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Updated 12/10/19

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Christmas In Hell
(JAY Records - new on CD/at iTunes)
York Theatre Company original Off-Broadway cast recording of score by Gary Apple ("The Simpsons"). Scott Ahearn, Ron Wisniski, Lori Hammel, Donna English, Dathan B. Williams, Zak Risinger, Elijah Rayman, Brandon Williams. "Fruitcake Canticle," "Mrs. Huvey's Complaint," "My Favorite Place," "I Wish That I Believed," "Somebody Owes Me a Christmas," "They Have to Let You In," "There Is Nothing More That I Can Say," "Nobody Knows," "Entr’Acte: The Descent," "When Your Hands Are Too Big," "Mine!," "You’Re God," "Hell Will Be Heaven with You," "More Than Cheese," "Every Day Is Christmas in Hell," "Bows / Exit Music."

Fleabag: The Scriptures
(Ballantine Books - new hardcover book/Kindle edition)
Award-winning play by Phoebe Waller-Bridge that became an award-winning television series. Includes the filming scripts of the first and second seasons, complete with the original stage directions as well as exclusive commentary on the author's creative process and the making of the series. 432 pages.

From Aphra Behn to Fun Home: A Cultural History of Feminist Theater
(Roman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Carey Purcell. Traces the evolution of important artists and productions over several centuries, Caryl Churchill, Pam Gems, Wendy Wasserstein, Paula Vogel Lynn, Garry Hynes, Julie Taymor and others. Also examines diversity in contemporary feminist theatre-with discussions of such playwrights as Young Jean Lee and Lynn Nottage-and a look toward the future. 272 pages

Kyle Taylor Parker and Alysha Umphress: "Count Your Blessings/What a Wonderful World"
(Broadway Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Released 12/6/19.

Kyle Taylor Parker: "I'll Be Home for Christmas"
(Broadway Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Released 12/6/19.

The Lightning Thief deluxe edition
(Broadway Records - new digital album at iTunes)
Re-release of the Off-Broadway recording with bonus cut songs. Score by Joe Tracz and Rob Rokicki. Chris McCarrell, Jorrel Javier, Ryan Knowles, Sarah Beth Pfeifer, James Hayden Rodriguez, Jalynn Steele, and Kristin Stokes. Bonus tracks: "Camp Half-Blood," "Pick a Side," "Try," "In the Same Boat," "The Wittlest Minotaur." CD format available at Released 12/6/19.

The Lightning Thief karaoke edition
(Broadway Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Instrumental versions of "Good Kid," "My Grand Plan," "The Tree On The Hill," "Killer Quest!" and "Bring On The Monsters." Music and lyrics by Rob Rokicki, produced by Michael Croiter, Rob Rokicki and Van Dean. Also at Released 12/6/19.

The Mad Ones
(Craft Recordings - new digital album)
Studio cast recording of Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk score. Krystina Alabado, Emma Hunton, Ben Fankhauser, Katie Thompson. "The Girl Who Drove Away," "We're Just in Your Head," "Freedom," "Ordinary Senior Year," "My Mom Is A Statistician," "Sam Failed Her Driver's Test," "Top Ten," "Simple As That," "The Proposal," "There Was A Party," "The Mad Ones," "I Know My Girl," "Miles To Go," "Say The Word," "Moving On," "Go Tonight," "Yellow SUV," "Run Away With Me," "Drive," "I Didn't Say Goodbye," "Remember This." Digital booklet includes lyrics and liner notes by Michael Arden. The musical was produced in 2017 by Prospect Theater Company. Released 12/6/19.

The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!
(Nickelodeon - new at Amazon Prime Video)
Aired 12/7/19 on Nickelodeon. Ethan Slater, Gavin Lee, Danny Skinner, Brian Ray Norris, Wesley Taylor, Christina Sajous as Sandy Cheeks, with Kyle Matthew Hamilton, Katie Lee Hill, Curtis Holbrook, L'ogan J'ones, Jai'len Josey, Kelvin Moon Loh, Lauralyn McClelland, Vasthy Mompoint, Bryonha Parham, Oneika Phillips, Jon Rua, JC Schuster, Abby C. Smith, Robert Taylor Jr., Allan Washington, and voice actor Tom Kenny. Book by Kyle Jarrow and score by a variety of pop artists. Directed by Tina Landau. Music supervisor and orchestrator Tom Kitt, choreographer Christopher Gattelli, set and costume designer David Zinn, lighting designer Kevin Adams, projection designer Peter Nigrini, and sound designer Walter Trarbach.

December 12, 2019

Good Nights Out: A History of Popular British Theatre 1940–2015
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book)
By Aleks Sierz. A thematic survey of commercially successful London stage productions over the past 75 years... from R. F. Delderfield's Worm's Eye View and Hugh Hastings's Seagulls Over Sorrento, to The Mousetrap and The Phantom of the Opera. 240 pages.

Staging America: Twenty-First-Century Dramatists
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Christopher Bigsby. Explores the lives and works of eight award-winning playwrights—including Ayad Akhtar, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Young Jean Lee and Quiara Allegría Hudes—whose backgrounds reflect the social, religious, sexual and national diversity of American society. Each chapter is devoted to a single playwright and provides an overview of their career, a description and critical evaluation of their work, as well as a sense of their reception. Draws on primary sources, including the playwrights' own commentaries and notes, and contemporary reviews. 248 pages.

December 13, 2019

Costume at the National Theatre
(Oberon Books - Paperback Book)
Companion to the 2019-2020 National Theatre showcase Costume exhibition. Lavish large-format photographic book featuring the extraordinary work of the costume department that will appeal to fans of theatre, costume and fashion. 208 pages.

Man of Magic OLC
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
1966 OLC recording of Wilfred Wylam (pseudonym for classical composer Wilfred Josephs) and John Morley and Aubrey Cash score. Debut on CD. Starring Stuart Damon as Houdini, with Judith Bruce, Stubby Kaye, Gaye Brown, Doris Hare. "Man of Magic," "Floral Sisters," "Man in the Crowd," "Fantabulous!," "The Man That Captures My Heart," "Suddenly," "Sling the Gin," "Conquer the World," "Take Your Medicine," "Like No Other Man," "The Earth Is the Lord's," "Kester's Crystal Cabbage," "You Can't Keep a Good Man Down," "This He Knows," "Say Your Name," "Suddenly (Reprise)," "Finale." Part of Stage Door Records' Cast Album Masters Series. Produced by legendary theatre impresario Harold Fielding. Digitally remastered from the studio master tapes. Limited edition of 500 units. Also at

December 15, 2019

Show by Show 9thBroadway Musicals, Show by Show, 9th edition
(Applause - Paperback Book)
By Stanley Green and Cary Ginell. Newly updated edition (first published in 1985). Includes many of the most important and memorable productions of American musical theater, including revivals. Arranged chronologically, beginning with musicals from just after the Civil War. Trends in musical theater and capsule features on the most significant musicals of the day. This edition documents important musicals produced since the end of the 2012–2013 season through spring 2019. Features statistics and inside information, critical reception, cast lists, pithy commentary about each show, and numerous detailed indexes. 544 pages.

December 17, 2019

Colette Collage
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
1994 studio cast album. Music by Harvey Schmidt. Book and lyrics by Tom Jones. Judy Kaye, Judy Blazer, Jason Graae, George Lee Andrews, Rita Gardner, Jonathan Freeman and more. Orchestrations by Larry Moore. Produced by Bruce Kimmel. Limited to 500 copies only. Will ship by the third week of December. Available at

December 23, 2019

Beyond Broadway: The Pleasure and Promise of Musical Theatre Across America
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book)
By Stacy Wolf. The author considers the widespread presence and persistence of musical theatre in U.S. culture, and examines it as a live, pleasurable, participatory experience of creating, watching, and listening. Why does local musical theatre flourish in America? Why do so many Americans passionately engage in a century-old artistic practice that requires intense, person-to-person collaboration? Why do audiences flock to see musicals in their hometowns? How do corporations like Disney and Music Theatre International enable musical theatre's energetic movement through American culture? From 200 interviews with practitioners and spectators, licensors and Disney creatives. 392 pages. Kindle Edition released November 2019.

December 24, 2019

(Lions Gate - new 2-disc blu-ray/single DVD)
2019 film. Renée Zellweger stars as Judy Garland. With Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon, Finn Wittrock, Jessie Buckley, Bella Ramsey Producers: Lee Dean, David Livingstone, Cameron McCracken, Jim Spencer. Directed by Rupert Goold.

January 1, 2020

The Australian Musical: From the Beginning
(Allen & Unwin - Hardcover Book)
By Peter Pinne and Peter Wyllie Johnston. "... a definitive account of the history of musical theatre in Australia." 432 pages. Kindle version released 11/5/19.

January 9, 2020

Staging Sex: Best Practices, Tools, and Techniques for Theatrical Intimacy
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By intimacy choreographer and movement specialist Chelsea Pace. Takes theatre practitioners step-by-step through the best practices, tools, and techniques for crafting effective theatrical intimacy.

January 10, 2020

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
(Disney - new on CD/on mp3)
Soundtrack from Disney+ series. Olivia Rodrigo, Joshua Bassett, Sofia Wylie, Matt Cornett, Julia Lester, Dara Renee, Frankie Rodriguez, Larry Saperstein, Kate Reinders, and Mark St. Cyr. To feature High School Musical classic songs plus new songs.

Kiss Me, KateKiss Me, Kate
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
2019 Broadway revival cast recording of Cole Porter score. Featuring Kelli O'Hara, Will Chase and Corbin Bleu, with Darius Barnes, Preston Truman Boyd, Will Burton, Derrick Cobey, Jesmille Darbouze, Rick Faugno , Haley Fish, Tanya Haglund, Erica Mansfield, Marissa McGowan, Sarah Meahl, Justin Prescott, Christine Cornish Smith, Sherisse Springer, Sam Strasfeld, and Travis Waldschmidt. Orchestrations by Larry Hochman. Music direction by Paul Gemignani. Album produced by Kurt Deutsch and Lawrence Manchester. "Another Op'nin', Another Show," "Why Can't You Behave," "Wunderbar," "So in Love," "We Open in Venice," "Tom, Dick, or Harry," "I've Come to Wive It Wealthily in Padua," "I Hate Men," "Were Thine That Special Face," "Kiss Me, Kate (Act 1 Finale)," "Too Darn Hot," "Where Is the Life That Late I Led," "Always True to You in My Fashion," "Bianca," "So in Love (Reprise)," "Brush Up Your Shakespeare," "I Am Ashamed That People Are So Simple," "Kiss Me, Kate (Reprise)." Recording date: Monday, April 22. Album produced by Kurt Deutsch and Lawrence Manchester. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes. Also at

January 17, 2020

Octet original cast recording
(Nonesuch - new on CD)
Original cast recording of score by Dave Malloy and Annie Tippe. Adam Bashian, Kim Blanck, Starr Busby, Alex Gibson, Justin Gregory Lopez, J.D. Mollison, Margo Seibert, and Kuhoo Verma. Digital booklet. "The Forest," "Refresh," "Candy," "Glow," "Fugue State," "Monster," "Solo," "Actually," "Little God," "Tower Tea Ceremony," "Beautiful," "The Field." Digital Booklet. Previously released on mp3 and at iTunes

Only Fools and Horses: The Musical
(Silva Screen Records - new on CD)
Score by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan; additional music by John Sullivan and Chas Hodges. Original West End cast (Theatre Royal Haymarket). "His Name is Derek Trotter," "Only Fools and Horses Hooky Street," "Not Now Grandad," "Not Now Grandad Reprise," "That’s What I Like," "Where Have All The Cockneys Gone," "The Girl," "Mange Tout," "Bit of a Sort," "Raining for Grandad," "Being A Villain," "Lovely Day," "Marriage & Love," "West End Wendy," "What Have I Let Myself In For," "Gaze Into My Ball," "Fool's Transition," "The Tadpole Song," "Holding Back The Years," "Margate This Time Next Year." Currently at Amazon UK.

January 28, 2020

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.

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.

January 2020, exact date unknown

Mary Bridget Davies: Stay With Me - The Reimagined Songs of Jerry Ragovoy
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Mary Bridget Davis (A Night With Janis Joplin) tribute to American songwriter Jordan "Jerry" Ragovoy. Some previously unreleased Jerry Ragovoy songs including "The Right of Way" and "Master of Disguise," and new arrangements of classics such as "Stay With Me," :As Long as I Have You" and "Move Me No Mountain." Produced by TJ Armand. Jointly released by Broadway Records, 1650 Records, and LOML Records. Currently at

February 1, 2020

Broadway the American Musical Edition 3Broadway: The American Musical (updated)
(Applause - Paperback Book)
By Laurence Mason and Michael Kantor. Third edition of the comprehensive 2004 companion the PBS documentary series, now revised and updated with brand-new material on all the Broadway musicals through the 2018–2019 season. Foreword by Julie Andrews. 512 pages.

Henrik Ibsen: Nine Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramatisations
(BBC - audiobook)
Adaptations of Ibsen's The Wild Duck, Rosmersholm, Brand, and John Gabriel Borkman, A Doll's House (relocated to 1879 India in Tanika Gupta's dramatisation), Ghosts (adapted by Richard Eyre with the Almeida Theatre cast), Hedda Gabler, The Lady from the Sea, and An Enemy of the People. Casts include David Threlfall, Nicholas Farrell, Helen Baxendale, Indira Varma, Lesley Manville and Harriet Walter.

February 4, 2020

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

February 11, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Hundred Feet Tall
(Simon & Schuster for Young Readers - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Second children's book by Benjamin Scheuer (The Lion) with his wife Jemima Williams as illustrator. Scheuer says "Yes, there will be a song that goes with it." 40 pages.

If I Forget and Other Plays
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Plays by Steven Levenson (Dear Evan Hansen). Includes If I Forget, The Language of Trees and The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin. 280 pages.

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

February 14, 2020

The Great White Way: Race and the Broadway Musical second edition
(Rutgers Univ Press - Paperback Book)
Warren Hoffman's 2014, revised and updated. Revealing the racial politics, content, and subtexts that have haunted musicals for almost one hundred years from Show Boat to Hamilton. This revised edition includes a new introduction and conclusion, updated chapters, as well as a brand-new chapter that looks at the blockbuster musicals The Book of Mormon and Hamilton.

February 15, 2020

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.

February 18, 2020

44 poems for you
(Copper Canyone Press - Paperback Book)
By playwright Sarah Ruhl. 80 pages.

March 2, 2020

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.

March 5, 2020

The First Oscar Hammerstein and New York's Golden Age of Theater and Music
(McFarland - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
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.

March 10, 2020

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

March 24, 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.

April 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.

May 1, 2020

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

July 14, 2020

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

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.

January 1, 2021

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.

No release date set

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.

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.

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;

Ironbound and Other Plays
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Plays by Pulitzer Prize winner (for Cost of Living) Martyna Majok: queens, Ironbound, and Sanctuary City. 288 pages.

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.

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).

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

(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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