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CDs Now Available:
(MasterWorks Broadway/ArkivMusic - new at MasterworksBroadway.com)
1972 Original London cast. Olivia Breeze, Geoffrey Burridge, Jonathan Cecil, Tudor Davies, Elaine Delmar, Laurel Ford, Peter Gale, John Moffatt, Patricia Routledge, Anna Sharkey, Una Stubbs, Derek Waring. The story of Noël Coward's life told through song and biographical snippets. Original track list: "If Love Were All," "I'll See You Again," "Time and Again," "Has Anybody Seen Our Ship?," "Try To Learn To Love," "Kiss Me," "Go Slow, Johnny," "Tokay," "Dearest Love," "Could You Please Oblige Us With a Bren Gun?," "Come the Wild, Wild Weather," "Spinning Song," "Parisian Pierrot," "Play, Orchestra, Play," "Any Little Fish," "A Room With a View," "When You Want Me," "Specially For You," "Beatnik Love Affair," "I'm Mad About You," "Poor Little Rich Girl," "Louisa," "Mad About the Boy," "The Stately Homes Of England," "Twentieth Century Blues," "I Went To a Marvellous Party," "Mrs. Worthington," "Why Must the Show Go On?," "London Is a Little Bit Of All Right," "What Ho, Mrs. Brisket," "Don't Take Our Charlie For the Army," "Saturday Night At the Rose and Crown," "London At Night," "There Are Bad Times Just Around the Corner," "Alice Is At It Again," "The Passenger's Always Right," "Useful Phrases," "Why Do the Wrong People Travel?," "St. Peter's," "Mad Dogs and Englishmen," "Nina," "I Like America," "Bronxville Darby and Joan," "Darjeeling," "I Wonder What Happened To Him?," "Miss Mouse," "Let's Do It," "Last Words," "Touring Days," "Nothing Can Last For Ever," "Would You Like To Stick a Pin In My Balloon?," "Mary Make-Believe," "Dance, Little Lady," "Men About Town," "Forbidden Fruit," "Sigh No More," "Younger Generation," "I'll Follow My Secret Heart." Released this week at MasterworksBroadway.com; on October 1 at ArkivMusic and online digital.
Decca Opera: Gershwin: Porgy & Bess
(Decca - on 3 CDs/mp3)
Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Lorin Maazel. Willard White and Leona Mitchell in the title roles. Released in 1976, was the first complete recording of the opera based on Gershwin's original score.
Wilford Brimley with the Jeff Hamilton Trio
(Capri - new on CD)
Actor Wilford Brimley and the Jeff Hamilton Trio, with Tamir Hendleman on piano and Christoph Luty on bass. Songs include "I Wish You Love," "Pick Yourself Up," "Walkin' My Baby Back Home," "Waltz For Debby," "I Have Dreamed," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "Love Letters," "Yours Is My Heart Alone," "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," "Ain't She Sweet." 15 tracks.
DIGITAL DOWNLOADs Now Available:
Shrek the Musical
(Fox - Streaming Video)
Filmed live on Broadway with 10 cameras. Score by Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire. Brian d'Arcy James, Daniel Breaker, Sutton Foster, Christopher Sieber. Expected formats: iTunes, HD for playback on Kindle Fire HD, Xbox 360, PS3, Roku or other HD compatible devices. Blu-Ray extras: From Swamp To Stage: The Making of Shrek the Musical; songbook.Blu-ray/DVD also to be released October 15.
DVD/Blu-Rays Now Available:
Cats - Ultimate Edition (All Regions) Blu-ray
(Universal UK - Blu-Ray)
1998 production with Veerle Casteleyn, Michael Gruber, John Mills, Ken Page, Elaine Paige, John Partridge. Extras: Character Make-up with Karen Dawson Harding; Making of Cats Featurette; interviews with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh, Trevor Nunn, Gillian Lynne, John Napier, Gerry Schoenfield. Available at Dress Circle and Amazon UK.
BOOKs Now Available:
Mr. B.: The Music and Life of Billy Eckstine (Hal Leonard Jazz Biography Series)
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
By Cary Ginell. Life story of legendary singer.
The Playbill Broadway Yearbook: June 2012 to May 2013: Ninth Annual Edition
(Applause Books - Hardcover Book)
More than 4,000 photos, plus other memorabilia from the entire 2012-2013 Broadway season. Including new and long-running shows, other theatre events (like Gypsy of the Year, Broadway Bares), and reports from each production on the Gypsy Robe, daily rituals, celebrity visits, favorite health tips and regimens, memorable ad-libs, etc. 400 pages. Robert Viagas, editor.
NewMusicalTheatre new songbooks
Best of NMT: Female Audition Songs, Volume 2 ("Accident Prone" by Kirsten Guenther and Laurence O'Keefe, "Broadway, Here I Come!" by Joe Iconis, "Dear Daddy" by Bobby Cronin, "Don't Wanna Be Here" by Adam Gwon, "Hand in Hand" by Kerrigan-Lowdermilk, "I Won't Mind" by Jeff Blumenkrantz, Annie Kessler, and Libby Saines, "I'll Be Here" by Adam Gwon, "Pretty Funny" by Pasek & Paul); Best of NMT: Male Audition Songs, Volume 2 ("And I Breathe" by Salzman & Cunningham, "Broadway, Here I Come!" by Joe Iconis, "Come Back" by Pasek & Paul, "Disaster" by Drew Gasparini, "Lisa" by Joe Iconis, "Rock City" by Brad Alexander and Adam Mathias, "The Bad Years" by Kerrigan-Lowdermilk, "When She Smiles" by Lewis Flinn); Best of NMT: Duets ("Fine" by Adam Gwon, "First Date / Last Night" by Pasek & Paul, "Freedom" by Kerrigan-Lowdermilk, "Halfway" by Ryan Scott Oliver, "Little Mysteries" by Adam Gwon, "Next Thing You Know" by Salzman & Cunningham, "Vegas" by Kerrigan-Lowdermilk, "You Are My..." by Brad Alexander and Adam Mathias).
Stage Blood: Five tempetuous years in the early life of the National Theatre
(Faber and Faber Plays - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
by Michael Blakemore. "The candid and at times painfully funny story of the events that led to his dramatic exit in 1976. He recalls the theatrical triumphs and flops, his volatile relationship with Olivier including directing him in Long Day's Journey into Night, the extravagant dinners in Hall's Barbican flat with Harold Pinter, Jonathan Miller and the other associates, the opening of the new building, and Blakemore's brave and misrepresented decision to speak out." Technically, being released 9/19.
Theatre and Animals
(Palgrave Macmillan - Paperback Book)
By Lourdes Orozco. Animals in performance. Chapters: 1. Theatre and Performance: the 'Odd Fish' within Animal Studies, 2. Animals in Art, Spectacle and Text: A Brief History, 3. Animals, Philosophy and Ecology, 4. Companion Performers and Bio Art: Humans and Animals Share the Stage, 5. Towards an Ethics of Animals in Performance , 6. Does the Animal Want to be There?: Agency and Responsibility, 7. Risks, Accidents and Economics in Animal Performance, 8. Animals and their Representations in Performance.
West Side Story as Cinema: The Making and Impact of an American Masterpiece (Cultureamerica)
(Univ Press of Kansas - Hardcover Book)
By Ernesto R. Acevedo-Munoz. "Bursting with facts, insights, and inside stories, this book boasts a wealth of material that has never been explored before in print. Both history and homage, it is a must for scholar and buff alike." 232 pages.
Recordings RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:
Il Divo: A Musical Affair
(Columbia - new on CD)
David Miller, Carlos Marin, Sébastien Izambard, Urs Buhler. Compilation of Broadway songs featuring duets with Barbra Streisand, Kristin Chenoweth, Nicole Scherzinger, Heather Headley And Michael Ball. "Memory" (with Nicole Scherzinger), "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" (with Heather Headley), "Bring Him Home," Tonight," All I Ask Of You" (with Kristen Chenoweth), "Some Enchanted Evening," Who Can I Turn To?," You'll Never Walk Alone," If Ever I Would Leave You," Love Changes Everything" (with Michael Ball), "The Music Of The Night" (with Barbra Streisand). Limited run begins November 7th at the Marquis Theatre with special guest star Heather Headley.
Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts Volume 2
(Kultur - on 9 DVDs)
Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic. Second volume of 27 programs. Series of concerts televised from Lincoln Center in 1962. 1620 minutes. With Volume 1, released in 2004, completes the series.
Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Edition
(Disney - new Blu-Ray set)
All new digital restoration. Songs by Robert and Richard Sherman and music by Irwin Kostal. Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy of 1963 musical film. Based on the books by P.L. Travers. Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber. Extras to include: Mary-OKEs; Becoming Mr. Sherman with Jason Schwartzman and Richard Sherman; and more.
(Kultur - on DVD)
John Dexter's 1965 production at the National Theatre of Great Britain. Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Frank Finlay, Joyce Redman, Derek Jacobi. Directed by Stuart Burge. 159 minutes.
Somethin' Real Special: The Songs of Dorothy Fields
(PS Classics - new on CD)
Philip Chaffin album. Standards and little-known songs that Dorothy Fields wrote between 1928 and 1973 with Jimmy McHugh, Jerome Kern, Sigmund Romberg, Harold Arlen, Morton Gould, Arthur Schwartz and Cy Coleman. "Remind Me," "Carousel in the Park," "A Cow and a Plow and a Frau," "I'm in the Mood for Love / Don't Blame Me," "You're a Lovable Lunatic," "Somethin' Real Special," "Alone Too Long," "Sweet Charity," "April Snow," "Then You Went and Changed Your Mind," "Let Me Look at You / The Way You Look Tonight," "Where Am I Going?," "I'll Buy You a Star," "Exactly Like You." Todd Ellison conducts. Arrangements by Jonathan Tunick, Doug Besterman, Jason Carr, Glen Daum, David Loud, Joseph Thalken, Sam Davis, David Wolfson and John Baxindine. Liner notes by Maury Yeston. Also pre-ordering at PS Classics.
Books RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:
Arthur Miller: 1962-2005
(Univ of Michigan Press - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of Christopher Bigsby's 2-volume biography. 662 pages.