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Updated 5/18/21 Complete information on all known upcoming releases of theatre related audio and video recordings can be found on our Upcoming Releases page. Recordings released last week and earlier can be viewed here.

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BreatheBreathe: A New Musical
(Broadway Records - new album)
Kelli O'Hara and Brian Stokes Mitchell, Patti Murin, Colin Donnell, Denée Benton, Rubén J. Carbajal, Matt Doyle, Max Clayton, Daniel Yearwood, T. Oliver Reid and Josh Davis. Five suites, each featuring a score by different composers Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich; Rob Rokicki and Rebecca Murillo; Daniel Mertzlufft and Kate Leonard; Doug Besterman and Sharon Vaughn; and Douglas Lyons and Ethan Pakchar. The musical premieres on Overture+ on May 14, 2021. Released 5/14/21.

BOOKs Now Available:

The Big ParadeThe Big Parade: Meredith Willson's Musicals from The Music Man to 1491
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Dominic McHugh. The author uses newly uncovered letters, manuscripts, and production files to reveal Meredith Willson's unusual combination of experiences in his pre-Broadway career that lead him to compose The Music Man at the age of 55. McHugh also gives an in-depth look at the reception of The Music Man and examines the strengths and weaknesses of Willson's other three musicals, with his sustained commitment to innovation and novelty. Packed with new revelations about the processes involved in writing these works, as well as the trials and tribulations of working in the commercial theatre. Part of OUP's Broadway Legacies series. 280 pages.

Modern TheatresModern Theatres 1950 - 2020
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
David Staples, editor. An investigation of theatres, concert halls, and opera houses in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North and South America. Explores in detail thirty of the most significant theatres, concert halls, opera houses, and dance spaces that opened between 1950 and 2010. Each theatre is reviewed and assessed by experts in theatre buildings, such as architects, acousticians, consultants, and theatre practitioners, and illustrated with full-color photographs and comparative plans and sections. A further twenty theatres that opened between 2011 and 2020 are concisely reviewed and illustrated. 512 pages. Kindle Edition released earlier.

Notes on Gentleman's GuideNotes on the Writing of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
(Applause Books - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Robert L. Freedman, editor. Bookwriter Freedman goes through the process of writing a new musical, including story structure, song placement, dialogue, character development, and more that led to the creation of 2014 A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. Describes the challenging and rewarding growing pains. 72 pages.

ITEMS to be released this Friday, May 21:

Petula ClarkPetula Clark: In Copenhagen 1958-1960
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
From the archives of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, dating from 1958 to 1960. A part of Petula Clark's career that to date has remained relatively unknown and unreported outside of Scandinavia. This specially compiled album features 23 recordings all of which are previously unissued on CD and unheard since their original broadcasts. Digitally remastered from the original master tapes. Selections from four Petula Clark television specials recorded and broadcast exclusively in Denmark over a two-year period. Musical accompaniment by Bent Fabric and His Quartet. Highlights include "The Folks Who Live on the Hill," "Over the Rainbow," "I"ll Be Seeing You" and "Among My Souvenirs". Strictly limited to 500 units only.

Stone CrossedStone Crossed, A New Musical
(Broadway Records - new digital album)
Studio concept recording of score by Philip David Stern. Cast includes Krystina Alabado, Alex Boniello, Gabi Campo, Antonio Cipriano, Will Connolly, Telly Leung, Elle McLemore, Celia Rose Gooding, Jon Rua, Samantha Williams. More information at BroadwayRecords.com.


BittersummerBittersummer: A New Musical
(Broadway Records - new album)
Concept recording of score by Annalise Emerick and The Brother Brothers. Part of the Averno Universe series. Queer stories, queer writers, all-queer characters and cast. Produced by Morgan Smith and Michael J Moritz Jr. Cast includes Janeen Garcia, Jasmine Aurora Thomas, Rachael Chau, Richard Eyler, and Emma Freeman. More information at BroadwayRecords.com.

J. Breckenridge: Monotony
(Red Card Records - new digital album)
Original songs by John Breckinridge. Carl Carter on bass, Alec Berlin on guitars, and David Paarlberg on keyboard. James Frazee provides drum programming. Breckenridge supplies all lead and background vocals.

CompanyOriginal Cast Album: Company
(Criterion - new Blu-ray/DVD)
1970 D.A. Pennebaker documentary. New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by Chris Hegedus and Nate Pennebaker, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. New audio commentary by Stephen Sondheim. Audio commentary from 2001 featuring D. A. Pennebaker, Elaine Stritch, and Harold Prince. New conversation among Sondheim, orchestrator Jonathan Tunick, and critic Frank Rich. New interview with Tunick on the art of orchestrating, conducted by Ted Chapin. Never-before-heard audio excerpts from interviews with Stritch and Prince, conducted by D. A. Pennebaker and Hegedus in 2000. Original Cast Album: Co-Op, a 2019 episode of the TV series "Documentary Now!," featuring director Alexander Buono, writer-actor John Mulaney, Rénee Elise Goldsberry, Richard Kind, Alex Brightman, and Paula Pell, composer Eli Bolin. Plus: essay by author Mark Harris. New cover by Raphael Geroni. Pre-order at Criterion.com.


The Ground on Which I Stand: 25th Anniversary Edition
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
August Wilson's personal call for African American artists to seize the power over their own cultural identity and to establish permanent institutions that celebrate and preserve the singular achievements of African American dramatic art and reaffirm its equal importance in contemporary American culture. Delivered as the keynote address at TCG's conference ... refocused the agenda of the entire convening and spurred months of debate about cultural diversity in the American theatre, culminating in a standing-room-only public debate at New York City’s Town Hall. 56 pages.

A History of Cleveland’s Playhouse Square
(The History Press - Paperback Book)
By Michael R. Routa. Part of "Landmarks" series. 144 pages.

Simon Stephens PlaysSimon Stephens Plays 5: Wastwater; Birdland; Blindsided; Song From Far Away; Heisenberg
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
408 pages.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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