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Schedule of New & Upcoming CD, DVD & Book Releases

Updated 9/14/21

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Maxine Linehan: What Would Petula Do?
(Honey Bun Records - new digital album)
Maxine Linehan's Tribute to Petula Clark concert, recorded live at Théâtre Du Châtelet. "I Know a Place," "Couldn't Live Without Your Love/You're the One," "Don't Sleep in the Subway," "Call Me," "Ceuz Qui Ont Un Cœur (anyone Who Had a Heart)," "You're My Destiny," "W.W.P.D.?," "La Nuit N'en Finit Plus (needles and Pins)," "Color My World," "Walk Through the World," "Old Devil Moon," "The Sound of Music," "Tell Me It's Not True," "With One Look," "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina," "This is My Song," "I Love Paris," "Downtown." Released 9/10/21.

Music of Broadway for Cello and Piano
(Craft Recordings/Concord Theatricals - new digital album)
Acclaimed Broadway cellist Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf performs songs by Alan Menken, Jason Robert Brown, Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim and more. "The Light in the Piazza," "Beauty and the Beast - Fantasy for Cello and Piano," "Hushabye Mountain / Feed The Birds," "Can't We Be Friends?," "Send in the Clowns," "Nightingale Lullaby," "Richard Rodgers Waltz Medley," "Maria," "All Things In Time." Released 9/3/21.

Undiminished Glamour: The Musical Theatre Life of Stephanie Lawrence
(Kindle Edition)
By Rob Merlevede. Biography of the late West End actress Stephanie Lawrence (Evita, Marilyn! The Musical, Starlight Express).

September 15, 2021

Ever After: Forty Years of Musical Theater and Beyond, 1977-2019
(Applause - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Barry Singer (The New York Times). Second edition, updated to include 2004-2019. 560 pages.

September 17, 2021

Covers from Away
(Craft Recordings/Concord Theatricals - new digital album)
The Newfoundland and Labrador artists who inspired the original sound of Come from Away, including The Navigators, Alan Doyle, Rachel Cousins and The Dardanelles) perform songs from the score by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. "I Am Here," "Wherever We Are," "Heave Away," "Stop The World," "Costume Party," "Lead Us Out of the Night," "Screech In," "Me and the Sky," "Prayer of St Francis / Mi'kmaq Honor Song," "Blankets and Bedding," "Somewhere in the Middle of Nowhere," "Screech Out," "Themes from Come From Away," "Welcome To The Rock," "Themes from Come From Away."

Cynthia Erivo: Ch. 1 vs. 1
(Verve - on CD/digital/2-disc vinyl)
Track list to come.

Little Shop of Horrors
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Grammy Award nominated 2019 Off-Broadway cast recording of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken score. Jonathan Groff, Tammy Blanchard, Christian Borle, Tom Alan Robbins, Kingsley Leggs, Ari Groover, Salome Smith, Joy Woods, Stephen Berger, Chris Dwan , Kris Roberts, Chelsea Rurbin, Eric Wright, Teddy Yudain. "Prologue / Little Shop Of Horrors," "Skid Row (Downtown)," "Da-Doo," "Grow For Me," "Ya Never Know," "Somewhere That's Green," "Closed For Renovation," "Dentist!," "Mushnik And Son," "Sudden Changes," "Feed Me (Git It!)," "Now (It's Just The Gas)," "Act 1 Finale," "Call Back In The Morning," "Suddenly Seymour," "Suppertime," "The Meek Shall Inherit," "Sominex / Suppertime (Reprise)," "Somewhere That's Green (Reprise)," "Da-Doo (Reprise)," "Finale (Don't Feed The Plants)." Music Supervisor, Orchestrator, Arranger Will Van Dyke. Album produced by Alan Menken, Will Van Dyke, Frank Wolf, Michael Mayer. Previously released in digital format.

September 20, 2021

Working Backstage: A Cultural History and Ethnography of Technical Theater Labor
(Univ of Michigan Press - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Christin Essin. Illuminates the work of New York City's theater technicians, shining a light on the essential contributions of unionized stagehands, carpenters, electricians, sound engineers, properties artisans, wardrobe crews, makeup artists, and child guardians. Based on the author's (a former theater technician herself) archival research and interviews with more than 100 backstage technicians, members of the New York locals of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. 286 pages.

September 21, 2021

Ben Bagley’s Cole Porter Revisited Volume IV
(Kritzerland - on CD)
Katharine Hepburn, Dolores Gray, Helen Gallagher, Kaye Ballard, Patrice Munsel, Blossom Dearie, Ann Hampton Callaway, Sandy Stewart, and Arthur Siegel. Songs from Seven Lively Arts, Red, Hot, and Blue, Les Girls, Out of This World, Fifty Million Frenchman, You Never Know, Let’s Face It, Gay Divorce, Can-Can and more, including songs from unproduced shows and songs cut from various shows. Arrangements and orchestrations by Dennis Deal. Remastered. Cover art by Harvey Schmidt. To ship the third week of September. Limited to 500 copies.

Ben Bagley's Desylva, Brown, and Henderson Revisited Volume II
(Kritzerland - on CD)
Songs by B.G. Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown, and Ray Henderson. Dorothy Loudon, Margaret Whiting, Mary Cleere Haran, Sandy Stewart, Ann Hampton Callaway, and Arthur Siegel. Musical direction and arrangements by Norman Paris. Remastered. To ship the third week of September. Limited to 500 copies.

September 23, 2021

Photograph 51
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Play by Anna Ziegler. Introduction by Mandy Greenfield. Premiered in the West End in 2015. 96 pages.

September 24, 2021

Dear Evan Hansen
(Interscope - new on CD/digital)
Original motion picture soundtrack for 2021 film based on the musical. Score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Cast includes Amy Adams, DeMarius Copes, Kaitlyn Dever, Nik Dodani, Hadiya Eshe, Liz Kate, Danny Pino, Larry Murphy, Ben Platt, Isaac Powell, Colton Ryan, Amandla Stenberg. "Waving Through A Window," "For Forever," "Sincerely, Me," "Requiem," "If I Could Tell Her," "The Anonymous Ones," "You Will Be Found," "Only Us," "Words Fail," "So Big / So Small," "A Little Closer," "You Will Be Found," "The Anonymous Ones," "Only Us," "A Little Closer," "Waving Through A Window."

Diana: The Musical
(UMe - new digital album)
Original Broadway cast recording for musical to premiere October 1 on Netflix November 2 on Broadway. Book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro. Music and lyrics by David Bryan. Cast includes Jeanna De Waal, Erin Davie, Judy Kaye, Roe Hartrampf, Zach Adkins, Tessa Alves, Ashley Andrews, Austen Danielle Bohmer, Bruce Dow, Holly Ann Butler, Stephen Carrasco, Richard Gatta, Lauren E. J. Hamilton, Emma Hearn, Shaye B. Hopkins, André Jordan, Gareth Keegan, Nathan Lucrezio, Tomás Matos, Chris Medlin, Laura Stracko and Bethany Ann Tesarck.. "Prologue," "Underestimated," "The Worst Job in England," "This Is How Your People Dance," "Snap, Click," "Whatever Love Means Anyway," "I Will," "The World Fell in Love" (released early), "Happiness / Simply Breathe," "She Moves in The Most Modern Ways," "Diana (The Rage)," "As I Love You," "I Miss You Most on Sundays," "Pretty, Pretty Girl," "Here Comes James Hewitt," "Him and Her (And Him and Her) / Just Dance," "Secrets and Lies," "The Main Event," "Whatever Love Means Anyway," "Pretty, Pretty Girl," "The Words Came Pouring Out," "The Dress," "An Officer's Wife," "If (Light Of The World)." Co-produced by David Bryan and Ian Eisendrath. Album in CD format to be released 10/1/21.

Craft Recordings/Concord Theatricals - )
Studio cast recording of score by Chris Miller (music) and Nathan Tysen (lyrics). Christian Borle, Jessica Vosk, Sarah Charles Lewis, Michael McElroy and more. "Action News," "New Dawn," "Laboratory Loop," "Follow The Stars," "Weatherman," "Area 51," "Show Me The Stage," "Until The Day," "Two Steps Ahead," "Aurora," "23,360," "Dreamland," "Totally Safe," "Aurora (Reprise 1)," "Kodiak," "Sweet Dreams," "Aurora (Reprise 2)," "Contact," "Last Day On Earth," "New Dawn (Finale)."

Incidental: Music for the Stage
(new album)
From Royal & Derngate Theatre. Original compositions by 12 of the most prominent British composers working today to write original music for the stage. Inspired by some of the most famous plays and novels in the English Language, featuring spoken performances by many of the stage's most acclaimed actors. It will raise vital funds to support Royal & Derngate's reopening, helping the venue to recover from the devastating impact of the pandemic and to continue to produce their ground-breaking

Show Time Volume 3: The EP Collection
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
Compiles all 16 EPs which formed the "Show Time" Series as recorded and released by RCA Victor in 1953. Includes selections from The Little Shows, Girl Crazy, Porgy and Bess, Kiss Me, Kate, and Anything Goes. Featured performers include Carol Bruce, Sheila Bond, Edith Adams, Lisa Kirk, Cab Calloway, Helen Thigpen, Leslie Scott, George Britton, Helena Bliss, Helen Gallagher and Jack Cassidy. Most of the tracks have never been released on CD. Comprehensive sleeve note by Broadway historian George Dansker, including a complete sessionography of recording dates. Limited to 500 units only.

September 28, 2021

The Art of VIVO
(Abrams - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Ramin Zahed and Alex Laxamoire. Official behind–the–scenes companion book to VIVO, the first-ever musical from Sony Pictures Animation. (Vivo will be directed by Kirk DeMicco and co-directed by Brandon Jeffords, from a screenplay by Quiara Alegría Hudes and DeMicco, and a story based on the original idea by Peter Barsocchini, with songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who voices the title character. With the voices of Ynairaly Simo, Zoe Saldana, Juan de Marcos González, Michael Rooker, Brian Tyree Henry, Nicole Byer, and Gloria Estefan.) Exclusive concept art, character designs, storyboards and commentary from the award-winning filmmaking team. 224 pages.

September 29, 2021

Home Truths: A Memoir
(Harper Collins - Kindle Edition)
Memoir by Australian playwright David Williamson (The Removalists, The Club, Don's Party, Emerald City and Travelling North and fifty others). The story of the man behind the work: how a childhood defined by marital discord sparked a lifelong fascination with the power of drama to explore emotional conflict; how a mechanical engineering student became our most successful playwright; the anxiety that plagued him as he crafted his plays; the joy of connecting with an audience and the enduring sting of the critics; and the great love story that defined his personal life. He also writes about the plethora of odd, interesting, caustic and brilliant people - actors, directors, writers, theatre critics, politicians - who have intersected with his life and work.

September 30, 2021

A History of the Theatre Costume Business: Creators of Character
(Routledge - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Triffin I. Morris and Gregory DL Morris. Rachel E. Pollock. Comprehensive book on the subject, as related by award-winning actors and designers, and firsthand by the drapers, tailors, and craftspeople who make the clothes that dazzle on stage. ".. shows that there is as much drama behind the scenes as there is in the performance: famous actors relate their intimate experiences in the fitting room, the glories of gorgeous costumes, and the mortification when things go wrong, while the costume makers explain how famous shows were created with toil, tears, and sweat, and sometimes even a little blood." 220 pages.

October 1, 2021

Diana: The Musical
(UMe - new on CD)
Original Broadway cast recording for musical to premiere October 1 on Netflix November 2 on Broadway. Book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro. Music and lyrics by David Bryan. Cast includes Jeanna De Waal, Erin Davie, Judy Kaye, Roe Hartrampf, Zach Adkins, Tessa Alves, Ashley Andrews, Austen Danielle Bohmer, Bruce Dow, Holly Ann Butler, Stephen Carrasco, Richard Gatta, Lauren E. J. Hamilton, Emma Hearn, Shaye B. Hopkins, André Jordan, Gareth Keegan, Nathan Lucrezio, Tomás Matos, Chris Medlin, Laura Stracko and Bethany Ann Tesarck.. "Prologue," "Underestimated," "The Worst Job in England," "This Is How Your People Dance," "Snap, Click," "Whatever Love Means Anyway," "I Will," "The World Fell in Love" (released early), "Happiness / Simply Breathe," "She Moves in The Most Modern Ways," "Diana (The Rage)," "As I Love You," "I Miss You Most on Sundays," "Pretty, Pretty Girl," "Here Comes James Hewitt," "Him and Her (And Him and Her) / Just Dance," "Secrets and Lies," "The Main Event," "Whatever Love Means Anyway," "Pretty, Pretty Girl," "The Words Came Pouring Out," "The Dress," "An Officer's Wife," "If (Light Of The World)." Co-produced by David Bryan and Ian Eisendrath. Previously released in digital format.

Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein OLC
(Notefornote Entertainment - 2-LP vinyl)
OLC cast recording recorded live over several performances. Score by Mel Brooks ("Puttin' on the Ritz" by Irving Berlin). Ross Noble, Lesley Joseph, Dianne Pilkington, Patrick Clancy. "Overture," "The Brain," "Please Don't Touch Me," "Together Again," "Roll in the Hay," "He Vas My Boyfriend," "It Could Work," "Hang Him Till He's Dead," "The Experiment," "He Vas My Boyfriend Reprise," "Welcome to Transylvania," "Transylvania Mania," "He's Loose," "Listen to Your Heart," "Surprise," "Someone," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "Deep Love," "Hang the Doctor," "Deep Love Reprise and Finale," "Finale - Together Again," "The Bows," "Exit Music." Previously released on CD and in digital format.

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Love For Sale
(Interscope - new album on CD/digital)
"It's De-Lovely," "Night And Day," "Love For Sale," "Do I Love You," "I Concentrate On You," "I Get A Kick Out Of You," "So In Love," "Let's Do It," "Just One Of Those Things," "Dream Dancing."

October 4, 2021

Gilbert and Sullivan: The Great Savoy Operas ultimate collection
(Sona Books - new hardcover book/DVD set)
Here is the story of each of G&S's greatest works—from inspiration to opening night and beyond—woven into a fascinating account of their lives, times, and rise to global celebrity. Book by Mike Lepine features many rare photos and illustrations from contemporary posters, programs, memorabilia, and merchandise. DVD has 11 complete operas, featuring Peter Allen, Joel Grey, Frankie Howard, Gillian Knight, Keith Michell, Vincent Price, and Clive Revill in The Gondoliers, HMS Pinafore, Iolanthe, The Mikado Patience, The Pirates of Penzance, Princess Ida, Ruddigore The Sorcerer, Trial by Jury, and The Yeoman of the Guard. London Symphony Orchestra and The Ambrosian Opera Chorus.

October 5, 2021

The Audrey Hepburn 7-Film Collection
(Paramount - 7-disc blu-ray set)
Breakfast at Tiffany's, Funny Face, My Fair Lady, Paris When it Sizzles, Roman Holiday, Sabrina, War and Peace.

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

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.

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

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.

October 12, 2021

B Is for Broadway: Onstage and Backstage from A to Z
(Doubleday Books for Young Readers - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By John Robert Allman. Illustrated by Peter Emmerich. From "Auditions" to "Ziegfeld" ... rhythmic alphabet book featuring favorite performers, creators, songs, and shows from the Broadway stage ... Lin-Manuel Miranda, Patti LuPone, Irving Berlin, Jennifer Holliday, and Billy Porter ... famous New York theaters, beloved shows, and the crew, stylists, and technicians who are vital to each performance. 48 pages.

Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
2019 Broadway play by Taylor Mac. 96 pages.

October 15, 2021

Emily Mann: Rebel Artist of the American Theater
(Applause - Hardcover Book)
By Alexis Greene. The story of American playwright, director, and artistic director Emily Mann ... her family life; her coming-of-age in Chicago during the exuberant, rebellious, and often violent 1960s; how sexual violence touched her personally; and how she fell in love with theater and began learning her craft at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, while a student at Radcliffe ... her evolution as a professional director and playwright at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, on and off Broadway, at regional theaters including the McCarter. 352 pages.

October 21, 2021

Affair of the Heart: British Theatre from 1992 to 2020
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Michael Billington (formerly of The Guardian). Selected theatre reviews from 1992 to 2020 ... starting each chapter is a brief commentary on the developments of that era and the social, political and cultural context within which this theatre was being produced. Also included are key obituaries and letters in response to reviews written. 344 pages.

October 22, 2021

Kristin Chenoweth: Happiness Is ...Christmas!
(Concord Records - new on CD/digital)
"Happiness (Is Christmas) / Christmas Time Is Here (Medley)," "Why Couldn't It Be Christmas Every Day?," "Merry Christmas, Darling," "(Everybody’s Waitin’ For) The Man With The Bag / Jingle Bell Rock (Medley)," "The Stories That You Told," "The Little Road To Bethlehem," "Merry Christmas Baby," "Christmas Lullaby," "We Are Lights," "Santa, I've Got A Bone To Pick With You!," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "My Dear Acquaintance (A Happy New Year)."

October 26, 2021

Noël Coward on (and in) Theatre
(Knopf - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Noel Coward. Edited with commentary by Barry Day. "The book Noël Coward wanted, promised, threatened to write--and never did." Shows how Coward's opinions were as sharp and entertaining as his plays and his lyrics. Including essays, interviews, diary entries, verse showing his views on his fellow playwrights, critics, producers, acting methods, and actors. Compiled, edited, and annotated by Barry Day, Coward authority and editor of The Noel Coward Reader and The Letters of Noel Coward. 480 pages.

October 29, 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber: Symphonic Suites
(Decca - new on CD)
Three newly orchestrated suites from Evita, The Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard. 81-piece orchestra. To be recorded live performance at the newly refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

November 1, 2021

Making Broadway Dance
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Liza Gennaro. Examines choreography for musical theatre through the lens of dance studies, script analysis, movement research and dramaturgical inquiry ... the choreographic systems of some of Broadway's most influential dance-makers including George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Jerome Robbins, Katherine Dunham, Bob Fosse, Savion Glover, Sergio Trujillo, Steven Hoggett and Camille Brown. 232 pages.

When the Lights Are Bright Again: Letters and images of loss, hope, and resilience from the theater community
(Applause - Hardcover Book)
By Andrew Norlen. Photographs by Matthew Murphy. Immortalizes the stories, struggles, and successes of an industry that was the first to be shut down and one of the last to return. Weaves more than 200 letters from Broadway theater veterans, devout theatergoers, teenage dreamers aching for their day in the spotlight, long-time ushers, designers, creatives, and countless other arts workers with a brand-new, breathtaking photo series by Broadway photographer Matthew Murphy. For every copy purchased, a portion of the profits will directly benefit The Actors Fund. 240 pages.

November 2, 2021

Booze Over Broadway: 50 Cocktails for Theatre Lovers
(Tiller Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Michael Goff. Recipes include Hello, Daquiri!, The Best Little Whiskey Sour in Texas, Don't Cry for Me, Appletini, I Don't Know How to Love Gin, Bloody, Bloody, Mary Jackson, Once on this (Long) Island Iced Tea, Brandy Alexander Hamilton, If I Were a Rich Man(hattan), and more. 160 pages.

November 9, 2021

The Art of Bob Mackie
(Simon & Schuster - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Frank Vlastnik, Laura Ross. Foreword by Carol Burnett. Afterword by Cher. Comprehensive and authorized showcase of legendary fashion designer Bob Mackie’s fabulous life and work, featuring hundreds of photos and dozens of never-before-seen sketches from his personal collection. 304 pages.

November 11, 2021

A Bit of Me: From Basildon to Broadway, and back
(Ebury Digital/Penguin - Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
Memoir by West End/Broadway and TV performer Denise Van Outen (Chicago, Tell Me on a Sunday, Legally Blonde).

November 15, 2021

Everything is Choreography: The Musical Theater of Tommy Tune
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Kevin Winkler (Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical). Broadway Legacies series. First full scale book about the career of the director-choreographer Tommy Tune (Grand Hotel, My One and Only, Nine, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, The Will Rogers Follies). "Celebrates and examines with a critical eye his major projects, and summons for readers a glorious period of dance, performance, and theatrical imagination." 288 pages.

November 16, 2021

West Side Story the novel
(Gallery Books - Hardcover Book)
By Irving Shulman. The classic novelization of one of Broadway's most enduring and beloved musicals (based on a conception by Jerome Robbins, book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins), updated with a new cover. 160 pages. Most release will coincide with new film release (currently 2021). Previously released in paperback and audioBook format.

November 19, 2021

West Side Story, Gypsy, and the Art of Broadway Orchestration
(Routledge - Hardcover Book)
By Paul Laird. Routledge Research in Music series. Draws on extensive archival research with original manuscripts to provide a detailed account of the process of orchestration for West Side Story and Gypsy, and their context in the history of Broadway orchestration. Breaking down how the two composers, Leonard Bernstein and Jules Styne, collaborated with orchestrators Sid Ramin, Irwin Kostal, and Robert Ginzler to better understand both these two iconic shows and the importance of orchestration within musical theatre in general. 248 pages.

November 30, 2021

The Phantom of the Opera Collection
(Titan Comics - Hardcover Book/Kindle & comiXology Edition)
Fully authorized graphic novel adaptation by Cavan Scott, illustrated by José María Beroy, of the Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe original libretto.

December 17, 2021

Ragtime: The Musical
(Masterworks Broadway - new 3-disc vinyl set)
On vinyl for the first time. Original Broadway cast recording of the score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. 180-Gram red, white and blue vinyl in individual jackets, along with a 20-page stitched booklet. The oversized booklet includes a new essay and track-by-track commentary from Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, a new interview with Brian Stokes Mitchell, recording session and production photos, and the complete recording libretto. Cast includes Brian Stokes Mitchell, Marin Mazzie, Peter Friedman, Audra McDonald, Judy Kaye, Mark Jacoby, Lea Michele. Two hours and one minute.

December 28, 2021

The Ground on Which I Stand: 25th Anniversary Edition
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
August Wilson's personal call for African American artists to seize the power over their own cultural identity and to establish permanent institutions that celebrate and preserve the singular achievements of African American dramatic art and reaffirm its equal importance in contemporary American culture. Delivered as the keynote address at TCG's conference ... refocused the agenda of the entire convening and spurred months of debate about cultural diversity in the American theatre, culminating in a standing-room-only public debate at New York City's Town Hall. 56 pages.

January 4, 2022

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.

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

March 1, 2022

Paul Gemignani: Life and Lessons from Broadway and Beyond
(Applause Books - new book)
By Margaret Hall. "... seeks to not only bring the reader into the orchestra pit to learn Gemignani's story, but also to educate the reader about the crucial role a music director plays in bringing some of the most iconic musicals in Broadway history to life." 320 pages.

I Was Better Last Night: A Memoir
(Penguin - Hardcover Book/Audible Audibook)
By Harvey Fierstein. "... bares the inner life of this eccentric nonconforming child from his roots in 1952 Brooklyn, to the experimental worlds of Andy Warhol and the Theatre of the Ridiculous, to the gay rights movements of the seventies and the tumultuous AIDS crisis of the eighties, through decades of addiction, despair, and ultimate triumph."

June 3, 2022

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." Previously released on mp3 and at Itunes.

October 15, 2022

Anne Frank & Emmett Till: Why I Wrote the Play Anne & Emmett
(Applause - Hardcover Book)
By Janet Langhart Cohen, who wrote the play Anne & Emmett, which has been performed across the U.S. since 2007 (the play is also being published in paperback and Kindle format). An effort to reveal how some of the people the author has known and the seminal events she experienced enabled her to link together, in an imaginary conversation, the seemingly disparate lives of Anne Frank and Emmett Till, two iconic figures who were murdered by societies that couldn't protect them.

Release date unknown

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

Back to the Future the Musical
(Sony Masterworks Broadway - new album)
OLC recording of score by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, with additional songs from the movie. Roger Bart, Olly Dobson with Hugh Coles, Rosanna Hyland, Cedric Neal, Aidan Cutler, and Courtney-Mae Briggs. The musical is scheduled to premiere on the West End. Single track "Back in Time" by Olly Dobson already released.

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)
Details to come.

Harbinger Records upcoming releases: material from Eubie Blake; download only demos of Hugh Martin and Sheldon Harnick; Steve Ross' back catalog for download; Rose-Marie unissued 1981 Smithsonian recording with Ron Raines

Kalevala: The Musical
(new digital album)
Concept album. Score by Johanna Telander. Ramin Karimloo, Alice Ripley, Jewelle Blackman, Marina Pires, Natalie Toro, and Kay Trinidad. August 2021 release expected.

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.

Love in Hate Nation
(Ghostlight Records - new album)
Original cast recording of score by Joe Iconis. Cast includes Sydney Farley, Amina Faye, Jasmine Forsberg, Lauren Marcus, Kelly McIntyre, Lena Skeele, Emerson Mae Smith, Ryan Vona, and Tatiana Wechsler. Music direction and vocal arrangements by Annastasia Victory. Music supervision and orchestrations by Charlie Rosen. Produced by Joe Iconis, Ian Kagey, and Charlie Rosen. Two River Theater and Kurt Deutsch are executive producers. Recorded August 2, 2021, for a fall release. The musical had its world premiere production at the Two River Theater in 2019.

(JAY Records - new album)
First complete recording of 1972 musical with score by Michael Valenti. Studio cast includes Jenn Gambatese, Lauren Molina, Matt Bogart, Jeff Kready.

Paul Gemignani: Life and Lessons from Broadway and Beyond
(Applause Books - new book)
Fall 2021.

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.

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

Theatre Royal Drury Lane
(Scala Arts Publishers Inc. - Paperback Book)
By Pamela Hawthorne. Souvenir guidebook about The Theatre Royal Drury Lane of London’s Covent Garden, the oldest theater in the world in continuous use. From actor-manager David Garrick to Andrew Lloyd Webber, who has now restored the theater to its Georgian glory. From iconic shows to the first pantomimes, from rituals and superstitions to royal fisticuffs, from performers, composers and playwrights to backstage crew, the rich and colorful history of London’s oldest theater is brought to life. New photography following comprehensive restoration programme. Glimpses behind the scenes of areas not accessible to the public. Published to coincide with reopening of Theatre Royal tours. 48 pages.

-- Sound Advice Staff

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