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Schedule of New & Upcoming CD, DVD & Book Releases

Updates 1/19/21 | Please note that scheduling changes due to the coronavirus pandemic are being made as soon as we are aware of them. But there may be further changes in release dates in the future, as things play out.

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Girl Happy
(Warner Archives - on DVD)
1965 musical film featuring Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Gary Crosby, Mary Ann Mobley, Jackie Coogan. 96 minutes.

Jason Robert Brown Collection - Volume 2: 24 Selections from Shows and Albums
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
Songbook features 24 selections from Bridges of Madison County, 13: The Musical, Honeymoon in Vegas, and The Last Five Years and the album How We React and How We Recover. Arranged for voice with piano accompaniment. "All Things in Time," "Almost Real," "Always Better," "Another Life," "Anywhere but Here," "Before and After You/One Second and a Million Miles," "Being a Geek," "Brand New You," "Fifty Years Long," "Hope," "I Love Betsy," "Invisible," "It All Fades Away," "Jason's Song (Gave It Away)," "A Little More Homework," "Melinda," "Opportunity," "Out of the Sun," "Sanctuary," "Singing You Home," "A Song About Your Gun," "Still Hurting," "Wait 'Til You See What's Next," "What It Means to Be a Friend."

The One-Act Play That Goes Wrong
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
The original one-act edition of the play by Henry Shields, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Lewis which premiered at the Old Red Lion Theatre in London in 2012. (The expanded two-act version Won WhatsOnStage, Olivier, Tony, and Drama Desk Awards.) 64 pages.

One Night In Miami...
(ABKCO - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes/vinyl)
Soundtrack from 2020 film about a fictionalized meeting of Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke in a Miami hotel room in February 1964, celebrating Ali's surprise title win over Sonny Liston. Features performances by Terrence Blanchard, Leslie Odom Jr., L.C. Cooke, Billy Preston, Jeremy Pope. "Rumble, Young Man, Rumble!," "Sam Cooke Comes to Stage / Copacabana Introduction," "Tammy," "Howl For Me Daddy," "Do Us All Proud," "I Believe To My Soul," "Salah Time," "I'm King Of The World!," "Put Me Down Easy - Hampton House," "Put Me Down Easy," "Greazee," "Ain't Yo Stuff Safe Here," "Malcolm Looks Out The Window," "You Send Me," "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons," "Brother, What Is Going On?," "I Wanna Damn Party," "Lonely Teardrops," "Chain Gang," "Good Times," "A Change Is Gonna Come," "Speak Now." Released 1/15/21.

Over and Out (A New Musical)
(Broadway Records - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Score by Sushi Soucy and book by Morgan Smith. Stars Soucy and Janeen Garcia, with additional vocals provided by Nalah Palmer, Smith, and August Greenwood. Produced by Smith, Soucy, and Michael J Moritz Jr. Nalah Palmer provides additional orchestrations. Also at Released 1/15/21.

Stages: A Theater Memoir
(Barbara Hogenson Agency - Audible Audiobook)
Audible version of 2019 book by Albert Poland, Broadway and Off-Broadway producer and general manager (The Boy from Oz, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Starmites, 68 OB credits, including Little Shop of Horrors, The Waverly Gallery. Released earlier in Paperback format and Kindle Edition.

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

Treeson: An Eco-Musical
(new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast album of score by G. Victoria Campbell. Simon Bächtiger, G. Victoria Campbell, Peter Campbell, Aly Carrigan, Daniele Alan-Carter, Diana Chu, Luisa Cortés, Jacob Didas, Sinead Davies, Sarsi Grace, Stephen Ingram, Auguste Jankauskaite, Emett Matthews, Jenny Mollet, Sarah Waddington and Colin Wardale. Orchestrations by Joseph Purdue. A portion of sales will go toward the Rainforest Alliance. Released 1/15/21.

January 21, 2021

Greek Theater in Ancient Sicily
(Cambridge Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Kathryn G. Bosher. Edith Hall and Clemente Marconi, editors. Examines the origins and development of ancient drama, and particularly comedy, within a Sicilian and southern Italian context. Each chapter explores a different category of theatrical evidence, from the literary (fragments of Epicharmus and cult traditions) to the artistic (phylax vases) and the archaeological (theater buildings). 300 pages.

Flap My Wings: Songs From We Live In Cairo
(new album)
Songs from the Richard Rodgers Award-winning We Live in Cairo by brothers, songwriters, and collaborators Daniel and Patrick Lazour. Features artists from the 2019 at American Repertory Theater cast of the musical as well as major Arab activist-songwriters, including Ramy Essam, Emel Mathlouthi, Rotana, Hadi Eldebeck, Hamed Sinno, Naseem Alatrash, and the brothers themselves. Single released: "Flap My Wings."

January 25, 2021

Avant-Garde Nationalism at the Dublin Gate Theatre
(Syracuse Univ Press - new Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
276 pages.

January 26, 2021

Cicely Tyson Just as I Am: A Memoir
(Harper Collins - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
Cicely Tyson's memoir. 432 pages.

The Court Jester
(Paramount - new Blu-ray)
1955 Paramount musical-comedy film starring Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury and Cecil Parker. Melvin Frank and Norman Panama, directors. Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury, Cecil Parker, Glynis Johns, Angela Lansbury, Mildred Natwick, Cecil Parker, and John Carradine. Songs by Sylvia Fine, Danny Kaye, and Sammy Cahn. Remastered from a 6K film transfer of the original VistaVision negative.

Good News
(Warner Archive - on Blu-ray)
1947 musical film. Directing debut of Charles Walters and screenwriting debut of Betty Comden and Adolph Green. June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Mel Tormé, Joan McCracken. Filmed in Technicolor. Special features: outtake musical sequence "An Easier Way" (with June Allyson and Patricia Marshall); excerpts from MGM's 1930 version of Good News; vintage MGM radio promo interview with June Allyson; original theatrical trailer (HD).

The Pajama Game
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1957 musical film adaptation of Broadway show. Produced and directed by George Abbott and Stanley Donen. Doris Day, John Raitt, Carol Haney, Eddie Foy Jr., Barbara Nichols. Score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross; choreography by Bob Fosse. Special Features: deleted musical sequence with Doris Day "The Man Who Invented Love"; original theatrical trailer (HD).

(Warner Archives - DVD)
1968 musical film featuring Elvis Presley, Nancy Sinatra, Bill Bixby, Gale Gordon. 94 minutes.

January 28, 2021

Another Day's Begun: Thornton Wilder's Our Town in the 21st Century
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
By Howard Sherman. Shines a light on the play's continued impact in the 21st century and makes a case for the healing powers of Wilder's text to a world confronting multiple crises. Through extensive interviews with more than 100 artists about their own experience of the play and its impact on them professionally and personally—and including background on the play's early years and its pervasiveness in American culture ... shows why this particular work remains so important, essential, and beloved. 280 pages.

I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby: Dorothy Fields and Her Life in the American Musical Theater
(Applause - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Kristin Stultz Pressley. Biography of legendary Broadway/film librettist/lyricst Dorothy Fields (Annie Get Your Gun, Redhead, Sweet Charity). 208 pages.

Staging America: Twenty-First-Century Dramatists
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of Christopher Bigsby's 2019 book. Explores the lives and works of eight award-winning playwrights—including Ayad Akhtar, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Young Jean Lee and Quiara Allegría Hudes—whose backgrounds reflect the social, religious, sexual and national diversity of American society. Each chapter is devoted to a single playwright and provides an overview of their career, a description and critical evaluation of their work, as well as a sense of their reception. Draws on primary sources, including the playwrights' own commentaries and notes, and contemporary reviews. 248 pages. Hardcover and Kindle versions released in December 2019.

February 1, 2021

Looking Back: Buster Keaton's 1951 British Music Hall Tour
(Buster Books - new Kindle Edition)
By David Christopher MacLeod. About a little-known episode in the life of Buster Keaton – his tour of British music halls in the summer of 1951. This 20th anniversary edition has been revised and updated. 112 pages.

February 2, 2021

Mike Nichols: A Life
(Penguin Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
Biography by Mark Harris, "an intimate and evenhanded accounting of success and failure alike; the portrait is not always flattering, but its ultimate impact is to present the full story of one of the most richly interesting, complicated, and consequential figures the worlds of theater and motion pictures have ever seen. " Audiobook narrated by George Newbern.

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.

February 5, 2021

Club 15 From Hollywood Presents The Andrews Sisters
(Sepia Records - on 2 CDs)
Collection of live broadcasts from the Club 15 radio series feature cover versions of the hits of 1948-1950, many new to CD. Allowed the sisters to introduce many of their newly-recorded Decca releases. 69 tracks. Also at

Chesterfield Radio Time: Bing Crosby and Guests
(Sepia Records - on 2 CDs)
From the Chesterfield radio series and largely drawn from hits by other artists. Most are new to CD including duets with Perry Como, Dinah Shore, Fred Astaire, Bob Hope, Patti Page. 60 tracks. Also at

The Color Purple
(Broadway Records - new 2-disc vinyl set)
2015 revival cast. Score by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. Cast includes Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson, Isaiah Johnson, Joaquina Kalukango, and Kyle Scatliffe. "Opening/Mysterious Ways," "Somebody Gonna Love You," "Our Prayer," "That Fine Mister," "Big Dog," "Mister/Nettie & Lily of the Field," "Dear God - Sofia," "A Tree Named Sofia," "Hell No!," "Brown Betty," "Shug Avery Comin' to Town," "All We Got to Say," "Dear God - Shug," "Too Beautiful for Words," "Push Da Button," "Uh-Oh," "What About Love?," "African Homeland," "The Color Purple," "Celie's Curse," "Miss Celie's Pants," "Any Little Thing," "What About Love? (Reprise)," "I'm Here," "Reunion," "The Color Purple (Reprise)." On purple vinyl.

Eddie Fisher: Songs from Stage & Screen
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
Compilation of 28 popular songs from Broadway musicals and Hollywood movies. All tracks are remastered and many new to CD. 28 tracks, including "Tonight," "Just in Time," "Gigi," "Let Me Entertain You," "The Sound of Music," "Happy Talk," "Small World," "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," "Till There Was You," "This Nearly Was Mine" (live), "Mack the Knife" (live), "The Sweetest Sounds" (live). Also at

Hair OBC
(Music on Vinyl - new 2-LP vinyl set)
Complete original Broadway cast recording of score by Galt MacDermot (music), Gerome Ragni and James Rado (lyrics). 180 gram audiophile vinyl. Eight-page booklet with pictures and liner notes; PVC protective sleeve. Complete recording with all 32 tracks available on vinyl for the first time. Donnie Burks, Steve Curry, Lorrie Davis, Ronald Dyson, Sally Eaton, Leata Galloway, Steve Gamet, Walter Harris, Paul Jabara, Diane Keaton, Hiram Keller, Lynn Kellogg, Jonathan Kramer, Marjorie LiPari, Emmaretta Marks, Melba Moore, Mike Moran, Natalie Mosco, Suzannah Norstrand, Shelley Plimpton, James Rado, Gerome Ragni, Robert Rubinsky, Lamont Washington. Brian Drutman, Denis McNamara, Norrie Paramor, Andy Wiswell. Originally produced by Brian Drutman, Denis McNamara, Norrie Paramor, and Andy Wiswell.

February 9, 2021

David Suchet: Behind the Lens: My Life
(Constable - Hardcover Book)
Autobiography (with photos) by stage and film actor David Suchet. Discusses his London upbringing and love of the city, his Jewish roots and how they have influenced his career, the importance of his faith, how he really feels about fame, his love of photography and music, and his processes as an actor. He looks back on his fifty-year career, including reflections on how the industry has changed, his personal highs and lows, and how he wants to be remembered. 320 pages.

No Fixed Points: Dance in the Twentieth Century
(Yale Univ Press - Paperback Book)
Paperback version of Nancy Reynolds and Malcolm McCormick's 2003 hardcover book, a definitive history of twentieth-century theatrical dance, enhanced with more than 200 photographs. Chronicles one hundred years of dramatic developments in ballet, modern, and experimental dance for stage and screen in Europe and North America. Sets dance in broader cultural and historical contexts, examining specific dance works and exploring the contributions of outstanding choreographers, performers, visual artists, impresarios, composers, critics, and other figures. 928 pages.

Six By Sondheim
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
2013 HBO documentary. Intimate and candid look at the life and art of legendary composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim ... told primarily in Sondheim's own words from dozens of interviews spanning decades. Features rarely seen archival performance footage and original staged productions created exclusively for this film with stars including Audra McDonald, Darren Criss, America Ferrera and more. 86 minutes.

February 11, 2021

American Theatre Ensembles Volume 2: Post-1995: Rude Mechs, The Builders Association, Pig Iron, Radiohole, The Civilians, and 600 Highwaymen
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Mike Vanden Heuvel. Second volume in series, covering the years 1996-2018. Overview of ensemble-based creation within the general historical and cultural contexts of the period, followed by a detailed study of the evolution of ensemble-based work. Contributors examine matters such as influence, funding, production and legacies, as well as the forms of collective devising and creation, while presenting close readings of the companies' most prominent works. Volume 1, American Theatre Ensembles: Post 1970, covering the years 1970-1995, released earlier. 288 pages.

February 12, 2021

Desert Song
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
Music by Sigmund Romberg and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Otto Harbach and Frank Mandel. CD debut of the Saga Records The Desert Song 1967 London studio cast recording featuring Mary Millar, Robert Colman. Ivor Danvers, Ted Gilbert, Gordon Trayner, Paul Bretton, Betty Winsett, Janet Gale, The Westminster Sinfonia. Under the direction of Ray Cook. Digitally remastered from the original Saga master tapes. Also included, the original 1927 London cast recordings starring Edith Day and Harry Welchman. Originally released across four 78rpm recordings, newly remastered especially for this release. 21 tracks. Limited edition of 500 units only. Also at

February 16, 2021

Don't Lose Your Head: Life Lessons from the Six Ex-Wives of Henry VIII
(Ulysses Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Harriet Marsden. "An Unofficial Survival Guide for Fans of the Musical Six." Witty book of essential life advice, history, and trivia ... written from the perspectives of each of the different women around Henry VIII. 192 pages.

Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story
(DK - Hardcover Book)
Second edition of 2015 book. Foreword by Elaine Paige. From Show Boat and The Wizard of Oz to Les Misérables and Hamilton ... beautifully illustrated book covers the complete history of the genre, from its earliest origins in dance halls and vaudeville, to the record-breaking West End musicals and spectacular Broadway shows of today. The history, plots, and stars of musical theatre and movie musicals; choreography and set and costume design; profiles of successful creators. 360 pages.

San Francisco
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1936 musical film. Black & white. Stars Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald and Spencer Tracy. Title song composed by Bronislaw Kaper and Walter Jurmann, with lyrics by Gus Kahn. New 1080p HD master from nitrate preservation elements. 115 minutes.

February 23, 2021

Lady Sings the Blues
(Paramount - new blu-ray)
1972 biopic about Billie Holiday. Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James T. Callahan, and Scatman Crothers.

My Dream Is Yours
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1949 musical romantic comedy film. Starring Jack Carson, Doris Day, and Lee Bowman. Songs mostly by Ralph Blane and Harry Warren. 1080p HD master. Extras: vintage Joe McDoakes comedy short So You Want to be An Actor; The Grass is Always Greener short subject; classic cartoon A Ham in a Role; original theatrical Trailer (HD). 101 minutes.

On Moonlight Bay
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1951 musical film. Starring Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Jack Smith. New 1080p HD master from 4K scan of original Technicolor negatives. Extras: Let's Sing a Song About the Moonlight vintage short; classic cartoon A Hound for Trouble; original theatrical trailer (HD). 95 minutes.

Show Boat 1951
(Warner Archive - new Blu-ray)
1951 film based on the stage musical. Score by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. Screenplay by John Lee Mahin, based on musical book by Edna Ferber. Directed by George Sidney. Cast includes Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel, Joe E. Brown, Marge Champion, Gower Champion, Agnes Moorehead. New 1080p HD master from 4K scan of original Technicolor negatives. Audio Specs DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 STEREO - English, DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Original Mono Theatrical track Extras: commentary by George Sidney; Till the Clouds Roll By - Show Boat (1946) Sequence; "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" and "Bill" Ava Gardner audio-only outtakes; Lux Radio Theater Broadcast (2/11/1952); original theatrical trailer (HD).

Tom Stoppard: A Life
(Knopf - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
Biography of writer Tom Stoppard by Hermione Lee, with his cooperation and access to a trove of hitherto unseen material. 896 pages.

February 24, 2021

Theatre Royal Drury Lane
(Scala Arts Publishers Inc. - Paperback Book)
By Pamela Hawthorne. Souvenir guidebook about The Theatre Royal Drury Lane of London’s Covent Garden, the oldest theater in the world in continuous use. From actor-manager David Garrick to Andrew Lloyd Webber, who has now restored the theater to its Georgian glory. From iconic shows to the first pantomimes, from rituals and superstitions to royal fisticuffs, from performers, composers and playwrights to backstage crew, the rich and colorful history of London’s oldest theater is brought to life. New photography following comprehensive restoration programme. Glimpses behind the scenes of areas not accessible to the public. Published to coincide with reopening of Theatre Royal tours. 48 pages.

March 1, 2021

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.

March 15, 2021

The Best American Short Plays 2018–2019
(Applause Books - Hardcover Book)
John Patrick Bray, editor. List of titles coming soon. 352 pages.

March 17, 2021

That's Entertainment: A Biography of Broadway Composer Arthur Schwartz
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
By Tighe E. Zimmers. First full-length biography of composer Arthur Schwartz. Covers his work on Broadway and in Hollywood with lyricists Howard Dietz, Dorothy Fields, Oscar Hammerstein II, Frank Loesser, Johnny Mercer Leo Robin. Describes his creative process and includes behind-the-scenes stories of each of his major musicals. 294 pages.

March 18, 2021

Paris and the Musical: The City of Light on Stage and Screen
(Routledge - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Olaf Jubin. Explores how the famous city has been portrayed on stage and screen, and investigates why the city has been of such importance to the genre and tracks how it has developed as a trope over the 20th and 21st centuries. From An American in Paris, Gigi, Les Misérables, Moulin Rouge! and The Phantom of the Opera to Bless the Bride, Can-Can, Irma la Douce and Marguerite. 414 pages.

March 19, 2021

Beulah Bondi: A Life on Stage and Screen
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
By Axel Nissen. The life and career of film, stage (Street Scene) and television actress Beulah Bondi. 253 pages.

March 25, 2021

And This is My Friend Sandy: Sandy Wilson's The Boy Friend, London Theatre and Gay Culture
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book)
By Deborah Philips. Situates the production of Sandy Wilson's The Boy Friend and the Players' Theatre in the context of a post-war London and reads The Boy Friend, and Wilson's later work, as exercises in contemporary camp. Argues for Wilson as a significant and transitional figure both for musical theatre and for modes of homosexuality in the context of the pre-Wolfenden 1950s.

April 1, 2021

A Wonderful Guy: Conversations with the Great Men of Musical Theater
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Eddie Shapiro. Follow up to the author's 2014 book Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater. Never-before-published interviews with some of Broadway's leading men, such as Joel Grey, Ben Vereen, Norm Lewis, Gavin Creel, Cheyenne Jackson, Jonathan Groff.

April 6, 2021

My Broken Language: A Memoir
(One World - Hardcover book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook)
By Quiara Alegría Hudes (Water By the Spoonful, In the Heights). Weaves together Hudes’s love of books with the stories of her family, and the lessons of North Philly with those of Yale. 336 pages.

April 13, 2021

Lilyville: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I've Played
(Hachette Books - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Tovah Feldshuh. "Memoir that shares the highs and lows of a remarkable career that has spanned five decades, and shares the lessons that she has learned, often the hard way, about how to live a life in the spotlight, strive for excellence, and still get along with your mother." 320 pages.

April 15, 2021

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

Notes on the Writing of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Robert L. Freedman, editor. Bookwriter Freedman goes through the process of writing a new musical, including story structure, song placement, dialogue, character development, and more that led to the creation of 2014 A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. Describes the challenging and rewarding growing pains. 72 pages.

The Stephen Sondheim Encyclopedia
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book)
By Cincinnati theatre critic Rick Pender (was executive editor and publisher of Everything Sondheim and managing editor of The Sondheim Review). Detailed and comprehensive reference devoted to musical theater’s most prolific and admired composer and lyricist. Entries cover Sondheim's numerous collaborators—from composers and directors to designers and orchestras; key songs; major works; Sondheim’s mentoring by Oscar Hammerstein II and his early collaboration with Leonard Bernstein; profiles of the actors who originated roles and sang Sondheim's songs for the first time. Features a detailed biographical entry for Sondheim, a chronology of his career, a listing of his many awards, and discussions of his opinions on movies, opera, and more. 752 pages.

April 19, 2021

Modern Theatres 1950 – 2020
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
David Staples, editor. An investigation of theatres, concert halls, and opera houses in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North and South America. Explores in detail thirty of the most significant theatres, concert halls, opera houses, and dance spaces that opened between 1950 and 2010. Each theatre is reviewed and assessed by experts in theatre buildings, such as architects, acousticians, consultants, and theatre practitioners, and illustrated with full-color photographs and comparative plans and sections. A further twenty theatres that opened between 2011 and 2020 are concisely reviewed and illustrated. 512 pages.

June 4, 2021

Blue Song: St. Louis in the Life and Work of Tennessee Williams
(Univ of Missouri Press - Hardcover Book)
By Henry I. Schvey. While it has been written that Tennessee Williams had a dislike of St. Louis, the city where he lived the longest, Schvey reveals how the city was indispensable to Williams' formation and development both as a person and artist, and that he remained emotionally tethered to St. Louis for a host of reasons for the rest of his life. 224 pages.

June 18, 2021

Sing Street OBC
(Masterworks Broadway - new on CD)
Score by Gary Clark and John Carney. Cast includes Max Bartos, Brendan C. Callahan, Billy Carter, Zara Devlin, Gus Halper, Jakeim Hart, Martin Moran, Anne L. Nathan, Johnny Newcomb, Brenock O'Connor, Gian Perez, Sam Poon, Skyler Volpe, Amy Warren, Anthony Genovesi. "Just Can't Get Enough," "Riddle of the Model," "Up," "A Beautiful Sea," "Girls," "Faith of Our Fathers," "Dream for You," "Drive It Like You Stole It," "Up (Down Version)," "Brown Shoes," "To Find You," "Go Now." Previously released on mp3 and at Itunes.

August 3, 2021

Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created Sunday in the Park With George
(Farrar, Straus, and Giroux - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By James Lapine. Chronicles the two-year odyssey of creating the iconic Broadway musical Sunday in the Park with George. Through Lapine's recollections, conversations between Lapine, Sondheim, and the original cast and crew of the production, and a treasure trove of personal photographs, sketches, script notes, and sheet music from the making of the show. 400 pages.

October 5, 2021

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

November 16, 2021

West Side Story the novel
(Gallery Books - Hardcover Book)
By Irving Shulman. The classic novelization of one of Broadway's most enduring and beloved musicals (based on a conception by Jerome Robbins, book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins), updated with a new cover. 160 pages. Most release will coincide with new film release (currently 2021). Previously released in paperback and audiobook format.

Release date unknown

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

Back to the Future the Musical
(Sony Masterworks Broadway - new album)
OLC recording of score by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, with additional songs from the movie. Roger Bart, Olly Dobson with Hugh Coles, Rosanna Hyland, Cedric Neal, Aidan Cutler, and Courtney-Mae Briggs. The musical is scheduled to appear on the West End at the Adelphi Theatre beginning May 14, 2021. Single track "Back in Time" by Olly Dobson already released.

Broadbend, Arkansas
(Broadway Records - on CD)
Original cast recording of score by Ted Shen (music and lyrics), Ellen Fitzhugh (lyrics), Harrison David Rivers (lyrics), and Ted Shen (lyrics). Justin Cunningham and Danyel Fulton. Released 7/17/20 on mp3 and at iTunes.

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)
Details to come.

Diana: A True Musical Story
(Ume - new on CD)
Original Broadway cast recording of score by David Bryan. To be recorded first week of April. Cast includes Jeanna de Waal, Roe Hartrampf, Erin Davie, Judy Kaye. Ian Eisendrath, musical Supervisor and arranger, will produce. Expected release summer 2020.

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

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

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

If I Forget and Other Plays
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Plays by Steven Levenson (Dear Evan Hansen). Includes If I Forget, The Language of Trees and The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin. 280 pages.

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.

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

Lillias White album

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

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

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

Paul Gemignani: Life and Lessons from Broadway and Beyond
(Applause Books - new book)
Fall 2021.

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.

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

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

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

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