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Schedule of New & Upcoming CD, DVD & Book Releases

Updated 3/18/18

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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.

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

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.]

March 20, 2018

Greatest Showman DigitalThe Greatest Showman digital
(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

March 23, 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.

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.

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.

Lost Girls: A Play
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by John Pollono (Small Engine Repair). Produced in 2015 at Lucille Lortel Theatre. 96 pages. Dramatist's version published May 10, 2016.

Red SpeedoRed Speedo: A Play
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by Lucas Hnath. Produced in 2015 at New York Theatre Workshop. 128 pages.

Small Mouth Sounds: A Play Off-Broadway Edition
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by Bess Wohl. Produced by Ars Nova in 2015 and 2016.

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.

March 30, 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.

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.

March 2018, exact release date unknown

Hello Again soundtrackHello Again soundtrack
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
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. Currently pre-ordering at

April 1, 2018

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.

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.

April 2, 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.

April 3, 2018

100 Plays100 Plays for the First Hundred Days
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
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.

A Doll's House, Part 2
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Lucas Hnath. 2017 Broadway play. 96 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.

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.

Straight White Men
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Young Jean Lee. Presented at the Public Theater in 2014.

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.

Wakey, WakeyWakey, Wakey
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Will Eno. Played the Signature Theatre in 2017. 64 pages.

April 6, 2018

Cy ColemanCy Coleman: A Jazzman's Broadway
(Harbinger Records/Musical Theatre Project - new on CD/on mp3)
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.

April 10, 2018

The Antipodes
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Annie Baker. Debuted at NY Signature Theatre in Spring 2017. 160 pages.

For 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.

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.

Hirschfeld the BiographyHirschfeld: The Biography
(Sarah Crichton Books - new Hardcover Book/Digital Book)
By Ellen Stern. Biography of Al Hirschfeld, the caricaturist of Broadway. From interviews with the artist himself, his friends and wives, celebrity subjects, agent, daughter, and more; with access to personal correspondence, journals, home movies, and scrapbooks. 368 pages. Originally announced as an October 2017 release.

Kung FuKung Fu
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play about Bruce Lee by David Henry Hwang. Premiered at Signature Theatre (NY) in 2014. 112 pages.

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.

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.

April 13, 2018

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

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

April 15, 2018

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.

April 16, 2018

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.

April 17, 2018

AppropriateAppropriate and An Octoroon
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Plays by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. 260 pages.

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.

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 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.

April 19, 2018

JesusJesus Christ Superstar
(studio cast album)
All-female cast featuring Morgan James and Shoshana Bean. Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice score. Based on a Highline Ballroom concert. Pre-ordering at

April 20, 2018

Everybody's Talking About JamieEverybody's Talking About Jamie
(new import CD)
Musical score by Dan Gillespie Sells (music) and Tom MacRae (lyrics). Unclear if this is the 2017 concept album or something else.

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. 27 tracks.

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.

Prince of BroadwayPrince of Broadway OBC
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
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

April 24, 2018

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

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

April 27, 2018

Kate RockwellKate Rockwell: Back to My Roots
(Broadway Records - new on CD/digital)
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.

May 1, 2018

Black SheepBlack Sheep: The Authorised Biography of Nicol Williamson
(The History Press - Hardcover Book)
By Gabriel Hershman. 288 pages.

(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play, with book and lyrics by César Alvarez; music by César Alvarez and The Lisps. A new age blend of American history, science fiction, and alternative indie folk rock. 96 pages.

May 8, 2018

Antilia PneumaticaAntlia Pneumatica
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Anne Washburn (Mr. Burns: A Post-electric Play). Played Playwrights Horizons in 2016. 96 pages.

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

(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Danai Gurira. Premiered at Playwrights Horizons in 2016. 80 pages.

The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Three-part play cycle by Richard Nelson: Hungry, What Did You Expect?, and Women of a Certain Age. 320 pages.

The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Athol Fugard. Produced in 2015 at Signature Theater. 72 pages.

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.

May 11, 2018

Rise Season 1: The Album
(Atlantic Records - new album)
Songs from the NBC show, to include unreleased tracks.

May 22, 2018

The Minutes
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Tracy Letts. Debuted at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago in November 2017. 96 pages.

May 25, 2018

Oklahoma! 75th AnniversaryOklahoma! Original Cast Album 75th Anniversary
(Verve - on CD/vinyl LP)
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.).

May 28, 2018

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.

June 5, 2018

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.

June 12, 2018

How I Learned What I LearnedHow I Learned What I Learned
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by August Wilson. 96 pages.

June 19, 2018

Head of Passes
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Tarell Alvin McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays, Wig Out!. 96 pages.

June 22, 2018

Frozen - The Broadway Musical
(Walt Disney Records - new on CD)
OBC recording of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez score. Cast includes Caissie Levy and Patti Murin as royal sisters Elsa and Anna, respectively. The cast includes Caissie Levy, Patti Murin, Greg Hildreth, Robert Creighton, John Riddle, and Jelani Alladin.

June 27, 2018

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.

July 3, 2018

The Language Archive and Other Plays
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Plays by Julia Cho. The Language Archive, Aubergine, Office Hour, The Piano Teacher, and Durango. 360 pages.

July 31, 2018

Gloria (TCG Edition)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (An Octoroon). 96 pages.

August 21, 2018

The Good Peaches
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights, Water by the Spoonful. Originally performed by 56 orchestral musicians, three actors, and eight dancers at Cleveland Play House. 48 pages.

August 23, 2018

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.

September 22, 2018

Edward 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.

November 8, 2018

August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Ladrica Menson-Furr. Gives readers an overview of the work from its inception through revisions and stagings in regional theatres and Broadway, exploring its use of African American vernacular genres - blues music, folk songs, folk tales, and dance - and 19th Century Southern post-Reconstruction history. Ladrica Menson-Furr presents Joe Turner's Come and Gone as a historical drama, blues drama, American drama, great migration drama, and the finest example of Wilson's gift for re-locating the African American experience in urban southern cities as the beginning and not the end of the African American experience. 160 pages.

November 13, 2018

Significant Other
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
2017 Broadway play by Joshua Harmon.

December 25, 2018

Don Juan Home from IraqDon Juan Comes Home from Iraq
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Paula Vogel. Played the Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia in 2015.

May 8, 2019

Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Julian Woolford. In a series of short essays, the stage musical is re-examined from seven different perspectives, including how the musical heralded the end of an era on Broadway, its reinvention of history and biography, how the film version has influenced future stage productions and the ways in which it put child performers centre stage ... how, nearly 60 years after its stage debut, the musical has a direct impact on the modern world, through its recent iterations ... through Salzburg's recent embracing of the musical after years of ambivalence ... and The Sound of Music in the Middle East, where it has become a symbol of antifundamentalism.

May 1, 2020

Sondheim The Man Who Changed Musical TheaterSondheim: The Man Who Changed Musical Theater
(Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Susan Goldman Rubin. 192 pages.

No release date set

Andrew Rannells memoir
(Crown Archetype - new book)
The Tony-nominated actor's (The Book of Mormon, Falsettos) personal account of his journey to Broadway and beyond. Expected Spring 2019.

August Wilson: The Kiln in Which He was Fired
(37 INK - new book)
[Tentative title.] Biography of August Wilson by Patti Hartigan. Expected late 2019.

Book of comedic essays by Laura Benanti
(St. Martin's Press - new book)
Release date unknown.

The Cradle Will Rock
(new on CD)
2017 Opera Saratoga production of score from Marc Blitzstein opera.

(new on CD)
2017 National Theatre cast album. Stephen Sondheim score. Cast includes Imelda Staunton, Philip Quast, Janie Dee, Peter Forbes, and Tracie Bennett. Recorded in January 2018.

Hairspray Vinyl
(Masterworks - new vinyl album)
OBC recording on vinyl.

Harbinger upcoming releases: material from Eubie Blake; download only demos of Hugh Martin and Sheldon Harnick; Steve Ross' back catalog for download; Naughty Marietta, 1981 Smithsonian Institution recording first time on CD; Rose-Marie unissued 1981 Smithsonian recording with Ron Raines; Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt: Hidden Treasures; Sidney Myer Live! DVD o-production with the Mabel Mercer Foundation.

In the Heights vinyl
(new vinyl LP)
Vinyl version 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.

Julie Andrews book
Follow-up to her 2008 autobiography, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years.

Lena Hall: The Villa Satori, Growing Up Haight Ashbury
(new on CD)
Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Kinky Boots) "musical memoir." With guitarist Watt White, keyboardist John Deley, bassist Lee Nadel, and drummer Brian Fishler. Per the artist via Instagram.

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. CD released July 2017. Pre-ordering only at

Ruthless! The Musical
(Caroline Records - new on CD)
New Off-Broadway cast.

The School of Doing: Lessons from Gerald Freedman
(new book)
By Isaac Klein. Comprehensive guide to the craft and teachings of internationally renowned 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.

-- Sound Advice Staff

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