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Schedule of New & Upcoming CD, DVD & Book Releases

Updated 10/12/21

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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.

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.

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.

October 15, 2021

(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.

October 18, 2021

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."

October 19, 2021

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.

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.

October 21, 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.

October 22, 2021

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)."

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."

October 28, 2021

The Rainbow Lullaby
(Broadway Records - new album)
The world’s first LGBTQ lullaby album, with songs by 19 LGBTQIA+ writers and performances by 33 LGBTQIA+ artists. The Rainbow Lullaby" - Madge Dietrich (lyrics and music: Ryan Bauer-Walsh), "The Ferris Wheel" - Klea Blackhurst (lyrics: Ryan Bauer-Walsh, music: Ryan Bauer-Walsh and Mark Hartman, Arranger: Mark Hartman), "Family Means" - Kyle Dean Massey, Taylor Frey, Jenn Colella, Chilina Kennedy (lyrics and music: Paul Loesel), "Don't you Cry" - Ernie Pruneda, Richie Leone (lyrics and music: Fred Sauter), "Two Mama Flamingos" - Christine Dwyer (lyrics and music: Michelle Chamuel and David Dabbon, "Go To Sleep" - Chris and Clay Rice-Thomson (lyrics and music: Fred Sauter), "A Little Boat" - Katie Thompson, Natalie Joy Johnson and The First Presbyterian Church of New York City Choir conducted by Michael Shake (lyrics and music: Ryan Bauer-Walsh), "Rain, Rain, Rain" - Shakina Nayfack, Kyler O'neal (lyrics and music: Fred Sauter), "There's a Bunny on the Moon" - Aury Krebs (lyrics and music: Jason Ma), "As Bright as a Star" - Jealni Remy (lyrics and music: Bobby Cronin), "Baby My Baby" - Ryan Bauer-Walsh, Jonathan Charles Mclaughlin (lyrics and music: Ryan Bauer-Walsh), "A Big Day" - Caitlin Kinnunen (lyrics and music: Ryan Bauer-Walsh Music, Amanda D’archangelis), "Best Friends" - Marty Thomas, Marissa Rosen (lyrics and music: Ryan Bauer-Walsh, Arranger: Mark Hartman), "Hide and Seek" - Matt Doyle (lyrics and music: Andrew Gerle), "When We Dreamed of You" - Ryan Bauer-Walsh (lyrics: Ryan Bauer-Walsh, music: Yasuhiko Fukuoka), "Stronger together" - Michael Buchanan (lyrics: Ryan Bauer-Walsh, music: Mark Hartman), "Dream Away" - Jay Armstrong Johnson (lyrics and music: Adam Overett), "You’ll Have a New Day Tomorrow" - Ryan Bauer-Walsh (lyrics and music: Ryan Bauer-Walsh), "Mommy and Mama" - Jo Lampert (lyrics and music: Debra Barsha), "The Dream" - L. Morgan Lee (lyrics and music: Arri Simon and Janine McGuire), "Tiny Cloud " - Zachary James (lyrics: Ryan Bauer-Walsh, music: Lucas Tahiruzzaman Syed), "The Beautiful Son" - Jamie Cepero, Jonathan Burke (lyrics and music: Dionne McClain Freeney), "You Are Home" - Michael Longoria (lyrics and music: Ryan Bauer-Walsh, Arranger: Mark Hartman), "Home of Three" - Lauren Patten, Jo Lampert (lyrics and music: Zoe Sarnak), "Your Own Sweet Family" - Susie Mosher (lyrics: Marc Shaiman and Susie Mosher, music: Marc Shaiman). Conceived by Ryan Bauer-Walsh. At

October 29, 2021

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.

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.

November 1, 2021

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.

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.

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.

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.

Booze Over Broadway: 50 Cocktails for Theatre Lovers
(Tiller Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Michael Goff. Recipes include Hello, Daquiri!, The Best Little Whiskey Sour in Texas, Don't Cry for Me, Appletini, I Don't Know How to Love Gin, Bloody, Bloody, Mary Jackson, Once on this (Long) Island Iced Tea, Brandy Alexander Hamilton, If I Were a Rich Man(hattan), and more. 160 pages.

Noël Coward on (and in) Theatre
(Knopf - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
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. 480 pages.

November 8, 2021

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."

November 9, 2021

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.

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.

November 11, 2021

A Bit of Me: From Basildon to Broadway, and back
(Ebury Digital/Penguin - Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
Memoir by West End/Broadway and TV performer Denise Van Outen (Chicago, Tell Me on a Sunday, Legally Blonde).

November 12, 2021

Karen Mason: Let the Music Play
(Zevely Records - new on CD/digital)
"Let the Music Play" (single track available 10/15/21), "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.

Samantha Barks: Into the Unknown
(Westway - new album)
Studio album featuring Samantha Barks (Pretty Woman: The Musical, Frozen West End cast, Les Misérables film. "Into the Unknown," "Heart of Stone," "Never Enough," "How Far I'll Go," "Reflection," "Waving Through a Window," "Only Us" (with Ramin Karimloo), "I'd Rather Be Me," "With You," "Let Me Be Your Star" (with Stephanie McKeon), "Falling Slowly," "Mary Jane."

November 15, 2021

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.

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.

November 16, 2021

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.

November 19, 2021

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.

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.

November 23, 2021

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."

November 26, 2021

Back to the Future: The Musical
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD)
Original cast recording of score with new songs by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard alongside hit songs from the movie. Cast includes Roger Bart and Olly Dobson, Hugh Coles, Rosanna Hyland, Cedric Neal, Aidan Cutler, and Courtney-Mae Briggs. .Currently at the Adelphi Theatre in London's West End

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.

Ramin Karimloo: Live at Clapham Grand
(Westway - new DVD)
Actor/singer Ramin Karimloo in concert.

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

November 30, 2021

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.

The Phantom of the Opera Collection
(Titan Comics - Hardcover Book/Kindle & comiXology Edition)
Fully authorized graphic novel adaptation by Cavan Scott, illustrated by José María Beroy, of the Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe original libretto.

December 7, 2021

B Is for Broadway: Onstage and Backstage from A to Z
(Doubleday Books for Young Readers - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By John Robert Allman. Illustrated by Peter Emmerich. From "Auditions" to "Ziegfeld" ... rhythmic alphabet book featuring favorite performers, creators, songs, and shows from the Broadway stage ... Lin-Manuel Miranda, Patti LuPone, Irving Berlin, Jennifer Holliday, and Billy Porter ... famous New York theaters, beloved shows, and the crew, stylists, and technicians who are vital to each performance. 48 pages.

December 14, 2021

Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
2019 Broadway play by Taylor Mac. 96 pages.

December 17, 2021

Ragtime: The Musical
(Masterworks Broadway - new 3-disc vinyl set)
On vinyl for the first time. Original Broadway cast recording of the score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. 180-Gram red, white and blue vinyl in individual jackets, along with a 20-page stitched booklet. The oversized booklet includes a new essay and track-by-track commentary from Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, a new interview with Brian Stokes Mitchell, recording session and production photos, and the complete recording libretto. Cast includes Brian Stokes Mitchell, Marin Mazzie, Peter Friedman, Audra McDonald, Judy Kaye, Mark Jacoby, Lea Michele. Two hours and one minute.

December 21, 2021

The Lost Conversation: Interviews with an Enduring Avant-Garde
(53rd State Press - Paperback Book)
By Sara Farrington. Collection of interviews conducted between 2019-2021 with New York theater artists who have spent their lives working in and inventing the avant-garde ... brings to light a series of "lost conversations" about class, race, difficulty, endurance, and privilege in the New York avant-garde of the past fifty years, as well as conversations about the ephemerality, the always-about-to-be-lostness of the medium itself. Featuring conversations with Joanne Akalaitis, Anne Bogart, Lee Breuer, Ping Chong, Richard Foreman, Andre Gregory, Deborah Hay, Bill T. Jones, Adrienne Kennedy, Lola Pashalinksi, Jennifer Tipton, Kate Valk, Mac Wellman, and Robert Wilson. 180 pages.

December 28, 2021

The Ground on Which I Stand: 25th Anniversary Edition
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
August Wilson's personal call for African American artists to seize the power over their own cultural identity and to establish permanent institutions that celebrate and preserve the singular achievements of African American dramatic art and reaffirm its equal importance in contemporary American culture. Delivered as the keynote address at TCG's conference ... refocused the agenda of the entire convening and spurred months of debate about cultural diversity in the American theatre, culminating in a standing-room-only public debate at New York City's Town Hall. 56 pages.

December 30, 2021

Life of Pi
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Play by Lolita Chakrabarti, adapted from the novel by Yann Martel. Published to coincide with the West End premiere in November 2021. 112 pages.

January 4, 2022

Lewiston / Clarkston
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Two interrelated plays by Samuel D. Hunter.

The Minutes
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Tracy Letts. Debuted at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago in November 2017. Finalist for 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. 96 pages.

January 25, 2022

If I Forget and Other Plays
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Plays by Steven Levenson (Dear Evan Hansen). Includes If I Forget, The Language of Trees and The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin. 280 pages.

March 1, 2022

Paul Gemignani: Life and Lessons from Broadway and Beyond
(Applause Books - new book)
By Margaret Hall. "... seeks to not only bring the reader into the orchestra pit to learn Gemignani's story, but also to educate the reader about the crucial role a music director plays in bringing some of the most iconic musicals in Broadway history to life." 320 pages.

I Was Better Last Night: A Memoir
(Penguin - Hardcover Book/Audible Audibook)
By Harvey Fierstein. "... bares the inner life of this eccentric nonconforming child from his roots in 1952 Brooklyn, to the experimental worlds of Andy Warhol and the Theatre of the Ridiculous, to the gay rights movements of the seventies and the tumultuous AIDS crisis of the eighties, through decades of addiction, despair, and ultimate triumph."

White Noise
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Suzan-Lori Parks. Produced at Public Theatre in 2019. 128 pages.

April 12, 2022

Hillary and Clinton (TCG Edition)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
2019 Broadway play by Lucas Hnath. 120 pages.

Merrily We Roll AlongMerrily We Roll Along (TCG Edition)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Stephen Sondheim and George Furth musical, published again after over 20 years out of print. 120 pages.

June 3, 2022

Sing Street OBC
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD)
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." Previously released on mp3 and at Itunes.

June 15, 2022

Theatre Royal Drury Lane
(Scala Arts Publishers Inc. - Paperback Book)
By Pamela Hawthorne. Souvenir guidebook about The Theatre Royal Drury Lane of London’s Covent Garden, the oldest theater in the world in continuous use. From actor-manager David Garrick to Andrew Lloyd Webber, who has now restored the theater to its Georgian glory. From iconic shows to the first pantomimes, from rituals and superstitions to royal fisticuffs, from performers, composers and playwrights to backstage crew, the rich and colorful history of London’s oldest theater is brought to life. New photography following comprehensive restoration programme. Glimpses behind the scenes of areas not accessible to the public. Published to coincide with reopening of Theatre Royal tours. 48 pages.

October 4, 2022

Gilbert and Sullivan: The Great Savoy Operas ultimate collection
(Sona Books - new hardcover book/DVD set)
Here is the story of each of G&S's greatest works—from inspiration to opening night and beyond—woven into a fascinating account of their lives, times, and rise to global celebrity. Book by Mike Lepine features many rare photos and illustrations from contemporary posters, programs, memorabilia, and merchandise. DVD has 11 complete operas, featuring Peter Allen, Joel Grey, Frankie Howard, Gillian Knight, Keith Michell, Vincent Price, and Clive Revill in The Gondoliers, HMS Pinafore, Iolanthe, The Mikado Patience, The Pirates of Penzance, Princess Ida, Ruddigore The Sorcerer, Trial by Jury, and The Yeoman of the Guard. London Symphony Orchestra and The Ambrosian Opera Chorus.

October 15, 2022

Anne Frank & Emmett Till: Why I Wrote the Play Anne & Emmett
(Applause - Hardcover Book)
By Janet Langhart Cohen, who wrote the play Anne & Emmett, which has been performed across the U.S. since 2007 (the play is also being published in paperback and Kindle format). An effort to reveal how some of the people the author has known and the seminal events she experienced enabled her to link together, in an imaginary conversation, the seemingly disparate lives of Anne Frank and Emmett Till, two iconic figures who were murdered by societies that couldn't protect them.

Release date unknown

August Wilson: The Kiln in Which He was Fired
(37 INK - new book)
[Tentative title.] Biography of August Wilson by Patti Hartigan.

Charlie Rosen's Broadway Big Band
(new double album)
First recording from this band, which "puts both modern and classic showtunes on display, sung by the best and brightest of Broadway's young generation of leading performers, in the timeless tradition of Big Band. A full sized Jazz orchestra composed of 17 musicians play Rosen's re-imagined arrangements of an eclectic mix of tunes from Broadway's past, present, and beyond."

Complete Lyrics of Sheldon Harnick
(new book)

Cynthia Erivo studio album
(Verve Records)
Details to come.

Harbinger Records upcoming releases: material from Eubie Blake; download only demos of Hugh Martin and Sheldon Harnick; Steve Ross' back catalog for download; Rose-Marie unissued 1981 Smithsonian recording with Ron Raines

Joe Stilgoe: Theatre
(Westway - new album)
Singer/pianist/songwriter Joe Stilgoe, with the Metropole Orchestra.

Kalevala: The Musical
(new digital album)
Concept album. Score by Johanna Telander. Ramin Karimloo, Alice Ripley, Jewelle Blackman, Marina Pires, Natalie Toro, and Kay Trinidad. August 2021 release expected.

Kerry Ellis album
(Westway - new album)
Album of original music by British actress/singer Kerry Ellis (Wicked). 2022 release expected.

Larry Kramer authorized biography
(Henry Holt & Co. - new book)
By Bill Goldstein. To include interviews with Kramer and his husband David Webster, along with friends, colleagues, and "foes" plus material from Kramer's archives at Yale University.

Love in Hate Nation
(Ghostlight Records - new album)
Original cast recording of score by Joe Iconis. Cast includes Sydney Farley, Amina Faye, Jasmine Forsberg, Lauren Marcus, Kelly McIntyre, Lena Skeele, Emerson Mae Smith, Ryan Vona, and Tatiana Wechsler. Music direction and vocal arrangements by Annastasia Victory. Music supervision and orchestrations by Charlie Rosen. Produced by Joe Iconis, Ian Kagey, and Charlie Rosen. Two River Theater and Kurt Deutsch are executive producers. Recorded August 2, 2021, for a fall release. The musical had its world premiere production at the Two River Theater in 2019.

(JAY Records - new album)
First complete recording of 1972 musical with score by Michael Valenti. Studio cast includes Jenn Gambatese, Lauren Molina, Matt Bogart, Jeff Kready.

Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn
(Yellow Sound Label - new album)
Off-Broadway cast recording. Nikita Burshteyn (Newsies), Anna Kostakis, Carlos Lopez (Man of La Mancha), Michael Marotta (Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical), Judy McLane (Mamma Mia!), Michael Notardonato, Ari Raskin, Troy Valjean Rucker (August Rush), Zach Schanne (Pippin), and Viet Vo (Viet Gone). Lyrics by Mark Saltzman and music adapted from classic Italian melodies. Recorded 2/18/20. Late March release expected.

-- Sound Advice Staff

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