As the holiday season peaks but daylight remains scarce, the reading season is shifting into high gear. Luckily, there are plenty of new books available for theater fans to check out while lounging by the fireside (real ones or streaming on Netflix).
This winter there are biographies on Lorraine Hansberry, a graphic novel adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera, a book of Broadway-themed cocktails and memoirs by Megan Fairchild and Harvey Fierstein.
Check out the full list below. Looking for more ideas? Discover these 19 books released last fall.
The Ballerina State of Mind: How to Protect Your Mental Health While Striving for Excellence
By Megan Fairchild
The principal dancer of the New York City Ballet explains how to thrive in intense and competitive environments in this new memoir. In it, she shares all the wisdom she’s learned over her nearly two-decade career, drawing on her own experiences to show us how she’s learned to overcome challenges ranging from stage fright and negative comments to. a busy schedule and weight management – and how other dancers can do the same. Available now of penguin life.
Booze Over Broadway: 50 Cocktails For Theater Lovers
By Michael Groff
This cookbook features the perfect combination of show tunes and drinks for your next party. With 50 cocktails, fans can whip up delicious cocktails from the comfort of their own home with the help of the book’s commentary, step-by-step instructions, and illustrations throughout. Recipes include “Hello, Daiquiri!”, “Best Little Sour Whiskey in Texas”, “Don’t Cry For Me, Appletini,” Bloody, Bloody, Mary Jackson “,” Once on this (Long) Island Iced Tea “, “Brandy Alexander Hamilton” and “If I were a Rich Man (hattan)”. Available now by Tiller Press.
The Phantom of the Opera
By Cavan Scott, with illustrations by José María Beroy
The famous story goes from scene to page in this new adaptation into a graphic novel. Based directly on Broadway’s longest-running musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart, and a book by Webber and Richard Stilgoe, the fully licensed graphic novel translates the Gothic tale of The Phantom of the Opera from Paris and the object of her desire, the soprano Christine Daaé in a 113-page color comic. Available January 11, 2022, from Titan Comics.
READ: Take a first look at the chandelier that falls in it The Phantom of the Opera Graphic novel
Lorraine Hansberry: The life behind a raisin in the sun
By Charles J. Shields
A new biography on the playwright paints a picture of the artist using unpublished interviews with personalities in theater and politics, private correspondence and independent research. Shields’ work will explore, beyond her career as a playwright, the influence of her upper-class past, her fight for peace and nuclear disarmament, the reason she embraced communism during the Cold War, her marriage and professional partnership with Robert B. Nemiroff, and more. Available January 18, 2022, by Henry Holt & Co.
I was better last night
By Harvey Fierstein
In this memoir, winner Tony reveals personal stories of struggles, romance, and his career from his roots in Brooklyn, New York, to his work with the Theater of the Ridiculous, to the gay rights movement, and to the crisis. AIDS and its Broadway fame. Feinstein’s heartfelt memories provide a window into New York life, queer culture, and the evolution of theater. Available March 1, 2022, by Knopf.
Dauntlessly Different: An Autistic Actor’s Journey to Broadway’s Biggest Stage
By Mickey Rowe
It’s the story of growing up with autism and breaking the restrictions of a special education class to shine on stage. Rowe became the first actor with autism to star in the play. The curious incident of the dog during the night and founded the National Disability Theater, among other accomplishments. The performer has encountered untold obstacles along the way, but this story ends in triumph. Available March 15, 2022, from Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.
Little shredded pill: the novel
By Eric Smith with Alanis Morissette, Diablo Cody and Glen Ballard
Adapted from the Tony-nominated jukebox musical, this original story follows The Healys, an American family struggling to hide the cracks beneath the surface when a disturbing event shakes their community. Available April 26, 2022, from the books of Abrams.