Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 2/28/17 (updated 3/3/17)

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Earlier recaps:

2017: February 21, 14, 7 | January 31, 24, 17, 10, 3

2016: December 27, 20, 13, 6 | November 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | October 25, 18, 11, 4 | September 27, 20, 13, 6 | August 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | July 26, 19, 12, 5 | June 28, 21, 14, 7 | May 31, 24, 17, 10, 3 | April 26, 19, 12, 5 | March 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | February 23, 16, 9, 2 | January 26, 19, 12, 5, 2016


CDs Now Available:

Ann-Margret: The Definitive Collection
(Real Gone Music - new on 2 CDs)
30 tracks from nine albums among her 1961-1966 RCA recordings, including the Bye Bye Birdie soundtrack. "Teach Me Tonight," "I Just Don't Understand," "It Do Me So Good," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Fever," "What Am I Supposed to Do," "Bachelor in Paradise," "Mr. Wonderful," "Let Me Entertain You," "How Lovely to Be a Woman," "Bye Bye Birdie," "Take All the Kisses," "I'm in the Mood for Love," "You're the Boss," "The Lady Loves Me," "Man's Favorite Sport," "I'm Nobody's Baby," "Bill Bailey," "My Baby Just Cares for Me," "Mack the Knife," "Love Makes the World Go Round," "Our Language of Love," "The Pleasure Seekers," "Next Time," "Something to Think About," "Everything Makes Music When You're in Love," "Mister Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," "That Old Black Magic," "I Wanna Be Loved," "The Swinger." Booklet includes liner notes by Joe Marchese and vintage album artwork.

Chip Deffaa's Mad About the Boy: The Original Cast Album
(Garret Mountain Records - new on CD-R/mp3)
Gay musical revue conceived, written, and directed by Chip Deffaa that played New York's 13th Street Theater. Mixes vintage numbers from the 1920s and '30s with originals by Deffaa. Musical direction by Richard Danley. Michael J. C. Andersun, John Brady, Joris De Graaf, Luka Fric, Benjamin Grier, Shinice Hemmings, Rayna Hirt, Cody Jordan, Michael Knowles, Toby Medlyn, Katherine Paulsen, Jon Peterson, Al Roths, Maite Uzal, Terri White. Available at

Consider Yourself! The Highs Of Lionel Bart
(Cherry Red - new 5-CD import set)
Showcases all of Lionel Bart’s early triumphs including music from the historic productions of Oliver! which featured the young Steve Marriott as the Artful Dodger, Stanley Holloway, Ron Moody’s immortal Fagin, Georgia Brown's Nancy, and Barry Humphries as Mr Sowerberry, the undertaker. Includes songs from Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'be with Barbara Windsor, Sid James, Adam Faith and Max Bygraves; music from Blitz, the complete original score plus popular recordings "Far Away" performed by Shirley Bassey, and others. Also, songs Lionel wrote to put Tommy Steele on the map, including the compositions from The Duke Wore Jeans and Tommy the Toreador, and a panorama of his writing for the popular artists of the day, including Cliff Richard, Tommy Steele, Marty Wilde, Anthony Newley, Alma Cogan, Mark Wynter, Frankie Vaughan, Shane Fenton and Joe Brown. Includes the theme from From Russia With Love arranged by John Barry, and Lionel's own wonderfully eccentric recordings, the For Bart's Sake 10 solo album and his 1961 Christmas single. Track list at Amazon. Will be released first in the UK on 2/24/17; more information at Cherry Red Records website.

(DRG/eOne - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording. Dan Rosales, Nicholas Edwards, Juwan Crawley, Chris Anthony Giles, Nora Schell, along with special guest stars Christine Pedi and Glenn Bassett, and Music Director Fred Barton at the piano. Written by Gerard Alessandrini. "Lin-Manuel as Hamilton," "Aaron Burr, Sir," "My Shot" (The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Guys and Dolls, Singin in the Rain), "The Schuyler Sisters" (An American in Paris, The King and I, Avenue Q), "Lin-Manuel's Quest" (Man of La Mancha), "Beggar Woman #1" (Sweeney Todd), "A Winter's Ball," "You'll Be Back," "What'd I Miss?," "Ben Franklin, Sondheim, and Lin-Manuel" (Dear Mr. Gable, Into the Woods, Company), "The Rap-Off Contest" (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), "Yorktown," "Beggar Woman #2" (Sweeney Todd, Down with Love), "In the Heights," "Take a Break," "Say No to This," "The Book of Mormon," "Everybody's Got the Right," "Assassins," "Cool" (West Side Story), "Who Lives, Who Dies," "NYC" (Annie), "The Room Where It Happens," "The Story of Tonight." Musical arrangements by Richard Danley and Fred Barton. Produced by Hugh Fordin.

DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:

Karen Mason: It's About Time
(Zevely Records - new digital album)
"It's About Time" (Paul Rolnick and Shelly Markham), "Finding Wonderland," "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart," "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?," "Just in Time," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "Somewhere / the Impossible Dream," "The Man That Got Away," "A House is Not a Home," "Once Upon a Dream Come True," "Over the Rainbow." Bonus Tracks: "Fifty Percent," "Our Love Is Here to Stay." Liner notes by David Kenney.

VIDEO Now Available:

Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened
(exclusively on iTunes)
2016 documentary on the original 1981 production of Merrily We Roll Along featuring original cast member updates, and documentary footage recorded at the time. Directed by Lonny Price.

Live From Lincoln Center: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel
(PBS - new on DVD)
Aired on PBS April 26, 2013. Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Stephanie Blythe, John Cullum, Jessie Mueller, Shuler Hensley, Jason Danieley, Kate Burton, Robert Fairchild, and Tiler Peck. New York Philharmonic. Directed by John Rando and choreography by Warren Carlyle, 150 minutes.

BOOKs Now Available:

The Globe: Shakespeare's London Theatre
(Amerley - Hardcover Book)
By Nicholas Fogg. [Availability is uncertain.] 288 pages.

Hal David: His Magic Moments
(Dorrance Publishing Co. - hardcover book/Kindle Edition)
By Eunice David. Biography of lyricist Hal David (Promises, Promises written by his wife. 310 pages. Released 11/15/16.


(Broadway Records - new on 2 CDs)
Actor/singer Tyce (Tyce Green) performs the songs of Jim Steinman. Disc One: "Holding Out for a Hero," "Heaven Can Wait," "I'll Kill You If You Don't Come Back," "Left in the Dark," "Total Eclipse of the Heart," "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," "I'm Gonna Love Her for Both of Us," "Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are," "Braver Than We Are. Disc: 2: Acoustic versions of "Holding Out for a Hero," "Everything Is Permitted," "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)," "I'm Gonna Love Her for Both of Us," "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," "More Than You Deserve," "For Crying Out Loud." Arrangements by producer Zak Lloyd. Also at

Plays & Opera for the Radio
(CPO - new on 2 CDs/mp3)
RadioMusiken, Vol. 3. from the early 1930s. Includes radio play Sabinchen by Paul Hindemith, the audio play Mord by Walter Gronostay, and radio opera Jorinde und Joringel by Heinrich Sutermeister, and more. Composers include Walter Gronostay, Wilhelm Grosz, Pavel Haas, Paul Hindemith, Heinrich Sutermeister, Kurt Weill. MP3 link has the track list.


Sugar, Butter, Flour: The Waitress Pie Book
(Pam Krauss/Avery - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Jenna Hunterson. The official tie-in to Broadway’s hit musical Waitress, featuring the recipes for 3 dozen of the show’s most evocative and delicious pies. 160 pages.


Added, waiting for ordering link:

Up in the Cheap Seats
(Griffith Moon - new hardcover book)
Memoir by Ron Fassler. Features memories and insights from Jane Alexander, Sheldon Harnick, James Earl Jones, Stacy Keach, Nathan Lane, Hal Linden, John Lithgow, Bette Midler, Austin Pendleton, Harold Prince, Doris Roberts, Stephen Sondheim, and Mike Nichols among many others. 260 pages. 8 illustrations & photographs.

Added, no release date:

August Wilson: The Kiln in Which He was Fired
(37 INK - new book)
[Tentative title.] Biography of August Wilson by Patti Hartigan. Expected late 2019.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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