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Schedule of New & Upcoming CD, DVD & Book Releases

Updated 1/18/19

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Ben Bagley Frank LoesserBen Bagley's Frank Loesser Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Remastered. Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. Additional music by Burton Lane, Arthur Schwartz, Victor Schertzinger, Matty Melnick. Performers include Jo Sullivan Loesser, Emily Loesser, Blossom Dearie, Johnny Desmond, Rhonda Fleming, Madeline Kahn, Bibi Osterwald, Gloria Swanson, and Margaret Whiting. Arrangements by Dick Hyman. Includes bonuses from the first CD release. Limited to 500 copies. At

Ben Bagley Rodgers and HartBen Bagley's Rodgers and Hart Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Remastered. First of five Rodgers and Hart albums. Performers include Dorothy Loudon, Danny Meehan, Charlotte Rae, and Cy Young. Additional material performed by Ann Hampton Callaway, Sandy Stewart, and Arthur Siegel. Arrangements by Norman Paris. Includes bonuses from the first CD release. Limited to 500 copies. At

Ben Bagley Rodgers and HartBen Bagley's Rodgers and Hart Revisited Volume II
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Remastered. Second of five Rodgers and Hart albums. Performers include Dorothy Loudon, Blossom Dearie, Gloria De Haven, Bibi Osterwald, Charles Rydell, and Bobby Short. Arrangements by Norman Paris. Includes bonuses from the first CD release. Limited to 500 copies. At

DorothyDorothy: A Pastoral Comedy
(Naxos Opera - new on CD)
Alfred Cellier comic opera. Libretto by B. C. Stephenson. Premiered at the Gaiety Theatre in London on September 25, 1886. This cast includes Majella Cullagh, Lucy Vallis, Stephanie Maitland, Matt Mears, John Ieuan Jones, Edward Robinson, Patrick Relph, Michael Vincent Jones, Sebastian Maclaine. With Victorian Opera Chorus and Victorian Opera Orchestra. Richard Bonynge, conductor. Recorded at Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK. Libretto available at Released 1/11/19.

ChimericaChimerica and Other Plays
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Lucy Kirkwood. Includes Chimerica, Tinderbox, it felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now, small hours, and NSFW. 400 pages.

Dramatic ExchangesDramatic Exchanges: The Lives and Letters of the National Theatre
(Profile Books - Hardcover Book)
Daniel Rosenthal, editor. Brings together for the first time eight hundred of the most inspiring, dramatic and amusing letters from the life of Britain's most beloved theatre. From Laurence Olivier's gracious rejection letters to Peter Hall's combative memos; from Helen Mirren's impassioned defence of theatrical innovation to a Tory politician's brutal telegram damning a play; from fantastical good luck missives to long conspiratorial letters. This collection of correspondence offers a fascinating and celebratory look at the world of theatre and beyond. 416 pages.

(Arts Music/Warner Classics/National Theatre - new on mp3/at iTunes)
2017 National Theatre cast album. Stephen Sondheim score. Cast includes Imelda Staunton, Philip Quast, Janie Dee, Peter Forbes, and Tracie Bennett. "Prologue," "Beautiful Girls," "Don't Look At Me," "Waiting for the Girls Upstairs," "Rain on the Roof / Ah, Paris! / Broadway Baby (Medley)," "The Road You Didn't Take," "In Buddy's Eyes," "Who's That Woman?," "I'm Still Here," "Too Many Mornings," "The Right Girl," "One More Kiss," "Could I Leave You," "Loveland," "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow / Love Will See Us Through (Medley)," "Buddy's Blues," "Losing My Mind," "The Story of Lucy and Jessie," "Live, Laugh, Love," "End of Show." Recorded in January 2018. CD format expected sometime in the future.

The GabrielsThe Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Three-part play cycle by Richard Nelson: Hungry, What Did You Expect?, and Women of a Certain Age. 320 pages.

Little FoxesThe Little Foxes L.A. Theatre Works
(LA Theatre Works - new on CD)
Audio recording of L.A. Theatre Works 2018 production of Lillian Hellman's play, featuring Tim DeKay, Jared Harris, Jamie Harris, Joanne Whalley, Molly C. Quinn, Will Brittain, Heidi Dippold, Larry Powell, Albie Selznick, and Karen Malina White. Directed by Rosalind Ayres.

Pretty WomanPretty Woman: The Musical OBC vinyl
(Atlantic - new 2-LP set)
Original Broadway cast recording of Bryan Adams score. Cast includes Samantha Barks, Andy Karl, Orfeh, Eric Anderson, Ezra Knight, and Jason Danieley. "Welcome to Hollywood," "Anywhere But Here," "Something About Her (Preamble)," "Something About Her," "Luckiest Girl in The World," "Rodeo Drive," "Anywhere But Here (Reprise)," "On A Night Like Tonight," "Don't Forget to Dance," "Freedom," "You're Beautiful," "Welcome to Our World (More Champagne)," "This Is My Life," "Never Give Up on A Dream," "You and I," "I Can't Go Back," "Freedom (Reprise)," "Long Way Home," "Together Forever," "You and I (Edit)." Special 2-LP red vinyl edition. Disc: 1: "Welcome to Hollywood," "Anywhere but Here," "Something About Her (Preamble)," "Something About Her," "Luckiest Girl in the World." Disc: 2: "Rodeo Drive," "Anywhere but Here (Reprise)," "On a Night Like Tonight," "Don't Forget to Dance," "Freedom," "You're Beautiful." Disc: 3: "Welcome to Our World (More Champagne)," "This Is My Life," "Never Give Up on a Dream," "You and I." Disc: 4: "Can't Go Back," "Freedom (Reprise)," "Long Way Home," "Together Forever," "You and I (Edit)."Released on CD, mp3 and at iTunes earlier.

Thom Pain revisedThom Pain (based on nothing): With Other Monologues for Theatre
(Theatre Communications Group - Kindle Edition)
Play by Will Eno, in a revised TCG edition, plus nine monologues.

January 24, 2019

Contemporary Plays by African WomenContemporary Plays by African Women
(Methuen - Paperback Book)
Niqabi Ninja by Sara Shaarawi (Egypt), Not That Woman by Tosin Jobi-Tume (Nigeria), I Want To Fly by Thembelihle Moyo (Zimbabwe), Silent Voices by Adong Judith (Uganda), Unsettled by JC Niala (Kenya), Mbuzeni by Koleka Putuma (South Africa), Bonganyi by Sophia Kwachuh Mempuh (Cameroon). For each play, also a biography of the playwright, the writer's own artistic statement, a production history of the play and a critical contextualisation of the theatrical landscape from which each woman is writing. 344 pages.

January 25, 2019

BulldozerBulldozer: The Ballad of Robert Moses original Off-Broadway cast
(Broadway Records - new on CD at Amazon)
New rock musical written by Peter Galperin. Constantine Maroulis, Molly Pope, Wayne Wilcox, Ryan Knowles and Kacie Sheik, and a four-piece rock band. Also at

(Broadway Records - new on CD at Amazon)
Score by Paul Gordon. Kelli Barrett, Caitlin Brooke, Lauren "Coco" Cohn, Adam Daveline, Richert Easley, Timothy Gulan, Brian Herndon, Pamela Winslow Kashani, Dani Marcus, Don Richard, Sharon Rietkerk, and Will Reynolds. [Amazon link should work soon.] Also at The full musical is available at

GoldsteinGoldstein original Off-Broadway cast
(Broadway Records - new on CD at Amazon)
Score by Michael Roberts. Farah Alvin, Julie Benko, Amie Bermowitz, Aaron Galligan-Stierle, Zal Owen, Sarah Beth Pfeifer and Jim Stanek. Also at

IndecentIndecent OBC
(Yellow Sound Label - new on CD)
Score composed by Lisa Gutkin and Aaron Halva, plus period songs that were heard throughout the production. Featuring Mimi Lieber, Katrina Lenk, Max Gordon Moore, Tom Nelis, Steven Rattazzi, Richard Topol and Adina Verson, and musicians Matt Darriau (clarinet, bass clarinet, tin whistle), Lisa Gutkin (violin, mandolin, wood block), and Aaron Halva (accordion, baritone ukulele, piano, percussion). Katrina Lenk is also featured on viola. "Opening: Ghost Waltz," "Ale Brider," "Suitcase Song: Ich hob' nach einen koffer in Berlin," "Tour, Torah, and Ellis Island," "Welcome to Amerike: Vot can you makh?," "God of Vengeance on the Bowery," "The English Debut," "Rifkele and Manke Secret Kiss," "Ain't We Got Fun? / Ain't We Got Anguish?," "Sarah Onstage," "Broadway and the Arrest," "Dorothee and Reina Secret Kiss," "Lemml's Welcome to Eugene O'Neill," "Old Devil Sea," "Sunrise Over Staten Island / Lemml Goes Home," "Bei Mir Bistu Shein," "Letter from Poland," "Stars Lament / Ghost Waltz," "From Dust to the Attic Freyleks," "Attic Rain," "Wiegela," "Finale: Old Asch / Rifkele and Manke in the Rain." Produced by Michael Croiter, Lisa Gutkin and Aaron Halva. Daryl Roth, Elizabeth Ireland McCann and Cody Lassen served as Executive Producers. [Amazon link should work soon.] Also at

MutinyMutiny! OLC
(Stage Door Records - new import CD at Amazon)
1985 musical written by David Essex and Richard Crane. Digitally remastered. Cast includes David Essex as Fletcher Christian, Frank Finlay, Sinitta, Simon Packham, Anthony Johncock, Patrick Clancy, Nicola Blackman, Frank Olegario, "New World," "Friends," "The Storm," "Failed Cape Horn," "Saucy Sal," "The Lash ," "Welcome," "Wardance," "Tahiti," "Breadfruit / Will You Come Back?," "Hell," "Freedom," "Falling Angels Riding," "Bligh's Speech," "I'll Go No More a Roving." Also at, shipping a week earlier.

Songs for a New WorldSongs for a New World
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/on mp3)
Score by Jason Robert Brown. 2018 City Center Encores! Off-Center cast recording. Cast includes Shoshana Bean, Colin Donnell, Mykal Kilgore, and Solea Pfeiffer. Disc 1: "Opening: The New World," "On the Deck of a Spanish Sailing Ship, 1492," "Just One Step," "I'm Not Afraid of Anything," "The River Won't Flow," "'A new world calls me in the darkness...' (Transition)," "Stars and the Moon," "She Cries," "The Steam Train." Disc 2: "The World Was Dancing," "Surabaya-Santa," "Christmas Lullaby," "King of the World," "I'd Give It All for You," "'A new world promised it would teach me...' (Transition)," "The Flagmaker, 1775," "Flying Home," "'It's about one moment' (Transition)," "Hear My Song." Produced by Jeffrey Lesser and Jason Robert Brown, with Stacey Mindich serving as executive producer.

January 27, 2019

Broadway and the BlacklistBroadway and the Blacklist
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
By K. Kevyne Baar. Explores theatre during the era of McCarthyism: the Theatre Guild; the short life and death of the Federal Theatre Project; the investigations of the motion picture and television industries, and of Broadway, by the HUAC; and the role of the three major performing arts unions. Includes many photos from the author's personal collection, and appendices provide a discussion of McCarthy's role, the memos of investigator Dolores Faconti Scott, a list of prominent witnesses in the HUAC hearings, and reactions by the unions in the decades following the blacklist. 200 pages.

Sea WallSea Wall
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Play by Simon Stephens (Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, On the Shore of the Wide World. The Public Theatre is presenting the New York premiere February 2019. 24 pages. [waiting for Amazon link to work.]

February 1, 2019

College Audition GuideThe Ultimate Musical Theater College Audition Guide: Advice from the People Who Make the Decisions
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Amy Rogers Schwartzreich. No-nonsense guide to the musical theatre audition. Written for high school students and their parents, teachers, and mentors, the book demystifies what can be an overwhelming process with step-by-step explanations of audition checkpoints. Also, advice from more than 10 top-tier program directors and faculty, as well as examples from students, parents, and experts currently working on Broadway. 224 pages.

February 7, 2019

CompanyCompany new libretto
(Nick Hern Books - Paperback Book)
Libretto for the musical by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth. Features the complete revised book and lyrics for the production, color production photographs from the 2018 West End revival, and an introduction by David Benedict. Currently at Amazon UK and Nick Hern Books. 112 pages.

February 8, 2019

John PizzarelliJohn Pizzarelli Trio: For Centennial Reasons: 100 Year Salute to Nat King Cole
(Ghostlight Deluxe - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
New album with john Pizzarelli on guitar and vocals, Mike Karn on double bass, and Konrad Paszkudzki on piano. "Straighten Up and Fly Right," "A Hundred Years from Now," "The Very Thought of You," "(I Would Do) Anything for You," "I'm Such a Hungry Man," "It's Only a Paper Moon," "Body and Soul," "Nat King Cool," "When I Fall in Love," "Save the Bones for Henry Jones ('Cause Henry Don't Eat No Meat)," "Hit That Jive, Jack!," "Could-'Ja," "Red Sails in the Sunset," "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66." Produced by John Pizzarelli and co-produced by Jessica Molaskey.

February 12, 2019

Small Mouth Sounds: A Play Off-Broadway Edition
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by Bess Wohl. Produced by Ars Nova in 2015 and 2016.

February 19, 2019

Broadway BoundBroadway Bound
(Kino Lorber Studio Classics - on DVD)
Neil Simon play adaptted for film. Corey Parker, Anne Bancroft, Jerry Orbach, Hume Cronyn, Jonathan Silverman, Michele Lee, Pat McCormick, and Jack Carter. Directed by Paul Bogart. This special edition includes both the original 90-minute cut and the 94-minute extended cut.

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

Wakey, WakeyWakey, Wakey
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Will Eno. Played the Signature Theatre in 2017. 64 pages.

February 21, 2019

Plays by WomenPlays by Women from the Contemporary American Theater Festival
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Edited by Peggy McKowen and Ed Herendee. Gidion's Knot (Johnna Adams ), The Niceties (Eleanor Burgess ), Memoirs of a Forgotten Man (D.W Gregory), Dead and Breathing (Chisa Hutchinson ), 20th Century Blues (Susan Miller). Introduction by Lynn Nottage. Each of the plays is followed by a playwright interview conducted by Sharon J. Anderson that contextualizes and develops the works within the wider context of the annual festival. 344 pages.

February 26, 2019

Doll's House Pt 2A Doll's House, Part 2
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Lucas Hnath. 2017 Broadway play. 96 pages.

February, no release date

MythicMythic - A New Musical OLC
(Broadway Records - new album)
Pop/rock musical comedy score by Oran Eldor and Marcus Stevens. Currently playing at Charing Cross Theatre in London. Cast includes Daniella Bowen, Courtney Brogan Smalley, Eloise Davies, Ben Lancaster, Jade Marvin, Michael Mather, Genevieve McCarthy, Tim Oxbrow, Jamie Ross, Leo Sene, Ben Welch and Georgie Westall. At

March 1, 2019

Ray BolgerRay Bolger: More than a Scarecrow
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Holly Van Leuven. Biography of Ray Bolger, through access to Bolger's papers and many never-before-published photographs. 256 pages.

RentRent soundtrack of the Fox Live television event
(Masterworks Broadway - new on 2 CDs)
Soundtrack from the January 27, 2019, television program. Cast includes Vanessa Hudgens, Brandon Victor Dixon, Mario, Tinashe, Kiersey Clemons, Jordan Fisher, Brennin Hunt, Valentina, and Keala Settle.

They Made Someone HappyThey Made Us Happy: Betty Comden & Adolph Green's Musicals & Movies
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Andy Propst. The first book to tell the full story of the careers, lives, and work of legendary writers Comden & Green. A trip through almost the entirety of the twentieth century, from their acclaimed appearances as part of the sketch troupe the Revuers through their bi-coastal lives as a pair of Broadway and Hollywood's top writers, including their produced work as well as projects that that never made it to the stage or the screen. 288 pages.

March 5, 2019

The InheritanceThe Inheritance
(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book)
New play by Matthew Lopez (The Whipping Man, The Legend of Georgia McBride). Premiered at the New Vic in London in March 2018 (Transferring to the Noel Coward Theatre in September 2018). 320 pages. Had been announced for 2018.

March 8, 2019

Broadway, Balanchine, and BeyondBroadway, Balanchine, and Beyond: A Memoir
(Univ Press of Florida - Paperback Book)
By Bettijane Sills. Elizabeth McPherson, contributor. personal look at the art and practice of George Balanchine by Sills, who appeared as child actor on Broadway before New York City Ballet in 1961, working her way up to soloist. 176 pages.

Cruel IntentionsCruel Intentions: The '90s Musical Experience
(ABKO - new on CD/on mp3)
Off-Broadway cast recording (Les Poisson Rouge). Off-Broadway cast included Alex Boniello, Matthew Griffin, Brian Muller, Patricia Richardson, Constantine Rousouli, Jessie Shelton, Carrie St. Louis, Lauren Zakrin, and Stefanie Brown. Includes songs by Boyz II Men, Christina Aguilera, REM, *NYSYNC, and Britney Spears. Expected March 2019, as a national tour launches.

Disney TheatricalDisney Theatrical Productions: Producing Broadway Musicals the Disney Way
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Amy S. Osatinski. Examines the history and production practices of Disney Theatrical Productions (DTP), the theatrical producing arm of the studio branch of the Walt Disney Corporation. Case studies of three productions (The Lion King, Tarzan, and Newsies). Topics include the history of Disney Theatrical, its impact on the revitalization of Times Square, and its ability to open up a new audience base for Broadway theatre. 220 pages.

Stacy Sullivan Tornado AlleyStacy Sullivan: Tornado Alley
(LML Music - new album on CD/at iTunes)
"Who Do You Belong to?," "Since You've Asked," "Wild is the Wind," "Shelter," "Confound Me," "Stormy Weather," "Landslide / I Get Along Without You Very Well," "This Land is Your Land / I Think It's Going to Rain Today / Blowing' in the Wind," "Ice on the Hudson," "You Must Believe in Spring," "Good Things Happen Slowly," "How Little We Know," "A Team," "Here Comes the Sun." CD pre-ordering at

March 12, 2019

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

Plays for the Public
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Anthology of plays by Richard Foreman, including The Gods are Pounding My Head, Idiot Savant, Old-Fashioned Prostitutes. 280 pages.

Too Much Is Not EnoughToo Much Is Not Enough: A Memoir of Fumbling Toward Adulthood
(Crown Archetype - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
Memoir by Andrew Rannells (Falsettos, The Book of Mormon). The Audible edition is narrated by Rannells. 272 pages.

March 13, 2019

Sondheim on MusicSondheim on Music: Minor Details and Major Decisions - revised
(Rowman & Littlefield - Paperback Book)
Updated and revised (first time in) paperback version of Mark Eden Horowitz' (senior music specialist in the music division of the Library of Congress) earlier book, published in 2003 and 2nd edition in 2010. Collection of interviews with Stephen Sondheim, in which Sondheim discusses the art of musical composition, lyric writing, the collaborative process of musical theater, and how he thinks about his own work. The entire scope of Sondheim’s career is covered here, in which Sondheim’s greatest works are discussed, and Sondheim even provides thoughts about the film adaptations of his works. The book features an entire chapter on Bounce, the previous incarnation of his latest musical, Road Show. Includes all of the interviews—verbatim—and a revised introduction and a postlude with an additional conversation. 288 pages.

March 15, 2019

Arena StageAmerica in the Round: Capital, Race, and Nation at Washington D.C.'s Arena Stage (Studies Theatre Hist & Culture)
(Univ. of Iowa Press - Paperback Book)
By Donatella Galella. Behind the scenes look at Tony Award winning DC regional theatre company Arena Stage. A "... critical history that reveals how far Washington D.C.'s Arena Stage could go with its budget and racially liberal politics, and how Arena both disputed and duplicated systems of power." Sources include archival materials such as letters and photographs, and interviews with artists and administrators, with close-ups of major productions from The Great White Hope to Oklahoma!. 314 pages.

March 19, 2019

AppropriateAppropriate and An Octoroon
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Plays by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. 260 pages.

Red SpeedoRed Speedo: A Play
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by Lucas Hnath. Produced in 2015 at New York Theatre Workshop. 128 pages.

March 26, 2019

The Good Peaches
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights, Water by the Spoonful. Originally performed by 56 orchestral musicians, three actors, and eight dancers at Cleveland Play House. 48 pages.

April 2, 2019

The Language Archive and Other Plays
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Plays by Julia Cho. The Language Archive, Aubergine, Office Hour, The Piano Teacher, and Durango. 360 pages.

April 9, 2019

Antilia PneumaticaAntlia Pneumatica
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Anne Washburn (Mr. Burns: A Post-electric Play). Played Playwrights Horizons in 2016. 96 pages.

April 10, 2019

1920s MusicalsThe Complete Book of 1920s Broadway Musicals
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book)
New edition in Dan Dietz' series of books. Here he examines in detail every book musical that opened on Broadway during the years 1920-1929 ... the era's major successes as well as its forgotten failures. The hits include A Connecticut Yankee, Hit the Deck!, No, No, Nanette, Rose-Marie, Show Boat, The Student Prince, The Vagabond King, and Whoopee, as well as ambitious failures, including Deep River, Rainbow, and Chee-Chee. Each entry includes plot summary; cast members; names of creative personnel, including book writers, lyricists, composers, directors, choreographers, producers, and musical directors; opening and closing dates; number of performances; plot summary; critical commentary; musical numbers and names of the performers who introduced the songs; production data, including information about tryouts; source material; details about London productions. There are also numerous appendixes, including ones which cover other shows produced during the decade (revues, plays with music, miscellaneous musical presentations, and a selected list of pre-Broadway closings) ... a discography, filmography, a list of published scripts, and a list of black-themed musicals. 672 pages.

April 16, 2019

How to Transcend a Happy Marriage
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Sarah Ruhl. Played in 2017 at Lincoln Center. 120 pages.

May 1, 2019

On StreisandOn Streisand: An Opinionated Guide
(Oxford Univ. Press - Hardcover Book)
By Ethan Mordden. Begins with a broad year-by-year outline of the landmark achievements, followed by a short biography, some chapters exploring key points in the artistry, then-the major part of the book-a work-by-work analysis, broken down into separate chapters, each organized chronologically: the stage shows, the television shows and concerts, the movies, and the recordings. 216 pages.

May 8, 2019

Joe Turner (Fourth Wall)August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Ladrica Menson-Furr. Gives readers an overview of the work from its inception through revisions and stagings in regional theatres and Broadway, exploring its use of African American vernacular genres - blues music, folk songs, folk tales, and dance - and 19th Century Southern post-Reconstruction history. Ladrica Menson-Furr presents Joe Turner's Come and Gone as a historical drama, blues drama, American drama, great migration drama, and the finest example of Wilson's gift for re-locating the African American experience in urban southern cities as the beginning and not the end of the African American experience. 160 pages.

Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Julian Woolford. In a series of short essays, the stage musical is re-examined from seven different perspectives, including how the musical heralded the end of an era on Broadway, its reinvention of history and biography, how the film version has influenced future stage productions and the ways in which it put child performers centre stage ... how, nearly 60 years after its stage debut, the musical has a direct impact on the modern world, through its recent iterations ... through Salzburg's recent embracing of the musical after years of ambivalence ... and The Sound of Music in the Middle East, where it has become a symbol of antifundamentalism.

May 14, 2019

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

May 21, 2019

Lost Girls: A Play
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by John Pollono (Small Engine Repair). Produced in 2015 at Lucille Lortel Theatre. 96 pages. Dramatist's version published May 10, 2016.

June 4, 2019

Kenny LeonTake You Wherever You Go paperback
(Grand Central Publishing - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of 2017 memoir by Tony Award winning director Kenny Leon. Foreword by Samuel L. Jackson. 256 pages. Released in hardcover, Kindle, audiobook, and Audible formats 6/5/18.

June 18, 2019

The Minutes
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Tracy Letts. Debuted at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago in November 2017. 96 pages.

July 11, 2019

Discovering MusicalsDiscovering Musicals: A Liberal Arts Guide to Stage and Screen
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
By Marc Raymond Strauss. Foreword by Christine Pedi. Covering both Broadway and Hollywood musicals, explores most of the most famous musicals of the past two centuries, along with many others. Also includes references for nearly 1000 internet video examples of dance and song. 200 pages.

July 16, 2019

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.

August 27, 2019

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

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

December 24, 2019

Don Juan Home from IraqDon Juan Comes Home from Iraq
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Paula Vogel. Played the Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia in 2015.

(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play, with book and lyrics by César Alvarez; music by César Alvarez and The Lisps. A new age blend of American history, science fiction, and alternative indie folk rock. 96 pages.

May 1, 2020

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

No release date set

August Wilson: The Kiln in Which He was Fired
(37 INK - new book)
[Tentative title.] Biography of August Wilson by Patti Hartigan. Expected late 2019.

Book of comedic essays by Laura Benanti
(St. Martin's Press - new book)
Release date unknown.

Clockmaker's DaughterThe Clockmaker's Daughter
(Auburn Jam Music - new on CD)
Studio cast recording of Michael Webborn and Daniel Finn score. Christine Allado, Ramin Karimloo, Fra Fee, Matthew Croke, Lauren James Ray. Pre-ordering at

Company 2018 London cast
(new album)
Recording of Stephen Sondheim score. Cast includes Rosalie Craig, Patti LuPone, Jonathan Bailey, Alex Gaumond, Daisy Maywood, Mel Giedroyc, George Blagden, Ashley Campbell, Richard Fleeshman, Richard Henders, Ben Lewis, Jennifer Saayeng, Matthew Seadon-Young, Gavin Spokes, Michael Colbourne, Francesca Ellis, Ewan Gillies, Grant Neal and Jaimie Pruden. Recorded 11/25-26/2018. Expected early 2019. "Making of" documentary on the recording session also expected.

Complete Lyrics of Sheldon Harnick
(new book)

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

Fiddler on the Roof
(Time Life Music/Warner music Group - new on CD)
2018 National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene cast recording of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick score. Performed in Yiddish. The production is moving to Stage 42 in February 2019. To feature bonus tracks cut from the 1964 production of Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway. Cast includes Jackie Hoffman, Steven Skybell, Jennifer Babiak, Joanne Borts, Avrom, Stephanie Lynne Mason, Fyedke, Ben Liebert, Rosie Jo Neddy, Raquel Nobile, Bruce Sabath, Drew Seigla, Adam B. Shapiro, Jodi Snyder, James Monroe Števko, Lauren Jeanne Thomas, Bobby Underwood and Rachel Zatcoff, Michael Yashinsky, Evan Mayer, Lisa Fishman, Samantha Hahn. Translated by Shraga Friedman. Release expected in 2019.

Golden Girls: Maria Friedman, Lesley Garrett, Bonnie Langford
(Decca - new on CD)
New studio album to celebrate a national tour of these three legendary women of the stage.

Hairspray Vinyl
(Masterworks - new vinyl album)
OBC recording on vinyl.

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

Hirschfeld the BiographyHirschfeld: The Biography
(Sarah Crichton Books - new Hardcover Book)
By Ellen Stern. Biography of Al Hirschfeld, the caricaturist of Broadway. From interviews with the artist himself, his friends and wives, celebrity subjects, agent, daughter, and more; with access to personal correspondence, journals, home movies, and scrapbooks. 368 pages. Originally announced as an October 2017 release, then 2018 release, then disappeared.

It Happened in Key West
(Outside The Box LLC - new on CD)
Live London cast album of Jill Santoriello score. Cast includes Alyssa Martyn, Wade McCollum, Sophia Lewis.

The Jonathan Larson Project
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Based on show presented at Feinstein's/54 Below, which was directed and conceived by Jennifer Ashley Tepper, an evening of Jonathan Larson's unheard work, featuring songs from never-produced shows like 1984 and Superbia; songs that were cut from Rent and tick tick BOOM; songs written for theatrical revues and songs written for the radio; songs about politics and love and New York City; songs never before publicly performed or recorded. Nick Blaemire, Lauren Marcus, Andy Mientus, Krysta Rodriguez, and George Salazar. Five-piece band including musical director Natalie Tenenbaum, Charlie Rosen, Cody Owen Stine, Megan Talay, and Marques Walls. Music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Charlie Rosen. Danielle Gimbal, copyist. Produced by Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Charlie Rosen, and Kurt Deutsch. Early 2019 release expected.

Julie Andrews book
Follow-up to her 2008 autobiography, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years.

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

Lena Hall: The Villa Satori, Growing Up Haight Ashbury
(new on CD)
Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Kinky Boots) "musical memoir." With guitarist Watt White, keyboardist John Deley, bassist Lee Nadel, and drummer Brian Fishler. Per the artist via Instagram.

(Harbinger Records - new on CD)
Jones and Schmidt's legendary 1975 musical, in its first CD release. Off-Broadway cast includes Dick Latessa and Virginia Gregory. Complete restoration and remastering by Alan Silverman; extensive liner notes by Tom Jones; reminiscences by cast members Michael Glenn-Smith, Virginia Gregory and Kathrin King Segal; notes by Penna Rose (keyboards) on the creation of Schmidt's orchestration; and the composer's original logo design. Rare photos will also be included in the booklet. Expected in 2019.

Theatre Goes Wrong: A Mischief Theatre Play Collection
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
By Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields of the Olivier Award winning Mischief Theatre. Includes The Nativity Goes Wrong, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, The Play That Goes Wrong, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery. 336 pages. Released date currently unknown.

-- Sound Advice Staff

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