Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 2/20/18 (updated 2/23/18)

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Earlier recaps:

2018: February 13, 6 | 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:

The Band's Visit
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD at Amazon)
OBC recording of score by David Yazbek. Cast: Katrina Lenk, Tony Shalhoub, George Abud, Etai Benson, John Cariani, Adam Kantor, Andrew Polk, Ari'el Stachel, Bill Army, Rachel Prather, Jonathan Raviv, Sharone Sayegh, Kristen Sieh, Alok Tewari. cello). "Overture," "Waiting," "Welcome to Nowhere," "It Is What It Is," "The Beat of Your Heart," "Soraya," "Omar Sharif," "Haj-Butrus," "Papi Hears the Ocean," "Haled's Song About Love," "The Park," "Itgara," "Something Different," "Itzik's Lullaby," "Something Different (Reprise)," "Answer Me," "The Concert," "Afifi" (Bonus Track). Kurt Deutsch, album executive producer. David Yazbek and Dean Sharenow producers. Also at Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes

Once on This Island
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
2017 revival cast recording of Lynn Ahrens/Stephen Flaherty score. Cast includes Lea Salonga, Alex Newell, Merle Dandridge, and Quentin Earl Darrington, Hailey Kilgore, Phillip Boykin, Darlesia Cearcy, Rodrick Covington, Emerson Davis, Alysha Deslorieux, Tyler Hardwick, Cassondra James, David Jennings, Grasan Kingsberry, Loren Lott, Kenita R. Miller, Isaac Powell, T. Oliver Reid, Aurelia Williams, and Mia Williamson. New orchestrations by new orchestrations by original orchestrator Michael Starobin and AnnMarie Milazzo. Album produced by Elliott Scheiner, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, Hunter Arnold, and Ken Davenport. Also at


Karen Olivo: Leave
(Borderlight Entertainment - mp3 album/at iTunes)
"Your Eyes," "Leave," "How It Feels," "Where Is the Warmth," "Fathers and Sons," "Say It to Me Now," "And I Will Follow." Released 11/28/17.

(Disney - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
From the musical Frozen. Score by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Performed by Caissie Levy (Elsa).

BOOKs Now Available:

Broadway Sheet Music Collection: 2010-2017
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Piano/vocal/guitar songbook. 39 songs from Broadway shows which include The Addams Family, Aladdin, The Book of Mormon, Bright Star, A Bronx Tale, Come from Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, Newsies, Something Rotten!, Waitress, and more.

Ivo van Hove Onstage
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By David Willinger. Comprehensive, multifaceted account of van Hove's extraordinary work, including key productions, design innovations, revolutionary approach to text and ambience, and relationships with specific theatres and companies. 360 pages.

Playing for Prizes: America's Awards for Best Drama and Best Musical
(Independently published - Paperback Book)
By Tim Donahue. Looks at the Pulitzer for Drama, the New York Drama Critics Circle, the Outer Critics Circle, the Tony Awards, the Drama League, and the Drama Desk, presenting an account of each award's founding, a description of its current administration, and detailing some of the outstanding past prizes—the good and the bad—of the six major American theater prizes. 186 pages.


(Custom House - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible audiobook/Audiobook on CD)
Novel by David Mamet. Audiobook version narrated by Jim Frangione. 352 pages.

(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Danai Gurira. Premiered at Playwrights Horizons in 2016. 80 pages.

Farinelli and the King
(Oberon Books - Paperback Book)
Play by Claire Van Kampen, which premiered in London in 2015 and began a run on Broadway in December 2017, starring Mark Rylance. 96 pages.


Moved to 6/22/18:

Frozen - The Broadway Musical
(Walt Disney Records - new on CD)
OBC recording of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez score. Cast includes Caissie Levy and Patti Murin as royal sisters Elsa and Anna, respectively. The cast includes Caissie Levy, Patti Murin, Greg Hildreth, Robert Creighton, John Riddle, and Jelani Alladin.

Amazon link now works for pre-ordering:

Calendar Girls The Musical "original London recording"
(Decca - new on CD)
Score by Tim Firth and Gary Barlow. The musical, based on the film Calendar Girls, played the West End in 2017 and expected to tour the U.K. in 2018 with a new cast. Recording cast unknown, but the West End cast included Joanna Riding, Claire Moore, Claire Machin, Sophie-Louise Dann, Michele Dotrice, Debbie Chazen, Marian McLoughlin, James Gaddas, Jeremy Clyde, John Davitt. "Yorkshire," "Girls," "Scarborough," "Who Wants a Silent Night?," "Very Slightly Almost," "Spring Fete," "Time Passing," "Sunflower," "Dare," "Protect Me Less," "Girls (reprise)," "So I've Had a Little Work Done," "What Age Expects," "Kilimanjaro," "Dare (reprise)," "My Russian Friend and I," "For One Night Only," "Sunflower of Yorkshire"; Bonus Tracks" "Scarborough" (Gary Barlow and Joanna Riding), "Dare" (Gary Barlow and Cast), "Yorkshire" (Gary Barlow and Cast). Also at Amazon UK.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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