The musical, whether on stage or screen, is undoubtedly one of
the most recognizable musical genres, yet one of the most
perplexing. What are its defining features? How does it negotiate
multiple socio-cultural-economic spaces? Is it a popular tradition?
Is it a commercial enterprise? Is it a sophisticated cultural
product and signifier?
This research guide includes more than 1,400 annotated entries
related to the genre as it appears on stage and screen. It includes
reference works, monographs, articles, anthologies, and websites
related to the musical. Separate sections are devoted to sub-genres
(such as operetta and megamusical), non-English language musical
genres in the U.S., traditions outside the U.S., individual shows,
creators, performers, and performance. The second edition reflects
the notable increase in musical theater scholarship since 2000. In
addition to printed materials, it includes multimedia and