Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 8/29/17

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Earlier recaps:

2017: August 22, 15, 8, 1 | July 25, 18, 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

DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:

Train Tracks: Madalena Alberto
(new digital single mp3/and at iTunes)
New song by by West End leading lady Madalena Alberto (Les MiserĂ¡bles, Evita, Cats) and Peter Wickstrom. Released 8/22/17.

BOOKs Now Available:

Sense of Occasion: Hal Prince
(Applause Books - Hardcover Book)
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, offering insights into the way business is conducted on Broadway, drawing sharp contrasts between past and present. 304 pages. [Apparently shipping before its official release date.]

MUSIC to be released this Friday

Barnum Backer's Audition
(Harbinger/Naxos - new on CD/mp3)
1980 backer's audition recording, as presented by the authors, for Barnum. Music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Michael Stewart. Recorded live on New York's Upper East Side in the apartment of Maurice and Lois Rosenfield. "Introduction," "Come Follow the Band," "There Is a Sucker Born Every Minute," "The Colors of My Life," "Now You See It, Now You Don't," "One Brick at a Time," "I Like Your Style," "Bigger Isn't Better," "Love Makes Such Fools of Us All," "Out There," "At Least I Tried," "The Prince of Humburg," "Black and White," "Join the Circus," "Thank God I'm Old." 10-page booklet includes background and photos. Produced by Ken Bloom. Part of the Harbinger Records/Musical Theater Project Songwriter Showcase Series.


Annie Get Your Gun
(VAI - new on DVD/Blu-ray)
Remastered 1957 TV production starring Mary Martin and John Raitt, with Reta Shaw, William O'Neal, Donald Burr, and Luke Halpin. First authorized edition. Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin. Book by Herbert Fields and Dorothy Fields. Black and white. 105 minutes. Blu-ray to include bonus material. At VAI's website: DVD/Blu-ray.

Popeye - Music From The Motion Picture - Deluxe Edition
(Varese Sarabande - new on 2 CDs)
Songs by Harry Nilsson for the 1980 film. Robin Williams, Shelley Duval, Paul Dooley, and others. Disc One: soundtrack album, with songs and background score, not on the original LP. Disc Two: Nilsson's demo recordings, including some that were not used in the film.


The Hunchback of Notre Dame: The Stage Musical
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Vocal selections from the score by Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken. 17 songs.

Must Close Saturday: The Decline and Fall of the British Musical Flop
(Boydell Pr - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Adrian Wright. Chronicle of the commercially unsuccessful British musical of the last half a century, up to 2016. Presents a rolling panorama of the good, the bad and the ugly, reassessing their place in theatrical history. Wright reveals a consistent striving at invention, with subjects including the electric chair, the Holocaust, the Virgin Mary, social inequality and Trade Unionism, sexual problems and murder, as well as biographical treatments of Hollywood stars, French painters, tragic novelists, royalty, and the Rector of Stiffkey. 352 pages.


Added to November 26, 2017:

Patti Issues & Bad With Money
Ben Rimalower's cabaret shows. Produced by Roven Records.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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