Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 9/3/19 (updated 9/6/19)

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Earlier recaps:

2019: August 27, 20, 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:

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical OLC
(Stage Entertainment/Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Features Adrienne Warren, who will also play Tina Turner in the upcoming Broadway production. "Etherland," "Nutbush City Limits," "Don't Turn Around," "Shake a Tailfeather," "The Hunter," "Matchbox," "It's Gonna Work Out Fine," "A Fool in Love," "Let's Stay Together," "Better Be Good to Me," "Higher," "River Deep - Mountain High," "Be Tender with Me Baby," "Proud Mary," "I Don't Wanna Fight," "Private Dancer," "Disco Inferno," "Open Arms," "I Can't Stand the Rain," "Tonight," "What's Love Got to Do with It," "We Don't Need Another Hero," "(Simply) The Best," "Finale, Nutbush City Limits / Proud Mary." Customers who pre-order the digital album will immediately receive a free download of the single track "River Deep - Mountain High." Recorded in February 2019 at Angel Studios and produced by Nicholas Skilbeck and Kurt Deutsch, and co-produced by Tom Kelly. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes

Yankee Doodle Dandy
(Broadway Records - new recording on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Studio cast recording of George M. Cohan score plus new music and lyrics by Albert Evans (new bio-musical book by David Armstrong). "Overture," "Nellie Kelly, I Love You," "Harrigan," "You've Not Seen the Last of Cohan," "All Aboard for Broadway," "The Yankee Doodle Boy," "Give My Regards to Broadway," "All My Boys," "I Was Born in Virginia," "45 Minutes from Broadway," "So Long, Mary," "Atlantic City By the Sea," "Oh, You Wonderful Girls!," "Pick Up Your Dreams and Go," "You're a Grand Old Flag," "Entr'acte," "Over There," "Mary Is a Grand Old Name," "The Reunion (We Gave It Back to Broadway)," "That Harlem Melody," "Finale: George's Vision." Produced by James A. Rocco. Also at CD is expected to be restocked at Amazon on 9/13/19.


Travis Moser: In Whatever Time We Have
(new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Also features Angela Orlandi Colgan. Justin Stoney on piano. Stephen Schwartz ong from Children of Eden. Released 8/23/19.

BOOKs Now Available:

Alan Ayckbourn: Plays 6
(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book)
Six plays by Alan Ayckbourn: Time of My Life, Neighbourhood Watch, Arrivals and Departures, Hero’s Welcome, A Brief History of Women. 656 pages. Kindle version released in 2018.

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. Released 8/29/19.

The Height of the Storm
(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book)
Play by Florian Zeller (The Father), which was produced in the UK in 2018 and begins at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre 9/24/19. 80 pages. Kindle Edition released in 2018.

Puss in Boots: A Musical
(Harper Collins - new audiobook on CD/Audible audiobook)
A "fractured fairytale musical, is a tale of conquering fears, finding your truth, discovering your strengths, and standing for what you believe in, with lots of fun along the way. 11 original songs by Harvey Edelmanan and Neil Fishman (Spin: The Rumpelstiltskin Musical). Co-adapted with Khristine Hvam. Narrated by Jim Dale, Mark Aldrich, Barrett Leddy, Nick Sullivan, Brian Holden, Al Fallick, Lisa Livesay, Meredith Inglesby, Lynn Norris, John E. Brady, Johnny Heller. Released 8/27/19.

The Routledge Companion to the Contemporary Musical
(Routledge - Hardcover Book)
Jessica Sternfeld and Elizabeth L. Wollman, editors. Dedicated to the musical’s evolving relationship to American culture in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Forty-four essays examine the contemporary musical as an ever-shifting product of an ever-changing culture. 536 pages.

The Show Won't Go On: The Most Shocking, Bizarre, and Historic Deaths of Performers Onstage
(Chicago Review Press - Paperback book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook)
By Jeff Abraham and Burt Kearns. 240 pages. Audiobook narrated by Michael Butler Murray.

Summertime: George Gershwin's Life in Music
(W.W. Norton & Company - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD)
By Richard Crawford. Audiobook narrated by David Colacci. Draws extensively from letters and contemporaneous accounts to trace the arc of Gershwin's life, blending anecdotes with a discussion of Gershwin's oeuvre. 560 pages.


Al Jolson: Decca Years 1945-1950
(Sepia Records - 3-CD set)
All 71 of Al Jolson's vocal sides for Decca from 1945 to 1950, plus two previously unreleased performances, six alternative takes, and one incomplete take. Remastered. Includes a deluxe booklet including newly written liner notes, period illustrations, and a sessionography. Track list available at

Barb Jungr: Bob, Brel & Me
(Kristalyn - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Barb Jungr sings songs by Bob Dylan and Jacques Brel, plus her own compositions, written in collaboration with Mike Lindup, Jonathan Cooper and Jamie Safir. Features new translations by Robb Johnson. "Rise & Shine," "Jacky," "Mr. Tambourine Man," "Incurable Romantic," "The Tender Hearts," "Buckets of Rain," "One Too Many Mornings," "The Cathedral," "No-one Could Ever Wear Your Shoes," "Twist of Fate," "Sometimes," "Secret Spaces," "To See a Friend Break Down and Cry," "This Wheel's on Fire," "If We Only Had Love," "If You See Her Say Hello."

Harry Connick, Jr. - True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter
(Verve - new on CD)
Harry Connick Jr. as pianist, singer, arranger, orchestrator and conductor. "Anything Goes," "I Love Paris," "I Concentrate on You," "All of You," "Mind If I Make Love to You," "Just One of Those Things," "In the Still of the Night," "Why Can't You Behave," "Begin the Beguine," "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To," "True Love," "You're Sensational," "You Do Something to Me."

Judy digital
(Decca Broadway - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Soundtrack for upcoming feature film. Songs sung by Renée Zellweger. "By Myself," "Get Happy" (with Sam Smith), "For Once in My Life," "Zing Went the Strings," "You Made Me Love You," "Talk of the Town," "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (with Rufus Wainwright), "The Trolley Song," "The Man That Got Away," "San Francisco," "Over the Rainbow." "Over the Rainbow" available now. CD and vinyl version expected.

Kelley Johnson: Something Good
(Oa2 - new on CD)
Jazz vocalist Kelley Johnson's fifth album. "Anyone Can Whistle," "Goodbye To Love," "You Do Something To Me," "Lullaby of Birdland," "Let's Do It," "Some Other," "Tip Toe," "Unforgettable," "You For Me," "Something Good." Arrangements by Johnson and John Hansen, her pianist of the last two decades, her band of Hansen, bassist Michael Glynn, drummer Kendrick Scott and special guest Jay Thomas.


Beyond Broadway: The Pleasure and Promise of Musical Theatre Across America
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book)
By Stacy Wolf. The author considers the widespread presence and persistence of musical theatre in U.S. culture, and examines it as a live, pleasurable, participatory experience of creating, watching, and listening. Why does local musical theatre flourish in America? Why do so many Americans passionately engage in a century-old artistic practice that requires intense, person-to-person collaboration? Why do audiences flock to see musicals in their hometowns? How do corporations like Disney and Music Theatre International enable musical theatre's energetic movement through American culture? From 200 interviews with practitioners and spectators, licensors and Disney creatives. 392 pages.

The Letters of Cole Porter
(Yale Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
Cliff Eisen and Dominic McHugh, editors. Extensive collection of letters (most of which are published here for the first time) dates from the first decade of the twentieth century to the early 1960s and features correspondence with stars such as Irving Berlin, Ethel Merman, and Orson Welles, as well as Porter's friends and lovers. Complemented by commentaries that draw together the loose threads of Porter’s life and highlight the distinctions between Porter’s public and private existence. 672 pages.

A Moment on the Clock of the World: A Foundry Theatre Production
(Haymarket Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
".. an invitation to consider how we make the world ... artists, social justice practitioners, cultural critics and public intellectuals, Cornel West, Taylor Mac, Alisa Solomon, Robin D.G. Kelley and Laura Flanders among them, whose own inquiries intersected with that of the award-winning Foundry Theatre across its 25-year history. 220 pages.


Moved to 10/11/19:

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.