Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 5/1/18, updated 5/4/18

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Earlier recaps:

2018: April 24, 17, 10, 3, March 27, 20, 13, 6 | February 27, 20, 13, 6 | January 30, 23, 16, 9, 2

2017 | 2016 | 2015

CDs Now Available:

Cole Porter in Paris: A TV Spectacular and Feathertop
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Cole Porter TV special that aired January 17, 1973 with a cast that included Diahann Carroll, Perry Como, Louis Jourdan, Connie Stevens, with special performances by Charles Aznavour and Twiggy. Released as a promotional LP only. Also, Feathertop, based on the story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, aired on October 19, 1961, with a score by Mary Rodgers and Martin Charnin. Cast included Jane Powell, Hugh O'Brian, Cathleen Nesbitt, Hans Conried. Also, released only as a promotional LP. Available at

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
(Sony Masterworks - new on 2 CDs)
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. "Overture," "Heaven on Their Minds," "What's The Buzz / Strange Thing Mystifying," "Everything's Alright," "This Jesus Must Die," "Hosanna," "Simon Zealotes / Poor Jerusalem," "Pilate's Dream," "The Temple," "Everything's Alright (Reprise)," "I Don't Know How to Love Him," "Damned for All Time / Blood Money," "The Last Supper," "Gethsemane (I Only Want to Say)," "Transition," "The Arrest," "Peter's Denial," "Pilate and Christ," "King Herod's Song," "Transition After Herod," "Could We Start Again, Please?," "Judas's Death," "Trial Before Pilate (Including The 39 Lashes)," "Superstar," "The Crucifixion," "John Nineteen:Forty One," "Curtain Call." Released 4/6/17 digitally: on mp3 and at iTunes. Released 4/27/18.


Lena Hall Obsessed: Pink
(Ghostlight Records - new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
"Sober," "What About Us," "Just Like a Pill," "Glitter in the Air."

Shaina Taub: Die Happy
(new digital album)
Second solo album. Songs written and performed by Shaina Taub. Accompanied by her band Brun, Hiroyuki Matsuura and David Farrell Melton, as well as an ensemble of horn, wind and string players and a large choir comprised of friends and collaborators. Co-produced Die Happy with bandmate Mike Brun and Dean Sharenow of Steel Cut Audio, at Vibromonk Studios in Brooklyn. Lyric video of "If I Die Before You" now at YouTube. "If I Die Before You," "Huddled Masses," "Where Are The Grown-Ups?," "She Persisted," "Family Plan," "Holy Old City," "Fortnight," "2 Captains," "Our Solitude," "Your Old Guitar," "Still I Will Love," "Inevitable." Currently available exclusively on Bandcamp, to be released wide later this year.

BOOKs Now Available:

Everybody's Talking about Jamie
(Samuel French - Paperback Book)
Libretto for musical with score by Tom MacRae (book) and Dan Gillespie Sells, from an idea by Jonathan Butterell. 140 p ages. Released 11/1/17.


Ben Bagley's The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen Though the Eyes of Cole Porter
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Ran at Square East Theater in 1965. Kaye Ballard, Harold Lang, Carmen Alvarez, William Hickey, and Elmarie Wendel. With bonuses. Limited to 500 copies. Available at Expected first week in June.

Lesli Margherita: Rule Your Kingdom
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Recorded live at Feinstein's/54 Below. Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita (Matilda, Dames at Sea, Zorro) signature cabaret show. "Baby I'm a Star," "Opening Monologue," "Country Medley," "I Was a Disney Princess," "Part of Your World," "Path Poopers," "Don't Poop on My Pathway," "The Social Meeds," "Mean / Titanium," "Wonder Woman, Princess Leia, Miss Piggy," "Woman," "How to Win an Olivier Award," "Keep Calm & Carry On," "Wouldn't It Be Good / That's Life," "Rule.," "Ain't Nobody's Bizness," "Royals," "Umbrella Medley," "My Man." Also at


Making Oscar Wilde
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Michèle Mendelssohn. Reveals the untold story of young Oscar's career in Victorian England and post-Civil War America ... tracks a larger-than-life hero on an unforgettable adventure to make his name and gain international acclaim. Combining new evidence and gripping cultural history, dramatizes Wilde's rise, fall, and resurrection as part of a spectacular transatlantic pageant ... vividly depicts sensation-hungry Victorian journalism and popular entertainment alongside racial controversies, sex scandals, and the growth of Irish nationalism. 368 pages.


Added to June 8:

Frozen - The Broadway Musical
(Walt Disney Records - new on CD)
OBC recording of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez score. With an expanded orchestra of 44 musicians, including a string section of 22. The cast includes Caissie Levy, Patti Murin, Greg Hildreth, Robert Creighton, John Riddle, and Jelani Alladin. "Vuelie / Let the Sun Shine On," "A Little Bit of You," "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?," "For the First Time in Forever," "Hans of the Southern Isles," "Queen Anointed," "Dangerous to Dream," "Love Is an Open Door," "Reindeer(S) Are Better Than People," "What Do You Know About Love?," "In Summer," "Hans of the Southern Isles (reprise)," "Let It Go," "Hygge," "For the First Time in Forever (reprise)," "Fixer Upper," "Kristoff Lullaby," "Monster," "True Love," "Colder by the Minute," "Finale / Let It Go," (bonus track "When Everything Falls Apart Outtake." The album is produced by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Stephen Oremus, Dave Metzger and Chris Montan. Digital release May 11.