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Schedule of New & Upcoming CD, DVD & Book Releases

Updated 9/17/19

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"Another Trip"
(new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
New single by band Stereo Dawn, which includes actor-singer by Chris Dwan (Finding Neverland, Enter Laughing) and music director/orchestrator Will Van Dyke (Pretty Woman: The Musical and currently appearing Off-Broadway in Little Shop of Horrors), from their upcoming album of originals and a cover, Off the Ground. Single released 9/13/17.

Lorraine HansberryLooking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry
(Beacon Press - Paperback Book)
Paperback reprint of Imani Perry's award-winning 2018 biography of Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun). 256 pages. Previously released in hardcover, Kindle Edition, and audiobook on CD/Audible audiobook (read by LisaGay Hamilton).

Scotland, Pa: The First Folio
(paperback book)
Limited edition vocal selections book. To be available at the Laura Pels Theatre during the run of the musical. Score by Adam Gwon. "What We've Got," "Kick-Ass Party," "Why I Love Football," "Clairvoyant."

September 19, 2019

Vernon DukeTaking a Chance on Love: The Life and Music of Vernon Duke
(Univ of Oklahoma Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
by George Harwood Phillips. Immerses the reader in Vernon Dukes globe-hopping and genre-swapping, as financial concerns and musical passions drive him from composing symphonies to writing songs, from brilliant successes to Broadway flops, and from performing with classical performers to writing books and articles. Throughout, as he crisscrosses the landscape of American music, collaborating with lyricists such as Howard Dietz, Ira Gershwin, and Sammy Cahn. 272 pages.

September 20, 2019

Kelley Johnson: Something Good
(Oa2 - new on CD)
Jazz vocalist Kelley Johnson's fifth album. "Anyone Can Whistle," "Goodbye To Love," "You Do Something To Me," "Lullaby of Birdland," "Let's Do It," "Some Other," "Tip Toe," "Unforgettable," "You For Me," "Something Good." Arrangements by Johnson and John Hansen, her pianist of the last two decades, her band of Hansen, bassist Michael Glynn, drummer Kendrick Scott and special guest Jay Thomas.

September 24, 2019

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

Too Many GirlsBen Bagley Presents Too Many Girls
(Kritzerland - on CD)
Score by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. 1977 studio recording of 1939 musical. Estelle Parsons, Johnny Desmond, Nancy Andrews, and Anthony Perkins. Arrangements and orchestrations by Bagley regular, Dennis Deal. Remastered and track list reordered. New liner notes. Cover art by Harvey Schmidt artwork. Limited release of 500 copies. Expected to ship by the last week in September. At

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

In the Long RunIn the Long Run: A Cultural History of Broadway’s Hit Plays
(Routledge - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Jordan Schildcrout. In-depth analysis of 15 plays that ran over 1,000 performances, examining what made each so popular in its time. Each chapter focuses on the longest-running plays of a particular decade, synthesizing historical research and dramaturgical analysis to explain how they functioned as works of theatrical art, cultural commodities, and reflections of the values, conflicts, and fantasies of their times. At the heart of each play’s history are the ideological contradictions often present in works of popular culture that appeal to diverse audiences, particularly around issues of gender, race, class, and sexuality. 264 pages.

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

September 27, 2019

FellmanJen Fellman: Forbidden Drive
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Debut album from singer Jen Fellman. "They Didn't Believe Me," "Golden Earrings," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," "Stardust," "Love Look Away," "I Get Along Without You Very Well," "Happiness" (duet with Margo Seibert), "I Won't Send Roses," "Les Parapluies de Cherbourg," "Mon Amant de Saint Jean," "New York Treasure," "Wherever He Ain't," "That's How I Say Goodbye." Produced by Michael Croiter, with original arrangements and orchestrations by Bob Goldstone. Also at

Judy digital
(Decca Broadway - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Soundtrack for upcoming feature film. Songs sung by Renée Zellweger. "By Myself," "Get Happy," "For Once In My Life," "Zing Went The Strings," "You Made Me Love You," "Talk Of The Town," "Come Rain Or Come Shine," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "The Trolley Song," "The Man That Got Away," "San Francisco," "Over The Rainbow." "Over the Rainbow" available now. CD and vinyl version expected.

KeanKean Deluxe Edition
(Stage Door Records - new import double CD set)
Digital remaster of the 1961 Original Broadway Cast recording of score by George Forrest (151), Robert Wright. Plus previously unreleased studio and composer demos of the score (including several cut songs); "Pop" cover recordings performed by vocalists including Judy Garland, Richard Hayes and James Shigeta; instrumental stereo album of the score recorded by Robert Mersey and His Orchestra. Alfred Drake, Lee Venora, Joan Weldon, Oliver Gray, Patricia Cutts. Limited release of 500 units.

Kristin Chenoweth: For the GirlsKristin Chenoweth: For The Girls
(Concord Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Tribute to great female singers throughout history. "The Way We Were," "You Don't Own Me" (with Ariana Grande), "It Doesn't Matter Anymore," "I Will Always Love You," "What A Diff’rence A Day Makes," "When I Fall In Love," "Crazy," "The Man That Got Away," "I'm A Woman" (with Jennifer Hudson and Reba McEntire), "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "I Wanna Be Around," "Desperado."

Romeo and JulietRSC Romeo and Juliet
(Opus Arte - new on DVD)
2018 RSC production with cross-gender casting. Directed by Erica Whyman. Karen Fishwick, Bally Gill, Charlotte Josephine, Ishia Bennison, Josh Finan, Andrew French, Beth Cordingly. Extra features: interviews with Karen Fishwick, Bally Gill and Charlotte Josephine, director's commentary, cast gallery. 162 minutes.

Stereo Dawn: Off the Ground
(new album)
New album from Stereo Dawn, which includes actor-singer by Chris Dwan (Finding Neverland, Enter Laughing) and music director/orchestrator Will Van Dyke (Pretty Woman: The Musical and currently appearing Off-Broadway in Little Shop of Horros). Single "Another Trip" already available.

A Strange LoopA Strange Loop
(Yellow Sound Label - new on CD at Amazon)
Original cast recording of score by Michael R. Jackson. Antwayn Hopper, James Jackson, Jr., L Morgan Lee, John-Michael Lyles, John-Andrew Morrison, Larry Owens, Jason Veasey. Album produced by Michael Croiter and Michael R. Jackson. The musical was produced at Playwrights Horizons in 2019. Also at

September, no release date

(Circle Gets the Square - new album)
10th anniversary album of score by Dennis T. Giacino. Featuring actresses from various productions (2015 Off-Broadway production, New York workshops, and tryout productions in Orlando and Tampa): Andrea Canny, Becky Gulsvig, Michelle Knight, J. Elaine Marcos, Soara-Joye Ross, and Jenny Lee Stern. Music director Zach Dietz. Produced by Ethan Popp Ethan Popp. Expected September 2019.

October 1, 2019

Jerome RobbinsJerome Robbins, by Himself: Selections from His Letters, Journals, Drawings, Photographs, and an Unfinished Memoir
(Knopf - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Jerome Robbins. Amanda Vaill, editor. From Robbins' voluminous letters, journals, notes, diaries, never before published. Edited, and with commentary by Amanda Vaill (author of 2006 Robbins biography Somewhere). 448 pages.

Mad ScenesMad Scenes and Exit Arias: The Death of the New York City Opera and the Future of Opera in America
(Picador - Paperback Book)
Paperback release of Heidi Waleson's 2018 book. Recounts the history of the New York City Opera and reveals how, from the beginning, it balanced an ambitious artistic program on fragile financial supports. Also looks forward and considers some better-managed, more visionary opera companies that have taken City Opera’s lessons to heart. ... a story of money, ego, changes in institutional identity, competing forces of populism and elitism, and the ongoing debate about the role of the arts in society. 304 pages. Previously released in hardcover and Kindle edition.

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.

October 4, 2019

Dog ManDog Man: The Musical
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Original Off-Broadway cast recording of score by Brad Alexander (music) and Kevin Del Aguila (lyrics). Based on the bestselling Dog Man book series by Dav Pilkey. TheatreWorksUSA's cast includes Kadrea Dawkins, L.R. Davidson, Jamie LaVerdiere, Milo J. Marami, Brian Owen, Dan Rosales, Crystal Sha'nae, and Forest VanDyke. "Underture," "The Opening Number," "Dog Man," "Revenge," "Cyber-Fish," "Happy Song / 80-HD," "The Perfect Mashup," "Without Me," "I'm Back," "The Evil Abcs," "Robo-Dance Party," "Dog Man Is Go!," "A Far, Far Better Thing," "A Far, Far Better Reprise," "The Happy Ending," "Bows." Album produced by Michael Croiter and Brad Alexander. Fall 2019 release expected. Also at

Groundhog Day piano/vocal selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
15 vocal selections from the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical. Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, who wrote an in-depth forward to this souvenir collection. Also includes performance notes from the show's music director, Laurie Perkins. "Everything About You," "Hope," "If I Had My Time Again," "Night Will Come," "Nobody Cares," "One Day," "Overture," "Playing Nancy," "Punxsutawney Phil," "Rita's Diary," "Seeing You," "Small Town USA Day One," "Small Town USA Day Two," "Stuck," "There Will Be Sun." 144 pages.

October 8, 2019

A Moment on the Clock of the World: A Foundry Theatre Production
(Haymarket Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
".. an invitation to consider how we make the world ... artists, social justice practitioners, cultural critics and public intellectuals, Cornel West, Taylor Mac, Alisa Solomon, Robin D.G. Kelley and Laura Flanders among them, whose own inquiries intersected with that of the award-winning Foundry Theatre across its 25-year history. 220 pages.

October 11, 2019

Adrian Cunningham & His Friends Play Lerner & Loewe
(Arbors Records - new on CD/on mp3)
Bandleader and jazz saxophonist/clarinetist/flautist Adrian Cunningham with Fred Hersch on piano, John Hébert on bass and Eric McPherson on drums, with guest stars Randy Brecker on trumpet and Wycliffe Gordon on trombone. "Say a Little Prayer for Me Tonight," "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Just You Wait," "I Talk to the Trees," "If Ever I Should Leave You," "Thank Heaven for Little Girls," "The Heather on the Hill," "I Was Born Under a Wanderin' Star," "They Call the Wind Mariah," "The Rain in Spain," "Brigadoon."

BeetlejuiceBeetlejuice OBC
(Ghostlight/Warner Bros. - new on CD)
Score by Eddie Perfect. Music Supervision, orchestrations, and incidental music By Kris Kukul. Cast includes Alex Brightman, Sophia Anne Caruso, Kerry Butler, Rob McClure, Adam Dannheisser, Leslie Kritzer, Jill Abramovitz, Kelvin Moon Loh, Danny Rutigliano, and Dana Steingold. Album produced by Matt Stine, Alex Timbers, Eddie Perfect, and Kurt Deutsch. "Prologue: Invisible," "The Whole 'Being Dead' Thing," "Ready Set, Not Yet," "The Whole 'Being Dead' Thing, Pt. 2," "Dead Mom," "Fright of Their Lives," "Ready Set (Reprise)," "No Reason," "Invisible (Reprise) / On the Roof," "Say My Name," "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) [Act 1 Finale]," "Girl Scout," "That Beautiful Sound," "Barbara 2.0," "What I Know Now," "Home," "Creepy Old Guy," "Jump in the Line." Recording dates May 5, 6 and 13, 2019. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes

Counterpoint Lerner & Loewe: Dick Hyman & Ken Peplowski
(Arbors Records - new on CD/on mp3)
Jazz musicians Dick Hyman on piano and Ken Peplowski on clarinet and tenor sax. "My Dearie," "Danced," "Mariah," "Gigi," "Gigi Piano," "Trees," "Almost Like," "Follow Me," "On The Street," "Haven't Changed," "Show Me," "If Ever," "Wine," "Thank Heaven."

Michael Longoria: Like They Do In The Movies
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Includes "Evergreen," "I Will Always Love You," "Take My Breath Away," "Unchained Melody," plus the debut of an original song written by Michael Longoria and arranged by James Dobinson called "Kiss Me (Like They Do In The Movies)." Music arrangements by Rona Siddiqui and James Dobinson. Produced by Michael Croiter. Also at

October 15, 2019

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

Home Work by Julie AndrewsHome Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years
(Hachette Books - new Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook)
By Julie Andrews with Emma Walton Hamilton. Follow-up to her first memoir, Home. Andrews continues with her arrival in Hollywood, sharing personal experiences and reflections on her astonishing career, including such classics as Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Victor/Victoria, and many others, describing her years in the film industry and her personal life, from the incredible highs to the challenging lows. 320 pages.

School Girls or the African Mean Girls PlaySchool Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play
(Oberon Books - Paperback Book)
Play by Jocelyn Bioh. MCC PlayLab Series 2017. 72 pages.

October 18, 2019

Marin Mazzie & Jason Danieley: Broadway & Beyond - Live at Feinstein's/54 Below
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
2017 Live concert recorded at Feinstein's/54 Below, with Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley, and featuring musical songs and songs from the Great American Songbook. Songs from Ragtime, Passion, The Full Monty, Curtains, The Visit, Kiss Me, Kate, and popular standards from their many TV appearances, cabaret, concert hall and symphony performances around the world. Funded through Kickstarter, where a stretch goal has been started to fund the release of a DVD/digital video of the concert. Proceeds from the album benefit The Actor's Fund, Cancer Support Community and Tina's Wish. Produced by Michael J. Moritz Jr. Currently at

October 22, 2019

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

Still HereStill Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD/Audible Audiobook)
By Alexandra Jacobs (The New York Times). Biography of the Broadway legend, Elaine Stritch. "Following years of meticulous research and interviews, this is a portrait of a powerful, vulnerable, honest, and humorous figure who continues to reverberate in the public consciousness." 352 pages.

October 25, 2019

American Utopia on Broadway OBC
(Nonesuch - new on CD)
Includes songs from David Byrne's American Utopia along with songs from Talking Heads and his solo career. The show will start previews on Broadway in October at the Hudson Theatre. More details to come.

Harry Connick, Jr. - True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter
(Verve - new on CD/vinyl LP)
Harry Connick Jr. as pianist, singer, arranger, orchestrator and conductor. "Anything Goes," "I Love Paris," "I Concentrate on You," "All of You," "Mind If I Make Love to You," "Just One of Those Things," "In the Still of the Night," "Why Can't You Behave," "Begin the Beguine," "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To," "True Love," "You're Sensational," "You Do Something to Me."

Mandy Patinkin: Children and Art
(Nonesuch - new album on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Songs by Randy Newman, and Laurie Anderson, include Lyle Lovett, Taylor Mac, Stephen Sondheim, Tom Waits, and Patinkin himself. Most have appeared in Patinkin's digital Diary series. "Going to a Town," "Kentucky Avenue," "If I Had a Boat," "From the Air," "So Long Dad," "Children and Art," "To Be of Use," "My Mom," "Wandering Boy," "Fear Itself" (with Kathryn Grody), "Raggedy Ann," "Refugees/Song of the Titanic" (with Judy Blazer). Recorded in New York with pianist/producer Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman). "Refugees/Song of the Titanic Produced by Tommy Krasker, engineered by Tom Lazarus. The artist's 30-city tour begins on October 30, 2019.

Moulin Rouge!Moulin Rouge! OBC
(House of Iona/RCA Records - on CD)
Cast includes Karen Olivo, Aaron Tveit, Danny Burstein, Sahr Ngaujah, Tam Mutu, Ricky Rojas, and Robyn Hurder. "Welcome To The Moulin Rouge!," "Truth Beauty Freedom Love," "The Sparkling Diamond," "Shut Up And Raise Your Glass," "Firework," "Your Song," "So Exciting! (The Pitch Song)," "Sympathy For The Duke," "Nature Boy," "Elephant Love Medley," "Backstage Romance," "Come What May," "Only Girl In A Material World," "Chandelier," "El Tango De Roxanne," "Crazy Rolling," "Your Song Reprise," "Finale (Come What May)," "More More More! (Encore)." Produced by Baz Luhrmann, Justin Levine, Matt Stine and Alex Timbers. Music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Justin Levine. Previously released on mp3 and at iTunes.

October 29, 2019

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

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

November 1, 2019

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

Hadestown OBCHadestown OBC
(on 2 CDs)
Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, Amber Gray, Patrick Page, Andre De Shields, Jewelle Blackman, Kay Trinidad, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer. Complete digital album after slow roll-out. "Road to Hell," "Any Way the Wind Blows," "Come Home with Me," "Wedding Song," "Epic I," "Livin' it Up on Top," "All I've Ever Known ("In spite of herself...") [Intro]," "All I've Ever Known," "Way Down Hadestown," "A Gathering Storm," "Epic II," "Chant," "Hey, Little Songbird," "When the Chips are Down ("Songbird vs. rattlesnake...") [Intro]," "When the Chips are Down," "Gone, I'm Gone," "Wait for Me ("Hey, the big artiste...") [Intro]," "Wait for Me," "Why We Build the Wall," "Why We Build the Wall ("Behind closed doors...") [Outro]," "Our Lady of the Underground," "Way Down Hadestown (Reprise)," "Flowers," "Come Home with Me (Reprise)," "Papers (Intro)," "Papers (Instrumental)," "Nothing Changes," "If it's True," "How Long?," "Chant (Reprise)," "Epic III," "Epic III (Intro) [Instrumental]," "Promises," "Word to the Wise," "His Kiss, the Riot," "Wait for Me ("If you wanna walk out of hell...") [Intro] [Reprise]," "Wait for Me (Reprise)," "Doubt Comes In," "Road to Hell (Reprise)," "We Raise our Cups." Includes 64-page booklet, including full libretto and production photos. Released previously on mp3 and at iTunes. Limited edition 3-LP vinyl box set, including libretto and free download code, is also expected.

November 5, 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)
Play by Danai Gurira. Premiered at Playwrights Horizons in 2016. 80 pages.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Behind the ScenesHarry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Journey: Behind the Scenes of the Award-Winning Stage Production
(Arthur A. Levine Books - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Harry Potter Theatrical Productions and Jody Revenson. Official behind-the-scenes book of West End/Broadway/Melbourne Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. From the earliest phases of development with producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, to the crafting of the eighth Harry Potter story with J.K. Rowling, director John Tiffany, and playwright Jack Thorne, to the gathering of an extraordinary team of artists and actors together to bring this new part of Harry Potter's story to life. With photographs, interviews, and never-before-seen sketches, notes, candid backstage photos, and more. 224 pages.

How Does the Show Frozen EditionHow Does the Show Go On: An Introduction to the Theater
(Disney Editions - Hardcover Book)
The Frozen edition, Third in series of souvenir books. By Thomas Shumacher with Jeff Kurtti. Featuring "Augmented Reality Experiences." Detailed explanations, illustrations, and trivia ... offers a comprehensive introduction to the world of the theater from the box office to backstage, and beyond. Grade level 5-9. 144 pages.

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

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

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

Listening for AmericaListening for America: Inside the Great American Songbook from Gershwin to Sondheim
(Liveright - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Rob Kapilow (NPR's "What Makes It Great?"). Brings many favorite classics to life through the songs and stories of eight of the twentieth century's most treasured American composers (Kern, Porter, Gershwin, Arlen, Berlin, Rodgers, Bernstein, and Sondheim). Celebrates what makes the melodies so unforgettable, and delves deeply into how issues of race, immigration, sexuality, and appropriation intertwine in masterpieces like Show Boat and West Side Story. 100 music examples. 448 pages.

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

Plays for the PublicPlays 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.

November 8, 2019

Hayden Tee: Face To Face
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
New Zealand theatre singer-actor's first album dedicated to musical theatre. To feature songs from his starring roles in Matilda the Musical, Les Misérables, 1776, plus a duet with John Owen Jones on "Face to Face," and songs by Jason Robert Brown, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Adam Guettel, Kander & Ebb and more. Arrangements by Nigel Ubrihien. Accompanied by a symphony orchestra. Currently at

Book of Mormon Fourth WallParker, Lopez and Stone's The Book of Mormon (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
Part of Routledge's ongoing series. By Brian Granger. Examines where the musical The Book of Mormon succeeds and fails, challenging our understanding of musical comedy and our appreciation for this cultural landmark in theatre. 80 pages.

November 12, 2019

A Is for AudraA is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z
(Doubleday - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By John Robert Allman. Illustrated by Peter Emmerich. "Start with 'A' for six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, then sing and dance your way through the alphabet with beloved entertainers like Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Lea Salonga, and Liza Minnelli"

November 14, 2019

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

November 15, 2019

It's Always Loud in the BalconyIt's Always Loud in the Balcony: A Life in Black Theater, from Harlem to Hollywood and Back
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Memoir by Richard Wesley, an essential part of the Black Theater Movement of the 1960s. From his debut in The Black Terror at the Public Theater in 1971, through Hollywood and his influence on current black theater. 256 pages.

November 25, 2019

The Letters of Cole Porter
(Yale Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
Cliff Eisen and Dominic McHugh, editors. Extensive collection of letters (most of which are published here for the first time) dates from the first decade of the twentieth century to the early 1960s and features correspondence with stars such as Irving Berlin, Ethel Merman, and Orson Welles, as well as Porter's friends and lovers. Complemented by commentaries that draw together the loose threads of Porter’s life and highlight the distinctions between Porter’s public and private existence. 672 pages.

December 2, 2019

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

December 10, 2019

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

December 15, 2019

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

December 24, 2019

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

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

February 11, 2020

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

March 24, 2020

Hamilton the ExhibitionHamilton: Inside the Exhibition
(Melcher Media Inc. - Paperback Book)
By Emily Ludolph, with Hamilton scholars Joanne Freeman of Yale University and Annette Gordon-Reed of Harvard University. Foreword by Lin-Manuel Miranda. A richly illustrated and concise companion book to the Hamilton: The Exhibition traveling exhibit, now in Chicago, which is produced by Jeffrey Seller, with work by Korins, Alex Lacamoire, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Tells the story of Alexander Hamilton alongside period paintings, etchings, newspaper pages, and pamphlets as well as contemporary photographs from the original cast production and the exhibition galleries, which are designed to create immersive experiences. 112 pages.

May 1, 2020

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

July 14, 2020

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

October 15, 2020

Phantom Behind the ScenesThe Phantom of the Opera: Behind the Scenes at the Palais Garnier
(Applause Books - Hardcover Book)
Foreword by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Official insight into the creation of The Phantom of the Opera and a look at the characters, stories, and places therein. Also includes elements from Love Never Dies, including photographs of sets, lyrics, costumes, and music. 192 pages.

January 1, 2021

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

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.

No release date set

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

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

Brian Stokes Mitchell: Plays with Music
(new album)

Charlie Rosen's Broadway Big Band
(new double album)
First recording from this band, which "puts both modern and classic showtunes on display, sung by the best and brightest of Broadway's young generation of leading performers, in the timeless tradition of Big Band. A full sized Jazz orchestra composed of 17 musicians play Rosen's re-imagined arrangements of an eclectic mix of tunes from Broadway's past, present, and beyond."

Complete Lyrics of Sheldon Harnick
(new book)

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

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

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

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

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.

Leslie Odom Jr.
(new album)
New album from Hamilton actor Leslie Odom Jr. Single from the album to be released September 13, will album released date of November 2019.

The Michael Friedman Legacy Project
(Ghostlight Records - new album)
Three previously unrecorded shows by Michael Friedman: The Great Immensity, The Abominables, and This Beautiful City. Single track now available: "The Next Forever" from The Great Immensity, sung by Trey Lyford. Late summer 2019.

The New Yorkers
(Ghostlight Records - new album)
Based on the 2017 New York City Center Encores! production of Cole Porter musical. Music direction by Rob Berman. Cyrille Aimée, Clyde Alves, Todd Buonopane, Arnie Burton, Kevin Chamberlin, Mylinda Hull, Robyn Hurder, Byron Jennings, Eddie Korbich, Tam Mutu, Jeffrey Schecter, Scarlett Strallen, Tyler Lansing Weaks, and Ruth Williamson. Produced by Rob Berman and Lawrence Manchester. Recorded March 25-26.

(new recording)
Original cast recording of score by Dave Malloy and Annie Tippe. Now in a campaign (ends 7/19/19).

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

-- Sound Advice Staff

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