Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 2/11/20 (updated 2/14/20)

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Earlier recaps:

2020: February 4 | January 28, 21, 14, 7

2019: December 24, 17, 10, 3 | November 26, 19, 5 | October 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | September 24, 17, 10, 3, August 27, 20, 13, 6 | July 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | June 25, 18, 11, 4 | May 28, 21, 14, 7 | April 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | March 26, 19, 12 | 5 | February 26, 19, 12, 5 | January 29, 22, 15, 8

2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

MUSIC to be released this Friday, February 14, 2020:

I Love My Wife: Backers' Audition
(Harbinger Records - new on CD/mp3/iTunes )
Score by Cy Coleman and Michael Stewart. Part of Harbinger Records' Broadway Backers Auditions series. Coleman and Stewart play the score and narrate the story. Also performing are Laurie Beechman and Austin Pendleton. The recording was made to send out to potential backers to entice them to invest in the show to open at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on April 17, 1977, running for 857 performances. Bonus tracks from the demo recordings of two other Cy Coleman shows, Atlantic City, with lyrics by Christopher Gore, and Home Again, with lyrics by Barbara Fried. "Introduction," Introduction to "We're Still Friends," "We're Still Friends," Introduction to "Monica," "Monica," Introduction to "A Mover's Life," "A Mover's Life," Introduction to "By Threes," "By Threes," Introduction to "Love Revolution," "Love Revolution," Introduction to "Someone Wonderful I Missed," "Someone Wonderful I Missed," Introduction to "Sexually Free," "Sexually Free," "Hey There, Good Times," Introduction to "Lovers on Christmas Eve," "Lovers on Christmas Eve," Introduction to "The Blessing," "The Blessing," Introduction to "Everybody Today Is Turning On," "Everybody Today Is Turning On," Introduction to "Married Couple," "Married Couple," Introduction to Reprises, "By Threes (reprise) / Someone Wonderful I Missed (reprise) / A Mover's Life (reprise) / Sexually Free (reprise) / Married Couple (reprise)," Introduction to "I Love My Wife," "I Love My Wife." Bonus Tracks: "When Jill Is Gone, "I Really Love You," "All for Love," "Wedding Song," "When It Comes to Loving." The 12-page booklet includes liner notes by Coleman biographer Andy Propst and photos from the original Broadway production. If you purchase this CD on Amazon and send a copy of your purchase order with the subject line "Free ILMW Download" to, you will receive a link to download the album ahead of the official release date.

Janet Dacal: My Standards
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Debut album from actor/singer Janet Dacal (The Band's Visit tour, Prince of Broadway). "It Don't Mean A Thing," "Orange Colored Sky" (with Olivia C. Dacal), "Be True to Me," "My Funny Valentine," "L-O-V-E," "Fever," "Tenderly," "Moondance" (with Javier Muñoz), "Begin the Beguine," "I Got Rhythm," "Sabor a Mí." Digital album on mp3 and at iTunes released 2/7/20.


Listen: Anya Turner & Robert Grusecki
(new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
The vocal-piano duo's new collection of pop-art songs, a musical mix of all things personal, social and political. "Anonymous," "#MeToo," "Soon This Will All Be Over," "My Chosen Family," "Listen."

Morgan James: Memphis Magnetic
(Hedonist Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Actress-singer Morgan James (Motown The Musical, Godspell, Wonderland) newest album. "Give You Up," "All I Ever Gave You," "Better Me," "I Don't Mind Waking Up (To A Love This Good)," "You Won't Let Me," "No Love, No Life," "Love Ain't Worth Living," "You Know My Name," "Burden," "I Wish You Would," "The Lark," "Who's Gonna Listen To You (When You're Crying Now)." Released 2/7/20.

"Up" from Sing Street OBC
(Masterworks Broadway - new single on mp3/at Itunes)
Single from upcoming original Broadway cast album. Score by Gary Clark and John Carney. Cast includes Max Bartos, Brendan C. Callahan, Billy Carter, Zara Devlin, Gus Halper, Jakeim Hart, Martin Moran, Anne L. Nathan, Johnny Newcomb, Brenock O’Connor, Gian Perez, Sam Poon, Skyler Volpe, Amy Warren, Anthony Genovesi. Full album to be released digitally on March 26. CD format to be released April 17.

BLU-RAY & DVD Now Available:

Guys and Dolls
(Warner Archives - new blu-ray)
1955 MGM musical film featuring Frank Loesser's score. Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine, Stubby Kaye.

BOOKs Now Available:

Dancing Man: A Broadway Choreographer's Journey
(Univ Press of Mississippi - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Bob Avian, with Tom Santopietro. Bob Avian's life story, a memoir in three acts. Act I reveals the origins of one of Broadway's legendary choreographers who appeared onstage with stars like Barbra Streisand and Mary Martin all before he was thirty. Act II includes teaching Katharine Hepburn how to sing and dance in Coco and working with Stephen Sondheim and Michael Bennett while helping to choreograph the original productions of Company and Follies. During this time, Avian won a Tony Award as the co-choreographer of A Chorus Line and produced Dreamgirls. In Act III, Avian choreographed Julie Andrews's return to the New York stage, devised all of the musical staging for Miss Saigon and Sunset Boulevard, and directed A Chorus Line on Broadway. He worked with the biggest names on Broadway, including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Carol Burnett, Jennifer Holliday, Patti LuPone, Elaine Stritch, and Glenn Close. Candid, witty, sometimes shocking, and always entertaining, here is the ultimate up-close and personal insider's view from a front row seat ... of Broadway musicals of the past fifty years. 240 pages. [Appears to be available ahead of its official release date.]

The Great White Way: Race and the Broadway Musical second edition
(Rutgers Univ Press - Paperback Book)
Warren Hoffman's 2014, revised and updated. Revealing the racial politics, content, and subtexts that have haunted musicals for almost one hundred years from Show Boat to Hamilton. This revised edition includes a new introduction and conclusion, updated chapters, as well as a brand-new chapter that looks at the blockbuster musicals The Book of Mormon and Hamilton. [Appears to be available ahead of its official release date.]

Hundred Feet Tall
(Simon & Schuster for Young Readers - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Second children's book by Benjamin Scheuer (The Lion) with his wife Jemima Williams as illustrator. Scheuer says "Yes, there will be a song that goes with it." 40 pages.

(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Richard Nelson about Joe Papp. Played the Public Theater in 2017. 96 pages.

Judgment Day
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Christopher Shinn's adaptation of the classic play by Ödön von Horváth. Premiered at the Park Avenue Armory in New York in December 2019. 64 pages. Released 12/26/19. Kindle Edition to be released March 5, 2020.

Marvin: Based on The Way I Was by Marvin Hamlisch
(Schiffer Kids - Paperback Book)
Graphic novel adaptation of the biography of renowned musician, composer, and conductor Marvin Hamlisch. Deals with his childhood and adolescent years up to his first big successes; and includes his family's flight from Nazi-occupied Austria and their immigration to the United States. For readers ages 8 to 12 to fans of music and broadway musicals, American history, and fans of graphic novels. Features scenes with Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Christopher Walken and many other interesting characters that Marvin Hamlisch grew up, studied and worked with in his career. [Appears to be available ahead of its official release date.]

What the Constitution Means to Me (TCG Edition)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Broadway play by Heidi Schreck. 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist. 96 pages. Kindle Edition released earlier.


Anything Can Happen in the Theater: The Musical World of Maury Yeston
(PS Classics - new on CD)
Music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. Directed and conceived by Gerard Alessandrini. 2019 York Theatre cast: Benjamin Eakeley, Jovan E'Sean, Alex Getlin, Justin Keyes, and Mamie Parris. Album produced by Bart Migal with musical direction by Greg Jarrett. Orchestrations for the album by Doug Besterman for an eight-piece band. Recorded December 23, 2019.

Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Original cast recording of show created by Andrew R. Butler that premiered at Ars Nova in 2018. Rick Burkhardt, Andrew R. Butler, Tony Jarvis, Jessie Linden, Stacey Sargeant and Debbie Christine Tjong. Orchestrations, arrangements and additional music by Rick Burkhardt, Andrew R. Butler, Jessie Linden, Tony Jarvis, Maya Sharpe, Madeline Smith, and Debbie Christine Tjong. Produced by David Treatman and Tony Maimone. Also at

Song of Norway
(Kino Lorber - new Blu-Ray/DVD)
1970 musical film based on the operetta about Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Brand new 2K master. Directed by Andrew L. Stone. Toralv Maurstad, Florence Henderson, Christina Schollin, Edward G. Robinsonm, Robert Morley, and Oskar Homolka. Music by Edvard Grieg, Robert Wright, George Forrest. Blu-ray special features: Brand new 2K master; new audio commentary by film historian/author Lee Gambin and film historian/author John Harrison; 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Audio; optional English subtitles; dual-layered BD50 disc; trailers.


Norma Jeane Baker of Troy
(New Directions - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Anne Carson that reconsiders the stories of two iconic women—Marilyn Monroe and Helen of Troy—from their point of view. Premiered at The Shed in 2019. 64 pages.

Pal Joey: The History of a Heel (Broadway Legacies)
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Julianne Lindberg. Through an archive-driven investigation of the musical Pal Joey and its music, author Lindberg offers insight into the historical moment during which Joey was born, and to the process of genre classification, canon formation, and the ensuing critical debates related to musical and theatrical maturity. More broadly, the book argues that the critique and commentary on class and gender conventions in Pal Joey reveals a uniquely American concern over status, class mobility, and progressive gender roles in the pre-war era. 288 pages.

Pinter in the Theatre Kindle Edition
(Nick Hern Books - Kindle Edition)
Kindle version of 2006 book by Ian Smith. Focuses on Pinter's theatre work - through six interviews with Pinter, 1960 to 1996, and with eight actors and directors who have worked with him (Katie Mitchell, Sam Mendes, Barry Foster, Susan Engel, Roger Lloyd Pack, Roger Davidson, Douglas Hodge and Harry Burton). Also included is an interview with Peter Hall. Released earlier in hardcover and paperback format.

Playwrights on Television: Conversations with Dramatists
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Hillary Miller. Eighteen dramatists consider their professional paths and creative choices, from training and education to thoughts on craft and technique, and discuss a range of issues relevant to the development of dramatic writing today. Tanya Barfield, Jocelyn Bioh, Sheila Callaghan, Kristoffer Diaz, Bash Doran, Laura Eason, Madeleine George, Jason Grote, Jordan Harrison, David Henry Hwang, MJ Kaufman, Itamar Moses, Janine Nabers, Christopher Oscar Peña, Adam Rapp, Tanya Saracho, Diana Son, Tracey Scott Wilson. 18 black and white illustrations. 286 pages.

This Is Not My Memoir
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
By André Gregory and Todd London. The audible audiobook version is narrated by André Gregory. Tells the life story of André Gregory, iconic theatre director, writer, and actor. Gregory shares memories from a life lived for art, including stories from the making of My Dinner with André. Includes fantastic and fantastical stories that take the reader from wartime Paris to golden-age Hollywood, from avant-garde theaters to monasteries in India. Along the way we meet Jerzy Grotowski, Helene Weigel, Gregory Peck, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, Wallace Shawn, and many other larger-than-life personalities. A collaboration between Gregory and Todd London. 224 pages.

Women Writing and Directing in the USA: A Stage of Our Own
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Kiara Pipino. Features interviews with some of the most successful theatre artists currently working on and off Broadway and beyond. The interviews explore a wide range of themes, including if and how the artists' female perspective influenced their art, the social and cultural significance of their work, and how theatre and women working in theatre can participate in awakening greater social awareness. Interview subjects include Young Jean Lee, Pam MacKinnon, Dominique Morisseau, Rachel Chavkin, and Martyna Majok. 15 black and white illustrations. 224 pages.


Amazon link now working:

Lost Broadway 1960: Broadway's Forgotten & Obscure Musicals
(Stage Door Records - new on 2 import CDs)
Latest in this series. 53 tracks, including 25 on CD for the first time. One complete disc of OBC recordings and one disc of covers and rarities. Musicals represented are Greenwillow, Christine, Tenderloin, Wildcat, Do Re Mi, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and (play with music) Send Me No Flowers. Plus songs from the revue Vintage '60 (performed by original cast member Fay DeWitt) and the complete studio recording of Bud Freeman and Leon Pober's musical Beg, Borrow or Steal (originally titled Clara) starring Betty Garrett. Track list at Amazon.

Added, no release date:

(new album)
Score by Daniel Messé (music and lyrics) and Nathan Tysen (lyrics). U.K. production starring Audrey Brisson.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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