2019: March 26, 19, 12 | 5 | February 26, 19, 12, 5 | January 29, 22, 15, 8
2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
CDs Now Available:
Deborah Shulman: The Shakespeare Project
(Summit Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Shakespeare set to jazz vocals. Singer Deborah Shulman with pianist and arranger Jeff Colella. "All the World's a Stage / If Music Be the Food of Love," "Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind," "Dunsinane Blues," "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day," "Who is Sylvia," "You Spotted Snakes," "When to the Sessions of Sweet Silent Thought," "Sigh No More Ladies," "Oh Mistress Mine," "My Love is as a Fever," "Take All My Loves," "Our Revels Now Are Ended." Larry Koonse, guitar; Abraham Laboriel, Chris Colangelo, bass; Bob Sheppard, flute, clarinet, soprano saxophone and bass clarinet; Kendall Kay, Joe La Barbera, drums. Includes music by John Dankworth, Arthur Young, and Duke Ellington, and Billy Strayhorn, plus two original compositions by Colella. Released 2/22/19.
Fred Astaire: Easy To Dance With / Now
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
Twofer of Astaire's "You're Easy to Dance With" and "Now." 27 tracks recorded between 1952 and 1962. Songs with music written by Astaire (like "I'm Building Up to An Awful Letdown" with lyrics from Johnny Mercer), songs he was famously associated with throughout his career (including "A Foggy Day," "Change Partners," and a medley of "Oh, Lady Be Good/Puttin' On the Ritz/Top Hat, White Tie and Tails"). Bonus tracks include "Calypso Hooray."
Hair: The Musical 50th Anniversary London Cast Recording
(Silva Screen - new import CD)
2017 London cast recording. Score by James Rado, Gerome Ragni, and Galt MacDermot. "Aquarius," "Donna / Hashish," "Sodomy," "Colored Spade," "Manchester, England," "I'm Black," "Ain't Got No," "I Believe In Love," "Ain't Got No Grass / Air," "I Got Life," "Going Down," "Hair," "My Conviction," "Easy To Be Hard," "Don't Put It Down!," "Frank Mills," "Be-In 'Hare Krishna'," "Where Do I Go," "Black Boys," "White Boys," "Walking In Space," "Give Up All Desires / Role Call," "Three-Five-Zero-Zero," "What A Piece Of Work Is Man / How Dare They Try," "Good Morning Starshine," "Aquarius Goodnights / Reprise: Ain't Got No," "The Flesh Failures / Let The Sunshine In," "Hippie Life," "Reprise: Let The Sun Shine In." Released digitally in 2018: on mp3 and at iTunes.
Max von Essen: Call Me Old Fashioned: The Broadway Standard
(LML Music - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Solo album by Tony-nominated Max von Essen. "Everything Old Is New Again / I'm Old Fashioned," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "Fly Me To The Moon," "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You," "On This Night," "Show Me," "She Loves Me," "Shimmy Like They Do In Paree," "Trolley Song / Gotta Have Me Go With You," "They Say It's Wonderful," "Almost Like Being In Love," "An American In Paris Medley," "Stairway to Paradise."
Stacy Sullivan: Tornado Alley
(LML Music - new on CD)
"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." Previously released on mp3 and at iTunes.
DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:
The Jonathan Larson Project digital
(Ghostlight Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Based on show presented at Feinstein's/54 Below, which was directed and conceived by Jennifer Ashley Tepper, an evening of Jonathan Larson's unheard work, featuring songs from never-produced shows like 1984 and Superbia; songs that were cut from Rent and tick tick BOOM; songs written for theatrical revues and songs written for the radio; songs about politics and love and New York City; songs never before publicly performed or recorded. Nick Blaemire, Lauren Marcus, Andy Mientus, Krysta Rodriguez, and George Salazar. "Greene Street," "One of These Days," "Break Out the Booze," "Out of My Dreams," "Valentine's Day," "White Male World," "Riff/Poetry," "La Di Da Rap," "Iron Mike," "Find the Key," "Hosing the Furniture," "Pura Vida," "The Truth Is a Lie," "Rhapsody," "SOS," "Love Heals," "Piano." Five-piece band including musical director Natalie Tenenbaum, Charlie Rosen, Cody Owen Stine, Megan Talay, and Marques Walls. Music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Charlie Rosen. Danielle Gimbal, copyist. Produced by Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Charlie Rosen, and Kurt Deutsch. CD version to be released June 14.
BOOKs Now Available:
The Stage Producer's Business and Legal Guide (second edition)
(Allworth - Paperback Book)
Updated and expanded version of Charles Grippo's 2002 book. Crowdfunding Your Production, New Opportunities to Raise Money, Self-Production, Licensing and Producing Plays, Devised Theater and Collaborations, Creating Jukebox Musicals, Organizing a Theater Company, Theatrical Insurance, Maintaining a Harassment-Free Environment, Negotiating Contracts, Essential Rules Every Board Member Must Know, Managing a Not-for-Profit Theater Company, Navigating Taxes, Using Third-Party Intellectual Property, and much more. 288 pages.
Recordings RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:
Anaïs Mitchell: Hadestown
(Wilderland Records - on CD)
2010 recording, previously available on mp3/at iTunes. Anaïs Mitchell score. Anaïs Mitchell, Ani Di Franco, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), The Haden Triplets, Greg Brown and Ben Knox Miller of the Low Anthem. "Wedding Song," "Epic (Part I)," "Way Down Hadestown," "Songbird Intro," "Hey, Little Songbird," "Gone, I'm Gone," "When the Chips Are Down," "Wait for Me," "Why We Build the Wall," "Our Lady Of the Underground," "Flowers (Eurydice's Song)," "Nothing Changes," "If It's True," "Papers (Hades Finds Out)," "How Long?," "Epic (Part II)," "Lover's Desire," "His Kiss, the Riot," "Doubt Comes In," "I Raise My Cup to Him." Features six individual 10x10" art prints of the Hadestown characters, illustrated by Peter Nevins. Double LP set to be released April 26.
Ben Bagley's Jerome Kern Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Remastered. Music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Guy Bolton, Anne Caldwell, Dorothy Fields, Ira Gershwin, E.Y. Harburg, Oscar Hammerstein, Elsie Janis, Johnny Mercer, Booth Tarkington, P.G. Wodehouse. A few of Kern's hit songs, and many lesser-known Kern. Barbara Cook, Bobby Short, Nancy Andrews, Harold Lang, Rod McKuen, Kaye Ballard, Cy Young, and George Reinholt. Musical director and arranger Norman Paris. Cover art by Harvey Schmidt. Expected by/before third week in April. Limited release of 500 copies only. Available at Kritzerland.com.
Laurette, Rashomon, Death of a Salesman Incidental Music For Three Plays
(Kritzerland - on CD)
Encore release. Incidental music from three plays: 1959 Laurette, music by Elmer Bernstein; Rashomon, music by Laurence Rosenthal; 1949 Death of a Salesman, music by Alex North. Limited release of 500 copies. To ship by the second week of May. At Kritzerland.com.
Books RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:
Liverpool's Royal Court Theatre: A Brave Venture
(Liverpool Univ Press - Paperback Book)
By Ros Merkin. There has been a theater on this site for nearly two hundred years. The Royal Court has become a popular, people's theatre. Over the years, it has hosted its share of world-class actors including the debut stage appearances of both Judi Dench and Richard Burton. Wonderfully illustrated, this fascinating book is the first to tell the story of the oldest surviving theatre in the city. The 1938 prospectus declared it to be "a brave venture" and courage has characterised its history. The book challenges perceptions of the Royal Court, celebrating and commemorating an institution that has endured, flourished and re-shaped itself, on its own terms. 300 pages.
Mormons, Musical Theater, and Belonging in America (Music in American Life)
(Univ of Illinois Press - Hardcover/Paperback Book)
By Jake Johnson. Merges the study of belonging in America with scholarship on voice and popular music to explore the surprising yet profound link between two quintessentially American institutions. The author sees Mormons using musical theater as a medium for theology of voicea religious practice that suggests how vicariously voicing another person can bring one closer to godliness. At the same time, musical theater became a unique expressive tool of Mormon culture. 224 pages.
The Oxford Handbook of Musical Theatre Screen Adaptations
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
Dominic McHugh, editor. Traces how the genre of the stage-to-screen musical has evolved, starting with screen adaptations of operettas such as The Desert Song and Rio Rita, and looks at how the Hollywood studios in the 1930s exploited the publication of sheet music as part of their income. Numerous chapters examine specific screen adaptations in depth, including screen favorites, lesser-known titles, and problematic adaptations. 720 pages.
The Prom vocal selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
15 songs from the new Broadway musical score by Matthew Sklar (music) and Chad Beguelin (lyrics). "The Acceptance Song," "Alyssa Greene," "Barry Is Going to Prom," "Changing Lives," "Dance with You," "It's Not About Me," "It's Time to Dance," "Just Breathe," "The Lady's Improving," "Love Thy Neighbor," "Tonight Belongs to You," "Unruly Heart," "We Look to You," "You Happened," "Zazz."
Sense of Occasion: Harold Prince
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of 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. [See our review of the hardcover version.]