Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 8/7/18 (updated 8/10/18)

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Earlier recaps:

2018: July 31, 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

2017 | 2016 | 2015

CDs Now Available:

Desperate Measures original cast
(Sony Classical - new on CD)
Original York Theatre cast. Music by David Friedman and lyrics by Peter Kellogg. Cast includes Emma Degerstedt, Gary Marachek, Lauren Molina, Conor Ryan, Peter Saide, Nick Wyman. "The Ballad of Johnny Blood," "The Ballad of Johnny Blood (Reprise)," "That's Just How It Is," "Some Day They Will Thank Me," "Look in Your Heart," "Look in Your Heart (Reprise)," "It's Good to Be Alive," "It Doesn't Hurt to Try," "It's Getting Hot in Here," "It's Getting Hot in Here Playoff / The Ballad of Johnny Blood (Reprise 2)," "The Way That You Feel," "Stop There," "In the Dark," "What a Night!," "About Last Night," "Stop There (Reprise)," "Just for You," "Just for You (Reprise)," "What is This Feeling?," "What a Day!," "Life Takes You by Surprise," "It's Good to Be Alive (Reprise)," "It's a Beautiful Day," "Finale," "Bows / Exit Music." Digital version released 7/13/18 on mp3 and at iTunes.

Freaky Friday Original TV Movie Soundtrack
(Disney - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Soundtrack for televised musical, from the stage version (2016 at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia) based on the 1972 book by Mary Rodgers, which also inspired several movie and TV versions. Score by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey. Adapted by Bridget Carpenter. Cast includes Heidi Blickenstaff and Cozi Zuehlsdorff. Airing August 10, 2018, on the Disney Channel. [A studio cast recording of the score was also released in 2017 with Blickenstaff and Emma Hunton.

Jessica Vosk: Wild and Free
(Broadway Records - new on CD//on mp3/at iTunes)
Jessica Vosk (Wicked) solo album. Songs from Jason Robert Brown, Sara Bareilles, Sia, Pasek and Paul, Prince and more. "A Million Dreams," "The Entertainer / Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "What Baking Can Do," "Brand New Key," "Help / Being Alive," "The Music That Makes Me Dance," "Nobody's Side," "Chandelier," "Nothing Compares 2 U," "Love Has No Pride," "Hold On," "Masterpiece," "Woke the F*ck Up (featuring Marissa Rosen & Marty Thomas)," "It All Fades Away." Arrangements by Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Cameron Moncur, produced by Michael Croiter and Robbie Rozelle, and co-produced by Jessica Vosk. Also at


Shaina Taub: Die Happy
(new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Twelve original songs. Support by band which includes Hiroyuki Matsuura and David Farrell Melton as well as an ensemble of horn, wind and string players and a large choir comprised of friends and collaborators. "If I Die Before You," "Huddled Masses," "Where Are the Grown Ups?," "She Persisted" (by Kate Taylor), "Family Plan," "Holy Old City," "Fortnight," "2 Captains," "Our Solitude," "Your Old Guitar," "Still I Will Love," "Inevitable." Produced by Shaina Taub, Mike Brun and Dean Sharenow at Vibromonk Studios in Brooklyn. Released earlier on Bandcamp.

VINYL Now Available:

West Side Story OBC
(Del Ray Records - new vinyl LP)
1957 Broadway cast recording. Score by Leonard Bernstein's music and Stephen Sondheim. Cast included Carol Lawrence, Larry Kert, Ken Leroy, Chita Rivera. "Prologue," "Jet Song," "Something's Coming," "The Dance At The Gym," "Maria," "Tonight," "America," "Cool," "One Hand, One Heart," "Tonight - Quintet and Chorus," "The Rumble," "I Feel Pretty," "Somewhere - Ballet," "Gee, Officer Krupke!," "A Boy Like That / I Have A Love," "Finale." Pressed on 180 gram vinyl.

DVD/BLU-RAYs Now Available:

Cradle Will Rock (Special Edition)
(Kino - new Blu-ray)
1999 film based on the events surrounding the 1930s production of the Marc Blitzstein musical. Cast includes Bill Murray, John Cusack, Susan Sarandon, John Turturro, Vanessa Redgrave, Hank Azaria, Rubén Blades, Joan Cusack, Cary Elwes, Philip Baker Hall, Angus Macfadyen, Emily Watson, Bob Balaban, Jack Black, Paul Giamatti, Bernard Hughes. Directed by Tim Robbins. Special featurettes: audio commentary by Tim Robbins; production featurette; theatrical trailer. 132 minutes.

BOOKs Now Available:

Boho Days: The Wider Works of Jonathan Larson
(Jonathon Collis - Hardcover Book)
By J. Collis. Featuring new interviews with Larson's creative and personal associates and extensive archival research, "Boho Days" demystifies the composer's vision and advancement, offering fans new and old the full story of the man behind the musical which changed the world. Kindle Edition coming October 16. 404 pages.

Wonderful Design: Glamour in the Hollywood Musical
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Lloyd Whitesell. Discussing dozens of musical numbers, analyzing ingenious orchestration, and appraising the distinctive styles of favorite musical stars, Whitesell illuminates fundamental traits of the genre, its aesthetic strategies, and cultural ambitions. 272 pages.


Tony Bennett & Diana Krall: Love Is Here To Stay
(Verve - new on CD/mp3/vinyl/at iTunes)
The songs of George and Ira Gershwin. "'S Wonderful," "My One And Only," "But Not For Me," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "Love Is Here To Stay," "I Got Rhythm," "Somebody Loves Me," "Do It Again," "I’ve Got A Crush On You," "Fascinating Rhythm," "They Can’t Take That Away From Me," "Who Cares?" Accompanied by the Bill Charlap Trio.


Broadway Sensations Paper Dolls
(Paper Studio Press - Paperback Book)
By David Wolfe and Cory Jensen (illustrator). Features Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Heather Headley, Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth and Audra McDonald. The 16 costumes span seven decades of Broadway shows: Wicked, My Fair Lady, Gypsy, Funny Girl, The Lion King, Evita, Camelot, Porgy and Bess, Aida, Rent, I Can Get It for You Wholesale, Sunday in the Park with George, Shuffle Along, and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Also includes a history of Broadway and trivia quiz.

Corduroy Takes a Bow
(Viking Books for Young Readers - Hardcover Book/Audible Audiobook)
By Viola Davis. Illustrated by Jody Wheeler. Corduroy goes to the theatre for the first time. "From the orchestra pit to the prop table to the dressing rooms, Corduroy sees it all." 32 pages. Audiobook version narrated by Viola Davis. Preschool-Kindergarten level.

Lulu the Broadway Mouse
(Running Press Kids - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Jenna Gavigan. Middle grade novel about a mouse who lives in the Shubert Theatre who is befriended by Broadway understudy Jayne. Ages 8-12. 256 pages.


Songs for a New World
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Score by Jason Robert Brown. City Center Encores! Off-Center cast recording. Cast includes Shoshana Bean, Colin Donnell, Mykal Kilgore, and Solea Pfeiffer. Produced by Jeffrey Lesser and Jason Robert Brown, with Stacey Mindich serving as executive producer. Expected Fall 2018.