Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 10/30/18 (updated 11/2/18)

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2018: October 23, 16, 9, 2 | September 25, 18, 11, 4 | August 28, 21, 14, 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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CDs Now Available:

Barbra Streisand: Walls
(Columbia - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
New solo album that includes three original songs. "What's on My Mind," "Don't Lie to Me," "Imagine / What a Wonderful World," "Walls," "Lady Liberty," "What the World Needs Now," "Better Angels," "Love's Never Wrong," "The Rain Will Fall," "Take Care of This House," "Happy Days Are Here Again." Production and arrangements by Streisand, Walter Afanasieff, John Shanks and David Foster. Title track lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman. On vinyl December 7, 2018.

Bat Out of Hell the Musical OLC
(Ghostlight Records - on 2 CDs)
Original cast recording of score by Jim Steinman. The musical premiered at the Manchester Opera House in Manchester, England, on February 17, 2017, then ran at the London Coliseum, and is now playing in Toronto. Many of the songs were previously recorded by Meat Loaf. "Love and Death and an American Guitar," "All Revved Up with No Place to Go / The Opening of the Box / 3Everything Louder Than Everything Else / If It Ain't Broke, Break It," "Who Needs the Young?," "It Just Won't Quit," "Out of the Frying Pan (And Into the Fire) (full song)," "Good Girls Go To Heaven (Bad Girls Go Everywhere)," "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," "Making Love Out of Nothing at All," "Bat Out of Hell," "In the Land of the Pig, the Butcher Is King," "Heaven Can Wait," "Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are," "For Crying Out Loud," "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)," "Not Allowed to Love," "What Part of My Body Hurts the Most," "Dead Ringer for Love," "Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through," "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)," Previously available digitally on mp3 and at iTunes

Flames OLC
(Oc Records - on mp3/at iTunes)
Score for the musical thriller by Stephen Dolginoff (Thrill Me). Abi Finley, David O'Mahony and Bradley Clarkson. "Prelude / He Can Still Hear You," "You're Different," "Identified the Body," "Jealousy," "Night of the Fire (Eric), "Night of the Fire (Edmond), "The Right Choice," "Never Let Him Hurt You," "Edmond's Eyes," "Finale," "The Right Choice" (Stephen Dolginoff), "Edmond's Eyes" (Stephen Dolginoff), "Never Let Him Hurt You" (Stephen Dolginoff). Zachary Orts at the piano and bonus tracks performed by the author. CD format available at Released 9/15/18.

Johnny Manhattan
(Jayem - on mp3/at iTunes)
World premiere recording of score for new musial with music by Dan Goggin (the Nunsense musicals) and lyrics by Robert Lorick (The Tap Dance Kid). Jim Ballard, Anne Brummel, Nathan Cockroft, George Dvorsky, Tyrick Wiltez Jones, Barbara McCulloh, Ruth Pferdehirt, Jana Robbins, Lauren Sprague, Scott Willis. "At Johnny Manhattan's / For Old Times' Sake," "Anonymous Town," "Bits and Pieces," "For Better or for Worse," "She Takes Very Good Care of Herself," "Luxury," "I'll Sing Your Favorite Song," "Johnny's Girls / A Continental Guy," "Morning Man," "Remarkable," "New York Is Driving Me Crazy," "Where in the World Is the World That I Wanted?," "Quiet, Intimate Little Restaurants," "Oh, Those Johnnies," "I Don't Do That Anymore," "Mister Producer," "And I Would Go Away / Every Now and Then," "For Old Times' Sake (Reprise)." Recorded live. CD format available at Released 9/8/18.

Melissa Errico: Sondheim Sublime
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
"Sooner or Later," "Loving You," "I Remember," "No More," "The Miller's Son," "Losing My Mind," "Send in the Clowns," "Not While I'm Around," "Not a Day Goes By," "Marry Me a Little," "Children Will Listen," "Isn't He Something!," "Move On," "Goodbye for Now," "With So Little to Be Sure Of," "Children and Art." Accompanied by pianist Tedd Firth. Also at

The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: In Four Contemporary Suites
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Written, composed, performed and recorded by Grammy and Ivor Novello Award-winner Imogen Heap. Each suite showcases one of the play's theatrical acts.


Dear Evan Hansen Deluxe
(Atlantic Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording plus cut songs and tracks sung by current cast, including Taylor Trensch. "Anybody Have a Map?," "Waving Through A Window," "For Forever," "Sincerely, Me," "Requiem," "If I Could Tell Her," "Disappear," "You Will Be Found," "To Break In a Glove," "Only Us," "Good For You," "Words Fail," "So Big / So Small," "Finale." Bonus Tracks: "Obvious" (Taylor Trensch) "Hiding In Your Hands" (Mallory Bechtel) "Part Of Me" (Dear Evan Hansen August 2018 Broadway Cast) "In The Bedroom Down The Hall" (Demo, Rachel Bay Jones & Jennifer Laura Thompson) "Disappear" (acoustic, Taylor Trensch and Alex Boniello) "Waving Through A Window" (Katy Perry).

Christina Bianco: Life of the Party
(new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Singer/comedienne/impressionist Christina Bianco (Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab, Newsical) debut solo album. "Life of the Party," "Twisted Medley: Twisted / Crazy / Can't Get You out of My Head," "Intro to Cabaret," "Cabaret: Diva Mashup," "Liza's Livin' La Vida Loca," "Short People," "Dora Disney Dialogue," "Gwen's Eternal Flame," "What Is This Thing Called Love?," "Santa Fe," "Shakira's Thinking out Loud," "Murder He Says," "Don't Stop Believing: Diva Quartet," "Why Try to Change Me Now," "Total Eclipse of the Heart: Diva Mashup," "My Heart Is so Full of You," "I Believe in a Thing Called Love: Diva Duet." Recorded live in London. Released 10/6/18.

Immigrant Dreams: Essential Voices USA
(Broadway Records - digital album mp3/at iTunes)
"Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor" with Randy Graff narrating, and an a capella "America the Beautiful" leading into a chamber orchestral version of "Wheels of A Dream" featuring Brian Stokes Mitchell. Performed with Essential Voices USA. Judith Clurman conducting. Produced by David Frost. Released 10/26/18.

"Kristy's Lament (Another Awful Day with the M.T.A.)"
(new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
Kristy Cates (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Finding Neverland) sings Ryan Edward Wise (music) and Chris Giordano's (lyrics) song based on Cates' Facebook post. Track sung by Cates plus karaoke version. Released 10/15/18.

Lena Hall: Obsessed: Nirvana
(Ghostlight Records - new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
"Heart-Shaped Box," "Breed," "All Apologies," "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Where Did You Sleep Last Night."

BOOKs Now Available:

Every Act of Life, The Illustrated Script for the Documentary about Tony-Winning Playwright Terrence McNally
(Smith & Kraus - new book)
Illustrated screenplay by Jeff Kaufman of documentary about Terrence McNally. To include additional stories and interviews that were not seen in the film, as well as rare photos and archival materials. 168 pages. [Release date had been 10/15/18.]

Pipeline (TCG Edition)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Dominique Morisseau. 96 pages.

The School of Doing: Lessons from Gerald Freedman
(Flying Dodo LLC - new Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Isaac Klein. Comprehensive guide to the craft and teachings of internationally stage director and educator Gerald Freedman, including lessons on acting, directing, text analysis, comedy technique, camera technique, Shakespeare, musical theater, design, pedagogy, and show business. Klein corroborates Freedman's wisdom with quotes from luminaries like Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinkin, Chita Rivera, Olympia Dukakis, Debbie Allen, Christine Baranski, Anna Camp, John Cullum, William Daniels, Dane DeHaan, Jules Fisher, Paul Gemignani, Bernard Gersten, Lee Grant, Sheldon Harnick, George Hearn, Desmond Heeley, Hal Holbrook, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Stacy Keach, Carol Lawrence, Ming Cho Lee, Billy Magnussen, Jack O'Brien, Austin Pendleton, Alfred Uhry, Sam Waterston, and many more. Freedman began his career working for Columbia Pictures in Hollywood, and assistant directing Broadway musicals, including the original production of West Side Story; alongside Joseph Papp and Bernard Gersten, he founded The Public Theater, where he directed many productions of both classic and new works, including the world premiere of Hair. Over the course of his six decade career, he directed plays, operas, and musicals on and off Broadway, regionally, and around the world. He won an Obie Award, became the first American to direct at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, and served as Artistic Director of the New York Shakespeare Festival (now known as Shakespeare in the Park), Stratford's American Shakespeare Theater, Cleveland's Great Lakes Theater, and as co-Artistic Director of the Acting Company. He taught at The Juilliard School, Northwestern University, Yale University, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he served as Dean of the School of Drama for twenty-one years, becoming Dean Emeritus in 2012. 403 pages. Released in 2017.

MUSIC to be released this Friday, November 2:


The Broadway Melody
(Warner Archive - new DVD)
1929 musical film. Charles King, Anita Page, Bessie Love, Jed Prouty. Original music by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown. Directed by Harry Beaumont.

Every Act of Life
(new digital video at iTunes)
Feature length documentary on the career of playwright Terrence McNally. Directed, produced and written by Jeff Kaufman, and produced by Marcia S. Ross

(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1974 film version of musical featuring score by Jerry Herman and book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee. Lucille Ball, Bea Arthur, Robert Preston, Bruce Davison, Jane Connell, Joyce Van Patten. Directed by Gene Saks. 131 minutes.


Broadway and the Blacklist
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
By K. Kevyne Baar. Explores theatre during the era of McCarthyism: the Theatre Guild; the short life and death of the Federal Theatre Project; the investigations of the motion picture and television industries, and of Broadway, by the HUAC; and the role of the three major performing arts unions. Includes many photos from the author's personal collection, and appendices provide a discussion of McCarthy's role, the memos of investigator Dolores Faconti Scott, a list of prominent witnesses in the HUAC hearings, and reactions by the unions in the decades following the blacklist. 200 pages.


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The Greatest Showman: Reimagined
(Atlantic - new on CD)
Companion to Atlantic's soundtrack to te 20th Century Fox musical film. Covers of the songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. "The Greatest Show" (Panic! At The Disco), "A Million Dreams" (P!nk), "A Million Dreams (Reprise)" (Willow Sage Hart), "Come Alive" (Years & Years and Jess Glynne), "The Other Side" (MAX & Ty Dolla $ign), "Never Enough" (Kelly Clarkson), "This Is Me (The Reimagined Remix)" (Keala Settle, Kesha & Missy Elliott), "Rewrite The Stars" (James Arthur & Anne-Marie), "Tightrope" (Sara Bareilles), "From Now On" (Zac Brown Band). Bonus tracks: "The Greatest Show" (Pentatonix), "Come Alive" (Craig David), "This Is Me" (Kesha).

Hundred Days original cast
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
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. Also at Released on mp3 and at iTunes on 9/18/18.

Steve Ross: It's Almost Christmas Eve
(Harbinger Records/Musical Theater Project - new on CD)
Steve Ross with SuEllen Estey, Ron Spivak, and Benjamin Weil. "Sing a Little Song of Christmas," "The Christmas Waltz," "Snow Flakes," "Snow," "Goin' on a Sleigh Ride," "It's Almost Christmas Eve," "Christmas Eve," "Lovers on Christmas Eve," "Christmas in New York," "Santa Claus: A Syncopated Christmas Song," "Who Says There Ain't No Santa Claus?," "Toyland," "We Need a Little Christmas," "A New Deal for Christmas," "I Saw Three Ships," "Three Ships," "Happy Christmas, Little Friend," "If I Had Three Wishes for Christmas," "Together This Christmas," "A Fact Can Be a Beautiful Thing," "I Don't Remember Christmas," "After the Holidays," "The Twelve Days After Christmas," "A Christmas Wish for You," "The Wassail Song." Arrangements by Steve Ross.