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Updated 5/25/18

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Grass HarpThe Grass Harp original cast recording
(Kritzerland Records - new on CD)
Score by Claibe Richardson and Kenward Elmslie. 1971 Broadway musical cast included Barbara Cook, Carol Brice, Karen Morrow, Ruth Ford, Russ Thacker, and Max Showalter. Includes song dropped from the LP, included on the Painted Smiles CD release, along with bonus tracks. Limited to 500 copies. At

The InheritanceThe Inheritance
(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book)
New play by Matthew Lopez (The Whipping Man, The Legend of Georgia McBride). Premiered at the New Vic in London in March 2018 (Transferring to the Noel Coward Theatre in September 2018). 320 pages. Published 4/26/18.

A Letter to Harvey MilkA Letter to Harvey Milk digital
(Yellow Sound Label - new digital album)
Off-Broadway cast album. Score by Laura I. Kramer (music) Ellen M. Schwartz (lyrics), and Cheryl Stern (additional lyrics). Cast includes Adam Heller, Julia Knitel, Cheryl Stern, Michael Bartoli, Sarah Corey, Jeremy Greenbaum, Aury Krebs, Philip Hoffman, CJ Pawlikowski, and Ravi Roth. Album produced by Michael Croiter. Mp3 also available at

Fearless B-SidesMandy Gonzalez: Fearless: B-Sides
(Ghostlight Records - new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
Five additional digital-only tracks from the original sessions for Mandy Gonzalez' (now in Hamilton) "Fearless" album include creative new interpretations of standards in addition to her first-ever Spanish-language recording. "You Can Leave Your Hat On," "Bein' Green," "I Only Have Eyes for You," "Get Ready," "Vivir Mi Vida." Released 5/18/18.

Not TalkingNot Talking
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Play by Mike Barlett, now in its first production at Arcola Theatre in London. 72 pages.

Oklahoma! 75th AnniversaryOklahoma! Original Cast Album 75th Anniversary
(Verve - on CD/vinyl LP/on mp3/at iTunes)
1943 original Broadway cast album featuring Alfred Drake, Joan Roberts, Celeste Holm, Howard Da Silva, Betty Garde, Lee Dixon, Joseph Buloff, Jane Lawrence, Barry Kelley, and George S. Irving. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II score. "Overture," "Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'," "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top," "Kansas City," "I Can't Say No," "Many A New Day," "It's A Scandal! It's A Outrage!," "People Will Say We're In Love," "Pore Jud Is Daid," "Lonely Room," "Out Of My Dreams," "The Farmer And The Cowman," "All Er Nuthin'," "Oklahoma!," "Finale," "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top" (alt.), "I Can't Say No" (alt.), "Pore Jud Is Daid" (alt.), "Finale" (alt.).

Play It Again MarvinPlay It Again, Marvin! A Marvin Hamlisch Celebration
(Varese Sarabande - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra concert performance, under the direction of J. Ernest Green. Features pianist Kevin Cole and singers Grammy winner Sylvia McNair, Judy Harrison, and Doug LaBrecque and cellist Adrian Daurov. "The Way We Were," "A Chorus Line Concerto," "Dreamers," "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows," "The Swimmer," "Nothing," "A Mother's Voice," "The Entertainer and Pineapple Rag," "Nobody Does It Better," "They're Playing My Song," "I Cannot Hear the City," "That's How I Say Goodbye," "If You Really Knew Me," "Looking Through the Eyes of Love," "At the Fountain," "Suite from Sophie's Choice / If You Remember Me," "Marvin's Medley," "Bows ," "What I Did For Love."

(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/eTextbook)
New play by James Graham. Premiered at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester, in 2017 and transferred to the West End Noel Coward Theatre in April 2018. 112 pages. Published 4/23/18.

Twenty TheatresTwenty Theatres to See Before You Die: A Love Letter to Britain's Theatres
(Penned in the Margins - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Amber Massie-Blomfield. A celebration of thriving against the odds ... also a personal account of a life-long love affair with the places where 'anything is possible': from open-air fry-ups and an impromptu can-can to paranormal manifestations. An adventure through theatre, place and the people who make it happen. 350 pages.

May 28, 2018

Fraver by DesignFraver by Design: Five Decades of Theatre Poster Art from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Beyond
(Schiffer - Hardcover Book)
By Frank "Fraver" Verlizzo. A monograph collection that takes you behind-the-scenes into the world of theatrical advertising through a rare look at 40 unpublished poster sketches for some of Broadway's favorite shows, career anecdotes, and commentary including Bernadette Peters, Dean Pitchford, and Jack Viertel. More than 20 of Fraver's poster designs for the works of Stephen Sondheim are spotlighted, as well as those created for Rodgers & Hammerstein, The Kennedy Center, and New York City Center's Encores! series. 208 pages.

June 1, 2018

Audra McDonald Sing HappyAudra McDonald & the New York Philharmonic: Sing Happy
(Decca Gold - new on CD)
Live from May 1 concert performance at Geffen Hall for the New York Philharmonic’s Spring Gala. "I Am What I Am," "Medley: It Might as Well Be Spring/Hurry, It's Lovely Up Here," "Cornet Man," "Sing Happy," "Simple Little Things," Introduction to Being Good Isn't Good Enough," "Being Good Isn't Good Enough," "Summertime," "Chain of Love," "0vanilla Ice Cream," "March Is a Windy Month," Introduction to Medley, "Medley: Children Will Listen/ You've Got to Be Carefully Taught," "Facebook Song," "Never Will I Marry," "Being Alive," Introduction to Make Someone Happy, "Make Someone Happy," "Introduction to Climb Ev'ry Mountain, "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "More I Cannot Wish You." Orchestra conducted by Andy Einhorn. Digital release May 11.

Band's Visit SongbookThe Band's Visit: A New Musical - Vocal Selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Score by David Yazbek. "Answer Me," "The Beat of Your Heart," "Haled's Song About Love," "It Is What It Is," "Itzik's Lullaby," "Omar Sharif," "Papi Hears the Ocean," "Something Different," "Soraya," "Waiting," "Welcome to Nowhere."

Ben BagleyBen Bagley's The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen Though the Eyes of Cole Porter
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Ran at Square East Theater in 1965. Kaye Ballard, Harold Lang, Carmen Alvarez, William Hickey, and Elmarie Wendel. With bonuses. Limited to 500 copies. Available at Expected first week in June.

Jones & SchmidtJones & Schmidt: Hidden Treasures, 1951-2001
(Harbinger/The Musical Theater Project - new on 2 CDs)
Part of the Songwriter Showcase Series. Vocals by Tom Jones, Harvey Schmidt, Mary Martin, Robert Preston, Liz Callaway, Carole Demas, Bert Lahr, Stanley Holloway, Susan Watson, Samantha Bruce and many others. "Prologue: Try to Remember," "Freshman Song/Registration," "Anyone Will Do," "At 22," "Mr. Off-Broadway," "The Race of the Lexington Avenue Express," "One and All," "The Holy Man and the New Yorker," "You Wonder How These Things Begin," "A Perfect Time to Be in Love," "Plant a Radish," "I Have Acted Like a Fool," "New York Medley," "Sketches," "Just Fine," "Pretty Is," "A Texas Romance," "Man and Wife," "Guess We May as Well Stay Married Now," "The Genuine Eccentric and His Wife," "Thousands of Flowers," "Celebration," "Under the Tree," "Opening Sequence from Colette," "Wand'rin' Child." Disc 2: "Thank You for Your Love," "Within This Empty Space," "Name: Cockian," "I Love His Face," "Postcards," "Middle of the Road," "Wonderful Way to Die," "Theme from "The Bone Room"," "Menage a Trois," "Joy" (Work Session), "Ooh-La-La," "You Could Hurt Me," "The Room Is Filled with You," "Medley from Colette," "Our Town," "The World Is Very Wide," "There Is a River/Heavenly Music," "I Only Want Someone to Love Me," "Broadway Sam," "Maybe," "Learning Who You Are," "Here Am I," "Epilogue: Try to Remember." Produced by Bill Rudman. 64-page color booklet includes extensive notes by Bill Rudman; details and notes on all of the selections by Tom Jones (with an assist from Harvey Schmidt), and never-before-seen photos.

RedheadRedhead 1959 studio cast/original Mexican cast +
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
1959 "Selections from Redhead" studio recording of Albert Hague/Dorothy Fields score, featuring Rita Williams, Bryan Johnson and Fred Lucas with the Mike Sammes Singers and Hill Bowen Orchestra. Also, the Mexican cast recording of the Spanish language adaptation by Luis De Llano and Martha Fisher which opened at Teatro de los Insurgentes in Mexico City in 1960 as La Pelirroja, starring Virma Gonzalez, Armando Calvo and featuring Placido Domingo. Bonus: three pop covers of songs from Redhead performed by Art Lund, Toni Arden and Tommy Leonetti. Part of Stage Door Records' Collector's Series, with retro LP packaging and limited to 500 copies. Also at

Sutton FosterSutton Foster: Take Me to the World
(Ghostlight Deluxe - new on CD & mp3 at Amazon)
Joined by Megan McGinnis, Darcie Roberts, Jodi Cotton, Johnna Tavianini, Elizabeth Truitt & Ball State Cabaret Class Female Singers. "Take Me to the World / Starting Here, Starting Now," "Everybody Says Don't / Yes," "I'm on My Way / On My Way," "If I Were a Bell / Singin' in the Rain," "I Got Love / Gimme Gimme," "Give Him the Ooh-La-La," "Stars and the Moon," "A Quiet Thing / Hush, Little Baby," "Room," "Old Friends / Bookends," "You Can Close Your Eyes," "It All Fades Away," "C'est Magnifique," "Every Time We Say Goodbye" (Bonus Track). Customers who pre-order the digital album will immediately receive the track "Stars and the Moon," with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. Also at Ghostlight Records.

June 5, 2018

Peter Pan on Her BirthdayFor 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.

Seven BridesSeven Brides for Seven Brothers Blu-ray
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray on 2 discs)
1954 film musical. Score by Gene de Paul, Johnny Mercer, Saul Chaplin, Adolph Deutsch. Cast includes Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Tommy Rall, and Marc Platt. Directed by Stanley Donen. Choreography by Michael Kidd. New remastered version. Bonuses: alternate widescreen version (placed on a BD bonus disc); audio commentary by Stanley Donen (2004); "MGM Jubilee Overture" short subject, Remastered in 1080p HD and Uncompressed DTS HD-Master Audio 5.1; "Sobbin' Women: The Making of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," hosted by Howard Keel (SD); Radio City Music Hall Premiere - July 22, 1954 (SD); MGM's 30th Anniversary" (1954 MGM Newsreel) (SD). 102 minutes.

Kenny LeonTake You Wherever You Go
(Grand Central Publishing - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD)
Memoir by Tony Award winning director Kenny Leon. Foreword by Samuel L. Jackson. 240 pages.

June 7, 2018

God and HamiltonGod and Hamilton: Spiritual Themes from the Life of Alexander Hamilton and the Broadway Musical He Inspired
(Deep River Books - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Kevin Cloud. Weaves together insights from the musical itself, the lives of Alexander and Eliza Hamilton, and the story of Scripture into a tapestry that challenges people of faith to reexamine their lives. 240 pages.

June 8, 2018

2018 Tony Awards2018 Tony Award Season
(Broadway Records/Tony Award Productions - new on CD)
Each musical from the 2017-2018 season, including the 2018 Tony nominated musicals, have been invited to contribute a song to this new compilation album. "Angels in America Highlights" (Angels in America), "Mama Will Provide" (Once on This Island), "(Just a) Simple Sponge" (Spongebob Squarepants: The Musical), "I Could Have Danced All Night" (My Fair Lady), "Margaritaville" (Escape to Margaritaville), "The Beat of Your Heart" (The Bands Visit), "Stop" (Mean Girls), "Monster" (Frozen), "She Works Hard for the Money" (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical), "Do the Work" (Prince of Broadway), "Children of a Lesser God Highlights" (Children of a Lesser God), "The Music of the Night" (From the Phantom of the Opera 30th Anniversary), "Stick It to the Man" (From School of Rock, Andrew Lloyd Webber Lifetime Achievement), "All That Jazz" (From Chicago: A Musical Vaudeville, Chita Rivera Lifetime Achievement). A portion of the proceeds from the album will go to the American Theatre Wing and Broadway League’s arts educations initiatives. The cover art features a specially commissioned Tony season illustration by Justin “Squigs” Robertson. The packaging includes essay by noted musical theatre historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper as well as details about each show. Also at

Betty Buckley HopeBetty Buckley: Hope
(Palmetto - new on CD/on mp3)
Collection of songs by some of the actress-singer's favorite composers and songwriters. "Ecotopia," "Any Major Dude Will Tell You," "Falling In Love," "Long Ago and Far Away," Introduction to "Hope", "Hope" (by Jason Robert Brown), "My Least Favorite Life," "Don't Take Me Alive," "Except Goodbye," "Every Little Thing," "Shades of Scarlett Conquering," "Dope Island," "I Feel Lucky," "Quiet," "Gilda Story," "Prisoner in Disguise," "Young At Heart." Christian Jacob on piano, arranger and music director; Oz Noy on guitar; Tony Marino on bass; and Dan Rieser on drums.

FrozenFrozen - The Broadway Musical
(Walt Disney Records - new on CD)
OBC recording of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez score. With an expanded orchestra of 44 musicians, including a string section of 22. The cast includes Caissie Levy, Patti Murin, Greg Hildreth, Robert Creighton, John Riddle, and Jelani Alladin. "Vuelie / Let the Sun Shine On," "A Little Bit of You," "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?," "For the First Time in Forever," "Hans of the Southern Isles," "Queen Anointed," "Dangerous to Dream," "Love Is an Open Door," "Reindeer(S) Are Better Than People," "What Do You Know About Love?," "In Summer," "Hans of the Southern Isles (reprise)," "Let It Go," "Hygge," "For the First Time in Forever (reprise)," "Fixer Upper," "Kristoff Lullaby," "Monster," "True Love," "Colder by the Minute," "Finale / Let It Go," (bonus track "When Everything Falls Apart Outtake." The album is produced by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Stephen Oremus, Dave Metzger and Chris Montan. Digital release May 11.

My Fair LadyMy Fair Lady 2018 revival cast
(Broadway Records - new on CD at Amazon/digital)
Lincoln Center cast recording of score by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner's score. Album produced by David Lai and Ted Sperling. Cast includes Lauren Ambrose, Harry Hadden-Paton, Norbert Leo Butz, Diana Rigg as Mrs. Higgins, Allan Corduner, Jordan Donica, Linda Mugleston, and Manu Narayan. Also at

June 12, 2018

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

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

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

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

June 15, 2018

Arielle JacobsArielle Jacobs: A Leap in the Dark - Live at Feinstein's/54 Below
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Live concert performance by Arielle Jacobs (Jasmine in Disney's Aladdin). Also featuring Nicholas Christopher (Hamilton, Miss Saigon) and Javier Colon ("The Voice" season 1 winner). Produced by Michael J. Moritz Jr. Also at

Mean GirlsMean Girls OBC
(Atlantic Records - new on CD)
Score by Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin. Cast includes Erika Henningsen, Taylor Louderman, Ashley Park, Kate Rockwell, Barrett Wilbert Weed, Grey Henson, Kerry Butler, Kyle Selig, Cheech Manohar, and Rick Younger. "A Cautionary Tale," "It Roars," "Where Do You Belong?," "Meet The Plastics," "Stupid With Love," "Apex Predator," "What's Wrong With Me?," "Sexy," "Someone Gets Hurt," "Revenge Party," "Fearless," "Stop," "Whose House Is This?," "More Is Better," "Someone Gets Hurt (Reprise)," "World Burn," "I'd Rather Be Me," "Do This Thing," "I See Stars." Digital format to be released May 18.

June 19, 2018

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

(Oberon Books - Paperback Book)
Play by Barney Norris, at the Bridge Theatre in London through May 26. 88 pages.

The WolvesThe 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.

June 27, 2018

Dance Me a SongDance Me a Song: Astaire, Balanchine, Kelly, and the American Film Musical
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Beth Genné. Traces the history of famous Hollywood collaborations as the palimpsest of dance, film, and musical techniques were developed over time. From the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' series in the thirties (Top Hat, Swing Time, Shall We Dance, and others), through the MGM film dances created and directed by Vincente Minnelli, Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen, and again Astaire, whose career continued at MGM in the forties and fifties (Yolanda and The Thief, The Pirate, On the Town, Singin' in the Rain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Bandwagon); George Balanchine ... from his until now unrecognized collaborations with Vernon Duke and Vincente Minnelli to develop the "jazz ballet" form on Broadway to the 1939 film version of On Your Toes and the dance sequences he directed with Greg Toland for the Hollywood movie The Goldwyn Follies (1938); Busby Berkeley, whose moving camera techniques according to Gene Kelly "broke down the proscenium frame of the stage" for American dancers; do early experimental French directors like René Clair and European immigrants to Hollywood Ernst Lubitsch and Rouben Mamoulian. 360 pages.

June 29, 2018

Alan Jay Lerner RevisitedBen Bagley's Alan Jay Lerner Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Undiscovered Lerner gems (especially at the time of the recording) from The Day Before Spring, Love Life, Lolita, My Love, What's Up, Give a Girl a Break, a cut song from Gigi, and much more, plus bonus material. Featuring Dorothy Loudon, Jerry Orbach, Roddy McDowall, Nancy Walker, Blosson Dearie and more. Musical direction and arrangements by Norman Paris. Remeastered by James Nelson. All new liner notes. Limited to 500 copies only and will ship by the last week of June. At

July 1, 2018

Covering McKellen: An Understudy's Tale
(Oberon Books - Paperback Book)
By David Weston, understudy to Sir Ian McKellen in the Royal Shakespeare Company's King Lear. 300 pages.

Making Oscar WildeMaking Oscar Wilde
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Michèle Mendelssohn. Reveals the untold story of young Oscar's career in Victorian England and post-Civil War America ... tracks a larger-than-life hero on an unforgettable adventure to make his name and gain international acclaim. Combining new evidence and gripping cultural history, dramatizes Wilde's rise, fall, and resurrection as part of a spectacular transatlantic pageant ... vividly depicts sensation-hungry Victorian journalism and popular entertainment alongside racial controversies, sex scandals, and the growth of Irish nationalism. 368 pages.

July 3, 2018

100 Plays100 Plays for the First Hundred Days
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Suzan Lori-Parks. For each day of the first 100 days of the presidency of Donald Trump, Parks created a play diary to capture and explore the events as they unfolded and to try and make sense out of a state of uncertainty, confusion, and chaos. 96 pages.

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

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

The Language Archive and Other Plays
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Plays by Julia Cho. The Language Archive, Aubergine, Office Hour, The Piano Teacher, and Durango. 360 pages.

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

July 12, 2018

Ivo van HoveIvo van Hove: From Shakespeare to David Bowie (Performance Books)
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Sonia Massai and Susan Bennett, editors. Resources, critical overviews and detailed analysis of Ivo van Hove's internationally acclaimed work as a director of theatre, opera and musicals. Production photos capture the power of van Hove's directorial vision, his innovative use of theatrical spaces, and the arresting stage images that have made his productions so popular among audiences worldwide over the last 30 years. Foreword by Van Hove, plus an interview with him plus director's notes for some of his most popular shows. 264 pages.

July 13, 2018

CarouselCarousel 2018 revival cast
(Craft Recordings - new on CD)
Rodgers & Hammerstein score. Cast includes Jessie Mueller, Joshua Henry, Renée Fleming , Lindsay Mendez, Alexander Gemignani, Margaret Colin, Amar Ramasar, John Douglas Thompson. "The Carousel Waltz," "Mister Snow," "If I Loved You," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," "Mister Snow - Reprise," "When The Children Are Asleep," "Blow High, Blow Low," "Soliloquy," "This Way A Real Nice Clambake," "What's The Use Of Wond'rin'?," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "The Highest Judge Of All," "Ballet," "Finale: You'll Never Walk Alone - Reprise."

Mamma Mia Here We Go AgainMamma Mia! Here We Go Again
(Capitol - new on CD)
Soundtrack for 2018 musical film featuring the songs of ABBA. Cast includes Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, Andy García, Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Cher, Meryl Streep. Track list to come.

July 17, 2018

Irma la DouceIrma la Douce Blu-ray
(Kl Studio Classics - new Blu-ray)
1963 comedy film based on the stage musical. Featuring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Louis Jordan (narrator), Lou Jacobi, Herschel Bernardi. Directed by Billy Wilder. New HD master from a 4K scan of the original camera negative. Special features: audio commentary by film historian Joseph McBride, author of "How Did Lubitsch Do It?"; audio commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger; original theatrical trailer. 143 minutes.

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.

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

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.

July 19, 2018

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 4th WallEdward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Michael Bennett. Part of Routledge's Fourth Wall series. 78 pages.

July 30, 2018

Les Miserables 4th WallBoublil and Schönberg's Les Misérables (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Sarah Whitfield. The author explores how the musical might help us deal with some of our most difficult experiences and give us hope for when "tomorrow comes."

July 31, 2018

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

August 3, 2018

Wonderful DesignWonderful Design: Glamour in the Hollywood Musical
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book)
By Lloyd Whitesell. Discussing dozens of musical numbers, analyzing ingenious orchestration, and appraising the distinctive styles of favorite musical stars, Whitesell illuminates fundamental traits of the genre, its aesthetic strategies, and cultural ambitions. 272 pages.

August 7, 2018

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

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

August 14, 2018

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.

How Annie Made It to BroadwayHow Annie Made It to the Stage
(Cavendish Square - Paperback Book)
By Gerry Boehme. Part of the Getting to Broadway series for children. 96 pages.

How Cats Made It to BroadwayHow Cats Made It to the Stage
(Cavendish Square - Paperback Book)
By Gerry Boehme. Part of the Getting to Broadway series for children. 96 pages.

How Hamilton Made It to BroadwayHow Hamilton Made It to the Stage
(Cavendish Square - Paperback Book)
By Gerry Boehme. Part of the Getting to Broadway series for children. 96 pages.

How The Lion King Made It to BroadwayHow the Lion King Made It to the Stage
(Cavendish Square - Paperback Book)
By Nancy Capaccio. Part of the Getting to Broadway series for children. 96 pages.

How Rent Made It to BroadwayHow Rent Made It to the Stage
(Cavendish Square - Paperback Book)
By George Capaccio. Part of the Getting to Broadway series for children. 96 pages.

August 21, 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.

August 23, 2018

NetworkNetwork: based on the Paddy Chayefsky film
(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book)
New play by Lee Hall, based on the screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky. Play to debut at the National Theatre in November 2017, featuring Bryan Cranston. 96 pages. Kindle Edition already available.

August 28, 2018

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.

September 4, 2018

Broadway to Main StreetBroadway to Main Street: How Show Tunes Enchanted America
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Laurence Maslon. Based on new interviews with Sheldon Harnick, John Kander, Chita Rivera, Barbara Cook, Julie Andrews, Steve Lawrence, and prominent record producers and music critics. Places the original cast album within the larger context of our national identity. Includes companion website with audio examples. 320 pages; 39 photos.

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

October 2, 2018

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

October 9, 2018

Dear Evan Hansen The NovelDear Evan Hansen: The Novel
(Poppy - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD)
By Val Emmich, inspired by the musical written by Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul. 352 pages.

November 6, 2018

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

November 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.

November 13, 2018

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

December 25, 2018

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

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

May 8, 2019

Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Julian Woolford. In a series of short essays, the stage musical is re-examined from seven different perspectives, including how the musical heralded the end of an era on Broadway, its reinvention of history and biography, how the film version has influenced future stage productions and the ways in which it put child performers centre stage ... how, nearly 60 years after its stage debut, the musical has a direct impact on the modern world, through its recent iterations ... through Salzburg's recent embracing of the musical after years of ambivalence ... and The Sound of Music in the Middle East, where it has become a symbol of antifundamentalism.

May 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.

(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
2018 City Center cast recording of Lerner & Loewe score. Cast includes Kelli O'Hara, Patrick Wilson, Stephanie J. Block, Robert Fairchild. Encores! Orchestra led by Music Director Rob Berman. Album produced by Kurt Deutsch, Lawrence Manchester, Rob Berman and Emily Altman. Recorded 5/14-5/15. Expected Fall 2018.

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

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

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

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

Harbinger 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; Sidney Myer Live! DVD o-production with the Mabel Mercer Foundation.

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

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

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

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

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

Miss You Like Hell
(new album)
Public Theater cast recording of Quiara Alegría Hudes / Erin McKeown score.

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.

-- Sound Advice Staff

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