Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap 6/7/11

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CDs Now Available:

Book of MormonThe Book Of Mormon OBC
(Ghostlight - new on CDThe Book of Mormon (Original Broadway Cast Recording) - The Book of Mormon - Original Broadway Cast
CD Universe
Score by Robert Lopez, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Cast includes Josh Gad, Andrew Rannells, Nikki M. James, Rory O'Malley, Michael Potts, Lewis Cleale, Scott Barnhardt, Justin Bohon, Darlesia Cearcy, Kevin Duda, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Brian Tyree Henry, Clark Johnsen, John Eric Parker, Jason Michael Snow, Benjamin Schrader, Michael James Scott, Brian Sears, Lawrence Stallings, Rema Webb, Maia Nkenge Wilson, Tommar Wilson, Graham Bowen, Ta'rea Campbell and Tyson Jennette. 76-page booklet features photos of the show, full lyrics and liner notes written by Frank Rich. Already available on on iTunes and Amazon mp3.

Captured RainbowCaptured Rainbow
(new on CD/mp3)
Songs from a one person musical by Richard Paul Thomas. Available at CD Baby.

Hamlet! The MusicalHamlet! - The Musical - Original Edinburgh Cast Recording
(new on CD)
Score by Alex Silverman, Timothy Knapman, Edward Jaspers. Jack Shalloo, Mark Inscoe, Stephen Webb, Phil Cole, Virge Gilchrist, Jess Robinson. "Six fearless actors and a live orchestra squeeze murder, madness (and musical theatre) into this joyous and critically-acclaimed retelling of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy." Available at Dress Circle

How to SucceedHow to Succeed Without Really Trying
(Decca Broadway - new on CDHow to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (The Musical Comedy) [Booklet Version] - Daniel Radcliffe & John Larroquette
CD Universe
2011 Broadway revival production. Frank Loesser score. Cast includes Daniel Radcliffe, John Larroquette, Tammy Blanchard, Christopher J. Hanke, Rob Bartlett, Mary Faber, Ellen Harvey, Michael Park. Will be available digitally May 24.

New Arrivals 4New Arrivals: Vol. 4 - Artists Against Youth Homelessness
(MPress Records - new on CD)
The latest in MPress Records' charity compilation series, conceived by MPress founder Rachael Sage. Selections include "Coffee" by Sleepless in Seattle composer/lyricist Michelle Critin, plus selections by Dave Eggar, Caleb Hawley, Michelle Malone, Seth Glier & Rachael Sage, and Lucy Woodward. 21 tracks. 100% of all funds collected from the sale of this compilation benefit National Network for Youth, an organization devoted to the needs of homeless youth. Available at Spin Shop. More information at MPress Records.

Show Some BeautyShow Some Beauty: Steve Marzullo
(Yellow Sound Records - Exclusive Amazon CD/mp3/iTunesShow Some Beauty - Steve Marzullo
Songs by musical director, pianist and composer (Some Days, Songs for an Unmade Bed, The Audience, Joyce Jackson's Guide to dating). "A little bit Broadway, a little bit pop, a little bit classical and a whole lot of unique artistry come together to make his works unclassifiable." Rebecca Luker, Ann Harada, Julia Murney, Michael Winther, Andrea Burns, Judy Blazer, Annie Golden, Heidi Blickenstaff, Luther Creek, Rachel Ulanet, Stephanie Card, Ric Ryder and Terri Klausner.


DIGITAL DOWNLOADs Now Available:

Brad Little in ConcertBrad Little: Live in Concert
(new on mp3)
Seoul Korea concert (2006?) appearance of musical theatre performer Brad Little (Phantom of the Opera). "Places" (with Stage Manager), "Jesus Christ Superstar" Medley" (with Sofia Kim, Simon Pryce & Barbara McCulloh), "Maria & Tonight" (with Sofia Kim), "Into the Fire," "Lily's Eyes" (with Simon Pryce), "Some Enchanted Evening," "This is the Moment," "Beauty and the Beast" (with Barbara McCulloh), "If I Can't Love Her," "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," "Phantom of the Opera" (with Sofia Kim), "AllI Ask of You" (with Sofia Kim), "Music of the Night," "Exit Stage Right" (with Stage Manager). Available at CD Baby.

DraculaDracula The Musical Studio Cast Recording
(GlobalVision - new on iTunesDracula The Musical - The Studio Cast Recording - Frank Wildhorn & Jeremy Roberts
Score by Frank Wildhorn, Don Black and Christopher Hampton. James Barbour, Kate Shindle, Lauren Kennedy, Rob Evan, Norm Lewis, Euan Morton. "Prologue/Over Whitby Bay," "Fresh Blood," "The Mist," "A Perfect Life," "The Master's Song," "Loving You Keeps Me Alive," "Life After Life," "Mina's Cry (instrumental)," "Please Don't Make Me Love You," "Before The Summer Ends," "The Heart Is Slow To Learn," "Deep In The Darkest Night," "The Longer I Live," "At Last," "There's Always A Tomorrow." Valhalla Symphonia conducted by Jeremy Roberts. Expected soon on Amazon mp3 as well.

Manifest DestinyManifest Destiny
(new on mp3)
Songs from all three parts of the web series Manifest Destiny, a strangely magical musical-comedy take on the journey of Lewis & Clark. By Jeremy Hoffman & Kevin Abrams. Available at CD Baby.


DVD/BLU-RAYs Now Available:

Priscilla Blu-RayThe Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Blu-Ray)
(MGM - new Blu-Ray)
CD Universe
1994 Australian comedy film that is the basis for the Broadway musical. Terrence Stamp.

New York New York Blu-RayNew York New York (Blu-Ray)
(MGM - new Blu-Ray)
CD Universe
1977 film with Liza Minnelli and Robert DeNiro.


BOOKs Now Available:

Book of Mormon Complete Book and LyricsThe Book of Mormon: The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical
(Newmarket Press - Paperback Book)
Official companion book to the new Broadway musical. Features the complete script and song lyrics, with 4-color spot illustrations throughout, an original introduction by the creators, production history, and a foreword by Mark Harris. 128 pages.


DIGITAL BOOKs Now Available:

ShowstopperShowstopper
(Kindle Single)
Author/journalist Abigail Pogrebin's chronicle of her teenage experience in the original cast of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Merrily We Roll Along. Pogrebin recounts colorful behind-the-scenes details of how the show came together and then hit the skids, and muses with candor about how the experience informed her perspective.


Recordings RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:

Wishful Drinking
(HBO - new on DVD)
Carrie Fisher's Broadway show, as shown on HBO.


Books RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:

Junior Broadway: How to Produce Musicals With Children 9 to 13 (2nd revised edition)
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
Beverly B. Ross and and Jean P. Durgin. Completely revised and fully updated version of their 1998 step-by-step guide to producing musicals with middle school students. Voice, music, choreography, costumes, make-up, scenery, lighting, props, sound effects, backstage management--all phases of producing a major musical play with children as actors and stage crew are covered here, as well as the program, souvenirs, and photographs, not to mention handling pre-show jitters and throwing the after-the-show party. The techniques are tailored to children’s abilities and needs (e.g., what to do with the "love scene").

The Making of War HorseThe Making of War Horse: Handspring Puppet Company
(Oberon Books - Paperback Book)
Generously illustrated with the work of award-winning photographer Simon Annand, this book takes you behind the scenes, describing how Tom Morris, director at the National Theatre, interacted with the Handspring Puppet Company in developing ideas for the staging of the piece. It also gives a clear account of how the puppets were designed and constructed.

Sex, Drugs and Rock n RollSex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, and Musicals
(Northeastern - Paperback)
Scott Miller on the triumvirate of postwar social change: sex, drugs, and rock & roll ... from the Roaring Twenties (The Wild Party) to the cultural chaos of the Fifties (Grease) and the sexual revolution of the Sixties (I) and Seventies (Rocky Horror), to the rebirth of the art form in the Nineties (Bat Boy), and up to the present.

Sketchbooks of Jocelyn HerbertThe Sketchbooks of Jocelyn Herbert
(Royal Academy Publications - Hardcover Book)
By Stephen Farthing and Richard Eyre. From her early work with such writers as Samuel Beckett, Eugène Ionesco, and John Osborne, to her time with Laurence Olivier at the National Theatre, Jocelyn Herbert (1917–2003) pioneered a simple yet atmospheric set design style that remains influential today. Published for the first time, Herbert's sketchbooks provide an intimate portrait of her life and work. Illustrated with production stills and accompanied by commentaries from the actors, directors, and writers involved, this book brings to life a golden age of British theater and film.

They Can't Take That Away from Me: Musical Memories That Colour Our Lives
(Accent Press Ltd - Paperback Book)
More than 100 celebrities were asked what songs bring back special memories, including Joan Collins, ("The Way You Look Tonight" reminds her of the first dance at her wedding to Percy Gibson), Joanna Lumley (thinks of her childhood in the Far East whenever she hears Nat King Cole singing "Stardust"). A musical memory tour with the stars to a place where it is yesterday once more. British author Jackie McGregor got her inspiration for this book from when she saw the effect that music had on her ailing father, listening to the old wartime band songs brought him alive again as he relived his courting days.

Working in American TheatreWorking in American Theatre: A Brief History, Career Guide and Resource Book for over 1000 Theatres (Backstage)
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Career guide for anyone interested in the theatre: the complete A to Z culled from industry expert Jim Volz's experience and interviews with many voices in the theatre community. In addition to advice, inspiration and strategies for all working practitioners, not just actors, it also features extensive listings and directories for regional companies, commercial theatre, festivals, touring companies, university theatres and children’s productions. Originally published as "Backstage Guide To Regional Theatre" in limited release - has been completely updated and broadened in scope with 25% entirely new material.

OTHER NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS:

$5 mp3 cast albums, through June 19 at Amazon

Deep Discount 25% Off Sale on many items through June 19; Click and use code CJ25





Thanks to Max Preeo for his contributions.

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