Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 6/18/19 (updated 6/21/19)

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2019: June 11, 4 | May 28, 21, 14, 7 | April 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | March 26, 19, 12 | 5 | February 26, 19, 12, 5 | January 29, 22, 15, 8

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Academy the Musical
(new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
Three songs from score by John Mercurio for Academy, seen at 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Performed by John Mercurio, Matthew Farcher, Ryan Farnsworth and Alex Wyse. "My Father," "Fearless," "It Starts." Released 5/5/19.

Haymarket: A New Folk Musical
(Underscore Theatre Company - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original Chicago cast recording of score by David Kornfeld and Alex Higgin-Houser. Proceeds from the sale of this album benefit Underscore Theatre Company, a 501(c)(3) non-profit theatre company, the Chicago region's only company dedicated to developing, showcasing, and producing new musicals. Released 5/1/19.

Tom Anderson: Now and Then
(Other Music, Inc. - digital album on mp3/at Tunes)
Fourth album by award winning New York cabaret and recording artist Tom Andersen. "Blue Skies," "Always," "The Journey Home (From "Bombay Dreams")," "Dites Moi / Bali Hai," "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "There but for You Go I," "Where or When," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "I Won't Send Roses," "If," "Wonderful! Wonderful!," "Witchcraft," "Time After Time," "No Way to Stop It," "My Prayer," "Storybook" (2019 Version). Released 4/26/19.

VINYL LPs Now Available:

The Cher Show OBC vinyl
(Warner Bros. Records - new vinyl LP)
Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks, Micaela Diamond, Jarrod Spector, Michael Berresse, Michael Campayno, Matthew Hydzik, Emily Skinner. Disc 1: "If I Could Turn Back Time," "Half-Breed," "The Shoop Shoop Song," "I Got You Babe," "When the Money's Gone / All or Nothing," "Living in a House Divided," "Bang Bang," "Believe," "Song for the Lonely." Disc 2: "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves," "Just Like Jesse James," "Dark Lady," "Strong Enough," "The Way of Love," "I Found Someone," "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me," "Finale." Previously released digitally on mp3 and at iTunes and on CD

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.


Fiddler on the Roof 2018 cast recording
(Time Life Music/Warner music Group - new on 2 CDs)
2018 National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene cast recording of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick score. Performed in Yiddish. The production is moving to Stage 42 in February 2019. Cast includes Jackie Hoffman, Steven Skybell, Jennifer Babiak, Joanne Borts, Avrom, Stephanie Lynne Mason, Fyedke, Ben Liebert, Rosie Jo Neddy, Raquel Nobile, Bruce Sabath, Drew Seigla, Adam B. Shapiro, Jodi Snyder, James Monroe Števko, Lauren Jeanne Thomas, Bobby Underwood and Rachel Zatcoff, Michael Yashinsky, Evan Mayer, Lisa Fishman, Samantha Hahn. Translated by Shraga Friedman. Disc 2 includes cut songs in English from the Broadway out-of-town tryout from 1964 with vocalists including Joel Grey, Richard Kind, Hal Linden, Austin Pendleton, Tom Wopat, Donna McKechnie, Joanna Merlin, and Sheldon Harnick: "We've Never Missed a Sabbath Yet What a Life," "What a Life," "To Marry for Love," "Richest Man in Town," "If I Were a Woman," "As Much as That," "A Butchers Soul," "Letters From America," "Dear Sweet Sewing Machine," "Get Thee Out," "When Messiah Comes," Jackie Hoffman Act 1 Monolog After Traditsye (In Yiddish), Jackie Hoffman Act 2 Monolog After Anatevka (In Yiddish). Album produced by Robert Sher, co-produced by Dan Moses Schreier, and executive produced by David Garfinkle and NYTF CEO Christopher Massimine. Orchestrations by Larry Blank.


Aladdin: Songs from the Motion Picture Soundtrack
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Songbook of songs from new 2019 live action Disney film, with new lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. "Arabian Nights," "Friend like Me," "One Jump Ahead," "One Jump Ahead (Reprise)," "One Jump Ahead (Reprise 2)," "Prince Ali," "Speechless (Full)," "A Whole New World." Plus six pages of full color artwork from the film.

Alan Ayckbourn: Plays 6
(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book)
Six plays by Alan Ayckbourn: Time of My Life, Neighbourhood Watch, Arrivals and Departures, Hero’s Welcome, A Brief History of Women. 656 pages. Kindle version released in 2018.

Be More Chill (Broadway Tie-In)
(Disney-Hyperion - Paperback Book)
By Ned Vizzini. Reprint of 2004 novel, which was adapted into a musical by Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz. Includes photos from the Broadway production. 320 pages.

Broadway: The American Musical (updated)
(Applause - Paperback Book)
By Laurence Mason and Michael Kantor. Third edition of the comprehensive 2004 companion the PBS documentary series, now revised and updated with brand-new material on all the Broadway musicals through the 2018–2019 season. Foreword by Julie Andrews. 512 pages.

Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater
(Agate Midway - Hardcover book/Kindle Edition)
By Mark Larson. Explores the early days of the fabled Compass Players and the legendary Second City in the 1950s and '60s; the rise of internationally acclaimed ensembles like Steppenwolf in the '70s; the explosion of storefront and neighborhood companies that began in earnest in the '80s; and the enduring global influence of the city as the center of improv training and performance. Drawing from more than 300 interviews ... Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ed Asner, George Wendt, Michael Shannon, and Tracy Letts co-mingle with stories from designers, composers, and others. 704 pages.

Hamilton: Inside the Exhibition
(Melcher Media Inc. - Paperback Book)
By Emily Ludolph, with Hamilton scholars Joanne Freeman of Yale University and Annette Gordon-Reed of Harvard University. Foreword by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Companion book to traveling Hamilton: The Exhibition, now in Chicago, which is produced by produced by Jeffrey Seller, with work by Korins, Alex Lacamoire, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Tells the story of Alexander Hamilton alongside period paintings, etchings, newspaper pages, and pamphlets as well as contemporary photographs from the original cast production and the exhibition galleries, which are designed to create immersive experiences. 112 pages.

The Height of the Storm

(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Florian Zeller (The Father), which was produced in the UK in 2018 and goes into the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre 9/24/19. 80 pages.

Nate Expectations
(Simon & Schuster - Paperback Book)
Latest in the series of "theatre kid" novels by Tim Federle (Tuck Everlasting). 272 pages.

The Prom: A Novel Based on the Hit Broadway Musical
(Viking Books for Young Readers - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Saundra Mitchell, with Bob Martin, Chad Beguelin, and Matthew Sklar. "An honest, laugh-out-loud, feel-good novel inspired by the hit Broadway musical The Prom." 240 pages.

The Road to Wicked: The Marketing and Consumption of Oz from L. Frank Baum to Broadway
(Palgrave Macmillan - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of Kent Drummond's 2018 book. Drawing on the fields of macromarketing, consumer behavior, literary and cultural studies, and theories of adaption and remediation, the authors examine key adaptations and extensions of Baum's 1900 novel. These include the original Oz craze, the MGM film and its television afterlife, Wicked and its extensions, and Oz the Great and Powerful. 348 pages. Previously released in hardcover and Kindle edition.

The Show Won't Go On: The Most Shocking, Bizarre, and Historic Deaths of Performers Onstage
(Chicago Review Press - Paperback book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook)
By Jeff Abraham and Burt Kearns. 240 pages. Audiobook narrated by Michael Butler Murray.