Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 9/15/15

Earlier recaps:

September 8, 1 | August 18, 11, 4 | July 28, 21, 14, 7 | June 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | May 26, 19, 12, 5 | April 28, 21, 14, 7 | March 31, 24, 17, 10, 3 | February 24, 17, 10, 3 | January 27, 20, 13, 6

Quick list of all Amazon links for this week.

CDs Available This Week:

Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein
(Motéma - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Four-time Grammy winner singer/pianist Karrin Allyson album of Rodgers & Hammerstein songs. "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning," "Many a New Day," "Happy Talk," "I Cain't Say No," "I Have Dreamed," "Out Of My Dreams," "Bali H'ai," "When I Think Of Tom/Hello Young Lovers," "We Kiss In a Shadow," "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught," "Something Wonderful," "Surrey With a Fringe on Top," "Something Good," "Edelweiss." iTunes Bonus track: This Nearly Was Mine." Kenny Barron on piano and John Patitucci on bass. Recorded at Sear Sound in New York City on May 1st & 2nd, 2015. Arranged by Allyson, executive produced by Jana Herzen and produced by Allyson in association with Michael Leonhart.

Patti LuPone: Matters of the Heart
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Originally released in 1999, reissued with all new packaging and photos. Studio recording of Patti LuPone's cabaret show, which originated on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in 2000 and toured. "Storybook/Love Makes the World Go 'Round," "A Cock-Eyed Optimist," "The Boy Next Door," "It's For You/A Wonderful Guy," "Where Love Resides," "Shattered Illusions," "Unexpressed," "Not a Day Goes By," "Playbill," "Air That I Breathe," "Sand and Water," "When the World Was Young/I Never Do Anything Twice," "I Regret Everything," "This Moment," "Real Emotional Girl," "My Father/Look Mummy, No Hands," "My Son," "Back to Before," "Hello, Young Lovers," "My Best to You."


A View of the River: 7 Songs by Will Van Dyke and Jeff Talbott
(new EP on mp3 and at iTunes)
Music by Van Dyke; lyrics are by Jeff Talbott and Van Dyke. "Pop-infused theatre standalone songs." Performed by Billy Porter, Kate Baldwin, Jonathan Groff, and Broadway and Off-Broadway stars Abby Mueller, Matt Doyle, Tamika Sonja Lawrence and Preston Sadleir. Produced by Van Dyke, Talbott, Brian Usifer and Derik Lee, and co-produced by Candy Gold. Orchestrations by Usifer. Recorded and mixed by Lee. "When You Smile," "September," "Wait," "Three Minutes," "The Girl Who Ran Away," "Prayer," "Begin & End."

DVD/Blu-Rays Now Available:

Jack and the Beanstalk TV Special
(Warner Archive - DVD-R)
1967 Hanna-Barbera film with blend of live action and animation. Songs by James Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn. Gene Kelly, Bobby Riha, Ted Cassidy plus vocal talents including Marni Nixon. 59 minutes.

Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy Collection Volume 1
(Warner Archive - 4 DVD-R discs)
Naughty Marietta, Rose-Marie, Maytime, and The Girl of the Golden West. 467 minutes.

Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy Collection Volume 2
(Warner Archive - 4 DVD-R discs)
Sweethearts, New Moon, Bitter Sweet, and I Married an Angel. 396 minutes.

BOOKs Now Available:

The Complete Book of 1970s Broadway Musicals
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book)
By Dan Dietz. Examines in detail every musical that opened on Broadway during the 1970s. Opening and closing dates; Plot summaries; Cast members; Number of performances; Names of all important personnel including writers, composers, directors, choreographers, producers, and musical directors; Musical numbers and the names of performers who introduced the songs; Production data, including information about tryouts; Source material; Critical commentary; Tony awards and nominations; Details about London and other foreign productions. Appendices include a discography, filmography, published scripts, and lists of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, Black-themed shows, and Jewish-themed productions. 496 pages. Complements Dietz' books on 1940s Broadway Musicals, 1950s Broadway Musicals, and 1960s Broadway Musicals].

The Death of Natalie Wood A New Play
(Spider Web Press - new digital book Kindle Edition)
Had been listed as a new play by Rex Marin. Now it's a new play by Jackie O. Speares.

Joy Ride: Show People and Their Shows
(W.W. Norton & Co - new hardcover book/Kindle edition)
A collection of John Lahr's New Yorker profiles and reviews. 592 pages.


The Best of Cinerama
(Sepia Records - new on 2 CDs)
Released in 1963, a greatest hits package film featuring the finest moments from the Cinerama travelogues (Cinerama Holiday, Seven Wonders of the World, Search for Paradise, South Seas Adventure). Mixed in full stereo from 6 & 7 track Cinerama 35mm full coats and presented in Dolby Surround with music first time on CD. Bonus extras include alternate takes of music from the original 7-track 35mm coats.

A Chorus Line: 40th Anniversary Celebration
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD)
Remastered new edition of the original Broadway cast recording. Score by Marvin Hamlisch and Ed Kleban. With eight bonus track demos. Scott Allen, Renee Baughman, Carole Bishop, Pamela Blair, Wayne Cilento, Chuck Cissel, Clive Clerk, Kay Cole, Ronald Dennis, Donna Drake, Brandt Edwards, Patricia Garland, Carolyn Kirsch, Ron Kuhlman, Nancy Lane, Baayork Lee, Priscilla Lopez, Robert LuPone, Cameron Mason, Donna McKechnie, Don Percassi, Carole Schweid, Michael Serrecchia, Michael Stuart, Thomas J. Walsh, Sammy Williams, Crissy Wilzak. "Opening: I Hope I Get It," "I Can Do That," "At the Ballet," "Sing!," "Montage (In Three Parts); Montage Part 1: Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love," "Montage (In Three Parts); Montage Part 2: Mother," "Montage (In Three Parts); Montage Part 3: Gimme The Ball," "Nothing," "Dance: Ten; Looks: Three," "The Music and the Mirror," "One," "What I Did for Love," "One (Reprise) / Finale"; Bonus tracks: "It's All in Here," "I Can Do That," "At the Ballet," "Sing!," "Shoes," "One," "Finale Ballad (What I Did For Love)," "Joanne." New high-resolution (24/96) master of the original cast recording, taken from the surround-sound remix created for the SACD-only format (previously available only in that format).

Freedomland U.S.A.
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
Jule Styne and George Weiss were commissioned to produce a souvenir album for the New York theme park, performed by Johnny Horton, Jimmy Rushing, Jill Corey, Richard Hayes, Charlie Weaver and Earl Wrightson. First time on CD, re-mastered in stereo and combined with rare bonus tracks performed by stars such as Ethel Merman, Peter Lawford and Jule Styne himself. "Freedomland U.S.A Overture" (Frank De Vol And His Orchestra), "Little Old New York" (Richard Hayes), "Satellite City" (Earl Wrightson), "Danny the Dragon" (Charlie Weaver), "The Jalopy Song" (Jill Corey And Richard Hayes), "Pine Country" (Earl Wrightson), "Johnny Freedom" (Johnny Horton), "On the Showboat" (Jill Corey), "San Francisco Fran" (Richard Hayes), "The Chicago Fire" (Earl Wrightson), "So Long Ma" (Jimmy Rushing)"; "Bonus Tracks: "That's the Kind of Dame I Am" (Ethel Merman), "It's a Great Feeling" (Sammy Cahn), "I Feel Like Dancing" (Jule Styne And Leo Robin), "Temporary Arrangement" (Jule Styne), "Frightfully Nice" (Peter Lawford).


Harlem's Theaters: A Staging Ground for Community, Class, and Contradiction, 1923-1939
(Northwestern Univ Press - Paperback Book)
By Adrienne Macki Braconi. Study of three important community-based theaters in Harlem. The author uses textual analysis, performance reconstruction, and audience reception to examine the complex dynamics of productions by the Krigwa Players, the Harlem Experimental Theatre, and the Negro Theatre of the Federal Theatre Project. 280 pages.

Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York
(The Monacelli Press - Hardcover Book)
By Judith Gura, Kate Wood, and Larry Lederman (photographer). Tells the stories of 47 interior landmarks, including banks, theaters, office building lobbies, restaurants, libraries, and more, like Radio City Music Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grand Central Station, Tweed Courthouse, Rainbow Room, Ford Foundation Building. 240 pages.

Playing God: The Bible on the Broadway Stage
(Univ of Michigan Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Henry Bial. Focuses on eleven successful productions, as well as a few notable flops, that highlight the difficulties in adapting the Old and New Testaments for the stage. Combining analysis of play scripts with archival research into the actual circumstances of production and reception. 247 pages.

Theatre and Laughter
(Palgrave Macmillan - Paperback Book)
By Eric Weitz. Examines laughter among actors, among audience, and the interaction between the two ... laughter as a tool of political resonance, as social commentary, and as one of the oldest rhetorical devices. 120 pages.

Theatre and Social Media
(Palgrave Macmillan - Paperback Book)
By Patrick Lonergan. The relationship between social media and theatre. The author argues that social media is itself a performance space, analysing how it's used by both theatres and audiences and also in connection with each other.

Uncle Tom's Cabin on the American Stage and Screen
(Palgrave Macmillan - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of 2012 book by John Frick. Traces the major dramatizations of Harriet Beecher Stowe's classic from its inception in 1852 through "modern" versions on film. Examines the major productions, companies, and influential persons in the long, complex history of theatrical Toms and introduces the reader to the artists who created the plays and productions that created theatre history. 332 pages.

What a Time It Was!: Leonard Lyons and the Golden Age of New York Nightlife
(Abbeville Press - Hardcover Book)
By Jeffrey Lyons. Collection of stories, hand-picked from the archive of legendary New York Post columnist Leonard Lyons by his son. Of the time when notables of every sort—film producers and stars, writers, politicians, comedians, athletes, and artists—gathered nightly at such famed restaurants and nightclubs as Sardi's, the Stork Club, and the Copacabana. Illustrated with snapshots and glamour shots. 480 pages.


Added to December 4:

School of Rock - The Musical OBC
(Warner Bros - new on CD)
Original 2015 Broadway cast recording. Twelve original songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, and three songs from the immensely popular 2003 film. Produced by Rob Cavallo and Lloyd Weber.