Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 5/16/17 (updated 5/19/17)

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Earlier recaps:

2017: May 9, 2 | April 25, 18, 11, 4 | March 28, 21, 14, 7 | February 28, 21, 14, 7 | January 31, 24, 17, 10, 3

2016 | 2015

CDs Now Available:

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 OBC
(Reprise - new on 2 CDs/mp3/at iTunes)
Score by Dave Malloy. Cast includes Josh Groban, Denée Benton, and Lucas Steele. Disc One: "Prologue," "Pierre," "Moscow," "The Private and Intimate Life of the House," "Natasha & Bolkonskys," "No One Else," "The Opera," "Natasha & Anatole," "The Duel," "Dust and Ashes," "Sunday Morning," "Charming," "The Ball." Disc Two: "Letters," "Sonya & Natasha," "Sonya Alone," "Preparations," "Balaga," "The Abduction," "In My House," "A Call to Pierre," "Find Anatole," "Pierre & Anatole," "Natasha Very Ill," "Pierre & Andrey," "Pierre & Natasha," "The Great Comet of 1812."

DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:

Amélie, A New Musical OBC digital
(Rhino Warner Classics - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Broadway cast recording of Daniel Messé (music and lyrics) / Nathan Tysen (lyrics) score. Phillipa Soo, Adam Chanler-Berat, David Andino, Randy Blair, Heath Calvert, Alison Cimmet, Savvy Crawford, Manoel Felciano, Harriett D. Foy, Alyse Alan Louis, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Paul Whitty and Tony Sheldon. "Prologue," "World's Best Dad," "World's Best Friend," "World's Best Mom," "Times Are Hard for Dreamers," "The Commute," "The Bottle Drops," "Three Figs," "The Girls with the Glass," "How To Tell Time," "Tour De France," "Goodbye Amelie," "Backyard," "Stations," "Sister's Pickle," "Halfway," "Window Seat," "There´s No Place Like Gnome," "Real You," "Writing on the Wall," "Blue Arrow Suite," "The Late Nino Quincampoix," "A Better Haircut," "Stay," "Halfway" (reprise), "Where Do We Go From Here," "Times are Hard for Dreamers" (Pop Version)." CD to be released June 9.

Gay Card original studio cast recording
(new digital album on mp3/at iTunes/)
Ryan Korell and Jonathan Keebler score. Sean Doherty, Melissa Mitchell, and Derek Klena (Anastasia), with Alyssa LeClair, Wilson Bridges, Brad Greer, Max Sangerman, Madelin Fansler, Josh Greenblatt, and Kimberly Chatterjee. "Prologue," "Starting Now," "What it Feels Like to Belong," "Follow Me," "Fake ID / Look at Me," "All Figured Out," "Better," "Step Back," "Perfect Day," "Everybody Else," "One of Us," "A Break," "Fake ID (Reprise)," "Extraneous," "Follow Me (Reprise)," "Afraid," "The Kind of Guy I Am," "Playing Pretend," "What it Feels Like to Belong (Reprise)," "As I Go." Released 5/10/17.

DVD/Blu-Rays Now Available:

The Loved One
(Warner Archive - new blu-ray)
2017 1080p HD remaster. "the motion picture with something to offend everyone!" 1965 comedy based on a novel by Evelyn Waugh, with a screenplay by Christopher Isherwood and Terry Southern. Directed by Tony Richardson. Robert Morse, Anjanette Comer, John Gielgud, Jonathan Winters, Rod Steiger, Dana Andrews, James Coburn, Milton Berle, Tab Hunter, Roddy McDowall, and Liberace. Special Features: Featurette Trying to Offend (SD); theatrical trailer (HD). 16x9 Widescreen.

BOOKs Now Available:

The Little Black Book of Backstage Etiquette
(Act 2 Now What - Paperback Book)
By actress/singer Brenda Braxton. 94 pages. Released 12/10/16.

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Bertolt Brecht's satirical masterpiece about the rise of a demagogue adapted by Pulitzer, Olivier and Tony award-winning American playwright Bruce Norris. Published for the world premiere at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in April 2017 starring Lenny Henry. 152 pages.

Up in the Cheap Seats
(Griffith Moon - new hardcover book)
Memoir by Ron Fassler. Features memories and insights from Jane Alexander, Sheldon Harnick, James Earl Jones, Stacy Keach, Nathan Lane, Hal Linden, John Lithgow, Bette Midler, Austin Pendleton, Harold Prince, Doris Roberts, Stephen Sondheim, and Mike Nichols among many others. 260 pages. 8 illustrations & photographs. [Amazon link recently added.] Also available at and Drama Book Shop.


2017 Tony Award Season album
(Tony Award Productions & Broadway Records - new on CD at Amazon)
Each musical from the 2016-2017 season has been invited to contribute a song to this new compilation album. Cover art to feature a specially commissioned Tony season illustration by Justin "Squigs" Robertson. The first 1,000 people to order the album at or at will receive a free limited-edition "Lights of Broadway" Tony Nominees 2017 showcard with their purchase. A portion of the proceeds from the album will go to the American Theatre Wing and Broadway League’s arts educations initiatives. Packaging to include an essay by noted musical theatre historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper as well as details about each show. Also at


Charles Ludlam Lives!: Charles Busch, Bradford Louryk, Taylor Mac, and the Queer Legacy of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company (Triangulations: Lesbian/Gay/Queer Theater/Drama/Performance)
(Univ of Michigan Press - Paperback Book)
By Sean Edgecomb. 246 pages.

Create!: How Extraordinary People Live To Create and Create To Live
(Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing - Paperback Book)
Curated by Ronald Rand. Rare interviews capturing the essence of artistic life—actors, artists, dancers, directors, musicians, composers, mime artists, playwrights, and writers share insight on the importance of the arts for humankind. Edward Albee, Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Ellen Burstyn, Ruby Dee, Katherine Dunham, Eve Ensler, Al Hirschfeld, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Chaka Khan, Robert Lepage, Christopher Plummer, Tony Randall, Roy Scheider, Elie Wiesel and more, with over 150 full-color photos and iconic illustrations and paintings. 304 pages.

Dear Evan Hansen TCG Edition
(Theatre Communications Group - new Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
The musical by Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. 144 pages.

Dear Evan Hansen Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Vocal line and piano accompaniment for 13 songs from Benj Pasek and Justin Paul score. "Anybody Have a Map?," "Disappear," "For Forever," "Good for You," "If I Could Tell Her," "Only Us," "Requiem," "Sincerely, Me," "So Big/So Small," "To Break in a Glove," "Waving Through a Window," "Words Fail," "You Will Be Found." 112 pages.

Hamilton 2018 Day-to-Day Calendar
(Universe Publishing - Calendar)
Features 365 days of historical dates, excerpts from Hamilton's own writings, and lyrics from Lin-Manuel Miranda's score.

2018 On Broadway Wall Calendar
(Time Factory - Wall Calendar)
Twelve full-color Playbills plus a description of each, with a 4-month bonus spread featuring January 2019 - April 2019. 12" x 12" wall calendar. Rent, A Chorus Line, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Sunday in the Park with George, Lost in Yonkers, Hamilton, South Pacific, August: Osage County, The Heidi Chronicles, Fences, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Angels in America.


Added to September 2017:

Barnum Backer's Audition
(Harbinger/Naxos - new on CD)
1980 backer's audition recording, as presented by the authors, for Barnum. Music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Michael Stewart. Recorded live on New York's Upper East Side in the apartment of Maurice and Lois Rosenfield. "Introduction," "Come Follow the Band," "There Is a Sucker Born Every Minute," "The Colors of My Life," "Now You See It, Now You Don't," "One Brick at a Time," "I Like Your Style," "Bigger Isn't Better," "Love Makes Such Fools of Us All," "Out There," "At Least I Tried," "The Prince of Humburg," "Black and White," "Join the Circus," "Thank God I'm Old." 10-page booklet includes background and photos. Produced by Ken Bloom. Part of the Harbinger Records/Musical Theater Project Songwriter Showcase Series.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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