Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 7/9/19 (updated 7/12/19)

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Earlier recaps:

2019: July 2 | June 25, 18, 11, 4 | May 28, 21, 14, 7 | April 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | March 26, 19, 12 | 5 | February 26, 19, 12, 5 | January 29, 22, 15, 8

2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

CDs now available:

Cleopatra The Musical Experience
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
World premiere recording of score with music by Jeff Daye and lyrics by Laura Kleinbaum and Jeff Daye. Nya, Dusty Ray Bottoms, Christian Brailsford, Sydney Parra, Corbin Payne, Yuriko Miyake, Cody Mowrey, Alexia Sielo, Timothy Wilson and Audrey Rose Young. "Surrender," "Heaven on Earth," "He's Home," "Exceptional," "Torture," "I Can't Breathe," "Burning Up," "On Top," "Checkmate," "Stranger," "Who You Were Tonight." Also at

Kafka's Metamorphosis
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
World premiere recording of score by Matt Chiorini and additional music and lyrics by Travis Newton. Jack Rento, Morgan Smith, Carleena Manzi and Matt Chiorini. Also at


Ben Bagley's Jerome Kern Revisited Volume II
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Jerome Kern music with lyrics by Guy Bolton, Anne Caldwell, Dorothy Fields, Oscar Hammerstein, Otto Harbach, Gus Kahn, Herbert Reynolds, Harry B. Smith, P.G. Wodehouse. Joanne Woodward, Kaye Ballard, Sandy Stewart, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, lyricist Sheldon Harnick, Sarah Rice, Arthur Siegel, and more. With two bonus tracks from a revival of Show Boat. Musical arrangements and musical direction by Dennis Deal. Limited to 500 copies only. Ships by third week in August. At


God Said This
(Yale Univ Press - Paperback Book)
Play by Leah Nanako Winkler. Foreword by Ayad Akhtar. 2018 winner of the Yale Drama Series competition. Produced at Primary Stages in January 2019. 112 pages.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Journey: Behind the Scenes of the Award-Winning Stage Production
(Arthur A. Levine Books - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Harry Potter Theatrical Productions and Jody Revenson. Official behind-the-scenes book of West End/Broadway/Melbourne Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. From the earliest phases of development with producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, to the crafting of the eighth Harry Potter story with J.K. Rowling, director John Tiffany, and playwright Jack Thorne, to the gathering of an extraordinary team of artists and actors together to bring this new part of Harry Potter's story to life. With photographs, interviews, and never-before-seen sketches, notes, candid backstage photos, and more. 224 pages.

Historical Dictionary of Leonard Bernstein
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Paul R. Laird and Hsun Lin. Contains a chronology, an introduction, an appendix, an extensive bibliography, and more than 700 cross-referenced entries on Bernstein’s life and works. 336 pages.

The Phantom of the Opera: Behind the Scenes at the Palais Garnier
(Applause Books - Hardcover Book)
Foreword by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Official insight into the creation of The Phantom of the Opera and a look at the characters, stories, and places therein. Also includes elements from Love Never Dies, including photographs of sets, lyrics, costumes, and music. 192 pages.

Still Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD/Audible Audiobook)
By Alexandra Jacobs (The New York Times). Biography of the Broadway legend, Elaine Stritch. "Following years of meticulous research and interviews, this is a portrait of a powerful, vulnerable, honest, and humorous figure who continues to reverberate in the public consciousness." 352 pages.

Taking a Chance on Love: The Life and Music of Vernon Duke
(Univ of Oklahoma Press - Paperback Book)
by George Harwood Phillips. Immerses the reader in Vernon Dukes globe-hopping and genre-swapping, as financial concerns and musical passions drive him from composing symphonies to writing songs, from brilliant successes to Broadway flops, and from performing with classical performers to writing books and articles. Throughout, as he crisscrosses the landscape of American music, collaborating with lyricists such as Howard Dietz, Ira Gershwin, and Sammy Cahn. 272 pages.


Added to August 2019, no release date:

Elaine Stritch: The End of Pretend
(new book)
By John Bell, from a series of interviews with Stritch, spanning 2009 through her final 14 months in Birmingham, Michigan.