2019: April 9, 2 | March 26, 19, 12 | 5 | February 26, 19, 12, 5 | January 29, 22, 15, 8
2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
CDs Now Available:
Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations
(Ume - new on CD)
Derrick Baskin, James Harkness, Jawan M. Jackson, Jeremy Pope, and Ephraim Sykes with Saint Aubyn, Shawn Bowers, E. Clayton Cornelious, Taylor Symone Jackson, Jahi Kearse, Jarvis B. Manning Jr., Joshua Morgan, Rashidra Scott, Nasia Thomas, Christian Thompson, Candice Marie Woods, Esther Antoine, Marcus Paul James, Jelani Remy, and Curtis Wiley. "The Way You Do the Things You Do," "Run Away Child, Running Wild," "Gloria," "In the Still of the Night / Speedo," "Shout," "I Want A Love I Can See," "My Girl," "Get Ready," "Supremes Medley: You Can't Hurry Love / Come See About Me / Baby Love," "Since I Lost My Baby," "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," "Don't Look Back / You're My Everything," "If I Could Build My Whole World Around You," "If You Don't Know Me By Now," "(I Know) I'm Losing You," "I Wish It Would Rain," "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)," "I Can't Get Next To You," "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," "War," "Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today)," "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)," "Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)," "For Once In My Life," "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" (Pt. 1), "Cloud Nine," "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" (Pt. 2), "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," "I Can't Get Next To You" (Finale). Arrangements by Kenny Seymour. Released March 19 new on mp3 and at iTunes. A single-LP vinyl version will be released June 7, 2019.
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.
DIGITAL RECORDINGs Now Available:
Fosse/Verdon Season 1
(available by episode or by season on Amazon/at iTunes)
F/X series starring Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams
The Music of Fosse/Verdon: Episode 1
(Atlantic Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
First in series of soundtrack recordings released for F/X weekly series Fosse/Verdon. "Big Spender" (Bianca Marroquín, Rema Webb, The Fandango Girls), "Cabaret" (Kelli Barrett), "Fosse/Verdon Theme" by Alex Lacamoire.
The Music of Fosse/Verdon: Episode 2
(Atlantic Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Second in series of soundtrack recordings released for F/X weekly series Fosse/Verdon. "Heart" (PJ Benjamin, Nick Blaemire, Brian Call, Aaron Kaburik).
DVD/BLU-RAYs Now Available:
(Warner Archive - new on DVD-R)
1934 film based on comic strip character. Songs by Irving Kahal and Sammy Fain. Features tap dancer Hal Le Roy. Also at WBShop.com.
(Network - new on Region 2 DVD)
1964 four-episode mini-series (show in 1966 on NET Playhouse) based on the collection of dramas by playwright Laurence Housman, featuring Patricia Routledge as Queen Victoria. Helen Hayes starred in the play on Broadway in 1936. 200 minutes.
BOOKs Now Available:
The Complete Book of 1920s Broadway Musicals
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
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.
Recordings RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:
Alfred Drake: Lucky To Be Me - A Life in Music
(Stage Door Records - new on 2 CDs)
Deluxe 2-CD set, which includes an entire disc of "Demos, Live Performances and Rarities" culled from Drake's own private archive of recordings. Compiled with the assistance of Broadway historian and Alfred Drake archivist George Dansker Includes songs from Oklahoma!, Kiss Me, Kate, Kismet and Carousel; 1940 Metropolitan Opera audition and demos recorded for the Broadway musicals The Liar and Courtin' Time. Amazon link includes track list. 51 tracks. Also at StageDoorRecords.com.
Ben Bagley's Ballet On Broadway ... and More
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Music by Jule Styne, Harold Arlen, Harry Warren, Cole Porter, Sigmund Romberg, Gene de Paul, Hoagy Carmichael, Vernon Duke. Lyrics by Ted Fetter, Lawrence and Lee, Harold Rome. Conducted by Lehman Engel. Also includes obscure material, mostly by the great Vernon Duke. Limited released of 500 copies. To ship by third week in May. At Kritzerland.com.
Lost Broadway 1961: Broadway's Forgotten & Obscure Musicals
(Stage Door Records - new import on 2 CDs)
First in new series of albums that will focus on celebrating Broadway's forgotten and obscure musicals. Deluxe 2-CD set. 'Lost Broadway 1961' features over 55 tracks including over 20 tracks appearing on CD for the first time. Includes a complete disc of original Broadway cast recordings and a companion disc of "Covers and Rarities," showcasing pop covers and other rare recordings from the Broadway musicals of 1961 (including the 13 Daughters and The Conquering Hero, which weren't afforded a Broadway cast album). Music from scores by writers including Jerry Herman, Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Noel Coward, Bob Merrill and Richard Adler. Featured musicals are 13 Daughters, The Conquering Hero, The Happiest Girl in the World, Milk and Honey, Subways Are for Sleeping, Sail Away, Let It Ride!, Donnybrook!, Carnival, The Gay Life, Kean, and Kwamina. Star performers include Elaine Stritch, Alfred Drake, Barbara Cook, Carol Lawrence, Cyril Ritchard, Sally Ann Howes, Johnny Mathis, Margaret Whiting, Dinah Shore, Gordon MacRae, Judy Garland, Robert Goulet, Doris Day, Eddie Fisher and many others. 57 tracks. Track list on Amazon.com.
The Prom: A New Musical OBC vinyl
(Masterworks Broadway - new 2-LP vinyl set)
Score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. Limited edition, 2-LP gatefold, 180-gram marble vinyl. Cast includes Courtenay Collins, Beth Leavel, Michael Potts, Caitlin Kinnunen, Isabelle McCalla, Brooks Ashmanskas, Josh Lamon, Christopher Sieber, Angie Schworer, Nathan Johnson. Disc 1: "Changing Lives," "Changing Lives (Reprise)," "Just Breathe," "It's Not About Me," "Dance with You." Disc 2: "The Acceptance Song," "You Happened," "We Look to You," "Tonight Belongs to You." Disc 3: "Zazz," "The Lady's Improving," "Love Thy Neighbor," "Alyssa Greene." Disc 4: "Barry Is Going to Prom," "Unruly Heart," "It's Time to Dance." Includes lyric insert & download card.
Books RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:
Mitchell and Trask's Hedwig and the Angry Inch (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Caridad Svich. Examination of the musical through the lenses of visual and vocal rock 'n' roll performance, the history of the American musical, and its positioning within LGBTIQ-plus theatre. 88 pages.
The Theatre of Eugene O'Neill: American Modernism on the World Stage (Critical Companions)
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
2017 book, now in paperback. Kurt Eisen, editor. Comprehensive overview of O'Neill's career and plays in the context of the American theatre. Organized thematically. Includes a study of all his major plays-The Emperor Jones, The Hairy Ape, The Iceman Cometh, Long Days Journey Into Night, A Moon for the Misbegotten and Desire Under the Elms-plus numerous other full length and one act dramas. Additionally features four contributed essays providing further critical perspectives on O'Neill's work, alongside a chronology of the writer's life and times. 256 page.
OTHER NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Added, no release date:
(Kino Lorber Studio Classics - new Blu-ray)
1969 film musical based on the Broadway show with score by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields. Screenplay by Peter Stone. Directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. Shirley MacLaine, John McMartin, Ricardo Montalban, Chita Rivera, Paula Kelly, Stubby Kaye, Barbara Bouchet, Sammy Davis, Jr., Suzanne Charny, Ben Vereen. 4K restoration of both the Roadshow Edition and the "Happy Ending" alternate. Also to include booklet essay by Julie Kirgo, an audio commentary by Kat Ellinger, From the Stage to the Screen Featurette, Edith Head's Costume Design: The Art of Exaggeration Featurette, and theatrical trailer. Expected summer 2019.