Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 12/5/17 (updated 12/8/17)

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Earlier recaps:

2017: November 28, 21, 14, 7, October 31, 24, 17, 10, 3 | September 26, 19, 12, 5 | August 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | July 25, 18, July 4 & 11 | June 27, 20, 13, 6 | May 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | April 25, 18, 11, 4 | March 28, 21, 14, 7 | February 28, 21, 14, 7 | January 31, 24, 17, 10, 3

2016 | 2015

CDs Now Available:

A Christmas Carol
(Universal Music - on 2 CDs)
Simon Callow's self-written solo version of Charles Dickens tale. With the national brass band champions The Brighouse and Rastrick Band performing traditional Christmas carols. Produced by Island Records. Also at Amazon UK.

Doctor Dolittle
(La-La Land - new on 2 CDs)
50th anniversary limited edition set. Features a newly restored and remastered version of Leslie Bricusse’s 1967 original motion picture score and songs, expanded beyond the original album. The film starred Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar and Anthony Newley. Produced, restored, mixed and mastered by Mike Matessino, from studio vault elements, in consultation with the composer. Includes the underscore arranged by Alexander Courage and Lionel Newman, and alternates and never-before-heard demo recordings by Rex Harrison. Booklet includes in-depth notes, with recollections from the composer. Limited edition release of 3000 units. Available at

Ella At Zardi's
(Verve - new on CD)
Ella Fitzgerald live performances recorded in February 1956, at Zardi's Jazzland in Hollywood, released for the first time. Two sets recorded live on February 2, 1956. "All Depends on You," "Tenderly," "Why Don't You Do Right," "Cry Me a River," "In a Mellow Tone," "Joe Williams' Blues," "A Fine Romance," "How High the Moon," "Gone With the Wind," "It's Bernie's Tune," "S'Wonderful," "Glad to Be Unhappy," "Lullabye Of Birdland," "The Tender Trap," "The Angels Sing," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "Little Boy," "A - Tisket, A," "My Heart Belongs to Daddy," "Airmail Special," "I've Got a Crush on You." Released 12/1/17.

Fantasia: Christmas After Midnight
(Concord Records - new on CD/mp3/vinyl LP/at iTunes)
First Christmas recording from Fantasia Barrino (After Midnight, The Color Purple). "This Christmas," "Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto," "The Snow Is Falling," "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (with CeeLo Green), "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)," "Give Love on Christmas Day," "Merry Christmas, Baby," "Silent Night," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?," "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," "Hallelujah." Vinyl version includes download card. Released 10/6/17.

The Greatest Showman soundtrack
(Atlantic Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
From 2017 film. Original songs by Benj Pacek and Justin Paul. "The Greatest Show" (Hugh Jackman, Keala Settle, Zac Efron, Zendaya and ensemble), "A Million Dreams" (Ziv Zaifman, Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams), "A Million Dreams (Reprise)" (Austyn Johnson, Cameron Seely), "Come Alive" (Hugh Jackman, Keala Settle, Daniel Everidge, Zendaya and ensemble), "The Other Side" (Hugh Jackman & Zac Efron), "Never Enough" (Loren Allred), "This Is Me" (Keala Settle and ensemble), "Rewrite The Stars" (Zac Efron & Zendaya), "Tightrope" (Michelle Williams), "Never Enough (Reprise)" (Loren Allred), "From Now On" (Hugh Jackman and ensemble.

The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic!
(Columbia - new on 2 CDs)
Live concert performance from Barbra Streisand's 2016 tour, including dialogue plus a performance of "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" with special guest, Jamie Foxx. Released in conjunction with the airing of the filmed version of this concert on Netflix beginning Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017. Disc 1: "People," "The Way We Were," "Introductory Remarks," "Everything," "Being at War with Each Other," "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)," "Evergreen," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," "Being Alive," "Directing Movies," "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" Disc 2: "Pure Imagination," "Making Encore," "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)" (Barbra Streisand with Anthony Newley), "Losing My Mind," "Isn't This Better," "How Lucky Can You Get," "Don't Rain on My Parade," "People," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain - Barbra Streisand with Jamie Foxx," "Happy Days Are Here Again," "Jingle Bells?," "With One More Look At You," "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," "By the Way," "Children Will Listen," "Everything Must Change." Also available in single disc Highlights version.

Sunday in the Park with George 2017 revival cast
(Warner Music Group/Arts Music - new on 2 CDs)
2017 Broadway revival cast recording of Stephen Sondheim score. Jake Gyllenhaal, Annaleigh Ashford, Brooks Ashmanskas, Jenni Barber, Tony Award nominee Phillip Boykin, Mattea Conforti, Erin Davie, Claybourne Elder, Tony Award nominee Penny Fuller, Jordan Gelber, Tony Award winner Robert Sean Leonard, Liz McCartney, Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles, Ashley Park, Jennifer Sanchez, David Turner, Max Chernin, MaryAnn Hu, Tony Award nominee Michael McElroy, Jaime Rosenstein, Laura Irion, Julie Foldesi, and Andrew Kober. Disc One: "Opening," "Sunday in the Park with George," "No Life," "Color and Light," "Gossip," "The Dog Song," "The Day Off," "Everybody Loves Louis," "Finishing the Hat," "We Do Not Belong Together," "Beautiful," "Sunday." Disc Two: "It's Hot Up Here," "Chromolume #7," "Putting It Together," "Children and Art," "Lesson #8," "Move On," "Sunday (Finale)." Produced and mixed by Bart Migal. Released digitally on mp3 and at iTunes 9/19/17.


Marisha Wallace: Soul Holiday
(new digital album/at iTunes)
West End singer/actress (Dreamgirls) debut solo album."Do You Hear What I Hear," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Oh Come All Ye Faithful," "The Christmas Song," "Blue Christmas," "Joyful Joyful," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (feat. Ross Stanley)," "I Am Changing." Released 11/24/17.

Melissa Errico: "Hurry Home"
(Ghostlight Records - digital single mp3/iTunes)
Newly recorded song originally written for Jerry Lewis' last movie Max Rose, with lyrics by Marilyn and Alan Bergman. Band arranged by producer/arranger Rob Mathes. Also at Ghostlight Records.

"O Holy Night"
(digital single on mp3)
Max von Essen and Julia Murney. With Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf, Kristi Shade, and Deborah Abramson on cello, harp and piano. Arrangement by John Bucchino. Sales to benefit Covenant House. Released 11/21/17.

Stearns Matthews: December Songs
(Chlo-Rita Productions - new digital album)
Album of Maury Yeston songs cycle. "December Snow," "Where Are You Now," "Please Let's Not Even Say Hello," "When Your Love Is New," "Bookseller in the Rain," "My Grandmother's Love Letters," "I Am Longing," "I Had a Dream About You," "By the River," "What a Relief." Markus Grae-Hauck on piano, Amy Crafton on woodwinds, and Dave Richards on bass. Liner notes by Barry Kleinbort. CD version available at 11/17/17.

DVD/BLU-RAYs Now Available:

Auntie Mame
(Warner Home Video - new blu-ray)
1958 film version based on the Patrick Dennis novel and the play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee. Cast includes Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker, Coral Browne, Roger Smith, Peggy Cass. Produced and directed by Morton DaCosta. 143 minutes.

BOOKs Now Available:

"Break a Leg!" A Treasury of Theatre Traditions and Superstitions
(BookBaby - Paperback Book)
By Lisa Bansavage and L.E. McCullough. Compendium of facts and fancies about theatre life, exploring the origin of the colorful traditions and superstitions that are as vital a part of theatre as the plays onstage. 90 pages.

Detroit on Stage: The Players Club, 1910-2005
(Wayne State Univ Press - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of 2007 book by Marijean Levering. About Detroit's Players Club, founded in 1910, an all-male club devoted to the production of theater by members for other members' enjoyment. "The Players" designed, directed, and acted in the shows, including playing the female roles. At their monthly frolics, members in the audience would wear tuxedos and drink beer out of personalized mugs, customs that remain to this day. Members included prominent Detroiters such as banker Henry B. Joy, Oldsmobile sales manager Roy D. Chapin, and Ford executives James Couzens and Edsel Ford. 292 pages.

(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Paula Vogel play, on Broadway in 2017. 112 pages.

Marie Antoinette/3C
(TCG - Paperback Books/Kindle Edition)
Two plays by David Adjmi. Marie Antoinette premiered in co-production between American Repertory Theater and Yale Repertory Theatre in 2012. 3C is a "Three's Company" parody which premiered at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in 2012. 96 pages.

Spy of the First Person
(Knopf - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Final book by the late Sam Shepard. Fictional story of an unnamed narrator who retraces his life as he undergoes treatment for a medical condition that renders him dependent on his loved ones. 96 pages.


West Side Story
(Deutsche Grammophon - CD/DVD set)
Limited edition set released to celebrate the 100th birthday year of Leonard Bernstein. Includes: 1984 Grammy Award winning studio recording conducted by Leonard Bernstein and featuring Kiri Te Kanawa, José Carreras, Tatiana Troyanos, Kurt Ollmann, Louise Edeiken, and Marilyn Horne; the BAFTA winning and Emmy nominated "The Making of West Side Story" documentary of the making of the recording, made by the BBC for Unitel, produced by Humphrey Burton, and directed by Christopher Swann; and a deluxe hardcover book. Initially released in 2007.


The Greatest Showman: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Piano/vocal/guitar songbook for the 2017 musical drama biopic about P.T. Barnum. Score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. "Come Alive," "From Now On," "The Greatest Show," "A Million Dreams," "Never Enough," "The Other Side," "Rewrite the Stars," "This Is Me," "Tightrope."

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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