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Schedule of New & Upcoming CD, DVD & Book Releases

Updated 3/22/19

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Ain't Too ProudAin't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations digital
(Ume - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Derrick Baskin, James Harkness, Jawan M. Jackson, Jeremy Pope, and Ephraim Sykes with Saint Aubyn, Shawn Bowers, E. Clayton Cornelious, Taylor Symone Jackson, Jahi Kearse, Jarvis B. Manning Jr., Joshua Morgan, Rashidra Scott, Nasia Thomas, Christian Thompson, Candice Marie Woods, Esther Antoine, Marcus Paul James, Jelani Remy, and Curtis Wiley. Arrangements by Kenny Seymour. "The Way You Do the Things You Do," "Run Away Child, Running Wild," "Gloria," "In the Still of the Night / Speedo," "Shout," "I Want A Love I Can See," "My Girl," "Get Ready," "Supremes Medley: You Can't Hurry Love / Come See About Me / Baby Love," "Since I Lost My Baby," "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," "Don't Look Back / You're My Everything," "If I Could Build My Whole World Around You," "If You Don't Know Me By Now," "(I Know) I'm Losing You," "I Wish It Would Rain," "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)," "I Can't Get Next To You," "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," "War," "Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today)," "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)," "Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)," "For Once In My Life," "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" (Pt. 1), "Cloud Nine," "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" (Pt. 2), "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," "I Can't Get Next To You" (Finale). Single track "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" is available for streaming and immediate download with album pre-order. CD format expected 4/19/19.

Arena StageAmerica in the Round: Capital, Race, and Nation at Washington D.C.'s Arena Stage (Studies Theatre Hist & Culture)
(Univ. of Iowa Press - Paperback Book)
By Donatella Galella. Behind the scenes look at Tony Award winning DC regional theatre company Arena Stage. A "... critical history that reveals how far Washington D.C.'s Arena Stage could go with its budget and racially liberal politics, and how Arena both disputed and duplicated systems of power." Sources include archival materials such as letters and photographs, and interviews with artists and administrators, with close-ups of major productions from The Great White Hope to Oklahoma!. 314 pages.

Investing 101Broadway Investing: How to Make Theater and Yes, Even Make Money
(new Kindle book)
By Ken Davenport. The myths of Broadway investing; How to get started investing in Broadway for less than you think; Who to talk to and where to find Broadway investment opportunities; How to mitigate your risk and increase your chance for profitability; All the perks you should get when you invest and how to get even more. 139 pages.

CompanyCompany 2018 London cast
(Warner Music Group - new on CD at Amazon)
Recording of Stephen Sondheim score. Cast includes Rosalie Craig, Patti LuPone, Jonathan Bailey, Alex Gaumond, Daisy Maywood, Mel Giedroyc, George Blagden, Ashley Campbell, Richard Fleeshman, Richard Henders, Ben Lewis, Jennifer Saayeng, Matthew Seadon-Young, Gavin Spokes, Michael Colbourne, Francesca Ellis, Ewan Gillies, Grant Neal and Jaimie Pruden. "Overture," "Company," "The Little Things You Do Together," "Sorry-Grateful," "You Could Drive a Person Crazy," "Have I Got a Guy for You," "Someone Is Waiting," "Another Hundred People," "Getting Married Today," "Marry Me a Little," "Entr'Acte," "Side by Side by Side," "Poor Baby," "Tick Tock," "Barcelona," "Music Interlude," "The Ladies Who Lunch," "Being Alive," "Curtain Call," "Exit Music." Recorded 11/25-26/2018. "Making of" documentary of the recording session also expected. Digital version was released previously on mp3 and at iTunes. Also at Amazon UK.

Documentary Now!Documentary Now! Season 3, including "Original Cast Album: Co-Op"
(Amazon Prime/digital season at iTunes)
Season 3 of F/X series "Documentary Now!," which includes "Original Cast Album: Co-Op" episode, a parody of D.A. Pennebaker 1971 documentary following the making of the Company original cast album, with Taran Killam, John Mulaney, James Urbaniak, Alex Brightman, Richard Kind, Paula Pell, and Renee Elise Goldsberry. Written by John Mulaney and Seth Meyers. Released 2/27/19.

Mary Poppins ReturnsMary Poppins Returns
(Walt Disney Pictures - new 4K Blu-ray with DVD and digital HD)
2018 musical film. Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, Dick Van Dyke. Songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Blu-ray extra features: sing-along mode option, "The Practically Perfect Making of Mary Poppins Returns," "Seeing Things from a Different Point of View: The Musical Numbers of Mary Poppins Returns," "Back to Cherry Tree Lane: Dick Van Dyke Returns," "Practically Perfect Bloopers," delete scenes "Leaving Topsy's" and "Trip a Little Light Fantastic," deleted song "The Anthropomorphic Zoo." Exclusive included with digital code – audio commentary.[Amazon link should start working again soon.]

They Made Someone HappyThey Made Us Happy: Betty Comden & Adolph Green's Musicals & Movies
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition released 2/1/19)
By Andy Propst. The first book to tell the full story of the careers, lives, and work of legendary writers Comden & Green. A trip through almost the entirety of the twentieth century, from their acclaimed appearances as part of the sketch troupe the Revuers through their bi-coastal lives as a pair of Broadway and Hollywood's top writers, including their produced work as well as projects that that never made it to the stage or the screen. 288 pages.


March 29, 2019

Ben Bagley Kurt WeillBen Bagley's Kurt Weill Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Remastered. Music by Kurt Weill, lyrics by Maxwell Anderson, Fernay, Ira Gershwin, Yvette Guilbert, Langston Hughes, Alan Jay Lerner, and Ogden Nash. Paula Laurence, Ann Miller, John Reardon, Chita Rivera, Arthur Siege, and Jo Sullivan. arrangements and orchestrations by Dennis Deal. Added bonus material: Lotte Lenya’s 1930 recording of "Alabama Song," performed with The Three Admirals and conducted by Theo Mackeben and his Jazz Orchestra; 1930 recording of selections from The Threepenny Opera in German with Lenya, Kurt Gerron, Willy Trenk-Trebitsch, Erich Ponto, Erika Helmke, with the Theo Mackeben and Lewis Ruth Band. This all brings up the running time to close to seventy-five minutes. Limited to 500 copies only. Expected to ship by last week in March. At Kritzerland.com.

Ben PlattBen Platt: Sing To Me Instead
(Atlantic - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Debut solo album from Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen) with original music. "Bad Habit," "Ease My Mind," "Temporary Love," "Grow As We Go," "Honest Man," "Hurt Me Once," "New," "Better," "Share Your Address," "In Case You Don't Live Forever," "Older," "Run." Singles "Bad Habit" and "Ease My Mind" released 2/1/19.

Tina Turner Musical OLCTina - The Tina Turner Musical OLC digital
(Stage Entertainment/Ghostlight Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Features Adrienne Warren, who will also play Tina Turner in the upcoming Broadway production. "Etherland," "Nutbush City Limits," "Don't Turn Around," "Shake a Tailfeather," "The Hunter," "Matchbox," "It's Gonna Work Out Fine," "A Fool in Love," "Let's Stay Together," "Better Be Good to Me," "Higher," "River Deep - Mountain High," "Be Tender with Me Baby," "Proud Mary," "I Don't Wanna Fight," "Private Dancer," "Disco Inferno," "Open Arms," "I Can't Stand the Rain," "Tonight," "What's Love Got to Do with It," "We Don't Need Another Hero," "(Simply) The Best," "Finale, Nutbush City Limits / Proud Mary." Customers who pre-order the digital album will immediately receive a free download of the single track "River Deep - Mountain High." Recorded in February 2019 at Angel Studios and produced by Nicholas Skilbeck and Kurt Deutsch, and co-produced by Tom Kelly. CD is planned for release later this spring.


April 2, 2019

Producers GuideThe Stage Producer's Business and Legal Guide (second edition)
(Allworth - Paperback Book)
Updated and expanded version of Charles Grippo's 2002 book. Crowdfunding Your Production, New Opportunities to Raise Money, Self-Production, Licensing and Producing Plays, Devised Theater and Collaborations, Creating Jukebox Musicals, Organizing a Theater Company, Theatrical Insurance, Maintaining a Harassment-Free Environment, Negotiating Contracts, Essential Rules Every Board Member Must Know, Managing a Not-for-Profit Theater Company, Navigating Taxes, Using Third-Party Intellectual Property, and much more. 288 pages.


April 4, 2019

American Political PlaysAmerican Political Plays in the Age of Terrorism
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Introduction by Allan Havis. Includes Break of Noon by Neil LaBute, 7/11 by Kia Corthron, Omnium Gatherum by Theresa Rebeck and Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros, Columbinus by PJ Paparelli and Stephen Karam, Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them by Christopher Durang. 352 pages.


April 5, 2019

Fred AstaireFred Astaire: Easy To Dance With / Now
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
Twofer of Astaire's "You're Easy to Dance With" and "Now." 27 tracks recorded between 1952 and 1962. Songs with music written by Astaire (like "I'm Building Up to An Awful Letdown" with lyrics from Johnny Mercer), songs he was famously associated with throughout his career (including "A Foggy Day," "Change Partners," and a medley of "Oh, Lady Be Good/Puttin' On the Ritz/Top Hat, White Tie and Tails"). Bonus tracks include "Calypso Hooray."

Max von EssenMax von Essen: Call Me Old Fashioned: The Broadway Standard
(LML Music - new on CD)
Solo album by Tony-nominated Max von Essen. "Everything Old Is New Again / I'm Old Fashioned," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "Fly Me To The Moon," "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You," "On This Night," "Show Me," "She Loves Me," "Shimmy Like They Do In Paree," "Trolley Song / Gotta Have Me Go With You," "They Say It's Wonderful," "Almost Like Being In Love," "An American In Paris Medley," "Stairway to Paradise."

Stacy Sullivan Tornado AlleyStacy Sullivan: Tornado Alley
(LML Music - new on CD)
"Who Do You Belong to?," "Since You've Asked," "Wild is the Wind," "Shelter," "Confound Me," "Stormy Weather," "Landslide / I Get Along Without You Very Well," "This Land is Your Land / I Think It's Going to Rain Today / Blowing' in the Wind," "Ice on the Hudson," "You Must Believe in Spring," "Good Things Happen Slowly," "How Little We Know," "A Team," "Here Comes the Sun." Previously released on mp3 and at iTunes.


April 10, 2019

1920s MusicalsThe Complete Book of 1920s Broadway Musicals
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
New edition in Dan Dietz' series of books. Here he examines in detail every book musical that opened on Broadway during the years 1920-1929 ... the era's major successes as well as its forgotten failures. The hits include A Connecticut Yankee, Hit the Deck!, No, No, Nanette, Rose-Marie, Show Boat, The Student Prince, The Vagabond King, and Whoopee, as well as ambitious failures, including Deep River, Rainbow, and Chee-Chee. Each entry includes plot summary; cast members; names of creative personnel, including book writers, lyricists, composers, directors, choreographers, producers, and musical directors; opening and closing dates; number of performances; plot summary; critical commentary; musical numbers and names of the performers who introduced the songs; production data, including information about tryouts; source material; details about London productions. There are also numerous appendixes, including ones which cover other shows produced during the decade (revues, plays with music, miscellaneous musical presentations, and a selected list of pre-Broadway closings) ... a discography, filmography, a list of published scripts, and a list of black-themed musicals. 672 pages.


April 12, 2019

StruckStruck
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
World premiere recording. Alan Cumming, Jesse Clasen, Betsy Wright, Martina Topley-Bird and Jason Barnes. Score by Rich More. Currently on sale at BroadwayRecords.com.


April 16, 2019

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

Jerome Kern RevisitedBen Bagley's Jerome Kern Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Remastered. Music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Guy Bolton, Anne Caldwell, Dorothy Fields, Ira Gershwin, E.Y. Harburg, Oscar Hammerstein, Elsie Janis, Johnny Mercer, Booth Tarkington, P.G. Wodehouse. A few of Kern's hit songs, and many lesser-known Kern. Barbara Cook, Bobby Short, Nancy Andrews, Harold Lang, Rod McKuen, Kaye Ballard, Cy Young, and George Reinholt. Musical director and arranger Norman Paris. Cover art by Harvey Schmidt. Expected by/before third week in April. Limited release of 500 copies only. Available at Kritzerland.com.

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

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


April 19, 2019

Ain't Too ProudAin't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations
(Ume - new on CD)
Derrick Baskin, James Harkness, Jawan M. Jackson, Jeremy Pope, and Ephraim Sykes with Saint Aubyn, Shawn Bowers, E. Clayton Cornelious, Taylor Symone Jackson, Jahi Kearse, Jarvis B. Manning Jr., Joshua Morgan, Rashidra Scott, Nasia Thomas, Christian Thompson, Candice Marie Woods, Esther Antoine, Marcus Paul James, Jelani Remy, and Curtis Wiley. "The Way You Do the Things You Do," "Run Away Child, Running Wild," "Gloria," "In the Still of the Night / Speedo," "Shout," "I Want A Love I Can See," "My Girl," "Get Ready," "Supremes Medley: You Can't Hurry Love / Come See About Me / Baby Love," "Since I Lost My Baby," "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," "Don't Look Back / You're My Everything," "If I Could Build My Whole World Around You," "If You Don't Know Me By Now," "(I Know) I'm Losing You," "I Wish It Would Rain," "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)," "I Can't Get Next To You," "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," "War," "Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today)," "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)," "Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)," "For Once In My Life," "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" (Pt. 1), "Cloud Nine," "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" (Pt. 2), "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," "I Can't Get Next To You" (Finale). Arrangements by Kenny Seymour. A single-LP vinyl version will be released June 7, 2019.

Jonathan Larson ProjectThe Jonathan Larson Project
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Based on show presented at Feinstein's/54 Below, which was directed and conceived by Jennifer Ashley Tepper, an evening of Jonathan Larson's unheard work, featuring songs from never-produced shows like 1984 and Superbia; songs that were cut from Rent and tick tick BOOM; songs written for theatrical revues and songs written for the radio; songs about politics and love and New York City; songs never before publicly performed or recorded. Nick Blaemire, Lauren Marcus, Andy Mientus, Krysta Rodriguez, and George Salazar. "Greene Street," "One of These Days," "Break Out the Booze," "Out of My Dreams," "Valentine's Day," "White Male World," "Riff/Poetry," "La Di Da Rap," "Iron Mike," "Find the Key," "Hosing the Furniture," "Pura Vida," "The Truth Is a Lie," "Rhapsody," "SOS," "Love Heals," "Piano." Five-piece band including musical director Natalie Tenenbaum, Charlie Rosen, Cody Owen Stine, Megan Talay, and Marques Walls. Music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Charlie Rosen. Danielle Gimbal, copyist. Produced by Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Charlie Rosen, and Kurt Deutsch. Early 2019 release expected.


April 26, 2019

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

We Are the TigersWe Are the Tigers
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Original Off-Broadway cast. Score by Preston Max Allen. Cathy Ang, Jenny Rose Baker, Cameron Bartell, Kaitlyn Frank, Louis Griffin, Zoe Jensen, Caroline Lellouche, Wonu Ogunfowora, Sydney Parra, Celeste Rose, Mimi Scardulla, Alexia Sielo, and Lauren Zakrin. Music supervision and arrangements are by Patrick Sulken. Currently on sale at BroadwayRecords.com.


April 30, 2019

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

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

Fairview
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Jackie Sibblies Drury. Premiered at Soho Rep in 2018. 120 pages.


May 3, 2019

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


May 13, 2019

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


May 14, 2019

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

Something WonderfulSomething Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution
(Henry Holt. & Co. - Paperback Book)
"Todd S. Purdum's portrait of these two men, their creative process, and their groundbreaking innovations will captivate lovers of musical theater, lovers of the classic American songbook, and lovers in general. He shows that what Rodgers and Hammerstein wrought was truly something wonderful." 416 pages. Released earlier in Hardcover, Kindle, Audio CD, and Audible Audiobook editions.


May 21, 2019

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


May 28, 2019

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

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


June 4, 2019

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

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

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


June 7, 2019

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


June 11, 2019

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


June 18, 2019

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


June 25, 2019

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


July 2, 2019

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


July 7, 2019

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


July 16, 2019

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.


August 13, 2019

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


August 27, 2019

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

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

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


November 14, 2019

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


December 24, 2019

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

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


May 1, 2020

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


No release date set

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

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

August Wilson: The Kiln in Which He was Fired
(37 INK - new book)
[Tentative title.] Biography of August Wilson by Patti Hartigan. Expected late 2019.

Book of comedic essays by Laura Benanti
(St. Martin's Press - new book)
Release date unknown.

Brian Stokes Mitchell: Plays with Music
(new album)

Complete Lyrics of Sheldon Harnick
(new book)

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

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

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

The Hello Girls
(original cast album)
Score by Peter Mills for musical produced at Prospect Prospect Theater Company in 2018. To be recorded February 2019. Crowd-funding successful at www.TheHelloGirlsMusical.com.

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

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

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.

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

Red SpeedoRed Speedo: A Play
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by Lucas Hnath. Produced in 2015 at New York Theatre Workshop. 128 pages.

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

Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Julian Woolford. In a series of short essays, the stage musical is re-examined from seven different perspectives, including how the musical heralded the end of an era on Broadway, its reinvention of history and biography, how the film version has influenced future stage productions and the ways in which it put child performers centre stage ... how, nearly 60 years after its stage debut, the musical has a direct impact on the modern world, through its recent iterations ... through Salzburg's recent embracing of the musical after years of ambivalence ... and The Sound of Music in the Middle East, where it has become a symbol of antifundamentalism.

-- Sound Advice Staff




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