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

Updated 4/6/20 | Please note that scheduling changes due to the coronavirus pandemic are being made as soon as we are aware of them. But there may be further changes in release dates in the future, as things play out.

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Now Available (scroll down for upcoming releases):

Allegiance Limited Edition Collector Box Set
(new DVD set)
Includes region-free DVD of the entire original Broadway production of Allegiance, with the original cast (score by Jay Kuo; book by Jay Kuo, Marc Acito, and Lorenzo Thione); Allegiance to Broadway region-free DVD of the feature-length documentary and opening selection of The American Documentary Film Festival; never before released creative commentary audio track featuring George Takei and the creative team discussing the film and the production; One Family, Indivisible: The Making of Allegiance limited edition hardcover souvenir book; commemorative enamel logo pin; limited edition certificate of authenticity; limited edition full-color Allegiance poster set (5 unique posters); childhood photos from George Takei’s personal collection; custom character portrait (one from a set of five) by Squiggs originally created for this DVD box set; actual costume fabric swatch and photo from the original Broadway costumes (by Alejo Vietti); replica of a Tanabata wish used during the original Broadway previews; replica of historical internee tag; map of Japanese American internment camps in the United States. A portion of the proceeds of each purchase will be donated to the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation Memory and Justice Endowment Fund. DVD box set with George Takei autographed book also available on 5/1/20. At allegiancemusical.com/.

Almost, Maine: A Novel
(Feiwel & Friends - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By John Cariani. Based on Cariani's play by the same name. 352 pages.

Anything Can Happen in the Theater: The Musical World of Maury Yeston
(PS Classics - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. Directed and conceived by Gerard Alessandrini. 2019 York Theatre cast: Benjamin Eakeley, Jovan E'Sean, Alex Getlin, Justin Keyes, and Mamie Parris. "Anything Can Happen in the Theater," "Shimmy Like They Do in Paree / I Want to Go to Hollywood," "Love Can't Happen," "Danglin'," "I Had a Dream About You," "Salt 'n Pepper," "New Words," "Call from the Vatican," "I Don't Want To Rock And Roll," "Halloween," "Guido's Song," "Cinema Italiano," "Mississippi Moon," "The Mardi Gras Ball," "You're There Too," "No Women in the Bible," "Only with You," "Strange," "Unusual Way," "Feet," "Home." Album produced by Bart Migal with musical direction by Greg Jarrett. Orchestrations for the album by Doug Besterman for an eight-piece band. Recorded December 23, 2019.

Celebration OBC
(Harbinger Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Deluxe remastered edition of the 1969 Broadway cast recording of Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones' score. Ted Thurston, Susan Watson, Keith Charles, Michael Glenn-Smith. "Celebration," "Orphan In The Storm," "Survive," "Somebody," "Bored," "My Garden," "Where Did It Go?," "Love Song," "I'm Glad To See You've Got What You Want," "It's You Who Makes Me Young," "Not My Problem," "Fifty Million Years Ago," "Under The Tree," "Winter And Summer," "Celebration." Booklet includes new liner notes by Tom Jones, notes by Susan Watson and Michael Glenn-Smith, and never-before-seen photos from the production.

Days
(new EP mp3/at iTunes)
Solo album of original songs from Roman Banks (Dear Evan Hansen, "High School Musical: The Musical" series). "Too Specific," "Either Way," "Family," "Days," "I Want," "Scared to Love Again," "Runnin’." Released 3/27/20.

Little Did I Know
(Broadway Records - podcast at iTunes)
Original podcast soundtrack recording of score by Doug Besterman (music), Dean Pitchford (lyrics), and Marcy Heisler (lyrics). Book by Lou Aronica. Based on the novel by Mitchell Maxwell. Cast includes Kurt Hugo Schneider, Sam Tsui, Casey Breves, and Alex Blue, Laura Marano, Patrick Page, Lesli Margherita, E. Clayton Cornelious, and Alexander Chaplin. Produced by Mitchell Maxwell.

Lost Broadway 1960: Broadway's Forgotten & Obscure Musicals
(Stage Door Records - new on 2 import CDs)
Latest in this series. 53 tracks, including 25 on CD for the first time. One complete disc of OBC recordings and one disc of covers and rarities. Musicals represented are Greenwillow, Christine, Tenderloin, Wildcat, Do Re Mi, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and (play with music) Send Me No Flowers. Plus songs from the revue Vintage '60 (performed by original cast member Fay DeWitt) and the complete studio recording of Bud Freeman and Leon Pober's musical Beg, Borrow or Steal (originally titled Clara) starring Betty Garrett. Track list at Amazon. Also at StageDoorRecords.com.

M is for MAMA (and also Merlot): A Modern Mom's ABCs
(Peter Pauper Press - Hardcover Book)
By Laura Benanti. Illustrated by Helene Weston. A board book for moms. This irreverent board book provides laughter, reassurance, confidence, honesty, and perhaps even a moment of relaxation for expectant, new, and not-so-new moms. 28 pages. Currently out of stock. Expected to start shipping 4/5/20.

Misty Copeland
(Rizzoli Universe - Hardcover Book)
The first authorized photographic tribute to American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland. Unique and evocative artful color photographs by photographer Gregg Delman. Foreword by Misty Copeland. 144 pages.

My Brilliant Career
(Bryant & Frank Productions - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording of score by Dean Bryant and Mathew Frank (Prodigal). Luisa Scrofani, Natalie O’Donnell, Anne Wood, James Millar, Andrew Coshan, Alister Kingsley, Jerome Javier and Melanie Bird. Based on the Miles Franklin novel, the musical was commissioned and developed in 2019 through the Jeanne Pratt Artists in Residence Program at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Orchestrations/musical supervision by James Simpson. 7-piece band. Released 4/3/20.

Prince of Egypt OLC digital
(Ghostlight Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Stephen Schwartz score for current West End musical. 43-member cast includes Luke Brady, Liam Tamne, Christine Allado, Alexia Khadime, Joe Dixon, Debbie Kurup, Gary Wilmot, Mercedesz Csampai, Adam Pearce, Tanisha Spring, Silas Wyatt-Barke, Simbi Akande, and Casey Al-Shaqsy. The score includes 10 new songs and five from the DreamWorks animated film. "Deliver Us," "Faster," "One Weak Link," "Footprints on the Sand," "Seti’s Return," "Dance to the Day," "All I Ever Wanted," "Make it Right," "Moses in the Desert," "Through Heaven’s Eyes," "Faster (Reprise)," "Never in a Million Years," "Act I Finale," "Return to Egypt," "Always on Your Side," "Simcha," "Deliver Us (Reprise)," "The Plagues," "For the Rest of My Life," "Heartless," "When You Believe," "Never in a Million Years (Reprise)," "Act II Finale." CD format will be released later this year. Produced by Dominick Amendum and Stephen Schwartz, with Kurt Deutsch serving as Executive Producer.

Show Boat
(Criterion Collection - new on Blu-ray/DVD)
1936 film based on the musical. Score by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. Book by Hammerstein. Directed by James Whale. New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the blu-ray. Audio commentary from 1989 featuring Miles Kreuger; new interview with James Whale biographer James Curtis; Recognizing Race in "Show Boat," a new interview program featuring professor and author Shana L. Redmond; Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist (1979), an Academy Award–winning short documentary by Saul J. Turell, newly restored; two performances from the sound prologue of the 1929 film version of Show Boat, plus twenty minutes of silent excerpts from the film, with audio commentary by Kreuger; two radio adaptations of Show Boat, featuring stage and screen cast members Allan Jones, Helen Morgan, Charles Winninger, plus actor Orson Welles and novelist Edna Ferber; essay by critic Gary Giddins.

Something's Afoot
(JAY Records - new on CD/at iTunes)
World premiere studio cast recording of score by James Mcdonald David Vos and Robert Gerlach. Additional music by Ed Linderman. Susie Blake, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Sally Ann Triplett, Julie Atherton, Graham Bickley, Daniel Boys, Gordon Griffin, Scott Hunter, Keith Merrill, Stuart Pendred, and Jim Dale. Conducted by Craig Barna. Released 3/19/20.


April 7, 2020

Ben Bagley's DeSylva, Brown & Henderson Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Singers include Dorothy Loudon, Cab Calloway, Gloria DeHaven, Blossom Dearie, Margaret Whiting, Sandy Stewart and others. Musical direction and arrangements by Norman Paris. Remastered, plus bonus tracks. Cover artwork by Harvey Schmidt. Limited to 500 copies. To ship by the first week in April. At Kritzerland.com.

Cats
(Universal Pictures - new 2-disc blu-ray/DVD)
2019 film adaptation starring James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Robert Fairchild, Francesca Hayward, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson. Directed by Tom Hooper. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Also to be available for streaming on Amazon Prime. Blu-ray set includes DVD and digital copy. Extras: 9 Lives: The Cast of Cats; Singing Live; Making Macavity; A Director's Journey; Making Music; The Art of Dance; Scaling Up; A Little Magic; The Dancers; Cat School; Feature Commentary with Director Tom Hooper; The Art of Dance. Also streaming on Amazon Prime.

Hamilton: Portraits of the Revolution: Photographs from "The Room Where it Happened"
(Rizzoli - Hardcover Book)
By Josh Lehrer. Introduction by Thomas Kail. Foreword by Lin Manuel-Miranda. Photographer Josh Lehrer's up-close-and-personal document of the evolution, and revolution, that is Hamilton: An American Musical. More than 100 portraits of the original cast, along with personal commentary by the cast about Hamilton, their experiences, and the show's impact on them and the world. Contributions by creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and director Thomas Kail, as well as a curated collection of ephemera and original writings from the historical figures who served as the inspiration for their stage characters. 208 pages.

School Girls or the African Mean Girls PlaySchool Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play
(Oberon Books - Paperback Book)
Play by Jocelyn Bioh. MCC PlayLab Series 2017. 72 pages.

Sing and Shout: The Mighty Voice of Paul Robeson
(Calkins Creek - Hardcover Book)
By Susan Goldman Rubin. Comprehensive biography explores the tumultuous and passionate life of activist, singer, and actor Paul Robeson. Includes an author's note, resources, source notes, index, and a preface by author Harry Belafonte. 288 pages.


April 10, 2020

Bathtubs Over Broadway vinyl
(Mondo - 2-LP vinyl set)
Vinyl release of soundtrack to Steve Young's Bathtubs Over Broadway documentary about industrial musicals. 57 tracks. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes. Documentary is currently available for streaming on Netflix.

Bernstein: Songfest
(Naxos - new on CD)
An American in Paris and An Outdoor Overture. Wolf Trap Opera. National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic. James Judd, conductor.

Georgia Stitt: A Quiet Revolution digital
(Craft Recordings - new on mp3)
Original songs theatre songwriter/composer Georgia Stitt features performances by Kate Baldwin, Laura Benanti, Andrea Burns, Brandon Victor Dixon, Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry, Jeremy Jordan, Norm Lewis, Emily Skinner, Jessica Vosk, Betsy Wolfe, and E.J. Zimmerman. "Maybe It's Me," "Mister Blue," "Casual," "The Great American Black And White," "Before I Lose My Mind," "The Water Is Wide," "Come Over," "Palimpsest," "Always Something More," "Prepared," "The Baby Song," "Onward, Beyond," "Stop." CD version to be released May 1.


April 14, 2020

Song of Norway
(Kino Lorber - new Blu-Ray/DVD)
1970 musical film based on the operetta about Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Brand new 2K master. Directed by Andrew L. Stone. Toralv Maurstad, Florence Henderson, Christina Schollin, Edward G. Robinsonm, Robert Morley, and Oskar Homolka. Music by Edvard Grieg, Robert Wright, George Forrest. Blu-ray special features: Brand new 2K master; new audio commentary by film historian/author Lee Gambin and film historian/author John Harrison; 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Audio; optional English subtitles; dual-layered BD50 disc; trailers.


April 15, 2020

Climbing Rejection Mountain: An Actor's Path to Success, Stability, and Self-Esteem
(Applause - Paperback Book)
By Nick Wyman (Network, Catch Me If You Can) and Michael X. Martin (My Fair Lady, The Front Page, Bridges of Madison County). Full of practical advice and guidelines for approaching not only acting but life. Highlighted by anecdotes from Mr. Wyman’s long, illustrious career (sixteen Broadway shows) as well as dozens of clever, amusing cartoons by the noted Broadway actor (seventeen Broadway shows) Michael X. Martin. 224 pages.

Humana Festival 2018: The Complete Plays
(Limelight Editions - Paperback Book)
Amy Wegener and Jenni Page-White, editors. All six scripts from the 42nd annual cycle of world premieres at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville: Do You Feel Anger? by Mara Nelson-Greenberg, Evocation to Visible Appearance by Mark Schultz, we, the invisibles by Susan Soon He Stanton, Marginal Loss by Deborah Stein, God Said This by Leah Nanako Winkler, and You Across from Me, a collaboratively written play by four writers—Jaclyn Backhaus, Dipika Guha, Brian Otaño, and Jason Gray Platt.

Kenneth Tynan Profiles (Kindle edition)
(Nick Hern Books - Kindle Edition)
Collection of English theatre critic and writer Kenneth Tynan's star-studded profiles, selected and edited by his widow and biographer, Kathleen Tynan, with a foreword by Simon Callow. First published in 1990.

Pinter in the TheatrePinter in the Theatre Kindle Edition
(Nick Hern Books - Kindle Edition)
Kindle version of 2006 book by Ian Smith. Focuses on Pinter's theatre work - through six interviews with Pinter, 1960 to 1996, and with eight actors and directors who have worked with him (Katie Mitchell, Sam Mendes, Barry Foster, Susan Engel, Roger Lloyd Pack, Roger Davidson, Douglas Hodge and Harry Burton). Also included is an interview with Peter Hall. Released earlier in hardcover and paperback format.


April 17, 2020

Losing My Mind: A Sondheim Fever Dream
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Adapted and expanded from a 2018 concert conceived and created by Joshua Hinck and Scott Wasserman. Combines ove 40 Stephen Sondheim songs. 13-piece orchestra. Liner notes by David Levy. Alison Luff, Blaine Krauss, Aneesa Folds, Charity Angél Dawson, Vishal Vaidya, Brittnie Price, Juwan Crawley, Deonté L. Warren, Joshua Hinck, Aili Venho, and Onyie Nwachukwu and Chip Zien. "Opening (Doors)," "There Are Giants Somewhere," "Hello Pretty Lady / Lovely Moments By the Sea," "Unworthy of Your Love," "Our Time," "No One Is Alone," "The Miller's Son," "Artists Are Bizarre," "Color and Light," "It's Hot Up Here in This City on Fire," "Losing My Mind," "Megamix: Take Me to the World." Also at BroadwayRecords.com. Released digitally on 3/20/20. [Amazon link should be working soon.]

Sing Street OBC
(Masterworks Broadway - new digital album on mp3/at Itunes)
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." Single tracks are being released. CD format to be released 5/15/20.

Six vocal selections songbook
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Songs from the 2020 Broadway show, with score by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. Includes "All You Wanna Do," "Don't Lose Ur Head," "Ex-Wives," "Get Down," "Haus of Holbein," "Heart of Stone," "I Don't Need Your Love," "No Way," "Six."


April 21, 2020

Simply: A Lifetime of Lyrics
(Kritzerland - new book)
Lyrics by Bruce Kimmel from his shows, films, TV shows, and standalone songs. Expected to ship by third week in April At Kritzerland.com.


April 24, 2020

John Raitt: Original Album Series
(Stage Door Records - new import album on 2 CDs)
Four of John Raitt's (Carousel, The Pajama Game) original studio albums recorded between 1955-1960: "Highlights Of Broadway," originally released in 1955, which opens with "Soliloquy," recorded a decade after Raitt first originated the song on Broadway, plus a selection of the most popular Broadway standards from the 1940s and '50s, including songs from Finian's Rainbow, Kiss Me, Kate, Kismet and more; Raitt's 1956 Latin inspired offering "Mediterranean Magic" ; the folk-themed collection "Under Open Skies," which includes folk ballads like "Sail Ho!" and "El Bandido," and numbers from Carousel and Paint Your Wagon; and Raitt's 1960 studio album "Songs The Kids Brought Home from Camp," featuring popular and memorable "sing-a-long" camp song favourites. Bonus material includes selections from Raitt's 1969 studio album "Today" and a 1962 recording collaboration with jazz musician Lionel Hampton. Foreword by Bonnie Raitt. See Amazon listing for track list. Direct Stage Door (in the U.K.) link coming.


May 1, 2020

Broadway in the Box: Television's Lasting Love Affair with the Musical
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Kelly Kessler. Explores this rich, decades-long history by traversing musicals, stars, and sounds from film, Broadway, and Las Vegas to the small screen. From Rodgers and Hammerstein's appearance on the first Toast of the Town telecast and Mary Martin's iconic Peter Pan airings to Barbra Streisand's 1960s CBS specials, "The Carol Burnett Show," "Cop Rock," "Smash," "Galavant," "My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," Great Performances, and a string of one-off musical episodes of sitcoms, nighttime soaps, fantasy shows, and soap operas. 352 pages.

Georgia Stitt: A Quiet Revolution
(Craft Recordings - new on CD)
Original songs theatre songwriter/composer Georgia Stitt features performances by Kate Baldwin, Laura Benanti, Andrea Burns, Brandon Victor Dixon, Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry, Jeremy Jordan, Norm Lewis, Emily Skinner, Jessica Vosk, Betsy Wolfe, and E.J. Zimmerman. "Maybe It's Me," "Mister Blue," "Casual," "The Great American Black And White," "Before I Lose My Mind," "The Water Is Wide," "Come Over," "Palimpsest," "Always Something More," "Prepared," "The Baby Song," "Onward, Beyond," "Stop." Digital version released earlier.

Pal Joey: The History of a Heel (Broadway Legacies)
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Julianne Lindberg. Through an archive-driven investigation of the musical Pal Joey and its music, author Lindberg offers insight into the historical moment during which Joey was born, and to the process of genre classification, canon formation, and the ensuing critical debates related to musical and theatrical maturity. More broadly, the book argues that the critique and commentary on class and gender conventions in Pal Joey reveals a uniquely American concern over status, class mobility, and progressive gender roles in the pre-war era. 288 pages.

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.


May 5, 2020

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.

The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad
(Grand Central Publishing - Hardcover/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD)
By Mike Birbiglia, with poems by J. Hope Stein. Basis for Mike Birbiglia's Drama Desk-winning 2018 Broadway show The New One. Sharing some of his darkest and funniest thoughts about the decision to have a child, his wife's pregnancy, and that first year with their child. 256 pages.

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


May 8, 2020

Cambodian Rock Band
(Yellow Sound Label - new on CD)
Off-Broadway (Signature Theatre Company) cast recording. Songs by Dengue Fever. Cast includes Courtney Reed, Abraham Kim, Francis Jue, Moses Villarama, Jane Lui, and Joe Ngo. "Jeas Cyclo a," "Uku," "Old Pot Still Cooks Good Rice," "Family Business," "One Thousand Years of Tarantula," "Cement Slippers," "Champa Battambang," "Sni Bong," "Tooth and Nail," "I'm Sixteen," "Jeas Cyclo B," "Today I Learnt to Drink."


May 15, 2020

Enchantée: Marie Oppert
(Warner Classics - new digital album)
Marie Oppert (Marigny theatre Peau d'Âne; Châtelet Theatre Umbrellas of Cherbourg) debut solo album. "Journey to the Past," "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Impossible - It's Possible," "Children Will Listen," "Y'a d'la joie," "I Could Have Danced All Night," "I Will Wait for You," "Anything Can Happen," "Pure Imagination," "Green Finch, Linnet Bird," "Les enfants qui s'aiment," "The Light in the Piazza," "Over the Rainbow," "The Moon and I," "Electricity," "I Got Rhythm." Lille Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Skilbeck, with guests Natalie Dessay and more. Includes digital booklet. CD format available on Amazon France and others.

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." mp3 and Itunes release 4/3/20.


May 22, 2020

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 3
(UMe - new on CD/vinyl)
From the Amazon series. Performers: Darius de Haas (as Shy Baldwin), Blossom Dearie, Julie London & Gregory Porter, Sons Of The Pioneers, Louis Prima, Pedrito Martinez, Peggy Lee, Gene Kelly & Debbie Reynolds & Donald O'Connor, Helen Merrill, Kay Starr, The Silver Belles, Doris Day & Paul Weston & His Music from Hollywood, Nina Simone. "One Less Angel," "Manhattan," "Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)," "The Everlasting Hills of Oklahoma," "Pennies From Heaven (Remastered)," "Loco Amor," "Till There Was You (Remastered)," "Good Morning," "Anything Goes," "On a Slow Boat to China," "Bottle of Pop," "Dream a Little Dream of Me," "Feeling Good," "Love Is Here to Stay," "No One Has to Know." Digital version released 12/13/19 on mp3 and at iTunes.


May 26, 2020

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


May 28, 2020

The First Oscar Hammerstein and New York's Golden Age of Theater and Music
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
by Adolph S. Tomars. Biography, from an unfinished manuscript by the son of one of his stage managers, recounts the spirited heyday of Hammerstein's daring and masterful productions, his often tempestuous relationships with both rivals and associates, and the birth of Broadway. 277 pages.

Shakespeare in the Theatre: The National Theatre, 1963–1975: Olivier and Hall
(The Arden Shakespeare - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of 2018 book by Robert Shaughnessy about the National Theatre's most Shakespearean period in its history, 1963-1975, one which included Laurence Olivier's Othello and Shylock, a radical all-male As You Like It, the Berliner Ensemble's Coriolanus and Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Tells the interlinked stories of the National's relationship with Shakespeare through a series of production case studies. 264 pages.


June 1, 2020

Broadway Tails: Heartfelt Stories of Rescued Dogs Who Became Showbiz Superstars (3rd edition)
(Lyons Press - Paperback Book)
Updated version of Bill Berloni's 2008 book about his work training animals for hundreds of films, commercials, and television shows as well as live theater, beginning with Annie. Tells the true stories of “throw-away” animals who came back to work with some of entertainment’s biggest names, names like Bernadette Peters, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mike Nichols, the New York City Ballet, and many more. 312 pages.


June 2, 2020

The Lehman Trilogy: A Novel
(HarperVia - new hardcover book/Kindle Edition/audiobook on CD/Audible Audiobook)
The novel, in verse, that inspired the West End/Off-Broadway play by Stefano Massini. Spanning three generations and 150 years, a moving epic that tells the story of modern capitalism through the saga of the Lehman brothers and their descendants. A story of immigration, ambition, and success. 720 pages.


June 3, 2020

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.


June 8, 2020

Flop Musicals of the Twenty-First Century: How They Happened, When They Happened (And What We've Learned)
(Routledge - new paperback book)
By Stephen Purdy. A historical narrative of a group of musicals that cost millions, were created by world-renowned writers and directors, and that had spectacular potential... but bombed anyway. 118 pages.


June 15, 2020

The Mikado to Matilda: British Musicals on the New York Stage
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Thomas S. Hischak. An overview of British musicals that made their way to Broadway, covering their entire history up to the present day. Covers 110 British musicals, ranging from 1750 to the present day. Each London musical is discussed first as a success in England and then how it fared in America. The plots, songs, songwriters, performers, and producers for both the West End and the Broadway (or Off-Broadway) production are identified and described. 360 pages.

So You Want to Sing Cabaret: A Guide for Performers
(Rowman & Littlefield - Paperback Book)
By David Sabella and Sue Matsuki. Foreword by Lorna Luft. Examines in detail the unique vocal and nonvocal requirements for professional performance within the genre of cabaret. Includes interviews from Michael Feinstein, Ann Hampton Callaway, Roy Sander, Sidney Myer, Jeff Harner and others. Produced in partnership with the National Association of Teachers of Singing and features online supplemental material, including style-specific exercises, audio and video files, on the NATS website.

Tarell Alvin McCraney: Theater, Performance, and Collaboration
(Northwestern Univ Press - Paperback Book)
Edited by Sharrell Luckett, David Román, and Isaiah Wooden. first book to dedicate scholarly attention to the work of Tarell Alvin McCraney (Choir Boy, Head of Passes, The Brother/Sister Plays). Featuring essays, interviews, and commentaries by scholars and artists, who consider McCraney’s innovations as a playwright, adapter, director, performer, teacher, and collaborator, bringing fresh and diverse perspectives to their observations and analyses. 264 pages.


June 19, 2020

Ultimate Peggy Lee
(Capitol - new on CD/on mp3/vinyl)
Salute to music legend Peggy Lee, and celebrating her landmark 100th birthday. New, career-spanning collection featuring hits and signature songs. "I Love Being Here With You," "Fever," "Things Are Swingin'," "I Don't Know Enough About You," "I'm A Woman," "Just In Time," "Hallelujah, I Love Him So," "Sweet Happy Life," "Alright, Okay, You Win," "Too Close For Comfort," "Why Don't You Do Right (Get Me Some Money Too)," "It's A Good Day," "You Deserve," "Heart," "Big Spender," "He's A Tramp," "I Wanna Be Around," "Black Coffee," "I've Got The World On A String," "The Folks Who Live On The Hill," "Is That All There Is?," "Try A Little Tenderness" (previously unreleased).


June 23, 2020

Hamilton 2021 Day-to-Day Calendar
(Universe Publishing - daily calendar)
320 pages.

Hamilton 2021 Wall Calendar
(Universe Publishing - wall calendar)
24 pages.

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


July 16, 2020

The Business of American Theatre
(Routledge - new paperback book)
By William Grange. Research guide to the history of producing theatre in the United States ... explores how traditions of investment, marketing, labor union contracts, advertising, leasing arrangements, ticket scalping, zoning ordinances, royalties, and numerous other financial transactions have influenced the art of theatre for the past three centuries ... Richard Rodgers and his keen eye for investment, Jacob Shubert and his construction of the "Bridge of Thighs" for his showgirls at the Winter Garden, the significance of the Disney souvenir shop near the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway, and the difference between losing millions of dollars on a Broadway show and making billions—all in one night. 336 pages.


July 21, 2020

Mlima's Tale
(TCG - new paperback book)
Play by Lynn Nottage. 96 pages.

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


July 31, 2020

It Happened in Key West
( - new on CD)
Jill Santoriello score. Concept recording.


August 25, 2020

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

What the Constitution Means to Me (TCG Edition)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Broadway play by Heidi Schreck. 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist. 96 pages.


September 1, 2020

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


September 8, 2020

American Utopia
(Bloomsbury - new ebook)
Features the words and lyrics from David Byrne's recording and subsequent theatrical concert, with artwork by Maira Kalman (who designed the art for the Broadway show’s curtain). Edited and designed by Alex Kalman/What Studio?.


October 15, 2020

Phantom Behind the ScenesThe Phantom of the Opera: Behind the Scenes at the Palais Garnier
(Applause Books - Hardcover Book)
Foreword by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Official insight into the creation of The Phantom of the Opera and a look at the characters, stories, and places therein. Also includes elements from Love Never Dies, including photographs of sets, lyrics, costumes, and music. 192 pages.


November 17, 2020

This Is Not My Memoir
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
By André Gregory and Todd London. The audible audiobook version is narrated by André Gregory. Tells the life story of André Gregory, iconic theatre director, writer, and actor. Gregory shares memories from a life lived for art, including stories from the making of My Dinner with André. Includes fantastic and fantastical stories that take the reader from wartime Paris to golden-age Hollywood, from avant-garde theaters to monasteries in India. Along the way we meet Jerzy Grotowski, Helene Weigel, Gregory Peck, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, Wallace Shawn, and many other larger-than-life personalities. A collaboration between Gregory and Todd London. 224 pages.


No release date set

Amélie
(new album)
Score by Daniel Messé (music and lyrics) and Nathan Tysen (lyrics). U.K. production starring Audrey Brisson.

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.

Broadway Bounty Hunter
(Ghostlight Records - new album)
Original cast album of score by Joe Iconis. Cast includes Annie Golden, Alan H. Green, Brad Oscar, Emily Borromeo, Shiro Jin; Badia Farha, Jasmine Forsberg, Omar Garibay, Jared Joseph, Christina Sajous. Album Joe Iconis and Charlie Rosen, and co-produced by Geoffrey Ko and Ian Kagey, with Jennifer Ashley Tepper serving as executive producer. To be released later this season.

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

Complete Lyrics of Sheldon Harnick
(new book)

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

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

Frankie!
(Broadway Records - new album)
Concept album for new musical by 16 year-old Elise Marra. Caitlin Kinnunen (The Prom), Jason Gotay (Evita, Between the Lines), Jason SweetTooth Williams (Be More Chill), Autumn Hurlbert (Legally Blonde), Allie Trimm (13), Delphi Borich (Cinderella), and percussionist Jacquelene Acevedo (American Utopia). will be recorded at 2nd Story Sound, and has been cast by Eisenberg/Beans Casting. Ashley Kate Adams of AKA Studio Productions and Mitchell Walker are producing the album, with Joe Barros directing and Benjamin Weiss music directing.

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

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

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.

Rags
(Ghostlight Records - new album)
London cast recording of Stephen Schwartz / Charles Strouse score. Recently played a limited run at Park Theatre, London. Carolyn Maitland as Rebecca, Dave Willetts as Avram, Sam Attwater as Bronfman, with Debbie Chazen as Anna, Alex Gibson-Giorgio as Sal, Rachel Izen as Rachel, Samuel Jones and Jude Muir as David, Martha Kirby as Bella, Oisin Nolan-Power as Ben, and Jeremy Rose as Jack with Arthur Boan, Angela Caesar, Adam Crossley, Drew Dillon, Matthew Gent, and Natasha Karp. Executive-produced by Stephen Schwartz. Nick Barstow, music producer and orchestrator. Joe Bunker, as musical director. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joe and Nikki Davison at Auburn Jam Music.

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).

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.

Sea Wall/A Life
(Audible audiobook)
2019 Broadway plays by Simon Stephens and Nick Payne. Starring Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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

Soft Power
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Original cast recording of Jeanine Tesori/David Henry Hwang score. Billy Bustamante, Jon Hoche, Kendyl Ito, Francis Jue, Austin Ku, Raymond J. Lee, Alyse Alan Louis, Jaygee Macapugay, Daniel May, Paul HeeSang Miller, Kristen Faith Oei, Geena Quintos, Conrad Ricamora, Trevor Salter, Kyra Smith, Emily Stillings, Emily Trumble, John Yi. Spring 2020.

-- Sound Advice Staff




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