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Week of December 12, 2017

The Art and Making of The Greatest Showman
(Weldon Owen - Hardcover Book)
By Signe Bergstrom. "The glorious world of P.T. Barnum and the holiday movie The Greatest Showman come to life in this lavish art book. Featuring unit photography and concept art of stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Ephron, Michelle Williams, and Zendaya as well as behind-the-scenes tales of the film's making, and lyrics to the movie musical's showstopping tunes, by the Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. 160 pages.

The Band's Visit digital
(Ghostlight Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
OBC recording of score by David Yazbek. Cast: Katrina Lenk, Tony Shalhoub, George Abud, Etai Benson, John Cariani, Adam Kantor, Andrew Polk, Ari'el Stachel, Bill Army, Rachel Prather, Jonathan Raviv, Sharone Sayegh, Kristen Sieh, Alok Tewari. Kurt Deutsch, album executive producer. David Yazbek and Dean Sharenow producers. Musicians include Andrea Grody (conductor/keys), Alexandra Eckhardt (electric & acoustic bass), Ossama Farouk (darbouka/riq), Philip Mayer (drums/Arabic percussion), Sam Sadigursky (clarinet/saxophone/flute), Jeff Theiss (associate conductor/keys 2), Harvey Valdes (oud/guitar) and Garo Yellin (cello). "Overture," "Waiting," "Welcome to Nowhere," "It Is What It Is," "The Beat of Your Heart," "Soraya," "Omar Sharif," "Haj-Butrus," "Papi Hears the Ocean," "Haled's Song About Love," "The Park," "Itgara," "Something Different," "Itzik's Lullaby," "Something Different (Reprise)," "Answer Me," "The Concert," "Afifi" (Bonus Track). CD format due 2/23/2018.

A Christmas Story Live!
(Warner Music Group - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Soundtrack recording of Fox 12/17/17 televised musical. Score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Cast includes Maya Rudolph, Matthew Broderick, Jane Krakowski, Chris Diamantopoulos, Ana Gasteyer, David Alan Grier, Ken Jeong, Andy Walken and PrettyMuch. "Count on Christmas," "It All Comes Down to Christmas," "Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun," "The Genius on Cleveland Street," "When You're a Wimp," "Ralphie to the Rescue!," "What a Mother Does," "A Major Award," "Ralphie's Nightmare," "In the Market for a Miracle," "Sticky Situation," "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!," "Just Like That," "At Higbee's," "Before the Old Man Comes Home," "Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana," "Red Ryder (Reprise #3)/Ralphie To The Rescue! (Reprise)," "A Christmas Story."

Do You Mind If I Smoke?
(Peter Owen Publishers - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Memoir by British actress Fenella Fielding. The story of her remarkable 65-year career in theatre (Hedda Gabler and Colette), radio, TV and film. Spiced with star-studded anecdotes and personalized with moving stories about innocence and experience. 208 pages. Available at Amazon UK.

Expresso Bongo OLC
(Kritzerland Records - new on CD)
1958 musical with music by David Heneker (Half a Sixpence) and Monty Norman, and lyrics by Julian More, David Heneker, and Monty Norman. Paul Scofield, James Kenney, Millicent Martin, Meier Tzelniker, Hy Hazell, and Elizabeth Ashley. Remastered by James Nelson. Also included are the songs from the film version, performed by Cliff Richards, and two covers. "Overture," "Don't You Sell Me Down the River," "Expresso Party," "Nausea," "Spoil the Child," "Seriously," "I Never Had it So Good," "There's Nothing Wrong With the British Youth Today," "The Shrine on the Second Floor," "He's Got Something for the Public," "I Am," "Nothing is for Nothing," "We Bought It," "Time," "The Gravy Train," "Finale. Bonus Tracks: soundtrack EP with Cliff Richard and The Shadows: "Love," "A Voice in the Wilderness," "The Shrine on the Second Floor," "Bongo's Blues"; Cover Versions: "He's Got Something for the Public" (Stephen Hill Singers/The Tony Hatch Orchestra), "Seriously" (Millicent Martin/Tony Osborne Orchestra). Limited to 500 copies. Expected to ship by mid-December. Order at Kritzerland.com.

Hamlisch Uncovered - digital
(Broadway Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Unrecorded songs by Marvin Hamlisch, including songs from the original version of Smile (lyrics by Carolyn Leigh), Ballroom (lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman), his final musical The Nutty Professor (lyrics by Rupert Holmes), and several songs from his scores with Craig Carnelia: Imaginary Friends, Bullets Over Broadway and Sweet Smell of Success. Singers include Kelli O'Hara, Randy Graff, Tony Sheldon, Hayden Tee, Nancy Opel, Leah Horowitz, Marissa McGowan, Lisa Brescia, cabaret stars Klea Blackhurst and Steven Brinberg. Produced by Michael Lavine, Chip M. Fabrizi and Craig Carnelia. CD to be released 1/26/18.

High Tor
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
1956 musical CBS TV film, based on the based on the Maxwell Anderson 1936 play. From the Decca album that featured the songs and story (dialogue tracks), plus two bonus tracks. Music by Arthur Schwartz, lyrics by Anderson. Cast includes Julie Andrews (U.S. television debut), Bing Crosby, Nancy Olson, Everett Sloane. Why yes, I'll tell you what happened on High Tor, "Living One Day at a Time," Just after that, two first class skinflints, "When You're in Love" (Crosby, So there I was up there alone, "Sad Is the Life of a Sailor's Wife," And then they all drifted away, "When You're in Love (Sloane and Julie Andrews)," I don't know whether you'll believe this, "A Little Love, a Little While," I don't know whether I believe this next part, "When You're in Love (Reprise)" (Sloane, At that moment the bank robbers came back, "John Barleycorn," They began to offer me real money for High Tor, "Once Upon a Long Ago," I didn't hear Judy coming., "Once Upon a Long Ago," There isn't much more to tell, "John Barleycorn (Reprise)," They got out in a couple of days, "A Little Love, A Little While (Reprise)." Bonus tracks: "When You're in Love" (Leroy Holmes and His Orchestra and Chorus), "When You're in Love" (The Lancers). First time on CD. Part of Stage Door Records' Collector's Series with special packaging, bonus tracks, and limited to 500 units. Looks like it will only be available from third party sellers. Also at StageDoorRecords.com and Amazon UK.

Mad Libs Live!
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Original (Off-Broadway) cast recording of score by Jeff Thomson (music) and Robin Rothstein (lyrics). Jeanfranco Cardentey, Lindsey Brett Carothers, Max Joseph, Melody Madarasz, Zachary Noah Piser and Santina Umbach; plus special guest Mike Woods. I'm Doing It Right Now!," "This Is How It's Going Down," "How to Be Famous," "My (Adjective) (Noun)," "I'm the Most Awesome Athlete in the World," "Disaster!," "You Give Me Meaning," "Finale." For audiences 7 and up. Executive produced by Kevin Duda. Produced by Michael J. Moritz Jr. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Melissa Errico: "Hurry Home"
(Ghostlight Records - digital single mp3/iTunes)
Newly recorded song originally written for Jerry Lewis' last movie Max Rose, with lyrics by Marilyn and Alan Bergman. Band arranged by producer/arranger Rob Mathes. Also at Ghostlight Records. [Relisted with links.]

A Taste of Broadway: Food in Musical Theater
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book)
By Jennifer Packard. Looks at popular musical theater shows to examine which foods are used, how they are used, why they are important, and how the food or usage relates to the broader world. Included are recipes for many of the foods that are significant in the shows discussed. 214 pages.

Uptown, Downton: Bill Charlap Trio
(Verve - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Grammy-nominated jazz album (Best Jazz Instrumental Album) featuring songs by Stephen Sondheim, Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart, and others. "Curtains," "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most," "Uptown, Downtown," "The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else," "I'm All Smiles," "There's A Small Hotel," "Satellite," "Bon ami," "Sophisticated Lady." Released 9/8/17.

William Tabbert: Younger Than Springtime and Other Rarities
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
Debut on CD of William Tabbert's (South Pacific) "Younger Than Springtime" album, plus bonus tracks from 1959 studio album An Evening with Jerome Kern, holiday single, and selections from Up in Central Park preserved on a V disc in 1945. "Gigi," "Giannina Mia," "Fanny," "Tomorrow ," "Girls Medley: Standing On The Corner / A Fellow Needs A Girl / Old Fashioned Girl / The Girl That I Marry," "Younger Than Springtime," "Tempo D'estate A Venezia," "Autumn Medley: Autumn Leaves / Another Autumn / Tristesse Eternelle ," "If Ever I Would Leave You," "If You Are But A Dream ," "The Song Is You," "All The Things You Are," "I've Told Every Little Star - With Dolores Perry," "You Are Love," "Where Or When," "Santa's On His Way - With The "400" Quartet And Joe Lipman Orchestra [Listen] ," "Ma! My Toys Are Broken - With The "400" Quartet And Joe Lipman Orchestra," "Up In Central Park Medley - Part One," "The Big Back Yard / Close As Pages In A Book," "Up In Central Park Medley - Part Two," "The Fireman's Bride / When You Walk In The Room / Carousel In The Park." Part of Stage Door's Collector's Series, limited to 500 units. Also at StageDoorRecords.com.


Week of December 5, 2017

Auntie Mame
(Warner Home Video - new blu-ray)
1958 film version based on the Patrick Dennis novel and the play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee. Cast includes Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker, Coral Browne, Roger Smith, Peggy Cass. Produced and directed by Morton DaCosta. 143 minutes.

"Break a Leg!" A Treasury of Theatre Traditions and Superstitions
(BookBaby - Paperback Book)
By Lisa Bansavage and L.E. McCullough. Compendium of facts and fancies about theatre life, exploring the origin of the colorful traditions and superstitions that are as vital a part of theatre as the plays onstage. 90 pages.

A Christmas Carol
(Universal Music - on 2 CDs)
Simon Callow's self-written solo version of Charles Dickens tale. With the national brass band champions The Brighouse and Rastrick Band performing traditional Christmas carols. Produced by Island Records. Also at Amazon UK.

Detroit on Stage: The Players Club, 1910-2005
(Wayne State Univ Press - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of 2007 book by Marijean Levering. About Detroit's Players Club, founded in 1910, an all-male club devoted to the production of theater by members for other members' enjoyment. "The Players" designed, directed, and acted in the shows, including playing the female roles. At their monthly frolics, members in the audience would wear tuxedos and drink beer out of personalized mugs, customs that remain to this day. Members included prominent Detroiters such as banker Henry B. Joy, Oldsmobile sales manager Roy D. Chapin, and Ford executives James Couzens and Edsel Ford. 292 pages.

Doctor Dolittle
(La-La Land - new on 2 CDs)
50th anniversary limited edition set. Features a newly restored and remastered version of Leslie Bricusse’s 1967 original motion picture score and songs, expanded beyond the original album. The film starred Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar and Anthony Newley. Produced, restored, mixed and mastered by Mike Matessino, from studio vault elements, in consultation with the composer. Includes the underscore arranged by Alexander Courage and Lionel Newman, and alternates and never-before-heard demo recordings by Rex Harrison. Booklet includes in-depth notes, with recollections from the composer. Limited edition release of 3000 units. Available at LaLaLandRecords.com.

Ella At Zardi's
(Verve - new on CD)
Ella Fitzgerald live performances recorded in February 1956, at Zardi’s Jazzland in Hollywood, released for the first time. Two sets recorded live on February 2, 1956. "All Depends on You," "Tenderly," "Why Don't You Do Right," "Cry Me a River," "In a Mellow Tone," "Joe Williams' Blues," "A Fine Romance," "How High the Moon," "Gone With the Wind," "It's Bernie's Tune," "S'Wonderful," "Glad to Be Unhappy," "Lullabye Of Birdland," "The Tender Trap," "The Angels Sing," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "Little Boy," "A - Tisket, A," "My Heart Belongs to Daddy," "Airmail Special," "I've Got a Crush on You." Released 12/1/17.

Fantasia: Christmas After Midnight
(Concord Records - new on CD/mp3/vinyl LP/at iTunes)
First Christmas recording from Fantasia Barrino (After Midnight, The Color Purple). "This Christmas," "Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto," "The Snow Is Falling," "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (with CeeLo Green), "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)," "Give Love on Christmas Day," "Merry Christmas, Baby," "Silent Night," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?," "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," "Hallelujah." Vinyl version includes download card. Released 10/6/17.

The Greatest Showman soundtrack
(Atlantic Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
From 2017 film. Original songs by Benj Pacek and Justin Paul. "The Greatest Show" (Hugh Jackman, Keala Settle, Zac Efron, Zendaya and ensemble), "A Million Dreams" (Ziv Zaifman, Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams), "A Million Dreams (Reprise)" (Austyn Johnson, Cameron Seely), "Come Alive" (Hugh Jackman, Keala Settle, Daniel Everidge, Zendaya and ensemble), "The Other Side" (Hugh Jackman & Zac Efron), "Never Enough" (Loren Allred), "This Is Me" (Keala Settle and ensemble), "Rewrite The Stars" (Zac Efron & Zendaya), "Tightrope" (Michelle Williams), "Never Enough (Reprise)" (Loren Allred), "From Now On" (Hugh Jackman and ensemble.

Indecent
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Paula Vogel play, on Broadway in 2017. 112 pages.

Marie Antoinette/3C
(TCG - Paperback Books/Kindle Edition)
Two plays by David Adjmi. Marie Antoinette premiered in co-production between American Repertory Theater and Yale Repertory Theatre in 2012. 3C is a "Three's Company" parody which premiered at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in 2012. 96 pages.

Marisha Wallace: Soul Holiday
(new digital album/at iTunes)
West End singer/actress (Dreamgirls) debut solo album."Do You Hear What I Hear," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Oh Come All Ye Faithful," "The Christmas Song," "Blue Christmas," "Joyful Joyful," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (feat. Ross Stanley)," "I Am Changing." Released 11/24/17.

The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic!
(Columbia - new on 2 CDs)
Live concert performance from Barbra Streisand's 2016 tour, including dialogue plus a performance of "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" with special guest, Jamie Foxx. Released in conjunction with the airing of the filmed version of this concert on Netflix beginning Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017. Disc 1: "People," "The Way We Were," "Introductory Remarks," "Everything," "Being at War with Each Other," "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)," "Evergreen," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," "Being Alive," "Directing Movies," "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" Disc 2: "Pure Imagination," "Making Encore," "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)" (Barbra Streisand with Anthony Newley), "Losing My Mind," "Isn't This Better," "How Lucky Can You Get," "Don't Rain on My Parade," "People," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain - Barbra Streisand with Jamie Foxx," "Happy Days Are Here Again," "Jingle Bells?," "With One More Look At You," "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," "By the Way," "Children Will Listen," "Everything Must Change." Also available in single disc Highlights version.

"O Holy Night"
(digital single on mp3)
Max von Essen and Julia Murney. With Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf, Kristi Shade, and Deborah Abramson on cello, harp and piano. Arrangement by John Bucchino. Sales to benefit Covenant House. Released 11/21/17.

Spy of the First Person
(Knopf - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Final book by the late Sam Shepard. Fictional story of an unnamed narrator who retraces his life as he undergoes treatment for a medical condition that renders him dependent on his loved ones. 96 pages.

Staging British South Asian Culture: Bollywood and Bhangra in British Theatre
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
Author Jerri Daboo reconsiders the centrality of Bollywood and bhangra to theatre made for or about British South Asian communities. 192 pages.

Stearns Matthews: December Songs
(Chlo-Rita Productions - new digital album)
Album of Maury Yeston songs cycle. "December Snow," "Where Are You Now," "Please Let's Not Even Say Hello," "When Your Love Is New," "Bookseller in the Rain," "My Grandmother's Love Letters," "I Am Longing," "I Had a Dream About You," "By the River," "What a Relief." Markus Grae-Hauck on piano, Amy Crafton on woodwinds, and Dave Richards on bass. Liner notes by Barry Kleinbort. CD version available at StearnsMatthews.com.Released 11/17/17.

Sunday in the Park with George 2017 revival cast
(Warner Music Group/Arts Music - new on 2 CDs)
2017 Broadway revival cast recording of Stephen Sondheim score. Jake Gyllenhaal, Annaleigh Ashford, Brooks Ashmanskas, Jenni Barber, Tony Award nominee Phillip Boykin, Mattea Conforti, Erin Davie, Claybourne Elder, Tony Award nominee Penny Fuller, Jordan Gelber, Tony Award winner Robert Sean Leonard, Liz McCartney, Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles, Ashley Park, Jennifer Sanchez, David Turner, Max Chernin, MaryAnn Hu, Tony Award nominee Michael McElroy, Jaime Rosenstein, Laura Irion, Julie Foldesi, and Andrew Kober. Disc One: "Opening," "Sunday in the Park with George," "No Life," "Color and Light," "Gossip," "The Dog Song," "The Day Off," "Everybody Loves Louis," "Finishing the Hat," "We Do Not Belong Together," "Beautiful," "Sunday." Disc Two: "It's Hot Up Here," "Chromolume #7," "Putting It Together," "Children and Art," "Lesson #8," "Move On," "Sunday (Finale)." Produced and mixed by Bart Migal. Released digitally on mp3 and at iTunes 9/19/17.


Week of November 28, 2017

Annie Get Your Gun
(VAI - new on DVD/Blu-ray)
Remastered 1957 TV production starring Mary Martin and John Raitt, with Reta Shaw, William O'Neal, Donald Burr, and Luke Halpin. First authorized edition. Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin. Book by Herbert Fields and Dorothy Fields. Black and white. 105 minutes. Blu-ray bonus material includes: unedited audio of the closing commercial, hosted by Martin, which includes a message wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving; excerpt from live concert of Martin with Louis Magor at the piano. Martin talks about the role of Annie, performs “Anything You Can Do” with Magor (who sings from the keyboard), and recalls her collaboration with Ethel Merman on the Ford 50th Anniversary Show in 1953; photo gallery of photos, posters, program covers, etc., including some color shots. Released September 2017. [Relisting: Was only available on VAI site, now on Amazon.com.]

Chip Deffaa's Irving Berlin Ragtime Rarities
(Garret Mountain Records - new on CD/mp3)
Rare ragtime-era songs (including some that have never before been recorded) by Irving Berlin. Dylan Adams, Jonah Barricklo, Marcus Bedinger, Emily Bordonaro, Chloe Brooks, Katie Buddenhagen, Peter Charney, Alec Deland, George Franklin, Julia Franklin, Eric Johnson, Mary Cantoni Johnson, Dea Julien, Mariah Hill, Kelsey McCabe, Ryan Muska, Matthew Nardozzi, Katherine Paulsen, Jon Peterson, Magnus Tonning Riise, Jack Saleeby, Analise Scarpaci, Jeffrey Sewell, Jenn Spottz, Timothy Thompson, Desi Waters, Michael Townsend Wright. "He's a Rag Picker," "Ephraham Played Upon the Piano," "Stop That Rag (Keep on Playing, Honey)," "The Ragtime Jockey Man," "Oh, That Beautiful Rag," "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Anna Liza's Wedding Day," "Yiddle, On Your Fiddle, Play Some Ragtime," "Ragtime Violin!," "When I Hear You Play That Piano, Bill!," "The Whistling Rag," "That Opera Rag," "That Mysterious Rag," "The Haunted House," "Ragtime Mockingbird," "Everybody's Doin' It Now," "They've Got Me Doin' It Now," "The Dance of the Grizzly Bear," "Sweet Marie, Make-a Rag-a-Time Dance Wid Me," "When the Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam," "Draggy Rag," "While the Band Played an American Rag," "Ragtime Soldier Man," "That Dying Rag," "The Syncopated Walk," "The International Rag," "Mr. Jazz Himself," "Everything in America Is Ragtime." Produced by Chip Deffaa. CD format available at CDBaby.com.

The Crucible
(Kritzerland Records - new on 2 CDs)
Robert Ward (music) and Bernard Stambler (libretto) opera of Arthur Miller's play, remastered. Original 1961 New York City Opera Production. Conducted by Emerson Buckley. First issued in 2-LP set in 1962. Chester Ludgin, Francis Bible, Norman Treigle, and Patricia Brooks. Limited release of 500 copies. To be available at the end of November at Kritzerland.com.

Elaine Paige Presents Showstoppers from the Musicals
(Union Square - 3-disc import boxed set)
Collection of songs from stage and screen. 60 of the best loved and most memorable songs ever by performers including Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Elaine Paige, Michael Crawford, Idina Menzel, Liza Minnelli, Il Divo, Sarah Brightman, John Barrowman, Julie Covington and many more. See track list here. Also available at Amazon UK a week earlier.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Going to the Theatre (But Were Too Sloshed To Ask, Dear)
(Nick Hern Books - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By "West End Producer." Advice on "What shows to see and what to avoid (how to see the hits and not the shits), "Where to sit (without developing ongoing neck problems and deep vein thrombosis), "How to combat theatre rage (and get to the ladies' loos before anyone else), "What to eat (crisps, sweets, or kebabs?), "What to wear (from the correct attire at press night, to the importance of a good, reliable codpiece at The Globe), "How to leave early if the show is rubbish (a 'Shrubbish'). 224 pages.

The Girl from the North Country
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Conor McPherson's play with songs by Bob Dylan. Currently running at The Old Vic. 112 pages. Also published by Nick Hern Books in July 2017.

Guillaume: A Life
(Univ of Missouri - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of actor Robert Guillaume's 2002 autobiography, written with David Ritz. 240 pages.

M. Butterfly: Broadway Tie-In Edition
(Plume - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by David Hwang, returning to Broadway in October 2017. 124 pages.

The Magic Misfits
(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD, read by the author)
By Neil Patrick Harris. Illustrated by Lissy Marlin. Adventure book about a street magician. "It's a treasure trove of secrets and ciphers and codes and even tricks. Keep your eyes peeled and you'll discover more than just a story--you'll learn how to make your own magic!." For ages 8-12. 272 pages. Published 11/21/17.

Teens Talk Theatre: Backstage Reports On Today’s High School Arts Scene
(Past Times Publishing Company - Kindle Edition)
By Jordan Young. The author was assigned by The Orange County Register to go behind the scenes and report on Southern California high school productions of plays. Here, he discusses interviews with students and discussion of the productions.


Week of November 21, 2017

Blue Jupiter: Twisted Broadway, Volume One
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3)
New York based a capella group. "I Got the Sun in the Mornin'," "Magic to Do," "My Favorite Things," "Over the Rainbow," "Summertime," "Defying Gravity," "Close Every Door," "All That Jazz," "Whatever Lola Wants," "Put on a Happy Face," "Let It Go," "Over the Rainbow (Reprise)." Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Dear Evan Hansen: Through the Window
(Grand Central Publishing - new Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD)
By Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul. To include include personal memories, photographs, unreleased lyrics, and the Dear Evan Hansen libretto. 224 pages

Dear Evan Hansen picture disc
(Atlantic Records - new 12" vinyl)
This 2-sided 12" picture disc features "Waving Through the Window" from the Dear Evan Hansen original cast recording, and previously unreleased, never-before-heard track "In the Bedroom Down the Hall," also by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and performed by Rachel Bay Jones and Jennifer Laura Thompson. New track also available digitally at iTunes and on mp3 at Amazon.

Leading Ladies: Songs from the Stage
(Rhino - new import CD)
Amber Riley (Dreamgirls), Beverley Knight (The Bodyguard, Memphis) and Cassidy Jansen (Beautiful, Wicked). "One Night Only," "Seasons of Love," "I'm Every Woman," "Natural Woman," "Wind Beneath My Wings," "Helpless," "Memory," "Somebody to Love," "Falling Slowly," "Love Will Stand," "Raise the Roof," "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," "Don't Rain On My Parade," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "One Good Man."

Network: based on the Paddy Chayefsky film - Kindle Edition
(Faber & Faber - Kindle Edition)
New play by Lee Hall, based on the screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky. Play to debut at the National Theatre in November 2017, featuring Bryan Cranston. 96 pages. Physical copy moved to August 23, 2018.

The Seagull
(Theatre Communications Group - new Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Anton Chekhov, translated by Richard Nelson, Richard Pevear, and Larissa Volokhonsky. Brand new edition includes passages that were omitted from the version originally performed at the Moscow Art Theater in 1898. Contains both the canonically recognized version as well as the newly restored original text written by Chekhov. Adapted by playwright Richard Nelson, with Russian translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. Part of TCG Classic Russian Drama Series. 128 pages.

Stage to Stage: My Journey to Broadway
(wea - Hardcover Book)
By Josh Groban. Captures Groban's perspective on the notable events that illuminated his extraordinary journey to Broadway. Starting with his Stages album, which featured Broadway classics, the book chronicles the past 2+ years. Also included are behind the scenes photos and key moments from the making of the stages live television special and on the stage world tour, culminating in his experiences surrounding his first ever Broadway performances and his first tony nomination. 192 pages.

"Testimony"
(Broadway Records - new digital single on mp3 and at iTunes)
New song written by Stephen Schwartz and performed by Essential Voices USA. Conducted by Judith Clurman. The song, inspired by the "It Gets Better Project," was written for for a 2012 concert performance by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. Proceeds to Benefit Anti-Bullying Workshops in New York City Public Schools. Also at Broadway Records.


Week of November 14, 2017

Balancing Acts: Behind the Scenes at London's National Theatre
(Knopf - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook/Audible Edition)
By Nicholas Hytner (Artistic Director of London's National Theatre from 2003-2015). Detailed behind-the-scenes look at Hytner's creative process ... he writes insightfully about the actors and playwrights he's worked with: Derek Jacobi, Richard Griffiths, Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Harold Pinter, and Tom Stoppard among them. Not only a memoir but a gathering of illuminating notes on the art of directing and a thoughtful meditation on the purpose of theater. 352 pages. Audiobook readers are by Nicholas Hytner, Simon Russell Beale, Samuel Barnett, and Deborah Findlay. Audible release is May 4, 2017. Audible free 30-day trial with two free audiobooks, plus one more after the trial.

Ben Vereen: "What a Wonderful World"
(Yellow Sound Label - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
New single by Ben Vereen. Produced by Dan Watt and Michael Croiter.

Black Manhattan, Vol. 3
(New World Records - new on CD/mp3)
Conductor Rick Benjamin revives the work of Scott Joplin's contemporaries Sidney Perrin, Will H. Dixon, C. Luckeyth "Luckey" Roberts and many others, most performed and recorded for the first time, with The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. Highlights include the premiere recording of the original orchestration of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," rescued music by Luckey Roberts, one of the pioneers of the stride piano style, and performances by the award-winning Met Opera soprano Janai Brugger. Also with soprano Andrea Jones, tenor Chauncey Packer, baritone Edward Pleasant, and Paul Draper on banjo. Composers include Eubie Blake, James Bland, Frederick M. Bryan, Augustus L. Davis, Will H. Dixon, J. Leubrie Hill, Al. Johns , James Weldon Johnson & , J. Rosamond Johnson Scott Joplin, J. Turner Layton , Tom Lemonier , Sidney Perrin, C. Luckeyth "Luckey" Roberts , Q. Roscoe Snowden, Clarence Cameron White, Spencer Williams, Clarence Williams, Clarence G. Wilson. 22 tracks. 48-page booklet. Earlier in the series are Volume 1 (Black Manhattan: Members of Legendary Clef Club) and Black Manhattan Volume 2.

Cabaret FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Broadway and Cinema Classic
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
By June Sawyers. Features chapters on Jean Ross and Christopher Isherwood ... includes background information on the original source material, the first time Sally Bowles, as portrayed by Julie Harris, appeared onstage and on the big screen in John Van Druten's I Am a Camera. The stories behind the Emcee and actors who played him, from Joel Grey to Alan Cumming. Studies the musical score by John Kander and Fred Ebb and looks into the burlesque roots of director Bob Fosse in his native Chicago. Includes such diverse topics as the first cabarets in Paris, Cabaret Voltaire and Dada, early Berlin cabarets during the Weimar Republic, German expressionism, the Bauhaus, Marlene Dietrich and The Blue Angel , David Bowie's many German influences, and the present and future of modern cabaret. 400 pages.

Hamilton: One Shot to Broadway
(Vision Films - new on DVD)
2016 documentary about the Broadway show. "The remarkable story of how a group of inspired mavericks made an unlikely marriage of hip-hop and history the biggest musical show in America..." Starring the cast and crew of Hamilton: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tommy Kail Alex Lacamoire, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Leslie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs and Jeffrey Seller. Directed by Elio España. Produced by Symettrica Entertainment Ltd. 90 minutes. Also streaming on Amazon and iTunes.

Hello, Dolly! vinyl
(Masterworks Broadway - new on single LP)
New Broadway revival cast recording of Jerry Herman score. Bette Midler, David Hyde Pierce, Gavin Creel, Kate Baldwin, Taylor Trensch, Beanie Feldstein, Will Burton, Melanie Moore, Jennifer Simard, Kevin Ligon. "Overture," "Call on Dolly," "I Put My Hand In," "It Takes a Woman," "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," "Ribbons Down My Back," "Motherhood," "Dancing," "Before the Parade Passes By," "Penny in My Pocket," "Elegance," "The Waiters' Gallop," "Hello, Dolly!," "It Only Takes a Moment," "So Long Dearie," "Finale." 180-Gram Vinyl, deluxe gatefold package with 20 page full color book featuring production photos, lyrics and liner notes. Recorded March 2017. Released on CD and digital 5/9/17.

Keeping On Keeping On
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Collection of Alan Bennett's diaries and essays, 2005-2015, reflecting on a decade that saw four major theater premieres and the films of The History Boys and The Lady in the Van. Preceded by Rolling Home and Untold Stories. 736 pages. Released 11/7/17.

A Kiss Goodnight
(Disney Editions - Hardcover Book/CD)
Children's book by Richard Sherman and Brittany Rubiano. Illustrations by Floyd Norman. A story about what inspired Richard Sherman to write "A Kiss Goodnight." Included is a CD with the song sung by Broadway star Ashley Brown. 48 pages. Released 8/22/17.

Meredith Braun: When Love Is Gone
(Stage Door Records - new import CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
New solo album from West End performer Meredith Braun (Sunset Boulevard, The Secret Garden, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera). "Real Emotional Girl," "There's Me," "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be," "With So Little to Be Sure of," "The Rules," "If Love Were All," "Sandra," "Hold Me," "Try to Remember / No More," "When Love Is Gone," "Everything That's Me," "I'm Still Alive," "Old Friend," "Come the Wild, Wild Weather." Also at StageDoorRecords.com.

Natalie Dessay | Michel Legrand: Between Yesterday & Tomorrow digital
(Sony Masterworks - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Composer Michel Legrand's song cycle about one woman's life (written and partially recorded by Barbra Streisand) performed by operatic coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay. "Birth," "Mother and Child," "Mother and Child Interlude," "Where Does the Wind Come From?," "Where Does the Wind Come From Interlude," "Hold Me," "Can You Tell the Moment?," "Fairly Tales and Story Books," "An Unexpected Smile," "An Unexpected Smile Interlude," "With You," "You and I Plus One," "You and I Plus One Interlude," "Mother and Child Duo," "Wait," "Wait Interlude," "The More You Have," "Yesterday's Apples," "Between Yesterday and Tomorrow," "Last Breath." CD and vinyl versions to be released 1/5/18.

Seth's Broadway Diary, Volume 3
(Dress Circle Publishing - Paperback Book)
By Seth Rudetsky. Compilation of Seth Rudetsky's "Onstage and Backstage" columns for Playbill.com chronicling his life performing/hanging out with Broadway stars and cajoling/forcing them to reveal the highs (and lows) of their careers. Find out what Patti LuPone said when Seth suggested she sing her Evita songs in a lower key, what it's like Skyping with Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and why Audra McDonald's dog wakes up covered in her bras. Plus other stories from stars like Laura Benanti, Megan Mullally, Gavin Creel, Sarah Silverman, Carol Burnett, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and more. 258 pages. Released 10/7/17.


Week of November 7, 2017

The Ballad of Little Jo original cast recording
(The Musical Company/Concord Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Two River Theater cast recording of score by Mike Reid and Sarah Schlesinger. Teal Wicks, Eric William Morris, Jane Bruce, and Daniel K. Isaac. Accompanied by John O’Neill (conductor/piano) and Martin Agee (violin), Troy Chang (cello), Philip Coiro (drums/percussion), Simon Hutchings (reeds), Justin Rothberg (guitar), and Joseph Wallace (bass). Orchestrations By Danny Larsen. Music Supervision & Vocal Arrangements By Patrick Vaccariello. Music Direction & Dance/Incidental Arrangements By John O'Neill. Album Produced By Sean Patrick Flahaven.

Carols for a Cure 2017
(new on CD)
Volume 19 of the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS annual holiday recording. Performed by Broadway, Off-Broadway, and tour cast. Aladdin: "O Come All Ye Faithful," Anastasia: "All Those Christmas Cliches," Avenue Q: "The 12 Days of Christmas," Beautiful: "Love at Christmas Time," A Bronx Tale: "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day," Cats: "Joy to the World," Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: "Do You Hear What I Hear?," Chicago: "This Is The Night," Come From Away: "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," Dear Evan Hansen: "Down In Yon Forest," Groundhog Day: "Oh Little Town of Punx, PA," Hamilton: "Chester," Jersey Boys (national tour): "Let’s Have an Old Fashioned Jersey Christmas," Kinky Boots: "Hark! The Herald Angel Sing," The Lion King: "Everyone’s a Kid at Christmas," The Phantom of the Opera: "Old Fashioned Christmas," School of Rock: "Yule of Rock," Waitress: "I Wonder What You Got For Me," War Paint: "I Can't Wait For Christmas," Wicked: "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." Available at participating shows during Gypsy of the Year Performances, through December 4, and at BroadwayCares.

Cheryl Bentyne: reArrangements of Shadows, The Music of Stephen Sondheim
(ArtistShare - new on CD/at iTunes)
Cheryl Bentyne, known for her 38 years with The Manhattan Transfer and as a solo artist, re-imagines songs by Stephen Sondheim. "I Remember," "Sand," "The Ladies Who Lunch" (with Janis Siegel and Tierney Sutton), "Everybody Says Don't," "Comedy Tonight," "Wish I Could Forget You," "Not a Day Goes By," "Move On," "Send in the Clowns," "The Ladies Who Lunch" (solo). Accompanied by Dave Tull on drums, Brad Dutz on percussion, John Arrucci on marimba, Rafi Rishik on violin, Irina Voloshina on violin, Jennie Hansen on viola, And Armen Ksajikian On Cello. Released 11/1/17.

The Children (TCG Edition)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Lucy Kirkwood. Played Royal Court Theatre in 2016 and starting on Broadway November 28 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. 80 pages.

Christiaan Smith: "All the Way"
(new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Actor/singer original song from upcoming album. Single released 10/20/17.

Daphne's Dive
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Quiara Alegría Hudes. Produced at Signature Theatre in 2016. 96 pages.

Debbie Gravitte: Big Band Broadway
(Group 5 Records - new album on mp3/at iTunes)
"My Heart Belongs to Daddy," "I Enjoy Being a Girl," "I Can Cook, Too," "Never, Never Land," "Surrey with the Fringe on Top," "Daddy," "My Ship," "It Might as Well Be Spring," "Let Me Entertain You," "Lulu's Advantage," "From This Moment On," "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered." CDs available at CDBaby.com.

The Ferryman
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Play by Jez Butterworth, which recently had its world premiere at the Royal Court Theatre in London. 80 pages. The Kindle Edition was released in May 2017.

Highbrow, Lowbrow, Brilliant, Despicable: Fifty Years of New York Magazine
(Simon and Schuster - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By the editors of New York Magazine, founded by Clay Felker and Milton Glaser in 1968. Draws from the magazine's coverage to present a picture of a half-century at the center of the world. With behind-the-scenes stories from New York’s writers, editors, designers, and journalistic subjects. Frequently overflows its own pages onto spectacular foldouts. A big book for a big town. 432 pages. Released 11/7/17.

Junk
(Back Bay Books - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook)
Play by Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced). To play Lincoln Center beginning October 2017 starring Steven Pasquale as Robert Merkin. 176 pages. Audiobook narrated by Michael Crouch.

The Lion King: Pride Rock on Broadway
(Disney Editions - Hardcover Book)
By Julie Taymor. In this updated and redesigned edition of her book originally published in 1998, Taymor has a chance to reflect on her 20-year journey with the show. Features all of the original behind-the-scenes text and imagery photographed during the building of sets and rehearsals and costume creation. 192 pages.

The Lion King: Twenty Years on Broadway and Around the World
(Disney Editions - Hardcover book)
By by Michael Lassell. A Disney Theatrical Souvenir Book. In honor of its 20th anniversary (7/8/17) ... traces the origins of the show from the animated film, features stories from the creators and actors, and showcases never-before-published images both onstage and behind the scenes from the many productions around the world. 224 pages.

My Pride: Mastering Life's Daily Performance
(Disney Editions - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Alton Fitzgerald White (The Lion King). White " delivers his message of service - taking responsibility for and deriving happiness from commonplace achievements - as a philosophy that anyone can get through each day with satisfaction, pride and a sense of accomplishment." 320 pages.

Sheridan: The Album
(new import CD)
Debut album for U.K. actress/singer/dancer (Funny Girl, Little Shop of Horrors, Legally Blonde, Bridge Jones's Diary). "Crazy," "Anyone Who Had a Heart," "City of Stars," "Mad About the Boy," "I Smell a Rat," "Dinner at Eight," "Superstar," "Hurt," "Addicted to Love," "My Man," "For Forever," "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." Produced by Tris Penna and Steve Sidwell.


Week of October 31, 2017

The Ballad of John Latouche: An American Lyricist's Life and Work
(Oxford Univ Press - hardcover book/Kindle edition)
By Howard Pollack. Biography of lyricist, bookwriter, librettist John Treville Latouche (Cabin in the Sky, Beggar's Holiday, The Golden Apple, Candide ). The book draws widely on archival materials such as Latouche's diaries and the papers of Bernstein, Ellington, Moore, Moross, and many others, to tell for the first time, the story of this fascinating man and his work. 592 pages.

Ellen Stewart Presents: Fifty Years of La MaMa Experimental Theatre
(Univ of Michigan Press - Hardcover Book)
By Cindy Rosenthal. Biography of the founder of La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club and important figure in the history of American avant-garde theater and performance art, Ellen Stewart (1919–2011). Richly illustrated, including posters and photographs of early productions and other rarely-seen photos, and featuring interviews with a wide range of now-famous La MaMa alums ... a book for theater aficionados and anyone interested in the history of Off-Off-Broadway, the cultural history of New York City, or visual culture from the '60s to the present. 208 pages.

Holiday Inn - 75th Anniversary Edition
(Universal - new Blu-ray 2-disc set)
Blu-ray version of film plus bonuses: digital copy of the film; A Couple of Song and Dance Men; All-Singing All-Dancing; feature commentary by film historian Ken Barnes including archive audio comments from Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, and John Scott Trotter; theatrical trailer; Coloring a Classic; plus a copy of Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn: The Broadway Musical. Released 10/24/17.

Knives in Hens
(Bloomsbury Methuen - Kindle Edition)
Play by David Harrower. Includes new introduction by Mark Fisher. Making its New York City debut at 59E59 October 2017. 48 pages. Paperback published previously, including in July 2015.

Passionate Playgoing in Early Modern England
(Cambridge Univ Press - Paperback Book)
By Allison P. Hobgood. Through detailed case studies of canonical plays by Shakespeare, Jonson, Kyd and Heywood ... what it felt like to be part of performances in English theatre and appreciate the key role theatregoers played in the life of early modern drama ... how theatregoers were altered by drama's affective encounters ... how they were undeniable influences upon those encounters. 246 pages.

SpongeBob SquarePants, The New Musical Original Cast Recording vinyl
(Masterworks Broadway - new vinyl double album)
Original cast recording for new Broadway musical based on the animated TV series. Ethan Slater, Gavin Lee, Nick Blaemire, Lilli Cooper, Carlos Lopez, Danny Skinner, Gaelen Gilliland, Juliane Godfrey, Curtis Holbrook, Stephanie Hsu, Jesse JP Johnson, L'ogan J'ones, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Mark Ledbetter, Kelvin Moon Loh, Lauralyn McClelland, Vasthy Mompoint, JC Schuster, Allysa Shorte, Jacob Smith, Abby C. Smith, Jason Michael Snow, and Allan K. Washington. Original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of AEROSMITH, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants and T.I., and a song by David Bowie with additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton. Orchestrations, arrangements and music supervision by Tom Kitt. Previously released on CD/mp3/at iTunes


Week of October 24, 2017

Angels studio cast recording
(Sera Angels - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Score by Ken Lai and Marcus Cheong. Laura Osnes, Robert Cuccioli, Josh Young, Alan H. Green, and others. New musical arrangements by David Holmes and album producer Rich Fowler. Daniel Thornton provides orchestrations. Vocal arrangements are by Linda Wood. Breanna Hickson was assistant director for the recording. Digital version released 10/18/17. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Death of a Salesman in Beijing (2nd edition)
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
By Arthur Miller. Introduction by Claire Conceison. Tells the story of Arthur Miller's time in China directing Death of a Salesman at the Beijing People's Theatre, with Chinese actors. Second edition is given a contemporary context as the production and process is investigated against the backdrop of twenty-first century China and its theatre, through a new introduction by Claire Conceison, Professor of Theatre Studies at Duke University. Photographs by Inge Morath. 264 pages.

Anya Turner & Robert Grusecki: Dream On
(new on CD/mp3)
New songs and stories written and performed by Anya Turner and Robert Grusecki on their sixth studio album. "Look Up," "Spring Forward," "When I Was a Little Girl," "Caitlyn," "How Do I Look," "Perfect," "Texas 1969," "Talk," "The Name Song," "App," "Shallow Bitch," "Give Me the Shtrength," "Father Flynn," "Sister Andrea," "The Eyes of Youth," "I Love This Town," "What Happens," "Dream On." Recorded by John Kilgore at John Kilgore Sound & Recording NYC. Available at CDBaby.com.

Labour of Love
(Bloomsbury Methuen - new paperback book)
James Graham's play about British politics currently running in a world premiere production at the West End's Noel Coward Theatre, starring Martin Freeman and Sarah Lancashire. 128 pages.

More Lullaby Renditions of Songs from Hamilton
(Rockabye Baby Music - digital album)
Follow-up to March 2017 Lullaby Renditions of Songs from Hamilton. "Aaron Burr, Sir," "The Story of Tonight," "Guns and Ships," "Yorktown," "Dear Theodosia," "Non-Stop," "The Room Where It Happens." Released 10/6/17.

Must Close Saturday: The Decline and Fall of the British Musical Flop
(Boydell Pr - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Adrian Wright. Chronicle of the commercially unsuccessful British musical of the last half a century, up to 2016. Presents a rolling panorama of the good, the bad and the ugly, reassessing their place in theatrical history. Wright reveals a consistent striving at invention, with subjects including the electric chair, the Holocaust, the Virgin Mary, social inequality and Trade Unionism, sexual problems and murder, as well as biographical treatments of Hollywood stars, French painters, tragic novelists, royalty, and the Rector of Stiffkey. 352 pages.

Queers: Eight Monologues
(Nick Hern Books - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Curated by Mark Gatiss. Eight monologues for male and female performers cover major events – such as the Wolfenden Report of 1957, the HIV/AIDS crisis, and the debate over the age of consent – through deeply affecting and personal rites-of-passage stories. Commissioned to mark the anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act and broadcast on BBC Four and BBC America. They were also staged at The Old Vic in London. The Man on the Platform by Mark Gatiss, The Perfect Gentleman by Jackie Clune, Safest Spot in Town by Keith Jarrett, Missing Alice by Jon Bradfield, I Miss the War by Matthew Baldwin, More Anger by Brian Fillis, A Grand Day Out by Michael Dennis, Something Borrowed by Gareth McLean. 96 pages.

Richard Rodgers Reimagined: Kyle Riabko
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
singer, guitarist, composer and actor Kyle Riabko (Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined) with creative reinterpretations of the music of Richard Rodgers. "Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'," "Where Or When," "My Favorite Things," "I Have Dreamed," "The Lady Is A Tramp," "Bewitched," "You’ll Never Walk Alone," "This Nearly Was Mine," "My Funny Valentine," "Some Enchanted Evening," "If I Loved You," "Blue Moon." Produced, arranged and recorded by Kyle Riabko with David Lane Seltzer of Entertainment 360 executive producer. Also at Ghostlight website.

The Seagull
(Bloomsbury Methuen - Paperback Book)
Chekhov's play adapted by Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), to play the Lyric Hammersmith, London in October 2017. 128 pages.

Together Again: Michael Ball and Alfie Boe
(Decca - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
"West Side Story Medley," "As If We Never Said Goodbye," "The Prayer," "He Lives In You," "Evermore," "The," "Bring Me Sunshine," "Some Enchanted Evening," "Hero," "Not While I'm Around," "Stranger In Paradise / And This Is My Beloved," "You're The Voice," "New York, New York," "White Christmas." Deluxe version includes bonus tracks and footage plus a set of four photographic prints.


Week of October 17, 2017

10,000 Nights: Highlights from 50 Years of Theatre-Going
(Univ of Michigan Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Marvin Carlson. Features essays using each theater experience (one per year, from 1960 to 2010) to provide an insight into the theater and theatre-going at a particular time. 296 pages.

Arlen and Harburg's Over the Rainbow (The Oxford Keynotes Series)
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Walter Frisch. Traces the history of the song and its cultural evolution and impact. 160 pages.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: The Complete Second Season
(Warner Archive - new 3-disc DVD set)
Musical comedy television series. Cast includes Rachel Bloom, Vincent Rodriguez III, Santino Fontana, Donna Lynne Champlin. 554 minutes.

Mandy Gonzalez: Fearless
(Arts Music/Warner Music Group - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Solo album by Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton). 7-track album features songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jennifer Nettles, Bill Sherman, Tom Kitt, and Jay Livingston & Ray Evans. "Fearless," "Starts Right Now," "Que Será, Será," "Life Is Sweet" (with Christopher Jackson), "Everyday," "Smile," "Breathe." Those who pre-order will receive the title song by Miranda, on October 6.

Half a Sixpence: Original Demo Recordings
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
Music and lyrics by David Heneker and book by Beverley Cross. Includes studio demo recordings for Kipps (then working title for the show) recorded at London's Olympic Studios in March 1962, one year before the West End run. Tommy Steele, Rita Williams, Roy Sone, Joanna Rigby and writers David Heneker and Beverley Cross; backed by the Kenny Powell Trio. INcludes some cut songs. Project conceived by Stewart Nicholls, Theatre Director and Archivist for the David Heneker Estate, who says the material was "discovered in perfect condition in the garage of Composer David Heneker's family house in deepest Wales - and hadn't been played for 55 years." "Ladies Wear," "MrShalford's Drapery Emporium," "All In The Cause of Economy," "Half A Sixpence," "We Don't Like Not To Be Engaged," "If You Dress Like MrPearce," "Pure Coincidence," "Money To Burn," "The Oak and the Ash," "She's Too Far Above Me," "I'm Not Talking to You," "If The Rain's Got To Fall," "The Old Military Canal," "The One Who's Got Away," "Long Ago," "How Fashionable and Amusing," "I'll Build A Palace / I Only Want A Little House," "I'll Build A Palace / I Only Want A Little House (Reprise)," "How Fashionable and Amusing," "I Don't Believe A Word Of It," "Flash Bang Wallop," "Long Ago," "Half A Sixpence," "She's Too Far Above Me," "If The Rain's Got To Fall," "Beverley Cross Narrates 'Half A Sixpence'." Also at StageDoorRecords.com and Amazon UK. [Looks like Amazon ordering issue has been resolved.]

Monstersongs
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Graphic novel rock album with score by Rob Rokicki (The Lightning Thief). Jelani Alladin, Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Cheryl Freeman, Molly Hager, F. Michael Haynie, Megan Hilty, Joe Iconis, Lauren Marcus, Jeremy Morse, Julia Murney, Luca Padovan, Rob Rokicki, Tyce, Jason SweetTooth Williams, Emma Gannon-Salomon, Sami Griffith, and Mackenzie Jones. "Monsterbaby," "Unravel," "Say Goodbye," "Down and Under," "Blood and Brains," "The Plans," "Right Through You," "Reluctantly," "I'm Sorry," "Hell Hath No Fury," "Footprints," "It's Over / Return of Monsterbaby." Produced by Rob Rokicki, and executive produced by Grammy Award winner Van Dean. Amazon link currently not working; also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Rent FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Broadway's Blaze of Glory
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Tom Rowan, editor. Includes biographical info on the Jonathan Larson; other chapters focus on the creative team and original cast, the development of the script and score from early drafts and workshop performances to the final version, the movie version, tours, and more. "Rent Cultural Literacy" is a guide to all the titles, real people, and locations referenced in the show; another chapter provides clues to the characters and tips for anyone thinking about auditioning for the musical, or putting on a production. Final chapter provides a rundown, with numerous photos, of revivals and local productions all over the country, including regional, community, and dinner theaters, and high school and college versions. 400 pages.


Week of October 10, 2017

The Great American Songbook - Broadway: Music and Lyrics for 100 Classic Songs
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
From Gershwin and Rodgers & Hammerstein to Stephen Schwartz and Stephen Sondheim, 100 timeless hits from the Great White Way are showcased in this book of classics in arrangements for piano, voice and guitar. 464 pages.

Shayna Steele: More Than Me
(Broadway Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Special release of single from Michael Mott's recent album "Abandoned Heart," with 100% of the profits will be donated to The American Red Cross to help those affected by Hurricane Maria. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel (The Oxford Keynotes Series)
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book)By Tim Carter. 152 pages. The first book on Carousel's history and impact. Presents new archival materials on the creation of the show.

Six Wives original cast recording
(JAY Records - new on CD)
Cast includes Alexander Gemignani, Judy Kaye, Alexandra Silber, Nick Wyman, Liam Forde. "Prologue," "Picture My Palace," "Oh Tell Me Why," "Oh Tell Me Why (Coda)," "A Great King / Do Not Deny My Love," "I Could Give You Sons," "Leviticus," "Examine Them," "Storms in the Channel," "Charles Emperor Of Spain," "Plague All Around Me," "Nothing Changes," "Another Girl," "Oh Come Sweet Maid," "I Cannot Accept," "I Have a Son," "The Lady Of Cleeves," "Ach Lieber Gott," "She Had a Wonderous Laugh," "The Perfect Wedding Night," "It’S Cold in the Palace," "Scroll Song," "I Do Not Wish To Marry," "And So Begin the Happiness," "Interrogation," "Epilogue," "Only Fools," "Oh Come Sweet Maid Reprise," "Bows," "Bonus Track" (live recording of Steve Barton). [At Amazon, the CD is listed for purchase only through a third party, but that third party is part of JAY Records.]

The Tenors: Christmas Together
(Universal - new on CD/mp3/vinyl/at iTunes)
Clifton Murray, Fraser Walters, and Victor Micallef. "O Come All Ye Faithful," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "When We Are Together," "Mary Did You Know," "Santa's Wish (Teach The World)," "Please Come Home For Christmas," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "Little Drummer Boy," "Auld Lang Syne."

Turner Classic Movies: Must-See Musicals: 50 Show-Stopping Movies We Can't Forget
(Running Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Richard Barrios. Foreword by Michael Feinstein. Covering 50 of the best spanning the dawn of sound to the high-def present ... lushly illustrated and brightly written with reviews and "backstage" stories. 264 pages.

Voice Lessons: A Sisters Story
(St. Martin's Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook)
By Cara Mentzel. Foreword by her sister, Idina Menzel. " the story of one younger sister growing up in the shadow of a larger-than-life older sister—looking up to her, wondering how they were alike and how they were different and, ultimately, learning how to live her own life and speak in her own voice on her own terms." Audiobook read by the author.

You Never Know digital
(Ghostlight Records - digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Digital release of 2001 studio album (released by Varese Sarabande) of Cole Porter score, based on 1991 Pasadena Playhouse production. Kristin Chenoweth, David Garrison, Harry Groener, Donna McKechnie, and Angela Teek. "Overture," "By Candlelight," "Let's Not Talk About Love," "I'm Going In For Love," "I'm Back In Circulation," "From Alpha To Omega," "Entr'acte," "What Shall I Do?," "Let's Misbehave," "I Happen To Be In Love," "From Alpha To Omega (Reprise) / Act II Finale," "Entr'acte," "You Never Know," "What Is That Tune?," "At Long Last Love," "Ridin' High," "By Candlelight (Reprise) / Finale Ultimo." Produced by Bruce Kimmel, and features musical supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Steve Orich. Released 10/6/17.


Week of October 3, 2017

Almost Like Praying (Lin-Manuel Miranda single to benefit Puerto Rico)
(Atlantic Records - new single on mp3/at iTunes)
Song written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and he performs with others to include Luis Fonsi, Marc Anthony, Ruben Blades, Camila Cabello, Gloria Estefan, Gina Rodriguez, Alex Lacamoire, Jennifer Lopez, John Leguizamo, Rita Moreno, Ednita Nazario and Ana Villafañe. Song begins with "Say it loud and there's music playing; say it soft and it’s almost like praying," then the various artists alternate as they recite all 78 towns in the U.S. island territory. Proceeds go to The Hispanic Federation UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund..

Carol Burnett Sings (Expanded Edition)
Real Gone Music - new on CD)
Reissue of 1967 RCA LP with bonus tracks: "Make Me Rainbows," an unreleased Alan & Marilyn Bergman/John Williams composed outtake from the album sessions, and "The Bullfrog Patrol," from the obscure 1958 NBC-TV soundtrack album "The General Motors 50th Anniversary Show." "Sunny," "Enter Laughing," "I Believe It All," "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Nobody's Baby (Am I)," "What Did I Have That I Don't Have," "Georgy Girl," "Meantime," "Fortuosity," "Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie," "Make Me Rainbows," "The Bullfrog Patrol." Liner notes by Joe Marchese augmenting Julie Andrews’ original sleeve notes, and digital remastering by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in New York.

Finding Roger: An Improbably Theatrical Love Story
(Kingswell - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Rick Elice. Memoir of Elice's 34 years with Roger Rees. 256 pages.

[Didn't make last Tuesday's recap.] Funny Face: 60th Anniversary Edition
(Verve - on CD)
Soundtrack from 1957 film Funny Face, based on George and Ira Gershwin's 1927 musical. Audrey Hepburn and Kay Thompson. Remastered and reissued with all the songs in the order in which they appear in the film plus eight previously unreleased bonus tracks as well as rehearsal outtakes. The film has songs from the musical, new songs, and additional music by Leonard Gershe and Roger Edens. "Main Title/Funny Face/'S Wonderful," "Think Pink," "How Long Has This Been Going On," "How Long Has This Been Going On - Reprise," "Funny Face," "Bonjour Paris," "Basal Metabolism," "Let's Kiss and Make Up," "He Loves and She Loves," "On How to Be Lovely," "Bonjour Paris," "Clap Yo Hands," "'S Wonderful"; Bonus Tracks: "Funny Face - alternate version," "Think Pink - alternate version," "How Long Has This Been Going On - alternate version," "Bonjour Paris - alternate version," "He Loves and She Loves - alternate version," "On How to Be Lovely - alternate version," "Clap Yo Hands - alternate version," "'S Wonderful - alternate version." Released 9/29/17.

Hadestown
(Rhino Warner Classics - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Live New York Theatre Workshop cast recording of Anaïs Mitchell's score. Nabiyah Be, Damon Daunno, Lulu Fall, Amber Grey, Patrick Page, Jessie Shelton, Chris Sullivan, Shaina Taub. Arrangements and orchestrations by Michael Chorney; and co-arrangements & orchestrations and music supervision by Todd Sickafoose. Recorded June 28 and June 29. "Road to Hell I," "Livin' it up on top," "All I've ever known," "Way Down Hadestown," "Epic II," "Chant I," "Hey Little Songbird," "When the Chips are Down," "Gone I'm gone," "Wait for Me (I)," "Why We Build the Wall," "Our Lady of the Underground," "Way Down Hadestown II," "Chant II," "Epic III," "Word to the Wise," "His Kiss the Riot," "Promises," "Wait for Me II," "Doubt Comes In," "Road to Hell II." 4-song EP released in October 2016.

The Joker of Seville
(Kilmarnock Records - new on CD/mp3)
Score by Galt MacDermot and Derek Walcott. Available at CDBaby.com.

Life Is Like a Musical: How Broadway Can Help You Live Your Best Life
(Running Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD)
By book author and Broadway dancer Tim Federle. Features 50 tips and anecdotes, with chapters such as "Let Someone Else Take a Bow," "Dance Like Everyone's Watching," and "Save the Drama for the Stage." 224 pages.

Marry Harry
(new on CD)
Music and lyrics by Dan Martin and Michael Biello. Book by Jennifer Robbins. Original 2017 York Theatre cast. Ben Chavez, Morgan Cowling, Jesse Manocherian, Claire Saunders, David Spadora, Robin Skye and Lenny Wolpe. Musically directed by Eric Svejcar (piano) with Mercedes Beckman (reeds) and Robin Burdulis (percussion). Album produced by Dan Martin. Available at CDBaby.com.


Week of September 26, 2017

Edward Albee: A Critical Introduction
(Cambridge Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book issued 8/7/Kindle Edition issued 8/22)
By Matthew Roudané. Explores the issues, public and private, that so influenced Albee's vision over five decades. Covers all of Albee's original works. Part I explores Albee's background and the historical contexts of his work; Part II concentrates on twenty-four of his plays; Part III investigates his critical reception. Surveying Albee's relationship with Broadway, and including interviews conducted with Albee himself. 214 pages.

Hamilton 2018 Day-to-Day Calendar
(Universe Publishing - Calendar)
Features 365 days of historical dates, excerpts from Hamilton's own writings, and lyrics from Lin-Manuel Miranda's score.

Kid Victory original Off-Broadway cast
(Broadway Records - new on CD at Amazon/on mp3/at iTunes)
Vineyard Theatre cast recording of score by John Kander and Greg Pierce. Original cast includes Ann Arvia, Joel Blum, Laura Darrell, Jeffry Denman, Brandon Flynn, Daniel Jenkins, Dee Roscioli, Karen Ziemba and Blake Zolfo. Produced by Michael Croiter. "Opening/Lord Carry Me Home," "A Single Tear," "Plain White Card," "Lawn," "You Are the Marble," "Lord Carry Me Home Reprise," "I'll Marry the Man," "People Like Us," "Vinland," "Not Quite True," "There Was a Boy," "Dear Mara," "I'd Rather Wait," "Regatta 500," "What's the Point?," "You, If Anyone," "Where We Are." Recorded March 20. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

The Little Giant
(Provident - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
New musical about David and Goliath story written by Kathy Lee Gifford and David Pomeranz. Featuring Gifford, Regis Philbin, Greg Edelman, and Aidan Gemme. "Intro / What is Your Stone?," "Here I Am, Lord," "We're Just Sheep," "Jesse and His Sons," "The Anointing / A Yarn / King Saul's Court," "Jehovah Elohim," "Hangin' with the Ladies," "Here I Am, Lord (Reprise)," "Goliath!! Goliath!!," "Give Me Your Best Man (Part One)," "When I Was Just a Seed / The Battle," "Give Me Your Best Man (Part Two)," "What is Your Stone?."

Patti LuPone: Don't Monkey with Broadway
(Broadway Records - new on 2 CDs)
Recorded in concert in the singer's hometown of Northport, Long Island, at the John W. Engeman Theatre in January 2017. Disc One: "Please Don't Monkey With Broadway," Plot didn't matter... neither did gender or age., "A Lot of Livin' to Do," In my senior year at Northport High School..., "Happy Talk," I went to my very first audition in New York City..., "Big Spender," This musical inspired me..., "Easy to be Hard," Where was my big Broadway musical?, "Meadowlark," I went home and slept for nine months..., "Millworker," My musical theatre education..., "I Could Write a Book/There's a Small Hotel," I didn't just like pretty songs..., "I'm Just a Girl Who Cain't Say No," "If," "Some People," "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina." Disc Two: "Trouble," It didn't matter..., "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat," "Blow, Gabriel Blow," I am a product of the Northport Public School System..., "Sleepy Man," "Something's Coming," There are two roles I would be perfect for..., "A Boy Like That/I Have a Love," "Somewhere," Here are three by Steve..., "Another Hundred People," "Anyone Can Whistle," "Being Alive," There are a few constants in that neighborhood..., "Give My Regards to Broadway," "The Ladies Who Lunch," "Some Other Time." Produced by Michael J. Moritz Jr. with musical direction and arrangements by Joseph Thalken. The Northport High School Tour Choir also contributes. Also BroadwayRecords.com.

Popeye - Music From The Motion Picture - Deluxe Edition
(Varese Sarabande - new on 2 CDs/mp3/at iTuness)
Songs by Harry Nilsson for the 1980 film. Robin Williams, Shelley Duval, Paul Dooley, and others. Disc One: soundtrack album, with songs and background score, not on the original LP. Disc Two: Nilsson's demo recordings, including some that were not used in the film.

Richard M. Sherman: Songs of a Lifetime
(PBS - new on DVD)
2015 Emmy-nominated PBS special. An hour with Disney musical legend Richard M. Sherman as he talks and sings about his career with brother Robert; the two wrote some of the most beloved songs of all time. Guests include Ashley Brown, Juliana Hansen, Wesley Alfvin, and The Dapper Dans of Disneyland. Released 9/5/17.


Week of September 19, 2017

Island Song
(new free digital album)
Studio cast album of songs from musical by Sam Carner and Derek Gregor. Jackie Burns, Lilli Cooper, Kimiko Glenn, Troy Iwata, Jeremy Jordan, and Natalie Weiss. "Looking for a Little Room," "Sing, But Don't Tell," "So Many Windows," "Make It Here," "New York, Do You Care?," "After Hours," "Stay Awhile," "Dancing in Pairs," "Tie Me Up," "So Far From Pennsylvania," "TMI," "I'll Take It All," "Wall Lovin'," "Waiting." Free download available at https://carnerandgregor.com/project/island-song.

Rebecca Spencer: Still, Still, Still
(LML Music - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Christmas album from award-winning singer/actress Rebecca Spencer. "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," "In the Bleak Mid-Winter / O Little Town of Bethlehem," "There's Still My Joy / O Tannenbaum / Amazing Grace," "Toyland / The Skater's Waltz / Once Upon a December," "Sure on This Shining Night / Silent Night," "I Wonder as I Wander / Breath of Heaven," "On Golden Pond / Would It Be Still Christmas," "Christmas Mem'ries / The Christmas Song / Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)," "Still, Still, Still / Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op 13 No.8 "Pathetique": II. Adagio Cantabile," "Peace for Christmas / Time This Year," "Ding Dong Merrily on High / Angels We Have Heard on High / Joy to the World."

SpongeBob SquarePants: The New Musical
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes/vinyl 2 LPs)
Original cast recording for new Broadway musical based on the animated TV series. Ethan Slater, Gavin Lee, Nick Blaemire, Lilli Cooper, Carlos Lopez, Danny Skinner, Gaelen Gilliland, Juliane Godfrey, Curtis Holbrook, Stephanie Hsu, Jesse JP Johnson, L'ogan J'ones, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Mark Ledbetter, Kelvin Moon Loh, Lauralyn McClelland, Vasthy Mompoint, JC Schuster, Allysa Shorte, Jacob Smith, Abby C. Smith, Jason Michael Snow, and Allan K. Washington. Original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of AEROSMITH, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants and T.I., and a song by David Bowie with additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton. Orchestrations, arrangements and music supervision by Tom Kitt. "Prologue," "Bikini Bottom Day," "No Control," "BFF," "When the Going Gets Tough," "(Just a) Simple Sponge," "Daddy Knows Best," "Hero is My Middle Name," "Super Sea Star Savior," "Tomorrow Is," "Poor Pirates," "Bikini Bottom Boogie," "Chop to the Top," "(I Guess I) Miss You," "I'm Not a Loser," "Best Day Ever," "Finale: Bikini Bottom Day Reprise," "SpongeBob SquarePants Theme." Recorded August 2016.

Sunday in the Park with George 2017 revival cast (digital)
(Warner Music Group/Arts Music - new digital album mp3 at Amazon/at iTunes)
2017 Broadway revival cast recording of Stephen Sondheim score. Jake Gyllenhaal, Annaleigh Ashford, Brooks Ashmanskas, Jenni Barber, Tony Award nominee Phillip Boykin, Mattea Conforti, Erin Davie, Claybourne Elder, Tony Award nominee Penny Fuller, Jordan Gelber, Tony Award winner Robert Sean Leonard, Liz McCartney, Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles, Ashley Park, Jennifer Sanchez, David Turner, Max Chernin, MaryAnn Hu, Tony Award nominee Michael McElroy, Jaime Rosenstein, Laura Irion, Julie Foldesi, and Andrew Kober. "Opening," "Sunday in the Park with George," "No Life," "Color and Light," "Gossip," "The Dog Song," "The Day Off," "Everybody Loves Louis," "Finishing the Hat," "We Do Not Belong Together," "Beautiful," "Sunday," "It's Hot Up Here," "Chromolume #7," "Putting It Together," "Children and Art," "Lesson #8," "Move On," "Sunday (Finale)." Produced and mixed by Bart Migal. CD version expected in November.

William Ivey Long: Costume Designs 2007-2016
(Mint Museum - Hardcover Book)
Rebecca Elliot, Peter Marks, Annie Carlano (editor). A review of the illustrious career of costume designer William Ivey Long and an analysis of his work. Illustrations of his sketches, fabric swatches, and costume designs; discussion of the productions brought to life by his award-winning costumes.


Week of September 12, 2017

Annie Get Your Gun
(VAI - new on DVD/Blu-ray)
Remastered 1957 TV production starring Mary Martin and John Raitt, with Reta Shaw, William O'Neal, Donald Burr, and Luke Halpin. First authorized edition. Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin. Book by Herbert Fields and Dorothy Fields. Black and white. 105 minutes. Blu-ray bonus material includes: unedited audio of the closing commercial, hosted by Martin, which includes a message wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving; excerpt from live concert of Martin with Louis Magor at the piano. Martin talks about the role of Annie, performs “Anything You Can Do” with Magor (who sings from the keyboard), and recalls her collaboration with Ethel Merman on the Ford 50th Anniversary Show in 1953; photo gallery of photos, posters, program covers, etc., including some color shots. At VAI's website: DVD/Blu-ray.

The Broadway Tenors
(JAY Records - digital album at iTunes)
"New York Medley" (John Cudia, Jeff Kready, Lewis Cleale and Company), "Being Alive" (Lewis Cleale), "The Impossible Dream" (Ryan Silverman), "Maria" (Jeff Kready), "Sunset Boulevard" (Max Von Essen), "Corner of the Sky" (Kyle Dean Massey), "Bring Him Home" (John Cudia), "Lily's Eyes" (Brent Barrett and Ryan Silverman), "Stars" (Norm Lewis), "Why God Why?" (Sean McDermott), "Rodgers and Hammerstein Medley" (Matt Cavenaugh, Brent Barrett and Alan Campbell), "Love Changes Everything" (Matt Cavenaugh), "Lucky to Be Me" (Alan Campbell), "You’Re Nothing Without Me" (Alan Campbell and Kyle Dean Massey), "Music of the Night" (Brent Barrett), "One Song Glory" (Telly Leung), "This Is The Moment" (Kyle Dean Massey, John Cudia and Max von Essen)/

Broadway Baby: Do Re Mi: An illustrated sing-along to The Sound of Music
(Walter Foster Jr. - Board Book)
First title in the Broadway Baby series for pre-schoolers. Pairs the famous lyrics with illustrations by Miriam Bos. Available ahead of release date.

Broadway Baby: My Favorite Things: An illustrated sing-along to The Sound of Music
(Walter Foster Jr. - Board Book)
Pairs the famous lyrics with illustrations by Daniel Roode. Available ahead of release date.

Follies
(Nick Hern Books - Paperback Book)
Libretto reprint published alongside the major revival at the National Theatre, London, in 2017, directed by Dominic Cooke and starring Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee, Philip Quast and Imelda Staunton. [Similar to the 2011 reprint at the time of the 2011 Broadway revival, though this one is shorter.] 96 pages. Published 8/24/17.

London Theatres
(Frances London - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition on 9/14)
By Michael Coveny. Photographs by Peter Dazeley. Foreword by Mark Rylance. A tour of forty-five London theatres, with stories of the architecture, the people, and the productions which have defined each one, alongside sumptuous photographs by Peter Dazeley of the public areas, auditorium and backstage, this illustrated overview of London's Theatres is a book like no other. 272 pages.

Michael Mott: Abandoned Heart
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3//at iTunes)
Songs by Michael Mott, sung by Mott, Jenna Ushkowitz, Brian Justin Crum, Loren Allred, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Natalie Weiss, Jennifer Damiano, Andy Mientus, Kacey Velazquez, Eric Lajuan Summers, Shayna Steele, Hannah Zazzaro and Crystal Monee Hall. "Love in Stereo," "So Relentless," "Minefield of Love," "Gold," "Not Your Fairytale," "Complicated," "Single City," "Abandoned Heart (Interlude)," "Genuine (It's Real)," "More Than Me," "Breathless," "My Favorite Color," "The Wild Ones," "Get Up On My Feet." Co-produced by Mott and Rich Matthew. Also at Broadway Records.

New York Minute: An Actor's Memoir
(Indelible Mark Pub. - Paperback Book)
Memoir by memoir by actor and poet Laurence Overmire, who, as a 24-year-old actor was determined to pursue a theatre career in the Big Apple.

Seth MacFarlane: In Full Swing
(Republic - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes/vinyl - 2 LPs)
"The First Time It Happens," "Almost Like Being In Love," "Isn't This A Lovely Day (To Be Caught In The Rain?)," "For You, For Me, For Evermore," "Like Someone In Love," "That Face," "If I Had A Talking Picture Of You" (with Norah Jones), "I'm Glad There Is You," "You Couldn't Be Cuter," "I Like Myself," "You Can't Love 'Em All," "Have You Met Miss Jones?," "A Kiss Or Two," "But Beautiful," "Moonlight Becomes You," "My Buick, My Love and I" (with Elizabeth Gillies). Arranged and conducted by Joel McKneely.

The Stephen Sondheim Collection - Volume 2: 40 Songs from 14 Shows and Films
(Rilting Music - Paperback Book)
Richard Walters, editor. Includes selections from Anyone Can Whistle, Company, Dick Tracy, Evening Primrose, Follies, The Frogs, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, Merrily We Roll Along, Passion, The Seven Percent Solution, Sunday in the Park with George, and Sweeney Todd. Plus detailed notes about the shows and films. 328 pages. Follow-up to 2012 The Stephen Sondheim Collection: 52 Songs from 17 Shows and Films.


Week of September 5, 2017

Anne Bancroft: A Life
(Univ of Kentucky Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Douglass K. Daniel. Brings together interviews with dozens of Bancroft's friends and colleagues, never-before-published family photos, and material from film and theater archives. 408 pages.

Barnum Backer's Audition
(Harbinger/Naxos - new on CD/mp3)
1980 backer's audition recording, as presented by the authors, for Barnum. Music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Michael Stewart. Recorded live on New York's Upper East Side in the apartment of Maurice and Lois Rosenfield. "Introduction," "Come Follow the Band," "There Is a Sucker Born Every Minute," "The Colors of My Life," "Now You See It, Now You Don't," "One Brick at a Time," "I Like Your Style," "Bigger Isn't Better," "Love Makes Such Fools of Us All," "Out There," "At Least I Tried," "The Prince of Humburg," "Black and White," "Join the Circus," "Thank God I'm Old." 10-page booklet includes background and photos. Produced by Ken Bloom. Part of the Harbinger Records/Musical Theater Project Songwriter Showcase Series. There have been listings problems at Amazon, but there should be stock there now for shipping. You can also order from Naxosfor a little more, and free shipping in the U.S.

Broadway General Manager: Demystifying the Most Important and Least Understood Role in Show Business
(Allworth Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By veteran general manager Peter Bogyo. Glimpse into the world of theatrical general management. Laced with humorous insights and personal anecdotes. Examines actual production and operating budgets for a Broadway show and offers analysis of real contracts. Also: How to get started as a general manager; Negotiating contracts; How the producing entity functions; Programming the box office; The issues related to hiring employees; Binding insurance; Financial overview; Maintaining the run of a show; What to do when sales start to slump; Closing a show.

Retour à l'auberge Ganne
(EPM Musique - new import CD)
Bernard Sauvat, Valérie Bonnier, Frank Thomas. French operetta by Frank Thomas and Bernard Sauvet. "Célébrant la vie romancée des peintres impressionnistes à Barbizon." (Celebrating the the romanticized life of Impressionist painters in Barbizon).

Richard Maxwell and New York City Players: The Theater Years
(Westreich Wagner / Greene Naftali - Paperback Book)
The plays of New York–based experimental theater director and playwright Richard Maxwell. 224 pages.

Sondheim and Lapine's Into the Woods (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Olaf Jubin. Detailed reading of the show itself ... discussing key productions in New York and London, and screen adaptation. A combination of critical interpretation with performance and film analysis, as well as an overview of popular and critical reception. Part of Routledge's Fourth Wall series: short, accessible accounts of some of modern theatre's best loved works. 128 pages.


Week of August 29, 2017

Sense of Occasion: Harold Prince
(Applause Books - Hardcover Book)
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. [Apparently shipping before its official release date.]

Train Tracks: Madalena Alberto
(new digital single mp3/and at iTunes)
New song by by West End leading lady Madalena Alberto (Les Miserábles, Evita, Cats) and Peter Wickstrom. Released 8/22/17.


Week of August 22, 2017

Dear Evan Hansen OBC Vinyl w/digital download
(Atlantic - new 2-LP Blue Vinyl)
Score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Ben Platt, Laura Dreyfuss, Rachel Bay Jones, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Mike Faist, Michael Park, Will Roland and Kristolyn Lloyd, and Michael Lee Brown, Garrett Long, Olivia Puckett, Colton Ryan, and Asa Somers. "Anybody Have a Map?," "Waving Through A Window," "For Forever," "Sincerely, Me," "Requiem," "If I Could Tell Her," "Disappear," "You Will Be Found," "To Break In a Glove," "Only Us," "Good For You," "Words Fail," "So Big / So Small," "Finale." Produced by Atlantic Records, Alex Lacamoire, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and co-produced by Stacey Mindich. Free digital download also included.

He's Got Rhythm: The Life and Career of Gene Kelly (Screen Classics)
(Univ of Kentucky Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson. Biography of Gene Kelly, his work and life. Draws on previously untapped articles and interviews with Kelly's wives, friends, and colleagues. 560 pages. Published 5/11/17.


Week of August 15, 2017

The Best American Short Plays 2015-2016
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
William W. Demastes and John Patrick Bray, editors. 392 pages.

Judy Garland: Classic Duets
(JSP - new import set on 4 CDs)
Collection of Garland duet tracks from her films, radio and studio recordings. Among the 215 tracks are duets with Mickey Rooney, Johnny Mercer, Danna Durbin, Fanny Brice, Ray Bolger, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, Dick Haymes, Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, and many more. Complete track list for all four CDs at Amazon.

Helen Traubel: The Loveliest Night of The Year
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
Opera and stage (Pipe Dream) singer/star. Includes 14 tracks from the LP plus bonus recordings made earlier of standards and from the world of operetta. "Because," "Danny Boy," "Trees," "When Day Is Done," "The Loveliest Night of the Year," "Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral ," "September Song," "Autumn Leaves ," "Three O'clock in the Morning ," "Brahms' Lullaby," "Poor Butterfly ," "When I Grow Too Old to Dream," "Summertime," "I Believe," "All the Things You Are," "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "Old Folks at Home ," "A Perfect Day," "It's a Grand Night For Singing," "The Missouri Waltz ," "Anniversary Song," "Beautiful Ohio," "My Moonlight Madonna," "Auf Wiedersehn," "Yours Is My Heart Alone," "The Merry Widow Waltz."

Legally Bound: Live at Feinstein's 54 Below
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Andy Karl and Orfeh. "You're All I Need to Get By," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough ," "Ain't No Stopping Us Now, A very rowdy crowd…, "The Promise," Something good had to come out of the 80s… , "Make Like a Nail/If I Can Dream," I love it when the napkins start to dance…, "History," Some artists that you come up listening to…, "I'm Your Baby Tonight" (with Andrew Logan), That show really sort of pushed the limits…, "Keep on Standing," "Piece of My Heart, That happens in my living room at least twice a week…, "Seeing You," "Kiss." Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Royal Shakespeare Company - Angus McBean Wall Calendar 2018 (Art Calendar)
(Flame Tree Publishing - wall calendar)
Photography by Angus McBean. Iconic photographs from plays, including Laurence Olivier as Malvolio in Twelfth Night; Vanessa Redgrave as Rosalind in As You Like It; and Vivien Leigh as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month's views.

Shakespeare in the Theatre: Mark Rylance at the Globe
(Bloomsbury Arden - Paperback Book)
By Stephen Purcell. Explores the Globe Theatre's first decade of productions under the leadership of Sir Mark Rylance. Material from the theatre's archive, interviews with Globe practitioners, and Rylance's own personal archive. Concludes with an in-depth interview with Rylance himself. 272 pages.


Week of August 8, 2017

Amélie: A New Musical: Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
A dozen vocal selections from the 2017 Broadway musical based on the 2001 film of the same, with a score by Nathan Tysen and Daniel Messe. Features vocal line arrangements with piano accompaniment. "A Better Haircut," "The Girl with the Glass," "Goodbye Amelie," "Halfway," "The Late Nino Quincampoix," "Sister's Pickle," "Stay," "Thin Air," "Times Are Hard for Dreamers," "Tour De France," "When the Booth Goes Bright," "Where Do We Go from Here." 100 pages.

The Barter Theatre Story: Love Made Visible
(Appalachian State Univ - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of 1982 book by Mark Dawidziak about the Barter Theatre, opened in 1933 in Abingdon, Virginia, and became the Virginia State Theatre in 1946. The theater where Gregory Peck, Ernest Borgnine, Patricia Neal, Ned Beatty, and Hume Cronyn got their starts. 144 pages.

The Battle of the Boat
(new on digital album on mp3/iTunes)
New musical by Ethan Donnelly and Jenna Maltby. Set during World War I, the musical was first performed by the National Youth Music Theatre, in August 2016 at the Rose, Kingston. Recording produced by John Merriman, with 27 performers and 14 musicians (all age 11-21) at Crown Lane Studios, Morden, London.

The Book of Merman
(new digital album)
Original Chicago cast recording of a musical by Leo Schwartz. Libby Lane, Sam Button-Harrison, and Dan Gold with pianists Robert Ollis, Justin Harner. "Hello / Salt Lake City," "Most People," "She's Ethel Merman," "Son of a Motherless Goat," "Be a Merman (featuring Dan Gold)," "Crazy," "My Heart's Someplace Else," "They Always Come Back," "If It's Not Hard, I Don't Like It," "You're the Best," "Ethel's Big Come Back," "Because of You," "Everything's Coming up Merman," "Because of You - Reprise." At CDBaby.com.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Soundtrack Barnes & Noble exclusive
(Varese Sarabande - new vinyl LP)
Newly remastered soundtrack LP. Score by Richard and Robert Sherman. Cast includes Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes. "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," "You Two," "Toot Sweets," "Hushabye Mountain," "Me Ol' Bam-Boo," "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," "Truly Scrumptious," "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Reprise)," "Lovely Lonely Man," "Posh!," "Hushabye Mountain (Reprise)," "The Roses of Success," "Chu-Chi Face," "Doll On a Music Box/Truly Scrumptious," "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Finale)," "Main Title/Chitty Chitty Bang Bang." Available only at Barnes & Noble.

Create!: How Extraordinary People Live To Create and Create To Live
(Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing - Paperback Book)
Curated by Ronald Rand. Rare interviews capturing the essence of artistic life—actors, artists, dancers, directors, musicians, composers, mime artists, playwrights, and writers share insight on the importance of the arts for humankind. Edward Albee, Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Ellen Burstyn, Ruby Dee, Katherine Dunham, Eve Ensler, Al Hirschfeld, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Chaka Khan, Robert Lepage, Christopher Plummer, Tony Randall, Roy Scheider, Elie Wiesel and more, with over 150 full-color photos and iconic illustrations and paintings. 304 pages.

Hamilton 2018 Wall Calendar
(Universe Publishing - wall calendar)
Features photos of the Hamilton original cast, by Josh Lehrer, lyrics from the show, and important historical dates.

The View UpStairs
(Broadway Records - new on CD at Amazon/mp3)
Original Off-Broadway cast recording of score by Max Vernon. Jeremy Pope, Taylor Frey, Nathan Lee Graham, Frenchie Davis, Benjamin Howes, Michael Longoria, Ben Mayne, Nancy Ticotin, Randy Redd, Richard E. Waits, Anthony Alfaro, and April Ortiz. "Some Kind of Paradise," "#householdname," "Lost or Found?," "What I Did Today," "Are You Listening, God?," "World Outside These Walls," "Completely Overdone," "The Future Is Great!!!," "Waltz (Endless Night)," "Sex on Legs," "Better Than Silence," "The Most Important Thing," "Crazy Notion," "Theme Song," "The View UpStairs," Bonus Track: "And I Wish," Bonus Track: "Dead Center," Bonus Track: "I Was Meant for More." Also at BroadwayRecords.com.


Week of August 1, 2017

The Great Race
(Lala Land Records - on 3 CDs)
Henry Mancini score for 1965 comedy film. Disc One and Disc Two feature the world premiere release of Mancini's original film score (in ,stereo) while Disc Three presents the original, 1965 re-recorded LP album tracks, remastered. Produced and assembled by Neil S. Bulk and re-mixed and mastered by Mike Matessino. Limited release of 2500 units. In-depth liner notes by writer Jeff Bond and art design by Jim Titus. Available at LaLaLandRecords.com and ScreenArchives.com. Released 7/20/17.

Three Evenings With Fred Astaire
(Sepia Records - new on 2 CDs)
From Fred Astaire TV specials: Emmy Award winning 1958 "An Evening with Fred Astaire"; 1959 "Another Evening with Fred Astaire"; and 1960 "Astaire Time." First time on CD. Also, eight bonus tracks, some unissued or alternate takes, from other periods in Astaire's career, including an alternate second take of "I've Got You on My Mind" from Cole Porter's Gay Divorce (1932); two unusual versions of Jerome Kern's songs from the Astaire-Rogers film, Swing Time, "A Fine Romance," with a little-known verse, and "The Waltz in Swing Time" with Astaire tapping; a track from the Gershwin memorial concert at the Hollywood Bowl in September 1937, "They Can't Take That Away from Me." Complete track list at SepiaRecords.com. Released 7/7/17.

Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection: Robin Hood
(Disney - new on 2 CDs/mp3/at iTunes)
From the 1973 animated musical film. Music by George Bruns with songs by Roger Miller, Johnny Mercer, and Floyd Huddleston. 41 tracks and over an hour and a half of content. Disc 1 includes the original songs and score from the film. Disc 2 includes bonus material, including previously unreleased demos and bonus tracks.

Wendy Wasserstein (Michigan Modern Dramatists)
(Univ of Michigan Press - Paperback Book)
By Jill Dolan. 208 pages.

Zipperz world premiere recording
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
Score by Nathaniel Stookey and Dan Harder. Manoel Felciano and Robin Coomer. Magik Orchestra conducted by Donato Cabrera. "Well, Isn't He Polite?," "But, Wait, That Was a Glance...," "Well, That Wasn't so Hard!," "But I Don't Call," "Well, Fella, Two Can Play at That Game," "Hello, It's... Yes?," "Any First Date Is a Strange Thing," "Like the Two Sides of an Emotional Equation," "Suddenly," "Oh, God, This Wasn't Supposed to Happen," "We Kiss," "Duet for Two Cigarettes," "But Now, What Do We Do?," "Excuse Me, Dear," "Love Is Blind," "I've Thought and Thought," "If."


Week of July 25, 2017

The Backstagers Vol. 1
(BOOM! Box - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By James Tynion. Illustrated by Rian Sygh. "When Jory transfers to an all-boys private high school, he’s taken in by the only ones who don’t treat him like a new kid, the lowly stage crew known as the Backstagers." 112 pages.

Bubble Boy
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording of Cinco Paul score. "Bubble Boy," "It Will Be Chloe," "Stay Clean," "Falling for the Boy," "Decontaminate Me," "Prom Night," "It Will Be Mark," "Prom Night (Reprise)," "Falling for the Boy (Reprise)," "Please Stay," "Out of Here," "Bright and Shiny," "Bring Back My Boy," "Regret," "Something Called Forever," "Gotta Get That Boy," "It's an Elk," "There's a Bubble Around My Heart," "I Stole a Bus," "You Can See the Moon Today," "One More Mile," "I'd Rather Spend One Minute Holding You," "Finale."

Fatherland
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Digital Book)
Play by Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Bluebird. Frantic Assembly production at The Royal Exchange began on July 1. (Recording of the accompanying music released recently.) 64 pages.

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater Encores! cast
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Alan Menken and Howard Ashman score. Cast includes Skylar Astin, Santino Fontana, James Earl Jones, Rebecca Naomi Jones and Kate Wetherhead, Derrick Baskin, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Nick Choksi, Eddie Cooper, Kevin Del Aguila, Clark Johnson, Kevin Ligon, Marla Louissaint, Liz McCartney, Bonnie Milligan and Brynn O'Malley. "Overture," "The Rosewater Foundation," "The Rosewater Foundation (Reprise)," "Dear Ophelia," "Thank God for the Volunteer Fire Brigade," "Mushari's Waltz (Magical Moment)," "Thirty Miles From the Banks of the Ohio/Look Who's Here," "Cheese Nips," "The Rosewater Foundation (Reprise II)," "Since You Came to This Town," "A Poem by William Blake," "The Rhode Island Tango," "Eliot/Sylvia," "Plain Clean Average Americans," "A Firestorm Consuming Indianapolis," "Dear Ophelia (Reprise)," "I, Eliot Rosewater." Also at Ghostlight Records.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production
(Arthur A. Levine Books - Paperback Book/Digital Book)

A new play by Jack Thorne based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, on Broadway beginning April 22, 2108. This is a revised version which updates the "Special Rehearsal Edition", with the conclusive and final dialogue from the play, which has subtly changed since its rehearsals, as well as a conversation piece between director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne, who share stories and insights about reading playscripts. This edition also includes useful background information including the Potter family tree and a timeline of events from the wizarding world prior to the beginning of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. 336 pages.

Jessica Molaskey: Portraits of Joni
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Launch of "Ghostlight Deluxe" imprint. Mixes elements of jazz, pop, folk and Americana into a uniquely powerful and poignant celebration of the iconic songwriter, Joni Mitchell. Album guest stars include Larry Goldings, Randy Brecker, Harry Allen and John Pizzarelli. "Help Me," "Dreamland / Carey," "A Case of You," "The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines," "Marcie," "In France They Kiss On Main Street," "The Last Time I Saw Richard," "Raised on Robbery," "Little Green," "The Circle Game / Waters of March," "All I Want / Blue," "Chelsea Morning," "Both Sides Now," "Big Yellow Taxi." Customers who pre-order the album via Apple Music will immediately receive the single "Help Me." Also at Ghostlight Records.


Week of July 18, 2017

2018 On Broadway Wall Calendar
(Time Factory - Wall Calendar)
Twelve full-color Playbills plus a description of each, with a 4-month bonus spread featuring January 2019 - April 2019. 12" x 12" wall calendar. Rent, A Chorus Line, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Sunday in the Park with George, Lost in Yonkers, Hamilton, South Pacific, August: Osage County, The Heidi Chronicles, Fences, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Angels in America.

Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Vocal selections for score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. 14 songs: "A Rumor in St. Petersburg," "In My Dreams," "Learn to Do It," "My St. Petersburg," "Once Upon a December," "Stay, I Pray for You," "We'll Go from There," "Still," "Journey to the Past," "Paris Holds the Key (To Your Heart)," "Crossing a Bridge," "Close the Door," "In a Crowd of Thousands," "Everything to Win." Released 5/1/17.

Holiday Inn OBC
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
New Irving Berlin musical. Bryce Pinkham, Lora Lee Gayer, Tony Award nominee Megan Lawrence, Danny Rutigliano, Megan Sikora, and Corbin Bleu. Executive produced by Universal Stage Productions. "Overture," "Steppin' Out with My Baby / I'll Capture Your Heart," "The Little Things in Life," "Blue Skies," "Marching Along with Time," "Heat Wave," "It's a Lovely Day Today," "Plenty to be Thankful For," "Nothing More to Say," "Shaking the Blues Away," "White Christmas," "Holiday Inn / Happy Holiday," "Let's Start the New Year Right," "You're Easy to Dance With," "Let's Take an Old-Fashioned Walk," "Be Careful, It's My Heart," "Easter Parade," "Song of Freedom," "Let's Say It with Firecrackers," "Finale Ultimo (Steppin' Out with My Baby / I'll Capture Your Heart / Cheek to Cheek)," Bonus Track: "Entr'acte." Also at Ghostlight Records. Digital version released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes

In Transit OBC
(Hollywood Records - new on CD)
New Broadway a capella musical. Music by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth; lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth. Cast includes David Abeles, Moya Angela, Steven "HeaveN" Cantor, Justin Guarini, Telly Leung, Erin Mackey, Gerianne Pérez, Margo Seibert, Chesney Snow, James Snyder, Mariand Torres, Nicholas Ward. "Deep Beneath the City / Not There Yet," "Do What I Do," "Four Days Home," "Broke," "Saturday Night Obsession," "Wingman," "But, Ya Know," "Not There Yet (Reprise)," "Keep It Goin'," "A Little Friendly Advice," "Choosing Not to Know," "The Moving Song," "We Are Home," "Getting There," "Finale," "Preshow Message," "A Math Question," "We Are Home Exit Music." Digital version released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes.

Stephen Sondheim and the Reinvention of the American Musical Audiobook
(Univ Press of Mississippi - Audio Book)
Audio book of 2016 book by Robert L. McLaughlin. David Stifel, Narrator. Places Sondheim's work in two contexts: the exhaustion of the musical play and the postmodernism that, by the 1960s, deeply influenced all the American arts. 10 hours and 38 minutes. Released 6/27/17.

The Wizard of Oz 2018 Wall Calendar
(Mead - Wall Calendar)
16-month 2018 wall calendar with bonus downloadable wallpaper.


Week of July 4 & 11, 2017

After Anatevka: A Novel Inspired by "Fiddler on the Roof"
(Pegasus Books - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Alexandra Silber. Foreword by Sheldon Harnick. Historical novel that imagines what happens to the characters of Fiddler on the Roof (original stories by Sholem Aleichem) after the curtain falls. 256 pages.

Aunt Ester's Children Redeemed: Journeys to Freedom in August Wilson’s Ten Plays of Twentieth-Century Black America
(Cascade - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book/Digital Book)
By Riley Keene Temple. Demonstrates how August Wilson uses language—poetry, the blues—to bring each of his play's characters to a point of wholeness, redemption, and freedom, not from history, but ennobled and strengthened by it. Wilson employs fundamental theological doctrines to exhort Aunt Ester's children to remember by whom and how they were freed and made whole. 150 pages. Released February 2017.

Charles Ludlam Lives!: Charles Busch, Bradford Louryk, Taylor Mac, and the Queer Legacy of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company (Triangulations: Lesbian/Gay/Queer Theater/Drama/Performance)
(Univ of Michigan Press - Paperback Book)
By Sean Edgecomb. 246 pages.

Damn Yankees: Vocal Score
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Ross & Adler's 1955 Broadway score. 148 pages.

Davies and Penhall's Sunny Afternoon (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By John Fleming. About the 2014 U.K. musical with music and lyrics by Ray Davies, book by Joe Penhall. Examines the blend of events and songs selected, reconsidering the relationship between biography and drama to shed new light on the Kinks and the musical that tells their story.

The Disney Musical on Stage and Screen: Critical Approaches from 'Snow White' to 'Frozen'
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
George Rodosthenous, editor. 13 articles open up a new territory in the critical discussion of the Disney mega-musical, its gender, sexual and racial politics, outreach work and impact of stage, film and television adaptations. Covering early 20th century works such as the first full-length feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), to The Lion King, Broadway's highest grossing production in history, and Frozen (2013), this edited collection offers a diverse range of theoretical engagements that will appeal to readers of film and media studies, musical theatre, cultural studies, and theatre and performance. Three sections: Disney Musicals: On Film; Disney Adaptations: On Stage and Beyond; Disney Musicals: Gender and Race. 272 pages.

Fatherland (Original Music from the Stage Show)
(Caroline International - new import CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Score by Matthew Herbert and Karl Hyde (Underworld). Music written for the British play, to debut at the Manchester International Festival on July 1st. 12 tracks. Also at Amazon UK.

The Hamilton Instrumentals
(Atlantic Records - digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Instrumental companion to the OBC recording. "Alexander Hamilton," "Aaron Burr, Sir," "The Story of Tonight," "The Schuyler Sisters," "Farmer Refuted," "You'll Be Back," "Right Hand Man," "A Winter's Ball," "Helpless," "Satisfied," "The Story of Tonight" (Reprise), "Wait For It," "Stay Alive," "Ten Duel Commandments," "Meet Me Inside," "That Would Be Enough," "Guns and Ships," "History Has Its Eyes On You," "Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)", "What Comes Next?," "Dear Theodosia," "Non-Stop," "What'd I Miss," "Cabinet Battle #1," "Take a Break," "Say No To This," "The Room Where It Happens," "Schuyler Defeated," "Cabinet Battle #2," "Washington on Your Side," "One Last Time," "I Know Him," "The Adams Administration," "We Know," "Hurricane," "The Reynolds Pamphlet," "Burn," "Blow Us All Away," "Stay Alive" (Reprise), "It's Quiet Uptown," "The Election of 1800," "Your Obedient Servant," "Best of Wives and Best of Women," "The World Was Wide Enough," "Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story." Released June 30.

Hand to God: A Play
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by Rober Askin. Produced in 2014 at Lucille Lortel Theatre, in 2015 on Broadway. 96 pages. Dramatist's version published March 2016.

The Lightning Thief
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3)
Original cast recording. Written by Joe Tracz and Rob Rokicki. Off-Broadway cast (currently at the Lucille Lortel Theatre) Chris McCarrell, Carrie Compere, Sarah Beth Pfeifer, Jonathan Raviv, James Hayden Rodriguez, George Salazar, and Kristin Stokes. Produced by Michael Croiter and Rob Rokicki. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Lost West End Vintage: London's Forgotten Musicals
(Stage Door Records - new on 2 CDs)
Celebrates London's forgotten musicals of the 1940s, '50s and '60s (from 1948 to 1962), compiling songs from 35 West End productions. Over 50 tracks (including over 20 tracks appearing on CD for the first time) from London cast recordings to pop covers, live recordings and other musical rarities. From these musicals: Carissima (1948), Cage Me A Peacock (1948), Ace Of Clubs (1950), Dear Miss Phoebe (1950), Blue For A Boy (1950), Gay's The Word (1951), Zip Goes A Million (1951), The Glorious Days (1953), Happy Holiday (1954), Twenty Minutes South (1955), Romance In Candlelight (1955), Listen To The Wind (1955), Wild Grows The Heather (1956), Aladdin - The Wonderful Lamp (1956), Grab Me A Gondola (1956), Harmony Close (1957), Lady At The Wheel (1958), Expresso Bongo (1958), Mister Venus (1958), Chrysanthemum (1958), Valmouth (1959), Lock Up Your Daughters (1959), The Crooked Mile (1959), Kookaburra (1959), Make Me An Offer (1959), When In Rome (1959), Follow That Girl (1960), Johnny The Priest (1960), The Golden Touch (1960), Call It Love (1960), Belle, Or The Ballad Of Dr, Crippen (1961), Stop The World I Want To Get Off (1961), Wildest Dreams (1961), Scapa! (1962), Vanity Fair (1962). Follows earlier releases Lost West End (2015) and Lost West End 2 (2016). Includes informative 16-page booklet. Also available directly from the U.K. at StageDoorRecords.com.

War Paint OBC
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
OBC recording of Scott Frankel (music) and Michael Korie (lyrics) score. Cast features Patti Lupone, Christine Ebersole, Douglas Sills, John Dossett. "Best Face Forward," "Behind the Red Door," "Back on Top," "My Secret Weapon," "My American Moment," "Step on Out," "If I'd Been a Man," "Better Yourself," "Oh, That's Rich," "Face to Face," "Inside of the Jar," "Necessity is the Mother of Invention," "Best Face Forward (Reprise)," "Now You Know," "No Thank You," "Fire and Ice," "Dinosaurs," "Pink," "Forever Beautiful," "Beauty in the World," "Finale." Recorded April 16 and April 17. Also at Ghostlight Records. Digital version released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes


Week of June 27, 2017

2017 Tony Awards
(Amazon Streaming Video)
Available in 12 individual episodes: Opening Number, Come From Away, Miss Saigon, Falsettos, Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day, Hello, Dolly!, War Paint, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812, Bandstand, In Memoriam, Closing Number. Released 6/10/17 (says Amazon).

Bandstand OBC
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Score by Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor. Cast includes Laura Osnes, Corey Cott, Beth Leavel. Produced by Michael Croiter. "Just Like It Was Before," "Donny Novitski," "I Know a Guy," "Ain't We Proud," "Proud Riff," "Who I Was," "Counterpoint/Pie Jesu," "Just Like It Was Before (Reprise)," "First Steps First," "Breathe," "You Deserve It," "Dwight Anson & Jean Ann," "Love Will Come and Find Me Again," "Right This Way," "Nobody," "The Boys Are Back," "I Got a Theory," "Everything Happens," "Welcome Home," "A Band in New York City," "This Is Life," "This Is Life (Reprise)," "Welcome Home (Finale)," "Epilogue." Also at BroadwayRecords.com and on mp3.

Just One "Q"
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes
Original cast recording of score written by Ted Shen (music) and Ellen Fitzhugh (lyrics). Performed by T. Oliver Reid. Produced in New York in 2016. Released 5/29/17.

Rabbit & Rogue Limited Deluxe Edition
(Sony Classical - new on CD + DVD)
Danny Elfman's first ballet score (for Twyla Tharp's choreography for the American Ballet Theater). Limited Deluxe Edition offers a variety of insights into the production of the ballet score, including a bonus DVD with an exclusive interview with Danny Elfman. Standard edition released on CD/mp3/at iTunes June 7, 2017.

Soulpepper Alligator Pie
(digital album on mp3/at iTunes
Soulpepper Theatre Company musical adaptation of the children's poems of Dennis Lee. Appearing at Pershing Square Signature Center in July. Released in 2016.

Soulpepper's Manhattan Concert Cycle, Vol. 1: Downtown "The Melting Pot"
(digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Soulpepper Theatre Company musical love letter from Toronto's artists to the city of New York. Appearing at Pershing Square Signature Center in July. Released in 2016.

Soulpepper Spoon River
(digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Soulpepper Theatre Company musical adaptation of adaptation of Spoon River, Edgar Lee Masters' poems. Appearing at Pershing Square Signature Center in July. Released in 2016.

"Waving Through a Window"
(Atlantic Records - digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Owl City cover of song from Dear Evan Hansen. Released 6/23/17.

The Wind in the Willows OLC
(Sony Masterworks - new CD-R)
George Stiles and Anthony Drewe score. The musical beings previews June 16 at the London Palladium. Mid-June 2017 release expected. Rufus Hound, Simon Lipkin, Craig Mather, Neil McDermott, Denise Welch, Gary Wilmot as Badger. Produced by Stiles and Drewe and co-produced by Simon Lee. "Spring," "Messing About in a Boat," "Speed is of the Essence," "One Swallow Does Not a Summer Make," "The Open Road," "The Hedgehog's Nightmare," "The Amazing Mr Toad," "The Wild Wooders," "Autumn," "A Friend is Still a Friend," "Toad's Escape," "As if in a Dream," "We're Taking Over the Hall," "To Be a Woman," "A Place to Come Back To," "The Wassailing Mice," "The Greatest Great Escape," "Hush!," "The Fight," "Finale." CD available directly from the UK at Amazon UK.


Week of June 20, 2017

Bandstand OBC digital
(Broadway Records - new digital album on mp3/)
Score by Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor. Cast includes Laura Osnes, Corey Cott, Beth Leavel. Produced by Michael Croiter. "Just Like It Was Before," "Donny Novitski," "I Know a Guy," "Ain't We Proud," "Proud Riff," "Who I Was," "Counterpoint/Pie Jesu," "Just Like It Was Before (Reprise)," "First Steps First," "Breathe," "You Deserve It," "Dwight Anson & Jean Ann," "Love Will Come and Find Me Again," "Right This Way," "Nobody," "The Boys Are Back," "I Got a Theory," "Everything Happens," "Welcome Home," "A Band in New York City," "This Is Life," "This Is Life (Reprise)," "Welcome Home (Finale)," "Epilogue." Digital, in-theatre and BroadwayRecords.com date. At Amazon and elsewhere June 30.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory OBC
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD)
Original Broadway cast recording of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman / Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley score. Cast includes Christian Borle; three Charlie alternates Jake Ryan Flynn, Ryan Foust, Ryan Sell; Kathy Fitzgerald; Ben Crawford; Trista Dollison; Kathy Fitzgerald; Alan H. Green; F. Michael Haynie; Jackie Hoffman; Emily Padgett; Emma Pfaeffle; John Rubinstein; Michael Wartella; Jared Bradshaw; Kristy Cates; Madeleine Doherty; Stephanie Gibson; Kyle Taylor Parker; Paul Slade Smith. "Overture," "The Candy Man," "Willy Wonka! Willy Wonka!," "Charlie, You & I," "A Letter From Charlie Bucket," "More Of Him To Love," "When Veruca Says," "The Queen Of Pop," "What Could Possibly Go Wrong?," "If Your Father Were Here," "I've Got A Golden Ticket / Grandpa Joe," "It Must Be Believed To Be Seen," "Strike That, Reverse It," "Pure Imagination / Grandpa Joe (Reprise)," "The Oompa Loompa Song / Auf Wiedersehen Augustus Gloop," "When Willy Met Oompa," "Veruca's Nutcracker Sweet," "Vidiots," "The View From Here." Releaed on mp3 and at iTunes May 30.

Do You Know Who I Am?: A Memoir
(Bloomsbury Continuum - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Tim Pigott-Smith (Charles III) writes about theatrical, acting, and production technique, giving unique insight into the actor's trade. Also, perceptive critical appreciation of other acting geniuses he has worked with—Peggy Ashcroft, Ian McKellen, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, and countless others. Accompanied by black and white photographs. 352 pages.

John Owen-Jones: Collection of Musical Favourites
(new import CD/at iTunes)
West End musical theater performer. "This is the Moment," "The Music of the Night," "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again," "Till I Hear You Sing," "Anthem," "Maria," "Pretty Lady" (with Bryn Terfel, Michael Ball), "Kiss of the Spiderwoman," "For Good" (with Ruthie Henshall), "I'd Rather Be Sailing," "Why, God, Why?," "Bui Doi," "Tell My Father," "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," "Suddenly," "Bring Him Home."

Hamilton and Philosophy
(Open Court - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Aaron Rabinowitz and Robert Arp, editors. "professional thinkers expose, examine, and ponder the deep and controversial implications of this runaway hit Broadway musical." 288 pages. Paperback appears to be shipping ahead of its July 1 release date.

Man in the Moon OBC
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
Sheldon Harnick and composer Jerry Bock score for this 1963 Broadway musical. Golden Records recording featuring Bil and Cora Baird, Franz Fazakas, Frank Sullivan, Gerald Freedman and singers Margery Gray, Rose Marie Jun and Eric Carlson, with dialogue scenes interspersed with the original songs. CD debut also features unreleased original demos for the show performed by Bock & Harnick. "Overture: "Jerry Goes to the Moon - Part I," "Look Where I Am," "Jerry Goes to the Moon - Part II," "Itch to Be Rich," "Jerry Goes to the Moon Part III," "Worlds Apart," "Jerry Meets the Man in the Moon - Part I," "You Treacherous Men," "Jerry Meets the Man in the Moon Part II," "Ain't You Never Been Afraid," "Jerry Meets the Man in the Moon Part III," "Worlds Apart (Reprise)" Demo Recordings: "Look Where I Am," "Itch to Be Rich," "Worlds Apart," "You Treacherous Men," "Ain't You Never Been Afraid." Part of Stage Door Records' Collector's Series limited editions. Packaging in retro style of a miniature long-playing record and limited to 500 units. Also at StageDoorRecords.com.

The Metropolitan Opera 2018 Wall Calendar
(Universe Publishing - Wall Calendar)
Features full-color photographs from recent performances, including L'Elisir d'Amore, Il Trovatore, Turandot, Lucia di Lammermoor, and La Bohème.


Week of June 13, 2017

MatchUp
(Simon & Schuster - Audiobook)
Eleven of the world’s best female thriller writers are paired with eleven of the world’s best male thriller writers, edited by Lee Child. Audiobook read by Laura Benanti. Readers: Jay O. Sanders, Linda Emond, Dennis Boutsikaris, Gerard Doyle, January LaVoy, Laura Benanti, Robert Petkoff, CJ Wilson, Karen Ziemba.

Sweat
(TCG - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Lynn Nottage. Produced in 2016 at Public Theater. 96 pages.


Week of June 6, 2017

2017 Tony Award Season album
(Tony Award Productions & Broadway Records - new on CD at Amazon)
"Deep Beneath the City/Not There Yet" (In Transit), "Times Are Hard For Dreamers" (Amélie), "The Baseball Game" (Falsettos), "With One Look" (Sunset Boulevard), "In a World Like This" (A Bronx Tale), "Sincerely, Me" (Dear Evan Hansen), "Shaking the Blues Away" (Holiday Inn), "It Must Be Believed to Be Seen" (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), "Letters" (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812), "The Last Night of the World" (Miss Saigon), "Me and the Sky" (Come From Away), "Nobody" (Bandstand), "Journey to the Past" (Anastasia), "Memory" (Cats), "Seeing You" (Groundhog Day). Cover art by Justin "Squigs" Robertson. The first 1,000 people to order the album at BroadwayRecords.com or at www.TonyAwardsStore.com will receive a free limited-edition "Lights of Broadway" Tony Nominees 2017 showcard with their purchase. A portion of the proceeds from the album will go to the American Theatre Wing and Broadway League's arts educations initiatives. Packaging to include an essay by noted musical theatre historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper as well as details about each show. In addition to Amazon, also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Amélie, A New Musical OBC
(Rhino Warner Classics - new on CD)
Broadway cast recording of Daniel Messé (music and lyrics) / Nathan Tysen (lyrics) score. Phillipa Soo, Adam Chanler-Berat, David Andino, Randy Blair, Heath Calvert, Alison Cimmet, Savvy Crawford, Manoel Felciano, Harriett D. Foy, Alyse Alan Louis, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Paul Whitty and Tony Sheldon. "Prologue," "World's Best Dad," "World's Best Friend," "World's Best Mom," "Times Are Hard for Dreamers," "The Commute," "The Bottle Drops," "Three Figs," "The Girls with the Glass," "How To Tell Time," "Tour De France," "Goodbye Amelie," "Backyard," "Stations," "Sister's Pickle," "Halfway," "Window Seat," "There´s No Place Like Gnome," "Real You," "Writing on the Wall," "Blue Arrow Suite," "The Late Nino Quincampoix," "A Better Haircut," "Stay," "Halfway" (reprise), "Where Do We Go From Here," "Times are Hard for Dreamers" (Pop Version)." Released new on mp3 and at iTunes 5/19/17.

Anastasia OBC
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3)
Cast recording of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens score. Cast includes Christy Altomare, John Bolton, Ramin Karimloo, Derek Klena, Caroline O'Connor, Mary Beth Peil, Lauren Blackman, Kyle Brown. "Prologue: Once Upon a December," "A Rumor in St Petersburg," "In My Dreams," "Learn to Do It," "The Neva Flows," "My Petersburg," "Once Upon a December," "Stay, I Pray You," "We'll Go from There," "Still," "Journey to the Past," "Paris Holds the Key (To Your Heart)," "Crossing a Bridge," "Close the Door," "Land of Yesterday," "The Countess and the Common Man," "In a Crowd of Thousands," "Meant to Be," "Quartet at the Ballet," "Everything to Win," "Once Upon a December (Reprise)," "The Press Conference," "Everything to Win (Reprise)," "Still/The Neva Flows (Reprise)," "Finale." In addition to Amazon, also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Arlington [a love story] TCG Edition
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Enda Walsh. Currently playing at St. Ann's Warehouse. 88 pages.

Audra McDonald: "Beyond the Moon" (from the musical movie Hello Again)
(Broadway Records - digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Single track from the upcoming film. Music by Michael John LaChiusa; lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa & Cory Krueckeberg. Produced and arranged by Enrico De Trizio, Brad Simmons and Cory Krueckeberg. Vocal producing by Brad Simmons, Jay Rothman, Cory Krueckeberg, Enrico De Trizio. Orchestrated by Enrico De Trizio. 4:35. Released 6/2/17.

Building the Wall: The Play and Commentary
(Arcade Publishing - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle, All the Way), and afterword commentary by Douglas S. Massey, Julian E. Zelizer, Timothy Patrick McCarthy. The play is currently playing at New World Stages. 128 pages. Released April 2017.

Chip Deffaa's Irving Berlin Rediscovered: Rare Songs of Love and Longing
(Garret Mountain Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Rick Crom, Stephen Bogardus, Ray DeMattis, Natalie Douglas, Jon Peterson, and 25 more. "Goodbye Girlie and Remember Me," "Someone Else May Be There While I'm Gone," "There's a Girl in Havana," "How Can I Forget (When There's so Much to Remember)?," "Kiss Me, My Honey, Kiss Me," "Do It Again," "My Sweetie," "If I Thought You Wouldn't Tell," "Goody, Goody, Goody, Goody, Good," "Mandy," "Tell Me, Little Gypsy," "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody," "The Broadway Chicken Walk," "If All the Girls I Knew Were Like You," "Sadie Salome (Go Home)," "How Do You Do It, Mabel, On Twenty Dollars a Week," "In My HaremI Love to Quarrel with You," "Christmas-Time Seems Years and Years Away," "Wishing," "Furnishing a Home for Two," "After the Honeymoon," "After You Get What You Want You Don't Want It," "When I Lost You," "Simple Melody / Musical Demon," "Oh, That Beautiful Rag," "Stop That Rag," "When the Curtain Falls," "Bring on the Pepper." Richard Danley musical director/pianist. Released 3/1/17.

Dear Evan Hansen Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Vocal line and piano accompaniment for 13 songs from Benj Pasek and Justin Paul score. "Anybody Have a Map?," "Disappear," "For Forever," "Good for You," "If I Could Tell Her," "Only Us," "Requiem," "Sincerely, Me," "So Big/So Small," "To Break in a Glove," "Waving Through a Window," "Words Fail," "You Will Be Found." 112 pages.

Koi: A Modern Folk Tale
(Beaufort Books - Hardcover Book)
By Sheldon Harnick, with photography by Margery Gray Harnick. Harnick was inspired by the extraordinary beauty of the fish and Margie's photographs to create his own legend. (Appears to be shipping early.)


Week of May 30, 2017

All the World's a Stage: The Story of Bard on the Beach
(Heritage House Pub - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Jayne Seagrave. A celebration of the twenty-eight-year history of Western Canada's most illustrious Shakespeare festival. Unfolds in five acts highlighting the people, history, growth, and future of this unique theatre company and features dozens of full-colour photographs of sumptuous sets, elaborate costumes, tireless volunteers, actors in mid-soliloquy, and more. 288 pages.

Blondel
(Stage Door Records - new on 2 CDs)
1983 OLC recording of score by Stephen Oliver and Tim Rice. Out of print for 20 years. Produced by Tim Rice and Stephen Oliver. Paul Nicholas, Sharon Lee Hill, , Stephan Tate, David Burt, Chris Langham, and Cantabile. Includes bonus tracks "Running Back For More" (Single Version), Sharon Lee Hill; "The Least of My Troubles," Colm Wilkinson; "Running Back for More," Murray Head.

The Book of Broadway: The Definitive Plays and Musicals
(Voyageur Press - Hardcover Book)
Update of Eric Grode's 2015 book. 150 profiles of the best, most influential, and most important Broadway musicals and plays ever produced ... everything from the The Black Crook to Hamilton. New edition with numerous updates and corrections. 328 pages.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory OBC digital
(Masterworks Broadway - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original Broadway cast recording of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman / Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley score. Cast includes Christian Borle; three Charlie alternates Jake Ryan Flynn, Ryan Foust, Ryan Sell; Kathy Fitzgerald; Ben Crawford; Trista Dollison; Kathy Fitzgerald; Alan H. Green; F. Michael Haynie; Jackie Hoffman; Emily Padgett; Emma Pfaeffle; John Rubinstein; Michael Wartella; Jared Bradshaw; Kristy Cates; Madeleine Doherty; Stephanie Gibson; Kyle Taylor Parker; Paul Slade Smith. "Overture," "The Candy Man," "Willy Wonka! Willy Wonka!," "Charlie, You & I," "A Letter From Charlie Bucket," "More Of Him To Love," "When Veruca Says," "The Queen Of Pop," "What Could Possibly Go Wrong?," "If Your Father Were Here," "I've Got A Golden Ticket / Grandpa Joe," "It Must Be Believed To Be Seen," "Strike That, Reverse It," "Pure Imagination / Grandpa Joe (Reprise)," "The Oompa Loompa Song / Auf Wiedersehen Augustus Gloop," "When Willy Met Oompa," "Veruca's Nutcracker Sweet," "Vidiots," "The View From Here." CD format to be released June 23.

Day Time on the Radio - Lost Radio Duets from the Doris Day Show (1952-1953)
(Real Gone Music - new on CD)
First authorized release of Doris Day's long-lost radio performances. Day Time on the Radio brings to light 32 rarities including 27 duets and five solo performances. Includes duets with Gordon MacRae (four), Kirk Douglas, George Murphy, Ronald Reagan, and Broderick Crawford, plus Tony Martin, Howard Keel, Smilin' Jack Smith, and Frank Loesser. Hidden bonus tracks: Day's renditions of the opening "It's Magic" and closing "Love to Be with You" radio themes sans announcer. Booklet includes detailed notes by Joe Marchese and rare photos. Amazon listing includes track list.

Dear Evan Hansen Libretto
(Theatre Communications Group - new Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
The musical by Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. 144 pages.

Galavant: The Complete Collection
(Universal Music/Hollywood Records - new on 2 CD-Rs/mp3)
From the TV musical series. Music by Alan Mencken, lyrics by Glenn Slater. Includes the three volumes of soundtrack music from the TV series (including the recently issued Galavant: The Unreleased Collection), previously available as downloads (the first volume was also available as a CD-R). Cast of the TV show include Joshua Sasse, Timothy Omundson, Vinnie Jones, Mallory Jansen, Karen David, Luke Youngblood. Featured singers on the album include Hugh Bonneville, Weird Al Yankovic, Ricky Gervais, Kylie Minogue, Matt Lucas, Robert Lindsay, Sheridan Smith, Reece Shearsmith, Eddie Marsan, Alfie Simmons. 33 tracks. Track listing available at Amazon.

Holiday Inn OBC digital
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
New Irving Berlin musical. Bryce Pinkham, Lora Lee Gayer, Tony Award nominee Megan Lawrence, Danny Rutigliano, Megan Sikora, and Corbin Bleu. Executive produced by Universal Stage Productions. "Overture," "Steppin' Out with My Baby / I'll Capture Your Heart," "The Little Things in Life," "Blue Skies," "Marching Along with Time," "Heat Wave," "It's a Lovely Day Today," "Plenty to be Thankful For," "Nothing More to Say," "Shaking the Blues Away," "White Christmas," "Holiday Inn / Happy Holiday," "Let's Start the New Year Right," "You're Easy to Dance With," "Let's Take an Old-Fashioned Walk," "Be Careful, It's My Heart," "Easter Parade," "Song of Freedom," "Let's Say It with Firecrackers," "Finale Ultimo (Steppin' Out with My Baby / I'll Capture Your Heart / Cheek to Cheek)," Bonus Track: "Entr'acte."

Kiss Me, Kate Blu-ray
(Shout! Factory - new on Blu-ray)
London revival of Cole Porter musical, book by Bella Spewack and Samuel Spewack. Filmed in front of a live audience in 2002. Directed by Chris Hunt. Brent Barrett, Michael Berresse, Nancy Anderson, Nicolas Colicos, and Rachel York. 177 minutes.


Week of May 23, 2017

Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical
(Disney - streaming video and HD for purchase at Amazon/at iTunes)
Musical as presented in movie theaters in February 2016. Score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman. Cast includes Jeremy Jordan, Kara Lindsay, Ben Fankhauser, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Steve Blanchard, Aisha de Haas. Includes bonus video: Return to Rehearsals; Return to the Stage; Filming Begins; Lights. Camera. Action.; Live Capture Film Day! 135 minutes.

Madame Rubinstein
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition (July 5))
Play by John Misto. Comedy about Helena Rubinstein. Currently playing the Park Theatre, London. 104 pages.

Sugar, Butter, Flour: The Waitress Pie Book
(Pam Krauss/Avery - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Jenna Hunterson. The official tie-in to Broadway’s hit musical Waitress, featuring the recipes for 3 dozen of the show’s most evocative and delicious pies. 160 pages.

Those Redheads From Seattle
(Kino Lorber - new 3D Blu-ray/DVD)
Newly restored 1953 3D musical film. Rhonda Fleming, Gene Barry, Agnes Moorehead, Teresa Brewer, Guy Mitchell, The Bell Sisters. Directed by Lewis R. Foster and released by Paramount Pictures. Special features audio commentary by film historians Hillary Hess, Greg Kintz, Jack Theakston and Bob Furmanek; 2006 interview with Rhonda Fleming; before/after restoration demo; original theatrical trailer.

War Paint OBC digital
(Ghostlight Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
OBC recording of Scott Frankel (music) and Michael Korie (lyrics) score. Cast features Patti Lupone, Christine Ebersole, Douglas Sills, John Dossett. "Best Face Forward," "Behind the Red Door," "Back on Top," "My Secret Weapon," "My American Moment," "Step on Out," "If I'd Been a Man," "Better Yourself," "Oh, That's Rich," "Face to Face," "Inside of the Jar," "Necessity is the Mother of Invention," "Best Face Forward (Reprise)," "Now You Know," "No Thank You," "Fire and Ice," "Dinosaurs," "Pink," "Forever Beautiful," "Beauty in the World," "Finale." Recorded April 16 and April 17. CD to be released July 14.


Week of May 16, 2017

Amélie, A New Musical OBC digital
(Rhino Warner Classics - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Broadway cast recording of Daniel Messé (music and lyrics) / Nathan Tysen (lyrics) score. Phillipa Soo, Adam Chanler-Berat, David Andino, Randy Blair, Heath Calvert, Alison Cimmet, Savvy Crawford, Manoel Felciano, Harriett D. Foy, Alyse Alan Louis, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Paul Whitty and Tony Sheldon. "Prologue," "World's Best Dad," "World's Best Friend," "World's Best Mom," "Times Are Hard for Dreamers," "The Commute," "The Bottle Drops," "Three Figs," "The Girls with the Glass," "How To Tell Time," "Tour De France," "Goodbye Amelie," "Backyard," "Stations," "Sister's Pickle," "Halfway," "Window Seat," "There´s No Place Like Gnome," "Real You," "Writing on the Wall," "Blue Arrow Suite," "The Late Nino Quincampoix," "A Better Haircut," "Stay," "Halfway" (reprise), "Where Do We Go From Here," "Times are Hard for Dreamers" (Pop Version)." CD to be released June 9.

Gay Card
(new digital album on mp3/at iTunes/)
Original studio cast recording of Ryan Korell and Jonathan Keebler score. Sean Doherty, Melissa Mitchell, and Derek Klena (Anastasia), with Alyssa LeClair, Wilson Bridges, Brad Greer, Max Sangerman, Madelin Fansler, Josh Greenblatt, and Kimberly Chatterjee. "Prologue," "Starting Now," "What it Feels Like to Belong," "Follow Me," "Fake ID / Look at Me," "All Figured Out," "Better," "Step Back," "Perfect Day," "Everybody Else," "One of Us," "A Break," "Fake ID (Reprise)," "Extraneous," "Follow Me (Reprise)," "Afraid," "The Kind of Guy I Am," "Playing Pretend," "What it Feels Like to Belong (Reprise)," "As I Go." Released 5/10/17.

The Little Black Book of Backstage Etiquette
(Act 2 Now What - Paperback Book)
By actress/singer Brenda Braxton. 94 pages. Released 12/10/16.

The Loved One
(Warner Archive - new blu-ray)
2017 1080p HD remaster. "the motion picture with something to offend everyone!" 1965 comedy based on a novel by Evelyn Waugh, with a screenplay by Christopher Isherwood and Terry Southern. Directed by Tony Richardson. Robert Morse, Anjanette Comer, John Gielgud, Jonathan Winters, Rod Steiger, Dana Andrews, James Coburn, Milton Berle, Tab Hunter, Roddy McDowall, and Liberace. Special Features: Featurette Trying to Offend (SD); theatrical trailer (HD). 16x9 Widescreen.

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 OBC
(Reprise - new on 2 CDs/mp3/at iTunes)
Score by Dave Malloy. Cast includes Josh Groban, Denée Benton, and Lucas Steele.Disc One: "Prologue," "Pierre," "Moscow," "The Private and Intimate Life of the House," "Natasha & Bolkonskys," "No One Else," "The Opera," "Natasha & Anatole," "The Duel," "Dust and Ashes," "Sunday Morning," "Charming," "The Ball." Disc Two: "Letters," "Sonya & Natasha," "Sonya Alone," "Preparations," "Balaga," "The Abduction," "In My House," "A Call to Pierre," "Find Anatole," "Pierre & Anatole," "Natasha Very Ill," "Pierre & Andrey," "Pierre & Natasha," "The Great Comet of 1812."

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Bertolt Brecht's satirical masterpiece about the rise of a demagogue adapted by Pulitzer, Olivier and Tony award-winning American playwright Bruce Norris. Published for the world premiere at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in April 2017 starring Lenny Henry. 152 pages.

Spamilton Vinyl
(DRG/eOne -
new on vinyl)
Original cast recording. Dan Rosales, Nicholas Edwards, Juwan Crawley, Chris Anthony Giles, Nora Schell, along with special guest stars Christine Pedi and Glenn Bassett, and Music Director Fred Barton at the piano. Written by Gerard Alessandrini. "Lin-Manuel as Hamilton," "Aaron Burr, Sir," "My Shot" (The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Guys and Dolls, Singin in the Rain), "The Schuyler Sisters" (An American in Paris, The King and I, Avenue Q), "Lin-Manuel's Quest" (Man of La Mancha), "Beggar Woman #1" (Sweeney Todd), "A Winter's Ball," "You'll Be Back," "What'd I Miss?," "Ben Franklin, Sondheim, and Lin-Manuel" (Dear Mr. Gable, Into the Woods, Company), "The Rap-Off Contest" (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), "Yorktown," "Beggar Woman #2" (Sweeney Todd, Down with Love), "In the Heights," "Take a Break," "Say No to This," "The Book of Mormon," "Everybody's Got the Right," "Assassins," "Cool" (West Side Story), "Who Lives, Who Dies," "NYC" (Annie), "The Room Where It Happens," "The Story of Tonight." Musical arrangements by Richard Danley and Fred Barton. Produced by Hugh Fordin. The LP is an exclusive Barnes & Noble release. Released earlier on CD.

Up in the Cheap Seats
(Griffith Moon - new hardcover book)
Memoir by Ron Fassler. Features memories and insights from Jane Alexander, Sheldon Harnick, James Earl Jones, Stacy Keach, Nathan Lane, Hal Linden, John Lithgow, Bette Midler, Austin Pendleton, Harold Prince, Doris Roberts, Stephen Sondheim, and Mike Nichols among many others. 260 pages. 8 illustrations & photographs. [Amazon link recently added.] Also available at GriffithMoon.com and Drama Book Shop.


Week of May 9, 2017

Amanda McBroom: Voices
(LML Music/Gecko Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Amanda McBroom sings "South Bound Train," "Feet of Clay," "The Rose," "Old Love," "Yarnell Hill," "The Last Thing on My Mind," "Welcome Home," "Sometimes," "Voices That Come Through the Wall," "I'm Here for Life," "Hope Floats," "Make a Memory," "12th of Never." Released 5/5/17.

Arthur Miller's The Price Soundtrack
(Watering Horse Music - digital album)
Score by Jesse Tabish for Roundabout's 2017 production of The Price. CD-R, sold at theaters and at BandCamp.com for pay-what-you-will, with 1/3 of all proceeds going to the International Rescue Committee, a resettlement for refugees in America. Musical direction by Terry Kinney and Rebecca Habel. Arrangements by Jesse Tabish and Jonathon Mooney. 15 tracks, includes some tracks written for the play but not used. Released 3/14/17.

A Bronx Tale OBC
(Ghostlight - new on CD)
Score by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. Nick Cordero, Richard H. Blake, Bobby Conte Thornton, Ariana DeBose, Lucia Giannetta, Bradley Gibson, Hudson Loverro. "Belmont Avenue," "Look to Your Heart," "Roll 'Em," "I Like It," "Giving Back the Money," "I Like It (Reprise)," "Ain't It the Truth," "Out of Your Head," "Nicky Machiavelli," "These Streets," "Webster Avenue," "Out of Your Head (Reprise)," "One of the Great Ones," "Ain't It the Truth (Reprise)," "Look to Your Heart (Reprise)," "One of the Great Ones (Reprise)," "Hurt Someone," "In a World Like This," "The Choices We Make." Recorded January 9, 2017. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes. Also at GhostlightRecords.com.

Chip Zien: Seriously Upbeat (Live)
(new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
"The truth is all I really ever wanted was to sing and swing a bunch of songs with a big band. Seriously. So here it is. It’s live, it’s raw, there are mistakes… but what a blast. At least for me. And what a band." "Intro," "Swinging Sondheim Medley: The Worst Pies in London / Stay with Me / Being Alive / In Buddy's Eyes," "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive," "Two for the Road," Chip Speaks 1, "Medley: Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night of the Week) / Dancing in the Dark / Witchcraft / I Fall in Love Too Easily / I've Got the World on a String / Come Fly with Me / April in Paris / Young at Heart, Chip Speaks 2, "I Got New Glasses," "Something's Gotta Give, Chip Speaks yet Again, "The You Medley: I Believe in You / Sometimes I'm Happy (Sometimes I'm Blue) / All of You / Too Marvelous for Words / All the Things You Are / It Had to Be You [Live]," "Chip Is Still Speaking," "Younger Than Springtime," Chip Speaks Once Again, "How Marvin Eats His Breakfast," "My Chance to Survive the Night," Chip Speaks Again, "Franklin Shepard, Inc.," "Intro to No More," "No More," "Down for Double," "We'll Be Together Again," "Play Off." Jeff Klitz Music Director, piano; Michael Davis, trombone; Jim Hynes, trumpet; Dan Willis, reeds; Warren Odze, Drums. Released 4/20/17. CD format available at CDBaby.

Dangerous Music: The American Century Cycle Monologues
(Samuel French - Paperback Book)
Edited by Constanza Romero and Zoe Wilson. Collection of monologues from each play of the American Century Cycle written by August Wilson. Created in conjunction with the August Wilson Monologue Competition. Available at SamuelFrench.com.

Dreamgirls OLC
(Sony Classical - new on 2 CDs/mp3 w/ digital booklet/at iTunes)
West End cast recording of Henry Krieger / Tom Eyen score, recorded live at at London's Savoy Theatre. Cast includes Amber Riley, Liisi LaFontaine, Ibinabo Jack, Joe Aaron Reid, Adam J. Bernard, Tyrone Huntley, Nicholas Bailey, and Lily Frazer. Disc 1: "I'm Looking for Something, Baby," "Goin' Downtown," "Takin' the Long Way Home," "Move," "Fake Your Way to the Top," "Cadillac Car," "Steppin' to the Bad Side," "Party, Party," "I Want You, Baby," "Family," "Dreamgirls," "Press Conference," "Heavy," "It's All Over," "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." Disc 2: "Love, Love You Baby," "When I First Saw You," "I Am Changing," "Ain't No Party," "I Meant You No Harm," "The Rap," "I Miss You, Old Friend," "One Night Only," "I'm Somebody," "Listen," "Effie White's Gonna Win/ You Are My Dream (Reprise)," "Hard To Say Goodbye," "Dreamgirls (Reprise)." Mixed by Andy Bradfield.

Groundhog Day
(Masterworks Broadway/Broadway Records - new on CD)
Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. Cast includes Andy Karl and Barrett Doss. "Overture," "There Will Be Sun," "Day One," "Day Two," "Day Three," "Stuck," "Nobody Cares," "Philandering," "One Day," "Entre acte," "Playing Nancy," "Hope," "Everything About You," "If I Had My Time Again," "Everything About You (reprise)," "Philosopher," "Night Will Come," "Philanthropy," "Seeing You." Recorded March 4. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes. [Please note: early shipments from Amazon are CD-Rs. Manufactured CDs to ship beginning May 12.]

Hamlet Globe to Globe: Two Years, 193,000 Miles, 197 Countries, One Play
(Grove Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Dominic Dromgoole (artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2006 - 2016) takes the reader on the Globe Theatre world tour of Hamlet, in honor of Shakespeare's 450 birthday, gleaning new insight into Shakespeare's masterpiece, exploring the play’s history, its meaning, and its pleasures, and offering a dramatic and heartfelt testament to Shakespeare’s enduring presence on the modern stage. 320 pages. Released 4/26/17.

Hello, Dolly!
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
New Broadway revival cast recording of Jerry Herman score. Bette Midler, David Hyde Pierce, Gavin Creel, Kate Baldwin, Taylor Trensch, Beanie Feldstein, Will Burton, Melanie Moore, Jennifer Simard, Kevin Ligon. "Overture," "Call on Dolly," "I Put My Hand In," "It Takes a Woman," "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," "Ribbons Down My Back," "Motherhood," "Dancing," "Before the Parade Passes By," "Penny in My Pocket," "Elegance," "The Waiters' Gallop," "Hello, Dolly!," "It Only Takes a Moment," "So Long Dearie," "Finale." Recorded March 2017.

How to Succeed in the Arts...Or in Anything
(Paperback Book)
By Ken Davenport. 148 pages. At Lulu.com.

Lea Salonga: Blurred Lines
(LML Music - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Musical theatre star Lea Salonga. "Manhattan," "My Foolish Heart," "Give It up for the Band," "Blackbird / A Quiet Thing," "The Story of My Life," "A Song for You / I Can't Make You Love Me," "Fast Car," "I Won't Mind," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "Possibilities and Prospects," "All of Me," "Blurred Lines," "Gratitude," "Greatest Hits Medley," "How Do You Keep the Music Playing? / How Deep Is the Ocean?" Released 5/5/17.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir & Friends
(Mormon Tabernacle - new on CD)
Mormon Tabernacle Choir collaborations with some of the most legendary vocalists and performers. Commemorating the choir's 170-year anniversary, recordings taken from performances over the past 15 years, and some created specifically for this album. Sting and Yo-Yo Ma, "Fragile," David Foster, "The Prayer" from Quest for Camelot Amy Grant, "Thy Word," James Taylor, "That Lonesome Road," Santino Fontana, "He Lives in You" from The Lion King Renée Fleming, "How Can I Keep from Singing?," Brian Stokes Mitchell, "Through Heaven’s Eyes" from The Prince of Egypt Sissel, "Vitae Lux," Bryn Terfel, "Homeward Bound," Angela Lansbury, "Beauty and the Beast" from Beauty and the Beast The King’s Singers, "I’m Runnin’ On."


Week of May 2, 2017

Coloring Shakespeare: Over 30 Stunning Illustrations from Shakespeare's Most Famous Sonnets and Speeches
(St. Martin's Griffin - Paperback Book)
Illustrated by Judy Stevens. Introduction by Simon Callow. 28 well-known excerpts from Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, and As You like It as well as Sonnets 18 and 23, among others. 64 pages.

Good Night Broadway (Good Night Our World)
(Goodnight Books - Board Book/Kindle Edition)
By by Adam Gamble and Mark Jasper; illustrations by Joe Veno. Highlights theaters, musicals, dancers, plays, actors and actresses, writers and directors, costumes, scripts, rehearsals, playbills, stagehands, and more. Preschool and up.

Julie's Greenroom
(Varese Sarabande - new on CD/mp3/at Itunes)
From the Netflix series produced by Jim Henson Productions and starring Julie Andrews. Performances by Julie Andrews, Ryan Shore, Carol Burnett, Alec Baldwin, Tituss Burgess, David Hyde Pierce, John Tartaglia, Jennifer Barnhart, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Giullian Yao Gioiello, Frankie Cordero, Dorien Davies, Tyler Bunch, Ellie Kemper. "Mash-Up" (Theme Song), "Anything Can Happen in the Theater," "Hugo," "Shakespeare Shakes," "Spike's Despair," "Let Your Voice Be Heard," "Cheering," "When You Act," "Fizz Breaks Joshua's Violin," "Julie & Gus," "Yes And," "Circus Day," "You Gotta Bring the Wow," "Sticky Handshake," "Juggling & Handstands," "Cirque du Soleil," "Snap It," "Runaway Cart," "Costume Workshop," "Someone Else's Shoes," "A Scarftacular Day," "Wheelchair Steed," "Circle Up Greenies," "Take A Leap," "Mash-Up the Musical," "Anything Can Happen in the Theater Part 2," "Mash-Up" (Reprise Finale).

Oslo
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by J. T. Rogers. Produced at Lincoln Center in 2016; Broadway production to begin March 2017. 144 pages.

Richard Kiley: Rodgers and Hammerstein Songbook
(Stagedoor Records - new import CD)
1960 RCA Camden double LP debut on CD. Digitally remastered from stereo reel to reel tape. "Younger than Springtime," "It's a Grand Night for Singing," "Hello, Young Lovers," "Kansas City," "Out of My Dreams," "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful," "Love, Look Away," "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "Getting to Know You," "Some Enchanted Evening," "It Might as Well Be Spring," "If I Loved You," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," "This Nearly Was Mine," "No Other Love," "A Fellow Needs a Girl," "People Will Say We're in Love," "So Far," "Everybody's Got a Home But Me," "Oklahoma!," "Marriage Type Love," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top," "We Kiss in a Shadow." Part of Stage Door's Collector's Series, presented in the retro style of a miniature long-playing record and limited to 500 units. Also available directly from the U.K..


Week of April 25, 2017

Beauty and the Beast: Motion Picture Soundtrack songbook
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Piano/vocal/guitar folio that features songs from the original film as well as new material written by Alan Menken and Alan Rice. Includes new version of the title track "Beauty and the Beast," "How Does a Moment Last Forever," "Aria," "Be Our Guest," "Belle," "in the Sun," "Evermore," "Gaston," "The Mob Song," "Something There."

Gilbert & Sullivan: Hardback Book and 4 DVD Set
(Upfront Entertainment - hardcover book + 4 DVDs)
Book by Mike Lepine plus DVDs with four productions of The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, Trial by Jury, and The Yeoman of the Guard. Available from third party sellers and at Amazon UK.

Groundhog Day
(Masterworks Broadway/Broadway Records - new on CD)
Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. Cast includes Andy Karl and Barrett Doss. "Overture," "There Will Be Sun," "Day One," "Day Two," "Day Three," "Stuck," "Nobody Cares," "Philandering," "One Day," "Entre acte," "Playing Nancy," "Hope," "Everything About You," "If I Had My Time Again," "Everything About You (reprise)," "Philosopher," "Night Will Come," "Philanthropy," "Seeing You." Recorded March 4. Please note: early shipments from Amazon are CD-Rs. Manufactured CDs will ship on May 12.

In Transit OBC digital
(Hollywood Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
New Broadway a capella musical. Music by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth; lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth. Cast includes David Abeles, Moya Angela, Steven "HeaveN" Cantor, Justin Guarini, Telly Leung, Erin Mackey, Gerianne Pérez, Margo Seibert, Chesney Snow, James Snyder, Mariand Torres, Nicholas Ward. "Deep Beneath the City / Not There Yet," "Do What I Do," "Four Days Home," "Broke," "Saturday Night Obsession," "Wingman," "But, Ya Know," "Not There Yet (Reprise)," "Keep It Goin'," "A Little Friendly Advice," "Choosing Not to Know," "The Moving Song," "We Are Home," "Getting There," "Finale," "Preshow Message," "A Math Question," "We Are Home Exit Music." CD version to be released 6/9/17.

Iowa
(Yellow Sound Label - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording of score by Jenny Schwartz and Todd Almond. Kolette Tetlow, Karyn Quackenbush, Jill Shackner, Carolina Sanchez, Lee Sellars, Cindy Cheung, Annie McNamara, and April Matthis. "How Many Miles Could It Really Be," "Coastal Erosion," "Jesus' Bones / Should I Be Worried," "Cheerleaders," "This Is America," "Ponies," "Psst...I'm a Poet," "Fun!," "I Don't Know," "Oratorio," "Iowa," "I Am a Hawk," "Famous Teenage Girl." Played Playwrights Horizons in 2015. Released 4/28/17. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

La La Land Blu-ray
(Lionsgate - new on 2-disc blu-ray/DVD/4K)
2015 musical film. Score by Justin Hurwitz (music), Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (lyrics). Cast includes Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, J.K. Simmons, Sonoya Mizuno, John Legend, Rosemarie Dewitt, Finn Wittrock. 128 minutes. Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment. Special Features and Technical Specs: Audio commentary with writer/director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz; Another Day of Sun: They Closed Down a Freeway featurette; La La Land's Great Party featurette; Ryan Gosling: Piano Student featurette; Before Whiplash: Damien Chazelle's Passion Project featurette; La La Land's Love Letter to Los Angeles featurette; The Music of La La Land featurette; John Legend's Acting Debut featurette; The Look of Love: Designing La La Land featurette; Ryan and Emma: Third Time's the Charm featurette; Epilogue: The Romance of the Dream featurette; Damien & Justin Sing: The Demos; song selection.

Lea Michele: Places
(Columbia - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
"Love is Alive," "Heavy Love," "Proud," "Believer," "Run to You," "Heavenly," "Anything's Possible," "Getaway Car," "Sentimental Memories," "Tornado," "Hey You."

Man of La Mancha Blu-ray
(Shout! Factory - new Blu-ray)
1972 movie adaptation of Dale Wasserman/Joe Darion/Mitch Leigh musical. Directed by Arthur Hiller. Peter O'Toole, Sophia Loren, James Coco, Harry Andrews, John Castle, Ian Richardson.

My Big Fat Broadway Debut!: Volume 2: Big Move, Big City
(Bangadilly - new ebook Kindle Edition)
By Steven Cutts (Hairspray, My Big Fat Broadway Debut!: Volume 1: Big Dreams, Big Lessons). Vol. 2 is all about the big move to the big city and the will to make it there...

The Optimists
(Kino Lorber - new Blu-ray)
1973 film with songs about a street musician. Peter Sellers, Donna Mullane, John Chaffey. Music by George Martin, Lionel Bart and others. Directed by Anthony Simmons.

The Pied Piper
(Kino Lorber - new Blu-ray)
1972 musical film. Directed by Jacques Demy. Donovan, Donald Pleasence, John Hurt, Jack Wild, Peter Vaughan, Roy Kinnear, Michael Hordern, Cathryn Harrison, Diana Dors. Songs by Donovan. 86 minutes.

The Sixties, Center Stage: Mainstream and Popular Performances in a Turbulent Decade
(Univ of Michigan Press - Paperback Book)
James M. Harding, Cindy Rosenthal, editors. detailed examinations of the mainstream’s surprising attention to craft and innovation; to the rich exchange between European and American theatres; to the rise of regional theaters; and finally, to popular cultural performances that pushed the conceptual boundaries of mainstream institutions ... looks afresh at productions of Hair, Cabaret, Raisin in the Sun, and Fiddler on the Roof... 400 pages. Also at Amazon UK.


Week of April 18, 2017

Barry Manilow: This Is My Town: Songs of New York
(Verve - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
New studio album. "This Is My Town," "New York City Rhythm / On Broadway," "Coney Island," "Lonely Town," "Lovin' At Birdland," "Downtown / Uptown," "On The Roof," "I Dig New York," "The Brooklyn Bridge" (with Mel Tormé), "NYC Medley."

Company 1970 OBC vinyl
(Analog Spark - new LP)
Score by Stephen Sondheim. Barbara Barrie, Charles Braswell, Susan Browning, George Coe, Cathy Corkill, John Cunningham, Steve Elmore, Carol Gelfand, Beth Howland, Dean Jones, Charles Kimbrough, Merle Louise, Donna McKechnie, Pamela Myers, Teri Ralston, Marilyn Saunders, Elaine Stritch, Dona D. Vaughn. First vinyl reissue, cut from the original stereo master tapes by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound and pressed and plated at RTI. 180-gram vinyl housed in a Stoughton old style "tip-on" jacket. Side A: "Company," "The Little Things You Do Together," "Sorry-Grateful," "You Could Drive a Person Crazy," "Have I Got a Girl For You," "Someone Is Waiting," "Another Hundred People," "Getting Married Today." Side B: "Side by Side by Side / What Would We Do Without You?," "Poor Baby," "Tick-Tock," "Barcelona," "The Ladies Who Lunch," "Being Alive," "Finale." Originally recorded at Recorded at the legendary Columbia 30th Street Studios.

The Complete Book of 2000s Broadway Musicals
(Rowman & Littlefield - Paperback Book)
By Dan Dietz. Examines every musical that opened on Broadway from 2000 through the end of 2009. Discusses the era's major successes, notorious failures, and musicals that closed during their pre-Broadway tryouts. Also highlights revivals and personal-appearance revues. Each entry contains the following information: Plot summary; Cast members; Names of all important personnel, including writers, composers, directors, choreographers, producers, and musical directors; Opening and closing dates; Number of performances; Critical commentary; Musical numbers and the performers who introduced the songs; Production data, including information about tryouts; Source material; Tony awards and nominations; Details about London and other foreign productions. Also, numerous appendixes, including a discography, filmography, and published scripts, as well as lists of black-themed shows and Jewish-themed productions. Follows Dietz' studies of musicals of the 1940s, the 1950s, the 1960s, and the 1970s, the 1980s, and the 1990s. 478 pages.

Groundhog Day digital
(Masterworks Broadway/Broadway Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. Cast includes Andy Karl and Barrett Doss. "Overture," "There Will Be Sun," "Day One," "Day Two," "Day Three," "Stuck," "Nobody Cares," "Philandering," "One Day," "Entre acte," "Playing Nancy," "Hope," "Everything About You," "If I Had My Time Again," "Everything About You (reprise)," "Philosopher," "Night Will Come," "Philanthropy," "Seeing You." Recorded March 4. CD version to be released 5/12/17.

Gypsy 1959 OBC vinyl
(Analog Spark - new LP)
Score by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim. Cast includes Ethel Merman, Jack Klugman, Sandra Church, Lane Bradbury, Faith Dane, Chotzi Foley, Erving Harmon, Maria Karnilova, Loney Lewis, Mort Marshall, Paul Wallace. First vinyl reissue, cut from the original stereo master tapes by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound and pressed and plated at RTI. 180-gram vinyl housed in a Stoughton old style "tip-on" jacket. Side A: "Overture," "Let Me Entertain You," "Some People," "Small World," "Baby June and Her Newsboys," "MrGoldstone, I Love You," "Little Lamb," "You'll Never Get Away From Me," "Dainty June and Her Farmboys." Side B: "If Momma Was Married," "All I Need Is The Girl," "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Together Wherever We Go," "You Gotta Have a Gimmick," "Let Me Entertain You," "Rose's Turn."

Jews on Broadway: An Historical Survey of Performers, Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists and Producers 2nd Revised Edition
(McFarland & Co. - Paperback Book)
Revised edition of Stewart F. Lane's 2001 book. 277 pages.

South Pacific 1949 OBC vinyl
(Analog Spark - new LP)
Score by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Originally produced by Goddard Lieberson and recorded at the historic Columbia 30th Street studios. Cast includes Mary Martin, Ezio Pinza, Juanita Hall, Myron McCormick, Betta St. John, William Tabbert. Side A: "Overture," "Dites-moi," "A Cockeyed Optimist," "Twin Soliloquies," "Some Enchanted Evening," "Bloody Mary," "There Is Nothin' Like a Dame," "Bali Ha'i." Side B: "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair," "A Wonderful Guy," "Younger Than Springtime," "Happy Talk," "Honey Bun," "You've Got to be Carefully Taught," "This Nearly Was Mine," "Finale: Dites-moi." First vinyl reissue, cut from the original mono tapes by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound, pressed and plated at RTI on 180-gram vinyl and housed in a Stoughton old style "tip-on" jacket.

Stavisky (Expanded)
(Quartet Records - new on CD)
Expanded and remastered edition of Stephen Sondheim’s score for Alain Resnais' 1974 French film Stavisky, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anny Duperey, Michel Lonsdale and Charles Boyer. Orchestrated by Jonathan Tunick. Mastered by Claudio Fuiano from the first-generation master tapes, courtesy of Gruppo Sugar. Includes the remastered album plus 20 minutes of previously unreleased tracks. The CD package includes a 16-page full-color booklet with detailed liner notes by Frank K. DeWald. Limited edition of 500 copies. 68:11. At ScreenArchives.com, where a full track list can be found. Website says mid-April release


Week of April 11, 2017

Billy Porter Presents: The Soul of Richard Rodgers
(Bee & El and Sony Masterworks - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
"Soulful takes on classic Richard Rodgers songs. Solos and duets. "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" (with Pentatonix), "My Romance" (with Leslie Odom Jr.), "If I Loved You" (with Renee Elise Goldsberry), "With a Song in My Heart" (with Joshua Henry), "I Have Dreamed" (with Patina Miller), "My Funny Valentine" (with Cynthia Erivo), "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair" (with Todrick Hall), "This Nearly was Mine" (with Deborah Cox), "Bewitched" (with Ledisi / Zaire Park), "Carefully Taught" (with India.Arie), "Lady is a Tramp" (with Zaire Park), "Edelweiss." Produced by Billy Porter.

Double Bind: Women on Ambition
(Liveright - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Robin Romm, editor. Collection of essays about female ambition. Essayists include Roxane Gay, Theresa Rebeck, Francine Prose, Nadia Manzoor, Allison Barrett Carter, Sarah Ruhl, Ayana Mathis, Molly Ringwald, Camas Davis, Musher Blair Braverman, and others. 320 pages.

Jordan Fisher: Always Summer
(Hollywood Records - new digital single mp3/iTunes)
New single from Jordan Fisher (Hamilton, Grease Live!). Released 3/31/17.

Hail Oblivion: A Pirate Fantasia
(new digital album)
Concept album for score for new work by composer/lyricist Stephanie Ryan Johnstone and librettist Joshua William Gelb. Cast includes Bryce Pinkham, Ato Blankson-Wood, Amber Gray, Julian Fleisher, Rick Burkhardt. Released 4/9/17 and available at BandCamp.com.

Sam Shepard: A Life
(Counterpoint - Hardcover/Kindle Edition)
Biography of the life and work of playwright/actor Sam Shepard by John J. Winters. 480 pages.

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
(Criterion Collection - new Blu-ray/DVD)
1964 French musical film. Directed by Jacques Demy. Music by Michel Legrand. Choreography Jean Rabier. Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Marc Michel, Anne Vernon, Ellen Farner, Mireille Perrey. 2K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray; Once Upon a Time ...“The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” a 2008 documentary; interview from 2014 with film scholar Rodney Hill; French television interview from 1964 featuring director Jacques Demy and composer Michel Legrand discussing the film; audio recordings of interviews with actor Catherine Deneuve (1983) and Legrand (1991) at the National Film Theatre in London; restoration demonstration; trailer; essay by critic Jim Ridley.

The Young Girls of Rochefort
(Criterion Collection new Blu-ray/2 DVDs)
1967 French musical film. Directed by Jacques Demy. Music by Michel Legrand. Choreography Norman Maen. Catherine Deneuve, Françoise Dorléac, Jacques Perrin, Gene Kelly, Danielle Darrieux, Michel Piccoli, Henri Crémieux, Jacques Riberolles, George Chakiris, Grover Dale, . 2K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray; French television interview from 1966 featuring director Jacques Demy and composer Michel Legrand discussing the music for the film; conversation from 2014 between Demy biographer Jean-Pierre Berthomé and costume designer Jacqueline Moreau; episode from "Behind the Screen," a 1966 series about the making of the film; Agnès Varda’s 1993 documentary The Young Girls Turn 25 (in the DVD box set, appears on the Une chambre en ville disc); trailer; essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum.


Week of April 8, 2017

Thérèse Raquin OLC
(JAY Records - new on 2 CDs)
Music by Craig Adams. Book and lyrics by Nona Shepphard. Cast includes Julie Atherton, Greg Barnett, Jeremy Legat and Tara Hugo. "Sang et Neuf / At the End," "Snuggy Little House," "Having a Fit," "Snuggy Little House 2," "The Passage," "You Are Not Still, Therese," "Thursday Nights," "You Are Not Quiet, Therese," "May as Well and Why Not," "A Brutal Beginning," "I Breathe You In," "An Ultimatum," "A Sunday Stroll," "The Stream," "A Sunday Tragedy," "Who Knows?," "Sweet Perfume of Violets," "The Passage," "Thursday Nights," "A Quiet Wedding," "A Bridal Bed," "A Snuggy Old Age," "The Avenging Hand," "Sang Et Nerfs," "If I Had Known," "At the End." Includes a 26 page booklet with production photos and a full synopsis.


Week of April 4, 2017

Betty Buckley: Story Songs
(Palmetto Records - new on 2 CDs/mp3/at iTunes)
Recorded live at Joe's Pub. Accompanied by pianist/musical director/arranger Christian Jacob, guitarist Oz Noy, drummer Ray Brinker, and bass player Trey Henry. Includes songs by Radiohead, Stephen Schwartz, Jason Robert Brown, Joe Iconis and Ben Toth. Disc One: "You've Got To Be Taught," "Cassandra," "High and Dry," "Chanson," "All Things in Time," "Old Flame," "Another Life," "Prayer in Open D," "September Song," "Don't Give Up," "Throw It Away." Disc 2: "How Long Has This Been Going," "Practical Arrangement," "Stephen Bruton Story," "Too Many Memories," "Bird On a Wire," "Howard DaSilva Story," "Both Sides Now," "Elaine Stritch Story," "I'm Still Here." Accompanied by Christian Jacob.

LATW The Assembled Parties
(L.A. Theatre Works - Audiobook on CD)
2016 production of the Richard Greenberg play. Matthew Arkin, Wilson Bethel, Dana Delany, Seamus Dever, Zoe Perry, Susan Sullivan, Peter Van Norden. Directed by JoBeth Williams. Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Recorded in Los Angeles before a live audience at The James Bridges Theater, UCLA.

Nevertheless: A Memoir
(Harper - Hardcover/Paperback Large Print/Kindle Edition)
By Alec Baldwin. Audiobook, read by Baldwin, to be released 4/25/17.

Speech & Debate digital film
(new movie at iTunes)
2017 film based on Stephen Karam play. Screenplay by Karam, directed by Dan Harris. Features Liam James, Sarah Steele, Austin P. McKenzie, Roger Bart, Janeane Garofalo, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kal Penn, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Skylar Astin with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy Rowley, Sarah Baker, Lucy DeVito, Ryan Lee, Logan Shroyer. Opens in theaters 4/7/17.

Through the Years digital
(PS Classics - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Music by Vincent Youmans, lyrics by Edward Heyman for show presented on Broadway in 1932. 2001 studio album, out of print since 2007, now in digital format. Heidi Grant Murphy, Brent Barrett, Hunter Foster, Jennifer Cody and Philip Chaffin. "Prologue: Through the Years," "Kathleen & Kenneth's Call," "Kathleen Mine," "Invitation," "You're in Love," "Kinda Like You," "I'll Come Back to You," "How Happy Is the Bride," "Through the Years," "It's Every Girl's Ambition," "You're Everywhere," "Finaletto Act II," "Ghost Music," "The Road to Home," "My Heart Alone," "Kinda Like You (Reprise)," "Drums in My Heart," "Finale Ultimo."


Week of March 28, 2017

Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened
(now on Amazon/Netflix (requires login)/on iTunes)
2016 documentary on the original 1981 production of Merrily We Roll Along featuring original cast member updates, and documentary footage recorded at the time. Directed by Lonny Price.

Deborah Cox: I Will Always Love You
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
The Bodyguard U.S. tour star sings from that show: "I'm Every Woman," "I Have Nothing," "All the Man I Need," "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," "Run to You," "The Greatest Love of All," "Jesus Loves Me," "I Will Always Love You." Also pre-ordering at BroadwayRecords.com

Leonard Bernstein - The Composer Box set
(Sony Classical - 25 CDs)
Special edition dedicated to the works of Leonard Bernstein, in preparation of his 100th anniversary August 2018. Includes remastered original Bernstein Conducts Bernstein recordings for Columbia Masterworks of all his symphonies and ballets, plus the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, On the Waterfront Suite, Mass, Chichester Psalms, Serenade, On the Town, Trouble in Tahiti, Prelude, Fugue and Riffs and the song cycles La Bonne Cuisine and I Hate Music. Also, songs, and chamber and piano works, including recordings by such artists as soprano Harolyn Blackwell, mezzos Marilyn Horne and Frederica von Stade, violinist Joshua Bell, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, clarinetist Sabine Meyer and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. Also included is Leonard Slatkin's 1992 St. Louis recording of Bernstein s cycle Songfest for six singers and orchestra. Candide, both by the original Broadway cast recording from 1956 and by the revised 1973 Chelsea version conducted by John Mauceri; Wonderful Town from the 1958 television cast recording (starring Rosalind Russell from the 1953 Broadway première). Peter Pan in its original Broadway cast recording from 1950 starring Jean Arthur and Boris Karloff, also re-mastered in this special edition. West Side Story, the original Broadway cast album from 1957, and the 1961 movie soundtrack recording. The Bernstein Songbook (Disc 19) with songs from his theater works rounds up the collection of musicals. Bernstein in Jazz features jazz arrangements based on Bernstein's compositions by the Dave Brubeck Quartet, the Aaron Bell Trio, trombonist J.J. Johnson, the Marsalis family, saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, pianist Martial Solal, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman (with Woody Herman s Thundering Herd), André Previn on piano (with drummer Shelly Manne and bassist Red Mitchell), vibraphonist Gary Burton, and pianist Eldar Djangirov. Packaged in LP-sized special edition with book. Complete track lists available at Amazon.com.

What's The Matter With Helen?
(Shout! Factory - new Blu-ray)
1971 horror film starring Debbie Reynolds, Shelley Winters, Dennis Weaver, Agnes Moorehead, Micheál MacLiammóir, Robbi Morgan. Directed by Curtis Harrington. 101 minutes.

Songs From Kermit Goell's Pocahontas
(Stage Door Records - new import 2-CD set)
London cast of score by Kermit Goell. From recent discovery by Kermit Goell's son Jonathan of reel-to-reel demo tapes featuring recordings of the score. Recorded in 1962 and performed by a company of Broadway singers under the musical direction of Jay Blackton. Set includes digitally remastered demonstration recordings plus a selection of piano instrumentals from Goell's score, concluding with an in-depth audio interview with Anita Gillette, recorded in 2016 especially for this album. Also, 8-page booklet. The show played London's Lyric Theatre from November 14th, 1963, for 12 performances, starring Anita Gillette and Terence Cooper.

Speech & Debate soundtrack
(Broadway Records - new on CD/at iTunes)
Soundtrack for the 2017 film based on Stephen Karam's play. Jeremy Rowley, Alex Rhodes, Sarah Steele, Austin P. McKenzie, Liam James. Features all the original songs and musical moments from the film along with the original end title song performed by Kristin Chenoweth and brand new song from Austin P. McKenzie recorded exclusively for the album. "Opening Rant," "No Trouble," "Diwata's Audition," "Tonight," "Crap Sandwich," "Part One," "King," "Crap Sandwich," "Part Two," "More Weight," "Group Interpretation Intro," "Hold It in," "Solomon's Speech," "Freedom! '90" (George Michael), "Losers Are Winners (Flying Free) (Kristin Chenoweth), "End Titles" (Deborah Lurie); Bonus Track: "Know Me Better" (Austin P. McKenzie). Also BroadwayRecords.com. Sycamore Pictures will donate 10% of all soundtrack sales to the Kristin Chenoweth Arts & Education Foundation.


Week of March 21, 2017

A Bronx Tale OBC digital
(Decca Broadway - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Score by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. Nick Cordero, Richard H. Blake, Bobby Conte Thornton, Ariana DeBose, Lucia Giannetta, Bradley Gibson, Hudson Loverro. "Belmont Avenue," "Look to Your Heart," "Roll 'Em," "I Like It," "Giving Back the Money," "I Like It (Reprise)," "Ain't It the Truth," "Out of Your Head," "Nicky Machiavelli," "These Streets," "Webster Avenue," "Out of Your Head (Reprise)," "One of the Great Ones," "Ain't It the Truth (Reprise)," "Look to Your Heart (Reprise)," "One of the Great Ones (Reprise)," "Hurt Someone," "In a World Like This," "The Choices We Make." Recorded January 9, 2017. CD version in theater April 14, 2017, in stores May 12.

Burke Beautiful: The Songs of Johnny Burke
(Harbinger Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Musical theatre singer/actress Sharon Paige with Keith Ingham. "Aren't You Glad You're You?" (Bells of St. Mary's), "Sleighride in July" (Belle of the Yukon), "You Don't Have to Know the Language" (Road to Rio), "But Beautiful" (Road to Rio), "My Heart Is a Hobo," "Humpty Dumpty Heart," "It Could Happen to You" (And the Angels Sing), "Swinging on a Star" (Going my Way), "A Hundred Dreams from Now," "Get Rid of Monday," "Suddenly It's Spring," "One, Two, Button Your Shoe" (Pennies from Heaven), "What's New," "Like Someone in Love" (Belle of the Yukon), "Do You Know Why?," "He Makes Me Feel I'm Lovely" (Donnybrook!). Released 2/3/17.

Come from Away OBC
(The Musical Company - new on CD)
Score by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Petrina Bromley, Geno Carr, Jenn Colella, Joel Hatch, Rodney Hicks, Kendra Kassebaum, Chad Kimball, Lee MacDougall, Caesar Samayoa, Q. Smith, Astrid Van Wieren, Sharon Wheatley. "Welcome to the Rock," "38 Planes," "Blankets and Bedding," "28 Hours/Wherever We Are," "Darkness and Trees," "On The Bus," "Darkness and Trees (Reprise)," "Lead Us Out Of the Night," "Phoning Home," "Costume Party," "I Am Here," "Prayer," "On The Edge," "In The Bar/Heave Away," "Screech In," "Me and the Sky," "The Dover Fault," "Stop the World," "38 Planes (Reprise)/Somewhere in the Middle of Nowhere," "Something's Missing," "Years Later," "Finale," Bonus: "Screech Out." Co-produced by David Lai. Recorded week of February 10. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes

Doreen Montalvo: American Soul/Latin Heart
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3)
On Your Feet star. "What A Wonderful World," "Ángel de mi Alma," "Show Me the Way," "Fever," "Piece of My Heart," "Te Soñé," "Bésame Much," "What the Morning Brings," "Total Eclipse of the Heart/Eclipse Total del Amor," "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me." Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Evening at the Talk House
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
TCG edition of Wallace Shawn play, presented Off-Broadway by The New Group.

Jenn Gambatese: Cockeyed Optimist
(JAY Records - digital album at iTunes)
Solo album by actress/singer Jenn Gambatese (Tarzan). "It's a Grand Night for Singing," "Do-Re-Mi," "The Sound of Music," "Mr. Snow," "Some Enchanted Evening" (with Matt Bogart), "Everybody's Got a Home But Me," "Hello Young Lovers," "A Cockeyed Optimist," "Love Look Away," "Ten Minutes Ago," "It Might As Well Be Spring," "No Other Love" (with Jeff Kready), "I Cain't Say No," "My Favorite Things" (with Mary Testa), "Something Wonderful," "A Wonderful Guy," "Something Good" (with Gavin Creel), "You'll Never Walk Alone," "Out of My Dreams" (with Jerome Korman). Released 2/9/17. Released in CD format in the U.K.

Levi Kreis: Broadway at the Keys
(Vision 9 Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Broadway singer/actor (Million Dollar Quartet) album. "Lost in the Wilderness," "Friend Like Me," "Living in the Shadows," "Not While I'm Around," "Corner of the Sky," "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," "Kansas City," "One Song Glory," "In My Own Lifetime," "Anytime (I Am There)," "Neverland," "Wind Beneath My Wings," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On."

The Lunatic, the Lover & the Poet
(L.A. Theatre Works - Audiobook on CD)
Brian Bedford's one-man show. A CBC Broadcast Centre solo performance featuring Brian Bedford. Recorded in front of a live audience at the Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto in March of 1995.

"When You Are A Person"
(new digital single)
Song from original Off-Broadway cast recording of Ken Urban score. James Kautz, Rachel Franco, Sean Patrick Monahan, Elizabeth Lail and Spencer Davis Milford. Play produced at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in February 2017. Released 3/14/17. Streaming at SoundCloud or download at kenurban.bandcamp.com.

Up in the Cheap Seats
(Griffith Moon - new hardcover book)
Memoir by Ron Fassler. Features memories and insights from Jane Alexander, Sheldon Harnick, James Earl Jones, Stacy Keach, Nathan Lane, Hal Linden, John Lithgow, Bette Midler, Austin Pendleton, Harold Prince, Doris Roberts, Stephen Sondheim, and Mike Nichols among many others. 260 pages. 8 illustrations & photographs. Currently available at GriffithMoon.com and Drama Book Shop.

Vitaphone Varieties Volume Three (1928-1929)
(Warner Archive - new on DVD)
Collection of 16 vintage vaudeville and other sound shorts. 132 minutes.

A Whole New World: The Road to Broadway and Beyond
(Disney Editions - Hardcover Book)
By Michael Lassell. Backstage and behind the scenes look at the creative process for the musical Aladdin. 192 pages.


Week of March 14, 2017

100 Greatest American Plays
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Thomas S. Hischak. 352 pages.

13 Things About Ed Carpolotti 2013 Off Broadway Cast
(Naxos/Harbinger Records - new on CD)
Music by Barry Kleinbort; based on the play by Jeffrey Hatcher. Penny Fuller accompanied by Paul Greenwood (musical director). "Introduction," "Scene 1," "The Holidays," "Scene 2," "Where Did We Meet?: Part I," "At the Liberty Theater," "Scene 3," "Where Did We Meet?: Part II," "Scene 4," "We're Gonna Be Fine: Part I," "Scene 5," "We're Gonna Be Fine: Part II," "Scene 6," "You are My Happiness," "Scene 7," "The House on Bray Barton," "Scene 8," "13 Things about Ed Carpolotti," "Sins," "Scene 9," "We're Gonna Be Fine (reprise) - Phone Calls," "Scene 10," "One More Spring," "Scene 11," "Finale: The List." Digital release in 2014 on mp3 and /at iTunes

Eclipsed (Revised TCG Edition)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Danai Gurira, newly revised version. 80 pages.

Fences
(Paramount - new Blu-ray/DVD)
2016 film version of August Wilson play. Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Mykelti Williamson, Russell Hornsby, Stephen Henderson. Directed by Denzel Washington. Blu-ray includes Digital copy & DVD copy.

Freaky Friday studio cast recording
(Disney - new on CD)
Score by Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (lyrics). Heidi Blickenstaff, Emma Hunton, Jason Gotay, Storm Lever, Ann Harada, NaTasha Yvette Williams, Preston Sadleir, Alan H. Green, Bobby Smith, Jason SweetTooth Williams, Sherri L. Edelen. "Prologue," "Just One Day," "The Hourglass," "I Got This," "What You Got," "Oh, Biology," "Vows," "Busted," "Somebody Has Got to Take the Blame," "Watch Your Back," "Parents Lie," "Just One Day (Reprise)," "Not Myself Today," "Women and Sandwiches," "Bring My Baby (Brother) Home," "Go," "After All of This and Everything," "No More Fear," "The Other Hourglass," "Today and Ev'ry Day." Music supervision by Bryan Perri, orchestrations by Tom Kitt and Michael Starobin, vocal arrangements by Tom Kitt and Carmel Dean, and dance and incidental arrangements by Tom Kitt. Released digitally on mp3 and at iTunes February 10.

Hamilton: Ukulele Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
10 selections with lyrics, including: "Alexander Hamilton," "Burn," "Dear Theodosia," "Hurricane," "It's Quiet Uptown," "My Shot," "One Last Time," "That Would Be Enough," "Wait for It," "You'll Be Back."

Plays & Opera for the Radio
(CPO - new on 2 CDs/mp3)
RadioMusiken, Vol. 3. from the early 1930s. Includes radio play Sabinchen by Paul Hindemith, the audio play Mord by Walter Gronostay, and radio opera Jorinde und Joringel by Heinrich Sutermeister, and more. Composers include Walter Gronostay, Wilhelm Grosz, Pavel Haas, Paul Hindemith, Heinrich Sutermeister, Kurt Weill. MP3 link has the track list.


Week of March 7, 2017

Beauty and the Beast (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack/Deluxe Edition)
(Walt Disney Records - new 2-CD set/mp3/at iTunes)
From 2017 live-action remake of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as three new songs written by Menken and Tim Rice. Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Hattie Morahan, Nathan Mack, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson. Disc: 1," "Overture," "Main Title: Prologue Pt1," "Aria" (Audra McDonald), "Main Title: Prologue Pt2," "Belle" (Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Ensemble), "How Does A Moment Last Forever" (Music Box)" (Kevin Kline), "Belle" (Reprise)" (Emma Watson), "Gaston" (Josh Gad, Luke Evans, Ensemble), "Be Our Guest" (Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Gugu Mbatha-Raw), "Days In The Sun" (Emma Thompson, Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Adam Mitchell, Stanley Tucci, Clive Rowe), "Something There" (Emma Thompson, Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Dan Stevens, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nathan Mack), "How Does A Moment Last Forever" (Montmartre)" (Emma Watson), "Beauty and the Beast" (Emma Thompson), "Evermore" (Dan Stevens), "The Mob Song" (Emma Thompson, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Luke Evans, Ensemble, Stanley Tucci, Nathan Mack), "Beauty and the Beast" (Finale)" (Audra McDonald, Ensemble, Emma Thompson), "How Does A Moment Last Forever" (Celine Dion), "Beauty and the Beast" (John Legend, Ariana Grande), "Evermore" (Josh Groban), "Aria" (Demo), "How Does A Moment Last Forever" (Music Box)" (Demo), "Days In The Sun" (Demo), "How Does A Moment Last Forever" (Montmartre)" (Demo), "Evermore" (Demo). Disc 2: "Main Title: Prologue," "Belle Meets Gaston," "Your Mother," "The Laverie," "Wolf Chase," "Entering the Castle," "A White Rose," "The Beast," "Meet the Staff," "Home" (From Beauty and the Beast/Extended Mix/Score), "Madame De Garderobe," "There's a Beast," "A Petal Drops," "A Bracing Cup of Tea," "The West Wing," "Wolves Attack Belle," "The Library," "Colonnade Chat," "The Plague," "Maurice Accuses Gaston."

Come from Away OBC digital
(The Musical Company - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Score by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Petrina Bromley, Geno Carr, Jenn Colella, Joel Hatch, Rodney Hicks, Kendra Kassebaum, Chad Kimball, Lee MacDougall, Caesar Samayoa, Q. Smith, Astrid Van Wieren, Sharon Wheatley. "Welcome to the Rock," "38 Planes," "Blankets and Bedding," "28 Hours/Wherever We Are," "Darkness and Trees," "On The Bus," "Darkness and Trees (Reprise)," "Lead Us Out Of the Night," "Phoning Home," "Costume Party," "I Am Here," "Prayer," "On The Edge," "In The Bar/Heave Away," "Screech In," "Me and the Sky," "The Dover Fault," "Stop the World," "38 Planes (Reprise)/Somewhere in the Middle of Nowhere," "Something's Missing," "Years Later," "Finale," Bonus: "Screech Out." Co-produced by David Lai. Recorded week of February 10. CD version to be released March 24.

Finian's Rainbow Blu-ray
(Warner Archive - new on Blu-ray)
1968 film adaptation of musical (book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy; music by Burton Lane, lyrics by E.Y. Harburg). Fred Astaire, Petula Clark, Tommy Steele, Don Francks, Keenan Wynn, Barbara Hancock, Al Freeman Jr., Ronald Colby, Dolph Sweet, Wright King, Louis Silas. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. 145 minutes.

Gently Down The Stream
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Play by Martin Sherman. To be produced at the Public Theater starting March 13, 2017.

Hero
(Broadway Records - new on 2 CDs)
Actor/singer Tyce (Tyce Green) performs the songs of Jim Steinman. Disc One: "Holding Out for a Hero," "Heaven Can Wait," "I'll Kill You If You Don't Come Back," "Left in the Dark," "Total Eclipse of the Heart," "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," "I'm Gonna Love Her for Both of Us," "Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are," "Braver Than We Are. Disc: 2: Acoustic versions of "Holding Out for a Hero," "Everything Is Permitted," "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)," "I'm Gonna Love Her for Both of Us," "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," "More Than You Deserve," "For Crying Out Loud." Arrangements by producer Zak Lloyd. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

LaChanze: Feelin' Good
(new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
Highlights featured in LaChanze's Highline Ballroom concert, February 27, 2017, in anticipation of an upcoming national tour. "Feeling Good," "If You Really Want," "Free." Released 2/24/17.

Liaisons - Re-imagining Sondheim from the Piano (songbook)
(Rilting Music, Inc. - Paperback Book)
Piano/vocal/guitar Composer Collection songbook. Conceived by concert pianist Anthony de Mare, the concert and recording project Liaisons is based on the songs of composer Stephen Sondheim. 37 contemporary composers chose a song by Sondheim and re-imagined it as a solo piano piece. Song list at HalLeonard.com. Previously released in a CD set. 344 pages.

Mr. Burns and Other Plays
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Anne Washburn plays Mr. Burns, The Small, I Have Loved Strangers Orestes. 304 pages.

Murder, Stage Left (The Nero Wolfe Mysteries)
(Mysterious Press - Paperback Book)
By Robert Goldsborough. Theatre-set murder mystery. 250 pages.

Suite from The Enclave: for 2 Pianos, 4 Hands and Percussion
(Rilting Music - Paperback Book)
By Stephen Sondheim. 48 pages. Released 1/1/17.

Suite from Invitation to a March: for Flute (dbl. Piccolo), Clarinet in B-flat, Horn in F, Trumpet in B-flat, Harp (or Piano)
(Rilting Music - Paperback Book)
By Stephen Sondheim. Previously unpublished incidental music composed for the Arthur Laurents comedy "Invitation to a March," which opened on Broadway on Oct. 29, 1960. This suite was recorded on the CD "Unsung Sondheim" (Varese Sarabande). First edition based on the composer's autograph manuscripts. 40 pages. Released 12/1/16.


Week of February 28, 2017

Ann-Margret: The Definitive Collection
(Real Gone Music - new on 2 CDs)
30 tracks from nine albums among her 1961-1966 RCA recordings, including the Bye Bye Birdie soundtrack. "Teach Me Tonight," "I Just Don't Understand," "It Do Me So Good," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Fever," "What Am I Supposed to Do," "Bachelor in Paradise," "MrWonderful," "Let Me Entertain You," "How Lovely to Be a Woman," "Bye Bye Birdie," "Take All the Kisses," "I'm in the Mood for Love," "You're the Boss," "The Lady Loves Me," "Man's Favorite Sport," "I'm Nobody's Baby," "Bill Bailey," "My Baby Just Cares for Me," "Mack the Knife," "Love Makes the World Go Round," "Our Language of Love," "The Pleasure Seekers," "Next Time," "Something to Think About," "Everything Makes Music When You're in Love," "Mister Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," "That Old Black Magic," "I Wanna Be Loved," "The Swinger." Booklet includes liner notes by Joe Marchese and vintage album artwork.

Chip Deffaa'as Mad About the Boy: The Original Cast Album
(Garret Mountain Records - new on CD-R/mp3)
Gay musical revue conceived, written, and directed by Chip Deffaa that played New York's 13th Street Theater. Mixes vintage numbers from the 1920s and '30s with originals by Deffaa. Musical direction by Richard Danley. Michael J. C. Andersun, John Brady, Joris De Graaf, Luka Fric, Benjamin Grier, Shinice Hemmings, Rayna Hirt, Cody Jordan, Michael Knowles, Toby Medlyn, Katherine Paulsen, Jon Peterson, Al Roths, Maite Uzal, Terri White. Available at CDBaby.com.

Consider Yourself! The Highs Of Lionel Bart
(Cherry Red - new 5-CD import set)
Showcases all of Lionel Bart’s early triumphs including music from the historic productions of Oliver! which featured the young Steve Marriott as the Artful Dodger, Stanley Holloway, Ron Moody’s immortal Fagin, Georgia Brown's Nancy, and Barry Humphries as Mr Sowerberry, the undertaker. Includes songs from Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'be with Barbara Windsor, Sid James, Adam Faith and Max Bygraves; music from Blitz, the complete original score plus popular recordings "Far Away" performed by Shirley Bassey, and others. Also, songs Lionel wrote to put Tommy Steele on the map, including the compositions from The Duke Wore Jeans and Tommy the Toreador, and a panorama of his writing for the popular artists of the day, including Cliff Richard, Tommy Steele, Marty Wilde, Anthony Newley, Alma Cogan, Mark Wynter, Frankie Vaughan, Shane Fenton and Joe Brown. Includes the theme from From Russia With Love arranged by John Barry, and Lionel's own wonderfully eccentric recordings, the For Bart's Sake 10 solo album and his 1961 Christmas single. Track list at Amazon. Will be released first in the UK on 2/24/17; more information at Cherry Red Records website.

The Globe: Shakespeare's London Theatre
(Amerley - Hardcover Book)
By Nicholas Fogg. [Availability is uncertain.] 288 pages.

Karen Mason: It's About Time
(Zevely Records - new digital album)
"It's About Time" (Paul Rolnick and Shelly Markham), "Finding Wonderland," "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart," "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?," "Just in Time," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "Somewhere / the Impossible Dream," "The Man That Got Away," "A House is Not a Home," "Once Upon a Dream Come True," "Over the Rainbow." Bonus Tracks: "Fifty Percent," "Our Love Is Here to Stay." Liner notes by David Kenney.

Hal David: His Magic Moments
(Dorrance Publishing Co. - hardcover book/Kindle Edition)
By Eunice David. Biography of lyricist Hal David (Promises, Promises written by his wife. 310 pages. Released 11/15/16.

Live From Lincoln Center: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel
(PBS - new on DVD)
Aired on PBS April 26, 2013. Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Stephanie Blythe, John Cullum, Jessie Mueller, Shuler Hensley, Jason Danieley, Kate Burton, Robert Fairchild, and Tiler Peck. New York Philharmonic. Directed by John Rando and choreography by Warren Carlyle, 150 minutes.

Spamilton
(DRG/eOne - new on CD/mp3)
Original cast recording. Dan Rosales, Nicholas Edwards, Juwan Crawley, Chris Anthony Giles, Nora Schell, along with special guest stars Christine Pedi and Glenn Bassett, and Music Director Fred Barton at the piano. Written by Gerard Alessandrini. "Lin-Manuel as Hamilton," "Aaron Burr, Sir," "My Shot" (The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Guys and Dolls, Singin in the Rain), "The Schuyler Sisters" (An American in Paris, The King and I, Avenue Q), "Lin-Manuel's Quest" (Man of La Mancha), "Beggar Woman #1" (Sweeney Todd), "A Winter's Ball," "You'll Be Back," "What'd I Miss?," "Ben Franklin, Sondheim, and Lin-Manuel" (Dear Mr. Gable, Into the Woods, Company), "The Rap-Off Contest" (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), "Yorktown," "Beggar Woman #2" (Sweeney Todd, Down with Love), "In the Heights," "Take a Break," "Say No to This," "The Book of Mormon," "Everybody's Got the Right," "Assassins," "Cool" (West Side Story), "Who Lives, Who Dies," "NYC" (Annie), "The Room Where It Happens," "The Story of Tonight." Musical arrangements by Richard Danley and Fred Barton. Produced by Hugh Fordin.


Week of February 21, 2017

... and Then I Wrote The Music Man & Music From Meredith - Limited Edition
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
Rini and Meredith Willson tell and sing their story of The Music Man. Twofer album of ...and then I wrote The Music Man (with Meredith Willson at the piano, informally commenting on the show, telling its story, and singing the songs with his wife Rini) coupled with the instrumental album Music from "The Music Man" conducted by Meredith Willson (Willson conducts 16 instrumentals from the score), plus a rare 1962 promotional interview with Shirley Jones, and Jones' interpretation of "Being In Love." Disc One: "Rock Island," "Ya Got Trouble," "Piano Lesson," "Goodnight My Someone," "Seventy Six Trombones," "Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little / Goodnight Ladies," "My White Knight," "Marian the Librarian," "The Sadder But Wiser Girl for Me," "Shipoopi," "Lida Rose," "Will I Ever Tell You," "Till There Was You"; Disc Two: "Goodnight My Someone," "Gary Indiana," "Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little," "Sincere," "Shipoopi," "Lida Rose / Will I Ever Tell You," "Seventy Six Trombones," "Till There Was You," "Marian the Librarian," "It's You," "Wells Fargo Wagon," "Piano Lesson," "The Sadder-But-Wiser Girl," "My White Knight"; Bonus Tracks: Shirley Jones Interview (1962), "Being In Love" (Shirley Jones). Part of Stage Door Records' Collector's Series: first time on CD; retro-style LP packaging; limited to 500 copies. Also at Stage Door Records.

The Boyfriend Blu-ray
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1971 British-American musical comedy film adaptation of the musical The Boy Friend by Sandy Wilson. Twiggy, Christopher Gable, Max Adrian, Tommy Tune, Brian Murphy, Barbara Windsor, Vladek Sheybal. Directed by Ken Russell.

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
(HBO - new on DVD-R)
Given unusual access to each woman's home and life, directors Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens captured the quicksilver wit and intelligence shared by mother-daughter Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher as they orbited around each other, living separate lives but kept close by the gravitational pull of love and family. Shown on HBO, 95 minutes. Released 2/7/17.

Dear Evan Hansen OBC
(Atlantic Records - new on CD)
Score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Ben Platt, Laura Dreyfuss, Rachel Bay Jones, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Mike Faist, Michael Park, Will Roland and Kristolyn Lloyd, and Michael Lee Brown, Garrett Long, Olivia Puckett, Colton Ryan, and Asa Somers. "Anybody Have a Map?," "Waving Through A Window," "For Forever," "Sincerely, Me," "Requiem," "If I Could Tell Her," "Disappear," "You Will Be Found," "To Break In a Glove," "Only Us," "Good For You," "Words Fail," "So Big / So Small," "Finale." Produced by Atlantic Records, Alex Lacamoire, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and co-produced by Stacey Mindich. Released previously on mp3 and at iTunes.

Judy Collins: A Love Letter to Stephen Sondheim CD
(Wildflower - new on CD/mp3)
"No One Is Alone," "Finishing the Hat," "Not While I'm Around," "Take Me to the World," "Liaisons," "Move On," "Not a Day Goes By," "Send in the Clowns," "I'm Still Here," "Anyone Can Whistle."

The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition: The Complete Works
(Oxford Univ Press - new Hardcover/Kindle Edition)
Edited by Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, Gabriel Egan. The editors frame the surviving original versions of Shakespeare's play-texts and poems around the latest literary, textual, and theatrical scholarship to date. Presents the plays and poetry in chronological order accompanied by extensive performance notes and introductory materials. [Recently in the news for crediting Christopher Marlowe as a co-author of Henry VI, Parts 1, 2, and 3.] Part of The New Oxford Shakespeare (available in a complete set), which also includes the Modern Critical Edition (with modern spelling), the Critical Reference Edition (with original spelling), the Authorship Companion, and an online version integrating all of the print material on a high-powered platform generated by Oxford University Press. 3382 pages. Released 12/27/16.

Ripcord
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Play by David Lindsay-Abaire. Played in 2015 at Manhattan Theatre Club. 96 pages.

The Student Prince
(CPO - new on 2 CDs/mp3/at iTunes)
Sigmund Rosenberg operetta. Dominik Wortig, Vincent Schirrmacher, Anja Petersen, Frank Blees, Brigitte Schreiner, Theresa Nelles. Disc One, Act I: "Prologue: By Our Hearing So Sedate," "Golden Days: Down where the Neckar flows swiftly along," "Garlands Bright - Nicolas' Pipe," "To the Inn we're marching," "Drinking Song: Where is the maid - Come, boys, let's all be gay," "Drinking Song - To the Inn we're marching," "Heidelberg, beloved vision," "Gaudeamus igitur - Golden Days," "Deep in My Heart Dear," "Finale: Come, Sir, will you join our noble saxon corps?," "Serenade: Overhead the moon is beaming," "Waltz: Gaudeamus igitur - Hail youth and love," "Come Boys, Let's All Be Gay, Boys," "," "Disc 2, Act II, II, IV: "The Student Prince, Act II: Act II: Introdution," "Farmer Jacob lay asnoring in his feather bed," "Student Life," "Incidental Music - Flute Solo," "Finale: To the inn we're marching," "Opening and Ballet: Incidental Music," "Just we two," "The Flag that flies above us," "Gavotte," "Finale," "Serenade Intermezzo," "Opening chorus: Let Us Sing a Song," "Incidental Music," "Finale: To the Inn we're marching - Incidental Music," "Deep in my heart - Out March."WDR Rundfunkchor Köln, WDR Funkhausorchester Köln Conducted by John Mauceri, who also contributed to the booklet content. Released 1/20/17.


Week of February 14, 2017

Corey Brunish: Throwback Thursday
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Actor/singer/Broadway producer Corey Brunish. "Imagine," "Just in Time," "Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)," "Lady Madonna," "Someone to Watch over Me," "Bye Bye Love," "Let It Be," "Norwegian Wood," "Rush and Rhythm," "Make You Feel My Love," "Wonderful World," "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," "Somewhere out There," "Some Other Time," "Hallelujah." Released 2/9/17.

Judy Collins: Love Letter to Sondheim DVD
(Cleopatra - new on DVD)
Filmed in May 2016 at The Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver, CO. Collins takes the audience through Stephen Sondheim's treasure-trove of music, interweaving stories of Broadway with her personal anecdotes. Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. With the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Glen Cortese. 90 minutes.

Kay Cole: Souvenir
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Debut solo album for Kay Cole (A Chorus Line. "In My Life," "Out Here On My Own," "One Boy/You Are for Loving," "Simply," "I Think I Like You/My First Love Song," "Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man of Mine," "Moonfall," "My Fantasy," "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "Why Can’t I Forget?," "You’ll See," "That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard it Should Be," "What Did I Have That I Don’t Have?," "Souvenir/What I Did for Love." Produced by Bruce Kimmel. Music direction by John Boswell. At Kritzerland.com.

Larry Elgart and His Orchestra: New Sounds at the Roosvelt / Music from the Broadway Hit Production Saratoga
(Fresh Sound Records - new on CD)
1959 album (14 tracks) from saxophonist Larry Elgart and his band at the Roosevelt Hotel (Al Cohn, Wayne Andre, John Murtaugh and Roger Middleton), plus Elgart's 12-track adaptation of the Broadway show Saratoga (score by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer) to his crisp, definite style. He chose the tunes he felt were best for the band, and assigned the arrangements to John Murtaugh and Ernie Wilkins, all brightened by some brief but strong, swinging solos. Digitally remastered."Let My People Swing," "Yearning (Just For You)," "You Should Have Told Me," "I Cried For You," "Honeysuckle Rose," "If Love Is Good To Me," "Mountain Greenery," "Cool-Aid," "Sleepy Time Gal," "Lagonda," "April," "Wabash Blues," "Blue Thursday," "Walkin'," "A Game of Poker / Love Held Lightly," "One Step—Two Step," "The Man in My Life," "The Cure," "Goose Never Be a Peacock," "Saratoga," "Have You Heard," "The Parks of Paris," "A Game of Poker," "You for Me," "Love Held Lightly," "Petticoat High." Released 2/10/17.

Philip Glass: Music for The Crucible
(Orange Mountain - new on CD/at iTunes)
Original music by Philip Glass from the 2016 Ivo Van Hove directed The Crucible on Broadway. 20 tracks. Released 1/20/17.

Vivian Reed: Standards and More
(new on CD/mp3)
"Just One of Those Things / Almost Like Being in Love / I'm Gonna Live 'Til I Die," "I Love Being Here with You / I Been There," "My Funny Valentine / In a Sentimental Mood," "You Can Have My Husband," "Bluer Than You," "Losing My Mind," "Mon Dieu," "A Train / Sweet Georgia Brown," "More," "Believe in Yourself." Released 2/2/17. CD format available at CDBaby.com


Week of February 7, 2017

Broadway Actors in Films, 1894-2015
(Mcfarland & Co. - Paperback Book)
by Roy Liebman. 277 pages.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Broadway Tie-In
(Puffin Books - Paperback Book)
By Roald Dahl. Illustrated by Quentin Blake. Classic book with a new cover. Age range: 8-12 years. 192 pages.

Freaky Friday studio cast recording digital
(Disney - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Score by Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (lyrics). Heidi Blickenstaff, Emma Hunton, Jason Gotay, Storm Lever, Ann Harada, NaTasha Yvette Williams, Preston Sadleir, Alan H. Green, Bobby Smith, Jason SweetTooth Williams, Sherri L. Edelen. "Prologue," "Just One Day," "The Hourglass," "I Got This," "What You Got," "Oh, Biology," "Vows," "Busted," "Somebody Has Got to Take the Blame," "Watch Your Back," "Parents Lie," "Just One Day (Reprise)," "Not Myself Today," "Women and Sandwiches," "Bring My Baby (Brother) Home," "Go," "After All of This and Everything," "No More Fear," "The Other Hourglass," "Today and Ev'ry Day." Music supervision by Bryan Perri, orchestrations by Tom Kitt and Michael Starobin, vocal arrangements by Tom Kitt and Carmel Dean, and dance and incidental arrangements by Tom Kitt. CD to be released March 10.

The Hamilton Mixtape (Explicit)(Cassette)
(Atlantic - cassette tape)
"No John Trumbull (Intro)," "My Shot (with Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix]," "Take A Break (Interlude)," "Say Yes To This," "Congratulations," "Satisfied (with Miguel & Queen Latifah)," "Stay Alive (Interlude)," "Cabinet Battle 3 (Demo)," "It's Quiet Uptown," "History Has Its Eyes On You," "Who Tells Your Story (with Common & Ingrid Michaelson)," "Dear Theodosia (Reprise)."

The Hamilton Mixtape vinyl w/digital download
(Atlantic - new double vinyl album + digital)
Side 1: "No John Trumbull" (Intro), "My Shot" (with Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix], "Wrote My Way Out," "Wait For It," "An Open Letter" (with Shockwave) [Interlude], "Satisfied" (with Miguel & Queen Latifah); Side 2: "Dear Theodosia" (with Ben Folds), "Valley Forge" (Demo), "It's Quiet Uptown," "That Would Be Enough," "Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)"; Side 3: "You'll Be Back," "Helpless" (with Ja Rule), "Take A Break (Interlude), "Say Yes To This," "Congratulations," "Burn"; Side 4: "Stay Alive (Interlude), "Cabinet Battle 3" (Demo), "Washingtons By Your Side," "History Has Its Eyes On You," "Who Tells Your Story" (with Common & Ingrid Michaelson), "Dear Theodosia (Reprise)." Digital download included.

Jitney: A Play - Broadway Tie-In Edition
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by August Wilson currently in Broadway premiere. 96 pages.

Ruthless! The Stage Mother of All Musicals
(Rhino Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Book and lyrics by Joel Paley, music by Marvin Laird. Original 2015 Off-Broadway cast. Peter Land, Kim Maresca, Tori Murray, Rita McKenzie, Andrea McCullough, and Tracy Jai Edwards. "Overture / Prologue," "Tina's Mother," "Born to Entertain," "Talent," "The Audition / to Play This Part," "Teaching Third Grade," What Is an Understudy" (Dialog), "Where Tina Gets It From," Talent Often Skips a Generation" (Dialog), "That Name," "Pippi in Tahiti," News Bulletin" (Dialog), "Teaching Third Grade (Reprise), "Judy Finds the Pippi Wig," "Talent (Reprise), "I Hate Musicals," "I Hate Musicals (Reprise), ""God Help Me, I'm Talented" (Dialog), "Angel Mom," "Montage (Dialog), "Penthouse Apartment," "It Will Never Be That Way Again," "I Want the Girl," "The Life and Times Of Ruth Delmarco," "Parents and Children," "The Critics Tried to Kill Me, But I'm Still Here (Dialog), "Ruthless!," "Talent (Reprise 2), "I'll Be an Unkie's Muncle" (Bernadette Peters), "Kisses and Hugs," "There's More to Life." Produced by Robert Sher. Music supervision by Marvin Laird and music direction by Ricky Romano. Released 12/23/16. CD version expected in the future.

What Playwrights Talk About When They Talk About Writing
(Yale Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Jeffrey Sweet. Edward Albee, Lanford Wilson, Lynn Nottage, A. R. Gurney, and a host of other major creative voices of the theater discuss the art of playwriting, from inspiration to production ... Arthur Kopit, Marsha Norman, Christopher Durang, David Hare, and many others offer insights into all aspects of the creative writing process as well as their personal views on the business, politics, and fraternity of professional theater. This essential work will give playwrights and playgoers alike a deeper and more profound appreciation of the art form they love. [Appears to be available ahead of release date.]


Week of January 31, 2017

Bells Are Ringing Blu-ray
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1960 film adaptation of Broadway show, directed by Vincente Minnelli. Judy Holliday, Dean Martin, Jean Stapleton, Fred Clark. Score by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. 126 minutes.

Billy Porter: "Edelweiss"
(Masterworks Broadway - new digital single on mp3/and at iTunes)
To be included on Porter's upcoming Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers album.

Dear Evan Hansen OBC - digital
(Atlantic Records - new digital mp3/at iTunes)
Score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Ben Platt, Laura Dreyfuss, Rachel Bay Jones, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Mike Faist, Michael Park, Will Roland and Kristolyn Lloyd, and Michael Lee Brown, Garrett Long, Olivia Puckett, Colton Ryan, and Asa Somers. "Anybody Have a Map?," "Waving Through A Window," "For Forever," "Sincerely, Me," "Requiem," "If I Could Tell Her," "Disappear," "You Will Be Found," "To Break In a Glove," "Only Us," "Good For You," "Words Fail," "So Big / So Small," "Finale." Produced by Atlantic Records, Alex Lacamoire, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and co-produced by Stacey Mindich. Pre-order includes instant download of "Waving Through A Window." CD version to be released February 24.

Drake's Dream OLC
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
1977 musical score with music and lyrics by Lynne and Richard Riley. Digitally remastered. Paul Jones as Sir Francis Drake, David Burt as Thomas Doughty, Earl Jordan as The King Of Ternate, Caro Gurney as Queen Elizabeth I, and Janet Shaw as Mary Drake. "At the Court of Queen Elizabeth," "I've Always Had a Dream," "Let's Get Going," "Take a Little Time," "When The Winds Command Us Away," "She Plays a Dangerous Game," "Between Today and Tomorrow," "Sedition," "Waiting Isn't Easy," "Gold," "Nova Albion," "God of the Waters," "Spice of Life," "Oh Lord Protect Us," "Fa La La," "Sailing Around," "Finale." Also in the U.K. at Stage Door Records.

The King and I DVD|Digital HD
(20th Century Fox - on two discs)
1956 film adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr, Rita Moreno, Maureen Hingert, Martin Benson. Looks like the DVD part of the 2014 blu-ray and R&H collection releases.

Len Cariou Presents: These Are My Friends
(Golden Stage Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Live recording from The Living Room April 2016. First issue from new recording company. "My Friends," "The Secret Service" (with Anita Gillette), "All That Jazz" (with Karen Mason), "That's Life" (with Holt McCallany), "Since You Stayed Here" (with Liz Callaway), "Lucky To Be Me" (with Judy Kaye), "The Woman for the Man Who Has Everything" (with Penny Fuller), "It’s Today" (with Lee Roy Reams), "Our Love is Here to Stay," "One Halloween" (with Penny Fuller), "Don't Blame Me" (with Lee Roy Reams), "Music and the Mirror" (with Liz Callaway), "Little Lamb" (with Sami Gayle). Released 1/13/17. CD format expected in the future.

Oklahoma! DVD|Digital HD
(20th Century Fox - on two discs)
1955 film adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Gene Nelson, Eddie Albert, Gloria Grahame, Rod Steiger. Looks like the DVD part of the 2014 blu-ray and R&H collection releases.

South Pacific DVD|Digital HD
(20th Century Fox - on two discs)
1958 film adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr, Juanita Hall, Frances Nuyen, Ray Walston. Looks like the DVD part of the 2014 blu-ray and R&H collection releases.


Week of January 24, 2017

Every Brilliant Thing
(Dramatist's Play Service - Paperback Book)
Play by Duncan MacMillan, produced in 2014 at Barrow Street Theatre. Released 11/16.

Bare Naked
(Yellow Sound Label - new on CDs/mp3/at iTunes)
Debut album by songwriter Lynne Shankel. Features songs Lynne and lyricist Jon Hartmere wrote for the 2012 production of bare: The Musical and a dozen of Lynne's most recent songs. Disc One, bare: "A Million Miles From Heaven" (the Bare ensemble), "Drive You Outta Your Mind" (the Bare ensemble featuring Bonnie Milligan), "You Don't Know" (Lilli Cooper and Elizabeth Judd), "Best Friend" (Taylor Trensch and Alice Lee), "Hail Mary" (featuring Missi Pyle and Taylor Trensch), "What If I Told?" (the bare ensemble featuring Taylor Trensch and Michael Tacconi), "You're Not Alone" (Missi Pyle), "Best Friend REMIX" (Christopher J. Hanke, Patti Murin and the bare ensemble); Disc Two, Naked: "Anything Can Happen" (Caissie Levy), "Too Little Too Late" (Melinda Doolittle), "I Will Make Thunder" (Jenn Colella), "Anytime, Anywhere, Any Day" (Lindsay Mendez and Derek Klena), "I Got Real Good" (Whitney Bashor), "Mountain Of Sand" (Chester Gregory), "Full Moon In July" (Lindsay Mendez), "Drivin' With The Top Down" (Alice Lee), "Postcard American Town" (Katie Rose Clarke), "Brand New Day" (Derek Klena), "You Gotta Live Your Life" (Telly Leung and choir), "Pieces of Me" (Lynne Shankel). 50% of the proceeds from album sales go to benefit the Tyler Clementi Foundation. Produced by Lynne Shankel and Michael Croiter.

Falsettos 2016 Broadway cast recording
(Ghostlight Records - new on 2 CDs)
The complete score by William Finn recorded for the first time. Stephanie J. Block, Christian Borle, Andrew Rannells, Anthony Rosenthal, Tracie Thoms, Brandon Uranowitz, and Betsy Wolfe. Also at Ghostlight Records. Act One – March of the Falsettos: "Four Jews in a Room Bitching," "2A Tight-Knit Family / Love Is Blind," "The Thrill of First Love," "Marvin at the Psychiatrist (A Three-Part Mini-Opera)," "My Father’s a Homo / Everyone Tells Jason to See a Psychiatrist," "This Had Better Come to a Stop," "I’m Breaking Down," "Please Come to Our House / Jason’s Therapy," "A Marriage Proposal / A Tight-Knit Family (Reprise)," "Trina’s Song / March of the Falsettos," "The Chess Game," "Making a Home," "The Games I Play," "Marvin Hits Trina," "I Never Wanted to Love You," "Father to Son." Act Two – Falsettoland: "Falsettoland / About Time," "Year of the Child," "Miracle of Judaism," "The Baseball Game," "A Day in Falsettoland," "Everyone Hates His Parents," "What More Can I Say?," "Something Bad Is Happening / More Racquetball," "Holding to the Ground," "Days Like This," "Canceling the Bar Mitzvah," "Unlikely Lovers," "Another Miracle of Judaism," "Something Bad Is Happening (Reprise)," "You Gotta Die Sometime," "Jason’s Bar Mitzvah," "What Would I Do?," "Falsettoland (Reprise)." Digital release on 12/13/16: mp3 and iTunes.

Judy and I: My Life with Judy Garland
(Chicago Review Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition to be released 3/1/17)
By Sid Luft, Judy Garland's third husband. Afterword by Randy L. Schmidt." Previously unpublished, and only recently found, Sid Luft's intimate autobiography tells their story." 480 pages.

Living on Love
(Dramatist's Play Service - Paperback Book)
Play by Joe DiPietro produced on Broadway in 2015. Released 11/16.

Shapiro Sisters: Time Reveals
(Broadway Records - new EP on CD/mp3)
Studio EP. "I Never Dreamed," "Fragmented," "Just a Girl," "Mama Who Bore Me," "Who Will Love Me As I Am?"

Song of Solomon
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3)
Original concept album. Music by Andrew Beall and lyrics by Neil Van Leeuwen. Ramin Karimloo, Alison Luff, Casey Manning, Alexander Gemignani, Hayden Tee, Jessica Foster, Alessandra Baldacchino, and Desi Oakley, with a full orchestra. "Song of Solomon," "Rose of Sharon," "Falling with You," "Solid Rock," "Stand Up Israel," "Light of the Moon," "Bring in the Stones," "Dance of the Temple," "Palace Encounters," "Alone," "Final Confrontation," "Finale." Produced by Michael Croiter and Andrew Beall. Also at Broadway Records.

Wait Until Dark Blu-ray
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1967 film based on Frederick Knott's play. Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna, Jack Weston, Julie Herrod, and Efrem Zimbalist Jr. 108 minutes.

You Will Remember Me
(Talonbooks - Paperback Book)
Play by François Archambault, translated by Bobby Theodore. Premiered in Toronto in 2014. American premiere at Hudson Stage Company in Armonk, NY, October 2016. 112 pages.


Week of January 17, 2017

Brutus and Other Heroines: Playing Shakespeare's Roles for Women
(Nick Hern Books - new paperback book/Kindle edition)
By Harriet Walter. An exploration of the Shakespearean canon through the eyes of a self-identified "feminist actor" – but, above all, a remarkable account of an acting career unconstrained by tradition or expectations. 224 pages.

A Dog Story original Off-Broadway cast
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Music and lyrics by Gayla D. Morgan. The musical at The Loft at the Davenport Theatre. David Perlman, Lindsie VanWinkle, Brian Ray Norris and Stefanie Brown "Married Over Labor Day," "Get a Dog," "Freedom," "It's Cuz of You," "All About the Dog," "Because of Her," "Vacation/Training Tango," "Cupid's Lullaby," "The Nightmare," "Cupid's Lullaby Reprise," "Let s Make Some Noise," "Better Saturday Nights," "Please Come Home," "Get a Dog Reprise." Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

The Gang's All Here
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
World premiere CD release of the 1943 Twentieth Century Fox musical soundtrack. Songs by Leo Robin and Harry Warren. Musical direction by Alfred Newman. The film starred Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, James Ellison, Phil Baker, Benny Goodman and his Orchestra, Eugene Pallette, Charlotte Greenwood, and Dave Willock. Includes all the music recorded for the film, as well as a few unused cues, all culled from materials in the Fox vaults and restored by Mike Matessino. "Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here," "You Discover You're in New York," "Acuerdo," "Digga A Ella" (The Uncle Samba), "P'ra Que Disquitir," "Let's Dance," "Minnie's in the Money," "A Journey to a Star" (instrumental), "Soft Winds," "The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat," "A Journey to a Star," "The Kiss," "Later Tonight / The Jitters," "Newspaper Montage / Befuddled," "No Love, No Nothin'," "Marlbrough" (Jolly Good Fellow), "Party Rehearsal" (No Love, No Nothin'), "The Dance" (No Love, No Nothin'), "Blackmail Sequence," "Minnie's in the Money" (instrumental), "The Panther / Pulling the Picture," "Swan Song / Paducah," "A Journey to a Star" (Reprise), "Polka Dot Polka — Finale" (A Journey to a Star), "Unused Music," "You Discover You're in New York" (instrumental), "No Love, No Nothin'" (score cue), "Minnie's in the Money" (alternate), "The Gang's All Here" (fanfare). Limited release of 1000 copies only. Order at Kritzerland.com.

Hamilton: Strum & Sing Guitar book
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Unplugged and pared-down ... collection features ten songs from Hamilton presented with just chords and lyrics. Titles include: "Alexander Hamilton," "Burn," "Dear Theodosia," "Hurricane," "It's Quiet Uptown," "My Shot," "One Last Time," "That Would Be Enough," "Wait for It," "You'll Be Back."

Judy Holliday: From Broadway To Hollywood [Original Recordings Remastered]
(Jasmine Music - new import CD)
"Full of Life," "These Will Be the Good Old Days (Twenty Years From Now), "Trouble Is a Man," "How About Me," "What I Was Warned About," "I Got Lost in His Arms," "What'll I Do," "Lonely Town," "Am I Blue," "Confession," "An Occasional Man," "A Ride on a Rainbow," "Where Have You Been," "I'm One of God's Children (Who Hasn't Got Wings)," "Loving You," "The Party's Over," "It's a Perfect Relationship," "Better Than a Dream (wDean Martin)," "Just in Time" (with Dean Martin & Chorus), "Drop That Name" (with Chorus), "The Party's Over (with Chorus), "I'm Going Back," "Finale" (Orchestra and Chorus)." Released 10/14/16.

The Lost Group Theatre Plays: Vol IV: Men in White, Big Night, & Night Over Taos (Volume 4)
(CreateSpace - new paperback book)
Three of the "lost" plays presented by the famed Group Theatre and later produced by ReGroup Theatre: Maxwell Anderson's Night Over Taos, Dawn Powell's original version of Big Night, and Sidney Kingsley's Men in White. Also included is an essay on Big Night by Powell biographer Patricia Palermo and a new Afterword by Allie Mulholland. Mikiodo, photographer. 300 pages. Also available are Volume I (1931 by Claire & Paul Sifton, Success Story by John Howard Lawson, and Gentlewoman by John Howard Lawson), Volume II (Weep For The Virgins by Nellise Child, Casey Jones by Robery Ardrey, and Classic Thunder Rock by Robery Ardrey), and Volume III (The House Of Connelly by Paul Green, Johnny Johnson by Paul Green, and Case Of Clyde Griffiths by Erwin Piscator).

Marjorie Prime
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Jordan Harrison (Maple and Vine). Presented at Playwrights Horizons in 2015. 96 pages.

Shakespeare in the Theatre: Nicholas Hytner
(Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare - Hardcover book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Abigail Rokison-Woodall. Examines the work of theatre director Nicholas Hytner (Artistic Director of the National Theatre from 2003-2015). Featuring case studies of Hytner's Shakespeare productions and interviews with actors, designers, directors and other practitioners with whom Hytner has worked. 264 pages.

Three Sisters
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Tracy Letts adaptation of Chekhov classic.

One More For The Road: Curtis Stigers with the Danish Radio Big Band
(Concord Jazz - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
"Come Fly With Me," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Don't Worry 'Bout Me," "You Make Me Feel So Young," "My Kind Of Town," "Fly Me To The Moon," "Summer Wind," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," "The Lady Is A Tramp," "One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)." Recorded live in Copenhagen.

Totally Scripted: Idioms, Words, and Quotes from Hollywood to Broadway That Have Changed the English Language
(Lyons Press - Paperback Book)
By Josh Chetwynd. Approximately 100 essays on words, phrases and idioms made famous by Hollywood along with the stories behind 30 or so of the most iconic—and ultimately often used—quotes from films ... And, a sidebar on William Shakespeare’s unique contribution to the English language. 232 pages.


Week of January 10, 2017

Barbara Carroll Plays at Birdland
(Birdland Records - new on CD/mp3)
Barbara Carroll live at Birdland, with Jay Leonhart. "I've Got the World on a String," "Midnight Sun," "Duke Ellington Medley," "The Folks Who Live on the Hill," "You Must Believe in Spring," "Body and Soul," "The Man I Love." Available at CDBaby.com. Released in 2016.

The Harvey Girls
(Warner Archive - DVD-R)
1946 MGM musical film. Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Ray Bolger, Angela Lansbury, Preston Foster, Virginia O'Brien, Kenny Baker, Marjorie Main, Chill Wills, Cyd Charisse. Songs by Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer. 101 minutes.

His Girl Friday (The Criterion Collection)
(Criterion Collection - new 2-disc Blu-ray set)
1940 film adaptation of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's play The Front Page. Cast includes Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart, John Qualen. Directed by Howard Hawks. Extras include: New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray; new 2K restoration of Lewis Milestone's The Front Page (1931), made from a recently discovered print of the director's preferred version; new interview with film scholar David Bordwell about His Girl Friday; archival interviews with director Howard Hawks; featurettes from 1999 and 2006 about Hawks, actor Rosalind Russell, and the making of His Girl Friday; radio adaptation of His Girl Friday from 1940; new piece about the restoration of The Front Page; new piece about playwright and screenwriter Ben Hecht; radio adaptations of the play The Front Page from 1937 and 1946; His Girl Friday trailers; booklet featuring essays on His Girl Friday and The Front Page by film critics Farran Smith Nehme and Michael Sragow. New cover art.

I'll Cry Tomorrow
(Warner Archive - DVD-R)
1955 biopic of Lillian Roth, based on her autobiography. Susan Hayward, Richard Conte, Eddie Albert, Don Taylor, Margo, and Jo Van Fleet.

In the Good Old Summertime
(Warner Archive - DVD-R)
1949 musical film based on Miklós László's Parfumerie. Judy Garland, Van Johnson, Spring Byington, Buster Keaton, Liza Minnelli. 103 minutes.


Week of January 3, 2017

Five Plays by Samuel D. Hunter
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Rest, A Great Wilderness, The Few, A Permanent Image and Pocatello. 400 pages.

Kinky Boots OBC vinyl
(Masterworks Broadway - vinyl double album)
Score by Cyndi Lauper. Stark Sands, Billy Porter, Tory Ross, Annaleigh Ashford,. "Price and Son Theme / The Most Beautiful Thing in the World," "Take What You Got," "Land of Lola," "Charlie's Soliloquy," "Step One," "Sex Is in the Heel," "The History of Wrong Guys," "Not My Father's Son," "Everybody Say Yeah," "What a Woman Wants," "In This Corner," "Charlie's Soliloquy (Reprise)," "Soul of a Man," "Hold Me in Your Heart," "Raise You Up / Just Be."

Legacy, a Musical Indictment
(Kindle Edition)
New historical hip-hopera by November Christine about the 16th century priest Martin Luther. Song "Are You the Man" available on mp3.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel: The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Part of The Applause Libretto Library Series. 160 pages.




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