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Musicals staring with letter H

Hans Christian Anderson

Hans Christian Anderson

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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 >

High Society

High Society

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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 >

How to Succeed Original London

How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (H2$) is one of the most popular Broadway musicals of the period. The show won the Pulitzer Prize for its depiction of a specific time and place. The original production broke records, and numerous revivals have provided opportunities for star performers. The show shows the sexual office politics of a 1960s New York office firm, as window cleaner J Pierrepont Finch climbs the company ladder aided by a clever self narrating book.

Music:

Frank Loesser

Lyrics:

Frank Loesser

Book / libretto:

Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert

Based More >
Hello Dolly 1st London Revival

Hello, Dolly!

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Hello, Dolly! features music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, along with book by Michael Stewart. The musical is based on the Thornton Wilder play ‘The Matchmaker’ and follows Dolly Levi who in infamous for her romantic pairings. The musical achieved great success in its original Broadway production, produced by David Merrick. The show fought off stiff competition from ‘Funny Girl’ to win the Tony Award, and has since gone on to achieve worldwide acclaim, along with a successful 1969 film starring Barbara Streisand.

Music:

Jerry Herman

Lyrics:

Jerry Herman

Based on:

The Matchmaker by Thorton More >

Hairspray

Hairspray

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Hairspray features a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman along with a book and libretto by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan. The musical is based on the 1988 John Walters film of the same name. The stage musical was then remade into a successful musical film starring John Travolta and Zach Effron. The show won both the Tony Award and Olivier Award for Best New Musical, along with a large amount of critical praise leading to commercial success.  Set in 1960s Baltimore, the story leads an important discussion about race and body image with an inspirational message to all and includes a More >

Hair Original London

Hair

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Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical is unique musical that changed the face of musical theatre during the late 1960s. Featuring music by Galt MacDermot and book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, the musical portrays the hippie culture of America in the 1960s around the time of the US involvement with Vietnam. The show features nudity, sexual acts, profanity and drugs and became an overnight sensation. This new type of ‘Rock’ musical helped pave the way for other shows in the later decade. Featuring a non linear narrative the show was one of the first ‘concept’ musicals and More >

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