Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 3/6/18 (updated 3/9/18)

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Earlier recaps:

2018: February 27, 20, 13, 6 | January 30, 23, 16, 9, 2

2017 | 2016 | 2015

CDs Now Available:

Elaine Paige: 12 Timeless Songs
(Rhino - new import CD)
New collection which showcases some of Elaine Paige's vocal performances from her time with Warner Music, 1981-2010. "Memory," "Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To?)," "Love Hurts," "So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)," "Closest Thing To Crazy (Duet With LeAnn Rimes)," "Non Je Ne Regrette Rien," "Shaking You," "Alfie (From the film "Alfie")," "With One Look (From "Sunset Boulevard")," "The Way We Were (From the film "The Way We Were")," "Make It With You (Duet With Neil Sedaka)," "MacArthur Park."


Cinderella the Musical
(Literally Alive Family Theatre - digital album)
2015 Off-Broadway cast recording of Michael Sgouros & Brenda Bell score. Premiered Off-Broadway at Players Theatre January 31, 2010, and has been revived there several times. 2015 cast includes Rebecca Pomeranz, Eric Fletcher, Michelle Kay Smith, Alex Markowitz (Jonathan Bethea is on recording), Bekah Shade, Brianna Hurley, Tyler Nye, Ana Maria Sibaja de la Fuente. Digital mp3 album available at

"Dangerous to Dream" from Frozen
(Disney - new digital single mp3/at iTunes)
New song written for Frozen on Broadway by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Performed by Caissie Levy (Elsa).

The Hamilton Polka
(Atlantic Records - new digital single mp3/at iTunes)
"Weird Al" Yankovic takes on the Hamilton score. Part of Lin-Manuel Mirada's "Hamildrops," a project in which he's producing new “Hamilton” content every month in 2018. Released 3/2/18.

Songs from Rise, Week #1
(Atlantic records - new digital singles mp3 and at iTunes)
Songs to be featured on the Tuesday, March 13 episode of new musical TV show "Rise": Spring Awakening montage, "I Believe," "Football Freestyle" (by Lin-Manuel Miranda), "Just Breathe", "Glorious." Released 3/9/18.

What Do You Know About Love?
(Disney - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
New song written for Frozen on Broadway by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Performed by Patti Murin (Anna) and Jelani Alladin (Kristoff). Relisted, not in last Tuesday's listing, released 3/2/18.

BOOKs Now Available:

The Complete Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition, already released)
Dominic McHugh and Amy Asch, editors. Includes numerous draft or alternate versions and songs cut from the shows. Compiled from dozens of archival collections, this invaluable resource and authoritative reference includes both Lerner's classic works and numerous discoveries, including his unproduced MGM movie Huckleberry Finn, selections from his college musicals, and lyrics from three different versions of Paint Your Wagon. This collection also includes extensive material from Lerner's two most ambitious musicals: Love Life, to music by Kurt Weill, and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, which Lerner wrote with Leonard Bernstein. 488 pages.

(Harper - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book/Digital Book)
New memoir by Andrew Lloyd Webber, delving into his personal creative process as he takes readers through the evolution of his career, recounting behind-the-scenes stories from his numerous musicals. Also covering his childhood home and family. 16 pages of color photos.

AUDIOBOOK Now Available:

All The Ways To Say I Love You
(Audible Audiobook)
Neil LaBute play performed by Judith Light. Played in 2016 at MCC Theater.


Cy Coleman: A Jazzman's Broadway
(Harbinger Records/Musical Theatre Project - new on CD)
Jazz interpretations performed by Cy Coleman. From Jamaica (music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Yip Harburg), Cy Coleman, piano and vocals, with band: "I Don't Think I'll End It All Today," "Savanna," "Monkey in the Mango Tree," "Napoleon," "Take It Slow, Joe," "Pretty to Walk With," "Little Biscuit," "Cocoanut Sweet," "Push de Button," "What Good Does It Do?; Flower Drum Song) (music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II); Cy Coleman Trio: "The Other Generation," "I Am Going to Like It Here," "You Are Beautiful," "Chop Suey," "Grant Avenue," "A Hundred Million Miracles," "Love Look Away," "Sunday"; South Pacific (music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II); Cy Coleman, piano: "Younger Than Springtime," "This Nearly Was Mine," "Happy Talk," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair." South Pacific tracks taken from rare transcription recordings, and are making their first debuts since being recorded in the early 1950s. Liner notes by Andy Propst. Produced by Ken Bloom; associate producer Bill Rudman. Restoration and mastering engineer Peter Millrose, Millrose Music.

The Greatest Showman Blu-ray
(20th Century Fox - new Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD/4k Blu-ray/single DVD)
2017 musical film with songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Keala Settle, Paul Sparks. Blu-ray to have over two hours worth of bonus material that will include a sing-a-long mode.

The Greatest Showman digital
(20th Century Fox - digital film at Amazon/at iTunes)
2017 musical film with songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Keala Settle, Paul Sparks. Blu-ray to have over two hours worth of bonus material that will include a sing-a-long mode. To be released April 10 on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD/4k Blu-ray/single DVD

Pat Suzuki: Complete Album Series
(Stage Door Records - new import 2 CDs)
Along with "Singles & Rarities 1958-1967," Pat Suzuki's (Flower Drum Song) back catalogue of solo recordings, the complete discography as a solo artist. All 50 tracks from four solo albums: "The Many Sides of Pat Suzuki" (1958), "Miss Pony Tail" (1958), "Broadway '59" (1959) and "Looking at You." Songs include: "From This Moment On" (cut from Out Of This World), "Just One of Those Things" (Jubilee), "Always True to You in My Fashion" (Kiss Me Kate), "Lazy Afternoon" (The Golden Apple), "The Song Is You" (Music In The Air), " Anything Goes," "I've Grown Accustomed to His Face" (My Fair Lady), "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" (Leave It To Me!), "The Lady Is a Tramp" (Babes in Arms), "I Enjoy Being a Girl" (Flower Drum Song), "Love Look Away" (Flower Drum Song), "Sunday" (Flower Drum Song), "Two Faces in the Dark" (Redhead), "Just for Once" (Redhead), "Tonight" (West Side Story), "On the Street Where You Live" (My Fair Lady), "The Party's Over" (Bells Are Ringing), "Just in Time" (Bells Are Ringing), "Not Like Me" (First Impressions), "I Feel Sorry for the Boy" (First Impressions), "Till There Was You" (The Music Man), "Small World" (Gypsy), "Cheek to Cheek" (Top Hat), and, from Flower Drum Song OBC album, "I Enjoy Being a Girl," and "Grant Avenue." Joint collaboration between Pat Suzuki and Stage Door Records. Also at

Pat Suzuki: Singles & Rarities 1958-1967
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
This collection compiles all of Pat Suzuki's (Flower Drum Song) non-album singles recorded for both VIK / RCA between 1958 - 1960 and her sole release for Capitol Records in 1961, plus two pop singles recorded for the PDA label in 1967 alongside a handful of tracks recorded for "Pat!", a mid-sixties solo album that was never completed. Singles: "The Whiffenpoof Song," "Roar, Lion, Roar (Columbia University)," "The Victors (University of Michigan)," "The Eyes of Texas (University of Texas)," "Bow Down to Washington (University of Washington)," "Love Eyes (Whoop-Up)," "The Duke of Kent," "Dreamsville," "When You Want Me (Sail Away)," "Why Go Anywhere at All (The Gay Life)," "This Is How My World Is Made," "Look What You Done," "Make Me Invisible"; Pat! (Unreleased Album Sessions)," "Everybody Says Don't (Anyone Can Whistle)," "Never Will I Marry (Greenwillow)," "I Know Why and So Do You," "When the Sun Comes Out," "Hard Hearted Hannah." A collaboration between Pat Suzuki and Stage Door Records. Part of Stage Door's Collector's Series with special packaging and limited run of 500 units. Also at

Prince of Broadway OBC
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Original Broadway cast album. Songs from shows Hal Prince directed/produced, plus original songs by Jason Robert Brown. Music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Brown. Chuck Cooper, Janet Dacal, Bryonha Marie Parham, Emily Skinner, Brandon Uranowitz, Kaley Ann Voorhees, Michael Xavier, Tony Yazbeck, Karen Ziemba. "Overture," "Heart" (Damn Yankees)," "Something's Coming" (Intro)/Tonight" (West Side Story)," "Tonight at Eight" (She Loves Me)," "Will He Like Me?" (She Loves Me)," "You've Got Possibilities" (It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman)," " The Right Girl" (Follies)," "If I Were A Rich Man" (Fiddler on the Roof)," "Cabaret" (Cabaret)," "So What?" (Cabaret )," "Company Prelude" (Company)," "Ladies Who Lunch" (Company)," "Being Alive" (Company)," "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina" (Evita)," "Ol' Man River" (Show Boat)," "Now You Know" (Merrily We Roll Along)," "This Is Not Over Yet" (Parade)," "Dressing Them Up" (Kiss of the Spider Woman)," "The Worst Pies in London" (Sweeney Todd)," "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" (The Phantom of the Opera)," " Music of the Night" (The Phantom of the Opera)," "Do the Work" (Jason Robert Brown – Original Song)." Recorded October 30, 2017. Also at


Black Sheep: The Authorised Biography of Nicol Williamson
(The History Press - Hardcover Book)
By Gabriel Hershman. 288 pages.

Fraver by Design: Five Decades of Theatre Poster Art from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Beyond
(Schiffer - Hardcover Book)
By Frank "Fraver" Verlizzo. A monograph collection that takes you behind-the-scenes into the world of theatrical advertising through a rare look at 40 unpublished poster sketches for some of Broadway's favorite shows, career anecdotes, and commentary including Bernadette Peters, Dean Pitchford, and Jack Viertel. More than 20 of Fraver's poster designs for the works of Stephen Sondheim are spotlighted, as well as those created for Rodgers & Hammerstein, The Kennedy Center, and New York City Center's Encores! series. 208 pages.

Stephen Sondheim and the Reinvention of the American Musical
(Univ Press of Mississippi - Paperback Book)
By Robert L. McLaughlin. Places Sondheim's work in two contexts: the exhaustion of the musical play and the postmodernism that, by the 1960s, deeply influenced all the American arts. 312 pages. Released previously in Hardcover , Kindle, and Audiobook format.

Whenever You're Ready: Nora Polley on Life as a Stratford Festival Stage Manager
(ECW Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Shawn DeSouza-Coelhoy. The career of Nora Polley, who — in her 52 years at the Stratford Festival — has learned from, worked with, and cared for some of the greatest directors, actors, stage managers, and productions in Canadian theatrical history. From her childhood forays into a theater her father, Victor, worked tirelessly to help maintain, to her unexpected apprenticeship and the equally unexpected 40 years of stage management. An immersive account of a life spent in service of the theater, told from the ground floor: where actors struggle with lines and anxieties, where directors lose themselves in the work, where the next season is always uncertain, and where Nora — a stage manager, a custodian, a confidante, a pillar, a rock — finds her rhythm, her patience, her perseverance, her love, her consistency, and her invisibility. 420 pages.


Details added, and date changed to May 25:

Oklahoma! Original Cast Album 75th Anniversary
(Verve - on CD/vinyl LP)
1943 original Broadway cast album featuring Alfred Drake, Joan Roberts, Celeste Holm, Howard Da Silva, Betty Garde, Lee Dixon, Joseph Buloff, Jane Lawrence, Barry Kelley, and George S. Irving. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II score. "Overture," "Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'," "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top," "Kansas City," "I Can't Say No," "Many A New Day," "It's A Scandal! It's A Outrage!," "People Will Say We're In Love," "Pore Jud Is Daid," "Lonely Room," "Out Of My Dreams," "The Farmer And The Cowman," "All Er Nuthin'," "Oklahoma!," "Finale," "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top" (alt.), "I Can't Say No" (alt.), "Pore Jud Is Daid" (alt.), "Finale" (alt.).

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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