Sound Advice
Schedule of New & Upcoming CD, DVD & Book Releases

Updated 2/6/16

This week's recap | See previous releases

Receive the weekly recap by email each Tuesday: Sign up on the front page, right below the menu.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You Can't Take It with YouYou Can't Take It with You Blu-ray
(Sony - new on Blu-ray)

1938 film version of George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's Pulitzer Prize winning play. Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, Edward Arnold, Ann Miller. Directed by Frank Capra. Digibook packaging. 126 minutes. Released 12/8/15. Same item witih standard packing to be released March 8.

February 12, 2016

Sweet Charity
(Sony Classical Masters - on CD)
Details to come.

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

February 14, 2016

Hilary KoleHilary Kole: Judy Garland Project
(Miranda Music - new on CD)
Hilary Kole solo album with Paul Gill, Aaron Kimmel, John DiMartino, Joel Frahm, Christiana Liberis, Juliette Jones, Stephanie Matthews, Reenat Pinchas. "Zing," "The Boy Next Door," "Just In Time," "You Made Me Love You," "Stompin At The Savoy," "The Man That Got Away," "A Cottage For Sale," "I Wish I Was In Love Again," "Look For The Silver Lining," "The Trolley Song," "Get Happy," "Embraceable You," "As Long As He Needs Me," "It Never Was You," "Over The Rainbow." Represents her 2016 cabaret show. There is a Japan release already available as an import.

February 16, 2016

Broadway DoggieBroadway Doggie
(Grosset & Dunlap - Paperback Book)
By Nancy Krulik; illustrated by Sebastien Braun. Part of the "Magic Bone" series for ages 6 - 8. One bite of his magic bone and Sparky is in the Big Apple. With his new friend Barney as a guide, Sparky sees all the famous sights: Times Square, the Museum of Natural History, the Empire State Building, and more. When they reach the Broadway theaters, Barney confesses it's his dream to be a star. But will Barney get his big break? Or will Sparky accidentally steal the show? 128 pages.

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

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

February 19, 2016

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

Essential SondheimThe Essential Stephen Sondheim
(Masterworks Broadway - on 2 CDs)
Compilation CD set that is part of The Essential series from Sony Music. Unverified track list: "America," "Tonight," "Somewhere," "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "You Gotta Have a Gimmick," "Comedy Tonight," "Anyone Can Whistle" (Album Version), "Everybody Says Don't," "Do I Hear a Waltz?," "Evening Primrose Medley; I Remember," "Another Hundred People" (Original Broadway Cast), "The Ladies Who Lunch" (Original Broadway Cast), "Being Alive" (Original Broadway Cast), "," "Disc: 2," "Broadway Baby," "I'm Still Here," "Losing My Mind," "A Weekend in the Country," "Send in the Clowns," "Pretty Lady," "Pretty Women," "A Little Priest," "Not a Day Goes By," "Old Friends," "Sunday," "Move On," "Agony," "Finale: Children Will Listen," "Sooner or Later," "Unworthy of Your Love," "Loving You."

February 22, 2016

Sound of Music Live UKThe Sound of Music Live UK TV Region 2 DVD
(new on Region 2 DVD)
The UK's ITV live broadcast of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music. Directed by Coky Giedroyc. Aired on December 20, 2015. Kara Tointon, Julian Ovendon, Alexander Armstrong, Maria Fredman, Katherine Kelly. Available at Dress Circle
The Sound of Music Live [DVD] [2015] The Sound of Music Live [DVD] [2015] rder:0" src="" height="1" alt="" /> and Amazon UK.

February 25, 2016

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

February 26, 2016

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

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

First Daughter SuiteFirst Daughter Suite Digital
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album)
Original cast recording of Michael John LaChiusa score; premiered in 2015 at the Public Theater. Alison Fraser, Rachel Bay Jones, Caissie Levy, Theresa McCarthy, Betsy Morgan, Isabel Santiago, Carly Tamer, Mary Testa and Barbara Walsh. The opening track is now streaming at

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

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

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

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

February 28, 2016

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

March 1, 2016

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

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

The Night Alive and Other Plays
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Play by Conor McPherson. Premiere production at Donmar Warehouse in 2013. 2014 Atlantic Theatre Company production New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. 240 pages.

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

Secret Life of Broadway MusicalsThe Secret Life of the American Musical: How Classic Broadway Shows Are Built
(Sarah Crichton Books - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/audiobook read by David Pittu)
By Jack Viertel. Paints a picture of how Broadway musicals are made, through all the phases of a typical musical theater story, from opening numbers to finales. A look at what Viertel has learned over the course of his career, with observations about the egotists, geniuses, and workaday professionals who have sustained this unique American art form. 336 pages.

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

March 4, 2016

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

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

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

March 8, 2016

New York's Yiddish TheaterNew York's Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway
(Columbia Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Edna Nashon/Museum of the City of New York. Vividly illustrated and with essays from leading historians and critics, this book recounts the heyday of "Yiddish Broadway" and its vital contribution to American Jewish life and crossover to the broader American culture. Artists who came of age in this world include Stella Adler, Eddie Cantor, Jerry Lewis, Sophie Tucker, Mel Brooks, and Joan Rivers. 328 pages.

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

March 15, 2016

Complete Les MisThe Complete Book of Les Misérables
(Arcade Publishing - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of Edward Behr's 1989 book. Companion book is illustrated with more than one hundred color and black-and-white photographs and chronicles the show from the 1862 novel to the original Paris production and the making of the international hit. Behr draws on firsthand interviews with the authors and producer, as well as cast members, directors, and designers from around the world. Also included are lists of opening nights, awards, and recordings, and the complete libretto. 192 pages.

Marie AntoinetteMarie Antoinette
(TCG - Paperback Books)
Play by David Adjmi. Premiered in co-production between American Repertory Theater and Yale Repertory Theatre in 2012. 96 pages

March 16, 2016

Complete 1980s MusicalsThe Complete Book of 1980s Broadway Musicals
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book)
Dan Deitz continues his series, which has included the 1940s, the 1950s, the 1960s, and the 1970s. While concept musicals such as Nine and Sunday in the Park with George continued to be produced, several London hits came to New York. Chess, Me and My Girl, and Les Miserables, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Song & Dance, and Starlight Express, plus revivals such as Show Boat and Gypsy, surprise hits like The Pirates of Penzance, huge hits like 42nd Street, and notorious flops such as Into the Light, Carrie, and Annie 2: Miss Hannigan's Revenge. The book also highlights revivals and personal-appearance revues with such performers as Sid Caesar, Barry Manilow, Jackie Mason, and Shirley MacLaine. Each entry includes opening and closing dates; plot summaries; cast members; number of performances; names of all important personnel including writers, composers, directors, choreographers, producers, and musical directors; musical numbers and the names of performers who introduced the songs; production data, including information about tryouts; source material; critical commentary; tony awards and nominations; details about london and other foreign productions. Also included are appendixes, including a discography, filmography, and published scripts, as well as lists of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, black-themed shows, and Jewish-themed productions. 478 pages.

March 18, 2016

FiddlerFiddler on the Roof Revival Cast
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Bock & Harnick score. Cast includes Danny Burstein, Jessica Hecht, Jenny Rose Baker, Michael C. Bernardi, Adam Dannheisser, Adam Kantor, Karl Kenzler, Alix Korey, Jesse Kovarsky, Samantha Massell, Melanie Moore, George Psomas, Ben Rappaport, Nick Rehberger, Jeffrey Schecter, Alexandra Silber, Jessica Vosk, Lori Wilner, Aaron Young, Jennifer Zetlan. Also available and on sale at

Salad Days
(Sony Classical Masters - on CD)
Details to come.

March 22, 2016

Rocky FAQThe Rocky Horror Picture Show FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Campy Cult Classic
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Part of Applause Books' FAQ series. By Dave Thompson. The story of the play's original creation, its forebears, and its influences, together with both the triumphs and tragedies that attended it across the next 40 forty years. Also includes the largest and most in-depth Rocky Horror discography ever published, plus a unique timeline The Ultimate Rocky Horror Chronology detailing the who, what, where, and when of absolute pleasure. 400 pages.

American Psycho
(Concord Records - new on CD)
Duncan Sheik score. Broadway cast includes Benjamin Walker, Jennifer Damiano, Alice Ripley.

March 29, 2016

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

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

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

March 31, 2016

My Old LadyMy Old Lady: Complete Stage Play and Screenplay with an Essay on Adaptation
(Three Rooms Press - Paperback Book)
By Israel Horovitz. The playwright shares tips and techniques on adapting plays for the screen. Includes the full script of both the play version and screenplay of My Old Lady. He discusses what inspired him to consider adapting the play in the first place, and his diligent efforts to distill the essence of the play without making "exactly the kind of movie I dislike." 256 pages.

April 1, 2016

First Daughter SuiteFirst Daughter Suite
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Original cast recording of Michael John LaChiusa score; premiered in 2015 at the Public Theater. Alison Fraser, Rachel Bay Jones, Caissie Levy, Theresa McCarthy, Betsy Morgan, Isabel Santiago, Carly Tamer, Mary Testa and Barbara Walsh. The opening track is now streaming at

April 8, 2016

Blue-CollarBlue-Collar Broadway: The Craft and Industry of American Theater
(Univ of Pennsylvania Press - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of Timothy R. White's 2014 book. The history of "virtuosos of stagecraft" who have built the scenery, costumes, lights, and other components of theatrical productions. Featuring case studies of iconic productions such as Oklahoma! and Evita, and an exploration of the craftwork of radio, television, and film production around Times Square, Blue-Collar Broadway tells a rich story of the history of craft and industry in American theater nationwide, plus the role of theater in urban deindustrialization and in the revival of downtowns throughout the Sunbelt. 288 pages.

April 12, 2016

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

April 19, 2016

I Wanna Be a ProducerI Wanna Be A Producer - How to Make a Killing on Broadway...or Get Killed
(Applause Books - Hardcover Book)
John Breglio takes the reader on a journey "behind the curtains" where he himself once stood as a child, dreaming about the theatre. Filled with anecdotes from Breglio's career as a leading theatrical lawyer and producer. From first-hand knowledge of the crucial legal and business issues faced by a producer, but also his experiences behind the scenes with literally hundreds of producers, playwrights, composers, and directors, including Michael Bennett, Joe Papp, Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Patti Lupone, August Wilson, and Mel Brooks. 304 pages.

April 26, 2016

FocusFocus on Playwrights: Portraits and Interviews
(Univ of South Carolina Press - Hardcover Book)
By Susan Johann. Introduction by Alexandra C. Anderson. Johann photographed more than ninety playwrights, including Wendy Wasserstein, Anna Deavere Smith, August Wilson, and Nilo Cruz in the weeks after they won the Pulitzer. Tony Kushner sat for his portrait between the productions of part 1 and part 2 of Angels in America. Eve Ensler came to Johann's studio during the week she was previewing The Vagina Monologues, and George C. Wolfe sat for her the morning after his play Spunk opened at the Public Theater. Each playwright was photographed in Johann's studio using the same film, a single light, and a plain backdrop, creating a portrait that captures and distills something essential—an intimate view. Her interviews explore the writers' personal and creative journeys including their inspirations, roadblocks, and obsessions, which influenced their work on paper and on the stage. 184 pages.

April 2016, release date unknown

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

May 19, 2016

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.

May 31, 2016

Kauffman 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.

July 12, 2016

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

December 6, 2016

Barbara Cook Memoir
(Harper - new in Hardcover/Paperback large print)
Barbara Cook's collaboration with Tom Santopietro.

May 1, 2017

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.

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

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

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

Harbinger upcoming releases: Mark Murphy album accompanied by Sprios Exaras; 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); remastered Maxine Sullivan Sings Great Songs from the Cotton Club by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler

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.

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

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 JBlock, "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.

Paint Your Wagon Encores! cast
(Sony - new on CD)
2015 Encores! cast recording of Lerner and Loewe score. Keith Carradine, Jenni Barber, Robert Creighton, Caleb Damschroder, Justin Guarini, Nathaniel Hackmann, Robyn Hurder, Melissa van der Schyff, Scott Wakefield, William Youmans, Darien Crago, Steve Czarnecki, Nicolas Davila, Casey Garvin, Shonica Gooden, Timothy Hughes, Naomi Kakuk, Justin Keyes, Jenny Laroche, Melissa Hunter McCann, Harris Milgrim, Kevin Munhall, Kristin Piro, Robbie Roby, Jason Simon, Kevin Vortmann, Nicholas Ward and Mikey Winslow. To be recorded May 29 and June 1.

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 & 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

-- Sound Advice Staff

Sound Advice
Schedule of New & Upcoming CD, DVD & Book Releases is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

iTunes ArkivMusic Amazon UK Dress Circle