2019: January 8
2018: December 18, 11, 4 | November 27, 20, 13, 6 | October 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | September 25, 18, 11, 4 | August 28, 21, 14, 7 | July 31, 24, 17, 10, 3 | June 26, 19, 12, 5 | May 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | April 24, 17, 10, 3, March 27, 20, 13, 6 | February 27, 20, 13, 6 | January 30, 23, 16, 9, 2
2017 | 2016 | 2015
CDs Now Available:
Ben Bagley's Frank Loesser Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Remastered. Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. Additional music by Burton Lane, Arthur Schwartz, Victor Schertzinger, Matty Melnick. Performers include Jo Sullivan Loesser, Emily Loesser, Blossom Dearie, Johnny Desmond, Rhonda Fleming, Madeline Kahn, Bibi Osterwald, Gloria Swanson, and Margaret Whiting. Arrangements by Dick Hyman. Includes bonuses from the first CD release. Limited to 500 copies. At Kritzerland.com.
Ben Bagley's Rodgers and Hart Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Remastered. First of five Rodgers and Hart albums. Performers include Dorothy Loudon, Danny Meehan, Charlotte Rae, and Cy Young. Additional material performed by Ann Hampton Callaway, Sandy Stewart, and Arthur Siegel. Arrangements by Norman Paris. Includes bonuses from the first CD release. Limited to 500 copies. At Kritzerland.com.
Ben Bagley's Rodgers and Hart Revisited Volume II
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Remastered. Second of five Rodgers and Hart albums. Performers include Dorothy Loudon, Blossom Dearie, Gloria De Haven, Bibi Osterwald, Charles Rydell, and Bobby Short. Arrangements by Norman Paris. Includes bonuses from the first CD release. Limited to 500 copies. At Kritzerland.com.
Dorothy: A Pastoral Comedy
(Naxos Opera - new on CD)
Alfred Cellier comic opera. Libretto by B. C. Stephenson. Premiered at the Gaiety Theatre in London on September 25, 1886. This cast includes Majella Cullagh, Lucy Vallis, Stephanie Maitland, Matt Mears, John Ieuan Jones, Edward Robinson, Patrick Relph, Michael Vincent Jones, Sebastian Maclaine. With Victorian Opera Chorus and Victorian Opera Orchestra. Richard Bonynge, conductor. Recorded at Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK. Libretto available at www.naxos.com/libretti/660447. Released 1/11/19.
The Little Foxes L.A. Theatre Works
(LA Theatre Works - new on CD)
Audio recording of L.A. Theatre Works 2018 production of Lillian Hellman's play, featuring Tim DeKay, Jared Harris, Jamie Harris, Joanne Whalley, Molly C. Quinn, Will Brittain, Heidi Dippold, Larry Powell, Albie Selznick, and Karen Malina White. Directed by Rosalind Ayres.
DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:
(Arts Music/Warner Classics/National Theatre - new on mp3/at iTunes)
2017 National Theatre cast album. Stephen Sondheim score. Cast includes Imelda Staunton, Philip Quast, Janie Dee, Peter Forbes, and Tracie Bennett. "Prologue," "Beautiful Girls," "Don't Look At Me," "Waiting for the Girls Upstairs," "Rain on the Roof / Ah, Paris! / Broadway Baby (Medley)," "The Road You Didn't Take," "In Buddy's Eyes," "Who's That Woman?," "I'm Still Here," "Too Many Mornings," "The Right Girl," "One More Kiss," "Could I Leave You," "Loveland," "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow / Love Will See Us Through (Medley)," "Buddy's Blues," "Losing My Mind," "The Story of Lucy and Jessie," "Live, Laugh, Love," "End of Show." Recorded in January 2018. CD format expected sometime in the future.
VINYL Now Available:
Pretty Woman: The Musical OBC vinyl
(Atlantic - new 2-LP set)
Original Broadway cast recording of Bryan Adams score. Cast includes Samantha Barks, Andy Karl, Orfeh, Eric Anderson, Ezra Knight, and Jason Danieley. "Welcome to Hollywood," "Anywhere But Here," "Something About Her (Preamble)," "Something About Her," "Luckiest Girl in The World," "Rodeo Drive," "Anywhere But Here (Reprise)," "On A Night Like Tonight," "Don't Forget to Dance," "Freedom," "You're Beautiful," "Welcome to Our World (More Champagne)," "This Is My Life," "Never Give Up on A Dream," "You and I," "I Can't Go Back," "Freedom (Reprise)," "Long Way Home," "Together Forever," "You and I (Edit)." Special 2-LP red vinyl edition. Disc: 1: "Welcome to Hollywood," "Anywhere but Here," "Something About Her (Preamble)," "Something About Her," "Luckiest Girl in the World." Disc: 2: "Rodeo Drive," "Anywhere but Here (Reprise)," "On a Night Like Tonight," "Don't Forget to Dance," "Freedom," "You're Beautiful." Disc: 3: "Welcome to Our World (More Champagne)," "This Is My Life," "Never Give Up on a Dream," "You and I." Disc: 4: "Can't Go Back," "Freedom (Reprise)," "Long Way Home," "Together Forever," "You and I (Edit)."Released on CD, mp3 and at iTunes earlier.
BOOKs Now Available:
Chimerica and Other Plays
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Lucy Kirkwood. Includes Chimerica, Tinderbox, it felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now, small hours, and NSFW. 400 pages.
Dramatic Exchanges: The Lives and Letters of the National Theatre
(Profile Books - Hardcover Book)
Daniel Rosenthal, editor. Brings together for the first time eight hundred of the most inspiring, dramatic and amusing letters from the life of Britain's most beloved theatre. From Laurence Olivier's gracious rejection letters to Peter Hall's combative memos; from Helen Mirren's impassioned defence of theatrical innovation to a Tory politician's brutal telegram damning a play; from fantastical good luck missives to long conspiratorial letters. This collection of correspondence offers a fascinating and celebratory look at the world of theatre and beyond. 416 pages.
The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Three-part play cycle by Richard Nelson: Hungry, What Did You Expect?, and Women of a Certain Age. 320 pages.
Thom Pain (based on nothing): With Other Monologues for Theatre
(Theatre Communications Group - Kindle Edition)
Play by Will Eno, in a revised TCG edition, plus nine monologues.
Recordings RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:
Cruel Intentions: The '90s Musical Experience
(ABKO - new on CD/on mp3)
Off-Broadway cast recording (Les Poisson Rouge). Off-Broadway cast included Alex Boniello, Matthew Griffin, Brian Muller, Patricia Richardson, Constantine Rousouli, Jessie Shelton, Carrie St. Louis, Lauren Zakrin, and Stefanie Brown. Includes songs by Boyz II Men, Christina Aguilera, REM, *NYSYNC, and Britney Spears. Expected March 2019, as a national tour launches.
(Broadway Records - new on CD at Amazon)
Score by Paul Gordon. Kelli Barrett, Caitlin Brooke, Lauren "Coco" Cohn, Adam Daveline, Richert Easley, Timothy Gulan, Brian Herndon, Pamela Winslow Kashani, Dani Marcus, Don Richard, Sharon Rietkerk, and Will Reynolds. [Amazon link should work soon.] Also at BroadwayRecords.com. The full musical is available at StreamingMusicals.com.
John Pizzarelli Trio: For Centennial Reasons: 100 Year Salute to Nat King Cole
(Ghostlight Deluxe - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
New album with john Pizzarelli on guitar and vocals, Mike Karn on double bass, and Konrad Paszkudzki on piano. "Straighten Up and Fly Right," "A Hundred Years from Now," "The Very Thought of You," "(I Would Do) Anything for You," "I'm Such a Hungry Man," "It's Only a Paper Moon," "Body and Soul," "Nat King Cool," "When I Fall in Love," "Save the Bones for Henry Jones ('Cause Henry Don't Eat No Meat)," "Hit That Jive, Jack!," "Could-'Ja," "Red Sails in the Sunset," "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66." Produced by John Pizzarelli and co-produced by Jessica Molaskey.
(Stage Door Records - new import CD at Amazon)
1985 musical written by David Essex and Richard Crane. Digitally remastered. Cast includes David Essex as Fletcher Christian, Frank Finlay, Sinitta, Simon Packham, Anthony Johncock, Patrick Clancy, Nicola Blackman, Frank Olegario, "New World," "Friends," "The Storm," "Failed Cape Horn," "Saucy Sal," "The Lash ," "Welcome," "Wardance," "Tahiti," "Breadfruit / Will You Come Back?," "Hell," "Freedom," "Falling Angels Riding," "Bligh's Speech," "I'll Go No More a Roving." Also at StageDoorRecords.com, shipping a week earlier.
Stacy Sullivan: Tornado Alley
(LML Music - new album on CD/at iTunes)
"Who Do You Belong to?," "Since You've Asked," "Wild is the Wind," "Shelter," "Confound Me," "Stormy Weather," "Landslide / I Get Along Without You Very Well," "This Land is Your Land / I Think It's Going to Rain Today / Blowing' in the Wind," "Ice on the Hudson," "You Must Believe in Spring," "Good Things Happen Slowly," "How Little We Know," "A Team," "Here Comes the Sun." CD pre-ordering at LMLMusic.com.
Books RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:
The Complete Book of 1920s Broadway Musicals
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book)
New edition in Dan Dietz' series of books. Here he examines in detail every book musical that opened on Broadway during the years 1920-1929 ... the era's major successes as well as its forgotten failures. The hits include A Connecticut Yankee, Hit the Deck!, No, No, Nanette, Rose-Marie, Show Boat, The Student Prince, The Vagabond King, and Whoopee, as well as ambitious failures, including Deep River, Rainbow, and Chee-Chee. Each entry includes plot summary; cast members; names of creative personnel, including book writers, lyricists, composers, directors, choreographers, producers, and musical directors; opening and closing dates; number of performances; plot summary; critical commentary; musical numbers and names of the performers who introduced the songs; production data, including information about tryouts; source material; details about London productions. There are also numerous appendixes, including ones which cover other shows produced during the decade (revues, plays with music, miscellaneous musical presentations, and a selected list of pre-Broadway closings) ... a discography, filmography, a list of published scripts, and a list of black-themed musicals. 672 pages.