Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 7/7/20 (updated 7/10/20)

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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 30, 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

CDs Now Available:

Lost Broadway & More Volume 8
(Original Cast Records - new on CD)
"Musical Theatre's Under-the-Radar Forget-Me-Nots." Includes songs/cut songs from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, All in Love, The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N, The Gay Life, Grand Terrace Revue, 5th Edition, I’m Solomon, Jackpot, Jennie, Laugh a Little, Cry a Little, Something’S Afoot, Three’s a Crowd, A Wonderful Life. Performers include Meg Bussert, Chuck Cooper, Sheldon Harnick, Tom Hewitt, Richard Kind, Anna Menken, Barbara Minkus, Brooke Moriber, Jill Paice, Michelle Ragusa, Gary Stevens, Jack Urbont, Bill Weeden. 22 tracks. Lost Broadway and More 7 released 2/28/20.

DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:

Melissa Errico: Two Spring Songs for Summer
(new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
Recorded in quarantine. "You Must Believe in Spring" (Michel Legrand, lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman) and "Blackberry Winter" (Alec Wilder). Tedd Firth, music director and accompaniment on piano. Engineered by Alejandro Venguer, mastered by Oscar Zambrano, and executive produced by Kurt Deutsch, with Adam Gopnik serving as creative consultant.

Books Now Available:

Climbing Rejection Mountain: An Actor's Path to Success, Stability, and Self-Esteem
(Applause - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition )
By Nick Wyman (Network, Catch Me If You Can) and Michael X. Martin (My Fair Lady, The Front Page, Bridges of Madison County). Full of practical advice and guidelines for approaching not only acting but life. Highlighted by anecdotes from Mr. Wyman's long, illustrious career (sixteen Broadway shows) as well as dozens of clever, amusing cartoons by the noted Broadway actor (seventeen Broadway shows) Michael X. Martin. 224 pages.

Idiots, Heathers, and Squips: The New Golden Age of the Musical Theatre
(Paperback Book)
By Scott Miller (Founder and Artistic Director, New Line Theatre). Latest in series about musicals. Covers the first decade and a half of the new millennium, guided by deep dives into eleven of the musicals that represent the astonishing variety and fearlessness of this new Golden Age, including bare, Urinetown, Sweet Smell of Success, Jerry Springer the Opera, Passing Strange, Cry-Baby, Next to Normal, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, American Idiot, Heathers, and Be More Chill. 314 pages. Released 2/9/20. Others in this series, most recently published: "Literally Anything Goes: 14 Great Oddball Musicals And What Makes Them Tick" and "It's a Musical!: 400 Questions to Ponder, Discuss, and Fight About".

Les Misérables and Its Afterlives
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of 2015 book by Kathryn M. Grossman and Bradley Stephens. Offers analysis of both the Victor Hugo novel itself and its adaptations: more than 60 international film and television variations, numerous radio dramatizations, animated versions, comics, stage plays, and the world's longest running musical, which itself has generated a wealth of fan-made and online content. Draws together essays from across a variety of fields, combining readings of Les Misérables with reflections on some of its multimedia afterlives, including musical theater and film from the silent period to today's digital platforms. The contributors offer new insights into the development and reception of Hugo's celebrated classic, deepening our understanding of the novel as a work that unites social commentary with artistic vision and raising important questions about the cultural practice of adaptation. 262 pages.

The Understudy
(Hansen Pub Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
New novel by stage actress Ellen Tovatt Leary about the life of a Broadway actress in the 1970s. 255 pages.


Love Me Tonight (Special Edition)
(Kino Lorber - new Blu-ray)
1932 musical comedy film. Songs by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Starring Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Charles Ruggles, Charles Butterworth, Myrna Loy. Directed and produced by Rouben Mamoulian. 88 minutes. Special Features: new 4k master; audio commentary by Miles Kreuger; Maurice chevalier sings "Louise"; Jeanette MacDonald sings "Love Me Tonight" (from the Paramount newsreel series Hollywood on Parade); screenplay excerpts of deleted scenes; production documents and censorship records; theatrical trailer; dual-layered bd50 disc.

Never Steal Anything Small
(Kino Lorber - new Blu-ray/DVD)
1959 musical film. James Cagney, Shirley Jones. Music by Allie Wrubel. "Never Steal Anything Small," "I'm Sorry, I Want a Ferrari," "I Haven't Got a Thing to Wear," "It Takes Love to Make a Home," "Helping Our Friends." Lyrics by Maxwell Anderson. Directed by Charles Lederer. Special Features: new audio commentary by Daniel Kremer and audio commentary by Lee Bambin; theatrical trailer; dual-layered bd50 disc. 94 minutes.


Stage Money: The Business of the Professional Theater 2nd edition
(Univ of South Carolina Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Revised and updated version of Tim Donahue and Jim Patterson's 2010 book. Guide to understanding professional theater finances today through the use of the tools and metaphors of the business world at large. Includes the latest financial information and illuminating examples of key concepts, and has been enhanced with a discussion of the stagehands' union plus a new chapter on marketing for the theater. Foreword by Ken Davenport.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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