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Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap 7/19/11

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CDs Now Available:

The Saint of Bleecker Street
(Masterworks Broadway/Arkiv Music - on 2 CD-Rs/mp3/iTunesThe Saint of Bleecker Street (Original Soundtrack) - Various Artists
OBC recording of Gian Carlo Menotti score. Leon Lishner, Maria Di Gerlando, Maria Marlo, Catherine Akos, David Poleri, Gabrielle Ruggiero, Gloria Lane, David Aiken. Double album.


(new streaming video)
2010 filmed performance of the Broadway production. Available in streaming format at Netflix. DVD release unknown.

BOOKs Now Available:

John Gielgud: Matinee Idol to Movie Star (Biography and Autobiography)
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book)
By Jonathan Croall. Complete account of Gielgud's life and career on stage in classical plays; plays by contemporary dramatists; and in films. Throws fresh light on his turbulent ups and downs, events that nearly shattered his career, and on his great rivalry and complex relationship with Laurence Olivier. Research includes more than one hundred new interviews with key people from Gielgud's life and career, including Peter Brook, Kenneth Branagh, Alec Guinness, Joan Plowright, and Eileen Atkins, and draws from hundreds of letters that have never before been published. 688 pages.


Elaine Paige: Rare and Unseen
(new Region 2 DVD)
Thought to be missing archive interviews and rare and unseen footage ... Includes lost and now restored TV interviews from the past and rare film of Elaine talking about her career. Pre-ordering at Dress Circle and Amazon UK.


Arthur Miller: 1962-2005
(Univ of Michigan Press - Hardcover Book)
By Christopher Bigsby. Sheds new light on one of the 20th-century's most acclaimed literary figures. His marriage to photographer Inge Morath, his activism in support of political and social causes, and his work in support of dissident writers in Russia, Czechoslovakia, China, and elsewhere throughout this period. Bigsby's follow-up to Arthur Miller: 1915-1962. 616 pages.

The Drama of Marriage: Gay Playwrights/Straight Unions from Oscar Wilde to the Present
(Palgrave Macmillan - Hardcover Book)
A study of performances of marriage in modern and contemporary British and American drama ... The relationship between the ways gay playwrights tried to find ways to live and love outside the law and the plays they wrote about heterosexual marriage continues to impact contemporary gay playwrights and the depiction of marriage. 256 pages.

Great Lengths: Seven Works of Marathon Theater
(Univ of Michigan Press - Hardcover Book)
By Jonathan Kalb. Examination of internationally prominent, marathon-length theater productions, including Tony Kushner's Angels in America, Robert Wilson's Einstein on the Beach, the Royal Shakespeare Company's Nicholas Nickleby, and four other works. This is a book about extreme length, monumental scope, and intensive immersion in the theater in general. Examples are deliberately chosen for their diversity, and range from adapted novels and epics, to dramatic chronicles with macrohistorical and macropolitical implications, to stagings of super-size classic plays, to "postdramatic" works that negotiate the border of life and art. 248 pages.

Lux Presents Hollywood: A Show-by-show History of the Lux Radio Theatre and the Lux Video Theatre, 1934-1957
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
By Connie Billips and Arthur Pierce. Show-by-show chronicle of the series, arranged by broadcast season, and showing network affiliation, host, announcer, director, musical director, and adaptation writer. Show listings include title, date first broadcast, cast, cast of the Lux commercials, plot synopsis, and film versions of the story. Also provided are the intermission guests-D.W. Griffith, Theda Bara, King Vidor, Sid Grauman among others-interviewed between acts of the broadcasts.

Sex and Aesthetics in Samuel Beckett's Work (New Interpretations of Beckett in the Twenty-First Century)
(Palgrave Macmillan - Hardcover Book)
By Paul Stewart. s Places sex and sexuality firmly at the heart of Beckett's ouevre ... the author uncovers a profound mistrust of procreation and a surprising variety of non-reproductive forms of sex—the solitary, the homoerotic, and the geriatric#151;which challenge established notions of propriety and identity politics ... ably and amply shows that sex, so long overlooked, is an integral, and troubling, facet of Beckett's art.

Sweat, Tears, and Jazz Hands: The Official History of Show Choir from Vaudeville to Glee
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
By Mike Weaver and Colleen Hart. Featuring more than 100 competitive show choirs from around the United States in photos, quotations, and stories ... details the pop culture and theater influences that, over time, built this unique entertainment genre into the mecca of music lovers that it is today. Real-life accounts of show choir performers, directors, and choreographers. 208 pages.


Added to 9/5/11:

Judy Garland Smilin' Through: The Singles Collection 1936-1947
(JSP Records - new on 4 CDs)
Compiled and annotated by Lawrence Schulman. Remastered master and alternate takes.

Added, no release date:

Barbara Cook: You Make Me Feel So Young
(DRG - new on CD)
Recorded live at Feinstein's at Loews Regency on June 17. Hugh Fordin producing. The show's song list included "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise," "Are You Havin' Any Fun," "You Make Me Feel So Young," "I've Grown Accustomed to His Face," "Wait 'Til We're Sixty-Five," "Frim Fram Sauce," "When I Look in Your Eyes," "What Did I Have I Don't Have Now," "Live Alone and Like It," "This Can't Be Love," "I'm a Fool to Want You," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Love Is Good for Anything That Ails You," "More Than You Know," "Here's to Life," "I Got Rhythm," "Imagine."

Judy Garland: Carnegie Hall
(JSP Records - new import 2 CD set)
Original vinyl version, newly remastered.

Love Never Dies
(new on DVD)
Australian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Glenn Slater musical, filmed live. Stars Ben Lewis and Anna O'Byrne. Format and release date unknown.

Thanks to Max Preeo for his contributions.

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