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December 28, 2010

Alfie Boe Bring Him HomeAlfie Boe: Bring Him Home
(new on CD)
UK tenor who appeared in the Les Miserables concert telecast. "Bring Him Home," "Pure Imagination," "Come What May" (featuring Kerry Ellis), "On The Street Where You Live," "We Have All The Time In The World," "The Impossible Dream" (featuring Matt Lucas), "Hushabye Mountain," "Tell Me It's Not True," "Some Enchanted Evening," "As If We Never Said Goodbye," "If I Loved You," "If I Ruled The World." UK released date (will be imported to U.S. on January 4). Available at Dress Circle and Amazon UK.

American RoseAmerican Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee
(Random House - Hardcover Book)
Order at Barnes & Noble
By Karen Abbott. Using exclusive interviews and never-before-published material, the author vividly delves into Gypsy's world, including her intensely dramatic triangle relationship with her sister, actress June Havoc, and their formidable mother, Rose. Chronicles their story, as well as the story of the four scrappy and savvy showbiz brothers from New York City who would pave the way for Gypsy Rose Lee’s brand of burlesque.

Bring Him HomeBring Him Home from Les Miserables
(Decca - import single)
Track from Les Miserables O2 concert featuring Alfie Boe, Simon Bowman, John Owen Jones, Colm Wilkinson. US pressing.

Celebrate Broadway Vol 10Celebrate Broadway, Vol. 10: Best Musicals!
(Masterworks - new at iTunes/mp3Celebrate Broadway, Vol. 10 (Best Musicals!) - Various Artists
Overture (42nd Street, John Lesko), "If I Were a Rich Man (Fiddler on the Roof, Zero Mostel), "Song on the Sand (La Da Da Da) (La Cage Aux Folles, Gene Barry, Donald Pippin), "Honeysuckle Rose (Ain't Misbehavin', Nell Carter, Ken Page, Luther Henderson), "Hello, Dolly! (Hello, Dolly!, Carol Channing 5:41 Not Available ), "Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Kiss Of The Spiderwoman, David Loud, Bob Cuccioli), "Overture Paul Gemignani, Michael Lynch, Debbie Shapiro, Gravitte And Company), "Stranger in Paradise (Kismet, Lee Venora, Richard Banke), "A Little Priest (Sweeney Todd, Paul Gemignani, Len Cariou, Angela Lansbury), "Look Who's In Love Gwen Verdon, Richard Kiley), "Send in the Clowns (A Little Night Music, Glenn Close), "Bring Him Home (Les Miserables; Remastered 1995, Colm Wilkinson), "Brotherhood of Man (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Robert Morse, Sammy Smith, Ruth Kobart).

Million Dollar QuartetMillion Dollar Quartet (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
(new on CDMillion Dollar Quartet (Original Broadway Cast Recording) - Million Dollar Quartet (Original Broadway Cast)
Eddie Clendening, Lance Guest, Levi Kreis, Rob Lyons. Previously only available at the theater, on the show's website and at iTunes.

Sound of Music Songbook and CDThe Sound of Music: Vocal Selections with CD
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book/CD)
Piano/vocal arrangements of 13 favorites from the beloved movie along with a CD of the piano parts. "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Do-Re-Mi," "Edelweiss," "I Have Confidence," "The Lonely Goatherd," "Maria," "My Favorite Things," "An Ordinary Couple," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen," "So Long, Farewell," "Something Good," "The Sound of Music," "Wedding Processional." Includes newly added photos.


December 21, 2010

Ages of ManAges of Man - John Gielgud
(Entertainment One - new on DVD)
CD Universe
1966 live television (CBS) version of John Gielgud's award-winning one-man recital of Shakespearean excerpts, which he performed for over 10 years around the world. From an adaptation of an anthology by George Rylands. Also included is a 12-page booklet with written contributions by theatre critic Michael Billington and the archive of American Television excerpt from Ian McKellen's "Acting Shakespeare." In original black & white and mono sound.

BA BrideBA Bride Airline Musical
(new on CD)
The Abba/Priscilla inspired musical by Mike Hume. Natasha Millar Andy Irvine Laura Hyde Brendan Matthew Ralph Bogard Inam Mirza. Available at at Dress Circle

Bukowsical!Bukowsical!
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Original cast recording of 2007 New York Fringe Festival Best Musical. Score by Spencer Green and Gary Stockdale. Taking place in the form of a backer's audition of a new musical about the one and only Charles Bukowski, presented by a fictional Los Angeles-based theatre company called The Sacred Angel Fist Circle Of Note Gang Theatre. Nadia Ahern, Brad Blaisdell, Matthew Garland, David Goldsmith, Michael Lanahan, Cason Murphy, Fleur Phillips, and Lauren Rubin. At Kritzerland.com.

Carrie SoundtrackCarrie Soundtrack
(Kritzerland Records - new on 2 CDs)
1976 movie score. Music Composed and Conducted by Pino Donaggio. For the first time the complete score ... in film order. Plus two instrumentals of the songs are included as bonus tracks. Additionally, CD #2 is the original album, newly remastered. At Kritzerland.com.

Celebrate Broadway Vol 9Celebrate Broadway Vol 9: Gotta Dance
(Masterworks - new on iTunes/mp3Celebrate Broadway, Vol. 9: Gotta Dance - Various Artists
"Dancing" ("Hello, Dolly!) [1989 Remastered], "Charleston" (Billion Dollar Baby), "Pick-Pocket Tango," "We're in the Money" (42nd Street), "Who Couldn't Dance With You?" (Grand Hotel), "A Secretary Is Not A Toy" (How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying) [1990 Remastered], "Who's That Woman?" (Follies), "We Dance" (Once On This Island), "The Joint Is Jumpin'" (1938)" (Ain't Misbehavin'), "One Night In Bangkok" (Chess), "On the S.S. Bernard Cohn," "The Dance at the Gym," "Somewhere."

Dianne PilkingtnDianne Pilkington: Little Stories
(new on CD)
West End actress (Wicked, The 39 Steps). Christopher Hamilton on piano. "Meadowlark," "Someone Else's Story," "Burn," "Remember," "As Good As New," "Somebody's Wife," "The Man That Got Away," "It's Never That Easy/I've Been Here Before," "Memory," "Quando M'en Vo," "Everytime We Say Goodbye" (featuring Mark Goldthorp). Available at Dress Circle

Films of Rita HayworthThe Films of Rita Hayworth
(Sony - 5 DVD set)
CD Universe
Newly restored and remastered versions of 1944 Cover Girl (with Gene Kelly, Phil Silvers and Eve Arden) and 1946 Gilda (in black and white, with Glenn Ford and George Macready) and new-to-DVD 1945 Tonight and Every Night (with Lee Bowman, Janet Blair and Marc Platt), 1953 Salome (with Stewart Granger, Charles Laughton and Judith Anderson) and 1953 Miss Sadie Thompson (with Jose Ferrer and Aldo Ray). Bonuses include: featurettes with Baz Luhrmann, Martin Scorsese and Patricia Clarkson; Gilda audio commentary track by Richard Schickel.


December 14, 2010

American Musical Theatre ChronicleAmerican Musical Theatre: A Chronicle (4th Edition)
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Gerald Bordman and Richard Norton. New edition of classic reference book on musical theatre. Covers more than 250 years of musical theatre in the United States. Narrative blends history, critical analysis, and lively description to illustrate the transformation of American musical theatre through such incarnations as the ballad opera, revue, Golden Age musical, rock musical, Disney musical, and ... even the punk musical. Arranged chronologically and fully indexed according to names of shows, songs, and people involved. Incorporates plot synopses, names of principal players, descriptions of scenery and costumes, and critical reactions. Short biographies interspersed throughout the text depict the creative minds that shaped the most influential musicals. Newly updated to cover the first decade of the twenty-first century. 1032 pages.

Bring Him HomeBring Him Home from Les Miserables
(Decca - single)
Track from Les Miserables O2 concert featuring Alfie Boe, Simon Bowman, John Owen Jones, Colm Wilkinson. Available now at Amazon UK and iTunes UK, and on December 28 from Amazon US.

Celebrate Broadway Vol 8 DuetsCelebrate Broadway Vol. 8: Duets
(Masterworks - new iTunes/mp3Celebrate Broadway, Vol. 8: Duets - Various Artists
"You're the Top" (Anything Goes; Patti LuPone, Howard McGillin, Steve Steiner, Edward Strauss), "People Will Say We're in Love" (Oklahoma!; Christine Andreas, Laurence Guittard, Jay Blackton), "Anything You Can Do" (Annie Get Your Gun)" (Remastered 1988, Ethel Merman, Bruce Yarnell, Franz Allers), "Unworthy of Your Love" (Assassins; Greg Germann, Annie Golden), "I Remember It Well Alfred Drake, Maria Karnilova, Ross Reimueller), "Love Has Come Of Age" (Jekyll & Lisa, Colm Wilkinson, Linda Eder), "You and I" (Reprise)" (Chess; David Carroll, Judy Kuhn), "Where Would You Be Without Me?" (The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd; Herbert Grossman, Cyril Ritchard, Anthony Newley), "Shut Up and Dance" (My Favorite Year; Original Cast), "Do You Love Me?" (Fiddler on the Roof; Milton Greene, Zero Mostel, Maria Karnilova), "Marry the Man Today" (Guys and Dolls; Edward Strauss), "You Are Music" (Phantom; Jonathan Tunick, Richard White, Glory Crampton), "The Honeymoon Is Over" (I Do! I Do!; Mary Martin, Robert Preston, John Lesko), "Stranger in Paradise" (Kismet; Lee Venora, Richard Banke). MP3 also available at CD Universe.

The Desert SongThe Desert Song
(VAI - new on DVD at Amazon)
Order at CD Universe/Deep Discount
1955 "Max Liebman Presents" live telecast of Sigmund Romberg/Oscar Hammerstein II/Otto Harbach/Frank Mandel operetta with Nelson Eddy, Gale Sherwood, John Conte, Otto Kruger, Salvatore Baccaloni, Viola Essen, Earl William; dancers Bambi Linn and Rod Alexander. Charles Sanford, conductor. Black & White. All regions. First time available. 76 minutes.

Elegies Irish CastElegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens Original Northern Irish Cast
(Just Passing Through Records - new mp3)
August 2010 Black Box, Belfast, productionn aid of The Rainbow Project. Janet Hood and Bill Russell. Available in mp3 format on CD Baby.

Lea DeLaria Be a SantaLea DeLaria: Be A Santa
(Warner - new on CD)
Also available at CD Universe
Produced by Janette Mason. "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?," "Winter Wonderland," "Sleigh Ride," "Christmas Time Is Here," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "A Modern Christmas Tale," "The Man With The Bag," "Be A Santa," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "White Christmas."

Spamalot UK Tour Cast RecordingMonty Python's Spamalot : UK Cast Album
(new on CD)
UK touring cast album. John DuPrez and Eric Idle score. Recorded Live at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley in July 2010. Jodie Prenger, Todd Carty, Marcus Brigstocke. Available at Dress Circle

More With Every LineMore With Every Line - the Songs of ... Tim Prottey-Jones
(My Protégé Ltd. - new on CD)
Debut album consists of 13 songs drawn from two musicals Tim Prottey-Jones is developing with co-librettist/lyricist Robert Gould: After The Turn and Once Bitten. Tituss Burgess, Julie Atherton, Noel Sullivan, Stuart Matthew Price, Sabrina Aloueche, Daniel Boys, Jon Lee, Drew Sarich, Louise Dearman, Jon Boydon, Samantha Barks, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Jessie Buckley, Aaron Lazar, Colleen Ballinger, Rachel Tucker. Available at at Dress Circle

Perry Como ChristmasPerry Como: The Complete Christmas Collection
(Collector's Choice - on 2 CDs)
Order at CD UniverseAll of the holiday-themed recordings Perry made for RCA over 36 years, with liner notes by Richard Carpenter. Tracks hail from the original 78 rpm album Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music (1946); the 1953 album Around the Christmas Tree; the 1959 stereo album Seasons Greetings from Perry Como; 1967 singles "Christmas Bells" and "Love Is a Christmas Rose"; the 1968 album The Perry Como Christmas Album; the album outtake "Some Children See Him"; the single release "Christmas Dream"; and Perry's final holiday song from 1982, "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Forever." 51 tracks.


Stephanie FearonStephanie Fearon: My Parade
(new on CD)
UK musical theatre performer (and "Over the Rainbow" search for Dorothy TV show) debut album. "Come to Your Senses," "I Don't Know How to Help You," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," "As Long as You're Mine" (featuring Leon Lopez), "He's No Good," "Sister Act," "Somebody to Love," "Legally Blonde," "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Don't Rain On My Parade," "Tell Me On a Sunday," "Out Here On My Own," "Home." Available for at Dress Circle


December 7, 2010

Betty BuckleyBetty Buckley: Bootleg Boardmixes From the Road
(Practical Magic Productions - new on CD-RBootleg:
Tracks from live performances Buckley has offered around the country. "Honest Emotion" (new song by Michael McDonald), "Falling in Love," "Ghost in This House," "On the 4th of July," "Bye Bye Country Boy," "Stormy Blues," "Straighten Up and Fly Right," "It Might as Well Be Spring" and "Blue Skies." CD is manufactured on demand at Amazon. Released 11/19.

The Bob Hope CollectionThe Bob Hope Collection
(Shout! Factory - Amazon on 3 DVDs/Deep Discount/CD Universe)
The Road To Rio, The Lemon Drop Kid, My Favorite Brunette, The Road To Bali, and The Seven Little Foys.


Just One AngelChristine Lavin Presents: Just One Angel
(Yellow Tail Records - new on CDChristine Lavin presents Just One Angel - Various Artists, Jeff Daniels, Megon McDonough, The Accidentals, Erik Frandsen, David Rasche, Roy Zimmerman, Ruby & Ava Locknar, Hilary Field, Sue Matsuki, Debi Smith, Lori Lieberman, Erik Balkey, Julie Gold, Larry Murante, Darryl Purpose, Uncle Bonsai, Sally Fingerett, Christine Lavin & The Accidentals, Deirdre Flint, David Ippolito, Kate Taylor & Janis Ian
Christmas/Hanukah/Solstice/New Year's songs by some of contemporary music's best, including Jeff Daniels, Janis Ian, Uncle Bonsai, Megon McDonough, The Accidentals, Roy Zimmerman, David Rasche, Lori Lieberman, Hilary Field, and more. Produced by Christine Lavin, the songs range from the reverent to the irreverent. Released in October. See the Talkin' Broadway review.

GorefestGorefest 8: Cirque du Slaughté
(ImprovBoston - new mp3 album)
Original Cast Recording of the Halloween musical comedy "Gorefest 8: Cirque du Slaughté", first performed on October 21, 2010 at ImprovBoston, Cambridge, Mass. By Misch Whitaker & Adam Brooks (Book), Stephen Gilbane (Music). MP3 album/tracks and clips available at CD Baby.

Mutiny!Mutiny!
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
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Original London cast recording of Richard Crane score. Opened at Piccadilly Theatre in July 1985. Debut on CD, with all tracks digitally remastered from the master tapes. David Essex, Frank Finlay, Sinitta, Neville Jason, David Oakley, Simon Packham, Anthony Johncock, Patrick Clancy, Nicola Blackman, Frank Olegario. Produced with the assistance and cooperation of David Essex and The Mel Bush Organisation. U.S. release. UK release available at Stage Door Records

Niffer Clarke Beyond IngenueNiffer Clarke: Beyond the Ingenue
(new on CD)
Debut album by NY actress singer (Bells Are Ringing, Adding Machine). "In My Own Little Corner," "Will He Like Me," "My White Knight" (original version), "In Buddy's Eyes," "I Have Confidence," "People Will Say We're in Love" (with John D Smitherman), "The Ingenue," "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Before I Gaze at You Again," "Crazy World," "All I Ask of You" (Bonus Track with John D Smitherman). CD and mp3 albums, tracks and clips at CD Baby

Share the JoyShare the Joy
(new single iTunes/mp3Share the Joy - Single - Young People's Chorus of New York City™, Francisco J. Núñez, Artistic Director/Founder
Young People’s Chorus of New York City collaboration with more than 2000 voices from 41 choirs in nine states. Single by Francisco J. Núñez and Jim Papoulis.

Sorta Love Songs(Sorta) Love Songs - The Songs of Scott Burkell and Paul Loesel
(Sh-K-Boom - new on CD(Sorta) Love Songs - The Songs of Scott Burkell and Paul Loesel - Various Artists
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From the writers of Ella Minnow Pea, The Extraordinary Ordinary (at the Clurman Theatre beginning December 1), Sorta Love Songs."A Sorta Love Song" (Kate Baldwin), "I’ll Jump" (Brian D'Arcy James), "The Natural Order of Things" (Matt Doyle & Morgan James), "Ohio, 1904" (Liz Callaway), "No Words" (Rebecca Luker & Danny Burstein), "Invention" (Michael Buchanan), "Parsley" (Jennifer Laura Thompson), "I Really Really Love You (Stalker)" (Scott Burkell), "The Ballad of Sarsaparilla Safirovich" (Stephanie J Block), "October Weekend" (Lisa Howard), "There Are Nights" (Marin Mazzie), "Set Sail" (Jason Danieley), "Ordinary Day" (Lisa Brescia, Farah Alvin, Justin Patterson & Kyle Dean).

Zulu and the ZaydaThe Zulu and the Zayda
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD-R/iTunes/mp3)
1965 OBC recording of Harold Rome score with Menasha Skulnik, Louis Gossett Jr., Ossie Davis and Yaphet Kotto. CD available at at Arkiv.


November 30, 2010

Boys: Sherman Brothers StoryThe Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story
(Disney Home Entertainment - new on DVD)
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Documentary on the songwriting team. Extras include: Why They're "The Boys", Disney Studios in the '60s, Casting Mary Poppins, Theme Parks – A look at their theme park music songbook and how they went about composing a song for a ride, Roy Williams - A Disney Animator and also famous for being on the original Mickey Mouse Club, we learn through his artwork some of the stories of what it was like to work in the Animation Building in the 1960's, Bob's Art: A look at Bob Sherman's other passion, his artwork, Celebration: Testimonials from celebrities and Hollywood legends, Sherman Brother's Jukebox: A collection of Sherman Brothers songs and the stories behind them including: "Tall Paul", "Chim Chim Cher-ee", "Feed the Birds", "There's A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow", "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." 1

To Broadway, To Life!To Broadway, To Life!: The Musical Theater of Bock and Harnick
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Philip Lambert. First complete book about Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, one of Broadway's most important songwriting teams (Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me, Fiorello!). Drawing from extensive archival sources, and from personal interviews and communications with Bock and Harnick themselves and their most important collaborators, author Philip Lambert explores the essence of a Bock-Harnick show-how it is put together, and what makes it work. Includes discussion of well known songs and explores a vast catalogue of lesser-known songs from their many other shows and works. Also, the first look at the little-known youthful professional beginnings of Bock and Harnick in revues and television shows and summer retreats in the 1950s, and the careers they have forged for themselves with new collaborators in the decades since their partnership dissolved in 1970.

David Campbell The Broadway ShowDavid Campbell - The Broadway Show: Live In Australia
(Sony - new on PAL DVD)
Filmed live at Adelaide's Festival Theatre, in a high quality 5 camera shoot. Overture/ Oh What A Beautiful Morning," "All I Care About," "Hey There," "'Til I Hear You Sing" (Love Never Dies), "Proud Lady," "When I Get My Name In Lights," "What Kind Of Fool Am I," "Soliloquy," "Overture" (Merrily We Roll Along), "Good Thing Going," "Finishing The Hat," "Being Alive," "Fugue For Tinhorns," "Luck Be A Lady," "Bring Me Home," "Hello Dolly," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "Goodbye" (Catch Me If You Can), Al Jolson medley: "My Mammy / Swanee / Carolina In The Morning / You Made Me Love You / Rock-a-bye Your Baby. PAL Zone 4 format. Available Middle Eight Music.

Fantasia/Fantasia 2000Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 Special Edition
(Disney - 4 Blu-Ray/DVD set)
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Blu-ray Bonuses: 2003 Academy-Award Nominated Short Destino (Destino Rated PG); Feature length documentary Dali & Disney: A Date With Destino explores the relationship of Disney and Dali and how this piece came to fruition 50 years years after its inception; The Schultheis Notebook: A Disney Treasure - newly discovered detailed Fantasia production notes shed light on special effects wizardry; Disney Virtual Vault - BD Live feature; Musicana - Walt's inspiration for a sequel; Disney Family Museum; Interactive Art Gallery; Audio commentaries; Disney View. Some features available only if Blu-Ray player is connected to the Internet. Film is the Disney-censored version that was previously on DVD.

Glee Vol 4Glee: The Music, Volume 4
(Columbia - new on CD/mp3Glee: The Music, Vol. 4 - Glee Cast
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Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Chord Overstreet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum, Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz.

Hollywood Musicals: The 101 GreatestHollywood Musicals: The 101 Greatest Song-and-Dance Movies of All Time
(Black Dog & Leventhal - Hardcover Book)
By Ken Bloom. Beginning in 1927 and continuing to the present, this book celebrates all of the greatest films of the genre including Yankee Doodle Dandy, Cabaret, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, A Star is Born, West Side Story, Funny Face, The Jazz Singer, and All That Jazz, as well as more recent movie musicals such as The Nightmare Before Christmas and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Organized alphabetically, each film is featured across several spreads ... with expert commentary that places the film in historical and cultural context. Also included are features on the film's creators and cast, plot synopses, song lists, production details, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, original movie posters, and much more. Beautifully reproduced photographs of the most memorable and pivotal scenes, the stars, and off-camera shots adorn the pages and illuminate the text. Sidebars include cast albums, flops, the greatest scores, and lesser-known musicals.

In Spite of ReasonIn Spite of Reason
(Sparxecho Productions - remastered mp3 album)
Concept album for John Doucette & Tony Cavallo pop rock opera based on the life of President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. Digitally remastered. 36 songs; 90 minutes.

A Little Night MusicA Little Night Music: Vocal Selections, Revised Edition
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Stephen Sondheim score. Newly edited, with new music engravings, added songs, articles and photos. Includes: "Every Day a Little Death," "The Glamorous Life," "In Praise of Women," "It Would Have Been Wonderful," "Later," "Liaisons," "The Miller's Son," "Night Waltz," "Now," "Remember?," "Send in the Clowns," "Soon," "You Must Meet My Wife." Available at MusicDispatch.com; will ship soon from Amazon.

Lorraine GallardLorraine Gallard: Songs From the Heart
(Bonness Records - new on CD)
Lorraine Gallard sings songs by Weill, Gershwin, Berlin, Porter, Arlen, Harburg and more. "My Ship," "Youkali," "If You Don't Want My Peaches, You'd Better Stop Shaking My Tree," "You'd Be Surprised," "Mon Legionnaire," "Oigen," "I Wish You Love/Que Reste-t-Il De Nos Amours?," "The Physician," "You Don't Know Paree," "Fun To Be Fooled," "True Love," "Trouble Man," "A Picture Of Me Without You," "Not Exactly Paris / La Vie En Rose / The Party's Over." Available at CD Baby.

Michael Ball: A Life on StageMichael Ball: A Life on Stage
(Universal Pictures UK - new on Region 2 DVD)
Features 25 of Michael's greatest live tracks, all personally introduced by Michael and four exclusive behind the scenes conversations shot throughout the year at Hampton Court Palace Festival-Concert Day, Michael as Stage Producer, his TV show "The Michael Ball Show," his Radio 2 show "Sunday Brunch." Region 2. 130 minutes. Includes "The Winner Takes It All," "High Flying Adored," "I Know Where I've Been" and many more. Available at Amazon UK and Dress Circle

Les Miserable 25th AnniversayLes Miserables - 25th Anniversary
(Universal - new on region 2 DVD/Blu-Ray)
Special performance shown on screens across the world on October 3, from London's O2 Arena. Cast Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Nick Jonas as Marius, Norm Lewis as Javert, Matt Lucas as Thenardier, Lea Salonga as Fantine, Jenny Galloway as Madame Thenardier, Ramin Karimloo as Enjolras, Camilla Kerslake as Cosette and Samantha Barks as Eponine. Available at Amazon UK and Dress Circle.

Party of 2: The Mating Musical
(new on CD)
Morris Bobrow musical currently running in San Francisco. Order at www.partyof2themusical.com.

Drew DillonAnd The Rain Keeps Falling Down
(Just Passing Through Records - new single on mp3)
Drew Dillon performs a song from the Northern Irish premier of Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (Janet Hood and Bill Russell) at The Black Box, Belfast on Monday 30 August 2010, in aid of The Rainbow Project. Available at CD Baby.

Rain on BroadwayRain: A Tribute to The Beatles on Broadway Songbook
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Songbook features 36 songs from the show, including: "Across the Universe," "All My Loving," "Come Together," "Eleanor Rigby," "Give Peace a Chance," "Hey Jude," "I Saw Her Standing There," "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "Revolution," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Twist and Shout," "We Can Work It Out," "With a Little Help from My Friends," "Yesterday" and more. Available at MusicDispatch.com; will ship from Amazon soon.

Shirley Jones Tribute to Richard RodgersShirley Jones Tribute to Richard Rodgers (Special Edition)
(Encore Music - new on CD/mp3A Tribute to Richard Rodgers - Shirley Jones
"I Wish I Were In Love Again," "It Never Entered My Mind," "Isn't It Romantic," "Spring Is Here," "Where Or When," "I Have Dreamed," "Blue Moon," "It Might As Well Be Spring," "Falling In Love With Love," "Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered." Released October 2010.

Deluxe SetShow-by-Show Deluxe Set: Broadway Musicals: Show-by-Show and Hollywood Musicals: Show-by-Show
(Applause - Paperback Book Set)
New and expanded edition with 300 of the most important and memorable productions of the American musical theatre and over 300 movies documented including screenplay writer, director, choreographer, cast list, song list, release date, plot summary and much more. This is also a completely new and expanded edition. Both volumes in a slipcase set.

Superior DonutsSuperior Donuts
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Tracy Letts.

Waiting for Godot OBCWaiting for Godot OBC
(Hallmark - at iTunes/Amazon mp3Waiting For Godot - Bert Lahr
1956 Broadway cast recording of Beckett play. Bert Lahr, E. G. Marshall, Alvin Epstein, Kurt Kasznar, Luchino Solito. Directed by Herbert Berghof.

Waking Sleeping BeautyWaking Sleeping Beauty
(Disney - new on DVD)
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Documentary focusing on Disney's reborn animated musical features between 1984-1994. Extras: Why Wake Sleeping Beauty? featurette; Untold Bedtime Stories deleted scenes; The Sailor, the Mountain Climber, the Artist and the Poet celebrating Roy Disney, Frank Wells, Joe Ranft, and Howard Ashman; Studio Tours; A Reunion Rob Minkoff and Kirk Wise; Walt what would Walt do and compare Walt's era and this era; three webisode shorts; gallery of photos, caricatures, and art from the era.

Weird RomanceWeird Romance Off-Broadway Cast Recording
(Masterworks Broadway - new at iTunes/mp3Weird Romance (Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording) - Various Artists
Score by Alan Menken and David Spencer. Danny Burstein, Ellen Greene, Jonathan Hadary, Marguerite MacIntyre, Jessica Molaskey, Valarie Pettiford, Eric Riley, Sal Viviano, William Youmans. "Weird Romance," "Stop And See Me," "That's Where We Come In," "Feeling No Pain," "Pop! Flash!," "Amazing Penetration," "Eyes That Never Lie," "No One Can Do," "Worth It," "Endgame: The Final Sequence," "Opening Sequence / My Orderly World," "Need To Know," "You Remember," "You Remember: Part II," "Another Woman," "Pressing Onward, Moving Forward," "I Can Show You A Thing Or Two," "A Man," "Pressing Onward, Moving Forward: Reprise," "Someone Else Is Waiting," "I Can Show You A Thing Or Two: Finale."

Suzanne Carrico What Christmas Means to MeWhat Christmas Time Means To Me ~ Suzanne Carrico
(SuCa Productions - new on CD)
MAC Award winner sings with the Don Rebec quartet. "Carol of the Bells/My Favorite Things," "What Child is This?," "Silver Bells," "The Man with the Bag," "Because It's Christmas," "Some Children See Him" (featuring Sean Harkness)," "Baby, it's Cold Outside/Let It Snow," "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," "Merry Christmas to Us All," "Gesu Bambino," "11. Little Drummer Boy/Do You Hear What I Hear."

The Whisperers/EquusThe Whisperers/Equus
(Kritzerland Records - new on CD)
Soundtracks for 1966 The Whisperers, composed and conducted by John Barry; and 1977 film adaptation of Peter Shaffer's play Equus, music composed by Richard Rodney Bennett. Equus dialogue tracks are included separately. Both are remastered. Limited edition of 1,000 copies. Available at Kritzerland.com

The WizThe Wiz
(Universal Studios - new on Blu-Ray)
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1978 musical film starring Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Richard Pryor, Theresa Merritt, Lena Horne, Luther Vandross, Mabel King, Nipsey Russell, Roberta Flack, Gwen Guthrie, Cissy Houston, Ted Ross. Songs by Quincy Jones, Luther Vandross, Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson, Charlie Smalls. Directed by Sidney Lumet. Choreographer Louis Johnson. Costumes by Tony Walton. Bonus featurette Wiz on Down the Road. Full 1080p Hi-Def video and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound on a BD-50 (50 gigabyte dual-layered Blu-ray Disc).


November 23, 2010

12 Men  of Christmas12 Men Of Christmas
(20th Century Fox - new on DVD)
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2009 Lifetime holiday film featuring Kristin Chenoweth, Josh Hopkins, Anna Chlumsky, Erin Dilly, Stephen Huszar.

20Under4020UNDER40: Re-Inventing the Arts and Arts Education for the 21st Century
(AuthorHouse - Hardcover Book)
By Edward P. Clapp. Anthology of critical discourse that addresses the impending generational shift in arts leadership by publishing twenty essays about the future of the arts and arts education each written by young and emerging arts professionals under the age of forty. Chapters include "The Epoch Model: An Arts Organization with an Expiration Date" by David McGraw and "Please Don’t Start a Theatre Company!" by Rebecca Novick plus chapters on: how the arts can evolve in the 21st century, including digital trends, art criticism, philanthropy through crowdsourcing, creative rights in the internet age, arts administration, the anatomy of choreography, and how art can empower science.

Andy Williams CollectionThe Andy Williams Collection
(Questar - new on 3 DVDs)
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Disc 1: Andy Williams: Moon River and Me; Andy personally introduces a collection of performances from his Emmy Award-winning television series that ran for 9 consecutive years, including special appearances by Henry Mancini, Al Hirt and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Disc 2: Andy Williams: My Favorite Duets; including: Julie Andrews, Pearl Bailey, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jr., Judy Garland, Phil Harris, Lena Horne, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Johnny Mathis, The Osmond Brothers, Peter, Paul and Mary, Simon & Garfunkel and the Williams Brothers; Andy contributes his personal insights to each duet; also an interview with Johnny Mathis. Disc 3: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows; 24 of the greatest songs of the holiday season; And is joined by the entire Williams clan and the Osmond Brothers.

BurlesqueBurlesque - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
(RCA - new on CDBurlesque (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Various Artists
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Soundtrack for 2010 musical film. Cher, Christina Aguilera, Kristen Bell, Alan Cumming.

Celebrate Broadway Kids!Celebrate Broadway Vol. 7: Kids!
(Broadway Masterworks - new at iTunes/Amazon mp3Celebrate Broadway, Vol. 7: Kids - Various Artists
"Kids" (Bye Bye Birdie), "I Won't Grow Up" (Peter Pan), "Knock Knock," "Food, Glorious Food" (Oliver!), "Waiting For Life" (Once On This Island), "Symphonic Sondheim: Comedy Tonight" (A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum), "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" (Carousel) [1994 Remastered], "Hair" (Hair), "Sixteen Tons/Chain Gang," "Moonshine Lullaby" (Annie Get your Gun) [Remastered 1988], "El Sombrero" [Remastered 1991], "Put On A Happy Face" (Bye Bye Birdie), "Broadway Baby" (Follies).

Come Fly Away SongbookCome Fly Away - Piano/vocal Selections: Broadway Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
29 selections, including: "Body and Soul," "Come Fly with Me," "Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)," "I've Got the World on a String," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "My Funny Valentine," "My Way," "Theme from "New York, New York"," "Teach Me Tonight," "That's Life," "Wave," "Witchcraft," "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" and more.

Destabilizing the Hollywood MusicalDestabilizing the Hollywood Musical: Music, Masculinity and Mayhem
(Palgrave Macmillan - Hardcover Book)
By Kelly Kessler. By the mid-sixties, Hollywood's once conservative go-to-gal shed its tap shoes for something darker, hipper, and more in tune with the day's trends. Leaving Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire in their wake, films such as Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Hair reflected the times as they embraced swingers, youth rebellion, and Scorsese-esque aesthetics. Focusing mainly on the period between the genre's post-Sound of Music boom and its near-disappearance in the 1980s, Destabilizing the Hollywood Musical pushes past the idyllic world of Oklahoma! to examine emergent and socially contentious norms that defined decades of the genre and helped to form its millennial revival. Often rejecting love, marriage, and the USA, much of this later musical breed favours male stories of lust, deception, isolation, and failure wrapped in a haze of rock-n-roll, visual dynamism, and testosterone.

Marina PriorThe Essential Marina Prior
(Sony - new on CD)
Greatest hits compilation from Australia's leading lady of musical theatre (currently Mrs Banks in the Australian production of Mary Poppins). "I Dreamed A Dream," "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," "Memory," "Somewhere," "I Don't Know How To Love Him," "Love Changes Everything," "Music Of The Night," "Friends For Life (Amigos Para Siempre)," "If I Loved You," "Don't Cry For Me Argentina," "Send In The Clowns," "Not While I'm Around," "Before I Gaze At You Again," "Close Every Door," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This," "You Could Drive A Person Crazy," "Moonfall," "One Hand, One Heart," "Tonight." Available at Middle Eight Music.

Harolyn Blackwell: Strange HurtHarolyn Blackwell: Strange Hurt
(Masterworks Broadway - iTunes/mp3Strange Hurt - Harolyn Blackwell
RCA album featuring two half-hour song cycles: Maury Yeston's December Song and Ricky Ian Gordon's Genius Child. "December Snow," "Where Are You Now," "Please Let's Not Even Say Hello," "When Your Love Is New," "Bookseller In The Rain," "My Grandmother's Love Letters," "I Am Longing," "I Had a Dream About You," "By The River," "What a Relief/Coda," "Winter Moon," "Genius Child," "Kid in the Park," "To Be Somebody," "Troubled Woman," "Strange Hurt," "Prayer," "Border Line," "My People," "Joy."

Julie Wilson in DixielandJulie Wilson in Dixieland: Live at the Algonquin
(Showtune Records - new on CD)
Live recording from February 2000 dedicated by Ms Wilson to Peter Allen. "When The Saints Go Marching In/When You're Smiling," "Darktown Strutters Ball," "Somebody Else Is Taking My Place/The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else/I Ain't Got Nobody," "Everything Old Is New Again.," "Josephine," "Ain't She Sweet," "But Beautiful/I Thought About You," "I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody My Jelly Roll," "Firefly," "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans," "Louisville Lou," "Hot Lips," "Hard Hearted Hannah," "If I Could Be With You/It Had To Be You," "Find Out What They Like," "Sadie Green The Vamp Of New Orleans," "Sunday/Sugar/Bill Bailey." Limited edition, available only at www.showtune.com.au/stalls.html.

Madea's Big Happy FamilyMadea's Big Happy Family: The Play
(Lions Gate - new on DVD/Blu-Ray)
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Filmed stage play by Tyler Perry that has toured the country for 125 performances in 126 days. Music by Tyler Perry, Elvin Ross, Jim Gorst, Quinton Nixon. Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Palmer E. Williams, Jr., Cheryl Pepsii Riley.

MiddletownMiddletown by Will Eno
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Eno play, currently at the Vineyard Theatre Off-Broadway.

Mr. Magoo's Christmas CarolMr. Magoo's Christmas Carol
(new digital iTunes/mp3Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol - Various Artists
Soundtrack for 1962 animated musical special. Jule Styne/ Bob Merrill score. "Great To Be Back On Broadway" (Jim Backus), "Great To Be Back On Broadway (Reprise)" (Jim Backus), "Ringle, Ringle" (Jim Backus), "Lord's Bright Blessing" (Jack Cassidy), "Alone In The World" (Marie Matthews), "Winter Was Warm" (Jane Kean), "We're Despicable" (Paul Frees), "Alone In The World (Reprise)" (Marie Matthews), "Ringle, Ringle (Reprise)" (Jim Backus), "Lord's Bright Blessing (Reprise)" (Jack Cassidy).

Murder She Wrote Season 12Murder, She Wrote: Season 12
(Universal - new on 5 DVDs)
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Complete twelfth season (1995-1996) of Angela Lansbury television series. Guest stars include John O'Hurley, Wayne Rogers, Felicia Lansbury, Rod Taylor, Tom Wopat, Pat Morita, Richard Beymer, Bryan Cranston, Audrey Landers, Martin Milner, Diana Canova, David Ogden Stiers.

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa ClausYes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
(Macy's Parade & Ent Group - new single on iTunesYes, Virginia (There's a Santa Claus) - Ann Hampton Callaway
Single to be performed by Ann Hampton Callaway and the Young People's Chorus of NYC in the 2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. New arrangement written by Emmy-nominated composer Wesley Whatley with lyrics by William Schermerhorn.


November 9, 2010

The Best of Charles Miller and Kevin HammondsThe Best of Charles Miller and Kevin Hammonds: It's Just The Beginning
(new on CD)
Songs from ten Musicals written by the team of British composer Charles Miller and New York lyricist Kevin Hammonds (including When Midnight Strikes, Brenda Bly: Teen Detective). Michael McCarthy, Caroline O'Connor, Pia Douwes, Shona White, Jodie Jacobs, Julie Atherton, Paul Spicer, Fenton Gray, Richard Reynard, Helena Blackman, Mark Evans, Cassidy Janson, Valerie Cutko, Brenda Edwards, Donna Hines, Charlotte Page, Louise Plowright, Alan Winner. Available at Dress Circle

Best of Christmas - Sam HarrisThe Best of Christmas - Sam Harris Live! (Deluxe Edition)
(SamHarris.com - new mp3 album)
Collection of live holiday recordings, including bonus studio tracks: "Merry Christmas Darling", karaoke version of "Only Angels Know", and a studio recording of "Take My Hand, Precious Lord / You'll Never Walk Alone" as sung on The Oprah Winfrey Show. 18 tracks. Samples, tracks and album available in mp3 format on CD Baby.

The Bitter MirrorBettina Jonic: The Bitter Mirror
(Motema Music - new on 2 CDs)
Long out of print, 1975 album featuring songs by Bertolt Brecht and Bob Dylan. Originally performed at the Royal Court Theater.

A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop SingersA Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers
(Pantheon - Hardcover Book)
Will Friedwald's essay on the lives and careers of more than three hundred singers. From giants like Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and Judy Garland to lesser-known artists like Jeri Southern and Joe Mooney. The most extensive biographical and critical survey of these singers ... as an essential guide to the Great American Songbook and those who shaped the way it has been sung ... from the songs of Irving Berlin and W. C. Handy through Stephen Sondheim and beyond ... straightforward jazz and pop singers; hybrid artists who moved among genres and combined them; the leading men and women of Broadway and Hollywood; yesterday’s vaudeville and radio stars; and today’s cabaret artists and hit-makers. 832 pages.

The Chocolate SoldierThe Chocolate Soldier
(Masterworks Broadway/Arkiv - new on CD-R/iTunes/mp3The Chocolate Soldier - Oscar Straus & Various Artists
1958 studio recording of Oscar Straus score. Risë Stevens, Robert Merrill, Peter Palmer, Jo Sullivan. Conducted by Lehman Engel. Available at

Collected Plays of Paul RudnickThe Collected Plays of Paul Rudnick
(It Books - Paperback Book)
I Hate Hamlet, Jeffrey, and five others.

The Elia Kazan CollectionThe Elia Kazan Collection
(20th Century Fox - 18 DVDs)
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15 films, 5 are new-to-DVD. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Boomerang!, Gentleman’s Agreement, Pinky, Panic in the Streets, A Streetcar Named Desire, Viva Zapata!, Man on a Tightrope, On the Waterfront, East of Eden, Baby Doll, A Face in the Crowd, Wild River, Splendor in the Grass, America, America. Also included is A Letter to Elia (2010), the new, full-length documentary on Kazan's life, produced and presented by Martin Scorsese.

Glee Christmas AlbumGlee: The Christmas Album
(Columbia - new on CDGlee: The Music - The Christmas Album - Glee Cast
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"We Need A Little Christmas," (Jenna Ushkowitz, Amber Riley, Chris Colfer), "Deck The Rooftop," (Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Naya Rivera, Kevin McHale, Heather Morris, and Jenna Ushkowitz), "Merry Christmas Darling," (Lea Michele), "Baby, It’s Cold Outside," (Chris Colfer and Darren Criss), "The Most Wonderful Day Of The Year," (Chord Overstreet, Mark Salling, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Jenna Ushkowitz, and Heather Morris), "Last Christmas," (Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, Mark Salling, Jenna Ushkowitz, and Chris Colfer), "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," (Lea Michele, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, and Jenna Ushkowitz), "O Christmas Tree," (Matthew Morrison), "Jingle Bells," (Cory Monteith, Mark Salling, and Kevin McHale), "You’re a Mean One, MrGrinch," (k.dlang and Morrison), "Angels We Have Heard On High," (Amber Riley), "O Holy Night," (Lea Michele).

Handle With CareHandle With Care - 2010 Original Australian Cast
(Joymas Creative - new on CD)
Music and Lyrics by Megan Shorey. Featuring Penny Farrow, Judy Hainsworth, Kathryn McIntyre, Kathy Burns, Sarah Knight, Arlie McCormick, Liz Buchanan & Rachel Dunham. Four mini-musicals celebrating the beauty and the bitch of being a woman. Available at CD Baby and Middle Eight Music.

John Barrowman LiveJohn Barrowman: Live At The Royal Albert Hall (PAL)
(Lace DVD - new on Region 2 DVD)
Recorded Live at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 4th, 2010. Tracks include: "Get The Party Started," "You To Me Are Everything," "Viva Las Vegas," "Don t Cry Out Loud," "Unusual Way," "Spiderman," "Memory," "Fireflies," "Don t Rain On My Parade," "The Doctor And I," "Rule The World," "Let s Get Loud," "From This Moment," "I Am What I Am." Plus extras and behind the scenes footage of John, both at home and at work. Available at Amazon UK and Dress Circle. All regions NTSC version to be released 11/22/10 at Amazon UK.

Streisand: My Passion for DesignMy Passion for Design: A Private Tour
(Viking Press - New Book)
By Barbra Streisand. Focuses on the architecture and construction of her newest homes ... a culmination and reflection of Streisand's love of American architecture and design between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries. Many of her own photographs of the rooms she has decorated, the furniture and art she has collected, and the ravishing gardens she has planted on her land on the California coast. Additionally, Barbra shares memories of her childhood, the development of her sense of style, and what collecting has come to mean to her.288 pages.

Sal Mineo BiographySal Mineo: A Biography
(Crown Archetype - Hardcover Book)
By Michael Gregg Michaude. In a childhood leap from the Bronx to Broadway, the 11-year-old Mineo was cast in The Rose Tattoo in 1951 and got acting tips and inspiration from Yul Brynner during The King and I. He made the move to Hollywood and found success at a time when studios were reaching toward the new teen market: Sal fit the bill perfectly. His tough yet sensitive image appealed to both girls and boys. After his memorable scenes with James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, he became the youngest performer ever nominated for a Best Supporting Oscar. By age 35, however, his film career was over, and he turned his attention to directing theater; it was during this career change that he was stabbed and killed during a robbery attempt. Michaud captures the actor's passionate, freewheeling lifestyle, and his narrative is dotted with those who worked with him: Dennis Hopper, Janet Leigh, Eva Marie Saint, and James Whitmore. Especially revealing are the intimate insights of Mineo's fiancée, Jill Haworth, and his male lover Courtney Burr. Detailed coverage of the arrest, trial, and conviction of Mineo's murderer brings this authoritative biography to a compelling conclusion.

Sondheim! Birthday ConcertSondheim: The Birthday Concert
(Image Entertainment - new on DVD & Blu-Ray)
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PBS Great Performances concert (to air November 24) New York Philharmonic March 15-16, 2010, concert celebrating Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday. Hosted by David Hyde Pierce. Paul Gemignani conductor. Directed by Lonny Price and choreographed by Josh Rhodes. Performances include "America" (Dancers, West Side Story), "Something's Coming" (Alexander Gemignani, West Side Story), "We're Gonna Be Alright" (Marin Mazzie, Jason Danieley, Do I Hear a Waltz?), "Don't Laugh" (Victoria Clark, Hot Spot), "Johanna"(Nathan Gunn, Sweeney Todd), "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow" and "Love Will See Us Through" (Matt Cavenaugh, Jenn Colella, Laura Osnes, Bobby Steggert, Follies), "Too Many Mornings" (Nathan Gunn, Audra McDonald, Follies), "The Road You Didn't Take" (John McMartin, Follies), "It Takes Two" (Joanna Gleason, Chip Zien, Into the Woods), "Growing Up" (Jim Walton, Merrily We Roll Along), "Finishing the Hat" (Mandy Patinkin, Sunday in the Park with George), "Move On" (Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Sunday in the Park with George), "Pretty Women" (Michael Cerveris, George Hearn, Sweeney Todd), "A Little Priest" (Michael Cerveris, George Hearn, Patti LuPone, Sweeney Todd) •“Theme from ‘Reds'” with Pas De Deux (NY Philharmonic, Two ABT Dancers Maria and Blaine), "So Many People" (Laura Benanti, Saturday Night), "Beautiful Girls" (David Hyde Pierce, Follies), "Ladies Who Lunch" (Patti LuPone, Company), "Losing My Mind" (Marin Mazzie, Follies), "The Glamorous Life" (Audra McDonald, A Little Night Music), "Leave You" (Donna Murphy, Follies), "Not a Day Goes By" (Bernadette Peters, Merrily We Roll Along), "I'm Still Here" (Elaine Stritch, Follies), "Sunday" (Broadway Chorus, Sunday in the Park with George), "Happy Birthday" (All Cast). 116 minutes.

TangledTangled
(Disney - new on CDTangled (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) - ALAN MENKEN
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Animated film (based on "Rapunzle") soundtrack by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. Mandy Moore, Donna Murphy, Brad Garrett, Zachary Levi, Grace Potter.

Things to RuinThings to Ruin: The Songs of Joe Iconis
(Ghostlight Records - new on 2 CDsThings
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Collection of songs by Kleban and Larson Award Winner Joe Iconis (writer of musicals The Black Suits and Bloodsong of Love). Theatrical rock concert about human beings who are messy, emotional, drugged up, knocked down, inspired, electric and who don't have nearly enough time to cause the kind of commotion they so desperately need to. Directed by John Simpkins. Performed by Nick Blaemire, Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Badia Farha, Sarah Glendening, Eric William Morris, Lance Rubin, Jason "SweetTooth" Williams and Joe Iconis, with a four-piece band led by Joe himself. Recorded February 28, 2010 at MSR Studios, NYC. CD release date.

Unburied TreasuresUnburied Treasures
(Bunycrai Enterprises - new on CD)
Original Rosemary Branch Theatre (London) cast recording. Mark Bunyan score. Musical revue about the travails and travels of famous people after death -- from Mozart & Haydn to Daniel Boone, from Christopher Columbus to Eva Peron, with Errol Flynn, Mary Shelley, D H Lawrence and others joining in. Available at CD Baby.

West End Bares CalendarWest End Bares - 2011 Souvenir Wall Calendar
(2011 Wall Calendar)
Features full colour photographs from West End Bares – Strip Britannia 2010 taken live at the all-star event. 13 Pages plus cover and board backing - Shrink wrapped. Features John Barrowman. Sold in aid of TheatreMAD The Make A Difference Trust charity. Available at Dress Circle


November 9, 2010

At This Theatre 2010At This Theatre: Revised and Updated Edition
(Applause - Hardcover Book)
By Robert Viagas. Foreword by Louis Botto. Updated and expanded 2010 edition includes more than 500 color production photos, vintage archival photos, and Playbill covers from all forty currently operating Broadway theatres. Thirty-eight of the original chapters have been expanded to cover all the shows that have opened in the ten years since the popular 2000 edition, with two new chapters added to include Broadway theatres recently refurbished and returned to life.

Bing Crosby Television Shows Vol. 2Bing Crosby: The Television Specials, Volume 2
(Infinity - on 2 DVDs)
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268 minutes.

Bing Crosby Through the Years 6Bing Crosby: Through the Years Volume Six (1953-1954)
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
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Recordings by Crosby in chronological order made between November 1953 and April 1954. Includes duets with Donald O'Connor, Gary Crosby and Danny Kaye plus "White Christmas" and "Snow" with Danny Kaye, Peggy Lee and Trudy Stevens. 29 tracks.

Celebrate Broadway Beautiful GirlsCelebrate Broadway Vol. 6: Beautiful Girls
(Broadway Masterworks - new at iTunes/Amazon mp3Celebrate Broadway, Vol. 6 - Beautiful Girls - Various Artists
Beautiful Girls" (Follies), "I Got the Sun in the Morning" ("Annie Get Your Gun"), "A Quiet Thing What Is a Woman?" ("I Do! I Do!"), "Children and Art" ("Sunday in the Park With George"), "Mean to Me" ("Ain't Misbehavin'"), "Old Maid" ("110 In The Shade"), "Being Alive" ("Company"), "Mr. Monotony" ("Miss Liberty" and "Call Me Madam"), "Monotonous" ("New Faces of 1952"), "As Long As He Needs Me" ("Oliver"), "What Did I Have That I Don't Have?" (l On a Clear Day You Can See Forever ), "Losing My Mind" ("Follies"), "Like It Was" ("Merrily We Roll Along").

The Change: Another Teenage Werewolf MusicalThe Change: Another Teenage Werewolf Musical
(new mp3)
Original cast recording of Travis Sharp and Eric Frampton musical. Played at Atlanta's Dad's Garage Theatre Company in 2010. Available in mp3 format at CD Baby.

Daddy Long LegsDaddy Long Legs
(new on CD)
Cast recording of Rubicon (California) production of John Caird/Paul Gordon musical. Robert Adelman Hancock and Megan McGinnis. CD, mp3 and sound clips available at CD Baby.

Departure LoungeDeparture Lounge
(new on CD) Departure Lounge (Original London Cast Recording) - Various Artists
Original cast recording of the first full London production of Dougal Irvine's award-winning musical comedy. Chris Fountain, Verity Rushworth, Harry Hepple, Liam Tamne and Steven Webb. Had been available in the UK - now available at CD Baby

Elaine Paige and FriendsElaine Paige and Friends
(Warner Bros UK - new on import CD)
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New duets album produced by the legendary Phil Ramone. Paige performs classic covers with Barry Manilow, Billy Ocean, Dionne Warwick, Idina Menzel, John Barrowman, Johnny Mathis, Jon Secada, LeAnn Rimes, Michael Bolton, Neil Sedaka, Olivia Newton-John and Paul Anka. Plus a brand new track written by Gary Barlow and Tim Rice called "It's Only Life," featuring Sinead O’Connor. To be released in the UK on November: ordering at Amazon UK and Dress Circle

Hollywood Singing & Dancing The SeriesHollywood Singing & Dancing: The Series
(Great Musical Treasures - 7 DVD set)
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The seven-part series in one set. Each part previously released alone.

Hunting of the SnarkHunting of the Snark
(new import CD/region 2 DVD set)
Composer Michael Batt. Studio cast of Roger Daltrey, Justin Hayward, John Hurt, Billy Connolly, Julian Lennon, Captain Sensible, Deniece Williams, Migde Ure. The DVD is from the Royal Albert Hall concert on April Fool's Day 1987. A London production opened at Prince Edward Theatre in 1991. Previously available as part of the Mike Batt Music Cube. Also available at Dress Circle. Audio recording also available on iTunes.

James Barbour: A Gift of ChristmasJames Barbour: A Gift of Christmas
(Treehouse Entertainment - on CD/mp3/iTunesA Gift of Christmas - James Barbour
Two track album: "Oh Holy Night" and "Twas the Night Before Christmas." Produced and arranged by Peter Wolf. Released December 2009.

Favorites in StereoJeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Gale Sherwood: Favorites in Stereo
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
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First time on CD. Studio album of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy solos and duets, plus Nelson Eddy and Gale Sherwood album of popular songs, hits from musicals and operetta standards. 24 tracks.

Luke Kennedy OverexposedLuke Kennedy - Overexposed
(new on CD)
Debut album for Australian musical theatre performer and member of the Ten Tenors group. "Human Nature," "What's Love Got To Do With It," "Instant Karma," "Drift Away," "Call Me," "Lost In The Wilderness," "Gethsemane" (live), "Shadowland" (live), plus Bonus Track "What's Love Got To Do With It" (ballad version). Available at Middle Eight Music.

Memphis Vocal SelectionsMemphis: Piano/Vocal Selections (Melody in the Piano Part)
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Songbook of new Broadway musical score by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan. 15 songs: "Ain't Nothin' but a Kiss," "Big Love," "Change Don't Come Easy," "Colored Women," "Love Will Stand When All Else Falls," "Make Me Stronger," "Memphis Lives in Me," "Music of My Soul," "Radio," "Say a Prayer," "She's My Sister," "Someday," "Stand Up," "Steal Your Rock 'N Roll," "Underground."

Midnight FrolicMidnight Frolic: The Broadway Music of Louis A. Hirsch
(New World Records - new on CDMidnight Frolic – The BroadwayTheater Music of Louis A. Hirsch - Paragon Ragtime Orchestra & Rick Benjamin
Seventeen previously unrecorded pieces from Jouis A. Hirsch, who wrote eighteen musicals and revues between 1911-1924, whose productions featured Al Jolson, Will Rogers, W.C. Fields, and Mae West. Colte Julian, baritone; Bernadette Boerckel, soprano; The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Rick Benjamin, director. "Overture to the Ziegfeld Follies of 1915," "Was There Ever a Night Like This?," "Hello Frisco!—The Transcontinental Telephone Song," "’Neath the South Sea Moon," "My Rainbow Girl & The Alimony Blues," "My Home Town," "Any Old Time At All," "Mary," "When I Hear a Syncopated Tune," "Selections from Mary," "Cupid’s Lane," "The Wedding Glide," "Wildflower: An Indian Intermezzo," "List’ning on Some Radio," "The Love Nest," "Highlights from Going Up," "The Ziegfeld One Step."

Mutiny!Mutiny!
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
Original London cast recording of Richard Crane score. Opened at Piccadilly Theatre in July 1985. Debut on CD, with all tracks digitally remastered from the master tapes. David Essex, Frank Finlay, Sinitta, Neville Jason, David Oakley, Simon Packham, Anthony Johncock, Patrick Clancy, Nicola Blackman, Frank Olegario. Produced with the assistance and cooperation of David Essex and The Mel Bush Organisation. Available at Stage Door Records for £10.99 including shipping to the U.S..

Once Upon a Mattress and Ali Bab and the 40 Thieves 40Once Upon A Mattress (OLC) / Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves 40
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
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Mary Rodgers' and Marshall Barer's Once Upon a Mattress OLC album with tracks in show order for the first time, with Max Wall, Thelma Ruby and Jane Connell. Also, the concept album for Rodgers' Ali Babs and the 40 Thieves 40 narrated and sung by Bing Crosby with lyrics by Sammy Cahn. 27 tracks.

Score: the Hockey Musical SoundtrackScore: A Hockey Musical
(new on CD)
Soundtrack for 2010 Canadian comedy-drama musical film, written and directed by Michael McGowan, featuring Noah Reid, Allie MacDonald, Olivia Newton-John, Marc Jordan, Nelly Furtado. Includes "Hugs" performed and written by Olivia Newton-John with Olivia Newton-John, Amy Sky and Marc Jordan.

Stomp Boxed SetStomp The Ultimate Collection
(Well Go USA - on 3 DVDs)
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All of Stomp's DVDs from over the years which includes Stomp Out Loud, Stomp Live and Pulse a Stomp Odyssey.

Sunday Night at the PaladiumSunday Night at the London Palladium
(Network UK - new Region 3 DVD set)
From 1955, Sunday Night at the London Palladium established itself as one of the weekly televisual highlights for the British viewing public. This DVD set released to celebrate the London Palladium's centenary contains some of the best of what remains in the archives for the original run from the 1950s and '60s, with hosts including Tommy Trinder, Bruce Forsyth and Hughie Green. Also special two-hander show from December 1961 that featured only Norman Wisdom and Bruce Forsyth, with some of the remaining shows from the 1970s revival. Beryl Reid, Adam Faith playing with the John Barry Seven, Bobby Darin, Pinky & Perky, Sarah Vaughan, Freddie and the Dreamers, Mario Lanza, Larry Grayson, Jim Dale, Paul Anka, Rod Hull and Emu, Ted Rogers, Sacha Distel, Cliff Richard, Bob Monkhouse, Clodagh Rodgers and many more [to include London cast of The Most Happy Fella from a 1960 program]. Special Features: 3 December 1961 - special strike edition featuring Norman Wisdom and Bruce Forsyth; 6 January 1974 - due to a bomb scare on the evening of transmission this edition was never broadcast and is presented here for first time; Extensive image galleries featuring pictures of performers from shows that no longer exist, including Pete and Dud, The Beatles, Judy Garland (including her final performance in 1969), Frankie Howerd, Morecambe and Wise, Sammy Davis Jr., The Supremes and many behind-the-scenes images. Available at Amazon UK and Dress Circle.

Toxic Avenger SongbookToxic Avenger: Piano/Vocal Selections (Melody in the Piano Part)
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book
Vocal selections from the musical adaptation which opened at New World Stages in Manhattan in April 2009 and ran until January 2010. Joe DiPietro and David Bryan.


November 2, 2010

Anne Steele: Strings AttachedAnne Steele: Strings Attached
(PS Classics - new on CDStrings Attached - Anne Steele
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MAC-nominated singer and member of vocal group Tipping the Velvet. Unconfirmed track list: "Don't Stop Me Now," "If It Kills Me," "Tennessee Waltz," "Don't Think Twice," "Indiana," "I Want You Back," "It Might Be You," "Here, There and Everywhere," "Toxic/Mercy," "Move On," "Father and Son," "Speechless," "Sober," "Fooled Around and Fell in Love/My Foolish Heart," "Falling Down," "Smile."

Bing Crosby CollectionThe Bing Crosby Collection
(Universal - 3 DVD set)
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College Humor (1933; Jack Oakie, Richard Arlen, Burns and Allen); Here Is My Heart (1934; Kitty Carlisle, Roland Young, Alison Skipworth); We're Not Dressing (1934; Ethel Merman, Burns and Allen, Ray Milland, Leon Errol); Mississippi (1935; W.C. Fields, Joan Bennett, Gail Patrick, Queenie Smith, songs by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart); Sing You Sinners (1936; Fred MacMurray, Donald O'Connor, Ellen Drew, includes Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser's "Small Fry"); Welcome Stranger (1947; Joan Culfield, Barry Fitzgerald, Wandra Hendrix, Percy Kilbride, songs by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke).

101 Greatest Shows UpdatedBroadway Musicals: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time - Revised and Updated
(Black Dog & Leventhal - Hardcover Book)
Fully updated edition by authors Frank Vlastnik and Ken Bloom now includes an expanded Off-Broadway section. Fully updated edition by authors Frank Vlastnik and Ken Bloom. Now includes several shows not in the original hardcover edition, such as Avenue Q, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Wicked. An expanded off-Broadway section showcases shows such as I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change and Little Mary Sunshine.

Carols for a Cure Vol 12Broadway's Carols for a Cure, Volume 12
(Rock-It-Science - new on CD)
Cast members sing for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The Addams Family), "It’s Chanukah," (American Idiot), "Do You Hear What I Hear," (Billy Elliot), "Another Geordie Christmas," (Broadway Strings), "Christmas Lullaby," (Elf), "The First Noel," (My Fair Lady (The Engeman Theater) "Joy to the World," (In the Heights), "¡Vengan!," (Jersey Boys), "Tu Scendi d'alle Stelle," (La Cage Aux Folles), "We Need a Little Christmas/The Best of Times," (The Lion King), "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," (A Little Night Music), "Jul, Jul Stralande Jul," (Mamma Mia!), "O Holy Night," (Mary Poppins), "Pat-a-Pan," (Memphis), "The Carol of the Bells," (Million Dollar Quartet), "Run Rudolph Run!," (Next to Normal), "What Child is This?," (The Phantom of the Opera), "Noel Nouvelet," (Rock of Ages), "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," (Rosie’s Broadway Kids), "Keep On Singin'," (West Side Story), "O Come All Ye Faithful," (Wicked), "Here We Go ..." plus "Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel" (Promises, Promises) and "Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas (written and sung by Joey Curatolo, who plays Paul McCartney in Rain). Music director Rob Bowman. Produced by Lynn Pinto, engineered by Andros Rodriguez. ordering at BroadwayCares.org or by calling (212) 840-0770, ext. 250.

Bryn's ChristmasBryn's Christmas
(Deutsche Grammophon - new on 2 CDs)
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Carols and Christmas songs. 1 CD plus Welsh bonus disc.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Blu-RayChitty Chitty Bang Bang
(20th Century Fox - new on Blu-Ray & DVD set)
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1968 film with Sherman Brothers songs. Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes. Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack.

David Campbell: On BroadwayDavid Campbell: On Broadway
(Masterworks - new on CD)
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 On Broadway - David CampbellU.S. release of Australian musical theatre performer's fourth studio album. Produced by Rob Fisher and Bill Elliott, and recorded with a 40-piece orchestra at East West Studios, Los Angeles in January 2010. "Overture," "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "When I Get My Name In Lights," "Hey There," "Hello, Dolly!," "Bring Him Home," "Being Alive," "All I Care About," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "Proud Lady," "Luck Be A Lady," "What Kind Of Fool Am I?," "Goodbye" (Catch Me If You Can), "Some Other Time." Accompanying documentary appeared on Australian TV.

Free For AllFree for All: Joe Papp, The Public, and the Greatest Theater Story Ever Told
(Doubleday - Paperback Book)
By Kenneth Turan and Joseph Papp. Paperback versin of 2009 history of the New York Shakespeare Festival and the Public Theater - two institutions that under the inspired leadership of Joseph Papp have been a premier source of revolutionary and enduring American theater. Turan interviewed some 160 luminaries-including George C. Scott, Meryl Streep, Mike Nichols, Kevin Kline, James Earl Jones, David Rabe, Jerry Stiller, Tommy Lee Jones, and Wallace Shawn. He weaves their voices into a rich tale of creativity, conflict, and achievement. At the center ... the larger-than-life figure of Joseph Papp reigns supreme.

George GershwinGeorge Gershwin (Yale Broadway Masters Series)
(Yale Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
Author Larry Starr focuses fresh attention on George Gershwin’s Broadway contributions and examines their centrality to the composer’s entire career ... and considers Gershwin's musical language, his compositions for the concert hall, and his movie scores for Hollywood in the light of his Broadway experience.

Hair: The StoryHair: The Story of the Show that Defined a Generation
(Running Press - Hardcover Book)
By Eric Grode. The official history of the pioneering rock musical Hair, including dozens of interviews with the writers, cast members and creative teams from the original production as well as the current Broadway revival.

In the Next RoomIn the Next Room (or the vibrator play)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Sarah Ruhl play, on Broadway in 2009-10 season.

Jasper Kump: RealJasper Kump: Real
(new mp3 album)
5-song EP from vocalist Jasper Kump. Available at CD Baby.

Kay ThompsonKay Thompson: From Funny Face to Eloise
(Simon and Schuster - Hardcover Book)
By Sam Irvin."... an effervescent toast to show business with a shot of Auntie Mame and a twist of The Devil Wears Prada ... A multi-threat entertainer and a world-class eccentric, Kay Thompson was the mentor/best friend of Judy Garland, the vocal guru for Frank Sinatra and Lena Horne, and the godmother/Svengali of Liza Minnelli ... She went to school with Tennessee Williams, auditioned for Henry Ford, got her first big break from Bing Crosby, trained Marilyn Monroe, channeled Elvis Presley, rejected Andy Warhol, rebuffed Federico Fellini, got fired by Howard Hughes, and snubbed Donald Trump. "

Leonard Bernstein at WorkLeonard Bernstein at Work: His Final Years, 1984-1990
(Amadeus Press - Hardcover Book)
Steve J. Sherman's photographic essay of Leonard Bernstein during the last six years of his life. Approximately 200 black-and-white photographs, most previously unpublished, taken on and off stage during 20 different events or concerts, along with personal comments and remembrances from over 50 of his colleagues, friends, and relatives. Foreword by Lauren Bacall, preface by Jamie Bernstein and introduction by James M. Keller (Leonard Bernstein scholar-in-residence at the New York Philharmonic). 256 pages.

Love On a Summer AfternoonLove on a Summer Afternoon: Songs of Sam Davis
(PS Classics - new on CDLove On A Summer Afternoon: Songs of Sam Davis - Various Artists
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Michael Arden, Tituss Burgess, Danny Burstein, Kevin Chamberlin, Will Chase, Jason Danieley, Malcolm Gets, Edward Hibbert, David Hyde Pierce, Christopher Sieber and Bobby Steggert. Unconfirmed track list: "Goodbye to Boston," "Land of the Dead," "Invested in You," "Greenwich Time," "Love and Real Estate," "Everything," "Brief Candle," "Love Is a Chance You Take," "The Boy He Wanted," "Old Blue Sweater," "Love on a Summer Afternoon," "A Kilt Is Not a Dress," "I Dream a World,," "The Cookie Boy." Also ordering at PSClassics.com for early shipping.

Music Inspirec by For Colored GirlsMusic From And Inspired By The Original Motion Picture 'For Colored Girls'
(Atlantic - new on CD)
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Musical companion for the upcoming Tyler Perry film which has been adapted from Ntozake Shange's 1975 Obie & Tony Award-winning play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf. Features all new and unreleased music from such artists as Nina Simone, Gladys Knight, Leona Lewis, Estelle, Laura Izibor, Macy Gray, Janelle Monae and Lalah Hathaway. The soundtrack sets the many stories of struggle told within the film's chore poem to music to reflect women's ongoing battle with love, abandonment and the finding of self.

One From the HartOne from the Hart
(Pocket - Hardcover Book)
A memoir by Stefanie Powers.

PassionPassion: Vocal Selections, Revised Edition
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Newly edited, with new music engravings, added songs, articles and photos. Includes: "Flashback," "Happiness," "I Read," "I Wish I Could Forget You," "Is This What You Call Love?," "Love like Ours," "Loving You," "No One Has Ever Loved Me," "They Hear Drums."

Peter AllenPeter Allen's Making Every Moment Count
(Masterworks Broadway - new at iTunes/mp3Making Every Moment Count - Peter Allen
"Tonight You Made My Day," "Making Every Moment Count," "When I Get My Name In Lights," "Nobody Can Break Us Up," "I Could Marry The Rain," "See You In The Springtime," "So Much Depends On Love Today," "Why Not?," "I Couldn't Have Done It Without You," "Love Don't Need A Reason"

Promises. PromisesPromises, Promises: The Musical Comedy- Piano/Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
New songbook for the Broadway revival. All new, digital engravings. "A Fact Can Be a Beautiful Thing," "Half as Big as Life," "A House Is Not a Home," "I Say a Little Prayer," "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," "Knowing When to Leave," "Promises, Promises," "She Likes Basketball," "Upstairs," "Wanting Things," "Whoever You Are, I Love You," "You’ll Think of Someone."

Rhyming DictionaryRhyming Dictionary: A Pocket Reference Guide for All Writers
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
The most contemporary rhyming dictionary on the market. Features more than 30,000 words encompassing standard vocabulary, proper nouns, popular expressions and more, all organized cross-phonetically to maximize word choice. Ideal for singer-songwriters, writers and poets, serious or recreational, pro or amateur.

Scot Albertson VibinationScot Albertson: Vibination
(new on CD)
Scot Albertson's fifth album. "Put On A Happy Face," "Incurably Romantic," "I Can't Escape From You," "A Waltz From Somewhere," "Solitary Moon," "Miss Manhattan Won't You Marry Me," "It Wasn't The Stars That Thrilled Me," "Dream Awhile," "At The Club Savoy," "Love Story," "Three Coins In The Fountain / I Have Dreamed (a medley)," "Honey Chile (Honey Child)," "Be Warmer This Winter." Available at CD Baby.

Shirley Jones Touch of ChristmasShirley Jones: Touch Of Christmas
(Encore - new on CD/mp3A
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Shirley Jones sings holiday favorites. "It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "Silent Night," "Let it Snow," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "Silver Bells," "Baby It's Cold Outside" (duet with Tony Orlando), "O Holy Night," "The Christmas Song," "Edelweiss," "Winter Wonderland," "A Touch of Christmas," "White Christmas." Notes at Amazon indicate CD is copy-protected.

Sound of MusicSound of Music 45th Anniversary DVD/Blu-Ray Set
(20th Century Fox - new Blu-Ray/DVD set)
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Remastered 1965 film featuring. Score by Rodgers & Hammerstein. Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack. Includes BD-LIVE: Live Lookup™ (powered by IMDb®) and Your Favorite Things: An Interactive Celebration — All-New Immersive Viewing Experience with Behind-the-Scenes Images, On-Screen Lyrics, Trivia Track and Location Quiz; Music Machine Sing-Along; Audio Commentaries with Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and Director Robert Wise; Musical Stages: Creating The Sound of Music — All-New Interactive "Backlot Tour" with In-Depth Featurettes on the Songs, the Stage Show & Movie, the Film and Sound Restoration and the Real-Life von Trapp Family; A City of Song — Virtual Map of Filming Locations in Salzburg, Austria; Vintage Rodgers & Hammerstein and The Sound of Music Programs; for the very first time in home entertainment format, the full-length documentary, "Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of American Music", hosted by Mary Martin; Screen Tests, Rare Treasures, Interviews, Photo Galleries; Feature Film In Standard Definition; Optional Sing-Along Track; Music Machine Sing-Along; The Sound of Music Tour – A Living Story.

Sound of Music DeluxeSound of Music Limited Edition Collector's Set
(20th Century Fox - new Blu-Ray set)
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Remastered 1965 film. Includes an exclusive hand-painted Music Box; 100-page Scrapbook; 45th Anniversary Soundtrack; Snapshots from Salzburg; reproduction of the original 1965 Souvenir program; exclusive "My Favorite Things" Music Box with letter of authenticity; BD-LIVE: Live Lookup™ (powered by IMDb®) and Your Favorite Things: An Interactive Celebration — All-New Immersive Viewing Experience with Behind-the-Scenes Images, On-Screen Lyrics, Trivia Track and Location Quiz; Music Machine Sing-Along; Audio Commentaries with Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and Director Robert Wise; Musical Stages: Creating The Sound of Music — All-New Interactive "Backlot Tour" with In-Depth Featurettes on the Songs, the Stage Show & Movie, the Film and Sound Restoration and the Real-Life von Trapp Family; A City of Song — Virtual Map of Filming Locations in Salzburg, Austria; Vintage Rodgers & Hammerstein and The Sound of Music Programs; for the very first time in home entertainment format, the full-length documentary, "Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of American Music", hosted by Mary Martin; Screen Tests, Rare Treasures, Interviews, Photo Galleries; Feature Film In Standard Definition; Optional Sing-Along Track; Music Machine Sing-Along; The Sound of Music Tour – A Living Story.

Sound of Music 45th AnniversaryThe Sound of Music - 45th Anniversary Edition Soundtrack
(Sony Legacy - on CD)
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With bonus track: "My Favorite Things" (by Lea Michele).

TCM Greatest - Astaire & RogersTCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: Astaire & Rogers
(Turner Home Ent - on 2 DVDs)
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The Gay Divorcee (1934), Shall We Dance (1937), Swing Time (1936), and Top Hat (1935). Extras: shorts Show Kids and Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove; cartoon Shake Your Powder Puff, audio-only bonus Hollywood on the Air radio promo; Shall We Dance commentary by Hugh Martin and pianist Kevin Cole, featurette The Music of Shall We Dance, musical short Sheik to Sheik cartoon Toy Town Hall; Swing Time commentary by John Mueller, featurette The Swing of Things: Swing Time Step by Step, musical short Hotel a la Swing, cartoon Bingo Crosbyana, Top Hat commentary by Ava Astaire McKenzie and film historian Larry Billman, featurette On Top: Inside the Success of Top Hat, comedy short Watch the Birdie with Bob Hope, cartoon Page Miss Glory, trailers.

TCM Busby Berkeley CollectionTCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: Busby Berkeley
(Turner Home Ent - on 2 DVDs)
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42nd Street, Footlight Parade, Dames, Gold Diggers Of 1937. DISC 1: three shorts: Harry Warren: America’s Foremost Composer, Hollywood Newsreel, A Trip Through a Hollywood Studio; Notes on Busby Berkleley; historical short: The Romance of Louisiana, cartoons Plenty of Money and You, Speaking of the Weather; two excerpts from 1929’s Gold Diggers of Broadway. DISC 2: featurette Footlight Parade: Music for the Decades, shorts Rambing ’Round Radio Row #8, Vaudeville Reel #1; cartoons Honeymoon Hotel, Young and Healthy; featurette Busby Berkeley's Kaleidoscopic Eyes; shorts And She Learned About Dames, Good Morning, Eve, Melody Master: Don Redman and His Orchestra; cartoons I Only Have Eyes for You, Those Beautiful Dames; audio-only bonus: Direct from Hollywood radio promo; trailers.

What I Wanna Be When I Grow UpWhat I Wanna Be When I Grow Up - The Songs of Scott Alan
(Billy-Boo Records - new on CDWhat I Wanna Be When I Grow Up - The Songs of Scott Alan - Various Artists
3rd album of songs by Scott Alan. Christiane Noll, Willemijn Verkaik, Christopher Sieber, Darius de Haas, Nikki Renée Daniels, Bobby Steggert, Laura Osnes, Patina Miller, Zak Resnick, Morgan James, Diana Degarmo, Cassie Mcivor, Crystal Monee Hall. Jesse Vargas is arranger, orchestrator, conductor and co-producer. CD available at CD Baby and iTunes.

White Christmas Blu-RayWhite Christmas Blu-Ray
(Paramount - new on Blu-Ray)
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1954 musical film featuring songs by Irving Berlin. Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen. 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack (along with the original mono). Special features: commentary by Rosemary Clooney; Backstage Stories from White Christmas (in HD); Rosemary's Old Kentucky Home (in HD)l Bing Crosby: Christmas Crooner (in HD); Danny Kaye: Joy to the World (in HD); Irving Berlin's White Christmas (in HD); White Christmas: From Page to Stage (in HD); White Christmas: A Look Back with Rosemary Clooney; two theatrical trailers (in HD).


October 26, 2010

BlessingBlessing: Cheyenne Jackson and Scott Alan
(Billy Boo Records - on mp3Blessing
Cheyenne Jackson, sings Scott Alan's song "Blessing." All proceeds from the single will go to two incredible youth oriented G.L.B.T. Organizations: The Trevor Project and the Hetrick-Martin Institute. Also available, an instrumental version. Also at CD Baby. Released May 2010.

Celebrate Broadway 5Celebrate Broadway Vol. 5: Hello Young Lovers
(Masterworks - new at iTunes/mp3Celebrate
Make Believe" (Showboat, Franz Allers, Barbara Cook, Stephen Douglass), "The Human Heart" (Once On This Island, Steve Marzullo, Andrea Fierson), "My Cup Runneth Over" (I Do! I Do!, Mary Martin, Robert Preston, John Lesko), "It's Never That Easy / I've Been Here Before, Sally Mayes, Lynne Wintersteller), "Who Can I Turn To" (When Nobody Needs Me)" (The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd, Herbert Grossman, Anthony Newley" (When Nobody Needs Me)" (The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd)), "Love Can't Happen" (Grand Hotel, Brent Barrett, Randy Booth), "I Still Get Jealous" (High Button Shoes, Paul Gemignani, Jason Alexander, Faith Prince), "Merrily We Roll Along: Not a Day Goes By Ann Morrison), "In Buddy's Eyes" (Follies, Paul Gemignani, Barbara Cook), "I Know Him So Well" (Chess, Marcia Mitzman, Judy Kuhn), "Easy To Be Hard" (Hair, Lynn Kellogg, Galt MacDermot), "I Don't Remember You/Sometimes a Day Goes By" (And the World Goes Round, David Loud, Jim Walton, Bob Cuccioli), "My True Love" (Phantom, Jonathan Tunick, Glory Crampton).

Dreamgirls Revival SongbookDreamgirls Revival: Piano/Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
"Move (You're Stepping on My Heart)," "Fake Your Way to the Top," "Cadillac Car," "Steppin' to the Bad Side," "I Want You, Baby," "Family," "Dream Girls," "Heavy," "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," "What Love Can Do," "I Am Changing," "When I First Saw You (You Are My Dream)," "Ain't No Party," "One Night Only," "Listen," "Hard to Say Goodbye, My Love." 16 songs, totaling 128 pages, and new artwork.

Evening PrimroseEvening Primrose
(E1 Entertainment - new on DVD)
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1966 musical teleplay by James Goldman from from John Collier short story, with a score by Stephen Sondheim. Anthony Perkins, Dorothy Stickney, Larry Gates, Charmian Carr. Extras: newly recorded video interview with director Paul Bogart, newly recorded audio interview with Charmain Carr, Paul Bogart's full color test footage with Anthony Perkins, 28-page booklet with contributions by Stephen Sondheim and Jane Klain of the Paley Center for Media.

Finishing the HatFinishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes
(Knopf - Hardcover Book)
By Stephen Sondheim. Along with the lyrics for all of Sondheim's productions from 1954 to 1981 ... he tells us what he's learned from his failures as well as his successes; and dissects many songs, sometimes line by line, to outline his thought process and the decisions that go into the verses ... discusses his predecessors, his contemporaries, and analyzes his own work, offering rules, sins and wisdom on lyric writing. This book will also contain behind-the-scenes photographs from each production and many personal photographs of Sondheim with his contemporaries and collaborators. 400 pages.

And Furthermore - Judi DenchAnd Furthermore: Judi Dench
(W&N - Hardcover/Audiobook)
Memoir by Judi Dench. Available now in the U.K., February 2011 in the U.S.

Porgy and BessThe Gershwins' Porgy and Bess: The 75th Anniversary Celebration
(Amadeus Press - Hardcover Book)
By Robin Thompson, foreword by Marc Gershwin. Lavishly illustrated 75th anniversary volume, created with the participation of the Gershwin estate. Recounts the history of Porgy and Bess through the various interpretations of the work and the many layers of meaning to be found in the story. Unique, rarely seen archival photographs and documents associated with the production. Commemorates this uniquely American blending of musical, ethnic, and creative styles and the people, the performers, and the times that produced it.

The HammersteinsThe Hammersteins: First Family of American Theater
(Black Dog & Leventhal - New Book)
By Oscar Andrew Hammerstein III. The story of one of Broadway's most creative and productive families. ... a multi-layered portrait of the Hammerstein legacy, complete with personal and professional highlights, as well as the scandals and tragedies. The book also draws heavily upon the family archives, presenting a rich collection of photographs, theatre blueprints, letters, programs, patents, and more, much of which has never been seen before.

Hugh Martin: The Boy Next DoorHugh Martin: The Boy Next Door
(Trolley Press - Hardcover Book)
Autobiography by Hugh Martin, now 96 years old. A "jaunt through the Golden Era of Broadway and the MGM musicals." Martin reveals some secrets that only he could know: the truth about his so-called collaboration with Ralph Blane, his addiction to the drugs of the infamous Dr. Feelgood, Max Jacobson, how he was instrumental in giving Gene Kelly the opportunity to show Broadway that he was a great choreographer in addition to already being a great performer, and what it was really like to be part of the MGM "Dream Factory." 416 pages.

A Little Night Music ScoreA Little Night Music: Vocal Score, Revised
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Completely new edition, based on the composer's piano/vocal manuscript sources and features all music in clean new engravings.

Passing ByPassing By: Songs by Jake Heggie
(Avie - new on CD)
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Collection of new songs performed by international vocalists. "Songs that tell stories about now and then." Jake Heggie (operas Dead Man Walking, Moby Dick, Three Decembers, The End of the Affair) music with lyrics and poetry by A.E. Housman, Terrence McNally ("Final Monologue from Master Class"), and Rainer Maria Rilke. Susan Graham, Zheng Cao, Frederica von Slade, Paul Groves, Joyce DiDonato, Isabel Bayrakdarian. Released 9/14/10.

Slings & ArrowsSlings & Arrows: The Complete Collection
(Acorn Media - new on 6 Blu-Ray Discs)
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CBC series about a Shakespeare theatre company. Paul Gross, Don McKellar, Mark McKinney, Oliver Dennis. Three exclusive episode commentaries by the stars, writers, and director (Season 1/Episode 1 commentary with Bob Martin, Mark McKinney, and Susan Coyne; Season 2/Episode 6 commentary with Graham Harley and Michael Polley; and Season 3/Episode 6 commentary with Paul Gross and Martha Burns and director Peter Wellington); behind-the-scenes featurette; cast and crew interviews; backstage footage; bloopers; deleted and extended scenes; photo galleries; production notes; trailers; song lyrics.


October 19, 2010

The Actors' ToolboxThe Actor's Ultimate Toolbox: Duo! The Best Scenes for the '90s and Duo! The Best Scenes for Two for the 21st Century
(Applause - Paperback Book)
These two volumes offer a full spectrum of scenes from the '90s and the 2000s. Each scene has a synopsis of the play, character descriptions and notes on how to propel the scene to full power! Includes: Angles in America, Burn This, Lettice and Lovage, Driving Miss Daisy, Other People's Money, M. Butterfly, August: Osage County, George and Martha, Intimate Apparel, Take Me Out, and Water Music. 1076 pages.

Avenue Q CompleteAvenue Q: The Musical: The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical
(Applause - Paperback Book)
The Applause Libretto Library Series Each title presents a Broadway musical with fresh packaging in a 6 x 9 trade paperback format. Each Complete Book and Lyrics is approved by the writers and attractively designed with color photo inserts from the Broadway production. All titles include introduction and foreword by renowned Broadway musical experts.

Becky's New Car
(Dramatist's Play Service - Paperback Book)
Play by Steven Dietz.

Betty BuckleyBetty Buckley: Bootleg Boardmixes From the Road
(Practical Magic Productions - new at iTunesBootleg:
Tracks from live performances Buckley has offered around the country. "Honest Emotion" (new song by Michael McDonald), "Falling in Love," "Ghost in This House," "On the 4th of July," "Bye Bye Country Boy," "Stormy Blues," "Straighten Up and Fly Right," "It Might as Well Be Spring" and "Blue Skies." Available in disc form at Town Hall performances.

Chasing the DayChasing the Day
(Sh-K-Boom - new on CDChasing
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Stephanie J. Block, Matt Doyle, Katie Rose Clarke, Alex Brightman, Morgan James, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Adam Kantor, Josh Lamon, Carrie Manolakos, and John Eric Parker sing songs written by Will Van Dyke (Pages: A New Musical, The Girls I've LIKE Liked, Where The Blue Grass Grows, The Grass Is Always Greener: A Song Cycle; also a musician/music director on Broadway and tours). Produced by Dominick Amendum and Van Dyke.

Christmas Carol the ConcertA Christmas Carol: The Concert
(Newport Classic - new on CDBob
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Classic Dickens tale with a new score by Bob Christianson (Too Hot To Handel) and Alisa Hauser. Merwin Foard as Scrooge, Lawrence Clayton as Cratchit, Tony winner Chuck Cooper as Ghost of Christmas Present and Marley, Daniel Reichard as Fred and Ghost of Christmas Past, and Sean Palmer as Young Scrooge. Full symphony orchestra, a rock/pop rhythm section, choir, a narrator and three soloists.

Eric Jordan YoungEric Jordan Young: Once in a Lifetime
(new on CDOnce
Debut solo album from Eric Jordan Young (Sammy & Me, Ragtime, Dessa Rose). "The Birth of the Blues," "Once In a Lifetime," "Where or When," "Hey There," "That Old Black Magic," "The Candy Man," "Mr Bojangles," "Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow," "I Want to Be With You," "I've Gotta Be Me," "The Shelter of Your Arms," "What Kind of Fool Am I?". CD available at www.ericjordanyoung.com/once-in-a-lifetime/.

Fierce and TrueFierce and True: Plays for Teen Audiences
(Univ Of Minnesota Press - Hardcover/Paperback Book)
Peter Brosius and Elissa Adams, Editors. Collection of four plays that Minneapolis' Children's Theatre Company CTC commissioned and produced plays aimed at a twelve- to eighteen-year-old audience. Anon(ymous) by Naomi Iizuka, The Lost Boys of Sudan by Lonnie Carter, Five Fingers of Funk by Will Power, and Prom by Whit MacLaughlin and New Paradise Laboratories.

Rocky Horror Glee ShowGlee: The Music, The Rocky Horror Glee Show
(Columbia - new on CDGlee:
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First CD from the second season of FOX's hit show. Paying homage to Richard O'Brien's cult musical masterpiece, the Glee cast injects their distinctive style to such Rocky Horror Show classics as "Time Warp," "Damn it," "Janet" and "Touch A Touch A Touch A Touch Me."

Gruesome PlaygroundGruesome Playground Injuries; Animals Out of Paper; Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo: Three Plays
(Soft Skull Press - Paperback Book)
Three plays by Rajiv Joseph (Whiting Writers Award winner), including the Pulitzer Prize finalist Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.

It Gets BetterIt Gets Better: Broadway Sings for The Trevor Project
(new on iTunesIt
Song written by Jay Kuo and Blair Shepard. Proceeds to benefit the Trevor Project.

Parade - Jack DonahueJack Donahue: Parade - Live in New York City
(Two Maples Music - new on CDParade
Recorded live at Birdland in New York City. Features award-winning jazz vocalist Jack Donahue performing songs by Jimmy Webb, Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, the Gershwins, Jay Leonhart, and Jerry Herman. Available at CD Baby.

Jennifer SheehanJennifer Sheehan: You Made Me Love You - Celebrating 100 Years of the Great American Songbook
(new on CD)
"All the Things You Are," "Some of These Days," "You Made Me Love You," "In the Still of the Night," "How Long Has This Been Going On?," "Do You Miss Me?," "If You Hadn't, But You Did," "I'll Be Seeing You," "Take Me to the World/Take the Moment," "Two for the Road/What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?," "When October Goes," "I Can't Be New," "Movie of My Life," "What'll I Do?/Unexpressed," "Some Enchanted Evening/Fable," "Love is Here to Stay." Available at CD Baby.

Swingin' From the HipIsabel Rose: Swingin' From the Hip
(Jubilee Recording Company - new on CD) Swingin'
Actress and writer (tour Six Degrees of Separation, film Anything But Love, novel/musical The J.A.P. Chronicles. "Aquarius," "Lovely Day," "I Enjoy Being A Girl," "Temptation," "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," "Haven't We Met," "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me," "I Only Wanna Be With You," "Boy Wanted," "On The Street Where You Live," "Thirteen Men," "Ac-cent-tchu- ate the Positive," "The Best Is Yet To Come." Produced by Julian Fleisher with arrangements by Jeff Klitz. CD available at www.isabelrose.com.

Jerry Hadley Golden DaysJerry Hadley: Golden Days - Tenor hits from the Golden Age of Operetta
(Masterworks - new at iTunesGolden
"Song Of The Vagabonds/Stouthearted Men," "I'm Falling In Love With Someone," "The Streets Of New York," "Neapolitan Love Song," "The Desert Song/One Alone," "Every Day Is Ladies' Day With Me," "Donkey Serenade," "Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise," "Drinking Song," "When You're Away," "I Love To Go Swimmin' With Wimmin" (with Tony Randall), "I Might Be Your 'Once-in-a-While'," "Marianne," "Serenade," "Indian Summer," "When I Grow Too Old To Dream," "Gypsy Love Song," "Golden Days" (with Mario Lanza).

The Lemon Drop KidThe Lemon Drop Kid
(Shout - on DVD)
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1951 Bob Hope film, which introduced the song "Silver Bells."

Michael Feinstein's American SongbookMichael Feinstein's American Songbook DVD
(PBS Home Video - new on 2 DVDs)
2010 PBS series. Three one-hour episodes plus a two-hour bonus disk with additional live performances by Feinstein and rare archival footage of Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Lena Horne, Rosemary Clooney, Nat King Cole, and more. Order at ShopPBS.org

Moulin Rouge Blu-RayMoulin Rouge
(Fox Home Entertainment - new Blu-Ray with DVD set)
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2001 musical film directed by Baz Luhrmann. Ewan McGregor, Nicole Kidman, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, David Wenham, Kylie Minogue, Richard Roxburgh, Natalie Mendoza.

Off Broadway Songbook 2nd EditionThe Off-Broadway Songbook 2nd Edition
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
50 songs from Off-Broadway hits, including Altar Boyz, tick tick...Boom!, Floyd Collins The Last Five Years, The Fantasticks, Songs for a New World, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, [title of show], The Wild Party, and many more. Songs include:"Always a Bridesmaid," "Branded a Tramp," "Come to Your Senses," "Everybody Fits," "Happiness," "How Glory Goes," "I Hate Musicals," "If We Only Have Love (Quand on N'a Que L'amour)," "The Picture in the Hall," "Real Life," "So Many People," "Soon It's Gonna Rain," "Stars and the Moon," "Still Hurting," "30/90," "What More Do I Need?." and more.

Pins and NeedlesPins and Needles
(Masterworks - new at iTunesPins
Studio recording of Harold Rome revue. Featuring Barbra Streisand.

Rocky Horror Blu-RayRocky Horror Picture Show 35th Anniversary
(20th Century Fox - new on Blu-Ray)
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1975 film. Special features expected.

Sony Masterworks classic film scores remastered and reissued: Casablanca, Captain From Castile, Captain Blood, Lost Horizon, Gone With the Wind, The Sea Hawk.

Taking My TurnTaking My Turn
(150 Music - on CDTaking
Reissue of 1983 Off-Broadway cast recording. Gary William Friedman and Will Holt score. Marni Nixon, Margaret Whiting, Tiger Haynes, Cissy Houston, Mace Barrett, Ted Thurston, and Sheila Smith.

Theater of WarTheater of War
(Kino - new on DVD)
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Behind-the-scenes look at the 2006 Public Theater production of Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children. Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Tony Kushner, George C. Wolf. Includes commentary from Michael Moore.

West Side Story on FilmWest Side Story: Music on Film Series
(Limelight Editions - Paperback Book)
Barry Monush explores not only the stage origins of the piece, but the impact of the movie version and how it became a touchstone for all subsequent generations interested in dance on film and in great filmmaking in general.

What Makes Sammy Run?What Makes Sammy Run?
(Masterworks Broadway/Arkiv - new on CD-R/iTunesWhat
Grammy-nominated original cast recording. Remastered using the original stereo master. Steve Lawrence, Robert Alda and Sally Ann Howes. Ervin Drake score with orchestrations by Don Walker. Conducted by Lehman Engel. CD with liner notes available on demand at Arkiv Music.


October 12, 2010

Broadway Bares OpeningsBroadway Bares Openings
(Yellow Sound Label - new on mp3/iTunesOpenings
13 original opening numbers from BC/EFA's popular annual burlesque show, sung by the stars who debuted them on the Broadway Bares stage. Songwriters include Gary Adler and Laura Kenyon, Jeff Bowen, Andrew Lippa, David Nehls, and Mark Shaiman and Scott Wittman. "The Best Game In Town," (Euan Morton), "Click It!," (Heidi Blickenstaff and Mo Rocca), "Wonderland," (Tituss Burgess and Mary Birdsong), "Nothin' Really Thrills Me Anymore.," (Leslie Kritzer), "The New York Strip," (Sara Gettelfinger), "Doctor's Orders," (Shoshana Bean), "Coming Attraction," (Christopher Sieber), "Burlesque is Back," (Jane Krakowski), "Comic Strip," (Julia Murney), "Ride With Me," (Anika Larsen), "Peep Show," (Debbie Gravitte), "The Barest Show On Earth," (Andrew Lippa), "Grin And Bare It," (Lillias White). CD version available at http:www.BroadwayBares.com. All proceeds go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Celebrate Broadway 4Celebrate Broadway Vol. 4: Overtures
(Masterworks - new at iTunesCelebrate
Carousel, Finian's Rainbow, Follies, The Roar Of The Greasepaint (The Smell Of The Crowd), Hello, Dolly!, The Boy Friend, Peter Pan, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, Merrily We Roll Along, The King And I, Mack & Mabel, Gypsy.

Great Songs of BroadwayGreat Songs of Broadway Songbook Revised
(Cherry Lane Music - Paperback Book)
Updated with 54 hits, including "And All That Jazz," "Dulcinea," "Edelweiss," "Getting to Know You," "The Impossible Dream," "Mame," "On the Street Where You Live," "People," "This Is the Moment," "Try to Remember," "When You're Good to Mama" and more. Complete songlist at MusicDispatch.com.

Laurette TaylorLaurette Taylor, American Stage Legend
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
By Lynn Kear. Offers fascinating new insights into the life and craft of Laurette Taylor. Included is a short play written by the actress, entitled The Dying Wife. 286 pages.

Love, Loss and What I Wore
(Dramatist's Play Service - Paperback Book)
Play by Nora Ephron.

Les Miserable Live 25th AnniversaryLes Miserables - Live! - Dream the Dream
(First Night - new on 2 CDsLes
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2010 UK 25th anniversary tour cast recording. Madalena Alberto, Ashley Artus, Earl Carpenter, Gareth Gates, Katie Hall, Rosalind James, John Owen Jones, David Lawrence, Jon Robyns, Lynne Wilmot. Previously released in the UK: Available at Dress Circle and Amazon UK.

Noel Coward ReaderThe Noël Coward Reader
(Knopf - Hardcover Book)
Edited by Barry Day. Foreword by Cameron Mackintosh. Includes scenes from The Vortex, Blithe Spirit, Private Lives, and Design for Living and his film screenplays, Brief Encounter and the previously unpublished script for In Which We Serve; from his only published novel, Pomp and Circumstance; four of his best short stories; his verse; the lyrics of many Coward songs. 624 pages.

Out of the BlueOut of the Blue
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
1994 London cast recording of Shunn-Ichi Tokura and Paul Sand. First commercial release. Meredith Braun, Greg Ellis, James Graeme, Michael McCarthy and Simon Burke. Sleeve notes by Shun Tokura. Full colour 8-page booklet. Available at StageDoorRecords.com.

Scottsboro BoysThe Scottsboro Boys
(JAY Records - new on CDThe
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2010 Off-Broadway musical cast recording. Kander & Ebb score. Vineyard cast Sean Bradford, Josh Breckenridge, Derrick Cobey, John Cullum, Brandon Victor Dixon, Colman Domingo, Rodney Hicks, Kendrick Jones, Forrest McClendon, Julius Thomas III, Sharon Washington, Cody Ryan Wise, and Christian Dante White. Orchestrations by Larry Hochman, music direction and vocal arrangements by David Loud and music arrangements by Glen Kelly. Conducted by Paul Masse. Recorded 4/23/10.

Songs of Fran LandesmanShepley Metcalf: Something Irresistible: Songs of Fran Landesman + Simon Wallace
(new on CD/mp3/iTunesSomething
Boston-based singer performs new songs by the American expatriate lyricist Fran Landesman, written with jazz composer Simon Wallace. 15 songs performed for the first time ever on these shores. Released 3/23/10.

Kritzerland SugarSugar
(Kritzerland Records - new on 2 CDs)
Remastered 1972 original cast album. Music by Jule Styne; Lyrics by Bob Merrill. Robert Morse, Tony Roberts, Elaine Joyce, and Cyril Ritchard. Includes an alternate new mix along with the original album mix. Limited release of 1,000 copies. Orders placed at Kritzerland.com will ship one to five weeks early.


October 5, 2010

Break of NoonThe Break of Noon: A Play
(Soft Skull Press - Paperback Book)
Neil LaBute play to debut this year at MCC.

AnnieAnnie: The Broadway Musical (30th Anniversary Production)
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(Time Life - on CD)
24-track version of previously released tour cast recording.

Celebrate Broadway 3Celebrate Broadway Vol. 3: Lullaby of Broadway
(Masterworks - new at iTunesCelebrate
"Lullaby of Broadway," "Broadway Baby," "Be a Performer!," "All I Need Is the Girl," "Opening Doors," "One Step," "Hello, Dolly!," "Life upon the Wicked Stage," "I Want to Go to Hollywood," "Stereophonic Sound," "Comedy Tonight," "La Cage aux Folles," "Cabaret," "There's No Business Like Show Business."

Have Yourself a Movie  Little ChristmasHave Yourself a Movie Little Christmas
(Limelight Editions - Paperback Book)
Film critic Alonso Duralde highlights the best and worst movies of the Yuletide season. Plot synopses, video availability, and fun facts.

Putting it On Putting It On: The West End Theatre of Michael Codron
(Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd - Hardcover Book-Import)
By Alan Strachan. About producer Michael Codron. Also available from Amazon UK and Dress Circle.

Sondheim on Music 2nd EditionSondheim on Music- 2nd Edition
(Scarecrow Press - Hardcover Book)
By Mark Eden Horowitz. Where the first edition focused particularly on six shows (Passion, Assassins, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd, and Pacific Overtures), the second edition presents a new chapter that discusses Sondheim's entire career. Several shows that were not discussed previously are explored here, as well as thoughts about the recent film adaptation of Sweeney Todd. The book also features an entire chapter on Bounce, the previous incarnation of his latest musical, Road Show. In addition to Sondheim's list of "Songs I Wish I'd Written," the Songlisting and Discography has been greatly expanded and updated to include all works composed and recorded over the last six years.

SupernovaSupernova The Musical
(new on 3 CDs)
Concept cast recording. The story of a girl who found love and became an Internet singing sensation. Score by Mark Carroll (The Attic). Alison Jiear, Krysten Cummings, Ben Evans, Stuart Milligan, Dawn Spence, Julia Worsley, Lucy Williamson, Paul Iveson, Jon Boydon, Charlie Bull, Michael Conway, Michelle Francis, Jye Frasca, Lucinda Gill, Tim Howar, Mark Isherwood, Tee Jaye, Joseph Prouse, Golda Rosheuvel, Jayde Westaby, James Winter. Available for at Dress Circle

Year Without Santa Clause Blu-RayThe Year Without a Santa Claus
(Warner Home Video - new on 2 Blu-Ray discs)
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1974 television stop-motion animated special. Voices include Shirley Booth, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, George S. Irving. Original music by Maury Laws. Directed by Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.


September 28, 2010

Addams Family SongbookThe Addams Family: Piano/Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. Piano/vocal arrangements (with melody in the piano part) for musical numbers from the Tony Award-nominated show. "Crazier Than You," "Happy Sad," "In the Arms," "Just Around the Corner," "Let's Not Talk About Anything Else but Love," "Live Before We Die," "Morticia," "One Normal Night," "Pulled," "The Moon and Me," "Waiting," "What If," "When You're an Addams."

Addams Family Songbook wtih pianoThe Addams Family: Vocal Selections (Vocal Line with Piano Accompaniment)
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Vocal arrangements with piano accompaniment from Tony-nominated score by Andrew Lippa. "Crazier Than You," "Happy Sad," "In the Arms," "Just Around the Corner," "Let's Not Talk About Anything Else but Love," "Live Before We Die," "Morticia," "One Normal Night," "Pulled," "The Moon and Me," "Waiting," "What If," "When You're an Addams."

After Miss Julie
(Dramatist's Play Service - Paperback Book)
Play by Patrick Marber, a new version of a world classic. Relocates August Strindberg's Miss Julie (1888) to an English country house in July 1945. Presented on Broadway at American Airlines Theatre in 2009.

Andre PrevinAndre Previn: A Bridge Between Two Worlds
(Naxos - new on DVD)
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Documentary portrait of Previn's fascinating musicianship and also looks candidly at his private life, including his relations with his two ex-wives, Mia Farrow and Anne-Sophie Mutter. Bonus: Mozart's Piano Quartets K. 478 and K 493 with Andre Previn at the keyboard.

Anthems: Kerry EllisAnthems: Kerry Ellis
(Decca - new on CDAnthems
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UK musical theatre performer (Oliver!, Wicked, We Will Rock You) debut album. "Dangerland," "Anthem," "I Can`t Be Your Friend," "Defying Gravity," "I`m Not That Girl," "You Have To Be There," "Love It When You Call," "Save Me," "Diamonds Are Forever," "No-One But You (Only The Good Die Young)," "Things That Glitter." US release.

Beautiful and the DamnedBeautiful And Damned
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
Les Reed and Roger Cook concept recording of show based on the life of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. Lorna Bannon, Carole Cook, Roger Cook, Katie Humble, Les Reed. Previously unreleased. Bonus: three exclusive live recordings from The London Cast featuring Michael Praed and Helen Anker, recorded live at the Lyric Theatre. Full colour 16-page booklet. Available for at StageDoorRecords.com.

This Beautiful City
(Dramatist's Play Service - Paperback Book)
Steven Cosson and Jim Lewis (Book), Michael Friedman (music and lyrics). Libretto for award-winning musical presented in 2009 at the Vineyard Theatre.

Broke-ology
(Dramatist's Play Service - Paperback Book)
Play by Nathan Louis Jackson (Off-Broadway for Lincoln Center Theatre in 2009).

La Cage aux Folles RevivalLa Cage aux Folles Revival Cast Recording
(PS Classics - new on CDLa
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New Broadway revival cast recording of Jerry Herman score. Kelsey Grammer, Douglas Hodge, Fred Applegate, Veanne Cox, Chris Hoch, Elena Shaddow, A.J. Shively, Christine Andreas, Robin De Jesús, Dale Hensley, Heather Lindell, Caitlin Mundth, Bill Nolte, David Nathan Perlow, Cheryl Stern, Nick Adams, Christophe Caballero, Sean A. Carmon, Nicholas Cunningham, Sean Patrick Doyle, Logan Keslar, Todd Lattimore, Terry Lavell. Recorded August 5 and 6. Shipping now from PSClassics.com.

Circle Mirror Transformation
(Dramatist's Play Service - Paperback Book)
Annie Baker's award-winning play presented at Peter Jay Sharp Theater for Playwrights Horizons in 2009.

Clear Blue TuesdayClear Blue Tuesday
(Sh-K-Boom - new on CDClear
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Soundtrack for rock musical film. Music by Quentin Chiappetta. Becca Ayers, Julie Danao, Vedant Gokhale, Robi Hager, Erin Hill, Cassandra Kubinski, Brother Love, Greg Naughton, Jan O'Dell, Jeremy Schonfeld, Asa Somers.

The Entertainment Sourcebook 2011The Entertainment Sourcebook 2011
(Applause - Paperback Book)
ATAC (The Association of Theatrical Artists and Craftspeople). Nearly 5,000 company entries from across the country. Insider's guide to finding any item imaginable, be it a Civil War saber, an animal to rent, authentic Amish clothing, 19th-century chandeliers, crystal and glassware, or plumbing supplies and fixtures. The Sourcebook is useful for anyone planning an event, even a wedding, and it's indispensable for those who work in theatre, film, television, opera, and print, with more website listings than ever before.

Fly Me to the Moon Feinstein NegriFly Me to the Moon: Michael Feinstein with Joe Negri
(DuckHole Records - new on CDFly
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Released in conjunction with Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook the primetime PBS-TV reality/documentary series, which starts airing nationally on Wednesday, October 6. "So in Love," "Meditation," "Fly Me to the Moon," "I Wish I Knew," "Blame My Absent Minded Heart," "Mist Is Over the Moon, A," "Serenata," "Why Shouldn't I," "One Love in My Life," "This Time the Dream's on Me," "Man and His Dream, A," "While My Lady Sleeps," "Lonely Town," "It Could Happen to You."

The Guest ListThe Guest List: How Manhattan Defined American Sophistication---from the Algonquin Round Table to Truman Capote's Ball
(St. Martin's Press - Hardcover Book)
By Ethan Mordden. From the 1920s to the early 1960s, Manhattan was America's beacon of sophistication. From the theatres of Broadway to the lobby of the Algonquin Hotel to tables at the Stork Club, intelligence and wit were the twinned coins of the realm. Alexander Woollcott, Irving Berlin, Edna Ferber, Arturo Toscanini, Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter, Dorothy Parker, Truman Capote, the Lunts and Helen Hayes presided over the town. Their books, plays, performances, speeches, dinner parties, masked balls, loves, hates, likes and dislikes became the aspirations of a nation. If you wanted to be sophisticated, you played by Manhattan's rules. If you didn't, you simply weren't on the guest list. The Heartland rebelled against Manhattan's dictum, but never prevailed. In this lively cultural history, Mordden chronicles the city's most powerful and influential era.

The Legendary Bing CrosbyThe Legendary Bing Crosby
(Infinity - new on DVD)
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First seen on public television. Bing performs solo and in duets with superstar colleagues. These memorable performances from TV specials Bing headlined between 1945 and 1977 haven't been seen since their original broadcasts. Full song performances by Bing blend seamlessly with unique insight from Kathryn Crosby, Mary Crosby, Michael Feinstein, Leonard Maltin, Regis Philbin and Andy Williams.

Miles to BabylonMiles to Babylon: A Play in Two Acts
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
Ann Harson play about Eugene O'Neill's mother, Ella.

One Night With Fanny BriceOne Night With Fanny Brice
(Original Cast Records - new on CD)
Premiere recording of Chip Deffaa's new musical play about legendary entertainer Fanny Brice, with Kimberly Faye Greenberg singing songs Brice made famous, like "Rose of Washington Square," "My Man" and "Second-Hand Rose." Available, with track list, at CD Baby. 24 tracks.

GoyaPlacido Domingo – Maury Yeston’s Goya
(Masterworks - New Digital DownloadGoya...A
"Overture/Espana," "The Astounding Romantic Adventures Of Goya/In The Middle Of The 18th Century," "Girl With A Smile," "Till I Loved You," "Picture It," "I Will Paint Sounds," "Viva Espana," "Once A Time (I Loved You)," "I Stand Alone," "Dog In The Quicksand," "Moving On," "Bon Soir," "Finale," "Hasta Amarte (Till I Loved You)."

Playbill Yearbook 6thThe Playbill Broadway Yearbook: June 2009 to May 2010: Sixth Annual Edition
(Applause - Hardcover Book)
Robert Viagas. The sixth edition is packed with photos and memorabilia from the entire 2009-2010 Broadway season. Chapters on all 73 Broadway shows that ran during the season. Headshots of all the actors who appeared in Playbill, photos of producers, writers, designers, stage managers, stagehands, musicians - even the ushers. This year's roster is expected to top 10,000 names. A wealth of photos from Broadway insider events, including "Gypsy of the Year," "Broadway Bares," and the annual Broadway League softball championship. Show correspondents report on things that only those who worked backstage would know: opening night presents, who got the Gypsy Robe, daily rituals, celebrity visits, favorite health tips and regimens, memorable ad-libs, etc. Correspondents range from dressers and stage doormen to stage managers, dancers, featured players, and, in some cases, the star of the show.

Playing for TimePlaying for Time
(Olive Films - new on DVD)
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1980 made-for-TV movie starring Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Alexander, Viveca Lindfors, Christine Baranski, and Marisa Berenson. Screenplay by Arthur Miller. Directed by Daniel Mann.

London Sound of MusicSound of Music
(Pet Sounds International - new on Import CD)
1981 London cast recording, first time on CD. John Bennett, Honor Blackman, June Bronhill, Petula Clark, Michael Jayston. Brings together all of Rodgers and Hammerstein´s original songs - the first time for a stage production. "Preludium," "The Sound of Music," "Maria," "A Bell Is No Bell," "I Have Confidence," "Do-Re-Mi," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen," "My Favourite Things," "The Lonely Goatherd," "How Can Love Survive?," "So Long, Farewell," "Climb Every Mountain," "Something Good," "Wedding Sequence, Maria" (Reprise), "Do-re-mi" (Reprise), "Edelweiss," "So Long, Farewell" (Reprise), "Climb Every Mountain" (Reprise) plus two bonus tracks from the original Epic single issued to promote the stage show.: "Edelweiss: and "Darkness." Available directly from Amazon UK and Dress Circle.

Squirrel Seeks ChipmunkSquirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary
(Little, Brown and Co - Hardcover Book)
New collection of animal-themed tales by David Sedaris (In "The Toad, the Turtle, and the Duck," three strangers commiserate about animal bureaucracy while waiting in a complaint line. In "Hello Kitty," a cynical feline struggles to sit through his prison-mandated AA meetings. In "The Squirrel and the Chipmunk," a pair of star-crossed lovers is separated by prejudiced family members.) Illustrations by Ian Falconer.

Ron MoodyA Still Untitled, Not Quite Autobiography
(JR Books Ltd. - Hardcover Book-Import)
By Ron Moody (Oliver!). Available for at Amazon UK and Dress Circle.

The Temperamentals
(Dramatist's Play Service - Paperback Book)
Jon Marans' award-winning play that chronicles the founding of the Mattachine Society, the first sustained LGBT rights organization in the United States, and the love affair of two of its founding members, Harry Hay (Thomas Jay Ryan) and Rudi Gernreich. Premiered at the Barrow Group Studio Theater in April, 2009.

Yankee Tavern
(Dramatist's Play Service - Paperback Book)
Steven Dietz play.


September 21, 2010

Billy Barnes' L.A.Billy Barnes' L.A.
(Kritzerland - on CD)
Original cast album, music and lyrics by Billy Barnes and Bob Rodgers. Joyce Jameson, Ken Berry, Steve Franken, Tom Hatten, Marlyn Mason, and Sylvia Lewis. Newly restored. Includes bonus tracks from a live show at Studio One, in West Hollywood with Billy Barnes and Marvin Laird were at twin pianos singing an updated (to then) "L.A. Is," "The Hollywood Museum," "Unemployment Line," "Ambivalent," "Show Biz Is My Life." Limited release of 1,000 copies. CDs ordered from Kritzerland.com will ship early.

Bloody Bloddy Andrew JacksonBloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
(Ghostlight Records - new on CDBloody
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Off-Broadway cast recording. River Aguirre, James Barry, Michael Crane, Michael Dunn, Greg Hildreth, Jeff Hiller, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, Maria Elena Ramirez, Kate Cullen Roberts, Ben Steinfeld, Benjamin Walker, Colleen Werthmann and Emily Young. Michael Friedman score. Justin Levine, Music Director. Produced by Kurt Deutsch and Dean Sharenow. "Populism, Yea, Yea!," "I'm Not That Guy," "Oh, Andrew Jackson," "Illness As Metaphor," "I'm So That Guy," "Ten Little Indians," "The Corrupt Bargain," "Rock Star," "The Great Compromise," "Public Life," "Crisis Averted," "The Saddest Song," "Second Nature," "The Hunters of Kentucky." Recorded 4/26/10.

Celebrate Broadway Vol 2Celebrate Broadway Vol. 2: You Gotta Get A Gimmick
(Masterworks - New Digital DownloadCelebrate
"I've Got Your Number," "Step to the Rear," "I Cain't Say No," "Mama Will Provide," "Kingston Market: Matilda Matilda," "Chicken Is He," "The Dream," "Lizzie Borden," "Arthur in the Afternoon," "0Your Feet's Too Big," "Crossword Puzzle," "A Well Known Fact," "Shuffle Off to Buffalo," "Siberia," "Another Wedding Song," "So Long Dearie," "A Little More Mascara," "You Gotta Have a Gimmick."

Christine Ebersole Sings Noewl CowardChristine Ebersole Sings Noel Coward
(Ghostlight Records - new on CDChristine
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Inspired by Ebersole's appearance in Blithe Spirit. "Someday I'll Find You," "Any Little Fish/It's Only You," "You Were There," "A Room With A View," "Chase Me Charlie," "Matelot/Come The Wild, Wild Weather," "I'll Follow My Secret Heart," "World Weary," "If Love Were All," "Mad About The Boy," "Never Again/Sail Away," "The Dream Is Over," "When My Ship Comes Home," "I'll See You Again." Musical director Larry Yurman.

Liza ConfessionsLiza Minnelli: Confessions
(Decca - new on CDConfessions
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Liza with piano accompaniment. "Confession," "You Fascinate Me So," "All the Way," "I Hadn't Anyone 'Til You," "This Heart of Mine," "I Got Lost in His Arms," "Remind Me," "Close Your Eyes," "He's a Tramp," "I Must Have That Man," "On Such a Night as This," "Moments Like This," "If I Had You," "At Last."

Glee the Music, Complete Season OneGlee: The Music, The Complete Season One
(20th Century Fox - new on iTunesGlee:
All of the music used in season one of the hit Fox musical series. Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, Dianna Agron, Mark Salling, Jenna Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale and more, in addition to guest star turns by musical vets including Jonathan Groff, Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Neil Patrick Harris and Olivia Newton-John. 100 tracks.

Home: Jane MonheitHome: Jane Monheit
(Emarcy/Universal Records - new on CD) Home
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The singer's ode to the golden age of the jazz standard. "A Shine On Your Shoes," "There's A Small Hotel," "This Is Always," "Tonight You Belong To Me," "Look For The Silver Lining," "I'll Be Around," "Everything I've Got Belongs To You," "It's Only Smoke," "The Eagle and Me," "I Didn't Know About You/All Too Soon," "Isn't It A Lovely Day" and "While We're Young." With Michael Kanan (piano), Neal Miner on bass and Rick Montalbano on drums, plus guest artists John Pizzarelli (vocals and guitar), Peter Eldridge (vocals), Frank Vignola (guitar), Joe Magnarelli (trumpet and flugelhorn), Mark O'Connor (violin) and Larry Goldings (piano).

Mark Nadler.Mark Nadler: Beyond Words: Lyrics of Ira Gershwin
(Karen Lotman Productions - new on CDBeyond
Mark Nadler.

Les Miserable Live 25th AnniversaryLes Miserables - Live! - Dream the Dream
(First Night - new on 2 import CDs)
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2010 UK 25th anniversary tour cast recording. Madalena Alberto, Ashley Artus, Earl Carpenter, Gareth Gates, Katie Hall, Rosalind James, John Owen Jones, David Lawrence, Jon Robyns, Lynne Wilmot. Import in U.S.; available directly from the UK at Dress Circle and Amazon UK.

Ordinary DaysOrdinary Days OC recording
(Ghostlight - new on CDOrdinary
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Score by Adam Gwon. Hunter Foster, Lisa Brescia, Kate Wetherhead and Jared Gertner.

The Playwright as ThinkerThe Playwright As Thinker: A Study of Drama in Modern Times, Fourth Edition
(Univ of Minnesota Press - Paperback Book)
By Eric Bentley. First published in 1946, The Playwright as Thinker is a classic work of drama criticism that helped create the intellectual environment in which serious American theater would thrive in the second half of the twentieth century. Focusing on the canonic playwrights Strindberg, Ibsen, Pirandello, Sartre, and Brecht, Bentley viewed the playwright as thinker, and his survey of over 150 years of dramatic art provided, in essence, an intellectual history of Europe. This edition not only contains the original, long-suppressed foreword, in which Bentley lambastes the climate of Broadway at the time, but also the author's 1987 afterword.

Porgy and BessPorgy and Bess
(RCA - on 3 CDs)
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Live recording of the 2009 Graz Festival in Austria concert. Conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Jonathan Lemalu (Porgy), Isabelle Kabatu (Bess), Angela Renée Simpson, Bibiana Nwobilo, Roberta Alexander, Gregg Baker, Rodney Clarke, Michael Forest, Previn Moore, Arnold Schoenberg Chor. Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Life of Sarah BernhardtSarah: The Life of Sarah Bernhardt (Jewish Lives)
(Yale Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Robert Gottlieb. The first English-language biography of Bernhardt to appear in decades. Tracks the trajectory through which an illegitimate—and scandalous—daughter of a courtesan transformed herself into the most famous actress who ever lived, and into a national icon, a symbol of France.

SanssouciSony Holland: Sanssouci
(Van Hess - new on CDSanssouci
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"My Foolish Heart," "Curiosity," "Those Dancing Days Are Gone," "Sanssouci," "What A Difference A Day Made," "Little Tune," "When I Find You," "Les Feuilles Mortes," "You Don't Know What Love Is," "Your Always With Somebody New," "Too Many Beautiful Girls," "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," "My Romance."

Things to RuinThings to Ruin: The Songs of Joe Iconis
(Ghostlight Records - new at iTunes/Amazon mp3Things
Collection of songs by Kleban and Larson Award Winner Joe Iconis (writer of musicals The Black Suits and Bloodsong of Love). Theatrical rock concert about human beings who are messy, emotional, drugged up, knocked down, inspired, electric and who don't have nearly enough time to cause the kind of commotion they so desperately need to. Directed by John Simpkins. Performed by Nick Blaemire, Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Badia Farha, Sarah Glendening, Eric William Morris, Lance Rubin, Jason "SweetTooth" Williams and Joe Iconis, with a four-piece band led by Joe himself. Recorded February 28, 2010 at MSR Studios, NYC.


September 14, 2010

Elisabeth Winthers: No RegretElisabeth Withers: No Regrets
(Purpose Music/Koch - new on CDNo
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Tony-nominated singer/actress/songwriter (The Color Purple),

Follow That GirlFollow That Girl
(Sepia - new on CDFollow That Girl (Original London Cast) - Various Artists, Julian Slade & Dorothy Reynolds
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1960 OLC recording. Julian Slade score. Susan Hampshire, Peter Gilmore, Patricia Routledge, James Cairncross. Bonus tracks include a pop version of the title song and cut songs from the show, plus production images.

Glee Complete Season 1Glee: The Complete First Season
(20th Century Fox - new on 7 DVDs/4 Blu-Rays)
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Jane Lynch, Jessalyn Gilsig, Jayma Mays, Cory Monteith, Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Matthew J. Morrison, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Jenna Ushkowitz. Complete first season with extras: Welcome to McKinley!; Glee Music Video; Full Length Audition Pieces; Fox Movie Channel Presents Casting Session; Deconstructing Glee with Ryan Murphy; Dance Boot Camp; Jane Lynch A to Glee; Meet Jane Lynch; 5 Things you don't know about Jayma; 7 Things you don't know about Cory; 6 Things you don't know about Amber; 7 Things you don't know about Chris; Video Diaries; and all extras listed for Vol. 2. Widescreen. Individual episodes also available on Amazon Video On Demand.

Glee Season 1 Vol 2Glee: Season One, Vol. 2
(20th Century Fox - new on 3 DVDs)
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Second half of Season 1 plus extras: Glee Music Juke Box; Glee Sing-Along Karaoke; Staying in Step With Glee; Sue's Corner; Bite Their Style: Dress Like Your Favorite Gleek; Behind the Scenes of the Madonna Episode; Making of a Showstopper. Widescreen.

Hallelujah BroadwayHallelujah Broadway
(EMI/Manhattan Records - new on CDHallelujah
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Expanded version of PBS special featuring concert recorded February 8 in Prague. "Prepare Ye The Way Of the Lord," "Oh What A Beautiful Mornin'," "I'll Be Seeing You," "Gold," "Somewhere," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Electricity," "Hallelujah Broadway," "Godspell Medley," "Seasons of Love," "What I Did For Love," "Bring Him Home," "Anthem," "Sunday," "For Good," "Someone Like You," "You'll Never Walk Alone."

Hallelujah BroadwayHallelujah Broadway
(EMI/Manhattan Records - new on DVD)
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PBS special featuring concert recorded February 8 in Prague. Linda Eder, Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, Anthony Kearns, Prague Filmharmonic Orchestra and Choir. The title song, "Hallelujah Broadway," was specially commissioned for the concert. Tony Gregory directs. Musical direction by Gavin Murphy.

Swingin' From the HipIsabel Rose: Swingin' From the Hip
(Jubilee Recording Company - new on iTunesSwingin'
Actress and writer (tour Six Degrees of Separation, film Anything But Love, novel/musical The J.A.P. Chronicles. "Aquarius," "Lovely Day," "I Enjoy Being A Girl," "Temptation," "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," "Haven't We Met," "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me," "I Only Wanna Be With You," "Boy Wanted," "On The Street Where You Live," "Thirteen Men," "Ac-cent-tchu- ate the Positive," "The Best Is Yet To Come." Produced by Julian Fleisher with arrangements by Jeff Klitz. CD release date October 19.

Julie and Carol LiveJulie and Carol Live at Carnegie Hall
(Masterworks - new at iTunesJulie
"No Mozart Tonight," "You're So London," "Oh Dear What Can The Matter Be," "From Russia: The Nausiev Ballet," "Meantime," "From Switzerland: The Pratt Family," "History Of Musical Comedy," "From Texas: Big "D", Album Artwork.

Make a Wish Make A Wish - Original Broadway Cast
(Sony Masterworks - new on CD-R/Digital DownloadMake
1951 OBC recording of Hugh Martin score. Dean Campbell, Stephen Douglass, Nanette Fabray, Helen Gallagher, Harold Lang. Also includes a rare cover version of a song from the score: Judy Holliday's 1958 recording of "What I Was Warned About." First digital recording from using the original RCA Victor masters. To be available as a digital download through all major digital service providers and as disc-on-demand from Arkiv Music

Make Me an OfferMake Me an Offer
(Sepia - new on CD)
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1959 OLC recording. Daniel Massey, Dilys Laye, Diana Coupland, Sheila Hancock. David Heneker and Monty Norman score. First time on CD. Bonus tracks include excerpts from a live TV broadcast of the show. Extensive liner notes written by Monty Norman, who has also contributed photographs from his private archive.

Millicent Martin SingsMillicent Martin Sings
(Sepia - new on CDMillicent Martin Sings - Millicent Martin
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Millicent Martin's debut solo album, recording in the late 1950s. 20 tracks.

Most Happy FellaMost Happy Fella
(Sepia - new on CD/mp3The Most Happy Fella - Various Artists
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1960 OLC recording plus five bonus tracks from the show sung by Edmund Hockridge. IniaTe Wiata, Helena Scott, Art Lund.

Patti LuPone: A MemoirPatti LuPone: A Memoir
( Random House Audio; Unabridged edition - Audio Book)
Read by Patti LuPone. Memoir and retrospective of LuPone's career-defining turns, both on Broadway and abroad, in Evita, Les Misérables, Anything Goes, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, and Gypsy. Nearly 100 photographs, including an 8-page four-color insert, and illuminating details about the life of a working actor, from inspired costars and demanding directors to her distinct perspective on how she developed and honed her Tony Award–winning performances. 210 pages. Click here to hear a clip.

Patti LuPone: A MemoirPatti LuPone: A Memoir
(Harmony - Hardcover Book)
Memoir and retrospective of LuPone's career-defining turns, both on Broadway and abroad, in Evita, Les Misérables, Anything Goes, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, and Gypsy. Nearly 100 photographs, including an 8-page four-color insert, and illuminating details about the life of a working actor, from inspired costars and demanding directors to her distinct perspective on how she developed and honed her Tony Award–winning performances. 210 pages.

Pirates of PenzancePirates of Penzance
(NBC/Universal - new on DVD)
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1983 film version with Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, George Rose, Rex Smith and Angela Lansbury. Remastered anamorphic widescreen.

Saint JoanSaint Joan
(Kritzerland Records - new on CD)
Soundtrack of Otto Preminger's 1957 film of George Bernard Shaw's play, composed and conducted by Mischa Spoliansky. Limited release of 1,000. Orders placed through Kritzerland.com will ship early.

Seussical the Musical TheatreworksSeussical
(JAY Records - new on CDSeussical
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2007 TheatreworksUSA junior version cast recording of Ahrens & Flaherty score. Kelly Felthous, Brian Michael Hoffman, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Willie Lee-Williams, Amelia Morgan-Rothschild, Ben Tostado, Josh Walden, Shorey Walker, Michael Wartella, Ellen Zolezzi with full orchestra. 33 tracks. Available now at iTunes.


September 7, 2010

Albee in PerformanceAlbee in Performance
(Indiana Univ Press - Paperback/Hardcover Book)
By Rakesh H. Solomon. Details Albee's directorial vision and how that vision animates his plays. Solomon reveals how Albee has shaped his plays in performance, the attention he pays to each aspect of theater, and how his conception of the key plays he has directed has evolved over a five-decade career ... the major works, from The American Dream and Zoo Story to Albee's best-known work, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, as well as to later plays such as Marriage Play and Three Tall Women. Also includes interviews with Albee and his collaborators on all aspects of staging, from rehearsal to performance. 320 pages.

Another Openin' Another ShowAnother Openin’ Another Show
(Masterworks - New Digital Download) Another
Broadway overtures conducted by Lehman Engel. Bloomer Girl, On The Town, Finian's Rainbow, Kiss Me, Kate, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Call Me Madam, Wonderful Town, Can-Can, Silk Stockings, L'il Abner, Bells Are Ringing, Goldilocks, Album Artwork.

Anthems: Kerry EllisAnthems: Kerry Ellis
(Decca - new on CD)
UK musical theatre performer (Oliver!, Wicked, We Will Rock You) debut album. Dangerland," "Anthem," "I Can`t Be Your Friend," "Defying Gravity," "I`m Not That Girl," "You Have To Be There," "Love It When You Call," "Save Me," "Diamonds Are Forever," "No-One But You (Only The Good Die Young)," "Things That Glitter." Available at Dress Circle and Amazon UK. US release September 28.

Broadway Musicals Hit and FlopBroadway Musicals: The Biggest Hit and the Biggest Flop of the Season - 1959 to 2009
(Applause - Paperback Book)
Peter Filichia Peter Filichia takes a look at 100 shows that met either the most glorious or the most ignominious fates.

Marriage Music and MayhemConnie Pachl & Jim Conant: Music, Marriage & Mayhem
(new on CD)
Award-winning vocalist Connie Pachl sings an eclectic selection of fresh song arrangements by guitarist/husband Jim Conant. "Ain't Misbehavin'," "I Will ," "I Don't Know Enough About You," "The Same Moon," "You Alone," "The Best Is Yet To Come," "Peel Me A Grape," "My Blue Heaven," "Sleepy Man," "My Funny Valentine," "Same Kind of Crazy," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "Bourree," "If Not For You," "Forever Young," "Who Cares?" Available at CD Baby.

when Pride Still MatteredWhen Pride Still Mattered: Lombardi: the Classic That Inspired the Broadway Play
(Simon & Schuster - Paperback Book)
Pulitzer Prize winner David Maraniss' biography of football great Vince Lombardi, the basis for Lombardi, coming to Broadway in fall 2010.

TommyTommy, the Movie
(Sony - new on Blu-Ray)
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1975 musical film. Score by The Who. Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Roger Daltry, Elton John, Eric Clapton, John Entwistle, Tina Turner, Keith Moon, Paul Nicholas, Jack Nicholson.


August 31, 2010

Broadway MenBroadway Men Sheet Music Playlist: Piano/Vocal
(Alfred Publishing - Paperback Book)
Dozens of piano/vocal arrangements of songs specially selected for male singers who love musical theatre, and includes pieces from Spring Awakening, Pippin, Hairspray, Chicago, and many more. Titles: All I Need Is the Girl" (from Gypsy), "All That's Known" (Spring Awakening), "Alone in the Universe" (Seussical), "Anyone Can Whistle" (Anyone Can Whistle), "Central Park" (See What I Wanna See), "C'est Moi" (Camelot), "Comedy Tonight" (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), "Corner of the Sky" (Pippin), and many more (full list of songs available at Amazon).

Broadway WomenBroadway Women Sheet Music Playlist: Piano/Vocal
(Alfred Publishing - Paperback Book)
For singers and pianists who love musical theatre, this deluxe collection of more than 200 pages of sheet music is a treasure trove of material for study, auditions, performances, and sing-along fun. Compiled especially for female singers, this book's more than 30 songs represent over a half-century of repertoire, from Broadway's golden age to the cutting edge. "And All That Jazz" ( Chicago), "Anytime" (I Am There), " (Make Me a Song), "Caution to the Wind" (Striking 12), "Daisy's Confession" (Adding Machine), "Don't Rain on My Parade" (Funny Girl), "Easy to Be Hard" (Hair), "Everything's Coming Up Roses" (Gypsy), "Frank Mills" (Hair), "Here's Where I Stand" (Camp), "Hernando's Hideaway" (The Pajama Game), "Home" (The Wiz), "How Could I Ever Know" (The Secret Garden), "I Just Want to Be a Star" (Nunsense), "I Miss the Mountains" (Next to Normal), "I Speak Six Languages" (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), "If You Hadn't But You Did" (Two on the Aisle), "Look to the Rainbow" (Finian's Rainbow), "Mama Who Bore Me" (Spring Awakening), "Nothing to Lose" (But Your Heart), " ( Liz Callaway's album Passage of Time), "Notice Me, Horton" (Seussical), "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" (A Tale of Two Cities), "Over the Rainbow" (The Wizard of Oz), "Remember Me" (Little Fish), "See What I Wanna See" (See What I Wanna See), "So in Love" (Kiss Me, Kate), "Somewhere That's Green" (Little Shop of Horrors), "Superboy and the Invisible Girl" (Next to Normal), "Waiting for Life" (Once on This Island), "Whatever Lola Wants" (Lola Gets), " (Damn Yankees), "When I Look at You" (The Scarlet Pimpernel), "Whispering" (Spring Awakening), "Without a Word" (A Tale of Two Cities), "Your Daddy's Son" (Ragtime).

Broadway Quiz BookThe Broadway Musicals Quiz Book
(Applause - Paperback Book)
By Laura Frankos. Includes nearly 80 quizzes on every aspect of the Broadway musical, including sections devoted to the careers of major Broadway stars, songwriters, directors, and producers, ranging from Ethel Merman to Stephen Sondheim. It also features thematic quizzes - such as musicals set in France, adaptations from literature, food and drink, British shows, references to sports, biographical shows, and jukebox musicals - and quizzes covering each decade from 1900 to the present. Over 700 shows mentioned, and over 1200 questions. The answer section doesn't merely list the answers, it provides further information on the quizzes' subjects (and often on wrong answers, too!).

Busy Bees on BroadwayBusy Bees on Broadway
(Greenleaf Book Group Press - Hardcover Book)
M. Maitland DeLand (Author), Lyn Martin (Illustrator). For ages 4-8. Young readers will learn to appreciate creative expression as the busy bees dance, sing, juggle and declaim in the style of well-known Broadway performers. As in her previous Busy Bee and Katie Kate books, popular children’s author and renowned woman’s oncologist Maitland DeLand delivers timeless stories with a contemporary flair.

Sing Happy!Celebrate Broadway, Vol.1: Sing Happy!
(Masterworks - new digital release) Celebrate
"Sing Happy" (Flora, The Red Menace), "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" (Anything Goes), "Freedom" (Shenandoah) [1988 Remastered]," "Consider Yourself" (Oliver), "I've Gotta Crow" (Peter Pan), "Good Morning Starshine" (Hair), "Oklahoma!" (Oklahoma!), "Born Again" (Jennie), "Our Time" (Merrily We Roll Along), "Hey, Look Me Over!" (Wildcat) [Remastered 1991]," "Before the Parade Passes By" (Hello, Dolly!) [1989 Remastered]," "I Got Love" (Purlie), "To Life" (Fiddler on the Roof), "A Certain Girl" (The Happy Time), "Little Me" (Little Me), "H- A - P - P - Y / We'll Take a Glass Together" (Grand Hotel), "The Best of Times" (La Cage Aux Folles).

Film Noir - The MusicalFilm Noir - The Musical
(Pog Dog Productions - new on CD)
Score for a mystery musical. "A troubled Broadway star, her vindictive rival, and their conniving shrink. And Murder!" l5 original songs in a radio broadcast style. 3D cover art, 16 page illustrated lyric booklet. Available at CD Baby.

Good Ol' GirlsGood Ol' Girls
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
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OB cast recording. Songs by Matraca Berg and Marshall Chapman. Sally Mayes, Teri Ralston, Lauren Kennedy, Liza Vann, and Gina Stewart. "Good Ol' Girl," "Appalachian Rain," "Lying To the Moon," "Late Date With the Blues," "Down To My Last Guardian Angel," "Booze In Your Blood," "Back In the Saddle," "All I Want is Everything," "Bad Debt," "Betty's Bein' Bad," "Happy Childhood," "Back When We Were Beautiful," "Alice In the Looking Glass," "Good Ol' Girl Reprise."

Judy Garland Show Vol 5The Judy Garland Show: Volume 5
(Infinity Entertainment - new on DVD)
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26 episodes with featured guests Steve Allen, Mel Tormé, Jayne Meadows, Diahann Carroll. Richard Rodgers/Harold Arlen medley, Allen's original song hits, Tormé's "Blues in the Night" and Garland favorites "Hey Look Me Over," "Smile" and selections from her Carnegie Hall concert repertoire. Restored and digitally remastered from the original videotapes and digitally remixed sound in 5.1 surround sound.

Michel Legrand and FriendsMichel Legrand & Friends: The 50th Anniversary Concert, 50 Years of Music & Movies
(Kultur Video - new on DVD)
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taped live in Las Vegas at MGM Grand's Garden Arena and aired on PBS. Hosts Jon Voight and Jennifer O'Neill; features Michel Legrand, Quincy Jones, Dionne Warwick, Andy Williams, George Benson, Patti Page, Steve Lawrence, Melissa Manchester, Sting, Frank Sinatra, Jr. and Jerry Lewis. Directed by Michael Dimich. 120 minutes.

Scrapbook - The Songs of Archibald & QuadeScrapbook - The Songs of Rob Archibald & Verity Quade
(Quarchibald Records - new on CD)
West End singers from Sister Act and other shows, including Patina Miller, Jon Lee, John Barr, Rosemary Ashe, Louise Dearman, Ako Mitchell, Annalene Beechey, Jeff Nicholson, Richard Harley, Gina Beck, Simon Grieff, Kirsty Hoiles, Nicky Swift, Stuart Matthew Price, Wendy Somerville, Emily Tierney, Sarah Lark, Anna Francolim, Rebecca Lock and Stephen Ashfield, Robert Archibald and Verity Quade. Available at CD Baby.

Sondheim on SondheimSondheim on Sondheim
(PS Classics - new on 2 CDs) Sondheim
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Original Broadway cast recording. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Conceived and directed by James Lapine. New arrangements of over two-dozen Sondheim tunes, ranging from the beloved to the obscure, interspersed with audio commentary by the composer himself, who reveals fascinating details about his life and his art. Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams, Tom Wopat, Leslie Kritzer, Norm Lewis, Euan Morton, Erin Mackey & Matthew Scott. Tracks: Disc One: My name is Stephen Joshua Sondheim..., "Invocation/Forget War," "Love Is In the Air," "Comedy Tonight," "Take Me to the World," Ten years after I was born..., "Talent/When I Get Famous," My first professional show..., "So Many People," With a portfolio of songs..., "Something's Coming," For many years Hal Prince..., "You Could Drive a Person Crazy," "The Wedding Is Off," "Now You Know," "Waiting for the Girls Upstairs," "Losing My Mind/Not a Day Goes By," The last show Hal and I did..., "Franklin Shepard, Inc.," "Good Thing Going," In 1983 I saw a movie called..., "Fosca's Entrance," "Is This What You Call Love?," "Loving You; Disc Two: "God," A lot of people think..., "Opening Doors," "The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened," We had three endings to Company..., "Multitudes of Amys," "Happily Ever After," "Being Alive," The show that's closest to exactly what..., "Something Just Broke," "The Gun Song," Jule Styne and I realized with Gypsy..., "Smile, Girls," I suppose if there is one that's closest..., "Finishing the Hat," "Beautiful," I had a lot of trouble with my mother..., "Children Will Listen," To me, teaching is a sacred profession..., "Send In the Clowns," I've often been asked why I don't write..., "Company/Old Friends," "Anyone Can Whistle." Produced by Tommy Krasker. Philip Chaffin, Alan D. Marks and Stephen Moore Executive Producers.

Stuart Matthew PriceStuart Matthew Price - All Things In Time
(new on CD)
Debut album for Stuart Matthew Price (Donmar Parade). Some tracks accompanied by composer. "The Old Red Hills Of Home" (Jason Robert Brown at the piano) , "The Touch Of Love" (Dougal Irvine on guitar) *, "Goodnight Kiss" (Laurence Mark Wythe at the piano) *, "Angels" (Richard Taylor at the piano; duet with Annalene Beechey), "There´s A World / I`m Alive, "Greenwich Time" (Sam Davis at the piano), "Free" (duet with Louise Dearman) *, "Sonnet XXIX" (Georgia Stitt at the piano), "Hope Springs Eternal" (Richard Beadle at the piano) *, "Run Away With Me, "Wishing For The Normal" (George Stiles at the piano; duet with Caissie Levy), "Midnight Will Happen Without Us" (Grant Olding at the piano) *, "All Things In Time" (Jason Robert Brown at the piano) *, Bonus Track: "Autumn Days" (Written & played by Stuart Matthew Price) *. * = previously unrecorded.

Tale as Old as TimeTale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the Beast
(Disney - Hardcover Book)
This authoritative book by Charles Solomon on the development of the animated film musical features interviews with artists, executives, and voice actors, transcripts of meetings and story sessions. Illustrations include caricatures, sequences of animation drawings, and preliminary artwork from discarded sequences. 176 pages.


August 24, 2010

American Idiot SongbookAmerican Idiot, the Musical Complete Songbook: Piano/Vocal/Guitar
(Alfred - Paperback Book)
Piano vocal songbook of the Green Day Broadway show, featuring four pages of full-color photographs and sheet music for all 22 of the show's songs plus bonus "When It's Time."

Clear Blue TuesdayClear Blue Tuesday
(Sh-K-Boom - new digital downloadClear
Soundtrack for rock musical film. Music by Quentin Chiappetta. Becca Ayers, Julie Danao, Vedant Gokhale, Robi Hager, Erin Hill, Cassandra Kubinski, Brother Love, Greg Naughton, Jan O'Dell, Jeremy Schonfeld, Asa Somers.

Essential Henry ManciniThe Essential Henry Mancini
(Masterworks - on 2 CDsThe
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Digitally remastered. 33 tracks.

Essential Lena HorneEssential Lena Horne: The RCA Years
(Masterworks - on 2 CDsThe
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Digitally remastered. 25 tracks, including two versions of "Stormy Weather."

An Evening With Bernadette PetersAn Evening With Bernadette Peters
(new on PAL DVD)
Recorded live at the 2009 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, accompanied by the Adelaide Arts Orchestra. Backstage/ Introductions, "Let Me Entertain You," "No One Is Alone," "Nothing Like A Dame," "Mr Snow," "Some Enchanted Evening," "O Shenandoah," "When You Wish Upon A Star," "Johanna," "Not A Day Goes By," "You Could Drive A Person Crazy," "Children Will Listen," "Move On," "Being Alive," "Rose's Turn," "I Honestly Love You," "Kramers Song," "Some Other Time." In PAL format but coded Zone 0 All Regions. Available at Middle 8.

Harolyn BlackwellHarolyn Blackwell Sings Bernstein: A Simple Song
(Masterworks - new at iTunesA
Arrangements by Danny Troob. "A Simple Song" (Mass), "A Little Bit In Love" (Wonderful Town), "I Hate Music" (I Hate Music), "Jupiter Has Seven Moons" (I Hate Music), "My Name Is Barbara" (I Hate Music), "A Big Indian and a Little Indian" (I Hate Music), "I'm a Person Too" (I Hate Music), "Glitter and Be Gay, "Who Am I" (Peter Pan), "Peter, "Peter" (Peter Pen), "My House" (Peter Pan), "Three Solos, "II: A Julia de Burgos, "No. 3, "Sean Song" (For Sean Lennon), "Dream with Me" (Peter Pan), "America" (West Side Story), "A Boy Like That" (West Side Story), "I Have a Love" (West Side Story), "Somewhere, "A Simple Song" Reprise (Mass).


August 17, 2010

Brian Wilson Reimagines GershwinBrian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin
(Disney Records - new on CD/VinylBrian
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Beach Boys' songwriter "completes" two Gershwin trunk melodies, co-writing their lyrics. The Gershwin standards have been recast in the Beach Boys style. "Rhapsody in Blue/Intro," "The Like in I Love You" (new), "Summertime," "I Loves You, Porgy," "I Got Plenty o' Nuttin," "It Ain't Necessarily So," "'S Wonderful," "They Can't Take That Away from Me," "Our Love is Here to Stay," "I've Got a Crush on You," "I Got Rhythm," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Nothing But Love" (new), "Rhapsody in Blue/Reprise."

Jerry Hadley Standing Room OnlyJerry Hadley: Standing Room Only
(Masterworks - new at iTunes/Amazon mp3Standing
"Almost Like Being in Love" (Brigadoon), "Bring Him Home" (Les Miserables), "The Sadder But Wiser Girl For Me" (The Music Man), "Younger than Springtime" (South Pacific), "Marry Me" (The Rink)/Manhattan" (The Garrick Gaieties), "Don't Marry Me" (Flower Drum Song), "Lonely Town" (On the Town), "Standing on the Corner" (The Most Happy Fella), "What Kind of Fool Am I?" (Stop the World I Want to Get Off), "Anthem" (Chess), "Gethsemane (I Only Want to Say)" (Jesus Christ Superstar), "Eve" (The Apple Tree)/She Loves Me" (She Loves Me), "She Wasn't You" (On a Clear Day You Can See Forever), "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat" (Guys and Dolls), "All I Ask of You" (The Phantom of the Opera), "Mama Look Sharp (from 1776), "What I Did for Love" (A Chorus Line), "Come the Wild, Wild Weather" (Waiting in the Wings).

Legally Blonde UKLegally Blonde Original UK Cast
(First Night - new on import CD)
Recorded live at the Savoy Theatre. Peter Davison, Alex Gaumond, Jill Halfpenny, Duncan James, Aoife Mulholland, Sheridan Smith. Also available at Footlight and directly from the UK at Dress Circle and Amazon UK.

ShowtimeShowtime: A History of the Broadway Musical Theater
(W.W. Norton & Company - Hardcover Book)
By Larry Stempel. Combines original research with analysis ... examines musicals in their cultural context for a study that illuminates them and their historical significance. Stempel covers the great creators, stagers, and performers whose creativity and innovation have sparked and sustained our appreciation for musical theater, and he lets them speak for themselves. 16 pages of four-color; 105 black-and-white illustrations

Song of NorwaySong Of Norway
(Sony Masterworks - new on CD-R/Digital Download)
1959 Jones Beach Marine Theater cast recording or Robert Wright/George Forrest operetta score. Peryne Anker, Sig Arno, Brenda Lewis, William Linton, William Olvis, Muriel O'Malley, John Reardon, Helena Scott. Conducted by Lehman Engel. First time on CD. To be available as a digital download through all major digital service providers and as disc-on-demand from Arkiv Music.


August 10, 2010

Love Songs of Andrew Lloyd WebberAll The Love I Have: Love Songs Of Andrew Lloyd Webber
(JAY Records - new on CDLove
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"No Matter What" (Whistle Down The Wind) sung By Gary Watson; "I'd Be Surprisingly Good For You" (Evita) sung By Josie Walker And Paul Baker; "Starlight Express" (Starlight Express) sung By Sean Mcdermott; "Memory" (Cats) sung By Sally Ann Triplett; "I Believe My Heart" (The Woman In White) sung By Max Von Essen And Laurie Gayle Stephenson; "All The Love I Have" (The Beautiful Game) sung By David Shannon; "The Last Man In My Life" (Song And Dance) sung By Josie Walker; "All I Ask Of You" (The Phantom Of The Opera) sung By John Barrowman And Shona Lindsay; "The Perfect Year" (Sunset Boulevard) sung By Karen Ziemba And Matt Bogart; "I Don't Know How To Love Him" (Jesus Christ Superstar) sung By Joanna Ampil; "Evermore Without You" (The Woman In White) sung By Max Von Essen; "Only You" (Starlight Express) sung By Diane Langton; "Half A Moment(By Jeeves) sung By Glory Crampton; "The First Man You Remember" (Aspects Of Love) sung By Ron Raines And Jill Paice; "Our Kind Of Love" (The Beautiful Game) sung By Sally Ann Triplett; "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" (Evita) sung By Chrisitane Noll; "Any Dream Will Do" (Joseph And His Technicolor Dreamcoat) sung By Darren Day.

1927 Chicago FilmChicago The Original 1927 Film Restored
(Flicker Alley - on 2 DVDs)
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1927 film with Phyllis Haver, Eugene Pallette, Victor Varconi, Robert Edeson. Mastered in high definition at 25 frames per second directly from Cecil B. DeMille s original nitrate print, through the courtesy of the DeMille Estate. Bonus features The Golden Twenties (1950), a compilation documentary feature produced by The March of Time from authentic footage of the era; and Oscar-winning Lauren Lazin's The Flapper Story (1985), in which several self-declared children of the roaring twenties look back across the decades on their youthful lives. Included are a brochure by Thomas Pauly on author Maurine Watkins and the factual background of Chicago, notes by Robert S. Birchard, author of Cecil B. DeMille s Hollywood, and a special documentary supplement, Chicago; The Real Roxy Hart by Jeffery Masino and Silas Lesnick. Released 7/6/10.

Enter LaughingEnter Laughing
(JAY Records - new on CDEnter
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Stan Daniels score. York Theatre cast. Josh Grisetti, George S. Irving, Emily Shoolin, Janine LaManna, Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, Ray DeMattis.

The Girls of Murder CityThe Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers who Inspired Chicago
(Viking Adult - Hardcover Book)
By Douglas Perry. Retrospective of two Jazz Age trials ... the real-life originals of the killer ladies of the musical Chicago, and to the society that adored them. Perry revisits the 1924 cases of Belva Gaertner, a swanky divorcée, and Beulah Annan, a beautiful married woman, both accused of shooting their lovers to death. An illumination of the dawning age of celebrity culture. Photos.

The Leonard Bernstein SongbookThe Leonard Bernstein Songbook
(Masterworks - new digital downloadThe
"New York, New York," "Lonely Town," "Carried Away," "Build My House," "Plank Song," "I Was Standing in a Garden," "What A Movie!," "Conga," "Ohio," "Wrong Note Rag," "Best of All Possible Worlds," "Oh, Happy We," "Glitter and Be Gay," "Make Our Garden Grow," "America," "Maria," "Tonight Quintet," "Somewhere," "Hymn and Psalm: A Simple Song," "Some Other Time from On The Town," "Take Care of This House from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue."

In My CraftIn My Craft or Sullen Art: Selected Stories and Poems by Dylan Thomas
(CPR Records - DVD-Audio Disc)
A collection of Dylan Thomas' best loved stories and poems, including "Fern Hill," "Do Not Go Gentle," "Death Shall Have No Opinion" as well as the complete versions of "A Child's Christmas in Wales" and "A Visit to Grandpa's," performed by Geraint Wyn Davies, Carole Shelley, Dana Ivey. Glen Roven, conductor. Bonus track of English Baritone Mark Stone singing a setting of "In My Craft or Sullen Art" composed by Glen Roven. Released 7/2/2010.

Judy Garland Lost TracksJudy Garland Lost Tracks
(JSP Records - 4 CD Set)
Includes two tracks by then 12-year-old Judy Garland's, her first studio recordings made by Decca on March 29, 1935, with mother Ethel Gumm at the piano. Remastered recorded rare and never-released tracks from private collections includes one hundred performances by Judy Garland on radio, stage and in film between 1929 and 1959. Plus many rare, previously unreleased radio and live performances, plus some previously released that are newly remastered. Disc One: The Decca Tests and Early Radio, 1935-39; Disc Two: Young Judy on the Radio, 1940-44; Disc Three: The Radio Years 1944-53; Disc Four: On Stage and the Gumm Sisters, 1929-59. Sleeve notes by Scott Brogan & Lawrence Schulman. 100 tracks. Fifty-five have never before been released. No longer available through US Amazon.com (but made be made available in October). UK release available at Footlight.com, Amazon UK and World Records.

Lost Broadway And More Vol 2
(Original Cast Records - new on CD)
22 tracks. Available at Footlight.com.

Sondheim on SondheimSondheim on Sondheim
(PS Classics - new on 2 CDs)
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Original Broadway cast recording. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Conceived and directed by James Lapine. New arrangements of over two-dozen Sondheim tunes, ranging from the beloved to the obscure, interspersed with audio commentary by the composer himself, who reveals fascinating details about his life and his art. Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams, Tom Wopat, Leslie Kritzer, Norm Lewis, Euan Morton, Erin Mackey & Matthew Scott. Tracks: Disc One: My name is Stephen Joshua Sondheim..., "Invocation/Forget War," "Love Is In the Air," "Comedy Tonight," "Take Me to the World," Ten years after I was born..., "Talent/When I Get Famous," My first professional show..., "So Many People," With a portfolio of songs..., "Something's Coming," For many years Hal Prince..., "You Could Drive a Person Crazy," "The Wedding Is Off," "Now You Know," "Waiting for the Girls Upstairs," "Losing My Mind/Not a Day Goes By," The last show Hal and I did..., "Franklin Shepard, Inc.," "Good Thing Going," In 1983 I saw a movie called..., "Fosca's Entrance," "Is This What You Call Love?," "Loving You; Disc Two: "God," A lot of people think..., "Opening Doors," "The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened," We had three endings to Company..., "Multitudes of Amys," "Happily Ever After," "Being Alive," The show that's closest to exactly what..., "Something Just Broke," "The Gun Song," Jule Styne and I realized with Gypsy..., "Smile, Girls," I suppose if there is one that's closest..., "Finishing the Hat," "Beautiful," I had a lot of trouble with my mother..., "Children Will Listen," To me, teaching is a sacred profession..., "Send In the Clowns," I've often been asked why I don't write..., "Company/Old Friends," "Anyone Can Whistle." Produced by Tommy Krasker. Philip Chaffin, Alan D. Marks and Stephen Moore Executive Producers. Now shipping from PSClassics.com. Store date is 8/31/10.

Tupelo: Jeremiah JamesTupelo: Jeremiah James
(Yellow Sound Label - new on CDTupelo
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L.A. actor (Ovation Award nomination for Crazy For You), toured with Oklahoma!, part of singing group Teatro (Gold album), currently starring in West End Carousel.

Unusual Way Glory CramptonUnusual Way
(JAY Records - new on CDUnusual
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Glory Crampton (world premiere of Phantom, OB The Fantasticks, Paper Mill Playhouse productions).

What's Up Doc Blu-RayWhat's Up Doc?
(Warner Home Video - new on Blu-Ray)
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1972 film featuring Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Madeline Kahn (film debut). Written by y Buck Henry, David Newman and Robert Benton, directed by Peter Bogdanovich. Scene-Specific Commentary by Barbra Streisand; Full-Movie Commentary by Director Peter Bogdanovich; vintage featurette Screwball Comedies - Remember Them?; Theatrical Trailer.


August 3, 2010

AgathaAgatha
(Warner Archive - on DVD-R)
1979 film about Agatha Christie's 11-day disappearance in 1926. with Dustin Hoffman, Timothy Dalton, Vanessa Redgrave. Directed by Michael Apted. Available at the Warner website.

Elvis Blu-Ray CollectionElvis: Blu-ray Film Collection
(Warner - new on 3 Blu-Ray discs)
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Jailhouse Rock, Viva Las Vegas, Elvis on Tour.

Elvis Film CollectionElvis: 75th Anniversary Collection
(Warner - new on 17 DVDs)
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Jailhouse Rock, It Happened at the World's Fair, Kissin' Cousins, Viva Las Vegas, Girl Happy, Tickle Me, Harum Scarum, Spinout, Double Trouble, Stay Away Joe, Speedway, Live a Little Love a Little, Charro!, The Trouble with Girls, Elvis: That's The Way It Is Special Edition, Elvis On Tour, This Is Elvis. Commemorative concert photo book with behind the scenes shots of movies and stage performances and insightful career highlights notes. 10 reproduction memorabilia pieces, including studio correspondence and signed Elvis Presley checks. Selected titles also feature commentaries and/or making-of featurettes.

Kim Novak CollectionThe Kim Novak Collection
(Sony - new on 3 DVDs)
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New-to-DVD 1957 Jeanne Eagels (Jeff Chandler, Agnes Moorehead) and 1959 film version of Paddy Chayefsky play The Middle Of The Night (Frederick March, Lee Grant, Matin Balsam); and remastered editions of Picnic, Pal Joey and Bell, Book and Candle. Bonus interviews/documentaries "Kim Novak's Hollywood Picnic," "Reflections In The Middle of The Night," "Backstage and At Home with Kim Novak, Select Scenes commentary with Kim Novak and writer Stephen Rebello, "Bewitched, Bothered and Blonde."

'night, Mother'night, Mother
(Universal - new on DVD)
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1986 film version of Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play play. Anne Bancroft, Sissy Spacek. 97 minutes. Fullscreen.

On Broadway Calendar On Broadway Calendar
On Broadway 2011 Wall Calendar

(Time Factory - new calendar)


Pandora and the Flying DutchmanPandora and the Flying Dutchman Deluxe Edition
(Kino - new on DVD/Blu-Ray)
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Remastered 1952 film featuring Ava Gardner (sings "How Am I To Know?") and James Mason. Restored under the auspices of Martin Scorsese. Directed by Albert Lewin. Cinematography by Jack Cardif. Extras: Comparison of Original vs. Restored Technicolor Footage; Alternate Opening Title Sequence; Three Theatrical Trailers; Two Galleries Of Documents, Stills, and Behind-the-Scenes Photos; El Torero de Cordoba, eighteen-minute Documentary about the legendary Spanish Bullfighter.

Pick Yourself UpPick Yourself Up: Dorothy Fields and the American Musical (Broadway Legacies)
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
Author Charlotte Greenspan discusses lyricist/bookwriter Fields in relation to other women songwriters and lyricists of the time.

Promises, Promises OLCPromises, Promises OLC
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
1969 London cast. Burt Bacharach/Hal David score. Anthony Roberts, Betty Buckley, Jack Kruschen, Ronn Carroll, Jay Denyer, Ivor Dean, Don Fellows, Toni Eden, Eula Parker, Jackie Lee, Barbara Moore. Mastered from the two-track album masters. Songs in show order. limited to 1000 copies only. Sold Out.

South Pacific Paradies RewrittenSouth Pacific: Paradise Rewritten (Broadway Legacies Series)
(Oxford Univ Press - New Book)
Drawing on extensive research in the Rodgers and the Hammerstein papers, including Hammerstein's personal notes on James A. Michener's Tales of the South Pacific, Jim Lovensheimer offers a fascinating reading of South Pacific that explores the show's complex messages and demonstrates how the presentation of those messages changed throughout the creative process ... how Rodgers and especially Hammerstein continually refined and softened the theme of racial intolerance until it was more acceptable to mainstream Broadway audiences. Likewise, Lovensheimer describes the treatment of gender and colonialism in the musical, tracing how it both reflected and challenged early Cold War Era American norms. 288 pages with 30 photographs and 11 music examples.


July 27, 2010

Bernstein Theatre Songs: Duets and EnsemblesBernstein Theatre Songs: Duets and Ensembles
(Boosey and Hawkes - Paperback Book)
First-time collection of Bernstein's theatre songs from On the Town, Peter Pan, Wonderful Town, Candide, West Side Story, Mass, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and other shows. Includes several songs cut from shows, songs never before published, and also new solo editions of some songs that have never before been available as stand-alone numbers. The songs have been newly engraved and edited, largely presented in authentic vocal score format (rather than piano/vocal sheet music arrangements). "America," "The Best Of All Possible Worlds," "A Boy Like That," "Carried Away," "Come Up To My Place," "Gee, Officer Krupke," "I Feel Pretty," "I Love My Wife," "Life Is Absolute Perfection (from Life Is Happiness Indeed)," "Like Everybody Else," "Never-Land," "New York, New York," "Oh, Happy We," "Ohio," "One Hand, One Heart," "Rehearse," "Some Other Time," "Spring Will Come Again," "Tonight," "We Are Women," "What A Waste," "The Wrong Note Rag," "Ya Got Me," "You Were Dead, You Know." The song lists are not the same for High Voice and Low Voice editions; some songs are transposed; others are uniquely in only one volume. Includes extensive commentary. 234 pages; 24 songs.

Bernstein Theatre Songs: High VoiceBernstein Theatre Songs: High Voice
(Boosey and Hawkes - Paperback Book)
First-time collection of Bernstein's theatre songs, with selections from Candide, Mass, On the Town, Peter Pan, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, West Side Story, Wonderful Town, and other shows. Includes songs cut from shows and other songs never before published. With extensive commentary. "Ain't Got No Tears Left," "Another Love," "Ballad Of Eldorado," "Big Stuff," "Bon Voyage," "Candide's Lament," "Cool," "Dream With Me," "Duet For One," "Easy," "Glitter And Be Gay," "I Believe In God," "I Can Cook Too," "I Don't Know," "I Feel Pretty," "I Have A Love," "I Know A Fellow," "In Our Time," "It Must Be So," "It's Gotta Be Bad To Be Good," "It's Love," "A Little Bit In Love," "Lonely Me," "Lonely Town," "Lucky To Be Me," "Maria," "My House," "My Love," "My New Friends," "New York, New York," "Nothing More Than This," "One Hand, One Heart," "One Hundred Easy Ways To Lose A Man," "Peter, Peter," "Philadelphia," "A Quiet Girl," "Say When," "Screwed On Wrong," "So Pretty," "Some Other Time," "Something's Coming," "Somewhere," "Spring Will Come Again," "The Story Of My Life," "Take Care Of This House," "Tonight," "Who Am I?," "World Without End." 256 pages; 49 songs.

Bernstein Theatre Songs: Medium/Low VoiceBernstein Theatre Songs: Medium/Low Voice
(Boosey and Hawkes - Paperback Book)
First-time collection of Bernstein's theatre songs, with selections from Candide, Mass, On the Town, Peter Pan, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, West Side Story, Wonderful Town, and other shows. "Ain't Got No Tears Left," "Another Love," "Big Stuff," "Captain Hook's Soliloquy," "Cool," "Dear Boy," "Dream With Me," "Easy," "I Am Easily Assimilated," "I Can Cook Too," "I Feel Like I'm Not Out Of Bed Yet," "I Feel Pretty," "I Have A Love," "I Know A Fellow," "I Understand," "In Our Time," "It's Gotta Be Bad To Be Good," "It's Love," "A Little Bit In Love," "Lonely Me," "Lonely Town," "Lucky To Be Me," "Maria," "My House," "My New Friends," "New York, New York," "Oh My Darling Paquette," "One Hand, One Heart," "One Hundred Easy Ways To Lose A Man," "Pass That Football," "Peter, Peter," "Philadelphia," "A Quiet Girl," "Say When," "Screwed On Wrong," "Seena," "So Pretty," "Some Other Time," "Something's Coming," "Somewhere," "Spring Will Come Again," "The Story Of My Life," "Take Care Of This House," "Tonight," "Who Am I?," "Words, Words, Words." Includes songs cut from shows and other songs never before published. With extensive commentary. 242 pages; 47 songs.

Chips the MuscialChips the Musical
(Troubadour Theater Co - new on CD)
Falcon Theatre (Burbank, California) cast recording. Score by Rick Batalla and Henry Phillips. Rick Batalla, Kristin D’Andrea, Jen DeMinco, Caroline Gross, Meleney Humphrey, Michelle Anne Johnson, Joseph Keane, Beth Kennedy, Christine Lakin, Andy Lopez, Joel McCrary, Matthew Morgan, Jackie Seiden, Mike Sulprizio, Mike Teele and Matt Walker.

ImaginoceanImaginocean
(Yellow Sound Records - new on CDImaginocean
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Original Off-Broadway cast recording. With John Tartaglia. William Wade score.

Mothers-in-Law CompleteThe Mothers-In-Law: The Complete Series
(MPI Home Video - new on 8 DVDs)
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1967-69 TV series starring Kaye Ballard and Eve Arden, with Roger C. Carmel, Richard Deacon, Jerry Fogel and Deborah Walley. Guest stars include Desi Arnaz, Rob Reiner, Paul Lynde, Jimmy Durante, Scoey Mitchell, Larry Storch. 56 episodes.

Sgt. Bilko Season OneSgt. Bilko: The Phil Silvers Show
(new on 5 DVDs)
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Emmy Award-winning first season. Phil Silvers with Ned Glass, Joe E. Ross, Allan Melvin, Harvey Lembeck. Guests include Jule Styne. Features include: the never-broadcast live audition show, the show's original opening titles, The Lucy Show featuring Silvers as an efficiency expert. Black & white. 34 episodes. 882 minutes.

Victor Victoria Blu-RayVictor Victoria
(Image Entertainment - new on Blu-Ray)
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Filmed 1995 Broadway production. Written and directed by Blake Edwards, with score by Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse. Julie Andrews, Tony Roberts, Rachel York, Michael Nouri.


July 20, 2010

American Idiot on VinylAmerican Idiot
(Reprise/Wea - new on Vinyl)
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Green Day and cast on 2 LPs. Disc: 1): "American Idiot," "Jesus Of Suburbia" [I. Jesus Of Suburbia/II. City Of The Damned/III. Don't Care/IV. Dearly Beloved/V. Tales Of Another Broken Home]," "Holiday," "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams," "Favorite Son," "Are We The Waiting," "StJimmy," "Give Me Novacaine," "Last Of The American Girls/She's A Rebel," "Last Night On Earth," "Too Much Too Soon" Disc 2: "Before The Lobotomy," "Extraordinary Girl," "Before The Lobotomy" (Reprise), "When It's Time," "Know Your Enemy," "21 Guns," "Letterbomb," "Wake Me Up When September Ends," "Homecoming" [I. The Death Of StJimmy/II. East 12th St./III. Nobody Likes You/IV. Rock And Roll Girlfriend/V. We're Coming Home Again]" (Album Version)), "Whatsername," "When It's Time."

Barbra Streisand Love Is the AnserBarbra Streisand - Love Is the Answer Songbook
(Cherry Lane Music - Paperback Book)
Includes 13 songs plus notes on the production. "Gentle Rain," "Here's That Rainy Day," "Here's to Life," "If You Go Away," "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," "Love Dance," "Make Someone Happy," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "Some Other Time," "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most," "A Time for Love," "Where Do You Start?," "You Must Believe in Spring." 88 pages.

Broadway Musicals of 1978Broadway Musicals of 1978
(Original Cast Records - new on CD)
Town Hall concert production. "A Broadway Musical" (A Broadway Musical/Strouse/Adams, Company), "Lawyers" (A Broadway Musical/Strouse/Adams, Bryan Batt), "Doatsy Mae" (Best Little Whorehouse In Texas/Carol Hall, Lari White), "It's An Art" (Working/Stephen Schwartz, Christine Pedi), "Just A Housewife" (Working/Craig Carnelia, Nancy Opel), "Honeysuckle Rose" (Ain't Misbehavin'/Fats Waller/Andy Razaf, Mary Bond Davis ), "Mean To Me" (Ain't Misbehavin'/Roy Turk/Fred Alert, Mary Bond Davis ), "The Mason" (Working/Craig Carnelia, Carolee Carmello), "Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now" (Ain't Misbehavin'), "Ain't Misbehavin'" (Ain't Misbehavin'), "Railbird" (Angel/Peter Udell/Gary Geld, Ross Patterson Little Big Band ), "Your Feets Too Big" (Ain't Misbehavin'), "I Rise Again" (On The Twentieth Century), "Millwork" (Working/James Taylor, Lari White), "I'm A Great Big Baby" (Eubie!/Eubie Blake/Andy Razaf, Lennie Watts), "A Hard Candy Christmas" (Best Little Whorehouse In Texas/Carol Hall), "There's A Terrific Band" (Ballroom), "Never" (On The Twentieth Century), "Fifty Per-Cent" (Ballroom), "The Joint Is Jumpin'" (Ain't Misbehavin'). Director Bryan Batt. Musical Director Ross Patterson. Produced by Peter Pinne. Also available at Footlight Records.

Teens Audition SourcebookBroadway Presents! Teens' Audition Sourcebook -- Female Edition: 16 Bar Audition Excerpts from Stage & Film, Specially Designed for Teen Singers! Includes ... Song Set-up & Audition Tips
(Alfred Publishing - Paperback Book/CD)
224 pages.

Charlie RoseCharlie Rose - Peter Beinart; Viola Davis and Kenny Leon
(Charlie Rose, Inc. - new on DVD-R)
Peter Beinart discusses his book "The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris"; Academy Award nominee and Tony-winner Viola Davis and director Kenny Leon discuss their play Fences

Elaine Paige LiveElaine Paige Live (CD)
(PBS - new on CDElaine
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From 2009 Australian concert. Same track list of the DVD plus bonus track "The Things You Are to Me." Digital download includes two bonus tracks: "The Things You Are to Me" and "Small Packages."

Elaine Paige LiveElaine Paige Live (DVD)
(PBS - new on DVD)
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U.S. release of 2009 live Australian concert to be shown on PBS in June. Overture, "Life Goes On," "Tomorrow," "Easy To Be Hard," "Broadway Baby," "I Don’t Know How To Love Him," "Small Packages," "Hello Young Lovers," "Shoot The Breeze," "Yesterday," "Don’t Cry For Me Argentina," "As If We Never Said Goodbye," "By The Sea," "I Get A Kick Out Of You," "I Dreamed A Dream," "Chess / Someone Else’s Story," "I Know Him So Well," "Poor Old John," "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien," "If You Love Me," "Cry Me A River," "Memory," "With One Look." Bonus Features: Bonus song, "Grow Young"; 33-minute behind-the-scenes interview.

ReginaRegina
(Sony Masterworks - new on 2 CD-R/Digital DownloadRegina
1958 New York City Opera revival recording of Marc Blitzstein operatic version of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes. Brenda Lewis, Elizabeth Carron, George S. Irving, Loren Driscoll, Carol Brice. Conducted by Samuel Krachmalnik. First time on CD. Liner notes include Hellman's short essay written for the original album and notes by Leonard Bernstein. Available as a digital download (with digital booklet) and as disc-on-demand from Arkiv Music

She's Back on BroadwayShe's Back on Broadway
(Warner Bros - new on DVD-R)
1953 Musical film with Virginia Mayo and Gene Nelson. Released 5/28/10.

Steve Barton EncoreSteve Barton Encore: The Private Collection
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
Collection of private and previously unreleased recordings. Compiled and carefully restored from Steve's own private archive of tapes. Songs from The House On The Corner, Company, Girl Crazy, No, No, Nanette, A Chorus Line, 110 in the Shade, Funny Girl, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys & Dolls; "Drawn To You" from The Anastasia Affaire. Bonus tracks: "O Captain, My Captain" (poem), "Only a Prelude" (piano solo) and "Trendsetters" radio interview. 22 previously unreleased tracks. Package includes rare and unpublished photos. Previously available only from the U.K.

Rebecca KilgoreSure Thing: Rebecca Kilgore Sings The Music Of Jerome Kern
(Audiophile - new on CD)
"Why Do I Love You?" (Show Boat), "Dearly Beloved" (You Were Never Lovelier), "Bill" (Show Boat), "I've Told Ev'ry Little Star" (Music in the Air), "Long Ago and Far Away" (Cover Girl), "Look for the Silver Lining" (Sally), "The Folks Who Live on the Hill" (High, "Wide and Handsome), "You Couldn't Be Cuter" (Joy of Living), "A Fine Romance" (Swing Time), "Nobody Else But Me" (Show Boat), "I'm Old Fashioned" (You Were Never Lovelier), "Make Believe" (Show Boat), "Remind Me" (One Night in the Tropics), "Who?" (Sunny), "Sure Thing" (Cover Girl.

Young Stellar ObjectYoung Stellar Object: Merideth Kaye Clark
(new digital download)Young
Debut album of folk-pop songs by singer/actress who performed as Elphaba standby in the tour of Wicked. All songs written by Merideth Kaye Clark. "Halfway," "Running," "Beautiful Silence," "Calm Me Down," "Indecision," "Trip To The Moon," "Stars," "Dawn," "Shine On." Guitar- Lou Garrett, Merideth Kaye Clark, Eric David, Piano- Jason Yarcho. Available for download at www.meridethkayeclark.com and iTunes.


July 13, 2010

Celebration of Classic MGM MusicalsA Celebration of Classic MGM Musicals
(2entertain - new on Region 2 DVD)
: Live from the Royal Albert Hall Clive Anderson introduces a Prom celebrating 75 years of classic MGM film musicals. Curtis Stigers, Kim Criswell, Seth MacFarlane, Sir Thomas Allen and Sarah Fox. John Wilson conductor. 120 minutes. Available at Dress Circle and Amazon UK.

Christine Ebersole Sings Noewl CowardChristine Ebersole Sings Noel Coward
(new on CD)
Inspired by Ebersole's appearance in Blithe Spirit. "Someday I'll Find You," "Any Little Fish/It's Only You," "You Were There," "A Room With A View," "Chase Me Charlie," "Matelot/Come The Wild, Wild Weather," "I'll Follow My Secret Heart," "World Weary," "If Love Were All," "Mad About The Boy," "Never Again/Sail Away," "The Dream Is Over," "When My Ship Comes Home," "I'll See You Again." Musical director Larry Yurman. Available at ChristineEbersole.com.

Four AcesHits From Hollywood & Broadway: The Four Aces
(Sepia Records - new on CDHits from Hollywood & Broadway - The Four Aces
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"Standing On The Corner," "Long Before I Knew You," "Too Close For Comfort," "Anyone Would Love You," "How Can You Forget," "Get Me To The Church On Time," "It's Good To Be Alive," "Till There Was You," "You Are Beautiful," "Tonight," "Two Faces In The Dark," "Small World," "I Love Paris," "Bali Ha'i," "South Of The Border," "Hawaiian Wedding Song," "Waltzing Matilda," "Arrivederci Roma," "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing," "Whatever Will Be, Will Be," "Written On The Wind," "Secret Love," "Tammy," "Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo," "To Love Again," "Three Coins In The Fountain." Many of the 26 tracks are appearing on CD for the first time.

I Got In!I GOT IN! The Ultimate College Audition Guide For Acting And Musical Theatre
(Mary Anna Austin Dennard, Inc. - Paperback Book)
Nationally recognized college audition coach, Mary Anna Dennard, shares her expertise on how to prepare for the highly competitive college audition process. Included are: Exclusive audition tips from college auditors, list of colleges with performing arts degrees, guidance on monologues, songs, wardrobe, head shot and resume, how to schedule college auditions.

Jane KrakowskiLaziest Gal in Town
(DRG - new on CDThe
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Live recording of Jane Krakowski's show at Feinstein's. Features songs popularized by the female performers who have inspired her, including Anita O'Day, Ann-Margret and Eartha Kitt. "The Laziest Gal in Town," "A Little Brains, a Little Talent," "Zip (renamed "Tweet" with special lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman)," "An Englishman Needs Time/A Guy Needs Time," "My Man Is a Handyman," "I'm Old Fashioned/Just an Old Fashioned Girl," "My Heart Belongs to Daddy," "When I Get Low, I Get High/Wacky Dust," "Thirteen Men," "Let's Face the Music and Dance," "Rubber Ducky." Michael Kosarin, musical director. Produced by Hugh Fordin. Cynthia Daniels, engineer.

Next to NormalNext to Normal
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Libretto for Brian Yorkey/Tom Kitt musical, now on Broadway. 120 pages.

See What I Wanna See SongbookSee What I Wanna See
(Alfred Publishing - Paperback Book)
Songbook for Michael John LaChiusa score. "She Looked at Me," "See What I Wanna See," "The Greatest Practical Joke," "Central Park," "Coffee," "Curiosity," "There Will Be a Miracle."

Selections from Show Boat and Kiss Me, KateSelections From Show Boat and Kiss Me, Kate
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
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1959 studio cast first time on CD. this Howard Keel with Gogi Grant and Anne Jeffreys. Henri Rene arranged and conducted the orchestra.

Kevin Odekirk: UnheardUnheard: Kevin Odekirk
(LML Music - new on CD/mp3Kevin Odekirk - Unheard
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Kevin Odekirk (Les Miserables, Kristina) debut CD. Click on the media link below for more recording info. "Can You Imagine That," "First Night Alone," "On Wings of a Swan," "I Take It Back," "Strangers Once Again," "Multitudes of Amys," "Sonnet," "My Name Is Archie," "If I Could," "Where You Go." Digipak.


July 6, 2010

Gambler's InstinctA Gambler's Instinct: The Story of Broadway Producer Cheryl Crawford (Theater in the Americas)
(Southern Illinois Univ Press - Paperback Book)
Author Milly S. Barranger traces Crawford's career as an independent producer, telling the parallel story of American theater in the mid-twentieth century.

Glee CalendarGlee Calendar
(Trends Int'l - Calendar)
16-month wall calendar.

GOlden Boy of the Blue RidgeGolden Boy of the Blue Ridge
(Great White Wax - new on CD/mp3)
Bluegrass musical score by Peter Mills. Adaptation of J.M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World set in the foothills of America’s Appalachia. Melody Allegra Berger, Matthew Duré, Jeff Edgerton, Carol Hickey, Victoria Huston-Elem, Dennis Michael Keefe, Mark Mozingo, Mike Rosengarten, Dan Sharkey, and Scott Wakefield.

2116Ray Bradbury's '2116' The Musical
( Gallimaufry Performing Arts - new on CD)
Studio cast recording of musical presented last year in California (sometimes titled Ray Bradbury’s Merry Christmas 2116). Book and lyrics by Ray Bradbury, with additional material by Steve Josephson. Music by John Hoke. Originally written for Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester.


June 29, 2010

Pop/Rock Audition Songs for MenThe 16-Bar Pop/Rock Audition: 100 Hit Songs Excerpted for Successful Auditions Men's Edition Voice and Piano (Vocal Collection)
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Michael Dansicker, editor. 16-bar excerpts from hit pop/rock songs for theatre auditions. 100 songs, 183 pages.

Pop/Rock Audition Songs for WomenThe 16-Bar Pop/Rock Audition: 100 Hit Songs Excerpted for Successful Auditions Women's Edition Voice and Piano (Vocal Collection)
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Michael Dansicker, editor. 100 songs, 181 pages.

Broadway JazzBroadway Jazz: Piano Play-Along Volume 91
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book/CD)
New engravings, with a separate vocal staff, plus guitar frames, so players and their friends can sing or strum along. The CD features two tracks for each tune: a full performance for listening, and a separate backing track that lets players take the lead on keyboard. The high-quality, sound-alike accompaniments exactly match the printed music. "Bewitched," "Falling in Love with Love," "Glad to Be Unhappy," "I Can't Get Started with You," "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," "The Lady Is a Tramp," "Little Girl Blue," "My Funny Valentine."

Heart & Soul - Celebrating The Unforgettable Songs Of Frank LoesserHeart & Soul Frank Loesser
(Masterworks Broadway/Arkiv - new on digital download and CD-RHeart
Classic recordings "I Don't Want to Walk Without You" (Helen Forrest / Harry James and His Orchestra), "Heart and Soul" (Bea Wain / Larry Clinton and His Orchestra), "Two Sleepy People" (Della Reese, vocal), "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition!" (Kay Kyser and His Orchestra), "Can't Get Out of This Mood" (Sarah Vaughan), "Let's Get Lost" (Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra), "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" (Johnny Mathis), "Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year" (Sarah Vaughan), "I Wish I Didn't Love You So" (Dinah Shore), "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (Pearl Bailey and Hot Lips Page) Medley from Where's Charley? ("Where's Charley?” / "Once in Love with Amy” / "Pernambuco” / "My Darling, My Darling” / "The New Ashmolean Marching Society and Students Conservatory Band” -The Four Lads / Ray Ellis and His Orchestra), "I've Never Been in Love Before” (Doris Day / David Rose and His Orchestra), "Luck Be a Lady” (Barry Manilow), "Standing on the Corner” (The Four Lads / Ray Ellis and His Orchestra), "Somebody, Somewhere” (Doris Day), "Joey, Joey, Joey” from the musical (Johnny Mathis), "Never Will I Marry” (Vic Damone), "I Believe in You” (Michele Lee), Medley from the film Hans Christian Andersen ("I'm Hans Christian Andersen” / "Thumbelina” / "Inch Worm” / "Anywhere I Wander” / "Wonderful Copenhagen” - Boston Pops Orchestra / Arthur Fiedler, conductor). Digital booklet included with download options. Available at ArkivMusic.com and in mp3 format at Amazon.

Promises, PromisesPromises, Promises OBC
(Kritzerland - new on 2 CDs)
Burt Bacharach / Hal David score with Jerry Orbach, Jill O'Hara, Marian Mercer. Newly remastered version of the original album mix. Second CD includes a newly mixed (with some pitch correcting) version from the original eight-track edited session masters. Both versions in show order. Second pressing of 1,000 units now available for order.

Singers AnthologyThe Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology - 16-Bar Audition: Mezzo-Soprano Edition
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Edited by Michael Dansicker. More than 100 audition songs chosen from Volumes 1-5, carefully and artfully edited and abridged for 30 second professional theatre auditions.

Singers Anthology TenorThe Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology - 16-Bar Audition: Tenor Edition
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Edited by Michael Dansicker. More than 100 audition songs chosen from Volumes 1-5, carefully and artfully edited and abridged for 30 second professional theatre auditions.

Uptown Express: Take You ThereUptown Express: Take You There
(Wolfpack Productions - new on CDTake
Chris Caswell, John DePalma, David Gurland, Brad Parks. Music Director: James Followell. Standards, Motown, Broadway, dance and contemporary songs in four-part harmony. "From a Distance" (with Karen Mason), "Love Is Love Is Love," "Crazy 'Bout Ya Baby," "Sing For Your Supper," "Everybody Rejoice, "I Can't Get Next to You Baby," "You're All I Need to Get By," "I'm Yours." 11 tracks.


June 22, 2010

Battery's Down Season 2The Battery's Down - Season 2
(Ghostlight - new on CD) The
Second season for musical comedy series that follows a young actor's struggle to make it big in the Big Apple. Writer/creator Jake Wilson, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Dani Spieler, Nina Sturtz, Cortney Wolfson. Each episode features new, original musical numbers from today's musical theatre composers: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, Jeanine Tesori, Dick Scanlan, Glen Kelly, Lisa Lambert, Laurence O'Keefe, David Kirshenbaum, Lance Horne, Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk, Michael Patrick Walker, Nick Blaemire, Josh Salzman and Ryan Cunningham, Sean Mahoney, Eric Day, Michael Arden, B.T. Ryback, Kirsten A. Guenther and Ryan Scott Oliver. Also available on Ghostlight Records site.

Broadway Bares OpeningsBroadway Bares Openings
(new on CD)
13 original opening numbers from BC/EFA's popular annual burlesque show, sung by the stars who debuted them on the Broadway Bares stage. Songwriters include Gary Adler and Laura Kenyon, Jeff Bowen, Andrew Lippa, David Nehls, and Mark Shaiman and Scott Wittman. "The Best Game In Town," (Euan Morton), "Click It!," (Heidi Blickenstaff and Mo Rocca), "Wonderland," (Tituss Burgess and Mary Birdsong), "Nothin' Really Thrills Me Anymore.," (Leslie Kritzer), "The New York Strip," (Sara Gettelfinger), "Doctor's Orders," (Shoshana Bean), "Coming Attraction," (Christopher Sieber), "Burlesque is Back," (Jane Krakowski), "Comic Strip," (Julia Murney), "Ride With Me," (Anika Larsen), "Peep Show," (Debbie Gravitte), "The Barest Show On Earth," (Andrew Lippa), "Grin And Bare It," (Lillias White). Order at http:www.BroadwayBares.com. All proceeds go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Promises PromisesPromises, Promises
(Sony Masterworks - new on CDPromises,
2010 Broadway revival cast recording of Bacharach/David score. Sean Hayes, Kristin Chenoweth, Tony Goldwyn, Katie Finneran, Dick Latessa, Brooks Ashmanskas, Peter Benson, Seán Martin Hingston. Recorded May 10, 2010. Exclusive Barnes & Noble version to include three sing-a-long bonus tracks: "I Say A Little Prayer" (Instrumental), "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" (Instrumental) and "Promises, Promises" (Instrumental).

A Star is BornA Star Is Born
(WHV - new on 3 DVDs/2 Blu-Ray Discs)
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1954 film featuring Judy Garland and James Mason. Newly restored and presented in a 2-disc book format with 40 pages of gorgeous photography, film history and more. Expected enhanced content: Introduction; Additional takes: 4 "The Man That Got Away" takes - Pink Dress/Brown Dress #1-4, "Here's What I'm Here For," "Lose That Long Face," -"Trinidad Coconut Oil Shampoo," "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street," Suicide Scene; Film Effects Reel; report by Jack L. Warner featurette; 'A Star is Born' Newsreel Montage featurette; 'A Star is Born' premiere in Cinemascope; Pantages premiere TV special; A Star is Bored 1956 WB Cartoon; 1937/54/76 trailers; Audio outtakes: Oliver on the Phone with the Director Discussing Norman, Norman and Esther on the Roof of the Hotel Lancaster, 12/28/1942 Lux Radio Theater Broadcast with Judy Garland and Walter Pidgeon, Audio Vault - Judy Garland Radio Interview, "Born in a Trunk," "Someone At Last" rehearsals, "My Melancholy Baby," "Black Bottom" "Swanee."

Theater GeekTheater Geek: The Real Life Drama of a Summer at Stagedoor Manor, the Famous Performing Arts Camp
(Free Press - Hardcover Book)
By Mickey Rapkin, who tracked a trio of teen actors (Rachael Singer, Brian Muller, and Harry Katzman) through their final session at camp. 220 pages.

Quiet: Gavin CreelQuiet: Gavin Creel
(new on digital downloadQuiet
6-track pop album by Gavin Creel (Hair, La Cage, Thoroughly Modern Mille.


June 15, 2010

Dance on Broadway for WiiDance on Broadway
(new Wii video game)
Perform 20 authentic Broadway-style choreographies from the most beloved showtunes; challenge up to four friends for the high score spotlight; includes musicals that appeal to all ages, whether you "Let the Sunshine In" or croon "Lullaby of Broadway"; challenge yourself to dance your very best AND sing along to the on-screen lyrics for a full performance; burn calories while having fun.

Everyday RaptureEveryday Rapture
(Sh-K-Boom - new on CDSherie Rene Scott, Lindsay Mendez & Betsy Wolfe - Everyday Rapture (Soundtrack from the Musical)
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Original cast recording. Sherie Rene Scott, Betsey Wolfe, Eamon Foley and Lindsay Mendez. "The Other Side of This Life (Overture)," "Got a Thing on My Mind," "Elevation," "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe," "Get Happy," "You Made Me Love You," "MrRogers Medley (It’s Such a Good Feeling, Everybody's Fancy, I Like to Be Told)," "It’s You I Like," "I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City," "Life Line," "The Weight," "Rainbow Sleeves," "Why," "Won’t You Be My Neighbor?," "Up the Ladder to the Roof." Bonus Tracks: "Remember," "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)." Recorded July 6, 2009.

Prima DonnaPrima Donna: The Story of an Opera
(Decca - new on DVD)
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Ninety-minute documentary, originally produced for the BBC, about the making of Rufus Wainwright's opera.

Two on a TapTwo on Tap: A Tribute to Song and Dance
(Neither Nor Music - new on CD)
Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano. "Just You, Just Me," "I Got Rhythm," "No Strings (I'm Fancy Free) - I've Got No Strings," "I Don't Know Enough About You," "I Thought About You," "Shine - Oh How My Heart Beats for You," "My Romance - Yes Sir, That's My Baby," "Bye Bye Blues," "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter," "The Glory of Love," "Fascinating Rhythm."

Silver: The Musical
(new on CD)
Joseph Burrows and Benjamin Phillippe musical based on "Treasure Island."


June 8, 2010

Addams FamilyThe Addams Family
(Decca Broadway - new on CDAddams Family Cast - The Addams Family (Soundtrack from the Musical) [Bonus Track Version]
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Cast recording from the new Broadway show based on the cartoons of Charles Addams. Nathan Lane, Bebe Neuwirth, Terrence Mann, Carolee Carmello, Kevin Chamberlin, Jackie Hoffman, Zachary James, Adam Riegler, Wesley Taylor and Krysta Rodriguez. Music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. Produced by Decca Theatricals. "Addams Family Theme" (Orchestra), "Overture" (Orchestra), "When You're an Addams" (Company), "Pulled" (Krysta Rodriguez, Adam Riegler), "Where Did We Go Wrong?" (Bebe Neuwirth, Nathan Lane ), "One Normal Night" (Company), "Morticia" (Nathan Lane, Male Ancestors), "What If" (Adam Riegler, Jackie Hoffman), "Full Disclosure" (Company), "Waiting" (Carolee Carmello, Ancestors), "Full Disclosure Part 2" (Company), "Just Around the Corner" (Bebe Neuwirth, Ancestors), "The Moon and Me" (Kevin Chamberlin, Female Ancestors), "Happy/Sad" (Nathan Lane), "Crazier Than You" (Krysta Rodriguez, Wesley Taylor), "Let's Not Talk About Anything Else But Love" (Terrence Mann, Nathan Lane, Kevin Chamberlin), "Let's Not Talk About Anything Else But Love" (Reprise)" (Jackie Hoffman, Nathan Lane, Kevin Chamberlin), "In the Arms" (Terrence Mann, Carolee Carmello, Ancestores), "Live Before We Die" (Nathan Lane, Bebe Neuwirth), "Tango de Amor" (Orchestra), "Move Toward the Darkness" (Company). Download-only voice-and-piano track of the unused "Not Today" will be available as an iTunes exclusive. Recorded 4/19/10.

Bing Crosby Television SpecialsBing Crosby: The Television Specials, Vol. 1
(Infinity - new on 2 DVDs)
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1952 inspirational film Faith, Hope and Hogan, featuring Bing, Bob Hope, Phil Harris and golfer Ben Hogan, from The Christophers television series. Four TV specials: Bing's first color television appearance from 1954 with golfer Jimmy Demaret and Jack Benny (1/3/54); Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong (9/29/59); Bob Hope, Edie Adams, Gary Crosby and the Smothers Brothers (5/14/62); Dean Martin, Bernadette Peters and Flip Wilson (4/13/70), plus bonus material, including a rare 1962 local TV interview from Hawaii; 1964 commercial for the thermo-fax copier; recently discovered 1967 Australian TV interview. 245 minutes.

Broadway BoysThe Broadway Boys: Lullaby of Broadway
(PS Classics - new on CDMichael James Scott, Maurice Murphy, Daniel Torres, Danny Clark, Jesse Nager & Peter Matthew Smith - Audio CD (Lullaby of Broadway)
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Landon Beard, Danny Calvert, Telly Leung, Maurice Murphy, Jesse Nager, Zak Resnick, Michael James Scott, Peter Matthew Smith, Lucas Steele, Marty Thomas and Daniel Torres. Selections include "Lullaby of Broadway," "Defying Gravity," "Come to My Garden," "Imagine," "Feed the Birds," "Aquarius," "Old Devil Moon," "Feeling Good," "I Don't Care Much," "The Impossible Dream," "Mama, a Rainbow," "Shadowland," Leavin's Not the Only Way to Go," "Maybe/Tomorrow."

Fela!Fela!
(The Knitting Factory - new on CDFela Kuti & Lilias White - Fela! (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
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Original Broadway cast recording. Features Sahr Ngaujah as Fela singing with the irrepressibly funky Anitbalas. Includes all 16 of the Fela compositions that are performed in the show, plus several songs performed by Funmalayo as played by Lilias White, and Sandra Izadore as played by Saycon Sengbloh. Arrangements by Aaron Johnson and Antibalas. Robert Sher producer.

Filthy TalkFilthy Talk for Troubled Times: And Other Plays
(Soft Skull Press - Paperback Book)
Neil LaBute's 1989 play, plus his new short works The New Testament, a showbiz satire that takes a close look at the perils of color-blind casting, and The Furies, in which a woman helps navigate her brother’s breakup with his out-and-then-perhaps, in-the-closet-again lover.

Follow That Girl/Hooray For Daisy!Follow That Girl/Hooray For Daisy!
(Must Close Saturday Records - new on CD)
Original cast recording of Julian Slade an Dorothy Reynolds Follow That Girl plus the Bristol Old Vic cast recording of their Hooray For Daisy!. Susan Hampshire, Peter Gilmore, Marion Grimaldi, Patricia Routledge, James Cairncross, Newton Blick. Stereo original London cast recording restored by Alan Bunting. Available at www.must-close-saturday-records.co.uk

Glee Journey to Regionals EPGlee: The Music - Journey to Regionals
(Columbia - new EP) Glee Cast - Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals - EP
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Six songs performed by the cast of the TV series. "Faithfully," "Anyway You Want It/Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'," "Don't Stop Believin' (Regionals version)," "Bohemian Rhapsody," "To Sir, With Love," "Over The Rainbow."

No Space for AirJulie Atherton - No Space for Air
(Speckulation Entertainment - new on CD)
Julie Atherton (West End Avenue Q, Mamma Mia!, Fame). "unique and groundbreaking album for the Spring Awakening and Lady Gaga generation. Julie’s musical influences range from Alanis Morrissette and Skunk Anansie to legendary musical theatre composer Stephen Sondheim, leading to a wonderfully eclectic and personal selection of material." Available at Dress Circle.

Life Begins at 8:40Life Begins at 8:40
(PS Classics - new on CDGraham Rowat - Audio CD (Life Begins at 8:40: 2010 Studio Cast Recording)
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1934 Harold Arlen/Ira Gershwin/Yip Harburg revue. Kate Baldwin, Philip Chaffin, Christopher Fitzgerald, Montego Glover, Rebecca Luker, Brad Oscar, Faith Prince, Graham Rowat and Jessica Stone; 24-piece orchestra with the original charts by Hans Spialek, Robert Russell Bennett and Don Walker. Aaron Gandy conductor. Recorded in March 2010.

Music of America BernsteinMusic of America: Leonard Bernstein
(Sony Masterworks - new on CD)
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Stage MoneyStage Money: The Business of the Professional Theater
(Univ of South Caroline Press - Paperback/Hardcover Book)
By Tim Donahue and Jim Patterson. Groundbreaking guide to understanding professional theater finances today through the use of the tools and metaphors of the business world at large ... comprehensive picture of the economic realities of theater production that is radically different from the assessments typically espoused elsewhere. Tangible data, charts, and graphs are counterbalanced with illuminating "intermissions" between chapters and interspersed sidebars throughout to provide specific examples of key concepts, collectively presenting an expansive overview of the contemporary theater business. Unparalleled tool for theater professionals and enthusiasts interested in garnering a better understanding of the business's inner workings at present and its challenges for the future.

A Tanner's WorthA Tanner's Worth of Tune: Rediscovering the post-war British Musical
(Boydell Press - Hardcover Book)
First book to be written on the post-war British musical, and the first major assessment of the British musical for a quarter of a century. The musical plays of Ivor Novello and Noel Coward - both pre- and post-war - are discussed in detail, as are the two composers who came to dominate the 1950s, Sandy Wilson and Julian Slade... The book brings together 'adopted' British musicals, discusses the rise and fall of the British 'verismo' and the biomusical ... the collapse of the British musical's nationalism in the 1960s as witnessed by John Osborne and Lionel Bart. By Adrian Wright (author and runs Must Close Saturday Records).

Throw It to the WindThrow It to the Wind: Christa Justus, the Songs of Maltby & Shire
(PS Classics - new on CDChrista Justus - Audio CD (Throw it to the Wind)
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Broadway singer-actress Christa Justus (Les Miserables, Titanic, plus Maltby & Shire's Baby and Take Flight) and award-winning composer/arranger Andrew Gerle (Meet John Doe). Fourteen selections: "Dancing All the Time," "A Girl You Should Know," "Throw It to the Wind," "You and the Sky," "A Little Bit Off," "Stargazer/Stars," "I Hear Bells," "Coffee Black," "Life Story," "One Step," "The Word Is Love," "I Chose Right," "Autumn," "I Wouldn't Go Back."


June 1, 2010

BabiesBabies
(new on 2 CDs)
Studio album. Book, music and lyrics by Cliff Jones. Originally presented at Charlottetown Festival in Canada. Available at www.babiesthemusical.com.

Hey MarilynHey Marilyn
(new on 2 CDs)
Musical biography of Marilyn Monroe. Book, music and lyrics by Cliff Jones. Originally commissioned, produced and broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio Network with Beverly D'Angelo, Cal Dodd, Rory Dodd, Rudy Webb, Peter Law, Babara Lawlor, Laurie Bower. Cast of 30; orchestra of 33. 38 songs, 113 minute. Available at www.heymarilynthemusical.com.


May 24, 2010

Rock the AuditionRock the Audition - How to Prepare for and Get Cast in Rock Musicals
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book/DVD)
By Sheri Sanders. Defines what is required of the actor-singer to succeed in the audition room and gives the aspiring performer the tools necessary to interpret rock material with abandon, creativity, and inspiration. DVD with coaching techniques on rock vocal styling and rock physicalization included.


May 25, 2010

Bing Crosby on BroadwayBing Crosby on Broadway
(Collector's Choice - new on CD)
Selections from such legendary Broadway musicals as South Pacific, The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, Can-Can, Anything Goes, My Fair Lady and others, accompanied by Buddy Cole & His Trio on 17 tracks and John Scott Trotter on two tracks.

Change Happens: Pamela Winslow-KashaniChange Happens: Pamela Winslow Kashani
(new on CD)
Recording of Broadway veteran Pamela Winslow Kashani's (Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast) cabaret show. "Rapunzel's Theme," "Galileo," "On the Steps of the Palace," "I Want to Go to Hollywood," "I've Got it All," "Flight 4:34 Album Only ," "I Am What I Am," "Slumber, My Darling," "Eyes of a Child," "Stop, Time," "Ong Namo," "Back to Me," "No Business Like Show Business," "Music of Your Life/Make Your Own Party."

Goodnight MoonGoodnight Moon: Lullaby for Soprano and Orchestra and The Runaway Bunny
(GPR Records - new single)
Based on the children's classic books. Composer-conductor Glen Roven wrote the award-winning music. Goodnight Moon is sung by Lauren Flanigan, and The Runaway Bunny is narrated by Kate Mulgrew.

The Fanstasticks 50th AnniversaryThe Fantasticks 50th Anniversary Edition (Complete Vocal Score)
(Alfred Music - Paperback Book)
This special 50th anniversary edition of the complete vocal score was personally approved by lyricist Tom Jones and composer Harvey Schmidt. 212 pages. May be delayed.

Life Begins at 8:40Life Begins at 8:40
(PS Classics - new on CD)
1934 Harold Arlen/Ira Gershwin/Yip Harburg revue. Kate Baldwin, Philip Chaffin, Christopher Fitzgerald, Montego Glover, Rebecca Luker, Brad Oscar, Faith Prince, Graham Rowat and Jessica Stone; 24-piece orchestra with the original charts by Hans Spialek, Robert Russell Bennett and Don Walker. Aaron Gandy conductor. Recorded in March 2010. Early online release at PSClassics.com. Store date 6/8/10.

Million Dollar Quartet OBC recording
Available at http://www.milliondollarquartetgoods.com/.

Polyester the MusicalPolyester The Musical
(Samuel French - Paperback Book)
Libretto of new musical comedy with 16 original songs. Book by Phil Olson; Music by Wayland Pickard; Lyrics by Phil Olson & Wayland Pickard. The story of The Synchronistics, an over-the-hill ABBA wannabe group that reunites after 20 years to perform at a public access TV telethon, put their differences aside, and try to save the station from going under.

Sex and the City 2 SoundtrackSex and the City 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
(Watertower Music - new on CDLiza Minnelli - Sex and the City 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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Includes Liza Minnelli's "Single Ladies," Liza and Billy Stritch's "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" and Jennifer Hudson's "Love Is Your Color."


May 18, 2010

The 39 StepsThe 39 Steps
(Samuel French - Paperback Book)
Patrick Barlow's stage adaptation, based on John Buchan's gripping whodunit, filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1935 and now a stage play in the West End, Off-Broadway and on Broadway. Released 11/09.

Broadway the American Musical UpdatedBroadway: The American Musical - Revised and Updated
(Applause - Paperback Book)
Companion book to the six-part PBS series has been revised and updated, with a brand-new foreword by Julie Andrews and new material on all the Broadway musicals through the 2009-2010 season. 480 pages.

Bryn Terfel: Bad BoysBryn Terfel: Bad Boys
(Deutsche Grammophon - new on CD)
Bryn Terfel, Balcarras Crafoord, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Paul Daniel, Swedish Radio Choir & Arne Lundmark - Bad Boys
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Songs sung by musical villains of the opera and musical theatre stage. Mefistofele - Canzone Del Fischio: "So Lo Spirito Che Nega"; Tosca - Tre Sbirri, Una Carrozza; L'elisir D'amore - "Udite, Udite, O Rustici"; Otello - "Vanne! La Tua Meta Già Vedo," Credo In Un Dio Cru- Del"; Der Freischütz - "Schweig, Schweig, Damit Dich Niemand Warnt"; Porgy and Bess - "It Ain't Necessarily So"; Die Dreigroschenoper - Moritat Von Mackie Messer; Ruddigore Or The Witch's Curse - "When The Night Wind Howls"; Sweeney Todd "Epiphany"; Les Miserables, Arranged By David Hamilton - "Stars"; La Gioconda - "O Monumento!"; Il Barbiere Di Siviglia - No.6 Aria: "La Calunnia È Un Venticello"; Fidelio - "Ha! Welch Ein Augenblick!"; Faust - No.7 Ronde Du Veau D'or: "Le Veau D'or"; Don Giovanni - "Don Giovanni, A Cenar Teco M'invitasti." Released 4/13/10.

Gentleman Press AgenThe Gentleman Press Agent: Fifty Years in the Theatrical Trenches with Merle Debuskey
(Applause - Hardcover Book)
By Robert Simonson. Study of Merle Debuskey, for fifty years New York theater's top publicist, handling more Broadway shows than any press agent in Broadway history; Joe Papp's right-hand man for thirty years, first mouthpiece for nonprofits Circle in the Square and Lincoln Center Theater; unseen player who, with Papp, fought Robert Moses, ensuring that Shakespeare in the Park remained free; made sure How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying kept its title; saved Zero Mostel's life; housed redbaiters target John Henry Faulk, befriending the blacklisted; manhandled George C. Scott and Mort Saul; and romanced Kim Stanley.

Glee ShowstoppersGlee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers
(Sony - new on CD)
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"Hello, Goodbye," "Gives You Hell," "Hello," "One Less Bell To Answer / A House Is Not A Home," "Beautiful," "Physical," "Total Eclipse of the Heart," "Lady Is A Tramp," "One," "Dream On," "Safety Dance," "I Dreamed a Dream," "Give Up the Funk," "Bad Romance."

Glee Showstoppers DeluxeGlee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers (Deluxe)
(Sony - new on CDGlee Cast - Glee: The Music, Vol. 3 - Showstoppers (Deluxe Edition)
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"Hello, Goodbye," "Gives You Hell," "Hello," "A House Is Not A Home," "One Less Bell To Answer / A House Is Not A Home," "Beautiful," "Home," "Physical," "Total Eclipse of the Heart," "Lady Is A Tramp," "One," "Rose's Turn," "Dream On," "Safety Dance," "I Dreamed a Dream," "Loser," "Give Up the Funk," "Beth," "Poker Face," "Bad Romance."

Hollywood's TennesseeHollywood's Tennessee: The Williams Films and Postwar America
(Univ of Texas Press - Paperback Book)
By R. Barton Palmer and William Robert Bray. Draws on rarely examined archival research to recast Tennessee Williams' significance in Hollywood ... bringing to light the details of the arduous screenwriting process he experienced, with special emphasis on the Production Code Administration and Williams' innovative efforts to bend the code. Showcases findings culled from poster and billboard art, pressbooks, and other production and advertising material. A sweeping account of how Williams' adapted plays were crafted, marketed, and received, as well as the lasting implications of this history for commercial filmmakers and their audiences. Released 11/09.

BernsteinLeonard Bernstein: West Side Story (Landmarks in Music Since 1950)
(UK publisher, Ashgate - Hardcover Book)
Nigel Simeone explores the long process of creating West Side Story, including a discussion of Bernstein's sketches, early drafts of the score and script, as well as cut songs and provides a commentary on the music itself. Simeone's commentary considers: musical characteristics and compositional techniques used to mirror the drama (for example, the various uses of the tritone), motivic development, the use and reinvention of Broadway and other conventions, the creation of dramatic continuity in the score through the use of motifs and other devices, the unusual degree of dissonance and rhythmic complexity (at least for the time), and the integration of Latin-American dance forms (Mambo, Huapango and so on). Simeone also considers the reception of West Side Story in the contemporary press. Also looks in detail at the making of the original Broadway cast recording, made in just one day, included on the accompanying CD. Released in December 2009.

Lena Sings: MGM Records CollectionLena Horne Sings: MGM Records Collection
(Hip-O Select - new on CD)
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Songs recorded in the late 1940s and never previously available in one set. "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," "The Man I Love," "I Feel So Smoochie," "Take Love Easy," "Love of My Life," "'Deed I Do," "Sometimes I'm Happy," "It's Mad, Mad, Mad!," "He Makes Me Believe He's Mine," "I've Got the World on a String," "Is It Always Like This," "Something to Live For," "Pass Me By," "A Foggy Day," "Where Or When," "The Lady Is a Tramp."

My Vaudeville ManMy Vaudeville Man!
(Ghostlight Records - new on CDKaren Murphy & Shonn Wiley - My Vaudeville Man (Soundtrack from the Musical)
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Off-Broadway (York Theatre) cast recording of show based on legendary tap star Jack Donahue. Recorded January 2 (premiered at NYMF as Mud Donahue and Son). Score by Bob Johnston and Jeff Hochhauser. Karen Murphy and Shonn Wiley.

Nunset BoulevardNunset Boulevard: The Nunsense Hollywood Bowl Show
(Nunsense, Inc. - new on CD)
Seventh show in the Nunsense series. Bonnie Lee, Bambi Jones, Jeanne Tinker, Deborah Del Mastro, and Stephanie Wahl.

RedRed: A New Play
(Oberon Books - Paperback Book)
John Logan's play about Mark Rothko, now on Broadway starring Alfred Molina.

Working With BernsteinWorking with Bernstein
(Hal Leonard - Hardcover Book)
By Jack Gottlieb, composer, colleague and friend of Leonard Bernstein. Presents fresh, sensitive, and revealing information about the everyday life of the maestro in Part One, featuring reminiscences peppered with anecdotes, humor, and stories by others. Part Two includes Gottlieb's commentaries and analyses of Bernstein's works, which have appeared in program notes for concerts by many of the world's orchestras, as jacket notes for recordings, and as articles in journals and elsewhere, beginning with the New York Philharmonic tribute "A Valentine for Leonard Bernstein" on February 13, 1961. Preceded by updated remarks, this collection allows those seeking firsthand information on Bernstein's compositions to find all of Gottlieb's valuable scholarship in one place.


May 11, 2010

Barbara McNair Front Row CenterBarbara McNair: Front Row Center
(Sepia - new on CDFront Row Center - Barbara McNair
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Includes 1959 album which featured twelve Broadway showstoppers, all here in stereo. 25 tracks total.

Bill Charlap CollectionThe Bill Charlap Collection
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Exact transcriptions of ten standards as performed by the jazz pianist: The Best Thing for You," "I Walk with Music," "In the Still of the Night," "It Was Written in the Stars," "It's So Peaceful in the Country," "Jubilee," "The Man That Got Away," "On a Slow Boat to China," "One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)," "Skylark."

Bing Crosby through the Years Vol 5Bing Crosby Through the Years 5: 1953
(Sepia - new on CDThrough the Years Volume 5 - Bing Crosby
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28 commercial tracks recorded by Bing Crosby in chronological order between February and November 1953. Including four Little Boy Lost )"Cela M’est Egal," "The Magic Window," "Violets and Violins" and "A Propos De Rien"), eight tracks recorded in France from Le Bing - Song Hits of Paris and two numbers Bing recorded with his son Gary ("What A Little Moonlight Can Do" and "Down By The Riverside") the latter charting briefly reaching No. 28.

Deanna Durbin Spring ParadeDeanna Durbin in Spring Parade
(Sepia - new on CDDeanna Durbin in Spring Parade - Various Artists
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Soundtrack recording in its entirety, never before publicly released. Also, a promotional "exploitation" record from three of Durbin's films; Spring Parade, Three Smart Girls and That Certain Age; the opening song from Spring Parade, "It's Foolish But It's Fun" as performed by Durbin on a radio broadcast with the verse intact, which is not heard on the film; and the complete version of "When April Sings"” unlike the shorter rendition heard in the film. 28 tracks total.

EnronEnron
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
West End an Broadawy play by Lucy Prebble. A case study and an allegory ... charts the notorious rise and fall of Enron and its founding partners Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, who became reviled figures from the financial scandal of the century. Released 4/15/10.

God of Carnage
(Dramatist's Play Service - Paperback Book)
Play by Christopher Hampton.

Jane MorganJane in Spain: Jane Morgan
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(Sepia - new on CDJane in Spain - Jane Morgan
Some Latin music, recorded in a mixture of the original Spanish lyrics and English translations, plus selections from The American Songbook. 24 tracks.


May 4, 2010

Barbara Carroll Trio Something to Live ForThe Barbara Carroll Trio: Something To Live For
(Harbinger Records - new on CD)
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Recorded 12/7/2008 at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz At Lincoln Center, New York. Ken Peplowski (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Barbara Carroll (vocals, piano); Alvin Atkinson (drums). "All I Need Is The Girl," "Lonely Town," "I Wanna Be Yours," "How Could You Do A Thing Like That To Me?," "Single Petal Of A Rose," "In A Sentimental Mood," "Mood Indigo," "Things Ain't What They Used To Be," "How About You?," "Something To Live For," "Lotus Blossom," "A Night In Tunisia." Released 4/27/10.

Brother/Sister PlaysBrother/Sister Plays
(TCG - Paperback Book)
First collection of plays by Tarell Alvin McCraney (Wig Out! and The Breach). McCraney's dramas of kinship, love, and heartache are set in the bayou of Louisiana and loosely draw on West African myths. In the Red and Brown Water, The Brothers Size, Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet.

HamletHamlet
(BBC Warner - new on DVD)
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Televised British production with Patrick Stewart, David Tennant, Penny Downie. Directed by Gregory Doran.

Imagine ThisImagine This
(PBS Direct - new on CD/mp3Original London Cast - Imagine This - Original London Cast Recording
Recorded live at the New London Theatre 9 in December 2008. Set in Poland, 1942, Imagine This follows a group of actors in the Warsaw Ghetto as they stage a play to inspire hope within their community. However, with rumours of a final solution in the air, their play merges with the reality they are trying to escape and a dramatic love story unfolds. Score by Shuki Levy, lyrics by David Goldsmith and book by Glenn Berenbeim. Marc Antolin, Rachael Archer, Stuart Boother, Emily Jane Boyle, Oliver Brenin, Michael Camp, Richard Cotton, Joel Elferink, Simon Gleeson, Leila Benn Haris, Bob Harms, Sarah Ingram, Paul Iveson, Cameron Leigh, Roy Litvin, Bernard Lloyd, Michael Matus, Gary Milner, Aoife Nally, Grant Neal, Vincent Pirillo, Peter Polycarpou, Steven Serlin, Philippa Stefani, Sevan Stephan, Rebecca Sutherland, Carrie Sutton, Gemma Sutton, Lucy Thatcher, Michael Watson. U.S. release. Previously available at Dress Circle.

Imagine This DVDImagine This
(PBS Direct - new on DVD)
Recorded live at the New London Theatre 9 in December 2008. Set in Poland, 1942, Imagine This follows a group of actors in the Warsaw Ghetto as they stage a play to inspire hope within their community. However, with rumours of a final solution in the air, their play merges with the reality they are trying to escape and a dramatic love story unfolds. Score by Shuki Levy, lyrics by David Goldsmith and book by Glenn Berenbeim. Marc Antolin, Rachael Archer, Stuart Boother, Emily Jane Boyle, Oliver Brenin, Michael Camp, Richard Cotton, Joel Elferink, Simon Gleeson, Leila Benn Haris, Bob Harms, Sarah Ingram, Paul Iveson, Cameron Leigh, Roy Litvin, Bernard Lloyd, Michael Matus, Gary Milner, Aoife Nally, Grant Neal, Vincent Pirillo, Peter Polycarpou, Steven Serlin, Philippa Stefani, Sevan Stephan, Rebecca Sutherland, Carrie Sutton, Gemma Sutton, Lucy Thatcher, Michael Watson.

KristinaKristina
(Universal - new on 2 CDs)
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Musical with music by Benny Andersson, original lyrics by Bjorn Ulvaeus and English lyrics by Ulvaeus and Herbert Kretzmer, based on a series of novels by Vilhelm Moberg, in its first English-language presentation in a Carnegie Hall September 23-24, 2009. Original production 1995 in Malmo and ran for four years, and a concert version (in Swedish) was presented in Minneapolis in 1996. U.S. release date. Digipak.

Masterworks Broadway new eco-friendly packaging re-releases: 1776 OBC, 42nd Street OBC, Annie Get Your Gun Music Theatre of Lincoln Center, Carousel 1965 Lincoln Center cast, City of Angels OBC, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying OBC, The King and I Musical Theatre of Lincoln Center, Mame OBC, Oliver! OBC, Peter Pan Original Cast.

NineNine
(Sony - new on DVD/Blu-Ray)
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2009 movie version of musical with Maury Yeston score. Sophia Loren, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Kate Hudson, Stacy Ferguson. Directed by Rob Marshall. Unconfirmed extras on blu-ray & DVD: commentary with Director Rob Marshall and Producer John DeLuca; featurettes The Incomparable Daniel Day Lewis, The Women of Nine, Director Rob Marshall, Behind the Look of Nine, The Dancers of Nine, The Choreography of "Be Italian", Making of "Cinema Italiano", The Choreography of "Cinema Italiano"; "Cinema Italiano" music video, "Take It All" music video, "Unusual Way" music video. Blu-ray exclusives: Sophia Loren Remembers Cinecitta Studios featurette, Screen Actor’s Guild Q&A Session, movieIQ+sync featuring the Nine playlist.

No Time For SergeantsNo Time For Sergeants
(WHV - new on DVD)
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1958 film version of Iran Levin play, with Andy Griffith, Don Knotts, Nick Adams and Myron McCormick. First time on DVD.

One Night OnlyOne Night Only - Barbra Streisand and Quartet at the Village Vanguard
(Sony/Columbia - new on DVD/Blu-Ray)
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Barbra Streisand's 9/26/09 concert at Village Vanguard. Reported video content: Introductions, Here's To Life, In the Wee Small Hours Of the Morning, The Gentle Rain, Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most, If You Go Away (Ne Me Quitte Pas), Where Do You Start?, Nobody's Heart (Belongs to Me), Make Someone Happy, My Funny Valentine, Bewitched (Bothered and Bewildered), Evergreen, Some Other Time, The Way We Were, Credits, Village Vanguard Vignette. Blu-Ray to include songs as an audio-only option.

One Night OnlyOne Night Only - Barbra Streisand and Quartet at the Village Vanguard: Deluxe Edition
(Sony/Columbia - new on DVD/CD)
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Barbra Streisand's 9/26/09 concert at Village Vanguard. Reported video content: Introductions, Here's To Life, In the Wee Small Hours Of the Morning, The Gentle Rain, Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most, If You Go Away (Ne Me Quitte Pas), Where Do You Start?, Nobody's Heart (Belongs to Me), Make Someone Happy, My Funny Valentine, Bewitched (Bothered and Bewildered), Evergreen, Some Other Time, The Way We Were, Credits, Village Vanguard Vignette. Includes a CD of songs from the concert.

She Ain't Heavy, She's My Mother: A Memoir
(Harmony - Hardcover Book)
By Bryan Batt.

Kimmel Book"There's Mel, There's Woody, and There's You": My Life in the Slow Lane
(AuthorHouse - new Paperback/Hardcover Book)
Memoir by Bruce Kimmel. signed copies with bonus CD of rare tracks available at Kritzerland.com.

My Vaudeville ManMy Vaudeville Man!
(Ghostlight Records - new on iTunesKaren Murphy & Shonn Wiley - My Vaudeville Man (Soundtrack from the Musical)
Off-Broadway (York Theatre) cast recording of show based on legendary tap star Jack Donahue. Recorded January 2 (premiered at NYMF as Mud Donahue and Son). Score by Bob Johnston and Jeff Hochhauser. Karen Murphy and Shonn Wiley. CD release date is 5/18/10.

William Finn SongbookThe William Finn Songbook
(Alfred Publishing - Paperback Book)
23 songs handpicked by William Finn especially for this collection. Featured are selections from Falsettos and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, plus songs that have never been published. Titles: All Fall Down," "And They're Off," "Anytime (I Am There)," "Change," "I Have Found," "The I Love You Song," "I Speak Six Languages," "I Went Fishing with My Dad," "I'd Rather Be Sailing," "I'm Breaking Down," "I'm Not That Smart," "Infinite Joy," "Innocence and Experience," "Love Me for What I Am," "My Unfortunate Erection," "Only One," "Republicans," "Set Those Sails," "Stupid Things I Won't Do," "That's Enough for Me," "Unlikely Lovers," "What More Can I Say," "You're Even Better Than You Think You Are." Though Amazon currently shows this as out of print, it appears to be available at Alfred.com.


April 27, 2010

AssassinsAssassins: Vocal Selections, Revised Edition
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Stephen Sondheim score. Newly edited, with new music engravings, added songs, articles and photos. Includes: "The Ballad of Booth," "The Ballad of Czolgosz," "The Ballad of Guiteau," "Everybody's Got the Right," "Something Just Broke," "Unworthy of Your Love." 88 pages.

Everyday RaptureEveryday Rapture
(Sh-K-Boom- new at iTunesSherie Rene Scott, Lindsay Mendez & Betsy Wolfe - Everyday Rapture (Soundtrack from the Musical)

Original cast recording. Sherie Rene Scott, Betsey Wolfe, Eamon Foley and Lindsay Mendez. "The Other Side of This Life (Overture)," "Got a Thing on My Mind," "Elevation," "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe," "Get Happy," "You Made Me Love You," "MrRogers Medley (It’s Such a Good Feeling, Everybody's Fancy, I Like to Be Told)," "It’s You I Like," "I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City," "Life Line," "The Weight," "Rainbow Sleeves," "Why," "Won’t You Be My Neighbor?," "Up the Ladder to the Roof." Bonus Tracks: "Remember," "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)." Recorded July 6, 2009. Available now at iTunes; the CD will be released in early June.

Florence Henderson and Shirley Jones First Ladies of BroadwayFlorence Henderson & Shirley Jones: First Ladies of Broadway - Bell Telephone Hour Telecasts 1960-1966
(VAI - new on DVD)
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1962 performances from the Bell Telephone Hour television series is a collection of beloved Broadway favorites. Program also includes solos by Jack Cassidy and Keith Andes, and duets with Gordon MacRae. 66 minutes, Color, mono, 4:3, All regions. Released 4/6/10.

The Fugitive KindThe Fugitive Kind (Criterion Collection)
(Criterion - new on 2 DVDs)
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1959 film with screenplay by Meade Roberts and Tennessee Williams based on Williams play Orpheus Descending. Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Joanne Woodward, and Maureen Stapleton. Directed by Sidney Lumet. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Sidney Lumet plus extras: new video interview with Lumet; new documentary featuring Tennessee Williams scholar Robert Bray and film historian R. Barton Palmer discussing Williams' work in Hollywood and The Fugitive Kind; Three Plays by Tennessee Williams, an hour-long television presentation of three one-act plays by Williams, directed by Lumet in 1958; booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Thomson.

I Love Lucy the Movie RaritiesI Love Lucy: The Movie and Other Great Rarities
(Paramount - new on DVD)
In 1953, three classic first season I Love Lucy episodes (“The Benefit,” “Breaking the Lease,” and “The Ballet”) were edited together with newly filmed connecting scenes to create this released feature-length film (which was never released). Discovered in the Paramount vault by Dann Cahn in 2001. Extras include: "Lucy Goes To Scotland" (only full-length episode in color); the series' first commercial; highlights from Lucy and Desi's appearance on The Ed Wynn Show; footage of Lucy, Desi and Vivian Vance accepting their Emmy awards.

Into the WoodsInto the Woods: Vocal Selections, Revised Edition
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Stephen Sondheim score. Newly edited, with new music engravings, added songs, articles and photos. Includes: "Agony," "Any Moment," "Children Will Listen," "Giants in the Sky," "I Know Things Now," "Into the Woods," "It Takes Two," "No More," "No One Is Alone," "On the Steps of the Palace," "Stay with Me."

Judy Garland Show Vol 4Judy Garland Show, Vol. 4
(Infinity/Classic World - new on DVD)
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Features episodes with Ethel Merman, Vic Damone, Chita Rivera. 102 minutes.

Achin' and Shakin' Laura Bell BundyLaura Bell Bundy: Achin' & Shakin'
(Mercury Nashville - new on CDLaura Bell Bundy - Achin' and Shakin'
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Album in two parts: Achin' is a collection of slow and sultry country songs and Shakin' is a group of sassy songs that are equal parts humor, confidence and attitude.

Meshuggah-Nuns!Meshuggah-Nuns!
(Standing Room Only - new on DVD)
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Dan Goggin's Meshuggah-Nuns! finds the sisters on an all-expense paid trip on the Faiths of All Nations Cruise. When the cast of Fiddler on the Roof (with the exception of the guy playing Tevye) gets seasick, the ship's captain asks the sisters and Tevye to put on a show. Songs include "Say It In Yiddish," "Contrition," "In the Convent," and "If I Were a Catholic." Starring the Original New York Cast Deborah Del Mastro, David Edwards, Bambi Jones, Bonnie Lee, Jeanne Tinker, Stephanie Wahl. 97 minutes.

OvoOvo
(Cirque du Soleil - new on CDCirque du Soleil - Ovo (Soundtrack from the Show)
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Soundtrack from Cirque du Soleil show. Brazilian influences with composer Berna Ceppas.

Sunday in the Park With GeorgeSunday in the Park with George: Vocal Selections, Revised Edition
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Stephen Sondheim score. Newly edited, with new music engravings, added songs, articles and photos. Includes: "Beautiful," "Children and Art," "Everybody Loves Louis," "Finishing the Hat," "Lesson #8," "Move On," "Putting It Together," "Sunday," "Sunday in the Park with George," "We Do Not Belong Together." 114 pages.

Sweeney ToddSweeney Todd: Vocal Selections, Revised Edition
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)Newly revised, with new music engravings, added songs, articles and photos. Includes "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd," "By the Sea," "Green Finch and Linnet Bird," "Johanna," "Ladies in Their Sensitivities," "A Little Priest," "Not While I'm Around," "Pretty Women," "Wait," "The Worst Pies in London."


April 20, 2010

Walnut Street TheatreAmerica's Longest Run: A History of the Walnut Street Theatre
(Penn State Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Andrew Davis. Traces the history of America's oldest theater. The Philadelphia landmark has been at or near the center of theatrical activity since it opened, as a circus, on February 2, 1809. This book documents the players and productions that appeared at this venerable house and the challenges the Walnut has faced from economic crises, changing tastes, technological advances, and competition from new media.Today, the Walnut operates as a nonprofit performing arts center. It is one of the most successful producing theaters in the country, with more than 350,000 attending performances each year. 344 pages.

The American StageThe American Stage: Writing on Theater from Washington Irving to Tony Kushner
(Library of America - Hardcover Book)
Laurence Senelick, editor. The story of America's living theater, high and low, mainstream and experimental. Drawing on history, criticism, memoir, fiction, poetry, and parody, editor Laurence Senelick presents writers with the special knack "to distill both the immediate experience and the recollected impression, to draw the reader into the charmed circle and conjure up what has already vanished." Washington Irving, Fanny Trollope, Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Henry James, Willa Cather, Hutchins Hapgood, Carl Van Vechten, Alain Locke, Ezra Pound, Lee Simonson, Djuna Barnes, Gilbert Seldes, Fred Allen, S. J. Perelman, Edmund Wilson, Harold Clurman, Gore Vidal, Thornton Wilder, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Lorraine Hansberry, Edward Albee, Wendy Wasserstein, David Mamet, Tony Kushner, Stark Young, George Jean Nathan, Brooks Atkinson, and Eric Bentley.

American IdiotAmerican Idiot Original Cast Recording
(Warner/Reprise - new on CD/mp3
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Green Day musical. John Gallagher Jr., Michael Esper, Stark Sands as Tunny, Tony Vincent as St. Jimmy, Rebecca Naomi Jones as Whatsername, Mary Faber, Christina Sajous. 22 tracks.

Blumenfeld's Dictionary of Musical TheaterBlumenfeld's Dictionary of Musical Theater
(Limelight Editions - Paperback Book)
Nearly 1,800 entries ... research tool and handy reference. A supplement and companion to Blumenfeld's Dictionary of Acting and Show Business. Thumbnail plot summaries of works well-known and obscure; thumbnail biographies of composers and writers; and dance, theatrical, singing, and music terminology. Historical terms and foreign terms (with pronunciations) are included along with information on available recordings of many obscure pieces.

Come Fly AwayCome Fly Away
(new on CD)
16 Sinatra selections from the Broadway show. Available at the Marquis Theatre and online at Sinatra.com.

Gary Williams Meets Frank SinatraGary Williams - Meets Frank Sinatra
(new on CD)
Star of the West End's Rat Pack presents his tribute album to Sinatra with full big band and strings provided by Chris Dean and his Orchestra. "All or Nothing at All," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "Moonlight Serenade," "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me," "Dancing In The Dark," "Where or When," "Brazil," "The Girl from Ipanema (A Garota de Ipanema)," "Please Be Kind," "Day In, Day Out," "How About You?," "Nancy (with the Laughing Face)," "I´ve Got You Under My Skin," "The Way You Look Tonight," "They All Laughed," "Luck Be a Lady," "Let´s Face the Music and Dance." Available at Dress Circle

Glee: The Power of MadonnaGlee: The Music, The Power of Madonna
(Sony - new on CDGlee Cast - Glee - The Music, the Power of Madonna
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Songs from the season one episode "The Power of Madonna," in which all songs performed are covers of Madonna songs. Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Chris Coffer, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Jayma Mays, Jonathan Groff, Cory Monteith, Mark Salling and Kevin McHale.

Hollywood Musicals 3rd EditionHollywood Musicals Year by Year: Third Edition
(Applause - Paperback Book)
Barry Monush. Provides a world of information, facts, and trivia about cinema's favorite musicals. Each entry includes the screenplay writer, producer, director, choreographer, cast list, song list, release date, plot summary, and interesting notes surrounding the production, cast, and spin-offs that the movie inspired. More than 300 films. Many photographs.

Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli at the PalladiumJudy Garland and Liza Minnelli "Live" at the London Palladium
(DRG - new on 2 CDs)
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1965 concert, previously double LP. Remastered from the original tapes and digitally transferred. One: Overture, "Once in a Lifetime" (Judy), "Just in Time" (Judy), "The Travelin' Life" (Liza), "The Gypsy in My Soul" (Liza), "Hello, Dolly" (Judy, Liza), "Together Wherever We Go" (Judy, Liza), "We Could Make Such Beautiful Music/Bob White" (Judy,Liza), "Medley" (Judy, Liza): Hooray for Love/After You've Gone/By Myself/'S ," "Wonderful/How About You?/Lover, Come Back to Me/You and the Night and the ," "Music/It All Depends on You," "Who's Sorry Now?" (Liza), "Smile" (Judy), "How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Loved You When You Know I've ," "been A Liar All My Life" (Liza), "What Now, My Love?" (Judy). Disc Two: "Medley" (Liza): Take Me Along/If I Could Be with You/Tea For ," "Two/Who?/They Can't Take That Away from Me/By Myself/Take Me Along/Mammy," "Make Someone Happy" (Judy), "Pass That Peace Pipe" (Liza), "The Man That Got Away" (Judy), "The Music That Makes Me Dance" (Judy), "When the Saints Go Marching In/The Brotherhood of Man" (Judy,Liza), "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" (Judy,Liza), "Never Will I Marry" (Judy), "Swanee" (Judy,Liza), "Chicago" (Judy,Liza), "Over the Rainbow" (Judy), "San Francisco" (Judy,Liza)." New liner notes by Will Friedwald and additional photographs and documentation.

Light FantasticLight Fantastic: The Art and Design of Stage Lighting (Revised)
(Prestel USA - Hardcover Book)
Max Keller. Completely revised, updated, and expanded edition. The definitive guide to stage lighting design by a virtuoso in the field. Expanded to include new photographs from Keller's most recent productions. The text has been brought up to date to reflect the latest technological advances, while new essays on light in architecture, lighting for music concerts, and the metaphysics and politics of light broaden its scope. Hundreds of color photographs.

Off Broadway Musicals 1910-2007Off Broadway Musicals, 1910-2007: Casts, Credits, Songs, Critical Reception and Performance Data of More Than 1,800 Shows
(McFarland - new book)
Dan Dietz. Discusses more than 1,800 Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway, showcase, and workshop musical productions. Includes detailed descriptions of musicals that closed in previews or in rehearsal, selected musicals that opened in Brooklyn and in New Jersey, and American operas that opened in New York, along with general overviews of Off-Broadway institutions such as the Light Opera of Manhattan. The typical entry includes the name of the host theater or theaters; the opening date and number of performances; the production's cast and creative team; a list of songs; a brief plot synopsis; and general comments and reviews from the New York critics. Besides the individual entries, the book also includes a preface, a bibliography, and 21 appendices including a discography, filmography, a list of published scripts, and lists of musicals categorized by topic and composer. Discography, filmography, chronology, appendices, bibliography, indexes. 656 pages.

This Time TogetherThis Time Together: Laughter and Reflection
(Harmony - Hardcover Book)
By Carol Burnett. Her second book, she looks back on her life and career, and dishes about her famous costars and friends, including Jimmy Stewart, Lucille Ball, Cary Grant, Julie Andrews,Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence, and Lyle Waggoner.


April 13-15, 2010

The American StageThe American Stage: Writing on Theater from Washington Irving to Tony Kushner
(Library of America - Hardcover Book)
Laurence Senelick, editor. The story of America's living theater, high and low, mainstream and experimental. Drawing on history, criticism, memoir, fiction, poetry, and parody, editor Laurence Senelick presents writers with the special knack "to distill both the immediate experience and the recollected impression, to draw the reader into the charmed circle and conjure up what has already vanished." Washington Irving, Fanny Trollope, Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Henry James, Willa Cather, Hutchins Hapgood, Carl Van Vechten, Alain Locke, Ezra Pound, Lee Simonson, Djuna Barnes, Gilbert Seldes, Fred Allen, S. J. Perelman, Edmund Wilson, Harold Clurman, Gore Vidal, Thornton Wilder, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Lorraine Hansberry, Edward Albee, Wendy Wasserstein, David Mamet, Tony Kushner, Stark Young, George Jean Nathan, Brooks Atkinson, and Eric Bentley.

Newley DiscoveredAnthony Newley: Newley Discovered
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
Original concept recordings from three self-penned movie musicals: the 1969 semi-autobiographical Can Heironymus Merkin... with score by Newley and Herbert Kretzmer; songs from 1971 Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory composed with Leslie Bricusse; and Newley's recordings for the 1974 film Mr, Quilp musical adaptation of Dickens' Old Curiosity Shop. All selections are previously unreleased and have been restored from Newley's own private archive. Package includes rare photographs. Available at StageDoorRecords.com.

In My RoomIn My Room
(LML Music - new on CD)
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Benefit recording for Multiple Sclerosis Society. Peter Bradley Adams, Claudia Anderson, D.C. Anderson, Dakota Blonde, Catie Curtis, Kat Eggleston, Sally Fingerett, Ritt Henn, Bryce Kulak, Christine Lavin, Lori Lieberman, Modern Man, Hope Nunnery & Steve Tarshis, Kristina Olson, Mike Reid, David Roth, Arlington Priest, Victoria Shaw, Teresa Tudury, Roy Zimmerman.

Kristina UK Release
(Universal - new on 2 CDs)
Musical with music by Benny Andersson, original lyrics by Bjorn Ulvaeus and English lyrics by Ulvaeus and Herbert Kretzmer, based on a series of novels by Vilhelm Moberg, in its first English-language presentation in a Carnegie Hall September 23-24, 2009. Original production 1995 in Malmo and ran for four years, and a concert version (in Swedish) was presented in Minneapolis in 1996. Available at Amazon UK and Dress Circle. U.S. release on 5/4/10.

Maria FriedmanMaria Friedman Celebrates The Great British Songbook
(Sepia - new on CDMaria Friedman - Maria Friedman Celebrates the Great British Songbook
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First presented in February 2009 at London's Shaw Theatre during the Feinstein`s at the Shaw season. "Opening Medley: Spread A Little Happiness/Smile/If I Ruled The World," "I Sit In The Sun," "Georgy Girl/Downtown," "As If We Never Said Goodbye," "Alone Again Naturally," "The Boy In The Gallery/Mad About The Boy," "Norwegian Wood/Eleanor Rigby," "A Garden," "Nina," "If Love Were All," "War Medley: Part 1: It's A Long Way To Tipperary/Sister Susie's Sewing Shirts For Soldiers," "Part 2: The White Cliffs Of Dover/Dido's Lament," "What Kind Of Fool Am I," "We'll Meet Again," "Diamonds Are Forever" (Bonus Hidden Track). Arranged and Conducted by Jason Carr.

Poetic LicensePoetic License 100 Poems/100 Performers
(GPR Records - new on 2 CDsJames Barbour - Poetic License - 100 Poems/100 Performers, Pt. 3
New compilation of the world's best loved poetry performed and chosen by actors from theater, film and television including Jason Alexander, Christine Baranski, Brent Barrett, Zoe Caldwell, Alan Campbell, Len Cariou, Donna Lynne Champlin, Tyne Daly, Melissa Errico, Joanna Gleason, Florence Henderson, George S. Irving, Dana Ivey, Gregory Jbara, Judy Kaye, Marc Kudisch, Michael Learned, Judith Light, Rebecca Luker, Patti LuPone, Jeff McCarthy, Kate Mulgrew, Cynthia Nixon, Michelle Pawk, Paul Provenza, Paul Schoeffler, Emily Skinner, Douglas Sills, Carole Shelley, Bobby Steggert, Richard Thomas, Kathleen Turner, Michael York, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chip Zien, Louis Zorich and many more. Poets represented include Browning, Carroll, Coleridge, Dickinson, Donne, Hardy, Hopkins, Keats, Lawrence, Longfellow, Marvell, Millay, Moore, Rossetti, Tennyson, Thomas, Whitman and, of course Shakespeare ... and the vibrant living poets of today: Cadell, Edward Field, Tony Hoagland, Tony Kushner, Mary Karr, Thomas Lux, Taylor Mali, Michael Ondaatje, Robert Pinsky, Mark Strand to name a few. 43 tracks. Released 4/2/10.

Polyester the MusicalPolyester The Musical
(Phil Olson & Wayland Pickard - new on CD)
Original cast recording from the hit musical that premiered in Los Angeles in November 2009 about the fictional group The Synchronistics. 16 Original '70s songs by Phil Olson and Wayland Pickard include "The Funk Train," and "Bump Your Booty Rump." Available at CD Baby.

Stella Is a StarStella is a Star
(Blue Apple Books - Hardcover Book/CD)
By Bernadette Peters. Illustrated by Liz Murphy. Stella learns the lessons of self-acceptance, following her heart's desires and, most important, that it's okay just to be herself. The book includes a CD with an original song written and performed by Bernadette Peters. Ages 4-8.

Steve Barton EncoreSteve Barton Encore: The Private Collection
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
Collection of private and previously unreleased recordings. Compiled and carefully restored from Steve's own private archive of tapes. Songs from The House On The Corner, Company, Girl Crazy, No, No, Nanette, A Chorus Line, 110 in the Shade, Funny Girl, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys & Dolls; "Drawn To You" from The Anastasia Affaire. Bonus tracks: "O Captain, My Captain" (poem), "Only a Prelude" (piano solo) and "Trendsetters" radio interview. 22 previously unreleased tracks. Package includes rare and unpublished photos. Available for at StageDoorRecords.com

Tale of Two Cities CDA Tale of Two Cities International Studio Cast Recording
(new on CD)
Jill Santoriello musical Recorded at London's Sphere Studios, June 2009. James Barbour, Brandi Burkhardt, Natalie Toro, Kevin Earley, Simon Thomas, J. Mark Mcvey, Ed Dixon, Craig Bennett, And Alex Santoriello with a Chorus of 30 voices and Orchestra of 33. Track Listing: "Prologue" (J Mark McVey), "The Way It Ought To Be (Paris)" (Natalie Toro, Kevin Earley, Ensemble), "Who Are You" (J Mark Mcvey, Brandi Burkhardt), "You'll Never Be Alone" (Brandi Burkhardt, J Mark McVey), "The Way It Ought To Be (London)" (James Barbour), "No Honest Way" (Ed Dixon, Craig Bennett, James Barbour, Ensemble), "The Trial" (William Thomas Evans, Craig Bennett, Nigel Richards, Ensemble), "Reflection" (James Barbour), "Letter From Uncle" (Alex Santoriello), "The Promise" (J Mark McVey, Simon Thomas), "I Can't Recall" (James Barbour), "Resurrection Man" (Craig Bennett, Walter Oneil, Tim Hartman), "Now At Last" (Simon Thomas, Brandi Burkhardt), "Wedding" (Instrumental), "If Dreams Came True" (Simon Thomas, James Barbour), "Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind" (Natalie Toro), "Little One ? Catherine Missal, James Barbour, Kevin Earley, Men), "Until Tomorrow" (Kevin Earley, Natalie Toro, James Barbour, Ensemble), "), "Everything Stays The Same" (Natalie Toro, Kevin Earley, Ensemble), "The Tale" (Natalie Toro, J Mark McVey, James Gillan, Alex Santoriello, Ensemble), "If Dreams Came True Reprise" (James Barbour, Simon Thomas), "Without A Word" (Brandi Burkhardt), "The Bluff" (James Barbour, Ed Dixon), "The Way It Ought To Be Reprise" (James Barbour), "Let Her Be A Child" (Catherine Missal, James Barbour), "The Letter" (James Barbour), "Defarge Goodbye" (Kevin Earley), "Finale" (Kelley Dorney, James Barbour, Ensemble), "Never Say Goodbye (Bonus Track)(Brandi Burkhardt). 78 Minutes. Available at TaleMusical.com.

Tale of Two Cities DVDA Tale of Two Cities In Concert
(new on DVD)
Concert recording of musical by Jill Santorielli. Filmed on location in London, Paris and Brighton, England. Narrated by Michael York. Featuring James Barbour, Brandi Burkhardt, Natalie Toro, Kevin Earley, J. Mark Mcvey, Simon Thomas, Ed Dixon, Rosemary Leach, Paul Baker, Howard Samuels. With Special Bonus Material: new song "Never Say Goodbye" Music by Frank Wildhorn & Lyrics by Jill Santoriello; "Without A Word" from the Broadway musical - both performed by Brandi Burkhardt. Michael York interview with Dickens' granddaughter at the Dickens Museum. 96 Minutes. NTSC. Available at TaleMusical.com.

Theatre by David MametTheatre
(Faber & Faber - Hardcover/Paperback Book)
By David Mamet. Mamet ... calls for nothing less than the death of the director and the end of acting theory ... either actors are good or they are non-actors, and good actors generally work best without the interference of a director, however well-intentioned. Issue plays, political correctness, method actors, impossible directions, Stanislavksy, and elitists all fall under Mamet's critical gaze. Theatre throws down a gauntlet that challenges everyone to do better, including Mamet himself.


April 6, 2010

Air: The MusicalAir: The Musical
(Cinema Epoch - new on DVD)
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2009 film musical. Three stories of people who feel out of place in the world, and their longing to find a connection with someone else. A romantic comedy and an exciting musical with all original music. Megan Carter, Ian Stark, Jennifer Coville.

The Big Gay MusicalThe Big Gay Musical
(Breaking Glass Pictures - new on DVD/Blu-Ray)
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2009 musical film featuring Liz McCartney, Daniel Robinson, Joey Dudding, Celina Carvajal, Jeff Metzler, Marty Thomas, Kate Pazakis, Joshua Cruz, Jim Newman, Steven Hayes, Michael Schiffman. Score by Rick Crom and Fred M. Caruso. Written & produced by Fred M. Caruso & directed by Casper Andreas. Includes making-of video.

Hockey the Musical Hockey: The Musical!
(Off Sides Entertainment - new on CD)
Original Toronto (2008 Fringe) cast. Score by Rick Leidenfrost-Wilson and Justin DeMarco. Includes "I'm Not Doing That" which was added later. Available at CDBaby.com.

Judy Garland On Broadway TonightJudy Garland On Broadway Tonight
(Savoy Jazz - new on CD)
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Eighth collection from the soundtrack of Judy Garland's TV series. "Give My Regards to Broadway," "Comes Once In a Lifetime", "Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home", "Whispering" (with The Kirby Stone Four), "Together Wherever We Go" (with Liza Minnelli), "I Gotta Right To Sing the Blues", "Medley" (with Ethel Merman); "If Love Were All", "West Side Story Medley (with Vic Damone); "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries", "Judy at the Palace Medley," "Broadway Bonus: "Judy Talks Broadway with Barbra Streisand and Ethel Merman," "Here's No Business Like Show Business" - Judy, Ethel, and Barbra. Most on CD for the first time.

A Little Night MusicA Little Night Music
(Nonesuch/PS Classics - new on 2 CDsErin Davie & Ramona Mallory - A Little Night Music
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New Broadway revival cast recording of Stephen Sondheim score. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Angela Lansbury, Alexander Hanson, Aaron Lazar, Erin Davie, Leigh Ann Larkin, and Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Stephen R. Buntrock, Bradley Dean, Katherine Leigh Doherty, Marissa McGowan, Betsy Morgan, Jayne Paterson, Kevin David Thomas, Keaton Whittaker, Karen Murphy, Erin Stewart, and Kevin Vortmann. Disc One: "Overture / Night Waltz," "Prologue: "The night smiles…"," "Now," "Later," "Soon," "The Glamorous Life," "Remember?," "You Must Meet My Wife," "A virgin"," "Liaisons," "In Praise of Women," "Every Day a Little Death," "The tour's over for a while…"," "A Weekend in the Country"; Disc Two: "The Sun Won't Set," "Night Waltz II," "It Would Have Been Wonderful," "Perpetual Anticipation," "Send in the Clowns," "The Miller's Son," "Soon (reprise) / You Must Meet My Wife (reprise)," "A wooden ring"," "A Weekend in the Country (reprise) / Every Day a Little Death (reprise)," "Send in the Clowns (reprise)," "Last Waltz." Produced by Tommy Krasker. Recorded January 4, 2010.

PoePoe: More Tales of Mystery and Imagination
(Limelight Records - new on CD)
Musical by the late composer Eric Woolfson (creator and songwriter of the renowned Alan Parsons Project). West End performers include Steve Balsamo as Edgar Allan Poe, with 40 piece orchestra and 80 member choir. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London.

Poe World Premiere Performance
(Redeye - new on DVD)
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Musical by the late composer Eric Woolfson (creator and songwriter of the renowned Alan Parsons Project). West End performers include Steve Balsamo as Edgar Allan Poe, Anna-Jane Casey and Juliet Caton. Studio 1 at Abbey Road Studios in London was turned into an exclusive and intimate performance setting for 300 people. 2-hour film.

WonderlandWonderland: Alice's New Musical Adventure
(Sony Masterworks - new digital releaseJanet Dacal - Wonderland: Alice's New Musical Adventure (Soundtrack from the Musical)
Concept recording of musical with music by Frank Wildhorn and lyrics by Jack Murphy. Book by Jack Murphy and Gregory Boyd. Debut production was commissioned and produced by Judy Lisi, president of the David A. Stratz Center for the Performing Arts (formerly the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center), in partnership with the Alley Theatre in Houston, TX, where Wildhorn is an Associate Artist.  Album produced by Wildhorn and Jeremy Roberts. Original cast members include Janet Dacal, Jose Llana, Karen Mason, Darren Ritchie, Nikki Snelson, Tad Wilson, Julie Brooks, Ed Staudenmayer. Bonus track: original demo of “Go With the Flow,” sung by Rob Evan.


March 30, 2010

Maysles Brothers InterviewsAlbert and David Maysles: Interviews (Conversations With Filmmakers Series)
(Univ Press of Mississippi - Hardcover/Paperback Book)
Editor Keith Beattie has compiled a wide-ranging collection in which the brothers, together and separately, discuss all aspects of their filmmaking—the nature of collaboration, technical matters, contextual considerations, and more. They recount a personal history of cinéma vérité and modern documentary filmmaking. Their films include Salesman, Gimme Shelter, and Grey Gardens.

MemphisMemphis
(Rhino - new on CDCompany & Huey - Memphis: A New Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
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2009 original Broadway cast recording of David Bryan/Joe DiPietro score. Chad Kimball, Montego Glover. Unconfirmed track list: "Underground," "The Music of My Soul," "Scratch My Itch," "Ain't Nothin But a Kiss," "Everybody Wants to Be Black on a Saturday Night," "Make Me Stronger," "Colored Woman," "Someday," "She's My Sister," "Radio," "Say a Prayer," "Crazy Little Huey," "Big Love," "Love Will Stand When All Else Falls," "Stand Up," "Change Don't Come Early," "Tear Down the House," "Memphis Lives in Me," "Steal Your Rock and Roll," Bonus Track "Memphis Lives in Me" by David Bryan.

The Merry WidowThe Merry Widow
(BBC/Opus - new on Blu-Ray)
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Lotfi Mansouri's last production as General Director of San Francisco Opera with Yvonne Kenny making her debut in the title role, new dialogue specially commissioned from Wendy Wasserstein, and an original ballet to set the scene "Chez Maxim's." 189 minutes.

TheatrecraftTheatre Craft: A Director's Practical Companion from A-Z
(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book)
By John Caird. All-encompassing practical guide for anyone working in the theatre, from the enthusiastic amateur to the committed professional. With entries arranged alphabetically, Theatre Craft offers advice on all areas of directing, from Acting, Adaptation, and Accent to Sound Effects, Superstition, Trap Doors, and Wardrobe.

Time Stands StillTime Stands Still
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Donald Marguiles' play, currently running on Broadway for Manhattan Theatre Club. 96 pages.


March 23, 2010

Broadway Unplugged 6Broadway Unplugged 6
(new on CD)
2009 Town Hall concert featuring 39 songs sung without amplification. Jeffrey Denman, Janet Metz, Jill Paice, Terri White, Marc Kudisch, Emily Skinner, Daniel Reichard, William Michals, Manu Narayan, Lisa Howard, Sarah Jane McMahon and Bill Daugherty. Musical director Ross Patterson, director Scott Coulter, live narration by Scott Siegel. Produced for CD by Peter Pinne; Bruce Yeko is the executive producer.

Judy Garland Show Volume 3Judy Garland Show Volume 3
(new on DVD)
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Two complete episodes. With Tony Bennett and Lena Horne. 100 minutes.

LonelyheartsLonelyhearts: The Screwball World of Nathanael West and Eileen McKenney
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - Hardcover Book)
By Marion Meade. The true story of the married couple killed in a car crash in 1940. She was My Sister Eileen, written by her sister Ruth.

Me and My DickMe and My Dick
(Team Starkid - new digital downloadJoe Walker & Joey Richter - Me and My Dick (A New Musical)
Score by University of Michigan's A.J. Holmes, Carlos Valdes and Darren Criss. Joey Richter, Joe Walker.


March 16, 2010

CoralineCoraline
(Ghostlight - new on CDDavid Greenspan, & Ensemble - Coraline (Original Soundtrack)
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Original Off-Broadway cast recording with Stephin Merritt score. Jayne Houdyshell, Julian Fleisher, Francis Jue, January LaVoy, Elliot Villar, William Youmans. "Overture," "A New House," "I Am Miss Spink (and I Am Miss Forcible)," "A Mouse Circus," "Mum and Dad," "At the Other End," "Song of the Rats," "When We Were Young and Trod the Boards," "Fluorescent Green Gloves," "Welcome Home," "A Lot of Noise," "Theatre is Fun," "Stay With Us," "Ballad of the Wasps, The," "O What a Lovely Trip," "Go To Sleep," "We Were Children Once," "When You`Re a Cat," "Recollections," "Whatever You Want," "World Goes Flat, The," "I Saw a Show On Telly Once," "Falling ... Falling ...," "One Long Fairytale."

Hector Coris Life Is WonderfulHector Coris: Life is Wonderful
(new on CD)
Award-winning performer explores the musicality of mortality through the songs of contemporary songwriters. Recorded at Don't Tell Mama. Available at CDBaby.com.

Karen Giorgio Encore LiveKaren Giorgio: Encore Live
(new on CD)
Selections from several of Karen Giorgio's cabaret shows. Recorded live at the performances and sequenced as a Virtual Show with "great musicians, heartfelt songs and jazzy tunes." Available at CDBaby.com.

Oklahoma!Oklahoma!: The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical
(Applause - Paperback Book)
Richard Rodgers Oscar Hammerstein II libretto. Applause Libretto Library.

One Little KissOne Little Kiss
(DJWorks Music - new on CD)
Cast recording of musical by Deborah Johnson. Deborah Johnson, Jan Olivas, Mike Anderson, Phil Lollar, Sandra Grajeda, Ilse Pfaff. Available at CDBaby.com.

The Princess and the FrogThe Princess and the Frog
(Disney - new on DVD)
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New Disney animated musical feature. Keith David, John Goodman, Jenifer Lewis, Jim Cummings, Anika Noni Rose, Jen Cody. Score by Randy Newman. Includes deleted scenes, audio commentary by John Musker and Ron Clements (co-writers and directors) and Peter Del Vecho (producer), "Never Knew I Needed" Music video by Ne-Yo, games and activities.

The Prncess and the FrogThe Princess and the Frog
(Disney - new on 3-disc Blu-Ray/DVD set)
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New Disney animated musical feature. Keith David, John Goodman, Jenifer Lewis, Jim Cummings, Anika Noni Rose, Jen Cody. Score by Randy Newman. Same extras as DVD version, plus: Digital Copy, In The Bayou: The Making of A Princess behind-the-scenes look; The Return To Hand Drawn Animation, The Disney Legacy, Disney's Newest Princess, The Princess and the Animator, Conjuring The Villain, A Return To The Animated Musical, Bringing Life to Animation.

Songs of HollywoodThe Songs of Hollywood
(Oxford University Press - Hardcover Book)
By Philip Furia and Laurie Patterson. Well-illustrated with 200 film stills, this delightful book sheds much light on some of Hollywood's best known and loved repertoire. Focuses on how the songs were presented in the movies, from early talkies where actors portrayed singers "performing" the songs, to the Golden Age in which characters burst into expressive, integral song. The authors also look at the decline of the genre since 1960, when most original musicals were replaced by film versions of Broadway hits such as My Fair Lady. 304 pages.

Sound of Music CompleteThe Sound of Music - The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical
(Applause - Paperback Book)
Rodgers and Hammerstein's final collaboration. Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. Applause Libretto Library.


March 9, 2010

Dawn HarkinsDawn Harkins: Dawn of a New Day!
(Vero Voce - new on CD)
From Dawn Hawkins' solo cabaret by the same name which debuted in May 2009 at Davenport's Cabaret in Chicago. "Not For the Life of Me," "Stop, Time," "The Baby Song," "Patterns," "Good Thing Going," "I Double Dare You," "Someone Like You," "A Little Bit Off," "Children Will Listen," "Knowing When To Leave - Promises, Promises," "The Girl In 14G," "What About Today," "Willing To Ride."

Hairspray German cast recordingHairspray
(new on CD)
Original German cast recording. Nicole Berendsen, Rob Fowler, Maite Kelly, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Jana Stelley, Leon Van Leeuwenberg. Available for per-order at Dress Circle

Julian Yeo HomageJulian Yeo: Homage
(Yeomo Productions - new on CD)
How Deep is the Ocean," "So Nice," "The Shadow of Your Smile," "Mon Manège à Moi," "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square," "Bei Mir Bist Du Schon," "Desafinado," "Tico Tico," "Give Me the Simple Life," "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries," "Just a Gigolo," "Besame Mucho," "It’s Been a Long Long Time," "You Go to My Head," "I Love Being Here with You."

Love BitesLoveBites Original Australian Cast(new on 2 CDs)
New Australian musical from the composers of The Hatpin. Music by Peter Rutherford and lyrics by James Millar. Amelia Cormack (Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert), David Harris (Miss Saigon, The Full Monty, Gutenberg!), James Millar (Gutenberg!, Jerry Springer the Opera, Company) and Sophia Ragavelas (Les Miserables, Mamma Mia, The Lion King). Available at Middle 8.

Love Never DiesLove Never Dies
(Polydor - new on 2 CDsAndrew Lloyd Webber - Love Never Dies
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Studio recording of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera sequel. Lyrics by Glenn Slater. World-wide release. Also available at Amazon UK and Dress Circle. New Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, with lyrics by Glenn Slater. To debut March 9, 2010 in London, and November 11, 2010, in New York. Ramin Karimloo, Sierra Boggess, Summer Strallen, Liz Robertson, Joseph Millson, Niamh Perry. Prologue, "The Coney Island Waltz," "That's the place you ruined, you fool," "A Little Slice of Heaven," "Only For Him / Only For You," "The Aerie," "'Til I Hear You Sing," "Giry Confronts The Phantom / Are You Ready to Begin," "Christine Disembarks," "Arrival of the Trio / Are You Ready to Begin," "What a Dreadful Town," "Look with Your Heart," "Beneath a Moonless Sky," "Once Upon Another Time," "Mother please, I'm scared," "Dear Old Friend," "Beautiful," "The Beauty Underneath," "The Phantom confronts Christine"; "Disc Two:," "Entr'acte," "Why Does She Love Me," "Devil Take the Hindmost," "A Little Slice of Heaven (Reprise)," "Ladies. / The Coney Island Waltz (Reprise)," "Bathing Beauty," "Mother, did you watch?," "Before the Performance," "Devil Take the Hindmost (Quartet)," "Love Never Dies," "Ah, Christine!," "Gustave! Gustave!," "Please, Miss Giry, I Want To Go Back."

Love Never Dies DeluxeLove Never Dies Deluxe set
(Polydor - new on 2 CDs/DVD) ) Andrew Lloyd Webber - Love Never Dies - music only
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Includes special bonus material containing behind the scenes interviews and exclusive images. World-wide release. New Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, with lyrics by Glenn Slater. To debut March 9, 2010 in London, and November 11, 2010, in New York. Ramin Karimloo, Sierra Boggess, Summer Strallen, Liz Robertson, Joseph Millson, Niamh Perry. Prologue, "The Coney Island Waltz," "That's the place you ruined, you fool," "A Little Slice of Heaven," "Only For Him / Only For You," "The Aerie," "'Til I Hear You Sing," "Giry Confronts The Phantom / Are You Ready to Begin," "Christine Disembarks," "Arrival of the Trio / Are You Ready to Begin," "What a Dreadful Town," "Look with Your Heart," "Beneath a Moonless Sky," "Once Upon Another Time," "Mother please, I'm scared," "Dear Old Friend," "Beautiful," "The Beauty Underneath," "The Phantom confronts Christine"; "Disc Two:," "Entr'acte," "Why Does She Love Me," "Devil Take the Hindmost," "A Little Slice of Heaven (Reprise)," "Ladies. / The Coney Island Waltz (Reprise)," "Bathing Beauty," "Mother, did you watch?," "Before the Performance," "Devil Take the Hindmost (Quartet)," "Love Never Dies," "Ah, Christine!," "Gustave! Gustave!," "Please, Miss Giry, I Want To Go Back." Bonus DVD includes footage from the recording sessions in London, interviews with Andrew Lloyd Webber, designer Bob Crowley and the stars of the show, plus "Coney Island Waltz" music video set to archival film footage of Coney Island. Also at Amazon UK and Dress Circle

Mary Martin on SepiaMary Martin: Cinderella / Three to Make Music
(Sepia - new on CD)
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Mary Martin sings selections from Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, songs from Three To Make Music, a musical composed by Mary Rodgers and Linda Melnick (CD debut), and standards in medley form entitled A Musical Love Story. 33 tracks.

NineNine Film Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
11 Maury Yeston selections from the 2009 Rob Marshall film, a plot synopsis, notes on the project's genesis, and photos from the film. "Be Italian," "A Call from the Vatican," "Cinema Italiano (The King of Cinema Italiano)," "Folies Bergeres," "Guarda La Luna," "Guido's Song," "I Can't Make This Movie," "My Husband Makes Movies," "Only with You," "Take It All," "Unusual Way (In a Very Unusual Way)."

Philip FortenberryPhilip Fortenberry: Broadway My Way
(PK Music - new on CD)
Collection of piano solos by Philip Fortenberry, music director and pianist on Broadway, Off-Broadway, West End and touring shows. "Sometimes a Day Goes By," "Where is Love," "With You," "All I Ask of You," "You Made Me Love you," "New Music," "Only Love," "Solla Sollew," "Sunrise, Sunset," "If Ever I Would Leave You," "Seduction (Sympathy, Tenderness)," "I Won't Send Roses," "Hard Candy Christmas," "A Quiet Thing," "Fallen Angel," "Memory," "I Only Want to Say (John 19:41)"

Sophie Tucker Cabaret DaysSophie Tucker Cabaret Days
(Sepia - new on CD)
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Studio album. Sophie Tucker's recreation of what it was like to sing in the rowdy saloons of her youth, complete with thunderous applause and chatter from a simulated audience. Most of the material is on CD for the first time, including a rare and private recording of “Some of These Days”. "Cabaret Days," "I Wanna Say Hello," "After You'Ve Gone," "Margie," "I'm Living Alone and I Like It," "Put Your Arms Around Me Honey," "Nobody Loves a Fat Girl," "I'm Sorry I Made You Cry," "Hello My Baby," "Waiting For the Robert E. Lee," "Some of These Days," "Mister Siegel," "Horse Playing Papa," "Make Him Say Please," "I'm Having More Fun Since I'm Sixty," "No One Man is Ever Going To Worry Me," "There's a Lot of Little Boy," "Mr. Fink," "No One Woman Can Satisfy Any One Man All the Time," "How Am I Every Going To Grow Old," "You Can't Deep Freeze a Red Hot Mama," "I'm Starting All Over Again."


March 2, 2010

Everybody SingEverybody Sing
(MGM - on DVD-R)
Amazon on-demand. 1938 film with Judy Garland, Allan Jones and Fanny Brice.

Vincente MinnelliA Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli
(Da Capo Press - New Book)
By Mark Griffin. Drawing on more than 100 interviews with such icons as Kirk Douglas, Angela Lansbury, Lauren Bacall, Tony Curtis, and George Hamilton, Griffin turns the spotlight on the enigmatic "elegant director," revealing long-kept secrets at the heart of Minnelli’s genius. 368 pages.

I Know Where I'm GoingI Know Where I'm Going: Katharine Hepburn, A Personal Biography
(Simon & Schuster - Hardcover Book)
By Charlotte Chandler. Biography of Katharine Hepburn, based on interviews Charlotte Chandler conducted with her in the 1970s and '80s. 366 pages.

John BarrowmanJohn Barrowman
(Arista/UK - new on import CD)
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When I Get My Name In Lights," "One Night Only," "Copacabana," "I Won't Send Roses," "Memory," "The Kid Inside," "My Eyes Adored You," "Don't Cry Out Loud," "So Close" (from Enchanted, with Jodie Prenger), "Unusual Way," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "The Winner Takes It All," "Oh What A Night." Limited edition gift box version also available. Also available at Amazon UK.

Tomorrow MorningTomorrow Morning
(new on CD)
2008 Chicago cast recording of Laurence Mark Wythe score. Charissa Armon, Michael Mahler, Jonathan Rayson, Emily Thompson. Jeff Award winning musical. "Everything Changes," "When I`m A Bride," "The Reasons Behind Our Impending Divorce," "I Remember," "The Recurring Dream," "The Secret Tango," "Catherine`s Moment," "Lonely Child," "After Tonight," "The Pool Guy," "Inventory," "POVs," "The Girl in the Mirror," "Autobiography," "Look What We Made," "Self Portrait," "All About Today." Available at Dress Circle.

PlentyPlenty
(Lionsgate - on DVD)
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1985 film version of David Hare's play, with Meryl Streep, Charles Dance, Tracey Ullman, John Gielgud, Sting, and Ian McKellen.


February 23, 2010

ColetteColette
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
1980 Original London cast recording. Cleo Laine, Kenneth Nelson, John Moffatt. Score by John Dankworth. First time on CD. Digitally remastered from original master tapes. Sleeve notes by John Dankworth and rare production photos. "You Can Be Sure Of Spring," "He's A Captain!," "I'm Special," "Ambitious," "Paree!," "Our Relationship," "Alone With Myself," "Attention Will Wander," "You've Got To Do What You've Got To Do," "We'll Stick Together," "I Never Make The Same Mistake," "Little Girl," "Nothing Special - Kenneth Nelson," "A Little Touch Of Powder," "Love With Someone Younger," "Will He Ever Be Back?," "Little Red Room." Available at StageDoorRecords.com and Footlight.

Elaine Paige 40 yearsElaine Paige - Celebrating 40 Years On Stage
(new on uncoded DVD)
Filmed in Sydney at The State Theatre. Elaine Paige's "Greatest Hits" tour celebrating her 40th Anniversary in showbiz, and includes some new material (including a song written for her, when she was in Evita, by Dustin Hoffman and Bette Midler that she's never performed before) together with West End / Broadway hits. She also tells anecdotes from her career, and performs a number of the songs in costume. This is the first time she's been filmed in concert since 1991. All Regions DVD. Available at Amazon UK (though they list it as a Region 2 DVD) and Dress Circle.

Hollywood Singing and Dancing: Movies That SwingHollywood Singing and Dancing: Movies That Swing
(Great Musical Treasures - new on DVD)
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Most recent installment in this series focuses on films with big band and jazz stars. 90 minutes.

John Pizzarelli Tribute to Duke EllingtonJohn Pizzarelli Rockin' In Rhythm: A Tribute to Duke Ellington
(Telarc - new on CD)
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"In a Mellow Tone," "East St. Louis Toddle Oo/Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "Satin Doll," "C Jam Blues," "In My Solitude," "Just Squeeze Me," "Lost/Perdido," "All Too Soon," "I'm Beginning To See The Light," "Love Scene," "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good," "Cottontail/Rockin' in Rhythm."

Our GracieOur Gracie: Best of Gracie Fields
(Indie Europe - new on import CD)
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Brand new collection brings together 25 recordings, including 5 which have never been released commercially before now. Taken from broadcasts on US radio during the 30s,they have been newly discovered in the Decca vault. In addition, a brand new duet has been recorded, using themagic of 21st century recording techniques to add the voice of Jane Horrocks (BBC drama Gracie!) to Gracie’s original recording of "Now Is The Hour." 22 tracks. Also ordering at Dress Circle

Broadway LightsSecrets of My Hollywood Life 5: Broadway Lights
(Poppy - Paperback Book)
Part of a young adult book series by Jenn Calonita. Hollywood teen starlet Kaitlin Burke packs up her entourage (ok, her showbiz family, friends, assistant, and publicist, but not the dreamy boyfriend) and moves to the Big Apple for the summer. Kaitlin is the toast of the town and she hits the most exclusive New York nightspots, enjoys the best food (Hello, Magnolia Bakery), and even guests as a celebrity host on Saturday Night Live! But New York isn't all cupcakes and virgin daiquiris. Long distance and a handsome new costar put a huge strain on her relationship with Austin, and it turns out Broadway divas are a whole different breed of neuroses and competition from Hollywood starlets. 384 pages.


February 16, 2010

Gypsy: The Art of the TeaseGypsy: The Art of the Tease
(Yale Univ Press - Hardcover/Paperback Book)
Rachel Shteir (Striptease gives us Gypsy Rose Lee's story, from her arrival in New York in 1931 to her sojourns in Hollywood, her friendships and rivalries with writers and artists, the Sondheim musical, family memoirs that retold her history in divergent ways, and a television biopic currently in the making.

Old Fashioned ChristmasAn Old-Fashioned Christmas (Bell Telephone Hour Telecasts 1959-1966)
(VAI - new on DVD)
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1965 Bell Telephone TV special. Florence Henderson stars in and hosts. Over 40 Christmas favorites, with Gianna d'Angelo, Phyllis Curtin, Lisa Della Casa, Anita Gillette, Mildred Miller, Sherrill Milnes, Giorgio Tozzi, Earl Wrightson, Bruce Yarnell, and the Buffalo Bills. Released 11/17/09.

Show Tunes by Steven SuskinShow Tunes: The Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway's Major Composers - 4th Edition
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Steven Suskin. Chronicles the shows, songs, and careers of the major composers of the American musical theatre ... this newly revised and updated edition discusses almost 1,000 shows and 9,000 show tunes. Updated through May, 2009, it features the entire theatrical output of forty of Broadway's leading composers, in addition to a wide selection of work by other songwriters. The listings include essential production data and statistics, the most extensive information available on published and recorded songs, and lively commentary on the shows, songs, and diverse careers. Suskin also uncovers dozens of lost musicals, including shows that either closed out of town or were never headed for Broadway, and catalogs hundreds of previously unknown songs ... 624 pages.

Sing Me a Love SongSing Me A Love Song: Harry Warren's Undiscovered Standards
(Such Sweet Thunder - new on CD)
The David Berger Jazz Orchestra with vocal performances by Freda Payne and Denzal Sinclaire (National Jazz Award Winner). For the first time ever, these previously unrecorded and unpublished melodies by Harry Warren are seeing the light of day with a thrilling big band sound. These songs with lyrics by Paul Mendenhall are appropriate to the period yet never dated. They have the quality of Golden Age classics with their beautiful melodies and distinctive hooks. Released 1/19/10.


February 9, 2010

Canvas FalconsCanvas Falcons: Live At the Orpheum
(new mp3The Cast of Canvas Falcons - Canvas Falcons: Live At the Orpheum
Troy Gleeson musical, stage at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona (the film of the production was awarded Best Feature Length Musical by the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival).

How to Start Your Own Theater CompanyHow to Start Your Own Theater Company
(Chicago Review Press - Paperback Book)
By Reginald Nelson, with a foreword by David Schwimmer. Guide for would be playhouse practitioners on everything from fundraising and finding a space to selecting plays and navigating legal issues. Chronicling three seasons at Chicago's award-winning Congo Square Theatre, this journey behind the curtain reveals the nitty-gritty details - such as managing rent, parking, and safety issues; determining tax status and calculating budgets; and finding flexible day jobs—that are often overlooked amid the zeal of artistic pursuit. Includes lists of Equity offices, legal advisers, and other important organizations.

I Am an Emotional CreatureI Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World
(Villard - Hardcover Book)
Book for girls by playwright Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues).

Lucie Arnaz Latin RootsLatin Roots: Lucie Arnaz
(LML Music - new on CDLucie Arnaz - Latin Roots
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"You and The Night and The Music," "I'll See You In C-U-B-A," "Blame It On The Bossa Nova," "Johnny Angel," "Promises," "It's Alright With Me/Something's Gotta Give," "Fools Rush In," "Just To Be Near You," "Rumba Mutumba," "El Cumbanchero," "Leader Of The Band," "Para Abuelo (Joe's Tune)," "Babalu/La Copa De La Vida."
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Love, LindaLove, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter
(150 Music - new on CD)
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From Stevie Holland's one-woman musical about Linda Porter and her life with husband Cole Porter. "So In Love/What Is This Thing Called Love?," "Prelude: Linda meets Cole (dialogue)," "Ours," "I Love Paris," "Miss Otis Regrets," "The Scampi," "In The Still Of The Night," "Medley: Let's Do It/You've Got That Thing/Let's Misbehave/You Do Something To Me," "Let's Be Buddies," "Ridin' High," "Love For Sale," "My Heart Belongs To Daddy," "Night And Day/There's A Hollywood That s Good," "Wunderbar," "When A Woman's In Love."

Melora HardinMelora Hardin: All the Way to Mars
(LML Music - new on CD)
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Award-winning actress/singer/songwriter, Melora Hardin (Chicago, Les Misérables, The Office), delivers a versatile 17-track album featuring songs from Broadway as well as standards, pop and some originals. "Raise the Roof," "You (Once Tomorrow Now Yesterday)," "All Messed Up," "Everybody Says Don't," "Close to You," "Boy and His Cat, A," "I Never Meant to Hurt You," "Fading Away," "He's so Married," "Makin' Love," "Ride Your Rocket," "Girl Talk," "Teenager," "Everything Must Change," "I Dreamed a Dream," "Roxie," "Come Home with Me for Christmas." Digipak.

Twelve Angry MenTwelve Angry Men/An Almanac on Liberty: Studio One
(E1 Entertainment - on DVD)
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1954 TV version of Twelve Angry Men with Robert Cummings, Edward Arnold, Walter Abel, Norman Fell, Franchot Tone; and An Almanac On Liberty with Pat Hingle and Eli Mintz. Previously included in Studio One Anthology set.


February 2, 2010

Captain JinksCaptain Jinks of the Horse Marines
(Albany Records - on 2 CDs)
Reissue of long out of print 1976 Columbia label, Kansas City Lyric Theatre cast recording of Jack Beeson/Sheldon Harnick operetta. Based on the play by Clyde Fitch.

Erin ShieldsErin Shields: I'd Rather Be Lonely
(new on CD)
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"You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To," "All Or Nothing At All," "Never Let Me Go/When Your Lover Has Gone," "Bill," "Someone To Watch Over Me," "Love Me Or Leave Me," "My Funny Valentine," "The Boy Next Door," "I'll Be Seeing You." Released 12/11/09.

Deep Purple DreamsJulian Yeo: Deep Purple Dreams
(Yeomo Productions - new on CD)
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"No Moon at all," "Close Your Eyes," "Whatever Lola Wants," "How Insensitive," "Deep Purple," "Love for Sale," "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas," "Anything Goes," "Let Yourself Go," "Too Darn Hot," "On a Slow Boat to China," "September Song."

Finian's RainbowFinian's Rainbow
(PS Classics - new on CDCheyenne Jackson & Kate Baldwin - Finian's Rainbow
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2009 Broadway revival cast recording. Burton Lane/Yip Harburg score. Cast includes Jim Norton, Kate Baldwin, Cheyenne Jackson, Christopher Fitzgerald and Chuck Cooper. Produced by Tommy Krasker. Recorded December 7.

Liza's at the PalaceLiza's at the Palace
(MPI - new on DVD)
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Liza Minnelli's show, filmed during September 30 and October performances at Las Vegas' Hollywood Theater in the MGM Grand. Directed by Matthew Diamond. With Billy Stritch, Cortes Alexander, Jim Caruso, Johnny Rodgers and Tiger Martina. To air on PBS. 120 minutes.

Music Man Blu-RayThe Music Man
(Warner - on Blu-Ray)
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New transfer of 1962 musical version of Meredith Willson musical. Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Ron Howard. Same bonuses as most recent DVD.

Raise the Curtain: Caroline SheenRaise the Curtain: Caroline Sheen
(new on CD)
Debut album by European and West End actress (Mary Poppins, Witches of Eastwick, The Light in the Piazza, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang). "Carrie Makes A Decision" (Grant Olding) *, "A Part Of Me" (Maltby & Shire), "Isn´t This What Every Woman Wants? (Dempsey & Rowe) *, "Higher (Richard Taylor) *, "Will You? (Frankel & Korie), "What Did You Want From Love?" (Conor Mitchell) *, "I Lay My Armor Down" (Stitt & Greenberg), "Wait A Bit" (Stiles & Drewe, "Mr Hopalong Heartbreak" (Jason Robert Brown), "Miss Hardcastle´s Wedding" (Goodall & Hart) *, "The Light In The Piazza" (Adam Guettel), "Anything Can Happen" (Stiles & Drewe), "Bonus Track: "Nothing Is Too Wonderful To Be True" (David Yazbek - duet with Michael Jibson). * = Previously unrecorded. Available at Dress Circle.

RoomsRooms: A Rock Romance
(Time Life - new on CDDoug Kreeger & Leslie Krtizer - Rooms: A Rock Romance (Original Cast Recording)
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Off-Broadway cast recording of Paul Scott Goodman and Miriam Gordon Score. Leslie Kritzer and Doug Kreeger. Recorded May 12. Already available on iTunes.

A Steady RainA Steady Rain: A Play
(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book)
Keith Huff's play. Broadway production featured Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig.

VanitiesVanities
(Ghostlight - new on CDLauren Kennedy - Vanities - A New Musical (Original Cast Recording)
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Recording of Off-Broadway musical score by David Kirshenbaum. Lauren Kennedy, Sarah Stiles and Anneliese van der Pol. Produced by Joel Moss. Eight-piece led by music director Bryan Perri. Orchestrations by Lynne Shankel. "Setting Your Sights (Reflections)," "I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing," "An Organized Life," "I Can’t Imagine," "Setting Your Sights (City Limits)," "An Organized Life (1968)," "Fly Into The Future," "Cute Boys With Short Haircuts," "Let Life Happen," "Setting Your Sights (What You Wanted)," "The Same Old Music," "An Organized Life (1974)," "The Argument," "Friendship Isn’t What It Used To Be," "Looking Good." Already available in mp3 format at Amazon. Store date. Recorded August 21, 2009.


January 26, 2010

FameFame
(WHV - on Blu-Ray)
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Original 1980 musical film featuring Irene Cara, Eddie Barth, Meg Tilly, Richard Belzer, Barry Miller, Lee Curreri, Paul McCrane, Billy Hufsey, Maureen Teefy.

Leonard Bernstein: Omnibus - the Historic TV BroadcastsLeonard Bernstein: Omnibus - The Historic TV Broadcasts
(Koch - on 4 DVDs)
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Hosted by Alastair Cooke, the Omnibus series feature diverse live broadcasts on science, the arts and the humanities. This historic collection includes seven episodes featuring lectures, performances and master classes from the legendary conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein. Includes: Beethoven's Fifth Symphony (1954), The World of Jazz (1955), The Art of Conducting (1955), American Musical Comedy (1956), Introduction to Modern Music (1957), The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach (1957) and What Makes Opera Grand? (1958).

TorchTorch: Lina Koutrakos
(LML Music - new on CD)
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"Lush Life," "Come Rain or Come Shine," "You Don't Know Me," "How Long Has This Been Going On," "It Had To Be You," "Stormy Weather," "You Fascinate Me," "My Foolish Heart," "Night Moves," "Don't Explain," "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life," "Joan Of Arc," "Man That Got Away, The," "One For My Baby."

Two Shows NightlyTwo Shows Nightly Deluxe Edition: Peggy Lee
(Collector's Choice - new on CD)
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Culled from three nights of a three-week April run at the Copa during which Peggy played two shows per night (and three on Saturday), Two Shows Nightly was pressed and ready to go to retail in November 1968 when Peggy, unhappy with the mix, pulled the release on the eve of its street date. 41 years later, Peggy's estate has consented to the release of this long-lost album - with a dozen bonus tracks. From the original album: "Do I Hear a Waltz," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Reason to Believe," "Didn't Want to Have to Do It," "Personal Property," "Hand on the Plow," "Until It's Time for You to Go," "Something Stupid," "What Is a Woman," "Alright, Okay, You Win," "Here's to You" and "Come Back to Me." Bonus tracks include the unreleased "Money" and "I Wound It Up" as well as nine rare single sides and the the obscure "Make Believe." New liner notes from Peggy Lee discographer Ivan Santiago.

You're a Good Man Charlie BrownYou're A Good Man, Charlie Brown
(WHB - new on DVD)
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Remastered 1985 animated TV special. 50 minute feature plus "Animating A Charlie Brown Musical" documentary featurette that explores the twenty-year journey of the Clark Gesner concept album that became a 1967 Off-Broadway hit and finally an animated TV special.


January 19, 2010

A Changing WorldA Changing World
(new on CD)
The words, the music and the wisdom of Noel Coward delivered with fresh, modern arrangements. Sung by West End star Simon Green and piano by composer/arranger David Shrubsole. Played at New York’s 59E59 theaters under the title Coward at Christmas. "There Have Been Songs In England/You Were There," "Couldn't We Keep On Dancing," "Where Are The Songs We Sung/A Room With A View/I'll Follow My Secret Heart," "What's Going To Happen To The Tots," "Time And Again/Wait A Bit Joe," "On Leaving England/London Pride/I Travel Alone/Sail Away," "Three Theatrical Dames," "Why Must The Show Go On?," "Twentieth Century Blues," "I'm Old Fashioned/Let's Do It," "Alice Is At It Again," "I'll See You Again/This Is A Changing World," "Someday I'll Find You," "Come The Wild, Wild Weather."

Chuck WagnerChuck Wagner
(Wagner Dreams Unlimited - mp3 album)
mp3 version of Chuck Wagner album. "I Need To Know," "Stars," "Hello Little Girl," "This Is The Moment," "Dangerous Game," "Brother, My Brother," "If I Can't Love Her," "Agony," "Take Me As I Am," "If Ever I Would Leave You."

Colm Wilkinson Broadway and Beyond the ConcertColm Wilkinson: Broadway and Beyond The Concert Songs
(new on CD)
Recording of the songs from Wilkinson's concert tour. Mix of Broadway, pop, Irish ballads and more. "The Music of the Night," "Tennessee Waltz," "The Wind Beneath My Wings," "Bring Him Home," "This is the Moment," "Runaway," "Some Enchanted Evening," "Country Roads," "Somewhere," "Hallelujah," "The House of the Rising Sun," "If I Ever Would Leave You," "Old Man River," "Whiskey in the Jar," "Danny Boy," "Anthem," "Imagine/Peace Will Come."

Cranford CollectionThe Cranford Collection
(BBC Warner - new on 3 DVDs)
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Includes complete five episode BBC series adapted from Elizabeth Gaskell's novels.

Return to CranfordCranford: Return To Cranford
(BBC Warner - new on DVD)
Order at CD UniversePart of BBC's Cranford series. Judi Dench, Jonathan Pryce, Imelda Staunton, Francesca Annis, Julia McKenzie.


Giddy On UpGiddy On Up
(new digital downloadLaura Bell Bundy - Giddy On Up - Single
Laura Bell Bundy single from upcoming album Achin' and Shakin'.

Great American Songbook - Composers Vol. 2The Great American Songbook - The Composers: Volume 2
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Nearly 100 more classics from the American repertoire of classics, including: "Always," "But Beautiful," "Caravan," "Falling in Love with Love," "I Concentrate on You," "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," "Long Ago (And Far Away)," "My Romance," "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "Ol' Man River," "Once in Love with Amy," "So in Love," "Some Enchanted Evening," "Wedding Bells (Are Breaking up That Old Gang of Mine)," "Yesterdays," "You're the Cream in My Coffee" and more.

Green SneakersGreen Sneakers
(Blue Griffin - new on CD/mp3Jesse Blumberg & Miami String Quartet - Ricky Ian Gordon: Green Sneakers
World premiere recording of Ricky Ian Gordon mini-opera, sung by Jesse Blumberg with the Miami String Quartet.

Reading the Plays of Wendy WassersteinReading the Plays of Wendy Wasserstein
(Applause - Paperback Book)
By Jan Balakin. Essays which place Wendy Wasserstein's seven major plays, in a historical context, showing a connection between the evolution of the women's movement in America and the conflicts within her plays. Interviews with the playwright before her death in 2006, and with Wasserstein's close friends, playwright Chris Durang and director Dan Sullivan, lend further insight into Wasserstein's political concerns. The author's access to handwritten pages from Wasserstein's notebooks at the Wasserstein archives at Mount Holyoke also provides readers a window into the playwright's creative process. Features 50 black-and-white illustrations, including handwritten pages from Wendy Wasserstein's notebooks.

Salaam. Peace.Salaam. Peace: An Anthology of Middle Eastern-American Drama
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Holly Hill and Dina Amin, editors. Collection of new plays by American writers of a variety of Middle Eastern backgrounds, from artists born in Egypt and Iran, to Israeli and Palestinian Americans. Ten Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith by Yussef el-Guindi; Between Our Lips by Nathalie Handal; Nine Parts of Desire by Heather Raffo; The Black Eyed by Betty Shamieh; Call Me Mehdi by Torange Yeghiazarian; Browntown by Samir Younis; Desert Sunrise by Misha Shulman.

Shakespeare and the American MusicalShakespeare and the American Musical
(Indiana Univ Press - Hardcover/Paperback Book)
Irene G. Dash explores the influence of Shakespeare on American musical theater through analyses of five important productions from 1938 through 1971 - The Boys from Syracuse, Kiss Me, Kate, West Side Story, Your Own Thing and Two Gentlemen of Verona. Dash argues that adaptations of Shakespeare were instrumental in the alteration of the musical theater formula from the stock plots and song forms of the 1930s musical comedy to the more organic "integrated musical" ...

StreamersStreamers
(Shout! Factory - new on DVD)
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1983 Robert Altan film version of David Rabe play. Matthew Modine, Michael Wright, Mitchell Lichtenstein, and David Alan Grier.

Toronto Sings the Breithaupt BrothersToronto Sings the Breithaupt Brothers Songbook
(GDM - new on CDSarah Slean - Toronto Sings the Breithaupt Brothers Songbook
Live album tribute to songs of Don Breithaupt and Jeff Breithaupt (Seeing Stars). Denzal Sinclaire, Adi Braun, Brent Carver, Patricia O'Callaghan, Wendy Lands.

Turning ThirtyTurning Thirty, The Musical Live Debut
(new on mp3Tom Willner - Turning Thirty, the Musical - Live Debut
Live recording of Atlanta benefit performance of Tom Willner musical, based on his personal experience with cancer. Tom Willner, Kristi Budd, Pam Duncan, Jose Cordero.


January 12, 2010

8 1/28 1/2
(Criterion - new on Blu-Ray)
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Federico Fellini's 1963 film that was the basis for the musical Nine. Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Barbara Steele, Anouk Aimée, Sandra Milo, Mario Pisu, Rosella Falk. Black and white; 138 minutes. High-definition digital transfer of restored film elements plus extras: introduction by filmmaker Terry Gilliam; audio commentary w/ Gideon Bachmann and NYU film professor Antonio Monda; A Director's Notebook 52-minute Fellini film by Federico Fellini; The Last Sequence 52-minute documentary on alternate ending; Nino Rota: Between Cinema and Concert 48-minute documentary; interviews with actress Sandra Milo, Lina Wertmuller & Vittorio Storaro; rare photographs from Bachmann's collection; behind-the-scenes and production photos; trailers; improved English subtitle translation; booklet featuring writings by Fellini and essays by critics.

FameFame Extended Dance Edition
(MGM - new on DVD & Blu-Ray 2 discs)
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2009 film remake featuring Thomas Dekker, Paul Iacono, Kristy Flores, Charles S. Dutton, Kelsey Grammer, Bebe Neuwirth, Debbie Allen, Megan Mullally, Naturi Naughton, Anna Maria Perez de Tagles, Paul McGill, Kay Panabaker, Kherington Payne, Collins Pennie, Walter Perez. 15 deleted scenes, Fame National Talent Search Contest Winner, and a music video.

Fame Season TwoFame: Season Two
(MGM - on 5 DVDs)
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Second season (1982-3) of TV show. Erica Gimpel, Debbie Allen, Gene Anthony Ray, Lee Curreri, Valerie Landsburg, Carlo Imperato, Lori Singer, Albert Hague, Carol Mayo Jenkins. Guests include Marge Champion, Bruno Kirby, Betty White, Nancy Walker, Arte Johnson, Brenda Vaccaro, Milton Berle, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Previously available in combination pack with season one.

Lion King on BroadwayThe Lion King On Broadway Special 2-Disc Edition
(Disney - new on CD + DVD)
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OBC album plus bonus DVD with all-new addition behind the scenes material of the London production of The Lion King.

Passing StrangePassing Strange
(IFC - new on DVD)
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2009 Spike Lee film of Stew's musical. Filmed live. Eisa Davis, de'Adre Aziza, Daniel Breaker, Colman Domingo, Stew.

Road ShowRoad Show
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Libretto for Sondheim/John Weidman musical about Addison Mizner and Wilson Mizner.


January 5, 2010

All the Things You Are: Transcriptions and In-Depth Analysis of Solos by Jazz Pianists Playing Jerome Kern's Classic Songs
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book & CD)
By Gene Rizzo and Jerome Kern. In-depth analysis of how a variety of jazz musicians have handled the Kern standard "All the Things You Are." Artists include Oscar Peterson, Andre Previn, Ahmad Jamal, Hampton Hawes, Ralph Sharon, Dave Brubeck, Phineas Newborn, Marian McPartland, and many more. The book includes details and transcriptions of key passages from each artist's version along with references to the specific recording being discussed. The CD includes sound-alike examples of each of the passages to aid in the study and analysis.

Broadway EncyclopediaBroadway: An Encyclopedia of Theater and American Culture
(Greenwood - 2 Hardcover Volumes)
Thomas A. Greenfield. Explores just how much the "Great White Way" illuminates our national character. In two volumes spanning the era from the mid-19th century to the present, it offers nearly 200 entries on a variety of topics, including spotlights on 30 landmark productions — from Shuffle Along to Oklahoma! to Oh Calcutta! to The Producers — that not only changed American theater but American culture as well. Plus, thirty extended thematic essays gauging the powerful impact of theater on American life, with entries on race relations, women in society, sexuality, film, media, technology, tourism, and off-Broadway and noncommercial theater. Also, 110 profile entries on key persons and institutions — from the famous to the infamous to the all but forgotten — whose unique careers and contributions impacted Broadway and its place in the American landscape.

Conversations with Peter BrookConversations with Peter Brook
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Margaret Croyden (editor). Director Peter Brook shares his most insightful thoughts and deepest feelings about theater with Margaret Croyden, who has followed his career for thirty years, gaining an unparalleled perspective on the evolution of his work. In these interchanges from 1970 to 2000, Brook freely discusses major works, the establishment of the Paris Center, his work in the Middle East and Africa and more.

The Director's Voice Vol 2The Director's Voice, Volume Two
(TCG - Paperback Book)
A cross-section of stage directors defining today's American theater, in conversation with director/producer Jason Loewith. Interviews include: Anne Bogart, Mark Brokaw, Peter Brosius, Ping Chong, David Esbjornson, Oskar Eustis, Frank Galati, Michael Kahn, Moisés Kaufman, James Lapine, Elizabeth LeCompte, Emily Mann, Michael Mayer, Marion McClinton, Bill Rauch, Bartlett Sher, Julie Taymor, Theatre de la Jeune Lune (Barbra Berlovitz, Steven Epps, Vincent Gracieux, Robert Rosen, and Dominique Serrand), George C. Wolfe, and Mary Zimmerman.

Ashley BrownSpeak Low: Ashley Brown
(Ghostlight/Razor & Tie - new on CDAshley Brown - Speak Low
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Jazz album of American Songbook songs by star of Mary Poppins. To include "Smile," "Make Someone Happy," "My Funny Valentine," "I'll Be Seeing You," "My Only Love” and "The Very Thought of You."  Produced by David Lai.




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