Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 10/10/17 (updated 10/13/17)

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Earlier recaps:

2017: October 3 | September 26, 19, 12, 5 | August 29, 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

CDs Now Available:

Six Wives original cast recording
(JAY Records - new on CD)
Cast includes Alexander Gemignani, Judy Kaye, Alexandra Silber, Nick Wyman, Liam Forde. "Prologue," "Picture My Palace," "Oh Tell Me Why," "Oh Tell Me Why (Coda)," "A Great King / Do Not Deny My Love," "I Could Give You Sons," "Leviticus," "Examine Them," "Storms in the Channel," "Charles Emperor Of Spain," "Plague All Around Me," "Nothing Changes," "Another Girl," "Oh Come Sweet Maid," "I Cannot Accept," "I Have a Son," "The Lady Of Cleeves," "Ach Lieber Gott," "She Had a Wonderous Laugh," "The Perfect Wedding Night," "ItÂ’S Cold in the Palace," "Scroll Song," "I Do Not Wish To Marry," "And So Begin the Happiness," "Interrogation," "Epilogue," "Only Fools," "Oh Come Sweet Maid Reprise," "Bows," "Bonus Track" (live recording of Steve Barton). [At Amazon, the CD is listed for purchase only through a third party, but that third party is part of JAY Records.]

The Tenors: Christmas Together
(Universal - new on CD/mp3/vinyl/at iTunes)
Clifton Murray, Fraser Walters, and Victor Micallef. "O Come All Ye Faithful," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "When We Are Together," "Mary Did You Know," "Santa's Wish (Teach The World)," "Please Come Home For Christmas," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "Little Drummer Boy," "Auld Lang Syne."

DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:

Shayna Steele: More Than Me
(Broadway Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Special release of single from Michael Mott's recent album "Abandoned Heart," with 100% of the profits will be donated to The American Red Cross to help those affected by Hurricane Maria. Also at

You Never Know digital
(Ghostlight Records - digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Digital release of 2001 studio album (released by Varese Sarabande) of Cole Porter score, based on 1991 Pasadena Playhouse production. Kristin Chenoweth, David Garrison, Harry Groener, Donna McKechnie, and Angela Teek. "Overture," "By Candlelight," "Let's Not Talk About Love," "I'm Going In For Love," "I'm Back In Circulation," "From Alpha To Omega," "Entr'acte," "What Shall I Do?," "Let's Misbehave," "I Happen To Be In Love," "From Alpha To Omega (Reprise) / Act II Finale," "Entr'acte," "You Never Know," "What Is That Tune?," "At Long Last Love," "Ridin' High," "By Candlelight (Reprise) / Finale Ultimo." Produced by Bruce Kimmel, and features musical supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Steve Orich. Released 10/6/17.

BOOKs Now Available:

The Great American Songbook - Broadway: Music and Lyrics for 100 Classic Songs
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
From Gershwin and Rodgers & Hammerstein to Stephen Schwartz and Stephen Sondheim, 100 timeless hits from the Great White Way are showcased in this book of classics in arrangements for piano, voice and guitar. 464 pages.

Hirschfeld: The Biography
(Sarah Crichton Books - new Hardcover Book/Digital Book)
By Ellen Stern. Biography of Al Hirschfeld, the caricaturist of Broadway. From interviews with the artist himself, his friends and wives, celebrity subjects, agent, daughter, and more; with access to personal correspondence, journals, home movies, and scrapbooks. 368 pages.

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel (The Oxford Keynotes Series)
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book)By Tim Carter. 152 pages. The first book on Carousel's history and impact. Presents new archival materials on the creation of the show.

Turner Classic Movies: Must-See Musicals: 50 Show-Stopping Movies We Can't Forget
(Running Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Richard Barrios. Foreword by Michael Feinstein. Covering 50 of the best spanning the dawn of sound to the high-def present ... lushly illustrated and brightly written with reviews and "backstage" stories. 264 pages.

Voice Lessons: A Sisters Story
(St. Martin's Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook)
By Cara Mentzel. Foreword by her sister, Idina Menzel. " the story of one younger sister growing up in the shadow of a larger-than-life older sister—looking up to her, wondering how they were alike and how they were different and, ultimately, learning how to live her own life and speak in her own voice on her own terms." Audiobook read by the author.


Meredith Braun: When Love Is Gone
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
New solo album from West End performer Meredith Braun (Sunset Boulevard, The Secret Garden, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera). "Real Emotional Girl," "There's Me," "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be," "With So Little to Be Sure of," "The Rules," "If Love Were All," "Sandra," "Hold Me," "Try to Remember / No More," "When Love Is Gone," "Everything That's Me," "I'm Still Alive," "Old Friend," "Come the Wild, Wild Weather." Also at


Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Going to the Theatre (But Were Too Sloshed To Ask, Dear)
(Nick Hern Books - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By "West End Producer." Advice on "What shows to see and what to avoid (how to see the hits and not the shits), "Where to sit (without developing ongoing neck problems and deep vein thrombosis), "How to combat theatre rage (and get to the ladies' loos before anyone else), "What to eat (crisps, sweets, or kebabs?), "What to wear (from the correct attire at press night, to the importance of a good, reliable codpiece at The Globe), "How to leave early if the show is rubbish (a 'Shrubbish'). 224 pages.

The Lion King: Pride Rock on Broadway
(Disney Editions - Hardcover Book)
By Julie Taymor. In this updated and redesigned edition of her book originally published in 1998, Taymor has a chance to reflect on her 20-year journey with the show. Features all of the original behind-the-scenes text and imagery photographed during the building of sets and rehearsals and costume creation. 192 pages.

Vivien Leigh: Actress and Icon
(Manchester Univ Press - Paperback Book)
Kate Dorney and Maggie B. Gale, editors. New readings of the life and career of actress Vivien Leigh, written by experts from theatre and film studies and curators from the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Uses newly accessible family archives to explore the complex relationship between Vivien Leigh's approach to the craft of acting for stage and screen, and how she shaped, developed and projected her public persona. Chapters range from analyses of her work on stage and screen to her collaborations with designers and photographers, an analysis of her fan base, her interior designs and the "public ownership" of her celebrity status during her lifetime and beyond. 256 pages.


Added to April 6, 2018:

Frozen - The Broadway Musical
(Walt Disney Records - new on CD)
Upcoming OBC recording. [Amazon link not taking orders yet.]

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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