Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 5/12/20 (updated 5/15/20)

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Please note that scheduling changes due to the coronavirus pandemic are being made as soon as we are aware of them. But there may be further changes in release dates in the future, as things play out.

See the complete list of Upcoming/Recent releases.

Earlier recaps:

2020: May 5 | April 28, 21, 14, 7 | March 31, 24, 17, 10, 3 | February 25, 18, 11, 4 | January 28, 21, 14, 7

2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:

Ben Platt: So Will I
(Atlantic Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Ben Platt performs song he co-wrote with Michael Pollack and producer Finneas Baird O'Connell. Released 5/8/20.

Rags: The Musical
(Ghostlight Records - new album on mp3/at iTunes)
London cast recording of Stephen Schwartz / Charles Strouse score. Recently played a limited run at Park Theatre, London. Carolyn Maitland, Dave Willetts, Sam Attwater, Debbie Chazen, Alex Gibson-Giorgio, Rachel Izen, Samuel Jones and Jude Muir, Martha Kirby, Oisin Nolan-Power, and Jeremy Rose, Arthur Boan, Angela Caesar, Adam Crossley, Drew Dillon, Matthew Gent, and Natasha Karp. Executive-produced by Stephen Schwartz. Nick Barstow, music producer and orchestrator. "Opening," "If We Never Meet Again," "Greenhorns," "Brand New World," "Edge of A Knife," "The Fabric of America," "Penny a Tune," "Bella's Song (Part One)," "Meet an Italian," "Friday Night Prayers," "No More Nightmares," "Little Lady," "Cheer Up, Chaimlet," "Blame It on the Summer Night," "For My Mary," "Take Our City Back," "Rags," "On the Fourth Day of July," "Yankee Boy," "Uptown," "Wanting," "Three Sunny Rooms," "Kaddish," "Bella's Song (Part Two)," "If We Never Meet Again (Reprise)," "Bread and Freedom," "Children of the Wind," "Finale." Joe Bunker, musical director. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joe and Nikki Davison at Auburn Jam Music. Also at

Tarrytown studio cast
(Contumacious Creatures Music - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Musical by Adam Wachter. Jeremy Jordan, Krysta Rodriguez, and Andy Mientus. Orchestrations by Brian Usifer. Musicians Paul Staroba (piano), Summer Boggess (cello), Jeff Roberts (drums), Hiroko Taguchi (violin), Lou Garrett (guitar), and Alex Eckhardt (bass). "Tarrytown," "Katrina's Welcome Song," "My New Gay Best Friend," "Four Downs To The Ten-Yard Line," "Dinner For Three (Part 1)," "Back Home," "Dinner For Three (Part 2)," "What Do You Do?," "History," "Goes Away," "Down The Stairs," "Apple-Picking Song," "The Man In The Middle," "The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow," "When You're Near," "Ichabod," "Another Halloween." All proceeds to benefit The Actors Fund.

Books Now Available:

Six vocal selections songbook
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Songs from the 2020 Broadway show, with score by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. Includes "All You Wanna Do," "Don't Lose Ur Head," "Ex-Wives," "Get Down," "Haus of Holbein," "Heart of Stone," "I Don't Need Your Love," "No Way," "Six."


(Olive Films - on Blu-ray)
New HD restoration of 1979 movie based on the Broadway musical. Score by Gerome Ragni and James Rado. Screenplay by Michael Weller. Cast includes John Savage, Treat Williams, Beverly D'Angelo, Annie Golden. Directed by Miloš Forman. Audio commentary by assistant director Michael Hausman and actor Treat Williams; The Tribe Remembers with Beverly D’Angelo, Don Dacus, Ellen Foley, Annie Golden, John Savage, and Dorsey Wright; Making Chance Work: Choreographing Hair with choreographer Twyla Tharp; Cutting Hair with editors Lynzee Klingman and Stanley Warnow; Hair Style with production designer Stuart Wurtzel; Artist, Teacher, Mentor: Remembering Milos Forman with director James Mangold; essay by critic Sheila O’Malley. This release will be manufactured in a limited pressing of 3,500 units.

Repeat Attenders
(new video on demand)
Documentary film by Mark Dooley. Delves into the psychology of the most extreme Broadway superfans, revealing the complexities of their devotion. Filmed over a six-year period on Broadway, in London’s West End, and in Germany and Australia, Repeat Attenders introduces audiences to fans of Cats, Rent, Les Miserables, Starlight Express, and more. Preordering on Vimeo for 5/16/20 release. To be available later at Amazon and on iTunes.


Added to June 26, 2020:

Artists in Residence
(Broadway Records - new album)
Original songs, including new works by film and Broadway favorites Alan Menken, David Zippel, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, as well as multiple award-winning theatre writers Todd Almond, Sean Barry and Jenny Giering, Carmel Dean, Andrew Gerle, Adam Gwon, Peter Mills, Ryan Scott Oliver, Eric Price and Will Reynolds, Ben Wexler, Jake Wildhorn, and David and Joseph Zellnik. All tracks will be the products of collaborations and recordings done from the artists' homes. To benefit the Actors Fund and the Dramatists Guild. Cast to be announced soon.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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