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Everybody loves a great show tune and over the many decades there have been innumerable songs that were not only popular in their time but have become standards that will be sung for generations to come. The live stage of course has been the source of many of these tunes not only on Broadway and the West End but also more and more from original movie musicals. Here we offer a wide selection of vocal and choral arrangements in sheet music and songbooks.

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Oliver!

Oliver! premiered in the West End at the New Theatre (now the Noël Coward Theatre) on 30 June 1960 and ran for 2,618 performances. Directed by Peter Coe, the choreographer was Malcolm Clare and costumes and scenery were by Sean Kenny. The original cast featured Ron Moody as Fagin, Georgia Brown as Nancy, Davy Jones as the Artful Dodger and Barry Humphries in the supporting comic role as Mr. Sowerberry, the undertaker.

Composed by: Lionel Bart
Lyrics by: Lionel Bart


Once On This Island

Based on the 1985 novel My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy, it is set in the French Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. The show includes elements of the Romeo and Juliet story and elements of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Little Mermaid. It concerns a peasant girl on a tropical island, who uses the power of love to bring together people of different social classes.

Composed by: Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by: Lynn Ahrens


Paint Your Wagon

The story centers on a miner and his daughter and follows the lives and loves of the people in a mining camp in Gold Rush-era California. Popular songs from the show included "Wand'rin' Star", "I Talk to the Trees" and "They Call the Wind Maria".

Composed by: Frederick Loewe
Lyrics by: Alan J. Lerner


Pal Joey

The original 1940 Broadway production was directed by George Abbott and starred Vivienne Segal and Gene Kelly. Though it received mixed reviews, the show ran for 10 months, the third-longest run of any Rodgers and Hart musical.

Composed by: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by: Lorenz Hart


Peter Pan

Peter Pan is a musical adaptation of J. M. Barrie's 1904 play Peter Pan and Barrie's own novelization of it, Peter and Wendy. The music is mostly by Mark "Moose" Charlap, with additional music by Jule Styne, and most of the lyrics were written by Carolyn Leigh.

Composed by: Jule Styne
Lyrics by: Carolyn Leigh


Pippin

While many interpretations of Pippin have risen since its debut, there is no single correct explanation of the musical's meaning. The musical uses the premise of a mysterious performance troupe, led by a Leading Player, to tell the story of Pippin, a young prince on his search for meaning and significance.

Composed by: Stephen Schwartz
Lyrics by: Stephen Schwartz


Pocahontas

Pocahontas is a 1995 American animated epic musical romantic-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 33rd film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series.

Composed by: Alan Menken
Lyrics by: Stephen Schwartz


Porgy and Bess

Porgy and Bess is a 1959 American musical film directed by Otto Preminger. The screenplay for the film, which turned the operatic recitatives into spoken dialogue, was very closely based on the opera and was written by N. Richard Nash.

Composed by: George Gershwin
Lyrics by: Ira Gershwin


Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Adapted from Elliott's 1994 film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the musical tells the story of two drag queens and a transgender woman, who contract to perform a drag show at a resort in Alice Springs, a resort town in the remote Australian desert. As they head west from Sydney aboard their lavender bus, Priscilla, the three friends come to the forefront of a comedy of errors, encountering a number of strange characters.

Composed by: Stephan Elliott


Promises, Promises

The original Broadway production premiered in 1968, with Jerry Orbach as Chuck Baxter and Jill O'Hara as Fran Kubelik and ran for 1,281 performances. A London production opened in 1969 featuring Tony Roberts and Betty Buckley. The cast album won the Grammy Award for best cast recording, and a song from the show—"I'll Never Fall in Love Again" became a hit single for Dionne Warwick.

Composed by: Burt Bacharach
Lyrics by: Hal David


Pump Boys and Dinettes

Pump Boys and Dinettes is a musical written by a performance group of the same name. The group, Pump Boys and Dinettes, consists of John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann. The members additionally directed and starred in the Broadway production.

Composed by: John Foley
Lyrics by: John Foley


Ragtime, The Musical

Based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime tells the story of three groups in the United States in the early 20th century: African Americans, represented by Coalhouse Walker Jr., a Harlem musician; upper-class suburbanites, represented by Mother, the matriarch of a white upper-class family in New Rochelle, New York; and Eastern European immigrants, represented by Tateh, a Jewish immigrant from Latvia.

Composed by: Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by: Lynn Ahrens


Rent

Rent is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City's East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

Composed by: Jonathan Larson
Lyrics by: Jonathan Larson


Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages is a rock/jukebox musical built around classic rock songs from the 1980s, especially from the famous glam metal bands of that decade. The musical features songs from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Steve Perry, Poison and Europe among other well-known rock bands.


Rocky Horror Picture Show

The production is a parody tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the 1930s through to the early 1970s. Along with O'Brien, the film stars Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick and is narrated by Charles Gray with cast members from the original Royal Court Theatre, Roxy Theatre, and Belasco Theatre productions.

Composed by: Richard Hartley
Lyrics by: Richard O'Brien


Saturday Night Fever

Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American musical drama film directed by John Badham. It stars John Travolta as Tony Manero, a working-class young man who spends his weekends dancing and drinking at a local Brooklyn discothèque; Karen Gorney as Stephanie Mangano, his dance partner and eventual confidante; and Donna Pescow as Annette, Tony's former dance partner and would-be girlfriend.

Composed by: Bee Gees
Lyrics by: Bee Gees


Seussical The Musical

Based on the stories of Dr. Seuss (mainly "Horton Hears a Who!", "Horton Hatches the Egg" and "Miss Gertrude McFuzz") that debuted on Broadway in 2000. The play's story is a complex amalgamation of many of Seuss's most famous books.

Composed by: Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by: Lynn Ahrens


Show Boat

Show Boat is a 1927 musical in two acts, is based on Edna Ferber's best-selling novel of the same name, the musical follows the lives of the performers, stagehands and dock workers on the Cotton Blossom, a Mississippi River show boat, over 40 years, from 1887 to 1927. Its themes include racial prejudice and tragic, enduring love.

Composed by: Jerome Kern
Lyrics by: Oscar Hammerstein II


Shrek - The Musical

Based on the 2001 DreamWorks film Shrek and William Steig's 1990 book Shrek!. After a trial run in Seattle, the original Broadway production opened in December 2008 and closed after a run of over 12 months in January 2010. It was followed by a tour of the United States and a re-vamped West End production.

Composed by: Jeanine Tesori
Lyrics by: David Lindsay-Abaire


Singin' in the Rain

Adapted from the 1952 movie of the same name, the plot closely adheres to the original. Set in Hollywood in the waning days of the silent screen era, it focuses on romantic lead Don Lockwood, his sidekick Cosmo Brown, aspiring actress Kathy Selden, and Lockwood's leading lady Lina Lamont, whose less-than-dulcet vocal tones make her an unlikely candidate for stardom in talking pictures

Composed by: Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by: Arthur Freed


Sister Act

Sister Act is a musical written by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner with additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane, with lyrics by Glenn Slater and music by Alan Menken. It is based on the hit 1992 film comedy of the same name

Composed by: Alan Menken
Lyrics by: Glenn Slater


Smokey Joe's Cafe

Smokey Joe's Cafe is a musical revue showcasing 39 pop standards, including rock and roll and rhythm and blues songs written by songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The Original Broadway cast recording, Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs Of Leiber And Stoller, won a Grammy award in 1996.

Composed by: Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller


Something Rotten!

Set in 1595, the story follows the Bottom brothers, Nick and Nigel, who struggle to find success in the theatrical world, as they compete with the wild popularity of their contemporary William Shakespeare.

Composed by: Wayne Kirkpatrick
Lyrics by: Karey Kirkpatrick


South Pacific

The work premiered in 1949 on Broadway and was an immediate hit, running for 1,925 performances. The story is based on James A. Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 book Tales of the South Pacific, combining elements of several of the stories.

Composed by: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by: Oscar Hammerstein II


Spamalot

Monty Python's Spamalot is a musical comedy adapted from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Like the film, it is a highly irreverent parody of the Arthurian Legend, but it differs from the film in many ways.

Composed by: Eric Idle and Neil Innes


Spring Awakening

The success of the Broadway production has spawned several other productions worldwide, including various US productions, a short West End production that won 4 Laurence Olivier Awards including Best Musical, and a series of international productions.

Composed by: Duncan Sheik


State Fair

Rodgers and Hammerstein originally adapted the Phil Stong novel of the same name for a 1945 movie musical, which was remade in 1962. The stage production closely follows the plot of its predecessors, providing a glimpse into the life of the farming Frake family and their three-day adventure at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines in 1946.

Composed by: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by: Oscar Hammerstein II


Sunday in the Park with George

The musical won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, two Tony Awards for design (and a nomination for Best Musical), numerous Drama Desk Awards, the 1991 Olivier Award for Best Musical and the 2007 Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production. It has enjoyed several major revivals.

Composed by: Stephen Sondheim
Lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim


Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd opened on Broadway in 1979 and in the West End in 1980. In addition to several revivals the musical has been presented by opera companies. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical and Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

Composed by: Stephen Sondheim
Lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim


Sweet Charity

The musical was adapted for the screen in 1969 with Shirley MacLaine as Charity and John McMartin recreating his Broadway role as Oscar Lindquist. Bob Fosse directed and choreographed this film.

Composed by: Cy Coleman
Lyrics by: Dorothy Fields


Tangled

Tangled is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Loosely based on the German fairy tale "Rapunzel" in the collection of folk tales published by the Brothers Grimm, it is the 50th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series.

Composed by: Alan Menken


Tarzan

Tarzan is a 1999 American animated adventure musical film produced by Walt Disney. The 37th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics, it is based on the story Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is the first animated major motion picture version of the Tarzan story.

Composed by: Mark Mancina


Teen Beach Movie

Teen Beach Movie is a Disney Channel Original Movie that premiered July 19, 2013 on Disney Channel, starring Ross Lynch and Maia Mitchell. The movie was filmed in Puerto Rico. It was the only Disney Channel movie premiering in 2013.

Composed by: David Lawrence


The Boy from Oz

The Boy from Oz is a jukebox musical based on the life of singer/songwriter Peter Allen while featuring songs written by him. The book is by Nick Enright. Premiering in Australia in 1998 starring Todd McKenney, the musical opened in a revised version on Broadway in 2003 with Hugh Jackman in the title role.

Composed by: Peter Allen and Peter Allen


The Color Purple

The Color Purple is a Broadway musical based upon the novel The Color Purple by Alice Walker. It ran on Broadway in 2005 and has been touring throughout the US. The Broadway production earned eleven 2006 Tony Awards nominations. The musical received an acclaimed Broadway revival in late 2015.

Composed by: Brenda Russell
Lyrics by: Allee Willis and Stephen Bray


The Drowsy Chaperone

The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical with book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. It is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s.

Composed by: Lisa Lambert
Lyrics by: Greg Morrison


The Fantasticks

The Fantasticks tells an allegorical story, loosely based on the play The Romancers (Les Romanesques) by Edmond Rostand, concerning two neighboring fathers who trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love by pretending to feud.

Composed by: Harvey Schmidt
Lyrics by: Tom Jones


The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman is a 2017 American musical drama film directed by Michael Gracey in his directorial debut, written by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon and starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya. The film is inspired by the story of P. T. Barnum's creation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus and the lives of its star attractions.

Composed by: John Debney and Joseph Trapanese


The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a musical based on the 1831 novel of the same name written by Victor Hugo with songs from the 1996 Walt Disney Feature Animation film adaptation.

Composed by: Alan Menken
Lyrics by: Stephen Schwartz


The King and I

The musical's plot relates the experiences of Anna, a British schoolteacher hired as part of the King's drive to modernize his country. 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. The musical premiered on March 29, 1951, at Broadway's St. James Theatre. It ran nearly three years, then the fourth longest-running Broadway musical in history, and has had many tours and revivals.

Composed by: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by: Oscar Hammerstein II


The Light in The Piazza

Based on a novella by Elizabeth Spencer, the story is set in the 1950s and revolves around Margaret Johnson, a wealthy Southern woman and her developmentally stalled daughter (due to an unfortunate encounter with her birthday pony), Clara, who spend a summer together in Italy. When Clara falls in love with a young Italian man, Margaret is forced to reconsider not only Clara's future, but her own deep seated hopes and regrets as well.

Composed by: Adam Guettel
Lyrics by: Adam Guettel


The Lion King

The Lion King is a 1994 American animated epic musical film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The story takes place in a kingdom of lions in Africa, and was influenced by William Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Composed by: Elton John
Lyrics by: Tim Rice


The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid is a stage musical produced by Disney Theatrical, based on the animated 1989 Disney film of the same name and the classic story of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen about a mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find love.

Composed by: Alan Menken
Lyrics by: Howard Ashman


The Marvelous Wonderettes

The show, which uses pop songs from the 1950s and 1960s as a vehicle to tell its story, pays homage to the high school Songleader squads of the 50s. When called upon to perform at their senior prom as a last minute replacement, Springfield High Songleaders Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy, rally together to entertain their classmates in four-part harmony.

Composed by: Various artists
Lyrics by: Various artists


The Music Man

The Music Man plot concerns con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys' band organizer and leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to the naive Iowa townsfolk, promising to train the members of the new band. But Harold is no musician and plans to skip town without giving any music lessons.

Composed by: Meredith Willson
Lyrics by: Meredith Willson


The Pajama Game

The Pajama Game is a musical based on the 1953 novel 7½ Cents by Richard Bissell. The story deals with labor troubles in a pajama factory, where workers' demands for a seven-and-a-half cent raise are going unheeded. In the midst of this ordeal, love blossoms between Babe, the grievance committee head, and Sid, the new factory

Composed by: Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
Lyrics by: Richard Adler and Jerry Ross


The Phantom of the Opera

Based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston Leroux, its central plot revolves around a beautiful soprano, Christine Daaé, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius.

Composed by: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by: Charles Hart


The Princess and the Frog

The Princess and the Frog is a 2009 American animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 49th Disney animated feature film, the film is loosely based on the novel The Frog Princess by E. D. Baker, which is in turn based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale "The Frog Prince".

Composed by: Randy Newman


The Producers

The story concerns two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in a Broadway flop. Complications arise when the show unexpectedly turns out to be successful. The humor of the show draws on ridiculous accents, caricatures of homosexuals and Nazis, and many show business in-jokes.

Composed by: Mel Brooks and Glen Kelly and Doug Besterman
Lyrics by: Mel Brooks


The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd

The musical is best known for introducing the standards "Who Can I Turn To?" "Feeling Good" and "The Joker" the last of which was covered most successfully by Bobby Rydell. The show title is a transposition of the phrase "the smell of the greasepaint, the roar of the crowd," referring to the experience of theatre performers.

Composed by: Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
Lyrics by: Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley

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