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CDs Now Available:
Alice Ripley: Daily Practice, Vol. 1
(Sh-K-Boom - new on CD)
Solo album of rock covers by Tony Award winning stage actress (Next to Normal). "Message in a Bottle," "It's Too Late," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," "You Oughta Know," "Essence," "Thunder Road," "The Flyer," "Take It Easy," "Everybody Hurts," "Anticipation."
The Best of Charles Miller and Kevin Hammonds: It's Just The Beginning
(new on CD)
Songs from ten Musicals written by the team of British composer Charles Miller and New York lyricist Kevin Hammonds (including When Midnight Strikes, Brenda Bly: Teen Detective). Michael McCarthy, Caroline O'Connor, Pia Douwes, Shona White, Jodie Jacobs, Julie Atherton, Paul Spicer, Fenton Gray, Richard Reynard, Helena Blackman, Mark Evans, Cassidy Janson, Valerie Cutko, Brenda Edwards, Donna Hines, Charlotte Page, Louise Plowright, Alan Winner. Previously available in the UK. Now at CD Baby.
Mary Poppins - 2010 Original Australian Cast
(Universal - new on CD)
Captured live over five nights at Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne 2010. Verity Hunt-Ballard, Matt Lee, Philip Quast, Marina Prior, Debra Byrne and Judi Connelli. Includes the premiere recording of the new song, "Playing The Game", which was put into the show in the US and is now in all productions worldwide. Available now at Middle Eight Music; pre-ordering for March 14 at Dress Circle
Placebo: A New Musical
(Basement Arts - CD/iTunes/free download)
Studio-recorded original concept cast recording of musical conceived and written by Danny Abosch and Joshua Borths. "Robert Wilson and his brother Blake persuade their town to purchase what they claim to be a miracle pill, invented by their late father, the scientist Dr. Wilson. The pill is actually a placebo made of nothing but sugar, but the town, believing it to be real, becomes carried away with the miracles' that the pill is reportedly responsible for. Robert and Blake's plan is wildly successful
but at what cost?" Being workshopped at Oklahoma City University.
DVD/BLU-RAYs Now Available:
Les Miserables - 25th Anniversary
(Universal - new on DVD/Blu-Ray)
U.S. release of special performance shown on screens across the world on October 3, from London's O2 Arena. Cast Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Nick Jonas as Marius, Norm Lewis as Javert, Matt Lucas as Thenardier, Lea Salonga as Fantine, Jenny Galloway as Madame Thenardier, Ramin Karimloo as Enjolras, Camilla Kerslake as Cosette and Samantha Barks as Eponine. NTSC. Previously available on Region 2 at Amazon UK and Dress Circle.
Sweet Smell of Success: The Criterion Collection [Blu-ray]
(Criterion - new Blu-Ray)
1957 film starring Tony Curtis, Burt Lancaster, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner, Jeff Donnell. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition; new audio commentary by film scholar James Naremore; Mackendrick: The Man Who Walked Away, 1986 documentary featuring interviews with director Alexander Mackendrick, actor Burt Lancaster, producer James Hill; James Wong Howe: Cinematographer, 1973 documentary, featuring lighting tutorials with Howe; new video interview with film critic and historian Neil Gabler; about Walter Winchell; new video interview with filmmaker James Mangold about Mackendrick, his instructor and mentor; original theatrical trailer. Booklet features an essay by critic Gary Giddins, two short stories by Ernest Lehman featuring the characters from the film, notes about the film by Lehman, and an excerpt from Mackendrick's book on film-making.
BOOKs Now Available:
Judy Garland: The Woman Behind the Myth
(JR Books - Hardcover Book)
By Michael Freedland. Judy Garland biography based on talks with people who actually knew her, from the 90-something woman in Grand Rapids who used to babysit the star to the producers, nightclub owners, musicians and friends who experienced all the problems Judy had, as well as her great successes. Personal stories from the sort of people few biographers have bothered to talk to, but who provide the best and the truest tales. U.S. publication date.
Recordings RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:
(Entertainment One - on DVD)
Cole Porter musical in abbreviated form presented as 1954 NBC Colgate Comedy Hour show. Frank Sinatra, Ethel Merman, Bert Lahr, Sheree North. Dean Martin hosts. Five of the original show's songs plus several other Porter numbers. 60 minutes. Bonus material possible.
Books RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by David Lindsay-Abaire. 112 pages.
Wicked: A Musical Biography
(Scarecrow Press - Hardcover Book)
By Paul Laird. Explores the creation of the popular Broadway musical Wicked through an examination of draft scripts, interviews with major figures, and the study of primary musical sources such as sketches, drafts, and completed musical scores. 304 pages.
OTHER NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS:Track list added:
An Evening With Sutton Foster - Live At The Cafe Carlyle
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
24 tracks, including patter. "I'm Beginning To See The Light," "Not For The Life Of Me/NYC/Astonishing," "Up on the Roof," "Air Conditioner," "Warm All Over," "Show Off," "More to the Story," "My Heart Was Set On You," "Down With Love," "I Like The Sunrise," "Defying Gravity," "Late Late Show," "Sunshine on my Shoulders," "Anyone Can Whistle/Being Alive," "Come The Wild Wild Weather," "Here, There, Everywhere," "And I Am Telling You."
Moved to March 1:
Harry Connick, Jr: In Concert On Broadway
(Columbia - new on CD/DVD)
Recorded live in 2010. "We Are In Love," "The Way You Look Tonight," "Bésame Mucho," "The Other Hours," "Nowhere With Love," "How Insensitive," "Come By Me," "My Time Of Day/I ve Never Been In Love Before," "All The Way," "Bayou Maharajah," "Hear Me In The Harmony," "Light The Way," "Take Her To The Mardi Gras," "Bourbon Street Parade," "Mardi Gras In New Orleans."
Added for summer 2011:
The Road to Qatar!
(JAY Records - new on CD)
York Theatre Company cast. David Krane and Stephen Cole score. James Beaman, Keith Gerchak, Bill Nolte, Sarah Stiles, Bruce Warren. To be recorded March 7.
Thanks to Max Preeo for his contributions.
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