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Updated 7/17/19

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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.

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.

July 19, 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

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

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.

July 22, 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.

July 23, 2019

Antilia PneumaticaAntlia Pneumatica
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Anne Washburn (Mr. Burns: A Post-electric Play). Played Playwrights Horizons in 2016. 96 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 adapated into a musical by Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz. Includes photos from the Broadway production. 320 pages.

July 26, 2019

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. Infomrative 12-page booklet.

Ryoko Yonekura: "Roxie"
(new track)
Newly recorded single from Japanese superstar, currently appearing in Chicago on Broadway.

August 2, 2019

Half TimeHalf Time
(Sony Classical - new on CD)
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.

Ramin KarimlooRamin Karimloo: From Now On
(Sony Masterworks - new on CD)
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."

August 6, 2019

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.

August 9, 2019

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

August 10, 2019

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.

August 13, 2019

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 comingle with stories from designers, composers, and others. 704 pages.

Ironbound and Other Plays
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Plays by Pulitzer Prize winner (for Cost of Living) Martyna Majok: queens, Ironbound, and Sanctuary City. 288 pages.

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

August 15, 2019

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.

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.

August 16, 2019

Anna ChristieAnna Christie(Broadway Records - new on CD)
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 orcestra. Produced by Thomas Z. Shepard. At

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'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." Produced by Dean Sharenow and David Yazbek. Released on mp3 and at iTunes earlier.

August 20, 2019

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

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.

August 22, 2019

The Road to WickedThe Road to Wicked: The Marketing and Consumption of Oz from L. Frank Baum to Broadway
(Palgrave Macmillan - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of Kent Drummond's 2018 book. Drawing on the fields of macromarketing, consumer behavior, literary and cultural studies, and theories of adaption and remediation, the authors examine key adaptations and extensions of Baum's 1900 novel. These include the original Oz craze, the MGM film and its television afterlife, Wicked and its extensions, and Oz the Great and Powerful. 348 pages. Previously released in hardcover and Kindle edition.

August 23, 2019

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.

August 27, 2019

(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.

(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Danai Gurira. Premiered at Playwrights Horizons in 2016. 80 pages.

God Said ThisGod Said This
(Yale Univ Press - Paperback Book)
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.

Hamilton the ExhibitionHamilton: Inside the Exhibition
(Melcher Media Inc. - Paperback Book)
By Emily Ludolph, with Hamilton scholars Joanne Freeman of Yale University and Annette Gordon-Reed of Harvard University. Foreword by Lin-Manuel Miranda. A richly illustrated and concise companion book to the Hamilton: The Exhibition traveling exhibit, now in Chicago, which is produced by Jeffrey Seller, with work by Korins, Alex Lacamoire, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Tells the story of Alexander Hamilton alongside period paintings, etchings, newspaper pages, and pamphlets as well as contemporary photographs from the original cast production and the exhibition galleries, which are designed to create immersive experiences. 112 pages.

How I Learned What I LearnedHow I Learned What I Learned
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by August Wilson. 96 pages.

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.

Mlima's Tale
(TCG - new paperback book)
Play by Lynn Nottage. 96 pages.

Plays for the PublicPlays for the Public
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Anthology of plays by Richard Foreman, including The Gods are Pounding My Head, Idiot Savant, Old-Fashioned Prostitutes. 280 pages.

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.

August 2019, no release date

Elaine Stritch: The End of Pretend
(new book)
By John Bell, from a series of interviews with Stritch, spanning 2009 through her final 14 months in Birmingham, Michigan.

September 1, 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.

September 3, 2019

How to Transcend a Happy Marriage
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Sarah Ruhl. Played in 2017 at Lincoln Center. 120 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 read by David Colacci. Traces the arc of Gershwin's life, blending anecdotes with a discussion of Gershwin's oeuvre. 560 pages.

September 6, 2019

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.

Yankee Doodle DandyYankee Doodle Dandy
(Broadway Records - new recording)
Studio cast recording of George M. Cohan score plus new music and lyrics by Albert Evans (new bio-musical book by David Armstrong). Produced by James A. Rocco. At

September 10, 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.

Height of the StormThe Height of the Storm
(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Florian Zeller (The Father), which was produced in the UK in 2018 and goes into the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre 9/24/19. 80 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.

The Prom novelThe Prom: A Novel Based on the Hit Broadway Musical
(Viking Books for Young Readers - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
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." 240 pages.

September 15, 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.

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.

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.

September 17, 2019

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

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

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

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).

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

Sam WanamakerSam Wanamaker: A Global Performer
(Oberon Books - Hardcover Book)
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.

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

September 18, 2019

In the Long RunIn the Long Run: A Cultural History of Broadway’s Hit Plays
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
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.

September 19, 2019

Vernon DukeTaking a Chance on Love: The Life and Music of Vernon Duke
(Univ of Oklahoma Press - Paperback Book)
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.

September 24, 2019

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.

October 1, 2019

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.

Phantom Behind the ScenesThe Phantom of the Opera: Behind the Scenes at the Palais Garnier
(Applause Books - Hardcover Book)
Foreword by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Official insight into the creation of The Phantom of the Opera and a look at the characters, stories, and places therein. Also includes elements from Love Never Dies, including photographs of sets, lyrics, costumes, and music. 192 pages.

School Girls or the African Mean Girls PlaySchool Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play
(Oberon Books - Paperback Book)
Play by Jocelyn Bioh. MCC PlayLab Series 2017. 72 pages.

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

October 15, 2019

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.

October 22, 2019

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.

November 5, 2019

Harry 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.

November 14, 2019

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.

December 24, 2019

Don Juan Home from IraqDon Juan Comes Home from Iraq
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Paula Vogel. Played the Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia in 2015.

(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play, with book and lyrics by César Alvarez; music by César Alvarez and The Lisps. A new age blend of American history, science fiction, and alternative indie folk rock. 96 pages.

January 14, 2020

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

May 1, 2020

Sondheim The Man Who Changed Musical TheaterSondheim: The Man Who Changed Musical Theater
(Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan - Hardcover Book)
By Susan Goldman Rubin. 192 pages.

January 1, 2021

Joe Turner (Fourth Wall)August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Ladrica Menson-Furr. Gives readers an overview of the work from its inception through revisions and stagings in regional theatres and Broadway, exploring its use of African American vernacular genres - blues music, folk songs, folk tales, and dance - and 19th Century Southern post-Reconstruction history. Ladrica Menson-Furr presents Joe Turner's Come and Gone as a historical drama, blues drama, American drama, great migration drama, and the finest example of Wilson's gift for re-locating the African American experience in urban southern cities as the beginning and not the end of the African American experience. 160 pages.

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.

No release date set

August Wilson: The Kiln in Which He was Fired
(37 INK - new book)
[Tentative title.] Biography of August Wilson by Patti Hartigan. Expected late 2019.

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

Brian Stokes Mitchell: Plays with Music
(new album)

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)
Expected in 2019.

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;

Jagged Little Pill
(Atlantic - new album)
Cast recording for musical with score by Alanis Morissette.

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.

Lena Hall: The Villa Satori, Growing Up Haight Ashbury
(new on CD)
Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Kinky Boots) "musical memoir." With guitarist Watt White, keyboardist John Deley, bassist Lee Nadel, and drummer Brian Fishler. Per the artist via Instagram.

The Michael Friedman Legacy Project
(Ghostlight Records - new album)
Three previously unrecorded shows by Michael Friedman: The Great Immensity, The Abominables, and This Beautiful City. Single track now available: "The Next Forever" from The Great Immensity, sung by Trey Lyford. Late summer 2019.

The New Yorkers
(Ghostlight Records - new album)
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. Recorded March 25-26.

(new recording)
Original cast recording of score by Dave Malloy and Annie Tippe. Now in a campaign (ends 7/19/19).

Robbie Rozelle: Songs from Inside My Locker
(Broadway Records - new album)
To be 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).

-- Sound Advice Staff

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