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Annie Get Your Gun 1966 Playbill

Annie Get Your Gun

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Annie Get Your Gun  features music and lyrics by Irving Berlin with a book by Dorothy and Herbie Fields. it is based on the life of Annie Oakley, a shooter who starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show although many of the events are heavily fictionalised.  The musical covers her romance with Frank Bulter and the events leading up to her joining the show. There have been numerous productions of the show around the world, with many of them enjoying long runs. Songs from the score have become instantly recognisable, such as ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’, ‘Anything You Can Do’ and ‘You More >

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum was the first musical by Stephen Sondheim for which he provided the music as well as the lyrics. The show had a difficult tryout period, with audience members not understanding the tone of the piece, and with thanks to Jerome Robbins and Hal Prince, the show became a moderate hit. Despite transferring between three Broadway houses, the show ran for almost 1000 performances. As Sondheim’s first musical, the show is a very traditional book musical, unlike his later works. Using a strict libretto, songs appear throughout the piece in a very More >

Aida

Aida

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Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida is based on the the opera by the same name by Verdi. The production marked the third Broadway outing for Walt Disney Theatricals after the successes of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘The Lion King’. As well as a score by Elton John and Tim Rice, the book was by Linda Woolverton who had worked on previous Disney successes. The show opened in 2000 and ran for almost 2000 performances on Broadway. Although the show was considered to be a huge financial success, it has never transferred or played in an professional capacity in London. The show made stars out of Heather More >

The Addams Family

The Addams Family

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Based on the Charles Addams characters featured in cartoons and films, The Addams Family is a Broadway musical with score by Andrew Lippa and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. America’s favourite ghoulish family come to life in a spectacular production that ran at the Lunt Fontaine Theatre in 2010 for over a year. The macabre family were brought to life by Nathan Lane as Gomez and Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia, and received popular praise from fans of the characters and movies. The show featured an eclectic score inspired by Broadway composers such as Stephen Sondheim and included large More >

Assassins Original Off Broadway

Assassins

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Assassins features a score by Stephen Sondheim and book by John Weidman. The show is a one act musical that brings together men and women who have assassinated and attempted to assassinate American Presidents since John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln. The show is made up of a series of vignettes which bring these characters together across different time frames. The original Off Broadway production was moderately successful, but the 2004 revival (which was postponed initially after the 9/11 terrorist attacks) helped the show become popular.

Music:

Stephen Sondheim

Lyrics:

Stephen More >

Anything Goes London Revival

Anything Goes

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Anything Goes is one of America’s most popular musicals. It has frequently been re-written, although the current licensed version reflects the changes made in the 1987 Broadway revival. The show features music and lyrics by Cole Porter, and book by Guy Bolton, P.G Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. The show is set in the American Jazz age aboard a cruise liner from New York to London. The musical features a famous score of songs including ‘Anything Goes’, ‘I Get A Kick Out of You’ and ‘You’re the Top’ which have since become show standards.

Music:

Cole Porter

Lyrics:

Cole More >

American Idiot Original Broadway

American Idiot

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American Idiot is a concept rock musical based on the album of the same name by American band Greenday. The show brings together a number of the band’s hits in the same order as the album, dramatising the overall concept that the band originally wanted it to use. The musical is a one act show and follows a simple story line set in the recent past. The show was directed and conceived by Michael Mayer who worked with Greenday front man Billie Joe Armstrong in creating it. Although a number of songs from other Greenday albums are used in the show, it is primarily based on the American Idiot More >

A Chorus Line Original Broadway Poster

A Chorus Line

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A Chorus Line is one of Broadway’s most iconic and long running shows. Conceived initially by Michael Bennett who directed and choreographed the production the show is based on true stories collected from Broadway ‘Gypsies’ – performers who travel from one show to the next as members of the chorus. The show features a series of vignettes depicting each of the dancers on the line auditioning for a part in a Broadway show. The simple concept features a variety of songs that tell the story of the trials and tribulations of a number of different performers.

Music:

Marvin Hamlisch

Lyrics: More >

Annie Palace 2012

Annie

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Everyone’s favourite red headed orphan Annie is based on the comic strip ‘Little Orphan Annie’. The musical was written by Charles Strouse and included lyrics by Martin Charnin. The show has been successful all over the world, with numerous movie and TV adaptations as well as attempts at sequels. The show follows the luck of orphan Annie who finds her luck changes as she is selected to live with a local Billionaire in 1930s New York.

Music:

Charles Strouse

Lyrics:

Martin Charnin

Book / libretto:

Thomas Meehan

Based on:

Tribune Media Service Comic Strip – Little Orphan Annie

Producer:

Mike More >

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