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SOUND ADVICE WEEKLY RECAP: BOOKS & BLU-RAY NOW AVAILABLE + UPCOMING RELEASE NEWS
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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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BLU-RAY/DVDs Now Available:

Annie Get Your GunAnnie Get Your Gun
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1950 musical film based on the Broadway musical. Score by Irving Berlin. Directed by George Sidney (Busby Berkeley and Charles Walters uncredited). Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Louis Calhern, Keenan Wynn, Benay Venuta, J. Carrol Naish. Color. New 4k restoration from the original nitrate technicolor negatives. Bonus material: Susan Lucci retrospective and intro piece (from 2000 DVD release); outtakes: "Let's Go West Again" Betty Hutton, "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly" Judy Garland, "I'm an Indian, Too," Judy Garland, "Colonel Buffalo Bill" with Howard Keel and Frank Morgan; stereo audio pre-recording session tracks including There's No Business Like Show Business featuring Judy Garland; theatrical re-issue Trailer (HD). 107 minutes.

Broadway Melody of 1940Broadway Melody of 1940
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1940 MGM musical film. Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, George Murphy, Frank Morgan. Directed by Norman Taurog. Music by Cole Porter (including "Please Don't Monkey with Broadway," "I've Got My Eyes on You," "Begin the Beguine"). New 4k restoration from nitrate preservation elements. Extras: making-of featurette Begin the Beguine (hosted by Ann Miller), Our Gang Comedies: The Big Premiere; MGM cartoon: The Milky Way; original theatrical trailer (HD). 102 minutes.


Books Now Available:

100 Playwrighting Challenges100 Playwriting Challenges
(The TheaterMakers Studio - Kindle Edition)
By Eric Webb with Christopher Holoyda. Foreword by Ken Davenport. Tools and resources playwrights.

Magnum OpusMagnum Opus: The Cycle Plays of Eugene O’Neill
(Yale Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Zander Brietzke. An analysis of Eugene O'Neill's unfinished cycle play project, which he worked on from 1935 to 1939. A series of plays that would trace the history of an American family through several generations (including A Touch of the Poet and More Stately Mansions). 256 pages.

Stephen Sondheim EncyclopediaThe Stephen Sondheim Encyclopedia
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book)
By Cincinnati theatre critic Rick Pender (was executive editor and publisher of Everything Sondheim and managing editor of The Sondheim Review). Detailed and comprehensive reference devoted to musical theater’s most prolific and admired composer and lyricist. Entries cover Sondheim's numerous collaborators—from composers and directors to designers and orchestras; key songs; major works; Sondheim’s mentoring by Oscar Hammerstein II and his early collaboration with Leonard Bernstein; profiles of the actors who originated roles and sang Sondheim's songs for the first time. Features a detailed biographical entry for Sondheim, a chronology of his career, a listing of his many awards, and discussions of his opinions on movies, opera, and more. 752 pages. Released 4/15/21.

A Wonderful GuyA Wonderful Guy: Conversations with the Great Men of Musical Theater
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Eddie Shapiro. Follow up to the author's 2014 book Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater. Never-before-published interviews with some of Broadway's leading men, such as Joel Grey, Ben Vereen, Norm Lewis, Gavin Creel, Cheyenne Jackson, Jonathan Groff. Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition released earlier. [ Appears to be available ahead of publishing date.


Recordings RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:

FangirlsFangirls
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
World premiere cast recording of score by Yve Blake, based on the Australian stage musical. Yve Blake, Chika Ikogwe, Kimberley Hodgson, James Majoos, Sharon Millerchip, Ayesha Madon, and Blake Appelqvist. Produced and mixed by David Muratore. Vocal arrangements by Alice Chance. Zara Stanton is music director and provides additional vocal arrangements.

Petula ClarkPetula Clark: In Copenhagen 1958-1960
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
From the archives of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, dating from 1958 to 1960. A part of Petula Clark's career that to date has remained relatively unknown and unreported outside of Scandinavia. This specially compiled album features 23 recordings all of which are previously unissued on CD and unheard since their original broadcasts. Digitally remastered from the original master tapes. Selections from four Petula Clark television specials recorded and broadcast exclusively in Denmark over a two-year period. Musical accompaniment by Bent Fabric and His Quartet. Highlights include "The Folks Who Live on the Hill," "Over the Rainbow," "I"ll Be Seeing You" and "Among My Souvenirs". Strictly limited to 500 units only.


Books/Plays RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:

Anne Frank and Emmett TillAnne Frank & Emmett Till: Why I Wrote the Play Anne & Emmett
(Applause - Hardcover Book)
By Janet Langhart Cohen, who wrote the play Anne & Emmett, which has been performed across the U.S. since 2007 (the play is also being published in paperback and Kindle format). An effort to reveal how some of the people the author has known and the seminal events she experienced enabled her to link together, in an imaginary conversation, the seemingly disparate lives of Anne Frank and Emmett Till, two iconic figures who were murdered by societies that couldn’t protect them.


OTHER NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Added to May 3:

Curtain CallCurtain Call Mixes
(Silent Voice Publishing - new album)
Lewis Flinn's hand-selected compendium of curtain call cues From Broadway productions of The Little Dog Laughed and Lysistrata Jones; Off-Broadway productions of Mondo Drama, Mr. & Mrs. Fitch (Second Stage), The New York Idea (MCC), The Busy World Is Hushed (Playwright's Horizons), Show People (Second Stage), Die Mommie Die, The Third Story, and The Divine Sister; and regional productions of The Imaginary Invalid (The Cleveland Playhouse), Jerusalem (The Cleveland Playhouse), and A Comedy of Errors (Hartford Stage).





Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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