Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 8/16/16

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Earlier recaps:

2016: August 9, 2 | July 26, 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

DVD/Blu-Rays Now Available:

Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon - Blu-ray
(Olive Films - on Blu-ray)
1970 film featuring Liza Minnelli, Ken Howard, Robert Moore, Kay Thompson, James Coco, Fred Williamson, Leonard Fry. Marjorie Kellogg adapted her novel for the screen. Directed by Otto Preminger. Score by Philip Springer with Pete Seeger performing the opening and closing credits tune "Old Devil Time." 113 minutes.

BOOKs Now Available:

Clyde Fitch and the American Theatre: An Olive in the Cocktail
(Fairleigh Dickinson University Press - Hardcover Book)
By Kevin Lane Dearinger. Biography of Clyde Fitch (1865-1909). 606 pages.

Stephen Sondheim and the Reinvention of the American Musical
(Univ Press of Mississippi - Hardcover Book)
By Robert L. McLaughlin. Places Sondheim's work in two contexts: the exhaustion of the musical play and the postmodernism that, by the 1960s, deeply influenced all the American arts. 312 pages.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago: In Their Own Words
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Hardcover/Paperback)
By John Mayer. An account of the early years and development of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, its work, and the methodologies. Extensive, in-depth interviews conducted by the author with ensemble members. Interviewees include co-founders Jeff Perry, Gary Sinise and Terry Kinney, along a myriad of ensemble, staff, board members and others. 280 pages.

MUSIC to be released this Friday



Cirque du Soleil Paramour
(Sony - new on CD)
Cirque du Soleil Broadway show. Songs and selections from the show, including material by Bob & Bill and Andreas Carlsson. Features Jeremy Kushnier as A.J., the director; Ruby Lewis as Indigo, the starlet; and Ryan Vona as Joey, the composer. "The Hollywood Wiz, " "Ginger Top, " "Something More, " "AJ's Blues, " "The Muse, " "Serenade from a Window, " "The Honeymoon Days of Fame, " "Cleopatra, " "Egyptian Gift, " "Help a Girl Choose, " "The Dream, " "Revenge Fantasies, " "Love Triangle, " "Writer's Block, " "Everything (The Lover's Theme), " "NYC Rooftops, " "Reel Love, " "Everything (Reprise)." Recorded June 29 and 30.


The Babylon Line
(Plume - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
New Richard Greenberg play to be presented at Lincoln Center beginning November 10. 144 pages.

The Best Plays of 2015
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Lawrence Harbison, editor. Plays include Barbecue by Robert O'Hara, New Country by Mark Roberts, Lost Girls by John Pollono and three others. 400 pages.

Blue Man World
(Black Dog & Leventhal - Paperback Book)
Deep dive into the world of the Blue Man Group. Includes archival photographs, specially commissioned artwork, infographics, and interviews with Blue Man experts (both real and potentially not real). 208 pages.

The Complete Book of 1990s Broadway Musicals
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book)
Dan Dietz continues his series, which has included the 1940s, the 1950s, the 1960s, and the 1970s, and the 1980s. Examines in detail every musical that opened on Broadway during the 1990s. This book discusses the era's major hits (Miss Saigon, Crazy for You, Rent), notorious flops (Shogun, Nick & Nora, The Red Shoes), controversial shows (Passion, The Capeman), and musicals that closed during their pre-Broadway tryouts (Annie 2: Miss Hannigan's Revenge, Whistle Down the Wind). Also highlights revivals and personal-appearance revues with such performers as Sandra Bernhard, Michael Feinstein, Patti LuPone, Liza Minnelli, and Mandy Patinkin. Each entry contains the following information: Plot summary; Cast members; Names of all important personnel, including writers, composers, directors, choreographers, producers, and musical directors; Opening and closing dates; Number of performances; Critical commentary; Musical numbers and the performers who introduced the songs; Production data, including information about tryouts; Source material; Tony awards and nominations; Details about London and other foreign productions. Separate entries for each production, plus numerous appendixes, including a discography, filmography, and published scripts. 512 pages.

The Effect
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Lucy Prebble. Introduction by Miriam Gillinson.

Four of the Three Musketeers: The Marx Brothers on Stage
(Northwestern Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Robert S. Bader (editor of Groucho Marx and Other Short Stories and Tall Tales and a writer and producer for television). Focuses on the under-researched vaudeville days of the hilarious siblings. Draws on an unmatched array of sources, many not referenced elsewhere. Bader brings to vivid life a typical night on the road for the Marx Brothers and also illuminates the inner workings of the vaudeville business, especially during its peak in the 1920s; and traces the origins of the characters that would later come to be beloved by filmgoers. 520 pages.

From Backpacks to Broadway: Children's Experiences in Musical Theatre
(Rowman & Littlefield - Paperback Book)
By Rekha S. Rajan (visiting associate professor of research at Concordia University Chicago). Explores the questions: How then does involvement in musical theater support children's learning through the performing arts? What do children value from their musical theater experiences and how do these experiences influence children's personal, social, and artistic lives? through children's participation as singers, actors, and dancers, in school-based, community, and professional musical theater. Constructs a framework of musical theater participation, and applies broader educational implications to highlight the unique characteristics of musical theater in children's lives. 150 pages.

Neil Simon's Memoirs
(Simon & Schuster - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Combines Neil Simon’s two memoirs, Rewrites and The Play Goes On, into one volume that spans his five-decade career in theater, television, and film. New introduction by Nathan Lane; new afterword by Elaine Joyce. 672 pages.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel: The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Part of The Applause Libretto Library Series. 160 pages.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I: The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Part of The Applause Libretto Library Series. 160 pages.

Showstoppers!: The Surprising Backstage Stories of Broadway's Most Remarkable Songs
(Chicago Review Press - Paperback Book)
By Gerald Nachman. All about Broadway musicals' most memorable numbers—why they were so effective, how they were created, and why they still resonate. Much of it is told through the eyes of the performers, songwriters, directors, and choreographers who first built these explosive numbers and lit the fuse. Nachman has interviewed dozens of iconic musical theater figures to get their inside stories for this book, including Patti LuPone, John Raitt, Jerry Herman, Edie Adams, Dick Van Dyke, Joel Grey, Marvin Hamlisch, John Kander, Tommy Tune, Sheldon Harnick, and Harold Prince, uncovering priceless untold anecdotes and details. 384 pages.


Track list announced:

Disaster! original Broadway cast
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
2016 Broadway cast includes Roger Bart, Kerry Butler, Kevin Chamberlin, Adam Pascal, Faith Prince, Rachel York, Seth Rudetsky, Jennifer Simard, Max Crumm, Baylee Littrell and Lacretta Nicole. "Hot Stuff, " "The Lord's Prayer, " "Theme from Mahogany, " "Saturday Night, " "Do You Wanna Make Love?, " "Without You, " "I Am Woman/That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be, " "Mockingbird, " "Still the One, " "Never Can Say Goodbye/Torn Between Two Lovers, " "Feelings, " "Feels So Good, " "Knock on Wood, " "Hawaii Five-0 Theme, " "You're My Best Friend, " "Three Times a Lady, " "Ben, " "25 or 6 to 4, " "Sky High, " "When Will I Be Loved, " "Don't Cry Out Loud, " "Come to Me, " "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight, " "I Will Survive, " "A Fifth of Beethoven, " "Reunited, " "Daybreak, " "Hooked on a Feeling." Also at