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Musical Theatre

This page is intended as a guide to researching music theatre.


The University Libraries house many materials and resources for theatre, directing, criticism, costume design, and more.  This Guide is a tool to help you navigate through the many resources available to you for researching musical theatre.  We hope it will help you become comfortable doing research in the library or online, as well as help you discover what resources are out there!  Familiarizing yourself with the library materials and how to find them can put you one step ahead on your projects. 

Materials discussed in this guide are located at the University Libraries. If, during the course of your research, you encounter resources that we do not own, please request the item via InterLibrary Loan (see our ILL guide for more info).

In the library we arrange the print materials by subject.  If you're wanting to simply browse the shelves, this is where you'll need to be on the third floor of the library: 

Library of Congress: 

  • General and history: ML1711, ML2054
  • Film musicals: PN1995.9 M86
  • Production: MT955
  • Plots: MT95
  • Librettos (stage): ML48-50
  • Librettos (film musicals): ML52.65-.7
  • Encyclopedias: ML102.M88
  • Bibliographies: ML128.M78

If you're feeling lost, you're in luck because the library is a place to get help!  The University Libraries provides research assistance at the Reference Desk.  Please do not hesitate to ask questions.  Library staff can help with: 

  • Pointing you in the right direction
  • Finding specific materials
  • Exploring online journals and articles
  • Navigating the library
  • Research tips


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