Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 1/23/18, updated 1/26/18

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Earlier recaps:

2018: January 16, 9, 2

2017: December 12, 5 | November 28, 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:

Kelly Hall-Tompkins: The Fiddler Expanding Tradition
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Hall-Tompkins, the Fiddler/violin soloist in the recent Broadway revival, with all new Fiddler solo music. Collaboration with arranger Oran Eldor and music director/orchestrator Ted Sperling. Also features Danny Burstein in guest appearance for a duet of "Sunrise, Sunset."

Hamlisch Uncovered
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
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. Released digitally on 12/15/17. At BroadwayRecords.com.

Muriel's Wedding the musical original cast recording
(new import CD)
Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures Production release. Musical based on the 1994 film, currently in a world premiere production at Sydney Theatre Company. Music and lyrics by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall, with songs by Benny Andersson, Bjørn Ulvaeus, and Stig Anderson. Maggie McKenna stars as Muriel, with Madeleine Jones, Justine Clarke, Briallen Clarke, Michael Whalley, Connor Sweeney, and Helen Dallimore. "Sunshine State of Mind," "The Bouquet," "Meet the Heslops," "Progress," "Can't Hang," "Luckylast/Perry Heslop," "Girls Like Us," "Waterloo," "Amazing," "Sydney," "Strangely Perfect Stranger," "Here Comes the Bride," "Never Stick Your Neck Out," "Why Can't That Be Me?," "Life Is a Competition," "Mr and Mrs Shkuratov," "Shared, Viral, Linked, Liked," "SOS," "My Mother (Eulogy)," "A True Friend," "Sydney" (Remix by Pip Norman). Also at Australia iTunes.


BOOKs Now Available:

A Bronx Tale songbook
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Piano/vocal selections for Broadway musical score by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. Songs include "Ain't It the Truth," "Belmont Avenue," "The Choices We Make," "Hurt Someone," "I like It," "In a World like This," "Look to Your Heart," "Nicky Machiavelli," "One of the Great Ones," "Out of Your Head," "Roll 'Em," "These Streets." 120 pages.

Decades of Modern American Drama: Playwriting from the 1930s to 2009
(Bloomsbury Methuen - Set of Hardcover Books)
Brenda Murphy and Julia Listengarten, editors. comprehensive survey and study of the theatre produced in each decade from the 1930s to 2009 in eight volumes. Each volume provides context from which work emerged: an introduction considers life in the decade with a focus on domestic life and conditions, social changes, culture, media, technology, industry and political events; while a chapter on the theatre of the decade offers a wide-ranging and thorough survey of theatres, companies, dramatists, new movements and developments in response to the economic and political conditions of the day. The work of the four most prominent playwrights from the decade in analyzed and re-evaluated, together with commentary on their subsequent work and legacy. A final section brings together original documents such as interviews with the playwrights and with directors, drafts of play scenes, and other previously unpublished material.

The Greatest Showman: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack - songbook
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Piano/vocal/guitar songbook for the 2017 musical drama biopic about P.T. Barnum. Score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. "Come Alive," "From Now On," "The Greatest Show," "A Million Dreams," "Never Enough," "The Other Side," "Rewrite the Stars," "This Is Me," "Tightrope." Includes full-color photos of scenes from the movie.

Time and The Rose Garden: Encountering the Magical in the Life and Works of J.B. Priestley
(O Books - Paperback Book)
By Anthony Peake. A reassessment of Priestley's plays and novels. Peake argues that Priestley should be recognized as one of the most prescient of all middle century playwrights and that his ideas on time, consciousness and mortality can be found in hugely popular movies such as The Matrix, Vanilla Sky, Deja Vu, Sliding Doors, Butterfly Effect and many others. 264 pages. Released ahead of original release date.

Unmasking What Matters: 10 Life Lessons From 10 Years on Broadway
(She Writes Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Sandra Joseph, "the longest-running leading lady in BroadwayÂ’s longest-running show, The Phantom of the Opera." The author shares her "hard-won wisdom, poignant personal stories, and practical, experiential exercises to guide them, readers will learn to shed their limiting masks, mindfully work through their fears, stand in their authentic power, and build a life rich with satisfaction, meaning, and significance. 192 pages.


AUDIOBOOKs Now Available:

Harry Clarke: and Lillian
(Audible Studios - Audiobook)
David Cale's play Harry Clarke read by Bill Crudup (who debuted the play at the Vineyard Theatre). Also includes David Cale's Obie Award-winning solo play Lillian, performed by the author.

Patti Issues & Bad With Money
(Roven Records Spoken Word - Audible.com audiobook)
Ben Rimalower's one-man cabaret shows. Author and narrator by Ben Rimalower. One hour and 50 minutes. Released 1/5/18.


MUSIC to be released this Friday, January 26:

Kelly Hall-Tompkins: The Fiddler Expanding Tradition
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Hall-Tompkins, the Fiddler/violin soloist in the recent Broadway revival, with all new Fiddler solo music. Collaboration with arranger Oran Eldor and music director/orchestrator Ted Sperling. Also features Danny Burstein in guest appearance for a duet of "Sunrise, Sunset."

Hamlisch Uncovered
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3)
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. Released digitally on 12/15/17. At BroadwayRecords.com.

Muriel's Wedding the musical original cast recording
(new import CD)
Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures Production release. Musical based on the 1994 film, currently in a world premiere production at Sydney Theatre Company. Music and lyrics by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall, with songs by Benny Andersson, Bjørn Ulvaeus, and Stig Anderson. Maggie McKenna stars as Muriel, with Madeleine Jones, Justine Clarke, Briallen Clarke, Michael Whalley, Connor Sweeney, and Helen Dallimore. "Sunshine State of Mind," "The Bouquet," "Meet the Heslops," "Progress," "Can't Hang," "Luckylast/Perry Heslop," "Girls Like Us," "Waterloo," "Amazing," "Sydney," "Strangely Perfect Stranger," "Here Comes the Bride," "Never Stick Your Neck Out," "Why Can't That Be Me?," "Life Is a Competition," "Mr and Mrs Shkuratov," "Shared, Viral, Linked, Liked," "SOS," "My Mother (Eulogy)," "A True Friend," "Sydney" (Remix by Pip Norman). Also at Australia iTunes.


Books RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:

Hirschfeld: The Biography
(Sarah Crichton Books - new Hardcover Book/Digital Book)
By Ellen Stern. Biography of Al Hirschfeld, the caricaturist of Broadway. From interviews with the artist himself, his friends and wives, celebrity subjects, agent, daughter, and more; with access to personal correspondence, journals, home movies, and scrapbooks. 368 pages. Originally announced as an October 2017 release.





Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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