Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 1/29/19 (updated 2/1/19)

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Earlier recaps:

2019: January 22, 15, 8

2018: December 18, 11, 4 | November 27, 20, 13, 6 | October 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | September 25, 18, 11, 4 | August 28, 21, 14, 7 | July 31, 24, 17, 10, 3 | June 26, 19, 12, 5 | May 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | April 24, 17, 10, 3, March 27, 20, 13, 6 | February 27, 20, 13, 6 | January 30, 23, 16, 9, 2

2017 | 2016 | 2015


Company 2018 London cast digital
(Warner Music Group - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Recording of Stephen Sondheim score. Cast includes Rosalie Craig, Patti LuPone, Jonathan Bailey, Alex Gaumond, Daisy Maywood, Mel Giedroyc, George Blagden, Ashley Campbell, Richard Fleeshman, Richard Henders, Ben Lewis, Jennifer Saayeng, Matthew Seadon-Young, Gavin Spokes, Michael Colbourne, Francesca Ellis, Ewan Gillies, Grant Neal and Jaimie Pruden. "Overture," "Company," "The Little Things You Do Together," "Sorry-Grateful," "You Could Drive a Person Crazy," "Have I Got a Guy for You," "Someone Is Waiting," "Another Hundred People," "Getting Married Today," "Marry Me a Little," "Entr'Acte," "Side by Side by Side," "Poor Baby," "Tick Tock," "Barcelona," "Music Interlude," "The Ladies Who Lunch," "Being Alive," "Curtain Call," "Exit Music." Recorded 11/25-26/2018. "Making of" documentary of the recording session also expected, plus the cast recording in CD format.

Rent soundtrack of the Fox Live television event
(Masterworks Broadway - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Soundtrack from the January 27, 2019, television program. Cast includes Vanessa Hudgens, Brandon Victor Dixon, Mario, Tinashe, Kiersey Clemons, Jordan Fisher, Brennin Hunt, Valentina, and Keala Settle. "Tune Up #1," "Voice Mail #1," "Tune Up #2," "Rent," "You Okay Honey?," "Tune Up #3," "One Song Glory," "Light My Candle," "Today 4 U," "You'll See," "Voice Mail #2," "Tango: Maureen," "Life Support," "Out Tonight," "Another Day," "Will I?," "On the Street," "Santa Fe," "I'll Cover You," "We're Okay," "Christmas Bells," "Over the Moon," "La Vie Bohème," "I Should Tell You," "La Vie Bohème B," "Seasons of Love," "Happy New Year A," "Voice Mail #3," "Happy New Year B," "Take Me Or Leave Me," "Without You," "Voice Mail #4," "Contact," "I'll Cover You (Reprise)," "Halloween," "Goodbye Love," "What You Own," "Voice Mail #5," "Finale," "Your Eyes," "Finale B," "Curtain Call," "Seasons of Love (Finale)," "Seasons of Love (Radio Edit)." 2-CD set expected March 1.

DVD/BLU-RAYs Now Available:

The Wife
(Sony Pictures - new on Blu-ray/DVD)
2018 film based on the novel by Meg Wolitzer. Starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce.

BOOKs Now Available:

Contemporary Plays by African Women
(Methuen - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Niqabi Ninja by Sara Shaarawi (Egypt), Not That Woman by Tosin Jobi-Tume (Nigeria), I Want To Fly by Thembelihle Moyo (Zimbabwe), Silent Voices by Adong Judith (Uganda), Unsettled by JC Niala (Kenya), Mbuzeni by Koleka Putuma (South Africa), Bonganyi by Sophia Kwachuh Mempuh (Cameroon). For each play, also a biography of the playwright, the writer's own artistic statement, a production history of the play and a critical contextualisation of the theatrical landscape from which each woman is writing. 344 pages.

Sea Wall
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Simon Stephens (Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, On the Shore of the Wide World. The Public Theatre is presenting the New York premiere February 2019. 24 pages.

The Wrong Side of the Room: A Life in Music Theater
(BookBaby - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Norman Matthews. Autobiography of magazine editor, Broadway and film dancer, pianist, composer, and playwright that promises to be "... steeped in dark humor, celebrity gossip, and backstage intrigue." 324 pages. Released 10/26/18.


Unbreakable original cast recording
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD at Amazon/on mp/at iTunes)
"A Musical Chronology of the LGBTQ Experience in America." Music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. Features the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus. Focuses on a curated selection of stories throughout American LGBTQ history from 1900 through the present day. "Unbreakable," "Gay Word," "Go to War," "Already Dead," "Just a Woman," "The Room Next Door," "Executive Order," "All People," "Purple Menace / The Happy Homosexual," "41," "Survivors," "Sylvia," "Gay Word: Reprise," "Good Things Take Time." 36-page booklet with full lyrics, performance photos, a synopsis, and liner notes from show producer Bruce Cohen. Produced by Leslie Ann Jones, with Andrew Lippa executive producer. Unbreakable will be presented by ten more choruses across the country in the 2019-2020 season. Also at


Dancing with Merce Cunningham
(Univ Press of Florida - Paperback Book)
By Marianne Preger-Simon (member of Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1950 until 1958). Memoir of a talented dancer's lifelong friendship with one of the choreographic geniuses of our time. An intimate look at the early years of one of the most influential companies in modern American dance and the brilliance of its visionary leader. 216 pages.

The Incomparable Rex: Rex Harrison: The Last of the High Comedians
(Dean Street Press - Kindle Edition)
Kindle version of Patrick Garland's 1999 memoir about Rex Harrison and working with him as director on the 1991 Broadway revival of My Fair Lady. This edition features a new introduction by Simon Callow.

Pretty Woman: The Musical: Piano/Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
16 selections in standard piano/vocal format with the melody in the piano part from this Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance score for the 2018 Broadway musical. Includes: "Anywhere but Here," "Don't Forget to Dance," "Freedom," "I Can't Go Back," "Long Way Home," "Luckiest Girl in the World," "Never Give up on a Dream," "On a Night like Tonight," "Rodeo Drive," "Something About Her," "This Is My Life," "Together Forever," "Welcome to Hollywood," "Welcome to Our World (More Champagne)," "You and I," "You're Beautiful." 136 pages.


No release date:

The Hello Girls
(original cast album)
Score by Peter Mills for musical produced at Prospect Prospect Theater Company in 2018. To be recorded February 2019. Currently crowd-funding at