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Week of October 18, 2016

(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.

October 24, 2016

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.

(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
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)
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).

(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

(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.

(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.

(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

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

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."

(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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