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Schedule of New & Upcoming CD, DVD & Book Releases

Updated 1/31/23

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"Lessons to be Learned
(new digital single)
Song written by Marsha Malamet and sung by Melissa Manchester. Released 1/27/23.

Try Not to Hold It Against Me
(Beaufort Books - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Memoir by motion picture, television, and Broadway producer Julian Schlossberg. Foreword by Elaine May. 374 pages.

Oscar Hammerstein II and the Invention of the Musical
(Yale Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Laurie Winer. "Diving deep into Hammerstein's life, examining his papers and his lyrics, critic Laurie Winer shows how he orchestrated a collective reimagining of America, urging it forward with a subtly progressive vision of the relationship between country and city, rich and poor, America and the rest of the world. His rejection of bitterness, his openness to strangers, and his optimistic humor shaped not only the musical but the American dream itself. His vision can continue to be a touchstone to this day." 368 pages.

Stirrings Still
(Arthur Circle Music - new album)
Duets for voice and guitar. Eric Hoffman and Ken Hatfield. Vinyl version to be released June 2023. "See You Tomorrow (À Demain)," "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most," "Stirrings Still," "Down Here on the Ground," "Juniper Street," "You Can Never Hold Back Spring," "Most Every Day," "Answer Me, My Love," "Lonely Nocturne," "Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home," "The Time I Spend with You." Released 1/24/23.

February 1, 2023

Indie Theater Guy
(new Kindle Edition)
By Martin Denton. Story of Denton's website, which began in 1997. A journey of one man remaking himself, following his heart and his passion, and along the way helping to forge a new and stronger identity for the indie theater community that he loved.

February 3, 2023

Jim Snidero: Far Far Away
(Savant - new on CD/digial)
Jim Snidero (saxophone), Kurt Rosenwinkel (guitar), Orrin Evans (piano), Peter Washington (bass), and Joe Farnsworth (drums). Instrumentals. "Far Far Away," "Infinity," "It Might as Well Be Spring," "Nowhere to Hide," "Obsession," "Pat," "Search for Peace," "Little Falls."

February 7, 2023

The Critic's Daughter: A Memoir
(W.W. Norton & Company - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Priscilla Gilman, daughter of writer, theater critic, and Yale School of Drama professor Richard Gilman. 304 pages.

When Broadway Was Black: The Triumphant Story of the All-Black Musical that Changed the World
(Sourcebooks - Paperback Book)
By Caseen Gaines. In-depth look into the rise of the 1921 Broadway hit, Shuffle Along, the first all-Black musical to succeed on Broadway, with a score by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake. Book by F. E. Miller and Aubrey Lyles. The story of how Sissle and Blake, along with comedians Flournoy Miller and Aubrey Lyles, overcame poverty, racism, and violence to harness the energy of the Harlem Renaissance. 512 pages.

February 9, 2023

The Abbott Touch: Pal Joey, Damn Yankees, and the Theatre of George Abbott
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Thomas Hischak. In-depth and original study of actor, playwright, director, librettist, play doctor, and producer George Abbott, examining 100 productions. Each chapter examines a period of creativity in his life. 272 pages.

February 13, 2023

The Taylor Mac Book: Ritual, Realness and Radical Performance
(Univ of Michigan Press - Hardcover Book/Paperback)
David Román and Sean Edgecomb, editors. "Featuring essays, interviews, and commentaries by noted critics and artists, the volume examines the vastness of Mac's theatrical imagination, the singularity of their voice, the inclusiveness of their cultural insights and critiques, and the creativity they display through stylistic and formal qualities and the unorthodoxies of their personal and professional trajectories. Contributors consider the range of Mac's career as a playwright, performer, actor, and singer, expanding and enriching the conversation on this much-celebrated and deeply resonant body of work." 304 pages.

February 14, 2023

(Yellow Sound Label - new digital 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.

Kimberly Akimbo
(Ghostlight Records - new digital album)
2022 original Broadway cast recording of score by Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire. Victoria Clark, Steven Boyer, Justin Cooley, Alli Mauzey, Bonnie Milligan, Olivia Elease Hardy, Fernell Hogan, Michael Iskander, Nina White. "Skater Planet," "Hello, Darling," "Make a Wish," "Anagram," "Better," "Father Time," "Happy for Her," "This Time," "How to Wash a Check," "Good Kid," "Hello, Baby," "Skater Planet (Reprise)," "Our Disease," "The Inevitable Turn," "Now," "How to Wash a Check (Reprise)," "Before I Go," "Hello, Sister," "Great Adventure." Two released tracks can be listened to on this page.

February 22, 2023

Cornelia Street
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Musical by Simon Stephens (book) and Mark Eitzel (music and lyrics). This edition is to be published to coincide with the off-Broadway premiere at New York's Atlantic Theater, in February 2023. 112 pages.

February 23, 2023

American Dramatists in the 21st Century: Opening Doors
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover book/Kindle Edition)
By Christopher Bigsby. Examines the careers of seven award-winning playwrights: David Adjmi, Julia Cho, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Will Eno, Martyna Majok, Dominique Morisseau and Anna Ziegler. Covering all their plays, including several as yet unpublished, nothing their critical reception while drawing on their own commentary on their approach to writing and the business of developing a career. 256 pages.

The Wanderers
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Anna Ziegler play opening next month at Roundabout Theatre Company. 80 pages.

February 24, 2023

Broadway Bodies: A Critical History of Conformity
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover book/Paperback Book)
By Ryan Donovan. Explores how ability, sexuality, and size intersect with gender, race, and ethnicity in casting and performance. Asks/answers "Why did A Chorus Line, a show that sought to individuate dancers, inevitably make them indistinguishable? How does the use of fat suits in musicals like Dreamgirls and Hairspray stigmatize fatness? What were the political implications of casting two straight actors as the gay couple in La Cage aux Folles in 1983? How did deaf actors change the sound of musicals in Deaf West Theatre's Broadway revivals? Whose bodies does Broadway cast and whose does it cast aside?" 336 pages.

March 8, 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.

March 9, 2023

Anna Ziegler Plays Two: The Great Moment; Another Way Home; The Wanderers; Actually
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Collection of play by Anna Ziegler. The Wanderers (opening February 2022 for Roundabout Theatre Company), The Great Moment, Another Way Home, Actually. 224 pages.

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.

Master of the House: The Theatres of Cameron Mackintosh
(Unicorn Publishing Group - Hardcover Book)
Michael Coveney. Charts the histories of Cameron Mackintosh's eight refurbished and rebuilt iconic London buildings: their origins, their stories, the iconic shows and productions, the stars and the glamour. Lavishly illustrated with images from the Delfont Mackintosh archive, also contains original architect plans and drawings, specially commissioned photographs of the refurbishment, show posters and other theatre ephemera, and many sweeping panoramas of the exquisitely finished spaces. 320 pages.

March 14, 2023

Anything Goes
(Liberator - new DVD/Blu-ray)
Filmed live at the Barbican in London. Score by Cole Porter. Directed by Kathleen Marshall. Sutton Foster, Robert Lindsay, Felicity Kendal and Gary Wilmot. Two hours and 19 minutes.

Regretting Almost Everything
(new album)
Concept album for new musical score by Danny Ursetti and Lauren Taslitz. Beth Leavel and Jeff Blumenkrantz. 15 songs plus one bonus track.

March 17, 2023

Into the Woods
(Concord Theatricals/Craft Recordings - new 2-disc 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.

March 24, 2023

Some Like It Hot OBC
(Concord Theatricals Recordings - new digital album)
2022 original Broadway cast recording of score by Marc Shaiman (music/lyrics) and Scott Wittman (lyrics). Cast includes Christian Borle, J. Harrison Ghee, Adrianna Hicks, and Kevin Del Aguila. "What Are You Thirsty For?," "You Can't Have Me (If You Don't Have Him)," "Vamp!," "I'm California Bound," "A Darker Shade of Blue," "Take It Up a Step," "Zee Bap," "At the Old Majestic Nickel Matinee," "Poor Little Millionaire!," "Some Like It Hot," "Let's Be Bad," "Dance the World Away," "Fly, Mariposa, Fly," "You Coulda Knocked Me Over with a Feather," "He Lied When He Said Hello," "Ride Out the Storm," "Baby, Let's Get Good." Produced by Scott M. Riesett and Marc Shaiman. CD version expected at a future date.

March 30, 2023

Around the Globe: Behind the Scenes at Shakespeare's Theatre
(Cultureshock - Paperback Book)
Ed Behrens, editor. A unique view of the theater's backstage life, props, wardrobe collections and rehearsal spaces through unprecedented access to life behind the scenes. All captured by Angela Moore's photographs. 200 pages.

April 4, 2023

Blanche: The Life and Times of Tennessee Williams's Greatest Creation
(Harper - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook/Audiobook on CD)
By Nancy Schoenberger. An exploration of the cultural impact of Blanche DuBois, examining Tennessee Williams's most enduring creation through the performances of seven brilliant actresses who have taken on the role: Jessica Tandy, Vivien Leigh, Ann-Margret, Jessica Lange, Patricia Clarkson, Cate Blanchett, and Jemier Jackson. Exploring themes of womanhood, sexuality, mental illness, and the idealized South, Blanche is an engrossing cultural history of a rich and complex character that sheds light on who we are. Photographs. 240 pages.

April 6, 2023

Theatre Spaces 1920-2020: Finding the Fun in Functionalism
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Iain Mackintosh. Foreword by Richard Eyre. Lavishly illustrated hands-on account of the creation of new theatre spaces spanning a century. A compelling history that is part memoir, part impassioned call to rethink the design of our theatre spaces and the future of live theatre. 256 pages.

April 7, 2023

Almost Famous
(Sony Masterworks Broadway - new album)
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.

April 14, 2023

(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD)
2022 original Broadway cast. Music, lyrics, and arrangements by Helen Park, and music and lyrics by Max Vernon. Featuring K-pop group f(x) - Luna, Julia Abueva, BoHyung (from K-pop group SPICA and half of the duo KEEMBO), Major Curda, Jinwoo Jung, Jiho Kang, Amy Keum, James Kho, Marina Kondo, Eddy Lee, Joshua Lee, Jully Lee, Lina Rose Lee, Timothy H. Lee, Abraham Lim, Min (from K-pop group Miss A), Kate Mina Lin, Aubie Merrylees, Patrick Park, Zachary Noah Piser, Kevin Woo (from K-pop group U-KISS), and John Yi. Produced by Harvey Mason Jr.

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

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

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.

April 28, 2023

Rickie Lee Jones: Pieces of Treasure
(BMG Modern - new digital album)
Singer-songwriter's 15th album. "Just in Time," "Nature Boy," "September Song," "Here's That Rainy Day, "All the Way," "There Will Never Be Another You," "They Can't Take That Away from Me," "It's All in the Game," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)." Rob Mounsey on piano, guitarist Russell Malone, bassist David Wong and drummer Mark McLean. Produced by Russ Titelman.

May 15, 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.

July 3, 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.

August 8, 2023

Eleanor Powell: Born to Dance
(Univ of Kentucky Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Paul Broussard and Lisa Royère. Follows the American dance legend from her premature birth into a single-parent home in Springfield, Massachusetts, to her first Broadway performance at age fifteen, through her days as a blazing icon in the world of Hollywood, and finally, to her inspiring comeback. From rare documents, letters, and production files; and drawing on the authors' intimate personal relationships with Powell. 352 pages.

August 29, 2023

Kimberly Akimbo
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Libretto for 2022 musical version of David Lindsay-Abaire's Kimberly Akimbo, with score by Jeanine Tesori. 120 pages.

Release date unknown

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

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

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.

Garland - That's Beyond Entertainment - Reflections on Judy Garland
(BearManor - new book)
By Lawrence Schulman. Regrouping of Schulman's extensive writings on Garland–articles, reviews, liner notes, interviews, program notes, talks, prefaces–written between 1993 and 2023. Foreword by John H. Haley. Afterword by James Fisher. 2023 release expected.

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

(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.

Judy Garland: Splendor and Downfall of a Legend by Bertrand Tessier
(BearManor - new book)
French biography by Bertrand Tessier first published by Archipel (Paris) in 2019. Translated by Lawrence Schulman, who has also provided a foreword. 2023 release expected.

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. 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.

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.

(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.

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.

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.

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.

(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.

Tammy Faye
(new album)
Music by Elton John; lyrics by Jake Shears. Cast from Almeida Theatre debut production. Details TBA.

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