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Schedule of New & Upcoming CD, DVD & Book Releases

Updated 8/13/20 | 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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Adrian Lester and Lolita Chakrabarti: A Working Diary
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Adrian Lester and Lolita Chakrabarti. Chronicles 16 months of their fascinating working lives, including their experiences working on the stage adaptation of Life of Pi, an original series of monologues about the NHS, the film adaptation of Red Velvet and the TV series The Rook, among many other projects. 192 pages.

Brickman On Broadway
(Green Hill Productions - new EP on mp3/at iTunes)
"Jim Brickman plays the best of Broadway." "Memory," "True Love," "For Good," "You Will Be Found."

Eubie Blake: Rags, Rhythm, and Race
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Richard Carlin and Ken Bloom. New biography of one of the key composers of 20th-century American popular song, Eubie Blake, who created Shuffle Along with Noble Sissle and went on to compose for films and other Broadway shows, eventually finding a second career as a ragtime raconteur in the 1960s. His skills as a pianist, gifts as a storyteller and entertainer, and appearances on major TV shows from Johnny Carson and David Frost to the Today Show led him to a new career as a concert artist. The authors also illustrate the wider history of post-minstrel black entertainment, from pianists working in bordellos and dance halls through ragtime, Broadway, and film, showing both the new opportunities available to contemporary black performers and the limitations that black musicians still struggled to overcome. Draws from a wealth of personal archives and interviews with Blake, his friends, and other scholars. 440 pages. Kindle version released 7/13/20.

"Judy Garland / Renee Zellweger"
(BFD - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
From Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation. Released 8/7/20.

(BFD - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
From Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation. Released 7/24/20.

August 14, 2020

Dolores Gray: The Decca Singles 1953-1955
(Stage Door Records - new import CD)
Broadway and West End performer. Compilation of all Dolores Gray's single releases for the Decca label issued between 1953 and 1955. Most tracks making their debut on CD. The 24 tracks include: "Big Mamou" and "Kaw-Liga"; pop cover versions of songs from By the Beautiful Sea, The Girl in Pink Tights and Silk Stockings; "The Call of the Far-Away Hills" from the 1953 Western film Shane; songs she recorded for the Decca album of There's No Business Like Show Business. Limited edition release of 500 units. Also at

(I Am) Nobody's Lunch
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album)
Part of the second installment of The Michael Friedman Collection. World premiere recording of score by Michael Friedman. Featuring features Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Nick Blaemire, Adam Chanler-Berat, Brad Heberlee, Daoud Heidami, Osh Ghanimah, Ashley Pérez Flanagan, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Jennifer R. Morris, Sarah Beth Pfeifer, Brian Charles Rooney, and Mary Testa, with an ensemble including Ashley Pe´rez Flanagan, Sarah Beth Pfeifer, Stephen Schapero, and Jacob Keith Watson. Made possible by the generous donors to the Michael Friedman Legacy Fund and by the artistic contributions of his many collaborators. produced by Steve Cosson and Kurt Deutsch, co-produced by Ian Kagey, Wiley DeWeese, Dan Lipton, and Amy C. Ashton. Dan Lipton music director; orchestrations by Wiley DeWeese. Cover illustrations are by Josh Neufeld (

Paris Commune
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album)
Part of the second installment of The Michael Friedman Collection. World premiere recording. Written by Steve Cosson and Michael Friedman, with songs translated and adapted by Michael Friedman. Features Kate Buddeke, Aysan Celik, Charlotte Dobbs, Rebecca Hart, Nina Hellman, Daniel Jenkins, Brian Sgambati, and Sam Breslin Wright, with an ensemble including Randy Blair, Ally Bonino, Sarah Beth Pfeifer, and Jonathan Raviv. Made possible by the generous donors to the Michael Friedman Legacy Fund and by the artistic contributions of his many collaborators. produced by Steve Cosson and Kurt Deutsch, co-produced by Ian Kagey, Wiley DeWeese, Dan Lipton, and Amy C. Ashton. Dan Lipton music director; orchestrations by Wiley DeWeese. Cover illustrations are by Josh Neufeld (

August 15, 2020

The New Business of Acting: The Next Edition - COVID Update
(Ingenuity Press - Kindle Edition)
By Brad Lemack (Backstage). Pandemic-specific supplement to his popular book for actors, The New Business of Acting: How to Build a Career in a Changing Landscape - The Next Edition.

August 18, 2020

The Queen of Tuesday: A Lucille Ball Story
(Random House - new Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
By Darin Strauss. "... a fresh view of a celebrity America loved more than any other." Mixes fact and fiction, memoir and novel, to imagine the provocative story of a woman we thought we knew. Darin Strauss and Tavia Gilbert narrators for the audio version. 336 pages.

August 20, 2020

The Theatre and Films of Conor McPherson: Conspicuous Communities
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
By Eamonn Jordan. Patrick Lonergan and Kevin J. Wetmore Jr. Critical Companions series editors. Offers a detailed and engaging critical analysis of the plays and films of Conor McPherson, considering issues of gender and class disparity, violence and wealth in the cultural and political contexts in which the work is written and performed, as well as the inclusion of song, sound, the supernatural, religious and pagan festive sensibilities through which initial genre perceptions are nudged elsewhere, towards the unconscious and ineffable. Supplemented by a number of contributed critical and performance perspectives, including an interview with Conor McPherson. 248 pages. Released earlier in hardcover and Kindle versions.

August 21, 2020

A Killer Party: A Murder Mystery Musical
(Broadway Records - new digital album)
Songs from the remotely-recorded musical. Score by Jason Howland (music) and Nathan Tysen (lyrics). The cast includes Keenan Wynn, Michael James Scott, Krystina Alabado, Carolee Carmello, Drew Gehling, Jackie Burns, Laura Osnes, Jarrod Spector, Alex Newell, Miguel Cervantes, and Jeremy Jordan. "Sleuth In Duluth," "A Killer Party," "Today’S Detective," "Stuck," "Boom! Shout! The Lights Went Out," "Circus on the Sea," "Breathe," "Songus Interruptus," "Live Out Loud," "Boom! Shout! Reprise!," "Wait for My Cue," "Never Miss My Mark," "I Did It for You," "Big Cat," "Hands Out!," "Shipload of Fools," "Process of Elimination," "A Killer Party (Reprise)," "Sleuth In Duluth (Reprise)," "Requiem for An A-Hole (Bonus Track)." Produced by Howland and Billy Jay Stein.

Sarah Stiles: You Can Ukulele With Me
(Broadway Records - new EP)
Collaboration between Sarah Stiles (Tootsie, Hand to God) and songwriter Holly Gewandter. Five tracks.

Small House No Secrets Composers Cut
(Disappear Records - new on CD)
From SONiA disappear fear new musical which debuted at the Kennedy Center in 2019 (Page to Stage series), then was produced in Baltimore and is in pre-production in Germany, Australia and Hawaii. Recorded by SONiA for the actors.

August 25, 2020

Magic Time: A Memoir - Notes on Theater & Other Entertainments
(Smith & Krause - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book)
By Edwin Wilson (theatre critic for the Wall Street Journal 1972-1995). The memoir begins with Wilson's earliest foray into playwriting, then on to Yale where he was a student and a professor. He was assistant to producer Lewis Allen and had a hand in the production of Big Fish, Little Fish and the film version of Lord of the Flies, directed by Peter Brook. Wilson taught at Hunter College and later at the CUNY Graduate Center for more than forty years. He was theatre critic for the Wall Street Journal from April 21, 1972, through the next twenty-three years, and the author of numerous books about American theatre. 312 pages.

August 28, 2020

Robbie Rozelle: Songs from Inside My Locker
(Broadway Records - on CD)
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). "Let's Misbehave," Kim at the top of Miss Saigon..., "If I Only Had a Brain," A ballad k-hole..., "Little Girls / Captain Hook's Tango," My two dads..., "Charles Nelson Reilly / Paul Lynde Medley The Kid," My very first boyfriend ever..., "First Penis I Saw," They just decided it's Spring..., "In Hell's Kitchen," There are so many roles I never got to play..., "The Aged-Out Medley," Comedy comes in threes..., "A Step Too Far (with Bonnie Milligan and Maya Days)," Everyone has mantras..., "I Have Found Tomorrow / Here Comes the Sun," I'm an accidental performer..., "Change in Me," A Hefty bag covered in KY..., "Jam Tomorrow." Produced by Michael J Moritz Jr. Previously released on mp3 and at iTunes. [See our review.]

August 30, 2020

Ann Miller: Her Life and Career
(McFarland Publishing - Paperback Book)
By Peter Shelley. Presents Ann Miller's career in the context of her fascinating life, beginning with child acting and including three Hollywood studio contracts, two retirements for marriage, and appearances in film, stage, variety shows, sitcoms, her comeback in the stage musical Sugar Babies, and appointment as an international spokesperson for MGM in the ailing years of the studio. 185 pages.

September 1, 2020

Break an Egg!: The Broadway Cookbook
(Insight Editions - Hardcover Book)
By Tara Theoharis. 55 recipes inspired by favorite musicals from The Sound of Music to Hamilton, including Eggrolls for Mr. Goldstone served with a side of Too Darn Hot Sauce; Another Vodka Stinger, The Wizard and Ice, Schnitzel With Noodles, Mama’s Well-Peppered Ragu, Angel (Food Cake) of Music. With illustrations and photographs. 128 pages.

Oklahoma!: The Making of an American Musical, Revised and Expanded Edition
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Tim Carter. Revised edition of 2007 book which tells the full story of the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Now, Carter draws further on recently released sources, including the Rouben Mamoulian Papers at the Library of Congress, with additional correspondence, contracts, and even new versions of the working script used—and annotated—throughout the show's rehearsal process. Carter also focuses on the key players and concepts behind the musical, including Lynn Riggs's "Green Grow the Lilacs," and the Theatre Guild's Theresa Helburn and Lawrence Langner, who brought Rodgers and Hammerstein together for their first collaboration. Part of Oxford's "Legacy Series." 336 pages.

My White Best Friend: (And Other Letters Left Unsaid)
(Oberon Books - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Jasmine Lee-Jones. Rachel De-Laha, editor. Originally commissioned by The Bunker Theatre as a festival that ran in 2019. 23 letters that engage with a range of topics, from racial tensions, microaggressions and emotional labour, to queer desire, prejudice and otherness. Includes work from Zia Ahmed, Travis Alabanza, Fatimah Asghar, Nathan Bryon, Matilda Ibini, Jammz, Iman Qureshi, Anya Reiss, Somalia Seaton, Nina Segal, Tolani Shoneye, Lena Dunham, Inua Ellams, Rabiah Hussain, Mika Johnson, Jasmine Lee-Jones, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, Shireen Mula, Ash Sarkar, Jack Thorne and Joel Tan. 280 pages.

September 3, 2020

(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Play by James Graham, which appeared on Broadway in 2019. 144 pages.

September 4, 2020

Understanding Tracy Letts
(Univ of South Carolina Press - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Thomas Fahy. First book dedicated to the writing of Tracy Letts. An introduction to his plays and an invitation to engage more deeply with his work. Part of Understanding Contemporary American Literature series. 144 pages.

September 10, 2020

The Complete Book of 2010s Broadway Musicals
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
New volume in Dan Dietz' series of books (which previously covered the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s). Includes detailed information about every musical that opened on Broadway from 2010 through the end of 2019. Discusses the decade's major successes, notorious failures, and musicals that closed during their pre-Broadway tryouts, and also highlights revivals and personal-appearance revues. Plot summaries; cast members; names of all important personnel, including writers, composers, directors, choreographers, producers, and musical directors; opening and closing dates; number of performances; critical commentary; musical numbers and the performers who introduced the songs; production data, including information about tryouts; source material; Tony awards and nominations; information about London and other foreign productions. 656 pages.

Einstein's Dreams
(Broadway Records - new digital album)
Joanne Sydney Lessner (book and lyrics) and Joshua Rosenblum (music and lyrics). Cast includes Zal Owen as Einstein, Alexandra Silber, Brennan Caldwell, Talia Cosentino, Stacia Fernandez, Lisa Helmi Johanson, Michael McCoy, Tess Primack, and Vishal Vaidya. Music director is Milton Granger, and the orchestra includes Bruce Doctor, Kiku Enomoto, Jonathan Levine, Eleanor Norton, and Saadi Zain.

September 15, 2020

The King and I
(Mill Creek - new Blu-ray)
1999 animated feature film based on the musical with score by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Vocal cast includes Miranda Richardson, Martin Vidnovic, Ian Richardson, Darrell Hammond. I don't know why, either.

Paula Scher: Twenty-Five Years at the Public, A Love Story
(Princeton Architectural Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Illustrated book by graphic designer Paul Sher, who turned her first major project as a partner at Pentagram into a formative twenty-five-year relationship with the Public Theater in New York. Chronicles over two decades of brand and identity development and an evolving creative process in a unique "autobiography of graphic design."

September 17, 2020

Nick Cordero: Live Your Life
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Live at Feinstein's/54 Below in 2019. Nick Cordero's cabaret performance, directed and music directed by Michael J Moritz Jr. Guest performers include Kathryn Gallagher, Drew Gehling, Sara Chase, and Zach Braff.

September 22, 2020

But He Doesn't Know the Territory: The Story behind Meredith Willson's The Music Man - "Broadway edition"
(Univ of Minnesota Press - Paperback Book)
New reprint of Meredith Willson's 1959 memoir. Reflections on the ups and downs, surprises and disappointments, and finally successes of making one of America’s most popular musicals. New foreword by foreword by Michael Feinstein. 208 pages.

Chicago Diamond Edition
(Miramax - new Blu-ray)
Not clear what is new here.

Never Steal Anything Small
(Kino Lorber - new Blu-ray/DVD)
1959 musical film. James Cagney, Shirley Jones. Music by Allie Wrubel. "Never Steal Anything Small," "I'm Sorry, I Want a Ferrari," "I Haven't Got a Thing to Wear," "It Takes Love to Make a Home," "Helping Our Friends." Lyrics by Maxwell Anderson. Directed by Charles Lederer. Special Features: new audio commentary by Daniel Kremer and audio commentary by Lee Bambin; theatrical trailer; dual-layered bd50 disc. 94 minutes.

September 25, 2020

Diana Ross & the Supremes Sing and Perform Funny Girl the Ultimate Edition
(Second Disc/Real Gone Music - new on 2 CDs)
1968 album of The Supremes performing the score by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill. Featuring the original U.S. stereo mix; the rare U.K. mono mix (with an extended version of Diana Ross' "People"; "The Supreme Mixes," reinstating Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong's original vocals not heard in 1968; and bonus tracks including previously unreleased alternate versions of "Cornet Man," "His Love Makes Me Beautiful," and "Sadie, Sadie" as well as live performances of "I'm the Greatest Star" and the Fanny Brice standard "My Man." "Cornet Man" (alternate vocal version), "People" (alternate vocal version), "Don't Rain On My Parade," "Sadie, Sadie" (alternate vocal version), "Don't Rain On My Parade" (alternate vocal version), "I Am Woman," "I'm The Greatest Star" (Live From "TCB"/1968), "Sadie, Sadie," "People," "My Man (Mon Homme), "The Music That Makes Me Dance" (alternate vocal version), "I'm The Greatest Star," "His Love Makes Me Beautiful" (alternate vocal version), "Funny Girl," "If A Girl Isn't Pretty" (alternate vocal version), "If A Girl Isn't Pretty," "I Am Woman" (alternate vocal version), "Cornet Man," "The Music That Makes Me Dance," "I'm The Greatest Star" (alternate vocal version), "Funny Girl" (alternate vocal version), "His Love Makes Me Beautiful."

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 3
(UMe - new on CD)
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." Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes

September 29, 2020

God, Sex, and Musical Theatre: Meditations for Unlocking the Powerful Self
(birch bench press - Paperback Book)
By Broadway director Kristin Hanggi (Rock of Ages). Poetry, thoughts, and musings on communing with the unseen, expressions of love, and the nuances of desire. 148 pages.

Love Me Tonight (Special Edition)
(Kino Lorber - new Blu-ray)
1932 musical comedy film. Songs by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Starring Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Charles Ruggles, Charles Butterworth, Myrna Loy. Directed and produced by Rouben Mamoulian. 88 minutes. Special Features: new 4k master; audio commentary by Miles Kreuger; Maurice chevalier sings "Louise"; Jeanette MacDonald sings "Love Me Tonight" (from the Paramount newsreel series Hollywood on Parade); screenplay excerpts of deleted scenes; production documents and censorship records; theatrical trailer; dual-layered bd50 disc.

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

A Strange Loop: A Musical
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Michael R. Jackson's Pulitzer Prize winning musical. 120 pages.

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

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

September 30, 2020

All the Sonnets of Shakespeare
(Cambrige Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells, editors. Assembles all of Shakespeare's sonnets in their probable order of composition. The introduction debunks long-established biographical myths about Shakespeare's sonnets and proposes new insights about how and why he wrote them. Explanatory notes and modern English paraphrases of every poem and dramatic extract illuminate the meaning of these witnesses to Shakespeare's inner life and professional expertise. .208 pages.

October 2, 2020

Disney Goes Classical
(Decca - on CD/mp3/vinyl/at iTunes)
Performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. "Mary Poppins Overture," "How Far I'll Go," "A Whole New World," "Can You Feel The Love Tonight," "Almost There," "Go The Distance," "Colors Of The Wind," "When She Loved Me," "The Bare Necessities," "Part Of Your World," "Beauty and the Beast," "I See The Light," "Let It Go," "Reflection," "When You Wish Upon A Star."

October 6, 2020

The Black Emperor of Broadway (The Play That Changed History)
(Vision Films - new on DVD)
2019 film about Charles Gilpin, Eugene O'Neill, and The Emperor Jones. Shaun Parkes, John Carter Hensley, Nick Moran, Liza Weil, Lonnie Farmer. Directed by Arthur Egeli. Written by Ian Bowater, Adrienne Earle Pender.

The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda
(Archway Editions - Paperback Book)
Play by Ishmael Reed that " critiques the acclaimed historical musical Hamilton through a depiction of a fictionalized version of ... Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is visited by several historical figures missing from the musical in a style similar to Dickens' A Christmas Carol ... echoes many critiques made by historians, such as the whitewashing of Alexander Hamilton." Debuted in 2019 at Nuyorican Poets Cafe. 80 pages.

London Theatres (new edition)
(Frances Lincoln - Hardcover Book)
Fully revised and updated version of 2017 book by drama critic Michael Coveney, with photographs by Peter Dazeley. Stories of the architecture, the people, and the productions which have defined each theatre, with photographs of the public areas, auditorium and backstage, Updated to include ten additional theatres, including the Victoria Palace Theatre, the Sondheim Theatre, the Bridge Theatre and the Noël Coward Theatre. Foreword by Mark Rylance. 288 pages.

Working on a Song: The Lyrics of Hadestown
(Plume - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
Book of lyrics and stories from Hadestown from its author, songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, with a foreword by Steve Earle. 272 pages.

October 9, 2020

Gene Kelly: The Making of a Creative Legend
(Univ Press of Kansas - Hardcover Book)
Biography by Earl Hess and Pratibha A. Dabholkar. Offers a full picture of Gene Kelly as the Renaissance man he actually was—dancer, choreographer, actor, clown, singer, director, teacher, and mentor. Photographs. 552 pages.

October 12, 2020

Vaudeville and the Making of Modern Entertainment, 1890–1925
(Univ of North Carolina Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By David Monod. Looks through the apparent carnival of vaudeville performance and asks: what made the theater so popular and transformative? Monod makes the case that vaudeville became so popular because it offered audiences a guide to a modern urban lifestyle. 288 pages.

October 13, 2020

American Utopia
(Bloomsbury - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
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?. 160 pages.

October 15, 2020

The Dramatic Moment of Fate: The Life of Sherlock Holmes in the Theatre
(MX Publishing - Paperback Book)
Alexandra Kitty curates Sherlock Holmes' theatrical world throughout the decades: from unlikely Off-Broadway musicals to lauded slapstick comedies, to more traditional and gripping portrayals of his iconic stories and new incarnations. 172 pages.

Humana Festival 2019: The Complete Plays
(Limelight Editions - Paperback Book)
All five scripts from the 43rd annual cycle of world premieres: Everybody Black by Dave Harris; The Thin Place by Lucas Hnath; The Corpse Washer, adapted for the stage by Ismail Khalidi and Naomi Wallace, from the novel of the same name by Sinan Antoon; How to Defend Yourself by Liliana Padilla; and We've Come to Believe, a collaboratively-written play by Kara Lee Corthron, Emily Feldman, and Matthew Paul Olmos. 312 pages.

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.

Sistuhs in the Struggle: An Oral History of Black Arts Movement Theater and Performance
(Northwestern Univ Press - Paperback Book)
By La Donna Forsgren. Documents how black women theater artists and activists—many of whom worked behind the scenes as directors, designers, producers, stage managers, and artistic directors—disseminated the black aesthetic and emboldened their communities. Draws on nearly thirty original interviews with well-known artists such as Ntozake Shange and Sonia Sanchez, as well as less-studied figures including distinguished lighting designer Shirley Prendergast, dancer and choreographer Halifu Osumare, and three-time Tony-nominated writer and composer Micki Grant. 296 pages.

October 27, 2020

Jagged Little Pill: The Stories Behind the Iconic Album and Groundbreaking Musical
(Grand Central Publishing - new Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook)
Chronicle of the Grammy-winning 1995 Alanis Morissette album and the new Broadway musical it inspired. Photos (Matthew Murphy) and interviews from Morissette, bookwriter Diablo Cody, creative team members, and cast members, as well as a full annotated libretto and an exploration of the album’s cultural significance. 224 pages.

A Tale of Transformation: Twenty-Five Years of Beauty and the Beast On Stage
(Disney Editions - Hardcover Book)
By Jeff Kurtti. Fully illustrated with concept art, costume designs, behind-the-scenes photography, and other rarities and never-before published visuals, along with text by renowned Disney author historian Jeff Kurtti. Also features a dozen guest essays by creative talents and performers who have been a part of, or been deeply influenced by this landmark cultural work. Disney Editions Deluxe series. 160 pages.

West Side Story the novel
(Gallery Books - Hardcover Book)
By Irving Shulman. The classic novelization of one of Broadway’s most enduring and beloved musicals (based on a conception by Jerome Robbins, book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins), updated with a new cover. 160 pages. Previously released in paperback and audiobook format.

October 30, 2020

Prince of Egypt OLC
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
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. Previously released new on mp3 and at at iTunes.

October 31, 2020

Time to Act: An Intimate Photographic Portrait of Actors Backstage
(Lanoo Publishers - Hardcover Book)
By Simon Annand. Foreword by Cate Blanchett. Victoria Broackes, contributor. In meditative portraits, often shot in the intimate space of the dressing room, Annand captures the focus and tension of world-class actors right before they go on the stage. Including Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Anthony Hopkins, Jake Gyllenhaal and Judi Dench. 256 pages. Donation to The Theatre Artists Fund for every copy sold.

November 1, 2020

Circle in the Square Theatre: A Comprehensive History
(McFarland and Co. - Paperback Book)
By Sheila Hickey Garvey. Records the seven-decade history of this distinguished theatre from its nightclub origins to its current status as a Tony Award-winning Broadway institution. Based on years of research as well as interviews conducted with Circle in the Square's major contributing artists. 412 pages.

November 10, 2020

Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway
(Simon & Schuster - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD/Audible Edition)
By Michael Riedel. Account of recent Broadway history—spanning from the debut of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Sunset Boulevard to Disney’s The Lion King. Drawing upon more than 150 insider interviews, Riedel walks us through the Broadway we know and love today: an industry awash in big hits and bigger money, while also being an industry split between its adherence to old artforms and the allure of popular culture. 352 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.

December 22, 2020

Onstage with Martha Graham
(Univ Press of Florida - Paperback Book)
By Stuart Hodes. Memoir of a dancer who got his start with Martha Graham. A rare firsthand view of the dance world in the 1940s and through the end of the twentieth century. He danced as Graham's partner in Appalachian Spring, Deaths and Entrances, Every Soul Is a Circus, and Errand into the Maze. Hodes shares his delight in dance as both hard work and a fantastic adventure. 288 pages.

January 5, 2021

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.

January 22, 2021

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." Previously released on mp3 and at Itunes.

April 13, 2021

The Phantom of the Opera Collection
(Titan Comics - Hardcover Book/Kindle & comiXology Edition)
Fully authorized graphic novel adaptation by Cavan Scott, illustrated by José María Beroy, of the Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe original libretto.

April 15, 2021

Ever After: Forty Years of Musical Theater and Beyond, 1977–2019
(Applause - Hardcover Book)
By Barry Singer (The New York Times). Second edition, updated to include 2004-2019. 560 pages.

May 17, 2021

A History of Theater on Cape Cod
(The History Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Sue Mellen. Foreword by Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll. From the beginning of theater on the Cape in 1916 when a group of artists and writers in Provincetown mounted a production of a one-act play, Bound East for Cardiff, by a little-known playwright, Eugene O'Neill. It grew into the constantly expanding theater universe it is today. The theatrical descendants of O'Neill and the Provincetown Players continue to present classical drama, contemporary hits and new, experimental works to audiences that have come to expect the best. A tour of the theaters from Provincetown to Falmouth, revealing the rich past behind a unique cultural treasure. 144 pages.

July 6, 2021

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

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

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.

No release date set

Anyone Can Whistle
(JAY Records - new on 2-CDs).
Studio cast recording of Stephen Sondheim score. Maria Friedman, John Barrowman, Arthur Laurents, Julia McKenzie. National Symphony orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards. Promised for 2020.

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

Bleeding Love
(Ditto Music)
Songs from podcast musical by Arthur Lafrentz Bacon (music) and Harris Doran (lyrics). Annie Golden, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Marc Kudisch, Sarah Stiles, Taylor Trensch, Tony Vincent

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.

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.

Finding Tulsa
(Palm Drive Publishing - new paperback book)
Novel by Jim Provenzano. "Stan Grozniak, the once-rising star of 1990s gay cinema, shares how he almost self-sabotaged a prestigious directing gig after casting his rediscovered teenage summer stock crush. While still haunted by the death of Rick Dacker, the sexy star of his cult favorite action trilogy, Stan attempts a romance with actor Lance Holtzer, his 'Tulsa' from a small town Ohio production of the musical Gypsy." September 2020.

Girl from the North Country
(Sony - new album)
OBC recording of score by Bob Dylan. Todd Almond, Jeannette Bayardelle, Jennifer Blood, Law Terrel Dunford, Matthew Frederick Harris, Caitlin Houlahan, Robert Joy, Marc Kudisch, Luba Mason, Ben Mayne, Matt McGrath, Tom Nelis, Colton Ryan, Jay O. Sanders, John Schiappa, Austin Scott, Kimber Elayne Sprawl, Rachel Stern, Chiara Trentalange, Bob Walton, Chelsea Lee Williams, and Mare Winningham.

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;

Jardim Noturno-Canções e Obras para Piano de Claudio Santoro
(Sesc Digital - new double album)
Paulo Szot and pianist Nahim Marun perform classical pieces by Brazilian composer Claudio Santoro. To be available for streaming 8/7/20.

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.

Lillias White album

(JAY Records - new album)
First complete recording of 1972 musical with score by Michael Valenti. Studio cast includes Jenn Gambatese, Lauren Molina, Matt Bogart, Jeff Kready.

The New York Times Theater Reviews, 1870-1990
(Routledge - Hardcover Book)
Details to come.

On Broadway 2021 Calendar
(Time Factory - wall calendar)
Yearly calendar. 12x12".

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.

Sondheim The Man Who Changed Musical TheaterSondheim: The Man Who Changed Musical Theater
(Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan - Hardcover Book)
By Susan Goldman Rubin. Marked as Young Adult. [There have been reviews from 2015, but it doesn't seem that the book has actually been released yet. Roaring Brook Press does not currently have it listed on its site.]192 pages.

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

The Theatrical Notebooks of Samuel Beckett: Krapp's Last Tape
(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book)
With notes by Professor Knowlson. Samuel Beckett directed Krapp's Last Tape on four separate occasions: this volume offers a facsimile of his 1969 Schiller-Theater notebook. 320 pages.

The Theatrical Notebooks of Samuel Beckett: The Shorter Plays
(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book)
With notes by Professor Gontarski. Completes this series of notebooks, with Play, Come and Go, Eh Joe, Footfalls, That Time and What Where. 512 pages.

-- Sound Advice Staff

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