Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 5/8/18 (updated 5/11/18)

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Earlier recaps:

2018: May 1, | 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:

Alexis Michelle: Lovefool
(Broadway Records - new on CD at Amazon/on mp3/at iTunes)
Drag and cabaret artist Alexis Michelle ("RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9") debut album. "Beautiful," "Follow Your Heart," "Lovefool," "(Have I Stayed) Too Long at the Fair," "Fool on the Hill," "Call Me," "You Can Always Count on Me," "Simple/Good Thing Going," "Rainbow Connection," "Ramblin' Man." Produced by Brandon James Gwinn and Alex Michaels. Also at

Lesli Margherita: Rule Your Kingdom
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
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

Rise Season 1: The Album
(Atlantic Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Songs from the NBC show. Cast includes Auli'i Cravalho, Damon J. Gillespie, Amy Forsyth, Ted Sutherland, Ellie Desautels, Shannon Purser. "Glorious," "Football Freestyle," "I Believe," "The Word Of Your Body," "The Song Of Purple Summer," "Left Behind," "My Junk," "The Guilty Ones," "Mama Who Bore Me," "The Bitch Of Living," "Touch Me," "Whispering," "The Dark I Know Well," "Mama Who Bore Me," "Totally Fucked," "The Word Of Your Body," "Blue Wind/Don't Do Sadness," "Those You've Known," "All You Desire," "Perfect," "Scars To Your Beautiful," "Carry On," "Just Breathe," "Carry You."


Audra McDonald & the New York Philharmonic: Sing Happy digital
(Decca Gold - new mp3/at iTunes)
Live from May 1 concert performance at Geffen Hall for the New York PhilharmonicÂ’s Spring Gala. "I Am What I Am," "Medley: It Might as Well Be Spring/Hurry, It's Lovely Up Here," "Cornet Man," "Sing Happy," "Simple Little Things," Introduction to Being Good Isn't Good Enough," "Being Good Isn't Good Enough," "Summertime," "Chain of Love," "0vanilla Ice Cream," "March Is a Windy Month," Introduction to Medley, "Medley: Children Will Listen/ You've Got to Be Carefully Taught," "Facebook Song," "Never Will I Marry," "Being Alive," Introduction to Make Someone Happy, "Make Someone Happy," "Introduction to Climb Ev'ry Mountain, "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "More I Cannot Wish You." Orchestra conducted by Andy Einhorn. CD to be released May 25.

"First Burn"
(Atlantic - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
April #Hamildrop. Lexi Lawson, Julia K. Harriman, Shoba Narayan, Rachelle Ann Go, and Arianna Afsar sing a first draft of Eliza's original act two ballad. Released 4/30/18.

Frozen - The Broadway Musical - digital
(Walt Disney Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
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. CD to be released June 8.

George Salazar & Joe Iconis: Two-Player Game
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
A recording of the concert as performed at Feinstein's/54 Below. "Broadway, Here I Come!," "Two-Player Game," "I Love Play Rehearsal," "Tiny Short Little Song," "Andy's Song," "The Answer," "Lisa," "The Vagabond," "Norman," "Song of the Brown Buffalo," "Michael in the Bathroom," "The Goodbye Song," "Kaboom." Also at


Jones & Schmidt: Hidden Treasures, 1951-2001
(Harbinger/The Musical Theater Project - new on 2 CDs)
Part of the Songwriter Showcase Series. Vocals by Tom Jones, Harvey Schmidt, Mary Martin, Robert Preston, Liz Callaway, Carole Demas, Bert Lahr, Stanley Holloway, Susan Watson, Samantha Bruce and many others. "Prologue: Try to Remember," "Freshman Song/Registration," "Anyone Will Do," "At 22," "Mr. Off-Broadway," "The Race of the Lexington Avenue Express," "One and All," "The Holy Man and the New Yorker," "You Wonder How These Things Begin," "A Perfect Time to Be in Love," "Plant a Radish," "I Have Acted Like a Fool," "New York Medley," "Sketches," "Just Fine," "Pretty Is," "A Texas Romance," "Man and Wife," "Guess We May as Well Stay Married Now," "The Genuine Eccentric and His Wife," "Thousands of Flowers," "Celebration," "Under the Tree," "Opening Sequence from Colette," "Wand'rin' Child." Disc 2: "Thank You for Your Love," "Within This Empty Space," "Name: Cockian," "I Love His Face," "Postcards," "Middle of the Road," "Wonderful Way to Die," "Theme from "The Bone Room"," "Menage a Trois," "Joy" (Work Session), "Ooh-La-La," "You Could Hurt Me," "The Room Is Filled with You," "Medley from Colette," "Our Town," "The World Is Very Wide," "There Is a River/Heavenly Music," "I Only Want Someone to Love Me," "Broadway Sam," "Maybe," "Learning Who You Are," "Here Am I," "Epilogue: Try to Remember." Produced by Bill Rudman. 64-page color booklet includes extensive notes by Bill Rudman; details and notes on all of the selections by Tom Jones (with an assist from Harvey Schmidt), and never-before-seen photos.


The Band's Visit: A New Musical - Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Score by David Yazbek. "Answer Me," "The Beat of Your Heart," "Haled's Song About Love," "It Is What It Is," "Itzik's Lullaby," "Omar Sharif," "Papi Hears the Ocean," "Something Different," "Soraya," "Waiting," "Welcome to Nowhere."

Boublil and Schönberg's Les Misérables (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Sarah Whitfield. The author explores how the musical might help us deal with some of our most difficult experiences and give us hope for when "tomorrow comes."

Wonderful Design: Glamour in the Hollywood Musical
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book)
By Lloyd Whitesell. Discussing dozens of musical numbers, analyzing ingenious orchestration, and appraising the distinctive styles of favorite musical stars, Whitesell illuminates fundamental traits of the genre, its aesthetic strategies, and cultural ambitions. 272 pages.


Added, for Summer 2018:

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Blu-ray
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray on 2 discs)
1954 film musical. Score by Gene de Paul, Johnny Mercer, Saul Chaplin, Adolph Deutsch. Cast includes Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Tommy Rall, and Marc Platt. Directed by Stanley Donen. Choreography by Michael Kidd. New remastered version. Bonuses: alternate widescreen version (placed on a BD bonus disc); audio commentary by Stanley Donen (2004); "MGM Jubilee Overture" short subject, Remastered in 1080p HD and Uncompressed DTS HD-Master Audio 5.1; "Sobbin' Women: The Making of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," hosted by Howard Keel (SD); Radio City Music Hall Premiere - July 22, 1954 (SD); MGM's 30th Anniversary" (1954 MGM Newsreel) (SD). 102 minutes.

Added, released date unknown

Every Act of Life
(Productions In Print - new book)
Illustrated screenplay by Jeff Kaufman of documentary about Terrence McNally. To include additional stories and interviews that were not seen in the film, as well as rare photos and archival materials.