Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 2/21/17 (updated 2/24/17)

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Earlier recaps:

2017: February 14, 7 | January 31, 24, 17, 10, 3

2016: December 27, 20, 13, 6 | November 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | October 25, 18, 11, 4 | September 27, 20, 13, 6 | August 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | July 26, 19, 12, 5 | June 28, 21, 14, 7 | May 31, 24, 17, 10, 3 | April 26, 19, 12, 5 | March 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | February 23, 16, 9, 2 | January 26, 19, 12, 5, 2016


CDs Now Available:

... and Then I Wrote The Music Man & Music From Meredith - Limited Edition
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
Rini and Meredith Willson tell and sing their story of The Music Man. Twofer album of ...and then I wrote The Music Man (with Meredith Willson at the piano, informally commenting on the show, telling its story, and singing the songs with his wife Rini) coupled with the instrumental album Music from "The Music Man" conducted by Meredith Willson (Willson conducts 16 instrumentals from the score), plus a rare 1962 promotional interview with Shirley Jones, and Jones' interpretation of "Being In Love." Disc One: "Rock Island," "Ya Got Trouble," "Piano Lesson," "Goodnight My Someone," "Seventy Six Trombones," "Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little / Goodnight Ladies," "My White Knight," "Marian the Librarian," "The Sadder But Wiser Girl for Me," "Shipoopi," "Lida Rose," "Will I Ever Tell You," "Till There Was You"; Disc Two: "Goodnight My Someone," "Gary Indiana," "Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little," "Sincere," "Shipoopi," "Lida Rose / Will I Ever Tell You," "Seventy Six Trombones," "Till There Was You," "Marian the Librarian," "It's You," "Wells Fargo Wagon," "Piano Lesson," "The Sadder-But-Wiser Girl," "My White Knight"; Bonus Tracks: Shirley Jones Interview (1962), "Being In Love" (Shirley Jones). Part of Stage Door Records' Collector's Series: first time on CD; retro-style LP packaging; limited to 500 copies. Also at Stage Door Records.

Dear Evan Hansen OBC
(Atlantic Records - new on CD)Score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Ben Platt, Laura Dreyfuss, Rachel Bay Jones, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Mike Faist, Michael Park, Will Roland and Kristolyn Lloyd, and Michael Lee Brown, Garrett Long, Olivia Puckett, Colton Ryan, and Asa Somers. "Anybody Have a Map?," "Waving Through A Window," "For Forever," "Sincerely, Me," "Requiem," "If I Could Tell Her," "Disappear," "You Will Be Found," "To Break In a Glove," "Only Us," "Good For You," "Words Fail," "So Big / So Small," "Finale." Produced by Atlantic Records, Alex Lacamoire, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and co-produced by Stacey Mindich. Released previously on mp3 and at iTunes.

Judy Collins: A Love Letter to Stephen Sondheim CD
(Wildflower - new on CD/mp3)
"No One Is Alone," "Finishing the Hat," "Not While I'm Around," "Take Me to the World," "Liaisons," "Move On," "Not a Day Goes By," "Send in the Clowns," "I'm Still Here," "Anyone Can Whistle."

The Student Prince
(CPO - new on 2 CDs/mp3/at iTunes)
Sigmund Rosenberg operetta. Dominik Wortig, Vincent Schirrmacher, Anja Petersen, Frank Blees, Brigitte Schreiner, Theresa Nelles. Disc One, Act I: "Prologue: By Our Hearing So Sedate," "Golden Days: Down where the Neckar flows swiftly along," "Garlands Bright - Nicolas' Pipe," "To the Inn we're marching," "Drinking Song: Where is the maid - Come, boys, let's all be gay," "Drinking Song - To the Inn we're marching," "Heidelberg, beloved vision," "Gaudeamus igitur - Golden Days," "Deep in My Heart Dear," "Finale: Come, Sir, will you join our noble saxon corps?," "Serenade: Overhead the moon is beaming," "Waltz: Gaudeamus igitur - Hail youth and love," "Come Boys, Let's All Be Gay, Boys," "," "Disc 2, Act II, II, IV: "The Student Prince, Act II: Act II: Introdution," "Farmer Jacob lay asnoring in his feather bed," "Student Life," "Incidental Music - Flute Solo," "Finale: To the inn we're marching," "Opening and Ballet: Incidental Music," "Just we two," "The Flag that flies above us," "Gavotte," "Finale," "Serenade Intermezzo," "Opening chorus: Let Us Sing a Song," "Incidental Music," "Finale: To the Inn we're marching - Incidental Music," "Deep in my heart - Out March."WDR Rundfunkchor Köln, WDR Funkhausorchester Köln Conducted by John Mauceri, who also contributed to the booklet content. Released 1/20/17.

DVD/Blu-Rays Now Available:

The Boyfriend Blu-ray
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1971 British-American musical comedy film adaptation of the musical The Boy Friend by Sandy Wilson. Twiggy, Christopher Gable, Max Adrian, Tommy Tune, Brian Murphy, Barbara Windsor, Vladek Sheybal. Directed by Ken Russell.

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
(HBO - new on DVD-R)
Given unusual access to each woman's home and life, directors Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens captured the quicksilver wit and intelligence shared by mother-daughter Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher as they orbited around each other, living separate lives but kept close by the gravitational pull of love and family. Shown on HBO, 95 minutes. Released 2/7/17.

BOOKs Now Available:

The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition: The Complete Works
(Oxford Univ Press - new Hardcover/Kindle Edition)
Edited by Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, Gabriel Egan. The editors frame the surviving original versions of Shakespeare's play-texts and poems around the latest literary, textual, and theatrical scholarship to date. Presents the plays and poetry in chronological order accompanied by extensive performance notes and introductory materials. [Recently in the news for crediting Christopher Marlowe as a co-author of Henry VI, Parts 1, 2, and 3.] Part of The New Oxford Shakespeare (available in a complete set), which also includes the Modern Critical Edition (with modern spelling), the Critical Reference Edition (with original spelling), the Authorship Companion, and an online version integrating all of the print material on a high-powered platform generated by Oxford University Press. 3382 pages. Released 12/27/16.

(TCG - Paperback Book)
Play by David Lindsay-Abaire. Played in 2015 at Manhattan Theatre Club. 96 pages.


Billy Porter Presents: The Soul of Richard Rodgers
(Bee & El and Sony Masterworks - new on CD)
"Soulful takes on classic Richard Rodgers songs. Solos and duets. "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" (with Pentatonix), "My Romance" (with Leslie Odom Jr.), "If I Loved You" (with Renee Elise Goldsberry), "With a Song in My Heart" (with Joshua Henry), "I Have Dreamed" (with Patina Miller), "My Funny Valentine" (with Cynthia Erivo), "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair" (with Todrick Hall), "This Nearly was Mine" (with Deborah Cox), "Bewitched" (with Ledisi / Zaire Park), "Carefully Taught" (with India.Arie), "Lady is a Tramp" (with Zaire Park), "Edelweiss." Produced by Billy Porter.

Finian's Rainbow Blu-ray
(Warner Archive - new on Blu-ray)
1968 film adaptation of musical (book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy; music by Burton Lane, lyrics by E.Y. Harburg). Fred Astaire, Petula Clark, Tommy Steele, Don Francks, Keenan Wynn, Barbara Hancock, Al Freeman Jr., Ronald Colby, Dolph Sweet, Wright King, Louis Silas. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. 145 minutes.

Kiss Me, Kate Blu-ray
(Shout! Factory - new on Blu-ray)
London revival of Cole Porter musical, book by Bella Spewack and Samuel Spewack. Filmed in front of a live audience in 2002. Directed by Chris Hunt. Brent Barrett, Michael Berresse, Nancy Anderson, Nicolas Colicos, and Rachel York. 177 minutes.


Liaisons - Re-imagining Sondheim from the Piano (songbook)
(Rilting Music, Inc. - Paperback Book)
Piano/vocal/guitar Composer Collection songbook. Conceived by concert pianist Anthony de Mare, the concert and recording project Liaisons is based on the songs of composer Stephen Sondheim. 37 contemporary composers chose a song by Sondheim and re-imagined it as a solo piano piece. Song list at Previously released in a CD set. 344 pages.

Richard Maxwell and New York City Players: An Audience's Guide
(Westreich Wagner / Greene Naftali - Paperback Book)
The plays of New York–based experimental theater director and playwright Richard Maxwell. 224 pages.

The Sixties, Center Stage: Mainstream and Popular Performances in a Turbulent Decade
(Univ of Michigan Press - Paperback Book)
James M. Harding, Cindy Rosenthal, editors. detailed examinations of the mainstream’s surprising attention to craft and innovation; to the rich exchange between European and American theatres; to the rise of regional theaters; and finally, to popular cultural performances that pushed the conceptual boundaries of mainstream institutions ... looks afresh at productions of Hair, Cabaret, Raisin in the Sun, and Fiddler on the Roof... 400 pages.

A Theater of Our Own: A History and a Memoir of 1,001 Nights in Chicago
(Northwestern Univ Press - Paperback Book)
By Richard Christiansen, foreword by Brian Dennehy. Chronicle of Chicago's legendary theater scene by the long-time chief critic for the Chicago Tribune. Draws upon his exclusive interviews, insights, and memories gathered over a period of more than forty years of reviewing the arts. Traces the evolution of the Chicago theater scene from small theaters to major institutions such as the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the Goodman Theater, and The Second City. Behind-the-scenes conversations with some of Chicago's most acclaimed writers, directors, and actors—David Mamet, Frank Galati, Mary Zimmerman, John Malkovich, Laurie Metcalf, Harold Ramis, Gary Sinise, and Joe Mantegna—all a part of Chicago's theater renaissance from the 1970s onward. 352 pages.


Track list added:

Come from Away OBC
(The Musical Company - new on CD)
Score by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Petrina Bromley, Geno Carr, Jenn Colella, Joel Hatch, Rodney Hicks, Kendra Kassebaum, Chad Kimball, Lee MacDougall, Caesar Samayoa, Q. Smith, Astrid Van Wieren, Sharon Wheatley. "Welcome to the Rock," "38 Planes," "Blankets and Bedding," "28 Hours/Wherever We Are," "Darkness and Trees," "On The Bus," "Darkness and Trees (Reprise)," "Lead Us Out Of the Night," "Phoning Home," "Costume Party," "I Am Here," "Prayer," "On The Edge," "In The Bar/Heave Away," "Screech In," "Me and the Sky," "The Dover Fault," "Stop the World," "38 Planes (Reprise)/Somewhere in the Middle of Nowhere," "Something's Missing," "Years Later," "Finale," Bonus: "Screech Out." Co-produced by David Lai. Recorded week of February 10.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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