Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 9/12/17 (updated 9/15/17)

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Earlier recaps:

2017: September 5 | August 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | July 25, 18, July 4 & 11 | June 27, 20, 13, 6 | May 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | April 25, 18, 11, 4 | March 28, 21, 14, 7 | February 28, 21, 14, 7 | January 31, 24, 17, 10, 3

2016 | 2015

CDs Now Available:

Michael Mott: Abandoned Heart
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Songs by Michael Mott, sung by Mott, Jenna Ushkowitz, Brian Justin Crum, Loren Allred, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Natalie Weiss, Jennifer Damiano, Andy Mientus, Kacey Velazquez, Eric Lajuan Summers, Shayna Steele, Hannah Zazzaro and Crystal Monee Hall. "Love in Stereo," "So Relentless," "Minefield of Love," "Gold," "Not Your Fairytale," "Complicated," "Single City," "Abandoned Heart (Interlude)," "Genuine (It's Real)," "More Than Me," "Breathless," "My Favorite Color," "The Wild Ones," "Get Up On My Feet." Co-produced by Mott and Rich Matthew. Also at Broadway Records.

Seth MacFarlane: In Full Swing
(Republic - new on CD/mp3/vinyl - 2 LPs)
"The First Time It Happens," "Almost Like Being In Love," "Isn't This A Lovely Day (To Be Caught In The Rain?)," "For You, For Me, For Evermore," "Like Someone In Love," "That Face," "If I Had A Talking Picture Of You" (with Norah Jones), "I'm Glad There Is You," "You Couldn't Be Cuter," "I Like Myself," "You Can't Love 'Em All," "Have You Met Miss Jones?," "A Kiss Or Two," "But Beautiful," "Moonlight Becomes You," "My Buick, My Love and I" (with Elizabeth Gillies). Arranged and conducted by Joel McKneely.

DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:

The Broadway Tenors
(JAY Records - digital album at iTunes)
"New York Medley" (John Cudia, Jeff Kready, Lewis Cleale and Company), "Being Alive" (Lewis Cleale), "The Impossible Dream" (Ryan Silverman), "Maria" (Jeff Kready), "Sunset Boulevard" (Max Von Essen), "Corner of the Sky" (Kyle Dean Massey), "Bring Him Home" (John Cudia), "Lily's Eyes" (Brent Barrett and Ryan Silverman), "Stars" (Norm Lewis), "Why God Why?" (Sean McDermott), "Rodgers and Hammerstein Medley" (Matt Cavenaugh, Brent Barrett and Alan Campbell), "Love Changes Everything" (Matt Cavenaugh), "Lucky to Be Me" (Alan Campbell), "You’Re Nothing Without Me" (Alan Campbell and Kyle Dean Massey), "Music of the Night" (Brent Barrett), "One Song Glory" (Telly Leung), "This Is The Moment" (Kyle Dean Massey, John Cudia and Max von Essen)/

DVD/BLU-RAYs Now Available:

Annie Get Your Gun
(VAI - new on DVD/Blu-ray)
Remastered 1957 TV production starring Mary Martin and John Raitt, with Reta Shaw, William O'Neal, Donald Burr, and Luke Halpin. First authorized edition. Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin. Book by Herbert Fields and Dorothy Fields. Black and white. 105 minutes. Blu-ray to include bonus material. At VAI's website: DVD/Blu-ray.

BOOKs Now Available:

Broadway Baby: Do Re Mi: An illustrated sing-along to The Sound of Music
(Walter Foster Jr. - Board Book)
First title in the Broadway Baby series for pre-schoolers. Pairs the famous lyrics with illustrations by Miriam Bos. Available ahead of release date.

Broadway Baby: My Favorite Things: An illustrated sing-along to The Sound of Music
(Walter Foster Jr. - Board Book)
Pairs the famous lyrics with illustrations by Daniel Roode. Available ahead of release date.

(Nick Hern Books - Paperback Book)
Libretto reprint published alongside the major revival at the National Theatre, London, in 2017, directed by Dominic Cooke and starring Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee, Philip Quast and Imelda Staunton. [Similar to the 2011 reprint at the time of the 2011 Broadway revival, though this one is shorter.] 96 pages. Published 8/24/17.

London Theatres
(Frances London - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition on 9/14)
By Michael Coveny. Photographs by Peter Dazeley. Foreword by Mark Rylance. A tour of forty-five London theatres, with stories of the architecture, the people, and the productions which have defined each one, alongside sumptuous photographs by Peter Dazeley of the public areas, auditorium and backstage, this illustrated overview of London's Theatres is a book like no other. 272 pages.

New York Minute: An Actor's Memoir
(Indelible Mark Pub. - Paperback Book)
Memoir by memoir by actor and poet Laurence Overmire, who, as a 24-year-old actor was determined to pursue a theatre career in the Big Apple.

The Stephen Sondheim Collection - Volume 2: 40 Songs from 14 Shows and Films
(Rilting Music - Paperback Book)
Richard Walters, editor. Includes selections from Anyone Can Whistle, Company, Dick Tracy, Evening Primrose, Follies, The Frogs, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, Merrily We Roll Along, Passion, The Seven Percent Solution, Sunday in the Park with George, and Sweeney Todd. Plus detailed notes about the shows and films. 328 pages. Follow-up to 2012 The Stephen Sondheim Collection: 52 Songs from 17 Shows and Films.

The Wolves: A Play Off-Broadway Edition
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by Sarah DeLappe. Started Off-Broadway in 2016, playing Lincoln Center in 2017. 112 pages.


The Girl from the North Country OLC
(Sony - new on CD/mp3)
Songs by Bob Dylan, feature in new play by Conor McPherson (currently at London's Old Vic). Sheila Atim, Ron Cook, Bronagh Gallagher, Shirley Henderson, Ciarán Hinds, Claudia Jolly, Arinzé Kene, Debbie Kurup, Kirsty Malpass, Jim Norton, Tom Peters, Karl Queensborough, Sam Reid, Michael Shaeffer, Jack Shalloo, and Stanley Townsend. "Sign on the Window," "Went to See the Gypsy," "Tight Connection to My Heart," "Slow Train Coming/License to Kill," "Ballad of a Thin Man" (Instrumental), "I Want You," "Blind Willie McTell" (Instrumental), "Like a Rolling Stone/To Make You Feel My Love," "Like a Rolling Stone" (Reprise)/I Want You," "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere/Jokerman," "Sweetheart Like You/True Love Tends to Forget," "Girl from the North Country," "Hurricane/All Along the Watchtower/Idiot Wind," "Lay Down Your Weary Tune" (Instrumental), "Duquesne Whistle/Señor" (Tales of Yankee Power)/Is Your Love in Vain?/License to Kill," "Tight Connection to My Heart" (Underscore/Reprise), "Lay Lady Lay" (Instrumental)/Jokerman" (Reprise)/Clair De Lune," "Forever Young," "My Back Pages." Currently at Amazon UK - U.S. release unknown.


The Art and Making of The Greatest Showman
(Weldon Owen - Hardcover Book)
By Signe Bergstrom. "The glorious world of P.T. Barnum and the holiday movie The Greatest Showman come to life in this lavish art book. Featuring unit photography and concept art of stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Ephron, Michelle Williams, and Zendaya as well as behind-the-scenes tales of the film's making, and lyrics to the movie musical's showstopping tunes, by the Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. 160 pages.

Death of a Salesman in Beijing (2nd edition)
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
By Arthur Miller. Introduction by Claire Conceison. Tells the story of Arthur Miller's time in China directing Death of a Salesman at the Beijing People's Theatre, with Chinese actors. Second edition is given a contemporary context as the production and process is investigated against the backdrop of twenty-first century China and its theatre, through a new introduction by Claire Conceison, Professor of Theatre Studies at Duke University. Photographs by Inge Morath. 264 pages.

Edward Albee: A Critical Introduction
(Cambridge Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book issued 8/7/Kindle Edition issued 8/22)
By Matthew Roudané. Explores the issues, public and private, that so influenced Albee's vision over five decades. Covers all of Albee's original works. Part I explores Albee's background and the historical contexts of his work; Part II concentrates on twenty-four of his plays; Part III investigates his critical reception. Surveying Albee's relationship with Broadway, and including interviews conducted with Albee himself. 214 pages.

Fifty Playwrights on their Craft
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
By Caroline Jester and Caridad Svich. series of interviews with fifty playwrights from the US and UK, including Edward Bond, Katori Hall, Chris Goode, David Greig, Willy Russell, David Henry Hwang, Alecky Blythe, Anne Washburn, Simon Stephens, Neil LaBute, Christopher Shinn, Katori Hall, David Hare, Lucy Prebble, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Paula Vogel. 304 pages

(Back Bay Books - Paperback Book)
Play by Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced). To play Lincoln Center beginning October 2017 starring Steven Pasquale as Robert Merkin. 176 pages.

Passionate Playgoing in Early Modern England
(Cambridge Univ Press - Paperback Book)
By Allison P. Hobgood. Through detailed case studies of canonical plays by Shakespeare, Jonson, Kyd and Heywood ... what it felt like to be part of performances in English theatre and appreciate the key role theatregoers played in the life of early modern drama ... how theatregoers were altered by drama's affective encounters ... how they were undeniable influences upon those encounters. 246 pages.

Significant Other
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
2017 Broadway play by Joshua Harmon.

Vicuña: A Play
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Paperback Book)
Political play by Jon Robin Baitz. Premiered at Center Group in Los Angeles in 2016; playing in Washington DC November 2017. 112 pages.

The Wolves: A Play Off-Broadway Edition
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by Sarah DeLappe. Started Off-Broadway in 2016, playing Lincoln Center in 2017. 112 pages.


Added, but Amazon pre-order links not activated yet:

Kid Victory original Off-Broadway cast
(Broadway Records - new on CD at Amazon)
Vineyard Theatre cast recording of score by John Kander and Greg Pierce. Original cast includes Ann Arvia, Joel Blum, Laura Darrell, Jeffry Denman, Brandon Flynn, Daniel Jenkins, Dee Roscioli, Karen Ziemba and Blake Zolfo. To be recorded March 20. Produced by Michael Croiter. Amazon link to come. Also at

Richard Rodgers Reimagined: Kyle Riabko
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
singer, guitarist, composer and actor Kyle Riabko (Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined) with creative reinterpretations of the music of Richard Rodgers. "Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'," "Where Or When," "My Favorite Things," "I Have Dreamed," "The Lady Is A Tramp," "Bewitched," "You’ll Never Walk Alone," "This Nearly Was Mine," "My Funny Valentine," "Some Enchanted Evening," "If I Loved You," "Blue Moon." Produced, arranged and recorded by Kyle Riabko with David Lane Seltzer of Entertainment 360 executive producer.

Stage to Stage: My Journey to Broadway
(wea - Hardcover Book)
By Josh Groban. Announced as "Full of great memories," by the artist on social media.


The American Theatre Wing, an Oral History: 100 Years, 100 Voices, 100 Million Miracles
(Applause - Hardcover Book)
By Patrick Pacheco. Coffee-table book celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the American Theatre Wing. Untold lore and never-before-seen photos ... traces the American Theatre Wing as a defender of the country's most romantic ideals through two world wars, presciently establishing an interracial policy at the Stage Door Canteen despite being denounced from the well of the United States Senate. Artists from Broadway, Off Broadway, and regional theater tell their own stories in the book, including Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Harold Prince, Neil Patrick Harris, James Corden, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. 248 pages.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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