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Library Research Guides

Musical Theatre Resources

This guide provides suggested resources for musical theatre research at the University of Michigan.

Libretto Collections

Hausam, Wiley, ed.
The new American musical: an anthology from the end of the century: Floyd Collins, Rent, Parade, The wild party.
ML 48 .N4851 2003

Kimball, Robert, ed.
The complete lyrics of Ira Gershwin.
ML 54.6 .G28 K551 1998

Kimball, Robert and Linda Emmet, eds.
The complete lyrics of Irving Berlin.
ML 54.6 .B464 K551 2001

Kimball, Robert and Steve Nelson, eds.
The complete lyrics of Frank Loesser.
ML 54.6 .L641 2003

Richards, Stanley, ed.
Great musicals of the American theatre.
ML 48 .R52 1976

Sondheim, Stephen.
Look, I made a hat: collected lyrics (1981-2011) with attendant comments, amplifications, dogmas, harangues, digressions, anecdotes and miscellany.
ML 54.6 .S69 S662 2011

Sondheim, Stephen.
Finishing the hat: collected lyrics (1954-1981) with attendant comments, principles, heresies, grudges, whines and anecdotes.
ML 54.6 .S69 S66 2010

Online Score Resources

In addition to the Music Library's print music holdings, there are other online resources providing access to scores for musicals and/or individual songs within musicals.

Collections & Anthologies

The actor's songbook.
Men's edition: M 1507 .A18 2010
Women's edition: M 1507 .A185 2010

Broadway: anthology of Broadway songs.
M 1507 .B835 2009

The Gershwin song collection.
M 1630.18 .G38 2009

The Jason Robert Brown collection.
M 1507 .B88 2006

The singer's musical theatre anthology.
Volume 1, Soprano: 
M 1507 .S59 2000 v.1
Volume 1, Mezzo-soprano/belter: M 1507 .S59 2000 v.2
Volume 1, Tenor: M 1507 .S59 v.3
Volume 1, Baritone/bass: M 1507 .S59 2000 v.4
Volume 1, Duets: M 1507 .S59 v.5
Volume 2, Soprano: M 1507 .S592 1993 v.1
Volume 2, Mezzo-soprano/belter: M 1507 .S592 1993 v.2
Volume 2, Tenor: M 1507 .S592 1993 v.3
Volume 2, Baritone/bass: M 1507 .S592 1993 V.4
Volume 2, Duets: M 1507 .S592 1993 v.5
Volume 3, Soprano: M 1507 .S5931 2000
Volume 3, Mezzo-soprano/belter: M 1507 .S5932 2000
Volume 3, Tenor: M 1507 .S5933 2000
Volume 3, Baritone/bass: M 1507 .S5934 2000
Volume 3, Duets: M 1507 .S5935 2012
Volume 4, Soprano: M 1507 .S5941 2005
Volume 4, Mezzo-soprano/belter: M 1507 .S5942 2005
Volume 4, Tenor: M 1507 .S5943 2005
Volume 4, Baritone/bass: M 1507 .S5944 2005
Volume 5, Soprano: M 1507 .S5951 2008
Volume 5, Mezzo-soprano/belter: M 1507 .S5952 2008
Volume 5, Tenor: M 1507 .S5953 2008
Volume 5, Baritone/bass: M 1507 .S5954 2008

The songs of Irving Berlin: Broadway songs.
M 1507 .B52 1991

The Stephen Schwartz songbook.
M 1507 .S42 2001

Tomorrow, Put on a happy face, & other songs of Charles Strouse.
M 1630.18 .S93 2009

Dansicker, Michael, ed.
The 16-bar theatre audition: 100 songs excerpted for successful auditions.
Belter/mezzo-soprano: M 1630.18 .S63 2003
Baritone/bass: M 1630.18 .S631 2003
Soprano: M 1630.18 .S632 2003
Tenor: M 1630.18 .S633 2003

Porter, Cole.
A musical anthology.
M 1507 .P84 199-

Walters, Richard, ed.
Bernstein theatre songs.
High voice: M 3.1 .B53 2010
Medium/low voice: M 3.1 .B53 2010a
Duets & ensembles: M 1507 .B53 2010b

Walters, Richard, ed.
Musical theatre for classical singers.
Soprano: M 1507 .M98 2011
Mezzo-soprano: M 1507 .M982 2011
Tenor: M 1507 .M983 2011
Baritone/bass: M 1507 .M984 2011

Walters, Richard, ed.
Sondheim for singers.
Belter/mezzo-soprano: M 1507 .S72 2013
Soprano: M 1507 .S72 2013b
Tenor: M 1507 .S72 2013c
Baritone/bass: M 1507 .S72 2013d
Duets: M 1507 .S72 2013e

Walters, Richard and Bryan Stanley, eds.
The songs of Richard Rodgers.
High voice: M 1507 .R73 M9 2002
Low voice: M 1507 .R73 M9 2002a

Webber, Andrew Lloyd.
Now & forever
M 1507 .L79 2003