Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap 1/6/15

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Earlier recaps:

December 16, 9, 2 | November 25, 18, 11, 4 | October 28, 21, 14, 7, 1 | September 16, 9, 2 | August 26, 19 | 12 | 5 | July 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | June 24, 17, 10, 3 | May 27, 20, 13, 6 | April 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | March 25, 18, 11, 4 | February 25, 11, 18, 11, 4 | January 28, 21, 14, 7, 2014 | 2013

Quick list of all Amazon links for this week.

CDs Now Available:

I've Been Played: Alysha Umphress Swings Jeff Blumenkrantz
(Yellow Sound Label - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Alysha Umphress (On the Town) sings original jazz songs and arrangements by Jeff Blumenkrantz. "Two Cents," "Why Can't I Kiss You?," "I Don't Need Anything But You," "I've Been Played," "Mayday! M'Aider!," "Time Does Not Bring Relief," "Celebrate," "Steal Away," "Spring Is Here/Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most," "Man in the Moon," "You Are Never Away/Ten Minutes Ago," "Giving Thanks," "You Smell So Good."


The 100th Night Show
(digital album/at iTunes)
The class of 2014's version of West Point's annual musical comedy, An Unexpected Journeyline. "Overture," "Accepted," "Camp Fun Fun," "A Plebe Does What He's Told," "The Thayer Method," "Every Cadet Can Agree," "Love Song," "My Life Is Gray," "Cynicism," "Attention All Cadets," "Change of Command," "Highland Falls," "Love Is Like a Ring," "Sami," "Camp Fun Fun, Pt II," "Forever One Team." Sample clips and digital album available at CD Baby (priced at $2.99). 100% of the proceeds from this album will be donated to the Class of 2014's AOG gift fund.

DVD/Blu-Rays Now Available:

Skidoo Blu-ray
(Olive Films - new Blu-ray)
1968 film with Jackie Gleason, Carol Channing, Frankie Avalon, Fred Clark, Michael Constantine, Frank Gorshin, John Phillip Law, Peter Lawford, Burgess Meredith, George Raft, Cesar Romero, Mickey Rooney and Groucho Marx. Score by Harry Nilsson. 98 minutes.

BOOKs Now Available:

The Apple Family: Scenes from Life in the Country
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition/)
Richard Nelson play cycle (That Hopey Changey Thing, (Sweet and Sad, Sorry, Regular Singing). 330 pages.

The Assembled Parties
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)Play by Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out, The Dazzle, Three Days of Rain).

Dramatist's Play Service recent releases include Too Much Sun by Nicky Silver, The Velocity of Autumn by Eric Coble, Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin Mccraney, Fucking Men by Joe Dipietro, User's Guide to Hell by by Lee Blessing, Grasses of a Thousand Colors by Wallace Shawn, From White Plains by Michael Perlman, Small Engine Repair by by John Pollono.

Into the Woods Movie Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
"Agony," "Any Moment - Part I," "Children Will Listen," "Giants in the Sky," "Hello Little Girl," "I Know Things Now," "Into the Woods," "It Takes Two," "Last Midnight," "Moments in the Woods," "No One Is Alone - Part II," "On the Steps of the Palace," "She'll Be Back," "Stay with Me."

The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink
(Nan A. Talese - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Pamela Katz. Tells the story of Brecht and Weill's impulsive, combustible partnership (The Threepenny Opera and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny) ... and the three women (Lotte Lenya, Helene Weigel and Elizabeth Hauptmann) whose creative gifts contributed enormously to their masterworks. 480 pages.

The Songs of Goldrich and Heisler
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Nearly 40 songs from Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, the first women ever honored as recipients of the Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Songwriting. "Alto's Lament," "Amazing (What a Little Faith Can Do)," "Apathetic Man," "Baltimore," "Beautiful You," "Boom Boom," "Compromise," "Fifteen Pounds," "Funny How the Love Gets in the Way," "Gabriel's List," "Hola, Lola!," "How I Love You," "I Want Them... (Bald)," "The Last Song," "Let Me Grow Old," "Los Pinguinos **female key**," "Love like Breathing," "Make Your Own Party," "Menemsha Moon," "The Morning After," "Music of Your Life," "Now That I Know," "Oh, How I Loved You," "Oh, How My Heart Is an Ocean," "Oh My Soul," "Out of Love," "Over the Moon," "Sing Your Own Song," "Taking Flight," "Taylor, the Latte Boy," "That's All," "There's Nothing I Wouldn't Do," "The Things I Know of Love," "This Lonely Road," "A Thousand Stars," "True Believer," "We Remember Love," "Welcome the Rain," "Women Want What." Also includes black-and-white photos.


Classical Broadway: Music by Cy Coleman, John Kander, Harvey Schmidt and Charles Strouse
(Kritzerland Records - new on CD)
Remastered album originally released on Bay Cities in 1992 and out of print for over twenty years. At the time of the recording, all these pieces were world premiere recordings and they remain the only commercial recordings of these pieces. For Cy Coleman: New York Sketches, three delightful Gershwinesque preludes for piano. For John Kander: settings of Three Poems by Lucile Adler. For Harvey Schmidt: Monteargentario: Seven Dances for Solo Piano. For Charles Strouse: String Quartet No. 1 and Sonata for Two Pianos. Featuring soprano Carol Vaness, pianists Seth Rudetsky, Scot Woolley, Emily Witt, Warren Jones and Harvey Schmidt, and the Korngold Quartet. Produced by Bruce Kimmel, with liner notes by award-winning journalist Jon Burlingame. Limited edition of 1,000. Pre-ordering at for early February shipping.

Into the Woods Blu-ray
(Walt Disney Studios - new Blu-ray/DVD set/single DVD)
2014 film version of Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical. Anna Kendrick, Daniel Huttlestone, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Christine Baranski, Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Punch, Tracey Ullman, Lilla Crawford, Meryl Streep, Simon Russell Beale, Joanna Riding, Johnny Depp, Billy Magnussen, Mackenzie Mauzy, Chris Pine, Frances de la Tour.

Kiss Me Stupid Blu-ray
(Olive Films - new Blu-ray)
1964 Billy Wilder film based on Anna Bonacci's play L'Ora della Fantasia (The Dazzling Hour). Dean Martin, Kim Novak, and Ray Walston. Songs "Sophia," "I'm a Poached Egg," and "All the Livelong Day" by Ira Gershwin, using some of George Gershwin's unpublished melodies, and music by André Previn.

Memphis the Musical OLC
(First Night - new import CD/digital)
Original London cast recording of David Bryan/Joe DiPietro score. Killian Donnelly, Beverley Knight, Rolan Bell, Tyrone Huntley, Claire Machin, Jason Pennycooke and Mark Roper. Recorded December 2014.

The Night They Raided Minsky's (Sometimes Being a Nice Girl Is Too Much to Bare)
(Olive Films - new Blu-ray)
1968 musical comedy film. Directed by William Friedkin, written by Arnold Schulman, Sidney Michaels and Norman Lear from novel by Rowland Barber. Jason Robards, Britt Ekland, Norman Wisdom, and Bert Lahr. Songs by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams. 99 minutes.


Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater
(City Lights Foundation Books - Paperback Book)
By Casey Perloff (playwright, theater director, professor and Artistic Director of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco). Her personal and professional journey, how theater gets made, from a behind-the-scenes perspective, including accounts of working experiences with well-known actors, directors, and writers, including Tom Stoppard, Harold Pinter, Robert Wilson, David Strathairn, and Olympia Dukakis. 232 pages.

The Complete Book of 1940s Broadway Musicals
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book)
By Dan Dietz (The Complete Book of 1950s Broadway Musicals). Examines examines every musical and revue that opened on Broadway during the 1940s - every hit and flop, revivals and one-man and one-woman shows. Each entry contains: Opening and closing dates; plot summary; cast members; number of performances; names of all important personnel, including writers, composers, directors, choreographers, producers, and musical directors; musical numbers and the names of performers who introduced the songs; production data, including information about tryouts; source material; critical commentary; details about london and other foreign productions.

Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog
(Knopf - Hardcover Book)
By James Grissom. "... almost magically makes clear how Tennessee Williams wrote; how he came to his visions of Amanda Wingfield, his Blanche DuBois, Stella Kowalski, Alma Winemiller, Lady Torrance, and the other characters of his plays ... from the inside, the almost impossible—revealing the heart and soul of artistic inspiration and the unwitting collaboration between playwright and actress, playwright and director." 416 pages.

The Sound of Music FAQ: All Thats Left to Know about Maria, the von Trapps, and Our Favorite Things (FAQ Series)
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
By Barry Monush. Comprehensive, encyclopedia-like reference focusing on the the 1965 Oscar-winning film in relation to its source, including the true von Trapp family story and the Broadway musical from which it was derived. 400 pages.

Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies: The Stage Adaptation
(Picador - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Mike Poulton's two-part stage adaptation of Hilary Mantel's acclaimed novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies. Includes substantial set of notes by Hilary Mantel on each of the principal characters, offering a unique insight into the plays and an invaluable resource to any theater companies wishing to stage them. 272 pages.


Added to February 10, 2015:

The Last Five Years Soundtrack
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Jason Robert Brown score. Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. "Still Hurting," "Shiksa Goddess," "See I'm Smiling," "Moving Too Fast," "A Part Of That," "The Schmuel Song," "A Summer In Ohio," "The Next Ten Minutes," "A Miracle Would Happen / When You Come Home To Me," "Climbing Uphill," "If I Didn't Believe In You," "I Can Do Better Than That," "Nobody Needs To Know," "Goodbye Until Tomorrow / I Could Never Rescue You."