Category Archives: Musicals

Musical Monday: Jesus Christ Superstar

Name: Jesus Christ Superstar  Credits: Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lyrics by Tim Rice. Summary: A “rock opera” that depicts the last days of Jesus’s life, from his entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday leading up to his crucifixion on … Continue reading

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Musical Monday: Hair

Name: Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical Credits: Music by Galt McDermot. Lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado. Book by Gerome Ragni and James Rado. Summary: Set during the turbulent protests of the 1960s, Hair follows a “tribe” of … Continue reading

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Musical Monday: Avenue Q

Name: Avenue Q Credits: Music & Lyrics by Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx. Book by Jeff Whitty. Summary: What if the puppets from Sesame Street had to grow up and deal with adult life? That’s the premise behind Avenue Q, … Continue reading

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Musical Monday: Pippin

Name: Pippin Credits: Music & Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Book by Roger O. Hirson. Directed by Bob Fosse. Summary: A musical based on the fictitious life of Pippin, the son of King Charlemagne, as he searches for meaning. Dates: Broadway: … Continue reading

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Musical Monday: Next to Normal

Name: Next to Normal Credits: Book & Lyrics by Brian Yorkey. Music by Tom Kitt. Summary: A rock musical about a mother, still grieving the loss of her son, who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effects her illness have … Continue reading

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Musical Monday: Oliver!

Name: Oliver! Credits: Music & Lyrics by Lionel Bart. Book by Lionel Bart. Summary: A musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist, about an orphan in Victorian England who runs away from an orphanage and joins up with a … Continue reading

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Musical Monday: Heathers: The Musical

Name: Heathers: The Musical Credits: Music, Lyrics, and Book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy. Summary: A musical version of the 1988 movie “Heathers,” a dark comedy in which a brainy teenage misfit teams up with a rebellious outsider to … Continue reading

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Musical Monday: Les Misérables

Name: Les Misérables Credits: Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg. Lyrics by Alain Boublil & Jean-Marc Natel. Book by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil. Summary: Based on the 1862 novel by Victor Hugo, Les Misérables is set in 19th century France and … Continue reading

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Musical Monday: West Side Story

Name: West Side Story Credits: Music by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Arthur Laurents. Summary: Inspired by Shakespeare’s play “Romeo & Juliet,” West Side Story is a musical set in the Upper West Side neighborhood of New York … Continue reading

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Musical Monday: Wicked

Name: Wicked Credits: Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Book by Winnie Holzman. Summary: Based on “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West,” a best-selling-book by Gregory Maguire (1995), the musical tells the “untold story” … Continue reading

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