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SOUND ADVICE WEEKLY RECAP PT 1: DVD & BOOKS NOW AVAILABLE + UPCOMING RELEASE NEWS ("The New Yorkers" and "Street Scene")
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Complete information on all known upcoming releases of theatre related audio and video recordings can be found on our Upcoming Releases page. Recordings released last week and earlier can be viewed here.

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DVD/BLU-RAYs Now Available:

If the Dancer DancesIf the Dancer Dances
(Kino Lorber - new on DVD)
Documentary produced by Lise Friedman and Maia Wechsler, and directed by Maia Wechsler. Stephen Petronio is determined to help his dancers breathe new life into RainForest (1968), an iconic work by the legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham. With help from three members of the former Cunningham company, the film tracks Petronio's dancers as they strive to re-stage this great work, revealing what it takes to keep a dance—and a legacy—alive. Timed to coincide with Cunningham's centennial. The first documentary on the subject of Cunningham's work since his passing in 2009. Includes deleted scenes, trailer, and commentary with Lies Friedman, Maia Wechsler, Stephen Petronius. 87 minutes. Released 7/23/19. To be available for streaming and on demand beginning 11/12/19.


BOOKs Now Available:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Behind the ScenesHarry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Journey: Behind the Scenes of the Award-Winning Stage Production
(Arthur A. Levine Books - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Harry Potter Theatrical Productions and Jody Revenson. Official behind-the-scenes book of West End/Broadway/Melbourne Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. From the earliest phases of development with producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, to the crafting of the eighth Harry Potter story with J.K. Rowling, director John Tiffany, and playwright Jack Thorne, to the gathering of an extraordinary team of artists and actors together to bring this new part of Harry Potter's story to life. With photographs, interviews, and never-before-seen sketches, notes, candid backstage photos, and more. 224 pages.

How Does the Show Frozen EditionHow Does the Show Go On: An Introduction to the Theater
(Disney Editions - Hardcover Book)
The Frozen edition, Third in series of souvenir books. By Thomas Shumacher with Jeff Kurtti. Featuring "Augmented Reality Experiences." Detailed explanations, illustrations, and trivia ... offers a comprehensive introduction to the world of the theater from the box office to backstage, and beyond. Grade level 5-9. 144 pages.

How to Transcend a Happy MarriageHow to Transcend a Happy Marriage
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Sarah Ruhl. Played in 2017 at Lincoln Center. 120 pages.

Listening for AmericaListening for America: Inside the Great American Songbook from Gershwin to Sondheim
(Liveright - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Rob Kapilow (NPR's "What Makes It Great?"). Brings many favorite classics to life through the songs and stories of eight of the twentieth century's most treasured American composers (Kern, Porter, Gershwin, Arlen, Berlin, Rodgers, Bernstein, and Sondheim). Celebrates what makes the melodies so unforgettable, and delves deeply into how issues of race, immigration, sexuality, and appropriation intertwine in masterpieces like Show Boat and West Side Story. 100 music examples. 448 pages.

The Movie MusicalThe Movie Musical!
(Knopf - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
By Jeanine Basinger. This film historian examines a dazzling array of stars, strategies, talents, and innovations in the history of musical cinema. Extensive portraits of everyone from Al Jolson to Doris Day; from Deanna Durbin to Shirley Temple and Judy Garland; from Ann Miller to Ann-Margret ... focusing on many beloved, iconic films (Top Hat, Singin' in the Rain, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Sound of Music) as well as unduly obscure gems (Whoopee!, Murder at the Vanities, Sun Valley Serenade, One from the Heart). 656 pages.

Book of Mormon Fourth WallParker, Lopez and Stone's The Book of Mormon (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Part of Routledge's ongoing series. By Brian Granger. Examines where the musical The Book of Mormon succeeds and fails, challenging our understanding of musical comedy and our appreciation for this cultural landmark in theatre. 80 pages.

Plays for the PublicPlays for the Public
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Anthology of plays by Richard Foreman, including The Gods are Pounding My Head, Idiot Savant, Old-Fashioned Prostitutes. 280 pages.

Singers Anthology Baritone and BassSinger's Musical Theatre Anthology of American Standards - Volume 7: Baritone/Bass
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Richard Walters, editor. Songs from The Band's Visit, Big Fish, The Bridges of Madison County, Cabaret: Why Should I Wake Up?, Catch Me If You Can, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, A Man of No Importance, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Pretty Woman: The Musical, The Prom, Road Show, Rocky, Something Rotten!, Tootsie, Tuck Everlasting, and more. Does not have the melody in the piano accompaniment, which gives the singer more vocal freedom. Keys have been carefully chosen for each voice type. Each volume also includes a historical note about each song, often citing recording artists who became associated with a song. See link for complete song list. Also available in a baritone version with access to online piano accompaniments for download or streaming. 256 pages.

Singers Anthology Mezz SopranoSinger's Musical Theatre Anthology of American Standards - Volume 7: Mezzo-Soprano/Belter
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Richard Walters, editor. Vocal collection. Songs from The Band's Visit, The Book of Mormon, Come from Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day, Hamilton, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Pretty Woman: The Musical, The Prom, Tootsie, and more. Does not have the melody in the piano accompaniment, which gives the singer more vocal freedom. Keys have been carefully chosen for each voice type. Each volume also includes a historical note about each song, often citing recording artists who became associated with a song. See link for complete song list. Also available in a version with access to online piano accompaniments for download or streaming. 256 pages.

Singers Anthology SopranoSinger's Musical Theatre Anthology of American Standards - Volume 7: Soprano
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Richard Walters, editor. Vocal collection. Songs from Amazing Grace, Amelie, the Bridges of Madison County, Darling, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, In the Heights, Johnny Guitar, Matilda the Musical, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, the Prom, School of Rock, and more. Does not have the melody in the piano accompaniment, which gives the singer more vocal freedom. Keys have been carefully chosen for each voice type. Each volume also includes a historical note about each song, often citing recording artists who became associated with a song. See link for complete song list. Also available in a version with access to online piano accompaniments for download or streaming. 256 pages.

Singers Anthology TenorSinger's Musical Theatre Anthology of American Standards - Volume 7: Tenor
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Richard Walters, editor. Vocal collection. Songs from Amelie, The Band's Visit, Be More Chill, The Book of Mormon, Dear Evan Hansen, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, The Mad Ones, Something Rotten!, Tootsie, and more. Does not have the melody in the piano accompaniment, which gives the singer more vocal freedom. Keys have been carefully chosen for each voice type. Each volume also includes a historical note about each song, often citing recording artists who became associated with a song. See link for complete song list. Also available in a version with access to online piano accompaniments for download or streaming. 272 pages.


MUSIC to be released this Friday, November 8:

Hayden TeeHayden Tee: Face to Face
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
New Zealand theatre singer-actor's first album dedicated to musical theatre. "Stars," "I Don't Care Much / So What," "Lily's Eyes" (With John Owen-Jones), "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," "'Til I Hear You Sing," "It All Fades Away," "Molasses to Rum," "The Smell of Rebellion," "How Glory Goes." Arrangements by Nigel Ubrihien. Accompanied by a symphony orchestra. Currently at BroadwayRecords.com.

MrLeslie Odom, Jr.: Mr
(S-Curve Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
New album from stage/screen actor/singer Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton, Harriet). "Stronger Magic," "Standards," "Go Crazy," "u r my everything," "Under Pressure," "Cold," "Lose It," "Eva's Song (A Psalm Of Life)," "Foggy," "Entr'Acte (The Joyful Messenger)," "Hummingbird," "Remember Black," "Freedom." Single from the album to be released September 13, will album released date of November 2019.

Melissa Errico Legrand deluxeMelissa Errico: Legrand Affair - The Songs of Michel Legrand Deluxe Edition
(Ghostlight Records - new on 2CDs/new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
2011 album with additional tracks. "I Was Born in Love with You," "The Summer Knows," "His Eyes, Her Eyes," "The Windmills of Your Mind," "I Will Wait for You," "In Another Life," "Martina," "Dis moi," "You Must Believe in Spring," "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?," "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?," "Something New in My Life," "Maybe Someone Dreamed Us," "Once Upon a Summertime," "Celui-la," "I Haven't Thought of This in Quite A While," "Pieces of Dreams/Little Boy Lost," "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? (Guitar Duo)," "The Way He Makes Me Feel," "Hurry Home." Demos: "Something New in My Life," "Maybe Someone Dreamed Us," "The Summer Knows," "Once Upon a Summertime," "The Windmills of Your Mind," "Dis moi," "Michel at Work."

Michael Ball and Alfie BoeMichael Ball & Alfie Boe: Back Together
(Decca - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
"The Greatest Show," "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again," "Sunrise, Sunset," "Circle Of Life" (with Shaun Escoffrey), "Come Fly With Me," "Queen Medley," "My Way," "Something Inside So Strong," "I Will Always Believe," "Let It Be Me," "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart," "Army," "Brothers in Arms."

A Musical About Star WarsA Musical About Star Wars
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Original cast recording. Created by Tom D'Angora. Original score by Billy Recce. Subtitled or, Why Star Wars is the Greatest Thing to Ever in the History of the Galaxy, Much, Much Better than Star Trek. Cast includes Taylor Crousore, Scott Richard Foster, and Emily McNamara. The new musical played at Theatre Row in 2019. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.


Recordings RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:

Brian Stokes Mitchell Plays with MusicBrian Stokes Mitchell: Plays with Music
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
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.

The New YorkersCole Porter's The New Yorkers 2017 Encores! Cast Recording
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Based on the 2017 New York City Center Encores! production of Cole Porter musical. Music direction by Rob Berman. Cyrille Aimée, Clyde Alves, Todd Buonopane, Arnie Burton, Kevin Chamberlin, Mylinda Hull, Robyn Hurder, Byron Jennings, Eddie Korbich, Tam Mutu, Jeffrey Schecter, Scarlett Strallen, Tyler Lansing Weaks, and Ruth Williamson. Produced by Rob Berman and Lawrence Manchester. "Overture," "Go into Your Dance," "Please Don't Make Me Be Good," "The Hot Patata," "Where Have You Been," "Say It with Gin," "Most Gentlemen Don't Like Love," "Love for Sale," "I'm Getting Myself Ready for You," "The Great Indoors," "Night and Day," "Wood," "Love for Sale (Reprise)," "The Physician," "Let's Fly AwayKathryn McCreary," "Sing, Sing for Sing Sing," "You've Got That Thing," "Let's Not Talk About Love," "Take Me Back to Manhattan (Pt1)," "Take Me Back to Manhattan (Pt2)," "I Happen to Like New York."

Street SceneKurt Weill's Street Scene
(Bel Air Classiques - new on Blu-ray)

2018 production at Teatro Real de Madrid. Featuring Patricia Racette and Paulo Szot. John Fulljames directs, with conductor Tim Murray. Choreography by Arthur Pita.

Leonard SolowayLeonard Soloway's Broadway
(1091 - new on DVD)
Documentary produced and directed by Jeff Wolk. Pulls back the curtain of one of the most admired and loved Broadway producers and general managers. Through interviews, photos and other archival material, the film is an inside look at the "business" of "show business" in a career that has spanned more than seventy years. Leonard Soloway has been involved with over 150 productions, including Waiting in the Wings with Lauren Bacall and Rosemary Harris, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, A Moon For the Misbegotten and Mark Twain Tonight! with Hal Holbrook. Leonard has worked with veteran stage actors like Jason Robards and Colleen Dewhurst as well as film stars like Paul Newman. At the age of 90, even as we witness his latest production come to a disappointing end in the course of this film, Leonard Soloway is still enamored with the "lullaby of Broadway" as he plans his next production. Also a story of a gay man who never hid his identity at a time when this just wasn't done. Narrated by Campbell Scott, featuring candid interviews with John Slattery, Tovah Feldshuh, Olympia Dukakis, Elizabeth Ashley, Debbie Gravitte, Manny Azenberg, and more. Also expected on streaming and VOD services.

A Never-Ending LineA 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. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.





Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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