Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 8/20/19 (updated 8/23/19)

Receive the weekly recap by email each Tuesday: Sign up on the front page, right below the menu (at the bottom of the page on mobile screens)..

See the complete list of Upcoming/Recent releases.

Earlier recaps:

2019: August 13, 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:

Ben Bagley's Jerome Kern Revisited Volume II
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Jerome Kern music with lyrics by Guy Bolton, Anne Caldwell, Dorothy Fields, Oscar Hammerstein, Otto Harbach, Gus Kahn, Herbert Reynolds, Harry B. Smith, P.G. Wodehouse. Joanne Woodward, Kaye Ballard, Sandy Stewart, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, lyricist Sheldon Harnick, Sarah Rice, Arthur Siegel, and more. With two bonus tracks from a revival of Show Boat. Musical arrangements and musical direction by Dennis Deal. Limited to 500 copies only. Ships by third week in August. At

Fiddler on the Roof 2018 cast recording
(Time Life Music/Warner music Group - new on 2 CDs)
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. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes.

Mark Nadler & KT Sullivan: Thanks for the Memory
(new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Cabaret legends KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler celebrate their Silver Anniversary of working together. "One More Walk Around the Garden / You Haven't Changed at All," "Wise Guys / Old Friend," "Dance Only with Me / Make Someone Happy," "How Long Has This Been Going On," "Don't Fence Me In," "My Little Ducky," "The Little Things You Do Together," "If Love Were All," "Catch Our Act at the Met," "Talking to Yourself," "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face / There's Always One You Can't Forget," "Everything's Coming up Roses," "Our Love Is Here to Stay," "Thanks for the Memory." Clips, digital album, and CD available at CDBaby.

(Decca Broadway/Verve - new on CD)
2019 Broadway revival cast recording. Richard Rodgers / Oscar Hammerstein score. Rebecca Naomi Jones, Damon Daunno, Patrick Vaill, Mary Testa, Ali Stroker, James Davis, Will Brill, Mallory Portnoy, Mitch Tebo, Anthony Cason, and Will Mann. "Opening – Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’," "Laurey's Entrance," "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top," "Kansas City," "I Cain’t Say No," "Many A New Day," "It’s A Scandal! It’s A Outrage!," "People Will Say We're In Love," "Poor Jud Is Daid," "Lonely Room," "Out Of My Dreams," "Dream Ballet," "The Farmer And The Cowman," "All Er Nuthin'," "People Will Say We're In Love (Reprise)," "Oklahoma!." Produced by Dean Sharenow and Daniel Kluger. Released 6/28/19 on mp3 and at iTunes


Bathtubs Over Broadway soundtrack
(Back Lot Musical - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Soundtrack from Steve Young's award-winning documentary about industrial musicals, available on Amazon Prime and other streaming services. "Introduction" (A. B. Dick Company, 1962), "It'll Change Your Life," "My Insurance Man" (Continental Assurance Co., 1968), "Thank You Comedy Gods," "Features to Talk About" (General Electric Appliances, 1956), "22 Slices of Bread" (Cook Book Bread), "The Dishwasher and the Disposall" (General Electric Appliances, 1956), "There's a New World Opening Up" (Xerox, 1971), "Put Payoff Punch in Your Selling" (Frigidaire, 1963), "Hot Promotions" (Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Division, 1977), "Salesman's Sonata" (Lipton, 1972), "Open That Door," "Diesel Dazzle" (Detroit Diesel, 1966), "More Power to You" (Ford Tractor & Implement Division, 1959), "Setting the Pace" (Brown-Forman Distillers, 1953), "It's a Great Big Beautiful Morning" (J.C. Penney, 1960), "Who Else but Whirlpool" (Whirlpool Appliances, 1967), "Just One" (Whirlpool Appliances, 1967), "Gould Growing" (Gould Inc., 1976), "It's Revolution" (American-Standard, 1969), "My Bathroom" (American-Standard, 1969), "The Time for Change" (American-Standard, 1969), "Proximatics" (American-Standard, 1969), "Couldn't Be Done" (American-Standard, 1969), "I Never Enjoyed My Operation More" (American Hospital Supply, 1967), "Silicones, Silicones" (General Electric Silicones, 1973), "We Love a Salesman" (Standard Oil, 1958), "We Were There" (Detroit Diesel, 1966), "Lookin' up," "Take That Step," "Farewell Pacemakers" (A. B. Dick Company, 1962), "The Ballad of Steve Young." Released 8/16/19.

"The Sparkling Diamond" from Moulin Rouge!
(House of Iona/RCA Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
New single track now available from upcoming Moulin Rouge! OBC album, to be released 8/30/19.

DVD/BLU-RAYs Now Available:

Sweet Charity blu-ray
(Kino Lorber Studio Classics - new Blu-ray 2-disc set)
1969 film musical based on the Broadway show with score by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields. Screenplay by Peter Stone. Directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. Shirley MacLaine, John McMartin, Ricardo Montalban, Chita Rivera, Paula Kelly, Stubby Kaye, Barbara Bouchet, Sammy Davis, Jr., Suzanne Charny, Ben Vereen. 4K restoration of both the Roadshow Edition and the "Happy Ending" alternate. Extras: "A Girl Who Wanted to be Loved" booklet essay by Julie Kirgo; audio commentary by Kat Ellinger; "From Stage to the Screen" featurette, "Edith Head's Costume Design: The Art of Exaggeration" featurette, and theatrical trailer.

The Tempest
(Opus Arte - new on DVD)
Part of the Donmar Warehouse 2012 all-female Shakespeare Trilogy. Also played St. Ann's Warehouse in 2017. Harriet Walter . Directed by Phyllida Lloyd with a score by Joan Armatrading. Shot live in a specially built temporary theatre in King's Cross in 2016. Bonus shorts: "An All-Female Trilogy," "Island Metaphor," "Forgiveness," "Magic," "Dreams," "Prospero and Caliban," "Rehearsal Process," trailer, introduction to the play, the plot, director's commentary, cast gallery. Other parts of the trilogy released earlier: Julius Caesar and Henry IV, both with Harriet Walter. Released 7/26/19.

BOOKs Now Available:

Come on Along and Listen to My Life in Theatre
(Archway - Hardcover/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
Memoir by Broadway theatre owner and independent theatrical producer (Torch Song Trilogy, Passion, Honeymoon in Vegas, Gigi, and more) Martin Markinson. Owner of the Helen Hayes Theatre (previously known as The Little Theatre) from 1979 until 2015. 260 pages. Released 6/12/19.

(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Jackie Sibblies Drury. Premiered at Soho Rep in 2018. Winner of 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. 120 pages.

God Said This
(Yale Univ Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Leah Nanako Winkler. Foreword by Ayad Akhtar. 2018 winner of the Yale Drama Series competition. Produced at Primary Stages in January 2019. 112 pages.


Hadestown OBC
(on 2 CDs)
Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, Amber Gray, Patrick Page, Andre De Shields, Jewelle Blackman, Kay Trinidad, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer. Complete digital album after slow roll-out. "Road to Hell," "Any Way the Wind Blows," "Come Home with Me," "Wedding Song," "Epic I," "Livin' it Up on Top," "All I've Ever Known ("In spite of herself...") [Intro]," "All I've Ever Known," "Way Down Hadestown," "A Gathering Storm," "Epic II," "Chant," "Hey, Little Songbird," "When the Chips are Down ("Songbird vs. rattlesnake...") [Intro]," "When the Chips are Down," "Gone, I'm Gone," "Wait for Me ("Hey, the big artiste...") [Intro]," "Wait for Me," "Why We Build the Wall," "Why We Build the Wall ("Behind closed doors...") [Outro]," "Our Lady of the Underground," "Way Down Hadestown (Reprise)," "Flowers," "Come Home with Me (Reprise)," "Papers (Intro)," "Papers (Instrumental)," "Nothing Changes," "If it's True," "How Long?," "Chant (Reprise)," "Epic III," "Epic III (Intro) [Instrumental]," "Promises," "Word to the Wise," "His Kiss, the Riot," "Wait for Me ("If you wanna walk out of hell...") [Intro] [Reprise]," "Wait for Me (Reprise)," "Doubt Comes In," "Road to Hell (Reprise)," "We Raise our Cups." Includes 64-page booklet, including full libretto and production photos. Released previously on mp3 and at iTunes. Limited edition 3-LP vinyl box set, including libretto and free download code, is also expected.

The Roman Plays
(Opus Arte - new on 4 DVDs/Blu-ray)
RSC's Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Titus Andronicus, and Coriolanus. Filmed live in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Extras: documentary shorts, director's commentary, cast gallery, interviews with cast and crew.

Shakespeare's Globe's Twelfth Night
(Opus Arte - new on DVD)
2017 production. Marc Antolin, Carly Bawden, Nandi Bhebhe, Le Gateau Chocolat, Tony Jayawardena, Joshua Lacey, Pieter Lawman, Annette McLaughlin, Kandaka Moore, Katy Owen, John Pfumojena, Thoe St. Claire, Anita-Joy Uwajeh. Directed by Emma Rice.

Wendy Scherl: You'll See
(Harbinger Records - new on CD)
Singer Wendy Scherl backed by 8-piece band led by Christopher Denny. "You'll See," "I'm an Old Fashioned," "I Got the Sun in the Morning," "Sleepy Man," "New York Romance," "The Kindest Man," "To Make You Feel My Love," "There Are Two Sides to Everything," "Whoever You Are, I Love You," "The Way We Were/Niagra," "Wherever He Ain't," "Anytime," "Move On/I Wouldn't Go Back/Yes," "Anyone Can Whistle." Produced by Barry Kleinbort.

Wicked 15th Anniversary Edition
(Decca Broadway - new vinyl album)
If this is the same as the CD version: Includes the original cast recording of Stephen Schwartz score plus bonus tracks recorded live during the October 2018 NBC special A Very Wicked Halloween: The Wizard and I" (Ariana Grande), "What Is This Feeling?" (Pentatonix), "As Long As You're Mine" (Adam Lambert and Ledisi), and "For Good (Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel with a chorus of former Elphabas and Glindas).


Jerome Robbins, by Himself: Selections from His Letters, Journals, Drawings, Photographs, and an Unfinished Memoir
(Knopf - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Jerome Robbins. Amanda Vaill, editor. From Robbins' voluminous letters, journals, notes, diaries, never before published. Edited, and with commentary by Amanda Vaill (author of 2006 Robbins biography Somewhere). 448 pages.

Mean Girls songbook
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Vocal selections for 16 songs from Broadway musical score by Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin. "Apex Predator," "A Cautionary Tale," "Fearless," "I See Stars," "I'd Rather Be Me," "It Roars," "Meet the Plastics," "More Is Better," "Revenge Party," "Sexy," "Someone Gets Hurt," "Stop," "Stupid with Love," "What's Wrong with Me?," "Where Do You Belong?," "World Burn."