Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 1/12/16

Earlier recaps:

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

Quick list of all Amazon links for this recap.

MUSIC Now Available:

Johnny Gallagher: Six Day Hurricane
(Rockwood Music Hall Recordings - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Debut album by John Gallagher, Jr. "Bessie I Don't Blame You," "Sarasota Someone," "Dead for a Year," "Two Fists Full," "Dangerous Strangers," "Why Oh Why Am I This Way?," "One Flower Short," "Imagine If," "Those Wild Woods." Recorded in Greenpoint, Brooklyn Conrad Korsch on bass, Brian Delaney on drums, Gallagher on guitar with Thad DeBrock on guitar, piano, organ and pedal steel.

The Silly Symphony Collection
(Disney - vinyl box set & digital version
Complete restored soundtracks from all 75 Silly Symphony shorts from 1929-1939, with over 8 hours of music spread over 16 vinyl LPs. Housed in 8 tip-on gatefold jackets with original animation art in a beautifully constructed foil-stamped and numbered slipcase. Includes free digital download and a free limited edition 10" vinyl single featuring "The Skeleton Dance" on the A side and "Three Little Pigs" on the B side. Released December 18, 2015.

BOOKs Now Available:

Curtain Going Up!: The Story of Katharine Cornell
(Open Road Distribution - Kindle Edition)
Kindled edition of Gladys Malvern's 1943 novelization of Katharine Cornell's life (up to that time).


Allegiance OBC
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Score by Jay Kuo. Cast includes Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, George Takei, Katie Rose Clarke, Michael K. Lee. Recorded December 7, 2015. "Prologue," "Wishes On The Wind," "Do Not Fight The Storm," "Gaman," "What Makes A Man," "I Oughta Go," "The Dust Storm," "Get In The Game," "Should I?," "Allegiance," "Ishi Kara Ishi," "With You," "Paradise," "Higher," "Our Time Now," "Resist," "This Is Not Over," "Resist Reprise," "Stronger Than Before," "With You Reprise / 442nd Battle," "Nothing In Our Way," "Itetsuita," "Victory Swing," "How Can You Go?," "What Makes A Man Reprise," "Still A Chance." Besides Amazon, available for pre-order with early shipping at

The Essential Stephen Sondheim
(Masterworks Broadway - on 2 CDs)
Compilation CD set that is part of The Essential series from Sony Music. Unverified track list: "America," "Tonight," "Somewhere," "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "You Gotta Have a Gimmick," "Comedy Tonight," "Anyone Can Whistle" (Album Version), "Everybody Says Don't," "Do I Hear a Waltz?," "Evening Primrose Medley; I Remember," "Another Hundred People" (Original Broadway Cast), "The Ladies Who Lunch" (Original Broadway Cast), "Being Alive" (Original Broadway Cast), "," "Disc: 2," "Broadway Baby," "I'm Still Here," "Losing My Mind," "A Weekend in the Country," "Send in the Clowns," "Pretty Lady," "Pretty Women," "A Little Priest," "Not a Day Goes By," "Old Friends," "Sunday," "Move On," "Agony," "Finale: Children Will Listen," "Sooner or Later," "Unworthy of Your Love," "Loving You."

Her Majesty, Love
(Warner Archive - new on DVD-R)
1931 film starring Broadway stars W.C. Fields, Marilyn Miller, Ben Lyon, and Leon Errol—dancer Miller's last film.

Nevermore - Simply Music
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Companion album to Nevermore - The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Alan Poe original Off-Broadway cast recording. Individual songs and instrumental tracks from the Jonathan Christenson's score - "simply music," without the show's narrative.


Appropriate and Other Plays
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' plays Appropriate, An Octoroon, Neighbors. 260 pages.

Behind the Curtains: How to Make a Killing on Broadway...or Get Killed
(Applause Books - Hardcover Book)
John Breglio takes the reader on a journey "behind the curtains" where he himself once stood as a child, dreaming about the theatre. Filled with anecdotes from Breglio's career as a leading theatrical lawyer and producer. From first-hand knowledge of the crucial legal and business issues faced by a producer, but also his experiences behind the scenes with literally hundreds of producers, playwrights, composers, and directors, including Michael Bennett, Joe Papp, Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Patti Lupone, August Wilson, and Mel Brooks. 304 pages.

Blue-Collar Broadway: The Craft and Industry of American Theater - Paperback
(Univ of Pennsylvania Press - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of Timothy R. White's 2014 book. The history of "virtuosos of stagecraft" who have built the scenery, costumes, lights, and other components of theatrical productions. Featuring case studies of iconic productions such as Oklahoma! and Evita, and an exploration of the craftwork of radio, television, and film production around Times Square, Blue-Collar Broadway tells a rich story of the history of craft and industry in American theater nationwide, plus the role of theater in urban deindustrialization and in the revival of downtowns throughout the Sunbelt. 288 pages.

Broadway Doggie
(Grosset & Dunlap - Paperback Book)
By Nancy Krulik; illustrated by Sebastien Braun. Part of the "Magic Bone" series for ages 6 - 8. One bite of his magic bone and Sparky is in the Big Apple. With his new friend Barney as a guide, Sparky sees all the famous sights: Times Square, the Museum of Natural History, the Empire State Building, and more. When they reach the Broadway theaters, Barney confesses it's his dream to be a star. But will Barney get his big break? Or will Sparky accidentally steal the show? 128 pages.

The Complete Book of 1980s Broadway Musicals
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book)
Dan Dietz continues his series, which has included the 1940s, the 1950s, the 1960s, and the 1970s. While concept musicals such as Nine and Sunday in the Park with George continued to be produced, several London hits came to New York. Chess, Me and My Girl, and Les Miserables, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Song & Dance, and Starlight Express, plus revivals such as Show Boat and Gypsy, surprise hits like The Pirates of Penzance, huge hits like 42nd Street, and notorious flops such as Into the Light, Carrie, and Annie 2: Miss Hannigan's Revenge. The book also highlights revivals and personal-appearance revues with such performers as Sid Caesar, Barry Manilow, Jackie Mason, and Shirley MacLaine. Each entry includes opening and closing dates; plot summaries; cast members; number of performances; names of all important personnel including writers, composers, directors, choreographers, producers, and musical directors; musical numbers and the names of performers who introduced the songs; production data, including information about tryouts; source material; critical commentary; tony awards and nominations; details about london and other foreign productions. Also included are appendixes, including a discography, filmography, and published scripts, as well as lists of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, black-themed shows, and Jewish-themed productions. 478 pages.

The Complete Book of Les Misérables
(Arcade Publishing - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of Edward Behr's 1989 book. Companion book is illustrated with more than one hundred color and black-and-white photographs and chronicles the show from the 1862 novel to the original Paris production and the making of the international hit. Behr draws on firsthand interviews with the authors and producer, as well as cast members, directors, and designers from around the world. Also included are lists of opening nights, awards, and recordings, and the complete libretto. 192 pages.

Focus on Playwrights: Portraits and Interviews
(Univ of South Carolina Press - Hardcover Book)
By Susan Johann. Introduction by Alexandra C. Anderson. Johann photographed more than ninety playwrights, including Wendy Wasserstein, Anna Deavere Smith, August Wilson, and Nilo Cruz in the weeks after they won the Pulitzer. Tony Kushner sat for his portrait between the productions of part 1 and part 2 of Angels in America. Eve Ensler came to Johann's studio during the week she was previewing The Vagina Monologues, and George C. Wolfe sat for her the morning after his play Spunk opened at the Public Theater. Each playwright was photographed in Johann's studio using the same film, a single light, and a plain backdrop, creating a portrait that captures and distills something essential—an intimate view. Her interviews explore the writers' personal and creative journeys including their inspirations, roadblocks, and obsessions, which influenced their work on paper and on the stage. 184 pages.

King Charles III
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Mike Barlett's play. 127 pages. Kindle Edition of West End edition published in 2014.

My Old Lady: Complete Stage Play and Screenplay with an Essay on Adaptation
(Three Rooms Press - Paperback Book)
By Israel Horovitz. The playwright shares tips and techniques on adapting plays for the screen. Includes the full script of both the play version and screenplay of My Old Lady. He discusses what inspired him to consider adapting the play in the first place, and his diligent efforts to distill the essence of the play without making "exactly the kind of movie I dislike." 256 pages.

New York's Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway
(Columbia Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Edna Nashon/Museum of the City of New York. Vividly illustrated and with essays from leading historians and critics, this book recounts the heyday of "Yiddish Broadway" and its vital contribution to American Jewish life and crossover to the broader American culture. Artists who came of age in this world include Stella Adler, Eddie Cantor, Jerry Lewis, Sophie Tucker, Mel Brooks, and Joan Rivers. 328 pages.

Ode to Joy
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Craig Lucas play, produced by Rattlestick Theatre in 2014. 96 pages.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Campy Cult Classic
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Part of Applause Books' FAQ series. By Dave Thompson. The story of the play's original creation, its forebears, and its influences, together with both the triumphs and tragedies that attended it across the next 40 forty years. Also includes the largest and most in-depth Rocky Horror discography ever published, plus a unique timeline The Ultimate Rocky Horror Chronology detailing the who, what, where, and when of absolute pleasure. 400 pages.

Sotto Voce
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Nilo Cruz play.


Audiobook information added, and release date moved to March 1, 2016:

The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Classic Broadway Shows Are Built
(Sarah Crichton Books - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/audiobook read by David Pittu)
By Jack Viertel. Paints a picture of how Broadway musicals are made, through all the phases of a typical musical theater story, from opening numbers to finales. A look at what Viertel has learned over the course of his career, with observations about the egotists, geniuses, and workaday professionals who have sustained this unique American art form. 336 pages.

Co-author changed, and release moved to December 6, 2016:

Barbara Cook Memoir
(Harper - new in Hardcover/Paperback large print)
Barbara Cook's collaboration with Tom Santopietro.

Recorded January 11, 2016:

Lazarus Off-Broadway cast
(new album)
Original New York Theatre Workshop cast recording of David Bowie's score. Michael C. Hall, Cristin Milioti, Michael Esper, Krystina Alabado, Sophia Anne Caruso, Nicholas Christopher, Lynn Craig, Bobby Moreno, Krista Pioppi, Charlie Pollock, and Brynn Williams (Bye Bye Birdie). Label and date to be announced. Recorded 1/11/16.

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