1st Edition

Fifty Key Stage Musicals

Edited By Robert W. Schneider, Shannon Agnew Copyright 2022
    324 Pages
    by Routledge

    324 Pages
    by Routledge

    This volume in the Routledge Key Guides series provides a round-up of the fifty musicals whose creations were seminal in altering the landscape of musical theater discourse in the English-speaking world.

    Each entry summarises a show, including a full synopsis, discussion of the creators' process, show's critical reception, and its impact on the landscape of musical theater.

    This is the ideal primer for students of musical theater – its performance, history, and place in the modern theatrical world – as well as fans and lovers of musicals.

    1. The Black Crook by Sebastian Trainor

    2. HMS Pinafore by Richard and Rupert Holmes

    3. The Merry Widow by Andrew Child

    4. Shuffle Along by Jerrell L. Henderson

    5. Show Boat by Benjamin Nissen

    6. Of Thee I Sing by Laura Frankos

    7. Anything Goes by Scott Miller

    8. Porgy and Bess by Isaiah Wooden

    9. The Cradle Will Rock by Johanna Pinzler

    10. Pal Joey by Laurence Maslon

    11. Oklahoma by Kevin David Thomas

    12. Guys and Dolls by Thomas S. Hischak

    13. The Threepenny Opera by Lauren Mack

    14. My Fair Lady by Peter Filichia

    15. West Side Story by Jennifer Delac

    16. Gypsy by Robert W. Schneider

    17. The Fantasticks by David Arthur

    18. Hello Dolly by Phillip Fazio

    19. Fiddler on the Roof by Beth Burrier

    20. Cabaret by Bruce Kimmel

    21. Hair by Wes Drummond

    22. Promises, Promises by David Spencer

    23. Company by Rick Pender

    24. No No Nanette (1971) by Robert W. Schneider

    25. The Wiz by David Ward

    26. A Chorus Line by Ron Fassler

    27. Annie by Charles Kirsch

    28. Sweeney Todd by Alison Morooney

    29. Ain’t Misbehavin by Richard Dueñez Morrison

    30. Dreamgirls by Bill Russell

    31. Cats by Stephen Mo Hanan

    32. La Cage Aux Folles by Robert W. Schneider

    33. Les Miserables by Robert Meffe

    34. The Phantom of the Opera by Susan Russell

    35. Miss Saigon by Jeanmarie Higgins

    36. The Secret Garden by Elizabeth Bonjean

    37. Falsettos by Jack Lechner

    38. Beauty and the Beast by Eden Hildebrand

    39. Grease (1994) by Mark Madama

    40. Rent by Jordan Dragutsky

    41. Seussical by Nathan Brewer

    42. The Producers by Kasey RT Graham

    43. Mamma Mia by Malcolm Womack

    44. Wicked by Lauren Haughton Gillis

    45. Jersey Boys by Jamie Buxton

    46. In The Heights by Devon Hunt

    47. Next to Normal by Joe Dziemianowicz

    48. Fun Home by Courtney Laine Self

    49. Hamilton by W. Jerome Stevenson

    50. Dear Evan Hansen by Frederick D. Miller


    Robert W. Schneider is an associate professor of musical theater, literature, and criticism as well as serving on the faculty of Pennsylvania State University’s Musical Theatre department.

    Shannon Agnew is a freelance director working with industry professionals and students to create creatively affirming, socially responsible, and innovative theatrical experiences. As a writer, she creates theater for young audiences and docu-drama shows to raise awareness of LGBTQ+, feminist, and social justice issues.