Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 8/13/19 (updated)

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Earlier recaps:

2019: August 6 | 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:

Anna Christie
(Broadway Records - new on 2 CDs/on mp3/at iTunes)
Studio recording of score by Edward Thomas (music) and Joseph Masteroff (librettist), based on the play by Eugene O'Neill. Melanie Long, Frank Basile, Jonathan Estabrooks, Joy Hermalyn, and Mike Pirozzi. Premiered at Encompass New Opera Theatre. Julian Wachner conducts the NOVUS NY orchestra. Produced by Thomas Z. Shepard. At

Kyle Taylor Parker: Broadway Soul, Vol. 1
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Parker (Kinky Boots, "The Soul Sessions") reimagines Broadway classics with an R&B twist. "Anything Goes," "Do You Hear the People Sing?," "I Feel Pretty," "I'm Alive," "No Bad News," "Ol' Man River," "Out Tonight," "Run and Tell That," "Think of Me," "We Are Young." Also at

Tootsie OBC
(Decca Broadway/Verve - new on CD)
Score by David Yazbek. Santino Fontana, Lilli Cooper, Sarah Stiles, John Behlmann, Andy Grotelueschen, Julie Halston, Michael McGrath, and Reg Rogers. Andrea Grody and Dean Sharenow, musical supervisors. "Overture," "Opening Number," "Whaddaya Do," "What's Gonna Happen," "I Won't Let You Down," "I'm Alive," "There Was John," "I Like What She's Doing," "Who Are You," "What's Gonna Happen (Reprise)," "Unstoppable," "Entr'acte," "Jeff Sums It Up," "Gone, Gone, Gone," "Who Are You?," "This Thing," "Whaddaya Do (Reprise)," "The Most Important Night," "Talk To Me Dorothy," "Arrivederci!," "Michael's Reprise." Produced by Dean Sharenow and David Yazbek. Released on mp3 and at iTunes earlier.

Unchained Melodies: The Film Themes of Alex North
(Kritzerland - on CD)
Originally released in 1991 by Bay Cities. Remastered here with a bonus track. Covers first seven years of film scores by Alex North, including A Streetcar Named Desire, The Rose Tattoo, The Bad Seed, and more. To be released by the second week in August. At

BOOKS Now Available:

Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater
(Agate Midway - Hardcover book/Kindle Edition)
By Mark Larson. Explores the early days of the fabled Compass Players and the legendary Second City in the 1950s and '60s; the rise of internationally acclaimed ensembles like Steppenwolf in the '70s; the explosion of storefront and neighborhood companies that began in earnest in the '80s; and the enduring global influence of the city as the center of improv training and performance. Drawing from more than 300 interviews ... Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ed Asner, George Wendt, Michael Shannon, and Tracy Letts co-mingle with stories from designers, composers, and others. 704 pages.

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.


(x2 Recordings Ltd - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Frances Barber solo show as Bille Trix. Produced at 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Songs by Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe (four written for the production). "Mongrel," "Soup," "Run, girl, run," "Ich bin Musik (Radio Edit)," "Friendly fire," "For every moment." Released 8/6/19.

What's Not Inside: The Lost Songs from Waitress
(DMI - new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
Features outtakes and demos recorded by Sara Bareilles for the Broadway musical. "Happy Enough," "Door Number Three," "Knocked Up You," "Without a Believer," "I Can’t Wait," "Falling in Love Pie," "She Used to Be Mine."


Beetlejuice OBC
(Ghostlight/Warner Bros. - new on CD)
Score by Eddie Perfect. Music Supervision, orchestrations, and incidental music By Kris Kukul. Cast includes Alex Brightman, Sophia Anne Caruso, Kerry Butler, Rob McClure, Adam Dannheisser, Leslie Kritzer, Jill Abramovitz, Kelvin Moon Loh, Danny Rutigliano, and Dana Steingold. Album produced by Matt Stine, Alex Timbers, Eddie Perfect, and Kurt Deutsch. "Prologue: Invisible," "The Whole 'Being Dead' Thing," "Ready Set, Not Yet," "The Whole 'Being Dead' Thing, Pt. 2," "Dead Mom," "Fright of Their Lives," "Ready Set (Reprise)," "No Reason," "Invisible (Reprise) / On the Roof," "Say My Name," "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) [Act 1 Finale]," "Girl Scout," "That Beautiful Sound," "Barbara 2.0," "What I Know Now," "Home," "Creepy Old Guy," "Jump in the Line." Recording dates May 5, 6 and 13, 2019. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes

Dog Man: The Musical
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Original Off-Broadway cast recording of score by Brad Alexander (music) and Kevin Del Aguila (lyrics). Based on the bestselling Dog Man book series by Dav Pilkey. TheatreWorksUSA's cast includes Kadrea Dawkins, L.R. Davidson, Jamie LaVerdiere, Milo J. Marami, Brian Owen, Dan Rosales, Crystal Sha'nae, and Forest VanDyke. Album produced by Michael Croiter and Brad Alexander. Fall 2019 release expected. Currently at

Kristin Chenoweth: For The Girls
(Concord Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Tribute to great female singers throughout history. "The Way We Were," "You Don't Own Me" (with Ariana Grande), "It Doesn't Matter Anymore," "I Will Always Love You," "What A Diff’rence A Day Makes," "When I Fall In Love," "Crazy," "The Man That Got Away," "I'm A Woman" (with Jennifer Hudson and Reba McEntire), "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "I Wanna Be Around," "Desperado."


Fleabag: The Special Edition
(Nick Hern Books - Kindle Edition)
Play by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Features the original playscript, never-before-seen colour photos, and exclusive bonus content by Waller-Bridge, director Vicky Jones and key members of the creative team. The play appeared at SoHo Playhouse in March 2019, and is opening in the West End 8/20/19. 64 pages. Also being published in hardcover and Kindle edition is Fleabag: Scriptures, a collection of the complete scripts from the BBC series, plus original commentary from Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

How Does the Show Go On: An Introduction to the Theater
(Disney Editions - Hardcover Book)
The Frozen edition, Third in series of souvenir books. By Thomas Shumacher with Jeff Kurtti. Featuring "Augmented Reality Experiences." Detailed explanations, illustrations, and trivia ... offers a comprehensive introduction to the world of the theater from the box office to backstage, and beyond. Grade level 5-9. 144 pages.

Parker, Lopez and Stone's The Book of Mormon (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
Part of Routledge's ongoing series. By Brian Granger. Examines where the musical The Book of Mormon succeeds and fails, challenging our understanding of musical comedy and our appreciation for this cultural landmark in theatre. 80 pages.


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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