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Updated 8/15/17

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Best American Short Plays 2015-2016The Best American Short Plays 2015-2016
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
William W. Demastes and John Patrick Bray, editors. 392 pages.

RSC 2018 CalendarRoyal Shakespeare Company - Angus McBean Wall Calendar 2018 (Art Calendar)
(Flame Tree Publishing - wall calendar)
Photography by Angus McBean. Iconic photographs from plays, including Laurence Olivier as Malvolio in Twelfth Night; Vanessa Redgrave as Rosalind in As You Like It; and Vivien Leigh as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month's views.

Rylance GlobeShakespeare in the Theatre: Mark Rylance at the Globe
(Bloomsbury Arden - Paperback Book)
By Stephen Purcell. Explores the Globe Theatre's first decade of productions under the leadership of Sir Mark Rylance. Material from the theatre's archive, interviews with Globe practitioners, and Rylance's own personal archive. Concludes with an in-depth interview with Rylance himself. 272 pages.


August 18, 2017

Judy Garland DuetsJudy Garland: Classic Duets
(JSP - new import set on 4 CDs)
Collection of Garland duet tracks from her films, radio and studio recordings. Among the 215 tracks are duets with Mickey Rooney, Johnny Mercer, Danna Durbin, Fanny Brice, Ray Bolger, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, Dick Haymes, Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, and many more. Complete track list for all four CDs at Amazon.

Helen TraubelHelen Traubel: The Loveliest Night of The Year
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
Opera and stage (Pipe Dream) singer/star. Includes 14 tracks from the LP plus bonus recordings made earlier of standards and from the world of operetta. "Because," "Danny Boy," "Trees," "When Day Is Done," "The Loveliest Night of the Year," "Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral ," "September Song," "Autumn Leaves ," "Three O'clock in the Morning ," "Brahms' Lullaby," "Poor Butterfly ," "When I Grow Too Old to Dream," "Summertime," "I Believe," "All the Things You Are," "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "Old Folks at Home ," "A Perfect Day," "It's a Grand Night For Singing," "The Missouri Waltz ," "Anniversary Song," "Beautiful Ohio," "My Moonlight Madonna," "Auf Wiedersehn," "Yours Is My Heart Alone," "The Merry Widow Waltz."

Legally BoundLegally Bound: Live at Feinstein's 54 Below
(Broadway Records - new on CD/digital)
Andy Karl and Orfeh. "You're All I Need to Get By," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough ," "Ain't No Stopping Us Now, A very rowdy crowd…, "The Promise," Something good had to come out of the 80s… , "Make Like a Nail/If I Can Dream," I love it when the napkins start to dance…, "History," Some artists that you come up listening to…, "I'm Your Baby Tonight" (with Andrew Logan), That show really sort of pushed the limits…, "Keep on Standing," "Piece of My Heart, That happens in my living room at least twice a week…, "Seeing You," "Kiss." Also at BroadwayRecords.com.


August 22, 2017

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


August 25, 2017

Dear Evan Hansen vinylDear Evan Hansen OBC Vinyl w/digital download
(Atlantic - new 2-LP Blue Vinyl)
Score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Ben Platt, Laura Dreyfuss, Rachel Bay Jones, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Mike Faist, Michael Park, Will Roland and Kristolyn Lloyd, and Michael Lee Brown, Garrett Long, Olivia Puckett, Colton Ryan, and Asa Somers. "Anybody Have a Map?," "Waving Through A Window," "For Forever," "Sincerely, Me," "Requiem," "If I Could Tell Her," "Disappear," "You Will Be Found," "To Break In a Glove," "Only Us," "Good For You," "Words Fail," "So Big / So Small," "Finale." Produced by Atlantic Records, Alex Lacamoire, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and co-produced by Stacey Mindich. Free digital download also included.


August 2017, exact release date unknown

Into the Woods Fourth WallSondheim and Lapine's Into the Woods (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Olaf Jubin. Detailed reading of the show itself ... discussing key productions in New York and London, and screen adaptation. A combination of critical interpretation with performance and film analysis, as well as an overview of popular and critical reception. Part of Routledge's Fourth Wall series: short, accessible accounts of some of modern theatre's best loved works. 128 pages.


September 1, 2017

Barnum BackersBarnum Backer's Audition
(Harbinger/Naxos - new on CD)
1980 backer's audition recording, as presented by the authors, for Barnum. Music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Michael Stewart. Recorded live on New York's Upper East Side in the apartment of Maurice and Lois Rosenfield. "Introduction," "Come Follow the Band," "There Is a Sucker Born Every Minute," "The Colors of My Life," "Now You See It, Now You Don't," "One Brick at a Time," "I Like Your Style," "Bigger Isn't Better," "Love Makes Such Fools of Us All," "Out There," "At Least I Tried," "The Prince of Humburg," "Black and White," "Join the Circus," "Thank God I'm Old." 10-page booklet includes background and photos. Produced by Ken Bloom. Part of the Harbinger Records/Musical Theater Project Songwriter Showcase Series.


September 5, 2017

Broadway General ManagerBroadway General Manager: Demystifying the Most Important and Least Understood Role in Show Business
(Allworth Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By veteran general manager Peter Bogyo. Glimpse into the world of theatrical general management. Laced with humorous insights and personal anecdotes. Examines actual production and operating budgets for a Broadway show and offers analysis of real contracts. Also: How to get started as a general manager; Negotiating contracts; How the producing entity functions; Programming the box office; The issues related to hiring employees; Binding insurance; Financial overview; Maintaining the run of a show; What to do when sales start to slump; Closing a show.

Sense of Occasion: Hal PrinceSense of Occasion: Hal Prince
(Applause Books - Hardcover Book)
Memoir by Harold Prince. Includes the content of Prince's 1974 book "Contradictions: Notes on Twenty-Six Years in the Theatre," plus his present-day reflections on that text and much more original content, offering insights into the way business is conducted on Broadway, drawing sharp contrasts between past and present. 304 pages.


September 7, 2017

Stephen Sondheim Collection 2The Stephen Sondheim Collection - Volume 2: 40 Songs from 14 Shows and Films
(Rilting Music - Paperback Book)
Richard Walters, editor. Includes selections from Anyone Can Whistle, Company, Dick Tracy, Evening Primrose, Follies, The Frogs, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, Merrily We Roll Along, Passion, The Seven Percent Solution, Sunday in the Park with George, and Sweeney Todd. Plus detailed notes about the shows and films. 328 pages. Follow-up to 2012 The Stephen Sondheim Collection: 52 Songs from 17 Shows and Films.


September 8, 2017

Retour a l'Auberge GanneRetour à l'auberge Ganne
(new import CD)
Bernard Sauvat, Valérie Bonnier, Frank Thomas. French operetta by Frank Thomas and Bernard Sauvet. "Célébrant la vie romancée des peintres impressionnistes à Barbizon." (Celebrating the the romanticized life of Impressionist painters in Barbizon).


September 12, 2017

American Theatre WingThe American Theatre Wing, an Oral History: 100 Years, 100 Voices, 100 Million Miracles
(Applause - Hardcover Book)
By Patrick Pacheco. Coffee-table book celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the American Theatre Wing. Untold lore and never-before-seen photos ... traces the American Theatre Wing as a defender of the country's most romantic ideals through two world wars, presciently establishing an interracial policy at the Stage Door Canteen despite being denounced from the well of the United States Senate. Artists from Broadway, Off Broadway, and regional theater tell their own stories in the book, including Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Harold Prince, Neil Patrick Harris, James Corden, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. 248 pages.

IndecentIndecent
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Paula Vogel play, on Broadway in 2017. 112 pages.


September 15, 2017

Michael MottMichael Mott: Abandoned Heart
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Songs by Michael Mott, sung by Mott, Jenna Ushkowitz, Brian Justin Crum, Loren Allred, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Natalie Weiss, Jennifer Damiano, Andy Mientus, Kacey Velazquez, Eric Lajuan Summers, Shayna Steele, Hannah Zazzaro and Crystal Monee Hall. "Love in Stereo," "So Relentless," "Minefield of Love," "Gold," "Not Your Fairytale," "Complicated," "Single City," "Abandoned Heart (Interlude)," "Genuine (It's Real)," "More Than Me," "Breathless," "My Favorite Color," "The Wild Ones," "Get Up On My Feet." Co-produced by Mott and Rich Matthew. Also at Broadway Records.


September 19, 2017

Do Re Mi bookBroadway Baby: Do Re Mi: An illustrated sing-along to The Sound of Music
(Walter Foster Jr. - Board Book)
First title in the Broadway Baby series for pre-schoolers. Pairs the famous lyrics with illustrations by Miriam Bos.

My Favorite ThingsBroadway Baby: My Favorite Things: An illustrated sing-along to The Sound of Music
(Walter Foster Jr. - Board Book)
Pairs the famous lyrics with illustrations by Daniel Roode.


September 22, 2017

SpongeBob SquarePants: The New Musical
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD)
Original cast recording for Nickelodeon musical. Ethan Slater, Gavin Lee, Nick Blaemire, Lilli Cooper, Carlos Lopez, Danny Skinner, Gaelen Gilliland, Juliane Godfrey, Curtis Holbrook, Stephanie Hsu, Jesse JP Johnson, L'ogan J'ones, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Mark Ledbetter, Kelvin Moon Loh, Lauralyn McClelland, Vasthy Mompoint, JC Schuster, Allysa Shorte, Jacob Smith, Abby C. Smith, Jason Michael Snow, and Allan K. Washington. Original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of AEROSMITH, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants and T.I., and a song by David Bowie with additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton. Orchestrations, arrangements and music supervision by Tom Kitt. Recorded August 2016.


September 26, 2017

Hamilton Day CalendarHamilton 2018 Day-to-Day Calendar
(Universe Publishing - Calendar)
Features 365 days of historical dates, excerpts from Hamilton's own writings, and lyrics from Lin-Manuel Miranda's score.


September 2017, exact release date unknown

Kid VictoryKid Victory original Off-Broadway cast
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Vineyard Theatre cast recording of score by John Kander and Greg Pierce. Original cast includes Ann Arvia, Joel Blum, Laura Darrell, Jeffry Denman, Brandon Flynn, Daniel Jenkins, Dee Roscioli, Karen Ziemba and Blake Zolfo. To be recorded March 20. Produced by Michael Croiter. Amazon link to come. Currently at BroadwayRecords.com.


October 3, 2017

The Cherry Orchard (Stephen Karma adaptation)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Stephen Karam's (The Humans) adaptation of Chekhov's play. Produced in 2016 by Roundabout Theatre.

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

The Detroit Project: Three Plays
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Plays by Dominique Morisseau. Detroit '67, Paradise Blue and Skeleton Crew. 240 pages.

Finding RogerFinding Roger: An Improbably Theatrical Love Story
(Kingswell - Hardcover Book)
By Rick Elice. Memoir of Elice's 34 years with Roger Rees. 256 pages.

Life Is Like a MusicalLife Is Like a Musical: How Broadway Can Help You Live Your Best Life
(Running Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By book author and Broadway dancer Tim Federle. Features 50 tips and anecdotes, with chapters such as "Let Someone Else Take a Bow," "Dance Like Everyone's Watching," and "Save the Drama for the Stage." 224 pages.

M ButterflyM. Butterfly: Broadway Tie-In Edition
(Plume - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by David Hwang, returning to Broadway in October 2017. 124 pages.

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

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


October 6, 2017

HadestownHadestown
(Rhino Warner Classics - new on CD)
Live New York Theatre Workshop cast recording of Anaïs Mitchell's score. Nabiyah Be, Damon Daunno, Lulu Fall, Amber Grey, Patrick Page, Jessie Shelton, Chris Sullivan, Shaina Taub. Arrangements and orchestrations by Michael Chorney; and co-arrangements & orchestrations and music supervision by Todd Sickafoose. Recorded June 28 and June 29. "Road to Hell I," "Livin' it up on top," "All I've ever known," "Way Down Hadestown," "Epic II," "Chant I," "Hey Little Songbird," "When the Chips are Down," "Gone I'm gone," "Wait for Me (I)," "Why We Build the Wall," "Our Lady of the Underground," "Way Down Hadestown II," "Chant II," "Epic III," "Word to the Wise," "His Kiss the Riot," "Promises," "Wait for Me II," "Doubt Comes In," "Road to Hell II." 4-song EP released in October 2016.

Half a Sixpence DemoHalf a Sixpence: Original Demo Recordings
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
Music and lyrics by David Heneker and book by Beverley Cross. Includes studio demo recordings for Kipps (then working title for the show) recorded at London's Olympic Studios in March 1962, one year before the West End run. Tommy Steele, Rita Williams, Roy Sone, Joanna Rigby and writers David Heneker and Beverley Cross; backed by the Kenny Powell Trio. INcludes some cut songs. Project conceived by Stewart Nicholls, Theatre Director and Archivist for the David Heneker Estate, who says the material was "discovered in perfect condition in the garage of Composer David Heneker's family house in deepest Wales - and hadn't been played for 55 years." "Ladies Wear," "MrShalford's Drapery Emporium," "All In The Cause of Economy," "Half A Sixpence," "We Don't Like Not To Be Engaged," "If You Dress Like MrPearce," "Pure Coincidence," "Money To Burn," "The Oak and the Ash," "She's Too Far Above Me," "I'm Not Talking to You," "If The Rain's Got To Fall," "The Old Military Canal," "The One Who's Got Away," "Long Ago," "How Fashionable and Amusing," "I'll Build A Palace / I Only Want A Little House," "I'll Build A Palace / I Only Want A Little House (Reprise)," "How Fashionable and Amusing," "I Don't Believe A Word Of It," "Flash Bang Wallop," "Long Ago," "Half A Sixpence," "She's Too Far Above Me," "If The Rain's Got To Fall," "Beverley Cross Narrates 'Half A Sixpence'."


October 10, 2017

The FerrymanThe Ferryman
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Play by Jez Butterworth, which recently had its world premiere at the Royal Court Theatre in London. 80 pages.

Hirschfeld the BiographyHirschfeld: The Biography
(Sarah Crichton Books - new Hardcover Book/Digital Book)
By Ellen Stern. Biography of Al Hirschfeld, the caricaturist of Broadway. From interviews with the artist himself, his friends and wives, celebrity subjects, agent, daughter, and more; with access to personal correspondence, journals, home movies, and scrapbooks. 368 pages.

Turner Classic Movie MusicalsTurner Classic Movies: Must-See Musicals: 50 Show-Stopping Movies We Can't Forget
(Running Press - Paperback Book/Digital Book)
By Richard Barrios. Foreword by Michael Feinstein. Covering 50 of the best spanning the dawn of sound to the high-def present ... lushly illustrated and brightly written with reviews and "backstage" stories. 264 pages.

Voice LessonsVoice Lessons: A Sisters Story
(St. Martin's Press - Hardcover Book/Digital Book/Audiobook)
By Cara Mentzel. Foreword by her sister, Idina Menzel. " the story of one younger sister growing up in the shadow of a larger-than-life older sister—looking up to her, wondering how they were alike and how they were different and, ultimately, learning how to live her own life and speak in her own voice on her own terms." Audiobook read by the author.


October 16, 2017

Over the RainbowArlen and Harburg's Over the Rainbow (The Oxford Keynotes Series)
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book)
By Walter Frisch. Traces the history of the song and its cultural evolution and impact. 160 pages.

CarouselRodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel (The Oxford Keynotes Series)
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book)By Tim Carter. 152 pages. The first book on Carousel's history and impact. Presents new archival materials on the creation of the show.


October 17, 2017

The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Three-part play cycle by Richard Nelson: Hungry, What Did You Expect?, and Women of a Certain Age. 320 pages.

Gloria (TCG Edition)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (An Octoroon). 96 pages.

William Ivey LongWilliam Ivey Long: Costume Designs 2007-2016
(Mint Museum - Hardcover Book)
Rebecca Elliot, Peter Marks, Annie Carlano (editor). A review of the illustrious career of costume designer William Ivey Long and an analysis of his work. Illustrations of his sketches, fabric swatches, and costume designs; discussion of the productions brought to life by his award-winning costumes.


October 24, 2017

Rent FAQRent FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Broadway's Blaze of Glory
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Tom Rowan, editor. Includes biographical info on the Jonathan Larson; other chapters focus on the creative team and original cast, the development of the script and score from early drafts and workshop performances to the final version, the movie version, tours, and more. "Rent Cultural Literacy" is a guide to all the titles, real people, and locations referenced in the show; another chapter provides clues to the characters and tips for anyone thinking about auditioning for the musical, or putting on a production. Final chapter provides a rundown, with numerous photos, of revivals and local productions all over the country, including regional, community, and dinner theaters, and high school and college versions. 400 pages.


October 28, 2017

10,000 NightsTen Thousand Nights: Highlights from 50 Years of Theatre-Going
(Univ of Michigan Press - Hardcover Book)
By Marvin Carlson. Features essays using each theater experience (one per year, from 1960 to 2010) to provide an insight into the theater and theatre-going at a particular time. 296 pages.


October 31, 2017

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

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


November 6, 2017

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


November 7, 2017

The Lion King: Twenty Years on Broadway and Around the World
(Disney Editions - hardcover book)
By by Michael Lassell. A Disney Theatrical Souvenir Book. In honor of its 20th anniversary (7/8/17) ... traces the origins of the show from the animated film, features stories from the creators and actors, and showcases never-before-published images both onstage and behind the scenes from the many productions around the world. 224 pages.

My PrideMy Pride: Mastering Life's Daily Performance
(Disney Editions - Hardcover Book)
By Alton Fitzgerald White (The Lion King). White " delivers his message of service - taking responsibility for and deriving happiness from commonplace achievements - as a philosophy that anyone can get through each day with satisfaction, pride and a sense of accomplishment." 320 pages.

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

Small Mouth Sounds: A Play Off-Broadway Edition
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by Bess Wohl. Produced by Ars Nova in 2015 and 2016.


November 14, 2017

Balancing ActsBalancing Acts: Behind the Scenes at London's National Theatre
(Knopf - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD (August 4)/Audible Edition)
By Nicholas Hytner (Artistic Director of London's National Theatre from 2003-2015). Detailed behind-the-scenes look at Hytner's creative process ... he writes insightfully about the actors and playwrights he's worked with: Derek Jacobi, Richard Griffiths, Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Harold Pinter, and Tom Stoppard among them. Not only a memoir but a gathering of illuminating notes on the art of directing and a thoughtful meditation on the purpose of theater. 352 pages. Audiobook readers are by Nicholas Hytner, Simon Russell Beale, Samuel Barnett, and Deborah Findlay. Audible release is May 4, 2017. Audible free 30-day trial with two free audiobooks, plus one more after the trial.

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


November 21, 2017

Dear Evan Hansen: Through the Window
(Grand Central Publishing - new Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD)
By Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul. To include include personal memories, photographs, unreleased lyrics, and the Dear Evan Hansen libretto. 224 pages


December 12, 2017

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


January 2, 2018

FuturityFuturity
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by César Alvarez. 96 pages.

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


January 8, 2018

August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Ladrica Menson-Furr. Gives readers an overview of the work from its inception through revisions and stagings in regional theatres and Broadway, exploring its use of African American vernacular genres - blues music, folk songs, folk tales, and dance - and 19th Century Southern post-Reconstruction history. Ladrica Menson-Furr presents Joe Turner's Come and Gone as a historical drama, blues drama, American drama, great migration drama, and the finest example of Wilson's gift for re-locating the African American experience in urban southern cities as the beginning and not the end of the African American experience. 160 pages.

Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Julian Woolford. In a series of short essays, the stage musical is re-examined from seven different perspectives, including how the musical heralded the end of an era on Broadway, its reinvention of history and biography, how the film version has influenced future stage productions and the ways in which it put child performers centre stage ... how, nearly 60 years after its stage debut, the musical has a direct impact on the modern world, through its recent iterations ... through Salzburg's recent embracing of the musical after years of ambivalence ... and The Sound of Music in the Middle East, where it has become a symbol of antifundamentalism.


March 6, 2018

Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution
(Henry Holt. & Co. - Hardcover Book)
"Todd S. Purdum's portrait of these two men, their creative process, and their groundbreaking innovations will captivate lovers of musical theater, lovers of the classic American songbook, and lovers in general. He shows that what Rodgers and Hammerstein wrought was truly something wonderful." 352 pages.

Unmasked
(Harper - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book/Digital Book)
New memoir by Andrew Lloyd Webber, delving into his personal creative process as he takes readers through the evolution of his career, recounting behind-the-scenes stories from his numerous musicals. Also covering his childhood home and family. 16 pages of color photos.

The World Only Spins ForwardThe World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America
(Bloomsbury USA - Hardcover Book)
By Isaac Butler and Dan Kois. Expanded version of oral history of Tony Kushner's Angels in America, originally published at Slate.com. Newly published material to include "delving into Ivo Van Hove's radical reimagining of the show, exploring the Signature [Theatre] production, greatly expanding the section on the two UK productions, covering the National revival next year, and exploring two particularly controversial productions (one in North Carolina, one in Washington, D.C.) that got swept up in the culture wars of the 1990s." 304 pages.


March 27, 2018

Failing Up: How to Rise Above, Do Better, and Never Stop Learning
(Feiwel & Friends - new Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton). "Written in the style of a commencement speech, Failing Up brings together what Leslie has learned in life so far, tapping into universal themes of starting something new, following your passions, discovering your own potential, and surrounding yourself with the right people." 192 pages.


May 1, 2020

Sondheim The Man Who Changed Musical TheaterSondheim: The Man Who Changed Musical Theater
(Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Susan Goldman Rubin. 192 pages.


No release date set

August Wilson: The Kiln in Which He was Fired
(37 INK - new book)
[Tentative title.] Biography of August Wilson by Patti Hartigan. Expected late 2019.

Book of comedic essays by Laura Benanti
(St. Martin's Press - new book)
Release date unknown.

The Cradle Will Rock
(new on CD)
2017 Opera Saratoga production of score from Marc Blitzstein opera.

Ernest ShackletonErnest Shackleton Loves Me
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Original cast recording of score by Brendan Milburn (music) and Val Vigoda (lyrics). Starring Val Vigoda (Striking 12) and charismatic Wade McCollum. Music direction and orchestrations by Ryan O'Connell. Fall 2017 release expected.

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

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

Harbinger upcoming releases: material from Eubie Blake; download only demos of Hugh Martin and Sheldon Harnick; Steve Ross' back catalog for download; Naughty Marietta, 1981 Smithsonian Institution recording first time on CD; Rose-Marie unissued 1981 Smithsonian recording with Ron Raines; Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt: Hidden Treasures; Sidney Myer Live! DVD o-production with the Mabel Mercer Foundation.

Karen Olivo solo album
Album with musical a "theatre repertoire, but with a completely different spin." Release date unknown.

Lena Hall: The Villa Satori, Growing Up Haight Ashbury
(new on CD)
Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Kinky Boots) "musical memoir." With guitarist Watt White, keyboardist John Deley, bassist Lee Nadel, and drummer Brian Fishler. Per the artist via Instagram.

Lena Hall: Obsessed–Hedwig
(new on CD)
Acoustic versions of songs from the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Per the artist via Instagram.

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

The School of Doing: Lessons from Gerald Freedman
(new book)
By Isaac Klein. Comprehensive guide to the craft and teachings of internationally renowned stage director and educator Gerald Freedman, including lessons on acting, directing, text analysis, comedy technique, camera technique, Shakespeare, musical theater, design, pedagogy, and show business. Klein corroborates Freedman's wisdom with quotes from luminaries like Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinkin, Chita Rivera, Olympia Dukakis, Debbie Allen, Christine Baranski, Anna Camp, John Cullum, William Daniels, Dane DeHaan, Jules Fisher, Paul Gemignani, Bernard Gersten, Lee Grant, Sheldon Harnick, George Hearn, Desmond Heeley, Hal Holbrook, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Stacy Keach, Carol Lawrence, Ming Cho Lee, Billy Magnussen, Jack O'Brien, Austin Pendleton, Alfred Uhry, Sam Waterston, and many more. Freedman began his career working for Columbia Pictures in Hollywood, and assistant directing Broadway musicals, including the original production of West Side Story; alongside Joseph Papp and Bernard Gersten, he founded The Public Theater, where he directed many productions of both classic and new works, including the world premiere of Hair. Over the course of his six decade career, he directed plays, operas, and musicals on and off Broadway, regionally, and around the world. He won an Obie Award, became the first American to direct at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, and served as Artistic Director of the New York Shakespeare Festival (now known as Shakespeare in the Park), Stratford's American Shakespeare Theater, Cleveland's Great Lakes Theater, and as co-Artistic Director of the Acting Company. He taught at The Juilliard School, Northwestern University, Yale University, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he served as Dean of the School of Drama for twenty-one years, becoming Dean Emeritus in 2012.

Stage to Stage: My Journey to Broadway
(new book)
By Josh Groban. "Full of great memories," per the artist on social media.

Sunday in the Park with George revival cast
(Warner Music Group - new on CD)
2017 Broadway revival cast recording of Stephen Sondheim score. Jake Gyllenhaal, Annaleigh Ashford, Brooks Ashmanskas, Jenni Barber, Tony Award nominee Phillip Boykin, Mattea Conforti, Erin Davie, Claybourne Elder, Tony Award nominee Penny Fuller, Jordan Gelber, Tony Award winner Robert Sean Leonard, Liz McCartney, Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles, Ashley Park, Jennifer Sanchez, David Turner, Max Chernin, MaryAnn Hu, Tony Award nominee Michael McElroy, Jaime Rosenstein, Laura Irion, Julie Foldesi, and Andrew Kober. Produced and mixed by Bart Migal. Recording date late April 2017. Summer 2017 release expected.

-- Sound Advice Staff




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