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Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap 12/10/13

Complete information on all known upcoming releases of theatre related audio and video recordings can be found on our Upcoming Releases page. Recordings released last week and earlier can be viewed here.

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Earlier recaps:

December 3 | November 26, 19, 12, 5 | October 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | September 24, 17, 10, 3 | August 27, 20, 13, 6 | July 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | June 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, 1

CDs Now Available:

Donna Vivino: Beautiful Dreamer
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/mp3 w/ digital booklet/iTunes)
Theatre actress (Wicked, Les Misérables original cast Young Cosette) debut solo album. "When Day Is Done," "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," "Over the Rainbow," "When She Loved Me," "Castle on a Cloud," "Rainy Days and Mondays," "How Insensitive," "Never Never Land," "My Romance," "I Wish You Love," "Once You Lose Your Heart," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," "Beautiful Dreamer."

Jack Topping: Wonderful World [Import]
(Decca - new import CD)
11-year-old UK choirboy. "Let It Be," "What A Wonderful World," "The Lord Is My Shepherd," "Tomorrow - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra," "Ave Maria," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "Pie Jesu (based on The Swan by Saint - Saens)," "Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring," "Count On Me," "Sweetest Love," "Kyrie," "The Leaving Of Liverpool," "Papa Noel," "Allegri Miserere Mei." UK released pre-ordering at Amazon UK.

Minding the Score: The Music of Harry L. Alford
(New World Records - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Composer of American popular song and vaudeville shows; songs written between 1905-1925. Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. Rick Benjamin, musical director. "The Hustler," "Jazorient," "Some of These Days & My Ever Lovin' Southern Gal," "Roll 'Em Up," "Just A-Wearyin' for Yo," "The Smiler" (Piano Solo), "The Smiler Rag," "Fiancée: The Bride to Be," "Jazette," "The Memphis Blues," "Independent Moving Picture March "Imp"," "Let Me Call You Sweetheart," "The Peacemaker," "Jazz Elite," "Spooks: A Midnight Chase," "A Perfect Day," "Memories" (Piano Solo), "Memories," "Shapiro's Song Successes No4," "Call of the Elk: The Official B.P.O.E March."

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Original Cast
(Ghostlight Records - new on 2 CDs)
Dave Malloy score. David Abeles, Brittain Ashford, Gelsey Bell, Catherine Brookman, Nick Choksi, Ken Clark, Ashkon Davaran, Blake DeLong, Amber Gray, Luke Holloway, Dave Malloy, Grace McLean, Azudi Onyejekwe, Paul Pinto, Phillipa Soo, Lucas Steele, Shaina Taub, Mariand Torres and Lauren Zakrin. Musical director Or Matias. Recorded August 26, 2013, at MSR Studios. Produced by Dean Sharenow, Howard and Janet Kagan and Kurt Deutsch. Disc 1: "Prologue," "Pierre," "Moscow," "The Private and Intimate Life of the House," "Natasha & Bolkonskys," "No One Else," "The Opera," "Natasha & Anatole," "Natasha Lost," "The Duel," "Sunday Morning," "Charming," "The Ball. Disc 2: "Letters," "Sonya & Natasha," "Sonya Alone," "Preparations," "Balaga," "The Abduction," "In My House," "A Call to Pierre," "Find Anatole," "Pierre & Anatole," "Natasha Very Ill," "Pierre & Andrey," "Pierre & Natasha," "The Great Comet of 1812." Deluxe package includes 48 page booklet with full lyrics, show photos/synopsis and an essay by Steven Suskin. Digital highlights version and deluxe version with digital booklet released on October 29.

Ren Woods: From Out of the Woods
(Razor & Tie - extra tracks CD)
Expanded edition of Ren Woods (The Wiz, Hair film) 1979 album Out of the Woods. "Hooked On A Love Groove," "I Love The Way You Do It," "I Need Someone To Touch Me," "Sticks And Stones," "Everybody Get Up," "Sweeter As The Day Goes By," "I'm In Love With You," "Straight To Love," and Bonus Tracks: "Everybody Get Up" (12" Version ), "Straight To Love" (Single Version), "Everybody Get Up" (Long Instrumental Version).

Saving Mr. Banks Deluxe Soundtrack
(Disney - new on 2 CDs/mp3/iTunes)
Thomas Newman score plus songs sung by Colin Farrell and Jason Schwartzman. Second CD includes Richard M. Sherman demos and selections from Mary Poppins soundtrack. Second disc tracks: "The Pearly Song ("Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" pre-demo) - Richard M. Sherman, "Chim Chim Cher-ee" (pre-demo) - Richard M. Sherman, "Tuppence a Bag" ("Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)" pre-demo) - Richard M. Sherman, "Let's Go Fly a Kite" (pre-demo) - Richard M. Sherman, "A Spoonful of Sugar" - Julie Andrews, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" - Julie Andrews, "Chim Chim Cher-ee" - Julie Andrews, "Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)" - Julie Andrews, "Let's Go Fly a Kite."

Sierra Boggess: Awakening: Live at 54 Below
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
"I Have Confidence," "Welcome: Awakening," "Lovely," "Inspiration: Opera," "Quando M'en Vo," "Donde Lieta," "Inspiration: My father," "Wildflowers," "Inspiration: Nature," "How Come," "Just Around the Riverbend," "Can You Imagine," "Part of Your World," "Inspiration: You are Enough!," "I Don't Care," "Inspiration: Gillian Lynne, Hal Prince, Andrew Lloyd Webber," "The Ultimate Medley with apologies to ALW," "Inspiration: Barbra Streisand," "Before the Parade Passes By," "A Quiet Thing," "Inspiration: Grandparents," "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes," "You'll Never Know," "Closing Remarks," "Live Out Loud," "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes." Produced by Michael Moritz and executive-produced by Van Dean and Kenny Howard. Liner notes by Hal Prince and Andrew Lloyd Webber. To be released digitally December 6.

Swinging Birdland Christmas
(Birdland Records - new on CD)
Annual holiday show recorded live at Birdland. Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch, with special guest jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein. "It's The Holiday Season," "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm," "Santa Claus Is Near," "The Christmas Waltz," "The Man With The Bag," "Walking In A Winter Wonderland —Let It Snow," "A Child Is Born," "Sleigh Ride," "What Are You Doing New Years Eve?," "Jingle Bells Mashup." Billy Stritch on piano, John Hart on guitar, Paul Gill on bass, Carmen Intorre on drums. Arrangements are by Billy Stritch and Aaron Weinstein. Executive Producer is Gianni Valenti. Available at Birdland and Birdland's website.


Allegiance Original Cast Mini-Album
(new EP at at iTunes)
Music and lyrics by Jay Kuo. George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, Allie Trimm, Aaron Serotsky, Michael K. Lee and the Allegiance Orchestra. "Higher," "With You," "Paradise," "Gaman," "Allegiance." 6 tracks.

DVD/Blu-Rays Now Available:

Grey Gardens
(Criterion Collection - new Blu-ray)
Albert Maysles and David Maysles 1975 documentary.

Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Edition
(Disney - new Blu-Ray set)
All new digital restoration. Songs by Robert and Richard Sherman and music by Irwin Kostal. Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy of 1963 musical film. Based on the books by P.L. Travers. Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber. Extras to include: Mary-OKEs; Becoming Mr. Sherman with Jason Schwartzman and Richard Sherman; and more.

BOOKs Now Available:

Annie: Broadway Singer's Edition
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book/CD)
Vocal line and lyrics; songs in their original keys with piano accompaniments crafted for playability. The CD includes performances of these piano accompaniments. 10 selections include "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything but You," "It's the Hard-Knock Life," "Little Girls," "Maybe," "A New Deal for Christmas," "N.Y.C.," "Something Was Missing," "Tomorrow," "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile."


Big Fish OBC
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Score by Andrew Lippa. Norbert Leo Butz, Kate Baldwin, Bobby Steggert, Krystal Joy Brown, Anthony Pierini and Zachary Unger, Ryan Andes, Ben Crawford and Brad Oscar, JC Montgomery, Ciara Renée, Kirsten Scott, Sarrah Strimel, Preston Truman Boyd, Bree Branker, Alex Brightman, Joshua Buscher, Robin Campbell, Bryn Dowling, Jason Lee Garrett, Leah Hofmann, Synthia Link, Angie Schworer, Lara Seibert, Tally Sessions, Cary Tedder and Ashley Yeater. Produced by Andrew Lippa and Michael Croiter.

Lea Michele: Louder
(Columbia - new on CD/iTunes)
"Cannonball," "On My Way," "Burn with You," "Battlefield," "You're Mine," "Thousand Needles," "Louder," "Cue The Rain," "Don't Let Go," "Empty Handed," "If You Say So." Most of the songs written by Sia Furler. "Louder" digital single now available at iTunes.


Added to December 16, 2013:

You Are Home: The Songs of Anderson & Petty
(new on CD/mp3/iTunes)

Debut songbook album for writing team. Matthew Barrow, Gina Beck, Kieran Brown, Jen Burleigh-Bentz, Brent Michael DiRoma, Cynthia Erivo, Josh Franklin, Natalie Gallo, Autumn Hurlbert, Jason Kappus, Debbie Kurup, Sophia Ragavelas, Jonathan Rayson, Coleen Sexton, Lucia Spina, and Frances Ruffelle. "Beautiful Day," "Suddenly," "Only Me - You Are Home," "The Rain It Falls," "Forever Child," "This Time I Know," "Tell Me," "Superman," "Christmas Eve," "We Stand Together," "Take Me Away," "Love Will Find Its Way," "A New Star Tonight," "River, Slow Down," "Stand Up."

Added to February 11, 2014:

Murder for Two Off-Broadway Cast
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Original cast recording of Joe Kinosian (music) and Kellen Blair (lyrics) score. Jeff Blumenkrantz and Brett Ryback. "Prelude," "Waiting in the Dark," "Protocol Says," Dahlia Whitney, "A Perfectly Lovely Surprise," Murray and Barb Flandon," "It Was Her," Timmy, Yonkers, and Skid, "A Lot Woise," Steph Whitney, "He Needs a Partner," Barrette Lewis, "So What If I Did?," "A Friend Like You," Henry Vivaldi, "Process of Elimination," "Steppin' Out of the Shadows," "Finale (He Needs a Partner / Protocol Says)," "Finale Ultimo (A Friend Like You)." Produced by Joel Moss. Kurt Deutsch executive producer. Pre-ordering at Ghostlight.

Details added:

Act One: an Autobiography
(St. Martin's Griffin - Paperback Book/ebook)
Reissue of Moss Hart autobiography, newly re-set. Foreword by Christopher Hart and jacket featuring James McMullan's (Lincoln Center) poster art.