Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 5/22/18 (updated 5/25/18)

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2018: May 15, 8, 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:

The Grass Harp original cast recording
(Kritzerland Records - new on CD)
Score by Claibe Richardson and Kenward Elmslie. 1971 Broadway musical cast included Barbara Cook, Carol Brice, Karen Morrow, Ruth Ford, Russ Thacker, and Max Showalter. Includes song dropped from the LP, included on the Painted Smiles CD release, along with bonus tracks. Limited to 500 copies. At

Oklahoma! Original Cast Album 75th Anniversary
(Verve - on CD/vinyl LP/on mp3/at iTunes)
1943 original Broadway cast album featuring Alfred Drake, Joan Roberts, Celeste Holm, Howard Da Silva, Betty Garde, Lee Dixon, Joseph Buloff, Jane Lawrence, Barry Kelley, and George S. Irving. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II score. "Overture," "Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'," "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top," "Kansas City," "I Can't Say No," "Many A New Day," "It's A Scandal! It's A Outrage!," "People Will Say We're In Love," "Pore Jud Is Daid," "Lonely Room," "Out Of My Dreams," "The Farmer And The Cowman," "All Er Nuthin'," "Oklahoma!," "Finale," "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top" (alt.), "I Can't Say No" (alt.), "Pore Jud Is Daid" (alt.), "Finale" (alt.).

Play It Again, Marvin! A Marvin Hamlisch Celebration
(Varese Sarabande - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra concert performance, under the direction of J. Ernest Green. Features pianist Kevin Cole and singers Grammy winner Sylvia McNair, Judy Harrison, and Doug LaBrecque and cellist Adrian Daurov. "The Way We Were," "A Chorus Line Concerto," "Dreamers," "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows," "The Swimmer," "Nothing," "A Mother's Voice," "The Entertainer and Pineapple Rag," "Nobody Does It Better," "They're Playing My Song," "I Cannot Hear the City," "That's How I Say Goodbye," "If You Really Knew Me," "Looking Through the Eyes of Love," "At the Fountain," "Suite from Sophie's Choice / If You Remember Me," "Marvin's Medley," "Bows ," "What I Did For Love."


A Letter to Harvey Milk digital
(Yellow Sound Label - new digital album)
Off-Broadway cast album. Score by Laura I. Kramer (music) Ellen M. Schwartz (lyrics), and Cheryl Stern (additional lyrics). Cast includes Adam Heller, Julia Knitel, Cheryl Stern, Michael Bartoli, Sarah Corey, Jeremy Greenbaum, Aury Krebs, Philip Hoffman, CJ Pawlikowski, and Ravi Roth. Album produced by Michael Croiter. Mp3 also available at

Mandy Gonzalez: Fearless: B-Sides
(Ghostlight Records - new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
Five additional digital-only tracks from the original sessions for Mandy Gonzalez' (now in Hamilton) "Fearless" album include creative new interpretations of standards in addition to her first-ever Spanish-language recording. "You Can Leave Your Hat On," "Bein' Green," "I Only Have Eyes for You," "Get Ready," "Vivir Mi Vida." Released 5/18/18.

BOOKs Now Available:

The Inheritance
(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book)
New play by Matthew Lopez (The Whipping Man, The Legend of Georgia McBride). Premiered at the New Vic in London in March 2018 (Transferring to the Noel Coward Theatre in September 2018). 320 pages. Published 4/26/18.

Not Talking
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Play by Mike Barlett, now in its first production at Arcola Theatre in London. 72 pages.

(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/eTextbook)
New play by James Graham. Premiered at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester, in 2017 and transferred to the West End Noel Coward Theatre in April 2018. 112 pages. Published 4/23/18.


Ben Bagley's Alan Jay Lerner Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Undiscovered Lerner gems (especially at the time of the recording) from The Day Before Spring, Love Life, Lolita, My Love, What's Up, Give a Girl a Break, a cut song from Gigi, and much more, plus bonus material. Featuring Dorothy Loudon, Jerry Orbach, Roddy McDowall, Nancy Walker, Blosson Dearie and more. Musical direction and arrangements by Norman Paris. Remeastered by James Nelson. All new liner notes. Limited to 500 copies only and will ship by the last week of June. At

Redhead 1959 studio cast/original Mexican cast +
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
1959 "Selections from Redhead" studio recording of Albert Hague/Dorothy Fields score, featuring Rita Williams, Bryan Johnson and Fred Lucas with the Mike Sammes Singers and Hill Bowen Orchestra. Also, the Mexican cast recording of the Spanish language adaptation by Luis De Llano and Martha Fisher which opened at Teatro de los Insurgentes in Mexico City in 1960 as La Pelirroja, starring Virma Gonzalez, Armando Calvo and featuring Placido Domingo. Bonus: three pop covers of songs from Redhead performed by Art Lund, Toni Arden and Tommy Leonetti. Part of Stage Door Records' Collector's Series, with retro LP packaging and limited to 500 copies. Also at

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.


How Annie Made It to the Stage
(Cavendish Square - Paperback Book)
By Gerry Boehme. Part of the Getting to Broadway series for children. 96 pages.

How Cats Made It to the Stage
(Cavendish Square - Paperback Book)
By Gerry Boehme. Part of the Getting to Broadway series for children. 96 pages.

How Hamilton Made It to the Stage
(Cavendish Square - Paperback Book)
By Gerry Boehme. Part of the Getting to Broadway series for children. 96 pages.

How the Lion King Made It to the Stage
(Cavendish Square - Paperback Book)
By Nancy Capaccio. Part of the Getting to Broadway series for children. 96 pages.

How Rent Made It to the Stage
(Cavendish Square - Paperback Book)
By George Capaccio. Part of the Getting to Broadway series for children. 96 pages.

(Oberon Books - Paperback Book)
Play by Barney Norris, at the Bridge Theatre in London through May 26. 88 pages.

Twenty Theatres to See Before You Die: A Love Letter to Britain's Theatres
(Penned in the Margins - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Amber Massie-Blomfield. A celebration of thriving against the odds ... also a personal account of a life-long love affair with the places where 'anything is possible': from open-air fry-ups and an impromptu can-can to paranormal manifestations. An adventure through theatre, place and the people who make it happen. 350 pages.