Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 8/6/19 (updated 8/9/19)

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Earlier recaps:

2019: July 30, 23, 16, 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:

West Side Story Reimagined
(Jazzheads - on 2 CDs/on mp3/at iTunes)
Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band. Nominated Best Latin Jazz Album for the 2019 Grammy Awards. "Intro," "Prologue," "Intro Jet Song," "Jet Song," "Intro America," "America," "Gee, Officer Krupke Intro," "Gee, Officer Krupke," "Tonight," "Gym Scene - Blues / Mambo," "Gym Scene - Cha Cha Cha," "Maria," "Intro Cool," "Cool," "The Rumble / Rumba," "One Hand, One Heart," "Somewhere," "Intro Epilogue / Finale," "Epilogue / Finale," "Outro." (Released in 2018, but never listed.)


Fiddler on the Roof 2018 cast recording digital
(Time Life Music/Warner music Group - new on mp3/at iTunes)
2018 National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene cast recording of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick score. Performed in Yiddish. The production is moving to Stage 42 in February 2019. Cast includes Jackie Hoffman, Steven Skybell, Jennifer Babiak, Joanne Borts, Avrom, Stephanie Lynne Mason, Fyedke, Ben Liebert, Rosie Jo Neddy, Raquel Nobile, Bruce Sabath, Drew Seigla, Adam B. Shapiro, Jodi Snyder, James Monroe Števko, Lauren Jeanne Thomas, Bobby Underwood and Rachel Zatcoff, Michael Yashinsky, Evan Mayer, Lisa Fishman, Samantha Hahn. Translated by Shraga Friedman. Disc 2 includes cut songs in English from the Broadway out-of-town tryout from 1964 with vocalists including Joel Grey, Richard Kind, Hal Linden, Austin Pendleton, Tom Wopat, Donna McKechnie, Joanna Merlin, and Sheldon Harnick: "We've Never Missed a Sabbath Yet What a Life," "What a Life," "To Marry for Love," "Richest Man in Town," "If I Were a Woman," "As Much as That," "A Butchers Soul," "Letters From America," "Dear Sweet Sewing Machine," "Get Thee Out," "When Messiah Comes," Jackie Hoffman Act 1 Monolog After Traditsye (In Yiddish), Jackie Hoffman Act 2 Monolog After Anatevka (In Yiddish). Album produced by Robert Sher, co-produced by Dan Moses Schreier, and executive produced by David Garfinkle and NYTF CEO Christopher Massimine. Orchestrations by Larry Blank. 2-CD version to be released 8/23/19.

Shortland Street - The Musical
(Belleville Limited - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording of score by Guy Langford. New Zealand cast. Released 7/26/19.

BOOKs Now Available:

Historical Dictionary of Leonard Bernstein
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Paul R. Laird and Hsun Lin. Contains a chronology, an introduction, an appendix, an extensive bibliography, and more than 700 cross-referenced entries on Bernstein’s life and works. 336 pages.

Margaret Sullavan: The Life and Career of a Reluctant Star
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
By Michael D. Rinella. Biography of film/television/stage (If Love Were All, Stage Door, Voice of the Turtle actress ... her career and details of her personal life, including her marriage to Henry Fonda, her special friendship with James Stewart and her bitter rivalry with Katharine Hepburn. 245 pages.

The Short Plays of Harold Pinter
(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book)
Foreword by Antonia Fraser. Contains the complete short plays of Harold Pinter from The Room, first performed in 1960, to Celebration, which premiered in 2000.


Jen Fellman: Forbidden Drive
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Debut album from singer Jen Fellman. "They Didn't Believe Me," "Golden Earrings," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," "Stardust," "Love Look Away," "I Get Along Without You Very Well," "Happiness" (duet with Margo Seibert), "I Won't Send Roses," "Les Parapluies de Cherbourg," "Mon Amant de Saint Jean," "New York Treasure," "Wherever He Ain't," "That's How I Say Goodbye." Produced by Michael Croiter, with original arrangements and orchestrations by Bob Goldstone. [Amazon link should start working soon.] Also at

Kean Deluxe Edition
(Stage Door Records - new import double CD set)
Digital remaster of the 1961 Original Broadway Cast recording of score by George Forrest (151), Robert Wright. Plus previously unreleased studio and composer demos of the score (including several cut songs); "Pop" cover recordings performed by vocalists including Judy Garland, Richard Hayes and James Shigeta; instrumental stereo album of the score recorded by Robert Mersey and His Orchestra. Alfred Drake, Lee Venora, Joan Weldon, Oliver Gray, Patricia Cutts. Limited release of 500 units.

A Strange Loop
(Yellow Sound Label - new on CD)
Original cast recording of score by Michael R. Jackson. Antwayn Hopper, James Jackson, Jr., L Morgan Lee, John-Michael Lyles, John-Andrew Morrison, Larry Owens, Jason Veasey. Album produced by Michael Croiter and Michael R. Jackson. The musical was produced at Playwrights Horizons in 2019. Currently pre-ordering at (Amazon/iTunes links expected before release.)


Listening for America: Inside the Great American Songbook from Gershwin to Sondheim
(Liveright - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Rob Kapilow (NPR's "What Makes It Great?"). Brings many favorite classics to life through the songs and stories of eight of the twentieth century's most treasured American composers (Kern, Porter, Gershwin, Arlen, Berlin, Rodgers, Bernstein, and Sondheim). Celebrates what makes the melodies so unforgettable, and delves deeply into how issues of race, immigration, sexuality, and appropriation intertwine in masterpieces like Show Boat and West Side Story. 100 music examples. 448 pages.