Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 11/22/16 (updated 11/25/16)

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Earlier recaps:

2016: November 15, 8, 1 | October 25, 18, 11, 4 | September 27, 20, 13, 6 | August 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | July 26, 19, 12, 5 | June 28, 21, 14, 7 | May 31, 24, 17, 10, 3 | April 26, 19, 12, 5 | March 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | February 23, 16, 9, 2 | January 26, 19, 12, 5, 2016 | 2015

CDs Now Available:

Elaine Paige Presents The Musicals Box set
(Union Square Music Limited - on 3 CDs)
Collection of Paige's favorite songs from musicals, featuring Michael Ball, Il Divo, Michael Crawford, Idina Menzel, Sheridan Smith, Alexandra Burke and Elaine Paige herself. 58 of the biggest hits from classic West End productions such as Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, The Bodyguard, Beautiful, and Half a Sixpence. Set and track list at Amazon UK.

Half a Sixpence new UK cast
(First Night Records - new import CD/mp3/at iTunes)
UK release of the new cast recording of score by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe from the new musical adaptation of H.G. Wells's autobiographical novel "Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul," New stage version has a book by Julian Fellowes. Score is inspired by and features several of composer David Heneker's songs from the original production, which he co-wrote with Beverley Cross. Stars Charlie Stemp. Also at Amazon UK.

BLU-RAY/DVDs Now Available:

The Barkleys of Broadway
(Warner Archive - new on DVD-R)
1949 M-G-M musical film starring Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Oscar Levant, Gale Robbins, Billie Burke. Screenplay by Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Sidney Sheldon. Directed by Charles Walters. Songs by Harry Warren music and Ira Gershwin lyrics "They Can't Take That Away from Me" by George and Ira Gershwin). Choreography by Robert Alton and Hermes Pan.

It's Always Fair Weather
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1955 musical film starring Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Dolores Gray, Dan Dailey, Michael Kidd. Script by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Lyrics by Comden and Green with music by André Previn. Co-directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen.

BOOKs Now Available:

Collected Essays of Arthur Miller - Deluxe Edition
(Penguin Classics - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Introduction by Susan C. W. Abbotson. A selection of Miller's finest essays, organized in three thematic parts: essays on the theater, essays on specific plays like Death of a Salesman and The Crucible, and sociopolitical essays on topics spanning from the Depression to the twenty-first century. 560 pages.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
(Andrews McKeel Publishing - Hardcover Book)
"The definitive, authorized story of the development, design, and construction of Kansas City's Kauffman Performing Arts Center (KCPA), acclaimed as one of the fifteen greatest performance halls in the world (and one of only two in the United States). With a Foreword by His Royal Highness Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales." 192 pages.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I: The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Part of The Applause Libretto Library Series. 160 pages.

Technical Theater for Nontechnical People
(Allworth Press - new paperback book/Kindle edition)
By Drew Campbell. From scenery, lighting, and sound to props, costumes, and stage management, with new content about digital audio, intelligent lighting, LED lighting, video projection, and show control systems, all explained in an approachable style. Updates also include a new chapter on sound design, plus every chapter has been updated with more information about the basics of theater technology, including draperies, lighting instruments, microphones, costume sketches, and more. This book teaches: 404 pages.


Freaky Friday studio cast recording
(Disney - new on CD)
Score by Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (lyrics). Heidi Blickenstaff and Emma Hunton. Music supervision by Bryan Perri, orchestrations by Tom Kitt and Michael Starobin, vocal arrangements by Tom Kitt and Carmel Dean, and dance and incidental arrangements by Tom Kitt.

(VAI - new on DVD)
Original made for TV musical produced and directed by Max Liebman that aired live on June 9, 1956. Music by Clay Warnick and Mel Pahl, based on themes of Johann Strauss, Jr. Lyrics by Edward Eager, book by William Friedberg and Neil Simon. Includes the original commercials as a separate bonus feature. Black & white, 90 minutes. Doretta Morrow, Keith Andes, Kitty Carlisle, Jacques d'Amboise, Tammy Grimes, and George Irving. Featured dancers Bambi Linn and Rod Alexander


Added to February 2017:

Dear Evan Hansen OBC
(Atlantic Records)Score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Ben Platt, Laura Dreyfuss, Rachel Bay Jones, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Mike Faist, Michael Park, Will Roland and Kristolyn Lloyd, and Michael Lee Brown, Garrett Long, Olivia Puckett, Colton Ryan, and Asa Somers. Produced by Atlantic Records, Alex Lacamoire, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and co-produced by Stacey Mindich. December 2 pre-order to include instant download of “Waving Through A Window.”

Added, no release date:

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater Encores! Off-Center cast
(new on CD)
Alan Menken and Howard Ashman score. Cast includes Skylar Astin, Santino Fontana, James Earl Jones, Rebecca Naomi Jones and Kate Wetherhead, Derrick Baskin, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Nick Choksi, Eddie Cooper, Kevin Del Aguila, Clark Johnson, Kevin Ligon, Marla Louissaint, Liz McCartney, Bonnie Milligan and Brynn O’Malley.