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On this page, you'll find top resources for music theatre research. There are many more valuable resources available, so if you can't find material for your topic, ask a librarian for help!
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These library databases provide citations for articles, book chapters, and more. Most focus on a specific topic, so they are great for deeper research. Choose a database, then search for keywords such as genres, techniques, names of people or shows, and more.
Film & Television Literature Index
Great for finding citations to articles on movie musicals. A subject search for "musical theater" or "musicals" is a good way to see what types of articles you will find in this database.
Music Index Online
A good source for finding citations for a mix of scholarly articles and magazine articles on music theatre.
Music Periodicals Database (formerly International Index to Music Periodicals; IIMP)
Includes citations and full text for thousands of articles, including reviews, news, biographical profiles, research articles, interviews, obituaries, and more.
A good source for finding citations for scholarly articles and books on music theatre.
Full-text articles from almost 100 scholarly music, dance, and theatre journals, plus other subjects. Excludes recent years.
Academic Search Premier
Article citations from all disciplines, including music, dance, and theatre.
If you don't have a particular topic in mind, browsing books is a great way to get inspired!
Search the catalog by subject...
Or browse the shelves by call number:
||History of musicals
||History of operetta
Reference resources include dictionaries, encyclopedias, and more.
They often provide a short overview of a topic, then point to more resources you can use for further research.
Guide to e-books
Due to COVID-19, some books are currently available online. Use this guide to find e-book sites, then search for the book title you need.
A Chronology of American Musical Theater by
Call Number: ML1711 N88 C v.1-3 [Allen reference]
Publication Date: 2002
Information on cast and crew, songs, set designers, composers, lyricists, and more for over 3,000 musicals, operettas, and revues from the 1860s to 1997.
Encyclopedia of Musical Theater by
Call Number: ML102 M88 G36E 2001 v.1-3 [Allen reference]
Publication Date: 2001
Information on people, songs, and shows from the dawn of operetta in the 18th century to the present.
The Musical: A Research and Information Guide by
Call Number: ML128 M78 E93 2011 [Allen reference]
Publication Date: 2011
More than 1,400 annotated entries related to the genre. Includes lists of reference works, books, articles, anthologies, multimedia, and electronic resources.
Show Tunes by
Call Number: ML128 S6 S86 [Allen reference]
Publication Date: 2000
Fully chronicles over 900 shows and almost 8,000 show tunes, both well-known and previously lost works, from some of the most influential names of American musical theatre.
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