Sound Advice
Schedule of New & Upcoming CD, DVD & Book Releases

Updated 3/2/21 | Please note that scheduling changes due to the coronavirus pandemic are being made as soon as we are aware of them. But there may be further changes in release dates in the future, as things play out.

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Chip Deffaa's Irving Berlin: Sweet and Hot
(Garret Mountain Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Produced by Chip Deffaa. Performers include Seth Sikes, Jerry Dixon, Keith Anderson, Jon Peterson, Steve Ross, Tyquan Malik White, Jeremy Januti, Daryl Sherman. 26 tracks. Released 11/16/20. See our review of this album.

Insane Animals
(Very Attractive Records - new album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording of score by George Heyworth and Liv Morris. Cast includes Lockie Chapman. Musical arrangements by Victoria Falconer. The musical at HOME, Manchester, in March 2020.

The Untold Stories of Broadway, Volume 4
(Dress Circle Publishing - Paperback Book)
Latest in series by Jennifer Ashley Tepper. Includes over 30 new interviews, features hundreds of theatre professionals discussing everything that makes Broadway essential. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Broadway Advocacy Coalition. 467 pages.

March 5, 2021

(new at iTunes)
Concert cast album of score by Alex James Ellison and Tom Lees. Cast includes Luke Bayer, Aoife Clesham, Dan Buckley, Hiba Elchikhe, and Alex James Ellison. Premiered at Southwark Playhouse in 2019.

J. Breckenridge: "Y.O.U."
(Red Card Records - new digital single on mp3)
From upcoming album by Josh Breckenridge (Come from Away, The Scottsboro Boys). Produced by James Frazee.

(Broadway Records/Astoria Performing Arts Center - new on CD)
Original cast recording of Michael Cooper/Anton Dudley solo musical score. Starring Cady Huffman. Presented at Astoria Performing Arts Center in November 2019. Traces the life of Marguerite Bourgeoys, the first female saint of Canada. 30 tracks. Released 1/26/20 on mp3 and at iTunes. Also at

Rebecca Luker and Sally Wilfert: All The Girls
(PS Classics - new on CD)
Rebecca Luker and Sally Wilfert's personal celebration of womanhood in all its complexities and varied expressions. Adapted from the show of the same name. Songs by Stephen Sondheim, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Fred Ebb & John Kander, a medley from musicals featuring iconic female duets, art songs, cabaret material, and settings of poems written expressly for them by the show's music director, Joseph Thalken (who expanded the orchestrations from four to ten pieces for this recording). "You Are My Best Friend," "Lovely Lies," "What Did You Do to Your Face," "Everybody Says Don't," "There Are Delicacies," "I Have Loved Hours at Sea," "Marilyn Miller," "Shows we could have starred in together" medley - Rebecca & Sally," "A QUOI Bon Dire," "War Song," "Isn't This Better?," "Millwork," "Not Funny," "Be Careful." Released 12/25/20 on mp3 and at iTunes

The Wellsongs Project
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Collection of 16 new songs performed by a cast that includes Kate Baldwin, Christine Andreas, Lisa Howard, Ethan Slater, Jason Gotay, Margo Seibert, Allie Trimm, Lisa Brescia, Bradley Gibson, Halle Hunt, Marissa McGowan, Michael Mendez, Will Reynolds, and Vishal Vaidya. Produced by Michael A. Pizzi with music direction by Brian Cavanagh-Strong. Engineered by James Yost, mixed by Jahn Sood, and mastered by Patrick Derivaz. All proceeds of this album will go towards providing performing arts opportunities for children with special needs. Released 2/12/21 on mp3 and at iTunes Also at

March 8, 2021

Mill Girls
(new interactive EP)
Four songs from new musical by Diana Lawrence, Samantha Beach, and Jess McLeod, plus bonus track of historical context by Lowell National Park Ranger Allison Horrocks and UMass-Lowell Professor Robert Forrant. Nikki Renée Daniels, Alysha Deslorieux, Nikhil Saboo, Bri Sudia, and Lucy Godinez.

March 9, 2021

The Great Caruso
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1951 (somewhat fictionalized) autobiographical musical film from M-G-M starring Mario Lanza. Directed by Richard Thorpe. New 1080p HD master sourced from 4K scan of original nitrate Technicolor negatives. Extras: Documentary Mario Lanza: Singing to the Gods; theatrical trailer. 109 minutes.

March 12, 2021

Jane Monheit: Come What May
(Club44 Records - new on CD)
All-new collection of songbook classics. Produced by Jane Monheit, Wayne Haun, and Jamey Tate. "I Believe in You," "When a Woman Loves a Man," "Let's Take a Walk Around the Block," "Lush Life," "Let's Face the Music and Dance," "Samba Do Avião," "The Nearness of You," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "The Man That Got Away," "My Funny Valentine."

My Fair Lady
(Music on Vinyl - 2-LP vinyl album)
Expanded 1964 original soundtrack. Score by Frederick Loewe and Allan Jay Lerner. All the songs from the film, plus 11 bonus tracks. Limited edition of 1000 individually numbered copies on transparent purple swirled vinyl.

March 16, 2021

Damn Yankees
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1958 film based on the Broadway musical. Directed by George Abbott and Stanley Donen. Score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. Cast includes Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon, Ray Walston. New 1080p HD master sourced from 4K scan of preservation separation masters.

David Suchet: Behind the Lens: My Life
(Constable - Hardcover Book)
Autobiography (with photos) by stage and film actor David Suchet. Discusses his London upbringing and love of the city, his Jewish roots and how they have influenced his career, the importance of his faith, how he really feels about fame, his love of photography and music, and his processes as an actor. He looks back on his fifty-year career, including reflections on how the industry has changed, his personal highs and lows, and how he wants to be remembered. 320 pages.

March 18, 2021

Paris and the Musical: The City of Light on Stage and Screen
(Routledge - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Olaf Jubin. Explores how the famous city has been portrayed on stage and screen, and investigates why the city has been of such importance to the genre and tracks how it has developed as a trope over the 20th and 21st centuries. From An American in Paris, Gigi, Les Misérables, Moulin Rouge! and The Phantom of the Opera to Bless the Bride, Can-Can, Irma la Douce and Marguerite. 414 pages.

March 19, 2021

Angela's Ring
(Tiger Turn - new on CD/digital)
New jazz opera based on the European debt crisis, co-composed by bassist Kabir Sehgal and pianist Marie Incontrera. Cast includes including Lucy Schaufer, David Gordon, Brandon Snook, Erik Bagger, Marnie Breckinridge. Leveraged Jazz Orchestra and guest soloists including Aaron Diehl (piano), Grace Kelly (saxophone), Manuel Valera (piano), Oran Etkin (clarinet), Edmar Casteñada (harp), and Papo Vazquez (trombone).

Beulah Bondi: A Life on Stage and Screen
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
By Axel Nissen. The life and career of film, stage (Street Scene) and television actress Beulah Bondi. 253 pages.

Show Time Series: EP Collection Vol 1
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
The first volume of Stage Door Records' "Show Time" Series EP collection. To be issued across three albums, the collection compiles all 16 EPs which formed the "Show Time" Series as recorded and released by RCA Victor in 1953 ... a recording initiative by RCA Victor to recreate highlights from a diverse selection of Broadway musicals, revues and operettas from the first half of the 20th century. The series featured a host of Broadway star performers, many of whom introduced their songs in the original stage productions ... and some of Broadway's finest musical directors (including Jay Blackton and Lehman Engel). Volume 1 includes selections from Oklahoma!, Carousel, Showboat, The Cat and the Fiddle, Babes in Arms and Jumbo. Featured performers include John Raitt, Patricia Northrup, Doretta Morrow, Helena Bliss, Carol Bruce, Patricia Neway, Stephen Douglass, William Tabbert, Lisa Kirk, Sheila Bond and Jack Cassidy. Most of the tracks have never been released on CD. Each volume in the series is limited to 500 units only.

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

March 25, 2021

From Here To Eternity
(Liberator Films - new on DVD)
Premiere West End production. Music and lyrics by Stuart Brayson and Tim Rice and book by Bill Oakes. Cast includes Darius Campbell, Robert Lonsdale, Rebecca Thornhill, Siubhan Harrison, and Ryan Sampson. NTSC format (Region 2/PAL format released in 2014). 145 minutes.

And This is My Friend Sandy: Sandy Wilson's The Boy Friend, London Theatre and Gay Culture
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book)
By Deborah Philips. Situates the production of Sandy Wilson's The Boy Friend and the Players' Theatre in the context of a post-war London and reads The Boy Friend, and Wilson's later work, as exercises in contemporary camp. Argues for Wilson as a significant and transitional figure both for musical theatre and for modes of homosexuality in the context of the pre-Wolfenden 1950s.

March 26, 2021

Once on This Island
(Broadway Records - new 2-LP vinyl album)
2017 revival cast recording of Lynn Ahrens/Stephen Flaherty score. Cast includes Lea Salonga, Alex Newell, Merle Dandridge, and Quentin Earl Darrington, Hailey Kilgore, Phillip Boykin, Darlesia Cearcy, Rodrick Covington, Emerson Davis, Alysha Deslorieux, Tyler Hardwick, Cassondra James, David Jennings, Grasan Kingsberry, Loren Lott, Kenita R. Miller, Isaac Powell, T. Oliver Reid, Aurelia Williams, and Mia Williamson. New orchestrations by new orchestrations by original orchestrator Michael Starobin and AnnMarie Milazzo. Album produced by Elliott Scheiner, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, Hunter Arnold, and Ken Davenport. On orange vinyl. At

March 31, 2021

American Musicals in Context: From the American Revolution to the 21st Century
(Greenwood - Hardcover Book)
By Thomas A. Greenfield. A fresh look at history-based musicals, helping readers to understand the American story through one of the country's most celebrated art forms: the musical. Provides the synopsis, critical and audience reception, and historical context and analysis for each of 20 musicals selected for the unique and illuminating way they present America's story on the stage.

April 1, 2021

Ben Bagley's Cole Porter Revisited
(Kritzerland - on CD)
Arrangements and orchestrations by Norman Paris. Cast includes Kaye Ballard, Bobby Short, Bibi Osterwald, and David Allen. Remastered. Cover by Harvey Schmidt. Limited release of 500 copies only. Expected to ship by the first week of April. At

Ben Bagley's Unpublished Cole Porter Volume II
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Cast includes Karen Morrow, Edward Earle, Laura Kenyon, Alice Playten, Blossom Dearie, Carmen Alvarez, Charles Rydell, Kaye Ballard. Arrangements by Judd Woldin. Remastered. Limited to 500 copies only. Expected to ship by the first week in April. At

A Wonderful Guy: Conversations with the Great Men of Musical Theater
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Eddie Shapiro. Follow up to the author's 2014 book Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater. Never-before-published interviews with some of Broadway's leading men, such as Joel Grey, Ben Vereen, Norm Lewis, Gavin Creel, Cheyenne Jackson, Jonathan Groff.

April 2, 2021

Amélie OLC
(Craft Recordings - new on CD)
Score by Daniel Messé (music and lyrics) and Nathan Tysen (lyrics). Audrey Brisson, Sophie Crawford, Faoileann Cunningham, Rachel Dawson, Oliver Grant, Chris Jared, Caolan McCarthy, Kate Robson-Stuart, Josh Sneesby, Jez Unwin, Johnson Willis. "The Flight of the Blue Fly," "World's Best Papa," "Post Mortem," "The Sound of Going Round In Circles," "The Commute Home," "When the Booth Goes Bright," "The Bottle Drops," "Girl with the Glass," "How To Tell Time," "Tour De France," "Goodbye, Amélie," "Half Asleep," "Backyard," "Sister's Pickle," "Halfway," "Window Seat," "Thin Air," "There's No Place Like Gnome," "Times Are Hard for Dreamers," "Blue Arrow Suite," "The Late Nino Quincampoix," "A Better Haircut," "Stay," "Halfway (Reprise / Original London Cast Recording)," "Where Do We Go From Here?." Previously released on mp3 and at iTunes.

April 6, 2021

My Broken Language: A Memoir
(One World - Hardcover book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook)
By Quiara Alegría Hudes (Water By the Spoonful, In the Heights). Weaves together Hudes’s love of books with the stories of her family, and the lessons of North Philly with those of Yale. 336 pages.

April 9, 2021

Something Wonderful: Peggy Lee Sings The Great American Songbook
(Omnivore Recordings/Peggy Lee Associates - on 2 CDs)
40 tracks from 1951-52's "The Peggy Lee Show," most tracks previously unissued. Standards from Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Hoagy Carmichael, and more. Liner notes by journalist Joe Marchese. Deluxe digi-pak packaging. Compiled to accompany the 2020 PBS documentary, Fever: The Music of Peggy Lee.

The Reason to Sing: A Guide to Acting While Singing
(Routledge - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By composer-lyricist and teacher Craig Carnelia (Working, Is There Life After High School?, Sweet Smell of Success). Step-by-step guide to making singing performances more truthful, vivid, and full of life. Utilizes detailed descriptions of sessions the author has had with his notable students and lays out a new and proven approach to help you build your skills, your confidence, and your career. 182 pages.

April 13, 2021

Lilyville: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I've Played
(Hachette Books - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Tovah Feldshuh. "Memoir that shares the highs and lows of a remarkable career that has spanned five decades, and shares the lessons that she has learned, often the hard way, about how to live a life in the spotlight, strive for excellence, and still get along with your mother." 320 pages.

April 15, 2021

The Best Men's Monologues from New Plays, 2020
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Lawrence Harbison, editor. Approximately 100 men's monologues for actors to use for auditions and in class, all from recently produced plays ... by both well-known playwrights such as Don Nigro, Theresa Rebeck, Rob Ackerman, Len Jenkin, Stephen Belber, and Tim Blake Nelson, and future stars such as David MacGregor, Reina Hardy, Chris Daftsios, Frank Basloe, and Will Arbery. 184 pages.

The Best Women's Monologues from New Plays, 2020
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Lawrence Harbison, editor. Approximately 100 women’s monologues for actors to use for auditions and in class, all from recently produced plays ... by both well-known playwrights such as Don Nigro, Saviana Stanescu, and Len Jenkin and future stars such as Lia Romeo, Steven Hayet, Lori Fischer, Will Arbery, and Carey Crim. 184 pages.

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

Notes on the Writing of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Robert L. Freedman, editor. Bookwriter Freedman goes through the process of writing a new musical, including story structure, song placement, dialogue, character development, and more that led to the creation of 2014 A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. Describes the challenging and rewarding growing pains. 72 pages.

The Stephen Sondheim Encyclopedia
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book)
By Cincinnati theatre critic Rick Pender (was executive editor and publisher of Everything Sondheim and managing editor of The Sondheim Review). Detailed and comprehensive reference devoted to musical theater’s most prolific and admired composer and lyricist. Entries cover Sondheim's numerous collaborators—from composers and directors to designers and orchestras; key songs; major works; Sondheim’s mentoring by Oscar Hammerstein II and his early collaboration with Leonard Bernstein; profiles of the actors who originated roles and sang Sondheim's songs for the first time. Features a detailed biographical entry for Sondheim, a chronology of his career, a listing of his many awards, and discussions of his opinions on movies, opera, and more. 752 pages.

April 16, 2021

Joanie Pallatto: Do Butterflies Cry?
(Southport Records - new on CD)
Original songs by singer/songwriter Joanie Pallatto, with Fareed Haque.

April 20, 2021

Hirschfeld: The Biography
(Skyhorse - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Ellen Stern. The first portrait of the renowned artist's life ... through interviews with Hirschfeld himself, his friends and family, and his famous subjects, as well as through letters, scrapbooks, and home movies. [Appears to be the same book that was announced under Sarah Crichton Books in 2017, but never appeared.]336 pages.

April 26, 2021

Boston's Theater District (Images of America)
(Arcadia Publishing - Paperback Book)
Dale Stinchcomb. 128 pages.

A History of Theater on Cape Cod
(The History Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Sue Mellen. Foreword by Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll. From the beginning of theater on the Cape in 1916 when a group of artists and writers in Provincetown mounted a production of a one-act play, Bound East for Cardiff, by a little-known playwright, Eugene O'Neill. It grew into the constantly expanding theater universe it is today. The theatrical descendants of O'Neill and the Provincetown Players continue to present classical drama, contemporary hits and new, experimental works to audiences that have come to expect the best. A tour of the theaters from Provincetown to Falmouth, revealing the rich past behind a unique cultural treasure. 144 pages.

April 27, 2021

That's Entertainment: A Biography of Broadway Composer Arthur Schwartz
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
By Tighe E. Zimmers. First full-length biography of composer Arthur Schwartz. Covers his work on Broadway and in Hollywood with lyricists Howard Dietz, Dorothy Fields, Oscar Hammerstein II, Frank Loesser, Johnny Mercer Leo Robin. Describes his creative process and includes behind-the-scenes stories of each of his major musicals. 294 pages.

April 29, 2021

Modern Theatres 1950 – 2020
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
David Staples, editor. An investigation of theatres, concert halls, and opera houses in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North and South America. Explores in detail thirty of the most significant theatres, concert halls, opera houses, and dance spaces that opened between 1950 and 2010. Each theatre is reviewed and assessed by experts in theatre buildings, such as architects, acousticians, consultants, and theatre practitioners, and illustrated with full-color photographs and comparative plans and sections. A further twenty theatres that opened between 2011 and 2020 are concisely reviewed and illustrated. 512 pages.

April 30, 2021

Cinderella: The Musical
(Polydor Records - new on two CDs/mp3/at iTunes/3-disc vinyl set)
Original London cast recording of Andrew Lloyd Webber/David Zippel score. cast includes Carrie Hope Fletcher, Jonny Fines, Ruthie Henshall, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt. 38 tracks. Also to be released the same day, Highlights From Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella digital.

May 4, 2021

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

May 5, 2021

(Phaidon Press - Hardcover Book)
By David Rockwell and Bruce Mau. Sam Lubell, editor. David Rockwell's fascination with theater has long informed his built work, which includes hotels, restaurants, and cultural institutions. Explores the core principles that Rockwell uses to enhance the impact of his architecture, with contributions from experts across the creative world. A new insight into the work of an important contemporary architect and a compelling case for the virtues of interdisciplinary collaboration. 312 pages.

May 7, 2021

Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein OLC
(Notefornote Entertainment - on CD)
Live recording made over several performances in the West End at the Garrick Theatre. Score by Mel Brooks ("Puttin' on the Ritz" by Irving Berlin). Cast includes Ross Noble, Lesley Joseph, Dianne Pilkington, Patrick Clancy. "Overture," "The Brain," "Please Don't Touch Me," "Together Again," "Roll in the Hay," "He Vas My Boyfriend," "It Could Work," "Hang Him Till He's Dead," "The Experiment," "He Vas My Boyfriend Reprise," "Welcome to Transylvania," "Transylvania Mania," "He's Loose," "Listen to Your Heart," "Surprise," "Someone," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "Deep Love," "Hang the Doctor," "Deep Love Reprise and Finale," "Finale - Together Again," "The Bows," "Exit Music." Mastered by Andy Water at Abbey Road Studios. Produced and mixed By Paul Gatehouse. Executive Produced By Mel Brooks and Kevin Salter. Previously released on mp3 and at iTunes

May 10, 2021

Gershwin in Pittsburgh (Images of America)
(Arcadia Publishing - Paperback Book)
By Gregory Suriano. chronicles the surprisingly consequential connections between George Gershwin and the city of Pittsburgh. Theatrical venues such as the Nixon and Alvin Theatres and colleagues like Ned Wayburn, Oscar Levant, George S. Kaufman, Dolores Costello, Fritz Reiner, and Pandro S. Berman are all spotlighted. Most revealing are the visits Gershwin personally made to the city, as accompanist to vaudeville star Nora Bayes, during his Rhapsody in Blue tours with the Paul Whiteman and Leo Reisman orchestras, and for his 1933 guest appearance with the Pittsburgh Symphony. 128 pages.

May 13, 2021

The Big Parade: Meredith Willson's Musicals from The Music Man to 1491
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Dominic McHugh. The author uses newly uncovered letters, manuscripts, and production files to reveal Meredith Willson's unusual combination of experiences in his pre-Broadway career that lead him to compose The Music Man at the age of 55. McHugh also gives an in-depth look at the reception of The Music Man and examines the strengths and weaknesses of Willson's other three musicals, with his sustained commitment to innovation and novelty. Packed with new revelations about the processes involved in writing these works, as well as the trials and tribulations of working in the commercial theatre. Part of OUP's Broadway Legacies series. 280 pages.

May 25, 2021

Footnotes: The Black Artists Who Rewrote the Rules of the Great White Way
(Sourcebooks - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
By Caseen Gaines. The story of New York in the roaring twenties and the very first Broadway show with an all-black cast and creative team to succeed?and the indelible mark on our popular culture. Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle sowed the seeds of the Harlem jazz scene and paved the way for people of color on stage and screen with West Side Story, Black Panther, and Hamilton. 352 pages.

Kinky Boots
(Liberator Films - new Blu-ray)
Live recording of the West End production. Score by Cyndi Lauper. Killian Donnelly and Olivier winner Matt Henry as Charlie and Lola, alongside Natalie McQueen, Sean Needham, Cordelia Farnworth, and Antony Reed. Directed by Brett Sullivan, based on Jerry Mitchell's original direction and choreography. 122 minutes.

The Wind in the Willows
(Liberator Films - new on DVD)
West End production of the new musical by Julian Fellowes and George Stiles & Anthony Drewe. Rufus Hound, Simon Lipkin, Craig Mather, Neil McDermott, Denise Welch, and Gary Wilmot.

June 1, 2021

The Best American Short Plays 2018–2019
(Applause Books - Hardcover Book)
John Patrick Bray, editor. List of titles coming soon. 352 pages.

June 4, 2021

Blue Song: St. Louis in the Life and Work of Tennessee Williams
(Univ of Missouri Press - Hardcover Book)
By Henry I. Schvey. While it has been written that Tennessee Williams had a dislike of St. Louis, the city where he lived the longest, Schvey reveals how the city was indispensable to Williams' formation and development both as a person and artist, and that he remained emotionally tethered to St. Louis for a host of reasons for the rest of his life. 224 pages.

June 8, 2021

Broadway Goes to War: American Theater during World War II
(Univ Press of Kentucky - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Robert L. McLaughlin and Sally E. Parry. Analysis of how American theater actively addressed and debated timely and controversial topics during World War II, including how productions such as Watch on the Rhine (1941), The Moon is Down (1942), Tomorrow the World (1943), and A Bell for Adano (1944) encouraged public discussion of the war's impact on daily life and raised critical topics about the conflict well before other forms of popular media. 300 pages.

June 15, 2021

Theatre Royal Drury Lane
(Scala Arts Publishers Inc. - Paperback Book)
By Pamela Hawthorne. Souvenir guidebook about The Theatre Royal Drury Lane of London’s Covent Garden, the oldest theater in the world in continuous use. From actor-manager David Garrick to Andrew Lloyd Webber, who has now restored the theater to its Georgian glory. From iconic shows to the first pantomimes, from rituals and superstitions to royal fisticuffs, from performers, composers and playwrights to backstage crew, the rich and colorful history of London’s oldest theater is brought to life. New photography following comprehensive restoration programme. Glimpses behind the scenes of areas not accessible to the public. Published to coincide with reopening of Theatre Royal tours. 48 pages. This book seems to have disappeared from Amazon U.S., but is still listed at Amazon U.K.

July 6, 2021

42nd Street
(Liberator Films - new on Blu-ray/DVD)
British production shown on PBS Great Performances in 2019. Revival of Gower Champion's original production. Cast includes Bonnie Langford, Tom Lister, Clare Halse, and Philip Bertioli. Musical staging and new choreography by Randy Skinner. Directed by Mark Bramble. 133 minutes.

August 3, 2021

Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created Sunday in the Park With George
(Farrar, Straus, and Giroux - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By James Lapine. Chronicles the two-year odyssey of creating the iconic Broadway musical Sunday in the Park with George. Through Lapine's recollections, conversations between Lapine, Sondheim, and the original cast and crew of the production, and a treasure trove of personal photographs, sketches, script notes, and sheet music from the making of the show. 400 pages.

September 1, 2021

Gilbert and Sullivan: The Great Savoy Operas ultimate collection
(Sona Books - new hardcover book/DVD set)
Here is the story of each of G&S's greatest works—from inspiration to opening night and beyond—woven into a fascinating account of their lives, times, and rise to global celebrity. Book by Mike Lepine features many rare photos and illustrations from contemporary posters, programs, memorabilia, and merchandise. DVD has 11 complete operas, featuring Peter Allen, Joel Grey, Frankie Howard, Gillian Knight, Keith Michell, Vincent Price, and Clive Revill in The Gondoliers, HMS Pinafore, Iolanthe, The Mikado Patience, The Pirates of Penzance, Princess Ida, Ruddigore The Sorcerer, Trial by Jury, and The Yeoman of the Guard. London Symphony Orchestra and The Ambrosian Opera Chorus.

October 5, 2021

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

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

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

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

The Phantom of the Opera Collection
(Titan Comics - Hardcover Book/Kindle & comiXology Edition)
Fully authorized graphic novel adaptation by Cavan Scott, illustrated by José María Beroy, of the Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe original libretto.

October 8, 2021

Sing Street OBC
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD)
Score by Gary Clark and John Carney. Cast includes Max Bartos, Brendan C. Callahan, Billy Carter, Zara Devlin, Gus Halper, Jakeim Hart, Martin Moran, Anne L. Nathan, Johnny Newcomb, Brenock O'Connor, Gian Perez, Sam Poon, Skyler Volpe, Amy Warren, Anthony Genovesi. "Just Can't Get Enough," "Riddle of the Model," "Up," "A Beautiful Sea," "Girls," "Faith of Our Fathers," "Dream for You," "Drive It Like You Stole It," "Up (Down Version)," "Brown Shoes," "To Find You," "Go Now." Previously released on mp3 and at Itunes.

October 12, 2021

B Is for Broadway: Onstage and Backstage from A to Z
(Doubleday Books for Young Readers - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By John Robert Allman. Illustrated by Peter Emmerich. From "Auditions" to "Ziegfeld" ... rhythmic alphabet book featuring favorite performers, creators, songs, and shows from the Broadway stage ... Lin-Manuel Miranda, Patti LuPone, Irving Berlin, Jennifer Holliday, and Billy Porter ... famous New York theaters, beloved shows, and the crew, stylists, and technicians who are vital to each performance. 48 pages.

November 16, 2021

West Side Story the novel
(Gallery Books - Hardcover Book)
By Irving Shulman. The classic novelization of one of Broadway's most enduring and beloved musicals (based on a conception by Jerome Robbins, book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins), updated with a new cover. 160 pages. Most release will coincide with new film release (currently 2021). Previously released in paperback and audiobook format.

Release date unknown

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

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

Charlie Rosen's Broadway Big Band
(new double album)
First recording from this band, which "puts both modern and classic showtunes on display, sung by the best and brightest of Broadway's young generation of leading performers, in the timeless tradition of Big Band. A full sized Jazz orchestra composed of 17 musicians play Rosen's re-imagined arrangements of an eclectic mix of tunes from Broadway's past, present, and beyond."

Complete Lyrics of Sheldon Harnick
(new book)

Cynthia Erivo studio album
(Verve Records)
Details to come.

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

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

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

Larry Kramer authorized biography
(Henry Holt & Co. - new book)
By Bill Goldstein. To include interviews with Kramer and his husband David Webster, along with friends, colleagues, and "foes" plus material from Kramer's archives at Yale University.

Lillias White album

(JAY Records - new album)
First complete recording of 1972 musical with score by Michael Valenti. Studio cast includes Jenn Gambatese, Lauren Molina, Matt Bogart, Jeff Kready.

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

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

Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn
(Yellow Sound Label - new album)
Off-Broadway cast recording. Nikita Burshteyn (Newsies), Anna Kostakis, Carlos Lopez (Man of La Mancha), Michael Marotta (Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical), Judy McLane (Mamma Mia!), Michael Notardonato, Ari Raskin, Troy Valjean Rucker (August Rush), Zach Schanne (Pippin), and Viet Vo (Viet Gone). Lyrics by Mark Saltzman and music adapted from classic Italian melodies. Recorded 2/18/20. Late March release expected.

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

-- Sound Advice Staff

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