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Antigone UndoneAntigone Undone: Juliette Binoche, Anne Carson, and the Art of Resistance
(Univ of Regina Press - new hardcover book)
By Will Aitken, after seeing the premiere of Anne Carson’s translation of Antigone, starring Juliette Binoche and directed by Ivo van Hove. His response to the play's protagonist, and the response to the play by Hegel, Virginia Woolf, Judith Butler, and others. 210 pages.

January 18, 2018

A Bronx Tale songbookA Bronx Tale songbook
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Piano/vocal selections for Broadway musical score by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. Songs include "Ain't It the Truth," "Belmont Avenue," "The Choices We Make," "Hurt Someone," "I like It," "In a World like This," "Look to Your Heart," "Nicky Machiavelli," "One of the Great Ones," "Out of Your Head," "Roll 'Em," "These Streets." 120 pages.

Decades of Modern American DramaDecades of Modern American Drama: Playwriting from the 1930s to 2009
(Bloomsbury Methuen - Set of Hardcover Books)
Brenda Murphy and Julia Listengarten, editors. comprehensive survey and study of the theatre produced in each decade from the 1930s to 2009 in eight volumes. Each volume provides context from which work emerged: an introduction considers life in the decade with a focus on domestic life and conditions, social changes, culture, media, technology, industry and political events; while a chapter on the theatre of the decade offers a wide-ranging and thorough survey of theatres, companies, dramatists, new movements and developments in response to the economic and political conditions of the day. The work of the four most prominent playwrights from the decade in analyzed and re-evaluated, together with commentary on their subsequent work and legacy. A final section brings together original documents such as interviews with the playwrights and with directors, drafts of play scenes, and other previously unpublished material.

January 22, 2018

War Paint songbookWar Paint songbook
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Vocal selections for 2017 Broadway musical score by Michael Korie and Scott Frankel. Songs include "Back on Top," "Beauty in the World," "Behind the Red Door," "Better Yourself," "Dinosaurs," "Face to Face," "Fire & Ice," "Forever Beautiful," "If I'd Been a Man," "Inside of the Jar," "My American Moment," "Now You Know," "Pink." 112 pages.

January 23, 2018

Harry ClarkeHarry Clarke: and Lillian
(Audible Studios - Audiobook)
David Cale's play Harry Clarke read by Bill Crudup (who debuted the play at the Vineyard Theatre). Also includes David Cale's Obie Award-winning solo play Lillian, performed by the author.

UnmaskingUnmasking What Matters: 10 Life Lessons From 10 Years on Broadway
(She Writes Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Sandra Joseph, "the longest-running leading lady in Broadway’s longest-running show, The Phantom of the Opera." The author shares her "hard-won wisdom, poignant personal stories, and practical, experiential exercises to guide them, readers will learn to shed their limiting masks, mindfully work through their fears, stand in their authentic power, and build a life rich with satisfaction, meaning, and significance. 192 pages.

January 25, 2018

Fifty PlaywrightsFifty Playwrights on their Craft
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Caroline Jester and Caridad Svich. series of interviews with fifty playwrights from the US and UK, including Edward Bond, Katori Hall, Chris Goode, David Greig, Willy Russell, David Henry Hwang, Alecky Blythe, Anne Washburn, Simon Stephens, Neil LaBute, Christopher Shinn, Katori Hall, David Hare, Lucy Prebble, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Paula Vogel. 304 pages

January 26, 2018

Fiddler ExpandingKelly Hall-Tompkins: The Fiddler Expanding Tradition
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Hall-Tompkins, the Fiddler/violin soloist in the recent Broadway revival, with all new Fiddler solo music. Collaboration with arranger Oran Eldor and music director/orchestrator Ted Sperling. Also features Danny Burstein in guest appearance for a duet of "Sunrise, Sunset."

Hamlisch UncoveredHamlisch Uncovered
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Unrecorded songs by Marvin Hamlisch, including songs from the original version of Smile (lyrics by Carolyn Leigh), Ballroom (lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman), his final musical The Nutty Professor (lyrics by Rupert Holmes), and several songs from his scores with Craig Carnelia: Imaginary Friends, Bullets Over Broadway and Sweet Smell of Success. Singers include Kelli O'Hara, Randy Graff, Tony Sheldon, Hayden Tee, Nancy Opel, Leah Horowitz, Marissa McGowan, Lisa Brescia, cabaret stars Klea Blackhurst and Steven Brinberg. Produced by Michael Lavine, Chip M. Fabrizi and Craig Carnelia. Released digitally on 12/15/17. At

Muriel's WeddingMuriel's Wedding the musical original cast recording
(new import CD)
Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures Production release. Musical based on the 1994 film, currently in a world premiere production at Sydney Theatre Company. Music and lyrics by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall, with songs by Benny Andersson, Bjørn Ulvaeus, and Stig Anderson. Maggie McKenna stars as Muriel, with Madeleine Jones, Justine Clarke, Briallen Clarke, Michael Whalley, Connor Sweeney, and Helen Dallimore. "Sunshine State of Mind," "The Bouquet," "Meet the Heslops," "Progress," "Can't Hang," "Luckylast/Perry Heslop," "Girls Like Us," "Waterloo," "Amazing," "Sydney," "Strangely Perfect Stranger," "Here Comes the Bride," "Never Stick Your Neck Out," "Why Can't That Be Me?," "Life Is a Competition," "Mr and Mrs Shkuratov," "Shared, Viral, Linked, Liked," "SOS," "My Mother (Eulogy)," "A True Friend," "Sydney" (Remix by Pip Norman). Also at Australia iTunes.

JB PriestleyTime and The Rose Garden: Encountering the Magical in the Life and Works of J.B. Priestley
(O Books - Paperback Book)
By Anthony Peake. A reassessment of Priestley's plays and novels. Peake argues that Priestley should be recognized as one of the most prescient of all middle century playwrights and that his ideas on time, consciousness and mortality can be found in hugely popular movies such as The Matrix, Vanilla Sky, Deja Vu, Sliding Doors, Butterfly Effect and many others. 264 pages.

January 30, 2018

There I Go Again: How I Came to Be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr. Craig, KITT, and Many Others
(Tantor Audio - new on Audiobook CD)
By William Daniels. Narrated by William Daniels. The author recounts his life and career on stage, TV and film. Hardcover book and Kindle Edition released March 2017.

Expected in January 2018, exact date unknown

Eric MelleganEric Millegan: Better with Friends
(new album)
Theatre and television actor Millegan debut album. "Better," "Rhode Island Is Famous for You," "A Penny for Your Thoughts" (with Emily Deschanel), "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," "You're Just in Love" (with Estelle Parsons), "Mister Cellophane," "Lava" (with Tracy Stark), "All the Love I Have" (with Jenna Gavigan), "I Know Now," "The Planet Vulkturn," "Jump Shout Boogie." CDs pre-ordering at Digital links to come.

Linda Vista
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Tracy Letts. Debuted in Chicago in Spring 2017.

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.

February 2, 2018

Donnybrook!Donnybrook! OBC with bonus tracks
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
1961 Broadway musical with score by Johnny Burke. Cast includes Eddie Foy Jr., Art Lund, Joan Fagan, Susan Johnson and Philip Bosco. Bonus: album of instrumental selections of the score, performed by the Pete King Orchestra. Cast Album: "Overture," "Sez I," "The Day the Snow Is Meltin'," "Sad Was the Day," "Donnybrook," "Ellen Roe," "The Loveable Irish," "I Wouldn't Bet One Penny," "He Makes Me Feel I'm Lovely," "I Have My Own Way," "A Toast to the Bride," "Wisha Wurra," "A Quiet Life," "Mrflynn," "Dee-Lightful Is the Word," "For My Own," "Finale." Bonuses: "If It Isn't Everything," "The Day the Snow Is Meltin'," "Sad Was the Day," "Ellen Roe," "Sez I," "A Toast to the Bride," "I Wouldn't Bet One Penny," "Donnybrook," "He Makes Me Feel I'm Lovely," "Wisha Wurra," "I Have My Own Way," "Dee-Lightful Is the Word," "For My Own," "Mr. Flynn." In stereo. Also at, where clips can be found.

The Music ManThe Music Man OBC vinyl
(Del Ray Records - new vinyl LP)
Meredith Willson score. Robert Preston, Barbara Cook, David Burns, Pert Kelton. "Overture & Rock Island," "Iowa Stubborn," "Ya Got Trouble," "Piano Lesson," "Goodnight, My Someone," "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Sincere," "The Sadder-But-Wiser Girl," "Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little," "Marian The Librarian," "My White Knight," "The Wells Fargo Wagon," "It's You," "Shipoopi," "Lida Rose & Will I Ever Tell You," "Gary, Indiana," "Till There Was You," "Finale." 180 gram vinyl release with the perfectly restored original gatefold jacket.

February 4, 2018

Ivo van Hove OnstageIvo van Hove Onstage
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By David Willinger. Comprehensive, multifaceted account of van Hove's extraordinary work, including key productions, design innovations, revolutionary approach to text and ambience, and relationships with specific theatres and companies. 360 pages.

February 6, 2018

The Cherry Orchard (Stephen Karma adaptation)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Stephen Karam's (The Humans) adaptation of Chekhov's play. Produced in 2016 by Roundabout Theatre.

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.

The Kite RunnerThe Kite Runner play script
(Riverhead Books - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Matthew Spangler based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini. The play debuted at Wyndham's Theatre, London, in December 2016. 144 pages.

Levi!LEVI! A New Musical
(Krizerland Records - new on CD)
world-premiere cast album of new musical score by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman (book by Larry Cohen and Janelle Webb Cohen). About the life of Levi Strauss, and written in the very late 1970s but never produced. Recorded live in the Camino Theatre. limited to 1,000 copies only. Expected to ship first week of February. Pre-ordering at

Thousand Splendid SunsA Thousand Splendid Suns play script
(Riverhead Books - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Ursula Rani Sarma based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini. The play debuted at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco in February 2017. 128 pages.

February 9, 2018

Ernest ShackletonErnest Shackleton Loves Me
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Original cast recording of score by Brendan Milburn (music) and Val Vigoda (lyrics). Starring Val Vigoda (Striking 12) and charismatic Wade McCollum. "Stop/Rewind/Play/Record," "Phoenix Arizona," "We're on Our Way," "O Katarina," "The Morning the Newspaper Advert Appeared," "And Then Shackleton Said," "All Right Men," "Adrift on An Icefield," "Money and Musicians," "Every Hand to the Lifeboats," "Eye of the Storm," "Boat Journey," "Climbing South Georgia Island," "Toward Elephant Island," "Burned Again," "Finale: We're on Our Way - Reprise." Music direction and orchestrations by Ryan O'Connell. Also at

February 13, 2018

The Backstagers Pt 2The Backstagers Vol. 2
(BOOM! Box - Paperback Book)
Written by James Tynion IV, illustrated by Rian Sygh. "All the world's a stage ... but what happens behind the curtain is pure magic—literally! When one of the actors suddenly goes missing, the Backstagers must band together to save their comrade and maintain the natural balance of ... theater. 112 pages.

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.

The Penitent
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by David Mamet, which premiered at Atlantic Theatre Company in February 2017. 72 pages.

The World Only Spins ForwardThe World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America
(Bloomsbury USA - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Isaac Butler and Dan Kois. Expanded version of oral history of Tony Kushner's Angels in America, originally published at Newly published material to include "delving into Ivo Van Hove's radical reimagining of the show, exploring the Signature [Theatre] production, greatly expanding the section on the two UK productions, covering the National revival next year, and exploring two particularly controversial productions (one in North Carolina, one in Washington, D.C.) that got swept up in the culture wars of the 1990s." 304 pages.

February 14, 2018

Patty DukeIn the Presence of Greatness: My Sixty-Year Journey as an Actress
(BearManor Media - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book)
By Patty Duke and William J. Jankowski. Autobiographical book about Duke's show business legacy, with untold stories of her six-decade career and the legends of her time. Illustrated with 70 rare photos, many never before published and from her personal collection. 348 pages.

February 16, 2018

Escape to Margaritaville
(Mailboat Records - new on CD/digital)
Original Broadway cast recording. The score features original songs along with many of Jimmy Buffett's classics. Cast includes Paul Alexander Nolan, Alison Luff, Lisa Howard, Eric Petersen, Rema Webb, Don Sparks, Andre Ward, Matt Allen, Tessa Alves, Sara Andreas, Tiffany Adeline Cole, Marjorie Failoni, Samantha Farrow, Steven Good, Angela Grovey, Albert Guerzon, Autumn Guzzardi, Keely Hutton, Justin Keats, Mike Millan, Justin Mortelliti, Ryann Redmond, Julius Anthony Rubio, Nick Sanchez, Ian Michael Stuart, and Brett Thiele. Album produced by Mailboat Records, Mike Utley, Mac McAnally, and Christopher Jahnke. Recorded during the pre-Broadway tour.

February 23, 2018

The Band's VisitThe Band's Visit
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD at Amazon)
OBC recording of score by David Yazbek. Cast: Katrina Lenk, Tony Shalhoub, George Abud, Etai Benson, John Cariani, Adam Kantor, Andrew Polk, Ari'el Stachel, Bill Army, Rachel Prather, Jonathan Raviv, Sharone Sayegh, Kristen Sieh, Alok Tewari. cello). "Overture," "Waiting," "Welcome to Nowhere," "It Is What It Is," "The Beat of Your Heart," "Soraya," "Omar Sharif," "Haj-Butrus," "Papi Hears the Ocean," "Haled's Song About Love," "The Park," "Itgara," "Something Different," "Itzik's Lullaby," "Something Different (Reprise)," "Answer Me," "The Concert," "Afifi" (Bonus Track). Kurt Deutsch, album executive producer. David Yazbek and Dean Sharenow producers. Also at Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes

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

March 1, 2018

The Complete Lyrics of Alan Jay LernerThe Complete Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
Dominic McHugh and Amy Asch, editors. Includes numerous draft or alternate versions and songs cut from the shows. Compiled from dozens of archival collections, this invaluable resource and authoritative reference includes both Lerner's classic works and numerous discoveries, including his unproduced MGM movie Huckleberry Finn, selections from his college musicals, and lyrics from three different versions of Paint Your Wagon. This collection also includes extensive material from Lerner's two most ambitious musicals: Love Life, to music by Kurt Weill, and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, which Lerner wrote with Leonard Bernstein. 488 pages.

March 6, 2018

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

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

(Harper - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book/Digital Book)
New memoir by Andrew Lloyd Webber, delving into his personal creative process as he takes readers through the evolution of his career, recounting behind-the-scenes stories from his numerous musicals. Also covering his childhood home and family. 16 pages of color photos.

March 8, 2018

Big DealBig Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Kevin Winkler. A look at the evolution of Fosse as choreographer and director. Considers Fosse's career in the context of changes in Broadway musical theater over four decades, tracing his early dance years and the importance of mentors George Abbott and Jerome Robbins on his work. It examines how each of the important women in his adult life—all dancers—impacted his career and influenced his dance aesthetic; and how his evolution as both artist and individual mirrored the social and political climate of his era and allowed him to comfortably ride a wave of cultural changes. Part of OUP's Legacy Series. 304 pages.

Calendar GirlsCalendar Girls The Musical "original London recording"
(Decca - new on CD)
Score by Tim Firth and Gary Barlow. The musical, based on the film Calendar Girls, played the West End in 2017 and expected to tour the U.K. in 2018 with a new cast. Recording cast unknown, but the West End cast included Joanna Riding, Claire Moore, Claire Machin, Sophie-Louise Dann, Michele Dotrice, Debbie Chazen, Marian McLoughlin, James Gaddas, Jeremy Clyde, John Davitt. "Yorkshire," "Girls," "Scarborough," "Who Wants a Silent Night?," "Very Slightly Almost," "Spring Fete," "Time Passing," "Sunflower," "Dare," "Protect Me Less," "Girls (reprise)," "So I've Had a Little Work Done," "What Age Expects," "Kilimanjaro," "Dare (reprise)," "My Russian Friend and I," "For One Night Only," "Sunflower of Yorkshire"; Bonus Tracks" "Scarborough" (Gary Barlow and Joanna Riding), "Dare" (Gary Barlow and Cast), "Yorkshire" (Gary Barlow and Cast). Currently pre-ordering at Amazon UK. U.S. release unknown.

March 13, 2018

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

The 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.

March 17, 2018

The Greatest Showman SongbookThe Greatest Showman: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack - songbook
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Piano/vocal/guitar songbook for the 2017 musical drama biopic about P.T. Barnum. Score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. "Come Alive," "From Now On," "The Greatest Show," "A Million Dreams," "Never Enough," "The Other Side," "Rewrite the Stars," "This Is Me," "Tightrope."

March 22, 2018

Answers from the Working ActorAnswers from "The Working Actor": Two Backstage Columnists Share Ten Years of Advice
(Focal Press - Paperback Book)
By Jackie Apodaca and Michael Kostroff, from their column in "Backstage." 324 pages.

Historians on HamiltonHistorians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical Is Restaging America's Past
(Rutgers Univ Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Editor/contributors Renee C. Romano and Claire Bond Potter, with 12 other contributors. Brings together a collection of top scholars to explain the Hamilton phenomenon and explore what it might mean for our understanding of America's history, examining what the musical got right, what it got wrong, and why it matters. 396 pages.

Ziegfeld and His FolliesZiegfeld and His Follies: A Biography of Broadway's Greatest Producer
(Univ of Kentucky Press - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of 2015 book by Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson. a comprehensive look at both the life and legacy of the famous producer. Draws on a wide range of sources, including Ziegfeld's previously unpublished letters to his second wife, Billie Burke, and to his daughter Patricia. A lively and well-rounded account of Ziegfeld as a father, a husband, a son, a friend, a lover, and an alternately ruthless and benevolent employer. Illustrated with over 75 images. 576 pages.

March 27, 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.

Failing UpFailing Up: How to Rise Above, Do Better, and Never Stop Learning
(Feiwel & Friends - new Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton). "Written in the style of a commencement speech, Failing Up brings together what Leslie has learned in life so far, tapping into universal themes of starting something new, following your passions, discovering your own potential, and surrounding yourself with the right people." 192 pages.

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

King of JazzKing of Jazz
(The Criterion Collection - new Blu-ray)
Revue starring bandleader Paul Whiteman, with a spectacular array of sketches, performances by such acts as the Rhythm Boys (featuring a young Bing Crosby), and orchestral numbers overseen by Whiteman himself, all lavishly staged by John Murray Anderson and shot in early Technicolor. Long available only in incomplete form, King of Jazz appears here newly restored, offering a fascinating snapshot of the way mainstream American popular culture viewed itself at the dawn of the 1930s. 98 minutes. Blu-ray special edition features: new 4K digital restoration by Universal Pictures, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; new audio commentary featuring jazz and film critic Gary Giddins, music and cultural critic Gene Seymour, and musician and bandleader Vince Giordano; new introduction by Giddins; new interview with musician and pianist Michael Feinstein; four new video essays by authors and archivists James Layton and David Pierce on the development and making of King of Jazz; deleted scenes and alternate opening-title sequence; All Americans, a 1929 short film featuring a version of the "Melting Pot" number that was restaged for the finale; I Know Everybody and Everybody's Racket, a 1933 short film featuring Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra; two Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoons from 1930, featuring music and animation from King of Jazz.

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.

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.

VicunaVicuña: A Play
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Political play by Jon Robin Baitz. Premiered at Center Group in Los Angeles in 2016; playing in Washington DC November 2017. 112 pages.

When I Grow UpWhen I Grow Up
(Scholastic Inc - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Tim Minchin, illustrated by Steve Antony, inspired by Minchin's song from Matilda the musical. Ages 3-5 years. 32 pages.

March 30, 2018

Sweeney Todd - the Fourth WallSondheim and Wheeler's Sweeney Todd (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Aaron C. Thomas, taking on Sweeney Todd's chequered history and genre, its treatment of violence and cannibalism, and its sexual politics. 120 pages.

April 1, 2018

Sound of Music Making of - revisedSound of Music: The Making of America's Favorite Movie - revised edition
(Chicago Review Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Revised version of 1965 book by Julia Antopol Hirsch. Foreword by Robert Wise. Tribute to the beloved movie musical, and behind-the-scenes account of the creation of a Hollywood classic. Repackaged and updated with new material for today's fans. Sources include numerous in-depth interviews with cast and crew, including Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, and director/producer Robert Wise; behind-the-scenes details and photos, priceless anecdotes, memorabilia and scenes that didn"t pass the cutting room floor. 256 pages.

April 2, 2018

All That Jazz MorddenAll That Jazz: The Life and Times of the Musical Chicago
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Ethan Mordden. A look back at Chicago's various moving parts—including the original 1926 play that started it all, a sexy silent film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, a talkie remake with Ginger Rogers, the musical itself, and at last the movie of the musical. 272 pages.

April 3, 2018

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

Moment WorkMoment Work: Tectonic Theater Project's Process of Devising Theater
(Vintage - Paperback Book)
By Moises Kaufman and Barbara Pitts McAdams, with Leigh Fondakowski, Andy Paris, Greg Pierotti. A detailed guide to the collaborative method developed by the acclaimed creators of The Laramie Project and Gross Indecency.

Something WonderfulSomething Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution
(Henry Holt. & Co. - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audio CD)
"Todd S. Purdum's portrait of these two men, their creative process, and their groundbreaking innovations will captivate lovers of musical theater, lovers of the classic American songbook, and lovers in general. He shows that what Rodgers and Hammerstein wrought was truly something wonderful." 352 pages.

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

Street Where I LiveThe Street Where I Live: A Memoir
(W.W. Norton & Co. - Paperback Book)
By Alan Jay Lerner. Reissue of Lerner's 1978 autobiography. Foreword by John Lahr.

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

April 4, 2018

Broadway Sheet Music Collection: 2010-2017
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Piano/vocal/guitar songbook. 39 songs from Broadway shows which include The Addams Family, Aladdin, The Book of Mormon, Bright Star, A Bronx Tale, Come from Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, Newsies, Something Rotten!, Waitress, and more.

April 6, 2018

Frozen - The Broadway Musical
(Walt Disney Records - new on CD)
OBC recording of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez score. Cast includes Caissie Levy and Patti Murin as royal sisters Elsa and Anna, respectively. The cast includes Caissie Levy, Patti Murin, Greg Hildreth, Robert Creighton, John Riddle, and Jelani Alladin.

April 8, 2018

Edward 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.

April 10, 2018

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

Kung FuKung Fu
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play about Bruce Lee by David Henry Hwang. Premiered at Signature Theatre (NY) in 2014. 112 pages.

For 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.

April 2018, exact date unknown

Cy Coleman: A Jazzman's Broadway
(Harbinger Records/Musical Theatre Project - new on CD)
Jazz interpretations performed by Cy Coleman. From Jamaica (music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Yip Harburg), Cy Coleman, piano and vocals, with band: "I Don't Think I'll End It All Today," "Savanna," "Monkey in the Mango Tree," "Napoleon," "Take It Slow, Joe," "Pretty to Walk With," "Little Biscuit," "Cocoanut Sweet," "Push de Button," "What Good Does It Do?; Flower Drum Song) (music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II); Cy Coleman Trio: "The Other Generation," "I Am Going to Like It Here," "You Are Beautiful," "Chop Suey," "Grant Avenue," "A Hundred Million Miracles," "Love Look Away," "Sunday"; South Pacific (music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II); Cy Coleman, piano: "Younger Than Springtime," "This Nearly Was Mine," "Happy Talk," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair." Liner notes by Andy Propst. Produced by Ken Bloom; associate producer Bill Rudman. Restoration and mastering engineer Peter Millrose, Millrose Music.

May 1, 2018

(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.

June 1, 2018

Dance Me a SongDance Me a Song: Astaire, Balanchine, Kelly, and the American Film Musical
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
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 12, 2018

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

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.

August 23, 2018

NetworkNetwork: based on the Paddy Chayefsky film
(Faber & Faber - Kindle Edition)
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.

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.

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.

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

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; Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt: Hidden Treasures; Sidney Myer Live! DVD o-production with the Mabel Mercer Foundation.

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.

Jesus Christ Superstar
(studio cast album)
All-female cast featuring Morgan James and Shoshana Bean. Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice score. Based on a Highline Ballroom concert. Currently crowdfunding at

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

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

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

Patti Issues & Bad With Money
Ben Rimalower's cabaret shows. Produced by Roven Records.

Prince of Broadway
(Gorgeous Entertainment - new album)
Original Broadway cast album. Songs from shows Hal Prince directed/produced, plus original songs by Jason Robert Brown. Music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Brown. Chuck Cooper, Drama Desk Award winner Janet Dacal, Bryonha Marie Parham, Tony Award nominee Emily Skinner, Tony nominee Brandon Uranowitz, Kaley Ann Voorhees, Olivier Award nominee Michael Xavier, Tony nominee Tony Yazbeck, and Tony winner Karen Ziemba. Label, released date, and track list unknown. Recorded October 30, 2017.

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.

Shoshana Bean: Long Time Coming
(new album)
New solo album. Expected Fall 2017.

-- Sound Advice Staff

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