Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 6/12/18

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Earlier recaps:

2018: June 5 | May 29, 22, 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:

Mean Girls OBC
(Atlantic Records - new on CD)
Score by Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin. Cast includes Erika Henningsen, Taylor Louderman, Ashley Park, Kate Rockwell, Barrett Wilbert Weed, Grey Henson, Kerry Butler, Kyle Selig, Cheech Manohar, and Rick Younger. "A Cautionary Tale," "It Roars," "Where Do You Belong?," "Meet The Plastics," "Stupid With Love," "Apex Predator," "What's Wrong With Me?," "Sexy," "Someone Gets Hurt," "Revenge Party," "Fearless," "Stop," "Whose House Is This?," "More Is Better," "Someone Gets Hurt (Reprise)," "World Burn," "I'd Rather Be Me," "Do This Thing," "I See Stars." Released 6/8/18. Digital format released May 18.


Carousel 2018 revival cast digital
(Craft Recordings - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Rodgers & Hammerstein score. Cast includes Jessie Mueller, Joshua Henry, Renée Fleming , Lindsay Mendez, Alexander Gemignani, Margaret Colin, Amar Ramasar, John Douglas Thompson. "The Carousel Waltz," "Mister Snow," "If I Loved You," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," "Mister Snow - Reprise," "When The Children Are Asleep," "Blow High, Blow Low," "Soliloquy," "This Way A Real Nice Clambake," "What's The Use Of Wond'rin'?," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "The Highest Judge Of All," "Ballet," "Finale: You'll Never Walk Alone - Reprise." CD format to be released July 13.

BOOKs Now Available:

God and Hamilton: Spiritual Themes from the Life of Alexander Hamilton and the Broadway Musical He Inspired
(Deep River Books - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Kevin Cloud. Weaves together insights from the musical itself, the lives of Alexander and Eliza Hamilton, and the story of Scripture into a tapestry that challenges people of faith to reexamine their lives. 240 pages.

MUSIC to be released this Friday, June 15:

Arielle Jacobs: A Leap in the Dark - Live at Feinstein's/54 Below
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Live concert performance by Arielle Jacobs (Jasmine in Disney's Aladdin). Also featuring Nicholas Christopher (Hamilton, Miss Saigon) and Javier Colon ("The Voice" season 1 winner). Produced by Michael J. Moritz Jr. Also at


Cradle Will Rock (Special Edition)
(Kino - new Blu-ray)
1999 film based on the events surrounding the 1930s production of the Marc Blitzstein musical. Cast includes Bill Murray, John Cusack, Susan Sarandon, John Turturro, Vanessa Redgrave, Hank Azaria, Rubén Blades, Joan Cusack, Cary Elwes, Philip Baker Hall, Angus Macfadyen, Emily Watson, Bob Balaban, Jack Black, Paul Giamatti, Bernard Hughes. Directed by Tim Robbins. Special featurettes: audio commentary by Tim Robbins; production featurette; theatrical trailer. 132 minutes.

Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
(Kino - new Blu-ray)
1975 film version of the musical revue. Cast includes Mort Shuman, Elly Stone, Joe Masiell, Jacques Brel. 97 minutes.

Junk soundtrack
(Ringside Records - new on CD)
Original soundtrack recording of upcoming musical motion picture starring Tym Moss and Robbie Wayne. Music and lyrics by Michael Penny. "Opening Credits," "A Man Needs A Hobby," "Mammys," "An Old Book of Matches From A Myrtle Beach Bar," "Oh...She Loves Me," "She's Crazy That Way," "On That Streetcar Named Desire," "Do Yourself A Favor," "She Believes In Bran," "I Like Them Smooth," "You're Conventional," "Mary Mary," "I Hate Musicals," "Nobody Wants To Leave The Party," "End Credits." 20 page deluxe booklet with notes and lyrics.


2019 On Broadway Wall Calendar
(Time Factory - wall calendar)
26 pages.

American Theatre Wing, an Oral History: 100 Years, 100 Voices, 100 Million Miracles
(Graphic Arts Books - Hardcover Book)
Patrick Pacheco, editor. Introduction by Rosie O'Donnell. Foreword by Angela Lansbury. Accounts of the artists and theater advocates who created and sustained the preeminent theatrical organization, The American Theatre Wing. 268 pages.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Going to the Theatre (But Were Too Sloshed To Ask, Dear)
(Nick Hern Books - Paperback Book)
By "West End Producer." Advice on "What shows to see and what to avoid (how to see the hits and not the shits), "Where to sit (without developing ongoing neck problems and deep vein thrombosis), "How to combat theatre rage (and get to the ladies' loos before anyone else), "What to eat (crisps, sweets, or kebabs?), "What to wear (from the correct attire at press night, to the importance of a good, reliable codpiece at The Globe), "How to leave early if the show is rubbish (a 'Shrubbish'). 224 pages. Released on Kindle in 2017.

Les Misérables: The Story of the World's Longest Running Musical in Words, Pictures and Rare Memorabilia
(Carlton Books - Hardcover Book)
By Benedict Nightingale and Martyn Palmer. Foreword by Cameron Mackintosh. Companion book that looks at the 33-year history of the musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, and Herbert Kretzmer, based on the Victory Hugo novel. Also includes images of such special memorabilia as annotated scripts, original costume sketches, and design notes for the 2012 film. 144 pages.

Plays for the Public
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Anthology of plays by Richard Foreman, including The Gods are Pounding My Head, Idiot Savant, Old-Fashioned Prostitutes. 280 pages.

Theatre Goes Wrong: A Mischief Theatre Play Collection
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
By Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields of the Olivier Award winning Mischief Theatre. Includes The Nativity Goes Wrong, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, The Play That Goes Wrong, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery. 336 pages.


Added to September 7:

Renée Fleming: Broadway
(Decca Classics - new on CD)
Album of showtunes. "Fable," "Loneliness of Evening," "Children Will Listen/You've Got to be Taught" (with guest star Leslie Odom Jr.), "So Big So Small," "Something Wonderful," "Wonderful Guy," "Lay Down Your Head," "Down in the Depths," "Love and Love Alone/Winter," "Dear Friend," "The Sound of Music," "Unusual Way," "Till There Was You," "The Glamorous Life," "Tell Me on A Sunday," "August Winds," "All the Things You Are." Music supervisor Rob Fisher and producer David Frost.