Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 8/18/20 (updated 8/21/20)

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Please note that scheduling changes due to the coronavirus pandemic are being made as soon as we are aware of them. But there may be further changes in release dates in the future, as things play out.

See the complete list of Upcoming/Recent releases.

Earlier recaps:

2020: August 11, 4 | July 28, 21, 14, 7 | June 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | May 26, 19, 12, 5 | April 28, 21, 14, 7 | March 31, 24, 17, 10, 3 | February 25, 18, 11, 4 | January 28, 21, 14, 7

2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

CDs Now Available:

Small House No Secrets Composers Cut
(Disappear Records - new on CD)
From SONiA disappear fear new musical which debuted at the Kennedy Center in 2019 (Page to Stage series), then was produced in Baltimore and is in pre-production in Germany, Australia and Hawaii. Recorded by SONiA for the actors.

DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:

Bleeding Love
(Ditto Music - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Songs from podcast musical by Arthur Lafrentz Bacon (music) and Harris Doran (lyrics). Annie Golden, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Marc Kudisch, Sarah Stiles, Taylor Trensch, Tony Vincent. "Prologue (And the Sun Didn't Rise Again)," "Twilight," "Bleeding Love (From Bleeding Love: Songs from the Podcast Musical)," "Plastic Rose," "Up There," "Up There (reprise)," "The Cello Lesson," "Maybe I Met a Girl," "It's Just a Street (From Bleeding Love: Songs from the Podcast Musical)," "Lolli Pops!," "Lolli's Popoff," "Is This Summer? (From Bleeding Love: Songs from the Podcast Musical)," "Intruders!," "Finale (One Rose Rose)." Released 8/7/20.

Jodie Steele: "Beautiful City"
(Broadway Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
West End star Jodie Steele sings this song from Godspell.

A Killer Party: A Murder Mystery Musical
(Broadway Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Songs from the remotely-recorded musical. Score by Jason Howland (music) and Nathan Tysen (lyrics). The cast includes Keenan Wynn, Michael James Scott, Krystina Alabado, Carolee Carmello, Drew Gehling, Jackie Burns, Laura Osnes, Jarrod Spector, Alex Newell, Miguel Cervantes, and Jeremy Jordan. "Sleuth In Duluth," "A Killer Party," "Today'S Detective," "Stuck," "Boom! Shout! The Lights Went Out," "Circus on the Sea," "Breathe," "Songus Interruptus," "Live Out Loud," "Boom! Shout! Reprise!," "Wait for My Cue," "Never Miss My Mark," "I Did It for You," "Big Cat," "Hands Out!," "Shipload of Fools," "Process of Elimination," "A Killer Party (Reprise)," "Sleuth In Duluth (Reprise)," "Requiem for An A-Hole (Bonus Track)." Produced by Howland and Billy Jay Stein.

Lea Salonga: "Dream Again"
(new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Lea Salonga performs song with music by Daniel Edmonds and lyrics by Blair Bodine and Daniel Edmonds.

Lena Hall: The Villa Satori, Growing Up Haight Ashbury
(new album on mp3/on iTunes)
Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Kinky Boots) "musical memoir." With guitarist Watt White, keyboardist John Deley, bassist Lee Nadel, and drummer Brian Fishler. "White Rabbit," "Piece of My Heart," "She's Leaving Home," "Somebody," "Anarchy in the U.K.," "Calling You," "Nothing Else Matters," "Violet," "Release," "Karma Police," "You Learn." Released 4/10/20.

Sarah Stiles: You Can Ukulele With Me
(Broadway Records - new EP on mp3)
Collaboration between Sarah Stiles (Tootsie, Hand to God) and songwriter Holly Gewandter. "Simple Song of Love (The La La Song)," "Dumb People," "Forever Dreaming," "You Can Ukulele With Me," "Waiting for the Light."

Books Now Available:

The New Business of Acting: The Next Edition - COVID Update
(Ingenuity Press - Kindle Edition)
By Brad Lemack (Backstage). Pandemic-specific supplement to his popular book for actors, The New Business of Acting: How to Build a Career in a Changing Landscape - The Next Edition.

The Queen of Tuesday: A Lucille Ball Story
(Random House - new Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
By Darin Strauss. "... a fresh view of a celebrity America loved more than any other." Mixes fact and fiction, memoir and novel, to imagine the provocative story of a woman we thought we knew. Darin Strauss and Tavia Gilbert narrators for the audio version. 336 pages.


Diana Krall: This Dream of You
(Verve - new on CD/2-disc vinyl)
Performances from 2016-2017 sessions, mixed by Al Schmitt, on which she collaborated with late friend/longtime creative partner Tommy LiPuma. "But Beautiful," "That's All / Azure-Te," "Autumn In New York," "Almost Like Being In Love," "More Than You Know," "Just You, Just Me," "There's No You," "Don't Smoke In Bed," "This Dream Of You," "I Wished On The Moon," "How Deep Is The Ocean," "Singing In The Rain."


All the Sonnets of Shakespeare
(Cambridge Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells, editors. Assembles all of Shakespeare's sonnets in their probable order of composition. The introduction debunks long-established biographical myths about Shakespeare's sonnets and proposes new insights about how and why he wrote them. Explanatory notes and modern English paraphrases of every poem and dramatic extract illuminate the meaning of these witnesses to Shakespeare's inner life and professional expertise. 208 pages.

Finding Tulsa
(Palm Drive Publishing - Kindle Edition)
Novel by Jim Provenzano. "Stan Grozniak, the once-rising star of 1990s gay cinema, shares how he almost self-sabotaged a prestigious directing gig after casting his rediscovered teenage summer stock crush. While still haunted by the death of Rick Dacker, the sexy star of his cult favorite action trilogy, Stan attempts a romance with actor Lance Holtzer, his 'Tulsa' from a small town Ohio production of the musical Gypsy."

Pulling Harvey Out of Her Hat: The Amazing Story of Mary Coyle Chase
(Limelight Editions - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Mimi Pockross. 194 pages.

The Song Is You: Musical Theatre and the Politics of Bursting into Song and Dance
(Univ of Iowa Press - Paperback Book)
By Bradley Rogers. Are the musical's progressive politics rooted in its embrace of regressive entertainments like burlesque and minstrelsy? Shows how musicals return again and again to this question, and grapple with a guilt that its joyous pleasures are based on exploiting the laboring bodies of its performers. Rogers argues that the discourse of "integration"—which claims that songs should advance the plot—has functioned to deny the radical work that the musical undertakes every time it transitions into song and dance. Looking at musicals from The Black Crook to Hamilton, Rogers confronts the gendered and racial dynamics that have always under-girded the genre, and asks how we move forward. 270 pages.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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