Applause: Musical Info & Synopsis


Applause centers on aging Broadway actress Margo Channing, who is confronted by the ambitious and cunning Eve Harrington, a fan turned aspiring performer. Eve insinuates herself into Margo’s life, ultimately aiming to steal her career, and Margo’s relationships are tested as Eve’s ruthless ambition becomes increasingly apparent. Applause explores themes of jealousy, manipulation, and the high-stakes competition of show business.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)

Cast Size: 20+

Genre: Dramedy

Setting: 1970s / USA (NYC)

Creative Team

Music: Charles Strouse

Lyrics: Lee Adams

Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

Cast Albums

Original Broadway Cast (1970)➝


Licensing: Concord Theatricals➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝


1970s, Based on a Movie, Female Lead, Halloween, LGBTQ+Metamusical, One-Word, Tony Award

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