JANUARY 2014 update
Well where did 2013 go to? I can’t believe we are rapidly approaching the end of January! Here is finally my well overdue round-up of all musical releases from the latter part of 2013 that will bring you right up-to-date with all releases musical! Prepare yourselves for this bumper instalment:
- SALAD DAYS – Revival ‘Riverside Studios’ Live Cast Recording
Recorded live at Riverside Studios in February 2013. Only available directly from: www.tete-a-tete.org.uk
- I AM HARVEY MILK – Original Cast Recording
New score by Andrew Lippa. Live concert recording performed by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, Andrew Lippa, Noah Marlowe and Laura Benanti with the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony orchestra. Only available directly from: www.sfgmc.org
- COWARDY CUSTARD – Original London Cast Recording
Label: MasterWorks Broadway
1972 Original London cast featuring Elaine Delmar, Patricia Routledge, and Una Stubbs. The story of Noël Coward’s life told through song and biographical snippets. Only available directly from: www.MasterworksBroadway.com
- MARRY ME A LITTLE – Revival Off Broadway Cast Recording
Label: Ghostlight Records New revival cast recording of the Stephen Sondheim score, with Lauren Molina and Jason Tam. The CD Includes first recording of “Rainbow” and the songs added to the score in this production: “Ah but Underneath” and “If You Can Find Me, I’m Here”.
- THE LAST FIVE YEARS – Revival Off Broadway Cast Recording
Label: Ghostlight Records
2013 Second Stage cast recording featuring Adam Kantor and Betsy Wolfe. Produced by Jason Robert Brown.
- FIRST DATE – Original Broadway Cast Recording
Label: Yellow Sound Label
Broadway Cast Recording of new musical with music and lyrics by Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner, starring Zachary Levi & Krysta Rodriguez.
- 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL – Original Cast Recording
Label: Koch Entertainment American Touring Cast of this parody musical.
- MATILDA – Original Broadway Cast Recording
Label: Broadway Records/ Yellow Sound Label Broadway Cast recording of Tim Minchin’s hit musical featuring Bertie Carvel, Lesli Margherita, & Lauren Ward.
- CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY – Original London Cast Recording
Label: Sony Music Classical London original cast recording with a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, featuring Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka.
- PICTURE PERFECT – Studio Cast Recording
Label: EBS Originals Studio cast recording of new musical featuring a dozen of Broadway’s most celebrated stars including Beth Leavel, Karen Ziemba, Lillias White, Debbie Gravitte, Judy Kaye and Andrea Mcardle, Emily Skinner and Tom Wopat. Only available from: www.broadwaycares.stores.yahoo.net
- ONE TOUCH OF VENUS – Studio Cast Recording
Label: Jay Records Long awaited studio cast recording of Kurt Weill and Ogden Nash’s score featuring Melissa Errico, Brent Barrett, Ron Raines, Victoria Clark and Judy Kaye. Complete score plus two cut songs: “Vive La Difference” and “Who Am I?.” featuring the original orchestrations by Kurt Weill. Currently on available via iTunes, but a 2 CD set expected in the future.
- LIZZIE – Studio Cast Recording
Label: Broadway Records Rock concept album based on Lizzie Borden story featuring a score by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt.
- GREASE – 2013 Australian Cast Recording
Label: Univeral Music Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey score featuring the 2013 Australian cast.
- DEAREST ENEMY – Studio Cast Recording
Label: New World Records
Complete recording of Rodgers & Hart’s score featuring Kim Criswell, Annalene Beechey and the Orchestra of Ireland.
- SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS – Original Cast Recording
Label: SimG Records Musical adaptation of Sophie Kinsella’s novell with music and lyrics by Chris Burgess. The cast features Sabrina AlouecheLiza Pulman and Steven Serlin.
Label: Ghostlight Records The Off-Broadway hit that transferred to Broadway, with a score by Dave Malloy.
Label: Sony Masterworks Broadway New album featuring cast members from the original Broadway cast. Songs include “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” from the original animated series, plus a bonus recording of “Where Are You Christmas” from the live action Grinch movie and cut songs. Original score by Mel Marvin; lyrics by Dr. Seuss. Additional music and lyrics by Albert Hague and Timothy Mason.
- VAN WINKLE – A FOLK MUSICAL – Studio Concept Recording
Label: SimG Records
Score by Caroline Wigmore. 12-track ‘limited edition’ CD, featuring an international cast including Daniel Greco and Rachel Kurtz.
- THE BAKEWELL BAKE OFF – Original Cast Recording
Label: SimG Records Written and starring The Baking Committee (students from the prestigious Guilford School of Acting). ‘Limited Edition’ CD.
Label: Perfect Pitch Musicals “It’s Vicar of Dibley meets Jam & Jerusalem.” New musical which received its’ World Premiere at Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds in November 2013. Featuring Charlotte Wakefield, Haydn Oakley, Luke Kempner & Kelly-anne Gower. Only available at www.cdbaby.com
- PENNIES FROM HEAVEN – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Label: Perseverance Records Limited edition remastered reissue of 1981 soundtrack. The musical film starred Steve Martin & Bernadette Peters.
- FAR FROM HEAVEN – Original Off Broadway Cast Recording
Label: PS Classics
2013 original cast recording of Scott Frankel and Michael Korie’s score, with a stellar cast including Kelli O’Hara & Steven Pasquale.
- MEET JOHN DOE – Studio Cast Recording
Label: Broadway Records Andrew Gerle and Eddie Sugarman’s musical based on the 1941 Capra film, featuring Heidi Blickenstaff and Robert Cuccioli.
- FROZEN – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Animated film soundtrack featuring songs by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, with performances by Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff.
- THE SOUND OF MUSIC – Original Televison Soundtrack
Label: Sony Masterworks Studio recording for NBC’s television production with Carrie Underwood, Stephen Moyer, Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti, Christian Borle & Christiane Noll.
- ALLEGIANCE – Original Cast Recording
Music and lyrics by Jay Kuo. 6 track sampler of new Broadway aimed musical starring George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, Allie Trimm, Aaron Serotsky, Michael K. Lee and the Allegiance Orchestra. Only available on iTunes.
Label: Universal DVD & CD set of 2013 musical episode of popular U.S. TV series, with a score by Steve Franks and Adam Cohen featuring Anthony Rapp.
- FAME FOREVER: TALENT SPRINGS ETERNAL – Studio Concept Recording
Sequel to the international hit Fame with a score by Steve Margoshes (music) and Ben H. Winters (lyrics). Conceived and developed by David De Silva. Listen to the recording at www.FameNetwork.com
- STEPHEN WARD – Original London Cast Recording
New musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Christopher Hampton and lyricist Don Black. Cast features Alexander Hanson, Charlotte Spencer & Joanna Riding.
Label: Sh-K-Boom Cast album for new regionally produced American musical. Music and lyrics by Mark Allen.
Label: Ghostlight Records Original cast recording of Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair score starring Jeff Blumenkrantz and Brett Ryback.
- LI’L ABNER – Orginal Motion Picture Soundtrack
Label: Masterworks Broadway First time the film soundtrack has been available on CD. Gene de Paul/Johnny Mercer score featuring Stubby Kaye. Only available at: www.MasterworksBroadway.com
Label: Original Cast Records Premiere recording of the first musical play about the life of Irving Berlin by Chip Deffaa.
- PRIVATES ON PARADE – Original London Cast Recording
Label: Stage Door Records Olivier Awarding winning 1977 musical comedy by Peter Nichols and Denis King. Digitally remastered from original tapes and available for the first time on CD. Original Royal Shakespeare cast featuring Nigel Hawthorne and Denis Quilley.
Label: Broadway Records Original Broadway Cast recording featuring Janis Joplin’s hit songs.
- A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Label: Masterworks Broadway First time the film soundtrack has been available on CD. Stephen Sondheim score featuring Elizabeth Taylor. Only available at: www.MasterworksBroadway.com
- RACHEL TUCKER: THE REASON
Label: Big Hand Recordings Debut album from one of the West End’s most popular Elphabas.
Label: Broadway Records
Live album recorded at 54 Below in New York. Laura Benanti (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Gypsy, The Wedding Singer)
Label: Broadway Records
Live recording of Aaron Tveit’s (Next to Normal, Catch Me if You Can) cabaret debut.
Label: Sepia Records
Compilation album of Broadway standards sung Rosemary Clooney style.
Label: Cherrytree/Interscope/A&M Records Inspired by Sting’s upcoming Broadway musical based on his growing up in Swan Hunters Shipyard in Wallsend.
Label: LML Music Carole J. Bufford, Jack Donahue, Jennifer Sheehan and Jane Monheit sing Toce lyrics with the music of composers Lew Spence, Zina Goldrich and others.
- COLLABORATIONS: THE SONGS OF ELLIOT DAVIS
Label: SimG Records
Songs from the co-writer of the Olivier-nominated Loserville with writers Adam Bard, James Bourne, Stephen Clark, Anthony Drewe, Graham Gouldman, Sam Kenyon, Andy Stocks. Performed by Julie Atherton, Paul Baker, James Bourne, Kirsty Hoiles, Caroline Sheen, Scarlet Strallen, Carley Stenson and Michael Xavier.
Label: Kritzerland Records
Songs from the Great American Songbook and more. Only available at www.kritzerland.com
- LINDA EDER: CHRISTMAS WHERE YOU ARE
Follow up Christmas album. Available exclusively at www.LindaEder.com
- PHILIP CHAFFIN: SOMETHIN’ REAL SPECIAL- THE SONGS OF DOROTHY FIELDS
Label: PS Classics Standards and little-known songs that Dorothy Fields wrote between 1928 and 1973 with Jimmy McHugh, Jerome Kern, Sigmund Romberg, Harold Arlen, Morton Gould, Arthur Schwartz and Cy Coleman.
- RUSSELL WATSON – ONLY ONE MAN
Label: Sony Masterworks The UK’s favourite tenor, Russell Watson, returns with a stunning collection of powerful & emotional ballads, written and produced by Claude-Michel Schoenberg, the composer of the most popular musical in history “Les Miserables”.
- MICHAEL CERVERIS & LOOSE CATTLE: NORTH OF HOUSTON – LIVE AT 54 BELOW
Label: Broadway Records
Michael Cerveris and band Loose Cattle recorded live at 54 Below.
- MATTHEW MORRISON: A CLASSIC CHRISTMAS
LabeL: 222 Records New 6-track EP of festive favourites. Available only on iTunes.
- FRED ASTAIRE: EARLY YEARS AT RKO
More than 30 Astaire vocal performances from the RKO films of the 1930s; as well as a rare alternate takes; and two performances by Ginger Rogers. 2 discs.
- BEBE NEUWIRTH: STORIES… IN NYC – LIVE AT 54 BELOW
Label: Broadway Records Bebe Neuwirth’s show recorded live at 54 Below.
- BARBRA STREISAND: BACK TO BROOKLYN
Label: Columbia Live recording of recent Barclays Center concert.
- LIZ CALLAWAY: MERRY AND BRIGHT
Liz Callaway (Baby, Merrily We Roll Along) sings festive favourites. Including a duet with her sieter Ann Hampton Callaway. Available from www.dresscircle.com
- LOUISE DEARMAN: IT’s TIME
Label: Silvascreen Records Louise Dearman has collaborated with a renowned team once again to produce her third studio album, a collection of Dearman’s favourite musical numbers from The Wiz, Les Miserables, Sunset Boulevard, Funny Girl, Once, The Wizard of Oz, Chorus Line, Little Women, Jekyll and Hyde and Tell Me On a Sunday.
- JESSICA WALKER: THE GIRL I LEFT BEHIND ME
Label: Original Cast Records Jessica Walker’s tribute to the artistry and glamour of the often outrageous cross-dressing women of the British music hall and American variety stages. A contemporary look at what it means when a woman wears the trousers – on stage. Featured at 59E59 Theatres ‘Brits Off Broadway’.
- CHRISTINE EBERSOLE: STRINGS ATTACHED
Label: Motéma Music
Christine Ebersole with violinist Aaron Weinstein. Lushly orchestral, classic songs from the 20’s through the 40’s.
- SIERRA BOGGESS: AWAKENING: LIVE AT 54 BELOW
Label: Broadway Records Live recording of new solo show by the star of Love Never Dies and The Little Mermaid
- NATALIE TORO: JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS
Broadway star sings her fabourite Chritmas songs. Available from www.cdbaby.com
- DONNA VIVINO: BEAUTIFUL DREAMER
Label: Ghostlight Records Broadway actress (Wicked, Les Misérables original cast Young Cosette) debut solo album.
- YOU ARE HOME: THE SONGS OF ANDERSON & PETTY
Label: Great White Wax Debut songbook album from writing team Barry Anderson and Mark Petty featuring performances by Gina Beck, Cynthia Erivo, Debbie Kurup, Sophia Ragavelas and Frances Ruffelle.
- LESLIE UGGAMS: WISHING YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR
Label: Curtis McKonly Music Leslie Uggams single featuring the 41-piece Curtis Mckonly Orchestra. Available only on iTunes.
- ALEXIS GERSHWIN: LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY
Label: Rhapsody Records Jazzy interpretations of Gershwin classics performed by the niece of George & Ira Gershwin.
- JENNIFER HOLLIDAY: THE SONG IS YOU
Label: Shanachie Entertainment/Euphonic Records
Brand new album from the ‘Dreamgirls’ star featuring Standards, two new songs and personal tributes.