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Schedule of New & Upcoming CD, DVD & Book Releases

Updated 5/3/21 | Please note: The next udpdated will be published/emailed on 5/11/21.

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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.

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).

(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.

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 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

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" (available now) "Because We're Kids," "There's a Small Hotel."

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.

May 7, 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

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

Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein OLC
(Notefornote Entertainment - on CD)
Live recording made over several performances in the West End at the Garrick Theatre. Score by Mel Brooks ("Puttin' on the Ritz" by Irving Berlin). Cast includes 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." Mastered by Andy Water at Abbey Road Studios. Produced and mixed By Paul Gatehouse. Executive Produced By Mel Brooks and Kevin Salter. Previously released on mp3 and at iTunes

May 10, 2021

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.

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.

May 15, 2021

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 17, 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.

May 18, 2021

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

May 21, 2021

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.

May 23, 2021

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.

May 25, 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.

(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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

May 26, 2021

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.

(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.

June 1, 2021

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.

June 8, 2021

Beulah Bondi: A Life on Stage and Screen
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
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.

June 11, 2021

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).

June 15, 2021

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.

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. This book seems to have disappeared from Amazon U.S., but is still listed at Amazon U.K.

June 18, 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber: Symphonic Suites
(Decca - new on CD)
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.

June 22, 2021

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.

June 24, 2021

Blue Song: St. Louis in the Life and Work of Tennessee Williams
(Univ of Missouri Press - Hardcover Book)
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.

June 25, 2021

Cinderella: The Musical
(Polydor Records - new on two CDs/3-disc vinyl set/mp3/at iTunes)
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.

June 26, 2021

Coming 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

June 29, 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

August 1, 2021

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

August 3, 2021

Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created Sunday in the Park With George
(Farrar, Straus, and Giroux - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
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.

September 1, 2021

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 5, 2021

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

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

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

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.

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.

October 12, 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.

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

November 16, 2021

West Side Story the novel
(Gallery Books - Hardcover Book)
By Irving Shulman. The classic novelization of one of Broadway's most enduring and beloved musicals (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 with a new cover. 160 pages. Most release will coincide with new film release (currently 2021). Previously released in paperback and audiobook format.

January 14, 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.

January 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.

Back to the Future the Musical
(Sony Masterworks Broadway - new album)
OLC recording of score by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, with additional songs from the movie. Roger Bart, Olly Dobson with Hugh Coles, Rosanna Hyland, Cedric Neal, Aidan Cutler, and Courtney-Mae Briggs. The musical is scheduled to premiere on the West End. Single track "Back in Time" by Olly Dobson already released.

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.

Diana: A True Musical Story
(Ume - new on CD)
Original Broadway cast recording of score by David Bryan. To be recorded first week of April. Cast includes Jeanna de Waal, Roe Hartrampf, Erin Davie, Judy Kaye. Ian Eisendrath, musical Supervisor and arranger, will produce. Expected release summer 2020.

Girl from the North Country
(Sony - new album)
OBC recording of score by Bob Dylan. Todd Almond, Jeannette Bayardelle, Jennifer Blood, Law Terrel Dunford, Matthew Frederick Harris, Caitlin Houlahan, Robert Joy, Marc Kudisch, Luba Mason, Ben Mayne, Matt McGrath, Tom Nelis, Colton Ryan, Jay O. Sanders, John Schiappa, Austin Scott, Kimber Elayne Sprawl, Rachel Stern, Chiara Trentalange, Bob Walton, Chelsea Lee Williams, and Mare Winningham.

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

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.

Lillias White album

(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.

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.

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.

Paul Gemignani: Life and Lessons from Broadway and Beyond
(Applause Books - new book)
Fall 2021.

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.

(new book)
Playwright Sarah Ruhl's pen memoir about life with Bell's Palsy.

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