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Updated 7/18/18

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Backstage Pass MoreBackstage Pass to Broadway: More True Tales from a Theatre Press Agent
(Goodreads Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Susan L. Schulman's follow-up to her 2013 book Backstage Pass to Broadway: True Tales from a Theatre Press Agent. 211 pages. Released 4/24/18.

Irma la DouceIrma la Douce Blu-ray
(Kl Studio Classics - new Blu-ray)
1963 comedy film based on the stage musical. Featuring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Louis Jordan (narrator), Lou Jacobi, Herschel Bernardi. Directed by Billy Wilder. New HD master from a 4K scan of the original camera negative. Special features: audio commentary by film historian Joseph McBride, author of "How Did Lubitsch Do It?"; audio commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger; original theatrical trailer. 143 minutes.

Ivo van HoveIvo van Hove: From Shakespeare to David Bowie (Performance Books)
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Sonia Massai and Susan Bennett, editors. Resources, critical overviews and detailed analysis of Ivo van Hove's internationally acclaimed work as a director of theatre, opera and musicals. Production photos capture the power of van Hove's directorial vision, his innovative use of theatrical spaces, and the arresting stage images that have made his productions so popular among audiences worldwide over the last 30 years. Foreword by Van Hove, plus an interview with him plus director's notes for some of his most popular shows. 264 pages.

Jason Robert BrownJason Robert Brown: How We React and How We Recover
(Ghostlight Records - digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
New solo album. A "politically-charged, far-reaching rumination on love, family and music." "Hope," "Melinda," "Invisible," "Fifty Years Long," "Hallowed Ground," "One More Thing Than I Can Handle" (with Kate McGarry), "All Things in Time," "A Song About Your Gun," "Everybody Knows," "The Hardest Hill," "Caravan of Angels," "Wait 'Til You See What's Next." Produced by Jason Robert Brown and Jeffery Lesser. Stacey Mindich and Kurt Deutsch serve as executive producers. Released 6/29/18. Also at

Ben Bagley's Ira Gershwin RevisitedBen Bagley's Ira Gershwin Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin. Music by George Gershwin, Vernon Duke, Burton Lane, Arthur Schwartz, Harry Warren, Kurt Weill. Performances by Blossom Dearie, Mary McCarty, Danny Meehan, Charles Rydell, Ethel Shutta, and Margaret Whiting, plus Dody Goodman, Paula Lawrence, KT Sullivan, and Arthur Siegel. Limited to 500 copies only and expected to ship by the second week of July. Track list, details, at [Approximate shipping date.]

July 19, 2018

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 4th WallEdward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Michael Bennett. Part of Routledge's Fourth Wall series. 78 pages.

July 27, 2018

Be More ChillBe More Chill
(Ghostlight Records - new vinyl LP)
Joe Iconis score. Book by Joe Tracz and is based on the novel by Ned Vizzini. Two River Theater (NJ) cast. Will Connolly, Eric William Morris, Stephanie Hsu, Jake Boyd, Gerard Canonico, Katlyn Carlson, Katie Ladner, Lauren Marcus, George Salazar, and Paul Whitty. "Jeremy's Theme (Instrumental)," "More Than Survive," "I Love Play Rehearsal," "The Squip Song," "Two-Player Game," "The Squip Enters," "Be More Chill Part 1," "Do You Wanna Ride?," "Be More Chill Part 2," "More Than Survive (Reprise)," "A Guy That I'd Kinda Be Into," "The Squip Lurks (Instrumental)," "Upgrade," "Halloween," "Do You Wanna Hang?," "Michael In The Bathroom," "The Smartphone Hour (Rich Set A Fire)," "The Pitiful Children," "The Pants Song," "The Play," "Voices In My Head." The six-piece orchestra includes Nathan Dame (Conductor and Keyboard), Danny Jonokuchi (Trumpet), Dan McMillan (Drums/Percussion), Josh Plotner (Reeds), Mike Rosengarten (Guitar) and Amanda Ruzza (Bass).

Two-Player GameGeorge Salazar & Joe Iconis: Two-Player Game
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
A recording of the concert as performed at Feinstein's/54 Below. "Broadway, Here I Come!," "Two-Player Game," "I Love Play Rehearsal," "Tiny Short Little Song," "Andy's Song," "The Answer," "Lisa," "The Vagabond," "Norman," "Song of the Brown Buffalo," "Michael in the Bathroom," "The Goodbye Song," "Kaboom." Also at Released previously on mp3 and at iTunes

July 30, 2018

Les Miserables 4th WallBoublil and Schönberg's Les Misérables (The Fourth Wall)
(Routledge - Paperback Book)
By Sarah Whitfield. The author explores how the musical might help us deal with some of our most difficult experiences and give us hope for when "tomorrow comes."

July 31, 2018

Ben Bagley BernsteinBen Bagley's Leonard Bernstein Revisited
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Remastered 1989 album. Lyrics by Comden and Green, John LaTouche, Richard Wibur, Alan Jay Lerner, and Leonard Bernstein. Featuring Nell Carter, Estelle Parsons, John Reardon, Chita Rivera, Arthur Siegel, and Jo Sullivan. Includes cut songs from Wonderful Town, including its original opening number that was cut out of town, and other rarities from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and Candide, as well as assorted other pieces, including three bonus tracks from the purported London cast album of West Side Story, the one starring Bruce Trent and purportedly George Chakiris: "Overture," "Ballet Sequence ("Somewhere")," and "The Rumble." Limited to 500 copies and shipping before the end of July. Available at [Approximate shipping date.]

Detroit ProjectThe Detroit Project: Three Plays
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Plays by Dominique Morisseau. Detroit '67, Paradise Blue and Skeleton Crew. 240 pages.

August 3, 2018

Lost West End Vintage 2Lost West End Vintage 2: London's Forgotten Musicals 1943-1962
(Stage Door Records - new on 2 CDs)
Celebrates London's forgotten musicals of the 1940s, 50s and 60s compiling songs from 37 West End productions and showcasing these unique theatrical works from the golden age of the British musical. From prolific musical theatre composers including Ivor Novello, Noel Coward, Vivian Ellis, Julian Slade, Sandy Wilson, Lionel Bart, Leslie Bricusse and more. 50 tracks (including over 20 tracks appearing on CD for the first time) from London cast recordings to pop covers, demos and other musical rarities. Performers include Mary Martin, Jeremy Brett, Sally Ann Howes, Dora Bryan, Julie Wilson, Evelyn Laye, Barbara Windsor, Elizabeth Seal, Cleo Laine, Frank Sinatra, Julie Andrews, Anna Neagle, Spike Milligan, Joan Sims, Millicent Martin, Denis Quilley and more. Includes 16 page booklet. Also at

Wonderful DesignWonderful Design: Glamour in the Hollywood Musical
(Oxford Univ Press - Paperback Book)
By Lloyd Whitesell. Discussing dozens of musical numbers, analyzing ingenious orchestration, and appraising the distinctive styles of favorite musical stars, Whitesell illuminates fundamental traits of the genre, its aesthetic strategies, and cultural ambitions. 272 pages.

August 7, 2018

AppropriateAppropriate and An Octoroon
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Plays by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. 260 pages.

Cradle Will RockCradle Will Rock (Special Edition)
(Kino - new Blu-ray)
1999 film based on the events surrounding the 1930s production of the Marc Blitzstein musical. Cast includes Bill Murray, John Cusack, Susan Sarandon, John Turturro, Vanessa Redgrave, Hank Azaria, Rubén Blades, Joan Cusack, Cary Elwes, Philip Baker Hall, Angus Macfadyen, Emily Watson, Bob Balaban, Jack Black, Paul Giamatti, Bernard Hughes. Directed by Tim Robbins. Special featurettes: audio commentary by Tim Robbins; production featurette; theatrical trailer. 132 minutes.

Mary JaneMary Jane
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
New play by Amy Herzog. Premiered at NYTW in April 2017 starring Carrie Coon. 96 pages.

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.

Plays 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.

Wakey, WakeyWakey, Wakey
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Will Eno. Played the Signature Theatre in 2017. 64 pages.

August 10, 2018

ANTThe American Negro Theatre and the Long Civil RIghts Era
(Univ of Iowa Press - Paperback Book)
By Jonathan Shandell. First in-depth study of the historic American Negro Theatre (ANT) and its lasting influence on American popular culture. Founded in 1940 in Harlem, the ANT successfully balanced expressions of African American consciousness with efforts to gain white support for the burgeoning civil rights movement. Sources include oral histories, playbills, scripts, production stills, and journalistic accounts. 234 pages.

Desperate MeasuresDesperate Measures original cast
(Sony Classical - new on CD)
Original York Theatre cast. Music by Michael Friedman and lyrics by Peter Kellogg. Cast includes Emma Degerstedt, Gary Marachek, Lauren Molina, Conor Ryan, Peter Saide, Nick Wyman. "The Ballad of Johnny Blood," "The Ballad of Johnny Blood (Reprise)," "That's Just How It Is," "Some Day They Will Thank Me," "Look in Your Heart," "Look in Your Heart (Reprise)," "It's Good to Be Alive," "It Doesn't Hurt to Try," "It's Getting Hot in Here," "It's Getting Hot in Here Playoff / The Ballad of Johnny Blood (Reprise 2)," "The Way That You Feel," "Stop There," "In the Dark," "What a Night!," "About Last Night," "Stop There (Reprise)," "Just for You," "Just for You (Reprise)," "What is This Feeling?," "What a Day!," "Life Takes You by Surprise," "It's Good to Be Alive (Reprise)," "It's a Beautiful Day," "Finale," "Bows / Exit Music." Digital version released 7/13/18 on mp3 and at iTunes.

Jessica VoskJessica Vosk
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Jessica Vosk (Wicked) solo album. Songs from Jason Robert Brown, Sara Bareilles, Sia, Pasek and Paul, Prince and more. Arrangements by Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Cameron Moncur, produced by Michael Croiter and Robbie Rozelle, and co-produced by Jessica Vosk. Also at

August 14, 2018

Doll's House Pt 2A Doll's House, Part 2
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Lucas Hnath. 2017 Broadway play. 96 pages.

The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Three-part play cycle by Richard Nelson: Hungry, What Did You Expect?, and Women of a Certain Age. 320 pages.

Pirates of PenzanceThe Pirates of Penzance Blu-ray
(Universal - new blu-ray)
1983 film adaptation of Joe Papp / Broadway production of the Gilbert & Sullivan comic opera. Cast includes Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury, Linda Ronstadt, George Rose, Rex Smith, Tony Azito. Directed by Wilford Leach.

August 15, 2018

How Annie Made It to BroadwayHow Annie Made It to the Stage
(Cavendish Square - Paperback Book)
By Gerry Boehme. Part of the Getting to Broadway series for children. 96 pages.

How Cats Made It to BroadwayHow Cats Made It to the Stage
(Cavendish Square - Paperback Book)
By Gerry Boehme. Part of the Getting to Broadway series for children. 96 pages.

How Hamilton Made It to BroadwayHow Hamilton Made It to the Stage
(Cavendish Square - Paperback Book)
By Gerry Boehme. Part of the Getting to Broadway series for children. 96 pages.

How The Lion King Made It to BroadwayHow the Lion King Made It to the Stage
(Cavendish Square - Paperback Book)
By Nancy Capaccio. Part of the Getting to Broadway series for children. 96 pages.

How Rent Made It to BroadwayHow Rent Made It to the Stage
(Cavendish Square - Paperback Book)
By George Capaccio. Part of the Getting to Broadway series for children. 96 pages.

RSC 2019Royal Shakespeare Company - Angus McBean Wall Calendar 2019
(Flame Tree Publishing - wall calendar)
Celebration of the photography of Angus McBean, who was renowned for revolutionizing theatre photography in the late 1930s. Featuring his iconic photographs taken from plays staged by the RSC. Includes Geraldine McEwan and Dorothy Tutin in Twelfth Night; Kathleen Michael in A Midsummer Night's Dream; Brian Murray and Dorothy Tutin in Romeo and Juliet; Peter O'Toole in The Merchant of Venice; Edith Evans in All's Well That Ends Well; Anthony Quayle and Michael Redgrave in Henry IV Pt I; Hugh Griffith in As You Like It; Alan Badel and Michael Redgrave in The Tempest; Laurence Olivier and Vivian Leigh in Macbeth; Richard Burton in Henry IV Pt II; William Squire in The Winter's Tale. You’ll be sure to find your favourite play in this great wall calendar. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month’s views.

August 21, 2018

The Good Peaches
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights, Water by the Spoonful. Originally performed by 56 orchestral musicians, three actors, and eight dancers at Cleveland Play House. 48 pages.

Playing to the GodsPlaying to the Gods: Sarah Bernhardt, Eleonora Duse, and the Rivalry that Changed Acting Forever
(Simon & Schuster - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Edition/Audiobook on CD)
By Peter Rader. Account of the feud that changed theater forever. 288 pages. Audiobook read by Peter Rader.

August 23, 2018

NetworkNetwork: based on the Paddy Chayefsky film
(Faber & Faber - Paperback Book)
New play by Lee Hall, based on the screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky. Play to debut at the National Theatre in November 2017, featuring Bryan Cranston. 96 pages. Kindle Edition already available.

August 28, 2018

All That Jazz MorddenAll That Jazz: The Life and Times of the Musical Chicago audiobook
(Oxford Univ Press - Audiobook on CD)
Audiobook narrated by Joel Froomkin. Book by Ethan Mordden. A look back at Chicago's various moving parts—including the original 1926 play that started it all, a sexy silent film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, a talkie remake with Ginger Rogers, the musical itself, and at last the movie of the musical. Released earlier in hardcover and Kindle format.

Theatre WingAmerican Theatre Wing, an Oral History: 100 Years, 100 Voices, 100 Million Miracles
(Graphic Arts Books - Hardcover Book)
Patrick Pacheco, editor. Introduction by Rosie O'Donnell. Foreword by Angela Lansbury. Accounts of the artists and theater advocates who created and sustained the preeminent theatrical organization, The American Theatre Wing. 268 pages.

Hamilaton 2019 wall calendarHamilton: An American Musical - 2019 Wall Calendar
(Universe Publishing - wall calendar)
Features images of the original cast by Josh Lehrer, lyrics from the show, plus important historical dates. 24 pages.

Kung FuKung Fu
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play about Bruce Lee by David Henry Hwang. Premiered at Signature Theatre (NY) in 2014. 112 pages.

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

September 4, 2018

The Antipodes
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Annie Baker. Debuted at NY Signature Theatre in Spring 2017. 160 pages.

The Band's VisitThe Band's Visit
(Theatre Communications Guild - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition available now)
2018 Tony Award Best Musical. Book by Itimar Moses, score by David Yazbek.

Broadway to Main StreetBroadway to Main Street: How Show Tunes Enchanted America
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Laurence Maslon. Based on new interviews with Sheldon Harnick, John Kander, Chita Rivera, Barbara Cook, Julie Andrews, Steve Lawrence, and prominent record producers and music critics. Places the original cast album within the larger context of our national identity. Includes companion website with audio examples. 320 pages; 39 photos.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Going to the TheatreEverything You Always Wanted to Know About Going to the Theatre (But Were Too Sloshed To Ask, Dear)
(Nick Hern Books - Paperback Book)
By "West End Producer." Advice on "What shows to see and what to avoid (how to see the hits and not the shits), "Where to sit (without developing ongoing neck problems and deep vein thrombosis), "How to combat theatre rage (and get to the ladies' loos before anyone else), "What to eat (crisps, sweets, or kebabs?), "What to wear (from the correct attire at press night, to the importance of a good, reliable codpiece at The Globe), "How to leave early if the show is rubbish (a 'Shrubbish'). 224 pages. Released on Kindle in 2017.

(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Danai Gurira. Premiered at Playwrights Horizons in 2016. 80 pages.

Les Mis storyLes Miserables: The Story of the World's Longest Running Musical in Words, Pictures and Rare Memorabilia
(Carlton Books - Hardcover Book)
By Benedict Nightingale and Martyn Palmer. Foreword by Cameron Mackintosh. Companion book that looks at the 33-year history of the musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, and Herbert Kretzmer, based on the Victory Hugo novel. Also includes images of such special memorabilia as annotated scripts, original costume sketches, and design notes for the 2012 film. 144 pages.

Painted RocksThe Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek
(TCG - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Athol Fugard. Produced in 2015 at Signature Theater. 72 pages.

Straight White Men
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Young Jean Lee. Presented at the Public Theater in 2014.

September 7, 2018

Renee Fleming BroadwayRenée Fleming: Broadway
(Decca Classics - new on CD)
Album of showtunes. "Fable," "Loneliness of Evening," "Children Will Listen/You've Got to be Taught" (with guest star Leslie Odom Jr.), "So Big So Small," "Something Wonderful," "Wonderful Guy," "Lay Down Your Head," "Down in the Depths," "Love and Love Alone/Winter," "Dear Friend," "The Sound of Music," "Unusual Way," "Till There Was You," "The Glamorous Life," "Tell Me on A Sunday," "August Winds," "All the Things You Are." Music supervisor Rob Fisher and producer David Frost.

September 11, 2018

Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical
(Oxford Univ Press - Audiobook on CD)
By Kevin Winkler. A look at the evolution of Fosse as choreographer and director. Considers Fosse's career in the context of changes in Broadway musical theater over four decades, tracing his early dance years and the importance of mentors George Abbott and Jerome Robbins on his work. It examines how each of the important women in his adult life—all dancers—impacted his career and influenced his dance aesthetic; and how his evolution as both artist and individual mirrored the social and political climate of his era and allowed him to comfortably ride a wave of cultural changes. Part of OUP's Legacy Series. Narrated by Paul Boehmer. Released earlier in Hardcover and Kindle Editions.

September 18, 2018

Cost of Living
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
2018 Pulitzer Prize winning play by Martyna Majok. 128 pages.

Hamilton 2019 day-to-day calendarHamilton: An American Musical 2019 Day-to-Day Calendar
(Universe Publishing - desk calendar)
365 days of historical dates, excerpts from Hamilton's own writings,and lyrics from the score. 370 pages.

September 24, 2018

JarmilaJarmila Novotná: My Life in Song
(Univ of Kentucky Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
English-language version of Jarmila Novotná's best-selling memoir. William V. Madison, editor. Foreword by Brian Kellow. Life story of the internationally known opera soprano from the former Czechoslovakia, who also appeared in films (The Search and The Great Caruso), on Broadway (Sherlock Holmes and Helen Goes to Troy), as well as in radio and TV. Includes photographs from her private collection. 290 pages.

September 25, 2018

BAMBAM: Next Wave Festival
(Printed Mattes productions - Hardcover Book)
By Joseph V. Melillo, Tom Sellar, Susan Yung, Wendy Perron, Roger Oliver, Mark Swed, Dan Cameron, Anne Bogart, Karen Brooks Hopkins, Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, David Lang, Beth Morrison, José Parlá. Steven Serafin and Susan Yung, editors. Preface by Harvey Lichtenstein. Introduction by Kristy Edmunds. Foreword by Katy Clark and Adam E. Max. History of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, founded in 1983 by Harvey Lichtenstein. The book surveys the festival's performances by genre, with photos and ephemera from BAM's archive and a chronology of performances. 336 pages.

Torch SongTorch Song Trilogy: Plays
(Ballantine Books - Paperback Book)
By Harvey Fierstein. New edition in advance of October Broadway opening. Includes both the original scripts for the three one-act plays (The International Stud, Fugue in a Nursery, and Widows and Children First!) as they were performed in the 1970s, as well as the revised script for the 2017 revival that condensed all three into Torch Song. Also, a never-before-published introduction by Harvey Fierstein, as well as photographs from both the original production and the revival starring Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl and directed by Moisés Kaufman. 320 pages.

October 2, 2018

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.

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

October 9, 2018

Dear Evan Hansen The NovelDear Evan Hansen: The Novel
(Poppy - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD)
By Val Emmich, inspired by the musical written by Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul. 352 pages.

October 30, 2018

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

November 6, 2018

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

November 8, 2018

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.

December 25, 2018

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

(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
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.

December 28, 2018

Theatre Goes Wrong: A Mischief Theatre Play Collection
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
By Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields of the Olivier Award winning Mischief Theatre. Includes The Nativity Goes Wrong, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, The Play That Goes Wrong, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery. 336 pages.

January 1, 2019

Head of Passes
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
Play by Tarell Alvin McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays, Wig Out!. 96 pages.

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

March 19, 2019

Red SpeedoRed Speedo: A Play
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by Lucas Hnath. Produced in 2015 at New York Theatre Workshop. 128 pages.

May 8, 2019

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.

May 21, 2019

Lost Girls: A Play
(Overlook Press - Paperback Book)
Play by John Pollono (Small Engine Repair). Produced in 2015 at Lucille Lortel Theatre. 96 pages. Dramatist's version published May 10, 2016.

May 1, 2020

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

No release date set

Andrew Rannells memoir
(Crown Archetype - new book)
The Tony-nominated actor's (The Book of Mormon, Falsettos) personal account of his journey to Broadway and beyond. Expected Spring 2019.

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.

(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
2018 City Center cast recording of Lerner & Loewe score. Cast includes Kelli O'Hara, Patrick Wilson, Stephanie J. Block, Robert Fairchild. Encores! Orchestra led by Music Director Rob Berman. Album produced by Kurt Deutsch, Lawrence Manchester, Rob Berman and Emily Altman. Recorded 5/14-5/15. Expected Fall 2018.

Every Act of Life
(Productions In Print - new book)
Illustrated screenplay by Jeff Kaufman of documentary about Terrence McNally. To include additional stories and interviews that were not seen in the film, as well as rare photos and archival materials.

(new on CD)
2017 National Theatre cast album. Stephen Sondheim score. Cast includes Imelda Staunton, Philip Quast, Janie Dee, Peter Forbes, and Tracie Bennett. Recorded in January 2018.

Hairspray Vinyl
(Masterworks - new vinyl album)
OBC recording on vinyl.

Harbinger 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; Sidney Myer Live! DVD o-production with the Mabel Mercer Foundation.

Hirschfeld the BiographyHirschfeld: The Biography
(Sarah Crichton Books - new Hardcover Book)
By Ellen Stern. Biography of Al Hirschfeld, the caricaturist of Broadway. From interviews with the artist himself, his friends and wives, celebrity subjects, agent, daughter, and more; with access to personal correspondence, journals, home movies, and scrapbooks. 368 pages. Originally announced as an October 2017 release, then 2018 release, then disappeared.

In the Heights vinyl
(new vinyl LP)
Vinyl version of the 2008 cast recording of Lin-Manuel Miranda's score featuring Miranda, Mandy Gonzalez, Christopher Jackson, Karen Olivo, and Seth Stewart, as well as Priscilla Lopez, Robin de Jesús, Janet Dacal, Andréa Burns, and Olga Merediz.

Julie Andrews book
Follow-up to her 2008 autobiography, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years.

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.

Lightning Thief vinylThe Lightning Thief vinyl
(Broadway Records - new on vinyl)
Original cast recording. Written by Joe Tracz and Rob Rokicki. Off-Broadway cast (currently at the Lucille Lortel Theatre) Chris McCarrell, Carrie Compere, Sarah Beth Pfeifer, Jonathan Raviv, James Hayden Rodriguez, George Salazar, and Kristin Stokes. Produced by Michael Croiter and Rob Rokicki. CD released July 2017. Pre-ordering only at

Miss You Like Hell
(new album)
Public Theater cast recording of Quiara Alegría Hudes / Erin McKeown score.

(Harbinger Records - new on CD)
Jones and Schmidt's legendary 1975 musical, in its first CD release. Off-Broadway cast includes Dick Latessa and Virginia Gregory. Complete restoration and remastering by Alan Silverman; extensive liner notes by Tom Jones; reminiscences by cast members Michael Glenn-Smith, Virginia Gregory and Kathrin King Segal; notes by Penna Rose (keyboards) on the creation of Schmidt's orchestration; and the composer's original logo design. Rare photos will also be included in the booklet. Expected in 2019.

Ruthless! The Musical
(Caroline Records - new on CD)
New Off-Broadway cast.

The School of Doing: Lessons from Gerald Freedman
(new book)
By Isaac Klein. Comprehensive guide to the craft and teachings of internationally renowned stage director and educator Gerald Freedman, including lessons on acting, directing, text analysis, comedy technique, camera technique, Shakespeare, musical theater, design, pedagogy, and show business. Klein corroborates Freedman's wisdom with quotes from luminaries like Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinkin, Chita Rivera, Olympia Dukakis, Debbie Allen, Christine Baranski, Anna Camp, John Cullum, William Daniels, Dane DeHaan, Jules Fisher, Paul Gemignani, Bernard Gersten, Lee Grant, Sheldon Harnick, George Hearn, Desmond Heeley, Hal Holbrook, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Stacy Keach, Carol Lawrence, Ming Cho Lee, Billy Magnussen, Jack O'Brien, Austin Pendleton, Alfred Uhry, Sam Waterston, and many more. Freedman began his career working for Columbia Pictures in Hollywood, and assistant directing Broadway musicals, including the original production of West Side Story; alongside Joseph Papp and Bernard Gersten, he founded The Public Theater, where he directed many productions of both classic and new works, including the world premiere of Hair. Over the course of his six decade career, he directed plays, operas, and musicals on and off Broadway, regionally, and around the world. He won an Obie Award, became the first American to direct at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, and served as Artistic Director of the New York Shakespeare Festival (now known as Shakespeare in the Park), Stratford's American Shakespeare Theater, Cleveland's Great Lakes Theater, and as co-Artistic Director of the Acting Company. He taught at The Juilliard School, Northwestern University, Yale University, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he served as Dean of the School of Drama for twenty-one years, becoming Dean Emeritus in 2012.

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