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Jukebox Musical

A jukebox musical is a musical theatre work centring on a collection of songs, usually by a single artist or group. Typically these songs are part of the back catalogue of a well-known singer or band. The plot is often created around the story of the chosen songs. While this technique has attracted criticism by some, the shows created are often international blockbusters such as Mamma Mia! (ABBA), Jersey Boys (Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons) and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical to name just a few. – Justin Cash

Broadway Musical Home A selection of Broadway Playbill posters for a number of jukebox musical theatre productions.

London Theatre Interesting article defining three sub-categories within the jukebox musical genre.

The Guardian Article exploring the life of the jukebox musical on London’s West End.

The New Yorker Article examining various types of jukebox musicals.

The New York Times Theatre critics argue the pros and cons of the jukebox musical genre.

Wikipedia Entry on jukebox musical.

Last updated by Justin Cash

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