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Schedule of New & Upcoming CD, DVD & Book Releases

Updated 11/29/22

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The American Theatre as seen by Hirschfeld 1962-2002
(The Al Hirschfeld Foundation / Stuart Ng Books - new book)
Edited by David Leopold. Showcases 300 Hirschfeld drawings: his greatest theater work from five decades, including some of the most important productions from the last sixty years, plus portraits of Stephen Sondheim, Neil Simon, Edward Albee, Wendy Wasserstein, Tom Stoppard, and Hal Prince, and more. forward by Michael Kimmelman, and chapter introductions by Brooks Atkinson, Brendan Gill, Maureen Dowd, Terrence McNally and Jules Feiffer. Follow-up to The American Theatre As Seen by Hirschfeld, published in 1961. 250 pages. Available at

Darling Grenadine
(new digital album)
Studio recording featuring the 2020 Off-Broadway (Roundabout Under the Radar) cast. Musical by Daniel Zaitchik. Adam Kantor, Emily Walton, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Aury Krebs, Matt Dallal, Mike Nappi. "Prologue," "Swell," "Every Time a Waitress Calls Me Honey," "Party Hat," "I Only See Louise," "Manhattan," "Bottle of Wine," "Suspended," "No Good For Me," "Grenadine," "Every Moon," "Say Something, Paul," "Paradise," "New Year's Eve," "Three Years," "The Kettle Song," "Epilogue." Orchestrations by Matt Moisey. Music direction and additional arrangements by David Gardos. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Dean Sharenow. Recorded at Reservoir Studios, NY and Steel Cut Audio, NYC. Released 11/18/22.

Designing Broadway: How Derek McLane and Other Acclaimed Set Designers Create the Visual World of Theatre
(Running Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Derek McLane and Eila Mell. Foreword by Ethan Hawke. Richly illustrated and information-packed celebration of Broadway set design. Many contributors, including John Lee Beatty, Danny Burstein, Cameron Crowe, Ethan Hawke, Moisés Kaufman, Carole King, Kenny Leon, Santo Loquasto, Kathleen Marshall, Lynn Nottage, David Rabe, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Wallace Shawn, John Leguizamo, and Robin Wagner. With personal sketches and photographs from the artists' archives. 272 pages.

Finale: Late Conversations with Stephen Sondheim
(Harper - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook/Audiobook on CD)
By D.T. Max (The New Yorker). Personal collection of interviews with the late Stephen Sondheim, conducted in the last years of the artist's life (unedited from the February 22 New Yorker article). Audio versions narrated by Christopher Grove and Keith Sellon-Wright. 240 pages.

Footballers' Wives the Musical
(new digital album)
Studio cast album of score by Kath Gotts. Simon Bailey, Liam Doyle, Alice Fearn, Kath Gotts, Chelsea Halfpenny, Emma Hatton, Julie Legrand, Ben Richards, Ashley Samuels, Ivano Turco. "Prologue," "Who, Who, Who?," "Kath Gotts, Alice Fearn & FW Studio Cast Ensemble," "Shrödinger's Frank - Part One," "Shrödinger's Frank - Part Two," "Never Say Die," "Don't Lose It," "Sparks In The House," "Om With Me Now," "Just a Girl Who Loved a Boy," "Shrödinger's Frank - Part Three," "Fairy Tales Aren't Just For Fairies," "Lonely Moon," "Game On!," "Ready to Ride Again," "Shrödinger's Frank - Part Four," "Nurse Nightingale," "Unbelievable."

A Front Row Seat: An Intimate Look at Broadway, Hollywood, and the Age of Glamour
(Univ Press of Kentucky - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Nancy Olson Livingston. In this memoir, Nancy Olson Livingston treats readers to an intimate, charming chronicle of her life as an actress, wife, and mother, and her memories of many of the most notable figures and moments of her time, including reminiscences of her marriages to lyricist and librettist Alan Jay Lerner and to Alan Wendell Livingston. Interweaves Livingston's life with her observations of the artists, celebrities, and luminaries with whom she came in contact. 408 pages.

Funny Girl
(Sony Masterworks Broadway - digital album)
New Broadway cast recording. Based on 2022 revival, with some replacements. Lea Michele, Tovah Feldshuh, Ramin Karimloo, Toni DiBuono, Debra Cadona, Martin Moran, Jared Grimes, Kurt Csolak, Justin Prescott, Daniel Beeman. "Overture," "Who Are You Now?," "If a Girl Isn't Pretty," "I'm the Greatest Star," "Eddie's Tap," "Cornet Man," "His Love Makes Me Beautiful," "I Want to Be Seen with You," "Henry Street," "People," "You Are Woman, I Am Man," "Don't Rain on My Parade," "Sadie, Sadie," "Who Taught Her Everything She Knows?," "Temporary Arrangement," "Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat," "Who Are You Now? (Reprise)," "You're a Funny Girl / Beekman Call," "What Do Happy People Do?," "The Music That Makes Me Dance," "Dream Ballet," "Finale Act 2." Released 11/18/22.

Jack in the Box: or, How to Goddamn Direct
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Jack O'Brien. In a follow-up to his memoir, Jack Be Nimble, the director collects stories from the many productions he has worked on; the great talents he encountered and collaborated with; and the choices that he made, on the stage and off, that have come to define his career. He tells his readers how to become a director–or, at the very least, relates an unfailingly honest story of how he did. 272 pages.

Jane Monheit: The Merriest
(Provident Music Group - new on CD/digital)
New holiday album from jazz/pop vocalist Jane Monheit. "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," "The Christmas Song," "That Holiday Feeling," "(Christmas) Stay With Me," "The Merriest" (duet with John Pizzarelli), "What Are You Doing New Years Eve?," "Winter Wonderland," "Christmas Time is Here," "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year." Released 11/4/22.

Joe Stilgoe: Theatre
(Westway - 2-disc vinyl set)
Deluxe double vinyl version of singer/pianist/songwriter Joe Stilgoe's album, with the Metropole Orchestra. "Overture," "Take Me Back To The Theatre," "Cabaret," "Lost In The Stars," "Does Anybody Have A Map?," "On Broadway," "Mr Matcham," "The King's New Clothes," "Gonna Build A Mountain," "No More/ Nothing's Gonna Harm You/Children Will Listen," "Bring Down The Curtain," "Dad's Lullaby."

María Martínez Sierra: A Great Playwright Hidden in Plain Sight
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
Richard Nelson and Colin Chambers, editors (also contribute an essay on the translation work of the Granville-Barkers). Harley Granville Barker and Helen Granville Barker, translators. The introduction by Patricia O'Connor examines María's extraordinary life and work, and the battle for her authorship to be recognized in both the Spanish-speaking and anglophone world. Edited collection of three plays by María Martínez Sierra: The Kingdom of God (1928); The Romantic Young Lady (1920) and Take Two From One (1931). 248 pages.

One Public: New York's Public Theater in the Era of Oskar Eustis
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book)
By Kevin Landis. Presents the broader organization, its creative methodology, and its enormous growth over the past 20 years. Tells the contemporary story, recorded over many interviews with iconic practitioners and performers ranging from Diane Paulus, Tony Kushner and Lynn Nottage to Kevin Kline, Chelsea Clinton and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Case-study driven, One Public uses oral history accounts and authorial experience to illuminate The Public Theater, Eustis and their cultural influence on the city of New York and the greater United States. 336 pages.

Ramin Karimloo: The Road to Find Out - North
(Westway Music - new EP CD)
Third in the series. "Driftwood," "Music of the Night," "I Vow to Thee My Country," "When Does It Go Away," "Once Upon a December," "Androgynous."

Streisand: The Mirror of Difference
(Wayne State Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Paperback)
By Garrett Stewart. The author "notes the gender and ethnic stereotypes that Streisand shattered as the first openly Jewish superstar, while concentrating not just on the cultural difference she made but on the internal differentials of her unholy vocal gift-whose kinetic volatility shapes a kind of cinematic terrain all its own." 252 pages.

November 30, 2022

Carl Moellenberg's Story: Broadway and Spirituality as a Path to Survival
(Imagine and Wonder - Hardcover Book)
By Carl Moellenberg. John Shableski, editor. The author's "journey of many transformations: from Midwestern boy most interested in music to a fast-paced Wall Street career; from investment banking to a 12 time Tony Award winner on Broadway; from overcoming several death-defying crises by finding healing, inspiration from a higher being, and deeper spirituality." 224 pages.

December 2, 2022

A Beautiful Noise OBC
(UMe - new on CD)
Cast includes Will Swenson, Mark Jacoby and Robyn Hurder. "Opening Montage," "A Beautiful Noise," "Neil Pitches Songs: I'll Come Running / I Got The Feelin' (Oh No, No) / I'm A Believer (Medley)," "I'm A Believer," "Demo Medley: The Boat That I Row / Red Red Wine / Kentucky Woman (Medley)," "Kentucky Woman," "Into The Bitter End," "Solitary Man," "Cracklin' Rosie," "Song Sung Blue," "Cherry, Cherry / September Morn' (Medley)," "Love On The Rocks," "Hello Again," "A Heavenly Progression," "Sweet Caroline," "Entr'acte," "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show," "Play Me," "Forever In Blue Jeans," "Stadium Medley: Soolaimon / Thank The Lord for the Night Time / Crunchy Granola Suite (Medley)," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," "Brooklyn Roads / America (Medley)," "Shilo," "I Am... I Said," "Holly Holy." Produced by Bob Gaudio. Released earlier digitally.

December Songs for Voice and Orchestra
(P.S. Classics - new on CD)
Maury Yeston's December Songs, sung by Victoria Clark. 37-piece orchestra conducted by Ted Sperling and scored by Larry Hochman. The booklet features complete lyrics, in addition to liner notes by Matthew Gurewitsch. Produced by Bart Migal, Ted Sperling, and Maury Yeston. Digital version released 11/11/22.

Penelope, or How The Odyssey Was Really Written
(JAY Records - new digital album)
York Theatre original cast recording of score by Peter Kellogg and Stephen Weiner. Britney Nicole Simpson, Philippe Arroyo, Leah Hocking, Cooper Howell, Ben Jacoby, David LaMarr, Jacob Alexander Simon, George Slotin, Sean Thompson, and Maria Wirries. "Prologue," "She's Gonna Be Mine," "The Letter from Aeolia," "The Man That I Married," "Pigs!," "Faint," "Penelope #1," "When I'm King," "No One Will Ever Know," "Penelope #2," "The Letter from Hell," "She's Gonna Be Mine (Reprise)," "Penelope #3," "Home Again," "We Need a Plan," "The Mills of the Gods," "Something in His Touch," "This Moment Is All," "Penelope #4," "Until You Shine," "I'm Not Sure I Remember How," "All Along," "Finale." Orchestrations and musical direction by David Hancock Turner. CD to be released December 9.

December 6, 2022

Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Stephen Adly Guirgis. 120 pages.

December 9, 2022

Carousel soundtrack
(Del Ray Records - new vinyl)
1956 soundtrack of Rodgers & Hammerstein score. Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Cameron Mitchell, Robert Rounseville, Barbara Ruick, Claramae Turner "Introduction," "Main Title: The Carousel Waltz," "You're A Queer One, Julie Jordan," "(When I Marry) Mr. Snow," "If I Loved You," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over Ballet," "Soliloquy," "Blow High, Blow Low," "When The Children Are Asleep," "A Real Nice Clambake," "Stonecutters Cut It On Stone," "What's The Use Of Wond'rin," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "Louise's Ballet," "If I Loved You (reprise)," "You'll Never Walk Alone (Finale)," "Carousel Waltz" (album version). Restored sleeve artwork & pressed on 180 gram vinyl.

Disenchanted soundtrack
(Walt Disney Records - new on CD/digital)
Soundtrack from 2022 film. Songs by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. Griffin Newman, Amy Adams, James Marsden, Gabriella Baldacchino, Patrick Dempsey, Ann Harada, James Monroe Iglehart, Michael McCorry Rose, Maya Rudolph, Idina Menzel, Alan Menken, Kolton Stewart. "Andalasia," "Even More Enchanted," "The Magic of Andalasia," "Fairytale Life (The Wish)," "Fairytale Life (After the Spell)," "Perfect," "Badder," "Love Power," "Love Power (Reprise)," "Even More Enchanted (Finale)," "Disenchanted Score Suite," "Hard Times for Heroes (Demo)," "Something Different This Year (Demo)," "Love Power (End Credit Version)."

Penelope, or How The Odyssey Was Really Written
(JAY Records - new on CD)
York Theatre original cast recording of score by Peter Kellogg and Stephen Weiner. Britney Nicole Simpson, Philippe Arroyo, Leah Hocking, Cooper Howell, Ben Jacoby, David LaMarr, Jacob Alexander Simon, George Slotin, Sean Thompson, and Maria Wirries. "Prologue," "She's Gonna Be Mine," "The Letter from Aeolia," "The Man That I Married," "Pigs!," "Faint," "Penelope #1," "When I'm King," "No One Will Ever Know," "Penelope #2," "The Letter from Hell," "She's Gonna Be Mine (Reprise)," "Penelope #3," "Home Again," "We Need a Plan," "The Mills of the Gods," "Something in His Touch," "This Moment Is All," "Penelope #4," "Until You Shine," "I'm Not Sure I Remember How," "All Along," "Finale." Orchestrations and musical direction by David Hancock Turner. Digital version released December 2.

Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical
(Masterworks - new on CD)
Soundtrack from Netflix film inspired by the musical. Music and lyrics By Tim Minchin. Original score music by Christopher Nightingale. The film stars Alisha Weir, Emma Thompson, Lashana Lynch, Andrea Riseborough and Stephen Graham. Released digitally 11/18/22.

December 16, 2022

Chicago The Musical
(Masterworks Broadway - 2-LP vinyl set)
Score by John Kander and Fred Ebb. Deep red marble vinyl with a 4-panel (folded) insert. Cast includes Ann Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth, James Naughton and Joel Grey.

Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio
(Columbia Records Group - new on CD)
From the 2022 stop-motion musical film from Netflix. Original songs and score from Alexandre Desplat with lyrics by Guillermo Del Toro. The characters are voiced by Ewan McGregor, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Cristoph Waltz, and more. Digital version released 12/9/22.

Once: A New Musical
(Masterworks Broadway - new 2-disc vinyl set)
Score by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. Stars Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti. 12-inch marigold-shaded vinyl including 12-inch insert.

West Side Story
(Masterworks Broadway - new 2-disc vinyl album)
1957 OBC album of Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim score. Cast includes Carol Lawrence, Larry Kert and Chita Rivera.

December 20, 2022

Oz and the Musical: Performing the American Fairy Tale
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover/Paperback book)
By Ryan Bunch. "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" (1900) by Frank L. Baum has served as the basis for some of the most popular musicals on stage and screen. Show by show, Bunch highlights the forms and conventions of musical work as practiced in its time and context–such as the turn-of-the-century extravaganza, the classical Hollywood film musical, the Black Broadway musical of the 1970s, and the twenty-first-century mega-musical. He then shows how the journey of each show teaches participants and audiences something about how to act American within contested frameworks of race, gender, sexuality, age, and embodiment. Also explores home theatricals, make-believe play, school musicals, Oz-themed environments, and community events as sites where the performance of the American fairy tale brings home and utopia into contact through the conventions of the musical. 232 pages.

December 2022 (release date unknown)

Carols for a Cure 2022: Volume 22
(Broadway Cares - new digital/on CD)
A welcome return of Broadway Cares/Equtiy Fights AIDS' seasonal salute to Broadway. Holiday songs performed by the casts of The Music Man, The Lion King, A Strange Loop, Funny Girl and Into the Woods and more. Volumes 1-21 are also still available: Each CD comes with a download of the album.

January 6, 2023

Into the Woods
(Concord Theatricals/Craft Recordings - new on CD)
Recording of the 2022 Broadway / New York City Center Encores! cast. Score by Stephen Sondheim. Sara Bareilles, Brian d’Arcy James, Patina Miller, Phillipa Soo, Joshua Henry, Aymee Garcia, Ta’Nika Gibson, Annie Golden, Albert Guerzon, Brooke Ishibashi, Kennedy Kanagawa, David Patrick Kelly, Julia Lester, Nancy Opel, Cole Thompson, David Turner, Alysia Velez. "Prologue: Into the Woods," "Cinderella at the Grave," "Hello, Little Girl," "I Guess This Is Goodbye," "Maybe They're Magic," "I Know Things Now," "A Very Nice Prince," "First Midnight," "Giants in the Sky," "Agony," "It Takes Two," "Second Midnight," "Stay with Me," "On the Steps of the Palace," "Ever After," "Prologue: So Happy," "Agony (Reprise)," "Witch's Lament," "Any Moment," "Moments in the Woods," "Your Fault," "Last Midnight," "No More," "No One Is Alone," "Finale: Children Will Listen." Music direction by Rob Berman with The Encores! Orchestra. Digital released 9/30/22, vinyl will be released 3/17/23.

The Unsinkable Molly Brown original demo recordings and more
(Stage Door Records - new 2-CD set)
Score by Meredith Willson. Original demo recordings, including fully orchestrated studio demo album featuring Sandy Stewart and Bernie Knee alongside the Elliot Lawrence Orchestra and Chorus; selections from the score performed by Willson with his wife Rini and the show's original male lead Harve Presnell (several cut songs including "Read the Label on the Bottle," "One Day at a Time" and "Colorado, My Home"). Also, a bonus disc of cover recordings: a full length instrumental album performed by Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra (remastered from stereo reel tape), and a comprehensive selection of pop vocal cover recordings including songs performed by Aretha Franklin, Nat "King" Cole, Gordon MacRae, Dinah Shore, The Four Aces and more. Detailed sleeve notes by George Dansker. Limited edition release of 500 units only.

January 13, 2023

Between The Lines
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album)
Original cast album, based on the recent new Off-Broadway production. Score by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson. Arielle Jacobs, Jake David Smith, Vicki Lewis, Hillary Fisher, Jerusha Cavazos, Sean Stack, Will Burton, Julia Murney, John Rapson, Wren Rivera. "Another Chapter," "Between the Lines," "Happily Ever After Hour," "Talkin' to Oliver," "Mr. Darcy and Me," "Inner Thoughts," "Start Again Tomorrow," "In My Perfect World," "Crazy Chemistry," "Butterflies," "I'm Not Through," "A Whole New Story," "Best Day Ever," "Do It For You," "Something to Hold On To," "Leaps and Bounds," "Out of Character," "Allie McAndrews," "Can't Get 'Em Out," "Between the Lines (Reprise)," "Say It in Other Words," "Inner Thoughts (Reprise)." Produced by Michael Croiter and Greg Anthony Rassen.

January 31, 2023

Oscar Hammerstein II and the Invention of the Musical
(Yale Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Laurie Winer. "Diving deep into Hammerstein’s life, examining his papers and his lyrics, critic Laurie Winer shows how he orchestrated a collective reimagining of America, urging it forward with a subtly progressive vision of the relationship between country and city, rich and poor, America and the rest of the world. His rejection of bitterness, his openness to strangers, and his optimistic humor shaped not only the musical but the American dream itself. His vision can continue to be a touchstone to this day." 368 pages.

February 1, 2023

Musical Theatre For Dummies
(For Dummies - Paperback Book)
By Seth Rudetsky. For those new to musical theatre. History of musical theater and shows born on Broadway or the West End that became cultural phenomena; development of productions, from the idea stage all the way through opening night and beyond; insights into how theater is made; insider advice on the skills you need to perform in professional or amateur musical theater productions; anecdotes and show recommendations. 384 pages.

February 7, 2023

The Critic's Daughter: A Memoir
(W.W. Norton & Company - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Priscilla Gilman, daughter of writer, theater critic, and Yale School of Drama professor Richard Gilman. 304 pages.

February 9, 2023

The Abbott Touch: Pal Joey, Damn Yankees, and the Theatre of George Abbott
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Thomas Hischak. In-depth and original study of actor, playwright, director, librettist, play doctor, and producer George Abbott, examining 100 productions. Each chapter examines a period of creativity in his life. 272 pages.

February 13, 2023

The Taylor Mac Book: Ritual, Realness and Radical Performance
(Univ of Michigan Press - Hardcover Book/Paperback)
David Román and Sean Edgecomb, editors. "Featuring essays, interviews, and commentaries by noted critics and artists, the volume examines the vastness of Mac's theatrical imagination, the singularity of their voice, the inclusiveness of their cultural insights and critiques, and the creativity they display through stylistic and formal qualities and the unorthodoxies of their personal and professional trajectories. Contributors consider the range of Mac's career as a playwright, performer, actor, and singer, expanding and enriching the conversation on this much-celebrated and deeply resonant body of work." 304 pages.

February 21, 2023

The Long Revolution: Writings from the Frontlines of a New American Theatre
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Zelda Fichandler Todd London, editor. Gathers sixty years of essays, speeches, and manifestos by the founding mother of the resident professional theatre movement. Topics such as: The Institution as Art-Work, the Profit in NonProfit, Race and a Deepening Aesthetic, and Creativity and the Public Mind. Also includes intimate portraits of artists with whom Fichandler frequently collaborated and director's notes from the major productions that defined her vision. 320 pages.

March 9, 2023

Careful the Spell You Cast: How Stephen Sondheim Extended the Range of the American Musical
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book)
By Ben Francis (Oxford Handbook of Sondheim Studies). "... argues that Sondheim firmly belongs to the Broadway aspirational tradition, in that many of his characters are defined by their dreams: to abandon one's dream (as Ben does in Follies, Frank does in Merrily We Roll Along, and Addison does in Road Show) is to lose one's soul. 192 pages.

March 17, 2023

Almost Famous
(Sony Masterworks Broadway - new album)
Score by Tom Kitt. Chris Wood, Anika Larsen, Solea Pfeiffer, Drew Gehling, Casey Likes, Rob Colletti, Matt Bittner, Chad Burris, Gerard Canonico, Julia Cassandra, Brandon Contreras, Jakeim Hart, Van Hughes, Jana Djenne Jackson, Katie Ladner, Danny Lindgren, Erica Mansfield, Alisa Melendez, Emily Schultheis, Daniel Sovich, Libby Winters, and Matthew C. Yee.

Into the Woods
(Concord Theatricals/Craft Recordings - new 2-disc vinyl album)
Recording of the 2022 Broadway / New York City Center Encores! cast. Score by Stephen Sondheim. Sara Bareilles, Brian d’Arcy James, Patina Miller, Phillipa Soo, Joshua Henry, Aymee Garcia, Ta’Nika Gibson, Annie Golden, Albert Guerzon, Brooke Ishibashi, Kennedy Kanagawa, David Patrick Kelly, Julia Lester, Nancy Opel, Cole Thompson, David Turner, Alysia Velez. "Prologue: Into the Woods," "Cinderella at the Grave," "Hello, Little Girl," "I Guess This Is Goodbye," "Maybe They're Magic," "I Know Things Now," "A Very Nice Prince," "First Midnight," "Giants in the Sky," "Agony," "It Takes Two," "Second Midnight," "Stay with Me," "On the Steps of the Palace," "Ever After," "Prologue: So Happy," "Agony (Reprise)," "Witch's Lament," "Any Moment," "Moments in the Woods," "Your Fault," "Last Midnight," "No More," "No One Is Alone," "Finale: Children Will Listen." Music direction by Rob Berman with The Encores! Orchestra. CD format expected later. Digital released 9/30/22, CD released 12/2/22.

March 21, 2023

Fat Ham
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by James Ijames. Winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Premiere at Public Theater in May 2022. 112 pages.

March 31, 2023

Theatre Royal Drury Lane: A Star Reborn
(Scala Arts Publishers - Paperback Book)
By Pamela Hartshorne. Foreword by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Souvenir guide Brand to the world's oldest theater site in continuous use. Published to mark the reopening of the theater following the major renovation project which has restored the theater's Georgian glory. Tells the rich history of the theater and its many famous personalities and productions. 72 pages.

April 21, 2023

Confessions of an Actress: Sunday Letters from Moscow
(Merie Productions - Kindle Edition)
By Meredith Patterson. In the winter of 2002, Chechen terrorists entered the Dubrovka Theater in what became known as the Moscow Theater Hostage Crisis ... rebels would storm the stage and take the audience captive in an operation that lasted four days and claimed the lives of over 100 civilians. On that same night, at age 26, Broadway actress Meredith Patterson was less than one mile away at the MDM Theater, starring as Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street with Boris Yeltsin in attendance. Second in series of books, following Confessions of an Actress: From Chorus Girl to Broadway Star, released in 2021.

April 25, 2023

(HarperOne - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Memoir by Chita Rivera, with Patrick Pacheco. 272 pages.

July 4, 2023

Creating Back to the Future: The Musical
(Abrams - Hardcover Book)
By Michael Klastorin. Foreword by Bob Gale. About the creation of the musical that opened at the Manchester Opera House in February 2020, music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard and a book by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale (adapted from their original screenplay). Pairs exclusive, in-depth interviews with previously unpublished photography; excerpts from Bob Gale's personal journal; and a foreword by Gale to reveal and detail the years long process, and the creative ingenuity and technical innovation. 224 pages.

Release date unknown

Adventures in Reality
(Ghostlight Records - new album)
Collection of previously unreleased songs from various projects by Michael Friedman.

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

(Yellow Sound Label - new album)
New Off-Broadway Out of the Box Theatrics cast recording of score by David Shire and Richard Maltby, Jr. Also features never-before-recorded material (including "Patterns"). Christina Sajous, Gabrielle McClinton, Julia Murney, Robert H. Fowler, Elizabeth Flemming, and Johnny Link with Jorge Donoso, Marisa Kirby, Jewell Noel, and Ethan Paulini. Produced by Michael Croiter, Richard Maltby, Jr., and Geoffrey Ko, who also serves as music supervisor. Expected later in 2022.

Between the Lines
(Ghostlight Records - new album)
Second Stage original cast album of score by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson. (Book by By Timothy Allen Mcdonald, based on the book by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer). Recorded 8/8/22. Release date TBA.

The Big Time
(new album)
McCarter concert reading cast recording of score by Douglas J. Cohen. Per Debbie Gravitte Instagram post. Release date unknown.

Bonnie and Clyde
(new album)
Cast album from 2022 West End production with score by Frank Wildhorn (music) and Don Black (lyrics). Cast includes Mayli McCann and Jordan Luke Gage. Date TBA.

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)

The Fantasticks: The First Complete Recording of the Entire Play (The Revised Version)
(JAY Records - new album)
Score by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones. To include the score as well as all of the dialogue and speeches. Brad Oscar, Telly Leung, Elizabeth Teeter, Lewis Cleale, Ron Raines, and Tom Jones. Craig Barna, musical director. Release date TBA.

Harbinger Records upcoming releases: material from Eubie Blake; download only demos of Hugh Martin and Sheldon Harnick; Steve Ross' back catalog for download

(new album)
2022 Off-Broadway Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman cast recording of score by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman. Cast includes Sean Bell, Danny Kornfeld, Zal Owen, Eric Peters, Blake Roman, Steven Telsey, Jessie Davidson, and Ana Hoffman.

Kalevala: The Musical
(new digital album)
Concept album. Score by Johanna Telander. Ramin Karimloo, Alice Ripley, Jewelle Blackman, Marina Pires, Natalie Toro, and Kay Trinidad. August 2021 release expected.

Kerry Ellis album
(Westway - new album)
Album of original music by British actress/singer Kerry Ellis (Wicked). October 2022 release expected.

Kimberly Akimbo
(new album)
2022 original Broadway cast recording of score by Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire. Victoria Clark, Steven Boyer, Justin Cooley, Alli Mauzey, Bonnie Milligan, Olivia Elease Hardy, Fernell Hogan, Michael Iskander, Nina White. Date and details TBA.

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.

(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.

Paradise Square OBC
(new on CD/digital)
Broadway cast recording of score Jason Howland (music), Nathan Tysen and Masi Asare (lyrics), with additional music by Larry Kirwan, inspired by the songs of Stephen Foster. Joaquina Kalukango, Chilina Kennedy, John Dossett, Sidney DuPont, A.J. Shively, Nathaniel Stampley, Gabrielle McClinton, Jacob Fishel, Kevin Dennis and Matt Bogart. Produced by Jason Howland and Billy Jay Stein. Recorded at Power Station at BerkleeNYC during the weeks of April 18 and April 25.

Public/Private: My Years with Joe Papp at the Public Theater
(Applause - new book)
By Gail Merrifield Papp. Blending an affecting memoir of her life alongside the founder of the Public Theater Joe Papp with a behind-the-scenes portrait of the influential theater’s dazzling history. Paints a comprehensive portrait of the creative process of one of America’s most acclaimed theater artists, highlighting the innovative ways the Public operated, driven by Joe’s ambition to create a year-round producing home focused on original plays and musicals from new voices, while employing non-traditional casting which made it a home for scores of the most creative people in American pop culture. New aspects of Joe Papp’s many battles with the establishment are also highlighted, from tilts with Robert Moses to theater critics to conservative poohbahs in the US Congress.

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.

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.

(Atlantic Records - new album)
2022 Public Theater cast recording of score by Shaina Taub. Jenna Bainbridge, Ally Bonino, Tsilala Brock, Jenn Colella, Hannah Cruz, Nadia Dandashi, Aisha de Haas, Amina Faye, Holly Gould, Cassondra James, Nikki M. James, Jaygee Macapugay, Grace McLean, Susan Oliveras, Mia Pak, J. Riley Jr, Phillipa Soo, Shaina Taub, and Ada Westfall. Release date TBA.

-- Sound Advice Staff

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