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Schedule of New & Upcoming CD, DVD & Book Releases

Updated 11/16/18

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Carols for a Cure 20Carols For A Cure 2018: Volume 20
(Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS - new on 2 CDs)
Annual collection of holiday music from the casts of Broadway, Off-Broadway, and touring shows. Disc One: "Disco (Winter) Wonderland" (Summer), "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" (Mean Girls), "On This Christmas Night" (Hamilton), "When We're Together" (Frozen), "It's Just Like Christmas" (Anastasia), "Silent Night" (The Phantom of the Opera), "Head Over Holidays" (Head Over Heels), "You're Auld I Need to Get By" (Aladdin), "O Holy Night" (Beautiful). Disc Two: "Christmas Eve on A Dance Floor" (Chicago), "Deck the Halls/Carols of the Bells" (Once on This Island), "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" (Dear Evan Hansen), "O Christmas Tree" (Kinky Boots), "A New Earth" (Wicked), "The Seven Joys Mary-Come From Away), "O Little Town of Bethlehem" (My Fair Lady), "Auld Lang Syne" (Pretty Woman), "Over the Rainbow" (A Tribute to Jan Maxwell). Available at the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS store.

A Christmas Story LiveA Christmas Story Live!
(Warner Home Video - new Blu-ray/DVD)
2017 live TV show based on the musical with book by Joseph Robinette, and score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, itself based on a story by Jean Shepherd. Cast includes Maya Rudolph, Matthew Broderick, Jane Krakowski, Chris Diamantopoulos, Ana Gasteyer, David Alan Grier, Ken Jeong, Andy Walken and PrettyMuch. Scott Ellis executive producer and Alex Rudzinski the live television director.

Christine Andreas PiafChristine Andreas: Piaf: No Regrets
(PS Classics - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
"Hymne à l'amour / If You Love Me (Really Love Me)," "L'Accordéoniste," "La valse de l'amour," "Mon légionnaire," "Autumn Leaves," "Mon manège à moi," "The Poor People of Paris," "Padam padam...," "Ne me quitte pas (If You Go Away)," "Sous le ciel de Paris (Under Paris Skies)," "I Love Paris / La Vie en rose," "Mon Dieu," "Non, je ne regrette rien," "Milord." Accompanied by 32-piece orchestra. Released 11/9/18. [not included last Tuesday.]

CrossroadsCrossroads: Ry Armstrong & Friends(Broadway Records - on CD)
New arrangements of musical favorites. Angel Reca, Nick Adams, Matt Rosell, Heath Saunders, Allen Fitzpatrick, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Keaton Whittaker. Entirely non-profit with all proceeds from the album being donated to Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre: Rising Star Project at 5th Avenue Theatre, The Northwest Choirs and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Currently at

Dance NationDance Nation
(Oberon - Paperback Book)
Play by Clare Barron. Produced at Playwrights Horizons in 2018. 2017 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. 96 pages.

Liz Callaway Beautiful CityLiz Callaway: "Beautiful City"
(Working Girl Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Stephen Schwartz song from Godspell. Liz Callaway is backed by a choir and full orchestra. Released 11/9/18.

Greatest Showman ReimaginedThe Greatest Showman: Reimagined Deluxe
(Atlantic - new on 2 CDs/on mp3/at iTunes)
Companion to Atlantic's soundtrack to te 20th Century Fox musical film. Covers of the songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. "The Greatest Show" (Panic! At The Disco), "A Million Dreams" (P!nk), "A Million Dreams (Reprise)" (Willow Sage Hart), "Come Alive" (Years & Years and Jess Glynne), "The Other Side" (MAX & Ty Dolla $ign), "Never Enough" (Kelly Clarkson), "This Is Me (The Reimagined Remix)" (Keala Settle, Kesha & Missy Elliott), "Rewrite The Stars" (James Arthur & Anne-Marie), "Tightrope" (Sara Bareilles), "From Now On" (Zac Brown Band). Bonus tracks: "The Greatest Show" (Pentatonix), "Come Alive" (Craig David), "This Is Me" (Kesha), plus original soundstrack.

Heather HeadleyHeather Headley: Broadway My Way
(new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Lion King and Aida star with a new solo album. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "For Good," "Look to the Rainbow," "My House," "Home," "All the Man That I Need," "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," "She Used to Be Mine," "True Colors." Produced by Paul Mills with executive producer Chris Thomason. Released 11/12/18.

Miss You Like HellMiss You Like Hell
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Public Theater cast recording of Quiara Alegría Hudes / Erin McKeown score. Marinda Anderson, Danny Bolero, Andrew Cristi, Latoya Edwards, Shawna M. Hamic, Marcus Paul James, Gizel Jiménez, David Patrick Kelly, Michael Mulheren, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Martín Solá. "Lioness (Prologue & Prayer)," "Sundays," "Mothers," "Received," "Yellowstone," "My Bell's Been Rung," "Over My Shoulder," "Bibliography," "Baggage," "Castaway Comments," "Tamales," "Now I'm Here," "Dirtiest Deed," "Yellowstone (Reprise)," "Dance With Me," "Lioness," "Court Clothes," "Miss You Like Hell," "Over My Shoulder (Reprise)," "Epilogue." Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunesAlso at

My Big Gay Italian WeddingMy Big Gay Italian Wedding
(Breaking Glass Pictures - new on DVD)
Film version of Anthony J. Wilkinson's 2003 play. Cast includes Alessandro Genovesi, Salvatore Esposito, Monica Guerritore. Directed by Alessandro Genovesi. 90 minutes.

Rise Up!Rise Up!: Broadway and American Society from 'Angels in America' to 'Hamilton'
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
By Chris Jones (Chicago Tribune). "... tells the story of Broadway's renaissance from the darkest days of the AIDS crisis, via the disaster that was Spiderman: Turn off the Dark through the unparalleled financial, artistic and political success of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton." 240 pages.

Sound of MusicThe Sound Of Music Live (UK)
(Shout! Factory - new Blu-ray/DVD)
Classic musical Rodgers & Hammerstein score and book by Russel Crouse and Howard Lindsay score. Live December 2015 broadcast on ITV. Cast includes : Kara Tointon, Katherine Kelly, Alexander Armstrong, Julian Ovenden, Mel Giedroyc, Maria Friedman, Guy Trundle, Tom Sargent and Zac Lester. To be aired on November 9, 2018, on PBS as part of the "Great Performances" schedule. Released in the U.K. in 2016. Released 11/9/18.

Steve RossSteve Ross: It's Almost Christmas Eve
(Harbinger Records/Musical Theater Project - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Steve Ross with SuEllen Estey, Ron Spivak, and Benjamin Weil. "Sing a Little Song of Christmas," "The Christmas Waltz," "Snow Flakes," "Snow," "Goin' on a Sleigh Ride," "It's Almost Christmas Eve," "Christmas Eve," "Lovers on Christmas Eve," "Christmas in New York," "Santa Claus: A Syncopated Christmas Song," "Who Says There Ain't No Santa Claus?," "Toyland," "We Need a Little Christmas," "A New Deal for Christmas," "I Saw Three Ships," "Three Ships," "Happy Christmas, Little Friend," "If I Had Three Wishes for Christmas," "Together This Christmas," "A Fact Can Be a Beautiful Thing," "I Don't Remember Christmas," "After the Holidays," "The Twelve Days After Christmas," "A Christmas Wish for You," "The Wassail Song." Arrangements by Steve Ross.

Travis MoserTravis Moser: "And So It Goes"
(new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Song written by Billy Joel. Released 11/2/18.

November 20, 2018

Dance in AmericaDance in America: A Reader's Anthology: A Library of America Special Publication
(Library of America - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Mindy Aloff, editor. Foreword by Robert Gottlieb. Draws content from dancers and dance creators, impresarios and critics, and enthusiastic literary observers - to trace the evolution of American dance in all its many forms and locales, classical, modern, and vernacular. 650 pages.

November 23, 2018

Theater of the RidiculousTheater of the Ridiculous: A Critical History
(McFarland - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Kelly I. Aliano. Comprehensive overview of the important practitioners of Theater of the Ridiculous, along with critical commentary of their work. Charles Ludlam, the B movies of Maria Montez, the Pop Art scene of Andy Warhol, the founding of the Play-House of the Ridiculous and the dawn of Ludlam's career and finally to the contemporary theater scene. 277 pages.

November 27, 2018

I'm Not RunningI'm Not Running
(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition [for October 11])
Play by David Hare. Premieres at the National Theatre, London, in October 2018.

(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1974 film version of musical featuring score by Jerry Herman and book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee. Lucille Ball, Bea Arthur, Robert Preston, Bruce Davison, Jane Connell, Joyce Van Patten. Directed by Gene Saks. 131 minutes.

November 29, 2018

I and YouI and You
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Play by Lauren Gunderson. [Amazon link should start working soon.] 88 pages.

November 30, 2018

Hundred DaysHundred Days original cast
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Music and lyrics by The Bengsons. The cast of the recent production at New York Theatre Workshop includes Colette Alexander, Abigail Bengson, Shaun Bengson, Jo Lampert, Dani Markham and Reggie D. White. "Vows," "My Skin Is Made of a Thousand Doors," "I Will Wait For You," "God Can Be a City Boy," "Lie Next to Me," "The Drop," "Creature," "The Ramp," "Lift Me," "Hundred Days," "The Years Go By," "Salt Palace," "Three Legged Dog," "The Long Goodbye (Will's Lament)," "Bells," "What Else Can I Do?." Produced by The Bengsons, Ian Kagey, and Kurt Deutsch, with Erica Rotstein, Seaview Productions, Family Matters LLC, Alexander R. Donnelly, and Dana M. Lerner serving as executive producers. CD format to be released at a later date. Also at Released on mp3 and at iTunes on 9/18/18.

Telly Leung: "All I Want for Christmas is You"
(Yellow Sound Label - new digital single)
Aladdin star with an updated version of the holiday classic to benefit ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty). Arrangement by Lynne Shankel.

December 1, 2018

Dearest Lenny: Letters from Japan and the Making of the World Maestro
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Mari Yoshihara. Personal letters from a woman who began writing fan letters to Bernstein in 1947 and became a close family friend, and a young man who fell in love with the maestro in 1979 and later became his business representative. The letters convey how Bernstein's compositions, recordings, and performances touched his audiences around the world, painting a vivid picture of the historical, social, and economic context in which these two individuals' unusual relationships with Bernstein emerged and evolved. 320 pages.

December 3, 2018

Adapting Wizard of OzAdapting The Wizard of Oz: Musical Versions from Baum to MGM and Beyond
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Danielle Birkett and Dominic McHugh, editors, bring together insights from eleven experts into the varied musical forms this great American myth has taken in the past century. Starting with the early adaptations of L. Frank Baum's story, the book also explores the writing, composition and reception of the MGM film, its importance in queer culture, stage adaptations of the movie, cult classic The Wiz, Stephen Schwartz's Broadway blockbuster Wicked, and the cultural afterlife of the iconic Arlen-Harburg songs. 272 pages.

Bridges of Madison County vocal scoreThe Bridges of Madison County vocal score
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Vocal score from the 2014 Broadway musical featuring music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown based on the novel by Robert James Waller. 240 pages.

December 4, 2018

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

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

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

December 7, 2018

Brigadoon EncoresBrigadoon
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
2017 City Center cast recording of Lerner & Loewe score. Cast includes Kelli O'Hara, Patrick Wilson, Stephanie J. Block, Robert Fairchild. Encores! Orchestra led by Music Director Rob Berman. "Prologue," "Brigadoon / Vendors' Calls / MacConnachy Square," "Waitin' for My Dearie," "I'll Go Home with Bonnie Jean," "I'll Go Home with Bonnie Jean," "The Heather on the Hill," "The Love of My Life," "Come to Me, Bend to Me," "Come to Me, Bend to Me," "Almost Like Being in Love," "Sword Dance and Reel," "The Chase," "There but for You Go I," "My Mother's Weddin' Day," "From This Day On / Farewell Music," "Reprises," "Finale." Album produced by Kurt Deutsch, Lawrence Manchester, Rob Berman and Emily Altman. Recorded 5/14-5/15.

Golden Girls: Maria Friedman, Lesley Garrett, Bonnie Langford
(Decca - new on CD)
New studio album to celebrate a national tour of these three legendary women of the stage. To be released in the U.K. on November 30.

Lost West End RevuesLost West End Revues: London's Forgotten Revues 1940-1962
(Stage Door Records - new import 2-CD set)
Songs from 35 West End productions from 1940 - 1962. 50 tracks (including over 20 tracks appearing on CD for the first time) from composers including Noel Coward, Vivian Ellis, Sandy Wilson, Lionel Bart, Leslie Bricusse, Charles Zwar, and Alan Melville. Maggie Smith, Kenneth Williams, Hermione Gingold, Noel Coward, Beatrice Lillie, Joyce Grenfell, Anthony Newley, Gillian Lynne, Fenella Fielding, Sheila Hancock, Millicent Martin, Bud Flanagan, Dora Bryan, Cyril Ritchard, Bernard Cribbins and more. 16-page booklet. Also at

Mary Poppins ReturnsMary Poppins Returns
(Disney - new on CD)
Soundtrack for December 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.

Something for the BoysSomething for the Boys
(PS Classics - new on CD)
2018 studio cast recording Cole Porter score. Danny Burstein, Elizabeth Stanley, Andréa Burns, Edward Hibbert, Sara Jean Ford, and Philip Chaffin. "Overture," "Prologue: Announcement of Inheritance," "See That You're Born in Texas," "When My Baby Goes to Town," "When My Baby Goes to Town (Dance)," "Something for the Boys," "When We're Home on the Range," "Could It Be You?," "Hey, Good Lookin'," "Hey, Good Lookin' (Dance)," "He's a Right Guy," "Carborundum," "The Leader of a Big-Time Band," "The Leader of a Big-Time Band (Dance)," "Finale Act I," "I'm in Love With a Soldier Boy," "There's a Happy Land in the Sky," "He's a Right Guy (Reprise)," "Betty Bruce Specialty," "By the Mississinewah," "Finale Ultimo." Original orchestrations under the direction of Constantine Kitsopoulos and Greg Jarrett.

December 11, 2018

Thom Pain revisedThom Pain (based on nothing): With Other Monologues for Theatre
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Will Eno, in a revised TCG edition.

December 14, 2018

Anastasia vinylAnastasia vinyl
(Broadway Records - new vinyl LP)
OBC recording of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens score. Bonus track: duet of Liz Callaway and Christy Altomare singing "Journey to the Past" with Stephen Flaherty on piano. At

A Christmas Story Live!A Christmas Story Live!
(Warner Music Group - new on CD)
Soundtrack recording of Fox 12/17/17 televised musical. Score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Cast includes Maya Rudolph, Matthew Broderick, Jane Krakowski, Chris Diamantopoulos, Ana Gasteyer, David Alan Grier, Ken Jeong, Andy Walken and PrettyMuch. "Count on Christmas," "It All Comes Down to Christmas," "Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun," "The Genius on Cleveland Street," "When You're a Wimp," "Ralphie to the Rescue!," "What a Mother Does," "A Major Award," "Ralphie's Nightmare," "In the Market for a Miracle," "Sticky Situation," "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!," "Just Like That," "At Higbee's," "Before the Old Man Comes Home," "Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana," "Red Ryder (Reprise #3)/Ralphie To The Rescue! (Reprise)," "A Christmas Story." Released on mp3 and at iTunes in December 2017.

Gettin' the Band OBCGettin' The Band Back Together
(Sh-K-Boom Records - new on CD)
Score by Mark Allen. Cast includes Mitchell Jarvis, Jay Klaitz, Manu Narayan, Paul Whitty, Sawyer Nunes, Marilu Henner, Kelli Barrett, Becca Kötte, Garth Kravits, Tamika Lawrence, Noa Solorio, and Brandon Williams. "Jersey," "How Does Your Mouthfeel," "One of Those Guys," "Gettin' the Band Back Together," "Find the One," "Best Day of My Life," "Best Day of My Life (Reprise)," "WWJPD (What Would Joe Perry Do)," "Hava Nagila," "Second Chances," "I Just Want Real," "Life Without Parole," "Battle of Your Life," "Bart's Confession," "Best Band in the World," "Do Over," "Jersey (Reprise)," "Bows." Previously released on mp3 and at iTunes

The PromThe Prom digital
(Masterworks Broadway - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Original Broadway cast recording of score by Matthew Sklar (music) and and Chad Beguelin (lyrics). Cast includes Courtenay Collins, Beth Leavel, Michael Potts, Caitlin Kinnunen, Isabelle McCalla, Brooks Ashmanskas, Josh Lamon, Christopher Sieber, and Angie Schworer Nathan Johnson. "Changing Lives," "Changing Lives (Reprise)," "Just Breathe," "It's Not About Me," "Dance with You," "The Acceptance Song," "You Happened," "We Look to You," "Tonight Belongs to You," "Zazz," "The Lady's Improving," "Love Thy Neighbor," "Alyssa Greene," "Barry Is Going to Prom," "Unruly Heart," "It's Time to Dance." CD to be released 1/11/19.

My Fair Lady vinyl
(Broadway Records - new vinyl LP album)
Lincoln Center cast recording of score by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner's score. Cast includes Lauren Ambrose, Harry Hadden-Paton, Norbert Leo Butz, Diana Rigg as Mrs. Higgins, Allan Corduner, Jordan Donica, Linda Mugleston, and Manu Narayan. Album produced by David Lai and Ted Sperling. "Overture," "Why Can't the English?," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?," "With a Little Bit of Luck," "I'm An Ordinary Man," "Just You Wait," "The Rain in Spain," "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Ascot Gavotte," "On the Street Where You Live," "LP2 the Embassy Waltz," "You Did It," "Show Me," "The Flower Market," "Get Me to the Church on Time," "A Hymn to Him," "Without You," "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," "Finale."

Springsteen on BroadwaySpringsteen on Broadway
(Sony - new on 2 CDs/mp3/4-LP vinyl set/at iTunes)
Solo acoustic performance written and performed by Bruce Springsteen at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Complete live performance of Springsteen on Broadway with special appearance by Patti Scialfa. Growin' Up (introduction), "Growin' Up," My Hometown (introduction), "My Hometown," My Father's House (introduction), "My Father's House," The Wish (introduction), "The Wish," Thunder Road (introduction), "Thunder Road," The Promised Land (introduction), "The Promised Land," Born In the U.S.A. (introduction), "Born In the U.S.A.," Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out (introduction), "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," Tougher Than the Rest (introduction), "Tougher Than the Rest," Brilliant Disguise (introduction), "Brilliant Disguise," Long Time Comin' (introduction), "Long Time Comin'," The Ghost of Tom Joad (introduction), "The Ghost of Tom Joad," The Rising," Dancing In the Dark (introduction), "Dancing In the Dark," Land of Hope and Dreams," Born to Run (introduction), "Born to Run." Single track "Land of Hope and Dreams" released on 11/2/18 on mp3 and at iTunes.

December 18, 2018

A Carol ChristmasA Carol Christmas original cast recording
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
New musical score by Music and Lyrics by Bruce Kimmel Book by Doug Haverty. Orchestrations and music direction by Richard Allen. To ship by third week in December. At

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

December 25, 2018

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

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

December 28, 2018

Dear Evan Hansen DeluxeDear Evan Hansen Deluxe
(Atlantic Records - new on CD)
Original cast recording plus cut songs and tracks sung by current cast, including Taylor Trensch. "Anybody Have a Map?," "Waving Through A Window," "For Forever," "Sincerely, Me," "Requiem," "If I Could Tell Her," "Disappear," "You Will Be Found," "To Break In a Glove," "Only Us," "Good For You," "Words Fail," "So Big / So Small," "Finale." Bonus Tracks: "Obvious" (Taylor Trensch) "Hiding In Your Hands" (Mallory Bechtel) "Part Of Me" (Dear Evan Hansen August 2018 Broadway Cast) "In The Bedroom Down The Hall" (Demo, Rachel Bay Jones & Jennifer Laura Thompson) "Disappear" (acoustic, Taylor Trensch and Alex Boniello) "Waving Through A Window" (Katy Perry). Released 11/3/18 on mp3 and at iTunes.

January 1, 2019

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

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

Head of Passes
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Tarell Alvin McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays, Wig Out!. 96 pages.

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

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.

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.

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

January 8, 2019

The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Three-part play cycle by Richard Nelson: Hungry, What Did You Expect?, and Women of a Certain Age. 320 pages.

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

January 11, 2019

The PromThe Prom
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD)
Original Broadway cast recording of score by Matthew Sklar (music) and and Chad Beguelin (lyrics). Cast includes Courtenay Collins, Beth Leavel, Michael Potts, Caitlin Kinnunen, Isabelle McCalla, Brooks Ashmanskas, Josh Lamon, Christopher Sieber, and Angie Schworer Nathan Johnson. "Changing Lives," "Changing Lives (Reprise)," "Just Breathe," "It's Not About Me," "Dance with You," "The Acceptance Song," "You Happened," "We Look to You," "Tonight Belongs to You," "Zazz," "The Lady's Improving," "Love Thy Neighbor," "Alyssa Greene," "Barry Is Going to Prom," "Unruly Heart," "It's Time to Dance." Released digitally 12/14/18.

January 22, 2019

Broadway and the BlacklistBroadway and the Blacklist
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
By K. Kevyne Baar. Explores theatre during the era of McCarthyism: the Theatre Guild; the short life and death of the Federal Theatre Project; the investigations of the motion picture and television industries, and of Broadway, by the HUAC; and the role of the three major performing arts unions. Includes many photos from the author's personal collection, and appendices provide a discussion of McCarthy's role, the memos of investigator Dolores Faconti Scott, a list of prominent witnesses in the HUAC hearings, and reactions by the unions in the decades following the blacklist. 200 pages.

February 1, 2019

College Audition GuideThe Ultimate Musical Theater College Audition Guide: Advice from the People Who Make the Decisions
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book)
By Amy Rogers Schwartzreich. No-nonsense guide to the musical theatre audition. Written for high school students and their parents, teachers, and mentors, the book demystifies what can be an overwhelming process with step-by-step explanations of audition checkpoints. Also, advice from more than 10 top-tier program directors and faculty, as well as examples from students, parents, and experts currently working on Broadway. 224 pages.

February 5, 2019

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

February 12, 2019

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

March 1, 2019

They Made Someone HappyThey Made Us Happy: Betty Comden & Adolph Green's Musicals & Movies
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
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 12, 2019

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

March 19, 2019

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

March 26, 2019

The Good Peaches
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights, Water by the Spoonful. Originally performed by 56 orchestral musicians, three actors, and eight dancers at Cleveland Play House. 48 pages.

May 8, 2019

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Andrew Rannells memoir
(Crown Archetype - new book)
The Tony-nominated actor's (The Book of Mormon, Falsettos) personal account of his journey to Broadway and beyond. Expected Spring 2019.

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

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

Complete Lyrics of Sheldon Harnick
(new book)

(new on CD)
2017 National Theatre cast album. Stephen Sondheim score. Cast includes Imelda Staunton, Philip Quast, Janie Dee, Peter Forbes, and Tracie Bennett. Recorded in January 2018.

Hairspray Vinyl
(Masterworks - new vinyl album)
OBC recording on vinyl.

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;

Hirschfeld the BiographyHirschfeld: The Biography
(Sarah Crichton Books - new Hardcover Book)
By Ellen Stern. Biography of Al Hirschfeld, the caricaturist of Broadway. From interviews with the artist himself, his friends and wives, celebrity subjects, agent, daughter, and more; with access to personal correspondence, journals, home movies, and scrapbooks. 368 pages. Originally announced as an October 2017 release, then 2018 release, then disappeared.

It Happened in Key West
(Outside The Box LLC - new on CD)
Live London cast album of Jill Santoriello score. Cast includes Alyssa Martyn, Wade McCollum, Sophia Lewis.

The Jonathan Larson Project
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
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. 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.

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.

(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.

Songs for a New World
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Score by Jason Robert Brown. City Center Encores! Off-Center cast recording. Cast includes Shoshana Bean, Colin Donnell, Mykal Kilgore, and Solea Pfeiffer. Produced by Jeffrey Lesser and Jason Robert Brown, with Stacey Mindich serving as executive producer. Expected Fall 2018.

Theatre Goes Wrong: A Mischief Theatre Play Collection
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
By Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields of the Olivier Award winning Mischief Theatre. Includes The Nativity Goes Wrong, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, The Play That Goes Wrong, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery. 336 pages. Released date currently unknown.

-- Sound Advice Staff

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