Schedule of New & Upcoming CD, DVD & Book Releases
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Now Available (scroll down for upcoming releases):
The American Negro Theatre and the Long Civil Rights Era
(Univ of Iowa Press - Paperback Book)
By Jonathan Shandell. First in-depth study of the historic American Negro Theatre (ANT) and its lasting influence on American popular culture. Founded in 1940 in Harlem, the ANT successfully balanced expressions of African American consciousness with efforts to gain white support for the burgeoning civil rights movement. Sources include oral histories, playbills, scripts, production stills, and journalistic accounts. 234 pages.
The Pirates of Penzance Blu-ray
(Universal - new blu-ray)
1983 film adaptation of Joe Papp / Broadway production of the Gilbert & Sullivan comic opera. Cast includes Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury, Linda Ronstadt, George Rose, Rex Smith, Tony Azito. Directed by Wilford Leach. [Listing had been for today, Amazon has changed it to unavailable - waiting on details.]
August 15, 2018
Royal Shakespeare Company - Angus McBean Wall Calendar 2019
(Flame Tree Publishing - wall calendar)
Celebration of the photography of Angus McBean, who was renowned for revolutionizing theatre photography in the late 1930s. Featuring his iconic photographs taken from plays staged by the RSC. Includes Geraldine McEwan and Dorothy Tutin in Twelfth Night; Kathleen Michael in A Midsummer Night's Dream; Brian Murray and Dorothy Tutin in Romeo and Juliet; Peter O'Toole in The Merchant of Venice; Edith Evans in All's Well That Ends Well; Anthony Quayle and Michael Redgrave in Henry IV Pt I; Hugh Griffith in As You Like It; Alan Badel and Michael Redgrave in The Tempest; Laurence Olivier and Vivian Leigh in Macbeth; Richard Burton in Henry IV Pt II; William Squire in The Winter's Tale. Youll be sure to find your favourite play in this great wall calendar. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next months views.
August 21, 2018
Playing to the Gods: Sarah Bernhardt, Eleonora Duse, and the Rivalry that Changed Acting Forever
(Simon & Schuster - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Edition/Audiobook on CD)
By Peter Rader. Account of the feud that changed theater forever. 288 pages. Audiobook read by Peter Rader.
August 22, 2018
August 23, 2018
Network: based on the Paddy Chayefsky film
(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book)
New play by Lee Hall, based on the screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky. Play to debut at the National Theatre in November 2017, featuring Bryan Cranston. 96 pages. Kindle Edition already available.
August 24, 2018
Broadway Sensations Paper Dolls
(Paper Studio Press - Paperback Book)
By David Wolfe and Cory Jensen (illustrator). Features Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Heather Headley, Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth and Audra McDonald. The 16 costumes span seven decades of Broadway shows: Wicked, My Fair Lady, Gypsy, Funny Girl, The Lion King, Evita, Camelot, Porgy and Bess, Aida, Rent, I Can Get It for You Wholesale, Sunday in the Park with George, Shuffle Along, and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Also includes a history of Broadway and trivia quiz.
Mean Girls vinyl
(Atlantic Records - new double LP)
Score by Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin. Cast includes Erika Henningsen, Taylor Louderman, Ashley Park, Kate Rockwell, Barrett Wilbert Weed, Grey Henson, Kerry Butler, Kyle Selig, Cheech Manohar, and Rick Younger. Side 1: "A Cautionary Tale," "It Roars," "Where Do You Belong?," "Meet The Plastics," "Stupid With Love," "Apex Predator." Side 2: "What's Wrong With Me?," "Stupid With Love (Reprise)," "Sexy," "Someone Gets Hurt," "Revenge Party," "Fearless." Side 3: "Stop," "What's Wrong With Me? (Reprise)," "Whose House Is This?," "More Is Better," "Someone Gets Hurt (Reprise)." Side 4: "World Burn," "I'd Rather Be Me," "Do This Thing," "I See Stars."
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical OBC
(Republic Records - new on CD)
Original Broadway cast recording of 2018 jukebox musical. Cast includes La Chanze, Ariana DeBose, and Storm Lever. "The Queen Is Back," "I Feel Love ," "Love To Love You Baby," "I Remember Yesterday," "On My Honor," "Faster And Faster To Nowhere," "Munich: Jesu, Joy Of Mans Desiring / White Boys / Love To Love You Baby (Reprise)," "MacArthur Park," "Heaven Knows," "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)," "Pandoras Box," "On The Radio," "I Love You," "Bad Girls," "She Works Hard For The Money," "Dim All The Lights," "I Believe In Jesus," "Unconditional Love," "To Turn The Stone ," "Stamp Your Feet ," "Friends Unknown," "Hot Stuff ," "Last Dance."
August 28, 2018
All That Jazz: The Life and Times of the Musical Chicago audiobook
(Oxford Univ Press - Audiobook on CD)
Audiobook narrated by Joel Froomkin. Book by Ethan Mordden. A look back at Chicago's various moving partsincluding the original 1926 play that started it all, a sexy silent film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, a talkie remake with Ginger Rogers, the musical itself, and at last the movie of the musical. Released earlier in hardcover and Kindle format.
American Theatre Wing, an Oral History: 100 Years, 100 Voices, 100 Million Miracles
(Graphic Arts Books - Hardcover Book)
Patrick Pacheco, editor. Introduction by Rosie O'Donnell. Foreword by Angela Lansbury. Accounts of the artists and theater advocates who created and sustained the preeminent theatrical organization, The American Theatre Wing. 268 pages.
Hamilton: An American Musical - 2019 Wall Calendar
(Universe Publishing - wall calendar)
Features images of the original cast by Josh Lehrer, lyrics from the show, plus important historical dates. 24 pages.
September 4, 2018
Broadway to Main Street: How Show Tunes Enchanted America
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Laurence Maslon. Based on new interviews with Sheldon Harnick, John Kander, Chita Rivera, Barbara Cook, Julie Andrews, Steve Lawrence, and prominent record producers and music critics. Places the original cast album within the larger context of our national identity. Includes companion website with audio examples. 320 pages; 39 photos.
Corduroy Takes a Bow
(Viking Books for Young Readers - Hardcover Book/Audible Audiobook)
By Viola Davis. Illustrated by Jody Wheeler. Corduroy goes to the theatre for the first time. "From the orchestra pit to the prop table to the dressing rooms, Corduroy sees it all." 32 pages. Audiobook version narrated by Viola Davis. Preschool-Kindergarten level.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Going to the Theatre (But Were Too Sloshed To Ask, Dear)
(Nick Hern Books - Paperback Book)
By "West End Producer." Advice on "What shows to see and what to avoid (how to see the hits and not the shits), "Where to sit (without developing ongoing neck problems and deep vein thrombosis), "How to combat theatre rage (and get to the ladies' loos before anyone else), "What to eat (crisps, sweets, or kebabs?), "What to wear (from the correct attire at press night, to the importance of a good, reliable codpiece at The Globe), "How to leave early if the show is rubbish (a 'Shrubbish'). 224 pages. Released on Kindle in 2017.
September 7, 2018
Bernstein: Wonderful Town
(LSO Live - new on Hybrid SACD - DSD)
2017 London Symphony Orchestra concert at the Barbican Concert Hall conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Cast includes Danielle de Niese, Alysha Umphress, Nathan Gunn, Ashley Richards, Duncan Rock, and David Butt Philip.
Renée Fleming: Broadway
(Decca Classics - new on CD)
Album of showtunes. "Fable," "Loneliness of Evening," "Children Will Listen/You've Got to be Taught" (with guest star Leslie Odom Jr.), "So Big So Small," "Something Wonderful," "Wonderful Guy," "Lay Down Your Head," "Down in the Depths," "Love and Love Alone/Winter," "Dear Friend," "The Sound of Music," "Unusual Way," "Till There Was You," "The Glamorous Life," "Tell Me on A Sunday," "August Winds," "All the Things You Are." Music supervisor Rob Fisher and producer David Frost.
Sandhog: A Folk Opera studio album
(Stage Door Records - new on CD at Amazon)
Score by Earl Robinson and Waldo Salt. The musical opened at New York's Phoenix Theatre in November 1954 featuring a cast that included Jack Cassidy, Alice Ghostley, David Brooks and Betty Oakes, closed after 48 performances, and was never recorded. In 1956, Earl Robinson and Waldo Salt recorded an album of the score with Robinson singing and accompanying himself on piano and Salt providing linking narration. It was issued on the Vanguard label, no released for the first time on CD. Bonus tracks: recordings of the show's main theme "Katie-O" / "Johnny-O" covered by Edmund Hockridge, Felicia Sanders and Vince Martin. Part of Stage Door's Collector's Series, presented in the retro style of a miniature long-playing record. Limited to 500 units. 31 tracks. Also at StageDoorRecords.com.
September 11, 2018
Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical
(Oxford Univ Press - Audiobook on CD)
By Kevin Winkler. A look at the evolution of Fosse as choreographer and director. Considers Fosse's career in the context of changes in Broadway musical theater over four decades, tracing his early dance years and the importance of mentors George Abbott and Jerome Robbins on his work. It examines how each of the important women in his adult lifeall dancersimpacted his career and influenced his dance aesthetic; and how his evolution as both artist and individual mirrored the social and political climate of his era and allowed him to comfortably ride a wave of cultural changes. Part of OUP's Legacy Series. Narrated by Paul Boehmer. Released earlier in Hardcover and Kindle Editions.
September 14, 2018
Tony Bennett & Diana Krall: Love Is Here To Stay
(Verve - new on CD/mp3/vinyl/at iTunes)
The songs of George and Ira Gershwin. "'S Wonderful," "My One And Only," "But Not For Me," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "Love Is Here To Stay," "I Got Rhythm," "Somebody Loves Me," "Do It Again," "Ive Got A Crush On You," "Fascinating Rhythm," "They Cant Take That Away From Me," "Who Cares?" Accompanied by the Bill Charlap Trio.
September 17, 2018
Media and Performance in the Musical: An Oxford Handbook of the American Musical, Volume 2
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book)
By Raymond Knapp, Mitchell Morris, Stacy Wolf, editors. Volume 2 of the reissued Oxford Handbook, explore the American musical from the various media in which musicals have been created to the different components of a musical and the people who do the work to bring a musical to life. Volume 1 was published in paperback in 2013. 336 pages.
September 18, 2018
Hamilton: An American Musical 2019 Day-to-Day Calendar
(Universe Publishing - desk calendar)
365 days of historical dates, excerpts from Hamilton's own writings,and lyrics from the score. 370 pages.
Kathleen Turner on Acting: Conversations about Film, Television, and Theater
(Skyhorse Publishing - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Kathleen Turner and Dustin Morrow. "With her iconic wit on full display, Turner dazzles readers with her shrewd insights on the craft of acting and charming anecdotes from her own storied career. Touching on each of her roles, she expounds on the lessons shes learned and describes her journey of discovery in the world of acting."400 pages.
A Star Is Born (Turner Classic Movies): Judy Garland and the Film That Got Away
(Running Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Lorna Luft and Jeffrey Vance. Tells the story of the production, and of Garland's fight to save her career. An account of the crafting, loss, and restoration of a movie classic, complemented by a trove of images from the family collection taken both on and off the set. The book also includes essays on the other screen adaptations of A Star Is Born. 248 pages.
September 21, 2018
Hundred Days original cast digital
(Ghostlight Records new on mp3/at iTunes)
Music and lyrics by The Bengsons. The cast of the recent production at New York Theatre Workshop includes Colette Alexander, Abigail Bengson, Shaun Bengson, Jo Lampert, Dani Markham and Reggie D. White. "Vows," "My Skin Is Made of a Thousand Doors," "I Will Wait For You," "God Can Be a City Boy," "Lie Next to Me," "The Drop," "Creature," "The Ramp," "Lift Me," "Hundred Days," "The Years Go By," "Salt Palace," "Three Legged Dog," "The Long Goodbye (Will's Lament)," "Bells," "What Else Can I Do?." Produced by The Bengsons, Ian Kagey, and Kurt Deutsch, with Erica Rotstein, Seaview Productions, Family Matters LLC, Alexander R. Donnelly, and Dana M. Lerner serving as executive producers. CD format to be released at a later date. Also at GhostlightRecords.com.
Pretty Woman: The Musical OBC digital
(Atlantic - new on mp3/at iTunes)
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)." CD format to be available October 26.
September 24, 2018
Jarmila Novotná: My Life in Song
(Univ of Kentucky Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
English-language version of Jarmila Novotná's best-selling memoir. William V. Madison, editor. Foreword by Brian Kellow. Life story of the internationally known opera soprano from the former Czechoslovakia, who also appeared in films (The Search and The Great Caruso), on Broadway (Sherlock Holmes and Helen Goes to Troy), as well as in radio and TV. Includes photographs from her private collection. 290 pages.
September 25, 2018
BAM: Next Wave Festival
(Printed Mattes productions - Hardcover Book)
By Joseph V. Melillo, Tom Sellar, Susan Yung, Wendy Perron, Roger Oliver, Mark Swed, Dan Cameron, Anne Bogart, Karen Brooks Hopkins, Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, David Lang, Beth Morrison, José Parlá. Steven Serafin and Susan Yung, editors. Preface by Harvey Lichtenstein. Introduction by Kristy Edmunds. Foreword by Katy Clark and Adam E. Max. History of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, founded in 1983 by Harvey Lichtenstein. The book surveys the festival's performances by genre, with photos and ephemera from BAM's archive and a chronology of performances. 336 pages.
Torch Song Trilogy: Plays
(Ballantine Books - Paperback Book)
By Harvey Fierstein. New edition in advance of October Broadway opening. Includes both the original scripts for the three one-act plays (The International Stud, Fugue in a Nursery, and Widows and Children First!) as they were performed in the 1970s, as well as the revised script for the 2017 revival that condensed all three into Torch Song. Also, a never-before-published introduction by Harvey Fierstein, as well as photographs from both the original production and the revival starring Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl and directed by Moisés Kaufman. 320 pages.
October 2, 2018
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.
October 9, 2018
Dance in America: A Reader's Anthology: A Library of America Special Publication
(Library of America - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Mindy Aloff, editor. Foreword by Robert Gottlieb. Draws content from dancers and dance creators, impresarios and critics, and enthusiastic literary observers - to trace the evolution of American dance in all its many forms and locales, classical, modern, and vernacular. 650 pages.
The 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.
Jerome Robbins: A Life in Dance (Jewish Lives)
(Yale Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Wendy Lesser. Biography that presents Jerome Robbins's life through his major dances, providing a sympathetic, detailed portrait of her subject. 216 pages.
Lulu the Broadway Mouse
(Running Press Kids - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Jenna Gavigan. Middle grade novel about a mouse who lives in the Shubert Theatre who is befriended by Broadway understudy Jayne. Ages 8-12. 256 pages.
October 16, 2018
Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked 2nd Edition
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
By Carol de Giere. Revised and updated version of 2008 book. 512 pages.
October 23, 2018
Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You
(Random House - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Lin-Manuel Miranda. Collection of the best of the original sayings, aphorisms, and poetry Miranda wrote for himself and others. Illustrated by Jonny Sun. 224 pages.
October 26, 2018
Pretty Woman: The Musical OBC
(Atlantic - new on CD)
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)." Released digitally earlier.
October 30, 2018
November 1, 2018
The Noël Coward BBC Radio Drama Collection: Seven BBC Radio Full-Cast Productions
(BBC Books - Audiobook/Audible Edition)
The very best of Coward's works on the radio, plus bonus material including interviews with Coward and those who knew him best. The casts that include Helena Bonham-Carter, Bill Nighy, Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, Harriet Walter, Alex Jennings and Roger Allam. Private Lives, Hay Fever, Blithe Spirit, Design for Living, The Vortex, Still Life , Present Laughter. Plus a profile of Noël Coward and extracts from his diaries.
November 6, 2018
December 4, 2018
December 25, 2018
(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.
January 1, 2019
March 19, 2019
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.
May 8, 2019
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 21, 2019
May 1, 2020
No release date set
Andrew Rannells memoir
(Crown Archetype - new book)
The Tony-nominated actor's (The Book of Mormon, Falsettos) personal account of his journey to Broadway and beyond. Expected Spring 2019.
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.
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
2018 City Center cast recording of Lerner & Loewe score. Cast includes Kelli O'Hara, Patrick Wilson, Stephanie J. Block, Robert Fairchild. Encores! Orchestra led by Music Director Rob Berman. Album produced by Kurt Deutsch, Lawrence Manchester, Rob Berman and Emily Altman. Recorded 5/14-5/15. Expected Fall 2018.
Every Act of Life
(Productions In Print - new book)
Illustrated screenplay by Jeff Kaufman of documentary about Terrence McNally. To include additional stories and interviews that were not seen in the film, as well as rare photos and archival materials.
(new on CD)
2017 National Theatre cast album. Stephen Sondheim score. Cast includes Imelda Staunton, Philip Quast, Janie Dee, Peter Forbes, and Tracie Bennett. Recorded in January 2018.
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; Sidney Myer Live! DVD o-production with the Mabel Mercer Foundation.
Hirschfeld: 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.
In the Heights vinyl
(new vinyl LP)
Vinyl version of the 2008 cast recording of Lin-Manuel Miranda's score featuring Miranda, Mandy Gonzalez, Christopher Jackson, Karen Olivo, and Seth Stewart, as well as Priscilla Lopez, Robin de Jesús, Janet Dacal, Andréa Burns, and Olga Merediz.
Julie Andrews book
Follow-up to her 2008 autobiography, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years.
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.
The Lightning Thief vinyl
(Broadway Records - new on vinyl)
Original cast recording. Written by Joe Tracz and Rob Rokicki. Off-Broadway cast (currently at the Lucille Lortel Theatre) Chris McCarrell, Carrie Compere, Sarah Beth Pfeifer, Jonathan Raviv, James Hayden Rodriguez, George Salazar, and Kristin Stokes. Produced by Michael Croiter and Rob Rokicki. CD released July 2017. Pre-ordering only at BroadwayRecords.com.
Miss You Like Hell
Public Theater cast recording of Quiara Alegría Hudes / Erin McKeown score.
(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.
Ruthless! The Musical
(Caroline Records - new on CD)
New Off-Broadway cast.
The School of Doing: Lessons from Gerald Freedman
By Isaac Klein. Comprehensive guide to the craft and teachings of internationally renowned stage director and educator Gerald Freedman, including lessons on acting, directing, text analysis, comedy technique, camera technique, Shakespeare, musical theater, design, pedagogy, and show business. Klein corroborates Freedman's wisdom with quotes from luminaries like Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinkin, Chita Rivera, Olympia Dukakis, Debbie Allen, Christine Baranski, Anna Camp, John Cullum, William Daniels, Dane DeHaan, Jules Fisher, Paul Gemignani, Bernard Gersten, Lee Grant, Sheldon Harnick, George Hearn, Desmond Heeley, Hal Holbrook, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Stacy Keach, Carol Lawrence, Ming Cho Lee, Billy Magnussen, Jack O'Brien, Austin Pendleton, Alfred Uhry, Sam Waterston, and many more. Freedman began his career working for Columbia Pictures in Hollywood, and assistant directing Broadway musicals, including the original production of West Side Story; alongside Joseph Papp and Bernard Gersten, he founded The Public Theater, where he directed many productions of both classic and new works, including the world premiere of Hair. Over the course of his six decade career, he directed plays, operas, and musicals on and off Broadway, regionally, and around the world. He won an Obie Award, became the first American to direct at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, and served as Artistic Director of the New York Shakespeare Festival (now known as Shakespeare in the Park), Stratford's American Shakespeare Theater, Cleveland's Great Lakes Theater, and as co-Artistic Director of the Acting Company. He taught at The Juilliard School, Northwestern University, Yale University, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he served as Dean of the School of Drama for twenty-one years, becoming Dean Emeritus in 2012.
Songs for a New World
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Score by Jason Robert Brown. City Center Encores! Off-Center cast recording. Cast includes Shoshana Bean, Colin Donnell, Mykal Kilgore, and Solea Pfeiffer. Produced by Jeffrey Lesser and Jason Robert Brown, with Stacey Mindich serving as executive producer. Expected Fall 2018.
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.
(JAY Records - new on CD)
York Theatre cast recording. Score by Janet Hood and Bill Russell. Cast includes Courtney Balan, Allyson Kaye, Daniel, Luba Mason, and Celeste Rose. "How Do We Go On?," "Like a Good Girl," "I Think Im Losing My Voice," "Before You Arrive," "She's Got a Mind of Her Own," "I Don'T Wanna Get Married," "What a Woman Can Do," "Better Times Are Comin'," "You Are My Worst Nightmare," "Unexpected Joy," "When Will I Have My Own?," "Raising Them Right," "Common Ground," "Bows (Unexpected Joy Reprise)," "Exit Music."