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

Updated 10/4/22

This week's recap | See previous releases

Receive the weekly recap by email: Sign up on the front page, right below the menu (at the bottom of the page on mobile).

Now Available (scroll down for upcoming releases):

Give My Swiss Chards to Broadway: The Broadway Lover's Cookbook
(Countryman Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Gideon Glick and Adam Roberts. Illustrated by Justin "Squigs" Robertson. Collection of musical-inspired recipes includes dishes like Yolklahoma!, Clafoutis and the Beast, Yam Yankees, Dear Melon Hansen, and more. Each dish comes with a brief history of the show that inspired it, a summary of the plot, and "Listening Notes" of behind-the-scenes trivia. 200 pages.

Good Morning, Olive: Haunted Theatres of Broadway and Beyond
(Applause - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Robert Viagas. Good Morning, Olive (named for one of the most beautiful and temperamental of Broadway's ghosts) is about the ghosts that haunt theatres in New York and around the world. 288 pages.

Loud Mouse
(Disney-Hyperion - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Idina Menzel and Cara Mentzel. Illustrations by Jaclyn Sinquett. Lyrical picture book about a little mouse finding her big voice, with the help of her sister. Ages 3-5. 48 pages. Released 9/27/22.

Stories Dad Told Me: Manny Azenberg's Adventures in Life and the Theatre
(new Paperback book/Kindle Edition)
By Jessica Azenberg. Broadway producer sits down with his daughter to share his life's story. His childhood, service in the Army, teaching career at Duke University, and his long and illustrious career on Broadway ... a chronicle of one of the most legendary Broadway careers of our time, as well as a life well lived. 137 pages. Released September 2022.


October 7, 2022

White Christmas & Holiday Inn
(Sepia Records - new 2-CD set)
First CD release of the complete film scores for both White Christmas and Holiday Inn, derived from pre-recordings made during the film making process. Also included is Holiday Inn Radio Preview; a previously unreleased 1942 recording of "White Christmas" as sung by Bing Crosby; and Rosemary Clooney's 1953 soundtrack sessions recorded for White Christmas. 29 tracks on first CD; 30 tracks on second. SepiaRecords.com.


October 11, 2022

Moulin Rouge! The Musical: The Story of the Broadway Spectacular
(Universe - Hardcover Book)
By David Cote. Foreword by Baz Luhrmann. Alex Timbers and John Logan, contributors. "A glittering backstage pass to Moulin Rouge! The Musical and its journey to Broadway, with contributions from cast and crew, interviews with Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, and a chronicle of its triumphant 2021 return." Photo essay and oral history through early sketches, historical research, technical diagrams, and rehearsal photos. 184 pages.

Murder at the Vanities
(KL Studio Classics - new Blu-ray)
1934 Paramount pre-code musical based on the Broadway show produced by Earl Carroll. Music by Victor Young. Directed by Mitchell Leisen. Victor McLaglen, Carl Brisson, Jack Oakie, Kitty Carlisle, Gertrude Michael, Toby Wing, Jessie Ralph, and Duke Ellington and His Orchestra. One hour and 29 minutes.

Prima Facie
(Nick Hern Books - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Suzie Miller. European premiere at Harold Pinter Theatre in London's West End in April 2022, starring Jodie Comer. Expected on Broadway in Spring 2023. 104 pages.


October 15, 2022

Carefully Taught: American History through Broadway Musicals
(Applause - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Cary Ginell. Looks at American history as depicted in forty Broadway musicals. Categories include: biographies of famous Americans, (Andrew Jackson and Fiorello LaGuardia), stories with national conflicts (Hamilton, South Pacific), events that captured the attention of the American public (Floyd Collins, Newsies), and sociological studies or satires of specific eras (The Music Man, Hair). Approaches American history from two vantage points: the point of view of the playwright and composer accompanied with the context of how these events were seen when they were produced versus how they are seen today. 284 pages.


October 18, 2022

Madly, Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman
(Henry Hold and Co. - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
By Alan Rickman. Introduction by Kate Winslet. Twenty-five years of diaries, from thoughts and insights on theater performances, the craft of acting, politics, friendships, work projects, and his general musings on life. 480 pages.

Sondheim & Me: Revealing a Musical Genius
(Bancroft Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition (9/6/22)
By Paul Salsini. A memoir chronicling the relationship between Stephen Sondheim and journalist Salsini during the latter's time as the founder and editor of The Sondheim Review. 252 pages.


October 20, 2022

The Narcissist
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition [9/9/22])
Play by Christopher Shinn. Premiered at Chichester Festival Theatre in August 2022.


October 21, 2022

Back to the Future: The Musical
(Masterworks Broadway - new 2-disc vinyl set)
Original cast recording. Existing pop songs plus new songs by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard. Cast includes Roger Bart, Olly Dobson, Will Haswell, Cedric Neal, Hugh Coles, Rosanna Hyland. "Overture," "It's Only a Matter of Time," "Audition/Got No Future," "Wherever We're Going," "Hello, Is Anybody Home?," "It Works," "Don't Drive 88!," "Cake," "Gotta Start Somewhere," "My Myopia," "Pretty Baby," "Future Boy," "Something About That Boy," "21st Century," "Put Your Mind to It," "For the Dreamers," "Teach Him a Lesson," "The Letter/Only a Matter of Time (reprise)," "Deep Divin'," "Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)," "Johnny B. Goode," "The Clocktower/For the Dreamers (reprise)," "The Power of Love," "Doc Returns/Finale," "Back in Time," "Exit Music (Back in Time)."

My Son's a Queer (But What Can You Do?)
(Westway Music - new on CD)
Musical by Rob Madge. First produced at the Turbine Theatre in 2021. Announced for the West End. "Anything Is Possible," "Yellow Dress," "Anything Is Possible (Reprise)," "Pied Piper," "Pieces Of My Heart," "A Conversation with Dad #1: A Wool Wig," "We Will Be Loved Anyway," "A Conversation with Dad #2: Passing The Baton," "Finale"; Bonus track: "Granny Grimble's Yellow Dress." WestwayMusic.com.

Nikki By Starlight
(MNRK Music Group - new digital album)
New album from Montreal-based jazz singer. "I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes)," "Comes Love," "Crazy He Calls Me Ft. Greg Phillinganes," "I Get A Kick Out Of You," "Comment Allez Vous," "Stella By Starlight," "They Say It’s Spring," "It Never Entered My Mind," "C'est Si Bon," "West Coast Blues," "Let Me Love You," "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado) ft. Nathan East," "Estate ft Arturo Sandoval," "You Stepped Out Of A Dream," "Some Other Time."

Roberta Donnay: BLOSSOM-ing! - Celebrating the Music of Blossom Dearie
(Village Jazz Café - new album)
Tribute album from singer, composer, and producer Roberta Donnay. 16 tracks: "Peel Me a Grape," "Spring in Manhattan," "Just One of Those Things," "The Partys Over," "Moonlight Savings Time," and "Someone To Watch Over Me," among others. Mike Greensill (piano), Ruth Davies (bass), Mark Lee (drums), Jose Neto (guitar), David Sturdivant (harmonica), and MB Gordy (percussion).


October 25, 2022

Chip Deffaa's The George M. Cohan Songbook
(Garret Mountain Records - on CD/digital)
37 Cohan songs. Cast includes Jon Peterson, Stephen Bogardus, Eric William Morris, Seth Sikes, Molly Ryan, Bobby Belfry, Michael Townsend Wright, Jack Corbin, Jeremy Lanuti, Melodie Wolford, Alex Craven, Dea Julien, Keith Anderson, and more. Producer Chip Deffaa has mixed famous Cohan songs with rarities, rediscoveries, and never-before recorded songs (like "I'm a One-Girl Man" and "When New York was New York"). Richard Danley, musical director. Slau Halatyn, recording engineer.

How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying OLC
(Kritzerland Records - new on CD)
Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre on March 28, 1963. Warren Berlinger, Billy De Wolfe, Patricia Michael, Josephine Blake, David Knight, Eileen Gourlay. Nine bonus tracks: selections from the World Record Club knock-off of the show with the Mike Sammes Singers, full orchestra. Limited to 500 copies. Expected the last week of October. At Kritzerland.com.

Ben Bagley's Oscar Hammerstein Revisited
(Kritzerland Records - new on CD)
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein. Music by Lewis Alter, Rudolf Friml, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, Sigmund Romberg, Herbert Stothart. Additional lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, Lorenz Hart. Cast includes Cab Calloway, Blossom Dearie, Alfred Drake, E.Y. Harburg, Dorothy Loudon, Patrice Munsel, Elaine Stritch, and Gloria Swanson. Remastered. Limited to 500 copies. Expected the last week in October. At Kritzerland.com.


October 28, 2022

& Juliet OBC
(Atlantic Records - new album)
Score features pop anthems by Max Martin and his collaborators. Philippe Arroyo, Melanie La Barrie, Lorna Courtney, Nicholas Edwards, Katy Geraghty, Veronica Otim, Stark Sands, Paulo Szot, Justin David Sullivan, Tiernan Tunnicliffe, Ben Jackson Walker, Rachel Webb, Betsy Wolfe perform. "Larger Than Life," "I Want It That Way," "...Baby One More Time," "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely," "Domino," "Show Me Love," "Blow," "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman," "Overprotected," "Confident," "Teenage Dream / Break Free," "Oops!...I Did it Again," "I Kissed A Girl," "It's My Life," "Love Me Like You Do," "Since U Been Gone," "Whataya Want from Me," "One More Try," "Problem / Can't Feel My Face," "That's the Way It Is," "Everybody," "As Long as You Love Me," "It's Gonna Be Me," "Shape of My Heart," "Stronger," "Fuckin' Perfect [Explicit]," "Roar," "I Want It That Way (Reprise)," "Can't Stop the Feeling!," "Since U Been Gone (Juliet's Version)." Single "Roar" is now available.

Million Dollar Quartet Christmas
(BFD/The Orchard - new on CD/digital)
2022 national tour cast recording. Jared Freiburg as Jerry Lee Lewis, Kathleen Macari as Dyanne, Bill Scott Sheets as Johnny Cash, Alex Swindle as Elvis Presley, Michael Sinclair as Brother Jay, and Jamie Pittle as W.S. "Fluke Holland" along with Mark Andrew Miller as Carl Perkins and additional musicians: Jonny Baird, Martin Lynds, and Chuck Mead. "Santa Claus is Back in Town," "Blue Christmas," "Cotton Top ," "Go Tell It On The Mountain / I Shall Not Be Moved," "Santa Baby," "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus," "Bad Kid," "Silent Night," "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree / Jingle Bell Rock," "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," "Mele Kalikimaka," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Jingle Bells," "Run Rudolph Run"; Bonus Tracks: "Don't Be Cruel," "Chantilly Lace," "Billboard Medley: Que Sera Sera / Let the Good Times Roll / Hot Diggity / Tutti Fruitti," "Ring of Fire." Produced by Chuck Mead. Recorded and mixed at Inglehood Studios in Nashville, TN by Cowboy Keith Thompson, with mastering by Alex McCollough of True East Mastering.

There is No Backstage: An Actor's Life
(BookBaby - Paperback/Kindle Edition)
Memoir by regional/Broadway actress Linda Stephens. The author reveals the struggles, triumphs, dedication, and ultimate grace found in a life in the theatre. 216 pages.

p>
November 1, 2022

Arthur Miller: American Witness (Jewish Lives)
(Yale Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook/Audiobook on mp3 CD format)
By John Lahr. An original interpretation of Miller's work and his personality ... Organized around the fault lines of Miller's life–Miller's family, the Great Depression, the rise of fascism, Elia Kazan and the House Committee on Un-American Activities, Marilyn Monroe, Vietnam, and the rise and fall of Miller's role as a public intellectual. Demonstrates the synergy between Arthur Miller's psychology and his plays. Concentrating largely on Miller's most prolific decades of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, Lahr probes Miller's early playwriting failures; his work writing radio plays during World War II after being rejected for military service; his only novel, "Focus"; and his succession of award-winning and canonical plays. 264 pages.

Holiday Inn 80th Anniversary Edition
(Universal - new 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray/Digital set)
1942 musical film. Directed by Mark Sandrich. Score by Irving Berlin. Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale, Walter Abel. Bonus content: A Couple of Song and Dance Men; All-Singing All-Dancing; Reassessing "Abraham"; theatrical trailer; feature commentary by Ken Barnes, including archival audio comments from Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, and John Scott Trotter. One hour, 41 minutes.

Magic to Do: Pippin's Fantastic, Fraught Journey to Broadway and Beyond
(Applause - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Elysa Gardner. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Pippin. Dives deep into the legendary clashes, backstage drama, and incredible artistic synergy. An examination of the creative struggles between Pippin's director/choreographer, the iconic Bob Fosse, and Stephen Schwartz. 250 pages.

There's a Body in the Window Seat!: The History of Arsenic and Old Lace
(Applause - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Charles Dennis. Detailed history of one of the most beloved American murder-mysteries and comedies, Joseph Kesselring's Arsenic and Old Lace. Follows the actors, both on the stage and on the screen, as they handle the demands of the roles and behind-the-scenes relationships. 168 pages.


November 2, 2022

A Beautiful Noise OBC
(UMe - new digital album)
Cast includes Will Swenson, Mark Jacoby and Robyn Hurder. "Opening Montage," "A Beautiful Noise," "Neil Pitches Songs: I'll Come Running / I Got The Feelin' (Oh No, No) / I'm A Believer (Medley)," "I'm A Believer," "Demo Medley: The Boat That I Row / Red Red Wine / Kentucky Woman (Medley)," "Kentucky Woman," "Into The Bitter End," "Solitary Man," "Cracklin' Rosie" (now available), "Song Sung Blue," "Cherry, Cherry / September Morn' (Medley)," "Love On The Rocks," "Hello Again," "A Heavenly Progression," "Sweet Caroline," "Entr'acte," "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show," "Play Me," "Forever In Blue Jeans," "Stadium Medley: Soolaimon / Thank The Lord for the Night Time / Crunchy Granola Suite (Medley)," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," "Brooklyn Roads / America (Medley)," "Shilo," "I Am... I Said," "Holly Holy." Produced by Bob Gaudio. CD to be released 12/2/22.


November 4, 2022

Barbra Streisand: Live at Bon Soir
(Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings - on CD/digital)
Live album recorded over three nights, November 4-6, 1962. What was to be a debut album was ultimately shelved in favor of the 1963 studio effort, The Barbra Streisand Album. Introduction by David Kapralik/"My Name Is Barbra," "Much More," "Napoleon," "I Hate Music," "Right as the Rain," "Cry Me a River," "Value," "Lover, Come Back to Me," Band Introductions, "Soon It's Gonna Rain," "Come to the Supermarket (In Old Peking)," "When the Sun Comes Out," "Happy Days Are Here Again," "Keepin' Out of Mischief Now," "A Sleepin' Bee," "I Had Myself a True Love," "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?," "I'll Tell the Man In the Street," "A Taste of Honey," "Never Will I Marry," "Nobody's Heart Belongs to Me," "My Honey's Lovin' Arms," "I Stayed Too Long at the Fair." Remastered from original master tapes. Produced by Streisand with Martin Erlichman and Jay Landers. New liner notes written by Barbra Streisand. Special vinyl version to be released spring 2023.

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe: Together in Vegas
(Decca UK - new on CD)
Michael Ball and Alfie Boe's fifth studio album together. "Also Sprach Zarathustra," "Viva Las Vegas," "Luck Be A Lady," "Frankie Valli Medley," "The Gambler," "Sway," "Just A Gigolo," "Tom Jones Medley," "A Man Without Love," "That's Life," "Ooh Las Vegas," "American Trilogy," "America," "All Night Long," "Mama Told Me Not to Come." 10/28/22 release in the U.K.


November 8, 2022

Fancy Pants
(KL Studio Classics - new Blu-ray)
1950 musical film adaptation of Ruggles of Red Gap. Directed by George Marshall. Screenplay by Edmund L. Hartmann and Robert O'Brien. Bob Hope, Lucille Ball (dubbed by Annette Warren), Bruce Cabot, Jack Kirkwood. Music by Van Cleave. Includes songs by Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. Remastered in HD by Paramount Pictures – From 4K Scans of the 35mm YCM Three-Strip Technicolor Elements. One hour 32 minutes.

Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Stephen Adly Guirgis. 120 pages.


November 11, 2022

Jason Manford Christmas album
(Westway Music - new album)
U.K. TV host and Curtains star. Christmas favorites and "a few festive surprises."

John Barrowman: Centre Stage
(Westway Music - new on CD)
New solo album with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. "Pure Imagination," "Corner of the Sky," "Don't Rain on My Parade," "Heart of Stone With Natalie Paris," "Man of La Mancha," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "Marry Me a Little / Being Alive," "Beautiful City," "As If We Never Said Goodbye," "It All Fades Away." WestwayMusic.com.

Lea Michele: Christmas in the City
(Real Gone Music - new LP)
Lea Michele's 2019 album on vinyl. "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Christmas in New York," "I'll Be Home for Christmas" (with Jonathan Groff), "Do You Want To Build a Snowman?," "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," "Silent Night," "White Christmas" (with Darren Criss), "Silver Bells," "Angels We Have Heard on High" (with Cynthia Erivo), "O Holy Night." Gatefold album jacket containing a printed inner sleeve featuring photos of Lea spreading some Christmas cheer. Snow white vinyl pressing limited to 1500 copies.

Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme: That Holiday Feeling!
(Real Gone Music - new on CD)
Expanded edition of 1964 album with eight bonus tracks, including three from 1969 RCA album Christmastime in Carol and Song (Lawrence's "Go Tell It on the Mountain," Gorme's "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," and their "Hurry Home for Christmas") with the orchestra and chorus of renowned conductor Arthur Fiedler; their early duet of Frank Loesser's "Baby, It's Cold Outside"; Steve Lawrence's take on "White Christmas"; Steve Lawrence "'Twas the Night Before Christmas"; previously unreleased 1967 recording of "The First Noel;" and Eydie's brassy "My Favorite Things." Personal note from David Lawrence describing his work restoring the original two-track master along with liner notes by Joe Marchese and added photos. Remastered and restored from the original stereo tapes under the supervision of David Lawrence.

To Steve With Love: Liz Callaway Celebrates Sondheim
(new album)
Based on 54 Below show. Details TBA.


November 15, 2022

Fat Ham
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by James Ijames. Winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Premiere at Public Theater in May 2022. 112 pages.

A Front Row Seat: An Intimate Look at Broadway, Hollywood, and the Age of Glamour
(Univ Press of Kentucky - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Nancy Olson Livingston. In this memoir, Nancy Olson Livingston treats readers to an intimate, charming chronicle of her life as an actress, wife, and mother, and her memories of many of the most notable figures and moments of her time, including reminiscences of her marriages to lyricist and librettist Alan Jay Lerner and to Alan Wendell Livingston. Interweaves Livingston's life with her observations of the artists, celebrities, and luminaries with whom she came in contact. 408 pages.

Jack in the Box: or, How to Goddamn Direct
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Jack O'Brien. In a follow-up to his memoir, Jack Be Nimble, the director collects stories from the many productions he has worked on; the great talents he encountered and collaborated with; and the choices that he made, on the stage and off, that have come to define his career. He tells his readers how to become a director–or, at the very least, relates an unfailingly honest story of how he did. 272 pages.


November 17, 2022

María Martínez Sierra: A Great Playwright Hidden in Plain Sight
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
Richard Nelson and Colin Chambers, editors (also contribute an essay on the translation work of the Granville-Barkers). Harley Granville Barker and Helen Granville Barker, translators. The introduction by Patricia O'Connor examines María's extraordinary life and work, and the battle for her authorship to be recognized in both the Spanish-speaking and anglophone world. Edited collection of three plays by María Martínez Sierra: The Kingdom of God (1928); The Romantic Young Lady (1920) and Take Two From One (1931). 248 pages.

One Public: New York's Public Theater in the Era of Oskar Eustis
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book)
By Kevin Landis. Presents the broader organization, its creative methodology, and its enormous growth over the past 20 years. Tells the contemporary story, recorded over many interviews with iconic practitioners and performers ranging from Diane Paulus, Tony Kushner and Lynn Nottage to Kevin Kline, Chelsea Clinton and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Case-study driven, One Public uses oral history accounts and authorial experience to illuminate The Public Theater, Eustis and their cultural influence on the city of New York and the greater United States. 336 pages.


November 22, 2022

Designing Broadway: How Derek McLane and Other Acclaimed Set Designers Create the Visual World of Theatre
(Running Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Derek McLane and Eila Mell. Foreword by Ethan Hawke. Richly illustrated and information-packed celebration of Broadway set design. Many contributors, including John Lee Beatty, Danny Burstein, Cameron Crowe, Ethan Hawke, Moisés Kaufman, Carole King, Kenny Leon, Santo Loquasto, Kathleen Marshall, Lynn Nottage, David Rabe, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Wallace Shawn, John Leguizamo, and Robin Wagner. With personal sketches and photographs from the artists' archives. 272 pages.

Finale: Late Conversations with Stephen Sondheim
(Harper - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook/Audiobook on CD)
By D.T. Max (The New Yorker). Personal collection of interviews with the late Stephen Sondheim, conducted in the last years of the artist's life (unedited from the February 22 New Yorker article). Audio versions narrated by Christopher Grove and Keith Sellon-Wright. 240 pages.


December 2, 2022

A Beautiful Noise OBC
(UMe - new on CD)
Cast includes Will Swenson, Mark Jacoby and Robyn Hurder. "Opening Montage," "A Beautiful Noise," "Neil Pitches Songs: I'll Come Running / I Got The Feelin' (Oh No, No) / I'm A Believer (Medley)," "I'm A Believer," "Demo Medley: The Boat That I Row / Red Red Wine / Kentucky Woman (Medley)," "Kentucky Woman," "Into The Bitter End," "Solitary Man," "Cracklin' Rosie," "Song Sung Blue," "Cherry, Cherry / September Morn' (Medley)," "Love On The Rocks," "Hello Again," "A Heavenly Progression," "Sweet Caroline," "Entr'acte," "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show," "Play Me," "Forever In Blue Jeans," "Stadium Medley: Soolaimon / Thank The Lord for the Night Time / Crunchy Granola Suite (Medley)," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," "Brooklyn Roads / America (Medley)," "Shilo," "I Am... I Said," "Holly Holy." Produced by Bob Gaudio. Released earlier digitally.

Into the Woods
(Concord Theatricals/Craft Recordings - new on CD)
Recording of the 2022 Broadway / New York City Center Encores! cast. Score by Stephen Sondheim. Sara Bareilles, Brian d’Arcy James, Patina Miller, Phillipa Soo, Joshua Henry, Aymee Garcia, Ta’Nika Gibson, Annie Golden, Albert Guerzon, Brooke Ishibashi, Kennedy Kanagawa, David Patrick Kelly, Julia Lester, Nancy Opel, Cole Thompson, David Turner, Alysia Velez. "Prologue: Into the Woods," "Cinderella at the Grave," "Hello, Little Girl," "I Guess This Is Goodbye," "Maybe They're Magic," "I Know Things Now," "A Very Nice Prince," "First Midnight," "Giants in the Sky," "Agony," "It Takes Two," "Second Midnight," "Stay with Me," "On the Steps of the Palace," "Ever After," "Prologue: So Happy," "Agony (Reprise)," "Witch's Lament," "Any Moment," "Moments in the Woods," "Your Fault," "Last Midnight," "No More," "No One Is Alone," "Finale: Children Will Listen." Music direction by Rob Berman with The Encores! Orchestra. CD format expected later. Digital released 9/30/22, vinyl will be released 3/17/23.


December 9, 2022

Chicago The Musical
(Masterworks Broadway - 2-LP vinyl set)
Score by John Kander and Fred Ebb. Deep red marble vinyl with a 4-panel (folded) insert. Cast includes Ann Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth, James Naughton and Joel Grey.

Once: A New Musical
(Masterworks Broadway - new 2-disc vinyl set)
Score by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. Stars Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti. 12-inch marigold-shaded vinyl including 12-inch insert.


December 15, 2022

Carl Moellenberg's Story: Broadway and Spirituality as a Path to Survival
(Imagine and Wonder - Hardcover Book)
By Carl Moellenberg. John Shableski, editor. The author's "journey of many transformations: from Midwestern boy most interested in music to a fast-paced Wall Street career; from investment banking to a 12 time Tony Award winner on Broadway; from overcoming several death-defying crises by finding healing, inspiration from a higher being, and deeper spirituality." 224 pages.


December 16, 2022

Almost Famous The Musical - 1973 Bootleg EP
(Masterworks Broadway - 12" vinyl disc)
Four songs from Almost Famous the musical. Score by Tom Kitt, with some lyrics by Cameron Crowe. Limited edition package. Chris Wood, Anika Larsen, Solea Pfeiffer, Drew Gehling, Casey Likes, Rob Colletti, Matt Bittner, Chad Burris, Gerard Canonico, Julia Cassandra, Brandon Contreras, Jakeim Hart, Van Hughes, Jana Djenne Jackson, Katie Ladner, Danny Lindgren, Erica Mansfield, Alisa Melendez, Emily Schultheis, Daniel Sovich, Libby Winters, and Matthew C. Yee.


December 27, 2022

Oz and the Musical: Performing the American Fairy Tale
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover/Paperback book)
By Ryan Bunch. "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" (1900) by Frank L. Baum has served as the basis for some of the most popular musicals on stage and screen. Show by show, Bunch highlights the forms and conventions of musical work as practiced in its time and context–such as the turn-of-the-century extravaganza, the classical Hollywood film musical, the Black Broadway musical of the 1970s, and the twenty-first-century mega-musical. He then shows how the journey of each show teaches participants and audiences something about how to act American within contested frameworks of race, gender, sexuality, age, and embodiment. Also explores home theatricals, make-believe play, school musicals, Oz-themed environments, and community events as sites where the performance of the American fairy tale brings home and utopia into contact through the conventions of the musical. 232 pages.


January 24, 2023

The Long Revolution: Writings from the Frontlines of a New American Theatre
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Zelda Fichandler Todd London, editor. Gathers sixty years of essays, speeches, and manifestos by the founding mother of the resident professional theatre movement. Topics such as: The Institution as Art-Work, the Profit in NonProfit, Race and a Deepening Aesthetic, and Creativity and the Public Mind. Also includes intimate portraits of artists with whom Fichandler frequently collaborated and director's notes from the major productions that defined her vision. 320 pages.


January 27, 2023

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.


January 29, 2023

Theatre Royal Drury Lane: A Star Reborn
(Scala Arts Publishers - Paperback Book)
By Pamela Hartshorne. Foreword by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Souvenir guide Brand to the world's oldest theater site in continuous use. Published to mark the reopening of the theater following the major renovation project which has restored the theater's Georgian glory. Tells the rich history of the theater and its many famous personalities and productions. 72 pages.


February 1, 2023

Musical Theatre For Dummies
(For Dummies - Paperback Book)
By Seth Rudetsky. For those new to musical theatre. History of musical theater and shows born on Broadway or the West End that became cultural phenomena; development of productions, from the idea stage all the way through opening night and beyond; insights into how theater is made; insider advice on the skills you need to perform in professional or amateur musical theater productions; anecdotes and show recommendations. 384 pages.


February 7, 2023

Creating Back to the Future: The Musical
(Abrams - Hardcover Book)
By Michael Klastorin. Foreword by Bob Gale. About the creation of the musical that opened at the Manchester Opera House in February 2020, music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard and a book by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale (adapted from their original screenplay). Pairs exclusive, in-depth interviews with previously unpublished photography; excerpts from Bob Gale's personal journal; and a foreword by Gale to reveal and detail the years long process, and the creative ingenuity and technical innovation. 224 pages.


March 9, 2023

Careful the Spell You Cast: How Stephen Sondheim Extended the Range of the American Musical
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book)
By Ben Francis (Oxford Handbook of Sondheim Studies). "... argues that Sondheim firmly belongs to the Broadway aspirational tradition, in that many of his characters are defined by their dreams: to abandon one's dream (as Ben does in Follies, Frank does in Merrily We Roll Along, and Addison does in Road Show) is to lose one's soul. 192 pages.


March 17, 2023

Into the Woods
(Concord Theatricals/Craft Recordings - new vinyl album)
Recording of the 2022 Broadway / New York City Center Encores! cast. Score by Stephen Sondheim. Sara Bareilles, Brian d’Arcy James, Patina Miller, Phillipa Soo, Joshua Henry, Aymee Garcia, Ta’Nika Gibson, Annie Golden, Albert Guerzon, Brooke Ishibashi, Kennedy Kanagawa, David Patrick Kelly, Julia Lester, Nancy Opel, Cole Thompson, David Turner, Alysia Velez. "Prologue: Into the Woods," "Cinderella at the Grave," "Hello, Little Girl," "I Guess This Is Goodbye," "Maybe They're Magic," "I Know Things Now," "A Very Nice Prince," "First Midnight," "Giants in the Sky," "Agony," "It Takes Two," "Second Midnight," "Stay with Me," "On the Steps of the Palace," "Ever After," "Prologue: So Happy," "Agony (Reprise)," "Witch's Lament," "Any Moment," "Moments in the Woods," "Your Fault," "Last Midnight," "No More," "No One Is Alone," "Finale: Children Will Listen." Music direction by Rob Berman with The Encores! Orchestra. CD format expected later. Digital released 9/30/22, CD released 12/2/22.


April 21, 2023

Confessions of an Actress: Sunday Letters from Moscow
(Merie Productions - Kindle Edition)
By Meredith Patterson. In the winter of 2002, Chechen terrorists entered the Dubrovka Theater in what became known as the Moscow Theater Hostage Crisis ... rebels would storm the stage and take the audience captive in an operation that lasted four days and claimed the lives of over 100 civilians. On that same night, at age 26, Broadway actress Meredith Patterson was less than one mile away at the MDM Theater, starring as Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street with Boris Yeltsin in attendance. Second in series of books, following Confessions of an Actress: From Chorus Girl to Broadway Star, released in 2021.


April 25, 2023

Chita
(HarperOne - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Memoir by Chita Rivera, with Patrick Pacheco. 272 pages.


November 20, 2023

Gilbert and Sullivan: The Great Savoy Operas ultimate collection
(Sona Books - new hardcover book/DVD set)
Here is the story of each of G&S's greatest works—from inspiration to opening night and beyond—woven into a fascinating account of their lives, times, and rise to global celebrity. Book by Mike Lepine features many rare photos and illustrations from contemporary posters, programs, memorabilia, and merchandise. DVD has 11 complete operas, featuring Peter Allen, Joel Grey, Frankie Howard, Gillian Knight, Keith Michell, Vincent Price, and Clive Revill in The Gondoliers, HMS Pinafore, Iolanthe, The Mikado Patience, The Pirates of Penzance, Princess Ida, Ruddigore The Sorcerer, Trial by Jury, and The Yeoman of the Guard. London Symphony Orchestra and The Ambrosian Opera Chorus.


Release date unknown

Adventures in Reality
(Ghostlight Records - new album)
Collection of previously unreleased songs from various projects by Michael Friedman.

Almost Famous
(Sony Masterworks Broadway - new on CD/digial/vinyl)
Score by Tom Kitt. Chris Wood, Anika Larsen, Solea Pfeiffer, Drew Gehling, Casey Likes, Rob Colletti, Matt Bittner, Chad Burris, Gerard Canonico, Julia Cassandra, Brandon Contreras, Jakeim Hart, Van Hughes, Jana Djenne Jackson, Katie Ladner, Danny Lindgren, Erica Mansfield, Alisa Melendez, Emily Schultheis, Daniel Sovich, Libby Winters, and Matthew C. Yee.

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

Baby
(Yellow Sound Label - new album)
New Off-Broadway Out of the Box Theatrics cast recording of score by David Shire and Richard Maltby, Jr. Also features never-before-recorded material (including "Patterns"). Christina Sajous, Gabrielle McClinton, Julia Murney, Robert H. Fowler, Elizabeth Flemming, and Johnny Link with Jorge Donoso, Marisa Kirby, Jewell Noel, and Ethan Paulini. Produced by Michael Croiter, Richard Maltby, Jr., and Geoffrey Ko, who also serves as music supervisor. Expected later in 2022.

Between the Lines
(Ghostlight Records - new album)
Second Stage original cast album of score by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson. (Book by By Timothy Allen Mcdonald, based on the book by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer). Recorded 8/8/22. Release date TBA.

The Big Time
(new album)
McCarter concert reading cast recording of score by Douglas J. Cohen. Per Debbie Gravitte Instagram post. Release date unknown.

Bonnie and Clyde
(new album)
Cast album from 2022 West End production with score by Frank Wildhorn (music) and Don Black (lyrics). Cast includes Mayli McCann and Jordan Luke Gage. Date TBA.

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)

The Fantasticks: The First Complete Recording of the Entire Play (The Revised Version)
(JAY Records - new album)
Score by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones. To include the score as well as all of the dialogue and speeches. Brad Oscar, Telly Leung, Elizabeth Teeter, Lewis Cleale, Ron Raines, and Tom Jones. Craig Barna, musical director. Release date TBA.

Harbinger Records upcoming releases: material from Eubie Blake; download only demos of Hugh Martin and Sheldon Harnick; Steve Ross' back catalog for download

Joe Stilgoe: Theatre
(Westway - new album)
Singer/pianist/songwriter Joe Stilgoe, with the Metropole Orchestra.

Harmony
(new album)
2022 Off-Broadway Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman cast recording of score by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman. Cast includes Sean Bell, Danny Kornfeld, Zal Owen, Eric Peters, Blake Roman, Steven Telsey, Jessie Davidson, and Ana Hoffman.

Kalevala: The Musical
(new digital album)
Concept album. Score by Johanna Telander. Ramin Karimloo, Alice Ripley, Jewelle Blackman, Marina Pires, Natalie Toro, and Kay Trinidad. www.kalevalamusical.com/. August 2021 release expected.

Kerry Ellis album
(Westway - new album)
Album of original music by British actress/singer Kerry Ellis (Wicked). October 2022 release expected.

Knoxville
(new on CD/digital)
Asolo Repertory Theatre (Florida) cast recording of score by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Jason Danieley, Hannah Elless, Paul Alexander Nolan, Ellen Harvey, Nathan Salstone and Joel Waggoner. Rounding out the cast are Jack Casey, Sarah Aili, Abigail Stephenson, Natalie Venetia Belcon, Dwelvan David, Scott Wakefield, William Parry, and Barbara Marineau. Expected Fall 2022.

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.

Lovesong
(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 Music Man
(Accidental Jacket Entertainment / Time-Life - new album)
2022 Broadway revival cast recording of score by Meredith Willson. Hugh Jackman, Sutton Foster, Shuler Hensley, Jefferson Mays, Jayne Houdyshell, Marie Mullen, Remy Auberjonois, Gino Cosculluela, Emma Crow, Benjamin Pajak, Kayla Teruel, Garrett Long, Linda Mugleston, Jessica Sheridan, Rema Webb, Phillip Boykin, Eddie Korbich, Daniel Torres, Nicholas Ward, Lance Roberts. Produced by Robert Sher. Recorded over two days during the week of 7/25/22. Release date TBA.

Paradise Square OBC
(new on CD/digital)
Broadway cast recording of score Jason Howland (music), Nathan Tysen and Masi Asare (lyrics), with additional music by Larry Kirwan, inspired by the songs of Stephen Foster. Joaquina Kalukango, Chilina Kennedy, John Dossett, Sidney DuPont, A.J. Shively, Nathaniel Stampley, Gabrielle McClinton, Jacob Fishel, Kevin Dennis and Matt Bogart. Produced by Jason Howland and Billy Jay Stein. Recorded at Power Station at BerkleeNYC during the weeks of April 18 and April 25.

Penelope, or How The Odyssey Was Really Written
(JAY Records - new album)
York Theatre original cast recording of score by Peter Kellogg and Stephen Weiner. Britney Nicole Simpson, Philippe Arroyo, Leah Hocking, Cooper Howell, Ben Jacoby, David LaMarr, Jacob Alexander Simon, George Slotin, Sean Thompson, and Maria Wirries. Orchestrations and musical direction by David Hancock Turner. Date TBA.

Public/Private: My Years with Joe Papp at the Public Theater
(Applause - new book)
By Gail Merrifield Papp. Blending an affecting memoir of her life alongside the founder of the Public Theater Joe Papp with a behind-the-scenes portrait of the influential theater’s dazzling history. Paints a comprehensive portrait of the creative process of one of America’s most acclaimed theater artists, highlighting the innovative ways the Public operated, driven by Joe’s ambition to create a year-round producing home focused on original plays and musicals from new voices, while employing non-traditional casting which made it a home for scores of the most creative people in American pop culture. New aspects of Joe Papp’s many battles with the establishment are also highlighted, from tilts with Robert Moses to theater critics to conservative poohbahs in the US Congress.

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.

Suffs
(Atlantic Records - new album)
2022 Public Theater cast recording of score by Shaina Taub. Jenna Bainbridge, Ally Bonino, Tsilala Brock, Jenn Colella, Hannah Cruz, Nadia Dandashi, Aisha de Haas, Amina Faye, Holly Gould, Cassondra James, Nikki M. James, Jaygee Macapugay, Grace McLean, Susan Oliveras, Mia Pak, J. Riley Jr, Phillipa Soo, Shaina Taub, and Ada Westfall. Release date TBA.

To Steve with Love: Liz Callaway Celebrates Sondheim
(new album)
To be recorded live at Feinstein's/54 Below.

-- Sound Advice Staff







Privacy Policy