Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 3/8/16

Earlier recaps:

2016: March 1 | February 23, 16, 9, 2 | January 26, 19, 12, 5, 2016 | 2015

Quick list of all Amazon links for this recap.

DVD/Blu-Rays Now Available:

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Blu-ray
(Universal - new Blu-ray)
1982 film version of Broadway musical. Burt Reynolds, Dolly Parton, Dom DeLuise, Charles Durning, Jim Nabors. Original score by Carol Hall. 115 minutes.

Grease Live! DVD
(Paramount - new on DVD)
January TV show. Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Hudgens, Carlos Pena Vega, Keke Palmer, Kether Donohue, Jordan Fisher, Andrew Call, David Del Rio, Boyz II Men and others.

Xanadu Blu-ray
(Universal - new Blu-ray)
1980 musical film with Olivia Newton-John, Michael Beck, Gene Kelly. 96 minutes.

BOOKs Now Available:

The Complete Book of 1980s Broadway Musicals
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book)
Dan Dietz continues his series, which has included the 1940s, the 1950s, the 1960s, and the 1970s. While concept musicals such as Nine and Sunday in the Park with George continued to be produced, several London hits came to New York. Chess, Me and My Girl, and Les Miserables, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Song & Dance, and Starlight Express, plus revivals such as Show Boat and Gypsy, surprise hits like The Pirates of Penzance, huge hits like 42nd Street, and notorious flops such as Into the Light, Carrie, and Annie 2: Miss Hannigan's Revenge. The book also highlights revivals and personal-appearance revues with such performers as Sid Caesar, Barry Manilow, Jackie Mason, and Shirley MacLaine. Each entry includes opening and closing dates; plot summaries; 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; tony awards and nominations; details about london and other foreign productions. Also included are appendixes, including a discography, filmography, and published scripts, as well as lists of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, black-themed shows, and Jewish-themed productions. 478 pages.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Campy Cult Classic
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Part of Applause Books' FAQ series. By Dave Thompson. The story of the play's original creation, its forebears, and its influences, together with both the triumphs and tragedies that attended it across the next 40 forty years. Also includes the largest and most in-depth Rocky Horror discography ever published, plus a unique timeline The Ultimate Rocky Horror Chronology detailing the who, what, where, and when of absolute pleasure. 400 pages.

Troupers of the Gold Coast: The Rise of Lotta Crabtree
(Skyhorse Publishing - Paperback Book)
By Constance Mayfield Rourke. Foreword by James Wilson. Originally published in 1928. Follows the startup and success of the Troupers of the Gold Coast theater company that started performing in 1837 at California's First Theater; and Lotta Crabtree, who at the age of six, had been performing along the coast for men and women of the Gold Rush. She was extremely popular and very successful in acting, singing, dancing, and banjo playing. Lotta was named "The Nation's Darling" and toured the U.S. and Europe before retiring in her forties. More than 2,000 actors and actresses performed and trained with the Troupers between 1848 and 2005. Until their last show in 2005, they were the oldest continually performing theater company in the world.


Cheyenne Jackson: Renaissance
(P.S. Classics - new on CD)
adapted and expanded from Jackson's solo concert "Music of the Mad Men Era" which he performed with pops and symphony orchestras across the country. Accompanied by a 22-piece orchestra and a guest appearance by Jane Krakowski. Tentative track list: "Besame Mucho," "Feeling Good," "Angel Eyes," "Americano," "Your Song," "Something Stupid," "Red Wine Is Good for My Heart," "I Who Have Nothing," "A Case of You," "Walkin' My Baby Back Home," "A Change Is Gonna Come," "A Song for You."

Jazz At The Philharmonic: The Ella Fitzgerald Set
(Verve - new on CD)
For the first time, and newly remastered, the complete Jazz at the Philharmonic performances of Ella Fitzgerald issued by Verve on various albums, now in one live set. Includes concerts from 1949, 1953 and 1954 and features appearances by Charlie Parker, Lester Young, and Hank Jones among others. Booklet includes an essay by author Will Friedwald. Norman Granz Announces Ella Fitzgerald, "Robbins Nest," "A New Shade of Blues," "Old Mother Hubbard," "I'm Just a Lucky So-and-So," "Somebody Loves Me," "Basin Street Blues," Ow! Introduction of Ella Fitzgerald, "Flying Home," "Oh, Lady Be Good!," "Black Coffee," "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," "How High the Moon," Norman Granz Announcement, "Perdido," "Bill," "Why Don't You Do Right?," "A Foggy Day (In London Town)," "Lullaby of Birdland," "The Man That Got Away," "Hernando's Hideaway," "Later."

Natalie Douglas: Human Heart
(WBG Records - new on CD)
Multiple award winning vocalist: seven-time MAC Award, Backstage Bistro Award, Nightlife Award, 2014 Margaret Whiting Award. "Wholly Earth," "Sleepy Man," "I Must Have That Man," "The Best Is Yet to Come," "Can't Help Loving That Man," "Mr. Bojangles," "I Hold No Grudge," "It Never Was You," "Strange Fruit," "Mississippi Goddam," "Throw It Away," "The Human Heart." Musical director Mark Hartman. Jim Cammack on bass, Charles Ruggiero on drums, Patience Higgins on saxophones, and a full string section.

Notes from New York: Bill Charlap Trio
(Verve - new on CD)
Bill Charlap on piano, with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington.

Rufus Wainwright: Take All My Loves - 9 Shakespeare Sonnets
(Deutsche Grammophon - new on CD)
Composed by Rufus Wainwright. Singers: Rufus Wainwright, Anna Prohaska, Florence Welch, Martha Wainwright, Fiora Cutler, Ben de Vries, Christopher Nell, Jurgen Holtz. Recitation: Sian Phillips, Marius de Vries, Frally Hynes, Peter Eyre, Helena Bonham Carter, Carrie Fisher, William Shatner, Inge Keller. Sonnet 43, When Most I Wink (Sonnet 43), Take All My Loves (Sonnet 40), Sonnet 20, A Woman s Face (Sonnet 20), For Shame (Sonnet 10), Sonnet 10, Unperfect Actor (Sonnet 23), Sonnet 29, When in Disgrace with Fortune and Mens Eyes (Sonnet 29), Sonnet 129, Th'Expense of Spirit in a Waste of Shame (Sonnet 129), All Dessen Müd (Sonnet 66), A Woman s Face Reprise (Sonnet 20), Sonnet 87, Farewell (Sonnet 87). Jayce Ogren, conductor, with BBC Symphony Orchestra.


Amazing Grace - A New Broadway Musical: Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
15 songs from the 2015 Broadway musical score by Christopher Smith. Includes vocal lines with piano accompaniment. "Truly Alive," Someone Who Hers," "Yema's Song," "Voices of the Angels," "We Are Determined," "Shadows of Innocence," "Expectations," "Tell Me Why," "A Chance for Me," "Nowhere Left to Run," "Daybreak," "I Still Believe," "Testimony," "Nothing There to Love," "Amazing Grace."

Hamilton - Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Vocal selections in piano/vocal format for Lin-Manuel Miranda score. "Alexander Hamilton," "Burn," "Dear Theodosia," "Helpless," "History Has Its Eyes On You," "Hurricane," "It's Quiet Uptown," "My Shot," "One Last Time," "The Room Where It Happens," "Satisfied," "The Schuyler Sisters," "That Would Be Enough," "Wait For It," "Washington On Your Side," "What'd I Miss," "You'll Be Back."


Added to April 1:

Kinky Boots OLC
(Sony Masterworks - new on CD)
West End cast. Cyndi Lauper score. Killian Donnelly, Matt Henry, Amy Lennox, Jamie Baughan, Amy Ross, and Michael Hobbs.

Added, no release date:

On Your Feet
(new on CD)
Original Broadway cast recording. Cast includes Ana Villafañe, Josh Segarra, Alma Cuervo, Alexandria Suarez, Eduardo Hernandez, and Andréa Burns. Recorded live at the Marquis Theatre 3/2/16.