Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 3/28/17 (updated 3/31/17)

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Earlier recaps:

2017: March 21, 14, 7 | February 28, 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:

Burke Beautiful: The Songs of Johnny Burke
(Harbinger Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Musical theatre singer/actress Sharon Paige with Keith Ingham. "Aren't You Glad You're You?" (Bells of St. Mary's), "Sleighride in July" (Belle of the Yukon), "You Don't Have to Know the Language" (Road to Rio), "But Beautiful" (Road to Rio), "My Heart Is a Hobo," "Humpty Dumpty Heart," "It Could Happen to You" (And the Angels Sing), "Swinging on a Star" (Going my Way), "A Hundred Dreams from Now," "Get Rid of Monday," "Suddenly It's Spring," "One, Two, Button Your Shoe" (Pennies from Heaven), "What's New," "Like Someone in Love" (Belle of the Yukon), "Do You Know Why?," "He Makes Me Feel I'm Lovely" (Donnybrook!). Released 2/3/17.

Deborah Cox: I Will Always Love You
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3)
The Bodyguard U.S. tour star sings from that show: "I'm Every Woman," "I Have Nothing," "All the Man I Need," "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," "Run to You," "The Greatest Love of All," "Jesus Loves Me," "I Will Always Love You." Also pre-ordering at

Leonard Bernstein - The Composer Box set
(Sony Classical - 25 CDs)
Special edition dedicated to the works of Leonard Bernstein, in preparation of his 100th anniversary August 2018. Includes remastered original Bernstein Conducts Bernstein recordings for Columbia Masterworks of all his symphonies and ballets, plus the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, On the Waterfront Suite, Mass, Chichester Psalms, Serenade, On the Town, Trouble in Tahiti, Prelude, Fugue and Riffs and the song cycles La Bonne Cuisine and I Hate Music. Also, songs, and chamber and piano works, including recordings by such artists as soprano Harolyn Blackwell, mezzos Marilyn Horne and Frederica von Stade, violinist Joshua Bell, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, clarinetist Sabine Meyer and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. Also included is Leonard Slatkin's 1992 St. Louis recording of Bernstein s cycle Songfest for six singers and orchestra. Candide, both by the original Broadway cast recording from 1956 and by the revised 1973 Chelsea version conducted by John Mauceri; Wonderful Town from the 1958 television cast recording (starring Rosalind Russell from the 1953 Broadway premiere). Peter Pan in its original Broadway cast recording from 1950 starring Jean Arthur and Boris Karloff, also re-mastered in this special edition. West Side Story, the original Broadway cast album from 1957, and the 1961 movie soundtrack recording. The Bernstein Songbook (Disc 19) with songs from his theater works rounds up the collection of musicals. Bernstein in Jazz features jazz arrangements based on Bernstein's compositions by the Dave Brubeck Quartet, the Aaron Bell Trio, trombonist J.J. Johnson, the Marsalis family, saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, pianist Martial Solal, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman (with Woody Herman s Thundering Herd), André Previn on piano (with drummer Shelly Manne and bassist Red Mitchell), vibraphonist Gary Burton, and pianist Eldar Djangirov. Packaged in LP-sized special edition with book. Complete track lists available at

The Lunatic, the Lover & the Poet
(L.A. Theatre Works - Audiobook on CD)
Brian Bedford's one-man show. A CBC Broadcast Centre solo performance featuring Brian Bedford. Recorded in front of a live audience at the Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto in March of 1995.

Songs From Kermit Goell's Pocahontas
(Stage Door Records - new import 2-CD set)
London cast of score by Kermit Goell. From recent discovery by Kermit Goell's son Jonathan of reel-to-reel demo tapes featuring recordings of the score. Recorded in 1962 and performed by a company of Broadway singers under the musical direction of Jay Blackton. Set includes digitally remastered demonstration recordings plus a selection of piano instrumentals from Goell's score, concluding with an in-depth audio interview with Anita Gillette, recorded in 2016 especially for this album. Also, 8-page booklet. The show played London's Lyric Theatre from November 14th, 1963, for 12 performances, starring Anita Gillette and Terence Cooper.

Speech & Debate soundtrack
(Broadway Records - new on CD/at iTunes)
Soundtrack for the 2017 film based on Stephen Karam's play. Jeremy Rowley, Alex Rhodes, Sarah Steele, Austin P. McKenzie, Liam James. Features all the original songs and musical moments from the film along with the original end title song performed by Kristin Chenoweth and brand new song from Austin P. McKenzie recorded exclusively for the album. "Opening Rant," "No Trouble," "Diwata's Audition," "Tonight," "Crap Sandwich," "Part One," "King," "Crap Sandwich," "Part Two," "More Weight," "Group Interpretation Intro," "Hold It in," "Solomon's Speech," "Freedom! '90" (George Michael), "Losers Are Winners (Flying Free) (Kristin Chenoweth), "End Titles" (Deborah Lurie); Bonus Track: "Know Me Better" (Austin P. McKenzie). Also Sycamore Pictures will donate 10% of all soundtrack sales to the Kristin Chenoweth Arts & Education Foundation.

BOOKs Now Available:

Sam Shepard: A Life
(Counterpoint - Hardcover/Kindle Edition)
Biography of the life and work of playwright/actor Sam Shepard by John J. Winters. 480 pages.

BLU-RAY Now Available:

What's The Matter With Helen?
(Shout! Factory - new Blu-ray)
1971 horror film starring Debbie Reynolds, Shelley Winters, Dennis Weaver, Agnes Moorehead, Micheál MacLiammóir, Robbi Morgan. Directed by Curtis Harrington. 101 minutes.

STREAMING Now Available:

Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened
(now on Amazon/Netflix (requires login)/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.


Holiday Inn OBC
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
New Irving Berlin musical. Bryce Pinkham, Lora Lee Gayer, Tony Award nominee Megan Lawrence, Danny Rutigliano, Megan Sikora, and Corbin Bleu. Executive produced by Universal Stage Productions.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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