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Updated 7/29/16

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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

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.

July 31, 2016

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, to debut July 30, 2016, in the West End. 320 pages.

July 2016, exact release date unknown

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.

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

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. 198 pages.

August 1, 2016

(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

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.

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.

August 5, 2016

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 (

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).

August 11, 2016

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.

August 12, 2016

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.

I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road
(Sony/Naxos - on CD)
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."

August 16, 2016

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.

August 26, 2016

StreisandEncore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway
(Columbia - new on CD/mp3/vinyl)
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.

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.

August 30, 2016

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

UnbuttonedUnbuttoned: The Art and Artists of Theatrical Costume Design
(Focal Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition [available now])
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.

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

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

Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical Australia cast recording
(Sony Australia - new on CD)
New musical starring David Campbell, with Caroline O'Connor, Hannah Fredericksen, Bert LaBonte, Martin Crewes and Marney McQueen. Single "Dream Lover" currently available at

September 1, 2016

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.

September 9, 2016

Alice Through The Looking Glass
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD)
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.

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. Also at

Norbert Leo ButzNorbert Leo Butz: Girls, Girls, Girls - Live at 54 BELOW
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
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. Also available at

The Robber Bridegroom
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
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. Orchestrations by Justin Levine and Martin Lowe. Music direction by Justin Levine. Recorded June 1. Also at

September 13, 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

September 16, 2016

Lang LangLang Lang: New York Rhapsody
(Sony Classical - new on CD)
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."

Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD)
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. Premiered at Carnegie Mellon University in March 2016.

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). To be recorded June 13, 2016. Also at

September 20, 2016

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.

September 21, 2016

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.

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.

September 23, 2016

Like You Like ItLike You Like It "Studio Cast RADcording"
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
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).

September 27, 2016

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

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

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

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

September 29, 2016

Show and TellShow and Tell: The New Book of Broadway Anecdotes
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book)
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 3, 2016

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

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 13, 2016

Songwriters 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.

October 14, 2016

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

October 18, 2016

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.

November 11, 2016

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.

November 15, 2016

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.

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

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 should be available soon. Also at

January 10, 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.

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.

Lazarus Off-Broadway cast
(new album)
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 (Bye Bye Birdie). Label and date to be announced. Recorded 1/11/16.

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.

(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. To showcase all 10 signature songs including "Hollywood Wiz," "The Honeymoon Days of Fame" and "Everything (The Lover's Theme)." Recorded June 29 and 30.

Pretty Filthy
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
The Civilians and Michael Friedman. Waiting list available at

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

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

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.

-- Sound Advice Staff

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