A Brief History of Musicals

History of Musicals in Film

American Musical Theater History

B’Way Broadway – American Musical – a PBS video series. If the link below is broken, consider getting the series from a library.

Companion Site to B’Way

History of British Musical Theater

Notable Composers of Musical Theater

Instructor’s Note – Many of these links are also subject to change, and rarely do students write about musicals for this assignment.  Use these famous composers as a suggestion for further research.

John Gay

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The Black Crook  and William Wheatley

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Franz Lehar

Ira Gershwin and George Gershwin

Rodgers & Hart

Rodgers and Hammerstein

Kurt Weil

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Cole Porter

Frank Loesser

Steven Sondheim

Leonard Bernstein

Jerry Herman

Marvin Hamlisch

Stephen Schwartz

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Claude-Michele  Schonberg

Marc Shaiman

Johnathan Larson

Lin-Manuel  Mirandahamilton