2016: September 27, 20, 13, 6 | August 30, 23, 16, 9, 2 | July 26, 19, 12, 5 | June 28, 21, 14, 7 | May 31, 24, 17, 10, 3 | April 26, 19, 12, 5 | March 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | February 23, 16, 9, 2 | January 26, 19, 12, 5, 2016 | 2015
CDs Now Available:
Harry Allen's All Star New York Saxophone Band: The Candy Men
(Arbors - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Harry Allen with saxophonists Gary Smulyan, Grant Stewart and Eric Alexander; also performing are Rossano Sportiello on piano, Joel Forbes on bass and Kevin Kanner on drums. "Four Brothers," "The One For You," "How Are Things In Glocca Morra," "After You'Ve Gone," "I Wished On The Moon," "Blues In The Morning," "I Can See Forever," "The Red Door," "The Candy Man," "So There," "Nobody's Heart," "The Party'S Over."
Himself and Nora
(Ghostlight Records - new cast recording)
Live recording of 2016 Off-Broadway cast. Jonathan Brielle score. Whitney Bashor, Matt Bogart as James Joyce, Lianne Marie Dobbs, Michael McCormick, Zachary Prince. "Overture," "Himself and Nora," "Land of Erin," "Kiss," "Compatriots In Lust," "River Liffey," "Stand Fast," "Stand Fast (Reprise)," "Let's Have a Drink," "Twists and Turns," "What Better Thing to Do," "Pound and Weaver," "I Say, "Yes!"," "The Grand Himself," "Land of Erin (Reprise)," "The Children of Mister Joyce," "Without a Man (Lucky)," "Always in Love," "I Do," "Twists and Turns (Reprise)," "What Better Thing to Do (Reprise)," "Touch Kiss," "Finale / River Liffey." Released earlier on mp3 and at at iTunes
Lullaby Versions of Hamilton the Broadway Musical
(Roma Music Group - new on CD-R/mp3/at iTunes)
By Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star. "Alexander Hamilton," "Aaron Burr, Sir," "My Shot," "The Schuyler Sisters," "You'll Be Back," "Helpless," "Satisfied," "Guns and Ships." Released 9/22/16.
Music Box Versions of Hamilton the Broadway Musical
(Roma Music Group - new on CD-R/mp3/at iTunes)
By Music Box Mania. "Alexander Hamilton," "Aaron Burr, Sir," "My Shot," "The Schuyler Sisters," "You'll Be Back," "Helpless," "Satisfied," "Guns and Ships." Released 9/16/16.
Yours - The MGM Years: Vera Lynn
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
Celebrating 80th anniversary of Vera Lynn's first solo recording and her upcoming 100th birthday. Features many re-recordings of her earlier hits recorded in stereo with arrangements by Brian Fahey and backed by the Geoff Love Orchestra. "Yours," "You'll Never Know," "Fools Rush In," "For Sentimental Reasons," "Try a Little Tenderness," "When I Grow Too Old to Dream," "Again," "It Can't Be Wrong," "Unforgettable," "Confessin'," "Because You're Mine," "I'll Be Seeing You," "As Time Goes By," "Young at Heart," "Smilin' Through," "It's Easy to Remember," "Theme From a Summer Place ," "Autumn Concerto," "Hello Young Lovers," "How Green Was My Valley."
DIGITAL MUSIC Now Available:
Pretty Filthy digital
(Ghostlight Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
The Civilians and Michael Friedman. Alan Louis, Luba Mason, Steve Rosen, Marrick Smith, Maria-Christina Oliveras, John Behlmann, Lulu Fall, and Jared Zirilli "Names," "What If I Like It," "Impossible Girls," "Porn Capitalism," "The First Video Stars," "Squirting 101," "Bobby and Becky and Taylor and Dick," "Waiting for Wood," "Porn House," "Fuck the World," "Applesauce," "Beautiful," "Pretty Filthy." Produced by Michael Friedman and Kurt Deutsch; executive produced by Jon Platt. Released 9/30/16.CD to be released later this fall. Also at www.sh-k-boom.com.
BOOKs Now Available:
Blue Man World
(Black Dog & Leventhal - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook)
Deep dive into the world of the Blue Man Group. Includes archival photographs, specially commissioned artwork, infographics, and interviews with Blue Man experts (both real and potentially not real). 208 pages.
Show and Tell: The New Book of Broadway Anecdotes
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Ken Bloom. Structured as a tour through the life of a show, with stories about conception and writing followed by tales of casting, out-of-town runs, previews, and critical and audience reception. A celebration of Broadway's biggest smashes and most regrettable train wrecks, an anthology of the onstage and offstage drama that makes live theatre the liveliest of the performing arts. 304 pages.
Recordings RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:
Half a Sixpence new UK cast
(First Night Records - new on CD)
UK release of the new cast recording of score by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe from the new musical adaptation of H.G. Wells's autobiographical novel "Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul," New stage version has a book by Julian Fellowes. Score is inspired by and features several of composer David Heneker's songs from the original production, which he co-wrote with Beverley Cross. Stars Charlie Stemp. Currently pre-ordering at Amazon UK. It is unknown whether or not there will be a U.S. import version in the future.
Leonard Bernstein's Candide: A Comic Operetta in Two Acts in concert
(Shout! Factory - new on Blu-ray)
2004 concert production at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center and broadcast on PBS Great Performances. Leonard Bernstein operetta. Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth, Paul Groves, Sir Thomas Allen, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Janine LaManna, and the Westminster Symphonic Choir. New York Philharmonic under conductor Marin Alsop.
Jazz Loves Disney
(Verve - new on CD)
Recorded in Paris, London and Los Angeles. "Everybody Wants to Be a Cat" (Jamie Cullum), "He's a Tramp" (Melody Gardot), "Bibbidi Bobbodo Boo" (French Version, Stacey Kent), "When You Wish Upon a Star" (Gregory Porter), "Why Don't You Do Right" (China Moses), "I Wanna Be Like You" (Raphaël Gualazzi), "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" (The Rob Mounsey Orchestra), "You've Got a Friend in Me" (Hugh Coltman), "Let It Go" (Anne Sila), "The Bare Necessities" (Melody Gardot & Raphaël Gualazzi), "Once Upon a Dream" (Laika), "Someday My Prince Will Come" (Nikki Yanofsky), "I Wanna Be Like You" (French & English Version, The Hot Sardines). Produced by Jay Newland and arranged and directed by Rob Mounsey.
Books RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:
Collected Essays of Arthur Miller - Deluxe Edition
(Penguin Classics - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Introduction by Susan C. W. Abbotson. A selection of Miller's finest essays, organized in three thematic parts: essays on the theater, essays on specific plays like Death of a Salesman and The Crucible, and sociopolitical essays on topics spanning from the Depression to the twenty-first century. 560 pages.
Drop Dead: Performance in Crisis, 1970s New York
(Northwestern Univ Press - Hardcover/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Hillary Miller. Exploration of how the city's financial crisis shaped theater and performance practices in this turbulent decade and beyond. The author reviews how numerous theater professionals, including Ellen Stewart of La MaMa E.T.C. and Julie Bovasso, Vinnette Carroll, and Joseph Papp of The Public Theater, developed innovative responses to survive the crisis. Combining theater history and close readings of productions, each of Miller's chapters is a case study focusing on a company, a production, or an element of New York's theater infrastructure ... visiting Broadway, Off-, Off-Off-, Coney Island, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, community theater, and other locations to bring into focus the large-scale changes wrought by the financial realignments of the day. 280 pages.
Mary McCartney: Twelfth Night
(HENI Publishing - Hardcover Book)
Photography by Mary McCartney; Introduction by Mark Rylance. Photograph study of Mark Rylance as he applied his make-up prior to his performance as Olivia in Shakespeare's Globe Theater's Twelfth Night, and of the rest of the cast, including Stephen Fry in the role of Malvolio, backstage. Captures the entire performative arc undertaken by each of the actors and musicians involved; from both the intense psychological preparation to the candid moments of relaxation that accompany the intensity of the stage wings. 156 pages.
Theatre World Volume 71: 2014-2015
(Theatre World Publishing - Hardcover Book)
Ben Hodges and Scott Denny, editors. Detailing more than 2,000 productions with over 800 photographs, each entry includes cast lists, replacements, producers, directors, authors, composers, opening and closing dates, song titles, and plot synopses. Also featured are the year's obituaries, a listing of all nominees and winners of the major theatrical awards, the longest-running Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, a listing of national tours, and a detailed index. Highlights of the 2014-2015 season include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Audience, Fun Home The King and I, Hamilton, Into the Woods. Theatre World continues its tradition of featuring Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and regional theater roundups written by accomplished theater writers. 536 pages. [Amazon lists Volume 70 as if it has been released, but it's not very readily available.]
OTHER NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Some details added:
Simply Christmas: Leslie Odom Jr.
(s-curve - new on CD)
To include soulful jazz versions of holiday Christmas gems including "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "The Christmas Song," "The First Noel" and more.
Moved to November 4:
You're a Good Man Charlie Brown York Theatre cast
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
By Clark Gesner, additional material by Andrew Lippa and Michael Mayer. Joshua Colley (Elf, the Musical), Gregory Diaz (School of Rock), Aidan Gemme (Finding Neverland), Mavis Simpson-Ernst (Evita), Jeremy T. Villas (Kinky Boots) and Milly Shapiro (Matilda). Recorded June 13, 2016. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.
Moved to November 18:
On Your Feet! The Story Of Emilio & Gloria Estefan vinyl
(Analog Spark - new 2-LP vinyl)
Original Broadway cast recording. Cast includes Ana Villafañe, Josh Segarra, Alma Cuervo, Alexandria Suarez, Eduardo Hernandez, and Andréa Burns. "Rhythm is Gonna Get You," "Cuando Salí de Cuba," "Tradición," "Anything For You," "1-2-3," "I See Your Smile," "Mi Tierra," "Con Los Años Que Me Quedan," "Here We Are," "When Someone Comes Into Your Life," "Conga," "Get On Your Feet," "Live for Loving You," "You'll be Mine (Party Time)," "Oye Mi Canto," "Cuba Libre," "Famous," "If I Never Got to Tell You," "Wrapped," "Don't Wanna Lose You," "Reach," "Coming Out of the Dark," "Mega Mix." Recorded live at the Marquis Theatre 3/2/16.