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Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap 3/27/12

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DVD/Blu-Rays Now Available:

David Lean Directs Noël Coward
(Criterion Collection - new 4 Blu-Ray/4 DVD set)
New high-definition digital transfers of David Lean's '40s film versions of the Coward's In Which We Serve, This Happy Breed, Blithe Spirit, and Brief Encounter.  Bonuses include: audio commentary on Brief Encounter by film historian Bruce Eder; new interviews with Noel Coward scholar Barry Day on all of the films; interview with cinematographer-screenwriter-producer Ronald Neame from 2010; short documentaries from 2000 on the making of In Which We Serve and Brief Encounter; David Lean: A Self Portrait, a 1971 television documentary on Lean's career; episode of the British television series The Southbank Show from 1992 on the life and career of Coward; audio recording of a 1969 conversation between Richard Attenborough and Coward at London's National Film Theatre

BOOKs Now Available:

Album Produced By... More of my Rollercoaster Life
(Authorhouse - new Hardcover/Paperback/Kindle book)
By Bruce Kimmel. A look back at his career in the recording industry.

(Dramatist's Play Service - Paperback Book)
Leslye Headland play produced at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre in 2010, and regionally since. Published December 2011.

Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them
(Harper - Hardcover/Kindle Book)
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Frank Langella's memoir about encounters with some of the past century's most famous people; and his own journey. 368 pages.

Good People
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Tony Award nominated play by David Lindsay-Abaire.

My Friend Tom: The Poet-Playwright Tennessee Williams
(Univ Press of Mississippi - Hardcover Book)
By William Jay Smith. Foreword by Suzanne Marrs. Friend and poet Smith's analysis of Williams' early work, a biography, and thoughts about the writer's career. Source material includes correspondence with Williams, newspaper accounts, literary journals. 192 pages. Published January 12, 2012.


Julie & Carol: Live at Carnegie Hall and Julie & Carol: Live at Lincoln Center
(Masterworks - new on 2 CDs/mp3)
Specially priced 2-CD set. 1962 Julie & Carol: Live at Carnegie Hall and 1971 Julie & Carol: Live at Lincoln Center. CD 1: "No Mozart Tonight," "You're So London," "Oh Dear What Can The Matter Be," "From Russia: The Nausiev Ballet," "Meantime," "From Switzerland: The Pratt Family," "History Of Musical Comedy" (medley illustrating the history of musical theater in America since the early 20th century), "From Texas: Big "D""; CD 2: "Opening," "Our Classy, Classical Show ," "Girls In The Band," "Madame Abernall's / I Could Have Danced All Night," "He's Gone Away ," "Medley Of The 60's" (13 minutes; 46 songs that had come and gone since the Carnegie Hall show) "Wait Till The Sun Shines Nellie," "Finale." Available at ahead of release date.

Newsies: 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray
(Disney - new single Blu-Ray)
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1992 musical film. Christian Bale, David Moscow, Bill Pullman, Ann-Margret, Robert Duvall, Max Casella. Directed by Kenny Ortega.

Sweeney Todd Chichester Festival Cast (now available as an import)
(Warner Bros UK - new import CD)
Recorded February 25. Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton. "Prelude / The Ballad of Sweeney Todd," "No Place Like London," "Worst Pies in London," "My Friends / The Ballad of Sweeney Todd," "Johanna," "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd," "Wait," "Kiss Me," "Ladies in their Sensitivities," "Pretty Women," "Epiphany," "A Little Priest," "God, That's Good!," "Johanna (Reprise)," "By the Sea," "Not While I'm Around," "Searching," "Judge's Return," "Final scene," "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd." Also pre-ordering at Dress Circle and Dress Circle and Amazon UK.

Sweet Little Devil
(PS Classics - new on CD)
1924 show (opened on Broadway at the Astor Theatre on January 21, 1924) with George Gershwin and B.G. DeSylva score. Studio recording. Bethe Austin, Danny Burstein, Philip Chaffin, Sara Jean Ford, Jason Graae, Rebecca Luker and Sally Wilfert. Sam Davis conducts. Vocal arrangements by David Loud.

Victor Herbert: Collected Songs
(New World Records - on 4 CDs)
Marnie Breckenridge, George Dvorsky, Sara Jean Ford, Steven LaBrie, Aaron Lazar, Jeanne Lehman, Rebecca Luker, Daniel Marcus, Dillon McCartney, Jonathan Michie, Ron Raines, Valerian Ruminski, Zachary Stains, Rosalie Sullivan, Korliss Uecker, Margaret Jane Wray. 102 tracks total. See Amazon for track list.


After the Revolution and 4,000 Miles: Two Plays by Amy Herzog
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Amy Herzog plays After the Revolution (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Playwrights Horizons; John Gassner Award nomination, Lilly Award) and 4,000 Miles (Lincoln Center Theater's LCT3, upcoming at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center).

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
(TCG - Hardcover/Paperback Book)
Play by Lynn Nottage (Second Stage).

(TCG - Paperback Book)
2011 Broadway play by David Henry Hwang.

The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism & Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures
(TCG - Hardcover/Paperback Book)
Play by Tony Kushner. Originally commissioned and produced by the Guthrie Theater, presented at the Public Theater.

P. G. Wodehouse: A Life in Letters
(W.W. Norton & Co - Hardcover Book)
Sophie Ratcliffe, editor. 624 pages.

Performance of the Century: 100 Years of Actors' Equity Association and the Rise of Professional American Theater
(Applause - Hardcover Book)
By Robert Simonson.

Peter and the Starcatcher: The Annotated Script of the Broadway Play
(Disney Editions - Paperback Book)
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Script for the play with commentary by playwright Rick Elice, director Marco Paguia, composer Wayne Barker; set designer Donyale Werle, and original young-adult novel authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Behind-the-scenes information and photos of the cast and crew. Introduction by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. 192 pages. Ages 18 and up.

The Playbill Broadway Yearbook: June 2011 to May 2012: Eighth Annual Edition
(Applause - Hardcover Book)
Robert Viagas, editor.

Seventy-Five Seventy-Four Essays I Don't Have Time to Write
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama, playwright Sarah Ruhl, offers up seventy-four reflections on the world of theater. From literary influences and privacy to swordfights, crickets, and umbrellas ... thoughtful examinations of what plays were, are and could be.

Thornton Wilder: A Life
(Harper - Hardcover Book)
By Penelope Niven. First biography of this American playwright and novelist; from letters, public and private journals, manuscripts and other documentary evidence. 848 pages.

The Veil
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Play by Conor McPherson produced at London's National Theatre in 2011.

Weill's Musical Theater: Stages of Reform
(Univ of California Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
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By Stephen Hinton. First musicological study of Weill's complete stage works.


Added to May 1:

Smash Soundtrack
(Columbia new on CD)
Covers plus original songs composed by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. To include "Touch Me" by Ryan Tedder and Bonnie McKee.

Added to June 19:

Merrily We Roll Along 2012 Encores! Cast Recording
(PS Classics - new on 2 CDs)
Colin Donnell, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adam Grupper, Elizabeth Stanley and Betsy Wolfe. a 23-piece orchestra conducted by Rob Berman. Jonathan Tunick orchestrations. Pre-ordering now at special $14.95 pre-order price at

Additional information added:

Newsies the Musical OBC
(Ghostlight - new on CD)
Alan Menken/ Jack Feldman score (book by Harvey Fierstein). Danny Troob orchestrations. Arrangements by Michael Kosarin. Jeremy Jordan, John Dossett, Capathia Jenkins, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Kara Lindsay, Ben Frankhauser. Recorded March 4-5. "Overture," "Santa Fe (Prologue)," "Carrying the Banner," "The Bottom Line," "That's Rich," "I Never Planned on You/Don't Come a-Knocking," "The World Will Know," "Watch What Happens," "Seize the Day," "Santa Fe," "King of New York," "Watch What Happens (Reprise)," "The Bottom Line (Reprise)," "Brooklyn's Here," "Something to Believe In," "Once and For All," "Finale." Bonus tracks on CD only: "Santa Fe" (Performed by Jeremy Jordan accompanied by Alan Menken), "Seize The Day" (Full Song with Dance Break), "King of New York" (Full Song with Dance Break). Street date for CD May 15; released digitally April 10; orders placed through Newsies website will be released April 30.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff. Thanks to Max Preeo for his contributions.

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