Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 11/3/15

Earlier recaps:

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

Quick list of all Amazon links for this week.

CDs Now Available:

The Beggar's Opera
(Masterworks/ArkivMusic - new on CD-R w/ digital booklet/mp3/at iTunes)
1968 OLC cast. Peter Gilmore, James Cossins and Jan Waters. Score by John Gay. "Through All the Employments of Life," "Virgins Are Like the Fair Flowers," "Our Polly Is a Sad Slut," "Can Love Be Controlled by Advice," "Polly, You Might Have Toyed and Kissed," "The Turtle Thus with Plaintive Crying," "Through All the Unemployments of Life (Reprise)," "My Heart Forebodes," "My Heart Was So Free," "Pretty Molly," "Over the Hill and Far Away," "Oh, What Pain It Is to Part," "The Miser Thus a Shilling Sees," "Fill Every Glass," "Let Us Take the Road," "If the Heart of a Man," "Youth's the Season Made for Joys," "When Gold Is in Hand," "Before the Barn Door Crowing," "In Pimps and Politicians," "Man May Escape from Rope and Gun," "How Cruel Are the Traitors," "When You Censure the Age," "How Happy Could I Be with Either," "Why, How Now, Madam Flirt," "No Power on Earth Can 'Ere Divide," "When Young in the 'Fore," "My Love Is All Madness and Folly," "Gamesters United in Friendship Are Found," "The Modes of the City," "Let Us Take the Road (Reprise)," "In the Days of My Youth," "Come Sweet Lass," "Oh, Cruel, Cruel, Cruel Cost," "Would I Might Be Hanged," "All You Who Behold This Terrible Sight," "The Rich of Today May Be Beggars Tomorrow." [CD-R still showing as backordered from ArkivMusic, but Masterworks has it on Amazon, link above.]

Brenna Whitaker
(Verve - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
L.A.-based jazz singer. "Black and Gold," "Misty Blue," "It's a Good Day," "You Don't Owe Me," "My Heart Cries for You," "When I'm Done," "I Can't Hear a Word You Say," "It's Not Easy Bein' Green," "Love Back," "Anyone Who Had a Heart," "Sayonara," "A House Is Not a Home." Deluxe mp3 and iTunes versions have three bonus songs: "For All We Know," "Light," "One More Try.""

Carols for a Cure 2015: Volume 17
(Rock-it Science Records - new on 2 CDs)
"Christmas Vacation" (Beautiful: the Carole King Musical), "Joy to the World" (Hamilton), "Happy All the Time" (Elf), "Go Tell It on the Mountain" (Finding Neverland), "A Crunchem Hall Christmas" (Matilda the Musical), "We Three Cool Kings" (At This Performance), "Auld Lang Syne/River" (The King and I), "I Saw Three Ships" (The Phantom of the Opera), "Sign of the Dove" (Dames At Sea), "Christmas In Fishnets" (Chicago), "One Little Christmas Tree" (Kinky Boots), "Home's With You" (Fun Home), "O Holy Night" (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder), "One Star" (Les Miserables), "Mary, Did You Know?" (School of Rock), "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (Aladdin), "The First Noel" (Amazing Grace), "Ave Maria/Heard the Bells" (Wicked), "12 Days of Something Rotten Christmas" (Something Rotten!). Available at the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS website, at participating Broadway and off-Broadway shows in New York during the six-week "Gypsy of the Year" fundraising period, which runs through December 6th, and at select venues throughout the U.S., including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

A Chorus Line: 40th Anniversary Celebration Original Broadway Cast Recording - Vinyl
(Masterworks Broadway - new vinyl)
Remastered new edition of the original Broadway cast recording. Score by Marvin Hamlisch and Ed Kleban. With eight bonus track demos. Scott Allen, Renee Baughman, Carole Bishop, Pamela Blair, Wayne Cilento, Chuck Cissel, Clive Clerk, Kay Cole, Ronald Dennis, Donna Drake, Brandt Edwards, Patricia Garland, Carolyn Kirsch, Ron Kuhlman, Nancy Lane, Baayork Lee, Priscilla Lopez, Robert LuPone, Cameron Mason, Donna McKechnie, Don Percassi, Carole Schweid, Michael Serrecchia, Michael Stuart, Thomas J. Walsh, Sammy Williams, Crissy Wilzak. "Opening: I Hope I Get It," "I Can Do That," "At the Ballet," "Sing!," "Montage (In Three Parts); Montage Part 1: Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love," "Montage (In Three Parts); Montage Part 2: Mother," "Montage (In Three Parts); Montage Part 3: Gimme The Ball," "Nothing," "Dance: Ten; Looks: Three," "The Music and the Mirror," "One," "What I Did for Love," "One (Reprise) / Finale"; Bonus tracks: "It's All in Here," "I Can Do That," "At the Ballet," "Sing!," "Shoes," "One," "Finale Ballad (What I Did For Love)," "Joanne." New high-resolution (24/96) master of the original cast recording, taken from the surround-sound remix created for the SACD-only format (previously available only in that format). Expanded booklet with new liner notes by Oskar Eustis, Terre Blair Hamlisch, Linda Kline, and Robert Viagas. INcludes a a digital download card.

Harold Sanditen: Flyin' High Live at the Crazy Coqs
(LML Music - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Live performance of jazz and cabaret performer at at London's Crazy Coqs. "Come Fly with Me / Route 66," "Intro To: Pass That Peace Pipe," "Pass That Peace Pipe," "Rocky Raccoon," "When in Rome (I Do as the Romans Do)," "Intro To: Up on the Roof," "Up on the Roof," "Brazil," "Intro To: The Look of Love," "The Look of Love," "Intro To: I Got the Sun in the Morning," "I Got the Sun in the Morning," "Around the World," "One Night Only / Speak Low," "Never Really Mine to Lose," "Intro To: No More Blues," "No More Blues," "Intro To: In My Life," "In My Life."

Johnny Mathis: The Complete Christmas Collection 1958-2010
(Real Gone Music - 3-CD set)
All five Christmas albums Johnny recorded for Columbia and Mercury. The 71 tracks include duets with Bette Midler and Gladys Knight & the Pips, and there are rarities that did not appear on the albums (two of them are newly discovered tracks). Among the producers, arrangers and conductors behind the scenes here are Mitch Miller, Percy Faith, Don Costa, Glenn Osser, Ernie Freeman, Gene Page, Jack Gold, Ray Ellis, and Henry Mancini. Remastered by Mike Piacentini at Sony's Battery Studios. Packaged in an eight-panel wallet sporting photos and notes by Joe Marchese drawn from an exclusive interview with Mathis.

In the Holiday Spirit: Russ Lorenson
(LML Music - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
With The Kelly Park Big Band and The San Francisco Boys Chorus. "Shake Hands with Santa Claus," "Holiday for Two," "Let's Share Christmas," "Let Me Be the First to Wish You Merry Christmas," "Jingles, The Christmas Cat," "You're All I Want for Christmas," "Mrs. Claus," "Warm in December," "The Christmas Blues," "Santa Claus Is Near," "It'll Be Christmas Before You Know It," "A Winter Romance," "Kissin' by the Mistletoe," "Little Drummer Boy / Peace on Earth," "It's Christmas Time All over the World."

Rufus Wainwright: Prima Donna
(Deutsche Grammophon - new on 2 CDs/mp3/at iTunes)
New opera written by Rufus Wainwright. Janis Kelly, Kathryn Guthrie, Antonio Figueroa, Richard Morrison. BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jayce Ogren. Released October 2.

Sara Bareilles - What's Inside: Songs From Waitress
(Epic - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Features songs from the upcoming Broadway musical Waitress, for which Sara wrote both music and lyrics. "What's Inside," "Opening Up," "Door Number Three," "When He Sees Me," "Soft Place To Land," "Never Ever Getting Rid Of Me," "I Didn't Plan It," "Bad Idea" (with Jason Mraz, "You Matter To Me" (with Jason Mraz, "She Used To Be Mine," "Everything Changes," "Lulu's Pie Song."


The Battery's Down: Songs from the Reunion Special
(new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Two brand new tracks, "Just One Day" (by Adam Wachter) and "This Is Our Life" (by Ryan Scott Oliver & Kirsten Guenther), from the special Reunion Episode of the popular Broadway web series, now on Hulu. Featuring Alysha Umphress, Jake Wilson, Cortney Wolfson, Dani Spieler, Nina Sturtz LaBarre, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, and Vanessa Ray. Released October 20.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas: Travis Moser
(digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Released October 23.

"Sinatra": Nick Ziobro
(digital single on mp3 and iTunes)
Nick Ziobro performs song written by Larry Kerchner. Released 7/9/15.

BOOKs Now Available:

The Blue Touch Paper: A Memoir (by David Hare)
(W.W. Norton and Company - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Playwright and screenwriter David Hare's account of becoming a writer amid the enormous flux of postwar England ... from his university days at Cambridge to the swinging 1960s, when he cofounded the influential Portable Theatre in London and took a memorable road trip across America, to his breakthrough successes as a playwright amid the political ferment of the '70s. 368 pages with eight pages of illustrations.

Noel, Tallulah, Cole, and Me: A Memoir of Broadway's Golden Age
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book)
John C. Wilson (author), Thomas S. Hischak (Contributor), Jack Macauley (Contributor). Theatre director and producer John Wilson's autobiography, which was completed in 1958. The text has been edited, with added commentary. Covers Wilson's youth, his education at Yale, his experience working in silent films, and details of his professional and personal relationship with Coward; his theatrical career on Broadway and in London; his marriage to Natalie Paley; and life within international high society. The people Wilson befriended—Tallulah Bankhead, Cecil Beaton, Claudette Colbert, Cole Porter, and Richard Rodgers, among others—are described with affection, candor, and colorful panache. Wilson also shares behind-the-scenes stories about such landmark theatre productions as Private Lives, Blithe Spirit, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Kiss Me, Kate. 288 pages.

Something Rotten!: Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
A dozen vocal selections from Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick score. Presented in vocal line arrangements with piano accompaniment. Includes: "Welcome to the Renaissance," "God, I Hate Shakespeare", "Right Hand Man", "A Musical", "The Black Death", "I Love the Way", "Will Power", "Bottom's Gonna Be on Top", "Hard to Be the Bard", "We See the Light", "Make an Omelette", "To Thine Own Self (Reprise)." 96 pages.


Barbara Fasano: Busy Being Free
(Harbinger/Naxos - new on CD)
"How Little We Know," "Cactus Tree," "Remind Me," "Dancing in the Dark," "If I Loved You," "It Never Was You," "Roundabout," "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top," "Time Flies," "I Got Lost in His Arms," "Hurry on Down," "But Beautiful," "Photographs," "Where or When." John Di Martino, piano; Warren Vaché, cornet; Aaron Heick, soprano saxophone, flute; Paul Meyers, guitar; Boris Kozlov, bass; Vince Cherico, drums, percussion. Produced by John di Martino & Barbara Fasano, by Ken Bloom for Harbinger Records. Arranged by John di Martino.

Be More Chill
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Joe Iconis score. Book by Joe Tracz and is based on the novel by Ned Vizzini. Two River Theater (NJ) cast. Will Connolly, Eric William Morris, Stephanie Hsu, Jake Boyd, Gerard Canonico, Katlyn Carlson, Katie Ladner, Lauren Marcus, George Salazar, and Paul Whitty. "Jeremy's Theme (Instrumental)," "More Than Survive," "I Love Play Rehearsal," "The Squip Song," "Two-Player Game," "The Squip Enters," "Be More Chill Part 1," "Do You Wanna Ride?," "Be More Chill Part 2," "More Than Survive (Reprise)," "A Guy That I'd Kinda Be Into," "The Squip Lurks (Instrumental)," "Upgrade," "Halloween," "Do You Wanna Hang?," "Michael In The Bathroom," "The Smartphone Hour (Rich Set A Fire)," "The Pitiful Children," "The Pants Song," "The Play," "Voices In My Head." The six-piece orchestra includes Nathan Dame (Conductor and Keyboard), Danny Jonokuchi (Trumpet), Dan McMillan (Drums/Percussion), Josh Plotner (Reeds), Mike Rosengarten (Guitar) and Amanda Ruzza (Bass). Previously released digitally on mp3 and at iTunes.

John Kander: Hidden Treasures 1950-2015
(Harbinger Records/The Musical Theater Project/Naxos - new 2-CD set)
Forty-nine tracks include rare demos recorded by Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb, and new recordings. Deluxe 64-page booklet is lavishly illustrated, with extensive notes by Jesse Green that include comments on the songs by Kander himself. Newest edition in Harbinger Records' Songwriter Showcase Series. Disc 1: "I Love Music," (John Kander and Fred Ebb), "Janie," (Kander), "Excerpt from Requiem for Georgie," (Robert Mesrobian, Ray Pitt and Oberlin College Student Cast), "Dance with Me," (Kander), "There's a Room in My House," (John Riddle, Elena Shaddow and David Loud), "My Coloring Book," (Kander), "Happy New Year," (K&E), "A Simple Thing Like That," (K&E), "The Kid Herself," (K&E), "A Quiet Thing," (Kander), "So What?," (K&E), "Guten Abend," (K&E), "It'll All Blow Over," (K&E), "Cabaret), "In His Own Good Time," (K&E), "Walking Among My Yesterdays," (Kander), "Getting Younger Ev'ry Year," (K&E), "If You Leave Me Now," (K&E), "I Have a Friend," (K&E), "Look There," (K&E), "Only Love," (Anita Gillette and David Loud), "Seven O'clock," (K&E), "Coffee in a Cardboard Cup," (K&E), "You Old Bastards," (K&E); Disc 2: "Wait for Me, World," (K&E), "Isn't This Better?," (Kander), "Roxie," (K&E), "Windowpanes Of Rose," (Kander), "It," (K&E), "Good Thing Going," (K&E), "Theme from New York, New York (Original Version)," (K&E), "Theme from New York, New York (Final Version)," (K&E), "I Get My Music from My Dad," (Michael Winther), "Summer with You," (Brent Barrett), "The Man About Town," (K&E), "Not Enough Magic," (K&E), "Man Overboard," (K&E), "Never You," (K&E), "Nobody's Fault," (Karen Ziemba and David Loud), "The Wheel," (Clarke Peters and Jim Laev), "He Always Comes Home To Me," (Linda Emond and Kander), "Nice People," (Jim Newman and Jim Laev), "Military Man," (David Standish, Michael Mccormick and Jim Laev), "The Skin Of Our Teeth," (Brent Barrett), "You Know Me," (Alix Korey and Barbara Walsh), "Look Up," (Julia Murney, Paul Anthony Stewart and Paul Masse), "You, If Anyone," (Lewis Cleale and Greg Pierce), "People Like Us," (Kander and Greg Pierce), "Yes," (K&E). Currently pre-ordering at for pre-release shipping.

The Last Five Years soundtrack vinyl
(Ghostlight Records - new double LP)
Limited edition of 1,000 units.

Steve Ross: Good Thing Going, the Songs of Stephen Sondheim
(Harbinger Records/The Musical Theater Project/Naxos - new on CD)
"Another Hundred People," "Being Alive," "Johanna," "Pretty Women," "The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues," "So Many People," "One More Kiss," "I've Got You to Lean On," "Anyone Can Whistle," "Ah, Paris!," "Too Many Mornings," "Sand," "Who Could Be Blue?," "We're Gonna Be All Right," "Marry Me a Little," "Sorry-Grateful," "Losing My Mind," "Broadway Baby," "Send In the Clowns," "With So Little to Be Sure Of," "Take the Moment," "Goodbye for Now."

Sublimities: Cy Walter Centennial Tribute Vol 1
(Harbinger/Musical Theater Project - new on CD)
Volume 1 focuses on rare recordings, radio appearances and solo performances remastered from original 78s of this dean of cocktail piano players. "All The Things You Are," "Begin the Beguine," "Body and Soul," "Dancing In the Dark," "I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'," "I'll Be Around," "Music for Twilight," "Lover," "The Way You Look Tonight," "Crazy Rhythm," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "I Married an Angel Medley," "The Song Is You," "Warsaw Concerto," Intro to "Tea for Two"," "Tea for Two," Intro to "Through the Years"," "Through the Years," Intro to "Liza"," "Liza," Intro to "Bess, You Is My Woman Now"," "Bess, You Is My Woman Now," Intro to "Falling In Love With Love"," "Falling in Love With Love," Intro to "It's Only a Paper Moon"," "It's Only a Paper Moon," Intro to "Rachmaninoff Variations"," "Rhapsody and Variations On the Theme From Paganini," Intro to "It's April Again"," "It's April Again," Intro to "Star Dust"," "Star Dust," Intro to "Laura"," "Laura," Intro to "March of the Siamese Children"," "March Of the Siamese Children," Intro to "Mrs. Malaprop"," "Mrs. Malaprop." 24 page booklet with notes and essays by Chilton Ryan, Ruth McGirl, Peter Mintun, Benny Zeitlin, Stanley Turkel, and photos. Also available as a set at

Sublimities: Cy Walter Centennial Tribute Vol 2
(Harbinger/Musical Theater Project - new on CD)
Volume 2 focuses on Walter as accompanist and composer. Guest artists include Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Mabel Mercer, Benny Goodman, Art Tatum, and more. "Blue Skies," "Intro to "Lover," "Lover," "Over the Rainbow," "Rhode Island Is Famous for You," "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "If I Could Be with You One Hour Tonight," "Minute Waltz," "Oh, Lady Be Good!/The Waltz In Swing Time," "Intro to "Ole Buttermilk Sky," "Ole Buttermilk Sky," "Intro to "Up a Lazy River," "Up a Lazy River," "The Girl That I Marry/Blue Moon/ Someone to Watch Over Me," "How to Win Friends and Influence People," "With a Twinkle In Your Eye," "Summertime," "Getting to Know You," "A Guy Is a Guy," "While We're Young," "Don't Think It Wasn't Lovely," "I Wish, I Wish, I Wish," "Some Fine Day," "The Next Time Around," "Moonbeam," "See a Ring Around the Moon," "Time and Tide," "Intro to "The Astaire," "The Astaire" [Piano], "The Astaire" [Orchestra]. 24 page booklet with notes essays by Mark Walter, Michael Feinstein, Alex Hassan, Michael Kanan, Adela and Larry Elow, Richard Behrens, Guy Beck, Ted Swift, Michael F. Clifton, and photos. Also available as a set at