Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 7/14/20 (udpated 7/17/20)

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Please note that scheduling changes due to the coronavirus pandemic are being made as soon as we are aware of them. But there may be further changes in release dates in the future, as things play out.

See the complete list of Upcoming/Recent releases.

Earlier recaps:

2020: July 7 | June 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | May 26, 19, 12, 5 | April 28, 21, 14, 7 | March 31, 24, 17, 10, 3 | February 25, 18, 11, 4 | January 28, 21, 14, 7

2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

CDs Now Available:

Rags: The Musical
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
London cast recording of Stephen Schwartz / Charles Strouse score. Recently played a limited run at Park Theatre, London. Carolyn Maitland, Dave Willetts, Sam Attwater, Debbie Chazen, Alex Gibson-Giorgio, Rachel Izen, Samuel Jones and Jude Muir, Martha Kirby, Oisin Nolan-Power, and Jeremy Rose, Arthur Boan, Angela Caesar, Adam Crossley, Drew Dillon, Matthew Gent, and Natasha Karp. Executive-produced by Stephen Schwartz. Nick Barstow, music producer and orchestrator. "Opening," "If We Never Meet Again," "Greenhorns," "Brand New World," "Edge of A Knife," "The Fabric of America," "Penny a Tune," "Bella's Song (Part One)," "Meet an Italian," "Friday Night Prayers," "No More Nightmares," "Little Lady," "Cheer Up, Chaimlet," "Blame It on the Summer Night," "For My Mary," "Take Our City Back," "Rags," "On the Fourth Day of July," "Yankee Boy," "Uptown," "Wanting," "Three Sunny Rooms," "Kaddish," "Bella's Song (Part Two)," "If We Never Meet Again (Reprise)," "Bread and Freedom," "Children of the Wind," "Finale." Joe Bunker, musical director. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joe and Nikki Davison at Auburn Jam Music. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes.

DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:

Broadbend, Arkansas
(Broadway Records - new album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording of score by Ted Shen (music and lyrics), Ellen Fitzhugh (lyrics), Harrison David Rivers (lyrics), and Ted Shen (lyrics). Justin Cunningham and Danyel Fulton. With digital booklet.

Home Street Home, Volume 1
(D-COM - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Music by Fat Mike. Lyrics by Fat Mike; additional Lyrics by Soma Snakeoil and Jeff Marx. Performers include Darla Belle, Ty Deran, Lena Hall, Emma Hunton, Ryan O'Connor, Lindsay Pearce. "Urban Campers," "The First Time," "Floor Seasons," "High Achievers," "Vicious Affection," "Three Against Me," "Atom Momb," "It's Not Easy Being Gay," "Missing Child," "Monsters." Released 6/22/20.

Kim David Smith Live at Joe's Pub
(on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Live album from Australian singer and performer Kim David Smith. "Introduction" (Overture), "Pirate Jenny," "Barbara Song," "Jonny, wenn du Geburtstag hast?," Black Max Prelude" (monologue), "Song of Black Max," "You Keep Me Hangin' On," "Nature Boy," "Shooting Star," Vamp Prelude" (monologue), "Ich bin ein Vamp!," "Dracula's Tango," "I Should Be So Lucky," "A Little Yearning," "All the Lovers," "The Singer."

Melissa Errico: Two Spring Songs for Summer
(new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
Recorded in quarantine. "You Must Believe in Spring" (Michel Legrand, lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman) and "Blackberry Winter" (Alec Wilder). Tedd Firth, music director and accompaniment on piano. Engineered by Alejandro Venguer, mastered by Oscar Zambrano, and executive produced by Kurt Deutsch, with Adam Gopnik serving as creative consultant. Released 7/10/20.

The Perfect Fit: The Musical
(Broadway Records - new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
Remote recording of new musical by 13-year-old Joshua Turchin (Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation). Featuring Laura Benanti, Nikki Renee Daniels, Joshua Turchin, Carly Gendell, Grace DeAmicis, Ellie Kim, Swayam Bhatia, Lily Brooks O'Briant, Luke Islam, Audrey Bennett, and Fabi Aguirre. Music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations, mixing and mastering by Dan Garmon and vocal direction by Joshua Turchin. Musicals Dan Garmon (keys 1/drums), Joshua Turchin (keys 2), Tomoko Akaboshi (violins, viola), Ansel Cohen (cello), David Kawamura (guitars), and Julia Adamy (upright/electric bass).

Shaina Taub: Another Winter
(P2020 - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Written and performed by Shaina Taub. Proceeds from this recording will go to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute. Recorded with band remotely 6/26/20.


The Black Emperor of Broadway (The Play That Changed History)
(Vision Films - new on DVD)
2019 film about Charles Gilpin, Eugene O'Neill, and The Emperor Jones. Shaun Parkes, John Carter Hensley, Nick Moran, Liza Weil, Lonnie Farmer. Directed by Arthur Egeli. Written by Ian Bowater, Adrienne Earle Pender.

Measure for Measure
(BBC/Opus Arte - new all-region DVD)
2019 RSC production directed by Gregory Doran. Antony Byrne, Sandy Grierson, Claire Price, James Cooney, Amy Trigg, Lucy Phelps. Bonus materials: "Measure for measure: A play for today?"; cast interviews; director's commentary; cast gallery. 148 minutes, plus 12 minutes of extras.

Telly Leung: You Matter
(Soup J Productions - new digital album on mp3)
"You Matter" (Gary Adler and Phoebe Kreutz), "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Zoom with You" (Gary Adler and Phoebe Kreutz), "Go the Distance Hero," "Proud of Your Boy."

(LATW - Audiobook on CD)
Play by Qui Nguyen. L.A. Theatre Works production recorded before a live audience at the UCLA James Bridges Theater in February 2020. Will Dao, Desiree Mee Jung, Greg Watanabe, Paul Yen, Jeena Yi. Directed by Tim Dang. Original music by Shane Rettig.


The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda
(Archway Editions - Paperback Book)
Play by Ishmael Reed that " critiques the acclaimed historical musical Hamilton through a depiction of a fictionalized version of ... Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is visited by several historical figures missing from the musical in a style similar to Dickens' A Christmas Carol ... echoes many critiques made by historians, such as the whitewashing of Alexander Hamilton." Debuted in 2019 at Nuyorican Poets Cafe. 80 pages.

Theresa Rebeck, Complete Plays, Volume 5 2011-2019, Volume 5
(Smith & Kraus - Paperback Book)
The Nest, Poor Behavior, The Way of the World, Seared, Bernhardt/Hamlet, Downstairs, and Fool. 643 pages.

Working on a Song: The Lyrics of Hadestown
(Plume - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
Book of lyrics and stories from Hadestown from its author, songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, with a foreword by Steve Earle. 272 pages.


Moved to October 30:

Prince of Egypt OLC
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Stephen Schwartz score for current West End musical. 43-member cast includes Luke Brady, Liam Tamne, Christine Allado, Alexia Khadime, Joe Dixon, Debbie Kurup, Gary Wilmot, Mercedesz Csampai, Adam Pearce, Tanisha Spring, Silas Wyatt-Barke, Simbi Akande, and Casey Al-Shaqsy. The score includes 10 new songs and five from the DreamWorks animated film. "Deliver Us," "Faster," "One Weak Link," "Footprints on the Sand," "Seti’s Return," "Dance to the Day," "All I Ever Wanted," "Make it Right," "Moses in the Desert," "Through Heaven’s Eyes," "Faster (Reprise)," "Never in a Million Years," "Act I Finale," "Return to Egypt," "Always on Your Side," "Simcha," "Deliver Us (Reprise)," "The Plagues," "For the Rest of My Life," "Heartless," "When You Believe," "Never in a Million Years (Reprise)," "Act II Finale." CD format will be released later this year. Produced by Dominick Amendum and Stephen Schwartz, with Kurt Deutsch serving as Executive Producer. Previously released new on mp3 and at at iTunes.

Added, for later this month:

Broadbend, Arkansas
(Broadway Records - new album)
Original cast recording of score by Ted Shen (music and lyrics), Ellen Fitzhugh (lyrics), Harrison David Rivers (lyrics), and Ted Shen (lyrics). Justin Cunningham and Danyel Fulton. July 2020.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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