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.

Excellent article from The New Yorker defending the jukebox musical and examining how the genre began clumsily, but is today evolving into a more mature form.

Article “Can Critics learn to love the Jukebox Musical?” by New York Times theatre critics Ben Brantley and Jesse Green.

Article exploring the explosion of jukebox musicals on London’s West End in recent years.