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Schedule of New & Upcoming CD, DVD & Book Releases

Updated 2/20/24

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The Gospel According to Heather
(JAY Records - new digital album)
2023 Off-Broadway cast recording of score by Paul Gordon. Cast includes Lauren Elder, Badia Farha, Maria Habeeb, Jeremy Kushnier, Maya Lagerstam, Zach Rand, Katey Sagal, Carson Stewart, Brittany Nicole Williams, and Wayne Wilson. "My Name Is Heather Krebs," "The Weight of My Burden," "Wait," "Risen," "Conventional," "Don't Go Spreading Rumours," "The Healing," "Reckoning," "St Heather," "Just a GirlBreaking News," "She Has on Sneakers," "Up All Night," "Spread a Little Light," "Don't Tell Mom," "My Name is Heather Kreb (Reprise)," "Penny In My Pocket," "Raise Your Hand," "Raise Your Hand (reprise)." Produced by John Yap. Released 2/16/24.

February 23, 2024

Natalie Douglas: Back to the Garden
(Club44 - new on CD/digital)
"Begin the Beguine," "The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face," "Woodstock," "Let It Be Me," "Who," "Trust In Me," "Love Is the Power That Heals Me," "Work Song," "You'll Never Know," "He Lives in a World of His Own," "True Colors."

Whisper Darkly
(TBI Music Group - new album )
Concept album for "immersive electro-swing musical" score by Andrew Gerle (the book is by DJ Salisbury). Cast includes Kayla Davion, Claybourne Elder, Keri René Fuller, Alli Mauzey, Aléna Watters. "We Make the Night," "The Top Dog Strut," "Who's Evie Now?," "Run in the Rain," "Love in the Shadows," "Too Much Fun Fun," "Jazz Age Johnny," "Paris Says Yes," "The Go Easy Tango," "Black Widow's Kiss," "Things I Didn't Know / Keep Your Secrets," "The Spouse of Ill Repute," "Fallen Angels," "This Is Not My Song," "We Make the Night Finale." Accompanied by jazz band: Sara Caswell (violin), Josh Roberts (drums), Alphonso Horne (trumpet), and Roberto Gervasi (accordion). Preview dance mix "Too Much Fun" to be available January 17. Produced by Andrew Gerle and PiSk (Roberto Costa). 15 tracks.

February 26, 2024

The Prince of Egypt: The Musical
(Dazzler Media/Universal Pictures - new Blu-ray/PAL DVD)
Stage musical based on the 1998 animated film. Original London cast. Score by Stephen Schwartz; book by Philip LaZebnik. Filmed live at the Dominion Theatre in London. Choreography by Sean Cheesman. Set designs by Kevin Depinet. Costume designs by Ann Hould-Ward. Lighting design by Mike Billings. Sound design by Gareth Owen. Shown in cinemas in 2023 and is now streaming. 2 hours and 24 minutes. Currently streaming on BroadwayHD.

March 1, 2024

Merrily We Roll Along
(Masterworks Broadway - new 2-disc vinyl)
2023 Broadway revival cast recording of Score by Stephen Sondheim (book by George Furth). Jonathan Groff, Lindsay Mendez, and Daniel Radcliffe with Krystal Joy Brown, Katie Rose Clarke, and Reg Rogers. "Overture," "Merrily We Roll Along," "That Frank," "First Transition," "Old Friends -- Like It Was," "Franklin Shepard, Inc.," "Second Transition," "Old Friends," "Growing Up," "Third Transition," "Not a Day Goes By," "Not a Day Goes By," "Now You Know," "Gussie's Opening Number," "It's a Hit!," "Fourth Transition," "The Blob - Part I," "Growing Up," "Good Thing Going," "The Blob - Part II," "Fifth Transition," "Bobby and Jackie and Jack," "Not a Day Goes By," "Sixth Transition," "Opening Doors," "Seventh Transition," "Our Time." Barnes and Noble exclusive.

Sweeney Todd 2023 revival cast
(Reprise Records - new on 3-LP disc box set)
Score by Stephen Sondheim. Josh Groban, Annaleigh Ashford, Jordan Fisher, Gaten Matarazzo, Ruthie Ann Miles, Maria Bilbao, Jamie Jackson, John Rapson, Nicholas Christopher And Jeanna De Waal."Prelude," "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd," "No Place Like London," "The Barber and His Wife," "The Worst Pies in London," "Poor Thing," "My Friends," "Green Finch and Linnet Bird," "Ah, Miss," "Johanna," "Pirelli's Miracle Elixir," "The Contest," "Wait," "Kiss Me (Pt. 1)," "Ladies in Their Sensitivities," "Kiss Me (Pt. 2)," "Pretty Women (Pt. 1)," "Pretty Women (Pt. 2)," "Epiphany," "A Little Priest," "God, That's Good!," "Johanna (Act 2 Sequence)," "By the Sea," "The Letter," "Not While I'm Around," "Parlor Song," "City on Fire!," "Searching," "The Judge's Return," "Final Scene," "The Barber and His Wife (Reprise)," "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd (Finale)" Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. Music supervision by Alex Lacamoire. 40-page booklet with full libretto, production photos, and an essay by Peter Marks. Digital and CD released earlier.

March 5, 2024

Letters from an Actor: Anniversary Edition
(Applause - revised edition in Paperback)
By William Redfield. Foreword by Sam Mendes. Afterword by Adam Redfield. William Redfield's (Guildenstern) series of letters describing the daily happenings and his impressions of them during the three months of preparation for the 1964 Hamlet, from rehearsals through out-of-town tryouts to the gala opening night on Broadway. New edition brings Redfield's classic back into print, as The Motive and the Cue, the Sam Mendes-directed play about the Gielgud production that is based in part on the book, continues its run in the West End. 264 pages.

March 22, 2024

Edith Piaf, Je Vous Aime
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
Part of Stage Door Records' Cast Album Masters Series. Musical revue devised by Canadian performer Libby Morris, based around the songs of Piaf, specially adapted into English by American lyricist and poet Fran Landesman (with additional lyrics by Peter Reeves and Ronnie Bridges). Opened at London's King's Head Theatre in February 1977. Starring, with Morris, Maureen Scott, Peter Reeves, and Clifton Todd. 37 songs were recorded in April 1977 and produced by Norman Newell. Released as a 2LP set. Limited release of 500 copies.

Rosie the Musical
(Absolute Label - new on CD [import])
Studio cast recording of score by Chris Broom. Cast includes Desmonda Cathabel, Lucy Thomas, Will Callan, Nora Thomas. The show follows Rosie Boot, a convent-educated Irish girl who joins the chorus line at London's Gaiety Theatre in the Strand at the turn of the last century.

March 26, 2024

PRISM Quartet: Heritage/Evolution Vol. 3
(XAS Records - new album)
Saxophone quartet Timothy McAllister (soprano), Zachary Shemon (alto), Matthew Levy (tenor), Taimur Sullivan (baritone). With Melissa Aldana, Tim Ries, Terell Stafford, Miguel Zenón. "Send in the Clowns," "Found," "Favor," "Reflections," "Resumen de Otoño," "El Atardecer," "Una Carta de Amor," "Con La Primavera," "Un Breve Amor."

March 29, 2024

Tom Ball: Curtain Call
(Westway Music - new album)
Debut album from former Britain's Got Talent and America's Got Talent star Tom Ball. To feature songs from stage and screen and some new original songs written exclusively for the album.

April 2, 2024

Broadway Melody
(Benzinger & Frank - new Kindle Edition)
Novel by Jack Viertel. "A show business romance crossing 7000 miles and 70 years..."

April 5, 2024

To Repair the World: Zelda Fichandler and the Transformation of American Theater
(Routledge - Hardcover/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Mary B. Robinson. Biography in the form of an oral history about Zelda Fichandler, whose founding of Arena Stage in Washington, DC in 1950 shifted live professional theater away from Broadway and inspired the creation of non-profit theaters around the country. Dianne Wiest, James Earl Jones, Stacy Keach, and Jane Alexander, among many others, share their memories of this intrepid pioneering woman during Arena Stage’s early years. Fichandler was Head of New York University’s Graduate Acting Program for 25 years. 368 pages.

April 12, 2024

Days of Wine and Roses
(Nonesuch - new on CD)
Original Off-Broadway (and Broadway) cast recording of score by Adam Guettel (book by Craig Lucas). Sharon Catherine Brown, Bill English, Olivia Hernandez, Brian d'Arcy James, Byron Jennings, David Jennings, Ted Koch, Ella Dane Morgan, Kelli O'Hara. "There Go I," "Evanesce," "Sammen I Himmeln," "As The Water Loves The Stone," "Are You Blue," "Underdeath," "First Breath," "435," "Morton Salt Girl," "Forgiveness," "Turlycue," "Forgiveness (Reprise)," "Lila Hangs The Moon," "There Go I (Reprise)." Recorded week of 7/24/23. Digital released 12/15/23.

April 16, 2024

(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback book/Kindle)
Play by Lynn Nottage. 96 pages.

Plays for the Plague Year
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Collection of plays by Suzan-Lori Parks. Presented at Public Theater in 2023. 112 pages.

The Tony Awards: A Celebration of Excellence in Theatre
(Black Dog & Leventhal - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Coffee table book by Eila Mell and The American Theatre Wing. Foreword by Audra McDonald. Commemorating over 75 years of Broadway greatness with never-before told stories, rare photos from the American Theatre Wing'a archives, and more than 100 interviews with past and present Tony winners, including actors, producers, writers, and costume designers. 400+ color and black-and-white photographs. 320 pages.

April 18, 2024

Song of the Season: Outstanding Broadway Songs since 1891
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Thomas Hischak. Charts the progress of American showtunes alongside popular music forms as songs evolved from the waltz and ragtime to jazz, rock, rap and hip-hop. Factual analysis and historical context combine to offer a rich picture of the American songbook from Irving Berlin to Elton John. 440 pages.

April 19, 2024

Stephen Schwartz Collection
(Westway Music - new on deluxe CD/vinyl)
With West End performers. Conceived and produced by Rhydian Roberts and Stephen Schwartz.

April 23, 2024

Playhouse Square and the Cleveland Renaissance
(The Kent State Univ Press - Paperback Book)
By John Vacha. In-depth account of Cleveland's Playhouse Square (originally the State, Ohio, Hanna, Allen, and Palace theaters) history, beginning with the 1921 opening, through the darkening of four of their marquees by the end of the 1960s, the renovation and renaissance from the 1970s, and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Illustrated and featuring interviews with the central figures involved in saving the Square. 240 pages.

Shakespeare: The Man Who Pays the Rent
(St. Martin's Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
By Judi Dench and Brendan O'Hea. Judi Dench opens up about every Shakespearean role she has played throughout her seven-decade career in a series of intimate conversations with actor and director Brendan O'Hea. Interspersed with vignettes on audiences, critics, company spirit and rehearsal room etiquette, she serves up priceless revelations on everything from the craft of speaking in verse to her personal interpretations of some of Shakespeare's most famous scenes. Previously released in paperback.

April 25, 2024

The Great Gatsby: The 1926 Broadway Script
(Cambridge Univ Press - new Hardcover Book)
James L. W. West III and Anne Margaret Daniel, editors. Script for Owen Davis' adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. The show played the Ambassador Theatre in 1926. Photographs of the original sets and actors, reviews. 150 pages.

April 30, 2024

Becky Nurse of Salem: A Contemporary Comedy About a Historical Tragedy
(Theatre Communications Group - new Paperback Book)
Play by Sarah Ruhl. Played at Lincoln Center Theater in the fall of 2022. 112 pages.

May 6, 2024

The Irish Repertory Theatre: Celebrating Thirty-Five Years Off-Broadway
(Palgrave Macmillan - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Maria Szasz. History of the multi-award winning Off-Broadway Irish Repertory Theatre Company, from its beginning in 1988 to its thirty-fifth season in 2023. Considers how the Irish Rep's plays and musicals reflect the Irish diaspora, the relationship between Ireland and America, and what it means to be Irish and Irish American, both historically, and in the twenty-first century. 185 pages.

May 21, 2024

On Bette Midler: An Opinionated Guide
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Kevin Winkler. Traces the early development of Midler's performing ethos from New York's downtown experimental theater scene and examines her impact across media, with chapters on the soaring highs (and occasional cringe-worthy lows) of her stage work, movies, recordings, and television appearances, and considers her influence as an environmental activist and social media presence. Features performance analysis and deeply researched background information, all supporting informed - and divinely opinionated - consideration of Midler the artist. 224 pages.

September 17, 2024

The Third Gilmore Girl
(Gallery Books - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Memoir by Kelly Bishop, spanning her six decades in show business from Broadway to Hollywood with A Chorus Line, Dirty Dancing, Gilmore Girls, and much more. Also includes a special collection of personal and professional photographs. 288 pages.

November 26, 2024

Ira Gershwin: A Life in Words
(Liveright - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Michael Owen. First full-length biography devoted to the life of Ira Gershwin. Draws on extensive archival sources and often using Ira's own words. 30 illustrations. 400 pages.

Release date unknown

Boop! The Musical
(new album)
Cast recording the score by David Foster and Susan Birkenhead of musical (book by Bob Martin) now playing at CIBC Theatre in Chicago. Cast includes Jasmine Amy Rogers, Faith Prince, Ainsley Melham, Erich Bergen, Stephen DeRosa. Recorded the week of November 12. Details TBA.

Carol Burnett: The Prime Time Specials Collection
(Legendary Entertainment - DVD set)
"Carol + 2" 1966 TV Special, "An Evening with Carol Burnett" 1963 TV Special, "Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall" 1962 TV Special. Details and release date TBA.

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)

The Connector
(Concord Theatricals - new album)
World premiere Off-Broadway cast recording of score by Jason Robert Brown (book by Jonathan Marc Sherman). Scott Bakula, Max Crumm, Hannah Cruz, Ashley Pérez Flanagan, Danielle Lee Greaves, Mylinda Hull, Daniel Jenkins, Jessica Molaskey, Fergie Philippe, Eliseo Román, Ben Levi Ross, Ann Sanders, and Michael Winther. Spring 2024 release expected. Recorded week of 2/14/24 at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Produced by Jeffrey Lesser and Brown, who also serves as arranger, orchestrator, and pianist. Tom Murray is the music director and Kristy Norter is the music coordinator. The band includes Brown, Jamie Eblen, Hidayat Honari, Adam Kaufman, Randy Landau, and Todd Reynolds.

Death Note, The Musical
(Ghostlight Records - new album)
West End Palladium concert cast recording of score by Frank Wildhorn and Jack Murphy. Orchestrations by Jason Howland. Adam Pascal, Joaquin Pedro Valdes, Dean John Wilson, Aimie Atkinson, Frances Mayli McCann, Rachel Clare Chan, and Christian Ray Marbella. Album produced by Nigel Wright. Co-produced by production musical supervisor, Katy Richardson. Engineered by Nick Pugh. 17 tracks. Release date TBA.

The Gardens of Anuncia
(Ghostlight Records - new album)
Original cast recording of score by John LaChiusa. Enrique Acevedo, Andréa Burns, Eden Espinosa, Priscilla Lopez, Tally Sessions, Mary Testa and Kalyn West. Orchestrations by Michael Starobin. Recorded 12/4/23. Produced by Lawrence Manchester and Michael John LaChiusa. Release date TBA.

Gutenberg! The Musical!
(Center Stage Records/Yellow Sound Label - new on CD)
OBC recording of score by Scott Brown (music/lyrics) and Anthony King (lyrics). Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells. Recorded 1/29/24. Arrangements, and orchestrations are by T.O. Sterrett. Produced and mixed by Michael Croiter. To be released Spring 2024. Now pre-ordering.

Here We Are
(Concord Theatricals Recordings - new album)
Score by Stephen Sondheim (book by David Ives). Cast includes Francois Battiste, Tracie Bennett, Bobby Cannavale, Micaela Diamond, Amber Gray, Jin Ha, Rachel Bay Jones, Denis O'Hare, Steven Pasquale, David Hyde Pierce, and Jeremy Shamos. Recorded week of January 10, 2024. Produced by Sean Patrick Flahaven and Bill Rosenfield. Release date Spring 2024.

The Jerusalem Syndrome
(JAY Records - new on CD/digital)
Original Off-Broadway (2023 York Theatre Company) cast recording of score by Laurence Holzman, Felicia Needleman, and Kyle Rosen.Farah Alvin, Dana Costello, Scott Cote, Andrea Fleming, James D. Gish, Alan H. Green, Danielle Lee James, John Jellison, Josh Lamon, Garrett Long, Karen Murphy, Jeffrey Schecter, Jennifer Smith, Chandler Sinks, Pablo Torres, Curtis Wiley, Lenny Wolpe, and Laura Woyasz. Digital release expected in January 2024 and CD in March 2024.

Harbinger Records upcoming releases: material from Eubie Blake; download only demos of Hugh Martin and Sheldon Harnick; Steve Ross' back catalog for download;

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.

Lizard Boy
(new album)
Live recording of 2023 Prospect Theatre cast. Score by Justin Huertas. Cast features Huertas, Kiki deLohr, and William A. Williams. Release date TBA.

The Nutty Professor
(new album)
Studio recording of score by Marvin Hamlisch and Rupert Holmes. Based on the recent Ogunquit Playhouse staging of the musical based on the Jerry Lewis movie.. Cast TBA. 2024 release expected.

Paradise Square OBC
(new on CD/digital)
Broadway cast recording of score Jason Howland (music), Nathan Tysen and Masi Asare (lyrics), with additional music by Larry Kirwan, inspired by the songs of Stephen Foster. Joaquina Kalukango, Chilina Kennedy, John Dossett, Sidney DuPont, A.J. Shively, Nathaniel Stampley, Gabrielle McClinton, Jacob Fishel, Kevin Dennis and Matt Bogart. Produced by Jason Howland and Billy Jay Stein. Recorded at Power Station at BerkleeNYC during the weeks of April 18 and April 25.

Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn
(Yellow Sound Label - new album)
Off-Broadway cast recording. Nikita Burshteyn (Newsies), Anna Kostakis, Carlos Lopez (Man of La Mancha), Michael Marotta (Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical), Judy McLane (Mamma Mia!), Michael Notardonato, Ari Raskin, Troy Valjean Rucker (August Rush), Zach Schanne (Pippin), and Viet Vo (Viet Gone). Lyrics by Mark Saltzman and music adapted from classic Italian melodies. Recorded 2/18/20. Late March release expected.

(Atlantic Records - new album)
2022 Public Theater cast recording of score by Shaina Taub. Jenna Bainbridge, Ally Bonino, Tsilala Brock, Jenn Colella, Hannah Cruz, Nadia Dandashi, Aisha de Haas, Amina Faye, Holly Gould, Cassondra James, Nikki M. James, Jaygee Macapugay, Grace McLean, Susan Oliveras, Mia Pak, J. Riley Jr, Phillipa Soo, Shaina Taub, and Ada Westfall. Release date TBA.

Tammy Faye
(new album)
Music by Elton John; lyrics by Jake Shears. Cast from Almeida Theatre debut production. Details TBA.

Filmed musical, with a score by Maury Yeston, that was shown in cinemas. Now streaming at BroadwayHD, to be available for global streaming 8/1/24, and released in physical format sometime in 2024 with Liberator Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

This Side of the World
(new album)
East West Players cast recording of score by Paulo K Tiról.

-- Sound Advice Staff