Exclusively-Irvine : Singer’s Library of Musical Theatre

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Theatre fans rejoice! The Singer’s Library of Musical Theatre, an online database of over 16,000 musical theatre songs, is now available exclusively to UC Irvine students, faculty, and staff. The library includes songs from 1,500 musicals spanning the genres of operetta, Broadway, film musicals, and more. With so many songs to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect one for your next audition or performance. So what are you waiting for? Start exploring the Singer’s Library of Musical Theatre today!

The Different Types of Musicals

Broadway musicals are some of the most popular and well-known types of musicals. They are typically large-scale productions with elaborate sets, costumes, and choreography. Many famous Broadway musicals have been adapted into films, such as The Sound of Music, Les Misérables, and The Phantom of the Opera.

Off-Broadway Musicals:

Off-Broadway musicals are smaller-scale productions that are typically staged in smaller theaters than Broadway shows. They may not have the same budget or production values as a Broadway show, but they can still be highly entertaining and well-crafted. Some well-known off-Broadway musicals include Rent and Avenue Q.

Regional Musicals:

Regional musicals are produced in various locations outside of New York City, such as in community theaters or universities. These productions may not have the same polish as a Broadway or off-Broadway show, but they can still be enjoyable to watch. Some regional musicals have gone on to be staged on Broadway, such as The Drowsy Chaperone and Hairspray.

The History of Musical Theatre

The history of musical theatre is a long and varied one, spanning multiple cultures and centuries. It is believed that the first musical theatre performance was in ancient Greece, where plays were often accompanied by music and dance. The Roman period saw the development of more complex stage productions, with singing and dancing becoming an integral part of the performance.

During the Middle Ages, musical theatre was often used as a way to communicate religious stories to the largely illiterate population. This continued into the Renaissance period, when plays began to be performed in vernacular languages rather than Latin. Opera emerged during this time as a popular form of musical theatre, with lavish productions staged in grandiose venues.

The 18th century saw a decline in public interest in opera, leading to the development of lighter forms of musical theatre such as operetta and ballad operas. These were typically shorter slot works with simpler plots and more focus on humor and romance than on dramatic or political themes. In the 19th century, Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic operas became hugely popular in Britain and America, while European composers such as Offenbach created light-hearted operettas that satirized society.

Musical theatre took on a new dimension in the 20th century with the advent of jazz and blues. American composers such as George Gershwin created Broadway shows that incorporated these new styles of music, while European composers such as Kurt Weill experimented with incorporating jazz into opera.

The Different Genres of Musical Theatre

Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance. The story and emotional content of a musical – humor, pathos, love, anger – are communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole. Although musical theatre overlaps with other theatrical forms like opera and dance, it may be distinguished from these by one or more of these elements:

• It is primarily musical: the book (that is, the story and dialogue) takes second place to the music. This is not to say that good books for musicals don’t exist – far from it! – but that in a successful musical, the music furthers the story rather than being incidental to it.

• It makes use of popular song: this does not necessarily mean that all musicals are set in contemporary times (think Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, which is set in the early 20th century), but it does mean that the songs in a musical are meant to be accessible and enjoyable for members of the audience who are not professional musicians.

• It tells a complete story: unlike an opera or a ballet, which may present only one episode from a much longer work or series of works, a musical tells a complete story within itself. Of course, many musicals have been adapted from popular films or novels (The Phantom of the Opera), but even these tend to stand on their own as self-contained narratives

The Pros and Cons of Musical Theatre

Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance. The story and emotional content of a musical – humor, pathos, love, anger – are communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the production.

A musical is usually presented in two acts, with one intermission, and is almost always entirely sung-through. Musicals are typically produced by professional theatre companies on Broadway in New York City or in large regional theatres across the United States. Leading roles are performed by professional actors and singers supported by an ensemble cast of dancers, chorus members and other supporting artists.

Musicals often reflect important social issues of the day and can be political in nature. They can also be great entertainment for all ages, with something for everyone to enjoy. However, there are also some potential drawbacks to staging a musical. Here are some pros and cons to consider before taking the plunge into musical theatre:

-Can be entertaining for all ages
-Reflects important social issues
-Great way to escape reality
-Allows performers to use multiple talents (singing, dancing, acting)
-Costly to produce
-May require extensive rehearsal time
-Can be difficult to find good material

How to Choose the Right Musical Theatre Show for You

When it comes to musical theatre, there are so many incredible shows to choose from. But with so many options, how do you pick the right one for you? Here are a few things to consider when choosing a musical theatre show:

1. What style of music do you prefer?

2. What era is the show set in?

3. What is the story about?

4. Do you like the characters?

5. Do you relate to the story?

6. Is the show appropriate for your age group?

7. Do you have the required skills for the role you’re interested in?

8. What is the rehearsal schedule like?

9. Does the show have any special requirements (e.g., pyrotechnics, aerial work)? 10. How long is the run of the show?


If you’re looking for a musical theatre resource that is both comprehensive and user-friendly, look no further than Exclusively-Irvine. With over 1,000 songs in their library, you’re sure to find the perfect piece for your next performance. And with new material being added all the time, you’ll always have something fresh to work with. So check out Exclusively-Irvine today and see what all the fuss is about!