Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap 3/29/11

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CDs Now Available:

Sister ActSister Act UK
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/iTunesSister Act (A Divine Musical Comedy) [Soundtrack from the Musical] - Alan Menken & Whoopi Goldberg
CD Universe
OLC recording of Alan Menken and Glenn Slater score. Nicolas Colicos, Ivan De De Freitas, Thomas Goodridge, Claire Greenway, Sheila Hancock, Chris Jarman, Ian Lavender, Patina Miller, Ako Mitchell, Katie Rowley Jones, Julia Sutton. Previously available in the UK and as an import.


DIGITAL DOWNLOADs Now Available:

Sara RamirezSara Ramirez EP
(new at iTunesSara Ramirez - EP - Sara Ramirez
Sara Ramirez (Spamalot) sings songs she has written: Eye to Eye" (co-written with Michael Pemberton), "Waitin" and "Break My Heart" (co-written with Rob Giles), plus Phil Hanseroth's "The Story."


DVDs Now Available:

Anything GoesAnything Goes
(Entertainment One - on DVD)
CD Universe
Cole Porter musical in abbreviated form presented as 1954 NBC Colgate Comedy Hour show. Frank Sinatra, Ethel Merman, Bert Lahr, Sheree North. Dean Martin hosts. Five of the original show's songs plus several other Porter numbers. 60 minutes. Bonus material possible.

The MikadoThe Mikado
(Criterion Collection - new on Blu-Ray/DVD)
CD Universe
New digital transfer (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition) of the 1939 Technicolor version with Kenny Baker, Martyn Green, Sydney Granville and members of the D'Oyly Carte company. Directed by Victor Schertzinger. Extras include new video interview with Topsy-Turvy director Mike Leigh on The Mikado and its adaptation for the screen; new video interview with Mikado scholars Josephine Lee and Ralph MacPhail Jr., tracing the 1939 filmed version of the opera back to its 1885 stage debut; short silent film promoting the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company's 1926 stage performance of The Mikado; and a booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien.

TangledTangled
(Disney - new on Blu-Ray-3D-DVD/DVD)
CD Universe
2010 animated film (based on "Rapunzle") with score by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. Mandy Moore, Donna Murphy, Brad Garrett, Zachary Levi, Grace Potter.

Streetcar Named DesireTennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire (1995)
(Image Entertainment - new on DVD)
CD Universe
1995 TV version with Alec Baldwin, Jessica Lange, Diane Lane and John Goodman. Presented by CBS with cuts; this release is said to be unedited. 156 minutes.

Topsy-TurvyTopsy-Turvy
(Criterion Collection - on Blu-Ray/2 DVDs)
CD Universe
Mike Leigh's 1999 film, a dramatization of the creation of The Mikado, with James Broadbent and Allan Corduner as the writing partners. Extras include audio commentary featuring director Mike Leigh; new video conversation between Leigh and the film's musical director, Gary Yershon; A Sense of History: Leigh's 1992 short film written by and starring actor Jim Broadbent; deleted scenes; featurette from 1999 including interviews with Leigh, stars Broadbent and Allan Corduner, and other cast members; theatrical trailer and TV spots; and a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Amy Taubin.


BOOKs Now Available:

CollisionCollision: when reality and illusion collide
(AuthorHouse - Hardcover Book)
By Ron Bruguiere. "Hidden in a theater's orchestra-level wall is the pass door. Step through it, and you will enter the backstage area, but beware, once you enter, you will encounter the realities dwelling in the kingdom of make-believe. In this seriocomical look at life during the 1960's and 70s, rub elbows with me and Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Ethel Merman, Barbra Streisand, Carol Channing, Paul Newman, Lucille Ball, James Baldwin, The Actors Studio Theatre, Billy Dee Williams, Deborah Kerr, and Maggie Smith, and experience the final days of the Golden Age of Theater and the beginnings of the new sounds – Hair and Company."

Jews on BroadwayJews on Broadway: An Historical Survey of Performers, Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists and Producers
(McFarland & Co - Paperback Book)
By Stewart F. Lane. This historical volume captures the story of the Jewish emergence from immigrants in ghetto living conditions staging Yiddish Theater productions on New York's Lower East Side to their significant social and cultural impact on the stages of Broadway. Includes insights and anecdotes from a life spent working with many of the Jewish legends of American theater.

StagecraftStagecraft: Stanislavsky and External Acting Techniques
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
By Robert Blumenfeld. Complete information on the foundations of the actor's art: vocal technique, right down to grammar, punctuation, and stress patterns; movement technique, so you can create the character physically; and rehearsal and performance techniques. Detailed section on applying makeup. Blumenfeld also details the specific techniques of performing in comedy and meeting the unique demands of musical theater. The ideas of Stanislavsky's influential successors - Michael Chekhov, Yevgenyi Vakhtangov, Uta Hagen, Sanford Meisner, Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg, and many others - are included as well.


Recordings RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:

Christopher and His KindChristopher & His Kind
(Bfs Video - new on DVD)
Matt Smith, Christopher Isherwood. 2011 BBC television film adapted by Kevin Elyot from the autobiography by Christopher Isherwood, produced by Mammoth Screen and directed by Geoffrey Sax. Isherwood played by Matt Smith; with Toby Jones, Douglas Booth, Imogen Poots and Iddo Goldberg. 90 minutes.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous BreakdownWomen on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
(Ghostlight - new on CD)
OBC cast recording of musical based on the film by Pedro Almodóvar, with book by Jeffrey Lane, music and lyrics by David Yazbek. de'Adre Aziza, Laura Benanti, Danny Burstein, Justin Guarini, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Patti LuPone, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Mary Beth Peil and Sherie Rene Scott. Recorded January 17. Produced by David Yazbek and Dean Sharenow with Kurt Deutsch serving as Executive Producer.


Calendars RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:

On Broadway 2012 Wall CalendarPlaybill on Broadway 2012 Wall Calendar
(Time Factory - Calendar)
2012 wall calendar.


Books RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:

13: Complete Book and Lyrics13: The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical The Applause Libretto Library
(Applause - Paperback Book)
Jason Robert Brown musical. One of the most frequently produced new musicals of the last decade.

Broadway Musicals, Show By Show - Seventh Edition
(Applause - Paperback Book)
Stanley Green and Cary Ginell. Updated edition of one of the best-selling and comprehensive Broadway reference books, first published in 1985, expanded to include many of the most important and memorable productions of the American musical theater, including revivals. Chronologically arranged beginning with The Black Crook in 1866, the seventh edition adds new entries and photos on numerous musicals from recent years, including American Idiot, Billy Elliot: The Musical, Hair (revival), Memphis, Next to Normal, Rock of Ages, The Addams Family, West Side Story (revival), and Fela! A wealth of statistics and inside information, plus critical reception, cast lists, commentary about each show, and numerous detailed indexes

Broadway MVPsBroadway MVPs: 1960-2010: The Most Valuable Players of the Past 50 Seasons
(Applause - Paperback Book)
Peter Filichia names his choices for the MVPs of each of the past 50 Broadway seasons – they might be performers, producers, directors, or choreographers. Also included are awards in categories such as Comeback Player of the Year, Reliever of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Led League in Errors. From Tammy Grimes, MVP of the 1960-61 season for The Unsinkable Molly Brown, to Joe DiPietro, MVP of the 2009-10 season for Memphis, Filichia recognizes the best and the brightest that have appeared on Broadway. 210 pages.

Hairspray Hairspray (Wiley-Blackwell Series in Film and Television)
(Wiley-Blackwell - Hardcover/Paperback Book)
From the original movie to the 2002 Broadway production, the 2007 Shankman remake, and the film’s status as a cultural touchstone that has evolved over twenty years, Hairspray maintains a vibrancy within popular culture. In this new exploration of the film - which includes original interview material with John Waters - Dana Heller engages readers in thought-provoking discussions about topics ranging from camp and queer theory to gender performance and the body; from debates over postmodern style vs. substance to fandom in popular culture and the history of the American film musical.

Life Is Not a Stage: From Broadway Baby to a Lovely Lady and Beyond
(Center Street - Hardcover/Audiobook/Kindle)
Florence Henderson memoir, written with Joel Brokaw. Covers her entertainment life, which includes Broadway, the "Brady Bunch" and "Dancing with the Stars." And she writes with candor about the challenges she has faced and overcome, including a Dickensian childhood in rural Indiana as the last born of ten children; struggles with religious faith; nightmarish post-partum depression; the collapse of her marriage and infidelity; and the death of her soul mate. She also reveals the valuable lessons both the triumphs and adversities have taught her about enjoying life to its fullest.

Theatre Sound Mixing: Broadway and Beyond
(Focal Press - Paperback Book)
By Shannon Slaton (Broadway and tour sound designer). Guide to live sound mixing for theatre. Written in a clear and easy to read style, and illustrated with real world examples of personal experience and professional interviews, Slaton shows you how how to mix live theatre shows from the basics of equipment, set ups, and using sound levels to creating atmosphere, emotion and tension to ensure a first rate performance every time.

Victor Herbert: A Theatrical Life
(Fordham Univ Press - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of 2008 biography by Neil Gould, who not only gives a revealing portrait of Herbert the artist, entrepreneur, and visionary, but also recreates the vibrant world of the Herbert's Broadway. Gould takes us inside the music itself, with detailed guides to each major work and recreations of great performances. He also makes strong connections between Herbert's breakthrough compositions, such as the operetta Mlle. Modiste, and the later contributions of Rudolf Friml,Sigmund Romberg, Jerome Kern and other giants of the musical theater. This book is also a chronicle of American popular culture during one of its most creative periods.

OTHER NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Moved to June 1:

Angels in AmericaAngels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes: 20th Anniversary Edition Edition
(TCG - Hardcover)
By Tony Kushner. Millennium Approaches and Perestroika in the revised versions presented this season at the Signature Theatre Company, as well as a new author's foreword.

Moved to September 1:

Rough Magic by Mike Daisey
(TCG - Paperback Book)
The first volume of work by Mike Daisey, a solo performer. Includes The Last Cargo Cult, Monopoly!, How Theater Failed America and If You See Something Say Something.




Thanks to Max Preeo for his contributions.

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