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Week of November 6, 2018

The Broadway MelodyThe Broadway Melody
(Warner Archive - new DVD)
1929 musical film. Charles King, Anita Page, Bessie Love, Jed Prouty. Original music by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown. Directed by Harry Beaumont.

Clues to Acting Shakespeare 3Clues to Acting Shakespeare (Third Edition)
(Allworth Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Wesley Van Tassel. Guide for actors, directors, teachers and Shakespeare enthusiasts. New edition is expanded to include: a new section to aid community theatres to perform Shakespeare’s plays, including five recorded workshops of community theatre actors coached and trained by the author; updates to the sections on training student actors (MFA and BFA programs), and professional actors (including audition tips) highlighted by twenty author-coached workshops with professional and advanced student actors; improved section for teachers of high school and child actors with worksheets and sample lesson plans; and new exercises and resources for all levels of acting and production. 360 pages. Released October 2018.

Dear Evan Hansen DeluxeDear Evan Hansen Deluxe
(Atlantic Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording plus cut songs and tracks sung by current cast, including Taylor Trensch. "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." Bonus Tracks: "Obvious" (Taylor Trensch) "Hiding In Your Hands" (Mallory Bechtel) "Part Of Me" (Dear Evan Hansen August 2018 Broadway Cast) "In The Bedroom Down The Hall" (Demo, Rachel Bay Jones & Jennifer Laura Thompson) "Disappear" (acoustic, Taylor Trensch and Alex Boniello) "Waving Through A Window" (Katy Perry). Released 11/3/18.

Every Act of LifeEvery Act of Life
(new digital film streaming at Amazon and at iTunes)
Feature length documentary covering six groundbreaking decades in the theatre and in the fight for LGBTQ rights with four-time Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally. Appearances include Terrence McNally, F. Murray Abraham, Christine Baranski, Edie Falco, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Audra McDonald, Rita Moreno, Billy Porter, Chita Rivera, Patrick Wilson. Directed, produced and written by Jeff Kaufman, and produced by Marcia S. Ross

Head over HeelsHead Over Heels OBC
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD)
Songs by The Go-Go's. Cast includes Andrew Durand, Taylor Iman Jones, Jeremy Kushnier, Bonnie Milligan, Peppermint, Tom Alan Robbins, Alexandra Socha, and Rachel York. "We Got the Beat," "Beautiful," "Vision of Nowness," "Get Up and Go," "Mad About You," "Good Girl," "Automatic Rainy Day," "Vacation," "How Much More," "Our Lips Are Sealed," "Head Over Heels," "This Old Feeling," "Turn to You," "Heaven Is a Place on Earth," "Here You Are," "Finale," "Get Up and Go (Reprise)," Bonus Tracks: "Turn to You (Pre-Prise)," "Automatic Rainy Day" (Acoustic Version), "This Town" (performed by The Go-Go's). Cast album producer; music supervisor/orchestrator/srranger: Tom Kitt. Louise Gund, cast album co-producer. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes.

Peter PanJ. M. Barrie's Peter Pan (Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Lucie Sutherland. "Charts the 'awfully big adventure' of creating Peter Pan, as well as the many entertaining, enthralling, and often extraordinary ways the play has been adapted ever since."

Longoria ChristmasMichael Longoria: Merry Christmas Darling
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
"Merry Christmas Darling," "Sleigh Ride," "My Only Wish (This Year)," "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," "Santa Tell Me," "One More Sleep," "Little Saint Nick (Featuring the Midtown Men)," "Last Christmas," "Christmas Waltz," "All I Want for Christmas," "Wrapped in Red," "Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)," "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Merry Me This Christmas" (co-written by Michael Longoria and Rona Siddiqui). Produced by Grammy nominee Michael Croiter. [Amazon link should start working soon.] Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Miss You Like HellMiss You Like Hell
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Libretto for musical adaptation of Quiara Alegría Hudes' play 26 Miles by Hudes and Erin McKeown. 120 pages.

Coward BBC CollectionThe Noël Coward BBC Radio Drama Collection: Seven BBC Radio Full-Cast Productions
(BBC Books - Audiobook on CD/Audible Edition)
The very best of Coward's works on the radio, plus bonus material including interviews with Coward and those who knew him best. The casts that include Helena Bonham-Carter, Bill Nighy, Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, Harriet Walter, Alex Jennings and Roger Allam. Private Lives, Hay Fever, Blithe Spirit, Design for Living, The Vortex, Still Life , Present Laughter. Plus a profile of Noël Coward and extracts from his diaries.

Will He Like MEPhilip Chaffin Will He Like Me?
(P.S. Classics - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Reimagines the Great American Songbook for the post-marriage-equality era. "Will He Like Me?," "It's a Nice Face / When I Marry Mr. Snow," "Cooking Breakfast for the One I Love," "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," "Man With a Load of Mischief," "Charity's Soliloquy ," "An Occasional Man," "Lovely, Lonely Man," "A Tender Spot / Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe," "Tom ," "But I Could Cook," "I Got Lost in His Arms / Don't Ever Leave Me," "Who Gave You Permission?," "Windflowers."

Theodosia RepriseSara Bareilles: Theodosia Reprise
(Atlantic Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Latest Hamildrop digital single. Released 10/31/18.

HymnSarah Brightman: Hymn
(Decca Gold - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
New studio album, collection of orchestrated, choir-based songs with long time producer and collaborator Frank Peterson. Recorded over the past two years in Hamburg, Miami, London, Vancouver, Los Angeles, New York, and Budapest. Songs by Eric Whitacre, Yoshiki, Paul Kalkbrenner, Barclay James Harvest, Georges Bizet, Ennio Morricone and Romano Musumarra. Brightman duets with Vincent Niclo and Andrea Bocelli ("Time To Say Goodbye," in a new solo rendition with lyrics Sarah wrote herself, and sung in English for the first time).

Sydney Myer LiveSidney Myer Live!
(Harbinger Records/Musical Theater Project - new on DVD)
Live recording of Sidney Myer at the Laura Beechman Theatre in New York, from his sold-out six one-man shows presented by The Mabel Mercer Foundation. Known for his witty musical comedy, Sidney delivers numbers that are understated and even heartbreaking. Myer has performed around the world making New York his base. Released 11/2/18.

This American Life Live The Radio Drama
(new video)
Nearly 50 actors, singers, dancers, musicians and comedians joined Ira Glass onstage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Opera House on June 7th, 2014, resulting in: journalism turned into opera, into plays, into a Broadway musical (by Lin-Manuel Miranda, starring Lindsay Mendez and Anthony Ramos); comedy from Mike Birbiglia, and SNL's Sasheer Zamata; songs from Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields; dance from Monica Bill Barnes & Company. Directed by Seth Lind, produced by Ben Cohen and Ben Katz. Available for purchase at http://live.thisamericanlife.org and streaming for free at https://www.thisamericanlife.org/extras/the-radio-drama-episode. For more information, visit http://live.thisamericanlife.org.


Week of October 30, 2018

Balanchine and KirsteinBalanchine and Kirstein's American Enterprise
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By James Steichen. reveals their partnership of George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein to found a ballet company and school in the United States, New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet. This history involved artists including Richard Rodgers, Martha Graham, George Gershwin, Katherine Dunham, Vera Zorina, and Igor Stravinsky, as well as dozens of lesser known players whose contributions have yet to be fully acknowledged. 312 pages.

WallsBarbra Streisand: Walls
(Columbia - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
New solo album that includes three original songs. "What's on My Mind," "Don't Lie to Me," "Imagine / What a Wonderful World," "Walls," "Lady Liberty," "What the World Needs Now," "Better Angels," "Love's Never Wrong," "The Rain Will Fall," "Take Care of This House," "Happy Days Are Here Again." Production and arrangements by Streisand, Walter Afanasieff, John Shanks and David Foster. Title track lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman. On vinyl December 7, 2018.

Bat Out of Hell MusicalBat Out of Hell the Musical OLC
(Ghostlight Records - on 2 CDs)
Original cast recording of score by Jim Steinman. The musical premiered at the Manchester Opera House in Manchester, England, on February 17, 2017, then ran at the London Coliseum, and is now playing in Toronto. Many of the songs were previously recorded by Meat Loaf. "Love and Death and an American Guitar," "All Revved Up with No Place to Go / The Opening of the Box / 3Everything Louder Than Everything Else / If It Ain't Broke, Break It," "Who Needs the Young?," "It Just Won't Quit," "Out of the Frying Pan (And Into the Fire) (full song)," "Good Girls Go To Heaven (Bad Girls Go Everywhere)," "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," "Making Love Out of Nothing at All," "Bat Out of Hell," "In the Land of the Pig, the Butcher Is King," "Heaven Can Wait," "Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are," "For Crying Out Loud," "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)," "Not Allowed to Love," "What Part of My Body Hurts the Most," "Dead Ringer for Love," "Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through," "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)," Previously available digitally on mp3 and at iTunes

Christina BiancoChristina Bianco: Life of the Party
(new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Singer/comedienne/impressionist Christina Bianco (Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab, Newsical) debut solo album. "Life of the Party," "Twisted Medley: Twisted / Crazy / Can't Get You out of My Head," "Intro to Cabaret," "Cabaret: Diva Mashup," "Liza's Livin' La Vida Loca," "Short People," "Dora Disney Dialogue," "Gwen's Eternal Flame," "What Is This Thing Called Love?," "Santa Fe," "Shakira's Thinking out Loud," "Murder He Says," "Don't Stop Believing: Diva Quartet," "Why Try to Change Me Now," "Total Eclipse of the Heart: Diva Mashup," "My Heart Is so Full of You," "I Believe in a Thing Called Love: Diva Duet." Recorded live in London. Released 10/6/18.

Every Act of LifeEvery Act of Life, The Illustrated Script for the Documentary about Tony-Winning Playwright Terrence McNally
(Smith & Kraus - new book)
Illustrated screenplay by Jeff Kaufman of documentary about Terrence McNally. To include additional stories and interviews that were not seen in the film, as well as rare photos and archival materials. 168 pages. [Release date had been 10/15/18.]

FlamesFlames OLC
(Oc Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Score for the musical thriller by Stephen Dolginoff (Thrill Me). Abi Finley, David O'Mahony and Bradley Clarkson. "Prelude / He Can Still Hear You," "You're Different," "Identified the Body," "Jealousy," "Night of the Fire (Eric), "Night of the Fire (Edmond), "The Right Choice," "Never Let Him Hurt You," "Edmond's Eyes," "Finale," "The Right Choice" (Stephen Dolginoff), "Edmond's Eyes" (Stephen Dolginoff), "Never Let Him Hurt You" (Stephen Dolginoff). Zachary Orts at the piano and bonus tracks performed by the author. CD format available at CDBaby.com. Released 9/15/18.

Immigrant DreamsImmigrant Dreams: Essential Voices USA
(Broadway Records - digital album mp3/at iTunes)
"Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor" with Randy Graff narrating, and an a capella "America the Beautiful" leading into a chamber orchestral version of "Wheels of A Dream" featuring Brian Stokes Mitchell. Performed with Essential Voices USA. Judith Clurman conducting. Produced by David Frost. Released 10/26/18.

Johnny ManhattanJohnny Manhattan
(Jayem - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
World premiere recording of score for new musial with music by Dan Goggin (the Nunsense musicals) and lyrics by Robert Lorick (The Tap Dance Kid). Jim Ballard, Anne Brummel, Nathan Cockroft, George Dvorsky, Tyrick Wiltez Jones, Barbara McCulloh, Ruth Pferdehirt, Jana Robbins, Lauren Sprague, Scott Willis. "At Johnny Manhattan's / For Old Times' Sake," "Anonymous Town," "Bits and Pieces," "For Better or for Worse," "She Takes Very Good Care of Herself," "Luxury," "I'll Sing Your Favorite Song," "Johnny's Girls / A Continental Guy," "Morning Man," "Remarkable," "New York Is Driving Me Crazy," "Where in the World Is the World That I Wanted?," "Quiet, Intimate Little Restaurants," "Oh, Those Johnnies," "I Don't Do That Anymore," "Mister Producer," "And I Would Go Away / Every Now and Then," "For Old Times' Sake (Reprise)." Recorded live. CD format available at CDBaby.com. Released 9/8/18.

Kristy's Lament"Kristy's Lament (Another Awful Day with the M.T.A.)"
(new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
Kristy Cates (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Finding Neverland) sings Ryan Edward Wise (music) and Chris Giordano's (lyrics) song based on Cates' Facebook post. Track sung by Cates plus karaoke version. Released 10/15/18.

Lena Hall NirvanaLena Hall: Obsessed: Nirvana
(Ghostlight Records - new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
"Heart-Shaped Box," "Breed," "All Apologies," "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Where Did You Sleep Last Night."

Melissa Errico Sondheim SublimeMelissa Errico: Sondheim Sublime
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
"Sooner or Later," "Loving You," "I Remember," "No More," "The Miller's Son," "Losing My Mind," "Send in the Clowns," "Not While I'm Around," "Not a Day Goes By," "Marry Me a Little," "Children Will Listen," "Isn't He Something!," "Move On," "Goodbye for Now," "With So Little to Be Sure Of," "Children and Art." Accompanied by pianist Tedd Firth. Also at GhostlightRecords.com.

Potter SuitesThe Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: In Four Contemporary Suites
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Written, composed, performed and recorded by Grammy and Ivor Novello Award-winner Imogen Heap. Each suite showcases one of the play's theatrical acts.

PipelinePipeline (TCG Edition)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Dominique Morisseau. 96 pages.

School of DoingThe School of Doing: Lessons from Gerald Freedman
(Flying Dodo LLC - new Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Isaac Klein. Comprehensive guide to the craft and teachings of internationally stage director and educator Gerald Freedman, including lessons on acting, directing, text analysis, comedy technique, camera technique, Shakespeare, musical theater, design, pedagogy, and show business. Klein corroborates Freedman's wisdom with quotes from luminaries like Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinkin, Chita Rivera, Olympia Dukakis, Debbie Allen, Christine Baranski, Anna Camp, John Cullum, William Daniels, Dane DeHaan, Jules Fisher, Paul Gemignani, Bernard Gersten, Lee Grant, Sheldon Harnick, George Hearn, Desmond Heeley, Hal Holbrook, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Stacy Keach, Carol Lawrence, Ming Cho Lee, Billy Magnussen, Jack O'Brien, Austin Pendleton, Alfred Uhry, Sam Waterston, and many more. Freedman began his career working for Columbia Pictures in Hollywood, and assistant directing Broadway musicals, including the original production of West Side Story; alongside Joseph Papp and Bernard Gersten, he founded The Public Theater, where he directed many productions of both classic and new works, including the world premiere of Hair. Over the course of his six decade career, he directed plays, operas, and musicals on and off Broadway, regionally, and around the world. He won an Obie Award, became the first American to direct at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, and served as Artistic Director of the New York Shakespeare Festival (now known as Shakespeare in the Park), Stratford's American Shakespeare Theater, Cleveland's Great Lakes Theater, and as co-Artistic Director of the Acting Company. He taught at The Juilliard School, Northwestern University, Yale University, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he served as Dean of the School of Drama for twenty-one years, becoming Dean Emeritus in 2012. 403 pages. Released in 2017.


Week of October 23, 2018

The Backstagers and the Ghost Light
(Harry N. Abrams - new Paperback Book)
By Andy Mientus, illustrated by Rian Sygh. "The stage crew at St. Genesius Prep ... are ready for whatever the theater world can throw their way: the madness of tech week, inevitable prop malfunctions, and all the paranormal activity that goes on behind the scenes. Ages 10-14. 208 pages.

Cost of LivingCost of Living
(Theatre Communications Group - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
2018 Pulitzer Prize winning play by Martyna Majok. 128 pages.

In the Heights vinyl setIn the Heights vinyl
(Ghostlight Records - new vinyl LP set)
10th anniversary 3-LP box set of the 2008 cast recording of Lin-Manuel Miranda's score featuring Miranda, Mandy Gonzalez, Christopher Jackson, Karen Olivo, and Seth Stewart, as well as Priscilla Lopez, Robin de Jesús, Janet Dacal, Andréa Burns, and Olga Merediz. Also (and less expensive) at BarnesandNoble.com and GhostlightRecords.com. Released July 2018.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Blu-rayMamma Mia! Here We Go Again - sing-along edition
(Universal - new on Blu-ray/DVD/4K Ultra-HD)
2018 musical sequel to Mamma Mia!. Cast includes Amanda Seyfried, Lily James, Dominic Cooper, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, , Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Andy Garcia, Cher. Directed by Ol Parker. Play with Sing-Along; Deleted Songs and Scenes with Commentary by Director/Screenplay Writer Ol Parker; Enhanced Sing-Alongs; The Story; Mamma Mia! Reunited; Playing Donna; Meeting Cher; Costumes and The Dynamos; Curtain Call; Today Interview with Cher & Judy Craymer; Feature Commentary with Director/Screenplay Writer Ol Parker; Feature Commentary with Producer Judy Craymer.

Margo SeibertMargo Seibert: 77th Street
(Yellow Sound Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Debut solo album from singer/actress Margo Seibert (Rocky, In Transit). Original songs that incorporate eclectic rock and folk influences, and reimagined theater and pop classics. "Something's Coming," "Make Up Your Mind," "What a Fool Believes," "I Don't Know Where I Stand," "77th Street," "Head Over Heels," "It Might as Well Be Spring," "Vera Byrd," "Let The Mystery Be," "Woodstock," "Whitman," "Albatross," "All Apologies." Produced by Michael Croiter. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

The Other Josh CohenThe Other Josh Cohen: A Musical With Songs
(Yellow Sound Label - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Studio recording of Steve Rosen and David Rossmer score for show returning to Off-Broadway in fall 2018. Hank Azaria, Sutton Foster, James Monroe Iglehart, Brian d'Arcy James, Richard Kind, Jenn Colella, Caissie Levy, James Roday, Lindsay Mendez,, Celia Keenan-Bolger, John Ellison Conlee, Sarah Chase, Sarah Bishop, E. Clayton Cornelius, Jeremy Geller, Marissa Rosen, and Rashidra Scott. "Only the Beginning," "One CD," "My Best Day," "Neil Life," "Samuel Cohen's Family Tree," "Manly Purple Tie," "Tonight of All Nights," "What If," "The Other Josh Cohen," "Hang on," "Change a Thing," Bonus Track, "Dr. Cohen's Outoing Message" (Bonus Bonus Track). Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Pretty WomanPretty Woman: The Musical OBC
(Atlantic - new on CD)
Original Broadway cast recording of Bryan Adams score. Cast includes Samantha Barks, Andy Karl, Orfeh, Eric Anderson, Ezra Knight, and Jason Danieley. "Welcome to Hollywood," "Anywhere But Here," "Something About Her (Preamble)," "Something About Her," "Luckiest Girl in The World," "Rodeo Drive," "Anywhere But Here (Reprise)," "On A Night Like Tonight," "Don't Forget to Dance," "Freedom," "You're Beautiful," "Welcome to Our World (More Champagne)," "This Is My Life," "Never Give Up on A Dream," "You and I," "I Can't Go Back," "Freedom (Reprise)," "Long Way Home," "Together Forever," "You and I (Edit)." Released onnew on mp3 and at iTunes earlier.

Singing You HomeSinging You Home: Children's Songs For Family Reunification
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
"Arrorró Mi Niño" (Laura Benanti & Isabella Preston), "Singing You Home" (Audra McDonald & Jason Robert Brown (a new song written by Jason Robert Brown for the album)), "Cielito Lindo" (Lin Manuel-Miranda & Mandy Gonzalez), "Lullaby" (Josh Groban & Idina Menzel (written by Josh Groban, Dave Matthews & Jochem Van Der Saag)), "Beautiful Dreamer" (Kristin Chenoweth (written by Stephen Foster)), "Si Pudiera Leer Tus Sueños" (Cynthia Erivo (written by Luis Pescetti & Maria Pien)), "Twinkle Twinkle" (Ingrid Michaelson & Ana Villafañe). All artists, musicians, technicians and recording studios donated their time and talents to the project, so that a substantial portion of the proceeds from the English / Spanish language album will go directly to the non-profit organizations RAICES and ASTEP to help reunite and support families separated at the border. Currently at GhostlightRecords.com.


Week of October 16, 2018

Ann Hampton Callaway to the MoviesAnn Hampton Callaway: Jazz Goes To The Movies
(Shanachie - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Callaway's own jazz arrangements of American songbook favorites from some of Hollywood's best-known films. "'s Wonderful," "Let's Face the Music and Dance," "Blue Skies," "The Folks Who Live on the Hill," "As Time Goes By," "The Way You Look Tonight," "This Time the Dream's on Me," "The Nearness of You," "How Little We Know," "This Can't Be Love," "Just One of Those Things," "Taking a Chance on Love," "Long Ago and Far Away," "From This Moment On." Accompanied by ensemble led by Ted Rosenthal.

Defying Gravity 2Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked 2nd Edition
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
By Carol de Giere. Revised and updated version of 2008 book. Updated and revised second edition delves into Schwartz's creative process for the new stage musicals The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Prince of Egypt, and other shows, with additional insights on his early work with Leonard Bernstein and his more recent international work on Wicked. Additional "Creative Notes," with comments from Schwartz about overcoming creative blocks, collaboration, and the artistic life. 512 pages.

GmorningGmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You
(Random House - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Lin-Manuel Miranda. Collection of the best of the original sayings, aphorisms, and poetry Miranda wrote for himself and others. Illustrated by Jonny Sun. 224 pages.

Mary JaneMary Jane
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
New play by Amy Herzog. Premiered at NYTW in April 2017 starring Carrie Coon. 96 pages.

Shuffle Along of 1950Shuffle Along of 1950
(Harbinger Records/Musical Theater Project - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Original demo to the proposed Broadway musical, Shuffle Along of 1950, songs played by Eubie Blake and narration and vocals by Noble Sissle. Several songs from the original Shuffle Along are included as are new songs written especially for this production by Sissle and Blake. Bonus tracks: remastering of the only surviving acetate of a historical "Salute to Ruth King." Ruth King was a famed Cleveland DJ who celebrated black musicians. Such notables as Sissle and Blake and the legendary W.C. Handy, composer of "St. Louis Blues," play for Ms. King. Extensive liner notes by Richard Carlin and Ken Bloom. Additional notes by Peter Shambarger. 42 tracks.

Twelfth NightTwelfth Night
(Craft Recordings - new on CD/on mp3/on iTunes)
Original 2016 Public Works cast. Music and lyrics by Shaina Taub. "Funeral Procession," "Play On," "Word on the Street," "Tell Her," "If You Were My Beloved," "Feste's Secret," "Viola's Soliloquy," "You're The Worst," "Is This Not Love?," "Count Malvolio Part I," "Count Malvolio Part II," "Word On The Street II," "Count Malvolio (Reprise)," "What Kinda Man R U Gonna Be?," "Viola's Soliloquy (Reprise)," "Greatness," "Sebastian's Soliloquy," "Word On The Street III," "Viola's Soliloquy (2nd Reprise)," "Tell Her (Reprise)," "Malvolio's Exit," "Is This Not Love? (Reprise)," "Eyes of Another." All vocals, piano, accordion and rhodes by Shaina Taub (with David Farrell Melton and Andrew Kober). Produced by Shaina Taub and Dean Sharenow. Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Dean Sharenow at Steel Cut Audio. Previously available at bandcamp.com.


Week of October 9, 2018

Dear Evan Hansen The NovelDear Evan Hansen: The Novel
(Poppy - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD)
By Val Emmich, inspired by the musical written by Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul. 352 pages. —Ben Levi Ross, Mike Faist, Mallory Bechtel narrators of audio version.

Idina LiveIdina: Live
(Arts Music - new on 2 CDs/on mp3 [October 12]/at iTunes)
Recorded in Las Vegas on the final leg of Idina Menzel concert tour, plus bonus track. Disc 1: "Queen of Swords," "Small World," "Seasons of Love," "It's Good to Be Back in Vegas!," "Don't Rain on My Parade," "Cello & Keys," "Everybody Knows," "Cake / Black Dog," "I'm Not That Girl," "Perfect Story," "Wind Beneath My Wings," "Defying Gravity," "I Do," "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Disc 2: "Rock Steady," "I Sang at Your Mom's Wedding?," "No Day But Today," "Dear Prudence / Do You Want to Build a Snowman?," "Thank You to the Band," "For Good," "Let It Go," "Every Time We Say Goodbye / I'll Be Seeing You," "Sawubona," "I See You"; Bonus track: "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (piano & vocal version)." Released 10/5/18.

Jerome Robbins LifeJerome Robbins: A Life in Dance (Jewish Lives)
(Yale Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Wendy Lesser. Biography that presents Jerome Robbins's life through his major dances, providing a sympathetic, detailed portrait of her subject. 216 pages.

Head over HeelsHead Over Heels OBC digital
(Masterworks Broadway - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Songs by The Go-Go's. Cast includes Andrew Durand, Taylor Iman Jones, Jeremy Kushnier, Bonnie Milligan, Peppermint, Tom Alan Robbins, Alexandra Socha, and Rachel York. "We Got the Beat," "Beautiful," "Vision of Nowness," "Get Up and Go," "Mad About You," "Good Girl," "Automatic Rainy Day," "Vacation," "How Much More," "Our Lips Are Sealed," "Head Over Heels," "This Old Feeling," "Turn to You," "Heaven Is a Place on Earth," "Here You Are," "Finale," "Get Up and Go (Reprise)," Bonus Tracks: "Turn to You (Pre-Prise)," "Automatic Rainy Day" (Acoustic Version), "This Town" (performed by The Go-Go's). Cast album producer; music supervisor/orchestrator/srranger: Tom Kitt. Louise Gund, cast album co-producer. CD version to be released November 9.

Lightning Thief vinylThe Lightning Thief vinyl
(Broadway Records - new on vinyl)
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. Disc 1: "Prologue / the Day I Got Expelled," "Strong," "The Minotaur / the Weirdest Dream," "Another Terrible Day," "Put You in Your Place," "The Campfire Song," "The Oracle," "Good Kid," "Killer Quest!." Disc 2: "Lost!," "My Grand Plan," "Drive," "The Weirdest Dream (Reprise)," "The Tree on the Hill," "D.O.A," "Son of Poseidon," "The Last Day of Summer," "Bring on the Monsters." CD released July 2017. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Lulu the Broadway MouseLulu the Broadway Mouse
(Running Press Kids - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Jenna Gavigan. Middle grade novel about a mouse who lives in the Shubert Theatre who is befriended by Broadway understudy Jayne. Ages 8-12. 256 pages.

the NapThe Nap U.S. edition
(Oberon Books - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Richard Bean, currently at Manhattan Theatre Club. 96 pages.

StatusStatus
Oberon Modern Plays - Paperback Book)
Play by Chris Thorpe, developed with Rachel Chavkin. Played 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 72 pages.


Week of October 2, 2018

After Anatevka AudibleAfter Anatevka: A Novel Inspired by "Fiddler on the Roof"
(Pegasus Books - Audible Audiobook)
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. Narrated by the author. Hardcover Book and Kindle Edition released earlier.

Girl from the North CountryGirl from the North Country OLC
(Sony - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Songs by Bob Dylan, feature in new play by Conor McPherson, at the Public Theatre fall 2018. Sheila Atim, Ron Cook, Bronagh Gallagher, Shirley Henderson, Ciarán Hinds, Claudia Jolly, Arinzé Kene, Debbie Kurup, Kirsty Malpass, Jim Norton, Tom Peters, Karl Queensborough, Sam Reid, Michael Shaeffer, Jack Shalloo, and Stanley Townsend. "Sign on the Window," "Went to See the Gypsy," "Tight Connection to My Heart," "Slow Train Coming/License to Kill," "Ballad of a Thin Man" (Instrumental), "I Want You," "Blind Willie McTell" (Instrumental), "Like a Rolling Stone/To Make You Feel My Love," "Like a Rolling Stone" (Reprise)/I Want You," "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere/Jokerman," "Sweetheart Like You/True Love Tends to Forget," "Girl from the North Country," "Hurricane/All Along the Watchtower/Idiot Wind," "Lay Down Your Weary Tune" (Instrumental), "Duquesne Whistle/Señor" (Tales of Yankee Power)/Is Your Love in Vain?/License to Kill," "Tight Connection to My Heart" (Underscore/Reprise), "Lay Lady Lay" (Instrumental)/Jokerman" (Reprise)/Clair De Lune," "Forever Young," "My Back Pages." Previously available as an import.

Lena Hall MuseLena Hall: Obsessed: Muse
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
"Time Is Running Out," "Falling Away with You," "Ruled by Secrecy," "Starlight."

Lightning Thief SongbookThe Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Music and lyrics by Rob Rokicki. 12 vocal selections: "Bring on the Monsters," "D.O.A.," "Drive," "Good Kid," "Killer Quest!," "Lost!," "My Grand Plan," "Prologue/The Day I Got Expelled," "Put You in Your Place," "Son of Poseidon," "Strong," "The Tree on the Hill."

Miss You Like HellMiss You Like Hell digital
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Public Theater cast recording of Quiara Alegría Hudes / Erin McKeown score. Marinda Anderson, Danny Bolero, Andrew Cristi, Latoya Edwards, Shawna M. Hamic, Marcus Paul James, Gizel Jiménez, David Patrick Kelly, Michael Mulheren, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Martín Solá. "Lioness (Prologue & Prayer)," "Sundays," "Mothers," "Received," "Yellowstone," "My Bell's Been Rung," "Over My Shoulder," "Bibliography," "Baggage," "Castaway Comments," "Tamales," "Now I'm Here," "Dirtiest Deed," "Yellowstone (Reprise)," "Dance With Me," "Lioness," "Court Clothes," "Miss You Like Hell," "Over My Shoulder (Reprise)," "Epilogue." At GhostlightRecords.com.

Contemporary American PlaysThe Oberon Anthology of Contemporary American Plays: Volume Two
(Oberon Books - Paperback Book)
Each play is introduced by critically acclaimed writers. The volume includes: The Edge of Our Bodies by Adam Rapp, introduced by AM Homes; The Coward by Nick Jones, introduced by Marsha Norman; The Book of Grace by Suzan-Lori Parks, introduced by Oskar Eustis; What Once We Felt by Ann Marie Healy, introduced by Paula Vogel. 328 pages.

So Much to SaySo Much To Say - Songs For Everytown
(Broadway Records/Yellow Sound Label - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
The artists support the work of Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund and its mission to end gun violence in the United States. "When I Kiss You Goodbye" (written by Rob Rokicki; performed by Rob Rokicki, Salli Garrigan and Pace University students Ben Nurthen, Matt Piper, Jamir Brown, Sean-Michael Bruno, Maria Andrioli, Emmalee Kidwell, Hillary Dominguez and Karissa Carleton), "Thoughts and Prayers" (written and performed by Drew Gasparini), "That's Not The Way It's Gonna Be" (written by Lynne Shankel; performed by Julie Foldesi), "Stand For Change" (written by Michael Patrick Walker; performed by Shayna Steele), "Standing Proud" (written and performed by Julie Foldesi), "17" (written and performed by Bobby Cronin), "Stand With Me" (written by Zoe Sarnak; performed by Justin Guarini, Margo Seibert, Ariana DeBose, Katerina Papacostas, Bobby Cronin and Sean-Michael Bruno), "Never Again" (written by Gary Adler; performed by Jennifer Perry and Gary Adler), "Stupid Kids" (written by Laurence O'Keeffe and Nell Benjamin; performed by Celeste Rose, Imari Hardon, Nicole Vandyzandy, Charissa Hogeland, Doug Storm, Donnie Kehr, Matt Hetherington), "Be The Song" (written by Michael Mott; performed by Michael Mott, Jonathan Burke, Brandon Contreras, Lauren Devine, Brittany Dorazio, Joshua Greenblatt, Nathan Richardson, Lindsay Rider and Nicole Turner), "Ordinary Day" (written by Jonathan Reid Gealt; performed by Loren Allred). Executive produced by Yael Silver, produced by Michael Croiter. Currently at BroadwayRecords.com.

A Star Is BornA Star Is Born
(Interscope - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes/vinyl LP)
Soundtrack for 2018 musical film starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Includes Songs by Lukas Nelson. "Intro," "Black Eyes," "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" (dialogue), "Fabulous French" (dialogue), "La Vie En Rose," "I'll Wait For You" (dialogue), "Maybe It's Time," "Parking Lot" (dialogue), "Out Of Time," "Alibi," "Trust Me" (dialogue), "Shallow," "First Stop, Arizona" (dialogue), "Music To My Eyes," "Diggin' My Grave," "I Love You" (dialogue), "Always Remember Us This Way," "Unbelievable" (dialogue), "How Do You Hear It?" (dialogue), "Look What I Found," "Memphis" (dialogue), "Heal Me," "I Don't Know What Love Is," "Vows" (dialogue), "Is That Alright?," "SNL" (dialogue), "Why Did You Do That?," "Hair Body Face," "Scene 98" (dialogue), "Before I Cry," "Too Far Gone," "Twelve Notes" (dialogue), "I'll Never Love Again" (Film Version)," "I'll Never Love Again" (Extended Version)."

Wicked CloneWicked Clone, or how to deal with the devil - original Off-Broadway cast
(Broadway Records - new on CD/at iTunes)
Played at St. Luke's Theatre in 2017 as Wicked Clone: The Cinema Musical. 25 original songs written, arranged, produced and performed by Indiggo Twins who both play piano, guitar, drums and sing in multiple harmonies. "Hello," "Up and Down," "Eureka," "Nails Up," "La La La," "Bite Back," "Half Man, Half Vamp," "A Kiss to Live," "Ride With Me," "Honey, Money," "White Lies, White Sins," "Wicked Clone," "Little Lying Mirror," "Pull the Curtains to the Side," "Take off Your Mask," "Younger Than Yesterday," "Queen of Tango," "Love Flu," "I'm Afraid of Who I Am," "Tell Me Less & Love Me More," "Different," "Ooh La La / Fairies Call," "I Am Like God," "Dracula's Land," "Immortal." Previously released on mp3 and at iTunesAlso at BroadwayRecords.com


Week of September 25, 2018

BAMBAM: Next Wave Festival
(Printed Mattes productions - Hardcover Book)
By Joseph V. Melillo, Tom Sellar, Susan Yung, Wendy Perron, Roger Oliver, Mark Swed, Dan Cameron, Anne Bogart, Karen Brooks Hopkins, Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, David Lang, Beth Morrison, José Parlá. Steven Serafin and Susan Yung, editors. Preface by Harvey Lichtenstein. Introduction by Kristy Edmunds. Foreword by Katy Clark and Adam E. Max. History of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, founded in 1983 by Harvey Lichtenstein. The book surveys the festival's performances by genre, with photos and ephemera from BAM's archive and a chronology of performances. 336 pages.

Everyobody's Talking About JamieEverybody's Talking About Jamie
(Broadway Records - new on CD at Amazon/on mp3/at iTunes)
Previously available as an import. Original West End cast recording of score by Dan Gillespie Sells (music) and Tom MacRae (lyrics). Cast includes Mina Anwar, Luke Baker, Tamsin Carroll, John McCrea, Phil Nichol, Lucie Shorthouse, Josie Walker. "And You Don't Even Know It," "The Wall in My Head," "Spotlight," "The Legend of Loco Chanel (And the Blood Red Dress)," "If I Met Myself Again," "Work of Art," "Over the Top," "Everybody's Talking About Jamie," "Limited Edition Prom Night Special," "It Means Beautiful," "Ugly in This Ugly World," "He's My Boy," "My Man, Your Boy," "Prom Song," "Finale," "Out of the Darkness (A Place Where We Belong)." This North American edition of the West End original cast recording features deluxe packaging including full lyrics. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Gettin' the Band OBCGettin' The Band Back Together OBC digital
(Sh-K-Boom Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Score by Mark Allen. Cast includes Mitchell Jarvis, Jay Klaitz, Manu Narayan, Paul Whitty, Sawyer Nunes, Marilu Henner, Kelli Barrett, Becca Kötte, Garth Kravits, Tamika Lawrence, Noa Solorio, and Brandon Williams. "Jersey," "How Does Your Mouthfeel," "One of Those Guys," "Gettin' the Band Back Together," "Find the One," "Best Day of My Life," "Best Day of My Life (Reprise)," "WWJPD (What Would Joe Perry Do)," "Hava Nagila," "Second Chances," "I Just Want Real," "Life Without Parole," "Battle of Your Life," "Bart's Confession," "Best Band in the World," "Do Over," "Jersey (Reprise)," "Bows." Currently at GhostlightRecords.com.

Going Hollywood demo
(new online digital)
Recording of score for new Stephen Cole/David Krane musical. Demo recording cast includes Santino Fontana, Jenn Gambatese, Tony Yazbeck, Laura Darrell, Stephen Cole. Available at www.goinhollywood.com.

Hamilton 2019 day-to-day calendarHamilton: An American Musical 2019 Day-to-Day Calendar
(Universe Publishing - desk calendar)
365 days of historical dates, excerpts from Hamilton's own writings,and lyrics from the score. 370 pages.

JarmilaJarmila Novotná: My Life in Song
(Univ of Kentucky Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
English-language version of Jarmila Novotná's best-selling memoir. William V. Madison, editor. Foreword by Brian Kellow. Life story of the internationally known opera soprano from the former Czechoslovakia, who also appeared in films (The Search and The Great Caruso), on Broadway (Sherlock Holmes and Helen Goes to Troy), as well as in radio and TV. Includes photographs from her private collection. 290 pages.

How We ReactJason Robert Brown: How We React And How We Recover
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Jason Robert Brown's second solo album. "Hope," "Melinda," "Invisible," "Fifty Years Long," "Hallowed Ground," "One More Thing Than I Can Handle" (with Kate McGarry), "All Things in Time," "A Song About Your Gun," "Everybody Knows," "The Hardest Hill," "Caravan of Angels," "Wait 'Til You See What's Next." 4-panel Digipak, featuring a commissioned cover illustration from celebrated artist Jon Han and artist photos. A 12-page booklet with full lyrics is also included. Released earlier digital album on mp3 and at iTunes

King KongKing Kong: A Jazz Musical Original London Cast / Original South African Cast
(Stage Door Records - new on import CD)
Music by Todd Matshikiza and lyrics by Pat Williams, from 1959 Johannesburg musical inspired by the life and death of the heavyweight boxing champion Ezekiel Dlamini. Cast includes Nathan Mdledle, Peggy Phango, Sophie Mgcina, Joseph Mogotsi, Ben Masinga, Lemmy "Special" Mabaso, The Alexander Junior Bright Boys, Patience Gcowabe. 1961 London cast Nathan Mdledle, Miriam Makeba, Ruth Nkonyane, Joseph Mogotsi, Dan Poho. Bonus tracks include pop covers of by Elaine Delmar and a jazz instrumental of the show's title song by Terry Lightfoot's New Orleans Jazzmen. Also at StageDoorRecords.com.

Lost Letters of ShakespeareThe Lost Letters of William Shakespeare: The Undiscovered Diary of His Strange Eventful Life and Loves
(Shakespeare House Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Edited and adapted Terry Tamminen. Selection of some 90 letters the editor received in 1989 covering the years 1586 to 1589, from the time Shakespeare leaves his hometown of Stratford until the time he establishes himself as a playwright in London. 546 pages.

Session GirlsSession Girls (Original Concert Cast Recording) - Live at Feinstein's/54 Below
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
New musical by Mia Moravis. Recorded live at Feinstein's/54 Below. David Rossmer and Steve Rosen, Lauren Worsham, Jill Abramovitz, Oyoyo Joi, Brian Charles Rooney, Robbie Rozelle, Ryan Andes, Megan McGinnis, Lisa O'Hare, Bart Shatto, Jeff Hiller, and Emily Padgett. "Introduction By Session Girls Creator, Mia Moravis," "Painfully Self-Aware," "Majoring in Minor Things," "Tighten My Grip on You," "I Got a Key," "The Empty Chair," "Nobody Understands Me," "Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore," "I Got a Key (Reprise)," "I'm a Producer (And You're Not)," "I Dreamt of You," "Since When Is Schmoozing a Crime?!," "Never a Shoo-In," "Nothing to Brag About," "We Should All Just Be Excellent," "If You Want to Make Dough on a Show," "At Least We've All Got Us." Produced by Michael J. Moritz Jr. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

SpringsteenSpringsteen: Broadcasting From Broadway
(Shockwaves - new on CD)[Not a recording of the Broadway show.] Collects together the same songs Bruce Springsteen performed during his shows at the Walter Kerr Theatre and presents them in the same running order. The tracks have been selected from live radio performances that span Bruce's career, illustrating what he describes as the "arc of my life" and "my work in a sonic time capsule." "Growin' Up" (Live from Richmond, VA 1973), "My Hometown" (Live from Buenos Aires 1988), "My Father's House" (Live from the Sports Arena, Los Angeles, 1984), "Thunder Road" (Live from the Roxy Theater, West Hollywood, 1978), "The Promised Land" (Live from the Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ, 1978), "Born in the U.S.A" (acoustic, live from the Tower Theater, Philadelphia, 1995), "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" (Live from the Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ, 1978), "Tougher Than the Rest" (Live from Stockholm, 1988), "Brilliant Disguise" (with Patti Scialfa, live from Stockholm, 1988), "Dancing in the Dark" (Live from Buenos Aires 1988), "Born to Run" (Live from the Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ, 1978), "The Ghost of Tom Joad" (Live from the Tower Theater, Philadelphia, 1995). Also available from Amazon UK.

Tonya NancyTonya & Nancy (Highlights from the Rock Opera): Live at Feinstein's/54 Below
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Elizabeth Searle's and Michael Teoli's rock opera, which played NYMF among other places. Lauren Worsham, Ashley Spencer, Nancy Opel, Tony LePage. Produced By Michael J Moritz Jr, Michael Teoli and Brandon Loewit. "Songs from Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera, Introduction," "Three and a Half Minutes," "Spinning Back in Time," "You Wish," "Tonya Lands the Triple Axel," "Picture Perfect Girl," "Tonya's New Boyfriend," "Jeff G," "Not Perfect Enough," "I Want to Die," "Tonya Falls in France," "If Not for Nancy," "Jeff's Got a Plan," "Tonya's New Bodyguard," "The Knee Whack," "Why Me?," "Was Tonya Involved?," "Gillooly Colluded," "What the Hell Is 'Colluded'?," "When You Wake Up Sleeping in Your Car in Estacada," "What Did Tonya Know?," "Watch Your Back," "Bronze Still Looks Dirty," "This Is It," "Olympic Showdown," "It's Our Whole Life," "Where Are They Now?. Also at BroadawyRecords.com.

Torch SongTorch Song Trilogy: Plays
(Ballantine Books - Paperback Book)
By Harvey Fierstein. New edition in advance of October Broadway opening. Includes both the original scripts for the three one-act plays (The International Stud, Fugue in a Nursery, and Widows and Children First!) as they were performed in the 1970s, as well as the revised script for the 2017 revival that condensed all three into Torch Song. Also, a never-before-published introduction by Harvey Fierstein, as well as photographs from both the original production and the revival starring Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl and directed by Moisés Kaufman. 320 pages.

Who's Your BaghdaddyWho's Your Baghdaddy, or How I Started the Iraq War
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording of score by Marshall Pailet and A.D. Penedo. Cast includes Ethan Slater, Brennan Caldwell, Jason Collins, Brandon Espinoza, Joe Joseph, Claire Neumann, Bob D'Haene and Larisa Oleynik. "The Pledge," "Marty's Dilemma," "We Deserve Better," "Stay Preprise," "Das Man," "Stay," "I Deserve a Reprise," "Berry and the Bad Boy," "Rules," "Berry's Dilemma," "Hydrangea Reports," "We Deserve Another Reprise," "Hydrangea Reports Reprise," "Music to Me," "Who's Your Baghdaddy," "Change of Tone," "Hydrangea Reports Reprise," "The Second in Command," "Martin's Speech," "Speak to Me Tomorrow," "The Pledge Reprise." Musical direction by Rona Siddiqui and orchestrations by Charlie Rosen. The cast recording is produced by Matthias Winter. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Wicked CloneWicked Clone, or how to deal with the devil - original Off-Broadway cast
(Broadway Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Played at St. Luke's Theatre in 2017 as Wicked Clone: The Cinema Musical. 25 original songs written, arranged, produced and performed by Indiggo Twins who both play piano, guitar, drums and sing in multiple harmonies. "Hello," "Up and Down," "Eureka," "Nails Up," "La La La," "Bite Back," "Half Man, Half Vamp," "A Kiss to Live," "Ride With Me," "Honey, Money," "White Lies, White Sins," "Wicked Clone," "Little Lying Mirror," "Pull the Curtains to the Side," "Take off Your Mask," "Younger Than Yesterday," "Queen of Tango," "Love Flu," "I'm Afraid of Who I Am," "Tell Me Less & Love Me More," "Different," "Ooh La La / Fairies Call," "I Am Like God," "Dracula's Land," "Immortal." Released 9/21/18. CD format to be released October 5.


Week of September 18, 2018

Big Deal AudiobookBig Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical
(Oxford Univ Press - Audible Audiobook/Audiobook on CD)
By Kevin Winkler. A look at the evolution of Fosse as choreographer and director. Considers Fosse's career in the context of changes in Broadway musical theater over four decades, tracing his early dance years and the importance of mentors George Abbott and Jerome Robbins on his work. It examines how each of the important women in his adult life—all dancers—impacted his career and influenced his dance aesthetic; and how his evolution as both artist and individual mirrored the social and political climate of his era and allowed him to comfortably ride a wave of cultural changes. Part of OUP's Legacy Series. Narrated by Paul Boehmer. Released earlier in Hardcover and Kindle Editions.

The Boy Who Danced on AirThe Boy Who Danced on Air
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast (Abingdon Theatre Company) recording of score by Tim Rosser and Charlie Sohne. Cast includes Osh Ghanimah, Troy Iwata, Deven Kolluri, Jonathan Raviv and Nikhil Saboo. Bonus track by Grammy Award winner India.Arie. "A Song He Never Chose," "Little Dance," "For a Night," "All That I've Known," "With Him Around Me," "Kabul," "Play Your Part," "Into Your Hands," "A Song He Never Chose (Reprise)," "A Boy of My Own," "Denying the Sun," "What You Did to Me," "In the City," "I Can See It," "Paiman's Dance," "I Know How You Feel," "A Song He Never Chose (Finale)," "Feda's Song," Bonus Track: "His Song" (India.Arie). Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Hundred DaysHundred Days original cast digital
(Ghostlight Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Music and lyrics by The Bengsons. The cast of the recent production at New York Theatre Workshop includes Colette Alexander, Abigail Bengson, Shaun Bengson, Jo Lampert, Dani Markham and Reggie D. White. "Vows," "My Skin Is Made of a Thousand Doors," "I Will Wait For You," "God Can Be a City Boy," "Lie Next to Me," "The Drop," "Creature," "The Ramp," "Lift Me," "Hundred Days," "The Years Go By," "Salt Palace," "Three Legged Dog," "The Long Goodbye (Will's Lament)," "Bells," "What Else Can I Do?." Produced by The Bengsons, Ian Kagey, and Kurt Deutsch, with Erica Rotstein, Seaview Productions, Family Matters LLC, Alexander R. Donnelly, and Dana M. Lerner serving as executive producers. CD format to be released at a later date. Also at GhostlightRecords.com.

Turner on ActingKathleen Turner on Acting: Conversations about Film, Television, and Theater
(Skyhorse Publishing - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Kathleen Turner and Dustin Morrow. "With her iconic wit on full display, Turner dazzles readers with her shrewd insights on the craft of acting and charming anecdotes from her own storied career. Touching on each of her roles, she expounds on the lessons she's learned and describes her journey of discovery in the world of acting."400 pages.

Let's Go in to a Picture ShowLet's Go in to a Picture Show
(Harbinger Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Original recordings of popular songs on the subject of moving pictures from the first two decades of the 20th century. Artists include: Harry Burr and the Peerless Quartet, Elliott and Everett Clark, Arthur Collins, Billy De Rex, The Edison Military Band, George Henry Elliott, Harry Fay, Rube Goldberg, Byron G. Harlan, Charles Hart, Ada Jones, Irving Kaufman, Harry MacDonough, Billy Murray, M.J. O'Connell, Len Spencer, Walter VanBrunt, George Watkins. Extensive liner notes are written by Ron Magliozzi, Curator, Department of Film, Museum of Modern Art. As an added bonus complete lyrics and background information are included on each song. Produced by Ken Bloom.

Letters from MaxLetters from Max: A Book of Friendship
(Milkweed Editions - new Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Sarah Ruhl and Max Ritvo. "... part reminiscence, part poetry, and part correspondence (between Ritvo and Ruhl) ... a moving portrait of a friendship and an exploration of love, art, mortality, and the afterlife." Ritvo, a poet and former playwriting student of Ruhl's, succumbed to Ewing's Sarcoma in 2016. 336 pages.

Mandy Patinkin Diary 2Mandy Patinkin: Diary: April/May 2018
(Nonesuch - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Second in Mandy Patinkin's Diary series. "Buckingham" (by Mandy Patinkin), "So Long Dad" (by Randy Newman), "From the Air" (by Laurie Anderson), "Not Going Anywhere" (by Keren Ann), "I'll Be Home" (by Randy Newman), "Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts" (by Bob Dylan), "Raggedy Ann" (by Mandy Patinkin), "Making Pies" (by Patty Griffin), "Mourning Glory" (by Harry Nilsson), "Snow" (by Randy Newman), "Kentucky Avenue" (by Tom Waits), "If I Had A Boat" (by Lyle Lovett), "Fear Itself" (by Taylor Mac, J.S. Bach; performed with Sarabande), "Children and Art" (by Stephen Sondheim). Released 9/14/18.

Oxford Handbook pt 2Media and Performance in the Musical: An Oxford Handbook of the American Musical, Volume 2
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book)
By Raymond Knapp, Mitchell Morris, Stacy Wolf, editors. Volume 2 of the reissued Oxford Handbook, explore the American musical from the various media in which musicals have been created to the different components of a musical and the people who do the work to bring a musical to life. Volume 1 was published in paperback in 2013. 336 pages.

Pretty WomanPretty Woman: The Musical OBC digital
(Atlantic - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Original Broadway cast recording of Bryan Adams score. Cast includes Samantha Barks, Andy Karl, Orfeh, Eric Anderson, Ezra Knight, and Jason Danieley. "Welcome to Hollywood," "Anywhere But Here," "Something About Her (Preamble)," "Something About Her," "Luckiest Girl in The World," "Rodeo Drive," "Anywhere But Here (Reprise)," "On A Night Like Tonight," "Don't Forget to Dance," "Freedom," "You're Beautiful," "Welcome to Our World (More Champagne)," "This Is My Life," "Never Give Up on A Dream," "You and I," "I Can't Go Back," "Freedom (Reprise)," "Long Way Home," "Together Forever," "You and I (Edit)." CD format to be available October 26.

LifelineScott Alan: Lifeline
(new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Award winning songwriter Scott Alan's first full length solo EP of all original music. With guest vocalists Wendy Moten, Luke Edgemon, Melinda Doolittle, Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young/DnA Creations, Candace Devine, River Gambill, Lyla Gambill. Co-Produced by Jason 'Slim' Gambill (Lady Antebellum). Released January 22, 2018.

A Star Is BornA Star Is Born (Turner Classic Movies): Judy Garland and the Film That Got Away
(Running Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Lorna Luft and Jeffrey Vance. Tells the story of the production, and of Garland's fight to save her career. An account of the crafting, loss, and restoration of a movie classic, complemented by a trove of images from the family collection taken both on and off the set. The book also includes essays on the other screen adaptations of A Star Is Born. 248 pages.


Week of September 11, 2018

Be More Chill sheet musicBe More Chil sheet music
(digital sheet music)
Joe Iconis score. Show playing Off-Broadway. Available at NewMusicalTheatre.com.

Beast in the JungleThe Beast in the Jungle
(Broadway Records/Yellow Sound Label - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Score from the recent Off-Broadway show. Music by John Kander. Produced by Michael Croiter and David Loud, and co-produced by Kumiko Yoshii, Una Jackman and Jay Alix. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Ben Bagley Harold ArlenBen Bagley's Harold Arlen Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Music by Harold Arlen. Lyrics by Ralph Blane, Buddy DeSylva, Ray Henderson, and Lew Brown, Dorothy Fields, Ira Gershwin, E.Y. Harburg, Ted Koehler, Bud McCreery, Johnny Mercer, and Jack Yellin. Performers include Phyllis Diller, Estelle Parsons, David Burns, Nancy Andrews, Gloria DeHaven, Blossom Dearie. At Kritzerland.com. [Released date approximate.]

Light YearsLight Years: Live
(Signature Theatre Records - new on CD/mp3)
Arlington, Virginia, Signature Theatre cast recording of Robbie Schaefer score. Available on CD at the Signature Theatre online store and mp3 album at CDBaby.com.

The Mad Ones sheet musicThe Mad Ones
(digital sheet music)
Sheet music for Brian Lowdermilk / Kate Kerrigan score. Presented at 59E59 in 2017 (The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown). Available at NewMusicalTheatre.com.

Marissa MulderMarissa Mulder: Two Tickets Left
(Miranda Music - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Award winning cabaret singer. "Chelsea Morning," "Hand in My Pocket," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "It's Amazing the Things That Float," "Old Fashioned Hat," "Martha," "Chasing the Sun," "I Remember," "Beautiful," "End of the World," "Take It with Me." Released 8/16/18.

Porgy and BessPorgy and Bess 1952
(Kritzerland Records - new on CD)
1952 European touring cast, as broadcast live on radio in Berlin on September 21, 1952. George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward score restored and remastered. Cast includes William Warfield, Leontyne Price, and Cab Calloway. Available at Kritzerland.com. [Release date approximate.]

Tony Bennett and Diane KrallTony Bennett & Diana Krall: Love Is Here To Stay
(Verve - new on CD/mp3/vinyl/at iTunes)
The songs of George and Ira Gershwin. "'S Wonderful," "My One And Only," "But Not For Me," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "Love Is Here To Stay," "I Got Rhythm," "Somebody Loves Me," "Do It Again," "I’ve Got A Crush On You," "Fascinating Rhythm," "They Can’t Take That Away From Me," "Who Cares?" Accompanied by the Bill Charlap Trio.

Travis Moser Midtown SessionTravis Moser: The Midtown Sessions
(new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
Celebrates the iconic divas of Broadway and beyond that have influenced the singer's work. Recorded live at The Smooth Spot Recording Studio in Midtown Manhattan. "As If We Never Said Goodbye," "All That Jazz," "Losing My Mind," "Adios." Released 8/16/18.


Week of September 4, 2018

Wonderful TownBernstein: Wonderful Town
(LSO Live - new on Hybrid SACD - DSD/on mp3/at iTunes)
2017 London Symphony Orchestra concert at the Barbican Concert Hall conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Cast includes Danielle de Niese, Alysha Umphress, Nathan Gunn, Ashley Richards, Duncan Rock, and David Butt Philip. "Overture," "Christopher Street," "Ohio," "Conquering New York," "One Hundred Easy Ways to Lose a Man," "What a Waste," "A Little Bit in Love," "Pass the Football," "Conversation Piece," "A Quiet Girl," "Conga!," "Entr'acte," "My Darlin' Eileen," "Swing!," "Quiet Incidental," "Ohio (Reprise)," "It's Love," "Ballet at the Village Vortex," "Wrong Note Rag," "It's Love (Reprise)," "Conga! (Audience Participation Version)" (Bonus Track). Digital album includes digital booklet.

Broadway to Main StreetBroadway to Main Street: How Show Tunes Enchanted America
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Laurence Maslon. Based on new interviews with Sheldon Harnick, John Kander, Chita Rivera, Barbara Cook, Julie Andrews, Steve Lawrence, and prominent record producers and music critics. Places the original cast album within the larger context of our national identity. Includes companion website with audio examples. 320 pages; 39 photos.

Gay LoveChip Deffaa's Gay Love
(new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Twenty-eight songs of love, loss, and longing, sung by Trent Armand Kendall, Jon Peterson, Seth Sikes, Clark Kinkade, Dylan Adams, Cody Jordan, John Brady, Luka Fric, Bailey Cummings, dave warren, Peter Charney, Keith Anderson, John Tartaglia, Santino Fontana, Chip Deffaa, Tyler Duboys, Magnus Tonning Riise, Austin Owen, Alec Deland, Ellis Gage, Timothy Britten Parker, Baby Jane Dexter, Kristy Cates, Tom Andersen, Lee Roy Reams, Stephen Bogardus. "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," "There Ain't No Sweet Man That's Worth the Salt of My Tears," "I Hate You," "Pretty Baby," "I Can't Give You Anything but Love," "Until I Fell in Love with You," "Gay Love," "Kiss Your Sailor Boy Goodbye," "I'm Crazy for My Baby in a Uniform," "You'd Be so Nice to Come Home To," "More Than You Know," "You're so Beautiful," "Here," "Do It Again," "The Old Dancer's Blues," "He's a Good Man to Have Around," "We Have Much to Be Thankful," "He May Be Your Man, But He Comes to See Me Sometimes," "I Used to Love You but It's All over Now," "I Wonder Where My Lovin' Man Has Gone," "My Buddy," "Matelot," "Something to Live," "Maskulinum-Femininum," "I Loved Him but He Didn't Love Me," "I'd Rather Be Blue over You," "Old Friends," "I'll Follow My Secret Heart." Produced by Chip Deffaa. Released April 2018.

Corduroy TAkes a BowCorduroy Takes a Bow
(Viking Books for Young Readers - Hardcover Book/Audible Audiobook)
By Viola Davis. Illustrated by Jody Wheeler. Corduroy goes to the theatre for the first time. "From the orchestra pit to the prop table to the dressing rooms, Corduroy sees it all." 32 pages. Audiobook version narrated by Viola Davis. Preschool-Kindergarten level.

EssentialsThe Essentials of Theater: A Guide to Acting, Stagecraft, Technical Theater, and More
(Allworth Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Lisa Mulcahy. Includes a brief history on theater over the centuries and basic terminology, tips on interpreting scripts, developing characters, and utilizing props. 256 pages.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Going to the TheatreEverything You Always Wanted to Know About Going to the Theatre (But Were Too Sloshed To Ask, Dear)
(Nick Hern Books - Paperback Book)
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. Released on Kindle in 2017.

Rise Up HamildropIbeyi: "Rise Up Wise Up Eyes Up"
(Atlantic Records - digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Part of Hamildrop series of covers from Hamilton. Released 8/31/18.

Lena Hall Obsessed: Beck
(Ghostlight Records - new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
Series continues with "Sexx Laws," "Think I'm in Love," "Tropicalia," "Devil's Haircut."

Michele BrourmanMichele Brourman: The Price of Love
(FingerFood Music - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Michele Brourman performs her own songs. "Let's Order In," "Help, Thanks, Wow" (lyric: Amanda McBroom), "Orange Blossoms," "Consolation Prize," "Mary Said No" (lyric: Amanda McBroom, "Buttercup Moon," "Indian Boy" (lyric: Karen Gottlieb, "And I You" (lyric: Sally Mayes), "We Can Let It Go ," "You're Only Old Once" (lyric: Amanda McBroom), "The Price of Love" (lyric: Robin Brourman Munson), "London in the Rain" (lyric: Amanda McBroom). Produced and Arranged by Michele Brourman and Stephan Oberhoff. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Stephan Oberhoff at Full Circle Productions.

Renee Fleming BroadwayRenée Fleming: Broadway
(Decca Classics - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Album of showtunes. "Fable," "Loneliness of Evening," "Children Will Listen/You've Got to be Taught" (with guest star Leslie Odom Jr.), "So Big So Small," "Something Wonderful," "Wonderful Guy," "Lay Down Your Head," "Down in the Depths," "Love and Love Alone/Winter," "Dear Friend," "The Sound of Music," "Unusual Way," "Till There Was You," "The Glamorous Life," "Tell Me on A Sunday," "August Winds," "All the Things You Are." Music supervisor Rob Fisher and producer David Frost.

SandhogSandhog: A Folk Opera studio album
(Stage Door Records - new on CD at Amazon)
Score by Earl Robinson and Waldo Salt. The musical opened at New York's Phoenix Theatre in November 1954 featuring a cast that included Jack Cassidy, Alice Ghostley, David Brooks and Betty Oakes, closed after 48 performances, and was never recorded. In 1956, Earl Robinson and Waldo Salt recorded an album of the score with Robinson singing and accompanying himself on piano and Salt providing linking narration. It was issued on the Vanguard label, no released for the first time on CD. Bonus tracks: five tracks form the Off-Broadway cast recording that features Jack Cassidy, Alice Ghostley, and Betty Oakes; and recordings of the show's main theme "Katie-O" / "Johnny-O" covered by Edmund Hockridge, Felicia Sanders, and Vince Martin. Part of Stage Door's Collector's Series, presented in the retro style of a miniature long-playing record. Limited to 500 units. 31 tracks. Also at StageDoorRecords.com.

Unexpected JoyUnexpected Joy
(JAY Records - new on CD/at iTunes)
York Theatre cast recording. Score by Janet Hood and Bill Russell. Cast includes Courtney Balan, Allyson Kaye, Daniel, Luba Mason, and Celeste Rose. "How Do We Go On?," "Like a Good Girl," "I Think I’m Losing My Voice," "Before You Arrive," "She's Got a Mind of Her Own," "I Don'T Wanna Get Married," "What a Woman Can Do," "Better Times Are Comin'," "You Are My Worst Nightmare," "Unexpected Joy," "When Will I Have My Own?," "Raising Them Right," "Common Ground," "Bows (Unexpected Joy Reprise)," "Exit Music."


Week of August 28, 2018

All That Jazz MorddenAll That Jazz: The Life and Times of the Musical Chicago audiobook
(Oxford Univ Press - Audiobook on CD)
Audiobook narrated by Joel Froomkin. Book by Ethan Mordden. A look back at Chicago's various moving parts—including the original 1926 play that started it all, a sexy silent film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, a talkie remake with Ginger Rogers, the musical itself, and at last the movie of the musical. Released earlier in hardcover and Kindle format.

Theatre WingAmerican Theatre Wing, an Oral History: 100 Years, 100 Voices, 100 Million Miracles
(Graphic Arts Books - Hardcover Book)
Patrick Pacheco, editor. Introduction by Rosie O'Donnell. Foreword by Angela Lansbury. Accounts of the artists and theater advocates who created and sustained the preeminent theatrical organization, The American Theatre Wing. 268 pages.

Broadway Paper DollsBroadway Sensations Paper Dolls
(Paper Studio Press - Paperback Book)
By David Wolfe and Cory Jensen (illustrator). Features Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Heather Headley, Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth and Audra McDonald. The 16 costumes span seven decades of Broadway shows: Wicked, My Fair Lady, Gypsy, Funny Girl, The Lion King, Evita, Camelot, Porgy and Bess, Aida, Rent, I Can Get It for You Wholesale, Sunday in the Park with George, Shuffle Along, and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Also includes a history of Broadway and trivia quiz.

Hamilaton 2019 wall calendarHamilton: An American Musical - 2019 Wall Calendar
(Universe Publishing - wall calendar)
Features images of the original cast by Josh Lehrer, lyrics from the show, plus important historical dates. 24 pages.

NetworkNetwork: based on the Paddy Chayefsky film
(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book)
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. Kindle Edition already available.


Week of August 21, 2018

Detroit ProjectThe Detroit Project: Three Plays
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Plays by Dominique Morisseau. Detroit '67, Paradise Blue and Skeleton Crew. 240 pages.

How Annie Made It to BroadwayHow Annie Made It to the Stage
(Cavendish Square - Paperback Book)
By Gerry Boehme. Part of the Getting to Broadway series for children. 96 pages.

How Cats Made It to BroadwayHow Cats Made It to the Stage
(Cavendish Square - Paperback Book)
By Gerry Boehme. Part of the Getting to Broadway series for children. 96 pages.

How Hamilton Made It to BroadwayHow Hamilton Made It to the Stage
(Cavendish Square - Paperback Book)
By Gerry Boehme. Part of the Getting to Broadway series for children. 96 pages.

How The Lion King Made It to BroadwayHow the Lion King Made It to the Stage
(Cavendish Square - Paperback Book)
By Nancy Capaccio. Part of the Getting to Broadway series for children. 96 pages.

How Rent Made It to BroadwayHow Rent Made It to the Stage
(Cavendish Square - Paperback Book)
By George Capaccio. Part of the Getting to Broadway series for children. 96 pages.

Mean Girls vinylMean Girls vinyl
(Atlantic Records - new double LP)
Score by Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin. Cast includes Erika Henningsen, Taylor Louderman, Ashley Park, Kate Rockwell, Barrett Wilbert Weed, Grey Henson, Kerry Butler, Kyle Selig, Cheech Manohar, and Rick Younger. Side 1: "A Cautionary Tale," "It Roars," "Where Do You Belong?," "Meet The Plastics," "Stupid With Love," "Apex Predator." Side 2: "What's Wrong With Me?," "Stupid With Love (Reprise)," "Sexy," "Someone Gets Hurt," "Revenge Party," "Fearless." Side 3: "Stop," "What's Wrong With Me? (Reprise)," "Whose House Is This?," "More Is Better," "Someone Gets Hurt (Reprise)." Side 4: "World Burn," "I'd Rather Be Me," "Do This Thing," "I See Stars." Released earlier on CD, mp3, and at iTunes.

Young Frankenstein OLCMel Brooks' Young Frankenstein OLC
(YF London Limited - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Live recording made over several performances. Score by Mel Brooks ("Puttin' on the Ritz" by Irving Berlin). Ross Noble, Lesley Joseph, Dianne Pilkington, Patrick Clancy. "Overture," "The Brain," "Please Don't Touch Me," "Together Again," "Roll in the Hay," "He Vas My Boyfriend," "It Could Work," "Hang Him Till He's Dead," "The Experiment," "He Vas My Boyfriend Reprise," "Welcome to Transylvania," "Transylvania Mania," "He's Loose," "Listen to Your Heart," "Surprise," "Someone," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "Deep Love," "Hang the Doctor," "Deep Love Reprise and Finale," "Finale - Together Again," "The Bows," "Exit Music." Released 8/10/18.

Pirates of PenzanceThe Pirates of Penzance Blu-ray
(Universal - new blu-ray)
1983 film adaptation of Joe Papp / Broadway production of the Gilbert & Sullivan comic opera. Cast includes Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury, Linda Ronstadt, George Rose, Rex Smith, Tony Azito. Directed by Wilford Leach. [At the moment, is available for ordering on Amazon.]

Playing to the GodsPlaying to the Gods: Sarah Bernhardt, Eleonora Duse, and the Rivalry that Changed Acting Forever
(Simon & Schuster - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Edition/Audiobook on CD)
By Peter Rader. Account of the feud that changed theater forever. 288 pages. Audiobook read by Peter Rader.

RSC 2019Royal Shakespeare Company - Angus McBean Wall Calendar 2019
(Flame Tree Publishing - wall calendar)
Celebration of the photography of Angus McBean, who was renowned for revolutionizing theatre photography in the late 1930s. Featuring his iconic photographs taken from plays staged by the RSC. Includes Geraldine McEwan and Dorothy Tutin in Twelfth Night; Kathleen Michael in A Midsummer Night's Dream; Brian Murray and Dorothy Tutin in Romeo and Juliet; Peter O'Toole in The Merchant of Venice; Edith Evans in All's Well That Ends Well; Anthony Quayle and Michael Redgrave in Henry IV Pt I; Hugh Griffith in As You Like It; Alan Badel and Michael Redgrave in The Tempest; Laurence Olivier and Vivian Leigh in Macbeth; Richard Burton in Henry IV Pt II; William Squire in The Winter's Tale. You’ll be sure to find your favourite play in this great wall calendar. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month’s views.

SummerSummer: The Donna Summer Musical OBC
(Republic Records - new on CD)
Original Broadway cast recording of 2018 jukebox musical. Cast includes La Chanze, Ariana DeBose, and Storm Lever. "The Queen Is Back," "I Feel Love ," "Love To Love You Baby," "I Remember Yesterday," "On My Honor," "Faster And Faster To Nowhere," "Munich: Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring / White Boys / Love To Love You Baby (Reprise)," "MacArthur Park," "Heaven Knows," "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)," "Pandora’s Box," "On The Radio," "I Love You," "Bad Girls," "She Works Hard For The Money," "Dim All The Lights," "I Believe In Jesus," "Unconditional Love," "To Turn The Stone ," "Stamp Your Feet ," "Friends Unknown," "Hot Stuff ," "Last Dance." Digital version released 7/20/18 on mp3 and at iTunes.


Week of August 14, 2018

ANTThe American Negro Theatre and the Long Civil Rights Era
(Univ of Iowa Press - Paperback Book)
By Jonathan Shandell. First in-depth study of the historic American Negro Theatre (ANT) and its lasting influence on American popular culture. Founded in 1940 in Harlem, the ANT successfully balanced expressions of African American consciousness with efforts to gain white support for the burgeoning civil rights movement. Sources include oral histories, playbills, scripts, production stills, and journalistic accounts. 234 pages.


Week of August 7, 2018

Boho DaysBoho Days: The Wider Works of Jonathan Larson
(Jonathon Collis - Hardcover Book)
By J. Collis. Featuring new interviews with Larson's creative and personal associates and extensive archival research, "Boho Days" demystifies the composer's vision and advancement, offering fans new and old the full story of the man behind the musical which changed the world. Kindle Edition coming October 16. 404 pages.

Cradle Will RockCradle Will Rock (Special Edition)
(Kino - new Blu-ray)
1999 film based on the events surrounding the 1930s production of the Marc Blitzstein musical. Cast includes Bill Murray, John Cusack, Susan Sarandon, John Turturro, Vanessa Redgrave, Hank Azaria, Rubén Blades, Joan Cusack, Cary Elwes, Philip Baker Hall, Angus Macfadyen, Emily Watson, Bob Balaban, Jack Black, Paul Giamatti, Bernard Hughes. Directed by Tim Robbins. Special featurettes: audio commentary by Tim Robbins; production featurette; theatrical trailer. 132 minutes.

Desperate MeasuresDesperate Measures original cast
(Sony Classical - new on CD)
Original York Theatre cast. Music by David Friedman and lyrics by Peter Kellogg. Cast includes Emma Degerstedt, Gary Marachek, Lauren Molina, Conor Ryan, Peter Saide, Nick Wyman. "The Ballad of Johnny Blood," "The Ballad of Johnny Blood (Reprise)," "That's Just How It Is," "Some Day They Will Thank Me," "Look in Your Heart," "Look in Your Heart (Reprise)," "It's Good to Be Alive," "It Doesn't Hurt to Try," "It's Getting Hot in Here," "It's Getting Hot in Here Playoff / The Ballad of Johnny Blood (Reprise 2)," "The Way That You Feel," "Stop There," "In the Dark," "What a Night!," "About Last Night," "Stop There (Reprise)," "Just for You," "Just for You (Reprise)," "What is This Feeling?," "What a Day!," "Life Takes You by Surprise," "It's Good to Be Alive (Reprise)," "It's a Beautiful Day," "Finale," "Bows / Exit Music." Digital version released 7/13/18 on mp3 and at iTunes.

Freaky FridayFreaky Friday Original TV Movie Soundtrack
(Disney - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Soundtrack for televised musical, from the stage version (2016 at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia) based on the 1972 book by Mary Rodgers, which also inspired several movie and TV versions. Score by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey. Adapted by Bridget Carpenter. Cast includes Heidi Blickenstaff and Cozi Zuehlsdorff. Airing August 10, 2018, on the Disney Channel. [A studio cast recording of the score was also released in 2017 with Blickenstaff and Emma Hunton.

Jessica VoskJessica Vosk: Wild and Free
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Jessica Vosk (Wicked) solo album. Songs from Jason Robert Brown, Sara Bareilles, Sia, Pasek and Paul, Prince and more. "A Million Dreams," "The Entertainer / Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "What Baking Can Do," "Brand New Key," "Help / Being Alive," "The Music That Makes Me Dance," "Nobody's Side," "Chandelier," "Nothing Compares 2 U," "Love Has No Pride," "Hold On," "Masterpiece," "Woke the F*ck Up (featuring Marissa Rosen & Marty Thomas)," "It All Fades Away." Arrangements by Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Cameron Moncur, produced by Michael Croiter and Robbie Rozelle, and co-produced by Jessica Vosk. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Shaina TaubShaina Taub: Die Happy
(new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Twelve original songs. Support by band which includes Hiroyuki Matsuura and David Farrell Melton as well as an ensemble of horn, wind and string players and a large choir comprised of friends and collaborators. "If I Die Before You," "Huddled Masses," "Where Are the Grown Ups?," "She Persisted" (by Kate Taylor), "Family Plan," "Holy Old City," "Fortnight," "2 Captains," "Our Solitude," "Your Old Guitar," "Still I Will Love," "Inevitable." Produced by Shaina Taub, Mike Brun and Dean Sharenow at Vibromonk Studios in Brooklyn. Released earlier on Bandcamp.

West Side Story Soundtrack vinylWest Side Story OBC
(Del Ray Records - new vinyl LP)
1957 Broadway cast recording. Score by Leonard Bernstein's music and Stephen Sondheim. Cast included Carol Lawrence, Larry Kert, Ken Leroy, Chita Rivera. "Prologue," "Jet Song," "Something's Coming," "The Dance At The Gym," "Maria," "Tonight," "America," "Cool," "One Hand, One Heart," "Tonight - Quintet and Chorus," "The Rumble," "I Feel Pretty," "Somewhere - Ballet," "Gee, Officer Krupke!," "A Boy Like That / I Have A Love," "Finale." Pressed on 180 gram vinyl.

Wonderful DesignWonderful Design: Glamour in the Hollywood Musical
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Lloyd Whitesell. Discussing dozens of musical numbers, analyzing ingenious orchestration, and appraising the distinctive styles of favorite musical stars, Whitesell illuminates fundamental traits of the genre, its aesthetic strategies, and cultural ambitions. 272 pages.


Week of July 31, 2018

Ben Bagley BernsteinBen Bagley's Leonard Bernstein Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Remastered 1989 album. Lyrics by Comden and Green, John LaTouche, Richard Wilbur, Alan Jay Lerner, and Leonard Bernstein. Featuring Nell Carter, Estelle Parsons, John Reardon, Chita Rivera, Arthur Siegel, and Jo Sullivan. Includes cut songs from Wonderful Town, including its original opening number that was cut out of town, and other rarities from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and Candide, as well as assorted other pieces, including three bonus tracks from the purported London cast album of West Side Story, the one starring Bruce Trent and purportedly George Chakiris: "Overture," "Ballet Sequence ("Somewhere")," and "The Rumble." Limited to 500 copies and shipping before the end of July. Available at Kritzerland.com. [Approximate shipping date.]

Les Miserables 4th WallBoublil and Schönberg's Les Misérables (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Sarah Whitfield. The author explores how the musical might help us deal with some of our most difficult experiences and give us hope for when "tomorrow comes."

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 4th WallEdward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Michael Bennett. Part of Routledge's Fourth Wall series. 78 pages.

Lena Hall BowieLena Hall: Obsessed: David Bowie
(Ghostlight Records - new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
"Rebel Rebel," "Lazarus," "Queen Bitch," "As the World Falls Down," "Five Years."

Lost West End Vintage 2Lost West End Vintage 2: London's Forgotten Musicals 1943-1962
(Stage Door Records - new on 2 CDs)
Celebrates London's forgotten musicals of the 1940s, 50s and 60s compiling songs from 37 West End productions and showcasing these unique theatrical works from the golden age of the British musical. From prolific musical theatre composers including Ivor Novello, Noël Coward, Vivian Ellis, Julian Slade, Sandy Wilson, Lionel Bart, Leslie Bricusse and more. 50 tracks (including over 20 tracks appearing on CD for the first time) from London cast recordings to pop covers, demos and other musical rarities. Performers include Mary Martin, Jeremy Brett, Sally Ann Howes, Dora Bryan, Julie Wilson, Evelyn Laye, Barbara Windsor, Elizabeth Seal, Cleo Laine, Frank Sinatra, Julie Andrews, Anna Neagle, Spike Milligan, Joan Sims, Millicent Martin, Denis Quilley and more. Includes 16 page booklet. Also at StageDoorRecords.com.


Week of July 24, 2018

Backstage Pass MoreBackstage Pass to Broadway: More True Tales from a Theatre Press Agent
(Goodreads Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Susan L. Schulman's follow-up to her 2013 book Backstage Pass to Broadway: True Tales from a Theatre Press Agent. 211 pages. Released 4/24/18.

The Band's VisitThe Band's Visit
(Theatre Communications Guild - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
2018 Tony Award Best Musical. Book by Itimar Moses, score by David Yazbek. 96 pages.

Be More ChillBe More Chill
(Ghostlight Records - new vinyl LP)
Joe Iconis score. Book by Joe Tracz and is based on the novel by Ned Vizzini. Two River Theater (NJ) cast. Will Connolly, Eric William Morris, Stephanie Hsu, Jake Boyd, Gerard Canonico, Katlyn Carlson, Katie Ladner, Lauren Marcus, George Salazar, and Paul Whitty. "Jeremy's Theme (Instrumental)," "More Than Survive," "I Love Play Rehearsal," "The Squip Song," "Two-Player Game," "The Squip Enters," "Be More Chill Part 1," "Do You Wanna Ride?," "Be More Chill Part 2," "More Than Survive (Reprise)," "A Guy That I'd Kinda Be Into," "The Squip Lurks (Instrumental)," "Upgrade," "Halloween," "Do You Wanna Hang?," "Michael In The Bathroom," "The Smartphone Hour (Rich Set A Fire)," "The Pitiful Children," "The Pants Song," "The Play," "Voices In My Head." The six-piece orchestra includes Nathan Dame (Conductor and Keyboard), Danny Jonokuchi (Trumpet), Dan McMillan (Drums/Percussion), Josh Plotner (Reeds), Mike Rosengarten (Guitar) and Amanda Ruzza (Bass). Released previously on CD, on mp3 and at iTunes.

Desperate MeasuresDesperate Measures original cast, digital
(Sony Classical - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Original York Theatre cast. Music by David Friedman and lyrics by Peter Kellogg. Cast includes Emma Degerstedt, Gary Marachek, Lauren Molina, Conor Ryan, Peter Saide, Nick Wyman. "The Ballad of Johnny Blood," "The Ballad of Johnny Blood (Reprise)," "That's Just How It Is," "Some Day They Will Thank Me," "Look in Your Heart," "Look in Your Heart (Reprise)," "It's Good to Be Alive," "It Doesn't Hurt to Try," "It's Getting Hot in Here," "It's Getting Hot in Here Playoff / The Ballad of Johnny Blood (Reprise 2)," "The Way That You Feel," "Stop There," "In the Dark," "What a Night!," "About Last Night," "Stop There (Reprise)," "Just for You," "Just for You (Reprise)," "What is This Feeling?," "What a Day!," "Life Takes You by Surprise," "It's Good to Be Alive (Reprise)," "It's a Beautiful Day," "Finale," "Bows / Exit Music." Released 7/13/18. CD format to be released 8/10/18.

Two-Player GameGeorge Salazar & Joe Iconis: Two-Player Game
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
A recording of the concert as performed at Feinstein's/54 Below. "Broadway, Here I Come!," "Two-Player Game," "I Love Play Rehearsal," "Tiny Short Little Song," "Andy's Song," "The Answer," "Lisa," "The Vagabond," "Norman," "Song of the Brown Buffalo," "Michael in the Bathroom," "The Goodbye Song," "Kaboom." Released previously on mp3 and at iTunes

SummerSummer: The Donna Summer Musical OBC
(Republic Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original Broadway cast recording of 2018 jukebox musical. Cast includes La Chanze, Ariana DeBose, and Storm Lever. "The Queen Is Back," "I Feel Love ," "Love To Love You Baby," "I Remember Yesterday," "On My Honor," "Faster And Faster To Nowhere," "Munich: Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring / White Boys / Love To Love You Baby (Reprise)," "MacArthur Park," "Heaven Knows ," "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)," "Pandora’s Box," "On The Radio," "I Love You," "Bad Girls," "She Works Hard For The Money," "Dim All The Lights," "I Believe In Jesus," "Unconditional Love," "To Turn The Stone ," "Stamp Your Feet ," "Friends Unknown," "Hot Stuff ," "Last Dance." CD format to be released 8/24/18.


Week of July 17, 2018

Irma la DouceIrma la Douce Blu-ray
(Kl Studio Classics - new Blu-ray)
1963 comedy film based on the stage musical. Featuring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Louis Jordan (narrator), Lou Jacobi, Herschel Bernardi. Directed by Billy Wilder. New HD master from a 4K scan of the original camera negative. Special features: audio commentary by film historian Joseph McBride, author of "How Did Lubitsch Do It?"; audio commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger; original theatrical trailer. 143 minutes.

Ivo van HoveIvo van Hove: From Shakespeare to David Bowie (Performance Books)
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Sonia Massai and Susan Bennett, editors. Resources, critical overviews and detailed analysis of Ivo van Hove's internationally acclaimed work as a director of theatre, opera and musicals. Production photos capture the power of van Hove's directorial vision, his innovative use of theatrical spaces, and the arresting stage images that have made his productions so popular among audiences worldwide over the last 30 years. Foreword by Van Hove, plus an interview with him plus director's notes for some of his most popular shows. 264 pages.

Jason Robert BrownJason Robert Brown: How We React and How We Recover
(Ghostlight Records - digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
New solo album. A "politically-charged, far-reaching rumination on love, family and music." "Hope," "Melinda," "Invisible," "Fifty Years Long," "Hallowed Ground," "One More Thing Than I Can Handle" (with Kate McGarry), "All Things in Time," "A Song About Your Gun," "Everybody Knows," "The Hardest Hill," "Caravan of Angels," "Wait 'Til You See What's Next." Produced by Jason Robert Brown and Jeffery Lesser. Stacey Mindich and Kurt Deutsch serve as executive producers. Released 6/29/18. Also at GhostlightRecords.com.

Ben Bagley's Ira Gershwin RevisitedBen Bagley's Ira Gershwin Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin. Music by George Gershwin, Vernon Duke, Burton Lane, Arthur Schwartz, Harry Warren, Kurt Weill. Performances by Blossom Dearie, Mary McCarty, Danny Meehan, Charles Rydell, Ethel Shutta, and Margaret Whiting, plus Dody Goodman, Paula Lawrence, KT Sullivan, and Arthur Siegel. Limited to 500 copies only and expected to ship by the second week of July. Track list, details, at Kritzerland.com. [Approximate shipping date.]


Week of July 10, 2018

Bat Out of Hell MusicalBat Out of Hell the Musical OLC digital
(Ghostlight Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording of score by Jim Steinman. The musical premiered at the Manchester Opera House in Manchester, England, on February 17, 2017, then ran at the London Coliseum, and is now playing in Toronto. Many of the songs were previously recorded by Meat Loaf. Disc One: "Love and Death and an American Guitar," "All Revved Up with No Place to Go / The Opening of the Box / 3Everything Louder Than Everything Else / If It Ain't Broke, Break It," "Who Needs the Young?," "Life Is A Lemon And I Want My Money Back (excerpt)," "Out of the Frying Pan (And Into the Fire) (intro)," "It Just Won't Quit," "Out of the Frying Pan (And Into the Fire) (full song)," "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," "The Invocation," "Making Love Out of Nothing at All," "Bat Out of Hell." Disc Two: "In the Land of the Pig, the Butcher Is King," "Heaven Can Wait," "Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are," "Teenager in Love," "For Crying Out Loud," "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)," "Not Allowed to Love," "What Part of My Body Hurts the Most," "Dead Ringer for Love," "Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through," "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)," "Finale (Bat Out of Hell reprise)."

Boom Goes the Cannon"Boom Goes The Cannon...": Mobb Deep
(Atlantic Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
New Hamildrop single by rap duo Mobb Deep. Incorporates a sample of "Right Hand Man" while the late Prodigy delivers his verse as George Washington. Released 6/18/18.

CarouselCarousel 2018 revival cast
(Concord Records - new on CD)
Rodgers & Hammerstein score. Cast includes Jessie Mueller, Joshua Henry, Renée Fleming , Lindsay Mendez, Alexander Gemignani, Margaret Colin, Amar Ramasar, John Douglas Thompson. "The Carousel Waltz," "Mister Snow," "If I Loved You," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," "Mister Snow - Reprise," "When The Children Are Asleep," "Blow High, Blow Low," "Soliloquy," "This Way A Real Nice Clambake," "What's The Use Of Wond'rin'?," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "The Highest Judge Of All," "Ballet," "Finale: You'll Never Walk Alone - Reprise." Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes

Famous Father GirlFamous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein
(Harper - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD/Audible Edition)
Memoir by Jamie Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein's oldest daughter. "Bernstein's jaw-dropping honesty and humor gives us the best example of the 'growing up famous' genre since Brooke Hayward's classic Haywire” (John Guare). Jamie Bernstein narrates the audio versions. 400 pages. Released 6/12/18.

Mamma Mia Here We Go AgainMamma Mia! Here We Go Again
(Capitol - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Soundtrack for 2018 musical film featuring the songs of ABBA. Cast includes Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, Andy García, Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Cher, Meryl Streep. Track list to come. "Fernando" single track sung by Cher and Andy Garcia available now.


Week of July 3, 2018

100 Plays100 Plays for the First Hundred Days
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Suzan Lori-Parks. For each day of the first 100 days of the presidency of Donald Trump, Parks created a play diary to capture and explore the events as they unfolded and to try and make sense out of a state of uncertainty, confusion, and chaos. 96 pages.

2019 On Broadway Wall Calendar
(Time Factory - wall calendar)
12" x 12" wall calendar has twelve full-color playbills with a 4-month bonus spread featuring January 2020 - April 2020 and additional space for notes. 26 pages.

Cradle Will RockThe Cradle Will Rock
(Bridge Records - new on 2 CDs/on mp3/at iTunes)
2017 Opera Saratoga production of score from Marc Blitzstein opera. Recorded live. First complete recording. "Moll's Lament," "Hello, Baby," "Gosh It's Cold in Here," "We’re the Most Respectable Families in the City!," "I Wonder If I Hadn't Better Phone Mrs. Mister?," "My Dear Missus Mister!," "Order in the Courtroom!," "Croon-Spoon," "Freedom of the Press," "I Agree with You Absolutely, Mr. Mister," "Let's Do Something! / Honolulu," "Order in the Courtroom!," "Drugstore," "Why Don’t My Sadie Tell Me She Gonna Have Baby?," "The Rich," "Ah, There You Are, You Two! / Art for Art's Sake," "Disc 2," "Nickel Under the Foot," "Which of You Guys Wanted to See the Man Who Made the Speech?," "Leaflets," "The Cradle Will Rock / Do You Think We Don't Know What That Fight Tonight’s About?," "Facultyroom," "It’s Not Going to Hurt?," "Hello, Doctor," "Joe Worker," "Nightcourt," "Listen! The Boilermakers Are with Us! / The Cradle Will Rock (Reprise)," "Marc Blitzstein Discusses The Cradle Will Rock." John Mauceri, conductor.

Dance Me a SongDance Me a Song: Astaire, Balanchine, Kelly, and the American Film Musical
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Beth Genné. Traces the history of famous Hollywood collaborations as the palimpsest of dance, film, and musical techniques were developed over time. From the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' series in the thirties (Top Hat, Swing Time, Shall We Dance, and others), through the MGM film dances created and directed by Vincente Minnelli, Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen, and again Astaire, whose career continued at MGM in the forties and fifties (Yolanda and The Thief, The Pirate, On the Town, Singin' in the Rain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Bandwagon); George Balanchine ... from his until now unrecognized collaborations with Vernon Duke and Vincente Minnelli to develop the "jazz ballet" form on Broadway to the 1939 film version of On Your Toes and the dance sequences he directed with Greg Toland for the Hollywood movie The Goldwyn Follies (1938); Busby Berkeley, whose moving camera techniques according to Gene Kelly "broke down the proscenium frame of the stage" for American dancers; do early experimental French directors like René Clair and European immigrants to Hollywood Ernst Lubitsch and Rouben Mamoulian. 360 pages.

Judy GarlandJudy Garland: I Can't Give You Anything But Love: 1938-1961
(Jasmine Music - new on CD)
Judy Garland anthology of love songs, remastered. Based on studio sessions for MGM, Decca Records, Columbia Records and Capital Records. Compiled by Lawrence Schulman. "On the Bumpy Road to Love," "Comes Love," "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart," "This Heart of Mine," "Love," "Why Was I Born?," "I Wish I Were in Love Again," "Go Home, Joe," "Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe," "Memories of You," "How About Me?," "Among My Souvenirs," "Day in - Day Out," "I Hadn't Anyone Till You," "More Than You Know," "Do I Love You?," "When the Sun Comes Out," "If I Love Again," "I've Confessed to the Breeze - I Love You," "Alone Together," "Do It Again," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "If Love Were All," "Sweet Danger."

Lena Hall Jack WhiteLena Hall: Obsessed: Jack White
(Ghostlight Records - new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
"Fell in Love with a Girl, "Blunderbuss," "Would You Fight for My Love?," "Love Interruption."

Making Oscar WildeMaking Oscar Wilde
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Michèle Mendelssohn. Reveals the untold story of young Oscar's career in Victorian England and post-Civil War America ... tracks a larger-than-life hero on an unforgettable adventure to make his name and gain international acclaim. Combining new evidence and gripping cultural history, dramatizes Wilde's rise, fall, and resurrection as part of a spectacular transatlantic pageant ... vividly depicts sensation-hungry Victorian journalism and popular entertainment alongside racial controversies, sex scandals, and the growth of Irish nationalism. 368 pages.


Week of June 26, 2018

Alan Jay Lerner RevisitedBen Bagley's Alan Jay Lerner Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Undiscovered Lerner gems (especially at the time of the recording) from The Day Before Spring, Love Life, Lolita, My Love, What's Up, Give a Girl a Break, a cut song from Gigi, and much more, plus bonus material. Featuring Dorothy Loudon, Jerry Orbach, Roddy McDowall, Nancy Walker, Blossom Dearie and more. Musical direction and arrangements by Norman Paris. Remastered by James Nelson. All new liner notes. Limited to 500 copies only and will ship by the last week of June. At Kritzerland.com.

Mamma Mia Here We Go Again"Fernando"
(Polydor Records - digital single)
Single from the upcoming Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again soundtrack, featuring Cher and Andy Garcia. Complete soundtrack to be released on July 13.

James ShigetaJames Shigeta: Scene One / We Speak The Same Language
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
Includes Shigeta's first solo album in 1960, "Scene One," a collection of standards and original songs with orchestrations and musical direction by Axel Stordahl. Produced by composer Haydn Broughton and featuring four of Broughton's original compositions. Also, his 1962 post-Flower Drum Song album "We Speak The Same Language," with orchestrations and musical direction by Harry Betts and Dick Hazard, production by Tommy Wolf, plus original songs penned by Hermes Pan, Tommy Wolf, Don Raye and Fred Astaire. Selections from The Fantasticks, Kean and All American. Bonus tracks: "You Are Beautiful" from the soundtrack of Flower Drum Song and one of Shigeta's highly collectable Japanese language singles, his 1955 cover of "Tara's Theme." Track list at Amazon and Stage Door. Part of Stage Door's Collector's Series, with retro-style packaging and limited to 500 units. Also at StageDoorRecords.com.

JunkJunk soundtrack
(Ringside Records - new on CD)
Original soundtrack recording of upcoming musical motion picture starring Tym Moss and Robbie Wayne. Music and lyrics by Michael Penny. "Opening Credits," "A Man Needs A Hobby," "Mammys," "An Old Book of Matches From A Myrtle Beach Bar," "Oh...She Loves Me," "She's Crazy That Way," "On That Streetcar Named Desire," "Do Yourself A Favor," "She Believes In Bran," "I Like Them Smooth," "You're Conventional," "Mary Mary," "I Hate Musicals," "Nobody Wants To Leave The Party," "End Credits." 20 page deluxe booklet with notes and lyrics.

If You See MeLinda Eder: If You See Me
(new on CD)
Linda Eder's 18th solo album. Songs from Broadway and the American Songbook, a new song by Frank Wildhorn and Robin Lerner, and a new song, the title track, by written by Linda and her son, Jake Wildhorn. Arrangements by by Billy Jay Stein and Kim Scharnberg. "Before the Parade Passes By," "As If We Never Said Goodbye," "Music That Makes Me Dance/Can't Take That Away From Me," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "What Did I Have That I Don't Have," "Down With Love," "Bring Him Home," "Pure Imagination," "Losing My Mind," "The Best is Yet to Come/The Man I Love/Just in Time," "I Have a Voice" (Wildhorn/Lerner), "If You See Me" (Jake Wildhorn/Eder). Available at lindaeder.com.

The Other SideLinda Eder: The Other Side
(new DVD)
Three-hour DVD, with a rare and intimate glimpse into Linda's life behind the scenes at home and at work. Compiled from footage shot almost entirely by Linda herself and with the assistance of some good friends, it was filmed over the course of three years. It also contains three of Linda’s original songs. Available at lindaeder.com.

NightfallNightfall
(Oberon Books - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Barney Norris, at the Bridge Theatre in London in May 2018. 88 pages.


Week of June 19, 2018

Band's Visit SongbookThe Band's Visit: A New Musical - Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Score by David Yazbek. "Answer Me," "The Beat of Your Heart," "Haled's Song About Love," "It Is What It Is," "Itzik's Lullaby," "Omar Sharif," "Papi Hears the Ocean," "Something Different," "Soraya," "Waiting," "Welcome to Nowhere."

Jacques BrelJacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
(Kino - new Blu-ray)
1975 film version of the musical revue. Cast includes Mort Shuman, Elly Stone, Joe Masiell, Jacques Brel. 97 minutes.

The WolvesThe Wolves: A Play Off-Broadway Edition
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by Sarah DeLappe. Started Off-Broadway in 2016, playing Lincoln Center in 2017. 112 pages.


Week of June 12, 2018

Arielle JacobsArielle Jacobs: A Leap in the Dark - Live at Feinstein's/54 Below
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Live concert performance by Arielle Jacobs (Jasmine in Disney's Aladdin). Also featuring Nicholas Christopher (Hamilton, Miss Saigon) and Javier Colon ("The Voice" season 1 winner). Produced by Michael J. Moritz Jr. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

God and HamiltonGod and Hamilton: Spiritual Themes from the Life of Alexander Hamilton and the Broadway Musical He Inspired
(Deep River Books - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Kevin Cloud. Weaves together insights from the musical itself, the lives of Alexander and Eliza Hamilton, and the story of Scripture into a tapestry that challenges people of faith to reexamine their lives. 240 pages.

Mean GirlsMean Girls OBC
(Atlantic Records - new on CD)
Score by Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin. Cast includes Erika Henningsen, Taylor Louderman, Ashley Park, Kate Rockwell, Barrett Wilbert Weed, Grey Henson, Kerry Butler, Kyle Selig, Cheech Manohar, and Rick Younger. "A Cautionary Tale," "It Roars," "Where Do You Belong?," "Meet The Plastics," "Stupid With Love," "Apex Predator," "What's Wrong With Me?," "Sexy," "Someone Gets Hurt," "Revenge Party," "Fearless," "Stop," "Whose House Is This?," "More Is Better," "Someone Gets Hurt (Reprise)," "World Burn," "I'd Rather Be Me," "Do This Thing," "I See Stars." Released 6/8/18. Digital format released May 18.


Week of June 5, 2018

2018 Tony Awards2018 Tony Award Season
(Broadway Records/Tony Award Productions - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Each musical from the 2017-2018 season, including the 2018 Tony nominated musicals, have been invited to contribute a song to this new compilation album. "Angels in America Highlights" (Angels in America), "Mama Will Provide" (Once on This Island), "(Just a) Simple Sponge" (Spongebob Squarepants: The Musical), "I Could Have Danced All Night" (My Fair Lady), "Margaritaville" (Escape to Margaritaville), "The Beat of Your Heart" (The Bands Visit), "Stop" (Mean Girls), "Monster" (Frozen), "She Works Hard for the Money" (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical), "Do the Work" (Prince of Broadway), "Children of a Lesser God Highlights" (Children of a Lesser God), "The Music of the Night" (From the Phantom of the Opera 30th Anniversary), "Stick It to the Man" (From School of Rock, Andrew Lloyd Webber Lifetime Achievement), "All That Jazz" (From Chicago: A Musical Vaudeville, Chita Rivera Lifetime Achievement). A portion of the proceeds from the album will go to the American Theatre Wing and Broadway League’s arts educations initiatives. The cover art features a specially commissioned Tony season illustration by Justin “Squigs” Robertson. The packaging includes essay by noted musical theatre historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper as well as details about each show. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Betty Buckley HopeBetty Buckley: Hope
(Palmetto - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Collection of songs by some of the actress-singer's favorite composers and songwriters. "Ecotopia," "Any Major Dude Will Tell You," "Falling In Love," "Long Ago and Far Away," Introduction to "Hope", "Hope" (by Jason Robert Brown), "My Least Favorite Life," "Don't Take Me Alive," "Except Goodbye," "Every Little Thing," "Shades of Scarlett Conquering," "Dope Island," "I Feel Lucky," "Quiet," "Gilda Story," "Prisoner in Disguise," "Young At Heart." Christian Jacob on piano, arranger and music director; Oz Noy on guitar; Tony Marino on bass; and Dan Rieser on drums.

CarouselCarousel 2018 revival cast digital
(Craft Recordings - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Rodgers & Hammerstein score. Cast includes Jessie Mueller, Joshua Henry, Renée Fleming , Lindsay Mendez, Alexander Gemignani, Margaret Colin, Amar Ramasar, John Douglas Thompson. "The Carousel Waltz," "Mister Snow," "If I Loved You," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," "Mister Snow - Reprise," "When The Children Are Asleep," "Blow High, Blow Low," "Soliloquy," "This Way A Real Nice Clambake," "What's The Use Of Wond'rin'?," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "The Highest Judge Of All," "Ballet," "Finale: You'll Never Walk Alone - Reprise." CD format to be released July 13.

Peter Pan on Her BirthdayFor Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Sarah Ruhl. Recently premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons. 144 pages.

FrozenFrozen - The Broadway Musical
(Walt Disney Records - new on CD)
OBC recording of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez score. With an expanded orchestra of 44 musicians, including a string section of 22. The cast includes Caissie Levy, Patti Murin, Greg Hildreth, Robert Creighton, John Riddle, and Jelani Alladin. "Vuelie / Let the Sun Shine On," "A Little Bit of You," "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?," "For the First Time in Forever," "Hans of the Southern Isles," "Queen Anointed," "Dangerous to Dream," "Love Is an Open Door," "Reindeer(S) Are Better Than People," "What Do You Know About Love?," "In Summer," "Hans of the Southern Isles (reprise)," "Let It Go," "Hygge," "For the First Time in Forever (reprise)," "Fixer Upper," "Kristoff Lullaby," "Monster," "True Love," "Colder by the Minute," "Finale / Let It Go," (bonus track "When Everything Falls Apart Outtake." The album is produced by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Stephen Oremus, Dave Metzger and Chris Montan. Released on new on mp3 and at iTunes May 11.

Helpless"Helpless"
(Atlantic Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
New in #Hamildrop series. The Regrettes cover song from Hamilton. Released May 31.

Marieann MeringoloMarieann Meringolo: Between Yesterday and Tomorrow: The Songs of Alan & Marilyn Bergman (Live)
(Blujazz - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
MAC Award and Back Stage Bistro Award winning vocalist. "The Way We Were / Where Do You Start?," "Opening Dialogue," "Nice 'n Easy / That Face," "It Might Be You / What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?," "I Was Born in Love with You," "The Way We Were, II / How Do You Keep the Music Playing? / Summer Me, Winter Me," "Love Makes the Changes," "The Windmills of Your Mind / Between Yesterday and Tomorrow," "Pieces of Dreams (Little Girl Blue) [Live]," "The Way We Were, III / Fifty Percent," "Where Is It Written? / A Piece of Sky," "Thank You Dialogue," "On My Way to You / Something New in My Life." Recorded live at The Iridium. CD format available at CDBaby.com.

My Fair LadyMy Fair Lady 2018 revival cast
(Broadway Records - new on CD at Amazon/on mp3/at iTunes)
Lincoln Center cast recording of score by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner's score. Album produced by David Lai and Ted Sperling. Cast includes Lauren Ambrose, Harry Hadden-Paton, Norbert Leo Butz, Diana Rigg as Mrs. Higgins, Allan Corduner, Jordan Donica, Linda Mugleston, and Manu Narayan. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Seven BridesSeven Brides for Seven Brothers Blu-ray
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray on 2 discs)
1954 film musical. Score by Gene de Paul, Johnny Mercer, Saul Chaplin, Adolph Deutsch. Cast includes Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Tommy Rall, and Marc Platt. Directed by Stanley Donen. Choreography by Michael Kidd. New remastered version. Bonuses: alternate widescreen version (placed on a BD bonus disc); audio commentary by Stanley Donen (2004); "MGM Jubilee Overture" short subject, Remastered in 1080p HD and Uncompressed DTS HD-Master Audio 5.1; "Sobbin' Women: The Making of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," hosted by Howard Keel (SD); Radio City Music Hall Premiere - July 22, 1954 (SD); MGM's 30th Anniversary" (1954 MGM Newsreel) (SD). 102 minutes.

Kenny LeonTake You Wherever You Go
(Grand Central Publishing - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD)
Memoir by Tony Award winning director Kenny Leon. Foreword by Samuel L. Jackson. 240 pages.


Week of May 29, 2018

Audra McDonald Sing HappyAudra McDonald & the New York Philharmonic: Sing Happy
(Decca Gold - new on CD)
Live from May 1 concert performance at Geffen Hall for the New York Philharmonic’s Spring Gala. "I Am What I Am," "Medley: It Might as Well Be Spring/Hurry, It's Lovely Up Here," "Cornet Man," "Sing Happy," "Simple Little Things," Introduction to Being Good Isn't Good Enough," "Being Good Isn't Good Enough," "Summertime," "Chain of Love," "0vanilla Ice Cream," "March Is a Windy Month," Introduction to Medley, "Medley: Children Will Listen/ You've Got to Be Carefully Taught," "Facebook Song," "Never Will I Marry," "Being Alive," Introduction to Make Someone Happy, "Make Someone Happy," "Introduction to Climb Ev'ry Mountain, "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "More I Cannot Wish You." Orchestra conducted by Andy Einhorn. Digital released May 11.

Ben BagleyBen Bagley's The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen Though the Eyes of Cole Porter
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Ran at Square East Theater in 1965. Kaye Ballard, Harold Lang, Carmen Alvarez, William Hickey, and Elmarie Wendel. With bonuses. Limited to 500 copies. Available at Kritzerland.com. Expected first week in June.

Fraver by DesignFraver by Design: Five Decades of Theatre Poster Art from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Beyond
(Schiffer - Hardcover Book)
By Frank "Fraver" Verlizzo. A monograph collection that takes you behind-the-scenes into the world of theatrical advertising through a rare look at 40 unpublished poster sketches for some of Broadway's favorite shows, career anecdotes, and commentary including Bernadette Peters, Dean Pitchford, and Jack Viertel. More than 20 of Fraver's poster designs for the works of Stephen Sondheim are spotlighted, as well as those created for Rodgers & Hammerstein, The Kennedy Center, and New York City Center's Encores! series. 208 pages.

Jones & SchmidtJones & Schmidt: Hidden Treasures, 1951-2001
(Harbinger/The Musical Theater Project - new on 2 CDs/on mp3/at iTunes)
Part of the Songwriter Showcase Series. Vocals by Tom Jones, Harvey Schmidt, Mary Martin, Robert Preston, Liz Callaway, Carole Demas, Bert Lahr, Stanley Holloway, Susan Watson, Samantha Bruce and many others. "Prologue: Try to Remember," "Freshman Song/Registration," "Anyone Will Do," "At 22," "Mr. Off-Broadway," "The Race of the Lexington Avenue Express," "One and All," "The Holy Man and the New Yorker," "You Wonder How These Things Begin," "A Perfect Time to Be in Love," "Plant a Radish," "I Have Acted Like a Fool," "New York Medley," "Sketches," "Just Fine," "Pretty Is," "A Texas Romance," "Man and Wife," "Guess We May as Well Stay Married Now," "The Genuine Eccentric and His Wife," "Thousands of Flowers," "Celebration," "Under the Tree," "Opening Sequence from Colette," "Wand'rin' Child." Disc 2: "Thank You for Your Love," "Within This Empty Space," "Name: Cockian," "I Love His Face," "Postcards," "Middle of the Road," "Wonderful Way to Die," "Theme from "The Bone Room"," "Menage a Trois," "Joy" (Work Session), "Ooh-La-La," "You Could Hurt Me," "The Room Is Filled with You," "Medley from Colette," "Our Town," "The World Is Very Wide," "There Is a River/Heavenly Music," "I Only Want Someone to Love Me," "Broadway Sam," "Maybe," "Learning Who You Are," "Here Am I," "Epilogue: Try to Remember." Produced by Bill Rudman. 64-page color booklet includes extensive notes by Bill Rudman; details and notes on all of the selections by Tom Jones (with an assist from Harvey Schmidt), and never-before-seen photos.

Lena Hall RadioheadLena Hall Obsessed: Radiohead
(Ghostlight Records - new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
"Nude," "High and Dry," "Exit Music (For a Film)," "Street Spirit (Fade out)," "Creep."

RedheadRedhead 1959 studio cast/original Mexican cast +
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
1959 "Selections from Redhead" studio recording of Albert Hague/Dorothy Fields score, featuring Rita Williams, Bryan Johnson and Fred Lucas with the Mike Sammes Singers and Hill Bowen Orchestra. Also, the Mexican cast recording of the Spanish language adaptation by Luis De Llano and Martha Fisher which opened at Teatro de los Insurgentes in Mexico City in 1960 as La Pelirroja, starring Virma Gonzalez, Armando Calvo and featuring Placido Domingo. Bonus: three pop covers of songs from Redhead performed by Art Lund, Toni Arden and Tommy Leonetti. Part of Stage Door Records' Collector's Series, with retro LP packaging and limited to 500 copies. Also at StageDoorRecords.com.

Sutton FosterSutton Foster: Take Me to the World
(Ghostlight Deluxe - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Joined by Megan McGinnis, Darcie Roberts, Jodi Cotton, Johnna Tavianini, Elizabeth Truitt & Ball State Cabaret Class Female Singers. "Take Me to the World / Starting Here, Starting Now," "Everybody Says Don't / Yes," "I'm on My Way / On My Way," "If I Were a Bell / Singin' in the Rain," "I Got Love / Gimme Gimme," "Give Him the Ooh-La-La," "Stars and the Moon," "A Quiet Thing / Hush, Little Baby," "Room," "Old Friends / Bookends," "You Can Close Your Eyes," "It All Fades Away," "C'est Magnifique," "Every Time We Say Goodbye" (Bonus Track). Customers who pre-order the digital album will immediately receive the track "Stars and the Moon," with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. Also at Ghostlight Records.

Twenty TheatresTwenty Theatres to See Before You Die: A Love Letter to Britain's Theatres
(Penned in the Margins - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Amber Massie-Blomfield. A celebration of thriving against the odds ... also a personal account of a life-long love affair with the places where 'anything is possible': from open-air fry-ups and an impromptu can-can to paranormal manifestations. An adventure through theatre, place and the people who make it happen. 350 pages.


Week of May 22, 2018

Grass HarpThe Grass Harp original cast recording
(Kritzerland Records - new on CD)
Score by Claibe Richardson and Kenward Elmslie. 1971 Broadway musical cast included Barbara Cook, Carol Brice, Karen Morrow, Ruth Ford, Russ Thacker, and Max Showalter. Includes song dropped from the LP, included on the Painted Smiles CD release, along with bonus tracks. Limited to 500 copies. At Kritzerland.com.

The InheritanceThe Inheritance
(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book)
New play by Matthew Lopez (The Whipping Man, The Legend of Georgia McBride). Premiered at the New Vic in London in March 2018 (Transferring to the Noel Coward Theatre in September 2018). 320 pages. Published 4/26/18.

A Letter to Harvey MilkA Letter to Harvey Milk digital
(Yellow Sound Label - new digital album)
Off-Broadway cast album. Score by Laura I. Kramer (music) Ellen M. Schwartz (lyrics), and Cheryl Stern (additional lyrics). Cast includes Adam Heller, Julia Knitel, Cheryl Stern, Michael Bartoli, Sarah Corey, Jeremy Greenbaum, Aury Krebs, Philip Hoffman, CJ Pawlikowski, and Ravi Roth. Album produced by Michael Croiter. Mp3 also available at BroadwayRecords.com.

Fearless B-SidesMandy Gonzalez: Fearless: B-Sides
(Ghostlight Records - new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
Five additional digital-only tracks from the original sessions for Mandy Gonzalez' (now in Hamilton) "Fearless" album include creative new interpretations of standards in addition to her first-ever Spanish-language recording. "You Can Leave Your Hat On," "Bein' Green," "I Only Have Eyes for You," "Get Ready," "Vivir Mi Vida." Released 5/18/18.

Not TalkingNot Talking
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Play by Mike Barlett, now in its first production at Arcola Theatre in London. 72 pages.

Oklahoma! 75th AnniversaryOklahoma! Original Cast Album 75th Anniversary
(Verve - on CD/vinyl LP/on mp3/at iTunes)
1943 original Broadway cast album featuring Alfred Drake, Joan Roberts, Celeste Holm, Howard Da Silva, Betty Garde, Lee Dixon, Joseph Buloff, Jane Lawrence, Barry Kelley, and George S. Irving. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II score. "Overture," "Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'," "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top," "Kansas City," "I Can't Say No," "Many A New Day," "It's A Scandal! It's A Outrage!," "People Will Say We're In Love," "Pore Jud Is Daid," "Lonely Room," "Out Of My Dreams," "The Farmer And The Cowman," "All Er Nuthin'," "Oklahoma!," "Finale," "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top" (alt.), "I Can't Say No" (alt.), "Pore Jud Is Daid" (alt.), "Finale" (alt.).

Play It Again MarvinPlay It Again, Marvin! A Marvin Hamlisch Celebration
(Varese Sarabande - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra concert performance, under the direction of J. Ernest Green. Features pianist Kevin Cole and singers Grammy winner Sylvia McNair, Judy Harrison, and Doug LaBrecque and cellist Adrian Daurov. "The Way We Were," "A Chorus Line Concerto," "Dreamers," "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows," "The Swimmer," "Nothing," "A Mother's Voice," "The Entertainer and Pineapple Rag," "Nobody Does It Better," "They're Playing My Song," "I Cannot Hear the City," "That's How I Say Goodbye," "If You Really Knew Me," "Looking Through the Eyes of Love," "At the Fountain," "Suite from Sophie's Choice / If You Remember Me," "Marvin's Medley," "Bows ," "What I Did For Love."

QuizQuiz
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/eTextbook)
New play by James Graham. Premiered at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester, in 2017 and transferred to the West End Noel Coward Theatre in April 2018. 112 pages. Published 4/23/18.


Week of May 15, 2018

Come from Away SongbookCome from Away A New Musical Piano/Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Twelve vocal arrangements with piano accompaniment from the score by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Includes: Blankets and Bedding," "Costume Party," "Finale," "I Am Here," "Me and the Sky," "Prayer," "Screech In," "Somewhere in the Middle of Nowhere (38 Planes Reprise)," "Stop the World," "28 Hours," "Welcome to the Rock," "Wherever We Are."

Capital DistrictHistoric Theaters of New York's Capital District
(The History Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By John A. Miller. History of theaters in the Capital District around Albany, New York. 160 pages.

Light Shining in BuckinghamsireLight Shining in Buckinghamshire (Revised TCG Edition)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Caryl Churchill. Playing this spring at New York Theatre Workshop. 80 pages.

Mandy Patinkin DiaryMandy Patinkin: Diary: January 27, 2018
(Nonesuch Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
First in a series of musical installments from Mandy Patinkin and pianist/producer Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman). "I Have Found My Happiness," "Dayton, Ohio - 1903," "Living Without You," "My Mom," "Going to a Town," "Dreaming," "I Enjoy the Little Things," "To Be of Use," "Time Enough for Rocking," "Life's a Gas." Released 4/27/18.

Mean GirlsMean Girls OBC digital
(Atlantic Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Score by Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin. Cast includes Erika Henningsen, Taylor Louderman, Ashley Park, Kate Rockwell, Barrett Wilbert Weed, Grey Henson, Kerry Butler, Kyle Selig, Cheech Manohar, and Rick Younger. "A Cautionary Tale," "It Roars," "Where Do You Belong?," "Meet The Plastics," "Stupid With Love," "Apex Predator," "What's Wrong With Me?," "Sexy," "Someone Gets Hurt," "Revenge Party," "Fearless," "Stop," "Whose House Is This?," "More Is Better," "Someone Gets Hurt (Reprise)," "World Burn," "I'd Rather Be Me," "Do This Thing," "I See Stars." CD format to be released June 15.


Week of May 8, 2018

Alexis MichelleAlexis Michelle: Lovefool
(Broadway Records - new on CD at Amazon/on mp3/at iTunes)
Drag and cabaret artist Alexis Michelle ("RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9") debut album. "Beautiful," "Follow Your Heart," "Lovefool," "(Have I Stayed) Too Long at the Fair," "Fool on the Hill," "Call Me," "You Can Always Count on Me," "Simple/Good Thing Going," "Rainbow Connection," "Ramblin' Man." Produced by Brandon James Gwinn and Alex Michaels. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Audra McDonald Sing HappyAudra McDonald & the New York Philharmonic: Sing Happy digital
(Decca Gold - new mp3/at iTunes)
Live from May 1 concert performance at Geffen Hall for the New York Philharmonic’s Spring Gala. "I Am What I Am," "Medley: It Might as Well Be Spring/Hurry, It's Lovely Up Here," "Cornet Man," "Sing Happy," "Simple Little Things," Introduction to Being Good Isn't Good Enough," "Being Good Isn't Good Enough," "Summertime," "Chain of Love," "0vanilla Ice Cream," "March Is a Windy Month," Introduction to Medley, "Medley: Children Will Listen/ You've Got to Be Carefully Taught," "Facebook Song," "Never Will I Marry," "Being Alive," Introduction to Make Someone Happy, "Make Someone Happy," "Introduction to Climb Ev'ry Mountain, "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "More I Cannot Wish You." Orchestra conducted by Andy Einhorn. CD to be released May 25.

First Burn"First Burn"
(Atlantic - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
April #Hamildrop. Lexi Lawson, Julia K. Harriman, Shoba Narayan, Rachelle Ann Go, and Arianna Afsar sing a first draft of Eliza's original act two ballad. Released 4/30/18.

FrozenFrozen - The Broadway Musical - digital
(Walt Disney Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
OBC recording of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez score. With an expanded orchestra of 44 musicians, including a string section of 22. The cast includes Caissie Levy, Patti Murin, Greg Hildreth, Robert Creighton, John Riddle, and Jelani Alladin. "Vuelie / Let the Sun Shine On," "A Little Bit of You," "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?," "For the First Time in Forever," "Hans of the Southern Isles," "Queen Anointed," "Dangerous to Dream," "Love Is an Open Door," "Reindeer(S) Are Better Than People," "What Do You Know About Love?," "In Summer," "Hans of the Southern Isles (reprise)," "Let It Go," "Hygge," "For the First Time in Forever (reprise)," "Fixer Upper," "Kristoff Lullaby," "Monster," "True Love," "Colder by the Minute," "Finale / Let It Go," (bonus track "When Everything Falls Apart Outtake." The album is produced by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Stephen Oremus, Dave Metzger and Chris Montan. CD to be released June 8.

Two-Player GameGeorge Salazar & Joe Iconis: Two-Player Game
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
A recording of the concert as performed at Feinstein's/54 Below. "Broadway, Here I Come!," "Two-Player Game," "I Love Play Rehearsal," "Tiny Short Little Song," "Andy's Song," "The Answer," "Lisa," "The Vagabond," "Norman," "Song of the Brown Buffalo," "Michael in the Bathroom," "The Goodbye Song," "Kaboom." Also at GhostlightRecords.com.

LesliLesli Margherita: Rule Your Kingdom
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Recorded live at Feinstein's/54 Below. Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita (Matilda, Dames at Sea, Zorro) signature cabaret show. "Baby I'm a Star," "Opening Monologue," "Country Medley," "I Was a Disney Princess," "Part of Your World," "Path Poopers," "Don't Poop on My Pathway," "The Social Meeds," "Mean / Titanium," "Wonder Woman, Princess Leia, Miss Piggy," "Woman," "How to Win an Olivier Award," "Keep Calm & Carry On," "Wouldn't It Be Good / That's Life," "Rule.," "Ain't Nobody's Bizness," "Royals," "Umbrella Medley," "My Man." Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Rise Season OneRise Season 1: The Album
(Atlantic Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Songs from the NBC show. Cast includes Auli'i Cravalho, Damon J. Gillespie, Amy Forsyth, Ted Sutherland, Ellie Desautels, Shannon Purser. "Glorious," "Football Freestyle," "I Believe," "The Word Of Your Body," "The Song Of Purple Summer," "Left Behind," "My Junk," "The Guilty Ones," "Mama Who Bore Me," "The Bitch Of Living," "Touch Me," "Whispering," "The Dark I Know Well," "Mama Who Bore Me," "Totally Fucked," "The Word Of Your Body," "Blue Wind/Don't Do Sadness," "Those You've Known," "All You Desire," "Perfect," "Scars To Your Beautiful," "Carry On," "Just Breathe," "Carry You."


Week of May 1, 2018

Cole Porter in Paris and FeathertopCole Porter in Paris: A TV Spectacular and Feathertop
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Cole Porter TV special that aired January 17, 1973 with a cast that included Diahann Carroll, Perry Como, Louis Jourdan, Connie Stevens, with special performances by Charles Aznavour and Twiggy. Released as a promotional LP only. Also, Feathertop, based on the story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, aired on October 19, 1961, with a score by Mary Rodgers and Martin Charnin. Cast included Jane Powell, Hugh O'Brian, Cathleen Nesbitt, Hans Conried. Also, released only as a promotional LP. Available at Kritzerland.com.

Everybody's Talking About JamieEverybody's Talking about Jamie
(Samuel French - Paperback Book)
Libretto for musical with score by Tom MacRae (book) and Dan Gillespie Sells, from an idea by Jonathan Butterell. 140 p ages. Released 11/1/17.

Jesus Christ Superstar concertJesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
(Sony Masterworks - new on 2 CDs)
Live musical concert televised on NBC on April 1. Cast includes John Legend, Alice Cooper, Sara Bareilles, Brandon Victor Dixon, Norm Lewis, Jason Tam, Ben Daniels, Jin Ha, Erik Grönwall. "Overture," "Heaven on Their Minds," "What's The Buzz / Strange Thing Mystifying," "Everything's Alright," "This Jesus Must Die," "Hosanna," "Simon Zealotes / Poor Jerusalem," "Pilate's Dream," "The Temple," "Everything's Alright (Reprise)," "I Don't Know How to Love Him," "Damned for All Time / Blood Money," "The Last Supper," "Gethsemane (I Only Want to Say)," "Transition," "The Arrest," "Peter's Denial," "Pilate and Christ," "King Herod's Song," "Transition After Herod," "Could We Start Again, Please?," "Judas's Death," "Trial Before Pilate (Including The 39 Lashes)," "Superstar," "The Crucifixion," "John Nineteen:Forty One," "Curtain Call." Released 4/6/17 digitally: on mp3 and at iTunes. Released 4/27/18.

Lena Hall Obsessed PinkLena Hall Obsessed: Pink
(Ghostlight Records - new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
"Sober," "What About Us," "Just Like a Pill," "Glitter in the Air."

Die HappyShaina Taub: Die Happy
(new digital album)
Second solo album. Songs written and performed by Shaina Taub. Accompanied by her band Brun, Hiroyuki Matsuura and David Farrell Melton, as well as an ensemble of horn, wind and string players and a large choir comprised of friends and collaborators. Co-produced Die Happy with bandmate Mike Brun and Dean Sharenow of Steel Cut Audio, at Vibromonk Studios in Brooklyn. Lyric video of "If I Die Before You" now at YouTube. "If I Die Before You," "Huddled Masses," "Where Are The Grown-Ups?," "She Persisted," "Family Plan," "Holy Old City," "Fortnight," "2 Captains," "Our Solitude," "Your Old Guitar," "Still I Will Love," "Inevitable." Currently available exclusively on Bandcamp, to be released wide later this year.


Week of April 24, 2018

Empenada LocaEmpanada Loca
(Audible Book and at iTunes)
Solo show by Aaron Mark originally produced by Labyrinth Theater Company in 2015. Starring Daphne Rubin-Vega. Recording produced by Aaron Mark and Daphne Rubin-Vega; directed by Aaron Mark; recorded by Andrew Hollander at Sugarbox Studios, NYC; edited by Aaron Gittleman; sound design by Ryan Rumery. Released 10/4/17.

Everybody's Talking About JamieEverybody's Talking About Jamie
(new import CD/at iTunes)
Musical score by Dan Gillespie Sells (music) and Tom MacRae (lyrics). Original West End cast. Mina Anwar, Luke Baker, Tamsin Carroll, John McCrea, Phil Nichol, Lucie Shorthouse, Josie Walker. "And You Don't Even Know It," "The Wall in My Head," "Spotlight," "The Legend of Loco Chanel (And the Blood Red Dress)," "If I Met Myself Again," "Work of Art," "Over the Top," "Everybody's Talking About Jamie," "Limited Edition Prom Night Special," "It Means Beautiful," "Ugly in This Ugly World," "He's My Boy," "My Man, Your Boy," "Prom Song," "Finale," "Out of the Darkness (A Place Where We Belong)." Concept album previously released digitally: mp3 at Amazon and at iTunes.

Les GirlsLes Girls Blu-ray
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1957 musical comedy film with a Cole Porter score. Starring Gene Kelly, Mitzi Gaynor, Kay Kendall, Taina Elg. HD remaster. 114 minutes. Released 4/17/17.

Hello Again soundtrackHello Again soundtrack
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Soundtrack album from 2017 musical movie based on Michael John LaChiusa musical. Audra McDonald, Martha Plimpton, T.R. Knight, Rumer Willis, Cheyenne Jackson, Jenna Ushkowitz, Tyler Blackburn, Sam Underwood, Nolan Gerard Funk and Al Calderon. "Now: I've Been Looking for Someone," "1901: Hello Again," "1944: I Gotta Little Time / We Kiss," "1967: In Some Other Life," "1929: Story of My Life," "1956: The Greatest of Adventures / Tom," "1912: Ship of Dreams / Listen to the Music," "1976: Opening Montage / the One I Love / Safe," "2002: Performance of a Lifetime / Beyond the Moon," "1989: A Lie / Mistress of the Senator," "Now: The Bed Was Not My Own / Hello Again - Reprise," "Bonus Track: Beyond the Moon" (Single). Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Historians on HamiltonHistorians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical Is Restaging America's Past
(Rutgers Univ Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Editor/contributors Renee C. Romano and Claire Bond Potter, with 12 other contributors. Brings together a collection of top scholars to explain the Hamilton phenomenon and explore what it might mean for our understanding of America's history, examining what the musical got right, what it got wrong, and why it matters. 396 pages. [Appears to be selling ahead of its release date.]

Kate RockwellKate Rockwell: Back to My Roots
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Solo album by Kate Rockwell (Mean Girls: The Musical). "Hey There Good Times," "Bring on the Men," "I Know Things Now You Know," "Buenos Aires," "What You Don't Know About Women," "I'm Breaking Down," "The Games I Play," "Song on the Sand," "Somewhere That's Green," "Schoenberg Lloyd Webber (or...Two Composers, One Song)," "Unexpected Song." Executive Produced by Yael Silver, along with producers Michael Croiter Jason Loffredo, and Showmance Productions.

Kris KringleKris Kringle: The Musical
(Yellow Sound Label - new on mp3/iTunes)
Score by Maria Campia and Tim Janis. Studio cast includes Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Greg Violand. Erick Devine, Kaylin Hedges, Kim Crosby, Nick Varricchio, by Nikki Renée Daniels, Matt Densky, Amy Persons, Mary Stout. "Prologue & Kris Kringle," "Unwrap the Christmas Magic," "What Is So Merry 'bout Christmas," "What Is So Merry 'bout Christmas (Reprise)," "Beautiful," "Santa's Rulebook," "Something Wonderful in You," "Green Suede Shoes," "My North Star," "Skip Ba Doo," "Beautiful / My North Star (Reprise)," "Extraordinary," "Tonight We Will Roar," "The Kringle Curse," "Pathway Through," "Forgiveness," "Finale." Available as a CD at BroadwayRecords.com. Released 2/9/18.

Louise DearmanLouise Dearman: For You, For Me digital album
(Big Hand Recordings - new mp3/at iTunes)
U.K. actress singer solo album. "A Piece of Sky," "City of Stars," "Easy as Life," "Burn," "Don't Forget Me," "I Will Never Leave You," "With You," "Beautiful," "She Used to Be Mine," "Time Heals Everything," "Who Will Love Me as I Am."

Pat Suzuki CompletePat Suzuki: Complete Album Series
(Stage Door Records - new import 2 CDs)
Along with "Singles & Rarities 1958-1967," Pat Suzuki's (Flower Drum Song) back catalogue of solo recordings, the complete discography as a solo artist. All 50 tracks from four solo albums: "The Many Sides of Pat Suzuki" (1958), "Miss Pony Tail" (1958), "Broadway '59" (1959) and "Looking at You." Songs include: "From This Moment On" (cut from Out Of This World), "Just One of Those Things" (Jubilee), "Always True to You in My Fashion" (Kiss Me Kate), "Lazy Afternoon" (The Golden Apple), "The Song Is You" (Music In The Air), " Anything Goes," "I've Grown Accustomed to His Face" (My Fair Lady), "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" (Leave It To Me!), "The Lady Is a Tramp" (Babes in Arms), "I Enjoy Being a Girl" (Flower Drum Song), "Love Look Away" (Flower Drum Song), "Sunday" (Flower Drum Song), "Two Faces in the Dark" (Redhead), "Just for Once" (Redhead), "Tonight" (West Side Story), "On the Street Where You Live" (My Fair Lady), "The Party's Over" (Bells Are Ringing), "Just in Time" (Bells Are Ringing), "Not Like Me" (First Impressions), "I Feel Sorry for the Boy" (First Impressions), "Till There Was You" (The Music Man), "Small World" (Gypsy), "Cheek to Cheek" (Top Hat), and, from Flower Drum Song OBC album, "I Enjoy Being a Girl," and "Grant Avenue." Joint collaboration between Pat Suzuki and Stage Door Records. Also at StageDoorRecords.com. Released 4/21/18.

Whenver You're ReadyWhenever You're Ready: Nora Polley on Life as a Stratford Festival Stage Manager
(ECW Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Shawn DeSouza-Coelhoy. The career of Nora Polley, who — in her 52 years at the Stratford Festival — has learned from, worked with, and cared for some of the greatest directors, actors, stage managers, and productions in Canadian theatrical history. From her childhood forays into a theater her father, Victor, worked tirelessly to help maintain, to her unexpected apprenticeship and the equally unexpected 40 years of stage management. An immersive account of a life spent in service of the theater, told from the ground floor: where actors struggle with lines and anxieties, where directors lose themselves in the work, where the next season is always uncertain, and where Nora — a stage manager, a custodian, a confidante, a pillar, a rock — finds her rhythm, her patience, her perseverance, her love, her consistency, and her invisibility. 420 pages. [Appears to be selling ahead of its release date.]


Week of April 17, 2018

Funny ThingA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City: A Play
(The Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by Halley Feiffer. Played at MCC Theater in 2016. 112 pages.

Moment WorkMoment Work: Tectonic Theater Project's Process of Devising Theater
(Vintage - Paperback Book)
By Moises Kaufman and Barbara Pitts McAdams, with Leigh Fondakowski, Andy Paris, Greg Pierotti. A detailed guide to the collaborative method developed by the acclaimed creators of The Laramie Project and Gross Indecency.

The PenitentThe Penitent
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by David Mamet, which premiered at Atlantic Theatre Company in February 2017. 72 pages.

Prince of BroadwayPrince of Broadway OBC
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/on mp3)
Original Broadway cast album. Songs from shows Hal Prince directed/produced, plus original songs by Jason Robert Brown. Music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Brown. Chuck Cooper, Janet Dacal, Bryonha Marie Parham, Emily Skinner, Brandon Uranowitz, Kaley Ann Voorhees, Michael Xavier, Tony Yazbeck, Karen Ziemba. "Overture," "Heart" (Damn Yankees)," "Something's Coming" (Intro)/Tonight" (West Side Story)," "Tonight at Eight" (She Loves Me)," "Will He Like Me?" (She Loves Me)," "You've Got Possibilities" (It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman)," " The Right Girl" (Follies)," "If I Were A Rich Man" (Fiddler on the Roof)," "Cabaret" (Cabaret)," "So What?" (Cabaret )," "Company Prelude" (Company)," "Ladies Who Lunch" (Company)," "Being Alive" (Company)," "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina" (Evita)," "Ol' Man River" (Show Boat)," "Now You Know" (Merrily We Roll Along)," "This Is Not Over Yet" (Parade)," "Dressing Them Up" (Kiss of the Spider Woman)," "The Worst Pies in London" (Sweeney Todd)," "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" (The Phantom of the Opera)," " Music of the Night" (The Phantom of the Opera)," "Do the Work" (Jason Robert Brown – Original Song)." Recorded October 30, 2017. Also at GhostlightRecords.com.

Ziegfeld and His FolliesZiegfeld and His Follies: A Biography of Broadway's Greatest Producer
(Univ of Kentucky Press - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of 2015 book by Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson. a comprehensive look at both the life and legacy of the famous producer. Draws on a wide range of sources, including Ziegfeld's previously unpublished letters to his second wife, Billie Burke, and to his daughter Patricia. A lively and well-rounded account of Ziegfeld as a father, a husband, a son, a friend, a lover, and an alternately ruthless and benevolent employer. Illustrated with over 75 images. 576 pages.


Week of April 10, 2018

Answers from the Working ActorAnswers from "The Working Actor": Two Backstage Columnists Share Ten Years of Advice
(Focal Press - Paperback Book)
By Jackie Apodaca and Michael Kostroff, from their column in "Backstage." 324 pages.

Broadway Musicals of 1930sThe Complete Book of 1930s Broadway Musicals
(Roman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book)
Dan Dietz's newest book examines in detail every musical that opened on Broadway from 1930 through the end of 1939, discussing the era's major successes, notorious failures, and musicals that closed during their pre-Broadway tryouts. Includes every show that debuted during the decade, including Anything Goes, As Thousands Cheer, Babes in Arms, The Boys from Syracuse, The Cradle Will Rock, The Green Pastures, Hellzapoppin, Hot Mikado, Porgy and Bess, Roberta, and various editions of Ziegfeld's Follies. Each entry contains: 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; details about london and other foreign productions. There are also numerous appendixes, including a discography, filmography, and published scripts, as well as lists of black-themed shows and Jewish-themed productions. 688 pages.

Greatest Showman Blu-rayThe Greatest Showman Blu-ray
(20th Century Fox - new Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD/4k Blu-ray/single DVD)
2017 musical film with songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Keala Settle, Paul Sparks. Blu-ray to have over two hours worth of bonus material that will include a sing-a-long mode.

Jesus Christ Superstar concertJesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert video
(Sony Masterworks - streaming in HD at Amazon/digital TV show at iTunes)
Live musical concert televised on NBC on April 1. Cast includes John Legend, Alice Cooper, Sara Bareilles, Brandon Victor Dixon, Norm Lewis, Jason Tam, Ben Daniels, Jin Ha, Erik Grönwall. 1 hour, 39 minutes. Released March 31, 2018. Also, currently at NBC.com. 2-CD soundtrack to be released April 27.

Pat SuzukiPat Suzuki: Singles & Rarities 1958-1967
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
This collection compiles all of Pat Suzuki's (Flower Drum Song) non-album singles recorded for both VIK / RCA between 1958 - 1960 and her sole release for Capitol Records in 1961, plus two pop singles recorded for the PDA label in 1967 alongside a handful of tracks recorded for "Pat!", a mid-sixties solo album that was never completed. Singles: "The Whiffenpoof Song," "Roar, Lion, Roar (Columbia University)," "The Victors (University of Michigan)," "The Eyes of Texas (University of Texas)," "Bow Down to Washington (University of Washington)," "Love Eyes (Whoop-Up)," "The Duke of Kent," "Dreamsville," "When You Want Me (Sail Away)," "Why Go Anywhere at All (The Gay Life)," "This Is How My World Is Made," "Look What You Done," "Make Me Invisible"; Pat! (Unreleased Album Sessions)," "Everybody Says Don't (Anyone Can Whistle)," "Never Will I Marry (Greenwillow)," "I Know Why and So Do You," "When the Sun Comes Out," "Hard Hearted Hannah." A collaboration between Pat Suzuki and Stage Door Records. Part of Stage Door's Collector's Series with special packaging and limited run of 500 units. Also at StageDoorRecords.com.

SondheimStephen Sondheim and the Reinvention of the American Musical
(Univ Press of Mississippi - Paperback Book)
By Robert L. McLaughlin. 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. 312 pages. Released previously in Hardcover , Kindle, and Audiobook format.

VicunaVicuña: A Play
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Political play by Jon Robin Baitz. Premiered at Center Group in Los Angeles in 2016; playing in Washington DC November 2017. 112 pages.

YermaYerma
(Oberon Modern Plays - Paperback Book)
Federico García Lorca’s drama reimagined by Australian director and dramatist Simon Stone. Currently appearing at Park Avenue Armory featuring Billie Piper. 88 pages. Released 3/18/18.


Week of April 3, 2018

All That Jazz MorddenAll That Jazz: The Life and Times of the Musical Chicago
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Ethan Mordden. A look back at Chicago's various moving parts—including the original 1926 play that started it all, a sexy silent film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, a talkie remake with Ginger Rogers, the musical itself, and at last the movie of the musical. 272 pages.

Black SheepBlack Sheep: The Authorised Biography of Nicol Williamson
(The History Press - Hardcover Book)
By Gabriel Hershman. 288 pages. [Appears to be available before released ate.]

Cherry OrchardThe Cherry Orchard (Stephen Karma adaptation)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Stephen Karam's (The Humans) adaptation of Chekhov's play. Produced in 2016 by Roundabout Theatre.

Cy ColemanCy Coleman: A Jazzman's Broadway
(Harbinger Records/Musical Theatre Project - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Jazz interpretations performed by Cy Coleman. From Jamaica (music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Yip Harburg), Cy Coleman, piano and vocals, with band: "I Don't Think I'll End It All Today," "Savanna," "Monkey in the Mango Tree," "Napoleon," "Take It Slow, Joe," "Pretty to Walk With," "Little Biscuit," "Cocoanut Sweet," "Push de Button," "What Good Does It Do?; Flower Drum Song) (music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II); Cy Coleman Trio: "The Other Generation," "I Am Going to Like It Here," "You Are Beautiful," "Chop Suey," "Grant Avenue," "A Hundred Million Miracles," "Love Look Away," "Sunday"; South Pacific (music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II); Cy Coleman, piano: "Younger Than Springtime," "This Nearly Was Mine," "Happy Talk," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair." South Pacific tracks taken from rare transcription recordings, and are making their first debuts since being recorded in the early 1950s. Liner notes by Andy Propst. Produced by Ken Bloom; associate producer Bill Rudman. Restoration and mastering engineer Peter Millrose, Millrose Music. Special offer through April 5 only: purchase through Amazon, you send us an email with your Amazon Order Confirmation Number as proof of purchase and your current mailing address to info@musicaltheaterproject.org, and they will send you a complimentary CD of Harbinger Records' previous release, CY COLEMAN: You Fascinate Me So.

Dearest Squirrel'Dearest Squirrel': The Intimate Letters of John Osborne and Pamela Lane
(Oberon Books - Hardcover Book)
Peter Whitebrook, editor. Letters to and from playwright John Osborne and his first wife, Pamela Lane. His ground-breaking play Look Back in Anger (1956) was based on their turbulent marriage. 416 pages.

Farinelli and the KingFarinelli and the King
(Oberon Books - Paperback Book)
Play by Claire Van Kampen, which premiered in London in 2015 and began a run on Broadway in December 2017, starring Mark Rylance. 96 pages.

Lena Hall Obsessed: The CranberriesLena Hall Obsessed: The Cranberries
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Fourth in the series. "Zombie," "Free to Decide," "Salvation," "Linger."

Can't Help SingingRaissa Katona Bennett: Can't Help Singing: The Music of Jerome Kern
(LML Music - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Recorded live at Feinstein’s at the Regency in 2011, with Musical Director-Arranger Don Rebic on piano, and Tom Hubbard on bass. "Overture / Can't Help Singing," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "The Song is You / I'm Old-Fashioned," "She Didn't Say Yes," "Hey Fella," "I'll Be Hard to Handle," "You Couldn't Be Cuter / How'd You Like to Spoon with Me," "Remind Me," "The Night Was Made for Love / Don't Ever Leave Me / Why Do I Love You / You Are Love / Can't Help Lovin' That Man of Mine," "Pick Yourself Up," "Let's Begin," "All the Things You Are / They Didn't Believe Me," "Dearly Beloved / The Folks Who Live on the Hill," "Long Ago and Far Away / The Way You Look Tonight," "Look for the Silver Lining," "Playoff Instrumental."

Sweeney Todd - the Fourth WallSondheim and Wheeler's Sweeney Todd (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Aaron C. Thomas, taking on Sweeney Todd's chequered history and genre, its treatment of violence and cannibalism, and its sexual politics. 120 pages.

Something WonderfulSomething Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution
(Henry Holt. & Co. - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audio CD/Audible Audiobook)
"Todd S. Purdum's portrait of these two men, their creative process, and their groundbreaking innovations will captivate lovers of musical theater, lovers of the classic American songbook, and lovers in general. He shows that what Rodgers and Hammerstein wrought was truly something wonderful." 352 pages.

Sound of Music Making of - revisedSound of Music: The Making of America's Favorite Movie - revised edition
(Chicago Review Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Revised version of 1965 book by Julia Antopol Hirsch. Foreword by Robert Wise. Tribute to the beloved movie musical, and behind-the-scenes account of the creation of a Hollywood classic. Repackaged and updated with new material for today's fans. Sources include numerous in-depth interviews with cast and crew, including Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, and director/producer Robert Wise; behind-the-scenes details and photos, priceless anecdotes, memorabilia and scenes that didn't pass the cutting room floor. 256 pages.

Street Where I LiveThe Street Where I Live: A Memoir
(W.W. Norton & Co. - Paperback Book)
By Alan Jay Lerner. Reissue of Lerner's 1978 autobiography. Foreword by John Lahr.

True Love acoustic"True Love" (acoustic)
(Disney - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
New song written for Frozen musical by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Performed by Patti Murin as Anna.


Week of March 27, 2018

Failing UpFailing Up: How to Rise Above, Do Better, and Never Stop Learning
(Feiwel & Friends - new Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton). "Written in the style of a commencement speech, Failing Up brings together what Leslie has learned in life so far, tapping into universal themes of starting something new, following your passions, discovering your own potential, and surrounding yourself with the right people." 192 pages. Audible Edition, narrated by Leslie Odom Jr., to be available April 10.

King of JazzKing of Jazz
(The Criterion Collection - new Blu-ray)
Revue starring bandleader Paul Whiteman, with a spectacular array of sketches, performances by such acts as the Rhythm Boys (featuring a young Bing Crosby), and orchestral numbers overseen by Whiteman himself, all lavishly staged by John Murray Anderson and shot in early Technicolor. Long available only in incomplete form, King of Jazz appears here newly restored, offering a fascinating snapshot of the way mainstream American popular culture viewed itself at the dawn of the 1930s. 98 minutes. Blu-ray special edition features: new 4K digital restoration by Universal Pictures, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; new audio commentary featuring jazz and film critic Gary Giddins, music and cultural critic Gene Seymour, and musician and bandleader Vince Giordano; new introduction by Giddins; new interview with musician and pianist Michael Feinstein; four new video essays by authors and archivists James Layton and David Pierce on the development and making of King of Jazz; deleted scenes and alternate opening-title sequence; All Americans, a 1929 short film featuring a version of the "Melting Pot" number that was restaged for the finale; I Know Everybody and Everybody's Racket, a 1933 short film featuring Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra; two Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoons from 1930, featuring music and animation from King of Jazz.

When I Grow UpWhen I Grow Up
(Scholastic Inc - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Tim Minchin, illustrated by Steve Antony, inspired by Minchin's song from Matilda the musical. Ages 3-5 years. 32 pages.


Week of March 20, 2018

Doris Day ClassicsDoris Day: Original Album Classics
(Sony UK - new import box set of 5 CDs)
Compilation of Doris Day's greatest albums. "Lullaby of Broadway," "On Moonlight Bay," and "By the Light of the Silvery Moon," "I'll See You in My Dreams," "Calamity Jane." Mostly studio recordings. Also at Amazon UK, where there is a track list.

Found Tonight"Found/Tonight"
(Atlantic Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Hamildrops single for March. Mashup of music from Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen sung by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt. A portion of the proceeds will go to "March for Our Lives." Released 3/19/18.

Greatest Showman DigitalThe Greatest Showman digital film
(20th Century Fox - digital film at Amazon/at iTunes)
2017 musical film with songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Keala Settle, Paul Sparks. Blu-ray to have over two hours worth of bonus material that will include a sing-a-long mode. To be released April 10 on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD/4k Blu-ray/single DVD

Rise Week #2Songs from Rise, Week #2
(Atlantic Records - new digital singles on mp3/at iTunes)
Songs from the March 20 episode of "Rise" on NBC performed by the cast. "The Song of Purple Summer" (featuring Amy Forsyth), "Word of Your Body" (featuring Auli'i Cravalho and Damon J. Gillespie). Released 3/16/18.

True Love"True Love" from Frozen
(Disney - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
New song written for Frozen musical by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Performed by Patti Murin as Anna. Also available for listening at frozenthemusical.com/music.


Week of March 13, 2018

Big DealBig Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Kevin Winkler. A look at the evolution of Fosse as choreographer and director. Considers Fosse's career in the context of changes in Broadway musical theater over four decades, tracing his early dance years and the importance of mentors George Abbott and Jerome Robbins on his work. It examines how each of the important women in his adult life—all dancers—impacted his career and influenced his dance aesthetic; and how his evolution as both artist and individual mirrored the social and political climate of his era and allowed him to comfortably ride a wave of cultural changes. Part of OUP's Legacy Series. 304 pages.

Calendar GirlsCalendar Girls The Musical "original London recording"
(Decca - new on CD)
Score by Tim Firth and Gary Barlow. The musical, based on the film Calendar Girls, played the West End in 2017 and expected to tour the U.K. in 2018 with a new cast. Recording cast unknown, but the West End cast included Joanna Riding, Claire Moore, Claire Machin, Sophie-Louise Dann, Michele Dotrice, Debbie Chazen, Marian McLoughlin, James Gaddas, Jeremy Clyde, John Davitt. "Yorkshire," "Girls," "Scarborough," "Who Wants a Silent Night?," "Very Slightly Almost," "Spring Fete," "Time Passing," "Sunflower," "Dare," "Protect Me Less," "Girls (reprise)," "So I've Had a Little Work Done," "What Age Expects," "Kilimanjaro," "Dare (reprise)," "My Russian Friend and I," "For One Night Only," "Sunflower of Yorkshire"; Bonus Tracks" "Scarborough" (Gary Barlow and Joanna Riding), "Dare" (Gary Barlow and Cast), "Yorkshire" (Gary Barlow and Cast). Also at Amazon UK.

Dangerous to Dream"Dangerous to Dream" from Frozen
(Disney - new digital single mp3/at iTunes)
New song written for Frozen on Broadway by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Performed by Caissie Levy (Elsa). Released 3/9/18.

The Greatest Showman SongbookThe Greatest Showman: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack - songbook
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Piano/vocal/guitar songbook for the 2017 musical drama biopic about P.T. Barnum. Score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. "Come Alive," "From Now On," "The Greatest Show," "A Million Dreams," "Never Enough," "The Other Side," "Rewrite the Stars," "This Is Me," "Tightrope." Includes full-color photos of scenes from the movie.

Now OnRamin Karimloo: From Now On
(Masterworks - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Ramin Karminloo sings a song by Pasek & Paul from the movie The Greatest Showman.

Shoshanna BeanShoshanna Bean: This Is Me
(Shotime Records - new digital single mp3/at iTunes)
Shoshanna Bean sings song from The Greatest Showman, written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Released 2/27/18.

SpectrumShoshanna Bean: Spectrum
(Shotime Records - new digital album mp3/at iTunes)
"I Wanna Be Around," "Strange Thunder," "All to Me," "Remember the Day," "Stay," "Make it Rain," "With a Little Help From My Friends," "If Ever I Would Leave You," "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)," "How Deep is the Ocean." Released 2/9/18.

RiseSongs from Rise, Week #1
(Atlantic records - new digital singles mp3 and at iTunes)
Songs to be featured on the Tuesday, March 13 episode of new musical TV show "Rise": Spring Awakening montage, "I Believe," "Football Freestyle" (by Lin-Manuel Miranda), "Just Breathe", "Glorious." Released 3/9/18.

Rise Week #2Songs from Rise, Week #2
(Atlantic Records - new digital singles on mp3/at iTunes)
Songs from the March 20 episode of "Rise" on NBC performed by the cast. "The Song of Purple Summer" (featuring Amy Forsyth), "Word of Your Body" (featuring Auli'i Cravalho and Damon J. Gillespie). Released 3/16/18.

Unmasked Platinum 4Unmasked: The Platinum Collection
(Verve - new 4-disc set)
Curated by Really Useful Group and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Collection of recordings of the work of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Includes recordings from the past five decades, plus newly-recorded versions of songs by Lana Del Rey, Gregory Porter, and Nicole Scherzinger. Singers like Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman, Elvis Presley and, released for the first time, Beyoncé singing "Learn To Be Lonely: from the 2005 Academy Awards, with Lloyd Webber accompanying on piano. Also, five newly created orchestral suites, specially prepared from existing recordings emphasizing the orchestral aspects of his work. 40-page book with track notes by Michael Coveney; and a note from Andrew himself as well as specially written tributes from Barbra Streisand, Glenn Close, Michael Crawford and Tim Rice among others. Also available in 2-disc set and 20-track mp3 album. See track list here. [Amazon says "Available March 20," but some have shipped already this week.]


Week of March 6, 2018

All the Ways to Say I Love YouAll The Ways To Say I Love You
(Audible Audiobook)
Neil LaBute play performed by Judith Light. Played in 2016 at MCC Theater.

CinderellaCinderella the Musical
(Literally Alive Family Theatre - digital album)
2015 Off-Broadway cast recording of Michael Sgouros & Brenda Bell score. Premiered Off-Broadway at Players Theatre January 31, 2010, and has been revived there several times. 2015 cast includes Rebecca Pomeranz, Eric Fletcher, Michelle Kay Smith, Alex Markowitz (Jonathan Bethea is on recording), Bekah Shade, Brianna Hurley, Tyler Nye, Ana Maria Sibaja de la Fuente. Digital mp3 album available at CDBaby.com.

The Complete Lyrics of Alan Jay LernerThe Complete Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition, already released)
Dominic McHugh and Amy Asch, editors. Includes numerous draft or alternate versions and songs cut from the shows. Compiled from dozens of archival collections, this invaluable resource and authoritative reference includes both Lerner's classic works and numerous discoveries, including his unproduced MGM movie Huckleberry Finn, selections from his college musicals, and lyrics from three different versions of Paint Your Wagon. This collection also includes extensive material from Lerner's two most ambitious musicals: Love Life, to music by Kurt Weill, and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, which Lerner wrote with Leonard Bernstein. 488 pages.

Elaine Paige 12 Timeless SongsElaine Paige: 12 Timeless Songs
(Rhino - new import CD)
New collection which showcases some of Elaine Paige's vocal performances from her time with Warner Music, 1981-2010. "Memory," "Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To?)," "Love Hurts," "So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)," "Closest Thing To Crazy (Duet With LeAnn Rimes)," "Non Je Ne Regrette Rien," "Shaking You," "Alfie (From the film "Alfie")," "With One Look (From "Sunset Boulevard")," "The Way We Were (From the film "The Way We Were")," "Make It With You (Duet With Neil Sedaka)," "MacArthur Park."

The Hamilton PolkaThe Hamilton Polka
(Atlantic Records - new digital single)
"Weird Al" Yankovic takes on the Hamilton score. Part of Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Hamildrops," a project in which he's producing new “Hamilton” content every month in 2018. Released 3/2/18.

UnmaskedUnmasked
(Harper - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book/Digital Book)
New memoir by Andrew Lloyd Webber, delving into his personal creative process as he takes readers through the evolution of his career, recounting behind-the-scenes stories from his numerous musicals. Also covering his childhood home and family. 16 pages of color photos.

What Do You Know About LoveWhat Do You Know About Love?
(Disney - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
New song written for Frozen on Broadway by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Performed by Patti Murin (Anna) and Jelani Alladin (Kristoff). Released 3/2/18.


Week of February 27, 2018

Abigail's PartyAbigail's Party: 40th Anniversary Edition
(Viking - Paperback Book)
Play by Mike Leigh. Includes new introduction by Mike Leigh. 80 pages.

Body in the SeineThe Body in the Seine
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
1954 "concept album" with score by David M. Lippincott. Cast includes Alice Pearce, Laurel Shelby, George S. Irving. Future US congressman Jim Symington performs the title song. "Opening: See the World," "A Lady Like Me," "Chacun a Son Gout," "You Really Didn't Have to Do That," "But Wonderful," "Love on the Left Bank's a Wild, Wild Thing," "The Body in the Seine," "A Little Change of Scene," "Where Do I Go from Here?," "Dirge," "Why Can't You Be You?," "Finale: What the Hell Is So Wide About the World?." Music director Buster Davis. Orchestrators Joseph Glover and Ralph Norman Wilkinson. Debut on CD in Stage Door's Collector's Series: retro style packaging, limited to 500 units. Also at StageDoorRecords.com.

Chicago by MametChicago
(Custom House - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible audiobook/Audiobook on CD)
Novel by David Mamet. Audiobook version narrated by Jim Frangione. 352 pages.

Charlotte's WebE.B. White's Charlotte's Web
(Varese Sarabande - new on CD)
Soundtrack of 1973 animated musical film, first time on CD. Songs by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman. Vocal cast includes Debbie Reynolds, Paul Lynde, Henry Gibson, Agnes Moorehead. "Main Title," "There Must Be Something More," "I Can Talk," "Chin Up," "Mother Earth And Father Time," "We've Got Lots In Common," "A Veritable Smorgasbord," "Deep In The Dark," "Chin Up March," "Zuckerman's Famous Pig," "Charlotte's Farewell," "End Title."

Lena Hall Elton JohnLena Hall Obsessed: Elton John
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album)
Third in Lena Hall's series of 12 monthly new digital albums. "The Bitch Is Back," "Someone Saved My Life Tonight," "Take Me to the Pilot," "Have Mercy on the Criminal," "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting." Videos can be viewed at www.LenaHallObsessed.com.

MonsterMonster
(Disney - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
From the musical Frozen. Score by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Performed by Caissie Levy (Elsa).

Up in the Cheap SeatsUp in the Cheap Seats
(Griffith Moon - new Paperback Book)
Memoir by Ron Fassler, with his stories of how, over a four-year span, between the ages of 12-16, he saw 200 Broadway plays and musicals for as little as $2 a ticket. Featuring interviews with one hundred of Broadway's greatest artists and illustrated by Jeff York. New paperback version with added "bonus" chapter. Released 1/26/18.

Working OLCWorking: A Musical OLC
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
2017 Southwark Playhouse cast. Contributing composers include James Taylor, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead. London actors Gillian Bevan, Dean Chisnall, Krysten Cummings, Siubhan Harrison, Peter Polycarpou and Liam Tamne, as well as Patrick Coulter, Nicola Espallardo, Izuka Hoyle, Luke Latchman, Huon Mackley and Kerri Norville. "All the Livelong Day," "Delivery," "Nobody Tells Me How," "Brother Trucker," "Just a Housewife," "Millwork," "The Mason," "It's an Art," "Joe," "A Very Good Day," "Cleanin' Women," "Fathers and Sons," "If I Could've Been," "Something to Point To."


Week of February 20, 2018

The Band's VisitThe Band's Visit
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD at Amazon)
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. 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). Kurt Deutsch, album executive producer. David Yazbek and Dean Sharenow producers. Also at GhostlightRecords.com. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes

Broadway Sheet MusicBroadway Sheet Music Collection: 2010-2017
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Piano/vocal/guitar songbook. 39 songs from Broadway shows which include The Addams Family, Aladdin, The Book of Mormon, Bright Star, A Bronx Tale, Come from Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, Newsies, Something Rotten!, Waitress, and more.

Ivo van Hove OnstageIvo van Hove Onstage
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By David Willinger. Comprehensive, multifaceted account of van Hove's extraordinary work, including key productions, design innovations, revolutionary approach to text and ambience, and relationships with specific theatres and companies. 360 pages.

Karen OlivoKaren Olivo: Leave
(Borderlight Entertainment - mp3 album/at iTunes)
"Your Eyes," "Leave," "How It Feels," "Where Is the Warmth," "Fathers and Sons," "Say It to Me Now," "And I Will Follow." Released 11/28/17.

Once on This IslandOnce on This Island
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
2017 revival cast recording of Lynn Ahrens/Stephen Flaherty score. Cast includes Lea Salonga, Alex Newell, Merle Dandridge, and Quentin Earl Darrington, Hailey Kilgore, Phillip Boykin, Darlesia Cearcy, Rodrick Covington, Emerson Davis, Alysha Deslorieux, Tyler Hardwick, Cassondra James, David Jennings, Grasan Kingsberry, Loren Lott, Kenita R. Miller, Isaac Powell, T. Oliver Reid, Aurelia Williams, and Mia Williamson. New orchestrations by new orchestrations by original orchestrator Michael Starobin and AnnMarie Milazzo. Album produced by Elliott Scheiner, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, Hunter Arnold, and Ken Davenport. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Playing for PrizesPlaying for Prizes: America's Awards for Best Drama and Best Musical
(Independently published - Paperback Book)
By Tim Donahue. Looks at the Pulitzer for Drama, the New York Drama Critics Circle, the Outer Critics Circle, the Tony Awards, the Drama League, and the Drama Desk, presenting an account of each award's founding, a description of its current administration, and detailing some of the outstanding past prizes—the good and the bad—of the six major American theater prizes. 186 pages.


Week of February 13, 2018

The Backstagers Pt 2The Backstagers Vol. 2
(BOOM! Box - Paperback Book)
Written by James Tynion IV, illustrated by Rian Sygh. "All the world's a stage ... but what happens behind the curtain is pure magic—literally! When one of the actors suddenly goes missing, the Backstagers must band together to save their comrade and maintain the natural balance of ... theater. 112 pages.

Escape to MargaritavilleEscape to Margaritaville
(Mailboat Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Original Broadway cast recording. Cast includes Paul Alexander Nolan, Alison Luff, Lisa Howard, Eric Petersen, Rema Webb, Don Sparks, Andre Ward, Matt Allen, Tessa Alves, Sara Andreas, Tiffany Adeline Cole, Marjorie Failoni, Samantha Farrow, Steven Good, Angela Grovey, Albert Guerzon, Autumn Guzzardi, Keely Hutton, Justin Keats, Mike Millan, Justin Mortelliti, Ryann Redmond, Julius Anthony Rubio, Nick Sanchez, Ian Michael Stuart, and Brett Thiele. "License to Chill," "Fins," "It's Five O'clock Somewhere," "Ragtop Day," "It's My Job," "Why Don't We Get Drunk," "Three Chords," "We Are the People Our Parents Warned Us About," "Son of a Son of a Sailor," "My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink and I Don't Love Jesus," "Coconut Telegraph Medley: Coconut Telegraph /Last Mango in Paris/Cabana (Havana) Daydreamin' /Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes," "Margaritaville," "Volcano," "Grapefruit - Juicy Fruit," "He Went to Paris," "Cheeseburger in Paradise," "Tin Cup Chalice," "Love and Luck Medley: Love and Luck / Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On," "Come Monday Medley: Come Monday / Beautifulness," "A Pirate Looks at Forty," "One Particular Harbour," "I Will Play for Gumbo." Album produced by Mailboat Records, Mike Utley, Mac McAnally, and Christopher Jahnke. Recorded during the pre-Broadway tour.

Hello AgainHello Again
(The Orchard - new on DVD-R/digital format/at iTunes)
2017 musical film based on the musical by Michael John LaChiusa. Cast includes Audra McDonald, Martha Plimpton, T. R. Knight, and Rumer Willis. Directed by Tom Gustafson. Screenplay by Cory Krueckeberg. [relisted for the DVD link]

Patty DukeIn the Presence of Greatness: My Sixty-Year Journey as an Actress
(BearManor Media - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book)
By Patty Duke and William J. Jankowski. Autobiographical book about Duke's show business legacy, with untold stories of her six-decade career and the legends of her time. Illustrated with 70 rare photos, many never before published and from her personal collection. 348 pages.

The World Only Spins ForwardThe World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America
(Bloomsbury USA - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Isaac Butler and Dan Kois. Expanded version of oral history of Tony Kushner's Angels in America, originally published at Slate.com. Newly published material to include "delving into Ivo Van Hove's radical reimagining of the show, exploring the Signature [Theatre] production, greatly expanding the section on the two UK productions, covering the National revival next year, and exploring two particularly controversial productions (one in North Carolina, one in Washington, D.C.) that got swept up in the culture wars of the 1990s." 304 pages.


Week of February 6, 2018

Belle of New YorkThe Belle of New York
(Warner Archive Collection - on DVD-R)
1952 musical film back in print. Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen, Marjorie Main, Keenan Wynn, Alice Peerce. Music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Directed by Charles Walters. 81 minutes. Released 1/30/18.

Ernest ShackletonErnest Shackleton Loves Me
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3)
Original cast recording of score by Brendan Milburn (music) and Val Vigoda (lyrics). Starring Val Vigoda (Striking 12) and charismatic Wade McCollum. "Stop/Rewind/Play/Record," "Phoenix Arizona," "We're on Our Way," "O Katarina," "The Morning the Newspaper Advert Appeared," "And Then Shackleton Said," "All Right Men," "Adrift on An Icefield," "Money and Musicians," "Every Hand to the Lifeboats," "Eye of the Storm," "Boat Journey," "Climbing South Georgia Island," "Toward Elephant Island," "Burned Again," "Finale: We're on Our Way - Reprise." Music direction and orchestrations by Ryan O'Connell. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

The Kite RunnerThe Kite Runner play script
(Riverhead Books - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Matthew Spangler based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini. The play debuted at Wyndham's Theatre, London, in December 2016. 144 pages.

Levi!LEVI! A New Musical
(Kritzerland Records - new on CD)
world-premiere cast album of new musical score by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman (book by Larry Cohen and Janelle Webb Cohen). About the life of Levi Strauss, and written in the very late 1970s but never produced. Recorded live in the Camino Theatre. limited to 1,000 copies only. Expected to ship first week of February. Pre-ordering at Kritzerland.com.

The Music ManThe Music Man OBC vinyl
(Del Ray Records - new vinyl LP)
Meredith Willson score. Robert Preston, Barbara Cook, David Burns, Pert Kelton. "Overture & Rock Island," "Iowa Stubborn," "Ya Got Trouble," "Piano Lesson," "Goodnight, My Someone," "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Sincere," "The Sadder-But-Wiser Girl," "Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little," "Marian The Librarian," "My White Knight," "The Wells Fargo Wagon," "It's You," "Shipoopi," "Lida Rose & Will I Ever Tell You," "Gary, Indiana," "Till There Was You," "Finale." 180 gram vinyl release with the perfectly restored original gatefold jacket.

Romeo and JulietRomeo and Juliet
(Warner Archive Collection - on DVD)
1936 film of Shakespeare play now back in print. Stars Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer with John Barrymore, Basil Rathbone, and Andy Devine. Directed by George Cukor. Screenplay by Talbot Jennings. 119 minutes. Released 1/30/18.

Thousand Splendid SunsA Thousand Splendid Suns play script
(Riverhead Books - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Ursula Rani Sarma based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini. The play debuted at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco in February 2017. 128 pages.


Week of January 30, 2018

Donnybrook!Donnybrook! OBC with bonus tracks
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
1961 Broadway musical with score by Johnny Burke. Cast includes Eddie Foy Jr., Art Lund, Joan Fagan, Susan Johnson and Philip Bosco. Bonus: album of instrumental selections of the score, performed by the Pete King Orchestra. Cast Album: "Overture," "Sez I," "The Day the Snow Is Meltin'," "Sad Was the Day," "Donnybrook," "Ellen Roe," "The Loveable Irish," "I Wouldn't Bet One Penny," "He Makes Me Feel I'm Lovely," "I Have My Own Way," "A Toast to the Bride," "Wisha Wurra," "A Quiet Life," "Mrflynn," "Dee-Lightful Is the Word," "For My Own," "Finale." Bonuses: "If It Isn't Everything," "The Day the Snow Is Meltin'," "Sad Was the Day," "Ellen Roe," "Sez I," "A Toast to the Bride," "I Wouldn't Bet One Penny," "Donnybrook," "He Makes Me Feel I'm Lovely," "Wisha Wurra," "I Have My Own Way," "Dee-Lightful Is the Word," "For My Own," "Mr. Flynn." In stereo. Also at StageDoorRecords.com, where clips can be found.

Eric MelleganEric Millegan: Better with Friends
(new album on mp3/at iTunes)
Theatre and television actor Millegan debut album. "Better," "Rhode Island Is Famous for You," "A Penny for Your Thoughts" (with Emily Deschanel), "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," "You're Just in Love" (with Estelle Parsons), "Mister Cellophane," "Lava" (with Tracy Stark), "All the Love I Have" (with Jenna Gavigan), "I Know Now," "The Planet Vulkturn," "Jump Shout Boogie." CDs available at MilleganMusic.com.

Fifty PlaywrightsFifty Playwrights on their Craft
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Caroline Jester and Caridad Svich. series of interviews with fifty playwrights from the US and UK, including Edward Bond, Katori Hall, Chris Goode, David Greig, Willy Russell, David Henry Hwang, Alecky Blythe, Anne Washburn, Simon Stephens, Neil LaBute, Christopher Shinn, Katori Hall, David Hare, Lucy Prebble, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Paula Vogel. 304 pages

Lena Hall Peter GabrielLena Hall: Obsessed: Peter Gabriel
(Ghostlight Records - new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
Second in Hall's (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) series of 12 monthly new digital albums. "Come Talk to Me," "In Your Eyes," "Lay Your Hands on Me," "Sledgehammer." Videos can be viewed at www.LenaHallObsessed.com.

FearlessMandy Gonzalez: Fearless - re-release with bonus track
(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," plus bonus track "Born to Run." Released 1/26/18.

There I GoThere I Go Again: How I Came to Be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr. Craig, KITT, and Many Others
(Tantor Audio - new on Audiobook CD)
By William Daniels. Narrated by Tom Perkins. The author recounts his life and career on stage, TV and film. Hardcover book and Kindle Edition released March 2017.

War Paint songbookWar Paint songbook
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Vocal selections for 2017 Broadway musical score by Michael Korie and Scott Frankel. Songs include "Back on Top," "Beauty in the World," "Behind the Red Door," "Better Yourself," "Dinosaurs," "Face to Face," "Fire & Ice," "Forever Beautiful," "If I'd Been a Man," "Inside of the Jar," "My American Moment," "Now You Know," "Pink." 112 pages.


Week of January 23, 2018

A Bronx Tale songbookA Bronx Tale songbook
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Piano/vocal selections for Broadway musical score by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. Songs include "Ain't It the Truth," "Belmont Avenue," "The Choices We Make," "Hurt Someone," "I like It," "In a World like This," "Look to Your Heart," "Nicky Machiavelli," "One of the Great Ones," "Out of Your Head," "Roll 'Em," "These Streets." 120 pages.

Decades of Modern American DramaDecades of Modern American Drama: Playwriting from the 1930s to 2009
(Bloomsbury Methuen - Set of Hardcover Books)
Brenda Murphy and Julia Listengarten, editors. comprehensive survey and study of the theatre produced in each decade from the 1930s to 2009 in eight volumes. Each volume provides context from which work emerged: an introduction considers life in the decade with a focus on domestic life and conditions, social changes, culture, media, technology, industry and political events; while a chapter on the theatre of the decade offers a wide-ranging and thorough survey of theatres, companies, dramatists, new movements and developments in response to the economic and political conditions of the day. The work of the four most prominent playwrights from the decade in analyzed and re-evaluated, together with commentary on their subsequent work and legacy. A final section brings together original documents such as interviews with the playwrights and with directors, drafts of play scenes, and other previously unpublished material.

Harry ClarkeHarry Clarke: and Lillian
(Audible Studios - Audiobook)
David Cale's play Harry Clarke read by Bill Crudup (who debuted the play at the Vineyard Theatre). Also includes David Cale's Obie Award-winning solo play Lillian, performed by the author.

Fiddler ExpandingKelly Hall-Tompkins: The Fiddler Expanding Tradition
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Hall-Tompkins, the Fiddler/violin soloist in the recent Broadway revival, with all new Fiddler solo music. Collaboration with arranger Oran Eldor and music director/orchestrator Ted Sperling. Also features Danny Burstein in guest appearance for a duet of "Sunrise, Sunset."

Hamlisch UncoveredHamlisch Uncovered
(Broadway Records - new on CD/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. Released digitally on 12/15/17. At BroadwayRecords.com.

Muriel's WeddingMuriel's Wedding the musical original cast recording
(new import CD)
Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures Production release. Musical based on the 1994 film, currently in a world premiere production at Sydney Theatre Company. Music and lyrics by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall, with songs by Benny Andersson, Bjørn Ulvaeus, and Stig Anderson. Maggie McKenna stars as Muriel, with Madeleine Jones, Justine Clarke, Briallen Clarke, Michael Whalley, Connor Sweeney, and Helen Dallimore. "Sunshine State of Mind," "The Bouquet," "Meet the Heslops," "Progress," "Can't Hang," "Luckylast/Perry Heslop," "Girls Like Us," "Waterloo," "Amazing," "Sydney," "Strangely Perfect Stranger," "Here Comes the Bride," "Never Stick Your Neck Out," "Why Can't That Be Me?," "Life Is a Competition," "Mr and Mrs Shkuratov," "Shared, Viral, Linked, Liked," "SOS," "My Mother (Eulogy)," "A True Friend," "Sydney" (Remix by Pip Norman). Also at Australia iTunes.

Patti IssuesPatti Issues & Bad With Money
(Roven Records Spoken Word - Audible.com audiobook)
Ben Rimalower's one-man cabaret shows. Author and narrator by Ben Rimalower. One hour and 50 minutes. Released 1/5/18.

JB PriestleyTime and The Rose Garden: Encountering the Magical in the Life and Works of J.B. Priestley
(O Books - Paperback Book)
By Anthony Peake. A reassessment of Priestley's plays and novels. Peake argues that Priestley should be recognized as one of the most prescient of all middle century playwrights and that his ideas on time, consciousness and mortality can be found in hugely popular movies such as The Matrix, Vanilla Sky, Deja Vu, Sliding Doors, Butterfly Effect and many others. 264 pages. Released ahead of original release date.

UnmaskingUnmasking What Matters: 10 Life Lessons From 10 Years on Broadway
(She Writes Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Sandra Joseph, "the longest-running leading lady in Broadway’s longest-running show, The Phantom of the Opera." The author shares her "hard-won wisdom, poignant personal stories, and practical, experiential exercises to guide them, readers will learn to shed their limiting masks, mindfully work through their fears, stand in their authentic power, and build a life rich with satisfaction, meaning, and significance. 192 pages.


Week of January 16, 2018

Antigone UndoneAntigone Undone: Juliette Binoche, Anne Carson, and the Art of Resistance
(Univ of Regina Press - new hardcover book)
By Will Aitken, after seeing the premiere of Anne Carson’s translation of Antigone, starring Juliette Binoche and directed by Ivo van Hove. His response to the play's protagonist, and the response to the play by Hegel, Virginia Woolf, Judith Butler, and others. 210 pages.


Week of January 9, 2018

Beware the ActorBeware of the Actor! The Rise and Fall of Nicol Williamson
(CreateSpace - new Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Biography of Nicol Williamson, by Martin Dowsing, who interviewed and corresponded with more than 50 people who knew Williamson, including many of his colleagues, his family and his closest friends. The author was also granted exclusive access to an unbroadcast 4-hour career-spanning interview with Williamson filmed in 2005. This book reveals how Williamson's bizarre career path was shaped by his unique outlook on life, his enormous personality and his own personal demons. Other contributors to the book include Williamson's first wife, Jill Townsend; actors Elaine Bromka, Michael Culver, Penny Fuller, Ian Hogg, Glenda Jackson, Jane Lapotaire, Paul Moriarty, Steffan Rhodri, Clive Swift and David Warner; directors Robert Bierman, the late Jack Gold, Piers Haggard, Terry Hands, Robert Knights, Richard Lester, Peter Levin, Walter Murch, John Tydeman; Tony Garnett, Nicholas Meyer and many more. Afterword by Nicol's son, Luke Williamson. 370 pages. Released 11/23/17.

Lena Hall: Obsessed: Hedwig and the Angry Inch
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album mp3/at iTunes)
Acoustic versions of songs from the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. "Tear Me Down," "The Origin of Love," "Sugar Daddy," "Wicked Little Town," "The Long Grift," "Midnight Radio." Released 1/5/18.

Vivian LeighVivien Leigh: Actress and Icon
(Manchester Univ Press - Paperback Book)
Kate Dorney and Maggie B. Gale, editors. New readings of the life and career of actress Vivien Leigh, written by experts from theatre and film studies and curators from the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Uses newly accessible family archives to explore the complex relationship between Vivien Leigh's approach to the craft of acting for stage and screen, and how she shaped, developed and projected her public persona. Chapters range from analyses of her work on stage and screen to her collaborations with designers and photographers, an analysis of her fan base, her interior designs and the "public ownership" of her celebrity status during her lifetime and beyond. 256 pages.

West Side Story DeluxeWest Side Story
(Deutsche Grammophon - CD/DVD set)
Limited edition set released to celebrate the 100th birthday year of Leonard Bernstein. Includes: 1984 Grammy Award winning studio recording conducted by Leonard Bernstein and featuring Kiri Te Kanawa, José Carreras, Tatiana Troyanos, Kurt Ollmann, Louise Edeiken, and Marilyn Horne; the BAFTA winning and Emmy nominated "The Making of West Side Story" documentary of the making of the recording, made by the BBC for Unitel, produced by Humphrey Burton, and directed by Christopher Swann; and a deluxe hardcover book. Initially released in 2007. CD only also to be re-released.

Year of the QueenYear of the Queen: The Making of the Hit Show Priscilla Queen of the Desert
(Tale Publishing - Paperback Book)
By Jeremy Stanford, who was the original Tick/Mitzi in the musical. 210 pages.


Week of January 2, 2018

42nd Street 2017 London Cast42nd Street: 2017 London Cast
(First Night Records - new import CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Harry Warren/Al Dubin score. Cast includes Sheena Easton, Tom Lister, Clare Halse, Jasna Ivir, Norman Bowman, Stuart Neal, Graeme Henderson, Christopher Howell. "Overture / Audition," "Young and Healthy," "Shadow Waltz," "Go into Your Dance," "You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me," "Getting out of Town," "Dames / Keep Young and Beautiful," "I Only Have Eyes for You," "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "10 ," "Sunny Side to Every Situation," "Lullaby of Broadway," "About a Quarter to Nine," "With Plenty of Money and You," "Shuffle off to Buffalo," "42nd Street," "42nd Street (Reprise)," "Finale."

Agnes MoorheadAgnes Moorehead on Radio, Stage and Television
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
By Axel Nissen. Focuses on 25 of her most representative performances, this retrospective analyzes her work on radio serials like Mayor of the Town (1942-1949) and Suspense (1942-1962), her stage productions of Don Juan in Hell and Gigi, her television appearances on Bewitched and The Twilight Zone and her Emmy-winning appearance on The Wild Wild West - in the context of her personal life, discussing her relationship with directors, producers and other performers and providing little known facts about the productions. 277 pages.

Ben Franklin's Song"Ben Franklin's Song"
(Atlantic - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Song featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda's lyrics cut from Hamilton with music by the Decemberists. Kicks off Miranda's year-long #Hamildrop series. Non-explicit version also available on mp3/at iTunes. Released 12/15/17.

Dear Evan Hansen AudiobookDear Evan Hansen: Through the Window audiobook
(Grand Central Publishing - Audiobook on CD)
By Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul. Official behind-the-scenes book of the new hit musical. Includes interviews with the cast and crew, a PDF featuring the play's libretto and beautiful photos, a deeper look into Evan's fictional world, as well as reflections on the creators own formative memories from their adolescence as it relates to the show's themes, and important examinations of how we present ourselves online and mental health. Photo gallery and unabridged libretto. Audiobook read by Taylor Trensch. Hardcover and Kindle versions released 11/21/17.

Hamilton Mixtape SongbookThe Hamilton Mixtape songbook
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Songbook with piano, voice and guitar arrangements for 22 of the songs from the Hamilton Mixtape recording: "Dear Theodosia" (Regina Spektor with Ben Folds), "Helpless" (Ashanti with Ja Rule), "History Has Its Eyes on You" (John Legend), "It's Quiet Uptown" (Kelly Clarkson), "My Shot" (The Roots), "Satisfied" (Sia with Miguel & Queen Latifah), "That Would Be Enough" (Alicia Keys), "Wait for It" (Usher), "Washington's by Your Side" (Wiz Khalifa), and more. 136 pages.

Hunchback Vocal SelectionsThe Hunchback of Notre Dame: The Stage Musical
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Vocal selections from the score by Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken. 17 songs.

King of JazzKing of Jazz: Paul Whiteman's Technicolor Revue
(Media History Press - Hardcover Book)
By James Layton and David Pierce. Foreword by Michael Feinstein. Tells the story of the making, release, and restoration of Universal's 1930 Technicolor musical extravaganza King of Jazz. With original artwork, studio production files, behind-the-scenes photographs, personal papers, unpublished interviews, and a host of other previously unseen documentation. Includes an in-depth look at the challenges Universal overcame in restoring the film in 2016. Appendix provides a comprehensive guide to all of the film's performers, music, alternate versions, and deleted scenes. Released 11/21/17. 304 pages.

Lena Hall: Obsessed: Hedwig and the Angry Inch
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album mp3/at iTunes)
Acoustic versions of songs from the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. "Tear Me Down," "The Origin of Love," "Sugar Daddy," "Wicked Little Town," "The Long Grift," "Midnight Radio."

Between Yesterday and TomorrowNatalie Dessay | Michel Legrand: Between Yesterday & Tomorrow
(Sony Masterworks - new on CD/vinyl LP)
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." Released digitally on mp3 and at iTunes 11/17/17.

Theatre ManagementTheatre Management: Arts Leadership for the 21st Century
(Palgrave - Paperback Book)
By Anthony Rhine. Overview of the processes involved in developing and managing a theatre in the 21st century. Chapters apply theory to real life situations. 254 pages.


Week of December 12, 2017

The Greatest ShowmanThe 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 VisitThe 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!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?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 BongoExpresso 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 UncoveredHamlisch 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 TorHigh 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!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 ErricoMelissa 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 BroadwayA 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 TabbertWilliam 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 Blu-rayAuntie 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"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.

Simon Callow A Christmas CarolA 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 StageDetroit 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 DolittleDoctor 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'sElla 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 ChrismasFantasia: 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 SoundtrackThe 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.

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

Marie AntoinetteMarie 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.

Soul HolidayMarisha 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.

BarbraThe 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"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 PersonSpy 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 CultureStaging 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.

December SongsStearns 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 GeorgeSunday 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

Mary Martin Annie Get Your GunAnnie 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.]

Berlin Ragtime RaritiesChip 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 CrucibleThe 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 ShowstoppersElaine 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 TheatreEverything 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.

Girl from the North CountryThe 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.

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

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

Magic MisfitsThe 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 TheatreTeens 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

Twisted BroadwayBlue 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 HansenDear 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 LadiesLeading 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."

NetworkNetwork: 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.

Seagull Richard NelsonThe 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.

Josh Groban: Stage to StageStage 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"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 ActsBalancing 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 VereenBen 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, volume 3Black 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 FAQCabaret 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 on BroadwayHamilton: 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! VinylHello, 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 onKeeping 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 GoodnightA 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 BraunMeredith 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.

Between Yesterday and TomorrowNatalie 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 JoThe 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 2017Carols 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 ShadowsCheryl 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 ChildrenThe 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 WayChristiaan 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 DiveDaphne's Dive
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Quiara Alegría Hudes. Produced at Signature Theatre in 2016. 96 pages.

Debbie Gravitte Big BandDebbie 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 FerrymanThe 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.

New York 50thHighbrow, 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.

JunkJunk
(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 Julie TaymorThe 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 20th anniversaryThe 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 PrideMy 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.

SheridanSheridan: 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

Ballad of John LatoucheThe 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 StewartEllen 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 AnniversaryHoliday 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 HensKnives 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 EnglandPassionate 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 vinylSpongeBob 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

AngelsAngels 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.

Arthur Miller Death of a Salesman in BeijingDeath 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.

Dream OnAnya 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 LoveLabour 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 HamiltonMore 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 SaturdayMust 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 MonologuesQueers: 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.

Riabko RodgersRichard 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 SeagullThe 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 AgainTogether 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 Nights10,000 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.

Over the RainbowArlen 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-Girlfirend Season 2Crazy 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.

FearlessMandy 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 DemoHalf 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.]

MonstersongsMonstersongs
(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 FAQRent 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

Great American SongbookThe 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.

More Than MeShayna 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.

CarouselRodgers 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 WivesSix 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 ChristmasThe 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 Movie MusicalsTurner 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 LessonsVoice 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 KnowYou 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 PrayingAlmost 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 expandedCarol 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 RogerFinding 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 soundtrackFunny 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.

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

Life Is Like a MusicalLife 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 HarryMarry 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 IntroductionEdward 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 Day CalendarHamilton 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 VictoryKid 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 GiantThe 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?."

Don't Monkey with BroadwayPatti 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.

PopeyePopeye - 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 Sherman Songs of a LifetimeRichard 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 SongIsland 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, StillRebecca 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 SquarePantsSpongeBob 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 GeorgeSunday 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 LongWilliam 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

Mary Martin Annie Get Your GunAnnie 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.

Broadway TenorsThe 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)/

Do Re Mi bookBroadway 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.

My Favorite ThingsBroadway 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.

NT FolliesFollies
(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 TheatresLondon 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 MottMichael 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 MinuteNew 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 SwingSeth 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.

Stephen Sondheim Collection 2The 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 LifeAnne 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 BackersBarnum 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 ManagerBroadway 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 a l'Auberge GanneRetour 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 MaxwellRichard 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.

Into the Woods Fourth WallSondheim 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: Hal PrinceSense 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 TracksTrain 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 vinylDear 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 RhythmHe'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

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

Judy Garland DuetsJudy 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 TraubelHelen 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 BoundLegally 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.

RSC 2018 CalendarRoyal 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.

Rylance GlobeShakespeare 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

Amelie SongbookAmélie: 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.

Barter TheatreThe 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.

Battle of the BoatThe 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 MermanThe 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 LPChitty 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!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 Wall CalendarHamilton 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 UpStairsThe 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 RaceThe 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 AstaireThree 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.

Disney Legacy Robin HoodWalt 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 WassersteinWendy Wasserstein (Michigan Modern Dramatists)
(Univ of Michigan Press - Paperback Book)
By Jill Dolan. 208 pages.

ZipperzZipperz 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 BackstagersThe 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 BoyBubble 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."

FatherlandFatherland
(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. RosewaterGod 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 PotterHarry 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 JoniJessica 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 Calendar2018 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 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 OBCHoliday 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 TransitIn 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.

Sondheim ReinventionStephen 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.

Wizard of OzThe 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 AnatevkaAfter 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 ChildrenAunt 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.

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

Sunny Afternoon Fourth WallDavies 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.

DisneyThe 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.

FatherlandFatherland (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.

Hamilton InstrumentalThe 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 GodHand 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 ThiefThe 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 VintageLost 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 PaintWar 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 Awards2017 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).

BandstandBandstand 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 QJust 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 & RogueRabbit & 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.

Alligator PieSoulpepper 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.

Melting PotSoulpepper'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.

Spoon RiverSoulpepper 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 by Owl City"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.

Wind in the Willows OLCThe 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

BandstandBandstand 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 FactoryCharlie 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.

Tim Pigott-SmithDo 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.

Owen-JonesJohn 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 PhilosophyHamilton 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 MoonMan 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.

Metropolitan Opera 2018 CalendarThe 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

MatchUpMatchUp
(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.

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


Week of June 6, 2017

Tony Awards 20172017 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.

AmelieAmélie, 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.

AnastasiaAnastasia 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.

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

Audra McDonaldAudra 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 WallBuilding 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.

Berlin RediscoveredChip 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 SelectionsDear 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 by Sheldon HarnickKoi: 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

Bard on the BeachAll 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.

BlondelBlondel
(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.

Book of BroadwayThe 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 FactoryCharlie 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.

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

Galavant CompleteGalavant: 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 OBCHoliday 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, KateKiss 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

NewsiesDisney’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 RubinsteinMadame 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 BookSugar, 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.

Redheads from SpaceThose 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 PaintWar 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

AmelieAmélie, 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 CardGay 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.

Little Black BookThe 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 OneThe 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.

Great Comet 2017 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."

Resistable Rise of Arturo UiThe 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.

SpamiltonSpamilton 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 SeatsUp 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 McBroomAmanda 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.

The PriceArthur 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 TaleA 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 ZienChip 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 MusicDangerous 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 OLCDreamgirls 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 DayGroundhog 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 Theatre TourHamlet 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!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.

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

Lea SalongaLea 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.

Choir and FriendsMormon 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 ShakespeareColoring 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.

Goodnight BroadwayGood 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 GreenroomJulie'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).

OsloOslo
(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 KileyRichard 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 BeatBeauty 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 and SullivanGilbert & 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 DayGroundhog 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 TransitIn 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.

IowaIowa
(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 LandLa 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 PlacesLea 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 ManchaMan 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 DebutMy 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 OptimistsThe 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 PiperThe 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 SixtiesThe 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 New YorkBarry 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 vinylCompany 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.

2000s Broadway MusicalsThe 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 DayGroundhog 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 OBC LPGypsy 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 revisedJews 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 vinylSouth 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.

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

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

Umbrellas of CherbourgThe 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.

Young Girls of RochefortThe 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

Therese RaquinThérèse 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 SongsBetty 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.

Assembled PartiesLATW 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.

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

Speech & DebateSpeech & 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 YearsThrough 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 HappenedBest 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 CoxDeborah 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

Bernstein the Composer Box SetLeonard 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?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.

PocahantasSongs 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 & DebateSpeech & 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 TaleA 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 BeautifulBurke 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 AwayCome 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

Dorren MontalvoDoreen 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 HouseEvening 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 GambateseJenn 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 KreisLevi 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."

Brian BedfordThe 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.

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

Whole New WorldA 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 Plays100 Greatest American Plays
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Thomas S. Hischak. 352 pages.

13 Things13 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

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

FencesFences
(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 FridayFreaky 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 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."

Radio PlaysPlays & 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

Beaut & the Beast SoundtrackBeauty 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 AwayCome 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 RainbowFinian'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 StreamGently Down The Stream
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Play by Martin Sherman. To be produced at the Public Theater starting March 13, 2017.

Hero: TyceHero
(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' GoodLaChanze: 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 SongbookLiaisons - 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. BurnsMr. 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 LeftMurder, Stage Left (The Nero Wolfe Mysteries)
(Mysterious Press - Paperback Book)
By Robert Goldsborough. Theatre-set murder mystery. 250 pages.

Suite from the EnclaveSuite 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 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 DefinitiveAnn-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 AlbumChip 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 YourselfConsider 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 MasonKaren 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 DavidHal 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.

CarouselLive 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.

SpamiltonSpamilton
(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... 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 BoyfriendThe 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 LightsBright 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 HansenDear 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.

Collins Love LetterJudy 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."

Oxford Modern ShakespeareThe 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.

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

The Student PrinceThe 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 BrunishCorey 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 Stephen SondheimJudy 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 ColeKay 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 ElgartLarry 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 The CruciblePhilip 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 StandardsVivian 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 ActorsBroadway Actors in Films, 1894-2015
(Mcfarland & Co. - Paperback Book)
by Roy Liebman. 277 pages.

Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryCharlie 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 FridayFreaky 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.

Mixtape cassetteThe 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)."

Hamilton Mixtape vinylThe 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.

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

Ruthless!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 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 RingingBells 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.

EdelweissBilly 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 HansenDear 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 DreamDrake'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 IThe 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 CariouLen 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!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 PacificSouth 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 NakedBare 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.

FalsettosFalsettos 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 IJudy 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 RevealsShapiro 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 SolomonSong 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 DarkWait 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 MeYou 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 HeroinesBrutus 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 StoryA 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 HereThe 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 and SingHamilton: 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 HollidayJudy 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 Volume IVThe 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 PrimeMarjorie Prime
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Jordan Harrison (Maple and Vine). Presented at Playwrights Horizons in 2015. 96 pages.

Shakespeare HytnerShakespeare 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.

Curtis StigersOne 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 ScriptedTotally 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 CarrollBarbara 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 GirlsThe 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 FridayHis 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 TomorrowI'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 SumemrtimeIn 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 HunterFive 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 vinylKinky 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."

LegacyLegacy, 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.

CarouselRodgers & 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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