Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Weeks of 7/4/17 and 7/11/17 (updated 7/14/17)

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Earlier recaps:

2017: June 27, 20, 13, 6 | May 30, 23, 16, 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:

Fatherland (Original Music from the Stage Show)
(Caroline International - new import CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Score by Matthew Herbert and Karl Hyde (Underworld). Music written for the British play, to debut at the Manchester International Festival on July 1st. 12 tracks. Also at Amazon UK.

The Lightning Thief
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3)
Original cast recording. Written by Joe Tracz and Rob Rokicki. Off-Broadway cast (currently at the Lucille Lortel Theatre) Chris McCarrell, Carrie Compere, Sarah Beth Pfeifer, Jonathan Raviv, James Hayden Rodriguez, George Salazar, and Kristin Stokes. Produced by Michael Croiter and Rob Rokicki. Also at

Lost West End Vintage: London's Forgotten Musicals
(Stage Door Records - new on 2 CDs)
Celebrates London's forgotten musicals of the 1940s, '50s and '60s (from 1948 to 1962), compiling songs from 35 West End productions. Over 50 tracks (including over 20 tracks appearing on CD for the first time) from London cast recordings to pop covers, live recordings and other musical rarities. From these musicals: Carissima (1948), Cage Me A Peacock (1948), Ace Of Clubs (1950), Dear Miss Phoebe (1950), Blue For A Boy (1950), Gay's The Word (1951), Zip Goes A Million (1951), The Glorious Days (1953), Happy Holiday (1954), Twenty Minutes South (1955), Romance In Candlelight (1955), Listen To The Wind (1955), Wild Grows The Heather (1956), Aladdin - The Wonderful Lamp (1956), Grab Me A Gondola (1956), Harmony Close (1957), Lady At The Wheel (1958), Expresso Bongo (1958), Mister Venus (1958), Chrysanthemum (1958), Valmouth (1959), Lock Up Your Daughters (1959), The Crooked Mile (1959), Kookaburra (1959), Make Me An Offer (1959), When In Rome (1959), Follow That Girl (1960), Johnny The Priest (1960), The Golden Touch (1960), Call It Love (1960), Belle, Or The Ballad Of Dr, Crippen (1961), Stop The World I Want To Get Off (1961), Wildest Dreams (1961), Scapa! (1962), Vanity Fair (1962). Follows earlier releases Lost West End (2015) and Lost West End 2 (2016). Includes informative 16-page booklet. Also available directly from the U.K. at

War Paint OBC
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
OBC recording of Scott Frankel (music) and Michael Korie (lyrics) score. Cast features Patti Lupone, Christine Ebersole, Douglas Sills, John Dossett. "Best Face Forward," "Behind the Red Door," "Back on Top," "My Secret Weapon," "My American Moment," "Step on Out," "If I'd Been a Man," "Better Yourself," "Oh, That's Rich," "Face to Face," "Inside of the Jar," "Necessity is the Mother of Invention," "Best Face Forward (Reprise)," "Now You Know," "No Thank You," "Fire and Ice," "Dinosaurs," "Pink," "Forever Beautiful," "Beauty in the World," "Finale." Recorded April 16 and April 17. Also at Ghostlight Records. Digital version released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes

BOOKs Now Available:

After Anatevka: A Novel Inspired by "Fiddler on the Roof"
(Pegasus Books - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Alexandra Silber. Foreword by Sheldon Harnick. Historical novel that imagines what happens to the characters of Fiddler on the Roof (original stories by Sholem Aleichem) after the curtain falls. 256 pages.

Aunt Ester's Children Redeemed: Journeys to Freedom in August Wilson’s Ten Plays of Twentieth-Century Black America
(Cascade - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book/Digital Book)
By Riley Keene Temple. Demonstrates how August Wilson uses language—poetry, the blues—to bring each of his play's characters to a point of wholeness, redemption, and freedom, not from history, but ennobled and strengthened by it. Wilson employs fundamental theological doctrines to exhort Aunt Ester's children to remember by whom and how they were freed and made whole. 150 pages. Released February 2017.

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.

Damn Yankees: Vocal Score
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Ross & Adler's 1955 Broadway score. 148 pages.

Davies and Penhall's Sunny Afternoon (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By John Fleming. About the 2014 U.K. musical with music and lyrics by Ray Davies, book by Joe Penhall. Examines the blend of events and songs selected, reconsidering the relationship between biography and drama to shed new light on the Kinks and the musical that tells their story.

The Disney Musical on Stage and Screen: Critical Approaches from 'Snow White' to 'Frozen'
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
George Rodosthenous, editor. 13 articles open up a new territory in the critical discussion of the Disney mega-musical, its gender, sexual and racial politics, outreach work and impact of stage, film and television adaptations. Covering early 20th century works such as the first full-length feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), to The Lion King, Broadway's highest grossing production in history, and Frozen (2013), this edited collection offers a diverse range of theoretical engagements that will appeal to readers of film and media studies, musical theatre, cultural studies, and theatre and performance. Three sections: Disney Musicals: On Film; Disney Adaptations: On Stage and Beyond; Disney Musicals: Gender and Race. 272 pages.

Hand to God: A Play
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by Rober Askin. Produced in 2014 at Lucille Lortel Theatre, in 2015 on Broadway. 96 pages. Dramatist's version published March 2016.

DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:

The Hamilton Instrumentals
(Atlantic Records - digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Instrumental companion to the OBC recording. "Alexander Hamilton," "Aaron Burr, Sir," "The Story of Tonight," "The Schuyler Sisters," "Farmer Refuted," "You'll Be Back," "Right Hand Man," "A Winter's Ball," "Helpless," "Satisfied," "The Story of Tonight" (Reprise), "Wait For It," "Stay Alive," "Ten Duel Commandments," "Meet Me Inside," "That Would Be Enough," "Guns and Ships," "History Has Its Eyes On You," "Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)", "What Comes Next?," "Dear Theodosia," "Non-Stop," "What'd I Miss," "Cabinet Battle #1," "Take a Break," "Say No To This," "The Room Where It Happens," "Schuyler Defeated," "Cabinet Battle #2," "Washington on Your Side," "One Last Time," "I Know Him," "The Adams Administration," "We Know," "Hurricane," "The Reynolds Pamphlet," "Burn," "Blow Us All Away," "Stay Alive" (Reprise), "It's Quiet Uptown," "The Election of 1800," "Your Obedient Servant," "Best of Wives and Best of Women," "The World Was Wide Enough," "Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story." Released June 30.


Jessica Molaskey: Portraits of Joni
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Launch of "Ghostlight Deluxe" imprint. Mixes elements of jazz, pop, folk and Americana into a uniquely powerful and poignant celebration of the iconic songwriter, Joni Mitchell. Album guest stars include Larry Goldings, Randy Brecker, Harry Allen and John Pizzarelli. "Help Me," "Dreamland / Carey," "A Case of You," "The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines," "Marcie," "In France They Kiss On Main Street," "The Last Time I Saw Richard," "Raised on Robbery," "Little Green," "The Circle Game / Waters of March," "All I Want / Blue," "Chelsea Morning," "Both Sides Now," "Big Yellow Taxi." Customers who pre-order the album via Apple Music will immediately receive the single "Help Me." Also at Ghostlight Records.


Dear Evan Hansen: Through the Window
(Grand Central Publishing - new Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD)
By Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul. To include include personal memories, photographs, unreleased lyrics, and the Dear Evan Hansen libretto. 224 pages

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production
(Arthur A. Levine Books - Paperback Book/Digital Book)

A new play by Jack Thorne based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, on Broadway beginning April 22, 2108. This is a revised version which updates the "Special Rehearsal Edition", with the conclusive and final dialogue from the play, which has subtly changed since its rehearsals, as well as a conversation piece between director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne, who share stories and insights about reading playscripts. This edition also includes useful background information including the Potter family tree and a timeline of events from the wizarding world prior to the beginning of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. 336 pages.

Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Julian Woolford. In a series of short essays, the stage musical is re-examined from seven different perspectives, including how the musical heralded the end of an era on Broadway, its reinvention of history and biography, how the film version has influenced future stage productions and the ways in which it put child performers centre stage ... how, nearly 60 years after its stage debut, the musical has a direct impact on the modern world, through its recent iterations ... through Salzburg’s recent embracing of the musical after years of ambivalence ... and The Sound of Music in the Middle East, where it has become a symbol of antifundamentalism.

Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution
(Henry Holt. & Co. - Hardcover 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." 352 pages.


Added to August 11:

The Battle of the Boat
(new on CD/iTunes)
ew musical by Ethan Donnelly and Jenna Maltby. Set during World War I, the musical was first performed by the National Youth Music Theatre, in August 2016 at the Rose, Kingston. Recording produced by John Merriman, with 27 performers and 14 musicians (all age 11-21) at Crown Lane Studios, Morden, London.

Added, no release date:

The Cradle Will Rock
(new on CD)
2017 Opera Saratoga production of score from Marc Blitzstein opera.

Stage to Stage: My Journey to Broadway
(new book)
By Josh Groban. "Full of great memories."

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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