Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Weeks of 7/18/17 (updated 7/21/17)

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Earlier recaps:

2017: July 4 & 11 | 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:

Holiday Inn OBC
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
New Irving Berlin musical. Bryce Pinkham, Lora Lee Gayer, Tony Award nominee Megan Lawrence, Danny Rutigliano, Megan Sikora, and Corbin Bleu. Executive produced by Universal Stage Productions. "Overture," "Steppin' Out with My Baby / I'll Capture Your Heart," "The Little Things in Life," "Blue Skies," "Marching Along with Time," "Heat Wave," "It's a Lovely Day Today," "Plenty to be Thankful For," "Nothing More to Say," "Shaking the Blues Away," "White Christmas," "Holiday Inn / Happy Holiday," "Let's Start the New Year Right," "You're Easy to Dance With," "Let's Take an Old-Fashioned Walk," "Be Careful, It's My Heart," "Easter Parade," "Song of Freedom," "Let's Say It with Firecrackers," "Finale Ultimo (Steppin' Out with My Baby / I'll Capture Your Heart / Cheek to Cheek)," Bonus Track: "Entr'acte." Also at Ghostlight Records. Digital version released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes

In Transit OBC
(Hollywood Records - new on CD)
New Broadway a capella musical. Music by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth; lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth. Cast includes David Abeles, Moya Angela, Steven "HeaveN" Cantor, Justin Guarini, Telly Leung, Erin Mackey, Gerianne Pérez, Margo Seibert, Chesney Snow, James Snyder, Mariand Torres, Nicholas Ward. "Deep Beneath the City / Not There Yet," "Do What I Do," "Four Days Home," "Broke," "Saturday Night Obsession," "Wingman," "But, Ya Know," "Not There Yet (Reprise)," "Keep It Goin'," "A Little Friendly Advice," "Choosing Not to Know," "The Moving Song," "We Are Home," "Getting There," "Finale," "Preshow Message," "A Math Question," "We Are Home Exit Music." Digital version released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes.

AUDIO BOOK Now Available:

Stephen Sondheim and the Reinvention of the American Musical Audiobook
(Univ Press of Mississippi - Audio Book)
Audio book of 2016 book by Robert L. McLaughlin. David Stifel, Narrator. Places Sondheim's work in two contexts: the exhaustion of the musical play and the postmodernism that, by the 1960s, deeply influenced all the American arts. 10 hours and 38 minutes. Released 6/27/17.

BOOKs Now Available:

Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Vocal selections for score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. 14 songs: "A Rumor in St. Petersburg," "In My Dreams," "Learn to Do It," "My St. Petersburg," "Once Upon a December," "Stay, I Pray for You," "We'll Go from There," "Still," "Journey to the Past," "Paris Holds the Key (To Your Heart)," "Crossing a Bridge," "Close the Door," "In a Crowd of Thousands," "Everything to Win." Released 5/1/17.

CALENDARs Now Available:

2018 On Broadway Wall Calendar
(Time Factory - Wall Calendar)
Twelve full-color Playbills plus a description of each, with a 4-month bonus spread featuring January 2019 - April 2019. 12" x 12" wall calendar. Rent, A Chorus Line, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Sunday in the Park with George, Lost in Yonkers, Hamilton, South Pacific, August: Osage County, The Heidi Chronicles, Fences, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Angels in America.

The Wizard of Oz 2018 Wall Calendar
(Mead - Wall Calendar)
16-month 2018 wall calendar with bonus downloadable wallpaper.


Legally Bound: Live at Feinstein's 54 Below
(Broadway Records - new on CD/digital)
Andy Karl and Orfeh. "You're All I Need to Get By," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough ," "Ain't No Stopping Us Now, A very rowdy crowd…, "The Promise," Something good had to come out of the 80s… , "Make Like a Nail/If I Can Dream," I love it when the napkins start to dance…, "History," Some artists that you come up listening to…, "I'm Your Baby Tonight" (with Andrew Logan), That show really sort of pushed the limits…, "Keep on Standing," "Piece of My Heart, That happens in my living room at least twice a week…, "Seeing You," "Kiss." Also at


Arlen and Harburg's Over the Rainbow (The Oxford Keynotes Series)
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book)
By Walter Frisch. Traces the history of the song and its cultural evolution and impact. 160 pages.

(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Digital Book)
Play by Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Bluebird. Frantic Assembly production at The Royal Exchange began on July 1. (Recording of the accompanying music released recently.) 64 pages.

Finding Roger: An Improbably Theatrical Love Story
(Kingswell - Hardcover Book)
By Rick Elice. Memoir of Elice's 34 years with Roger Rees. 256 pages.

Hirschfeld: The Biography
(Sarah Crichton Books - new Hardcover Book/Digital Book)
By Ellen Stern. Biography of Al Hirschfeld, the caricaturist of Broadway. From interviews with the artist himself, his friends and wives, celebrity subjects, agent, daughter, and more; with access to personal correspondence, journals, home movies, and scrapbooks. 368 pages.

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel (The Oxford Keynotes Series)
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book)By Tim Carter. 152 pages. The first book on Carousel's history and impact. Presents new archival materials on the creation of the show.

Sense of Occasion: Hal Prince
(Applause Books - Hardcover Book)
Memoir by Harold Prince. Memoir by Harold Prince. Includes the content of Prince's 1974 book "Contradictions: Notes on Twenty-Six Years in the Theatre," plus his present-day reflections on that text and much more original content. 304 pages.

Turner Classic Movies: Must-See Musicals: 50 Show-Stopping Movies We Can't Forget
(Running Press - Paperback Book/Digital Book)
By Richard Barrios. Foreword by Michael Feinstein. Covering 50 of the best spanning the dawn of sound to the high-def present ... lushly illustrated and brightly written with reviews and "backstage" stories. 264 pages.

(Harper - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book/Digital Book)
New memoir by Andrew Lloyd Webber, delving into his personal creative process as he takes readers through the evolution of his career, recounting behind-the-scenes stories from his numerous musicals. Also covering his childhood home and family. 16 pages of color photos.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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