Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 6/2/20 (updated 6/5/20)

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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 26, 19, 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:

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.

DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:

(Craft Recordings - new album on mp3/at iTunes)
U.K. production of musical with score by Daniel Messé (music and lyrics) and Nathan Tysen (lyrics). Audrey Brisson, Sophie Crawford, Faoileann Cunningham, Rachel Dawson, Oliver Grant, Chris Jared, Caolan McCarthy, Kate Robson-Stuart, Josh Sneesby, Jez Unwin, Johnson Willis. "The Flight of the Blue Fly," "World's Best Papa," "Post Mortem," "The Sound of Going Round In Circles," "The Commute Home," "When the Booth Goes Bright," "The Bottle Drops," "Girl with the Glass," "How To Tell Time," "Tour De France," "Goodbye, Amélie," "Half Asleep," "Backyard," "Sister's Pickle," "Halfway," "Window Seat," "Thin Air," "There's No Place Like Gnome," "Times Are Hard for Dreamers," "Blue Arrow Suite," "The Late Nino Quincampoix," "A Better Haircut," "Stay," "Halfway (Reprise / Original London Cast Recording)," "Where Do We Go From Here?."

Books Now Available:

Broadway Tails: Heartfelt Stories of Rescued Dogs Who Became Showbiz Superstars (3rd edition)
(Lyons Press - Paperback Book)
Updated version of Bill Berloni's 2008 book about his work training animals for hundreds of films, commercials, and television shows as well as live theater, beginning with Annie. Tells the true stories of “throw-away” animals who came back to work with some of entertainment's biggest names, names like Bernadette Peters, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mike Nichols, the New York City Ballet, and many more. 312 pages.

Humana Festival 2019: The Complete Plays
(Limelight Editions - Paperback Book)
All five scripts from the 43rd annual cycle of world premieres: Everybody Black by Dave Harris; The Thin Place by Lucas Hnath; The Corpse Washer, adapted for the stage by Ismail Khalidi and Naomi Wallace, from the novel of the same name by Sinan Antoon; How to Defend Yourself by Liliana Padilla; and We've Come to Believe, a collaboratively-written play by Kara Lee Corthron, Emily Feldman, and Matthew Paul Olmos. 312 pages.

The Lehman Trilogy: A Novel
(HarperVia - new hardcover book/Kindle Edition/audiobook on CD/Audible Audiobook)
The novel, in verse, that inspired the West End/Off-Broadway play by Stefano Massini. Spanning three generations and 150 years, a moving epic that tells the story of modern capitalism through the saga of the Lehman brothers and their descendants. A story of immigration, ambition, and success. 720 pages.

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.

The Mikado to Matilda: British Musicals on the New York Stage
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Thomas S. Hischak. An overview of British musicals that made their way to Broadway, covering their entire history up to the present day. Covers 110 British musicals, ranging from 1750 to the present day. Each London musical is discussed first as a success in England and then how it fared in America. The plots, songs, songwriters, performers, and producers for both the West End and the Broadway (or Off-Broadway) production are identified and described. 360 pages.

Shakespeare in the Theatre: The National Theatre, 1963–1975: Olivier and Hall
(The Arden Shakespeare - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of 2018 book by Robert Shaughnessy about the National Theatre's most Shakespearean period in its history, 1963-1975, one which included Laurence Olivier's Othello and Shylock, a radical all-male As You Like It, the Berliner Ensemble's Coriolanus and Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Tells the interlinked stories of the National's relationship with Shakespeare through a series of production case studies. 264 pages.


Disney Goes Classical
(Decca - on CD/mp3/vinyl/at iTunes)
Performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. "Mary Poppins Overture," "How Far I'll Go," "A Whole New World," "Can You Feel The Love Tonight," "Almost There," "Go The Distance," "Colors Of The Wind," "When She Loved Me," "The Bare Necessities," "Part Of Your World," "Beauty and the Beast," "I See The Light," "Let It Go," "Reflection," "When You Wish Upon A Star."


Adrian Lester and Lolita Chakrabarti: A Working Diary
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
By Adrian Lester and Lolita Chakrabarti. Chronicles 16 months of their fascinating working lives, including their experiences working on the stage adaptation of Life of Pi, an original series of monologues about the NHS, the film adaptation of Red Velvet and the TV series The Rook, among many other projects. 192 pages.

Ann Miller: Her Life and Career
(McFarland Publishing - Paperback Book)
By Peter Shelley. Presents Ann Miller's career in the context of her fascinating life, beginning with child acting and including three Hollywood studio contracts, two retirements for marriage, and appearances in film, stage, variety shows, sitcoms, her comeback in the stage musical Sugar Babies, and appointment as an international spokesperson for MGM in the ailing years of the studio. 185 pages.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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