Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 11/24/20 (uupdated 11/27/20)

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2020: November 17, 10, 3 | October 27, 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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CDs Now Available:

Josh Groban: Harmony
(Warner/Reprise - new on CD)
Josh Groban performing a collection of timeless songs and two originals. The World We Knew (Over and Over)," "Angels," "Celebrate Me Home," "Shape of My Heart" (with Leslie Odom Jr.), "Your Face," "Both Sides Now" (with Sara Bareilles), "She," "The Impossible Dream," "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," "It's Now or Never," "I Can't Make You Love Me," "The Fullest" (with Kirk Franklin). Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes.

Judy Whitmore: Can't We Be Friends
(Arden House Music - new album on CD/on mp3/on iTunes)
Debut album. Recorded at Capitol Studios with collaborators John Sawoski and Michael Patterson. "Can't We Be Friends," "I Could Write a Book," "I Should Care," "It Had to Be You," "The Lies of Handsome Men," "How About You / Manhattan / Autumn in New York," "The Last Time I Saw Paris / the River Seine," "'S Wonderful," "My Favorite Year," "Love Is Here to Stay," "I Get Along without You Very Well," "Two for the Road."

Lea Salonga Live in Concert with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
(Broadway Records - new on CD//on mp3/at iTunes)
Recorded live at Sydney Opera House. "Overture," "Feelin' Good," "Out There," "Reflection," "The Human Heart," "Will He Like Me / Vanilla Ice Cream /Till There Was You," "Journey to the Past," "Why God Why?," "Meadowlark," "Children Will Listen," "Drops of Jupiter," "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?," "A Whole New World (featuring Mat Verevis)," "This Is Me," "On My Own," "Boy Band Medley." to be presented on PBS Great Performances on 11/27/20. Also at

Ryan Shaw: Imagining Marvin
(Broadway Records - new album on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Multi Grammy-nominated actor/singer (Motown, Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent's Park) tribute to Marvin Gaye. "Save The Children/Mercy Mercy Me," "Get Home" (with Robert Randolph), "I Want You," "Love In Pain" (with Rob Thomas and Derek Trucks), "Sexual Healing," "Sin," "Good Lovin' Ain't Easy To Come By" (with Shoshana Bean), "Strong Men Can ," "Choosin'," "I Heard It Through The Grapevine," "The Shadow Of Your Smile." Produced by Ryan Shaw and Shedrick Mitchel.

DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:

Marisha Wallace: Tomorrow digital
(Decca - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Singer/actress Marisha Wallace (Aladdin, The Book of Mormon) with covers as well as four new, original tracks. "Somewhere," "Alive," "Tomorrow," "The Show Must Go On," "Rainbow," "Before I Go," "My Declaration," "Faith," "You're The Voice," "Divine," "Purple Rain," "Reflection," "I'm Free," "Angel," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain." CD release 1/8/21.

Thankful: A Benefit Album For Jerad Bortz
(Rock-It Science Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Twenty-two original songs written by Steven Skeels. Annaleigh Ashford, Shoshana Bean, Stephanie J. Block, Jerad Bortz, Alex Brightman, Breedlove, Lisa Brescia, Norbert Leo Butz, Liz Callaway, Gaelen Gilliland, Jin Ha, Megan Hilty, Cheyenne Jackson, Christopher Jackson, Andy Karl, Beth Leavel, Norm Lewis, Julia Murney, Q. Smith, Ali Stroker, Steven Skeels, Marty Thomas, Katie Thompson, Ryan Vasquez, Ann VanCleave and Ben Vereen with Jerad Bortz Jared Bradshaw, Kathy Coppolino, Michael Di Liberto, Olivia Donalson, Hannah Dowdy, Stacia Fernandez, David Gilleo, Gaelen Gilliland, Courtney Iventosch, Craig Jessup, Eddie Marco, Samuel Moffatt, Brian Munn, Lindsay Northen, Tori Palazola O'Rourke, Andy Redeker, Jonathan Ritter, Mesghan Sands, Steven Skeels, Ann Van Cleave, and Laura Woyasz. Arrangers and orchestrators include Martyn Axe, Simon Beck, Ben Cohn, Carmel Dean, Ray Fellman, Josh Harris, Alex Lacamoire, Daniel Lincoln, Bryan Perri, Will Reynolds, Richard Rockage, James Sampliner, Brian Usifer and Scott Wasserman. Produced by Lynn Pinto and Steven Skeels. Funds to benefit Jerad Bortz (Wicked), who was seriously injured in a 2018 car accident. Pre-ordering to begin 10/23/20.

BLU-RAY/DVDs Now Available:

The Jewish Soul
(Kino Lorber - 5-disc Blu-ray set)
With new translations by Allen Lewis Rickman. Ten classics of Yiddish cinema plus bonus features. The Dybbuk, Tevya, American Matchmaker, Her Second Mother, Mir Kumen On, Overture to Glory, Eli Eli, Jewish King Lear, Motel, The Operator, and Three Daughters. Bonus features: audio commentaries; alternate versions; printed booklet including essays by Samuel Blumenfeld, film preservationist Serge Bromberg and Allen Lewis Rickman.

The Pirate
(Warner Archives - on Blu-ray)
1948 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical film. Newly remastered from the original Technicolor negatives. Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Walter Slezak, Gladys Cooper, Reginald Owen, George Zucco, and the Nicholas Brothers. Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Cole Porter songs. Extras: commentary by John Fricke; making-of featurette The Pirate: A Musical Treasure Chest; vintage M-G-M short You Can't Win; vintage M-G-M cartoon Cat Fishin'; Mack the Black musical sequence in HD with stereo audio; audio-only outtakes; Roger Edens' guide/rehearsal recordings; Judy Garland and Gene Kelly radio promotional interviews; original theatrical trailer.

Books Now Available:

Butoh: Cradling Empty Space
(Vangeline Theater/NY Butoh Institute - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Vangeline. Approaches the avant-garde Japanese performance art form of butoh from a cross-cultural, gender studies, and scientific perspective. From twenty years of research, interviews with some of the world’s top practitioners, historical documents, and rare photographs. 288 pages.

The Mel Brooks Songbook
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Twenty-three songs written by Mel Brooks from movies and shows. Preface by Mel Brooks. Arranged for piano and voice with guitar chord frames. 152 pages.

Time to Act: An Intimate Photographic Portrait of Actors Backstage
(Lanoo Publishers - Hardcover Book)
By Simon Annand. Foreword by Cate Blanchett. Victoria Broackes, contributor. In meditative portraits, often shot in the intimate space of the dressing room, Annand captures the focus and tension of world-class actors right before they go on the stage. Including Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Anthony Hopkins, Jake Gyllenhaal and Judi Dench. 256 pages. Donation to The Theatre Artists Fund for every copy sold.


Flowers for Mrs. Harris
(new 2-CD set)
Chichester Festival Theatre cast recording of score by Richard Taylor. Clare Burt (who won a UK Theatre Award for her performance), Joanna Ridintg and Gary Wilmot, alongside Claire Machin, Louis Maskell, Mark Meadows, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Nicola Sloane, Luke Latchman and Rhona McGregor. Orchestrations by Richard Taylor, conducted by Tom Brady and mixed by Mike Walker. Full color 16-page booklet, including production photographs and synopsis. Currently at DressCircle.London.

The Harvey Girls
(Warner Archive - on Blu-ray)
1946 M-G-M musical film. Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Ray Bolger, Angela Lansbury, Preston Foster, Virginia O'Brien, Kenny Baker, Marjorie Main, Chill Wills, Cyd Charisse. Songs by Harry Warren (music) and Johnny Mercer (lyrics). 101 minutes.

(Broadway Records - new on CD/digital)
Collection of two previously unheard song cycles, 1859: A Farmer’S Diary and A Boy With a Camera, by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Marin Mazzie, Jason Danieley, Sarah Uriarte Berry and Steven Pasquale. Demos, recorded 16 years ago, enhanced and remastered. Produced by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Michael J Moritz Jr. In gratitude to the theater community, the author’s proceeds will be donated equally to The Actor’s Fund Outreach to the BIPOC Community, the Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellows Program, and the Marineau-Mazzie Music Theatre Performance Scholarship at Western Michigan University. Also at

Liz Callaway: Comfort and Joy
(new on CD/digital)
Liz Callaway in collaboration with Callaway's neighbor, guitarist and producer Peter Calo. "Merry Christmas Darling," "Hard Candy Christmas," "Walking in the Air (Theme from The Snowman) [featuring Jann Klose]," "God Bless My Family," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / Carol of the Bells," "Love is Christmas," "Christmas Eve (Could Not Ask for More)," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "O Holy Night," "Christmas Time is Here." Currently pre-ordering at

The Prom: Music from the Netflix Film
(Sony Music Masterworks - new on CD/on mp3/2-LP vinyl set/at iTunes)
Soundtrack for 2020 Netflix musical film based on the Broadway musical. Music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin. Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington, Andrew Rannells, Keegan-Michael Key, Jo Ellen Pellman, Ariana DeBose. "Changing Lives," "Changing Lives (Reprise)," "Just Breathe," "It's Not About Me," "Dance with You," "The Acceptance Song," "You Happened," "We Look to You," "Tonight Belongs to You," "Tonight Belongs to You (Reprise)," "Zazz," "The Lady's Improving," "Alyssa Greene," "Love Thy Neighbor," "Barry is Going to Prom," "Unruly Heart," "It's Time to Dance," "Wear Your Crown," "Simply Love."


Blue Song: St. Louis in the Life and Work of Tennessee Williams
(Univ of Missouri Press - Hardcover Book)
By Henry I. Schvey. While it has been written that Tennessee Williams had a dislike of St. Louis, the city where he lived the longest, Schvey reveals how the city was indispensable to Williams' formation and development both as a person and artist, and that he remained emotionally tethered to St. Louis for a host of reasons for the rest of his life. 224 pages.


Added to December:

Marty Thomas and Marissa Rosen: The Award Winning Holiday Album
(new album)
Holiday duet album. Currently pre-ordering at

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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