Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 4/10/18 (updated 4/13/18)

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2018: April 3, March 27, 20, 13, 6 | February 27, 20, 13, 6 | January 30, 23, 16, 9, 2

2017 | 2016 | 2015

CD Now Available:

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


Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert video
(Sony Masterworks - streaming in HD at Amazon/digital TV show at iTunes)
Live musical concert televised on NBC on April 1. Cast includes John Legend, Alice Cooper, Sara Bareilles, Brandon Victor Dixon, Norm Lewis, Jason Tam, Ben Daniels, Jin Ha, Erik Grönwall. 1 hour, 39 minutes. Released March 31, 2018. Also, currently at 2-CD soundtrack to be released April 27.

DVD/BLU-RAYs Now Available:

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.

BOOKs Now Available:

Answers from "The Working Actor": Two Backstage Columnists Share Ten Years of Advice
(Focal Press - Paperback Book)
By Jackie Apodaca and Michael Kostroff, from their column in "Backstage." 324 pages.

The Complete Book of 1930s Broadway Musicals
(Roman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book)
Dan Dietz's newest book examines in detail every musical that opened on Broadway from 1930 through the end of 1939, discussing the era's major successes, notorious failures, and musicals that closed during their pre-Broadway tryouts. Includes every show that debuted during the decade, including Anything Goes, As Thousands Cheer, Babes in Arms, The Boys from Syracuse, The Cradle Will Rock, The Green Pastures, Hellzapoppin, Hot Mikado, Porgy and Bess, Roberta, and various editions of Ziegfeld's Follies. Each entry contains: Plot summary; cast members; names of all important personnel, including writers, composers, directors, choreographers, producers, and musical directors; opening and closing dates; number of performances; critical commentary; musical numbers and the performers who introduced the songs; production data, including information about tryouts; source material; details about london and other foreign productions. There are also numerous appendixes, including a discography, filmography, and published scripts, as well as lists of black-themed shows and Jewish-themed productions. 688 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.

Vicuña: A Play
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Political play by Jon Robin Baitz. Premiered at Center Group in Los Angeles in 2016; playing in Washington DC November 2017. 112 pages.

(Oberon Modern Plays - Paperback Book)
Federico García Lorca’s drama reimagined by Australian director and dramatist Simon Stone. Currently appearing at Park Avenue Armory featuring Billie Piper. 88 pages. Released 3/18/18.


Betty Buckley: Hope
(Palmetto - new on CD)
Collection of songs by some of the actress-singer's favorite composers and songwriters. "Ecotopia," "Any Major Dude Will Tell You," "Falling In Love," "Long Ago and Far Away," Introduction to "Hope", "Hope" (by Jason Robert Brown), "My Least Favorite Life," "Don't Take Me Alive," "Except Goodbye," "Every Little Thing," "Shades of Scarlett Conquering," "Dope Island," "I Feel Lucky," "Quiet," "Gilda Story," "Prisoner in Disguise," "Young At Heart." Christian Jacob on piano, arranger and music director; Oz Noy on guitar; Tony Marino on bass; and Dan Rieser on drums.

The Grass Harp original cast recording
(Kritzerland Records - new on CD)
Score by Claibe Richardson and Kenward Elmslie. 1971 Broadway musical cast included Barbara Cook, Carol Brice, Karen Morrow, Ruth Ford, Russ Thacker, and Max Showalter. Includes song dropped from the LP, included on the Painted Smiles CD release, along with bonus tracks. Limited to 500 copies. At

Mean Girls OBC digital
(Atlantic Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Score by Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin. Cast includes Erika Henningsen, Taylor Louderman, Ashley Park, Kate Rockwell, Barrett Wilbert Weed, Grey Henson, Kerry Butler, Kyle Selig, Cheech Manohar, and Rick Younger. "A Cautionary Tale," "It Roars," "Where Do You Belong?," "Meet The Plastics," "Stupid With Love," "Apex Predator," "What's Wrong With Me?," "Sexy," "Someone Gets Hurt," "Revenge Party," "Fearless," "Stop," "Whose House Is This?," "More Is Better," "Someone Gets Hurt (Reprise)," "World Burn," "I'd Rather Be Me," "Do This Thing," "I See Stars." CD format to be released June 15.


Come from Away A New Musical Piano/Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Twelve vocal arrangements with piano accompaniment from the score by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Includes: Blankets and Bedding," "Costume Party," "Finale," "I Am Here," "Me and the Sky," "Prayer," "Screech In," "Somewhere in the Middle of Nowhere (38 Planes Reprise)," "Stop the World," "28 Hours," "Welcome to the Rock," "Wherever We Are."

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (Revised TCG Edition)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Caryl Churchill. Playing this spring at New York Theatre Workshop. 80 pages.


Moved to April 20:

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

Disappeared again, unsure of release:

Hirschfeld: The Biography
(Sarah Crichton Books - new Hardcover Book/Digital Book)
By Ellen Stern. Biography of Al Hirschfeld, the caricaturist of Broadway. From interviews with the artist himself, his friends and wives, celebrity subjects, agent, daughter, and more; with access to personal correspondence, journals, home movies, and scrapbooks. 368 pages. Originally announced as an October 2017 release.