Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 4/25/17 (updated 4/28/17)

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Earlier recaps:

2017: April 18, 11, 4 | March 28, 21, 14, 7 | February 28, 21, 14, 7 | January 31, 24, 17, 10, 3

2016 | 2015

CDs Now Available:

Groundhog Day OBC
(Masterworks Broadway/Broadway Records - new on CD)
Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. Cast includes Andy Karl and Barrett Doss. "Overture," "There Will Be Sun," "Day One," "Day Two," "Day Three," "Stuck," "Nobody Cares," "Philandering," "One Day," "Entre acte," "Playing Nancy," "Hope," "Everything About You," "If I Had My Time Again," "Everything About You (reprise)," "Philosopher," "Night Will Come," "Philanthropy," "Seeing You." Recorded March 4. Please note: early shipments from Amazon are CD-Rs. Manufactured CDs will ship on May 12.

Lea Michele: Places
(Columbia - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
"Love is Alive," "Heavy Love," "Proud," "Believer," "Run to You," "Heavenly," "Anything's Possible," "Getaway Car," "Sentimental Memories," "Tornado," "Hey You."

DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:

In Transit OBC digital
(Hollywood Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
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 Pérez, Margo Seibert, Chesney Snow, James Snyder, Mariand Torres, Nicholas Ward. "Deep Beneath the City / Not There Yet," "Do What I Do," "Four Days Home," "Broke," "Saturday Night Obsession," "Wingman," "But, Ya Know," "Not There Yet (Reprise)," "Keep It Goin'," "A Little Friendly Advice," "Choosing Not to Know," "The Moving Song," "We Are Home," "Getting There," "Finale," "Preshow Message," "A Math Question," "We Are Home Exit Music." CD version to be released 6/9/17.

(Yellow Sound Label - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording of score by Jenny Schwartz and Todd Almond. Kolette Tetlow, Karyn Quackenbush, Jill Shackner, Carolina Sanchez, Lee Sellars, Cindy Cheung, Annie McNamara, and April Matthis. "How Many Miles Could It Really Be," "Coastal Erosion," "Jesus' Bones / Should I Be Worried," "Cheerleaders," "This Is America," "Ponies," "Psst...I'm a Poet," "Fun!," "I Don't Know," "Oratorio," "Iowa," "I Am a Hawk," "Famous Teenage Girl." Played Playwrights Horizons in 2015. Also at

DVD/Blu-Rays Now Available:

La La Land Blu-ray
(Lionsgate - new on 2-disc blu-ray/DVD/4K)
2015 musical film. Score by Justin Hurwitz (music), Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (lyrics). Cast includes Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, J.K. Simmons, Sonoya Mizuno, John Legend, Rosemarie Dewitt, Finn Wittrock. 128 minutes. Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment. Special Features and Technical Specs: Audio commentary with writer/director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz; Another Day of Sun: They Closed Down a Freeway featurette; La La Land's Great Party featurette; Ryan Gosling: Piano Student featurette; Before Whiplash: Damien Chazelle's Passion Project featurette; La La Land's Love Letter to Los Angeles featurette; The Music of La La Land featurette; John Legend's Acting Debut featurette; The Look of Love: Designing La La Land featurette; Ryan and Emma: Third Time's the Charm featurette; Epilogue: The Romance of the Dream featurette; Damien & Justin Sing: The Demos; song selection.

Man of La Mancha Blu-ray
(Shout! Factory - new Blu-ray)
1972 movie adaptation of Dale Wasserman/Joe Darion/Mitch Leigh musical. Directed by Arthur Hiller. Peter O'Toole, Sophia Loren, James Coco, Harry Andrews, John Castle, Ian Richardson.

The Optimists
(Kino Lorber - new Blu-ray)
1973 film with songs about a street musician. Peter Sellers, Donna Mullane, John Chaffey. Music by George Martin, Lionel Bart and others. Directed by Anthony Simmons.

The Pied Piper
(Kino Lorber - new Blu-ray)
1972 musical film. Directed by Jacques Demy. Donovan, Donald Pleasence, John Hurt, Jack Wild, Peter Vaughan, Roy Kinnear, Michael Hordern, Cathryn Harrison, Diana Dors. Songs by Donovan. 86 minutes.

BOOKs Now Available:

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."

Gilbert & Sullivan: Hardback Book and 4 DVD Set
(Upfront Entertainment - hardcover book + 4 DVDs)
Book by Mike Lepine plus DVDs with four productions of The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, Trial by Jury, and The Yeoman of the Guard. Available from third party sellers and at Amazon UK.

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...

The Sixties, Center Stage: Mainstream and Popular Performances in a Turbulent Decade
(Univ of Michigan Press - Paperback Book)
James M. Harding, Cindy Rosenthal, editors. detailed examinations of the mainstream’s surprising attention to craft and innovation; to the rich exchange between European and American theatres; to the rise of regional theaters; and finally, to popular cultural performances that pushed the conceptual boundaries of mainstream institutions ... looks afresh at productions of Hair, Cabaret, Raisin in the Sun, and Fiddler on the Roof... 400 pages. Also at Amazon UK.


Bandstand OBC
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Score by Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor. Cast includes Laura Osnes, Corey Cott, Beth Leavel. Produced by Michael Croiter. Amazon link to come. Currently at

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory OBC
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD)
Original Broadway cast recording of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman / Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley score. Cast includes Christian Borle; three Charlie alternates Jake Ryan Flynn, Ryan Foust, Ryan Sell; Kathy Fitzgerald; Ben Crawford; Trista Dollison; Kathy Fitzgerald; Alan H. Green; F. Michael Haynie; Jackie Hoffman; Emily Padgett; Emma Pfaeffle; John Rubinstein; Michael Wartella; Jared Bradshaw; Kristy Cates; Madeleine Doherty; Stephanie Gibson; Kyle Taylor Parker; Paul Slade Smith.

Day Time on the Radio - Lost Radio Duets from the Doris Day Show (1952-1953)
(Real Gone Music - new on CD)
First authorized release of Doris Day's long-lost radio performances. Day Time on the Radio brings to light 32 rarities including 27 duets and five solo performances. Includes duets with Gordon MacRae (four), Kirk Douglas, George Murphy, Ronald Reagan, and Broderick Crawford, plus Tony Martin, Howard Keel, Smilin' Jack Smith, and Frank Loesser. Hidden bonus tracks: Day's renditions of the opening "It's Magic" and closing "Love to Be with You" radio themes sans announcer. Booklet includes detailed notes by Joe Marchese and rare photos. Amazon listing includes track list.

(Yellow Sound Label - new on CD)
Original cast recording of score by Jenny Schwartz and Todd Almond. Played Playwrights Horizons in 2015. Amazon link to come. Also at

The Lightning Thief
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Original cast recording. Written by Joe Tracz and Rob Rokicki. Off-Broadway cast (currently at the Lucille Lortel Theatre) Chris McCarrell, Carrie Compere, Sarah Beth Pfeifer, Jonathan Raviv, James Hayden Rodriguez, George Salazar, and Kristin Stokes. Produced by Michael Croiter and Rob Rokicki. Also at

Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical
(Disney - streaming video at Amazon/at iTunes)
Musical as presented in movie theaters in February 2016. Score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman. Cast includes Jeremy Jordan, Kara Lindsay, Ben Fankhauser, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Steve Blanchard, Aisha de Haas. Includes bonus video: Return to Rehearsals; Return to the Stage; Filming Begins; Lights. Camera. Action.; Live Capture Film Day! 135 minutes.


Added, no release date:

Sunday in the Park with George revival cast
(Warner Music Group - new on CD)
2017 Broadway revival cast recording of Stephen Sondheim score. Jake Gyllenhaal, Annaleigh Ashford, Brooks Ashmanskas, Jenni Barber, Tony Award nominee Phillip Boykin, Mattea Conforti, Erin Davie, Claybourne Elder, Tony Award nominee Penny Fuller, Jordan Gelber, Tony Award winner Robert Sean Leonard, Liz McCartney, Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles, Ashley Park, Jennifer Sanchez, David Turner, Max Chernin, MaryAnn Hu, Tony Award nominee Michael McElroy, Jaime Rosenstein, Laura Irion, Julie Foldesi, and Andrew Kober. Produced and mixed by Bart Migal. Recording date late April 2017. Summer 2017 release expected.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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