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Schedule of New & Upcoming CD, DVD & Book Releases

Updated 10/23/20 | 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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The Best New Ten-Minute Plays, 2020
(Applause - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Lawrence Harbison. Part of Applause Acting Series. Thirty new ten-minute plays. 256 pages.

Disney Goes Classical
(Decca - on CD)
Performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. "Mary Poppins Overture," "How Far I'll Go," "A Whole New World," "Can You Feel The Love Tonight," "Almost There," "Go The Distance," "Colors Of The Wind," "When She Loved Me," "The Bare Necessities," "Part Of Your World," "Beauty and the Beast," "I See The Light," "Let It Go," "Reflection," "When You Wish Upon A Star." Expected vinyl on 12/4/20. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes.

"The Enchanted Train"
(PS Classics - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Music by Jerome Kern; lyrics by P.G. Wodehouse. Performed by Rebecca Luker and Matthew Scott. orchestrated and music directed by Joseph Thalken, produced by Tommy Krasker, and mixed by Bart Migal. Released 10/16/20.

"If Donald Got Fired"
(Broadway Records - new digital single on mp3/at iTunes)
Patti LuPone and Randy Rainbow political spoof song. Released 10/7/20.

Laura Benanti
(Sony Masterworks - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
Debut solo album with Sony Masterworks for Tony Award winning Laura Benanti. "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk," "Someone You Loved," "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?," "Sucker," "The Boy From...," "Go Slow," "Don't Worry 'Bout Me," "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," "Lose You to Love Me," "Wives and Lovers," "The Party's Over."

Luba Mason: Triangle
(new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
"Bach, Stevie Wonder and Janelle Monáe," "Haled's Song About Love," "Ticket to Ride," "Waters of March," "Ceresne," "In Walked Bud," "Inolvidable," "Toxicity," "Say It," "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover." Recorded live at the legendary Power Station studios with Joe Locke on vibes and James Genus on acoustic and electric bass.

Maury Sings Yeston: The Demos - digital
(PS Classics - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Professionally recorded in studios over a forty-year period. "The Bells of St. Sebastian," "Unusual Way," "The Germans at the Spa," "Simple," "The Queen of Basin Street," "Salt ’n’ pepper," "Mississippi Moon," "Bad News," "The Mardi Gras Ball," "Alive!," "More and More," "Life’s a Joy," "Roberto’s Eyes," "Something’s Happened," "Viva España," "Picture It," "I Will Paint Sounds," "Bon Soir," "Doing the Latest Rag," "Barrett’s Song," "Lady’s Maid," "Sitting at the Captain’s Table," "The Proposal/The Night Was Alive," "No Moon," "Kolya," "Soviet Union Blues," "Tell Me About Your Wife," "To the Future," "Baby at 110," "New Words," "One for a Rainy Day," "My Brother Abel," "The Nileside Cotillion," "No Man’s as Wonderful," "Three Steps Forward," "Down on the Farm," "Nowhere to Go but Up," "Another Day in the Modern World," "Valentine," "December Time." The iTunes download will come with a full 29-page booklet, which includes an essay by Yeston, all the lyrics, and information about songs that were cut or revised, and why. It also "sets up" the songs that benefit from a little exposition. 2-CD set to be released 12/4/20.

Night of the Living Dead! The Musical!
(Broadway Records - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Original concept album. Score by Jordan Wolfe. The musical premiered in 2019 at Theatre Row. Album produced by Wolfe and James Morgan. Jaime Cepero, Meg Lanzarone, Michelle Dowdy, Michael Buchanan, Susan J. Jacks, Jordan Wolfe, Richard Binder, and Steven Amendola.

Nichols and May: Interviews
(Univ Press of Mississippi - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Robert E. Kapsis. Twenty-seven interviews and profiles ranging over more than five decades tell Mike Nichols and Elaine May stories in their own words. 328 pages.

Over the Moon digital
(Sony Music Masterworks - new on mp3/at iTunes)
Soundtrack for new Netflix animated film. Songs by s Christopher Curtis, Marjorie Duffield and Helen Park. Original music score by Steven Price. Performing cast includes Phillipa Soo, Ruthie Ann Miles, Ken Jeong, Cathy Ang, and Robert G. Chiu. CD to be released 11/13/20.

Sistuhs in the Struggle: An Oral History of Black Arts Movement Theater and Performance
(Northwestern Univ Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By La Donna Forsgren. Documents how black women theater artists and activists—many of whom worked behind the scenes as directors, designers, producers, stage managers, and artistic directors—disseminated the black aesthetic and emboldened their communities. Draws on nearly thirty original interviews with well-known artists such as Ntozake Shange and Sonia Sanchez, as well as less-studied figures including distinguished lighting designer Shirley Prendergast, dancer and choreographer Halifu Osumare, and three-time Tony-nominated writer and composer Micki Grant. 296 pages.

The Song Is You: Musical Theatre and the Politics of Bursting into Song and Dance
(Univ of Iowa Press - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
By Bradley Rogers. Are the musical's progressive politics rooted in its embrace of regressive entertainments like burlesque and minstrelsy? Shows how musicals return again and again to this question, and grapple with a guilt that its joyous pleasures are based on exploiting the laboring bodies of its performers. Rogers argues that the discourse of "integration"—which claims that songs should advance the plot—has functioned to deny the radical work that the musical undertakes every time it transitions into song and dance. Looking at musicals from The Black Crook to Hamilton, Rogers confronts the gendered and racial dynamics that have always under-girded the genre, and asks how we move forward. 270 pages.

Whirlwind: Live at Sam First
(new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Pianist/composer Max Haymer. David Robaire on bass and Dan Schnelle on drums. "So in Love," "Whirlwind," "Proof of Evil," "Speak Low," "Gold Plated Dime," "Welcoming," "Killing Time," "Passed Time," "Love for Sale."


October 26, 2020

Hans Christian Andersen
(Warner Archive - DVD-R)
1952 musical film starring Danny Kaye. Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. Directed by Charles Vidor. 112 minutes. Released in June on blu-ray.

That's Dancing!
(Warner Archive - on DVD-R)
1985 compilation film produced by M-G-M that looked back at the history of dancing in film with clips from MGM, United Artists, and the Associated Artists Productions films. Hosted by Gene Kelly (executive producer), Ray Bolger, Liza Minnelli, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Mikhail Baryshnikov. 104 minutes.


October 27, 2020

American Utopia
(Bloomsbury - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Features the words and lyrics from David Byrne's recording and subsequent theatrical concert, with artwork by Maira Kalman (who designed the art for the Broadway show's curtain). Edited and designed by Alex Kalman/What Studio?. 160 pages.

The Opposite Sex
(Warner - new Blu-ray)
1956 musical comedy film starring June Allyson, Joan Collins, Dolores Gray, Ann Sheridan, Ann Miller, Joan Blondell, Leslie Nielsen, Agnes Moorehead, Charlotte Greenwood, Sam Levene, Carolyn Jones, Dick Shawn, Jim Backus. Based on Clare Booth Luce's play The Women. Songs include "The Opposite Sex," Nicholas Brodszky and Sammy Cahn, "Young Man With a Horn," by George Stoll and Ralph Freed, "A Perfect Love," by Nicholas Brodszky and Sammy Cahn, "Yellow Gold," by Nicholas Brodszky and Sammy Cahn, "Rock and Roll Tumbleweed," by Ralph Freed and George Stoll, "Now Baby Now," by Nicholas Brodszky and Sammy Cahn. 116 minutes.

A Tale of Transformation: Twenty-Five Years of Beauty and the Beast On Stage
(Disney Editions - Hardcover Book)
By Jeff Kurtti. Fully illustrated with concept art, costume designs, behind-the-scenes photography, and other rarities and never-before published visuals, along with text by renowned Disney author historian Jeff Kurtti. Also features a dozen guest essays by creative talents and performers who have been a part of, or been deeply influenced by this landmark cultural work. Disney Editions Deluxe series. 160 pages.

Three Sisters
(Nick Hern Books - Paperback Book)
Cordelia Lynn's version, from a literal translation by Helen Rappaport, first performed at the Almeida Theatre, London, in April 2019, in a production directed by Rebecca Frecknall. Kindle Edition released earlier. 96 pages.


October 29, 2020

Lucy Prebble Plays 1: The Sugar Syndrome; Enron; The Effect; A Very Expensive Poison
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
384 pages.


November 1, 2020

Circle in the Square Theatre: A Comprehensive History
(McFarland and Co. - Paperback Book)
By Sheila Hickey Garvey. Records the seven-decade history of this distinguished theatre from its nightclub origins to its current status as a Tony Award-winning Broadway institution. Based on years of research as well as interviews conducted with Circle in the Square's major contributing artists. 412 pages.

The 10-Minute Musical: An Anthology from the Sound Bites Festival
(Theatre Now - new book)
Twenty-five musicals chosen from the first six years of the Theatre Now festival. Foreword by Roma Torre. Currently at TNNY.org.


November 3, 2020

SpongeBob SquarePants: The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!
(Paramount/Nickelodeon Home Entertainment - new on DVD)
Filmed version of the show presented live on October 17, 2019, plus an exclusive sing-along edition only available on this DVD. Ethan Slater, Gavin Lee, Danny Skinner, Brian Ray Norris, Wesley Taylor, Christina Sajous, Tom Kenny. Conceived and directed by Tina Landau. Original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, the Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants, T.I., and songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny, and Andy Paley. Book by Kyle Jarrow. Music supervision, orchestrations, and arrangements by Tom Kitt, and choreography by Christopher Gattelli. Scenic and costume design by David Zinn. Lighting design by Kevin Adams. Projection design by Peter Nigrini. Sound design by Walter Trarbach.


November 6, 2020

Harvey Schmidt: Merry Christmas 1975
(Musical Theater Project/Harbinger Records - new on CD)
An audio Christmas card, with Harvey Schmidt on piano. A variety of songs from the Golden Age of Hollywood and Broadway, originally released on LP as a gift to lucky friends of his. "I Feel a Song Comin' On," "Yesterdays," "Looking for a Boy," "You Are Beautiful," "My Favorite Things," "Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney Medley:," "Babes In Arms," "They All Laughed," "The Sweetest Sounds," "Lucky Day," "No More Waiting," "A Chorine Medley:," "Oh, Kay!," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Produced by Ken Bloom. Associate productions Bill Rudman. Remastering: Alan Silverman / ARF! Mastering.

Mary Poppins 2020
(First Night Arts Music - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
2020 London cast recorded live at the Prince Edward Theatre, London. Score by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman with new songs and additional music by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Zizi Strallen, Charlie Stemp, Joseph Millson, Amy Griffiths, Petula Clark, Claire Moore, Claire Machin, Jack North, and Paul F Monaghan. "Prologue/Chim Chim Cher-ee," "Cherry Tree Lane/The Perfect Nanny," "Practically Perfect," "Jolly Holiday," "Let's Hope She Will Stay," "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Precision and Order," "Feed the Birds," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," "Playing the Game," "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "Entr'acte," "Brimstone and Treacle Pt. 1," "Let's Go Fly A Kite," "Good for Nothing," "Being Mrs. Banks," "Brimstone and Treacle Pt. 2," "Step in Time," "A Man Has Dreams/A Spoonful of Sugar," "Anything Can Happen," "The Task Is Done," "A Shooting Star," "Finale."

Sweet Mystery: The Musical Works of Rida Johnson Young
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Ellen M. Peck. Part of Broadway Legacies series. Study of the musical theater works of Rida Johnson Young (ca. 1869-1926), one of the most prolific female playwrights of her time, as well as a lyricist and librettist in the musical theater. She wrote more than thirty full-length plays, operettas, and musical comedies, 500 songs, and four novels, including Naughty Marietta, Lady Luxury, The Red Petticoat, and When Love is Young. 192 pages. Using archival materials such as original typescripts, correspondence, and reviews, the book contextualizes her work in the early twentieth century professional theater and provides a window into the standard practices of writing and production of the era. Illustrated. 192 pages.


November 10, 2020

Jagged Little Pill: The Stories Behind the Iconic Album and Groundbreaking Musical
(Grand Central Publishing - new Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook)
Chronicle of the Grammy-winning 1995 Alanis Morissette album and the new Broadway musical it inspired. Photos (Matthew Murphy) and interviews from Morissette, bookwriter Diablo Cody, creative team members, and cast members, as well as a full annotated libretto and an exploration of the album's cultural significance. 224 pages.

Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway
(Simon & Schuster - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD/Audible Edition)
By Michael Riedel. Account of recent Broadway history—spanning from the debut of Andrew Lloyd Weber's Sunset Boulevard to Disney's The Lion King. Drawing upon more than 150 insider interviews, Riedel walks us through the Broadway we know and love today: an industry awash in big hits and bigger money, while also being an industry split between its adherence to old artforms and the allure of popular culture. 352 pages.

What the Constitution Means to Me (TCG Edition)
(Theatre Communications Group - Kindle Edition)
Broadway play by Heidi Schreck. 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist. 96 pages. Paperback version to be released later.


November 12, 2020

American Theatre Ensembles Volume 1: Post-1970: Theatre X, Mabou Mines, Goat Island, Lookingglass Theatre, Elevator Repair Service, and SITI Company
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book)
By Mike Vanden Heuvel. First volume in series, covering the years 1970-1995. 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. 264 pages. American Theatre Ensembles Volume 2: Post-1995 to be released 2/11/21.


November 13, 2020

Christmas in Hollywood
(Stage Door Records - new import 2-CD set)
"Festive songs from the silver screen and yuletide favourites as sung by iconic Hollywood stars from the golden age of cinema and television." Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Danny Kaye, Doris Day, Deanna Durbin, Shirley Temple, Dick Powell, Esther Williams, Jimmy Durante, Red Buttons, Tab Hunter, Debbie Reynolds, Rosemary Clooney, Gordon MacRae, Nelson Eddy, Jeanette MacDonald and many more. Also spotlights recordings by Hollywood's "ghost singers," with featured songs performed by Marni Nixon, Norma Zimmer and Bill Lee. Plus the complete 1959 stereo album "We Wish You a Merry Christmas - 15 Great Christmas Favorites sung by Warner Bros. Stars," with songs by stars of popular television shows including Roger Moore, Connie Stevens, Dorothy Provine, Eddie Cole and others.

Over the Moon
(Sony Music Masterworks - new on CD)
Soundtrack for new Netflix animated film. Songs by s Christopher Curtis, Marjorie Duffield and Helen Park. Original music score by Steven Price. Performing cast includes Phillipa Soo, Ruthie Ann Miles, Ken Jeong, Cathy Ang, and Robert G. Chiu. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes

Petula Clark: Christmas in London
(Stage Door Records - new on CD)
All of Petula Clark's festive recordings from the 1950s - a selection of traditional carols alongside a sprinkling of original Christmas songs. Includes two previously unreleased radio performances, unheard since their original broadcast.

Sweeney Todd soundtrack
(Nonesuch - new vinyl LP)
2007 movie soundtrack on vinyl. Score by Stephen Sondheim. Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter,Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jayne Wisener, Jamie Campbell Bower, Laura Michelle Kelly, Ed Sanders, Anthony Head, Peter Bowles.


November 15, 2020

Brickman for Broadway Christmas
(new on two CDs)
Includes duet performances with Megan Hilty, Santino Fontana, Kelli O'Hara, Norm Lewis, Adrienne Warren, Shoshana Bean, Max von Essen, Sierra Boggess and Matt Doyle. "You Will Be Found", "It's Quiet Uptown", "For Good", "True Love" and 12 more. Will benefit The Actors Fund. Currently at JimBrickman.com.


November 17, 2020

Rachel Bloom: I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are
(Grand Central Publishing - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audiobook on CD)
Collection of personal essays, poems and even amusement park maps on the subjects of insecurity, fame, anxiety, and much more. Told in her unique voice (sometimes singing voice). 256 pages.

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

This Is Not My Memoir
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition/Audible Audiobook)
By André Gregory and Todd London. The audible audiobook version is narrated by André Gregory. Tells the life story of André Gregory, iconic theatre director, writer, and actor. Gregory shares memories from a life lived for art, including stories from the making of My Dinner with André. Includes fantastic and fantastical stories that take the reader from wartime Paris to golden-age Hollywood, from avant-garde theaters to monasteries in India. Along the way we meet Jerzy Grotowski, Helene Weigel, Gregory Peck, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, Wallace Shawn, and many other larger-than-life personalities. A collaboration between Gregory and Todd London. 224 pages.


November 18, 2020

Judy Whitmore: My Favorite Things
(Arden House Music - new album)
Debut album. Recorded at Capitol Studios with collaborators John Sawoski and Michael Patterson. "Can't We Be Friends," "I Could Write a Book," "I Should Care," "It Had to Be You," "The Lies of Handsome Men," "How About You / Manhattan / Autumn in New York," "The Last Time I Saw Paris / the River Seine," "'S Wonderful," "My Favorite Year," "Love Is Here to Stay," "I Get Along without You Very Well," "Two for the Road."


November 20, 2020

If The Fates Allow: A Hadestown Holiday Album
(Broadway Records - new on CD and digital)
Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, and Kay Trinidad plus guest appearances by the entire cast of Hadestown. Holiday classics plus songs by Gonzalez-Nacer, Anaïs Mitchell, and Liam Robinson. Produced by Grammy winner David Lai, Todd Sickafoose, Liam Robinson, and Gonzalez-Nacer. Executive-produced by Van Dean and Mara Isaacs. 14 tracks. Also at BroadwayRecords.com.

Josh Groban: Harmony
(Warner/Reprise - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Josh Groban performing a collection of timeless songs and two originals. The World We Knew (Over and Over)," "Angels," "Celebrate Me Home," "Shape of My Heart" (with Leslie Odom Jr.), "Your Face," "Both Sides Now" (with Sara Bareilles), "She," "The Impossible Dream," "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," "It's Now or Never," "I Can't Make You Love Me," "The Fullest" (with Kirk Franklin). Those who pre-order (not clear if that's just digital) will receive an instant download of Josh's rendition of "Impossible Dream."

Les Miserables: The Staged Concert
(First Night Arts Music - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Live album featuring Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Matt Lucas. Recorded live at the Gielgud Theatre in London. 39 tracks.

Prince of Egypt OLC
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Stephen Schwartz score for current West End musical. 43-member cast includes Luke Brady, Liam Tamne, Christine Allado, Alexia Khadime, Joe Dixon, Debbie Kurup, Gary Wilmot, Mercedesz Csampai, Adam Pearce, Tanisha Spring, Silas Wyatt-Barke, Simbi Akande, and Casey Al-Shaqsy. The score includes 10 new songs and five from the DreamWorks animated film. "Deliver Us," "Faster," "One Weak Link," "Footprints on the Sand," "Seti's Return," "Dance to the Day," "All I Ever Wanted," "Make it Right," "Moses in the Desert," "Through Heaven's Eyes," "Faster (Reprise)," "Never in a Million Years," "Act I Finale," "Return to Egypt," "Always on Your Side," "Simcha," "Deliver Us (Reprise)," "The Plagues," "For the Rest of My Life," "Heartless," "When You Believe," "Never in a Million Years (Reprise)," "Act II Finale." CD format will be released later this year. Produced by Dominick Amendum and Stephen Schwartz, with Kurt Deutsch serving as Executive Producer. Previously released on mp3 and at at iTunes.


November 23, 2020

Time to Act: An Intimate Photographic Portrait of Actors Backstage
(Lanoo Publishers - Hardcover Book)
By Simon Annand. Foreword by Cate Blanchett. Victoria Broackes, contributor. In meditative portraits, often shot in the intimate space of the dressing room, Annand captures the focus and tension of world-class actors right before they go on the stage. Including Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Anthony Hopkins, Jake Gyllenhaal and Judi Dench. 256 pages. Donation to The Theatre Artists Fund for every copy sold.


November 27, 2020

Thankful: A Benefit Album For Jerad Bortz
(Rock-It Science Records - new digital album)
Twenty-two original songs written by Steven Skeels. Annaleigh Ashford, Shoshana Bean, Stephanie J. Block, Jerad Bortz, Alex Brightman, Breedlove, Lisa Brescia, Norbert Leo Butz, Liz Callaway, Gaelen Gilliland, Jin Ha, Megan Hilty, Cheyenne Jackson, Christopher Jackson, Andy Karl, Beth Leavel, Norm Lewis, Julia Murney, Q. Smith, Ali Stroker, Steven Skeels, Marty Thomas, Katie Thompson, Ryan Vasquez, Ann VanCleave and Ben Vereen with Jerad Bortz Jared Bradshaw, Kathy Coppolino, Michael Di Liberto, Olivia Donalson, Hannah Dowdy, Stacia Fernandez, David Gilleo, Gaelen Gilliland, Courtney Iventosch, Craig Jessup, Eddie Marco, Samuel Moffatt, Brian Munn, Lindsay Northen, Tori Palazola O’Rourke, Andy Redeker, Jonathan Ritter, Mesghan Sands, Steven Skeels, Ann Van Cleave, and Laura Woyasz. Arrangers and orchestrators include Martyn Axe, Simon Beck, Ben Cohn, Carmel Dean, Ray Fellman, Josh Harris, Alex Lacamoire, Daniel Lincoln, Bryan Perri, Will Reynolds, Richard Rockage, James Sampliner, Brian Usifer and Scott Wasserman. Produced by Lynn Pinto and Steven Skeels. Funds to benefit Jerad Bortz (Wicked), who was seriously injured in a 2018 car accident. Pre-ordering to begin 10/23/20.

Ryan Shaw: Imagining Marvin
(Broadway Records - new album)
Multi Grammy-nominated actor/singer (Motown, Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent's Park) tribute to Marvin Gaye. "Save The Children/Mercy Mercy Me," "Get Home" (with Robert Randolph), "I Want You," "Love In Pain" (with Rob Thomas and Derek Trucks), "Sexual Healing," "Sin," "Good Lovin' Ain't Easy To Come By" (with Shoshana Bean), "Strong Men Can ," "Choosin'," "I Heard It Through The Grapevine," "The Shadow Of Your Smile." Produced by Ryan Shaw and Shedrick Mitchel.


December 1, 2020

Dance Adventures: True Stories About Dancing Abroad
(Mtm Coaching and Consulting - new Hardcover Book/Paperback/Kindle Edition)
Megan Tayler Morrison, editor. Foreword by Tanja "La Alemana" Kensinger. Stories from renowned performers, dance educators, and other avid dance adventurers ... about epic dance adventures across North America, Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa highlight various dance traditions, as well as unique aspects of each country's geography, history, demographics and educational systems. 306 pages.

Drama Menu at a Distance: 80 Socially Distanced or Online Theatre Games
(Nick Hern Books - Paperback Book)
By Glyn Trefor-Jones. Exercises to energise, excite and inspire your group, alongside some firm favourites, redesigned to be played within the necessary constraints. Kindle Edition released 9/10/20. 112 pages.

Henrik Ibsen: Nine Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramatisations
(BBC - audiobook)
Adaptations of Ibsen's The Wild Duck, Rosmersholm, Brand, and John Gabriel Borkman, A Doll's House (relocated to 1879 India in Tanika Gupta's dramatisation), Ghosts (adapted by Richard Eyre with the Almeida Theatre cast), Hedda Gabler, The Lady from the Sea, and An Enemy of the People. Casts include David Threlfall, Nicholas Farrell, Helen Baxendale, Indira Varma, Lesley Manville and Harriet Walter. Released previously as Audible Audiobook.

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

The Oxford Book of Theatrical Anecdotes
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Gyles Brandreth. Ultimate anthology of theatrical anecdotes ... covering every kind of theatrical story and experience from the age of Shakespeare and Marlowe to the age of Stoppard and Mamet, from Richard Burbage to Richard Briers, from Nell Gwynn to Daniel Day-Lewis, from Sarah Bernhardt to Judi Dench. 832 pages.

What the Constitution Means to Me (TCG Edition)
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Broadway play by Heidi Schreck. 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist. 96 pages. Kindle Edition released earlier.


December 4, 2020

Anyone Can Whistle
(JAY Records - new on 2-CDs)
Studio cast recording of Stephen Sondheim score. Maria Friedman, John Barrowman, Arthur Laurents, Julia McKenzie. National Symphony orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards. Currently at JAYRecords.com.

Maury Sings Yeston: The Demos - digital
(PS Classics - new on CD)
Professionally recorded in studios over a forty-year period. "The Bells of St. Sebastian," "Unusual Way," "The Germans at the Spa," "Simple," "The Queen of Basin Street," "Salt ’n’ pepper," "Mississippi Moon," "Bad News," "The Mardi Gras Ball," "Alive!," "More and More," "Life’s a Joy," "Roberto’s Eyes," "Something’s Happened," "Viva España," "Picture It," "I Will Paint Sounds," "Bon Soir," "Doing the Latest Rag," "Barrett’s Song," "Lady’s Maid," "Sitting at the Captain’s Table," "The Proposal/The Night Was Alive," "No Moon," "Kolya," "Soviet Union Blues," "Tell Me About Your Wife," "To the Future," "Baby at 110," "New Words," "One for a Rainy Day," "My Brother Abel," "The Nileside Cotillion," "No Man’s as Wonderful," "Three Steps Forward," "Down on the Farm," "Nowhere to Go but Up," "Another Day in the Modern World," "Valentine," "December Time." The iTunes download will come with a full 29-page booklet, which includes an essay by Yeston, all the lyrics, and information about songs that were cut or revised, and why. It also "sets up" the songs that benefit from a little exposition. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes


December 15, 2020

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

Muse of Fire: Reflections on Theatre
(Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
Raymond-Jean Frontain, editor. Collection of Terrence McNally's meditations on the need of the playwright to first change hearts in order to change minds and thereby foster a more compassionate community ... originally written to be delivered on both highly formal occasions (academic commencement exercises, award ceremonies, memorial services) and as off-the-cuff comments at highly informal gatherings. 200 pages.


December 22, 2020

Onstage with Martha Graham
(Univ Press of Florida - Paperback Book)
By Stuart Hodes. Memoir of a dancer who got his start with Martha Graham. A rare firsthand view of the dance world in the 1940s and through the end of the twentieth century. He danced as Graham's partner in Appalachian Spring, Deaths and Entrances, Every Soul Is a Circus, and Errand into the Maze. Hodes shares his delight in dance as both hard work and a fantastic adventure. 288 pages.


January 5, 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.


January 15, 2021

Conversations with Lorraine Hansberry (Literary Conversations Series)
(Univ Press of Mississippi - Paperback Book)
Mollie Godfrey, editor. The first volume to collect all of Lorraine Hansberry's substantive interviews in one place, including many radio and television interviews that have never before appeared in print. 240 pages.


February 2, 2021

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


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.


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)
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 23, 2021

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.


March 9, 2021

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


April 13, 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.


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.


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.


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.

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

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)
Expected in 2019.

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
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Linda Vista
(TCG - Paperback Book)
Play by Tracy Letts, produced on Broadway by Second Stage in 2019. 190 pages.

Lovesong
(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.

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.

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

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.

-- Sound Advice Staff




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