Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 8/14/18

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2018: August 7 | 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

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BOOKs Now Available:

The American Negro Theatre and the Long Civil Rights Era
(Univ of Iowa Press - Paperback Book)
By Jonathan Shandell. First in-depth study of the historic American Negro Theatre (ANT) and its lasting influence on American popular culture. Founded in 1940 in Harlem, the ANT successfully balanced expressions of African American consciousness with efforts to gain white support for the burgeoning civil rights movement. Sources include oral histories, playbills, scripts, production stills, and journalistic accounts. 234 pages.


Bernstein: Wonderful Town
(LSO Live - new on Hybrid SACD - DSD)
2017 London Symphony Orchestra concert at the Barbican Concert Hall conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Cast includes Danielle de Niese, Alysha Umphress, Nathan Gunn, Ashley Richards, Duncan Rock, and David Butt Philip.

Hundred Days original cast digital
(Ghostlight Records new on mp3/at iTunes)
Music and lyrics by The Bengsons. The cast of the recent production at New York Theatre Workshop includes Colette Alexander, Abigail Bengson, Shaun Bengson, Jo Lampert, Dani Markham and Reggie D. White. "Vows," "My Skin Is Made of a Thousand Doors," "I Will Wait For You," "God Can Be a City Boy," "Lie Next to Me," "The Drop," "Creature," "The Ramp," "Lift Me," "Hundred Days," "The Years Go By," "Salt Palace," "Three Legged Dog," "The Long Goodbye (Will's Lament)," "Bells," "What Else Can I Do?." Produced by The Bengsons, Ian Kagey, and Kurt Deutsch, with Erica Rotstein, Seaview Productions, Family Matters LLC, Alexander R. Donnelly, and Dana M. Lerner serving as executive producers. CD format to be released at a later date. At

Sandhog: A Folk Opera studio album
(Stage Door Records - new on CD at Amazon)
Score by Earl Robinson and Waldo Salt. The musical opened at New York's Phoenix Theatre in November 1954 featuring a cast that included Jack Cassidy, Alice Ghostley, David Brooks and Betty Oakes, closed after 48 performances, and was never recorded. In 1956, Earl Robinson and Waldo Salt recorded an album of the score with Robinson singing and accompanying himself on piano and Salt providing linking narration. It was issued on the Vanguard label, no released for the first time on CD. Bonus tracks: five tracks form the Off-Broadway cast recording that features Jack Cassidy, Alice Ghostley, and Betty Oakes; and recordings of the show's main theme "Katie-O" / "Johnny-O" covered by Edmund Hockridge, Felicia Sanders, and Vince Martin. Part of Stage Door's Collector's Series, presented in the retro style of a miniature long-playing record. Limited to 500 units. 31 tracks. Also at


Had been listed for release today, Amazon has changed to not available:

The Pirates of Penzance Blu-ray
(Universal - new blu-ray)
1983 film adaptation of Joe Papp / Broadway production of the Gilbert & Sullivan comic opera. Cast includes Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury, Linda Ronstadt, George Rose, Rex Smith, Tony Azito. Directed by Wilford Leach.