A little light music...

Transport yourself to the glitz and glamour of Broadway, courtesy of Auckland Libraries!

We have a great range of musicals on DVD and CD to suit every taste, from the classics of Jerome Kern and Cole Porter (Showboat, High Society), ever-popular favourites by Andrew Lloyd-Webber (Cats, Phantom of the Opera), to the wit and realism of Stephen Sondheim- perfect entertainment for the long winter evenings.

Fancy singing along? Why not browse the vocal scores, great if you can't quite remember all the words!

If you're interested in exploring musical theatre in more depth, we also have a wide range of books and e-resources.

Some I'd recommend:

  • The History of the Musical by Richard Fawkes - A major production from Naxos Audiobooks, this bold and entertaining undertaking traces the musical from its origins in classical music (Gay's The beggar's opera, Offenbach's operettas and Gilbert and Sullivan) through to its flowering in America.
  • Finishing the Hat by Stephen Sondheim - The first volume of the collected lyrics from his shows 'with attendant commments, principles, heresies, grudges, whines and anecdotes'. A fascinating study of both theatre history and the art of lyric writing from one of its foremost exponents.
  • In the meantime, here's a little something to put you in the mood:

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