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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Musical Theatre

Catalog Searching

The Music & Performing Arts Library has thousands of scores available to borrow and some are also available online. Conducting a keyword search in the library catalog for a composer or specific work is always a great place to start. Use the filter to the left to limit your results to "Scores."

If you'd like to immediately filter to only printed music, begin by clicking on the advanced search button, located just to the right of the search bar. 

Once in the advanced search, go to the "Materials Type" drop down menu and select either "Scores"

For more help finding printed music, visit our Finding Music Materials guide. Please also reference the Finding Music Materials: Printed Music Formats guide or the Music 558: Vocal Literature guide. 

Subject Headings

Use the Subjects to determine what an item is about or what type of music the item contains. Subjects will also tell you if the item contains is a score, vocal score, score and parts, etc. and can be found in the details of an item record as well as the filters to the left. Below are some recommended subjects for musical theatre scores.

Musicals Musicals -- Scores Musicals -- Librettos
Musicals -- Excerpts -- Vocal scores with Piano Musicals -- Vocal scores with piano Musical films -- Excerpts -- Vocal scores with piano
Musical Films Revues  

Recommended Resources

The Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology

Musical Theatre for Classical Singers

Contemporary Theatre Songs: Songs from the 21st Century