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 a back catalogue and the plot is often created around the story within the 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
Excellent article from The New Yorker defending the form and examining how the genre began clumsily, but is today evolving into a more mature form.
Article exploring the explosion of this genre on London’s West End in recent years.
The jukebox musical can be an embarrassing phenomenon: a living, breathing pop-music wax museum … Good jukebox musicals come in two basic forms. The first is the straight-up celebration of a body of music, without significant plot … The other worthy type of jukebox musical, and the much trickier kind to do well, is the biographical musical.
The New Yorker, 22 July, 2014