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Updated 12/12/17

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The Greatest ShowmanThe Art and Making of The Greatest Showman
(Weldon Owen - Hardcover Book)
By Signe Bergstrom. "The glorious world of P.T. Barnum and the holiday movie The Greatest Showman come to life in this lavish art book. Featuring unit photography and concept art of stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Ephron, Michelle Williams, and Zendaya as well as behind-the-scenes tales of the film's making, and lyrics to the movie musical's showstopping tunes, by the Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. 160 pages.

Do You Mind if I Smoke?Do You Mind If I Smoke?
(Peter Owen Publishers - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Memoir by British actress Fenella Fielding. The story of her remarkable 65-year career in theatre (Hedda Gabler and Colette), radio, TV and film. Spiced with star-studded anecdotes and personalized with moving stories about innocence and experience. 208 pages. Available at Amazon UK.

High TorHigh Tor
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
1956 musical CBS TV film, based on the based on the Maxwell Anderson 1936 play. From the Decca album that featured the songs and story (dialogue tracks), plus two bonus tracks. Music by Arthur Schwartz, lyrics by Anderson. Cast includes Julie Andrews (U.S. television debut), Bing Crosby, Nancy Olson, Everett Sloane. Why yes, I'll tell you what happened on High Tor, "Living One Day at a Time," Just after that, two first class skinflints, "When You're in Love" (Crosby, So there I was up there alone, "Sad Is the Life of a Sailor's Wife," And then they all drifted away, "When You're in Love (Sloane and Julie Andrews)," I don't know whether you'll believe this, "A Little Love, a Little While," I don't know whether I believe this next part, "When You're in Love (Reprise)" (Sloane, At that moment the bank robbers came back, "John Barleycorn," They began to offer me real money for High Tor, "Once Upon a Long Ago," I didn't hear Judy coming., "Once Upon a Long Ago," There isn't much more to tell, "John Barleycorn (Reprise)," They got out in a couple of days, "A Little Love, A Little While (Reprise)." Bonus tracks: "When You're in Love" (Leroy Holmes and His Orchestra and Chorus), "When You're in Love" (The Lancers). First time on CD. Part of Stage Door Records' Collector's Series with special packaging, bonus tracks, and limited to 500 units. Looks like it will only be available from third party sellers. Also at and Amazon UK.

Melissa ErricoMelissa Errico: "Hurry Home"
(Ghostlight Records - digital single mp3/iTunes)
Newly recorded song originally written for Jerry Lewis' last movie Max Rose, with lyrics by Marilyn and Alan Bergman. Band arranged by producer/arranger Rob Mathes. Also at Ghostlight Records. [Relisted with links.]

A Taste of BroadwayA Taste of Broadway: Food in Musical Theater
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book)
By Jennifer Packard. Looks at popular musical theater shows to examine which foods are used, how they are used, why they are important, and how the food or usage relates to the broader world. Included are recipes for many of the foods that are significant in the shows discussed. 214 pages.

December 15, 2017

The Band's VisitThe Band's Visit digital
(Ghostlight Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
OBC recording of score by David Yazbek. Cast: Katrina Lenk, Tony Shalhoub, George Abud, Etai Benson, John Cariani, Adam Kantor, Andrew Polk, Ari'el Stachel, Bill Army, Rachel Prather, Jonathan Raviv, Sharone Sayegh, Kristen Sieh, Alok Tewari. Kurt Deutsch, album executive producer. David Yazbek and Dean Sharenow producers. Musicians include Andrea Grody (conductor/keys), Alexandra Eckhardt (electric & acoustic bass), Ossama Farouk (darbouka/riq), Philip Mayer (drums/Arabic percussion), Sam Sadigursky (clarinet/saxophone/flute), Jeff Theiss (associate conductor/keys 2), Harvey Valdes (oud/guitar) and Garo Yellin (cello). "Overture," "Waiting," "Welcome to Nowhere," "It Is What It Is," "The Beat of Your Heart," "Soraya," "Omar Sharif," "Haj-Butrus," "Papi Hears the Ocean," "Haled's Song About Love," "The Park," "Itgara," "Something Different," "Itzik's Lullaby," "Something Different (Reprise)," "Answer Me," "The Concert," "Afifi" (Bonus Track). CD format due in early 2018. Also at

Expresso BongoExpresso Bongo OLC
(Kritzerland Records - new on CD)
1958 musical with music by David Heneker (Half a Sixpence) and Monty Norman, and lyrics by Julian More, David Heneker, and Monty Norman. Paul Scofield, James Kenney, Millicent Martin, Meier Tzelniker, Hy Hazell, and Elizabeth Ashley. Remastered by James Nelson. Also included are the songs from the film version, performed by Cliff Richards, and two covers. "Overture," "Don't You Sell Me Down the River," "Expresso Party," "Nausea," "Spoil the Child," "Seriously," "I Never Had it So Good," "There's Nothing Wrong With the British Youth Today," "The Shrine on the Second Floor," "He's Got Something for the Public," "I Am," "Nothing is for Nothing," "We Bought It," "Time," "The Gravy Train," "Finale. Bonus Tracks: soundtrack EP with Cliff Richard and The Shadows: "Love," "A Voice in the Wilderness," "The Shrine on the Second Floor," "Bongo's Blues"; Cover Versions: "He's Got Something for the Public" (Stephen Hill Singers/The Tony Hatch Orchestra), "Seriously" (Millicent Martin/Tony Osborne Orchestra). Limited to 500 copies. Expected to ship by mid-December. Order at

The Greatest Showman SongbookThe Greatest Showman: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Piano/vocal/guitar songbook for the 2017 musical drama biopic about P.T. Barnum. Score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. "Come Alive," "From Now On," "The Greatest Show," "A Million Dreams," "Never Enough," "The Other Side," "Rewrite the Stars," "This Is Me," "Tightrope."

Hamilton Mixtape SongbookThe Hamilton Mixtape songbook
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Songbook with piano, voice and guitar arrangements for 22 of the songs from the Hamilton Mixtape recording: "Dear Theodosia" (Regina Spektor with Ben Folds), "Helpless" (Ashanti with Ja Rule), "History Has Its Eyes on You" (John Legend), "It's Quiet Uptown" (Kelly Clarkson), "My Shot" (The Roots), "Satisfied" (Sia with Miguel & Queen Latifah), "That Would Be Enough" (Alicia Keys), "Wait for It" (Usher), "Washington's by Your Side" (Wiz Khalifa), and more. 136 pages.

Hamlisch UncoveredHamlisch Uncovered - digital
(Broadway Records - new digital album on mp3)
Unrecorded songs by Marvin Hamlisch, including songs from the original version of Smile (lyrics by Carolyn Leigh), Ballroom (lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman), his final musical The Nutty Professor (lyrics by Rupert Holmes), and several songs from his scores with Craig Carnelia: Imaginary Friends, Bullets Over Broadway and Sweet Smell of Success. Singers include Kelli O'Hara, Randy Graff, Tony Sheldon, Hayden Tee, Nancy Opel, Leah Horowitz, Marissa McGowan, Lisa Brescia, cabaret stars Klea Blackhurst and Steven Brinberg. Produced by Michael Lavine, Chip M. Fabrizi and Craig Carnelia. CD to be released 1/26/18.

Mad Libs Live!Mad Libs Live!
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3)
Original (Off-Broadway) cast recording of score by Jeff Thomson (music) and Robin Rothstein (lyrics). Jeanfranco Cardentey, Lindsey Brett Carothers, Max Joseph, Melody Madarasz, Zachary Noah Piser and Santina Umbach; plus special guest Mike Woods. I'm Doing It Right Now!," "This Is How It's Going Down," "How to Be Famous," "My (Adjective) (Noun)," "I'm the Most Awesome Athlete in the World," "Disaster!," "You Give Me Meaning," "Finale." For audiences 7 and up. Executive produced by Kevin Duda. Produced by Michael J. Moritz Jr. At

William TabbertWilliam Tabbert: Younger Than Springtime and Other Rarities
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
Debut on CD of William Tabbert's (South Pacific) "Younger Than Springtime" album, plus bonus tracks from 1959 studio album An Evening with Jerome Kern, holiday single, and selections from Up in Central Park preserved on a V disc in 1945. "Gigi," "Giannina Mia," "Fanny," "Tomorrow ," "Girls Medley: Standing On The Corner / A Fellow Needs A Girl / Old Fashioned Girl / The Girl That I Marry," "Younger Than Springtime," "Tempo D'estate A Venezia," "Autumn Medley: Autumn Leaves / Another Autumn / Tristesse Eternelle ," "If Ever I Would Leave You," "If You Are But A Dream ," "The Song Is You," "All The Things You Are," "I've Told Every Little Star - With Dolores Perry," "You Are Love," "Where Or When," "Santa's On His Way - With The "400" Quartet And Joe Lipman Orchestra [Listen] ," "Ma! My Toys Are Broken - With The "400" Quartet And Joe Lipman Orchestra," "Up In Central Park Medley - Part One," "The Big Back Yard / Close As Pages In A Book," "Up In Central Park Medley - Part Two ," "The Fireman's Bride / When You Walk In The Room / Carousel In The Park." Part of Stage Door's Collector's Series, limited to 500 units. Also at

December 20, 2017

Hunchback Vocal SelectionsThe Hunchback of Notre Dame: The Stage Musical
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Vocal selections from the score by Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken. 17 songs.

December 22, 2017

42nd Street 2017 London Cast42nd Street: 2017 London Cast
(First Night Records - new import CD)
Harry Warren/Al Dubin score. Cast includes Sheena Easton, Tom Lister, Clare Halse, Jasna Ivir, Norman Bowman, Stuart Neal, Graeme Henderson, Christopher Howell. Released in the UK one week earlier.

December 30, 2017

Vivian LeighVivien Leigh: Actress and Icon
(Manchester Univ Press - Paperback Book)
Kate Dorney and Maggie B. Gale, editors. New readings of the life and career of actress Vivien Leigh, written by experts from theatre and film studies and curators from the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Uses newly accessible family archives to explore the complex relationship between Vivien Leigh's approach to the craft of acting for stage and screen, and how she shaped, developed and projected her public persona. Chapters range from analyses of her work on stage and screen to her collaborations with designers and photographers, an analysis of her fan base, her interior designs and the "public ownership" of her celebrity status during her lifetime and beyond. 256 pages.

December 2018, release date unknown

New Broadway Fake BookThe New Broadway Fake Book
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
New collection features over 600 Broadway songs arranged with melody, lyrics and chords for C instruments. 696 pages.

January 1, 2018

Agnes MoorheadAgnes Moorehead on Radio, Stage and Television
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
By Axel Nissen. Focuses on 25 of her most representative performances, this retrospective analyzes her work on radio serials like Mayor of the Town (1942-1949) and Suspense (1942-1962), her stage productions of Don Juan in Hell and Gigi, her television appearances on Bewitched and The Twilight Zone and her Emmy-winning appearance on The Wild Wild West - in the context of her personal life, discussing her relationship with directors, producers and other performers and providing little known facts about the productions. 277 pages.

January 2, 2018

AppropriateAppropriate and Other Plays
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' plays Appropriate, An Octoroon, and Neighbors. 260 pages.

Dear Evan Hansen AudiobookDear Evan Hansen: Through the Window audiobook
(Grand Central Publishing - Audiobook on CD)
By Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul. Official behind-the-scenes book of the new hit musical. Includes interviews with the cast and crew, a PDF featuring the play's libretto and beautiful photos, a deeper look into Evan's fictional world, as well as reflections on the creators own formative memories from their adolescence as it relates to the show's themes, and important examinations of how we present ourselves online and mental health. Photo gallery and unabridged libretto. Audiobook read by Taylor Trensch. Hardcover and Kindle versions released 11/21/17.

(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.

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.

The 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.

January 4, 2018

Year of the QueenYear of the Queen: The Making of the Hit Show Priscilla Queen of the Desert
(Tale Publishing - Paperback Book)
By Jeremy Stanford, who was the original Tick/Mitzi in the musical. 210 pages.

January 5, 2018

Between Yesterday and TomorrowNatalie Dessay | Michel Legrand: Between Yesterday & Tomorrow
(Sony Masterworks - new on CD/vinyl LP)
Composer Michel Legrand's song cycle about one woman's life (written and partially recorded by Barbra Streisand) performed by operatic coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay. "Birth," "Mother and Child," "Mother and Child Interlude," "Where Does the Wind Come From?," "Where Does the Wind Come From Interlude," "Hold Me," "Can You Tell the Moment?," "Fairly Tales and Strory Books," "An Unexpected Smile," "An Unexpected Smile Interlude," "With You," "You and I Plus One," "You and I Plus One Interlude," "Mother and Child Duo," "Wait," "Wait Interlude," "The More You Have," "Yesterday's Apples," "Between Yesterday and Tomorrow," "Last Breath." Released digitally on mp3 and at iTunes 11/17/17.

January 8, 2018

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.

January 9, 2018

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

Dance Me a SongDance Me a Song: Astaire, Balanchine, Kelly, and the American Film Musical
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
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.

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

For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Sarah Ruhl. Recently premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons. 144 pages.

The Penitent
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by David Mamet, which premiered at Atlantic Theatre Company in February 2017. 72 pages.

January 12, 2018

Linda Vista
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Tracy Letts. Debuted in Chicago in Spring 2017.

West Side Story DeluxeWest Side Story
(Deutsche Grammophon - CD/DVD set)
Limited edition set released to celebrate the 100th birthday year of Leonard Bernstein. Includes: 1984 Grammy Award winning studio recording conducted by Leonard Bernstein and featuring Kiri Te Kanawa, José Carreras, Tatiana Troyanos, Kurt Ollmann, Louise Edeiken, and Marilyn Horne; the BAFTA winning and Emmy nominated "The Making of West Side Story" documentary of the making of the recording, made by the BBC for Unitel, produced by Humphrey Burton, and directed by Christopher Swann; and a deluxe hardcover book. Initially released in 2007.

January 13, 2018

Antigone UndoneAntigone Undone: Juliette Binoche, Anne Carson, and the Art of Resistance
(Univ of Regina Press - new hardcover book)
By Will Aitken, after seeing the premiere of Anne Carson’s translation of Antigone, starring Juliette Binoche and directed by Ivo van Hove. His response to the play's protagonist, and the response to the play by Hegel, Virginia Woolf, Judith Butler, and others. 210 pages.

January 16, 2018

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

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.

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

The 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.

January 18, 2018

Decades of Modern American DramaDecades of Modern American Drama: Playwriting from the 1930s to 2009
(Bloomsbury Methuen - Set of Hardcover Books)
Brenda Murphy and Julia Listengarten, editors. comprehensive survey and study of the theatre produced in each decade from the 1930s to 2009 in eight volumes. Each volume provides context from which work emerged: an introduction considers life in the decade with a focus on domestic life and conditions, social changes, culture, media, technology, industry and political events; while a chapter on the theatre of the decade offers a wide-ranging and thorough survey of theatres, companies, dramatists, new movements and developments in response to the economic and political conditions of the day. The work of the four most prominent playwrights from the decade in analyzed and re-evaluated, together with commentary on their subsequent work and legacy. A final section brings together original documents such as interviews with the playwrights and with directors, drafts of play scenes, and other previously unpublished material.

January 21, 2018

Theatre ManagementTheatre Management: Arts Leadership for the 21st Century
(Palgrave - Paperback Book)
By Anthony Rhine. Overview of the processes involved in developing and managing a theatre in the 21st century. Chapters apply theory to real life situations. 254 pages.

January 23, 2018

Harry Clarke: and Lillian
(Audible Studios - Audiobook)
David Cale's play Harry Clarke read by Bill Crudup (who debuted the play at the Vineyard Theatre). Also includes David Cale's Obie Award-winning solo play Lillian, performed by the author.

January 25, 2018

Fifty PlaywrightsFifty Playwrights on their Craft
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Caroline Jester and Caridad Svich. series of interviews with fifty playwrights from the US and UK, including Edward Bond, Katori Hall, Chris Goode, David Greig, Willy Russell, David Henry Hwang, Alecky Blythe, Anne Washburn, Simon Stephens, Neil LaBute, Christopher Shinn, Katori Hall, David Hare, Lucy Prebble, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Paula Vogel. 304 pages

January 26, 2018

Fiddler ExpandingKelly Hall-Tompkins: The Fiddler Expanding Tradition
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Hall-Tompkins, the Fiddler/violin soloist in the recent Broadway revival, with all new Fiddler solo music. Collaboration with arranger Oran Eldor and music director/orchestrator Ted Sperling. Also features Danny Burstein in guest appearance for a duet of "Sunrise, Sunset."

Hamlisch UncoveredHamlisch Uncovered
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Unrecorded songs by Marvin Hamlisch, including songs from the original version of Smile (lyrics by Carolyn Leigh), Ballroom (lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman), his final musical The Nutty Professor (lyrics by Rupert Holmes), and several songs from his scores with Craig Carnelia: Imaginary Friends, Bullets Over Broadway and Sweet Smell of Success. Singers include Kelli O'Hara, Randy Graff, Tony Sheldon, Hayden Tee, Nancy Opel, Leah Horowitz, Marissa McGowan, Lisa Brescia, cabaret stars Klea Blackhurst and Steven Brinberg. Produced by Michael Lavine, Chip M. Fabrizi and Craig Carnelia. Released digitally on 12/15/17. At

JB PriestleyTime and The Rose Garden: Encountering the Magical in the Life and Works of J.B. Priestley
(O Books - Paperback Book)
By Anthony Peake. A reassessment of Priestley's plays and novels. Peake argues that Priestley should be recognized as one of the most prescient of all middle century playwrights and that his ideas on time, consciousness and mortality can be found in hugely popular movies such as The Matrix, Vanilla Sky, Deja Vu, Sliding Doors, Butterfly Effect and many others. 264 pages.

January 30, 2018

There I Go Again: How I Came to Be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr. Craig, KITT, and Many Others
(Tantor Audio - new on Audiobook CD)
By William Daniels. Narrated by William Daniels. The author recounts his life and career on stage, TV and film. Hardcover book and Kindle Edition released March 2017.

February 6, 2018

The Cherry Orchard (Stephen Karma adaptation)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Stephen Karam's (The Humans) adaptation of Chekhov's play. Produced in 2016 by Roundabout Theatre.

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.

The Kite RunnerThe Kite Runner play script
(Riverhead Books - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Matthew Spangler based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini. The play debuted at Wyndham's Theatre, London, in December 2016. 144 pages.

Levi!LEVI! A New Musical
(Krizerland Records - new on CD)
world-premiere cast album of new musical score by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman (book by Larry Cohen and Janelle Webb Cohen). About the life of Levi Strauss, and written in the very late 1970s but never produced. Recorded live in the Camino Theatre. limited to 1,000 copies only. Expected to ship first week of February. Pre-ordering at

Thousand Splendid SunsA Thousand Splendid Suns play script
(Riverhead Books - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Ursula Rani Sarma based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini. The play debuted at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco in February 2017. 128 pages.

February 13, 2018

The Backstagers Pt 2The Backstagers Vol. 2
(BOOM! Box - Paperback Book)
Written by James Tynion IV, illustrated by Rian Sygh. "All the world's a stage ... but what happens behind the curtain is pure magic—literally! When one of the actors suddenly goes missing, the Backstagers must band together to save their comrade and maintain the natural balance of ... theater. 112 pages.

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.

The World Only Spins ForwardThe World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America
(Bloomsbury USA - Hardcover Book)
By Isaac Butler and Dan Kois. Expanded version of oral history of Tony Kushner's Angels in America, originally published at Newly published material to include "delving into Ivo Van Hove's radical reimagining of the show, exploring the Signature [Theatre] production, greatly expanding the section on the two UK productions, covering the National revival next year, and exploring two particularly controversial productions (one in North Carolina, one in Washington, D.C.) that got swept up in the culture wars of the 1990s." 304 pages.

February 14, 2018

Ivo van Hove OnstageIvo van Hove Onstage
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By David Willinger. Comprehensive, multifaceted account of van Hove's extraordinary work, including key productions, design innovations, revolutionary approach to text and ambience, and relationships with specific theatres and companies. 360 pages.

February 16, 2018

Escape to Margaritaville
(Mailboat Records - new on CD/digital)
Original Broadway cast recording. The score features original songs along with many of Jimmy Buffett's classics. Cast includes Paul Alexander Nolan, Alison Luff, Lisa Howard, Eric Petersen, Rema Webb, Don Sparks, Andre Ward, Matt Allen, Tessa Alves, Sara Andreas, Tiffany Adeline Cole, Marjorie Failoni, Samantha Farrow, Steven Good, Angela Grovey, Albert Guerzon, Autumn Guzzardi, Keely Hutton, Justin Keats, Mike Millan, Justin Mortelliti, Ryann Redmond, Julius Anthony Rubio, Nick Sanchez, Ian Michael Stuart, and Brett Thiele. Album produced by Mailboat Records, Mike Utley, Mac McAnally, and Christopher Jahnke. Recorded during the pre-Broadway tour.

February 23, 2018

Once on This IslandOnce on This Island
(Broadway Records - new on CD/digital)
2017 revival cast recording of Lynn Ahrens/Stephen Flaherty score. Cast includes Lea Salonga, Alex Newell, Merle Dandridge, and Quentin Earl Darrington, Hailey Kilgore, Phillip Boykin, Darlesia Cearcy, Rodrick Covington, Emerson Davis, Alysha Deslorieux, Tyler Hardwick, Cassondra James, David Jennings, Grasan Kingsberry, Loren Lott, Kenita R. Miller, Isaac Powell, T. Oliver Reid, Aurelia Williams, and Mia Williamson. New orchestrations by new orchestrations by original orchestrator Michael Starobin and AnnMarie Milazzo. Album produced by Elliott Scheiner, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, Hunter Arnold, and Ken Davenport. Also at

March 1, 2018

Big DealBig Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
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 life—all dancers—impacted 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. 304 pages.

The Complete Lyrics of Alan Jay LernerThe Complete Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
Dominic McHugh and Amy Asch, editors. Includes numerous draft or alternate versions and songs cut from the shows. Compiled from dozens of archival collections, this invaluable resource and authoritative reference includes both Lerner's classic works and numerous discoveries, including his unproduced MGM movie Huckleberry Finn, selections from his college musicals, and lyrics from three different versions of Paint Your Wagon. This collection also includes extensive material from Lerner's two most ambitious musicals: Love Life, to music by Kurt Weill, and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, which Lerner wrote with Leonard Bernstein. 488 pages.

March 6, 2018

(Harper - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book/Digital Book)
New memoir by Andrew Lloyd Webber, delving into his personal creative process as he takes readers through the evolution of his career, recounting behind-the-scenes stories from his numerous musicals. Also covering his childhood home and family. 16 pages of color photos.

March 27, 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.

Failing UpFailing Up: How to Rise Above, Do Better, and Never Stop Learning
(Feiwel & Friends - new Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton). "Written in the style of a commencement speech, Failing Up brings together what Leslie has learned in life so far, tapping into universal themes of starting something new, following your passions, discovering your own potential, and surrounding yourself with the right people." 192 pages.

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

VicunaVicuña: A Play
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Paperback Book)
Political play by Jon Robin Baitz. Premiered at Center Group in Los Angeles in 2016; playing in Washington DC November 2017. 112 pages.

When I Grow UpWhen I Grow Up
(Scholastic Inc - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Tim Minchin, illustrated by Steve Antony, inspired by Minchin's song from Matilda the musical. Ages 3-5 years. 32 pages.

April 2, 2018

All That Jazz MorddenAll That Jazz: The Life and Times of the Musical Chicago
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Ethan Mordden. A look back at Chicago's various moving parts—including 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. 272 pages.

April 3, 2018

Something WonderfulSomething Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution
(Henry Holt. & Co. - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audio CD)
"Todd S. Purdum's portrait of these two men, their creative process, and their groundbreaking innovations will captivate lovers of musical theater, lovers of the classic American songbook, and lovers in general. He shows that what Rodgers and Hammerstein wrought was truly something wonderful." 352 pages.

April 6, 2018

Frozen - The Broadway Musical
(Walt Disney Records - new on CD)
OBC recording of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez score. Cast includes Caissie Levy and Patti Murin as royal sisters Elsa and Anna, respectively. The cast includes Caissie Levy, Patti Murin, Greg Hildreth, Robert Creighton, John Riddle, and Jelani Alladin.

August 23, 2018

NetworkNetwork: based on the Paddy Chayefsky film
(Faber & Faber - Kindle Edition)
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.

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.

November 13, 2018

Significant Other
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
2017 Broadway play by Joshua Harmon.

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.

The Band's VisitThe Band's Visit
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
OBC recording of score by David Yazbek. Cast: Katrina Lenk, Tony Shalhoub, George Abud, Etai Benson, John Cariani, Adam Kantor, Andrew Polk, Ari'el Stachel, Bill Army, Rachel Prather, Jonathan Raviv, Sharone Sayegh, Kristen Sieh, Alok Tewari. Kurt Deutsch, album executive producer. David Yazbek and Dean Sharenow producers. Expected early 2018.

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

The Cradle Will Rock
(new on CD)
2017 Opera Saratoga production of score from Marc Blitzstein opera.

Ernest ShackletonErnest Shackleton Loves Me
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Original cast recording of score by Brendan Milburn (music) and Val Vigoda (lyrics). Starring Val Vigoda (Striking 12) and charismatic Wade McCollum. Music direction and orchestrations by Ryan O'Connell. Fall 2017 release expected.

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

Hamilton Mixtape Vol. 2
(new on CD/digital)
“The Schuyler Sisters” and other songs with contemporary pop start treatment.

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; Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt: Hidden Treasures; Sidney Myer Live! DVD o-production with the Mabel Mercer Foundation.

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.

Jesus Christ Superstar
(studio cast album)
All-female cast featuring Morgan James and Shoshana Bean. Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice score. Based on a Highline Ballroom concert. Currently crowdfunding at

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

Karen Olivo solo album
Album with musical a "theatre repertoire, but with a completely different spin." Release date unknown.

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.

Lena Hall: Obsessed–Hedwig
(new on CD)
Acoustic versions of songs from the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. 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

Patti Issues & Bad With Money
Ben Rimalower's cabaret shows. Produced by Roven Records.

Prince of Broadway
(Gorgeous Entertainment - new album)
Original Broadway cast album. Songs from shows Hal Prince directed/produced, plus original songs by Jason Robert Brown. Music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Brown. Chuck Cooper, Drama Desk Award winner Janet Dacal, Bryonha Marie Parham, Tony Award nominee Emily Skinner, Tony nominee Brandon Uranowitz, Kaley Ann Voorhees, Olivier Award nominee Michael Xavier, Tony nominee Tony Yazbeck, and Tony winner Karen Ziemba. Label, released date, and track list unknown. Recorded October 30, 2017.

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.

Shoshana Bean: Long Time Coming
(new album)
New solo album. Expected Fall 2017.

-- Sound Advice Staff

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