Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 11/28/17 (updated 12/1/17)

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Earlier recaps:

2017: November 21, 14, 7, October 31, 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

2016 | 2015

CDs Now Available:

Chip Deffaa's Irving Berlin Ragtime Rarities
(Garret Mountain Records - new on CD/mp3)
Rare ragtime-era songs (including some that have never before been recorded) by Irving Berlin. Dylan Adams, Jonah Barricklo, Marcus Bedinger, Emily Bordonaro, Chloe Brooks, Katie Buddenhagen, Peter Charney, Alec Deland, George Franklin, Julia Franklin, Eric Johnson, Mary Cantoni Johnson, Dea Julien, Mariah Hill, Kelsey McCabe, Ryan Muska, Matthew Nardozzi, Katherine Paulsen, Jon Peterson, Magnus Tonning Riise, Jack Saleeby, Analise Scarpaci, Jeffrey Sewell, Jenn Spottz, Timothy Thompson, Desi Waters, Michael Townsend Wright. "He's a Rag Picker," "Ephraham Played Upon the Piano," "Stop That Rag (Keep on Playing, Honey)," "The Ragtime Jockey Man," "Oh, That Beautiful Rag," "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Anna Liza's Wedding Day," "Yiddle, On Your Fiddle, Play Some Ragtime," "Ragtime Violin!," "When I Hear You Play That Piano, Bill!," "The Whistling Rag," "That Opera Rag," "That Mysterious Rag," "The Haunted House," "Ragtime Mockingbird," "Everybody's Doin' It Now," "They've Got Me Doin' It Now," "The Dance of the Grizzly Bear," "Sweet Marie, Make-a Rag-a-Time Dance Wid Me," "When the Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam," "Draggy Rag," "While the Band Played an American Rag," "Ragtime Soldier Man," "That Dying Rag," "The Syncopated Walk," "The International Rag," "Mr. Jazz Himself," "Everything in America Is Ragtime." Produced by Chip Deffaa. CD format available at

The Crucible
(Kritzerland Records - new on 2 CDs)
Robert Ward (music) and Bernard Stambler (libretto) opera of Arthur Miller's play, remastered. Original 1961 New York City Opera Production. Conducted by Emerson Buckley. First issued in 2-LP set in 1962. Chester Ludgin, Francis Bible, Norman Treigle, and Patricia Brooks. Limited release of 500 copies. To be available at the end of November at

Elaine Paige Presents Showstoppers from the Musicals
(Union Square - 3-disc import boxed set)
Collection of songs from stage and screen. 60 of the best loved and most memorable songs ever by performers including Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Elaine Paige, Michael Crawford, Idina Menzel, Liza Minnelli, Il Divo, Sarah Brightman, John Barrowman, Julie Covington and many more. See track list here. Also available at Amazon UK a week earlier.

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 bonus material includes: unedited audio of the closing commercial, hosted by Martin, which includes a message wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving; excerpt from live concert of Martin with Louis Magor at the piano. Martin talks about the role of Annie, performs “Anything You Can Do” with Magor (who sings from the keyboard), and recalls her collaboration with Ethel Merman on the Ford 50th Anniversary Show in 1953; photo gallery of photos, posters, program covers, etc., including some color shots. Released September 2017. [Relisting: Was only available on VAI site, now on]

BOOKs Now Available:

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Going to the Theatre (But Were Too Sloshed To Ask, Dear)
(Nick Hern Books - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By "West End Producer." Advice on "What shows to see and what to avoid (how to see the hits and not the shits), "Where to sit (without developing ongoing neck problems and deep vein thrombosis), "How to combat theatre rage (and get to the ladies' loos before anyone else), "What to eat (crisps, sweets, or kebabs?), "What to wear (from the correct attire at press night, to the importance of a good, reliable codpiece at The Globe), "How to leave early if the show is rubbish (a 'Shrubbish'). 224 pages.

The Girl from the North Country
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Conor McPherson's play with songs by Bob Dylan. Currently running at The Old Vic. 112 pages. Also published by Nick Hern Books in July 2017.

Guillaume: A Life
(Univ of Missouri - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of actor Robert Guillaume's 2002 autobiography, written with David Ritz. 240 pages.

M. Butterfly: Broadway Tie-In Edition
(Plume - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by David Hwang, returning to Broadway in October 2017. 124 pages.

The Magic Misfits
(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD, read by the author)
By Neil Patrick Harris. Illustrated by Lissy Marlin. Adventure book about a street magician. "It's a treasure trove of secrets and ciphers and codes and even tricks. Keep your eyes peeled and you'll discover more than just a story--you'll learn how to make your own magic!." For ages 8-12. 272 pages. Published 11/21/17.

Teens Talk Theatre: Backstage Reports On Today’s High School Arts Scene
(Past Times Publishing Company - Kindle Edition)
By Jordan Young. The author was assigned by The Orange County Register to go behind the scenes and report on Southern California high school productions of plays. Here, he discusses interviews with students and discussion of the productions.


42nd Street: 2017 London Cast
(First Night Records - new import CD)
Harry Warren/Al Dubin score. Cast includes Sheena Easton, Tom Lister, Clare Halse, Jasna Ivir, Norman Bowman, Stuart Neal, Graeme Henderson, Christopher Howell. Released in the UK one week earlier.


The Hamilton Mixtape songbook
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Songbook with piano, voice and guitar arrangements for 22 of the songs from the Hamilton Mixtape recording: "Dear Theodosia" (Regina Spektor with Ben Folds), "Helpless" (Ashanti with Ja Rule), "History Has Its Eyes on You" (John Legend), "It's Quiet Uptown" (Kelly Clarkson), "My Shot" (The Roots), "Satisfied" (Sia with Miguel & Queen Latifah), "That Would Be Enough" (Alicia Keys), "Wait for It" (Usher), "Washington's by Your Side" (Wiz Khalifa), and more. 136 pages.


Added to December 15:

Hamlisch Uncovered
(Broadway Records - new on CD/digital album)
Unrecorded songs by Marvin Hamlisch, including songs from the original version of Smile (lyrics by Carolyn Leigh), Ballroom (lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman), his final musical The Nutty Professor (lyrics by Rupert Holmes), and several songs from his scores with Craig Carnelia: Imaginary Friends, Bullets Over Broadway and Sweet Smell of Success. Singers include Kelli O'Hara, Randy Graff, Tony Sheldon, Hayden Tee, Nancy Opel, Leah Horowitz, Marissa McGowan, Lisa Brescia, cabaret stars Klea Blackhurst and Steven Brinberg. Produced by Michael Lavine, Chip M. Fabrizi and Craig Carnelia. CD to be released 1/26/18. Currently at

Mad Libs Live!
(Broadway Records - new digital album)
Original (Off-Broadway) cast recording of score by Jeff Thomson (music) and Robin Rothstein (lyrics). Jeanfranco Cardentey, Lindsey Brett Carothers, Max Joseph, Melody Madarasz, Zachary Noah Piser and Santina Umbach; plus special guest Mike Woods. For audiences 7 and up. Executive produced by Kevin Duda. Produced by Michael J. Moritz Jr. Currently at

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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