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Schedule of New & Upcoming CD, DVD & Book Releases

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Updated 11/15/19

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A Is for AudraA is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z
(Doubleday - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By John Robert Allman. Illustrated by Peter Emmerich. "Start with 'A' for six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, then sing and dance your way through the alphabet with beloved entertainers like Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Lea Salonga, and Liza Minnelli." To receive a stage adaption at 92Y in November.

American Utopia on Broadway OBC
(Nonesuch - 2-CD set)
Includes songs from David Byrne's American Utopia along with songs from Talking Heads and his solo career, currently on Broadway in October at the Hudson Theatre. "Here," "I Know Sometimes a Man Is Wrong / Don't Worry About the Government," "Lazy," "This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)," "I Zimbra," "Slippery People," "I Should Watch TV," "Everybody's Coming to My House," "Once in a Lifetime," "Glass, Concrete & Stone," "Toe Jam," "Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)," "I Dance like This," "Bullet," "Every Day Is a Miracle," "Blind," "Burning Down the House," "Hell You Talmbout," "One Fine Day," "Road to Nowhere," "The Great Curve." Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes.

Andrew Lloyd Webber: Live Musicals Collection
(Universal - on 4 DVD Discs)
Disc 1: Cats (1999) with Elaine Paige and Sir John Mills, remastered with full digital, 70-piece orchestra; with The Making of Cats. Disc 2: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Go, Go, Go Joseph: The Making of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat plus Production Notes, The History of Joseph, The Enduring Appeal of Joseph, Cast and Filmmakers, Recommendations. Disc 3: Love Never Dies, with The Making of Love Never Dies. Disc 4: Jesus Christ Superstar Live Arena Tour, with An Introduction by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Behind the Scenes.

Angels Among Us
(Mormon Tabernacle - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
The Tabernacle Choir holiday album with featured singer Kristin Chenoweth (on "We Need a Little Christmas," "O Holy Night," "Mary, Did You Know," "Come On, Ring Those Bells," "The Christmas Waltz," "Angels Among Us," "What Child Is This?," "Angels from the Realm of Glory." Video of the concert is also available on Amazon Prime. Released 10/18/19.

Debbie Reynolds: The MGM Singles
(Sepia Records - new on CD)
Collection of all of Debbie's MGM singles on one disc. Included are some rare recordings that have not been available since their initial releases in the early 1950s; many others making their debut on CD. Plus some key soundtrack singles that not only showcase this versatile and legendary performer from the golden age of MGM musicals, but also helped define an era. 30 tracks. Released 11/8/19.

Frozen 2
(Disney - new on CD/on mp3)
Soundtrack for 2019 animated film. New songs by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Evan Rachel Wood, Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff, Panic! At The Disco, Kacey Musgraves Weezer. "All is Found," "Some Things Never Change," "Into the Unknown," "When I Am Older," "Reindeer(s) are Better than People (Cont.)," "Lost in the Woods," "Show Yourself," "The Next Right Thing," "Into the Unknown(end credits)," "All is Found (end credits)," "Lost in the Woods (end credits)."

Joe Stilgoe's Christmas Album
(Storyville Records - new on CD/mp3/at iTunes)
British singer/pianist/songwriter Joe Stilgoe (son of Richard Stilgoe and Annabel Hunt). "Medley: Winter Weather / I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," "The Night Before," "Little White Berry," "December Lights," "Sleigh Ride," "The Christmas Song," "Round & Round the Christmas Tree," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Medley: Top Hat / Putting on the Ritz," "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "I'm the Happiest Christmas Tree," "Rest in Peace." With saxophonist Amy Dickson, the Canterbury Cathedral Girls Choir, Ben Castle, and Rob Brydon.

Leonard Soloway's Broadway
(1091 - new on DVD)
Documentary produced and directed by Jeff Wolk. Pulls back the curtain of one of the most admired and loved Broadway producers and general managers. Through interviews, photos and other archival material, the film is an inside look at the "business" of "show business" in a career that has spanned more than seventy years. Leonard Soloway has been involved with over 150 productions, including Waiting in the Wings with Lauren Bacall and Rosemary Harris, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, A Moon For the Misbegotten and Mark Twain Tonight! with Hal Holbrook. Leonard has worked with veteran stage actors like Jason Robards and Colleen Dewhurst as well as film stars like Paul Newman. At the age of 90, even as we witness his latest production come to a disappointing end in the course of this film, Leonard Soloway is still enamored with the "lullaby of Broadway" as he plans his next production. Also a story of a gay man who never hid his identity at a time when this just wasn't done. Narrated by Campbell Scott, featuring candid interviews with John Slattery, Tovah Feldshuh, Olympia Dukakis, Elizabeth Ashley, Debbie Gravitte, Manny Azenberg, and more. Also expected on streaming and VOD services.

Margaret Whiting: Let's Fall in Love: The Lost Recordings Vol. 2
(Sepia Records - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
56 songs performed by the young Margaret previously unavailable commercially, including "Summertime," "Come to Me, Bend to Me," "Johnny One Note," "I'm Gonna Love That Guy," "I Got Lost in His Arms," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," "This Can't Be Love," "Someone to Watch over Me," "Bill," "Come Rain or Come Shine." Released 11/8/19.

Octet original cast recording
(Nonesuch - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original cast recording of score by Dave Malloy and Annie Tippe. Adam Bashian, Kim Blanck, Starr Busby, Alex Gibson, Justin Gregory Lopez, J.D. Mollison, Margo Seibert, and Kuhoo Verma. Digital booklet. "The Forest," "Refresh," "Candy," "Glow," "Fugue State," "Monster," "Solo," "Actually," "Little God," "Tower Tea Ceremony," "Beautiful," "The Field." Digital Booklet. To be released 1/17/20 on CD.

August WilsonThe Theatre of August Wilson (Critical Companions)
(Methuen Drama - Paperback Book)
Alan Nadel (Author), Kevin J. Wetmore Jr. (Series Editor), Patrick Lonergan (Series Editor). Comprehensive study of August Wilson's drama introducing the major themes and motifs that unite Wilson's ten-play cycle about African American life in each decade of the twentieth century. Detailed readings of each play, through extensive interviews. 232 pages.

Transparent Musicale Finale Original Soundtrack
(Decca Gold - new on CD)
Zach Barack, Alexandra Billings, Jay Duplass, Sophie Giannamore, Hannah Glazer, Alexandra Grey, Kathryn Hahn, Gaby Hoffmann, Richard Kind, Jo Lampert, Jari Jones, Amy Landecker, Erik Liberman, Judith Light, Lesli Margherita, Shakina Nayfack, Theo Tiedemann. "Sepulveda Boulevard," "Come Through Shelly," "Goddamn House," "Where Have You Been?," "Sit In It," "Your Boundary Is My Trigger," "Father's House," "Let Her Be Okay," "Where Have You Been? (Reprise)," "Your Shoes," "Crazy People," "Joyocaust." Vinyl version to be released 11/22/19. Released previously on mp3 and at iTunes.

November 18, 2019

Ben Bagley's Shoestring Revue
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Remastered Music by David Baker, Arthur Siegel, Charles Strouse, Ken Welch, Alec Wilder, and others. Lyrics by Lee Adams, June Carroll, Norman Gimbel, Ronny Graham, Sheldon Harnick, Bud McCreery, Mike Stewart, and others. Cast includes Bea Arthur, Danny Carroll, Jane Connell, Dody Goodman, and others. Limited release of 500 copies. To ship by the third week in November. At

Ben Bagley's Kurt Weill Revisited Volume II
(Kritzerland - new on CD)
Music by Kurt Weill. Lyrics by Maxwell Anderson, Bertolt Brecht, Ira Gershwin, Paul Green, Edward Heyman, Alan Jay Lerner, Ogden Nash. Cast includes Nancy Andrews, Ellen Burstyn, Nell Carter, Blossom Dearie, Tammy Grimes, Estelle Parsons, John Reardon, Arthur Siegel, and Jo Sullivan. Musical and vocal arrangements by Dennis Deal. Remastered. Limited release of 500 copies. To ship by the third week in November. At

It's Always Loud in the BalconyIt's Always Loud in the Balcony: A Life in Black Theater, from Harlem to Hollywood and Back
(Applause Books - Paperback Book)
Memoir by Richard Wesley, an essential part of the Black Theater Movement of the 1960s. From his debut in The Black Terror at the Public Theater in 1971, through Hollywood and his influence on current black theater. 256 pages.

November 19, 2019

Randy Rainbow: Hey Gurl, It's Christmas!
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Randy Rainbow's debut Christmas album. Randy puts his signature twist on holiday classics and premieres a brand new Christmas song (the title track) with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Randy Rainbow and Shaiman. With special guests Alan Cumming, Kathy Griffin, Norm Lewis, and Lorna Luft. "Hey Gurl, It's Christmas!," "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," "Merry Christmas Darling / What Are You Doing New Years Eve?," "Trump's Favorite Things," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "The Christmas Movie Medley: Somewhere Over the Rainbow; Somewhere in My Memory; White Christmas; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas)," "Make Someone Happy." Backed by a swingin' band and new musical arrangements by Jesse Kissel. Also at

November 22, 2019

& Juliet
(Atlantic Records UK - new digital album on mp3/at iTunes)
Original London cast recording of score by Max Martin. "...'what if' Juliet hadn't killed herself at the end of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?" Premiered at Manchester Opera House prior to a November 2019 opening in the West End. Miriam-Teak Lee, Cassidy Janson, Oliver Tompsett, Arun Blair-Mangat, Melanie La Barrie, Jordan Luke Gage, and Tim Mahendran. "Larger Than Life," "I Want It That Way," "...Baby One More Time," "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely," "Domino," "Show Me Love," "Blow," "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman," "Overprotected," "Confident," "Teenage Dream / Break Free," "Oops!...I Did It Again," "I Kissed A Girl," "It's My Life," "Love Me Like You Do," "Since U Been Gone," "Whataya Want from Me," "One More Try," "Problem / Can't Feel My Face," "That's the Way It Is," "Everybody," "As Long as You Love Me," "It's Gonna Be Me," "Shape of My Heart," "Stronger," "Fuckin' Perfect [Explicit]," "Roar," "I Want It That Way (Reprise)," "Can't Stop The Feeling!," "One More Try." CD to be released 11/29/19.

Beetlejuice OBC vinyl
(Ghostlight/Warner Bros. - new LP)
Score by Eddie Perfect. Music Supervision, orchestrations, and incidental music By Kris Kukul. Cast includes Alex Brightman, Sophia Anne Caruso, Kerry Butler, Rob McClure, Adam Dannheisser, Leslie Kritzer, Jill Abramovitz, Kelvin Moon Loh, Danny Rutigliano, and Dana Steingold. Album produced by Matt Stine, Alex Timbers, Eddie Perfect, and Kurt Deutsch. "Prologue: Invisible," "The Whole 'Being Dead' Thing," "Ready Set, Not Yet," "The Whole 'Being Dead' Thing, Pt. 2," "Dead Mom," "Fright of Their Lives," "Ready Set (Reprise)," "No Reason," "Invisible (Reprise) / On the Roof," "Say My Name," "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) [Act 1 Finale]," "Girl Scout," "That Beautiful Sound," "Barbara 2.0," "What I Know Now," "Home," "Creepy Old Guy," "Jump in the Line." Recording dates May 5, 6 and 13, 2019. Released earlier on mp3 and at iTunes

Luke Evans At Last
(BMG - new on CD/on mp3/at iTunes)
Welsh West End (Taboo, Rent, Miss Saigon Avenue Q) and film actor Luke Evans solo album. "Love Is a Battlefield," "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," "If I Could Turn Back Time," "Changing," "With or Without You," "I'm Kissing You," "Show Me Heaven," "At Last," "Always Remember Us This Way," "Say You Love Me," "Faith's Song," "Bring Him Home."

Mark William: Come Croon With Me
(Yellow Sound Label - new on CD)
Debut album from Mark Williams, featuring the songs in his critically acclaimed nightclub act. "Overture," "Medley: Come Live Me/ Come Fly with Me/ Blue Skies/ From this Moment On," "I've Gotta Be Me/ Golden Rainbow," "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," "Moon River/ Ebb Tide," "Just to Get My Name In Lights/ Everything Old Is New Again/ All I Wanted Was the Dream," "On the Street Where You Live," "Pure Imagination/ Over the Rainbow," "Bewitched/ You Do Something to Me/ That Old Black Magic/ Witchcraft," "I Want to Go to Hollywood," "Let Me Be Your Star," "A Lot of Livin' to Do/ Shine It On," "I Am What I Am," "Home." Backed by a five-piece band led by musical director Clint Edwards.

Kurt Weill's Street Scene
(Bel Air Classiques - new on Blu-ray)
2018 production at Teatro Real de Madrid. Featuring Patricia Racette and Paulo Szot. John Fulljames directs, with conductor Tim Murray. Choreography by Arthur Pita.

A Vintage Broadway Christmas: Festive Showtunes and Yuletide Favorites Sung by Broadway Stars of Yesteryear
(Stage Door Records - 2-CD import set)
Festive showtunes and yuletide favorites as sung by Broadway's stars of the 1950s and '60s. Includes seasonal selections from the Broadway musicals Subways Are For Sleeping, Greenwillow, Irma La Douce, Song Of Norway, Call Me Mister and Babes In Toyland. Singers include Sydney Chaplin, Elaine Stritch, Mary Martin, Barbara Cook, Sally Ann Howes, Dorothy Collins, Leslie Uggams, Mimi Hines, Eartha Kitt, Pearl Bailey, Howard Morris, Joel Grey, John Raitt, Betty Garrett, Eddie Albert, and more. See link for complete track list. Also at

November 25, 2019

The Letters of Cole Porter
(Yale Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Cliff Eisen and Dominic McHugh, editors. Extensive collection of letters (most of which are published here for the first time) dates from the first decade of the twentieth century to the early 1960s and features correspondence with stars such as Irving Berlin, Ethel Merman, and Orson Welles, as well as Porter's friends and lovers. Complemented by commentaries that draw together the loose threads of Porter’s life and highlight the distinctions between Porter’s public and private existence. 672 pages.

November 28, 2019

A Never-Ending Line: A Female Song Cycle
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Song cycle composed by Jaime Lozano with female lyricists Lindsey Erin Anderson, Neena Beber, Lauren Epsenhart, Sami Horneff, Victoria Kühne, Lisa Mongillo, Marina Pires, Noemi de la Puente, and June Rachelson-Ospa. Featuring Julia Murney, Betsy Wolfe, Emily Skeggs, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Jenna Ushkowitz, Samantha Massell, Hannah Shankman, Natalie Weiss, Alena Watters, Arielle Jacobs, Alex Finke, Alexa Green, Sherz Aletaha, Genny Lis Padilla, Indra Palomo, Florencia Cuenca, Barrie Kealoha, Anne Fraser Thomas, Kim Sava, Linedy Genao, Jennifer Sanchez, LaDonna Burns, Natalie Toro, Nora Schell, Michelle Beth Herman, Jennifer DiNoia, Doreen Montalvo, Ramona Keller, and Alyssa Fox. All proceeds generated from sales of the album will benefit Maestra Music. Also at

November 29, 2019

& Juliet
(Atlantic Records UK - new on CD)
Original London cast recording of score by Max Martin. "...'what if' Juliet hadn't killed herself at the end of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?" Premiered at Manchester Opera House prior to a November 2019 opening in the West End. Miriam-Teak Lee, Cassidy Janson, Oliver Tompsett, Arun Blair-Mangat, Melanie La Barrie, Jordan Luke Gage, and Tim Mahendran. "Larger Than Life," "I Want It That Way," "...Baby One More Time," "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely," "Domino," "Show Me Love," "Blow," "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman," "Overprotected," "Confident," "Teenage Dream / Break Free," "Oops!...I Did It Again," "I Kissed A Girl," "It's My Life," "Love Me Like You Do," "Since U Been Gone," "Whataya Want from Me," "One More Try," "Problem / Can't Feel My Face," "That's the Way It Is," "Everybody," "As Long as You Love Me," "It's Gonna Be Me," "Shape of My Heart," "Stronger," "Fuckin' Perfect [Explicit]," "Roar," "I Want It That Way (Reprise)," "Can't Stop The Feeling!," "One More Try." Released 11/20/19 on mp3 and at iTunes.

(Sony - new on CD)
World premiere recording of Douglas Lyons and Ethan D. Pakchar's new musical. Jenn Colella, Mykal Kilgore, Aisha Jackson, Saint Aubyn, Charity Angél Dawson, Gerard Canoninco, Ben Roseberry, John Krause, Max Sangerman, Jeb Brown, Matt Rodin, Katie Thompson, Olivia Griffin, Marlene Ginader, Amelia Cormack, and Jeremy Sevelovitz. "Pop Pop Beau," "So Better," "Comin' Home," "Shut Up," "It Couldn't Be," "By Your Side," "Crush," "Disappear," "Thursday In July," "Runnin'" (available now), "By Your Side (Reprise)," "Encore." To be released digitally 10/25/19.

Brian Stokes Mitchell: Plays with Music
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
A wide variety of show tunes ranging from Irving Berlin to an unrecorded Stephen Sondheim song. "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Gesticulate," "By Myself," "I Won't Send Roses," "If Ever I Would Leave You," "Getting Married Today," "The Man I Love," "Hello, Young Lovers," "A Wizard Every Day," "Flag Song," "What a Wonderful World." Produced by Stokes, and featuring a lush orchestra that include his own arrangements and orchestrations.

Hadestown OBC vinyl
(2-LP vinyl box set)
Score by Anaïs Mitchell. Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, Amber Gray, Patrick Page, Andre De Shields, Jewelle Blackman, Kay Trinidad, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer. Expected to include libretto and free download code.

December 6, 2019

Cole Porter's The New Yorkers 2017 Encores! Cast Recording
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Based on the 2017 New York City Center Encores! production of Cole Porter musical. Music direction by Rob Berman. Cyrille Aimée, Clyde Alves, Todd Buonopane, Arnie Burton, Kevin Chamberlin, Mylinda Hull, Robyn Hurder, Byron Jennings, Eddie Korbich, Tam Mutu, Jeffrey Schecter, Scarlett Strallen, Tyler Lansing Weaks, and Ruth Williamson. Produced by Rob Berman and Lawrence Manchester. "Overture," "Go into Your Dance," "Please Don't Make Me Be Good," "The Hot Patata," "Where Have You Been," "Say It with Gin," "Most Gentlemen Don't Like Love," "Love for Sale," "I'm Getting Myself Ready for You," "The Great Indoors," "Night and Day," "Wood," "Love for Sale (Reprise)," "The Physician," "Let's Fly AwayKathryn McCreary," "Sing, Sing for Sing Sing," "You've Got That Thing," "Let's Not Talk About Love," "Take Me Back to Manhattan (Pt1)," "Take Me Back to Manhattan (Pt2)," "I Happen to Like New York."

Jagged Little Pill OBC
(Atlantic - new on CD/on mp3)
Cast recording for new musical with score by Alanis Morissette, which begins December 5 at the Broadhurst Theatre. Jane Bruce, Anthony Cipriano, Kathryn Gallagher, Celia Rose Gooding, Logan Hart, Derek Klena, Max Kumangai, Sean Allan Krill, Ezra Menas, Lauren Patten, Nora Schell, Elizabeth Stanley. "Overture," "See Right Through You," "All I Really Want," "Hand in My Pocket," "Smiling," "Ironic," "So Unsexy," "Perfect," "Lancers Party (So Pure)," "That I Would Be Good," "Wake Up," "Forgiven," "Entr'Acte (Hand's Clean)," "Not The Doctor," "Head Over Feet," "Unprodigal Daughter," "Predator," "You Oughta Know," "Uninvited," "Mary Jane," "No," "Thank U," "You Learn."

The Sound of Music 60th Anniversary
(Craft Recordings - new on CD/2-LP vinyl)

1959 Broadway cast performs the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II score. Mastered from the original 3-track master tape. New liner notes by the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization's Ted Chapin. Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel, with Brian Davies, Elizabeth Howell, Kurt Kasznar, Marion Marlowe, Patricia Neway, Muriel O'Malley, Lauri Peters, Karen Shepard. "Preludium," "The Sound of Music," "Maria," "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen," "The Lonely Goatherd," "How Can Love Survive?," "The Sound of Music," "Laendler," "So Long, Farewell," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "No Way To Stop It," "An Ordinary Couple," "Processional," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen," "Edelweiss," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain."

December 12, 2019

Good Nights Out: A History of Popular British Theatre 1940–2015
(Methuen Drama - Hardcover Book)
By Aleks Sierz. A thematic survey of commercially successful London stage productions over the past 75 years... from R. F. Delderfield's Worm's Eye View and Hugh Hastings's Seagulls Over Sorrento, to The Mousetrap and The Phantom of the Opera. 240 pages.

December 13, 2019

John Barrowman Fabulous Christmas
(Decca UK - new import CD)
To include duets and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

December 15, 2019

Show by Show 9thBroadway Musicals, Show by Show, 9th edition
(Applause - Paperback Book)
By Stanley Green and Cary Ginell. Newly updated edition (first published in 1985). Includes many of the most important and memorable productions of American musical theater, including revivals. Arranged chronologically, beginning with musicals from just after the Civil War. Trends in musical theater and capsule features on the most significant musicals of the day. This edition documents important musicals produced since the end of the 2012–2013 season through spring 2019. Features statistics and inside information, critical reception, cast lists, pithy commentary about each show, and numerous detailed indexes. 544 pages.

From Aphra Behn to Fun Home: A Cultural History of Feminist Theater
(Roman & Littlefield - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
By Carey Purcell. Traces the evolution of important artists and productions over several centuries, Caryl Churchill, Pam Gems, Wendy Wasserstein, Paula Vogel Lynn, Garry Hynes, Julie Taymor and others. Also examines diversity in contemporary feminist theatre-with discussions of such playwrights as Young Jean Lee and Lynn Nottage-and a look toward the future. 272 pages

December 23, 2019

Beyond Broadway: The Pleasure and Promise of Musical Theatre Across America
(Oxford Univ Press - Hardcover Book/Paperback Book)
By Stacy Wolf. The author considers the widespread presence and persistence of musical theatre in U.S. culture, and examines it as a live, pleasurable, participatory experience of creating, watching, and listening. Why does local musical theatre flourish in America? Why do so many Americans passionately engage in a century-old artistic practice that requires intense, person-to-person collaboration? Why do audiences flock to see musicals in their hometowns? How do corporations like Disney and Music Theatre International enable musical theatre's energetic movement through American culture? From 200 interviews with practitioners and spectators, licensors and Disney creatives. 392 pages.

December 24, 2019

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

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

(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
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.

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

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

(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Play by Richard Nelson about Joe Papp. Played the Public Theater in 2017. 96 pages.

December 31, 2019

School Girls or the African Mean Girls PlaySchool Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play
(Oberon Books - Paperback Book)
Play by Jocelyn Bioh. MCC PlayLab Series 2017. 72 pages.

January 1, 2020

The Australian Musical: From the Beginning
(Allen & Unwin - Hardcover Book)
By Peter Pinne and Peter Wyllie Johnston. "... a definitive account of the history of musical theatre in Australia." 432 pages.

January 2, 2020

The First Oscar Hammerstein and New York's Golden Age of Theater and Music
(McFarland - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition)
by Adolph S. Tomars. Biography, from an unfinished manuscript by the son of one of his stage managers, recounts the spirited heyday of Hammerstein's daring and masterful productions, his often tempestuous relationships with both rivals and associates, and the birth of Broadway. 277 pages.

January 7, 2020

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

January 10, 2020

Staging Sex: Best Practices, Tools, and Techniques for Theatrical Intimacy
(Routledge - Paperback Book/Kindle Edition 12/19/19)
By intimacy choreographer and movement specialist Chelsea Pace. Takes theatre practitioners step-by-step through the best practices, tools, and techniques for crafting effective theatrical intimacy.

January 14, 2020

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

January 15, 2020

Broadway the American Musical Edition 3Broadway: The American Musical (updated)
(Applause - Paperback Book)
By Laurence Mason and Michael Kantor. Third edition of the comprehensive 2004 companion the PBS documentary series, now revised and updated with brand-new material on all the Broadway musicals through the 2018–2019 season. Foreword by Julie Andrews. 512 pages.

January 28, 2020

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.

January 2020, exact date unknown

Mary Bridget Davies: Stay With Me - The Reimagined Songs of Jerry Ragovoy
(Broadway Records - new on CD)
Mary Bridget Davis (A Night With Janis Joplin) tribute to American songwriter Jordan "Jerry" Ragovoy. Some previously unreleased Jerry Ragovoy songs including "The Right of Way" and "Master of Disguise," and new arrangements of classics such as "Stay With Me," :As Long as I Have You" and "Move Me No Mountain." Produced by TJ Armand. Jointly released by Broadway Records, 1650 Records, and LOML Records. Currently at

February 4, 2020

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.

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

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

February 11, 2020

Hundred Feet Tall
(Simon & Schuster for Young Readers - Hardcover Book/Kindle Edition)
Second children's book by Benjamin Scheuer (The Lion) with his wife Jemima Williams as illustrator. Scheuer says "Yes, there will be a song that goes with it." 40 pages.

March 5, 2020

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.

March 24, 2020

Hamilton the ExhibitionHamilton: Inside the Exhibition
(Melcher Media Inc. - Paperback Book)
By Emily Ludolph, with Hamilton scholars Joanne Freeman of Yale University and Annette Gordon-Reed of Harvard University. Foreword by Lin-Manuel Miranda. A richly illustrated and concise companion book to the Hamilton: The Exhibition traveling exhibit, now in Chicago, which is produced by Jeffrey Seller, with work by Korins, Alex Lacamoire, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Tells the story of Alexander Hamilton alongside period paintings, etchings, newspaper pages, and pamphlets as well as contemporary photographs from the original cast production and the exhibition galleries, which are designed to create immersive experiences. 112 pages.

May 1, 2020

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

July 14, 2020

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

October 15, 2020

Phantom Behind the ScenesThe Phantom of the Opera: Behind the Scenes at the Palais Garnier
(Applause Books - Hardcover Book)
Foreword by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Official insight into the creation of The Phantom of the Opera and a look at the characters, stories, and places therein. Also includes elements from Love Never Dies, including photographs of sets, lyrics, costumes, and music. 192 pages.

January 1, 2021

Joe Turner (Fourth Wall)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.

No release date set

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.

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.

Groundhog Day piano/vocal selections
(Hal Leonard - Paperback Book)
15 vocal selections from the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical. Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, who wrote an in-depth forward to this souvenir collection. Also includes performance notes from the show's music director, Laurie Perkins. "Everything About You," "Hope," "If I Had My Time Again," "Night Will Come," "Nobody Cares," "One Day," "Overture," "Playing Nancy," "Punxsutawney Phil," "Rita's Diary," "Seeing You," "Small Town USA Day One," "Small Town USA Day Two," "Stuck," "There Will Be Sun." 144 pages.

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;

Ironbound and Other Plays
(Theatre Communications Group - Paperback Book)
Plays by Pulitzer Prize winner (for Cost of Living) Martyna Majok: queens, Ironbound, and Sanctuary City. 288 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.

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.

Robbie Rozelle: Songs from Inside My Locker
(Broadway Records - new album)
To be recorded February 23 and March 1, 2019 at Feinstein's/54 Below. Written by Robbie Rozelle. Musical direction and arrangements by Josh D. Smith. Six-piece band The Two Drink Minimum. Special guests include Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels) and Maya Days (Aida).

Sea Wall/A Life
(Audible audiobook)
2019 Broadway plays by Simon Stephens and Nick Payne. Starring Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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

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