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Schedule of New & Upcoming CD, DVD & Book Releases

Updated 5/24/24

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Christopher Oscar Peña: Three Plays: How To Make An American Son; The Strangers; A Cautionary Tail
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
Edited by Mark Armstrong. Introduced by Hugh Dancy. The work of Latinx American playwright and screenwriter Christopher Oscar Peña. 456 pages.

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

The Group Theatre: An Enduring Legacy
(McFarland - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Mark Connelly. Examines the history and influence of the Group Theatre, which presented the first plays of Clifford Odets, Sidney Kingsley, and William Saroyan, and launched the careers of Franchot Tone, John Garfield, Elia Kazan, Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden, Martin Ritt, and Luther Adler. 339 pages.

How to Find, Choose, and Prepare Successful Audition
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Adam Wachter. Foreword by Rachel Hoffman. Afterword by Caissie Levy. Takes the reader step-by-step through the process of building your audition repertoire portfolio ... helps to identify what songs are needed in which categories and explains where to find them, how to source and cut the sheet music, and how to communicate effectively with the accompanist and act the song. 184 pages.

The Outsiders
(Sony Masterworks Broadway - new digital album)
2024 OBC recording of score by Jamestown Revival and Justin Levine (the book is by Adam Rapp with Justin Levine). Three tracks released early. Cast includes Brody Grant, Sky Lakota-Lynch, Joshua Boone, Brent Comer, Jason Schmidt, Emma Pittman, Daryl Tofa, Kevin William Paul, and Dan Berry. CD to be released June 28.

Tom Ball: Curtain Call
(Westway Music - new on CD)
Debut album from former Britain's Got Talent and "America's Got Talent" star Tom Ball. "Intro," "Writing's on the Wall," "Feeling Good," "The Best Part," "Stand By Me ft The Inner Voices," "Bring Him Home," "Goodbye ft Lucie Jones," "Let Me Live," "Can't Help Falling In Love," "Seize The Day," "Winter Song," "Home Again," "I (Who Have Nothing)."

Too Funny for Words: Backstage Tales from Broadway, Television, and the Movies
(Viva Editions - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Jerry Adler. The author recounts his career as a theater director, producer and actor that has spanned over 70 years. 240 pages.

May 29, 2024

(Sony Masterworks Broadway - new digital album)
OBC recording of score by Matt Gould and Carson Kreitzer. Eden Espinosa, George Abud, Amber Iman, Natalie Joy Johnson, Zoe Glick, Nathaniel Stampley, and Beth Leavel. CD to be released 7/5/24.

May 30, 2024

Jocelyn Bioh: Three Plays: Merry Wives; Nollywood Dreams; School Girls, Or, The African Mean Girls Play
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
First collection of plays from American contemporary playwright Jocelyn Bioh. 216 pages.

May 31, 2024

Ben Platt: Honeymind
(Interscope - new on CD/digital/vinyl)
To include songs written with songwriters Hillary Lindsey, Natalie Hemby, and Alex Hope. "Right Kind Of Reckless," "All American Queen," "Andrew," "Before I Knew You," "Cherry On Top," "Treehouse," "Fear Of Missing Out," "Shoe To Drop," "Honeymind," "Home Of The Terrified," "Need You Like This," "Boy Who Hung The Moon," "Monsters." Executive producer Dave Cobb.

Illinoise: A New Musical
(Nonesuch - new digital album)
Original cast recording of score by Sufjan Stevens (book by Justin Peck & Jackie Sibblies Drury). Arrangements and orchestrations by Timo Andres. 14-piece on-stage band: Elijah Lyons, Shara Nova, Tasha Viets-VanLear, Christina Courtin, Sean Peter Forte, Domenica Fossati, Daniel Freedman, Kathy Halvorson, Nathan Koci, Eleonore Oppenheim, Brett Parnell, Brandon Ridenour, Kyra Sims, and Jessica Tsang. "Chicago (Reprise)" and "The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades is Out to Get Us!" now available. Produced by Dean Sharenow, Timo Andres, Nathan Koci, Garth MacAleavey, and executive produced by Orin Wolf and Nate Koch. Edited, mixed, and mastered by Dean Sharenow at Steel Cut Audio and Garth MacAleavey served as recording engineer.

My Favorite Things: The Rodgers & Hammerstein 80th Anniversary Concert
(Concord Recordings - new on 2 CDs/Digital)
Live Concert recording. Released at the time of the condensed version of the filmed concert premiere on PBS "Great Performances." Cast includes Joanna Ampil, Michael Ball, Daniel Dae Kim, Maria Friedman, Audra McDonald, Julian Ovenden, Lucy St. Louis, Aaron Tveit, Marisha Wallace, Patrick Wilson. 40-piece Rodgers & Hammerstein Concert Orchestra conducted by music supervisor Simon Lee. 42 tracks.

June 3, 2024

Mike Bartlett
(Routledge - Hardcover/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By William C. Boles. Routledge Modern and Contemporary Dramatists series editors Maggie Gale and Graham Saunders. Includes Barlett's plays Cock, Doctor Foster, King Charles III, and Albion, a biographical introductory chapter, and new interviews with Bartlett and some of his closest and oft relied upon collaborators. 186 pages.

June 4, 2024

My Favorite Things: The Rodgers & Hammerstein 80th Anniversary Concert
(Liberator Films - new on Blu-ray/DVD)
Concert filmed at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, with songs from The Sound of Music, Carousel, South Pacific, and Oklahoma! Starring Joanna Ampil, Michael Ball, Maria Friedman, Daniel Dae Kim, Audra McDonald, Julian Ovenden, Lucy St. Louis, Aaron Tveit, Marisha Wallace and Patrick Wilson and featuring a 40-piece orchestra. Two hours.

June 7, 2024

Rarities from the Hollywood Studios 1933-1958
(Sepia Records - new on 2 CDs)
Previously unavailable tracks taken from studio playback and movie exploitation discs or alternative versions from 1933 to 1958, spanning 25 years of Bing Crosby's career. 30 tracks.

Closer than Ever: The Unique Six-Decade Songwriting Partnership of Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Joshua Rosenblum. Chronicles the sixty-six-year (and counting) partnership of Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire, with behind-the-scenes accounts of their musicals interspersed with analyses of standout individual numbers. 304 pages.

June 13, 2024

From The Back Of The House: Memoir of a Broadway Theatre Manager
(Ibis Books - new Kindle Edition)
Memoir by Broadway theater manager Dan Landon. Spanning from 1978-2018, the book shares backstage and onstage stories of encounters with theatre luminaries such as Bob Fosse, Ian McKellen, Bernadette Peters, August Wilson, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Madeline Kahn, Stephen Sondheim, Tom Stoppard, David Mamet, and more.

June 14, 2024

(Atlantic Records - new digital 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. "Let Mother Vote," "Finish the Fight," "Find a Way," "Wait My Turn," "Find a Way Coda," "Terrell's Theme," "The March (We Demand Equality)," "Great American Bitch," "Ladies," "A Meeting with President Wilson," "Worth It," "If We Were Married," "The Convention, Part I," "This Girl," "The Convention, Part II," "Alva Belmont," "Show Them Who You Are," "The Campaign," "How Long," "The Young Are at the Gates," "Respectfully Yours, Dudley Malone," "Hold It Together," "Wait My Turn (Reprise)," "The Report," "Show Them Who You Are (Reprise)," "Insane," "Fire & Tea," "Let Mother Vote (Reprise)," "She and I," "Down at the State House," "A Letter From Harry's Mother," "I Was Here," "If We Were Married (Reprise)," "August 26th, 1920," "Lucy's Song," "Ally Bonino," "Finish the Fight (Reprise)," "Keep Marching."

June 19, 2024

The Notebook
(Atlantic Records - new on CD)
OBC recording of score by Ingrid Michaelson. Cast includes Maryann Plunkett, Dorian Harewood, Joy Woods, Ryan Vasquez, Jordan Tyson, John Cardoza, Andréa Burns, and Carson Stewart. "Time," "Dance With Me," "Carry You Home," "Blue Shutters," "I Paint," "Sadness and Joy," "Leave The Light On," "What Happens," "I Wanna Go Back," "If This Is Love," "Kiss Me," "Home," "We Have To Try," "Forever," "Iron In The Fridge," "Don't You Worry," "It's Not Easy," "My Days," "I Love You More," "I Know," "Coda." Digital released 4/19/24.

June 21, 2024

The Great Gatsby
(Sony Masterworks Broadway - new digital album)
OBC recording of score by Jason Howland and Nathan Tysen (book by Kait Kerrigan). Cast includes Jeremy Jordan, Eva Noblezada, Noah J. Ricketts, Samantha Pauly, Sara Chase, John Zdrojeski, Paul Whitty, and Eric Anderson. CD to be released 8/2/24.

June 28, 2024

Schwartz Songs
(Westway Music - new on CD/digital/vinyl)
New recordings of songs by Stephen Schwartz. With Samantha Barks, Jamie Muscato, Lucie Jones, Louise Dearman, Kerry Ellis, Rachel Tucker, Billy Luke Nevers, John Owen-Jones, Oliver Thompsett, Rob Houchen, Hiba Elchikhe, Alice Fearn, Rachel John, Peter Jöback And Emma Kingston. Conceived and produced by Rhydian Roberts and Stephen Schwartz.

Yankee Doodle Dandy: George M. Cohan and the Broadway Stage
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Elizabeth T. Craft. Part of the Broadway Legacies series. In the first book on Cohan in fifty years, Craft situates Cohan as a central figure of his day. Examining his multifaceted contributions and the various sociocultural identities he came to embody, Craft shows how Cohan and his works indelibly shaped the American cultural landscape. 288 pages.

June 2024 (no release date)

(Yellow Sound Label - new album)
Playwrights Horizons cast recording of score by Anna K. Jacobs and Michael R. Jackson. Courtney Bassett, Phoenix Best, Will Connolly, Jason Gotay, Jenna Rose Husli, Jared Loftin, Alyse Alan Louise, Steven Pasquale, Lexi Rhoades, Wren Rivera, Helen J Shen.

July 1, 2024

A Sense of Theatre: The Untold Stories of the Creation of Britain's National Theatre
(Unicorn Publishing Group - Hardcover Book)
By Richard Pilbrow (British pioneer of stage lighting; appointed by Sir Laurence Olivier to help create the National Theatre of Great Britain as a member of the building committee). An eye-witness account of the birth and subsequent triumph of one of the world's most famous theatres. The theatre architecture has challenged generations of theatre makers, leading to innovation that has changed theatre worldwide. With insight from leading players in British theatre and the minutes of the deliberations between Sir Laurence, architect and leading theatre artists. 528 pages.

July 3, 2024

Ballplayers on Stage: Baseball, Melodrama, and Theatrical Celebrity in the Deadball Era
(Univ of Tennessee Press - Hardcover Book)
By Travis Stern. Explores the relationship between professional baseball and professional theater in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Examines case studies of five representative players from baseball's pre–Babe Ruth “deadball” era: Cap Anson, Mike “King” Kelly, Christy Mathewson, Ty Cobb, and Rube Waddell, with a concluding study of Babe Ruth himself. A historical study of baseball, theater, and the relationship between the two ... also shares insight into the creation of celebrity in early twentieth-century America. 248 pages.

July 5, 2024

(Sony Masterworks Broadway - new on CD)
OBC recording of score by Matt Gould and Carson Kreitzer. Eden Espinosa, George Abud, Amber Iman, Natalie Joy Johnson, Zoe Glick, Nathaniel Stampley, and Beth Leavel. Digital version previously released.

July 9, 2024

(Stage2View - new Blu-ray/DVD)
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.

July 12, 2024

The Outsiders
(Sony Masterworks Broadway - new on CD)
2024 OBC recording of score by Jamestown Revival and Justin Levine (the book is by Adam Rapp with Justin Levine). Three tracks released early. Cast includes Brody Grant, Sky Lakota-Lynch, Joshua Boone, Brent Comer, Jason Schmidt, Emma Pittman, Daryl Tofa, Kevin William Paul, and Dan Berry. Released earlier in digital format

The Wiz
(Immersive/Interscope - new album)
2024 Broadway revival cast recording of score by Charlie Smalls (and others). Cast includes Nichelle Lewis, Wayne Brady, Deborah Cox, Melody A. Betts, Kyle Ramar Freeman, Phillip Johnson Richardson, and Avery Wilson.

July 15, 2024

Say It with a Beautiful Song: The Art and Craft of the Great American Songbook
(Roman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Michael Lasser and Harmon Greenblatt. Looks at the Great American Songbook's craft and its mastery through essential elements of the beloved songs, investigating the qualities that make the songbook a unique staple of American culture. With anecdotes, each chapter looks at a variety of songs thematically and dives into the lives of songwriters. 210 pages.

July 16, 2024

Appropriate/An Octoroon: Plays
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Two plays by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Revised edition. 260 pages.

July 30, 2024

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.

August 2, 2024

Brian Friel: Beginnings
(Four Courts Press - Paperback Book)
By Kelly Matthews. Based on newly discovered documents in the BBC and New Yorker archives, the book reveals Friel's youthful personality and his struggles to get noticed as a young writer. His correspondence with his first mentors - Belfast BBC radio producer Ronald Mason, New Yorker editor Roger Angell, and theatre director Tyrone Guthrie - shows how he shaped his early work, how he chose to write for the theatre, and how the patterns that became so memorable in his later plays were set in motion by his beginnings. 256 pages.

August 13, 2024

(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by David Adjmi (songs by Will Butler). On Broadway this season. 160 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.

September 24, 2024

(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Libretto for musical by Shaina Taub. 144 pages.

October (no release date)

Sunset Blvd: The Album
(new album)
West End cast recording of score for Sunset Boulevard by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Recorded live at the Savoy Theatre, in the West End. Cast includes Nicole Scherzinger, Tom Francis, Grace Hodgett Young, and David Thaxton as Max Von Mayerling. October 2024 release date expected, to coincide with Broadway run, which begins 9/28/24.

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 Heart of Rock and Roll
(new album)
OBC recording of score from the new musical inspired by the Songs of Huey Lewis and The News. Cast includes Corey Cott, McKenzie Kurtz, Josh Breckenridge, John Dossett, F. Michael Haynie, Zoe Jensen, Tamika Lawrence, Raymond J. Lee, John-Michael Lyles, Orville Mendoza, Billy Harrigan. Release date TBA.

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;

I Can Get It for You Wholesale
(Concord - new album)
2024 Off-Broadway cast recording of score by Harold Rome (book by Jerome Weidman). Santino Fontana, Adam Chanler-Berat, Eddie Cooper, Victor de Paula Rocha, Adam Grupper, Darron Hayes, Greg Hildreth, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Judy Kuhn, Julia Lester, Hayley Podschun, Sarah Steele, Joy Woods, Ephie Aardema, Jennifer Babiak, Billy Cohen, and John Plumpis. Arrangements by David Chase. Expected Fall 2024.

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.

Rosemary Loar: Vagabond Heart
(new album)
Actress/singer Rosemary Loar

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

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

White Rose: The Musical
(Yellow Sound Label - new album)
Original Off-Broadway cast recording of score by Natalie Brice (music) and Brian Belding (book and lyrics). Orchestrations by Charlie Rosen. Was produced in 2024 at Theatre Row.

-- Sound Advice Staff