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Schedule of New & Upcoming CD, DVD & Book Releases

Updated 1/18/22

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Annie Live!
(Universal Studios - new Blu-ray/DVD)
2021 television presentation. Score by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin. Book by Thomas Meehan.

Legacy Collection: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
(Disney - new on 2 CDs)
One in an exclusive line of musical releases that celebrate milestone anniversaries of Disney's most cherished properties featuring beloved original soundtracks, plus valuable content that tells the story behind the music. Beautifully illustrated by Lorelay Bove, a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the film. Includes nearly 40 tracks and features additional remastered score by Alan Menken and never before released demo recordings. 38 tracks total. DisneyMusicEmporium.com.

On The Town, Pete Malinverni Plays Leonard Bernstein
(Planet Arts Records - new digital album)
Pianist Pete Malinverni with piano and unerring support from his blue-chip rhythm section: bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Jeff Hamilton. "New York New York," "Lucky to Be Me," "Somewhere," "Cool," "Simple Song," "I Feel Pretty," "Lonely Town," "Some Other Time," "It’s Love," "A Night on the Town."

The Robbie Sherman Songbook
(The Robbie Sherman Songbook - new digital album)
Marks the 100 year anniversary of Sherman family songwriting. 16 tracks from Robert J. Sherman's theatrical musical catalogue. Songs selected from five musicals written by Robert J. Sherman, including Bumblescratch, Love Birds, and A Spoonful of Sherman, as well as upcoming musical projects The Magic Flute and The Penguin Pirate. Sam Tutty, Anna Stolli, Greg Castiglioni, Matthew Croke, The Femmes, Lewis Cornay, Evie Hoskins, Philip Bertioli, Jack Wolfe, Ilan Galkoff, Evie Hoskins, Tyrone Huntley, Robbie Sherman, Emma Kingston, Jessica Martin, Rob Houchen, Rachel John. "Heart of a Stranger," "The Sharpest Smile," "Crunchy Crackers," "Did You Ever Have a Dream?," "It's Your Birthday," "The Dream I Never Dreamed," "Love Birds," "Then You Fly," "Adorable Me!," "That's Something," "We Will Live to Be Free," "Blimey I'm Slimy (Over You)," "Superhero," "Melbourne Bumblescratch," "Music of the Spheres," "Long Long Road." Produced by Sherman alongside West End music director Mark Warman. Orchestral arrangements by Rowland Lee and Big Band arrangements created by James Spilling. Released 1/14/22.


January 21, 2022

Annie Live!
(Sony Masterworks - new on CD)
Soundtrack for televised event on NBC. Score by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin. Harry Connick, Jr., Nicole Scherzinger, Tituss Burgess and Megan Hilty, with Celina Smith as Annie and Taraji P. Henson. "Overture," "Maybe," "It's 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.," "Sign," "Easy Street," "We Got Annie," "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile," "Tomorrow (Cabinet Reprise)," "Something Was Missing," "I Don't Need Anything But You," "Maybe (Warbucks' Reprise)," "A New Deal for Christmas," "Tomorrow (Finale)." Digital version released 12/3/21.

The Sunday Set: Billy Stritch & Jim Caruso
(Provident - new on CD/digital)
Recorded Live at the Birdland Theater. "Whistle While You Work," "You Are My Sunshine," "Lullaby of Birdland," "Lovin' at Birdland," "What Did You Do to Your Face?," "A Doodlin' Song," "Isn't It a Pity?," "Sinatra Saloon Medley: In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning / One More for My Baby (And One More for the Road) / Angel Eyes," "42nd Street." Stritch on piano and Steve Doyle on bass.


January 27, 2022

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Alice Birch. 80 pages.


January 28, 2022

Flying Over Sunset
(Sony Masterworks - new digital album)
2021 Broadway musical score by Tom Kitt and Michael Korie. Carmen Cusack, Tony Yazbeck, Harry Hadden-Paton, Kanisha Marie Feliciano, Nehal Joshi, Emily Pynenburg, Michele Ragusa, Robert Sella, Laura Shoop, and Atticus Ware. CD format to be released 3/11/21.

From Rags to Riches: 100 Years of American Song
(NYFOS Records - new digital album)
Debut album from NYFOS own label, featuring mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and tenor William Burden with NYFOS Artistic Director and pianist Steven Blier. From a live concert recording at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College in New York on March 23, 2000. "Pineapple Rag," "My Lady Frog," "Evening Song," "Oh Gee! - Oh Joy!," "Nickel Under My Foot," "Stay in My Arms," "Hit the Road," "Nocturne," "Thousands of Miles," "Wrong Note Rag," "Take the Moment," "'Round Midnight," "The Ballad of Booth," "Hosing the Furniture," "New York Lights," "Walt Whitman in 1989," "How Can I Keep From Singing?"

I Can Get It For You Wholesale OBC Deluxe Edition
(Stage Door Records - new on 2 CDs)
Expanded release of the original Broadway cast recording of Harold Rome's score for the 1962 musical (book by Jerome Weidman). Elliott Gould, Lillian Roth, Marilyn Cooper, Ken LeRoy, Harold Lang, Bambi Linn and Barbra Streisand. Newly remastered from stereo reel-to-reel tape. Also included are the show's original demo recordings and a bonus disc of cover recordings from the show (including a never before released on CD instrumental album by Sy Oliver and His Orchestra and pop covers from such artists as Tony Bennett, Robert Goulet, Jerry Vale and Edmundo Ros). Detailed sleeve notes by George Dansker. Limited edition release of 500 units only.


February 1, 2022

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.

The Method: How the Twentieth Century Learned to Act
(Bloomsbury Publishing - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Isaac Butler. Chronicles the history of the Method in a narrative that transports readers from Moscow to New York to Los Angeles, from The Seagull to A Streetcar Named Desire ... traces how a cohort of American mavericks—including Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg, and the storied Group Theatre—refashioned Stanislavski's ideas for a Depression-plagued nation that had yet to find its place as an artistic powerhouse. Long after its midcentury heyday, the Method lives on as one of the most influential—and misunderstood—ideas in American culture. 512 pages.


February 8, 2022

Ben Bagley's Harold Arlen and Vernon Duke Revisited Volume II
(Kritzerland - on CD)
Songs from the revue Life Begins at 8:40, cut songs from Jamaica, the rare Sadie Thompson, and a few other rarities; rare songs from Banjo Eyes, Zenda, Walk a Little Faster, The Lady Comes Across, and more. Plus additional Harold Arlen songs in a bonus section. Dolores Gray, Helen Gallagher, Sandy Duncan, Tammy Grimes, Blossom Dearie, and Arthur Siegel. Arrangements and orchestrations are by Dennis Deal and Albert Evans. Cover art by Harvey Schmidt. Limited to 500 copies only. Kritzerland.com.

I Do! I Do!
(Kritzerland - on CD)
1996 cast (Lamb's Theater) recording of score by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones. David Garrison and Karen Ziemba. Remastered by James Nelson. Includes new bonus track cut song "Thousands of Flowers," sung by Ziemba and Garrison. New cover art, a booklet with color photographs, new liner notes by Tom Jones, Karen Ziemba, David Garrison, and producer Bruce Kimmel. Limited to 500 copies only. Kritzerland.com.


February 8, 2022

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


February 11, 2022

The Four Phantoms in Concert
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Brent Barrett, John Cudia, Franc D'Ambrosio, and Ciarán Sheehan, plus special guest Kaley Ann Voorhees. Recorded live at Feinstein's/54 Below. "Overture," "Old Friends," Welcome to Feinstein’s / 54 Below..., "This Is The Moment," Brent barrett intro, "All I Care About," Franc D’Ambrosio intro, "Speak Softly Love," Ciarán Sheehan intro, "Danny Boy," John Cudia intro, "'Til I Hear You Sing," "The Impossible Dream," "Pretty Women," Kaley Ann Voorhees intro, "Home", Duet Medley: "The First Man You Remember / You’re Just in Love / It Only Takes A Moment / Tonight," "All I Ask of You," Bring Him Home intro, "Bring Him Home," "The Phantom of the Opera," The Music of the Night intro, "The Music of the Night," "I'm Nothing Without You," "Band Intro / The Best of Times." Digital version released earlier. BroadwayRecords.com

Space Dogs
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album)
Original cast album. Score by Van Hughes and Nick Blaemire, who also perform. "The Space Dogs of the Cosmodrome " (now available), "If I Start a Race," "A Brief History of Dogs," "Getting Me High," "Blessed By Two Great Oceans," "Fill the Void I," "A Russian Canine Beauty Pageant," "Werner Von Braun," "Babies To Time," "Ahead In the Van," "Fuzziest Loneliest," "Progress," "Byelka Strelka," "Fill the Void II," "Space Opera." Produced by Van Hughes and Nick Blaemire, with Kurt Deutsch serving as executive producer. The show is expected to debut at MCC Theater in January 2022. GhostlightRecords.com.

Witness Uganda: An American Musical
(Masterworks Broadway - new digital album)
Studio album of score by Griffin Matthews and Matt Gould. Performed by Griffin Matthews, Cynthia Erivo, Ledisi, Nicolette Robinson, Emma Hunton, Kristolyn Lloyd, Tyrone Davis Jr., Jamar Williams, Kameron Richardson, Jai’Len Josey, Amber Iman, India Carney, Jamard Richardson, Kevin Curtis, Sha’Leah Nikole, Naarai, Loren Smith, and Antwone Barnes. Single "Bricks" now available. 24 tracks.


February 18, 2022

Back to the Future: The Musical
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD)
Original cast recording of score with new songs by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard alongside hit songs from the movie. Cast includes Roger Bart and Olly Dobson, Hugh Coles, Rosanna Hyland, Cedric Neal, Aidan Cutler, and Courtney-Mae Briggs. .Currently at the Adelphi Theatre in London's West End


February 22, 2022

Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Stephen Adly Guirgis. 120 pages.

West Side Story: Breaking Barriers
(Wownow Entertainment - new DVD)
2021 documentary. Part of Literary Heroes Documentary Series. 72 minutes.


February 24, 2022

Pinter and Stoppard: A Director's View
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
Carey Perloff examines these contemporary playwrights alongside one another and in the context of the rehearsal room, to glean new insights and connections, including the impact of their Jewish background on their work and their passion for the details of stagecraft. The author draws upon her first-hand experience of working with both writers, creating case studies of particular plays in production to provide new ways of positioning the work today. 240 pages.


February 25, 2022

Sondheim in Our Time and His
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Paperback)
W. Anthony Sheppard, editor. Offers a wide-ranging historical investigation of the works and career of Stephen Sondheim. Each author uncovers those aspects of biography, collaborative process, and contemporary context that impacted the creation and reception of Sondheim's musicals. Several explore in detail how Sondheim's shows have been dramatically revised and adapted over time. Multiple chapters invite the reader to rethink Sondheim's works from a distinctly contemporary critical perspective and to consider how these musicals are being reenvisioned today. Some chapters focus on individual musicals, and others explore a specific topic as manifested throughout his entire career. Brings together Sondheim's past with the present, thriving existence of his musicals. Afterword by Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

Spencer Day: Broadway by Day
(Provident - new on CD)
Details to come.


March 1, 2022

I Was Better Last Night: A Memoir
(Penguin - Hardcover Book/Audible Audiobook)
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."

This Time for Me: A Memoir
(TOPPLE Books & Little A - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook/Audiobook on CD)
By Alexandra Billings with Joanne Gordon. Introduction by Joey Soloway. "An emotional, funny, and fabulous memoir by trailblazing and award-winning Trans actor and activist Alexandra Billings. Spanning five decades, from profound lows to exhilarating highs ... captures the events of a pioneering life ... award-winning actor and history-making LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS activist shares not only her own ever-evolving story but also the parallel ways in which queer identity has dramatically changed since the Stonewall riots of 1969. She weaves a true coming-of-age story of richly imaginative lies, of friends being swept away by a plague that decimated the community, of her determination to establish a career that would break boundaries, and of the recognition of her own power."

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


March 11, 2022

Flying Over Sunset
(Sony Masterworks - new on CD)
2021 Broadway musical score by Tom Kitt and Michael Korie. Carmen Cusack, Tony Yazbeck, Harry Hadden-Paton, Kanisha Marie Feliciano, Nehal Joshi, Emily Pynenburg, Michele Ragusa, Robert Sella, Laura Shoop, and Atticus Ware. Released digitally earlier.


March 15, 2022

Fearlessly Different: An Autistic Actor's Journey to Broadway's Biggest Stage
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Mickey Rowe. The story of an autistic and legally blind person and pushing beyond the restrictions of a special education classroom to shine on the stage ... to become the first autistic actor to play the lead role in the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, landing the title role in the play Amadeus, co-creating the theatre/philanthropy company Arts on the Waterfront, and founding the National Disability Theatre. 200 pages.

The Lost Conversation: Interviews with an Enduring Avant-Garde
(53rd State Press - Paperback Book)
By Sara Farrington. Collection of interviews conducted between 2019-2021 with New York theater artists who have spent their lives working in and inventing the avant-garde ... brings to light a series of "lost conversations" about class, race, difficulty, endurance, and privilege in the New York avant-garde of the past fifty years, as well as conversations about the ephemerality, the always-about-to-be-lostness of the medium itself. Featuring conversations with Joanne Akalaitis, Anne Bogart, Lee Breuer, Ping Chong, Richard Foreman, Andre Gregory, Deborah Hay, Bill T. Jones, Adrienne Kennedy, Lola Pashalinksi, Jennifer Tipton, Kate Valk, Mac Wellman, and Robert Wilson. 180 pages.


March 17, 2022

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).


March 22, 2022

Facing the Music: a Broadway memoir
(Regan Arts - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Broadway Musical Director and arranger David Loud. From his "wildly entertaining and deeply poignant trek through the wilderness of his childhood and the edge-of-your-seat drama of a career on, in, under, and around Broadway for decades ... He reveals his struggle against the ravages of Parkinson's and triumphs repeatedly ... The extraordinary cast of characters in his life also includes John Kander, Fred Ebb, Angela Lansbury, Chita Rivera, Roger Rees, Marin Mazzie, Scott Ellis, Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, Garth Drabinsky, and Barbara Cook, among others ... a remarkable love letter to music." 288 pages.


March 24, 2022

Best of Enemies
(Methuen Drama - new Paperback Book)
Play by James Graham, inspired by the documentary by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon. This edition was published to coincide with the world premiere at London's Young Vic, December 2021. 128 pages.


March 29, 2022

Screen plays: Theatre plays on British television
(Manchester Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
Amanda Wrigley and John Wyver, editors. Chronicles the history of stage plays produced for the small screen between 1930 and the present. Includes: historical outline of how plays originally written for the theatre have been presented by the BBC and ITV, as well as independent producers and cultural organisations; a variety of critical methodologies to analyse a wide range of outside broadcasts from theatres, screen adaptations of existing stage productions, along with original television productions of classic and contemporary drama. 352 pages.

Trouble in Mind
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Alice Childress. Scheduled to open on Broadway in 1957, Childress objected to the requested changes in the script that would “sanitize” the play for mainstream audiences, and the production was canceled as a result. Childress’s final script is published here. 120 pages.


March 31, 2022

Fifty Key Stage Musicals
(Routledge - new Hardcover/Paperback Book)
Robert W Schneider and Shannon Agnew, editors. This volume in the Routledge Key Guides series provides a round-up of the fifty musicals whose creations were seminal in altering the landscape of musical theater discourse in the English-speaking world. Chapters: 1. The Black Crook by Sebastian Trainor; 2. HMS Pinafore by Rupert Holmes; 3. The Merry Widow by Andrew Child; 4. Shuffle Along by Jerrell L. Henderson; 5. Show Boat by Benjamin Nissen; 6. Of Thee I Sing by Laura Frankos; 7. Anything Goes by Scott Miller; 8. Porgy and Bess by Isaiah Wooden; 9. The Cradle Will Rock by Johanna Pinzler; 10. Pal Joey by Laurence Maslon. 304 pages.


April 1, 2022

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.


April 12, 2022

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

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.


April 15, 2022

Offstage Observations: Inside Tales of the Not-So-Legitimate Theatre
(Applause Books - Hardcover Book)
By Steven Suskin. Foreword by Ted Chapin. The author introduces Broadway, once upon a time ... taking the reader through a decade's worth of adventures, working his way from a menial pencil sharpener for producer David Merrick toward a career as a full-fledged manager, producer, and drama critic. The book follows the author's progress from the wintry night after his sixteenth birthday, when he unexpectedly finds himself alone on the empty stage of a Broadway theatre, peering out at the silent, empty auditorium lit only by a solitary ghost light to the matinee eight summers later when he finds himself accidentally and uncomfortably acting in a Broadway musical, bombarded by roars of laughter from a houseful of playgoers. 424 pages.


April 19, 2022

The Ground on Which I Stand: 25th Anniversary Edition
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
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.


April 29, 2022

Joe Stilgoe: Theatre
(Westway - new album)
Singer/pianist/songwriter Joe Stilgoe, with the Metropole Orchestra.


May 1, 2022

The Letters of Oscar Hammerstein II
(Oxford Univ Press - new hardcover book)
Mark Eden Horowitz, editor. Hundreds of previously unpublished letters that show off all facets of Hammerstein's many engagements and his personality: correspondence to and from major Broadway figures like Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Kern, and Josh Logan, as well as those with politicians and activists. Reveals a man who was sharp, opinionated, and funny but also cared deeply about addressing the social ills that his musicals explored beyond the stage. 1000 pages.


May 15, 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.


June 7, 2022

Grease, Tell Me More, Tell Me More: Stories from the Broadway Phenomenon That Started It All
(Chicago Review Press - Hardcover Book)
Edited by Ken Waissman, Adrienne Barbeau, and Tom Moore. How the show that started in a converted trolly barn in Chicago in the Eden Theatre February 14, 1972, short of money, short of audience, short of critical raves ... became a musical classic. Collection of memories and stories from over one hundred actors and musicians, including the creative team and crew who were part of the original Broadway production and in the many touring companies it spawned, including Barry Bostwick, John Travolta, Adrienne Barbeau, Treat Williams, Marilu Henner, Peter Gallagher, Danny Jacobson, Walter Bobbie, Jerry Zaks, Laurie Graff, John Lansing, Ilene Kristen, Ilene Graff, and Lisa Raggio. 352 pages.


July 15, 2022

The Complete Book of 1900s Broadway Musicals
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book)
Latest in series by Dan Dietz. Surveys every single book musical that opened during the decade. Each musical has its own entry which features: Plot summary; cast members; creative team; song lists; opening and closing dates; number of performances; critical commentary; film adaptations, recordings, and published scripts, when applicable. Numerous appendixes include a chronology of book musicals by season; chronology of revues; chronology of revivals of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas; a selected discography; filmography; published scripts; Black musicals; long and short runs; and musicals based on comic strips. 800 pages.


August 1, 2022

Transforming Space Over Time: Set Design and Visual Storytelling with Broadway’s Legendary Directors
(Applause Books - Hardcover Book)
By theater designer and Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt. Tells the stories of six diverse productions: five on Broadway and one Off-Broadway ... beginning with the moment he was offered each job, and taking readers through the conceptual development of the set, in collaboration with the director, the challenges of its physical creation, and the intense process of readying it for the stage. Extensive conversations with the directors of the productions ... such as James Lapine, Kenny Leon, Hal Prince, Susan Stroman, Jerry Zaks, and Stephen Sondheim. 304 pages.


August 9, 2022

Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Mary Rodgers (1931–2014) and Jesse Green. The memoirs of Mary Rodgers—writer, composer, Broadway royalty, and "a woman who tried everything." Her story, with copious annotations, contradictions, and interruptions from coauthor Jesse Green. 480 pages.


August 15, 2022

Everything Was Possible: The Birth of the Musical Folllies (revised and updated)
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
By Ted Chapin. Foreword by Frank Rich. Insider's view of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's musical, Folies. New afterword brings the history of the show forward, diving into recent productions around the world, new recordings, and the continued promise of a film version.


October 4, 2022

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 18, 2022

Creating Back to the Future: The Musical
(Abrams - Hardcover Book)
By Michael Klastorin. Foreword by Bob Gale. About the creation of the musical that opened at the Manchester Opera House in February 2020, music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard and a book by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale (adapted from their original screenplay). Pairs exclusive, in-depth interviews with previously unpublished photography; excerpts from Bob Gale’s personal journal; and a foreword by Gale to reveal and detail the years long process, and the creative ingenuity and technical innovation. 224 pages.


November 11, 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.


November 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

Adventures in Reality
(Ghostlight Records - new album)
Collection of previously unreleased songs from various projects by Michael Friedman.

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

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."

The Christmas Schooner
(new album)
Studio cast recording of score from holiday musical by John Reeger and Julie Shannon. Featuring Jessie Mueller and James Monroe Iglehart. Expected in 2022. Opening song "We All Have Songs" is available at TheChristmasSchooner.com.

A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet
(Time-Life - new album)
Off-Broadway cast recording of score by Alex Wyse and Ben Fankhauser. Cast: Alex Wyse and Ben Fankhauser, and Bryonha Marie Parham. Produced by Rob Sher and Cody Lassen, with executive producers Huck Walton and Brian Gillet of InOvation Multimedia. Expected early 2022.

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

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

Joe Stilgoe: Theatre
(Westway - new album)
Singer/pianist/songwriter Joe Stilgoe, with the Metropole Orchestra.

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. www.kalevalamusical.com/. August 2021 release expected.

Kerry Ellis album
(Westway - new album)
Album of original music by British actress/singer Kerry Ellis (Wicked). 2022 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.

Lovesong
(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.

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.

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.

Sportin' Life: John W. Bubbles, An American Classic
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Brian Harker. Biography of groundbreaking tap dancer John W. Bubbles, who played Sportin' Life in the original production of Porgy and Bess. His life, from 1902-1986, from vaudeville to Broadway to TV, then to acclaimed performances from his wheelchair. 328 pages. Kindle Edition released earlier.

Trevor - A New Musical
(Ghostlight Records - new album)
Original Off-Broadway cast recording of score by Julianne Wick and Davis Dan Collins. Mark Aguirre, Aaron Alcaraz, Ava Briglia, Sammy Dell, Ellie Kim, Colin Konstanty, Diego Lucano, Alyssa Emily Marvin, Isabel A Medina, Echo Deva Picone, Brandi Porter, Dan Rosales, Aryan Simhadri, Yasmeen Sulieman, Sally Wilfert, Jarrod Zimmerman. No release date.

The Unsinkable Molly Brown
(new album)
2020 Off-Broadway (Transport Group) cast recording of score by Meredith Willson. Cast includes Beth Malone and David Aron Damane. Recorded 12/12/21. Unconfirmed.

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