Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 12/4/18 (updated 12/7/18)

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Earlier recaps:

2018: November 27, 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


(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
2017 City Center cast recording of Lerner & Loewe score. Cast includes Kelli O'Hara, Patrick Wilson, Stephanie J. Block, Robert Fairchild. Encores! Orchestra led by Music Director Rob Berman. "Prologue," "Brigadoon / Vendors' Calls / MacConnachy Square," "Waitin' for My Dearie," "I'll Go Home with Bonnie Jean," "I'll Go Home with Bonnie Jean," "The Heather on the Hill," "The Love of My Life," "Come to Me, Bend to Me," "Come to Me, Bend to Me," "Almost Like Being in Love," "Sword Dance and Reel," "The Chase," "There but for You Go I," "My Mother's Weddin' Day," "From This Day On / Farewell Music," "Reprises," "Finale." Album produced by Kurt Deutsch, Lawrence Manchester, Rob Berman and Emily Altman. Recorded 5/14-5/15.

Lost West End Revues: London's Forgotten Revues 1940-1962
(Stage Door Records - new import 2-CD set)
Songs from 35 West End productions from 1940 - 1962. 50 tracks (including over 20 tracks appearing on CD for the first time) from composers including Noel Coward, Vivian Ellis, Sandy Wilson, Lionel Bart, Leslie Bricusse, Charles Zwar, and Alan Melville. Maggie Smith, Kenneth Williams, Hermione Gingold, Noel Coward, Beatrice Lillie, Joyce Grenfell, Anthony Newley, Gillian Lynne, Fenella Fielding, Sheila Hancock, Millicent Martin, Bud Flanagan, Dora Bryan, Cyril Ritchard, Bernard Cribbins and more. 16-page booklet. Also at

Mary Poppins Returns
(Disney - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Soundtrack for December 2018 musical film. Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, Dick Van Dyke. Songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. "(Underneath the) Lovely London Sky," "Overture," "A Conversation," "Can You Imagine That?," "The Royal Doulton Music Hall," "Introducing Mary Poppins," "A Cover Is Not the Book," "The Place Where Lost Things Go," "Turning Turtle," "Trip a Little Light Fantastic," "The Place Where Lost Things Go (Reprise)," "Trip a Little Light Fantastic (Reprise)," "Nowhere to Go But Up," "(Underneath the) Lovely London Sky (Reprise)," "Theme from Mary Poppins Returns," "Kite Takes Off," "Mary Poppins Arrives," "Magic Papers," "Banks in the Bank," "Into the Royal Doulton Bowl," "Rescuing Georgie," "Off to Topsy’s," "Chase Through the Bank," "Lost in a Fog," "Goodbye Old Friend," "Race to Big Ben," "End Title Suite."


Crossroads: Ry Armstrong & Friends
(Broadway Records - new digital album/at iTunes)
Re-release. New arrangements of musical favorites. Angel Reca, Nick Adams, Matt Rosell, Heath Saunders, Allen Fitzpatrick, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Keaton Whittaker. Entirely non-profit with all proceeds from the album being donated to Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre: Rising Star Project at 5th Avenue Theatre, The Northwest Choirs and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Also at Released 12/1/18.

Lena Hall Obsessed: Chris Cornell
(Ghostlight Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Final in the series. "Black Hole Sun," "Fell on Black Days," "Like a Stone," "Sunshower."

"Loser Geek Whatever" (from Be More Chill)
(Ghostlight Records - new 3-track single on mp3/at iTunes)
Brand-new single from Broadway-bound musical Be More Chill performed by its star, Will Roland. Includes "Loser Geek Whatever" single, plus the instrumental track, and a special acoustic version featuring Will Roland and Joe Iconis. Written by Joe Iconis. Produced by Kurt Deutsch, Joe Iconis, and Charlie Rosen. Released 11/30/18.

BOOKs Now Available:

Adapting The Wizard of Oz: Musical Versions from Baum to MGM and Beyond
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Danielle Birkett and Dominic McHugh, editors, bring together insights from eleven experts into the varied musical forms this great American myth has taken in the past century. Starting with the early adaptations of L. Frank Baum's story, the book also explores the writing, composition and reception of the MGM film, its importance in queer culture, stage adaptations of the movie, cult classic The Wiz, Stephen Schwartz's Broadway blockbuster Wicked, and the cultural afterlife of the iconic Arlen-Harburg songs. 272 pages.

The Bridges of Madison County vocal score
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Vocal score from the 2014 Broadway musical featuring music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown based on the novel by Robert James Waller. 240 pages.

Dearest Lenny: Letters from Japan and the Making of the World Maestro
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Mari Yoshihara. Personal letters from a woman who began writing fan letters to Bernstein in 1947 and became a close family friend, and a young man who fell in love with the maestro in 1979 and later became his business representative. The letters convey how Bernstein's compositions, recordings, and performances touched his audiences around the world, painting a vivid picture of the historical, social, and economic context in which these two individuals' unusual relationships with Bernstein emerged and evolved. 320 pages.


Ben Bagley's Frank Loesser Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Remastered. Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. Additional music by Burton Lane, Arthur Schwartz, Victor Schertzinger, Matty Melnick. Performers include Jo Sullivan Loesser, Emily Loesser, Blossom Dearie, Johnny Desmond, Rhonda Fleming, Madeline Kahn, Bibi Osterwald, Gloria Swanson, and Margaret Whiting. Arrangements by Dick Hyman. Includes bonuses from the first CD release. Limited to 500 copies. At

Ben Bagley's Rodgers and Hart Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Remastered. First of five Rodgers and Hart albums. Performers include Dorothy Loudon, Danny Meehan, Charlotte Rae, and Cy Young. Additional material performed by Ann Hampton Callaway, Sandy Stewart, and Arthur Siegel. Arrangements by Norman Paris. Includes bonuses from the first CD release. Limited to 500 copies. At

Ben Bagley's Rodgers and Hart Revisited Volume II
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Remastered. Second of five Rodgers and Hart albums. Performers include Dorothy Loudon, Blossom Dearie, Gloria De Haven, Bibi Osterwald, Charles Rydell, and Bobby Short. Arrangements by Norman Paris. Includes bonuses from the first CD release. Limited to 500 copies. At


On Streisand: An Opinionated Guide
(Oxford Univ. Press - Hardcover Book)
By Ethan Mordden. Begins with a broad year-by-year outline of the landmark achievements, followed by a short biography, some chapters exploring key points in the artistry, then-the major part of the book-a work-by-work analysis, broken down into separate chapters, each organized chronologically: the stage shows, the television shows and concerts, the movies, and the recordings. 216 pages.

Ray Bolger: More than a Scarecrow
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Holly Van Leuven. Biography of Ray Bolger, through access to Bolger's papers and many never-before-published photographs. 256 pages.


Added, released date unknown:

Fiddler on the Roof
(Time Life Music/Warner music Group - new on CD)
2018 National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene cast recording of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick score. Performed in Yiddish. The production is moving to Stage 42 in February 2019. To feature bonus tracks cut from the 1964 production of Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway. Cast includes Jackie Hoffman, Steven Skybell, Jennifer Babiak, Joanne Borts, Avrom, Stephanie Lynne Mason, Fyedke, Ben Liebert, Rosie Jo Neddy, Raquel Nobile, Bruce Sabath, Drew Seigla, Adam B. Shapiro, Jodi Snyder, James Monroe Števko, Lauren Jeanne Thomas, Bobby Underwood and Rachel Zatcoff, Michael Yashinsky, Evan Mayer, Lisa Fishman, Samantha Hahn. Translated by Shraga Friedman. Release expected in 2019.