Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 5/14/19

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Earlier recaps:

2019: May 7 | April 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | March 26, 19, 12 | 5 | February 26, 19, 12, 5 | January 29, 22, 15, 8

2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

CDs Now Available:

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).

Laurette, Rashomon, Death of a Salesman – Incidental Music For Three Plays
(Kritzerland - on CD)
Encore release. Incidental music from three plays: 1959 Laurette, music by Elmer Bernstein; Rashomon, music by Laurence Rosenthal; 1949 Death of a Salesman, music by Alex North. Limited release of 500 copies. At

The Streets of New York
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Original cast album for 1963 Off-Broadway musical; score by Richard B. Chodosh and Barry Alan Grael. Cast includes Ralston Hill and David Cryer. "Prologue," "Tourist Madrigal," "He'll Come to Me Crawling," "If I May," "Aren't You Warm?," "Where Can the Rich and Poor Be Friends?," "California," "Act One Finale," "Christmas Carol," "Laugh After Laugh," "Arms for the Love of Me," "Close Your Eyes," "Love Wins Again," "Act Two Finale." Musical direction and arrangements by Jack Holmes. Limited release of 500. At

DVD/BLU-RAYs Now Available:

Every Act of Life
(Passion River - new on DVD)
Feature length documentary covering six groundbreaking decades in the theatre and in the fight for LGBTQ rights with four-time Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally. Appearances include Terrence McNally, F. Murray Abraham, Christine Baranski, Edie Falco, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Audra McDonald, Rita Moreno, Billy Porter, Chita Rivera, Patrick Wilson. Directed, produced and written by Jeff Kaufman, and produced by Marcia S. Ross. 93 minutes Released earlier for streaming at Amazon and at iTunes.

BOOKs Now Available:

On Streisand: An Opinionated Guide
(Oxford Univ. Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Ethan Mordden. Begins with a broad year-by-year outline of the landmark achievements, followed by a short biography, some chapters exploring key points in the artistry, then-the major part of the book-a work-by-work analysis, broken down into separate chapters, each organized chronologically: the stage shows, the television shows and concerts, the movies, and the recordings. 216 pages.

Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution
(Henry Holt. & Co. - Paperback Book)
"Todd S. Purdum's portrait of these two men, their creative process, and their groundbreaking innovations will captivate lovers of musical theater, lovers of the classic American songbook, and lovers in general. He shows that what Rodgers and Hammerstein wrought was truly something wonderful." 416 pages. Released earlier in Hardcover, Kindle, Audio CD, and Audible Audiobook editions.


An Act of God
(Audible Studios - new audiobook)
David Javerbaum's play, presented by Sean Hayes, Cheyenne Jackson, Colman Domingo.

(Harbinger Records - new on CD)
Jones and Schmidt's legendary 1975 musical, in its first CD release. Off-Broadway cast includes Michael Glenn-Smith, Virginia Gregory, Drew Katzman, Dick Latessa, Leila Martin, Howard Ross, and Kathrin King Segal. "Within This Empty Space," "The Streets of Antioch Stink," "Don't Kiki Me," "I'd Do Almost Anything to Get Out of Here and Go Home," "He's Coming / Antioch Prison," "Name: Cockian," "I Love Order," "My Secret Dream," "I Love His Face," "Sometimes," "The Nightmare," "The Greatest of These," "The Confrontation: How Free I Feel/Oh, How Easy to Be Scornful/Come with Me," "The Vision: The Greatest of These (Reprise)/Within This Empty Space (Reprise)," Supplementary Material: "15 I Believe in Music" (demo performed by Harvey Schmidt), "The Clown Scene" (performed by Dick Latessa and Kathrin King Segal), "Sometimes/ There Must Be More Than This" (Howard Ross, Michael Glenn-Smith, Dick Latessa and all). Musical direction by Ken Collins. Ken collins, keyboard and guitar; Bill Grossman, percussion and French horn; Penna Rose, keyboard and recorder. Complete restoration and remastering by Alan Silverman. Booklet to include extensive liner notes by Tom Jones; reminiscences by cast members Michael Glenn-Smith, Virginia Gregory and Kathrin King Segal; notes by Penna Rose on the creation of Schmidt's orchestration; the composer's original logo design; and rare photos.

Sweet Charity blu-ray
(Kino Lorber Studio Classics - new Blu-ray 2-disc set)
1969 film musical based on the Broadway show with score by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields. Screenplay by Peter Stone. Directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. Shirley MacLaine, John McMartin, Ricardo Montalban, Chita Rivera, Paula Kelly, Stubby Kaye, Barbara Bouchet, Sammy Davis, Jr., Suzanne Charny, Ben Vereen. 4K restoration of both the Roadshow Edition and the "Happy Ending" alternate. Extras: "A Girl Who Wanted to be Loved" booklet essay by Julie Kirgo; audio commentary by Kat Ellinger; "From Stage to the Screen" featurette, "Edith Head's Costume Design: The Art of Exaggeration" featurette, and theatrical trailer.


The Short Plays of Harold Pinter
(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book)
Foreword by Antonia Fraser. Contains the complete short plays of Harold Pinter from The Room, first performed in 1960, to Celebration, which premiered in 2000.

To The Max: Max Weitzenhoffer's Magical Trip from Oklahoma to Broadway and London's West End - and Back
(Full Circle Press - Hardcover Book)
By Tom Lindley. Biography of theater owner and theatre producer Max Weitzenhoffer (Dracula, Burn This, The Will Rogers Follies, A Little Night Music revival ...). 232 pages.


A U.S. release has been added to Amazon for May 24:

Company 2018 London cast
(Warner Music Group - new import 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.

A U.S. release has been added to Amazon for June 7:

Follies National Theatre cast
(Arts Music/Warner Classics/National Theatre - new import CD)
2017 National Theatre cast album. Stephen Sondheim score. Cast includes Imelda Staunton, Philip Quast, Janie Dee, Peter Forbes, and Tracie Bennett. "Prologue," "Beautiful Girls," "Don't Look at Me," "Waiting for the Girls Upstairs," "Rain on the Roof / Ah, Paris! / Broadway Baby (Medley)," "The Road You Didn't Take," "In Buddy's Eyes," "Who's That Woman?," "I'm Still Here," "Too Many Mornings," "The Right Girl," "One More Kiss," "Could I Leave You," "Loveland," "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow / Love Will See Us Through (Medley)," "Buddy's Blues," "Losing My Mind," "The Story of Lucy and Jessie," "Live, Laugh, Love," "End of Show." Recorded in January 2018. U.S. release status unknown. Released on mp3 and at iTunes 1/18/19. Ship May 27 from Amazon UK (marked as "item does not ship to the United States).