Our Theater section’s picks for the stage obsessed.
1/5Ring my bell If you didn’t already nab tickets for the Chicago company of The Book of Mormon, you’ll be waiting a while—the show’s sold out into March. Bide your time with The Book of Mormon: The Testament of a Broadway Musical (Newmarket Press, $45), out December 4. Creators Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez, the production team, and original cast recount the musical’s creation. Available at amazon.com.
2/5Photograph: Sean WilliamsRiver of life Revisit Lookingglass’s poignant summer hit with the Eastland: A New Musical original cast recording ($15), for sale only at the theater’s box office and website. Available at Lookingglass Theatre Company, 821 N Michigan Ave (312-337-0665).
3/5Critical mass The new coffee-table tome Broadway Musicals: From the Pages of the New York Times (Abrams, $50) collects the Gray Lady’s reviews and photos of 119 tuners, with accompanying essays by current Times critic Ben Brantley. Available at amazon.com.
4/5Oh, what a beautiful box set The 12-CD Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Complete Broadway Musicals (Masterworks Broadway, $149.98) mines the Columbia and RCA Victor catalogs for the best recordings of the pair’s output, from Oklahoma! to Allegro. Available at amazon.com.
Design for (a) living Whether the reader’s an aspiring Todd Rosenthal or a curious fan, Starting Your Career as a Theatrical Designer (Allworth Press, $27.50) will demystify the practical aspects of theater design. Author Michael J. Riha’s interviews with working theatrical designers like David Gallo, Christine Jones and Scott Pask detail the way large-scale design has changed drastically with technology. Available at amazon.com.