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Updated 6/19/18

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Band's Visit SongbookThe Band's Visit: A New Musical - Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Score by David Yazbek. "Answer Me," "The Beat of Your Heart," "Haled's Song About Love," "It Is What It Is," "Itzik's Lullaby," "Omar Sharif," "Papi Hears the Ocean," "Something Different," "Soraya," "Waiting," "Welcome to Nowhere."

Jacques BrelJacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
(Kino - new Blu-ray)
1975 film version of the musical revue. Cast includes Mort Shuman, Elly Stone, Joe Masiell, Jacques Brel. 97 minutes.

The WolvesThe Wolves: A Play Off-Broadway Edition
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by Sarah DeLappe. Started Off-Broadway in 2016, playing Lincoln Center in 2017. 112 pages.

June 25, 2018

JunkJunk soundtrack
(Ringside Records - new on CD)
Original soundtrack recording of upcoming musical motion picture starring Tym Moss and Robbie Wayne. Music and lyrics by Michael Penny. "Opening Credits," "A Man Needs A Hobby," "Mammys," "An Old Book of Matches From A Myrtle Beach Bar," "Oh...She Loves Me," "She's Crazy That Way," "On That Streetcar Named Desire," "Do Yourself A Favor," "She Believes In Bran," "I Like Them Smooth," "You're Conventional," "Mary Mary," "I Hate Musicals," "Nobody Wants To Leave The Party," "End Credits." 20 page deluxe booklet with notes and lyrics.

June 27, 2018

Dance Me a SongDance Me a Song: Astaire, Balanchine, Kelly, and the American Film Musical
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Beth Genné. Traces the history of famous Hollywood collaborations as the palimpsest of dance, film, and musical techniques were developed over time. From the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' series in the thirties (Top Hat, Swing Time, Shall We Dance, and others), through the MGM film dances created and directed by Vincente Minnelli, Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen, and again Astaire, whose career continued at MGM in the forties and fifties (Yolanda and The Thief, The Pirate, On the Town, Singin' in the Rain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Bandwagon); George Balanchine ... from his until now unrecognized collaborations with Vernon Duke and Vincente Minnelli to develop the "jazz ballet" form on Broadway to the 1939 film version of On Your Toes and the dance sequences he directed with Greg Toland for the Hollywood movie The Goldwyn Follies (1938); Busby Berkeley, whose moving camera techniques according to Gene Kelly "broke down the proscenium frame of the stage" for American dancers; do early experimental French directors like René Clair and European immigrants to Hollywood Ernst Lubitsch and Rouben Mamoulian. 360 pages.

June 29, 2018

Alan Jay Lerner RevisitedBen Bagley's Alan Jay Lerner Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Undiscovered Lerner gems (especially at the time of the recording) from The Day Before Spring, Love Life, Lolita, My Love, What's Up, Give a Girl a Break, a cut song from Gigi, and much more, plus bonus material. Featuring Dorothy Loudon, Jerry Orbach, Roddy McDowall, Nancy Walker, Blosson Dearie and more. Musical direction and arrangements by Norman Paris. Remeastered by James Nelson. All new liner notes. Limited to 500 copies only and will ship by the last week of June. At

James ShigetaJames Shigeta: Scene One / We Speak The Same Language
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
Includes Shigeta's first solo album in 1960, "Scene One," a collection of standards and original songs with orchestrations and musical direction by Axel Stordahl. Produced by composer Haydn Broughton and featuring four of Broughton's original compositions. Also, his 1962 post-Flower Drum Song album "We Speak The Same Language," with orchestrations and musical direction by Harry Betts and Dick Hazard, production by Tommy Wolf, plus original songs penned by Hermes Pan, Tommy Wolf, Don Raye and Fred Astaire. Selections from The Fantasticks, Kean and All American. Bonus tracks: "You Are Beautiful" from the soundtrack of Flower Drum Song and one of Shigeta's highly collectable Japanese language singles, his 1955 cover of "Tara's Theme." Track list at Amazon and Stage Door. Part of Stage Door's Collector's Series, with retro-style packaging and limited to 500 units. Also at

July 1, 2018

2019 On Broadway Wall Calendar
(Time Factory - wall calendar)
26 pages.

Covering McKellen: An Understudy's Tale
(Oberon Books - Paperback Book)
By David Weston, understudy to Sir Ian McKellen in the Royal Shakespeare Company's King Lear. 300 pages.

Making Oscar WildeMaking Oscar Wilde
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Michèle Mendelssohn. Reveals the untold story of young Oscar's career in Victorian England and post-Civil War America ... tracks a larger-than-life hero on an unforgettable adventure to make his name and gain international acclaim. Combining new evidence and gripping cultural history, dramatizes Wilde's rise, fall, and resurrection as part of a spectacular transatlantic pageant ... vividly depicts sensation-hungry Victorian journalism and popular entertainment alongside racial controversies, sex scandals, and the growth of Irish nationalism. 368 pages.

July 3, 2018

100 Plays100 Plays for the First Hundred Days
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Suzan Lori-Parks. For each day of the first 100 days of the presidency of Donald Trump, Parks created a play diary to capture and explore the events as they unfolded and to try and make sense out of a state of uncertainty, confusion, and chaos. 96 pages.

Detroit ProjectThe Detroit Project: Three Plays
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Plays by Dominique Morisseau. Detroit '67, Paradise Blue and Skeleton Crew. 240 pages.

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.

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.

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

July 6, 2018

Cradle Will RockThe Cradle Will Rock
(Bridge Records - new on 2 CDs)
2017 Opera Saratoga production of score from Marc Blitzstein opera. Recorded live. First complete recording. John Mauceri, conductor.

Judy GarlandJudy Garland: I Can't Give You Anything But Love: 1938-1961
(Jasmine Music - new on CD)
Judy Garland anthology of love songs, remastered. Based on studio sessions for MGM, Decca Records, Columbia Records and Capital Records. Compiled by Lawrence Schulman. "On the Bumpy Road to Love," "Comes Love," "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart," "This Heart of Mine," "Love," "Why Was I Born?," "I Wish I Were in Love Again," "Go Home, Joe," "Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe," "Memories of You," "How About Me?," "Among My Souvenirs," "Day in - Day Out," "I Hadn't Anyone Till You," "More Than You Know," "Do I Love You?," "When the Sun Comes Out," "If I Love Again," "I've Confessed to the Breeze - I Love You," "Alone Together," "Do It Again," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "If Love Were All," "Sweet Danger."

July 12, 2018

Ivo van HoveIvo van Hove: From Shakespeare to David Bowie (Performance Books)
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Sonia Massai and Susan Bennett, editors. Resources, critical overviews and detailed analysis of Ivo van Hove's internationally acclaimed work as a director of theatre, opera and musicals. Production photos capture the power of van Hove's directorial vision, his innovative use of theatrical spaces, and the arresting stage images that have made his productions so popular among audiences worldwide over the last 30 years. Foreword by Van Hove, plus an interview with him plus director's notes for some of his most popular shows. 264 pages.

July 13, 2018

CarouselCarousel 2018 revival cast
(Craft Recordings - new on CD)
Rodgers & Hammerstein score. Cast includes Jessie Mueller, Joshua Henry, Renée Fleming , Lindsay Mendez, Alexander Gemignani, Margaret Colin, Amar Ramasar, John Douglas Thompson. "The Carousel Waltz," "Mister Snow," "If I Loved You," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," "Mister Snow - Reprise," "When The Children Are Asleep," "Blow High, Blow Low," "Soliloquy," "This Way A Real Nice Clambake," "What's The Use Of Wond'rin'?," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "The Highest Judge Of All," "Ballet," "Finale: You'll Never Walk Alone - Reprise."

Mamma Mia Here We Go AgainMamma Mia! Here We Go Again
(Capitol - new on CD)
Soundtrack for 2018 musical film featuring the songs of ABBA. Cast includes Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, Andy García, Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Cher, Meryl Streep. Track list to come.

July 15, 2018

Ben Bagley's Ira Gershwin RevisitedBen Bagley's Ira Gershwin Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin. Music by George Gershwin, Vernon Duke, Burton Lane, Arthur Schwartz, Harry Warren, Kurt Weill. Performances by Blossom Dearie, Mary McCarty, Danny Meehan, Charles Rydell, Ethel Shutta, and Margaret Whiting, plus Dody Goodman, Paula Lawrence, KT Sullivan, and Arthur Siegel. Limited to 500 copies only and expected to ship by the second week of July. Track list, details, and pre-ordering at

July 17, 2018

Irma la DouceIrma la Douce Blu-ray
(Kl Studio Classics - new Blu-ray)
1963 comedy film based on the stage musical. Featuring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Louis Jordan (narrator), Lou Jacobi, Herschel Bernardi. Directed by Billy Wilder. New HD master from a 4K scan of the original camera negative. Special features: audio commentary by film historian Joseph McBride, author of "How Did Lubitsch Do It?"; audio commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger; original theatrical trailer. 143 minutes.

Mary JaneMary Jane
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
New play by Amy Herzog. Premiered at NYTW in April 2017 starring Carrie Coon. 96 pages.

July 19, 2018

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 4th WallEdward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Michael Bennett. Part of Routledge's Fourth Wall series. 78 pages.

July 27, 2018

Be More ChillBe More Chill
(Ghostlight Records - new vinyl LP)
Joe Iconis score. Book by Joe Tracz and is based on the novel by Ned Vizzini. Two River Theater (NJ) cast. Will Connolly, Eric William Morris, Stephanie Hsu, Jake Boyd, Gerard Canonico, Katlyn Carlson, Katie Ladner, Lauren Marcus, George Salazar, and Paul Whitty. "Jeremy's Theme (Instrumental)," "More Than Survive," "I Love Play Rehearsal," "The Squip Song," "Two-Player Game," "The Squip Enters," "Be More Chill Part 1," "Do You Wanna Ride?," "Be More Chill Part 2," "More Than Survive (Reprise)," "A Guy That I'd Kinda Be Into," "The Squip Lurks (Instrumental)," "Upgrade," "Halloween," "Do You Wanna Hang?," "Michael In The Bathroom," "The Smartphone Hour (Rich Set A Fire)," "The Pitiful Children," "The Pants Song," "The Play," "Voices In My Head." The six-piece orchestra includes Nathan Dame (Conductor and Keyboard), Danny Jonokuchi (Trumpet), Dan McMillan (Drums/Percussion), Josh Plotner (Reeds), Mike Rosengarten (Guitar) and Amanda Ruzza (Bass).

Two-Player GameGeorge Salazar & Joe Iconis: Two-Player Game
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
A recording of the concert as performed at Feinstein's/54 Below. "Broadway, Here I Come!," "Two-Player Game," "I Love Play Rehearsal," "Tiny Short Little Song," "Andy's Song," "The Answer," "Lisa," "The Vagabond," "Norman," "Song of the Brown Buffalo," "Michael in the Bathroom," "The Goodbye Song," "Kaboom." Also at Released previously on mp3 and at iTunes

July 30, 2018

Les Miserables 4th WallBoublil and Schönberg's Les Misérables (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Sarah Whitfield. The author explores how the musical might help us deal with some of our most difficult experiences and give us hope for when "tomorrow comes."

July 31, 2018

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

August 3, 2018

Wonderful DesignWonderful Design: Glamour in the Hollywood Musical
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book)
By Lloyd Whitesell. Discussing dozens of musical numbers, analyzing ingenious orchestration, and appraising the distinctive styles of favorite musical stars, Whitesell illuminates fundamental traits of the genre, its aesthetic strategies, and cultural ambitions. 272 pages.

August 7, 2018

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

Cradle Will RockCradle Will Rock (Special Edition)
(Kino - new Blu-ray)
1999 film based on the events surrounding the 1930s production of the Marc Blitzstein musical. Cast includes Bill Murray, John Cusack, Susan Sarandon, John Turturro, Vanessa Redgrave, Hank Azaria, Rubén Blades, Joan Cusack, Cary Elwes, Philip Baker Hall, Angus Macfadyen, Emily Watson, Bob Balaban, Jack Black, Paul Giamatti, Bernard Hughes. Directed by Tim Robbins. Special featurettes: audio commentary by Tim Robbins; production featurette; theatrical trailer. 132 minutes.

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.

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

August 10, 2018

ANTThe 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.

August 14, 2018

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

August 15, 2018

How Annie Made It to BroadwayHow Annie Made It to the Stage
(Cavendish Square - Paperback Book)
By Gerry Boehme. Part of the Getting to Broadway series for children. 96 pages.

How Cats Made It to BroadwayHow Cats Made It to the Stage
(Cavendish Square - Paperback Book)
By Gerry Boehme. Part of the Getting to Broadway series for children. 96 pages.

How Hamilton Made It to BroadwayHow Hamilton Made It to the Stage
(Cavendish Square - Paperback Book)
By Gerry Boehme. Part of the Getting to Broadway series for children. 96 pages.

How The Lion King Made It to BroadwayHow the Lion King Made It to the Stage
(Cavendish Square - Paperback Book)
By Nancy Capaccio. Part of the Getting to Broadway series for children. 96 pages.

How Rent Made It to BroadwayHow Rent Made It to the Stage
(Cavendish Square - Paperback Book)
By George Capaccio. Part of the Getting to Broadway series for children. 96 pages.

RSC 2019Royal Shakespeare Company - Angus McBean Wall Calendar 2019
(Flame Tree Publishing - wall calendar)
Celebration of the photography of Angus McBean, who was renowned for revolutionising 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. You’ll be sure to find your favourite play in this great wall calendar. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month’s views.

August 21, 2018

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.

(Oberon Books - Paperback Book)
Play by Barney Norris, at the Bridge Theatre in London through May 26. 88 pages.

Playing to the GodsPlaying 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 23, 2018

NetworkNetwork: 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 28, 2018

Theatre WingAmerican 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.

Kung FuKung Fu
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play about Bruce Lee by David Henry Hwang. Premiered at Signature Theatre (NY) in 2014. 112 pages.

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

September 4, 2018

The Antipodes
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Annie Baker. Debuted at NY Signature Theatre in Spring 2017. 160 pages.

The Band's VisitThe Band's Visit
(Theatre Communications Guild - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
2018 Tony Award Best Musical. Book by Itimar Moses, score by David Yazbek.

Broadway to Main StreetBroadway 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.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Going to the TheatreEverything 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.

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

Les Mis storyLes Miserables: The Story of the World's Longest Running Musical in Words, Pictures and Rare Memorabilia
(Carlton Books - Hardcover Book)
By Benedict Nightingale and Martyn Palmer. Foreword by Cameron Mackintosh. Companion book that looks at the 33-year history of the musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, and Herbert Kretzmer, based on the Victory Hugo novel. Also includes images of such special memorabilia as annotated scripts, original costume sketches, and design notes for the 2012 film. 144 pages.

Painted RocksThe Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Athol Fugard. Produced in 2015 at Signature Theater. 72 pages.

Straight White Men
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Young Jean Lee. Presented at the Public Theater in 2014.

September 7, 2018

Renee Fleming BroadwayRenée 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.

September 11, 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.

October 2, 2018

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

October 9, 2018

Dear Evan Hansen The NovelDear Evan Hansen: The Novel
(Poppy - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD)
By Val Emmich, inspired by the musical written by Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul. 352 pages.

November 6, 2018

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

November 8, 2018

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.

December 25, 2018

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.

January 1, 2019

Head of Passes
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Tarell Alvin McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays, Wig Out!. 96 pages.

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

March 19, 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.

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

May 8, 2019

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 1, 2020

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

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.

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

Harbinger 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 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.

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.

Lightning Thief vinylThe 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

Miss You Like Hell
(new album)
Public Theater cast recording of Quiara Alegría Hudes / Erin McKeown score.

Ruthless! The Musical
(Caroline Records - new on CD)
New Off-Broadway cast.

The School of Doing: Lessons from Gerald Freedman
(new book)
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.

-- Sound Advice Staff

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