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Updated 8/25/16

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On Broadway 2017 Calendar2017 On Broadway Wall Calendar
(Time Factory - Wall Calendar)
12 Broadway musicals plus 4-month bonus spread. Production notes by Michael Gioia (Playbill.com)

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

Mike NicholsMike Nichols: American Masters
(FilmRise - new on BD-R, Blu-ray on Demand)
Documentary directed by Elaine May; appeared on American Masters series. Released 8/16/16.


August 26, 2016

Cirque du Soleil Paramour Digital
(Sony - new in digital format)
Cirque du Soleil Broadway show. Songs and selections from the show, including material by Bob & Bill and Andreas Carlsson. Features Jeremy Kushnier as A.J., the director; Ruby Lewis as Indigo, the starlet; and Ryan Vona as Joey, the composer. "The Hollywood Wiz, " "Ginger Top, " "Something More, " "AJ's Blues, " "The Muse, " "Serenade from a Window, " "The Honeymoon Days of Fame, " "Cleopatra, " "Egyptian Gift, " "Help a Girl Choose, " "The Dream, " "Revenge Fantasies, " "Love Triangle, " "Writer's Block, " "Everything (The Lover's Theme), " "NYC Rooftops, " "Reel Love, " "Everything (Reprise)." Recorded June 29 and 30. CD copies to be released September 16.

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


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.


August, exact release date unknown

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.


September 2, 2016

Robert Goulet: The Definitive Collection
(Real Gone Records - on 2 CDs)
36-track collection contains all of the highlights from Goulet's prime recording years at the Columbia label, including singles, album tracks, and performances drawn from movie soundtrack and Broadway cast albums: "My Love Forgive Me (Amore scusami)," "The Happy Time," "The Impossible Dream," "The Daydreamer," "Mon Amour…mon amour," "The Girl That I Marry," "She Touched Me," and many more. Flawlessly remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in New York, and annotated by Joe Marchese with rare pictures and album art drawn from the Columbia vaults.


September 8, 2016

The EffectThe Effect
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Lucy Prebble. Introduction by Miriam Gillinson.


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. "Hot Stuff, " "The Lord's Prayer, " "Theme from Mahogany, " "Saturday Night, " "Do You Wanna Make Love?, " "Without You, " "I Am Woman/That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be, " "Mockingbird, " "Still the One, " "Never Can Say Goodbye/Torn Between Two Lovers, " "Feelings, " "Feels So Good, " "Knock on Wood, " "Hawaii Five-0 Theme, " "You're My Best Friend, " "Three Times a Lady, " "Ben, " "25 or 6 to 4, " "Sky High, " "When Will I Be Loved, " "Don't Cry Out Loud, " "Come to Me, " "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight, " "I Will Survive, " "A Fifth of Beethoven, " "Reunited, " "Daybreak, " "Hooked on a Feeling." Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

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 BroadwayRecords.com.

Robber BridegroomThe 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 Sh-K-Boom.com.

State FairState Fair
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
1962 musical film soundtrack with 15 bonus tracks, digitally remastered. Score by Rodgers & Hammerstein. Pat Boone, Bobby Darin, Ann-Margret, Tom Ewell, Pamela Tiffin (vocals by Anita Gordan) and Alice Faye. "Overture and Main Title 'Our State Fair'," "It Might as Well Be Spring," "That's for Me," "More Than Just a Friend," "Isn't It Kinda Fun," "Willing & Eager," "Never Say No to a Man," "It's a Grand Night for Singing," "This Isn't Heaven," "The Little Things in Texas," "Our State Fair Finale." Bonus tracks: "Willing and Eager (Pop Version)," "Never Say No to a Man (Pop Version)," "Isn't It Kinda Fun / This Isn't Heaven / The Little Things In Texas / Willing And Eager" (The Michael Sammes Singers)," "It Might as Well Be Spring / Never Say No To A Man / That's For Me / It's A Grand Night For Singing" (The Michael Sammes Singers); plus 11 instrumental tracks of the score presented by the 20th Century Strings Orchestra. Stage Door Records Collector's Series, with retro style LP packaging and limited to 500 copies.. Also at StageDoorRecords.com

Magic to DoStephen Schwartz's Magic To Do
(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.


September 13, 2016

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.


September 16, 2016

Cirque du Soleil Paramour
(Sony - new on CD)
Cirque du Soleil Broadway show. Songs and selections from the show, including material by Bob & Bill and Andreas Carlsson. Features Jeremy Kushnier as A.J., the director; Ruby Lewis as Indigo, the starlet; and Ryan Vona as Joey, the composer. "The Hollywood Wiz, " "Ginger Top, " "Something More, " "AJ's Blues, " "The Muse, " "Serenade from a Window, " "The Honeymoon Days of Fame, " "Cleopatra, " "Egyptian Gift, " "Help a Girl Choose, " "The Dream, " "Revenge Fantasies, " "Love Triangle, " "Writer's Block, " "Everything (The Lover's Theme), " "NYC Rooftops, " "Reel Love, " "Everything (Reprise)." Recorded June 29 and 30.

Jay Armstrong JohnsonJay Armstrong Johnson: Live at Feinstein's/54 Below
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Debut album for Armstrong (On the Town, Hands on a Hardbody). "Love Runs Out," Welcome..., "His Eye is on the Sparrow," Peter Pan..., "Lost Boy," Texas..., "Banjo," "I Don't Need Anything But You," (with Lindsay Mendez), "Romeo and Juliet..., "Everybody Here Wants You," "Johanna," On The Town..., "The Chicken Song," (with Todrick Hall)," Hair..., "Medley: What a Piece of Work is Man/Lay Me Down/How Dare They Try," (with Billy Lewis Jr.)," Best friends..., "Thank U," Brooklyn..., "Who Knows Who Cares," Dad..., "Rosanna," Encore: "Gavin's Song."

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."

The PolkadotsPolkadots: 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. "First Day," "Sticks and Stones," "Sticks and Stones Reprise," "One Pal," "Square Motto," "Beautiful," "The First," "One Pal," "Cool Kid," "The Squadot," "New Day," "Finale" plus bonus tracks "Taught Katie Thompson," "Polkadot." Christmas Brittney Johnson Premiered at Carnegie Mellon University in March 2016.

Red EyeRed Eye of Love studio cast
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Studio cast recording of Arnold Weinstein play, with music by Sam Davis and book and lyrics by Arnold Weinstein and John Wulp. Kelli O'Hara, Josh Grisetti, Brad Oscar, Sam Bolen, Sarah Corey, Nikki Renee Daniels, Christine DiGiallonardo, John Morton, Greg Roderick, Leah Stuart, and Matthew Zimmerman. Played the Dicapo Theater in 2014. "Good Old O.O.," "Park Scene," "I'm Going to the Movies," "Rain," "Dolls," "Open Your Eyes," "Seize the Opportunity," "How Much?," "The Meat Ballet," "What Happened?," "Yes, Well, Anyway," "Say, Fella," "The Word on the Street," "Two Fat Cats," "Red Eye of Love," "Among the Navajo," "Three's the Key Finale." Booklet includes studio photography, a synopsis and a special note from John Wulp. Starting on September 2, customers that pre-order the album on iTunes will receive an immediate download of the title track. Amazon links to be added, pre-ordering at GhostlightRecords.com

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 BroadwayRecords.com.


September 23, 2016

Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin MusicalDream 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.

IdinaIdina.
(Warner Bros. - new on CD)
"Small World," "Like Lightning," "Queen of Swords," "I See You," "Everybody Knows," "Show Me," "Last Time," "I Do," "Cake," "Extraordinary," "Perfect Story," "Nothin' in This World." Target version will have two bonus tracks.

EleganceKristin Chenoweth: The Art of Elegance
(Concord Records - new on CD)
"Someone to Watch Over Me," "I've Got a Crush on You (with Dave Koz)," "Let's Fall In Love," "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart," "The Very Thought of You (with Dave Koz)," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," "A House Is Not a Home," "I Get Along Without You Very Well," "Skylark," "I'm a Fool to Want You," "Smile," "You're My Saving Grace." Produced by Steve Tyrell. Arrangements by Alan Broadbent.

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.


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 25, 2016

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.


October 3, 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.

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 4, 2016

Blue Man WorldBlue Man World
(Black Dog & Leventhal - Paperback Book)
Deep dive into the world of the Blue Man Group. Includes archival photographs, specially commissioned artwork, infographics, and interviews with Blue Man experts (both real and potentially not real). 208 pages.


October 7, 2016

Candy MenHarry Allen's All Star New York Saxophone Band: The Candy Men
(Arbors - new on CD)
Harry Allen with saxophonists Gary Smulyan, Grant Stewart and Eric Alexander; also performing are Rossano Sportiello on piano, Joel Forbes on bass and Kevin Kanner on drums. "Four Brothers," "The One For You," "How Are Things In Glocca Morra'," "After You'Ve Gone," "I Wished On The Moon," "Blues In The Morning," "I Can See Forever," "The Red Door," "The Candy Man," "So There," "Nobody's Heart," "The Party'S Over."

Himself and Nora live recordingHimself and Nora
(Ghostlight Records - new cast recording)
Live recording of 2016 Off-Broadway cast. Jonathan Brielle score. Whitney Bashor, Matt Bogart as James Joyce, Lianne Marie Dobbs, Michael McCormick, Zachary Prince.

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

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 11, 2016

The Best Plays of 2015The Best Plays of 2015
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Lawrence Harbison, editor. Plays include Barbecue by Robert O'Hara, New Country by Mark Roberts, Lost Girls by John Pollono and three others. 400 pages.

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

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


October 13, 2016

Songwriters of the American Musical TheatreSongwriters of the American Musical Theatre: A Style Guide for Singers
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Nathan Hurwitz ("A History of American Musical Theatre: No Business Like It"). Explores the output of the great composers ... from Gilbert and Sullivan and Irving Berlin to Alain Boublil and Andrew Lloyd Weber ... through a brief biography, a stylistic overview, and a comprehensive song list with notes on suitable voice types and further reading. Chapters: English Language Light Opera; 1910s Contemporary American Songs; The Great Songwriters of Tin Pan Alley; The Great Wits and Sophisticates; The Great Jazz Composers; Writers of the Integrated Musical; The Composers of the Golden Age of the American Musical; Stephen Sondheim - Sui Generis; New Sounds; The Mego-Musical; Musicals of the 1990s and 2000s; Popular Styles - The Jukebox Musicals. 224 pages.


October 14, 2016

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


October 15, 2016

Complete 1990s MusicalsThe Complete Book of 1990s Broadway Musicals
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book)
Dan Dietz continues his series, which has included the 1940s, the 1950s, the 1960s, and the 1970s, and the 1980s. Examines in detail every musical that opened on Broadway during the 1990s. This book discusses the era's major hits (Miss Saigon, Crazy for You, Rent), notorious flops (Shogun, Nick & Nora, The Red Shoes), controversial shows (Passion, The Capeman), and musicals that closed during their pre-Broadway tryouts (Annie 2: Miss Hannigan's Revenge, Whistle Down the Wind). Also highlights revivals and personal-appearance revues with such performers as Sandra Bernhard, Michael Feinstein, Patti LuPone, Liza Minnelli, and Mandy Patinkin. Each entry contains the following information: Plot summary; Cast members; Names of all important personnel, including writers, composers, directors, choreographers, producers, and musical directors; Opening and closing dates; Number of performances; Critical commentary; Musical numbers and the performers who introduced the songs; Production data, including information about tryouts; Source material; Tony awards and nominations; Details about London and other foreign productions. Separate entries for each production, plus numerous appendixes, including a discography, filmography, and published scripts. 512 pages.

Marx Brothers on StageFour of the Three Musketeers: The Marx Brothers on Stage
(Northwestern Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Robert S. Bader (editor of Groucho Marx and Other Short Stories and Tall Tales and a writer and producer for television). Focuses on the under-researched vaudeville days of the hilarious siblings. Draws on an unmatched array of sources, many not referenced elsewhere. Bader brings to vivid life a typical night on the road for the Marx Brothers and also illuminates the inner workings of the vaudeville business, especially during its peak in the 1920s; and traces the origins of the characters that would later come to be beloved by filmgoers. 520 pages.

Intimate Keely SmithThe Intimate Keely Smith (Expanded Edition)
(Real Gone Records - new on CD)
1964 album, and the first of five Keely Smith Reprise albums to be released on CD for the first time in deluxe packages featuring bonus tracks, rare photos, and new liner notes by Steve Hoffman. Tracks include "Time After Time," "God Bless the Child," and bonus tracks include her duet with Frank sinatra "Twin Soliloquies" from the Reprise Musical Repertory Theatre Presents South Pacific album, plus rare non-LP single "No One Ever Tells You" by Carole King and Gerry Goffin arranged by Jack Nitszche and produced by Bowen.


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.

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


October 25, 2016

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

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

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


November 1, 2016

Showstoppers!Showstoppers!: The Surprising Backstage Stories of Broadway's Most Remarkable Songs
(Chicago Review Press - Paperback Book)
By Gerald Nachman. All about Broadway musicals' most memorable numbers—why they were so effective, how they were created, and why they still resonate. Much of it is told through the eyes of the performers, songwriters, directors, and choreographers who first built these explosive numbers and lit the fuse. Nachman has interviewed dozens of iconic musical theater figures to get their inside stories for this book, including Patti LuPone, John Raitt, Jerry Herman, Edie Adams, Dick Van Dyke, Joel Grey, Marvin Hamlisch, John Kander, Tommy Tune, Sheldon Harnick, and Harold Prince, uncovering priceless untold anecdotes and details. 384 pages.


November 4, 2016

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


November 8, 2016

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


November 9, 2016

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


November 11, 2016

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

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


November 15, 2016

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

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.

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

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


November 22, 2016

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


November 30, 2016

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


December 1, 2016

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


December 13, 2016

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


December 27, 2016

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


January 10, 2017

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


February 14, 2017

FuturityFuturity
(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.

Hadestown
(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.

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

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

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

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

The World Only Spins Forward
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - new book)
By Isaac Butler and Dan Kois. Expanded version of oral history of Tony Kushner's Angels in America, originally published at Slate.com. 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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