The King and I : original cast album: music by Richard Rodgers ; book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein 2nd
Les Miserables : original London Cast: music by Claude-Michel Schönberg ; lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel (French lyrics), Herbert Kretzmer (English adaptation). Based on the novel by Victor Hugo
Major musicals currently playing or recently presented in Melbourne include several revivals of some great long-running shows such as Wicked, Les Miserables and The Rocky Horror Show, as well as classics from Broadway’s golden era such as The King and I, Guys and Dolls and Show Boat.
Most of these and more are available on Listening Posts in the Arts Reading Room. The online catalogue indicates which Listening Post the CD is available on. There are eight jukebox listening posts in the Arts Reading Room, where you can listen to CDs from the audiovisual collection.
Show Boat is available for listening on Naxos music library, one of the many databases available for anyone to use here in the Library via the Library’s website, or from home if you’re one of our Victorian registered users.
Sondheim’s Into the Woods was recently performed by Victorian Opera in a lively and spectacular production at the Arts Centre. The long-awaited movie version featuring Meryl Streep as The Witch, will hit the big screen for Christmas.
The original Broadway cast featuring Bernadette Peters is also available on DVD for viewing in the Library. This as well as other audiovisual material can be requested through the Library’s online catalogue, for playing on audiovisual equipment in Arts during opening hours.