Would you like to know who played the lead roles in the New York opening of Oklahoma? Or the date of the first performance of Cole Porter’s Can-Can? Perhaps you’re searching for a list of the hit songs from Cabaret, or puzzling over which recording of Les Miserables to purchase. Collins Guide to Musicals answers all these questions and thousands more. Each of the 200 descriptive entries lists: composer, lyricist, and first American and British performances; principal characters, plot synopsis, and hit songs; original stage cast and film credits; and recommended recordings. The Guide also includes an index of 1,000 song titles, biographies of all the composers and lyricists featured, entertaining anecdotes, plus an overview of the origins and development of the musical. Accessible, definitive, and up-to-date, this is the only guide to musicals you will ever need.