Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap 4/21/15

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April 14, 7 | March 31, 24, 17, 10, 3 | February 24, 17, 10, 3 | January 27, 20, 13, 6, 2015

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CDs Now Available:

Ultimate Sinatra (100 Songs Celebrating 100 Years - 4CD)
(Capitol - on 4 CDs/mp3 of 26 tracks/vinyl double-LP/iTunes)
Sinatra's recordings for Columbia, Capitol and Reprise, together for the first time. Chronological, from "All Or Nothing At All," recorded with Harry James and his Orchestra on August 31, 1939 during Sinatra's first studio session. 100 tracks celebrating 100 years, plus a never before released bonus track, "The Surrey With the Fringe on Top" (rehearsal). 80-page booklet with a new essay by Sinatra historian and author Charles Pignone, rare photos and quotes from Frank Sinatra and his children, Nancy, Tina and Frank Jr., as well as Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Quincy Jones, and others.


"Advice to a Young Firefly" digital single
(new digital single mp3 and iTunes)
Song by Sam Carner and Derek Gregor (Unlock'd) from the musical Toast sung by Tituss Burgess.

DVD/Blu-Rays Now Available:

42nd Street Blu-ray
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1933 musical film, new restoration. Bonuses include: From Book to Screen to Stage 2006 retrospective documentary; Hollywood Newsreel (vintage WB short subject), A Trip Thru a Hollywood Studio vintage WB short subject; Harry Warren-America's Foremost Composer vintage WB short subject; The 42nd Street Special vintage WB promotional newsreel; Young and Healthy vintage WB 1933 cartoon; Shuffle Off to Buffalo vintage WB 1933 cartoon. Original Theatrical Trailer.

BOOKs Now Available:

Best Monologues from The Best American Short Plays, Volume Three (The Applause Acting Series)
(Applause - Paperback Book)
William W. Demastes, editor.

I Am Sophie Tucker
(Prospecta Press - new Hardcover Book)
By Susan and Lloyd Ecker. The first in a trilogy about Sophie Tucker's life. 416 pages. Released November 2014.


Julie Andrews Don't Go in the Lion's Cage Tonight / Broadway's Fair Julie
(import CD)
Two 1962 Columbia albums: Don't Go in the Lion's Cage Tonight of music hall and vaudeville songs; Broadway's Fair Julie with showtunes, accompanied by Henri René & His Orchestra; plus three songs from The Boyfriend; and "Wouldn't IT Be Loverly?" "I Don't Care," "The Honeysuckle and the Bee," "Mother Was a Lady and If Jack Were Only Here," "Who Threw the Overalls in Mistress Murphy's Chowder," "Everybody's Doin' It Now," "Waiting At the Church," "Don't Go in the Lion's Cage Tonight," "Burlington Bertie from Bow," "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "By the Light of the Silvery Moon," "Smarty," "She Is More To Be Pitied Than Censured," "Looking For a Boy," "How Long Has This Been Going On," "I Feel Pretty," "A Sleepin' Bee," "Baubles, Bangles and Beads," "How Are Things in Glocca Morra," "A Little Bit in Love," "This Is New," "A Fellow Needs a Girl," "How Can I Wait," "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," "If Love Were All," "The Boyfriend," "I Could Be Happy with You," "A Room in Bloomsbury," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?."

Liberty: A Monumental New Musical Original Off-Broadway Cast
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Book and lyrics by Dana Leslie Goldstein with music by Jon Goldstein. Ran at Theater 80 St. Marks in 2014. Abigail Shapiro, Emma Rosenthal, Ben McHugh, Cheryl Stern, Tom Souhrada, Ryan Duncan, C. Mingo Long, Andrew DiTusa. "Take Yourself Back," "Horizon," "The Other Half," "The Charity Tango," "Gift For Words," "We Had It Worse," "More Like Home," "Possible," "More," "America For The Americans," "Making History," "Huddled Masses."

Tokio Confidential: A New Musical
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Studio cast recording of Eric Schorr musical with Jill Paice (original cast), Jose Llana, Jeff Kready (original cast), Telly Leung, Bruce Warren and Manna Nichols. Appeared at Atlantic Theater for Scandal Productions in 2012. "Prologue," "Restless Spirits," "Journey With Me," "If We Had Never Met," "The Power of Suggestion," "Are You Prepared For That?," "Indelible: Dialogue Introduction," "Indelible," "Tale of the Yoshiwara," "Shifting Ground: Dialogue Introduction," "Shifting Ground," "Magic Needles," "Hototogisu," "The Jurisdiction of Affection / Looking-Back Willow," "At Sea: Dialogue Introduction," "At Sea," "Ukiyo," "The Spider," "Beautiful Brevity: Introduction," "Beautiful Brevity," "Finale."

Cy Coleman: You Fascinate Me So CD Set
(Harbinger Records - new on 2 CDs)
Cy Coleman performs 28 songs from Broadway, Off-Broadway and even those that never opened, for the first time. Part of the Songwriter Showcase Series. "Why Try to Change Me Now?," "The Lady Is Indisposed," "Little What If, Little What Could Be," "Hey, Look Me Over!," "Far Away from Home/Angelina" (Cut from Wildcat), "Real Live Girl," "I've Got Your Number," "On the Other Side of the Tracks," "Here's to Us," "I'll Be Coming Back," "The Laarge Daark Aardvark Song," "I'm the Bravest Individual," "The Rhythm of Life," "Pink Taffeta Sample Size 10" (Unused from Sweet Charity), "Poor Everybody Else" (Cut from Sweet Charity), "I'll Take Any Man" (Unused from Sweet Charity), "I'm Serving Out A Heavy Sentence Loving You," "If There Were More People Like You," "Lovable Lunatic," "We've Got It," "Nobody Does It Like Me," "On the Day You Leave Me," "Some Kind of Music," "America Is Bathed in Sunlight," "The Way I See It," "The Colors of My Life," "Southern Comfort," "At My Side." Liner notes by Andy Propst. Companion piece to Propst's new book You Fascinate Me So: The Life and Times of Cy Coleman from Applause Books. Also pre-ordering at


2016 On Broadway Wall Calendar
(Time Factory - new wall calendar)
Features Alladin, Beautiful, Cinderella, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, If/Then, Lady Day, Les Miserables, Matilda, Motown the Musical, Newsies, Violet.

An American in Paris (BFI Film Classics)
(BFI - new Paperback Book)
By Sue Harris. Draws on archival material to trace the film's development from conception to screen. Offering new insights into the design process ... 112 pages.

The Book of Broadway: The 150 Definitive Plays and Musicals
(Voyageur Press - Hardcover Book)
By Eric Grode. Profiles 150 of the best, biggest, most influential, and most fascinating Broadway musicals and plays ever produced, spanning the mid-nineteenth century to the twenty-first century. 320 pages.

Broadway Revealed: Behind the Theater Curtain
(Chance - Paperback Book)
Photographer Stephen Joseph's sweeping panorama images of studios, designers, and workshops, revealing the process and complexity of creating theater. Directors, set designers, lighting designers, sound designers, costume designers, props artisans, tailors, milliners, wigmakers, and more are depicted alongside their work and workspaces in these stunning color images. 204 pages.

Broadway Swings: Covering the Ensemble in Musical Theatre
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
By by Lyndy Franklin Smith and J. Austin Eyer. The responsibilities and rigors, joy and turmoil of the job of the Swing. Traces the entire journey of a Swing's life on Broadway, from auditions and how Swings are selected to the ups and downs of rehearsals and performances. Over 100 Broadway pros and Swing veterans interviewed plus many Stage Managers, Casting Directors, Choreographers and Directors. Rob Ashford, Susan Stroman, Jerry Mitchell, Larry Fuller, Tony Stevens, Beverley Randolph and Frank Dilella of NY1's Onstage. 224 pages.

The Business of Broadway: An Insider's Guide to Working, Producing, and Investing in the World's Greatest Theatre Community
(Allworth Press - Paperback Book)
By Mitch Weiss and Perri Gaffney. In-depth analysis of the infrastructure at the core of successful theatre. Manager/producer Mitch Weiss and actor/writer Perri Gaffney take readers behind the scenes to reveal what many don't know about how Broadway works, describing more than 200 jobs that become available for every show. 256 pages.

A Chorus Line FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Broadway's Singular Sensation
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Tom Rowan. History and fun facts, including: the unique workshop process through which the show was developed and written, the stories of its creators, the record-breaking Broadway run and numerous touring productions, and the captivating movie version. All-new chapters on the Broadway revival, the two London productions, and notable regional productions around the country. Guide to all the pop cultural references in the show the book with extensive photos and biographical information on the casts of the major productions. Chapters on recordings, previous books on the topic, and the show's influence on subsequent Broadway musicals and films. 512 pages.

The Complete Book of 1970s Broadway Musicals
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book)
By Dan Dietz. Examines in detail every musical that opened on Broadway during the 1970s. Opening and closing dates; Plot summaries; Cast members; Number of performances; Names of all important personnel including writers, composers, directors, choreographers, producers, and musical directors; Musical numbers and the names of performers who introduced the songs; Production data, including information about tryouts; Source material; Critical commentary; Tony awards and nominations; Details about London and other foreign productions. Appendices include a discography, filmography, published scripts, and lists of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, Black-themed shows, and Jewish-themed productions. 496 pages. Complements Dietz' books on 1940s Broadway Musicals, 1950s Broadway Musicals, and 1960s Broadway Musicals].

The Life and Times of Mickey Rooney
(Gallery Books - new Hardcover Book)
Biography by Richard A. Lertzman and William J. Birnes. Draws on never-before-seen excerpts from Rooney's diary and exclusive interviews with Mickey, and with those who knew him best, including his heretofore unknown mistress of sixty years. 432 pages.

Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway
(Simon & Schuster - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Michael Riedel's "provocative, no-holds-barred narrative account of the people and the money and the power that re-invented an iconic quarter of New York City, turning its gritty back alleys and sex-shops into the glitzy, dazzling Great White Way ... tells the stories of the Shubert Organization and the shows that re-built a city in grand style, revealing the backstage drama that often rivaled what transpired onstage, exposing bitter rivalries, unlikely alliances, and—of course—scintillating gossip. This is a great story, told with wit and passion." 352 pages.