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Showboat - 1927

  • Composer - Jerome Kern
  • Lyricist - Oscar Hammerstein II
  • Book - Oscar Hammerstein II
  • Choreographer - Sammy Lee


  • Cap'n Andy Hawks, the owner and captain of the Cotton Blossom show boat. He is the husband of Parthy Ann, and the father of Magnolia.
  • Magnolia Hawks, the daughter of Parthy and Cap'n Andy. She marries Gaylord Ravenal and becomes the mother of Kim.
  • Gaylord Ravenal, a handsome river boat gambler. Later, the husband of Magnolia and father of Kim.
  • Julie La Verne, the leading lady of the troupe and the wife of Steve.
  • Steve Baker, the leading man of the Cotton Blossom and protective husband of Julie.
  • Parthy Ann Hawks, the stern wife of Cap'n Andy
  • Joe, a dock worker on the boat, and the husband of Queenie.
  • Queenie, the ship's cook and the wife of Joe.
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Oklahoma! - 1943

  • Composer - Richard Rodgers
  • Lyricist - Oscar Hammerstein II
  • Book - Oscar Hammerstein
  • Choreographer - Agnes DeMille 


  • Oklahoma! is the first musical written by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II
  • It tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams.
  • A fifteen-minute "dream ballet" reflects Laurey's struggle with her feelings about two men, Curley and Jud.


  • Curly - a cowboy, in love with Laurey, but refuses to admit it.
  • Laurey - innocence yet an air of knowledge about her, is in love with Curly.
  • Jud - doesn't fit in with society, misunderstood, has feelings for Laurey.
  • Ado Annie - she "Can't Say No", a comic, romantic lead.
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King & I - 1951

  • Choreographer - Jerome Robbins
  • Composer - Richard Rodgers 
  • Lyricist - Oscar Hammerstein II
  • Book - Oscar Hammerstein II


  • The relationship between the King and Anna is marked by conflict through much of the piece, as well as by a love that neither can admit.


  • Anna Leonowens - a widowed Briton, in Siam to teach the royal children.
  • The King of Siam - a fictionalised version of the historical King Mongkut.
  • Lun Tha - a Burmese scholar and envoy, in love with Tuptim.
  • Tuptim - a slave brought from Burma to be one of the King's junior wives.
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My Fair Lady - 1956

  • Composer - Frederick Loewe
  • Lyricist - Alan Jay Lerner
  • Book - Alan Jay Lerner


  • The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a lady.


  • Henry Higgins - a professor of phonetics.
  • Eliza Doolittle - a young cockney flowerseller.
  • Alfred P. Doolittle Eliza's father, a dustman.
  • Freddy Eynsford-Hill - a young aristorcrat and Eliza's suitor.
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West Side Story - 1957

  • Composer - Leonard Bernstein
  • Lyricist - Stephen Sondheim 
  • Choreography - Jerome Robbins


  • Inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.

The Jets

  • Riff - the leader
  • Tony - his friend
  • The Jet Girls - Graziella, Velma, Minnie, Clarice and Pauline

The Sharks

  • Bernardo - the leader
  • Maria - his sister
  • Anita - his girl
  • Chino - his friend 
  • Doc
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Hair - 1968

  • Playwrights - Galt Macdermot, Gerome Ragni, James Rado
  • Lyricists - Gerome Ragni, James Rado


  • a rock musical
  • hippie counterculture and sexual revolution of the 1960s


  • Race and the tribe
  • Nudity, sexual freedom and drug use
  • Pacifism and environmentalism
  • Religion and astrology


  • Claude Hooper Bukowski
  • George Berger
  • Sheila Franklin
  • Jeannie Ryan
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Grease - 1972

*First performed on Broadway in 1972

  • Music, Lyrics and Book - Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey


  • The "Burger Palace Boys" and the "Pink Ladies"
  • Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski have a secret summer romance but peer-pressure and cliques makes their love a bit more difficult


  • Danny Zuko
  • Sandy Dumbrowski 
  • Betty Rizzo
  • Kenickie 
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Chicago - 1975

  • Composer - John Kander
  • Lyricist - Fred Ebb
  • Book - Bob Fosse and Fred Ebb
  • Choreographer = Bob Fosse


  • sexual nature
  • based on the 1924 trials of accused murderers


  • Roxie Hart -A wannabe vaudevillian and murderess who kills her lover after a spat and is sent to jail.
  • Velma Kelly -A vaudevillian and murderess who is on trial for killing her cheating husband and sister. She is represented by Billy Flynn and competes with Roxie Hart over him.
  • Billy Flynn -Velma and Roxie's lawyer who has a perfect track record and makes celebrities of his clients to win sympathy and sway public opinion.
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Rent - 1996

  • Composer, Lyricist and Book - Jonathan Larson
  • Basis - La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini


  • true love
  • poverty 
  • sexuality 
  • aids


  • Mark Cohen
  • Rodger Davis
  • Mimi Marquez
  • Tom Collins
  • Angel Dumott Schunard
  • Maureen Johnson
  • Joanne Jefferson
  • Benjamin Coffin III
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