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Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap 5/3/11

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Earlier recaps:

April 26, 2011 | April 19, 2011 | April 12, 2011 | 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:

Barry Manilow: Duets
(Sony Legacy - new on CD/iTunesDuets - Barry Manilow
CD Universe
Collection of duets, including "Look To The Rainbow" with Barbara Cook, "Big City Blues" with Mel Torme, " On A Slow Boat To China" with Bette Midler, "I Won't Be The One To Let Go" with Barbra Streisand, and "The Last Duet" with Lily Tomlin.

(Kritzerland Records - new on CD)
Original London cast album. Music and Lyrics by Bob Merrill. Sally Logan, Michael Maurel, Bob Harris, Shirley Sands, Francis de Wolff, Reg Lever, and James Mitchell. To be released the first week in May. Mastered from the original album master tapes housed at EMI in the UK. Limited release of 1000 copies. Available at

Wonderland - A New Alice OBC recording
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD/iTunesWonderland (Original Broadway Cast Recording) - Frank Wildhorn
CD Universe
Original Broadway cast. Music by Frank Wildhorn and lyrics by Jack Murphy. Janet Dacal, Darren Ritchie, E. Clayton Cornelious, Jose Llana, Karen Mason, Kate Shindle, Carly Rose Sonenclar, Edward Staudenmayer, Danny Stiles. Recorded March 6.

BOOKs Now Available:

Acting: The First Six Lessons
(Samuel French - new Paperback)
By Beau Bridges and his daughter Emily Bridges. Stage version of Richard Boleslavsky's 1933 narrative about a dedicated acting teacher who, while instructing a young actress in her craft, gives her valuable lessons for living as well. Over the course of ten scenes, the action moves from the teacher's studio to a small theater to a film set to Central park and back, and finally, to a moving denouement atop the Empire State Building in 1936. Premiered at Theatre West in 2010.

Dick Van Dyke: My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business, A Memoir
(Crown Archetype - new Hardcover/Kindle/Audio Book)
By Dick Van Dyke. "A colorful, loving, richly detailed look at the decades of a multilayered life." Foreword by Carl Reiner.

The Fox on the Fairway
(Samuel French - new Paperback)
Ken Ludwig's tribute to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s. Premiered at D.C.'s Signature Theatre in November 2010.

The Sound of Broadway Music: A Book of Orchestrators and Orchestrations: Paperback
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of Steven Suskin's 2009 book. Examines the careers of Broadway's major orchestrators and follows the song as it travels from the composer's piano to the orchestra pit. Suskin has meticulously tracked down thousands of original orchestral scores, piecing together enigmatic notes and notations with long-forgotten documents and current interviews with dozens of composers, producers, conductors and arrangers. Three main parts: a biographical section which gives a sense of the life and world of twelve major theatre orchestrators, as well as incorporating briefer sections on another thirty arrangers and conductors; a lively discussion of the art of orchestration, written for musical theatre enthusiasts (including those who do not read music); a biographical section which gives a sense of the life and world of twelve major theatre orchestrators, as well as incorporating briefer sections on another thirty arrangers and conductors; and an impressive show-by-show listing of more than six hundred musicals, in many cases including a song-by-song listing of precisely who orchestrated what along with relevant comments from people involved with the productions. Intriguing facts and juicy anecdotes, many of which have never before appeared in print.


Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway's BOOM!
(PS Classics - new on CD)
From their live show, which "celebrates the soundtrack of these sisters' childhood with unforgettable songs from the '60s and '70s." To includes songs from writers such as Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Barbra Streisand, Jimmy Webb, Stevie Wonder and others. Pre-ordering at

Strike Up the Band
(PS Classics - new on CD)
World premiere recording of the 1930 George & Ira Gershwin Broadway score. Brent Barrett, Don Chastain, Rebecca Luker, Jason Graae, Beth Fowler, Charles Goff, Juliet Lambert, Jeff Lyons, James Rocco. Overture, "Fletcher's American Chocolate Choral Society," "I Mean to Say," "'Not apologize exactly…'," "Typical Self-Made American," "'Have a nice talk?…'," "Soon," "Dream Music," "The Unofficial Spokesman," "0Patriotic Rally," "'Has the war started yet?…'," "If I Became the President," "Hangin' Around with You," "Finaletto Act I," "Strike Up the Band," "Opening Act II," "Mademoiselle in New Rochelle," "I've Got a Crush on You," "How About a Boy?," "Soldiers' March," "Dream Music II," "Official Resume," "Ring-a-Ding-a-Ding-Dong Dell," "Finale Ultimo." 24 tracks. Pre-ordering at where the CD will ship before the street date.


Moved to 6/28:

Christopher & His Kind
(Bfs Video - new on DVD)
CD Universe
Matt Smith, Christopher Isherwood. 2011 BBC television film adapted by Kevin Elyot from the autobiography by Christopher Isherwood, produced by Mammoth Screen and directed by Geoffrey Sax. Isherwood played by Matt Smith; with Toby Jones, Douglas Booth, Imogen Poots and Iddo Goldberg. 90 minutes.

Added to 6/28:

Caledonia —The Homecoming
(Lyric Partners - new on CD)
Euan Morton's tribute to his homeland, Scotland. Songs include "The Dark Island," "My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose," "Loch Lomond," "Danny Boy," "Auld Lang Syne" and "Caledonia."

Thanks to Max Preeo for his contributions.

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