Andrew Lloyd Webber
West Side Story [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
Hamilton: An American Musical [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
Lin-Manuel Miranda

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The line between opera and musical is not always easy to draw. Unlike most operas, musicals usually feature spoken dialogue; its songs are set pieces rather than advances in the action. Musicals make use of popular styles; in fact, in the first half of the 20th century, musicals served partly as vehicles for popular songs. The musical grew as two streams converged: operetta with its old-world romance, and vaudeville with its zippy comedy and thoroughly popular roots. One of the composers who brought the two streams together was Jerome Kern. Irving Berlin was more associated with the revue, a song-and-dance extravaganza. As musicals like those of Rodgers and Hammerstein began to lose overall popularity to movies, television, and rock and roll, the serious and the experimental came to the fore. Andrew Lloyd Webber showed a knack for transforming unorthodox ideas into popular successes, and eventually paved the way for stage shows employing pop music.

Show/Musical Artists Highlights

Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein
Frank Loesser
Frank Loesser
Ethel Merman
Ethel Merman
Noël Coward
Noël Coward

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West Side Story [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
Original Cast
West Side Story [Original ...
Hamilton: An American Musical [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Hamilton: An American ...
Cats [Complete Original Broadway Cast Recording]
Andrew Lloyd Webber / ...
Cats [Complete Original ...
The Phantom of the Opera [Original London Cast]
Andrew Lloyd Webber
The Phantom of the Opera ...
The Sound of Music [Original Broadway Cast]
Mary Martin / Theodore ...
The Sound of Music ...
Rent [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
Original Broadway Cast
Rent [Original Broadway ...

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