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Week of November 30, 2021

Edmund Bagnell: The Road
(new digital EP)
Singing violinst Edmund Bagnell. "The Water," "That's All," "No One Is Alone," "Salut D'amour," "Carolina In My Mind," "The Road."

Jazz Age Beauties: The Lost Collection of Ziegfeld Photographer Alfred Cheney Johnston
(Universe - Hardcover Book)
By Robert Hudovernik. More than 200 publicity stills and photos of some of America's first "It" girls—silent film-era starlets. Accompanying these iconic images are the stories behind them, including accounts from surviving Ziegfeld Girls, as well as ads featuring them. 272 pages.

Kimberly Hawkey: A New Noel
(new digital album)
Vocalist Kimberly Hawkey sings songs by Morris & River. "Coming Home," "Deep Snow," "Our Small Traditions," "Slushy Mushy Christmas," "Through the Ruins," "A New Noel," "Grandpa's Chair," "Shopping Mall Santa," "A Secret Reason," "The Loving Voices," "In My Pocket."

Making Broadway Dance
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Liza Gennaro. Examines choreography for musical theatre through the lens of dance studies, script analysis, movement research and dramaturgical inquiry ... the choreographic systems of some of Broadway's most influential dance-makers including George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Jerome Robbins, Katherine Dunham, Bob Fosse, Savion Glover, Sergio Trujillo, Steven Hoggett and Camille Brown. 232 pages.

Once Upon a Time Step: Songs from the Ron Lytle Musical Fairy Tales
(new on CD/digital)
16 songs from 11 of composer and lyricist Lytle's one-act musicals (The King's New Klothes, That's Our Snow White!, The Bluegrass Musicians Of Bremen Flats, It Must Be Pinocchio, The Great and Glorious Mr. Toad and more), and from Lytle’s latest full-length holiday musical, Christmas in Oz. Performers include Will Arundell, Jessica Coker, John Erreca, Jordyn Foley, Juanita Harris, Tania Johnson, Alonso Melgoza, Michael Mendelsohn, Marah Sotelo, Oscar Tomosada, and Chris Vettel.

Sondheim Unplugged - The NYC Sessions Volume 1
(Yellow Sound Label - new 2-CD set/digital)
First in three-volume set. "Something's Coming" – (Marquee Five), "Broadway Baby" (Michelle Dowdy), "What Can You Lose?" (Nicholas Rodriguez), "The Right Girl" (Aaron Ramey), "The Boy From" (Lucia Spina), "Sooner or Later" (Brian Charles Rooney), "Someone Is Waiting / Pretty Women" (Alton Fitzgerald White), "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid" (Jim Brochu), "I Remember" (Lina Koutrakos), "The Glamorous Life" (Blaine Krauss), "Ariadne" (Eric Michael Gillett), "Gee, Officer Krupke" (Jacob Hoffman), "Multitudes of Amys" (John Treacy Egan), "In Buddy's Eyes" (Teri Ralston), "Old Friends / Like it Was" (Donna Vivino), "Good Thing Going / Growing Up" (Michael Winther), "By the Sea" (Liz McCartney), "Send in the Clowns" (Sally Mayes), "Children and Art" (Danielle Ferland), "Being Alive" (Christina Bianco, Carole J Bufford and Scott Coulter), "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd" (Marquee Five), "Agony I" (Tally Sessions and Jeff Kready), "What More Do I Need?" (Lucia Spina), "No One Is Alone" (Blaine Krauss), "Changing / Beautiful" (Melanie Vaughan and Courter Simmons), "Let Me Entertain You / Broadway" (Kate Loprest), "Unworthy of Your Love" (Annie Golden and Michael Winther), "Live Alone and Like It" (Karen Mason), "There Won't Be Trumpets" (Gabrielle Stravelli), "Your Eyes Are Blue" (Stearns Matthews), "The Story of Lucy and Jessie" (Victoria Cook), "Talent" (Hunter Ryan Herdlicka), "Not While I'm Around" (Julie Reyburn), "Not While I'm Around" (Julie Reyburn), "The Road You Didn't Take" (Eric Michael Gillett), "On the Steps of the Palace" (Erica Spyres), "Maria" (Brian Charles Rooney), "The Ladies Who Lunch" (Alice Ripley), "Someone in a Tree" (Jacob Hoffman), "Rain on the Roof" (Stearns Matthews and Natalie Arneson), "I'm Still Here" (Marta Sanders), "Color and Light" (Claybourne Elder and Christina Bianco), "Sunday" (Charlie Levy). Produced by Phil Geoffrey Bond. Music director Joseph Goodrich on piano. YellowSoundLabel.com.

tick, tick... BOOM!
(Masterworks - new on CD)
Soundtrack from 2021 Netflix film adaptation of Jonathan Larson's autobiographical musical. Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesús, Joshua Henry, Mj Rodriguez, Bradley Whitford, Tariq Trotter, Judith Light, and Vanessa Hudgens. "30/90," "Boho Days," "Green Green Dress," "No More," "Johnny Can't Decide," "Sunday," "Play Game," "Therapy," "Swimming," "Come to Your Senses," "Real Life," "Why," "Louder Than Words," "Come to Your Senses" (end credit version); Bonus tracks: "Green Green Dress" (Garfield & Shipp), "Out Of My Dreams" (Veronica Jackson cover), "Only Takes a Few" (The Mountain Goats). 180 gram vinyl LP to be released 6/3/22. Digital version released earlier.

West Side Story new soundtrack
(Hollywood Records - new digital album)
Soundtrack for 2021 musical film based on the 1957 musical. Score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. Film cast includes Ansel Elgort, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, Rita Moreno, Rachel Zegler, Rita Moreno, Brian d'Arcy James, Corey Stoll, Josh Andrés Rivera, Iris Menas, Mike Iveson, Jamila Velazquez, Annelise Cepero, Yassmin Alers, Jamie Harris, Curtiss Cook. "Prologue," "La Borinqueña" (Sharks Version), "Jet Song," "Something’s Coming," "The Dance at the Gym: Blues, Promenade," "The Dance at the Gym: Mambo," "The Dance at the Gym: Cha-Cha, Meeting Scene, Jump," "Maria," "Balcony Scene (Tonight)," "Transition to Scherzo / Scherzo," "America," "Gee, Officer Krupke," "One Hand, One Heart," "Cool," "Tonight (Quintet)", "The Rumble," "I Feel Pretty," "Somewhere" (performed by Rita Moreno), "A Boy Like That / I Have a Love," "Finale," "End Credits." CD release 12/3/21.


Weeks of November 16-23, 2021

The 20th Century Fox Years Volume 2 1939-1943
(Sepia Records - on 2 CDs)
Compilation of rarities taken from studio discs produced in conjunction with films produced between 1939 and 1943. Featured are performances by Jane Withers, John Payne, Basil Rathbone, Al Jolson, Don Ameche, Vivian Blaine, Carole Landis, Rudy Vallee, Charlotte Greenwood etc. 60 tracks total. SepiaRecords.com. Released 11/19/21.

The Art of Bob Mackie
(Simon & Schuster - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Frank Vlastnik, Laura Ross. Foreword by Carol Burnett. Afterword by Cher. Comprehensive and authorized showcase of legendary fashion designer Bob Mackie’s fabulous life and work, featuring hundreds of photos and dozens of never-before-seen sketches from his personal collection. 304 pages. Released 11/16/21.

The Best New Ten-Minute Plays, 2021
(Applause - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Lawrence Harbison. Thirty new ten-minute plays. This volume is ideal for theatre enthusiasts looking for new and compelling short pieces from some of the finest playwrights of our time. 304 pages. Released 11/15/21.

Bing Crosby: Guest Star Time 1935-1953
(Sepia Records - on 2 CDs)
Some of Bing Crosby's guest appearances over a 20-year period, including Armed Forces Radio Service, Allied Expeditionary Forces broadcast in London with Glenn Miller, and his American Band of the AEF in 1944. 66 tracks total. Remastered from a "very battered" 16" transcription disc. SepiaRecords.com. Released 11/19/21.

Encanto
(Disney - new on CD/digital)
Soundtrack from 2021 animated film with original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda an score by Germaine Franco. Cast includes Adassa, Stephanie Beatriz, Stephanie Beatriz, Mauro Castillo, Jessica Darrow, Rhenzy Feliz, Carolina Gaitán, Diane Guerrero, John Leguizamo, Maluma, Olga Merediz, Sebastián Yatra. Released 11/19/21. CD is Target exclusive.

Everything is Choreography: The Musical Theater of Tommy Tune
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Kevin Winkler (Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical). Broadway Legacies series. First full scale book about the career of the director-choreographer Tommy Tune (Grand Hotel, My One and Only, Nine, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, The Will Rogers Follies). "Celebrates and examines with a critical eye his major projects, and summons for readers a glorious period of dance, performance, and theatrical imagination." 288 pages. Released 11/15/21.

Freedom Riders - The Civil Rights Musical
(Broadway Records/Theatre Barn Records - digital album)
World premiere recording of Richard Allen and Taran Gray's score for award-winning NYMF musical. Cast includes Brynn Williams, Anthony Chatmon II, Deon’te Goodman, Payson Lewis, Jennifer Sun Bell, Kevin “Blax” Burroughs, Aja Downing, Eboni Muse, Patrick Ortiz, Scott Redmond, Erin Vaderhyde, Joy Yandell. Released 11/19/21. BroadwayRecords.com.

A Jazzy Interlude with Josie Falbo
(JF Records - new 4-song EP)
Josie Falbo's new holiday EP. New arrangements by Marshall Vente and Carey Deadman ("The Christmas Song," "A Child Is Born" and "The Christmas Waltz"), and a new cover version of "Christmas Eve Is Coming Soon," by Chicago based composer/songwriter, Richard Knight, Jr. Musicians: Scott Mason, Bob Rummage, Carey Deadman, Kirk Garrison, Jim Gailoretto, Steve Eisen, Andy Baker, Alejo Poveda, Jeremy Kahn, Chuck Webb, Carey Deadman, Mark Lekas, Rich Trelease, Chris Sargent and Marshall Vente. JosieFalbo.net.

Hadestown songbook
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Vocal selections for score by Anais Mitchell. "All I've Ever Known," "Epic III," "Flowers," "Hey, Little Songbird," "Livin' It up on Top," "Our Lady of the Underground," "Wait for Me," "Way down Hadestown I," "We Raise Our Cups," "Wedding Song," "When the Chips Are Down," "Why We Build the Wall."

Lee Mead: In Concert, Recorded at the London Palladium
(Westway - new DVD/CD)
Concert performance by British actor/singer Lee Mead (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Lisa Howard: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
(Fatlab Music - new digital album)
Collection of holiday favorites performed by Lisa Howard (It Shoulda Been You, Escape to Margaritaville, ... Spelling Bee. Arrangements by Michael Shaieb. "It's the Most Wonderful Time Of the Year," "Santa Tell Me," "Sleigh Ride" (with Derrick Baskin), "The House Where I Grew Up at Christmas," "All I Want for Christmas Is You," "I'll Be Home for Christmas/Home for the Holidays," "Christmas Wrapping" (with Derrick Baskin), "We Need a Little Christmas," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Last Christmas," "River," "Under the Mistletoe" (with Derrick Baskin), "What Christmas Means to Me," "Holly Jolly Christmas/Here Comes Santa Claus." Produced by Michael Shaieb and Brent Lord. Released 11/20/21.

Lullaby of Broadway
(Warner Archive - Blu-ray)
1951 musical comedy film. Directed by David Butler. Doris Day, Gene Nelson, S.Z. Sakall, Billy De Wolfe, Gladys George, Florence Bates, Anne Triola. "Lullaby of Broadway," "You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me," "Just One of Those Things," "Somebody Loves Me," "I Love the Way You Say Goodnight," "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone," "In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town," "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart," "You're Dependable," "We'd Like to Go on a Trip."

M. Butterfly
(Shout! Factory - new Blu-ray)
1993 film with screenplay by David Henry Hwang based on his play. Directed by David Cronenberg. Jeremy Irons, John Lone, Barbara Sukowa, Ian Richardson. Bonus content: audio commentary by William Beard, author of The Artist As Monster: The Cinema of David Cronenberg; interview with David Cronenberg; theatrical trailer. 101 minutes. Released 11/16/21

Mary Martin on Air 1939-1950
(Stage Door Records - new on 2-CD set)
Collection representing a landmark archival discovery of Mary Martin broadcast recordings from 1939-1950. Almost all of the performances featured on this collection have gone unheard since their original transmission. Includes selections from Mary's many broadcasts for the "Good News" and "Kraft Music Hall" shows for which she was resident vocalist; Mary's first radio broadcast of her signature song "My Heart Belongs to Daddy," introduced by Rudy Vallee; popular standards of the era; songs from Mary's own back catalogue of stage and film productions; and her unique interpretations of operatic arias in the style of swing. collaboration with The Mary Martin Collection & Archive at The Doss Heritage and Culture Center in Weatherford, Texas and uses Mary's own private 78rpm transcription records housed at the Center. Extensive sleeve notes by George Dansker, plus a complete listing of broadcast dates for the featured performances. 51 tracks. StageDoorRecords.com.

Ramin Karimloo & The Broadgrass Band: The Road To Find Out
(Westway - new DVD)
Staged as a live stream after lockdown rules were relaxed in December 2020. "On The Road To Find Out," "Traveller's Eyes," "Bring Him Home," "Cathedrals," "Brothers," "Once Upon A December," "Music Of The Night," "Fantine," "I Vow To Thee My Country," "Better," "Still," "Losing," "Broken," "Empty Chairs At Empty Tables," "Driftwood"; Bonus Tracks: "Silent Night," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Oh Come All Ye Faithful,"

Sierra Boggess & Julian Ovenden: Together at a Distance
(Craft Recordings - new digital album)
Classic and contemporary broadway duets recorded remotely during the pandemic. "Make Believe," "All I Ask Of You," "Stranger In Paradise," "The Heather On The Hill," "Too Many Mornings," "Tonight," "All The Wasted Time," "Too Much In Love To Care," "How Could I Ever Know," "Till There Was You," "I Have Dreamed," "With One Look," "They Were You," "A Heart Full Of Love." Orchestrations by Nigel Wright, Julian Ovenden and Pete Letanka. Produced by Nigel Wright and Nick Pugh, with engineering by Pugh. Mixed at Chiltern Music Studios, Buckinghamshire, UK. Released 11/19/21.

Some Lovers
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
World premiere recording of score by Burt Bacharach (music) and Steven Sater (lyrics/book). Colton Ryan/Molly Gordon, Betsy Wolfe/Tracie Thoms, Ethan Slater/Lilli Cooper, Jonathan Groff/Lea Michele, Katrina Lenk/Ari’el Stachel, Conrad Ricamora/Ashley Park, Christy Altomare/Derek Klena, Ramin Karimloo, Jennifer Holliday, Kristin Chenoweth, Santino Fontana/Laura Osnes, and Graham Phillips/Auli'i Cravalho. Produced by Michael Croiter and Ben Hartman. "Molly," "Some Lovers," "Aren't We? / Another Start," "Love Me for an Hour," "Living with a Ghost," "Hold Me," "A Thousand Things That Were You," "Ready to be Done with You / A Thousand Things That Were You (Reprise)," "Welcome to My World," "Every Other Hour," "Just Walk Away," "Hush," "This Christmas." Co-producers Burt Bacharach, Steven Sater, Cody Lassen. Co-executive producers Maxwell Beer, Brad Blume, Louis Hobson, Elisabeth Siegel, John Styles, Jr., Joanna Topetzes, and Deena Zucker. Released earlier digitallyBroadwayRecords.com.

Stephanie J. Block: "O Holy Night"
(Club44 Records - new digital single)
Produced by Christian Hushaw, Jace Fay, Kayla Johnston, and Stephanie J. Block. Arranged by Corbin Phillips, Jace Fay, and Christian Hushaw. Music by Adolphe Adam and English lyrics by John Sullivan Dwight. Released 11/12/21.

tick, tick... BOOM!
(Masterworks - new digital album)
Soundtrack from 2021 Netflix film adaptation of Jonathan Larson's autobiographical musical. Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesús, Joshua Henry, Mj Rodriguez, Bradley Whitford, Tariq Trotter, Judith Light, and Vanessa Hudgens. "30/90," "Boho Days," "Green Green Dress," "No More," "Johnny Can't Decide," "Sunday," "Play Game," "Therapy," "Swimming," "Come to Your Senses," "Real Life," "Why," "Louder Than Words," "Come to Your Senses" (end credit version); Bonus tracks: "Green Green Dress" (Garfield & Shipp), "Out Of My Dreams" (Veronica Jackson cover), "Only Takes a Few" (The Mountain Goats). CD to be released 12/3/21. 180 gram vinyl LP to be released 6/22/22.

Todd Almond: A Pony for Christmas
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album)
New folk-pop holiday album by songwriter and performer Todd Almond (Girl from the North Country). Weaves personal original compositions with new versions of traditional carols and reworkings of pop songs. "Maybe This Christmas," "Ponies," "O Holy Night," "Welcome Home," "A Pony for Christmas," "Hounds of Love / Cloudbusting / Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)," "Little Drummer Boy," "Kind and Generous," "Moon Over Nebraska," "The First Noel / Angels We Have Heard on High," "River," "Christmas Eve," "I'll Be Home for Christmas." Produced by Todd Almond and Peter Sachon. Released 11/19/21.

West Side Story, Gypsy, and the Art of Broadway Orchestration
(Routledge - Hardcover Book)
By Paul Laird. Routledge Research in Music series. Draws on extensive archival research with original manuscripts to provide a detailed account of the process of orchestration for West Side Story and Gypsy, and their context in the history of Broadway orchestration. Breaking down how the two composers, Leonard Bernstein and Jules Styne, collaborated with orchestrators Sid Ramin, Irwin Kostal, and Robert Ginzler to better understand both these two iconic shows and the importance of orchestration within musical theatre in general. 248 pages. Released 11/19/21.

West Side Story: The Making of the Steven Spielberg Film
(Abrams - Hardcover Book)
By Laurent Bouzereau. Featuring never-before-seen unit photography, storyboards, costume and concept designs, and behind-the-scenes photos. The author was embedded with the film's cast and crew and conducted original interviews with director and producer Steven Spielberg, screenwriter and executive producer Tony Kushner, Tony Award–winning choreographer Justin Peck, and the cast to bring together a firsthand oral history documenting every stage of the film's production. 256 pages. Released 11/16/21.

West Side Story A Novelization
(Gallery Books - re-released book)
By Irving Shulman. 19960s novelization of West Side Story (musical based on a conception by Jerome Robbins, book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins), Updated version with a new cover to coincide with 2021 film version. 160 pages.

The Wizard of Oz soundtrack
(Mondo - new 3-LP vinyl)
Expanded, deluxe edition of the 1956 soundtrack for the 1939 film. Packaging designed and constructed by Alan Hynes. Pop-up, accordion style jacket creates a rainbow diorama of the titular Oz, complete with subtle easter eggs littered throughout. Remastered for vinyl, featuring 53 tracks from the film itself (including the full original soundtrack, outtakes, extended versions, and alternate versions never before released on vinyl) and pressed on 3x 180 gram colored vinyl from RTI. Limited to 3,000 copies. Produced in conjunction with WaterTower Music. Mondoshop.com. Released date may be 11/24/21.


Week of November 9, 2021

Karen Mason: Let the Music Play
(Zevely Records - new digital album)
"Let the Music Play," "On Broadway/Broadway Baby," "Steppin' Out with My Baby," "He Touched Me," "Time," "Talking to the Moon," "For Good," "MrMonotony," "Don't Rain on My Parade," "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Is There Anybody Out There," "Jerusalem," "We Can Be Kind," "From a Distance," "In My Life," "We Never Ran Out of Love (We Just Ran Out of Time)." Special guests Stephen Schwartz and David Friedman on piano on some tracks. Arrangements by Christopher Denny and Barry Kleinbort, in addition to contributions from Dick Gallagher, and Brian Lasser. Produced by Paul Rolnick.

Randy Rainbow: A Little Brains, A Little Talent
(Broadway Records - on CD)
Randy Rainbow's first full-length studio album. Broadway standards, popular parodies, two brand new original songs ("Pink Glasses", written by Alan Menken and Randy Rainbow, and "Randy Rainbow for President!" written by Marc Shaiman and Randy Rainbow). Also features guest stars Tituss Burgess, Josh Gad, Sean Hayes, Patti LuPone, and Bernadette Peters. Produced by Michael J Moritz Jr. and Randy Rainbow. Orchestrated by Michael J Moritz Jr. Arranged by Jesse Kissel. Executive produced by Van Dean, Brian Spector and Jesse Kissel. BroadwayRecords.com.

Respect
(new on Blu-ray/DVD)
2021 Netflix film following the rise of Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father's church's choir to her international superstardom. Directed by Liesl Tommy. Screenplay by Tracey Scott Wilson. Jennifer Hudson, Leroy McClain, Forest Whitaker, Tate Donovan, Marlon Wayans, Tituss Burgess.

Theatre Cats: The Old Producer's Book of Dramatical Cats
(Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Scott Miller. Illustrated by Zachary Farmer. While T.S. Eliot observed and made fun of the habits and behavior of everyday people, through the comic and insightful metaphor of some very human-like cats, this collection targets more specific but just as wickedly true-to-life cat types ... quirky, eccentric, fascinating cat types who make musical theatre, through the lens of some very artsy cats, the good, the bad, and the finicky. Released 10/31/21.


Week of November 2, 2021

Ben Bagley's Vernon Duke Revisited
(Kritzerland - on CD)
Music by Vernon Duke. Lyrics by Howard Dietz, Ted Fetter, Ira Gershwin, John Latouche, and Ogden Nash. Tammy Grimes, Anthony Perkins, Blossom Dearie, Gloria De Haven, Jack Haskell, and, in true Ben fashion, Rex Reed and Joan Rivers. The wonderful arrangements and orchestrations are by Norman Paris. Cover art by Harvey Schmidt. 500 copies only. To be released by the first week in November 2021. Kritzerland.com.

Ben Bagley's Vincent Youmans Revisited
(Kritzerland - on CD)
Music by Vincent Youmans. Lyrics by Harold Adamson, Ann Caldwell, Sidney Clare, B.G. DeSylva, Ira Gershwin, Mack Gordon, Clifford Grey, Oscar Hammerstein, Otto Harbach, Edward Heyman, Bryan Hooker, Gus Kahn, Bud McCreery, Billy Rose. Dorothy Loudon, Cab Calloway, Mary McCarty, Gloria DeHaven, Blossom Dearie, Charles Rydell, and the most surprising choice, the brilliant actress, Maureen Stapleton. The fifteen songs from the original LP release, plus seven additional songs with performances by Ann Hampton Callaway and Mary Cleere Haran. 500 copies only. To be released by the first week in November 2021. Kritzerland.com.

Noël Coward on (and in) Theatre
(Knopf - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
By Noel Coward. Edited with commentary by Barry Day. "The book Noël Coward wanted, promised, threatened to write--and never did." Shows how Coward's opinions were as sharp and entertaining as his plays and his lyrics. Including essays, interviews, diary entries, verse showing his views on his fellow playwrights, critics, producers, acting methods, and actors. Compiled, edited, and annotated by Barry Day, Coward authority and editor of The Noel Coward Reader and The Letters of Noel Coward. Barry Day narrates the audiobook issue. 480 pages.

She Persisted: One Hundred Monologues from Plays by Women over Forty
(Applause - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Lawrence Harbison, editor. Preface by Jacquelyn Reingold. Introduction by Theresa Rebeck. Collection of monologues from plays by members of Honor Roll!, an advocacy group of women over forty. 240 pages.

When the Lights Are Bright Again: Letters and images of loss, hope, and resilience from the theater community
(Applause - Hardcover Book)
By Andrew Norlen. Photographs by Matthew Murphy. Immortalizes the stories, struggles, and successes of an industry that was the first to be shut down and one of the last to return. Weaves more than 200 letters from Broadway theater veterans, devout theatergoers, teenage dreamers aching for their day in the spotlight, long-time ushers, designers, creatives, and countless other arts workers with a brand-new, breathtaking photo series by Broadway photographer Matthew Murphy. For every copy purchased, a portion of the profits will directly benefit The Actors Fund. 240 pages.

Emily Mann: Rebel Artist of the American Theater
(Applause - Hardcover Book)
By Alexis Greene. The story of American playwright, director, and artistic director Emily Mann ... her family life; her coming-of-age in Chicago during the exuberant, rebellious, and often violent 1960s; how sexual violence touched her personally; and how she fell in love with theater and began learning her craft at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, while a student at Radcliffe ... her evolution as a professional director and playwright at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, on and off Broadway, at regional theaters including the McCarter. 352 pages.


Week of October 26, 2021

Affair of the Heart: British Theatre from 1992 to 2020
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Michael Billington (formerly of The Guardian). Selected theatre reviews from 1992 to 2020 ... starting each chapter is a brief commentary on the developments of that era and the social, political and cultural context within which this theatre was being produced. Also included are key obituaries and letters in response to reviews written. 344 pages.

Andrew Lloyd Webber: Symphonic Suites
(Decca - new on CD/digital)
Three newly orchestrated suites from Evita, The Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard. 81-piece orchestra. To be recorded live performance at the newly refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Dear Evan Hansen: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Piano/vocal/guitar songbook. 11 songs from the movie soundtrack. "The Anonymous Ones" and "A Little Closer," written exclusively for the film. All songs are arranged for piano, voice, and guitar with chord symbols, guitar chord frames, and full lyrics. The melody is included in the piano part. Full song list: The Anonymous Ones," "For Forever," "If I Could Tell Her," "A Little Closer," "Only Us," "Requiem," "Sincerely, Me," "So Big/So Small," "Waving Through a Window," "Words Fail," "You Will Be Found."

Goosebumps: The Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album)
Original studio cast recording. Score by Danny Abosch (music/lyrics) and John Manclay (book/lyrics). Based on the book by R.L. Stine. Krystina Alabado, Alex Brightman, Noah Galvin, Alex Gibson, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Will Roland, Stephanie Styles. "Goosebumps," "A Super Scary Play," "The Legend," "Watch Your Step," "Babbling Brooke," "The Story of The Phantom," "Stay Away," "Entr'acte," "Is Somebody Down There?," "Understudy Buddy," "Whodunit?," "The Trapdoor," "My Home Sweet Home," "Opening Night," "One Last Goal," "The Performance," "My Story," "The Phantom Unmasked," "Goosebumps (Reprise)."

Half a Sixpence
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
1967 London studio cast recording of score by David Heneker. Colin Farrell, Angela Richards, Michael Wisher. Includes songs from the original London, Broadway and film versions. Music direction by Ray Cook, who conducts the Westminster Sinfonia and Theatre Chorus. Digitally remastered from the Saga master tapes. In depth sleeve notes by theatre director and David Heneker archivist Stewart Nicholls. Limited edition release of 500 units only. StageDoorRecords.com.

Songs from Hex: The Studio Sessions
(Broadway Records - new 3-song EP)
Music by Jim Fortune and lyrics by Rufus Norris. Rosalie Craig, Kat Ronney. "Probly," "Sixteen," and "In the Middle." From the upcoming National Theatre production. Released 10/25/21. BroadwayRecords.com.


Week of October 19, 2021

Billy Porter: "Children"
(Republic Records - digital single)
Billy Porter song inspired by his life, co-written by MNEK and Jade Thirwall of Little Mix. Released 10/15/21.

Billy Porter: Unprotected: A Memoir
(Abrams Press - Hardcover Book/Audible Audiobook/Kindle Edition)
"The life story of a singular artist and survivor in his own words ... the story of a boy whose talent and courage opened doors for him, but only a crack ... the story of a teenager discovering himself, learning his voice and his craft amidst deep trauma. And it is the story of a young man whose unbreakable determination led him through countless hard times to where he is now; a proud icon who refuses to back down or hide." 288 pages.

Kristin Chenoweth: Happiness Is ...Christmas!
(Concord Records - new on CD/digital)
"Happiness (Is Christmas) / Christmas Time Is Here (Medley)," "Why Couldn't It Be Christmas Every Day?," "Merry Christmas, Darling," "(Everybody’s Waitin’ For) The Man With The Bag / Jingle Bell Rock (Medley)," "The Stories That You Told," "The Little Road To Bethlehem," "Merry Christmas Baby," "Christmas Lullaby," "We Are Lights," "Santa, I've Got A Bone To Pick With You!," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "My Dear Acquaintance (A Happy New Year)."

Lying in the Middle: Musical Theater and Belief at the Heart of America (Music in American Life)
(Univ of Illinois Press - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Jake Johnson. How musical theater between the coasts inhabits the middle spaces between professional and amateur, urban and rural, fact and fiction, fantasy and reality, and truth and falsehood. 192 pages.

On Broadway
(Kino Lorber - new DVD)
Documentary features all-star cast telling the inside story of the last time Broadway theater came back from the brink. Hugh Jackman, Helen Mirren, Christine Baranski, August Wilson, James Corden, Alec Baldwin, John Lithgow, Viola Davis, and Ian McKellen, and others take us behind the scenes of Broadway's most groundbreaking and beloved shows. Archival clips of iconic performances by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Patti Lupone, Bernadette Peters, James Earl Jones and Mandy Patinkin. Directed by Oren Jacoby. Executive produced by Pat Schoenfeld, Stephanie P. MccLelland, No Guarantee Theatricals, John Breglio, Betsy West, Barbara H. Freitag, and Riki Kane-Larimer and produced by Jacoby and Holly Siegel. Special Features: Give My Regards to Broadway (2020 short documentary featuring interviews with John Lithgow, Christine Baranski, Brian Stokes Mitchell and more); trailer. Debuted in New York City 8/20/21. 84 minutes.

Voctave: The Spirit of the Season Deluxe Edition
(Club44 Records - new on CD/digital)
11-member a capella group. Produced by Jamey Ray, who also provides arrangements. "Spirit of the Season," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Carol of the Bells of Notre Dame," "All is Well," "Happy Holiday / The Holiday Season / It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "Merry Christmas, Darling," "Childhood Favorites: Frosty the Snowman / Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town / Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer," "Mary, Did You Know? featuring Mark Lowry," "The Christmas Song," "Where are You Christmas?," "The Man with the Bag," "O Come, O Come Emmanuel / The First Noel / I Wonder as I Wander," "Go Tell it on the Mountain," "O Holy Night," "This is My Wish / Let There Be Peace on Earth."


Week of October 12, 2021

Candide
(Lso Live - new on 2 CDs/digital)
2018 concerts featuring the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop, with Leonardo Capalbo, Jane Archibald, Anne Sofie von Otter, and Sir Thomas Allen, London Symphony Chorus and Guildhall School Young Artists. Music by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Richard Wilbur, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, and Stephen Sondheim.

Jackie Burns: Any Less Alone
(digital single)
Original song by Jack Burns (Wicked).

June Bisantz: 7 Shades of Snow
(Arabesque Recordings - new digital album)
June Bisantz sings songs written by Arnold Miller and Connie Pearce for June Christy in 1961. With The Jon Burr Sextet. "The Merriest," "Ring a Merry Bell," "Hang Them on the Tree," "Seven Shades of Snow," "Sorry to See You Go," "Winter's Got Spring Up Its Sleeve." Released 7/30/21.

Nothing More
(new digital album)
Songs by Scott Alan. Arrangements and orchestration by Ben Cohn. Lance Bass, Blake Bowden, Claybourne Elder, Alan Feehily, Mark Feehily, Taylor Frey, Sam Harris, Matt Henry, Duncan James, Mary Lambert, Raymond J. Lee, Kyle Dean Massey, Johannes Nymark, Brody Ray, Joe Aaron Reid, Noah Skaalum, Daniel Torres, Ian H Watkins. "Something Is Missing," "We're Gonna Be Dads," "Alex Vivian," "Best for You," "Kid," "Alex's Lullaby," "I'm in Love with You," "The Routine," "It's All Up to You," "For Always," "Don't Grow," "Daddy's Little Girl." Released 9/24/21.

Smile: The Story of a Face
(Simon & Schuster - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
Playwright Sarah Ruhl's memoir about life with Bell's Palsy. Audiobook narrated by the author. 256 pages.

Some Lovers
(Broadway Records - new digital album)
World premiere recording of score by Burt Bacharach (music) and Steven Sater (lyrics/book). Colton Ryan/Molly Gordon, Betsy Wolfe/Tracie Thoms, Ethan Slater/Lilli Cooper, Jonathan Groff/Lea Michele, Katrina Lenk/Ari’el Stachel, Conrad Ricamora/Ashley Park, Christy Altomare/Derek Klena, Ramin Karimloo, Jennifer Holliday, Kristin Chenoweth, Santino Fontana/Laura Osnes, and Graham Phillips/Auli'i Cravalho. Produced by Michael Croiter and Ben Hartman. "Molly," "Some Lovers," "Aren't We? / Another Start," "Love Me for an Hour," "Living with a Ghost," "Hold Me," "A Thousand Things That Were You," "Ready to be Done with You / A Thousand Things That Were You (Reprise)," "Welcome to My World," "Every Other Hour," "Just Walk Away," "Hush," "This Christmas." Co-producers Burt Bacharach, Steven Sater, Cody Lassen. Co-executive producers Maxwell Beer, Brad Blume, Louis Hobson, Elisabeth Siegel, John Styles, Jr., Joanna Topetzes, and Deena Zucker. Released 9/30/21. CD release expected 11/26/21. BroadwayRecords.com.

Stephen Schwartz's Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook
(Broadway Records - new digital album)
World premiere recording of score for original musical (book by David Stern) which incorporates over two dozen of Stephen Schwartz’s songs from musicals including Wicked, Pippin, Godspell, The Baker’s Wife, Rags, Working, Children of Eden, and Enchanted. Additional music and lyrics by David Crane, Seth Friedman, Marta Kauffman, Alan Menken, and Charles Strouse. John Cardoza, Mariand Torres, Michael McCorry Rose, Monica Ramirez, Ryan K. Bailer, and Olivia Hernandez. Arrangements and orchestrations by Steve Orich. Directed by Daniel C. Levine, music supervision by Bryan Perri, choreography by Sara Brians. "Opening / Snapshots," "New Kid in the Neighborhood," "No Time at All / Popular," "Lion Tamer / I'm Not That Girl," "Graduation Day," "Dear Old State / Two's Company / All for the Best," "If We Never Meet Again," "Nothing to Do With Love," "Endless Delights," "Lion Tamer (Reprise)," "Meadowlark," "Sue's Goodbye," "That's How You Know," "Moving in With Susan," "Chanson," "The Spark of Creation," "All Good Gifts / Parents' day," "Fathers and Sons / The Hardest Part of Love," "Code of Silence," "Cacophony," "Finale." Produced by Daniel C. Levine, Michael J Moritz Jr, Bryan Perri and Stephen Schwartz. Released 9/30/21. BroadwayRecords.com.

A Very Darren Crissmas
( Decca - new on CD/digital/upcoming vinyl)
Darren Criss with Adam Lambert, Evan Rachel Wood, Lainey Wilson. "Happy Holidays / The Holiday Season," "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas (Hippo The Hero)," "(Everybody’s Waitin’ For) The Man With The Bag," "St. Patrick’s Day," "River," "Welcome Home," "All Those Christmas Cliches," "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)," "Somewhere In My Memory," "Drunk On Christmas," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "New Year." Released 10/8/21.


Week of October 5, 2021

The Audrey Hepburn 7-Film Collection
(Paramount - 7-disc blu-ray set)
Breakfast at Tiffany's, Funny Face, My Fair Lady, Paris When it Sizzles, Roman Holiday, Sabrina, War and Peace.

A History of the Theatre Costume Business: Creators of Character
(Routledge - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Triffin I. Morris and Gregory DL Morris. Rachel E. Pollock. Comprehensive book on the subject, as related by award-winning actors and designers, and firsthand by the drapers, tailors, and craftspeople who make the clothes that dazzle on stage. ".. shows that there is as much drama behind the scenes as there is in the performance: famous actors relate their intimate experiences in the fitting room, the glories of gorgeous costumes, and the mortification when things go wrong, while the costume makers explain how famous shows were created with toil, tears, and sweat, and sometimes even a little blood." 220 pages.

Her Sound, Vol. 2
(new digital album)
Song cycle written by Ethan Carlson. The second album of a three-part concept album to be released throughout 2021 ("Her Sound Vol. 1 released 1/15/21). Alysha Umphress, Jewelle Blackman, Krystina Alabado, Kuhoo Verma, Jo Lampert, Jessie Hooker-Bailey, Kerri George, Bethany Perkins, Lexi Rabadi, and Miranda Luze, Nicole DeLuca, Devina Sabnis, Lera Zamaraeva. "This Is Jezebel," "Ruth & Naomi," "Samson ," "Salome," "The Shulamite Girl," "UTDPT," "Rainfall (The Flood)." Engineered by John Kilgore and mastered by Alan Silverman. Orchestrations by Solomon Hoffman, music direction by Joshua Zecher-Ross with Ashley Baier (percussion), Felix Herbst (violin), Andrew Zinsmeister (guitar), and Allison Seidner (cello). Released 9/17/21.

Home Truths: A Memoir
(Harper Collins - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Memoir by Australian playwright David Williamson (The Removalists, The Club, Don's Party, Emerald City and Travelling North and fifty others). The story of the man behind the work: how a childhood defined by marital discord sparked a lifelong fascination with the power of drama to explore emotional conflict; how a mechanical engineering student became our most successful playwright; the anxiety that plagued him as he crafted his plays; the joy of connecting with an audience and the enduring sting of the critics; and the great love story that defined his personal life. He also writes about the plethora of odd, interesting, caustic and brilliant people - actors, directors, writers, theatre critics, politicians - who have intersected with his life and work.

The Lehman Trilogy
(Broadway Records - digital album)
The score by Nick Powell from the play. As performed in the production by Candida Caldicot. Produced by The National Theatre and Neal Street Productions. Released 9/21/21. BroadwayRecords.com.

A Perfect Little Death: SUF/SOND
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Created by Eleri Ward, melding the sounds of Stephen Sondheim and Sufjan Stevens. "Johanna (Reprise)," "Every Day a Little Death," "Pretty Women," "Children Will Listen," "Loving You," "Finishing the Hat," "Send in the Clowns," "Losing My Mind," "In Buddy's Eyes," "Take Me to the World," "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd," "Being Alive," "Sunday." Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Arrangements by Eleri Ward. Released 10/1/21. Previously released in digital format.

Stranger Sings!
(TuneCore - new digital album)
Original Off-Broadway (Players Theatre) cast recording of score by Jonathan Hogue. A "love letter to Stranger Things."Jalen Bunch, Jason Daniel Chacon, Dean Cestari, Patrick Howard, Caroline Huerta, Savannah-Lee Mumford, Ariana Perlson, Garrett Poladian, and Adele Simms. "Welcome to Hawkins," "Forever," "The Adventure Song," "The Dad I Never Had," "In These Woods," "Crazy," "Getting Closer," "Stranger," "Where There's A Will," "Nice," "Barb's Turn," "Final Battle," "The Dad I Never Had (Reprise)," "Upside Down / Welcome to Hawkins (Reprise)" Michael Kaish (conductor/keyboard), Max Caine (guitar), Marty Isenberg (bass), and Brett Beiersdorfer (drums).


Week of September 28, 2021

The Art of VIVO
(Abrams - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Ramin Zahed and Alex Laxamoire. Official behind–the–scenes companion book to VIVO, the first-ever musical from Sony Pictures Animation. (Vivo will be directed by Kirk DeMicco and co-directed by Brandon Jeffords, from a screenplay by Quiara Alegría Hudes and DeMicco, and a story based on the original idea by Peter Barsocchini, with songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who voices the title character. With the voices of Ynairaly Simo, Zoe Saldana, Juan de Marcos González, Michael Rooker, Brian Tyree Henry, Nicole Byer, and Gloria Estefan.) Exclusive concept art, character designs, storyboards and commentary from the award-winning filmmaking team. 224 pages.

Diana: The Musical
(UMe - new on CD)
Original Broadway cast recording for musical to premiere October 1 on Netflix November 2 on Broadway. Book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro. Music and lyrics by David Bryan. Cast includes Jeanna De Waal, Erin Davie, Judy Kaye, Roe Hartrampf, Zach Adkins, Tessa Alves, Ashley Andrews, Austen Danielle Bohmer, Bruce Dow, Holly Ann Butler, Stephen Carrasco, Richard Gatta, Lauren E. J. Hamilton, Emma Hearn, Shaye B. Hopkins, André Jordan, Gareth Keegan, Nathan Lucrezio, Tomás Matos, Chris Medlin, Laura Stracko and Bethany Ann Tesarck.. "Prologue," "Underestimated," "The Worst Job in England," "This Is How Your People Dance," "Snap, Click," "Whatever Love Means Anyway," "I Will," "The World Fell in Love" (released early), "Happiness / Simply Breathe," "She Moves in The Most Modern Ways," "Diana (The Rage)," "As I Love You," "I Miss You Most on Sundays," "Pretty, Pretty Girl," "Here Comes James Hewitt," "Him and Her (And Him and Her) / Just Dance," "Secrets and Lies," "The Main Event," "Whatever Love Means Anyway," "Pretty, Pretty Girl," "The Words Came Pouring Out," "The Dress," "An Officer's Wife," "If (Light Of The World)." Co-produced by David Bryan and Ian Eisendrath. Previously released in digital format.

George Gershwin de Broadway au Metropolitan Opera
(Fremeaux Heritage - on 3 CDs)
Classic jazz interpretations of the works of George Gershwin. Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughan, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Oscar Peterson, and others.

Incidental: Music for the Stage
(new album)
From Royal & Derngate Theatre. Original compositions by 12 of the most prominent British composers working today to write original music for the stage. Inspired by some of the most famous plays and novels in the English Language, featuring spoken performances by many of the stage's most acclaimed actors. It will raise vital funds to support Royal & Derngate's reopening, helping the venue to recover from the devastating impact of the pandemic and to continue to produce their ground-breaking filmtrax.bandcamp.com/album/incidental-music-for-the-stage.

Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein OLC
(Notefornote Entertainment - 2-LP vinyl)
OLC cast recording recorded live over several performances. Score by Mel Brooks ("Puttin' on the Ritz" by Irving Berlin). Ross Noble, Lesley Joseph, Dianne Pilkington, Patrick Clancy. "Overture," "The Brain," "Please Don't Touch Me," "Together Again," "Roll in the Hay," "He Vas My Boyfriend," "It Could Work," "Hang Him Till He's Dead," "The Experiment," "He Vas My Boyfriend Reprise," "Welcome to Transylvania," "Transylvania Mania," "He's Loose," "Listen to Your Heart," "Surprise," "Someone," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "Deep Love," "Hang the Doctor," "Deep Love Reprise and Finale," "Finale - Together Again," "The Bows," "Exit Music." Previously released on CD and in digital format.

Photograph 51
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Play by Anna Ziegler. Introduction by Mandy Greenfield. Premiered in the West End in 2015. 96 pages.

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Love For Sale
(Interscope - new album on CD/digital)
"It's De-Lovely," "Night And Day," "Love For Sale," "Do I Love You," "I Concentrate On You," "I Get A Kick Out Of You," "So In Love," "Let's Do It," "Just One Of Those Things," "Dream Dancing."


Week of September 21, 2021

Ben Bagley’s Cole Porter Revisited Volume IV
(Kritzerland - on CD)
Katharine Hepburn, Dolores Gray, Helen Gallagher, Kaye Ballard, Patrice Munsel, Blossom Dearie, Ann Hampton Callaway, Sandy Stewart, and Arthur Siegel. Songs from Seven Lively Arts, Red, Hot, and Blue, Les Girls, Out of This World, Fifty Million Frenchman, You Never Know, Let’s Face It, Gay Divorce, Can-Can and more, including songs from unproduced shows and songs cut from various shows. Arrangements and orchestrations by Dennis Deal. Remastered. Cover art by Harvey Schmidt. To ship the third week of September. Limited to 500 copies. Kritzerland.com.

Ben Bagley's Desylva, Brown, and Henderson Revisited Volume II
(Kritzerland - on CD)
Songs by B.G. Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown, and Ray Henderson. Dorothy Loudon, Margaret Whiting, Mary Cleere Haran, Sandy Stewart, Ann Hampton Callaway, and Arthur Siegel. Musical direction and arrangements by Norman Paris. Remastered. To ship the third week of September. Limited to 500 copies. Kritzerland.com.

Carmen Ruby Floyd: Broadway, Jazz Me!
(new digital album)
Debut album from Broadway performer Carmen Ruby Floyd (The Lion King, Porgy and Bess, Hello, Dolly!) "Summertime," "Dat's Love - Habanera," "Bali Hai," "People," "Hello, Dolly!," "My Funny Valentine," "Stranger in Paradise," "I Could Have Danced All Night," "I Enjoy Being a Girl," "On a Clear Day." Released 7/1/21.

Dear Evan Hansen
(Interscope - new on CD/digital)
Original motion picture soundtrack for 2021 film based on the musical. Score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Cast includes Amy Adams, DeMarius Copes, Kaitlyn Dever, Nik Dodani, Hadiya Eshe, Liz Kate, Danny Pino, Larry Murphy, Ben Platt, Isaac Powell, Colton Ryan, Amandla Stenberg. "Waving Through A Window," "For Forever," "Sincerely, Me," "Requiem," "If I Could Tell Her," "The Anonymous Ones," "You Will Be Found," "Only Us," "Words Fail," "So Big / So Small," "A Little Closer," "You Will Be Found," "The Anonymous Ones," "Only Us," "A Little Closer," "Waving Through A Window."

Diana: The Musical
(UMe - new digital album)
Original Broadway cast recording for musical to premiere October 1 on Netflix November 2 on Broadway. Book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro. Music and lyrics by David Bryan. Cast includes Jeanna De Waal, Erin Davie, Judy Kaye, Roe Hartrampf, Zach Adkins, Tessa Alves, Ashley Andrews, Austen Danielle Bohmer, Bruce Dow, Holly Ann Butler, Stephen Carrasco, Richard Gatta, Lauren E. J. Hamilton, Emma Hearn, Shaye B. Hopkins, André Jordan, Gareth Keegan, Nathan Lucrezio, Tomás Matos, Chris Medlin, Laura Stracko and Bethany Ann Tesarck.. "Prologue," "Underestimated," "The Worst Job in England," "This Is How Your People Dance," "Snap, Click," "Whatever Love Means Anyway," "I Will," "The World Fell in Love" (released early), "Happiness / Simply Breathe," "She Moves in The Most Modern Ways," "Diana (The Rage)," "As I Love You," "I Miss You Most on Sundays," "Pretty, Pretty Girl," "Here Comes James Hewitt," "Him and Her (And Him and Her) / Just Dance," "Secrets and Lies," "The Main Event," "Whatever Love Means Anyway," "Pretty, Pretty Girl," "The Words Came Pouring Out," "The Dress," "An Officer's Wife," "If (Light Of The World)." Co-produced by David Bryan and Ian Eisendrath. Album in CD format to be released 10/1/21.

"Didos (Dido’s Lament / White Flag Medley)"
(Decca - digital single)
Anthony Roth Costanzo and Justin Vivian Bond perform a song from Only an Octave Apart (reopening at St. Ann's Warehousethis month). With Thomas Bartlett (piano), Dana Lyn (violin), Claudia Chopek (violin), Nadia Sirota (viola), Gabriel Cabezas (cello), Doug Wieselman (guitar/reeds), Parker Ramsay (harp), Alex Sopp (flute), Spencer Murphy (bass). Full album to be released in January 2022. Released 9/17/21.

Dreamland
Craft Recordings/Concord Theatricals - new digital album)
Studio cast recording of score by Chris Miller (music) and Nathan Tysen (lyrics). Christian Borle, Jessica Vosk, Sarah Charles Lewis, Michael McElroy and more. "Action News," "New Dawn," "Laboratory Loop," "Follow The Stars," "Weatherman," "Area 51," "Show Me The Stage," "Until The Day," "Two Steps Ahead," "Aurora," "23,360," "Dreamland," "Totally Safe," "Aurora (Reprise 1)," "Kodiak," "Sweet Dreams," "Aurora (Reprise 2)," "Contact," "Last Day On Earth," "New Dawn (Finale)."

Ever After: Forty Years of Musical Theater and Beyond, 1977-2019
(Applause - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Barry Singer (The New York Times). Second edition, updated to include 2004-2019. 560 pages. Released 9/15/21.

Jeremy Jordan: "Grow for Me"
(Ghostlight Records - new digital single)
Jeremy Jordan performs song by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken from Little Shop of Horrors, returning to the Westside Theatre tonight. Released 9/17/21.

Namedropping in The Wings: A light-hearted account of an extraordinary backstage career encapsulating thirty years of theatre history
(Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By David Collison. The stage manager and sound designer draws on his thirty years of theatre history with personal anecdotes, with many illustrious names dropped. Released 2/22/21.

Show Time Volume 3: The EP Collection
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
Compiles all 16 EPs which formed the "Show Time" Series as recorded and released by RCA Victor in 1953. Includes selections from The Little Shows, Girl Crazy, Porgy and Bess, Kiss Me, Kate, and Anything Goes. Featured performers include Carol Bruce, Sheila Bond, Edith Adams, Lisa Kirk, Cab Calloway, Helen Thigpen, Leslie Scott, George Britton, Helena Bliss, Helen Gallagher and Jack Cassidy. Most of the tracks have never been released on CD. Comprehensive sleeve note by Broadway historian George Dansker, including a complete sessionography of recording dates. Limited to 500 units only. StageDoorRecords.com.

Unknown Soldier
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album)
Original cast recording of Michael Friedman / Daniel Goldstein score. From the premiere Playwrights Horizons production. James Crichton, Zoe Glick, Emilie Kouatchou, Erik Lochtefeld, Jay McKenzie, Jessica Naimy, Estelle Parsons, Margo Seibert, Thom Sesma, and Perry Sherman. Music director and conductor Julie McBride on piano, Hiroko Taguchi on violin, Deborah Assael on cello, Ben Kono on reeds, Mike Thurber on bass, Mike Dobson on percussion, and Jim Hershman on guitar.Orchestrations by Michael Friedman. Music supervisor Marco Paguia. "The Great War," "The Worst Town in New York," "This is A… ," "The First Time," "Where in the World," "The People Stare," "A Husband Takes Care of Things," "Worst Town (Reprise)," "Milkshake," "Do You Wonder," "Andrew's Story ," "The Memory Song," "I Give Away Children," "The Clock," "Penelope," "The Ending." Produced by Dean Sharenow, and co-produced by Daniel Goldstein, with Hunter Arnold, The Civilians, and Kurt Deutsch serving at executive producers. At GhostlightRecords.com.

Working Backstage: A Cultural History and Ethnography of Technical Theater Labor
(Univ of Michigan Press - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Christin Essin. Illuminates the work of New York City's theater technicians, shining a light on the essential contributions of unionized stagehands, carpenters, electricians, sound engineers, properties artisans, wardrobe crews, makeup artists, and child guardians. Based on the author's (a former theater technician herself) archival research and interviews with more than 100 backstage technicians, members of the New York locals of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. 286 pages. [Kindle edition released 9/20/21, other formats may be pending.]


Week of September 14, 2021

Covers from Away
(Craft Recordings/Concord Theatricals - new digital album)
The Newfoundland and Labrador artists who inspired the original sound of Come from Away, including The Navigators, Alan Doyle, Rachel Cousins and The Dardanelles) perform songs from the score by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. "I Am Here," "Wherever We Are," "Heave Away," "Stop The World," "Costume Party," "Lead Us Out of the Night," "Screech In," "Me and the Sky," "Prayer of St Francis / Mi'kmaq Honor Song," "Blankets and Bedding," "Somewhere in the Middle of Nowhere," "Screech Out," "Themes from Come From Away," "Welcome To The Rock," "Themes from Come From Away."

Cynthia Erivo: Ch. 1 vs. 1
(Verve - on CD/digital/2-disc vinyl)
Track list to come.

Little Shop of Horrors
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Grammy Award nominated 2019 Off-Broadway cast recording of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken score. Jonathan Groff, Tammy Blanchard, Christian Borle, Tom Alan Robbins, Kingsley Leggs, Ari Groover, Salome Smith, Joy Woods, Stephen Berger, Chris Dwan , Kris Roberts, Chelsea Rurbin, Eric Wright, Teddy Yudain. "Prologue / Little Shop Of Horrors," "Skid Row (Downtown)," "Da-Doo," "Grow For Me," "Ya Never Know," "Somewhere That's Green," "Closed For Renovation," "Dentist!," "Mushnik And Son," "Sudden Changes," "Feed Me (Git It!)," "Now (It's Just The Gas)," "Act 1 Finale," "Call Back In The Morning," "Suddenly Seymour," "Suppertime," "The Meek Shall Inherit," "Sominex / Suppertime (Reprise)," "Somewhere That's Green (Reprise)," "Da-Doo (Reprise)," "Finale (Don't Feed The Plants)." Music Supervisor, Orchestrator, Arranger Will Van Dyke. Album produced by Alan Menken, Will Van Dyke, Frank Wolf, Michael Mayer. GhostlightRecords.com. Previously released in digital format.

Maxine Linehan: What Would Petula Do?
(Honey Bun Records - new digital album)
Maxine Linehan's Tribute to Petula Clark concert, recorded live at Théâtre Du Châtelet. "I Know a Place," "Couldn't Live Without Your Love/You're the One," "Don't Sleep in the Subway," "Call Me," "Ceuz Qui Ont Un Cœur (anyone Who Had a Heart)," "You're My Destiny," "W.W.P.D.?," "La Nuit N'en Finit Plus (needles and Pins)," "Color My World," "Walk Through the World," "Old Devil Moon," "The Sound of Music," "Tell Me It's Not True," "With One Look," "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina," "This is My Song," "I Love Paris," "Downtown." Released 9/10/21.

Music of Broadway for Cello and Piano
(Craft Recordings/Concord Theatricals - new digital album)
Acclaimed Broadway cellist Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf performs songs by Alan Menken, Jason Robert Brown, Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim and more. "The Light in the Piazza," "Beauty and the Beast - Fantasy for Cello and Piano," "Hushabye Mountain / Feed The Birds," "Can't We Be Friends?," "Send in the Clowns," "Nightingale Lullaby," "Richard Rodgers Waltz Medley," "Maria," "All Things In Time." Released 9/3/21.

Undiminished Glamour: The Musical Theatre Life of Stephanie Lawrence
(Kindle Edition)
By Rob Merlevede. Biography of the late West End actress Stephanie Lawrence (Evita, Marilyn! The Musical, Starlight Express).


Week of September 7, 2021

Animals
(Audiobook on CD)
Williamstown Theatre Festival world premiere production of Stacy Osei-Kuffour play. Directed by Whitney White. Madeline Brewer, Jason Butler Harner, William Jackson Harper, Aja Naomi King. Previously released as Audible Audiobook.

Because of Him
(Universal Studios - new Blu-ray)
1946 romantic comedy film directed by Richard Wallis. Deanna Durbin, Charles Laughton and Franchot Tone. Songs include "Lover," "Danny Boy," "Good Bye!."

Can't Help Singing
(Universal Studios - new Blu-ray)
1944 musical Western film. Directed by Frank Ryan. Deanna Durbin, Robert Paige, Akim Tamiroff, Thomas Gomez, David Bruce, Clara Blandick. Score by Jerome Kern with lyrics by E. Y. Harburg. Songs include "Can't Help Singing," "Elbow Room," "Any Moment Now," "Swing Your Sweetheart," "More and More," "Californ-I-Ay."

Confessions of an Actress: From Chorus Girl to Broadway Star
(Merle, Inc. - Kindle Edition)
Meredith Patterson (42nd Street, White Christmas) takes you through intimate, personal, joyous and often painful stories of her rise to Broadway ... whatever it took to support herself while battling self doubt, cut-throat competition while trying to stay as human as possible in an often-vicious industry. It is the story of her rise to Broadway, but also how tragedy made her come back down to earth and place her life's work.

Everybody's Talking About Jamie
(digital album)
Soundtrack from new film based on the musical. Score by Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae. Max Harwood, Richard E. Grant, Sarah Lancashire, Sharon Horgan, Beck Hill, Chaka Khan, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, The Feeling & Holly Johnson, Todrick Hall. "Don't Even Know It," "Everything," "Wall in My Head," "Spotlight," "This Was Me," "Work of Art," "Werk Girl," "Over the Top," "Everybody’s Talking About Jamie," "It Means Beautiful," "He's My Boy," "My Man Your Boy," "While You're Still Young," "Out of the Darkness (A Place Where We Belong)," "When the Time Comes," "ETAJ."

For the Love of Mary
(Universal Studios - new Blu-ray)
1948 film directed by Frederick De Cordova. Deanna Durbin (her last film), Edmond O'Brien, Don Taylor, Jeffrey Lynn. Songs include "On the Wings of a Song," "Moonlight Bay," "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen," "Let Me Call You Sweetheart," "Largo al factotum," "In the Gloaming."

In the Heights
(Warner Bros - Blu-ray/DVD/DVD+Digital)
2021 film. By Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes. Directed by Jon M. Chu. Cast includes Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gregory Diaz IV, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco, and Jimmy Smits. Bonus material: Paciencia y Fe features Making In The Heights; Making In The Heights; When You're Home; Hundreds of Stories; Alza La Bandera/Raise the Flag; Wepa!; That Music in the Air; Who Keeps our Legacies?. Sing-a-longs: "In The Heights," "96,000." Released 8/31/21.

Monotony: The Musical
(new digital album)
Original (pod)cast recording (soundtrack) featuring 18 songs from the podcast musical created by Sarah Luery and Jared Chance Taylor. Alden Bettencourt, Jon Gibson, Tod Macofsky, David Castillo, Alixandree Antoine, Kelsey Ann Sutton, Evan Allgood, Ahamed Weinberg, Pat Regan, Karen Trachtenberg. Released 9/3/21.

A Streetcar Named Desire
(Audible Audiobook)
Play by Tennessee Williams in 2020 Williamstown Theatre Festival production. Joel Reuben Ganz, Joe Goldammer, Carla Gugino, Carmen M. Herlihy, Sullivan Jones, Brian Lucas, Audra McDonald, Stacey Raymond, Cesar J. Rosado, Ariel Shafir. Directed by Robert O’Hara.

Vamp Until Ready
(Rattling Good Yarns Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Fourth novel by James Magruder (Triumph of Love book and Head Over Heels book adaptation). Novel set at the Hangar Theatre in 1980s Ithaca, New York. 216 pages. Released 9/1/21.


Week of August 31, 2021

Barber Shop Chronicles
(Paperback Book - Methuen Drama)
Play by Inua Ellams. First produced by the National Theatre, Fuel and Leeds Playhouse in 2017. 96 pages.

Chris Standring: Wonderful World
(Ultimate Vibe - new on CD/digital/vinyl)
Jazz trio album. Chris Standring with Randy Brecker, Kathrin Shorr, Peter Erskine, Chuck Berghofer and Harvey Mason. "How Insensitive," "Night & Day," "Autumn in New York," "Estate," "What a Wonderful World," "Green Dolphin Street," "Alfie," "Falling in Love with Love," "Sunrise," "Maxine," "My Foolish Heart."

Cinderella
(Epic - new on CD/digital)
Soundtrack from 2021 Amazon Original film. Various writers. Camila Cabello, Idina Menzel, Ben Bailey Smith, Nicholas Galitzine, Billy Porter. "Rhythm Nation / You Gotta Be," "Million To One," "The New Barry," "Somebody To Love," "Material Girl," "Shot at the Crown," "Am I Wrong," "Million To One (Reprise)," "Shining Star," "Whatta Man / Seven Nation Army," "Perfect," "Perfect (Reprise)," "Dream Girl," "Shoe Made of Glass," "Million To One / Could Have Been Me (Reprise)," "Let's Get Loud," "Million To One (Remix)," "Dream Girl (Nile Rodgers Remix)," "Score Suite."

Paramount Presents: Bugsy Malone
(Paramount - new Blu-ray)
1976 musical comedy film. Directed by Alan Parker. Starring Jodie Foster, Scott Baio, John Cassisi, Martin Lev, Donald Waugh. Score by Paul Williams. 93 minutes.


Week of August 17-24, 2021

Selections from Destry Rides Again
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
Debut CD release of the RCA-Victor Destry Rides Again studio cast recording of Harold Rome's score. Produced by Chick Crumpacker and conducted by Norman Leyden. Lead vocals by Louise O'Brien and Jack Haskell. Recorded one week after the OBC album was recorded by Decca. Digitally remastered from stereo reel to reel tape. Plus bonus tracks featuring pop covers from the score. 24 tracks total. Booklet features liner notes by George Dansker. Limited Edition pressing of 500 units only. StageDoorRecords.com.

The Emperor Waltz
(Kino Lorber - new Blu-ray)
1948 musical film directed by Billy Wilder; written by Wilder and Charles Brackett. Bing Crosby, Joan Fontaine. Music/songwriters include Victor Young, Johnny Burke, Richard Heuberger, Johann Strauss II, Jimmy Van Heusen. "I Kiss Your Hand, Madame" was by Fritz Rotter and Ralph Erwin, and Arthur Pryor. 106 minutes.

A History of Cleveland's Playhouse Square
(The History Press - Paperback Book)
By Michael R. Routa. Part of "Landmarks" series. 144 pages.

Girl From The North Country OBC
(Sony Legacy - on CD and digital )
Broadway cast. Songs by Bob Dylan. Todd Almond, Jeannette Bayardelle, Caitlin Houlahan, Robert Joy, Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch, Luba Mason, Matt McGrath, Tom Nelis, Colton, Ryan, Jay O. Sanders, Austin Scott, Kimber Elayn Sprawl, and Mare Winningham. With The Marouthas, including Marco Paguia (musical director), Andy Stack (associate musical director), Martha McDonnell, and Mary Ann McSweeney; featuring Dean Sharenow and Erik Della Penna. "Sign On the Window," "Went to See the Gypsy," "Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anybody Seen My Love)," "Slow Train / License to Kill," "Ballad of a Thin Man (Instrumental)," "I Want You," "Blind Willie McTell (Instrumental)," "Like a Rolling Stone / Make You Feel My Love," "Like a Rolling Stone (Reprise) / I Want You (Reprise)," "What Can I Do For You?," "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere / Jokerman," "Sweetheart Like You / True Love Tends to Forget," "Lay Down Your Weary Tune (Instrumental)," "Girl from the North Country," "Ballad of a Thin Man (Radio)," "Hurricane / All Along the Watchtower / Idiot Wind," "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You (Instrumental)," "Duquesne Whistle / Señor (Tales of Yankee Power) / Is Your Love In Vain? / License to Kill (Reprise)," "Lay Lady Lay (Instrumental) / Jokerman (Reprise)," "Clair de Lune (Instrumental)," "Forever Young," "Pressing On." Recorded at Reservoir Studios and Steel Cut Audio in New York City. Produced by Dean Sharenow, Simon Hale, and Conor McPherson.

Kerry Moffit and Turning Circles: What Goes Around Comes Around
(new on CD)
Debut album from composer/arranger/trumpeter Kerry Moffit.

My Marcello
(Broadway Records - new digital album)
World premiere recording of score by Rosabella Gregory (music) and Dina Gregory (lyrics) for who with book by Corey Brunish. Features Santino Fontana, Laura Osnes, Terrence Mann, Elizabeth Stanley, Derek Klena, Raymond Jaramillo McLeod, and Robert Cuccioli. BroadwayRecords.com.

Original Cast Album: Company
(Criterion - new Blu-ray/DVD)
1970 D.A. Pennebaker documentary. New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by Chris Hegedus and Nate Pennebaker, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. New audio commentary by Stephen Sondheim. Audio commentary from 2001 featuring D. A. Pennebaker, Elaine Stritch, and Harold Prince. New conversation among Sondheim, orchestrator Jonathan Tunick, and critic Frank Rich. New interview with Tunick on the art of orchestrating, conducted by Ted Chapin. Never-before-heard audio excerpts from interviews with Stritch and Prince, conducted by D. A. Pennebaker and Hegedus in 2000. Original Cast Album: Co-Op, a 2019 episode of the TV series "Documentary Now!," featuring director Alexander Buono, writer-actor John Mulaney, Rénee Elise Goldsberry, Richard Kind, Alex Brightman, and Paula Pell, composer Eli Bolin. Plus: essay by author Mark Harris. New cover by Raphael Geroni. At Criterion.com.

Pick a Pocket or Two: A History of British Musical Theatre
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Ethan Mordden. The full history of the British musical, from The Beggar's Opera (1728) to the present, with an interest in isolating the unique qualities of the form and its influence on the American model. Covers not only the shows and their authors but the personalities as well. 248 pages.

Robin Spielberg: Give My Regards to Broadway
(playMountain Music - on CD/digital)
Pianist Robin Spielberg's 21st album. "The Impossible Dream," "Maria," "I Don't Know How to Love Him," "Give My Regards to Broadway," "I'd Do Anything," "Dulcinea," "Far From the Home I Love," "Where Is Love," "Happiness," "They Say It's Wonderful," "Ten Minutes Ago," "I'll Know," "I Have Dreamed," "If I Loved You," "Heart," "Can't Help Lovin Dat Man," "If I Were a Bell," "Tomorrow," "Somewhere," "My Best Girl."

Thoroughly Modern Millie
(Kino Lorber - new Blu-ray)
1967 musical film. Directed by George Roy Hill. Starring Julie Andrews, James Fox, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Channing, John Gavin, Beatrice Lillie. New 4k restoration of the roadshow edition of the film completed by Universal Pictures; New audio commentary by author/critic Lee Gambin and art historian Ian McAnally; two theatrical trailers (newly restored in 2K); optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature. 138 minutes.

True Believer (Songs from Experience Marianas)
(digital album)
From immersive rock musical conceived by Rob Rokicki (music and lyrics) and Sarah Beth Pfeifer. Katie Lee Hill, Sarah Beth Pfeifer, Ryan Knowles, Juliana Conte, Arturo Hernandez, James Silverstein, and Bridget Doyle.


Week of August 10, 2021

Ben Platt: Reverie
(Atlantic - new on CD/digital)
Second album by Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen). "king of the world, pt. 1," "childhood bedroom," "happy to be sad," "I wanna love you but I don’t," "leave my mind," "dance with you," "king of the world, pt. 2," "carefully," "chasing you," "come back," "dark times," "imagine," "king of the world, pt. 3."

The Marvellous Adventures of Mary Seacole
(Aurora Metro Books - Paperback Book)
Play by Cleo Sylvestre. 48 pages.

Paramount Presents: Nashville
(Paramount - new Blu-ray)
1975 musical comedy-drama. Directed by Robert Altman. Starring Ned Beatty, Ronee Blakley, Keith Carradine, Karen Black, Geraldine Chaplin, Henry Gibson, Michael Murphy, Lily Tomlin. Songs by Ronee Blakley, Karen Black, Keith Carradine, and Richard Baskin. Newly remastered Blu-ray, from a 4K film scan of the original elements. Includes 24 music tracks, commentary by Robert Altman, trailers. 161 minutes.

Tom Kitt: Reflect
(Sony Masterworks - new album on CD/digital)
Debut album. Music by Tom Kitt. "The King of Our Destruction" (written with and performed by Javier Muñoz), "When?" (written with and performed by Lauren Patten), "Reach Deep" (written with and performed by Jenn Colella), "Come to Me" (performed by Jerry Dixon), "This Too Shall Pass" (performed by Tom Kitt and Julia Kitt), "My Curtain Call" (written with and performed by Michael McElroy), "Finally Found" (written with and performed by Mandy Gonzalez), "Fly Away" (performed with Michael Kitt), "I Didn't Get to Say Goodbye" (co-writer and performance by Adrienne Warren), "Sweep Your Own Snow" (co-writer and performance by Pearl Sun), "I Need Them to See Me" (performed by Heidi Blickenstaff), "She Has Hope" (written with Danny Burstein and Rebecca Luker, performed by Brian d'Arcy James), "Breathe" (written with and performed by Elizabeth Stanley).

Twinkle's Fairy Pet Day the Musical
(new digital album)
Original Off-Broadway cast album of score by Randy Klein (music) and Matthew Hardy (lyrics). Recorded in 2016. Rachel Peterson, Michelle ZurSchmiede, Trysten Reynolds, Cynthia Nesbit, and Matthew Hardy. Produced and mixed by Randy Klein and Matthew Hardy with mastering by Duff Harris. Released 7/22/21.


Week of August 3, 2021

Barbra Streisand: Release Me 2
(Sony Legacy - new on CD/digital/vinyl)
Follow-up to Barbra Streisand's 2012 album, Release Me. Previously unreleased tracks from Barbra’s vault, including duets with Willie Nelson and Kermit the Frog. With songs by Burt Bacharach, Hal David, Barry Gibb, Paul Williams, Randy Newman, Michel Legrand and Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Harold Arlen, and Carole King. "Be Aware," "You Light Up My Life," "I'd Want It To Be You," "Sweet Forgiveness," "Living Without You," "One Day" (A Prayer)," "Rainbow Connection" (with Kermit the Frog)," "Right As The Rain," "If Only You Were Mine" (with Barry Gibb)," "Once You've Been In Love." Bonus track "When The Lovin’ Goes Out of the Lovin'" available only at Target.

Edge Of The World
(Broadway Records - new digital album)
Concept album for score by Ethan Slater and Nick Blaemire. Norbert Leo Butz, Lilli Cooper, Ethan Slater and Nick Blaemire. "Edge of the World (Prelude)," "Alaska, Here We Come!," "Wolfpack," "Make a Fire," "laemire," "Every Day," "Rocks and Things," "Real and Simple," "Olivia's Song," "Alaska, Here We Come! (Flashback)," "Gripping It," "Passage," "Edge of the World," "Raised by Wolves." Produced by Bonnie Comley and Stewart Lane. Mastered by Hans Dekline. Ethan Slater on guitar, Marco Paguia on piano, Michael Dobson on drums, Christian Ankrum on bass, and Ankrum, horns, strings and more.BroadwayRecords.com.

For Tonight, a New Musical
(new digital album)
Original U.K. concept album. Score by Shenelle Salcido and Spencer Williams. Simon Gordon, Amy Di Bartolomeo, Dale Evans, Erin Caldwell, Jade Davies, Luke McCall, Jake Halsey-Jones, Soophia Foroughi, Glain Rhys, and John Ieuan Jones. Orchestrations by Shenelle Salcido and Joseph Purdue. Released 7/30/21. www.fortonightmusical.com. Released 7/20/21.

Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created Sunday in the Park With George
(Farrar, Straus, and Giroux - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
By James Lapine. Chronicles the two-year odyssey of creating the iconic Broadway musical Sunday in the Park with George. Through Lapine's recollections, conversations between Lapine, Sondheim, and the original cast and crew of the production, and a treasure trove of personal photographs, sketches, script notes, and sheet music from the making of the show. 400 pages.

Simon Stephens Plays 5: Wastwater; Birdland; Blindsided; Song From Far Away; Heisenberg
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Wastwater, Birdland, Blindsided, Song From Far Away, and Heisenberg. 408 pages. Released 7/29/21.


Week of July 20, 2021

An American in Paris
(Liberator Films - new on Blu-ray/DVD)
2018 London production of Broadway musical. Filmed live at the Dominion Theatre. George and Ira Gershwin score. Book by Craig Lucas. Directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. Featuring Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope. Filmed in collaboration with BroadwayHD. 155 minutes.

Ben Bagley's Cole Porter, Volume III
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Songs from Fifty Million Frenchman, Gay Divorce, Nymph Errant, Wake Up and Dream, Let's Face It and more, including songs from unproduced films and songs cut from various shows. Elaine Stritch, Dolores Gray, Lynn Redgrave, Helen Gallagher, Georgia Engel, and Arthur Siegel. Arrangements and orchestrations by Dennis Deal. Remastered. Cover art by Harvey Schmidt. Limited to 500 copies. Expected by the third week of July. At Kritzerland.com.

Bye Bye Birdie
(Sony - Blu-ray)
1963 film based on the 1960 stage musical. Songs by Charles Strouse (music) and Lee Adams (lyrics); musical score by Johnny Green. Screenplay by Irving Brecher, adapted from Michael Stewart's book. Janet Leigh, Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret, Maureen Stapleton, Bobby Rydell, Paul Lynde, Jesse Pearson, Ed Sullivan. 112 minutes.

Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By James Fisher. This second edition covers theatrical practice and practitioners as well as the dramatic literature of the United States of America from 1930 to the present. Includes a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has more than 1.000 cross-referenced entries on plays, playwrights, directors, designers, actors, critics, producers, theaters, and terminology. 1272 pages.

Lillias White: Get Yourself Some Happy
(Old Mill Road Recording - new on CD/digital)
Lillias White's (Fela!, The Life) first solo album. "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Accentuate the Positive," "Happy Together," "A Brand New Me," "Put On a Happy Face," "The Twist," "A Little Imagination," "You're My Best Friend," "You've Made Me So Very Happy," "Yes," "That's All," "Make Someone Happy," "It's Not Where You Start," "Get Happy."

Marieann Meringolo: I Am Blessed
(Blue Jazz - new digital single)
Released 7/12/21.

My Melancholy Baby: The First Ballads of the Great American Songbook, 1902-1913
(Univ Press of Mississippi - Hardcover/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Michael G. Garber. Focuses on ten ballads to show how the style of the Great American Songbook evolved. Unveils the complicated, often-hidden origins of these enduring, pioneering works. Includes colorful stories that amplify the rising of an American folk art composed by innovators both famous and obscure. From previously underexamined sources, Garber demonstrates how these songs shaped the music industry and the lives of ordinary Americans. Famous composers like Irving Berlin and little-known figures as Maybelle Watson, who had to sue to get credit and royalties for creating the central content of the lyric for "My Melancholy Baby," and Frank Williams, who contributed to the seminal "Some of These Days" but was forgotten for decades. 336 pages.

Pal Joey
(Sony Pictures - on Blu-ray)
1957 film adapted from the Broadway musical. Songs by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak. Directed by George Sidney. Screenplay by Dorothy Kingsley from John O'Hara's book.

The Sap of Life
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
First time on CD. Off-Broadway cast recording of score by David Shire (music) and Richard Maltby, Jr. (lyrics). Remastered from a reel-to-reel tape. Booklet includes new liner notes by Richard Maltby, Jr. and rare photographs and memorabilia. Also include is premiere of David Shire's "Sonata for Cocktail Piano," played by Shire when it was written. Limited to 500 copies. Expected to ship by third week in July. At Kritzerland.com.

Schmigadoon! Episode 1
(Milan Records - new digital album)
Soundtrack from episode one of Apple+ TV series "Schmigadoon!" with score by Cinco Paul and Christopher Willis. Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Cinco Paul, Martin Short, Cecily Strong, Aaron Tveit, Christopher Willis. "Schmigadoon! Main Title," "Schmigadoon!," "You Can't Tame Me," "Corn Puddin'," "Leprechaun Song," "Just one kick and apparently magic?," "See you at seven," "It's like a trick bridge or something." Released 7/16/21.

Schmigadoon! Episode 2
(Milan Records - new digital album)
Soundtrack from episode one of Apple+ TV series "Schmigadoon!" with score by Cinco Paul and Christopher Willis. Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Dove Cameron, Cinco Paul, Cecily Strong, Aaron Tveit, Christopher Willis. "Lovers' Spat," "Somewhere Love Is Waiting for You," "Enjoy the Ride (Part I)," "Enjoy the Ride (Part II)," "Cecily Strong & Aaron Tveit," "Have you been crying?," "It's the Picnic Basket Auction!." Released 7/16/21.

Sweet Charity
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
First time on CD reissue of SAGA Records' 1967 London studio cast recording of Cy Coleman/Dorothy Fields score. Mary Preston, June Hunt, Canna Kendall, Valentine Palmer, Craig Hunter, John Parker and David Weldon Williams. Westminster Sinfonia and Theatre Chorus directed by Frank Raymond. This is the only recorded version to feature an additional cut verse in Charity's song "You Should See Yourself." Also included on the CD release is an extended version of the "Rich Man's Frug" which was recorded during the album sessions but went unreleased. Digitally remastered from the original studio master tapes. Limited edition of 500 units only. StageDoorRecords.com.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1949 musical film. Directed by Busby Berkeley. Produced by Arthur Freed. Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams, Gene Kelly, Betty Garrett, Edward Arnold. Some songs by Roger Edens, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green. 93 minutes.


Week of July 13, 2021

The 20th Century Fox Years: Volume 1 (1936-1938)
(Sepia Records - 2-CD set)
Hollywood stars perform songs from Fox musicals between 1936-1938. Remastered from studio playback discs sans dialogue etc. First time available. Judy Garland, Tony Martin, Shirley Temple, Dolores Del Rio, Barbara Stanwyck, Eddie Cantor, Ethel Merman, Betty Grable, Jane Withers, and more. 56 tracks. At SepiaRecords.com.

Annette
(Sony - new on CD/vinyl)
Soundtrack by art-pop duo Sparks from the forthcoming musical film, based on their original story. Lyrics co-written by Sparks and Leos Carax, performed by Sparks and the cast of Annette (which includes : Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, and Simon Helberg) and produced by Sparks.

Gulliver's Travels & Mr. Bug Goes To Town
(Sepia Records - 2-CD set)
Soundtrack from Gulliver's TravelsFirst time on CD. Soundtrack, studio recordings, and never released before songs from Fleischer Studios animated feature films: 1939 Gulliver's Travels (music/songwriters include Victor Young, Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger, Al Neiburg, Winston Sharples, Sammy Timberg) and 1941 Mr. Bug Goes To Town (music/songwriters include Leigh Harline, Frank Loesser, Hoagy Carmichael, Sammy Timberg). 55 tracks total. At SepiaRecords.com.

The Immortal Voice of Mario Lanza: A Centennial Celebration
(Sepia Records - on CD)
Collection spanning the entire career or Mario Lanza, radio and studio recordings. Four of the songs are making their first appearance on a commercial CD. Rarities include live performances of duets from The Student Prince and Verdi's Otello. 23 tracks. At SepiaRecords.com.

Scarface, The Al Capone Musical
(digital album)
Original demos for musical. Features standards re-arranged in hip-hop, jazz and opera, by David Serero. Cast includes David Serero, Malou Beauvoir, Lisa Bouchelle, Marcy Richardson, Lisa Monde, Frank L. Humphrey III, Rae Duzz, and Joseph Robertson. "Introduction," "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?," "Thriller," "Crazy in Love," "You Give Love a Bad Name," "Eye of a Tiger," "The Mother P.I.M.P," "Minnie the Moocher," "My Heart Belongs to Daddy," "Livin' on a Prayer," "Mack the Knife." Released 3/16/21.


Week of July 6, 2021

42nd Street
(Liberator Films - new on Blu-ray/DVD)
British production shown on PBS Great Performances in 2019. Revival of Gower Champion's original production. Cast includes Bonnie Langford, Tom Lister, Clare Halse, and Philip Bertioli. Musical staging and new choreography by Randy Skinner. Directed by Mark Bramble. 133 minutes.

Cinderella: The Musical
(Polydor Records - new on CD/vinyl/digital)
Original London cast recording of Andrew Lloyd Webber/David Zippel score. cast includes Carrie Hope Fletcher, Jonny Fines, Ruthie Henshall, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt. 38 tracks. Digital version released 6/25/21.

Hamilton Day-to-Day calendar
(Universe Publishing - Daily Calendar)
Showcases lyrics from the Broadway musical, excerpts from Alexander Hamilton's own speeches and writing, as well as historical dates and events. Tear-off pages; day/date reference on each page; official major world holidays; recyclable plastic easel backer for desk or tabletop display; blank back of page, for notes, lists, to-dos, and other reminders.

Isata Kanneh-Mason: Summertime
(Decca - new on CD)
Pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason's second album, a journey through the musical landscape of 20th century America. "Wild: Grand Fantasy on Porgy and Bess - Summertime," "Wild: 7 Virtuoso Etudes - 1. I Got Rhythm," "Barber: Nocturne, Op. 33," "Barber: Piano Sonata in E-Flat Minor, Op. 26 - I. Allegro energico," "Barber: Piano Sonata in E-Flat Minor, Op. 26 - II. Allegro vivace e leggero," "Barber: Piano Sonata in E-Flat Minor, Op. 26 - III. Adagio mesto," "Barber: Piano Sonata in E-Flat Minor, Op. 26 - IV. Fuga. Allegro con spirito," "Gershwin: The Man I Love," "Gershwin: 3 Preludes - 1. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso," "Gershwin: 3 Preludes - 2. Andante con moto e poco rubato," "Gershwin: 3 Preludes - 3. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso," "Beach: By the Still Waters, Op. 114," "Copland: The Cat and the Mouse," "Coleridge-Taylor: Impromptu No. 2 in B Minor," "Coleridge-Taylor: Deep River," "Coleridge-Taylor: The Bamboula," "Coleridge-Taylor: Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child."

Hirschfeld: The Biography
(Skyhorse - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Ellen Stern. The first portrait of the renowned artist's life ... through interviews with Hirschfeld himself, his friends and family, and his famous subjects, as well as through letters, scrapbooks, and home movies. [Appears to be the same book that was announced under Sarah Crichton Books in 2017, but never appeared.]336 pages.


Week of June 29, 2021

Broadway by the Year Lost on 43rd Street: 1949, 1953, 1960
(Footlight Records - on CD)
Previously unreleased concert recordings of Scott Siegel's shows at Town Hall. Originally produced by Peter Pinne. Debbie Gravitte, Davis Gaines, Noah Racey, Martin Vidnovic, Karen Ziemba, Marla Schaffel, Brent Barrett, Tovah Feldshuh, Eddie Korbich, Marc Kudich, Liz Larsen. Arrangements by Scott Coulter. Footlight.com.

An Illustrated History of British Theatre and Performance
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of Robert Leach's 2019 hardcover book. Chronicles the history and development of theatre from the Roman era to the present day, restoring to the foreground of this evolution the contributions of women, gay people, and ethnic minorities, as well as the regional theatres of Wales and Scotland. Highly-illustrated chapters trace the development of theatre through major plays from each period; evaluations of playwrights; contemporary dramatic theory; acting and acting companies; dance and music; the theatre buildings themselves; and the audience, while also highlighting enduring features of British theatre, from comic gags to the use of props. 1534 pages.

Show Time Series EP Collection Vol. 2
(Stage Door Records - on CD)
Compiles all 16 EPs which formed the "Show Time" Series as recorded and released by RCA Victor in 1953. Most of the tracks have never been released on CD. comprehensive sleeve note by Broadway historian George Dansker, including a complete sessionography of recording dates. Limited series of 500 units only. Order, see track list, and more at StageDoorRecords.com.

Tonight's the Night
(Kritzerland - new CD/Blu-ray/folio)
World premiere musical written and directed by Bruce Kimmel. Starring Eric Petersen and Hartley Powers. Blu-ray extras: audio commentary with writer/director Bruce Kimmel, actress Hartley Powers, and editor Marshall Harvey; Outside the Box – all twelve episodes of the critically acclaimed musical web series; Revenge – original streaming thriller; The Annual Kimmel Movie Marathon Trailer – faux movie trailer for the Kimmel Movie Marathon unseen for forty-one years; Dirty Harry Strikes Back – faux trailer made for The Creature Wasn't Nice. Cast recording also includes incidental music for Bruce Kimmel's online streaming thriller Revenge and his scores for Doug Haverty's plays In My Mind's Eye and Top of the Tree, and more. At Kritzerland.com/.


Week of June 22, 2021

1820 the Musical
(new digital album)
Score by Doug Lowe, Kendra Lowe Holt, and Kayliann Lowe Juarez for "new contemporary musical about Emma and Joseph Smith's faith, love, and trial forged in the religious fervor of 19th century America." The musical's book is by George Nelson.

American Vaudeville
(West Virginia Univ Press - Paperback Book)
By Geoffrey Hilsabeck. Foreword by Luc Sante. Tells the story of what was once the most popular form of entertainment in the country using lists, creation myths, thumbnail biographies, dreams, and obituaries. Hilsabeck "dreams vaudeville back into existence," drawing on photographs, letters, joke books, reviews, newspaper stories, anecdotes, and other material gathered from numerous archives, as well as from memoirs by vaudeville performers like Buster Keaton, Eva Tanguay, and Eddie Cantor. Some of this research is presented as—is, a letter from a now forgotten vaudeville performer to her booking agent, for example— and some is worked up into brief scenes and biographies; and some is put to even more imaginative uses, finding new life in dialogues and prose poems. 160 pages.

Blue Song: St. Louis in the Life and Work of Tennessee Williams
(Univ of Missouri Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Henry I. Schvey. While it has been written that Tennessee Williams had a dislike of St. Louis, the city where he lived the longest, Schvey reveals how the city was indispensable to Williams' formation and development both as a person and artist, and that he remained emotionally tethered to St. Louis for a host of reasons for the rest of his life. 224 pages.

Coming from Inside the HouseComing from Inside the House (A Virtual SubCulture Concert)
(Craft Recordings - new on vinyl)
Jason Robert Brown's spring 2020 virtual April 27, 2020, SubCulture concert featuring Ariana Grande and Shoshana Bean. "Sanctuary" (Georgia Stitt, Molly Cate Brown, Susannah Brown), "Melinda," "The Hardest Hill" (Shoshana Bean), "I Love Betsy," "Still Hurting" (Ariana Grande), "All Things In Time," Bonus track "Nothing's Bigger Than Kong" (world premiere recording of song commissioned for but ultimately not included in the 2018 Broadway musical King Kong). Brown piano and keyboards, with Todd Reynolds, Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf, Gary Sieger, Randy Landau and Jamie Eblen. Recorded, edited and mixed by Jeffrey Lesser, and produced by Lesser and Jason Robert Brown. Mastered by Oscar Zambrano. Marc Kaplan, executive producer. Released previously on mp3 and at iTunes.

Hamilton: An American Musical 2021 calendar
(Universe Publishing - wall calendar)
Features include: bonus spread for September–December 2021; generous grids for adding appointments and reminders; major official world holidays; opens to 12 inches x 24 inches. 24 pages.

In The Light
(Broadway Records - new on CD and digital)
Highlights from the world premiere studio cast recording of score by Michael Mott. Orchestrations by Kim Scharnberg and arrangements by Mott and Joshua Zecher-Ross. Cast features Jeremy Jordan, Solea Pfeiffer, Ciara Renée, Antonio Cipriano, Bobby Conte Thornton, Anne Fraser Thomas, Aisha Jackson, Zachary James. At BroadwayRecords.com.

Naughty Marietta
(Harbinger Records/Musical Theater Project - new on CD/digital)
Reissue of the Smithsonian Institution's 1981 recording of Victor Herbert/Rida Johnson Young score. First time on CD. Featuring Judith Blazer and Leslie Harrington. Conducted by James R. Morris. "Overture," "Opening Chorus," "Mysterious Melody," "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp," "Taisez-Vous," "Song From the Fountain," "Naughty Marietta," "It Never, Never Can Be Love," "If I Were Anybody Else but Me," "'Neath the Southern Moon," "Italian Street Song," "Act I Finale," "Dance of the Marionettes," "You Marry a Marionette," "Loves of New Orleans," "The Sweet Bye and Bye," "Prelude to Live for Today," "Live for Today," "I'm Falling in Love With Someone," "It's Pretty Soft for Simon," "Finale Ultimo." At MusicalTheaterProject.org.

The Thanksgiving Play / What Would Crazy Horse Do?
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Plays by Larissa FastHorse. 160 pages.


Week of June 15, 2021

Aubrey Logan: Standard
(Mwo Records - new on CD/digital)
New album from jazz musician/singer Aubrey Logan. "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "Here's that Rainy Day," "Save Your Love for Me," "Largo Al Factotum," "The Way We Were," "The Beat Goes On," "Doxology/Before the Throne of God Above," "Done Pretending," "Louboutins 2.0," "Macarthur Park," "Dreams," "Fascinating Rhythm."

In the Heights: Finding Home
(Random House - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
By Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Jeremy McCarter. Gives readers an inside look at In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway debut, written with Quiara Alegría Hudes, and now a feature film. Untold stories, perceptive essays, and the lyrics to Miranda’s songs, complete with his annotations. Also, newly commissioned portraits and never-before-seen photos from backstage, the movie set, and productions around the world. 288 pages.

Live Your Life: My Story of Loving and Losing Nick Cordero
(Harper - new Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD/Audible Audiobook)
By Amanda Kloots and Anna Kloots. The story of Nick Cordero and Amanda Kloots' love and fairy-tale marriage, of the disease that quickly upended it, of the fight for Nick’s survival, of her grief and how she came to terms with his death, of keeping Nick's memory alive for Elvis and the world. Includes 16 pages of color photos exclusive to the book.Audio versions narrated by Amanda Kloots. 336 pages.

The Magical Mice of Broadway
(BookBaby - Hardcover Book)
By Mark A. Robinson; illustrated by Sandra K. Simpson. A fairytale about Broadway during COVID, imagining an alternative reality for what happened on the Great White Way when performances halted on some of our favorite Broadway musicals. 30 pages.

Rumi: The Musical
(Broadway Records - new digital album)
World premiere concept recording. Score by Dana Al Fardan And Nadim Naaman. Ramin Karimloo, Nadim Naaman and West End cast. At BroadwayRecords.com.

That's Entertainment: A Biography of Broadway Composer Arthur Schwartz
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
By Tighe E. Zimmers. First full-length biography of composer Arthur Schwartz. Covers his work on Broadway and in Hollywood with lyricists Howard Dietz, Dorothy Fields, Oscar Hammerstein II, Frank Loesser, Johnny Mercer Leo Robin. Describes his creative process and includes behind-the-scenes stories of each of his major musicals. 294 pages.

Virginia Cavaliere: "Breathe" medley
(digital single)
Virginia Cavaliere (In the Heights sings "Breathe" (Lin-Manuel Miranda)/"Breathin" (Ariana Grande)/"Breathe" (Michelle Branch). Released 6/10/21.

Beulah Bondi: A Life on Stage and Screen
(McFarland - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Axel Nissen. The life and career of film, stage (Street Scene) and television actress Beulah Bondi. 253 pages.

Broadway Goes to War: American Theater during World War II
(Univ Press of Kentucky - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Robert L. McLaughlin and Sally E. Parry. Analysis of how American theater actively addressed and debated timely and controversial topics during World War II, including how productions such as Watch on the Rhine (1941), The Moon is Down (1942), Tomorrow the World (1943), and A Bell for Adano (1944) encouraged public discussion of the war's impact on daily life and raised critical topics about the conflict well before other forms of popular media. 300 pages.

In The Heights original motion picture soundtrack
(Atlantic Records - on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Cast includes Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gregory Diaz IV, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco, and Jimmy Smits. Film arrangements and score by Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman. "In The Heights" (available now), "Benny's Dispatch," "Breathe" (performed by Rubén Blades and Doreen Montalvo), "No Me Diga," "It Won't Be Long Now," "96,000," "Piragua," "When You're Home," "The Club," "Blackout," "Paciencia Y Fe," "Alabanza," "Carnaval Del Barrio," "When The Sun Goes Down," "Champagne," "Finale," "Home All Summer" (performed by Anthony Ramos, Leslie Grace and Marc Anthony).

Rags: Revised Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Vocal selections for Charles Strouse / Stephen Schwartz score. "Bella's Song (Pretty Girl)," "Blame It on the Summer Night," "Brand New World," "Children of the Wind," "Edge of a Knife," "If We Never Meet Again," "Little Lady," "Meet an Italian," "Rags," "Three Sunny Rooms," "Uptown," "Wanting," "Yankee Boy." 80 pages. Released 5/1/21/


June 1, 2021

50 Women in Theatre
(Supernova Books - Paperback Book)
Marsha Norman, Daryl Roth Cheryl Robson, editors. Introduction by Dr. Susan Croft. An overview of post-war theatre and 25 exclusive interviews with leading women theatre-makers. 208 pages. Released 5/25/21.

The Best American Short Plays 2018–2019
(Applause Books - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
John Patrick Bray, editor. List of titles hopefully coming soon. 352 pages.

Bittersummer: A New Musical
(Broadway Records - new album)
Concept recording of score by Annalise Emerick and The Brother Brothers. Part of the Averno Universe series. Queer stories, queer writers, all-queer characters and cast. Produced by Morgan Smith and Michael J Moritz Jr. Cast includes Janeen Garcia, Jasmine Aurora Thomas, Rachael Chau, Richard Eyler, and Emma Freeman. More information at BroadwayRecords.com.

Colombe
(Kritzerland - new on 2 CDs)
Music and libretto adaptation by Jean-Michel Damase from the play Madame Colombe by Jean Anouilh and his ballet Piège De Lumière. With companion piece: Damase's ballet, Piège de Lumière, written in 1952 and premiered at the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas in Paris. Remastered rom reel-to-reel tapes of a October 6, 1967, radio broadcast in Paris. The ballet was also taken from reel-to-reel tapes and has also been spruced up. Limited to 500 copies only. To ship by the end of May. At Kritzerland.com.

The Complete Book of 1910s Broadway Musicals
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Newest in Dan Dietz' series of musicals by the decade. covers all 312 musicals that opened on Broadway during this decade, including The Balkan Princess, The Kiss Waltz, Naughty Marietta, The Firefly, Very Good Eddie, Leave It to Jane, Watch Your Step, See America First, and La-La-Lucille. Dietz places each musical in its historical context, including the women’s suffrage movement and the decade’s defining historical event, World War I. Each entry features: Plot summary; Cast members; Creative team, including writers, lyricists, composers, directors, choreographers, and producers; Opening and closing dates; Number of performances; Critical commentary; Musical numbers and the performers who introduced the songs. Appendixes include a chronology, discography, filmography, Gilbert and Sullivan productions, Princess Theatre musicals, musicals with World War I themes, and published scripts, making this book a comprehensive and significant resource. 622 pages. Released 5/25/21.

Drama
(Phaidon Press - Hardcover Book)
By David Rockwell and Bruce Mau. Sam Lubell, editor. David Rockwell's fascination with theater has long informed his built work, which includes hotels, restaurants, and cultural institutions. Explores the core principles that Rockwell uses to enhance the impact of his architecture, with contributions from experts across the creative world. A new insight into the work of an important contemporary architect and a compelling case for the virtues of interdisciplinary collaboration. 312 pages. Released 5/26/21

Footnotes: The Black Artists Who Rewrote the Rules of the Great White Way
(Sourcebooks - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible AudioBook)
By Caseen Gaines. The story of New York in the roaring twenties and the very first Broadway show with an all-black cast and creative team to succeed?and the indelible mark on our popular culture. Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle sowed the seeds of the Harlem jazz scene and paved the way for people of color on stage and screen with West Side Story, Black Panther, and Hamilton. 352 pages. Released 5/21/21.

From Here To Eternity
(Liberator Films - new on DVD)
Premiere West End production. Music and lyrics by Stuart Brayson and Tim Rice and book by Bill Oakes. Cast includes Darius Campbell, Robert Lonsdale, Rebecca Thornhill, Siubhan Harrison, and Ryan Sampson. NTSC format (Region 2/PAL format released in 2014). 145 minutes. Released 5/25/21.

Judy Wexler: Back to the Garden
(Jewel City Jazz - new on CD/digital)
Judy Wexler recasts iconic songs of the 1960s as jazz/pop anthems. "Get Together," "Up on the Roof," "American Tune," "Big Yellow Taxi," "The Times They are A'Changin'," "Since You've Asked," "For What It's Worth" (available now), "Everybody's Talkin'," "Forever Young," "Who Knows Where the Times Goes."

Kinky Boots
(Liberator Films - new Blu-ray)
Live recording of the West End production. Score by Cyndi Lauper. Killian Donnelly and Olivier winner Matt Henry as Charlie and Lola, alongside Natalie McQueen, Sean Needham, Cordelia Farnworth, and Antony Reed. Directed by Brett Sullivan, based on Jerry Mitchell's original direction and choreography. 122 minutes. 5/25/21.

Lights of Old Broadway
(Kino Lorber - new Blu-ray)
1925 film adaptation of the play The Merry Wives of Gotham by Laurence Eyre. Directed by Monta Bell. Marion Davies, Conrad Nagel. 2K master derived from from the Library of Congress' 2018 35mm preservation of the film, which includes footage colored via three different techniques: two-strip Technicolor, the Handschiegl process, and color tinting. Special Features: audio commentary by film historian Anthony Slide; new orchestral score composed, arranged, and conducted by Robert Israel. 72 minutes. 5/25/21.

A Perfect Little Death: SUF/SOND
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album)
Created by Eleri Ward, melding the sounds of Stephen Sondheim and Sufjan Stevens. "Johanna (Reprise)," "Every Day a Little Death," "Pretty Women," "Children Will Listen," "Loving You," "Finishing the Hat," "Send in the Clowns," "Losing My Mind," "In Buddy's Eyes," "Take Me to the World," "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd," "Being Alive," "Sunday." Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Arrangements by Eleri Ward. GhostlightRecords.com.

Osmond ChapmanOsmond Chapman Orchestra: There's More Where That Came From
(Club44 Records - new on CD)
Debut album of the Osmond Chapman Orchestra, led by vocalist David Osmond and bandleader, producer and saxophonist Caleb Chapman. "The Way You Look Tonight," "Ring of Fire," "There's More Where That Came From," "We Might as Well Fall in Love," "For Once in My Life," "Over the Rainbow," "Smile," "I Need a Real Good Thing," "When I Was Your Man," "Fly Me to the Moon," "You Don't Know Me."

"So May We Start"
(Milan - digital single)
Single from the soundtrack from upcoming film Annette. Music by Sparks; lyrics by Sparks and Leos Carax. Vocals by Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, Simon Helberg and Sparks’ Ron Mael and Russell Mael. Released 5/28/21.

The Wind in the Willows
(Liberator Films - new on DVD)
West End production of the new musical by Julian Fellowes and George Stiles & Anthony Drewe. Rufus Hound, Simon Lipkin, Craig Mather, Neil McDermott, Denise Welch, and Gary Wilmot. Released 5/25/21.


May 25, 2021

Anna Held and the Birth of Ziegfeld's Broadway
(Univ Press of Kentucky - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Updated edition of 2000 book by Eve Golden about the most popular musical comedy star during the two decades preceding World War I. The first wife of legendary producer Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., Held was the brains and inspiration behind his Follies. Together, they brought the Paris scene to New York, complete with lavish costumes and sets and a chorus of stunningly beautiful women, dubbed "The Anna Held Girls." She concealed her Jewish background and her daughter from a previous marriage, and suffered through her two husbands' gambling problems and Ziegfeld's conspicuous affairs with showgirls. She entertained troops and delivered medical supplies, and was once briefly captured by the German army. Through access to previously unseen family records and photographs. 244 pages.

Chip Deffaa's Say It with Music: The Irving Berlin Saga
(Garret Mountain Music - new on CD and digital)
Cast album of biographical show with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. Written and arranged by Chip Deffaa. Cast includes Michael Townsend Wright, Jed Peterson, Santa Claire Hirsch, Katherine Paulsen, Keith Anderson, Danielle Tolep, Dee Julien, Caroline McFee, Jon Peterson, Ryan Muska, Analise Scarpaci as soloist , Chip Deffaa as Eddie Cantor, Jacqueline Parker. Musical director/pianist: Richard Danley. Released 4/30/21.

Petula Clark: In Copenhagen 1958-1960
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
From the archives of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, dating from 1958 to 1960. A part of Petula Clark's career that to date has remained relatively unknown and unreported outside of Scandinavia. This specially compiled album features 23 recordings all of which are previously unissued on CD and unheard since their original broadcasts. Digitally remastered from the original master tapes. Selections from four Petula Clark television specials recorded and broadcast exclusively in Denmark over a two-year period. Musical accompaniment by Bent Fabric and His Quartet. Highlights include "The Folks Who Live on the Hill," "Over the Rainbow," "I"ll Be Seeing You" and "Among My Souvenirs". Strictly limited to 500 units only.

Stone Crossed, A New Musical
(Broadway Records - new digital album)
Studio concept recording of score by Philip David Stern. Cast includes Krystina Alabado, Alex Boniello, Gabi Campo, Antonio Cipriano, Will Connolly, Telly Leung, Elle McLemore, Celia Rose Gooding, Jon Rua, Samantha Williams. At BroadwayRecords.com.


May 18, 2021

The Big Parade: Meredith Willson's Musicals from The Music Man to 1491
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Dominic McHugh. The author uses newly uncovered letters, manuscripts, and production files to reveal Meredith Willson's unusual combination of experiences in his pre-Broadway career that lead him to compose The Music Man at the age of 55. McHugh also gives an in-depth look at the reception of The Music Man and examines the strengths and weaknesses of Willson's other three musicals, with his sustained commitment to innovation and novelty. Packed with new revelations about the processes involved in writing these works, as well as the trials and tribulations of working in the commercial theatre. Part of OUP's Broadway Legacies series. 280 pages.

Breathe: A New Musical
(Broadway Records - new album)
Kelli O'Hara and Brian Stokes Mitchell, Patti Murin, Colin Donnell, Denée Benton, Rubén J. Carbajal, Matt Doyle, Max Clayton, Daniel Yearwood, T. Oliver Reid and Josh Davis. Five suites, each featuring a score by different composers Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich; Rob Rokicki and Rebecca Murillo; Daniel Mertzlufft and Kate Leonard; Doug Besterman and Sharon Vaughn; and Douglas Lyons and Ethan Pakchar. The musical premieres on Overture+ on May 14, 2021. Released 5/14/21.

Modern Theatres 1950 - 2020
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
David Staples, editor. An investigation of theatres, concert halls, and opera houses in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North and South America. Explores in detail thirty of the most significant theatres, concert halls, opera houses, and dance spaces that opened between 1950 and 2010. Each theatre is reviewed and assessed by experts in theatre buildings, such as architects, acousticians, consultants, and theatre practitioners, and illustrated with full-color photographs and comparative plans and sections. A further twenty theatres that opened between 2011 and 2020 are concisely reviewed and illustrated. 512 pages. Kindle Edition released earlier.

Notes on the Writing of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
(Applause Books - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Robert L. Freedman, editor. Bookwriter Freedman goes through the process of writing a new musical, including story structure, song placement, dialogue, character development, and more that led to the creation of 2014 A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. Describes the challenging and rewarding growing pains. 72 pages.


May 4-11, 2021

Alice Faye: The 20th Century Fox Years Volume 1: 1934-1939
(Sepia Records - new on 2 CDs)
Collection of songs from Alice Faye's early films culled from studio discs and digitally remastered (sans dialogue, applause, special effects or tap sounds). Co-stars include Dick Powell, Don Ameche, Buddy Clark, Tony Martin, Louis Prima, Jimmy Durante, Ann Sothern. 61 tracks. Also at SepiaRecords.com.

The Best Men's Monologues from New Plays, 2020
(Applause Books - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Lawrence Harbison, editor. Approximately 100 men's monologues for actors to use for auditions and in class, all from recently produced plays ... by both well-known playwrights such as Don Nigro, Theresa Rebeck, Rob Ackerman, Len Jenkin, Stephen Belber, and Tim Blake Nelson, and future stars such as David MacGregor, Reina Hardy, Chris Daftsios, Frank Basloe, and Will Arbery. 184 pages.

The Best Women's Monologues from New Plays, 2020
(Applause Books - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Lawrence Harbison, editor. Approximately 100 women’s monologues for actors to use for auditions and in class, all from recently produced plays ... by both well-known playwrights such as Don Nigro, Saviana Stanescu, and Len Jenkin and future stars such as Lia Romeo, Steven Hayet, Lori Fischer, Will Arbery, and Carey Crim. 184 pages.

Betty Grable: The 20th Century Fox Years Volume 1: 1940-1944
(Sepia Records - new on 2 CDs)
Collection of songs from Betty Grable's early days at 20th Century Fox. (sans dialogue, applause or tap sounds). The music is sourced from playback discs, studio discs, etc, all digitally remastered. Co-stars include Don Ameche, The Nicholas Brothers, Robert Cummings, Phil Regan, Carmen Miranda, Helen Forrest with Harry James. 60 tracks. Also at SepiaRecords.com.


April 27, 2021

Boston's Theater District (Images of America)
(Arcadia Publishing - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Dale Stinchcomb. 128 pages.

Curtain Call Mixes
(Silent Voice Publishing - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Lewis Flinn's hand-selected compendium of curtain call cues From Broadway productions of The Little Dog Laughed and Lysistrata Jones; Off-Broadway productions of Mondo Drama, Mr. & Mrs. Fitch (Second Stage), The New York Idea (MCC), The Busy World Is Hushed (Playwright's Horizons), Show People (Second Stage), Die Mommie Die, The Third Story, and The Divine Sister; and regional productions of The Imaginary Invalid (The Cleveland Playhouse), Jerusalem (The Cleveland Playhouse), and A Comedy of Errors (Hartford Stage).

Fangirls
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
World premiere cast recording of score by Yve Blake, based on the Australian stage musical. Yve Blake, Chika Ikogwe, Kimberley Hodgson, James Majoos, Sharon Millerchip, Ayesha Madon, and Blake Appelqvist. Produced and mixed by David Muratore. Vocal arrangements by Alice Chance. Zara Stanton is music director and provides additional vocal arrangements.

Gershwin in Pittsburgh (Images of America)
(Arcadia Publishing - Paperback Book)
By Gregory Suriano. chronicles the surprisingly consequential connections between George Gershwin and the city of Pittsburgh. Theatrical venues such as the Nixon and Alvin Theatres and colleagues like Ned Wayburn, Oscar Levant, George S. Kaufman, Dolores Costello, Fritz Reiner, and Pandro S. Berman are all spotlighted. Most revealing are the visits Gershwin personally made to the city, as accompanist to vaudeville star Nora Bayes, during his Rhapsody in Blue tours with the Paul Whiteman and Leo Reisman orchestras, and for his 1933 guest appearance with the Pittsburgh Symphony. 128 pages.

A History of Theater on Cape Cod
(The History Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Sue Mellen. Foreword by Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll. From the beginning of theater on the Cape in 1916 when a group of artists and writers in Provincetown mounted a production of a one-act play, Bound East for Cardiff, by a little-known playwright, Eugene O'Neill. It grew into the constantly expanding theater universe it is today. The theatrical descendants of O'Neill and the Provincetown Players continue to present classical drama, contemporary hits and new, experimental works to audiences that have come to expect the best. A tour of the theaters from Provincetown to Falmouth, revealing the rich past behind a unique cultural treasure. 144 pages.

Little Black Book
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
World premiere recording. Score for the new rock musical by Billy Recce about the life and times of Heidi Fleiss. Alice Ripley, Orfeh, Mandy Gonzalez, Jessica Vosk, Brittney Johnson, Diana DeGarmo, Vonzell Solomon, Kuhoo Verma, Samantha Pauly, Natalie Weiss and Lillias White. Also at BroadwayRecords.com. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes.

Mame: 1969 London Studio Cast
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
Jerry Herman score. Ahead of the show's London opening, the Major Minor label recorded a studio cast album produced by Norman Newell at Abbey Road Studios. Recorded on January 5th 1969, the all-British cast featured Beryl Reid as Mame, with Joan Turner was cast as Vera Charles, Pat Whitmore, Charles Young and Fred Lucas. Digitally remastered from stereo tape. Bonus tracks: Joan Turner's rare 1954 sides of "The Homecoming Waltz" and "The Shadow Waltz" (from the BBC TV serial The Teckman Biography) recorded for the Philips label with Wally Stott and his Orchestra. Limited edition release of 500 units only. Also at StageDoorRecords.com.

Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein OLC
(Notefornote Entertainment - on mp3 and at iTunes)
Live recording made over several performances. Score by Mel Brooks ("Puttin' on the Ritz" by Irving Berlin). Ross Noble, Lesley Joseph, Dianne Pilkington, Patrick Clancy. "Overture," "The Brain," "Please Don't Touch Me," "Together Again," "Roll in the Hay," "He Vas My Boyfriend," "It Could Work," "Hang Him Till He's Dead," "The Experiment," "He Vas My Boyfriend Reprise," "Welcome to Transylvania," "Transylvania Mania," "He's Loose," "Listen to Your Heart," "Surprise," "Someone," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "Deep Love," "Hang the Doctor," "Deep Love Reprise and Finale," "Finale - Together Again," "The Bows," "Exit Music." Released 8/10/18.

The Rebecca Kilgore Trio, Vol. 1
(HeavyWood Music - new digital album on mp3)
Rebecca Kilgore with pianist Randy Porter and bassist Tom Wakeling. "Dear Bix," "Day In - Day Out," "Somebody Just Like You," "Run, Little Raindrop, Run," "Azure-Té / Azure," "Talking to Myself About You," "Old Soft Shoe," "I Wanna Get Married," "Like the Brightest Star," "That Sunday That Summer," "The Gentleman Is a Dope," "Because We're Kids," "There's a Small Hotel."

Ride the CycloneRide the Cyclone
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
World premiere cast recording of score by Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell. Cast includes Lillian Castillo, Chaz Duffy, Scott Redmond, Jacob Richmond, Emily Rohm, Tiffany Tatreau, Kholby Wardell, and Brooke Maxwell. Kevin McCollum and Morris Berchard, executive producers. Released 4/28/21.

The Shakespeare Codex
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs. New Discworld stage adaptation written to commemorate Terry Pratchett's life and works based loosely on The Science of Discworld II: the Globe, Lords & Ladies, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. 80 pages. Released 4/22/21.

Tomorrow"Tomorrow"
(Mercia Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Terron Brooks (The Lion King). From upcoming album The Soul of Broadway.


April 13, 2021

Life at Hamilton: Sometimes You Throw Away Your Shot, Only to Find Your Story
(Waterside Productions - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Mike Anthony. This Broadway bartender takes the reader along on his journey, recounting his extraordinary experiences as Hamilton: An American Musical rocketed into Broadway history, from its unparalleled opening night, through the 2016 election, to its COVID-19 intermission. Including heartfelt and often humorous encounters with the show's patrons, including some of the most famous celebrities in the world, and its biggest (and littlest) Hamilfans. A testament to the potent power of theater to connect, to inspire, and to heal. 296 pages. Published 11/30/20.

In Pieces
(Broadway Records - new album on mp3/at iTunes)
Highlights from new musical by Joey Contreras. Released 4/16/21. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Joanie Pallatto: My Original Plan
(Southport Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Jazz singer Joanie Pallatto with Fareed Haque on guitar. Produced by Fareed Haque and Joanie Pallatto. "Open Your Eyes," "Do Butterflies Cry?," "The Blank Page," "The Confessional," "My Original Plan," "Jon's Place," "About A Song," "Rest," "The Photograph," "Almost 65," "A Simple Time," "They Sentenced Us To Paradise," "This Winter," "Lucky To Belong To You."

John Pizzarelli: Better Days Ahead (Solo Guitar Takes on Pat Metheny)
(Ghostlight Deluxe - new on mp3/at iTunes)
John Pizzarelli's first solo guitar album. A celebration of composer and guitarist Pat Metheny. "Better Days Ahead," "Spring Ain't Here," "April Wind/Phase Dance," "September Fifteenth," "James," "Antonia," "(It's Just) Talk," "Letter From Home," "If I Could," "Last Train Home," "From This Place," "The Bat," "Farmer's Trust." Pre-order the album and received the "James" track immediately. Also at GhostlightRecords.com.

Lilyville: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I've Played
(Hachette Books - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Tovah Feldshuh. "Memoir that shares the highs and lows of a remarkable career that has spanned five decades, and shares the lessons that she has learned, often the hard way, about how to live a life in the spotlight, strive for excellence, and still get along with your mother." 320 pages.

Lovesome Thing: Anaïs Reno Sings Ellington & Strayhorn
(Harbinger Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Debut album of young jazz singer Anaïs Reno, winner of the Julie Wilson Award the 2019 Mabel Mercer Foundation competition. "Caravan," "Mood Indigo," "Still in Love," "Chelsea Bridge / A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing," "I'm Just a Lucky So-and-So," "It's Kind of Lonesome Out Tonight," "Day Dream," "I Ain't Got Nothin' but the Blues," "All Roads Lead Back to You," "U.M.M.G. (Upper Manhattan Medical Group)," "Lush Life," "Take the 'A' Train."

The Producers
(Kino Lorber - new Blu-ray)
1967 film written and directed by Mel Brooks. Cast includes Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Dick Shawn, Christopher Hewett, Kenneth Mars, Lee Meredith, Renée Taylor, Bill Macey. 4K restoration; new audio commentary by Michael Schlesinger; The Making of The Producers (63:51); playhouse outtake; sketch gallery; Peter Sellers' statement read by Paul Mazursky; radio spot; theatrical trailer; dual-layered BD50 disc. 88 minutes.

The Reason to Sing: A Guide to Acting While Singing
(Routledge - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By composer-lyricist and teacher Craig Carnelia (Working, Is There Life After High School?, Sweet Smell of Success). Step-by-step guide to making singing performances more truthful, vivid, and full of life. Utilizes detailed descriptions of sessions the author has had with his notable students and lays out a new and proven approach to help you build your skills, your confidence, and your career. 182 pages. [Paperback appears to be delayed, but can be pre-ordered.]

And This is My Friend Sandy: Sandy Wilson's The Boy Friend, London Theatre and Gay Culture
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Deborah Philips. Situates the production of Sandy Wilson's The Boy Friend and the Players' Theatre in the context of a post-war London and reads The Boy Friend, and Wilson's later work, as exercises in contemporary camp. Argues for Wilson as a significant and transitional figure both for musical theatre and for modes of homosexuality in the context of the pre-Wolfenden 1950s. Released 3/25/21.


April 6, 2021

American Musicals in Context: From the American Revolution to the 21st Century
(Greenwood - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Thomas A. Greenfield. A fresh look at history-based musicals, helping readers to understand the American story through one of the country's most celebrated art forms: the musical. Provides the synopsis, critical and audience reception, and historical context and analysis for each of 20 musicals selected for the unique and illuminating way they present America's story on the stage. Released 3/31/21.

Consider Your Ass Kissed
(Briton Publishing - new Paperback Book)
Memoir by Ruta Lee. Personal stories and anecdotes on subjects including her starring roles in films such as Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Funny Face; working with Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Charles Bronson, James Garner, Johnny Carson, Fred Astaire, Robin Williams, Howard Keel, Bob Crane, Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack, and more; the iconic ladies she called friends, Rona Barrett, Phyllis Diller, Julie Newmar, Lucille Ball, Sally Fields, Gypsy Rose Lee (no relation), and Debbie Reynolds; numerous television appearances; The Thalians Mental Health Center. 274 pages.

Hymn
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition to be released 4/28/21)
Play by Lolita Chakrabarti. Published to coincide with the world premiere at London's Almeida Theatre in February 2021, starring Adrian Lester and Danny Sapani. 64 pages. Released 3/31/21.

Little Black Book
(Broadway Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
World premiere recording. Score for the new rock musical by Billy Recce about the life and times of Heidi Fleiss. Alice Ripley, Orfeh, Mandy Gonzalez, Jessica Vosk, Brittney Johnson, Diana DeGarmo, Vonzell Solomon, Kuhoo Verma, Samantha Pauly, Natalie Weiss and Lillias White. CD format to be released 4/30/21. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

My Broken Language: A Memoir
(One World - Hardcover book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook)
By Quiara Alegría Hudes (Water By the Spoonful, In the Heights). Weaves together Hudes’s love of books with the stories of her family, and the lessons of North Philly with those of Yale. 336 pages.

Something Wonderful: Peggy Lee Sings The Great American Songbook
(Omnivore Recordings/Peggy Lee Associates - on 2 CDs)
40 tracks from 1951-52's "The Peggy Lee Show," most tracks previously unissued. Standards from Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Hoagy Carmichael, and more. Liner notes by journalist Joe Marchese. Deluxe digi-pak packaging. Compiled to accompany the 2020 PBS documentary, Fever: The Music of Peggy Lee.

My West Side Story: A Memoir
(Lyons Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD/Audible Audiobook)
By George Chakiris. "I still marvel at how, unbeknownst to me at the time, the joyful path of my life was paved one night in 1949 when Jerome Robbins sat Leonard Bernstein and Arthur Laurents down in his apartment and announced, 'I have an idea.'" Audio versions narrated by George Chakiris, George Newbern. 232 pages. Released 3/1/21.


Week of March 30, 2021

Amanda McBroom: "Send in the Clowns"
(Gecko Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Released 2/21/21.

Amélie OLC
(Craft Recordings - new on CD)
Score by Daniel Messé (music and lyrics) and Nathan Tysen (lyrics). Audrey Brisson, Sophie Crawford, Faoileann Cunningham, Rachel Dawson, Oliver Grant, Chris Jared, Caolan McCarthy, Kate Robson-Stuart, Josh Sneesby, Jez Unwin, Johnson Willis. "The Flight of the Blue Fly," "World's Best Papa," "Post Mortem," "The Sound of Going Round In Circles," "The Commute Home," "When the Booth Goes Bright," "The Bottle Drops," "Girl with the Glass," "How To Tell Time," "Tour De France," "Goodbye, Amélie," "Half Asleep," "Backyard," "Sister's Pickle," "Halfway," "Window Seat," "Thin Air," "There's No Place Like Gnome," "Times Are Hard for Dreamers," "Blue Arrow Suite," "The Late Nino Quincampoix," "A Better Haircut," "Stay," "Halfway (Reprise / Original London Cast Recording)," "Where Do We Go From Here?." Previously released on mp3 and at iTunes.

Ben Bagley's Cole Porter Revisited
(Kritzerland - on CD)
Arrangements and orchestrations by Norman Paris. Cast includes Kaye Ballard, Bobby Short, Bibi Osterwald, and David Allen. Remastered. Cover by Harvey Schmidt. Limited release of 500 copies only. Expected to ship by the first week of April. At Kritzerland.com.

Ben Bagley's Unpublished Cole Porter Volume II
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Cast includes Karen Morrow, Edward Earle, Laura Kenyon, Alice Playten, Blossom Dearie, Carmen Alvarez, Charles Rydell, Kaye Ballard. Arrangements by Judd Woldin. Remastered. Limited to 500 copies only. Expected to ship by the first week in April. At Kritzerland.com.

A Bright Ray of Darkness
(Knopf - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
Novel by Ethan Hawke about a young man "performing the role of Hotspur in a production of Henry IV under the leadership of a brilliant director, helmed by one of the most electrifying--and narcissistic--Falstaff's of all time." 256 pages. Audiobook narrated by Ethan Hawke. Released 2/2/21.

Grumpy Old Men
(Broadway Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
World premiere recording of score by Neil Berg (music) and Nick Meglin (lyrics). Cast includes Ed Dixon, Mark Jacoby, with Leslie Stevens and featuring Sally Struthers and Hal Linden, plus Brenda Braxton, Doug Eskew, Kevin Massey, Laura Woyasz, John Battagliese, Blake Hammond, Eric Jon Mahlum. Released 3/26/21.

North by Shakespeare: A Rogue Scholar's Quest for the Truth Behind the Bard's Work
(Hachette Books - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD)
By Michael Blanding. Presents the twinning narratives of renegade scholar Dennis McCarthy, called “the Steve Jobs of the Shakespeare community,” and Sir Thomas North, an Elizabethan courtier whom McCarthy believes to be the undiscovered source for Shakespeare’s plays. 480 pages.

Paradise Blue
(Audible Audiobook)
Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Dominique Morisseau's play. Kristolyn Lloyd, André Holland, Keith Randolph Smith, Simone Missick.

Swingin' with the Music of Broadway
(SWTM Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Laura Osnes, John Tartaglia, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Kay Trinidad, and Jewelle Blackman, Brittney Johnson, Pablo Rossil, and the SWTM band. "Overture/Give My Regards to Broadway," "Green Finch and Linnet Bird," "The Schuyler Sisters," "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," "If I Were a Bell," "If I Loved You," "Master of the House," "King Herod's Song," "Popular," "Til There Was You," "Finale." Limited number in CD format at SwinginMusic.com. Released 3/27/21.

Walking with Ghosts: A Memoir
(Grove Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook/Audiobook on CD)
By Gabriel Byrne. "Moving between sensual recollection of childhood in a now almost vanished Ireland and reflections on stardom in Hollywood and Broadway, Byrne also courageously recounts his battle with addiction and the ambivalence of fame." Audio versions narrated by the author. 196 pages. Released 1/12/21.

We Play Ourselves
(Random House - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
Novel by playwright Jen Silverman (The Roommate) about a queer, feminist novelist. 336 pages. Released 2/9/21.

Zachary James and Charity Wicks: On Broadway
(new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Bass-baritone singer/actor Zachary James (The Addams Family) with pianist Charity Wicks, live from Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia. "On Broadway," "A New Town Is a Blue Town," "Sixteen Tons," "Something's Coming," "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "Coram Boy," "There is Nothin' Like a Dame," "Some Enchanted Evening," "This Nearly Was Mine," "If I Loved You," "If Ever I Would Leave You," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "No One Is Alone," "Move Toward the Darkness," "Over the Rainbow." Released 3/19/21.


Week of March 23, 2021

After You
(Broadway Records - on mp3/at iTunes)
Original studio album recording of score from the musical (debuted in the West End in 2020) by Alex Parker and Katie Lam. Cast includes Alexia Khadime and Bradley Jaden. "Better," "First Drink," "Easy," "Constellations," "Touch Me," "Easy (Reprise)," "The Voice Inside My Head," "See The World," "After You."

Bob Marks' 88 Keys to Successful Singing Performances: Audition Advice From One of America's Top Vocal Coaches
(Thomas Noble Books - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Bob Marks, who has spent more than 90,000 hours coaching singers, including cast members of nearly every current Broadway musical, cabaret performers, students winning positions at prestigious university programs, and actors of all ages. Marks addresses how to: build confidence and presence; care for your voice and use it effectively; select music which enhances your unique style; put your best musical foot forward in any situation. 186 pages. Released 12/1/20.

Cinderella
(BBC/Opus Arte - on DVD)
Re-release of the 1969 Royal Ballet production. Antoinette Sibley, Anthony Dowell, Frederick Ashton, Robert Helpman. Choreography and production, Frederick Ashton. Music, Sergei Prokofiev. Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. John Lanchbery, conductor. Previously released by Kultur.

Faust
(Opus Arte - new Blu-ray/DVD)
2019 Royal Opera production of Charles Gounod's opera. Directed by Oliver Mears. Michael Fabiano, Erwin Schrott, Irina Lungu, GermánE. Alcántara, Stéphane Degout, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Carole Wilson. Royal Opera Chorus. Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Dan Ettinger, conductor. Extras: "Why the Royal Opera love performing Faust"; Erwin Schrott and Dan Ettinger discuss the character Méphistophélès in Faust.

Le nozze di Figaro
(Unitel Edition - new Blu-ray)
2014 Theater an der Wien production of Mozart's opera. Bo Skovhus, Christine Schäfer, Mari Eriksmoen, Andrè Schuen, Elisabeth Kulman, Ildikó Raimondi, Peter Kálmán, Mauro Peter, Arnold Schoenberg Chor. Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor. Concentus Musicus Wien. Bonus: documentary: Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Between Obsession and Perfection (Le nozze di Figaro). 242 minutes.

Once on This Island
(Broadway Records - new 2-LP vinyl album)
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. On orange vinyl. At BroadayRecords.com.

Paris and the Musical: The City of Light on Stage and Screen
(Routledge - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Olaf Jubin. Explores how the famous city has been portrayed on stage and screen, and investigates why the city has been of such importance to the genre and tracks how it has developed as a trope over the 20th and 21st centuries. From An American in Paris, Gigi, Les Misérables, Moulin Rouge! and The Phantom of the Opera to Bless the Bride, Can-Can, Irma la Douce and Marguerite. 414 pages.

R&H Goes Pop!
(Craft Recordings - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Contemporary takes on timeless Rodgers & Hammerstein classics. "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" (Jeremy Jordan), "Shall We Dance?" (Ariana DeBose), "Some Enchanted Evening" (Andy Mientus), "It Feels Good" (Lilli Cooper), "Something Wonderful" (Gavin Creel), "Lonely Room" (Rebecca Naomi Jones), "This Nearly Was Mine" (Ryan McCartan), "The Next Ten Minutes Ago" (Jeremy Jordan & Laura Osnes), A mashup of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Ten Minutes Ago" and Jason Robert Brown's "The Next Ten Minutes", "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top" (Ali Stroker), "Younger Than Springtime" (Derek Klena), "Something Good" (Katrina Lenk), "We Kiss in a Shadow" (Jelani Alladin & Matt Doyle), "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?" (Santino Fontana), "Do-Re-Mi" (Ashley Park), "The Sweetest Sounds" (Kyle Selig). Produced by Concord Theatricals (Dana Siegel, Haydyn Meythaler and Kinsley Suer). Mixed and mastered by Seth Presant and Paul Blakemore.

Rebecca DuMaine and the Dave Miller Trio: Someday, Someday
(Summit - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
"Just Friends," "Alone Again (Naturally)," "Samba de Mon Coeur Qui Bat," "The Gentleman is a Dope," "Someday, Someday," "Both Sides Now," "Time to Get Unstuck (Happy Little New Song)," "As Long As I Live," "On a Clear Day," "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan," "Cry Me a River," "La Vie En Rose/Au Privave," "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams." Released 1/12/21.

The Sound Inside
(Theatre Communications Group - Audible Audiobook)
2019 Broadway play by Adam Rapp. Narrated by Mary-Louise Parker and Will Hochman. Released 3/18/21. 96 pages. Released earlier in Kindle Edition and Paperback format.

And This is My Friend Sandy: Sandy Wilson's The Boy Friend, London Theatre and Gay Culture
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book)
By Deborah Philips. Situates the production of Sandy Wilson's The Boy Friend and the Players' Theatre in the context of a post-war London and reads The Boy Friend, and Wilson's later work, as exercises in contemporary camp. Argues for Wilson as a significant and transitional figure both for musical theatre and for modes of homosexuality in the context of the pre-Wolfenden 1950s.


Week of March 16, 2021

Angela's Ring
(Tiger Turn - new on mp3/at iTunes)
New jazz opera based on the European debt crisis, co-composed by bassist Kabir Sehgal and pianist Marie Incontrera. Cast includes including Lucy Schaufer, David Gordon, Brandon Snook, Erik Bagger, Marnie Breckinridge. Leveraged Jazz Orchestra and guest soloists including Aaron Diehl (piano), Grace Kelly (saxophone), Manuel Valera (piano), Oran Etkin (clarinet), Edmar Casteñada (harp), and Papo Vazquez (trombone).

Bernstein Reimagined
(McG Jazz/Manchester Craftsmen's Guild - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. "Times Square Ballet" (On the Town), "Dream With Me" (Peter Pan), "Dance of the Great Lover" (On the Town), "Lonely Town" (On the Town), "Morning Sun" (Trouble in Tahiti), "Waltz" (Divertimento for Orchestra), "Meditation #1" (Mass), "Chichester Psalms I Postlude" (A Quiet Place), "Symphonic Suite" (On The Waterfront). Arrangements by Jay Ashby, Darryl Brenzel, Scott Silbert, Mike Tomaro, and Steve Williams. Released 1/29/21.

Damn Yankees
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1958 film based on the Broadway musical. Directed by George Abbott and Stanley Donen. Score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. Cast includes Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon, Ray Walston. New 1080p HD master sourced from 4K scan of preservation separation masters.

David Suchet: Behind the Lens: My Life
(Constable - Hardcover Book)
Autobiography (with photos) by stage and film actor David Suchet. Discusses his London upbringing and love of the city, his Jewish roots and how they have influenced his career, the importance of his faith, how he really feels about fame, his love of photography and music, and his processes as an actor. He looks back on his fifty-year career, including reflections on how the industry has changed, his personal highs and lows, and how he wants to be remembered. 320 pages.

Show Time Series: EP Collection Vol 1
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
The first volume of Stage Door Records' "Show Time" Series EP collection. To be issued across three albums, the collection compiles all 16 EPs which formed the "Show Time" Series as recorded and released by RCA Victor in 1953 ... a recording initiative by RCA Victor to recreate highlights from a diverse selection of Broadway musicals, revues and operettas from the first half of the 20th century. The series featured a host of Broadway star performers, many of whom introduced their songs in the original stage productions ... and some of Broadway's finest musical directors (including Jay Blackton and Lehman Engel). Volume 1 includes selections from Oklahoma!, Carousel, Showboat, The Cat and the Fiddle, Babes in Arms and Jumbo. Featured performers include John Raitt, Patricia Northrup, Doretta Morrow, Helena Bliss, Carol Bruce, Patricia Neway, Stephen Douglass, William Tabbert, Lisa Kirk, Sheila Bond and Jack Cassidy. Most of the tracks have never been released on CD. Each volume in the series is limited to 500 units only. Also at StageDoorRecords.com.


Week of March 9, 2021

The Great Caruso
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1951 (somewhat fictionalized) autobiographical musical film from M-G-M starring Mario Lanza. Directed by Richard Thorpe. New 1080p HD master sourced from 4K scan of original nitrate Technicolor negatives. Extras: Documentary Mario Lanza: Singing to the Gods; theatrical trailer. 109 minutes.

Jane Monheit: Come What May
(Club44 Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
All-new collection of songbook classics. Produced by Jane Monheit, Wayne Haun, and Jamey Tate. "I Believe in You," "When a Woman Loves a Man," "Let's Take a Walk Around the Block," "Lush Life," "Let's Face the Music and Dance," "Samba Do Avião," "The Nearness of You," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "The Man That Got Away," "My Funny Valentine."

Joshua Henry: Guarantee
(S-Curve Records - new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
Debut album for Joshua Henry (The Wrong Man, Hamilton, The Scottsboro Boys. "Guarantee," "Hold Me," "Possible," "Stand Up." Released 3/3/21.

Mill Girls
(new interactive EP)
Four songs from new musical by Diana Lawrence, Samantha Beach, and Jess McLeod, plus bonus track of historical context by Lowell National Park Ranger Allison Horrocks and UMass-Lowell Professor Robert Forrant. Nikki Renée Daniels, Alysha Deslorieux, Nikhil Saboo, Bri Sudia, and Lucy Godinez. See MillGirlsMusical.com/.

My Fair Lady
(Music on Vinyl - 2-LP vinyl album)
Expanded 1964 original soundtrack. Score by Frederick Loewe and Allan Jay Lerner. All the songs from the film, plus 11 bonus tracks. Limited edition of 1000 individually numbered copies on transparent purple swirled vinyl.

Randy Rainbow: Mr. Joe Biden (Bring My Vaccine)
(Broadway Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
To the tune of The Chordettes' hit single, "Mr. Sandman (Bring Me A Dream)”. Original cover art by Justin "Squigs" Robertson. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

"Yesterday / Time After Time / Shallow"
(Broadway Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Mashup by Andy Karl, Orfeh and Andrew Logan. Produced by Andrew Logan and Pamela Reswick with original arrangement/music direction by Steven Jamail and vocal arrangement by Andy Karl, Orfeh and Andrew Logan. Eric Garcia (guitar), David Kawamura (guitar), Quinton "Q" Robinson (drums) and Pamela Reswick (additional drum programming and keyboards). Released 3/5/21.


Week of March 2, 2021

Chip Deffaa's Irving Berlin: Sweet and Hot
(Garret Mountain Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Produced by Chip Deffaa. Performers include Seth Sikes, Jerry Dixon, Keith Anderson, Jon Peterson, Steve Ross, Tyquan Malik White, Jeremy Januti, Daryl Sherman. 26 tracks. Released 11/16/20. See our review of this album.

Fiver
(new on mp3/at iTunes)
Concert cast album of score by Alex James Ellison and Tom Lees. Cast includes Luke Bayer, Aoife Clesham, Dan Buckley, Hiba Elchikhe, and Alex James Ellison. Premiered at Southwark Playhouse in 2019.

Insane Animals
(Very Attractive Records - new album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording of score by George Heyworth and Liv Morris. Cast includes Lockie Chapman. Musical arrangements by Victoria Falconer. The musical at HOME, Manchester, in March 2020.

J. Breckenridge: "Y.O.U."
(Red Card Records - new digital single on mp3)
From upcoming album by Josh Breckenridge (Come from Away, The Scottsboro Boys). Produced by James Frazee.

Marguerite
(Broadway Records/Astoria Performing Arts Center - new on CD)
Original cast recording of Michael Cooper/Anton Dudley solo musical score. Starring Cady Huffman. Presented at Astoria Performing Arts Center in November 2019. Traces the life of Marguerite Bourgeoys, the first female saint of Canada. 30 tracks. Released 1/26/20 on mp3 and at iTunes. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Rebecca Luker and Sally Wilfert: All The Girls
(PS Classics - new on CD)
Rebecca Luker and Sally Wilfert's personal celebration of womanhood in all its complexities and varied expressions. Adapted from the show of the same name. Songs by Stephen Sondheim, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Fred Ebb & John Kander, a medley from musicals featuring iconic female duets, art songs, cabaret material, and settings of poems written expressly for them by the show's music director, Joseph Thalken (who expanded the orchestrations from four to ten pieces for this recording). "You Are My Best Friend," "Lovely Lies," "What Did You Do to Your Face," "Everybody Says Don't," "There Are Delicacies," "I Have Loved Hours at Sea," "Marilyn Miller," "Shows we could have starred in together" medley - Rebecca & Sally," "A QUOI Bon Dire," "War Song," "Isn't This Better?," "Millwork," "Not Funny," "Be Careful." Released 12/25/20 on mp3 and at iTunes

The Untold Stories of Broadway, Volume 4
(Dress Circle Publishing - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Latest in series by Jennifer Ashley Tepper. Includes over 30 new interviews, features hundreds of theatre professionals discussing everything that makes Broadway essential. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Broadway Advocacy Coalition. 467 pages.

The Wellsongs Project
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Collection of 16 new songs performed by a cast that includes Kate Baldwin, Christine Andreas, Lisa Howard, Ethan Slater, Jason Gotay, Margo Seibert, Allie Trimm, Lisa Brescia, Bradley Gibson, Halle Hunt, Marissa McGowan, Michael Mendez, Will Reynolds, and Vishal Vaidya. Produced by Michael A. Pizzi with music direction by Brian Cavanagh-Strong. Engineered by James Yost, mixed by Jahn Sood, and mastered by Patrick Derivaz. All proceeds of this album will go towards providing performing arts opportunities for children with special needs. Released 2/12/21 on mp3 and at iTunes Also at BroadwayRecords.com.


Week of February 23, 2021

Beggar's Opera
(Opus Arte - new Blu-ray/DVD)
Written by John Gay. New version of the "ballad opera" by Ian Burton and Robert Carse. Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord production.

Kyle Taylor Parker: Broadway Soul, Vol. 2
(Broadway Records - new album on CD)
A follow-up to Parker's Broadway Soul, Vol. 1. New collection of Broadway classics reimagined. Created as a full musical, and featuring Jackie Cox, Shoshana Bean, Blaine Alden Krauss, and Natalie Joy Johnson. An eclectic array of songs from musicals as diverse as Hedwig and the Angry Inch, South Pacific, A Chorus Line, The Wiz, Follies, The Music Man and more, all filtered through the sound of a queer artist of color. Produced, arranged and orchestrated by Sonny Paladino, and co-produced by Rich Mercurio. Also at BroadwayRecords.com. Released 2/12/21 on mp3 and at iTunes.

Lady Sings the Blues
(Paramount - new blu-ray)
1972 biopic about Billie Holiday. Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James T. Callahan, and Scatman Crothers.

Mark Winkler & David Benoit: Old Friends
(Cafe Pacific Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Collection of some of the duo's favorites songs by some of their favorite composers, as well as three original tunes. "I've Got Just About Everything," "Sweet Kentucky Ham," "Better Than Anything," "The Shadow of Your Smile," "Two for the Road," "Old Friends / Bookends," "When This Love Affair Is Over," "I Think It's Going to Rain Today," "In a Quiet Place (Kei's Song)," "I Wish I'd Met You," "Dragonfly," "Thirty Years," "Some Other Time."

My Dream Is Yours
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1949 musical romantic comedy film. Starring Jack Carson, Doris Day, and Lee Bowman. Songs mostly by Ralph Blane and Harry Warren. 1080p HD master. Extras: vintage Joe McDoakes comedy short So You Want to be An Actor; The Grass is Always Greener short subject; classic cartoon A Ham in a Role; original theatrical Trailer (HD). 101 minutes.

Nicolas King: Act One: Celebrating 25 Years of Recordings
(Club44 - new on CD)
The singer with guests. Musical contributions from Mike Renzi and Charles Calello. Liner notes by Connie Francis. Track list: Liza Minnelli Introduction, "Life Is Just a Bowl Of Cherries/Nice 'N' Easy (Medley)," "God Bless the Child," "Yes Sir, That's My Baby (with Tom Selleck), "How Deep Is the Ocean," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," "The Only One," "I'm So Glad We Had This Time Together/My Shining Hour (Medley)," "Looks Like They're in Love," "You Must Believe in Spring," "But Beautiful (with Jane Monheit), "Sing," "What Matters Most," "What a Wonderful World (with Norm Lewis), "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Come Back to Me." Previously released on mp3 and at iTunes

On Moonlight Bay
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1951 musical film. Starring Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Jack Smith. New 1080p HD master from 4K scan of original Technicolor negatives. Extras: Let's Sing a Song About the Moonlight vintage short; classic cartoon A Hound for Trouble; original theatrical trailer (HD). 95 minutes.

Show Boat 1951
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1951 film based on the stage musical. Score by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. Screenplay by John Lee Mahin, based on musical book by Edna Ferber. Directed by George Sidney. Cast includes Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel, Joe E. Brown, Marge Champion, Gower Champion, Agnes Moorehead. New 1080p HD master from 4K scan of original Technicolor negatives. Audio Specs DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 STEREO - English, DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Original Mono Theatrical track Extras: commentary by George Sidney; Till the Clouds Roll By - Show Boat (1946) Sequence; "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" and "Bill" Ava Gardner audio-only outtakes; Lux Radio Theater Broadcast (2/11/1952); original theatrical trailer (HD).

Tom Stoppard: A Life
(Knopf - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
Biography of writer Tom Stoppard by Hermione Lee, with his cooperation and access to a trove of hitherto unseen material. 896 pages.


Week of February 16, 2021

American Theatre Ensembles Volume 2: Post-1995: Rude Mechs, The Builders Association, Pig Iron, Radiohole, The Civilians, and 600 Highwaymen
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Mike Vanden Heuvel. Second volume in series, covering the years 1996-2018. Overview of ensemble-based creation within the general historical and cultural contexts of the period, followed by a detailed study of the evolution of ensemble-based work. Contributors examine matters such as influence, funding, production and legacies, as well as the forms of collective devising and creation, while presenting close readings of the companies' most prominent works. Volume 1, American Theatre Ensembles: Post 1970, covering the years 1970-1995, released earlier. 288 pages.

Don't Lose Your Head: Life Lessons from the Six Ex-Wives of Henry VIII
(Ulysses Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Harriet Marsden. "An Unofficial Survival Guide for Fans of the Musical Six." Witty book of essential life advice, history, and trivia ... written from the perspectives of each of the different women around Henry VIII. 192 pages.

Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story
(DK - Hardcover Book)
Second edition of 2015 book. Foreword by Elaine Paige. From Show Boat and The Wizard of Oz to Les Misérables and Hamilton ... beautifully illustrated book covers the complete history of the genre, from its earliest origins in dance halls and vaudeville, to the record-breaking West End musicals and spectacular Broadway shows of today. The history, plots, and stars of musical theatre and movie musicals; choreography and set and costume design; profiles of successful creators. 360 pages.

San Francisco
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1936 musical film. Black & white. Stars Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald and Spencer Tracy. Title song composed by Bronislaw Kaper and Walter Jurmann, with lyrics by Gus Kahn. New 1080p HD master from nitrate preservation elements. 115 minutes.

The Wellsongs Project
(Broadway Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Collection of 16 new songs performed by a cast that includes Kate Baldwin, Christine Andreas, Lisa Howard, Ethan Slater, Jason Gotay, Margo Seibert, Allie Trimm, Lisa Brescia, Bradley Gibson, Halle Hunt, Marissa McGowan, Michael Mendez, Will Reynolds, and Vishal Vaidya. Produced by Michael A. Pizzi with music direction by Brian Cavanagh-Strong. Engineered by James Yost, mixed by Jahn Sood, and mastered by Patrick Derivaz. All proceeds of this album will go towards providing performing arts opportunities for children with special needs. CD format to be released March 5, 2021. Also at BroadwayRecords.com. Released 2/12/21.


Week of February 9, 2021

Cases
(Pioneer Arts - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original studio cast recording of score by Dominic Powell. Maiya Quansah-Breed, Andrew Patrick-Walker, Bobbie Little and Waylon Jacobs. The musical premiered at London's Phoenix Arts Club in 2017. Released 2/12/21.

Desert Song
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
Music by Sigmund Romberg and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Otto Harbach and Frank Mandel. CD debut of the Saga Records The Desert Song 1967 London studio cast recording featuring Mary Millar, Robert Colman. Ivor Danvers, Ted Gilbert, Gordon Trayner, Paul Bretton, Betty Winsett, Janet Gale, The Westminster Sinfonia. Under the direction of Ray Cook. Digitally remastered from the original Saga master tapes. Also included, the original 1927 London cast recordings starring Edith Day and Harry Welchman. Originally released across four 78rpm recordings, newly remastered especially for this release. 21 tracks. Limited edition of 500 units only. Also at StageDoorRecords.com.

No Fixed Points: Dance in the Twentieth Century
(Yale Univ Press - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of Nancy Reynolds and Malcolm McCormick's 2003 hardcover book, a definitive history of twentieth-century theatrical dance, enhanced with more than 200 photographs. Chronicles one hundred years of dramatic developments in ballet, modern, and experimental dance for stage and screen in Europe and North America. Sets dance in broader cultural and historical contexts, examining specific dance works and exploring the contributions of outstanding choreographers, performers, visual artists, impresarios, composers, critics, and other figures. 928 pages.

Six By Sondheim
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
2013 HBO documentary. Intimate and candid look at the life and art of legendary composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim ... told primarily in Sondheim's own words from dozens of interviews spanning decades. Features rarely seen archival performance footage and original staged productions created exclusively for this film with stars including Audra McDonald, Darren Criss, America Ferrera and more. 86 minutes.


Week of February 2, 2021

Another Day's Begun: Thornton Wilder's Our Town in the 21st Century
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Howard Sherman. Shines a light on the play's continued impact in the 21st century and makes a case for the healing powers of Wilder's text to a world confronting multiple crises. Through extensive interviews with more than 100 artists about their own experience of the play and its impact on them professionally and personally—and including background on the play's early years and its pervasiveness in American culture ... shows why this particular work remains so important, essential, and beloved. 280 pages.

Chesterfield Radio Time: Bing Crosby and Guests
(Sepia Records - on 2 CDs)
From the Chesterfield radio series and largely drawn from hits by other artists. Most are new to CD including duets with Perry Como, Dinah Shore, Fred Astaire, Bob Hope, Patti Page. 60 tracks. Also at SepiaRecords.com.

Club 15 From Hollywood Presents The Andrews Sisters
(Sepia Records - on 2 CDs)
Collection of live broadcasts from the Club 15 radio series feature cover versions of the hits of 1948-1950, many new to CD. Allowed the sisters to introduce many of their newly-recorded Decca releases. 69 tracks. Also at SepiaRecords.com.

The Color Purple
(Broadway Records - new 2-disc vinyl set)
2015 revival cast. Score by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. Cast includes Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson, Isaiah Johnson, Joaquina Kalukango, and Kyle Scatliffe. "Opening/Mysterious Ways," "Somebody Gonna Love You," "Our Prayer," "That Fine Mister," "Big Dog," "Mister/Nettie & Lily of the Field," "Dear God - Sofia," "A Tree Named Sofia," "Hell No!," "Brown Betty," "Shug Avery Comin' to Town," "All We Got to Say," "Dear God - Shug," "Too Beautiful for Words," "Push Da Button," "Uh-Oh," "What About Love?," "African Homeland," "The Color Purple," "Celie's Curse," "Miss Celie's Pants," "Any Little Thing," "What About Love? (Reprise)," "I'm Here," "Reunion," "The Color Purple (Reprise)." On purple vinyl.

Eddie Fisher: Songs from Stage & Screen
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
Compilation of 28 popular songs from Broadway musicals and Hollywood movies. All tracks are remastered and many new to CD. 28 tracks, including "Tonight," "Just in Time," "Gigi," "Let Me Entertain You," "The Sound of Music," "Happy Talk," "Small World," "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," "Till There Was You," "This Nearly Was Mine" (live), "Mack the Knife" (live), "The Sweetest Sounds" (live). Also at SepiaRecords.com.

Hair OBC
(Music on Vinyl - new 2-LP vinyl set)
Complete original Broadway cast recording of score by Galt MacDermot (music), Gerome Ragni and James Rado (lyrics). 180 gram audiophile vinyl. Eight-page booklet with pictures and liner notes; PVC protective sleeve. Complete recording with all 32 tracks available on vinyl for the first time. Donnie Burks, Steve Curry, Lorrie Davis, Ronald Dyson, Sally Eaton, Leata Galloway, Steve Gamet, Walter Harris, Paul Jabara, Diane Keaton, Hiram Keller, Lynn Kellogg, Jonathan Kramer, Marjorie LiPari, Emmaretta Marks, Melba Moore, Mike Moran, Natalie Mosco, Suzannah Norstrand, Shelley Plimpton, James Rado, Gerome Ragni, Robert Rubinsky, Lamont Washington. Brian Drutman, Denis McNamara, Norrie Paramor, Andy Wiswell. Originally produced by Brian Drutman, Denis McNamara, Norrie Paramor, and Andy Wiswell.

I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby: Dorothy Fields and Her Life in the American Musical Theater
(Applause - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Kristin Stultz Pressley. Biography of legendary Broadway/film librettist/lyricst Dorothy Fields (Annie Get Your Gun, Redhead, Sweet Charity). 208 pages.

Looking Back: Buster Keaton's 1951 British Music Hall Tour
(Buster Books - new Kindle Edition)
By David Christopher MacLeod. About a little-known episode in the life of Buster Keaton – his tour of British music halls in the summer of 1951. This 20th anniversary edition has been revised and updated. 112 pages.

Mike Nichols: A Life
(Penguin Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
Biography by Mark Harris, "an intimate and evenhanded accounting of success and failure alike; the portrait is not always flattering, but its ultimate impact is to present the full story of one of the most richly interesting, complicated, and consequential figures the worlds of theater and motion pictures have ever seen. " Audiobook narrated by George Newbern.

Staging America: Twenty-First-Century Dramatists
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of Christopher Bigsby's 2019 book. Explores the lives and works of eight award-winning playwrights—including Ayad Akhtar, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Young Jean Lee and Quiara Allegría Hudes—whose backgrounds reflect the social, religious, sexual and national diversity of American society. Each chapter is devoted to a single playwright and provides an overview of their career, a description and critical evaluation of their work, as well as a sense of their reception. Draws on primary sources, including the playwrights' own commentaries and notes, and contemporary reviews. 248 pages. Hardcover and Kindle versions released in December 2019.

What the Constitution Means to Me (TCG Edition)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Broadway play by Heidi Schreck. 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist. 96 pages. Kindle Edition previously released.


Week of January 26, 2021

Avant-Garde Nationalism at the Dublin Gate Theatre
(Syracuse Univ Press - new Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
276 pages.

Cicely Tyson Just as I Am: A Memoir
(Harper Collins - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
Cicely Tyson's memoir. 432 pages.

The Court Jester
(Paramount - new Blu-ray)
1955 Paramount musical-comedy film starring Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury and Cecil Parker. Melvin Frank and Norman Panama, directors. Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury, Cecil Parker, Glynis Johns, Angela Lansbury, Mildred Natwick, Cecil Parker, and John Carradine. Songs by Sylvia Fine, Danny Kaye, and Sammy Cahn. Remastered from a 6K film transfer of the original VistaVision negative.

Flap My Wings: Songs From We Live In Cairo
(new album on mp3/at iTunes)
Songs from the Richard Rodgers Award-winning We Live in Cairo by brothers, songwriters, and collaborators Daniel and Patrick Lazour. Features artists from the 2019 at American Repertory Theater cast of the musical as well as major Arab activist-songwriters, including Ramy Essam, Emel Mathlouthi, Rotana, Hadi Eldebeck, Hamed Sinno, Naseem Alatrash, and the brothers themselves.

"From a Distance"
(new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Musical theater actor and SNL regular Robert Bannon sings this song by Julie Gold. From upcoming debut album Unfinished Business. Released 1/14/21.

Good News
(Warner Archive - on Blu-ray)
1947 musical film. Directing debut of Charles Walters and screenwriting debut of Betty Comden and Adolph Green. June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Mel Tormé, Joan McCracken. Filmed in Technicolor. Special features: outtake musical sequence "An Easier Way" (with June Allyson and Patricia Marshall); excerpts from MGM's 1930 version of Good News; vintage MGM radio promo interview with June Allyson; original theatrical trailer (HD).

Greek Theater in Ancient Sicily
(Cambridge Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Kathryn G. Bosher. Edith Hall and Clemente Marconi, editors. Examines the origins and development of ancient drama, and particularly comedy, within a Sicilian and southern Italian context. Each chapter explores a different category of theatrical evidence, from the literary (fragments of Epicharmus and cult traditions) to the artistic (phylax vases) and the archaeological (theater buildings). 300 pages.

Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine: Mazel Tov Kocktail!
(Tallman Productions - new on mp3/at iTunes)
"Gimme That," "High Wire," "Keys to the City," "Love You Madly," "Bass: The Final Frontier," "You'd Better Love Me While You May," "Mazel Tov Kocktail," "I Wish You Love," "Springtime," "Joy Spring," "West Wings," "Where or When." Released 1/15/21.

Linzi Hateley: For the First Time
(new on mp3/at iTunes)
Digital release of Linzi Hateley's (Carrie) 1992 debut solo album. "Meadowlark," "Rainy Days and Mondays," "Will Someone Ever Look at Me That Way?," "Come Back With the Same Look in Your Eyes," "Time Heals Everything," "Nobody Does It Better," "Is This the World We Created," "Part of Your World," "My Own Space," "The Smile You Left Behind," "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This," "On My Own," "Every Time We Say Goodbye," "Wind Beneath My Wings."

Linzi Hateley: Sooner or Later
(new on mp3/at iTunes)
Digital release of Linzi Hateley's (Carrie) 1994 solo album. "Show Me," "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?," "The Man That Got Away," "Wait a Bit," "Other Lady," "Carrie," "If," "A House Is Not a Home," "Woman in the Moon," "The Rose," "Weekend in New England," "Sooner or Later," "You Gave It Away," "I've Got Rhythm."

Marguerite
(Broadway Records/Astoria Performing Arts Center - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording of Michael Cooper/Anton Dudley solo musical score. Starring Cady Huffman. Presented at Astoria Performing Arts Center in November 2019. Traces the life of Marguerite Bourgeoys, the first female saint of Canada. 30 tracks. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Nicolas King: Act One: Celebrating 25 Years of Recordings
(Club44 - new album on mp3/at iTunes)
The singer with guests. Musical contributions from Mike Renzi and Charles Calello. Liner notes by Connie Francis. Track list: Liza Minnelli Introduction, "Life Is Just a Bowl Of Cherries/Nice 'N' Easy (Medley)," "God Bless the Child," "Yes Sir, That's My Baby (with Tom Selleck), "How Deep Is the Ocean," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," "The Only One," "I'm So Glad We Had This Time Together/My Shining Hour (Medley)," "Looks Like They're in Love," "You Must Believe in Spring," "But Beautiful (with Jane Monheit), "Sing," "What Matters Most," "What a Wonderful World (with Norm Lewis), "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Come Back to Me." Released 1/22/21. CD format to be released 2/26/21.

The Pajama Game
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1957 musical film adaptation of Broadway show. Produced and directed by George Abbott and Stanley Donen. Doris Day, John Raitt, Carol Haney, Eddie Foy Jr., Barbara Nichols. Score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross; choreography by Bob Fosse. Special Features: deleted musical sequence with Doris Day "The Man Who Invented Love"; original theatrical trailer (HD).

Speedway
(Warner Archives - DVD)
1968 musical film featuring Elvis Presley, Nancy Sinatra, Bill Bixby, Gale Gordon. 94 minutes.

And Then the Doors Opened Again: What Will Happen on Your First Theatre Visit after the Lockdown?
(Onomatopee Projects - Paperback Book)
Theater director David Weber-Krebs asks theater industry practitioners, artists, scholars, curators and spectators to imagine their first post-virus theater visit. 288 pages.


Week of January 19, 2021

Girl Happy
(Warner Archives - on DVD)
1965 musical film featuring Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Gary Crosby, Mary Ann Mobley, Jackie Coogan. 96 minutes.

Jason Robert Brown Collection - Volume 2: 24 Selections from Shows and Albums
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Songbook features 24 selections from Bridges of Madison County, 13: The Musical, Honeymoon in Vegas, and The Last Five Years and the album How We React and How We Recover. Arranged for voice with piano accompaniment. "All Things in Time," "Almost Real," "Always Better," "Another Life," "Anywhere but Here," "Before and After You/One Second and a Million Miles," "Being a Geek," "Brand New You," "Fifty Years Long," "Hope," "I Love Betsy," "Invisible," "It All Fades Away," "Jason's Song (Gave It Away)," "A Little More Homework," "Melinda," "Opportunity," "Out of the Sun," "Sanctuary," "Singing You Home," "A Song About Your Gun," "Still Hurting," "Wait 'Til You See What's Next," "What It Means to Be a Friend."

The One-Act Play That Goes Wrong
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
The original one-act edition of the play by Henry Shields, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Lewis which premiered at the Old Red Lion Theatre in London in 2012. (The expanded two-act version Won WhatsOnStage, Olivier, Tony, and Drama Desk Awards.) 64 pages.

One Night In Miami...
(ABKCO - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes/vinyl)
Soundtrack from 2020 film about a fictionalized meeting of Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke in a Miami hotel room in February 1964, celebrating Ali's surprise title win over Sonny Liston. Features performances by Terrence Blanchard, Leslie Odom Jr., L.C. Cooke, Billy Preston, Jeremy Pope. "Rumble, Young Man, Rumble!," "Sam Cooke Comes to Stage / Copacabana Introduction," "Tammy," "Howl For Me Daddy," "Do Us All Proud," "I Believe To My Soul," "Salah Time," "I'm King Of The World!," "Put Me Down Easy - Hampton House," "Put Me Down Easy," "Greazee," "Ain't Yo Stuff Safe Here," "Malcolm Looks Out The Window," "You Send Me," "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons," "Brother, What Is Going On?," "I Wanna Damn Party," "Lonely Teardrops," "Chain Gang," "Good Times," "A Change Is Gonna Come," "Speak Now." Released 1/15/21.

Over and Out (A New Musical)
(Broadway Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Score by Sushi Soucy and book by Morgan Smith. Stars Soucy and Janeen Garcia, with additional vocals provided by Nalah Palmer, Smith, and August Greenwood. Produced by Smith, Soucy, and Michael J Moritz Jr. Nalah Palmer provides additional orchestrations. Also at BroadwayRecords.com. Released 1/15/21.

Stages: A Theater Memoir
(Barbara Hogenson Agency - Audible Audiobook)
Audible version of 2019 book by Albert Poland, Broadway and Off-Broadway producer and general manager (The Boy from Oz, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Starmites, 68 OB credits, including Little Shop of Horrors, The Waverly Gallery. Released earlier in Paperback format and Kindle Edition.

A Strange Loop: A Musical
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Michael R. Jackson's Pulitzer Prize winning musical. 120 pages.

Treeson: An Eco-Musical
(new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast album of score by G. Victoria Campbell. Simon Bächtiger, G. Victoria Campbell, Peter Campbell, Aly Carrigan, Daniele Alan-Carter, Diana Chu, Luisa Cortés, Jacob Didas, Sinead Davies, Sarsi Grace, Stephen Ingram, Auguste Jankauskaite, Emett Matthews, Jenny Mollet, Sarah Waddington and Colin Wardale. Orchestrations by Joseph Purdue. A portion of sales will go toward the Rainforest Alliance. Released 1/15/21.


Week of January 12, 2021

David Thorne Scott: Thornewood
(new album on mp3/at iTunes)
Jazz artist David Thorne Scott with Paula Cole, Peter Eldridge, Jason Palmer, Walter Smith III and Sara Caswell. "Rocky Mountain High," "If I Needed You," "Fall Into You," "In the Still Of the Night," "You Are There," "One For My Baby," "The Dark Side," "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye," "Deciding Where To Land," "The Summer Knows," "Grow," "Rocky Mountain High (outro)." Released 1/4/21.

Just Songs (Unplugged)
(Young People's Chorus of New York City - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
compilation of acoustic solo works with lyrical themes centered around social issues. Original music created by YPC alumni, now emerging songwriters and solo vocalists. "Fearless Angel" (by Nate Sabat), "Grown" (by Jordan Reynoso), "A Matter of Time" (by Nia Drummond), "Less Different Than We Believe" (by Monica Soyemi), "We Are the Colors" (by Nia Soyemi), "Love Everywhere" (by Blaize Adam), "Light to be Found" (by Caroline Kuhn

Marisha Wallace: Tomorrow
(Decca - new on CD)
Singer/actress Marisha Wallace (Aladdin, The Book of Mormon) with covers as well as four new, original tracks. "Somewhere," "Alive," "Tomorrow," "The Show Must Go On," "Rainbow," "Before I Go," "My Declaration," "Faith," "You're The Voice," "Divine," "Purple Rain," "Reflection," "I'm Free," "Angel," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain." Released 1/8/21.Digital release 11/27/20.


Week of January 5, 2021

A Country Christmas Carol, On Air
(new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)Studio cast album of score by Albert Evans (music) and Ronald Kaehler (lyrics with Evans). Bart Shatto, Heidi Karol Johnson, Jack Romano, Christy Carlson Romano, Audrey Lavine. Released 12/21/20.

First Snow: Robert Prester & Adriana Samargia
(Commonwealth Ave. Productions - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
"Joi to the World," "First Snow," "Comfort, Comfort, O My People," "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," "Away in a Manger," "In the Bleak Midwinter," "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," "Of the Father's Love Begotten," "All I Want for Christmas Is You," "Manger Song of Mary," "Masters in This Hall," "Blue Christmas." Released 12/8/20.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom soundtrack
(Milan - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)Soundtrack from 2020 Netflix film based on the August Wilson play. Original music by Branford Marsalis. "Deep Moaning Blues," "El Train," "Lazy Mama," "Chicago Sun," "Those Dogs of Mine," "Hear Me Talking to You" (Instrumental), "The Story of Memphis Green," "Jump Song," "Leftovers," "Shoe Shopping," "Deep Henderson," "Reverend Gates," "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom," "Levee’s Song," "Sweet Lil’ Baby of Mine," "In the Shadow of Joe Oliver," "Hear Me Talking to You," "Levee and Dussie," "Levee Confronts God," "Sandman," "Baby, Let Me Have It All," "Toledo’s Song," "Chicago at Sunset," "Skip, Skat, Doodle-do." Released 12/18/20.

One Touch of Venus original German cast
(HitSquad Records - new on 2 CDs/on mp3/at iTunes)
Kurt Weill/Ogden Nash score. July 2019 live recording on double CD from the Staatsoperette Dresden. Featuring Johanna Spantzel and Jannik Harneit. Musical director Peter Christian Fiegel. 10 tracks. Released 1/10/20.

Sense of Occasion: Harold Prince audiobook
(Tantor Audio - Audible Audiobook)
Memoir by Harold Prince. Includes the content of Prince's 1974 book "Contradictions: Notes on Twenty-Six Years in the Theatre," plus his present-day reflections on that text and much more original content, offering insights into the way business is conducted on Broadway, drawing sharp contrasts between past and present. Narrated by Michael Butler Murray. Released previously by Applause Books in paperback, hardcover, and Kindle editions. [See our review of the hardcover version.]


Week of December 29, 2020

Conversations with Lorraine Hansberry (Literary Conversations Series)
(Univ Press of Mississippi - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Mollie Godfrey, editor. The first volume to collect all of Lorraine Hansberry's substantive interviews in one place, including many radio and television interviews that have never before appeared in print. 240 pages.

Drama Menu at a Distance: 80 Socially Distanced or Online Theatre Games
(Nick Hern Books - Paperback Book)
By Glyn Trefor-Jones. Exercises to energize, excite and inspire your group, alongside some firm favorites, redesigned to be played within the necessary constraints. Kindle Edition released 9/10/20. 112 pages.

Rebecca Luker and Sally Wilfert: All The Girls
(PS Classics - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Rebecca Luker and Sally Wilfert's personal celebration of womanhood in all its complexities and varied expressions. Adapted from the show of the same name. Songs by Stephen Sondheim, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Fred Ebb & John Kander, a medley from musicals featuring iconic female duets, art songs, cabaret material, and settings of poems written expressly for them by the show's music director, Joseph Thalken (who expanded the orchestrations from four to ten pieces for this recording). "You Are My Best Friend," "Lovely Lies," "What Did You Do to Your Face," "Everybody Says Don't," "There Are Delicacies," "I Have Loved Hours at Sea," "Marilyn Miller," ""Shows we could have starred in together" medley - Rebecca & Sally," "A QUOI Bon Dire," "War Song," "Isn't This Better?," "Millwork," "Not Funny," "Be Careful." Released 12/25/20. CD format to be released 1/15/21.


Week of December 22, 2020

Disney Goes Classical
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Songbook of songs from the album Disney Goes Classical. Classical versions of iconic Disney themes, arranged for solo piano, and piano/vocal/guitar where appropriate. "Almost There," "The Bare Necessities," "Beauty and the Beast," "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?," "Colors of the Wind," "Go the Distance," "How Far I'll Go," "I See the Light," "Let It Go," "Overture from Mary Poppins," "Part of Your World," "Reflection," "When She Loved Me," "When You Wish Upon a Star," "A Whole New World." 72 pages.

Estella Scrooge
(Broadway Records - new album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original soundstage recording from world premiere streaming musical. Music and lyrics by Paul Gordon. Betsy Wolfe, Clifton Duncan, Lauren Patten, Patrick Page, Carolee Carmello, and Danny Burstein. "Bleak House," "Never Look Down," "Mail Call," "Almost a Family," "Not on My Watch," "Trickle Down," "Barbie Doll," "Do You Believe?," "Wall Street Baby Superstar," "Great Expectations," "Minor Character," "An Art to Christmas," "Gardens and Stars," "It’s Okay With Me," "Best and Worst of Times," "It’s a Beautiful Night," "Best and Worst of Times (Reprise)," "Great Expectations (Reprise)," "Life," "An Art to Christmas (Reprise)," "Never Look Down (Reprise)," "Almost a Family (Reprise)," "It’s a Far, Far Better Thing," "Harthouse."

The Littlest Revue
(Kritzerland - on CD)
Music and Lyrics mostly by Ogden Nash and Vernon Duke. Sketches and additional music and lyrics by John Latouche, Sheldon Harnick, Charles Strouse, Sammy Cahn, Nat Hiken and Billy Friedberg, George Baxt, Allan Manings and Bob Van Scoyk, Eudora Welty, Mike Stewart, Michael Brown, and Bud McCreery. Joel Grey, Tammy Grimes, Charlotte Rae, Larry Storch (not on the album), and George Marcy. To ship by the last week fo December. Limited to 500 copies. At Kritzerland.com.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom: A Play
(Plume - Paperback Book)
Movie tie-in version of August Wilson's play, to be presented on Netflix beginning 12/4/20. 112 pages.

Marilyn Michaels: Let There Be Night
(new on 2 CDs)
Tracks range from the Great American Songbook to classical Mozart, re-imagined in a jazz vein, and topped off by the last cut: the Sergio Mendes hit "So Many Stars," featuring 32 of Michaels' iconic voice impressions including Joan Rivers, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Patti LuPone, and the characters from The Wizard of Oz. Marilyn Michaels holiday package includes "Let There Be Night CD, bonus sample CD of upcoming musical comedy (while supplies last), personally autographed photo. Arrangements by Mark Berman and Barry Levitt, with liner notes by James Gavin. Available at MarilynMichaels.com.

Mister Roberts
(Warner Archive - on Blu-ray)
1955 film based on novel by by Thomas Heggen and 1948 play by Thomas Heggen and Joshua Logan. Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell, and Jack Lemmon. Special Features: commentary by Jack Lemmon; original theatrical trailer (HD). 121 minutes.

Moulin Rouge! songbook
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Vocal selections from Moulin Rouge! the musical. Includes "Backstage Romance," "Chandelier," "Come What May," "Crazy Rolling," "Elephant Love Medley," "Firework," "Nature Boy," "Only Girl in a Material World," "Shut Up and Raise Your Glass," "The Sparkling Diamond," "Sympathy for the Duke," "El Tango de Roxanne," "Your Song." 120 pages.

Muse of Fire: Reflections on Theatre
(Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Raymond-Jean Frontain, editor. Collection of Terrence McNally's meditations on the need of the playwright to first change hearts in order to change minds and thereby foster a more compassionate community ... originally written to be delivered on both highly formal occasions (academic commencement exercises, award ceremonies, memorial services) and as off-the-cuff comments at highly informal gatherings. 200 pages.

Onstage with Martha Graham
(Univ Press of Florida - Paperback Book)
By Stuart Hodes. Memoir of a dancer who got his start with Martha Graham. A rare firsthand view of the dance world in the 1940s and through the end of the twentieth century. He danced as Graham's partner in Appalachian Spring, Deaths and Entrances, Every Soul Is a Circus, and Errand into the Maze. Hodes shares his delight in dance as both hard work and a fantastic adventure. 288 pages.

The Shop Around the Corner
(Warner Archive - on Blu-ray)
1940 romantic comedy film based on 1937 Hungarian play Parfumerie by Miklós László. Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan.

"We Begin Again"
( Broadway Records / National Theatre / The Guardian - new digital single/at iTunes)
Song by James Graham ( Ink, Finding Neverland) and Jim Fortune from a short musical film of the same name. Cast of hundreds includes stars of the West End and television Anita Dobson ("EastEnders"), Zubin Varla (Jesus Christ Superstar), Susan Wokoma ("Enola Holmes"), and Noah Thomas (Everybody's Talking About Jamie). Released 12/17/20.

Young Man With a Horn
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1950 musical drama directed by Michael Curtiz. Kirk Douglas, Doris Day, Lauren Bacall and Hoagy Carmichael. 112 minutes.


Week of December 15, 2020

Ben Bagley's Irving Berlin Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Performers include Richard Chamberlain, Blossom Dearie, Dorothy Loudon, and Bobby Short. Limited to 500 copies. At Kritzerland.com.

Broadway for Georgia: "Georgia on My Mind"
(Broadway Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
All-star line-up of 60+ stage and screen stars who contributed from all over the country. Produced by Joseph Joubert, Audra McDonald, Michael McElroy, Seth Rudetsky, James Wesley and Schele Williams, with a new arrangement by Joseph Joubert and Michael McElroy. 100% of the profits from the sale of the song will benefit FAIR FIGHT, the voting rights organization rooted in Georgia.

Coming from Inside the House (A Virtual SubCulture Concert)
(Craft Recordings - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Jason Robert Brown's spring 2020 virtual April 27, 2020, SubCulture concert featuring Ariana Grande and Shoshana Bean. "Sanctuary" (Georgia Stitt, Molly Cate Brown, Susannah Brown), "Melinda," "The Hardest Hill" (Shoshana Bean), "I Love Betsy," "Still Hurting" (Ariana Grande), "All Things In Time," Bonus track "Nothing's Bigger Than Kong" (world premiere recording of song commissioned for but ultimately not included in the 2018 Broadway musical King Kong). Brown piano and keyboards, with Todd Reynolds, Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf, Gary Sieger, Randy Landau and Jamie Eblen. Recorded, edited and mixed by Jeffrey Lesser, and produced by Lesser and Jason Robert Brown. Mastered by Oscar Zambrano. Marc Kaplan, executive producer.

Corey Brunish: Just the Three of Us
(Broadway Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Singer, actor, director, writer and multiple Tony Award-winning producer Corey Brunish. "Let the River Run," "Falling Slowly," "Have I Told You Lately / You Are So Beautiful," "Bonnie," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "Rhythm of the Rain," "After Midnight," "Blue Moon," "With You," "In This Life I Was Loved by You," "Tears in Heaven," "The Rose," "When Love Comes to Find You," "Just the Two of Us," "They Were You," "Lullaby."

Daniel and Patrick Lazour: "Flap My Wings"
(We Live in Cairo - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Brothers, songwriters, and collaborators Daniel and Patrick Lazour. Single from upcoming (2021) album Flap My Wings: Songs From We Live in Cairo, featuring songs from their Richard Rodgers Award-winning show We Live in Cairo, seen in 2019 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Virtually produced featuring artists from around the globe, including Ramy Essam, Emel Mathlouthi, Rotana, Hamed Sinno, and more.

Derrick Baskin: "What a Wonderful World"
(Redonky Tonk LLC - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Broadway performer Derrick Baskin (Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations). Produced and arranged by Michael Thurber.

"(Everybody's Waitin' for) The Man with a Plan"
(Masterworks - digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Laura Benanti. Lyrics by Randy Rainbow. Original song by Irving Taylor, Dudley Brooks, and Hal Stanley. Released 12/11/20.

Gabriel
(SimG - new on 2 CDs)
Studio cast recording of Andrew Fisher score. Daniel Boys, James Gillan, Joel Montague, Kit Orton, Stuart Matthew Price, Lauren Samuels, Ben Stock, Stephen Weller, and David Bedella. Recorded at Baker Street Studios. Includes full colour booklet, cast photographs, and synopsis. Available at SimGProductions.com and DressCircle.London.

The Harvey Girls
(Warner Archive - on Blu-ray)
1946 M-G-M musical film. Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Ray Bolger, Angela Lansbury, Preston Foster, Virginia O'Brien, Kenny Baker, Marjorie Main, Chill Wills, Cyd Charisse. Songs by Harry Warren (music) and Johnny Mercer (lyrics). 101 minutes.

Kenneth Gartman: We Need a Little Christmas
(new digital album on mp3)
"We Need a Little Christmas - What the World Needs Now Is Love," "Don't Let Christmas Pass You By," "A Miracle for Christmas," "I Wanna Be a Rockette," "The Christmas Song," "Just in Time for Christmas," "Lots of Love from Me to You," "My Simple Christmas Wish," "The Gift of Trouble - May I Suggest," "It's Love," "Chanukah Lights," "Go Light Your World," "The Truth About Christmas." CD format available at KennethGartman.com.

Legacy
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Collection of two previously unheard song cycles, 1859: A Farmer’S Diary and A Boy With a Camera, by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Marin Mazzie, Jason Danieley, Sarah Uriarte Berry and Steven Pasquale. Demos, recorded 16 years ago, enhanced and remastered. Produced by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Michael J Moritz Jr. In gratitude to the theater community, the author’s proceeds will be donated equally to The Actor’s Fund Outreach to the BIPOC Community, the Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellows Program, and the Marineau-Mazzie Music Theatre Performance Scholarship at Western Michigan University. Also at BroadwayRecords.com. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes

Lolita, My Love
(Kritzerland - new on 2 CDs)
Live (Boston) soundboard recording of the musical, score by John Barry (music) and Alan Jay Lerner (lyrics). Orchestrations by Eddie Sauter. Mastered by James Nelson. Thirty-six tracks. At Kritzerland.com. [We trust that rights issued have been addressed by Kritzerland; further information can be provided to soundadvice@talkinbroadway.com.]

Matilda the Musical vinyl
(Broadway Records - new double-LP)
2013 Broadway cast recording of Tim Minchin score on blue vinyl. First release of Matilda in any format to include all songs in show order, and first physical format to have the special bonus tracks "Perhaps a Child" and "Naughty" (sung by all four Tony Award-honored Matildas). Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

"Only You, Lonely You"
(Polydor Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Single from Andrew Lloyd Webber/David Zippel's Cinderella score. Sung by Ivano Turco. Released 12/11/20.

The Prom: Music from the Netflix Film
(Sony Music Masterworks - new on CD/on mp3/2-LP vinyl set/at iTunes)
Soundtrack for 2020 Netflix musical film based on the Broadway musical. Music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin. Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington, Andrew Rannells, Keegan-Michael Key, Jo Ellen Pellman, Ariana DeBose. "Changing Lives," "Changing Lives (Reprise)," "Just Breathe," "It's Not About Me," "Dance with You," "The Acceptance Song," "You Happened," "We Look to You," "Tonight Belongs to You," "Tonight Belongs to You (Reprise)," "Zazz," "The Lady's Improving," "Alyssa Greene," "Love Thy Neighbor," "Barry is Going to Prom," "Unruly Heart," "It's Time to Dance," "Wear Your Crown," "Simply Love."


Week of December 8, 2020

Circle in the Square Theatre: A Comprehensive History
(McFarland and Co. - Paperback Book)
By Sheila Hickey Garvey. Records the seven-decade history of this distinguished theatre from its nightclub origins to its current status as a Tony Award-winning Broadway institution. Based on years of research as well as interviews conducted with Circle in the Square's major contributing artists. 412 pages.

Flowers for Mrs. Harris
(new 2-CD set)
Chichester Festival Theatre cast recording of score by Richard Taylor. Clare Burt (who won a UK Theatre Award for her performance), Joanna Ridintg and Gary Wilmot, alongside Claire Machin, Louis Maskell, Mark Meadows, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Nicola Sloane, Luke Latchman and Rhona McGregor. Orchestrations by Richard Taylor, conducted by Tom Brady and mixed by Mike Walker. Full color 16-page booklet, including production photographs and synopsis. Currently at DressCircle.London.

Jorrocks: London Studio Cast Recording
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
CD debut of the Saga Records London studio cast recording. Music and lyrics by David Heneker. Barry Kent, Rita Williams, Pat Whitmore, Charles Young, Charles Granville, and Andy Cole, with the Rita Williams Singers and Brian Fahey Orchestra. The musical was based on the novels of R. S. Surtees and opened at London's New Theatre on September 22nd 1966. Digitally remastered from the original master tapes. Includes the very first recording of the overture, which was previously unreleased on the original LP album. Special bonus: the original demo recordings from the David Heneker Archive, including several songs later cut from the production. Limited edition release of 500 units only.

Legacy
(Broadway Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Collection of two previously unheard song cycles, 1859: A Farmer’S Diary and A Boy With a Camera, by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Marin Mazzie, Jason Danieley, Sarah Uriarte Berry and Steven Pasquale. Demos, recorded 16 years ago, enhanced and remastered. Produced by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Michael J Moritz Jr. In gratitude to the theater community, the author’s proceeds will be donated equally to The Actor’s Fund Outreach to the BIPOC Community, the Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellows Program, and the Marineau-Mazzie Music Theatre Performance Scholarship at Western Michigan University. Also at BroadwayRecords.com. Released 12/4/20. CD format to be released 12/18/20.

Marty Thomas and Marissa Rosen: The Award Winning Holiday Album
(Candy Cane Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Holiday duet album. "The World Holiday Music Awards" (with Christina Bianco), "There Is a Santa Claus," "Puppies Are Forever," "(Everybody’s Waitin’ For) the Man with the Bag," "Please Come Home For Christmas," "8 Days" (of Hanukkah)," "I Still Believe In Santa Claus," "Hard Candy Christmas" (with Alysha Umphress, Christina Bianco, Diana Degarmo, Jessica Vosk, Julie Danielson, Melinda Doolittle, Rachel Potter, Yasuhiko Fukuoka). CD format available at MartyThomas.com.

Maury Sings Yeston: The Demos
(PS Classics - new on CD)
Professionally recorded in studios over a forty-year period. "The Bells of St. Sebastian," "Unusual Way," "The Germans at the Spa," "Simple," "The Queen of Basin Street," "Salt 'n' pepper," "Mississippi Moon," "Bad News," "The Mardi Gras Ball," "Alive!," "More and More," "Life's a Joy," "Roberto's Eyes," "Something's Happened," "Viva España," "Picture It," "I Will Paint Sounds," "Bon Soir," "Doing the Latest Rag," "Barrett's Song," "Lady's Maid," "Sitting at the Captain's Table," "The Proposal/The Night Was Alive," "No Moon," "Kolya," "Soviet Union Blues," "Tell Me About Your Wife," "To the Future," "Baby at 110," "New Words," "One for a Rainy Day," "My Brother Abel," "The Nileside Cotillion," "No Man's as Wonderful," "Three Steps Forward," "Down on the Farm," "Nowhere to Go but Up," "Another Day in the Modern World," "Valentine," "December Time." The iTunes download will come with a full 29-page booklet, which includes an essay by Yeston, all the lyrics, and information about songs that were cut or revised, and why. It also "sets up" the songs that benefit from a little exposition. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes

The Prom: Music from the Netflix Film digital
(Sony Music Masterworks - on mp3/at iTunes)
Soundtrack for 2020 Netflix musical film based on the Broadway musical. Music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin. Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington, Andrew Rannells, Keegan-Michael Key, Jo Ellen Pellman, Ariana DeBose. "Changing Lives," "Changing Lives (Reprise)," "Just Breathe," "It's Not About Me," "Dance with You," "The Acceptance Song," "You Happened," "We Look to You," "Tonight Belongs to You," "Tonight Belongs to You (Reprise)," "Zazz," "The Lady's Improving," "Alyssa Greene," "Love Thy Neighbor," "Barry is Going to Prom," "Unruly Heart," "It's Time to Dance," "Wear Your Crown," "Simply Love." Released 12/4/20. To be released on CD 12/18/20.

You Can't Outgrow Christmas
(Broadway Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Performed by Jackie Burns. Song from Come Find Me: A Christmas Musical by Holly Reed and Kelvin Reed. Released 12/4/20.

Starry Deluxe Edition
(Broadway Records - new album on CD)
Re-release of original concept album with a score by Matt Dahan. Now includes never-before heard demos of songs not featured on the original album, performed by Dahan and Kelly Lynne D'Angelo (book). Jeff Blim, Jaime Lyn Beatty, Mariah Rose Faith, Natalie Llerena, Natalie Masini, Michael Minto, Joe Viba, Clayton Snyder, Dylan Saunders and Huck Walton. Released 11/24/20 on mp3 and at iTunes. Currently at BroadwayRecords.com.


Week of December 1, 2020

Anyone Can Whistle
(JAY Records - new on 2-CDs/at iTunes)
Studio cast recording of Stephen Sondheim score. Maria Friedman, John Barrowman, Arthur Laurents, Julia McKenzie. National Symphony orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards. 38 tracks. Currently at JAYRecords.com.

The Boy in the Dress
(new album at iTunes)
Cast recording of musical based on the bestselling book by David Walliams, adapted by Mark Ravenhill. "Ordinary," "If I Don’t Cry," "We Are the Winners," "Three for the Price of Two," "A House Without a Mum," "I Hate Kids," "Is There Anything More Beautiful Than Lisa James?," "Disco Symphony," "A Girl Who’s Gonna Be," "Miss Windsor’s Belle Chanson," "A Boy in a Dress," "Beach Holiday Sunday," "When Things Fall Apart," "You Don’t Have A Prayer," "You Can’t Expel Us All," "If I Don’t Cry (Reprise)," "I Like to Put on a Dress," "Extraordinary," "Disco Finale," "If I Don’t Cry (Demo)," "A House Without a Mum" (demo). Music and lyrics by Robbie Williams, Guy Chambers and Chris Heath. Cast includes Musical supervision and arrangements by Bruce O'Neil. Musical direction and arrangements by Alan Williams. Orchestrations by Tom Deering and Guy Chambers.

"Come Up for Air"
(new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Josh Dela Cruz and Amanda Dela Cruz cover song from Ranked (book by Kyle Holmes and music and lyrics by David Taylor Gomes). A portion of the proceeds from the streaming of the song and video on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube will benefit Covenant House, which provides shelter, food, immediate crisis care, and an array of other services to homeless and runaway youth.

Dance Adventures: True Stories About Dancing Abroad
(Mtm Coaching and Consulting - new Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
Megan Tayler Morrison, editor. Foreword by Tanja "La Alemana" Kensinger. Stories from renowned performers, dance educators, and other avid dance adventurers ... about epic dance adventures across North America, Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa highlight various dance traditions, as well as unique aspects of each country's geography, history, demographics and educational systems. 306 pages.

Henrik Ibsen: Nine Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramatisations
(BBC - Audiobook on CD/Audible Audiobook)
Adaptations of Ibsen's The Wild Duck, Rosmersholm, Brand, and John Gabriel Borkman, A Doll's House (relocated to 1879 India in Tanika Gupta's dramatisation), Ghosts (adapted by Richard Eyre with the Almeida Theatre cast), Hedda Gabler, The Lady from the Sea, and An Enemy of the People. Casts include David Threlfall, Nicholas Farrell, Helen Baxendale, Indira Varma, Lesley Manville and Harriet Walter. Released previously as Audible Audiobook.

Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On
(Abramorama Selects - new on DVD)
The story of Kaye Ballard, the singer, actor, and comedian, spanning eight decades. Rare archival footage and recent interviews with Kaye's pals Ann-Margret, Carol Burnett, Harold Prince, Carol Channing, Michael Feinstein, and others, as well as with Kaye herself. 90 minutes.

Linda Eder: Retro Volume 2
(new on CD)
Eder's 19th album. Broadway songs and standards. Songs written by Frank Wildhorn, Jake Wildhorn, and others. "You’re All I Ever Wanted," "I will Never Be The One," "This World Will Remember Us," "Still Hurting," "Sweet Song of Life," "Out of The Blue," "Broken Vow," "Slowly," "Every Beat of My Heart," "The First Time I Saw Paris," "What Was Good Enough For You," "Time," "You Are My Home," "If This Were A Gershwin Tune," "My Song Was Just For You," "Someday," "Amazing Grace."At Linda Eder's website.

Liz Callaway: Comfort and Joy
(new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Liz Callaway in collaboration with Callaway's neighbor, guitarist and producer Peter Calo. "Merry Christmas Darling," "Hard Candy Christmas," "Walking in the Air (Theme from The Snowman) [featuring Jann Klose]," "God Bless My Family," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / Carol of the Bells," "Love is Christmas," "Christmas Eve (Could Not Ask for More)," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "O Holy Night," "Christmas Time is Here." Currently pre-ordering at LizCallaway.com.

Matilda the Musical vinyl
(Broadway Records - new double-LP)
2013 Broadway cast recording of Tim Minchin score on blue vinyl. First release of Matilda in any format to include all songs in show order, and first physical format to have the special bonus tracks "Perhaps a Child" and "Naughty" (sung by all four Tony Award-honored Matildas). At BroadwayRecords.com.

Michael Ball & Alfie Boe: Together at Christmas
(Universal UK - new on CD)
"It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas," "Have Yourself A Merry Christmas," "Mistletoe and Wine," "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," "I Believe," "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" (with Gregory Porter), "White Christmas," "Silent Night," "The Spirit of Christmas," "O Holy Night," "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "My Christmas Will Be Better Than Yours," "Once Upon A December." Released 11/20/20 mp3 and at iTunes

The Oxford Book of Theatrical Anecdotes
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Gyles Brandreth. Ultimate anthology of theatrical anecdotes ... covering every kind of theatrical story and experience from the age of Shakespeare and Marlowe to the age of Stoppard and Mamet, from Richard Burbage to Richard Briers, from Nell Gwynn to Daniel Day-Lewis, from Sarah Bernhardt to Judi Dench. 832 pages. Released earlier in Kindle Edition.

Ryan Shaw: Imagining Marvin
(Broadway Records - new album on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Multi Grammy-nominated actor/singer (Motown, Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent's Park) tribute to Marvin Gaye. "Save The Children/Mercy Mercy Me," "Get Home" (with Robert Randolph), "I Want You," "Love In Pain" (with Rob Thomas and Derek Trucks), "Sexual Healing," "Sin," "Good Lovin' Ain't Easy To Come By" (with Shoshana Bean), "Strong Men Can ," "Choosin'," "I Heard It Through The Grapevine," "The Shadow Of Your Smile." Produced by Ryan Shaw and Shedrick Mitchel. Released 11/27/20.

Shellie Shelby Shares the Spotlight
(Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Scott Miller (New Line Theatre). Illustrated by Zachary Allen Farmer. Story of a young woman discovering for the first time the incredible magic and power of musical theatre, as she embarks on a wild adventure through the treacherous social jungle of her first high school musical. 44 pages.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Christmas Trilogy
(Atlantic - new on CD/DVD)
Deluxe three CD + DVD edition. Unclear how this differs from previous releases.


Week of November 24, 2020

Butoh: Cradling Empty Space
(Vangeline Theater/NY Butoh Institute - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Vangeline. Approaches the avant-garde Japanese performance art form of butoh from a cross-cultural, gender studies, and scientific perspective. From twenty years of research, interviews with some of the world’s top practitioners, historical documents, and rare photographs. 288 pages.

Josh Groban: Harmony
(Warner/Reprise - new on CD)
Josh Groban performing a collection of timeless songs and two originals. The World We Knew (Over and Over)," "Angels," "Celebrate Me Home," "Shape of My Heart" (with Leslie Odom Jr.), "Your Face," "Both Sides Now" (with Sara Bareilles), "She," "The Impossible Dream," "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," "It's Now or Never," "I Can't Make You Love Me," "The Fullest" (with Kirk Franklin). Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes.

The Jewish Soul
(Kino Lorber - 5-disc Blu-ray set)
With new translations by Allen Lewis Rickman. Ten classics of Yiddish cinema plus bonus features. The Dybbuk, Tevya, American Matchmaker, Her Second Mother, Mir Kumen On, Overture to Glory, Eli Eli, Jewish King Lear, Motel, The Operator, and Three Daughters. Bonus features: audio commentaries; alternate versions; printed booklet including essays by Samuel Blumenfeld, film preservationist Serge Bromberg and Allen Lewis Rickman.

Judy Whitmore: Can't We Be Friends
(Arden House Music - new album on CD/on mp3/on iTunes)
Debut album. Recorded at Capitol Studios with collaborators John Sawoski and Michael Patterson. "Can't We Be Friends," "I Could Write a Book," "I Should Care," "It Had to Be You," "The Lies of Handsome Men," "How About You / Manhattan / Autumn in New York," "The Last Time I Saw Paris / the River Seine," "'S Wonderful," "My Favorite Year," "Love Is Here to Stay," "I Get Along without You Very Well," "Two for the Road."

Lea Salonga Live in Concert with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Recorded live at Sydney Opera House. "Overture," "Feelin' Good," "Out There," "Reflection," "The Human Heart," "Will He Like Me / Vanilla Ice Cream /Till There Was You," "Journey to the Past," "Why God Why?," "Meadowlark," "Children Will Listen," "Drops of Jupiter," "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?," "A Whole New World (featuring Mat Verevis)," "This Is Me," "On My Own," "Boy Band Medley." to be presented on PBS Great Performances on 11/27/20. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Marisha Wallace: Tomorrow digital
(Decca - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Singer/actress Marisha Wallace (Aladdin, The Book of Mormon) with covers as well as four new, original tracks. "Somewhere," "Alive," "Tomorrow," "The Show Must Go On," "Rainbow," "Before I Go," "My Declaration," "Faith," "You're The Voice," "Divine," "Purple Rain," "Reflection," "I'm Free," "Angel," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain." CD release 1/8/21.

The Mel Brooks Songbook
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Twenty-three songs written by Mel Brooks from movies and shows. Preface by Mel Brooks. Arranged for piano and voice with guitar chord frames. 152 pages.

The Pirate
(Warner Archives - on Blu-ray)
1948 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical film. Newly remastered from the original Technicolor negatives. Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Walter Slezak, Gladys Cooper, Reginald Owen, George Zucco, and the Nicholas Brothers. Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Cole Porter songs. Extras: commentary by John Fricke; making-of featurette The Pirate: A Musical Treasure Chest; vintage M-G-M short You Can't Win; vintage M-G-M cartoon Cat Fishin'; Mack the Black musical sequence in HD with stereo audio; audio-only outtakes; Roger Edens' guide/rehearsal recordings; Judy Garland and Gene Kelly radio promotional interviews; original theatrical trailer.

Starry Deluxe Edition digital
(Broadway Records - new album on mp3/at iTunes)
Re-release of original concept album with a score by Matt Dahan. Now includes never-before heard demos of songs not featured on the original album, performed by Dahan and Kelly Lynne D'Angelo (book). Jeff Blim, Jaime Lyn Beatty, Mariah Rose Faith, Natalie Llerena, Natalie Masini, Michael Minto, Joe Viba, Clayton Snyder, Dylan Saunders and Huck Walton. CD to be released 12/11/20. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Thankful: A Benefit Album For Jerad Bortz
(Rock-It Science Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Twenty-two original songs written by Steven Skeels. Annaleigh Ashford, Shoshana Bean, Stephanie J. Block, Jerad Bortz, Alex Brightman, Breedlove, Lisa Brescia, Norbert Leo Butz, Liz Callaway, Gaelen Gilliland, Jin Ha, Megan Hilty, Cheyenne Jackson, Christopher Jackson, Andy Karl, Beth Leavel, Norm Lewis, Julia Murney, Q. Smith, Ali Stroker, Steven Skeels, Marty Thomas, Katie Thompson, Ryan Vasquez, Ann VanCleave and Ben Vereen with Jerad Bortz Jared Bradshaw, Kathy Coppolino, Michael Di Liberto, Olivia Donalson, Hannah Dowdy, Stacia Fernandez, David Gilleo, Gaelen Gilliland, Courtney Iventosch, Craig Jessup, Eddie Marco, Samuel Moffatt, Brian Munn, Lindsay Northen, Tori Palazola O'Rourke, Andy Redeker, Jonathan Ritter, Mesghan Sands, Steven Skeels, Ann Van Cleave, and Laura Woyasz. Arrangers and orchestrators include Martyn Axe, Simon Beck, Ben Cohn, Carmel Dean, Ray Fellman, Josh Harris, Alex Lacamoire, Daniel Lincoln, Bryan Perri, Will Reynolds, Richard Rockage, James Sampliner, Brian Usifer and Scott Wasserman. Produced by Lynn Pinto and Steven Skeels. Funds to benefit Jerad Bortz (Wicked), who was seriously injured in a 2018 car accident. Pre-ordering to begin 10/23/20.

Time to Act: An Intimate Photographic Portrait of Actors Backstage
(Lanoo Publishers - Hardcover Book)
By Simon Annand. Foreword by Cate Blanchett. Victoria Broackes, contributor. In meditative portraits, often shot in the intimate space of the dressing room, Annand captures the focus and tension of world-class actors right before they go on the stage. Including Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Anthony Hopkins, Jake Gyllenhaal and Judi Dench. 256 pages. Donation to The Theatre Artists Fund for every copy sold.


Week of November 17, 2020

Anne of Green Gables
(Broadway Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original concept recording of Matte O'Brien (lyrics) and Matt Vinson (music) score. The musical will have its world premiere at Goodspeed Musicals in 2021. Diana DeGarmo, George Salazar, Colin Donnell, Patti Murin, Aurelia Williams, Chris McCarrell, Emily Bautista, Michelle Veintimilla, and more. Produced by Matte O'Brien, Matt Vinson, Justin Goldner, Justin Nichols, Eric Cornell, and Jack Sennott.

Beacon: Holiday Improvisations
(Mirror Finger Music - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Composer/musician William TN Hall's debut album. Original instrumental piano improvisations based on traditional carols and two original, previously unrecorded holiday compositions. "Opening: I Saw Three Ships," "The First Noël," "Once in Royal David's City," "Transition: Away to a Manger," "Away in a Manger," "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing," "Jingle Glass Bells," "God Rest Ye Merry Bootleggers," "In the Bleak Mid-Winter," "Oh N.Y.C. Christmas Tree," "Closing: Joy to the World," "My First Christmas with You," "Lullaoly," "Christmas Eve 2019," "Noel the Herald Angel Mashed It Up," "Oh Chanukah," "Gabriel's Message (Most Highly Flavoured Gravy Train)," "Auld Lang Syne," "Auld Lang Syne (Instrumental)."

Brickman for Broadway Christmas
(new on two CDs)
Includes duet performances with Megan Hilty, Santino Fontana, Kelli O'Hara, Norm Lewis, Adrienne Warren, Shoshana Bean, Max von Essen, Sierra Boggess and Matt Doyle. "You Will Be Found", "It's Quiet Uptown", "For Good", "True Love" and 12 more. Will benefit The Actors Fund. At JimBrickman.com.

Cast of Mentors
(new book)
By Ken Davenport. Pieces of advice from high-achievers—including Terrence McNally, Dominique Morisseau, David Henry Hwang, Daryl Roth, Kathleen Marshall, Stephen C. Byrd, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Mandy Gonzalez, Kenny Leon, Charlotte St. Martin, Sergio Trujillo and more. At CastofMentors.com.

Frankly Sharon
(Time-Life Music - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Canadian Soprano Sharon Azrieli sings songs by Frank Wildhorn, with Wildhorn at the piano. Features musical theatre songs in French, Italian and Hebrew, with translations all done by Azrieli. "Storybook," "Finding Wonderland," "Please Don't Make Me Love You," "If There is Love," "Living in The Shadows," "I'll Forget You," "Now When The Rain Falls," "How Do You Make It Stay," "The Girl I Used To Be," "Now," "Dream and Awaken," "We All Dance Alone," "You Must Have Loved Me," "Anything Can Happen."

If The Fates Allow: A Hadestown Holiday Album
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, and Kay Trinidad plus guest appearances by the entire cast of Hadestown. Holiday classics plus songs by Gonzalez-Nacer, Anaïs Mitchell, and Liam Robinson. "Thank God It's Christmas," "Sleigh Ride," "Come Healing" (with Patrick Page), "Song of the Magi" (with Jewelle Blackman), "Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming," "Purple Snowflakes" (with Kay Trinidad), "Blue Christmas" (with André De Shields), "Winter Song" (with Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada), "Gift for an Angel" (with Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer), "Someday at Christmas," "The Longest Winter" (Amber Gray), "8 Days (of Hanukkah)," "'Twas The Night," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." Produced by Grammy winner David Lai, Todd Sickafoose, Liam Robinson, and Gonzalez-Nacer. Executive-produced by Van Dean and Mara Isaacs. 14 tracks. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Josh Groban: Harmony - digital
(Warner/Reprise - on mp3/at iTunes)
Josh Groban performing a collection of timeless songs and two originals. The World We Knew (Over and Over)," "Angels," "Celebrate Me Home," "Shape of My Heart" (with Leslie Odom Jr.), "Your Face," "Both Sides Now" (with Sara Bareilles), "She," "The Impossible Dream," "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," "It's Now or Never," "I Can't Make You Love Me," "The Fullest" (with Kirk Franklin). CD format to be released 11/26/20.

Les Misérables: The Staged Concert
(First Night Arts Music - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Live album featuring Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Matt Lucas. Recorded live at the Gielgud Theatre in London. 39 tracks.

Prince of Egypt OLC
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Stephen Schwartz score for current West End musical. 43-member cast includes Luke Brady, Liam Tamne, Christine Allado, Alexia Khadime, Joe Dixon, Debbie Kurup, Gary Wilmot, Mercedesz Csampai, Adam Pearce, Tanisha Spring, Silas Wyatt-Barke, Simbi Akande, and Casey Al-Shaqsy. The score includes 10 new songs and five from the DreamWorks animated film. "Deliver Us," "Faster," "One Weak Link," "Footprints on the Sand," "Seti's Return," "Dance to the Day," "All I Ever Wanted," "Make it Right," "Moses in the Desert," "Through Heaven's Eyes," "Faster (Reprise)," "Never in a Million Years," "Act I Finale," "Return to Egypt," "Always on Your Side," "Simcha," "Deliver Us (Reprise)," "The Plagues," "For the Rest of My Life," "Heartless," "When You Believe," "Never in a Million Years (Reprise)," "Act II Finale." CD format will be released later this year. Produced by Dominick Amendum and Stephen Schwartz, with Kurt Deutsch serving as Executive Producer. [See our review of this album.] Previously released on mp3 and at at iTunes.

Rachel Bloom: I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are
(Grand Central Publishing - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD)
Collection of personal essays, poems and even amusement park maps on the subjects of insecurity, fame, anxiety, and much more. Told in her unique voice (sometimes singing voice). 256 pages.

Shirley Bassey: I Owe It All to You
(Decca - new album on CD)
"Grand finale" album includes new material written specifically for the world-renowned singer, plus tracks handpicked by Bassey to reflect her career. "Overture," "Who Wants To Live Forever," "I Owe It All To You," "Almost Like Being In Love," "Maybe This Time," "I Made It Through The Rain," "Adagio," "Look But Don't Touch," "Smile," "You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet," "I Don't Know What Love Is," "Always On My Mind," "I Was Here," "Music." Deluxe version, with expanded booklet featuring archived material and career highlights, also available. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes.


So Many People: The Sondheim Sessions
(new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
Travis Moser with Drew Wutke. "Broadway Baby," "What Can You Lose?," "Good Thing Going," "So Many People," "I'm Still Here." Released 10/13/20. CD format to be released in 2021.

SpongeBob SquarePants: The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!
(Paramount/Nickelodeon Home Entertainment - new on DVD)
Filmed version of the show presented live on October 17, 2019, plus an exclusive sing-along edition only available on this DVD. Ethan Slater, Gavin Lee, Danny Skinner, Brian Ray Norris, Wesley Taylor, Christina Sajous, Tom Kenny. Conceived and directed by Tina Landau. Original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, the Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants, T.I., and songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny, and Andy Paley. Book by Kyle Jarrow. Music supervision, orchestrations, and arrangements by Tom Kitt, and choreography by Christopher Gattelli. Scenic and costume design by David Zinn. Lighting design by Kevin Adams. Projection design by Peter Nigrini. Sound design by Walter Trarbach.

Taylor Mac's Holiday Sauce
(Favorite Fruit - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Holiday album is dedicated to the memory of Taylor Mac's drag mother, Mother Flawless Sabrina. "The Black Angel's Death Song / Carol of the Bells," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "All Tomorrow's Parties / Little Drummer Boy," "Bargain Day," "Super Rich Kids," "Cathedral," "Christmas with Grandma," "Silent Night," "How Can I Keep from Singing."

The Theatre of Rupert Goold: Radical approaches to adaptation and new writing
(Methuen Drama - new Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Sarah Grochala. Surveys and analyzes the range of British stage director Rupert Goold's work to date. Based on extensive interviews with Goold and some of the playwrights, designers, actors and other creatives who have collaborated with him. 192 pages.

This Is Not My Memoir
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
By André Gregory and Todd London. The audible audiobook version is narrated by André Gregory. Tells the life story of André Gregory, iconic theatre director, writer, and actor. Gregory shares memories from a life lived for art, including stories from the making of My Dinner with André. Includes fantastic and fantastical stories that take the reader from wartime Paris to golden-age Hollywood, from avant-garde theaters to monasteries in India. Along the way we meet Jerzy Grotowski, Helene Weigel, Gregory Peck, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, Wallace Shawn, and many other larger-than-life personalities. A collaboration between Gregory and Todd London. 224 pages.

Trumpet of the SwanTrumpet of the Swan: A Novel Symphony for Actors and Orchestra digital
(PS Classics - on mp3/at iTunes)

Digital released of 2011 album of new work for a symphony orchestra, commissioned by the Kennedy Center, adapted by Marsha Norman, music by Jason Robert Brown. From the novel by E.B. White. Premiered in the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater in 2008. Jason Robert Brown, conductor. Cast includes John Lithgow, Kathy Bates, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Mandy Moore, James Naughton and Martin Short. Released earlier on CD.

"Wear Your Crown"
(Sony - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Original song from upcoming Netflix production of The Prom. Score by Matthew Sklar (music) and Chad Beguelin. Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington, Nicole Kidman, Ariana Debose, Jo Ellen Pellman. The full soundtrack album for Netflix The Prom will be released 12/4/20 on mp3 and at iTunes, 12/18/20 on CD, and 2/12/21 on vinyl.


Week of November 10, 2020

American Theatre Ensembles Volume 1: Post-1970: Theatre X, Mabou Mines, Goat Island, Lookingglass Theatre, Elevator Repair Service, and SITI Company
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book)
By Mike Vanden Heuvel. First volume in series, covering the years 1970-1995. Overview of ensemble-based creation within the general historical and cultural contexts of the period, followed by a detailed study of the evolution of ensemble-based work. Contributors examine matters such as influence, funding, production and legacies, as well as the forms of collective devising and creation, while presenting close readings of the companies' most prominent works. 264 pages. American Theatre Ensembles Volume 2: Post-1995 to be released 2/11/21.

Christmas in Hollywood
(Stage Door Records - new import 2-CD set)
"Festive songs from the silver screen and yuletide favourites as sung by iconic Hollywood stars from the golden age of cinema and television." Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Danny Kaye, Doris Day, Deanna Durbin, Shirley Temple, Dick Powell, Esther Williams, Jimmy Durante, Red Buttons, Tab Hunter, Debbie Reynolds, Rosemary Clooney, Gordon MacRae, Nelson Eddy, Jeanette MacDonald and many more. Also spotlights recordings by Hollywood's "ghost singers," with featured songs performed by Marni Nixon, Norma Zimmer and Bill Lee. Plus the complete 1959 stereo album "We Wish You a Merry Christmas - 15 Great Christmas Favorites sung by Warner Bros. Stars," with songs by stars of popular television shows including Roger Moore, Connie Stevens, Dorothy Provine, Eddie Cole and others.

Jagged Little Pill: The Stories Behind the Iconic Album and Groundbreaking Musical
(Grand Central Publishing - new Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook)
Chronicle of the Grammy-winning 1995 Alanis Morissette album and the new Broadway musical it inspired. Photos (Matthew Murphy) and interviews from Morissette, bookwriter Diablo Cody, creative team members, and cast members, as well as a full annotated libretto and an exploration of the album's cultural significance. 224 pages.

Maxine Linehan: This Time of Year
(Honeybun Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
"Somewhere in My Memory / Believe," "This Time of Year," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Christmas the Way I Remember," "Happy Xmas (War is Over)," "Underneath the Tree," "Memories," "I Think of You (Holiday Edition)," "Moonlight in Vermont," "I'll Be Seeing You," "The Perfect Year," "Silent Night."

Over the Moon
(Sony Music Masterworks - new on CD)
Soundtrack for new Netflix animated film. Songs by s Christopher Curtis, Marjorie Duffield and Helen Park. Original music score by Steven Price. Performing cast includes Phillipa Soo, Ruthie Ann Miles, Ken Jeong, Cathy Ang, and Robert G. Chiu. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes

Pentatonix: We Need a Little Christmas
(RCA - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
The a cappella group's sixth holiday album. "12 Days of Christmas," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "My Favorite Things," "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)," "Thank You," "Santa Tell Me," "Jingle Bell Pop," "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Once Upon a December," "Happy Holiday / The Holiday Season," "We Need a Little Christmas," "Seasons of Love."

Petula Clark: Christmas in London
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
All of Petula Clark's festive recordings from the 1950s - a selection of traditional carols alongside a sprinkling of original Christmas songs. Includes two previously unreleased radio performances, unheard since their original broadcast.

Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway
(Simon & Schuster - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD/Audible Edition)
By Michael Riedel. Account of recent Broadway history—spanning from the debut of Andrew Lloyd Weber's Sunset Boulevard to Disney's The Lion King. Drawing upon more than 150 insider interviews, Riedel walks us through the Broadway we know and love today: an industry awash in big hits and bigger money, while also being an industry split between its adherence to old art forms and the allure of popular culture. Audio versions narrated by Shaun Taylor-Corbett. 352 pages.

Sweeney Todd soundtrack
(Nonesuch - new vinyl LP)
2007 movie soundtrack on vinyl. Score by Stephen Sondheim. Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter,Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jayne Wisener, Jamie Campbell Bower, Laura Michelle Kelly, Ed Sanders, Anthony Head, Peter Bowles.

Sweet Mystery: The Musical Works of Rida Johnson Young
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Ellen M. Peck. Part of Broadway Legacies series. Study of the musical theater works of Rida Johnson Young (ca. 1869-1926), one of the most prolific female playwrights of her time, as well as a lyricist and librettist in the musical theater. She wrote more than thirty full-length plays, operettas, and musical comedies, 500 songs, and four novels, including Naughty Marietta, Lady Luxury, The Red Petticoat, and When Love is Young. 192 pages. Using archival materials such as original typescripts, correspondence, and reviews, the book contextualizes her work in the early twentieth century professional theater and provides a window into the standard practices of writing and production of the era. Illustrated. 192 pages.

Vera Lynn: Keep Smiling Through
(Decca UK - on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Featuring never-before-heard and reorchestrated versions of classic songs performed by Dame Vera Lynn with various orchestras. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "We’ll Meet Again," "My Son, My Son," "White Cliffs Of Dover," "As Time Goes By," "Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye," "Close To You," "High Flight," "A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square," "When You Wish Upon A Star," "From the Time You Say Goodbye," "White Christmas," Medley ("White Cliffs Of Dover" / "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" / "We’ll Meet Again").


Week of November 3, 2020

The ABC's of Broadway Musicals: A Civilian's Guide
(Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Scott Miller (New Line Theatre). Presents a basic understanding of this most American of art forms, the musical theatre, including a very brief history of musicals, a survey of important and well-known shows, examples of the wide and wild variety of musicals, a look at the amazing people who create musicals, and a sense of how Broadway musicals reflect and comment on our culture. 72 pages.

"Bad Cinderella"
(Polydor Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
First single from new musical adaptation of Cinderella, by Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Zippel. Sung by Carrie Hope Fletcher. Released 10/30/20. Full album expected in early 2021.

Beetlejuice: The Demos The Demos The Demos
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Beetlejuice musical composer and lyricist Eddie Perfect performs 24 tracks, including original pitch demos and 17 cut songs (including two cut opening numbers and a cut closing number). On Spotify and YouTube, the album is accompanied by track-by-track commentary from Perfect. Released 10/30/20.

Doktor Schiwago das Musical (original Gmunden cast)
(MFiG Live Records - new on 2 CDs/on mp3/at iTunes)
Austrian premiere of musical by Lucy Simon, Michael Korie, Amy Powers, and Michael Weller. In German. Cast includes Yngve Gasoy-Romdal and Elizabeth Sikora. Recorded live at the Gmunden City Theater. Released 10/30/20.

Harvey Schmidt: Merry Christmas 1975
(Musical Theater Project/Harbinger Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
An audio Christmas card, with Harvey Schmidt on piano. A variety of songs from the Golden Age of Hollywood and Broadway, originally released on LP as a gift to lucky friends of his. "I Feel a Song Comin' On," "Yesterdays," "Looking for a Boy," "You Are Beautiful," "My Favorite Things," "Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney Medley:," "Babes In Arms," "They All Laughed," "The Sweetest Sounds," "Lucky Day," "No More Waiting," "A Chorine Medley:," "Oh, Kay!," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Produced by Ken Bloom. Associate productions Bill Rudman. Remastering: Alan Silverman / ARF! Mastering.

I Put a Spell on You
(Broadway Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Expanded from the annual, sold-out concert-meets-party conceived by Jay Armstrong Johnson. Gavin Creel, Nick Rashad Burroughs, Drew Gehling, J. Harrison Ghee, Todrick Hall, 2020 Tony Nominee Robyn Hurder, Julia Mattison, Eva Noblezada, Will Swenson, Skizzo Arnedillo Arteaga, Allison Griffith, Sarah Kleist, Ilda Mason, Jennifer Reed, Alanna Saunders, Claire Saunders, Heath Saunders. "Massacre," "Witchcraft/I Put a Spell on You," "I Put a Spell on You," "The Sanderson Sisters," "Dinero," "Doggie Fever," "Evil Step Trio," "Make 'em Laugh," "Juice," "Roar/Eye of the Tiger," "Boss Bitch," "Attention," "Disco Inferno/Hot Stuff," "Bang Bang," "Oogie Boogie," "Bad Romance," "Toxic Love," "Witch Medley." Proceeds will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Produced by Will Van Dyke with Johnson, Con Limón Productions, and Emily Marshall. Released 10/29/20. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Leslie Odom Jr.: The Christmas Album
(S-Curve Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
"Snow," "Last Christmas," "Little Drummer Boy" (with Mzansi Youth Choir), "Winter Song" (with Cynthia Erivo), "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas," "O Holy Night," "Ma'oz Tzur" (with Nicolette Robinson), "Mele Kalikimaka" (with The Walls Group & Michea Walls), "Auld Lang Syne," "Heaven & Earth."

Lucy Prebble Plays 1: The Sugar Syndrome; Enron; The Effect; A Very Expensive Poison
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Also at Amazon UK. 384 pages.

Mary Poppins 2020
(First Night Arts Music - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
2020 London cast recorded live at the Prince Edward Theatre, London. Score by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman with new songs and additional music by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Zizi Strallen, Charlie Stemp, Joseph Millson, Amy Griffiths, Petula Clark, Claire Moore, Claire Machin, Jack North, and Paul F Monaghan. "Prologue/Chim Chim Cher-ee," "Cherry Tree Lane/The Perfect Nanny," "Practically Perfect," "Jolly Holiday," "Let's Hope She Will Stay," "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Precision and Order," "Feed the Birds," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," "Playing the Game," "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "Entr'acte," "Brimstone and Treacle Pt. 1," "Let's Go Fly A Kite," "Good for Nothing," "Being Mrs. Banks," "Brimstone and Treacle Pt. 2," "Step in Time," "A Man Has Dreams/A Spoonful of Sugar," "Anything Can Happen," "The Task Is Done," "A Shooting Star," "Finale."

The Rocky Horror Skivvies Show
(Shellac Records - new digital album on mp3/new digital album on iTunes)
"Science Fiction Double Feature," "Dammit Janet," "Over at the Frankenstein Place," "Time Warp," "Sweet Transvestite," "Sword of Damocles," "I Can Make You a Man (Charles Atlas Song)," "Hot Patootie," "Touch-A Touch-A Touch Me," "Once in a While," "Eddie's Teddy," "Planet Schmanet," "Floor Show/Rose Tint My World," "Don't Dream It," "I'm Going Home," "Super Heroes," "Science Fiction Double Feature." Lauren Molina (vocals, cello, kazoo) and Nick Cearley (vocals, ukulele, banjolele, kazoo). The Band: Rob Morrison, Eric Shorey, Debbie Christine Tjong, Joshua Roberts, Andrew Gutauskas, Nate Hopkins. Engineering by Debbie Christine Tjong and Joshua Roberts. Sound Mixing by Debbie Christine Tjong. Mastering by Tom Rogers at Atomix Media. Also at Bandcamp.com.

Straight No Chaser: Social Christmasing
(Arts Music - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
"Silver Bells," "The First Noel," "I'm Your Snowman," "Frosty the Snowman," "A Holly Jolly Christmas," "The Cold Don't Bother Me," "Please Come Home for Christmas," "What Christmas Means," "A Long December," "Away in a Manger," "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?," "Office Party Blues," "Snow Globe," "Happy Holiday / The Holiday Season Medley," "Come O Come Emmanuel / O Come All Ye Faithful."

"Tonight Belongs to You"
(Sony - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Single track from upcoming Netflix production of The Prom. Score by Matthew Sklar (music) and Chad Beguelin. Ensemble performance with Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington, Andrew Rannells, Keegan-Michael Key as well as newcomers Jo Ellen Pellman and Ariana DeBose. Released 10/30/20.

West Side Story
(Orchid Classics - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
With unique arrangement for violin and saxophone quartet made by composer-conductor Henk Huizinga, performed by Gwendolyn Masin and the Melisma Saxophone Quartet. "Prologue," "Jet Song," "Blues," "Somewhere," "Procession & Nightmare," "Scherzo," "Mambo," "Cha-Cha," "I Feel Pretty," "Maria," "Cool," "America," "One Hand, One Heart," "Gee, Officer Krupke," "Tonight," "A Boy Like That," "I Have a Love," "The Rumble," "Finale."


Week of October 27, 2020

The 10-Minute Musical: An Anthology from the Sound Bites Festival
(Theatre Now - new book)
Twenty-five musicals chosen from the first six years of the Theatre Now festival. Foreword by Roma Torre. At TNNY.org.

American Utopia
(Bloomsbury - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Features the words and lyrics from David Byrne's recording and subsequent theatrical concert, with artwork by Maira Kalman (who designed the art for the Broadway show's curtain). Edited and designed by Alex Kalman/What Studio?. 160 pages.

B Is for Ballet: A Dance Alphabet (American Ballet Theatre)
(Doubleday Books for Young Readers - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By John Robert Allman with illustrations by Rachael Dean. "A is for arabesque, B is for Baryshnikov, and C is for Coppélia" in this illustrated, rhyming, alphabetic picture book, filled with ballet stars, dances, positions, and terminology. 48 pages. Released 9/22/20.

"Back in Time"
(Sony Masterworks Broadway - new single on mp3/at iTunes)
New track from Back to the Future the Musical, score by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard. Sung by cast member Olly Dobson. The musical is scheduled to appear on the West End at the Adelphi Theatre beginning May 14, 2021. Full OLC album expected around the time of opening.

Billy's Place
(Club44 - new album on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Inspired by Billy Stritch's online music program, featuring Stritch at the piano and mic performing some of his favorite songs as he has online. "Meet Me, Midnight," "Billy's Place Theme," "Skylark," "It Might Be You," "Falling in Love With Love," "Since You Left New York," "Ordinary Miracles," "Lazy Afternoon / Estate," "Planes," "My Love Went to London," "That Old Feeling / I Thought About You," "Blue Again." Released 10/23/20.

Broadway Baby
(new hardcover book)
By Russell Miller with Judith A. Proffer, illustrated by Yoko Matssuoka. Limited edition. 46 pages. Available at the Playbill Store.

Hans Christian Andersen
(Warner Archive - DVD-R)
1952 musical film starring Danny Kaye. Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. Directed by Charles Vidor. 112 minutes. Released in June on blu-ray.

Linda Vista
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Play by Tracy Letts, produced on Broadway by Second Stage in 2019. 190 pages.

That's Dancing!
(Warner Archive - on DVD-R)
1985 compilation film produced by M-G-M that looked back at the history of dancing in film with clips from MGM, United Artists, and the Associated Artists Productions films. Hosted by Gene Kelly (executive producer), Ray Bolger, Liza Minnelli, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Mikhail Baryshnikov. 104 minutes.

The Opposite Sex
(Warner - new Blu-ray)
1956 musical comedy film starring June Allyson, Joan Collins, Dolores Gray, Ann Sheridan, Ann Miller, Joan Blondell, Leslie Nielsen, Agnes Moorehead, Charlotte Greenwood, Sam Levene, Carolyn Jones, Dick Shawn, Jim Backus. Based on Clare Booth Luce's play The Women. Songs include "The Opposite Sex," Nicholas Brodszky and Sammy Cahn, "Young Man With a Horn," by George Stoll and Ralph Freed, "A Perfect Love," by Nicholas Brodszky and Sammy Cahn, "Yellow Gold," by Nicholas Brodszky and Sammy Cahn, "Rock and Roll Tumbleweed," by Ralph Freed and George Stoll, "Now Baby Now," by Nicholas Brodszky and Sammy Cahn. 116 minutes.

A Tale of Transformation: Twenty-Five Years of Beauty and the Beast On Stage
(Disney Editions - Hardcover Book)
By Jeff Kurtti. Fully illustrated with concept art, costume designs, behind-the-scenes photography, and other rarities and never-before published visuals, along with text by renowned Disney author historian Jeff Kurtti. Also features a dozen guest essays by creative talents and performers who have been a part of, or been deeply influenced by this landmark cultural work. Disney Editions Deluxe series. 160 pages. [May have been postponed.]

Three Sisters
(Nick Hern Books - Paperback Book)
Cordelia Lynn's version, from a literal translation by Helen Rappaport, first performed at the Almeida Theatre, London, in April 2019, in a production directed by Rebecca Frecknall. Kindle Edition released earlier. 96 pages.


Week of October 20, 2020

The Best New Ten-Minute Plays, 2020
(Applause - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Lawrence Harbison. Part of Applause Acting Series. Thirty new ten-minute plays. 256 pages.

Disney Goes Classical
(Decca - on CD)
Performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. "Mary Poppins Overture," "How Far I'll Go," "A Whole New World," "Can You Feel The Love Tonight," "Almost There," "Go The Distance," "Colors Of The Wind," "When She Loved Me," "The Bare Necessities," "Part Of Your World," "Beauty and the Beast," "I See The Light," "Let It Go," "Reflection," "When You Wish Upon A Star." Expected vinyl on 12/4/20. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes.

"The Enchanted Train"
(PS Classics - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Music by Jerome Kern; lyrics by P.G. Wodehouse. Performed by Rebecca Luker and Matthew Scott. orchestrated and music directed by Joseph Thalken, produced by Tommy Krasker, and mixed by Bart Migal. Released 10/16/20.

"If Donald Got Fired"
(Broadway Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Patti LuPone and Randy Rainbow political spoof song. Released 10/7/20.

Laura Benanti
(Sony Masterworks - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Debut solo album with Sony Masterworks for Tony Award winning Laura Benanti. "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk," "Someone You Loved," "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?," "Sucker," "The Boy From...," "Go Slow," "Don't Worry 'Bout Me," "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," "Lose You to Love Me," "Wives and Lovers," "The Party's Over."

Luba Mason: Triangle
(new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
"Bach, Stevie Wonder and Janelle Monáe," "Haled's Song About Love," "Ticket to Ride," "Waters of March," "Ceresne," "In Walked Bud," "Inolvidable," "Toxicity," "Say It," "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover." Recorded live at the legendary Power Station studios with Joe Locke on vibes and James Genus on acoustic and electric bass.

Maury Sings Yeston: The Demos - digital
(PS Classics - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Professionally recorded in studios over a forty-year period. "The Bells of St. Sebastian," "Unusual Way," "The Germans at the Spa," "Simple," "The Queen of Basin Street," "Salt ’n’ pepper," "Mississippi Moon," "Bad News," "The Mardi Gras Ball," "Alive!," "More and More," "Life’s a Joy," "Roberto’s Eyes," "Something’s Happened," "Viva España," "Picture It," "I Will Paint Sounds," "Bon Soir," "Doing the Latest Rag," "Barrett’s Song," "Lady’s Maid," "Sitting at the Captain’s Table," "The Proposal/The Night Was Alive," "No Moon," "Kolya," "Soviet Union Blues," "Tell Me About Your Wife," "To the Future," "Baby at 110," "New Words," "One for a Rainy Day," "My Brother Abel," "The Nileside Cotillion," "No Man’s as Wonderful," "Three Steps Forward," "Down on the Farm," "Nowhere to Go but Up," "Another Day in the Modern World," "Valentine," "December Time." The iTunes download will come with a full 29-page booklet, which includes an essay by Yeston, all the lyrics, and information about songs that were cut or revised, and why. It also "sets up" the songs that benefit from a little exposition. 2-CD set to be released 12/4/20.

Night of the Living Dead! The Musical!
(Broadway Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Original concept album. Score by Jordan Wolfe. The musical premiered in 2019 at Theatre Row. Album produced by Wolfe and James Morgan. Jaime Cepero, Meg Lanzarone, Michelle Dowdy, Michael Buchanan, Susan J. Jacks, Jordan Wolfe, Richard Binder, and Steven Amendola.

Nichols and May: Interviews
(Univ Press of Mississippi - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Robert E. Kapsis. Twenty-seven interviews and profiles ranging over more than five decades tell Mike Nichols and Elaine May stories in their own words. 328 pages.

Over the Moon digital
(Sony Music Masterworks - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Soundtrack for new Netflix animated film. Songs by s Christopher Curtis, Marjorie Duffield and Helen Park. Original music score by Steven Price. Performing cast includes Phillipa Soo, Ruthie Ann Miles, Ken Jeong, Cathy Ang, and Robert G. Chiu. CD to be released 11/13/20.

Sistuhs in the Struggle: An Oral History of Black Arts Movement Theater and Performance
(Northwestern Univ Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By La Donna Forsgren. Documents how black women theater artists and activists—many of whom worked behind the scenes as directors, designers, producers, stage managers, and artistic directors—disseminated the black aesthetic and emboldened their communities. Draws on nearly thirty original interviews with well-known artists such as Ntozake Shange and Sonia Sanchez, as well as less-studied figures including distinguished lighting designer Shirley Prendergast, dancer and choreographer Halifu Osumare, and three-time Tony-nominated writer and composer Micki Grant. 296 pages.

The Song Is You: Musical Theatre and the Politics of Bursting into Song and Dance
(Univ of Iowa Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Bradley Rogers. Are the musical's progressive politics rooted in its embrace of regressive entertainments like burlesque and minstrelsy? Shows how musicals return again and again to this question, and grapple with a guilt that its joyous pleasures are based on exploiting the laboring bodies of its performers. Rogers argues that the discourse of "integration"—which claims that songs should advance the plot—has functioned to deny the radical work that the musical undertakes every time it transitions into song and dance. Looking at musicals from The Black Crook to Hamilton, Rogers confronts the gendered and racial dynamics that have always under-girded the genre, and asks how we move forward. 270 pages.

Whirlwind: Live at Sam First
(new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Pianist/composer Max Haymer. David Robaire on bass and Dan Schnelle on drums. "So in Love," "Whirlwind," "Proof of Evil," "Speak Low," "Gold Plated Dime," "Welcoming," "Killing Time," "Passed Time," "Love for Sale."


Week of October 13, 2020

The Dramatic Moment of Fate: The Life of Sherlock Holmes in the Theatre
(MX Publishing - Paperback Book)
Alexandra Kitty curates Sherlock Holmes' theatrical world throughout the decades: from unlikely Off-Broadway musicals to lauded slapstick comedies, to more traditional and gripping portrayals of his iconic stories and new incarnations. 172 pages. Released earlier in Kindle format.

The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda
(Archway Editions - Paperback Book)
Play by Ishmael Reed that " critiques the acclaimed historical musical Hamilton through a depiction of a fictionalized version of ... Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is visited by several historical figures missing from the musical in a style similar to Dickens' A Christmas Carol ... echoes many critiques made by historians, such as the whitewashing of Alexander Hamilton." Debuted in 2019 at Nuyorican Poets Cafe. 80 pages.

In the Green
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
2019 LCT3 cast recording of score by Grace McLean. 22 tracks. Produced by Dean Sharenow, Grace McLean, and Kris Kukul. CD expected later in the year. Also at GhostlightRecords.com.

Jagged Little Pill OBC vinyl
(Atlantic - new vinyl 2-LP vinyl set)
Jane Bruce, Anthony Cipriano, Kathryn Gallagher, Celia Rose Gooding, Logan Hart, Derek Klena, Max Kumangai, Sean Allan Krill, Ezra Menas, Lauren Patten, Nora Schell, Elizabeth Stanley. "Overture," "See Right Through You," "All I Really Want," "Hand in My Pocket," "Smiling," "Ironic," "So Unsexy," "Perfect," "Lancers Party (So Pure)," "That I Would Be Good," "Wake Up," "Forgiven," "Entr'Acte (Hand's Clean)," "Not The Doctor," "Head Over Feet," "Unprodigal Daughter," "Predator," "You Oughta Know," "Uninvited," "Mary Jane," "No," "Thank U," "You Learn." Released previously on CD, mp3 and at iTunes.

Pulling Harvey Out of Her Hat: The Amazing Story of Mary Coyle Chase
(Limelight Editions - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Mimi Pockross. 194 pages.

Vaudeville and the Making of Modern Entertainment, 1890–1925
(Univ of North Carolina Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By David Monod. Looks through the apparent carnival of vaudeville performance and asks: what made the theater so popular and transformative? Monod makes the case that vaudeville became so popular because it offered audiences a guide to a modern urban lifestyle. 288 pages.

"Warrior"
(Wake Your Words - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Syndee Winters (The Lion King, Hamilton). With Mikari Tarpley. Released 10/9/20.

We Won't Sleep: Songs from the Musical Jeannette
(Sony Masterworks Broadway - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Eight-song concept album of highlights from the pop musical Jeanette performed by songstress, advocate, actress and co-writer Ari Afsar with collaborators MILCK, MA/SA, Mermaid, and artist and activist Genesis Be.


Week of October 6, 2020

1969: The Second Man
(DK Records - new album on mp3/at iTunes)
Concept album of score by Jacob Brandt (the musical played Next Door at NYTW in 2018). "Prologue," "Million Headed Witness," "Take Off," "Zero Gravity," "Moon Facts And Fictions," "Stuff Up Here," "When You Were Gone," "The Call," "Used Cadillacs," "Gonna Be First/Landing," "Communion," "It Should've Been Me," "Epilogue (Walking)." Brandt on vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, ukulele, synth; Paris Ellsworth on violin; Robin Buyer on bass; Seth Eliser on drums; Jonah Scott on lead electric guitar on "Zero Gravity" & "The Call;" and Mateus Falci on synth on "Moon Facts and Fictions." Produced by Jacob Brandt and Robin Buyer. Engineered and recorded by Robin Buyer at Virtue and Vice Studios and Pulse Music. Mixed by Robin Buyer and mastered by Ryan Schwabe, with additional engineering by Mateus Falci.

Ann Miller: Her Life and Career
(McFarland Publishing - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Peter Shelley. Presents Ann Miller's career in the context of her fascinating life, beginning with child acting and including three Hollywood studio contracts, two retirements for marriage, and appearances in film, stage, variety shows, sitcoms, her comeback in the stage musical Sugar Babies, and appointment as an international spokesperson for MGM in the ailing years of the studio. 185 pages.

The Black Emperor of Broadway (The Play That Changed History)
(Vision Films - new on DVD)
2019 film about Charles Gilpin, Eugene O'Neill, and The Emperor Jones. Shaun Parkes, John Carter Hensley, Nick Moran, Liza Weil, Lonnie Farmer. Directed by Arthur Egeli. Written by Ian Bowater, Adrienne Earle Pender.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
(Craft - vinyl LP)
Limited Edition LP with "dancing" lenticular cover. Soundtrack of animated show which premiered in 1965. Performed by Vince Guaraldi Trio. In celebration of the "Peanuts" 70th anniversary. "O Tannenbaum," "What Child Is This," "My Little Drum," "Linus and Lucy," "Christmas Time Is Here," "Christmas Time Is Here," "Skating," "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing," "Christmas Is Coming," "Für Elise," "The Christmas Song," "Greensleeves."

Chicago
(Flicker Alley/Blackhawk Films - new on Blu-ray)
1927 black and white silent film based on the 1926 play by Maurine Dallas Watkins. Written by Lenore J. Coffee. Produced by Cecil B. DeMille, directed by Frank Urson (uncredited, Cecil B. DeMille). Phyllis Haver (Roxie Hart), Julia Faye (Velma Kelly), Victor Varconi (Amos Hart), May Robson (Matron Mama Morton), Robert Edeson (Billy Flynn). This MOD disc features an HD transfer of the film Chicago and an HD transfer of the bonus feature that previously accompanied the DVD titled The Golden Twenties. Restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive in 2006.

Gene Kelly: The Making of a Creative Legend
(Univ Press of Kansas - Hardcover Book)
Biography by Earl Hess and Pratibha A. Dabholkar. Offers a full picture of Gene Kelly as the Renaissance man he actually was—dancer, choreographer, actor, clown, singer, director, teacher, and mentor. Photographs. 552 pages.

Genevieve: Songs From "Can-Can" and More
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
French singer who toured with Can-Can, Silk Stockings, Irma la Douce, and The Genevieve Show. Songs on CD for first time. "I Love Paris," "Hi Lili Hi Lo," "Pigalle," "Allez-Vous En," "Java," "Hearts of Paris," "C'est Magnifique," "Autumn Leaves," "Mademoiselle de Paris," "Let It Be Me," "I Like You Like That," "Domino," "Never Give Anything Away," "Live and Let Live," "Can-Can," "Coin de Rue," "Mon P'tit Voyou," "Un Coup de Printemps," "Un Jour Tu Verras," "On M'a Vole Tout Ca," "La Nuit Va Commencer," "L'ame Des Poetes," "Rien Ne Pourra Changer," "Complainte de La Butte," "Le Trottoir aux Chansons," "Chanson Pour L'auvergnat," "I'm Never Gonna Kiss You with Johnny Tillotson," "Cherie, Cherie." Also at SepiaRecords.com.

The King and I
(Mill Creek - new Blu-ray)
1999 animated feature film based on the musical with score by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Vocal cast includes Miranda Richardson, Martin Vidnovic, Ian Richardson, Darrell Hammond. I don't know why either.

Like Blue & Like Young
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
Andre Previn & David Rose and his Orchestra. Twofer album remastered in stereo sound with the addition of David Rose's "One Love" and "Holiday in Strings" as bonus tracks, also in stereo. Also at SepiaRecords.com.

London Theatres (new edition)
(Frances Lincoln - Hardcover Book)
Fully revised and updated version of 2017 book by drama critic Michael Coveney, with photographs by Peter Dazeley. Stories of the architecture, the people, and the productions which have defined each theatre, with photographs of the public areas, auditorium and backstage, Updated to include ten additional theatres, including the Victoria Palace Theatre, the Sondheim Theatre, the Bridge Theatre and the Noël Coward Theatre. Foreword by Mark Rylance. 288 pages.

My White Best Friend: (And Other Letters Left Unsaid)
(Oberon Books - Paperback Book)
By Jasmine Lee-Jones. Rachel De-Laha, editor. Originally commissioned by The Bunker Theatre as a festival that ran in 2019. 23 letters that engage with a range of topics, from racial tensions, microaggressions and emotional labour, to queer desire, prejudice and otherness. Includes work from Zia Ahmed, Travis Alabanza, Fatimah Asghar, Nathan Bryon, Matilda Ibini, Jammz, Iman Qureshi, Anya Reiss, Somalia Seaton, Nina Segal, Tolani Shoneye, Lena Dunham, Inua Ellams, Rabiah Hussain, Mika Johnson, Jasmine Lee-Jones, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, Shireen Mula, Ash Sarkar, Jack Thorne and Joel Tan. 280 pages.

On The Level OLC
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
Part of Stage Door Records' Cast Album Masters Series. CD debut of 1966 OLC recording of Ron Grainer and Ronald Millar '60s-contemporary score. The show ran at London's Saville Theatre for 118 performances. Cast includes Angela Richards, Barrie Ingham, Gary Bond, Phyllida Law and Sheila White. Licensed courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited and is strictly limited to 500 units only. Also at StageDoorRecords.com.

Pal Joey digital
(Capitol Records - on mp3/at iTunes)
1952 recording of score by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. (Partial Broadway) cast includes Dick Beavers, Jane Froman, Helen Gallagher, and Elaine Stritch. "Overture," "You Mustn't Kick It Around," "I Could Write A Book," "Chicago," "That Terrific Rainbow," "What Is A Man," "Happy Hunting Horn," "Bewitched," "Pal Joey," "The Flower Garden Of My Heart," "Zip," "Plant You Now, Dig You Later," "In Our Little Den," "Do It The Hard Way," "Take Him," "Bewitched (Reprise)," "Finale." Released 9/18/20.

Peggy: The Life of Margaret Ramsay, Play Agent
(Salamander Street Ltd. - Kindle Edition)
Kindle edition of 1998 book about Peggy Ramsay, the influential British play agent (Joe Orton, Eugene Ionesco, John Mortimer, Robert Bolt, Christopher Hampton, Edward Bond, Caryl Churchill, Howard Brenton, David Hare, Willy Russell and Alan Ayckbourn). The author was granted complete freedom of access to all the records and correspondence accumulated over the forty years of her agency's existence, including hundreds of impassioned letters between Peggy and her authors. Released in 1997 and 1998 in hardcover and paperback.

Seth MacFarlane: Great Songs from Stage and Screen
(Republic - new on CD)
"Once Upon A Dream," "I Loved You Once In Silence," "Let's Not Be Sensible," "Ten Minutes Ago," "Ain't Got A Dime To My Name (Ho Ho Ho Ho Hum)," "Love Is Only Love," "What Did I Have That I Don't Have?," "Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are," "Two For The Road," "All Er Nothin'," "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To," "Mind If I Make Love To You," "Time For Parting." Recorded at the Abbey Road studios. Chuck Berghofer (bass), Peter Erskine (drums), Larry Koonse (guitar), Dan Higgins (alto sax), and Tom Ranier (piano); John Wilson Orchestra. Digital version released 8/28/20.

Working on a Song: The Lyrics of Hadestown
(Plume - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
Book of lyrics and stories from Hadestown from its author, songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, with a foreword by Steve Earle. 272 pages.


Week of September 29, 2020

Broadway Sings Blood Rock: The Musical
(Lasky Records - new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
Songs by Michael Berns (music) and Ralph Pezzullo (lyrics). Andy Mientus, Damon Dauno, Jennifer Dinola, Robert Torti. Six tracks. Released 9/8/20.

Jaime Lozano & The Familia: Songs by an Immigrant
(Broadway Records - new on mp3/Apple Music)
Collaboration of musical theatre, jazz, Mexican folklore, Tex-Mex, and Latin musicians and performers, with songs and stories about the immigrant experience. Liner notes by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

John Cameron Mitchell and Friends: New American Dream, Pt.1
(new digital album on mp3)
A "a lockdown-inspired remotely-organized platonic musical orgy" of original songs. Collaboration with Mitchell and more than 40 people in the U.S. and Europe, including Stephen Trask, Justin Craig, Peppermint, Alynda Segarra, Ezra Furman, Julian Koster, Jamie Stewart, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, Izae, Theo Hilton, Bitch, Lance Horne, Qya Cristál, Amber Martin, Peter Yanowitz, Billy Hough, and Cassie Watson. Proceeds benefit Burritos Not Bombs, Transgender Gender-Variant and Intersex Justice Project, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Trust Fund.

Islander
(Helen Milne Productions - new album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recordings of score by Finn Anderson. Performed by Kirsty Findlay and Bethany Tennick. Performed in the UK in 2018-2019. Released 9/25/20.

Jagged Little Pill: Our New Musical - vocal selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
23 songs are included in the matching folio to this 2019 Broadway musical inspired by Alanis Morissette's 1995 hit album of the same name. Vocal lines with piano accompaniment are presented for songs from the original album. 180 pages. Released 9/1/20.

The Liz Swados Project
(Ghostlight Records - on CD)
World premiere recordings of 14 songs. Tribute to five-time Tony Award nominee, Liz Swados. Starr Busby, Sophia Anne Caruso, Damon Daunno, Amber Gray, Stephanie Hsu, Jo Lampert, Alicia Olatuja, Ashley Pérez Flanagan, Grace McLean, and Ali Stroker, in addition to songwriter/performers The Bengsons, Heather Christian, Michael R. Jackson, Taylor Mac, Dave Malloy, Shaina Taub, and the late Michael Friedman, among others. "We Are Not Strangers," "Every Now and Then," "Oh, King Daddy," "The Red Queen," "In This My Green World," "Take Me to Paris," "Souf," "You Gave Me Love," "You Do Not Have To Be Good," "Song of the Child Prostitute," "The Dance," "Salvador," "Isadora," "Lonesome of the Road," "War Gets Old," "A Change Shall Come," "Bird Lament," "Amen," "Things I Didn't Know I Loved." Produced by Lauren Fitzgerald, Kris Kukul and Matt Stine, with Kurt Deutsch and Rosalind Lichter serving as executive producers. Kris Kukul provides orchestrations and arrangements. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes. Also at GhostlightRecords.com.

Love Me Tonight (Special Edition)
(Kino Lorber - new Blu-ray)
1932 musical comedy film. Songs by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Starring Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Charles Ruggles, Charles Butterworth, Myrna Loy. Directed and produced by Rouben Mamoulian. 88 minutes. Special Features: new 4k master; audio commentary by Miles Kreuger; Maurice chevalier sings "Louise"; Jeanette MacDonald sings "Love Me Tonight" (from the Paramount newsreel series Hollywood on Parade); screenplay excerpts of deleted scenes; production documents and censorship records; theatrical trailer; dual-layered bd50 disc.

The Prince of Egypt: Stage Musical - vocal selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Songs from the 2017 musical adaptation of the 1998 DreamWorks film of the same name. Score by Stephen Schwartz. "All I Ever Wanted (with Queen's Reprise)," "Always on My Side," "Dance to the Day," "Deliver Us," "Faster," "Footprints on the Sand," "For the Rest of My Life," "Heartless," "Make It Right," "Never in a Million Years," "Through Heaven's Eyes," "When You Believe." 88 pages.

Secondhand Lions
(Broadway Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTuneds)
World premiere recording of new score by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (First Date). Book by Rupert Holmes. The musical premiered at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre. Cast includes Gregg Edelman, James Naughton, Jason Danieley, Kevin Earley, Jenny Powers, and more. Also features a song cut from the show, performed by Stephanie J. Block. Album produced by Zachary and Weiner, Michael Croiter and Dominick Amendum.

Sole Mates: The Musical
(new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original studio cast recording. Score by Kirk Coombs. "Laundryland," "Hung Out to Dry," "Get Out of My Pants," "Rolled Into You," "Sole Mates."

Willow
(Broadway Records/Yellow Sound Label - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Concept album with score by Morgan Smith, Abigail Greenwood, and Sushi Soucy. Rachael Chau, Emma Freeman, Janeen Garcia, Abigail Greenwood, Madelyn Paterna. Released 9/25/20.


Week of September 22, 2020

Chicago Diamond Edition
(Miramax - new Blu-ray)
Not clear what is new here. Still listed for 9/21/20, but "currently unavailable."

Diana Krall: This Dream of You
(Verve - new on CD/2-disc vinyl)
Performances from 2016-2017 sessions, mixed by Al Schmitt, on which she collaborated with late friend/longtime creative partner Tommy LiPuma. "But Beautiful," "That's All / Azure-Te," "Autumn In New York," "Almost Like Being In Love," "More Than You Know," "Just You, Just Me," "There's No You," "Don't Smoke In Bed," "This Dream Of You," "I Wished On The Moon," "How Deep Is The Ocean," "Singing In The Rain." Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes.

Diana Ross & the Supremes Sing and Perform Funny Girl the Ultimate Edition
(Second Disc/Real Gone Music - new on 2 CDs)
1968 album of The Supremes performing the score by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill. Featuring the original U.S. stereo mix; the rare U.K. mono mix (with an extended version of Diana Ross' "People"; "The Supreme Mixes," reinstating Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong's original vocals not heard in 1968; and bonus tracks including previously unreleased alternate versions of "Cornet Man," "His Love Makes Me Beautiful," and "Sadie, Sadie" as well as live performances of "I'm the Greatest Star" and the Fanny Brice standard "My Man." "Cornet Man" (alternate vocal version), "People" (alternate vocal version), "Don't Rain On My Parade," "Sadie, Sadie" (alternate vocal version), "Don't Rain On My Parade" (alternate vocal version), "I Am Woman," "I'm The Greatest Star" (Live From "TCB"/1968), "Sadie, Sadie," "People," "My Man (Mon Homme), "The Music That Makes Me Dance" (alternate vocal version), "I'm The Greatest Star," "His Love Makes Me Beautiful" (alternate vocal version), "Funny Girl," "If A Girl Isn't Pretty" (alternate vocal version), "If A Girl Isn't Pretty," "I Am Woman" (alternate vocal version), "Cornet Man," "The Music That Makes Me Dance," "I'm The Greatest Star" (alternate vocal version), "Funny Girl" (alternate vocal version), "His Love Makes Me Beautiful."

Finding Tulsa
(Palm Drive Publishing - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Novel by Jim Provenzano. "Stan Grozniak, the once-rising star of 1990s gay cinema, shares how he almost self-sabotaged a prestigious directing gig after casting his rediscovered teenage summer stock crush. While still haunted by the death of Rick Dacker, the sexy star of his cult favorite action trilogy, Stan attempts a romance with actor Lance Holtzer, his 'Tulsa' from a small town Ohio production of the musical Gypsy."

Gloria (TCG Edition)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (An Octoroon). 96 pages. Released 8/18/20.

How to Defend Yourself
(Yale Univ Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
New play by writer, director, actor, and community builder Liliana Padilla. Thirteenth winner of the Yale Drama Series. Foreword by Ayad Akhtar. 160 pages.

Josie Falbo: You Must Believe In Spring
(Southport Records - new on CD)
Jazz singer Josie Falbo performs "You Must Believe in Spring," "A Night in Tunisia," "Joy Spring," "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing," "A Sleepin' Bee," "Manhattan," "Heaven," "Just You, Just Me," "Midnight at the Starlight Haunted Ballroom," "Estate," "Devil May Care," "'Tis Autumn," "Tristeza." Liner notes by Howard Mandel.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 3
(UMe - new on CD)
From the Amazon series. Performers: Darius de Haas (as Shy Baldwin), Blossom Dearie, Julie London & Gregory Porter, Sons Of The Pioneers, Louis Prima, Pedrito Martinez, Peggy Lee, Gene Kelly & Debbie Reynolds & Donald O'Connor, Helen Merrill, Kay Starr, The Silver Belles, Doris Day & Paul Weston & His Music from Hollywood, Nina Simone. "One Less Angel," "Manhattan," "Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)," "The Everlasting Hills of Oklahoma," "Pennies From Heaven (Remastered)," "Loco Amor," "Till There Was You (Remastered)," "Good Morning," "Anything Goes," "On a Slow Boat to China," "Bottle of Pop," "Dream a Little Dream of Me," "Feeling Good," "Love Is Here to Stay," "No One Has to Know." Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes

Never Steal Anything Small
(Kino Lorber - new Blu-ray/DVD)
1959 musical film. James Cagney, Shirley Jones. Music by Allie Wrubel. "Never Steal Anything Small," "I'm Sorry, I Want a Ferrari," "I Haven't Got a Thing to Wear," "It Takes Love to Make a Home," "Helping Our Friends." Lyrics by Maxwell Anderson. Directed by Charles Lederer. Special Features: new audio commentary by Daniel Kremer and audio commentary by Lee Bambin; theatrical trailer; dual-layered bd50 disc. 94 minutes.

Nick Cordero: Live Your Life
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Live at Feinstein's/54 Below in 2019. Nick Cordero's cabaret performance, directed and music directed by Michael J Moritz Jr. Guest performers include Kathryn Gallagher, Drew Gehling, Sara Chase, and Zach Braff. "All Night Long," "Higher Ground," "Oh my God, this crowd!," "Oye Como Va," "Get the Gringa!," "If I Ain't Got You," "What a Wonderful World," "Politik," I had to get to New York..., "Hot Toxic Love," This job changed my life..., "Tain't Nobody's Biz-Ness If I Do," Then came Waitress..., "You Matter to Me," An opportunity of a lifetime..., "One of the Great Ones," They taught me about doing good by others...," "The Men That Drive Me Places," I am sure you are aware that my wife Amanda and I are expecting our first child..., "The Mother," I've lived a blessed life..., "Break It Down Again," I love you guys..., "Live Your Life." Also at BroadwayRecords.com. Released 9/17/20.

Until the Flood
(Audible -
Audiobook on CD)
Play by Dael Orlandersmith (Yellowman). Commissioned by the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Produced by the Arcola Theatre, London, United Kingdom, in 2019. Winner of the Scotsman Fringe First Award and the Stage Edinburgh Award. Narrated by the playwright. Released earlier as an Audible Audiobook


Week of September 15, 2020

All the Sonnets of Shakespeare
(Cambridge Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells, editors. Assembles all of Shakespeare's sonnets in their probable order of composition. The introduction debunks long-established biographical myths about Shakespeare's sonnets and proposes new insights about how and why he wrote them. Explanatory notes and modern English paraphrases of every poem and dramatic extract illuminate the meaning of these witnesses to Shakespeare's inner life and professional expertise. 208 pages.

Broadway Musical Christmas Carols
(Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Scott Miller (New Line Theatre). 25 well-loved Christmas carols refashioned for the hard-core fan of Broadway musicals, in new vocal arrangements with all-new lyrics related to musical theatre – funny, serious, smartass, cynical, reverent, poignant songs that will make you laugh, that will make you think, that will remind you why you love musicals so much. 62 pages.

But He Doesn't Know the Territory: The Story behind Meredith Willson's The Music Man - "Broadway edition"
(Univ of Minnesota Press - Paperback Book)
New reprint of Meredith Willson's 1959 memoir. Reflections on the ups and downs, surprises and disappointments, and finally successes of making one of America's most popular musicals. New foreword by foreword by Michael Feinstein. 208 pages. [Appears to be shipping ahead of 9/22/20 release date.]

The Complete Book of 2010s Broadway Musicals
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
New volume in Dan Dietz' series of books (which previously covered the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s). Includes detailed information about every musical that opened on Broadway from 2010 through the end of 2019. Discusses the decade's major successes, notorious failures, and musicals that closed during their pre-Broadway tryouts, and also highlights revivals and personal-appearance revues. Plot summaries; cast members; names of all important personnel, including writers, composers, directors, choreographers, producers, and musical directors; opening and closing dates; number of performances; critical commentary; musical numbers and the performers who introduced the songs; production data, including information about tryouts; source material; Tony awards and nominations; information about London and other foreign productions. 656 pages. Released 9/10/20.

Einstein's Dreams
(Broadway Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Joanne Sydney Lessner (book and lyrics) and Joshua Rosenblum (music and lyrics). Cast includes Zal Owen as Einstein, Alexandra Silber, Brennan Caldwell, Talia Cosentino, Stacia Fernandez, Lisa Helmi Johanson, Michael McCoy, Tess Primack, and Vishal Vaidya. Music director is Milton Granger, and the orchestra includes Bruce Doctor, Kiku Enomoto, Jonathan Levine, Eleanor Norton, and Saadi Zain. Released 9/10/20.

God, Sex, and Musical Theatre: Meditations for Unlocking the Powerful Self
(birch bench press - Paperback Book)
By Broadway director Kristin Hanggi (Rock of Ages). Poetry, thoughts, and musings on communing with the unseen, expressions of love, and the nuances of desire. 148 pages. [Appears to be shipping ahead of 9/29/20 release date.]

Homeland Elegies: A Novel
(Little, Brown and Company - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook/Audiobook on CD)
Novel by Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced). Audio versions narrated by the author. 368 pages.

Humana Festival 2019: The Complete Plays
(Limelight Editions - Kindle Edition)
All five scripts from the 43rd annual cycle of world premieres: Everybody Black by Dave Harris; The Thin Place by Lucas Hnath; The Corpse Washer, adapted for the stage by Ismail Khalidi and Naomi Wallace, from the novel of the same name by Sinan Antoon; How to Defend Yourself by Liliana Padilla; and We've Come to Believe, a collaboratively-written play by Kara Lee Corthron, Emily Feldman, and Matthew Paul Olmos. Paperback version released 5/15/20.

Paula Scher: Twenty-Five Years at the Public, A Love Story
(Princeton Architectural Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Illustrated book by graphic designer Paul Sher, who turned her first major project as a partner at Pentagram into a formative twenty-five-year relationship with the Public Theater in New York. Chronicles over two decades of brand and identity development and an evolving creative process in a unique "autobiography of graphic design."

She Is Risen Volume I
(Hedonist Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Songs from Jesus Christ Superstar, by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Cynthia Erivo, Shoshana Bean, Morgan James, Debbie Gravitte, Bryonha Marie Parham, Ann Harada, Tamika Lawrence, Ellyn Marie Marsh, Bridget Everett, Eden Espinosa, Marva Hicks, youth choir from A Broader Way. "Everything's Alright," "This Jesus Must Die," "King Herod's Song," "Could We Start Again Please?," "Superstar."


Week of September 8, 2020

Flower Drum Song vinyl
(Craft Recordings - new double vinyl set)
Reissue of 1958 original Broadway cast recording of Rodgers & Hammerstein score. Barnes & Noble exclusive. Larry "Overture," "You Are Beautiful," "A Hundred Million Miracles," "I Enjoy Being a Girl," "I Am Going to Like It Here," "Like A God," "Chop Suey," "Don't Marry Me," "Grant Avenue," "Love, Look Away, ""At the Celestial Bar: Fan Tan Fannie / Gliding Through My Memoree / Grant Avenue," "Entr'acte," "The Other Generation," "Sunday," "The Other Generation," "Wedding Parade and Finale." Mastered from the original three-track tape and cut at 45-RPM by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound. Available at BarnesandNoble.com. Released 9/4/20.

In the Heights red/white/blue vinyl
(Ghostlight Records - new vinyl set)
Score by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Exclusive Barnes & Noble release. Features special red, white and blue-colored vinyl honoring the colors of the Puerto Rican flag. Features remastered audio, 90 minutes of music, and a 16-page booklet with full lyrics, original Broadway show photos, a synopsis, and liner notes from director Thomas Kail. Mp3 download card is also included. Lin-Manuel Miranda score. Andrea Burns, Janet Dacal, Robin DeJesus, Carlos Gomez, Mandy Gonzalez, Christopher Jackson, Priscilla Lopez, Olga Merediz, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Karen Olivo, Seth Stewart. Side A: "In the Heights," "Breathe," "Benny's Dispatch." Side B: "It Won't Be Long Now," "Inútil," "No Me Diga." Side C: "96,000," "Paciencia y Fe (Patience and Faith)," "When You're Home." Side D: "Piragua," "The Club," "Blackout." Side E: "Sunrise," "Hundreds of Stories," "Enough," "Carnaval del Barrio," "Atención," "Alabanza." Side F: "Everything I Know," "Piragua (Reprise)," "Champagne," "When the Sun Goes Down," "Finale." Album produced by Andrés Levin and Kurt Deutsch. Released 9/4/20. Available at BarnesandNoble.com. Previously released on CD, mp3, and at iTunes.

Ink
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Play by James Graham, which appeared on Broadway in 2019. 144 pages.

Jardim Noturno-Canções e Obras para Piano de Claudio Santoro
(Sesc Digital - new double album on mp3/at iTunes)
Paulo Szot and pianist Nahim Marun perform classical pieces by Brazilian composer Claudio Santoro. Released 8/12/20.

Stars in Their Underwear: My unpredictable journey from Broadway dancer to costume designer for some of Hollywood's biggest stars
(Miranda Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition on 9/10/20)
Assistant to Bob Mackie, Diana Eden, dancer, actress, and costume designer, pulls back the curtain on stage and screen personalities such as Carol Burnett, Debra Messing, George Clooney, Betty White, Dixie Carter, Thomas Haden Church, Kaley Cuoco, and many more. Illustrated by Marisa Cooper. 272 pages. Released 6/13/20.

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical gold vinyl
(Ghostlight Records - new gold-colored vinyl LP)
First time on vinyl, exclusive at Barnes & Noble. Original London cast recording featuring Adrienne Warren and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Jenny Fitzpatrick, Madeline Appiah, Lorna Gayle, Tom Godwin, Francesca Jackson, Natey Jones, Ryan O'Connell, Jason Langley, and Claudia Elie. "Etherland," "Nutbush City Limits," "Don't Turn Around," "Shake a Tailfeather," "The Hunter," "Matchbox," "It's Gonna Work Out Fine," "A Fool in Love," "Let's Stay Together," "Better Be Good to Me," "I Want To Take You Higher," "River Deep - Mountain High," "Be Tender with Me," "Proud Mary," "I Don't Wanna Fight," "Private Dancer," "Disco Inferno," "Open Arms ," "I Can't Stand the Rain," "Tonight," "What's Love Got to Do with It," "We Don't Need Another Hero," "The Best," "Finale, Nutbush City Limits / Proud Mary." Recorded in London. The LP includes liner notes, synopsis, and production and studio photography. Available at BarnesandNoble.com. Released earlier new on CD, mp3 and at iTunes.

Understanding Tracy Letts
(Univ of South Carolina Press - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Thomas Fahy. First book dedicated to the writing of Tracy Letts. An introduction to his plays and an invitation to engage more deeply with his work. Part of Understanding Contemporary American Literature series. 144 pages.


Week of September 1, 2020

Break an Egg!: The Broadway Cookbook
(Insight Editions - Hardcover Book)
By Tara Theoharis. 55 recipes inspired by favorite musicals from The Sound of Music to Hamilton, including Eggrolls for Mr. Goldstone served with a side of Too Darn Hot Sauce; Another Vodka Stinger, The Wizard and Ice, Schnitzel With Noodles, Mama's Well-Peppered Ragu, Angel (Food Cake) of Music. With illustrations and photographs. 128 pages.

Magic Time: A Memoir - Notes on Theater & Other Entertainments
(Smith & Krause - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book)
By Edwin Wilson (theatre critic for the Wall Street Journal 1972-1995). The memoir begins with Wilson's earliest foray into playwriting, then on to Yale where he was a student and a professor. He was assistant to producer Lewis Allen and had a hand in the production of Big Fish, Little Fish and the film version of Lord of the Flies, directed by Peter Brook. Wilson taught at Hunter College and later at the CUNY Graduate Center for more than forty years. He was theatre critic for the Wall Street Journal from April 21, 1972, through the next twenty-three years, and the author of numerous books about American theatre. 312 pages.

Night of the Living Show Tunes: 13 Tales of the Weird
(Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Scott Miller (New Line Theatre). Thirteen nightmarish tales, all inspired in one way or another by the musical theatre, mashing together the history of musicals with the conventions and mad variety of the horror genre. Theatre ghosts, vampires, monsters big and small, child killers, a homicidal maniac or two, a demon-possessed keyboard, and much more. 142 pages. Released 8/25/20.

Oklahoma!: The Making of an American Musical, Revised and Expanded Edition
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Tim Carter. Revised edition of 2007 book which tells the full story of the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Now, Carter draws further on recently released sources, including the Rouben Mamoulian Papers at the Library of Congress, with additional correspondence, contracts, and even new versions of the working script used—and annotated—throughout the show's rehearsal process. Carter also focuses on the key players and concepts behind the musical, including Lynn Riggs's "Green Grow the Lilacs," and the Theatre Guild's Theresa Helburn and Lawrence Langner, who brought Rodgers and Hammerstein together for their first collaboration. Part of Oxford's "Legacy Series." 336 pages.

On Broadway 2021 Calendar
(Time Factory - wall calendar)
Yearly calendar. Includes Playbill cover artwork combined with monthly calendar grids and a bonus 4-month view of January - April of 2022. 12x12".


Week of August 25, 2020

Clifton Davis with the Beegie Adair Trio: Never Can Say Goodbye
(new album on mp3/at iTunes)
"I've Never Been in Love Before," "Never Can Say Goodbye," "Two for the Road," "Swept Away," "The Folks Who Live on the Hill," "Too Marvelous for Words," "So Many Stars," "Começar De Novo," "Somewhere in the Hills," "Teach Me Tonight," "Minha Alma," "Leaving It up to You." Released 8/13/20.

Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation
(BFD - new album)
Volume 13 of the longtime successful revue series, with lyrics by Gerard Alessandrini. "God, I Wanna See 2020," "Forbidden Hadestown," "Moulin Rude Sequence," "Dear Evan Has-Been," "It's Got to Be a Musical," "Fosse / Verdon," "The Five Popes: Jeremy Pope in Ain't Too Proud," "Judy Garland / Renee Zellweger," "Fiddler in Yiddish," "The Ferryman," "Lin-Manuel and Billy Porter," "Mary Poppins Returns: The Place Where the Lost Shows Go," "Harry Potter and His Cursed Child: Magic for Two," "There's Gotta Be Something Better," "Woke-Lahoma!," "The Prom: We're Forced to Dance," "Finale: It's Your Time / Harold Prince's Starkeeper Graduation Speech / You’ll Never Walk Alone," "Encore: Forbidden Broadway the Next Generation." Available for listening through Amazon Music, Apple Music, and Spotify.

Kenny Washington: What's the Hurry
(Lower 9th Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Jazz vocalist debut album. "The Best is Yet to Come," "S'Wonderful," "Stars Fell on Alabama," "I've Got the World on a String," "I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues," "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," "Invitation," "Here's to Life," "Sweet Georgia Brown," "No More Blues (Chega de Saudade)," "Smile." Released 7/2/20.

Kirsten Gustafson: Wait Until Dark
(new album on mp3/at iTunes)
Jazz treatments of songs from a variety of genres. "A Song For You," "The Rain Song," "For One Alone," "The Look Of Love," "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," "Hot Toddy," "Midnight Sun," "Compared To What," "A Horse With No Name," "From The Beginning," "Wait Until Dark." Released 6/30/20.

Lea Salonga: "Dream Again"
(new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Lea Salonga performs song with music by Daniel Edmonds and lyrics by Blair Bodine and Daniel Edmonds.

Robbie Rozelle: Songs from Inside My Locker
(Broadway Records - on CD)
Recorded February 23 and March 1, 2019 at Feinstein's/54 Below. Written by Robbie Rozelle. Musical direction and arrangements by Josh D. Smith. Six-piece band The Two Drink Minimum. Special guests include Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels) and Maya Days (Aida). "Let's Misbehave," Kim at the top of Miss Saigon..., "If I Only Had a Brain," A ballad k-hole..., "Little Girls / Captain Hook's Tango," My two dads..., "Charles Nelson Reilly / Paul Lynde Medley The Kid," My very first boyfriend ever..., "First Penis I Saw," They just decided it's Spring..., "In Hell's Kitchen," There are so many roles I never got to play..., "The Aged-Out Medley," Comedy comes in threes..., "A Step Too Far (with Bonnie Milligan and Maya Days)," Everyone has mantras..., "I Have Found Tomorrow / Here Comes the Sun," I'm an accidental performer..., "Change in Me," A Hefty bag covered in KY..., "Jam Tomorrow." Produced by Michael J Moritz Jr. Previously released on mp3 and at iTunes. [See our review.]

Seth MacFarlane: Great Songs from Stage and Screen digital
(Republic - new on mp3/at iTunes)
"Once Upon A Dream," "I Loved You Once In Silence," "Let's Not Be Sensible," "Ten Minutes Ago," "Ain't Got A Dime To My Name (Ho Ho Ho Ho Hum)," "Love Is Only Love," "What Did I Have That I Don't Have?," "Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are," "Two For The Road," "All Er Nothin'," "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To," "Mind If I Make Love To You," "Time For Parting." Recorded at the Abbey Road studios. Chuck Berghofer (bass), Peter Erskine (drums), Larry Koonse (guitar), Dan Higgins (alto sax), and Tom Ranier (piano); John Wilson Orchestra. CD format to be released 10/9/20.


Week of August 18, 2020

Bleeding Love
(Ditto Music - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Songs from podcast musical by Arthur Lafrentz Bacon (music) and Harris Doran (lyrics). Annie Golden, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Marc Kudisch, Sarah Stiles, Taylor Trensch, Tony Vincent. "Prologue (And the Sun Didn't Rise Again)," "Twilight," "Bleeding Love (From Bleeding Love: Songs from the Podcast Musical)," "Plastic Rose," "Up There," "Up There (reprise)," "The Cello Lesson," "Maybe I Met a Girl," "It's Just a Street (From Bleeding Love: Songs from the Podcast Musical)," "Lolli Pops!," "Lolli's Popoff," "Is This Summer? (From Bleeding Love: Songs from the Podcast Musical)," "Intruders!," "Finale (One Rose Rose)." Released 8/7/20.

Jodie Steele: "Beautiful City"
(Broadway Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
West End star Jodie Steele sings this song from Godspell.

A Killer Party: A Murder Mystery Musical
(Broadway Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Songs from the remotely-recorded musical. Score by Jason Howland (music) and Nathan Tysen (lyrics). The cast includes Keenan Wynn, Michael James Scott, Krystina Alabado, Carolee Carmello, Drew Gehling, Jackie Burns, Laura Osnes, Jarrod Spector, Alex Newell, Miguel Cervantes, and Jeremy Jordan. "Sleuth In Duluth," "A Killer Party," "Today'S Detective," "Stuck," "Boom! Shout! The Lights Went Out," "Circus on the Sea," "Breathe," "Songus Interruptus," "Live Out Loud," "Boom! Shout! Reprise!," "Wait for My Cue," "Never Miss My Mark," "I Did It for You," "Big Cat," "Hands Out!," "Shipload of Fools," "Process of Elimination," "A Killer Party (Reprise)," "Sleuth In Duluth (Reprise)," "Requiem for An A-Hole (Bonus Track)." Produced by Howland and Billy Jay Stein.

Lena Hall: The Villa Satori, Growing Up Haight Ashbury
(new album on mp3/on iTunes)
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. "White Rabbit," "Piece of My Heart," "She's Leaving Home," "Somebody," "Anarchy in the U.K.," "Calling You," "Nothing Else Matters," "Violet," "Release," "Karma Police," "You Learn." Released 4/10/20.

The New Business of Acting: The Next Edition - COVID Update
(Ingenuity Press - Kindle Edition)
By Brad Lemack (Backstage). Pandemic-specific supplement to his popular book for actors, The New Business of Acting: How to Build a Career in a Changing Landscape - The Next Edition.

The Queen of Tuesday: A Lucille Ball Story
(Random House - new Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
By Darin Strauss. "... a fresh view of a celebrity America loved more than any other." Mixes fact and fiction, memoir and novel, to imagine the provocative story of a woman we thought we knew. Darin Strauss and Tavia Gilbert narrators for the audio version. 336 pages.

Sarah Stiles: You Can Ukulele With Me
(Broadway Records - new EP)
Collaboration between Sarah Stiles (Tootsie, Hand to God) and songwriter Holly Gewandter. "Simple Song of Love (The La La Song)," "Dumb People," "Forever Dreaming," "You Can Ukulele With Me," "Waiting for the Light."

Small House No Secrets Composers Cut
(Disappear Records - new on CD)
From SONiA disappear fear new musical which debuted at the Kennedy Center in 2019 (Page to Stage series), then was produced in Baltimore and is in pre-production in Germany, Australia and Hawaii. Recorded by SONiA for the actors.

The Theatre and Films of Conor McPherson: Conspicuous Communities
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
By Eamonn Jordan. Patrick Lonergan and Kevin J. Wetmore Jr. Critical Companions series editors. Offers a detailed and engaging critical analysis of the plays and films of Conor McPherson, considering issues of gender and class disparity, violence and wealth in the cultural and political contexts in which the work is written and performed, as well as the inclusion of song, sound, the supernatural, religious and pagan festive sensibilities through which initial genre perceptions are nudged elsewhere, towards the unconscious and ineffable. Supplemented by a number of contributed critical and performance perspectives, including an interview with Conor McPherson. 248 pages. Released earlier in hardcover and Kindle versions.


Week of August 11, 2020

Adrian Lester and Lolita Chakrabarti: A Working Diary
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Adrian Lester and Lolita Chakrabarti. Chronicles 16 months of their fascinating working lives, including their experiences working on the stage adaptation of Life of Pi, an original series of monologues about the NHS, the film adaptation of Red Velvet and the TV series The Rook, among many other projects. 192 pages.

Brickman On Broadway
(Green Hill Productions - new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
"Jim Brickman plays the best of Broadway." "Memory," "True Love," "For Good," "You Will Be Found."

Dolores Gray: The Decca Singles 1953-1955
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
Broadway and West End performer. Compilation of all Dolores Gray's single releases for the Decca label issued between 1953 and 1955. Most tracks making their debut on CD. The 24 tracks include: "Big Mamou" and "Kaw-Liga"; pop cover versions of songs from By the Beautiful Sea, The Girl in Pink Tights and Silk Stockings; "The Call of the Far-Away Hills" from the 1953 Western film Shane; songs she recorded for the Decca album of There's No Business Like Show Business. Limited edition release of 500 units. Also at StageDoorRecords.com.

Eubie Blake: Rags, Rhythm, and Race
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Richard Carlin and Ken Bloom. New biography of one of the key composers of 20th-century American popular song, Eubie Blake, who created Shuffle Along with Noble Sissle and went on to compose for films and other Broadway shows, eventually finding a second career as a ragtime raconteur in the 1960s. His skills as a pianist, gifts as a storyteller and entertainer, and appearances on major TV shows from Johnny Carson and David Frost to the Today Show led him to a new career as a concert artist. The authors also illustrate the wider history of post-minstrel black entertainment, from pianists working in bordellos and dance halls through ragtime, Broadway, and film, showing both the new opportunities available to contemporary black performers and the limitations that black musicians still struggled to overcome. Draws from a wealth of personal archives and interviews with Blake, his friends, and other scholars. 440 pages. Kindle version released 7/13/20.

(I Am) Nobody's Lunch
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Part of the second installment of The Michael Friedman Collection. World premiere recording of score by Michael Friedman. Featuring features Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Nick Blaemire, Adam Chanler-Berat, Brad Heberlee, Daoud Heidami, Osh Ghanimah, Ashley Pérez Flanagan, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Jennifer R. Morris, Sarah Beth Pfeifer, Brian Charles Rooney, and Mary Testa, with an ensemble including Ashley Pe´rez Flanagan, Sarah Beth Pfeifer, Stephen Schapero, and Jacob Keith Watson. Made possible by the generous donors to the Michael Friedman Legacy Fund and by the artistic contributions of his many collaborators. produced by Steve Cosson and Kurt Deutsch, co-produced by Ian Kagey, Wiley DeWeese, Dan Lipton, and Amy C. Ashton. Dan Lipton music director; orchestrations by Wiley DeWeese. Cover illustrations are by Josh Neufeld (joshcomix.com).

Liz Callaway: The Morning After
(Walking Girl Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Liz Callaway sings song written by David Shire.

Paris Commune
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Part of the second installment of The Michael Friedman Collection. World premiere recording. Written by Steve Cosson and Michael Friedman, with songs translated and adapted by Michael Friedman. Features Kate Buddeke, Aysan Celik, Charlotte Dobbs, Rebecca Hart, Nina Hellman, Daniel Jenkins, Brian Sgambati, and Sam Breslin Wright, with an ensemble including Randy Blair, Ally Bonino, Sarah Beth Pfeifer, and Jonathan Raviv. Made possible by the generous donors to the Michael Friedman Legacy Fund and by the artistic contributions of his many collaborators. produced by Steve Cosson and Kurt Deutsch, co-produced by Ian Kagey, Wiley DeWeese, Dan Lipton, and Amy C. Ashton. Dan Lipton music director; orchestrations by Wiley DeWeese. Cover illustrations are by Josh Neufeld (joshcomix.com).


Week of August 4, 2020

The Andrews Sisters in Hollywood
(Sepia Records - on 2 CDs)
Rare film studio recordings The Andrews Sisters made for filming and not released commercially. Most tracks have never been available till now. 50 tracks.

The Merry Widow
(Sepia Records - on CD)
Score by Franz Lehar. Remastered recording from 1962, translated into English by Merl "Ted" Puffer and Deena Cavalieri and first time on CD. Featuring Lisa Della Casa, John Reardon, Laurel Hurley, Charles K. L. Davis, Paul Franke, Howard Kahl, Paul Richards. The American Opera Society Orchestra and Chorus. Franz Allers, conductor. Margaret Hillis, choral conductor. "Opening Chorus," "We Are Alone," "Hanna's Entrance," "Maxim's," "Finale Act I," "Vilja," "Soldier Boy," "Women," "Love In My Heart," "Finale Act II," "Grisettes," "Merry Widow Waltz / Finale Act III." Bonus tracks: "Ave Maria" (Lisa Della Casa), "Ave Maria! Jungfrau Mild" (Lisa Della Casa). In stereo.

Shine (Instrument Of Hope)
(Broadway Records - digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Music and lyrics by Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Peña. The Instrument of Hope is a trumpet crafted from spent bullet casings to help keep the conversation about gun violence prevention on the main stage. Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Peña lead vocals, with Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S. Drama Dept. Choir, Melody Herzfeld- program director. Album cover design by Manny Oliver, father of Joaquin Oliver, and founder of ChangeTheRef.org. Featuring 66 top trumpeters. Music produced, arranged and orchestrated by Kim Scharnberg. Executive Producers: Shine MSD. Released 7/31/20.

Sophia Anne Caruso: Toys
(Brookside - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Beetlejuice actress performs song by Nick Littlemore and Henry Hey. Released 5/22/20.

Stage Money: The Business of the Professional Theater 2nd edition
(Univ of South Carolina Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Revised and updated version of Tim Donahue and Jim Patterson's 2010 book. Guide to understanding professional theater finances today through the use of the tools and metaphors of the business world at large. Includes the latest financial information and illuminating examples of key concepts, and has been enhanced with a discussion of the stagehands' union plus a new chapter on marketing for the theater. Foreword by Ken Davenport.

Theresa Rebeck, Complete Plays, Volume 5 2011-2019, Volume 5
(Smith & Kraus - Paperback Book)
The Nest, Poor Behavior, The Way of the World, Seared, Bernhardt/Hamlet, Downstairs, and Fool. 643 pages.

Vietgone
(LATW - Audiobook on CD/Audible Edition/)
Play by Qui Nguyen. L.A. Theatre Works production recorded before a live audience at the UCLA James Bridges Theater in February 2020. Will Dao, Desiree Mee Jung, Greg Watanabe, Paul Yen, Jeena Yi. Directed by Tim Dang. Original music by Shane Rettig. Released 7/29/20.


Week of July 28, 2020

Free as Air
(JAY Records - new on CD-R/at iTunes)
2014 London cast recording of score by Julian Slade and Dorothy Reynolds. Gerald Harper, Gillian Lewis and Patricia Bredin. "Opening / I'm Up Early," "I'm Up Early [Reprise]," "Let the Grass Grow [And Reprise]," "Nothing But Sea and Sky," "The Boat's In," "Free to Sing," "A Man from the Mainland," "Free to Sing Act One [Reprise]," "Nothing But Sea and Sky [Reprise]," "Daily Echo," "Her Mummy Doesn't Like Me Anymore," "The Boat's In [Reprise]," "The Girl from London," "A Man from the Mainland [Reprise]," "I'd Like to Be Like You," "Testudo," "I've Got My Feet On the Ground," "Holiday Island," "Geraldine," "Free to Sing Act Two [Reprise]," "We'Re Holding Hands," "Terhou," "Finale," "Curtain Call," "I've Got My Feet On the Ground" (Alternative Version). Also at JayRecords.com.

Jeff Harnar: Dancing in the Dark
(PS Classics - new on mp3)
15th anniversary reissue of Jeff Harnar's American Songbook album. "I Say Hello," "Shall We Dance?," "Dancing in the Dark," "Love, Look Away," "Put 'em in a Box (Tie It With a Ribbon)," "How Little We Know," "On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)," "Lonely Town," "You Can Do No Wrong," "Taking a Chance on Love," "East Side of Heaven," "By Myself," "Blue Skies," "I Walk a Little Faster." Accompanied by full orchestra. Alex Rybeck, musical director, arranger and co-producer with Harnar. Also at iTunes, Spotify.

Mascherato: The Musical
(digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Studio cast album recording of score by Michael Elderkin. Book by James Willett. Rob Houchen, Katy Treharne, Jeremy Secomb, James Spilling, Nathaniel Parker, Oscar Conlon-Morrey, Mathew Healy, Emma Kershaw, Signora Da Monte, Colonel Emir, Ioanna Kimbook. Orchestra conductor, Jae Alexander. Chorus conductor, Michael Elderkin. Orchestra recorded on February 6-7, 2020 at Abbey Road Studios, London. Chorus and soloists recorded on March 19-20, 2020 at Masterchord Studios, London. Mixed at Masterchord Studios, London. Released 7/10/20.

Playing by Ear: Reflections on Sound and Music
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
In Peter Brook's collection of essays, the director reflects on the role of music in theatre and performance and revisits some of the best-known productions from his career, including Titus Andronicus, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, and The Prisoner. Topics range from how to evoke "true listening" to the relationship between words and music to the "living presence" of silence. 80 pages. Previously released in a Kindle Edition.

Reading Between the Lines: A Memoir (Janis Paige)
(Golden Age Press - Hardcover Book)
By Janis Paige. A memoir filled with stories of luminaries from the past. Chronicles such adventures as the author's journeys to the battlefields of Vietnam and Korea as well as one unforgettable trip to South Africa; her film career, vaudeville, Broadway, nightclubs, television and soaps; and her work to protect the legacy of her late husband, songwriter Ray Gilbert. 528 pages.


Week of July 21, 2020

Broadbend, Arkansas
(Broadway Records - new album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording of score by Ted Shen (music and lyrics), Ellen Fitzhugh (lyrics), Harrison David Rivers (lyrics), and Ted Shen (lyrics). Justin Cunningham and Danyel Fulton. With digital booklet. Released 7/17/20.

The Business of American Theatre
(Routledge - new Paperback Book)
By William Grange. Research guide to the history of producing theatre in the United States ... explores how traditions of investment, marketing, labor union contracts, advertising, leasing arrangements, ticket scalping, zoning ordinances, royalties, and numerous other financial transactions have influenced the art of theatre for the past three centuries ... Richard Rodgers and his keen eye for investment, Jacob Shubert and his construction of the "Bridge of Thighs" for his showgirls at the Winter Garden, the significance of the Disney souvenir shop near the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway, and the difference between losing millions of dollars on a Broadway show and making billions—all in one night. 336 pages. Kindle Edition released 6/2/20.

Ethan Slater: Life Is Weird
(Soundcat Records - new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
Second digital album from Tony-nominated (SpongeBob Squarepants) Ethan Slater. "Lisztomania," "Life Is Weird," and "Und."

Girl Crazy
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1943 musical film based on the stage musical. Music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin. Directed by Busby Berkeley and Norman Taurog. Starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. 99 minutes.

Michael Chekhov and Sanford Meisner: Collisions and Convergence in Actor Training
(Routledge - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Anjalee Deshpande Hutchinson, editor. Compilation of essays that offers a comprehensive analysis of the Sanford Meisner Acting Technique in comparison to the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique, revealing the connections as well as the contradictions between these two very different approaches. 274 pages.

Measure for Measure
(BBC/Opus Arte - new all-region DVD)
2019 RSC production directed by Gregory Doran. Antony Byrne, Sandy Grierson, Claire Price, James Cooney, Amy Trigg, Lucy Phelps. Bonus materials: "Measure for measure: A play for today?"; cast interviews; director's commentary; cast gallery. 148 minutes, plus 12 minutes of extras.

"National Anthem (Another One)"
(Lucid Life - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Song inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, performed by Broadway performer Chester Gregory (artistically known as C.H.E.S.S.); written with Terron Brooks. Produced by "Studio" Steve Wallace, written with Terron Brooks and features a rap by Jordyn. Released 7/15/20.

The Perfect Fit: The Musical
(Broadway Records - new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
Remote recording of new musical by 13-year-old Joshua Turchin (Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation). Featuring Laura Benanti, Nikki Renee Daniels, Joshua Turchin, Carly Gendell, Grace DeAmicis, Ellie Kim, Swayam Bhatia, Lily Brooks O'Briant, Luke Islam, Audrey Bennett, and Fabi Aguirre. Music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations, mixing and mastering by Dan Garmon and vocal direction by Joshua Turchin. Musicals Dan Garmon (keys 1/drums), Joshua Turchin (keys 2), Tomoko Akaboshi (violins, viola), Ansel Cohen (cello), David Kawamura (guitars), and Julia Adamy (upright/electric bass). Released 7/17/20.

The Sanest Guy in the Room: A Life in Lyrics
(Constable - Paperback Book)
By lyricist Don Black. "A rich and delightful paean to a life lived through song ... reveals the essence of Black's craft, looks at those who have inspired him and allows us to understand what made those icons tick ... with wit, warmth and great humour." Hardcover version available at Amazon UK. 320 pages.

Telly Leung: You Matter
(Soup J Productions - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
"You Matter" (Gary Adler and Phoebe Kreutz), "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Zoom with You" (Gary Adler and Phoebe Kreutz), "Go the Distance Hero," "Proud of Your Boy."

Victorians on Broadway: Literature, Adaptation, and the Modern American Musical
(Univ of Virginia Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Sharon Aronofsky Weltman. A wide-ranging interdisciplinary study of live stage musicals from the mid- to late twentieth century adapted from British literature written between 1837 and 1886. Investigates musical dramatizations of works by Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, Christina Rossetti, Robert Louis Stevenson, and others ... reveals what these musicals teach us about the Victorian books from which they derive and considers their enduring popularity and impact on our modern culture. Explores themes of race, religion, gender, and class, focusing attention on how these theatrical adaptations fit into aesthetic and intellectual movements while demonstrating the complexity of their enduring legacy. 328 pages.


Week of July 14, 2020

Home Street Home, Volume 1
(D-COM - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Music by Fat Mike. Lyrics by Fat Mike; additional Lyrics by Soma Snakeoil and Jeff Marx. Performers include Darla Belle, Ty Deran, Lena Hall, Emma Hunton, Ryan O'Connor, Lindsay Pearce. "Urban Campers," "The First Time," "Floor Seasons," "High Achievers," "Vicious Affection," "Three Against Me," "Atom Momb," "It's Not Easy Being Gay," "Missing Child," "Monsters." Released 6/22/20.

Kim David Smith Live at Joe's Pub
(on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Live album from Australian singer and performer Kim David Smith. "Introduction" (Overture), "Pirate Jenny," "Barbara Song," "Jonny, wenn du Geburtstag hast?," Black Max Prelude" (monologue), "Song of Black Max," "You Keep Me Hangin' On," "Nature Boy," "Shooting Star," Vamp Prelude" (monologue), "Ich bin ein Vamp!," "Dracula's Tango," "I Should Be So Lucky," "A Little Yearning," "All the Lovers," "The Singer."

Melissa Errico: Two Spring Songs for Summer
(new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
Recorded in quarantine. "You Must Believe in Spring" (Michel Legrand, lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman) and "Blackberry Winter" (Alec Wilder). Tedd Firth, music director and accompaniment on piano. Engineered by Alejandro Venguer, mastered by Oscar Zambrano, and executive produced by Kurt Deutsch, with Adam Gopnik serving as creative consultant. Released 7/10/20.

Rags: The Musical
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
London cast recording of Stephen Schwartz / Charles Strouse score. Recently played a limited run at Park Theatre, London. Carolyn Maitland, Dave Willetts, Sam Attwater, Debbie Chazen, Alex Gibson-Giorgio, Rachel Izen, Samuel Jones and Jude Muir, Martha Kirby, Oisin Nolan-Power, and Jeremy Rose, Arthur Boan, Angela Caesar, Adam Crossley, Drew Dillon, Matthew Gent, and Natasha Karp. Executive-produced by Stephen Schwartz. Nick Barstow, music producer and orchestrator. "Opening," "If We Never Meet Again," "Greenhorns," "Brand New World," "Edge of A Knife," "The Fabric of America," "Penny a Tune," "Bella's Song (Part One)," "Meet an Italian," "Friday Night Prayers," "No More Nightmares," "Little Lady," "Cheer Up, Chaimlet," "Blame It on the Summer Night," "For My Mary," "Take Our City Back," "Rags," "On the Fourth Day of July," "Yankee Boy," "Uptown," "Wanting," "Three Sunny Rooms," "Kaddish," "Bella's Song (Part Two)," "If We Never Meet Again (Reprise)," "Bread and Freedom," "Children of the Wind," "Finale." Joe Bunker, musical director. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joe and Nikki Davison at Auburn Jam Music. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes.

Shaina Taub: Another Winter
(P2020 - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Written and performed by Shaina Taub. Proceeds from this recording will go to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute. Recorded with band remotely 6/26/20.


Week of July 7, 2020

Climbing Rejection Mountain: An Actor's Path to Success, Stability, and Self-Esteem
(Applause - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition )
By Nick Wyman (Network, Catch Me If You Can) and Michael X. Martin (My Fair Lady, The Front Page, Bridges of Madison County). Full of practical advice and guidelines for approaching not only acting but life. Highlighted by anecdotes from Mr. Wyman's long, illustrious career (sixteen Broadway shows) as well as dozens of clever, amusing cartoons by the noted Broadway actor (seventeen Broadway shows) Michael X. Martin. 224 pages.

Idiots, Heathers, and Squips: The New Golden Age of the Musical Theatre
(Paperback Book)
By Scott Miller (Founder and Artistic Director, New Line Theatre). Latest in series about musicals. Covers the first decade and a half of the new millennium, guided by deep dives into eleven of the musicals that represent the astonishing variety and fearlessness of this new Golden Age, including bare, Urinetown, Sweet Smell of Success, Jerry Springer the Opera, Passing Strange, Cry-Baby, Next to Normal, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, American Idiot, Heathers, and Be More Chill. 314 pages. Released 2/9/20. Others in this series, most recently published: "Literally Anything Goes: 14 Great Oddball Musicals And What Makes Them Tick" and "It's a Musical!: 400 Questions to Ponder, Discuss, and Fight About".

Lost Broadway & More Volume 8
(Original Cast Records - new on CD)
"Musical Theatre's Under-the-Radar Forget-Me-Nots." Includes songs/cut songs from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, All in Love, The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N, The Gay Life, Grand Terrace Revue, 5th Edition, I’m Solomon, Jackpot, Jennie, Laugh a Little, Cry a Little, Something’S Afoot, Three’s a Crowd, A Wonderful Life. Performers include Meg Bussert, Chuck Cooper, Sheldon Harnick, Tom Hewitt, Richard Kind, Anna Menken, Barbara Minkus, Brooke Moriber, Jill Paice, Michele Ragusa, Gary Stevens, Jack Urbont, Bill Weeden. 22 tracks. Lost Broadway and More 7 released 2/28/20.

Les Misérables and Its Afterlives
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of 2015 book by Kathryn M. Grossman and Bradley Stephens. Offers analysis of both the Victor Hugo novel itself and its adaptations: more than 60 international film and television variations, numerous radio dramatizations, animated versions, comics, stage plays, and the world's longest running musical, which itself has generated a wealth of fan-made and online content. Draws together essays from across a variety of fields, combining readings of Les Misérables with reflections on some of its multimedia afterlives, including musical theater and film from the silent period to today's digital platforms. The contributors offer new insights into the development and reception of Hugo's celebrated classic, deepening our understanding of the novel as a work that unites social commentary with artistic vision and raising important questions about the cultural practice of adaptation. 262 pages.

The Understudy
(Hansen Pub Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
New novel by stage actress Ellen Tovatt Leary about the life of a Broadway actress in the 1970s. 255 pages.


Week of June 30, 2020

The 24 Hour Plays Viral Monologues: New Monologues Created During the Coronavirus Pandemic
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Features original monologues by writers such as David Lindsay-Abaire, Clare Barron, Hilary Bettis, Hansol Jung, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Christopher Oscar Peña, Jesse Eisenberg and Monique Moses. A rich collection that can be enjoyed by actors, writers and those looking for creative responses to the global COVID-19 crisis. 144 pages.

Hair
(Olive Films - on Blu-ray)
New HD restoration of 1979 movie based on the Broadway musical. Score by Galt MacDermot, James Rado and Gerome Ragni. Screenplay by Michael Weller. Cast includes John Savage, Treat Williams, Beverly D'Angelo, Annie Golden. Directed by Miloš Forman. Audio commentary by assistant director Michael Hausman and actor Treat Williams; The Tribe Remembers with Beverly D’Angelo, Don Dacus, Ellen Foley, Annie Golden, John Savage, and Dorsey Wright; Making Chance Work: Choreographing Hair with choreographer Twyla Tharp; Cutting Hair with editors Lynzee Klingman and Stanley Warnow; Hair Style with production designer Stuart Wurtzel; Artist, Teacher, Mentor: Remembering Milos Forman with director James Mangold; essay by critic Sheila O’Malley. This release will be manufactured in a limited pressing of 3,500 units.

Hamilton 2021 Day-to-Day Calendar
(Universe Publishing - daily calendar)
320 pages.

Hamilton 2021 Wall Calendar
(Universe Publishing - wall calendar)
24 pages.

"Next Year"
(Ghostlight Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
From "Saturday Night Seder." Written by Hannah Friedman, Benj Pasek, Mark Sonnenblick, and Shaina Taub. Features Shaina Taub and Skylar Astin. All profits will benefit Jews For Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ). Links to streaming services at GhostlightRecords.com.

Royalties soundtrack
(Republic Records - new album on mp3 / at iTunes)
Soundtrack from new Quibi series starring Darren Criss, which features original songs and ten music videos by Darren Criss, featuring performances by Jordan Fisher, Julianne Hough, Jackie Tohn, Bonnie McKee, Jennifer Coolidge, Lil Rel Howery, Mark Hamill, Rufus Wainwright, and Sabrina Carpenter, and Criss. "This is a Theme Song," "Just That Good," "Break It In," "Let Your Hair Down," "Kick Your Shoes Off," "Mighty As Kong," "I Am So Much Better Than You At Everything," "Make You Come True," "Prizefighter," "Also You," "I Hate That I Need You," "Perfect Song."

So You Want to Sing Cabaret: A Guide for Performers
(Rowman & Littlefield - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By David Sabella and Sue Matsuki. Foreword by Lorna Luft. Examines in detail the unique vocal and nonvocal requirements for professional performance within the genre of cabaret. Includes interviews from Michael Feinstein, Ann Hampton Callaway, Roy Sander, Sidney Myer, Jeff Harner and others. Produced in partnership with the National Association of Teachers of Singing and features online supplemental material, including style-specific exercises, audio and video files, on the NATS website.

West Side Story: The Jets, the Sharks, and the Making of a Classic (Turner Classic Movies)
(Running Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Richard Barrios. Richly illustrated full account of the making of the 1961 ground-breaking movie classic West Side Story. 232 pages.

When You Believe
(Ghostlight Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
From "Saturday Night Seder." Cynthia Erivo and Shoshana Bean, accompanied by composer Stephen Schwartz (The Prince of Egypt). All profits will benefit Jews For Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ). Links to streaming services at GhostlightRecords.com.

Selections From Zip Goes A Million & Happy Holiday
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
An album of selections from two George Posford and Eric Maschwitz London musicals The 1951 Zip Goes a Million was based on the 1902 novel "Brewster's Millions" and written as a vehicle for variety entertainer George Formby, with co-stars Sara Gregory and Warde Donovan. Six songs from the London production were recorded with the original cast and issued across three 78rpm records on the HMV label. The 1954 Happy Holiday was an adaptation of the Arnold Ridley play The Ghost Train. Reg Dixon played the lead role of Charlie Purseglove in a cast that also included Janet Brown, Marie Burke and Austin Melford. Reg Dixon recorded four songs from the London production which were subsequently issued across two 78rpm records on the HMV label. This collection compiles the original London cast recordings, along with a number of pop covers and instrumentals from each score performed by such artists as Pearl Carr, Ronnie Harris, Leslie A. Hutchinson and the Frank Barber Orchestra. As a special bonus, the disc includes selections from a live radio broadcast of Zip Goes A Million on the the BBC radio programme "Henry Hall's Guest Night." Detailed liner notes by director and theatre historian Stewart Nicholls. 27 tracks, listed at Amazon. Also at StageDoorRecords.com.


Week of June 23, 2020


Hans Christian Andersen
(Warner Archive - new blu-ray)
1952 musical film starring Danny Kaye. Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. Directed by Charles Vidor.

Artists in Residence
(Broadway Records - new album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original songs, including new works by film and Broadway favorites Alan Menken, David Zippel, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, as well as multiple award-winning theatre writers Todd Almond, Sean Barry and Jenny Giering, Carmel Dean, Andrew Gerle, Adam Gwon, Peter Mills, Ryan Scott Oliver, Eric Price and Will Reynolds, Ben Wexler, Jake Wildhorn, and David and Joseph Zellnik. Victoria Clark, Santino Fontana, Rachel Bay Jones, Patina Miller, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Laura Osnes, Victoria Huston-Elem, Amber Gray, Christiane Noll, Lauren Ward, Harolyn Blackwell. All tracks are the products of collaborations and recordings done from the artists' homes. To benefit the Actors Fund and the Dramatists Guild.

Judy Garland: The Best of Lost Tracks 2: 1936-1967
(JSP Records - on CD)
Compilation. Along with material collated from the previous Lost Tracks box sets, there is the previously unknown 1938 "You Couldn't Be Cuter."

Our Table: A New Musical
(Broadway Records - new album on mp3/at iTunes)
Score by David Shire and Adam Gopnik. Recorded live, with songs and dialogue, at Feinstein's/54 Below with Melissa Errico, Constantine Maroulis, Juliette McEnroe, Andy Taylor, Tyler Jones, Analise Scarpaci, and Mark Nelson (plus a recording of a song from the score, "Lucky," that was not included in the concert presentation, sung by Liz Callaway and Alice Ripley). Music director: Deniz Cordell. Concert based on original production at Long Wharf Theater. Released 6/19/20.

Robbie Rozelle: Songs from Inside My Locker
(Broadway Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Recorded February 23 and March 1, 2019 at Feinstein's/54 Below. Written by Robbie Rozelle. Musical direction and arrangements by Josh D. Smith. Six-piece band The Two Drink Minimum. Special guests include Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels) and Maya Days (Aida). "Let's Misbehave," Kim at the top of Miss Saigon..., "If I Only Had a Brain," A ballad k-hole..., "Little Girls / Captain Hook's Tango," My two dads..., "Charles Nelson Reilly / Paul Lynde Medley The Kid," My very first boyfriend ever..., "First Penis I Saw," They just decided it's Spring..., "In Hell's Kitchen," There are so many roles I never got to play..., "The Aged-Out Medley," Comedy comes in threes..., "A Step Too Far (with Bonnie Milligan and Maya Days)," Everyone has mantras..., "I Have Found Tomorrow / Here Comes the Sun," I'm an accidental performer..., "Change in Me," A Hefty bag covered in KY..., "Jam Tomorrow." Produced by Michael J Moritz Jr.


Strike Up the Band
(Warner Archives - new blu-ray)
1940 musical film from MGM starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. 100 minutes.


Week of June 16, 2020

American Morning
(new digital album)
Studio cast recording of score by Timothy Huang. Tells the story of two immigrant cab drivers taking opposite shifts off the same medallion. Josh Dela Cruz, Raymond J. Lee, and Arielle Jacobs, Andrew Cristi, Troy Iwata, Will Roland, Allie Trim, Thom Sesma, Jason Sweettooth Williams, and Isabel Santiago. Orchestrations by Alexander Sage Oyen. Released by Kate Hall & Gary Lynch and The Lisa Cleff Kurtz and Michael Kurtz Foundation, in association with Less Than Rent Theatre. Produced by Alexander Sage Oyen and Timothy Huang.

Lauren Turner: Play On
(Broadway Records - new EP on mp3)
New York cabaret singer album. "I Have Nothing," "I’ll Be There," "If It Makes You Happy," "Fire and Rain," "The Heart of the Matter." A portion of proceeds from the album will go to charities benefiting doctors fighting the pandemic. Produced by Mitchell Walker and features Michael Isaacs on piano, Daniel Muniz on guitar and background vocals by Tara Martinez.

Macbeth in Harlem: Black Theater in America from the Beginning to Raisin in the Sun
(Rutgers Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Clifford Mason. Tells the story of black actors and their fellow black theatrical artists, from the early nineteenth century to the dawn of the civil rights era. How they fought to carve out a space for authentic black voices onstage at a time when blockbuster plays like Uncle Tom's Cabin and The Octoroon trafficked in cheap stereotypes. A testament to black artistry thriving in the face of adversity, chronicling how even as the endemic racism in American society and its theatrical establishment forced black performers to abase themselves for white audiences’ amusement, African Americans overcame those obstacles to enrich the nation’s theater in countless ways. 246 pages.

The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad
(Grand Central Publishing - Hardcover/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD)
By Mike Birbiglia, with poems by J. Hope Stein. Basis for Mike Birbiglia's Drama Desk-winning 2018 Broadway show The New One. Sharing some of his darkest and funniest thoughts about the decision to have a child, his wife's pregnancy, and that first year with their child. 256 pages.

Romance on the High Seas
(Warner Archive - new blu-ray)
1948 musical film starring Doris Day, Jack Carson, Janis Paige, Don DeFore. Songs by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn.

Tarell Alvin McCraney: Theater, Performance, and Collaboration
(Northwestern Univ Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Edited by Sharrell Luckett, David Román, and Isaiah Wooden. first book to dedicate scholarly attention to the work of Tarell Alvin McCraney (Choir Boy, Head of Passes, The Brother/Sister Plays). Featuring essays, interviews, and commentaries by scholars and artists, who consider McCraney's innovations as a playwright, adapter, director, performer, teacher, and collaborator, bringing fresh and diverse perspectives to their observations and analyses. 264 pages.

Ultimate Peggy Lee
(Capitol - new on CD/vinyl)
Salute to music legend Peggy Lee, and celebrating her landmark 100th birthday. New, career-spanning collection featuring hits and signature songs. "I Love Being Here With You," "Fever," "Things Are Swingin'," "I Don't Know Enough About You," "I'm A Woman," "Just In Time," "Hallelujah, I Love Him So," "Sweet Happy Life," "Alright, Okay, You Win," "Too Close For Comfort," "Why Don't You Do Right (Get Me Some Money Too)," "It's A Good Day," "You Deserve," "Heart," "Big Spender," "He's A Tramp," "I Wanna Be Around," "Black Coffee," "I've Got The World On A String," "The Folks Who Live On The Hill," "Is That All There Is?," "Try A Little Tenderness" (previously unreleased). Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes.


Week of June 9, 2020

A Little More Alive: Nick Blaemire
(Unsigned Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Musical by Nick Blaemire. Damon Daunno, Gabriel Ebert, Molly Hager, Van Hughes, Brian D'arcy James, Daniel Jenkins, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Katie McManus, Annemarie Milazzo, Alexander Sage Oyen, Hunter Parrish, Nicolette Robinson, Michael Rupert, Michael Tacconi, Allie Trimm, Emily Walton. Released 5/26/20.

August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
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.

Boca Bound
(Broadway Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording of score by Richard Peshkin. Gail Byer, Steve Carroll, Philip Chaffin, J.R. Coley, Justin Figueroa, Peter Librach, Missy McArdle, Janna Morrison, Colleen Pagano, Neva Rae Powers, Troy Stanley, and Ashley Wilcox. "It's Boca Baby," "A Little Tact," "All Alone," "Golf's a Bitch," "He Gets Me," "Nothing Prepared Me for Her," "A Better Me," "Balmy Boca Date Night," "Someone Else's Children," "Another Day in Paradise," "There's Something About Her," "I'm in a Pickle," "Chemistry," "You Never Let Go of a Dream," "Tough Love," "All Our Sons Are Gods," "There's a Place," "It's Boca Baby (Finale)." Produced by Michael J Moritz Jr. Released 6/5/20. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Deanna Durbin Collection I
(Kino Classics - new 3-disc Blu-ray set)
Three musical films starring Deanna Durbin: 100 Men and a Girl, Three Smart Girls Grow Up, It Started with Eve. Extras: audio commentary by film historian Stephen Vagg (100 Men and a Girl); audio commentary by film historian Samm Deighan (It Started with Eve); theatrical trailers.

Flop Musicals of the Twenty-First Century: How They Happened, When They Happened (And What We've Learned)
(Routledge - new paperback book/Kindle Edition)
By Stephen Purdy. A historical narrative of a group of musicals that cost millions, were created by world-renowned writers and directors, and that had spectacular potential... but bombed anyway. 118 pages.

Plays Worth Remembering - Volume 1 and Volume 2: A Veritable Feast of George Ade's Greatest Hits
(Ade Royalties and Publishing - Vol. 1 Kindle Edition/Vol. 2 Kindle Edition)
Two-volume set of 14 plays and two silent film screenplays by turn-of-the-20th century American playwright George Ade. Many of these works have never been published before and some do not exist in complete form anywhere else. Ade’s plays offer a valuable and funny commentary on politics, community and social norms in the late 1800s/early 1900s. Released 5/1/20. Also available: Hardcover boxed set with brief autobiography, a description of Ade's early years as a playwright, hand-drawn stage designs and choreography suggestions, photos, poster art, and much more.

Shakespeare for Squirrels: A Novel
(William Morrow - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD/Audible Audiobook)
By Christopher Moore. Narrator: Euan Morton. "Shakespeare meets Dashiell Hammett." "A rollicking tale of love, magic, madness, and murder ... a Midsummer Night's noir." 288 pages.

The Summer Set: A Novel
(Graydon House - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD/Audible Audiobook)
By Aimee Agresti. Novel set in the world of theater people. 384 pages. Released 5/12/20.

Victor and Victoria (Viktor und Viktoria)
(Kino Classics - new Blu-ray/DVD)
1933 musical film that was the basis for the 1982 American musical film and 1995 Broadway musical Victor/Victoria. Starring Renate Müller and Hermann Thimig. Produced in the final days of the Weimar Republic. Extra: audio commentary by film historian Gaylyn Studlar. 98 minutes.


June 16, 2020


Week of June 2, 2020

Amélie
(Craft Recordings - new album on mp3/at iTunes)
U.K. production of musical with score by Daniel Messé (music and lyrics) and Nathan Tysen (lyrics). Audrey Brisson, Sophie Crawford, Faoileann Cunningham, Rachel Dawson, Oliver Grant, Chris Jared, Caolan McCarthy, Kate Robson-Stuart, Josh Sneesby, Jez Unwin, Johnson Willis. "The Flight of the Blue Fly," "World's Best Papa," "Post Mortem," "The Sound of Going Round In Circles," "The Commute Home," "When the Booth Goes Bright," "The Bottle Drops," "Girl with the Glass," "How To Tell Time," "Tour De France," "Goodbye, Amélie," "Half Asleep," "Backyard," "Sister's Pickle," "Halfway," "Window Seat," "Thin Air," "There's No Place Like Gnome," "Times Are Hard for Dreamers," "Blue Arrow Suite," "The Late Nino Quincampoix," "A Better Haircut," "Stay," "Halfway (Reprise / Original London Cast Recording)," "Where Do We Go From Here?."

Broadway Tails: Heartfelt Stories of Rescued Dogs Who Became Showbiz Superstars (3rd edition)
(Lyons Press - Paperback Book)
Updated version of Bill Berloni's 2008 book about his work training animals for hundreds of films, commercials, and television shows as well as live theater, beginning with Annie. Tells the true stories of “throw-away” animals who came back to work with some of entertainment's biggest names, names like Bernadette Peters, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mike Nichols, the New York City Ballet, and many more. 312 pages.

Geraldine Fitzgerald in Streetsongs
(Harbinger Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes/onVinyl LP)
Original 1983 cast album. Geraldine Fitzgerald's cabaret show, which was presented in a PBS special, at Roundabout Theatre, at the the White House, and on a national tour. Described by the singer as "songs any of us might sing walking down the street." "Opening Theme: Underneath the Arches Forget-Me-Not Lane," "Danny Boy," "The Poor People of Paris," "She's Leaving Home; Swanee," "Kerry Dance," "Phil the Fluter's Ball," "Four Green Fields," "Lily of Laguna," "Carrick Fergus," "The Pig Song; Saturday Night at the Rose & Crown," "Underneath-the-Street Songs; Who's This Geezer, Hitler"; Smile; Pack Up Your Troubles; When You're Smiling; The White Cliffs of Dover; Closing Theatre: Fitzy's Rag." Taped before a live audience at Cleveland's Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival and released on LP. First time on CD. Cover by Al Hirschfeld. Extensive liner notes. Bonus track with excerpts from a radio interview.

The Lehman Trilogy: A Novel
(HarperVia - new hardcover book/Kindle Edition/audiobook on CD/Audible Audiobook)
The novel, in verse, that inspired the West End/Off-Broadway play by Stefano Massini. Spanning three generations and 150 years, a moving epic that tells the story of modern capitalism through the saga of the Lehman brothers and their descendants. A story of immigration, ambition, and success. 720 pages.

The Methuen Drama Anthology of American Women Playwrights: 1970 - 2020
(Methuen Drama - new paperback book/Kindle Edition)
Wesley Brown and Aimée K. Michel, editors. Includes Gun, Spell #7, The Jacksonian, The Baltimore Waltz, In the Blood, Intimate Apparel. 352 pages.

The Mikado to Matilda: British Musicals on the New York Stage
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Thomas S. Hischak. An overview of British musicals that made their way to Broadway, covering their entire history up to the present day. Covers 110 British musicals, ranging from 1750 to the present day. Each London musical is discussed first as a success in England and then how it fared in America. The plots, songs, songwriters, performers, and producers for both the West End and the Broadway (or Off-Broadway) production are identified and described. 360 pages.

Shakespeare in the Theatre: The National Theatre, 1963–1975: Olivier and Hall
(The Arden Shakespeare - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of 2018 book by Robert Shaughnessy about the National Theatre's most Shakespearean period in its history, 1963-1975, one which included Laurence Olivier's Othello and Shylock, a radical all-male As You Like It, the Berliner Ensemble's Coriolanus and Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Tells the interlinked stories of the National's relationship with Shakespeare through a series of production case studies. 264 pages.


Week of May 26, 2020

Frankie! The Musical
(Broadway Records - new album on mp3/at iTunes)
Concept album for new musical by 16-year-old Elise Marra. Caitlin Kinnunen (The Prom), Jason Gotay (Evita, Between the Lines), Jason SweetTooth Williams (Be More Chill), Autumn Hurlbert (Legally Blonde), Allie Trimm (13), Delphi Borich (Cinderella), and percussionist Jacquelene Acevedo (American Utopia). Recorded at 2nd Story Sound. Producers Ashley Kate Adams and Mitchell Walker. Music direction by Benjamin Weiss. "Take a Deep Breath Prologue / Keep It All Together," "Take a Deep Breath," "Come to This Dance," "Isn't It Too Much," "Something We Can Do," "You're Home," "I'll Get Mad," "Learning," "Home Tonight," "Hey Now!," "Take a Deep Breath" (Instrumental).

Hansard
(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book)
Play by Simone Woods which premiered at the National Theatre in London in 2019. 96 pages. Kindle Edition released in 2019.

Petula Clark: On Air 1951-1961
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
Landmark collection representing a unique archival discovery of recordings made by Petula Clark for various BBC Radio programmes between 1951 and 1961. Selections from the long running "Calling All Forces," where Petula appeared and broadcast on a weekly basis as the resident featured artist. Almost all of the performances featured on this collection have gone unheard since their original transmission. 23 tracks, 18 of which make their debut on CD. "Good Luck, Good Health, God Bless You," "Harbour Lights," "While the Angelus Was Ringing," "With a Song in My Heart," "Till Then," "Down in the Glen," "I'll Make Up for Everything," "My Choice," "Far Away Places," "My Happiness," "Someone Like You," "Autumn Leaves," "Always," "Made in Heaven," "We're a Couple of Swells (With Billy Ternent)," "Relax-Ay-Voo," "Suddenly There's a Valley," "Ooh Bang Jiggilly Jang," "It's Magic," "Sailor," "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes / Dancing in the Dark" Bonus tracks "Stardust," "Ordinary People" (With George Formby). Limited Edition of 500 units only. Also at StageDoorRecords.com.

Ute Lemper: Rendezvous with Marlene
(Jazzhaus Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Based on a 3-hour phone call and exchange between Marlene Dietrich and Ute Lemper in 1988 in Paris. Ute tells Marlene's story, along with singing songs from all the chapters of her life, from the Berlin cabaret years to her fabulous Burt Bacharach collaborations. "One for My Baby," "Lili Marleen," "They Call Me Naughty Lola," "Blowing in the Wind," "Marie Marie," "Ruins of Berlin," "Und wenn er wiederkommt," "When the World Was Young," "Wenn ich mir was wünschen dürfte," "Want to Buy Some Illusions," "Que Reste-t-il De Nos Amour," "The Laziest Gal in Town," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "Just a Gigolo," "Falling in Love Again," "Ich hab' noch einen Koffer in Berlin," "Allein in einer großen Stadt," "Dejeuner Du Matin," "Wenn der Sommer wieder einzieht," "Sch... Kleines Baby." Released 5/22/20


Week of May 19, 2020

Kathryn Gallagher: Demos, Vol. 1
(new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
Kathryn Gallagher (Jagged Little Pill). "Even My Dog," "How Do You Talk About Us Now," "Friends to Entertain," "It Was Good," "My Therapist Calls It Healing." Released 5/15/20.

The L.A. Theatre Works Audio Docudrama Series: Pivotal Moments in American History
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Foreword by Professor Michael Hackett. Play anthology featuring five docudramas originally commissioned by L.A. Theatre Works that each explore pivotal moments in 20th century U.S history: The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial by Peter Goodchild; The Real Dr. Strangelove by Peter Goodchild; RFK: The Journey to Justice by Murray Horwitz and Jonathan Estrin; The Chicago Conspiracy Trial by Peter Goodchild; Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers by Geoffrey Cowan and Leroy Aarons. 312 pages. Released 5/14/20.

The Liz Swados Project
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
World premiere recordings of 14 songs. Tribute to five-time Tony Award nominee, Liz Swados. Starr Busby, Sophia Anne Caruso, Damon Daunno, Amber Gray, Stephanie Hsu, Jo Lampert, Alicia Olatuja, Ashley Pérez Flanagan, Grace McLean, and Ali Stroker, in addition to songwriter/performers The Bengsons, Heather Christian, Michael R. Jackson, Taylor Mac, Dave Malloy, Shaina Taub, and the late Michael Friedman, among others. "We Are Not Strangers," "Every Now and Then," "Oh, King Daddy," "The Red Queen," "In This My Green World," "Take Me to Paris," "Souf," "You Gave Me Love," "You Do Not Have To Be Good," "Song of the Child Prostitute," "The Dance," "Salvador," "Isadora," "Lonesome of the Road," "War Gets Old," "A Change Shall Come," "Bird Lament," "Amen," "Things I Didn't Know I Loved." Produced by Lauren Fitzgerald, Kris Kukul and Matt Stine, with Kurt Deutsch and Rosalind Lichter serving as executive producers. Kris Kukul provides orchestrations and arrangements. Currently at GhostlightRecords.com.

M is for MAMA (and also Merlot): A Modern Mom's ABCs
(Peter Pauper Press - Hardcover Book)
By Laura Benanti. Illustrated by Helene Weston. A board book for moms. This irreverent board book provides laughter, reassurance, confidence, honesty, and perhaps even a moment of relaxation for expectant, new, and not-so-new moms. 28 pages. Currently out of stock.

Pop Bart! (Pop Hits, Misses & Rarities written by Lionel Bart)
(Jasmine - on 2 CDs)
Features many of the Lionel Bart penned pop singles released between the start of his professional writing career in 1956 and 1962 as well as pop covers of songs from his hit shows including Oliver!, Things Ain't What They Used To Be and Blitz!. Tracks in their original single versions (in stereo where possible), alongside selected studio cast LP recordings and recordings by Bart himself, under his own name or hiding behind a pseudonyms such as Ocher Nebbish. Features many recordings that have never been released on CD before, including rare singles by Billy Dainty, Dickie Loader, and the Barry Sisters. 65 tracks. Released 1/17/20.

Repeat Attenders
(new video on demand)
Documentary film by Mark Dooley. Delves into the psychology of the most extreme Broadway superfans, revealing the complexities of their devotion. Filmed over a six-year period on Broadway, in London’s West End, and in Germany and Australia, Repeat Attenders introduces audiences to fans of Cats, Rent, Les Miserables, Starlight Express, and more. Available at Vimeo. To be available later at Amazon and on iTunes.

So Laugh a Little
(Kindle Edition)
By Molly Picon, with Eth Clifford Rosenberg. Molly Picon reminisces about her upbringing and career through the relationship with her fascinating grandmother. Originally published in 1962.

Still Waiting in the Wings
(JJ Spotlight Productions - new on DVD/streaming)
Directed By Q. Allan Brocka. Written By Jeffrey A. Johns And Arie Gonzalez. Jeffrey A. Johns, Joe Abraham, Rena Strober, Adam Huss, Blake Peyrot, Harrison White, and Rebekah Kochan, with special appearances By Nick Adams, Ed Asner, Carole Cook, Lee Meriwether, Patricia Richardson, Chita Rivera, Seth Rudetsky, Sally Struthers, Bruce Vilanch and Cindy Williams. "A light-hearted musical tale following the triumphs and trials of actors dreaming of the Great White Way, mixing sweet aspirations with bitter drama." Previously titled Waiting in the Wings the Musical. Released 5/15/20. At Amazon.com and JJSpotlightProductions.com. Soundtrack also available on CD.


Week of May 12, 2020

Ben Platt: So Will I
(Atlantic Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Ben Platt performs song he co-wrote with Michael Pollack and producer Finneas Baird O'Connell. Released 5/8/20.

Rags: The Musical
(Ghostlight Records - new album on mp3/at iTunes)
London cast recording of Stephen Schwartz / Charles Strouse score. Recently played a limited run at Park Theatre, London. Carolyn Maitland, Dave Willetts, Sam Attwater, Debbie Chazen, Alex Gibson-Giorgio, Rachel Izen, Samuel Jones and Jude Muir, Martha Kirby, Oisin Nolan-Power, and Jeremy Rose, Arthur Boan, Angela Caesar, Adam Crossley, Drew Dillon, Matthew Gent, and Natasha Karp. Executive-produced by Stephen Schwartz. Nick Barstow, music producer and orchestrator. "Opening," "If We Never Meet Again," "Greenhorns," "Brand New World," "Edge of A Knife," "The Fabric of America," "Penny a Tune," "Bella's Song (Part One)," "Meet an Italian," "Friday Night Prayers," "No More Nightmares," "Little Lady," "Cheer Up, Chaimlet," "Blame It on the Summer Night," "For My Mary," "Take Our City Back," "Rags," "On the Fourth Day of July," "Yankee Boy," "Uptown," "Wanting," "Three Sunny Rooms," "Kaddish," "Bella's Song (Part Two)," "If We Never Meet Again (Reprise)," "Bread and Freedom," "Children of the Wind," "Finale." Joe Bunker, musical director. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joe and Nikki Davison at Auburn Jam Music. Also at GhostlightRecords.com.

Six vocal selections songbook
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Songs from the 2020 Broadway show, with score by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. Includes "All You Wanna Do," "Don't Lose Ur Head," "Ex-Wives," "Get Down," "Haus of Holbein," "Heart of Stone," "I Don't Need Your Love," "No Way," "Six."

Tarrytown studio cast
(Contumacious Creatures Music - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Musical by Adam Wachter. Jeremy Jordan, Krysta Rodriguez, and Andy Mientus. Orchestrations by Brian Usifer. Musicians Paul Staroba (piano), Summer Boggess (cello), Jeff Roberts (drums), Hiroko Taguchi (violin), Lou Garrett (guitar), and Alex Eckhardt (bass). "Tarrytown," "Katrina's Welcome Song," "My New Gay Best Friend," "Four Downs To The Ten-Yard Line," "Dinner For Three (Part 1)," "Back Home," "Dinner For Three (Part 2)," "What Do You Do?," "History," "Goes Away," "Down The Stairs," "Apple-Picking Song," "The Man In The Middle," "The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow," "When You're Near," "Ichabod," "Another Halloween." All proceeds to benefit The Actors Fund.


May 26, 2020

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
(Paramount - new blu-ray)
1970 film, based on 1965 Broadway musical, with score by Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner. Cast includes Barbra Streisand, Yves Montand, Larry Blyden, Bob Newhart, Simon Oakland, John Richardson, Jack Nicholson, Roy Kinnear, Irene Handl, Pamela Brown.


Week of May 5, 2020

Broadway in the Box: Television's Lasting Love Affair with the Musical
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Kelly Kessler. Explores this rich, decades-long history by traversing musicals, stars, and sounds from film, Broadway, and Las Vegas to the small screen. From Rodgers and Hammerstein's appearance on the first Toast of the Town telecast and Mary Martin's iconic Peter Pan airings to Barbra Streisand's 1960s CBS specials, "The Carol Burnett Show," "Cop Rock," "Smash," "Galavant," "My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," Great Performances, and a string of one-off musical episodes of sitcoms, nighttime soaps, fantasy shows, and soap operas. 352 pages.

Cambodian Rock Band
(Yellow Sound Label - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Off-Broadway (Signature Theatre Company) cast recording. Songs by Dengue Fever. Cast includes Courtney Reed, Abraham Kim, Francis Jue, Moses Villarama, Jane Lui, and Joe Ngo. "Jeas Cyclo a," "Uku," "Old Pot Still Cooks Good Rice," "Family Business," "One Thousand Years of Tarantula," "Cement Slippers," "Champa Battambang," "Sni Bong," "Tooth and Nail," "I'm Sixteen," "Jeas Cyclo B," "Today I Learnt to Drink."

David Jenness: Forgotten Gems from Stage & Screen
(Harbinger Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
First public release of album by David Jenness (1937-2017), author of the 2005 book "Classic American Popular Song." Backed by pianist Bert Dalton and other musicians. "Dancing on a Dime," "Introduction," "Nothing but You," "Have You Got Any Castles, Baby?," "Lonely Feet," "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary," "She Didn't Say Yes," "The Faraway Part of Town," "This Can't Be True," "Gus the Gopher," "Love Turned the Light Out," "Rap Tap on Wood," "Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye," "I've Been Alone Too Long," "It's Got to Be Love," "Low and Lazy," "Falling Out of Love Can Be Fun," "Here's What I'm Here For," "Happy as the Day Is Long," "Use Your Imagination," "Take Love Easy," "Tiny Room," "Have Feet, Will Dance," "Paris Is a Lonely Town," "Monday Morning Blues," "So Far, So Good," "Something Known." Digital booklet included with album purchase. Released 5/1/20.

Georgia Stitt: A Quiet Revolution
(Craft Recordings - new on CD)
Original songs theatre songwriter/composer Georgia Stitt features performances by Kate Baldwin, Laura Benanti, Andrea Burns, Brandon Victor Dixon, Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry, Jeremy Jordan, Norm Lewis, Emily Skinner, Jessica Vosk, Betsy Wolfe, and E.J. Zimmerman. "Maybe It's Me," "Mister Blue," "Casual," "The Great American Black And White," "Before I Lose My Mind," "The Water Is Wide," "Come Over," "Palimpsest," "Always Something More," "Prepared," "The Baby Song," "Onward, Beyond," "Stop." Previously released on mp3 and at iTunes. Released 5/1/20.

Sea Wall / A Life
(Audible audiobook)
By Simon Stephens and Nick Payne. Narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge, who starred in the 2019 Off-Broadway and Broadway productions. Available at Audible.com.

Squeamish
(streaming at Pandemic Playhouse)
Aaron Mark's 2017 play starring Alison Fraser. Streaming at Pandemic Playhouse. Also available on Spotify.

We Can Be Kind: Healing Our World One Kindness at a Time
(new audiobook)
David Friedman's 2017 book, now in audiobook format, with Nancy LaMott singing Friedman's "We Can Be Kind." Foreword by Lucie Arnaz. Through story, meditation and suggestions on how we can be kind not only to others, but to ourselves as well, Friedman encourages us to create new ways of building community. At LibraryTalesPublishing.com. Previously available in Paperback and Kindle formats.


Week of April 28, 2020

Cats
(Universal Pictures - new 2-disc blu-ray/DVD)
2019 film adaptation starring James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Robert Fairchild, Francesca Hayward, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson. Directed by Tom Hooper. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Also to be available for streaming on Amazon Prime. Blu-ray set includes DVD and digital copy. Extras: 9 Lives: The Cast of Cats; Singing Live; Making Macavity; A Director's Journey; Making Music; The Art of Dance; Scaling Up; A Little Magic; The Dancers; Cat School; Feature Commentary with Director Tom Hooper; The Art of Dance. Also streaming on Amazon Prime. Delayed.

Humana Festival 2018: The Complete Plays
(Limelight Editions - Paperback Book)
Amy Wegener and Jenni Page-White, editors. All six scripts from the 42nd annual cycle of world premieres at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville: Do You Feel Anger? by Mara Nelson-Greenberg, Evocation to Visible Appearance by Mark Schultz, we, the invisibles by Susan Soon He Stanton, Marginal Loss by Deborah Stein, God Said This by Leah Nanako Winkler, and You Across from Me, a collaboratively written play by four writers—Jaclyn Backhaus, Dipika Guha, Brian Otaño, and Jason Gray Platt.

Missing Sounds of New York
(New York Public Library/Mother New York)
Audio landscapes that evoke some of the sounds of New York City. A love letter to NYC, connecting New Yorkers around the familiar sounds of urban life that they love and miss during this unprecedented time of social separation. Each track uses a combination of sounds to create familiar, ambient canvases on which mini stories are placed: a glass breaking in a bar, a dance performance on the subway, an overly enthusiastic baseball fan. Missing Sounds of New York reminds us of what makes New York so special for so many people. "To See an Underground Show," "Romancing Rush Hour," "Serenity Is a Rowdy City Park," "Out in Left Field," "For the Love of Noisy Neighbors," "I'd Call a Cab to Anywhere," "Never Call It a Night Again," "The Not-Quite-Quiet Library." At SoundCloud.com/nypl/ and Spotify.

Pal Joey: The History of a Heel (Broadway Legacies)
(Oxford Univ Press - Kindle Edition)
By Julianne Lindberg. Through an archive-driven investigation of the musical Pal Joey and its music, author Lindberg offers insight into the historical moment during which Joey was born, and to the process of genre classification, canon formation, and the ensuing critical debates related to musical and theatrical maturity. More broadly, the book argues that the critique and commentary on class and gender conventions in Pal Joey reveals a uniquely American concern over status, class mobility, and progressive gender roles in the pre-war era. 288 pages. Kindle Edition is available. Hardcover version appears to be delayed.

Shakespeare & Company: When Action is Eloquence
(Routledge - new Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Co-written by Company Member Bella Merlin and Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer. Foreword by Artistic Director Allyn Burrows. Draws on previously unpublished material – including notebooks, lectures, interviews, and rehearsal diaries – and the company's newly collated historical archive, providing insight into the unique works of a theatre company, and shedding light on the role Shakespeare plays in our modern world. 342 pages. Released 4/7/20.


Week of April 21, 2020

Bobby Conte Thornton: Along the Way
(Broadway Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Debut album from Bobby Conte Thornton (A Bronx Tale, Company). "Nature Boy / Blame It on My Youth," "Along the Way," "Time Heals Everything," "Everybody Says Don't," "Me and Mrs. Jones," "How Deep Is the Ocean? / Maybe It's Because I Love You Too Much," "I'm All Over It," "Here, There and Everywhere," "She Loves Me," "Love to Me” "That's Life," "Vienna," "Alice" (bonus track). 10-piece band. Orchestrated by conductor/musician and producer James Sampliner.

Broadway Bounty Hunter digital
(Ghostlight Records - new album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast album of score by Joe Iconis. Cast includes Annie Golden, Alan H. Green, Brad Oscar, Emily Borromeo, Shiro Jin; Badia Farha, Jasmine Forsberg, Omar Garibay, Jared Joseph, Christina Sajous. "Woman of a Certain Age," "Spin Those Records ," "Shiro’s Proposition ," "Red ," "Mac Roundtree Theme Song ," "Shiro’s Proposition (Reprise) / Welcome to Ecuador ," "Feelings ," "The Song of Janessa ," "Ain’t No Thing," "Master Shiro’s Bounty Hunters ," "Shiro Vows Revenge," "Little Red Fox ," "Ain’t No Thing (Reprise) ," "The Return of Roundtree ," "Reporter Rap," "Main Theme from 'Young People: The Musical'," "Veins," "Woman of a Certain Age (Reprise)." Album Joe Iconis and Charlie Rosen, and co-produced by Geoffrey Ko and Ian Kagey, with Jennifer Ashley Tepper serving as executive producer. To be released later this season.

John Raitt: Original Album Series
(Stage Door Records - new import album on 2 CDs)
Four of John Raitt's (Carousel, The Pajama Game) original studio albums recorded between 1955-1960: "Highlights Of Broadway," originally released in 1955, which opens with "Soliloquy," recorded a decade after Raitt first originated the song on Broadway, plus a selection of the most popular Broadway standards from the 1940s and '50s, including songs from Finian's Rainbow, Kiss Me, Kate, Kismet and more; Raitt's 1956 Latin inspired offering "Mediterranean Magic" ; the folk-themed collection "Under Open Skies," which includes folk ballads like "Sail Ho!" and "El Bandido," and numbers from Carousel and Paint Your Wagon; and Raitt's 1960 studio album "Songs The Kids Brought Home from Camp," featuring popular and memorable "sing-a-long" camp song favourites. Bonus material includes selections from Raitt's 1969 studio album "Today" and a 1962 recording collaboration with jazz musician Lionel Hampton. Foreword by Bonnie Raitt. Also at StageDoorRecords.com .

Riverdale: Special Episode - Hedwig and the Angry Inch the Musical
(Watertower Music - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
TV soundtrack. Score by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask. Casey Cott, K.J. KJ Apa, Casey Cott, Charles Melton, Camila Mendes, Vanessa Morgan, Jordan Connor, Madelaine Petsch, Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse, Drew Ray Tanner. "Wicked Little Town," "Random Number Generation," "Tear Me Down," "Wig in a Box," "Sugar Daddy," "Exquisite Corpse," "The Origin of Love," "Wicked Little Town (reprise)," "Midnight Radio." Released 4/15/20.

She is Risen: Volume One
(Hedonist Records - new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
Songs from Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice. Morgan James, Shoshana Bean, Cynthia Erivo, Orfeh, and Ledisi. 14-piece Broadway orchestra. "Heaven on Their Minds," "Pilate's Dream," "Simon Zealotes," "I Don't Know How to Love Him," "Gethsemane." Released 4/17/20.

Simply: A Lifetime of Lyrics
(Kritzerland - Paperback Book)
Lyrics by Bruce Kimmel from his shows, films, TV shows, and standalone songs. Also at Kritzerland.com.

Sing Street OBC
(Masterworks Broadway - new digital album on mp3/at Itunes)
Score by Gary Clark and John Carney. Cast includes Max Bartos, Brendan C. Callahan, Billy Carter, Zara Devlin, Gus Halper, Jakeim Hart, Martin Moran, Anne L. Nathan, Johnny Newcomb, Brenock O'Connor, Gian Perez, Sam Poon, Skyler Volpe, Amy Warren, Anthony Genovesi. "Just Can't Get Enough," "Riddle of the Model," "Up," "A Beautiful Sea," "Girls," "Faith of Our Fathers," "Dream for You," "Drive It Like You Stole It," "Up (Down Version)," "Brown Shoes," "To Find You," "Go Now." Single tracks are being released. CD format to be released 8/7/20.

Will Chase and Ingrid Michaelson: Tigers and Young Men
(Cabin 24 Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
"Tiger King" parody written by Ingrid Michaelson. Released 4/14/20.

Within Earshot: Anthems For The In-Between digital
(Jackson Teeley - new album on mp3/at iTunes)
Concept album for new musical with music and lyrics by Jackson Teeley and a book by Sarah Galante (previously titled Arrowhead. Ryan McCartan (Heathers), Andy Mientus (Spring Awakening), Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels), Krysta Rodriguez (Spring Awakening), and Peppermint (Head Over Heels), Amber Ardolino (Moulin Rouge!, Hamilton), Brittney Johnson (Wicked, Sunset Boulevard), and Liisi LaFontaine (Dreamgirls). "Anthem (For The In-Between)," "End Up Together," "Pulled Back Down," "When You Go," "Whoever You Might Be." Executive produced by Teeley, with Michael Pacifico serving as music director. All proceeds through April 27th will benefit The Actors Fund.


Week of April 14, 2020

The First Oscar Hammerstein and New York's Golden Age of Theater and Music
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
by Adolph S. Tomars. Biography, from an unfinished manuscript by the son of one of his stage managers, recounts the spirited heyday of Hammerstein's daring and masterful productions, his often tempestuous relationships with both rivals and associates, and the birth of Broadway. 277 pages.

Laura Benanti: Sucker
(Masterworks - digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Cover of song by Ryan Tedder, Frank Dukes, Louis Bell, Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas, Kevin Jonas II. 100% of the proceeds will go towards FoodCorps.

Losing My Mind: A Sondheim Fever Dream
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Adapted and expanded from a 2018 concert conceived and created by Joshua Hinck and Scott Wasserman. Combines over 40 Stephen Sondheim songs. 13-piece orchestra. Liner notes by David Levy. Alison Luff, Blaine Krauss, Aneesa Folds, Charity Angél Dawson, Vishal Vaidya, Brittnie Price, Juwan Crawley, Deonté L. Warren, Joshua Hinck, Aili Venho, and Onyie Nwachukwu and Chip Zien. "Opening (Doors)," "There Are Giants Somewhere," "Hello Pretty Lady / Lovely Moments By the Sea," "Unworthy of Your Love," "Our Time," "No One Is Alone," "The Miller's Son," "Artists Are Bizarre," "Color and Light," "It's Hot Up Here in This City on Fire," "Losing My Mind," "Megamix: Take Me to the World." Also at BroadwayRecords.com. Released on mp3 and at iTunes on 3/20/20.

Soft Power digital
(Ghostlight Records - new album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording of Jeanine Tesori/David Henry Hwang score. Billy Bustamante, Jon Hoche, Kendyl Ito, Francis Jue, Austin Ku, Raymond J. Lee, Alyse Alan Louis, Jaygee Macapugay, Daniel May, Paul HeeSang Miller, Kristen Faith Oei, Geena Quintos, Conrad Ricamora, Trevor Salter, Kyra Smith, Emily Stillings, Emily Trumble, John Yi. "Overture," "Dutiful," "Welcome to America," "Fuxing Park," "I'm With Her," "It Just Takes Time," "Election Night," "I Am," "Entr'acte/Song of the Campaign," "Happy Enough," "Good Guy With A Gun," "The New Silk Road," "Democracy," "Democracy (Reprise)." Also at GhostlightRecords.com.

Song of Norway
(Kino Lorber - new Blu-Ray/DVD)
1970 musical film based on the operetta about Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Brand new 2K master. Directed by Andrew L. Stone. Toralv Maurstad, Florence Henderson, Christina Schollin, Edward G. Robinsonm, Robert Morley, and Oskar Homolka. Music by Edvard Grieg, Robert Wright, George Forrest. Blu-ray special features: Brand new 2K master; new audio commentary by film historian/author Lee Gambin and film historian/author John Harrison; 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Audio; optional English subtitles; dual-layered BD50 disc; trailers.

Dark Star: A Biography of Vivien Leigh
(Bloomsbury Academic - Paperback)
By Alan Strachan. A completely new full-life portrait of Leigh, covering both her professional and personal life. Using previously unseen sources from her archive, recently acquired by the V&A, the author sheds new light on her fractious relationship with Laurence Olivier, based on their letters and diaries, as well as on the bipolar disorder which so affected her later life and work. Hardcover and Kindle Edition released earlier. Had been delayed.

Drew Gasparini: We Aren't Kids Anymore
(Craft Recordings - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Theatrical song cycle written by Drew Gasparini. With Nicholas Christopher, Lilli Cooper, Raymond J. Lee, Bonnie Milligan, and Colton Ryan. Licensed worldwide for live performance by professional and amateur theatres. Released 4/10/20.

Soul & Jazz Covers of Broadway Classics
(Warner Music Group - new on mp3)
"On a Clear Day You Can See Forever," (Mary Wells), "People," (Esther Phillips), "A Taste of Honey," (Barbara Lewis), "Over the Rainbow," (Patti Labelle And The Bluebelles), "On the Street Where You Live," (The Drifters), "I Could Have Danced All Night," (Ben E. King), "Summertime," (Dionne Warwick), "I Loves You Porgy," (Nina Simone), "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," (Brook Benton), "That's for Me," (Lorraine Ellison), "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To," (Ruth Brown), "Facinating Rhythm (Live, 1974)," (Spinners), "My Favorite Things (Live, 1993)," (Al Jarreau), "Love for Sale," (Ernestine Anderson), "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," (Little Anthony & The Imperials), "I'm Beginning to See the Light," (Ray Charles), "Try to Remember," (Patti Labelle And The Bluebelles), "Who Can I Turn To," (Dionne Warwick), "What Kind of Fool Am I?," (Dinah Washington), "Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most," (Carmen McRae), "Someone to Watch Over Me," (Jimmy Scott), "In a Sentimental Mood," (Sarah Vaughan), "You'll Never Walk Alone," (The Flamingos), "Somewhere," (Aretha Franklin). Released 4/10/20.

Sing and Shout: The Mighty Voice of Paul Robeson
(Calkins Creek - Hardcover Book)
By Susan Goldman Rubin. Comprehensive biography explores the tumultuous and passionate life of activist, singer, and actor Paul Robeson. Includes an author's note, resources, source notes, index, and a preface by author Harry Belafonte. 288 pages.


Week of April 7, 2020

Anthony Nunziata: The Love Album
(new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Singer/songwriter Anthony Nunziata. "Feeling Good," "The Very Thought of You," "Can't Help Falling in Love & Unchained Melody," "Love Me Anyway," "When I Fall in Love," "Can't Take My Eyes off You," "I Found a Home," "Will You Have Me Back?," "Somewhere," "Will You Be My Everyday?." Released 2/14/20.

Bathtubs Over Broadway vinyl
(Mondo - 2-LP vinyl set)
Vinyl release of soundtrack to Steve Young's Bathtubs Over Broadway documentary about industrial musicals. 57 tracks. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes. Documentary is currently available for streaming on Netflix.

Ben Bagley's DeSylva, Brown & Henderson Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Singers include Dorothy Loudon, Cab Calloway, Gloria DeHaven, Blossom Dearie, Margaret Whiting, Sandy Stewart and others. Musical direction and arrangements by Norman Paris. Remastered, plus bonus tracks. Cover artwork by Harvey Schmidt. Limited to 500 copies. To ship by the first week in April. At Kritzerland.com.

Bernstein: Songfest
(Naxos - new on CD)
An American in Paris and An Outdoor Overture. Wolf Trap Opera. National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic. James Judd, conductor.

Georgia Stitt: A Quiet Revolution digital
(Craft Recordings - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Original songs theatre songwriter/composer Georgia Stitt features performances by Kate Baldwin, Laura Benanti, Andrea Burns, Brandon Victor Dixon, Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry, Jeremy Jordan, Norm Lewis, Emily Skinner, Jessica Vosk, Betsy Wolfe, and E.J. Zimmerman. "Maybe It's Me," "Mister Blue," "Casual," "The Great American Black And White," "Before I Lose My Mind," "The Water Is Wide," "Come Over," "Palimpsest," "Always Something More," "Prepared," "The Baby Song," "Onward, Beyond," "Stop." CD version to be released May 1.

Hamilton: Portraits of the Revolution: Photographs from "The Room Where it Happened"
(Rizzoli - Hardcover Book)
By Josh Lehrer. Introduction by Thomas Kail. Foreword by Lin Manuel-Miranda. Photographer Josh Lehrer's up-close-and-personal document of the evolution, and revolution, that is Hamilton: An American Musical. More than 100 portraits of the original cast, along with personal commentary by the cast about Hamilton, their experiences, and the show's impact on them and the world. Contributions by creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and director Thomas Kail, as well as a curated collection of ephemera and original writings from the historical figures who served as the inspiration for their stage characters. 208 pages.

Kenneth Tynan Profiles (Kindle edition)
(Nick Hern Books - Kindle Edition)
Collection of English theatre critic and writer Kenneth Tynan's star-studded profiles, selected and edited by his widow and biographer, Kathleen Tynan, with a foreword by Simon Callow. First published in 1990.

Lillias White: Get Happy!
(Old Mill Road Recording - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Track from Lillias White's upcoming solo album. Released 3/16/20.

My Brilliant Career
(Bryant & Frank Productions - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording of score by Dean Bryant and Mathew Frank (Prodigal). Luisa Scrofani, Natalie O’Donnell, Anne Wood, James Millar, Andrew Coshan, Alister Kingsley, Jerome Javier and Melanie Bird. Based on the Miles Franklin novel, the musical was commissioned and developed in 2019 through the Jeanne Pratt Artists in Residence Program at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Orchestrations/musical supervision by James Simpson. 7-piece band. Released 4/3/20.

Pinter in the TheatrePinter in the Theatre Kindle Edition
(Nick Hern Books - Kindle Edition)
Kindle version of 2006 book by Ian Smith. Focuses on Pinter's theatre work - through six interviews with Pinter, 1960 to 1996, and with eight actors and directors who have worked with him (Katie Mitchell, Sam Mendes, Barry Foster, Susan Engel, Roger Lloyd Pack, Roger Davidson, Douglas Hodge and Harry Burton). Also included is an interview with Peter Hall. Released earlier in hardcover and paperback format.

Rachel Potter and Marty Thomas: Lover, You Matter to Me
(Snack Entertainment - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Rachel Potter (The Addams Family, Evita) and Marty Thomas (Xanadu, I Am Harvey Milk. Released 4/3/20.


Week of March 31, 2020

Allegiance Limited Edition Collector Box Set
(new DVD set)
Includes region-free DVD of the entire original Broadway production of Allegiance, with the original cast (score by Jay Kuo; book by Jay Kuo, Marc Acito, and Lorenzo Thione); Allegiance to Broadway region-free DVD of the feature-length documentary and opening selection of The American Documentary Film Festival; never before released creative commentary audio track featuring George Takei and the creative team discussing the film and the production; One Family, Indivisible: The Making of Allegiance limited edition hardcover souvenir book; commemorative enamel logo pin; limited edition certificate of authenticity; limited edition full-color Allegiance poster set (5 unique posters); childhood photos from George Takei’s personal collection; custom character portrait (one from a set of five) by Squiggs originally created for this DVD box set; actual costume fabric swatch and photo from the original Broadway costumes (by Alejo Vietti); replica of a Tanabata wish used during the original Broadway previews; replica of historical internee tag; map of Japanese American internment camps in the United States. A portion of the proceeds of each purchase will be donated to the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation Memory and Justice Endowment Fund. DVD box set with George Takei autographed book also available on 5/1/20. At allegiancemusical.com/.

Almost, Maine: A Novel
(Feiwel & Friends - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By John Cariani. Based on Cariani's play by the same name. 352 pages.

Anything Can Happen in the Theater: The Musical World of Maury Yeston
(PS Classics - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. Directed and conceived by Gerard Alessandrini. 2019 York Theatre cast: Benjamin Eakeley, Jovan E'Sean, Alex Getlin, Justin Keyes, and Mamie Parris. "Anything Can Happen in the Theater," "Shimmy Like They Do in Paree / I Want to Go to Hollywood," "Love Can't Happen," "Danglin'," "I Had a Dream About You," "Salt 'n Pepper," "New Words," "Call from the Vatican," "I Don't Want To Rock And Roll," "Halloween," "Guido's Song," "Cinema Italiano," "Mississippi Moon," "The Mardi Gras Ball," "You're There Too," "No Women in the Bible," "Only with You," "Strange," "Unusual Way," "Feet," "Home." Album produced by Bart Migal with musical direction by Greg Jarrett. Orchestrations for the album by Doug Besterman for an eight-piece band. Recorded December 23, 2019.

Celebration OBC
(Harbinger Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Deluxe remastered edition of the 1969 Broadway cast recording of Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones' score. Ted Thurston, Susan Watson, Keith Charles, Michael Glenn-Smith. "Celebration," "Orphan In The Storm," "Survive," "Somebody," "Bored," "My Garden," "Where Did It Go?," "Love Song," "I'm Glad To See You've Got What You Want," "It's You Who Makes Me Young," "Not My Problem," "Fifty Million Years Ago," "Under The Tree," "Winter And Summer," "Celebration." Booklet includes new liner notes by Tom Jones, notes by Susan Watson and Michael Glenn-Smith, and never-before-seen photos from the production.

Days
(new EP mp3/at iTunes)
Solo album of original songs from Roman Banks (Dear Evan Hansen, "High School Musical: The Musical" series). "Too Specific," "Either Way," "Family," "Days," "I Want," "Scared to Love Again," "Runnin’." Released 3/27/20.

Little Did I Know
(Broadway Records - podcast soundtrack on mp3/at iTunes)
Original podcast soundtrack recording of score by Doug Besterman (music), Dean Pitchford (lyrics), and Marcy Heisler (lyrics). Book by Lou Aronica. Based on the novel by Mitchell Maxwell. Cast includes Kurt Hugo Schneider, Sam Tsui, Casey Breves, and Alex Blue, Laura Marano, Patrick Page, Lesli Margherita, E. Clayton Cornelious, and Alexander Chaplin. Produced by Mitchell Maxwell.

Lost Broadway 1960: Broadway's Forgotten & Obscure Musicals
(Stage Door Records - new on 2 import CDs)
Latest in this series. 53 tracks, including 25 on CD for the first time. One complete disc of OBC recordings and one disc of covers and rarities. Musicals represented are Greenwillow, Christine, Tenderloin, Wildcat, Do Re Mi, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and (play with music) Send Me No Flowers. Plus songs from the revue Vintage '60 (performed by original cast member Fay DeWitt) and the complete studio recording of Bud Freeman and Leon Pober's musical Beg, Borrow or Steal (originally titled Clara) starring Betty Garrett. Track list at Amazon. Also at StageDoorRecords.com.

Misty Copeland
(Rizzoli Universe - Hardcover Book)
The first authorized photographic tribute to American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland. Unique and evocative artful color photographs by photographer Gregg Delman. Foreword by Misty Copeland. 144 pages.

Prince of Egypt OLC digital
(Ghostlight Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Stephen Schwartz score for current West End musical. 43-member cast includes Luke Brady, Liam Tamne, Christine Allado, Alexia Khadime, Joe Dixon, Debbie Kurup, Gary Wilmot, Mercedesz Csampai, Adam Pearce, Tanisha Spring, Silas Wyatt-Barke, Simbi Akande, and Casey Al-Shaqsy. The score includes 10 new songs and five from the DreamWorks animated film. "Deliver Us," "Faster," "One Weak Link," "Footprints on the Sand," "Seti’s Return," "Dance to the Day," "All I Ever Wanted," "Make it Right," "Moses in the Desert," "Through Heaven’s Eyes," "Faster (Reprise)," "Never in a Million Years," "Act I Finale," "Return to Egypt," "Always on Your Side," "Simcha," "Deliver Us (Reprise)," "The Plagues," "For the Rest of My Life," "Heartless," "When You Believe," "Never in a Million Years (Reprise)," "Act II Finale." CD format will be released later this year. Produced by Dominick Amendum and Stephen Schwartz, with Kurt Deutsch serving as Executive Producer.

Show Boat
(Criterion Collection - new on Blu-ray/DVD)
1936 film based on the musical. Score by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. Book by Hammerstein. Directed by James Whale. New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the blu-ray. Audio commentary from 1989 featuring Miles Kreuger; new interview with James Whale biographer James Curtis; Recognizing Race in "Show Boat," a new interview program featuring professor and author Shana L. Redmond; Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist (1979), an Academy Award–winning short documentary by Saul J. Turell, newly restored; two performances from the sound prologue of the 1929 film version of Show Boat, plus twenty minutes of silent excerpts from the film, with audio commentary by Kreuger; two radio adaptations of Show Boat, featuring stage and screen cast members Allan Jones, Helen Morgan, Charles Winninger, plus actor Orson Welles and novelist Edna Ferber; essay by critic Gary Giddins.

Something's Afoot
(JAY Records - new on CD/at iTunes)
World premiere studio cast recording of score by James Mcdonald David Vos and Robert Gerlach. Additional music by Ed Linderman. Susie Blake, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Sally Ann Triplett, Julie Atherton, Graham Bickley, Daniel Boys, Gordon Griffin, Scott Hunter, Keith Merrill, Stuart Pendred, and Jim Dale. Conducted by Craig Barna. Released 3/19/20.


Week of March 24, 2020

9 to 5 OLC
(ATG Productions Ltd - new import CD)
West End cast. Music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. Cast includes Caroline Sheen, Amber Davies, Natalie McQueen, Bonnie Langford and Brian Conley. "9 to 5," "Around Here," "Here for You," "Backwoods Barbie," "I Just Might," "Heart to Hart," "Hey Boss," "Shine Like the Sun," "Entr'acte," "One of the Boys," "5 to 9," "Always a Woman," "Change It," "Let Love Grow," "Get Out and Stay Out," "Finale," "Bows." Recorded live at the Savoy Theatre. Released 2/11/20 on mp3 and at iTunes.

Godspell blu-ray
(Sony - new Blu-ray)
1973 film adaptation of Stephen Schwartz/John-Michael Tebelak musical. Victor Garber, Katie Hanley, David Haskell, Merrell Jackson, Joanne Jonas, Robin Lamont, Gilmer McCormick, Jeffrey Mylett, Jerry Sroka, Lynne Thigpen. New 4K remaster. Audio commentary by film historian Lee Gambin; Stephen Schwartz audio interview; Robin Lamont audio interview; Katie Hanley audio interview; Jerry Sroka audio interview; producer Edgar Lansbury audio interview; historian and Stephen Schwartz biographer Carol de Giere contribution.

Katy Keene Special Episode - Kiss of the Spider Woman the Musical
(Watertower Music - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
From The CW's musical comedy-drama television series developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Michael Grassi. Jonny Beauchamp, Julia Chan, Nathan Lee Graham, Lucy Hale, Candace Maxell, Ashleigh Murray, Daphne Rubin Vega. "Prologue," "Prologue (Reprise)," "A Visit," "You Could Never Shame Me," "Where You Are," "Gimme Love," "Kiss of the Spider Woman." Released 3/20/20.

Linda Lavin: Love Notes
(Club 44 Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Linda Lavin with Billy Stritch. "I've Got My Eyes on You," "Not a Care in the World," "I Wish I Were in Love Again," "I Can't Tell You Why," "Chega de Saudade," "Stars Would Fall," "Just Squeeze Me," "Black Cow," "Ace in the Hole / Rap Tap on Wood," "It Don't Mean a Thing," "You Must Believe in Spring," "How High the Moon." Customers who pre-order the digital album will immediately receive a download of the first single, "Stars Would Fall" (Joel Lindsey and Wayne Haun). Liner notes by Billy Stritch and Jim Caruso.

Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future
(Broadway Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording of show created by Andrew R. Butler that premiered at Ars Nova in 2018. Rick Burkhardt, Andrew R. Butler, Tony Jarvis, Jessie Linden, Stacey Sargeant and Debbie Christine Tjong. Orchestrations, arrangements and additional music by Rick Burkhardt, Andrew R. Butler, Jessie Linden, Tony Jarvis, Maya Sharpe, Madeline Smith, and Debbie Christine Tjong. Produced by David Treatman and Tony Maimone. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Untold Stories of BroadwayThe Untold Stories of Broadway Vol 1 - Kindle edition
(Dress Circle Publishing - Kindle Edition)
By Jennifer Ashley Tepper. Chronicle of the history of Broadway through firsthand accounts from actors, directors, producers, stagehands, designers, ushers and others. Each chapter represents one Broadway theater. Volume 1 covers The Al Hirschfeld, August Wilson, Lyceum, Mark Hellinger, Marquis, Neil Simon, Richard Rodgers and Winter Garden Theatres. Free through March 27. Originally published in 2013.


Week of March 17, 2020

Dark Star: A Biography of Vivien Leigh
(Bloomsbury Academic - Paperback)
By Alan Strachan. A completely new full-life portrait of Leigh, covering both her professional and personal life. Using previously unseen sources from her archive, recently acquired by the V&A, the author sheds new light on her fractious relationship with Laurence Olivier, based on their letters and diaries, as well as on the bipolar disorder which so affected her later life and work. Hardcover and Kindle Edition released earlier.

Death By Shakespeare: Snakebites, Stabbings and Broken Hearts
(Bloomsbury Sigma - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
Kathryn Harkup turns her discerning scientific eye to the Bard and the varied and creative ways his characters die. Investigates what actual events may have inspired Shakespeare, what the accepted scientific knowledge of the time was, and how Elizabethan audiences would have responded to these death scenes. A rollercoaster of Elizabethan carnage, poison, swordplay and bloodshed, with an occasional death by bear-mauling for good measure. Audiobook read by Nicky Diss. 368 pages. Released 3/5/20. Hardcover edition to be released 5/5/20.

Losing My Mind: A Sondheim Fever Dream digital
(Broadway Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Adapted and expanded from a 2018 concert conceived and created by Joshua Hinck and Scott Wasserman. Combines over 40 Stephen Sondheim songs. 13-piece orchestra. Liner notes by David Levy. Alison Luff, Blaine Krauss, Aneesa Folds, Charity Angél Dawson, Vishal Vaidya, Brittnie Price, Juwan Crawley, Deonté L. Warren, Joshua Hinck, Aili Venho, and Onyie Nwachukwu and Chip Zien. "Opening (Doors)," "There Are Giants Somewhere," "Hello Pretty Lady / Lovely Moments By the Sea," "Unworthy of Your Love," "Our Time," "No One Is Alone," "The Miller's Son," "Artists Are Bizarre," "Color and Light," "It's Hot Up Here in This City on Fire," "Losing My Mind," "Megamix: Take Me to the World." Also at BroadwayRecords.com. CD release date 4/17/20.

Mary Bridget Davies: Stay With Me - The Reimagined Songs of Jerry Ragovoy
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Mary Bridget Davis (A Night With Janis Joplin) tribute to American songwriter Jordan "Jerry" Ragovoy. Some previously unreleased Jerry Ragovoy songs including "The Right of Way" and "Master of Disguise," and new arrangements of classics such as "Stay With Me," :As Long as I Have You" and "Move Me No Mountain." Produced by TJ Armand. Jointly released by Broadway Records, 1650 Records, and LOML Records. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Women Writing and Directing in the USA: A Stage of Our Own
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Kiara Pipino. Features interviews with some of the most successful theatre artists currently working on and off Broadway and beyond. The interviews explore a wide range of themes, including if and how the artists' female perspective influenced their art, the social and cultural significance of their work, and how theatre and women working in theatre can participate in awakening greater social awareness. Interview subjects include Young Jean Lee, Pam MacKinnon, Dominique Morisseau, Rachel Chavkin, and Martyna Majok. 15 black and white illustrations. 224 pages.

You Will Be Found
(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Illustrated edition of the "You Will Be Found" (Dear Evan Hansen) for anyone on the edge of a new chapter in life. 64 pages.


Week of March 10, 2020

Brian De Lorenzo: I Know More Now
(Cabaret Classics - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Album by cabaret singer/actor Brian De Lorenzo. "I'd Rather Be Sailing," "Every Morning (Mary)," "I Got a Dream to Sleep On," "I Could Not Ask for More," "Waving Through a Window," "Flight," "Second Hand White Baby Grand," "Entering Marion," "No More," "April in Fairbanks," "When October Goes," "Trick of Fate," "Some Enchanted Evening," "I Said No," "I Finally Let Go," "Listen to My Heart." Released 2/21/20.

Emojiland The Musical
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Off-Broadway show score written by Keith Harrison and Laura Schein. Original cast includes Lesli Margherita, Josh Lamon, Lucas Steele, Ann Harada, George Abud, Laura Schein, Felicia Boswell, Natalie Weiss, Max Crumm, Jacob Dickey, Dwelvan David, Heather Makalani, Tanisha Moore, Jordan Fife Hunt. "Overture," "It's Just So Great to Be Alive," "Sad on the Inside," "Princess Is a Bitch," "The Progress Bar," "Zeros & Ones," "Cross My Bones," "New Crown in Town," "Work Together," "Stand for," "Thank Me Now," "Entr'acte," "Firewall Ball," "Pile of Poo," "Virus," "A Thousand More Words," "Anyway," "Start Again," "It's Just So Great to Be Alive (Reprise)." Also at BroadwayRecords.com. Released on mp3 and at iTunes 2/28/20.

Judgment Day
(Methuen Drama - Kindle Edition)
Christopher Shinn's adaptation of the classic play by Ödön von Horváth. Premiered at the Park Avenue Armory in New York in December 2019. 64 pages. Paperback version released 12/26/19.

Kurt Weill: An European in Broadway
(Da Vinci Classics - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Kurt Weill songs featuring piano music by Philipp Jarnach. Hamsa Irene Rinaldi, soprano. Michelangelo Carbonara, piano. "Youkali," "I'm a stranger Here Myself," "Wie Lange Noch?," "Who'll buy," "Nanna's Lied," "Berlin im Licht," "Das Amrumer Tagebuch, Op. 30: No. 1, Hymnus," "Das Amrumer Tagebuch, Op. 30: No. 2, Elegie," "Das Amrumer Tagebuch, Op. 30: No. 3, Sturmreigen," "Buddy on the Nightshift," "Klops Lied," "My Ship," "Die Muschel von Margate," "Schickelgruber," "Alabama Song."

Ranked: A Musical Concept Album
(new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Score by David Taylor Gomes. The show (tag line: "Pain is Temporary Grades Last Forever") is receiving a workshop production in New York this month. Released 2/28/20. Also available on Spotify.

Staging Sex: Best Practices, Tools, and Techniques for Theatrical Intimacy
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By intimacy choreographer and movement specialist Chelsea Pace. Takes theatre practitioners step-by-step through the best practices, tools, and techniques for crafting effective theatrical intimacy.


Week of March 3, 2020

Disney Dreamin' with Matthew Morrison
(Walt Disney Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Singer-actor Matthew Morrison sings classic Disney songs. "Friend Like Me," "Go the Distance" (available now), "You've Got a Friend in Me," "A Whole New World," "When I See an Elephant Fly," "The Second Star to the Right," "A Dream Is a Wish a Heart Makes," "You'll Be in My Heart," "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah / The Bare Necessities."

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
(Metropolitan Opera - new on 3 CDs)
George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward. 2019 Metropolitan Opera cast. Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles, with Latonia Moore, Golda Schultz, Alfred Walker, Frederick Ballentine, and Denyce Graves. Released digitally 1/17/20 at iTunes

The Inheritance
(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book)
Play by Matthew Lopez inspired by E. M. Forster's novel Howards End, and set in New York three decades after the height of the AIDS epidemic. Premiered in London in 2018. This edition includes revisions made for the 2019 Broadway production. 336 pages.

Playwrights on Television: Conversations with Dramatists
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Hillary Miller. Eighteen dramatists consider their professional paths and creative choices, from training and education to thoughts on craft and technique, and discuss a range of issues relevant to the development of dramatic writing today. Tanya Barfield, Jocelyn Bioh, Sheila Callaghan, Kristoffer Diaz, Bash Doran, Laura Eason, Madeleine George, Jason Grote, Jordan Harrison, David Henry Hwang, MJ Kaufman, Itamar Moses, Janine Nabers, Christopher Oscar Peña, Adam Rapp, Tanya Saracho, Diana Son, Tracey Scott Wilson. 18 black and white illustrations. 286 pages. Also available in Kindle Edition.

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. Also available in Kindle Edition.

Sondheim: Lyrics (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets Series)
(Everyman's Library - Hardcover Book)
Editors Peter Gethers and Russell Perreault. selection of the most memorable and beloved lyrics of Stephen Sondheim. Includes a selection of lyrics from across his career, drawn from shows including West Side Story, Gypsy, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, and more. From the introduction by Peter Gethers: "Working with Stephen was a pleasure and an education. The process was largely my asking questions that he usually answered, my making comments that he usually told me were wrong, and my arguing that he was too hard on his own lyrics and that his self criticisms weren’t correct, arguments I won on a few occasions." 224 pages.


Week of February 25, 2020

Annie OLC
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
CD debut of the 1978 original London cast recording of this score by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin. Digitally remastered from the studio master tapes. Ann-Marie Gwatkin (who alternated on stage with Andrea McArdle), Sheila Hancock, Stratford Johns, Kenneth Nelson, Judith Paris, Matt Zimmerman. "Maybe," "The Hard-Knock Life," "Tomorrow," "We'd Like to Thank You Herbert Hoover," "Little Girls," "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here," "N.Y.C- Stratford Johns, Judith Paris, Ann-Marie Gwatkin, Chorus," "Easy Street," "You Won't Be An Orphan for Long," "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile," "Tomorrow (Reprise)," "Something Was Missing," "I Don't Need Anything But You," "Annie," "A New Deal for Christmas." Part of Stage Door's Cast Album Masters Series. Also at StageDoorRecords.com.

"Drive It Like You Stole It"
(Masterworks Broadway - digital single)
Single from upcoming Sing Street cast recording.

Emojiland The Musical digital
(Broadway Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Off-Broadway show score written by Keith Harrison and Laura Schein. Original cast includes Lesli Margherita, Josh Lamon, Lucas Steele, Ann Harada, George Abud, Laura Schein, Felicia Boswell, Natalie Weiss, Max Crumm, Jacob Dickey, Dwelvan David, Heather Makalani, Tanisha Moore, Jordan Fife Hunt. "Overture," "It's Just So Great to Be Alive," "Sad on the Inside," "Princess Is a Bitch," "The Progress Bar," "Zeros & Ones," "Cross My Bones," "New Crown in Town," "Work Together," "Stand for," "Thank Me Now," "Entr'acte," "Firewall Ball," "Pile of Poo," "Virus," "A Thousand More Words," "Anyway," "Start Again," "It's Just So Great to Be Alive (Reprise)." CD format to be released 3/13/20.

Frozen II
(Disney - Blu-ray/DVD/4K)
Voices include Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Rachel Matthews, Sterling K. Brown. Songs by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Musical score by Christophe Beck. Directed by Chris Buck Jennifer Lee. 120 minutes.

James Taylor: American Standard
(Fantasy - new on CD/mp3/vinyl/at iTunes)
James Taylor album of songs he recalls listening to in his youth. With Jimmy Johnson, Steve Gadd, Luis Conte, Larry Goldings, Lou Marini, Walt Fowler, and Kate Markowitz, Caroline Taylor, Andrea Zonn, Dorian Holley and Arnold McCuller. "My Blue Heaven," "Moon River," "Teach Me Tonight," "As Easy As Rolling Off A Log," "Almost Like Being In Love," "Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat," "The Nearness Of You," "You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught," "God Bless The Child," "Pennies From Heaven," "My Heart Stood Still," "Ol' Man River," "It's Only A Paper Moon," "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top." Produced by Dave O’Donnell, John Pizzarelli and James Taylor.

Norma Jeane Baker of Troy
(New Directions - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Anne Carson that reconsiders the stories of two iconic women—Marilyn Monroe and Helen of Troy—from their point of view. Premiered at The Shed in 2019. 64 pages.

Platinum Girls - The Musical
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/)
Original concept album for musical written by Andrew Beall, Russell Moss and Brad Zumwalt. Beth Leavel, Debbie Gravitte, and Brenda Braxton. "Overture," "If I Only Knew," "I've Been Here Before," "The Big Break," "Baby," "High Heel Tango," "Grapefruit Twist," "We've Been Here Before," "Finale." Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

A Very Expensive Poison
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Lucy Prebble, based on the book by Luke Harding. Premiered in 2019 at The Old Vic. 128 pages.


Week of February 18, 2020

44 poems for you
(Copper Canyon Press - Paperback Book)
By playwright Sarah Ruhl. 80 pages.

Gone with the Wind 1972 OLC
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Score by Harold Rome. June Ritchie as Scarlett O'Hara and Harve Presnell as Rhett Butler. mastered from the original album masters housed at EMI in the UK. Limited release of 300 copies. Will ship by the third week of February. At Kritzerland.com.

Promises, Promises 1969 OLC
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Score by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Starring Anthony Roberts, Betty Buckley, and Jack Kruschen. Mastered from the two-track album masters, which were in pristine condition. Songs put back into show order. Limited release of 300 copies. Will ship by the third week of February. At Kritzerland.com.

"Up" from Sing Street OBC
(Masterworks Broadway - new single on mp3/at Itunes)
Single from upcoming original Broadway cast album. Score by Gary Clark and John Carney. Cast includes Max Bartos, Brendan C. Callahan, Billy Carter, Zara Devlin, Gus Halper, Jakeim Hart, Martin Moran, Anne L. Nathan, Johnny Newcomb, Brenock O’Connor, Gian Perez, Sam Poon, Skyler Volpe, Amy Warren, Anthony Genovesi. Released 2/14/20.Full album to be released digitally on March 26. CD format to be released April 17.


Week of February 11, 2020

9 to 5 OLC
(ATG Productions Ltd - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
West End cast. Music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. Cast includes Caroline Sheen, Amber Davies, Natalie McQueen, Bonnie Langford and Brian Conley. "9 to 5," "Around Here," "Here for You," "Backwoods Barbie," "I Just Might," "Heart to Hart," "Hey Boss," "Shine Like the Sun," "Entr'acte," "One of the Boys," "5 to 9," "Always a Woman," "Change It," "Let Love Grow," "Get Out and Stay Out," "Finale," "Bows." Recorded live at the Savoy Theatre. Released 2/11/20.

Dancing Man: A Broadway Choreographer's Journey
(Univ Press of Mississippi - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Bob Avian, with Tom Santopietro. Bob Avian's life story, a memoir in three acts. Act I reveals the origins of one of Broadway's legendary choreographers who appeared onstage with stars like Barbra Streisand and Mary Martin all before he was thirty. Act II includes teaching Katharine Hepburn how to sing and dance in Coco and working with Stephen Sondheim and Michael Bennett while helping to choreograph the original productions of Company and Follies. During this time, Avian won a Tony Award as the co-choreographer of A Chorus Line and produced Dreamgirls. In Act III, Avian choreographed Julie Andrews's return to the New York stage, devised all of the musical staging for Miss Saigon and Sunset Boulevard, and directed A Chorus Line on Broadway. He worked with the biggest names on Broadway, including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Carol Burnett, Jennifer Holliday, Patti LuPone, Elaine Stritch, and Glenn Close. Candid, witty, sometimes shocking, and always entertaining, here is the ultimate up-close and personal insider's view from a front row seat ... of Broadway musicals of the past fifty years. 240 pages. [Appears to be available ahead of its official release date.]

The Great White Way: Race and the Broadway Musical second edition
(Rutgers Univ Press - Paperback Book)
Warren Hoffman's 2014, revised and updated. Revealing the racial politics, content, and subtexts that have haunted musicals for almost one hundred years from Show Boat to Hamilton. This revised edition includes a new introduction and conclusion, updated chapters, as well as a brand-new chapter that looks at the blockbuster musicals The Book of Mormon and Hamilton. [Appears to be available ahead of its official release date.]

Guys and Dolls
(Warner Archives - new blu-ray)
1955 MGM musical film featuring Frank Loesser's score. Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine, Stubby Kaye.

Hundred Feet Tall
(Simon & Schuster for Young Readers - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Second children's book by Benjamin Scheuer (The Lion) with his wife Jemima Williams as illustrator. Scheuer says "Yes, there will be a song that goes with it." 40 pages.

I Love My Wife: Backers' Audition
(Harbinger Records - new on CD/mp3/iTunes )
Score by Cy Coleman and Michael Stewart. Part of Harbinger Records' Broadway Backers Auditions series. Coleman and Stewart play the score and narrate the story. Also performing are Laurie Beechman and Austin Pendleton. The recording was made to send out to potential backers to entice them to invest in the show to open at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on April 17, 1977, running for 857 performances. Bonus tracks from the demo recordings of two other Cy Coleman shows, Atlantic City, with lyrics by Christopher Gore, and Home Again, with lyrics by Barbara Fried. "Introduction," Introduction to "We're Still Friends," "We're Still Friends," Introduction to "Monica," "Monica," Introduction to "A Mover's Life," "A Mover's Life," Introduction to "By Threes," "By Threes," Introduction to "Love Revolution," "Love Revolution," Introduction to "Someone Wonderful I Missed," "Someone Wonderful I Missed," Introduction to "Sexually Free," "Sexually Free," "Hey There, Good Times," Introduction to "Lovers on Christmas Eve," "Lovers on Christmas Eve," Introduction to "The Blessing," "The Blessing," Introduction to "Everybody Today Is Turning On," "Everybody Today Is Turning On," Introduction to "Married Couple," "Married Couple," Introduction to Reprises, "By Threes (reprise) / Someone Wonderful I Missed (reprise) / A Mover's Life (reprise) / Sexually Free (reprise) / Married Couple (reprise)," Introduction to "I Love My Wife," "I Love My Wife." Bonus Tracks: "When Jill Is Gone, "I Really Love You," "All for Love," "Wedding Song," "When It Comes to Loving." The 12-page booklet includes liner notes by Coleman biographer Andy Propst and photos from the original Broadway production. If you purchase this CD on Amazon and send a copy of your purchase order with the subject line "Free ILMW Download" to hannah@musicaltheaterproject.org, you will receive a link to download the album ahead of the official release date.

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

Janet Dacal: My Standards
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Debut album from actor/singer Janet Dacal (The Band's Visit tour, Prince of Broadway). "It Don't Mean A Thing," "Orange Colored Sky" (with Olivia C. Dacal), "Be True to Me," "My Funny Valentine," "L-O-V-E," "Fever," "Tenderly," "Moondance" (with Javier Muñoz), "Begin the Beguine," "I Got Rhythm," "Sabor a Mí." Digital album on mp3 and at iTunes released 2/7/20.

Judgment Day
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Christopher Shinn's adaptation of the classic play by Ödön von Horváth. Premiered at the Park Avenue Armory in New York in December 2019. 64 pages. Released 12/26/19. Kindle Edition to be released March 5, 2020.

Listen: Anya Turner & Robert Grusecki
(new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
The vocal-piano duo's new collection of pop-art songs, a musical mix of all things personal, social and political. "Anonymous," "#MeToo," "Soon This Will All Be Over," "My Chosen Family," "Listen."

Marvin: Based on The Way I Was by Marvin Hamlisch
(Schiffer Kids - Paperback Book)
Graphic novel adaptation of the biography of renowned musician, composer, and conductor Marvin Hamlisch. Deals with his childhood and adolescent years up to his first big successes; and includes his family's flight from Nazi-occupied Austria and their immigration to the United States. For readers ages 8 to 12 to fans of music and broadway musicals, American history, and fans of graphic novels. Features scenes with Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Christopher Walken and many other interesting characters that Marvin Hamlisch grew up, studied and worked with in his career. [Appears to be available ahead of its official release date.]

Morgan James: Memphis Magnetic
(Hedonist Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Actress-singer Morgan James (Motown The Musical, Godspell, Wonderland) newest album. "Give You Up," "All I Ever Gave You," "Better Me," "I Don't Mind Waking Up (To A Love This Good)," "You Won't Let Me," "No Love, No Life," "Love Ain't Worth Living," "You Know My Name," "Burden," "I Wish You Would," "The Lark," "Who's Gonna Listen To You (When You're Crying Now)." Released 2/7/20.

"Up" from Sing Street OBC
(Masterworks Broadway - new single on mp3/at Itunes)
Single from upcoming original Broadway cast album. Score by Gary Clark and John Carney. Cast includes Max Bartos, Brendan C. Callahan, Billy Carter, Zara Devlin, Gus Halper, Jakeim Hart, Martin Moran, Anne L. Nathan, Johnny Newcomb, Brenock O’Connor, Gian Perez, Sam Poon, Skyler Volpe, Amy Warren, Anthony Genovesi. Full album to be released digitally on March 26. CD format to be released April 17.


Week of February 4, 2020

9 to 5 OLC
(ATG Productions Ltd - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
West End cast. Music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. Cast includes Caroline Sheen, Amber Davies, Natalie McQueen, Bonnie Langford and Brian Conley. "9 to 5," "Around Here," "Here for You," "Backwoods Barbie," "I Just Might," "Heart to Hart," "Hey Boss," "Shine Like the Sun," "Entr'acte," "One of the Boys," "5 to 9," "Always a Woman," "Change It," "Let Love Grow," "Get Out and Stay Out," "Finale," "Bows." Recorded live at the Savoy Theatre.

Irving Berlin: In Person
(Garret Mountain Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
From the biographical show which appeared at 13th Street Repertory Theater, starring Jon Peterson, with Richard Danley and Aaron Weinstein. "After You Get What You Want You Don't Want It," "Say It with Music," "Everything in America Is Ragtime," "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Piano Man," "I Love a Piano," "The Dying Rag," "I Beg Your Pardon, Dear Old Broadway," "The Schoolhouse Blues," "Everybody's Doin' It Now," "Do Your Duty, Doctor," "My Wife's Gone to the Country," "Tell Me, Little Gypsy," "In a Cozy Kitchenette Apartment," "Smile and Show Your Dimple / Always Treat Her Like a Baby," "When I Lost You," "We're on Our Way to France," "Bring on the Pepper," "Smile and Show Your Dimple (Reprise)," "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody," "Someone Else May Be There While I'm Gone," "Always," "This Is the Life," "Mandy," "Wild Cherries," "When the Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam," "You'd Be Surprised," "The International Rag," "I'm Gonna Pin a Medal on the Girl I Left Behind," "Oh, How I Hate to Get up in the Morning," "Lady of the Evening," "Montmartre," "What'll I Do?," "Everybody Step," "Bows Music: Say It with Music / Play a Simple Melody (Encore) / Musical Demon," "Piano Man (Exit Music)." Produced by Chip Deffaa. Released 9/20/19.

Irving Berlin: New York Genius (Jewish Lives)
(Yale Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
By James Kaplan. Explores the interplay of Berlin's life with the life of New York City, offering a visceral narrative of Berlin as self-made man and witty, wily, tough Jewish immigrant. This fast-paced, musically opinionated biography uncovers Berlin's unique brilliance as a composer of music and lyrics ... underscores Berlin’s continued relevance in American popular culture. 424 pages.

Janet Dacal: My Standards
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Debut album from actor/singer Janet Dacal (The Band's Visit tour, Prince of Broadway). "It Don't Mean A Thing," "Orange Colored Sky" (with Olivia C. Dacal), "Be True to Me," "My Funny Valentine," "L-O-V-E," "Fever," "Tenderly," "Moondance" (with Javier Muñoz), "Begin the Beguine," "I Got Rhythm," "Sabor a Mí." Released 2/7/20. CD format to be released 2/14/20.

My Name Is Lucy Barton
(Random House Audio - new Audible audiobook)
Original audiobook performance of the stage production of My Name is Lucy Barton, starring Laura Linney. Elizabeth Strout book adapted by Rona Munro. 90 minutes.

Robbie Rozelle: "Wicked Little Town / Make Your Own Kind of Music"
(digital single mp3/)
Host of Tuesday at 54 at Feinstein's/54 Below. Proceeds go toward defeating Republicans in the 2020 election. Also on Spotify.


Week of January 28, 2020

¡Americano!
(new on CD/streaming)
Inspired by "Broadway-aimed immigration musical." More than 20 songs from the musical performed by composer/lyricist Carrie Rodriguez and the musical's arranger, Sergio Mendoza and his band Orkesta Mendoza. Other featured vocalists include Carlos Arzate and Brian Lopez. CD available at www.americanothemusical.com. Also available on Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora iHeart Radio. World-premiere production at Arizona's The Phoenix Theatre Company.

Ben Bagley's Arthur Schwartz Revisited
(Kritzerland - on CD)
Music by Arthur Schwartz. Lyrics by Howard Dietz, Dorothy Fields, Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein, Frank Loesser, Al Stillman. Singers include Cab Calloway, Phyllis Diller, Gloria DeHaven, Blossom Dearie, and, on a bonus track, Ethel Merman and Jimmy Durante. Musical direction by Norman Paris. Remastered. Cover artwork by Harvey Schmidt. Limited release of 500 copies. At Kritzerland.com.

Kwamina OBC
(Stage Door Records - new on 2 import CDs)
An expanded release of the 1961 OBC recording of Kwamina, recorded after the show closed. Music and lyrics by Richard Adler. The cast includes Sally Ann Howes, Terry Carter, Brock Peters and Robert Guillaume. Also included: alternate takes from the album sessions and a special bonus recording of "Another Time, Another Place" by Sally Ann Howes, recorded in July 1962 for the public information broadcast "Stars For Defense"; and a bonus disc of cover recordings from Kwamina, including a never before released on CD studio cast recording, a jazz interpretation by the Billy Taylor Orchestra, and pop covers by Al Martino, The Kingston Trio and Gordon MacRae. Extensive liner notes by George Dansker. Part of Stage Door Records' series of Deluxe Edition Broadway Cast Recordings. Strictly limited to 500 units only. Also at StageDoorRecords.com.

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

Oklahoma! vinyl
(Decca Broadway/Verve - new 2-LP vinyl album)
2019 Broadway revival cast recording. Richard Rodgers / Oscar Hammerstein score. Rebecca Naomi Jones, Damon Daunno, Patrick Vaill, Mary Testa, Ali Stroker, James Davis, Will Brill, Mallory Portnoy, Mitch Tebo, Anthony Cason, and Will Mann. "Opening – Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’," "Laurey's Entrance," "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top," "Kansas City," "I Cain’t Say No," "Many A New Day," "It’s A Scandal! It’s A Outrage!," "People Will Say We're In Love," "Poor Jud Is Daid," "Lonely Room," "Out Of My Dreams," "Dream Ballet," "The Farmer And The Cowman," "All Er Nuthin'," "People Will Say We're In Love (Reprise)," "Oklahoma!." Produced by Dean Sharenow and Daniel Kluger. Released earlier on CD, on mp3 and at iTunes

Slave Play
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
2019 Broadway play by Jeremy O. Harris. 120 pages.

"Something That You Do": Kate Baldwin
(Craft Recordings - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
First song released from Kate Baldwin's upcoming solo album, How Did You Get This Number? Written, arranged, played, and co-produced by Georgia Stitt. Recorded, mixed, and co-produced by Jeffrey Lesser. Released 1/24/20.

Tootsie OBC vinyl
(Decca Broadway - new vinyl 2-LP album)
Score by David Yazbek. Santino Fontana, Lilli Cooper, Sarah Stiles, John Behlmann, Andy Grotelueschen, Julie Halston, Michael McGrath, and Reg Rogers. Andrea Grody and Dean Sharenow, musical supervisors. "Overture," "Opening Number," "Whaddaya Do," "What's Gonna Happen," "I Won't Let You Down," "I'm Alive," "There Was John," "I Like What She's Doing," "Who Are You," "What's Gonna Happen (Reprise)," "Unstoppable," "Entr'acte," "Jeff Sums It Up," "Gone, Gone, Gone," "Who Are You?," "This Thing," "Whaddaya Do (Reprise)," "The Most Important Night," "Talk To Me Dorothy," "Arrivederci!," "Michael's Reprise." Produced by Dean Sharenow and David Yazbek. Released earlier on CD, on mp3 and at iTunes earlier.


Week of January 21, 2020

Broadway the American Musical Edition 3Broadway: The American Musical (updated)
(Applause - Paperback Book)
By Laurence Mason and Michael Kantor. Third edition of the comprehensive 2004 companion the PBS documentary series, now revised and updated with brand-new material on all the Broadway musicals through the 2018–2019 season. Foreword by Julie Andrews. 512 pages.

Ingénue: Deanna Durbin, Judy Garland, and the Golden Age of Hollywood
(new digital album)
Original cast recording of the stage show featuring Canadian Melanie Gall on vocals, and Bennett Paster and Jim Whitney on piano and bass. "It's Foolish but It's Fun," "Something in the Wind," "I Love to Whistle," "Someone to Care for Me," "Spring Will Be a Little Late," "Can't Help Singing," "Say a Pray'r (For the Boys over There) (featuring Shelby Bond, Peter Fitzsimmonds & Carl Kennedy)," "The Turntable Song," "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart," "Over the Rainbow," "Always," "Molly Malone." At CDBaby.com.

Only Fools and Horses: The Musical
(Silva Screen Records - new on CD)
Score by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan; additional music by John Sullivan and Chas Hodges. Original West End cast (Theatre Royal Haymarket). "His Name is Derek Trotter," "Only Fools and Horses Hooky Street," "Not Now Grandad," "Not Now Grandad Reprise," "That’s What I Like," "Where Have All The Cockneys Gone," "The Girl," "Mange Tout," "Bit of a Sort," "Raining for Grandad," "Being A Villain," "Lovely Day," "Marriage & Love," "West End Wendy," "What Have I Let Myself In For," "Gaze Into My Ball," "Fool's Transition," "The Tadpole Song," "Holding Back The Years," "Margate This Time Next Year." Released digitally on mp3 and at iTunes on 12/13/19.


Week of January 14, 2020

The Blackface Minstrel Show in Mass Media: 20th Century Performances on Radio, Records, Film and Television
(McFarland - Paperback Book)

By Tim Brooks. Traces the history of the "modern" minstrel show through the advent of 20th century mass media, when stars like Al Jolson, Bing Crosby and Mickey Rooney continued a long tradition of affecting black music, dance and theatrical styles for mainly white audiences. A companion two-CD reissue of recordings discussed in the book to be available at archeophone.com. 290 pages. Released 11/15/19.

Octet original cast recording
(Nonesuch - new on CD)
Original cast recording of score by Dave Malloy and Annie Tippe. Adam Bashian, Kim Blanck, Starr Busby, Alex Gibson, Justin Gregory Lopez, J.D. Mollison, Margo Seibert, and Kuhoo Verma. Digital booklet. "The Forest," "Refresh," "Candy," "Glow," "Fugue State," "Monster," "Solo," "Actually," "Little God," "Tower Tea Ceremony," "Beautiful," "The Field." Digital Booklet. Previously released on mp3 and at iTunes

The Sound Inside
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
2019 Broadway play by Adam Rapp. 96 pages.Kindle Edition to be released later.


Week of January 7, 2020

The Australian Musical: From the Beginning
(Allen & Unwin - Hardcover Book)
By Peter Pinne and Peter Wyllie Johnston. "... a definitive account of the history of musical theatre in Australia." 432 pages. Kindle version released 11/5/19.

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
(Disney - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Soundtrack from Disney+ series. Olivia Rodrigo, Joshua Bassett, Sofia Wylie, Matt Cornett, Julia Lester, Dara Renee, Frankie Rodriguez, Larry Saperstein, Kate Reinders, and Mark St. Cyr. To feature High School Musical classic songs plus new songs.

John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch
(Drag City Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original soundtrack from the Netflix special. John Mulaney with Annaleigh Ashford, Alexander Bello, Ally Bonino, David Byrne, André De Shields, Oriah Elgrabi, Jake Ryan Flynn, Orson Hong, Zell Steele Morrow, Chrissy Pardo, Lexi Perkel, Shereen Pimentel, Allison Posner. "It’s John Mulaney and The Sack Lunch Bunch!," "Grandma’s Boyfriend Paul," "Algebra Song!," "Googy’s Theme," "Plain Plate Of Noodles," "Do You Wanna Play Restaurant?," "Pay Attention!," "Do Flowers Exist At Night?," "I Saw A White Lady Standing On The Street Just Sobbing (And I Think About It Once A Week)," "Music, Music Everywhere!" Released 12/24/19.

Kiss Me, KateKiss Me, Kate
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
2019 Broadway revival cast recording of Cole Porter score. Kelli O'Hara, Will Chase, Corbin Bleu, Terence Archie, Mel Johnson Jr., James T. Lane, Stephanie Styles, Adrienne Walker, Lance Coadie Williams, John Pankow, Darius Barnes, Preston Truman Boyd, Will Burton, Derrick Cobey, Jesmille Darbouze, Rick Faugno, Haley Fish, Tanya Haglund, Erica Mansfield, Marissa McGowan, Sarah Meahl, Justin Prescott, Christine Cornish Smith, Sherisse Springer, Sam Strasfeld, and Travis Waldschmidt. Orchestrations by Larry Hochman. Music direction by Paul Gemignani. Album produced by Kurt Deutsch and Lawrence Manchester. "Another Op'nin', Another Show," "Why Can't You Behave," "Wunderbar," "So in Love," "We Open in Venice," "Tom, Dick, or Harry," "I've Come to Wive It Wealthily in Padua," "I Hate Men," "Were Thine That Special Face," "Kiss Me, Kate (Act 1 Finale)," "Too Darn Hot," "Where Is the Life That Late I Led," "Always True to You in My Fashion," "Bianca," "So in Love (Reprise)," "Brush Up Your Shakespeare," "I Am Ashamed That People Are So Simple," "Kiss Me, Kate (Reprise)." Recording date: Monday, April 22. Album produced by Kurt Deutsch and Lawrence Manchester. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes. Also at GhostlightRecords.com.


Week of December 24, 2019

Beyond Broadway: The Pleasure and Promise of Musical Theatre Across America
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book)
By Stacy Wolf. The author considers the widespread presence and persistence of musical theatre in U.S. culture, and examines it as a live, pleasurable, participatory experience of creating, watching, and listening. Why does local musical theatre flourish in America? Why do so many Americans passionately engage in a century-old artistic practice that requires intense, person-to-person collaboration? Why do audiences flock to see musicals in their hometowns? How do corporations like Disney and Music Theatre International enable musical theatre's energetic movement through American culture? From 200 interviews with practitioners and spectators, licensors and Disney creatives. 392 pages. Kindle Edition released November 2019.

Judy
(Lions Gate - new 2-disc blu-ray/single DVD)
2019 film. Renée Zellweger stars as Judy Garland. With Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon, Finn Wittrock, Jessie Buckley, Bella Ramsey Producers: Lee Dean, David Livingstone, Cameron McCracken, Jim Spencer. Directed by Rupert Goold.


Week of December 17, 2019

Show by Show 9thBroadway Musicals, Show by Show, 9th edition
(Applause - Paperback Book)
By Stanley Green and Cary Ginell. Newly updated edition (first published in 1985). Includes many of the most important and memorable productions of American musical theater, including revivals. Arranged chronologically, beginning with musicals from just after the Civil War. Trends in musical theater and capsule features on the most significant musicals of the day. This edition documents important musicals produced since the end of the 2012–2013 season through spring 2019. Features statistics and inside information, critical reception, cast lists, pithy commentary about each show, and numerous detailed indexes. 544 pages.

Cats: Highlights From The Motion Picture Soundtrack
(Republic - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Songs from the 2019 motion picture. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; lyrics by T.S. Eliot. "Overture," "Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats," "The Old Gumbie Cat" (Rebel Wilson and Robbie Fairchild), "The Rum Tum Tugger" (Jason Derulo), "Bustopher Jones: The Cat About Town" (James Corden), "Mungojerrie And Rumpleteazer" (Danny Collins and Naoimh Morgan and Francesca Hayward), "Old Deuteronomy" (Robbie Fairchild), "Beautiful Ghosts (Victoria’s Song)" (Francesca Hayward), "Magical Gus" (Andrew Lloyd Webber), "Gus: The Theatre Cat" (Ian McKellen), "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat" (Steven McRae and Robbie Fairchild), "Macavity" (Taylor Swift), "Mr. Mistoffelees" (Laurie Davidson), "Memory" (Jennifer Hudson), "The Addressing Of Cats" (Judi Dench), "Beautiful Ghosts" (Taylor Swift).

Colette Collage
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
1994 studio cast album. Music by Harvey Schmidt. Book and lyrics by Tom Jones. Judy Kaye, Judy Blazer, Jason Graae, George Lee Andrews, Rita Gardner, Jonathan Freeman and more. Orchestrations by Larry Moore. Produced by Bruce Kimmel. Limited to 500 copies only. Available at Kritzerland.com.

Costume at the National Theatre
(Oberon Books - Paperback Book)
Companion to the 2019-2020 National Theatre showcase Costume exhibition. Lavish large-format photographic book featuring the extraordinary work of the costume department that will appeal to fans of theatre, costume and fashion. 208 pages.

Good Nights Out: A History of Popular British Theatre 1940–2015
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book)
By Aleks Sierz. A thematic survey of commercially successful London stage productions over the past 75 years... from R. F. Delderfield's Worm's Eye View and Hugh Hastings's Seagulls Over Sorrento, to The Mousetrap and The Phantom of the Opera. 240 pages.

Little Shop of Horrors digital
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
2019 Off-Broadway cast recording of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken score. Jonathan Groff, Tammy Blanchard, Christian Borle, Tom Alan Robbins, Kingsley Leggs, Ari Groover, Salome Smith, Joy Woods, Stephen Berger, Chris Dwan , Kris Roberts, Chelsea Rurbin, Eric Wright, Teddy Yudain. "Prologue / Little Shop Of Horrors," "Skid Row (Downtown)," "Da-Doo," "Grow For Me," "Ya Never Know," "Somewhere That's Green," "Closed For Renovation," "Dentist!," "Mushnik And Son," "Sudden Changes," "Feed Me (Git It!)," "Now (It's Just The Gas)," "Act 1 Finale," "Call Back In The Morning," "Suddenly Seymour," "Suppertime," "The Meek Shall Inherit," "Sominex / Suppertime (Reprise)," "Somewhere That's Green (Reprise)," "Da-Doo (Reprise)," "Finale (Don't Feed The Plants)." Music Supervisor, Orchestrator, Arranger Will Van Dyke. Album produced by Alan Menken, Will Van Dyke, Frank Wolf, Michael Mayer. Also at GhostlightRecords.com. Physical CD release expected in the future.

Staging America: Twenty-First-Century Dramatists
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Christopher Bigsby. Explores the lives and works of eight award-winning playwrights—including Ayad Akhtar, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Young Jean Lee and Quiara Allegría Hudes—whose backgrounds reflect the social, religious, sexual and national diversity of American society. Each chapter is devoted to a single playwright and provides an overview of their career, a description and critical evaluation of their work, as well as a sense of their reception. Draws on primary sources, including the playwrights' own commentaries and notes, and contemporary reviews. 248 pages.


Week of December 13, 2019

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 3
(UMe - on mp3/at iTunes.)
From the Amazon series. Performers: Darius de Haas (as Shy Baldwin), Blossom Dearie, Julie London & Gregory Porter, Sons Of The Pioneers, Louis Prima, Pedrito Martinez, Peggy Lee, Gene Kelly & Debbie Reynolds & Donald O'Connor, Helen Merrill, Kay Starr, The Silver Belles, Doris Day & Paul Weston & His Music from Hollywood, Nina Simone. "One Less Angel," "Manhattan," "Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)," "The Everlasting Hills of Oklahoma," "Pennies From Heaven (Remastered)," "Loco Amor," "Till There Was You (Remastered)," "Good Morning," "Anything Goes," "On a Slow Boat to China," "Bottle of Pop," "Dream a Little Dream of Me," "Feeling Good," "Love Is Here to Stay," "No One Has to Know."


Week of December 10, 2019

Christmas In Hell
(JAY Records - new on CD/at iTunes)
York Theatre Company original Off-Broadway cast recording of score by Gary Apple ("The Simpsons"). Scott Ahearn, Ron Wisniski, Lori Hammel, Donna English, Dathan B. Williams, Zak Risinger, Elijah Rayman, Brandon Williams. "Fruitcake Canticle," "Mrs. Huvey's Complaint," "My Favorite Place," "I Wish That I Believed," "Somebody Owes Me a Christmas," "They Have to Let You In," "There Is Nothing More That I Can Say," "Nobody Knows," "Entr’Acte: The Descent," "When Your Hands Are Too Big," "Mine!," "You’Re God," "Hell Will Be Heaven with You," "More Than Cheese," "Every Day Is Christmas in Hell," "Bows / Exit Music."

Fleabag: The Scriptures
(Ballantine Books - new hardcover book/Kindle edition)
Award-winning play by Phoebe Waller-Bridge that became an award-winning television series. Includes the filming scripts of the first and second seasons, complete with the original stage directions as well as exclusive commentary on the author's creative process and the making of the series. 432 pages.

From Aphra Behn to Fun Home: A Cultural History of Feminist Theater
(Roman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Carey Purcell. Traces the evolution of important artists and productions over several centuries, Caryl Churchill, Pam Gems, Wendy Wasserstein, Paula Vogel Lynn, Garry Hynes, Julie Taymor and others. Also examines diversity in contemporary feminist theatre-with discussions of such playwrights as Young Jean Lee and Lynn Nottage-and a look toward the future. 272 pages

Kyle Taylor Parker and Alysha Umphress: "Count Your Blessings/What a Wonderful World"
(Broadway Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Released 12/6/19.

Kyle Taylor Parker: "I'll Be Home for Christmas"
(Broadway Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Released 12/6/19.

The Lightning Thief deluxe edition
(Broadway Records - new digital album at iTunes)
Re-release of the Off-Broadway recording with bonus cut songs. Score by Joe Tracz and Rob Rokicki. Chris McCarrell, Jorrel Javier, Ryan Knowles, Sarah Beth Pfeifer, James Hayden Rodriguez, Jalynn Steele, and Kristin Stokes. Bonus tracks: "Camp Half-Blood," "Pick a Side," "Try," "In the Same Boat," "The Wittlest Minotaur." CD format available at BroadwayRecords.com. Released 12/6/19.

The Lightning Thief karaoke edition
(Broadway Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Instrumental versions of "Good Kid," "My Grand Plan," "The Tree On The Hill," "Killer Quest!" and "Bring On The Monsters." Music and lyrics by Rob Rokicki, produced by Michael Croiter, Rob Rokicki and Van Dean. Also at BroadwayRecords.com. Released 12/6/19.

The Mad Ones
(Craft Recordings - new digital album)
Studio cast recording of Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk score. Krystina Alabado, Emma Hunton, Ben Fankhauser, Katie Thompson. "The Girl Who Drove Away," "We're Just in Your Head," "Freedom," "Ordinary Senior Year," "My Mom Is A Statistician," "Sam Failed Her Driver's Test," "Top Ten," "Simple As That," "The Proposal," "There Was A Party," "The Mad Ones," "I Know My Girl," "Miles To Go," "Say The Word," "Moving On," "Go Tonight," "Yellow SUV," "Run Away With Me," "Drive," "I Didn't Say Goodbye," "Remember This." Digital booklet includes lyrics and liner notes by Michael Arden. The musical was produced in 2017 by Prospect Theater Company. Released 12/6/19.

Man of Magic OLC
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
1966 OLC recording of Wilfred Wylam (pseudonym for classical composer Wilfred Josephs) and John Morley and Aubrey Cash score. Debut on CD. Starring Stuart Damon as Houdini, with Judith Bruce, Stubby Kaye, Gaye Brown, Doris Hare. "Man of Magic," "Floral Sisters," "Man in the Crowd," "Fantabulous!," "The Man That Captures My Heart," "Suddenly," "Sling the Gin," "Conquer the World," "Take Your Medicine," "Like No Other Man," "The Earth Is the Lord's," "Kester's Crystal Cabbage," "You Can't Keep a Good Man Down," "This He Knows," "Say Your Name," "Suddenly (Reprise)," "Finale." Part of Stage Door Records' Cast Album Masters Series. Produced by legendary theatre impresario Harold Fielding. Digitally remastered from the studio master tapes. Limited edition of 500 units. Also at StageDoorRecords.com.

The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!
(Nickelodeon - new at Amazon Prime Video)
Aired 12/7/19 on Nickelodeon. Ethan Slater, Gavin Lee, Danny Skinner, Brian Ray Norris, Wesley Taylor, Christina Sajous as Sandy Cheeks, with Kyle Matthew Hamilton, Katie Lee Hill, Curtis Holbrook, L'ogan J'ones, Jai'len Josey, Kelvin Moon Loh, Lauralyn McClelland, Vasthy Mompoint, Bryonha Parham, Oneika Phillips, Jon Rua, JC Schuster, Abby C. Smith, Robert Taylor Jr., Allan Washington, and voice actor Tom Kenny. Book by Kyle Jarrow and score by a variety of pop artists. Directed by Tina Landau. Music supervisor and orchestrator Tom Kitt, choreographer Christopher Gattelli, set and costume designer David Zinn, lighting designer Kevin Adams, projection designer Peter Nigrini, and sound designer Walter Trarbach.


Week of December 3, 2019

"Beautiful Ghosts" from the motion picture Cats
(Polydor Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
New original song from the 2019 film based on the musical. Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Taylor Swift. Sung by Taylor Swift. Released 11/15/19.

Buttons: A Christmas Tale
(Paramount - new on DVD)
2018 Christmas movie featuring Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury, with Alivia Clark, Julia Burrows, Jane Seymour, Roma Downey and Abigail Spencer. Narrated by Kate Winslet and Robert Redford. Directed by Tim Janis. Also streaming.

Cole Porter's The New Yorkers 2017 Encores! Cast Recording
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Based on the 2017 New York City Center Encores! production of Cole Porter musical. Music direction by Rob Berman. Cyrille Aimée, Clyde Alves, Todd Buonopane, Arnie Burton, Kevin Chamberlin, Mylinda Hull, Robyn Hurder, Byron Jennings, Eddie Korbich, Tam Mutu, Jeffrey Schecter, Scarlett Strallen, Tyler Lansing Weaks, and Ruth Williamson. Produced by Rob Berman and Lawrence Manchester. "Overture," "Go into Your Dance," "Please Don't Make Me Be Good," "The Hot Patata," "Where Have You Been," "Say It with Gin," "Most Gentlemen Don't Like Love," "Love for Sale," "I'm Getting Myself Ready for You," "The Great Indoors," "Night and Day," "Wood," "Love for Sale (Reprise)," "The Physician," "Let's Fly AwayKathryn McCreary," "Sing, Sing for Sing Sing," "You've Got That Thing," "Let's Not Talk About Love," "Take Me Back to Manhattan (Pt1)," "Take Me Back to Manhattan (Pt2)," "I Happen to Like New York."

Conversations with Neil Simon (Literary Conversations Series)
(Univ Press of Mississippi - Hardcover/Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Jackson R. Bryer, Ben Siegel, editors. In twenty-two, Neil Simon talks candidly about what it was like to write commercially successful plays that were dismissed by critics and scholars. He also speaks at length about the differences between writing for television, for the stage, and for film. He speaks openly and often revealingly about his relationships with, among many others, Mike Nichols, Walter Matthau, Sid Caesar, and Jack Lemmon. 280 pages.

Jagged Little Pill OBC
(Atlantic - new on CD)
Cast recording for new musical with score by Alanis Morissette, which begins December 5 at the Broadhurst Theatre. Jane Bruce, Anthony Cipriano, Kathryn Gallagher, Celia Rose Gooding, Logan Hart, Derek Klena, Max Kumangai, Sean Allan Krill, Ezra Menas, Lauren Patten, Nora Schell, Elizabeth Stanley. "Overture," "See Right Through You," "All I Really Want," "Hand in My Pocket," "Smiling," "Ironic," "So Unsexy," "Perfect," "Lancers Party (So Pure)," "That I Would Be Good," "Wake Up," "Forgiven," "Entr'Acte (Hand's Clean)," "Not The Doctor," "Head Over Feet," "Unprodigal Daughter," "Predator," "You Oughta Know," "Uninvited," "Mary Jane," "No," "Thank U," "You Learn." Released previously on mp3 and at iTunes.

John Barrowman Fabulous Christmas
(Decca UK - new import CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "When a Child Is Born," "Sleigh Ride," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Happy Holidays" (with the Puppini Sisters), "Be Thou My Vision / Away in a Manger," "Save the Last Dance," "Grown Up Christmas List," "Silent Night," "I Saw Mommy" (with Emily Atack), "O Holy Night," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town."

Marty Thomas: Slow Dancing with a Boy
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Second album from stage and television singer/actor. Guest singers Rachel Potter, Jamey Ray, Mykal Kilgore. "Slow Dance" "As" "Dancing on My Own All by Myself" "Dreamlover" "Crazy for You" "Remember Me This Way" "Show Me Heaven" "Seventh Grade (Save the Best for Last / Everything I Do)" "I Want You to Need Me" "Someone to Fall Back On" "We Belong" "Somewhere."Produced by Jamey Ray. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

The Niceties
(Oberon Books - Paperback Book)
Play by Eleanor Burgess. Played Off-Broadway in 2018. 96 pages.

The Sound of Music 60th Anniversary
(Craft Recordings - new on CD)
1959 Broadway cast performs the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II score. Mastered from the original 3-track master tape. New liner notes by the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization's Ted Chapin. Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel, with Brian Davies, Elizabeth Howell, Kurt Kasznar, Marion Marlowe, Patricia Neway, Muriel O'Malley, Lauri Peters, Karen Shepard. "Preludium," "The Sound of Music," "Maria," "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen," "The Lonely Goatherd," "How Can Love Survive?," "The Sound of Music," "Laendler," "So Long, Farewell," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "No Way To Stop It," "An Ordinary Couple," "Processional," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen," "Edelweiss," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain."

Superhero original cast
(Sony - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Score by Tom Kitt. The musical, with book by John Logan, premiered in January 2019 at Second Stage. "Prologue / The Adventures of the Amazing Sea-Mariner," "What's Happening To My Boy?," "The Adventures of the Amazing Sea-Mariner (Reprised) / You Don't Know What I Know," "The Man in 4-B," "I'll Save The Girl," "Laundry for Two," "How Do You Do This Again? / You Don't Know What I Know (Reprise)," "It's Not Like In The Movies," "If I Only Had One Day," "In Between," "My Dad, The Superhero," "It Happens To You," "What Are The Words?," "If I Only Had One Day (Reprise)," "Superman Is Dead," "Superhero." Kate Baldwin, Bryce Pinkham, Kyle McArthur, Julia Abueva, Jake Levy, Salena Qureshi, Thom Sesma and Nathaniel Stampley. Booklet includes liner notes from Chris Jones, the full lyrics, and production photos.

Wanda's World
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3)
Studio cast recording of score by Beth Falcone. Mallory Bechtel, Alex Boniello, Christiana Cole, Max Crumm, Christine de Frece, Justin Guarini, Troy Iwata, Arielle Jacobs, Brittney Johnson, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Tony LePage, Isabelle McCalla, Chris Medlin, Nancy Opel, Brittany Zeinstra. Produced by Emmy Award winner Michael J. Moritz Jr. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

With or Without You
(new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast (2019 Theatre Row) recording of Connor Martin and Christine Harvey score. Maya Deschanes, Caroline McFee, Jake Bell, Daniel Artuso, Heidi Gleichauf, Justin Forward, Daniel Grumich, Laura Erle, Brian Kamps, Mark Parello, Camryn Graves, Sabrina Sutton. Released 11/22/19.


Week of November 26, 2019

& Juliet
(Atlantic Records UK - new on CD)
Original London cast recording of score by Max Martin. "...'what if' Juliet hadn't killed herself at the end of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?" Premiered at Manchester Opera House prior to a November 2019 opening in the West End. Miriam-Teak Lee, Cassidy Janson, Oliver Tompsett, Arun Blair-Mangat, Melanie La Barrie, Jordan Luke Gage, and Tim Mahendran. "Larger Than Life," "I Want It That Way," "...Baby One More Time," "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely," "Domino," "Show Me Love," "Blow," "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman," "Overprotected," "Confident," "Teenage Dream / Break Free," "Oops!...I Did It Again," "I Kissed A Girl," "It's My Life," "Love Me Like You Do," "Since U Been Gone," "Whataya Want from Me," "One More Try," "Problem / Can't Feel My Face," "That's the Way It Is," "Everybody," "As Long as You Love Me," "It's Gonna Be Me," "Shape of My Heart," "Stronger," "Fuckin' Perfect [Explicit]," "Roar," "I Want It That Way (Reprise)," "Can't Stop The Feeling!," "One More Try." Released 11/20/19 on mp3 and at iTunes.

Beau
(Sony - new on CD)
World premiere recording of Douglas Lyons and Ethan D. Pakchar's new musical. Jenn Colella, Mykal Kilgore, Aisha Jackson, Saint Aubyn, Charity Angél Dawson, Gerard Canoninco, Ben Roseberry, John Krause, Max Sangerman, Jeb Brown, Matt Rodin, Katie Thompson, Olivia Griffin, Marlene Ginader, Amelia Cormack, and Jeremy Sevelovitz. "Pop Pop Beau," "So Better," "Comin' Home," "Shut Up," "It Couldn't Be," "By Your Side," "Crush," "Disappear," "Thursday In July," "Runnin'" (available now), "By Your Side (Reprise)," "Encore." Released digitally 10/25/19.

Brian Stokes Mitchell: Plays with Music
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
A wide variety of show tunes ranging from Irving Berlin to an unrecorded Stephen Sondheim song. "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Gesticulate," "By Myself," "I Won't Send Roses," "If Ever I Would Leave You," "Getting Married Today," "The Man I Love," "Hello, Young Lovers," "A Wizard Every Day," "Flag Song," "What a Wonderful World." Produced by Stokes, and featuring a lush orchestra that include his own arrangements and orchestrations.

Grease: The Director's Notebook
(Harper Design - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition [expected 12/3/19)])
By Randal Kleiser. The musical film's the film's director looks back at the making of the legendary cultural landmark. Created in conjunction with Paramount Pictures and authorized by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey (via his Estate). Features rare and never-before-seen imagery from the studio's archives, as well as Kleiser's production notes, dialogue changes, and more. All new exclusive interviews with the key cast members and crew, including Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta, and Stockard Channing, original script pages, call sheets, conceptual images, and more. 208 pages. Released 10/22/19.

Jagged Little Pill OBC digital
(Atlantic - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Cast recording for new musical with score by Alanis Morissette, which begins December 5 at the Broadhurst Theatre. Jane Bruce, Anthony Cipriano, Kathryn Gallagher, Celia Rose Gooding, Logan Hart, Derek Klena, Max Kumangai, Sean Allan Krill, Ezra Menas, Lauren Patten, Nora Schell, Elizabeth Stanley. "Overture," "See Right Through You," "All I Really Want," "Hand in My Pocket," "Smiling," "Ironic," "So Unsexy," "Perfect," "Lancers Party (So Pure)," "That I Would Be Good," "Wake Up," "Forgiven," "Entr'Acte (Hand's Clean)," "Not The Doctor," "Head Over Feet," "Unprodigal Daughter," "Predator," "You Oughta Know," "Uninvited," "Mary Jane," "No," "Thank U," "You Learn." CD format to be released 12/6/19.

Hadestown OBC vinyl
(2-LP vinyl box set)
Score by Anaïs Mitchell. Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, Amber Gray, Patrick Page, Andre De Shields, Jewelle Blackman, Kay Trinidad, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer. Expected to include libretto and free download code.

A Never-Ending Line: A Female Song Cycle
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Song cycle composed by Jaime Lozano with female lyricists Lindsey Erin Anderson, Neena Beber, Lauren Epsenhart, Sami Horneff, Victoria Kühne, Lisa Mongillo, Marina Pires, Noemi de la Puente, and June Rachelson-Ospa. Featuring Julia Murney, Betsy Wolfe, Emily Skeggs, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Jenna Ushkowitz, Samantha Massell, Hannah Shankman, Natalie Weiss, Alena Watters, Arielle Jacobs, Alex Finke, Alexa Green, Sherz Aletaha, Genny Lis Padilla, Indra Palomo, Florencia Cuenca, Barrie Kealoha, Anne Fraser Thomas, Kim Sava, Linedy Genao, Jennifer Sanchez, LaDonna Burns, Natalie Toro, Nora Schell, Michelle Beth Herman, Jennifer DiNoia, Doreen Montalvo, Ramona Keller, and Alyssa Fox. All proceeds generated from sales of the album will benefit Maestra Music. Released previously digitally. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.


Weeks of November 12 and 19, 2019

& Juliet
(Atlantic Records UK - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original London cast recording of score by Max Martin. "...'what if' Juliet hadn't killed herself at the end of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?" Premiered at Manchester Opera House prior to a November 2019 opening in the West End. Miriam-Teak Lee, Cassidy Janson, Oliver Tompsett, Arun Blair-Mangat, Melanie La Barrie, Jordan Luke Gage, and Tim Mahendran. "Larger Than Life," "I Want It That Way," "...Baby One More Time," "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely," "Domino," "Show Me Love," "Blow," "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman," "Overprotected," "Confident," "Teenage Dream / Break Free," "Oops!...I Did It Again," "I Kissed A Girl," "It's My Life," "Love Me Like You Do," "Since U Been Gone," "Whataya Want from Me," "One More Try," "Problem / Can't Feel My Face," "That's the Way It Is," "Everybody," "As Long as You Love Me," "It's Gonna Be Me," "Shape of My Heart," "Stronger," "Fuckin' Perfect [Explicit]," "Roar," "I Want It That Way (Reprise)," "Can't Stop The Feeling!," "One More Try." CD to be released 11/29/19.

A Is for AudraA is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z
(Doubleday - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By John Robert Allman. Illustrated by Peter Emmerich. "Start with 'A' for six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, then sing and dance your way through the alphabet with beloved entertainers like Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Lea Salonga, and Liza Minnelli." To receive a stage adaption at 92Y in November.

Accidentally Brave
(Audible Audiobook)
One-woman play by Maddie Corman. Presented in 2019 at DR2 Theatre. Narrated by Maddie Corman. Released 11/7/19.

American Utopia on Broadway OBC
(Nonesuch - 2-CD set)
Includes songs from David Byrne's American Utopia along with songs from Talking Heads and his solo career, currently on Broadway in October at the Hudson Theatre. "Here," "I Know Sometimes a Man Is Wrong / Don't Worry About the Government," "Lazy," "This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)," "I Zimbra," "Slippery People," "I Should Watch TV," "Everybody's Coming to My House," "Once in a Lifetime," "Glass, Concrete & Stone," "Toe Jam," "Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)," "I Dance like This," "Bullet," "Every Day Is a Miracle," "Blind," "Burning Down the House," "Hell You Talmbout," "One Fine Day," "Road to Nowhere," "The Great Curve." Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes.

Andrew Lloyd Webber: Live Musicals Collection
(Universal - on 4 DVD Discs)
Disc 1: Cats (1999) with Elaine Paige and Sir John Mills, remastered with full digital, 70-piece orchestra; with The Making of Cats. Disc 2: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Go, Go, Go Joseph: The Making of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat plus Production Notes, The History of Joseph, The Enduring Appeal of Joseph, Cast and Filmmakers, Recommendations. Disc 3: Love Never Dies, with The Making of Love Never Dies. Disc 4: Jesus Christ Superstar Live Arena Tour, with An Introduction by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Behind the Scenes.

Angels Among Us
(Mormon Tabernacle - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
The Tabernacle Choir holiday album with featured singer Kristin Chenoweth (on "We Need a Little Christmas," "O Holy Night," "Mary, Did You Know," "Come On, Ring Those Bells," "The Christmas Waltz," "Angels Among Us," "What Child Is This?," "Angels from the Realm of Glory." Video of the concert is also available on Amazon Prime. Released 10/18/19.

Beetlejuice OBC vinyl
(Ghostlight/Warner Bros. - new on 2LPs)
Score by Eddie Perfect. Music Supervision, orchestrations, and incidental music By Kris Kukul. Cast includes Alex Brightman, Sophia Anne Caruso, Kerry Butler, Rob McClure, Adam Dannheisser, Leslie Kritzer, Jill Abramovitz, Kelvin Moon Loh, Danny Rutigliano, and Dana Steingold. Album produced by Matt Stine, Alex Timbers, Eddie Perfect, and Kurt Deutsch. "Prologue: Invisible," "The Whole 'Being Dead' Thing," "Ready Set, Not Yet," "The Whole 'Being Dead' Thing, Pt. 2," "Dead Mom," "Fright of Their Lives," "Ready Set (Reprise)," "No Reason," "Invisible (Reprise) / On the Roof," "Say My Name," "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) [Act 1 Finale]," "Girl Scout," "That Beautiful Sound," "Barbara 2.0," "What I Know Now," "Home," "Creepy Old Guy," "Jump in the Line." Recording dates May 5, 6 and 13, 2019. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes

Ben Bagley's Shoestring Revue
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Remastered Music by David Baker, Arthur Siegel, Charles Strouse, Ken Welch, Alec Wilder, and others. Lyrics by Lee Adams, June Carroll, Norman Gimbel, Ronny Graham, Sheldon Harnick, Bud McCreery, Mike Stewart, and others. Cast includes Bea Arthur, Danny Carroll, Jane Connell, Dody Goodman, and others. Limited release of 500 copies. To ship by the third week in November. At Kritzerland.com.

Ben Bagley's Kurt Weill Revisited Volume II
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Music by Kurt Weill. Lyrics by Maxwell Anderson, Bertolt Brecht, Ira Gershwin, Paul Green, Edward Heyman, Alan Jay Lerner, Ogden Nash. Cast includes Nancy Andrews, Ellen Burstyn, Nell Carter, Blossom Dearie, Tammy Grimes, Estelle Parsons, John Reardon, Arthur Siegel, and Jo Sullivan. Musical and vocal arrangements by Dennis Deal. Remastered. Limited release of 500 copies. To ship by the third week in November. At Kritzerland.com.

Carols for a Cure 2019: Volume 21
(new CD & digital album)
21st annual collection of seasonal songs sung by members of the Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre community. "Carol of the Beetlebells" (Beetlejuice), "Jingle Bells" (Tootsie), "O Come All Ye Faithful" (Ain't Too Proud), "Drey Dreydele" (Fiddler On the Roof In Yiddish), "Auld Lang Syne" (Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!), "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (Mean Girls), "A Prayer for Peace" (Broadway Musicians Afm Local 802), "December Feels" (Aladdin), "What Child Is This?" (Hamilton), "Hine Ma Tov/Together" (Dear Evan Hansen), "Do You Hear What I Hear?" (Come From Away), "Lo, How A Rose E'er Bloomin'" (Wicked), "O Christmas Tree" (An Fls Treemix), "O Holy Night" (Frozen), "Secret Santa" (Waitress), "Coventry Carol" (the Broadway Baby Mamas), "The First Noel" (the Phantom of the Opera), "Midwintersong" (Hadestown). Digital download card included This purchase exclusively benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Currently at the Broadway Cares store.

Debbie Reynolds: The MGM Singles
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
Collection of all of Debbie's MGM singles on one disc. Included are some rare recordings that have not been available since their initial releases in the early 1950s; many others making their debut on CD. Plus some key soundtrack singles that not only showcase this versatile and legendary performer from the golden age of MGM musicals, but also helped define an era. 30 tracks. Released 11/8/19.

Frozen 2
(Disney - new on CD/on mp3)
Soundtrack for 2019 animated film. New songs by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Evan Rachel Wood, Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff, Panic! At The Disco, Kacey Musgraves Weezer. "All is Found," "Some Things Never Change," "Into the Unknown," "When I Am Older," "Reindeer(s) are Better than People (Cont.)," "Lost in the Woods," "Show Yourself," "The Next Right Thing," "Into the Unknown(end credits)," "All is Found (end credits)," "Lost in the Woods (end credits)."

Groundhog Day piano/vocal selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
15 vocal selections from the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical. Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, who wrote an in-depth forward to this souvenir collection. Also includes performance notes from the show's music director, Laurie Perkins. "Everything About You," "Hope," "If I Had My Time Again," "Night Will Come," "Nobody Cares," "One Day," "Overture," "Playing Nancy," "Punxsutawney Phil," "Rita's Diary," "Seeing You," "Small Town USA Day One," "Small Town USA Day Two," "Stuck," "There Will Be Sun." 144 pages.

It's Always Loud in the BalconyIt's Always Loud in the Balcony: A Life in Black Theater, from Harlem to Hollywood and Back
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Memoir by Richard Wesley, an essential part of the Black Theater Movement of the 1960s. From his debut in The Black Terror at the Public Theater in 1971, through Hollywood and his influence on current black theater. 256 pages.

Joe Stilgoe's Christmas Album
(Storyville Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
British singer/pianist/songwriter Joe Stilgoe (son of Richard Stilgoe and Annabel Hunt). "Medley: Winter Weather / I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," "The Night Before," "Little White Berry," "December Lights," "Sleigh Ride," "The Christmas Song," "Round & Round the Christmas Tree," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Medley: Top Hat / Putting on the Ritz," "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "I'm the Happiest Christmas Tree," "Rest in Peace." With saxophonist Amy Dickson, the Canterbury Cathedral Girls Choir, Ben Castle, and Rob Brydon.

Kristin Chenoweth: "White Christmas"
(new digital single)
With Steve Tyrell.

Kurt Weill's Street Scene
(Bel Air Classiques - new on Blu-ray)
2018 production at Teatro Real de Madrid. Featuring Patricia Racette and Paulo Szot. John Fulljames directs, with conductor Tim Murray. Choreography by Arthur Pita.

Leonard Soloway's Broadway
(1091 - new on DVD)
Documentary produced and directed by Jeff Wolk. Pulls back the curtain of one of the most admired and loved Broadway producers and general managers. Through interviews, photos and other archival material, the film is an inside look at the "business" of "show business" in a career that has spanned more than seventy years. Leonard Soloway has been involved with over 150 productions, including Waiting in the Wings with Lauren Bacall and Rosemary Harris, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, A Moon For the Misbegotten and Mark Twain Tonight! with Hal Holbrook. Leonard has worked with veteran stage actors like Jason Robards and Colleen Dewhurst as well as film stars like Paul Newman. At the age of 90, even as we witness his latest production come to a disappointing end in the course of this film, Leonard Soloway is still enamored with the "lullaby of Broadway" as he plans his next production. Also a story of a gay man who never hid his identity at a time when this just wasn't done. Narrated by Campbell Scott, featuring candid interviews with John Slattery, Tovah Feldshuh, Olympia Dukakis, Elizabeth Ashley, Debbie Gravitte, Manny Azenberg, and more. Also expected on streaming and VOD services.

The Letters of Cole Porter
(Yale Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Cliff Eisen and Dominic McHugh, editors. Extensive collection of letters (most of which are published here for the first time) dates from the first decade of the twentieth century to the early 1960s and features correspondence with stars such as Irving Berlin, Ethel Merman, and Orson Welles, as well as Porter's friends and lovers. Complemented by commentaries that draw together the loose threads of Porter’s life and highlight the distinctions between Porter’s public and private existence. 672 pages.

Luke Evans At Last
(BMG - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Welsh West End (Taboo, Rent, Miss Saigon Avenue Q) and film actor Luke Evans solo album. "Love Is a Battlefield," "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," "If I Could Turn Back Time," "Changing," "With or Without You," "I'm Kissing You," "Show Me Heaven," "At Last," "Always Remember Us This Way," "Say You Love Me," "Faith's Song," "Bring Him Home."

Margaret Whiting: Let's Fall in Love: The Lost Recordings Vol. 2
(Sepia Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
56 songs performed by the young Margaret previously unavailable commercially, including "Summertime," "Come to Me, Bend to Me," "Johnny One Note," "I'm Gonna Love That Guy," "I Got Lost in His Arms," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," "This Can't Be Love," "Someone to Watch over Me," "Bill," "Come Rain or Come Shine." Released 11/8/19.

Mark William: Come Croon With Me
(Yellow Sound Label - new on CD)
Debut album from Mark Williams, featuring the songs in his critically acclaimed nightclub act. "Overture," "Medley: Come Live Me/ Come Fly with Me/ Blue Skies/ From this Moment On," "I've Gotta Be Me/ Golden Rainbow," "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," "Moon River/ Ebb Tide," "Just to Get My Name In Lights/ Everything Old Is New Again/ All I Wanted Was the Dream," "On the Street Where You Live," "Pure Imagination/ Over the Rainbow," "Bewitched/ You Do Something to Me/ That Old Black Magic/ Witchcraft," "I Want to Go to Hollywood," "Let Me Be Your Star," "A Lot of Livin' to Do/ Shine It On," "I Am What I Am," "Home." Backed by a five-piece band led by musical director Clint Edwards.

Octet original cast recording
(Nonesuch - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording of score by Dave Malloy and Annie Tippe. Adam Bashian, Kim Blanck, Starr Busby, Alex Gibson, Justin Gregory Lopez, J.D. Mollison, Margo Seibert, and Kuhoo Verma. Digital booklet. "The Forest," "Refresh," "Candy," "Glow," "Fugue State," "Monster," "Solo," "Actually," "Little God," "Tower Tea Ceremony," "Beautiful," "The Field." Digital Booklet. To be released 1/17/20 on CD.

August WilsonThe Theatre of August Wilson (Critical Companions)
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Alan Nadel (Author), Kevin J. Wetmore Jr. (Series Editor), Patrick Lonergan (Series Editor). Comprehensive study of August Wilson's drama introducing the major themes and motifs that unite Wilson's ten-play cycle about African American life in each decade of the twentieth century. Detailed readings of each play, through extensive interviews. 232 pages.

Randy Rainbow: Hey Gurl, It's Christmas!
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Randy Rainbow's debut Christmas album. Randy puts his signature twist on holiday classics and premieres a brand new Christmas song (the title track) with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Randy Rainbow and Shaiman. With special guests Alan Cumming, Kathy Griffin, Norm Lewis, and Lorna Luft. "Hey Gurl, It's Christmas!," "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," "Merry Christmas Darling / What Are You Doing New Years Eve?," "Trump's Favorite Things," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "The Christmas Movie Medley: Somewhere Over the Rainbow; Somewhere in My Memory; White Christmas; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas)," "Make Someone Happy." Backed by a swingin' band and new musical arrangements by Jesse Kissel. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

The Sound of Music 60th Anniversary
(Craft Recordings - new on CD/2-LP vinyl)

1959 Broadway cast performs the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II score. Mastered from the original 3-track master tape. New liner notes by the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization's Ted Chapin. Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel, with Brian Davies, Elizabeth Howell, Kurt Kasznar, Marion Marlowe, Patricia Neway, Muriel O'Malley, Lauri Peters, Karen Shepard. "Preludium," "The Sound of Music," "Maria," "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen," "The Lonely Goatherd," "How Can Love Survive?," "The Sound of Music," "Laendler," "So Long, Farewell," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "No Way To Stop It," "An Ordinary Couple," "Processional," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen," "Edelweiss," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain."

Transparent Musicale Finale Original Soundtrack
(Decca Gold - new on CD)
Zach Barack, Alexandra Billings, Jay Duplass, Sophie Giannamore, Hannah Glazer, Alexandra Grey, Kathryn Hahn, Gaby Hoffmann, Richard Kind, Jo Lampert, Jari Jones, Amy Landecker, Erik Liberman, Judith Light, Lesli Margherita, Shakina Nayfack, Theo Tiedemann. "Sepulveda Boulevard," "Come Through Shelly," "Goddamn House," "Where Have You Been?," "Sit In It," "Your Boundary Is My Trigger," "Father's House," "Let Her Be Okay," "Where Have You Been? (Reprise)," "Your Shoes," "Crazy People," "Joyocaust." Vinyl version to be released 11/22/19. Released previously on mp3 and at iTunes.

A Vintage Broadway Christmas: Festive Showtunes and Yuletide Favorites Sung by Broadway Stars of Yesteryear
(Stage Door Records - 2-CD import set)
Festive showtunes and yuletide favorites as sung by Broadway's stars of the 1950s and '60s. Includes seasonal selections from the Broadway musicals Subways Are For Sleeping, Greenwillow, Irma La Douce, Song Of Norway, Call Me Mister and Babes In Toyland. Singers include Sydney Chaplin, Elaine Stritch, Mary Martin, Barbara Cook, Sally Ann Howes, Dorothy Collins, Leslie Uggams, Mimi Hines, Eartha Kitt, Pearl Bailey, Howard Morris, Joel Grey, John Raitt, Betty Garrett, Eddie Albert, and more. See link for complete track list. Also at StageDoorRecords.com.


Week of November 5, 2019

Hayden Tee: Face To Face
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
New Zealand theatre singer-actor's first album dedicated to musical theatre. "Stars," "I Don't Care Much / So What," "Lily's Eyes" (With John Owen-Jones), "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," "'Til I Hear You Sing," "It All Fades Away," "Molasses to Rum," "The Smell of Rebellion," "How Glory Goes." Arrangements by Nigel Ubrihien. Accompanied by a symphony orchestra. Currently at BroadwayRecords.com.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Behind the ScenesHarry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Journey: Behind the Scenes of the Award-Winning Stage Production
(Arthur A. Levine Books - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Harry Potter Theatrical Productions and Jody Revenson. Official behind-the-scenes book of West End/Broadway/Melbourne Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. From the earliest phases of development with producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, to the crafting of the eighth Harry Potter story with J.K. Rowling, director John Tiffany, and playwright Jack Thorne, to the gathering of an extraordinary team of artists and actors together to bring this new part of Harry Potter's story to life. With photographs, interviews, and never-before-seen sketches, notes, candid backstage photos, and more. 224 pages.

How Does the Show Frozen EditionHow Does the Show Go On: An Introduction to the Theater
(Disney Editions - Hardcover Book)
The Frozen edition, Third in series of souvenir books. By Thomas Shumacher with Jeff Kurtti. Featuring "Augmented Reality Experiences." Detailed explanations, illustrations, and trivia ... offers a comprehensive introduction to the world of the theater from the box office to backstage, and beyond. Grade level 5-9. 144 pages.

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

If the Dancer Dances
(Kino Lorber - new on DVD)
Documentary produced by Lise Friedman and Maia Wechsler, and directed by Maia Wechsler. Stephen Petronio is determined to help his dancers breathe new life into RainForest (1968), an iconic work by the legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham. With help from three members of the former Cunningham company, the film tracks Petronio's dancers as they strive to re-stage this great work, revealing what it takes to keep a dance—and a legacy—alive. Timed to coincide with Cunningham's centennial. The first documentary on the subject of Cunningham's work since his passing in 2009. Includes deleted scenes, trailer, and commentary with Lies Friedman, Maia Wechsler, Stephen Petronius. 87 minutes. Released 7/23/19. To be available for streaming and on demand beginning 11/12/19.

Leslie Odom, Jr.: Mr
(S-Curve Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
New album from stage/screen actor/singer Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton, Harriet). "Stronger Magic," "Standards," "Go Crazy," "u r my everything," "Under Pressure," "Cold," "Lose It," "Eva's Song (A Psalm Of Life)," "Foggy," "Entr'Acte (The Joyful Messenger)," "Hummingbird," "Remember Black," "Freedom." Single from the album to be released September 13, will album released date of November 2019.

Listening for AmericaListening for America: Inside the Great American Songbook from Gershwin to Sondheim
(Liveright - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Rob Kapilow (NPR's "What Makes It Great?"). Brings many favorite classics to life through the songs and stories of eight of the twentieth century's most treasured American composers (Kern, Porter, Gershwin, Arlen, Berlin, Rodgers, Bernstein, and Sondheim). Celebrates what makes the melodies so unforgettable, and delves deeply into how issues of race, immigration, sexuality, and appropriation intertwine in masterpieces like Show Boat and West Side Story. 100 music examples. 448 pages.

Melissa Errico: Legrand Affair - The Songs of Michel Legrand Deluxe Edition
(Ghostlight Records - new on 2CDs/on mp3/at iTunes)
2011 album with additional tracks. "I Was Born in Love with You," "The Summer Knows," "His Eyes, Her Eyes," "The Windmills of Your Mind," "I Will Wait for You," "In Another Life," "Martina," "Dis moi," "You Must Believe in Spring," "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?," "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?," "Something New in My Life," "Maybe Someone Dreamed Us," "Once Upon a Summertime," "Celui-la," "I Haven't Thought of This in Quite A While," "Pieces of Dreams/Little Boy Lost," "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? (Guitar Duo)," "The Way He Makes Me Feel," "Hurry Home." Demos: "Something New in My Life," "Maybe Someone Dreamed Us," "The Summer Knows," "Once Upon a Summertime," "The Windmills of Your Mind," "Dis moi," "Michel at Work."

Michael Ball & Alfie Boe: Back Together
(Decca - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
"The Greatest Show," "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again," "Sunrise, Sunset," "Circle Of Life" (with Shaun Escoffrey), "Come Fly With Me," "Queen Medley," "My Way," "Something Inside So Strong," "I Will Always Believe," "Let It Be Me," "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart," "Army," "Brothers in Arms."

The Movie Musical!
(Knopf - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
By Jeanine Basinger. This film historian examines a dazzling array of stars, strategies, talents, and innovations in the history of musical cinema. Extensive portraits of everyone from Al Jolson to Doris Day; from Deanna Durbin to Shirley Temple and Judy Garland; from Ann Miller to Ann-Margret ... focusing on many beloved, iconic films (Top Hat, Singin' in the Rain, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Sound of Music) as well as unduly obscure gems (Whoopee!, Murder at the Vanities, Sun Valley Serenade, One from the Heart). 656 pages.

A Musical About Star Wars
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Original cast recording. Created by Tom D'Angora. Original score by Billy Recce. Subtitled or, Why Star Wars is the Greatest Thing to Ever in the History of the Galaxy, Much, Much Better than Star Trek. Cast includes Taylor Crousore, Scott Richard Foster, and Emily McNamara. "Overture / All the Exposition That You Need," "A Musical About Star Wars," "Welcome / The Padme Pas De Bourree," "A Lucas Orgy," "The Rules Song," "The X-Wing Effect," "Backstory Song," "Anakin," "More to the Story," "We Got Leia!," "Be the Change That You Wish to See in the Galaxy," "A Musical About Star Wars Finale!." The new musical played at Theatre Row in 2019. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Book of Mormon Fourth WallParker, Lopez and Stone's The Book of Mormon (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Part of Routledge's ongoing series. By Brian Granger. Examines where the musical The Book of Mormon succeeds and fails, challenging our understanding of musical comedy and our appreciation for this cultural landmark in theatre. 80 pages.

Plays for the PublicPlays 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.

Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology of American Standards - Volume 7: Baritone/Bass
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Richard Walters, editor. Songs from The Band's Visit, Big Fish, The Bridges of Madison County, Cabaret: Why Should I Wake Up?, Catch Me If You Can, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, A Man of No Importance, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Pretty Woman: The Musical, The Prom, Road Show, Rocky, Something Rotten!, Tootsie, Tuck Everlasting, and more. Does not have the melody in the piano accompaniment, which gives the singer more vocal freedom. Keys have been carefully chosen for each voice type. Each volume also includes a historical note about each song, often citing recording artists who became associated with a song. See link for complete song list. Also available in a baritone version with access to online piano accompaniments for download or streaming. 256 pages.

Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology of American Standards - Volume 7: Mezzo-Soprano/Belter
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Richard Walters, editor. Vocal collection. Songs from The Band's Visit, The Book of Mormon, Come from Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day, Hamilton, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Pretty Woman: The Musical, The Prom, Tootsie, and more. Does not have the melody in the piano accompaniment, which gives the singer more vocal freedom. Keys have been carefully chosen for each voice type. Each volume also includes a historical note about each song, often citing recording artists who became associated with a song. See link for complete song list. Also available in a version with access to online piano accompaniments for download or streaming. 256 pages.

Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology of American Standards - Volume 7: Soprano
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Richard Walters, editor. Vocal collection. Songs from Amazing Grace, Amelie, the Bridges of Madison County, Darling, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, In the Heights, Johnny Guitar, Matilda the Musical, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, the Prom, School of Rock, and more. Does not have the melody in the piano accompaniment, which gives the singer more vocal freedom. Keys have been carefully chosen for each voice type. Each volume also includes a historical note about each song, often citing recording artists who became associated with a song. See link for complete song list. Also available in a version with access to online piano accompaniments for download or streaming. 256 pages.

Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology of American Standards - Volume 7: Tenor
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Richard Walters, editor. Vocal collection. Songs from Amelie, The Band's Visit, Be More Chill, The Book of Mormon, Dear Evan Hansen, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, The Mad Ones, Something Rotten!, Tootsie, and more. Does not have the melody in the piano accompaniment, which gives the singer more vocal freedom. Keys have been carefully chosen for each voice type. Each volume also includes a historical note about each song, often citing recording artists who became associated with a song. See link for complete song list. Also available in a version with access to online piano accompaniments for download or streaming. 272 pages.


Week of October 29, 2019

Ambassador: Original London Cast Recording
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
First in Stage Door Records' Cast Album Masters Series. Music by Don Gohman and lyrics by Hal Hackady. 1971 OLC: Toni-Sue Burley, Margaret Courtenay, Danielle Darrieux, Penny Everton, Blain Fairman, Judy Gridley, Neville Jason, Howard Keel, Judith Paris, Brian Rowley, Lamona Snow, Isobel Stuart, Nevil Whiting, David Wheldon Williams. "Overture," "A Man You Can Set Your Watch By," "It's a Woman," "Lambert's Quandry / Lilas," "The Right Time, the Right Place," "Surprise," "Charming," "All of My Life," "What Can You Do with a Nude?," "Love Finds the Lonely," "Tell Her," "Young with Him / I Thought I Knew You," "Lilas / What Happened to Paris," "Too Much to Forgive," "That's What I Need Tonight," "You Can Tell a Lady By Her Hat / This Utterly Ridiculous Affair / Gossip," "Not Tomorrow," "Thank You, No! / All of My Life (Reprise)." Album was produced by Norman Newell and recorded by RCA Records in November 1971. Digitally remastered from the studio master tapes. Limited to 500 copies only. Also at StageDoorRecords.com.

Ben Bagley's Contemporary Broadway Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Songs by Kander & Ebb, Jones and Schmidt, Jerry Herman, Bock & Harnick, and others. Starring Katharine Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Margaret Whiting, Anthony Perkins John Reardon, Fay De Witt, Kaye Ballard, Helen Gallagher, and more. Recording has been remastered, booklet errors corrected, with the cover art of Harvey Schmidt. At Kritzerland.com.

Hadestown OBCHadestown OBC
(on 2 CDs)
Score by Anaïs Mitchell. Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, Amber Gray, Patrick Page, Andre De Shields, Jewelle Blackman, Kay Trinidad, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer. "Road to Hell," "Any Way the Wind Blows," "Come Home with Me," "Wedding Song," "Epic I," "Livin' it Up on Top," "All I've Ever Known ("In spite of herself...") [Intro]," "All I've Ever Known," "Way Down Hadestown," "A Gathering Storm," "Epic II," "Chant," "Hey, Little Songbird," "When the Chips are Down ("Songbird vs. rattlesnake...") [Intro]," "When the Chips are Down," "Gone, I'm Gone," "Wait for Me ("Hey, the big artiste...") [Intro]," "Wait for Me," "Why We Build the Wall," "Why We Build the Wall ("Behind closed doors...") [Outro]," "Our Lady of the Underground," "Way Down Hadestown (Reprise)," "Flowers," "Come Home with Me (Reprise)," "Papers (Intro)," "Papers (Instrumental)," "Nothing Changes," "If it's True," "How Long?," "Chant (Reprise)," "Epic III," "Epic III (Intro) [Instrumental]," "Promises," "Word to the Wise," "His Kiss, the Riot," "Wait for Me ("If you wanna walk out of hell...") [Intro] [Reprise]," "Wait for Me (Reprise)," "Doubt Comes In," "Road to Hell (Reprise)," "We Raise our Cups." Includes 64-page booklet, including full libretto and production photos. Released previously on mp3 and at iTunes.

Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra: I Shouldn't Be Telling You This
(Decca - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes/vinyl)
Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra (members?), Sharon Van Etten, Inara George, Fiona Apple, Anna Calvi, and Gina Saputo. "Let's Face The Music and Dance," "The Sidewinder / The Beat Goes On," "Driftin'," "The Thrill Is Gone / Django," "The Kicker," "Don't Worry 'Bout Me," "The Cat," "Four on Six / Broken English," "If I Knew Then," "Make Someone Happy," "Little Man, You've Had A Busy Day." Follow-up to Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra 2018 debut album "The Capitol Sessions."

Juliano Rossi: The Last White Christmas
(Künstlerhafen - new digital album)
German jazz singer holiday album with Rebekka Bakken and Les Brünettes. "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "When I'm Thinking of Christmas," "The Bell That Couldn't Jingle," "Baby, It's Cold Outside," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "Heaven on Earth (Himmel På Jord)," "The Last White Christmas," "I Love the Winter Weather," "Mele Kalikimaka," "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve," "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," "The Christmas Song." CD format available at Amazon UK.


Week of October 22, 2019

Alice by HeartAlice by Heart
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
MCC cast. Score by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater. Molly Gordon, Colton Ryan, Kim Blanck, Mia DiLena, Zachary Downer, Noah Galvin, Zachary Infante, Andrew Kober, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe , Catherine Ricafort, Heath Saunders, and Wesley Taylor. "West of Words," "Down the Hole," "Still," "Chillin' the Regrets," "The Key Is," "Those Long Eyes," "Manage Your Flamingo," " Sick to Death of Alice-ness," "Brillig Braelig," "Some Things Fall Away," "Your Shell of Grief," "Another Room in Your Head," "Isn't It A Trial?," "Do You Think We Think You're Alice?," "I've Shrunk Enough," "Afternoon," "Winter Blooms." Produced by Duncan Sheik and Kurt Deutsch, with Craig Balsam and Cody Lassen executive producers. Recorded March 24-25. Also at GhostlightRecords.com. Previously released on mp3 and at iTunes

American Utopia on Broadway OBC
(Nonesuch - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Includes songs from David Byrne's American Utopia along with songs from Talking Heads and his solo career, currently on Broadway in October at the Hudson Theatre. "Here," "I Know Sometimes a Man Is Wrong / Don't Worry About the Government," "Lazy," "This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)," "I Zimbra," "Slippery People," "I Should Watch TV," "Everybody's Coming to My House," "Once in a Lifetime," "Glass, Concrete & Stone," "Toe Jam," "Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)," "I Dance like This," "Bullet," "Every Day Is a Miracle," "Blind," "Burning Down the House," "Hell You Talmbout," "One Fine Day," "Road to Nowhere," "The Great Curve." Digital book included. Released 10/18/19. 2-CD version to be released 11/22/19.

Ana Gasteyer: sugar & booze
(Henry's Girl Inc. - new on CD/mp3/vinyl/at iTunes)
"Sugar and Booze," "Nothing Rhymes with Christmas," "The Man with the Bag," "He's Stuck in the Chimney Again," "Secret Santa," "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," "You're a Mean One Mr Grinch," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "In the Market for a Miracle," "Blue Black Friday," "Sleigh Ride," "Children Go Where I Send Thee," "The Merriest," "Sugar and Booze (Edit)."

Anthony Ramos: The Good & The Bad
(Republic - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Debut solo album by Anthony Ramos (Hamilton). "Dear Diary," "Auntie's Basement," "One More Hour," "Isabella," "Mind Over Matter," "Relationship," "Little Lies," "Woman," "Figure It Out," "Either Way," "The Good & The Bad," "Come Back Home." Vinyl version to be released 12/13/19.

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.

Beau
(Sony - new digital album on mp3)
World premiere recording of Douglas Lyons and Ethan D. Pakchar's new musical. Jenn Colella, Mykal Kilgore, Aisha Jackson, Saint Aubyn, Charity Angél Dawson, Gerard Canoninco, Ben Roseberry, John Krause, Max Sangerman, Jeb Brown, Matt Rodin, Katie Thompson, Olivia Griffin, Marlene Ginader, Amelia Cormack, and Jeremy Sevelovitz. "Pop Pop Beau," "So Better," "Comin' Home," "Shut Up," "It Couldn't Be," "By Your Side," "Crush," "Disappear," "Thursday In July," "Runnin'" (available now), "By Your Side (Reprise)," "Encore." CD to be released 11/15/19.

Christmas at Birdland
(Club44 Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
With Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso, Billy Stritch, and featuring Donny Osmond, Daniel Glass, Steve Doyle, Dave Koz. "Christmas Is Starting Now/It's the Holiday Season," "The Christmas Waltz," "Manhattan in December," "You Meet the Nicest People," "Mister Santa," "He's Stuck in the Chimney Again," "Little Jack Frost, Get Lost," "Caroling, Caroling," "It Happened in Sun Valley/Snow," "Silent Night/A Child Is Born," "Winter Weather/Winter Night," "The Christmas Song (Chestnust Roasting on an Open Fire)," "Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells." [Released 10/18/19, not listed last Tuesday.]

Gretel! - A New Musical OLC
(Charlie Turner Music - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original London Cast recording of new musical score by Charlie Turner. Debuted in London's West End in 2019 at the The Other Palace Theatre. Roxanne Applebee, Joely Barbour, Georgia Burnell, Aoife Clesham, , Mina Dahle, Thomas Duern, Gregor Duncan, Rebecca Lauren, Elle MacAllen, Liv Warden, Mikey Wooster. "Down in the Wood," "Feet on the Ground," "Down in the Wood (Reprise)," "Dark Magic," "Girl's Gotta Go," "The Man That I Love," "Going Solo," "Rewrite Our Stories," "Destiny Song," "Opposite You," "Glorious," "We Were Hers," "In Her Arms," "Feet on the Ground (Reprise)." Released 9/19/19.

Harry Connick, Jr. - True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter
(Verve - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes/vinyl LP)
Harry Connick Jr. as pianist, singer, arranger, orchestrator and conductor. "Anything Goes," "I Love Paris," "I Concentrate on You," "All of You," "Mind If I Make Love to You," "Just One of Those Things," "In the Still of the Night," "Why Can't You Behave," "Begin the Beguine," "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To," "True Love," "You're Sensational," "You Do Something to Me."

Lea Michele: Christmas in the City
(Sony Masterworks - new on CD/on mp3)
"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Christmas in New York," "I'll Be Home for Christmas" (with Jonathan Groff), "Do You Want To Build a Snowman?," "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," "Silent Night," "White Christmas" (with Darren Criss), "Silver Bells," "Angels We Have Heard on High" (with Cynthia Erivo), "O Holy Night."

Mandy Patinkin: Children and Art
(Nonesuch - new album on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Songs by Randy Newman, and Laurie Anderson, include Lyle Lovett, Taylor Mac, Stephen Sondheim, Tom Waits, and Patinkin himself. Most have appeared in Patinkin's digital Diary series. "Going to a Town," "Kentucky Avenue," "If I Had a Boat," "From the Air," "So Long Dad," "Children and Art," "To Be of Use," "My Mom," "Wandering Boy," "Fear Itself" (with Kathryn Grody), "Raggedy Ann," "Refugees/Song of the Titanic" (with Judy Blazer). Recorded in New York with pianist/producer Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman). "Refugees/Song of the Titanic Produced by Tommy Krasker, engineered by Tom Lazarus. The artist's 30-city tour begins on October 30, 2019. CD format only pre-ordering at Nonesuch store at this time.

The Michael Friedman Collection: The Abominables digital album
(Ghostlight Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
World premiere recording by The Civilians. Music and lyrics by Michael Friedman. John Behlmann, Audrey Bennett, Gerard Canonico, Daniel Jenkins, Mia Jenness, Jiho Kang, Alyse Alan Louis, Zell Murrow, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Curtis Reynolds, Brian Charles Rooney, Johnny Shea. "I Am the Princess of Everything Else," "Minnesota Nice," "Perfect," "My Brother is a Yeti," "Happiness," "Yeti Prayer," "Hockey Rules," "The Curse of the Blizzards ," "A Matter of Time (Part 1)," "A Matter of Time (Part 2)," "We Will Kill You," "We Are All Yeti," "Crouching Harry Hidden Yeti," "I Used to Be Like You," "I Used to Be Like You (reprise)," "We Are All Yeti: A Team Finals," "We Could Build an Igloo," "The Final Game," "Learn to Lose." Also at GhostlightRecords.com. [Released 10/18/19, not listed last Tuesday.]

Moulin Rouge!Moulin Rouge! OBC
(House of Iona/RCA Records - on CD)
Cast includes Karen Olivo, Aaron Tveit, Danny Burstein, Sahr Ngaujah, Tam Mutu, Ricky Rojas, and Robyn Hurder. "Welcome To The Moulin Rouge!," "Truth Beauty Freedom Love," "The Sparkling Diamond," "Shut Up And Raise Your Glass," "Firework," "Your Song," "So Exciting! (The Pitch Song)," "Sympathy For The Duke," "Nature Boy," "Elephant Love Medley," "Backstage Romance," "Come What May," "Only Girl In A Material World," "Chandelier," "El Tango De Roxanne," "Crazy Rolling," "Your Song Reprise," "Finale (Come What May)," "More More More! (Encore)." Produced by Baz Luhrmann, Justin Levine, Matt Stine and Alex Timbers. Music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Justin Levine. Previously released on mp3 and at iTunes.

The Michael Friedman Collection: The Great Immensity digital album
(Ghostlight Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
World premiere recording by The Civilians. Music and lyrics by Michael Friedman. Cindy Cheung, John Ellison Conlee, Dan Domingues, Billy Hepfinger, Trey Lyford, Erin Wilhelmi. "The Hot World," "We Are All Panamanian," "The Earth Ambassadors Theme Song!," "ClimateSummit Suite: Stockholm 1972, Rio 1992, Kyoto 1997, Copenhagen 2009, Warsaw 2013," "Charismatic Megafauna," "Martha, the Last Pigeon/The Golden Lemur," "We Are Legion," "The Great Immensity," "The Dene Village," "The Great Immensity (reprise)," "The Next Forever." Also at GhostlightRecords.com. [Released 10/18/19, not listed last Tuesday.]

The Michael Friedman Collection: This Beautiful City digital album
(Ghostlight Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
World premiere recording by The Civilians. Music and lyrics by Michael Friedman. Emily Ackerman, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Brad Heberlee, Conor Ryan, Stephen Plunkett, Alison Weller. "Colorado," "This Beautiful City," "Whatever, ," "An Email from Ted," "End Times," "Demons," "Doubting Thomas," "Take Me There," "Freedom," "Urban Planning," "Another Email from Ted," "Pikes Peak (A Model of Christian Charity)," "Freedom (Alt Version)." Also at GhostlightRecords.com. [Released 10/18/19, not listed last Tuesday.]

Music from The Politician
(Atlantic - digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Songs from the Netflix series, performed by Ben Platt. "River" (by Joni Mitchell), "Unworthy of Your Love" (with Zoey Deutch, by Stephen Sondheim), "Vienna" (by Billy Joel), "Run Away" (by Ben Platt).

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

Still HereStill Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD/Audible Audiobook)
By Alexandra Jacobs (The New York Times). Biography of the Broadway legend, Elaine Stritch. "Following years of meticulous research and interviews, this is a portrait of a powerful, vulnerable, honest, and humorous figure who continues to reverberate in the public consciousness." 352 pages.


Week of October 15, 2019

Darling Live in Concert
(Very Intense Records - new on CD/on mp3)
Score by Ryan Scott Oliver. 15 tracks. Kerstin Anderson, Ethan Carlson, Chris D'Amico, Talya Groves, Jeff Heimbrock, Gerianne Perez, Jackson Perrin, Catherine Ricafort, Emily Rogers, Daniel Quadrino, Daniel Yearwood. CD released 8/9/19.

Home Work by Julie AndrewsHome Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years
(Hachette Books - new Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook)
By Julie Andrews with Emma Walton Hamilton. Follow-up to her first memoir, Home. Andrews continues with her arrival in Hollywood, sharing personal experiences and reflections on her astonishing career, including such classics as Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Victor/Victoria, and many others, describing her years in the film industry and her personal life, from the incredible highs to the challenging lows. 320 pages.

Idina Menzel: Christmas: A Season Of Love
(Craft Recordings - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
"Sleigh Ride," "The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year," "I Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" (with Billy Porter), "Christmas Just Ain't Christmas," "We Wish You The Merriest" (with Josh Gad), "A Hand For Mrs. Claus" (with Ariana Grande), "We Need A Little Christmas," "O Holy Night/Ave Maria," "Winter Wonderland/Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," "I'll Be Home For Christmas" (with Aaron Lohr), "Walker's 3rd Hanukkah," "Ocho Kandelikas," "Christmas Time Is Here," "At This Table," "Seasons Of Love," "Caroling, Caroling," "Auld Lang Syne (Introduction)," "Auld Lang Syne." Vinyl version to be released 11/22/19.

Judy
(Decca Broadway - new on CD)
Soundtrack for upcoming feature film. Songs sung by Renée Zellweger. "By Myself," "Get Happy," "For Once In My Life," "Zing Went The Strings," "You Made Me Love You," "Talk Of The Town," "Come Rain Or Come Shine," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "The Trolley Song," "The Man That Got Away," "San Francisco," "Over The Rainbow." Released previously on mp3 and at iTunes

Kevin Dozier: Christmas Eve
(new digital album)
"It Came Upon a Midnight Clear / The Christmas Waltz," "Home on Christmas Day," "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," "O Holy Night," "Silent Night," "Christmas Eve," "Sleep Well, Little Children," "I'll Be Home for Christmas / Goodbye for Now," "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," "Angels We Have Heard on High," "Caroling, Caroling," "Grown-Up Christmas List," "Merry Christmas Darling," "Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!," "The Christmas Song," "We Wish You a Merry Christmas / It's Christmas Time," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Currently available at KevinDozier.com.

Marin Mazzie & Jason Danieley: Broadway & Beyond - Live at Feinstein's/54 Below
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
2017 Live concert recorded at Feinstein's/54 Below, with Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley. Songs and patter. "Intro / Trogan Woman Medley: All the Way," "Trojan Woman Medley: When You Wish Upon a Star," "Trojan Woman Medley: The Glory of Love," "Welcome," "Hello Young Lovers," "Younger Than Springtime / Carefully Taught," "So in Love," "You Walk with Me," "Sondheim Suite: Happiness," "Sondheim Suite: Good Thing Going," "Sondheim Suite: Too Many Mornings," "Sondheim Suite: Not a Day Goes By," "Sondheim Suite: Move on," "You, You, You," "When Did I Fall in Love?," "I Miss the Music," "Ovarian Cancer / HT," "And the World Goes 'Round," "Back to Before," "Thank You," "Opposite You," "Our Love Is Here to Stay." Funded through Kickstarter, where a stretch goal has been started to fund the release of a DVD/digital video of the concert. Proceeds from the album benefit The Actor's Fund, Cancer Support Community and Tina's Wish. Produced by Michael J. Moritz Jr. Currently at BroadwayRecords.com.

A Million Miles from Broadway Revised and Expanded Edition
(The Friendly Song Company - Kindle Edition)
By Mel Atkey. Available in paperback at Lulu.com. 654 pages.

We Foxes: Tracks
(Very Intense Records - new EP on CD/on mp3)
Score by Ryan Scott Oliver. Vesta, Katie Thompson, Emily Rogers, Charlie Franklin. 5 tracks. CD released 8/1/19.


Week of October 8, 2019

Adam Pascal: Cry
(new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
New single released from Adam Pascal. Released 10/5/19.

Adrian Cunningham & His Friends Play Lerner & Loewe
(Arbors Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Bandleader and jazz saxophonist/clarinetist/flautist Adrian Cunningham with Fred Hersch on piano, John Hébert on bass and Eric McPherson on drums, with guest stars Randy Brecker on trumpet and Wycliffe Gordon on trombone. "Say a Little Prayer for Me Tonight," "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Just You Wait," "I Talk to the Trees," "If Ever I Should Leave You," "Thank Heaven for Little Girls," "The Heather on the Hill," "I Was Born Under a Wanderin' Star," "They Call the Wind Mariah," "The Rain in Spain," "Brigadoon."

BeetlejuiceBeetlejuice OBC
(Ghostlight/Warner Bros. - new on CD)
Score by Eddie Perfect. Music Supervision, orchestrations, and incidental music By Kris Kukul. Cast includes Alex Brightman, Sophia Anne Caruso, Kerry Butler, Rob McClure, Adam Dannheisser, Leslie Kritzer, Jill Abramovitz, Kelvin Moon Loh, Danny Rutigliano, and Dana Steingold. Album produced by Matt Stine, Alex Timbers, Eddie Perfect, and Kurt Deutsch. "Prologue: Invisible," "The Whole 'Being Dead' Thing," "Ready Set, Not Yet," "The Whole 'Being Dead' Thing, Pt. 2," "Dead Mom," "Fright of Their Lives," "Ready Set (Reprise)," "No Reason," "Invisible (Reprise) / On the Roof," "Say My Name," "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) [Act 1 Finale]," "Girl Scout," "That Beautiful Sound," "Barbara 2.0," "What I Know Now," "Home," "Creepy Old Guy," "Jump in the Line." Recording dates May 5, 6 and 13, 2019. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes.

Counterpoint Lerner & Loewe: Dick Hyman & Ken Peplowski
(Arbors Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Jazz musicians Dick Hyman on piano and Ken Peplowski on clarinet and tenor sax. "My Dearie," "Danced," "Mariah," "Gigi," "Gigi Piano," "Trees," "Almost Like," "Follow Me," "On The Street," "Haven't Changed," "Show Me," "If Ever," "Wine," "Thank Heaven."

Disenchanted!
(Circle Gets the Square - at iTunes)
10th anniversary album of score by Dennis T. Giacino. Featuring actresses from various productions (2015 Off-Broadway production, New York workshops, and tryout productions in Orlando and Tampa): Andrea Canny, Becky Gulsvig, Michelle Knight, J. Elaine Marcos, Soara-Joye Ross, and Jenny Lee Stern. "One More Happ'ly Ever After," "Insane," "Without the Guy," "Two Legs," "Big Tits," "Honestly," "Finally," "Not V'one Red Cent," "Secondary Princess," "All I Wanna Do Is Eat," "A Happy Tune?," "Perfect," "Once Upon a Time." Music director Zach Dietz. Produced by Ethan Popp Ethan Popp. Also available on CD and mp3 at disalbum.com and CDBaby.com.

Michael Longoria: Like They Do In The Movies
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Includes "Evergreen," "I Will Always Love You," "Take My Breath Away," "Unchained Melody," plus the debut of an original song written by Michael Longoria and arranged by James Dobinson called "Kiss Me (Like They Do In The Movies)." Music arrangements by Rona Siddiqui and James Dobinson. Produced by Michael Croiter. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Swoon: Nora York with Jamie Lawrence
(Good Mood Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Posthumous release (jazz singer Nora York died in 2016) produced by and featuring Nora York's collaborator Jamie Lawrence: unreleased, never-before-heard compositions and interpretations of pop classics. "All Shook Up," "In the Morning," "All Down Hill from Here," "Amelia," "Money, Money," "Earliest Memory," "Nothing Compares to U," "Rain Came Down," "Snowstorm in June," "Memory Like a Flat Tire," "Rome Is Burning," "The Hill." Released 10/4/19.


Week of October 1, 2019

Dog ManDog Man: The Musical
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Original Off-Broadway cast recording of score by Brad Alexander (music) and Kevin Del Aguila (lyrics). Based on the bestselling Dog Man book series by Dav Pilkey. TheatreWorksUSA's cast includes Kadrea Dawkins, L.R. Davidson, Jamie LaVerdiere, Milo J. Marami, Brian Owen, Dan Rosales, Crystal Sha'nae, and Forest VanDyke. "Underture," "The Opening Number," "Dog Man," "Revenge," "Cyber-Fish," "Happy Song / 80-HD," "The Perfect Mashup," "Without Me," "I'm Back," "The Evil Abcs," "Robo-Dance Party," "Dog Man Is Go!," "A Far, Far Better Thing," "A Far, Far Better Reprise," "The Happy Ending," "Bows." Album produced by Michael Croiter and Brad Alexander. Fall 2019 release expected. Also at BroadwayRecords.com. Previously released new on mp3.

Jerome RobbinsJerome Robbins, by Himself: Selections from His Letters, Journals, Drawings, Photographs, and an Unfinished Memoir
(Knopf - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Jerome Robbins. Amanda Vaill, editor. From Robbins' voluminous letters, journals, notes, diaries, never before published. Edited, and with commentary by Amanda Vaill (author of 2006 Robbins biography Somewhere). 448 pages.

Jukebox Saloon Vol 2.
(Yellow Sound Label - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Colby Beserra and Dan Lipton with special guests Jo Lampert, Howard Levy, Natalie Cressman and more. Songs by George Michael, Shelby Lynne, The Police and others. "... unique, jazzed-out interpretations of songs you know and songs they'd like you to hear." "Gonna Make You Love Me," "Why Can't You Be?," "Broken Train," "Plush," "Everything Is Free," "The Bed's Too Big Without You," "She," "Hello," "Praying for Time," "Roll to Me."

Mad ScenesMad Scenes and Exit Arias: The Death of the New York City Opera and the Future of Opera in America
(Picador - Paperback Book)
Paperback release of Heidi Waleson's 2018 book. Recounts the history of the New York City Opera and reveals how, from the beginning, it balanced an ambitious artistic program on fragile financial supports. Also looks forward and considers some better-managed, more visionary opera companies that have taken City Opera’s lessons to heart. ... a story of money, ego, changes in institutional identity, competing forces of populism and elitism, and the ongoing debate about the role of the arts in society. 304 pages. Previously released in hardcover and Kindle edition.

A Moment on the Clock of the World: A Foundry Theatre Production
(Haymarket Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
".. an invitation to consider how we make the world ... artists, social justice practitioners, cultural critics and public intellectuals, Cornel West, Taylor Mac, Alisa Solomon, Robin D.G. Kelley and Laura Flanders among them, whose own inquiries intersected with that of the award-winning Foundry Theatre across its 25-year history. 220 pages.

R.R.R.E.D. A Secret Musical
(JAY Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Score by Katie Thompson. Original Off-Broadway cast. Katie Thompson, Matt Loehr, Marissa Rosen, Kevin Zak, Christopher Sieber, Christina Bianco. "Red Opening," "The Rules," "I'm Not Pregnant, I'm Just Fat," "As Long As It's Red," "Revenge," "Her Assistant," "What's Good a Blonde Anyway," "I Like You," "Dead Before We Know It," "The Same," "Red Headed Step Child (Him)," "Silence Is Red," "What's Good a Brunette Anyway," "Your Side (Duet)," "Procreation," "R.R.R.E.D," "Red Headed Step Child (Her)," "Gj's Seed Sack," "Your Side (Bonus)."

Stages: A Theater Memoir
(Barbara Hogenson Agency - Paperback Book)
By Albert Poland, legendary Broadway and Off-Broadway producer and general manager (The Boy from Oz, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Starmites, 68 OB credits, including Little Shop of Horrors, The Waverly Gallery. 452 pages. Released 9/25/19.


Week of September 24, 2019

Too Many GirlsBen Bagley Presents Too Many Girls
(Kritzerland - on CD)
Score by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. 1977 studio recording of 1939 musical. Estelle Parsons, Johnny Desmond, Nancy Andrews, and Anthony Perkins. Arrangements and orchestrations by Bagley regular, Dennis Deal. Remastered and track list reordered. New liner notes. Cover art by Harvey Schmidt artwork. Limited release of 500 copies. Expected to ship by the last week in September. At Kritzerland.com.

Brittain Ashford: Drama Club
(Commodor Trotter - new digital album)
Singer/actor Brittain Ashford (Sonya in Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812). "Defying Gravity," "You're the One That I Want," "Come to Me, Bend to Me," "Send in the Clowns," "I Could Have Danced All Night," "I Dreamed a Dream," "Sonya Alone," "It's Quiet Uptown," "Tomorrow," "Music of the Night," "No One Is Alone."

Come from Away Welcome to the RockCome From Away: Welcome to the Rock: An Inside Look at the Hit Musical
(Hachette Books - new hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook)
Fully illustrated companion book to the musical written by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Laurence Maslon, contributor to this book. Foreword by Justin Trudeau. Libretto plus exclusive never-before-seen photos of the events that inspired the musical, illustrations of the cast, up-close details of the costumes and set, new interviews from passengers, Gander residents, and the actors that lined up to audition to portray them and much more.

In the Long RunIn the Long Run: A Cultural History of Broadway’s Hit Plays
(Routledge - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Jordan Schildcrout. In-depth analysis of 15 plays that ran over 1,000 performances, examining what made each so popular in its time. Each chapter focuses on the longest-running plays of a particular decade, synthesizing historical research and dramaturgical analysis to explain how they functioned as works of theatrical art, cultural commodities, and reflections of the values, conflicts, and fantasies of their times. At the heart of each play’s history are the ideological contradictions often present in works of popular culture that appeal to diverse audiences, particularly around issues of gender, race, class, and sexuality. 264 pages.

FellmanJen Fellman: Forbidden Drive
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Debut album from singer Jen Fellman. "They Didn't Believe Me," "Golden Earrings," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," "Stardust," "Love Look Away," "I Get Along Without You Very Well," "Happiness" (duet with Margo Seibert), "I Won't Send Roses," "Les Parapluies de Cherbourg," "Mon Amant de Saint Jean," "New York Treasure," "Wherever He Ain't," "That's How I Say Goodbye." Produced by Michael Croiter, with original arrangements and orchestrations by Bob Goldstone. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Judy digital
(Decca Broadway - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Soundtrack for upcoming feature film. Songs sung by Renée Zellweger. "By Myself," "Get Happy," "For Once In My Life," "Zing Went The Strings," "You Made Me Love You," "Talk Of The Town," "Come Rain Or Come Shine," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "The Trolley Song," "The Man That Got Away," "San Francisco," "Over The Rainbow." CD version to be released 10/11/19.

KeanKean Deluxe Edition
(Stage Door Records - new import double CD set)
Digital remaster of the 1961 Original Broadway Cast recording of score by George Forrest (151), Robert Wright. Plus previously unreleased studio and composer demos of the score (including several cut songs); "Pop" cover recordings performed by vocalists including Judy Garland, Richard Hayes and James Shigeta; instrumental stereo album of the score recorded by Robert Mersey and His Orchestra. Alfred Drake, Lee Venora, Joan Weldon, Oliver Gray, Patricia Cutts. Limited release of 500 units.

Kristin Chenoweth: For the GirlsKristin Chenoweth: For The Girls
(Concord Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Tribute to great female singers throughout history. "The Way We Were," "You Don't Own Me" (with Ariana Grande), "It Doesn't Matter Anymore," "I Will Always Love You," "What A Diff’rence A Day Makes," "When I Fall In Love," "Crazy," "The Man That Got Away," "I'm A Woman" (with Jennifer Hudson and Reba McEntire), "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "I Wanna Be Around," "Desperado." Deluxe edition also available.

The Man in the Ceiling: Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
11 songs from the 2017 Andrew Lippa musical based on Jules Feiffer's young adult novel about a 12-year old boy aspiring to become a famous cartoonist. "Almost There," "Disappear," "Doin' Fine," "Draw Your Own Conclusion," "Hands," "I Do What I Do," "Kidding Around," "Like Your Son," "Maybe He Likes Me," "To the Gods," "Where Is My Love Song?." 88 pages. Released 8/1/19.

Romeo and JulietRSC Romeo and Juliet
(Opus Arte - new on DVD)
2018 RSC production with cross-gender casting. Directed by Erica Whyman. Karen Fishwick, Bally Gill, Charlotte Josephine, Ishia Bennison, Josh Finan, Andrew French, Beth Cordingly. Extra features: interviews with Karen Fishwick, Bally Gill and Charlotte Josephine, director's commentary, cast gallery. 162 minutes.

Stereo Dawn: Off the Ground
(new digital album on mmp3/at iTunes)
New album from Stereo Dawn, which includes actor-singer by Chris Dwan (Finding Neverland, Enter Laughing) and music director/orchestrator Will Van Dyke (Pretty Woman: The Musical and currently Off-Broadway in Little Shop of Horrors). "Up and Away," "Stereo," "Color in the Line," "New Kid in Town," "My Vow to You," "The View, and You and Me," "Campfire Song," "Sober," "Take Me," "Slamming Doors," "Breathe (2 Am)," "Another Trip," "Forget Tonight."

A Strange LoopA Strange Loop
(Yellow Sound Label - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording of score by Michael R. Jackson. Antwayn Hopper, James Jackson, Jr., L Morgan Lee, John-Michael Lyles, John-Andrew Morrison, Larry Owens, Jason Veasey. "Intermission Song," "Today," "We Wanna Know," "Inner White Girl," "Didn't Want Nothin'," "Exile in Gayville," "Second Wave," "Tyler Perry Writes Real Life," "Writing a Gospel Play," "A Sympathetic Ear," "Inwood Daddy," "Boundaries," "Periodically," "Didn't Want Nothin' Reprise," "Precious Little Dream / AIDS Is God's Punishment," "Memory Song," "A Strange Loop." Album produced by Michael Croiter and Michael R. Jackson. The musical was produced at Playwrights Horizons in 2019. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Vernon DukeTaking a Chance on Love: The Life and Music of Vernon Duke
(Univ of Oklahoma Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
by George Harwood Phillips. Immerses the reader in Vernon Dukes globe-hopping and genre-swapping, as financial concerns and musical passions drive him from composing symphonies to writing songs, from brilliant successes to Broadway flops, and from performing with classical performers to writing books and articles. Throughout, as he crisscrosses the landscape of American music, collaborating with lyricists such as Howard Dietz, Ira Gershwin, and Sammy Cahn. 272 pages.


Week of September 17, 2019

"Another Trip"
(new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
New single by band Stereo Dawn, which includes actor-singer by Chris Dwan (Finding Neverland, Enter Laughing) and music director/orchestrator Will Van Dyke (Pretty Woman: The Musical and currently appearing Off-Broadway in Little Shop of Horrors), from their upcoming album of originals and a cover, Off the Ground. Single released 9/13/17.

Kelley Johnson: Something Good
(Oa2 - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Jazz vocalist Kelley Johnson's fifth album. "Anyone Can Whistle," "Goodbye To Love," "You Do Something To Me," "Lullaby of Birdland," "Let's Do It," "Some Other," "Tip Toe," "Unforgettable," "You For Me," "Something Good." Arrangements by Johnson and John Hansen, her pianist of the last two decades, her band of Hansen, bassist Michael Glynn, drummer Kendrick Scott and special guest Jay Thomas.

Lorraine HansberryLooking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry
(Beacon Press - Paperback Book)
Paperback reprint of Imani Perry's award-winning 2018 biography of Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun). 256 pages. Previously released in hardcover, Kindle Edition, and audiobook on CD/Audible audiobook (read by LisaGay Hamilton).

Scotland, Pa: The First Folio
(paperback book)
Limited edition vocal selections book. To be available at the Laura Pels Theatre during the run of the musical. Score by Adam Gwon. "What We've Got," "Kick-Ass Party," "Why I Love Football," "Clairvoyant."


Week of September 10, 2019

100 Most ImportantThe 100 Most Important People in Musical Theatre
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Andy Propst. Period reviews and interviews highlight both the shows and the people who contributed to them. Songwriting greats such as Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Stephen Sondheim, and Andrew Lloyd Webber are some of the familiar names in the book. So, too, are performers such as Nathan Lane, Ethel Merman, Audra McDonald, and Patti LuPone, and directors and choreographers such as Bob Fosse, Harold Prince, Jerome Robbins, and Tommy Tune. Readers learn not only about these men and women’s exceptional lives and achievements, but can peek backstage at such groundbreaking shows as Show Boat, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, Company, and A Chorus Line, among others. 288 pages.

Al Jolson: Decca Years 1945-1950
(Sepia Records - 3-CD set)
All 71 of Al Jolson's vocal sides for Decca from 1945 to 1950, plus two previously unreleased performances, six alternative takes, and one incomplete take. Remastered. Includes a deluxe booklet including newly written liner notes, period illustrations, and a sessionography. Track list available at SepiaRecords.com.

Barb Jungr: Bob, Brel & Me
(Kristalyn - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Barb Jungr sings songs by Bob Dylan and Jacques Brel, plus her own compositions, written in collaboration with Mike Lindup, Jonathan Cooper and Jamie Safir. Features new translations by Robb Johnson. "Rise & Shine," "Jacky," "Mr. Tambourine Man," "Incurable Romantic," "The Tender Hearts," "Buckets of Rain," "One Too Many Mornings," "The Cathedral," "No-one Could Ever Wear Your Shoes," "Twist of Fate," "Sometimes," "Secret Spaces," "To See a Friend Break Down and Cry," "This Wheel's on Fire," "If We Only Had Love," "If You See Her Say Hello."

Elaine Stritch: The End of Pretend
(Page Publishing - Paperback Book)
By John Bell. From a series of interviews with Stritch, spanning 2009 through her final 14 months in Birmingham, Michigan. Chronicled in magazine Everything Sondheim.

Mean Girls SongbookMean Girls songbook
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Vocal selections for 16 songs from Broadway musical score by Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin. "Apex Predator," "A Cautionary Tale," "Fearless," "I See Stars," "I'd Rather Be Me," "It Roars," "Meet the Plastics," "More Is Better," "Revenge Party," "Sexy," "Someone Gets Hurt," "Stop," "Stupid with Love," "What's Wrong with Me?," "Where Do You Belong?," "World Burn." Delayed

Norbert Leo Butz: The Long Haul
(new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Sung and composed by Broadway singer-actor Norbert Leo Butz. "Mary Grace," "If Wishes Were Horses," "The Long Haul," "Waterfall," "Hole in the Night," "I'm No One," "Keys to You," "Two Good Reasons," "Hotel Bride," "These Days," "What We'll Do," "South Mountain Waltz." Released 6/12/19.

The Noteworthy Life of Howard BarnesThe Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes
(new on mp3/at iTunes)
World premiere recording of score by Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond. The musical premiered at the Village Theatre in 2018. Cast includes Joshua Carter, Taryn Darr, Jeff Steitzer, Jasmine Jean Sim. Music director R.J. Tancioco. Orchestrations by Mike Pettry. Vocal Arrangements by Michael Kooman. Signed CDs available at KoomanDimond.com.

The Prom novelThe Prom: A Novel Based on the Hit Broadway Musical
(Viking Books for Young Readers - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible audiobook)
By Saundra Mitchell, with Bob Martin, Chad Beguelin, and Matthew Sklar. "An honest, laugh-out-loud, feel-good novel inspired by the hit Broadway musical The Prom." Audiobook read by Caitlin Kinnunen and Isabelle McCalla, with Beth Leavel, Joshua Lamon, and Tara Sands; and includes an interview of Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin, and Matthew Sklar from the musical's creative team conducted by cast member Joshua Lamon. 240 pages.

Tina Turner Musical OLCTina - The Tina Turner Musical OLC
(Stage Entertainment/Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Features Adrienne Warren, who will also play Tina Turner in the upcoming Broadway production. "Etherland," "Nutbush City Limits," "Don't Turn Around," "Shake a Tailfeather," "The Hunter," "Matchbox," "It's Gonna Work Out Fine," "A Fool in Love," "Let's Stay Together," "Better Be Good to Me," "Higher," "River Deep - Mountain High," "Be Tender with Me Baby," "Proud Mary," "I Don't Wanna Fight," "Private Dancer," "Disco Inferno," "Open Arms," "I Can't Stand the Rain," "Tonight," "What's Love Got to Do with It," "We Don't Need Another Hero," "(Simply) The Best," "Finale, Nutbush City Limits / Proud Mary." Customers who pre-order the digital album will immediately receive a free download of the single track "River Deep - Mountain High." Recorded in February 2019 at Angel Studios and produced by Nicholas Skilbeck and Kurt Deutsch, and co-produced by Tom Kelly. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes. Released 9/6/19.

Wendy ScherlWendy Scherl: You'll See
(Harbinger Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Singer Wendy Scherl backed by 8-piece band led by Christopher Denny. "You'll See," "I'm an Old Fashioned," "I Got the Sun in the Morning," "Sleepy Man," "New York Romance," "The Kindest Man," "To Make You Feel My Love," "There Are Two Sides to Everything," "Whoever You Are, I Love You," "The Way We Were/Niagra," "Wherever He Ain't," "Anytime," "Move On/I Wouldn't Go Back/Yes," "Anyone Can Whistle." Produced by Barry Kleinbort.

Wicked 15th vinylWicked 15th Anniversary Edition
(Decca Broadway - new vinyl album)
If this is the same as the CD version: Includes the original cast recording of Stephen Schwartz score plus bonus tracks recorded live during the October 2018 NBC special A Very Wicked Halloween: The Wizard and I" (Ariana Grande), "What Is This Feeling?" (Pentatonix), "As Long As You're Mine" (Adam Lambert and Ledisi), and "For Good (Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel with a chorus of former Elphabas and Glindas).


Week of September 3, 2019

Alan AyckbournAlan Ayckbourn: Plays 6
(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book)
Six plays by Alan Ayckbourn: Time of My Life, Neighbourhood Watch, Arrivals and Departures, Hero’s Welcome, A Brief History of Women. 656 pages. Kindle version released in 2018.

Fleabag Special EditionFleabag: The Special Edition
(Nick Hern Books - Kindle Edition)
Play by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Features the original playscript, never-before-seen colour photos, and exclusive bonus content by Waller-Bridge, director Vicky Jones and key members of the creative team. The play appeared at SoHo Playhouse in March 2019, and is opening in the West End 8/20/19. 64 pages. Also being published in hardcover and Kindle edition is Fleabag: Scriptures, a collection of the complete scripts from the BBC series, plus original commentary from Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Released 8/29/19.

Height of the StormThe Height of the Storm
(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book)
Play by Florian Zeller (The Father), which was produced in the UK in 2018 and begins at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre 9/24/19. 80 pages. Kindle Edition released in 2018.

Puss in Boots: A Musical
(Harper Collins - new audiobook on CD/Audible audiobook)
A "fractured fairytale musical, is a tale of conquering fears, finding your truth, discovering your strengths, and standing for what you believe in, with lots of fun along the way. 11 original songs by Harvey Edelmanan and Neil Fishman (Spin: The Rumpelstiltskin Musical). Co-adapted with Khristine Hvam. Narrated by Jim Dale, Mark Aldrich, Barrett Leddy, Nick Sullivan, Brian Holden, Al Fallick, Lisa Livesay, Meredith Inglesby, Lynn Norris, John E. Brady, Johnny Heller. Released 8/27/19.

Routledge Companion to the Contemporary MusicalThe Routledge Companion to the Contemporary Musical
(Routledge - Hardcover Book)
Jessica Sternfeld and Elizabeth L. Wollman, editors. Dedicated to the musical’s evolving relationship to American culture in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Forty-four essays examine the contemporary musical as an ever-shifting product of an ever-changing culture. 536 pages.

The Show Won't Go OnThe Show Won't Go On: The Most Shocking, Bizarre, and Historic Deaths of Performers Onstage
(Chicago Review Press - Paperback book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook)
By Jeff Abraham and Burt Kearns. 240 pages. Audiobook narrated by Michael Butler Murray.

SummertimeSummertime: George Gershwin's Life in Music
(W.W. Norton & Company - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD)
By Richard Crawford. Audiobook narrated by David Colacci. Draws extensively from letters and contemporaneous accounts to trace the arc of Gershwin's life, blending anecdotes with a discussion of Gershwin's oeuvre. 560 pages.

Yankee Doodle DandyYankee Doodle Dandy
(Broadway Records - new recording on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Studio cast recording of George M. Cohan score plus new music and lyrics by Albert Evans (new bio-musical book by David Armstrong). "Overture," "Nellie Kelly, I Love You," "Harrigan," "You've Not Seen the Last of Cohan," "All Aboard for Broadway," "The Yankee Doodle Boy," "Give My Regards to Broadway," "All My Boys," "I Was Born in Virginia," "45 Minutes from Broadway," "So Long, Mary," "Atlantic City By the Sea," "Oh, You Wonderful Girls!," "Pick Up Your Dreams and Go," "You're a Grand Old Flag," "Entr'acte," "Over There," "Mary Is a Grand Old Name," "The Reunion (We Gave It Back to Broadway)," "That Harlem Melody," "Finale: George's Vision." Produced by James A. Rocco. Also at BroadwayRecords.com. CD is expected to be restocked at Amazon on 9/13/19.

Travis Moser: In Whatever Time We Have
(new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Also features Angela Orlandi Colgan. Justin Stoney on piano. Stephen Schwartz ong from Children of Eden. Released 8/23/19.


Week of August 27, 2019

Moulin Rouge!Moulin Rouge! OBC digital
(House of Iona/RCA Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Cast includes Karen Olivo, Aaron Tveit, Danny Burstein, Sahr Ngaujah, Tam Mutu, Ricky Rojas, and Robyn Hurder. "Welcome To The Moulin Rouge!," "Truth Beauty Freedom Love," "The Sparkling Diamond," "Shut Up And Raise Your Glass," "Firework," "Your Song," "So Exciting! (The Pitch Song)," "Sympathy For The Duke," "Nature Boy," "Elephant Love Medley," "Backstage Romance," "Come What May," "Only Girl In A Material World," "Chandelier," "El Tango De Roxanne," "Crazy Rolling," "Your Song Reprise," "Finale (Come What May)," "More More More! (Encore)." Produced by Baz Luhrmann, Justin Levine, Matt Stine and Alex Timbers. Music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Justin Levine.

The Roman PlaysThe Roman Plays
(Opus Arte - new on 4 DVDs/Blu-ray)
RSC's Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Titus Andronicus, and Coriolanus. Filmed live in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Extras: documentary shorts, director's commentary, cast gallery, interviews with cast and crew.

Sam WanamakerSam Wanamaker: A Global Performer
(Oberon Books - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Diana Devlin. Biography of actor/director/activist Sam Wanamaker, who worked in the United States and the U.K. and spent years campaigning for the reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe in London. 360 pages.

Twelfth NightShakespeare's Globe's Twelfth Night
(Opus Arte - new on DVD)
2017 production. Marc Antolin, Carly Bawden, Nandi Bhebhe, Le Gateau Chocolat, Tony Jayawardena, Joshua Lacey, Pieter Lawman, Annette McLaughlin, Kandaka Moore, Katy Owen, John Pfumojena, Thoe St. Claire, Anita-Joy Uwajeh. Directed by Emma Rice.

To the MaxTo the Max: Max Weitzenhoffer's Magical Trip from Oklahoma to Broadway and London's West End - and Back
(Full Circle Press - Hardcover Book)
By Tom Lindley. Biography of theater owner and theatre producer Max Weitzenhoffer (Dracula, Burn This, The Will Rogers Follies, A Little Night Music revival ...). 232 pages.


Week of August 20, 2019

Bathtubs Over Broadway soundtrack
(Back Lot Musical - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Soundtrack from Steve Young's award-winning documentary about industrial musicals, available on Amazon Prime and other streaming services. "Introduction" (A. B. Dick Company, 1962), "It'll Change Your Life," "My Insurance Man" (Continental Assurance Co., 1968), "Thank You Comedy Gods," "Features to Talk About" (General Electric Appliances, 1956), "22 Slices of Bread" (Cook Book Bread), "The Dishwasher and the Disposall" (General Electric Appliances, 1956), "There's a New World Opening Up" (Xerox, 1971), "Put Payoff Punch in Your Selling" (Frigidaire, 1963), "Hot Promotions" (Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Division, 1977), "Salesman's Sonata" (Lipton, 1972), "Open That Door," "Diesel Dazzle" (Detroit Diesel, 1966), "More Power to You" (Ford Tractor & Implement Division, 1959), "Setting the Pace" (Brown-Forman Distillers, 1953), "It's a Great Big Beautiful Morning" (J.C. Penney, 1960), "Who Else but Whirlpool" (Whirlpool Appliances, 1967), "Just One" (Whirlpool Appliances, 1967), "Gould Growing" (Gould Inc., 1976), "It's Revolution" (American-Standard, 1969), "My Bathroom" (American-Standard, 1969), "The Time for Change" (American-Standard, 1969), "Proximatics" (American-Standard, 1969), "Couldn't Be Done" (American-Standard, 1969), "I Never Enjoyed My Operation More" (American Hospital Supply, 1967), "Silicones, Silicones" (General Electric Silicones, 1973), "We Love a Salesman" (Standard Oil, 1958), "We Were There" (Detroit Diesel, 1966), "Lookin' up," "Take That Step," "Farewell Pacemakers" (A. B. Dick Company, 1962), "The Ballad of Steve Young." Released 8/16/19.

Kern IIBen Bagley's Jerome Kern Revisited Volume II
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Jerome Kern music with lyrics by Guy Bolton, Anne Caldwell, Dorothy Fields, Oscar Hammerstein, Otto Harbach, Gus Kahn, Herbert Reynolds, Harry B. Smith, P.G. Wodehouse. Joanne Woodward, Kaye Ballard, Sandy Stewart, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, lyricist Sheldon Harnick, Sarah Rice, Arthur Siegel, and more. With two bonus tracks from a revival of Show Boat. Musical arrangements and musical direction by Dennis Deal. Limited to 500 copies only. Ships by third week in August. At Kritzerland.com.

Martin MarkinsonCome on Along and Listen to My Life in Theatre
(Archway - Hardcover/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
Memoir by Broadway theatre owner and independent theatrical producer (Torch Song Trilogy, Passion, Honeymoon in Vegas, Gigi, and more) Martin Markinson. Owner of the Helen Hayes Theatre (previously known as The Little Theatre) from 1979 until 2015. 260 pages. Released 6/12/19.

FairviewFairview
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Jackie Sibblies Drury. Premiered at Soho Rep in 2018. Winner of 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. 120 pages.

Yiddish FiddlerFiddler on the Roof 2018 cast recording
(Time Life Music/Warner music Group - new on 2 CDs)
2018 National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene cast recording of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick score. Performed in Yiddish. The production is moving to Stage 42 in February 2019. Cast includes Jackie Hoffman, Steven Skybell, Jennifer Babiak, Joanne Borts, Avrom, Stephanie Lynne Mason, Fyedke, Ben Liebert, Rosie Jo Neddy, Raquel Nobile, Bruce Sabath, Drew Seigla, Adam B. Shapiro, Jodi Snyder, James Monroe Števko, Lauren Jeanne Thomas, Bobby Underwood and Rachel Zatcoff, Michael Yashinsky, Evan Mayer, Lisa Fishman, Samantha Hahn. Translated by Shraga Friedman. Disc 2 includes cut songs in English from the Broadway out-of-town tryout from 1964 with vocalists including Joel Grey, Richard Kind, Hal Linden, Austin Pendleton, Tom Wopat, Donna McKechnie, Joanna Merlin, and Sheldon Harnick: "We've Never Missed a Sabbath Yet What a Life," "What a Life," "To Marry for Love," "Richest Man in Town," "If I Were a Woman," "As Much as That," "A Butchers Soul," "Letters From America," "Dear Sweet Sewing Machine," "Get Thee Out," "When Messiah Comes," Jackie Hoffman Act 1 Monolog After Traditsye (In Yiddish), Jackie Hoffman Act 2 Monolog After Anatevka (In Yiddish). Album produced by Robert Sher, co-produced by Dan Moses Schreier, and executive produced by David Garfinkle and NYTF CEO Christopher Massimine. Orchestrations by Larry Blank. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes.

God Said ThisGod Said This
(Yale Univ Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Leah Nanako Winkler. Foreword by Ayad Akhtar. 2018 winner of the Yale Drama Series competition. Produced at Primary Stages in January 2019. 112 pages.

Mark Nadler and KT SullivanMark Nadler & KT Sullivan: Thanks for the Memory
(new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Cabaret legends KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler celebrate their Silver Anniversary of working together. "One More Walk Around the Garden / You Haven't Changed at All," "Wise Guys / Old Friend," "Dance Only with Me / Make Someone Happy," "How Long Has This Been Going On," "Don't Fence Me In," "My Little Ducky," "The Little Things You Do Together," "If Love Were All," "Catch Our Act at the Met," "Talking to Yourself," "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face / There's Always One You Can't Forget," "Everything's Coming up Roses," "Our Love Is Here to Stay," "Thanks for the Memory." Clips, digital album, and CD available at CDBaby.

Oklahoma! 2019Oklahoma!
(Decca Broadway/Verve - new on CD)
2019 Broadway revival cast recording. Richard Rodgers / Oscar Hammerstein score. Rebecca Naomi Jones, Damon Daunno, Patrick Vaill, Mary Testa, Ali Stroker, James Davis, Will Brill, Mallory Portnoy, Mitch Tebo, Anthony Cason, and Will Mann. "Opening – Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’," "Laurey's Entrance," "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top," "Kansas City," "I Cain’t Say No," "Many A New Day," "It’s A Scandal! It’s A Outrage!," "People Will Say We're In Love," "Poor Jud Is Daid," "Lonely Room," "Out Of My Dreams," "Dream Ballet," "The Farmer And The Cowman," "All Er Nuthin'," "People Will Say We're In Love (Reprise)," "Oklahoma!." Produced by Dean Sharenow and Daniel Kluger. Released 6/28/19 on mp3 and at iTunes

Moulin Rouge!"The Sparkling Diamond" from Moulin Rouge!
(House of Iona/RCA Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
New single track now available from upcoming Moulin Rouge! OBC album, to be released 8/30/19.

Sweet Charity blu-raySweet Charity blu-ray
(Kino Lorber Studio Classics - new Blu-ray 2-disc set)
1969 film musical based on the Broadway show with score by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields. Screenplay by Peter Stone. Directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. Shirley MacLaine, John McMartin, Ricardo Montalban, Chita Rivera, Paula Kelly, Stubby Kaye, Barbara Bouchet, Sammy Davis, Jr., Suzanne Charny, Ben Vereen. 4K restoration of both the Roadshow Edition and the "Happy Ending" alternate. Extras: "A Girl Who Wanted to be Loved" booklet essay by Julie Kirgo; audio commentary by Kat Ellinger; "From Stage to the Screen" featurette, "Edith Head's Costume Design: The Art of Exaggeration" featurette, and theatrical trailer.

The TempestThe Tempest
(Opus Arte - new on DVD)
Part of the Donmar Warehouse 2012 all-female Shakespeare Trilogy. Also played St. Ann's Warehouse in 2017. Harriet Walter. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd with a score by Joan Armatrading. Shot live in a specially built temporary theatre in King's Cross in 2016. Bonus shorts: "An All-Female Trilogy," "Island Metaphor," "Forgiveness," "Magic," "Dreams," "Prospero and Caliban," "Rehearsal Process," trailer, introduction to the play, the plot, director's commentary, cast gallery. Other parts of the trilogy released earlier: Julius Caesar and Henry IV, both with Harriet Walter. Released 7/26/19.


Week of August 13, 2019

Anna Christie
(Broadway Records - new on 2 CDs/on mp3/at iTunes)
Studio recording of score by Edward Thomas (music) and Joseph Masteroff (librettist), based on the play by Eugene O'Neill. Melanie Long, Frank Basile, Jonathan Estabrooks, Joy Hermalyn, and Mike Pirozzi. Premiered at Encompass New Opera Theatre. Julian Wachner conducts the NOVUS NY orchestra. Produced by Thomas Z. Shepard. At BroadwayRecords.com.

EnsembleEnsemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater
(Agate Midway - Hardcover book/Kindle Edition)
By Mark Larson. Explores the early days of the fabled Compass Players and the legendary Second City in the 1950s and '60s; the rise of internationally acclaimed ensembles like Steppenwolf in the '70s; the explosion of storefront and neighborhood companies that began in earnest in the '80s; and the enduring global influence of the city as the center of improv training and performance. Drawing from more than 300 interviews ... Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ed Asner, George Wendt, Michael Shannon, and Tracy Letts co-mingle with stories from designers, composers, and others. 704 pages.

Kyle Taylor Parker Broadway SoulKyle Taylor Parker: Broadway Soul, Vol. 1
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Parker (Kinky Boots, "The Soul Sessions") reimagines Broadway classics with an R&B twist. "Anything Goes," "Do You Hear the People Sing?," "I Feel Pretty," "I'm Alive," "No Bad News," "Ol' Man River," "Out Tonight," "Run and Tell That," "Think of Me," "We Are Young." Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Marching SongMarching Song: A Play
(Roman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Play about John Brown, written by Todd School for Boys student Orson Welles with headmaster Ralph Hill. Edited by Hill's grandson, Todd Tarbox. Foreword by Simon Callow. Also includes a biographical sketch of Welles and Hill during their days together at Todd. 200 pages.

MusikMusik
(x2 Recordings Ltd - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Frances Barber solo show as Bille Trix. Produced at 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Songs by Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe (four written for the production). "Mongrel," "Soup," "Run, girl, run," "Ich bin Musik (Radio Edit)," "Friendly fire," "For every moment." Released 8/6/19.

TootsieTootsie OBC
(Decca Broadway/Verve - new on CD)
Score by David Yazbek. Santino Fontana, Lilli Cooper, Sarah Stiles, John Behlmann, Andy Grotelueschen, Julie Halston, Michael McGrath, and Reg Rogers. Andrea Grody and Dean Sharenow, musical supervisors. "Overture," "Opening Number," "Whaddaya Do," "What's Gonna Happen," "I Won't Let You Down," "I'm Alive," "There Was John," "I Like What She's Doing," "Who Are You," "What's Gonna Happen (Reprise)," "Unstoppable," "Entr'acte," "Jeff Sums It Up," "Gone, Gone, Gone," "Who Are You?," "This Thing," "Whaddaya Do (Reprise)," "The Most Important Night," "Talk To Me Dorothy," "Arrivederci!," "Michael's Reprise." Produced by Dean Sharenow and David Yazbek. Released on mp3 and at iTunes earlier.

UnchainedUnchained Melodies: The Film Themes of Alex North
(Kritzerland - on CD)
Originally released in 1991 by Bay Cities. Remastered here with a bonus track. Covers first seven years of film scores by Alex North, including A Streetcar Named Desire, The Rose Tattoo, The Bad Seed, and more. To be released by the second week in August. At Kritzerland.com.

Waitress LostWhat's Not Inside: The Lost Songs from Waitress
(DMI - new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
Features outtakes and demos recorded by Sara Bareilles for the Broadway musical. "Happy Enough," "Door Number Three ," "Knocked Up You," "Without a Believer," "I Can’t Wait ," "Falling in Love Pie," "She Used to Be Mine."


Week of August 6, 2019

Yiddish FiddlerFiddler on the Roof 2018 cast recording digital
(Time Life Music/Warner music Group - new on mp3/at iTunes)
2018 National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene cast recording of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick score. Performed in Yiddish. The production is moving to Stage 42 in February 2019. Cast includes Jackie Hoffman, Steven Skybell, Jennifer Babiak, Joanne Borts, Avrom, Stephanie Lynne Mason, Fyedke, Ben Liebert, Rosie Jo Neddy, Raquel Nobile, Bruce Sabath, Drew Seigla, Adam B. Shapiro, Jodi Snyder, James Monroe Števko, Lauren Jeanne Thomas, Bobby Underwood and Rachel Zatcoff, Michael Yashinsky, Evan Mayer, Lisa Fishman, Samantha Hahn. Translated by Shraga Friedman. Disc 2 includes cut songs in English from the Broadway out-of-town tryout from 1964 with vocalists including Joel Grey, Richard Kind, Hal Linden, Austin Pendleton, Tom Wopat, Donna McKechnie, Joanna Merlin, and Sheldon Harnick: "We've Never Missed a Sabbath Yet What a Life," "What a Life," "To Marry for Love," "Richest Man in Town," "If I Were a Woman," "As Much as That," "A Butchers Soul," "Letters From America," "Dear Sweet Sewing Machine," "Get Thee Out," "When Messiah Comes," Jackie Hoffman Act 1 Monolog After Traditsye (In Yiddish), Jackie Hoffman Act 2 Monolog After Anatevka (In Yiddish). Album produced by Robert Sher, co-produced by Dan Moses Schreier, and executive produced by David Garfinkle and NYTF CEO Christopher Massimine. Orchestrations by Larry Blank. 2-CD version to be released 8/23/19.

Bernstein DictionaryHistorical Dictionary of Leonard Bernstein
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Paul R. Laird and Hsun Lin. Contains a chronology, an introduction, an appendix, an extensive bibliography, and more than 700 cross-referenced entries on Bernstein's life and works. 336 pages.

Margaret SullavanMargaret Sullavan: The Life and Career of a Reluctant Star
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
By Michael D. Rinella. Biography of film/television/stage (If Love Were All, Stage Door, Voice of the Turtle actress ... her career and details of her personal life, including her marriage to Henry Fonda, her special friendship with James Stewart and her bitter rivalry with Katharine Hepburn. 245 pages.

Pinter Short PlaysThe Short Plays of Harold Pinter
(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book)
Foreword by Antonia Fraser. Contains the complete short plays of Harold Pinter from The Room, first performed in 1960, to Celebration, which premiered in 2000.

Shortland StreetShortland Street - The Musical
(Belleville Limited - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording of score by Guy Langford. New Zealand cast. Released 7/26/19.

West Side Story reimaginedWest Side Story Reimagined
(Jazzheads - on 2 CDs/on mp3/at iTunes)
Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band. Nominated Best Latin Jazz Album for the 2019 Grammy Awards. "Intro," "Prologue," "Intro Jet Song," "Jet Song," "Intro America," "America," "Gee, Officer Krupke Intro," "Gee, Officer Krupke," "Tonight," "Gym Scene - Blues / Mambo," "Gym Scene - Cha Cha Cha," "Maria," "Intro Cool," "Cool," "The Rumble / Rumba," "One Hand, One Heart," "Somewhere," "Intro Epilogue / Finale," "Epilogue / Finale," "Outro." (Released in 2018, but never listed.)


Week of July 30, 2019

Aladdin soundtrack songbookAladdin: Songs from the Motion Picture Soundtrack
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Songbook of songs from new 2019 live action Disney film, with new lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. "Arabian Nights," "Friend like Me," "One Jump Ahead," "One Jump Ahead (Reprise)," "One Jump Ahead (Reprise 2)," "Prince Ali," "Speechless (Full)," "A Whole New World." Plus six pages of full color artwork from the film.

Danielle BrooksDanielle Brooks: Four
(new EP on mp3)
Television and theatre actress Danielle Brooks (Orange Is the New Black, The Color Purple, Much Ado About Nothing debut album of songs she wrote. "Black Woman," "Blessings," "Underwater," "Seasons." Released 7/22/19.

Half TimeHalf Time
(Sony Classical - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording of score with music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Nell Benjamin, and additional music by Marvin Hamlisch and Ester Dean (book by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin). Haven Burton, Lori Tan Chinn, Georgia Engel, Valton Jackson, Donna McKechnie, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, Nancy Ticotin, Lilias White. A Number," "Who Wants to See That?," "Princess," "Follow Me to the Party," "Dorothy/Dottie," "The Prince of Swing/There You Are," "Swagger," "The Waters Rise," "They All Get to See That," "Princess (Reprise)," "¿Como No?," "The Prince of Swing (Reprise)," "Too Old for This," "New Point of View," "Gotta Get Up"; Bonus track: "Time Machine" (Donna McKechnie). Debuted at Paper Mill Playhouse in 2018. Produced by Scott M. Riesett.

Pose"Pose" songs
(20th Century Fox TV - digital on mp3/at iTunes)
Songs performed by the season two cast of the FX television show "Pose": "Sooner or Later" (featuring Dominique Jackson), "I'm Still Here" (Patti LuPone), "Sometimes It Snows in April" (Sandra Bernhard, Ryan Jamaal Swain, Dyllón Burnside, Hailie Sahar), "The Man That Got Away" (Billy Porter), "Love's in Need of Love Today" (MJ Rodriguez, Billy Porter, Ryan Jamaal Swain, Dyllón Burnside, Hailie Sahar, Sandra Bernhard and Dominique Jackson). Released 7/23/19.

Ramin KarimlooRamin Karimloo: From Now On
(Sony Masterworks - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Ramin Karimloo's second solo album. "From Now On," "Moving Too Fast," "You'll Be Back," "Waving Through a Window," "It All Fades Away," "What You Own," "Let It Go," "Mary Jane," "Anthem," "I Will Always Love You," "Wicked Little Town," "Is This the World We Created."

The Wrong ManThe Wrong Man
(Interscope - new on CD)
Concept album for new show score by Ross Golan, opening at MCC Theatre in September 2019. Produced by Ricky Reed, mixed by Grammy nominee Neal Avron. Features Dr. Dre's rhythm section, Mike Elizondo, Trevor Lawrence, Johan Carlsson, and Nate Mercereau. Digital version released 7/23/19 on mp3 and at iTunes; Vinyl version to be released 9/20/19.


Week of July 23, 2019

The Art and Making of The Lion KingThe Art and Making of The Lion King
(Disney Editions - Hardcover Book)
By Michael Goldman. Foreword by Thomas Schumacher, Afterword by Jon Favreau. Concept art, behind-the-scenes photography, and interviews with the 2019 The Lion King film cast and crew. 224 pages.

Be More Chill Bway Tie-inBe More Chill (Broadway Tie-In)
(Disney-Hyperion - Paperback Book)
By Ned Vizzini. Reprint of 2004 novel, which was adapted into a musical by Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz. Includes photos from the Broadway production. 320 pages.

Hadestown OBCHadestown OBC digital
(on mp3/at iTunes)
Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, Amber Gray, Patrick Page, Andre De Shields, Jewelle Blackman, Kay Trinidad, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer. Complete digital album after slow roll-out. "Road to Hell," "Any Way the Wind Blows," "Come Home with Me," "Wedding Song," "Epic I," "Livin' it Up on Top," "All I've Ever Known ("In spite of herself...") [Intro]," "All I've Ever Known," "Way Down Hadestown," "A Gathering Storm," "Epic II," "Chant," "Hey, Little Songbird," "When the Chips are Down ("Songbird vs. rattlesnake...") [Intro]," "When the Chips are Down," "Gone, I'm Gone," "Wait for Me ("Hey, the big artiste...") [Intro]," "Wait for Me," "Why We Build the Wall," "Why We Build the Wall ("Behind closed doors...") [Outro]," "Our Lady of the Underground," "Way Down Hadestown (Reprise)," "Flowers," "Come Home with Me (Reprise)," "Papers (Intro)," "Papers (Instrumental)," "Nothing Changes," "If it's True," "How Long?," "Chant (Reprise)," "Epic III," "Epic III (Intro) [Instrumental]," "Promises," "Word to the Wise," "His Kiss, the Riot," "Wait for Me ("If you wanna walk out of hell...") [Intro] [Reprise]," "Wait for Me (Reprise)," "Doubt Comes In," "Road to Hell (Reprise)," "We Raise our Cups." Double CD to be released later.

Jonathan Larson ProjectThe Jonathan Larson Project
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Based on show presented at Feinstein's/54 Below, which was directed and conceived by Jennifer Ashley Tepper, an evening of Jonathan Larson's unheard work, featuring songs from never-produced shows like 1984 and Superbia; songs that were cut from Rent and tick tick BOOM; songs written for theatrical revues and songs written for the radio; songs about politics and love and New York City; songs never before publicly performed or recorded. Nick Blaemire, Lauren Marcus, Andy Mientus, Krysta Rodriguez, and George Salazar. "Greene Street," "One of These Days," "Break Out the Booze," "Out of My Dreams," "Valentine's Day," "White Male World," "Riff/Poetry," "La Di Da Rap," "Iron Mike," "Find the Key," "Hosing the Furniture," "Pura Vida," "The Truth Is a Lie," "Rhapsody," "SOS," "Love Heals," "Piano." Five-piece band including musical director Natalie Tenenbaum, Charlie Rosen, Cody Owen Stine, Megan Talay, and Marques Walls. Music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Charlie Rosen. Danielle Gimbal, copyist. Produced by Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Charlie Rosen, and Kurt Deutsch. Limited edition with 40-page booklet. Digital version released April 5 on mp3/at iTunes.

Lost Broadway 1956-1957Lost Broadway 1956-1957: Broadway's Forgotten & Obscure Musicals
(Stage Door Records - new import double CD)
56 tracks including over 25 recordings that appear on CD for the very first time. One disc of original Broadway cast recordings and a companion disc of "Covers and Rarities," showcasing pop covers and other rare recordings from the Broadway musicals of 1956 and 1957. Included are items from Shangri-La, Copper and Brass, Shinbone Alley, Rumple, Happy Hunting, Mr. Wonderful, New Faces Of 1956, Candide, Jamaica, New Girl In Town and the play with music Time Remembered. Performers include Ethel Merman, Sammy Davis, Jr., Chita Rivera, Maggie Smith, Eartha Kitt, Lena Horne, Gwen Verdon, Maurice Chevalier, Buddy Grecco, Margaret Whiting, Tony Martin, Eddie Fisher and more. Informative 12-page booklet.

BarnettOn Stage at the Ballet: My Life As Dancer and Artistic Director
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
by Robert J. Barnett and Cynthia Crain. Biography of Robert Barnett, who danced in the first generation of the New York City Ballet. Principal dancer and associate artistic director of the Atlanta Ballet, where he remains active today. 200 pages.

Co-opOriginal Cast Album: Co-Op
(Lakeshore Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original Documentary Now! "Original Cast Album: Co-op" cast. Spinoff of 1970 D.A. Pennebaker Original Cast Album: Company documentary. Songs by Eli Bolin, John Mulaney, and Seth Meyers. Singing cast includes Richard Kind, Alex Brightman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Paula Pell. "Co-Op," "Christmas Tips," "Holiday Party (I Did a Little Cocaine Tonight)," "My Home Court," "I Gotta Go," "Going Up."

RoxieRyoko Yonekura: "Roxie"
(Masterworks Broadway - new digital song on mp3/at iTunes)
Newly recorded single from Japanese superstar, who has appeared in Chicago on Broadway.


Week of July 16, 2019

Be More ChillBe More Chill OBC
(Ghostlight Records - new on 2 CDs)
Score by Joe Iconis. Will Roland, George Salazar, Stephanie Hsu, Gerard Canonico, Katlyn Carlson, Tiffany Mann, Lauren Marcus, Britton Smith, Jason SweetTooth Williams, and Jason Tam. "Jeremy's Theme (Instrumental)," "More Than Survive," "I Love Play Rehearsal," "More Than Survive (Reprise)," "The Squip Song," "Two-Player Game," "The Squip Enters," "Be More Chill, Pt. 1," "Do You Wanna Ride?," "Be More Chill, Pt. 2," "Sync Up," "A Guy That I'd Kinda Be Into," "The Squip Talks (Instrumental)," "Upgrade," "Loser Geek Whatever," "Halloween," "Do You Wanna Hang?," "Michael in the Bathroom," "A Guy That I'd Kinda Be Into (Reprise)," "The Smartphone Hour (Rich Set a Fire)," "The Pants Song," "The Pitiful Children," "The Play," "Voices in My Head." Produced by Kurt Deutsch, Joe Iconis, and Charlie Rosen, and co-produced by Ian Kagey and Emily Marshall. Previously released digitally new digital album on mp3 and at iTunes

F**K BoysFuckboys the Musical
(Generation Productions - new on CD)
Score by Savannah Pedersen for show that has appeared in various fringe festivals. Justin Cortes, Kendall Leamy, Brandon Munoz-Dominguez, Savannah Pedersen, Beth Ann Stripling, Nicole Visco. "Karaoke Night," "My Time," "Ode to the Fuckboy," "Transition 1," "The Sun," "Rollin'," "The Bartender Song," "Transition 2," "Shot of Whiskey," "Brad's Lament," "Responsibility," "Responsibility (Reprise)," "Transition 3," "The Sun (Reprise)," "We're Fine (Finale)." Bonus tracks: "The Sun" (Maeghin Mueller), "The Bartender Song" (Alexander Mrazek), "The Sun (Reprise)" (Alexander Mrazek & Maeghin Mueller), "Brad's Lament" (Hayley VerValin). Released 6/28/19. At Amazon UK.

Hamilton Calendar 2020Hamilton 2020 Wall Calendar
(Universe Publishing - wall calendar)
Includes photos of the original cast by Josh Lehrer, lyrics, and important dates. 24 pages.

Kjersti LongKjersti Long: Stronger Than You Think I Am
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Rock prodigy Kjersti Long's debut album. Includes songs with her original lyrics, covers of rock songs, plus mash-up of "Leave" and "Falling Slowly" from Once. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

The Lion King soundtrack 2019The Lion King Soundtrack
(Walt Disney Records - new on CD)
2019 soundtrack. Original songs (and new song "Never Too Late") by Elton John and Tim Rice; new song "Spirit" by Beyoncé, musical score by Hans Zimmer; African vocal and choir arrangements by Lebo M, Beyoncé, Billy Eichner, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover, Elton John, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Lebo M, JD McCrary, Lindiwe Mkhize, John Oliver, Seth Rogen. "Circle of Life/Nants' Ingonyama," "Life's Not Fair," "Rafiki's Fireflies," "I Just Can't Wait to Be King)," "Elephant Graveyard," "Be Prepared," "Stampede," "Scar Takes the Throne," "Hakuna Matata," "Simba Is Alive!," "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," "Reflections of Mufasa," "Spirit," "Battle for Pride Rock," "Remember," "Never Too Late," "He Lives in You," "Mbube." Orchestrator Bruce Fowler, conductor Nick Glennie-Smith, arranger Mark Mancina. Released on mp3 and at iTunes 7/11/19.

MaryJo MundyMaryJo Mundy: The Fourteenth Confession, Songs of Laura Nyro
(Blujazz Productions - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Live album. MaryJo Mundy with Ross Kalling on piano, Tony Mandracchia on guitar, Jonathan Richards on bass, John Gannon on cajón drum. Backup vocals by Alexis Fae Gach and Andrea Ross Greene. "Eli's Comin'," "Wedding Bell Blues," "The Confession / Hi-Heel Sneakers," "I Never Meant to Hurt You," "Money," "I Met Him on a Sunday / It's Gonna Take a Miracle," "Sweet Blindness," "You Don't Love Me When I Cry," "Sexy Mama," "Stoned Soul Picnic / And When I Die," "Serious Playground." Bonus track: "The Cat Song." Arrangements by Ross Kalling and MaryJo Mundy. Produced by Hillary Rollins. Released 6/14/19.

Hedwig Fourth WallMitchell and Trask's Hedwig and the Angry Inch (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Caridad Svich. Examination of the musical through the lenses of visual and vocal rock 'n' roll performance, the history of the American musical, and its positioning within LGBTIQ-plus theatre. 88 pages.

On Broadway Calendar 2020On Broadway 2020 Calendar
(Time Factory - Wall Calendar)
12"" x 12"" calendar includes Playbill cover artwork and monthly calendar grids, plus a bonus four-month view of January 2021 - April 2021. Printed on premium gloss paper.

Queen of the Mist LondonQueen of the Mist OLC
(Pint of Wine Theatre Company - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Off-West End cast recording of Michael John LaChiusa score. Trudi Camilleri, Will Arundell, Emily Juler, Emma Ralston, Tom Blackmore, Conor McFarlane, and Andrew Carter. "Act One Opening (The Oaken Barrel)," "There is Greatness in Me," "Letter to Jane / The Tiger," "Charity," "There is Greatness in Me (Reprise)," "Glorious Devil," "The Barrel / Cradle or Coffin," "Types Like You," "Do The Pan!," "Floating Cloud," "Laugh at the Tiger," "On The Other Side," "Act One Finale," "The Quintessential Hero," "Million Dolla' Momma," "Expectations," "Bookings (Part One)," "Break Down the Door," "The Green," "Bookings (Part Two)," "Postcards," "The Fall / Act Two Finale." Released 7/15/19.

Vivino Sisters DNAThe Vivino Sisters: DNA
(VivTone - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Donna (Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Wicked), Natalia and Antonia Vivino. "Castle on a Cloud," "Goody Goody," "Who We Are," "The Schuyler Sisters," "Three Days," "I Want to Be Happy," "I Can't Get You out of My Mind," "Be Cool," "Live to Tell," "Almost There," "Miracles." Released 6/1/19.


Week of July 9, 2019

CleopatraCleopatra The Musical Experience
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3)
World premiere recording of score with music by Jeff Daye and lyrics by Laura Kleinbaum and Jeff Daye. Nya, Dusty Ray Bottoms, Christian Brailsford, Sydney Parra, Corbin Payne, Yuriko Miyake, Cody Mowrey, Alexia Sielo, Timothy Wilson and Audrey Rose Young. "Surrender," "Heaven on Earth," "He's Home," "Exceptional," "Torture," "I Can't Breathe," "Burning Up," "On Top," "Checkmate," "Stranger," "Who You Were Tonight." Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Kafka's MetamorphosisKafka's Metamorphosis
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3)
World premiere recording of score by Matt Chiorini and additional music and lyrics by Travis Newton. Jack Rento, Morgan Smith, Carleena Manzi and Matt Chiorini. "A Boy Named K," "Samsa Mornings," "Fuckety-Fuck," "How Do You Like Me Now?," "Gregor and the Girl in the Fur," "Babel," "We Are the Samsa Family!," "Two Reprises," "Almost Complete," "Dearest Father," "The Door That Must Stay Locked," "We'll Smile Again."Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

MaryJo MundyMaryJo Mundy: The Fourteenth Confession, Songs of Laura Nyro
(Blujazz Productions - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Live album. MaryJo Mundy with Ross Kalling on piano, Tony Mandracchia on guitar, Jonathan Richards on bass, John Gannon on cajón drum. Backup vocals by Alexis Fae Gach and Andrea Ross Greene. "Eli's Comin'," "Wedding Bell Blues," "The Confession / Hi-Heel Sneakers," "I Never Meant to Hurt You," "Money," "I Met Him on a Sunday / It's Gonna Take a Miracle," "Sweet Blindness," "You Don't Love Me When I Cry," "Sexy Mama," "Stoned Soul Picnic / And When I Die," "Serious Playground." Bonus track: "The Cat Song." Arrangements by Ross Kalling and MaryJo Mundy. Produced by Hillary Rollins. Released 6/14/19.

Hedwig Fourth WallMitchell and Trask's Hedwig and the Angry Inch (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Caridad Svich. Examination of the musical through the lenses of visual and vocal rock 'n' roll performance, the history of the American musical, and its positioning within LGBTIQ-plus theatre. 88 pages.

Vivino Sisters DNAThe Vivino Sisters: DNA
(VivTone - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Donna (Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Wicked), Natalia and Antonia Vivino. "Castle on a Cloud," "Goody Goody," "Who We Are," "The Schuyler Sisters," "Three Days," "I Want to Be Happy," "I Can't Get You out of My Mind," "Be Cool," "Live to Tell," "Almost There," "Miracles." Released 6/1/19.


Week of July 2, 2019

Rodgers and Hart IIIBen Bagley's Rodgers And Hart Revisited Volume III
(Kritzerland Records - on CD)
Remastered album. Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart. Nancy Andrews, Blossom Dearie, Johnny Desmond, Estelle Parsons, Anthony Perkins, Lynn Redgrave, and Arthur Siegel. Musical arrangements and musical direction by Dennis Deal. Bonus: an almost thirty-minute interview with Richard Rodgers, talking with Tony Thomas.

The Fantsticks in JazzThe Fantasticks in Jazz
(Kritzerland Records - on CD)
Re-release of 2001 album. Harvey Schmidt / Tom Jones score. Pianist Terry Trotter, bass player Tom Warrington, and drummer Joe LaBarbera, with guests Maureen McGovern and Harvey Schmidt. "Much More," "Round & Round," "I Can See It," "Moonlight #2," "Soon It's Gonna Rain" (Harvey Schmidt), "Metaphor," "Never Say No," "Soon It's Gonna Rain" (Maureen McGovern), "Beyond That Road," "They Were You," "Try To Remember"; Bonus Track: "A Perfect Time To Be In Love" (written for the Robert Goulet tour). Limited edition of 500 copies. To ship by first week of July from Kritzerland.com.

Hamilton Day-to-Day calendar 2020Hamilton 2020 Day-to-Day Calendar
(Universe Publishing - day calendar)
Includes lyrics, historical dates, and Alexander Hamilton's speeches and writings. 320 pages.

Kyle Taylor Parker I Feel PrettyKyle Taylor Parker: I Feel Pretty
(Broadway Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
New single from Kyle Taylor Parker's (Kinky Boots, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Smokey Joe's Cafe Off-Broadway, and Jesus Christ Superstar Live!) upcoming debut album Broadway Soul Vol. 1. Released 6/27/19. Album to be released in August.

Liverpool's Royal CourtLiverpool's Royal Court Theatre: A Brave Venture
(Liverpool Univ Press - Paperback Book)
By Ros Merkin. There has been a theater on this site for nearly two hundred years. The Royal Court has become a popular, people's theatre. Over the years, it has hosted its share of world-class actors including the debut stage appearances of both Judi Dench and Richard Burton. Wonderfully illustrated, this fascinating book is the first to tell the story of the oldest surviving theatre in the city. The 1938 prospectus declared it to be "a brave venture" and courage has characterised its history. The book challenges perceptions of the Royal Court, celebrating and commemorating an institution that has endured, flourished and re-shaped itself, on its own terms. 300 pages.

Musical Theatre Screen AdaptationsThe Oxford Handbook of Musical Theatre Screen Adaptations
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition (released 6/14/19))
Dominic McHugh, editor. Traces how the genre of the stage-to-screen musical has evolved, starting with screen adaptations of operettas such as The Desert Song and Rio Rita, and looks at how the Hollywood studios in the 1930s exploited the publication of sheet music as part of their income. Numerous chapters examine specific screen adaptations in depth, including screen favorites, lesser-known titles, and problematic adaptations. 720 pages. [Appears to be available ahead of the official release date.]

SixSix: The Musical
(6 Music Ltd. - new import CD)
Studio recording of score by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. Premiered at 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Currently playing at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Aimie Atkinson, Izuka Hoyle, Genesis Lynea, Renée Lamb, Christina Modestou, Natalie Paris. "Ex-Wives," "No Wayfeat," "Don't Lose Ur Head," "Heart of Stone," "Haus of Holbein," "Get Down," "All You Wanna Do," "I Don't Need Your Love," "Six." Previously released on mp3 and at iTunesAlso available at Amazon UK.


Week of June 25, 2019

Alice by HeartAlice by Heart
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
MCC cast. Score by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater. Molly Gordon, Colton Ryan, Kim Blanck, Mia DiLena, Zachary Downer, Noah Galvin, Zachary Infante, Andrew Kober, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe , Catherine Ricafort, Heath Saunders, and Wesley Taylor. "West of Words," "Down the Hole," "Still," "Chillin' the Regrets," "The Key Is," "Those Long Eyes," "Manage Your Flamingo," " Sick to Death of Alice-ness," "Brillig Braelig," "Some Things Fall Away," "Your Shell of Grief," "Another Room in Your Head," "Isn't It A Trial?," "Do You Think We Think You're Alice?," "I've Shrunk Enough," "Afternoon," "Winter Blooms." Produced by Duncan Sheik and Kurt Deutsch, with Craig Balsam and Cody Lassen executive producers. Recorded March 24-25. Also at GhostlightRecords.com.

HedwigHedwig and the Angry Inch: The Criterion Collection
(Criterion Collection - new Blu-ray/DVD)
2001 film based on the stage musical written by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask. Directed by and starring Mitchell, with Andrea Martin, Michael Pitt, and Miriam Shor. Special features: new 4K digital restoration, supervised by director John Cameron Mitchell and cinematographer Frank DeMarco, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray; audio commentary from 2001 featuring Mitchell and DeMarco; new conversation between members of the cast and crew, including Mitchell, DeMarco, composer and lyricist Stephen Trask, hairstylist and makeup artist Michael Potter, animator Emily Hubley, actor Miriam Shor, and visual consultant Miguel Villalobos; Whether You Like It or Not: The Story of Hedwig (2003), an eighty-five-minute documentary tracing the development of the project from its beginnings in a New York club to its theatrical premiere at the Sundance Film Festival; new conversation between Trask and rock critic David Fricke about the film's soundtrack; From the Archives, a new program exploring Hedwig's production and legacy through its memorabilia; deleted scenes with commentary by Mitchell and DeMarco; trailer; essay by Stephanie Zacharek; for the Blu-ray edition: production photos by Potter and costume designer Arianne Phillips, illustrations by Hubley, and excerpts from two of the films inspirations, Plato's Symposium and The Gospel of Thomas.

Kyle Taylor Parker I Feel PrettyKyle Taylor Parker: I Feel Pretty
(Broadway Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
New single from Kyle Taylor Parker's (Kinky Boots, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Smokey Joe's Cafe Off-Broadway, and Jesus Christ Superstar Live!) upcoming debut album Broadway Soul Vol. 1. Released 6/27/19. Album to be released in August.

MormonsMormons, Musical Theater, and Belonging in America (Music in American Life)
(Univ of Illinois Press - Hardcover/Paperback Book)
By Jake Johnson. Merges the study of belonging in America with scholarship on voice and popular music to explore the surprising yet profound link between two quintessentially American institutions. The author sees Mormons using musical theater as a medium for theology of voice—a religious practice that suggests how vicariously voicing another person can bring one closer to godliness. At the same time, musical theater became a unique expressive tool of Mormon culture. 224 pages. [Appears to be available ahead of publishing date.]

NeurosisNeurosis
(JAY Records - new on CD/at iTunes)
Original Off-Broadway cast recording of Ben Green/Greg Edwards score for the show (book by Allan Rice) that played the DR2 Theatre in 2018. Jennifer Blood, Joel Blum, Brennan Caldwell, Susan J. Jacks, Lacretta, Ian Michael Stuart, Morgan Weed, Kevin Zak.

Neurosis librettoNeurosis: A Musical That Gets In Your Head
(Steel Springs - Paperback Book)
Libretto for musical written by Allan Rice, Ben Green, and Greg Edwards. Played DR2 Theatre in 2018. 100 pages.

Oklahoma! 2019Oklahoma! digital
(Decca Broadway/Verve - on mp3/at iTunes)
2019 Broadway revival cast recording. Richard Rodgers / Oscar Hammerstein score. Rebecca Naomi Jones, Damon Daunno, Patrick Vaill, Mary Testa, Ali Stroker, James Davis, Will Brill, Mallory Portnoy, Mitch Tebo, Anthony Cason, and Will Mann. Produced by Dean Sharenow and Daniel Kluger. "Opening – Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’," "Laurey's Entrance," "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top," "Kansas City," "I Cain’t Say No," "Many A New Day," "It’s A Scandal! It’s A Outrage!," "People Will Say We're In Love," "Poor Jud Is Daid," "Lonely Room," "Out Of My Dreams," "Dream Ballet," "The Farmer And The Cowman," "All Er Nuthin'," "People Will Say We're In Love (Reprise)," "Oklahoma!." CD format to be released 8/9/19.

Rutherford and SonRutherford and Son
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Play by Githa Sowerby, first produced in 1912. Published to coincide with 2019 National Theatre production. (Produced at Mint Theatre in 2001 and 2012.) 112 pages. Released 6/6/19

Sara Zahn Leonard BernsteinSara Zahn: Both Sides of Bernstein
(Harbinger Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Songwriter/performer Sara Zahn (Witch Craft: The Songs of Carolyn Leigh) tribute to Leonard Bernstein. "Cool," "My New Friend," "New York Medley: "New York, New York/Christopher Street/Conquering the City/Lonely Town," House Medley: "My House/Little White House/Take Care of this House," "I Can Cook, Too," Something's Coming," "Spring Will Come Again," "the Story of My Life," "Rosalind Russell Story," "One Hundred Easy Ways," "Ain't Got No Tears Left," "I Feel Pretty," "We Are Women," "Love Medley: "Ringaroundarosy/A Little Bit In Love/My Love/Another Love/It's Love/Lud's Wedding," "So Pretty," "I Love this Land," "Wrong Note Rag," "Garden Medley: There Is a Garden/Make Our Garden Grow," "Bows," "Some Other Time." Special pre-sale offer from Harbinger: Purchase through Amazon by June 28th; Send an email with your Amazon Order Confirmation Number as proof of purchase and your current mailing address to info@musicaltheaterproject.org; They will send you Sara Zahn's previously release, Witch Craft: The Songs of Carolyn Leigh.

Adrian MoleThe Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 OLC
(Masterworks Broadway - new import album on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Musical based on the young-adult novel by Sue Townsend. Book and lyrics by Jake Brunger and music and lyrics by Pippa Cleary. Debuted at the Curve in Leicester, England, in March 2015. Dean Chisnall, Connor Davies, John Hopkins, Barry James , Benjamin Lewis, Kelly Price, Max Robson, Gay Soper, Lara Wollington. "Another Year," "Look at that Girl," "Intellectual Boy," "Begging You for More," "Barry's Threat," "Perfect Mother," "Misunderstood," "My Lost Love," "Take a Stand," "Royal Wedding," "How Could You?," "Now That I'm With You," "New Best Friend," "Bert's Advice," "If You'd Lived," "I Miss Our Life," "The Nativity," "Finale."


Week of June 18, 2019

AcademyAcademy the Musical
(new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
Three songs from score by John Mercurio for Academy, seen at 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Performed by John Mercurio, Matthew Farcher, Ryan Farnsworth and Alex Wyse. "My Father," "Fearless," "It Starts." Released 5/5/19.

The Cher ShowThe Cher Show OBC vinyl
(Warner Bros. Records - new vinyl LP)
Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks, Micaela Diamond, Jarrod Spector, Michael Berresse, Michael Campayno, Matthew Hydzik, Emily Skinner. Disc 1: "If I Could Turn Back Time," "Half-Breed," "The Shoop Shoop Song," "I Got You Babe," "When the Money's Gone / All or Nothing," "Living in a House Divided," "Bang Bang," "Believe," "Song for the Lonely." Disc 2: "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves," "Just Like Jesse James," "Dark Lady," "Strong Enough," "The Way of Love," "I Found Someone," "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me," "Finale." Previously released digitally on mp3 and at iTunes and on CD

Hay MarketHaymarket: A New Folk Musical
(Underscore Theatre Company - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original Chicago cast recording of score by David Kornfeld and Alex Higgin-Houser. Proceeds from the sale of this album benefit Underscore Theatre Company, a 501(c)(3) non-profit theatre company, the Chicago region's only company dedicated to developing, showcasing, and producing new musicals. Released 5/1/19.

Harry Potter vinylThe Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (In Four Contemporary Suites) vinyl
(Masterworks Broadway - new 2-LP set)
Written, composed, performed and recorded by Grammy and Ivor Novello Award-winner Imogen Heap, and presented as four contemporary musical suites, each showcasing one of the play's theatrical acts. 180-gram vinyl within a gatefold jacket featuring gold foil artwork and embossed lettering. Also included is an 8-page, large-format booklet containing production shots and commentary from Imogen Heap and key members of the production's creative team. 78 minutes. Previously released on CD.

Tom Andersen Now and ThenTom Andersen: Now and Then
(Other Music, Inc. - digital album on mp3/at Tunes)
Fourth album by award winning New York cabaret and recording artist Tom Andersen. "Blue Skies," "Always," "The Journey Home (From "Bombay Dreams")," "Dites Moi / Bali Hai," "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "There but for You Go I," "Where or When," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "I Won't Send Roses," "If," "Wonderful! Wonderful!," "Witchcraft," "Time After Time," "No Way to Stop It," "My Prayer," "Storybook" (2019 Version). Released 4/26/19.


Week of June 11, 2019

2019 Tony Awards Season2019 Tony Award Season
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Annual compilation album of songs from Broadway shows of the 2018-2019 season. Each musical, including the 2019 Tony-nominated musicals, have been invited to contribute a song. We Got the Beat" (Head Over Heels), "Gettin' The Band Back Together" (Gettin' The Band Back Together), "Say My Name" (Beetlejuice), "A Guy That I'd Kinda Be Into" (Be More Chill), "The Way You Do The Things You Do" (Ain't Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations), "Too Darn Hot" (Kiss Me, Kate), "Gone, Gone, Gone" (Tootsie), "If I Could Turn Back Time" (The Cher Show), "I Can't Go Back" (Pretty Woman: The Musical), "Wait For Me" (Hadestown), "Unruly Heart" (The Prom), "Oklahoma!" (Oklahoma!), "Last of Our Kind" (King Kong); Bonus Track: "Goodbye, My Love/Back To Before" (performed by Marin Mazzie, live). A portion of the proceeds from the album will go to the American Theatre Wing and Broadway League's arts educations initiatives. Cover art features a specially commissioned Tony season illustration by Justin "Squigs" Robertson. Packaging includes an essay by noted musical theatre historian Mark A. Robinson as well as details about each show. Albums from 2017-2018 season and 2016-2017 season still available. At BroadwayRecords.com.

Ain't Too ProudAin't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations vinyl
(Ume - new on 2-LP vinyl album)
Derrick Baskin, James Harkness, Jawan M. Jackson, Jeremy Pope, and Ephraim Sykes with Saint Aubyn, Shawn Bowers, E. Clayton Cornelious, Taylor Symone Jackson, Jahi Kearse, Jarvis B. Manning Jr., Joshua Morgan, Rashidra Scott, Nasia Thomas, Christian Thompson, Candice Marie Woods, Esther Antoine, Marcus Paul James, Jelani Remy, and Curtis Wiley. "The Way You Do the Things You Do," "Run Away Child, Running Wild," "Gloria," "In the Still of the Night / Speedo," "Shout," "I Want A Love I Can See," "My Girl," "Get Ready," "Supremes Medley: You Can't Hurry Love / Come See About Me / Baby Love," "Since I Lost My Baby," "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," "Don't Look Back / You're My Everything," "If I Could Build My Whole World Around You," "If You Don't Know Me By Now," "(I Know) I'm Losing You," "I Wish It Would Rain," "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)," "I Can't Get Next To You," "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," "War," "Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today)," "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)," "Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)," "For Once In My Life," "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" (Pt. 1), "Cloud Nine," "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" (Pt. 2), "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," "I Can't Get Next To You" (Finale). Arrangements by Kenny Seymour. Released 6/7/19. Previously released new on CD/on mp3 and at iTunes

The Flower WhispererThe Flower Whisperer
(powerHouse Books - Hardcover Book)
By Joel Grey. Introduction by Jennifer Grey. A "... personal testament to the sensual and mysterious sexual universe of flowers." 120 pages.

Famous Father GirlFamous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein - paperback
(Harper - Paperback Book)
Memoir by Jamie Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein's oldest daughter. "Bernstein's jaw-dropping honesty and humor gives us the best example of the 'growing up famous' genre since Brooke Hayward's classic Haywire" (John Guare). Jamie Bernstein narrates the audio versions. 400 pages. Released previously in hardcover, Kindle, Audiobook on CD, and Audible Editions.

Kathleen TurnerKathleen Turner on Acting: Conversations about Film, Television, and Theater audiobook
(Skyhorse Publishing - Audiobook on CD)
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 she's learned and describes her journey of discovery in the world of acting."400 pages. Readers: Kathleen Turner and Dustin Morrow. Previously released in hardcover and Kindle formats.

Laura Benanti My Fair LadyLaura Benanti: Songs from My Fair Lady
(Broadway Records - new CD/digital)
Laura Benanti sings "Wouldn't It Be Loverly," "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Just You Wait," and "Show Me," from the Lerner & Loewe score. Produced by David Lai and Ted Sperling. Released 6/7/19 on mp3 and at iTunes. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

The Man in the CeilingThe Man in the Ceiling
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
World premiere recording of Andrew Lippa score. Kate Baldwin, Gavin Creel, Grady Miranda, John-Michael Lyles, Ashley Park, and Andrew Lippa. 36-page booklet with full lyrics, original illustrations from Jules Feiffer, a synopsis from Andrew Lippa, and a note from director Jeffrey Seller. "Doin' Fine," "Almost There," "Jimmy," "Hands," "Disappear," "Draw Me," "Maybe He Likes Me," "Where Is My Love Song," "Kidding Around," "Like Your Son," "I Do What I Do," "You Are the Friend," "To the Gods," "Mr. Floperoo," "Draw Your Own Conclusion," "Being Grown-Up" (Bonus Track). Produced by Will Van Dyke and Andrew Lippa, with Andrew Lippa and Kurt Deutsch serving as executive producers. The musical opened at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY in 2017. Released digitally new digital album on mp3 and at iTunes on 4/19/19. Also at GhostlightRecords.com.

Swng TimeSwing Time: The Criterion Collection
(Criterion Collection - new Blu-ray/DVD)
1936 musical film directed by George Stevens. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Songs by Dorothy Fields and Jerome Kern. Special features: new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray; audio commentary from 1986 featuring John Mueller, author of "Astaire Dancing: The Musical Films"; archival interviews with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and choreographer Hermes Pan; new interview with George Stevens Jr.; In Full Swing, a new program on the film's choreography and soundtrack featuring jazz and film critic Gary Giddins, dance critic Brian Seibert, and Dorothy Fields biographer Deborah Grace Winer; new interview with film scholar Mia Mask on the "Bojangles of Harlem" number; essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith.


Week of June 4, 2019

An Act of godAn Act of God
(Audible Studios - new audiobook)
David Javerbaum's play, presented by Sean Hayes, Cheyenne Jackson, Colman Domingo.

BeetlejuiceBeetlejuice OBC digital
(Ghostlight/Warner Bros. - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Score by Eddie Perfect. Music Supervision, orchestrations, and incidental music By Kris Kukul. Cast includes Alex Brightman, Sophia Anne Caruso, Kerry Butler, Rob McClure, Adam Dannheisser, Leslie Kritzer, Jill Abramovitz, Kelvin Moon Loh, Danny Rutigliano, and Dana Steingold. Album produced by Matt Stine, Alex Timbers, Eddie Perfect, and Kurt Deutsch. "Prologue: Invisible," "The Whole 'Being Dead' Thing," "Ready Set, Not Yet," "The Whole 'Being Dead' Thing, Pt. 2," "Dead Mom," "Fright of Their Lives," "Ready Set (Reprise)," "No Reason," "Invisible (Reprise) / On the Roof," "Say My Name," "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) [Act 1 Finale]," "Girl Scout," "That Beautiful Sound," "Barbara 2.0," "What I Know Now," "Home," "Creepy Old Guy," "Jump in the Line." Recording dates May 5, 6 and 13, 2019. At GhostlightRecords.com.

Come from AwayCome from Away vinyl
(Concord - new vinyl LP)
Score by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Petrina Bromley, Geno Carr, Jenn Colella, Joel Hatch, Rodney Hicks, Kendra Kassebaum, Chad Kimball, Lee MacDougall, Caesar Samayoa, Q. Smith, Astrid Van Wieren, Sharon Wheatley.

FolliesFollies National Theatre cast
(Arts Music/Warner Classics/National Theatre - new import CD)
2017 National Theatre cast album. Stephen Sondheim score. Cast includes Imelda Staunton, Philip Quast, Janie Dee, Peter Forbes, and Tracie Bennett. "Prologue," "Beautiful Girls," "Don't Look at Me," "Waiting for the Girls Upstairs," "Rain on the Roof / Ah, Paris! / Broadway Baby (Medley)," "The Road You Didn't Take," "In Buddy's Eyes," "Who's That Woman?," "I'm Still Here," "Too Many Mornings," "The Right Girl," "One More Kiss," "Could I Leave You," "Loveland," "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow / Love Will See Us Through (Medley)," "Buddy's Blues," "Losing My Mind," "The Story of Lucy and Jessie," "Live, Laugh, Love," "End of Show." Recorded in January 2018. U.S. release status unknown. Released on mp3 and at iTunes 1/18/19. Expected to ship May 27 from Amazon UK (marked as "item does not ship to the United States).

Hadestown OBCHadestown OBC digital rollout
(new digital tracks)
Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, Amber Gray, Patrick Page, Andre De Shields, Jewelle Blackman, Kay Trinidad, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer. Now available: "Way Down Hadestown," "Wait for Me ("Hey, the big artiste...") [Intro]," "Wait for Me," "Our Lady of the Underground." June 7: "Livin' It Up On Top," "Hey, Little Songbird," "When the Chips Are Down ("Songbird vs. rattlesnake…”) [Intro]," "When the Chips Are Down," "Gone, I'm Gone," "Why We Build the Wall," "Why We Build the Wall ("Behind closed doors…”) [Outro]," "Flowers," "Road to Hell (Reprise)"; June 28: Songs for characters Hades and Persephone; July 12: songs for Hermes, the Fates, and the Workers Chorus; July 26: songs for Orpheus and Eurydice.Full digital album with 40 tracks to be released July 26. Double CD to be released later.

Kiss Me, KateKiss Me, Kate digital
(Ghostlight Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
2019 Broadway revival cast recording of Cole Porter score. Featuring Kelli O'Hara, Will Chase and Corbin Bleu, with Darius Barnes, Preston Truman Boyd, Will Burton, Derrick Cobey, Jesmille Darbouze, Rick Faugno , Haley Fish, Tanya Haglund, Erica Mansfield, Marissa McGowan, Sarah Meahl, Justin Prescott, Christine Cornish Smith, Sherisse Springer, Sam Strasfeld, and Travis Waldschmidt. Orchestrations by Larry Hochman. Music direction by Paul Gemignani. Album produced by Kurt Deutsch and Lawrence Manchester. "Another Op'nin', Another Show," "Why Can't You Behave," "Wunderbar," "So in Love," "We Open in Venice," "Tom, Dick, or Harry," "I've Come to Wive It Wealthily in Padua," "I Hate Men," "Were Thine That Special Face," "Kiss Me, Kate (Act 1 Finale)," "Too Darn Hot," "Where Is the Life That Late I Led," "Always True to You in My Fashion," "Bianca," "So in Love (Reprise)," "Brush Up Your Shakespeare," "I Am Ashamed That People Are So Simple," "Kiss Me, Kate (Reprise)." Recording date: Monday, April 22. At GhostlightRecords.com. Album produced by Kurt Deutsch and Lawrence Manchester. CD release expected later this year.

Lost Broadway 1961Lost Broadway 1961: Broadway's Forgotten & Obscure Musicals
(Stage Door Records - new import on 2 CDs)
First in new series of albums that will focus on celebrating Broadway's forgotten and obscure musicals. Deluxe 2-CD set. 'Lost Broadway 1961' features over 55 tracks including over 20 tracks appearing on CD for the first time. Includes a complete disc of original Broadway cast recordings and a companion disc of "Covers and Rarities," showcasing pop covers and other rare recordings from the Broadway musicals of 1961. Featured musicals are 13 Daughters, The Conquering Hero, The Happiest Girl in the World, Milk and Honey, Subways Are for Sleeping, Sail Away, Let It Ride!, Donnybrook!, Carnival, The Gay Life, Kean, and Kwamina. Star performers include Elaine Stritch, Alfred Drake, Barbara Cook, Carol Lawrence, Cyril Ritchard, Sally Ann Howes, Johnny Mathis, Margaret Whiting, Dinah Shore, Gordon MacRae, Judy Garland, Robert Goulet, Doris Day, Eddie Fisher and many others. 57 tracks. Track list on Amazon.com.

PhilemonPhilemon
(Harbinger Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Jones and Schmidt's legendary 1975 musical, in its first CD release. Off-Broadway cast includes Michael Glenn-Smith, Virginia Gregory, Drew Katzman, Dick Latessa, Leila Martin, Howard Ross, and Kathrin King Segal. "Within This Empty Space," "The Streets of Antioch Stink," "Don't Kiki Me," "I'd Do Almost Anything to Get Out of Here and Go Home," "He's Coming / Antioch Prison," "Name: Cockian," "I Love Order," "My Secret Dream," "I Love His Face," "Sometimes," "The Nightmare," "The Greatest of These," "The Confrontation: How Free I Feel/Oh, How Easy to Be Scornful/Come with Me," "The Vision: The Greatest of These (Reprise)/Within This Empty Space (Reprise)," Supplementary Material: "15 I Believe in Music" (demo performed by Harvey Schmidt), "The Clown Scene" (performed by Dick Latessa and Kathrin King Segal), "Sometimes/ There Must Be More Than This" (Howard Ross, Michael Glenn-Smith, Dick Latessa and all). Musical direction by Ken Collins. Ken collins, keyboard and guitar; Bill Grossman, percussion and French horn; Penna Rose, keyboard and recorder. Complete restoration and remastering by Alan Silverman. Booklet to include extensive liner notes by Tom Jones; reminiscences by cast members Michael Glenn-Smith, Virginia Gregory and Kathrin King Segal; notes by Penna Rose on the creation of Schmidt's orchestration; the composer's original logo design; and rare photos.

Sense of Occasion: Hal PrinceSense of Occasion: Harold Prince
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of memoir by Harold Prince. Includes the content of Prince's 1974 book "Contradictions: Notes on Twenty-Six Years in the Theatre," plus his present-day reflections on that text and much more original content, offering insights into the way business is conducted on Broadway, drawing sharp contrasts between past and present. 304 pages. [See our review of the hardcover version.]

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

O'NeillThe Theatre of Eugene O'Neill: American Modernism on the World Stage (Critical Companions)
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition released earlier)
2017 book, now in paperback. Kurt Eisen, editor. Comprehensive overview of O'Neill's career and plays in the context of the American theatre. Organized thematically. Includes a study of all his major plays-The Emperor Jones, The Hairy Ape, The Iceman Cometh, Long Day's Journey Into Night, A Moon for the Misbegotten and Desire Under the Elms-plus numerous other full length and one act dramas. Additionally features four contributed essays providing further critical perspectives on O'Neill's work, alongside a chronology of the writer's life and times. 256 page.

TootsieTootsie OBC digital
(Decca Broadway/Verve - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Score by David Yazbek. Santino Fontana, Lilli Cooper, Sarah Stiles, John Behlmann, Andy Grotelueschen, Julie Halston, Michael McGrath, and Reg Rogers. "Overture," "Opening Number," "Whaddaya Do," "What's Gonna Happen," "I Won't Let You Down," "I'm Alive," "There Was John," "I Like What She's Doing," "Who Are You," "What's Gonna Happen (Reprise)," "Unstoppable," "Entr'cte," "Jeff Sums It Up," "Gone, Gone, Gone," "Who Are You?," "This Thing," "Whaddaya Do (Reprise)," "The Most Important Night," "Talk To Me Dorothy," "Arrivederci!," "Michael's Reprise." Andrea Grody and Dean Sharenow, musical supervisors. Produced by Dean Sharenow and David Yazbek. CD to be released in August.


Week of May 28, 2019

Ben Bagley's BalletBen Bagley's Ballet On Broadway ... and More
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Music by Jule Styne, Harold Arlen, Harry Warren, Cole Porter, Sigmund Romberg, Gene de Paul, Hoagy Carmichael, Vernon Duke. Lyrics by Ted Fetter, Lawrence and Lee, Harold Rome. Conducted by Lehman Engel. Also includes obscure material, mostly by the great Vernon Duke. Limited released of 500 copies. To ship by third week in May. At Kritzerland.com.

Darius de Haas: Day DreamDarius de Haas: Day Dream: Variations on Strayhorn
(PS Classics - digital album)
Digital version of 2002 recording. "My Love Is as a Fever," "Take the 'A' Train," "Your Love Has Faded," "Passion Flower/A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing," "Lush Life," "Pretty Girl," "Take All My Loves," "Satin Doll," "Something to Live For," "Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin'," "House on a Hill," "Got No Time," "Love Came," "Blood Count," "Day Dream." Orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin. Previously released on CD. Released 5/17/19.

Heathers West End castHeathers West End cast
(Ghostlight Records - on CD)
Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy score. Carrie Hope Fletcher, Jodie Steele, Sophie Isaacs, T'Shan Williams, Jamie Muscato, Dominic Andersen, Christopher Chung, Rebecca Lock, Nathan Amzi, Jon Boydon, Jenny O'Leary. "Beautiful," "Candy Store," "Fight for Me," "Freeze Your Brain," "Big Fun," "Dead Girl Walking," "The Me Inside of Me," "You're Welcome," "Never Shut Up Again," "Our Love Is God," "My Dead Gay Son," "Seventeen," "Shine a Light," "Lifeboat," "Shine a Light (Reprise)," "I Say No," "Kindergarten Boyfriend," "Yo Girl," "Meant to Be Yours," "Dead Girl Walking (Reprise)," "I Am Damaged," "Seventeen (Reprise)." Customers who pre-order will immediately receive the first track, "I Say No." Released 2/26/19 on mp3 and at iTunes.

Notes on Gentleman's GuideNotes on the Writing of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
By Robert L. Freedman. Takes you through the process of writing a new musical, including story structure, song placement, dialogue, character development, and more that led to the creation of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.

The Prince of Grand StreetPrince of Grand Street
(Original Cast Records - new album)
2003 Jewish Repertory concert cast recording of Bob Merrill score. Cast includes Mike Burstyn, Brooke Sunny Moriber, Ellen Horst, Kate Coffman-Lloyd, Mark Manley, Michael Raine, Kenneth Kantor, David Brummel and Richard E. Waits. "The Prince of Grand Street," "A Grand Street Tivoli Presentation of Romeo and Juliet," "Where Does Love Go," "Fifty Cents," "I’m A Girl With Too Much Heart," "I’m A Star," "Do I Make You Happy?," "Sew A Button," "Look At Me," "A Grand Street Tivoli Presentation: Sailor of Sabastapol," "A Grand Street Tivoli Presentation: Young Avrom Lincoln," "My Place in the World," "The Youngest Person I Know," "A Grand Street Tivoli Presentation: Huck Finn," "What Do I Do Now?," "Finale/The Youngest Person I Know." Musical direction and arrangements by Christopher Denny. Produced by Barry Kleinbort and Bruce Yeko. At Footlight.com.

RenascenceRenascence
(Broadway Records/Yellow Sound Label - new on CD)
Original 2018 Transport Group Off-Broadway cast recording of score with music by Carmel Dean and lyrics from Edna St. Vincent Millay's poems. Mikaela Bennett, Hannah Corneau, Jason Gotay, Danny Harris Kornfeld, Katie Thompson, and Donald Webber Jr. "Travel," "The Beanstalk," "Lament," "Alms," "Afternoon on a Hill," "What Lips My Lips Have Kissed," "I Shall Forget You Presently, My Dear," "The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver," "Blight," "Recuerdo," "Elegy," "First Fig / the Penitent," "When the Year Grows Old," "Exiled," "Time Does Not Bring Relief," "The Procession" (Instrumental with Dialogue), "Renascence." Produced by Michael Croiter. Also at BroadwayRecords.com. Released digitally 5/24/19.


Week of May 21, 2019

AladdinAladdin soundtrack
(Walt Disney Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Songs from 2019 Aladdin film. Original songs by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, plus new songs by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Menken. Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, ZAYN & Zhavia Ward. "Arabian Nights (2019)," "One Jump Ahead," "One Jump Ahead (Reprise)," "Speechless (Part 1)," "Friend Like Me," "Prince Ali," "A Whole New World," "One Jump Ahead (Reprise 2)," "Speechless (Part 2)," "A Whole New World (End Title)," "Friend Like Me (End Title) [feat. DJ Khaled]," "Speechless (Full)," "The Big Ship," "Agrabah Marketplace," "Aladdin's Hideout," "Jasmine Meets Prince Anders," "Breaking In," "Returning the Bracelet," "The Dunes," "Simple Oil Lamp," "The Cave of Wonders," "The Basics," "Escape from the Cave," "Prince Ali's Outfit," "Until Tomorrow," "Aladdin's Second Wish," "Never Called a Master Friend," "Harvest Dance," "Jafar Becomes Sultan," "Hakim's Loyalty Tested," "Most Powerful Sorcerer," "Carpet Chase," "Jafar Summons the Storm," "Jafar's Final Wish," "Genie Set Free," "The Wedding," "Friend Like Me (Finale)."

American UtopiaAmerican Utopia
(Nonesuch - on CD/vinyl/mp3/at iTunes)
2018 album from David Byrne (Here Lies Love, Joan of Arc: Into the Fire), which is the basis for the upcoming Broadway "theatrical concert" by the same name. Released 3/9/18.

Anthem: HomunculusAnthem: Homunculus
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Soundtrack for podcast featuring 30 original songs by Bryan Weller and John Cameron Mitchell. Performances by John Cameron Mitchell, Patti LuPone, Christopher Hanke, Cynthia Erivo, Glenn Close, Marion Cotillard, Denis O'Hare, and others. Also at GhostlightRecords.com. 10-episode series available on Luminary.

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

CompanyCompany 2018 London cast
(Warner Music Group - new import CD at Amazon)
Recording of Stephen Sondheim score. Cast includes Rosalie Craig, Patti LuPone, Jonathan Bailey, Alex Gaumond, Daisy Maywood, Mel Giedroyc, George Blagden, Ashley Campbell, Richard Fleeshman, Richard Henders, Ben Lewis, Jennifer Saayeng, Matthew Seadon-Young, Gavin Spokes, Michael Colbourne, Francesca Ellis, Ewan Gillies, Grant Neal and Jaimie Pruden. "Overture," "Company," "The Little Things You Do Together," "Sorry-Grateful," "You Could Drive a Person Crazy," "Have I Got a Guy for You," "Someone Is Waiting," "Another Hundred People," "Getting Married Today," "Marry Me a Little," "Entr'Acte," "Side by Side by Side," "Poor Baby," "Tick Tock," "Barcelona," "Music Interlude," "The Ladies Who Lunch," "Being Alive," "Curtain Call," "Exit Music." Recorded 11/25-26/2018. "Making of" documentary of the recording session also expected. Digital version was released previously on mp3 and at iTunes. Also at Amazon UK.

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

Drag: Comging Through the Big Wigs of Show BusinessDrag: Combing Through the Big Wigs of Show Business
(Rizzoli - Hardcover Book)
By Frank Decaro. Foreword by Bruce Vilanch. Through informative and witty essays chronicling over 100 years of drag ... a journey through pop culture, from television shows ... to films ... and Broadway shows like Hedwig and the Angry Inch, La Cage aux Folles, and Kinky Boots. Features contributions from today's most groundbreaking and popular artists, including Bianca del Rio, Miss Coco Peru, Hedda Lettuce, Lypsinka, and Varla Jean Merman, as well as notable performers as Harvey Fierstein and Charles Busch. More than 100 photos and a comprehensive timeline of drag "herstory." 256 pages.

Hello GirlsThe Hello Girls
(Broadway Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording of score by Peter Mills for musical produced at Prospect Prospect Theater Company in 2018. Ellie Fishman, Arlo Hill, Chanel Karimkhani, Andrew Mayer, Matthew McGloin, Ben Moss, Lili Thomas, Skyler Volpe, Cathryn Wake, and Scott Wakefield, Elena Bonomo. "Answer the Call," "Connected (Part 1)," "Connected (Part 2)," "We Aren't in the Army," "Marching Orders," "J M'en Fiche," "Riser's Reprimand," "See You on the Other Side," "The Hello Girls," "Quinze Minutes," "Cantigny," "Lives on the Line," "The Front," "Switchboard Lessons," "Cryptic Triptych," "Twenty," "So Far, So Good," "The Lost Battalion," "The Duration," "Suzanne's Letter," "Making History." Orchestrations are by Peter Mills and Ben Moss, with additional drum arrangements by Elena Bonomo. Recorded February 2019. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

High Button ShoesHigh Button Shoes OBC digital
(Masterworks Broadway - new on mp3/at iTunes)
1947 original Broadway cast recording of songs by Jule Styne’s music and Sammy Cahn. Digital version of the original RCA 78rpm album which featured eight of the score's 12 songs. "Can't You Just See Yourself in Love with Me?" (Mark Dawson and Lois Lee), "There's Nothing Like a Model "T" (Phil Silvers, Nanette Fabray, Lois Lee and Jack McCauley), "You're My Girl" (Mark Dawson and Lois Lee), "Get Away for a Day in the Country" (Jack McCauley and Johnny Stewart), "Papa, Won't You Dance with Me?" (Nanette Fabray and Jack McCauley), "On a Sunday by the Sea" (Phil Silvers), "I Still Get Jealous" (Nanette Fabray and Jack McCauley), "Nobody Ever Died for Dear Old Rutgers" (Phil Silvers and Mark Dawson). Released 4/19/19.

RenascenceRenascence digital
(Broadway Records/Yellow Sound Label - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Original 2018 Transport Group Off-Broadway cast recording of score with music by Carmel Dean and lyrics from Edna St. Vincent Millay's poems. Mikaela Bennett, Hannah Corneau, Jason Gotay, Danny Harris Kornfeld, Katie Thompson, and Donald Webber Jr. "Travel," "The Beanstalk," "Lament," "Alms," "Afternoon on a Hill," "What Lips My Lips Have Kissed," "I Shall Forget You Presently, My Dear," "The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver," "Blight," "Recuerdo," "Elegy," "First Fig / the Penitent," "When the Year Grows Old," "Exiled," "Time Does Not Bring Relief," "The Procession" (Instrumental with Dialogue), "Renascence." Produced by Michael Croiter. Also at BroadwayRecords.com. CD expected 5/31/19.

Tommy at 50Tommy at 50: The Mood, the Music, the Look, and the Legacy of The Who's Legendary Rock Opera
(Apollo Publishers - new hardcover book)
By Chris Charlesworth and Mike McInnerney. Foreword by Pete Townshend. Illustrated guide to the original album, released on May 23, 1969, which was the basis for the 1975 film and 1992 Broadway musical. More than 200 color photographs. Draws on new interviews from key players in the story, including Pete Townshend, and features art created exclusively for the book by McInnerney. 176 pages.


Week of May 14, 2019

Angels in AmericaAngels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes
(Random House - Audiobook)
Original audiobook performance of Tony Kushner's play, starring the cast of the National Theatre's 2018 Broadway revival, directed by Marianne Elliott. Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Susan Brown, Denise Gough, Beth Malone, James McArdle, Lee Pace, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. Narration by Bobby Cannavale (Millennium Approaches) and Edie Falco (Perestroika).

Every Act of LifeEvery Act of Life
(Passion River - new on DVD)
Feature length documentary covering six groundbreaking decades in the theatre and in the fight for LGBTQ rights with four-time Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally. Appearances include Terrence McNally, F. Murray Abraham, Christine Baranski, Edie Falco, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Audra McDonald, Rita Moreno, Billy Porter, Chita Rivera, Patrick Wilson. Directed, produced and written by Jeff Kaufman, and produced by Marcia S. Ross. 93 minutes. Released earlier for streaming at Amazon and at iTunes.

Incidental Music from Three PlaysLaurette, Rashomon, Death of a Salesman – Incidental Music For Three Plays
(Kritzerland - on CD)
Encore release. Incidental music from three plays: 1959 Laurette, music by Elmer Bernstein; Rashomon, music by Laurence Rosenthal; 1949 Death of a Salesman, music by Alex North. Limited release of 500 copies. At Kritzerland.com.

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

Something WonderfulSomething Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution
(Henry Holt. & Co. - Paperback Book)
"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." 416 pages. Released earlier in Hardcover, Kindle, Audio CD, and Audible Audiobook editions.

Streets of New YorkThe Streets of New York
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Original cast album for 1963 Off-Broadway musical; score by Richard B. Chodosh and Barry Alan Grael. Cast includes Ralston Hill and David Cryer. "Prologue," "Tourist Madrigal," "He'll Come to Me Crawling," "If I May," "Aren't You Warm?," "Where Can the Rich and Poor Be Friends?," "California," "Act One Finale," "Christmas Carol," "Laugh After Laugh," "Arms for the Love of Me," "Close Your Eyes," "Love Wins Again," "Act Two Finale." Musical direction and arrangements by Jack Holmes. Limited release of 500. At Kritzerland.com.


Week of May 7, 2019

The Cher ShowThe Cher Show OBC
(Warner Bros. Records - new on CD)
Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks, Micaela Diamond, Jarrod Spector, Michael Berresse, Michael Campayno, Matthew Hydzik, Emily Skinner. "If I Could Turn Back Time," "Half-Breed," "The Shoop Shoop Song," "I Got You Babe," "When the Money's Gone - All Or Nothing," "Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do," "Living in a House Divided," "Bang Bang," "Believe," "Song For the Lonely," "All I Ever Need is You," "Heart of Stone," "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves," "Midnight Rider - Ramblin' Man," "Just Like Jesse James," "Dark Lady," "Strong Enough," "The Way Of Love," "The Beat Goes On," "I Found Someone," "You Haven't Seen The Last of Me," "Finale." Released digitally April 12 on mp3/at iTunes.

The Prom SongbookThe Prom vocal selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
15 songs from the new Broadway musical score by Matthew Sklar (music) and Chad Beguelin (lyrics). "The Acceptance Song," "Alyssa Greene," "Barry Is Going to Prom," "Changing Lives," "Dance with You," "It's Not About Me," "It's Time to Dance," "Just Breathe," "The Lady's Improving," "Love Thy Neighbor," "Tonight Belongs to You," "Unruly Heart," "We Look to You," "You Happened," "Zazz."


Week of April 30, 2019

Alfred DrakeAlfred Drake: Lucky To Be Me - A Life in Music
(Stage Door Records - new on 2 CDs)
Deluxe 2-CD set, which includes an entire disc of "Demos, Live Performances and Rarities" culled from Drake's own private archive of recordings. Compiled with the assistance of Broadway historian and Alfred Drake archivist George Dansker Includes songs from Oklahoma!, Kiss Me, Kate, Kismet and Carousel; 1940 Metropolitan Opera audition and demos recorded for the Broadway musicals The Liar and Courtin' Time. Amazon link includes track list. 51 tracks. Also at StageDoorRecords.com.

AladdinThe Art and Making of Aladdin
(Insight Editions - new hardcover book)
By Emily Zemler. Behind-the-scenes look into the 2019 live-action adaptation of the Disney classic musical film Aladdin: never-before-seen concept art, unit photography, and other gorgeous visual details. Exclusive interviews with director Guy Ritchie, star Will Smith, and other key cast and crew members.

Be More ChillBe More Chill OBC digital
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Score by Joe Iconis. Will Roland, George Salazar, Stephanie Hsu, Gerard Canonico, Katlyn Carlson, Tiffany Mann, Lauren Marcus, Britton Smith, Jason SweetTooth Williams, and Jason Tam. "Jeremy's Theme (Instrumental)," "More Than Survive," "I Love Play Rehearsal," "More Than Survive (Reprise)," "The Squip Song," "Two-Player Game," "The Squip Enters," "Be More Chill, Pt. 1," "Do You Wanna Ride?," "Be More Chill, Pt. 2," "Sync Up," "A Guy That I'd Kinda Be Into," "The Squip Talks (Instrumental)," "Upgrade," "Loser Geek Whatever," "Halloween," "Do You Wanna Hang?," "Michael in the Bathroom," "A Guy That I'd Kinda Be Into (Reprise)," "The Smartphone Hour (Rich Set a Fire)," "The Pants Song," "The Pitiful Children," "The Play," "Voices in My Head." Produced by Kurt Deutsch, Joe Iconis, and Charlie Rosen, and co-produced by Ian Kagey and Emily Marshall

New Moon 1931New Moon (1931)
(Warner Archive - new on DVD-R)
Film adaptation of the operetta written by Sigmund Romberg, Oscar Hammerstein II, Frank Mandel, and Laurence Schwab. Adapted by Sylvia Thalberg, Frank Butler, Cyril Hume. Lawrence Tibbett, Grace Moore, Adolphe Menjou, Roland Young, Gus Shy, Emily Fitzroy. Also at WBShop.com.

Norma Jean Baker of TroyNorma Jeane Baker of Troy
(Oberon Modern Plays - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Anne Carson. Premiering at The Shed in New York City, starring Ben Whishaw and Renée Fleming this spring. 64 pages.

The Prom vinylThe Prom: A New Musical OBC vinyl
(Masterworks Broadway - new 2-LP vinyl set)
Score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. Limited edition, 2-LP gatefold, 180-gram marble vinyl. Cast includes Courtenay Collins, Beth Leavel, Michael Potts, Caitlin Kinnunen, Isabelle McCalla, Brooks Ashmanskas, Josh Lamon, Christopher Sieber, Angie Schworer, Nathan Johnson. Disc 1: "Changing Lives," "Changing Lives (Reprise)," "Just Breathe," "It's Not About Me," "Dance with You." Disc 2: "The Acceptance Song," "You Happened," "We Look to You," "Tonight Belongs to You." Disc 3: "Zazz," "The Lady's Improving," "Love Thy Neighbor," "Alyssa Greene." Disc 4: "Barry Is Going to Prom," "Unruly Heart," "It's Time to Dance." Includes lyric insert & download card.

Sing OutSing Out Sweet Land / Down In The Valley OBC
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
Sing Out Sweet Land 1944 OBC recording, with Alfred Drake, Burl Ives, Juanita Hall, Bibi Osterwald, and Alma Kaye, first time on CD. The Decca recording was issued over a series of 78rpm records and later as a 10" LP album. Songs from traditional American folk music alongside original material by John Mundy, Edward Eager and Elie Siegmeister. Plus 1950 Decca Records studio recording of the Kurt Weill and Arnold Sundgaard one-act folk opera Down in the Valley, featuring Alfred Drake and Jane Wilson, with established American folk songs alongside original chorale music composed by Kurt Weill who supervised the studio recording. Part of Stage Door's Collector's Series, limited edition CD products presented in the retro style of a miniature long-playing record. All Collector's Series titles are limited to 500 units.

Lea SalongaThe Story of My Life: Lea Salonga Live from Manila
(BYU Records - new on 2 CDs/on mp3/at iTunes)
2016 concert performance with Lea Salonga and the Brigham Young University Chamber Orchestra. Songs plus spoken tracks. Includes "Overture: Sun and Moon / A Whole New World / I Dreamed a Dream / On My Own / Reflection," "Another Hundred People," "I Enjoy Being a Girl," "Reflection," "Let It Go," "Story of My Life," "I'd Give My Life for You," "Too Much for One Heart," "Legrand-Bergman Medley: What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? / The Windmills of Your Mind / A Piece of Sky," "Something's Coming," "Burn," "Send in the Clowns," "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," "Defying Gravity," "True Colors," "ABBA Medley: Mamma Mia / Take a Chance on Me / Dancing Queen." 12 page color booklet. Released 3/22/19.

Summer Stock Blu-raySummer Stock
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1950 MGM musical film. New HD transfer. Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Eddie Bracken, Gloria DeHaven, Marjorie Main, and Phil Silvers. Directed by Charles Walters. Choreographed by Nicholas Castle, Sr. Songs by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon; Harry Warren, Jack Brooks and Saul Chaplin; Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler ("Get Happy"). 109 minutes. Also at WBShop.com.


Week of April 23, 2019

Hadestown vinylAnaïs Mitchell: Hadestown
(Wilderland Records - new double-LP vinyl set)
2010 recording, previously available on mp3/at iTunes. Anaïs Mitchell score. Anaïs Mitchell, Ani Di Franco, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), The Haden Triplets, Greg Brown and Ben Knox Miller of the Low Anthem. Features six individual 10x10" art prints of the Hadestown characters, illustrated by Peter Nevins.

The Man in the CeilingThe Man in the Ceiling digital
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
World premiere recording of Andrew Lippa score. Kate Baldwin, Gavin Creel, Grady Miranda, John-Michael Lyles, Ashley Park, and Andrew Lippa. 36-page booklet with full lyrics, original illustrations from Jules Feiffer, a synopsis from Andrew Lippa, and a note from director Jeffrey Seller. "Doin' Fine," "Almost There," "Jimmy," "Hands," "Disappear," "Draw Me," "Maybe He Likes Me," "Where Is My Love Song," "Kidding Around," "Like Your Son," "I Do What I Do," "You Are the Friend," "To the Gods," "Mr. Floperoo," "Draw Your Own Conclusion," "Being Grown-Up" (Bonus Track). Produced by Will Van Dyke and Andrew Lippa, with Andrew Lippa and Kurt Deutsch serving as executive producers. The musical opened at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY in 2017. CD format to be released 6/14/19.

Mandy Patinkin Diary 2018Mandy Patinkin: Diary: December 2018
(Nonesuch Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Third in a series from Mandy Patinkin and Thomas Barlett. Songs by Patinkin, Paul Simon, Stephin Merritt, Randy Newman, Biff Rose, Teitur, and John Grant. "Hearts and Bones," "The Dance Lesson," "Nothing Matters When We're Dancing," "Wandering Boy," "Molly," "Playing House (Two Kids)," "Mrs. Pelican," "Busby Berkeley Dreams," "I Wish I Had Pictures," "GMF," "Quiet." Produced by Thomas Bartlett. Recorded in Bartlett's New York studio December 2018. A thirty-city Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Diaries begins in October 2019. Released 4/19/19.

Spotlight on Gwen VerdonSpotlight on Gwen Verdon
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
Verdon's solo album "The Girl I Left Home For," Accompanied by Joe Reisman and his Orchestra. Plus her performances from the cast albums of Damn Yankees, New Girl in Town and Redhead. "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Sand in My Shoes," "Hot Night in Alaska," "Mister and Missus Fitch," "Bettin' on a Man," "Why Can't I?," "I've Got the World on a String," "The Saga of Jenny," "Find Me a Primitive Man," "No Talent Joe," "The Lady Is a Tramp," "Daddy," "Whatever Lola Wants," "A Little Brains, a Little Talent," "On the Farm," "It's Good to Be Alive," "If That Was Love," "Merely Marvelous," "Erbie Fitch's Twitch," "Look Who's in Love" (with Richard Kiley), "Who's Got the Pain" (with Bob Fosse). U.S. release date March 29, 2019. Also at StageDoorRecords.com

We Are the TigersWe Are the Tigers
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Original Off-Broadway cast. Score by Preston Max Allen. Cathy Ang, Jenny Rose Baker, Cameron Bartell, Kaitlyn Frank, Louis Griffin, Zoe Jensen, Caroline Lellouche, Wonu Ogunfowora, Sydney Parra, Celeste Rose, Mimi Scardulla, Alexia Sielo, and Lauren Zakrin. "Worst Team Ever," "Don't Even," "Skype Tomorrow," "Before the Breakdown," "Forever," "Captain of the Team," "Before the Breakdown (Reprise)," "Wallflower," "Defense," "Mattie's Lament," "Phoenix," "Move on," "Shut Up and Cheer," "Time-Out," "Idk," "The Breakdown," "Finale." Music supervision and arrangements are by Patrick Sulken. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.


Week of April 16, 2019

Ain't Too ProudAin't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations
(Ume - new on CD)
Derrick Baskin, James Harkness, Jawan M. Jackson, Jeremy Pope, and Ephraim Sykes with Saint Aubyn, Shawn Bowers, E. Clayton Cornelious, Taylor Symone Jackson, Jahi Kearse, Jarvis B. Manning Jr., Joshua Morgan, Rashidra Scott, Nasia Thomas, Christian Thompson, Candice Marie Woods, Esther Antoine, Marcus Paul James, Jelani Remy, and Curtis Wiley. "The Way You Do the Things You Do," "Run Away Child, Running Wild," "Gloria," "In the Still of the Night / Speedo," "Shout," "I Want A Love I Can See," "My Girl," "Get Ready," "Supremes Medley: You Can't Hurry Love / Come See About Me / Baby Love," "Since I Lost My Baby," "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," "Don't Look Back / You're My Everything," "If I Could Build My Whole World Around You," "If You Don't Know Me By Now," "(I Know) I'm Losing You," "I Wish It Would Rain," "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)," "I Can't Get Next To You," "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," "War," "Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today)," "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)," "Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)," "For Once In My Life," "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" (Pt. 1), "Cloud Nine," "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" (Pt. 2), "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," "I Can't Get Next To You" (Finale). Arrangements by Kenny Seymour. Released March 19 on mp3 and at iTunes. A single-LP vinyl version will be released June 7, 2019.

Jerome Kern RevisitedBen Bagley's Jerome Kern Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Remastered. Music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Guy Bolton, Anne Caldwell, Dorothy Fields, Ira Gershwin, E.Y. Harburg, Oscar Hammerstein, Elsie Janis, Johnny Mercer, Booth Tarkington, P.G. Wodehouse. A few of Kern's hit songs, and many lesser-known Kern. Barbara Cook, Bobby Short, Nancy Andrews, Harold Lang, Rod McKuen, Kaye Ballard, Cy Young, and George Reinholt. Musical director and arranger Norman Paris. Cover art by Harvey Schmidt. Expected by/before third week in April. Limited release of 500 copies only. Available at Kritzerland.com.

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

Fosse/VerdonFosse/Verdon Season 1
(available by episode or by season on Amazon/at iTunes)
F/X series starring Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams

Harold TeenHarold Teen
(Warner Archive - new on DVD-R)
1934 film based on comic strip character. Songs by Irving Kahal and Sammy Fain. Features tap dancer Hal Le Roy. Also at WBShop.com.

Fosse/Verdon Ep 1The Music of Fosse/Verdon: Episode 1
(Atlantic Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
First in series of soundtrack recordings released for F/X weekly series Fosse/Verdon. "Big Spender" (Bianca Marroquín, Rema Webb, The Fandango Girls), "Cabaret" (Kelli Barrett), "Fosse/Verdon Theme" by Alex Lacamoire.

Fosse/Verdon Ep 2The Music of Fosse/Verdon: Episode 2
(Atlantic Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Second in series of soundtrack recordings released for F/X weekly series Fosse/Verdon. "Heart" (PJ Benjamin, Nick Blaemire, Brian Call, Aaron Kaburik).

Victoria ReginaVictoria Regina
(Network - new on Region 2 DVD)
1964 four-episode mini-series (show in 1966 on NET Playhouse) based on the collection of dramas by playwright Laurence Housman, featuring Patricia Routledge as Queen Victoria. Helen Hayes starred in the play on Broadway in 1936. 200 minutes.


Week of April 9, 2019

American Political PlaysAmerican Political Plays in the Age of Terrorism
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Introduction by Allan Havis. Includes Break of Noon by Neil LaBute, 7/11 by Kia Corthron, Omnium Gatherum by Theresa Rebeck and Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros, Columbinus by PJ Paparelli and Stephen Karam, Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them by Christopher Durang. 352 pages.

Hadestown CDAnaïs Mitchell: Hadestown
(Wilderland Records - on CD)
Re-release of 2010 recording. Anaïs Mitchell score. Anaïs Mitchell, Ani Di Franco, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), The Haden Triplets, Greg Brown and Ben Knox Miller of the Low Anthem. "Wedding Song," "Epic (Part I)," "Way Down Hadestown," "Songbird Intro," "Hey, Little Songbird," "Gone, I'm Gone," "When the Chips Are Down," "Wait for Me," "Why We Build the Wall," "Our Lady Of the Underground," "Flowers (Eurydice's Song)," "Nothing Changes," "If It's True," "Papers (Hades Finds Out)," "How Long?," "Epic (Part II)," "Lover's Desire," "His Kiss, the Riot," "Doubt Comes In," "I Raise My Cup to Him." Features six individual 10x10" art prints of the Hadestown characters, illustrated by Peter Nevins. Double LP set to be released April 26.

Bathtubs Over BroadwayBathtubs Over Broadway
(Focus Features - streaming at Amazon/at iTunes)
Steve Young's award-winning documentary about industrial musicals. "While tracking down rare albums, unseen footage, composers and performers, Steve forms unlikely friendships and discovers that this discarded musical genre starring tractors and bathtubs was bigger than Broadway." With David Letterman, Chita Rivera, Martin Short, Jello Biafra, Don Bolles, Florence Henderson, Susan Stroman, and more. Directed by Dava Whisenant.

The Cher ShowThe Cher Show OBC digital
(Warner Bros. Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks, Micaela Diamond, Jarrod Spector, Michael Berresse, Michael Campayno, Matthew Hydzik, Emily Skinner. "If I Could Turn Back Time," "Half-Breed," "The Shoop Shoop Song," "I Got You Babe," "When the Money's Gone - All Or Nothing," "Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do," "Living in a House Divided," "Bang Bang," "Believe," "Song For the Lonely," "All I Ever Need is You," "Heart of Stone," "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves," "Midnight Rider - Ramblin' Man," "Just Like Jesse James," "Dark Lady," "Strong Enough," "The Way Of Love," "The Beat Goes On," "I Found Someone," "You Haven't Seen The Last of Me," "Finale." CD to be released May 10.

PanicPanic - A Live Radio Musical
(new on CD/mp3)
Four tracks from score by Stephen Dolginoff (Thrill Me). "Hollywood Doesn't Call," "The Power of the Air," "Panic," "A Favor." New musical-comedy blends fact and fiction to tell the behind-the-scenes story of Orson Welles' notorious 1938 radio broadcast of "The War of the Worlds." Released 3/21/19.

StruckStruck
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
World premiere recording. Score by Rich Morel. Alan Cumming, Jesse Clasen, Betsy Wright, Martina Topley-Bird and Jason Barnes. "Overture (Low Lying Dreams)," "In and Out Love," "Eviction," "Unrequited," "Wrong Side of the Day," "Sound of Thunder," "I Write Fiction," "No Flowers," "The Last Curtain Call," "Let the Light Shine in," "Built a Box," "I Am the Sound." Also at BroadwayRecords.com.


Week of April 2, 2019

Shakespeare ProjectDeborah Shulman: The Shakespeare Project
(Summit Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Shakespeare set to jazz vocals. Singer Deborah Shulman with pianist and arranger Jeff Colella. "All the World's a Stage / If Music Be the Food of Love," "Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind," "Dunsinane Blues," "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day," "Who is Sylvia," "You Spotted Snakes," "When to the Sessions of Sweet Silent Thought," "Sigh No More Ladies," "Oh Mistress Mine," "My Love is as a Fever," "Take All My Loves," "Our Revels Now Are Ended." Larry Koonse, guitar; Abraham Laboriel, Chris Colangelo, bass; Bob Sheppard, flute, clarinet, soprano saxophone and bass clarinet; Kendall Kay, Joe La Barbera, drums. Includes music by John Dankworth, Arthur Young, and Duke Ellington, and Billy Strayhorn, plus two original compositions by Colella. Released 2/22/19.

Fred AstaireFred Astaire: Easy To Dance With / Now
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
Twofer of Astaire's "You're Easy to Dance With" and "Now." 27 tracks recorded between 1952 and 1962. Songs with music written by Astaire (like "I'm Building Up to An Awful Letdown" with lyrics from Johnny Mercer), songs he was famously associated with throughout his career (including "A Foggy Day," "Change Partners," and a medley of "Oh, Lady Be Good/Puttin' On the Ritz/Top Hat, White Tie and Tails"). Bonus tracks include "Calypso Hooray."

Jonathan Larson ProjectThe Jonathan Larson Project digital
(Ghostlight Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Based on show presented at Feinstein's/54 Below, which was directed and conceived by Jennifer Ashley Tepper, an evening of Jonathan Larson's unheard work, featuring songs from never-produced shows like 1984 and Superbia; songs that were cut from Rent and tick tick BOOM; songs written for theatrical revues and songs written for the radio; songs about politics and love and New York City; songs never before publicly performed or recorded. Nick Blaemire, Lauren Marcus, Andy Mientus, Krysta Rodriguez, and George Salazar. "Greene Street," "One of These Days," "Break Out the Booze," "Out of My Dreams," "Valentine's Day," "White Male World," "Riff/Poetry," "La Di Da Rap," "Iron Mike," "Find the Key," "Hosing the Furniture," "Pura Vida," "The Truth Is a Lie," "Rhapsody," "SOS," "Love Heals," "Piano." Five-piece band including musical director Natalie Tenenbaum, Charlie Rosen, Cody Owen Stine, Megan Talay, and Marques Walls. Music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Charlie Rosen. Danielle Gimbal, copyist. Produced by Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Charlie Rosen, and Kurt Deutsch. CD version to be released June 14.

HairHair: The Musical 50th Anniversary London Cast Recording
(Silva Screen - new import CD)
2017 London cast recording. Score by James Rado, Gerome Ragni, and Galt MacDermot. "Aquarius," "Donna / Hashish," "Sodomy," "Colored Spade," "Manchester, England," "I'm Black," "Ain't Got No," "I Believe In Love," "Ain't Got No Grass / Air," "I Got Life," "Going Down," "Hair," "My Conviction," "Easy To Be Hard," "Don't Put It Down!," "Frank Mills," "Be-In 'Hare Krishna'," "Where Do I Go," "Black Boys," "White Boys," "Walking In Space," "Give Up All Desires / Role Call," "Three-Five-Zero-Zero," "What A Piece Of Work Is Man / How Dare They Try," "Good Morning Starshine," "Aquarius Goodnights / Reprise: Ain't Got No," "The Flesh Failures / Let The Sunshine In," "Hippie Life," "Reprise: Let The Sun Shine In." Released digitally in 2018: on mp3 and at iTunes.

Max von EssenMax von Essen: Call Me Old Fashioned: The Broadway Standard
(LML Music - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Solo album by Tony-nominated Max von Essen. "Everything Old Is New Again / I'm Old Fashioned," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "Fly Me To The Moon," "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You," "On This Night," "Show Me," "She Loves Me," "Shimmy Like They Do In Paree," "Trolley Song / Gotta Have Me Go With You," "They Say It's Wonderful," "Almost Like Being In Love," "An American In Paris Medley," "Stairway to Paradise."

Producers GuideThe Stage Producer's Business and Legal Guide (second edition)
(Allworth - Paperback Book)
Updated and expanded version of Charles Grippo's 2002 book. Crowdfunding Your Production, New Opportunities to Raise Money, Self-Production, Licensing and Producing Plays, Devised Theater and Collaborations, Creating Jukebox Musicals, Organizing a Theater Company, Theatrical Insurance, Maintaining a Harassment-Free Environment, Negotiating Contracts, Essential Rules Every Board Member Must Know, Managing a Not-for-Profit Theater Company, Navigating Taxes, Using Third-Party Intellectual Property, and much more. 288 pages.

Stacy Sullivan Tornado AlleyStacy Sullivan: Tornado Alley
(LML Music - new on CD)
"Who Do You Belong to?," "Since You've Asked," "Wild is the Wind," "Shelter," "Confound Me," "Stormy Weather," "Landslide / I Get Along Without You Very Well," "This Land is Your Land / I Think It's Going to Rain Today / Blowing' in the Wind," "Ice on the Hudson," "You Must Believe in Spring," "Good Things Happen Slowly," "How Little We Know," "A Team," "Here Comes the Sun." Previously released on mp3 and at iTunes.


Week of March 26, 2019

Ben Bagley Kurt WeillBen Bagley's Kurt Weill Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Remastered. Music by Kurt Weill, lyrics by Maxwell Anderson, Fernay, Ira Gershwin, Yvette Guilbert, Langston Hughes, Alan Jay Lerner, and Ogden Nash. Paula Laurence, Ann Miller, John Reardon, Chita Rivera, Arthur Siege, and Jo Sullivan. arrangements and orchestrations by Dennis Deal. Added bonus material: Lotte Lenya’s 1930 recording of "Alabama Song," performed with The Three Admirals and conducted by Theo Mackeben and his Jazz Orchestra; 1930 recording of selections from The Threepenny Opera in German with Lenya, Kurt Gerron, Willy Trenk-Trebitsch, Erich Ponto, Erika Helmke, with the Theo Mackeben and Lewis Ruth Band. This all brings up the running time to close to seventy-five minutes. Limited to 500 copies only. Expected to ship by last week in March. At Kritzerland.com.

Ben PlattBen Platt: Sing To Me Instead
(Atlantic - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Debut solo album from Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen) with original music. "Bad Habit," "Ease My Mind," "Temporary Love," "Grow As We Go," "Honest Man," "Hurt Me Once," "New," "Better," "Share Your Address," "In Case You Don't Live Forever," "Older," "Run Away."

Tina Turner Musical OLCTina - The Tina Turner Musical OLC digital
(Stage Entertainment/Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Features Adrienne Warren, who will also play Tina Turner in the upcoming Broadway production. "Etherland," "Nutbush City Limits," "Don't Turn Around," "Shake a Tailfeather," "The Hunter," "Matchbox," "It's Gonna Work Out Fine," "A Fool in Love," "Let's Stay Together," "Better Be Good to Me," "Higher," "River Deep - Mountain High," "Be Tender with Me Baby," "Proud Mary," "I Don't Wanna Fight," "Private Dancer," "Disco Inferno," "Open Arms," "I Can't Stand the Rain," "Tonight," "What's Love Got to Do with It," "We Don't Need Another Hero," "(Simply) The Best," "Finale, Nutbush City Limits / Proud Mary." Customers who pre-order the digital album will immediately receive a free download of the single track "River Deep - Mountain High." Recorded in February 2019 at Angel Studios and produced by Nicholas Skilbeck and Kurt Deutsch, and co-produced by Tom Kelly.


Week of March 19, 2019

Ain't Too ProudAin't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations digital
(Ume - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Derrick Baskin, James Harkness, Jawan M. Jackson, Jeremy Pope, and Ephraim Sykes with Saint Aubyn, Shawn Bowers, E. Clayton Cornelious, Taylor Symone Jackson, Jahi Kearse, Jarvis B. Manning Jr., Joshua Morgan, Rashidra Scott, Nasia Thomas, Christian Thompson, Candice Marie Woods, Esther Antoine, Marcus Paul James, Jelani Remy, and Curtis Wiley. Arrangements by Kenny Seymour. "The Way You Do the Things You Do," "Run Away Child, Running Wild," "Gloria," "In the Still of the Night / Speedo," "Shout," "I Want A Love I Can See," "My Girl," "Get Ready," "Supremes Medley: You Can't Hurry Love / Come See About Me / Baby Love," "Since I Lost My Baby," "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," "Don't Look Back / You're My Everything," "If I Could Build My Whole World Around You," "If You Don't Know Me By Now," "(I Know) I'm Losing You," "I Wish It Would Rain," "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)," "I Can't Get Next To You," "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," "War," "Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today)," "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)," "Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)," "For Once In My Life," "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" (Pt. 1), "Cloud Nine," "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" (Pt. 2), "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," "I Can't Get Next To You" (Finale). Single track "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" is available for streaming and immediate download with album pre-order. CD format expected 4/19/19.

Arena StageAmerica in the Round: Capital, Race, and Nation at Washington D.C.'s Arena Stage (Studies Theatre Hist & Culture)
(Univ. of Iowa Press - Paperback Book)
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