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Resources for Musical Theater Studies

Please keep in mind that this list is not comprehensive; it is intended to be a helpful starting point for your research, particularly highlighting resources which are available via the libraries of Texas State University.


When browsing the Music Library’s stacks for musical theater scores ("sheet music"), see these areas:

  •  M 1503 (complete songs [vocal score] from a musical)  
  •  M 1507 (song collections from various musicals)
  •  M 1508 (selected songs from a musical)

Reference Sources for Musical Theater

American Musical Theatre: A Chronicle, 2nd ed. (1992: Oxford U)
ML 1711 .B67 1992 (Music Library Reference)

American Song: The Complete Musical Theatre Companion (1985: Facts on File)
ML 128 .M78 B6 1985 v.1-2 (Music Library Reference)

The Complete Book of 2000s Broadway Musicals (2017: Rowman & Littlefield)
ML 1711.8 .N3 D535 2017 (Music Library Reference)

Ganzl’s Book of the Musical Theatre (1989: Schirmer)
MT 95 .G2 1989 (Music Library Reference)

The Musical: A Research and Information Guide, 2nd ed. (2011: Routledge)
ML 128 .M78 E84 2011 (Music Library Reference)
also available online

The New Broadway Song Companion: An Annotated Guide to Musical Theatre Literature by Voice Type and Song Style (2009: Scarecrow)
ML 128 .M78 D48 2009 (Music Library Reference)
also available online

Songs of the Theater (1984: H.W. Wilson)
ML 128 .S3 L55 1984 (Music Library Reference)