Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 11/26/19 (updated 11/29/19)

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2019: November 19, 5 | October 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | September 24, 17, 10, 3, 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:

& Juliet
(Atlantic Records UK - new on CD)
Original London cast recording of score by Max Martin. "...'what if' Juliet hadn't killed herself at the end of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?" Premiered at Manchester Opera House prior to a November 2019 opening in the West End. Miriam-Teak Lee, Cassidy Janson, Oliver Tompsett, Arun Blair-Mangat, Melanie La Barrie, Jordan Luke Gage, and Tim Mahendran. "Larger Than Life," "I Want It That Way," "...Baby One More Time," "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely," "Domino," "Show Me Love," "Blow," "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman," "Overprotected," "Confident," "Teenage Dream / Break Free," "Oops!...I Did It Again," "I Kissed A Girl," "It's My Life," "Love Me Like You Do," "Since U Been Gone," "Whataya Want from Me," "One More Try," "Problem / Can't Feel My Face," "That's the Way It Is," "Everybody," "As Long as You Love Me," "It's Gonna Be Me," "Shape of My Heart," "Stronger," "Fuckin' Perfect [Explicit]," "Roar," "I Want It That Way (Reprise)," "Can't Stop The Feeling!," "One More Try." Released 11/20/19 on mp3 and at iTunes.

(Sony - new on CD)
World premiere recording of Douglas Lyons and Ethan D. Pakchar's new musical. Jenn Colella, Mykal Kilgore, Aisha Jackson, Saint Aubyn, Charity Angél Dawson, Gerard Canoninco, Ben Roseberry, John Krause, Max Sangerman, Jeb Brown, Matt Rodin, Katie Thompson, Olivia Griffin, Marlene Ginader, Amelia Cormack, and Jeremy Sevelovitz. "Pop Pop Beau," "So Better," "Comin' Home," "Shut Up," "It Couldn't Be," "By Your Side," "Crush," "Disappear," "Thursday In July," "Runnin'" (available now), "By Your Side (Reprise)," "Encore." Released digitally 10/25/19.

Brian Stokes Mitchell: Plays with Music
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3)
A wide variety of show tunes ranging from Irving Berlin to an unrecorded Stephen Sondheim song. "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Gesticulate," "By Myself," "I Won't Send Roses," "If Ever I Would Leave You," "Getting Married Today," "The Man I Love," "Hello, Young Lovers," "A Wizard Every Day," "Flag Song," "What a Wonderful World." Produced by Stokes, and featuring a lush orchestra that include his own arrangements and orchestrations.

A Never-Ending Line: A Female Song Cycle
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Song cycle composed by Jaime Lozano with female lyricists Lindsey Erin Anderson, Neena Beber, Lauren Epsenhart, Sami Horneff, Victoria Kühne, Lisa Mongillo, Marina Pires, Noemi de la Puente, and June Rachelson-Ospa. Featuring Julia Murney, Betsy Wolfe, Emily Skeggs, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Jenna Ushkowitz, Samantha Massell, Hannah Shankman, Natalie Weiss, Alena Watters, Arielle Jacobs, Alex Finke, Alexa Green, Sherz Aletaha, Genny Lis Padilla, Indra Palomo, Florencia Cuenca, Barrie Kealoha, Anne Fraser Thomas, Kim Sava, Linedy Genao, Jennifer Sanchez, LaDonna Burns, Natalie Toro, Nora Schell, Michelle Beth Herman, Jennifer DiNoia, Doreen Montalvo, Ramona Keller, and Alyssa Fox. All proceeds generated from sales of the album will benefit Maestra Music. Released previously digitally. Also at

DIGITAL MUSIC now available:

Jagged Little Pill OBC digital
(Atlantic - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Cast recording for new musical with score by Alanis Morissette, which begins December 5 at the Broadhurst Theatre. Jane Bruce, Anthony Cipriano, Kathryn Gallagher, Celia Rose Gooding, Logan Hart, Derek Klena, Max Kumangai, Sean Allan Krill, Ezra Menas, Lauren Patten, Nora Schell, Elizabeth Stanley. "Overture," "See Right Through You," "All I Really Want," "Hand in My Pocket," "Smiling," "Ironic," "So Unsexy," "Perfect," "Lancers Party (So Pure)," "That I Would Be Good," "Wake Up," "Forgiven," "Entr'Acte (Hand's Clean)," "Not The Doctor," "Head Over Feet," "Unprodigal Daughter," "Predator," "You Oughta Know," "Uninvited," "Mary Jane," "No," "Thank U," "You Learn." CD format to be released 12/6/19.

VINYL LP now available:

Hadestown OBC vinyl
(2-LP vinyl box set)
Score by Anaïs Mitchell. Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, Amber Gray, Patrick Page, Andre De Shields, Jewelle Blackman, Kay Trinidad, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer. Expected to include libretto and free download code. Previously released on 2 CDs, on mp3 and at iTunes.

BOOKs Now Available:

Grease: The Director's Notebook
(Harper Design - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition [expected 12/3/19)])
By Randal Kleiser. The musical film's the film's director looks back at the making of the legendary cultural landmark. Created in conjunction with Paramount Pictures and authorized by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey (via his Estate). Features rare and never-before-seen imagery from the studio's archives, as well as Kleiser's production notes, dialogue changes, and more. All new exclusive interviews with the key cast members and crew, including Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta, and Stockard Channing, original script pages, call sheets, conceptual images, and more. 208 pages. Released 10/22/19.


Henrik Ibsen: Nine Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramatisations
(BBC - audiobook)
Adaptations of Ibsen's The Wild Duck, Rosmersholm, Brand, and John Gabriel Borkman, A Doll's House (relocated to 1879 India in Tanika Gupta's dramatisation), Ghosts (adapted by Richard Eyre with the Almeida Theatre cast), Hedda Gabler, The Lady from the Sea, and An Enemy of the People. Casts include David Threlfall, Nicholas Farrell, Helen Baxendale, Indira Varma, Lesley Manville and Harriet Walter.

Man of Magic OLC
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
1966 OLC recording of Wilfred Wylam (pseudonym for classical composer Wilfred Josephs) and John Morley and Aubrey Cash score. Debut on CD. Starring Stuart Damon as Houdini, with Judith Bruce, Stubby Kaye, Gaye Brown, Doris Hare. "Man of Magic," "Floral Sisters," "Man in the Crowd," "Fantabulous!," "The Man That Captures My Heart," "Suddenly," "Sling the Gin," "Conquer the World," "Take Your Medicine," "Like No Other Man," "The Earth Is the Lord's," "Kester's Crystal Cabbage," "You Can't Keep a Good Man Down," "This He Knows," "Say Your Name," "Suddenly (Reprise)," "Finale." Part of Stage Door Records' Cast Album Masters Series. Produced by legendary theatre impresario Harold Fielding. Digitally remastered from the studio master tapes. Limited edition of 500 units. Also at


44 poems for you
(Copper Canyone Press - Paperback Book)
By playwright Sarah Ruhl. 80 pages.

Conversations with Neil Simon (Literary Conversations Series)
(Univ Press of Mississippi - Hardcover/Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Jackson R. Bryer, Ben Siegel, editors. In twenty-two, Neil Simon talks candidly about what it was like to write commercially successful plays that were dismissed by critics and scholars. He also speaks at length about the differences between writing for television, for the stage, and for film. He speaks openly and often revealingly about his relationships with, among many others, Mike Nichols, Walter Matthau, Sid Caesar, and Jack Lemmon. 280 pages.

Costume at the National Theatre
(Oberon Books - Paperback Book)
Companion to the 2019-2020 National Theatre showcase Costume exhibition. Lavish large-format photographic book featuring the extraordinary work of the costume department that will appeal to fans of theatre, costume and fashion. 208 pages.

Humana Festival 2018: The Complete Plays
(Limelight Editions - Paperback Book)
Amy Wegener and Jenni Page-White, editors. All six scripts from the 42nd annual cycle of world premieres at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville: Do You Feel Anger? by Mara Nelson-Greenberg, Evocation to Visible Appearance by Mark Schultz, we, the invisibles by Susan Soon He Stanton, Marginal Loss by Deborah Stein, God Said This by Leah Nanako Winkler, and You Across from Me, a collaboratively written play by four writers—Jaclyn Backhaus, Dipika Guha, Brian Otaño, and Jason Gray Platt.

Sing and Shout: The Mighty Voice of Paul Robeson
(Calkins Creek - Hardcover Book)
By Susan Goldman Rubin. Comprehensive biography explores the tumultuous and passionate life of activist, singer, and actor Paul Robeson. Includes an author's note, resources, source notes, index, and a preface by author Harry Belafonte. 288 pages.

Staging America: Twenty-First-Century Dramatists
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Christopher Bigsby. Explores the lives and works of eight award-winning playwrights—including Ayad Akhtar, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Young Jean Lee and Quiara Allegria Hudes—whose backgrounds reflect the social, religious, sexual and national diversity of American society. Each chapter is devoted to a single playwright and provides an overview of their career, a description and critical evaluation of their work, as well as a sense of their reception. Draws on primary sources, including the playwrights' own commentaries and notes, and contemporary reviews. 248 pages.


Added to January 10, 2020:

Kiss Me, Kate
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
2019 Broadway revival cast recording of Cole Porter score. Featuring Kelli O'Hara, Will Chase and Corbin Bleu, with Darius Barnes, Preston Truman Boyd, Will Burton, Derrick Cobey, Jesmille Darbouze, Rick Faugno , Haley Fish, Tanya Haglund, Erica Mansfield, Marissa McGowan, Sarah Meahl, Justin Prescott, Christine Cornish Smith, Sherisse Springer, Sam Strasfeld, and Travis Waldschmidt. Orchestrations by Larry Hochman. Music direction by Paul Gemignani. Album produced by Kurt Deutsch and Lawrence Manchester. "Another Op'nin', Another Show," "Why Can't You Behave," "Wunderbar," "So in Love," "We Open in Venice," "Tom, Dick, or Harry," "I've Come to Wive It Wealthily in Padua," "I Hate Men," "Were Thine That Special Face," "Kiss Me, Kate (Act 1 Finale)," "Too Darn Hot," "Where Is the Life That Late I Led," "Always True to You in My Fashion," "Bianca," "So in Love (Reprise)," "Brush Up Your Shakespeare," "I Am Ashamed That People Are So Simple," "Kiss Me, Kate (Reprise)." Recording date: Monday, April 22. Album produced by Kurt Deutsch and Lawrence Manchester. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes. Also at

Added, no release date:

Soft Power
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Original cast recording of Jeanine Tesori/David Henry Hwang score. Billy Bustamante, Jon Hoche, Kendyl Ito, Francis Jue, Austin Ku, Raymond J. Lee, Alyse Alan Louis, Jaygee Macapugay, Daniel May, Paul HeeSang Miller, Kristen Faith Oei, Geena Quintos, Conrad Ricamora, Trevor Salter, Kyra Smith, Emily Stillings, Emily Trumble, John Yi. Spring 2020.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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