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Schedule of New & Upcoming CD, DVD & Book Releases

Updated 9/29/16

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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.

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.

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.

September 30, 2016

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. iTunes link to come; also at

Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin MusicalDream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical Australia 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.

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

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

Wild and Whimsical Worlds of David MallamudThe Wild and Whimsical Worlds of David Mallamud
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
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

September 2016, exact release date unknown

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.

October 1, 2016

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 3, 2016

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.

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.

October 7, 2016

Candy MenHarry Allen's All Star New York Saxophone Band: The Candy Men
(Arbors - new on CD)
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.

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

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.

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."

October 10, 2016

New York City and the Hollywood Musical: Dancing in the Streets
(Palgrave Macmillan - Hardcover Book)
By Martha Shearer. " 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.

October 11, 2016

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.

October 14, 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. Amazon link to come; also at

Intimate Keely SmithThe Intimate Keely Smith (Expanded Edition)
(Real Gone Records - new on CD)
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.

Simply Heavenly (Original Broadway Cast)
(Sony/Naxos - on CD)
Score by David Martin and Langston Hughes. Details to come.

October 15, 2016

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.

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.

October 18, 2016

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

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.

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

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.

October 20, 2016

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

October 21, 2016

Divine Miss M DeluxeBette Midler: The Divine Miss M Deluxe
(Rhino - new on 2 CDs)
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).

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)
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.

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.

October 24, 2016

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

October 25, 2016

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

October 31, 2016

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

November 1, 2016

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

Showstoppers!Showstoppers!: The Surprising Backstage Stories of Broadway's Most Remarkable Songs
(Chicago Review Press - Paperback Book)
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.

November 4, 2016

Candide concert production
(Shout! Factory - new on Blu-ray
Leonard Bernstein music. Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth, Paul Groves, Janine LaManna, Sir Thomas Allen and the Westminster Symphonic Choir.

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

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

November 8, 2016

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

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

November 11, 2016

The Christmas Album: Leslie Odom Jr.
(s-curve - new on CD)
To includee soulful jazz versions of holiday Christmas gems including "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "The Christmas Song," "The First Noel" and more.

Spoon River Anthology OBC
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD)
1963 dramatic reading of the verse of Edgar Lee Masters. Conceived by Charles Aidman, music by Naomi Caryl Hirshhorn, lyrics by Charles Aidman. Charles Aidman, Robert Elston, Betty Garrett, Joyce Van Patten, Naomi Caryl Hirshhorn, Hal Lynch.

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

November 14, 2016

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

November 15, 2016

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

MillerConversations with Miller: (centenary edition)
(Nick Hern Books - Paperback/Kindle Edition released earlier)
By Mel Gussow. Mel Gussow. Insight into what Gussow and Arthur Miller discussed at personal meetings over a forty year period. A revealing self-portrait of a giant of twentieth-century literature, who was both a "regular guy" and a fiercely original writer and thinker. Foreword by Richard Eyre. 256 pages.

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

Five Plays by Samuel D. Hunter
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Rest, A Great Wilderness, The Few, and Pocatello. [I realize that's only four.] 400 pages.

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

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

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

November 22, 2016

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

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

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

November 29, 2016

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

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

November 30, 2016

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

November 2016, exact release date unknown

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

December 1, 2016

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

December 2, 2016

Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz (Original Cast Recording)
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Details to come.

December 12, 2016

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

December 13, 2016

AppropriateAppropriate and Other Plays
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' plays Appropriate, An Octoroon, Neighbors. 260 pages.

The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Play by Athol Fugard. Produced in 2015 at Signature Theater. 72 pages.

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

December 27, 2016

Straight White Men
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Young Jean Lee. Presented at the Public Theater in 2014.

January 10, 2017

Marie AntoinetteMarie Antoinette/3C
(TCG - Paperback Books)
Two plays by David Adjmi. Marie Antoinette premiered in co-production between American Repertory Theater and Yale Repertory Theatre in 2012. 3C is a "Three's Company" parody which premiered at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in 2012. 96 pages.

February 14, 2017

(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by César Alvarez. 96 pages.

March 1, 2017

Judy and IJudy and I: My Life with Judy Garland
(Chicago Review Press - Hardcover Book)
By Sid Luft, Judy Garland's third husband. Afterword by Randy L. Schmidt. " Previously unpublished, and only recently found, Sid Luft's intimate autobiography tells their story." 448 pages.

May 16, 2017

Kung FuKung Fu
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Play about Bruce Lee by David Henry Hwang. Premiered at Signature Theatre (NY) in 2014. 112 pages.

January 1, 2018

Sondheim The Man Who Changed Musical TheaterSondheim: The Man Who Changed Musical Theater
(Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Susan Goldman Rubin. 192 pages.

No release date set

Book of comedic essays by Laura Benanti
(St. Martin's Press - new book)
Expected Fall of 2016.

(Warner Music Group - new on CD)
Live New York Theatre Workshop cast recording of Anaïs Mitchell's score. Nabiyah Be, Damon Daunno, Lulu Fall, Amber Grey, Patrick Page, Jessie Shelton, Chris Sullivan, Shaina Taub. Arrangements and orchestrations by Michael Chorney; and co-arrangements & orchestrations and music supervision by Todd Sickafoose. Recorded June 28 and June 29.

Hairspray Vinyl
(Masterworks - new vinyl album)
OBC recording on vinyl.

Harbinger upcoming releases: material from Eubie Blake; download only demos of Hugh Martin and Sheldon Harnick; Steve Ross' back catalog for download; Cy Coleman's Barnum album where he plays the score (and maybe more)

Hamilton Mixtape
(new album)
"[A] mix of covers and 'inspired-bys.'" Also, demos. Fall 2016.

Karen Olivo solo album
Album with musical a "theatre repertoire, but with a completely different spin." Expected fall 2016.

The LandingThe Landing Vineyard cast
(JAY Records - new on CD)
John Kander-Greg Pierce score. David Hyde Pierce, Julia Murney, Paul Anthony Stewart and Frankie Seratch.

No More RevivalsNo More Revivals, Volume 1: From the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Through Lew Spence bequest to the BMI Foundation. 15 songs selected from over 250 submitted from members of the Workshop. "That's My Town!" (Mary Feinsinger); performed by Mary Feinsinger, "A Completely Different Place" (Christopher Cooley/Benj Pasek); performed by Kelli O'Hara, "Rock City," (Brad Alexander/Adam Mathias); performed by Will Swenson, "I Was Better Off Without You" (Aron Accurso/Jill Abramovitz); performed by Kerry Butler and Nick Blaemire, "He Needs Me" (Robert Maggio/Kristin Maloney); performed by Karen Olivo, "New Jersey" (Randy Klein/Matthew Hardy); performed by Nancy Opel, "Women Leave" (Linda Dowdell/Sara Wordsworth); performed by Malcolm Gets and Andy Karl, "The Kid" (Andy Monroe/Jack Lechner); performed by Hunter Bell, "My Van" (Daniel IIsrael/Phoebe Kreutz); performed by Gregory Jbara, "Lime Colored Sheets" (Joy Son/Steve Routman); performed by Alice Ripley, "Goodbye to Boston" (Sam Davis/Sean Hartley); performed by David Hyde Pierce, "My Sky" (Adam Overett); performed by Stephanie J Block, "Evermore" (Ron Barnett/Greg Edwards); performed by Kate Reinders and Adam Chanler-Berat,, Bonus tracks: "Penny's Song" (cut from High Fidelity); performed by Josh Grisetti, "Leaving Saint Urbain Street" (from The Education of Duddy Kravitz); performed by Adam Overett, "That Green Dress" (Lew Spence). Also with BMI Workshop Chorale.

Rodgers and Hammerstein II biography
(Henry Holt)
By Todd S. Purdum. To be published in 2018.

Ruthless! The Musical
(Caroline Records - new on CD)
New Off-Broadway cast.

The SpongeBob Musical
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD)
Cast recording for Nickelodeon musical. Ethan Slater, Gavin Lee, Nick Blaemire, Lilli Cooper, Carlos Lopez, Danny Skinner, Gaelen Gilliland, Juliane Godfrey, Curtis Holbrook, Stephanie Hsu, Jesse JP Johnson, L'ogan J'ones, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Mark Ledbetter, Kelvin Moon Loh, Lauralyn McClelland, Vasthy Mompoint, JC Schuster, Allysa Shorte, Jacob Smith, Abby C. Smith, Jason Michael Snow, and Allan K. Washington. Original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of AEROSMITH, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants and T.I., and a song by David Bowie with additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton. Orchestrations, arrangements and music supervision by Tom Kitt.

Theatre World 70Theatre World Volume 70: 2013-2014
(Theatre World Media - Hardcover Book)
Ben Hodges and Scott Denny, editors. Detailing more than 2,000 productions with more than 800 photographs. Cast lists, replacements, producers, directors, authors, composers, opening and closing dates, song titles, and plot synopses, the year's obituaries, a listing of all nominees and winners of the major theatrical awards, the longest-running Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, a listing of national tours, and a detailed index. 540 pages.

The World Only Spins Forward
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - new book)
By Isaac Butler and Dan Kois. Expanded version of oral history of Tony Kushner's Angels in America, originally published at Newly published material to include "delving into Ivo Van Hove's radical reimagining of the show, exploring the Signature [Theatre] production, greatly expanding the section on the two UK productions, covering the National revival next year, and exploring two particularly controversial productions (one in North Carolina, one in Washington, D.C.) that got swept up in the culture wars of the 1990s." Target date of 2018, 25th anniversary of Broadway of Millennium Approaches.

-- Sound Advice Staff

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