Use these sources to help you pick a topic and to provide context to your research based argument.
also available online from Oxford Reference online (see below)
Search these reference sources all at once:
The Oxford Companion to the American Musical; The Oxford Companion to American Theatre; The Oxford Dictionary of Dance; The International Encyclopedia of Dance; The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music; The Oxford Companion to Music ; A Dictionary of Opera Characters ; The Grove Book of Opera Singers; The Grove Book of Operas; The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Opera; Encyclopedia of Popular Music; The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare; The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance; The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance; The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre.
Norton, Richard C. A Chronology of American Musical Theater. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Productions are listed chronologically by season, from 1750 through 2001-01. Includes essential information about the work, lists musical numbers, and cast. A show index helps locate a work within the chronology. Songs and people are indexed separately.
Year-to-year account of the musical theatre from its origins-2010, with indexes of shows, songs, and people.
Arranged chronologically, serves as a history, guide, fact book and photograph album of the most memorable productions presented both on and off Broadway from 1866-2007.
Green, Stanley. Hollywood Musicals: Year by Year. Revised and updated by Elaine Schmidt. Milwaukee, WI: H. Leonard Pub; Corp., c1999.
A history, guide, fact book and photograph album of 300 major musical productions, from 1927’s Jazz Singer to 1999’s Tarzan.
Gänzl, Kurt. The British Musical Theatre. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.
Year-by-year survey of British light musical theatre,from 1865-1984.
Besides the selected general and subject-specific databases listed here , try these databases for articles to support your research.