Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 11/27/18 (updated 11/30/18)

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Earlier recaps:

2018: November 20, 13, 6 | October 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | September 25, 18, 11, 4 | August 28, 21, 14, 7 | July 31, 24, 17, 10, 3 | June 26, 19, 12, 5 | May 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | April 24, 17, 10, 3, March 27, 20, 13, 6 | February 27, 20, 13, 6 | January 30, 23, 16, 9, 2

2017 | 2016 | 2015

CDs Now Available:

Chip Deffaa's an Irving Berlin Travelogue
(new on CD/mp3)
"I Lost My Heart in Dixieland," "There's Something Nice About the South," "When the Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam'," "When You're Down in Louisville (Call on Me)," "Virginia Lou," "In Florida Among the Palms," "There's a Girl in Arizona," "I'm Down in Honolulu," "I Want to Go Back to Michigan (Down on the Farm)," "I've Gotta Go Back to Texas," "San Francisco Bound," "I Was Aviating Around," "I Want to Be in Dixie," "The International Rag," "Araby," "Harem Life," "Montmartre," "Come to the Land of the Argentine," "Hurry Back to My Bamboo Shack," "Spanish Love," "Oh How That German Could Love," "From Here to Shanghai," "I'll See You in C-U-B-A," "There's a Girl in Havana," "Homesick," "I Beg Your Pardon, Dear Old Broadway," "When I Get Back to the USA," "Home Again Blues," "Homeward Bound." Released 9/28/18.

Hundred Days original cast
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Music and lyrics by The Bengsons. The cast of the recent production at New York Theatre Workshop includes Colette Alexander, Abigail Bengson, Shaun Bengson, Jo Lampert, Dani Markham and Reggie D. White. "Vows," "My Skin Is Made of a Thousand Doors," "I Will Wait For You," "God Can Be a City Boy," "Lie Next to Me," "The Drop," "Creature," "The Ramp," "Lift Me," "Hundred Days," "The Years Go By," "Salt Palace," "Three Legged Dog," "The Long Goodbye (Will's Lament)," "Bells," "What Else Can I Do?." Produced by The Bengsons, Ian Kagey, and Kurt Deutsch, with Erica Rotstein, Seaview Productions, Family Matters LLC, Alexander R. Donnelly, and Dana M. Lerner serving as executive producers. CD format to be released at a later date. Also at Released on mp3 and at iTunes on 9/18/18.


"Cheering For Me Now"
(Atlantic Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Music by John Kander, lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Orchestra conducted by Alex Lacamoire. Released 11/20/18.

Cheyenne Jackson: Plans
(Lefthook Entertainment - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
New holiday song from Cheyenne Jackson, with Catey Shaw. Produced by Jay Levine and Richard Gottehrer. Released 10/19/18.

Gigi Bermingham: Cabaret Noel
(Matthew Goldsby - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Los Angeles theatre and TV actress holiday cabaret album. "I Know What You Want for Christmas" (Live), "Les champs de l'amour," "Christmas in Paris, Texas," "Josephine," "Le petit Noel," "Santa's Cha Cha," "Les neiges de Finlande," "Hollywood Frost" (Live), "The Christmas Letter," "Le Noel de la rue" (Live), "Thank You." Released 10/1/18.

I'll Be Seeing You, Love Songs of WWII: Andrea Marcovicci
(Andreasong - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
1994 live cabaret recording in digital format. "The Picture in the Hall," "I've Heard That Song Before / Sentimental Journey," Monologue 1: The Girl in the Picture, All of My Life, Monologue 2: Songs of the Big Bands, "Big Band Medley: Serenade in Blue / Moonlight Serenade / Moonglow," "Reading from a Lovely Leave," "Speak Low," "We'll Meet Again / I'll Be Seeing You," "I’ll Walk Alone," "They're Either Too Young or Too Old," "Dream Medley: I’ll Be Home for Christmas / I’m Getting Tired so I Can Sleep / Dream / Dream Dancing / You’d Be so Nice to Come Home To / White Christmas," "Reading from an Ancient Gesture," "You'll Never Know / Lover Man / Skylark," "I Said No / You Can't Say No to a Soldier / I'm Doing It for Defense," "My Sister and I," "The Last Time I Saw Paris / London Pride," "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square," "The White Cliffs of Dover / When the Lights Go on Again All over the World," "It's Been a Long, Long Time," "My Shining Hour." Released 11/1/18.

Noël - The Musical
(VenuWorks Theatricals - new on CD/mp3)
Christmas musical by Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer, and Liam Bates with international cast from London's West End and Broadway, including Jessica Vosk, Stephen Carlile, James Byng, Lynn Hilary, Daniel Furlong. "Overture," "Dear Santa," "Invisible," "What Are We to Do?," "Woe Is Me," "No Good News Today," "Water, Love and Kisses," "Christmas Is for Everyone," "Hope Is in the Heavens," "Life Ain't Fair," "Where Dreams Come True," "This Man," "A Stitch in Time," "Fairy Story Girl," "I'll Be There," "The Noël." Recorded in Dublin, London and New York. Digital album at CD at

The Norm Lewis Christmas Album
(Norell Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
"My Favorite Things," "Fever," "The Gift of Love," "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)," "Mary, Did You Know?," "The Little Drummer Boy," "Where Is Love?," "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (with Bobby Lewis)," "Santa Baby," "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?," "Bring Him Home," "Ave Maria / O, Holy Night," "Home," "What's Going On," "Peace on Earth," "Thank You for Your Love, "Why Couldn't It Be Christmas Every Day?" (with Darius De Haas, Mykal Kilgore & Destan Owens). Produced by Richard Jay-Alexander and Norm Lewis. Jeremy Katz serves as Executive Producer. Joseph Joubert is musical director with George Farmer on electric and upright bass and Perry Cavari on percussion and drums. Released 11/22/18.

School of Rock the Musical Deluxe
(Warner Bros - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast album plus bonus tracks by original cast: "I'm Too Hot for You," "If Only You Would Listen" (Alternate Version), "In the End of Time (Rock Version)," and new song "School of Rock — The Musical (Medley)" sung by Kurt Hugo Schneider, Kirsten Collins and OBC (released in video, available at

Telly Leung: "All I Want for Christmas is You"
(Yellow Sound Label - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Aladdin star with an updated version of the holiday classic to benefit ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty). Arrangement by Lynne Shankel.


The Secret Garden OBC
(new 2-LP vinyl album)
Vinyl edition of original Broadway cast album, score by Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman. Cast features Daisy Eagan, Mandy Patinkin, Rebecca Luker, John Cameron Mitchell, Robert Westenberg, and Alison Fraser. Available exclusively at Barnes & Noble. Released 11/16/18.

DVD/BLU-RAYs Now Available:

(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1974 film version of musical featuring score by Jerry Herman and book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee. Lucille Ball, Bea Arthur, Robert Preston, Bruce Davison, Jane Connell, Joyce Van Patten. Directed by Gene Saks. 131 minutes.

BOOKs Now Available:

I'm Not Running
(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by David Hare. Premieres at the National Theatre, London, in October 2018.

Theater of the Ridiculous: A Critical History
(McFarland - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Kelly I. Aliano. Comprehensive overview of the important practitioners of Theater of the Ridiculous, along with critical commentary of their work. Charles Ludlam, the B movies of Maria Montez, the Pop Art scene of Andy Warhol, the founding of the Play-House of the Ridiculous and the dawn of Ludlam's career and finally to the contemporary theater scene. 277 pages.


Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
(new 2-LP vinyl set)
Live musical concert televised on NBC on April 1, 2018. Cast includes John Legend, Alice Cooper, Sara Bareilles, Brandon Victor Dixon, Norm Lewis, Jason Tam, Ben Daniels, Jin Ha, Erik Grönwall. Released earlier on CD and digitally on mp3 and at iTunes. Released 4/27/18.


Added to December 14:

2 AM at the Sands
(Broadway Records - new album)
World premiere recording. An imagined evening of Frank Sinatra's legendary concerts. Andrew Samonsky and the 2 AM at the Sands orchestra. "Come Fly With Me," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Fly Me to the Moon," "Mr. Bojangles," "That's Amore," "Help Yourself," "You Make Me Feel So Young," "April in Paris," "One For My Baby," "Luck Be a Lady," "My Kind of Town," "New York, New York," "What the World Needs Now is Love." Recorded live at the Rubicon Theater in Ventura, California, using the original legendary Quincy Jones charts by arrangement with Frank Sinatra Productions. Currently at

Anastasia vinyl
(Broadway Records - new vinyl LP)
OBC recording of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens score. Bonus track: duet of Liz Callaway and Christy Altomare singing "Journey to the Past" with Stephen Flaherty on piano. At

Added to January 18, 2019:

Mythic - A New Musical OLC
(Broadway Records - new album)
Pop/rock musical comedy score by Oran Eldor and Marcus Stevens. Currently playing at Charing Cross Theatre in London. Cast includes Daniella Bowen, Courtney Brogan Smalley, Eloise Davies, Ben Lancaster, Jade Marvin, Michael Mather, Genevieve McCarthy, Tim Oxbrow, Jamie Ross, Leo Sene, Ben Welch and Georgie Westall. At

Added, no release date:

Company 2018 London cast
(new album)
Recording of Stephen Sondheim score. Cast includes Rosalie Craig, Patti LuPone, Jonathan Bailey, Alex Gaumond, Daisy Maywood, Mel Giedroyc, George Blagden, Ashley Campbell, Richard Fleeshman, Richard Henders, Ben Lewis, Jennifer Saayeng, Matthew Seadon-Young, Gavin Spokes, Michael Colbourne, Francesca Ellis, Ewan Gillies, Grant Neal and Jaimie Pruden. Recorded 11/25-26/2018. Expected early 2019. "Making of" documentary on the recording session also expected.

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