Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 3/19/19 (updated 3/22/19)

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2019: March 12 | 5 | February 26, 19, 12, 5 | January 29, 22, 15, 8

2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

CDs Now Available:

Company 2018 London cast
(Warner Music Group - new on CD at Amazon)
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. Digital version was released previously on mp3 and at iTunes. Also at Amazon UK.


Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations digital
(Ume - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Derrick Baskin, James Harkness, Jawan M. Jackson, Jeremy Pope, and Ephraim Sykes with Saint Aubyn, Shawn Bowers, E. Clayton Cornelious, Taylor Symone Jackson, Jahi Kearse, Jarvis B. Manning Jr., Joshua Morgan, Rashidra Scott, Nasia Thomas, Christian Thompson, Candice Marie Woods, Esther Antoine, Marcus Paul James, Jelani Remy, and Curtis Wiley. Arrangements by Kenny Seymour. "The Way You Do the Things You Do," "Run Away Child, Running Wild," "Gloria," "In the Still of the Night / Speedo," "Shout," "I Want A Love I Can See," "My Girl," "Get Ready," "Supremes Medley: You Can't Hurry Love / Come See About Me / Baby Love," "Since I Lost My Baby," "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," "Don't Look Back / You're My Everything," "If I Could Build My Whole World Around You," "If You Don't Know Me By Now," "(I Know) I'm Losing You," "I Wish It Would Rain," "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)," "I Can't Get Next To You," "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," "War," "Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today)," "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)," "Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)," "For Once In My Life," "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" (Pt. 1), "Cloud Nine," "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" (Pt. 2), "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," "I Can't Get Next To You" (Finale). Single track "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" is available for streaming and immediate download with album pre-order. CD format expected 4/19/19.

Documentary Now! Season 3, including "Original Cast Album: Co-Op"
(Amazon Prime/digital season at iTunes)
Season 3 of F/X series "Documentary Now!," which includes "Original Cast Album: Co-Op" episode, a parody of D.A. Pennebaker 1971 documentary following the making of the Company original cast album, with Taran Killam, John Mulaney, James Urbaniak, Alex Brightman, Richard Kind, Paula Pell, and Renee Elise Goldsberry. Written by John Mulaney and Seth Meyers. Released 2/27/19.

DVD/BLU-RAYs Now Available:

Mary Poppins Returns
(Walt Disney Pictures - new 4K Blu-ray with DVD and digital HD)
2018 musical film. Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, Dick Van Dyke. Songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Blu-ray extra features: sing-along mode option, "The Practically Perfect Making of Mary Poppins Returns," "Seeing Things from a Different Point of View: The Musical Numbers of Mary Poppins Returns," "Back to Cherry Tree Lane: Dick Van Dyke Returns," "Practically Perfect Bloopers," delete scenes "Leaving Topsy's" and "Trip a Little Light Fantastic," deleted song "The Anthropomorphic Zoo." Exclusive included with digital code – audio commentary.[Amazon link should start working again soon.]

BOOKs Now Available:

America in the Round: Capital, Race, and Nation at Washington D.C.'s Arena Stage (Studies Theatre Hist & Culture)
(Univ. of Iowa Press - Paperback Book)
By Donatella Galella. Behind the scenes look at Tony Award winning DC regional theatre company Arena Stage. A "... critical history that reveals how far Washington D.C.'s Arena Stage could go with its budget and racially liberal politics, and how Arena both disputed and duplicated systems of power." Sources include archival materials such as letters and photographs, and interviews with artists and administrators, with close-ups of major productions from The Great White Hope to Oklahoma!. 314 pages.

Broadway Investing: How to Make Theater and Yes, Even Make Money
(new Kindle book)
By Ken Davenport. The myths of Broadway investing; How to get started investing in Broadway for less than you think; Who to talk to and where to find Broadway investment opportunities; How to mitigate your risk and increase your chance for profitability; All the perks you should get when you invest and how to get even more. 139 pages.

They Made Us Happy: Betty Comden & Adolph Green's Musicals & Movies
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition released 2/1/19)
By Andy Propst. The first book to tell the full story of the careers, lives, and work of legendary writers Comden & Green. A trip through almost the entirety of the twentieth century, from their acclaimed appearances as part of the sketch troupe the Revuers through their bi-coastal lives as a pair of Broadway and Hollywood's top writers, including their produced work as well as projects that that never made it to the stage or the screen. 288 pages.


Ben Bagley's Jerome Kern Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Remastered. Music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Guy Bolton, Anne Caldwell, Dorothy Fields, Ira Gershwin, E.Y. Harburg, Oscar Hammerstein, Elsie Janis, Johnny Mercer, Booth Tarkington, P.G. Wodehouse. A few of Kern's hit songs, and many lesser-known Kern. Barbara Cook, Bobby Short, Nancy Andrews, Harold Lang, Rod McKuen, Kaye Ballard, Cy Young, and George Reinholt. Musical director and arranger Norman Paris. Cover art by Harvey Schmidt. Expected by/before third week in April. Limited release of 500 copies only. Available at

Fred Astaire: Easy To Dance With / Now
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
Twofer of Astaire's "You're Easy to Dance With" and "Now." 27 tracks recorded between 1952 and 1962. Songs with music written by Astaire (like "I'm Building Up to An Awful Letdown" with lyrics from Johnny Mercer), songs he was famously associated with throughout his career (including "A Foggy Day," "Change Partners," and a medley of "Oh, Lady Be Good/Puttin' On the Ritz/Top Hat, White Tie and Tails"). Bonus tracks include "Calypso Hooray."

(Broadway Records - new on CD)
World premiere recording. Alan Cumming, Jesse Clasen, Betsy Wright, Martina Topley-Bird and Jason Barnes. Score by Rich More. Currently on sale at

We Are the Tigers
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Original Off-Broadway cast. Score by Preston Max Allen. Cathy Ang, Jenny Rose Baker, Cameron Bartell, Kaitlyn Frank, Louis Griffin, Zoe Jensen, Caroline Lellouche, Wonu Ogunfowora, Sydney Parra, Celeste Rose, Mimi Scardulla, Alexia Sielo, and Lauren Zakrin. Music supervision and arrangements are by Patrick Sulken. Currently on sale at


Added to May 3:

Sing Out Sweet Land / Down In The Valley OBC
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
Sing Out Sweet Land 1944 OBC recording, with Alfred Drake, Burl Ives, Juanita Hall, Bibi Osterwald, and Alma Kaye, first time on CD. The Decca recording was issued over a series of 78rpm records and later as a 10" LP album. Songs from traditional American folk music alongside original material by John Mundy, Edward Eager and Elie Siegmeister. Plus 1950 Decca Records studio recording of the Kurt Weill and Arnold Sundgaard one-act folk opera Down in the Valley, featuring Alfred Drake and Jane Wilson, with established American folk songs alongside original chorale music composed by Kurt Weill who supervised the studio recording. Part of Stage Door's Collector's Series, limited edition CD products presented in the retro style of a miniature long-playing record. All Collector's Series titles are limited to 500 units.

Added, no release date:

Be More Chill OBC
(Ghostlight Records - new album)
Score by Joe Iconis. Will Roland, George Salazar, Stephanie Hsu, Gerard Canonico, Katlyn Carlson, Tiffany Mann, Lauren Marcus, Britton Smith, Jason SweetTooth Williams, and Jason Tam. Produced by Kurt Deutsch, Joe Iconis, and Charlie Rosen, and co-produced by Ian Kagey and Emily Marshall. Spring 2019 release expected.