New to Musical Theatre

Well hello! And welcome to the wonderful world of musical theatre!

Finding out that you like musicals can be a confusing and exciting moment. It’s a brand new world ready for you to explore! But at the same time, where do you start?

It can be a bit overwhelming trying to fit into the musical theatre community when you’ve only seen or listened to a couple of musicals. But with a bit of direction, you’ll be fitting into those groups and conversations in no time! Here are some ways you can help your new-found interest blossom.


1. Start listening to the most popular musicals

I’ve created three sets of musicals that are referenced like crazy in the theatre community. Listening to these shows will get you fitting into the musical theatre circles. After completing the three sets below, you can go through this list of popular musicals and listen to the rest of the shows that are listed there!

* I would also suggest keeping track of your listens, either in a physical notebook or an online document!

* Keep in mind that these are not listed in the order of my favorite musicals, rather in the order of importance that you should probably get around to them!


1st Set of Musicals to Listen to:

Fiddler on the Roof

Grease

Guys and Dolls

Hadestown

Hamilton

Into the Woods

Les Misérables

My Fair Lady

The Lion King

The Phantom of the Opera

The Wizard of Oz

The Sound of Music

West Side Story

Wicked


2nd Set of Musicals to Listen to:

Annie

Cats

Chicago

Dear Evan Hansen

Funny Girl

Gypsy

Newsies

Oliver!

Peter Pan

Rent

Singin’ in the Rain

Sweeney Todd

The King and I

The Music Man


3nd Set of Musicals to Listen to:

Bye Bye Birdie

Cabaret

Dreamgirls

Hairspray

Heathers

Hello, Dolly!

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Kiss Me, Kate

Mamma Mia!

Oklahoma!

Pippin

Six

The Last Five Years

The Rocky Horror Show

The Wiz

Waitress


2. Dig a bit deeper!

If you’ve gone through the three sets above and are ready for more, you can start following along on with these musical theatre holidays! This is a great way to deepen your musical theatre knowledge. Just scroll down to today’s date and listen to the song or album that it suggests!


 

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