Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 7/16/19 (updated 7/19/19)

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Earlier recaps:

2019: July 9, 2 | June 25, 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:

Be More Chill OBC
(Ghostlight Records - new on 2 CDs)
Score by Joe Iconis. Will Roland, George Salazar, Stephanie Hsu, Gerard Canonico, Katlyn Carlson, Tiffany Mann, Lauren Marcus, Britton Smith, Jason SweetTooth Williams, and Jason Tam. "Jeremy's Theme (Instrumental)," "More Than Survive," "I Love Play Rehearsal," "More Than Survive (Reprise)," "The Squip Song," "Two-Player Game," "The Squip Enters," "Be More Chill, Pt. 1," "Do You Wanna Ride?," "Be More Chill, Pt. 2," "Sync Up," "A Guy That I'd Kinda Be Into," "The Squip Talks (Instrumental)," "Upgrade," "Loser Geek Whatever," "Halloween," "Do You Wanna Hang?," "Michael in the Bathroom," "A Guy That I'd Kinda Be Into (Reprise)," "The Smartphone Hour (Rich Set a Fire)," "The Pants Song," "The Pitiful Children," "The Play," "Voices in My Head." Produced by Kurt Deutsch, Joe Iconis, and Charlie Rosen, and co-produced by Ian Kagey and Emily Marshall. Previously released digitally new digital album on mp3 and at iTunes

Fuckboys the Musical
(Generation Productions - new on CD)
Score by Savannah Pedersen for show that has appeared in various fringe festivals. Justin Cortes, Kendall Leamy, Brandon Munoz-Dominguez, Savannah Pedersen, Beth Ann Stripling, Nicole Visco. "Karaoke Night," "My Time," "Ode to the Fuckboy," "Transition 1," "The Sun," "Rollin'," "The Bartender Song," "Transition 2," "Shot of Whiskey," "Brad's Lament," "Responsibility," "Responsibility (Reprise)," "Transition 3," "The Sun (Reprise)," "We're Fine (Finale)." Bonus tracks: "The Sun" (Maeghin Mueller), "The Bartender Song" (Alexander Mrazek), "The Sun (Reprise)" (Alexander Mrazek & Maeghin Mueller), "Brad's Lament" (Hayley VerValin). Released 6/28/19. At Amazon UK.

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

The Lion King Soundtrack
(Walt Disney Records - new on CD)
2019 soundtrack. Original songs (and new song "Never Too Late") by Elton John and Tim Rice; new song "Spirit" by Beyoncé, musical score by Hans Zimmer; African vocal and choir arrangements by Lebo M, Beyoncé, Billy Eichner, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover, Elton John, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Lebo M, JD McCrary, Lindiwe Mkhize, John Oliver, Seth Rogen. "Circle of Life/Nants' Ingonyama," "Life's Not Fair," "Rafiki's Fireflies," "I Just Can't Wait to Be King)," "Elephant Graveyard," "Be Prepared," "Stampede," "Scar Takes the Throne," "Hakuna Matata," "Simba Is Alive!," "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," "Reflections of Mufasa," "Spirit," "Battle for Pride Rock," "Remember," "Never Too Late," "He Lives in You," "Mbube." Orchestrator Bruce Fowler, conductor Nick Glennie-Smith, arranger Mark Mancina. Released on mp3 and at iTunes 7/11/19.


MaryJo Mundy: The Fourteenth Confession, Songs of Laura Nyro
(Blujazz Productions - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Live album. MaryJo Mundy with Ross Kalling on piano, Tony Mandracchia on guitar, Jonathan Richards on bass, John Gannon on cajón drum. Backup vocals by Alexis Fae Gach and Andrea Ross Greene. "Eli's Comin'," "Wedding Bell Blues," "The Confession / Hi-Heel Sneakers," "I Never Meant to Hurt You," "Money," "I Met Him on a Sunday / It's Gonna Take a Miracle," "Sweet Blindness," "You Don't Love Me When I Cry," "Sexy Mama," "Stoned Soul Picnic / And When I Die," "Serious Playground." Bonus track: "The Cat Song." Arrangements by Ross Kalling and MaryJo Mundy. Produced by Hillary Rollins. Released 6/14/19.

Queen of the Mist OLC
(Pint of Wine Theatre Company - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Off-West End cast recording of Michael John LaChiusa score. Trudi Camilleri, Will Arundell, Emily Juler, Emma Ralston, Tom Blackmore, Conor McFarlane, and Andrew Carter. "Act One Opening (The Oaken Barrel)," "There is Greatness in Me," "Letter to Jane / The Tiger," "Charity," "There is Greatness in Me (Reprise)," "Glorious Devil," "The Barrel / Cradle or Coffin," "Types Like You," "Do The Pan!," "Floating Cloud," "Laugh at the Tiger," "On The Other Side," "Act One Finale," "The Quintessential Hero," "Million Dolla' Momma," "Expectations," "Bookings (Part One)," "Break Down the Door," "The Green," "Bookings (Part Two)," "Postcards," "The Fall / Act Two Finale." Released 7/15/19.

The Vivino Sisters: DNA
(VivTone - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Donna (Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Wicked), Natalia and Antonia Vivino. "Castle on a Cloud," "Goody Goody," "Who We Are," "The Schuyler Sisters," "Three Days," "I Want to Be Happy," "I Can't Get You out of My Mind," "Be Cool," "Live to Tell," "Almost There," "Miracles." Released 6/1/19.

BOOKs Now Available:

Mitchell and Trask's Hedwig and the Angry Inch (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Caridad Svich. Examination of the musical through the lenses of visual and vocal rock 'n' roll performance, the history of the American musical, and its positioning within LGBTIQ-plus theatre. 88 pages.

CALENDARs Now Available:

Hamilton 2020 Wall Calendar
(Universe Publishing - wall calendar)
Includes photos of the original cast by Josh Lehrer, lyrics, and important dates. 24 pages.

On Broadway 2020 Calendar
(Time Factory - Wall Calendar)
12"" x 12"" calendar includes Playbill cover artwork and monthly calendar grids, plus a bonus four-month view of January 2021 - April 2021. Printed on premium gloss paper.


Half Time
(Sony Classical - new on CD)
Original cast recording of score with music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Nell Benjamin, and additional music by Marvin Hamlisch and Ester Dean (book by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin). Haven Burton, Lori Tan Chinn, Georgia Engel, Valton Jackson, Donna McKechnie, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, Nancy Ticotin, Lilias White. A Number," "Who Wants to See That?," "Princess," "Follow Me to the Party," "Dorothy/Dottie," "The Prince of Swing/There You Are," "Swagger," "The Waters Rise," "They All Get to See That," "Princess (Reprise)," "¿Como No?," "The Prince of Swing (Reprise)," "Too Old for This," "New Point of View," "Gotta Get Up"; Bonus track: "Time Machine" (Donna McKechnie). Debuted at Paper Mill Playhouse in 2018. Produced by Scott M. Riesett.

Ramin Karimloo: From Now On
(Sony Masterworks - new on CD)
Ramin Karimloo's second solo album. "From Now On," "Moving Too Fast," "You'll Be Back," "Waving Through a Window," "It All Fades Away," "What You Own," "Let It Go," "Mary Jane," "Anthem," "I Will Always Love You," "Wicked Little Town," "Is This the World We Created."


Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry
(Beacon Press - Paperback Book)
Paperback reprint of Imani Perry's award-winning 2018 biography of Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun). 256 pages. Previously released in hardcover, Kindle Edition, and audiobook on CD/Audible audiobook (read by LisaGay Hamilton).

Mad Scenes and Exit Arias: The Death of the New York City Opera and the Future of Opera in America
(Picador - Paperback Book)
Paperback release of Heidi Waleson's 2018 book. Recounts the history of the New York City Opera and reveals how, from the beginning, it balanced an ambitious artistic program on fragile financial supports. Also looks forward and considers some better-managed, more visionary opera companies that have taken City Opera’s lessons to heart. ... a story of money, ego, changes in institutional identity, competing forces of populism and elitism, and the ongoing debate about the role of the arts in society. 304 pages. Previously released in hardcover and Kindle edition.

Marching Song: A Play
(Roman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Play about John Brown, written by Todd School for Boys student Orson Welles with headmaster Ralph Hill. Edited by Hill's grandson, Todd Tarbox. Foreword by Simon Callow. Also includes a biographical sketch of Welles and Hill during their days together at Todd. 200 pages.

On Stage at the Ballet: My Life As Dancer and Artistic Director
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
by Robert J. Barnett and Cynthia Crain. Biography of Robert Barnett, who danced in the first generation of the New York City Ballet. Principal dancer and associate artistic director of the Atlanta Ballet, where he remains active today. 200 pages.

School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play
(Oberon Books - Paperback Book)
Play by Jocelyn Bioh. MCC PlayLab Series 2017. 72 pages.


Added, for July 26:

Ryoko Yonekura: "Roxie"
(new track)
Newly recorded single from Japanese superstar, currently appearing in Chicago on Broadway.