Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 7/5/16 (updated 7/8/16)

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Earlier recaps:

2016: June 28, 21, 14, 7 | May 31, 24, 17, 10, 3 | April 26, 19, 12, 5 | March 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | February 23, 16, 9, 2 | January 26, 19, 12, 5, 2016 | 2015

CDs Now Available:

Cafe Society soundtrack
(Sony Masterworks - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
2016 Woody Allen-directed film. "Lady is a Tramp," "Jeepers Creepers," "Mountain Greenery," "Have You Met Miss Jones," "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" (Benny Goodman & His Orchestra), "Taxi War Dance" (Count Basie & His Orchestra), "Zing Went the Strings of My Heart," "Manhattan," "My Romance," "Pick Yourself Up," "I Only Have Eyes For You" (Ben Selvin), "The Peanut Vendor" (El Manisero), "There's a Small Hotel," "Out of Nowhere" (John Gill), "This Can't Be Love" (Conal Fowkes).

Hamilton OBC recording - "clean" version
(Atlantic - new on CD/mp3/at itUnes)
OBC recording of Hamilton with clean lyrics. Disc 1: "Alexander Hamilton," "Aaron Burr, Sir," "My Shot," "The Story Of Tonight," "The Schuyler Sisters," "Farmer Refuted," "You'll Be Back," "Right Hand Man," "A Winter's Ball," "Helpless," "Satisfied," "The Story of Tonight," "Wait For It," "Stay Alive," "Ten Duel Commandments," "Meet Me Inside," "That Would Be Enough," "Guns and Ships," "History Has Its Eyes On You," "Yorktown," "What Comes Next?," "Dear Theodosia," "Non-Stop"; Disc 2: "What'd I Miss," "Cabinet Battle #1," "Take A Break," "Say No To This," "The Room Where It Happens," "Schuyler Defeated," "Cabinet Battle #2," "Washington On Your Side," "One Last Time," "I Know Him," "The Adams Administration," "We Know," "Hurricane," "The Reynolds Pamphlet," "Burn," "Blow Us All Away," "Stay Alive," "It's Quiet Uptown," "The Election of 1800," "Your Obedient Servant," "Best of Wives and Best of Women," "The World Was Wide Enough," "Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story."

The Hot Sardines: French Fries & Champagne
(Decca - new on CD/mp3/vinyl/at iTunes)
Band led by vocalist Miz Elizabeth and pianist Evan Bibs Palazzo. "Running Wild," "People Will Say We're In Love," "When I Get Low I Get High," (with Alan Cumming), "Addicted To Love," "Sweet Pea," "Comes Love (L'amour S'en Fout) Medley," "Here You Are Again," "Until The Real Thing Comes Along," "French Fries & Champagne," "La Fille Aux Cheveux Roux (Weed Smoker's Dream)," "Gramercy Sunset." Released June 17, 2016.

Sid and Marty Kroft's Les Poupées de Paris
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Grammy-nominated 1964 World's Fair puppet show recording. Music and lyrics by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen. Voices of Pearl Bailey, Milton Berle, Cyd Charisse, Annie Fargé, Gene Kelly, Liberace, Jayne Mansfield, Tony Martin, Phil Silvers, Loretta Young, Edie Adams, and more. Scenes: Overture, The Bathtub Scene, You Can't Make it Anywhere, A Night of Horror, It's a Living, The Opera Singer, The Ice Skater, Love is a Bore, The Circus.

Waitress OBC
(DMI Soundtracks - new on CD)
Score by Sara Bareilles. Jessie Mueller, Drew Gehling, Eric Anderson, Nick Cordero, Christopher Fitzgerald, Dakin Matthews, Keala Settle. "What’s Inside," "Opening Up," "The Negative," "What Baking Can Do," "When He Sees Me," "It Only Takes a Taste," "You Will Still Be Mine," "A Soft Place To Land," "Never Ever Getting Rid of Me," "Bad Idea," "I Didn’t Plan It," "Bad Idea" (Reprise), "You Matter To Me," "I Love You Like a Table," "Take It From an Old Man," "She Used to Be Mine," "Everything Changes," "Opening Up" (Finale). Released previously on mp3 and at at iTunes.

DVD/Blu-Rays Now Available:

Carol + 2: The Original Queens of Comedy
(Time Life/Warner - on DVD)
CBS special that aired on March 22, 1966 starring Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball, Zero Mostel, Harvey Korman, first time on DVD. Also includes 1972 CBS television movie version of Once Upon a Mattress (Mary Rodgers/Marshall Barer score) with Carol Burnett, Ken Berry, Bernadette Peters, Jack Gilford, Ron Husmann, Jane White. Released May 17, 2016. 227 minutes.


Alice Through The Looking Glass
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD)
Soundtrack from November 6, 1966, NBC TV special. Score by Elsie Simmons and Moose Charlap. Ricardo Montalban, Agnes Moorehead, Jack Palance, Jimmy Durante and the Smothers Brothers.

I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road
(Sony/Naxos - on CD)
Original Off-Broadway cast recording of Gretchen Cryer/Nancy Ford score. Gretchen Cryer, Margot Rose, Betty Aberlin, Don Scardino. "Natural High," "Smile," "Miss America," "Strong Woman Number," "Dear Tom," "Old Friend," "In a Simple Way I Love You," "Put in a Package and Sold," "Feel the Love," "Lonely Lady," "Happy Birthday," "Natural High."

Lady in the Dark 1954 TV production
(VAI - new on DVD)
Bok by Moss Hart, music by Kurt Weill, and lyrics by Ira Gershwin. Cast features Ann Sothern as Liza, with James Daly, Luella Gear, Sheppard Strudwick, and Carleton Carpenter. DVD insert includes notes by bruce d. mcclung, author of the prizing-winning book "Lady in the Dark: Biography of a Musical". Black & white. 79 minutes.


Best American Short Plays 2014-2015
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
William W. Demastes, editor. B'Hoys Do Macbeth by Jonathon Ward, Losing Sight by Kevin D. Ferguson, Long Time Coming by David Rusiecki, Petra by John Yarbrough, The Secret Keeper by David Meyers, Super Hot Raven and Raven II: The Ravening by Megan Gogerty, Norma's Rest by Jordan Morille, The Hour by Susan Goodell, The Lilac Ticket by C.J. Ehrlich, The Subterraneans by Adam Kraar, Feathers by Judd Lear Silverman, The Gulf by Audrey Cefaly, Winning by Mercilee Jenkins, The Grass is Greenest at the Houston Astrodome by Michael Ross Albert, Sword Play by Charlene A. Donaghy, Dolor by Hal Corley, Gonna Need to See Some ID by Donna Latham, There's No Here Here by Craig Pospisil, Vertical Constellation with Bomb by Gwydion Suilebhan, With a Bullet (or Surprise Me) by John Patrick Bray.

Coming to Terms: American Plays & the Vietnam War 2nd Edition
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
James Reston Jr. Plays include Streamers by David Rabe, Botticelli by Terrence McNally, How I Got That Story by Amlin Gray, Medal of Honor Rag by Tom Cole, Moonchildren by Michael Weller, Still Life by Emily Mann, and Strange Snow by Stephen Metcalfe. 360 pages.

King Lear in Brooklyn
(Oberon Books - Hardcover Book)
By Michael Pennington. Part memoir, part analysis, part adventure story ... delves into the unique production of Lear that Pennington led at Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn in 2014. 256 pages. Kindle Edition already available.

The Liquid Plain
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Naomi Wallace (One Flea Spare, Things of Dry Hours). 96 pages.

Marjorie Prime
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Jordan Harrison (Maple and Vine). Presented at Playwrights Horizons in 2015. 96 pages.

Straight White Men
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Young Jean Lee. Presented at the Public Theater in 2014.

Strategies for Success in Musical Theatre: A Guide for Music Directors in School, College, and Community Theatre
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book)
By Herbert D. Marshall. 288 pages.

Theatre of Fear & Horror: Expanded Edition: The Grisly Spectacle of the Grand Guignol of Paris, 1897-1962
(Feral House - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Mel Gordon. Expanded edition of Gordon's 1988 "The Grand Guignol," long out of print. Illustrated introduction to the theater of Paris and abroad, a breakdown of its stage tricks, a summary of one hundred plots, extensive photo documentation, André de Lord's essay, "Fear in Literature," and two originally produced Grand Guignol scripts. New to this edition include: color insert of Grand Guignol posters, 1938 autobiographical account of Maxa, the company's leading female performer entitled "I Am the Maddest Woman in the World," and the controversial playscript "Orgy in the Lighthouse." 248 pages.

Three Sisters
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Tracy Letts adaptation of Chekhov classic.


Moved to July 29:

She Loves Me 2016 Broadway revival cast
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
2016 Roundabout production. Score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. Cast includes Laura Benanti, Zachary Levin, Gavin Creel, Byron Jennings, Michael McGrath, and Jane Krakowski, Peter Bartlett, with Nicholas Barasch. "Overture," "Good Morning, Good Day," "Sounds While Selling," "Days Gone By," "No More Candy," "Three Letters," "Tonight at Eight," "I Don't Know His Name," "Perspective," "Goodbye, Georg," "Will He Like Me?," "Ilona," "I Resolve," "A Romantic Atmosphere," "Mr. Nowack, Will You Please...," "Dear Friend," "Entr’acte," "Try Me," "Where's My Shoe?," "Vanilla Ice Cream," "She Loves Me," "A Trip to the Library," "Grand Knowing You," "Twelve Days to Christmas," "Finale," "Bows," " Recorded 4/25/16. Also at

Added, release date unknown:

(Warner Music Group - new on CD)
Live New York Theatre Workshop cast recording of Anaïs Mitchell's score. Nabiyah Be, Damon Daunno, Lulu Fall, Amber Grey, Patrick Page, Jessie Shelton, Chris Sullivan, Shaina Taub. Arrangements and orchestrations by Michael Chorney; and co-arrangements & orchestrations and music supervision by Todd Sickafoose. Recorded June 28 and June 29.