Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 3/26/19 (updated 3/29/19)

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

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CDs Now Available:

Ben Bagley's Kurt Weill Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Remastered. Music by Kurt Weill, lyrics by Maxwell Anderson, Fernay, Ira Gershwin, Yvette Guilbert, Langston Hughes, Alan Jay Lerner, and Ogden Nash. Paula Laurence, Ann Miller, John Reardon, Chita Rivera, Arthur Siege, and Jo Sullivan. arrangements and orchestrations by Dennis Deal. Added bonus material: Lotte Lenya’s 1930 recording of "Alabama Song," performed with The Three Admirals and conducted by Theo Mackeben and his Jazz Orchestra; 1930 recording of selections from The Threepenny Opera in German with Lenya, Kurt Gerron, Willy Trenk-Trebitsch, Erich Ponto, Erika Helmke, with the Theo Mackeben and Lewis Ruth Band. This all brings up the running time to close to seventy-five minutes. Limited to 500 copies only. Expected to ship by last week in March. At

Ben Platt: Sing To Me Instead
(Atlantic - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Debut solo album from Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen) with original music. "Bad Habit," "Ease My Mind," "Temporary Love," "Grow As We Go," "Honest Man," "Hurt Me Once," "New," "Better," "Share Your Address," "In Case You Don't Live Forever," "Older," "Run Away."


Tina - The Tina Turner Musical OLC digital
(Stage Entertainment/Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Features Adrienne Warren, who will also play Tina Turner in the upcoming Broadway production. "Etherland," "Nutbush City Limits," "Don't Turn Around," "Shake a Tailfeather," "The Hunter," "Matchbox," "It's Gonna Work Out Fine," "A Fool in Love," "Let's Stay Together," "Better Be Good to Me," "Higher," "River Deep - Mountain High," "Be Tender with Me Baby," "Proud Mary," "I Don't Wanna Fight," "Private Dancer," "Disco Inferno," "Open Arms," "I Can't Stand the Rain," "Tonight," "What's Love Got to Do with It," "We Don't Need Another Hero," "(Simply) The Best," "Finale, Nutbush City Limits / Proud Mary." Customers who pre-order the digital album will immediately receive a free download of the single track "River Deep - Mountain High." Recorded in February 2019 at Angel Studios and produced by Nicholas Skilbeck and Kurt Deutsch, and co-produced by Tom Kelly. CD is planned for release later this spring.


Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes
(Random House - Audiobook)
Original audiobook performance of Tony Kushner's play, starring the cast of the National Theatre's 2018 Broadway revival, directed by Marianne Elliott. Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Susan Brown, Denise Gough, Beth Malone, James McArdle, Lee Pace, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. Narration by Bobby Cannavale (Millennium Approaches) and Edie Falco (Perestroika).

Hedwig and the Angry Inch: The Criterion Collection
(Criterion Collection - new Blu-ray/DVD)
2001 film based on the stage musical written by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask. Directed by and starring Mitchell, with Andrea Martin, Michael Pitt, and Miriam Shor. Special features: new 4K digital restoration, supervised by director John Cameron Mitchell and cinematographer Frank DeMarco, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray; audio commentary from 2001 featuring Mitchell and DeMarco; new conversation between members of the cast and crew, including Mitchell, DeMarco, composer and lyricist Stephen Trask, hairstylist and makeup artist Michael Potter, animator Emily Hubley, actor Miriam Shor, and visual consultant Miguel Villalobos; Whether You Like It or Not: The Story of Hedwig (2003), an eighty-five-minute documentary tracing the development of the project from its beginnings in a New York club to its theatrical premiere at the Sundance Film Festival; new conversation between Trask and rock critic David Fricke about the film's soundtrack; From the Archives, a new program exploring Hedwig's production and legacy through its memorabilia; deleted scenes with commentary by Mitchell and DeMarco; trailer; essay by Stephanie Zacharek; for the Blu-ray edition: production photos by Potter and costume designer Arianne Phillips, illustrations by Hubley, and excerpts from two of the films inspirations, Plato's Symposium and The Gospel of Thomas.

Swing Time: The Criterion Collection
(Criterion Collection - new Blu-ray/DVD)
1936 musical film directed by George Stevens. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Songs by Dorothy Fields and Jerome Kern. Special features: new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray; audio commentary from 1986 featuring John Mueller, author of "Astaire Dancing: The Musical Films"; archival interviews with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and choreographer Hermes Pan; new interview with George Stevens Jr.; In Full Swing, a new program on the film's choreography and soundtrack featuring jazz and film critic Gary Giddins, dance critic Brian Seibert, and Dorothy Fields biographer Deborah Grace Winer; new interview with film scholar Mia Mask on the "Bojangles of Harlem" number; essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith.


Added to April 26:

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. "Worst Team Ever," "Don't Even," "Skype Tomorrow," "Before the Breakdown," "Forever," "Captain of the Team," "Before the Breakdown (Reprise)," "Wallflower," "Defense," "Mattie's Lament," "Phoenix," "Move on," "Shup Up and Cheer," "Time-Out," "Idk," "The Breakdown," "Finale." Music supervision and arrangements are by Patrick Sulken. Currently on sale at

Added to May 23:

The Hello Girls
(Broadway Records - original cast album)
Score by Peter Mills for musical produced at Prospect Prospect Theater Company in 2018. Recorded February 2019.

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Alice by Heart
(Ghostlight Records - new album)
MCC cast. Score by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater. Molly Gordon, Colton Ryan, Kim Blanck, Mia DiLena, Zachary Downer, Noah Galvin, Zachary Infante, Andrew Kober, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe , Catherine Ricafort, Heath Saunders, and Wesley Taylor. Produced by Duncan Sheik and Kurt Deutsch, with Craig Balsam and Cody Lassen executive producers. Recorded March 24-25.

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.

Hadestown OBC
(Atlantic - new on CD)
2019 Broadway cast recording. Score by Anaïs Mitchell.

The New Yorkers
(Ghostlight Records - new album)
Based on the 2017 New York City Center Encores! production of Cole Porter musical. Music direction by Rob Berman. Cyrille Aimée, Clyde Alves, Todd Buonopane, Arnie Burton, Kevin Chamberlin, Mylinda Hull, Robyn Hurder, Byron Jennings, Eddie Korbich, Tam Mutu, Jeffrey Schecter, Scarlett Strallen, Tyler Lansing Weaks, and Ruth Williamson. Produced by Rob Berman and Lawrence Manchester. Recorded March 25-26.

Summer Stock
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1950 MGM musical film. Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Eddie Bracken, Gloria DeHaven, Marjorie Main, and Phil Silvers. Directed by Charles Walters. Choreographed by Nicholas Castle, Sr. Songs by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon; Harry Warren, Jack Brooks and Saul Chaplin; Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler ("Get Happy").

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Company 2018 London cast
(Warner Music Group - new on CD at Amazon U.S.)
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. Released 3/22/19.