Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 7/26/16 (updated 7/29/16)

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Earlier recaps:

2016: July 19, 12, 5 | 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:

Billy Butler Plays Via Galactica
(Kilmarnock Records - on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Soul jazz guitarist Billy Butler displays his dazzling talent on the score of Via Galactica, written by Galt MacDermot. "I Believe in Butterflies," "Via Galactica," "Home," "400 Girls Ago," "Hush," "Life Wins," "All My Good Mornings," "New Jerusalem," "Helen of Troy," "Dance the Dark Away," "Other Side of the Sky," "Up." Released in 2015.

Hair Live at the St. George Theatre
(Kilmarnock Records - on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
2005 live recording with the New Pulse Jazz Band and Singers. "Aquarius," "Easy To Be Hard," "Black Boys," "White Boys," "I Got Life," "Ripped Open By Metal Explosion," "Good Morning Starshine," "Flesh Failures," "Let the Sunshine In / Let The Sunshine In (Reprise)," "Sanctuary," "Freedom," "Coffee Cold," "New Pulse Hustle," "City Block," "New Pulse Rhapsody," "Celestial Sun," "Country Mile," "NPJB Blues." Released in 2006.

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," "EntrÂ’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. Released earlier on new on mp3 and at iTunes. Also at

BOOKs Now Available:

Agnes de Mille: Telling Stories in Broadway Dance
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
by Kara Anne Gardner. Part of the Broadway Legacies series. Explores the Broadway legacy of choreographer Agnes de Mille, from the 1940s through the 1960s. Six musicals are discussed in depth : Oklahoma!, One Touch of Venus, Bloomer Girl, Carousel, Brigadoon, and Allegro. Each chapter emphasizes de Mille's unique contributions to the original productions. Includes De Mille's work as an activist. 272 pages. Shipping now, ahead of its official release date.

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.

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.

My Big Fat Broadway Debut!: Volume 1: Big Dreams, Big Lessons
(Bangadilly - Kindle Book)
Volume one of Steven Cutts "personal step-by-step account of the ambitious road to Broadway" - going from being a kid with a dream to being a pro on the Broadway stage.

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.


Harry Allen's All Star New York Saxophone Band: The Candy Men
(Arbors - new on CD)
Harry Allen with saxophonists Gary Smulyan, Grant Stewart and Eric Alexander; also performing are Rossano Sportiello on piano, Joel Forbes on bass and Kevin Kanner on drums. "Four Brothers," "The One For You," "How Are Things In Glocca Morra," "After You'Ve Gone," "I Wished On The Moon," "Blues In The Morning," "I Can See Forever," "The Red Door," "The Candy Man," "So There," "Nobody's Heart," "The Party'S Over."

Lang Lang: New York Rhapsody
(Sony Classical - new on CD)
Pianist Lang Lang. "Story of Our Town," "New York Morning," "Empire State Of Mind," "Rhapsody in Blue," "New York Minute," "Somewhere" (with Lisa Fischer), "Main Theme" (with Lindsey Stirling), "Tonight" (with Sean Jones), "Moon River" (with Madeleine Peyroux), "In Evening Air."

Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD)
Conceived by composer and lyricist Douglas Lyons and inspired by the 1957 events of the Little Rock Nine in Arkansas. A colorful musical history lesson for children, reminding them that our individual differences make us awesome, not outcasts. Lyrics by Lyons, who co-wrote the score with Greg Borowsky; book by Melvin Tunstall III. Premiered at Carnegie Mellon University in March 2016.

The Robber Bridegroom
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Score by Robert Waldman and Alfred Uhry. 2016 Roundabout Theatre Company Off-Broadway production cast includes Andrew Durand, Evan Harrington, Greg Hildreth, Leslie Kritzer, Ahna O'Reilly, Steven Pasquale, Nadia Quinn, Lance Roberts, Devere Rogers. Orchestrations by Justin Levine and Martin Lowe. Music direction by Justin Levine. Recorded June 1. Also at


The Untold Stories Of Broadway, Volume 3
(Dress Circle Publishing - new book)
By Jennifer Ashley Tepper. Third in her series of books with tales about Broadway theaters, 40 to be examined in all. Volume 3 includes the Broadhurst, the Belasco, the Edison, the Lyric, the Majestic, the Schoenfeld, the St. James and the Walter Kerr. Amazon links should be available soon. Also at


Previously listed, more information added:

(Kilmarnock Records - new digital album on mp3/iTunes)
Recording of musical score by Galt MacDermot and Gerome Ragni, remastered by John Guth. 26 tracks, two previously not on previous release ("I Never Knew," "Say What You Want To Say") and a more complete "Salome Bey Sings Songs from Dude." CD format available at Released in March 2016.

Moved to October 7:

Yours - The MGM Years: Vera Lynn
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
Celebrating 80th anniversary of Vera Lynn's first solo recording and her upcoming 100th birthday. Features many re-recordings of her earlier hits recorded in stereo with arrangements by Brian Fahey and backed by the Geoff Love Orchestra. "Yours," "You'll Never Know," "Fools Rush In," "For Sentimental Reasons," "Try a Little Tenderness," "When I Grow Too Old to Dream," "Again," "It Can't Be Wrong," "Unforgettable," "Confessin'," "Because You're Mine," "I'll Be Seeing You," "As Time Goes By," "Young at Heart," "Smilin' Through," "It's Easy to Remember," "Theme From a Summer Place ," "Autumn Concerto," "Hello Young Lovers," "How Green Was My Valley."