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Week of August 1, 2017

The Great RaceThe Great Race
(Lala Land Records - on 3 CDs)
Henry Mancini score for 1965 comedy film. Disc One and Disc Two feature the world premiere release of Mancini's original film score (in ,stereo) while Disc Three presents the original, 1965 re-recorded LP album tracks, remastered. Produced and assembled by Neil S. Bulk and re-mixed and mastered by Mike Matessino. Limited release of 2500 units. In-depth liner notes by writer Jeff Bond and art design by Jim Titus. Available at LaLaLandRecords.com and ScreenArchives.com. Released 7/20/17.

Three Evenings with Fred AstaireThree Evenings With Fred Astaire
(Sepia Records - new on 2 CDs)
From Fred Astaire TV specials: Emmy Award winning 1958 "An Evening with Fred Astaire"; 1959 "Another Evening with Fred Astaire"; and 1960 "Astaire Time." First time on CD. Also, eight bonus tracks, some unissued or alternate takes, from other periods in Astaire's career, including an alternate second take of "I've Got You on My Mind" from Cole Porter's Gay Divorce (1932); two unusual versions of Jerome Kern's songs from the Astaire-Rogers film, Swing Time, "A Fine Romance," with a little-known verse, and "The Waltz in Swing Time" with Astaire tapping; a track from the Gershwin memorial concert at the Hollywood Bowl in September 1937, "They Can't Take That Away from Me." Complete track list at SepiaRecords.com. Released 7/7/17.

Disney Legacy Robin HoodWalt Disney Records The Legacy Collection: Robin Hood
(Disney - new on 2 CDs/mp3/at iTunes)
From the 1973 animated musical film. Music by George Bruns with songs by Roger Miller, Johnny Mercer, and Floyd Huddleston. 41 tracks and over an hour and a half of content. Disc 1 includes the original songs and score from the film. Disc 2 includes bonus material, including previously unreleased demos and bonus tracks.

Wendy WassersteinWendy Wasserstein (Michigan Modern Dramatists)
(Univ of Michigan Press - Paperback Book)
By Jill Dolan. 208 pages.

ZipperzZipperz world premiere recording
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Score by Nathaniel Stookey and Dan Harder. Manoel Felciano and Robin Coomer. Magik Orchestra conducted by Donato Cabrera. "Well, Isn't He Polite?," "But, Wait, That Was a Glance...," "Well, That Wasn't so Hard!," "But I Don't Call," "Well, Fella, Two Can Play at That Game," "Hello, It's... Yes?," "Any First Date Is a Strange Thing," "Like the Two Sides of an Emotional Equation," "Suddenly," "Oh, God, This Wasn't Supposed to Happen," "We Kiss," "Duet for Two Cigarettes," "But Now, What Do We Do?," "Excuse Me, Dear," "Love Is Blind," "I've Thought and Thought," "If."


Week of July 25, 2017

The BackstagersThe Backstagers Vol. 1
(BOOM! Box - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By James Tynion. Illustrated by Rian Sygh. "When Jory transfers to an all-boys private high school, he’s taken in by the only ones who don’t treat him like a new kid, the lowly stage crew known as the Backstagers." 112 pages.

Bubble BoyBubble Boy
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording of Cinco Paul score. "Bubble Boy," "It Will Be Chloe," "Stay Clean," "Falling for the Boy," "Decontaminate Me," "Prom Night," "It Will Be Mark," "Prom Night (Reprise)," "Falling for the Boy (Reprise)," "Please Stay," "Out of Here," "Bright and Shiny," "Bring Back My Boy," "Regret," "Something Called Forever," "Gotta Get That Boy," "It's an Elk," "There's a Bubble Around My Heart," "I Stole a Bus," "You Can See the Moon Today," "One More Mile," "I'd Rather Spend One Minute Holding You," "Finale."

FatherlandFatherland
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Digital Book)
Play by Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Bluebird. Frantic Assembly production at The Royal Exchange began on July 1. (Recording of the accompanying music released recently.) 64 pages.

God Bless You, Mr. RosewaterGod Bless You, Mr. Rosewater Encores! cast
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Alan Menken and Howard Ashman score. Cast includes Skylar Astin, Santino Fontana, James Earl Jones, Rebecca Naomi Jones and Kate Wetherhead, Derrick Baskin, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Nick Choksi, Eddie Cooper, Kevin Del Aguila, Clark Johnson, Kevin Ligon, Marla Louissaint, Liz McCartney, Bonnie Milligan and Brynn O'Malley. "Overture," "The Rosewater Foundation," "The Rosewater Foundation (Reprise)," "Dear Ophelia," "Thank God for the Volunteer Fire Brigade," "Mushari's Waltz (Magical Moment)," "Thirty Miles From the Banks of the Ohio/Look Who's Here," "Cheese Nips," "The Rosewater Foundation (Reprise II)," "Since You Came to This Town," "A Poem by William Blake," "The Rhode Island Tango," "Eliot/Sylvia," "Plain Clean Average Americans," "A Firestorm Consuming Indianapolis," "Dear Ophelia (Reprise)," "I, Eliot Rosewater." Also at Ghostlight Records.

Harry PotterHarry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production
(Arthur A. Levine Books - Paperback Book/Digital Book)

A new play by Jack Thorne based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, on Broadway beginning April 22, 2108. This is a revised version which updates the "Special Rehearsal Edition", with the conclusive and final dialogue from the play, which has subtly changed since its rehearsals, as well as a conversation piece between director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne, who share stories and insights about reading playscripts. This edition also includes useful background information including the Potter family tree and a timeline of events from the wizarding world prior to the beginning of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. 336 pages.

Jessica Molaskey Portraits of JoniJessica Molaskey: Portraits of Joni
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Launch of "Ghostlight Deluxe" imprint. Mixes elements of jazz, pop, folk and Americana into a uniquely powerful and poignant celebration of the iconic songwriter, Joni Mitchell. Album guest stars include Larry Goldings, Randy Brecker, Harry Allen and John Pizzarelli. "Help Me," "Dreamland / Carey," "A Case of You," "The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines," "Marcie," "In France They Kiss On Main Street," "The Last Time I Saw Richard," "Raised on Robbery," "Little Green," "The Circle Game / Waters of March," "All I Want / Blue," "Chelsea Morning," "Both Sides Now," "Big Yellow Taxi." Customers who pre-order the album via Apple Music will immediately receive the single "Help Me." Also at Ghostlight Records.


Week of July 18, 2017

2018 On Broadway Calendar2018 On Broadway Wall Calendar
(Time Factory - Wall Calendar)
Twelve full-color Playbills plus a description of each, with a 4-month bonus spread featuring January 2019 - April 2019. 12" x 12" wall calendar. Rent, A Chorus Line, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Sunday in the Park with George, Lost in Yonkers, Hamilton, South Pacific, August: Osage County, The Heidi Chronicles, Fences, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Angels in America.

Anastasia Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Vocal selections for score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. 14 songs: "A Rumor in St. Petersburg," "In My Dreams," "Learn to Do It," "My St. Petersburg," "Once Upon a December," "Stay, I Pray for You," "We'll Go from There," "Still," "Journey to the Past," "Paris Holds the Key (To Your Heart)," "Crossing a Bridge," "Close the Door," "In a Crowd of Thousands," "Everything to Win." Released 5/1/17.

Holiday Inn OBCHoliday Inn OBC
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
New Irving Berlin musical. Bryce Pinkham, Lora Lee Gayer, Tony Award nominee Megan Lawrence, Danny Rutigliano, Megan Sikora, and Corbin Bleu. Executive produced by Universal Stage Productions. "Overture," "Steppin' Out with My Baby / I'll Capture Your Heart," "The Little Things in Life," "Blue Skies," "Marching Along with Time," "Heat Wave," "It's a Lovely Day Today," "Plenty to be Thankful For," "Nothing More to Say," "Shaking the Blues Away," "White Christmas," "Holiday Inn / Happy Holiday," "Let's Start the New Year Right," "You're Easy to Dance With," "Let's Take an Old-Fashioned Walk," "Be Careful, It's My Heart," "Easter Parade," "Song of Freedom," "Let's Say It with Firecrackers," "Finale Ultimo (Steppin' Out with My Baby / I'll Capture Your Heart / Cheek to Cheek)," Bonus Track: "Entr'acte." Also at Ghostlight Records. Digital version released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes

In TransitIn Transit OBC
(Hollywood Records - new on CD)
New Broadway a capella musical. Music by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth; lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth. Cast includes David Abeles, Moya Angela, Steven "HeaveN" Cantor, Justin Guarini, Telly Leung, Erin Mackey, Gerianne Pérez, Margo Seibert, Chesney Snow, James Snyder, Mariand Torres, Nicholas Ward. "Deep Beneath the City / Not There Yet," "Do What I Do," "Four Days Home," "Broke," "Saturday Night Obsession," "Wingman," "But, Ya Know," "Not There Yet (Reprise)," "Keep It Goin'," "A Little Friendly Advice," "Choosing Not to Know," "The Moving Song," "We Are Home," "Getting There," "Finale," "Preshow Message," "A Math Question," "We Are Home Exit Music." Digital version released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes.

Sondheim ReinventionStephen Sondheim and the Reinvention of the American Musical Audiobook
(Univ Press of Mississippi - Audio Book)
Audio book of 2016 book by Robert L. McLaughlin. David Stifel, Narrator. Places Sondheim's work in two contexts: the exhaustion of the musical play and the postmodernism that, by the 1960s, deeply influenced all the American arts. 10 hours and 38 minutes. Released 6/27/17.

Wizard of OzThe Wizard of Oz 2018 Wall Calendar
(Mead - Wall Calendar)
16-month 2018 wall calendar with bonus downloadable wallpaper.


Week of July 4 & 11, 2017

After AnatevkaAfter Anatevka: A Novel Inspired by "Fiddler on the Roof"
(Pegasus Books - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Alexandra Silber. Foreword by Sheldon Harnick. Historical novel that imagines what happens to the characters of Fiddler on the Roof (original stories by Sholem Aleichem) after the curtain falls. 256 pages.

Aunt Ester's ChildrenAunt Ester's Children Redeemed: Journeys to Freedom in August Wilson’s Ten Plays of Twentieth-Century Black America
(Cascade - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book/Digital Book)
By Riley Keene Temple. Demonstrates how August Wilson uses language—poetry, the blues—to bring each of his play's characters to a point of wholeness, redemption, and freedom, not from history, but ennobled and strengthened by it. Wilson employs fundamental theological doctrines to exhort Aunt Ester's children to remember by whom and how they were freed and made whole. 150 pages. Released February 2017.

Ludlam LivesCharles Ludlam Lives!: Charles Busch, Bradford Louryk, Taylor Mac, and the Queer Legacy of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company (Triangulations: Lesbian/Gay/Queer Theater/Drama/Performance)
(Univ of Michigan Press - Paperback Book)
By Sean Edgecomb. 246 pages.

Damn Yankees ScoreDamn Yankees: Vocal Score
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Ross & Adler's 1955 Broadway score. 148 pages.

Sunny Afternoon Fourth WallDavies and Penhall's Sunny Afternoon (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By John Fleming. About the 2014 U.K. musical with music and lyrics by Ray Davies, book by Joe Penhall. Examines the blend of events and songs selected, reconsidering the relationship between biography and drama to shed new light on the Kinks and the musical that tells their story.

DisneyThe Disney Musical on Stage and Screen: Critical Approaches from 'Snow White' to 'Frozen'
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
George Rodosthenous, editor. 13 articles open up a new territory in the critical discussion of the Disney mega-musical, its gender, sexual and racial politics, outreach work and impact of stage, film and television adaptations. Covering early 20th century works such as the first full-length feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), to The Lion King, Broadway's highest grossing production in history, and Frozen (2013), this edited collection offers a diverse range of theoretical engagements that will appeal to readers of film and media studies, musical theatre, cultural studies, and theatre and performance. Three sections: Disney Musicals: On Film; Disney Adaptations: On Stage and Beyond; Disney Musicals: Gender and Race. 272 pages.

FatherlandFatherland (Original Music from the Stage Show)
(Caroline International - new import CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Score by Matthew Herbert and Karl Hyde (Underworld). Music written for the British play, to debut at the Manchester International Festival on July 1st. 12 tracks. Also at Amazon UK.

Hamilton InstrumentalThe Hamilton Instrumentals
(Atlantic Records - digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Instrumental companion to the OBC recording. "Alexander Hamilton," "Aaron Burr, Sir," "The Story of Tonight," "The Schuyler Sisters," "Farmer Refuted," "You'll Be Back," "Right Hand Man," "A Winter's Ball," "Helpless," "Satisfied," "The Story of Tonight" (Reprise), "Wait For It," "Stay Alive," "Ten Duel Commandments," "Meet Me Inside," "That Would Be Enough," "Guns and Ships," "History Has Its Eyes On You," "Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)", "What Comes Next?," "Dear Theodosia," "Non-Stop," "What'd I Miss," "Cabinet Battle #1," "Take a Break," "Say No To This," "The Room Where It Happens," "Schuyler Defeated," "Cabinet Battle #2," "Washington on Your Side," "One Last Time," "I Know Him," "The Adams Administration," "We Know," "Hurricane," "The Reynolds Pamphlet," "Burn," "Blow Us All Away," "Stay Alive" (Reprise), "It's Quiet Uptown," "The Election of 1800," "Your Obedient Servant," "Best of Wives and Best of Women," "The World Was Wide Enough," "Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story." Released June 30.

Hand to GodHand to God: A Play
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by Rober Askin. Produced in 2014 at Lucille Lortel Theatre, in 2015 on Broadway. 96 pages. Dramatist's version published March 2016.

The Lightning ThiefThe Lightning Thief
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3)
Original cast recording. Written by Joe Tracz and Rob Rokicki. Off-Broadway cast (currently at the Lucille Lortel Theatre) Chris McCarrell, Carrie Compere, Sarah Beth Pfeifer, Jonathan Raviv, James Hayden Rodriguez, George Salazar, and Kristin Stokes. Produced by Michael Croiter and Rob Rokicki. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Lost West End VintageLost West End Vintage: London's Forgotten Musicals
(Stage Door Records - new on 2 CDs)
Celebrates London's forgotten musicals of the 1940s, '50s and '60s (from 1948 to 1962), compiling songs from 35 West End productions. Over 50 tracks (including over 20 tracks appearing on CD for the first time) from London cast recordings to pop covers, live recordings and other musical rarities. From these musicals: Carissima (1948), Cage Me A Peacock (1948), Ace Of Clubs (1950), Dear Miss Phoebe (1950), Blue For A Boy (1950), Gay's The Word (1951), Zip Goes A Million (1951), The Glorious Days (1953), Happy Holiday (1954), Twenty Minutes South (1955), Romance In Candlelight (1955), Listen To The Wind (1955), Wild Grows The Heather (1956), Aladdin - The Wonderful Lamp (1956), Grab Me A Gondola (1956), Harmony Close (1957), Lady At The Wheel (1958), Expresso Bongo (1958), Mister Venus (1958), Chrysanthemum (1958), Valmouth (1959), Lock Up Your Daughters (1959), The Crooked Mile (1959), Kookaburra (1959), Make Me An Offer (1959), When In Rome (1959), Follow That Girl (1960), Johnny The Priest (1960), The Golden Touch (1960), Call It Love (1960), Belle, Or The Ballad Of Dr, Crippen (1961), Stop The World I Want To Get Off (1961), Wildest Dreams (1961), Scapa! (1962), Vanity Fair (1962). Follows earlier releases Lost West End (2015) and Lost West End 2 (2016). Includes informative 16-page booklet. Also available directly from the U.K. at StageDoorRecords.com.

War PaintWar Paint OBC
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
OBC recording of Scott Frankel (music) and Michael Korie (lyrics) score. Cast features Patti Lupone, Christine Ebersole, Douglas Sills, John Dossett. "Best Face Forward," "Behind the Red Door," "Back on Top," "My Secret Weapon," "My American Moment," "Step on Out," "If I'd Been a Man," "Better Yourself," "Oh, That's Rich," "Face to Face," "Inside of the Jar," "Necessity is the Mother of Invention," "Best Face Forward (Reprise)," "Now You Know," "No Thank You," "Fire and Ice," "Dinosaurs," "Pink," "Forever Beautiful," "Beauty in the World," "Finale." Recorded April 16 and April 17. Also at Ghostlight Records. Digital version released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes


Week of June 27, 2017

2017 Tony Awards2017 Tony Awards
(Amazon Streaming Video)
Available in 12 individual episodes: Opening Number, Come From Away, Miss Saigon, Falsettos, Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day, Hello, Dolly!, War Paint, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812, Bandstand, In Memoriam, Closing Number. Released 6/10/17 (says Amazon).

BandstandBandstand OBC
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Score by Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor. Cast includes Laura Osnes, Corey Cott, Beth Leavel. Produced by Michael Croiter. "Just Like It Was Before," "Donny Novitski," "I Know a Guy," "Ain't We Proud," "Proud Riff," "Who I Was," "Counterpoint/Pie Jesu," "Just Like It Was Before (Reprise)," "First Steps First," "Breathe," "You Deserve It," "Dwight Anson & Jean Ann," "Love Will Come and Find Me Again," "Right This Way," "Nobody," "The Boys Are Back," "I Got a Theory," "Everything Happens," "Welcome Home," "A Band in New York City," "This Is Life," "This Is Life (Reprise)," "Welcome Home (Finale)," "Epilogue." Also at BroadwayRecords.com and on mp3.

Just One QJust One "Q"
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes
Original cast recording of score written by Ted Shen (music) and Ellen Fitzhugh (lyrics). Performed by T. Oliver Reid. Produced in New York in 2016. Released 5/29/17.

Rabbit & RogueRabbit & Rogue Limited Deluxe Edition
(Sony Classical - new on CD + DVD)
Danny Elfman's first ballet score (for Twyla Tharp's choreography for the American Ballet Theater). Limited Deluxe Edition offers a variety of insights into the production of the ballet score, including a bonus DVD with an exclusive interview with Danny Elfman. Standard edition released on CD/mp3/at iTunes June 7, 2017.

Alligator PieSoulpepper Alligator Pie
(digital album on mp3/at iTunes
Soulpepper Theatre Company musical adaptation of the children's poems of Dennis Lee. Appearing at Pershing Square Signature Center in July. Released in 2016.

Melting PotSoulpepper's Manhattan Concert Cycle, Vol. 1: Downtown "The Melting Pot"
(digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Soulpepper Theatre Company musical love letter from Toronto's artists to the city of New York. Appearing at Pershing Square Signature Center in July. Released in 2016.

Spoon RiverSoulpepper Spoon River
(digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Soulpepper Theatre Company musical adaptation of adaptation of Spoon River, Edgar Lee Masters' poems. Appearing at Pershing Square Signature Center in July. Released in 2016.

Waving Through a Window by Owl City"Waving Through a Window"
(Atlantic Records - digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Owl City cover of song from Dear Evan Hansen. Released 6/23/17.

Wind in the Willows OLCThe Wind in the Willows OLC
(Sony Masterworks - new CD-R)
George Stiles and Anthony Drewe score. The musical beings previews June 16 at the London Palladium. Mid-June 2017 release expected. Rufus Hound, Simon Lipkin, Craig Mather, Neil McDermott, Denise Welch, Gary Wilmot as Badger. Produced by Stiles and Drewe and co-produced by Simon Lee. "Spring," "Messing About in a Boat," "Speed is of the Essence," "One Swallow Does Not a Summer Make," "The Open Road," "The Hedgehog's Nightmare," "The Amazing Mr Toad," "The Wild Wooders," "Autumn," "A Friend is Still a Friend," "Toad's Escape," "As if in a Dream," "We're Taking Over the Hall," "To Be a Woman," "A Place to Come Back To," "The Wassailing Mice," "The Greatest Great Escape," "Hush!," "The Fight," "Finale." CD available directly from the UK at Amazon UK.


Week of June 20, 2017

BandstandBandstand OBC digital
(Broadway Records - new digital album on mp3/)
Score by Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor. Cast includes Laura Osnes, Corey Cott, Beth Leavel. Produced by Michael Croiter. "Just Like It Was Before," "Donny Novitski," "I Know a Guy," "Ain't We Proud," "Proud Riff," "Who I Was," "Counterpoint/Pie Jesu," "Just Like It Was Before (Reprise)," "First Steps First," "Breathe," "You Deserve It," "Dwight Anson & Jean Ann," "Love Will Come and Find Me Again," "Right This Way," "Nobody," "The Boys Are Back," "I Got a Theory," "Everything Happens," "Welcome Home," "A Band in New York City," "This Is Life," "This Is Life (Reprise)," "Welcome Home (Finale)," "Epilogue." Digital, in-theatre and BroadwayRecords.com date. At Amazon and elsewhere June 30.

Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryCharlie and the Chocolate Factory OBC
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD)
Original Broadway cast recording of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman / Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley score. Cast includes Christian Borle; three Charlie alternates Jake Ryan Flynn, Ryan Foust, Ryan Sell; Kathy Fitzgerald; Ben Crawford; Trista Dollison; Kathy Fitzgerald; Alan H. Green; F. Michael Haynie; Jackie Hoffman; Emily Padgett; Emma Pfaeffle; John Rubinstein; Michael Wartella; Jared Bradshaw; Kristy Cates; Madeleine Doherty; Stephanie Gibson; Kyle Taylor Parker; Paul Slade Smith. "Overture," "The Candy Man," "Willy Wonka! Willy Wonka!," "Charlie, You & I," "A Letter From Charlie Bucket," "More Of Him To Love," "When Veruca Says," "The Queen Of Pop," "What Could Possibly Go Wrong?," "If Your Father Were Here," "I've Got A Golden Ticket / Grandpa Joe," "It Must Be Believed To Be Seen," "Strike That, Reverse It," "Pure Imagination / Grandpa Joe (Reprise)," "The Oompa Loompa Song / Auf Wiedersehen Augustus Gloop," "When Willy Met Oompa," "Veruca's Nutcracker Sweet," "Vidiots," "The View From Here." Releaed on mp3 and at iTunes May 30.

Tim Pigott-SmithDo You Know Who I Am?: A Memoir
(Bloomsbury Continuum - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Tim Pigott-Smith (Charles III) writes about theatrical, acting, and production technique, giving unique insight into the actor's trade. Also, perceptive critical appreciation of other acting geniuses he has worked with—Peggy Ashcroft, Ian McKellen, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, and countless others. Accompanied by black and white photographs. 352 pages.

Owen-JonesJohn Owen-Jones: Collection of Musical Favourites
(new import CD/at iTunes)
West End musical theater performer. "This is the Moment," "The Music of the Night," "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again," "Till I Hear You Sing," "Anthem," "Maria," "Pretty Lady" (with Bryn Terfel, Michael Ball), "Kiss of the Spiderwoman," "For Good" (with Ruthie Henshall), "I'd Rather Be Sailing," "Why, God, Why?," "Bui Doi," "Tell My Father," "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," "Suddenly," "Bring Him Home."

Hamilton and PhilosophyHamilton and Philosophy
(Open Court - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Aaron Rabinowitz and Robert Arp, editors. "professional thinkers expose, examine, and ponder the deep and controversial implications of this runaway hit Broadway musical." 288 pages. Paperback appears to be shipping ahead of its July 1 release date.

Man in the MoonMan in the Moon OBC
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
Sheldon Harnick and composer Jerry Bock score for this 1963 Broadway musical. Golden Records recording featuring Bil and Cora Baird, Franz Fazakas, Frank Sullivan, Gerald Freedman and singers Margery Gray, Rose Marie Jun and Eric Carlson, with dialogue scenes interspersed with the original songs. CD debut also features unreleased original demos for the show performed by Bock & Harnick. "Overture: "Jerry Goes to the Moon - Part I," "Look Where I Am," "Jerry Goes to the Moon - Part II," "Itch to Be Rich," "Jerry Goes to the Moon Part III," "Worlds Apart," "Jerry Meets the Man in the Moon - Part I," "You Treacherous Men," "Jerry Meets the Man in the Moon Part II," "Ain't You Never Been Afraid," "Jerry Meets the Man in the Moon Part III," "Worlds Apart (Reprise)" Demo Recordings: "Look Where I Am," "Itch to Be Rich," "Worlds Apart," "You Treacherous Men," "Ain't You Never Been Afraid." Part of Stage Door Records' Collector's Series limited editions. Packaging in retro style of a miniature long-playing record and limited to 500 units. Also at StageDoorRecords.com.

Metropolitan Opera 2018 CalendarThe Metropolitan Opera 2018 Wall Calendar
(Universe Publishing - Wall Calendar)
Features full-color photographs from recent performances, including L'Elisir d'Amore, Il Trovatore, Turandot, Lucia di Lammermoor, and La Bohème.


Week of June 13, 2017

MatchUpMatchUp
(Simon & Schuster - Audiobook)
Eleven of the world’s best female thriller writers are paired with eleven of the world’s best male thriller writers, edited by Lee Child. Audiobook read by Laura Benanti. Readers: Jay O. Sanders, Linda Emond, Dennis Boutsikaris, Gerard Doyle, January LaVoy, Laura Benanti, Robert Petkoff, CJ Wilson, Karen Ziemba.

SweatSweat
(TCG - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Lynn Nottage. Produced in 2016 at Public Theater. 96 pages.


Week of June 6, 2017

Tony Awards 20172017 Tony Award Season album
(Tony Award Productions & Broadway Records - new on CD at Amazon)
"Deep Beneath the City/Not There Yet" (In Transit), "Times Are Hard For Dreamers" (Amélie), "The Baseball Game" (Falsettos), "With One Look" (Sunset Boulevard), "In a World Like This" (A Bronx Tale), "Sincerely, Me" (Dear Evan Hansen), "Shaking the Blues Away" (Holiday Inn), "It Must Be Believed to Be Seen" (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), "Letters" (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812), "The Last Night of the World" (Miss Saigon), "Me and the Sky" (Come From Away), "Nobody" (Bandstand), "Journey to the Past" (Anastasia), "Memory" (Cats), "Seeing You" (Groundhog Day). Cover art by Justin "Squigs" Robertson. The first 1,000 people to order the album at BroadwayRecords.com or at www.TonyAwardsStore.com will receive a free limited-edition "Lights of Broadway" Tony Nominees 2017 showcard with their purchase. A portion of the proceeds from the album will go to the American Theatre Wing and Broadway League's arts educations initiatives. Packaging to include an essay by noted musical theatre historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper as well as details about each show. In addition to Amazon, also at BroadwayRecords.com.

AmelieAmélie, A New Musical OBC
(Rhino Warner Classics - new on CD)
Broadway cast recording of Daniel Messé (music and lyrics) / Nathan Tysen (lyrics) score. Phillipa Soo, Adam Chanler-Berat, David Andino, Randy Blair, Heath Calvert, Alison Cimmet, Savvy Crawford, Manoel Felciano, Harriett D. Foy, Alyse Alan Louis, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Paul Whitty and Tony Sheldon. "Prologue," "World's Best Dad," "World's Best Friend," "World's Best Mom," "Times Are Hard for Dreamers," "The Commute," "The Bottle Drops," "Three Figs," "The Girls with the Glass," "How To Tell Time," "Tour De France," "Goodbye Amelie," "Backyard," "Stations," "Sister's Pickle," "Halfway," "Window Seat," "There´s No Place Like Gnome," "Real You," "Writing on the Wall," "Blue Arrow Suite," "The Late Nino Quincampoix," "A Better Haircut," "Stay," "Halfway" (reprise), "Where Do We Go From Here," "Times are Hard for Dreamers" (Pop Version)." Released new on mp3 and at iTunes 5/19/17.

AnastasiaAnastasia OBC
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3)
Cast recording of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens score. Cast includes Christy Altomare, John Bolton, Ramin Karimloo, Derek Klena, Caroline O'Connor, Mary Beth Peil, Lauren Blackman, Kyle Brown. "Prologue: Once Upon a December," "A Rumor in St Petersburg," "In My Dreams," "Learn to Do It," "The Neva Flows," "My Petersburg," "Once Upon a December," "Stay, I Pray You," "We'll Go from There," "Still," "Journey to the Past," "Paris Holds the Key (To Your Heart)," "Crossing a Bridge," "Close the Door," "Land of Yesterday," "The Countess and the Common Man," "In a Crowd of Thousands," "Meant to Be," "Quartet at the Ballet," "Everything to Win," "Once Upon a December (Reprise)," "The Press Conference," "Everything to Win (Reprise)," "Still/The Neva Flows (Reprise)," "Finale." In addition to Amazon, also at BroadwayRecords.com.

ArlingtonArlington [a love story] TCG Edition
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Enda Walsh. Currently playing at St. Ann's Warehouse. 88 pages.

Audra McDonaldAudra McDonald: "Beyond the Moon" (from the musical movie Hello Again)
(Broadway Records - digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Single track from the upcoming film. Music by Michael John LaChiusa; lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa & Cory Krueckeberg. Produced and arranged by Enrico De Trizio, Brad Simmons and Cory Krueckeberg. Vocal producing by Brad Simmons, Jay Rothman, Cory Krueckeberg, Enrico De Trizio. Orchestrated by Enrico De Trizio. 4:35. Released 6/2/17.

Building the WallBuilding the Wall: The Play and Commentary
(Arcade Publishing - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle, All the Way), and afterword commentary by Douglas S. Massey, Julian E. Zelizer, Timothy Patrick McCarthy. The play is currently playing at New World Stages. 128 pages. Released April 2017.

Berlin RediscoveredChip Deffaa's Irving Berlin Rediscovered: Rare Songs of Love and Longing
(Garret Mountain Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Rick Crom, Stephen Bogardus, Ray DeMattis, Natalie Douglas, Jon Peterson, and 25 more. "Goodbye Girlie and Remember Me," "Someone Else May Be There While I'm Gone," "There's a Girl in Havana," "How Can I Forget (When There's so Much to Remember)?," "Kiss Me, My Honey, Kiss Me," "Do It Again," "My Sweetie," "If I Thought You Wouldn't Tell," "Goody, Goody, Goody, Goody, Good," "Mandy," "Tell Me, Little Gypsy," "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody," "The Broadway Chicken Walk," "If All the Girls I Knew Were Like You," "Sadie Salome (Go Home)," "How Do You Do It, Mabel, On Twenty Dollars a Week," "In My HaremI Love to Quarrel with You," "Christmas-Time Seems Years and Years Away," "Wishing," "Furnishing a Home for Two," "After the Honeymoon," "After You Get What You Want You Don't Want It," "When I Lost You," "Simple Melody / Musical Demon," "Oh, That Beautiful Rag," "Stop That Rag," "When the Curtain Falls," "Bring on the Pepper." Richard Danley musical director/pianist. Released 3/1/17.

Dear Evan Hansen Vocal SelectionsDear Evan Hansen Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Vocal line and piano accompaniment for 13 songs from Benj Pasek and Justin Paul score. "Anybody Have a Map?," "Disappear," "For Forever," "Good for You," "If I Could Tell Her," "Only Us," "Requiem," "Sincerely, Me," "So Big/So Small," "To Break in a Glove," "Waving Through a Window," "Words Fail," "You Will Be Found." 112 pages.

Koi by Sheldon HarnickKoi: A Modern Folk Tale
(Beaufort Books - Hardcover Book)
By Sheldon Harnick, with photography by Margery Gray Harnick. Harnick was inspired by the extraordinary beauty of the fish and Margie's photographs to create his own legend. (Appears to be shipping early.)


Week of May 30, 2017

Bard on the BeachAll the World's a Stage: The Story of Bard on the Beach
(Heritage House Pub - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Jayne Seagrave. A celebration of the twenty-eight-year history of Western Canada's most illustrious Shakespeare festival. Unfolds in five acts highlighting the people, history, growth, and future of this unique theatre company and features dozens of full-colour photographs of sumptuous sets, elaborate costumes, tireless volunteers, actors in mid-soliloquy, and more. 288 pages.

BlondelBlondel
(Stage Door Records - new on 2 CDs)
1983 OLC recording of score by Stephen Oliver and Tim Rice. Out of print for 20 years. Produced by Tim Rice and Stephen Oliver. Paul Nicholas, Sharon Lee Hill, , Stephan Tate, David Burt, Chris Langham, and Cantabile. Includes bonus tracks "Running Back For More" (Single Version), Sharon Lee Hill; "The Least of My Troubles," Colm Wilkinson; "Running Back for More," Murray Head.

Book of BroadwayThe Book of Broadway: The Definitive Plays and Musicals
(Voyageur Press - Hardcover Book)
Update of Eric Grode's 2015 book. 150 profiles of the best, most influential, and most important Broadway musicals and plays ever produced ... everything from the The Black Crook to Hamilton. New edition with numerous updates and corrections. 328 pages.

Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryCharlie and the Chocolate Factory OBC digital
(Masterworks Broadway - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original Broadway cast recording of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman / Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley score. Cast includes Christian Borle; three Charlie alternates Jake Ryan Flynn, Ryan Foust, Ryan Sell; Kathy Fitzgerald; Ben Crawford; Trista Dollison; Kathy Fitzgerald; Alan H. Green; F. Michael Haynie; Jackie Hoffman; Emily Padgett; Emma Pfaeffle; John Rubinstein; Michael Wartella; Jared Bradshaw; Kristy Cates; Madeleine Doherty; Stephanie Gibson; Kyle Taylor Parker; Paul Slade Smith. "Overture," "The Candy Man," "Willy Wonka! Willy Wonka!," "Charlie, You & I," "A Letter From Charlie Bucket," "More Of Him To Love," "When Veruca Says," "The Queen Of Pop," "What Could Possibly Go Wrong?," "If Your Father Were Here," "I've Got A Golden Ticket / Grandpa Joe," "It Must Be Believed To Be Seen," "Strike That, Reverse It," "Pure Imagination / Grandpa Joe (Reprise)," "The Oompa Loompa Song / Auf Wiedersehen Augustus Gloop," "When Willy Met Oompa," "Veruca's Nutcracker Sweet," "Vidiots," "The View From Here." CD format to be released June 23.

Doris DayDay Time on the Radio - Lost Radio Duets from the Doris Day Show (1952-1953)
(Real Gone Music - new on CD)
First authorized release of Doris Day's long-lost radio performances. Day Time on the Radio brings to light 32 rarities including 27 duets and five solo performances. Includes duets with Gordon MacRae (four), Kirk Douglas, George Murphy, Ronald Reagan, and Broderick Crawford, plus Tony Martin, Howard Keel, Smilin' Jack Smith, and Frank Loesser. Hidden bonus tracks: Day's renditions of the opening "It's Magic" and closing "Love to Be with You" radio themes sans announcer. Booklet includes detailed notes by Joe Marchese and rare photos. Amazon listing includes track list.

Dear Evan HansenDear Evan Hansen Libretto
(Theatre Communications Group - new Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
The musical by Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. 144 pages.

Galavant CompleteGalavant: The Complete Collection
(Universal Music/Hollywood Records - new on 2 CD-Rs/mp3)
From the TV musical series. Music by Alan Mencken, lyrics by Glenn Slater. Includes the three volumes of soundtrack music from the TV series (including the recently issued Galavant: The Unreleased Collection), previously available as downloads (the first volume was also available as a CD-R). Cast of the TV show include Joshua Sasse, Timothy Omundson, Vinnie Jones, Mallory Jansen, Karen David, Luke Youngblood. Featured singers on the album include Hugh Bonneville, Weird Al Yankovic, Ricky Gervais, Kylie Minogue, Matt Lucas, Robert Lindsay, Sheridan Smith, Reece Shearsmith, Eddie Marsan, Alfie Simmons. 33 tracks. Track listing available at Amazon.

Holiday Inn OBCHoliday Inn OBC digital
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
New Irving Berlin musical. Bryce Pinkham, Lora Lee Gayer, Tony Award nominee Megan Lawrence, Danny Rutigliano, Megan Sikora, and Corbin Bleu. Executive produced by Universal Stage Productions. "Overture," "Steppin' Out with My Baby / I'll Capture Your Heart," "The Little Things in Life," "Blue Skies," "Marching Along with Time," "Heat Wave," "It's a Lovely Day Today," "Plenty to be Thankful For," "Nothing More to Say," "Shaking the Blues Away," "White Christmas," "Holiday Inn / Happy Holiday," "Let's Start the New Year Right," "You're Easy to Dance With," "Let's Take an Old-Fashioned Walk," "Be Careful, It's My Heart," "Easter Parade," "Song of Freedom," "Let's Say It with Firecrackers," "Finale Ultimo (Steppin' Out with My Baby / I'll Capture Your Heart / Cheek to Cheek)," Bonus Track: "Entr'acte."

Kiss Me, KateKiss Me, Kate Blu-ray
(Shout! Factory - new on Blu-ray)
London revival of Cole Porter musical, book by Bella Spewack and Samuel Spewack. Filmed in front of a live audience in 2002. Directed by Chris Hunt. Brent Barrett, Michael Berresse, Nancy Anderson, Nicolas Colicos, and Rachel York. 177 minutes.


Week of May 23, 2017

NewsiesDisney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical
(Disney - streaming video and HD for purchase at Amazon/at iTunes)
Musical as presented in movie theaters in February 2016. Score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman. Cast includes Jeremy Jordan, Kara Lindsay, Ben Fankhauser, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Steve Blanchard, Aisha de Haas. Includes bonus video: Return to Rehearsals; Return to the Stage; Filming Begins; Lights. Camera. Action.; Live Capture Film Day! 135 minutes.

Madame RubinsteinMadame Rubinstein
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition (July 5))
Play by John Misto. Comedy about Helena Rubinstein. Currently playing the Park Theatre, London. 104 pages.

Sugar, Butter, Flour: The Waitress Pie BookSugar, Butter, Flour: The Waitress Pie Book
(Pam Krauss/Avery - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Jenna Hunterson. The official tie-in to Broadway’s hit musical Waitress, featuring the recipes for 3 dozen of the show’s most evocative and delicious pies. 160 pages.

Redheads from SpaceThose Redheads From Seattle
(Kino Lorber - new 3D Blu-ray/DVD)
Newly restored 1953 3D musical film. Rhonda Fleming, Gene Barry, Agnes Moorehead, Teresa Brewer, Guy Mitchell, The Bell Sisters. Directed by Lewis R. Foster and released by Paramount Pictures. Special features audio commentary by film historians Hillary Hess, Greg Kintz, Jack Theakston and Bob Furmanek; 2006 interview with Rhonda Fleming; before/after restoration demo; original theatrical trailer.

War PaintWar Paint OBC digital
(Ghostlight Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
OBC recording of Scott Frankel (music) and Michael Korie (lyrics) score. Cast features Patti Lupone, Christine Ebersole, Douglas Sills, John Dossett. "Best Face Forward," "Behind the Red Door," "Back on Top," "My Secret Weapon," "My American Moment," "Step on Out," "If I'd Been a Man," "Better Yourself," "Oh, That's Rich," "Face to Face," "Inside of the Jar," "Necessity is the Mother of Invention," "Best Face Forward (Reprise)," "Now You Know," "No Thank You," "Fire and Ice," "Dinosaurs," "Pink," "Forever Beautiful," "Beauty in the World," "Finale." Recorded April 16 and April 17. CD to be released July 14.


Week of May 16, 2017

AmelieAmélie, A New Musical OBC digital
(Rhino Warner Classics - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Broadway cast recording of Daniel Messé (music and lyrics) / Nathan Tysen (lyrics) score. Phillipa Soo, Adam Chanler-Berat, David Andino, Randy Blair, Heath Calvert, Alison Cimmet, Savvy Crawford, Manoel Felciano, Harriett D. Foy, Alyse Alan Louis, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Paul Whitty and Tony Sheldon. "Prologue," "World's Best Dad," "World's Best Friend," "World's Best Mom," "Times Are Hard for Dreamers," "The Commute," "The Bottle Drops," "Three Figs," "The Girls with the Glass," "How To Tell Time," "Tour De France," "Goodbye Amelie," "Backyard," "Stations," "Sister's Pickle," "Halfway," "Window Seat," "There´s No Place Like Gnome," "Real You," "Writing on the Wall," "Blue Arrow Suite," "The Late Nino Quincampoix," "A Better Haircut," "Stay," "Halfway" (reprise), "Where Do We Go From Here," "Times are Hard for Dreamers" (Pop Version)." CD to be released June 9.

Gay CardGay Card
(new digital album on mp3/at iTunes/)
Original studio cast recording of Ryan Korell and Jonathan Keebler score. Sean Doherty, Melissa Mitchell, and Derek Klena (Anastasia), with Alyssa LeClair, Wilson Bridges, Brad Greer, Max Sangerman, Madelin Fansler, Josh Greenblatt, and Kimberly Chatterjee. "Prologue," "Starting Now," "What it Feels Like to Belong," "Follow Me," "Fake ID / Look at Me," "All Figured Out," "Better," "Step Back," "Perfect Day," "Everybody Else," "One of Us," "A Break," "Fake ID (Reprise)," "Extraneous," "Follow Me (Reprise)," "Afraid," "The Kind of Guy I Am," "Playing Pretend," "What it Feels Like to Belong (Reprise)," "As I Go." Released 5/10/17.

Little Black BookThe Little Black Book of Backstage Etiquette
(Act 2 Now What - Paperback Book)
By actress/singer Brenda Braxton. 94 pages. Released 12/10/16.

The Loved OneThe Loved One
(Warner Archive - new blu-ray)
2017 1080p HD remaster. "the motion picture with something to offend everyone!" 1965 comedy based on a novel by Evelyn Waugh, with a screenplay by Christopher Isherwood and Terry Southern. Directed by Tony Richardson. Robert Morse, Anjanette Comer, John Gielgud, Jonathan Winters, Rod Steiger, Dana Andrews, James Coburn, Milton Berle, Tab Hunter, Roddy McDowall, and Liberace. Special Features: Featurette Trying to Offend (SD); theatrical trailer (HD). 16x9 Widescreen.

Great Comet 2017 Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 OBC
(Reprise - new on 2 CDs/mp3/at iTunes)
Score by Dave Malloy. Cast includes Josh Groban, Denée Benton, and Lucas Steele.Disc One: "Prologue," "Pierre," "Moscow," "The Private and Intimate Life of the House," "Natasha & Bolkonskys," "No One Else," "The Opera," "Natasha & Anatole," "The Duel," "Dust and Ashes," "Sunday Morning," "Charming," "The Ball." Disc Two: "Letters," "Sonya & Natasha," "Sonya Alone," "Preparations," "Balaga," "The Abduction," "In My House," "A Call to Pierre," "Find Anatole," "Pierre & Anatole," "Natasha Very Ill," "Pierre & Andrey," "Pierre & Natasha," "The Great Comet of 1812."

Resistable Rise of Arturo UiThe Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Bertolt Brecht's satirical masterpiece about the rise of a demagogue adapted by Pulitzer, Olivier and Tony award-winning American playwright Bruce Norris. Published for the world premiere at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in April 2017 starring Lenny Henry. 152 pages.

SpamiltonSpamilton Vinyl
(DRG/eOne -
new on vinyl)
Original cast recording. Dan Rosales, Nicholas Edwards, Juwan Crawley, Chris Anthony Giles, Nora Schell, along with special guest stars Christine Pedi and Glenn Bassett, and Music Director Fred Barton at the piano. Written by Gerard Alessandrini. "Lin-Manuel as Hamilton," "Aaron Burr, Sir," "My Shot" (The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Guys and Dolls, Singin in the Rain), "The Schuyler Sisters" (An American in Paris, The King and I, Avenue Q), "Lin-Manuel's Quest" (Man of La Mancha), "Beggar Woman #1" (Sweeney Todd), "A Winter's Ball," "You'll Be Back," "What'd I Miss?," "Ben Franklin, Sondheim, and Lin-Manuel" (Dear Mr. Gable, Into the Woods, Company), "The Rap-Off Contest" (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), "Yorktown," "Beggar Woman #2" (Sweeney Todd, Down with Love), "In the Heights," "Take a Break," "Say No to This," "The Book of Mormon," "Everybody's Got the Right," "Assassins," "Cool" (West Side Story), "Who Lives, Who Dies," "NYC" (Annie), "The Room Where It Happens," "The Story of Tonight." Musical arrangements by Richard Danley and Fred Barton. Produced by Hugh Fordin. The LP is an exclusive Barnes & Noble release. Released earlier on CD.

Up in the Cheap SeatsUp in the Cheap Seats
(Griffith Moon - new hardcover book)
Memoir by Ron Fassler. Features memories and insights from Jane Alexander, Sheldon Harnick, James Earl Jones, Stacy Keach, Nathan Lane, Hal Linden, John Lithgow, Bette Midler, Austin Pendleton, Harold Prince, Doris Roberts, Stephen Sondheim, and Mike Nichols among many others. 260 pages. 8 illustrations & photographs. [Amazon link recently added.] Also available at GriffithMoon.com and Drama Book Shop.


Week of May 9, 2017

Amanda McBroomAmanda McBroom: Voices
(LML Music/Gecko Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Amanda McBroom sings "South Bound Train," "Feet of Clay," "The Rose," "Old Love," "Yarnell Hill," "The Last Thing on My Mind," "Welcome Home," "Sometimes," "Voices That Come Through the Wall," "I'm Here for Life," "Hope Floats," "Make a Memory," "12th of Never." Released 5/5/17.

The PriceArthur Miller's The Price Soundtrack
(Watering Horse Music - digital album)
Score by Jesse Tabish for Roundabout's 2017 production of The Price. CD-R, sold at theaters and at BandCamp.com for pay-what-you-will, with 1/3 of all proceeds going to the International Rescue Committee, a resettlement for refugees in America. Musical direction by Terry Kinney and Rebecca Habel. Arrangements by Jesse Tabish and Jonathon Mooney. 15 tracks, includes some tracks written for the play but not used. Released 3/14/17.

A Bronx TaleA Bronx Tale OBC
(Ghostlight - new on CD)
Score by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. Nick Cordero, Richard H. Blake, Bobby Conte Thornton, Ariana DeBose, Lucia Giannetta, Bradley Gibson, Hudson Loverro. "Belmont Avenue," "Look to Your Heart," "Roll 'Em," "I Like It," "Giving Back the Money," "I Like It (Reprise)," "Ain't It the Truth," "Out of Your Head," "Nicky Machiavelli," "These Streets," "Webster Avenue," "Out of Your Head (Reprise)," "One of the Great Ones," "Ain't It the Truth (Reprise)," "Look to Your Heart (Reprise)," "One of the Great Ones (Reprise)," "Hurt Someone," "In a World Like This," "The Choices We Make." Recorded January 9, 2017. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes. Also at GhostlightRecords.com.

Chip ZienChip Zien: Seriously Upbeat (Live)
(new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
"The truth is all I really ever wanted was to sing and swing a bunch of songs with a big band. Seriously. So here it is. It’s live, it’s raw, there are mistakes… but what a blast. At least for me. And what a band." "Intro," "Swinging Sondheim Medley: The Worst Pies in London / Stay with Me / Being Alive / In Buddy's Eyes," "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive," "Two for the Road," Chip Speaks 1, "Medley: Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night of the Week) / Dancing in the Dark / Witchcraft / I Fall in Love Too Easily / I've Got the World on a String / Come Fly with Me / April in Paris / Young at Heart, Chip Speaks 2, "I Got New Glasses," "Something's Gotta Give, Chip Speaks yet Again, "The You Medley: I Believe in You / Sometimes I'm Happy (Sometimes I'm Blue) / All of You / Too Marvelous for Words / All the Things You Are / It Had to Be You [Live]," "Chip Is Still Speaking," "Younger Than Springtime," Chip Speaks Once Again, "How Marvin Eats His Breakfast," "My Chance to Survive the Night," Chip Speaks Again, "Franklin Shepard, Inc.," "Intro to No More," "No More," "Down for Double," "We'll Be Together Again," "Play Off." Jeff Klitz Music Director, piano; Michael Davis, trombone; Jim Hynes, trumpet; Dan Willis, reeds; Warren Odze, Drums. Released 4/20/17. CD format available at CDBaby.

Dangerous MusicDangerous Music: The American Century Cycle Monologues
(Samuel French - Paperback Book)
Edited by Constanza Romero and Zoe Wilson. Collection of monologues from each play of the American Century Cycle written by August Wilson. Created in conjunction with the August Wilson Monologue Competition. Available at SamuelFrench.com.

Dreamgirls OLCDreamgirls OLC
(Sony Classical - new on 2 CDs/mp3 w/ digital booklet/at iTunes)
West End cast recording of Henry Krieger / Tom Eyen score, recorded live at at London's Savoy Theatre. Cast includes Amber Riley, Liisi LaFontaine, Ibinabo Jack, Joe Aaron Reid, Adam J. Bernard, Tyrone Huntley, Nicholas Bailey, and Lily Frazer. Disc 1: "I'm Looking for Something, Baby," "Goin' Downtown," "Takin' the Long Way Home," "Move," "Fake Your Way to the Top," "Cadillac Car," "Steppin' to the Bad Side," "Party, Party," "I Want You, Baby," "Family," "Dreamgirls," "Press Conference," "Heavy," "It's All Over," "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." Disc 2: "Love, Love You Baby," "When I First Saw You," "I Am Changing," "Ain't No Party," "I Meant You No Harm," "The Rap," "I Miss You, Old Friend," "One Night Only," "I'm Somebody," "Listen," "Effie White's Gonna Win/ You Are My Dream (Reprise)," "Hard To Say Goodbye," "Dreamgirls (Reprise)." Mixed by Andy Bradfield.

Groundhog DayGroundhog Day
(Masterworks Broadway/Broadway Records - new on CD)
Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. Cast includes Andy Karl and Barrett Doss. "Overture," "There Will Be Sun," "Day One," "Day Two," "Day Three," "Stuck," "Nobody Cares," "Philandering," "One Day," "Entre acte," "Playing Nancy," "Hope," "Everything About You," "If I Had My Time Again," "Everything About You (reprise)," "Philosopher," "Night Will Come," "Philanthropy," "Seeing You." Recorded March 4. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes. [Please note: early shipments from Amazon are CD-Rs. Manufactured CDs to ship beginning May 12.]

Hamlet Globe Theatre TourHamlet Globe to Globe: Two Years, 193,000 Miles, 197 Countries, One Play
(Grove Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Dominic Dromgoole (artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2006 - 2016) takes the reader on the Globe Theatre world tour of Hamlet, in honor of Shakespeare's 450 birthday, gleaning new insight into Shakespeare's masterpiece, exploring the play’s history, its meaning, and its pleasures, and offering a dramatic and heartfelt testament to Shakespeare’s enduring presence on the modern stage. 320 pages. Released 4/26/17.

Hello, Dolly!Hello, Dolly!
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
New Broadway revival cast recording of Jerry Herman score. Bette Midler, David Hyde Pierce, Gavin Creel, Kate Baldwin, Taylor Trensch, Beanie Feldstein, Will Burton, Melanie Moore, Jennifer Simard, Kevin Ligon. "Overture," "Call on Dolly," "I Put My Hand In," "It Takes a Woman," "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," "Ribbons Down My Back," "Motherhood," "Dancing," "Before the Parade Passes By," "Penny in My Pocket," "Elegance," "The Waiters' Gallop," "Hello, Dolly!," "It Only Takes a Moment," "So Long Dearie," "Finale." Recorded March 2017.

Ken DavenportHow to Succeed in the Arts...Or in Anything
(Paperback Book)
By Ken Davenport. 148 pages. At Lulu.com.

Lea SalongaLea Salonga: Blurred Lines
(LML Music - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Musical theatre star Lea Salonga. "Manhattan," "My Foolish Heart," "Give It up for the Band," "Blackbird / A Quiet Thing," "The Story of My Life," "A Song for You / I Can't Make You Love Me," "Fast Car," "I Won't Mind," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "Possibilities and Prospects," "All of Me," "Blurred Lines," "Gratitude," "Greatest Hits Medley," "How Do You Keep the Music Playing? / How Deep Is the Ocean?" Released 5/5/17.

Choir and FriendsMormon Tabernacle Choir & Friends
(Mormon Tabernacle - new on CD)
Mormon Tabernacle Choir collaborations with some of the most legendary vocalists and performers. Commemorating the choir's 170-year anniversary, recordings taken from performances over the past 15 years, and some created specifically for this album. Sting and Yo-Yo Ma, "Fragile," David Foster, "The Prayer" from Quest for Camelot Amy Grant, "Thy Word," James Taylor, "That Lonesome Road," Santino Fontana, "He Lives in You" from The Lion King Renée Fleming, "How Can I Keep from Singing?," Brian Stokes Mitchell, "Through Heaven’s Eyes" from The Prince of Egypt Sissel, "Vitae Lux," Bryn Terfel, "Homeward Bound," Angela Lansbury, "Beauty and the Beast" from Beauty and the Beast The King’s Singers, "I’m Runnin’ On."


Week of May 2, 2017

Coloring ShakespeareColoring Shakespeare: Over 30 Stunning Illustrations from Shakespeare's Most Famous Sonnets and Speeches
(St. Martin's Griffin - Paperback Book)
Illustrated by Judy Stevens. Introduction by Simon Callow. 28 well-known excerpts from Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, and As You like It as well as Sonnets 18 and 23, among others. 64 pages.

Goodnight BroadwayGood Night Broadway (Good Night Our World)
(Goodnight Books - Board Book/Kindle Edition)
By by Adam Gamble and Mark Jasper; illustrations by Joe Veno. Highlights theaters, musicals, dancers, plays, actors and actresses, writers and directors, costumes, scripts, rehearsals, playbills, stagehands, and more. Preschool and up.

Julie's GreenroomJulie's Greenroom
(Varese Sarabande - new on CD/mp3/at Itunes)
From the Netflix series produced by Jim Henson Productions and starring Julie Andrews. Performances by Julie Andrews, Ryan Shore, Carol Burnett, Alec Baldwin, Tituss Burgess, David Hyde Pierce, John Tartaglia, Jennifer Barnhart, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Giullian Yao Gioiello, Frankie Cordero, Dorien Davies, Tyler Bunch, Ellie Kemper. "Mash-Up" (Theme Song), "Anything Can Happen in the Theater," "Hugo," "Shakespeare Shakes," "Spike's Despair," "Let Your Voice Be Heard," "Cheering," "When You Act," "Fizz Breaks Joshua's Violin," "Julie & Gus," "Yes And," "Circus Day," "You Gotta Bring the Wow," "Sticky Handshake," "Juggling & Handstands," "Cirque du Soleil," "Snap It," "Runaway Cart," "Costume Workshop," "Someone Else's Shoes," "A Scarftacular Day," "Wheelchair Steed," "Circle Up Greenies," "Take A Leap," "Mash-Up the Musical," "Anything Can Happen in the Theater Part 2," "Mash-Up" (Reprise Finale).

OsloOslo
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by J. T. Rogers. Produced at Lincoln Center in 2016; Broadway production to begin March 2017. 144 pages.

Richard KileyRichard Kiley: Rodgers and Hammerstein Songbook
(Stagedoor Records - new import CD)
1960 RCA Camden double LP debut on CD. Digitally remastered from stereo reel to reel tape. "Younger than Springtime," "It's a Grand Night for Singing," "Hello, Young Lovers," "Kansas City," "Out of My Dreams," "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful," "Love, Look Away," "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "Getting to Know You," "Some Enchanted Evening," "It Might as Well Be Spring," "If I Loved You," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," "This Nearly Was Mine," "No Other Love," "A Fellow Needs a Girl," "People Will Say We're in Love," "So Far," "Everybody's Got a Home But Me," "Oklahoma!," "Marriage Type Love," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top," "We Kiss in a Shadow." Part of Stage Door's Collector's Series, presented in the retro style of a miniature long-playing record and limited to 500 units. Also available directly from the U.K..


Week of April 25, 2017

Beauty and the BeatBeauty and the Beast: Motion Picture Soundtrack songbook
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Piano/vocal/guitar folio that features songs from the original film as well as new material written by Alan Menken and Alan Rice. Includes new version of the title track "Beauty and the Beast," "How Does a Moment Last Forever," "Aria," "Be Our Guest," "Belle," "in the Sun," "Evermore," "Gaston," "The Mob Song," "Something There."

Gilbert and SullivanGilbert & Sullivan: Hardback Book and 4 DVD Set
(Upfront Entertainment - hardcover book + 4 DVDs)
Book by Mike Lepine plus DVDs with four productions of The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, Trial by Jury, and The Yeoman of the Guard. Available from third party sellers and at Amazon UK.

Groundhog DayGroundhog Day
(Masterworks Broadway/Broadway Records - new on CD)
Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. Cast includes Andy Karl and Barrett Doss. "Overture," "There Will Be Sun," "Day One," "Day Two," "Day Three," "Stuck," "Nobody Cares," "Philandering," "One Day," "Entre acte," "Playing Nancy," "Hope," "Everything About You," "If I Had My Time Again," "Everything About You (reprise)," "Philosopher," "Night Will Come," "Philanthropy," "Seeing You." Recorded March 4. Please note: early shipments from Amazon are CD-Rs. Manufactured CDs will ship on May 12.

In TransitIn Transit OBC digital
(Hollywood Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
New Broadway a capella musical. Music by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth; lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth. Cast includes David Abeles, Moya Angela, Steven "HeaveN" Cantor, Justin Guarini, Telly Leung, Erin Mackey, Gerianne Pérez, Margo Seibert, Chesney Snow, James Snyder, Mariand Torres, Nicholas Ward. "Deep Beneath the City / Not There Yet," "Do What I Do," "Four Days Home," "Broke," "Saturday Night Obsession," "Wingman," "But, Ya Know," "Not There Yet (Reprise)," "Keep It Goin'," "A Little Friendly Advice," "Choosing Not to Know," "The Moving Song," "We Are Home," "Getting There," "Finale," "Preshow Message," "A Math Question," "We Are Home Exit Music." CD version to be released 6/9/17.

IowaIowa
(Yellow Sound Label - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording of score by Jenny Schwartz and Todd Almond. Kolette Tetlow, Karyn Quackenbush, Jill Shackner, Carolina Sanchez, Lee Sellars, Cindy Cheung, Annie McNamara, and April Matthis. "How Many Miles Could It Really Be," "Coastal Erosion," "Jesus' Bones / Should I Be Worried," "Cheerleaders," "This Is America," "Ponies," "Psst...I'm a Poet," "Fun!," "I Don't Know," "Oratorio," "Iowa," "I Am a Hawk," "Famous Teenage Girl." Played Playwrights Horizons in 2015. Released 4/28/17. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

La La LandLa La Land Blu-ray
(Lionsgate - new on 2-disc blu-ray/DVD/4K)
2015 musical film. Score by Justin Hurwitz (music), Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (lyrics). Cast includes Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, J.K. Simmons, Sonoya Mizuno, John Legend, Rosemarie Dewitt, Finn Wittrock. 128 minutes. Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment. Special Features and Technical Specs: Audio commentary with writer/director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz; Another Day of Sun: They Closed Down a Freeway featurette; La La Land's Great Party featurette; Ryan Gosling: Piano Student featurette; Before Whiplash: Damien Chazelle's Passion Project featurette; La La Land's Love Letter to Los Angeles featurette; The Music of La La Land featurette; John Legend's Acting Debut featurette; The Look of Love: Designing La La Land featurette; Ryan and Emma: Third Time's the Charm featurette; Epilogue: The Romance of the Dream featurette; Damien & Justin Sing: The Demos; song selection.

Lea Michele PlacesLea Michele: Places
(Columbia - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
"Love is Alive," "Heavy Love," "Proud," "Believer," "Run to You," "Heavenly," "Anything's Possible," "Getaway Car," "Sentimental Memories," "Tornado," "Hey You."

Man of La ManchaMan of La Mancha Blu-ray
(Shout! Factory - new Blu-ray)
1972 movie adaptation of Dale Wasserman/Joe Darion/Mitch Leigh musical. Directed by Arthur Hiller. Peter O'Toole, Sophia Loren, James Coco, Harry Andrews, John Castle, Ian Richardson.

My Big Fat Broadway DebutMy Big Fat Broadway Debut!: Volume 2: Big Move, Big City
(Bangadilly - new ebook Kindle Edition)
By Steven Cutts (Hairspray, My Big Fat Broadway Debut!: Volume 1: Big Dreams, Big Lessons). Vol. 2 is all about the big move to the big city and the will to make it there...

The OptimistsThe Optimists
(Kino Lorber - new Blu-ray)
1973 film with songs about a street musician. Peter Sellers, Donna Mullane, John Chaffey. Music by George Martin, Lionel Bart and others. Directed by Anthony Simmons.

The Pied PiperThe Pied Piper
(Kino Lorber - new Blu-ray)
1972 musical film. Directed by Jacques Demy. Donovan, Donald Pleasence, John Hurt, Jack Wild, Peter Vaughan, Roy Kinnear, Michael Hordern, Cathryn Harrison, Diana Dors. Songs by Donovan. 86 minutes.

The SixtiesThe Sixties, Center Stage: Mainstream and Popular Performances in a Turbulent Decade
(Univ of Michigan Press - Paperback Book)
James M. Harding, Cindy Rosenthal, editors. detailed examinations of the mainstream’s surprising attention to craft and innovation; to the rich exchange between European and American theatres; to the rise of regional theaters; and finally, to popular cultural performances that pushed the conceptual boundaries of mainstream institutions ... looks afresh at productions of Hair, Cabaret, Raisin in the Sun, and Fiddler on the Roof... 400 pages. Also at Amazon UK.


Week of April 18, 2017

Barry Manilow New YorkBarry Manilow: This Is My Town: Songs of New York
(Verve - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
New studio album. "This Is My Town," "New York City Rhythm / On Broadway," "Coney Island," "Lonely Town," "Lovin' At Birdland," "Downtown / Uptown," "On The Roof," "I Dig New York," "The Brooklyn Bridge" (with Mel Tormé), "NYC Medley."

Company vinylCompany 1970 OBC vinyl
(Analog Spark - new LP)
Score by Stephen Sondheim. Barbara Barrie, Charles Braswell, Susan Browning, George Coe, Cathy Corkill, John Cunningham, Steve Elmore, Carol Gelfand, Beth Howland, Dean Jones, Charles Kimbrough, Merle Louise, Donna McKechnie, Pamela Myers, Teri Ralston, Marilyn Saunders, Elaine Stritch, Dona D. Vaughn. First vinyl reissue, cut from the original stereo master tapes by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound and pressed and plated at RTI. 180-gram vinyl housed in a Stoughton old style "tip-on" jacket. Side A: "Company," "The Little Things You Do Together," "Sorry-Grateful," "You Could Drive a Person Crazy," "Have I Got a Girl For You," "Someone Is Waiting," "Another Hundred People," "Getting Married Today." Side B: "Side by Side by Side / What Would We Do Without You?," "Poor Baby," "Tick-Tock," "Barcelona," "The Ladies Who Lunch," "Being Alive," "Finale." Originally recorded at Recorded at the legendary Columbia 30th Street Studios.

2000s Broadway MusicalsThe Complete Book of 2000s Broadway Musicals
(Rowman & Littlefield - Paperback Book)
By Dan Dietz. Examines every musical that opened on Broadway from 2000 through the end of 2009. Discusses the era's major successes, notorious failures, and musicals that closed during their pre-Broadway tryouts. Also highlights revivals and personal-appearance revues. Each entry contains the following information: Plot summary; Cast members; Names of all important personnel, including writers, composers, directors, choreographers, producers, and musical directors; Opening and closing dates; Number of performances; Critical commentary; Musical numbers and the performers who introduced the songs; Production data, including information about tryouts; Source material; Tony awards and nominations; Details about London and other foreign productions. Also, numerous appendixes, including a discography, filmography, and published scripts, as well as lists of black-themed shows and Jewish-themed productions. Follows Dietz' studies of musicals of the 1940s, the 1950s, the 1960s, and the 1970s, the 1980s, and the 1990s. 478 pages.

Groundhog DayGroundhog Day digital
(Masterworks Broadway/Broadway Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. Cast includes Andy Karl and Barrett Doss. "Overture," "There Will Be Sun," "Day One," "Day Two," "Day Three," "Stuck," "Nobody Cares," "Philandering," "One Day," "Entre acte," "Playing Nancy," "Hope," "Everything About You," "If I Had My Time Again," "Everything About You (reprise)," "Philosopher," "Night Will Come," "Philanthropy," "Seeing You." Recorded March 4. CD version to be released 5/12/17.

Gypsy OBC LPGypsy 1959 OBC vinyl
(Analog Spark - new LP)
Score by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim. Cast includes Ethel Merman, Jack Klugman, Sandra Church, Lane Bradbury, Faith Dane, Chotzi Foley, Erving Harmon, Maria Karnilova, Loney Lewis, Mort Marshall, Paul Wallace. First vinyl reissue, cut from the original stereo master tapes by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound and pressed and plated at RTI. 180-gram vinyl housed in a Stoughton old style "tip-on" jacket. Side A: "Overture," "Let Me Entertain You," "Some People," "Small World," "Baby June and Her Newsboys," "MrGoldstone, I Love You," "Little Lamb," "You'll Never Get Away From Me," "Dainty June and Her Farmboys." Side B: "If Momma Was Married," "All I Need Is The Girl," "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Together Wherever We Go," "You Gotta Have a Gimmick," "Let Me Entertain You," "Rose's Turn."

Jews on Broadway revisedJews on Broadway: An Historical Survey of Performers, Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists and Producers 2nd Revised Edition
(McFarland & Co. - Paperback Book)
Revised edition of Stewart F. Lane's 2001 book. 277 pages.

South Pacific vinylSouth Pacific 1949 OBC vinyl
(Analog Spark - new LP)
Score by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Originally produced by Goddard Lieberson and recorded at the historic Columbia 30th Street studios. Cast includes Mary Martin, Ezio Pinza, Juanita Hall, Myron McCormick, Betta St. John, William Tabbert. Side A: "Overture," "Dites-moi," "A Cockeyed Optimist," "Twin Soliloquies," "Some Enchanted Evening," "Bloody Mary," "There Is Nothin' Like a Dame," "Bali Ha'i." Side B: "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair," "A Wonderful Guy," "Younger Than Springtime," "Happy Talk," "Honey Bun," "You've Got to be Carefully Taught," "This Nearly Was Mine," "Finale: Dites-moi." First vinyl reissue, cut from the original mono tapes by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound, pressed and plated at RTI on 180-gram vinyl and housed in a Stoughton old style "tip-on" jacket.

StaviskyStavisky (Expanded)
(Quartet Records - new on CD)
Expanded and remastered edition of Stephen Sondheim’s score for Alain Resnais' 1974 French film Stavisky, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anny Duperey, Michel Lonsdale and Charles Boyer. Orchestrated by Jonathan Tunick. Mastered by Claudio Fuiano from the first-generation master tapes, courtesy of Gruppo Sugar. Includes the remastered album plus 20 minutes of previously unreleased tracks. The CD package includes a 16-page full-color booklet with detailed liner notes by Frank K. DeWald. Limited edition of 500 copies. 68:11. At ScreenArchives.com, where a full track list can be found. Website says mid-April release


Week of April 11, 2017

Billy Porter Soul of RodgersBilly Porter Presents: The Soul of Richard Rodgers
(Bee & El and Sony Masterworks - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
"Soulful takes on classic Richard Rodgers songs. Solos and duets. "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" (with Pentatonix), "My Romance" (with Leslie Odom Jr.), "If I Loved You" (with Renee Elise Goldsberry), "With a Song in My Heart" (with Joshua Henry), "I Have Dreamed" (with Patina Miller), "My Funny Valentine" (with Cynthia Erivo), "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair" (with Todrick Hall), "This Nearly was Mine" (with Deborah Cox), "Bewitched" (with Ledisi / Zaire Park), "Carefully Taught" (with India.Arie), "Lady is a Tramp" (with Zaire Park), "Edelweiss." Produced by Billy Porter.

Double BindDouble Bind: Women on Ambition
(Liveright - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Robin Romm, editor. Collection of essays about female ambition. Essayists include Roxane Gay, Theresa Rebeck, Francine Prose, Nadia Manzoor, Allison Barrett Carter, Sarah Ruhl, Ayana Mathis, Molly Ringwald, Camas Davis, Musher Blair Braverman, and others. 320 pages.

Jordan FisherJordan Fisher: Always Summer
(Hollywood Records - new digital single mp3/iTunes)
New single from Jordan Fisher (Hamilton, Grease Live!). Released 3/31/17.

Hail OblivionHail Oblivion: A Pirate Fantasia
(new digital album)
Concept album for score for new work by composer/lyricist Stephanie Ryan Johnstone and librettist Joshua William Gelb. Cast includes Bryce Pinkham, Ato Blankson-Wood, Amber Gray, Julian Fleisher, Rick Burkhardt. Released 4/9/17 and available at BandCamp.com.

Sam ShepardSam Shepard: A Life
(Counterpoint - Hardcover/Kindle Edition)
Biography of the life and work of playwright/actor Sam Shepard by John J. Winters. 480 pages.

Umbrellas of CherbourgThe Umbrellas of Cherbourg
(Criterion Collection - new Blu-ray/DVD)
1964 French musical film. Directed by Jacques Demy. Music by Michel Legrand. Choreography Jean Rabier. Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Marc Michel, Anne Vernon, Ellen Farner, Mireille Perrey. 2K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray; Once Upon a Time ...“The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” a 2008 documentary; interview from 2014 with film scholar Rodney Hill; French television interview from 1964 featuring director Jacques Demy and composer Michel Legrand discussing the film; audio recordings of interviews with actor Catherine Deneuve (1983) and Legrand (1991) at the National Film Theatre in London; restoration demonstration; trailer; essay by critic Jim Ridley.

Young Girls of RochefortThe Young Girls of Rochefort
(Criterion Collection new Blu-ray/2 DVDs)
1967 French musical film. Directed by Jacques Demy. Music by Michel Legrand. Choreography Norman Maen. Catherine Deneuve, Françoise Dorléac, Jacques Perrin, Gene Kelly, Danielle Darrieux, Michel Piccoli, Henri Crémieux, Jacques Riberolles, George Chakiris, Grover Dale, . 2K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray; French television interview from 1966 featuring director Jacques Demy and composer Michel Legrand discussing the music for the film; conversation from 2014 between Demy biographer Jean-Pierre Berthomé and costume designer Jacqueline Moreau; episode from "Behind the Screen," a 1966 series about the making of the film; Agnès Varda’s 1993 documentary The Young Girls Turn 25 (in the DVD box set, appears on the Une chambre en ville disc); trailer; essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum.


Week of April 8, 2017

Therese RaquinThérèse Raquin OLC
(JAY Records - new on 2 CDs)
Music by Craig Adams. Book and lyrics by Nona Shepphard. Cast includes Julie Atherton, Greg Barnett, Jeremy Legat and Tara Hugo. "Sang et Neuf / At the End," "Snuggy Little House," "Having a Fit," "Snuggy Little House 2," "The Passage," "You Are Not Still, Therese," "Thursday Nights," "You Are Not Quiet, Therese," "May as Well and Why Not," "A Brutal Beginning," "I Breathe You In," "An Ultimatum," "A Sunday Stroll," "The Stream," "A Sunday Tragedy," "Who Knows?," "Sweet Perfume of Violets," "The Passage," "Thursday Nights," "A Quiet Wedding," "A Bridal Bed," "A Snuggy Old Age," "The Avenging Hand," "Sang Et Nerfs," "If I Had Known," "At the End." Includes a 26 page booklet with production photos and a full synopsis.


Week of April 4, 2017

Betty Buckley Story SongsBetty Buckley: Story Songs
(Palmetto Records - new on 2 CDs/mp3/at iTunes)
Recorded live at Joe's Pub. Accompanied by pianist/musical director/arranger Christian Jacob, guitarist Oz Noy, drummer Ray Brinker, and bass player Trey Henry. Includes songs by Radiohead, Stephen Schwartz, Jason Robert Brown, Joe Iconis and Ben Toth. Disc One: "You've Got To Be Taught," "Cassandra," "High and Dry," "Chanson," "All Things in Time," "Old Flame," "Another Life," "Prayer in Open D," "September Song," "Don't Give Up," "Throw It Away." Disc 2: "How Long Has This Been Going," "Practical Arrangement," "Stephen Bruton Story," "Too Many Memories," "Bird On a Wire," "Howard DaSilva Story," "Both Sides Now," "Elaine Stritch Story," "I'm Still Here." Accompanied by Christian Jacob.

Assembled PartiesLATW The Assembled Parties
(L.A. Theatre Works - Audiobook on CD)
2016 production of the Richard Greenberg play. Matthew Arkin, Wilson Bethel, Dana Delany, Seamus Dever, Zoe Perry, Susan Sullivan, Peter Van Norden. Directed by JoBeth Williams. Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Recorded in Los Angeles before a live audience at The James Bridges Theater, UCLA.

Nevetheless Alec BaldwinNevertheless: A Memoir
(Harper - Hardcover/Paperback Large Print/Kindle Edition)
By Alec Baldwin. Audiobook, read by Baldwin, to be released 4/25/17.

Speech & DebateSpeech & Debate digital film
(new movie at iTunes)
2017 film based on Stephen Karam play. Screenplay by Karam, directed by Dan Harris. Features Liam James, Sarah Steele, Austin P. McKenzie, Roger Bart, Janeane Garofalo, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kal Penn, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Skylar Astin with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy Rowley, Sarah Baker, Lucy DeVito, Ryan Lee, Logan Shroyer. Opens in theaters 4/7/17.

Through the YearsThrough the Years digital
(PS Classics - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Music by Vincent Youmans, lyrics by Edward Heyman for show presented on Broadway in 1932. 2001 studio album, out of print since 2007, now in digital format. Heidi Grant Murphy, Brent Barrett, Hunter Foster, Jennifer Cody and Philip Chaffin. "Prologue: Through the Years," "Kathleen & Kenneth's Call," "Kathleen Mine," "Invitation," "You're in Love," "Kinda Like You," "I'll Come Back to You," "How Happy Is the Bride," "Through the Years," "It's Every Girl's Ambition," "You're Everywhere," "Finaletto Act II," "Ghost Music," "The Road to Home," "My Heart Alone," "Kinda Like You (Reprise)," "Drums in My Heart," "Finale Ultimo."


Week of March 28, 2017

Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have HappenedBest Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened
(now on Amazon/Netflix (requires login)/on iTunes)
2016 documentary on the original 1981 production of Merrily We Roll Along featuring original cast member updates, and documentary footage recorded at the time. Directed by Lonny Price.

Deborah CoxDeborah Cox: I Will Always Love You
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
The Bodyguard U.S. tour star sings from that show: "I'm Every Woman," "I Have Nothing," "All the Man I Need," "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," "Run to You," "The Greatest Love of All," "Jesus Loves Me," "I Will Always Love You." Also pre-ordering at BroadwayRecords.com

Bernstein the Composer Box SetLeonard Bernstein - The Composer Box set
(Sony Classical - 25 CDs)
Special edition dedicated to the works of Leonard Bernstein, in preparation of his 100th anniversary August 2018. Includes remastered original Bernstein Conducts Bernstein recordings for Columbia Masterworks of all his symphonies and ballets, plus the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, On the Waterfront Suite, Mass, Chichester Psalms, Serenade, On the Town, Trouble in Tahiti, Prelude, Fugue and Riffs and the song cycles La Bonne Cuisine and I Hate Music. Also, songs, and chamber and piano works, including recordings by such artists as soprano Harolyn Blackwell, mezzos Marilyn Horne and Frederica von Stade, violinist Joshua Bell, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, clarinetist Sabine Meyer and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. Also included is Leonard Slatkin's 1992 St. Louis recording of Bernstein s cycle Songfest for six singers and orchestra. Candide, both by the original Broadway cast recording from 1956 and by the revised 1973 Chelsea version conducted by John Mauceri; Wonderful Town from the 1958 television cast recording (starring Rosalind Russell from the 1953 Broadway première). Peter Pan in its original Broadway cast recording from 1950 starring Jean Arthur and Boris Karloff, also re-mastered in this special edition. West Side Story, the original Broadway cast album from 1957, and the 1961 movie soundtrack recording. The Bernstein Songbook (Disc 19) with songs from his theater works rounds up the collection of musicals. Bernstein in Jazz features jazz arrangements based on Bernstein's compositions by the Dave Brubeck Quartet, the Aaron Bell Trio, trombonist J.J. Johnson, the Marsalis family, saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, pianist Martial Solal, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman (with Woody Herman s Thundering Herd), André Previn on piano (with drummer Shelly Manne and bassist Red Mitchell), vibraphonist Gary Burton, and pianist Eldar Djangirov. Packaged in LP-sized special edition with book. Complete track lists available at Amazon.com.

What's the Matter with Helen?What's The Matter With Helen?
(Shout! Factory - new Blu-ray)
1971 horror film starring Debbie Reynolds, Shelley Winters, Dennis Weaver, Agnes Moorehead, Micheál MacLiammóir, Robbi Morgan. Directed by Curtis Harrington. 101 minutes.

PocahantasSongs From Kermit Goell's Pocahontas
(Stage Door Records - new import 2-CD set)
London cast of score by Kermit Goell. From recent discovery by Kermit Goell's son Jonathan of reel-to-reel demo tapes featuring recordings of the score. Recorded in 1962 and performed by a company of Broadway singers under the musical direction of Jay Blackton. Set includes digitally remastered demonstration recordings plus a selection of piano instrumentals from Goell's score, concluding with an in-depth audio interview with Anita Gillette, recorded in 2016 especially for this album. Also, 8-page booklet. The show played London's Lyric Theatre from November 14th, 1963, for 12 performances, starring Anita Gillette and Terence Cooper.

Speech & DebateSpeech & Debate soundtrack
(Broadway Records - new on CD/at iTunes)
Soundtrack for the 2017 film based on Stephen Karam's play. Jeremy Rowley, Alex Rhodes, Sarah Steele, Austin P. McKenzie, Liam James. Features all the original songs and musical moments from the film along with the original end title song performed by Kristin Chenoweth and brand new song from Austin P. McKenzie recorded exclusively for the album. "Opening Rant," "No Trouble," "Diwata's Audition," "Tonight," "Crap Sandwich," "Part One," "King," "Crap Sandwich," "Part Two," "More Weight," "Group Interpretation Intro," "Hold It in," "Solomon's Speech," "Freedom! '90" (George Michael), "Losers Are Winners (Flying Free) (Kristin Chenoweth), "End Titles" (Deborah Lurie); Bonus Track: "Know Me Better" (Austin P. McKenzie). Also BroadwayRecords.com. Sycamore Pictures will donate 10% of all soundtrack sales to the Kristin Chenoweth Arts & Education Foundation.


Week of March 21, 2017

A Bronx TaleA Bronx Tale OBC digital
(Decca Broadway - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Score by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. Nick Cordero, Richard H. Blake, Bobby Conte Thornton, Ariana DeBose, Lucia Giannetta, Bradley Gibson, Hudson Loverro. "Belmont Avenue," "Look to Your Heart," "Roll 'Em," "I Like It," "Giving Back the Money," "I Like It (Reprise)," "Ain't It the Truth," "Out of Your Head," "Nicky Machiavelli," "These Streets," "Webster Avenue," "Out of Your Head (Reprise)," "One of the Great Ones," "Ain't It the Truth (Reprise)," "Look to Your Heart (Reprise)," "One of the Great Ones (Reprise)," "Hurt Someone," "In a World Like This," "The Choices We Make." Recorded January 9, 2017. CD version in theater April 14, 2017, in stores May 12.

Burke BeautifulBurke Beautiful: The Songs of Johnny Burke
(Harbinger Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Musical theatre singer/actress Sharon Paige with Keith Ingham. "Aren't You Glad You're You?" (Bells of St. Mary's), "Sleighride in July" (Belle of the Yukon), "You Don't Have to Know the Language" (Road to Rio), "But Beautiful" (Road to Rio), "My Heart Is a Hobo," "Humpty Dumpty Heart," "It Could Happen to You" (And the Angels Sing), "Swinging on a Star" (Going my Way), "A Hundred Dreams from Now," "Get Rid of Monday," "Suddenly It's Spring," "One, Two, Button Your Shoe" (Pennies from Heaven), "What's New," "Like Someone in Love" (Belle of the Yukon), "Do You Know Why?," "He Makes Me Feel I'm Lovely" (Donnybrook!). Released 2/3/17.

Come from AwayCome from Away OBC
(The Musical Company - new on CD)
Score by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Petrina Bromley, Geno Carr, Jenn Colella, Joel Hatch, Rodney Hicks, Kendra Kassebaum, Chad Kimball, Lee MacDougall, Caesar Samayoa, Q. Smith, Astrid Van Wieren, Sharon Wheatley. "Welcome to the Rock," "38 Planes," "Blankets and Bedding," "28 Hours/Wherever We Are," "Darkness and Trees," "On The Bus," "Darkness and Trees (Reprise)," "Lead Us Out Of the Night," "Phoning Home," "Costume Party," "I Am Here," "Prayer," "On The Edge," "In The Bar/Heave Away," "Screech In," "Me and the Sky," "The Dover Fault," "Stop the World," "38 Planes (Reprise)/Somewhere in the Middle of Nowhere," "Something's Missing," "Years Later," "Finale," Bonus: "Screech Out." Co-produced by David Lai. Recorded week of February 10. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes

Dorren MontalvoDoreen Montalvo: American Soul/Latin Heart
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3)
On Your Feet star. "What A Wonderful World," "Ángel de mi Alma," "Show Me the Way," "Fever," "Piece of My Heart," "Te Soñé," "Bésame Much," "What the Morning Brings," "Total Eclipse of the Heart/Eclipse Total del Amor," "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me." Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Evening at the Talk HouseEvening at the Talk House
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
TCG edition of Wallace Shawn play, presented Off-Broadway by The New Group.

Jenn GambateseJenn Gambatese: Cockeyed Optimist
(JAY Records - digital album at iTunes)
Solo album by actress/singer Jenn Gambatese (Tarzan). "It's a Grand Night for Singing," "Do-Re-Mi," "The Sound of Music," "Mr. Snow," "Some Enchanted Evening" (with Matt Bogart), "Everybody's Got a Home But Me," "Hello Young Lovers," "A Cockeyed Optimist," "Love Look Away," "Ten Minutes Ago," "It Might As Well Be Spring," "No Other Love" (with Jeff Kready), "I Cain't Say No," "My Favorite Things" (with Mary Testa), "Something Wonderful," "A Wonderful Guy," "Something Good" (with Gavin Creel), "You'll Never Walk Alone," "Out of My Dreams" (with Jerome Korman). Released 2/9/17. Released in CD format in the U.K.

Levi KreisLevi Kreis: Broadway at the Keys
(Vision 9 Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Broadway singer/actor (Million Dollar Quartet) album. "Lost in the Wilderness," "Friend Like Me," "Living in the Shadows," "Not While I'm Around," "Corner of the Sky," "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," "Kansas City," "One Song Glory," "In My Own Lifetime," "Anytime (I Am There)," "Neverland," "Wind Beneath My Wings," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On."

Brian BedfordThe Lunatic, the Lover & the Poet
(L.A. Theatre Works - Audiobook on CD)
Brian Bedford's one-man show. A CBC Broadcast Centre solo performance featuring Brian Bedford. Recorded in front of a live audience at the Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto in March of 1995.

Nibbler"When You Are A Person"
(new digital single)
Song from original Off-Broadway cast recording of Ken Urban score. James Kautz, Rachel Franco, Sean Patrick Monahan, Elizabeth Lail and Spencer Davis Milford. Play produced at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in February 2017. Released 3/14/17. Streaming at SoundCloud or download at kenurban.bandcamp.com.

Up in the Cheap SeatsUp in the Cheap Seats
(Griffith Moon - new hardcover book)
Memoir by Ron Fassler. Features memories and insights from Jane Alexander, Sheldon Harnick, James Earl Jones, Stacy Keach, Nathan Lane, Hal Linden, John Lithgow, Bette Midler, Austin Pendleton, Harold Prince, Doris Roberts, Stephen Sondheim, and Mike Nichols among many others. 260 pages. 8 illustrations & photographs. Currently available at GriffithMoon.com and Drama Book Shop.

Vitaphone VarietiesVitaphone Varieties Volume Three (1928-1929)
(Warner Archive - new on DVD)
Collection of 16 vintage vaudeville and other sound shorts. 132 minutes.

Whole New WorldA Whole New World: The Road to Broadway and Beyond
(Disney Editions - Hardcover Book)
By Michael Lassell. Backstage and behind the scenes look at the creative process for the musical Aladdin. 192 pages.


Week of March 14, 2017

100 Greatest American Plays100 Greatest American Plays
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Thomas S. Hischak. 352 pages.

13 Things13 Things About Ed Carpolotti 2013 Off Broadway Cast
(Naxos/Harbinger Records - new on CD)
Music by Barry Kleinbort; based on the play by Jeffrey Hatcher. Penny Fuller accompanied by Paul Greenwood (musical director). "Introduction," "Scene 1," "The Holidays," "Scene 2," "Where Did We Meet?: Part I," "At the Liberty Theater," "Scene 3," "Where Did We Meet?: Part II," "Scene 4," "We're Gonna Be Fine: Part I," "Scene 5," "We're Gonna Be Fine: Part II," "Scene 6," "You are My Happiness," "Scene 7," "The House on Bray Barton," "Scene 8," "13 Things about Ed Carpolotti," "Sins," "Scene 9," "We're Gonna Be Fine (reprise) - Phone Calls," "Scene 10," "One More Spring," "Scene 11," "Finale: The List." Digital release in 2014 on mp3 and /at iTunes

EclipsedEclipsed (Revised TCG Edition)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Danai Gurira, newly revised version. 80 pages.

FencesFences
(Paramount - new Blu-ray/DVD)
2016 film version of August Wilson play. Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Mykelti Williamson, Russell Hornsby, Stephen Henderson. Directed by Denzel Washington. Blu-ray includes Digital copy & DVD copy.

Freaky FridayFreaky Friday studio cast recording
(Disney - new on CD)
Score by Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (lyrics). Heidi Blickenstaff, Emma Hunton, Jason Gotay, Storm Lever, Ann Harada, NaTasha Yvette Williams, Preston Sadleir, Alan H. Green, Bobby Smith, Jason SweetTooth Williams, Sherri L. Edelen. "Prologue," "Just One Day," "The Hourglass," "I Got This," "What You Got," "Oh, Biology," "Vows," "Busted," "Somebody Has Got to Take the Blame," "Watch Your Back," "Parents Lie," "Just One Day (Reprise)," "Not Myself Today," "Women and Sandwiches," "Bring My Baby (Brother) Home," "Go," "After All of This and Everything," "No More Fear," "The Other Hourglass," "Today and Ev'ry Day." Music supervision by Bryan Perri, orchestrations by Tom Kitt and Michael Starobin, vocal arrangements by Tom Kitt and Carmel Dean, and dance and incidental arrangements by Tom Kitt. Released digitally on mp3 and at iTunes February 10.

Hamilton Ukulele Hamilton: Ukulele Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
10 selections with lyrics, including: "Alexander Hamilton," "Burn," "Dear Theodosia," "Hurricane," "It's Quiet Uptown," "My Shot," "One Last Time," "That Would Be Enough," "Wait for It," "You'll Be Back."

Radio PlaysPlays & Opera for the Radio
(CPO - new on 2 CDs/mp3)
RadioMusiken, Vol. 3. from the early 1930s. Includes radio play Sabinchen by Paul Hindemith, the audio play Mord by Walter Gronostay, and radio opera Jorinde und Joringel by Heinrich Sutermeister, and more. Composers include Walter Gronostay, Wilhelm Grosz, Pavel Haas, Paul Hindemith, Heinrich Sutermeister, Kurt Weill. MP3 link has the track list.


Week of March 7, 2017

Beaut & the Beast SoundtrackBeauty and the Beast (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack/Deluxe Edition)
(Walt Disney Records - new 2-CD set/mp3/at iTunes)
From 2017 live-action remake of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as three new songs written by Menken and Tim Rice. Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Hattie Morahan, Nathan Mack, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson. Disc: 1," "Overture," "Main Title: Prologue Pt1," "Aria" (Audra McDonald), "Main Title: Prologue Pt2," "Belle" (Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Ensemble), "How Does A Moment Last Forever" (Music Box)" (Kevin Kline), "Belle" (Reprise)" (Emma Watson), "Gaston" (Josh Gad, Luke Evans, Ensemble), "Be Our Guest" (Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Gugu Mbatha-Raw), "Days In The Sun" (Emma Thompson, Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Adam Mitchell, Stanley Tucci, Clive Rowe), "Something There" (Emma Thompson, Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Dan Stevens, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nathan Mack), "How Does A Moment Last Forever" (Montmartre)" (Emma Watson), "Beauty and the Beast" (Emma Thompson), "Evermore" (Dan Stevens), "The Mob Song" (Emma Thompson, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Luke Evans, Ensemble, Stanley Tucci, Nathan Mack), "Beauty and the Beast" (Finale)" (Audra McDonald, Ensemble, Emma Thompson), "How Does A Moment Last Forever" (Celine Dion), "Beauty and the Beast" (John Legend, Ariana Grande), "Evermore" (Josh Groban), "Aria" (Demo), "How Does A Moment Last Forever" (Music Box)" (Demo), "Days In The Sun" (Demo), "How Does A Moment Last Forever" (Montmartre)" (Demo), "Evermore" (Demo). Disc 2: "Main Title: Prologue," "Belle Meets Gaston," "Your Mother," "The Laverie," "Wolf Chase," "Entering the Castle," "A White Rose," "The Beast," "Meet the Staff," "Home" (From Beauty and the Beast/Extended Mix/Score), "Madame De Garderobe," "There's a Beast," "A Petal Drops," "A Bracing Cup of Tea," "The West Wing," "Wolves Attack Belle," "The Library," "Colonnade Chat," "The Plague," "Maurice Accuses Gaston."

Come from AwayCome from Away OBC digital
(The Musical Company - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Score by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Petrina Bromley, Geno Carr, Jenn Colella, Joel Hatch, Rodney Hicks, Kendra Kassebaum, Chad Kimball, Lee MacDougall, Caesar Samayoa, Q. Smith, Astrid Van Wieren, Sharon Wheatley. "Welcome to the Rock," "38 Planes," "Blankets and Bedding," "28 Hours/Wherever We Are," "Darkness and Trees," "On The Bus," "Darkness and Trees (Reprise)," "Lead Us Out Of the Night," "Phoning Home," "Costume Party," "I Am Here," "Prayer," "On The Edge," "In The Bar/Heave Away," "Screech In," "Me and the Sky," "The Dover Fault," "Stop the World," "38 Planes (Reprise)/Somewhere in the Middle of Nowhere," "Something's Missing," "Years Later," "Finale," Bonus: "Screech Out." Co-produced by David Lai. Recorded week of February 10. CD version to be released March 24.

Finian's RainbowFinian's Rainbow Blu-ray
(Warner Archive - new on Blu-ray)
1968 film adaptation of musical (book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy; music by Burton Lane, lyrics by E.Y. Harburg). Fred Astaire, Petula Clark, Tommy Steele, Don Francks, Keenan Wynn, Barbara Hancock, Al Freeman Jr., Ronald Colby, Dolph Sweet, Wright King, Louis Silas. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. 145 minutes.

Gently Down the StreamGently Down The Stream
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Play by Martin Sherman. To be produced at the Public Theater starting March 13, 2017.

Hero: TyceHero
(Broadway Records - new on 2 CDs)
Actor/singer Tyce (Tyce Green) performs the songs of Jim Steinman. Disc One: "Holding Out for a Hero," "Heaven Can Wait," "I'll Kill You If You Don't Come Back," "Left in the Dark," "Total Eclipse of the Heart," "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," "I'm Gonna Love Her for Both of Us," "Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are," "Braver Than We Are. Disc: 2: Acoustic versions of "Holding Out for a Hero," "Everything Is Permitted," "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)," "I'm Gonna Love Her for Both of Us," "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," "More Than You Deserve," "For Crying Out Loud." Arrangements by producer Zak Lloyd. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

LaChanze Feelin' GoodLaChanze: Feelin' Good
(new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
Highlights featured in LaChanze's Highline Ballroom concert, February 27, 2017, in anticipation of an upcoming national tour. "Feeling Good," "If You Really Want," "Free." Released 2/24/17.

Liaisons SongbookLiaisons - Re-imagining Sondheim from the Piano (songbook)
(Rilting Music, Inc. - Paperback Book)
Piano/vocal/guitar Composer Collection songbook. Conceived by concert pianist Anthony de Mare, the concert and recording project Liaisons is based on the songs of composer Stephen Sondheim. 37 contemporary composers chose a song by Sondheim and re-imagined it as a solo piano piece. Song list at HalLeonard.com. Previously released in a CD set. 344 pages.

Mr. BurnsMr. Burns and Other Plays
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Anne Washburn plays Mr. Burns, The Small, I Have Loved Strangers Orestes. 304 pages.

Murder Stage LeftMurder, Stage Left (The Nero Wolfe Mysteries)
(Mysterious Press - Paperback Book)
By Robert Goldsborough. Theatre-set murder mystery. 250 pages.

Suite from the EnclaveSuite from The Enclave: for 2 Pianos, 4 Hands and Percussion
(Rilting Music - Paperback Book)
By Stephen Sondheim. 48 pages. Released 1/1/17.

Suite from Invitation to a March Suite from Invitation to a March: for Flute (dbl. Piccolo), Clarinet in B-flat, Horn in F, Trumpet in B-flat, Harp (or Piano)
(Rilting Music - Paperback Book)
By Stephen Sondheim. Previously unpublished incidental music composed for the Arthur Laurents comedy "Invitation to a March," which opened on Broadway on Oct. 29, 1960. This suite was recorded on the CD "Unsung Sondheim" (Varese Sarabande). First edition based on the composer's autograph manuscripts. 40 pages. Released 12/1/16.


Week of February 28, 2017

Ann-Margret DefinitiveAnn-Margret: The Definitive Collection
(Real Gone Music - new on 2 CDs)
30 tracks from nine albums among her 1961-1966 RCA recordings, including the Bye Bye Birdie soundtrack. "Teach Me Tonight," "I Just Don't Understand," "It Do Me So Good," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Fever," "What Am I Supposed to Do," "Bachelor in Paradise," "MrWonderful," "Let Me Entertain You," "How Lovely to Be a Woman," "Bye Bye Birdie," "Take All the Kisses," "I'm in the Mood for Love," "You're the Boss," "The Lady Loves Me," "Man's Favorite Sport," "I'm Nobody's Baby," "Bill Bailey," "My Baby Just Cares for Me," "Mack the Knife," "Love Makes the World Go Round," "Our Language of Love," "The Pleasure Seekers," "Next Time," "Something to Think About," "Everything Makes Music When You're in Love," "Mister Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," "That Old Black Magic," "I Wanna Be Loved," "The Swinger." Booklet includes liner notes by Joe Marchese and vintage album artwork.

Chip Deffaa'as Mad About the Boy: The Original Cast AlbumChip Deffaa'as Mad About the Boy: The Original Cast Album
(Garret Mountain Records - new on CD-R/mp3)
Gay musical revue conceived, written, and directed by Chip Deffaa that played New York's 13th Street Theater. Mixes vintage numbers from the 1920s and '30s with originals by Deffaa. Musical direction by Richard Danley. Michael J. C. Andersun, John Brady, Joris De Graaf, Luka Fric, Benjamin Grier, Shinice Hemmings, Rayna Hirt, Cody Jordan, Michael Knowles, Toby Medlyn, Katherine Paulsen, Jon Peterson, Al Roths, Maite Uzal, Terri White. Available at CDBaby.com.

Consider YourselfConsider Yourself! The Highs Of Lionel Bart
(Cherry Red - new 5-CD import set)
Showcases all of Lionel Bart’s early triumphs including music from the historic productions of Oliver! which featured the young Steve Marriott as the Artful Dodger, Stanley Holloway, Ron Moody’s immortal Fagin, Georgia Brown's Nancy, and Barry Humphries as Mr Sowerberry, the undertaker. Includes songs from Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'be with Barbara Windsor, Sid James, Adam Faith and Max Bygraves; music from Blitz, the complete original score plus popular recordings "Far Away" performed by Shirley Bassey, and others. Also, songs Lionel wrote to put Tommy Steele on the map, including the compositions from The Duke Wore Jeans and Tommy the Toreador, and a panorama of his writing for the popular artists of the day, including Cliff Richard, Tommy Steele, Marty Wilde, Anthony Newley, Alma Cogan, Mark Wynter, Frankie Vaughan, Shane Fenton and Joe Brown. Includes the theme from From Russia With Love arranged by John Barry, and Lionel's own wonderfully eccentric recordings, the For Bart's Sake 10 solo album and his 1961 Christmas single. Track list at Amazon. Will be released first in the UK on 2/24/17; more information at Cherry Red Records website.

The Globe: Shakespeare's London Theatre
(Amerley - Hardcover Book)
By Nicholas Fogg. [Availability is uncertain.] 288 pages.

Karen MasonKaren Mason: It's About Time
(Zevely Records - new digital album)
"It's About Time" (Paul Rolnick and Shelly Markham), "Finding Wonderland," "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart," "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?," "Just in Time," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "Somewhere / the Impossible Dream," "The Man That Got Away," "A House is Not a Home," "Once Upon a Dream Come True," "Over the Rainbow." Bonus Tracks: "Fifty Percent," "Our Love Is Here to Stay." Liner notes by David Kenney.

Hal DavidHal David: His Magic Moments
(Dorrance Publishing Co. - hardcover book/Kindle Edition)
By Eunice David. Biography of lyricist Hal David (Promises, Promises written by his wife. 310 pages. Released 11/15/16.

CarouselLive From Lincoln Center: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel
(PBS - new on DVD)
Aired on PBS April 26, 2013. Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Stephanie Blythe, John Cullum, Jessie Mueller, Shuler Hensley, Jason Danieley, Kate Burton, Robert Fairchild, and Tiler Peck. New York Philharmonic. Directed by John Rando and choreography by Warren Carlyle, 150 minutes.

SpamiltonSpamilton
(DRG/eOne - new on CD/mp3)
Original cast recording. Dan Rosales, Nicholas Edwards, Juwan Crawley, Chris Anthony Giles, Nora Schell, along with special guest stars Christine Pedi and Glenn Bassett, and Music Director Fred Barton at the piano. Written by Gerard Alessandrini. "Lin-Manuel as Hamilton," "Aaron Burr, Sir," "My Shot" (The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Guys and Dolls, Singin in the Rain), "The Schuyler Sisters" (An American in Paris, The King and I, Avenue Q), "Lin-Manuel's Quest" (Man of La Mancha), "Beggar Woman #1" (Sweeney Todd), "A Winter's Ball," "You'll Be Back," "What'd I Miss?," "Ben Franklin, Sondheim, and Lin-Manuel" (Dear Mr. Gable, Into the Woods, Company), "The Rap-Off Contest" (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), "Yorktown," "Beggar Woman #2" (Sweeney Todd, Down with Love), "In the Heights," "Take a Break," "Say No to This," "The Book of Mormon," "Everybody's Got the Right," "Assassins," "Cool" (West Side Story), "Who Lives, Who Dies," "NYC" (Annie), "The Room Where It Happens," "The Story of Tonight." Musical arrangements by Richard Danley and Fred Barton. Produced by Hugh Fordin.


Week of February 21, 2017

and Then I Wrote The Music Man... and Then I Wrote The Music Man & Music From Meredith - Limited Edition
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
Rini and Meredith Willson tell and sing their story of The Music Man. Twofer album of ...and then I wrote The Music Man (with Meredith Willson at the piano, informally commenting on the show, telling its story, and singing the songs with his wife Rini) coupled with the instrumental album Music from "The Music Man" conducted by Meredith Willson (Willson conducts 16 instrumentals from the score), plus a rare 1962 promotional interview with Shirley Jones, and Jones' interpretation of "Being In Love." Disc One: "Rock Island," "Ya Got Trouble," "Piano Lesson," "Goodnight My Someone," "Seventy Six Trombones," "Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little / Goodnight Ladies," "My White Knight," "Marian the Librarian," "The Sadder But Wiser Girl for Me," "Shipoopi," "Lida Rose," "Will I Ever Tell You," "Till There Was You"; Disc Two: "Goodnight My Someone," "Gary Indiana," "Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little," "Sincere," "Shipoopi," "Lida Rose / Will I Ever Tell You," "Seventy Six Trombones," "Till There Was You," "Marian the Librarian," "It's You," "Wells Fargo Wagon," "Piano Lesson," "The Sadder-But-Wiser Girl," "My White Knight"; Bonus Tracks: Shirley Jones Interview (1962), "Being In Love" (Shirley Jones). Part of Stage Door Records' Collector's Series: first time on CD; retro-style LP packaging; limited to 500 copies. Also at Stage Door Records.

The BoyfriendThe Boyfriend Blu-ray
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1971 British-American musical comedy film adaptation of the musical The Boy Friend by Sandy Wilson. Twiggy, Christopher Gable, Max Adrian, Tommy Tune, Brian Murphy, Barbara Windsor, Vladek Sheybal. Directed by Ken Russell.

Bright LightsBright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
(HBO - new on DVD-R)
Given unusual access to each woman's home and life, directors Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens captured the quicksilver wit and intelligence shared by mother-daughter Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher as they orbited around each other, living separate lives but kept close by the gravitational pull of love and family. Shown on HBO, 95 minutes. Released 2/7/17.

Dear Evan HansenDear Evan Hansen OBC
(Atlantic Records - new on CD)
Score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Ben Platt, Laura Dreyfuss, Rachel Bay Jones, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Mike Faist, Michael Park, Will Roland and Kristolyn Lloyd, and Michael Lee Brown, Garrett Long, Olivia Puckett, Colton Ryan, and Asa Somers. "Anybody Have a Map?," "Waving Through A Window," "For Forever," "Sincerely, Me," "Requiem," "If I Could Tell Her," "Disappear," "You Will Be Found," "To Break In a Glove," "Only Us," "Good For You," "Words Fail," "So Big / So Small," "Finale." Produced by Atlantic Records, Alex Lacamoire, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and co-produced by Stacey Mindich. Released previously on mp3 and at iTunes.

Collins Love LetterJudy Collins: A Love Letter to Stephen Sondheim CD
(Wildflower - new on CD/mp3)
"No One Is Alone," "Finishing the Hat," "Not While I'm Around," "Take Me to the World," "Liaisons," "Move On," "Not a Day Goes By," "Send in the Clowns," "I'm Still Here," "Anyone Can Whistle."

Oxford Modern ShakespeareThe New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition: The Complete Works
(Oxford Univ Press - new Hardcover/Kindle Edition)
Edited by Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, Gabriel Egan. The editors frame the surviving original versions of Shakespeare's play-texts and poems around the latest literary, textual, and theatrical scholarship to date. Presents the plays and poetry in chronological order accompanied by extensive performance notes and introductory materials. [Recently in the news for crediting Christopher Marlowe as a co-author of Henry VI, Parts 1, 2, and 3.] Part of The New Oxford Shakespeare (available in a complete set), which also includes the Modern Critical Edition (with modern spelling), the Critical Reference Edition (with original spelling), the Authorship Companion, and an online version integrating all of the print material on a high-powered platform generated by Oxford University Press. 3382 pages. Released 12/27/16.

RipcordRipcord
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Play by David Lindsay-Abaire. Played in 2015 at Manhattan Theatre Club. 96 pages.

The Student PrinceThe Student Prince
(CPO - new on 2 CDs/mp3/at iTunes)
Sigmund Rosenberg operetta. Dominik Wortig, Vincent Schirrmacher, Anja Petersen, Frank Blees, Brigitte Schreiner, Theresa Nelles. Disc One, Act I: "Prologue: By Our Hearing So Sedate," "Golden Days: Down where the Neckar flows swiftly along," "Garlands Bright - Nicolas' Pipe," "To the Inn we're marching," "Drinking Song: Where is the maid - Come, boys, let's all be gay," "Drinking Song - To the Inn we're marching," "Heidelberg, beloved vision," "Gaudeamus igitur - Golden Days," "Deep in My Heart Dear," "Finale: Come, Sir, will you join our noble saxon corps?," "Serenade: Overhead the moon is beaming," "Waltz: Gaudeamus igitur - Hail youth and love," "Come Boys, Let's All Be Gay, Boys," "," "Disc 2, Act II, II, IV: "The Student Prince, Act II: Act II: Introdution," "Farmer Jacob lay asnoring in his feather bed," "Student Life," "Incidental Music - Flute Solo," "Finale: To the inn we're marching," "Opening and Ballet: Incidental Music," "Just we two," "The Flag that flies above us," "Gavotte," "Finale," "Serenade Intermezzo," "Opening chorus: Let Us Sing a Song," "Incidental Music," "Finale: To the Inn we're marching - Incidental Music," "Deep in my heart - Out March."WDR Rundfunkchor Köln, WDR Funkhausorchester Köln Conducted by John Mauceri, who also contributed to the booklet content. Released 1/20/17.


Week of February 14, 2017

Corey BrunishCorey Brunish: Throwback Thursday
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Actor/singer/Broadway producer Corey Brunish. "Imagine," "Just in Time," "Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)," "Lady Madonna," "Someone to Watch over Me," "Bye Bye Love," "Let It Be," "Norwegian Wood," "Rush and Rhythm," "Make You Feel My Love," "Wonderful World," "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," "Somewhere out There," "Some Other Time," "Hallelujah." Released 2/9/17.

Judy Collins Love Letter to Stephen SondheimJudy Collins: Love Letter to Sondheim DVD
(Cleopatra - new on DVD)
Filmed in May 2016 at The Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver, CO. Collins takes the audience through Stephen Sondheim's treasure-trove of music, interweaving stories of Broadway with her personal anecdotes. Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. With the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Glen Cortese. 90 minutes.

Kay ColeKay Cole: Souvenir
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Debut solo album for Kay Cole (A Chorus Line. "In My Life," "Out Here On My Own," "One Boy/You Are for Loving," "Simply," "I Think I Like You/My First Love Song," "Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man of Mine," "Moonfall," "My Fantasy," "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "Why Can’t I Forget?," "You’ll See," "That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard it Should Be," "What Did I Have That I Don’t Have?," "Souvenir/What I Did for Love." Produced by Bruce Kimmel. Music direction by John Boswell. At Kritzerland.com.

Larry ElgartLarry Elgart and His Orchestra: New Sounds at the Roosvelt / Music from the Broadway Hit Production Saratoga
(Fresh Sound Records - new on CD)
1959 album (14 tracks) from saxophonist Larry Elgart and his band at the Roosevelt Hotel (Al Cohn, Wayne Andre, John Murtaugh and Roger Middleton), plus Elgart's 12-track adaptation of the Broadway show Saratoga (score by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer) to his crisp, definite style. He chose the tunes he felt were best for the band, and assigned the arrangements to John Murtaugh and Ernie Wilkins, all brightened by some brief but strong, swinging solos. Digitally remastered."Let My People Swing," "Yearning (Just For You)," "You Should Have Told Me," "I Cried For You," "Honeysuckle Rose," "If Love Is Good To Me," "Mountain Greenery," "Cool-Aid," "Sleepy Time Gal," "Lagonda," "April," "Wabash Blues," "Blue Thursday," "Walkin'," "A Game of Poker / Love Held Lightly," "One Step—Two Step," "The Man in My Life," "The Cure," "Goose Never Be a Peacock," "Saratoga," "Have You Heard," "The Parks of Paris," "A Game of Poker," "You for Me," "Love Held Lightly," "Petticoat High." Released 2/10/17.

Philip Glass The CruciblePhilip Glass: Music for The Crucible
(Orange Mountain - new on CD/at iTunes)
Original music by Philip Glass from the 2016 Ivo Van Hove directed The Crucible on Broadway. 20 tracks. Released 1/20/17.

Vivian Reed StandardsVivian Reed: Standards and More
(new on CD/mp3)
"Just One of Those Things / Almost Like Being in Love / I'm Gonna Live 'Til I Die," "I Love Being Here with You / I Been There," "My Funny Valentine / In a Sentimental Mood," "You Can Have My Husband," "Bluer Than You," "Losing My Mind," "Mon Dieu," "A Train / Sweet Georgia Brown," "More," "Believe in Yourself." Released 2/2/17. CD format available at CDBaby.com


Week of February 7, 2017

Broadway ActorsBroadway Actors in Films, 1894-2015
(Mcfarland & Co. - Paperback Book)
by Roy Liebman. 277 pages.

Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryCharlie and the Chocolate Factory: Broadway Tie-In
(Puffin Books - Paperback Book)
By Roald Dahl. Illustrated by Quentin Blake. Classic book with a new cover. Age range: 8-12 years. 192 pages.

Freaky FridayFreaky Friday studio cast recording digital
(Disney - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Score by Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (lyrics). Heidi Blickenstaff, Emma Hunton, Jason Gotay, Storm Lever, Ann Harada, NaTasha Yvette Williams, Preston Sadleir, Alan H. Green, Bobby Smith, Jason SweetTooth Williams, Sherri L. Edelen. "Prologue," "Just One Day," "The Hourglass," "I Got This," "What You Got," "Oh, Biology," "Vows," "Busted," "Somebody Has Got to Take the Blame," "Watch Your Back," "Parents Lie," "Just One Day (Reprise)," "Not Myself Today," "Women and Sandwiches," "Bring My Baby (Brother) Home," "Go," "After All of This and Everything," "No More Fear," "The Other Hourglass," "Today and Ev'ry Day." Music supervision by Bryan Perri, orchestrations by Tom Kitt and Michael Starobin, vocal arrangements by Tom Kitt and Carmel Dean, and dance and incidental arrangements by Tom Kitt. CD to be released March 10.

Mixtape cassetteThe Hamilton Mixtape (Explicit)(Cassette)
(Atlantic - cassette tape)
"No John Trumbull (Intro)," "My Shot (with Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix]," "Take A Break (Interlude)," "Say Yes To This," "Congratulations," "Satisfied (with Miguel & Queen Latifah)," "Stay Alive (Interlude)," "Cabinet Battle 3 (Demo)," "It's Quiet Uptown," "History Has Its Eyes On You," "Who Tells Your Story (with Common & Ingrid Michaelson)," "Dear Theodosia (Reprise)."

Hamilton Mixtape vinylThe Hamilton Mixtape vinyl w/digital download
(Atlantic - new double vinyl album + digital)
Side 1: "No John Trumbull" (Intro), "My Shot" (with Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix], "Wrote My Way Out," "Wait For It," "An Open Letter" (with Shockwave) [Interlude], "Satisfied" (with Miguel & Queen Latifah); Side 2: "Dear Theodosia" (with Ben Folds), "Valley Forge" (Demo), "It's Quiet Uptown," "That Would Be Enough," "Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)"; Side 3: "You'll Be Back," "Helpless" (with Ja Rule), "Take A Break (Interlude), "Say Yes To This," "Congratulations," "Burn"; Side 4: "Stay Alive (Interlude), "Cabinet Battle 3" (Demo), "Washingtons By Your Side," "History Has Its Eyes On You," "Who Tells Your Story" (with Common & Ingrid Michaelson), "Dear Theodosia (Reprise)." Digital download included.

JitneyJitney: A Play - Broadway Tie-In Edition
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by August Wilson currently in Broadway premiere. 96 pages.

Ruthless!Ruthless! The Stage Mother of All Musicals
(Rhino Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Book and lyrics by Joel Paley, music by Marvin Laird. Original 2015 Off-Broadway cast. Peter Land, Kim Maresca, Tori Murray, Rita McKenzie, Andrea McCullough, and Tracy Jai Edwards. "Overture / Prologue," "Tina's Mother," "Born to Entertain," "Talent," "The Audition / to Play This Part," "Teaching Third Grade," What Is an Understudy" (Dialog), "Where Tina Gets It From," Talent Often Skips a Generation" (Dialog), "That Name," "Pippi in Tahiti," News Bulletin" (Dialog), "Teaching Third Grade (Reprise), "Judy Finds the Pippi Wig," "Talent (Reprise), "I Hate Musicals," "I Hate Musicals (Reprise), ""God Help Me, I'm Talented" (Dialog), "Angel Mom," "Montage (Dialog), "Penthouse Apartment," "It Will Never Be That Way Again," "I Want the Girl," "The Life and Times Of Ruth Delmarco," "Parents and Children," "The Critics Tried to Kill Me, But I'm Still Here (Dialog), "Ruthless!," "Talent (Reprise 2), "I'll Be an Unkie's Muncle" (Bernadette Peters), "Kisses and Hugs," "There's More to Life." Produced by Robert Sher. Music supervision by Marvin Laird and music direction by Ricky Romano. Released 12/23/16. CD version expected in the future.

What Playwrights Talk About What Playwrights Talk About When They Talk About Writing
(Yale Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Jeffrey Sweet. Edward Albee, Lanford Wilson, Lynn Nottage, A. R. Gurney, and a host of other major creative voices of the theater discuss the art of playwriting, from inspiration to production ... Arthur Kopit, Marsha Norman, Christopher Durang, David Hare, and many others offer insights into all aspects of the creative writing process as well as their personal views on the business, politics, and fraternity of professional theater. This essential work will give playwrights and playgoers alike a deeper and more profound appreciation of the art form they love. [Appears to be available ahead of release date.]


Week of January 31, 2017

Bells Are RingingBells Are Ringing Blu-ray
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1960 film adaptation of Broadway show, directed by Vincente Minnelli. Judy Holliday, Dean Martin, Jean Stapleton, Fred Clark. Score by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. 126 minutes.

EdelweissBilly Porter: "Edelweiss"
(Masterworks Broadway - new digital single on mp3/and at iTunes)
To be included on Porter's upcoming Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers album.

Dear Evan HansenDear Evan Hansen OBC - digital
(Atlantic Records - new digital mp3/at iTunes)
Score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Ben Platt, Laura Dreyfuss, Rachel Bay Jones, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Mike Faist, Michael Park, Will Roland and Kristolyn Lloyd, and Michael Lee Brown, Garrett Long, Olivia Puckett, Colton Ryan, and Asa Somers. "Anybody Have a Map?," "Waving Through A Window," "For Forever," "Sincerely, Me," "Requiem," "If I Could Tell Her," "Disappear," "You Will Be Found," "To Break In a Glove," "Only Us," "Good For You," "Words Fail," "So Big / So Small," "Finale." Produced by Atlantic Records, Alex Lacamoire, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and co-produced by Stacey Mindich. Pre-order includes instant download of "Waving Through A Window." CD version to be released February 24.

Drake's DreamDrake's Dream OLC
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
1977 musical score with music and lyrics by Lynne and Richard Riley. Digitally remastered. Paul Jones as Sir Francis Drake, David Burt as Thomas Doughty, Earl Jordan as The King Of Ternate, Caro Gurney as Queen Elizabeth I, and Janet Shaw as Mary Drake. "At the Court of Queen Elizabeth," "I've Always Had a Dream," "Let's Get Going," "Take a Little Time," "When The Winds Command Us Away," "She Plays a Dangerous Game," "Between Today and Tomorrow," "Sedition," "Waiting Isn't Easy," "Gold," "Nova Albion," "God of the Waters," "Spice of Life," "Oh Lord Protect Us," "Fa La La," "Sailing Around," "Finale." Also in the U.K. at Stage Door Records.

The King and IThe King and I DVD|Digital HD
(20th Century Fox - on two discs)
1956 film adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr, Rita Moreno, Maureen Hingert, Martin Benson. Looks like the DVD part of the 2014 blu-ray and R&H collection releases.

Len CariouLen Cariou Presents: These Are My Friends
(Golden Stage Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Live recording from The Living Room April 2016. First issue from new recording company. "My Friends," "The Secret Service" (with Anita Gillette), "All That Jazz" (with Karen Mason), "That's Life" (with Holt McCallany), "Since You Stayed Here" (with Liz Callaway), "Lucky To Be Me" (with Judy Kaye), "The Woman for the Man Who Has Everything" (with Penny Fuller), "It’s Today" (with Lee Roy Reams), "Our Love is Here to Stay," "One Halloween" (with Penny Fuller), "Don't Blame Me" (with Lee Roy Reams), "Music and the Mirror" (with Liz Callaway), "Little Lamb" (with Sami Gayle). Released 1/13/17. CD format expected in the future.

Oklahoma!Oklahoma! DVD|Digital HD
(20th Century Fox - on two discs)
1955 film adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Gene Nelson, Eddie Albert, Gloria Grahame, Rod Steiger. Looks like the DVD part of the 2014 blu-ray and R&H collection releases.

South PacificSouth Pacific DVD|Digital HD
(20th Century Fox - on two discs)
1958 film adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr, Juanita Hall, Frances Nuyen, Ray Walston. Looks like the DVD part of the 2014 blu-ray and R&H collection releases.


Week of January 24, 2017

Every Brilliant Thing
(Dramatist's Play Service - Paperback Book)
Play by Duncan MacMillan, produced in 2014 at Barrow Street Theatre. Released 11/16.

Bare NakedBare Naked
(Yellow Sound Label - new on CDs/mp3/at iTunes)
Debut album by songwriter Lynne Shankel. Features songs Lynne and lyricist Jon Hartmere wrote for the 2012 production of bare: The Musical and a dozen of Lynne's most recent songs. Disc One, bare: "A Million Miles From Heaven" (the Bare ensemble), "Drive You Outta Your Mind" (the Bare ensemble featuring Bonnie Milligan), "You Don't Know" (Lilli Cooper and Elizabeth Judd), "Best Friend" (Taylor Trensch and Alice Lee), "Hail Mary" (featuring Missi Pyle and Taylor Trensch), "What If I Told?" (the bare ensemble featuring Taylor Trensch and Michael Tacconi), "You're Not Alone" (Missi Pyle), "Best Friend REMIX" (Christopher J. Hanke, Patti Murin and the bare ensemble); Disc Two, Naked: "Anything Can Happen" (Caissie Levy), "Too Little Too Late" (Melinda Doolittle), "I Will Make Thunder" (Jenn Colella), "Anytime, Anywhere, Any Day" (Lindsay Mendez and Derek Klena), "I Got Real Good" (Whitney Bashor), "Mountain Of Sand" (Chester Gregory), "Full Moon In July" (Lindsay Mendez), "Drivin' With The Top Down" (Alice Lee), "Postcard American Town" (Katie Rose Clarke), "Brand New Day" (Derek Klena), "You Gotta Live Your Life" (Telly Leung and choir), "Pieces of Me" (Lynne Shankel). 50% of the proceeds from album sales go to benefit the Tyler Clementi Foundation. Produced by Lynne Shankel and Michael Croiter.

FalsettosFalsettos 2016 Broadway cast recording
(Ghostlight Records - new on 2 CDs)
The complete score by William Finn recorded for the first time. Stephanie J. Block, Christian Borle, Andrew Rannells, Anthony Rosenthal, Tracie Thoms, Brandon Uranowitz, and Betsy Wolfe. Also at Ghostlight Records. Act One – March of the Falsettos: "Four Jews in a Room Bitching," "2A Tight-Knit Family / Love Is Blind," "The Thrill of First Love," "Marvin at the Psychiatrist (A Three-Part Mini-Opera)," "My Father’s a Homo / Everyone Tells Jason to See a Psychiatrist," "This Had Better Come to a Stop," "I’m Breaking Down," "Please Come to Our House / Jason’s Therapy," "A Marriage Proposal / A Tight-Knit Family (Reprise)," "Trina’s Song / March of the Falsettos," "The Chess Game," "Making a Home," "The Games I Play," "Marvin Hits Trina," "I Never Wanted to Love You," "Father to Son." Act Two – Falsettoland: "Falsettoland / About Time," "Year of the Child," "Miracle of Judaism," "The Baseball Game," "A Day in Falsettoland," "Everyone Hates His Parents," "What More Can I Say?," "Something Bad Is Happening / More Racquetball," "Holding to the Ground," "Days Like This," "Canceling the Bar Mitzvah," "Unlikely Lovers," "Another Miracle of Judaism," "Something Bad Is Happening (Reprise)," "You Gotta Die Sometime," "Jason’s Bar Mitzvah," "What Would I Do?," "Falsettoland (Reprise)." Digital release on 12/13/16: mp3 and iTunes.

Judy and IJudy and I: My Life with Judy Garland
(Chicago Review Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition to be released 3/1/17)
By Sid Luft, Judy Garland's third husband. Afterword by Randy L. Schmidt." Previously unpublished, and only recently found, Sid Luft's intimate autobiography tells their story." 480 pages.

Living on Love
(Dramatist's Play Service - Paperback Book)
Play by Joe DiPietro produced on Broadway in 2015. Released 11/16.

Shapiro Sisters: Time RevealsShapiro Sisters: Time Reveals
(Broadway Records - new EP on CD/mp3)
Studio EP. "I Never Dreamed," "Fragmented," "Just a Girl," "Mama Who Bore Me," "Who Will Love Me As I Am?"

Song of SolomonSong of Solomon
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3)
Original concept album. Music by Andrew Beall and lyrics by Neil Van Leeuwen. Ramin Karimloo, Alison Luff, Casey Manning, Alexander Gemignani, Hayden Tee, Jessica Foster, Alessandra Baldacchino, and Desi Oakley, with a full orchestra. "Song of Solomon," "Rose of Sharon," "Falling with You," "Solid Rock," "Stand Up Israel," "Light of the Moon," "Bring in the Stones," "Dance of the Temple," "Palace Encounters," "Alone," "Final Confrontation," "Finale." Produced by Michael Croiter and Andrew Beall. Also at Broadway Records.

Wait Until DarkWait Until Dark Blu-ray
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1967 film based on Frederick Knott's play. Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna, Jack Weston, Julie Herrod, and Efrem Zimbalist Jr. 108 minutes.

You Will Remember MeYou Will Remember Me
(Talonbooks - Paperback Book)
Play by François Archambault, translated by Bobby Theodore. Premiered in Toronto in 2014. American premiere at Hudson Stage Company in Armonk, NY, October 2016. 112 pages.


Week of January 17, 2017

Brutus and Other HeroinesBrutus and Other Heroines: Playing Shakespeare's Roles for Women
(Nick Hern Books - new paperback book/Kindle edition)
By Harriet Walter. An exploration of the Shakespearean canon through the eyes of a self-identified "feminist actor" – but, above all, a remarkable account of an acting career unconstrained by tradition or expectations. 224 pages.

A Dog StoryA Dog Story original Off-Broadway cast
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Music and lyrics by Gayla D. Morgan. The musical at The Loft at the Davenport Theatre. David Perlman, Lindsie VanWinkle, Brian Ray Norris and Stefanie Brown "Married Over Labor Day," "Get a Dog," "Freedom," "It's Cuz of You," "All About the Dog," "Because of Her," "Vacation/Training Tango," "Cupid's Lullaby," "The Nightmare," "Cupid's Lullaby Reprise," "Let s Make Some Noise," "Better Saturday Nights," "Please Come Home," "Get a Dog Reprise." Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

The Gang's All HereThe Gang's All Here
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
World premiere CD release of the 1943 Twentieth Century Fox musical soundtrack. Songs by Leo Robin and Harry Warren. Musical direction by Alfred Newman. The film starred Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, James Ellison, Phil Baker, Benny Goodman and his Orchestra, Eugene Pallette, Charlotte Greenwood, and Dave Willock. Includes all the music recorded for the film, as well as a few unused cues, all culled from materials in the Fox vaults and restored by Mike Matessino. "Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here," "You Discover You're in New York," "Acuerdo," "Digga A Ella" (The Uncle Samba), "P'ra Que Disquitir," "Let's Dance," "Minnie's in the Money," "A Journey to a Star" (instrumental), "Soft Winds," "The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat," "A Journey to a Star," "The Kiss," "Later Tonight / The Jitters," "Newspaper Montage / Befuddled," "No Love, No Nothin'," "Marlbrough" (Jolly Good Fellow), "Party Rehearsal" (No Love, No Nothin'), "The Dance" (No Love, No Nothin'), "Blackmail Sequence," "Minnie's in the Money" (instrumental), "The Panther / Pulling the Picture," "Swan Song / Paducah," "A Journey to a Star" (Reprise), "Polka Dot Polka — Finale" (A Journey to a Star), "Unused Music," "You Discover You're in New York" (instrumental), "No Love, No Nothin'" (score cue), "Minnie's in the Money" (alternate), "The Gang's All Here" (fanfare). Limited release of 1000 copies only. Order at Kritzerland.com.

Hamilton Strum and SingHamilton: Strum & Sing Guitar book
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Unplugged and pared-down ... collection features ten songs from Hamilton presented with just chords and lyrics. Titles include: "Alexander Hamilton," "Burn," "Dear Theodosia," "Hurricane," "It's Quiet Uptown," "My Shot," "One Last Time," "That Would Be Enough," "Wait for It," "You'll Be Back."

Judy HollidayJudy Holliday: From Broadway To Hollywood [Original Recordings Remastered]
(Jasmine Music - new import CD)
"Full of Life," "These Will Be the Good Old Days (Twenty Years From Now), "Trouble Is a Man," "How About Me," "What I Was Warned About," "I Got Lost in His Arms," "What'll I Do," "Lonely Town," "Am I Blue," "Confession," "An Occasional Man," "A Ride on a Rainbow," "Where Have You Been," "I'm One of God's Children (Who Hasn't Got Wings)," "Loving You," "The Party's Over," "It's a Perfect Relationship," "Better Than a Dream (wDean Martin)," "Just in Time" (with Dean Martin & Chorus), "Drop That Name" (with Chorus), "The Party's Over (with Chorus), "I'm Going Back," "Finale" (Orchestra and Chorus)." Released 10/14/16.

The Lost Group Volume IVThe Lost Group Theatre Plays: Vol IV: Men in White, Big Night, & Night Over Taos (Volume 4)
(CreateSpace - new paperback book)
Three of the "lost" plays presented by the famed Group Theatre and later produced by ReGroup Theatre: Maxwell Anderson's Night Over Taos, Dawn Powell's original version of Big Night, and Sidney Kingsley's Men in White. Also included is an essay on Big Night by Powell biographer Patricia Palermo and a new Afterword by Allie Mulholland. Mikiodo, photographer. 300 pages. Also available are Volume I (1931 by Claire & Paul Sifton, Success Story by John Howard Lawson, and Gentlewoman by John Howard Lawson), Volume II (Weep For The Virgins by Nellise Child, Casey Jones by Robery Ardrey, and Classic Thunder Rock by Robery Ardrey), and Volume III (The House Of Connelly by Paul Green, Johnny Johnson by Paul Green, and Case Of Clyde Griffiths by Erwin Piscator).

Marjorie PrimeMarjorie Prime
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Jordan Harrison (Maple and Vine). Presented at Playwrights Horizons in 2015. 96 pages.

Shakespeare HytnerShakespeare in the Theatre: Nicholas Hytner
(Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare - Hardcover book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Abigail Rokison-Woodall. Examines the work of theatre director Nicholas Hytner (Artistic Director of the National Theatre from 2003-2015). Featuring case studies of Hytner's Shakespeare productions and interviews with actors, designers, directors and other practitioners with whom Hytner has worked. 264 pages.

Three Sisters
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Tracy Letts adaptation of Chekhov classic.

Curtis StigersOne More For The Road: Curtis Stigers with the Danish Radio Big Band
(Concord Jazz - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
"Come Fly With Me," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Don't Worry 'Bout Me," "You Make Me Feel So Young," "My Kind Of Town," "Fly Me To The Moon," "Summer Wind," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," "The Lady Is A Tramp," "One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)." Recorded live in Copenhagen.

Totally ScriptedTotally Scripted: Idioms, Words, and Quotes from Hollywood to Broadway That Have Changed the English Language
(Lyons Press - Paperback Book)
By Josh Chetwynd. Approximately 100 essays on words, phrases and idioms made famous by Hollywood along with the stories behind 30 or so of the most iconic—and ultimately often used—quotes from films ... And, a sidebar on William Shakespeare’s unique contribution to the English language. 232 pages.


Week of January 10, 2017

Barbara CarrollBarbara Carroll Plays at Birdland
(Birdland Records - new on CD/mp3)
Barbara Carroll live at Birdland, with Jay Leonhart. "I've Got the World on a String," "Midnight Sun," "Duke Ellington Medley," "The Folks Who Live on the Hill," "You Must Believe in Spring," "Body and Soul," "The Man I Love." Available at CDBaby.com. Released in 2016.

The Harvey GirlsThe Harvey Girls
(Warner Archive - DVD-R)
1946 MGM musical film. Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Ray Bolger, Angela Lansbury, Preston Foster, Virginia O'Brien, Kenny Baker, Marjorie Main, Chill Wills, Cyd Charisse. Songs by Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer. 101 minutes.

His Girl FridayHis Girl Friday (The Criterion Collection)
(Criterion Collection - new 2-disc Blu-ray set)
1940 film adaptation of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's play The Front Page. Cast includes Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart, John Qualen. Directed by Howard Hawks. Extras include: New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray; new 2K restoration of Lewis Milestone's The Front Page (1931), made from a recently discovered print of the director's preferred version; new interview with film scholar David Bordwell about His Girl Friday; archival interviews with director Howard Hawks; featurettes from 1999 and 2006 about Hawks, actor Rosalind Russell, and the making of His Girl Friday; radio adaptation of His Girl Friday from 1940; new piece about the restoration of The Front Page; new piece about playwright and screenwriter Ben Hecht; radio adaptations of the play The Front Page from 1937 and 1946; His Girl Friday trailers; booklet featuring essays on His Girl Friday and The Front Page by film critics Farran Smith Nehme and Michael Sragow. New cover art.

I'll Cry TomorrowI'll Cry Tomorrow
(Warner Archive - DVD-R)
1955 biopic of Lillian Roth, based on her autobiography. Susan Hayward, Richard Conte, Eddie Albert, Don Taylor, Margo, and Jo Van Fleet.

In the Good Old SumemrtimeIn the Good Old Summertime
(Warner Archive - DVD-R)
1949 musical film based on Miklós László's Parfumerie. Judy Garland, Van Johnson, Spring Byington, Buster Keaton, Liza Minnelli. 103 minutes.


Week of January 3, 2017

Five Plays by Samuel HunterFive Plays by Samuel D. Hunter
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Rest, A Great Wilderness, The Few, A Permanent Image and Pocatello. 400 pages.

Kinky Boots vinylKinky Boots OBC vinyl
(Masterworks Broadway - vinyl double album)
Score by Cyndi Lauper. Stark Sands, Billy Porter, Tory Ross, Annaleigh Ashford,. "Price and Son Theme / The Most Beautiful Thing in the World," "Take What You Got," "Land of Lola," "Charlie's Soliloquy," "Step One," "Sex Is in the Heel," "The History of Wrong Guys," "Not My Father's Son," "Everybody Say Yeah," "What a Woman Wants," "In This Corner," "Charlie's Soliloquy (Reprise)," "Soul of a Man," "Hold Me in Your Heart," "Raise You Up / Just Be."

LegacyLegacy, a Musical Indictment
(Kindle Edition)
New historical hip-hopera by November Christine about the 16th century priest Martin Luther. Song "Are You the Man" available on mp3.

CarouselRodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel: The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Part of The Applause Libretto Library Series. 160 pages.


Week of December 27, 2016

All the Ways to Say I Love YouAll The Ways to Say I Love You: Two Plays and One Short Story: Off-Broadway Edition
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by Neil LaBute produced in 2016 at Lucille Lortel Theatre, starring Judith Light. Also included is All My White Sins Forgiven, the one-act companion play that gives depth and context to All The Ways To Say I Love You, and the short story "With Hair of Hand-Spun Gold." 112 pages.

Do You Wanna Dance?Do You Wanna Dance? original cast recording
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/iTunes)
Cast recording of Mark Brymer and John Jacobson's jukebox musical created for production in schools. "Overture," "Dancing in the Street," "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow," "Your Mama Don't Dance / Why Can't I Dance," "Dancing in the Street (Reprise)," "Do You Wanna Dance? (Ballad Version)," "How Sweet It Is," "Politics Of Dancing / Why Can't I Dance," "Neutron Dance," "Boogie Wonderland," "Dancing in the Street Protest," "Shake Your Groove Thing / Shake Your Booty," "Bust a Move," "Pomp and Circum-dance," "Walking on Sunshine," "Dancing Machine," "Do You Wanna Dance? (Uptempo Version)," "Mega-Mix (Medley)." Released 12/16/16.

Edinburgh TheatresEdinburgh's Festival and King's Theatres
(Amerley - Paperback Book/Kindle)
By Jack Gillon. Part of the Through Time series. The King's Theatre, one of Britain’s most opulent touring venues, built in 1905; and The Festival Theater, which stands on Edinburgh’s longest continuous theater site, dating as far back as 1830. 96 pages.

Joan RiversLast Girl Before Freeway: The Life, Loves, Losses, and Liberation of Joan Rivers
(Little, Brown and Company - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook)
Biography by Leslie Bennetts. 432 pages. Released 11/15/16. Audiobook read by Erin Bennett. Released 11/15/16.

Mary McCartney: Twelfth NightMary McCartney: Twelfth Night
(HENI Publishing - Hardcover Book)
Photography by Mary McCartney; Introduction by Mark Rylance. Photograph study of Mark Rylance as he applied his make-up prior to his performance as Olivia in Shakespeare's Globe Theater's Twelfth Night, and of the rest of the cast, including Stephen Fry in the role of Malvolio, backstage. Captures the entire performative arc undertaken by each of the actors and musicians involved; from both the intense psychological preparation to the candid moments of relaxation that accompany the intensity of the stage wings. 156 pages.

Mary Page Marlowe
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Play by Tracy Letts. Premiered at Steppenwolf in Chicago in 2016. 112 pages.

TrentTrent Armand Kendall + Brass Illusion
(Onemoe Music - new on CD-R/mp3/iTunes)
Trent Armand Kendall (Picture Incomplete). "Spinning Wheel," "On Broadway / Stand by Me," "My Girl," "Superstar / Love the One You're With," "People Get Ready / Love Train," "Forget You," "This {Crazy} Love," "When Love Comes to Town," "The Approaching Storm," "A Change Is Gonna Come," "Caldonia," "Is You Is / Love Me or Leave Me," "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying," "Blues in the Night."


Week of December 20, 2016

Almost Unknown Sondheim.The Almost Unknown Stephen Sondheim: 39 Previously Unpublished Songs from 17 Shows and Films - Piano/Vocal
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
"Boom Crunch" (cut from Into the Woods), "Bounce" (from Bounce), "The Boy From..." (from The Mad Show), "Darling" (cut from Merrily We Roll Along), "Don't Laugh" (from Hot Spot), "Echo Song" (cut from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), "Farewell" (cut from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), "First Vaudeville" (from the 1998 reading Wise Guys), "Flag Song" (cut from Assassins), "God" (from Sondheim on Sondheim), "A Hero Is Coming" (cut from Anyone Can Whistle), "High Life" (from the unproduced musical The Last Resorts), "The House Of Marcus Lycus" (cut from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), "I Must Be Dreaming" (from All That Glitters), "I Wish" (from the unproduced Jim Henson Film Into the Woods), "I Wouldn't Change a Thing" (from the unproduced musical The Last Resorts), "Invocation (Forget War)" (cut from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) , "The Lame, the Halt, And the Blind" (cut from Anyone Can Whistle), "A Little House for Mama" (from Wise Guys), "Looks" (from the unproduced film musical Singing Out Loud), "Love Is In the Air" (cut from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), "Make It Through the Night" (from Wise Guys), "My Husband the Pig" (cut from A Little Night Music), "My Two Young Men" (from Wise Guys), "The Natives Are Restless" (cut from Anyone Can Whistle), "Next to You" (from Wise Guys), "The Night Is the Best Time Of the Day," "Night Waltz III" (cut from A Little Night Music), "The One on the Left" (cut from Sunday In the Park With George), "Pour Le Sport" (from the unproduced musical The Last Resorts), "Prayers" (cut from Pacific Overtures), "Rich And Happy" (cut from Merrily We Roll Along), "Second Midnight" (original version), "Singing Out Loud" (from the unproduced film musical Singing Out Loud), "Soldiers And Girls" (cut from Sunday In the Park With George), "Thank You for Coming" (cut from Merrily We Roll Along), "There's Always a Woman" (cut from Anyone Can Whistle), "There's Something About a War" (cut from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), "Window Across the Way" (cut from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum). 356 pages.

From Broadway with Love - OrlandoFrom Broadway With Love-Benefit Concert for Orlando
(Broadway Records - new on CD/DVD/Blu-ray)
Features song, dance and special appearances from performers including Darren Criss, Chita Rivera, Norbert Leo Butz, Kelli O'Hara, Jessie Mueller, Wilson Cruz, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Carmen Cusack, Andrea McArdle, Lilla Crawford, Priscilla Lopez, Lillias White, Liz Callaway, Josh Henry, Keala Settle, Anika Larsen, Justin Sargent, Carrie Manolakos, LaRue Howard, Michelle Lindahl, Justin Lore, Ménage, VarieTease and the Orlando Voices United Choir, as well as SiriusXM Broadway hosts Seth Rudetsky and Christine Pedi. The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, who will donate their performance as one of the sponsors for the evening, accompanies the performers. Michael J. Moritz, Music Director. Recorded and filmed live at the Disney Theatre at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Net proceeds raised from the performance (royalties and artist fees waived) by From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Orlando will be donated equally between the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, Hope and Help Center of Central Florida and Zebra Coalition. All formats also available at BroadwayRecords.com.

Hairspray LiveHairspray Live!
(Universal Studios - new on DVD)
To be telecast live on NBC December 7, 2016. Cast includes Dove Cameron, Kristin Chenoweth, Garrett Clayton, Harvey Fierstein, Ariana Grande, Derek Hough, Jennifer Hudson, and Martin Short. Kenny Leon directs. Book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan. Music by Marc Shaiman. Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman.

May IrwinMay Irwin: Singing, Shouting, and the Shadow of Minstrelsy (Music in American Life)
(Univ of Illinois Press - new paperback book)
By Sharon Ammen. Story of May Irwin (1862-1938), reigning queen of comedy and "coon" songs on the American stage. Traces the comedic performer's colorful and successful career and also examines the strategies that Irwin employed to maintain both popularity and power while stepping far outside traditionally defined boundaries of late nineteenth-century womanhood. 288 pages.

Moana songbookMoana: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Features original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Nine songs from the soundtrack including: "How Far I'll Go," "I Am Moana (Song of the Ancestors)," "An Innocent Warrior," "Know Who You Are," "Logo Te Pate," "Shiny," "We Know the Way," "Where You Are," "You're Welcome." Souvenir folio also includes beautiful full-color scenes from the film. 48 pages.


Week of December 13, 2016

Boys in the BandThe Boys in the Band: Flashpoints of Cinema, History, and Queer Politics
(Wayne State Univ Press - Paperback Book)
Contributors: Matt Bell (Editor), David A. Gerstner, Amy Villarejo, Joe Wlodarz, James Wilson, Stephen Vider, Matthew Tinkcom, Steven Cohan, Nick Davis, Ramzi Fawaz, J. Todd Ormsbee, Ryan Powell. Essays that pose and answer questions about the film [based on Mart Crowley's play] in remarkably different ways. Cultural analysis, archival research, interviews, study of film traditions, and theoretical framing intensify their readings of the film. 336 pages.

Dry PowderDry Powder: A Play
(Grove Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Sarah Burgess. Originally produced in March 2016 at Public Theater. 112 pages.

FalsettosFalsettos 2016 Broadway cast recording digital
(Ghostlight Records - new digital mp3/iTunes)
The complete score by William Finn recorded for the first time. Stephanie J. Block, Christian Borle, Andrew Rannells, Anthony Rosenthal, Tracie Thoms, Brandon Uranowitz, and Betsy Wolfe. Also at Ghostlight Records. Act One – March of the Falsettos: "Four Jews in a Room Bitching," "2A Tight-Knit Family / Love Is Blind," "The Thrill of First Love," "Marvin at the Psychiatrist (A Three-Part Mini-Opera)," "My Father's a Homo / Everyone Tells Jason to See a Psychiatrist," "This Had Better Come to a Stop," "I'm Breaking Down," "Please Come to Our House / Jason's Therapy," "A Marriage Proposal / A Tight-Knit Family (Reprise)," "Trina's Song / March of the Falsettos," "The Chess Game," "Making a Home," "The Games I Play," "Marvin Hits Trina," "I Never Wanted to Love You," "Father to Son." Act Two – Falsettoland: "Falsettoland / About Time," "Year of the Child," "Miracle of Judaism," "The Baseball Game," "A Day in Falsettoland," "Everyone Hates His Parents," "What More Can I Say?," "Something Bad Is Happening / More Racquetball," "Holding to the Ground," "Days Like This," "Canceling the Bar Mitzvah," "Unlikely Lovers," "Another Miracle of Judaism," "Something Bad Is Happening (Reprise)," "You Gotta Die Sometime," "Jason's Bar Mitzvah," "What Would I Do?," "Falsettoland (Reprise)." CD to be released 1/27/17.

Florence Foster JenkinsFlorence Foster Jenkins
(Paramount - new on Blu-ray/DVD)
2016 film featuring Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant. Extras to include: Deleted Scenes, "Ours is a Happy World", The Music and Songs of Florence, From Script to Screen, Designing the Look, Florence Foster Jenkins World Premiere, Q&A with Meryl Streep, Live at Carnegie Hall. 110 minutes.

HolidayHoliday
(VAI - new on DVD)
Original made for TV musical produced and directed by Max Liebman that aired live on June 9, 1956. Music by Clay Warnick and Mel Pahl, based on themes of Johann Strauss, Jr. Lyrics by Edward Eager, book by William Friedberg and Neil Simon. Includes the original commercials as a separate bonus feature. Black & white, 90 minutes. Doretta Morrow, Keith Andes, Kitty Carlisle, Jacques d'Amboise, Tammy Grimes, and George Irving. Featured dancers Bambi Linn and Rod Alexander

No Pay, No NudityNo Pay, Nudity
(Monterey Media - new Blu-ray/DVD/Digital download)
New film by Lee Wilkof. features Boyd Gaines, Donna Murphy, and Frances Conroy. Frances Conroy, Gabriel Byrne, and Nathan Lane Frances Conroy, Gabriel Byrne, and Nathan Lane. "About a middle aged actor who has lost his way, and how he relies on his friends, who he hangs out with in the Equity Lounge. He finds his way back to what he loves when he returns to his hometown in Dayton, Ohio, to play the fool in King Lear, and connects with an old girlfriend. 92 minutes.

SchikanederSchikaneder cast album
(Hitsquad Records - new import 2-CD set)
New musical with score by Stephen Schwartz about the actor, singer, director, writer and impresario Emanuel Schikaneder (The Magic Flute ) and his wife, Eleonore Schikaneder. World premiere Vienna cast. In German. Also available now at Amazon Germany. Released earlier in the U.S. on mp3/at iTunes.


Week of December 6, 2016

A New YearAnnaleigh Ashford: A New Year
(new single mp3/at iTunes)
Song by Will Van Dyke and Jeff Talbott. Ashford backed by her live band The Whiskey 5, which includes Van Dyke (piano), Alec Berlin (guitar), Steve Gilewski (bass), Mason Ingram (drums), and Allison Seidner (cello). Recorded in New York City and was mixed by Grammy winner Derik Lee and Ian Kagey. Oscar Zambrano mastered the recording.

From Backpacks to BroadwayFrom Backpacks to Broadway: Children's Experiences in Musical Theatre
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book)
By Rekha S. Rajan (visiting associate professor of research at Concordia University Chicago). Explores the questions: How then does involvement in musical theater support children's learning through the performing arts? What do children value from their musical theater experiences and how do these experiences influence children's personal, social, and artistic lives? through children's participation as singers, actors, and dancers, in school-based, community, and professional musical theater. Constructs a framework of musical theater participation, and applies broader educational implications to highlight the unique characteristics of musical theater in children's lives. 150 pages.

FencesFences (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
(Sony Classical - new on CD)
Soundtrack for 2016 movie version of August Wilson's play. Score by Marcelo Zarvos. The film stars Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson and Saniyya Sydney.

Guards at the Taj and Mr WolfGuards at the Taj and Mr. Wolf: Two Plays
(Soft Skull Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Two plays by Rajiv Joseph. Mr. Wolf premiered at South Coast Repertory in Los Angeles in 2015. 260 pages.

Laura OsnesLaura Osnes: Christmas, Will You Stay?
(Motta Music LLC - new single mp3/at iTunes)
New song by Michael Mott. Orchestrations by Kim Scharnberg. Laura Osnes with Jeremy Roberts on piano, Antoine Silverman on violin, Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf on cello, Kim Scharnberg on trombone, and Gwynn Griffin on flute, alto flute, piccolo, and wind controller. Co-produced by Mott, Roberts, and Scharnberg and executive-produced by Stacy Swain.

p>Mary Martin Hi-HoMary Martin Sings Walt Disney & Other Rarities
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
CD debut of Mary Martin's 1958 album "Hi-Ho" featuring songs from Snow White, Pinocchio, and Bambi. Plus rare bonus tracks. "Hi-Ho," "Lavender Blue," "One Song," "Whistle While You Work," "I Bring You a Song," "I'm Late," "With a Smile and a Song," "Some Day My Prince Will Come," "I'm Wishing," "The Magic Song - Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo," "When You Wish Upon a Star," "I Wonder," "Once Upon a Dream," "Sing a Smiling Song," "Making Believe It's Christmas Eve," "Motherless Child," "Daughter of Silence," "I Got the Sun in the Morning," "My Creed," "The Sweetest Sight," "Mary Martin Reads 'The Little Lame Lamb' - Part 1," "Mary Martin Reads 'The Little Lame Lamb' - Part 2." Part of Stage Door's "Collector's Series" with retro style LP packaging, sleeve notes by Alan Eichler, digitally remastered from stereo reel to reel, and limited to 500 copies. Also directly from the UK at StageDoorRecords.com.

Nick BlaemireNick Blaemire: The Ampersand
(Unsigned Records - new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
Nick Blaemire (tick, tick ... BOOM!) with Packy Lundholm (bass, guitars, synths, percussion), Nathional Warren (keys), Paul Hall (drums), Mark Fullerton (alto/tenor sax), Parris Fleming (trumpet), Edwin Velazquez (trombone), Jo Lampert and Ava Delaney (backup vocals), Leon (additional guitars, keys, percussion), and Antoine Katz (additional bass). Arrangements by Packy Lundholm, mixing by Chris Leon, Bill Prokopow, and Noam Wallenberg, and original arrangements by Jesse Vargas. Produced by Leon and Lundholm."Coffee & Wine" (with Daniel J. Watts), "She's You," "Evaporate," "Trees" (with Jo Lampert), "Balancing," "Headturner" (with Daniel J. Watts), "Trouble."

SchikanederSchikaneder cast album digital
(Hitsquad Records - new import 2-CD set mp3/at iTunes)
New musical with score by Stephen Schwartz about the actor, singer, director, writer and impresario Emanuel Schikaneder (The Magic Flute) and his wife, Eleonore Schikaneder. World premiere Vienna cast. In German. Also available now at Amazon Germany. CD to be available in the U.S. as an import on December 16.

SingSing
(Republic - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Songs from animated film Scarlett Johansson, Seth MacFarlane, Reese Witherspoon, Tori Kelly, Jennifer Hudson, Taron Egerton, Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, Matthew McConaughey, Nick Kroll, Mýa, Jewel & Martina McBride, Gipsy Kings. "Set It All Free," "My Way," "Shake It Off," "Hallelujah," "Golden Slumbers," "Don't You Worry About a Thing," "Faith," "Call Me Maybe," "Butterfly," "Ride Like the Wind," "The Way I Feel Inside," "The Promise & The Prize," "Bad Romance," "Anaconda," "Stay with Me," "Universal fanfare," "Kiss from a Rose," "Firework," "Venus," "Bamboléo," "Happy Birthday to You," "Come Fly with Me" (sung by Seth MacFarlane), "My Happy Ending," "Eye of the Tiger," "The Humpty Dance," "Fly Me to the Moon" (sung by Seth MacFarlane).

Vivian ReedVivian Reed: Yours Until Tomorrow: Epic Years
(SoulMusic Records - new on CD)
First ever CD compilation of Vivian Reed's Epic Records sessions from 1968 to 1971. "Baby Baby (I'll Be Your Woman Till I Die)," "I," "Yours Until Tomorrow," "I Wanna Be Free," "Look the Other Way," "Down Here on the Ground," "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling / (You're My) Soul and Inspiration," "Harper Valley P.T.A," "Walk on My Side," "Let's Fall in Love All Over," "The Shape of Things to Come," "I've Gotta Be Me," "Somewhere," "Mama Open the Door," "Then I'll Be Over You," "Unbelievable," "Lean on Me," "Missing You," "I Feel the Earth Move," "Don't Close the Door on Me."


Week of November 29, 2016

Accoustically SpeakingAdam Pascal & Anthony Rapp - Acoustically Speaking: Celebrating 20 Years of Friendship - Live at Feinstein's / 54
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Recorded live at Feinstein's/54 Below in October 2016. "Love Will Stand When All Else Falls," "Lover, You Should've Come Over / Johanna," "The Other Guy (Interlude)," "Open Arms," "Intro: Maybe This Time," "Maybe This Time," "Intro: Memory," "Memory," "Tempted," "Losing My Religion," "The Origin of Love," "Band Intro (Interlude)," "Intro: Falling Slowly," "Falling Slowly," "Don't Give Up," "But Not For Me," "Intro: Happiness," "Happiness," "Intro: Visits To You," "Visits To You," "Without You," "What You Own," "One Song Glory," "Seasons of Love."

Apprenticeship of Duddy KravitzThe Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
2015 cast from limited run Montreal production. Alan Menken and David Spencer score. Cast includes Ken James Stewart, George Masswohl, Marie-Pierre de Brienne, Adrian Marchuk, Victor A. Young, Howard Jerome, David Coomber, Sam Rosenthal, Michael Rudder, and Kristian Truelsen. The show, first presented at the 1987 American Music Theatre Festival in Philadelphia, has been rewritten from the ground up, with "a handful" of songs remaining from the Philadelphia version, "and most of those altered in shape." "Overture," "The Man You're Gonna Be," "The Somebody Riffs – Riff 1," "The Somebody Riffs – Riff 2," "A Man Without Land -1 ," "Leaving StUrbain Street," "Don't Let Him Worry You - 1," "Hey Boychick," "You Fascinate Me," "One Dollar Betting Limit," "How Could I Not?," "I'm Gonna Buy This Lake," "A Man Without Land - 2," "Art and Commerce," "What a Liar!," "Unfinished Business," "I Like Trains," "Small Reprises, Big Problems," "Act 1 Finale," "Turn It Around – 1," "Turn It Around – 2," "Turn It Around – 3," "Don't Let Him Worry You – 2 / A Man Without Land – 3," "Softie," "Come to Think of It," "The Final Hustle," "A Man Without Land IV," "Welcome Home," "The Man You're Gonna Be (Finale)," "Schnorrer's Day (Bonus Track)." Also at GhostlightRecords.com.

Cabot CoveCabot Cove
(Broadway Records - new EP album on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Songs by Joel B. New, in the theme of the world of Jessica Fletcher. Performed by Lisa Howard. "The Corpse Danced at Midnight," "Dirge for a Dead Dachshund," "Goodbye, Charlie," "The Dead Must Sing (Gloria)," "Murder in a Minor Key," "Cabot Cove." Produced by Lorenzo Wolff. Orchestrations by Scott Wasserman. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Carmen CussackCarmen Cusack Live at Feinstein's / 54 Below
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Carmen Cusack (Bright Star) solo concert debut recorded live at Feinstein's/54 Below in August 2016. "Strong is the Heart," "Tell Me She Didn't," "If You Knew My Story," Anything could happen and probably will..., "What Do Ya Say, Jimmy Ray" (with Joe Jung), "I Have You," My first memory of a musical..., "Secret Love," Movies were my window into musicals..., "Past Roles Medley (Think of Me/I Dreamed a Dream/The Wizard and I/Back to Before)," "You Don't Know This Man," I'll let you decide..., "Shane," "Way Back in the Day," You'll remember this..., "Wayfaring Stranger," My time in London..., "Stop," "Lilac Wine," I get quite nostalgic..., "Meadow Lane," Speaking of old friends..., "For Good" (with Katie Rose Clark), It will take you into next week, next month, next year..., "Sun is Gonna Shine Again" (with Edie Brickell), Engraved in my heart..., "At Last," I have to go buy myself a guitar..."," "The Story," Bonus Track: "What Do Ya Say, Jimmy Ray" (with Paul Telfer).

Charles BuschCharles Busch Live at Feinstein's / 54 Below
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Recorded live at Feinstein's/54 Below in June 2016. "Star," "Taking a Chance on Love," Tom, The Gay Cruise, Helen Morgan, "Bill," Ya Never Know in Cabaret, "Summer Wind/That Sunday, That Summer," Travel, "Road to Morocco," The Greatest Night, "With So Little to Be Sure Of/Too Many Mornings," Childhood, Aunt Lillian, "What a Lot of Flowers/Hurry, It s Lovely Up Here," "Miriam Passman," Elaine Stritch, "A Parade in Town/Sail Away," "Great Rooms I've Known, "Those Were the Days," Changing My Musical Image, "Rainbow Connection."

Derek Jacobi and Anne ReidDerek Jacobi & Anne Reid: You Are the Best Thing...That Ever Has Happened to Me
(United Angels Records - new import CD/mp3/at iTunes)
With The Jason Carr Quartet. "The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened," "I May Be Wrong, but I Think You're Wonderful," "Music, Maestro, Please!," "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight," "How About You?," "The Way You Look Tonight," "I Wish I Were in Love Again," "My Favourite Year," "If I Said You Have a Beautiful Body," "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart," "Time After Time," "You Haven't Changed at All." Released 11/11/16.

Elaine Paige box setElaine Paige Presents The Musicals Box set - import
(Union Square Music Limited - multi-CD set)
Collection of Paige's favorite songs from musicals, featuring Michael Ball, Il Divo, Michael Crawford, Idina Menzel, Sheridan Smith, Alexandra Burke and Elaine Paige herself. 58 of the biggest hits from classic West End productions such as Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, The Bodyguard, Beautiful, and Half a Sixpence. Released previously at Amazon UK.

Great Comet BookThe Great Comet: The Journey of a New Musical to Broadway
(Sterling - hardcover book w/ CD)
Steven Suskin and Dave Malloy, editors. Foreword by Oskar Eustis. Behind the scenes journey of the new musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, from its inception, to Off-Off Broadway, to Off-Broadway, to its premiere at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway. Profusely illustrated, with an annotated script and a special CD with three songs from the Off-Broadway production and two all-new recordings for the Broadway production featuring Josh Groban with a 25-piece orchestra. 224 pages.

Hairspray Live!Hairspray Live!
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Recording from December 7, 2016, live telecast on NBC. Cast includes Dove Cameron, Kristin Chenoweth, Garrett Clayton, Harvey Fierstein, Ariana Grande, Derek Hough, Jennifer Hudson, and Martin Short. Kenny Leon directs. Book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan. Music by Marc Shaiman. Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. "Good Morning Baltimore," "The Nicest Kids in Town," "Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now," "I Can Hear the Bells," "(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs," "Ladies' Choice," "It Takes Two," "Velma's Revenge," "Welcome to the 60's," "Run and Tell That," "Big, Blonde and Beautiful," "(You're) Timeless to Me," "Good Morning Baltimore (Reprise)," "Without Love," "I Know Where I've Been," "(It's) Hairspray," "Cooties," "You Can't Stop the Beat," "Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)."

Hamilton MixtapeThe Hamilton Mixtape
(Atlantic Records - new album on CD (with explicit lyrics) & CD (clean version) /on mp3 (explicit) & mp3 (clean)/at iTunes)
Music artists putting their own stamp on numbers from and inspired by Hamilton. "No John Trumbull" (Intro, The Roots), "My Shot" (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] (The Roots), "Wrote My Way Out" (Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc), "Wait For It" (Usher), "An Open Letter" (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] (Watsky), "Satisfied" (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah, Sia), "Dear Theodosia" (feat. Ben Folds, Regina Spektor), "Valley Forge" (Demo, Lin-Manuel Miranda), "It's Quiet Uptown" (Kelly Clarkson), "That Would Be Enough" (Alicia Keys), "Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)" (K'naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente), "You'll Be Back" (Jimmy Fallon & The Roots), "Helpless" (feat. Ja Rule, Ashanti), "Take A Break" (Interlude, !llmind), "Say Yes To This" (Jill Scott), "Congratulations" (Dessa), "Burn" (Andra Day), "Stay Alive" (Interlude, J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot), "Slavery Battle" (Demo, Lin-Manuel Miranda), "Washingtons By Your Side" (Wiz Khalifa), "History Has Its Eyes On You" (John Legend), "Who Tells Your Story" (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson, The Roots), "Dear Theodosia" (Reprise, Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lights).

Caryl ChurchillHere We Go / Escaped Alone: Two Plays
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Plays by Caryl Churchill. Here We Go played at the National Theatre in London in 2015. Escaped Alone played the Royal Court earlier this year. 60 pages.

On Your Feet VinylOn Your Feet! The Story Of Emilio & Gloria Estefan vinyl
(Analog Spark - new 2-LP vinyl)
Original Broadway cast recording. Cast includes Ana Villafañe, Josh Segarra, Alma Cuervo, Alexandria Suarez, Eduardo Hernandez, and Andréa Burns. "Rhythm is Gonna Get You," "Cuando Salí de Cuba," "Tradición," "Anything For You," "1-2-3," "I See Your Smile," "Mi Tierra," "Con Los Años Que Me Quedan," "Here We Are," "When Someone Comes Into Your Life," "Conga," "Get On Your Feet," "Live for Loving You," "You'll be Mine (Party Time)," "Oye Mi Canto," "Cuba Libre," "Famous," "If I Never Got to Tell You," "Wrapped," "Don't Wanna Lose You," "Reach," "Coming Out of the Dark," "Mega Mix." Recorded live at the Marquis Theatre 3/2/16.

Pretty FilthyPretty Filthy
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
The Civilians and Michael Friedman. Alan Louis, Luba Mason, Steve Rosen, Marrick Smith, Maria-Christina Oliveras, John Behlmann, Lulu Fall, and Jared Zirilli "Names," "What If I Like It," "Impossible Girls," "Porn Capitalism," "The First Video Stars," "Squirting 101," "Bobby and Becky and Taylor and Dick," "Waiting for Wood," "Porn House," "Fuck the World," "Applesauce," "Beautiful," "Pretty Filthy." Produced by Michael Friedman and Kurt Deutsch; executive produced by Jon Platt. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes. Also at www.sh-k-boom.com.

GlobeTwelfth Night & Richard III: Songs from Our Ancestors
(Globe Music - new on CD/digital)
Music from Shakespeare's Globe's hit West End and Broadway productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III. Recorded in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Historical 16th and 17th century masterpieces. Performed by the Musicians of Shakespeare's Globe on a wide array of rare historical instruments, with works by Morley, Holborne, Dowland, Gibbons, Mundy, and others. Arranged by Claire van Kampen and compiled to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Available at ShakespeareGlobe.com.

Unsung Sherman Brothers.Unsung Sherman Brothers: Song Scores from Three That Got Away
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
The 13 Clocks score from 1968 aborted film based on James Thurber fantasy; demo orchestrated by Don Ralke, sung by the Don Ralke singers and guest singer Fred Darian. Sir Puss-in-Boots score from 1968 canceled film with Ira Englander and Barry Taper, demo with Sammy Davis, Jr., Karl Malden, and Jinny Tyler. Roman Holiday 1969 musical update of the film, three songs written before it was canceled, orchestral tracks with Irwin Kostal, and added singers. 1000 copy limited edition. Signed copies are currently available. Available at Kritzerland.com.


Week of November 22, 2016

Barkleys of BroadwayThe Barkleys of Broadway
(Warner Archive - new on DVD-R)
1949 M-G-M musical film starring Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Oscar Levant, Gale Robbins, Billie Burke. Screenplay by Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Sidney Sheldon. Directed by Charles Walters. Songs by Harry Warren music and Ira Gershwin lyrics "They Can't Take That Away from Me" by George and Ira Gershwin). Choreography by Robert Alton and Hermes Pan.

Arthur Miller Collected EssaysCollected Essays of Arthur Miller - Deluxe Edition
(Penguin Classics - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Introduction by Susan C. W. Abbotson. A selection of Miller's finest essays, organized in three thematic parts: essays on the theater, essays on specific plays like Death of a Salesman and The Crucible, and sociopolitical essays on topics spanning from the Depression to the twenty-first century. 560 pages.

Elaine Paige box setElaine Paige Presents The Musicals Box set
(Union Square Music Limited - on 3 CDs)
Collection of Paige's favorite songs from musicals, featuring Michael Ball, Il Divo, Michael Crawford, Idina Menzel, Sheridan Smith, Alexandra Burke and Elaine Paige herself. 58 of the biggest hits from classic West End productions such as Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, The Bodyguard, Beautiful, and Half a Sixpence. Set and track list at Amazon UK.

Sixpence UKHalf a Sixpence new UK cast
(First Night Records - new import CD/mp3/at iTunes)
UK release of the new cast recording of score by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe from the new musical adaptation of H.G. Wells's autobiographical novel "Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul," New stage version has a book by Julian Fellowes. Score is inspired by and features several of composer David Heneker's songs from the original production, which he co-wrote with Beverley Cross. Stars Charlie Stemp. Also at Amazon UK.

It's Always Fair WeatherIt's Always Fair Weather
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1955 musical film starring Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Dolores Gray, Dan Dailey, Michael Kidd. Script by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Lyrics by Comden and Green with music by André Previn. Co-directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen.

Kaufman CenterKauffman Center for the Performing Arts
(Andrews McKeel Publishing - Hardcover Book)
"The definitive, authorized story of the development, design, and construction of Kansas City's Kauffman Performing Arts Center (KCPA), acclaimed as one of the fifteen greatest performance halls in the world (and one of only two in the United States). With a Foreword by His Royal Highness Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales." 192 pages.

King and I ApplauseRodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I: The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Part of The Applause Libretto Library Series. 160 pages.

Technical TheaterTechnical Theater for Nontechnical People
(Allworth Press - new paperback book/Kindle edition)
By Drew Campbell. From scenery, lighting, and sound to props, costumes, and stage management, with new content about digital audio, intelligent lighting, LED lighting, video projection, and show control systems, all explained in an approachable style. Updates also include a new chapter on sound design, plus every chapter has been updated with more information about the basics of theater technology, including draperies, lighting instruments, microphones, costume sketches, and more. This book teaches: 404 pages.

Broadway to HollywoodWhen Broadway Went to Hollywood
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Ethan Mordden. Charts the volatile and galvanizing influence of Broadway on Hollywood (and vice versa) throughout the twentieth century, taking the reader behind the scenes of the great Hollywood musicals (The Wizard of Oz, Gigi, The Sound of Music, Chicago, West Side Story, The Music Man, Grease) as well as some of the outrageous flops. 272 pages.


Week of November 15, 2016

The Best Plays of 2015The Best Plays of 2015
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Lawrence Harbison, editor. Plays include King Liz by Fernanda Coppel, Eclipsed by Danai Gurira, New Country by Mark Roberts, Nice Girl by Melissa Ross, Lost Girls by John Pollono.

The BodyguardThe Bodyguard The Musical
(First Night Records - new import CD)
World premiere cast recording. Featuring Alexandra Burke, Rachel Marron, Melissa James, Nicki Marron. "Rachel Marron Entrance," "Queen Of The Night," "How Will I Know," "Greatest Love Of All," "Saving All My Love For You," "Mayan Medley (Million Dollar Bill, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, So Emotional)," "Run To You," "I Have Nothing / End Of Act One," "All The Man That I Need," "I'm Every Woman," "Fletcher," "All At Once," "Run To You Reprise / Going Home," "Jesus Loves Me / Phone Call," "Nicki's Death," "Jesus Loves Me Reprise," "One Moment In Time," "He's My Bodyguard," "I Will Always Love You," "I Wanna Dance With Somebody." Released in 2015 on mp3 and at iTunes. [Import CD was listed in 2015 when it was released in the UK, but it apparently never shipped to the U.S.] The U.S. Tour Begins November 25, 2016, In Millburn, NJ.

The Chrisitans by Lucas HnathThe Christians: A Play
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by Lucas Hnath. Produced in 2015 at Playwrights Horizons. 96 pages.

Death of a SalesmanDeath of a Salesman
(Shout! Factory - new on Blu-ray)
1985 TV production of Arthur Miller play. Dustin Hoffman, Charles Durning, John Malkovich, Jon Polito, Kate Reid, Linda Kozlowski, Louis Zorich, Stephen Lang.

Diana SheehanDiana Sheehan Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook
(new on CD)
Award-winning cabaret singer Diana Sheehan celebrates "the father of the American musical" Jerome Kern. "I Won't Dance / a Fine Romance," "How'd You Like to Spoon with Me?/They Didn't Believe Me," "You Couldn't Be Cuter," "Nobody Else but Me," "Bill," "I'm Old Fashioned," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "Sure Thing / Don't Ever Leave Me," "Long Ago and Far Away / All the Things You Are," "I'll Be Hard to Handle," "Pick Yourself Up," "The Folks Who Live on the Hill," "All Through the Day / in Love in Vain," "All in Fun," "Can I Forget You?/the Last Time I Saw Paris," "The Way You Look Tonight." Available at CDBaby.com.

Jazz Loves DisneyJazz Loves Disney
(Verve - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Recorded in Paris, London and Los Angeles. "Everybody Wants to Be a Cat" (Jamie Cullum), "He's a Tramp" (Melody Gardot), "Bibbidi Bobbodo Boo" (French Version, Stacey Kent), "When You Wish Upon a Star" (Gregory Porter), "Why Don't You Do Right" (China Moses), "I Wanna Be Like You" (Raphaël Gualazzi), "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" (The Rob Mounsey Orchestra), "You've Got a Friend in Me" (Hugh Coltman), "Let It Go" (Anne Sila), "The Bare Necessities" (Melody Gardot & Raphaël Gualazzi), "Once Upon a Dream" (Laika), "Someday My Prince Will Come" (Nikki Yanofsky), "I Wanna Be Like You" (French & English Version, The Hot Sardines). Produced by Jay Newland and arranged and directed by Rob Mounsey.

Lazarus Lazarus
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Libretto for recently produced musical by David Bowie and Enda Walsh. 112 pages. [There is also a 2017 release listed, but some current ones have shipped; it's unclear what the difference is.]

Megan HiltyMegan Hilty: A Merry Little Christmas
(new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
"Jingle Bells," "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year / Skating," "A Place Called Home," "Santa Baby," "Count Your Blessings," "River," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "The Christmas Song," "Bless Us All," "There's Always Tomorrow." CD format available at her concerts. Released 11/13/16.

MoanaMoana
(Disney - new on 2 CDs/mp3/at iTunes)
Soundtrack for 2016 animated film which includes songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Voices include Phillipa Soo. Deluxe ediition includes outtakes and demos (with performers that include Lin-Manuel Miranda).

The Street Where I Live AudiobookThe Street Where I Live Audible – Unabridged
(Random House Audio - new Audiobook)
Alan Jay Lerner's 1978 autobiography. Read by David Case. 8 hours, 21 minutes.

Untold Stories 3The Untold Stories Of Broadway, Volume 3
(Dress Circle Publishing - new paperback book)
By Jennifer Ashley Tepper. Third in her series of books with tales about Broadway theaters, 40 to be examined in all. Volume 3 includes the Broadhurst, the Belasco, the Edison, the Lyric, the Majestic, the Schoenfeld, the St. James and the Walter Kerr. Amazon links to comes. Also at DressCirclePublishing.com.

You're a Good ManYou're a Good Man Charlie Brown York Theatre cast
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
By Clark Gesner, additional material by Andrew Lippa and Michael Mayer. Joshua Colley (Elf, the Musical), Gregory Diaz (School of Rock), Aidan Gemme (Finding Neverland), Mavis Simpson-Ernst (Evita), Jeremy T. Villas (Kinky Boots) and Milly Shapiro (Matilda). Recorded June 13, 2016. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.


Week of November 8, 2016

The Best Plays of 2015The Best Plays of 2015
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Lawrence Harbison, editor. Plays include King Liz by Fernanda Coppel, Eclipsed by Danai Gurira, New Country by Mark Roberts, Nice Girl by Melissa Ross, Lost Girls by John Pollono.

The BodyguardThe Bodyguard The Musical
(First Night Records - new import CD)
World premiere cast recording. Featuring Alexandra Burke, Rachel Marron, Melissa James, Nicki Marron. "Rachel Marron Entrance," "Queen Of The Night," "How Will I Know," "Greatest Love Of All," "Saving All My Love For You," "Mayan Medley (Million Dollar Bill, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, So Emotional)," "Run To You," "I Have Nothing / End Of Act One," "All The Man That I Need," "I'm Every Woman," "Fletcher," "All At Once," "Run To You Reprise / Going Home," "Jesus Loves Me / Phone Call," "Nicki's Death," "Jesus Loves Me Reprise," "One Moment In Time," "He's My Bodyguard," "I Will Always Love You," "I Wanna Dance With Somebody." Released in 2015 on mp3 and at iTunes. [Import CD was listed in 2015 when it was released in the UK, but it apparently never shipped to the U.S.] The U.S. Tour Begins November 25, 2016, In Millburn, NJ.

The Chrisitans by Lucas HnathThe Christians: A Play
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by Lucas Hnath. Produced in 2015 at Playwrights Horizons. 96 pages.

Death of a SalesmanDeath of a Salesman
(Shout! Factory - new on Blu-ray)
1985 TV production of Arthur Miller play. Dustin Hoffman, Charles Durning, John Malkovich, Jon Polito, Kate Reid, Linda Kozlowski, Louis Zorich, Stephen Lang.

Diana SheehanDiana Sheehan Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook
(new on CD)
Award-winning cabaret singer Diana Sheehan celebrates "the father of the American musical" Jerome Kern. "I Won't Dance / a Fine Romance," "How'd You Like to Spoon with Me?/They Didn't Believe Me," "You Couldn't Be Cuter," "Nobody Else but Me," "Bill," "I'm Old Fashioned," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "Sure Thing / Don't Ever Leave Me," "Long Ago and Far Away / All the Things You Are," "I'll Be Hard to Handle," "Pick Yourself Up," "The Folks Who Live on the Hill," "All Through the Day / in Love in Vain," "All in Fun," "Can I Forget You?/the Last Time I Saw Paris," "The Way You Look Tonight." Available at CDBaby.com.

Jazz Loves DisneyJazz Loves Disney
(Verve - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Recorded in Paris, London and Los Angeles. "Everybody Wants to Be a Cat" (Jamie Cullum), "He's a Tramp" (Melody Gardot), "Bibbidi Bobbodo Boo" (French Version, Stacey Kent), "When You Wish Upon a Star" (Gregory Porter), "Why Don't You Do Right" (China Moses), "I Wanna Be Like You" (Raphaël Gualazzi), "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" (The Rob Mounsey Orchestra), "You've Got a Friend in Me" (Hugh Coltman), "Let It Go" (Anne Sila), "The Bare Necessities" (Melody Gardot & Raphaël Gualazzi), "Once Upon a Dream" (Laika), "Someday My Prince Will Come" (Nikki Yanofsky), "I Wanna Be Like You" (French & English Version, The Hot Sardines). Produced by Jay Newland and arranged and directed by Rob Mounsey.

Lazarus Lazarus
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Libretto for recently produced musical by David Bowie and Enda Walsh. 112 pages. [There is also a 2017 release listed, but some current ones have shipped; it's unclear what the difference is.]

Megan HiltyMegan Hilty: A Merry Little Christmas
(new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
"Jingle Bells," "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year / Skating," "A Place Called Home," "Santa Baby," "Count Your Blessings," "River," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "The Christmas Song," "Bless Us All," "There's Always Tomorrow." CD format available at her concerts. Released 11/13/16.

MoanaMoana
(Disney - new on 2 CDs/mp3/at iTunes)
Soundtrack for 2016 animated film which includes songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Voices include Phillipa Soo. Deluxe ediition includes outtakes and demos (with performers that include Lin-Manuel Miranda).

The Street Where I Live AudiobookThe Street Where I Live Audible – Unabridged
(Random House Audio - new Audiobook)
Alan Jay Lerner's 1978 autobiography. Read by David Case. 8 hours, 21 minutes.

Untold Stories 3The Untold Stories Of Broadway, Volume 3
(Dress Circle Publishing - new paperback book)
By Jennifer Ashley Tepper. Third in her series of books with tales about Broadway theaters, 40 to be examined in all. Volume 3 includes the Broadhurst, the Belasco, the Edison, the Lyric, the Majestic, the Schoenfeld, the St. James and the Walter Kerr. Amazon links to comes. Also at DressCirclePublishing.com.

You're a Good ManYou're a Good Man Charlie Brown York Theatre cast
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
By Clark Gesner, additional material by Andrew Lippa and Michael Mayer. Joshua Colley (Elf, the Musical), Gregory Diaz (School of Rock), Aidan Gemme (Finding Neverland), Mavis Simpson-Ernst (Evita), Jeremy T. Villas (Kinky Boots) and Milly Shapiro (Matilda). Recorded June 13, 2016. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.


Week of November 8, 2016

The Babylon LineThe Babylon Line
(Plume - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
New Richard Greenberg play to be presented at Lincoln Center beginning November 10. 144 pages.

Judy Garland QutationsThe Delaplaine Judy Garland - Her Essential Quotations
(CreateSpace - Paperback Book)
By Andrew Delaplaine. Illustrations by Renee Delaplaine. Garland quotations culled from a variety of source materials ... compiled, edited and carefully selected by quote collector Andrew Delaplaine. 40 pages. Published 9/22/16. The Delaplaine Essential Quotations series also includes The Delaplaine Meryl Streep, The Delaplaine Joan Rivers, The Delaplaine Gore Vidal, The Delaplaine Dorothy Parker, The Delaplaine Mike Nichols, The Delaplaine George Bernard Shaw, and many more.

Drop DeadDrop Dead: Performance in Crisis, 1970s New York
(Northwestern Univ Press - Hardcover/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Hillary Miller. Exploration of how the city's financial crisis shaped theater and performance practices in this turbulent decade and beyond. The author reviews how numerous theater professionals, including Ellen Stewart of La MaMa E.T.C. and Julie Bovasso, Vinnette Carroll, and Joseph Papp of The Public Theater, developed innovative responses to survive the crisis. Combining theater history and close readings of productions, each of Miller's chapters is a case study focusing on a company, a production, or an element of New York's theater infrastructure ... visiting Broadway, Off-, Off-Off-, Coney Island, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, community theater, and other locations to bring into focus the large-scale changes wrought by the financial realignments of the day. 280 pages.

The Goodbye GirlThe Goodbye Girl
(Warner Archive - new on Blu-ray)
1977 film with screenplay by Neil Simon and was the basis for 1993 musical. Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Quinn Cummings, Paul Benedict. Screenplay by Simon. Directed by Herbert Ross.

Neil Simon's MemoirsNeil Simon's Memoirs
(Simon & Schuster - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Combines Neil Simon's two memoirs, Rewrites and The Play Goes On, into one volume that spans his five-decade career in theater, television, and film. New introduction by Nathan Lane; new afterword by Elaine Joyce. 672 pages.

Tracy StarkShades of Beautiful - The Tracy Stark Songbook
(Miranda Music - new on CD/mp3)
Songs by Tracy Stark; she accompanies on piano (and some vocals) with Sean Hardness (guitar), Mary Ann McSweeney (bass), Donna Kelly (percussion), Michael Visceglia (bass), Skip Ward (bass), David Sillman (drums) and backup singers Tanya Holt, Richard Barone. "Woman on the Stage" (Ann Hampton Callaway)), "Find My Strength" (Lesley Gore), "You Changed Me" (Lillias White), "Mr. Moon" (Jane Monheit), "Walk with Me" (Nona Hendryx), "Camera" (Janis Siegel), "The Only One" (Nicolas King), "Morning Light" (Johnny Rogers & Tracy Stark), "Let Love In" (Tanya Holt), "Greatest Nightmare" (Karen Black), "Portrait" (Barb Jungr), "Hungry" (Janice Pendarvis), "Fluffy World" (Marcus Simeone), "Life's Been Kind" (Tonya Pinkins), "Welcome Home" (Tracy Stark). Released 10/19/16.

Leslie Odom Jr. Simply Christmas Simply Christmas: Leslie Odom Jr.
(s-curve - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "First Noel," "My Favorite Things," "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "The Christmas Song," "Merry Christmas Darling," "Winter Song," "Ave Maria."

Spoon River Anthology OBCSpoon River
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD/mp3 w/ digital booklet/at iTunes)
1963 dramatic reading of the verse of Edgar Lee Masters. Conceived by Charles Aidman, music by Naomi Caryl Hirshhorn, lyrics by Charles Aidman. Charles Aidman, Robert Elston, Betty Garrett, Joyce Van Patten, Naomi Caryl Hirshhorn, Hal Lynch. "He's Gone Away, Tom Beatty, "Spoon River, Benjamin Pantier, Margaret Fuller Slack, Knowlt Hoheimer, Fiddler Jones, Ollie McGee, Lucius Atherton, "Times are Getting Hard, "The Water is Wide, George Gray, Harry Williams, "Paper of Pins, Roscoe Purkapile, Shack Dye - "Freedom, "Illinois, Mrs. Charles Bliss, Pauline Barrett, "In The Night, Alexander Throckmorton, Amanda Barker, Abel Melveney, Hod Putt, "Indignation" Jones, Lucinda Matlock, Petit the Poet, Anne Rutledge - "Spoon River."


Week of November 1, 2016

BarbraBarbra Streisand: Steve Schapiro & Lawrence Schiller
(Taschen - Hardcover Book)
Photographs, stories, and behind-the-scenes shots from photographers Schapiro and Schiller, who followed the Streisand's first five years in Hollywood. Nina Wiener, Editor. Patt Morrison, Lawrence Grobel, Matt Tunia, contributors. Previously available as a limited edition. 336 pages.

Breaking and EnteringBreaking and Entering: From Auditions to Agents to a Career
(Opus Books - Paperback Book)
By agent Philip Carlson (Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Billy Crudup, Liev Schreiber, Claire Danes, Viola Davis, Kathy Bates, Brian Dennehy, and others). Advice, anecdotes and more. "A Manual for the Working Actor." Topics include The Schools, The Business, Showcases, Casting Directors, Agents, Auditions, Which Coast?, Producers, Staying Real, Negotiating 101, Where Do I Fit?, Movies, TV. 368 pages.

By Woman PosessedBy Women Possessed: A Life of Eugene O'Neill
(Marian Wood Books/Putnam - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Arthur Gelb and Barbara Gelb. An "investigation of the emotional knots that ensnared one of our most important playwrights." 896 pages.

CandideLeonard Bernstein's Candide: A Comic Operetta in Two Acts in concert
(Shout! Factory - new on Blu-ray)
2004 concert production at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center and broadcast on PBS Great Performances. Leonard Bernstein operetta. Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth, Paul Groves, Sir Thomas Allen, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Janine LaManna, and the Westminster Symphonic Choir. New York Philharmonic under conductor Marin Alsop.

Carols for a Cure Vol 18Carols for a Cure 2016: Volume 18
(BC/EFA - new on 2 CDs)
Exclusively benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and features new and classic holiday songs sung by the companies of Hamilton, Waitress, School of Rock, and The Color Purple, among others. At BC/EFA Store.

A Christmas CarolA Christmas Carol 1995 Original Cast Recording
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD/mp3 w/ digital booklet)
Alan Menken, music; Lynn Ahrens, book and lyrics. Cast includes Mary Elizabeth Albano, Betsy Chang, Walter Charles, Company, Nick Corley, David Gallagher, Jimmy Holiday, Ken Jennings, Andy Jobe, Ramzi Khalaf, Joseph Kolinski, Michael Mandell, Michael X. Martin, Ken McMullen, Matthew Mezzacappa, Michael Christopher Moore, Bill Nolte, Robert Ousley, Darcy Pulliam, Christopher Sieber, Emily Skinner, Mary Stout, Andrea Frierson Toney, Gerry Vichi, Theara J. Ward, Walter Willison. "Overture," "The Years Are Passing By," "Jolly, Rich and Fat," "Nothing to Do with Me," "Link by Link," "The Lights of Long Ago," "Mr. Fezziwig's Annual Christmas Ball," "A Place Called Home," "Money Montage," "Abundance and Charity," "Christmas Together," "Dancing on Your Grave," "Yesterday, Tomorrow and Today," "Christmas Day," "God Bless Us, Everyone."

Famous Last WordsFamous Last Words
(free download)
Alexander Sage Oyen (Outlaws, Moment by Moment, Money$hot!, Sidekicks, Immaculate Hearts) and Jessica Kahkoska's rock collaboration, Discount Ghost Stories, releases its debut album, Famous Last Words. Incorporates text from historical archives and the American folk canon into lyrics, re-imagining the "tall tales around the campfire" tradition as multimedia rock concerts and albums.” Alexander Sage Oyen, Jessica Kahkoska, Evan Tyor, Jakob Reinhardt, Elanna White, Anne Wechsler, Amanda Savan, Henry Colle, Ricky White, and Cynthia Meng. Lyrics and music by Oyen with dramaturgy by Kahkoska. Available at www.discountghoststories.com.Work by Oyen previously released as Drafts: The Music and Lyrics of Alexander Sage Oyen, Volumes One and Two.

GypsyGypsy
(Shout! Factory - new on Blu-ray/DVD)
West End production of Arthur Laurents/Jule Styne/Stephen Sondheim musical starring Imelda Staunton.

So Much MoreSo Much More: The Songs of Brandon Sturiale
(new album on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Original songs by songwriter/composter/musician (The Marvelous Wonderettes). "Perfect With You" (Josh Tolle), "So Much More" (Natalie Weiss), "Come My Way" (Justin Matthew Sargent), "Change" (Michael Cerveris), "Home" (Bryan Fenkart), "Returning the Favor" (Loren Allred), "Jackie's Right" (John Krause), "The Last Word" (EClayton Cornelious), "I'm Too in Love With You" (Russell Fischer), "Sunscreen and Shaving Cream" (Tony Edgerton), "Sublet My Heart" (Melanie Burg), "Heal the Bruise" (Max Chernin). CD format available at CDBaby.com

The Lion vinylSongs From The Lion (Original Cast Recording) (Picture Disc)
(Paper Music - new on vinyl)
Songs written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer from his Off-Broadway and touring play. "Cookie-tin Banjo," "Weather the Storm," "The Lion," "A Surprising Phone Call," "Golden Castle Town," "Cure," "White Underwear," "Saint Rick," "Build a Bridge," "When We Get Big," "Laugh," "Lovin' You Will Be Easy," "Invisible Cities," "Dear Dad," "Three Little Cubs." Released previously on CD, mp3 and iTunes

Susan Watson The Music Never EndsSusan Watson: The Music Never Ends
(new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
New album from Susan Watson (The Fantasticks, Bye Bye Birdie, A Joyful Noise, No, No Nanette, Follies)"Old Friends," "Starting Here, Starting Now," "My Ship," "A Foggy Day in London Town," "Nobody Else but Me," "They Were You," "Let Yourself Go," "Beyond Compare," "Long Ago and Far Away," "It Had to Be You," "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?," "Old Friend," "Old Love," "Here's to Life." Orchestrations and arrangements of Michele Brourman and Stephan Oberhoff. CD format available at CDBaby. Released 10/24/16.

Sweeney ToddSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street In Concert
(Shout! Factory - new on Blu-ray)
2001 San Francisco concert featuring George Hearn, Patti LuPone, Neil Patrick Harris, Victoria Clark, Davis Gaines. 136 minutes.

TogetherMichael Ball and Alfie Boe: Together
(Decca - new on CD)
"Somewhere," "For Once in My Life" (with Tony Bennett and Marc Anthony), "Some Enchanted Evening / We Kiss in the Shadows," "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Les Miserables Suite: Bring Him Home / Empty Chairs and Empty Tables / I Dreamed a Dream," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "Anthem," "Tell Me It's Not True," "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise," "A Thousand Years" ( by Christina Perri), "Music of the Night," "What a Wonderful World / Over the Rainbow," "Speak Softly Love," "I'll Be Home For Christmas.


Week of October 25, 2016

Coming to TermsComing to Terms: American Plays & the Vietnam War 2nd Edition
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
James Reston Jr. Plays include Streamers by David Rabe, Botticelli by Terrence McNally, How I Got That Story by Amlin Gray, Medal of Honor Rag by Tom Cole, Moonchildren by Michael Weller, Still Life by Emily Mann, and Strange Snow by Stephen Metcalfe. 360 pages.

Miss SaigonMiss Saigon: 25th Anniversary Performance
(Universal - new on Blu-ray in the UK/DVD)
Special gala performance to mark 25 years of Schönberg and Boublil's musical, recorded live at the Prince Edward Theatre in London. The cast includes Eva Noblezada, Jon Jon Briones and Hugh Maynard, and also features guest appearances from original 1989 cast members Jonathan Pryce, Lea Salonga, Simon Bowman and Claire Moore. U.S. release is unknown at this time. 187 minutes. Blu-ray is marked Region B/2 and DVD is PAL format.

The ShubertsThe Shuberts and Their Passing Shows: The Untold Tale of Ziegfeld's Rivals
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Jonas Westover. Part of OUP's Broadway Legacies Series. The author investigates beyond the Shuberts' business empire into their early revues and the role they played in developing American theatre as an art form ... tracing the history of the Shuberts' revue series, presented annually from 1912-1924, and covers more broadly the glorious days of early Broadway. A history of Broadway's Golden Age, plus a revisionary argument about the overarching history of the revue. From documents in the Shubert Theater Archive, Westover argues against the popular misconception that the Shubert's competitor, producer Florenz Ziegfeld was the sole proprietor of Broadway audiences. 320 pages.


Week of October 18, 2016

BoyBoy
(LA Theatre Works - new Audiobook on CD)
Play by Anna Ziegler, recorded live at UCLA in July 2016. Sarah Drew, John Getz, Travis Johns, Amy Pietzand Bobby Steggert. Directed by Debbie Devine. R

Deffaa SongbookThe Chip Deffaa Songbook
(Garret Mountain Records - new on CD/mp3)
Theater songs of ASCAP award-winning writer Chip Deffaa, from such shows of his as The Seven Little Foys, Theater Boys, Song-and-Dance Kids, George M. Cohan Tonight!, and Mad About the Boy. Keith Anderson, Jonah Barricklo, Beth Bartley, Giuseppe Bausilio, Maxwell Beer, Emily Bordonaro, John Brady, Philip Louis Calabro, Miss Channing, David Brian Colbert, David Cronin, Bailey Cummings, Joris De Graaf, Chip Deffaa, Alec Deland, Tyler Duboys, Gabriella Green, Lynelle Johnson, Cody Jordan, Clark Kinkade, Jonah Mayor, Toby Medlyn, Matthew Nardozzi, Katherine Paulsen, Jon Peterson, Al Roths, Ricky Schroeder, Seth Sikes, Michael Townsend Wright. "A Few Words from Miss Channing," "All-American Sweetheart," "I'm Crazy for My Baby in a Uniform," "An Eddie Foy Soft-Shoe," "I Won't Be an Actor No More," "I'm in Love with One of the Stars / Did Ya Ever Have One of Those Days?," "A Song for Mother," "My Father Told Me," "Horse Race," "Hats off to You," "An Ode to Popularity," "Faith," "Someday," "Please Wait for Me, Miss Leacock," "Sometimes I Miss New Rochelle," "One More Christmas--Finale Reprise," "Under the Chilliwack Moon," "Chilliwack Reprise," "Magnetic Waterbury," "A Hymn to Chilliwack," "Sidekick," "You Need to Be Loved to Be Happy," "A Stage-Door Kind of Love," "Miss Channing Reminds Us," "For the Theater," "Opening-Night Party," "Liz Smith," "Sweet Tea / Somebody's Baby," "Ex-Gay," "When Love Grows Cold," "Crater Lake Blues," "Did Ya Ever Have One of Those Days?," "I Won't Be an Actor No More (Reprise)," "Struttin' (Reprise)," "All-American Sweetheart (Reprise)," "Someday (Finale Reprise)." At CDBaby.com.

Divine Miss M DeluxeBette Midler: The Divine Miss M Deluxe
(Rhino - new on 2 CDs/mp3/at iTunes)
Disc One: "Do You Want To Dance?," "Chapel Of Love," "Superstar," "Daytime Hustler," "Am I Blue," "Friends" (Session 1), "Hello In There," "Leader Of The Pack," "Delta Dawn," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "Friends" (Session 2). Disc Two: "Chapel Of Love" (The Single Mix) [Remastered], "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" (The Single Version) [Remastered], "Do You Want To Dance?" (The Single Mix) [Remastered], "Friends" (The Single Mix) [Remastered], "Old Cape Cod" (Early Version), "Marahuana" (Early Version), "Superstar" (Alternate Version), "Saturday Night" (Demo), "Mr. Freedom And I" (Demo).

Marx Brothers on StageFour of the Three Musketeers: The Marx Brothers on Stage
(Northwestern Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Robert S. Bader (editor of Groucho Marx and Other Short Stories and Tall Tales and a writer and producer for television). Focuses on the under-researched vaudeville days of the hilarious siblings. Draws on an unmatched array of sources, many not referenced elsewhere. Bader brings to vivid life a typical night on the road for the Marx Brothers and also illuminates the inner workings of the vaudeville business, especially during its peak in the 1920s; and traces the origins of the characters that would later come to be beloved by filmgoers. 520 pages.

Joyful Jazz InstrumentalsJoyful Jazz! Christmas With Verve, Vol. 2: The Instrumentals
(Verve - new on CD)
"Here Comes Santa Claus" (Ramsey Lewis Trio), "Those Soulful Jingle Bells" (Mark Whitfield), "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" (Tom Scott), "The Little Drummer Boy" (Kenny Burrell), "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" (Oscar Peterson Quartet" (Previously unreleased), "Silver Bells" (Kevin Eubanks), "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" (Nelson Rangell), "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (Jimmy Smith), "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" (The Bill Evans Trio), "Frosty The Snowman" (Roy Hargrove and Christian McBride), "Swingle Jingle" (Lionel Hampton Sextet), "Silent Night" (Stanley Jordan), "I'll Be Home For Christmas/Sleigh Ride" (Eliane Elias), "Greensleeves" (The John Coltrane Quartet).

Joyful Jazz VocalistsJoyful Jazz! Christmas With Verve, Vol. 1: The Vocalists
(Verve - new on CD)
"The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" (Mel Tormé), "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (Willie Nelson featuring Norah Jones), "Christmas Time Is Here" (Patti Austin), "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" (Diana Krall), "It Must Be Christmas" (Judy Holliday), "Peace On Earth" (Peggy Lee), "(There Is No Place Like) Home For The Holidays" (Betty Carter), "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" (Billie Holiday), "I'll Be Home For Christmas" (Diane Schuur), "Peace" (Norah Jones), "White Christmas" (Ella Fitzgerald), "'Zat You, Santa Claus?" (Louis Armstrong & The Commanders), "Winter Wonderland" (Shirley Horn), "Silent Night" (Dinah Washington).

LazarusLazarus Off-Broadway cast
(Columbia - new on 2 CDs/mp3/3 vinyl LPs/at iTunes)
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. Will include the final recordings David Bowie made before his death. Disc one: d"Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart)" (Ricky Nelson), "Lazarus," "It's No Game," "This Is Not America," "The Man Who Sold The World ," "No Plan – Sophia Anne Caruso," "Love Is Lost," "Changes – Cristin Milioti & Original New York Cast of Lazarus," "Where Are We Now," "Absolute Beginners ," "Dirty Boys," "Killing A Little Time," "Life On Mars," "All The Young Dudes," "Sound And Vision" (David Bowie), "Always Crashing in the Same Car," "Valentine's Day," "When I Met You & Krystina Alabado," "Heroes"; Disc two: "Lazarus" (David Bowie), "No Plan" (David Bowie), "Killing A Little Time" (David Bowie), "When I Met You" (David Bowie). Those who pre-order will receive instant downloads of "Life On Mars?" (Sophia Anne Caruso) and the title track (Michael C. Hall). Produced by the show's musical director Henry Hey. Recorded 1/11/16.

MaddieMaddie 20th Anniversary deluxe edition
(Stage Door Records - new on 2 CDs)
1997 West End show developed during the Stephen Sondheim Masterclass at Oxford University in 1990. Score by Stephen Keeling (music) and Shaun McKenna (lyrics). Based on the Jack Finney novel "Marion's Wall," which was made into a 1986 film called Maxie. Graham Bickley, Summer Rognlie, Kevin Colson and Lynda Baron. Set includes the remastered OLC recording, three new 2016 recordings performed by Meredith Braun, Dominic Hodson, Moir Leslie and Alister Cameron, plus 25 previously unreleased studio demos of cut songs and alternate versions performed West End stars including John Barrowman, Jacqui Scott, Matt Zimmerman, Lorna Dallas, John Barr, Angela Richards, Hal Fowler, Mary Millar and Teddy Kempner. 12-page booklet with foreword by Kenny Wax. 47 tracks in all. Also in the UK at StageDoorRecords.com.

Marx BrosThe Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection Restored Edition
(Universal Home Studios Entertainment - new on 3 Blu-ray discs)
The Cocoanuts, Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, Horse Feathers and Duck Soup.

Home ChatNoël Coward's Home Chat
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition coming 11/8)
Noël Coward play, republished to coincide with its first revival since the 1927 premiere. Finborough Theatre (London) run concluded 9/24/16. Released 9/20/16.

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

Rocky Horror TVThe Rocky Horror Picture Show
(Ode Sounds & Visuals - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
2016 televised production. Score by Richard O'Brien. Performances by Ivy Levan, Ryan McCartan & Victoria Justice, Reeve Carney, Laverne Cox, Staz Nair, Adam Lambert, Ben Vereen, Tim Curry. "Science Fiction / Double Feature," "Dammit Janet," "Over at the Frankenstein Place," "The Time Warp," "Sweet Transvestite," "Sword of Damocles," "I Can Make You a Man," "Hot Patootie (Bless My Soul) What Ever Happened to Saturday Night," "I Can Make You a Man (Reprise)," "Toucha, Toucha, Toucha, Touch Me," "Once in a While" (Bonus Track), "Eddie," "Planet Schmanet Janet," "Planet Hot Dog," "Rose Tint My World," "Don't Dream It," "Wild and Untamed Thing," "I'm Going Home," "Super Heroes," "Science Fiction / Double Feature (Reprise)."

Rules for OthersRules for Others to Live By: Comments and Self-Contradictions
(Blue Rider Press - Hardcover book/Kindle Edition)
Collection of original essays by playwright Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out, The Dazzle). 320 pages.

Sinatra World on a StringSinatra: World on a String
(Capitol - CD/DVD set)
Collection of Frank Sinatra live recordings from 1953 to 1982, totaling more than four hours of previously unissued audio and video footage. Includes More than 90 live performances around the world, most of them officially available for the first time, including classics such as "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Strangers in the Night," "Moonlight in Vermont," and "I've Got the World on a String." A DVD of entirely unreleased footage features Sinatra on a 1962 good-will tour meant to raise money for underprivileged children. Arrangements by Nelson Riddle, Don Costa, Quincy Jones, Gordon Jenkins, and Billy May, among others.

They're Playing Our SongThey're Playing Our Song: A Memoir
(Simon & Schuster - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Autobiography by Carole Bayer Sager. Life and career of songwriter, including her work and relationships with Marvin Hamlisch and Burt Bacharach. 336 pages.

Tin Pan OperaTin Pan Opera: Operatic Novelties in the Ragtime Era
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book)
By Larry Hamberlin. The large but oft-forgotten repertoire of operatic novelties, bringing to life the rich humor and keen social criticism of the era. Combining traditional, European operatic melodies with the new and American rhythmic verve of ragtime, these songs painted vivid images of immigrant Americans, liberated women, and upwardly striving African Americans, striking emblems of the profound transformations that shook the United States at the beginning of the American century. 352 pages.


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Week of October 11, 2016

Cagney Off-Broadway castCagney original cast
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Off-Broadway cast. The score blends original music by Robert Creighton and Christopher McGovern with classic George M. Cohan favorites. Robert Creighton, Jeremy Benton, Danette Holden, Josh Walden, Ellen Zolezzi, and Bruce Sabath. Album produced by Michael Croiter and Matt Perri. Expected earlier at iTunes and in the Westside Theatre Upstairs. Released earlier on digital, including at iTunes. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Complete 1990s MusicalsThe Complete Book of 1990s Broadway Musicals
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book)
Dan Dietz continues his series, which has included the 1940s, the 1950s, the 1960s, and the 1970s, and the 1980s. Examines in detail every musical that opened on Broadway during the 1990s. This book discusses the era's major hits (Miss Saigon, Crazy for You, Rent), notorious flops (Shogun, Nick & Nora, The Red Shoes), controversial shows (Passion, The Capeman), and musicals that closed during their pre-Broadway tryouts (Annie 2: Miss Hannigan's Revenge, Whistle Down the Wind). Also highlights revivals and personal-appearance revues with such performers as Sandra Bernhard, Michael Feinstein, Patti LuPone, Liza Minnelli, and Mandy Patinkin. Each entry contains the following information: Plot summary; Cast members; Names of all important personnel, including writers, composers, directors, choreographers, producers, and musical directors; Opening and closing dates; Number of performances; Critical commentary; Musical numbers and the performers who introduced the songs; Production data, including information about tryouts; Source material; Tony awards and nominations; Details about London and other foreign productions. Separate entries for each production, plus numerous appendixes, including a discography, filmography, and published scripts. 512 pages.

Intimate Keely SmithThe Intimate Keely Smith (Expanded Edition)
(Real Gone Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
1964 album, and the first of five Keely Smith Reprise albums to be released on CD for the first time in deluxe packages featuring bonus tracks, rare photos, and new liner notes by Steve Hoffman. Tracks include "Time After Time," "God Bless the Child," and bonus tracks include her duet with Frank sinatra "Twin Soliloquies" from the Reprise Musical Repertory Theatre Presents South Pacific album, plus rare non-LP single "No One Ever Tells You" by Carole King and Gerry Goffin arranged by Jack Nitszche and produced by Bowen.

Lerner and LoeweLerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Keith Garebian. Takes a new look at My Fair Lady as a romantic musical comedy. Chapters: Rex Harrison: Alpha Male, Julie Andrews: Chaste Vocal Diva, Moss Hart: Sexually Ambiguous Dazzler, "Why Can't a Woman Be More Like a Man?", Queer Meanings, Conclusion, Works Consulted. Part of Routledge's Fourth Wall series: short, accessible accounts of some of modern theatre's best loved works. 136 pages.

NYC and the Hollywood MusicalNew York City and the Hollywood Musical: Dancing in the Streets
(Palgrave Macmillan - Hardcover Book)
By Martha Shearer. "...how the city shaped the genre and equally how the genre shaped representations of the city." Analysis of 42nd Street, Swing Time, Cover Girl, On the Town, The Band Wagon, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story and many other classic and little-known musicals ... study of the relationship between cinema and urban space. 219 pages. Rescheduled.

Razzle Dazle RiedelRazzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway Paperback
(Simon & Schuster - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of Michael Riedel's 2015 "provocative, no-holds-barred narrative account of the people and the money and the power that re-invented an iconic quarter of New York City, turning its gritty back alleys and sex-shops into the glitzy, dazzling Great White Way ... tells the stories of the Shubert Organization and the shows that re-built a city in grand style, revealing the backstage drama that often rivaled what transpired onstage, exposing bitter rivalries, unlikely alliances, and—of course—scintillating gossip. This is a great story, told with wit and passion." 352 pages. Also available in Hardcover, Kindle Edition, and Audiobook (read by Peter Berkrot) versions.

Routledge Guide to DramaThe Routledge Anthology of US Drama: 1898-1949
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
Joshua Polster, editor. The plays and dramatic texts in this anthology demonstrate the vital and volatile relationship between U.S. theatre, its society, and the ways in which that theatre has both supported and challenged prevailing systems of thought and action. The collection is organized around key thematic perspectives from colonialism to psychoanalysis, viewing the artistic output of this era through the socio-political events and controversies that shaped it. Each play is accompanied by a critical commentary from a leading scholar and a set of archive source materials, including playbills, production shots, reviews, essays, poems, newspaper articles and official documents. 1026 pages.

Showstoppers!Showstoppers!: The Surprising Backstage Stories of Broadway's Most Remarkable Songs
(Chicago Review Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Gerald Nachman. All about Broadway musicals' most memorable numbers—why they were so effective, how they were created, and why they still resonate. Much of it is told through the eyes of the performers, songwriters, directors, and choreographers who first built these explosive numbers and lit the fuse. Nachman has interviewed dozens of iconic musical theater figures to get their inside stories for this book, including Patti LuPone, John Raitt, Jerry Herman, Edie Adams, Dick Van Dyke, Joel Grey, Marvin Hamlisch, John Kander, Tommy Tune, Sheldon Harnick, and Harold Prince, uncovering priceless untold anecdotes and details. 384 pages.

Simply HeavenlySimply Heavenly OBC
(Sony/Naxos - on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
1957 original Broadway cast (Playhouse Theatre) recording of score by David Martin and Langston Hughes. Claudia McNeil and Melvin Stewart. "Prelude and Simply Heavenly," "Let Me Take You for a Ride," "Broken Strings," "Flying Saucer Monologue," "Did You Ever Hear the Blues?," "I'm Gonna Be John Henry," "When I'm in a Quiet Mood," "Look for the Morning Star," "Gatekeeper of My Castle," "Let's Ball Awhile," "Beat It Out, Mon," "The Men in My Life," "Good Old Girl," "Mississippi Monologue and Finale.""Money Montage," "Abundance and Charity," "Christmas Together," "Dancing on Your Grave," "Yesterday, Tomorrow and Today," "Christmas Day," "God Bless Us, Everyone

HadestownWhy We Build The Wall: Selections from Hadestown. The Myth. The Musical.
(Warner Classics - 4-song EP on mp3/and at iTunes)
2016 Off-Broadway cast recording. Score by Anais Mitchell. Recorded live. Full cast included Nabiyah Be, Damon Daunno, Lulu Fall, Amber Grey, Patrick Page, Jessie Shelton, Chris Sullivan, Shaina Taub. "Way Down Hadestown," "All I've Ever Known," "Wait for Me," "Why We Build the Wall." Full album to come in 2017.


Week of October 4, 2016

Blue Man WorldBlue Man World
(Black Dog & Leventhal - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook)
Deep dive into the world of the Blue Man Group. Includes archival photographs, specially commissioned artwork, infographics, and interviews with Blue Man experts (both real and potentially not real). 208 pages.

Candy MenHarry Allen's All Star New York Saxophone Band: The Candy Men
(Arbors - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Harry Allen with saxophonists Gary Smulyan, Grant Stewart and Eric Alexander; also performing are Rossano Sportiello on piano, Joel Forbes on bass and Kevin Kanner on drums. "Four Brothers," "The One For You," "How Are Things In Glocca Morra," "After You'Ve Gone," "I Wished On The Moon," "Blues In The Morning," "I Can See Forever," "The Red Door," "The Candy Man," "So There," "Nobody's Heart," "The Party'S Over."

Himself and Nora live recordingHimself and Nora
(Ghostlight Records - new cast recording)
Live recording of 2016 Off-Broadway cast. Jonathan Brielle score. Whitney Bashor, Matt Bogart as James Joyce, Lianne Marie Dobbs, Michael McCormick, Zachary Prince. "Overture," "Himself and Nora," "Land of Erin," "Kiss," "Compatriots In Lust," "River Liffey," "Stand Fast," "Stand Fast (Reprise)," "Let's Have a Drink," "Twists and Turns," "What Better Thing to Do," "Pound and Weaver," "I Say, "Yes!"," "The Grand Himself," "Land of Erin (Reprise)," "The Children of Mister Joyce," "Without a Man (Lucky)," "Always in Love," "I Do," "Twists and Turns (Reprise)," "What Better Thing to Do (Reprise)," "Touch Kiss," "Finale / River Liffey." Released earlier on mp3 and at at iTunes

Lullabye HamiltonLullaby Versions of Hamilton the Broadway Musical
(Roma Music Group - new on CD-R/mp3/at iTunes)
By Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star. "Alexander Hamilton," "Aaron Burr, Sir," "My Shot," "The Schuyler Sisters," "You'll Be Back," "Helpless," "Satisfied," "Guns and Ships." Released 9/22/16.

Music Box HamiltonMusic Box Versions of Hamilton the Broadway Musical
(Roma Music Group - new on CD-R/mp3/at iTunes)
By Music Box Mania. "Alexander Hamilton," "Aaron Burr, Sir," "My Shot," "The Schuyler Sisters," "You'll Be Back," "Helpless," "Satisfied," "Guns and Ships." Released 9/16/16.

Pretty FilthyPretty Filthy digital
(Ghostlight Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
The Civilians and Michael Friedman. Alan Louis, Luba Mason, Steve Rosen, Marrick Smith, Maria-Christina Oliveras, John Behlmann, Lulu Fall, and Jared Zirilli "Names," "What If I Like It," "Impossible Girls," "Porn Capitalism," "The First Video Stars," "Squirting 101," "Bobby and Becky and Taylor and Dick," "Waiting for Wood," "Porn House," "Fuck the World," "Applesauce," "Beautiful," "Pretty Filthy." Produced by Michael Friedman and Kurt Deutsch; executive produced by Jon Platt. Released 9/30/16.CD to be released later this fall. Also at www.sh-k-boom.com.

Show and TellShow and Tell: The New Book of Broadway Anecdotes
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Ken Bloom. Structured as a tour through the life of a show, with stories about conception and writing followed by tales of casting, out-of-town runs, previews, and critical and audience reception. A celebration of Broadway's biggest smashes and most regrettable train wrecks, an anthology of the onstage and offstage drama that makes live theatre the liveliest of the performing arts. 304 pages.

Vera LynnYours - The MGM Years: Vera Lynn
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
Celebrating 80th anniversary of Vera Lynn's first solo recording and her upcoming 100th birthday. Features many re-recordings of her earlier hits recorded in stereo with arrangements by Brian Fahey and backed by the Geoff Love Orchestra. "Yours," "You'll Never Know," "Fools Rush In," "For Sentimental Reasons," "Try a Little Tenderness," "When I Grow Too Old to Dream," "Again," "It Can't Be Wrong," "Unforgettable," "Confessin'," "Because You're Mine," "I'll Be Seeing You," "As Time Goes By," "Young at Heart," "Smilin' Through," "It's Easy to Remember," "Theme From a Summer Place ," "Autumn Concerto," "Hello Young Lovers," "How Green Was My Valley."


Week of September 27, 2016

Beyond the Valley of the DollsBeyond the Valley of the Dolls Blu-ray special edition
(Criterion Collection - new Blu-ray)
1970 film directed by Russ Meyer and co-written by Meyer and Roger Ebert. Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, Erica Gavin, John LaZar, Michael Blodgett, David Gurian. Special features: high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the blu-ray; audio commentary from 2003 featuring screenwriter Roger Ebert Audio; commentary from 2006 featuring actors Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Harrison Page, John LaZar, and Erica Gavin; new interview with filmmaker John Waters; episode from 1988 of The Incredibly Strange Film Show on director Russ Meyer; Q&A about the film from 1992 featuring Meyer, Ebert, LaZar, and Read, and actors David Gurian, Charles Napier, Michael Blodgett, and Edy Williams, with host Michael Dare; interview with cast members from 2005; Above, Beneath, and Beyond the Valley, Look On Up at the Bottom, The Best of Beyond, Sex, Drugs, Music & Murder, and Casey & Roxanne, five documentaries from 2006 about the making of the film, featuring the cast and crew; screen tests; trailers; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Glenn Kenny and excerpts from a 1970 account in the UCLA Daily Bruin of a visit to the film's set.

Cagney Off-Broadway castCagney original cast digital
(Broadway Records - new at iTunes)
Off-Broadway cast. The score blends original music by Robert Creighton and Christopher McGovern with classic George M. Cohan favorites. Robert Creighton, Jeremy Benton, Danette Holden, Josh Walden, Ellen Zolezzi, and Bruce Sabath. Album produced by Michael Croiter and Matt Perri. Expected earlier at iTunes and in the Westside Theatre Upstairs. CD will be available on this date at the Westside Theatre Upstairs and in stores on October 14. Also at BroadwayRecords.com. CD to be released October 14.

Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin MusicalDream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical Australian cast recording
(Sony Australia - new import CD)
New musical starring David Campbell, with Caroline O'Connor, Hannah Fredericksen, Bert LaBonte, Martin Crewes and Marney McQueen. "Dream Lover," "Mack The Knife," "Splish Splash," "That's The Way Love Is," "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die," "Everybody's Somebody's Fool," "I've Got The World On A String," "Call Me Irresponsible," "Dream Lover (Duet)," "Multiplication," "The Best Is Yet To Come," "Things," "More," "Beyond The Sea," "If I Were A Carpenter," "The Curtain Falls."

Most VersatileMost Versatile: David Pevsner
(new digital album on mp3/and on iTunes)
Actor (original cast When Pigs Fly/singer/writer (Naked Boys Singing) David Pevsner. "The Perky Little Porn Star," "Merry Ex-Mas," "Straight Guy," "What's It Like to Be You," "The Best Part" (featuring Maxwell Caulfield & Randy Brenner, "The Book of Lust," "Pain in the Butt," "Ballad," "The Naked Maid," "Shoot Me," "Accoutrements" (featuring Jim J Bullock, "The Gay Old Times" (featuring Larry Raben, James Campbell & Jim J. Bullock, "I Gotta Give It up to Love." Pianists: Bryan Pezzone and Tom Zink; Guitarists: Steve Goodie and Bob Moore. Released 7/14/16.

Much Ado Much Ado: A Summer with a Repertory Theater Company
(Agate Midway - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Michael Lenehan. An intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the lauded American Players Theatre's 2014 production of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Firsthand observations and literary analysis with interviews with key members of the APT's artistic ensemble and production staff. 224 pages.

Next FallNext Fall
(Treehouse Productions - new digital album on mp3/and iTunes)
Original music by Yaron Spiwak, Haim Mazar & Matt Walker for 2016 L.A. production of Geoffrey Nauffts' play. "Opening," "Flashbacks," "Lullaby," "Waiting Room," "Central Park," "Second Flashback," "Fierce Tomatoes," "Final Flashback," "Prayer Room," "Coda," "Post Intermission (Exit Music)." Released 9/12/16.

Red EyeRed Eye of Love studio cast
(Ghostlight Records - on CD)
Studio cast recording of Arnold Weinstein play, with music by Sam Davis and book and lyrics by Arnold Weinstein and John Wulp. Kelli O'Hara, Josh Grisetti, Brad Oscar, Sam Bolen, Sarah Corey, Nikki Renee Daniels, Christine DiGiallonardo, John Morton, Greg Roderick, Leah Stuart, and Matthew Zimmerman. Played the Dicapo Theater in 2014. "Good Old O.O.," "Park Scene," "I'm Going to the Movies," "Rain," "Dolls," "Open Your Eyes," "Seize the Opportunity," "How Much?," "The Meat Ballet," "What Happened?," "Yes, Well, Anyway," "Say, Fella," "The Word on the Street," "Two Fat Cats," "Red Eye of Love," "Among the Navajo," "Three's the Key Finale." Booklet includes studio photography, a synopsis and a special note from John Wulp. Digital version released earlier. Also at GhostlightRecords.com

Strategies for SuccessStrategies for Success in Musical Theatre: A Guide for Music Directors in School, College, and Community Theatre
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Herbert D. Marshall. 288 pages.

Valley of the DollsValley of the Dolls Blu-ray special edition
(Criterion Collection - new on Blu-ray)
1967 film based on Jacqueline Susann novel. Patty Duke, Barbara Parkins, Sharon Tate, and Susan Hayward. Special features include: 2K digital restoration, with 3.0 LCR DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the blu-ray; audio commentary from 2006 featuring actor Barbara Parkins and journalist Ted Casablanca; new interviews with writer Amy Fine Collins about author Jacqueline Susann and the costumes in the film; new video essay by critic Kim Morgan; footage from Sparkle Patty Sparkle! 2009 gala tribute to actor Patty Duke at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco; A World Premiere Voyage and Jacqueline Susann and Valley of the Dolls, two promotional films from 1967; episode of the television program "Hollywood Backstories" from 2001 on the film screen tests; trailers; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Glenn Kenny.

Wild and Whimsical Worlds of David MallamudThe Wild and Whimsical Worlds of David Mallamud
(Broadway Records - new on CD/at iTunes)
By composer David Mallamud. Singers Sierra Boggess, Janet Dacal, Morgan James, Constantine Maroulis, Christiane Noll, Brian Charles Rooney, and Amick Byram, plus Irish singer Cathie Ryan (Cherish the Ladies) and Dan Webb (Rant & Roar), in collaboration with the Albany Symphony's rock-chamber ensemble, Dogs of Desire conducted by David Alan Miller. Featuring Eric Rigler on uilleann pipes and guitarist Joel Hoekstra. Album produced by Kim Scharnberg, Joel Moss and David Alan Miller. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.


Week of September 20, 2016

Beauty and the Beast 25th AnniversaryBeauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition
(Disney - new on Blu-ray + DVD + HD Digital Copy)
The Blu-ray release will include the original theatrical film; an extended version with the "Human Again" song sequence and a never-before-released on home entertainment sing-along version. Anew bonus extras: "gather around the piano" with Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, and Lin-Manuel Miranda as they sing and share how they've personally been inspired by the film's award-winning music; a look at how Walt Disney himself sought to adapt this famous fairytale; a nostalgic look back with Paige O'Hara, the voice of Belle; behind-the-scenes access into the recording booth with the cast; and a sneak peek at Disney's upcoming live-action re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, arriving in theaters in 2017 (cast includes Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Emma Watson, Ian McKellen, Audra McDonald, Emma Thompson, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Kline, Stanley Tucci).

Fanny Blu-rayFanny
(Shout! Factory - new on Blu-ray)
1961 non-musical film based on the book of the 1954 stage musical; Joshua Logan and S.N. Behrman. Leslie Caron, Horst Buchholz, Maurice Chevalier, Charles Boyer. Directed by Joshua Logan. Music by Harold Rome. 134 minutes.

Himself and Nora live recordingHimself and Nora Digital
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Live recording of 2016 Off-Broadway cast. Jonathan Brielle score. Whitney Bashor, Matt Bogart as James Joyce, Lianne Marie Dobbs, Michael McCormick, Zachary Prince. "Overture," "Himself and Nora," "Land of Erin," "Kiss," "Compatriots In Lust," "River Liffey," "Stand Fast," "Stand Fast (Reprise)," "Let's Have a Drink," "Twists and Turns," "What Better Thing to Do," "Pound and Weaver," "I Say, "Yes!"," "The Grand Himself," "Land of Erin (Reprise)," "The Children of Mister Joyce," "Without a Man (Lucky)," "Always in Love," "I Do," "Twists and Turns (Reprise)," "What Better Thing to Do (Reprise)," "Touch Kiss," "Finale / River Liffey." Digital booklet included. CD format to be released 10/7.

IdinaIdina.
(Warner Bros. - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
"Small World," "Like Lightning," "Queen of Swords," "I See You," "Everybody Knows," "Show Me," "Last Time," "I Do," "Cake," "Extraordinary," "Perfect Story," "Nothin' in This World." Target version will have two bonus tracks.

EleganceKristin Chenoweth: The Art of Elegance
(Concord Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
"Someone to Watch Over Me," "I've Got a Crush on You (with Dave Koz)," "Let's Fall In Love," "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart," "The Very Thought of You (with Dave Koz)," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," "A House Is Not a Home," "I Get Along Without You Very Well," "Skylark," "I'm a Fool to Want You," "Smile," "You're My Saving Grace." Produced by Steve Tyrell. Arrangements by Alan Broadbent.

Like You Like ItLike You Like It "Studio Cast RADcording"
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Music by Daniel S. Acquisto and words by Sammy Buck. Cast includes Alison Luff, Derek Klena, Patti Murin, Robin De Jesus, Nick Cearley, Bonnie Milligan, Kate Rockwell, Sam Underwood, and Lesli Margherita. Special bonus track is a song cut from the show, performed by Laura Osnes and Nathan Johnson. "Like You Like It," "Be a Little Wild," "Orlando," "It Could Totally Happen," "Gotta Get Out," "Sylvie's Question/Phil's Answer," "Be a Little Wild" (Reprise 1), "Blame It on the Mall," "Easy Way Out," "Phil's Realization," "Complicated," "Creating a Monster," "Blame It on the Mall" (Reprise), "Sylvie's Reaction," "I Wanna Know Why," "Be a Little Wild" (Reprise 2), "So Close, So Far Away," "Be with Me," "Finale," "All of the Above," "The Seven Stages of Man" (Instrumental).

Love Me or Leave MeLove Me or Leave Me Blu-ray
(Warner Archive - new on Blu-ray)
1955 bio-musical film featuring Doris Day (as Ruth Etting), James Cagney, Cameron Mitchell. Directed by Charles Vidor. Songs sung by Day: "Ten Cents a Dance," "I'm Sitting on Top of the World" (sung by Claude Stroud), "It All Depends On You," "You Made Me Love You," "Stay On the Right Side Sister," "Everybody Loves My Baby (But My Baby Loves Nobody But Me)," "Mean To Me," "Sam, the Old Accordion Man," "Shaking the Blues Away" (sung by Doris Day, danced by Doris Day and Chorus), "I'll Never Stop Loving You" (written by Nicholas Brodzsky and Sammy Cahn for the film), "Never Look Back" (written by Chilton Price for the film), "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue," "At Sundown," "My Blue Heaven," "Love Me or Leave Me." 122 minutes.

Krapp's Last Tape Fourth WallSamuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Daniel Sack. Five sections contextualize the play in the larger career of its writer, explore its major thematic concerns, and offer comparative analyses with Beckett's other signal works. 80 pages.

Songwriters of the American Musical TheatreSongwriters of the American Musical Theatre: A Style Guide for Singers
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Nathan Hurwitz ("A History of American Musical Theatre: No Business Like It"). Explores the output of the great composers ... from Gilbert and Sullivan and Irving Berlin to Alain Boublil and Andrew Lloyd Weber ... through a brief biography, a stylistic overview, and a comprehensive song list with notes on suitable voice types and further reading. Chapters: English Language Light Opera; 1910s Contemporary American Songs; The Great Songwriters of Tin Pan Alley; The Great Wits and Sophisticates; The Great Jazz Composers; Writers of the Integrated Musical; The Composers of the Golden Age of the American Musical; Stephen Sondheim - Sui Generis; New Sounds; The Mego-Musical; Musicals of the 1990s and 2000s; Popular Styles - The Jukebox Musicals. 224 pages.

Skin of Our Teeth Fourth WallThornton Wilder's The Skin of our Teeth (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Kyle Gillette. An exploration of Wilder's play in three parts: the play's interconnected place in theatre history; the play's many historic and mythic sources; a longer view, tangling with the play's philosophical stakes. 96 pages.


Week of September 13, 2016

ParamourCirque du Soleil Paramour
(Sony - new on CD)
Cirque du Soleil Broadway show. Songs and selections from the show, including material by Bob & Bill and Andreas Carlsson. Features Jeremy Kushnier as A.J., the director; Ruby Lewis as Indigo, the starlet; and Ryan Vona as Joey, the composer. "The Hollywood Wiz, " "Ginger Top, " "Something More, " "AJ's Blues, " "The Muse, " "Serenade from a Window, " "The Honeymoon Days of Fame, " "Cleopatra, " "Egyptian Gift, " "Help a Girl Choose, " "The Dream, " "Revenge Fantasies, " "Love Triangle, " "Writer's Block, " "Everything (The Lover's Theme), " "NYC Rooftops, " "Reel Love, " "Everything (Reprise)." Recorded June 29 and 30. Released earlier on mp3/at iTunes.

The EffectThe Effect
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Lucy Prebble. Introduction by Miriam Gillinson.

Jay Armstrong JohnsonJay Armstrong Johnson: Live at Feinstein's/54 Below
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3)
Debut album for Armstrong (On the Town, Hands on a Hardbody). "Love Runs Out," Welcome..., "His Eye is on the Sparrow," Peter Pan..., "Lost Boy," Texas..., "Banjo," "I Don't Need Anything But You," (with Lindsay Mendez), "Romeo and Juliet..., "Everybody Here Wants You," "Johanna," On The Town..., "The Chicken Song," (with Todrick Hall)," Hair..., "Medley: What a Piece of Work is Man/Lay Me Down/How Dare They Try," (with Billy Lewis Jr.)," Best friends..., "Thank U," Brooklyn..., "Who Knows Who Cares," Dad..., "Rosanna," Encore: "Gavin's Song."

Hamilton CalendarHamilton 2017 Wall Calendar
(Universe Publishing - Wall Calendar)


Carol BurnettIn Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox
(Crown Archetype - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition/Audiobook)
Carol Burnett shares behind-the-scenes stories about her weekly TV show and about the people she worked with. 320 pages.

Lang LangLang Lang: New York Rhapsody
(Sony Classical - new on CD/mp3/vinyl/at iTunes)
Pianist Lang Lang. "Story of Our Town," "New York Morning," "Empire State Of Mind," "Rhapsody in Blue," "New York Minute," "Somewhere" (with Lisa Fischer), "Main Theme" (with Lindsey Stirling), "Tonight" (with Sean Jones), "Moon River" (with Madeleine Peyroux), "In Evening Air."

The PolkadotsPolkadots: The Cool Kids Musical
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Conceived by composer and lyricist Douglas Lyons and inspired by the 1957 events of the Little Rock Nine in Arkansas. A colorful musical history lesson for children, reminding them that our individual differences make us awesome, not outcasts. Lyrics by Lyons, who co-wrote the score with Greg Borowsky; book by Melvin Tunstall III. "First Day," "Sticks and Stones," "Sticks and Stones Reprise," "One Pal," "Square Motto," "Beautiful," "The First," "One Pal," "Cool Kid," "The Squadot," "New Day," "Finale" plus bonus tracks "Taught Katie Thompson," "Polkadot." Christmas Brittney Johnson Premiered at Carnegie Mellon University in March 2016.

Red EyeRed Eye of Love studio cast digital
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Studio cast recording of Arnold Weinstein play, with music by Sam Davis and book and lyrics by Arnold Weinstein and John Wulp. Kelli O'Hara, Josh Grisetti, Brad Oscar, Sam Bolen, Sarah Corey, Nikki Renee Daniels, Christine DiGiallonardo, John Morton, Greg Roderick, Leah Stuart, and Matthew Zimmerman. Played the Dicapo Theater in 2014. "Good Old O.O.," "Park Scene," "I'm Going to the Movies," "Rain," "Dolls," "Open Your Eyes," "Seize the Opportunity," "How Much?," "The Meat Ballet," "What Happened?," "Yes, Well, Anyway," "Say, Fella," "The Word on the Street," "Two Fat Cats," "Red Eye of Love," "Among the Navajo," "Three's the Key Finale." Booklet includes studio photography, a synopsis and a special note from John Wulp.CD to be released September 30. Also at GhostlightRecords.com


Week of September 6, 2016

Alice Through the Looking GlassAlice Through the Looking Glass
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Soundtrack from November 6, 1966, NBC TV special. Score by Elsie Simmons and Moose Charlap. Ricardo Montalban, Agnes Moorehead, Jack Palance, Jimmy Durante and the Smothers Brothers. "Through The Looking Glass," "There are Two Sides to Everything," "I Wasn't Meant to be a Queen," "Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are," "Jaberwock Song," "Keep on the Grass," "Some Summer Day," "The Backwards Alphabet," "Who Are You?," "'Twas Brillig," "Alice is Coming to Tea," "Through The Looking Glass" [End Credits].

All the Way Blu-rayAll The Way
(HBO Home Video - new Blu-ray + Digital HD/DVD)
2016 HBO adaptation of Robert Schenkkan's play. Bryan Cranston, Anthony Mackie, Melissa Leo, Bradley Whitford, Stephen Root, Marque Richardson, Aisha Hinds, Todd Weeks, Mo McRae, Spencer Garrett, Ken Jenkins, Tim True, Bruce Nozick, Frank Langella, Ned Van Zandt, Dale E. Turner, Ray Wise, Eric Pumphrey, Dohn Norwood, Joe Morton.

Disaster!Disaster! original Broadway cast
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
2016 Broadway cast includes Roger Bart, Kerry Butler, Kevin Chamberlin, Adam Pascal, Faith Prince, Rachel York, Seth Rudetsky, Jennifer Simard, Max Crumm, Baylee Littrell and Lacretta Nicole. "Hot Stuff, " "The Lord's Prayer, " "Theme from Mahogany, " "Saturday Night, " "Do You Wanna Make Love?, " "Without You, " "I Am Woman/That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be, " "Mockingbird, " "Still the One, " "Never Can Say Goodbye/Torn Between Two Lovers, " "Feelings, " "Feels So Good, " "Knock on Wood, " "Hawaii Five-0 Theme, " "You're My Best Friend, " "Three Times a Lady, " "Ben, " "25 or 6 to 4, " "Sky High, " "When Will I Be Loved, " "Don't Cry Out Loud, " "Come to Me, " "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight, " "I Will Survive, " "A Fifth of Beethoven, " "Reunited, " "Daybreak, " "Hooked on a Feeling." Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Every FrenchmanEvery Frenchman Has One
(Crown Archetype - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Olivia de Havilland. Back in print for the first time in decades, and featuring a new interview with the author in celebration of her centennial birthday. Released 6/28/16. 144 pages.

Norbert Leo ButzNorbert Leo Butz: Girls, Girls, Girls - Live at 54 BELOW
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3)
Norbert Leo Butz new live album of his live show inspired by Greek female deities. Song selections range from Loretta Lynn and Elvis Costello to Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Johnny Cash. Produced by Michael Moritz, Jr. I Need to Talk About an Issue I Am Having…, Athena, "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Part I," Hera, "Mrs. Leroy Brown," Aphrodite, "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town," Demeter, "Martha," Persephone, "Tecumseh Valley," The Furies, "Sunny Came Home," The Muses, "Jolene," "Kathleen," "The Maiden,," "Come on Eileen," The Mother, "Stacy's Mom," The Crone, "Galway to Graceland," They Say Jung is Passé…, "Wig in a Box," The Entire Story of Feminism in the 20th Century Bookended by These 2 Songs…, "Sweet Lorraine" (1928), "Sweet Lorraine" (1996). Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Robber BridegroomThe Robber Bridegroom
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Score by Robert Waldman and Alfred Uhry. 2016 Roundabout Theatre Company Off-Broadway production cast includes Andrew Durand, Evan Harrington, Greg Hildreth, Leslie Kritzer, Ahna O'Reilly, Steven Pasquale, Nadia Quinn, Lance Roberts, Devere Rogers. "Once Upon the Natchez Trace," "Two Heads," "Steal With Style," "Rosamund's Dream," "The Pricklepear Bloom," "Nothin' Up," "Deeper in the Woods," "Marriage Is Riches," "Deeper in the Woods (Reprise)," "Love Stolen," "Poor Tied Up Darlin'," "Kitchen Girl (Mean as a Snake)," "Goodbye Salome," "Sleepy Man," "Where Oh Where," "Love Stolen (Wedding Reprise)," "Finale." Orchestrations by Justin Levine and Martin Lowe. Music direction by Justin Levine. Recorded June 1. Also at Sh-K-Boom.com.

State FairState Fair
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
1962 musical film soundtrack with 15 bonus tracks, digitally remastered. Score by Rodgers & Hammerstein. Pat Boone, Bobby Darin, Ann-Margret, Tom Ewell, Pamela Tiffin (vocals by Anita Gordan) and Alice Faye. "Overture and Main Title 'Our State Fair'," "It Might as Well Be Spring," "That's for Me," "More Than Just a Friend," "Isn't It Kinda Fun," "Willing & Eager," "Never Say No to a Man," "It's a Grand Night for Singing," "This Isn't Heaven," "The Little Things in Texas," "Our State Fair Finale." Bonus tracks: "Willing and Eager (Pop Version)," "Never Say No to a Man (Pop Version)," "Isn't It Kinda Fun / This Isn't Heaven / The Little Things In Texas / Willing And Eager" (The Michael Sammes Singers)," "It Might as Well Be Spring / Never Say No To A Man / That's For Me / It's A Grand Night For Singing" (The Michael Sammes Singers); plus 11 instrumental tracks of the score presented by the 20th Century Strings Orchestra. Stage Door Records Collector's Series, with retro style LP packaging and limited to 500 copies.. Also at StageDoorRecords.com

Magic to DoStephen Schwartz's Magic To Do Digital
(DMI Soundtracks - new on mp3/at iTunes)
"In this whimsical musical revue, Schwartz weaves a spell-binding story inspired by his lifelong fascination with magic, showcasing some of his most famous songs, including "Day by Day" and "Defying Gravity" along with a new number, "A Little Magic," composed exclusively for Princess. Guided by a Magic Maker and his fantastical assistants, join us through a wondrous world of song, dance and history's most memorable magic illusions. It's a Broadway-caliber experience at sea. And where there's Magic to Do, there can be miracles, when you believe." Partnership with Princess Cruises, Stephen Schwartz, Jim Steinmeyer, Don Frantz, and Gabriel Barre. CD released previously.

UnbuttonedUnbuttoned: The Art and Artists of Theatrical Costume Design
(Focal Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition [released previously])
By Shura Pollatsek. Each chapter provides an overview of the process, including designing and shopping; draping, cutting, dyeing, and painting; and beading, sewing, and creating embellishments and accessories. Features interviews with practitioners from Broadway and regional theatres to opera and ballet companies. Behind-the-scenes photography illustrates top costume designers and craftspeople at work, along with costumes in progress. 192 pages.

Wicked vinylWicked OBC recording vinyl
(Verve - new 2-LP vinyl)
2005 original Broadway cast recording. Stephen Schwartz score. Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Joel Grey, Carole Shelley, Norbert Leo Butz, Michelle Federer, Christopher Fitzgerald, William Youmans. Disc One: "No One Mourns The Wizard," "Dear Old Shiz," "The Wizard And I," "What Is This Feeling," "Something Bad," "Dancing Through Life," "Popular," "I'm Not That Girl," "One Short Day," "A Sentimental Man. Disc: 2: "Defying Gravity," "Thank Goodness," "Wonderful," "I'm Not That Girl (reprise)," "As Long As You're Mine," "No Good Deed," "March of the Witch Hunters," "For Good," "Finale."


Week of August 30, 2016

Irving Berlin Rare and UnrecordedChip Deffaa's Irving Berlin Songbook: Rare and Unrecorded Songs
(Garret Mountain Records - new on CD/mp3)
29 rare—and, in many cases, never-before-recorded—songs by Irving Berlin, selected by Chip Deffaa and performed by a cast of New York theater performers. "Bring Back My Lovin' Man," "Kiss Your Sailor Boy Goodbye," "Piano Man," "Ragtime Violin," "The Circus Is Coming to Town," "Araby," "Some Sunny Day," "Down in Chattanooga," "I'm Down in Honolulu, Looking Them Over," "My Wife's Gone to the Country," "Homesick," "That Mysterious Rag," "That Mesmerizing Mendelsohn Tune," "You've Got Me Hypnotized," "It Isn't What He Said, But the Way He Said It," "I'm Looking for a Daddy Longlegs," "Smile and Show Your Dimple," "Run Home and Tell Your Mother," "Alice in Wonderland," "Drowsy Head," "Cohen Owes Me $97.00," "Sadie Salome (Go Home)," "Dog Gone That Chilly Man," "He's a Devil in His Own Home Town," "At the Devil's Ball," "Lady of the Evening," "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "I Hate You," "After You Get what You Want, You Don't Want It." Natalie Douglas, Ryan Lammer, Emily Bordonaro, Jonah Barricklo, Charles Franklin, Jed Peterson, Alec Deland, Katherine Paulsen, Giuseppe Bausilio, Jack Saleeby, Dylan Adams, Chloe Brooks, Brianna Leigh Smail, Livi Perrone, Amanda Andrews, Rayna Hirt, Ryan Muska, Jeffrey Sewell, Nina Paganucci, Eric Johnson, K. F. Greenberg, Michael Townsend Wright, Michael Caizzi, Magnus Tonning Riise, Rachel Hundert, Beth Bartley. Released 6/20/16.

Robert Goulet: The Definitive Collection
(Real Gone Records - on 2 CDs)
36-track collection contains all of the highlights from Goulet's prime recording years at the Columbia label, including singles, album tracks, and performances drawn from movie soundtrack and Broadway cast albums: "My Love Forgive Me (Amore scusami)," "The Happy Time," "The Impossible Dream," "The Daydreamer," "Mon Amour…mon amour," "The Girl That I Marry," "She Touched Me," and many more. Flawlessly remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in New York, and annotated by Joe Marchese with rare pictures and album art drawn from the Columbia vaults.

Kinky Boots vinylKinky Boots OBC recording vinyl
(new vinyl album)
[Not exactly sure of the provenance of this item.] Also reported to be sold in Barnes & Noble stores. Released 8/12/16.

Merry Widow TVThe Merry Widow
(VAI - DVD)
1955 telecast of operetta by Franz Lehár, Viktor Léon and Leo Stein. Anne Jeffreys, Brian Sullivan, Helena Bliss, Edward Everett Horton. Includes the original commercials, as a separate bonus feature.

Magic to DoStephen Schwartz's Magic To Do
(DMI Soundtracks - new on CD)
"In this whimsical musical revue, Schwartz weaves a spell-binding story inspired by his lifelong fascination with magic, showcasing some of his most famous songs, including "Day by Day" and "Defying Gravity" along with a new number, "A Little Magic," composed exclusively for Princess. Guided by a Magic Maker and his fantastical assistants, join us through a wondrous world of song, dance and history's most memorable magic illusions. It's a Broadway-caliber experience at sea. And where there's Magic to Do, there can be miracles, when you believe." Partnership with Princess Cruises, Stephen Schwartz, Jim Steinmeyer, Don Frantz, and Gabriel Barre.

William B. GillWilliam B. Gill: From the Goldfields to Broadway
(Routledge - reprint Paperback Book)
First published in 2002. Kurt Ganzl's account of the life and career of actor/playwright William B. Gill (1884 Broadway musical Adonis, 603 performances). Part of Routledge's Forgotten Stars of the Musical Theatre series. 310 pages.


Week of August 23, 2016

ParamourCirque du Soleil Paramour Digital
(Sony - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Cirque du Soleil Broadway show. Songs and selections from the show, including material by Bob & Bill and Andreas Carlsson. Features Jeremy Kushnier as A.J., the director; Ruby Lewis as Indigo, the starlet; and Ryan Vona as Joey, the composer. "The Hollywood Wiz, " "Ginger Top, " "Something More, " "AJ's Blues, " "The Muse, " "Serenade from a Window, " "The Honeymoon Days of Fame, " "Cleopatra, " "Egyptian Gift, " "Help a Girl Choose, " "The Dream, " "Revenge Fantasies, " "Love Triangle, " "Writer's Block, " "Everything (The Lover's Theme), " "NYC Rooftops, " "Reel Love, " "Everything (Reprise)." Recorded June 29 and 30. CD copies to be released September 16.

StreisandEncore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway
(Columbia - new on CD/vinyl/mp3/at iTunes)
Streisand duets. "At the Ballet" (with Anne Hathaway and Daisy Ridley), "Loving You" (with Patrick Wilson), "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)" (virtual duet with Anthony Newley), "The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened" (with Alec Baldwin), "Any Moment Now" (with Hugh Jackman), "Anything You Can (I Can Do Better)" (with Melissa McCarthy), "Pure Imagination" (with Seth MacFarlane), "Take Me to the World" (with Antonio Banderas), "I'll Be Seeing You / I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" (with Chris Pine), "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" (with Jamie Foxx). Target exclusive version will include four solo tracks: "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" (Too Many Girls), "Not a Day Goes By," "Fifty Percent," and "Losing My Mind."

NewleyFool Britannia / Scandal / Stop the World I Want
(Cherry Red Records - on 2-CD import set)
Fool Britannia, comedy satire written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse and recorded live by Newley, Bricusse, Peter Sellers, Joan Collins, Daniel Massey and Michael Lipton before an invited audience, August 6, 1963; soundtrack from 1989 film Scandal featuring Frank Sinatra, Guy Mitchell, The Shadows, Johnny Preston, Jimmy Smith, Peter Sellers & Sophia Loren, Chubby Checker, Julie London, John Coltrane, and Enrico Caruso; original British cast recording of Stop the World - I Want to Get off, featuring Anthony Newley with Anna Quayle; and a selection of satirical sketches and songs and from 1960s British TV shows "That Was the Week that Was" which includes performances by Millicent Martin, David Frost, Roy Kinnear, Lance Percival, Willie Rushton, and and "The Establishment," with Eleanor Bron, and John Fortune.

The Liquid Plain
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Naomi Wallace (One Flea Spare, Things of Dry Hours). 96 pages.

Mike NicholsMike Nichols: American Masters
(FilmRise - new on BD-R, Blu-ray on Demand)
Documentary directed by Elaine May; appeared on American Masters series. Released 8/16/16.

On Broadway 2017 Calendar2017 On Broadway Wall Calendar
(Time Factory - Wall Calendar)
12 Broadway musicals plus 4-month bonus spread. Production notes by Michael Gioia (Playbill.com)


Week of August 16, 2016

Clyde FitchClyde Fitch and the American Theatre: An Olive in the Cocktail
(Fairleigh Dickinson University Press - Hardcover Book)
By Kevin Lane Dearinger. Biography of Clyde Fitch (1865-1909). 606 pages.

Rothschild & SonsRothschild & Sons original cast recording
(JAY Records - new on CD)
2015 York Theatre cast. Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick score for "an intimate one-act reimagining of The Rothschilds." Robert Cuccioli, Glory Crampton, Peter Cormican, Jonathan Hadley, David Bryant Johnson, Christine LaDuca, Jamie LaVerdiere, Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper, Mark Pinter, Curtis Wiley and Christopher M. Williams. Orchestrations by Joseph Church. Produced by John Yap. Executive producers John Yap and Arnold Mittelman

SondheimStephen Sondheim and the Reinvention of the American Musical
(Univ Press of Mississippi - Hardcover Book/Digital Book)
By Robert L. McLaughlin. Places Sondheim's work in two contexts: the exhaustion of the musical play and the postmodernism that, by the 1960s, deeply influenced all the American arts. 312 pages.

SteppenwolfSteppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago: In Their Own Words
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Hardcover/Paperback)
By John Mayer. An account of the early years and development of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, its work, and the methodologies. Extensive, in-depth interviews conducted by the author with ensemble members. Interviewees include co-founders Jeff Perry, Gary Sinise and Terry Kinney, along a myriad of ensemble, staff, board members and others. 280 pages.

Tell Me You Love Me Junie MoonTell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon - Blu-ray
(Olive Films - on Blu-ray)
1970 film featuring Liza Minnelli, Ken Howard, Robert Moore, Kay Thompson, James Coco, Fred Williamson, Leonard Fry. Marjorie Kellogg adapted her novel for the screen. Directed by Otto Preminger. Score by Philip Springer with Pete Seeger performing the opening and closing credits tune "Old Devil Time." 113 minutes.


Week of August 9, 2016

Florence Foster JenkinsFlorence Foster Jenkins
(Universal/Decca/U.K. - new on CD)
Soundtrack for 2016 film starring Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins and Simon Helberg as Cosmé McMoon. "Florence Foster Jenkins," "When I Have Sung My Songs to You" (Meryl Streep), "Socialite," "Bribing," "Adele's Laughing Song" (Streep, Simon Helberg), "Florence & Whitey," "Take It Easy" (Fats Waller), "Delibes: The Bell Song" (Aida Garifullina), "Delibes: The Bell Song" (Streep, Helberg), "McMoon," "Sing Madame Florence," "Chopin Prelude in E Minor" (Helberg), "Charlie's Prelude" (John Kirby), "Bedtime," "For Toscanini," "Mozart: Queen of the Night's Aria" (Streep, Helberg), "On Radio," "Going to Kathleen's," "St Clair's Blues," "The Post," "Carnegie Hall," "The Audience," "After Reading," "Like a Bird" (Streep, Helberg), "I Think I Am Going to Read," "For the Love of Music," "Brahms: Wiegenlied" (Anne Sofie Von Otter, Bengt Forsberg), "Valse Caressante" (Streep, Helberg).

Funny GirlFunny Girl London cast
(new import CD)
Jule Styne/Bob Merrill score. 2016 London cast includes Sheridan Smith. "Overture." "If a Girl Isn't Pretty," "I'm the Greatest Star," "Cornet Man," "His Love Makes Me Beautiful," "I Want to Be Seen With You," "Henry Street," "People," "You Are Woman I Am Man," "Don't Rain on My Parade," "Sadie Sadie," "Who Taught Her Everything She Knows," "Temporary Arrangement," "Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat," "Who Are You Now," "What Do Happy People Do," "The Music That Makes Me Dance," "Funny Girl: Finale," "Bows." Available in the UK at Dress Circle and Amazon UK.

Getting My Act TogetherI'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road
(Sony/Naxos - CD on demand)
Original Off-Broadway cast recording of Gretchen Cryer/Nancy Ford score. Gretchen Cryer, Margot Rose, Betty Aberlin, Don Scardino. "Natural High," "Smile," "Miss America," "Strong Woman Number," "Dear Tom," "Old Friend," "In a Simple Way I Love You," "Put in a Package and Sold," "Feel the Love," "Lonely Lady," "Happy Birthday," "Natural High."


Week of August 2, 2016

Broadway Nights AudioBroadway Nights: A Romp of Life, Love, and Musical Theatre - Audio Version
(Audible Studios - audiobook on CD)
Seth Rudetsky's 2007 book read by Kristin Chenoweth, Andrea Martin, Ann Harada, Richard Kind, and Jonathan Groff.

Harry PotterHarry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One & Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production
(Arthur A. Levin Books - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
A new play by Jack Thorne based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, which debuted July 30, 2016, in the West End. 320 pages.

L.A. Now and ThenL.A. Now and Then: A New Musical Revue
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Music and Lyrics by Michele Brourman, Grant Geissman, Paul Gordon, Karen Gottlieb, Bruce Kimmel, Shelly Markham, Wayne Moore, Adyran Russ, Richard M. Sherman, The Sherman Brothers. April Audia, Sarah Barnett, Prisca Kimm, Sarah Barnett, Paola Fregoso, Alexis Jackson, Bedjou Jean, Kole Martin, Michael MacRae, Shawna Merkley, Lamont Oakley, Kasper Svendsen, Elle Willgues, Robert Yacko. Conceived by Bruce Kimmel. At Kritzerland.com.

Lost West End 2Lost West End 2: London's Forgotten Musicals
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
From 1970 to 2008. Performers include Hannah Waddingham, Michael Crawford, Colm Wilkinson, Paul Jones and many more. "Bordello" (Bordello), "I've Always Had A Dream" (Drake's Dream), "Winnie" (Winnie), "Step Across The River" (Jack The Ripper), "Damsels In Distress" (After Shave), "Whatever Time There Is" (Flowers For Algernon), "Till The End Of Time" (Maggie), "Sincerely Yours" (The Importance), "Waiting And Hoping" (Napoleon), "Imagine This" (Imagine This), "The Man Behind The Mask" (Zorro), "Love Will Always" (Moby Dick), "The Least Of My Troubles" (Blondel), "Running Out Of Time" (Dean), "My Body's Weary" (Fire Angel), "More Than Earth" (Isabel's A Jezebel), "It's So Much Fun To Be Gay" (Murderous Instincts), "More" (Casper), "Gentle Love" (Boyband - The Musical), "I'd Die For You" (Voyeurz), "Fire With Fire" (Money To Burn); Bonus Track: "Second Hand Rag" (Wild Wild Women).

SallySally
(Albany Records - new on CD)
Light Opera of New York recording of score by Jerome Kern and Clifford Grey. Conducted by Gerald Steichen. Emma Grimsley, Alex Corson, Bryan Elsesser, Adam Cannedy, Claire Kuttler, Richard Holmes, Natalie Ballenger, Rachel Braunstein


Week of July 26, 2016

Agnes De MilleAgnes de Mille: Telling Stories in Broadway Dance
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
by Kara Anne Gardner. Part of the Broadway Legacies series. Explores the Broadway legacy of choreographer Agnes de Mille, from the 1940s through the 1960s. Six musicals are discussed in depth : Oklahoma!, One Touch of Venus, Bloomer Girl, Carousel, Brigadoon, and Allegro. Each chapter emphasizes de Mille's unique contributions to the original productions. Includes De Mille's work as an activist. 272 pages. Shipping now, ahead of its official release date.

Best American Short Plays 2014-2015Best American Short Plays 2014-2015
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
William W. Demastes, editor. B'Hoys Do Macbeth by Jonathon Ward, Losing Sight by Kevin D. Ferguson, Long Time Coming by David Rusiecki, Petra by John Yarbrough, The Secret Keeper by David Meyers, Super Hot Raven and Raven II: The Ravening by Megan Gogerty, Norma's Rest by Jordan Morille, The Hour by Susan Goodell, The Lilac Ticket by C.J. Ehrlich, The Subterraneans by Adam Kraar, Feathers by Judd Lear Silverman, The Gulf by Audrey Cefaly, Winning by Mercilee Jenkins, The Grass is Greenest at the Houston Astrodome by Michael Ross Albert, Sword Play by Charlene A. Donaghy, Dolor by Hal Corley, Gonna Need to See Some ID by Donna Latham, There's No Here Here by Craig Pospisil, Vertical Constellation with Bomb by Gwydion Suilebhan, With a Bullet (or Surprise Me) by John Patrick Bray.

Billy ButlerBilly Butler Plays Via Galactica
(Kilmarnock Records - on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Soul jazz guitarist Billy Butler displays his dazzling talent on the score of Via Galactica, written by Galt MacDermot. "I Believe in Butterflies," "Via Galactica," "Home," "400 Girls Ago," "Hush," "Life Wins," "All My Good Mornings," "New Jerusalem," "Helen of Troy," "Dance the Dark Away," "Other Side of the Sky," "Up." Released in 2015.

Hair LiveHair Live at the St. George Theatre
(Kilmarnock Records - on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
2005 live recording with the New Pulse Jazz Band and Singers. "Aquarius," "Easy To Be Hard," "Black Boys," "White Boys," "I Got Life," "Ripped Open By Metal Explosion," "Good Morning Starshine," "Flesh Failures," "Let the Sunshine In / Let The Sunshine In (Reprise)," "Sanctuary," "Freedom," "Coffee Cold," "New Pulse Hustle," "City Block," "New Pulse Rhapsody," "Celestial Sun," "Country Mile," "NPJB Blues." Released in 2006.

King Lear in BrooklynKing Lear in Brooklyn
(Oberon Books - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Michael Pennington. Part memoir, part analysis, part adventure story ... delves into the unique production of Lear that Pennington led at Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn in 2014. 256 pages. Kindle Edition already available.

Big Fat BroadwayMy Big Fat Broadway Debut!: Volume 1: Big Dreams, Big Lessons
(Bangadilly - Kindle Book)
Volume one of Steven Cutts "personal step-by-step account of the ambitious road to Broadway" - going from being a kid with a dream to being a pro on the Broadway stage.

She Loves MeShe Loves Me 2016 Broadway revival cast
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
2016 Roundabout production. Score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. Cast includes Laura Benanti, Zachary Levin, Gavin Creel, Byron Jennings, Michael McGrath, and Jane Krakowski, Peter Bartlett, with Nicholas Barasch. "Overture," "Good Morning, Good Day," "Sounds While Selling," "Days Gone By," "No More Candy," "Three Letters," "Tonight at Eight," "I Don't Know His Name," "Perspective," "Goodbye, Georg," "Will He Like Me?," "Ilona," "I Resolve," "A Romantic Atmosphere," "Mr. Nowack, Will You Please...," "Dear Friend," "Entr'acte," "Try Me," "Where's My Shoe?," "Vanilla Ice Cream," "She Loves Me," "A Trip to the Library," "Grand Knowing You," "Twelve Days to Christmas," "Finale," "Bows," " Recorded 4/25/16. Released earlier on new on mp3 and at iTunes. Also at GhostlightRecords.com.

Theatre of Fear and HorrorTheatre of Fear & Horror: Expanded Edition: The Grisly Spectacle of the Grand Guignol of Paris, 1897-1962
(Feral House - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Mel Gordon. Expanded edition of Gordon's 1988 "The Grand Guignol," long out of print. Illustrated introduction to the theater of Paris and abroad, a breakdown of its stage tricks, a summary of one hundred plots, extensive photo documentation, André de Lord's essay, "Fear in Literature," and two originally produced Grand Guignol scripts. New to this edition include: color insert of Grand Guignol posters, 1938 autobiographical account of Maxa, the company's leading female performer entitled "I Am the Maddest Woman in the World," and the controversial playscript "Orgy in the Lighthouse." 248 pages.


Week of July 19, 2016

Lady in the DarkLady in the Dark 1954 TV production
(VAI - new on DVD)
Book by Moss Hart, music by Kurt Weill, and lyrics by Ira Gershwin. Cast features Ann Sothern as Liza, with James Daly, Luella Gear, Sheppard Strudwick, and Carleton Carpenter. DVD insert includes notes by bruce d. mcclung, author of the prizing-winning book "Lady in the Dark: Biography of a Musical". Black & white. 79 minutes.


Week of July 12, 2016

Discovering MagentaDiscovering Magenta
(new on CD)
2015 Thespis Theater Festival cast recording of score by Michael Bitterman and James Corey Kaufman. Available at CD Baby.

The DresserThe Dresser
(Anchor Bay - new on Blu-ray/DVD)
Starz network production of Ronald Harwood play. Anthony Hopkins, Ian McKellen. Directed by Richard Eyre. 109 minutes.

The Gang's All HereThe Gang's All Here
(Twilight Time - new Blu-ray)
1943 musical film directed by Busby Berkeley. Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, Phil Baker, Benny Goodman and Orchestra, Eugene Pallete, Charlotte Greenwood. Special Features: Isolated Score Track (with some dialogue and effects) / Audio Commentary with Film Historian Drew Casper / Audio Commentary with Film Historians Glenn Kenny, Ed Hulse, and Farran Smith Nehme / Busby Berkeley: A Journey with a Star / Alice Faye's Last Film: We Still Are! / Deleted Scene: The $64 Question / Original Theatrical Trailer. Limited release of 3,000 units. Available at ScreenArchives.com. Also now available there is Miss Sadie Thompson blu-ray.

Hamilton Easy PianoHamilton: Easy Piano Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Nine songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton: "Alexander Hamilton," "Burn," "Dear Theodosia," "Helpless," "My Shot," "The Schuyler Sisters," "That Would Be Enough," "Wait for It," "You'll Be Back." 80 pages.

It's a DateIt's A Date
(Warner Archive - new on Blu-ray)
1940 musical film featuring Deanna Durbin, Kay Francis, Walter Pidgeon. On demand pressing.

Josh GrobanDust and Ashes
(digital single)
Josh Groban sings song from Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. Available for streaming at greatcometbroadway.com/#dust-and-ashes and for purchase at iTunes.

Road to Find Out: SouthRamin Karimloo: The Road To Find Out: South
(Big Hand Recordings - new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
"Wings," "Traveler's Eyes," "Edelweiss," "Letting The Last One Go," "Old Man River." Follow-up to 2014 The Road to Find Out: East. Released July 8.

Silk StockingsSilk Stockings
(Warner Archive - new on Blu-ray)
1957 MGM musical film with songs by Cole Porter. Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Janis Paige, Peter Lorre. On demand pressing.

Mary MartinSome Enchanted Evenings: The Glittering Life and Times of Mary Martin
(St. Martin's Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Biography by David Kaufman. 432 pages.

Tuck EverlastingTuck Everlasting OBC
(DMI Soundtracks - new on CD)
Cast recording of Chris Miller/Nathan Tysen score. Carolee Carmello, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Michael Park, Terrence Mann, Fred Applegate, Robert Lenzi, Michael Wartella, Valerie Wright, Pippa Pearthree. "Prologue," "Live Like This," "Good Girl Winnie Foster," "Good Girl Winnie Foster" (Reprise), "Top of the World," "Hugo's First Case, Pt1," "Hugo's First Case, Pt2," "The Story of the Tucks," "My Most Beautiful Day," "The Attic," "Join the Parade," "Partner in Crime," "Seventeen," "Everything's Golden," "Seventeen" (Reprise), "Time," "Time Quartet," "Everything's Golden" (Reprise), "You Can't Trust a Man," "The Wheel," "The Story of the Man in the Yellow Suit," "Everlasting," "The Story of Winnie Foster" (Orchestra), "The Wheel" (Finale). Release earlier on mp3 and at iTunes.


Week of July 5, 2016

Cafe SocietyCafe Society soundtrack
(Sony Masterworks - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
2016 Woody Allen-directed film. "Lady is a Tramp," "Jeepers Creepers," "Mountain Greenery," "Have You Met Miss Jones," "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" (Benny Goodman & His Orchestra), "Taxi War Dance" (Count Basie & His Orchestra), "Zing Went the Strings of My Heart," "Manhattan," "My Romance," "Pick Yourself Up," "I Only Have Eyes For You" (Ben Selvin), "The Peanut Vendor" (El Manisero), "There's a Small Hotel," "Out of Nowhere" (John Gill), "This Can't Be Love" (Conal Fowkes).

Carol + 2Carol + 2: The Original Queens of Comedy
(Time Life/Warner - on DVD)
CBS special that aired on March 22, 1966 starring Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball, Zero Mostel, Harvey Korman, first time on DVD. Also includes 1972 CBS television movie version of Once Upon a Mattress (Mary Rodgers/Marshall Barer score) with Carol Burnett, Ken Berry, Bernadette Peters, Jack Gilford, Ron Husmann, Jane White. Released May 17, 2016. 227 minutes.

Hamilton Easy PianoHamilton: Easy Piano Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Nine songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton: "Alexander Hamilton," "Burn," "Dear Theodosia," "Helpless," "My Shot," "The Schuyler Sisters," "That Would Be Enough," "Wait for It," "You'll Be Back." 80 pages.

Hamilton clean versionHamilton OBC recording - "clean" version
(Atlantic - new on CD/mp3/at itUnes)
OBC recording of Hamilton with clean lyrics. Disc 1: "Alexander Hamilton," "Aaron Burr, Sir," "My Shot," "The Story Of Tonight," "The Schuyler Sisters," "Farmer Refuted," "You'll Be Back," "Right Hand Man," "A Winter's Ball," "Helpless," "Satisfied," "The Story of Tonight," "Wait For It," "Stay Alive," "Ten Duel Commandments," "Meet Me Inside," "That Would Be Enough," "Guns and Ships," "History Has Its Eyes On You," "Yorktown," "What Comes Next?," "Dear Theodosia," "Non-Stop"; Disc 2: "What'd I Miss," "Cabinet Battle #1," "Take A Break," "Say No To This," "The Room Where It Happens," "Schuyler Defeated," "Cabinet Battle #2," "Washington On Your Side," "One Last Time," "I Know Him," "The Adams Administration," "We Know," "Hurricane," "The Reynolds Pamphlet," "Burn," "Blow Us All Away," "Stay Alive," "It's Quiet Uptown," "The Election of 1800," "Your Obedient Servant," "Best of Wives and Best of Women," "The World Was Wide Enough," "Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story."

Hot SardinesThe Hot Sardines: French Fries & Champagne
(Decca - new on CD/mp3/vinyl/at iTunes)
Band led by vocalist Miz Elizabeth and pianist Evan Bibs Palazzo. "Running Wild," "People Will Say We're In Love," "When I Get Low I Get High," (with Alan Cumming), "Addicted To Love," "Sweet Pea," "Comes Love (L'amour S'en Fout) Medley," "Here You Are Again," "Until The Real Thing Comes Along," "French Fries & Champagne," "La Fille Aux Cheveux Roux (Weed Smoker's Dream)," "Gramercy Sunset." Released June 17, 2016.

Les PoupeesSid and Marty Kroft's Les Poupées de Paris
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Grammy-nominated 1964 World's Fair puppet show recording. Music and lyrics by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen. Voices of Pearl Bailey, Milton Berle, Cyd Charisse, Annie Fargé, Gene Kelly, Liberace, Jayne Mansfield, Tony Martin, Phil Silvers, Loretta Young, Edie Adams, and more. Scenes: Overture, The Bathtub Scene, You Can't Make it Anywhere, A Night of Horror, It's a Living, The Opera Singer, The Ice Skater, Love is a Bore, The Circus.

WaitressWaitress OBC
(DMI Soundtracks - new on CD)
Score by Sara Bareilles. Jessie Mueller, Drew Gehling, Eric Anderson, Nick Cordero, Christopher Fitzgerald, Dakin Matthews, Keala Settle. "What's Inside," "Opening Up," "The Negative," "What Baking Can Do," "When He Sees Me," "It Only Takes a Taste," "You Will Still Be Mine," "A Soft Place To Land," "Never Ever Getting Rid of Me," "Bad Idea," "I Didn't Plan It," "Bad Idea" (Reprise), "You Matter To Me," "I Love You Like a Table," "Take It From an Old Man," "She Used to Be Mine," "Everything Changes," "Opening Up" (Finale). Released previously on mp3 and at at iTunes.


Week of June 28, 2016

Broadway for OrlandoBroadway for Orland: "What the World Needs Now"
(digital single at iTunes)
Featuring Sara Bareilles, Kristen Bell, Wayne Brady, Matthew Broderick, Andréa Burns, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Len Cariou, Paul Castree, Michael Cerveris, Joshua Colley, Lilla Crawford, Carmen Cusack, Darius de Haas, Fran Drescher, Gloria Estefan, Kimiko Glenn, Whoopi Goldberg, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Joel Grey, Sean Hayes, Nina Hennessey, James Monroe Iglehart, Julie James, Carole King, Judy Kuhn, Nathan Lane, Anika Larsen, Zachary Levi, Jose Llana, Rebecca Luker, Andrea Martin, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Janet Metz, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessie Mueller, Donna Murphy, Rosie O'Donnell, Kelli O'Hara, Rory O'Malley, Orfeh, Sarah Jessica Parker, Christine Pedi, Rosie Perez, Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Alice Ripley, Chita Rivera, Keala Settle, Kate Shindle, Jennifer Simard, Will Swenson, Rachel Tucker, Tommy Tune, Jonah Verdon, Lillias White, Edith Windsor, Marissa Jaret Winokur, B.D. Wong and Tony Yazbeck. Produced by Broadway Records' Van Dean, SiriusXM Radio Host Seth Rudetsky, and Producer James Wesley in conjunction with Playbill at Avatar Studios. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the song will benefit the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida. CD single can be purchased at BroadwayRecords.com.

Cose to YouClose to You: Bacharach Reimagined
(Ghostlight Records - new on 2 CDs)
West End production cast recording (previously played U.S. as What's It All About?. Recorded November 2015. Score by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Kyle Riabko arranger and music director. Cast/musicians includes Kyle Riabko, Daniel Bailen, Greg Coulson, Anastacia McCleskey, Stephanie McKeon, Renato Paris, James Williams. Co-conceived by Kyle Riabko and David Lane Seltzer. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes.

Color Me SondheimColor Me Sondheim: A coloring book for all ages featuring the Broadway Musicals of Stephen Sondheim
(CreateSpace - Paperback Book)
38 pages.

Emily DickinsonDon Walker: The Thoughtfulness of Thirst, Emily Dickinson Poems
(Albany Records - new on CD/mp3)
Music by Don Walker. With soprano Ann Moss and pianist Karen Rosenak. This Whole Experiment of Green, Four Poems of Emily Dickinson, Arias from Past the Hedge, The Thoughtfulness of Thirst, Four Songs of Emily Dickinson, God & Emily, A Fact Withheld the Little Child.

Standing On My OwnJenna Ushkowitz: Standing on My Own
(DLC Music - digital single mp3/at iTunes)
Jenna Ushkowitz (Spring Awakening) performs song by Daniel and Laura Curtis to launch the 2016 Your Voice Competition.

Patty DukePatty Duke: The Complete Album Collection
(Real Gone Music - new on 2 CDs)
Four albums plus bonus tracks. Don't Just Stand There (1965), Patty (1966), Sings Songs from Valley of the Dolls (1967) and a ever-before released album of folk songs Duke recorded with United Artists in 1968. 48 tracks. See Amazon for track listings.

The Point!The Point! - Original London cast recording
(Varese Sarabande - new on CD)
First time on CD. Score by Harry Nilsson. 1977 Mermaid Theatre cast, including Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz. "Overture", "Everything's Got 'Em" (Company), "Me and My Arrow" (Davy Jones), "Poli High" (Company), "Remember" (Veronica Clifford), "To Be a King" (Noel Howlett and Company), "He's Leaving Here This Morning (Bath)" (Micky Dolenz), "Think About Your Troubles" (Davy Jones and Company), "Blanket for a Sail" (Davy Jones), "Life Line" (Davy Jones), "Thursday (Here's Why I Did Not Go to Work Today)" (Felix Rice), "It's a Jungle Out There" (Micky Dolenz), "O.V. Waltz" (Davy Jones and Company), "Are You Sleeping" (Davy Jones and Company), "Gotta Get Up" (Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz), "Reprise Overture." Originally released on LP in the UK in 1978. Musical director Mike McNaught.

Two CitiesTwo Cities: Original London Cast
(new import CD)
1969 musical previously released on LP. Score by Jeff Wayne (music) and Jerry Wayne (lyrics). Edward Woodward, Kevin Colson, Nicolette Roeg, Elizabeth Power, Leon Greene. Score plus demo recordings. "The Best of Times," "Tender Love and Patience," "Independent Man / What Would You Do," "Look Alike," "And Lucie Is Her Name / Golden Haired Doll," "Suddenly," "The Time Is Now," "The Machine of Doctor Guillotine," "Two Different People," "Only a Fool," "Will We Ever Meet Again," "Knitting Song," "Quartet - Two Different People / Will We Ever Meet Again / Only a Fool / Knitting Song," "Long Ago," "It's a Far, Far Better Thing." BONUS DEMO TRACKS: "The Wine That Flows in the Street," "Tender Love and Patience," "What Would You Do Without Me," "Look Alike," "Someone to Love," "For Justice We March," "Let Them Eat Cake," "The Proposal Song," "I Would Give My Life," "The Machine of Doctor Guillotine." Released June 10, 2016.


Week of June 21, 2016

Barbara CookBarbara Cook Sings Songs Of Perfect Propriety by Dorothy Parker
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
Barbara Cook's 1958 debut solo album, first time on CD. Song cycle of Dorothy Parker poems and verses set to music by opera and chamber music composer Seymour Barab. "Song of Perfect," "Now at Liberty," "Ultimatum ," "Renunciation," "Inventory," "Social Note," "A Very Short Song," "One Perfect Rose," "Wisdom," "Men," "Lullaby," "Comment," "Symptom Recital," "The False Friends," "Love Song," "Indian Summer," "Somebody's Song," "Song of One of the Girls," "Bric-A-Brac," "They Part," "Chant For Dark Hours," "The Choice," "The Trusting Heart," "Coda." Part of Stage Door Records' Collector's Series with retro style packaging in a limited edition of 500 copies. Also available directly from the UK at StageDoorRecords.com.

Cose to YouClose to You: Bacharach Reimagined Digital
(Ghostlight Records - digital album mp3/iTunes)
West End production cast recording (previously played U.S. as What's It All About?. Recorded November 2015. Score by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Kyle Riabko arranger and music director. Cast/musicians includes Kyle Riabko, Daniel Bailen, Greg Coulson, Anastacia McCleskey, Stephanie McKeon, Renato Paris, James Williams. Co-conceived by Kyle Riabko and David Lane Seltzer.

Gypsy Staunton posterGypsy Imelda Staunton Savoy Theatre poster
(Repro poster 12.5x20inch)
Available at
Dress Circle

JohnJohn
(TCG - new Hardcover/Paperback book)
Play by Annie Baker (produced fall 2015 at Signature Theatre, NY). 160 pages.

Lady Day posterLady Day Wyndham's Theatre poster
(repro Poster 12.5x20 inches)
Available at Dress Circle.

Luba Mason MixturaLuba Mason: Mixtura
(new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Mason performs songs in the style of "Mixtura" - a genre blend of jazz, pop, classical and world music styles. ."Freedom," "On the 4th of July," "Moondance," "Beautiful," "Last Snowfall," "Love for Sale," "Pale Blue Eyes," "Calm Before the Storm," "Hannah," "Motherland," "All That Jazz," "Voi che sapete."

Lucky StiffLucky Stiff
(The Orchard - new on DVD)
Film based on 1988 Off-Broadway musical by Ahrens and Flaherty. Dominic Marsh, Jason Alexander, Pamela Shaw, Kate Shindle, Dennis Farina. 78 minutes.

Then & NowThen & Now: A Memoir by Barbara Cook
(Harper - new in Hardcover/Paperback large print/Kindle Edition)
Barbara Cook memoir, with Tom Santopietro. The legendary singer/actress describes both her personal difficulties and the triumphs, detailing the extraordinary working relationships she shared with many of the key composers, musicians, actors and performers of the late twentieth century, among them Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Elaine Stritch, and Robert Preston. 256 pages.

The Unsinkable Molly BrownThe Unsinkable Molly Brown
(Warner Archive - new on Blu-ray)
1964 musical film featuring Debbie Reynolds, Harve Presnell, Ed Begley, Jack Kruschen, Hermione Baddeley, Vassili Lambrinos, Martita Hunt, Harvey Lembeck, Maria Karnilova, Audrey Christie. Score by Meredith Willson. 135 minutes. [Warner Archive is also releasing a Blu-ray version of the Victor/Victoria film.]


Week of June 14, 2016

Alexa GreenAlexa Green: So Good
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3)
Actress/singer (West Coast Wicked, PBS Company) debut album. "A Piece of Sky," "New York Medley (I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City/Another Hundred People/I Miss New York/New York State Of Mind)," "Merry Go 'Round," "Summerfling," "Twisted," "California/Come Rain or Come Shine," "Squeeze Me," "Being Good Isn't Good Enough," "Blues In The Night," "If It's Over," "Casanova Brown," Bonus Track: "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road/Look to the Rainbow." Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

ArlingtonArlington (World Premiere Recording)
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3)
One-woman musical focuses on a young Army wife trying to keep herself from a nervous breakdown as her husband fights overseas. Written by Victor Lodato and Polly Pen (Goblin Market, Bed and Sofa). Featuring Alexandra Silber (Fiddler on the Roof) and pianist/actor Ben Moss . Produced at the Vineyard Theatre in 2014. Produced by Michael Moritz, Jr. Also available at BroadwayRecords.com.

DudeDude
(Kilmarnock Records - new digital album on mp3/iTunes)
Recording of musical score by Galt MacDermot and Gerome Ragni, remastered by John Guth. 26 tracks, two previously not on previous release ("I Never Knew," "Say What You Want To Say") and a more complete "Salome Bey Sings Songs from Dude." CD format available at CDBaby.com. Released in March 2016.

UnattachedEmily Skinner and Alice Ripley: Unattached - Live at Feinstein's/54 Below
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3)
Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley. "I Will Never Leave You," The Two Of Us Wearing The Same Dress, "Friendship Medley," "Best Friends/She Needs Me," Are there any Harry Nilsson fans out there?, "Life Line" (Alice), Songs that speak to us..., "I Don't Need a Roof" (Emily), Mother's favorite charm song, "Tonight You Belong to Me," Now that i'm left all by myself..., "As If We Never Said Goodbye" (Alice), Matchy-patchy, "Lave Me Alone," Niche fields, "When It Ends" (Emily), Wearing the same dress, part 2, "Bosom Buddies," This next song sums it up perfectly, "Reminder Song," Without you here, all of this would seem incredibly self-indulgent, "Two Little Sisters." Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

I Miss My Broadway ShowI Miss My Broadway Show
(J L W Music - digital single on mp3/iTunes)
Joseph Lorenzo Wise (one of the original four porters in On the 20th Century).

Samantha BarksSamantha Barks
(new import CD)
UK/U.S. actor/singer (Les Misérables, City of Angels, Amelie. "Troublemaker," "Stay," "If I Die Young," "On My Own," "As Long As He Needs Me," "One Day I'll Fly Away," "Holding on," "When He Loved Me," "Hard to Find," "This House Is Empty Now," "Go the Distance," "Ellan Vannin." Also available directly from the UK at Dress Circle and Amazon UK.

She Loves MeShe Loves Me Digital
(Ghostlight Records - new on mp3)
2016 Roundabout production. Score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. Cast includes Laura Benanti, Zachary Levin, Gavin Creel, Byron Jennings, Michael McGrath, and Jane Krakowski, Peter Bartlett, with Nicholas Barasch. "Overture," "Good Morning, Good Day," "Sounds While Selling," "Days Gone By," "No More Candy," "Three Letters," "Tonight at Eight," "I Don't Know His Name," "Perspective," "Goodbye, Georg," "Will He Like Me?," "Ilona," "I Resolve," "A Romantic Atmosphere," "Mr. Nowack, Will You Please...," "Dear Friend," "Entr'acte," "Try Me," "Where's My Shoe?," "Vanilla Ice Cream," "She Loves Me," "A Trip to the Library," "Grand Knowing You," "Twelve Days to Christmas," "Finale," "Bows," " Recorded 4/25/16. Also at GhostlightRecords.com. Released 6/10/16.


Week of June 7, 2016

Bonnie & Clyde & A Whole Lotta JazzBonnie & Clyde & A Whole Lotta Jazz: Live at 54 Below
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3)
Recorded live at 54 Below. Familiar and brand new songs by Frank Wildhorn. Laura Osnes, Jeremy Jordan, Leslie Odom, Jr., Adrienne Warren, Kevin Massey, Melissa van der Schyff, Janet Dacal, Mimi Bessette, Louis Hobson, Emmy Raver-Lampman. "How 'Bout A Dance?," "When I Drive," "Bonnie," "Now That's What You Call A Dream," "You Can Do Better," "Raise A Little Hell," "This Never Happened Before," "The Devil," "Dyin' Ain't So Bad," "This World Will Remember Us," "Havana," "It's No Secret Anymore," "I'll Forget You," "What I Do Best," "One Bad Habit," "The Mad Hatter," "Sarah," "Where Are You Now." Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

FocusFocus on Playwrights: Portraits and Interviews
(Univ of South Carolina Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
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.

Shakespeare's StrangestShakespeare's Strangest Tales (Strangest series)
(Pavilion - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Iain Spragg. Stories from Shakespearean theatre through the centuries, including distinguished actors falling off stages, fluffed lines, performances in the dark and why you must never, ever say the name of that Scottish play, especially if you are Peter O'Toole. 240 pages.

Sorry You're Not HamiltonSorry, You're Not Hamilton
(free digital single)
Randy Rainbow 2016 Tonys song parody. Available at CDBaby.


Week of May 31, 2016

Cheyenne JacksonCheyenne Jackson: Renaissance
(P.S. Classics - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
adapted and expanded from Jackson's solo concert "Music of the Mad Men Era" which he performed with pops and symphony orchestras across the country. Accompanied by a 22-piece orchestra and a guest appearance by Jane Krakowski. Tentative track list: "Besame Mucho," "Feeling Good," "Angel Eyes," "Americano," "Your Song," "Something Stupid," "Red Wine Is Good for My Heart," "I Who Have Nothing," "A Case of You," "Walkin' My Baby Back Home," "A Change Is Gonna Come," "A Song for You."

Irving Berlin: In PersonChip Deffaa's Irving Berlin: In Person The Premiere Recording
(Garret Mountain Records - new on CD/mp3)
Solo show featuring Jed Peterson portraying Berlin, singing 35.

School of Rock SongbookSchool of Rock: The Musical piano/vocal selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Andrew Lloyd Webber / Glenn Slater score. "Children of Rock, "Here at Horace Green, "Horace Green Alma Mater, "I'm Too Hot for You, "If Only You Would Listen, "If Only You Would Listen (Reprise), "School of Rock, "Stick It to the Man, "Time to Play, "When I Climb to the Top of Mount Rock, "Where Did the Rock Go?, "You're in the Band." 96 pages.

The LionSongs from The Lion
(Paper Music - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Songs written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer from his Off-Broadway and touring play. "Cookie-tin Banjo," "Weather the Storm," "The Lion," "A Surprising Phone Call," "Golden Castle Town," "Cure," "White Underwear," "Saint Rick," "Build a Bridge," "When We Get Big," "Laugh," "Lovin' You Will Be Easy," "Invisible Cities," "Dear Dad," "Three Little Cubs."

Theory of RelativityThe Theory of Relativity
(P.S. Classics - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
World premiere recording of the score from Neil Bartram and Brian Hill ( The Story of My Life) musical about college-age youth. Performers from previous casts, including Michael Coale Grey, Keith Potts, Victoria Cook, Kyra Kennedy, Caitlin Houlahan, Kurt Hellerich, Jennifer Apple, Mack Shirilla, Michael Browne, Eric Kommor, Erika Henningsen, Robert Ariza, Gizel Jimenez. "Person A," "Relativity," "I'm Allergic to Cats," "Pi, Pt. 1," "The End of the Line," "The End of the Line Playoff," "Great Expectations," "Relativity (Reprise 1)," "Footprint," "Pi, Pt. 2," "Lipstick," "Apples & Oranges," "Me & Ricky," "Promise Me This," "Julie's Song," "Pi, Pt. 3 / Relativity (Reprise 2)," "Relative Pitch," "You Will Never Know," "Person A (Reprise)," "Nothing Without You.."

Tuck EverlastingTuck Everlasting OBC digital
(DMI Soundtracks - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Cast recording of Chris Miller/Nathan Tysen score. Carolee Carmello, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Michael Park, Terrence Mann, Fred Applegate, Robert Lenzi, Michael Wartella, Valerie Wright, Pippa Pearthree. "Prologue," "Live Like This," "Good Girl Winnie Foster," "Good Girl Winnie Foster" (Reprise), "Top of the World," "Hugo's First Case, Pt1," "Hugo's First Case, Pt2," "The Story of the Tucks," "My Most Beautiful Day," "The Attic," "Join the Parade," "Partner in Crime," "Seventeen," "Everything's Golden," "Seventeen" (Reprise), "Time," "Time Quartet," "Everything's Golden" (Reprise), "You Can't Trust a Man," "The Wheel," "The Story of the Man in the Yellow Suit," "Everlasting," "The Story of Winnie Foster" (Orchestra), "The Wheel" (Finale). CD to be released July 1.

WaitressWaitress OBC digital
(DMI Soundtracks - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Score by Sara Bareilles. Jessie Mueller, Drew Gehling, Eric Anderson, Nick Cordero, Christopher Fitzgerald, Dakin Matthews, Keala Settle. "What's Inside," "Opening Up," "The Negative," "What Baking Can Do," "When He Sees Me," "It Only Takes a Taste," "You Will Still Be Mine," "A Soft Place To Land," "Never Ever Getting Rid of Me," "Bad Idea," "I Didn't Plan It," "Bad Idea” (Reprise), "You Matter To Me," "I Love You Like a Table," "Take It From an Old Man," "She Used to Be Mine," "Everything Changes," "Opening Up" (Finale).


Week of May 24, 2016

Bright StarBright Star Original cast
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/mp3)
Edie Brickell/Steve Martin score. Cast includes Carmen Cusack, Paul Alexander Nolan, Michael Mulheren, A.J. Shively, Hannah Elless, Stephen Bogardus, Dee Hoty, Stephen Lee Anderson, Emily Padgett, Jeff Blumenkrantz. "If You Knew My Story ," "She's Gone," "Bright Star," "Way Back in the Day ," "Whoa, Mama," "Firmer Hand/Do Right," "A Man's Gotta Do," "Asheville," "What Could Be Better," "I Can't Wait," "Theme from 'Heart of the Dreamer'," "Please, Don't Take Him," "A Man's Gotta Do (Reprise)," "Entr'acte," "Sun Is Gonna Shine," "Heartbreaker," "Another Round," "I Had a Vision," "Always Will," "So Familiar," "At Long Last," "Finale," "Bright Star (Reprise)," "Sun Is Gonna Shine" (Single Version). Produced by Peter Asher. Recorded 3/14/16-3/15/16 at New York's MSR Studios. Also at Sh-K-Boom.com.

Carousel and SingCarousel / Alfred Drake and Roberta Peters Sing the Popular Music of Leonard Bernstein
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
Twofer includes 1962 Carousel studio recording produced by Enoch Light and featuring musical direction and choral arrangements by Jay Blackton. Alfred Drake and Roberta Peters alongside Claramae Turner (reprising her on-screen role of Nettie Fowler), Lee Venora, Norman Treigle, and Jon Crain. Recorded on 35mm magnetic film. Also Alfred Drake and Roberta Peters Sing the Popular Music of Leonard Bernstein, produced by Enoch Light and featuring songs from West Side Story, On The Town, Wonderful Town and Candide. Debut for both albums on CD. Digitally remastered from stereo reel to reel tape. Part of Stage Door Records' Collector's Series, limited editions (500 units) in the retro style of a miniature long-playing record. 23 tracks.

The HumansThe Humans (Revised TCG Edition)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Stephen Karam. 164 pages.

Jeremy StolleJeremy Stolle: In the Moment
(new digital album mp3/iTunes)
Broadway performer (Phantom of the Opera). "What Is It About Her?," "Parla Piu Piano," "Besame Mucho," "Roads," "This Is the Moment," "If I Loved You," "The Prayer (with Mary Michael Patterson), "Rainbow Connection," "Nessun Dorma," "The Music of the Night." Released 5/6/16.

Paint Your WagonPaint Your Wagon Encores! cast
(Sony - new on CD - unconfirmed reports are that it is a CD-R/mp3/iTunes)
2015 Encores! cast recording of Lerner and Loewe score. Thirty-member cast includes Keith Carradine, Justin Guarini and Alexandra Socha "Overture," "I'm on My Way," "Rumson Town," "What's Goin' on Here?," "I Talk to the Trees," "Lonely Men," "They Call the Wind Maria," "I Still See Elisa," "How Can I Wait?," "Trio," "Rumson Town" (Reprise), "In Between," "Whoop-Ti-Ay," "Carino Mio," "There's a Coach Comin' In," "Fandangos' Dance," "Finaletto," "Entr'acte," "Hand Me Down That Can O' Beans," "Can Can," "Another Autumn," "Movin'," "All for Him," "Wand'rin' Star," "Rumson Town" (Second Reprise), "The Strike," "Wand'rin' Star" (Reprise), "Finale," "What Do Other Folks Do?" (Bonus Track). Includes much of the original dance music orchestrated by Trude Rittmann. Bonus track "What Do Other Folks Do?" was dropped from the original production before the show reached New York, and was later recycled as the concept for Camelot's “What Do the Simple Folk Do? ”With 31-piece Encores! orchestra led by Rob Berman. Recorded May 29 and June 1.

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


Week of May 17, 2016

Brooklyn CrushBrooklyn Crush original Off-Broadway cast
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3)
Score for the show formerly known as F#%king Up Everything by David Eric Davis and Sam Forman. Max Crumm, Lisa Birnbaum, Dawn Cantwell, Katherine Cozumel, Jason Gotay, George Salazar and Douglas Widick. "Brooklyn Crush," "Why?," "Juliana," "Something I Just Like About You," "Me and My Bong," "Sticking Around," "Please You," "If You Were Mine," "Hot," "Be My Bro," "F#%ck-It List," "Falling," "Arielle's Areolas," "Awkward Silence," "Brooklyn Crush (Reprise)," "Getting High," "Email Song," "Take Me As I Am," "Falling (Reprise) / Take Me As I Am (Reprise)." Produced by Michael Croiter. Also offered at a sale price at BroadwayRecords.com.

Cop RockCop Rock: The Complete Series
(Shout! Factory - new on 3-DVDs)
1990 ABC musical police drama series. Cast includes Anne Bobby, Barbara Bosson, Ronny Cox, Vondie Curtis-Hall, David Gianopoulos, Larry Joshua, Paul McCrane, James McDaniel, Ron McLarty, Mick Murray, Peter Onorati. Composers include Greg Edmonson, Alan Elliott, Randy Newman, Mike Post. 11 episodes, 480 minutes.

M ButterflyM Butterfly
(Warner Archive - new on DVD-R)
1993 film based on David Henry Hwang play. Jeremy Irons, Song Liling, Ian Richardson, Barbara Sukowa, and Annabel Leventon.[1] Screenplay by David Henry Hwang. Directed by David Cronenberg. 101 minutes.

Pinky TomlinPinky Tomlin Collection
(Alpha Video - on 4 DVDs)
Four musical films featuring singer/songwriter/bandleader Pinky Tomlin. Thanks for Listening (1937), Sing While You're Able (1937), With Love and Kisses (1936), Swing It Professor (1937).

Splendor in the GrassSplendor in the Grass
(Warner Archive - new on DVD-R)
1961 film with screenplay by William Inge (who won an Oscar and appears briefly in the film). Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Pat Hingle. Directed by Elia Kazan. 124 minutes.

Terrence McNallyTerrence McNally and Fifty Years of American Gay Drama
(Cambria Press - Hardcover Book)
By John M Clum. First book-length study on the relationship of the plays by Terrence McNally. Examines McNally's work from the political movements of the 1960s and the history of gay men in New York during the early years of gay liberation, the age of AIDS, and the new reality of gay marriage and families. 238 pages.


Week of May 10, 2016

ElegyElegy by Nick Paine
(Faber & Faber - new Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
New play debuted at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in April 2016.

HirHir: A Play
(Northwestern Univ Press - Paperback Book)
Taylor Mac play. Presented at Playwrights Horizons in 2015. 104 pages. Released 10/31/15.

Jasper in DeadlandJasper In Deadland
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Score by Ryan Scott Oliver. Matt Doyle, Sydney Shepherd, Louis Hobson, Andi Alhadeff, Brandi Massey, Bonnie Milligan, F. Michael Haynie, John-Michael Lyles, Kyle Carter. Produced by Ryan Scott Oliver and John Clancy (orchestrator).

Jose Llana AltitudeJose Llana: Altitude
(Yellow Sound Label - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
With Ruthie Ann Miles, special guest. Produced by Michael Croiter with Kimberly Grigsby as Music Director. "Saturn Returns," "Icarus," "We Kiss in a Shadow/I Have Dreamed," "Lonely Town," "Chip's Lament," "Marry Me a Little," "She is More," "Child of the Philippines," "Hero and Leander," "Thinking Out Loud," "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)," "A Puzzlement," "A Perfect Hand." Also at yellowsoundlabel.com.

A Little SingleA Little Single
(Yellow Sound Label - digital album on mp3)
Songs by Lance Horne and Drew Brody. Lance Horne's "The Grindr Song" and "A Little Single," Drew Brody's "Do You Think We Can Dance Now," and "Saying No to Love," and their collaboration, "Wingman."

Maxine SullivanMaxine Sullivan - Great Songs from the Cotton Club
(Harbinger Records - new on CD)
Grammy-nominated album back in print. Previously unrecorded songs by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler, plus Sullivan interpretations of standards. "Happy as the Day Is Long," "You Gave Me Ev'rything but Love," "As Long as I Live," "Raisin' the Rent," "'Neat the Pale Cuban Moon," "Ill Wind," "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea," "I Love a Parade," "Harlem Holiday," "Get Yourself a New Broom," "Stormy Weather," "In the Silence of the Night," "That's What I Hate About Love," "Primitive Prima Donna," "I've Got the World on a String." Produced by Ken Bloom, Bill Rudman, and Keith Ingham.

Live at Cafe CarlyleMeghan Hilty: Live at the Cafe Carlyle
(new digital album)
Recorded spring of 2014 at Cafe Carlyle. "They Just Keep Moving the Line," "Bye Bye Baby," "The Best Is yet to Come," "Someone to Watch over Me," "Autumn Leaves / When October Goes," "That's Life [with Matt Cusson]," "Second Hand White Baby Grand," "The Man That Got Away," "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," "Get Happy," "Rainbow Connection." Currently available at CD Baby. Expected to have a wider release in the future.

Singing and Dancing to the BoMSinging and Dancing to The Book of Mormon: Critical Essays on the Broadway Musical
(Rowman & Littlefield - new Hardcover book)
Marc Edward Shaw and Holly Welker, editors. Collection that examines this cultural phenomenon from a variety of perspectives. Contributors to this volume address such questions as, What made the musical such a remarkable success? In what ways does the show utilize established musical theatre traditions and comic tropes, but still create something new? What religious and cultural buttons does the work push? What artistic and social boundaries—and the transgressions thereof—give the work its edge? Another focus in this volume is the official and unofficial Mormon reactions to the musical. 192 pages.

When Everything was PossibleWhen Everything Was Possible – A Concert (with comments)
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/mp3)
Live recording of 2012 New York City Center concert with Kurt Peterson and Victoria Mallory (Mallory's last NY stage appearance). Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, musical directory by Michael Raffer. Intro by Ted Chapin, "There," So we met..., "Woe Is Me" / "If I Were a Princess," OK, so I was a frog..., "Tonight," Richard Rodgers predicts stardom…, "Each Tomorrow Morning" / "And I Was Beautiful" / "Kiss Her Now," Angela Lansbury was brilliant..., "Love Makes the World Go 'Round" / "Her Face" / "Yes, My Heart," "Broadway Baby," Follies..., "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow," This number winded me…, "One More Kiss," "Too Many Mornings," "Gabey's Coming," After a year in Follies..., "Soon," "Send in the Clowns," While Vicki played in Little Night Music…, "The Little Things You Do Together," Say, Mr. Producer..., "I Remember Sky," "Being Alive," Sondheim—A Musical Tribute..., "There Was Once a Time," Thank you all... 32-page booklet contains many never-before-seen photographs from Broadway's Golden Era as well as production and party photos from the concert, a memorial to Victoria, and a note from Victoria's husband, Mark. Also at Sh-K-Boom.com.


Week of May 3, 2016

The Critics SayThe Critics Say...: 57 Theater Reviewers in New York and Beyond Discuss Their Craft and Its Future
(McFarland and Company - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Matt Windman. 277 pages.

Cyndi LauperCyndi Lauper: Detour
(Rhino Records - new on CD/mp3/vinyl/iTunes)
Country-inspired album. "Funnel of Love," "Detour" (with Emmylou Harris), "Misty Blue," "Walkin' After Midnight," "Heartaches by the Number," "The End of the World," "Night Life" (with Willie Nelson), "Begging to You," "You're the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly" (with Vince Gill), "I Fall to Pieces," "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" (with Jewel), "Hard Candy Christmas" (with Alison Krauss).

Kill FloorKill Floor
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Abe Koogler. Recently played at Lincoln Center LCT3. Paperback released April 4, 2016; Kindle to be released June 13, 2016. 88 pages.

Michael LongoriaMichael Longoria: Broadway Brick by Brick
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Debut solo album from Michael Longoria (Jersey Boys). "Home," "The Sound of Music," "Maria," "Music and the Mirror," "The Impossible Dream," "Corner of the Sky," "As If We Never Said Goodbye," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," "Tell Me on a Sunday," "Being Alive," "Thank You for the Music," "Over the Rainbow." Music director and arranger John McDaniel. Orchestrations by Jesse Vargas. Produced by Jeffrey Lesser.

Wonder.LandSongs From wonder.land original cast
(new import CD/mp3/iTunes/vinyl)
From the National Theatre production. Score by Moira Buffini and Damon Albarn. "Entre Act," "wonder.land," "Fabulous," "Me," "Secrets," "In Clover," "Avatars Holding Page," "Who Are You," "I'm Right," "Everyone Loves Charlie," "Japanese Duchess," "Man of Broken Glass," "Alice Saw."


Week of April 26, 2016

Al PacinoAl Pacino: In Films and on Stage, 2D Ed
(McFarland & Company - Paperback Book)
By William Schoell. In its second edition, this book critically reevaluates his many on screen and onstage roles.

Bright StarBright Star Original cast digital album
(Ghostlight Records - new on mp3)
Edie Brickell/Steve Martin score. Cast includes Carmen Cusack, Paul Alexander Nolan, Michael Mulheren, A.J. Shively, Hannah Elless, Stephen Bogardus, Dee Hoty, Stephen Lee Anderson, Emily Padgett, Jeff Blumenkrantz. "If You Knew My Story ," "She's Gone," "Bright Star," "Way Back in the Day ," "Whoa, Mama," "Firmer Hand/Do Right," "A Man's Gotta Do," "Asheville," "What Could Be Better," "I Can't Wait," "Theme from 'Heart of the Dreamer'," "Please, Don't Take Him," "A Man's Gotta Do (Reprise)," "Entr'acte," "Sun Is Gonna Shine," "Heartbreaker," "Another Round," "I Had a Vision," "Always Will," "So Familiar," "At Long Last," "Finale," "Bright Star (Reprise)," "Sun Is Gonna Shine" (Single Version). Produced by Peter Asher. Recorded 3/14/16-3/15/16 at New York's MSR Studios.

Broadway Up Close Act 1Broadway Up Close Walking Tour ACT I Souvenir Book
(new Paperback Book)
Companion book to Broadway Up Close Walking Tour. Over 100 rarely seen photos, 48 full-color pages, and all of the tour's ghost stories, anecdotes, and other tales. Available on the tour, or at their website.

Redefining StreisandBarbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power
(Yale Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Neal Gabler. Examines Streisand's life through "a prism of otherness—a Jew in a gentile world, a self-proclaimed homely girl in a world of glamour, a kooky girl in a world of convention—and shows how central it was to Streisand's triumph as one of the voices of her age."

On Broadway On Broadway: From Rent to Revolution
(Rizzoli - new Hardcover Book)
By Drew Hodges. Foreword by David Sedaris and Chip Kidd. Visual and oral history of the past twenty years of theater. Includes hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos, concept art, and posters, as well as personal anecdotes by and with some of Broadway's most beloved stars, including John Leguizamo, Berry Gordy, Alison Bechdel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Ruffalo, Patrick Stewart, Bernadette Peters, Joel Grey, Harvey Fierstein, Sting, Dolly Parton, Neil LaBute, Cherry Jones. Stories and art cover working with Jonathan Larson's family and the producers on the campaign for Rent; Nicole Kidman on her decision to bare all during her photo shoot for The Blue Room; selling the hip-hop Hamilton; and collaborating with the legendary Kander and Ebb on their revival of Chicago, in addition to stories about shows such as Annie Get Your Gun, Young Frankenstein, Freak, Avenue Q, Shrek, Pippin, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, Gypsy, and Kinky Boots. 224 pages

Julian OvendenJulian Ovenden: Be My Love
(new import CD)
"I'll Take Romance," "My Heart Stood Still," "Be My Love," "The Way You Look Tonight," "Get Happy," "They Say That Falling In Love / I Got Lost In Her Arms," "Every Time We Say Goodbye," "My Foolish Heart," "But Not for Me," "What'll I Do," "I Wish You Love," "My Funny Valentine," "Here's to Life."

NOW That's What I Call BroadwayNOW That's What I Call Broadway!
(NOW - new on CD/mp3)
"Seasons of Love" (original Broadway cast), "Defying Gravity" (Kristen Chenoweth & Idina Menzel), "All That Jazz" (Chita Rivera and the original Broadway cast), "On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada/Don't Cry For Me Argentina" (Bob Gunton, Patti LuPone & Mandy Patinkin), "The Music of the Night" (Michael Crawford), "Memory" (Betty Buckley), "I Dreamed A Dream" (Randy Graff), "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" (Jennifer Holliday), "Ease On Down the Road" (Stephanie Mills and the original Broadway cast), "Sherry" (Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer and John Lloyd Young), "Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now" (Laura Bell Bundy, Kerry Butler, Harvey Fierstein, Linda Hart, Jackie Hoffman, Marissa Jaret Winokur and the original Broadway cast), "Mamma Mia" (Siobhan McCarthy, Nicolas Colicos, Paul Clarkson, Hilton McRae and the original London cast), "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical featuring Jessie Mueller), "Tomorrow" (Andrea McArdle), "When I Grow Up" (Lauren Ward, Bailey Ryon and the original Broadway cast), "Circle of Life" (Tsidii Le Loka and the original Broadway cast), "Finale: Children will Listen" (Bernadette Peters), "One" (original Broadway cast).Liner notes by David Cote.

Sissle and Blake ShuffleSissle & Blake Sing Shuffle Along
(Harbinger Records - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
From recordings Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle made for Blake's EBM record label as well as a newly discovered set of rare acetates of demo recordings by Sissle and Blake for a proposed Shuffle Along of 1950 Broadway show; plus bonus historic recordings, a piano roll medley, and excerpts from EBM, which was formed in the 1970s. Shuffle Along composers Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle and some original cast members (Flournoy Miller and Aubrey Lyles, and Gertrude Saunders, and Ivan Harold Browning who appeared in the original company as part of The Harmony Kings) present the show as heard on Broadway in 1921 (songs listed in performance order as listed on opening night), though many of the cuts were recorded by the composers in 1950, making the sound exemplary. "Shuffle Along Medley," "Election Day" *, "Election Day in Jimtown," "I'm Just Simply Full of Jazz," "Love Will Find a Way," "Bandana Days" *, "Mirandy/In Honeysuckle Time" *, "Gypsy Blues" *, "Shuffle Along Medley (Entr'acte) (Love Will Find a Way, Baltimore Buzz, Bandana Ways, I'm Just Wild About Harry, Gypsy Blues, Love Will Find a Way)," "Shuffle Along" *, "I'm Just Wild About Harry," "Jimtown Fisticuffs," "If You've Never Been Vamped by a Brownskin" *, "Oriental Blues," "I'm Craving for That Kind of Love" *, "Low Down Blues," "Ain't You Comin' Back to Maryland, Mary Ann?" *, "Baltimore Buzz," "Pickaninny Shoes," "Daddy Won't You Please Come Home," "Fourth of July in Jimtown." * Recorded for the Shuffle Along of 1950 demonstration recording. [Harbinger plans to release all of the EBM recordings as well as the complete demo of Shuffle Along of 1950.]

On Your FeetOn Your Feet: The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Original Broadway cast recording. Cast includes Ana Villafañe, Josh Segarra, Alma Cuervo, Alexandria Suarez, Eduardo Hernandez, and Andréa Burns. "Rhythm is Gonna Get You," "Cuando Salí de Cuba," "Tradición," "Anything For You," "1-2-3," "I See Your Smile," "Mi Tierra," "Con Los Años Que Me Quedan," "Here We Are," "When Someone Comes Into Your Life," "Conga," "Get On Your Feet," "Live for Loving You," "You'll be Mine (Party Time)," "Oye Mi Canto," "Cuba Libre," "Famous," "If I Never Got to Tell You," "Wrapped," "Don't Wanna Lose You," "Reach," "Coming Out of the Dark," "Mega Mix." Recorded live at the Marquis Theatre 3/2/16.

Songs from Old HatsShaina Taub: Songs from Old Hats
(Ghostlight Records - new EP on mp3/)
Three-track EP of Shaina Taub's original songs from the 2016 Signature Theatre production of Old Hats. "Lighten Up," "You Never Get Old to Me," and "Might as Well."

Sylvia McNair Change!Sylvia McNair: Subject to Change!
(Harbinger Records - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Old and new standards from the opera/symphony/jazz singer, representing her touring show. "Everybody Says Don't," "The More I See You," "Sylvia's Dilemma," "Orange Colored Sky," "This Time the Dream's on Me," "Love Is in the Air/Loving You," "The Boy From," "I Cannot Hear the City," "Orange Blossom Special," "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," "Summertime," "One Hundred Easy Ways to Lose a Man," "It's Good to Have You Near Again," "West Side Story Medley," "With a Song in My Heart." With Ted Taylor, Jeremy Allen, Steve Houghton.


Week of April 19, 2016

American VictoryAn American Victory studio cast
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Score for new musical by Louis R. Bucalo. Ashley Brown, Adam Jacobs, Jeremy Hayes, Samantha Hill, Ramin Karimloo, Hugh Panaro, Aaron Tveit and many others. "Opening," "People Are Talking," "What Do You See?," "Revolution," "Glory Bound," "Toward a Star," "On the Way to the Ball," "How Many Times," "The Road You're On," "I Could Never Be The One," "All I Am," "I've Been Waiting for a Day Like This," "Please My Love," "My Child Can You Hear Me?," "Dance For One," "Sons of Adventure," "Hold Me Once Again," "No Way to Change That Now," "A World Away," "Teach Me Another Way," "A Change Will Come." Also available at BroadwayRecords.com.

Blue Man Group 3Blue Man Group: Three
(Rhino Records - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Third Blue Man Group album, featuring 14 new instrumental tracks with sonic explorations from a wide array of newly developed instruments including the Snorkelbone, a creation that utilizes a plastic hose to produce a whirring, pulsating tone when swung in the air; a PVC pipe take on the traditionally wooden aboriginal instrument, the Didgeridoo; and the Chimeulum, which is best described as orchestral chimes on steroids; and many more. The Blue Man Group show has been performed in 15 countries and seen by more than 35 million people worldwide since 1991. The theatrical event combines live music, comedy and technology. "Dispatches 1," "The Forge," "Hex Suit," "3 To 1," "Alive," "Snorkelbone," "Cimbalom 9," "Robots," "Creature Feature," "Vortex," "Tone Spokes," "Dispatches 2," "Giacometti," "Torus."

I Wanna Be a ProducerI Wanna Be A Producer - 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.

Site of the GlobeOn the Site of the Globe Playhouse of Shakespeare: Lying to the North of Maiden Lane, Bankside, Southwark
(Cambridge Univ Press - Paperback Book)
By George Hubbard. Reprint of 1923 book addressing the old controversy regarding the exact location of the Globe Theatre. Detailed maps of London are included. 80 pages.

SonnetsRufus Wainwright: Take All My Loves - 9 Shakespeare Sonnets
(Deutsche Grammophon - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Composed by Rufus Wainwright. Singers: Rufus Wainwright, Anna Prohaska, Florence Welch, Martha Wainwright, Fiora Cutler, Ben de Vries, Christopher Nell, Jurgen Holtz. Recitation: Sian Phillips, Marius de Vries, Frally Hynes, Peter Eyre, Helena Bonham Carter, Carrie Fisher, William Shatner, Inge Keller. Sonnet 43, When Most I Wink (Sonnet 43), Take All My Loves (Sonnet 40), Sonnet 20, A Woman s Face (Sonnet 20), For Shame (Sonnet 10), Sonnet 10, Unperfect Actor (Sonnet 23), Sonnet 29, When in Disgrace with Fortune and Mens Eyes (Sonnet 29), Sonnet 129, Th'Expense of Spirit in a Waste of Shame (Sonnet 129), All Dessen Müd (Sonnet 66), A Woman s Face Reprise (Sonnet 20), Sonnet 87, Farewell (Sonnet 87). Jayce Ogren, conductor, with BBC Symphony Orchestra. Vinyl version to be released June 10.

And Then There Were NoneAnd Then There Were None
(Acorn - new on 2 Blu-ray discs or DVD)
Three-episode 2015 BBC series based on the Agatha Christie novel/play. Douglas Booth, Charles Dance, Maeve Dermody, Burn Gorman, Anna Maxwell Martin, Sam Neill, Miranda Richardson, Toby Stephens, Noah Taylor, Aidan Turner. Written by Sarah Phelps. 177 minutes.


Week of April 12, 2016

101 Greatest PlaysThe 101 Greatest Plays: From Antiquity to the Present
(Guardian Faber - new Hardcover book)
Michael Billington (The Guardian) offers his highly personal selection of the 100 greatest plays ranging from the Greeks to the present-day, justifying them in extended essays, and occasional dialogues, that put the plays in context, explain their significance and trace their performance history.464 pages. Kindle Edition released 9/15.

Blue-CollarBlue-Collar Broadway: The Craft and Industry of American Theater
(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.

Eubie!
(Kritzerland Records - new on CD)
1978 cast recording of Eubie Blake, Noble Sissle, Andy Razaf, F.E. Miller, Jim Europe, and Micki Grant score. Gregory Hines, Maurice Hines, Alaina Reed, Lynnie Godfrey, Terry Burrell. Musical arrangements by musical supervisor Danny Holgate. Mastered from the original master tapes from the Warner Bros/Rhino vaults. "Charleston Rag/Shuffle Along," "In Honeysuckle Time," "I'm Just Wild About Harry," "Daddy," "I'm a Great Big Baby," "My Handyman Ain't Handy No More," "Low Down Blues Gregory Hines," "Gee, I Wish I Had Someone to Rock Me in the Cradle of Love/," "Low Down Blues & Cradle of Love Duet," "Dixie Moon," "Weary/Roll Jordan," "Memories of You," "If You've Never Been Vamped by a Brownskin, You've Never Been Vamped at All," "You Got to Git the Gittin' While the Gittin's Good," "I'm Craving for That Kind of Love," "Goodnight Angeline," "Finale." Limited to 1000 copies only. Available at Kritzerland.com.

Hamilton BookHamilton: The Revolution
(Grand Central Publishing - new Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook)
By Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter. Miranda and McCarter trace the musical's development from an improbable performance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later. In addition, Miranda has written more than 200 footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is published here. Their account features photos by the renowned Frank Ockenfels and veteran Broadway photographer Joan Marcus; exclusive looks at notebooks and emails; interviews with Questlove, Stephen Sondheim, leading political commentators, and more than 50 people involved with the production; and multiple appearances by President Obama. 228 pages. Audiobook narrated by Mariska Hargitay.

Hamilton Box Set VinylHamilton OBC vinyl
(Atlantic - 4-disc vinyl set)
Lin Manuel Miranda score. Cast includes Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Christopher Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Javier Muñoz, Leslie Odom, Jr., Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, Phillipa Soo, and Carleigh Bettiol, Andrew Chappelle, Ariana DeBose, Alysha Deslorieux, Sydney James Harcourt, Neil Haskell. Disc: 1: "Alexander Hamilton," "Aaron Burr, Sir," "My Shot," "The Story Of Tonight," "The Schuyler Sisters," "Farmer Refuted," "You'll Be Back," "Right Hand Man," "A Winter's Ball," "Helpless,"; Disc: 2: "Satisfied," "The Story of Tonight (Reprise)," "Wait For It," "Stay Alive," "Ten Duel Commandments," "Meet Me Inside," "That Would Be Enough," "Guns and Ships," "History Has Its Eyes On You," "Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)," "What Comes Next?," "Dear Theodosia," "Non-Stop"; Disc: 3: "What'd I Miss," "Cabinet Battle #1," "Take A Break," "Say No To This," "The Room Where It Happens," "Schuyler Defeated," "Cabinet Battle #2," "Washington On Your Side," "One Last Time," "I Know Him," "The Adams Administration," "We Know"; Disc: 4," "Hurricane," "The Reynolds Pamphlet," "Burn," "Blow Us All Away," "Stay Alive (Reprise)," "It's Quiet Uptown," "The Election of 1800," "Your Obedient Servant," "Best of Wives and Best of Women," "The World Was Wide Enough," "Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story." Hardcover box containing 4 LPs in printed sleeves and expanded 12" x 12" booklet containing lyrics and more. Includes download card redeemable for digital album.

KismetKismet 1965 Music Theater of Lincoln Center Cast
(Sony Classical Masters - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Cast includes Alfred Drake, Henry Calvin, Anne Jeffreys, Lee Venora, Richard Banke, Rudy Vejar, Albert Toigo, and Anita Alpert. "Overture," "Sands of Time," "Rhymes Have I," "Fate," "Not Since Nineveh," "Baubles, Bangles and Beads," "Stranger In Paradise," "He's In Love," "Gesticulate," "Bored," "Night of My Nights," "Was I Wazir?," "Rahadlakum," "And This Is My Beloved," "The Olive Tree," "Zubbediya," "Finale." Digital versions include digital booklet.

Carnegie HallOpening Carnegie Hall: The Creation and First Performances of America's Premier Concert Stage
(McFarland and Company - Paperback Book)
By Carol J. Binkowski. First comprehensive account of the conception and building of Carnegie Hall, which culminated in a five-day opening festival in May 1891. 277 pages.

Sun Valley SerenadeOrchestra WivesSun Valley Serenade and Orchestra Wives Soundtracks
(Kritzerland - new on 2 CDs)
Musical Direction by Alfred Newman and Emil Newman. Featuring The Glenn Miller Orchestra. Songs by Glenn Miller, Harry Warren and Mack Gordon. Sun Valley Serenade (1941), featured Sonja Henie, John Payne, Milton Berle, Lynn Bari, Joan Davis, Dorothy Dandridge, The Nicholas Brothers, The Modernaires. Orchestra Wives (1942): George Montgomery, Ann Rutherford, Lynn Bari, Cesar Romero, Marion Hutton, The Modernaires, and The Nicholas Brothers. Songs include "Moonlight Serenade," "In the Mood,"Chattanooga Choo Choo," "At Last," "Serenade in Blue," "People Like You and Me," and "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo." Limited edition of 1000 copies only. Expected to ship early. Available at kritzerland.com/sunValley_orch.htm.


Week of April 5, 2016

Broadway BabyBroadway Baby (Silver Shoes series)
(Random House Australia - Paperback Book)
By Samantha-Ellen Bound. "Jazz has always been Ellie's thing, but since taking singing lessons at Silver Shoes, she has big dreams of making it on Broadway. Her chance to leap into this world comes when auditions for a grand musical are announced." For 9-12 years old. 144 pages.

Charlotte SweetCharlotte Sweet
(JAY Records - new on 2 CDs)
Original cast recording. Complete on 2 CDs. Score by Gerald Jay Markoe and Michael Colby. Mara Beckerman, Jeff Keller, Timothy Landfield, Merle Louise, Michael McCormick, Polly Pen, Christopher Seppe.

Darren DayDarren Day: This Is the Moment
(JAY Records - new on CD)
West End singer/actor. "This Is the Moment," "Bring Him Home," "The Lady Is a Tramp," "Can't Help Falling in Love," "Over the Rainbow," "Luck Be a Lady," "The Impossible Dream," "Music of the Night," "She's Always a Woman," "Close Every Door," "Love on the Rocks," "Sunset Boulevard," "Going It Alone," "New York, New York."

The MUSICality of Youmans
(JAY Records - on CD)
Songs written by Vincent Youmans (from Great Day, Take a Chance, A Night Out, No, No, Nanette, Rainbow, Hit the Deck, Smiles, Flying Down to Rio). "Without a Song" (Ron Raines), "More Than You Know" (Debbie Gravitte), "Rise and Shine" (Klea Blackhurst), "Sometimes I'm Happy" (Matt Bogart and Nancy Anderson), "Tea for Two" (Max Von Essen and Jessica Bogart), "I Want a Man" (Christiane Noll), "Why, Oh Why?" (Karen Ziemba and Girls), "Time on My Hands" (Brent Barrett), "Music Makes Me" (Sutton Foster), "Where Has My Hubby Gone Blues" (Beth Leavel and Men), "Flying Down to Rio" (Norm Lewis), "Hallelujah" (Kim Criswell and Chorus), "Tea for Two" (Max Von Essen and Jessica Bogart). Previously available in the UK and at iTunes.

Tales of TinseltownTales of Tinseltown
(JAY Records - new on CD)
Concept recording. Score by Michael Colby and Paul Katz. Harriet Harris, Christina Bianco, Nat Chandler, Klea Blackhurst, Jake Epstein, Alison Fraser, Richard Kind, Tony Yazbeck. "Overture," "The Public Wants to Know," "I Belong in Hollywood," "Let's Go / Need Someone 1," "N.G.N. Productions," "Lulu Beauveen," "Musical Melange," "Adele's Scoop," "Someone to Love Me," "Introducing Bertha," "I Can Sing," "Presenting Danny," "All Over the Place," "All I Dreamed," "All Over the Place (Reprise)/ Need Someone 2," "Boy You're Beautiful / Need Someone 3," "Jungle Fever," "Lulu's Retort / Need Someone 4," "So This Is the Movies," "Adel-E-Gram #1," "Sounds in the Night," "Adel-E-Gram #2," "Keep in Step (Aeroplane Number)," "Adel-E-Gram #3," "Hunchy," "It's Mine," "Tell Me Please," "Born to Be Bad," "Sorority Sister Segue," "Got to Be Good," "Nightmare," "My Best False Face," "I'll Stand by You," "Visit to Hollywood Hospital," "For My Career," "All I Dreamed (Reprise)," "Stars in My Eyes," "Jungle Fever (Reprise)," "Let's Go (Reprise) / Finale."

Hamilton SongbookHamilton - Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Vocal selections in piano/vocal format for Lin-Manuel Miranda score. "Alexander Hamilton," "Burn," "Dear Theodosia," "Helpless," "History Has Its Eyes On You," "Hurricane," "It's Quiet Uptown," "My Shot," "One Last Time," "The Room Where It Happens," "Satisfied," "The Schuyler Sisters," "That Would Be Enough," "Wait For It," "Washington On Your Side," "What'd I Miss," "You'll Be Back."

Performing SetThe Performing Set: The Broadway Designs of William and Jean Eckart
(Univ of North Texas Press - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of Andrew B. Harris 2006 book. Preface by Sheldon Harnick, Foreword by Carol Burnett. Study of the work of designers and producers William and Jean Eckart (Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Damn Yankees, Once Upon a Mattress, and Mame) . uses production stills and the Eckarts' sketches from every show they worked on to illustrate the magic behind an Eckart design. This lavishly illustrated book, with more than 500 full-color illustrations, is a fitting tribute to both the great American theatre and the couple who helped make it great.


Week of March 29, 2016

Bend It Like BeckhamBend It Like Beckham OLC
(Sony Music Import - new import CD)
Howard Goodall/Charles Hart score. "UB2," "Girl Perfect," "The Engagement: Look at Us Now/ Golden Moment/ Get Me," "Tough Love," "First Touch," "People Like Us," "Act 1 Finale: Just A Game/ Fly," "Glorious," "Result!," "More Fool Me," "There She Goes," "Bend It," "Heer/ Golden Moment," "Harriers' Preparation & Just a Game (Reprise)," "The Wedding & Football Final: Sadaa Charhdi Kalaa/ Result! (Reprise)," "People Like Us/ Glorious (Reprises)," "Act 2 Finale: Fly/ There She Goes/ Girl Perfect/ UB2/ Bend It (Reprises)." Released earlier on mp3, at iTunes and in the UK at Amazon UK and Dress Circle

First Daughter SuiteFirst Daughter Suite
(Ghostlight Records - new on 2 CDs)
Original cast recording of Michael John LaChiusa score; premiered in 2015 at the Public Theater. Alison Fraser, Rachel Bay Jones, Caissie Levy, Theresa McCarthy, Betsy Morgan, Isabel Santiago, Carly Tamer, Mary Testa and Barbara Walsh. "Opening," "Out Go The Chairs / Happiness," "Ruined," "Martha / Two Perfect Girls / Daddy's Mind," "Why Not? / Surrender," "Never Surrender," "Mother Likes To Dance," "Susan Ford," "Fabulous Dream Adventure," "Iran," "Daughters Of," "Everyone's Dead / Fabulous Dream Adventure (Reprise)," "Patti By The Pool," "Anita's Song," "Robin / Come On Inside," "Your Big Brother George," "You, My Love," "My Beautiful Mind," "Underneath The Waves," "Laura / No Tears," "Let Go / Finale." Released earlier on on mp3 and iTunes.charl

Kinky Boots West EndKinky Boots Original West End cast
(Sony Masterworks - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Cyndi Lauper score. Killian Donnelly, Matt Henry, Amy Lennox, Jamie Baughan, Amy Ross, and Michael Hobbs. "Price and Son Theme / The Most Beautiful Thing in the World," "Take What You Got," "Land of Lola," "Charlie's Soliloquy (One)," "Step One," "Sex Is In The Heel," "The History of Wrong Guys," "Not My Father's Son," "Charlie's Soliloquy (Two)," "Everybody Say Yeah," "What a Woman Wants," "In This Corner," "Charlie's Soliloquy (Three)," "Soul of a Man," "Hold Me in Your Heart," "Raise You Up / Just Be."

Night AliveThe Night Alive and Other Plays
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Includes Conor McPherson plays: The Night Alive, The Birds, The Veil, The Dance of Death. 240 pages.

Notes from New York Bill Charlap TrioNotes from New York: Bill Charlap Trio
(Verve - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Bill Charlap on piano, with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington. "I'll Remember April," "Make Me Rainbows," "Not A Care In The World," "There Is No Music," "A Sleepin' Bee," "Little Rascal On A Rock," "Too Late Now," "Tiny's Tempo," "On The Sunny Side Of The Street."

Prodigal SonProdigal Son
(TCG - Paperback Book)
John Patrick Shanley's play, to be produced this season by Manhattan Theatre Club. 80 pages.


Week of March 22, 2016

Amazing Grace SongbookAmazing Grace - A New Broadway Musical: Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
15 songs from the 2015 Broadway musical score by Christopher Smith. Includes vocal lines with piano accompaniment. "Truly Alive," Someone Who Hers," "Yema's Song," "Voices of the Angels," "We Are Determined," "Shadows of Innocence," "Expectations," "Tell Me Why," "A Chance for Me," "Nowhere Left to Run," "Daybreak," "I Still Believe," "Testimony," "Nothing There to Love," "Amazing Grace."

Local GloriesLocal Glories: Opera Houses on Main Street, Where Art and Community Meet
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Ann Satterthwaite. Comprehensive study of mainly rural opera houses focusing on history, theater, opera, entertainment, immigrants, architecture, and planning and the actors, patrons, impresarios, and audiences that sustained them in different states. 456 pages.

American PsychoAmerican Psycho OLC
(Concord Records - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Duncan Sheik score. Cast includes Matt Smith, Gillian Kirkpatrick, Cassandra Compton, and Susannah Fielding. "Opening (Morning Routine)," "Cards," "You Are What You Wear," "Oh Sri Lanka," "True Faith," "Killing Time," "In the Air Tonight," "Hardbody / Hardbody Luis," "If We Get Married," "Not a Common Man," "Mistletoe Alert," "Clean," "Killing Spree," "Nice Thought," "At the End of an Island / Hardbody Hamptons," "I Am Back," "A Girl Before," "Don't You Want Me?," "This Is Not an Exit"; Additional Music:, "Selling Out" (Fischer King Remix), "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" (Duncan Sheik Remix), "Killing Time 20."

Jazz at the Philharmonic with EllaJazz At The Philharmonic: The Ella Fitzgerald Set
(Verve - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
For the first time, and newly remastered, the complete Jazz at the Philharmonic performances of Ella Fitzgerald issued by Verve on various albums, now in one live set. Includes concerts from 1949, 1953 and 1954 and features appearances by Charlie Parker, Lester Young, and Hank Jones among others. Booklet includes an essay by author Will Friedwald. Norman Granz Announces Ella Fitzgerald, "Robbins Nest," "A New Shade of Blues," "Old Mother Hubbard," "I'm Just a Lucky So-and-So," "Somebody Loves Me," "Basin Street Blues," Ow! Introduction of Ella Fitzgerald, "Flying Home," "Oh, Lady Be Good!," "Black Coffee," "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," "How High the Moon," Norman Granz Announcement, "Perdido," "Bill," "Why Don't You Do Right?," "A Foggy Day (In London Town)," "Lullaby of Birdland," "The Man That Got Away," "Hernando's Hideaway," "Later."

Liz PulmanLiza Pulman Sings Hollywood
(new import CD/mp3/iTunes)
Solo album from singer and actress, and member of Fascinating Aïda. Represents her touring show of selections from Casablanca, The Spy Who Loved Me, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Breakfast at Tiffany's and more. Track list to come.

My Old LadyMy 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.

Mark MurphyMark Murphy Live in Athens, Greece
(Harbinger Records - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Recorded live at the Gazarte Club in Athens in 2008. American jazz singer Mark Murphy's last CD. With Spiros Exaras (electric guitar), Thomas Rueckert (piano), Alex Drakos (drums), George Georgiadis (acoustic bass). "My Funny Valentine," "All Blues," "On Green Dolphin Street," "Summertime," "Autumn Leaves," "When I Fall in Love/My One and Only Love," "Bye Bye Blackbird," "Miles," "Milestones," "On the Red Clay," "Inutil Palsagom/Dindl." Eco-packaging.

NextScott Evan Davis: Next
(Sonic Landscapes Music - new on CD & mp3 at CD Baby/mp3 at Amazon)
Songs written by Scott Evan Davis in which the characters are beginning the "next" phase of their lives, in one way or another. Robert Cuccioli, Karen Mason, Lisa Howard, Derek Klena, Stuart Matthew Price, Lucie Jones, Joshua Colley, Vicky Modica, Joshua Lance Dixon, Erik Sisco, Jamie Hartmann, Kim Grogg, Jamie Hartmann, Scott Evan Davis, David Harris, Mikki Sodergren, Joshua Lance Dixon. "Take on the World," "I Can Be," "If the World Only Knew," "Everyone Has a Vice," "Sail On," "This Land I Love," "Beautiful Home," "Save Me the Rose," "Behind the Words," "Someone Else's Eyes," "Next."Co-produced by Scott Evan Davis and David Snyder.

Stacy SullivanStacy Sullivan: Stranger in a Dream—Songs for Marian McPartland
(Harbinger Records - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
2015 MAC Award for Outstanding Major Artist, Bistro and Nightlife Award winner Stacy Sullivan performs a tribute to legendary pianist and broadcaster Marian McPartland. With Jon Weber on piano. "Loving You", "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'", "Portrait of Mercer Ellington/Prelude to a Kiss", "Stranger in a Dream", "In a Melancholy Mood", "In the Days of Our Love", "Portrait of Marcia Ball", "I've Got a Crush on You", "Lullaby of Birdland", "A Delicate Balance", "September in the Rain/Come Away with Me", "Twilight World", "Castles in the Sand", "My Heart Stood Still", "All the Things You Are/Chopin's Waltz in B Minor Opus 89 #2", "I'm Beginning to See the Light/It Don't Mean a Thing/Jump for Joy", "Kaleidoscope."


Week of March 15, 2016

The Bloody IrishThe Bloody Irish
(Sony Masterworks - new on 2 CDs)
From musical drama specially filmed for PBS (shown in October 2015). Malcolm Sinclair, Lorcan Cranitch, Gavin O'Connor, Lisa Lambe. Disc One: "The Foggy Dew," "The Waxies' Dargle," "The Rocky Road to Dublin," "The Tricoloured Ribbon," "The Rising of the Moon," "The Minstrel Boy," "Mo Ghile Mear," "Óró Sé Do Bheatha 'Bhaile," "The Parting Glass," "The British Army," "Monto," Disc: 2: "Introduction / It's a Long Way to Tipperary," "The Waxies' Dargle," "The Rocky Road to Dublin," "The Foggy Dew," "The Tricoloured Ribbon," "The Rising of the Moon," "Arrival of the Sherwood Foresters," "The Minstrel Boy," "The British Army," "Mo Ghile Mear," "Delirium!," "Óró Sé Do Bheatha 'Bhaile," "Surrender," "Monto," "Mo Ghile Mear Reprise," "Easter, 1961 (W.BYeats)," "The Parting Glass." Written by Barry Devlin with orchestration, arrangements, and original pieces by David Downes. 119 minutes. Released January 15, 2016.

Complete Les MisThe 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.

FiddlerFiddler on the Roof Revival Cast
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3)
Bock & Harnick score. Cast includes Danny Burstein, Jessica Hecht, Jenny Rose Baker, Michael C. Bernardi, Adam Dannheisser, Adam Kantor, Karl Kenzler, Alix Korey, Jesse Kovarsky, Samantha Massell, Melanie Moore, George Psomas, Ben Rappaport, Nick Rehberger, Jeffrey Schecter, Alexandra Silber, Jessica Vosk, Lori Wilner, Aaron Young, Jennifer Zetlan. Bonus tracks: "Excerpts from Fiddler on the Roof - Variations and Cadenza" by John Williams recorded by Itzhak Perlman; and Adam Kantor (Motel) and Alexandra Silber (Tzeitel) sing cut song "Dear Sweet Sewing Machine" (orchestrations by Oran Eldor and played by Ted Sperling and orchestra). Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Judy Garland Sings Harold ArlenJudy Garland Sings Harold Arlen
(JSP - new import 2-CD set)
Compiled by Lawrence Schulman from Decca and Capitol studio recordings, MGM and Warner Brothers tracks, radio and live selections. Includes four new-to-CD tracks: an Overture for A Star Is Born from two different recordings, two radio tracks, and a 28-second-expanded complete version of "Lose That Long Face" from a rare studio playback disk, thought to no longer exist. Disc One: "Overture from a Star Is Born," "Over the Rainbow," "The Jitterbug," "Buds Wont Bud," "Blues in the Night," "That Old Black Magic," "Over the Rainbow," "Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe," "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Last Night When We Were Young," "Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home," "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues," "Down with Love," "Stormy Weather," "The Man That Got Away," "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Over the Rainbow," "Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe," "The Jitterbug," "Over the Rainbow," "Buds Wont Bud," "Last Night When We Were Young," "Get Happy," Disc Two: "Here's What Im Here for," "Gotta Have Me Go with You," "The Man That Got Away," "Someone at Last," "It's a New World," "Lose That Long Face," "Little Drops of Rain," "Take My Hand Paree," "Paris Is a Lonely Town," "Roses Red, Violets Blue," "I Could Go on Singin (Till the Cows Come Home)," "Gods Country," "That Old Black Magic," "Over the Rainbow," "Get Happy," "Over the Rainbow," "Lose That Long Face: With Monette Moore," "When the Sun Comes Out," "The Man That Got Away," "It's a New World," "Get Happy," "Over the Rainbow."

Natalie Douglas Human HeartNatalie Douglas: Human Heart
(WBG Records - new on CD/mp3)
Multiple award winning vocalist: seven-time MAC Award, Backstage Bistro Award, Nightlife Award, 2014 Margaret Whiting Award. "Wholly Earth," "Sleepy Man," "I Must Have That Man," "The Best Is Yet to Come," "Can't Help Loving That Man," "Mr. Bojangles," "I Hold No Grudge," "It Never Was You," "Strange Fruit," "Mississippi Goddam," "Throw It Away," "The Human Heart." Musical director Mark Hartman. Jim Cammack on bass, Charles Ruggiero on drums, Patience Higgins on saxophones, and a full string section.

New York's Yiddish TheaterNew York's Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway for Kindle
(Columbia Univ Press - Kindle Edition)
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. Hardcover edition should appear soon.

Salad DaysSelection of the Songs from Salad Days Original cast
(Sony Classical Masters - on CD/mp3)
1954 London cast recording. Bristol Old Vic production. Score by Julian Slade and Dorothy Reynolds. Eleanor Drew and John Warner. "The Things That Are Done by a Don," "We Said We Wouldn't Look Back," "Find Yourself Something to Do," "I Sit in the Sun," "Oh Look at Me, I'm Dancing," "Oh Look at Me, I'm Dancing - Ensemble," "Hush Hush," "Out of Breath," "Cleopatra," "Sand in My Eyes," "It's Easy to Sing," "We're Looking for a Piano," "The Time of My Life," "The Saucer Song," "We Don't Understand Our Children," "Finale: Oh Look at Me-We Said We Wouldn't Look Back-It's Easy to Sing."


Week of March 8, 2016

Best Little WhorehouseThe Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Blu-ray
(Universal - new Blu-ray)
1982 film version of Broadway musical. Burt Reynolds, Dolly Parton, Dom DeLuise, Charles Durning, Jim Nabors. Original score by Carol Hall. 115 minutes.

Complete 1980s MusicalsThe 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.

Grease Live! DVDGrease Live! DVD
(Paramount - new on DVD)
January TV show. Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Hudgens, Carlos PenaVega, Keke Palmer, Kether Donohue, Jordan Fisher, Andrew Call, David Del Rio, Boyz II Men and others.

Rocky FAQThe 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.

Troupers of the Gold CoastTroupers of the Gold Coast: The Rise of Lotta Crabtree
(Skyhorse Publishing - Paperback Book)
By Constance Mayfield Rourke. Foreword by James Wilson. Originally published in 1928. Follows the startup and success of the Troupers of the Gold Coast theater company that started performing in 1837 at California's First Theater; and Lotta Crabtree, who at the age of six, had been performing along the coast for men and women of the Gold Rush. She was extremely popular and very successful in acting, singing, dancing, and banjo playing. Lotta was named "The Nation's Darling" and toured the U.S. and Europe before retiring in her forties. More than 2,000 actors and actresses performed and trained with the Troupers between 1848 and 2005. Until their last show in 2005, they were the oldest continually performing theater company in the world.

Xanadu Blu-rayXanadu Blu-ray
(Universal - new Blu-ray)
1980 musical film with Olivia Newton-John, Michael Beck, Gene Kelly. 96 minutes.


Week of March 1, 2016

BingBing Crosby: Good & Rare Vol. 3
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
Includes previously unissued recordings, alternate takes, and rehearsal recordings. "Ol' Man River," from 1928, is the unissued alternate take of Bing's first Victor hit with Paul Whiteman; 1944 "Duke the Spook," "Song of the Seventh Airforce," and "Song of the Fifth Marines" are three previously unissued recordings Crosby made for the war effort; rehearsal recordings of Crosby's film songs include "It's Easy to Remember" (1934) and "Where Is Central Park?" (1938). "Ol' Man River," "Poor Little G String," "Song of the Dawn," "A Bench in the Park," "Everything's Agreed Upon," "After Sundown," "Let Me Call You Sweetheart," "Red Sails in the Sunset," "It's Easy To Remember," "The Moon Got in My Eyes," "All You Want To Do Is Dance," "I ve Got a Pocketful of Dreams," "Laugh And Call It Love," "Laugh And Call It Love (Alternate Take)," "Where Is Central Park?," "Beware! I m Beginning To Care," "East Side of Heaven," "Sing a Song of Sunbeams," "When the Moon Comes Over Madison Square," "Duke the Spook," "Song of the Seventh Airforce," "Song of the Fifth Marines," "Night And Day," "The Blue Room," "Cheek To Cheek," "Mountain Greenery."

Book of GraceThe Book of Grace
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Play by Suzan-Lori Parks. 112 pages.

Double Feature 2Double Feature 2: BJ Ward and Donn Trenner
(LML Music - new on CD/on iTunes)
"Green Dolphin Street," "Secret Love," "Senza Fine," "A House Is Not A Home," "Pass That Peace Pipe," "A Patch of Blue," "The Windmills of Your Mind," "Invitation," "How Little We Know," "Why Should I Care?," "Egyptian Ella," "I'll Never Say Goodbye," "I'll Be Seeing You."

The ImportanceThe Importance: The Musical Version of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
Previously unreleased studio cast recording of Sean O'Mahony's 1984 West End musical The Importance. Studio cast includes members of the original Peterborough cast and other West End vocalists. Album was produced over a period of 20 years. Nigel Williams, Jill Martin and Susan Jane Tanner. "Overture / A Fine and Gracious City," "Bunburying," "One Love / the Importance of Being Earnest," "Your Engagement," "Bunburying (Reprise)," "I Must Write That Down Before I Forget," "I Need Someone to Rescue Me / I Must Write That Down Before I Forget (Reprise)," "Every Flower in the Garden," "Sincerely Yours," "Your Duty as a Gentleman," "The Importance of Being Earnest," "I Am Never Wrong," "May I Offer You a Cup of Tea?," "Yes For a Woman He Will," "One Vital Question," "My Ward / Your Engagement (Reprise)," "Borne in a Handbag," "The Importance of Being Earnest (Finale)." Also available directly from the U.K. with early shipping at StageDoorRecords.com.

Live in Central ParkLive in Central Park Revisited: Simon & Garfunkel
(LML Music - new on CD)
Johnny Rodgers and Lee Lessack perform the actual set list from the September 19, 1981, concert. Based on their concert event. "Mrs. Robinson," "Homeward Bound," "America," "Me & Julio Down by the Schoolyard," "Scarborough Fair," "April Come She Will," "Wake Up Little Susie," "Still Crazy After All These Years," "American Tune," "Late in the Evening," "Slip Slidin' Away," "A Heart in New York," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," "The Boxer," "Old Friends / Bookends Theme," "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)," "The Sound of Silence," Bonus Track: "Here's To You." Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes

Mario LanzaMario Lanza: Never Till Now
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
new compilation of songs in English: studio recordings, radio broadcasts, film outtakes, and a live performance, spanning the years 1950 to 1958. Also includes previously unreleased spoken introductions by Lanza and a reconstructed duet. "Because," "For You Alone," "Some Day ," "If," "All the Things You Are," "Long Ago" (and Far Away), "Without a Song," "My Romance," "Begin the Beguine," "The Night Is Young Introduced by Lanza," "If I Loved You Introduced by Lanza," "I'll Be Seeing You," "A Kiss," "You Do Something to Me," "I'll Walk With God," "Serenade" (from The Student Prince), "Beloved," "Only a Rose," "Yours Is My Heart Alone," "A Night to Remember," "Never Till Now," "Deep in My Heart, Dear Partial" (film outtake), "Because You're Mine" (live performance).

Musical Theatre SongMusical Theatre Song: A Comprehensive Course in Selection, Preparation, and Presentation for the Modern Performer
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Broadway and West End vocal and audition coach Stephen Purdy. Handbook for musical theatre performers, providing them with the wide-ranging skill set they need for success in today's competitive musical theatre environment. Breaking down the process into knowing how to select song material based upon individuality and how to prepare and perform it in a manner that best highlights your attributes. 312 pages.

Secret Life of Broadway MusicalsThe 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.

Sense and SensabilitySense and Sensibility A New Musical
(new on CD)
Paul Gordon score. Chicago Shakespeare cast includes Megan McGinnis, Sharon Rietkirk, Sean Allan Krill, Peter Saide, Wayne Wilcox. "Darker Shade than Grief," "Inventory," "Lavender Drops," "Elinor," "So the Poets Say," "When Next We Meet," "House with a View," "Lydia," "Rain," "Willoughby," "Somewhere in Silence," "Regency," "The Letter," "Wrong Side of Five and Thirty," "There He Is Again," "The Response," "The Swing," "Not Even You," "The Visit," "Edward and I," "Stowaway," "When Next We Meet (Reprise)," "Transition to Barton," "Rain/There He Is Again (Reprise)," "Bedside," "Willoughby's Lament," "Finale." Orchestrations by Larry Hochman and Bruce Coughlin; additional arrangements by Curtis Moore. Music direction by Laura Bergquist. Available at ChicagoShakes.com.

Sitting PrettySitting Pretty: The Life and Times of Clifton Webb
(Univ Press of Mississippi - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition already available)
Paperback issue of 2011 book by Clifton Webb (Blithe Spirit, Present Laughter) with David L. Smith. Foreword by Robert Wagner. Hardcover and Kindle Edition already available.

Vic DanaWarm & Wild / This Is Vic Dana
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
Vic Dana's debut album "This Is Vic Dana" from 1961 and the follow up, "Warm & Wild" from 1962. "Get Me to the Church On Time," "Lollipops and Roses," "I Believe in You," "Blame It On My Youth," "Close Your Eyes," "Her Face," "My Romance," "It's a Most Unusual Day," "Penny Candy," "Happy Ending," "Through a Long and Sleepless Night," "Hey, Look Me Over," "Red Grapes," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Nature Boy," "Someone New," "Glad to Be Unhappy," "Cry Me a River," "Moon River," "Young and Warm and Wonderful," "Mamacita," "Little Altar Boy," "A Cottage for Sale," "Hawaii," "(A Girl Needs) to Love and Be Loved," "Time Can Change," "A Voice in the Wind," "The Prisoner's Song."


Week of February 23, 2016

Amazing GraceAmazing Grace OBC
(DMI - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Broadway cast recording of Christopher Smith score. Tom Hewitt, Erin Mackey, Chuck Cooper, Chris Hoch, Stanley Bahorek, Harriett D. Foy, Laiona Michelle, Rachael Ferrera and Elizabeth Ward Land. "Prologue," "Truly Alive," "Auction," "Someone Who Hears," "Yema's Song," "Voices Of The Angels," "We Are Determined," "Never," "Shadows of Innocence," "Expectations," "The Battle/The Drowning," "African Welcome Song," "Sing on High," "Tell Me Why," "A Chance for Me," "Nowhere Left to Run," "Daybreak," "I Still Believe," "Testimony," "I Will Remember," "Nothing There To Love," "Amazing Grace." Produced by Frank Filipetti. Recorded November 2, 2015.

FiddlerFiddler on the Roof OBC
(Razor & Tie/Analog Spark - new vinyl album)
1964 show. Score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. Zero Mostel, Beatrice Arthur, Bert Convy, Tanya Everett, Michael Granger, Maria Karnilova, Joanna Merlin, Julia Migenes, Austin Pendleton, Jon Ponazecki. Cut from the original stereo tapes by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound 1964 stereo recording on 180-gram vinyl for the first time. Housed in a Stoughton old style tip-on jacket. 180-gram vinyl pressed and plated at RTI. Also available at AnalogSpark.com.

First Daughter SuiteFirst Daughter Suite Digital
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/iTunes)
Original cast recording of Michael John LaChiusa score; premiered in 2015 at the Public Theater. Alison Fraser, Rachel Bay Jones, Caissie Levy, Theresa McCarthy, Betsy Morgan, Isabel Santiago, Carly Tamer, Mary Testa and Barbara Walsh. "Opening," "Out Go The Chairs / Happiness," "Ruined," "Martha / Two Perfect Girls / Daddy's Mind," "Why Not? / Surrender," "Never Surrender," "Mother Likes To Dance," "Susan Ford," "Fabulous Dream Adventure," "Iran," "Daughters Of," "Everyone's Dead / Fabulous Dream Adventure (Reprise)," "Patti By The Pool," "Anita's Song," "Robin / Come On Inside," "Your Big Brother George," "You, My Love," "My Beautiful Mind," "Underneath The Waves," "Laura / No Tears," "Let Go / Finale." The opening track is now streaming at sh-k-boom.com/first-daughter-suite.

Mrs. HendersonMrs. Henderson Presents OLC
(Sony Classical Masters - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
London cast recording. George Fenton & Simon Chamberlain/Don Black score. Tracie Bennett, Ian Bartholomew. "Everybody Loves the Windmill," "Mrs Henderson Presents," "Whatever Time I Have," "Lord Chamberlain's Song," "What a Waste of a Moon," "Rubens and Renoir," "Ordinary Girl," "It Starts With a Dream," "Perfect Dream," "Living in a Dream World," "He's Got Another Think Coming," "Women at War - Medley," "Now is Not the Time," "Anything But Young," "We'll Never Close," "What a Waste of a Moon - Reprise," "Innocent Soldier," "If Mountains Were Easy To Climb," "We'll Never Close - Reprise." Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in December 2015.

My Fair LadyMy Fair Lady OBC
(Razor & Tie - new vinyl album)
1956 show. Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner score. Julie Andrews, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Cathleen Nesbit. Cut from the original mono tapes by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound. Legendary 1956 mono recording on 180-gram vinyl for the first time. Produced by Goddard Lieberson and recorded by Fred Plaut at Columbia 30th Street Studio. Housed in a Stoughton old style tip-on jacket. 180-gram vinyl pressed and plated at RTI. Also available at AnalogSpark.com.

Sound of Music Live UKThe Sound of Music Live UK TV Region 2 DVD
(new on Region 2 DVD)
The UK's ITV live broadcast of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music. Directed by Coky Giedroyc. Aired on December 20, 2015. Kara Tointon, Julian Ovendon, Alexander Armstrong, Maria Friedman, Katherine Kelly. Available at Dress Circle
and Amazon UK.


West Side StoryWest Side Story OBC
(Razor & Tie/Analog Spark - new 2-LP vinyl album)
1957 show. Score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. Cut from the original 3-track tapes by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound. Larry Kert, Carol Lawrence, Ken Le Roy, Chita Rivera, David Winters, Michael Callan, Tony Mordente, Big Deal: Martin Charnin, Tommy Abbott, Jamie Sanchez, Marilyn Cooper, Reri Grist, Art Smith. Stoughton old style tip-on gatefold jacket with rare photos from the original recording sessions. 2LP 180-gram vinyl pressed and plated at RTI. Also available at AnalogSpark.com.

Willie Nelson Sings GershwinSummertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin
(Legacy - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Performed by this 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. "But Not for Me", "Somebody Loves Me", "Someone to Watch Over Me", "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" (with Cyndi Lauper), "It Ain't Necessarily So", "I Got Rhythm", "Love is Here to Stay", "They All Laughed", "Embraceable You" (with Sheryl Crow), "They Can't Take That Away from Me", "Summertime."


Week of February 16, 2016

Broadway DoggieBroadway 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 Color PurpleThe Color Purple
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
2015 revival cast. Score by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. Cast includes Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson, Isaiah Johnson, Joaquina Kalukango, and Kyle Scatliffe. "Opening/Mysterious Ways," "Somebody Gonna Love You," "Our Prayer," "That Fine Mister," "Big Dog," "Mister/Nettie & Lily of the Field," "Dear God - Sofia," "A Tree Named Sofia," "Hell No!," "Brown Betty," "Shug Avery Comin' to Town," "All We Got to Say," "Dear God - Shug," "Too Beautiful for Words," "Push Da Button," "Uh-Oh," "What About Love?," "African Homeland," "The Color Purple," "Celie's Curse," "Miss Celie's Pants," "Any Little Thing," "What About Love? (Reprise)," "I'm Here," "Reunion," "The Color Purple (Reprise)." Album produced by Frank Filipetti.

Essential SondheimThe Essential Stephen Sondheim
(Masterworks Broadway - on 2 CDs)
Compilation CD set that is part of The Essential series from Sony Music. Performers include Bernadette Peters, Mandy Patinkin, Ethel Merman, Jason Alexander, Angela Lansbury, Elaine Stritch, Victor Garber, Barbara Cook, Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno, Dean Jones, Glynis Johns, Marni Nixon, Lee Remick, Jim Walton, Lonny Price, Peabo Bryson, Nancy Wilson and many more. "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."

Galavant Season 2Galavant Season 2 (Original Television Soundtrack)
(Hollywood Records - digital album on mp3/iTunes)
Music and lyrics by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. "A New Season," "Off with His Shirt" (Kylie Minogue), "World's Best Kiss," "Let's Agree to Disagree," "Build a New Tomorrow" (Matt Lucas), "The Happiest Day of Your Life" (Robert Lindsay), "If I Were a Jolly Blacksmith," "As Good As It Gets," "Serenade," "What Am I Feeling," "My Dragon Pal and Me," "Different Kind of Princess" (Sheridan Smith), "Dwarves vs. Giants," "Today We Rise," "He Was There," "Time Is of the Essence" (Reece Shearsmith), "Goodbye" (Eddie Marsan), "Love Makes the World Brand New," "I Don't Like You," "Finally," "A Dark Season," "Galavant Recap," "A Good Day to Die," "Do the D'Dew," "Will My Day Ever Come" (Alfie Simmons), "A Real Life, Happily Ever After," "A Good Day to Die (Reprise)," "Season 2 Finale" (Weird Al Yankovic)." Digital booklet included. Released 1/29/16.

Master of Ceremonies: A Memoir
(Flatiron Books - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Memoir by Joel Grey. "... of a life lived in and out of the limelight, but it is also the story of the man behind the stage makeup." 256 pages.

Master of CeremoniesMaster of Ceremonies: A Memoir Audio version
(Macmillan Audio - new on CD/iTunes)
Memoir by Joel Grey. "... of a life lived in and out of the limelight, but it is also the story of the man behind the stage makeup." Audio version read by Joel Grey.

DanceMovies, Moves and Music: The Sonic World of Dance Films
(Equinox - Paperback Book)
Editors Mark Evans and Mary Fogarty. Surveys dance in film, drawing on significant post-War dance films from around world. 224 pages.


Week of February 9, 2016

Sweet CharitySweet Charity OLC
(Sony Classical Masters - on CD-R/mp3/iTunes)
1967 London cast recording. Cy Coleman/Dorothy Fields score. Juliet Prowse, Red McLennan, Josephine Blake, and Paula Kelly. First CD U.S. release.

Ute Lemper 9 SecretsUte Lemper: 9 Secrets
(Steinway & Sons - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Singer and stage actress Lemper collaborates with lyricist and novelist Paulo Coelho for these songs, which are based on manuscripts found in Accra detailing the answers to essential questions about humanity is discovered.

You Can't Take It with YouYou Can't Take It with You Blu-ray
(Sony - new on Blu-ray)
1938 film version of George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's Pulitzer Prize winning play. Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, Edward Arnold, Ann Miller. Directed by Frank Capra. Digibook packaging. 126 minutes. Released 12/8/15. Same item with standard packing to be released March 8.


Week of February 2, 2016

Alan Cumming SingsAlan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs - Live at the Cafe Carlyle
(Yellow Sound Label - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
"Why," "Somewhere Only We Know," "Welcome to Club Cumming - Story, "The Climb," "Tommy Darling - Story, "Goodnight Saigon," "A Musical Condom Commercial - Story, "Ecstacy," "A Sojourn 'Round Europe Pt1 - Story, "Mother Glaskow," "A Sojourn 'Round Europe Pt2 - Story, "Complainte de la Butte," "A Sojourn 'Round Europe Pt3 - Story, "How Do Humans Live," "The Tonys - Story, "You You You," "Alex Cumming - Story, "Dinner at Eight," "Raven - Story, "Complicated," "Someone Like the Edge of Firework," "They're All the Same - Story, "No One Is Alive Not While I'm Around," "Liza - Story, "And So It Goes," "If Love Were All," "Ladies Who Lunch." Backed by Lance Horne on piano, Eleanor Norton on cello and Chris Jego on drums.

All ThingsAll Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records
(FilmRise - new on BD-R/iTunes)
Documentary directed by Colin Hanks explores the rise and fall of Tower Records and chronicles its legacy, forged by its founder, Russ Solomon. Exclusive footage and behind-the-scenes interviews with rock legends. Bonus features include deleted scenes and additional interviews—from the legal battle to preserve the old Tower Records location, to a history of its famous marketing murals on Sunset Blvd. Released on January 19, 2016, and also available On Demand.

Grease Live!Grease Live!: Music from the Television Event
(Paramount/Republic - digital album on mp3/iTunes)
From FOX "Grease Live!". Include songs from the original Broadway musical, written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, and the 1978 Paramount film, plus two original tracks written by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey performed by Carly Rae Jepsen and DNCE, and an original track written and performed by DNCE. Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Hudgens, Carlos PenaVega, Keke Palmer, Kether Donohue, Jordan Fisher, Andrew Call, David Del Rio, Boyz II Men and others. Jessie J sings "Grease Is the Word." "Grease (Is The Word)," "Summer Nights," "Freddy My Love," "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee," "Greased Lightnin'," "Those Magic Changes," "All I Need Is An Angel," "Beauty School Dropout," "Cake By The Ocean," "Maybe (Baby)," "Born To Hand Jive," "Hopelessly Devoted To You," "Sandy," "There Are Worse Things I Could Do," "You're The One That I Want," "We Go Together." Released 1/31/16. Target exclusive CD package to be released March 4 has bonus tracks: "Rock N' Roll Party Queen," "Rock N' Roll Is Here To Stay," "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee (Reprise)," "Grease (Is the Word)" karaoke version.

Stages LiveJosh Groban: Stages Live
(Reprise - new DVD/CD set)
From Groban's Stages album plus video of his 2015 PBS concert. Set includes material not shown in the broadcast, plus bonus tracks. CD: "Pure Imagination," "What I Did for Love," "Bring Him Home," "Le Temps Des Cathédrales," "All I Ask of You" (duet with Kelly Clarkson), "Try to Remember," "Over the Rainbow," "Children Will Listen/Not While I'm Around," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "If I Loved You" (duet with Audra McDonald), "Anthem," Bonus Track "Unusual Way" (unreleased studio version). Target-exclusive version has three more bonus tracks.

Nancy LaMott Sings David ZippelNancy Lamott Sings David Zippel
(Midder Music - new on CD/mp3)
From live and in the studio performances by the late Nancy Lamott. Marvin Hamlisch and Cy Coleman accompany on their own songs. Intro, "You Can Always Count on Me," "Another Mr. Right," Intro to "In Someone Else's Arms," "In Someone Else's Arms," Outro to "In Someone Else's Arms," Intro to "Let Go," "Let Go Life's Ambition (I Was Born to Be a Slide Trombone)," "Lost and Found," "I'll Be There for Him," "Camel's Blues," "Loud Is Good," "How Can I Win?," "Lullaby," "In Someone Else's Arms (Pop Demo)," "Let Go," "Why Don't We Run Away," "With Every Breath I Take," "(Christmas) Stay with Me," "Just in Time for Christmas." Liner notes by David Zippel tell you the history of each song.

A New BrainA New Brain Encores! cast
(P.S. Classics - new on 2 CDs at Amazon/mp3)
Summer of 2015 Encores! version of musical with score by William Finn. Jonathan Groff, Dan Fogler, Ana Gasteyer and Aaron Lazar. 95-minute, through-composed show recorded in its entirety for the first time, in a deluxe two-disc set. Disc One: "Prologue: Frogs Have So Much Spring ("The Spring Song")," "Prologue: 911 Emergency/I Have So Many Songs," "Heart and Music," "Mother's Gonna Make Things Fine," "Trouble in His Brain," "Be Polite to Everyone," "I'd Rather Be Sailing," "Family History," "Gordo's Law of Genetics," "And They're Off," "Roger Arrives," "Just Go," "MRI Tomorrow," "Poor, Unsuccessful and Fat," "Sitting Becalmed in the Lee of Cuttyhunk," "Craniotomy; Disc Two: "An Invitation to Sleep in My Arms," "Change," "Yes," "In the Middle of the Room (Part 1)," "Throw It Out," "In the Middle of the Room (Part 2)," "A Really Lousy Day in the Universe," "Brain Dead," "The Music Still Plays On," "Don't Give In," "Craniotomy (reprise)," "You Boys Are Gonna Get Me in Such Trouble," "I'd Rather Be Sailing (reprise)," "The Homeless Lady's Revenge," "Time," "Time and Music," "I Feel So Much Spring." Also available at PS Classics.

Tony YazbeckTony Yazbeck: The Floor Above Me
(P.S. Classics - new on CD/mp3)
Debut album from Tony Yazbeck, currently appearing in On the Town on Broadway. Adapted and expanded from his one-man show of the same name (which returns to 54 Below on March 16 and 23). The show is co-written by Yazbeck and Howard Emanuel and features music direction and arrangements by pianist Jerome Korman. Guest appearances by Clyde Alves (On the Town) and Melinda Sullivan (So You Think You Can Dance). Tony Lewis on drums, Tom Hubbard on bass, Marc McGowan on trumpet, and Jack Bashkow on woodwinds. "Let Yourself Go / No Strings / Fascinating Rhythm / Can't You See It?," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," My mom and I drove into New York..., "Pure Imagination," Flash forward to 2007..., "All I Need Is the Girl," I was living out my dream..., "Moses Supposes," "Till' Kingdom Come," "Got to Get You Into My Life," "Dance Me to the End of Love / I Won't Dance," "Cheek to Cheek," So there I was, on top of the world..., "Nothing I Do," "Where Did I Go Wrong?," I was taught to be a fighter..., "Both Sides Now," "Hello, My Old Heart," I'm backstage at the Drury Lane Playhouse..., "Lucky to Be Me," "Slap That Bass." Produced by Tommy Krasker. Also available at PSClassics.com.


Week of January 26, 2016

AllegianceAllegiance OBC
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
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." Also available at BroadwayRecords.com.


Week of January 19, 2016

August WilsonAugust Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle: Critical Perspectives on the Plays
(McFarland and Co - Paperback Book)
Sandra G. Shannon (Editor). Collection of new essays explores the development of the author's ethos across his twenty-year creative career. 277 pages.

Dorothy LoudonDorothy Loudon at the Blue Angel and Other Rarities
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
Dorothy Loudon's live club act, recorded in stereo album at New York's Blue Angel supper club in 1959, accompanied by the Norman Paris trio, plus Loudon's complete rare singles recorded between 1951-1955. First time on CD. Retro LP packaging. Limited to 500 copies. At the Blue Angel: "Red Hot Mama / Someday My Prince Will," "Most Gentlemen Don't Like Love," "Louisiana," "South Rampart Street Parade," "I Like a Hungry Man," "Westport," "Six Feet of Papa," "Supper on the Table," "You Gotta See Your Mama," "Great Day," "Jamboree Jones," "Dixie Medley," "Bei Mir Bist du Schon; Bonus tracks: "Nickelodeon Rag," "Rustle a Paper," "How High the Moon," "Would I Love You," "I Wanna Say Hello," "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," "Zing a Little Zong," "Ma-Ma, Ma-Ma Put the Kettle on," "Nickel And Dime Man," "Sinnin' Again," "I'm With You," "Last Stop," "Mississippi Mambo," "Bei Mir Bist du Schoen," "All for the Lack of a Bobbin." Available for early shipping from Stage Door Records UK.

Fifty Million FrenchmenFifty Million Frenchmen
(Warner Archive - new on DVD-R)
1931 film version of the Herbert Fields/Cole Porter musical—without the songs (but with the Porter underscoring, including the melodies of "You've Got That Thing" and "You Do Something to Me"). Cast includes vaudeville/radio stars Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson. In Technicolor. Directed by Lloyd Bacon.

Her Majesty, LoveHer 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.

HunchbackThe Hunchback of Notre Dame
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
American premiere studio recording of Alan Menken/Stephen Schwartz score. Michael Arden, Patrick Page, Ciara Renée, Andrew Samonsky, Erik Liberman. 25-piece orchestra and a choir of 32. "Olim," "The Bells of Notre Dame," "Out There," "Topsy Turvy, Pt. 1," "Rest and Recreation," "Rhythm of the Tambourine," "Topsy Turvy, Pt. 2," "Into Notre Dame," "God Help the Outcasts," "Top of the World," "Tavern Song (Thai Mol Piyas)," "Heaven's Light," "Hellfire," "Esmeralda," "Entr'acte," "Flight Into Egypt," "The Court of Miracles," "In a Place of Miracles," "Justice In Paris," "Someday," "While the City Slumbered," "Made of Stone," "Finale." 32-page booklet with full lyrics, photos, and a note from composer Alan Menken. Digital versions have digital booklet. Recorded September 28-30. The album is produced by Michael Kosarin, Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, Chris Montan and Executive Producer, Kurt Deutsch. Those who pre-order on iTunes, will be able to download "The Bells of Notre Dame" immediately, with three more tracks becoming available ahead of the entire album's release.

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

Merman's ApprenticeMerman's Apprentice Original Off-Broadway cast
(JAY Records - new on CD)
Score by Stephen Cole and David Evans. Klea Blackhurst, with Bill Nolte, Elizabeth Teeter, Brian Charles Rooney, Eddie Korbich, Anita Gillette, P.J. Benjamin, Desi Oakley, Austin Colby, F. Michael Haynie, Sarah Sesler. Opening / Living Out Loud," "A Broadway Star," "All About," "Chums," "Merrick Dilemma," "Better Than Life," "Loud," "Listen to the Trumpet Call," "Merman's Apprentice," "Little Bit," "Meet the Kid," "I Miss Canarsie," "Taking the Veil," "Now You're Gonna Sing!," "I Really Like It," "Finale."

Nevermore Simply MusicNevermore - Simply Music
(Broadway Records - new on CD/at iTunes)
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.

Richard SheltonRichard Shelton: An Englishman in Love in L.A.
(digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
British actor/singer. The title track is by BBC Young Composer of the Year Alex Rudd and lyrics by Jenifer Toksvig. "An Englishman in Love in La," "It's Not Unusual," "She Loves Me," "And I Love Her," "The Touch of Your Lips," "Where or When," "My Kind of Girl," "Over Like the Roses," "Young At Heart," "For Your Lover Give Some Time," "Pure Imagination," "Smile," "Dec '63 (Oh, What a Night)." Released 9/21/15.


Week of January 12, 2016

Curtain Going UpCurtain 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).

Six Day HurricaneJohnny 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.

Silly Symphonies CollectionThe 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 12/18/15.


Week of January 5, 2016

April ShowersApril Showers
(Warner Archive - new on DVD-R)
1948 musical film. Jack Carson, Ann Sothern, Robert Alda. Songs include "On Moonlight Bay," "Pretty Baby," "Carolina in the Morning," "The World's Most Beautiful Girl," "Little Trouper."

BlackstarBlackstar
(Columbia - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
New David Bowie album. Includes the title track from new David Bowie and Enda Walsh musical Lazarus.

My Heart's in the WindMy Heart's in the Wind: Deborah Shulman
(Summit Records - new on CD)
With Terry Trotter and Larry Koonse. "The Shining Sea," "A Sleepin Bee," "My Foolish Heart," "Loving You," "My One And Only Love," "Never Never Land," "Some Time Ago," "This Hotel," "You Are There," "Where Do I Go From Here," "Shiver Me Timbers."

PreludesPreludes original Lincoln Center cast
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Dave Malloy score. Eisa Davis, Gabriel Ebert, Nikki M. James, Joseph Keckler, Chris Sarandon, Or Matias. "Your Day," "Lilacs," "Vocalise," "Ho-Ho," "Subway," "Prelude in G# Minor, Op32, No12," "Tchaikovsky's Child's Song," "Natalya," "Loop," "Not Alone," "The Prelude," "The First Symphony," "Vespers," "Hypnosis," "Mountains/The Second Piano Concerto." Can also be ordered at Ghostlight/Sh-K-Boom.

The Time the Place and the GirlThe Time the Place and the Girl
(Warner Archive - new on DVD-R)

1946 musical comedy film. Dennis Morgan and Jack Carson, Janis Paige, Martha Vickers, Alan Hale. Songs by Arthur Schwartz and Leo Robin. Carmen Cavallero's orchestra and Chandra Kay and His Dancers.

Two Guys from TexasTwo Guys from Texas
(Warner Archive - new on DVD-R)
1948 musical comedy film. Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson, Dorothy Malone, Penny Edwards (and Bugs Bunny). Songs by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn.




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