Music Reference Resources - Music Theater
The Encyclopedia of the Musical Theatre, by Gänzl (1994).
Ref.ML102 .M88 G3 1994, vs. 1-2 Tutt Library
A comprehensive source. Information on shows, artists, composers, lyricists, etc.
A Chronology of American Musical Theater, by Norton (2002).
Ref. ML1711.8 .N3 N67 2002, vs. 1-3 Tutt Library
Show titles are arranged chronologically by opening date. Includes indexes of shows, songs, and a selected index of persons.
American Musical Theatre-A Chronicle, by Bordman (1992).
Ref. ML1711 .B67 1992 Tutt Library
Entries (in an entertaining, narrative style) are arranged chronologically. Includes indexes of shows and sources, songs, and people.
American Song-The Complete Musical Theatre Companion, by Bloom (1996).
Ref. ML128 .M78 b6 1996, vs. 1-2
Presents data on over 4,800 American Musicals-all Broadway, off-Broadway, off-off Broadway-from 1877 to the fall of 1995, plus more. Part 1 lists all shows alphabetically. Part 2 contains complete indexes to over 7,000 songs and over 27,000 personnel. A chronological listing of titles follows.
The Broadway Song Companion-An Annotated Guide to Musical Theatre Literature by Voice Types & Song Style, by DeVenny (1998).
Ref.ML128 .M78 D48 1998 Music Library and Tutt Library
Excellent descriptions of many shows, focusing on vocal requirements. Indexes are arranged by vocal groupings (solo, duet, trio, etc) and range.
Songs of the Theater, by Lewine and Simon (1984).
Ref. ML128 .S3 L55 1984
Includes theater songs from 1891 to 1983. Notes about the songs, productions, and authors. Contains a chronology of shows and in index of composers, lyricists and authors.
Musicals101.com-The Cyber Encyclopedia of Musical Theatre, TV and Film, by John Kenrick (1996-2004).
A site that provides many links to musical theater culture.
The Internet Broadway Database, maintained by the League of American Theatres and Producers (2001-2004).
“The official database for Broadway theatre information….provides records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre until today.” A source for production statistics and the people involved.