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Schedule of New & Upcoming CD, DVD & Book Releases

Updated 8/2/22

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"Let Them" (Wax Ecstatic Remix)
(Ghostlight Records - digital single)
Remix from Fangirls: World Premiere Cast Recording. Yve Blake and Blake Appelqvist.

August 5, 2022

In Person: Judy Garland
(Sepia Records - on CD)
July 11, 1955, Judy Garland concert at Long Beach Municipal Auditorium. Issued as a celebration of her centenary, dedicated to her fans, past and present. Featuring The Hi-Lo's plus Jerry Gray and his orchestra. 20 tracks including bonus tracks.

September 1, 2022

August 9, 2022

Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Mary Rodgers (1931–2014) and Jesse Green. The memoirs of Mary Rodgers—writer, composer, Broadway royalty, and "a woman who tried everything." Her story, with copious annotations, contradictions, and interruptions from coauthor Jesse Green. 480 pages.

August 11, 2022

Scene ShiftScene Shift: U.S. Set Designers in Conversation
(Focal Press - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
Maureen Weiss, Sibyl Wickersheimer, editors. Showcases contemporary U.S. set design by engaging designers with one another, pairing dialogue and imagery from varied experiences and practices. The conversations include designers (30 in all) who are commercially successful, artistically successful, and those who have existed on the fringes of the theatre world whose work is not necessarily definable, and therefore not as visible. 268 pages.

August 12, 2022

13: The Musical
(Ghostlight Records / Atlantic Records - new digital album)
Soundtrack for 2022 Netflix film based on the Broadway musical. Score by Jason Robert Brown. Khiyla Aynne, Alec Benjamin, Lindsey Blackwell, Kayleigh Cerezo, Nolan Dubuc, Eli Golden, Luke Islam, by Jonathan Lengel, JD McCrary, Frankie McNellis, Ramon Reed, Willow Moss, Shechinah Mpumlwana, Gabriella Uhl. "13," "Lamest Place in the World," "I've Been Waiting," "Opportunity," "The Bloodmaster," "Getting Ready," "Bad Bad News," "It Would Be Funny," "Tell Her," "A Little More Homework," "Brand New You," "Getting Ready (Extended)," "What It Means to Be a Friend," Bonus Track: "Tell Her."

August 15, 2022

Everything Was Possible: The Birth of the Musical Follies (revised and updated)
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
By Ted Chapin. Foreword by Frank Rich. Insider's view of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's musical, Folies. New afterword brings the history of the show forward, diving into recent productions around the world, new recordings, and the continued promise of a film version.

Transforming Space Over Time: Set Design and Visual Storytelling with Broadway's Legendary Directors
(Applause Books - Hardcover Book)
By theater designer and Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt. Tells the stories of six diverse productions: five on Broadway and one Off-Broadway ... beginning with the moment he was offered each job, and taking readers through the conceptual development of the set, in collaboration with the director, the challenges of its physical creation, and the intense process of readying it for the stage. Extensive conversations with the directors of the productions ... such as James Lapine, Kenny Leon, Hal Prince, Susan Stroman, Jerry Zaks, and Stephen Sondheim. 304 pages.

August 16, 2022

Opera: The Definitive Illustrated History
(DK - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
By Alan Riding and Leslie Dunton-Downer. Follows the history of opera from Monteverdi's L'Orfeo in 1607, to Cosi fan Tutte, La Bohème, and modern operas such as Brokeback Mountain. Explains musical terminology, traces historical developments, and sets everything in a cultural context. Features include: all of the most important operas from the Renaissance to the 21st century; profiles of the key composers, librettists, performers, and companies, with details of their lives, works, and influence–arranged in chronological order to show the evolution of the genre; explanations of musical terminology and different types of opera. 360 pages.

August 26, 2022

Julie Benko and Jason Yeager: Hand in Hand
(Club44 Records - new album)
Married couple, Broadway actress singer Julie Benko (Funny Girl) and jazz musician and composer Jason Yeager. Collection of standards and originals. "All I've Ever Known," "It Might As Well Be Spring," "People," "Louisiana Fairy Tale," "Gainesville," "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?," "Me, Myself, and I," "Mercedes Benz," "Sweet Pea," "If I Were Bell," "Just Begun," "Another Life," "The Nearness of You." First track to be released 8/12/22.

September 1, 2022

The Book of Broadway Musical Debates, Disputes, and Disagreements
(Applause - Paperback Book)
By Peter Filichia. A book that is "purposely meant to start arguments and to settle them," as the author addresses the most dividing musical theater questions and opinions. 312 pages.

Fifty Key Figures in Queer US Theatre
(Routledge - Hardcover Book/Paperback)
Collection of essays. Jimmy A. Noriega and Jordan Schildcrout, editors. Moving from the era of the Stonewall Riots to today, notable scholars in the field bring a wide variety of queer theatre artists into conversation with each other, exploring connections and differences in race, gender, physical ability, national origin, class, generation, aesthetic modes, and political goals, creating a diverse and inclusive study of 50 years of queer theatre. 280 pages.

September 8, 2022

Attack of the Monster Musical: A Cultural History of Little Shop of Horrors
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
By Adam Abraham. Chronicles the unlikely phenomenon of Little Shop of Horrors, the musical by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. Looks at the creation of the musical and its place in the contemporary musical theatre canon and examines its afterlives and wider cultural context. Told through archival research and eyewitness accounts, with extensive use of Ashman's personal papers, offering a unique and inspiring study of one of musical theatre's greatest talents. 256 pages.

September 13, 2022

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

September 15, 2022

Miracle of The Music Man: The Classic American Story of Meredith Willson
(Rowman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book)
By Mark Cabaniss. The author brings to life the origins of this classic show, the music behind it, and the unlikely story of its creator. Interweaving behind-the-scenes accounts of people who worked with Willson, Cabaniss looks at his long and unusual career as a composer, conductor, radio personality, and flutist. 208 pages.

September 20, 2022

Straight Line Crazy
(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book)
Play by David Hare. Premiered at the Bridge Theatre, London, in March 2022. Playing at The Shed in New York City beginning 10/18/22. 144 pages. Kindle Edition released 3/31/22.

WARHOLCAPOTE: A Non-Fiction Invention
(Simon & Schuster - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook/Audiobook on CD)
Play by director Rob Roth (Beauty and the Beast, Lestat), who unearthed eighty hours of tapes of conversations between Andy Warhol and Truman Capote in 1978 (made to be the source of a play, then abandoned). Every word in the play comes directly from these two 20th century geniuses. The structure of the conversations springs from Roth's imagination. The play made its world premiere at American Repertory Theater in 2017. 224 pages.

September 22, 2022

Selected Musical Plays by Noël Coward: A Critical Anthology
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
Arianne Quinn, editor. This Year of Grace, Bitter Sweet, Words and Music, Pacific 1860, Ace of Clubs, Sail Away, The Girl Who Came to Supper. A portrait of Coward's oeuvre and its lasting influence on the wider world of the British musical, (Kindle Edition will be released early.) 552 pages.

October 1, 2022

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.

October 4, 2022

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.

October 11, 2022

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.

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.

October 14, 2022

John Barrowman
(Westway Music - new album)
New solo album with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Songs from shows Barrowman has been in along with songs from new musicals.

My Own Directions: A Black Man's Journey in the American Theatre
(McFarland - Paperback Book)
By Sheldon Epps. "... the unique story of how the author came into leadership at Pasadena Playhouse after a successful career directing on Broadway, in London and at theatres all over the world. In intimate detail, it relates how the theatre was radically changed and reignited by his leadership, including his insistence on making diversity a priority both onstage and off. It is the very personal story of a person who wanted his race to be recognized, but never used as a limitation or a reason to be less than fully respected. In many ways, this memoir tells the story of what people of color in America must face repeatedly to make their lives matter." 153 pages.

October 18, 2022

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.

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 Vagrant Trilogy: Three Plays by Mona Mansour: The Hour of Feeling; The Vagrant; Urge for Going
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition[9/22/22])
Set of three plays by by Mona Mansour. Michael Malek Najjar and Hala Baki, editors. 176 pages.

November 1, 2022

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.

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."

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.

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.

April 25, 2023

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

November 30, 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 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.

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

(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.

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."

A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet
(Time-Life - new album)
Off-Broadway cast recording of score by Alex Wyse and Ben Fankhauser. Cast: Alex Wyse and Ben Fankhauser, and Bryonha Marie Parham. Produced by Rob Sher and Cody Lassen, with executive producers Huck Walton and Brian Gillet of InOvation Multimedia.

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

Into the Woods
(Concord Theatricals/Craft Recordings - new digital album)
Recording of the 2022 Broadway / New York City Center Encores! cast. 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. Score by Stephen Sondheim. Music direction by Rob Berman with The Encores! Orchestra. CD format expected later. Release date TBA.

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

(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. 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.

(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.

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

(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.

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.

(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.

-- Sound Advice Staff

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