Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 4/4/17 (updated 4/7/17)

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Earlier recaps:

2017: March 28, 21, 14, 7 | February 28, 21, 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:

Betty Buckley: Story Songs
(Palmetto Records - new on 2 CDs/mp3/at iTunes)
Recorded live at Joe's Pub. Accompanied by pianist/musical director/arranger Christian Jacob, guitarist Oz Noy, drummer Ray Brinker, and bass player Trey Henry. Includes songs by Radiohead, Stephen Schwartz, Jason Robert Brown, Joe Iconis and Ben Toth. Disc One: "You've Got To Be Taught," "Cassandra," "High and Dry," "Chanson," "All Things in Time," "Old Flame," "Another Life," "Prayer in Open D," "September Song," "Don't Give Up," "Throw It Away." Disc 2: "How Long Has This Been Going," "Practical Arrangement," "Stephen Bruton Story," "Too Many Memories," "Bird On a Wire," "Howard DaSilva Story," "Both Sides Now," "Elaine Stritch Story," "I'm Still Here." Accompanied by Christian Jacob.

LATW The Assembled Parties
(L.A. Theatre Works - Audiobook on CD)
2016 production of the Richard Greenberg play. Matthew Arkin, Wilson Bethel, Dana Delany, Seamus Dever, Zoe Perry, Susan Sullivan, Peter Van Norden. Directed by JoBeth Williams. Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Recorded in Los Angeles before a live audience at The James Bridges Theater, UCLA.

DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:

Through the Years digital
(PS Classics - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Music by Vincent Youmans, lyrics by Edward Heyman for show presented on Broadway in 1932. 2001 studio album, out of print since 2007, now in digital format. Heidi Grant Murphy, Brent Barrett, Hunter Foster, Jennifer Cody and Philip Chaffin. "Prologue: Through the Years," "Kathleen & Kenneth's Call," "Kathleen Mine," "Invitation," "You're in Love," "Kinda Like You," "I'll Come Back to You," "How Happy Is the Bride," "Through the Years," "It's Every Girl's Ambition," "You're Everywhere," "Finaletto Act II," "Ghost Music," "The Road to Home," "My Heart Alone," "Kinda Like You (Reprise)," "Drums in My Heart," "Finale Ultimo."

DIGITAL MOVIE Now Available:

Speech & Debate digital film
(new movie at iTunes)
2017 film based on Stephen Karam play. Screenplay by Karam, directed by Dan Harris. Features Liam James, Sarah Steele, Austin P. McKenzie, Roger Bart, Janeane Garofalo, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kal Penn, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Skylar Astin with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy Rowley, Sarah Baker, Lucy DeVito, Ryan Lee, Logan Shroyer. Opens in theaters 4/7/17.

BOOKs Now Available:

Nevertheless: A Memoir
(Harper - Hardcover/Paperback Large Print/Kindle Edition)
By Alec Baldwin. Audiobook, read by Baldwin, to be released 4/25/17.


Hello, Dolly!
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD)
New Broadway revival cast recording of Jerry Herman score. Bette Midler, David Hyde Pierce, Gavin Creel, Kate Baldwin, Taylor Trensch, Beanie Feldstein, Will Burton, Melanie Moore, Jennifer Simard, Kevin Ligon. "Overture," "Call on Dolly," "I Put My Hand In," "It Takes a Woman," "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," "Ribbons Down My Back," "Motherhood," "Dancing," "Before the Parade Passes By," "Penny in My Pocket," "Elegance," "The Waiters' Gallop," "Hello, Dolly!," "It Only Takes a Moment," "So Long Dearie," "Finale." Recorded March 2017.

In Transit OBC
(Walt Disney Records - new on CD))
New Broadway a capella musical. Music by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth; lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth. Cast includes David Abeles, Moya Angela, Steven "HeaveN" Cantor, Justin Guarini, Telly Leung, Erin Mackey, Gerianne PĂ©rez, Margo Seibert, Chesney Snow, James Snyder, Mariand Torres, Nicholas Ward. Digital version to be released 4/28/17.

Those Redheads from Seattle
(Kino Lorber - new 3D Blu-ray/DVD)
Newly restored 1953 3D musical film. Rhonda Fleming, Gene Barry, Agnes Moorehead, Teresa Brewer, Guy Mitchell, The Bell Sisters. Directed by Lewis R. Foster and released by Paramount Pictures. Special features audio commentary by film historians Hillary Hess, Greg Kintz, Jack Theakston and Bob Furmanek; 2006 interview with Rhonda Fleming; before/after restoration demo; original theatrical trailer.


All the World's a Stage: The Story of Bard on the Beach
(Heritage House Pub - new paperback book/Kindle Edition)
By Jayne Seagrave. A celebration of the twenty-eight-year history of Western Canada's most illustrious Shakespeare festival. Unfolds in five acts highlighting the people, history, growth, and future of this unique theatre company and features dozens of full-colour photographs of sumptuous sets, elaborate costumes, tireless volunteers, actors in mid-soliloquy, and more. 288 pages.

Balancing Acts: Behind the Scenes at London's National Theatre
(Knopf - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Edition)
By Nicholas Hytner (Artistic Director of London's National Theatre from 2003-2015). Detailed behind-the-scenes look at Hytner's creative process ... he writes insightfully about the actors and playwrights he's worked with: Derek Jacobi, Richard Griffiths, Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Harold Pinter, and Tom Stoppard among them. Not only a memoir but a gathering of illuminating notes on the art of directing and a thoughtful meditation on the purpose of theater. 352 pages. Audible release is May 4, 2017. Audible free 30-day trial with two free audiobooks, plus one more after the trial.

Beauty and the Beast: Motion Picture Soundtrack songbook
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Piano/vocal/guitar folio that features songs from the original film as well as new material written by Alan Menken and Alan Rice. Includes new version of the title track "Beauty and the Beast," "How Does a Moment Last Forever," "Aria," "Be Our Guest," "Belle," "in the Sun," "Evermore," "Gaston," "The Mob Song," "Something There."

Do You Know Who I Am?: A Memoir
(Bloomsbury Continuum - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Tim Pigott-Smith (Charles III) writes about theatrical, acting, and production technique, giving unique insight into the actor's trade. Also, perceptive critical appreciation of other acting geniuses he has worked with—Peggy Ashcroft, Ian McKellen, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, and countless others. Accompanied by black and white photographs. 352 pages.

My Big Fat Broadway Debut!: Volume 2: Big Move, Big City
(Bangadilly - new ebook Kindle Edition)
By Steven Cutts (Hairspray, My Big Fat Broadway Debut!: Volume 1: Big Dreams, Big Lessons). Vol. 2 is all about the big move to the big city and the will to make it there...


Added for June:

War Paint OBC
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
OBC recording of Scott Frankel (music) and Michael Korie (lyrics) score. Cast features Patti Lupone, Christine Ebersole, Douglas Sills, John Dossett. To be recorded April 16 and April 17 for June release. Pre-orders being taken at the Nederlander Theatre - other ordering links to come.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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