October 23, 16, 9, 2 | September 4, 11, 18, 25 |
August 7, 14, 21, 28
| July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 |
June 5, 12, 19, 26
| May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
| April 3, 10, 17, 24
| March 6, 13, 20, 27
| February 7, 14, 21, 28
| January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
CDs Now Available:
1789: Les Amants de La Bastille Original cast
(new import CD)
Original French cast recording of pop rock score for Dove Attia and Albert Cohen musical (about the real French Revolution, the big one). Natalie Peyre, Matthieu Carnot and Rod Janois. Studio and acoustic versions of lead single "Ça Ira Mon Amour." Original release 4/2/12. Show to debut at Palais des Sports de Paris this fall.
Brian Stokes Mitchell: Simply Broadway
(new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Brian Stokes Mitchell solo album. Created "without the benefit of overdubs or audio separationStokes and his pianist in the same room at the same time." Tedd Firth on piano. "Feeling Good," "How to Handle a Woman," "It Ain't Necessarily So," "If I Were a Rich Man," "Stars," "Soliloquy (from "Carousel")," "What Kind of Fool Am I?," "Some Enchanted Evening," "Sorry Grateful," "Finishing the Hat," "The Impossible Dream," "Some Other Time." CD sold at CD Baby (and by CD Baby through Amazon for more).
Carol Channing: True to the Red, White and Blue
(new on CD)
New Carol Channing patriotic-themed album. To include "Over There," "Dear Old Glory," "God Bless America," "America," and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." 11 tracks. "God Bless America," "Battle Hymn of The Republic," "Yankee Doodle Dandy/Grand Old Flag medley," "Dear Old Glory," "Before The Parade Passes By," "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" (duet with Lulu Roman), "Battle Hymn Of The Republic," "Don't Sit Under The Apple tree" (duet with T Graham Brown), "Amazing Grace," "St. Louis Blues," "America The Beautiful." A portion of the profits from album sales will benefit the Channing/Kullijian Foundation (ChanningArts.org), which advocates arts education in schools. Released digitally in 2011 on mp3 and at and at iTunes
Celebrating The American Spirit, With Essential Voices USA
(Dorian Sono Luminus - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
performed by Essential Voices USA and directed by Judith Clurman. Guests Kelli O'Hara and Ron Raines, and composer-arranger Larry Hochman. "Sing Out Mr. President," a series of sixteen newly commissioned works set to quotations by U.S. presidents stretching from George Washington to Barack Obama; recently composed works and well-known tunes that are newly arranged by Larry Hochman, including "Reason to be Thankful," composed by Hochman and Sheldon Harnick.
Nice Work If You Can Get It OBC
(Shout! Factory/Sony - new on CD)
George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin score. Matthew Broderick, Kelli O'Hara, Judy Kaye, Michael McGrath, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Chris Sullivan, Robyn Hurder, Stanley Wayne Mathis, Terry Beaver, Estelle Parsons. Overture, "Sweet and Lowdown," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "Nice Work If You Can Get It" (Reprise), Demon Rum," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Ritzy Bathroom - Instrumental," "Delishious," "I've Got to Be There," "Ritzy Bedroom - Instrumental," Treat Me Rough," "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," "Do It Again," "'S Wonderful," "Fascinating Rhythm," "Lady Be Good," "But Not for Me," "By Strauss" / "Sweet and Lowdown" (Reprise), "Do, Do, Do," "Hangin' Around With You," "Looking for a Boy," "Blah, Blah, Blah," "Will You Remember Me?," "I've Got to Be There" (Reprise), "I've Got a Crush on You," "Someone to Watch Over Me" (Reprise), "They All Laughed," "Crate Dance." Produced by Robert Sher. Recorded at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Long Island City on 5/20-21. Released earlier on mp3 and iTunes.
Together Again: Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC
(new on CD/mp3)
Live recording of vocal ensembles of the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, Potomac Fever and Rock Creek Singers. Choral, pop, and Broadway music. Clips, tracks and album available at CD Baby.
DIGITAL DOWNLOADs Now Available:
Honestly Abe (Original Cast)
(Smart Trax Media, LLC - new on mp3)
Presented Off-Broadway at Actors Temple Theatre in January 2010. Robert L. Hecker scored musical follows 17-21 year old Abraham Lincoln. Clips, tracks available at CD Baby.
Me and Juliet OBC
(RCA Victor - on mp3/iTunes)
Looks like BMG's 1992 remastering, officially released digitally. Rodgers & Hammerstein score. Isabel Bigley, Mark Dawson, Bob Fortier, Bill Hayes, Jackie Kelk, Arthur Maxwell, Joan McCracken, Ray Walston.
DVD/Blu-Rays Now Available:
(VAI - new on DVD)
1956 Producers' Showcase television broadcast of musical with music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, and book by Sig Herzig and Fred Saidy. Barbara Cook and Keith Andes.
BOOKs Now Available:
Thornton Wilder: A Life
(Harper - Hardcover Book)
By Penelope Niven. First biography of this American playwright and novelist; from letters, public and private journals, manuscripts and other documentary evidence. 848 pages.
Recordings RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:
(Touchstone - new Blu-Ray/DVD set)
New digital restoration of 1990 film featuring Warren Beatty, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Madonna. Stephen Sondheim Oscar winning song, "Sooner or Later."
Easter Parade Blu-ray
(Warner Home Video - new on Blu-Ray)
New digital transfer of 1948 musical film from restored picture and audio elements. Johnny Green and Roger Edens score; songs and music by Irving Berlin. Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Ann Miller. Extras: new making-of documentary Easter Parade: Beyond the Avenue; American Masters documentary profile Judy Garland: By Myself; outtake musical number "Mr. Monotony"; audio-only bonuses: radio production, radio promo; Garland trailer gallery.
The Jazz Singer Blu-ray
(Warner Home Video - Blu-Ray book set/3 DVD set)
1927 classic Al Jolson film. All-new feature digital transfer and refurbished soundtrack from restored picture elements and original Vitaphone-Sound-on-Disc recordings. Extras, Disc 1: Commentary by Ron Hutchinson and Vince Giordano; cartoons and shorts; 1947 Lux Radio Theater broadcast starring Al Jolson (audio only); Al Jolson Trailer Gallery; Disc 2: new feature-length documentary The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk; rarely-seen Technicolor excerpts from Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929 WB film, most of which is considered lost); studio shorts Finding His Voice (1929 Western Electric animated promotional short, produced by Max Fleischer), The Voice That Thrilled The World (Warner Bros. short about sound), Okay for Sound (1946 WB short celebrating the 20th anniversary of Vitaphone), When Talkies Were Young (1955 WB short looking back at the early talkies), The Voice from the Screen (1926 WB 'demonstration' film about Vitaphone technology; Disc 3: Over 3 1/2 hours worth of rare, historic Vitaphone comedy and music shorts. Collection Edition Bonuses: rarely seen behind-the-scenes photo cards; original release lobby card reproductions; original release souvenir program book reproduction; booklet with vintage document reproductions and DVD features guide; reproduction of post-premiere telegram from Al Jolson to Jack L. Warner.
Leap of Faith the Musical OBC
(Ghostlight - new on CD)
Details to be announced.
Now. Here. This.
(Sh-K-boom - new on CD)
Off-Broadway cast recording of Jeff Bowen/Hunter Bell/Susan Blackwell score. Musical direction and arrangements by Larry Pressgrove. Cast includes the writers plus Heidi Blickenstaff (all from [title of show]. Recorded 9/17/12.
Sandy Bainum - This Christmas
(Kritzerland Records - new on CD)
Classically trained Sandy Bainum (42nd Street) solo album. "Happy Holiday/White Christmas," "This Christmas," "The Christmas Song," "Christmas in the City," "Be A Santa duet with Guy Haines," "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve," "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," "A Song for Christmas," "Sleigh Ride," "I Thank You for Your Love," "Christmas Gifts/," "The Best Gift duet with Euan Morton," "The Man With the Bag," "Peace/Silent Night," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Blessings of the Season." Produced by Bruce Kimmel. Orchestrations by Larry Meyers. Pre-ordering at Kritzerland.
OTHER NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS:
CD-R link missing from last week's recap:
(Masterworks Broadway/ArkivMusic - new on CD-R/mp3)
Original Sony Broadway cast album. 1951 show with score by Walter Kent and Kim Gannon. Frank Albertson, Alonzo Bosan, Joan Bowman, Bonnie Brae, Carol Cole, Ann Crowley, Doris Dalton, Maurice Ellis, Dick Kallman, Ellen McCown, Sherry McCutcheon, Harrison Muller, Kenneth Nelson, Elizabeth Pacetti, Helen Wood. CD-R at ArkiMusic.
Moved to December 4:
The Book of Mormon: The Testament of a Broadway Musical
(Newmarket/Harper Collins - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone. Official, full-color illustrated coffee table book takes readers behind the scenes with stories from the cast, creators, and crew. Complete book and lyrics, extensively annotated. Original introduction by Steven Suskin about the creation of the show. 224 pages. [Kindle book may or may not be the same; listed with different title: Book of Mormon: The Only Book That Matters.]
Announced, no release date:
Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History
(Simon & Schuster)
New book by Glen Berger, Bono and the Edge of U2 collaborator on Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.