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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was a hot Broadway musical that has now been successful all over the world. The show is set to have its London premiere at the Savoy Theatre in Spring 2014. The musical features music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Jeffrey Lane. This musical comedy is based on the 1988 film of the same name which starred Michael Cane and Steve Martin. The original production was directed by Jack O’Brien and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. John Lithgow and Norbert Leo Butz starred in the original Broadway production, with Lithgow eventually being replaced by Jonathan Pryce. More >


Kinky Boots


Kinky Boots is based on the 2005 film of the same name and tells the story of a Midlands shoe factory that decides to develop shoes for drag queens. The musical features music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein. The original production opened on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in 2013 and went on to win the Tony Award for Best New Musical. The original production starred Stark Sands and Billy Porter in the lead roles, and the pair were both nominated for a Tony Award for their efforts, with Porter eventually taking home the prize. The show is earmarked to make a More >


The Lion King


Disney’s The Lion King is a multi-award winning hit musical that has achieved worldwide success. Based on the 1994 animated film of the same name, the stage version uses the hit songs by Elton John and Tim Rice as well as an expanded score with additional music by Hans Zimmer and Lebo M. The production was directed by Julie Taymor and produced by Disney Theatricals. It originally opened in 1997 in Minneapolis before transferring to Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre for an official opening on November 13, 1997. The show has now been seen all around the world. 




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Once the Musical


Once the Musical is a breakaway Broadway hit musical based on the 2006 independent Irish film of the same name. The musical opened on Broadway in 2012 and received 11  Tony Award nominations, going on to win eight including Best Actor and Best Musical. It also won the Grammy Award for Best Show Album. The show features a book by Edna Walsh and the score builds on that of the film, featuring music by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. The song “Falling Slowly” won an Oscar for Best Original Song. After proving to be a sell out on Broadway, the show transferred to the Phoenix Theatre in More >


Annie Get Your Gun


Annie Get Your Gun features music and lyrics by Irving Berlin with a book by siblings Dorothy and Herbert Fields. Based on the real life of Annie Oakley, a famous sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, Annie Get Your Gun combines true and fictional events in this renowned musical. Following her tumultuous romance with fellow performer Frank Bulter and the events leading up to her joining Buffalo Bill’s show, this musical has enjoyed numerous revivals around the world. Songs from the score are instantly recognisable, with hits such as “There’s No Business Like Show More >


Titanic the Musical


Titanic the Musical was a surprise hit on Broadway, from the pen of composer Maury Yeston and Peter Stone. Based on the disaster itself, and not the famous film, the show won 5 Tony Awards alone with the trophy for Best Musical. The original production featured an enormous cast who between them depicted the various classes of passengers aboard the ship, crew and captains. The show integrates a number of different stories together, culminating in the disaster in the second act of the show. The challenge of making the ship sink onstage proved difficult throughout previews, and many technical More >


The Wild Party


The Wild Party was one of two musicals of the same name to open in the 2000 Broadway season. Whereas LaChiusa’s production opened on Broadway, the Andrew Lippa version opened off Broadway. Both use the same source content of the 1928 Joseph Moncure March narrative poem. The show is told in vaudeville style comprising a small number of vignettes which come together to tell an overall story. Each thread slowly comes together and develops into an orgy followed by a tragedy. The original Broadway production had an all star cast which saw Eartha Kitt return to the stage. The music is set within More >


Show Boat


Show Boat is a two act musical by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein, originally opening in 1927. The musical follows the lives of workers and passengers on a steamship in the Mississippi River named ‘Cotton Blossom’ from 1880 – 1927. The show is one of the earliest examples of a book musical and was regularly revived and performed in various versions throughout the twentieth century. Controversy now surrounds the show due to its depiction of racial issues, something that changes from production to production. Songs from the musical such as ‘Ol Man River’ and ‘Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man’ have More >


The Secret Garden


The Secret Garden is a musical based on the popular children’s book of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Set in Yorkshire at the start of the 20th Century, the story has become a timeless classic. After the original Broadway production the show enjoyed success in both Australia and the UK, where it was produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Rebecca Luker and Mandy Patinkin were in the original Broadway cast and feature on the soundtrack. Songs such as ‘Lilly’s Eyes’ have become Broadway standards and are regularly performed out of context.


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Rodgers and Hammerstien’s musical take on the classic fairy tale stated life as a made for TV movie. One of their first shows to be created not directly for the stage, Cinderella was a huge hit and has been remade a further twice after the original Julie Andrews starred in the original 1957 film, which was updated 40 years later to include Bernadette Peters and Whitney Houston. Many of the songs became hits, including ‘In My Own Little Corner’ and ‘Stepsister’s Lament’. The show has enjoyed success in many forms, and in the UK many of the songs were used in more pantomime versions traditional More >




Barry Manilow’s Copacabana brings the Grammy Award winning song to life on stage. After starting life as a made for TV movie, the show became a hit in London’s West End where it played for over a year and enjoyed numerous UK tours. The show originally opened in Plymouth and appealed to fans of Manilow, becoming one of the very first jukebox musicals. With an original story patched around Manilow songs, this was a fun filled, action packed musical full of feathers and sequins. The show failed to appear on Broadway but has enjoyed life on the US amateur theatre scene, where many companies are More >


Peter Pan


Peter Pan is one of many musical adaptations of the famous story by JM Barrie. Despite a version by Leonard Bernstein, it is the Julie Styne and Carolyn Leigh version that has stood the test of time, thanks in part to the original production by Jerome Robbins and the TV film made of the show. Originally the role of Peter Pan was synonymous with Mary Martin, but in recent years Cathy Rigby has toured endlessly with the show. The musical is frequently presented all around America and is a favourite during the holiday season. is one of many musical adaptations of the famous story by JM Barrie. More >


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum was the first musical by Stephen Sondheim for which he composed the music as well as wrote the lyrics. Originally receiving a lukewarm response, the show enlisted the help of Jerome Robbins and Hal Prince to become a hit. Despite transferring between three Broadway venues in 1962-63, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum ran for almost 1000 successful performances. As Sondheim’s first musical, the production is a very traditional book musical, unlike his later, more complicated operettas. Enjoying numerous major revivals across the US More >


On the Town


On the Town is a musical and film featuring music by Leonard Bernstein (West Side StoryWonderful Town) and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The musical was based on an idea by Jerome Robbins and puts many of his famous dances to music. Songs from the show have since become standards such as “New York, New York”, ” Lonely Town” and “I Can Cook Too”. The show follows a group of sailors who are on 24 hour leave and aim to find themselves an amazing woman. The show was moderately popular, but it was the film version, starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra that is most remembered More >




Candide is billed as an opera/operetta and has been revised in a wide variety of forms over the past fifty years. Although it began life as a play with music, it quickly became a favourite project of composer Leonard Bernstein who wrote the entire score. The Overture has become widely recognised as one of the most famous from its genre and is regularly performed by orchestras all over the world. The book has been adapted on various occassions for different forms of performance, and is now regularly performed in a concert format, complete with narration to make it as clear as possible. The More >

Hans Christian Anderson

Hans Christian Anderson


Hans Anderson, or Hans Christian Anderson (the film’s name) is a two act musical that features music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. The film was extremely successful after being released in 1952, starring Danny Kaye in the title role. The show follows the life of storyteller Hans Anderson, whose children’s stories such as ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘The Ugly Duckling’ have become world famous. The stage production opened in London at the London Palladium in 1974 and starred Tommy Steele in one of his many productions at this famous venue. The show was revived later in 1974. The score by Frank More >


Salad Days


Salad Days features a score by Julian Slade with lyrics by Dorothy Reynolds. The musical had humble beginnings in Bristol before transferring to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre where it broke records for running for over 2,200 performances. The show is not often performed in London or New York, but remains famous thanks to Producer Cameron Mackintosh who accredits it as the reason he got into the theatre industry. A successful London fringe production helped open the show up to new audiences once again and was revived at the Riverside Studios in December 2012.


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The Bodyguard


The Bodyguard is a brand new musical based on the 1992 award winning movie of the same name. The show has been in pre-production for some years, despite many thinking it was triggered by the death of Whitney Houston early in 2012. The musical features the songs of Whitney Houston exclusively, with no original material written for the production. Most of the songs are performed as performances by the lead character Rachel rather than to progress the story, resulting in a strange form that is half musical, half play with songs. The show stars Tony Award winner Heather Headley in the lead role More >


The Mystery of Edwin Drood


The Mystery of Edwin Drood, or ‘Drood’ as it is known to some is a unique musical in which the audience have the chance to choose the outcome. Based on the unfinished novel of the same name by Charles Dickens, the show concerns a murder mystery plot, leaving the audience to select the offender from a range of suspects. The quirky play within a play setting of the musical, along with the different outcome every night helped this musical win the Tony Award for Best Musical, going on to achieve cult status. The show was first seen in the 1980s but has been revived in 2012 in both London and New More >


High Society


High Society is a musical based on the film of the same name, which in turn is based on the Phillip Barry play ‘The Philadalphia Story’. The show features a score by Cole Porter and uses songs he wrote specifically for the production, along with a number of songs from his back catalogue. The story focuses on a wedding between a Long Island socialite and a pretentious executive that is thrown into disarray when her ex-husband arrives. The original Broadway production was not particularly successful but the show found an audience in the West End, thanks in large to the Regent’s Park Open Air More >

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