Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 12/20/16 (updated 12/23/16)

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Earlier recaps:

2016: December 13, 6 | November 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | October 25, 18, 11, 4 | September 27, 20, 13, 6 | August 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | July 26, 19, 12, 5 | June 28, 21, 14, 7 | May 31, 24, 17, 10, 3 | April 26, 19, 12, 5 | March 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | February 23, 16, 9, 2 | January 26, 19, 12, 5, 2016 | 2015

CDs Now Available:

From Broadway With Love: Benefit Concert for Orlando
(Broadway Records - new on CD/DVD/Blu-ray)
Features song, dance and special appearances from performers including Darren Criss, Chita Rivera, Norbert Leo Butz, Kelli O'Hara, Jessie Mueller, Wilson Cruz, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Carmen Cusack, Andrea McArdle, Lilla Crawford, Priscilla Lopez, Lillias White, Liz Callaway, Josh Henry, Keala Settle, Anika Larsen, Justin Sargent, Carrie Manolakos, LaRue Howard, Michelle Lindahl, Justin Lore, Ménage, VarieTease and the Orlando Voices United Choir, as well as SiriusXM Broadway hosts Seth Rudetsky and Christine Pedi. The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, who will donate their performance as one of the sponsors for the evening, accompanies the performers. Michael J. Moritz, Music Director. Recorded and filmed live at the Disney Theatre at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Net proceeds raised from the performance (royalties and artist fees waived) by From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Orlando will be donated equally between the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, Hope and Help Center of Central Florida and Zebra Coalition. All formats also available at

BOOKs Now Available:

The Almost Unknown Stephen Sondheim: 39 Previously Unpublished Songs from 17 Shows and Films - Piano/Vocal
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
"Boom Crunch" (cut from Into the Woods), "Bounce" (from Bounce), "The Boy From..." (from The Mad Show), "Darling" (cut from Merrily We Roll Along), "Don't Laugh" (from Hot Spot), "Echo Song" (cut from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), "Farewell" (cut from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), "First Vaudeville" (from the 1998 reading Wise Guys), "Flag Song" (cut from Assassins), "God" (from Sondheim on Sondheim), "A Hero Is Coming" (cut from Anyone Can Whistle), "High Life" (from the unproduced musical The Last Resorts), "The House Of Marcus Lycus" (cut from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), "I Must Be Dreaming" (from All That Glitters), "I Wish" (from the unproduced Jim Henson Film Into the Woods), "I Wouldn't Change a Thing" (from the unproduced musical The Last Resorts), "Invocation (Forget War)" (cut from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) , "The Lame, the Halt, And the Blind" (cut from Anyone Can Whistle), "A Little House for Mama" (from Wise Guys), "Looks" (from the unproduced film musical Singing Out Loud), "Love Is In the Air" (cut from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), "Make It Through the Night" (from Wise Guys), "My Husband the Pig" (cut from A Little Night Music), "My Two Young Men" (from Wise Guys), "The Natives Are Restless" (cut from Anyone Can Whistle), "Next to You" (from Wise Guys), "The Night Is the Best Time Of the Day," "Night Waltz III" (cut from A Little Night Music), "The One on the Left" (cut from Sunday In the Park With George), "Pour Le Sport" (from the unproduced musical The Last Resorts), "Prayers" (cut from Pacific Overtures), "Rich And Happy" (cut from Merrily We Roll Along), "Second Midnight" (original version), "Singing Out Loud" (from the unproduced film musical Singing Out Loud), "Soldiers And Girls" (cut from Sunday In the Park With George), "Thank You for Coming" (cut from Merrily We Roll Along), "There's Always a Woman" (cut from Anyone Can Whistle), "There's Something About a War" (cut from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), "Window Across the Way" (cut from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum). 356 pages.

May Irwin: Singing, Shouting, and the Shadow of Minstrelsy (Music in American Life)
(Univ of Illinois Press - new paperback book)
By Sharon Ammen. Story of May Irwin (1862-1938), reigning queen of comedy and "coon" songs on the American stage. Traces the comedic performer's colorful and successful career and also examines the strategies that Irwin employed to maintain both popularity and power while stepping far outside traditionally defined boundaries of late nineteenth-century womanhood. 288 pages.

Moana: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Features original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Nine songs from the soundtrack including: "How Far I'll Go," "I Am Moana (Song of the Ancestors)," "An Innocent Warrior," "Know Who You Are," "Logo Te Pate," "Shiny," "We Know the Way," "Where You Are," "You're Welcome." Souvenir folio also includes beautiful full-color scenes from the film. 48 pages.

BLU-RAY/DVDs Now Available:

Hairspray Live!
(Universal Studios - new on DVD)
To be telecast live on NBC December 7, 2016. Cast includes Dove Cameron, Kristin Chenoweth, Garrett Clayton, Harvey Fierstein, Ariana Grande, Derek Hough, Jennifer Hudson, and Martin Short. Kenny Leon directs. Book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan. Music by Marc Shaiman. Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman.


Drake's Dream OLC
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
1977 musical score with music and lyrics by Lynne and Richard Riley. Digitally remastered. Paul Jones as Sir Francis Drake, David Burt as Thomas Doughty, Earl Jordan as The King Of Ternate, Caro Gurney as Queen Elizabeth I, and Janet Shaw as Mary Drake. "At the Court of Queen Elizabeth," "I've Always Had a Dream," "Let's Get Going," "Take a Little Time," "When The Winds Command Us Away," "She Plays a Dangerous Game," "Between Today and Tomorrow," "Sedition," "Waiting Isn't Easy," "Gold," "Nova Albion," "God of the Waters," "Spice of Life," "Oh Lord Protect Us," "Fa La La," "Sailing Around," "Finale." Also in the U.K. at Stage Door Records.

LATW The Assembled Parties
(L.A. Theatre Works - Audiobook)
2016 production of the Richard Greenberg play. Matthew Arkin, Wilson Bethel, Dana Delany, Seamus Dever, Zoe Perry, Susan Sullivan, Peter Van Norden. Directed by JoBeth Williams. Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Recorded in Los Angeles before a live audience at The James Bridges Theater, UCLA.


100 Greatest American Plays
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Thomas S. Hischak. 352 pages.

Gilbert & Sullivan: Hardback Book and 4 DVD Set
(Upfront Entertainment - hardcover book + 4 DVDs)
Book by Mike Lepine plus DVDs with four productions of The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, Trial by Jury, and The Yeoman of the Guard.

Hamilton: Strum & Sing Guitar book
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Unplugged and pared-down ... collection features ten songs from Hamilton presented with just chords and lyrics. Titles include: "Alexander Hamilton," "Burn," "Dear Theodosia," "Hurricane," "It's Quiet Uptown," "My Shot," "One Last Time," "That Would Be Enough," "Wait for It," "You'll Be Back."

Hamilton: Ukulele Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
10 selections with lyrics, including: "Alexander Hamilton," "Burn," "Dear Theodosia," "Hurricane," "It's Quiet Uptown," "My Shot," "One Last Time," "That Would Be Enough," "Wait for It," "You'll Be Back."

The New Broadway Fake Book
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
New collection features over 600 Broadway songs arranged with melody, lyrics and chords for C instruments. 696 pages.


Added to March 2017:

Spamilton original cast recording
(DRG - new on CD)
Dan Rosales, Nicholas Edwards, Juwan Crawley, Chris Anthony Giles, Nora Schell, along with special guest stars Christine Pedi and Glenn Bassett, and Music Director Fred Barton at the piano. Written by Gerard Alessandrini. Musical arrangements by Richard Danley and Fred Barton.

Added to February 24, 2017:

LaChanze: Feelin' Good
(new EP)
To feature musical highlights of her new concert of the same name at The Highline Ballroom, which debuts on Monday, February 27, 2017 in anticipation of an upcoming national tour.

Added to February 2017:

Betty Buckley: Story Songs
(Palmetto Records - new on CD)
Recorded live at Joe's Pub. February 2017 release. Accompanied by pianist/musical director/arranger Christian Jacob, guitarist Oz Noy, drummer Ray Brinker, and bass player Trey Henry. To include songs by Radiohead, Stephen Schwartz, Jason Robert Brown, Joe Iconis and Ben Toth.