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Schedule of New & Upcoming CD, DVD & Book Releases

Updated 2/14/20

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9 to 5 OLC
(ATG Productions Ltd - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
West End cast. Music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. Cast includes Caroline Sheen, Amber Davies, Natalie McQueen, Bonnie Langford and Brian Conley. "9 to 5," "Around Here," "Here for You," "Backwoods Barbie," "I Just Might," "Heart to Hart," "Hey Boss," "Shine Like the Sun," "Entr'acte," "One of the Boys," "5 to 9," "Always a Woman," "Change It," "Let Love Grow," "Get Out and Stay Out," "Finale," "Bows." Recorded live at the Savoy Theatre. Released 2/11/20.

Dancing Man: A Broadway Choreographer's Journey
(Univ Press of Mississippi - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Bob Avian, with Tom Santopietro. Bob Avian's life story, a memoir in three acts. Act I reveals the origins of one of Broadway's legendary choreographers who appeared onstage with stars like Barbra Streisand and Mary Martin all before he was thirty. Act II includes teaching Katharine Hepburn how to sing and dance in Coco and working with Stephen Sondheim and Michael Bennett while helping to choreograph the original productions of Company and Follies. During this time, Avian won a Tony Award as the co-choreographer of A Chorus Line and produced Dreamgirls. In Act III, Avian choreographed Julie Andrews's return to the New York stage, devised all of the musical staging for Miss Saigon and Sunset Boulevard, and directed A Chorus Line on Broadway. He worked with the biggest names on Broadway, including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Carol Burnett, Jennifer Holliday, Patti LuPone, Elaine Stritch, and Glenn Close. Candid, witty, sometimes shocking, and always entertaining, here is the ultimate up-close and personal insider's view from a front row seat ... of Broadway musicals of the past fifty years. 240 pages. [Appears to be available ahead of its official release date.]

The Great White Way: Race and the Broadway Musical second edition
(Rutgers Univ Press - Paperback Book)
Warren Hoffman's 2014, revised and updated. Revealing the racial politics, content, and subtexts that have haunted musicals for almost one hundred years from Show Boat to Hamilton. This revised edition includes a new introduction and conclusion, updated chapters, as well as a brand-new chapter that looks at the blockbuster musicals The Book of Mormon and Hamilton. [Appears to be available ahead of its official release date.]

Guys and Dolls
(Warner Archives - new blu-ray)
1955 MGM musical film featuring Frank Loesser's score. Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine, Stubby Kaye.

Hundred Feet Tall
(Simon & Schuster for Young Readers - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Second children's book by Benjamin Scheuer (The Lion) with his wife Jemima Williams as illustrator. Scheuer says "Yes, there will be a song that goes with it." 40 pages.

I Love My Wife: Backers' Audition
(Harbinger Records - new on CD/mp3/iTunes )
Score by Cy Coleman and Michael Stewart. Part of Harbinger Records' Broadway Backers Auditions series. Coleman and Stewart play the score and narrate the story. Also performing are Laurie Beechman and Austin Pendleton. The recording was made to send out to potential backers to entice them to invest in the show to open at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on April 17, 1977, running for 857 performances. Bonus tracks from the demo recordings of two other Cy Coleman shows, Atlantic City, with lyrics by Christopher Gore, and Home Again, with lyrics by Barbara Fried. "Introduction," Introduction to "We're Still Friends," "We're Still Friends," Introduction to "Monica," "Monica," Introduction to "A Mover's Life," "A Mover's Life," Introduction to "By Threes," "By Threes," Introduction to "Love Revolution," "Love Revolution," Introduction to "Someone Wonderful I Missed," "Someone Wonderful I Missed," Introduction to "Sexually Free," "Sexually Free," "Hey There, Good Times," Introduction to "Lovers on Christmas Eve," "Lovers on Christmas Eve," Introduction to "The Blessing," "The Blessing," Introduction to "Everybody Today Is Turning On," "Everybody Today Is Turning On," Introduction to "Married Couple," "Married Couple," Introduction to Reprises, "By Threes (reprise) / Someone Wonderful I Missed (reprise) / A Mover's Life (reprise) / Sexually Free (reprise) / Married Couple (reprise)," Introduction to "I Love My Wife," "I Love My Wife." Bonus Tracks: "When Jill Is Gone, "I Really Love You," "All for Love," "Wedding Song," "When It Comes to Loving." The 12-page booklet includes liner notes by Coleman biographer Andy Propst and photos from the original Broadway production. If you purchase this CD on Amazon and send a copy of your purchase order with the subject line "Free ILMW Download" to hannah@musicaltheaterproject.org, you will receive a link to download the album ahead of the official release date.

Illyria
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Richard Nelson about Joe Papp. Played the Public Theater in 2017. 96 pages.

Janet Dacal: My Standards
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Debut album from actor/singer Janet Dacal (The Band's Visit tour, Prince of Broadway). "It Don't Mean A Thing," "Orange Colored Sky" (with Olivia C. Dacal), "Be True to Me," "My Funny Valentine," "L-O-V-E," "Fever," "Tenderly," "Moondance" (with Javier Muñoz), "Begin the Beguine," "I Got Rhythm," "Sabor a Mí." Digital album on mp3 and at iTunes released 2/7/20.

Judgment Day
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Christopher Shinn's adaptation of the classic play by Ödön von Horváth. Premiered at the Park Avenue Armory in New York in December 2019. 64 pages. Released 12/26/19. Kindle Edition to be released March 5, 2020.

Listen: Anya Turner & Robert Grusecki
(new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
The vocal-piano duo's new collection of pop-art songs, a musical mix of all things personal, social and political. "Anonymous," "#MeToo," "Soon This Will All Be Over," "My Chosen Family," "Listen."

Marvin: Based on The Way I Was by Marvin Hamlisch
(Schiffer Kids - Paperback Book)
Graphic novel adaptation of the biography of renowned musician, composer, and conductor Marvin Hamlisch. Deals with his childhood and adolescent years up to his first big successes; and includes his family's flight from Nazi-occupied Austria and their immigration to the United States. For readers ages 8 to 12 to fans of music and broadway musicals, American history, and fans of graphic novels. Features scenes with Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Christopher Walken and many other interesting characters that Marvin Hamlisch grew up, studied and worked with in his career. [Appears to be available ahead of its official release date.]

Morgan James: Memphis Magnetic
(Hedonist Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Actress-singer Morgan James (Motown The Musical, Godspell, Wonderland) newest album. "Give You Up," "All I Ever Gave You," "Better Me," "I Don't Mind Waking Up (To A Love This Good)," "You Won't Let Me," "No Love, No Life," "Love Ain't Worth Living," "You Know My Name," "Burden," "I Wish You Would," "The Lark," "Who's Gonna Listen To You (When You're Crying Now)." Released 2/7/20.

"Up" from Sing Street OBC
(Masterworks Broadway - new single on mp3/at Itunes)
Single from upcoming original Broadway cast album. Score by Gary Clark and John Carney. Cast includes Max Bartos, Brendan C. Callahan, Billy Carter, Zara Devlin, Gus Halper, Jakeim Hart, Martin Moran, Anne L. Nathan, Johnny Newcomb, Brenock O’Connor, Gian Perez, Sam Poon, Skyler Volpe, Amy Warren, Anthony Genovesi. Full album to be released digitally on March 26. CD format to be released April 17.


February 18, 2020

44 poems for you
(Copper Canyon Press - Paperback Book)
By playwright Sarah Ruhl. 80 pages.

Gone with the Wind 1972 OLC
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Score by Harold Rome. June Ritchie as Scarlett O'Hara and Harve Presnell as Rhett Butler. mastered from the original album masters housed at EMI in the UK. Limited release of 300 copies. Will ship by the third week of February. At Kritzerland.com.

Promises, Promises 1969 OLC
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Score by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Starring Anthony Roberts, Betty Buckley, and Jack Kruschen. Mastered from the two-track album masters, which were in pristine condition. Songs put back into show order. Limited release of 300 copies. Will ship by the third week of February. At Kritzerland.com.

What the Constitution Means to Me (TCG Edition) Kindle Edition
(Theatre Communications Group - Kindle Edition)
Broadway play by Heidi Schreck. 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist. 96 pages.


February 24, 2020

A Very Expensive Poison
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Lucy Prebble, based on the book by Luke Harding. Premiered in 2019 at The Old Vic. 128 pages.


February 25, 2020

Frozen II
(Disney - Blu-ray/DVD/4K)
Voices include Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Rachel Matthews, Sterling K. Brown. Songs by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Musical score by Christophe Beck. Directed by Chris Buck Jennifer Lee. 120 minutes.

Norma Jeane Baker of Troy
(New Directions - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Anne Carson that reconsiders the stories of two iconic women—Marilyn Monroe and Helen of Troy—from their point of view. Premiered at The Shed in 2019. 64 pages.


February 28, 2020

Annie OLC
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
CD debut of the 1978 original London cast recording of this score by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin. Digitally remastered from the studio master tapes. Ann-Marie Gwatkin (who alternated on stage with Andrea McArdle), Sheila Hancock, Stratford Johns, Kenneth Nelson, Judith Paris, Matt Zimmerman. "Maybe," "The Hard-Knock Life," "Tomorrow," "We'd Like to Thank You Herbert Hoover," "Little Girls," "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here," "N.Y.C- Stratford Johns, Judith Paris, Ann-Marie Gwatkin, Chorus," "Easy Street," "You Won't Be An Orphan for Long," "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile," "Tomorrow (Reprise)," "Something Was Missing," "I Don't Need Anything But You," "Annie," "A New Deal for Christmas." Part of Stage Door's Cast Album Masters Series. Also at StageDoorRecords.com.

Emojiland The Musical digital
(Broadway Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Off-Broadway show score written by Keith Harrison and Laura Schein. Original cast includes Lesli Margherita, Josh Lamon, Lucas Steele, Ann Harada, George Abud, Laura Schein, Felicia Boswell, Natalie Weiss, Max Crumm, Jacob Dickey, Dwelvan David, Heather Makalani, Tanisha Moore, Jordan Fife Hunt. "Overture," "It's Just So Great to Be Alive," "Sad on the Inside," "Princess Is a Bitch," "The Progress Bar," "Zeros & Ones," "Cross My Bones," "New Crown in Town," "Work Together," "Stand for," "Thank Me Now," "Entr'acte," "Firewall Ball," "Pile of Poo," "Virus," "A Thousand More Words," "Anyway," "Start Again," "It's Just So Great to Be Alive (Reprise)." CD format to be released 3/13/20.

James Taylor: American Standard
(Fantasy - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
James Taylor album of songs he recalls listening to in his youth. With Jimmy Johnson, Steve Gadd, Luis Conte, Larry Goldings, Lou Marini, Walt Fowler, and Kate Markowitz, Caroline Taylor, Andrea Zonn, Dorian Holley and Arnold McCuller. "My Blue Heaven," "Moon River," "Teach Me Tonight," "As Easy As Rolling Off A Log," "Almost Like Being In Love," "Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat," "The Nearness Of You," "You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught," "God Bless The Child," "Pennies From Heaven," "My Heart Stood Still," "Ol' Man River," "It's Only A Paper Moon," "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top." Produced by Dave O’Donnell, John Pizzarelli and James Taylor.

Platinum Girls - The Musical
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Original concept album for musical written by Andrew Beall, Russell Moss and Brad Zumwalt. Beth Leavel, Debbie Gravitte, and Brenda Braxton. "Overture," "If I Only Knew," "I've Been Here Before," "The Big Break," "Baby," "High Heel Tango," "Grapefruit Twist," "We've Been Here Before," "Finale." Also at BroadwayRecords.com.


March 2, 2020

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.


March 3, 2020

Sondheim: Lyrics (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets Series)
(Everyman's Library - Hardcover Book)
Editors Peter Gethers and Russell Perreault. selection of the most memorable and beloved lyrics of Stephen Sondheim. Includes a selection of lyrics from across his career, drawn from shows including West Side Story, Gypsy, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, and more. From the introduction by Peter Gethers: "Working with Stephen was a pleasure and an education. The process was largely my asking questions that he usually answered, my making comments that he usually told me were wrong, and my arguing that he was too hard on his own lyrics and that his self criticisms weren’t correct, arguments I won on a few occasions." 224 pages.


March 5, 2020

Judgment Day
(Methuen Drama - Kindle Edition)
Christopher Shinn's adaptation of the classic play by Ödön von Horváth. Premiered at the Park Avenue Armory in New York in December 2019. 64 pages. Paperback version released 12/26/19.


March 6, 2020

Disney Dreamin' with Matthew Morrison
(Walt Disney Records - new on CD)
Singer-actor Matthew Morrison sings classic Disney songs. "Friend Like Me," "Go the Distance" (available now), "You've Got a Friend in Me," "A Whole New World," "When I See an Elephant Fly," "The Second Star to the Right," "A Dream Is a Wish a Heart Makes," "You'll Be in My Heart," "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah / The Bare Necessities."


March 7, 2020

Kenneth Tynan Profiles (Kindle edition)
(Nick Hern Books - Kindle Edition)
Collection of English theatre critic and writer Kenneth Tynan's star-studded profiles, selected and edited by his widow and biographer, Kathleen Tynan, with a foreword by Simon Callow. First published in 1990.

Pinter in the TheatrePinter in the Theatre Kindle Edition
(Nick Hern Books - Kindle Edition)
Kindle version of 2006 book by Ian Smith. Focuses on Pinter's theatre work - through six interviews with Pinter, 1960 to 1996, and with eight actors and directors who have worked with him (Katie Mitchell, Sam Mendes, Barry Foster, Susan Engel, Roger Lloyd Pack, Roger Davidson, Douglas Hodge and Harry Burton). Also included is an interview with Peter Hall. Released earlier in hardcover and paperback format.


March 10, 2020

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

FuturityFuturity
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
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.

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


March 11, 2020

Playwrights on Television: Conversations with Dramatists
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Hillary Miller. Eighteen dramatists consider their professional paths and creative choices, from training and education to thoughts on craft and technique, and discuss a range of issues relevant to the development of dramatic writing today. Tanya Barfield, Jocelyn Bioh, Sheila Callaghan, Kristoffer Diaz, Bash Doran, Laura Eason, Madeleine George, Jason Grote, Jordan Harrison, David Henry Hwang, MJ Kaufman, Itamar Moses, Janine Nabers, Christopher Oscar Peña, Adam Rapp, Tanya Saracho, Diana Son, Tracey Scott Wilson. 18 black and white illustrations. 286 pages.


March 12, 2020

Women Writing and Directing in the USA: A Stage of Our Own
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Kiara Pipino. Features interviews with some of the most successful theatre artists currently working on and off Broadway and beyond. The interviews explore a wide range of themes, including if and how the artists' female perspective influenced their art, the social and cultural significance of their work, and how theatre and women working in theatre can participate in awakening greater social awareness. Interview subjects include Young Jean Lee, Pam MacKinnon, Dominique Morisseau, Rachel Chavkin, and Martyna Majok. 15 black and white illustrations. 224 pages.


March 13, 2020

Celebration OBC
(Harbinger Records - new on CD)
Deluxe remastered edition of the 1969 Broadway cast recording of Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones' score. Ted Thurston, Susan Watson, Keith Charles, Michael Glenn-Smith. "Celebration," "Orphan In The Storm," "Survive," "Somebody," "Bored," "My Garden," "Where Did It Go?," "Love Song," "I'm Glad To See You've Got What You Want," "It's You Who Makes Me Young," "Not My Problem," "Fifty Million Years Ago," "Under The Tree," "Winter And Summer," "Celebration." Booklet includes new liner notes by Tom Jones, notes by Susan Watson and Michael Glenn-Smith, and never-before-seen photos from the production.

Emojiland The Musical
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Off-Broadway show score written by Keith Harrison and Laura Schein. Original cast includes Lesli Margherita, Josh Lamon, Lucas Steele, Ann Harada, George Abud, Laura Schein, Felicia Boswell, Natalie Weiss, Max Crumm, Jacob Dickey, Dwelvan David, Heather Makalani, Tanisha Moore, Jordan Fife Hunt. "Overture," "It's Just So Great to Be Alive," "Sad on the Inside," "Princess Is a Bitch," "The Progress Bar," "Zeros & Ones," "Cross My Bones," "New Crown in Town," "Work Together," "Stand for," "Thank Me Now," "Entr'acte," "Firewall Ball," "Pile of Poo," "Virus," "A Thousand More Words," "Anyway," "Start Again," "It's Just So Great to Be Alive (Reprise)." Also at BroadwayRecords.com.


March 15, 2020

Humana Festival 2018: The Complete Plays
(Limelight Editions - Paperback Book)
Amy Wegener and Jenni Page-White, editors. All six scripts from the 42nd annual cycle of world premieres at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville: Do You Feel Anger? by Mara Nelson-Greenberg, Evocation to Visible Appearance by Mark Schultz, we, the invisibles by Susan Soon He Stanton, Marginal Loss by Deborah Stein, God Said This by Leah Nanako Winkler, and You Across from Me, a collaboratively written play by four writers—Jaclyn Backhaus, Dipika Guha, Brian Otaño, and Jason Gray Platt.


March 17, 2020

You Will Be Found
(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Illustrated edition of the "You Will Be Found" (Dear Evan Hansen) for anyone on the edge of a new chapter in life. 64 pages.


March 20, 2020

Mary Bridget Davies: Stay With Me - The Reimagined Songs of Jerry Ragovoy
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Mary Bridget Davis (A Night With Janis Joplin) tribute to American songwriter Jordan "Jerry" Ragovoy. Some previously unreleased Jerry Ragovoy songs including "The Right of Way" and "Master of Disguise," and new arrangements of classics such as "Stay With Me," :As Long as I Have You" and "Move Me No Mountain." Produced by TJ Armand. Jointly released by Broadway Records, 1650 Records, and LOML Records. Currently at BroadwayRecords.com.


March 23, 2020

Staging Sex: Best Practices, Tools, and Techniques for Theatrical Intimacy
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By intimacy choreographer and movement specialist Chelsea Pace. Takes theatre practitioners step-by-step through the best practices, tools, and techniques for crafting effective theatrical intimacy.


March 26, 2020

Sing Street OBC
(Masterworks Broadway - new digital album on mp3/at Itunes)
Score by Gary Clark and John Carney. Cast includes Max Bartos, Brendan C. Callahan, Billy Carter, Zara Devlin, Gus Halper, Jakeim Hart, Martin Moran, Anne L. Nathan, Johnny Newcomb, Brenock O’Connor, Gian Perez, Sam Poon, Skyler Volpe, Amy Warren, Anthony Genovesi. "Just Can't Get Enough," "Riddle of the Model," "Up," "A Beautiful Sea," "Girls," "Faith of Our Fathers," "Dream for You," "Drive It Like You Stole It," "Up (Down Version)," "Brown Shoes," "To Find You," "Go Now." CD format to be released 4/17.


March 27, 2020 Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Original cast recording of show created by Andrew R. Butler that premiered at Ars Nova in 2018. Rick Burkhardt, Andrew R. Butler, Tony Jarvis, Jessie Linden, Stacey Sargeant and Debbie Christine Tjong. Orchestrations, arrangements and additional music by Rick Burkhardt, Andrew R. Butler, Jessie Linden, Tony Jarvis, Maya Sharpe, Madeline Smith, and Debbie Christine Tjong. Produced by David Treatman and Tony Maimone. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.


March 31, 2020

Almost, Maine: A Novel
(Feiwel & Friends - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By John Cariani. Based on Cariani's play by the same name. 352 pages.

Misty Copeland
(Rizzoli Universe - Hardcover Book)
The first authorized photographic tribute to American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland. Unique and evocative artful color photographs by photographer Gregg Delman. Foreword by Misty Copeland. 144 pages.

Show Boat
(Criterion Collection - new on Blu-ray/DVD)
1936 film based on the musical. Score by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. Book by Hammerstein. Directed by James Whale. New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the blu-ray. Audio commentary from 1989 featuring Miles Kreuger; new interview with James Whale biographer James Curtis; Recognizing Race in "Show Boat," a new interview program featuring professor and author Shana L. Redmond; Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist (1979), an Academy Award–winning short documentary by Saul J. Turell, newly restored; two performances from the sound prologue of the 1929 film version of Show Boat, plus twenty minutes of silent excerpts from the film, with audio commentary by Kreuger; two radio adaptations of Show Boat, featuring stage and screen cast members Allan Jones, Helen Morgan, Charles Winninger, plus actor Orson Welles and novelist Edna Ferber; essay by critic Gary Giddins.


April 1, 2020

Joe Turner (Fourth Wall)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.

M is for MAMA (and also Merlot): A Modern Mom's ABCs
(Peter Pauper Press - Hardcover Book)
By Laura Benanti. Illustrated by Helene Weston. A board book for moms. This irreverent board book provides laughter, reassurance, confidence, honesty, and perhaps even a moment of relaxation for expectant, new, and not-so-new moms. 28 pages.


April 3, 2020

Anything Can Happen in the Theater: The Musical World of Maury Yeston
(PS Classics - new on CD)
Music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. Directed and conceived by Gerard Alessandrini. 2019 York Theatre cast: Benjamin Eakeley, Jovan E'Sean, Alex Getlin, Justin Keyes, and Mamie Parris. Album produced by Bart Migal with musical direction by Greg Jarrett. Orchestrations for the album by Doug Besterman for an eight-piece band. Recorded December 23, 2019.

Lost Broadway 1960: Broadway's Forgotten & Obscure Musicals
(Stage Door Records - new on 2 import CDs)
Latest in this series. 53 tracks, including 25 on CD for the first time. One complete disc of OBC recordings and one disc of covers and rarities. Musicals represented are Greenwillow, Christine, Tenderloin, Wildcat, Do Re Mi, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and (play with music) Send Me No Flowers. Plus songs from the revue Vintage '60 (performed by original cast member Fay DeWitt) and the complete studio recording of Bud Freeman and Leon Pober's musical Beg, Borrow or Steal (originally titled Clara) starring Betty Garrett. Track list at Amazon.


April 7, 2020

The First Oscar Hammerstein and New York's Golden Age of Theater and Music
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
by Adolph S. Tomars. Biography, from an unfinished manuscript by the son of one of his stage managers, recounts the spirited heyday of Hammerstein's daring and masterful productions, his often tempestuous relationships with both rivals and associates, and the birth of Broadway. 277 pages.

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

Hamilton: Portraits of the Revolution: Photographs from "The Room Where it Happened"
(Rizzoli - Hardcover Book)
By Josh Lehrer. Introduction by Thomas Kail. Foreword by Lin Manuel-Miranda. Photographer Josh Lehrer's up-close-and-personal document of the evolution, and revolution, that is Hamilton: An American Musical. More than 100 portraits of the original cast, along with personal commentary by the cast about Hamilton, their experiences, and the show's impact on them and the world. Contributions by creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and director Thomas Kail, as well as a curated collection of ephemera and original writings from the historical figures who served as the inspiration for their stage characters. 208 pages.

School Girls or the African Mean Girls PlaySchool Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play
(Oberon Books - Paperback Book)
Play by Jocelyn Bioh. MCC PlayLab Series 2017. 72 pages.

Sing and Shout: The Mighty Voice of Paul Robeson
(Calkins Creek - Hardcover Book)
By Susan Goldman Rubin. Comprehensive biography explores the tumultuous and passionate life of activist, singer, and actor Paul Robeson. Includes an author's note, resources, source notes, index, and a preface by author Harry Belafonte. 288 pages.


April 14, 2020

Song of Norway
(Kino Lorber - new Blu-Ray/DVD)
1970 musical film based on the operetta about Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Brand new 2K master. Directed by Andrew L. Stone. Toralv Maurstad, Florence Henderson, Christina Schollin, Edward G. Robinsonm, Robert Morley, and Oskar Homolka. Music by Edvard Grieg, Robert Wright, George Forrest. Blu-ray special features: Brand new 2K master; new audio commentary by film historian/author Lee Gambin and film historian/author John Harrison; 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Audio; optional English subtitles; dual-layered BD50 disc; trailers.


April 17, 2020

Sing Street OBC
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD)
Score by Gary Clark and John Carney. Cast includes Max Bartos, Brendan C. Callahan, Billy Carter, Zara Devlin, Gus Halper, Jakeim Hart, Martin Moran, Anne L. Nathan, Johnny Newcomb, Brenock O’Connor, Gian Perez, Sam Poon, Skyler Volpe, Amy Warren, Anthony Genovesi. "Just Can't Get Enough," "Riddle of the Model," "Up," "A Beautiful Sea," "Girls," "Faith of Our Fathers," "Dream for You," "Drive It Like You Stole It," "Up (Down Version)," "Brown Shoes," "To Find You," "Go Now." mp3 and Itunes release 3/26/20.


April 21, 2020

If I Forget and Other Plays
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Plays by Steven Levenson (Dear Evan Hansen). Includes If I Forget, The Language of Trees and The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin. 280 pages.

Mlima's Tale
(TCG - new paperback book)
Play by Lynn Nottage. 96 pages.

The Thanksgiving Play / What Would Crazy Horse Do?
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Plays by Larissa FastHorse. 160 pages.

White Noise
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Suzan-Lori Parks. Produced at Public Theatre in 2019. 128 pages.


May 1, 2020

Pal Joey: The History of a Heel (Broadway Legacies)
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Julianne Lindberg. Through an archive-driven investigation of the musical Pal Joey and its music, author Lindberg offers insight into the historical moment during which Joey was born, and to the process of genre classification, canon formation, and the ensuing critical debates related to musical and theatrical maturity. More broadly, the book argues that the critique and commentary on class and gender conventions in Pal Joey reveals a uniquely American concern over status, class mobility, and progressive gender roles in the pre-war era. 288 pages.

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


May 5, 2020

This Is Not My Memoir
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
By André Gregory and Todd London. The audible audiobook version is narrated by André Gregory. Tells the life story of André Gregory, iconic theatre director, writer, and actor. Gregory shares memories from a life lived for art, including stories from the making of My Dinner with André. Includes fantastic and fantastical stories that take the reader from wartime Paris to golden-age Hollywood, from avant-garde theaters to monasteries in India. Along the way we meet Jerzy Grotowski, Helene Weigel, Gregory Peck, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, Wallace Shawn, and many other larger-than-life personalities. A collaboration between Gregory and Todd London. 224 pages.


May 15, 2020

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 3
(UMe - new on CD/vinyl)
From the Amazon series. Performers: Darius de Haas (as Shy Baldwin), Blossom Dearie, Julie London & Gregory Porter, Sons Of The Pioneers, Louis Prima, Pedrito Martinez, Peggy Lee, Gene Kelly & Debbie Reynolds & Donald O'Connor, Helen Merrill, Kay Starr, The Silver Belles, Doris Day & Paul Weston & His Music from Hollywood, Nina Simone. "One Less Angel," "Manhattan," "Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)," "The Everlasting Hills of Oklahoma," "Pennies From Heaven (Remastered)," "Loco Amor," "Till There Was You (Remastered)," "Good Morning," "Anything Goes," "On a Slow Boat to China," "Bottle of Pop," "Dream a Little Dream of Me," "Feeling Good," "Love Is Here to Stay," "No One Has to Know." Digital version released 12/13/19 on mp3 and at iTunes.


May 19, 2020

Lewiston / Clarkston
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Two interrelated plays by Samuel D. Hunter.


May 26, 2020

Merrily We Roll AlongMerrily We Roll Along (TCG Edition)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Stephen Sondheim and George Furth musical, published again after over 20 years out of print. 120 pages.

What the Constitution Means to Me (TCG Edition)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Broadway play by Heidi Schreck. 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist. 96 pages. Kindle Edition released earlier.


June 23, 2020

Hillary and Clinton (TCG Edition)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
2019 Broadway play by Lucas Hnath. 120 pages.


July 31, 2020

It Happened in Key West
( - new on CD)
Jill Santoriello score. Concept recording.


October 13, 2020

The Minutes
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Tracy Letts. Debuted at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago in November 2017. Finalist for 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. 96 pages.


October 15, 2020

Phantom Behind the ScenesThe Phantom of the Opera: Behind the Scenes at the Palais Garnier
(Applause Books - Hardcover Book)
Foreword by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Official insight into the creation of The Phantom of the Opera and a look at the characters, stories, and places therein. Also includes elements from Love Never Dies, including photographs of sets, lyrics, costumes, and music. 192 pages.


October 20, 2020


No release date set

Amélie
(new album)
Score by Daniel Messé (music and lyrics) and Nathan Tysen (lyrics). U.K. production starring Audrey Brisson.

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.

Broadway Bounty Hunter
(Ghostlight Records - new album)
Original cast album of score by Joe Iconis. Cast includes Annie Golden, Alan H. Green, Brad Oscar, Emily Borromeo, Shiro Jin; Badia Farha, Jasmine Forsberg, Omar Garibay, Jared Joseph, Christina Sajous. Album Joe Iconis and Charlie Rosen, and co-produced by Geoffrey Ko and Ian Kagey, with Jennifer Ashley Tepper serving as executive producer. To be released later this season.

Charlie Rosen's Broadway Big Band
(new double album)
First recording from this band, which "puts both modern and classic showtunes on display, sung by the best and brightest of Broadway's young generation of leading performers, in the timeless tradition of Big Band. A full sized Jazz orchestra composed of 17 musicians play Rosen's re-imagined arrangements of an eclectic mix of tunes from Broadway's past, present, and beyond."

Complete Lyrics of Sheldon Harnick
(new book)

Cynthia Erivo studio album
(Verve Records)
Expected in 2019.

Harbinger Records 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;

Larry Kramer authorized biography
(Henry Holt & Co. - new book)
By Bill Goldstein. To include interviews with Kramer and his husband David Webster, along with friends, colleagues, and "foes" plus material from Kramer's archives at Yale University.

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.

Robbie Rozelle: Songs from Inside My Locker
(Broadway Records - new album)
To be recorded February 23 and March 1, 2019 at Feinstein's/54 Below. Written by Robbie Rozelle. Musical direction and arrangements by Josh D. Smith. Six-piece band The Two Drink Minimum. Special guests include Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels) and Maya Days (Aida).

Sea Wall/A Life
(Audible audiobook)
2019 Broadway plays by Simon Stephens and Nick Payne. Starring Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Smile
(new book)
Playwright Sarah Ruhl's pen memoir about life with Bell's Palsy.

Soft Power
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Original cast recording of Jeanine Tesori/David Henry Hwang score. Billy Bustamante, Jon Hoche, Kendyl Ito, Francis Jue, Austin Ku, Raymond J. Lee, Alyse Alan Louis, Jaygee Macapugay, Daniel May, Paul HeeSang Miller, Kristen Faith Oei, Geena Quintos, Conrad Ricamora, Trevor Salter, Kyra Smith, Emily Stillings, Emily Trumble, John Yi. Spring 2020.

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