Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 5/19/20 (updated 5/22/20)

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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.

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Earlier recaps:

2020: May 12, 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

CDs Now Available:

Pop Bart! (Pop Hits, Misses & Rarities written by Lionel Bart)
(Jasmine - on 2 CDs)
Features many of the Lionel Bart penned pop singles released between the start of his professional writing career in 1956 and 1962 as well as pop covers of songs from his hit shows including Oliver!, Things Ain't What They Used To Be and Blitz!. Tracks in their original single versions (in stereo where possible), alongside selected studio cast LP recordings and recordings by Bart himself, under his own name or hiding behind a pseudonyms such as Ocher Nebbish. Features many recordings that have never been released on CD before, including rare singles by Billy Dainty, Dickie Loader, and the Barry Sisters. 65 tracks. Released 1/17/20.

Ute Lemper: Rendezvous with Marlene
(Jazzhaus Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Based on a 3-hour phone call and exchange between Marlene Dietrich and Ute Lemper in 1988 in Paris. Ute tells Marlene's story, along with singing songs from all the chapters of her life, from the Berlin cabaret years to her fabulous Burt Bacharach collaborations. "One for My Baby," "Lili Marleen," "They Call Me Naughty Lola," "Blowing in the Wind," "Marie Marie," "Ruins of Berlin," "Und wenn er wiederkommt," "When the World Was Young," "Wenn ich mir was wünschen dürfte," "Want to Buy Some Illusions," "Que Reste-t-il De Nos Amour," "The Laziest Gal in Town," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "Just a Gigolo," "Falling in Love Again," "Ich hab' noch einen Koffer in Berlin," "Allein in einer großen Stadt," "Dejeuner Du Matin," "Wenn der Sommer wieder einzieht," "Sch... Kleines Baby."


Kathryn Gallagher: Demos, Vol. 1
(new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
Kathryn Gallagher (Jagged Little Pill). "Even My Dog," "How Do You Talk About Us Now," "Friends to Entertain," "It Was Good," "My Therapist Calls It Healing." Released 5/15/20.

The Liz Swados Project
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
World premiere recordings of 14 songs. Tribute to five-time Tony Award nominee, Liz Swados. Starr Busby, Sophia Anne Caruso, Damon Daunno, Amber Gray, Stephanie Hsu, Jo Lampert, Alicia Olatuja, Ashley Pérez Flanagan, Grace McLean, and Ali Stroker, in addition to songwriter/performers The Bengsons, Heather Christian, Michael R. Jackson, Taylor Mac, Dave Malloy, Shaina Taub, and the late Michael Friedman, among others. "We Are Not Strangers," "Every Now and Then," "Oh, King Daddy," "The Red Queen," "In This My Green World," "Take Me to Paris," "Souf," "You Gave Me Love," "You Do Not Have To Be Good," "Song of the Child Prostitute," "The Dance," "Salvador," "Isadora," "Lonesome of the Road," "War Gets Old," "A Change Shall Come," "Bird Lament," "Amen," "Things I Didn't Know I Loved." Produced by Lauren Fitzgerald, Kris Kukul and Matt Stine, with Kurt Deutsch and Rosalind Lichter serving as executive producers. Kris Kukul provides orchestrations and arrangements. Currently at

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. Available at Vimeo. To be available later at Amazon and on iTunes.

BLU-RAY/DVDs Now Available:

Still Waiting in the Wings
(JJ Spotlight Productions - new on DVD/streaming)
Directed By Q. Allan Brocka. Written By Jeffrey A. Johns And Arie Gonzalez. Jeffrey A. Johns, Joe Abraham, Rena Strober, Adam Huss, Blake Peyrot, Harrison White, and Rebekah Kochan, with special appearances By Nick Adams, Ed Asner, Carole Cook, Lee Meriwether, Patricia Richardson, Chita Rivera, Seth Rudetsky, Sally Struthers, Bruce Vilanch and Cindy Williams. "A light-hearted musical tale following the triumphs and trials of actors dreaming of the Great White Way, mixing sweet aspirations with bitter drama." Previously titled Waiting in the Wings the Musical. Released 5/15/20. At and Soundtrack also available on CD.

Books Now Available:

The L.A. Theatre Works Audio Docudrama Series: Pivotal Moments in American History
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Foreword by Professor Michael Hackett. Play anthology featuring five docudramas originally commissioned by L.A. Theatre Works that each explore pivotal moments in 20th century U.S history: The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial by Peter Goodchild; The Real Dr. Strangelove by Peter Goodchild; RFK: The Journey to Justice by Murray Horwitz and Jonathan Estrin; The Chicago Conspiracy Trial by Peter Goodchild; Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers by Geoffrey Cowan and Leroy Aarons. 312 pages. Released 5/14/20.

M is for MAMA (and also Merlot): A Modern Mom's ABCs
(Peter Pauper Press - Hardcover Book)
By Laura Benanti. Illustrated by Helene Weston. A board book for moms. This irreverent board book provides laughter, reassurance, confidence, honesty, and perhaps even a moment of relaxation for expectant, new, and not-so-new moms. 28 pages. Currently out of stock.

So Laugh a Little
(Kindle Edition)
By Molly Picon, with Eth Clifford Rosenberg. Molly Picon reminisces about her upbringing and career through the relationship with her fascinating grandmother. Originally published in 1962.


Geraldine Fitzgerald in Streetsongs
(Harbinger Records - new on CD)
Original 1983 cast album. Geraldine Fitzgerald's cabaret show, which was presented in a PBS special, at Roundabout Theatre, at the the White House, and on a national tour. Described by the singer as "songs any of us might sing walking down the street." "Opening Theme: Underneath the Arches Forget-Me-Not Lane," "Danny Boy," "The Poor People of Paris," "She's Leaving Home; Swanee," "Kerry Dance," "Phil the Fluter's Ball," "Four Green Fields," "Lily of Laguna," "Carrick Fergus," "The Pig Song; Saturday Night at the Rose & Crown," "Underneath-the-Street Songs; Who's This Geezer, Hitler"; Smile; Pack Up Your Troubles; When You're Smiling; The White Cliffs of Dover; Closing Theatre: Fitzy's Rag." Taped before a live audience at Cleveland's Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival and released on LP. First time on CD. Cover by Al Hirschfeld. Extensive liner notes. Bonus track with excerpts from a radio interview.


Eubie Blake: Rags, Rhythm, and Race
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Richard Carlin and Ken Bloom. New biography of one of the key composers of 20th-century American popular song, Eubie Blake, who created Shuffle Along with Noble Sissle and went on to compose for films and other Broadway shows, eventually finding a second career as a ragtime raconteur in the 1960s. His skills as a pianist, gifts as a storyteller and entertainer, and appearances on major TV shows from Johnny Carson and David Frost to the Today Show led him to a new career as a concert artist. The authors also illustrate the wider history of post-minstrel black entertainment, from pianists working in bordellos and dance halls through ragtime, Broadway, and film, showing both the new opportunities available to contemporary black performers and the limitations that black musicians still struggled to overcome. Draws from a wealth of personal archives and interviews with Blake, his friends, and other scholars. 440 pages.

Ever After: Forty Years of Musical Theater and Beyond, 1977–2019
(Applause - Hardcover Book)
By Barry Singer. Second edition, updated to include 2004-2019. 560 pages.

(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book)
Play by Simone Woods which premiered at the National Theatre in London in 2019. 96 pages. Kindle Edition released in 2019.

Playing by Ear: Reflections on Sound and Music
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
In Peter Brook's collection of essays, the director reflects on the role of music in theatre and performance and revisits some of the best-known productions from his career, including Titus Andronicus, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, and The Prisoner. Topics range from how to evoke "true listening" to the relationship between words and music to the "living presence" of silence. 80 pages. Publish 10/24/19.

The Methuen Drama Anthology of American Women Playwrights: 1970 - 2020
(Methuen Drama - new paperback book/Kindle Edition)
Wesley Brown and Aimée K. Michel, editors. Includes Gun, Spell #7, The Jacksonian, The Baltimore Waltz, In the Blood, Intimate Apparel. 352 pages.


Added to June 19:

Lauren Turner: Play On
(Broadway Records - new EP)
New York cabaret singer album. "I Have Nothing," "I’ll Be There," "If It Makes You Happy," "Fire and Rain," "The Heart of the Matter." A portion of proceeds from the album will go to charities benefiting doctors fighting the pandemic. Produced by Mitchell Walker and features Michael Isaacs on piano, Daniel Muniz on guitar and background vocals by Tara Martinez.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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