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Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap 4/12/11

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April 5, 2011 | March 29, 2011 | March 22, 2011 | March 15, 2011 | March 8, 2011 | March 1, 2011 | February 22, 2011 | February 15, 2011 | February 8, 2011 | February 1, 2011 | January 25, 2011 | January 18, 2011 | January 11, 2011

CDs Now Available:

Karen Oberlin - The Songs of Frank Loesser Live at the Algonquin
(Miranda Music - new on CDKaren Oberlin Live at the Algonquin - Karen Oberlin
"If I Were a Bell," "Lovelier Than Ever," "Why Fight The Feeling?," "My Time of Day," "Love Isn't Born (It's Made)," "Heart and Soul/I WIsh I Didn't Love You So," "Traveling Light/Wanting to Be Wanted," "Hamlet," "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?," "Spoken Intro: Animals 0:17 Album Only ," "The Inch Worm/Snug As a Bug in a Rug," "Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year," "Spoken Intro: I Believe in You," "I Believe in You," "More I Cannot Wish You." Released in 2010.

Lisa Howard - Songs of Innocence & Experience: The Music of William Finn
(Ghostlight Records - new on CDSongs of Innocence & Experience - Lisa Howard
CD Universe
Broadway actress (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) sings songs by William Finn, including unrecorded songs from Royal Family of Broadway. "Listen to the Beat," "Trina's Song/I Have Found," "I Don t Know Why I Love You (duet with Derrick Baskin)," "Sailing," "Bad Boy," "How To Make Delicious Chocolate," "When The Earth Stopped Turning," "Hold My Baby Back," "Father to Son / That s Enough For Me," "Infinite Joy," "Songs of Innocence and Experience."

Michael Bruce: The Album
(Speckulation Entertainment - new on CD/iTunesUnwritten Songs - Michael Bruce
Award-winning composer Michael Bruce (Ed, Holes, Christmas in New York 2007, Helen of Troy, Pirates of the Caribbean, Rigged, Hey Diddle Diddle ...) debut album of songs performed by West End performers, including Julie Atherton, Paul Spicer, Sarah Lark, Mark Evans, Jessie Buckley, Emily Tierney, Charlotte Wakefield, Sarah Earnshaw, Alex Jessop. Previously available as an import. Now at CD Baby.

DVDs Now Available:

Tracy And Hepburn: The Definitive Collection
(Warner Home Video - new on DVD)
CD Universe
Woman Of The Year, Keeper of the Flame, Without Love, Sea of Grass, State of the Union, Adam's Rib, Pat and Mike, Desk Set, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner plus 1986 TV documentary The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn

BOOKs Now Available:

Evenings at the Opera: An Exploration of the Basic Repertoire
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Collection of essays based on Jeffery Langford's lectures at the Manhattan School of Music and inspired by his pre-performance talks at the Metropolitan Opera Guild. A unique view of the stylistic development of nearly 200 years of opera history (from Mozart to Britten), with special attention to the question of how the genre's competing components of action, music, and text combine to make effective music drama. Going beyond mere plot synopsis, he guides the reader through analysis of specific issues of musical form, style, and technique to shed new light on the perennial question of "how opera (sometimes) works.

Jerry Orbach, Prince of the City: His Way from The Fantasticks to Law and Order
(Applause - Paperback Book)
By John Anthony Gilvey. "The story of this versatile performer - his triumphs and tragedies public and private ... a study of a gifted actor's craft as told through the observations, insights, and reminiscences of those who knew him best."

My Signature Story
(Outskirts Press - Hardcover/Paperback Book)
By Eric Schaeffer and Sarah Valente. Traces the journey of the Tony-Award winning Signature Theatre in Shirlington, Virginia, through the eyes of its co-founder and artistic director, Eric Schaeffer. From staging musicals in a school library, to renovating an auto-bumper plating plant, raising money and forming a governing board, forging a working relationship with Stephen Sondheim, John Kander, and Fred Ebb, developing a robust and loyal audience, attracting billboard-worthy talent, building a new state-of-the-art, two-stage complex, to the culminating accepting the Tony on the stage of Radio City Music Hall, Schaeffer shares his success and horror stories.


Always: Kelli O'Hara
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
A collection of tunes Kelli O'Hara has been performing at her concerts around the world. "What More Do I Need?, "Something Wonderful," "How Glory Goes, "He Loves Me, "Always, "Finishing The Hat, "This Nearly Was Mine, "Once I Was" (Ricky Ian Gordon), "Another Life" (Jason Robert Brown, from The Bridges of Madison County), "They Don't Let You In The Opera (If You're A Country Star)" (David Rossmer & Dan Lipton), "You're Always Here" (Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey), "The Party's Over, "I Could Have Danced All Night." Matt Beck (guitar, banjo, mandolin), Howard Joines (percussion), Dan Lipton (piano), Antoine Silverman (violin/fiddle), Mark Vanderpoel (upright bass). Recorded at MSR Studios, NYC, 2/19/11. Liner notes by Harry Connick, Jr.

The Merry Widow 1964 Music Theatre of Lincoln Center
(Masterworks/Arkiv - new on CD-R/mp3/iTunes)
Franz Lehár score. Patrice Munsel, Bob Wright, Joan Weldon, Frank Poretta, Mischa Auer and Sig Arno. Produced by Richard Rodgers. Conducted by Franz Allers. Pre-ordering at Arkiv.

Three Evenings With Fred Astaire
(Sepia - new on 2 CDs)
Includes the Chrysler promotional soundtrack LPs for TV specials An Evening With Fred Astaire, Another Evening With Fred Astaire, and Astaire Time.  Eight bonus tracks performed by Astaire include an alternate second take of "I've Got You on My Mind" from Gay Divorce (1932); unusual versions of Jerome Kern songs from Swing Time, "A Fine Romance" with a little-known verse and "The Waltz in Swing Time" with Astaire tapping; a track from the Gershwin memorial concert at the Hollywood Bowl in September 1937, "They Can't Take That Away From Me." 37 tracks on 2 CDs.

Voilà Paris! Josephine Baker
(Sepia - new on CD)
CD Universe
Remastered Josephine Chante Paris, songs were recorded in St. Moritz and others. 30 tracks.

Wishful Drinking
(HBO - new on DVD)
Carrie Fisher's Broadway show, as shown on HBO.

"With You" from Ghost the Musical
(2011 Ghost London Limited - new mp3/iTunes)
Song from Manchester, England production with Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard score. Benefit for the charity Stand Up to Cancer. Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy. Pre-ordering at Amazon in "Ghost Mix," "Dream Mix" and solo (Caissie Levy) versions.


Hat Box: The Collected Lyrics of Stephen Sondheim
(Knopf - new boxed set)
Boxed set of both Stephen Sondheim lyric books: Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes and Look I Made a Hat: with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Wafflings, Diversions and Anecdotes.


Added to June 21:

Strike Up the Band
(PS Classics - new on CD)
World premiere recording of the 1930 George & Ira Gershwin Broadway score.

Added to June 7:

How to Succeed Without Really Trying
(Decca Broadway - new on CD)
Unconfirmed. 2011 Broadway revival production. Frank Loesser score. Cast includes Daniel Radcliffe, John Larroquette

Thanks to Max Preeo for his contributions.

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