Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 5/21/19 (updated 5/24/19)

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2019: May 14, 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:

Aladdin soundtrack
(Walt Disney Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Songs from 2019 Aladdin film. Original songs by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, plus new songs by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Menken. Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, ZAYN & Zhavia Ward. "Arabian Nights (2019)," "One Jump Ahead," "One Jump Ahead (Reprise)," "Speechless (Part 1)," "Friend Like Me," "Prince Ali," "A Whole New World," "One Jump Ahead (Reprise 2)," "Speechless (Part 2)," "A Whole New World (End Title)," "Friend Like Me (End Title) [feat. DJ Khaled]," "Speechless (Full)," "The Big Ship," "Agrabah Marketplace," "Aladdin's Hideout," "Jasmine Meets Prince Anders," "Breaking In," "Returning the Bracelet," "The Dunes," "Simple Oil Lamp," "The Cave of Wonders," "The Basics," "Escape from the Cave," "Prince Ali's Outfit," "Until Tomorrow," "Aladdin's Second Wish," "Never Called a Master Friend," "Harvest Dance," "Jafar Becomes Sultan," "Hakim's Loyalty Tested," "Most Powerful Sorcerer," "Carpet Chase," "Jafar Summons the Storm," "Jafar's Final Wish," "Genie Set Free," "The Wedding," "Friend Like Me (Finale)."

American Utopia
(Nonesuch - on CD/vinyl/mp3/at iTunes)
2018 album from David Byrne (Here Lies Love, Joan of Arc: Into the Fire), which is the basis for the upcoming Broadway "theatrical concert" by the same name. Released 3/9/18.

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.

The Hello Girls
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording of score by Peter Mills for musical produced at Prospect Prospect Theater Company in 2018. Ellie Fishman, Arlo Hill, Chanel Karimkhani, Andrew Mayer, Matthew McGloin, Ben Moss, Lili Thomas, Skyler Volpe, Cathryn Wake, and Scott Wakefield, Elena Bonomo. "Answer the Call," "Connected (Part 1)," "Connected (Part 2)," "We Aren't in the Army," "Marching Orders," "J M'en Fiche," "Riser's Reprimand," "See You on the Other Side," "The Hello Girls," "Quinze Minutes," "Cantigny," "Lives on the Line," "The Front," "Switchboard Lessons," "Cryptic Triptych," "Twenty," "So Far, So Good," "The Lost Battalion," "The Duration," "Suzanne's Letter," "Making History." Orchestrations are by Peter Mills and Ben Moss, with additional drum arrangements by Elena Bonomo. Recorded February 2019. Also at


Anthem: Homunculus
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Soundtrack for podcast featuring 30 original songs by Bryan Weller and John Cameron Mitchell. Performances by John Cameron Mitchell, Patti LuPone, Christopher Hanke, Cynthia Erivo, Glenn Close, Marion Cotillard, Denis O'Hare, and others. Also at 10-episode series available on Luminary.

Darius de Haas: Day Dream: Variations on Strayhorn
(PS Classics - digital album)
Digital version of 2002 recording. "My Love Is as a Fever," "Take the 'A' Train," "Your Love Has Faded," "Passion Flower/A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing," "Lush Life," "Pretty Girl," "Take All My Loves," "Satin Doll," "Something to Live For," "Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin'," "House on a Hill," "Got No Time," "Love Came," "Blood Count," "Day Dream." Orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin. Previously released on CD. Released 5/17/19.

High Button Shoes OBC digital
(Masterworks Broadway - new on mp3/at iTunes)
1947 original Broadway cast recording of songs by Jule Styne’s music and Sammy Cahn. Digital version of the original RCA 78rpm album which featured eight of the score's 12 songs. "Can't You Just See Yourself in Love with Me?" (Mark Dawson and Lois Lee), "There's Nothing Like a Model "T" (Phil Silvers, Nanette Fabray, Lois Lee and Jack McCauley), "You're My Girl" (Mark Dawson and Lois Lee), "Get Away for a Day in the Country" (Jack McCauley and Johnny Stewart), "Papa, Won't You Dance with Me?" (Nanette Fabray and Jack McCauley), "On a Sunday by the Sea" (Phil Silvers), "I Still Get Jealous" (Nanette Fabray and Jack McCauley), "Nobody Ever Died for Dear Old Rutgers" (Phil Silvers and Mark Dawson). Released 4/19/19.

(Broadway Records/Yellow Sound Label - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Original 2018 Transport Group Off-Broadway cast recording of score with music by Carmel Dean and lyrics from Edna St. Vincent Millay's poems. Mikaela Bennett, Hannah Corneau, Jason Gotay, Danny Harris Kornfeld, Katie Thompson, and Donald Webber Jr. "Travel," "The Beanstalk," "Lament," "Alms," "Afternoon on a Hill," "What Lips My Lips Have Kissed," "I Shall Forget You Presently, My Dear," "The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver," "Blight," "Recuerdo," "Elegy," "First Fig / the Penitent," "When the Year Grows Old," "Exiled," "Time Does Not Bring Relief," "The Procession" (Instrumental with Dialogue), "Renascence." Produced by Michael Croiter. Also at CD expected 5/31/19.

BOOKs Now Available:

Appropriate and An Octoroon
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Plays by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. 260 pages.

Discovering Musicals: A Liberal Arts Guide to Stage and Screen
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
By Marc Raymond Strauss. Foreword by Christine Pedi. Covering both Broadway and Hollywood musicals, explores most of the most famous musicals of the past two centuries, along with many others. Also includes references for nearly 1000 internet video examples of dance and song. 200 pages.

Drag: Combing Through the Big Wigs of Show Business
(Rizzoli - Hardcover Book)
By Frank Decaro. Foreword by Bruce Vilanch. Through informative and witty essays chronicling over 100 years of drag ... a journey through pop culture, from television shows ... to films ... and Broadway shows like Hedwig and the Angry Inch, La Cage aux Folles, and Kinky Boots. Features contributions from today's most groundbreaking and popular artists, including Bianca del Rio, Miss Coco Peru, Hedda Lettuce, Lypsinka, and Varla Jean Merman, as well as notable performers as Harvey Fierstein and Charles Busch. More than 100 photos and a comprehensive timeline of drag "herstory." 256 pages.

Tommy at 50: The Mood, the Music, the Look, and the Legacy of The Who's Legendary Rock Opera
(Apollo Publishers - new hardcover book)
By Chris Charlesworth and Mike McInnerney. Foreword by Pete Townshend. Illustrated guide to the original album, released on May 23, 1969, which was the basis for the 1975 film and 1992 Broadway musical. More than 200 color photographs. Draws on new interviews from key players in the story, including Pete Townshend, and features art created exclusively for the book by McInnerney. 176 pages.


Godspell OLC
(Greyscale - on CD)
Jacquie-Ann Carr, Julie Covington, David Essex, Neil Fitzwilliam, Jeremy Irons, Verity-Anne Meldrum, Deryk Parkin, Tom Saffery, Gay Soper, Marti Webb. "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord," "Save the People," "Day By Day," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "Bless the Lord," "All for the Best," "All Good Gifts," "Light of the World," "Turn Back O Man," "Alas for You," "By My Side," "We Beseech Thee," "On the Willows," "Finale," "Day By Day (Reprise)." (First time on CD or re-release?)

The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (In Four Contemporary Suites) vinyl
(Masterworks Broadway - new 2-LP set)
Written, composed, performed and recorded by Grammy and Ivor Novello Award-winner Imogen Heap, and presented as four contemporary musical suites, each showcasing one of the play's theatrical acts. 180-gram vinyl within a gatefold jacket featuring gold foil artwork and embossed lettering. Also included is an 8-page, large-format booklet containing production shots and commentary from Imogen Heap and key members of the production's creative team. 78 minutes. Previously released on CD.


Added to June 14:

2019 Tony Award Season
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Annual compilation album of songs from Broadway shows of the 2018-2019 season. Each musical, including the 2019 Tony-nominated musicals, have been invited to contribute a song. A portion of the proceeds from the album will go to the American Theatre Wing and Broadway League’s arts educations initiatives. Cover art features a specially commissioned Tony season illustration by Justin "Squigs" Robertson. Packaging includes an essay by noted musical theatre historian Mark A. Robinson as well as details about each show. Also at Albums from 2017-2018 season and 2016-2017 season still available.