Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 9/1/20

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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 25, 18, 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

Books Now Available:

Break an Egg!: The Broadway Cookbook
(Insight Editions - Hardcover Book)
By Tara Theoharis. 55 recipes inspired by favorite musicals from The Sound of Music to Hamilton, including Eggrolls for Mr. Goldstone served with a side of Too Darn Hot Sauce; Another Vodka Stinger, The Wizard and Ice, Schnitzel With Noodles, Mama's Well-Peppered Ragu, Angel (Food Cake) of Music. With illustrations and photographs. 128 pages.

Magic Time: A Memoir - Notes on Theater & Other Entertainments
(Smith & Krause - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book)
By Edwin Wilson (theatre critic for the Wall Street Journal 1972-1995). The memoir begins with Wilson's earliest foray into playwriting, then on to Yale where he was a student and a professor. He was assistant to producer Lewis Allen and had a hand in the production of Big Fish, Little Fish and the film version of Lord of the Flies, directed by Peter Brook. Wilson taught at Hunter College and later at the CUNY Graduate Center for more than forty years. He was theatre critic for the Wall Street Journal from April 21, 1972, through the next twenty-three years, and the author of numerous books about American theatre. 312 pages.

Night of the Living Show Tunes: 13 Tales of the Weird
(Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Scott Miller (New Line Theatre). Thirteen nightmarish tales, all inspired in one way or another by the musical theatre, mashing together the history of musicals with the conventions and mad variety of the horror genre. Theatre ghosts, vampires, monsters big and small, child killers, a homicidal maniac or two, a demon-possessed keyboard, and much more. 142 pages. Released 8/25/20.

Oklahoma!: The Making of an American Musical, Revised and Expanded Edition
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Tim Carter. Revised edition of 2007 book which tells the full story of the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Now, Carter draws further on recently released sources, including the Rouben Mamoulian Papers at the Library of Congress, with additional correspondence, contracts, and even new versions of the working script used—and annotated—throughout the show's rehearsal process. Carter also focuses on the key players and concepts behind the musical, including Lynn Riggs's "Green Grow the Lilacs," and the Theatre Guild's Theresa Helburn and Lawrence Langner, who brought Rodgers and Hammerstein together for their first collaboration. Part of Oxford's "Legacy Series." 336 pages.

CALENDAR Now Available:

On Broadway 2021 Calendar
(Time Factory - wall calendar)
Yearly calendar. Includes Playbill cover artwork combined with monthly calendar grids and a bonus 4-month view of January - April of 2022. 12x12".


On The Level OLC
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
Part of Stage Door Records' Cast Album Masters Series. CD debut of 1966 OLC recording of Ron Grainer and Ronald Millar '60s-contemporary score. The show ran at London's Saville Theatre for 118 performances. Cast includes Angela Richards, Barrie Ingham, Gary Bond, Phyllida Law and Sheila White. Licensed courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited and is strictly limited to 500 units only. Also at

Petula Clark: Christmas in London
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
All of Petula Clark's festive recordings from the 1950s - a selection of traditional carols alongside a sprinkling of original Christmas songs. Includes two previously unreleased radio performances, unheard since their original broadcast.


Nichols and May: Interviews
(Univ Press of Mississippi - Paperback Book)
By Robert E. Kapsis. Twenty-seven interviews and profiles ranging over more than five decades tell Mike Nichols and Elaine May stories in their own words. 328 pages.

Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created Sunday in the Park With George
(Farrar, Straus, and Giroux - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By James Lapine. Chronicles the two-year odyssey of creating the iconic Broadway musical Sunday in the Park with George. Through Lapine's recollections, conversations between Lapine, Sondheim, and the original cast and crew of the production, and a treasure trove of personal photographs, sketches, script notes, and sheet music from the making of the show. 400 pages.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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