Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 10/31/17 (updated 11/3/17)

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2017: October 24, 17, 10, 3 | September 26, 19, 12, 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

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VINYL LPs Now Available:

SpongeBob SquarePants, The New Musical Original Cast Recording vinyl
(Masterworks Broadway - new vinyl double album)
Original cast recording for new Broadway musical based on the animated TV series. Ethan Slater, Gavin Lee, Nick Blaemire, Lilli Cooper, Carlos Lopez, Danny Skinner, Gaelen Gilliland, Juliane Godfrey, Curtis Holbrook, Stephanie Hsu, Jesse JP Johnson, L'ogan J'ones, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Mark Ledbetter, Kelvin Moon Loh, Lauralyn McClelland, Vasthy Mompoint, JC Schuster, Allysa Shorte, Jacob Smith, Abby C. Smith, Jason Michael Snow, and Allan K. Washington. Original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of AEROSMITH, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants and T.I., and a song by David Bowie with additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton. Orchestrations, arrangements and music supervision by Tom Kitt. Previously released on CD/mp3/at iTunes.

DVD/BLU-RAYs Now Available:

Holiday Inn - 75th Anniversary Edition
(Universal - new Blu-ray 2-disc set)
Blu-ray version of film plus bonuses: digital copy of the film; A Couple of Song and Dance Men; All-Singing All-Dancing; feature commentary by film historian Ken Barnes including archive audio comments from Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, and John Scott Trotter; theatrical trailer; Coloring a Classic; plus bonus disc: Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn: The Broadway Musical, the full-length production. Released 10/24/17.

BOOKs Now Available:

The Ballad of John Latouche: An American Lyricist's Life and Work
(Oxford Univ Press - hardcover book/Kindle edition)
By Howard Pollack. Biography of lyricist, bookwriter, librettist John Treville Latouche (Cabin in the Sky, Beggar's Holiday, The Golden Apple, Candide ). The book draws widely on archival materials such as Latouche's diaries and the papers of Bernstein, Ellington, Moore, Moross, and many others, to tell for the first time, the story of this fascinating man and his work. 592 pages.

Ellen Stewart Presents: Fifty Years of La MaMa Experimental Theatre
(Univ of Michigan Press - Hardcover Book)
By Cindy Rosenthal. Biography of the founder of La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club and important figure in the history of American avant-garde theater and performance art, Ellen Stewart (1919–2011). Richly illustrated, including posters and photographs of early productions and other rarely-seen photos, and featuring interviews with a wide range of now-famous La MaMa alums ... a book for theater aficionados and anyone interested in the history of Off-Off-Broadway, the cultural history of New York City, or visual culture from the '60s to the present. 208 pages.

Knives in Hens
(Bloomsbury Methuen - Kindle Edition)
Play by David Harrower. Includes new introduction by Mark Fisher. Making its New York City debut at 59E59 October 2017. 48 pages. Paperback published previously, including in July 2015.

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.


Debbie Gravitte: Big Band Broadway
(Group 5 Records - new album on mp3
"My Heart Belongs to Daddy," "I Enjoy Being a Girl," "I Can Cook, Too," "Never, Never Land," "Surrey with the Fringe on Top," "Daddy," "My Ship," "It Might as Well Be Spring," "Let Me Entertain You," "Lulu's Advantage," "From This Moment On," "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered."

The Greatest Showman soundtrack
(Atlantic Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
From 2017 film. Original songs by Benj Pacek and Justin Paul. "The Greatest Show" (Hugh Jackman, Keala Settle, Zac Efron, Zendaya and ensemble), "A Million Dreams" (Ziv Zaifman, Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams), "A Million Dreams (Reprise)" (Austyn Johnson, Cameron Seely), "Come Alive" (Hugh Jackman, Keala Settle, Daniel Everidge, Zendaya and ensemble), "The Other Side" (Hugh Jackman & Zac Efron), "Never Enough" (Loren Allred), "This Is Me" (Keala Settle and ensemble), "Rewrite The Stars" (Zac Efron & Zendaya), "Tightrope" (Michelle Williams), "Never Enough (Reprise)" (Loren Allred), "From Now On" (Hugh Jackman and ensemble.

Sheridan: The Album
(new import CD)
Debut album for U.K. actress/singer/dancer (Funny Girl, Little Shop of Horrors, Legally Blonde, Bridge Jones's Diary). "Crazy," "Anyone Who Had a Heart," "City of Stars," "Mad About the Boy," "I Smell a Rat," "Dinner at Eight," "Superstar," "Hurt," "Addicted to Love," "My Man," "For Forever," "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." Produced by Tris Penna and Steve Sidwell.


Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Kevin Winkler. A look at the evolution of Fosse as choreographer and director. Considers Fosse's career in the context of changes in Broadway musical theater over four decades, tracing his early dance years and the importance of mentors George Abbott and Jerome Robbins on his work. It examines how each of the important women in his adult life—all dancers—impacted his career and influenced his dance aesthetic; and how his evolution as both artist and individual mirrored the social and political climate of his era and allowed him to comfortably ride a wave of cultural changes. Part of OUP's Legacy Series. 304 pages.

"Break a Leg!" A Treasury of Theatre Traditions and Superstitions
(BookBaby - Paperback Book)
By Lisa Bansavage and L.E. McCullough. Compendium of facts and fancies about theatre life, exploring the origin of the colorful traditions and superstitions that are as vital a part of theatre as the plays onstage. 90 pages.

Dance Me a Song: Astaire, Balanchine, Kelly, and the American Film Musical
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Beth Genné. Traces the history of famous Hollywood collaborations as the palimpsest of dance, film, and musical techniques were developed over time. From the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' series in the thirties (Top Hat, Swing Time, Shall We Dance, and others), through the MGM film dances created and directed by Vincente Minnelli, Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen, and again Astaire, whose career continued at MGM in the forties and fifties (Yolanda and The Thief, The Pirate, On the Town, Singin' in the Rain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Bandwagon); George Balanchine ... from his until now unrecognized collaborations with Vernon Duke and Vincente Minnelli to develop the "jazz ballet" form on Broadway to the 1939 film version of On Your Toes and the dance sequences he directed with Greg Toland for the Hollywood movie The Goldwyn Follies (1938); Busby Berkeley, whose moving camera techniques according to Gene Kelly "broke down the proscenium frame of the stage" for American dancers; do early experimental French directors like René Clair and European immigrants to Hollywood Ernst Lubitsch and Rouben Mamoulian. 360 pages.


Added to November 24 (Amazon link not active at this time):

Blue Jupiter: Twisted Broadway, Volume One
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
New York based a capella group. Also at

Added to December 1 (Amazon link not active at this time):

Sunday in the Park with George 2017 revival cast
(Warner Music Group/Arts Music - new on 2 CDs)
2017 Broadway revival cast recording of Stephen Sondheim score. Jake Gyllenhaal, Annaleigh Ashford, Brooks Ashmanskas, Jenni Barber, Tony Award nominee Phillip Boykin, Mattea Conforti, Erin Davie, Claybourne Elder, Tony Award nominee Penny Fuller, Jordan Gelber, Tony Award winner Robert Sean Leonard, Liz McCartney, Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles, Ashley Park, Jennifer Sanchez, David Turner, Max Chernin, MaryAnn Hu, Tony Award nominee Michael McElroy, Jaime Rosenstein, Laura Irion, Julie Foldesi, and Andrew Kober. Disc One: "Opening," "Sunday in the Park with George," "No Life," "Color and Light," "Gossip," "The Dog Song," "The Day Off," "Everybody Loves Louis," "Finishing the Hat," "We Do Not Belong Together," "Beautiful," "Sunday." Disc Two: "It's Hot Up Here," "Chromolume #7," "Putting It Together," "Children and Art," "Lesson #8," "Move On," "Sunday (Finale)." Produced and mixed by Bart Migal. Released digitally on mp3 and at iTunes 9/19/17.

Added, no release date:

The Band's Visit OBC
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Recording of score by David Yazbek. Cast: Katrina Lenk, Tony Shalhoub, George Abud, Etai Benson, John Cariani, Adam Kantor, Andrew Polk, Ari'el Stachel, Bill Army, Rachel Prather, Jonathan Raviv, Sharone Sayegh, Kristen Sieh, Alok Tewari. Kurt Deutsch, album executive producer. David Yazbek and Dean Sharenow producers. Expected by the end of 2017.

Prince of Broadway OBC
(Gorgeous Entertainment - new album)
Original Broadway cast album. Songs from shows Hal Prince directed/produced, plus original songs by Jason Robert Brown. Music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Brown. Chuck Cooper, Drama Desk Award winner Janet Dacal, Bryonha Marie Parham, Tony Award nominee Emily Skinner, Tony nominee Brandon Uranowitz, Kaley Ann Voorhees, Olivier Award nominee Michael Xavier, Tony nominee Tony Yazbeck, and Tony winner Karen Ziemba. Label, released date, and track list unknown. Recorded October 30, 2017.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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