Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 11/6/18 (updated 11/9/18)

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Earlier recaps:

2018: October 30, 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:

Head Over Heels OBC
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD)
Songs by The Go-Go's. Cast includes Andrew Durand, Taylor Iman Jones, Jeremy Kushnier, Bonnie Milligan, Peppermint, Tom Alan Robbins, Alexandra Socha, and Rachel York. "We Got the Beat," "Beautiful," "Vision of Nowness," "Get Up and Go," "Mad About You," "Good Girl," "Automatic Rainy Day," "Vacation," "How Much More," "Our Lips Are Sealed," "Head Over Heels," "This Old Feeling," "Turn to You," "Heaven Is a Place on Earth," "Here You Are," "Finale," "Get Up and Go (Reprise)," Bonus Tracks: "Turn to You (Pre-Prise)," "Automatic Rainy Day" (Acoustic Version), "This Town" (performed by The Go-Go's). Cast album producer; music supervisor/orchestrator/srranger: Tom Kitt. Louise Gund, cast album co-producer. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes.

Michael Longoria: Merry Christmas Darling
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
"Merry Christmas Darling," "Sleigh Ride," "My Only Wish (This Year)," "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," "Santa Tell Me," "One More Sleep," "Little Saint Nick (Featuring the Midtown Men)," "Last Christmas," "Christmas Waltz," "All I Want for Christmas," "Wrapped in Red," "Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)," "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Merry Me This Christmas" (co-written by Michael Longoria and Rona Siddiqui). Produced by Grammy nominee Michael Croiter. [Amazon link should start working soon.] Also at

The Noël Coward BBC Radio Drama Collection: Seven BBC Radio Full-Cast Productions
(BBC Books - Audiobook on CD/Audible Edition)
The very best of Coward's works on the radio, plus bonus material including interviews with Coward and those who knew him best. The casts that include Helena Bonham-Carter, Bill Nighy, Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, Harriet Walter, Alex Jennings and Roger Allam. Private Lives, Hay Fever, Blithe Spirit, Design for Living, The Vortex, Still Life , Present Laughter. Plus a profile of Noël Coward and extracts from his diaries.

Philip Chaffin Will He Like Me?
(P.S. Classics - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Reimagines the Great American Songbook for the post-marriage-equality era. "Will He Like Me?," "It's a Nice Face / When I Marry Mr. Snow," "Cooking Breakfast for the One I Love," "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," "Man With a Load of Mischief," "Charity's Soliloquy ," "An Occasional Man," "Lovely, Lonely Man," "A Tender Spot / Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe," "Tom ," "But I Could Cook," "I Got Lost in His Arms / Don't Ever Leave Me," "Who Gave You Permission?," "Windflowers."

Sarah Brightman: Hymn
(Decca Gold - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
New studio album, collection of orchestrated, choir-based songs with long time producer and collaborator Frank Peterson. Recorded over the past two years in Hamburg, Miami, London, Vancouver, Los Angeles, New York, and Budapest. Songs by Eric Whitacre, Yoshiki, Paul Kalkbrenner, Barclay James Harvest, Georges Bizet, Ennio Morricone and Romano Musumarra. Brightman duets with Vincent Niclo and Andrea Bocelli ("Time To Say Goodbye," in a new solo rendition with lyrics Sarah wrote herself, and sung in English for the first time).


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). Released 11/3/18.

Every Act of Life
(new digital film streaming at Amazon and at iTunes)
Feature length documentary covering six groundbreaking decades in the theatre and in the fight for LGBTQ rights with four-time Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally. Appearances include Terrence McNally, F. Murray Abraham, Christine Baranski, Edie Falco, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Audra McDonald, Rita Moreno, Billy Porter, Chita Rivera, Patrick Wilson. Directed, produced and written by Jeff Kaufman, and produced by Marcia S. Ross

Sara Bareilles: Theodosia Reprise
(Atlantic Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Latest Hamildrop digital single. Released 10/31/18.

This American Life Live The Radio Drama
(new video)
Nearly 50 actors, singers, dancers, musicians and comedians joined Ira Glass onstage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Opera House on June 7th, 2014, resulting in: journalism turned into opera, into plays, into a Broadway musical (by Lin-Manuel Miranda, starring Lindsay Mendez and Anthony Ramos); comedy from Mike Birbiglia, and SNL's Sasheer Zamata; songs from Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields; dance from Monica Bill Barnes & Company. Directed by Seth Lind, produced by Ben Cohen and Ben Katz. Available for purchase at and streaming for free at For more information, visit

DVD/BLU-RAYs Now Available:

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.

Sidney Myer Live!
(Harbinger Records/Musical Theater Project - new on DVD)
Live recording of Sidney Myer at the Laura Beechman Theatre in New York, from his sold-out six one-man shows presented by The Mabel Mercer Foundation. Known for his witty musical comedy, Sidney delivers numbers that are understated and even heartbreaking. Myer has performed around the world making New York his base. Released 11/2/18.

BOOKs Now Available:

Clues to Acting Shakespeare (Third Edition)
(Allworth Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Wesley Van Tassel. Guide for actors, directors, teachers and Shakespeare enthusiasts. New edition is expanded to include: a new section to aid community theatres to perform Shakespeare’s plays, including five recorded workshops of community theatre actors coached and trained by the author; updates to the sections on training student actors (MFA and BFA programs), and professional actors (including audition tips) highlighted by twenty author-coached workshops with professional and advanced student actors; improved section for teachers of high school and child actors with worksheets and sample lesson plans; and new exercises and resources for all levels of acting and production. 360 pages. Released October 2018.

J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan (Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Lucie Sutherland. "Charts the 'awfully big adventure' of creating Peter Pan, as well as the many entertaining, enthralling, and often extraordinary ways the play has been adapted ever since."

Miss You Like Hell
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Libretto for musical adaptation of Quiara Alegría Hudes' play 26 Miles by Hudes and Erin McKeown. 120 pages.


A Carol Christmas original cast recording
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
New musical score by Music and Lyrics by Bruce Kimmel Book by Doug Haverty. Orchestrations and music direction by Richard Allen. To ship by third week in December. At

My Fair Lady vinyl
(Broadway Records - new vinyl LP album)
Lincoln Center cast recording of score by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner's score. Cast includes Lauren Ambrose, Harry Hadden-Paton, Norbert Leo Butz, Diana Rigg as Mrs. Higgins, Allan Corduner, Jordan Donica, Linda Mugleston, and Manu Narayan. Album produced by David Lai and Ted Sperling. "Overture," "Why Can't the English?," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?," "With a Little Bit of Luck," "I'm An Ordinary Man," "Just You Wait," "The Rain in Spain," "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Ascot Gavotte," "On the Street Where You Live," "LP2 the Embassy Waltz," "You Did It," "Show Me," "The Flower Market," "Get Me to the Church on Time," "A Hymn to Him," "Without You," "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," "Finale."

Springsteen on Broadway
(Sony - new on 2 CDs/mp3/4-LP vinyl set/at iTunes)
Solo acoustic performance written and performed by Bruce Springsteen at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Complete live performance of Springsteen on Broadway with special appearance by Patti Scialfa. Growin' Up (introduction), "Growin' Up," My Hometown (introduction), "My Hometown," My Father's House (introduction), "My Father's House," The Wish (introduction), "The Wish," Thunder Road (introduction), "Thunder Road," The Promised Land (introduction), "The Promised Land," Born In the U.S.A. (introduction), "Born In the U.S.A.," Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out (introduction), "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," Tougher Than the Rest (introduction), "Tougher Than the Rest," Brilliant Disguise (introduction), "Brilliant Disguise," Long Time Comin' (introduction), "Long Time Comin'," The Ghost of Tom Joad (introduction), "The Ghost of Tom Joad," The Rising," Dancing In the Dark (introduction), "Dancing In the Dark," Land of Hope and Dreams," Born to Run (introduction), "Born to Run." Single track "Land of Hope and Dreams" released on 11/2/18 on mp3 and at iTunes.


The Bridges of Madison County vocal score
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Vocal score from the 2014 Broadway musical featuring music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown based on the novel by Robert James Waller. 240 pages.

Dearest Lenny: Letters from Japan and the Making of the World Maestro
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Mari Yoshihara. Personal letters from a woman who began writing fan letters to Bernstein in 1947 and became a close family friend, and a young man who fell in love with the maestro in 1979 and later became his business representative. The letters convey how Bernstein's compositions, recordings, and performances touched his audiences around the world, painting a vivid picture of the historical, social, and economic context in which these two individuals' unusual relationships with Bernstein emerged and evolved. 320 pages.

How to Transcend a Happy Marriage
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Sarah Ruhl. Played in 2017 at Lincoln Center. 120 pages.

I and You
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Play by Lauren Gunderson. [Amazon link should start working soon.] 88 pages.

Thom Pain (based on nothing): With Other Monologues for Theatre
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Will Eno, in a revised TCG edition.

The Ultimate Musical Theater College Audition Guide: Advice from the People Who Make the Decisions
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book)
By Amy Rogers Schwartzreich. No-nonsense guide to the musical theatre audition. Written for high school students and their parents, teachers, and mentors, the book demystifies what can be an overwhelming process with step-by-step explanations of audition checkpoints. Also, advice from more than 10 top-tier program directors and faculty, as well as examples from students, parents, and experts currently working on Broadway. 224 pages.


Added to November 30:

Telly Leung: "All I Want for Christmas is You"
(Yellow Sound Label - new digital single)
Aladdin star with an updated version of the holiday classic to benefit ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty). Arrangement by Lynne Shankel.

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