10 Best Websites about Musicals – On Broadway, Off Broadway and Hollywood
Although musicals are not as popular on screen as they have been in the past, they are still enjoyed immensely on and off Broadway. For many, a musical is still the best form of entertainment there is. If that sounds like you, this list includes some sites you will want to bookmark and spend some time on. There are lists of the top musicals of all time, information about current Broadway shows and off Broadway shows and much more. You might just find yourself watching some of your past favorites!
- IMDb – Top 100 Greatest Musicals: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls000071646/
Global Alexa Rating: 49
IMDb offers a list of the top 100 greatest musicals, although not shown in any specific order. Each has a description, year of production, length, director information, star information and rating. You can check to see which have instant watch options on Amazon. Select a title and read more about the musical including technical specs, box office results, trivia, quotes and more.
- Broadway.com: http://www.broadway.com/
Global Alexa Rating: 20,807
This is the source for information about what Broadway musicals, Broadway plays and Off-Broadway shows are going on now. You can read the story, see the photos and videos, read the buzz about it and purchase tickets. You can also find a hotel and book a package if you are coming in from out of town. The site also includes lots of behind the story information and latest news in the industry. You should also sign up for the Broadway Buzzline newsletter.
- Playbill: http://www.playbill.com/
Global Alexa Rating: 27,621
Joining the Playbill Club gives you flexibility to plan your theatre visit from a day to several months in advance. You can find discounted tickets and get all the most incisive news, current lists and informative features about every aspect of theatre. You’ll also find restaurants and hotels so you can make your evening complete. The site includes a week in review and Broadway grosses, along with polls and top ten lists. You’ll also find casting and jobs, so if you think you’d do well on Broadway, give it a look.
- American Film Institute – 100 Years of Musicals: http://www.afi.com/100years/musicals.aspx
Global Alexa Rating: 83,475
The AFI has compiled this list of the 25 greatest American movie musicals of all time. It was originally revealed before a live audience. Click on each title and you will see more information than you thought possible about that musical including cast, summary, production crew, music composers and notes. You can also delve deeper and learn more about the people involved by selecting their name.
- BroadwayBox: http://www.broadwaybox.com/
Global Alexa Rating: 125,008
This can be a secondary source for discount tickets for Broadway shows and Off-Broadway shows as well as a resource for information about what is going on in the world of musicals. You can see their listing of the Broadway best sellers. The main page also includes a listing of shows opening soon and those closing soon, as well as those in which the discounts are expiring soon. Information, venue, news, summary and more are given for each musical.
- New York City Theatre: http://www.newyorkcitytheatre.com/
Global Alexa Rating: 155,271
This is an easy site for locating what you want to see as they are categorized by top shows, musicals, plays, holiday shows, comedy theatre, off Broadway shows and 2014 Tony winners. They also show top shows opening even months in advance so that you can plan appropriately. You can also find out about concerts in addition to musicals.
- Rodgers and Hammerstein: http://www.rnh.com/
Global Alexa Rating: 450,618
You can’t say “musicals” and not have Rodgers and Hammerstein come to mind, so it makes perfect sense that their website would be on this list. The site includes news, blogs, show information, song clips and more. They own the rights to the world’s most popular stage and film musicals. Read all about their history on the website. Even after the death of Oscar Hammerstein in August, 1960 and Richard Rodgers in December, 1979, the name of Rodgers and Hammerstein lives on.
- Musicals101: http://www.musicals101.com/index.html
Global Alexa Rating: 864,857
This site delves into the history of musicals discussing what a musical is and discussing its history on stage, film and television. You’ll find sample scenes, sample lyrics, reviews, how Broadway musicals are made, how to put on a musical yourself and so much more. There are profiles for over 400 show biz greats and even a list of NYC restaurants recommended for theatre attendees.
- TheatreHistory.com – American Theatre: Musicals: http://www.theatrehistory.com/american/musicals.html
Global Alexa Rating: 1,019,479
This site is also devoted to the history aspect of American musicals. The page lists a number of specific musicals and provides a synopsis of them. You can also purchase sheet music through this site which would be helpful if your school or community is looking to perform one of the musicals listed. Be sure to select the first one as that is an introduction and provides an overview of the development of American musical theatre.
- Musicals.Net: http://musicals.net/
Global Alexa Rating: 1,663,655
This site is predominately a forum for those that want to chat and share about musical theatre. This includes fans, cast and crew so you might just get to connect with someone famous! Start by selecting the shows tab and then choosing a musical that interests you. You will then be taken to a page with a link to the forum, songlist, synopsis and more links along with a link to purchase the musical. You can also go to the forum tab and select a musical or other topic from there. The forums have 8,200+ members who have contributed 327,000+ posts on 14,000+ topics.
Whether your love of musicals is just the classics or you enjoy a live Broadway musical as well, the websites provided will give you information and in some cases let you connect with other enthusiasts. With some you can listen to music even. Plan your trip to Broadway or enjoy a classic on Amazon. Whichever way you bring a musical into your life will enrich it far beyond the two to three hours of viewing time.