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Urinetown: The Musical is a satirical musical that features a score by Mark Hollmann along with lyrics by Hollmann and Greg Kotis. The musical was one of the first shows to open in New York after the 9/11 attacks on the city, and went on to be one of the most popular shows of the season running for almost 1000 performances. The show satirizes everything from big businesses to the government and the role of the state in private life. The show also satirizes the genre of musicals themselves, using two internal narrators to set up the plot and let the audience know about key moments before they More >

The Phantom of the Opera


The Phantom of the Opera is one of the world’s most successful musicals and the highest grossing entertainment event of all time. Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the original London and Broadway productions continue to run at their respective original theatres, where the Broadway production is the longest running show in New York. The London production is second only to Les Miserables, who is a year ahead, opening in 1985. Based on the famous French novel, a mysterious ghost falls in love with a young ballet dancer and trains her up to be an opera star. The haunting story along with More >



Scrooge is a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ short story ‘A Christmas Carol’ and is based on the film musical of the same name. The original production opened in 1992 in Birmingham and enjoyed moderate success on UK tours. The show stopped off at the London Palladium in 2005 where aged stage veteran Tommy Steele took on the leading role. The production continued to tour as part of Bill Kenwright theatricals and is set to open at the London Palladium once again for the 2012/13 Christmas season. The musical features all the songs from the film, including the Oscar nominated song ‘Thank More >

Blood Brothers


Blood Brothers is one of London’s most popular musicals and has been playing for just under 25 years. The show started out as a simple production in a school hall, before being developed further by Bill Kenwright. The show opened originally in Liverpool where it is set, and later came to the West End after many tours, featuring a wide range of celebrities in th leading roles. The show transferred to Broadway where it enjoyed modest success where Kiki Dee starred as Mrs Johnstone. The London production recently announced it was closing at the Phoenix Theatre, just shy of its 25th Birthday, More >



Wicked is one of the biggest musicals of recent years. After a lengthy tryout period around the USA, the show opened on Broadway in late 2003. The show continues to play to packed houses in both New York and London, where it has set many records for box office gross receipts. Despite its success, the show did not win either the Tony Award or Olivier Award for Best Musical, but has won dozens of awards voted for by members of the public. The show has developed a number of dedicated fans around the world, and many people see it over and over again. Based on Gregory Maguire’s novel of the same More >

Singin’ in the Rain


Nacio Herb Brown

Book / libretto:

Betty Comden and Adolph Green

Based on:

The MGM Musical film of the same name


Betty Comden and Adolph Green


Tommy Steele


Peter Gennaro

Productions Original London Production

London Palladium - Opened 30 Jun 1983, closed 1 Sep 1985

Cast: Tommy Steele as Don, Roy Castle as Cosmo Brown, Danielle Carson as Kathy Seldon, and Sarah Payne as Lina Lamont.

Original Broadway Production

George Gershwin Theatre - Opened 2 Jul 1985, closed 1 Jan 1970

London Revival

Royal National Theatre - Opened 2 Jun More >

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the first musical offering from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The show is based on the Book of Genesis in The Bible and the story of the ‘coat of many colours’. The show started life as a 30 minute long cantata written for a primary school. After the concept album was released and the success of their next musical collaboration, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, the show mounted a full scale production. The show continued to be modest in size and developed with each production, until the ‘definitive’ London Palladium version that starred Jason More >

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers


Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was based on the successful MGM movie staring Howard Keel and Jane Powell. After the success of the film, is seemed a natural progression to bring the show to the Broadway stage, but the original production flopped – playing for only 5 regular performances. Despite the updated score and impressive choreography, audiences didn’t warm to it onstage. A more successful London production opened in 1985 at the Old Vic Theatre, along with a West End Revival in 2005/6 that has enjoyed numerous years on tour. The show continues to be a very popular choice for amateur More >

Dames at Sea


Dames at Sea features book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller with music by Jim Wise. The show is a parody of a flashy 1930s musical and follows an understudy who steps into a leading role on Broadway, ultimately becoming a star. It originated as a small sketch based on the Gold Diggers, and was expanded to become a full length book musical. The show had humble beginnings off-off-Broadway, and went on to upgrading to a Broadway and London run. The show marked Bernadette Peters’ Broadway début and she won a Drama Desk award for her performance.


Jim Wise

Lyrics: More >



Mame is based on the 1955 novel and subsequent play ‘Auntie Mame’ by Patrick Dennis. The musical version features a book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. The show is set in New York during the Great Depression and focuses on the eccentric bohemian Mame Dennis. Her ridiculous lifestyle is upset when her young nephew comes to stay with her, which leads to all sorts of misadventures. The musical was made into a film by Warner Brothers pictures which starred Lucille Ball, after taking over the role from Angela Lansbury.


Jerry More >

Song and Dance


Song and Dance features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Don Black. The show was unique at the time as it combined a one woman musical with a danced second half. The first half, which went on to be called ‘Tell Me on a Sunday’ focuses on an English girl looking for love in New York. The second half involved a ballet choreographed to ‘Variations’ which was written for Andrew’s cellist brother Julian, based on the A Minor Caprice No. 24 by Paganini. The show was very popular with audiences and went on to be a success on Broadway, after some Americanization and changes to the script. More >

City of Angels


City of Angels features music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by David Zippel. The book by Larry Gilbert weaves together two plots – a writer attempting to turn a novel into a screenplay and the world of the fictional film. The show harks back to the 1940s film noir genre that was popular in Hollywood, and provides an interesting look at the film making industry. The show was extremely popular on Broadway, winning a number of Tony Awards and running for an impressive 2 years. An LA production proved to be similarly successful, although the London version did not take off as hoped when it opened in More >



Victor/Victoria is based on the 1982 film of the same name. The musical features a book by Blake Edwards along with music by Henry Mancini and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. Composer Mancini dies before the show was completed, so Wildhorn was brought on-board to finish off the score. The original Broadway production in 1995 starred Julie Andrews, who famously turned down her Tony Award nomination, as she thought the whole show had been overlooked. During her break with the production Liza Minelli took over the role. Andrews was taken to hospital for surgery on her voice, after she suffered with More >

Jesus Christ Superstar


Jesus Christ Superstar is one of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s most popular musicals. The show began life as a concept recording which become popular in America and the UK charts. Due to the scale of the show, Producers were scared to take it on, but the original production opened on Broadway in 1971, before opening in London in 1972. The musical is a loose account of the Gospels in the final week leading up to Jesus’ death, ending with the crucifixion. The main focus is on the relationship between Judas and Jesus that have been invented for the musical. Despite some controversy all over More >

Leave it to Jane


Leave It to Jane was written in 1917 and premiered at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway. The musical features a score by Jerome Kern along with book and lyrics by Guy Bolton and P.G Wodehouse. The show is based on the 1904 play ‘College Widow’ and concerns two rival schools who fight to win the football season. The seductive Jane is sent by the school to lure away the rival’s key new player, going against her father’s wishes. The original production had moderate success, but the off-Broadway revival in 1959 ran for almost 2 years. The show features famous songs such as ‘Cleopatterer’, ‘A Peach More >

Lil Abner


Li’l Abner is based on the famous Al Capp comic strip and was a popular musical of the 1950s. The show features music by Gene De Paul and lyrics by Johnny Mercer, along with a book by Norman Panama. Many attempts were made to musicalize the comic strip, but the deal was finally won by Paramount Pictures who wanted to turn the stage musical into a film. The show brings the famous characters to life from the comic strip, providing a spoof of hillbillies, whilst at the same time criticising the federal government through its satirical book. The original production was praised for its acting More >

Of Thee I Sing


Of Thee I Sing  features music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin, along with a book by George S Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind. The show was the first ever musical to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The plot follows John P Wintergreen who runs for President of the USA. Whilst his manifesto stands up on the ‘love’ platform, he falls for the wrong woman and finds himself in a difficult political situation. The original production was a critical and commercial success and has led to numerous revivals and concerts over the past 75 years. It was the longest running Gershwin musical of More >

No No Nanette


No, No, Nanette is one of the most popular musicals of the 1920s and enjoyed a fantastic revival in 1971 on Broadway. Featuring music by Vincent Youmans and lyrics by Irving Caesar, the show is based on the 1919 play ‘My Lady Friends’ by Frank Mandel, who also wrote the book of the musical. The plot involves three couples who come together in Atlantic City in the midst of a blackmail scheme and follows typical farce conventions. The show was successful in its original US tour, before opening in London and later on Broadway. Two film versions have been made, and adaptations continue to be More >

Easter Parade


Easter Parade is yet to surface on the stage, but remains one of the most popular musical films of the ‘golden age’. Released in 1948, the film starred Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, who were at the time two of the biggest names in Hollywood musicals. The film features a score by Irving Berlin and includes standards such as ‘Seppin Out With My Baby’, ‘We’re a Couple of Swells’ and ‘Snooky Ookums’, which have gone on to be covered by artists around the world in stage shows, films and albums. The film was the highest grossing musical of the year and the most financially successful show for both More >



Kismet is a musical that features musical adaptation along with an original score. The show uses themes of Alexander Borodin, with word setting and lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest. The most famous themes come from Borodin’s ‘Prince Igor’, such as the Polovtsian Dances, adapted into ‘Stranger in Paradise’. The plot concerns a wily poet whose beautiful daughter meets and falls in love with a young Prince, and is set in a fictional town in Baghdad around the same time of ‘Arabian Nights’. The original production was well received on both Broadway and in London, and has enjoyed More >

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