Posted by: T.B._Admin. (SoundAdvice@talkinbroadway.com) 02:11 pm EDT 10/05/21

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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CDs Now Available:

Suf/SondA Perfect Little Death: SUF/SOND
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Created by Eleri Ward, melding the sounds of Stephen Sondheim and Sufjan Stevens. "Johanna (Reprise)," "Every Day a Little Death," "Pretty Women," "Children Will Listen," "Loving You," "Finishing the Hat," "Send in the Clowns," "Losing My Mind," "In Buddy's Eyes," "Take Me to the World," "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd," "Being Alive," "Sunday." Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Arrangements by Eleri Ward. Released 10/1/21. Previously released in digital format.

DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:

Her Sound 2Her Sound, Vol. 2
(new digital album)
Song cycle written by Ethan Carlson. The second album of a three-part concept album to be released throughout 2021 ("Her Sound Vol. 1 released 1/15/21). Alysha Umphress, Jewelle Blackman, Krystina Alabado, Kuhoo Verma, Jo Lampert, Jessie Hooker-Bailey, Kerri George, Bethany Perkins, Lexi Rabadi, and Miranda Luze, Nicole DeLuca, Devina Sabnis, Lera Zamaraeva. "This Is Jezebel," "Ruth & Naomi," "Samson ," "Salome," "The Shulamite Girl," "UTDPT," "Rainfall (The Flood)." Engineered by John Kilgore and mastered by Alan Silverman. Orchestrations by Solomon Hoffman, music direction by Joshua Zecher-Ross with Ashley Baier (percussion), Felix Herbst (violin), Andrew Zinsmeister (guitar), and Allison Seidner (cello). Released 9/17/21.

The Lehman TrilogyThe Lehman Trilogy
(Broadway Records - digital album)
The score by Nick Powell from the play. As performed in the production by Candida Caldicot. Produced by The National Theatre and Neal Street Productions. Released 9/21/21. BroadwayRecords.com.

Stranger SingsStranger Sings!
(TuneCore - new digital album)
Original Off-Broadway (Players Theatre) cast recording of score by Jonathan Hogue. A "love letter to Stranger Things."Jalen Bunch, Jason Daniel Chacon, Dean Cestari, Patrick Howard, Caroline Huerta, Savannah-Lee Mumford, Ariana Perlson, Garrett Poladian, and Adele Simms. "Welcome to Hawkins," "Forever," "The Adventure Song," "The Dad I Never Had," "In These Woods," "Crazy," "Getting Closer," "Stranger," "Where There's A Will," "Nice," "Barb's Turn," "Final Battle," "The Dad I Never Had (Reprise)," "Upside Down / Welcome to Hawkins (Reprise)" Michael Kaish (conductor/keyboard), Max Caine (guitar), Marty Isenberg (bass), and Brett Beiersdorfer (drums).

Books Now Available:

CostumesA History of the Theatre Costume Business: Creators of Character
(Routledge - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Triffin I. Morris and Gregory DL Morris. Rachel E. Pollock. Comprehensive book on the subject, as related by award-winning actors and designers, and firsthand by the drapers, tailors, and craftspeople who make the clothes that dazzle on stage. ".. shows that there is as much drama behind the scenes as there is in the performance: famous actors relate their intimate experiences in the fitting room, the glories of gorgeous costumes, and the mortification when things go wrong, while the costume makers explain how famous shows were created with toil, tears, and sweat, and sometimes even a little blood." 220 pages.

Home TruthsHome Truths: A Memoir
(Harper Collins - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Memoir by Australian playwright David Williamson (The Removalists, The Club, Don's Party, Emerald City and Travelling North and fifty others). The story of the man behind the work: how a childhood defined by marital discord sparked a lifelong fascination with the power of drama to explore emotional conflict; how a mechanical engineering student became our most successful playwright; the anxiety that plagued him as he crafted his plays; the joy of connecting with an audience and the enduring sting of the critics; and the great love story that defined his personal life. He also writes about the plethora of odd, interesting, caustic and brilliant people - actors, directors, writers, theatre critics, politicians - who have intersected with his life and work.

DVD/BLU-RAYS Now Available:

Audrey HepburnThe Audrey Hepburn 7-Film Collection
(Paramount - 7-disc blu-ray set)
Breakfast at Tiffany's, Funny Face, My Fair Lady, Paris When it Sizzles, Roman Holiday, Sabrina, War and Peace.


November 12:

Karen MasonKaren Mason: Let the Music Play
(Zevely Records - new on CD/digital)
"Let the Music Play" (single track available 10/15/21), "On Broadway/Broadway Baby," "Steppin' Out with My Baby," "He Touched Me," "Time," "Talking to the Moon," "For Good," "MrMonotony," "Don't Rain on My Parade," "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Is There Anybody Out There," "Jerusalem," "We Can Be Kind," "From a Distance," "In My Life," "We Never Ran Out of Love (We Just Ran Out of Time)." Special guests Stephen Schwartz and David Friedman on piano on some tracks. Arrangements by Christopher Denny and Barry Kleinbort, in addition to contributions from Dick Gallagher, and Brian Lasser. Produced by Paul Rolnick.

Samantha BarksSamantha Barks: Into the Unknown
(Westway - new album)
Studio album featuring Samantha Barks (Pretty Woman: The Musical, Frozen West End cast, Les Misérables film. "Into the Unknown," "Heart of Stone," "Never Enough," "How Far I'll Go," "Reflection," "Waving Through a Window," "Only Us" (with Ramin Karimloo), "I'd Rather Be Me," "With You," "Let Me Be Your Star" (with Stephanie McKeon), "Falling Slowly," "Mary Jane."

November 19:

Lee Mead: In Concert, Recorded at the London Palladium
(Westway - new DVD/CD)
Concert performance by British actor/singer Lee Mead (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

November 26:

Ramin Karimloo: Live At Clapham Grand
(Westway - new DVD)
Actor/singer Ramin Karimloo in concert.

No release date:

Joe Stilgoe: Theatre
(Westway - new album)
Singer/pianist/songwriter Joe Stilgoe, with the Metropole Orchestra.

Kerry Ellis album
(Westway - new album)
Album of original music by British actress/singer Kerry Ellis (Wicked). 2022 release expected.


October 19:

LyingLying in the Middle: Musical Theater and Belief at the Heart of America (Music in American Life)
(Univ of Illinois Press - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Jake Johnson. How musical theater between the coasts inhabits the middle spaces between professional and amateur, urban and rural, fact and fiction, fantasy and reality, and truth and falsehood. 192 pages.

November 1:

She Persisted MonologuesShe Persisted: One Hundred Monologues from Plays by Women over Forty
(Applause - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Lawrence Harbison, editor. Preface by Jacquelyn Reingold. Introduction by Theresa Rebeck. Collection of monologues from plays by members of Honor Roll!, an advocacy group of women over forty. 240 pages.

November 15:

Best 10 minute plays 2021The Best New Ten-Minute Plays, 2021
(Applause - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Lawrence Harbison. Thirty new ten-minute plays. This volume is ideal for theatre enthusiasts looking for new and compelling short pieces from some of the finest playwrights of our time. 304 pages.

November 30:

Jazz Age BeautiesJazz Age Beauties: The Lost Collection of Ziegfeld Photographer Alfred Cheney Johnston
(Universe - Hardcover Book)
By Robert Hudovernik. More than 200 publicity stills and photos of some of America's first "It" girls—silent film-era starlets. Accompanying these iconic images are the stories behind them, including accounts from surviving Ziegfeld Girls, as well as ads featuring them. 272 pages.

December 21:

The Lost Conversation: Interviews with an Enduring Avant-Garde
(53rd State Press - Paperback Book)
By Sara Farrington. Collection of interviews conducted between 2019-2021 with New York theater artists who have spent their lives working in and inventing the avant-garde ... brings to light a series of "lost conversations" about class, race, difficulty, endurance, and privilege in the New York avant-garde of the past fifty years, as well as conversations about the ephemerality, the always-about-to-be-lostness of the medium itself. Featuring conversations with Joanne Akalaitis, Anne Bogart, Lee Breuer, Ping Chong, Richard Foreman, Andre Gregory, Deborah Hay, Bill T. Jones, Adrienne Kennedy, Lola Pashalinksi, Jennifer Tipton, Kate Valk, Mac Wellman, and Robert Wilson. 180 pages.

December 30:

Life of Pi
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Play by Lolita Chakrabarti, adapted from the novel by Yann Martel. Published to coincide with the West End premiere in November 2021. 112 pages.

Compiled by Talkin' Broadway Staff.

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