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Schedule of New & Upcoming CD, DVD & Book Releases

Updated 2/21/17

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 23, 2017

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

February 24, 2017

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

LaChanze: Feelin' Good
(new EP)
To feature musical highlights of her new concert of the same name at The Highline Ballroom, which debuts on Monday, February 27, 2017 in anticipation of an upcoming national tour.

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

February 28, 2017

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

March 1, 2017

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

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

New Broadway Fake BookThe New Broadway Fake Book
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
New collection features over 600 Broadway songs arranged with melody, lyrics and chords for C instruments. 696 pages.

March 3, 2017

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

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

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

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

March 7, 2017

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

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

March 8, 2017

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

March 10, 2017

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

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

March 14, 2017

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

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

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

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

March 15, 2017

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

March 17, 2017

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

March 21, 2017

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

March 24, 2017

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

March 28, 2017

Red SpeedoRed Speedo: A Play
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by Lucas Hnath. Produced in 2015 at New York Theatre Workshop. 128 pages.

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

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

March 31, 2017

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

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

April 4, 2017

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

April 7, 2017

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

April 11, 2017

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

Daphne's Dive
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Quiara Alegría Hudes. Produced at Signature Theatre in 2016. 96 pages.

Don Juan Home from IraqDon Juan Comes Home from Iraq
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Paula Vogel. Played the Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia in 2015.

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

Marie AntoinetteMarie Antoinette/3C
(TCG - Paperback Books/Kindle Edition)
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.

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

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

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

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

April 14, 2017

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

April 15, 2017

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

April 25, 2017

Lost Girls: A Play
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by John Pollono (Small Engine Repair). Produced in 2015 at Lucille Lortel Theatre. 96 pages. Dramatist's version published May 10, 2016.

Richard MaxwellRichard Maxwell and New York City Players: An Audience's Guide
(Westreich Wagner / Greene Naftali - Paperback Book)
The plays of New York–based experimental theater director and playwright Richard Maxwell. 224 pages.

April 27, 2017

A Theater of Our Own: A History and a Memoir of 1,001 Nights in Chicago
(Northwestern Univ Press - Paperback Book)
By Richard Christiansen, foreword by Brian Dennehy. Chronicle of Chicago's legendary theater scene by the long-time chief critic for the Chicago Tribune. Draws upon his exclusive interviews, insights, and memories gathered over a period of more than forty years of reviewing the arts. Traces the evolution of the Chicago theater scene from small theaters to major institutions such as the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the Goodman Theater, and The Second City. Behind-the-scenes conversations with some of Chicago's most acclaimed writers, directors, and actors—David Mamet, Frank Galati, Mary Zimmerman, John Malkovich, Laurie Metcalf, Harold Ramis, Gary Sinise, and Joe Mantegna—all a part of Chicago's theater renaissance from the 1970s onward. 352 pages.

May 2, 2017

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

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

(TCG - Paperback Book)
Play by Lynn Nottage. Produced in 2016 at Public Theater. 96 pages.

May 30, 2017

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

May, no release date

(Harbinger Records - new on CD)
Backers audition recording recently rediscovered, with Cy Coleman and Michael Stewart.

July 4, 2017

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

May 1, 2020

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

Betty Buckley: Story Songs
(Palmetto Records - new on CD)
Recorded live at Joe's Pub. February 2017 release. Accompanied by pianist/musical director/arranger Christian Jacob, guitarist Oz Noy, drummer Ray Brinker, and bass player Trey Henry. To include songs by Radiohead, Stephen Schwartz, Jason Robert Brown, Joe Iconis and Ben Toth.

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

A Bronx TaleA Bronx Tale OBC
(Decca Broadway - new on CD)
Score by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. Nick Cordero, Richard H. Blake, Bobby Conte Thornton, Ariana DeBose, Lucia Giannetta, Bradley Gibson, Hudson Loverro. Recorded January 9, 2017. Release date TBA.

Deborah Cox digital album
(digital album)
The Bodyguard U.S. tour star to record selections from the musical.

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater Encores! cast
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Alan Menken and Howard Ashman score. Cast includes Skylar Astin, Santino Fontana, James Earl Jones, Rebecca Naomi Jones and Kate Wetherhead, Derrick Baskin, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Nick Choksi, Eddie Cooper, Kevin Del Aguila, Clark Johnson, Kevin Ligon, Marla Louissaint, Liz McCartney, Bonnie Milligan and Brynn O'Malley. Expected early 2017.

(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. 4-song EP release in October 2017.

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

Hamilton Mixtape Vol. 2
(new on CD/digital)
“The Schuyler Sisters” and other songs with contemporary pop start treatment.

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); Naughty Marietta, 1981 Smithsonian Institution recording first time on CD; Rose-Marie unissued 1981 Smithsonian recording with Ron Raines; Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt: Hidden Treasures; Sidney Myer Live! DVD o-production with the Mabel Mercer Foundation.

Holiday Inn OBCHoliday Inn OBC
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
New Irving Berlin musical. Bryce Pinkham, Lora Lee Gayer, Tony Award nominee Megan Lawrence, Danny Rutigliano, Megan Sikora, and Corbin Bleu. Executive produced by Universal Stage Productions. Expected Spring 2017.

In Transit OBC
(new recording)
New Broadway a capella musical. Music by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth; lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth. Cast includes David Abeles, Moya Angela, Steven "HeaveN" Cantor, Justin Guarini, Telly Leung, Erin Mackey, Gerianne Pérez, Margo Seibert, Chesney Snow, James Snyder, Mariand Torres, Nicholas Ward.

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

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 OBC
(new on CD)

Score by Dave Malloy. Cast includes Josh Groban, Denée Benton, and Lucas Steele. Release date and label unknown.

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 71Theatre World Volume 71: 2014-2015
(Theatre World Publishing - Hardcover Book)
Ben Hodges and Scott Denny, editors. Detailing more than 2,000 productions with over 800 photographs, each entry includes cast lists, replacements, producers, directors, authors, composers, opening and closing dates, song titles, and plot synopses. Also featured are 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. Highlights of the 2014-2015 season include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Audience, Fun Home The King and I, Hamilton, Into the Woods. Theatre World continues its tradition of featuring Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and regional theater roundups written by accomplished theater writers. 536 pages. [Status is unknown.]

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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