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Schedule of New & Upcoming CD, DVD & Book Releases

Updated 10/19/17

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10,000 Nights10,000 Nights: Highlights from 50 Years of Theatre-Going
(Univ of Michigan Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Marvin Carlson. Features essays using each theater experience (one per year, from 1960 to 2010) to provide an insight into the theater and theatre-going at a particular time. 296 pages.

Over the RainbowArlen and Harburg's Over the Rainbow (The Oxford Keynotes Series)
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Walter Frisch. Traces the history of the song and its cultural evolution and impact. 160 pages.

Crazy Ex-Girlfirend Season 2Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: The Complete Second Season
(Warner Archive - new 3-disc DVD set)
Musical comedy television series. Cast includes Rachel Bloom, Vincent Rodriguez III, Santino Fontana, Donna Lynne Champlin. 554 minutes.

Half a Sixpence DemoHalf a Sixpence: Original Demo Recordings
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
Music and lyrics by David Heneker and book by Beverley Cross. Includes studio demo recordings for Kipps (then working title for the show) recorded at London's Olympic Studios in March 1962, one year before the West End run. Tommy Steele, Rita Williams, Roy Sone, Joanna Rigby and writers David Heneker and Beverley Cross; backed by the Kenny Powell Trio. INcludes some cut songs. Project conceived by Stewart Nicholls, Theatre Director and Archivist for the David Heneker Estate, who says the material was "discovered in perfect condition in the garage of Composer David Heneker's family house in deepest Wales - and hadn't been played for 55 years." "Ladies Wear," "MrShalford's Drapery Emporium," "All In The Cause of Economy," "Half A Sixpence," "We Don't Like Not To Be Engaged," "If You Dress Like MrPearce," "Pure Coincidence," "Money To Burn," "The Oak and the Ash," "She's Too Far Above Me," "I'm Not Talking to You," "If The Rain's Got To Fall," "The Old Military Canal," "The One Who's Got Away," "Long Ago," "How Fashionable and Amusing," "I'll Build A Palace / I Only Want A Little House," "I'll Build A Palace / I Only Want A Little House (Reprise)," "How Fashionable and Amusing," "I Don't Believe A Word Of It," "Flash Bang Wallop," "Long Ago," "Half A Sixpence," "She's Too Far Above Me," "If The Rain's Got To Fall," "Beverley Cross Narrates 'Half A Sixpence'." Also at and Amazon UK. [Looks like Amazon ordering issue has been resolved.]

Labour of LoveLabour of Love
(Bloomsbury Methuen - new paperback book)
James Graham's play about British politics currently running in a world premiere production at the West End's Noel Coward Theatre, starring Martin Freeman and Sarah Lancashire. 128 pages.

Rent FAQRent FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Broadway's Blaze of Glory
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Tom Rowan, editor. Includes biographical info on the Jonathan Larson; other chapters focus on the creative team and original cast, the development of the script and score from early drafts and workshop performances to the final version, the movie version, tours, and more. "Rent Cultural Literacy" is a guide to all the titles, real people, and locations referenced in the show; another chapter provides clues to the characters and tips for anyone thinking about auditioning for the musical, or putting on a production. Final chapter provides a rundown, with numerous photos, of revivals and local productions all over the country, including regional, community, and dinner theaters, and high school and college versions. 400 pages.

October 19, 2017

Arthur Miller Death of a Salesman in BeijingDeath of a Salesman in Beijing (2nd edition)
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
By Arthur Miller. Introduction by Claire Conceison. Tells the story of Arthur Miller's time in China directing Death of a Salesman at the Beijing People's Theatre, with Chinese actors. Second edition is given a contemporary context as the production and process is investigated against the backdrop of twenty-first century China and its theatre, through a new introduction by Claire Conceison, Professor of Theatre Studies at Duke University. Photographs by Inge Morath. 264 pages.

October 20, 2017

Bat Out of Hell MusicalBat Out of Hell the Musical OLC
(Universal Music - new import 2-CD set)
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. Disc One: "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?," "Life Is A Lemon And I Want My Money Back (excerpt)," "Out of the Frying Pan (And Into the Fire) (intro)," "It Just Won't Quit," "Out of the Frying Pan (And Into the Fire) (full song)," "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," "The Invocation," "Making Love Out of Nothing at All," "Bat Out of Hell." Disc Two: "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," "Teenager in Love," "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)," "Finale (Bat Out of Hell reprise)."

FearlessMandy Gonzalez: Fearless
(Arts Music/Warner Music Group - new digital album on mp3)
Solo album by Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton). 7-track album features songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jennifer Nettles, Bill Sherman, Tom Kitt, and Jay Livingston & Ray Evans. "Fearless," "Starts Right Now," "Que Será, Será," "Life Is Sweet" (with Christopher Jackson), "Everyday," "Smile," "Breathe." Those who pre-order will receive the title song by Miranda, on October 6.

(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Graphic novel rock album with score by Rob Rokicki (The Lightning Thief). Jelani Alladin, Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Cheryl Freeman, Molly Hager, F. Michael Haynie, Megan Hilty, Joe Iconis, Lauren Marcus, Jeremy Morse, Julia Murney, Luca Padovan, Rob Rokicki, Tyce, Jason SweetTooth Williams, Emma Gannon-Salomon, Sami Griffith, and Mackenzie Jones. "Monsterbaby," "Unravel," "Say Goodbye," "Down and Under," "Blood and Brains," "The Plans," "Right Through You," "Reluctantly," "I'm Sorry," "Hell Hath No Fury," "Footprints," "It's Over / Return of Monsterbaby." Produced by Rob Rokicki, and executive produced by Grammy Award winner Van Dean. Amazon link currently not working; also at

Must Close SaturdayMust Close Saturday: The Decline and Fall of the British Musical Flop
(Boydell Pr - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Adrian Wright. Chronicle of the commercially unsuccessful British musical of the last half a century, up to 2016. Presents a rolling panorama of the good, the bad and the ugly, reassessing their place in theatrical history. Wright reveals a consistent striving at invention, with subjects including the electric chair, the Holocaust, the Virgin Mary, social inequality and Trade Unionism, sexual problems and murder, as well as biographical treatments of Hollywood stars, French painters, tragic novelists, royalty, and the Rector of Stiffkey. 352 pages.

October 24, 2017

The SeagullThe Seagull
(Bloomsbury Methuen - Paperback Book)
Chekhov's play adapted by Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), to play the Lyric Hammersmith, London in October 2017. 128 pages.

October 26, 2017

Knives in HensKnives in Hens
(Bloomsbury Methuen - Kindle Edition)
Play by David Harrower. Includes new introduction by Mark Fisher. Making its New York City debut at 59E59 October 2017. 48 pages. Paperback published previously, including in July 2015.

Passionate Playgoing in Early Modern EnglandPassionate Playgoing in Early Modern England
(Cambridge Univ Press - Paperback Book)
By Allison P. Hobgood. Through detailed case studies of canonical plays by Shakespeare, Jonson, Kyd and Heywood ... what it felt like to be part of performances in English theatre and appreciate the key role theatregoers played in the life of early modern drama ... how theatregoers were altered by drama's affective encounters ... how they were undeniable influences upon those encounters. 246 pages.

October 27, 2017

AngelsAngels studio cast recording
(Sera Angels - new on CD/mp3)
Score by Ken Lai and Marcus Cheong. Laura Osnes, Robert Cuccioli, Josh Young, Alan H. Green, and others. New musical arrangements by David Holmes and album producer Rich Fowler. Daniel Thornton provides orchestrations. Vocal arrangements are by Linda Wood. Breanna Hickson was assistant director for the recording. Digital version released 10/18/17. Also at

Riabko RodgersRichard Rodgers Reimagined: Kyle Riabko
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/mp3/iTunes)
singer, guitarist, composer and actor Kyle Riabko (Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined) with creative reinterpretations of the music of Richard Rodgers. "Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'," "Where Or When," "My Favorite Things," "I Have Dreamed," "The Lady Is A Tramp," "Bewitched," "You’ll Never Walk Alone," "This Nearly Was Mine," "My Funny Valentine," "Some Enchanted Evening," "If I Loved You," "Blue Moon." Produced, arranged and recorded by Kyle Riabko with David Lane Seltzer of Entertainment 360 executive producer. Also at Ghostlight website.

Together AgainTogether Again: Michael Ball and Alfie Boe
(Decca - new on CD)
"West Side Story Medley," "As If We Never Said Goodbye," "The Prayer," "He Lives In You," "Evermore," "The," "Bring Me Sunshine," "Some Enchanted Evening," "Hero," "Not While I'm Around," "Stranger In Paradise / And This Is My Beloved," "You're The Voice," "New York, New York," "White Christmas." Deluxe version includes bonus tracks and footage plus a set of four photographic prints.

October 28, 2017

Ellen StewartEllen Stewart Presents: Fifty Years of La MaMa Experimental Theatre
(Univ of Michigan Press - Hardcover Book)
By Cindy Rosenthal. Biography of the founder of La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club and important figure in the history of American avant-garde theater and performance art, Ellen Stewart (1919–2011). Richly illustrated, including posters and photographs of early productions and other rarely-seen photos, and featuring interviews with a wide range of now-famous La MaMa alums ... a book for theater aficionados and anyone interested in the history of Off-Off-Broadway, the cultural history of New York City, or visual culture from the '60s to the present. 208 pages.

October 30, 2017

Hunchback Vocal SelectionsThe Hunchback of Notre Dame: The Stage Musical
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Vocal selections from the score by Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken. 17 songs.

November 2, 2017

Ballad of John LatoucheThe Ballad of John Latouche: An American Lyricist's Life and Work
(Oxford Univ Press - hardcover book/Kindle edition, released 10/6)
By Howard Pollack. Biography of lyricist, bookwriter, librettist John Treville Latouche (Cabin in the Sky, Beggar's Holiday, The Golden Apple, Candide ). The book draws widely on archival materials such as Latouche's diaries and the papers of Bernstein, Ellington, Moore, Moross, and many others, to tell for the first time, the story of this fascinating man and his work. 592 pages.

November 3, 2017

Spongebob vinylSpongeBob SquarePants, The New Musical Original Cast Recording vinyl
(Masterworks Broadway - new vinyl double album)
Original cast recording for new Broadway musical based on the animated TV series. Ethan Slater, Gavin Lee, Nick Blaemire, Lilli Cooper, Carlos Lopez, Danny Skinner, Gaelen Gilliland, Juliane Godfrey, Curtis Holbrook, Stephanie Hsu, Jesse JP Johnson, L'ogan J'ones, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Mark Ledbetter, Kelvin Moon Loh, Lauralyn McClelland, Vasthy Mompoint, JC Schuster, Allysa Shorte, Jacob Smith, Abby C. Smith, Jason Michael Snow, and Allan K. Washington. Original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of AEROSMITH, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants and T.I., and a song by David Bowie with additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton. Orchestrations, arrangements and music supervision by Tom Kitt.

November 6, 2017

New Broadway Fake BookThe New Broadway Fake Book
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
New collection features over 600 Broadway songs arranged with melody, lyrics and chords for C instruments. 696 pages.

November 7, 2017

The FerrymanThe Ferryman
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Play by Jez Butterworth, which recently had its world premiere at the Royal Court Theatre in London. 80 pages. The Kindle Edition was released in May 2017.

(Back Bay Books - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced). To play Lincoln Center beginning October 2017 starring Steven Pasquale as Robert Merkin. 176 pages.

The Lion King Julie TaymorThe Lion King: Pride Rock on Broadway
(Disney Editions - Hardcover Book)
By Julie Taymor. In this updated and redesigned edition of her book originally published in 1998, Taymor has a chance to reflect on her 20-year journey with the show. Features all of the original behind-the-scenes text and imagery photographed during the building of sets and rehearsals and costume creation. 192 pages.

The Lion King: Twenty Years on Broadway and Around the World
(Disney Editions - Hardcover book)
By by Michael Lassell. A Disney Theatrical Souvenir Book. In honor of its 20th anniversary (7/8/17) ... traces the origins of the show from the animated film, features stories from the creators and actors, and showcases never-before-published images both onstage and behind the scenes from the many productions around the world. 224 pages.

My PrideMy Pride: Mastering Life's Daily Performance
(Disney Editions - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Alton Fitzgerald White (The Lion King). White " delivers his message of service - taking responsibility for and deriving happiness from commonplace achievements - as a philosophy that anyone can get through each day with satisfaction, pride and a sense of accomplishment." 320 pages.

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

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

November 10, 2017

The Ballad of Little JoThe Ballad of Little Jo original cast recording
(The Musical Company/Concord Records - new on CD)
Two River Theater cast recording of score by Mike Reid and Sarah Schlesinger. Teal Wicks, Eric William Morris, Jane Bruce, and Daniel K. Isaac. Accompanied by John O’Neill (conductor/piano) and Martin Agee (violin), Troy Chang (cello), Philip Coiro (drums/percussion), Simon Hutchings (reeds), Justin Rothberg (guitar), and Joseph Wallace (bass). Orchestrations By Danny Larsen. Music Supervision & Vocal Arrangements By Patrick Vaccariello. Music Direction & Dance/Incidental Arrangements By John O'Neill. Album Produced By Sean Patrick Flahaven.

November 14, 2017

Balancing ActsBalancing Acts: Behind the Scenes at London's National Theatre
(Knopf - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD (August 4)/Audible Edition)
By Nicholas Hytner (Artistic Director of London's National Theatre from 2003-2015). Detailed behind-the-scenes look at Hytner's creative process ... he writes insightfully about the actors and playwrights he's worked with: Derek Jacobi, Richard Griffiths, Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Harold Pinter, and Tom Stoppard among them. Not only a memoir but a gathering of illuminating notes on the art of directing and a thoughtful meditation on the purpose of theater. 352 pages. Audiobook readers are by Nicholas Hytner, Simon Russell Beale, Samuel Barnett, and Deborah Findlay. Audible release is May 4, 2017. Audible free 30-day trial with two free audiobooks, plus one more after the trial.

Cabaret FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Broadway and Cinema Classic
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
By June Sawyers. Features chapters on Jean Ross and Christopher Isherwood ... includes background information on the original source material, the first time Sally Bowles, as portrayed by Julie Harris, appeared onstage and on the big screen in John Van Druten's I Am a Camera. The stories behind the Emcee and actors who played him, from Joel Grey to Alan Cumming. Studies the musical score by John Kander and Fred Ebb and looks into the burlesque roots of director Bob Fosse in his native Chicago. Includes such diverse topics as the first cabarets in Paris, Cabaret Voltaire and Dada, early Berlin cabarets during the Weimar Republic, German expressionism, the Bauhaus, Marlene Dietrich and The Blue Angel , David Bowie's many German influences, and the present and future of modern cabaret. 400 pages.

(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Paula Vogel play, on Broadway in 2017. 112 pages.

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.

Significant Other
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
2017 Broadway play by Joshua Harmon.

November 17, 2017

Hello, Dolly! VinylHello, Dolly! vinyl
(Masterworks Broadway - new on single LP)
New Broadway revival cast recording of Jerry Herman score. Bette Midler, David Hyde Pierce, Gavin Creel, Kate Baldwin, Taylor Trensch, Beanie Feldstein, Will Burton, Melanie Moore, Jennifer Simard, Kevin Ligon. "Overture," "Call on Dolly," "I Put My Hand In," "It Takes a Woman," "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," "Ribbons Down My Back," "Motherhood," "Dancing," "Before the Parade Passes By," "Penny in My Pocket," "Elegance," "The Waiters' Gallop," "Hello, Dolly!," "It Only Takes a Moment," "So Long Dearie," "Finale." 180-Gram Vinyl, deluxe gatefold package with 20 page full color book featuring production photos, lyrics and liner notes. Recorded March 2017. Released on CD and digital 5/9/17.

Meredith BraunMeredith Braun: When Love Is Gone
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
New solo album from West End performer Meredith Braun (Sunset Boulevard, The Secret Garden, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera). "Real Emotional Girl," "There's Me," "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be," "With So Little to Be Sure of," "The Rules," "If Love Were All," "Sandra," "Hold Me," "Try to Remember / No More," "When Love Is Gone," "Everything That's Me," "I'm Still Alive," "Old Friend," "Come the Wild, Wild Weather." Also at

November 21, 2017

Daphne's DiveDaphne's Dive
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Quiara Alegría Hudes. Produced at Signature Theatre in 2016. 96 pages.

Dear Evan HansenDear Evan Hansen: Through the Window
(Grand Central Publishing - new Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD)
By Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul. To include include personal memories, photographs, unreleased lyrics, and the Dear Evan Hansen libretto. 224 pages

Seagull Richard NelsonThe Seagull
(Theatre Communications Group - new Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Anton Chekhov, translated by Richard Nelson, Richard Pevear, and Larissa Volokhonsky. Brand new edition includes passages that were omitted from the version originally performed at the Moscow Art Theater in 1898. Contains both the canonically recognized version as well as the newly restored original text written by Chekhov. Adapted by playwright Richard Nelson, with Russian translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. Part of TCG Classic Russian Drama Series. 128 pages.

Josh Groban: Stage to StageStage to Stage: My Journey to Broadway
(wea - Hardcover Book)
By Josh Groban. Captures Groban's perspective on the notable events that illuminated his extraordinary journey to Broadway. Starting with his Stages album, which featured Broadway classics, the book chronicles the past 2+ years. Also included are behind the scenes photos and key moments from the making of the stages live television special and on the stage world tour, culminating in his experiences surrounding his first ever Broadway performances and his first tony nomination. 192 pages.

The Wolves: A Play Off-Broadway Edition
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by Sarah DeLappe. Started Off-Broadway in 2016, playing Lincoln Center in 2017. 112 pages.

November 23, 2017

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Going to the TheatreEverything You Always Wanted to Know About Going to the Theatre (But Were Too Sloshed To Ask, Dear)
(Nick Hern Books - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By "West End Producer." Advice on "What shows to see and what to avoid (how to see the hits and not the shits), "Where to sit (without developing ongoing neck problems and deep vein thrombosis), "How to combat theatre rage (and get to the ladies' loos before anyone else), "What to eat (crisps, sweets, or kebabs?), "What to wear (from the correct attire at press night, to the importance of a good, reliable codpiece at The Globe), "How to leave early if the show is rubbish (a 'Shrubbish'). 224 pages.

November 24, 2017

Leading LadiesLeading Ladies: Songs from the Stage
(Rhino - new import CD)
Amber Riley (Dreamgirls), Beverley Knight (The Bodyguard, Memphis) and Cassidy Jansen (Beautiful, Wicked). "One Night Only," "Seasons of Love," "I'm Every Woman," "Natural Woman," "Wind Beneath My Wings," "Helpless," "Memory," "Somebody to Love," "Falling Slowly," "Love Will Stand," "Raise the Roof," "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," "Don't Rain On My Parade," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "One Good Man."

November 26, 2017

Patti Issues & Bad With Money
Ben Rimalower's cabaret shows. Produced by Roven Records.

November 28, 2017

The CrucibleThe Crucible
(Kritzerland Records - new on 2 CDs)
Robert Ward (music) and Bernard Stambler (libretto) opera of Arthur Miller's play, remastered. Original 1961 New York City Opera Production. Conducted by Emerson Buckley. First issued in 2-LP set in 1962. Chester Ludgin, Francis Bible, Norman Treigle, and Patricia Brooks. Limited release of 500 copies. To be available at the end of November at

The Detroit Project: Three Plays
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Plays by Dominique Morisseau. Detroit '67, Paradise Blue and Skeleton Crew. 240 pages.

M ButterflyM. Butterfly: Broadway Tie-In Edition
(Plume - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by David Hwang, returning to Broadway in October 2017. 124 pages.

November, exact release date unknown

Sunday in the Park with GeorgeSunday in the Park with George 2017 revival cast
(Warner Music Group/Arts Music - new on CD
2017 Broadway revival cast recording of Stephen Sondheim score. Jake Gyllenhaal, Annaleigh Ashford, Brooks Ashmanskas, Jenni Barber, Tony Award nominee Phillip Boykin, Mattea Conforti, Erin Davie, Claybourne Elder, Tony Award nominee Penny Fuller, Jordan Gelber, Tony Award winner Robert Sean Leonard, Liz McCartney, Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles, Ashley Park, Jennifer Sanchez, David Turner, Max Chernin, MaryAnn Hu, Tony Award nominee Michael McElroy, Jaime Rosenstein, Laura Irion, Julie Foldesi, and Andrew Kober. "Opening," "Sunday in the Park with George," "No Life," "Color and Light," "Gossip," "The Dog Song," "The Day Off," "Everybody Loves Louis," "Finishing the Hat," "We Do Not Belong Together," "Beautiful," "Sunday," "It's Hot Up Here," "Chromolume #7," "Putting It Together," "Children and Art," "Lesson #8," "Move On," "Sunday (Finale)." Produced and mixed by Bart Migal. Released digitally on mp3 and at iTunes 9/19/17.

December 1, 2017

Detroit on StageDetroit on Stage: The Players Club, 1910-2005
(Wayne State Univ Press - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of 2007 book by Marijean Levering. About Detroit's Players Club, founded in 1910, an all-male club devoted to the production of theater by members for other members' enjoyment. "The Players" designed, directed, and acted in the shows, including playing the female roles. At their monthly frolics, members in the audience would wear tuxedos and drink beer out of personalized mugs, customs that remain to this day. Members included prominent Detroiters such as banker Henry B. Joy, Oldsmobile sales manager Roy D. Chapin, and Ford executives James Couzens and Edsel Ford. 292 pages.

December 5, 2017

Marie AntoinetteMarie Antoinette/3C
(TCG - Paperback Books/Kindle Edition)
Two plays by David Adjmi. Marie Antoinette premiered in co-production between American Repertory Theater and Yale Repertory Theatre in 2012. 3C is a "Three's Company" parody which premiered at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in 2012. 96 pages.

VicunaVicuña: A Play
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Paperback Book)
Political play by Jon Robin Baitz. Premiered at Center Group in Los Angeles in 2016; playing in Washington DC November 2017. 112 pages.

The Greatest ShowmanThe Art and Making of The Greatest Showman
(Weldon Owen - Hardcover Book)
By Signe Bergstrom. "The glorious world of P.T. Barnum and the holiday movie The Greatest Showman come to life in this lavish art book. Featuring unit photography and concept art of stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Ephron, Michelle Williams, and Zendaya as well as behind-the-scenes tales of the film's making, and lyrics to the movie musical's showstopping tunes, by the Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. 160 pages.

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.

Girl from the North CountryThe Girl from the North Country
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Conor McPherson's play with songs by Bob Dylan. Currently running at The Old Vic. 112 pages. Also published by Nick Hern Books in July 2017.

December 15, 2017

William TabbertWilliam Tabbert: Younger Than Springtime and Other Rarieties
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
Debut on CD of William Tabbert's (South Pacific) "Younger Than Springtime" album, plus bonus tracks from 1959 studio album An Evening with Jerome Kern, holiday single, and selections from Up in Central Park preserved on a V disc in 1945. "Gigi," "Giannina Mia," "Fanny," "Tomorrow ," "Girls Medley: Standing On The Corner / A Fellow Needs A Girl / Old Fashioned Girl / The Girl That I Marry," "Younger Than Springtime," "Tempo D'estate A Venezia," "Autumn Medley: Autumn Leaves / Another Autumn / Tristesse Eternelle ," "If Ever I Would Leave You," "If You Are But A Dream ," "The Song Is You," "All The Things You Are," "I've Told Every Little Star - With Dolores Perry," "You Are Love," "Where Or When," "Santa's On His Way - With The "400" Quartet And Joe Lipman Orchestra [Listen] ," "Ma! My Toys Are Broken - With The "400" Quartet And Joe Lipman Orchestra," "Up In Central Park Medley - Part One," "The Big Back Yard / Close As Pages In A Book," "Up In Central Park Medley - Part Two ," "The Fireman's Bride / When You Walk In The Room / Carousel In The Park." Part of Stage Door's Collector's Series, limited to 500 units. Amazon link to come; also at

December 12, 2017

December 30, 2017

Vivian LeighVivien Leigh: Actress and Icon
(Manchester Univ Press - Paperback Book)
Kate Dorney and Maggie B. Gale, editors. New readings of the life and career of actress Vivien Leigh, written by experts from theatre and film studies and curators from the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Uses newly accessible family archives to explore the complex relationship between Vivien Leigh's approach to the craft of acting for stage and screen, and how she shaped, developed and projected her public persona. Chapters range from analyses of her work on stage and screen to her collaborations with designers and photographers, an analysis of her fan base, her interior designs and the "public ownership" of her celebrity status during her lifetime and beyond. 256 pages.

January 2, 2018

AppropriateAppropriate and Other Plays
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' plays Appropriate, An Octoroon, Neighbors. 260 pages.

(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.

Kung FuKung Fu
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play about Bruce Lee by David Henry Hwang. Premiered at Signature Theatre (NY) in 2014. 112 pages.

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

Straight White Men
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Young Jean Lee. Presented at the Public Theater in 2014.

January 8, 2018

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.

January 9, 2018

Head of Passes
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Tarell Alvin McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays, Wig Out!. 96 pages.

For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Sarah Ruhl. Recently premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons. 144 pages.

The Penitent
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by David Mamet, which premiered at Atlantic Theatre Company in February 2017. 72 pages.

January 18, 2018

Antigone UndoneAntigone Undone: Juliette Binoche, Anne Carson, and the Art of Resistance
(Univ of Regina Press - new hardcover book)
By Will Aitken, after seeing the premiere of Anne Carson’s translation of Antigone, starring Juliette Binoche and directed by Ivo van Hove. His response to the play's protagonist, and the response to the play by Hegel, Virginia Woolf, Judith Butler, and others. 210 pages.

January 25, 2018

Fifty PlaywrightsFifty Playwrights on their Craft
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
By Caroline Jester and Caridad Svich. series of interviews with fifty playwrights from the US and UK, including Edward Bond, Katori Hall, Chris Goode, David Greig, Willy Russell, David Henry Hwang, Alecky Blythe, Anne Washburn, Simon Stephens, Neil LaBute, Christopher Shinn, Katori Hall, David Hare, Lucy Prebble, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Paula Vogel. 304 pages

January 30, 2018

There I Go Again: How I Came to Be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr. Craig, KITT, and Many Others
(Tantor Audio - new on Audiobook CD)
By William Daniels. Narrated by William Daniels. The author recounts his life and career on stage, TV and film. Hardcover book and Kindle Edition released March 2017.

February 6, 2018

The Cherry Orchard (Stephen Karma adaptation)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Stephen Karam's (The Humans) adaptation of Chekhov's play. Produced in 2016 by Roundabout Theatre.

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

February 13, 2018

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.

The World Only Spins ForwardThe World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America
(Bloomsbury USA - Hardcover Book)
By Isaac Butler and Dan Kois. Expanded version of oral history of Tony Kushner's Angels in America, originally published at Newly published material to include "delving into Ivo Van Hove's radical reimagining of the show, exploring the Signature [Theatre] production, greatly expanding the section on the two UK productions, covering the National revival next year, and exploring two particularly controversial productions (one in North Carolina, one in Washington, D.C.) that got swept up in the culture wars of the 1990s." 304 pages.

March 1, 2018

The Complete Lyrics of Alan Jay LernerThe Complete Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
Dominic McHugh and Amy Asch, editors. Includes numerous draft or alternate versions and songs cut from the shows. Compiled from dozens of archival collections, this invaluable resource and authoritative reference includes both Lerner's classic works and numerous discoveries, including his unproduced MGM movie Huckleberry Finn, selections from his college musicals, and lyrics from three different versions of Paint Your Wagon. This collection also includes extensive material from Lerner's two most ambitious musicals: Love Life, to music by Kurt Weill, and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, which Lerner wrote with Leonard Bernstein. 488 pages.

March 6, 2018

(Harper - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book/Digital Book)
New memoir by Andrew Lloyd Webber, delving into his personal creative process as he takes readers through the evolution of his career, recounting behind-the-scenes stories from his numerous musicals. Also covering his childhood home and family. 16 pages of color photos.

March 27, 2018

Failing UpFailing Up: How to Rise Above, Do Better, and Never Stop Learning
(Feiwel & Friends - new Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton). "Written in the style of a commencement speech, Failing Up brings together what Leslie has learned in life so far, tapping into universal themes of starting something new, following your passions, discovering your own potential, and surrounding yourself with the right people." 192 pages.

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

April 3, 2018

Something WonderfulSomething Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution
(Henry Holt. & Co. - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
"Todd S. Purdum's portrait of these two men, their creative process, and their groundbreaking innovations will captivate lovers of musical theater, lovers of the classic American songbook, and lovers in general. He shows that what Rodgers and Hammerstein wrought was truly something wonderful." 352 pages.

April 6, 2018

Frozen - The Broadway Musical
(Walt Disney Records - new on CD)
OBC recording of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez score. Cast includes Caissie Levy and Patti Murin as royal sisters Elsa and Anna, respectively. The cast includes Caissie Levy, Patti Murin, Greg Hildreth, Robert Creighton, John Riddle, and Jelani Alladin.

April 10, 2018

The ChildrenThe Children (TCG Edition)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Lucy Kirkwood. Played Royal Court Theatre in 2016 and starting on Broadway November 28 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. 80 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.

The Cradle Will Rock
(new on CD)
2017 Opera Saratoga production of score from Marc Blitzstein opera.

Debbie Gravitte: Big Band Broadway
(new album)
Details to come.

Ernest ShackletonErnest Shackleton Loves Me
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Original cast recording of score by Brendan Milburn (music) and Val Vigoda (lyrics). Starring Val Vigoda (Striking 12) and charismatic Wade McCollum. Music direction and orchestrations by Ryan O'Connell. Fall 2017 release expected.

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

Hamilton Mixtape Vol. 2
(new on CD/digital)
“The Schuyler Sisters” and other songs with contemporary pop start treatment.

Harbinger 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; Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt: Hidden Treasures; Sidney Myer Live! DVD o-production with the Mabel Mercer Foundation.

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

Karen Olivo solo album
Album with musical a "theatre repertoire, but with a completely different spin." Release date unknown.

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.

Lena Hall: Obsessed–Hedwig
(new on CD)
Acoustic versions of songs from the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Per the artist via Instagram.

Lightning Thief vinylThe Lightning Thief vinyl
(Broadway Records - new on vinyl)
Original cast recording. Written by Joe Tracz and Rob Rokicki. Off-Broadway cast (currently at the Lucille Lortel Theatre) Chris McCarrell, Carrie Compere, Sarah Beth Pfeifer, Jonathan Raviv, James Hayden Rodriguez, George Salazar, and Kristin Stokes. Produced by Michael Croiter and Rob Rokicki. CD released July 2017. Pre-ordering only at

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.

Shoshana Bean: Long Time Coming
(new album)
New solo album. Expected Fall 2017.

-- Sound Advice Staff

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