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Jukebox Musical Resources

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

The New Yorker

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

u discover music

List of Top 10 jukebox musicals over the past two decades.

Wikipedia

Brief explanation of the jukebox musical genre followed by a comprehensive list of shows in the genre.

Broadway Musical Home

Fun look at a range of jukebox musical posters.

Playbill

Slideshow of Playbills and images from 22 different Broadway jukebox musicals.

The New York Times

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

London Theatre

Article examining the ingredients of a successful jukebox musical.

The Guardian

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

Last updated by Justin Cash

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