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Chapter 1: What is Contemporary Musical Theatre

Performing in Contemporary Musicals
Chapter 1: What is Contemporary Musical Theatre

Recommended Reading


Recommended Reading: Musical Theatre History

  1. Knapp, Raymond. 2006. The American Musical and the Formation of National Identity. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 

  2. Leve, James. 2015. American Musical Theater. New York: Oxford University Press.

  3. McMillin, Scott. 2006. The Musical as Drama. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

  4. Stempel, Larry. 2010. Showtime: A History of the Broadway Musical Theatre. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

  5. Wolf, Stacy. 2020. Beyond Broadway: The Pleasure and Promise of Musical Theatre Across America. New York: Oxford University Press.


Recommended Reading: Different Kinds of Musicals

  1. Barrios, Richard. 2014. Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter. New York: Oxford University Press.

  2. Flinn, Denny Martin. 2008. The Great American Book Musical: A Manifesto, A Monograph, A Manual. New York: Limelight Editions.

  3. Robert Gordon and Olaf Jubin, eds. 2016. The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical. New York: Oxford University Press.

  4. Locke, Charley. 2017. “Musicals (Yes, Musicals) Are About to Shake Up Podcasting.” Wired, July 14, 2017. 

  5. Powers, Brandon. 2021. “The Future of Musical Theatre is on TikTok.” Medium, January 19, 2021. 



  1. Hahn, Don, director. 2018. Howard. Disney+. 


Recommended Reading: Further Integrating Movement into the Musical

  1. Cramer, Lyn. Creating Musical Theatre: Conversations with Broadway Directors and Choreographers. London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. 

  2. Hill, Constance Valis. 2015. Tap Dancing America: A Cultural History. New York: Oxford University Press.

  3. Jowitt, Deborah. 2005. Jerome Robbins: His Life, His Theater, His Dance. New York: Simon & Schuster. 

  4. Winkler, Kevin. 2018. Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical. New York: Oxford University Press.




Recommended Reading: How Musicals are Developed and Produced

  1. Breglio, John. 2016. I Wanna be a Producer: How to Make a Killing on Broadway… or Get Killed. Milwaukee: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books.

  2. Hoffman, Warren. 2020. The Great White Way: Race and the Broadway Musical. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

  3. MacDonald, Laura and Everett, William A. eds. 2017. The Palgrave Handbook of Musical Theatre Producers. New York: Palgrave Macmillian. 

  4. Osatinksi, Amy S. 2019. Disney Theatrical Productions: Producing Broadway Musicals the Disney Way. New York: Routledge.


Recommended Reading: Globalization of Musical Theatre

  1. Kim, Shin Dong. 2015. “The Industrialization and Globalization of China’s Musical Theater,” 12-17. Media Industries Journal (1.3, 2015).

  2. Tanaka, Rina. 2017. “Musicals in Post-Globalization: the Case of “Ever-Growing” Musicals from Vienna via Japan.” ReVisions, March 14, 2017. 

  3. Taylor, Mille, and Symonds, Dominic. 2014. Studying Musical Theatre: Theory and Practice. London: Palgrave.