Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 6/30/20 (updated 7/3/20)

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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: June 23, 16, 9, 2 | 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

DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:

"Next Year"
(Ghostlight Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
From "Saturday Night Seder." Written by Hannah Friedman, Benj Pasek, Mark Sonnenblick, and Shaina Taub. Features Shaina Taub and Skylar Astin. All profits will benefit Jews For Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ). Links to streaming services at

Royalties soundtrack
(Republic Records - new album on mp3 / at iTunes)
Soundtrack from new Quibi series starring Darren Criss, which features original songs and ten music videos by Darren Criss, featuring performances by Jordan Fisher, Julianne Hough, Jackie Tohn, Bonnie McKee, Jennifer Coolidge, Lil Rel Howery, Mark Hamill, Rufus Wainwright, and Sabrina Carpenter, and Criss. "This is a Theme Song," "Just That Good," "Break It In," "Let Your Hair Down," "Kick Your Shoes Off," "Mighty As Kong," "I Am So Much Better Than You At Everything," "Make You Come True," "Prizefighter," "Also You," "I Hate That I Need You," "Perfect Song."

Selections From Zip Goes A Million & Happy Holiday
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
An album of selections from two George Posford and Eric Maschwitz London musicals The 1951 Zip Goes a Million was based on the 1902 novel "Brewster's Millions" and written as a vehicle for variety entertainer George Formby, with co-stars Sara Gregory and Warde Donovan. Six songs from the London production were recorded with the original cast and issued across three 78rpm records on the HMV label. The 1954 Happy Holiday was an adaptation of the Arnold Ridley play The Ghost Train. Reg Dixon played the lead role of Charlie Purseglove in a cast that also included Janet Brown, Marie Burke and Austin Melford. Reg Dixon recorded four songs from the London production which were subsequently issued across two 78rpm records on the HMV label. This collection compiles the original London cast recordings, along with a number of pop covers and instrumentals from each score performed by such artists as Pearl Carr, Ronnie Harris, Leslie A. Hutchinson and the Frank Barber Orchestra. As a special bonus, the disc includes selections from a live radio broadcast of Zip Goes A Million on the the BBC radio programme "Henry Hall's Guest Night." Detailed liner notes by director and theatre historian Stewart Nicholls. 27 tracks, listed at Amazon. Also at

"When You Believe"
(Ghostlight Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
From "Saturday Night Seder." Cynthia Erivo and Shoshana Bean, accompanied by composer Stephen Schwartz (The Prince of Egypt). All profits will benefit Jews For Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ). Links to streaming services at

BLU-RAY/DVDs Now Available:

(Olive Films - on Blu-ray)
New HD restoration of 1979 movie based on the Broadway musical. Score by Galt MacDermot, James Rado and Gerome Ragni. Screenplay by Michael Weller. Cast includes John Savage, Treat Williams, Beverly D'Angelo, Annie Golden. Directed by Miloš Forman. Audio commentary by assistant director Michael Hausman and actor Treat Williams; The Tribe Remembers with Beverly D’Angelo, Don Dacus, Ellen Foley, Annie Golden, John Savage, and Dorsey Wright; Making Chance Work: Choreographing Hair with choreographer Twyla Tharp; Cutting Hair with editors Lynzee Klingman and Stanley Warnow; Hair Style with production designer Stuart Wurtzel; Artist, Teacher, Mentor: Remembering Milos Forman with director James Mangold; essay by critic Sheila O’Malley. This release will be manufactured in a limited pressing of 3,500 units.

BOOKS Now Available:

The 24 Hour Plays Viral Monologues: New Monologues Created During the Coronavirus Pandemic
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Features original monologues by writers such as David Lindsay-Abaire, Clare Barron, Hilary Bettis, Hansol Jung, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Christopher Oscar Peña, Jesse Eisenberg and Monique Moses. A rich collection that can be enjoyed by actors, writers and those looking for creative responses to the global COVID-19 crisis. 144 pages.

So You Want to Sing Cabaret: A Guide for Performers
(Rowman & Littlefield - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By David Sabella and Sue Matsuki. Foreword by Lorna Luft. Examines in detail the unique vocal and nonvocal requirements for professional performance within the genre of cabaret. Includes interviews from Michael Feinstein, Ann Hampton Callaway, Roy Sander, Sidney Myer, Jeff Harner and others. Produced in partnership with the National Association of Teachers of Singing and features online supplemental material, including style-specific exercises, audio and video files, on the NATS website.

West Side Story: The Jets, the Sharks, and the Making of a Classic (Turner Classic Movies)
(Running Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Richard Barrios. Richly illustrated full account of the making of the 1961 ground-breaking movie classic West Side Story. 232 pages.

CALENDARS Now Available:

Hamilton 2021 Day-to-Day Calendar
(Universe Publishing - daily calendar)
320 pages.

Hamilton 2021 Wall Calendar
(Universe Publishing - wall calendar)
24 pages.


Delores Gray: The Decca Singles 1953-1955
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
Broadway and West End performer. Compilation of all Dolores Gray's single releases for the Decca label issued between 1953 and 1955. Most tracks making their debut on CD. The 24 tracks include: "Big Mamou" and "Kaw-Liga"; pop cover versions of songs from By the Beautiful Sea, The Girl in Pink Tights and Silk Stockings; "The Call of the Far-Away Hills" from the 1953 Western film Shane; songs she recorded for the Decca album of There's No Business Like Show Business. Limited edition release of 500 units.

Prince of Egypt OLC
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Stephen Schwartz score for current West End musical. 43-member cast includes Luke Brady, Liam Tamne, Christine Allado, Alexia Khadime, Joe Dixon, Debbie Kurup, Gary Wilmot, Mercedesz Csampai, Adam Pearce, Tanisha Spring, Silas Wyatt-Barke, Simbi Akande, and Casey Al-Shaqsy. The score includes 10 new songs and five from the DreamWorks animated film. "Deliver Us," "Faster," "One Weak Link," "Footprints on the Sand," "Seti’s Return," "Dance to the Day," "All I Ever Wanted," "Make it Right," "Moses in the Desert," "Through Heaven’s Eyes," "Faster (Reprise)," "Never in a Million Years," "Act I Finale," "Return to Egypt," "Always on Your Side," "Simcha," "Deliver Us (Reprise)," "The Plagues," "For the Rest of My Life," "Heartless," "When You Believe," "Never in a Million Years (Reprise)," "Act II Finale." CD format will be released later this year. Produced by Dominick Amendum and Stephen Schwartz, with Kurt Deutsch serving as Executive Producer. Previously released new on mp3 and at at iTunes.


But He Doesn't Know the Territory: The Story behind Meredith Willson's The Music Man - "Broadway edition"
(Univ of Minnesota Press - Paperback Book)
New reprint of Meredith Willson's 1959 memoir. Reflections on the ups and downs, surprises and disappointments, and finally successes of making one of America’s most popular musicals. New foreword by foreword by Michael Feinstein. 208 pages.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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