How many types does Musical Theatre have?

Musical Comedy

This is a light-hearted traditional musical in which the characters are acting and mixing themselves with music.

There will always be a definite ending at the end of the play. For example, people understand such priceless lessons or main characters get married.

For example: Bells are Ringing, Grease.

Book Show

Unlike musical comedy, this is a more serious musical that focuses more on music.



For example: A Little Night Music, Carousel.



Revue is a musical show, which is full of songs that don’t connect to each other. Revue is seen as a tribute to famous composers or actresses.

For example: And the World Goes ‘Round.

      Rock/pop Opera

This is a performance that has music and constantly singing instead of spoken dialogue to maintain the happenings of the story.

For example: The Phantom of the Opera.


 Jukebox Musical

Typically, the Jukebox musical shows the biographical element whose story is based on a real story about the life of a person. A group of artists will perform a list of hit songs that emphasize the recreation.

For example: Mamma Mia, Rock of Ages.

       How is the history of the musical theatre timeline?

Musical theatre has gained its popularity all over the world for several years. Many people luckily experience these musical performances and high praise for their artistic value.

However, not everyone knows how the timeline is.

Hence, to understand thoroughly this kind of entertainment, let’s take a closer look at the history of the musical theatre timeline below.

In the fifth century BC

At the first stage of musical theatre history, it is assumed that the musical theatre started appearing in the 5th century BC, from the Ancient Greeks. They took the initiative in the movement of comedies and tragedies whose stages were the combination of dance and music.

In the third century BC, song and dance were also combined along with orchestra music in the Roman comedies and were supported by traveling artists in medieval times.

Moreover, in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, musical theatre was prevalent to religious chants. By the Renaissance, raucous clowns wearing masks would utilize song and dance to convey their stories.

    During the 1700s and 1800s

By the 1700s, a phenomenon called opera became widespread in several countries, including Germany, France, and Great Britain. The operas, including comic operas and ballad operas, brought funny, tragic, or romantic tones.

In the mid-eighteenth century, another form of comic opera called 'opera buffa' appeared in Naples. Also, the musical theatre developed to the British music hall, vaudeville, and melodrama afterward.

Late 1800’s

In 1866, the first modern musical theatre called The Black Crook was premiered in New York. The five-and-a-half-hour production was somewhat progressive, which broke a record of 474 performances.

The Roaring 20’s and 30’s

When mentioning the history of musical theatre timeline, it will be a vast missing when we forget a massive boom that occurred in this era.

There was a lot of renowned musical theatre production, including Oklahoma!; No, No, Nanette; Strange Interlude; Beyond the Horizon.

       The Golden Age from 1943 to 1968

The musical theatre pushed the boundaries and gained its popularity widely in America and Great Britain.

The first success in this time period was Oklahoma!, and it inspired other masterpieces to maintain its trend afterward. For example: Annie Get Your Gun; Kiss Me, Kate; West Side Story; Hair; and so on.

Especially, West Side Story, which showed the colorful flavors of rock, jazz, and even Latin music, was highly praised by many critics.

Also, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, there was a shift of popular music to rock and roll music. Hair, Spring Awakening, Grease, Next to Normal were among the well-known rock musicals in this era.

Late 1980’s and early 1990’s

The history of musical theatre timeline in this period was rather impressive with several well-known works.

In 1982, an explosion musical called Cats was released to the general public, which caught the full attention of audiences about the more extravagant makeup and costumes.

Also, Les Miserables in 1987 was embraced by the viewers. Besides, the longest-running musical The Phantom of the Opera continued to record great achievements in 1988.

The present-day

Musicals have a new trend these days, which are stick to several serious issues instead of providing entertainment like in the past. Many productions are adapted from films such as Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Hairspray.