Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 5/26/20 (updated 5/29/20)

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Please note that scheduling changes due to the coronavirus pandemic are being made as soon as we are aware of them. But there may be further changes in release dates in the future, as things play out.

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Earlier recaps:

2020: May 19, 12, 5 | April 28, 21, 14, 7 | March 31, 24, 17, 10, 3 | February 25, 18, 11, 4 | January 28, 21, 14, 7

2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

CDs Now Available:

Petula Clark: On Air 1951-1961
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
Landmark collection representing a unique archival discovery of recordings made by Petula Clark for various BBC Radio programs between 1951 and 1961. Selections from the long running "Calling All Forces," where Petula appeared and broadcast on a weekly basis as the resident featured artist. Almost all of the performances featured on this collection have gone unheard since their original transmission. 23 tracks, 18 of which make their debut on CD. "Good Luck, Good Health, God Bless You," "Harbour Lights," "While the Angelus Was Ringing," "With a Song in My Heart," "Till Then," "Down in the Glen," "I'll Make Up for Everything," "My Choice," "Far Away Places," "My Happiness," "Someone Like You," "Autumn Leaves," "Always," "Made in Heaven," "We're a Couple of Swells (With Billy Ternent)," "Relax-Ay-Voo," "Suddenly There's a Valley," "Ooh Bang Jiggilly Jang," "It's Magic," "Sailor," "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes / Dancing in the Dark" Bonus tracks "Stardust," "Ordinary People" (With George Formby). Limited Edition of 500 units only. Also at

DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:

Frankie! The Musical
(Broadway Records - new album on mp3/at iTunes)
Concept album for new musical by 16-year-old Elise Marra. Caitlin Kinnunen (The Prom), Jason Gotay (Evita, Between the Lines), Jason SweetTooth Williams (Be More Chill), Autumn Hurlbert (Legally Blonde), Allie Trimm (13), Delphi Borich (Cinderella), and percussionist Jacquelene Acevedo (American Utopia). Recorded at 2nd Story Sound. Producers Ashley Kate Adams and Mitchell Walker. Music direction by Benjamin Weiss. "Take a Deep Breath Prologue / Keep It All Together," "Take a Deep Breath," "Come to This Dance," "Isn't It Too Much," "Something We Can Do," "You're Home," "I'll Get Mad," "Learning," "Home Tonight," "Hey Now!," "Take a Deep Breath" (Instrumental).

Books Now Available:

(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book)
Play by Simone Woods which premiered at the National Theatre in London in 2019. 96 pages. Kindle Edition released in 2019.


Romance on the High Seas
(Warner Archive - new blu-ray)
1948 musical film starring Doris Day, Jack Carson, Janis Paige, Don DeFore. Songs by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn.

Selections From Zip Goes A Million & Happy Holiday
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
An album of selections from two George Posford and Eric Maschwitz London musicals The 1951 Zip Goes a Million was based on the 1902 novel "Brewster's Millions" and written as a vehicle for variety entertainer George Formby, with co-stars Sara Gregory and Warde Donovan. Six songs from the London production were recorded with the original cast and issued across three 78rpm records on the HMV label. The 1954 Happy Holiday was an adaptation of the Arnold Ridley play The Ghost Train. Reg Dixon played the lead role of Charlie Purseglove in a cast that also included Janet Brown, Marie Burke and Austin Melford. Reg Dixon recorded four songs from the London production which were subsequently issued across two 78rpm records on the HMV label. This collection compiles the original London cast recordings, along with a number of pop covers and instrumentals from each score performed by such artists as Pearl Carr, Ronnie Harris, Leslie A. Hutchinson and the Frank Barber Orchestra. As a special bonus, the disc includes selections from a live radio broadcast of Zip Goes A Million on the the BBC radio programme "Henry Hall's Guest Night." Detailed liner notes by director and theatre historian Stewart Nicholls. 27 tracks, listed at Amazon. Also at

Strike Up the Band
(Warner Archives - new blu-ray)
1940 musical film from MGM starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. 100 minutes.


Added to June 12:

(Republic Records - new album)
Soundtrack from new Quibi series starring Darren Criss, which features original songs and ten music videos by Darren Criss, featuring performances by Jordan Fisher, Julianne Hough, Jackie Tohn, Bonnie McKee, Jennifer Coolidge, Lil Rel Howery, Mark Hamill, Rufus Wainwright, and Sabrina Carpenter, and Criss.

Added to June 23:

Hans Christian Andersen
(Warner Archive - new blu-ray)
1952 musical film starring Danny Kaye. Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. Directed by Charles Vidor.

Added to June 26:

The Perfect Fit: The Musical
(Broadway Records - new EP)
Remote recording of new musical by 13-year-old Joshua Turchin (Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation). Featuring Laura Benanti, Nikki Renee Daniels, Joshua Turchin, Carly Gendell, Grace DeAmicis, Ellie Kim, Swayam Bhatia, Lily Brooks O'Briant, Luke Islam, Audrey Bennett, and Fabi Aguirre. Music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations, mixing and mastering by Dan Garmon and vocal direction by Joshua Turchin. Musicals Dan Garmon (keys 1/drums), Joshua Turchin (keys 2), Tomoko Akaboshi (violins, viola), Ansel Cohen (cello), David Kawamura (guitars), and Julia Adamy (upright/electric bass).

Robbie Rozelle: Songs from Inside My Locker
(Broadway Records - new digital album)
To be recorded February 23 and March 1, 2019 at Feinstein's/54 Below. Written by Robbie Rozelle. Musical direction and arrangements by Josh D. Smith. Six-piece band The Two Drink Minimum. Special guests include Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels) and Maya Days (Aida). "Let's Misbehave," Kim at the top of Miss Saigon..., "If I Only Had a Brain," A ballad k-hole..., "Little Girls / Captain Hook's Tango," My two dads..., "Charles Nelson Reilly / Paul Lynde Medley The Kid," My very first boyfriend ever..., "First Penis I Saw," They just decided it's Spring..., "In Hell's Kitchen," There are so many roles I never got to play..., "The Aged-Out Medley," Comedy comes in threes..., "A Step Too Far (with Bonnie Milligan and Maya Days)," Everyone has mantras..., "I Have Found Tomorrow / Here Comes the Sun," I'm an accidental performer..., "Change in Me," A Hefty bag covered in KY..., "Jam Tomorrow." Produced by Michael J Moritz Jr.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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