Global in scope and featuring thirty-five chapters from more than fifty dance, music, and theatre scholars and practitioners, The Routledge Companion to Musical Theatre introduces the fundamentals of musical theatre studies and highlights developing global trends in practice and scholarship.

Investigating the who, what, when, where, why, and how of transnational musical theatre, The Routledge Companion to Musical Theatre is a comprehensive guide for those studying the components of musical theatre, its history, practitioners, audiences, and agendas. The Companion expands the study of musical theatre to include the ways we practice and experience musicals, their engagement with technology, and their navigation of international commercial marketplaces. The Companion is the first collection to include global musical theatre in each chapter, reflecting the musical’s status as the world’s most popular theatrical form. This book brings together practice and scholarship, featuring essays by leading and emerging scholars alongside luminaries such as Chinese musical theatre composer San Bao, Tony Award-winning star André De Shields, and Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus.

This is an essential resource for students on theatre and performance courses and an invaluable text for researchers and practitioners in these areas of study.

part I|78 pages


chapter |4 pages

导言 关于音乐剧 三宝 Introduction

On Musicals

chapter 1|16 pages

Musical Theatre Mobilities

Around the World in Eighty Years

chapter 2|14 pages

An American in Tokyo?

Musical Theatre Dance's Transnational Movements

chapter 3|15 pages

“How a World Can Seem So Vast”

The Craft of Musical Theatre Dramaturgy

chapter 4|14 pages

The Singing Voice

chapter 5|13 pages

“The Song Is You”

Song Types and Genres in Musical Theatre

part II|84 pages


chapter |8 pages


Dark Primal Energy, Ancestor Memory, and American Exceptionalism

chapter 6|14 pages

From Ballad Opera to Minstrelsy and Back

Social Class, Race, and Gender on the North American Musical Stage

chapter 7|16 pages

From the 1870s Through World War I

The Spectre and Spectacle of the Human Body

chapter 8|15 pages

Boom to Bust

Genre Borders, Color Lines, and Women Stars in the Musical Between the World Wars

chapter 9|14 pages

World War II and the Cold War

Reflections and Refractions of Ourselves, Then and Now

chapter 10|15 pages

Since the 1980S

The Global Musical Theatre Ecology

part III|82 pages


chapter |5 pages


Who Makes a Musical?

chapter 12|15 pages

“Forget About the Boy”

Women and Creative Collaborations in Musical Theatre

chapter 13|15 pages

Good Gals Wear Black

Offstage Labor and the Musical

chapter 14|15 pages

Mediated Taste

The Role of Critics

chapter 15|15 pages

From Stage Door to Cyberspace

The Digital Evolution of Musical Theatre Fandom

part IV|128 pages


chapter |5 pages


How Musicals Work: A Press Representative's View

chapter 16|14 pages

Fitting the Slipper

The Art of Adaptation for the Musical Stage

chapter 17|16 pages

Harnessing Technology

The Evolving Labor of Design in Musical Theatre

chapter 18|14 pages

Humming the Scenery

The Aesthetics of Musical Theatre Spectacle

chapter 19|15 pages

“That's Showbiz, Kid”

Casting as Process and Product

chapter 21|13 pages

How Choreographers and Dancers Work

The Laboring Bodies of Musical Theatre

chapter 22|17 pages

“The Name on Everybody's Lips”

Marketing Musical Theatre

part V|103 pages


chapter |6 pages


Scenes From a Showbiz Couple's Travelogue

chapter 25|18 pages

Pilots and Petticoats

Original Musicals in Continental Europe

chapter 26|18 pages

The Broadway-Style Musical in/and Global Asias


chapter 27|14 pages

“One of the Best Ways to Please the Locals is to go to New York”

US American Regional Theatres and New Musical Theatre Development1

chapter 28|15 pages

“We're All in this Together”

Student and Amateur Musical Theatre Performances

chapter 29|13 pages

Mediated Musical Theatre

part VI|103 pages


chapter |5 pages


Into the Theatre

chapter 30|16 pages

Journeys to the Past

The Uses of Memory and Nostalgia in Musical Theatre

chapter 31|19 pages

What's in a Name?

The Multiplicities of the Musical

chapter 32|16 pages

Interrogating America's National Myth Onstage

Case Studies on the Individual and the Community in US Musical Theatre1

chapter 34|15 pages

Art Isn't Easy (and Neither is Commerce)

The Musical Stays in the Money