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SOUND ADVICE WEEKLY RECAP: MUSIC & BOOKS NOW AVAILABLE + UPCOMING RELEASE NEWS
Posted by: T.B._Admin. (sign@talkinbroadway.com) 01:15 pm EDT 06/15/21

Complete information on all known upcoming releases of theatre related audio and video recordings can be found on our Upcoming Releases page. Recordings released last week and earlier can be viewed here.

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DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:

BreatheVirginia Cavaliere: "Breathe" medley
(digital single)
Virginia Cavaliere (In the Heights sings "Breathe" (Lin-Manuel Miranda)/"Breathin" (Ariana Grande)/"Breathe" (Michelle Branch). Released 6/10/21.


Books Now Available:

In the HeightsIn the Heights: Finding Home
(Random House - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
By Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Jeremy McCarter. Gives readers an inside look at In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway debut, written with Quiara Alegría Hudes, and now a feature film. Untold stories, perceptive essays, and the lyrics to Miranda’s songs, complete with his annotations. Also, newly commissioned portraits and never-before-seen photos from backstage, the movie set, and productions around the world. 288 pages.

CorderoLive Your Life: My Story of Loving and Losing Nick Cordero
(Harper - new Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD/Audible Audiobook)
By Amanda Kloots and Anna Kloots. The story of Nick Cordero and Amanda Kloots' love and fairy-tale marriage, of the disease that quickly upended it, of the fight for Nick’s survival, of her grief and how she came to terms with his death, of keeping Nick's memory alive for Elvis and the world. Includes 16 pages of color photos exclusive to the book.Audio versions narrated by Amanda Kloots. 336 pages.

The Magical Mice of BroadwayThe Magical Mice of Broadway
(BookBaby - Hardcover Book)
By Mark A. Robinson; illustrated by Sandra K. Simpson. A fairytale about Broadway during COVID, imagining an alternative reality for what happened on the Great White Way when performances halted on some of our favorite Broadway musicals. 30 pages.

Arthur SchwartzThat's Entertainment: A Biography of Broadway Composer Arthur Schwartz
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
By Tighe E. Zimmers. First full-length biography of composer Arthur Schwartz. Covers his work on Broadway and in Hollywood with lyricists Howard Dietz, Dorothy Fields, Oscar Hammerstein II, Frank Loesser, Johnny Mercer Leo Robin. Describes his creative process and includes behind-the-scenes stories of each of his major musicals. 294 pages.


Music to be released this Friday, June 18:

StandardAubrey Logan: Standard
(Mwo Records - new on CD/digital)
New album from jazz musician/singer Aubrey Logan. "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "Here's that Rainy Day," "Save Your Love for Me," "Largo Al Factotum," "The Way We Were," "The Beat Goes On," "Doxology/Before the Throne of God Above," "Done Pretending," "Louboutins 2.0," "Macarthur Park," "Dreams," "Fascinating Rhythm."

RumiRumi: The Musical
(Broadway Records - new digital album)
World premiere concept recording. Score by Dana Al Fardan And Nadim Naaman. Ramin Karimloo, Nadim Naaman and West End cast.


Recordings newly listed:

July 2:

20th CenturyThe 20th Century Fox Years: Volume 1 (1936-1938)
(Sepia Records - 2-CD set)
Hollywood stars perform songs from Fox musicals between 1936-1938. Remastered from studio playback discs sans dialogue etc. First time available. Judy Garland, Tony Martin, Shirley Temple, Dolores Del Rio, Barbara Stanwyck, Eddie Cantor, Ethel Merman, Betty Grable, Jane Withers, and more. 56 tracks. At SepiaRecords.com.

Gulliver's Travels and Mr. Bug Goes to TownGulliver's Travels & Mr. Bug Goes To Town
(Sepia Records - 2-CD set)
Soundtrack from Gulliver's TravelsFirst time on CD. Soundtrack, studio recordings, and never released before songs from Fleischer Studios animated feature films: 1939 Gulliver's Travels (music/songwriters include Victor Young, Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger, Al Neiburg, Winston Sharples, Sammy Timberg) and 1941 Mr. Bug Goes To Town (music/songwriters include Leigh Harline, Frank Loesser, Hoagy Carmichael, Sammy Timberg). 55 tracks total. At SepiaRecords.com.

Mario LanzaThe Immortal Voice of Mario Lanza: A Centennial Celebration
(Sepia Records - on CD)
Collection spanning the entire career or Mario Lanza, radio and studio recordings. Four of the songs are making their first appearance on a commercial CD. Rarities include live performances of duets from The Student Prince and Verdi's Otello. 23 tracks. At SepiaRecords.com.

July 20:

Take Me Out to the Ball GameTake Me Out to the Ball Game
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1949 musical film. Directed by Busby Berkeley. Produced by Arthur Freed. Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams, Gene Kelly, Betty Garrett, Edward Arnold. Some songs by Roger Edens, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green. 93 minutes.

July 23:

Lillias WhiteLillias White: Get Yourself Some Happy
(Old Mill Road Recording - new album)
Lillias White's (Fela!, The Life) first solo album. "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Accentuate the Positive," "Happy Together," "A Brand New Me," "Put On a Happy Face," "The Twist," "A Little Imagination," "You're My Best Friend," "You've Made Me So Very Happy," "Yes," "That's All," "Make Someone Happy," "It's Not Where You Start," "Get Happy."

August 17:

Emperor WaltzThe Emperor Waltz
(Kino Lorber - new Blu-ray)
1948 musical film directed by Billy Wilder; written by Wilder and Charles Brackett. Bing Crosby, Joan Fontaine. Music/songwriters include Victor Young, Johnny Burke, Richard Heuberger, Johann Strauss II, Jimmy Van Heusen. "I Kiss Your Hand, Madame" was by Fritz Rotter and Ralph Erwin, and Arthur Pryor. 106 minutes.


Books/Plays newly listed:

July 15:

Melancholy BabyMy Melancholy Baby: The First Ballads of the Great American Songbook, 1902-1913
(Univ Press of Mississippi - Hardcover/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Michael G. Garber. Focuses on ten ballads to show how the style of the Great American Songbook evolved. Unveils the complicated, often-hidden origins of these enduring, pioneering works. Includes colorful stories that amplify the rising of an American folk art composed by innovators both famous and obscure. From previously underexamined sources, Garber demonstrates how these songs shaped the music industry and the lives of ordinary Americans. Famous composers like Irving Berlin and little-known figures as Maybelle Watson, who had to sue to get credit and royalties for creating the central content of the lyric for "My Melancholy Baby," and Frank Williams, who contributed to the seminal "Some of These Days" but was forgotten for decades. 336 pages.

August 17:

The Art of VIVO
(Abrams - Hardcover Book)
By Ramin Zahed and Alex Laxamoire. Official behind–the–scenes companion book to VIVO, the first-ever musical from Sony Pictures Animation. (Vivo will be directed by Kirk DeMicco and co-directed by Brandon Jeffords, from a screenplay by Quiara Alegría Hudes and DeMicco, and a story based on the original idea by Peter Barsocchini, with songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who voices the title character. With the voices of Ynairaly Simo, Zoe Saldana, Juan de Marcos González, Michael Rooker, Brian Tyree Henry, Nicole Byer, and Gloria Estefan.) Exclusive concept art, character designs, storyboards and commentary from the award-winning filmmaking team. 224 pages.

September 1:

Pick a PocketPick a Pocket Or Two: A History of British Musical Theatre
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Ethan Mordden. The full history of the British musical, from The Beggar's Opera (1728) to the present, with an interest in isolating the unique qualities of the form and its influence on the American model. Covers not only the shows and their authors but the personalities as well. 248 pages.





Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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