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Updated 7/22/17

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2018 On Broadway Calendar2018 On Broadway Wall Calendar
(Time Factory - Wall Calendar)
Twelve full-color Playbills plus a description of each, with a 4-month bonus spread featuring January 2019 - April 2019. 12" x 12" wall calendar. Rent, A Chorus Line, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Sunday in the Park with George, Lost in Yonkers, Hamilton, South Pacific, August: Osage County, The Heidi Chronicles, Fences, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Angels in America.

Anastasia Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Vocal selections for score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. 14 songs: "A Rumor in St. Petersburg," "In My Dreams," "Learn to Do It," "My St. Petersburg," "Once Upon a December," "Stay, I Pray for You," "We'll Go from There," "Still," "Journey to the Past," "Paris Holds the Key (To Your Heart)," "Crossing a Bridge," "Close the Door," "In a Crowd of Thousands," "Everything to Win." Released 5/1/17.

(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Digital Book)
Play by Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Bluebird. Frantic Assembly production at The Royal Exchange began on July 1. (Recording of the accompanying music released recently.) 64 pages.

Holiday Inn OBCHoliday Inn OBC
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
New Irving Berlin musical. Bryce Pinkham, Lora Lee Gayer, Tony Award nominee Megan Lawrence, Danny Rutigliano, Megan Sikora, and Corbin Bleu. Executive produced by Universal Stage Productions. "Overture," "Steppin' Out with My Baby / I'll Capture Your Heart," "The Little Things in Life," "Blue Skies," "Marching Along with Time," "Heat Wave," "It's a Lovely Day Today," "Plenty to be Thankful For," "Nothing More to Say," "Shaking the Blues Away," "White Christmas," "Holiday Inn / Happy Holiday," "Let's Start the New Year Right," "You're Easy to Dance With," "Let's Take an Old-Fashioned Walk," "Be Careful, It's My Heart," "Easter Parade," "Song of Freedom," "Let's Say It with Firecrackers," "Finale Ultimo (Steppin' Out with My Baby / I'll Capture Your Heart / Cheek to Cheek)," Bonus Track: "Entr'acte." Also at Ghostlight Records. Digital version released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes

In TransitIn Transit OBC
(Hollywood Records - new on CD)
New Broadway a capella musical. Music by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth; lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth. Cast includes David Abeles, Moya Angela, Steven "HeaveN" Cantor, Justin Guarini, Telly Leung, Erin Mackey, Gerianne Pérez, Margo Seibert, Chesney Snow, James Snyder, Mariand Torres, Nicholas Ward. "Deep Beneath the City / Not There Yet," "Do What I Do," "Four Days Home," "Broke," "Saturday Night Obsession," "Wingman," "But, Ya Know," "Not There Yet (Reprise)," "Keep It Goin'," "A Little Friendly Advice," "Choosing Not to Know," "The Moving Song," "We Are Home," "Getting There," "Finale," "Preshow Message," "A Math Question," "We Are Home Exit Music." Digital version released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes.

Sondheim ReinventionStephen Sondheim and the Reinvention of the American Musical Audiobook
(Univ Press of Mississippi - Audio Book)
Audio book of 2016 book by Robert L. McLaughlin. David Stifel, Narrator. Places Sondheim's work in two contexts: the exhaustion of the musical play and the postmodernism that, by the 1960s, deeply influenced all the American arts. 10 hours and 38 minutes. Released 6/27/17.

Wizard of OzThe Wizard of Oz 2018 Wall Calendar
(Mead - Wall Calendar)
16-month 2018 wall calendar with bonus downloadable wallpaper.

July 25, 2017

The BackstagersThe Backstagers Vol. 1
(BOOM! Box - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By James Tynion. Illustrated by Rian Sygh. "When Jory transfers to an all-boys private high school, he’s taken in by the only ones who don’t treat him like a new kid, the lowly stage crew known as the Backstagers." 112 pages.

Harry PotterHarry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production
(Arthur A. Levine Books - Paperback Book/Digital Book)

A new play by Jack Thorne based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, on Broadway beginning April 22, 2108. This is a revised version which updates the "Special Rehearsal Edition", with the conclusive and final dialogue from the play, which has subtly changed since its rehearsals, as well as a conversation piece between director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne, who share stories and insights about reading playscripts. This edition also includes useful background information including the Potter family tree and a timeline of events from the wizarding world prior to the beginning of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. 336 pages.

July 28, 2017

Bubble BoyBubble Boy
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Original cast recording of Cinco Paul score. "Bubble Boy," "It Will Be Chloe," "Stay Clean," "Falling for the Boy," "Decontaminate Me," "Prom Night," "It Will Be Mark," "Prom Night (Reprise)," "Falling for the Boy (Reprise)," "Please Stay," "Out of Here," "Bright and Shiny," "Bring Back My Boy," "Regret," "Something Called Forever," "Gotta Get That Boy," "It's an Elk," "There's a Bubble Around My Heart," "I Stole a Bus," "You Can See the Moon Today," "One More Mile," "I'd Rather Spend One Minute Holding You," "Finale."

God Bless You, Mr. RosewaterGod Bless You, Mr. Rosewater Encores! cast
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/mp3)
Alan Menken and Howard Ashman score. Cast includes Skylar Astin, Santino Fontana, James Earl Jones, Rebecca Naomi Jones and Kate Wetherhead, Derrick Baskin, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Nick Choksi, Eddie Cooper, Kevin Del Aguila, Clark Johnson, Kevin Ligon, Marla Louissaint, Liz McCartney, Bonnie Milligan and Brynn O'Malley. "Overture," "The Rosewater Foundation," "The Rosewater Foundation (Reprise)," "Dear Ophelia," "Thank God for the Volunteer Fire Brigade," "Mushari's Waltz (Magical Moment)," "Thirty Miles From the Banks of the Ohio/Look Who's Here," "Cheese Nips," "The Rosewater Foundation (Reprise II)," "Since You Came to This Town," "A Poem by William Blake," "The Rhode Island Tango," "Eliot/Sylvia," "Plain Clean Average Americans," "A Firestorm Consuming Indianapolis," "Dear Ophelia (Reprise)," "I, Eliot Rosewater." Also at Ghostlight Records.

Jessica Molaskey Portraits of JoniJessica Molaskey: Portraits of Joni
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Launch of "Ghostlight Deluxe" imprint. Mixes elements of jazz, pop, folk and Americana into a uniquely powerful and poignant celebration of the iconic songwriter, Joni Mitchell. Album guest stars include Larry Goldings, Randy Brecker, Harry Allen and John Pizzarelli. "Help Me," "Dreamland / Carey," "A Case of You," "The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines," "Marcie," "In France They Kiss On Main Street," "The Last Time I Saw Richard," "Raised on Robbery," "Little Green," "The Circle Game / Waters of March," "All I Want / Blue," "Chelsea Morning," "Both Sides Now," "Big Yellow Taxi." Customers who pre-order the album via Apple Music will immediately receive the single "Help Me." Also at Ghostlight Records.

Wendy WassersteinWendy Wasserstein (Michigan Modern Dramatists)
(Univ of Michigan Press - Paperback Book)
By Jill Dolan. 208 pages.

August 1, 2017

Barter TheatreThe Barter Theatre Story: Love Made Visible
(Appalachian State Univ - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of 1982 book by Mark Dawidziak about the Barter Theatre, opened in 1933 in Abingdon, Virginia, and became the Virginia State Theatre in 1946. The theater where Gregory Peck, Ernest Borgnine, Patricia Neal, Ned Beatty, and Hume Cronyn got their starts. 144 pages.

Create!Create!: How Extraordinary People Live To Create and Create To Live
(Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing - Paperback Book)
Curated by Ronald Rand. Rare interviews capturing the essence of artistic life—actors, artists, dancers, directors, musicians, composers, mime artists, playwrights, and writers share insight on the importance of the arts for humankind. Edward Albee, Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Ellen Burstyn, Ruby Dee, Katherine Dunham, Eve Ensler, Al Hirschfeld, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Chaka Khan, Robert Lepage, Christopher Plummer, Tony Randall, Roy Scheider, Elie Wiesel and more, with over 150 full-color photos and iconic illustrations and paintings. 304 pages.

August 2, 2017

Into the Woods Fourth WallSondheim and Lapine's Into the Woods (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Olaf Jubin. Detailed reading of the show itself ... discussing key productions in New York and London, and screen adaptation. A combination of critical interpretation with performance and film analysis, as well as an overview of popular and critical reception. Part of Routledge's Fourth Wall series: short, accessible accounts of some of modern theatre's best loved works. 128 pages.

August 4, 2017

ZipperzZipperz world premiere recording
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/mp3)
Score by Nathaniel Stookey and Dan Harder. Manoel Felciano and Robin Coomer. Magik Orchestra conducted by Donato Cabrera. "Well, Isn't He Polite?," "But, Wait, That Was a Glance...," "Well, That Wasn't so Hard!," "But I Don't Call," "Well, Fella, Two Can Play at That Game," "Hello, It's... Yes?," "Any First Date Is a Strange Thing," "Like the Two Sides of an Emotional Equation," "Suddenly," "Oh, God, This Wasn't Supposed to Happen," "We Kiss," "Duet for Two Cigarettes," "But Now, What Do We Do?," "Excuse Me, Dear," "Love Is Blind," "I've Thought and Thought," "If."

August 8, 2017

Hamilton Day CalendarHamilton 2018 Day-to-Day Calendar
(Universe Publishing - Calendar)
Features 365 days of historical dates, excerpts from Hamilton's own writings, and lyrics from Lin-Manuel Miranda's score.

Hamilton Wall CalendarHamilton 2018 Wall Calendar
(Universe Publishing - wall calendar)
Features photos of the Hamilton original cast, by Josh Lehrer, lyrics from the show, and important historical dates.

August 10, 2017

Amelie SongbookAmélie: A New Musical: Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
A dozen vocal selections from the 2017 Broadway musical based on the 2001 film of the same, with a score by Nathan Tysen and Daniel Messe. Features vocal line arrangements with piano accompaniment. "A Better Haircut," "The Girl with the Glass," "Goodbye Amelie," "Halfway," "The Late Nino Quincampoix," "Sister's Pickle," "Stay," "Thin Air," "Times Are Hard for Dreamers," "Tour De France," "When the Booth Goes Bright," "Where Do We Go from Here." 100 pages.

Rylance GlobeShakespeare in the Theatre: Mark Rylance at the Globe
(Bloomsbury Arden - Paperback Book)
By Stephen Purcell. Explores the Globe Theatre's first decade of productions under the leadership of Sir Mark Rylance. Material from the theatre's archive, interviews with Globe practitioners, and Rylance's own personal archive. Concludes with an in-depth interview with Rylance himself. 272 pages.

August 11, 2017

Battle of the BoatThe Battle of the Boat
(new on CD/iTunes)
ew musical by Ethan Donnelly and Jenna Maltby. Set during World War I, the musical was first performed by the National Youth Music Theatre, in August 2016 at the Rose, Kingston. Recording produced by John Merriman, with 27 performers and 14 musicians (all age 11-21) at Crown Lane Studios, Morden, London.

The View UpStairsThe View UpStairs
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Original Off-Broadway cast recording of score by Max Vernon. Jeremy Pope, Taylor Frey, Nathan Lee Graham, Frenchie Davis, Benjamin Howes, Michael Longoria, Ben Mayne, Nancy Ticotin, Randy Redd, Richard E. Waits, Anthony Alfaro, and April Ortiz. In addition to Amazon, also at

August 15, 2017

RSC 2018 CalendarRoyal Shakespeare Company - Angus McBean Wall Calendar 2018 (Art Calendar)
(Flame Tree Publishing - wall calendar)
Photography by Angus McBean. Iconic photographs from plays, including Laurence Olivier as Malvolio in Twelfth Night; Vanessa Redgrave as Rosalind in As You Like It; and Vivien Leigh as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month's views.

August 18, 2017

Helen TraubelHelen Traubel: The Loveliest Night of The Year
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
Opera and stage (Pipe Dream) singer/star. Includes 14 tracks from the LP plus bonus recordings made earlier of standards and from the world of operetta. "Because," "Danny Boy," "Trees," "When Day Is Done," "The Loveliest Night of the Year," "Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral ," "September Song," "Autumn Leaves ," "Three O'clock in the Morning ," "Brahms' Lullaby," "Poor Butterfly ," "When I Grow Too Old to Dream," "Summertime," "I Believe," "All the Things You Are," "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "Old Folks at Home ," "A Perfect Day," "It's a Grand Night For Singing," "The Missouri Waltz ," "Anniversary Song," "Beautiful Ohio," "My Moonlight Madonna," "Auf Wiedersehn," "Yours Is My Heart Alone," "The Merry Widow Waltz."

Legally BoundLegally Bound: Live at Feinstein's 54 Below
(Broadway Records - new on CD/digital)
Andy Karl and Orfeh. "You're All I Need to Get By," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough ," "Ain't No Stopping Us Now, A very rowdy crowd…, "The Promise," Something good had to come out of the 80s… , "Make Like a Nail/If I Can Dream," I love it when the napkins start to dance…, "History," Some artists that you come up listening to…, "I'm Your Baby Tonight" (with Andrew Logan), That show really sort of pushed the limits…, "Keep on Standing," "Piece of My Heart, That happens in my living room at least twice a week…, "Seeing You," "Kiss." Also at

August 22, 2017

Richard MaxwellRichard Maxwell and New York City Players: The Theater Years
(Westreich Wagner / Greene Naftali - Paperback Book)
The plays of New York–based experimental theater director and playwright Richard Maxwell. 224 pages.

August 25, 2017

Dear Evan Hansen vinylDear Evan Hansen OBC Vinyl w/digital download
(Atlantic - new 2-LP Blue Vinyl)
Score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Ben Platt, Laura Dreyfuss, Rachel Bay Jones, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Mike Faist, Michael Park, Will Roland and Kristolyn Lloyd, and Michael Lee Brown, Garrett Long, Olivia Puckett, Colton Ryan, and Asa Somers. "Anybody Have a Map?," "Waving Through A Window," "For Forever," "Sincerely, Me," "Requiem," "If I Could Tell Her," "Disappear," "You Will Be Found," "To Break In a Glove," "Only Us," "Good For You," "Words Fail," "So Big / So Small," "Finale." Produced by Atlantic Records, Alex Lacamoire, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and co-produced by Stacey Mindich. Free digital download also included.

August 29, 2017

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.

September 5, 2017

Broadway General ManagerBroadway General Manager: Demystifying the Most Important and Least Understood Role in Show Business
(Allworth Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By veteran general manager Peter Bogyo. Glimpse into the world of theatrical general management. Laced with humorous insights and personal anecdotes. Examines actual production and operating budgets for a Broadway show and offers analysis of real contracts. Also: How to get started as a general manager; Negotiating contracts; How the producing entity functions; Programming the box office; The issues related to hiring employees; Binding insurance; Financial overview; Maintaining the run of a show; What to do when sales start to slump; Closing a show.

Sense of Occasion: Hal PrinceSense of Occasion: Hal Prince
(Applause Books - Hardcover Book)
Memoir by Harold Prince. Includes the content of Prince's 1974 book "Contradictions: Notes on Twenty-Six Years in the Theatre," plus his present-day reflections on that text and much more original content. 304 pages.

September 12, 2017

American Theatre WingThe American Theatre Wing, an Oral History: 100 Years, 100 Voices, 100 Million Miracles
(Applause - Hardcover Book)
By Patrick Pacheco. Coffee-table book celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the American Theatre Wing. Untold lore and never-before-seen photos ... traces the American Theatre Wing as a defender of the country's most romantic ideals through two world wars, presciently establishing an interracial policy at the Stage Door Canteen despite being denounced from the well of the United States Senate. Artists from Broadway, Off Broadway, and regional theater tell their own stories in the book, including Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Harold Prince, Neil Patrick Harris, James Corden, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. 248 pages.

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

September 19, 2017

Do Re Mi bookBroadway Baby: Do Re Mi: An illustrated sing-along to The Sound of Music
(Walter Foster Jr. - Board Book)
First title in the Broadway Baby series for pre-schoolers. Pairs the famous lyrics with illustrations by Miriam Bos.

My Favorite ThingsBroadway Baby: My Favorite Things: An illustrated sing-along to The Sound of Music
(Walter Foster Jr. - Board Book)
Pairs the famous lyrics with illustrations by Daniel Roode.

September 2017, release date unknown

Barnum BackersBarnum Backer's Audition
(Harbinger/Naxos - new on CD)
1980 backer's audition recording, as presented by the authors, for Barnum. Music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Michael Stewart. Recorded live on New York's Upper East Side in the apartment of Maurice and Lois Rosenfield. "Introduction," "Come Follow the Band," "There Is a Sucker Born Every Minute," "The Colors of My Life," "Now You See It, Now You Don't," "One Brick at a Time," "I Like Your Style," "Bigger Isn't Better," "Love Makes Such Fools of Us All," "Out There," "At Least I Tried," "The Prince of Humburg," "Black and White," "Join the Circus," "Thank God I'm Old." 10-page booklet includes background and photos. Produced by Ken Bloom. Part of the Harbinger Records/Musical Theater Project Songwriter Showcase Series.

Kid VictoryKid Victory original Off-Broadway cast
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Vineyard Theatre cast recording of score by John Kander and Greg Pierce. Original cast includes Ann Arvia, Joel Blum, Laura Darrell, Jeffry Denman, Brandon Flynn, Daniel Jenkins, Dee Roscioli, Karen Ziemba and Blake Zolfo. To be recorded March 20. Produced by Michael Croiter. Amazon link to come. Currently at

October 3, 2017

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.

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

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.

Finding RogerFinding Roger: An Improbably Theatrical Love Story
(Kingswell - Hardcover Book)
By Rick Elice. Memoir of Elice's 34 years with Roger Rees. 256 pages.

Life Is Like a MusicalLife Is Like a Musical: How Broadway Can Help You Live Your Best Life
(Running Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By book author and Broadway dancer Tim Federle. Features 50 tips and anecdotes, with chapters such as "Let Someone Else Take a Bow," "Dance Like Everyone's Watching," and "Save the Drama for the Stage." 224 pages.

M. Butterfly: Broadway Tie-In Edition
(Plume - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by David Hwang, returning to Broadway in October 2017. 124 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/Kindle Edition)
Play by Young Jean Lee. Presented at the Public Theater in 2014.

October 10, 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.

Hirschfeld the BiographyHirschfeld: The Biography
(Sarah Crichton Books - new Hardcover Book/Digital 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.

Turner Classic Movie MusicalsTurner Classic Movies: Must-See Musicals: 50 Show-Stopping Movies We Can't Forget
(Running Press - Paperback Book/Digital Book)
By Richard Barrios. Foreword by Michael Feinstein. Covering 50 of the best spanning the dawn of sound to the high-def present ... lushly illustrated and brightly written with reviews and "backstage" stories. 264 pages.

Voice LessonsVoice Lessons: A Sisters Story
(St. Martin's Press - Hardcover Book/Digital Book/Audiobook)
By Cara Mentzel. Foreword by her siser, Idina Menzel. " the story of one younger sister growing up in the shadow of a larger-than-life older sister—looking up to her, wondering how they were alike and how they were different and, ultimately, learning how to live her own life and speak in her own voice on her own terms." Audiobook read by the author.

October 16, 2017

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

CarouselRodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel (The Oxford Keynotes Series)
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book)By Tim Carter. 152 pages. The first book on Carousel's history and impact. Presents new archival materials on the creation of the show.

October 17, 2017

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.

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

William Ivey Long: Costume Designs 2007-2016
(Mint Museum - Hardcover Book)
Rebecca Elliot, Peter Marks, Annie Carlano (editor). A review of the illustrious career of costume designer William Ivey Long and an analysis of his work. Illustrations of his sketches, fabric swatches, and costume designs; discussion of the productions brought to life by his award-winning costumes.

October 31, 2017

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

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.

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 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. Audibokk 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.

November 21, 2017

Dear 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

December 12, 2017

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.

January 2, 2018

(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by César Alvarez. 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.

January 8, 2018

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.

March 6, 2018

Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution
(Henry Holt. & Co. - Hardcover Book)
"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.

(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.

The 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 27, 2018

Failing 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.

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

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.

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.

(Warner Music Group - new on CD)
Live New York Theatre Workshop cast recording of Anaïs Mitchell's score. Nabiyah Be, Damon Daunno, Lulu Fall, Amber Grey, Patrick Page, Jessie Shelton, Chris Sullivan, Shaina Taub. Arrangements and orchestrations by Michael Chorney; and co-arrangements & orchestrations and music supervision by Todd Sickafoose. Recorded June 28 and June 29. 4-song EP release in October 2017.

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.

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

Rodgers and Hammerstein II biography
(Henry Holt)
By Todd S. Purdum. To be published in 2018.

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

The SpongeBob Musical
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD)
Cast recording for Nickelodeon musical. 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. Recorded August 2016.

Stage to Stage: My Journey to Broadway
(new book)
By Josh Groban. "Full of great memories."

Sunday in the Park with George revival cast
(Warner Music Group - 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. Produced and mixed by Bart Migal. Recording date late April 2017. Summer 2017 release expected.

-- Sound Advice Staff

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