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Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap 10/4/11

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Earlier recaps:

September 27 | September 20 | September 13 | September 6 | August 30 | August 23 | August 16 | August 9, 2011 | August 2, 2011 | July 26, 2011 | July 19, 2011 | July 12, 2011 | July 5, 2011 | June 28, 2011 | June 21, 2011 | June 14, 2011 | June 7, 2011 |May 31, 2011 | May 24, 2011 | May 17, 2011 | May 10, 2011 | May 3, 2011 | 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:

Ocean's Kingdom
(Telarc - new on CD/mp3/vinylMcCartney: Ocean's Kingdom (Bonus Track Version) - John Wilson & London Classical Orchestra
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Paul McCartney's orchestral score for dance commissioned by the New York City Ballet. Collaboration with New York City Ballet's Master in Chief Peter Martins for the September 22 world premiere of the ballet.

Seasons Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas
(Rhino Records - new on CD/mp3iTunes
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Christmas classics in the style of The Four Seasons. Features performers from Jersey Boys productions around the world, including Tony winner John Lloyd Young, Jarrod Spector (Broadway), Ryan Molloy (London), Travis Cloer, Rick Faugno, and Travis Cloer (Las Vegas), Bobby Fox (Australia), Joe Leo Bwarie (National Tour), along with Erik Bates, Kristofer McNeeley, and Michael Ingersoll. "Joy To The World," "Winter Wonderland," "Little Drummer Boy," "Santa Medley ," "Holy Night/Rise Up Shepherd," "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen," "Jingle Bell Rock," "A King Is Born," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas ," "White Christmas," "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "Angels From The Realm Of Glory," "Silver Bells/Silent Night," "Do You Hear What I Hear," "Breath Of Heaven/We Three Kings," "Carol Of The Bells/Angels We Have Heard On High ," "Auld Lang Syne."

Seth MacFarlane: Music Is Better Than Words
(Universal Republic - new on CD/mp3/vinylMusic Is Better Than Words - Seth MacFarlane
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Big band album; MacFarlane singing with 20-piece orchestra under the direction of Joel McNeely. From televised concert. "It's Anybody's Spring," "Music Is Better Than Words," "Anytime, Anywhere," "The Night They Invented Champagne," "Two Sleepy People," "You're The Cream In My Coffee," "Something Good," "Nine O'Clock," "Love Won't Let You Get Away," "It's Easy To Remember," "The Sadder But Wiser Girl," "Laura," "You And I," "She's Wonderful Too." Released 9/27/11.


Footloose The Musical
(Ghostlight - digital release on mp3/iTunesFootloose (The Musical) [Original Broadway Cast Recording] - Original Broadway Cast
Updated and remastered re-release of out-of-print 1998 cast recording. New album artwork by Frank "Fraver" Verlizzo. Reflects changes made to the show by the original writers after their Broadway run and subsequent productions around the world. Tom Snow (music), Dean Pitchford (lyrics) score; additional music was contributed by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman. Jim Ambler, Stephen Lee Anderson, Robin Baxter, Rosalind Brown, Bryant Carroll, Paul Castree, Catherine Cox, Kathy Deitch, Hunter Foster, Stacy Francis, Artie Harris, Billy Hartung, Dee Hoty, Jeremy Kushnier, Donna Lee Marshall, Tom Plotkin, Jennifer Laura Thompson. "Footloose/On Any Sunday," "The Girl Gets Around," "I Can't Stand Still," "Somebody's Eyes," "Learning To Be Silent," "Holding Out For A Hero," "Heaven Help Me," "I'm Free/Heaven Help Me," "Still Rockin'," "Let's Hear It For The Boy," "Can You Find It In Your Heart?," "Mama Says (You Can't Back Down)," "Almost Paradise," "Can You Find It In Your Heart? (reprise)," "Footloose (finale)." Cut song "Still Rockin'" newly recorded by Hunter Foster with members of the original orchestra (produced, recorded and mixed by Joel Moss). Album originally produced by Tommy Krasker and Tom Snow, and recorded and mixed by Joel Moss. CD release set for 10/25/11.

DVD/Blu-Rays Now Available:

Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On
(Image Entertainment - new on Blu-Ray/DVD)
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Taped at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. She performs "Big Noise from Winnetka," "The Showgirl Must Go On," "Friends," "The Rose," "Do You Wanna Dance," "From a Distance," "Boolya JaDa," "Hello in There," "Pretty Legs/Hot in Here," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "Wind Beneath My Wings" with the "Caesar Salad Girls" and a 13-piece band. 70 minutes.

BOOKs Now Available:

Arthur Miller: 1962-2005
(Univ of Michigan Press - Hardcover Book)
By Christopher Bigsby. Sheds new light on one of the 20th-century's most acclaimed literary figures. His marriage to photographer Inge Morath, his activism in support of political and social causes, and his work in support of dissident writers in Russia, Czechoslovakia, China, and elsewhere throughout this period. Bigsby's follow-up to Arthur Miller: 1915-1962. 616 pages.

Drama: An Actor's Education
(Harper - Hardcover/Kindle/Audio Book)
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Memoir by John Lithgow. A backstage view of his own struggle, crisis, and discovery, revealing the early life and career that took place out of the public eye. Released 9/27/11.

Broadway MVPs: 1960-2010: The Most Valuable Players of the Past 50 Seasons
(Applause - Paperback Book)
Peter Filichia names his choices for the MVPs of each of the past 50 Broadway seasons —they might be performers, producers, directors, or choreographers. Also included are awards in categories such as Comeback Player of the Year, Reliever of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Led League in Errors. From Tammy Grimes, MVP of the 1960-61 season for The Unsinkable Molly Brown, to Joe DiPietro, MVP of the 2009-10 season for Memphis, Filichia recognizes the best and the brightest that have appeared on Broadway. 210 pages.

Sweat, Tears, and Jazz Hands: The Official History of Show Choir from Vaudeville to Glee
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
By Mike Weaver and Colleen Hart. Featuring more than 100 competitive show choirs from around the United States in photos, quotations, and stories ... details the pop culture and theater influences that, over time, built this unique entertainment genre into the mecca of music lovers that it is today. Real-life accounts of show choir performers, directors, and choreographers. 208 pages.

What's New at the Zoo?
(Blue Apple Books - Hardcover Book)
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By Betty Comden and Adolph Green from lyrics from their song in Do Re Mi. Illustrated by Travis Foster. Ages 4-8.


Babes in Arms
(Masterworks Broadway/ArkivMusic - new on CD-R/digital)
First CD release of 1951 Goddard Lieberman-produced studio recording of Rodgers & Hart score. Mardi Bayne, Mary Martin, Jack Cassidy. Lehman Engel, conductor. "Overture," "Where or When," "Babes in Arms," "I Wish I Were in Love Again," "Way Out West," "My Funny Valentine," "Johnny One Note," "Imagine," "All at Once," "The Lady Is a Tramp," "You Are So Fair," "Finale." Pre-ordering at ArkivMusic.

The First Nudie Musical Soundtrack
Kritzerland - new on CD)
35th anniversary issue of soundtrack from 1976 film. Includes original soundtrack recording as well as the newly arranged soundtrack to Nick Redman's documentary, From Dollars To Donuts: An Undressing Of The First Nudie Musical, arranged by Grant Geissman. Booklet contains liner notes by Nick Redman and Bruce Kimmel. Order at for early delivery; also available there with the soundtrack for special price of $39.98.

The First Nudie Musical Blu-Ray
(Kritzerland - new Blu-Ray)
35th anniversary remastered 1976 film. Stephen Nathan, Cindy Williams, Bruce Kimmel, Diana Canova, Alexandra Morgan, Leslie Ackerman, and Alan Abelew. Screenplay, Music, and Lyrics by Bruce Kimmel. Directed by Mark Haggard and Bruce Kimmel. Extras: retrospective documentary co-directed by Academy Award-nominee Nick Redman; three commentary tracks, two for the film—one with Cindy Williams, Stephen Nathan, and Bruce Kimmel, and one with Nick Redman and Bruce Kimmel), and one for the documentary—Nick Redman, Michael Rosendale, and Bruce Kimmel; deleted scene; two deleted musical numbers (one with sound and picture, one with audio only); two theatrical trailers; radio spot; costume tests; stills gallery. Order at for early delivery; also available there with the soundtrack for special price of $39.98.

Glee: The Concert Movie
(Fox - new Blu-Ray/DVD/3D Blu-Ray)
Concert footage from East Rutherford, New Jersey, performances, shown in theaters. Cast includes Dianna Agron, Darren Criss, Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch, Chord Overstreet, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Mark Salling, Naya Rivera, Kevin McHale, Harry Shum Jr., Amber Riley, Jenna Ushkowitz, Ashley Fink. Directed by Kevin Tancharoen. 3D version includes behind the scenes footage, with special guest Gwyneth Paltrow as Holly Holliday.

Making War Horse
(Microcinema - new on DVD)
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Scrooge [Blu-ray]
(Paramount - new Blu-Ray)
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1970 film musical with Albert Finney. Songs by Leslie Bricusse.

Stage Door Canteen
(DRG - new on CD)
Live recording of 92nd St. Y Lyrics and Lyricists series, featuring songs from the WWII era performed by Anderson Davis, Jeffry Denman, Brandon Victor Dixon, Debra Monk, and Betsy Wolfe.

Stars and Stripes Forever
(Fox - new 2-disc Blu-Ray)
1952 film about John Phillip Sousa. Clifton Webb, Robert Wagner, Debra Paget, and Ruth Hussey. 89 minutes.

Tale Of Two Cities: Original Broadway Concept Album
(Libra Verde - on CD)
J. Mark McVey, Christiane Noll, Nick Wyman, Natalie Toro, Paul Castree, Alex Santoriello. "The Way it Ought to Be," "The Shadows of the Night," "It Won't Be Long," "Up in the Garret," "Who Are You," "You'll Never Be Alone," "No Honest Way," "The Trial," "Reflection," "Round and Round," "The Promise," "All In My Mind," "Resurrection Man," "Out of Sight, Out of Mind," "If Dreams Came True," "Until Tomorrow," "The Tale," "Little One," "No One Else," "The Bluff," "Without A Word," "Let Her Be A Child," "Finale - I Can't Recall." Previously in limited release/out of print.

A Tale of Two Cities International Studio Cast Recording
(Libra Verde - new on CD)
Jill Santoriello musical Recorded at London's Sphere Studios, June 2009. James Barbour, Brandi Burkhardt, Natalie Toro, Kevin Earley, Simon Thomas, J. Mark Mcvey, Ed Dixon, Craig Bennett, And Alex Santoriello with a Chorus of 30 voices and Orchestra of 33. Track Listing: "Prologue" (J Mark McVey), "The Way It Ought To Be (Paris)" (Natalie Toro, Kevin Earley, Ensemble), "Who Are You" (J Mark Mcvey, Brandi Burkhardt), "You'll Never Be Alone" (Brandi Burkhardt, J Mark McVey), "The Way It Ought To Be (London)" (James Barbour), "No Honest Way" (Ed Dixon, Craig Bennett, James Barbour, Ensemble), "The Trial" (William Thomas Evans, Craig Bennett, Nigel Richards, Ensemble), "Reflection" (James Barbour), "Letter From Uncle" (Alex Santoriello), "The Promise" (J Mark McVey, Simon Thomas), "I Can't Recall" (James Barbour), "Resurrection Man" (Craig Bennett, Walter Oneil, Tim Hartman), "Now At Last" (Simon Thomas, Brandi Burkhardt), "Wedding" (Instrumental), "If Dreams Came True" (Simon Thomas, James Barbour), "Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind" (Natalie Toro), "Little One ? Catherine Missal, James Barbour, Kevin Earley, Men), "Until Tomorrow" (Kevin Earley, Natalie Toro, James Barbour, Ensemble), "), "Everything Stays The Same" (Natalie Toro, Kevin Earley, Ensemble), "The Tale" (Natalie Toro, J Mark McVey, James Gillan, Alex Santoriello, Ensemble), "If Dreams Came True Reprise" (James Barbour, Simon Thomas), "Without A Word" (Brandi Burkhardt), "The Bluff" (James Barbour, Ed Dixon), "The Way It Ought To Be Reprise" (James Barbour), "Let Her Be A Child" (Catherine Missal, James Barbour), "The Letter" (James Barbour), "Defarge Goodbye" (Kevin Earley), "Finale" (Kelley Dorney, James Barbour, Ensemble), "Never Say Goodbye (Bonus Track)(Brandi Burkhardt). 78 Minutes. Previously available on show's website.

Tears of Heaven - The Concept Recording
(GlobalVision - new on CD)
Frank Wildhorn/Robin Lerner score. Morgan James, Linda Eder, Christiane Noll, Rob Evan, Michael Lanning, Jackie Burns, James Barbour. Arranged and Orchestrated by Jeremy Roberts. Valhalla Symphony Orchestra.


David Hare (Writers and their Work)
(Northcote House Publishers - Paperback Book)
By Jeremy Ridgeman. Critical study of David Hare's work for theatre, film and television, concentrating on questions of staging, performance and narrative and dramatic form.

A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman
(Bloomsbury Press - Hardcover Book)
By Alice Kessler-Harris. "A revelatory and provocative biography of one of the most controversial women of the twentieth century, by one of America's most renowned historians." 320 pages.

Mr. Broadway: The Inside Story of the Shuberts, the Shows, and the Stars
(Applause Books - Hardcover Book)
Memoir by Gerald Schoenfeld. Foreword by Hugh Jackman. Completed just one month before Gerald Schoenfeld's death in 2008 at the age of 84. Brings the reader backstage ... recounting nightmarish tales of the Shuberts, themselves, the meanness of Lee, the madness of JJ, the turmoil surrounding John's personal life, and the drunken ineptitude of Lawrence Shubert Lawrence, Jr. ... describes how he and his partner, Bernie Jacobs, saved the Shubert Organization, bringing some of Broadway's greatest hits to the stage. 304 pages. Two 8-page photo inserts.

A Purple Summer: Notes of the Lyrics of Spring Awakening
(Applause - Paperback Book)
Steven Sater's notes on his lyrics, addressing the literary sources and allusions of each lyric, and what prompted the songs. 112 pages.

The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook
(Applause - Hardcover Book/DVD)
The inside story of the beloved movie musical, revealed by the actors who starred as the Von Trapp children (Charmian Carr, Nicholas Hammond, Heather Menzies, Duane Chase, Angela Cartwright, Debbie Turner, Kym Karath). Tells the story of the iconic film's cast, both during the filming and once the movie was released. Include are a DVD with their own home-movie footage, memorabilia they have cherished and preserved over the years, including letters home to their families in America, a page from the script with edits marked in the margin and a ticket to the world premiere. Introduction by Ted Chapin. 96 pages

South Pacific (The Applause Libretto Library)
(Applause - Paperback Book)

The Rest of the Story: A Continued Memoir of Broadway and Hollywood
(Applause - Hardcover Book)
Completed only days before his death, Arthur Laurents reveals all that happened in his life since Original Story By. The book ends with a coda by good friend and the editor of this book, David Saint, which reveals the real story of his death.

Theatre World Volume 67: 2010-2011
(Applause - Hardcover Book)
Ben Hodges, editor. In its 67th year, the most comprehensive record of the theatrical season-Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway, including listings for over 60 regional companies. More than 2,000 productions listed, with photos, complete cast listing, producers, directors, authors, composers, opening and closing dates, song titles, and plot synopses. Also the year's obituaries, a listing of all nominees and winners of the major theatrical awards, the longest-running shows on and off Broadway, and a detailed index. Over 700 photos of the season.

Transposing Broadway: Jews, Assimilation, and the American Musical
(Palgrave Macmillan - Hardcover Book)
By Stuart J. Hecht. Examination of the relationship between Jews, assimilation, and the changing face of the American musical.

Women Vaudeville Stars: Eighty Biographical Profiles
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
By Armond Fields (Maude Adams: Idol of American Theater). Paperback version of 2006 book. Tells the stories of 80 who were among the top vaudeville acts in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Biographies of the performers in each category appear in order of the date they entered vaudeville. A final section concentrates on the headliners' heritage, taking a broad look at the group according to ethnic background, socioeconomic background, family life, and other factors, including what happened to them after vaudeville died.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff. Thanks to Max Preeo for his contributions.

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