Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 7/31/18 (updated 8/3/18)

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2018: July 24, 17, 10, 3 | June 26, 19, 12, 5 | May 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | April 24, 17, 10, 3, March 27, 20, 13, 6 | February 27, 20, 13, 6 | January 30, 23, 16, 9, 2

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CDs Now Available:

Ben Bagley's Leonard Bernstein Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Remastered 1989 album. Lyrics by Comden and Green, John LaTouche, Richard Wilbur, Alan Jay Lerner, and Leonard Bernstein. Featuring Nell Carter, Estelle Parsons, John Reardon, Chita Rivera, Arthur Siegel, and Jo Sullivan. Includes cut songs from Wonderful Town, including its original opening number that was cut out of town, and other rarities from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and Candide, as well as assorted other pieces, including three bonus tracks from the purported London cast album of West Side Story, the one starring Bruce Trent and purportedly George Chakiris: "Overture," "Ballet Sequence ("Somewhere")," and "The Rumble." Limited to 500 copies and shipping before the end of July. Available at [Approximate shipping date.]

Lost West End Vintage 2: London's Forgotten Musicals 1943-1962
(Stage Door Records - new on 2 CDs)
Celebrates London's forgotten musicals of the 1940s, 50s and 60s compiling songs from 37 West End productions and showcasing these unique theatrical works from the golden age of the British musical. From prolific musical theatre composers including Ivor Novello, Noel Coward, Vivian Ellis, Julian Slade, Sandy Wilson, Lionel Bart, Leslie Bricusse and more. 50 tracks (including over 20 tracks appearing on CD for the first time) from London cast recordings to pop covers, demos and other musical rarities. Performers include Mary Martin, Jeremy Brett, Sally Ann Howes, Dora Bryan, Julie Wilson, Evelyn Laye, Barbara Windsor, Elizabeth Seal, Cleo Laine, Frank Sinatra, Julie Andrews, Anna Neagle, Spike Milligan, Joan Sims, Millicent Martin, Denis Quilley and more. Includes 16 page booklet. Also at

DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:

Lena Hall: Obsessed: David Bowie
(Ghostlight Records - new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
"Rebel Rebel," "Lazarus," "Queen Bitch," "As the World Falls Down," "Five Years."

BOOKs Now Available:

Boublil and Schönberg's Les Misérables (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Sarah Whitfield. The author explores how the musical might help us deal with some of our most difficult experiences and give us hope for when "tomorrow comes."

Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Michael Bennett. Part of Routledge's Fourth Wall series. 78 pages.


The Noël Coward BBC Radio Drama Collection: Seven BBC Radio Full-Cast Productions
(BBC Books - Audiobook/Audible Edition)
The very best of Coward's works on the radio, plus bonus material including interviews with Coward and those who knew him best. The casts that include Helena Bonham-Carter, Bill Nighy, Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, Harriet Walter, Alex Jennings and Roger Allam. Private Lives, Hay Fever, Blithe Spirit, Design for Living, The Vortex, Still Life , Present Laughter. Plus a profile of Noël Coward and extracts from his diaries.


Dance in America: A Reader's Anthology: A Library of America Special Publication
(Library of America - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Mindy Aloff, editor. Foreword by Robert Gottlieb. Draws content from dancers and dance creators, impresarios and critics, and enthusiastic literary observers - to trace the evolution of American dance in all its many forms and locales, classical, modern, and vernacular. 650 pages.

Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You
(Random House - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Lin-Manuel Miranda. Collection of the best of the original sayings, aphorisms, and poetry Miranda wrote for himself and others. Illustrated by Jonny Sun. 224 pages.

Jerome Robbins: A Life in Dance (Jewish Lives)
(Yale Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Wendy Lesser. Biography that presents Jerome Robbins's life through his major dances, providing a sympathetic, detailed portrait of her subject. 216 pages.

Kathleen Turner on Acting: Conversations about Film, Television, and Theater
(Skyhorse Publishing - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Kathleen Turner and Dustin Morrow. "With her iconic wit on full display, Turner dazzles readers with her shrewd insights on the craft of acting and charming anecdotes from her own storied career. Touching on each of her roles, she expounds on the lessons she’s learned and describes her journey of discovery in the world of acting."400 pages.

Media and Performance in the Musical: An Oxford Handbook of the American Musical, Volume 2
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book)
By Raymond Knapp, Mitchell Morris, Stacy Wolf, editors. Volume 2 of the reissued Oxford Handbook, explore the American musical from the various media in which musicals have been created to the different components of a musical and the people who do the work to bring a musical to life. Volume 1 was published in paperback in 2013. 336 pages.

A Star Is Born (Turner Classic Movies): Judy Garland and the Film that Got Away
(Running Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Lorna Luft and Jeffrey Vance. Tells the story of the production, and of Garland's fight to save her career. An account of the crafting, loss, and restoration of a movie classic, complemented by a trove of images from the family collection taken both on and off the set. The book also includes essays on the other screen adaptations of A Star Is Born. 248 pages.