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2011 Gifts | Theater

Editor Kris Vire’s picks for the theater aficionado.


Shaw thing The Lincoln Center Theater cast recording of A Minister�s Wife ($15.95) preserves Josh Schmidt�s understated score for the musical adaptation of Shaw�s Candida. Kate Fry reprises the title role she played in the show�s 2009 debut at Writers� Theatre. Available at psclassics.com and iTunes.


Day by day by day by day With a new revival just opened on Broadway, the two-disc 40th anniversary reissue of Godspell ($14.99) offers dual takes on Stephen Schwartz�s poppy passion play: the original Off Broadway cast recording and the 1973 film soundtrack. Available at amazon.com and iTunes.


Sondheimania Stephen Sondheim completists will be poring over Look, I Made a Hat (Knopf, $45), the second volume of the composer�s collected and annotated lyrics, due out Tuesday 22 and covering everything from 1984�s Sunday in the Park with George through the present. Available at amazon.com.


Crazy cool Longtime Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson thoroughly dissects one of the classic musicals in Something�s Coming, Something Good: West Side Story and the American Imagination (Applause Theatre and Cinema Books, $19.99). The book offers a comprehensive contextualization of the Sharks and the Jets. Available at amazon.com.


Specific overtures �While these playwrights continue to wrestle with the same issues of the first two generations of writers, they feel that race and ethnicity are mere jumping-off points in addressing multifaceted experiences of being an Asian American,� writes Victory Gardens artistic director Chay Yew in his introduction to Version 3.0: Contemporary Asian American Plays (Theatre Communications Group, $22.95), the new anthology of work by so-called third-wave Asian-American playwrights. Edited by Yew, the book includes plays by Julia Cho, Diana Son and Sunil Kuruvilla. Available at tcg.org.