Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 3/17/20 (updated 3/20/20)

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Earlier recaps:

2020: March 10, 3 | February 25, 18, 11, 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

CDs now available:

Mary Bridget Davies: Stay With Me - The Reimagined Songs of Jerry Ragovoy
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Mary Bridget Davis (A Night With Janis Joplin) tribute to American songwriter Jordan "Jerry" Ragovoy. Some previously unreleased Jerry Ragovoy songs including "The Right of Way" and "Master of Disguise," and new arrangements of classics such as "Stay With Me," :As Long as I Have You" and "Move Me No Mountain." Produced by TJ Armand. Jointly released by Broadway Records, 1650 Records, and LOML Records. Also at

DIGITAL MUSIC now available:

Losing My Mind: A Sondheim Fever Dream digital
(Broadway Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Adapted and expanded from a 2018 concert conceived and created by Joshua Hinck and Scott Wasserman. Combines over 40 Stephen Sondheim songs. 13-piece orchestra. Liner notes by David Levy. Alison Luff, Blaine Krauss, Aneesa Folds, Charity Angél Dawson, Vishal Vaidya, Brittnie Price, Juwan Crawley, Deonté L. Warren, Joshua Hinck, Aili Venho, and Onyie Nwachukwu and Chip Zien. "Opening (Doors)," "There Are Giants Somewhere," "Hello Pretty Lady / Lovely Moments By the Sea," "Unworthy of Your Love," "Our Time," "No One Is Alone," "The Miller's Son," "Artists Are Bizarre," "Color and Light," "It's Hot Up Here in This City on Fire," "Losing My Mind," "Megamix: Take Me to the World." Also at CD release date 4/17/20.

Books Now Available:

Death By Shakespeare: Snakebites, Stabbings and Broken Hearts
(Bloomsbury Sigma - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
Kathryn Harkup turns her discerning scientific eye to the Bard and the varied and creative ways his characters die. Investigates what actual events may have inspired Shakespeare, what the accepted scientific knowledge of the time was, and how Elizabethan audiences would have responded to these death scenes. A rollercoaster of Elizabethan carnage, poison, swordplay and bloodshed, with an occasional death by bear-mauling for good measure. Audiobook read by Nicky Diss. 368 pages. Released 3/5/20. Hardcover edition to be released 5/5/20.

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.

You Will Be Found
(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Illustrated edition of the "You Will Be Found" (Dear Evan Hansen) for anyone on the edge of a new chapter in life. 64 pages.


John Raitt: Original Album Series
(Stage Door Records - new import album on 2 CDs)
Four of John Raitt's (Carousel, The Pajama Game) original studio albums recorded between 1955-1960: "Highlights Of Broadway," originally released in 1955, which opens with "Soliloquy," recorded a decade after Raitt first originated the song on Broadway, plus a selection of the most popular Broadway standards from the 1940s and '50s, including songs from Finian's Rainbow, Kiss Me, Kate, Kismet and more; Raitt's 1956 Latin inspired offering "Mediterranean Magic" ; the folk-themed collection "Under Open Skies," which includes folk ballads like "Sail Ho!" and "El Bandido," and numbers from Carousel and Paint Your Wagon; and Raitt's 1960 studio album "Songs The Kids Brought Home from Camp," featuring popular and memorable "sing-a-long" camp song favourites. Bonus material includes selections from Raitt's 1969 studio album "Today" and a 1962 recording collaboration with jazz musician Lionel Hampton. Foreword by Bonnie Raitt. See Amazon listing for track list.

Ultimate Peggy Lee
(Capitol - new on CD/on mp3/vinyl)
Salute to music legend Peggy Lee, and celebrating her landmark 100th birthday. New, career-spanning collection featuring hits and signature songs. "I Love Being Here with You," "Fever," "Things Are Swingin'," "I Don't Know Enough About You," "I'm a Woman," "Just in Time," "Hallelujah, I Love Him So," "Sweet Happy Life," "Alright, Okay, You Win," "Too Close for Comfort," "Why Don't You Do Right (Get Me Some Money Too)," "It's a Good Day," "You Deserve," "Heart," "Big Spender," "He's a Tramp," "I Wanna Be Around," "Black Coffee," "I've Got the World on a String," "The Folks Who Live on the Hill," "Is That All There Is?," "Try a Little Tenderness" (previously unreleased).


The Mikado to Matilda: British Musicals on the New York Stage
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Thomas S. Hischak. An overview of British musicals that made their way to Broadway, covering their entire history up to the present day. Covers 110 British musicals, ranging from 1750 to the present day. Each London musical is discussed first as a success in England and then how it fared in America. The plots, songs, songwriters, performers, and producers for both the West End and the Broadway (or Off-Broadway) production are identified and described. 360 pages.

Shakespeare in the Theatre: The National Theatre, 1963–1975: Olivier and Hall
(The Arden Shakespeare - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of 2018 book by Robert Shaughnessy about the National Theatre's most Shakespearean period in its history, 1963-1975, one which included Laurence Olivier's Othello and Shylock, a radical all-male As You Like It, the Berliner Ensemble's Coriolanus and Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Tells the interlinked stories of the National's relationship with Shakespeare through a series of production case studies. 264 pages.

Tarell Alvin McCraney: Theater, Performance, and Collaboration
(Northwestern Univ Press - Paperback Book)
Edited by Sharrell Luckett, David Román, and Isaiah Wooden. first book to dedicate scholarly attention to the work of Tarell Alvin McCraney (Choir Boy, Head of Passes, The Brother/Sister Plays). Featuring essays, interviews, and commentaries by scholars and artists, who consider McCraney’s innovations as a playwright, adapter, director, performer, teacher, and collaborator, bringing fresh and diverse perspectives to their observations and analyses. 264 pages.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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