barbara Cook, Sally Ann Howes, Dorothy Collins, Leslie Uggams, Mimi Hines, Eartha Kitt, Pearl Bailey, Howard Morris, Joel Grey, John Raitt, Betty Garrett, Eddie Albert, and more. See link for complete track list. Also at


& Juliet
(Atlantic Records UK - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original London cast recording of score by Max Martin. "...'what if' Juliet hadn't killed herself at the end of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?" Premiered at Manchester Opera House prior to a November 2019 opening in the West End. Miriam-Teak Lee, Cassidy Janson, Oliver Tompsett, Arun Blair-Mangat, Melanie La Barrie, Jordan Luke Gage, and Tim Mahendran. "Larger Than Life," "I Want It That Way," "...Baby One More Time," "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely," "Domino," "Show Me Love," "Blow," "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman," "Overprotected," "Confident," "Teenage Dream / Break Free," "Oops!...I Did It Again," "I Kissed A Girl," "It's My Life," "Love Me Like You Do," "Since U Been Gone," "Whataya Want from Me," "One More Try," "Problem / Can't Feel My Face," "That's the Way It Is," "Everybody," "As Long as You Love Me," "It's Gonna Be Me," "Shape of My Heart," "Stronger," "Fuckin' Perfect [Explicit]," "Roar," "I Want It That Way (Reprise)," "Can't Stop The Feeling!," "One More Try." CD to be released 11/29/19.

Accidentally Brave
(Audible Audiobook)
One-woman play by Maddie Corman. Presented in 2019 at DR2 Theatre. Narrated by Maddie Corman. Released 11/7/19.

Kristin Chenoweth: "White Christmas"
(new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
With Steve Tyrell.

Octet original cast recording
(Nonesuch - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording of score by Dave Malloy and Annie Tippe. Adam Bashian, Kim Blanck, Starr Busby, Alex Gibson, Justin Gregory Lopez, J.D. Mollison, Margo Seibert, and Kuhoo Verma. Digital booklet. "The Forest," "Refresh," "Candy," "Glow," "Fugue State," "Monster," "Solo," "Actually," "Little God," "Tower Tea Ceremony," "Beautiful," "The Field." Digital Booklet. To be released 1/17/20 on CD.

VINYL LP Now Available:

Beetlejuice OBC vinyl
(Ghostlight/Warner Bros. - new on 2LPs)
Score by Eddie Perfect. Music Supervision, orchestrations, and incidental music By Kris Kukul. Cast includes Alex Brightman, Sophia Anne Caruso, Kerry Butler, Rob McClure, Adam Dannheisser, Leslie Kritzer, Jill Abramovitz, Kelvin Moon Loh, Danny Rutigliano, and Dana Steingold. Album produced by Matt Stine, Alex Timbers, Eddie Perfect, and Kurt Deutsch. "Prologue: Invisible," "The Whole 'Being Dead' Thing," "Ready Set, Not Yet," "The Whole 'Being Dead' Thing, Pt. 2," "Dead Mom," "Fright of Their Lives," "Ready Set (Reprise)," "No Reason," "Invisible (Reprise) / On the Roof," "Say My Name," "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) [Act 1 Finale]," "Girl Scout," "That Beautiful Sound," "Barbara 2.0," "What I Know Now," "Home," "Creepy Old Guy," "Jump in the Line." Recording dates May 5, 6 and 13, 2019. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes

DVD/BLU-RAY Now Available:

Andrew Lloyd Webber: Live Musicals Collection
(Universal - on 4 DVD Discs)
Disc 1: Cats (1999) with Elaine Paige and Sir John Mills, remastered with full digital, 70-piece orchestra; with The Making of Cats. Disc 2: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Go, Go, Go Joseph: The Making of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat plus Production Notes, The History of Joseph, The Enduring Appeal of Joseph, Cast and Filmmakers, Recommendations. Disc 3: Love Never Dies, with The Making of Love Never Dies. Disc 4: Jesus Christ Superstar Live Arena Tour, with An Introduction by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Behind the Scenes.

Kurt Weill's Street Scene
(Bel Air Classiques - new on Blu-ray)
2018 production at Teatro Real de Madrid. Featuring Patricia Racette and Paulo Szot. John Fulljames directs, with conductor Tim Murray. Choreography by Arthur Pita.

Leonard Soloway's Broadway
(1091 - new on DVD)
Documentary produced and directed by Jeff Wolk. Pulls back the curtain of one of the most admired and loved Broadway producers and general managers. Through interviews, photos and other archival material, the film is an inside look at the "business" of "show business" in a career that has spanned more than seventy years. Leonard Soloway has been involved with over 150 productions, including Waiting in the Wings with Lauren Bacall and Rosemary Harris, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, A Moon For the Misbegotten and Mark Twain Tonight! with Hal Holbrook. Leonard has worked with veteran stage actors like Jason Robards and Colleen Dewhurst as well as film stars like Paul Newman. At the age of 90, even as we witness his latest production come to a disappointing end in the course of this film, Leonard Soloway is still enamored with the "lullaby of Broadway" as he plans his next production. Also a story of a gay man who never hid his identity at a time when this just wasn't done. Narrated by Campbell Scott, featuring candid interviews with John Slattery, Tovah Feldshuh, Olympia Dukakis, Elizabeth Ashley, Debbie Gravitte, Manny Azenberg, and more. Also expected on streaming and VOD services.

BOOKs Now Available:

A is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z
(Doubleday - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By John Robert Allman. Illustrated by Peter Emmerich. "Start with 'A' for six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, then sing and dance your way through the alphabet with beloved entertainers like Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Lea Salonga, and Liza Minnelli." To receive a stage adaption at 92Y in November.

Groundhog Day piano/vocal selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
15 vocal selections from the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical. Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, who wrote an in-depth forward to this souvenir collection. Also includes performance notes from the show's music director, Laurie Perkins. "Everything About You," "Hope," "If I Had My Time Again," "Night Will Come," "Nobody Cares," "One Day," "Overture," "Playing Nancy," "Punxsutawney Phil," "Rita's Diary," "Seeing You," "Small Town USA Day One," "Small Town USA Day Two," "Stuck," "There Will Be Sun." 144 pages.

It's Always Loud in the Balcony: A Life in Black Theater, from Harlem to Hollywood and Back
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Memoir by Richard Wesley, an essential part of the Black Theater Movement of the 1960s. From his debut in The Black Terror at the Public Theater in 1971, through Hollywood and his influence on current black theater. 256 pages.

The Letters of Cole Porter
(Yale Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Cliff Eisen and Dominic McHugh, editors. Extensive collection of letters (most of which are published here for the first time) dates from the first decade of the twentieth century to the early 1960s and features correspondence with stars such as Irving Berlin, Ethel Merman, and Orson Welles, as well as Porter's friends and lovers. Complemented by commentaries that draw together the loose threads of Porter’s life and highlight the distinctions between Porter’s public and private existence. 672 pages.

The Theatre of August Wilson (Critical Companions)
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Alan Nadel (Author), Kevin J. Wetmore Jr. (Series Editor), Patrick Lonergan (Series Editor). Comprehensive study of August Wilson's drama introducing the major themes and motifs that unite Wilson's ten-play cycle about African American life in each decade of the twentieth century. Detailed readings of each play, through extensive interviews. 232 pages.


Buttons: A Christmas Tale
(Paramount - new on DVD)
2018 Christmas movie featuring Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury, with Alivia Clark, Julia Burrows, Jane Seymour, Roma Downey and Abigail Spencer. Narrated by Kate Winslet and Robert Redford. Directed by Tim Janis. Also streaming.

Colette Collage
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
1994 studio cast album. Music by Harvey Schmidt. Book and lyrics by Tom Jones. Judy Kaye, Judy Blazer, Jason Graae, George Lee Andrews, Rita Gardner, Jonathan Freeman and more. Orchestrations by Larry Moore. Produced by Bruce Kimmel. Limited to 500 copies only. Will ship by the third week of December. Available at

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
(Disney - new on CD)
Soundtrack from Disney+ series. Olivia Rodrigo, Joshua Bassett, Sofia Wylie, Matt Cornett, Julia Lester, Dara Renee, Frankie Rodriguez, Larry Saperstein, Kate Reinders, and Mark St. Cyr. To feature High School Musical classic songs plus new songs.

Marty Thomas: Slow Dancing with a Boy
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Second album from stage and television singer/actor. Guest singers Rachel Potter, Jamey Ray, Mykal Kilgore. "Slow Dance" "As" "Dancing on My Own All by Myself" "Dreamlover" "Crazy for You" "Remember Me This Way" "Show Me Heaven" "Seventh Grade (Save the Best for Last / Everything I Do)" "I Want You to Need Me" "Someone to Fall Back On" "We Belong" "Somewhere."Produced by Jamey Ray. Also at

Superhero original cast
(Sony - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Score by Tom Kitt. The musical, with book by John Logan, premiered in January 2019 at Second Stage. "Prologue / The Adventures of the Amazing Sea-Mariner," "What's Happening To My Boy?," "The Adventures of the Amazing Sea-Mariner (Reprised) / You Don't Know What I Know," "The Man in 4-B," "I'll Save The Girl," "Laundry for Two," "How Do You Do This Again? / You Don't Know What I Know (Reprise)," "It's Not Like In The Movies" (available now) now "If I Only Had One Day," "In Between," "My Dad, The Superhero," "It Happens To You," "What Are The Words?," "If I Only Had One Day (Reprise)," "Superman Is Dead," "Superhero." Kate Baldwin, Bryce Pinkham, Kyle McArthur, Julia Abueva, Jake Levy, Salena Qureshi, Thom Sesma and Nathaniel Stampley. Booklet includes liner notes from Chris Jones, the full lyrics, and production photos.

Wanda's World
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Studio cast recording of score by Beth Falcone. Mallory Bechtel, Alex Boniello, Christiana Cole, Max Crumm, Christine de Frece, Justin Guarini, Troy Iwata, Arielle Jacobs, Brittney Johnson, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Tony LePage, Isabelle McCalla, Chris Medlin, Nancy Opel, Brittany Zeinstra. Produced by Emmy Award winner Michael J. Moritz Jr. Also at

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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