Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 12/10/19 (updated 12/13/19)

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2019: December 3 | November 26, 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:

Christmas In Hell
(JAY Records - new on CD/at iTunes)
York Theatre Company original Off-Broadway cast recording of score by Gary Apple ("The Simpsons"). Scott Ahearn, Ron Wisniski, Lori Hammel, Donna English, Dathan B. Williams, Zak Risinger, Elijah Rayman, Brandon Williams. "Fruitcake Canticle," "Mrs. Huvey's Complaint," "My Favorite Place," "I Wish That I Believed," "Somebody Owes Me a Christmas," "They Have to Let You In," "There Is Nothing More That I Can Say," "Nobody Knows," "Entr’Acte: The Descent," "When Your Hands Are Too Big," "Mine!," "You’Re God," "Hell Will Be Heaven with You," "More Than Cheese," "Every Day Is Christmas in Hell," "Bows / Exit Music."

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


Kyle Taylor Parker and Alysha Umphress: "Count Your Blessings/What a Wonderful World"
(Broadway Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Released 12/6/19.

Kyle Taylor Parker: "I'll Be Home for Christmas"
(Broadway Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Released 12/6/19.

The Lightning Thief deluxe edition
(Broadway Records - new digital album at iTunes)
Re-release of the Off-Broadway recording with bonus cut songs. Score by Joe Tracz and Rob Rokicki. Chris McCarrell, Jorrel Javier, Ryan Knowles, Sarah Beth Pfeifer, James Hayden Rodriguez, Jalynn Steele, and Kristin Stokes. Bonus tracks: "Camp Half-Blood," "Pick a Side," "Try," "In the Same Boat," "The Wittlest Minotaur." CD format available at Released 12/6/19.

The Lightning Thief karaoke edition
(Broadway Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Instrumental versions of "Good Kid," "My Grand Plan," "The Tree On The Hill," "Killer Quest!" and "Bring On The Monsters." Music and lyrics by Rob Rokicki, produced by Michael Croiter, Rob Rokicki and Van Dean. Also at Released 12/6/19.

The Mad Ones
(Craft Recordings - new digital album)
Studio cast recording of Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk score. Krystina Alabado, Emma Hunton, Ben Fankhauser, Katie Thompson. "The Girl Who Drove Away," "We're Just in Your Head," "Freedom," "Ordinary Senior Year," "My Mom Is A Statistician," "Sam Failed Her Driver's Test," "Top Ten," "Simple As That," "The Proposal," "There Was A Party," "The Mad Ones," "I Know My Girl," "Miles To Go," "Say The Word," "Moving On," "Go Tonight," "Yellow SUV," "Run Away With Me," "Drive," "I Didn't Say Goodbye," "Remember This." Digital booklet includes lyrics and liner notes by Michael Arden. The musical was produced in 2017 by Prospect Theater Company. Released 12/6/19.

The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!
(Nickelodeon - new at Amazon Prime Video)
Aired 12/7/19 on Nickelodeon. Ethan Slater, Gavin Lee, Danny Skinner, Brian Ray Norris, Wesley Taylor, Christina Sajous as Sandy Cheeks, with Kyle Matthew Hamilton, Katie Lee Hill, Curtis Holbrook, L'ogan J'ones, Jai'len Josey, Kelvin Moon Loh, Lauralyn McClelland, Vasthy Mompoint, Bryonha Parham, Oneika Phillips, Jon Rua, JC Schuster, Abby C. Smith, Robert Taylor Jr., Allan Washington, and voice actor Tom Kenny. Book by Kyle Jarrow and score by a variety of pop artists. Directed by Tina Landau. Music supervisor and orchestrator Tom Kitt, choreographer Christopher Gattelli, set and costume designer David Zinn, lighting designer Kevin Adams, projection designer Peter Nigrini, and sound designer Walter Trarbach.

BOOKs Now Available:

Fleabag: The Scriptures
(Ballantine Books - new hardcover book/Kindle edition)
Award-winning play by Phoebe Waller-Bridge that became an award-winning television series. Includes the filming scripts of the first and second seasons, complete with the original stage directions as well as exclusive commentary on the author's creative process and the making of the series. 432 pages.

From Aphra Behn to Fun Home: A Cultural History of Feminist Theater
(Roman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Carey Purcell. Traces the evolution of important artists and productions over several centuries, Caryl Churchill, Pam Gems, Wendy Wasserstein, Paula Vogel Lynn, Garry Hynes, Julie Taymor and others. Also examines diversity in contemporary feminist theatre-with discussions of such playwrights as Young Jean Lee and Lynn Nottage-and a look toward the future. 272 pages


Octet original cast recording
(Nonesuch - new on CD)
Original cast recording of score by Dave Malloy and Annie Tippe. Adam Bashian, Kim Blanck, Starr Busby, Alex Gibson, Justin Gregory Lopez, J.D. Mollison, Margo Seibert, and Kuhoo Verma. Digital booklet. "The Forest," "Refresh," "Candy," "Glow," "Fugue State," "Monster," "Solo," "Actually," "Little God," "Tower Tea Ceremony," "Beautiful," "The Field." Digital Booklet. Previously released on mp3 and at iTunes


The Great White Way: Race and the Broadway Musical second edition
(Rutgers Univ Press - Paperback Book)
Warren Hoffman's 2014, revised and updated. Revealing the racial politics, content, and subtexts that have haunted musicals for almost one hundred years from Show Boat to Hamilton. This revised edition includes a new introduction and conclusion, updated chapters, as well as a brand-new chapter that looks at the blockbuster musicals The Book of Mormon and Hamilton.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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