Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap 3/31/15

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Earlier recaps:

March 24, 17, 10, 3 | February 24, 17, 10, 3 | January 27, 20, 13, 6, 2015

Quick list of all Amazon links for this week.

CDs Now Available:

Billie Holiday: The Centennial Collection
(Sony Legacy - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Newly curated anthology of recordings released 1935-1945, to commemorate Holiday's 100th birthday. "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," "These Foolish Things," "Summertime," "Billie's Blues," "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm," "Why Was I Born?," "I Must Have That Man," "I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)," "Mean To Me," "When a Woman Loves a Man," "You Go To My Head," "The Very Thought of You," "I Can't Get Started," "Them There Eyes," "All of Me," "God Bless the Child," "Gloomy Sunday," "Strange Fruit," "Fine And Mellow," "Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be)."

Showtime! The Biggest Hits from the Musicals
(new 3 CD import set)
60-track collection of the biggest hits from the best loved musicals of stage and screen. Song list at

BOOKs Now Available:

The Algonquin Kid - Adventures Growing Up at New York's Legendary Hotel
(BearManor Media - Hardcover/Paperback book)
Memoir by Michael Elihu Colby. Illustrated by Hannah Chusid and Dennis Porter. "... weaves a vivid tapestry of encounters with glittering Broadway and Hollywood celebrities in a kaleidoscopic memoir of illustrious figures-some on a meteoric rise, some in tragic decline-while he found his own place in the topsy turvy world of the Broadway theatre and musicals." Nearly 200 rare photographs and illustrations.

A Brief Guide to the Sound of Music
(Running Press - Paperback book)
By Paul Simpson. Tells the real story of the Von Trapps, and explores the stage show, the differences that were incorporated into the fictionalization of the tale, and how that story was brought to the big screen. 228 pages.

Chance Magazine: Issue 4: Unbound
Chance is a photography magazine and serialized art book that looks at the world through the lens of theater and design; and produces an original photo shoot of nearly every production they cover. Issue 4 theme "new spaces mean new ideas, and the reactivation of theatre as a literary contact sport": Kathryn Hamilton's Sister Sylvester; the Comedie-Française and Virginie Gervaise; The Chekhov Project at Lake Lucille; Rita Ryack's Casa Valentina; Tim Etchells' and Hugo Glendinning's Empty Stages; James Thompson's work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Sandrine Philippe's stage-ready couture; design legend Eugene Lee's library; the Toneelgroep's scenographer Jan Versweyveld and video designer Tal Yarden; Hugh Hardy's new buildings for LCT3 and TFANA; Kristen Robinson's broken space for Nora; and Jeff Hinchee's paper theatre kit. 232 pages.

Prospect High: Brooklyn
(Smith & Kraus - Paperback Book)
Workshop edition of new play by Daniel Robert Sullivan and a team of New York City teenagers, developed in partnership with Education at Roundabout and the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships. Contains variations for five, twelve, or eighteen actors, though just about any other combination is possible. The small-cast version plays like a traditional story with a through-line for each character; the large-cast version plays as a series of connected vignettes.

(Overlook TP - Paperback Book)
Adaptation by Neil LaBute of Georg B├╝chner's play.


1776 Director's Cut Blu-ray
(Sony Home Entertainment - new Blu-ray)
Director's cut, restored from the original camera negative, of the 1972 film adaptation of the Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone musical. William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard, Donald Madden, John Cullum, David Ford, Roy Poole, Ron Holgate, Ray Middleton, William Hansen, Blythe Danner, Virginia Vestoff, William Duell. Newly restored and remixed 5.1 soundtrack. Blu-ray bonus features include all-new commentary with director Peter H. Hunt, William Daniels and Ken Howard; extended cut of the film; deleted and alternate scenes with commentary (alternate versions of some scenes, lines from the Broadway script dropped from the film, and "Cool, Cool, Considerate Men"); four never-before-seen screen tests including William Daniels and Howard Da Silva; original theatrical teaser & trailer; commentary with Peter H. Hunt & Peter Stone; archival screen test.

On the Twentieth Century Broadway revival cast
(P.S. Classics - new on 2 CDs at Amazon)
Score by Cy Coleman, Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Cast includes Kristin Chenoweth, Peter Gallagher, Andy Karl, Mark Linn-Baker, Michael McGrath, Mary Louise Wilson. Disc One: "Overture," "Stranded," "Saddle Up the Horse / On the Twentieth Century," Where's the high priest of the theatre?..., "I Rise Again," An angel of deliverance..., "Oscar Jaffee / Lily Garland," My little accompanist is late..., "Indian Maiden's Lament," What is your name, child?..., "Veronique," "Veronique Playoff," "I Have Written a Play," "Together," "Never," Oscar Jaffee meant nothing to me..., "Our Private World," "Repent," Boys, I've got the play..., "Mine," "I've Got It All." Disc Two: "Entr'acte," "Life Is Like a Train," I have my checkbook right here..., "I Have Written a Play," "Five Zeros," "I Have Written a Play," An anthology of womankind..., "Sign Lily Sign," "She's a Nut," "Max Jacobs," First class all the way..., "Babette," "Because of Her," "Lily / Oscar," I had to do it to save you..., "Finale Ultimo." Recorded March 23, 2015. Also pre-ordering at for early shipping.


Cy Coleman: You Fascinate Me So on CD
(Harbinger Records - new on 2 CDs)
Cy Coleman performs 28 songs from Broadway, Off-Broadway and even those that never opened, for the first time. Part of the Songwriter Showcase Series. "Why Try to Change Me Now?," "The Lady Is Indisposed," "Little What If, Little What Could Be," "Hey, Look Me Over!," "Far Away from Home/Angelina" (Cut from Wildcat), "Real Live Girl," "I've Got Your Number," "On the Other Side of the Tracks," "Here's to Us," "I'll Be Coming Back," "The Laarge Daark Aardvark Song," "I'm the Bravest Individual," "The Rhythm of Life," "Pink Taffeta Sample Size 10" (Unused from Sweet Charity), "Poor Everybody Else" (Cut from Sweet Charity), "I'll Take Any Man" (Unused from Sweet Charity), "I'm Serving Out A Heavy Sentence Loving You," "If There Were More People Like You," "Lovable Lunatic," "We've Got It," "Nobody Does It Like Me," "On the Day You Leave Me," "Some Kind of Music," "America Is Bathed in Sunlight," "The Way I See It," "The Colors of My Life," "Southern Comfort," "At My Side." Liner notes by Andy Propst. Companion piece to Propst's new book You Fascinate Me So: The Life and Times of Cy Coleman from Applause Books. Currently pre-ordering at

Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
(TCG - new Paperback book)
Play by Suzan-Lori Parks. 192 pages.

Thomas Bradshaw: Intimacy and Other Plays
(TCG - new Paperback book)
Collection of Thomas Bradshaw plays: Intimacy, Dawn, Fulfillment, Southern Promises, Job, Strom Thurmond Is Not a Racist, Lecture on the Blues and Purity. 240 pages.


Added to June 16:

John & Jen
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Keen Company cast recording of Andrew Lippa/Tom Greenwald score. Kate Baldwin and Conor Ryan. Will include the premiere of the new song, "Trouble with Men," as well as new orchestrations and two songs from the score never before recorded. To be recorded April 6. Produced by Michael Croiter. Currently pre-ordering at

Added to April 27:

(First Night U.K. - new on CD)
New U.K. cast recording of Jule Styne/Stephen Sondheim score. Chichester to the West End transfer cast plus some new members. Imelda Staunton Lara Pulver, Gemma Sutton, Peter Davison, Dan Burton, Jack Chissick, Anita Louise Combe, Harry Dickman, Roger Dipper, Louise Gold, Clare Halse, Tom Hodgkins, Kieran Jae, Julie Legrand, Danielle Morris, Damien Poole, Natalie Woods, Billy Hartman, Lucinda Shaw and Luke Street. Show to begin March 28 at the Savoy Theatre. CDs ex in theater for the April 15 opening.