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Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap 11/15/11

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

CDs Now Available:

Blackbirds of 1928 & Shuffle Along
(Masterworks Broadway/ArkivMusic - new on CD-R/mp3/iTunesBlackbirds of 1928 / Shuffle Along - Studio Cast Recording
Songs from Blackbirds of 1928 (1928) score by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields recorded in 1953 by Cab Calloway and Thelma Carpenter. "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "Diga-Diga Doo," "I Must Have That Man," "Doin' The New Low-Down." Songs from Shuffle Along score by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle recorded in 1953 by Thelma Carpenter, Avon Long, Laurence Watson, Louise Woods. "Love Will Find A Way," "I'm Just Wild About Harry," "Bandana Days," "Gypsy Blues." 8-track CD-R available at ArkivMusic.

Broadway Hopes and Dreams Vol One & Two
(Tenacity Records - on CD-R/mp3)
"Artistic blend of the traditional Showtune with Pop idioms, Country, World Music." Michael Ricciardi, John D. Nugent, Timothy Doran, Randy Louis Ames, J. Eric Schmidt.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Soundtrack
(Kritzerland Records - on 2 CDs)
1968 film score. Music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. Music Supervised and Conducted by Irwin Kostal. Remastered from the first generation album master. Also includes the "Entr'Acte," the original "Main Title" (longer than the album version, with sound effects) and the film mix of the "Exit Music." Plus the complete song and picture book album tracks, released concurrently with the soundtrack, and which feature Richard M. Sherman himself singing, along with other vocalists, all conducted by Leroy Holmes. The second CD includes the film's demo recordings by Richard Sherman and playback tracks. 1200 copy limited release. Sold out.

Chris Passey: Self Taught; Still Learning The Music of ...
(new on CD)
Debut album of Midlands Musical Theatre composer Chris Passey. Songs from his concept musical Bridges. Zoe Rainey, Siobhan Dillon, Mark Evans, Lauren Samuels, Liam Tamne, Colleen Ballinger, Ross Hunter, Simon Lipkin, Caroline Keiff, Chloe Hart, Trevor Jary, Wayne A Robinson, Allyson Ava-Brown, Kieran Brown, Richard Meek. Profits will be donated equally between Cancer Research and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Available at Dress Circle

Do Re Mi (Original London Cast)
(Sepia Records - new on CD/mp3)
1961 London cast. Score by Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green. In stereo and remastered. First time on CD. Max Bygraves, Maggie Fitzgibbon, Steve Arlen, Jan Waters. Bonus tracks include pop versions of songs from the show performed by Bygraves, Arlen and Beatrice Lillie. 22 tracks.

Dorothy Provine: Songs from Warner Bros Television Show "The Roaring 20's"
(Sepia Records - new on CD/mp3The Roaring 20's / Vamp of the Roaring 20's - Dorothy Provine, The Dixieland Band & Pinky and Her Playboys
Soundtrack to the 1960-62 hit TV series :The Roaring 20s" on CD for the first time. Vocals by Dorothy Provine. Songs from wo soundtrack LPs (including the hit single "Don't Bring Lulu,) remastered and in stereo. 19 tracks.

Fresher - The Musical
(new on CD)
Original cast album of Mark Aspinall's score for new pop-funk musical-comedy. Edinburgh Fringe 2010. Natalie Bush, James Darch, Grace Eccleson, Dan Buckley, Alexis Gerred, Natasha J Barnes, Andrew Bryant, Rebekah Hinds, Gary Hughes. Available at Dress Circle

James Barbour: Bring Me Giants
(GlobalVision - new on CD/iTunesBring Me Giants - James Barbour
Broadway songs with new arrangements. "Who Will Love This Child," "The Longer I Live," "I Will Be There" (with Morgan James), "Loving You Keeps Me Alive," "If Ever I Would Leave You," "Music Of The Night," "Bring Him Home," "This Is The Moment," "Impossible Dream," "Bring Me Giants," "I Can't Recall."

R.R.R.E.D. A Secret Musical
(Adam Pictures - new on CD/mp3)
Katie Thompson score from musical that appeared at NYMF in 2009. Katie Thompson and and Patrick Livingston.

Susan Egan - The Secret of Happiness
(LML Music - new on CD/mp3)
"The Me Of The Moment," "A Musical Apology," "The Secret of Happiness," "Nina Doesn't Care," "Cock-Eyed Optimist," "Children Will Listen" (with Georgia Stitt), "Momsense," "I Have You," "The Wanting of You," "From The Stars (Isla's Song)," "All Things In Time," "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Produced by Georgia Stitt.

Summer and Smoke Soundtrack
(Kritzerland Records - new on CD)
Elmer Bernstein score. World premiere release of the complete soundtrack for 1948 film based on Tennessee Williams play. Remastered from the original, three-track tapes. In film order. Bonuses. Limited 1500 copy release. Orders placed at ship early.

Vicki Lewis: East of Midnight
(Betting on the Muse - on CD/mp3East Of Midnight - Vicki Lewis
Vicki Lewis sings a collection of her own songs. Released in 2010. Also available at Amazon at a higher price.

With Glee
(new on CD/mp3With Glee - John Gregor
Original cast recording of Prospect Theatre show. John Gregor score. Zach Bandler, Christopher Davis Carlisle, Jason Edward Cook, Greg Horton, Erin Jerozal, Dan Lawler, Max Spitulnik. Includes a full 16 page lyric booklet and color photos from the Off-Broadway production. Available at CDBaby.

DVD/Blu-Rays Now Available:

Making War Horse
(Microcinema - new on DVD)
CDU | B&N iconDocumentary about the National Theatre production.

Michael Ball: Heroes Live
(Region 2 DVD)
Michael Ball's sold out Heroes Tour concert features songs that were hits in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, including "Summer Wind," "Joanna," "Play Me,""New York State Of Mind" and "For Once In My Life." Also included - exclusive Dress rehearsal featurette. Available at Dress Circle and Amazon UK.

My Fair Lady Blu-Ray
(Paramount - new on Blu-Ray)
B&N icon
1964 film version of Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Loewe musical version of Shaw's Pygmalion. Extras include audio commentary; Rex Harrison radio interview; alternate Audrey Hepburn song takes; featurettes from 1963 and 1964; poster art & lobby cards gallery; trailers.

The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary Collection
(Decca - import 4-CD/1-Region 2 DVD set)
2-CD Original London Cast Recording of the musical, starring Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman; 2-CD concept album of Love Never Dies starring Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess; DVD The Phantom Phenomenon with rare and unseen footage, including the videos of interviews with Lloyd Webber and Brightman, news reports and footage from a 1998 Lloyd Webber tribute and the 2010 celebration of the West End production's 10,000th performance. 160-page exclusive hardback book by Michael Heatley; Phantom "medallion"; replica of the original opening night program book from Her Majesty's Theatre in 1986. At Dress Circle in the full set (Region 2), Blu-Ray and DVD.

West Side Story 50th Anniversary Edition
(20th Century - new on 2-disc/4-disc Blu-Ray sets)
CDU | B&N icon
1961 film version of Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Laurents musical. Four-disc set includes two-disc Blu-ray, newly restored DVD, Tribute CD and collectible memorabilia. Hundreds of hours of restoration, new 7.1 digital audio and extras including featurettes Pow! The Dances of West Side Story, A Place for Us: West Side Story?s Legacy; storyboard to film comparison montage; song-specific commentary by Stephen Sondheim.

BOOKs Now Available:

Backward Ran Sentences: The Best of Wolcott Gibbs from the New Yorker
(Bloomsbury USA - Paperback/Kindle)
By Thomas Vinciguerra and Wolcott Gibbs Introduction by P.J. O'Rourke. Biographical sketch of (New Yorker) editor, humorist, theatre critic, playwright and author Gibbs and a generous sampling of his finest work across an impressive range of genres.

Funny Girl - Sheet Music from the Broadway Musical: Piano/Vocal
(Alfred Publishing - Paperback Book)
Updated piano/vocal selections folio, in which the arrangements of several songs have been upgraded to better reflect the familiar original cast recordings compared to earlier printed editions. Also added is the song "Funny Girl," which Styne and Merrill wrote for the 1968 movie adaptation. "I'm the Greatest Star," "Cornet Man," "His Love Makes Me Beautiful," "I Want to Be Seen with You Tonight," "Henry Street," "People," "You Are Woman, I Am Man," "Don't Rain on My Parade," "Sadie, Sadie," "Who Are You Now?," "The Music That Makes Me Dance," "Funny Girl."

Million Dollar Quartet Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Songs featured in the Broadway musical.

The Teen Pop Broadway Collection
(Cherry Lane - new Paperback Book)

Venus in Fur: A Play
(Northwestern Univ Press - Paperback Book)
David Ives play on Broadway this season.

The Wicked Education of Henry Holliday: a comic novel of magic, mayhem, and musicals
(CreateSpace - Paperback Book)
By J.J. Tomkins. "A comic novel based upon the age old Faustian tale - but with a gay twist."


Marigold/Melvillainy: Original London Cast
(Must Close Saturday Records - new import CD)
Marigold score by Charles Zwar and Alan Melville. Jeremy Brett, Jean Kent, Sally Smith, Sophie Stewart. Also, Melville and Zwar's recital of their revue numbers, Melvillainy.

Vanya on 42nd Street
(Criterion Collection - new Blu-Ray/DVD)
André Gregory's staging of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya in a crumbling Manhattan playhouse. Wallace Shawn, Julianne Moore, Brooke Smith, and George Gaynes. Directed by Louis Malle. Digital restoration. Includes new documentary featuring interviews with André Gregory, Lynn Cohen, George Gaynes, Julianne Moore, Larry Pine, Wallace Shawn, Brooke Smith, Fred Berner; trailer; and booklet with essay by critic Steven Vineberg and 1994 on-set report by film critic Amy Taubin.


Added, release date unknown:

Mrs. Santa Claus
(Masterworks Broadway - new digital)
Reissue of out of print 1996 television soundtrack with Jerry Herman score. Angela Lansbury, Charles Durning, Michael Jeter and Terrence Mann. Overture", "Seven Days 'Til Christmas" (Michael Jeter/Kristi Lynes/Jamie Torcellini/Angela Lansbury), "Mrs Santa Claus" (Angela Lansbury), "Avenue A" (David Norona/Grace Keagy/Linda Kerns/Ensemble), "Avenue A (Reprise)" (Angela Lansbury), "A Tavish Toy" (Terrence Mann/The Kids), "Almost Young" (Angela Lansbury), "Almost Young (Reprise)" (The Kids/Angela Lansbury), "Suffragette March" (Linda Kerns/Grace Keagy/Debra Wiseman/Angela Lansbury/The Women), "We Don't Go Together At All" (Debra Wiseman/David Norona), "Whistle" (Angela Lansbury/Lynsey Bartilson), "Dear Mrs Santa Claus" (Charles Durning), "Whistle (Reprise)" (Angela Lansbury/Lynsey Bartilson), "He Needs Me" (Angela Lansbury), "The Best Christmas Of All" (Charles Durning/Angela Lansbury/Ensemble).

Available in Touring Cities:

A Christmas Story (the musical)
(new on CD)
Seattle 5th Avenue Theatre production. Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The cast includes Clarke Hallum as Ralphie, Matthew Lewis, John Bolton, Anne Allgood, Frank Corrado, Carol Swarbrick, Jadd Davis, Candice Donehoo, Brandon O'Neill and Billie Wildrick, Matt Wolfe, Orville Mendoza. Sold at theaters hosting the tour. Nationwide release fall 2012.


CD-Rs of Babes in Arms purchased through Amazon may be missing the booklet. Amazon will re-list the item when the problem is fixed. For those missing a booklet, email for a .pdf version

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

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