compiled by John Kenrick
There are more musical theatre and film sites coming online
every day. Here are a few dozen favorites. Like people in Oz, websites can come and
go rather quickly. The existence of all sites on this list was last verified on
Restaurant, where theatre pros have "linked up" for decades.
- Aisle Say A
constantly updated cyber magazine of reviews and essays on current stage productions in
New York and across the country a great place to stay informed.
- Al Jolson Society A loving
tribute to a theatrical legend, with photos, facts, sound and film clips of the
incomparable "Jolie." A must-see for Jolson fans.
Historical Society - Both a tribute to burlesque history and an ongoing attempt
to relocate surviving performers. A promising new site!
- Leonard Bernstein.com
The official resource on Bernstein's career, including his musicals. Loads
of info, photos and more.
- Broadway.com - A great shopping site, offering all sorts of options.
Theatre Archive - Rare theatre productions on video – from PBS and
the golden age of television. Top quality tapes, and a fine selection.
Best - Australian theatre lovers can find theatre related CDs, DVDs
and sheet music here. Special requests are welcomed.
- BroadwayStars.com Along
with star bios and other tidbits, a daily update of links to Broadway coverage on the web.
- Class Act
A cyber listing of musical films, their stars, and creators. Another well-organized
and carefully researched resource by the author of The Judy Garland Database
this kind of site is what the web is all about.
- Curtain Up! A
cyber theatre magazine, with tons of articles, reviews and more. Frequently
updated and always a good read.
- Dress Circle
- A London theatre-lovers shop with West End and Broadway CD's, LP's,
videos, books, scripts. A theater buff could blow the bank here and have fun
- Ruth Etting Great photos, informative text and a handsome layout make this one of the
best tribute site on the web.
- Footlight Records
- Specialized source for cast or soundtrack CD's – they also stock vintage
records and out of print rarities. If you can't find it anywhere else, try
- Fred Astaire A
fitting tribute to the performer who epitomized style and elegance in the 20th Century.
Photos, biographical info and much more an Astaire treasure trove.
- Gilbert & Sullivan
Archive The home for all things G&S on the web the complete libretto
for each opera, extensive midi files, excellent articles and every Savoyard link you
could hope for. A magnificent site for scholars and fans alike.
& Ira Gershwin
Educational Fanpage I still think Ira deserves far more credit than he
gets, so its grand that this web tribute gives both Gershwin brothers their due.
One of the most thorough Gershwin sites.
- Internet Broadway Database
Type in a name or title, and get pages of link-rich info on the actor,
author or stage musical of your choice. The most thorough source for
statistics on Broadway productions from the 1800's to the present, compiled
by the League of American Theatres and Producers. A blessing to researchers.
- The Internet
Theatre Bookshop - A great source for hard to find scripts and
- Internet Theatre Database
Comparable to the Internet Broadway Database. Type in a name or title, and get info on the
actor, author or stage play of your choice.
- Jewish Theatre
- All sorts of resources covering the past, present and future of Jewish
writers & performers on US stages.
Jolson Society The internet home of a great organization that
keeps the memory of this great entertainer alive.
- Judy Garland Database This exhaustive catalog of Garland's career is a fantastic site for fans and
students, with excellent links to related sites and tons of photos.
Theatre Tickets (1st 4) - Information and ticket bookings for
London's West End theatre district.
MacDonald & Nelson Eddy Home Page A handsome
tribute to MGM's operetta legends.
- Musical Cast Album
Database A massive database with info on most every cast recording in
existence. A sensational resource!
- Musicals.Net Information on dozens of the most popular stage musicals, with fun
offers British musical theatre podcasts, a real find for Yanks in search of
West End news.
Library for the Performing Arts - The Lincoln Center Branch of the
NY Public Library has a massive collection of playbills, photos and other
paper items, available to researchers free of charge. There are extensive
online search options at their website.
- Obscure Stages
An annotated bibliography of Commedia dell'Arte, Music Hall, and Pantomime.
Some great suggestions on books relating to music halls, vaudeville and burlesque.
- Playbill.com The top source
for up to the minute news on the theatre world, plus excellent articles and a bouncy chat
room. Don't miss their links to theatre-buff sites of all kinds.
A cyber treat for Cole Porter fans.
- Public Domain
Music Looking for songs you can use rights free? Here is an easy
to use list of several thousand titles and related resources.
- Scarlet Street While this
site is not really about musicals, it is certainly musical friendly! It's the web home for
one of the most entertaining & original magazines I know. Scarlet Street
combines an interest in Sherlock Holmes, horror films and golden age Hollywood. If you like
any or all of those topics, give this site (and this delightful publication) the once
Database A free on-line database of operatic and musical theater
scene and ensemble repertoire.
- The Stephen Sondheim Society Coverage of Stephen Sondheim and all productions of his many shows a must
for serious fans.
- StageAgent.com A resource
for performers and producers, with extensive info on shows, role requirements and rights
- Stephen Schwartz Website Updates on what's happening with the composer of Pippin,
Hunchback of Notre Dame and many other musicals. You can also subscribe to
- Theatre Central Playbill's
sensational link center. The best place on the web to find hundreds of prime theatre-related
site . . . including tons of fan sites for shows and musical theatre stars.
- Theatermania An great online source to find shows, get tickets and save money to theater in New
York and in 40 other markets. Interesting reading for all theatre enthusiasts.
Vaudeville and Ragtime Show Sound clips and photos recreate an online version
of a traditional vaudeville bill. One of the most entertaining vaudeville sights on
- Kurt Weill Foundation Includes
extensive info on this great composer and his wife Lottel Lenya, plus updates on the
outstanding foundation that bears his name.
- Wendy's Wonderful
Wizard of Oz The ultimate web tribute to MGM's most beloved musical, with tons of information and
sumptuous photos. If you love this movie (and who doesn't?), you'll have a blast
at this site!
- Woodley Light
Operatic Society - A delightful website for a British theatre
company that stages productions of G&S and other classic musicals.
Every town should have a troupe like this!
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