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Defying Gravity 2Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked 2nd Edition
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
By Carol de Giere. Revised and updated version of 2008 book. Updated and revised second edition delves into Schwartz's creative process for the new stage musicals The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Prince of Egypt, and other shows, with additional insights on his early work with Leonard Bernstein and his more recent international work on Wicked. Additional "Creative Notes," with comments from Schwartz about overcoming creative blocks, collaboration, and the artistic life. 512 pages.

GmorningGmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You
(Random House - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Lin-Manuel Miranda. Collection of the best of the original sayings, aphorisms, and poetry Miranda wrote for himself and others. Illustrated by Jonny Sun. 224 pages.

Mary JaneMary Jane
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
New play by Amy Herzog. Premiered at NYTW in April 2017 starring Carrie Coon. 96 pages.

October 19, 2018

Ann Hampton Callaway to the MoviesAnn Hampton Callaway: Jazz Goes To The Movies
(Shanachie - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Callaway's own jazz arrangements of American songbook favorites from some of Hollywood's best-known films. "'s Wonderful," "Let's Face the Music and Dance," "Blue Skies," "The Folks Who Live on the Hill," "As Time Goes By," "The Way You Look Tonight," "This Time the Dream's on Me," "The Nearness of You," "How Little We Know," "This Can't Be Love," "Just One of Those Things," "Taking a Chance on Love," "Long Ago and Far Away," "From This Moment On." Accompanied by ensemble led by Ted Rosenthal.

Dear Evan Hansen Deluxe
(Atlantic Records - new album)
Original cast recording plus cut songs and tracks sung by current cast, including Taylor Trensch. One bonus track has been released: "Part of Me" (released 9/25/18).

Shuffle Along of 1950Shuffle Along of 1950
(Harbinger Records/Musical Theater Project - new on CD)
Original demo to the proposed Broadway musical, Shuffle Along of 1950, songs played by Eubie Blake and narration and vocals by Noble Sissle. Several songs from the original Shuffle Along are included as are new songs written especially for this production by Sissle and Blake. Bonus tracks: remastering of the only surviving acetate of a historical "Salute to Ruth King." Ruth King was a famed Cleveland DJ who celebrated black musicians. Such notables as Sissle and Blake and the legendary W.C. Handy, composer of "St. Louis Blues," play for Ms. King. Extensive liner notes by Richard Carlin and Ken Bloom. Additional notes by Peter Shambarger. 42 tracks.

Twelfth NightTwelfth Night
(Craft Recordings - new on CD/on mp3)
Original 2016 Public Works cast. Music and lyrics by Shaina Taub. "Funeral Procession," "Play On," "Word on the Street," "Tell Her," "If You Were My Beloved," "Feste's Secret," "Viola's Soliloquy," "You're The Worst," "Is This Not Love?," "Count Malvolio Part I," "Count Malvolio Part II," "Word On The Street II," "Count Malvolio (Reprise)," "What Kinda Man R U Gonna Be?," "Viola's Soliloquy (Reprise)," "Greatness," "Sebastian's Soliloquy," "Word On The Street III," "Viola's Soliloquy (2nd Reprise)," "Tell Her (Reprise)," "Malvolio's Exit," "Is This Not Love? (Reprise)," "Eyes of Another." All vocals, piano, accordion and rhodes by Shaina Taub (with David Farrell Melton and Andrew Kober). Produced by Shaina Taub and Dean Sharenow. Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Dean Sharenow at Steel Cut Audio. Previously available at

October 23, 2018

Cost of LivingCost of Living
(Theatre Communications Group - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
2018 Pulitzer Prize winning play by Martyna Majok. 128 pages.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Blu-rayMamma Mia! Here We Go Again - sing-along edition
(Universal - new on Blu-ray/DVD/4K Ultra-HD)
2018 musical sequel to Mamma Mia!. Cast includes Amanda Seyfried, Lily James, Dominic Cooper, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, , Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Andy Garcia, Cher. Directed by Ol Parker. Play with Sing-Along; Deleted Songs and Scenes with Commentary by Director/Screenplay Writer Ol Parker; Enhanced Sing-Alongs; The Story; Mamma Mia! Reunited; Playing Donna; Meeting Cher; Costumes and The Dynamos; Curtain Call; Today Interview with Cher & Judy Craymer; Feature Commentary with Director/Screenplay Writer Ol Parker; Feature Commentary with Producer Judy Craymer.

October 26, 2018

Margo SeibertMargo Seibert: 77th Street
(Yellow Sound Records - new on CD)
Debut solo album from singer/actress Margo Seibert (Rocky, In Transit). Original songs that incorporate eclectic rock and folk influences, and reimagined theater and pop classics. "Something's Coming," "Make Up Your Mind," "What a Fool Believes," "I Don't Know Where I Stand," "77th Street," "Head Over Heels," "It Might as Well Be Spring," "Vera Byrd," "Let The Mystery Be," "Woodstock," "Whitman," "Albatross," "All Apologies." Produced by Michael Croiter. Currently at

The Other Josh CohenThe Other Josh Cohen: A Musical With Songs
(Yellow Sound Label - new on CD)
Studio recording of Steve Rosen and David Rossmer score for show returning to Off-Broadway in fall 2018. Hank Azaria, Sutton Foster, James Monroe Iglehart, Brian d'Arcy James, Richard Kind, Jenn Colella, Caissie Levy, James Roday, Lindsay Mendez,, Celia Keenan-Bolger, John Ellison Conlee, Sarah Chase, Sarah Bishop, E. Clayton Cornelius, Jeremy Geller, Marissa Rosen, and Rashidra Scott. "Only the Beginning," "One CD," "My Best Day," "Neil Life," "Samuel Cohen's Family Tree," "Manly Purple Tie," "Tonight of All Nights," "What If," "The Other Josh Cohen," "Hang on," "Change a Thing," Bonus Track, "Dr. Cohen's Outoing Message" (Bonus Bonus Track). Currently at

Pretty WomanPretty Woman: The Musical OBC
(Atlantic - new on CD)
Original Broadway cast recording of Bryan Adams score. Cast includes Samantha Barks, Andy Karl, Orfeh, Eric Anderson, Ezra Knight, and Jason Danieley. "Welcome to Hollywood," "Anywhere But Here," "Something About Her (Preamble)," "Something About Her," "Luckiest Girl in The World," "Rodeo Drive," "Anywhere But Here (Reprise)," "On A Night Like Tonight," "Don't Forget to Dance," "Freedom," "You're Beautiful," "Welcome to Our World (More Champagne)," "This Is My Life," "Never Give Up on A Dream," "You and I," "I Can't Go Back," "Freedom (Reprise)," "Long Way Home," "Together Forever," "You and I (Edit)." Released onnew on mp3 and at iTunes earlier.

October 30, 2018

PipelinePipeline (TCG Edition)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Dominique Morisseau. 96 pages.

November 1, 2018

Balanchine and KirsteinBalanchine and Kirstein's American Enterprise
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By James Steichen. reveals their partnership of George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein to found a ballet company and school in the United States, New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet. This history involved artists including Richard Rodgers, Martha Graham, George Gershwin, Katherine Dunham, Vera Zorina, and Igor Stravinsky, as well as dozens of lesser known players whose contributions have yet to be fully acknowledged. 312 pages.

Coward BBC CollectionThe Noël Coward BBC Radio Drama Collection: Seven BBC Radio Full-Cast Productions
(BBC Books - Audiobook/Audible Edition)
The very best of Coward's works on the radio, plus bonus material including interviews with Coward and those who knew him best. The casts that include Helena Bonham-Carter, Bill Nighy, Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, Harriet Walter, Alex Jennings and Roger Allam. Private Lives, Hay Fever, Blithe Spirit, Design for Living, The Vortex, Still Life , Present Laughter. Plus a profile of Noël Coward and extracts from his diaries.

November 2, 2018

WallsBarbra Streisand: Walls
(Columbia - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
New solo album that includes three original songs. "What's on My Mind," "Don't Lie to Me," "Imagine / What a Wonderful World," "Walls," "Lady Liberty," "What the World Needs Now," "Better Angels," "Love's Never Wrong," "The Rain Will Fall," "Take Care of This House," "Happy Days Are Here Again." Production and arrangements by Streisand, Walter Afanasieff, John Shanks and David Foster. Title track lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman. On vinyl December 7, 2018.

Bat Out of Hell MusicalBat Out of Hell the Musical OLC
(Ghostlight Records - on 2 CDs)
Original cast recording of score by Jim Steinman. The musical premiered at the Manchester Opera House in Manchester, England, on February 17, 2017, then ran at the London Coliseum, and is now playing in Toronto. Many of the songs were previously recorded by Meat Loaf. "Love and Death and an American Guitar," "All Revved Up with No Place to Go / The Opening of the Box / 3Everything Louder Than Everything Else / If It Ain't Broke, Break It," "Who Needs the Young?," "It Just Won't Quit," "Out of the Frying Pan (And Into the Fire) (full song)," "Good Girls Go To Heaven (Bad Girls Go Everywhere)," "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," "Making Love Out of Nothing at All," "Bat Out of Hell," "In the Land of the Pig, the Butcher Is King," "Heaven Can Wait," "Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are," "For Crying Out Loud," "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)," "Not Allowed to Love," "What Part of My Body Hurts the Most," "Dead Ringer for Love," "Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through," "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)," Previously available digitally on mp3 and at iTunes

Melissa Errico Sondheim SublimeMelissa Errico: Sondheim Sublime
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
"Sooner or Later," "Loving You," "I Remember," "No More," "The Miller's Son," "Losing My Mind," "Send in the Clowns," "Not While I'm Around," "Not a Day Goes By," "Marry Me a Little," "Children Will Listen," "Isn't He Something!," "Move On," "Goodbye for Now," "With So Little to Be Sure Of," "Children and Art." Accompanied by pianist Tedd Firth. Also at

Potter SuitesThe Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: In Four Contemporary Suites
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD)
Written, composed, performed and recorded by Grammy and Ivor Novello Award-winner Imogen Heap. Each suite showcases one of the play's theatrical acts.

Sydney Myer LiveSidney Myer Live!
(Harbinger Records/Musical Theater Project - new on DVD)
Live recording of Sidney Myer at the Laura Beechman Theatre in New York, from his sold-out six one-man shows presented by The Mabel Mercer Foundation. Known for his witty musical comedy, Sidney delivers numbers that are understated and even heartbreaking. Myer has performed around the world making New York his base.

November 6, 2018

It Happened in Key West
(Outside The Box LLC - new on CD)
Live London cast album of Jill Santoriello score. Cast includes Alyssa Martyn, Wade McCollum, Sophia Lewis.

Miss You Like HellMiss You Like Hell
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Libretto for musical adaptation of Quiara Alegría Hudes' play 26 Miles by Hudes and Erin McKeown. 120 pages.

Sound of MusicThe Sound Of Music Live (UK)
(Shout! Factory - new Blu-ray/DVD)
Classic musical Rodgers & Hammerstein score and book by Russel Crouse and Howard Lindsay score. Live December 2015 broadcast on ITV. Cast includes : Kara Tointon, Katherine Kelly, Alexander Armstrong, Julian Ovenden, Mel Giedroyc, Maria Friedman, Guy Trundle, Tom Sargent and Zac Lester. To be aired on November 9, 2018, on PBS as part of the "Great Performances" schedule. Released in the U.K. in 2016.

November 9, 2018

Head over HeelsHead Over Heels OBC
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD)
Songs by The Go-Go's. Cast includes Andrew Durand, Taylor Iman Jones, Jeremy Kushnier, Bonnie Milligan, Peppermint, Tom Alan Robbins, Alexandra Socha, and Rachel York. "We Got the Beat," "Beautiful," "Vision of Nowness," "Get Up and Go," "Mad About You," "Good Girl," "Automatic Rainy Day," "Vacation," "How Much More," "Our Lips Are Sealed," "Head Over Heels," "This Old Feeling," "Turn to You," "Heaven Is a Place on Earth," "Here You Are," "Finale," "Get Up and Go (Reprise)," Bonus Tracks: "Turn to You (Pre-Prise)," "Automatic Rainy Day" (Acoustic Version), "This Town" (performed by The Go-Go's). Cast album producer; music supervisor/orchestrator/srranger: Tom Kitt. Louise Gund, cast album co-producer. Released earlier new on mp3 and /at iTunes.

Will He Like MEPhilip Chaffin Will He Like Me?
(P.S. Classics - new on CD)
Reimagines the Great American Songbook for the post-marriage-equality era. "Will He Like Me?," "It's a Nice Face / When I Marry Mr. Snow," "Cooking Breakfast for the One I Love," "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," "Man With a Load of Mischief," "Charity's Soliloquy ," "An Occasional Man," "Lovely, Lonely Man," "A Tender Spot / Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe," "Tom ," "But I Could Cook," "I Got Lost in His Arms / Don't Ever Leave Me," "Who Gave You Permission?," "Windflowers."

HymnSarah Brightman: Hymn
(Decca Gold - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
New studio album, collection of orchestrated, choir-based songs with long time producer and collaborator Frank Peterson. Recorded over the past two years in Hamburg, Miami, London, Vancouver, Los Angeles, New York, and Budapest. Songs by Eric Whitacre, Yoshiki, Paul Kalkbrenner, Barclay James Harvest, Georges Bizet, Ennio Morricone and Romano Musumarra. Brightman duets with Vincent Niclo and Andrea Bocelli ("Time To Say Goodbye," in a new solo rendition with lyrics Sarah wrote herself, and sung in English for the first time).

November 13, 2018

The Antipodes
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Annie Baker. Debuted at NY Signature Theatre in Spring 2017. 160 pages.

A Christmas Story LiveA Christmas Story Live!
(Warner Home Video - new on DVD)
2017 live TV show based on the musical with book by Joseph Robinette, and score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, itself based on a story by Jean Shepherd. Cast includes Maya Rudolph, Matthew Broderick, Jane Krakowski, Chris Diamantopoulos, Ana Gasteyer, David Alan Grier, Ken Jeong, Andy Walken and PrettyMuch. Scott Ellis executive producer and Alex Rudzinski the live television director.

The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Three-part play cycle by Richard Nelson: Hungry, What Did You Expect?, and Women of a Certain Age. 320 pages.

November 15, 2018

Peter PanJ. M. Barrie's Peter Pan (Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Lucie Sutherland. "Charts the 'awfully big adventure' of creating Peter Pan, as well as the many entertaining, enthralling, and often extraordinary ways the play has been adapted ever since."

Rise Up!Rise Up!: Broadway and American Society from 'Angels in America' to 'Hamilton'
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
By Chris Jones (Chicago Tribune). "... tells the story of Broadway's renaissance from the darkest days of the AIDS crisis, via the disaster that was Spiderman: Turn off the Dark through the unparalleled financial, artistic and political success of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton." 240 pages.

Steve Ross: It's Almost Christmas Eve
(Harbinger Records/Musical Theater Project - new on CD)
Steve Ross with SuEllen Estey, Ron Spivak, and Benjamin Weil. "Sing a Little Song of Christmas," "The Christmas Waltz," "Snow Flakes," "Snow," "Goin' on a Sleigh Ride," "It's Almost Christmas Eve," "Christmas Eve," "Lovers on Christmas Eve," "Christmas in New York," "Santa Claus: A Syncopated Christmas Song," "Who Says There Ain't No Santa Claus?," "Toyland," "We Need a Little Christmas," "A New Deal for Christmas," "I Saw Three Ships," "Three Ships," "Happy Christmas, Little Friend," "If I Had Three Wishes for Christmas," "Together This Christmas," "A Fact Can Be a Beautiful Thing," "I Don't Remember Christmas," "After the Holidays," "The Twelve Days After Christmas," "A Christmas Wish for You," "The Wassail Song." Arrangements by Steve Ross. [Amazon link should start working soon.]

November 20, 2018

Dance in AmericaDance in America: A Reader's Anthology: A Library of America Special Publication
(Library of America - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Mindy Aloff, editor. Foreword by Robert Gottlieb. Draws content from dancers and dance creators, impresarios and critics, and enthusiastic literary observers - to trace the evolution of American dance in all its many forms and locales, classical, modern, and vernacular. 650 pages.

November 27, 2018

I'm Not RunningI'm Not Running
(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition [for October 11])
Play by David Hare. Premieres at the National Theatre, London, in October 2018.

November 27, 2018

Hundred DaysHundred Days original cast
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Music and lyrics by The Bengsons. The cast of the recent production at New York Theatre Workshop includes Colette Alexander, Abigail Bengson, Shaun Bengson, Jo Lampert, Dani Markham and Reggie D. White. "Vows," "My Skin Is Made of a Thousand Doors," "I Will Wait For You," "God Can Be a City Boy," "Lie Next to Me," "The Drop," "Creature," "The Ramp," "Lift Me," "Hundred Days," "The Years Go By," "Salt Palace," "Three Legged Dog," "The Long Goodbye (Will's Lament)," "Bells," "What Else Can I Do?." Produced by The Bengsons, Ian Kagey, and Kurt Deutsch, with Erica Rotstein, Seaview Productions, Family Matters LLC, Alexander R. Donnelly, and Dana M. Lerner serving as executive producers. CD format to be released at a later date. Also at Released on mp3 and at iTunes on 9/18/18.

December 3, 2018

Adapting Wizard of OzAdapting The Wizard of Oz: Musical Versions from Baum to MGM and Beyond
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book)
Danielle Birkett and Dominic McHugh, editors, bring together insights from eleven experts into the varied musical forms this great American myth has taken in the past century. Starting with the early adaptations of L. Frank Baum's story, the book also explores the writing, composition and reception of the MGM film, its importance in queer culture, stage adaptations of the movie, cult classic The Wiz, Stephen Schwartz's Broadway blockbuster Wicked, and the cultural afterlife of the iconic Arlen-Harburg songs. 272 pages.

December 4, 2018

Doll's House Pt 2A Doll's House, Part 2
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Lucas Hnath. 2017 Broadway play. 96 pages.

Painted RocksThe Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Athol Fugard. Produced in 2015 at Signature Theater. 72 pages.

December 7, 2018

Brigadoon EncoresBrigadoon
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
2017 City Center cast recording of Lerner & Loewe score. Cast includes Kelli O'Hara, Patrick Wilson, Stephanie J. Block, Robert Fairchild. Encores! Orchestra led by Music Director Rob Berman. "Prologue," "Brigadoon / Vendors' Calls / MacConnachy Square," "Waitin' for My Dearie," "I'll Go Home with Bonnie Jean," "I'll Go Home with Bonnie Jean," "The Heather on the Hill," "The Love of My Life," "Come to Me, Bend to Me," "Come to Me, Bend to Me," "Almost Like Being in Love," "Sword Dance and Reel," "The Chase," "There but for You Go I," "My Mother's Weddin' Day," "From This Day On / Farewell Music," "Reprises," "Finale." Album produced by Kurt Deutsch, Lawrence Manchester, Rob Berman and Emily Altman. Recorded 5/14-5/15.

Golden Girls: Maria Friedman, Lesley Garrett, Bonnie Langford
(Decca - new on CD)
New studio album to celebrate a national tour of these three legendary women of the stage. To be released in the U.K. on November 30.

Mary Poppins ReturnsMary Poppins Returns
(Disney - new on CD)
Soundtrack for December 2018 musical film. Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, Dick Van Dyke. Songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

December 18, 2018

Wakey, WakeyWakey, Wakey
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Will Eno. Played the Signature Theatre in 2017. 64 pages.

December 25, 2018

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

(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
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 1, 2019

Antilia PneumaticaAntlia Pneumatica
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Anne Washburn (Mr. Burns: A Post-electric Play). Played Playwrights Horizons in 2016. 96 pages.

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

Head of Passes
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Tarell Alvin McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays, Wig Out!. 96 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/Kindle Edition)
Plays by Julia Cho. The Language Archive, Aubergine, Office Hour, The Piano Teacher, and Durango. 360 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.

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

February 5, 2019

AppropriateAppropriate and An Octoroon
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Plays by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. 260 pages.

February 12, 2019

Small Mouth Sounds: A Play Off-Broadway Edition
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by Bess Wohl. Produced by Ars Nova in 2015 and 2016.

March 12, 2019

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

They Made Someone HappyThey Made Us Happy: Betty Comden & Adolph Green's Musicals & Movies
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Andy Propst. The first book to tell the full story of the careers, lives, and work of legendary writers Comden & Green. A trip through almost the entirety of the twentieth century, from their acclaimed appearances as part of the sketch troupe the Revuers through their bi-coastal lives as a pair of Broadway and Hollywood's top writers, including their produced work as well as projects that that never made it to the stage or the screen. 288 pages.

March 19, 2019

Red SpeedoRed Speedo: A Play
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by Lucas Hnath. Produced in 2015 at New York Theatre Workshop. 128 pages.

March 26, 2019

The Good Peaches
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights, Water by the Spoonful. Originally performed by 56 orchestral musicians, three actors, and eight dancers at Cleveland Play House. 48 pages.

May 8, 2019

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.

May 21, 2019

Lost Girls: A Play
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by John Pollono (Small Engine Repair). Produced in 2015 at Lucille Lortel Theatre. 96 pages. Dramatist's version published May 10, 2016.

June 18, 2019

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

May 1, 2020

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

No release date set

Andrew Rannells memoir
(Crown Archetype - new book)
The Tony-nominated actor's (The Book of Mormon, Falsettos) personal account of his journey to Broadway and beyond. Expected Spring 2019.

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.

Complete Lyrics of Sheldon Harnick
(new book)

Every Act of Life
(Smith & Kraus - new book)
Illustrated screenplay by Jeff Kaufman of documentary about Terrence McNally. To include additional stories and interviews that were not seen in the film, as well as rare photos and archival materials.

(new on CD)
2017 National Theatre cast album. Stephen Sondheim score. Cast includes Imelda Staunton, Philip Quast, Janie Dee, Peter Forbes, and Tracie Bennett. Recorded in January 2018.

Hairspray Vinyl
(Masterworks - new vinyl album)
OBC recording on vinyl.

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;

Hirschfeld the BiographyHirschfeld: The Biography
(Sarah Crichton Books - new Hardcover Book)
By Ellen Stern. Biography of Al Hirschfeld, the caricaturist of Broadway. From interviews with the artist himself, his friends and wives, celebrity subjects, agent, daughter, and more; with access to personal correspondence, journals, home movies, and scrapbooks. 368 pages. Originally announced as an October 2017 release, then 2018 release, then disappeared.

In the Heights vinyl
(new vinyl LP)
Vinyl version of the 2008 cast recording of Lin-Manuel Miranda's score featuring Miranda, Mandy Gonzalez, Christopher Jackson, Karen Olivo, and Seth Stewart, as well as Priscilla Lopez, Robin de Jesús, Janet Dacal, Andréa Burns, and Olga Merediz.

Julie Andrews book
Follow-up to her 2008 autobiography, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years.

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.

(Harbinger Records - new on CD)
Jones and Schmidt's legendary 1975 musical, in its first CD release. Off-Broadway cast includes Dick Latessa and Virginia Gregory. Complete restoration and remastering by Alan Silverman; extensive liner notes by Tom Jones; reminiscences by cast members Michael Glenn-Smith, Virginia Gregory and Kathrin King Segal; notes by Penna Rose (keyboards) on the creation of Schmidt's orchestration; and the composer's original logo design. Rare photos will also be included in the booklet. Expected in 2019.

Ruthless! The Musical
(Caroline Records - new on CD)
New Off-Broadway cast.

The School of Doing: Lessons from Gerald Freedman
(new book)
By Isaac Klein. Comprehensive guide to the craft and teachings of internationally renowned stage director and educator Gerald Freedman, including lessons on acting, directing, text analysis, comedy technique, camera technique, Shakespeare, musical theater, design, pedagogy, and show business. Klein corroborates Freedman's wisdom with quotes from luminaries like Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinkin, Chita Rivera, Olympia Dukakis, Debbie Allen, Christine Baranski, Anna Camp, John Cullum, William Daniels, Dane DeHaan, Jules Fisher, Paul Gemignani, Bernard Gersten, Lee Grant, Sheldon Harnick, George Hearn, Desmond Heeley, Hal Holbrook, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Stacy Keach, Carol Lawrence, Ming Cho Lee, Billy Magnussen, Jack O'Brien, Austin Pendleton, Alfred Uhry, Sam Waterston, and many more. Freedman began his career working for Columbia Pictures in Hollywood, and assistant directing Broadway musicals, including the original production of West Side Story; alongside Joseph Papp and Bernard Gersten, he founded The Public Theater, where he directed many productions of both classic and new works, including the world premiere of Hair. Over the course of his six decade career, he directed plays, operas, and musicals on and off Broadway, regionally, and around the world. He won an Obie Award, became the first American to direct at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, and served as Artistic Director of the New York Shakespeare Festival (now known as Shakespeare in the Park), Stratford's American Shakespeare Theater, Cleveland's Great Lakes Theater, and as co-Artistic Director of the Acting Company. He taught at The Juilliard School, Northwestern University, Yale University, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he served as Dean of the School of Drama for twenty-one years, becoming Dean Emeritus in 2012.

Songs for a New World
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Score by Jason Robert Brown. City Center Encores! Off-Center cast recording. Cast includes Shoshana Bean, Colin Donnell, Mykal Kilgore, and Solea Pfeiffer. Produced by Jeffrey Lesser and Jason Robert Brown, with Stacey Mindich serving as executive producer. Expected Fall 2018.

Theatre Goes Wrong: A Mischief Theatre Play Collection
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
By Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields of the Olivier Award winning Mischief Theatre. Includes The Nativity Goes Wrong, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, The Play That Goes Wrong, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery. 336 pages. Released date currently unknown.

Theater of the RidiculousTheater of the Ridiculous: A Critical History
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
By Kelly I. Aliano. Comprehensive overview of the important practitioners of Theater of the Ridiculous, along with critical commentary of their work. Charles Ludlam, the B movies of Maria Montez, the Pop Art scene of Andy Warhol, the founding of the Play-House of the Ridiculous and the dawn of Ludlam's career and finally to the contemporary theater scene. 277 pages.

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