Skip to main content

Musical Theatre: Resources

Year 8 Musical Theatre Research Project

What is Musical Theatre?

General Resources

The Story of (British) Musicals

Top 10 Broadway Musicals

Top 10 Movies based on Musicals

A Taste of Rodgers and Hammerstein

Broadway: The American Musical

Search the World Book

Traditional Musical Theatre Styles (1900 - 1970's)

Early Standard (1900-1920s)

George M. Cohan, Victor Herbert, Jerome Kern, Howard Talbot

Jazz Age Standard (1920s-40s)

Cole Porter, George GershwinRodgers and Hart, Kurt Weill, Noel Coward, Harold Arlen, Irving BerlinJerome Kern (later works), Arthur Scwhartz, Vernon Duke, Marc Blitzstein, Vincent Youmans

Golden Age Standard (1940s-60s)

Rodgers and HammersteinLerner and Loewe, Leonard Bernstein, Frank Loesser, Jule Styne, Bock and Harnick, Adler and Ross, Burton Lane, Meredith Wilson, Harold Rome, Jerry Ross, Cole Porter (later works), Irving Berlin (later works)

Post-Golden Age Standard (1960s-70s)

Kander and Ebb, Cy Coleman, Jerry Herman, Harvey Schmidt, David Shire, Charles Strouse

Information source:

Contemporary Musical Theatre Styles (1970s to present)

Musical Theatre Pop

Stephen Schwartz, Ahrens and Flaherty, Alan Menken, William Finn, Marvin Hamlisch, Jason Robert Brown, Marc Shaiman, Andrew Lippa, Henry Krieger, Robert Lopez, David Yazbek

Musical Theatre Rock

Jonathan Larson, Duncan Sheik, Tom Kitt, David Bryan, Lawrence O’Keefe, Damon Intrabartolo, Pasek and Paul, Michael Friedman, Paul Scott Gordon, Galt MacDermot, Elton John, Stephen Trask, Richard O’Brien

Contemporary Musical Comedy

Mel Brooks, Lambert & Morrison, Rupert Holmes, Lutvak & Freedman, Kander & Ebb (later works), individual character songs


Stephen Sondheim (yes, he gets his own category)

Jukebox & Radio Tunes

Various commercial music artists from the 1950s to present. Songs may be drawn from jukebox musicals, radio, films, television, etc. Choose songs from multiple decades and commercial music styles (pop, rock, country, hip hip, r&b, etc.).

Disney Theatrical

Alan Menken, Sherman Brothers, Elton John, Robert & Kristen-Anderson Lopez, Phil Collins, David Nessim Lawrence, Randy Newman 

Information source: