Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 6/25/19 (updated 6/28/19)

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Earlier recaps:

2019: June 18, 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

2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

CDs Now Available:

Sara Zahn: Both Sides of Bernstein
(Harbinger Records - new on CD)
Songwriter/performer Sara Zahn (Witch Craft: The Songs of Carolyn Leigh) tribute to Leonard Bernstein. "Cool," "My New Friend," "New York Medley: "New York, New York/Christopher Street/Conquering the City/Lonely Town," House Medley: "My House/Little White House/Take Care of this House," "I Can Cook, Too," Something's Coming," "Spring Will Come Again," "the Story of My Life," "Rosalind Russell Story," "One Hundred Easy Ways," "Ain't Got No Tears Left," "I Feel Pretty," "We Are Women," "Love Medley: "Ringaroundarosy/A Little Bit In Love/My Love/Another Love/It's Love/Lud's Wedding," "So Pretty," "I Love this Land," "Wrong Note Rag," "Garden Medley: There Is a Garden/Make Our Garden Grow," "Bows," "Some Other Time." Special pre-sale offer from Harbinger: Purchase through Amazon by June 28th; Send an email with your Amazon Order Confirmation Number as proof of purchase and your current mailing address to; They will send you Sara Zahn's previously release, Witch Craft: The Songs of Carolyn Leigh.

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 OLC
(Masterworks Broadway - new import album on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Musical based on the young-adult novel by Sue Townsend. Book and lyrics by Jake Brunger and music and lyrics by Pippa Cleary. Debuted at the Curve in Leicester, England, in March 2015. Dean Chisnall, Connor Davies, John Hopkins, Barry James , Benjamin Lewis, Kelly Price, Max Robson, Gay Soper, Lara Wollington. "Another Year," "Look at that Girl," "Intellectual Boy," "Begging You for More," "Barry's Threat," "Perfect Mother," "Misunderstood," "My Lost Love," "Take a Stand," "Royal Wedding," "How Could You?," "Now That I'm With You," "New Best Friend," "Bert's Advice," "If You'd Lived," "I Miss Our Life," "The Nativity," "Finale."

(JAY Records - new on CD/at iTunes)
Original Off-Broadway cast recording of Ben Green/Greg Edwards score for the show (book by Allan Rice) that played the DR2 Theatre in 2018. Jennifer Blood, Joel Blum, Brennan Caldwell, Susan J. Jacks, Lacretta, Ian Michael Stuart, Morgan Weed, Kevin Zak.

DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:

Alice by Heart
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
MCC cast. Score by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater. Molly Gordon, Colton Ryan, Kim Blanck, Mia DiLena, Zachary Downer, Noah Galvin, Zachary Infante, Andrew Kober, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe , Catherine Ricafort, Heath Saunders, and Wesley Taylor. "West of Words," "Down the Hole," "Still," "Chillin' the Regrets," "The Key Is," "Those Long Eyes," "Manage Your Flamingo," " Sick to Death of Alice-ness," "Brillig Braelig," "Some Things Fall Away," "Your Shell of Grief," "Another Room in Your Head," "Isn't It A Trial?," "Do You Think We Think You're Alice?," "I've Shrunk Enough," "Afternoon," "Winter Blooms." Produced by Duncan Sheik and Kurt Deutsch, with Craig Balsam and Cody Lassen executive producers. Recorded March 24-25. Also at

Oklahoma! digital
(Decca Broadway/Verve - on mp3/at iTunes)
2019 Broadway revival cast recording. Richard Rodgers / Oscar Hammerstein score. Rebecca Naomi Jones, Damon Daunno, Patrick Vaill, Mary Testa, Ali Stroker, James Davis, Will Brill, Mallory Portnoy, Mitch Tebo, Anthony Cason, and Will Mann. Produced by Dean Sharenow and Daniel Kluger. "Opening – Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’," "Laurey's Entrance," "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top," "Kansas City," "I Cain’t Say No," "Many A New Day," "It’s A Scandal! It’s A Outrage!," "People Will Say We're In Love," "Poor Jud Is Daid," "Lonely Room," "Out Of My Dreams," "Dream Ballet," "The Farmer And The Cowman," "All Er Nuthin'," "People Will Say We're In Love (Reprise)," "Oklahoma!." CD format to be released 8/9/19.

DVD/BLU-RAYs Now Available:

Hedwig and the Angry Inch: The Criterion Collection
(Criterion Collection - new Blu-ray/DVD)
2001 film based on the stage musical written by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask. Directed by and starring Mitchell, with Andrea Martin, Michael Pitt, and Miriam Shor. Special features: new 4K digital restoration, supervised by director John Cameron Mitchell and cinematographer Frank DeMarco, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray; audio commentary from 2001 featuring Mitchell and DeMarco; new conversation between members of the cast and crew, including Mitchell, DeMarco, composer and lyricist Stephen Trask, hairstylist and makeup artist Michael Potter, animator Emily Hubley, actor Miriam Shor, and visual consultant Miguel Villalobos; Whether You Like It or Not: The Story of Hedwig (2003), an eighty-five-minute documentary tracing the development of the project from its beginnings in a New York club to its theatrical premiere at the Sundance Film Festival; new conversation between Trask and rock critic David Fricke about the film's soundtrack; From the Archives, a new program exploring Hedwig's production and legacy through its memorabilia; deleted scenes with commentary by Mitchell and DeMarco; trailer; essay by Stephanie Zacharek; for the Blu-ray edition: production photos by Potter and costume designer Arianne Phillips, illustrations by Hubley, and excerpts from two of the films inspirations, Plato's Symposium and The Gospel of Thomas.

BOOKs Now Available:

Mormons, Musical Theater, and Belonging in America (Music in American Life)
(Univ of Illinois Press - Hardcover/Paperback Book)
By Jake Johnson. Merges the study of belonging in America with scholarship on voice and popular music to explore the surprising yet profound link between two quintessentially American institutions. The author sees Mormons using musical theater as a medium for theology of voice—a religious practice that suggests how vicariously voicing another person can bring one closer to godliness. At the same time, musical theater became a unique expressive tool of Mormon culture. 224 pages. [Appears to be available ahead of publishing date.]

Neurosis: A Musical That Gets In Your Head
(Steel Springs - Paperback Book)
Libretto for musical written by Allan Rice, Ben Green, and Greg Edwards. Played DR2 Theatre in 2018. 100 pages.

Rutherford and Son
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Play by Githa Sowerby, first produced in 1912. Published to coincide with 2019 National Theatre production. (Produced at Mint Theatre in 2001 and 2012.) 112 pages. Released 6/6/19.


Kafka's Metamorphosis
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
World premiere recording of score by Matt Chiorini and additional music and lyrics by Travis Newton. Jack Rento, Morgan Smith, Carleena Manzi and Matt Chiorini. Currently pre-ordering at

Kjersti Long: Stronger Than You Think I Am
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Rock prodigy Kjersti Long's debut album. Includes songs with her original lyrics, covers of rock songs, plus mash-up of "Leave" and "Falling Slowly" from Once. Also at

Unchained Melodies: The Film Themes of Alex North
(Kritzerland - on CD)
Originally released in 1991 by Bay Cities. Remastered here with a bonus track. Covers first seven years of film scores by Alex North, including A Streetcar Named Desire, The Rose Tattoo, The Bad Seed, and more. To be released by the second week in August. At


The 100 Most Important People in Musical Theatre
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Andy Propst. Period reviews and interviews highlight both the shows and the people who contributed to them. Songwriting greats such as Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Stephen Sondheim, and Andrew Lloyd Webber are some of the familiar names in the book. So, too, are performers such as Nathan Lane, Ethel Merman, Audra McDonald, and Patti LuPone, and directors and choreographers such as Bob Fosse, Harold Prince, Jerome Robbins, and Tommy Tune. Readers learn not only about these men and women’s exceptional lives and achievements, but can peek backstage at such groundbreaking shows as Show Boat, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, Company, and A Chorus Line, among others. 288 pages.

Hillary and Clinton (TCG Edition)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
2019 Broadway play by Lucas Hnath. 120 pages.

Ironbound and Other Plays
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Plays by Pulitzer Prize winner (for Cost of Living) Martyna Majok: queens, Ironbound, and Sanctuary City. 288 pages.

It's Always Loud in the Balcony: A Life in Black Theater, from Harlem to Hollywood and Back
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Memoir by Richard Wesley, an essential part of the Black Theater Movement of the 1960s. From his debut in The Black Terror at the Public Theater in 1971, through Hollywood and his influence on current black theater. 256 pages.

The Routledge Companion to the Contemporary Musical
(Routledge - Hardcover Book)
Jessica Sternfeld and Elizabeth L. Wollman, editors. Dedicated to the musical’s evolving relationship to American culture in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Forty-four essays examine the contemporary musical as an ever-shifting product of an ever-changing culture. 536 pages.

Sam Wanamaker: A Global Performer
(Oberon Books - Hardcover Book)
By Diana Devlin. Biography of actor/director/activist Sam Wanamaker, who worked in the United States and the U.K. and spent years campaigning for the reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe in London. 360 pages.

What the Constitution Means to Me (TCG Edition)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Broadway play by Heidi Schreck. 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist. 96 pages.

White Noise
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Suzan-Lori Parks. Produced at Public Theatre in 2019. 128 pages.


Added, no release date:

The Michael Friedman Legacy Project
(Ghostlight Records - new album)
Three previously unrecorded shows by Michael Friedman: The Great Immensity, The Abominables, and This Beautiful City. Single track now available: "The Next Forever" from The Great Immensity, sung by Trey Lyford. Late summer 2019.