Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 5/21/24

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CDs Now Available:

Tom Ball: Curtain Call
(Westway Music - new on CD)
Debut album from former Britain's Got Talent and "America's Got Talent" star Tom Ball. "Intro," "Writing's on the Wall," "Feeling Good," "The Best Part," "Stand By Me ft The Inner Voices," "Bring Him Home," "Goodbye ft Lucie Jones," "Let Me Live," "Can't Help Falling In Love," "Seize The Day," "Winter Song," "Home Again," "I (Who Have Nothing)."

Digital Music Now Available:

The Outsiders
(Sony Masterworks Broadway - new digital album)
2024 OBC recording of score by Jamestown Revival and Justin Levine (the book is by Adam Rapp with Justin Levine). Three tracks released early. Cast includes Brody Grant, Sky Lakota-Lynch, Joshua Boone, Brent Comer, Jason Schmidt, Emma Pittman, Daryl Tofa, Kevin William Paul, and Dan Berry. CD to be released June 28.

Books Now Available:

Christopher Oscar Peña: Three Plays: How To Make An American Son; The Strangers; A Cautionary Tail
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
Edited by Mark Armstrong. Introduced by Hugh Dancy. The work of Latinx American playwright and screenwriter Christopher Oscar Peña. 456 pages.

(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback book/Kindle)
Play by Lynn Nottage. 96 pages.

The Group Theatre: An Enduring Legacy
(McFarland - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Mark Connelly. Examines the history and influence of the Group Theatre, which presented the first plays of Clifford Odets, Sidney Kingsley, and William Saroyan, and launched the careers of Franchot Tone, John Garfield, Elia Kazan, Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden, Martin Ritt, and Luther Adler. 339 pages.

How to Find, Choose, and Prepare Successful Audition
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Adam Wachter. Foreword by Rachel Hoffman. Afterword by Caissie Levy. Takes the reader step-by-step through the process of building your audition repertoire portfolio ... helps to identify what songs are needed in which categories and explains where to find them, how to source and cut the sheet music, and how to communicate effectively with the accompanist and act the song. 184 pages.

Too Funny for Words: Backstage Tales from Broadway, Television, and the Movies
(Viva Editions - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Jerry Adler. The author recounts his career as a theater director, producer and actor that has spanned over 70 years. 240 pages.

Newly Listed Recordings:

May 31:

Illinoise: A New Musical
(Nonesuch - new digital album)
Original cast recording of score by Sufjan Stevens (book by Justin Peck & Jackie Sibblies Drury). Arrangements and orchestrations by Timo Andres. 14-piece on-stage band: Elijah Lyons, Shara Nova, Tasha Viets-VanLear, Christina Courtin, Sean Peter Forte, Domenica Fossati, Daniel Freedman, Kathy Halvorson, Nathan Koci, Eleonore Oppenheim, Brett Parnell, Brandon Ridenour, Kyra Sims, and Jessica Tsang. "Chicago (Reprise)" and "The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades is Out to Get Us!" now available. Produced by Dean Sharenow, Timo Andres, Nathan Koci, Garth MacAleavey, and executive produced by Orin Wolf and Nate Koch. Edited, mixed, and mastered by Dean Sharenow at Steel Cut Audio and Garth MacAleavey served as recording engineer.

Late June 2024:

(Yellow Sound Label - new album)
Playwrights Horizons cast recording of score by Anna K. Jacobs and Michael R. Jackson. Courtney Bassett, Phoenix Best, Will Connolly, Jason Gotay, Jenna Rose Husli, Jared Loftin, Alyse Alan Louise, Steven Pasquale, Lexi Rhoades, Wren Rivera, Helen J Shen.

July 9:

(Stage2View - new Blu-ray/DVD)
Filmed musical, with a score by Maury Yeston, that was shown in cinemas. Now streaming at BroadwayHD, to be available for global streaming 8/1/24, and released in physical format sometime in 2024 with Liberator Films and MVD Entertainment Group.