Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice Recap Week of 1/9/18 (updated 1/12/18)

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Earlier recaps:

2018: January 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

CD/DVDs Now Available:

West Side Story
(Deutsche Grammophon - CD/DVD set)
Limited edition set released to celebrate the 100th birthday year of Leonard Bernstein. Includes: 1984 Grammy Award winning studio recording conducted by Leonard Bernstein and featuring Kiri Te Kanawa, José Carreras, Tatiana Troyanos, Kurt Ollmann, Louise Edeiken, and Marilyn Horne; the BAFTA winning and Emmy nominated "The Making of West Side Story" documentary of the making of the recording, made by the BBC for Unitel, produced by Humphrey Burton, and directed by Christopher Swann; and a deluxe hardcover book. Initially released in 2007. CD only also to be re-released.


Lena Hall: Obsessed: Hedwig and the Angry Inch
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album mp3/at iTunes)
Acoustic versions of songs from the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. "Tear Me Down," "The Origin of Love," "Sugar Daddy," "Wicked Little Town," "The Long Grift," "Midnight Radio." Released 1/5/18.

BOOKs Now Available:

Beware of the Actor! The Rise and Fall of Nicol Williamson
(CreateSpace - new Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Biography of Nicol Williamson, by Martin Dowsing, who interviewed and corresponded with more than 50 people who knew Williamson, including many of his colleagues, his family and his closest friends. The author was also granted exclusive access to an unbroadcast 4-hour career-spanning interview with Williamson filmed in 2005. This book reveals how Williamson's bizarre career path was shaped by his unique outlook on life, his enormous personality and his own personal demons. Other contributors to the book include Williamson's first wife, Jill Townsend; actors Elaine Bromka, Michael Culver, Penny Fuller, Ian Hogg, Glenda Jackson, Jane Lapotaire, Paul Moriarty, Steffan Rhodri, Clive Swift and David Warner; directors Robert Bierman, the late Jack Gold, Piers Haggard, Terry Hands, Robert Knights, Richard Lester, Peter Levin, Walter Murch, John Tydeman; Tony Garnett, Nicholas Meyer and many more. Afterword by Nicol's son, Luke Williamson. 370 pages. Released 11/23/17.

Vivien Leigh: Actress and Icon
(Manchester Univ Press - Paperback Book)
Kate Dorney and Maggie B. Gale, editors. New readings of the life and career of actress Vivien Leigh, written by experts from theatre and film studies and curators from the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Uses newly accessible family archives to explore the complex relationship between Vivien Leigh's approach to the craft of acting for stage and screen, and how she shaped, developed and projected her public persona. Chapters range from analyses of her work on stage and screen to her collaborations with designers and photographers, an analysis of her fan base, her interior designs and the "public ownership" of her celebrity status during her lifetime and beyond. 256 pages.

Year of the Queen: The Making of the Hit Show Priscilla Queen of the Desert
(Tale Publishing - Paperback Book)
By Jeremy Stanford, who was the original Tick/Mitzi in the musical. 210 pages.

MUSIC to be released this Friday, January 12:


Donnybrook! OBC with bonus tracks
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
1961 Broadway musical with score by Johnny Burke. Cast includes Eddie Foy Jr., Art Lund, Joan Fagan, Susan Johnson and Philip Bosco. Bonus: album of instrumental selections of the score, performed by the Pete King Orchestra. Cast Album: "Overture," "Sez I," "The Day the Snow Is Meltin'," "Sad Was the Day," "Donnybrook," "Ellen Roe," "The Loveable Irish," "I Wouldn't Bet One Penny," "He Makes Me Feel I'm Lovely," "I Have My Own Way," "A Toast to the Bride," "Wisha Wurra," "A Quiet Life," "Mrflynn," "Dee-Lightful Is the Word," "For My Own," "Finale." Bonuses: "If It Isn't Everything," "The Day the Snow Is Meltin'," "Sad Was the Day," "Ellen Roe," "Sez I," "A Toast to the Bride," "I Wouldn't Bet One Penny," "Donnybrook," "He Makes Me Feel I'm Lovely," "Wisha Wurra," "I Have My Own Way," "Dee-Lightful Is the Word," "For My Own," "Mr. Flynn." In stereo. Also at, where clips can be found.

Eric Millegan: Better with Friends
(new album)
Theatre and television actor Millegan debut album. "Better," "Rhode Island Is Famous for You," "A Penny for Your Thoughts" (with Emily Deschanel), "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," "You're Just in Love" (with Estelle Parsons), "Mister Cellophane," "Lava" (with Tracy Stark), "All the Love I Have" (with Jenna Gavigan), "I Know Now," "The Planet Vulkturn," "Jump Shout Boogie." CDs pre-ordering at Digital links to come.


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.

A Doll's House, Part 2
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Lucas Hnath. 2017 Broadway play. 96 pages.

Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical Is Restaging America's Past
(Rutgers Univ Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Editor/contributors Renee C. Romano and Claire Bond Potter, with 12 other contributors. Brings together a collection of top scholars to explain the Hamilton phenomenon and explore what it might mean for our understanding of America's history, examining what the musical got right, what it got wrong, and why it matters. 396 pages.

Moment Work: Tectonic Theater Project's Process of Devising Theater
(Vintage - Paperback Book)
By Moises Kaufman and Barbara Pitts McAdams, with Leigh Fondakowski, Andy Paris, Greg Pierotti. A detailed guide to the collaborative method developed by the acclaimed creators of The Laramie Project and Gross Indecency.

The Street Where I Live: A Memoir
(W.W. Norton & Co. - Paperback Book)
By Alan Jay Lerner. Reissue of Lerner's 1978 autobiography. Foreword by John Lahr.

Wakey, Wakey
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Will Eno. Played the Signature Theatre in 2017. 64 pages.

War Paint songbook
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Vocal selections for 2017 Broadway musical score by Michael Korie and Scott Frankel. Songs include "Back on Top," "Beauty in the World," "Behind the Red Door," "Better Yourself," "Dinosaurs," "Face to Face," "Fire & Ice," "Forever Beautiful," "If I'd Been a Man," "Inside of the Jar," "My American Moment," "Now You Know," "Pink." 112 pages.

Ziegfeld and His Follies: A Biography of Broadway's Greatest Producer
(Univ of Kentucky Press - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of 2015 book by Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson. a comprehensive look at both the life and legacy of the famous producer. Draws on a wide range of sources, including Ziegfeld's previously unpublished letters to his second wife, Billie Burke, and to his daughter Patricia. A lively and well-rounded account of Ziegfeld as a father, a husband, a son, a friend, a lover, and an alternately ruthless and benevolent employer. Illustrated with over 75 images. 576 pages.



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.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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