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Music Theatre

This guide will point you to Music Theatre resources available at the University of Melbourne Library

Library Discovery Search

Use Discovery to search across the: Library CatalogueDigital Collections and many databases, all at once. 


Discovery is also available from the library homepage. 

Doing in-depth research? Also try databases listed in this guide.

Library Catalogue Search

Use the library catalogue to search for relevant books, e-books, journals, newspapers, microfilms and other resources.


Searching the Catalogue

To find books on a particular subject, use a keyword search on the library catalogue.  For example:



Subject searching often retrieves a large number of results so you may like to narrow your search by adding more words.  For example:

 Musicals -- Australia.      

Click on the hyperlinked subject descriptions within a catalogue record to find similar books.  For example, to find more books with the same description, click on:

  Musicals -- Australia -- Librettos

Don't forget that you can have books sent from other branch libraries to your campus for pick-up.

Browse the shelves or library catalogue at 780.9 to find books on musical theatre, history and individual composers.  For example:


Music. Musical plays (e.g. ballad operas, musicals, revues)


Pantomime (e.g. mime, silent pantomime)


Recreational and performing arts. Musical plays (e.g. ballad operas, musicals, revues)


Recreational and performing arts. Musical play productions (e.g. production and stage guides)



Music Scores at the Lenton Parr Library are arranged according to the British Catalogue of Music classification system. This scheme organises scores by grouping each instrument together on the shelves.  It is further organised by genre within the instrumental groupings. For example, choral music, all piano sonatas, all flute and piano arrangements etc are shelved together. For example:


Vocal Music


Musicals. Musical Theatre.Vocal scores


Musicals. Musical Theatre. Full scores


Voice and Piano

This subject search will give you an overview of the current musical titles available in piano and full score:   

Musicals - Vocal scores with piano.  

You can then click on a subject description to find more material with the same subject. Note that not all the results will be books; there may be other media such as CDs, DVDs or music scores.

Don't forget that you can have books sent from other branch libraries to your campus for pick-up.

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