Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 10/17/17 (updated 10/20/17)

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2017: October 10, 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:

Bat Out of Hell the Musical OLC
(Universal Music - new import 2-CD set)
Original cast recording of score by Jim Steinman. The musical premiered at the Manchester Opera House in Manchester, England, on February 17, 2017, then ran at the London Coliseum, and is now playing in Toronto. Many of the songs were previously recorded by Meat Loaf. Disc One: "Love and Death and an American Guitar," "All Revved Up with No Place to Go / The Opening of the Box / 3Everything Louder Than Everything Else / If It Ain't Broke, Break It," "Who Needs the Young?," "Life Is A Lemon And I Want My Money Back (excerpt)," "Out of the Frying Pan (And Into the Fire) (intro)," "It Just Won't Quit," "Out of the Frying Pan (And Into the Fire) (full song)," "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," "The Invocation," "Making Love Out of Nothing at All," "Bat Out of Hell." Disc Two: "In the Land of the Pig, the Butcher Is King," "Heaven Can Wait," "Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are," "Teenager in Love," "For Crying Out Loud," "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)," "Not Allowed to Love," "What Part of My Body Hurts the Most," "Dead Ringer for Love," "Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through," "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)," "Finale (Bat Out of Hell reprise)."

(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Graphic novel rock album with score by Rob Rokicki (The Lightning Thief). Jelani Alladin, Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Cheryl Freeman, Molly Hager, F. Michael Haynie, Megan Hilty, Joe Iconis, Lauren Marcus, Jeremy Morse, Julia Murney, Luca Padovan, Rob Rokicki, Tyce, Jason SweetTooth Williams, Emma Gannon-Salomon, Sami Griffith, and Mackenzie Jones. "Monsterbaby," "Unravel," "Say Goodbye," "Down and Under," "Blood and Brains," "The Plans," "Right Through You," "Reluctantly," "I'm Sorry," "Hell Hath No Fury," "Footprints," "It's Over / Return of Monsterbaby." Produced by Rob Rokicki, and executive produced by Grammy Award winner Van Dean. Amazon link currently not working; also at

DIGITAL ALBUMs Now Available:

Mandy Gonzalez: Fearless
(Arts Music/Warner Music Group - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Solo album by Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton). 7-track album features songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jennifer Nettles, Bill Sherman, Tom Kitt, and Jay Livingston & Ray Evans. "Fearless," "Starts Right Now," "Que Será, Será," "Life Is Sweet" (with Christopher Jackson), "Everyday," "Smile," "Breathe." Those who pre-order will receive the title song by Miranda, on October 6.

DVD/BLU-RAYs Now Available:

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: The Complete Second Season
(Warner Archive - new 3-disc DVD set)
Musical comedy television series. Cast includes Rachel Bloom, Vincent Rodriguez III, Santino Fontana, Donna Lynne Champlin. 554 minutes.

BOOKs Now Available:

10,000 Nights: Highlights from 50 Years of Theatre-Going
(Univ of Michigan Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Marvin Carlson. Features essays using each theater experience (one per year, from 1960 to 2010) to provide an insight into the theater and theatre-going at a particular time. 296 pages.

Arlen and Harburg's Over the Rainbow (The Oxford Keynotes Series)
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Walter Frisch. Traces the history of the song and its cultural evolution and impact. 160 pages.

Rent FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Broadway's Blaze of Glory
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Tom Rowan, editor. Includes biographical info on the Jonathan Larson; other chapters focus on the creative team and original cast, the development of the script and score from early drafts and workshop performances to the final version, the movie version, tours, and more. "Rent Cultural Literacy" is a guide to all the titles, real people, and locations referenced in the show; another chapter provides clues to the characters and tips for anyone thinking about auditioning for the musical, or putting on a production. Final chapter provides a rundown, with numerous photos, of revivals and local productions all over the country, including regional, community, and dinner theaters, and high school and college versions. 400 pages.


The Ballad of Little Jo original cast recording
(The Musical Company/Concord Records - new on CD)
Two River Theater cast recording of score by Mike Reid and Sarah Schlesinger. Teal Wicks, Eric William Morris, Jane Bruce, and Daniel K. Isaac. Accompanied by John O’Neill (conductor/piano) and Martin Agee (violin), Troy Chang (cello), Philip Coiro (drums/percussion), Simon Hutchings (reeds), Justin Rothberg (guitar), and Joseph Wallace (bass). Orchestrations By Danny Larsen. Music Supervision & Vocal Arrangements By Patrick Vaccariello. Music Direction & Dance/Incidental Arrangements By John O'Neill. Album Produced By Sean Patrick Flahaven.

The Crucible
(Kritzerland Records - new on 2 CDs)
Robert Ward (music) and Bernard Stambler (libretto) opera of Arthur Miller's play, remastered. Original 1961 New York City Opera Production. Conducted by Emerson Buckley. First issued in 2-LP set in 1962. Chester Ludgin, Francis Bible, Norman Treigle, and Patricia Brooks. Limited release of 500 copies. To be available at the end of November at

Frozen - The Broadway Musical
(Walt Disney Records - new on CD)
OBC recording of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez score. Cast includes Caissie Levy and Patti Murin as royal sisters Elsa and Anna, respectively. The cast includes Caissie Levy, Patti Murin, Greg Hildreth, Robert Creighton, John Riddle, and Jelani Alladin.


Antigone Undone: Juliette Binoche, Anne Carson, and the Art of Resistance
(Univ of Regina Press - Hardcover Book)
By Will Aitken, after seeing the premiere of Anne Carson’s translation of Antigone, starring Juliette Binoche and directed by Ivo van Hove. His response to the play's protagonist, and the response to the play by Hegel, Virginia Woolf, Judith Butler, and others. 210 pages.

The Ballad of John Latouche: An American Lyricist's Life and Work
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle edition, released 10/6)
By Howard Pollack. Biography of lyricist, bookwriter, librettist John Treville Latouche (Cabin in the Sky, Beggar's Holiday, The Golden Apple, Candide ). The book draws widely on archival materials such as Latouche's diaries and the papers of Bernstein, Ellington, Moore, Moross, and many others, to tell for the first time, the story of this fascinating man and his work. 592 pages.

Labour of Love
(Bloomsbury Methuen - Paperback Book)
James Graham's play about British politics currently running in a world premiere production at the West End's Noel Coward Theatre, starring Martin Freeman and Sarah Lancashire. 128 pages.

The Penitent
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by David Mamet, which premiered at Atlantic Theatre Company in February 2017. 72 pages.


Amazon ordering issues resolved:

Half a Sixpence: Original Demo Recordings
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
Music and lyrics by David Heneker and book by Beverley Cross. Includes studio demo recordings for Kipps (then working title for the show) recorded at London's Olympic Studios in March 1962, one year before the West End run. Tommy Steele, Rita Williams, Roy Sone, Joanna Rigby and writers David Heneker and Beverley Cross; backed by the Kenny Powell Trio. INcludes some cut songs. Project conceived by Stewart Nicholls, Theatre Director and Archivist for the David Heneker Estate, who says the material was "discovered in perfect condition in the garage of Composer David Heneker's family house in deepest Wales - and hadn't been played for 55 years." "Ladies Wear," "Mr. Shalford's Drapery Emporium," "All In The Cause of Economy," "Half A Sixpence," "We Don't Like Not To Be Engaged," "If You Dress Like Mr. Pearce," "Pure Coincidence," "Money To Burn," "The Oak and the Ash," "She's Too Far Above Me," "I'm Not Talking to You," "If The Rain's Got To Fall," "The Old Military Canal," "The One Who's Got Away," "Long Ago," "How Fashionable and Amusing," "I'll Build A Palace / I Only Want A Little House," "I'll Build A Palace / I Only Want A Little House (Reprise)," "How Fashionable and Amusing," "I Don't Believe A Word Of It," "Flash Bang Wallop," "Long Ago," "Half A Sixpence," "She's Too Far Above Me," "If The Rain's Got To Fall," "Beverley Cross Narrates 'Half A Sixpence'." Also at and Amazon UK. Released October 6.

Links added:

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 Released October 10.

Added, no release date:

Andrew Rannells memoir
(Crown Archetype - new book)
The Tony-nominated actor's (The Book of Mormon, Falsettos) personal account of his journey to Broadway and beyond. Expected Spring 2019.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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