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February 1, 2011 | January 25, 2011 | January 18, 2011 | January 11, 2011
CDs Now Available:
Love Story Original Cast
(Faber Music - new on CD)
UK cast recording of Howard Goodall and Stephen Clark score. Emma Williams, Michael Xavier and Peter Polycarpou. 16 tracks. Available at Dress Circle and at Amazon UK.
Shannon Forsell: The Nearness of You, a Tribute to Hoagy Carmichael
(LML Music - new on CD)
New release by cabaret singer.
DIGITAL DOWNLOADs Now Available:
End of the Rainbow OLC
(First Night Records - new import CD)
Olivier Award winner Tracie Bennett in Judy Garland play with music. "Anything But Love/Just In Time," "Medley – The Bells Are Ringing for Me and My Gal / You Made me Love You/ The Trolley Song," "The Man That got Away," "When You’re smiling the whole World Smiles With you," "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Get Happy/By Myself," "When the sun Comes Out," "Smile," "I could go on Singing," "San Francisco," "Zing Went the Strings of my Heart," "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (Bonus Track). Also available at iTunes, Amazon mp3 ($7.99) CD is pre-ordering for Feb 15 as an import at Amazon.
DVDs Now Available:
(Acorn Media - new on 2 DVDs)
Partly a documentary of Derek Jacobi's production of Hamlet, starring Kenneth Branagh; partly an examination of the play itself; and partly a conversation about how theater comes to be. Filmmakers Mark Olshaker and Larry Klein follow the company through four weeks of rehearsals, from the first read-throughs to opening night. Interviews with principal actors, as well as the set designer, costume supervisor, text advisor, and others. Includes exclusive interview with Derek Jacobi (34 min.); bonus disc with behind-the-scenes footage, cast and crew interviews, and extended production interviews with Jacobi (162 min.); 12-page viewer's guide with an introduction by director Mark Olshaker, a history of the Renaissance Theatre Company, critical reactions to the production, and an article on Hamlet’s textual challenges; Hamlets Through the Ages profiles; cast biographies; Patrick Stewart biography; photo gallery.
For Colored Girls
(Lionsgate - Blu-Ray/DVD combo)
Order at CD Universe
Tyler Perry's film version of Ntozake Shange's or Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf. Kimberly Elise, Phylicia Rashad, Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, singer Macy Gray, Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg, Kerry Washington, and Anika Noni Rose
Kiss Me, Kate
(VAI - new on DVD)
1958 Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, telecast with Alfred Drake, Patricia Morison, Julie Wilson, Billy Hayes, Harvey Lembeck, Jack Klugman. 78 minutes. Black & white.
Nancy LaMott "The Don't Tell Mama Shows"
(Midder Music - on 2 DVDs)
Over four hours of material from Nancy LaMott's Don't Tell Mama performances. Store date. Available now at LMLMusic.com, MidderMusic.com and NancyLaMott.com.
BOOKs Now Available:
The Golden Age of American Musical Theatre: 1943-1965
(Scarecrow Press - Hardcover Book)
Synopses, cast and production credits, song titles, and other pertinent information for over 180 musicals over a 22-year span. 256 pages.
Recordings RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:
Gone With The Wind OLC
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
1972 London cast recording of Harold Rome score. June Ritchie, Harve Presnell. Limited to 1,000 copies. Expected to ship 3rd week in March; orders placed at Kritzerland will ship 1-5 weeks early.
(Sony Masterworks Broadway - new on CD-R/mp3/iTunes)
1971 original Broadway cast recording. Helen Miller (music) / Eve Merriam (lyrics) score, based on Merriam's book The Inner City Mother Goose. Linda Hopkins, Delores Hall, Larry Marshall and Allan Nichols. Pre-ordering at Arkiv Music.
The Norman Conquests
(Acorn Media - new on 3 DVDs)
Alan Ayckbourn's play trilogy: Table Manners, Living Together, and Round and Round the Garden. 1970s Emmy-nominated PBS Great Performances telecast. Richard Briers, Penelope Keith, and Tom Conti. 305 minutes. Bonus Features: Biography of playwright Alan Ayckbourn and background on the trilogy.
Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert OBC
(Rhino - new on CD)
"It's Raining Men," "What's Love Got To Do With It," "Don't Leave Me This Way," "Material Girl," "Go West," "I Say A Little Prayer," "I Love the Nightlife," "True Colors," "Verdi: Follie Delirio vano e questo!," "Color My World," "I Will Survive," "A Fine Romance," "Shake Your Groove Thing," "Pop Muzik," "A Fine Romance (reprise)," "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," "Hot Stuff," "MacArthur Park," "Always On My Mind / Like A Prayer," "We Belong," "Finally." Produced by Stephen "Spud" Murphy and Frank Filipetti.
Witchcraft: Claire Martin / Richard Rodney Bennett
(new on CD)
"I'm Gonna Laugh You Out Of My Life," "The Best Is Yet To Come," "Rules Of The Road," "On Second Thoughts," "Everybody Today Is Turning On," "Sometimes When You're Lonely," "Let Me Down Easy," "Nobody Does It Like Me," "That's My Style," "When In Rome," "Witchcraft," "With Every Breath I Take," "On The Other Side Of The Tracks," "Would You Believe." Pre-order at Dress Circle.
Books RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:
Our Day Out the Musical: Improving Standards in English through Drama (Critical Scripts)
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Slightly updated version of Willy Russell (Blood Brother) play, with more songs. This educational edition in Methuen Drama's Critical Scripts series has been prepared by national Drama in Secondary English experts Ruth Moore and Paul Bunyan. Ideal for year 9 and above.
OTHER NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Moved to March 1:
Legends of the Silver Screen: The Biographies Collection
(Image - 3 DVD set)
More than eight hours worth of in-depth biographical material, assembled from interviews, newsreels, film clips, plus star photo galleries combining glamour stills and candid behind-the-scenes shots. Biographies include: Anthony Quinn, Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Shirley Temple, Walter Matthau. Thinpack. Tin box packaging to be released March 15.
Thanks to Max Preeo for his contributions.
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