Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 2/4/20 (updated 2/7/20)

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Earlier recaps:

2020: January 28, 21, 14, 7

2019: December 24, 17, 10, 3 | November 26, 19, 5 | October 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | September 24, 17, 10, 3, August 27, 20, 13, 6 | July 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | June 25, 18, 11, 4 | May 28, 21, 14, 7 | April 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | March 26, 19, 12 | 5 | February 26, 19, 12, 5 | January 29, 22, 15, 8

2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

CDs Now Available:

Henrik Ibsen: Nine Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramatisations
(BBC - audiobook)
Adaptations of Ibsen's The Wild Duck, Rosmersholm, Brand, and John Gabriel Borkman, A Doll's House (relocated to 1879 India in Tanika Gupta's dramatisation), Ghosts (adapted by Richard Eyre with the Almeida Theatre cast), Hedda Gabler, The Lady from the Sea, and An Enemy of the People. Casts include David Threlfall, Nicholas Farrell, Helen Baxendale, Indira Varma, Lesley Manville and Harriet Walter.

Irving Berlin: In Person
(Garret Mountain Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
From the biographical show which appeared at 13th Street Repertory Theater, starring Jon Peterson, with Richard Danley and Aaron Weinstein. "After You Get What You Want You Don't Want It," "Say It with Music," "Everything in America Is Ragtime," "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Piano Man," "I Love a Piano," "The Dying Rag," "I Beg Your Pardon, Dear Old Broadway," "The Schoolhouse Blues," "Everybody's Doin' It Now," "Do Your Duty, Doctor," "My Wife's Gone to the Country," "Tell Me, Little Gypsy," "In a Cozy Kitchenette Apartment," "Smile and Show Your Dimple / Always Treat Her Like a Baby," "When I Lost You," "We're on Our Way to France," "Bring on the Pepper," "Smile and Show Your Dimple (Reprise)," "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody," "Someone Else May Be There While I'm Gone," "Always," "This Is the Life," "Mandy," "Wild Cherries," "When the Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam," "You'd Be Surprised," "The International Rag," "I'm Gonna Pin a Medal on the Girl I Left Behind," "Oh, How I Hate to Get up in the Morning," "Lady of the Evening," "Montmartre," "What'll I Do?," "Everybody Step," "Bows Music: Say It with Music / Play a Simple Melody (Encore) / Musical Demon," "Piano Man (Exit Music)." Produced by Chip Deffaa. Released 9/20/19.


Janet Dacal: My Standards
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Debut album from actor/singer Janet Dacal (The Band's Visit tour, Prince of Broadway). "It Don't Mean A Thing," "Orange Colored Sky" (with Olivia C. Dacal), "Be True to Me," "My Funny Valentine," "L-O-V-E," "Fever," "Tenderly," "Moondance" (with Javier Muñoz), "Begin the Beguine," "I Got Rhythm," "Sabor a Mí." CD format to be released 2/14/20.

My Name Is Lucy Barton
(Random House Audio - new Audible audiobook)
Original audiobook performance of the stage production of My Name is Lucy Barton, starring Laura Linney. Elizabeth Strout book adapted by Rona Munro. 90 minutes.

Robbie Rozelle: "Wicked Little Town / Make Your Own Kind of Music"
(digital single mp3/)
Host of Tuesday at 54 at Feinstein's/54 Below. Proceeds go toward defeating Republicans in the 2020 election. Also on Spotify.

BOOKs Now Available:

Irving Berlin: New York Genius (Jewish Lives)
(Yale Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
By James Kaplan. Explores the interplay of Berlin's life with the life of New York City, offering a visceral narrative of Berlin as self-made man and witty, wily, tough Jewish immigrant. This fast-paced, musically opinionated biography uncovers Berlin's unique brilliance as a composer of music and lyrics ... underscores Berlin’s continued relevance in American popular culture. 424 pages.


Guys and Dolls
(Warner Archives - new blu-ray)
1955 MGM musical film featuring Frank Loesser's score. Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine, Stubby Kaye.

James Taylor: American Standard
(Fantasy - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
James Taylor album of songs he recalls listening to in his youth. With Jimmy Johnson, Steve Gadd, Luis Conte, Larry Goldings, Lou Marini, Walt Fowler, and Kate Markowitz, Caroline Taylor, Andrea Zonn, Dorian Holley and Arnold McCuller. "My Blue Heaven," "Moon River," "Teach Me Tonight," "As Easy As Rolling Off A Log," "Almost Like Being In Love," "Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat," "The Nearness Of You," "You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught," "God Bless The Child," "Pennies From Heaven," "My Heart Stood Still," "Ol' Man River," "It's Only A Paper Moon," "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top." Produced by Dave O’Donnell, John Pizzarelli and James Taylor.

Lost Broadway 1960: Broadway's Forgotten & Obscure Musicals
(Stage Door Records - new on 2 import CDs)
Latest in this series. 53 tracks, including 25 on CD for the first time. One complete disc of OBC recordings and one disc of covers and rarities. Musicals represented are Greenwillow, Christine, Tenderloin, Wildcat, Do Re Mi, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and (play with music) Send Me No Flowers. Plus songs from the revue Vintage '60 (performed by original cast member Fay DeWitt) and the complete studio recording of Bud Freeman and Leon Pober's musical Beg, Borrow or Steal (originally titled Clara) starring Betty Garrett. Track list at Amazon. [Amazon link should start working soon for pre-orders, plus there will be a link for the Stage Door site.]


Marvin: Based on The Way I Was by Marvin Hamlisch
(Schiffer Kids - Paperback Book)
Graphic novel adaptation of the biography of renowned musician, composer, and conductor Marvin Hamlisch. Deals with his childhood and adolescent years up to his first big successes; and includes his family's flight from Nazi-occupied Austria and their immigration to the United States. For readers ages 8 to 12 to fans of music and broadway musicals, American history, and fans of graphic novels. Features scenes with Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Christopher Walken and many other interesting characters that Marvin Hamlisch grew up, studied and worked with in his career.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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