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Wizard Of Oz

The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Widely considered to be one of the greatest films in cinema history, it is the best-known and most commercially successful adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s 1900 children’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The film was made into a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams in 2011. This musical uses […]

Sunday In The Park With George

Sunday In The Park With George is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The musical begins with the story of George (an artist) and his model and lover Dot. The characters that inhabit George’s painting have lives unto themselves, which George captures with his paintbrush. Fast forward a hundred years and we […]

Shenandoah

Shenandoah is a musical that was based on a screenplay for the 1965 film of the same name. With music by Gary Geld, lyrics by Peter Udell, and book by Udell, Philip Rose, and James Lee Barrett the musical centres on a pacifist widower, Charlie Anderson, who lives with his large family in the Shenandoah Valley during […]

Into The Woods

Into The Woods is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. The musical encompasses the plots of several fairy tales. The main characters are taken from “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Jack and the Beanstalk”, “Rapunzel”, and “Cinderella”. The plot follows the story of a baker and his wife and their quest […]

Gypsy

Gypsy is a 1959 musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents. Gypsy is somewhat based on the memoirs of striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, and focuses on her mother, Rose. It follows her struggles in trying to raise two daughters and perform onstage and shows the hardships of show business life. The original Broadway production opened in […]

Dick Tracy

Dick Tracy is a 1990 film based on a detective comic strip character from the 1930’s. Produced by Warren Beatty with 5 songs written by Stephen Sondheim, the film depicts Dick Tracy’s romantic relationships with Breathless Mahoney (Madonna) and Tess Trueheart (Glenne Headly), as well as his antagonisms with a crime boss and his henchmen. Tracy also begins […]

Company

Company is a musical comedy by Stephen Sondheim. Robert is a single man with three girlfriends who is unable to commit fully to a steady relationship. His best friends are five married or engaged couples all with troubles of their own. The friends throw a 35th Birthday party for Robert. This musical, composed of short […]

Anyone Can Whistle

Anyone Can Whistle is said to have been Stephen Sondheim’s ‘bravest’ musical, with it being described as an absurdly satirical cult show. Displaying a level of wacky intelligence, this musical is the story of a mayoress of a bankrupt town who fakes a miracle to revitalise its fortunes. There’s a nurse who sets out to  expose […]

Follies

Follies is an acclaimed 1971 Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Goldman. It tells the story of former cast members of Weissman Follies (a musical revue), reunited for the last time in their theatre which is about to be demolished. It focuses on two couples, Buddy and Sally […]

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a fast-paced farce from the fabulous Stephen Sondheim. It centres around the slave, Pseudolus, who schemes (in exchange for his freedom) to win the heart of the beautiful virgin, Philia, for his young master, Hero.  However, things are never as easy as they seem […]

Traditional Songs

Traditional Songs are folk songs, nursery rhymes and old fashioned music hall songs, mainly from the UK and USA Backing Tracks All The Nice Girls Love A Sailor All Things Bright And Beautiful – Traditional A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square Any Old Iron Beside The Seaside  Bugeilio’r Gwenith Gwyn – Welsh Traditional Bye Bye […]

My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady: Get Me To The Church On Time… I Could Have Danced All Night… On The Street Where You Live… Wouldn’t It Be Lovely… My Fair Lady is a musical based on the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw; with lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The story concerns Eliza […]
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Disney

Disney: A Whole New World… Bare Necessities… Give A Little Whistle… Heigh Ho… Let It Go… Once Upon A Dream… Some Day My Prince Will Come… The Walt Disney Company started in 1923 in the rear of a small office occupied by Holly-Vermont Realty in Los Angeles. It was there that Walt Disney, and his […]

Hair The Musical

Hair The Musical Hair is a rock musical with a book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot. Hair explores many of the themes of the hippie movement of the 1960s and tells the story not just of the characters, but of universal themes of life. The ‘Tribe’ that are featured in the story are a […]
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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

Carole King is a chart-topping music legend and this musical is about her journey from schoolgirl to superstar. She wrote ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ when she was seventeen; it was released in 1960 by the Shirelles and became the first Number One by a black female group.  Since then, she has written songs for The […]

Disney – The Lion King

Disney – The Lion King: Can You Feel The Love Tonight… Circle Of Life… Hakuna Matata… I just Can’t Wait To Be King… The Lion King is a 1994 American animated epic musical film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Its original songs were written by composer Elton John and […]

Sister Act

Sister Act is a musical based on the hit 1992 film of the same name, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner and additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane. After having a regional premiere in 2006 in Pasadena, California, the original West End production opened on June 2, 2009 at the London Palladium, starring Patina Miller and produced by Stage Entertainment and Whoopi […]

Annie Get Your Gun

Annie Get Your Gun: The musical tale of Annie Oakley. Renowned in the Wild West as a sharpshooter, Annie meets her match, both romantically and professionally, in the form of fellow ace gunslinger Frank Butler. While Annie and Frank are performing as part of the famous traveling show headlined by the legendary Buffalo Bill, the […]

Doris Day

Doris Day (April 3, 1922 – May 13, 2019) was an American actress, singer. After she began her career as a big band singer in 1939, her popularity increased with her first hit recording “Sentimental Journey” (1945). During her solo career, Doris Day recorded more than 650 songs from 1947 to 1967, which made her […]

Book Of Mormon (The) – Musical

Book Of Mormon Book Of Mormon is a musical created by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone (also known as the creators of the animated TV show South Park) The  Book Of Mormon follows two Mormon missionaries as they attempt to preach the Mormon religion (Church Of The Latter-day Saints) to the inhabitants of a remote African village. The earnest young men have to […]
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Madonna

Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer-songwriter, actress and businesswoman who rose to mega stardom in the 1980’s with songs mainly written and produced by herself and many of them reaching number one on the record charts, including “Like a Virgin”, “La Isla Bonita”, “Like a Prayer” and “Vogue”. Madonna’s popularity was further enhanced by her roles […]
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Wheatus

Wheatus is an American rock group from  New York, formed in 1995 by Brendan Brown. They are best known for their 2000 single “Teenage Dirtbag”. Backing Tracks A Little Respect Leroy Teenage Dirtbag Wannabe Gangster Official Website Lyrics Her name is Noel I have a dream about her She rings my bell I got gym class […]

Yvonne Elliman

Yvonne Elliman is a singer songwriter from Hawaii. She learnt guitar during her school years and performed in a band of youngsters who entered local talent shows. After moving to London, UK  in 1969  she performed at various bars and clubs where she was discovered by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, who asked her to sing Mary Magdalene’s part for an […]
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Styx

Styx are a rock band from Chicago. They formed in the late 1970’s with a line up of Dennis DeYoung, Chuck and John Panozzo and were soon joined by John Curulewski and James “JY” Young. In 1971 they released their first album Styx, but the single from it “Best Thing” only managed to creep into the top […]
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Matilda The Musical

Matilda The Musical Matilda the Musical is based on a novel by Roald Dahl. The story centres around Matilda a little girl with the gift of telekinesis (moving objects with mind-power), who loves reading, overcomes obstacles caused by her family and school, and helps her teacher to reclaim her life. The musical received its West End premiere on 24 […]
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A Chorus Line

A Chorus Line audition for an upcoming Broadway production, features the formidable director Zach and his assistant choreographer Larry putting the dancers through their paces. Every dancer is desperate for work (“I Hope I Get It”). After the first cut, 17 dancers remain. Zach tells them he is looking for a strong dancing chorus of […]
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Four Tops

The Four Tops are an American vocal quartet who formed in 1953. After reaching number one with “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” in June 1965, the Four Tops had series of successful hit singles. Among the first of these hits were the Top 10 “It’s the Same Old Song“, “Something About You“, “Shake […]

We Will Rock You

We Will Rock You  is a rock musical based on the songs of British rock band Queen with a book by Ben Elton. The musical tells the story of a group of Bohemians who struggle to restore the free exchange of thought, fashion, and live music in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks and acts the same. Musical instruments […]

Disney – Mary Poppins

Disney – Mary Poppins: Feed The Birds… Jolly Holiday… Spoonful Of Sugar… Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious… Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy comedy film loosely based on the series of children’s books of the same name written by P.L.Travers.  It was directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by […]
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Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1970 rock opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The musical started as a rock opera concept album before its Broadway debut in 1971. The musical is mostly sung-through, with little spoken dialogue. The story is loosely based on the Gospels’ accounts of the last week of Jesus’s life, beginning with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and […]

Elton John

Elton John: Candle In The Wind… Circle Of Life… Daniel… Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me… Face To Face… Goodbye Yellow Brick Road… Sacrifice… Your Song… Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE, is one of the most highly acclaimed and successful solo artists of all time.  He was born on March 25, 1947, in Pinner, Middlesex, England, and given the […]
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Joseph

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Joseph Backing Tracks Any Dream Will Do – Give Me My Coloured Coat – Finale A Pharoah’s Story Benjamin’s Calypso Brothers Come To Egypt Close Every Door Go Go Go Joseph Jacob and Sons Joseph’s […]
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West Side Story

West Side Story is a musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It was inspired by William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. The original 1957 Broadway production, conceived, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins and produced by Robert E. Griffith and Harold Prince, marked Sondheim’s Broadway debut. It ran for 732 performances before going on tour. The production was nominated for six Tony Awards including […]

Rent The Musical

Rent is a rock musical with music, lyrics, and book 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.  On Broadway, Rent gained critical acclaim and won several awards. The Broadway production […]
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Mamma Mia Musical

Mamma Mia! is a jukebox musical written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, based on the songs of ABBA. Over 60 million people have seen the stage show worldwide and two film adaptation starring Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Stellan Skarsgård and Julie Walters was released in July 2008 – Mamma Mia and 2018 – Mamma Mia Here We Go Again. Mamma Mia Backing Tracks Chiquitita Dancing Queen […]

Howard Keel

Howard Keel (April 13, 1919 – November 7, 2004) was an American actor and singer and star of some of the most famous MGM film musicals ever made. At the age of 20, he was encouraged to take singing lessons and his first public performance took place in 1941, when he played the role of Samuel the Prophet in Handel’s oratorio Saul.  In 1947 he […]
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Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire (May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987) was an American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter. He is regarded as one of the most influential dancers of his time. His stage, film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years, during which he starred in more than 10 Broadway and London musicals, made 31 musical films. As a dancer, […]
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Shrek

Shrek is a Dreamworks animated film about a swamp ogre and a princess. ‘Shrek finds his swamp overrun by fairy tale creatures who have been banished by a corrupt Lord Farquaad. The ogre makes a deal with Farquaad to regain control of his swamp in return for rescuing Princess Fiona. With the help of Donkey, Shrek embarks on […]
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Aida The Musical

Aida is a musical composed by  Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice, book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, and David Henry Hwang, and produced by Walt Disney Theatrical. It is based on Giuseppe Verdi’s opera of the same name.  Backing Tracks Another Pyramid A Step Too Far Dance Of The Robe Easy As Life Elaborate Lives Enchantment Passing Through […]

Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand, born on April 24th 1942, is an actress, singer, director, writer, composer, producer, designer, author and photographer. Her career, spanning six decades, has brought Barbra Streisand acclaim in many fields of entertainment: winning numerous awards including two Academy Awards, ten Grammy Awards, five Emmy Awards and eleven Golden Globes. After beginning a successful recording […]

42nd Street The Musical

42nd Street The Musical 42nd Street 42nd Street – Finale 42nd Street – Overture 42nd Street – Long Version About A Quater To Nine Dames Go Into Your Dance I Know Now Lullaby Of Broadway Shadow Waltz Shuffle Off To Buffalo There’s A Sunny Side To Every Situation We’re In The Money Young And Healthy […]

Cliff Richard

Cliff Richard Backing Tracks : The Young Ones … Move It … Miss You Nights … Millennium Prayer … Summer Holiday In early 1958 young rock and roll singer Harry Rodger Webb became Cliff Richard and by August 1958 was signed (with his band The Shadows) to the EMI record label. His first single Move It […]

Alvin Stardust

Alvin Stardust started life as Bernard William Jewry and was also known as Shane Fenton early on in his career. From an early age Bernard was surrounded by musicians and entertainers as his mother ran a boarding house near to a theatre and made his stage debut at the age of 4. In the early 1960’s […]

Gilbert And Sullivan

Gilbert And Sullivan Backing Tracks The Gondoliers Take A Pair Of Sparkling Eyes When A Merry Maiden Marries Songbook. Allow up to 8 days for delivery. HMS Pinafore I Am The Captain Of The Pinafore I’m Called Little Buttercup Never Mind The Why and Wherefore When I Was A Lad Iolanthe Bow Bow Ye Lower […]
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Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect is a series of musical comedy films with an eclectic musical mix of genre, spanning styles and rhythms. The plot for the first film (released in 2012) follows an all-girl  a cappella group, The Barden Bellas, as they compete against another a cappella group from their college to win Nationals. The film is loosely […]

Pirates Of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. Pirates was the fifth Gilbert and Sullivan collaboration and introduced the much-parodied “Major-General’s Song”. Pirates remains popular today, taking its place along with The Mikado and H.M.S. Pinafore as one of the most frequently played Gilbert and Sullivan operas.   Backing Tracks Climbing Over Rocky Mountain Frederic’s Aria I Am The Very Model […]

Tina Arena

Tina Arena, is an Italian-Australian singer-songwriter, musician, musical theatre actress, and record producer. She is one of Australia’s highest selling female artists who has sold over 10 million records worldwide. Arena is an artist with the vocal range of a soprano and is multilingual: she sings live and records in English, Italian, French and Spanish.  She has earned several international and national awards, including seven ARIA Awards, and two World […]
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Motown The Musical

Motown The Musical The musical follows the career of Berry Gordy and the founding of the Motown Record Company. The story begins in 1983, on the evening of the 25th anniversary celebration of Motown, where Berry is looking back on his career. Backing Tracks   ABC – Jackson 5   Ain’t No Mountain High Enough […]
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LeAnn Rimes

Born in 1982, LeAnn Rimes made her stage debut at the age of 7 taking part in a musical production of “A Christmas Carol”. By the age of 11 she had recorded her debut “Blue” which became her signature song in later years. At the age of 14, LeAnn Rimes was the youngest artist to […]

Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow: Copacabana… Could It Be Magic… Can’t Smile Without You… I Write The Songs… Mandy… One Voice… Barry Manilow (born Barry Alan Pincus; June 17, 1943) is an American singer-songwriter, arranger, musician, and producer. His career has spanned over 50 years and he has had a long string of hit recordings such as “Mandy”, […]

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber has created some of the most recognisable Broadway music of all time—from Cats to Evita to The Phantom of the Opera—along the way collecting a variety of honours, including knighthood, several Tony Awards, Grammy Awards, an Academy Award and the Kennedy Center Honors Award. Songs from his musicals have gone on to […]

Aled Jones

From chorister to radio presenter and receiving an MBE in half a life time Aled Jones is a popular singer from Wales, UK. Starting out life in rural Wales, Aled Jones joined the choir of Bangor Cathedral at the age of 9 and although he never made it to Head Chorister, he was often chosen […]

Josh Groban

Josh Groban is an American singer / songwriter, actor and record producer. His first four solo albums were certified multi-platinum  and he was charted in 2007 as the number-one best selling artist in the United States, with over 22.3 million records in the nation His global tours have included 60 shows in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, […]
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Tarzan

Tarzan is a 1999 American animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Walt Disney Pictures based on the story Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burrough. English recording artist Phil Collins was recruited to compose and record songs integrated with a score by Mark Mancina.  The film stars the voices of Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Glenn Close, and Rosie O’Donnell, with Brian Blessed, Lance Henriksen, Wayne Knight, and Nigel Hawthorne. Backing Tracks From As Far […]

Color Purple (The)

The Color Purple is a musical with a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell, and Allee Willis. Based on the 1982 novel by Alice Walker, the show follows the journey of Celie, an African-American woman in the American South from the early to mid-20th century. The original Broadway production ran from 2005 to 2008, earning eleven Tony Award nominations in 2006. An enthusiastically acclaimed Broadway […]

Taboo

Taboo is a stage musical with a book by Mark Davies Markham (extensively rewritten for the Broadway production by Charles Busch), lyrics by Boy George, and music by George, John Themis, Richie Stevens and Kevan Frost. Set in an abandoned London warehouse, the partly imagined story of a group of club ‘names’ set in the location of what was the city’s most fashionable […]

Dreamgirls

Dreamgirls is a Broadway musical, with music by Henry Krieger and lyrics and book by Tom Eyen. Based on the show business aspirations and successes of R&B acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and others.  The musical follows the story of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called “The Dreams”, who become music superstars. The musical opened on December 20, 1981, at […]

Legally Blonde

Legally Blonde is a musical with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin and book by Heather Hach. The story is based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film of the same name. It tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner. She discovers how her knowledge of the law can help others, […]

Woman In White

The Woman in White is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Zippel with a book by Charlotte Jones, based on the novel The Woman in White written by Wilkie Collins, and elements of The Signal-Man by Charles Dickens. It ran for nineteen months in the West End and three months on Broadway, making it one of Lloyd Webber’s shortest-running shows. Backing Tracks All For Laura – Woman […]
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Blues Brothers

Blues Brothers: Everybody Needs Somebody… Gimme Some Loving… Shake Your Tailfeather… Soul Man… Minnie The Moocher… The Blues Brothers are an American blues and soul revivalist band founded in 1978 by comedians Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as part of a musical sketch on Saturday Night Live. Belushi and Aykroyd took on the characters of […]

Spice Girls

The Spice Girls were a ‘manufactured’ girl band from the UK. Affectionately known as “Posh, Scary, Sporty, Ginger and Baby” the girls shot to fame with their debut single “Wanna Be” in 1996.   Other hits include Stop, Goodbye, Headlines (Friendship Never Ends), Mama, Spice Up Your Life, Viva Forever. Backing Tracks Denying Do It Goodbye […]
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Celine Dion

Celine Dion: All By Myself…. A Mother’s Prayer…  Beautiful Boy… Calling You… Dance With My Father… My Heart Will Go On… The Prayer… Céline Marie Claudette Dion, (born 30 March 1968), is a French Canadian singer who first gained international recognition in the 1980’s by winning both the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival and […]

Oliver – The Musical

Oliver – The Musical: Be Back Soon… Consider Yourself… Food Glorious Food… I’d Do Anything… It’s A Fine Day… Oliver… Oom Pah Pah… Where Is Love… Where Is Love… Who Will Buy… Oliver is an English musical, with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. The musical is based upon the novel Oliver Twist by Charles […]

Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle is a Scottish singer who came to international attention when she appeared as a contestant on the TV programme Britain’s Got Talent on 11 April 2009, singing “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Misérables.Backing Tracks: Cry Me A River … End Of The World … Hallelujah … I Dreamed A Dream … I […]

Carousel

Carousel is the second musical by the team of Rodgers and Hammerstein II. The 1945 work was adapted from Ferenc Molnár’s 1909 play Liliom, transplanting its Budapest setting to the Maine coastline. The story revolves around carousel barker Billy Bigelow, whose romance with millworker Julie Jordan comes at the price of both their jobs. He participates in a robbery to provide for Julie and their unborn child; […]

Cole Porter

Cole Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter. Born to a wealthy family in Indiana, he defied the wishes of his domineering grandfather and took up music as a profession. Classically trained, he was drawn towards musical theatre. After a slow start, he began to achieve success in the 1920s, […]

Showboat The Musical

  Showboat the musical features the music of Jerome Kern with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein. The story, based on Edna Ferber’s novel of the same name, is set against the backdrop of the American Deep South at the beginning of the 20th Century, and tells a powerful story of freedom, loyalty and love.  It is […]

Miracles

The Miracles (also known as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles from 1965 to 1972) were an American rhythm and blues vocal group that was the first successful recording act for Berry Gordy’s Motown Records, and one of the most important and influential groups in pop, rock and roll, and R&B music history.  Formed in 1955 by Smokey Robinson, Warren “Pete” Moore,  Ronnie White, and Claudette Robinson   After a failed audition […]

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang… Truly Scrumptious… Hushabye Maountain… Doll On A Music Box… Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a 1968 British musical adventure fantasy film loosely based on Ian Fleming’s 1964 novel “Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car”. The film was directed by Ken Hughes, written by Roald Dahl and Hughes, and starred Dick Van Dyke, Sally […]

Smash TV Musical Show

Smash is an American musical drama television series created by playwright Theresa Rebeck , developed by Robert Greenblatt and Steven Spielberg served as one of the executive producers. The show revolves around a group of characters creating new Broadway musicals with the first one being a new musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe titled Bombshell. Backing […]

Cabaret The Musical

Cabaret is a 1966 musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Joe Masteroff, based on John Van Druten’s 1951 play I Am a Camera, which was adapted from the short novel Goodbye to Berlin (1939) by Christopher Isherwood. Set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, it focuses on the nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub, and revolves […]

Porgy and Bess Musical

Porgy and Bess is an English-language opera by the American composer George Gershwin, with a libretto written by author DuBose Heywardand lyricist Ira Gershwin. It was adapted from Dorothy Heyward and DuBose Heyward’s play Porgy, itself an adaptation of DuBose Heyward’s 1925 novel of the same name.   Porgy and Bess was first performed in Boston on September 30, 1935, before it moved to Broadway in New York City. It featured a cast […]

George Gershwin

George Gershwin was one of the most significant American composers of the 20th century, known for popular stage and screen numbers as well as classical compositions. Having dropped out of school he began playing piano professionally at just aged 15 years. He wrote numerous songs for stage and screen that quickly became standards and his […]

Footloose

Footloose A film musical originally released in 1984 and remastered in 2011, Footloose depicts the story of a young man who moves to a small American town, only to find that the town council has banned rock music and dancing. The storyline follows his new found friendships and how they beat the odds to get a […]

Anthony Newley

Anthony Newley was an actor, singer, songwriter and director. His career spanned more than 50 years and included stints in film, theatre, rock and roll, comedy, music hall and television. Having shown promise as a leading boy actor in a couple of films in the late 1940’s Anthony Newley was given the role of The Artful Dodger in […]

Musical Backing Tracks

  Musical Backing Tracks. A comprehensive catalogue of musical theatre backing tracks, listed by show. A comprehensive catalogue of musical theatre backing tracks available as mp3 download or you can choose to have your tracks sent to you on CD.   Listen to samples before you buy.    There are many musical backing tracks in […]

Florrie Forde

Florrie Forde (16 August 1875 – 18 April 1940), born Flora May Augusta Flannagan, was an Australian popular singer and Music hall entertainer. From 1897 she lived and worked in the United Kingdom. She was one of the most popular stars of the early 20th century music hall. Backing Tracks Oh Oh Antonio Lyrics In quaint native dress an Italian maid Was deep in […]

Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin (born Israel Isidore Baline, May 11, 1888 – September 22, 1989) was an American composer and lyricist widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history. Born in Russia, Berlin arrived in the United States at the age of five. He published his first song, “Marie from Sunny Italy”, in 1907, for […]

Disney – Frozen

Disney – Frozen: Do You Want To Build A Snowman… In Summer… Let It Go… Walt Disney Animation Studios,  released the feature film “Frozen” in 2013.  It is a comedy adventure featuring Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) who sets off on an journey, teaming up with a mountain man named Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer […]

Liza Minnelli

Liza Minnelli  is an American actress and iconic singer. Best known for her Academy Award-winning performance in Cabaret (1972), she is noted for her energetic stage presence and her powerful contralto singing voice. She is the daughter of Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli. Backing Tracks Alexanders Ragtime Band But The World Goes ‘Round Cabaret City Lights Don’t Be Cruel I Love A Piano […]

Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim is an American composer and lyricist known for his immense contributions to musical theatre and film for over 50 years. He has won many awards including Grammy’s, Pulitzer Prize, Academy Awards and the Laurence Oliver Award. His most famous works include A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Dick Tracey, […]

Elaine Paige

Elaine Paige OBE is an English singer and actress best known for her work in musical theatre. She attended the Aida Foster stage school, making her first professional appearance on stage in 1964, at the age of 16. Her appearance in the 1968 production of Hair marked her West End debut. Elaine Paige played Eva Perón in Evita in 1978. She won the Laurence Olivier Award for Performance of […]

Guys And Dolls

Guys and Dolls is a musical with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and based on the book “The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown”  by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows.  The premiere on Broadway was in 1950 and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The musical has had several Broadway and London revivals, as well as a 1955 film adaptation starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine. Backing Tracks  A Bushel […]

Barbara Dickson

As a multi-million selling recording artist with an Award winning acting career, Barbara Dickson OBE has been one of the most popular artists in Britain since the early 1970’s.   Taking part in the musical, Blood Brothers, in 1983 was to mark Barbara’s debut as a stage actress.    In 1985 Barbara’s single ‘I Know Him […]

Kenny Loggins

Kenny Loggins  is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist who partnered with Jim Messina on several recordings.  Loggins & Messina were among the most popular folk-based soft rock acts of the first half of the ’70s and enjoyed a four-year string of successful albums. As a solo artist, Kenny Loggins has written the soundtrack for several movies including ‘Footloose’ […]

Mario Lanza

Mario Lanza (born Alfredo Arnold Cocozza; January 31, 1921 – October 7, 1959) was an American tenor of Italian ancestry, and an actor and Hollywood film star of the late 1940s and the 1950s. Backing Tracks Because You’re Mine Beloved Be My Love Besame Mucho Come Dance With Me Granada With A Song In My Heart

Rhydian

Rhydian James Roberts (born 14 February 1983), known mononymously as Rhydian, is a Welsh baritone singer, television presenter and musical theatre actor. He made his name by finishing second in series 4 of The X Factor, and has since become more widely known. Backing Tracks Impossible Dream   Lyrics To dream the impossible dream To fight the unbeatable foe To bear with unbearable sorrow […]

Smokey Joes Cafe

Smokey Joe’s Cafe Backing Tracks Baby That’s Rock And Roll   (spoken) in the beginning there was nothing but rocks then somebody invented the wheel and things just begun to roll did you ever hear a tenor sax swinging like a rusty axe walking like a dog down in a hollow log baby that’s rock […]
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13 The Musical

13 The Musical (Thirteen) Backing Tracks Bad Bad News Lamest Place Lamest Place – NBV 13 Becoming A Man 13
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Sarah Brightman

Sarah Brightman is a British classical crossover singer who has sold millions of records and been performed in arenas, cathedrals, and Olympic stadiums around the world. She is the winner of more than 180 gold and platinum awards in 40 countries. Sarah Brightman began her career as a member of the dance troupe, “Pans People”, […]

Fame

Fame is a stage musical based on the 1980 musical film of the same name. The musical premiered in 1988 in Miami, Florida. De Silva had produced the 1980 film about students at New York City’s High School of Performing Arts. The critically and commercially successful film was followed by a six-season television series, and the musical. The musical is significantly rewritten from the […]

Les Miserables

Les Miserables: At The End Of The Day… Bring Him Home… Do You Hear The People Sing… Empty Chairs At Empty Tables… I Dreamed A Dream… On My Own… One Day More… Les Misérables is a musical based on the novel Les Misérables by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo. Premiering in Paris in 1980, it […]

High Society

High Society is a musical comedy with a book by Arthur Kopit and music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The musical is based on Philip Barry’s 1939 stage comedy The Philadelphia Story and the subsequent 1956 musical film adaptation, High Society, which features Porter’s songs. The musical includes most of the music featured in the movie, along with several songs selected from other Porter musicals. It […]
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Copacabana (The Musical)

Copacabana is a 1985 American made-for-television musical film, stage musical and nightclub show written by Barry Manilow and based on his 1978 song of the same title. The show toured the United States and, as of 2006, became available to license to performing companies and schools for the first time. Backing Tracks Copacabana Dancing Fool Just Arrived Man Wanted Sweet Heaven Who Am I Kidding […]

Scarlet Pimpernel

The Scarlet Pimpernel is a musical with music by Frank Wildhorn and lyrics and book by Nan Knighton, based on the novel of the same name by Baroness Orczy. The show is set in England and France during the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution. The story is a precursor to the spy fiction and the superhero genres, where a hero hides under a mild-mannered alias. The musical ran on Broadway from […]

Michael Ball

Michael Ball, OBE (born 27 June 1962) is an English actor, singer and broadcaster, who is known for his work in musical theatre. He made his West End debut in 1985 playing Marius in the original London production of Les Misérables, and went on to star in 1987 as Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera. In 1989, he reached number two in the UK […]

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer. Famous for playing comic “blonde bombshell” characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and was emblematic of the era’s attitudes towards sexuality. Although she was a top-billed actress for only a decade, she has remained a […]

Man of La Mancha Musical

Man of La Mancha is a 1965 musical with a book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion, and music by Mitch Leigh, inspired by Miguel de Cervantes and his 17th-century novel Don Quixote. .  The original 1965 Broadway production  five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Backing Tracks Dulcinea Impossible Dream Sheet Music Songbook. Allow up to 8 days for delivery. Synopsis In the late sixteenth century, failed […]

Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors is a horror comedy rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors. The music, composed by Menken in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and […]

Hello Dolly Musical

Hello, Dolly! is a 1964 musical with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart.   Hello, Dolly! was first produced on Broadway by David Merrick in 1964, winning 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical,  The show has become one of the most enduring musical theatre hits, with four Broadway revivals and international success. It was also made into the 1969 film Hello Dolly! that was nominated for seven Academy Awards, […]

Gene Kelly

Gene Kelly was an American film actor, director, producer, dancer and choreographer known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, his good looks and the likeable characters that he played on screen. Born in 1912 into a working class family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Gene Kelly shunned the traditional game of baseball to take dancing lessons […]
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Funny Girl The Musical

  Funny Girl – The Musical Based on the life and career of the Broadway star, film actress and comedienne Fanny Brice. The original production was staged in Broadway in 1964 with the role of Fanny Brice played by Barbra Streisand, who also starred in the film adaptation released in 1968. A new production opened […]

Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard is a musical with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Opening first in London in 1993, the musical has had several long runs internationally and enjoyed extensive tours. It is based on the Academy Award-winning 1950 film-noir of the same title. Praised by many […]
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Mack And Mabel

  Mack and Mabel is a musical with a book by Michael Stewart and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. The original 1974 Broadway production produced by David Merrick starred Robert Preston and Bernadette Peters. It received eight Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, but did not win any. There was no nomination for Jerry Herman’s score. Although the original production closed after only eight weeks, the songs […]

Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a 1979 musical thriller with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. The musical is based on the 1973 play Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Christopher Bond and opened on Broadway in 1979 and in the West End in 1980. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical and Olivier Award for Best New Musical. […]

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers Musical

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a 1954 musical film, based on the short story “The Sobbin’ Women”, by Stephen Vincent Benét, which was based in turn on the Ancient Roman legend of The Rape of the Sabine Women.  The film is set in Oregon in 1850, is particularly known for its unusual choreography, which makes dance numbers out of such mundane frontier pursuits as chopping wood […]

Mame

Mame is a musical with the book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman.   In 1958, a film titled Auntie Mame, released by Warner Brothers, starring Rosalind Russell. It was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe for her portrayal.   The musical opened on Broadway in 1966, starring Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur. Backing Tracks Bosom Buddies I Got The […]

Oklahoma Musical

Oklahoma! is the first musical written by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical is based on Lynn Riggs’ 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs. Set in farm country outside the town of Claremore, Oklahoma Territory, in 1906, it tells the story of farm girl Laurey Williams and her courtship by two rival suitors, cowboy Curly McLain […]

Me And My Girl Musical

Me and My Girl is a musical with music by Noel Gay and its original book and lyrics by Douglas Furber and L. Arthur Rose. The musical is set in the late 1930s and tells the story of an unrefined cockney gentleman named Bill Snibson, who learns that he is the 14th heir to the Earl of Hareford. The action is set […]

Chess

Chess is a musical with music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of the pop group ABBA, lyrics by Tim Rice, and a book by Richard Nelson based on an idea by Rice. The story involves a politically driven, Cold War–era chess tournament between two men—an American grandmaster and a Soviet grandmaster—and their fight over a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. Chess was a significant and […]

Evita

Evita is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics and book by Tim Rice. It concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. The story follows Evita’s early life, rise to power, charity work, and eventual death. The musical began as a rock opera concept album released in 1976. Its success led to productions […]

Sweet Charity

Sweet Charity is a musical with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon. It was directed and choreographed for Broadway by Bob Fosse starring his wife and muse Gwen Verdon alongside John McMartin. It is based on the screenplay for the Italian film Nights of Cabiria. However, whereas Federico Fellini’s black-and-white film concerns the romantic ups-and-downs of an ever-hopeful dance hall hostess, in […]

Fiddler On The Roof

Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in the Pale of Settlement of Imperial Russia in 1905. It is based on Tevye and his Daughters (or Tevye the Dairyman) and other tales by Sholem Aleichem. The original Broadway production of the show, which opened in 1964, had the first musical theatre run in history to surpass 3,000 performances.. It won nine Tony […]

Song And Dance

Song and Dance is a musical comprising two acts, one told entirely in “Song” and one entirely in “Dance”, tied together by a unifying love story. The “Song” act is Tell Me on a Sunday, with lyrics by Don Black and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, about a young British woman’s romantic misadventures in New York City and Hollywood. The “Dance” act is a ballet choreographed to Variations, composed by […]

Godspell

Godspell – A musical mostly based on the Gospel of Matthew (from the Christian Bible). John-Michael Tebelak was studying Greek Mythology at Carnegie Mellon University when he became fascinated by the Gospels as told in the Bible, so weeks away from having to hand in his final thesis on his chosen subject, he wrote the manuscript for Godspell […]
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Rocky Horror Picture Show Musical

The Rocky Horror Show is a musical with music, lyrics and book by Richard O’Brien. A humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through to the early 1970s, the musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist, Dr Frank-N-Furter, unveiling his new creation, […]

South Pacific

South Pacific is a musical composed by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan. The work premiered in 1949 on Broadway and was an immediate hit, running for 1,925 performances. The plot is based on James A. Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 book Tales of the South Pacific and combines elements of several of those stories. Rodgers and Hammerstein believed they could write a musical based […]

Jekyll And Hyde Musical

Jekyll & Hyde is a musical horror-drama loosely based on the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Originally conceived for the stage by Frank Wildhorn and Steve Cuden.  After a world premiere run in Houston, Texas, the musical embarked on a national tour of the United States prior to its Broadway debut in 1997. Many international productions in various languages have since been staged […]

Hairspray

Hairspray is a 1988 American dance comedy film written and directed by John Waters.   The musical based on the film was produced in 2002, with music by Marc Shaiman and Lyrics by Scott Wittman. and became a cult classic. In 2003 it won eight Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical, out of 13 nominations. A remake of the film was released in […]

Moulin Rouge Musical

Moulin Rouge is a jukebox musical with a book by John Logan. The musical is based on the 2001 film of the same name, by Baz Luhrmann. The world stage premiere occurred on July 10, 2018 at the Emerson Colonial Theatre, Boston. Backing Tracks Because We Can Come What May Diamond Dogs Lady Marmalade – Christina Aguilera Nature Boy One Day […]

Grease

Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy film based on the 1971 musical of the same name. Written by Bronte Woodard and directed by Randal Kleiser in his theatrical feature film debut, the film depicts the lives of two high school seniors: a bad boy (played by John Travolta) and a good girl (played by Olivia Newton-John) in the late 1950’s. Grease was successful both critically and […]