Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 2/6/18 (updated 2/9/18)

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Earlier recaps:

2018: January 30, 23, 16, 9, 2

2017: December 12, 5 | November 28, 21, 14, 7, October 31, 24, 17, 10, 3 | September 26, 19, 12, 5 | August 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | July 25, 18, July 4 & 11 | June 27, 20, 13, 6 | May 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | April 25, 18, 11, 4 | March 28, 21, 14, 7 | February 28, 21, 14, 7 | January 31, 24, 17, 10, 3

2016 | 2015

CDs Now Available:

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3)
Original cast recording of score by Brendan Milburn (music) and Val Vigoda (lyrics). Starring Val Vigoda (Striking 12) and charismatic Wade McCollum. "Stop/Rewind/Play/Record," "Phoenix Arizona," "We're on Our Way," "O Katarina," "The Morning the Newspaper Advert Appeared," "And Then Shackleton Said," "All Right Men," "Adrift on An Icefield," "Money and Musicians," "Every Hand to the Lifeboats," "Eye of the Storm," "Boat Journey," "Climbing South Georgia Island," "Toward Elephant Island," "Burned Again," "Finale: We're on Our Way - Reprise." Music direction and orchestrations by Ryan O'Connell. Also at

LEVI! A New Musical
(Kritzerland Records - new on CD)
world-premiere cast album of new musical score by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman (book by Larry Cohen and Janelle Webb Cohen). About the life of Levi Strauss, and written in the very late 1970s but never produced. Recorded live in the Camino Theatre. limited to 1,000 copies only. Expected to ship first week of February. At

VINYL LP Now Available:

The Music Man OBC vinyl
(Del Ray Records - new vinyl LP)
Meredith Willson score. Robert Preston, Barbara Cook, David Burns, Pert Kelton. "Overture & Rock Island," "Iowa Stubborn," "Ya Got Trouble," "Piano Lesson," "Goodnight, My Someone," "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Sincere," "The Sadder-But-Wiser Girl," "Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little," "Marian The Librarian," "My White Knight," "The Wells Fargo Wagon," "It's You," "Shipoopi," "Lida Rose & Will I Ever Tell You," "Gary, Indiana," "Till There Was You," "Finale." 180 gram vinyl release with the perfectly restored original gatefold jacket.


Hello Again
(The Orchard - new on DVD/digital format/at iTunes)
2017 musical film based on the musical by Michael John LaChiusa. Cast includes Audra McDonald, Martha Plimpton, T. R. Knight, and Rumer Willis. Directed by Tom Gustafson. Screenplay by Cory Krueckeberg.

DVD/BLU-RAYs Now Available:

The Belle of New York
(Warner Archive Collection - on DVD-R)
1952 musical film back in print. Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen, Marjorie Main, Keenan Wynn, Alice Pierce. Music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Directed by Charles Walters. 81 minutes. Released 1/30/18.

Romeo and Juliet
(Warner Archive Collection - on DVD)
1936 film of Shakespeare play now back in print. Stars Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer with John Barrymore, Basil Rathbone, and Andy Devine. Directed by George Cukor. Screenplay by Talbot Jennings. 119 minutes. Released 1/30/18.

BOOKs Now Available:

The Greatest Showman: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack - songbook
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Piano/vocal/guitar songbook for the 2017 musical drama biopic about P.T. Barnum. Score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. "Come Alive," "From Now On," "The Greatest Show," "A Million Dreams," "Never Enough," "The Other Side," "Rewrite the Stars," "This Is Me," "Tightrope." Includes full-color photos of scenes from the movie.

The Kite Runner play script
(Riverhead Books - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Matthew Spangler based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini. The play debuted at Wyndham's Theatre, London, in December 2016. 144 pages.

A Thousand Splendid Suns play script
(Riverhead Books - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Ursula Rani Sarma based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini. The play debuted at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco in February 2017. 128 pages.


The Body in the Seine
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
1954 "concept album" with score by David M. Lippincott. Cast includes Alice Pearce, Laurel Shelby, George S. Irving. Future US congressman Jim Symington performs the title song. "Opening: See the World," "A Lady Like Me," "Chacun a Son Gout," "You Really Didn't Have to Do That," "But Wonderful," "Love on the Left Bank's a Wild, Wild Thing," "The Body in the Seine," "A Little Change of Scene," "Where Do I Go from Here?," "Dirge," "Why Can't You Be You?," "Finale: What the Hell Is So Wide About the World?." Music director Buster Davis. Orchestrators Joseph Glover and Ralph Norman Wilkinson. Debut on CD in Stage Door's Collector's Series: retro style packaging, limited to 500 units. Also at

E.B. White's Charlotte's Web
(Varese Sarabande - new on CD)
Soundtrack of 1973 animated musical film, first time on CD. Songs by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman. Vocal cast includes Debbie Reynolds, Paul Lynde, Henry Gibson, Agnes Moorehead. "Main Title," "There Must Be Something More," "I Can Talk," "Chin Up," "Mother Earth And Father Time," "We've Got Lots In Common," "A Veritable Smorgasbord," "Deep In The Dark," "Chin Up March," "Zuckerman's Famous Pig," "Charlotte's Farewell," "End Title."

Jesus Christ Superstar
(studio cast album)
All-female cast featuring Morgan James and Shoshana Bean. Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice score. Based on a Highline Ballroom concert. Pre-ordering at

Working: A Musical OLC
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
2017 Southwark Playhouse cast. Contributing composers include James Taylor, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead. London actors Gillian Bevan, Dean Chisnall, Krysten Cummings, Siubhan Harrison, Peter Polycarpou and Liam Tamne, as well as Patrick Coulter, Nicola Espallardo, Izuka Hoyle, Luke Latchman, Huon Mackley and Kerri Norville. "All the Livelong Day," "Delivery," "Nobody Tells Me How," "Brother Trucker," "Just a Housewife," "Millwork," "The Mason," "It's an Art," "Joe," "A Very Good Day," "Cleanin' Women," "Fathers and Sons," "If I Could've Been," "Something to Point To."


(new on CD)
2017 National Theatre cast album. Stephen Sondheim score. Cast includes Imelda Staunton, Philip Quast, Janie Dee, Peter Forbes, and Tracie Bennett. Recorded in January 2018.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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