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Schedule of New & Upcoming CD, DVD & Book Releases

Updated 4/23/19

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The Man in the CeilingThe Man in the Ceiling digital
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
World premiere recording of Andrew Lippa score. Kate Baldwin, Gavin Creel, Grady Miranda, John-Michael Lyles, Ashley Park, and Andrew Lippa. 36-page booklet with full lyrics, original illustrations from Jules Feiffer, a synopsis from Andrew Lippa, and a note from director Jeffrey Seller. "Doin' Fine," "Almost There," "Jimmy," "Hands," "Disappear," "Draw Me," "Maybe He Likes Me," "Where Is My Love Song," "Kidding Around," "Like Your Son," "I Do What I Do," "You Are the Friend," "To the Gods," "Mr. Floperoo," "Draw Your Own Conclusion," "Being Grown-Up" (Bonus Track). Produced by Will Van Dyke and Andrew Lippa, with Andrew Lippa and Kurt Deutsch serving as executive producers. The musical opened at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY in 2017. CD format to be released 6/14/19.

Mandy Patinkin Diary 2018Mandy Patinkin: Diary: December 2018
(Nonesuch Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Third in a series from Mandy Patinkin and Thomas Barlett. Songs by Patinkin, Paul Simon, Stephin Merritt, Randy Newman, Biff Rose, Teitur, and John Grant. "Hearts and Bones," "The Dance Lesson," "Nothing Matters When We're Dancing," "Wandering Boy," "Molly," "Playing House (Two Kids)," "Mrs. Pelican," "Busby Berkeley Dreams," "I Wish I Had Pictures," "GMF," "Quiet." Produced by Thomas Bartlett. Recorded in Bartlett's New York studio December 2018. A thirty-city Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Diaries begins in October 2019. Released 4/19/19.

Spotlight on Gwen VerdonSpotlight on Gwen Verdon
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
Verdon's solo album "The Girl I Left Home For," Accompanied by Joe Reisman and his Orchestra. Plus her performances from the cast albums of Damn Yankees, New Girl in Town and Redhead. "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Sand in My Shoes," "Hot Night in Alaska," "Mister and Missus Fitch," "Bettin' on a Man," "Why Can't I?," "I've Got the World on a String," "The Saga of Jenny," "Find Me a Primitive Man," "No Talent Joe," "The Lady Is a Tramp," "Daddy," "Whatever Lola Wants," "A Little Brains, a Little Talent," "On the Farm," "It's Good to Be Alive," "If That Was Love," "Merely Marvelous," "Erbie Fitch's Twitch," "Look Who's in Love" (with Richard Kiley), "Who's Got the Pain" (with Bob Fosse). U.S. release date March 29, 2019. Also at

April 26, 2019

Hadestown vinylAnaïs Mitchell: Hadestown
(Wilderland Records - new double-LP vinyl set)
2010 recording, previously available on mp3/at iTunes. Anaïs Mitchell score. Anaïs Mitchell, Ani Di Franco, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), The Haden Triplets, Greg Brown and Ben Knox Miller of the Low Anthem. Features six individual 10x10" art prints of the Hadestown characters, illustrated by Peter Nevins.

We Are the TigersWe Are the Tigers
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Original Off-Broadway cast. Score by Preston Max Allen. Cathy Ang, Jenny Rose Baker, Cameron Bartell, Kaitlyn Frank, Louis Griffin, Zoe Jensen, Caroline Lellouche, Wonu Ogunfowora, Sydney Parra, Celeste Rose, Mimi Scardulla, Alexia Sielo, and Lauren Zakrin. "Worst Team Ever," "Don't Even," "Skype Tomorrow," "Before the Breakdown," "Forever," "Captain of the Team," "Before the Breakdown (Reprise)," "Wallflower," "Defense," "Mattie's Lament," "Phoenix," "Move on," "Shut Up and Cheer," "Time-Out," "Idk," "The Breakdown," "Finale." Music supervision and arrangements are by Patrick Sulken. Also at

April 30, 2019

AladdinThe Art and Making of Aladdin
(Insight Editions - new hardcover book)
By Emily Zemler. Behind-the-scenes look into the 2019 live-action adaptation of the Disney classic musical film Aladdin: never-before-seen concept art, unit photography, and other gorgeous visual details. Exclusive interviews with director Guy Ritchie, star Will Smith, and other key cast and crew members.

New Moon 1931New Moon (1931)
(Warner Archive - new on DVD-R)
Film adaptation of the operetta written by Sigmund Romberg, Oscar Hammerstein II, Frank Mandel, and Laurence Schwab. Adapted by Sylvia Thalberg, Frank Butler, Cyril Hume. Lawrence Tibbett, Grace Moore, Adolphe Menjou, Roland Young, Gus Shy, Emily Fitzroy. Currently at

Norma Jean Baker of TroyNorma Jeane Baker of Troy
(Oberon Modern Plays - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Anne Carson. Premiering at The Shed in New York City, starring Ben Whishaw and Renée Fleming this spring. 64 pages.

Summer Stock Blu-raySummer Stock
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1950 MGM musical film. New HD transfer. Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Eddie Bracken, Gloria DeHaven, Marjorie Main, and Phil Silvers. Directed by Charles Walters. Choreographed by Nicholas Castle, Sr. Songs by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon; Harry Warren, Jack Brooks and Saul Chaplin; Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler ("Get Happy"). 109 minutes. Also at

May 3, 2019

Alfred DrakeAlfred Drake: Lucky To Be Me - A Life in Music
(Stage Door Records - new on 2 CDs)
Deluxe 2-CD set, which includes an entire disc of "Demos, Live Performances and Rarities" culled from Drake's own private archive of recordings. Compiled with the assistance of Broadway historian and Alfred Drake archivist George Dansker Includes songs from Oklahoma!, Kiss Me, Kate, Kismet and Carousel; 1940 Metropolitan Opera audition and demos recorded for the Broadway musicals The Liar and Courtin' Time. Amazon link includes track list. 51 tracks. Also at

The Prom vinylThe Prom: A New Musical OBC vinyl
(Masterworks Broadway - new 2-LP vinyl set)
Score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. Limited edition, 2-LP gatefold, 180-gram marble vinyl. Cast includes Courtenay Collins, Beth Leavel, Michael Potts, Caitlin Kinnunen, Isabelle McCalla, Brooks Ashmanskas, Josh Lamon, Christopher Sieber, Angie Schworer, Nathan Johnson. Disc 1: "Changing Lives," "Changing Lives (Reprise)," "Just Breathe," "It's Not About Me," "Dance with You." Disc 2: "The Acceptance Song," "You Happened," "We Look to You," "Tonight Belongs to You." Disc 3: "Zazz," "The Lady's Improving," "Love Thy Neighbor," "Alyssa Greene." Disc 4: "Barry Is Going to Prom," "Unruly Heart," "It's Time to Dance." Includes lyric insert & download card.

Sing OutSing Out Sweet Land / Down In The Valley OBC
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
Sing Out Sweet Land 1944 OBC recording, with Alfred Drake, Burl Ives, Juanita Hall, Bibi Osterwald, and Alma Kaye, first time on CD. The Decca recording was issued over a series of 78rpm records and later as a 10" LP album. Songs from traditional American folk music alongside original material by John Mundy, Edward Eager and Elie Siegmeister. Plus 1950 Decca Records studio recording of the Kurt Weill and Arnold Sundgaard one-act folk opera Down in the Valley, featuring Alfred Drake and Jane Wilson, with established American folk songs alongside original chorale music composed by Kurt Weill who supervised the studio recording. Part of Stage Door's Collector's Series, limited edition CD products presented in the retro style of a miniature long-playing record. All Collector's Series titles are limited to 500 units.

May 6, 2019

The Prom SongbookThe Prom vocal selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
15 songs from the new Broadway musical score by Matthew Sklar (music) and Chad Beguelin (lyrics). "The Acceptance Song," "Alyssa Greene," "Barry Is Going to Prom," "Changing Lives," "Dance with You," "It's Not About Me," "It's Time to Dance," "Just Breathe," "The Lady's Improving," "Love Thy Neighbor," "Tonight Belongs to You," "Unruly Heart," "We Look to You," "You Happened," "Zazz."

May 9, 2019

On StreisandOn Streisand: An Opinionated Guide
(Oxford Univ. Press - Hardcover Book)
By Ethan Mordden. Begins with a broad year-by-year outline of the landmark achievements, followed by a short biography, some chapters exploring key points in the artistry, then-the major part of the book-a work-by-work analysis, broken down into separate chapters, each organized chronologically: the stage shows, the television shows and concerts, the movies, and the recordings. 216 pages.

May 10, 2019

The Cher ShowThe Cher Show OBC
(Warner Bros. Records - new on CD)
Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks, Micaela Diamond, Jarrod Spector, Michael Berresse, Michael Campayno, Matthew Hydzik, Emily Skinner. "If I Could Turn Back Time," "Half-Breed," "The Shoop Shoop Song," "I Got You Babe," "When the Money's Gone - All Or Nothing," "Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do," "Living in a House Divided," "Bang Bang," "Believe," "Song For the Lonely," "All I Ever Need is You," "Heart of Stone," "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves," "Midnight Rider - Ramblin' Man," "Just Like Jesse James," "Dark Lady," "Strong Enough," "The Way Of Love," "The Beat Goes On," "I Found Someone," "You Haven't Seen The Last of Me," "Finale." Released digitally April 12 on mp3/at iTunes.

May 14, 2019

Angels in AmericaAngels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes
(Random House - Audiobook)
Original audiobook performance of Tony Kushner's play, starring the cast of the National Theatre's 2018 Broadway revival, directed by Marianne Elliott. Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Susan Brown, Denise Gough, Beth Malone, James McArdle, Lee Pace, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. Narration by Bobby Cannavale (Millennium Approaches) and Edie Falco (Perestroika).

Every Act of LifeEvery Act of Life
(Passion River - new on DVD)
Feature length documentary covering six groundbreaking decades in the theatre and in the fight for LGBTQ rights with four-time Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally. Appearances include Terrence McNally, F. Murray Abraham, Christine Baranski, Edie Falco, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Audra McDonald, Rita Moreno, Billy Porter, Chita Rivera, Patrick Wilson. Directed, produced and written by Jeff Kaufman, and produced by Marcia S. Ross. 93 minutes Released earlier for streaming at Amazon and at iTunes.

Incidental Music from Three PlaysLaurette, Rashomon, Death of a Salesman – Incidental Music For Three Plays
(Kritzerland - on CD)
Encore release. Incidental music from three plays: 1959 Laurette, music by Elmer Bernstein; Rashomon, music by Laurence Rosenthal; 1949 Death of a Salesman, music by Alex North. Limited release of 500 copies. To ship by the second week of May. At

Something WonderfulSomething Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution
(Henry Holt. & Co. - Paperback 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." 416 pages. Released earlier in Hardcover, Kindle, Audio CD, and Audible Audiobook editions.

Streets of New YorkThe Streets of New York
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Original cast album for 1963 Off-Broadway musical; score by Richard B. Chodosh and Barry Alan Grael. Cast includes Ralston Hill and David Cryer. "Prologue," "Tourist Madrigal," "He'll Come to Me Crawling," "If I May," "Aren't You Warm?," "Where Can the Rich and Poor Be Friends?," "California," "Act One Finale," "Christmas Carol," "Laugh After Laugh," "Arms for the Love of Me," "Close Your Eyes," "Love Wins Again," "Act Two Finale." Musical direction and arrangements by Jack Holmes. Limited release of 500, to ship by second week in May. At

May 17, 2019

FolliesFollies National Theatre cast
(Arts Music/Warner Classics/National Theatre - new on CD at Amazon UK)
2017 National Theatre cast album. Stephen Sondheim score. Cast includes Imelda Staunton, Philip Quast, Janie Dee, Peter Forbes, and Tracie Bennett. "Prologue," "Beautiful Girls," "Don't Look at Me," "Waiting for the Girls Upstairs," "Rain on the Roof / Ah, Paris! / Broadway Baby (Medley)," "The Road You Didn't Take," "In Buddy's Eyes," "Who's That Woman?," "I'm Still Here," "Too Many Mornings," "The Right Girl," "One More Kiss," "Could I Leave You," "Loveland," "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow / Love Will See Us Through (Medley)," "Buddy's Blues," "Losing My Mind," "The Story of Lucy and Jessie," "Live, Laugh, Love," "End of Show." Recorded in January 2018. U.S. release status unknown. Released on mp3 and at iTunes 1/18/19. Amazon U.S. listing has been added, though not active yet.

May 20, 2019

Anthem: HomunculusAnthem: Homunculus
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Soundtrack for podcast featuring 30 original songs by Bryan Weller and John Cameron Mitchell. Performances by John Cameron Mitchell, Patti LuPone, Christopher Hanke, Cynthia Erivo, Glenn Close, Marion Cotillard, Denis O'Hare, and others. Pre-orders will include immediate download of "Homunculus" (John Cameron Mitchell), "The End of Love" (cast), "Love You for Free" (Cynthia Erivo), "Second Glance" (Patti LuPone), and "I Exist" (Christopher Hanke). Also at 10-episode series available on Luminary.

May 21, 2019

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

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

May 23, 2019

The Hello Girls
(Broadway Records - original cast album)
Score by Peter Mills for musical produced at Prospect Prospect Theater Company in 2018. Recorded February 2019.

May 28, 2019

Ben Bagley's BalletBen Bagley's Ballet On Broadway ... and More
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Music by Jule Styne, Harold Arlen, Harry Warren, Cole Porter, Sigmund Romberg, Gene de Paul, Hoagy Carmichael, Vernon Duke. Lyrics by Ted Fetter, Lawrence and Lee, Harold Rome. Conducted by Lehman Engel. Also includes obscure material, mostly by the great Vernon Duke. Limited released of 500 copies. To ship by third week in May. At

The Flower WhispererThe Flower Whisperer
(powerHouse Books - Hardcover Book)
By Joel Grey. Introduction by Jennifer Grey. A "... personal testament to the sensual and mysterious sexual universe of flowers." 120 pages.

Notes on Gentleman's GuideNotes on the Writing of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
By Robert L. Freedman. Takes you through the process of writing a new musical, including story structure, song placement, dialogue, character development, and more that led to the creation of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.

May 30, 2019

O'NeillThe Theatre of Eugene O'Neill: American Modernism on the World Stage (Critical Companions)
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
2017 book, now in paperback. Kurt Eisen, editor. Comprehensive overview of O'Neill's career and plays in the context of the American theatre. Organized thematically. Includes a study of all his major plays-The Emperor Jones, The Hairy Ape, The Iceman Cometh, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, A Moon for the Misbegotten and Desire Under the Elms-plus numerous other full length and one act dramas. Additionally features four contributed essays providing further critical perspectives on O'Neill's work, alongside a chronology of the writer's life and times. 256 page.

June 4, 2019

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

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

Kenny LeonTake You Wherever You Go paperback
(Grand Central Publishing - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of 2017 memoir by Tony Award winning director Kenny Leon. Foreword by Samuel L. Jackson. 256 pages. Released in hardcover, Kindle, audiobook, and Audible formats 6/5/18.

June 6, 2019

Rutherford and SonRutherford and Son
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Play by Githa Sowerby, first produced in 1912. Published to coincide with 2019 National Theatre production. (Produced at Mint Theatre in 2001 and 2012.) 112 pages.

June 7, 2019

Ain't Too ProudAin't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations vinyl
(Ume - new on 2-LP vinyl album)
Derrick Baskin, James Harkness, Jawan M. Jackson, Jeremy Pope, and Ephraim Sykes with Saint Aubyn, Shawn Bowers, E. Clayton Cornelious, Taylor Symone Jackson, Jahi Kearse, Jarvis B. Manning Jr., Joshua Morgan, Rashidra Scott, Nasia Thomas, Christian Thompson, Candice Marie Woods, Esther Antoine, Marcus Paul James, Jelani Remy, and Curtis Wiley. "The Way You Do the Things You Do," "Run Away Child, Running Wild," "Gloria," "In the Still of the Night / Speedo," "Shout," "I Want A Love I Can See," "My Girl," "Get Ready," "Supremes Medley: You Can't Hurry Love / Come See About Me / Baby Love," "Since I Lost My Baby," "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," "Don't Look Back / You're My Everything," "If I Could Build My Whole World Around You," "If You Don't Know Me By Now," "(I Know) I'm Losing You," "I Wish It Would Rain," "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)," "I Can't Get Next To You," "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," "War," "Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today)," "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)," "Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)," "For Once In My Life," "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" (Pt. 1), "Cloud Nine," "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" (Pt. 2), "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," "I Can't Get Next To You" (Finale). Arrangements by Kenny Seymour. Single track "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" is available for streaming and immediate download with album pre-order.

Lost Broadway 1961Lost Broadway 1961: Broadway's Forgotten & Obscure Musicals
(Stage Door Records - new import on 2 CDs)
First in new series of albums that will focus on celebrating Broadway's forgotten and obscure musicals. Deluxe 2-CD set. 'Lost Broadway 1961' features over 55 tracks including over 20 tracks appearing on CD for the first time. Includes a complete disc of original Broadway cast recordings and a companion disc of "Covers and Rarities," showcasing pop covers and other rare recordings from the Broadway musicals of 1961 (including the 13 Daughters and The Conquering Hero, which weren't afforded a Broadway cast album). Music from scores by writers including Jerry Herman, Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Noel Coward, Bob Merrill and Richard Adler. Featured musicals are 13 Daughters, The Conquering Hero, The Happiest Girl in the World, Milk and Honey, Subways Are for Sleeping, Sail Away, Let It Ride!, Donnybrook!, Carnival, The Gay Life, Kean, and Kwamina. Star performers include Elaine Stritch, Alfred Drake, Barbara Cook, Carol Lawrence, Cyril Ritchard, Sally Ann Howes, Johnny Mathis, Margaret Whiting, Dinah Shore, Gordon MacRae, Judy Garland, Robert Goulet, Doris Day, Eddie Fisher and many others. 57 tracks. Track list on

June 11, 2019

Kathleen Turner on Acting: Conversations about Film, Television, and Theater audiobook
(Skyhorse Publishing - Audiobook on CD)
By Kathleen Turner and Dustin Morrow. "With her iconic wit on full display, Turner dazzles readers with her shrewd insights on the craft of acting and charming anecdotes from her own storied career. Touching on each of her roles, she expounds on the lessons she's learned and describes her journey of discovery in the world of acting."400 pages. Readers: Kathleen Turner and Dustin Morrow. Previously released in hardcover and Kindle formats.

Swng TimeSwing Time: The Criterion Collection
(Criterion Collection - new Blu-ray/DVD)
1936 musical film directed by George Stevens. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Songs by Dorothy Fields and Jerome Kern. Special features: new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray; audio commentary from 1986 featuring John Mueller, author of "Astaire Dancing: The Musical Films"; archival interviews with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and choreographer Hermes Pan; new interview with George Stevens Jr.; In Full Swing, a new program on the film's choreography and soundtrack featuring jazz and film critic Gary Giddins, dance critic Brian Seibert, and Dorothy Fields biographer Deborah Grace Winer; new interview with film scholar Mia Mask on the "Bojangles of Harlem" number; essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith.

June 14, 2019

Jonathan Larson ProjectThe Jonathan Larson Project
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Based on show presented at Feinstein's/54 Below, which was directed and conceived by Jennifer Ashley Tepper, an evening of Jonathan Larson's unheard work, featuring songs from never-produced shows like 1984 and Superbia; songs that were cut from Rent and tick tick BOOM; songs written for theatrical revues and songs written for the radio; songs about politics and love and New York City; songs never before publicly performed or recorded. Nick Blaemire, Lauren Marcus, Andy Mientus, Krysta Rodriguez, and George Salazar. "Greene Street," "One of These Days," "Break Out the Booze," "Out of My Dreams," "Valentine's Day," "White Male World," "Riff/Poetry," "La Di Da Rap," "Iron Mike," "Find the Key," "Hosing the Furniture," "Pura Vida," "The Truth Is a Lie," "Rhapsody," "SOS," "Love Heals," "Piano." Five-piece band including musical director Natalie Tenenbaum, Charlie Rosen, Cody Owen Stine, Megan Talay, and Marques Walls. Music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Charlie Rosen. Danielle Gimbal, copyist. Produced by Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Charlie Rosen, and Kurt Deutsch. Limited edition with 40-page booklet. Digital version released April 5 /on mp3/at iTunes.

The Man in the CeilingThe Man in the Ceiling
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
World premiere recording of Andrew Lippa score. Kate Baldwin, Gavin Creel, Grady Miranda, John-Michael Lyles, Ashley Park, and Andrew Lippa. 36-page booklet with full lyrics, original illustrations from Jules Feiffer, a synopsis from Andrew Lippa, and a note from director Jeffrey Seller. "Doin' Fine," "Almost There," "Jimmy," "Hands," "Disappear," "Draw Me," "Maybe He Likes Me," "Where Is My Love Song," "Kidding Around," "Like Your Son," "I Do What I Do," "You Are the Friend," "To the Gods," "Mr. Floperoo," "Draw Your Own Conclusion," "Being Grown-Up" (Bonus Track). Produced by Will Van Dyke and Andrew Lippa, with Andrew Lippa and Kurt Deutsch serving as executive producers. The musical opened at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY in 2017. Released digitally new digital album on mp3 and at iTunes on 4/19/19.

June 15, 2019

Sense of Occasion: Hal PrinceSense of Occasion: Harold Prince
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of 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, offering insights into the way business is conducted on Broadway, drawing sharp contrasts between past and present. 304 pages. [See our review of the hardcover version.]

June 21, 2019

The Cher ShowThe Cher Show OBC vinyl
(Warner Bros. Records - new vinyl LP)
Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks, Micaela Diamond, Jarrod Spector, Michael Berresse, Michael Campayno, Matthew Hydzik, Emily Skinner. Released digitally April 12 on mp3/at iTunes. CD release May 10.

June 25, 2019

HedwigHedwig and the Angry Inch: The Criterion Collection
(Criterion Collection - new Blu-ray/DVD)
2001 film based on the stage musical written by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask. Directed by and starring Mitchell, with Andrea Martin, Michael Pitt, and Miriam Shor. Special features: new 4K digital restoration, supervised by director John Cameron Mitchell and cinematographer Frank DeMarco, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray; audio commentary from 2001 featuring Mitchell and DeMarco; new conversation between members of the cast and crew, including Mitchell, DeMarco, composer and lyricist Stephen Trask, hairstylist and makeup artist Michael Potter, animator Emily Hubley, actor Miriam Shor, and visual consultant Miguel Villalobos; Whether You Like It or Not: The Story of Hedwig (2003), an eighty-five-minute documentary tracing the development of the project from its beginnings in a New York club to its theatrical premiere at the Sundance Film Festival; new conversation between Trask and rock critic David Fricke about the film's soundtrack; From the Archives, a new program exploring Hedwig's production and legacy through its memorabilia; deleted scenes with commentary by Mitchell and DeMarco; trailer; essay by Stephanie Zacharek; for the Blu-ray edition: production photos by Potter and costume designer Arianne Phillips, illustrations by Hubley, and excerpts from two of the films inspirations, Plato's Symposium and The Gospel of Thomas.

June 28, 2019

Oklahoma! 2019Oklahoma!
(Decca Broadway/Verve - new on CD)
2019 Broadway revival cast recording. Richard Rodgers / Oscar Hammerstein score. Rebecca Naomi Jones, Damon Daunno, Patrick Vaill, Mary Testa, Ali Stroker, James Davis, Will Brill, Mallory Portnoy, Mitch Tebo, Anthony Cason, and Will Mann. Produced by Dean Sharenow and Daniel Kluger. Expected spring-summer 2019.

June 30, 2019

MormonsMormons, Musical Theater, and Belonging in America (Music in American Life)
(Univ of Illinois Press - Hardcover/Paperback Book)
By Jake Johnson. Merges the study of belonging in America with scholarship on voice and popular music to explore the surprising yet profound link between two quintessentially American institutions. The author sees Mormons using musical theater as a medium for theology of voice—a religious practice that suggests how vicariously voicing another person can bring one closer to godliness. At the same time, musical theater became a unique expressive tool of Mormon culture. 224 pages.

July 1, 2019

Liverpool's Royal CourtLiverpool's Royal Court Theatre: A Brave Venture
(Liverpool Univ Press - Paperback Book)
By Ros Merkin. There has been a theater on this site for nearly two hundred years. The Royal Court has become a popular, people's theatre. Over the years, it has hosted its share of world-class actors including the debut stage appearances of both Judi Dench and Richard Burton. Wonderfully illustrated, this fascinating book is the first to tell the story of the oldest surviving theatre in the city. The 1938 prospectus declared it to be "a brave venture" and courage has characterised its history. The book challenges perceptions of the Royal Court, celebrating and commemorating an institution that has endured, flourished and re-shaped itself, on its own terms. 300 pages.

On Broadway 2020 Calendar
(Time Factory - Wall Calendar)

Musical Theatre Screen AdaptationsThe Oxford Handbook of Musical Theatre Screen Adaptations
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
Dominic McHugh, editor. Traces how the genre of the stage-to-screen musical has evolved, starting with screen adaptations of operettas such as The Desert Song and Rio Rita, and looks at how the Hollywood studios in the 1930s exploited the publication of sheet music as part of their income. Numerous chapters examine specific screen adaptations in depth, including screen favorites, lesser-known titles, and problematic adaptations. 720 pages.

July 2, 2019

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

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

July 9, 2019

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

July 15, 2019

Hedwig Fourth WallMitchell and Trask's Hedwig and the Angry Inch (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Caridad Svich. Examination of the musical through the lenses of visual and vocal rock 'n' roll performance, the history of the American musical, and its positioning within LGBTIQ-plus theatre. 88 pages.

July 16, 2019

Hamilton Day-to-Day calendar 2020Hamilton 2020 Day-to-Day Calendar
(Universe Publishing - day calendar)
Includes lyrics, historical dates, and Alexander Hamilton's speeches and writings. 320 pages.

Hamilton Calendar 2020Hamilton 2020 Wall Calendar
(Universe Publishing - wall calendar)
Includes photos of the original cast by Josh Lehrer, lyrics, and important dates. 24 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.

July 23, 2019

Sweet Charity
(Kino Lorber Studio Classics - new Blu-ray)
1969 film musical based on the Broadway show with score by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields. Screenplay by Peter Stone. Directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. Shirley MacLaine, John McMartin, Ricardo Montalban, Chita Rivera, Paula Kelly, Stubby Kaye, Barbara Bouchet, Sammy Davis, Jr., Suzanne Charny, Ben Vereen. 4K restoration of both the Roadshow Edition and the "Happy Ending" alternate. Also to include booklet essay by Julie Kirgo, an audio commentary by Kat Ellinger, From the Stage to the Screen Featurette, Edith Head's Costume Design: The Art of Exaggeration Featurette, and theatrical trailer. Expected summer 2019.

July 28, 2019

Discovering MusicalsDiscovering Musicals: A Liberal Arts Guide to Stage and Screen
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
By Marc Raymond Strauss. Foreword by Christine Pedi. Covering both Broadway and Hollywood musicals, explores most of the most famous musicals of the past two centuries, along with many others. Also includes references for nearly 1000 internet video examples of dance and song. 200 pages.

August 16, 2019

TootsieTootsie OBC
(Decca Broadway/Verve - new on CD)
Score by David Yazbek. Santino Fontana, Lilli Cooper, Sarah Stiles, John Behlmann, Andy Grotelueschen, Julie Halston, Michael McGrath, and Reg Rogers. Andrea Grody and Dean Sharenow, musical supervisors. Produced by Dean Sharenow and David Yazbek. Expected spring-summer 2019.

August 27, 2019

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

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

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

September 3, 2019

(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Jackie Sibblies Drury. Premiered at Soho Rep in 2018. Winner of 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. 120 pages.

How to Transcend a Happy Marriage
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Sarah Ruhl. Played in 2017 at Lincoln Center. 120 pages.

September 17, 2019

(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Richard Nelson about Joe Papp. Played the Public Theater in 2017. 96 pages.

September 24, 2019

Come from Away Welcome to the RockCome From Away: Welcome to the Rock: An Inside Look at the Hit Musical
(Hachette Books - new hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook)
Fully illustrated companion book to the musical written by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Laurence Maslon, contributor to this book. Foreword by Justin Trudeau. Libretto plus exclusive never-before-seen photos of the events that inspired the musical, illustrations of the cast, up-close details of the costumes and set, new interviews from passengers, Gander residents, and the actors that lined up to audition to portray them and much more.

November 14, 2019

August WilsonThe Theatre of August Wilson (Critical Companions)
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Alan Nadel (Author), Kevin J. Wetmore Jr. (Series Editor), Patrick Lonergan (Series Editor). Comprehensive study of August Wilson's drama introducing the major themes and motifs that unite Wilson's ten-play cycle about African American life in each decade of the twentieth century. Detailed readings of each play, through extensive interviews. 232 pages.

December 24, 2019

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

(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
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 1, 2020

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

No release date set

Alice by Heart
(Ghostlight Records - new album)
MCC cast. Score by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater. Molly Gordon, Colton Ryan, Kim Blanck, Mia DiLena, Zachary Downer, Noah Galvin, Zachary Infante, Andrew Kober, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe , Catherine Ricafort, Heath Saunders, and Wesley Taylor. Produced by Duncan Sheik and Kurt Deutsch, with Craig Balsam and Cody Lassen executive producers. Recorded March 24-25.

Be More ChillBe More Chill OBC
(Ghostlight Records - new album)
Score by Joe Iconis. Will Roland, George Salazar, Stephanie Hsu, Gerard Canonico, Katlyn Carlson, Tiffany Mann, Lauren Marcus, Britton Smith, Jason SweetTooth Williams, and Jason Tam. Produced by Kurt Deutsch, Joe Iconis, and Charlie Rosen, and co-produced by Ian Kagey and Emily Marshall. Spring 2019 release expected.

Joe Turner (Fourth Wall)August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Ladrica Menson-Furr. Gives readers an overview of the work from its inception through revisions and stagings in regional theatres and Broadway, exploring its use of African American vernacular genres - blues music, folk songs, folk tales, and dance - and 19th Century Southern post-Reconstruction history. Ladrica Menson-Furr presents Joe Turner's Come and Gone as a historical drama, blues drama, American drama, great migration drama, and the finest example of Wilson's gift for re-locating the African American experience in urban southern cities as the beginning and not the end of the African American experience. 160 pages.

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.

Brian Stokes Mitchell: Plays with Music
(new album)

Complete Lyrics of Sheldon Harnick
(new book)

Cynthia Erivo studio album
(Verve Records)
Expected in 2019.

Fiddler on the Roof
(Time Life Music/Warner music Group - new on CD)
2018 National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene cast recording of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick score. Performed in Yiddish. The production is moving to Stage 42 in February 2019. To feature bonus tracks cut from the 1964 production of Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway. Cast includes Jackie Hoffman, Steven Skybell, Jennifer Babiak, Joanne Borts, Avrom, Stephanie Lynne Mason, Fyedke, Ben Liebert, Rosie Jo Neddy, Raquel Nobile, Bruce Sabath, Drew Seigla, Adam B. Shapiro, Jodi Snyder, James Monroe Števko, Lauren Jeanne Thomas, Bobby Underwood and Rachel Zatcoff, Michael Yashinsky, Evan Mayer, Lisa Fishman, Samantha Hahn. Translated by Shraga Friedman. Release expected in 2019.

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;

Jagged Little Pill
(Atlantic - new album)
Cast recording for musical with score by Alanis Morissette.

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

Kiss Me, Kate
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
2019 Broadway revival cast recording of Cole Porter score. Featuring Kelli O'Hara, Will Chase and Corbin Bleu, with Darius Barnes, Preston Truman Boyd, Will Burton, Derrick Cobey, Jesmille Darbouze, Rick Faugno , Haley Fish, Tanya Haglund, Erica Mansfield, Marissa McGowan, Sarah Meahl, Justin Prescott, Christine Cornish Smith, Sherisse Springer, Sam Strasfeld, and Travis Waldschmidt. Orchestrations by Larry Hochman. Music direction by Paul Gemignani. Album produced by Kurt Deutsch and Lawrence Manchester. Recording date: Monday, April 22.

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.

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.

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

The New Yorkers
(Ghostlight Records - new album)
Based on the 2017 New York City Center Encores! production of Cole Porter musical. Music direction by Rob Berman. Cyrille Aimée, Clyde Alves, Todd Buonopane, Arnie Burton, Kevin Chamberlin, Mylinda Hull, Robyn Hurder, Byron Jennings, Eddie Korbich, Tam Mutu, Jeffrey Schecter, Scarlett Strallen, Tyler Lansing Weaks, and Ruth Williamson. Produced by Rob Berman and Lawrence Manchester. Recorded March 25-26.

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

Robbie Rozelle: Songs from Inside My Locker
(Broadway Records - new album)
To be recorded February 23 and March 1, 2019 at Feinstein's/54 Below. Written by Robbie Rozelle. Musical direction and arrangements by Josh D. Smith. Six-piece band The Two Drink Minimum. Special guests include Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels) and Maya Days (Aida).

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.

-- Sound Advice Staff

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