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The Musicals

So Many Great Musicals


A list of the bests of all time in any subject is debatable and controversial. So there is any of the lists on this site are the best of all time, just great among the best shows.  Please pardon me if one of your favorites is missing from the list.  I recommend going out of your comfort zone.  If you are into modern rock theatre, go see a Rodgers and Hammerstein show; you may be surprised about how much you enjoy it.  And vice versa.  If you into Andrew Lloyd Webber, go see a Stephen Sondheim musical.  And vice versa.  There is so many different types of musical theatre shows, so try something new.





The story of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and the Continental Congress put to music.  1776 deals with the struggles that led to the signing of the the Declaration of Independence of the United States.    William Daniels played the lead role in both the stage (1969) and screen (1972) versions of the musical, the musical had a revival in 1997.  Songs include, “Sit Down John,” “But Mr. Adams,” “He Plays the Violin,” “The Egg,” and “Is Anybody There.”  The book takes many liberties with the historical facts about how liberty was won in America, including portraying Caesar Rodney at the edge of death (he was actually a general in the Delaware militia through 1781), Jefferson not having been home in six months (he had just returned from home) and other characters who are inaccurately portrayed.  Still, 1776 is an entertaining musical that stirs patriotism within its audience.




Original Cast Recording   New Broadway Cast Recording        A Musical Play




42nd Street


A girl named Peggy Sawyer moves to New York to perform in the theatre and ends up saving the show within a show, Pretty Lady.  With a simple story line, great music and dance routines, it is packed with energy and lots of fun.  Songs include “The Lullabye of Broadway,” “42nd Street,” “I Only Have Eyes for You,” and “Shuffle Off to Buffalo.”   Based on the 1933 film musical of the same name that starred Ruby Keeler, it was performed on Broadway in 1980 starring Jerry Orbach Wanda Richert, and revived in 2001 starring Kate Levering and Christine Ebersole. 



 Original Broadway Cast Recording                    Piano/Vocal/Chords




A Chorus Line


It isn’t a typical book musical.  It is more than a revue.  It is the story of a tryout for dancers, but is the story of every dancer in the tryout.  It won nine Tony Awards and is one of the only musicals to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  It’s a Chorus Line.  It was the longest running show ever on Broadway for over a decade, though that record has been surpassed multiple times since.  A Chorus Line was produced, directed, and choreographed by Michael Bennett who understood dancers and was able to bring that out of the performers.  To the book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, Marvin Hamlisch wrote the music and Edward Kleban the lyrics for a score that include, “What I Did For Love,” “At The Ballet,” “One,” “Dance Ten Looks Three,” and a montage that makes us laugh, touches us, and allows us to know the characters a little better each time it is performed.




Original Broadway Cast with Bonus Tracks      2006 Broadway Revival Cast



The Complete Book of the Musical                 Vocal Selections           




A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum


It is often referred to with the abbreviated title “Forum,” combining Roman comedy with vaudeville.  It is the quintessential musical farce that includes satire, mistaken identity, puns, and sight gags.  Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart created a wildly funny book and Stephen Sondheim wrote both the music and lyrics that moved the story along.  The best known song from the show is “Comedy Tonight,” a song that started the set the tone for the show and is so well known that if you sing, “Something familiar...,” someone else is sure to sing the next line or hum the tune.  The story is about Roman slave, Pseudolus, who is offered his freedom by his young owner, Hero,if he can woo the concubine next door, Philia, for his master.  The girl is interested as well, but she has been sold to a renowned warrior, Milo Gloriosus.  But Pseudolus is determined to win his freedom and does not give up.  And chaos ensues.



     Original 1996 Broadway Cast        A Musical Comedy Based on the Plays of Plautus




A Little Night Music



                  CD                                           DVD - Wide Screen




           Revised Vocal Score                    Revised Edition Vocal Selections






Allegro was the third and probably the most experimental and innovative of the musicals by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, it was probably also the least well received.    It tells the story one man, Joseph Taylor Jr. from his birth until he is 35, including his first steps, the freshman dance, marriage, and many milestones along the way.   It had a very good score, but produced no hit songs as the music was intended to focus attention to the story.  



Allegro, Original Cast





The comic strip Little Orphan Annie comes to live in a heartwarming musical by Charles Strouse (music), Martin Charnin (lyrics), and Thomas Meehan (book).  Annie is an orphan who dreams of finding her parents.  She escapes the orphanage to search for her parents and befriends a stray dog.  She is chosen to spend Christmas in the mansion of Daddy Warbucks.  Miss Hannigan, her brother Rooster and his girlfriend conspire to use Annie’s good luck to become rich.  Daddy Warbucks puts together an all out search for Annie’s parents.  Rooster and Lily pose as Annie’s parents, to the skepticism of Daddy Warbucks. President Roosevelt arrives for a visit with information that Annie’s real parents are dead.  Rooster, Lily and Miss Hannigan are arrested by the secret service. Daddy Warbucks  adopts Annie to much rejoicing.


Andrea McArdle was the first Annie and she set the bar high for future Annies.  Annie fills us with hope when singing “Tomorrow,” and breaks our hearts with “Maybe.”  Other songs from the show include, “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “ Little Girls,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” “Hard Knock Life,” and “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here,” among others.



 Original Broadway Cast        30th Anniversary Production



 Vocal Selections                         Vocal Selections                           Easy Piano       




Annie Get Your Gun



Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein were approached with the idea for Annie Get Your Gun by Dorothy Fields.  Instead of writing the show themselves or having Rodgers work with Fields, they sought out another composer to write the musical story of how Annie Oakley joined Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show and her rivalry and romance with the shows original star, Frank Butler.  The original choice to write the music was Jerome Kern, who died during the creation of the show.  So Rodgers and Hammerstein turned to Irving Berlin (not a bad second choice).  Berlin and Fields combined to put together some of musical theatre’s most enduring songs, including, “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “They Say It’s Wonderful,” “I Got Lost In His Arms,” “I Got the Sun In Morning,” “They Say Its Wonderful,” “Anything You Can Do,” and “Doing What Comes Naturally.”



   Original Broadway Cast                               Ethel Merman, CD       



   1999 Broadway Revival Cast                                Vocal Selections             




Anything Goes


The original book by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse has been revised many times.  Basically, it is the story of Billy Crocker, who stows away on an ocean liner on its way to London from New York to try to win over the love of Hope Harcourt.   While Hope is in love with Billy, she is engaged to a much wealthier man.  Billy is in disguise and when the disguise is found out, he is mistaken for Public Enemy number one.    The story is fun, but the best part of the show is the music and lyrics by Cole Porter.  Many of the songs from the show are some of the great standards, including “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top,” “Friendship,” “Let’s Misbehave,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” “All Through the Night,” “It’s De-Lovely,” and “Anything Goes.”



1995 Studio Cast             2011 Revival: Vocal Selections         Piano/Vocal/Chords







Original Broadway Cast




Aspects of Love










 Original Off-Broadway Cast             Assassins: The Musical      




Avenue Q


Avenue Q is an R-rated spoof on Sesame Street.  The show has both people and puppets, with their puppeteers in full view.  The story by Jeff Whitty is about young adults searching for their purpose while facing the uncertainties of life.  The show is full of profanity in both the dialogue and music.  Many of the funniest moments in the show are in songs by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx like “It Sucks to Be Me,” “The Internet is for Porn,” and “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist.” 



Original Broadway Cast Recording      Songs from the Hit Broadway Musical



Complete Book and Lyrics                      Piano/Vocal Selections  




Babes in Arms



1989 Cast Recording







    Original Broadway Cast Recording                           DVD                        




  • Bells Are Ringing



Original 1960 Broadway Cast CD







Original Broadway Cast                         1995 Studio Cast             



Piano and Vocal Selections                              Vocal Score                




Bye Bye Birdie



Original Broadway Cast                 Deluxe Souvenir Edition









Original Broadway Cast         1998 Broadway Cast                     Vocal Score         






Camelot is one the classic shows in musical theatre history , with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and the music by Frederick Loewe.   It is the adapted story of King Arthur, his Knights of the Roundtable, his bride Guenevere, and the pure Sir Lancelot, who becomes not so pure when he falls in love with Guenevere.   The original cast included Julie Andrews, Robert Goulet (in his first Broadway show), Richard Burton, and Roddy McDowell.   The brilliant score included, “Camelot,” “What Do the Simple Folks Do,” “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “Fie on Goodness,” “The Lusty Month of May,” and “I Wonder What the King is Doing Tonight.”



Original Broadway Cast CD             The Stage Musical DVD    







    Original Cast CD                   1987 Studio CD                  1993 London Cast CD 



1994 Broadway Cast CD                      Vocal Score         







Original Broadway Cast CD     Original London Cast CD            Vocal Selections          







           Original Cast CD       1996 Broadway Revival Cast CD    10th Anniversary Edition  







  Original Broadway Cast CD               2007 Broadway Revival Cast CD



2007 Broadway Revival Cast DVD            2007 Broadway Revival Cast Blu-ray







Original Broadway Cast                        Vocal Selections           



Crazy for You



 Original Broadway Cast        Original London Cast            Complete Vocal Selections




Damn Yankees



Original Cast CD           1994 Broadway Cast CD              Vocal Score     




Do Re Mi



Original London Cast               1999 Broadway Cast CD







Original Broadway Cast CD         Original Broadway Highlights CD    



Original London Cast CD      Music & Complete Libretto                Songbook             




Fiddler on the Roof



Original Broadway Cast CD      Original Soundtrack       30th Anniversary Edition 



 Vocal Selections                        Original London Cast 



Complete Text with Lyric                      Easy Piano              




Finian’s Rainbow


Original Broadway Cast                       Vocal Selections     



  Irish Repertory Theatre Cast CD       1947 Broadway Vocal Selections







Original Broadway Cast CD




Flower Drum Song



Original Broadway Cast CD        2002 Broadway Cast CD 




Funny Girl



Original Broadway Cast CD                    Piano/Vocal                 







Original Broadway Cast CD







Original Off-Off-Broadway Cast CD         40th Anniversary Celebration CD



1993 Studio Cast                           Vocal Selections







Original Broadway Cast CD      1994 Broadway Cast CD     2007 Broadway Cast CD



  Vocal Score                    Vocal Selections                  School Version




Grey Gardens



Original Broadway Cast CD     Complete Book and Lyrics          Vocal Selections             




Guys and Dolls



Original Broadway Cast CD                       1995 Jay Studio CD    



                    1992 Broadway Cast CD            The Making of the Cast Recording DVD



 Vocal Selections                        Easy Piano                       Vocal Selections







Original Broadway Cast CD            Vocal Selections           Original London Cast CD 



Television Soundtrack CD      2003 Broadway Cast CD      2008 Broadway Cast CD







Original Broadway Cast CD    Original Cast DeluxeCD      Original London Cast CD  



The Actor's Fund Benefit CD       New Broadway Cast CD            Vocal Selections           







Original Cast Recording CD




Hello Dolly



        Original Cast CD                     Original Cast Deluxe CD



The Vocal Score                           Vocal Selections




High Society


Original Broadway Cast CD




HMS Pinafore



D'Oyly Carte Opera Co. CD        Malcolm Sargent, CD    Ambrosian Opera Chorus DVD



  Vocal Score                          Vocal Score                                 DVD   




How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying



Original Broadway Cast CD            1995 Broadway Cast CD   



                         Vocal Selections                  2011 Broadway Cast Recording            





Into the Woods



       Original Cast  CD                     London Cast CD               2002 Broadway Cast      



   Vocal Score                         Vocal Selections                           DVD         







D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, CD                        DVD                         



Vocal Score, with Dialogue                Vocal Score Paperback     




Jersey Boys



Original Broadway Cast CD                            Vocal Selections            




Jesus Christ Superstar



               Original Cast CD          1996 Studio Cast CD    Highlights 1997 London Cast CD



       20th Anniversary London Cast CD     Highlights: 20th Anniversary London Cast CD



                  Easy Piano                         NOOK Book1996      London Stage Production DVD




Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat



             Original Broadway Cast CD          Original Canadian Cast Recording CD



London Palladium Cast CD                         Vocal Selections          



         Easy Piano                   Piano duet arrangements       Donny Osmond, DVD







Original Broadway Cast Alfred Drake, CD        1964 Studio Cast Gordon MacRae, CD



1989 British Studio Cast CD                 1991 Studio Cast CD     




Kiss Me Kate



        Original Broadway Cast            1999 Broadway Revival Cast CD



The Complete Vocal Score                    Vocal Selections       




Kiss of the Spider Woman



Original Broadway Cast CD                         Vocal Selections          




Les Miserables



Original Broadway Cast CD         Red Ink Complete CD               Vocal Selections           



             Piano Solos                          Easy Piano                     Piano Duet Play-Along



10th Anniversary Concert at London's Royal Albert Hall DVD




Mack and Mabel



 1974 Original Broadway Cast CD                   Vocal Selections                   


Mamma Mia



Original Broadway Cast CD        5th Anniversary Edition CD



Vocal Selections                           Easy Piano 







Original Broadway Cast CD      Original Broadway Cast CD



Mary Poppins



Cast CD, Walt Disney Records           Vocal Selections                     Easy Piano                     




Man of La Mancha



Original Broadway Cast CD      New Broadway Cast CD      2001 Studio Cast CD      



         Vocal Score                           Paperback                    NOOK Book (eBook)







The 2009 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical, Memphis is the story based loosely on the life Dewey Phillips, one of the first white DJ’s to play black music on the radio, Felicia Farrell, a black singer and his love interest, and her brother Delray and how race impacts their lives and careers.  David Bryan wrote the music, Joe  DiPietro wrote the book, and they both wrote the lyrics for a very bluesy and exuberant score



Original Broadway Cast CD         Complete Book and Lyrics




Merrily We Roll Along


The verify creative show of the story of three friends that goes backward through their lives from the successful careers to their early hopeful days.  While it had the shortest run on Broadway of any of Sondheim’s musicals and the show produced no popular songs, the album has some of the best music of any of his musicals. 



                      Original Broadway Cast CD      1992 Leicester Haymarket Theatre Cast CD




Miss Saigon



Original London Cast CD   Original London Cast Highlights CD      Vocal Selections     




My Fair Lady


The musical version of Pygmalion, My Fair Lady is one of the classics of musical theater.  Professor Henry Higgins attempts to transform a cockney girl into a lady. 



Original Broadway Cast CD       Original London Cast CD        2001 London Cast CD   



    Complete Vocal Score             Piano/Vocal/Chords             Vocal Selection             




No, No, Nanette



1971 Revival Cast CD




Of Thee I Sing



1952 Revival Cast CD







Original Broadway Cast CD    1979 Broadway Cast CD     1998 Royal National Thtr CD



Complete Book and Lyrics          Complete Vocal Score                 Vocal Selections         



Hugh Jackman, Josefina Gabrielle DVD - Wide Screen




On a Clear Day You Can See Forever



Original Broadway Cast CD




On the Town



Original Broadway Cast CD




Once Upon a Mattress



Original Broadway Cast CD     1996 Broadway Cast CD                   Vocal Score               




Pal Joey



         1950 Studio Cast                  1995 Broadway Cast             Piano Vocal Selections    




Peter Pan



1954 Broadway Cast                         1997 Studio Cast  







1972 Original Broadway CD        Vocal Selections                              DVD                         




Pirates of Penzance



Original Broadway Cast CD                 Vocal Score               Vocal Score with Dialogue 



Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, Rex Smith, DVD     Anthony Warlow, David Hobson, DVD



The Ambrosian Opera Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, DVD




Porgy and Bess



 1935 version CD                   Leona Mitchell, CD                   1988 Studio Cast CD



Diahann Carroll, CD                  Vocal Selections    



The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess: A 75th Anniversary Celebration




Promises Promises



New Broadway Cast Recording Kristin Chenoweth, Sean Hayes CD







Original Cast Recording CD     Original Cast Recording CD



Complete Vocal Score                 Vocal Selections                             Easy Piano      







Original Broadway Cast CD    Complete Book and Lyrics       Movie Vocal Selections   



Vocal Selections                 DVD - Wide Screen                    Blu Ray 







Original Cast Recording CD




She Loves Me



Original Broadway Cast Album CD       1993 Broadway Revival Cast CD   




Show Boat



Lincoln Center CD                1988 Studio Cast CD                Vocal Selections    




Singin’ in the Rain



1997 Original Broadway Cast CD




Song and Dance



Original Broadway Cast CD




South Pacific



Original Broadway Cast CD        1995 London Cast CD        2008 Broadway Cast CD



    Deluxe Souvenir Songbook              Songbook                   Easy Play Piano   






Cast Recording CD                   Vocal Selections                        Easy Piano 



Spring Awakening



Original Broadway Cast CD                   Vocal Selections         



          Libretto                                    Notes of the Lyrics




Sunday In the Park With George



            Original Cast CD                2006 London Revival Cast CD



Vocal Selections                                    DVD           




Sweeney Todd



Original Broadway Cast CD     Original Broadway Cast CD    2005 Broadway Cast CD 



  Vocal Selections                 Vocal Selections               In Concert, DVD




Sweet Charity



Original Broadway Cast CD       New Broadway Cast CD               Vocal Selections        




The Color Purple



Original Broadway Cast CD                      Piano/Vocal              




The Drowsy Chaperone



Original Broadway Cast CD                Vocal Selections            




The Fantasticks



1960 Original Off Broadway Cast CD       2006 Off Broadway Recording CD  



Illustrated Text & Scrapbook         Complete Vocal Score              Vocal Selections           



The Amazing Story / Fantasticks       Vocal Selections            Try To Remember DVD        




The King and I



  Original 1951 Cast CD           1964 Broadway Cast CD         1977 Broadway Cast CD



         2000 London Cast CD               Souvenir Folio Vocal Selections     




The Mikado



Charles Mackerras, CD             Groucho Marx, CD               Complete Vocal Score  



Vocal Score                              DVD                                      DVD




The Music Man



Original Broadway Cast CD             Original London Cast CD 



Vocal Selections                  Vocal Selections




The Pajama Game



Original Broadway Cast CD            Original London Cast CD 




The Phantom of the Opera



Original London Cast CD                   Piano Voice Selections  



Vocal Selections               Intermediate Piano Solos             Easy Adult Piano




The Producers



Original Cast CD          The Story Behind the Show         Vocal Selections




The Sound of Music



50th Anniversary Edition CD           1988 Studio Cast              Complete Book and Lyrics



Vocal Selections          Vocal Selections Souvenir Edition           Piano Solos    




They’re Playing Our Song



        Original Cast CD                   Original London Cast CD




Thoroughly Modern Millie



 Original Broadway Cast CD                Vocal Selections            




Victor Victoria



 Original Broadway Cast CD                    Vocal Selections         



   DVD - Wide Screen              Blu-ray - Wide Screen




West Side Story


West Side Story has an innovative score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.  It is basically the story of Romeo and Juliet adapted by Arthur Laurents who set it in 1950’s New York, but Romeo is named Tony and Juliet is Maria and  the families feuding families have been replaced with street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks.  Songs from West Side Story are among some of the best known songs in American musical history and include, ”Something's Coming,”  “America,” ”Maria,” ”Somewhere,” ”Tonight,” ”Jet Song,” ”I Feel Pretty,” ”A Boy Like That,” ”One Hand, One Heart,” “Cool,” and “Gee, Officer Krupke.”



 Original Broadway Cast CD                 1997 Studio Cast, CD           



Original Broadway Cast & Original Movie Soundtrack CD



Intermediate Piano Solos                 Vocal Score                             Vocal Selections     




Where’s Charley


The musical version of Charley’s Aunt, Where’s Charley was a popular musical in the late 40’s and through the 50’s often overlooked nowadays.  It is the story of Charley who goes to great lengths to overcome the obstacles that stand between him and his love for Amy, including disguising himself as his own aunt to fool Amy’s greedy uncle and guardian, Mr. Spettigue.  The book by George Abbott is hilarious and the music and lyrics by Frank Loesser include, “Once In Love With Amy,” made popular by Ray Bolger.  Other songs include, “Make an Miracle,” “Better Get Out of Here,” and “The Gossips.”




White Christmas



Original Broadway Cast CD







Original Broadway Cast CD        5th Anniversary CD                A Musical Biography 



A Musical Biography, eBook    Vocal Selections with CD             Piano and Vocal           



Big Note Piano                           Piano Solo                          CD Play-Along




Wonderful Town



 Original Broadway Cast CD                           New Broadway Cast CD   



   Vocal Score                                             Vocal Selections




You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown



Original Off-Broadway Cast       1999 Broadway Cast CD              Vocal Selections         



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