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Sweeney Todd

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a 1979 musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler. Described as a musical/opera the show was based on the play by Christopher Bond. It tells the story of Benjamin Barker aka Sweeney Todd who after 15 years of unjust incarceration returns to wreak revenge on the Judge who sentenced him. However his thoughts of revenge soon turn to wider society and he begins slaughtering his customers and with the aid of his doting land lady Mrs Lovett making them into pies. One of Sondheim’s darkest scores the musical has

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Showboat Second London Revival

Show Boat

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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 Broadway

The Secret Garden

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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.

Music:

Lily Simon

Lyrics:

Marsha More >

Salad Days

Salad Days

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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.

Music:

Julian More >

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Scrooge

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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 >

Singin in the Rain

Singin’ in the Rain

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Music:

Nacio Herb Brown

Book / libretto:

Betty Comden and Adolph Green

Based on:

The MGM Musical film of the same name

Screenplay:

Betty Comden and Adolph Green

Director:

Tommy Steele

Choreography:

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 >

Seven Brides Original Broadway

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

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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 >

Song and Dance London

Song and Dance

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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 >

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Street Scene

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Street Scene is sometimes referred to an American Opera, along the similar lines to Gershwin’s ‘Porgy and Bess’. The score was created by Kurt Weill, including lyrics by Langston Hughes with book by Elmer Rice. The musical is based on Rice’s earlier play of the same name which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. The original production enjoyed modest success although it was partly a commercial failure. The show has not been revived on Broadway, although it is a popular choice for Opera companies in both the USA and UK. A successful revival by The Opera Group at the Young Vic in 2008 brought More >

She Loves Me Playbill

She Loves Me

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She Loves Me is a musical based on the frequently adapted play ‘Parfumerie’ by Hungarian Miklos Laszlo, which was also the basis of the 1998 film ‘You’ve Got Mail’ starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. The show features two shop workers in Budapest who are unknowingly each other’s secret pen pals, despite being constantly at odds with each other in real life. The musical features music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, the team behind ‘Fiddler on the Roof’. The book is adapted from the play by Joe Masteroff. Originating on Broadway in 1963, the show has had successful productions all More >

The Sound of Music Martin Beck 1998

The Sound of Music

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Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most loved musical The Sound of Music has enchanted audiences all over the world. Since opening on Broadway in 1959 the show quickly became known for its recognisable score that features songs such as ‘My Favourite Things’, ‘Climb Every Mountain’, ‘Do Re Me’ and ‘The Lonely Goatherd’. The final show in the R&H cannon is perhaps their most successful, thanks in part to the 1965 film adaptation starring Julie Andrews that has been seen and enjoyed by generations all over the world. Based on ‘The Von Trapp Family’ the show tells the story of governess Maria who is sent More >

The Scottsboro Boys

The Scottsboro Boys

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The Scottsboro Boys was one of the last collaborations between John Kander and Fred Ebb before Ebb’s death. The musical features a book by David Thompson and is based on the Scottsboro Boys trial. The piece is set up like a minstrel show, in which the cast tell the story led by a white Interlocutor. The original Broadway production was directed by Susan Stroman and opened at the Lyceum Theatre in 2010, after various off-Broadway tryouts. The show was critically successful although closed early after only 49 regular performances. The show went on to be nominated for 12 Tony Awards, although More >

Sweet Charity Original Playbill

Sweet Charity

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Sweet Charity is a popular musical that has enjoyed successes in both London and New York, as well as the big screen. The show features music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields and includes show standards such as ‘Big Spender’, ‘If They Could See Me Now’ and ‘The Rhythm of Life’. Neil Simon’s book is loosly based on Fellini’s screenplay for ‘Nights or Cabiria’ which follows the romantic toils of an optimistic prostitute from a Times Square dance hall. The original production was directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse and starred his wife Gwen Verdon. The show has been revived on More >

Sunday in the Park With George

Sunday in the Park With George

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Stephen Sondheim’s 1984 musical Sunday in the Park With George is regarded by many as his finest and most autobiographical work. The composer collaborated with James Lapine, inspired by the painting ‘A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte’ by French painter Georges Seurat, and came up with a complex musical that switches between two time frames. Act One concerns the character of Georges and the characters of his painting, which Act Two set in modern day New York. Sondheim composed the score in a similar way to Seurat’s painting style, pointalism, only using notes that are More >

Starlight Express

Starlight Express

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Starlight Express is a modern rock musical by British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, featuring lyrics by Richard Stilgoe. The musical became one of the longest running shows in West End history after playing at the Apollo Victoria for over 7,400 performances. The show follows a young boy’s dream of his toy train set coming to life, and the show follows the story of a group of railway trains including Rusty, Greaseball, Diana and Electric. The score features a wide style of music from rap to country and western, and has been revised multiple times before each new production. The show became More >

Spring Awakening Novello 2010

Spring Awakening

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Spring Awakening is a groundbreaking rock musical by Duncan Sheik and Stephen Sater based on the 1871 play by Frank Wedekind that caused much controversy in Germany when first published. The show deals with issues of sex, abortion, masturbation, homosexuality and abuse and is famous for its eclectic score and memorable production. The musical started out as an Off-Broadway hit, before transferring to Broadway and becoming the most popular musical of the season. The show took home a whole host of Tony Awards including the award for Best New Musical. Despite this success, the show was not a hit More >

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Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark

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Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark is the controversial Broadway musical that holds the record for the most expensive musical production in history. Since its initial creation, controversy surrounded the production, with a preview period of 182 performances before the official press night. The show was regularly in the news before the official opening due to the size and scale of the aerial stunts, in which many cast members were injured throughout the initial performances. Originally directed by Julie Taymor, she was later let go from the production and sued the company for damaged in a long, More >

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South Pacific

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South Pacific is a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical from 1949. The book was written by Joshua Logan, adapted from James Michener’s novel Tales of the South Pacific and is set in a US Naval base during the final part of World War II in the South Pacific islands. The musical is well known for its score of show standards, ranging from the powerful ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ to the whimsical ‘Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair’. The show has been revived on both Broadway and the West End, with successful recent productions touring both the US and UK.

Music:

Richard Rodgers

Lyrics:

Oscar More >

Songs for a New World

Songs for a New World

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Songs For a New World features music and lyrics by contemporary American composer Jason Robert Brown. It marked his first professional Off Broadway show and the original production was directed by Daisy Prince, daughter of Hal Prince the famous Producer and Director. The show is more of a song cycle/revue that brings together four singers each on the moment of decision. Although there is some form of overarching narrative, most of the songs stand alone outside of the show. The musical has been popular with fringe companies around the world.

Music:

Jason Robert Brown

Lyrics:

Jason More >

Seussical

Seussical

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Seussical the Musical is a modern musical that brings together the stories of American children’s author Dr. Seuss. Combining loveable characters such as The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, The Sour Kangaroo and Amazing Mayzee, the show had moderate success on Broadway, and no professional London production has been attempted. The show is a very popular choice for school groups in America. Flaherty and Ahrens’ score was well received.

Music:

Stephen Flaherty

Lyrics:

Lynn Ahrens

Book / libretto:

Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty

Based on:

the books of Dr. Seuss, and conceived by Eric More >

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