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Theater, Film and Television

A guide to theater, film and television research for Kingsborough students.

Musical Scripts/Librettos

The easiest way to find musicals in the library is by searching in our catalog. If you aren't sure about what the title or who the author of the show is, try searching for musicals librettos 

Musicals are not all stored next to each other: each is filed under the author's name (usually with a call number beginning with PR or PS). Most plays will be located on the 7th floor. Call numbers for a few notable shows available in the Kingsborough library are listed below.



Call Number



Call Number

1776 Peter Stone, Sherman Edward ML50.E268 S52 1976 Into the Woods Stephen Sondheim ML 50. S705 I5 1989
Assassins Stephen Sondheim ML 50. S705 A7 1991 The King and I Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II PS634 .C66
Avenue Q Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx ML50. L8476 A94 2010 The Last Five Years Jason Robert Brown ML50. B878 L37 2011
The Book of Mormon Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Robert Lopez ML50.Z99 B687 2011 A Little Night Music Stephen Sondheim ML50 .S705 L6 1991
Cabaret John Kander, Fred Ebb Media Center DVD Man of La Mancha Mitch Leigh ML50.L536 M32 1966
Camelot Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe ML50.L8256 C3 1961 The Music Man Meredith Willson ML50.W685 M8
Carousel Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II SCORE: M1507.R7 S7 My Fair Lady Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe ML50 .L8256 M9 1956
Cats Andrew Lloyd Webber ML410.L78 C4 1983 Next to Normal Brian Yorkey, Tom Kitt ML50 .K624 N4 2010
A Chorus Line Marvin Hamlisch, Michael Bennett ML 50 .H2397 C5 1995 Oklahoma! Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II ML50 .L36 R67 2010
The Fantasticks Tom Jones, Harvey Schmidt ML50.S347 F42 1990 Rent Jonathan Larson ML50 .L36 R46 2008
Fiddler on the Roof Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick ML50 .B6745 F52 1965 The Sound of Music Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II ML50 .R67 S65 1960a
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Stephen Sondheim ML50.S705 F9 1991 South Pacific Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II ML50 .R67 S7 1949a
Evita Andrew Lloyd Webber ML50.W3585 E9 1978b Spring Awakening
Duncan Sheik; Steven Sater ML50.S534 S67 2007
Grease Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey ML 50 .C3365 G72 1972 Sweeney Todd Stephen Sondheim ML50.S705 S9 1991
Gypsy Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim ML50. S955 G9 1994 West Side Story Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim ML50 .B529 W4
Hairspray Marc Shaiman; Scott Wittman ML50 .S509 H35 2003b      
In the Heights Lin-Manuel Miranda ML50 .H8936 I6 2013      


Books on Musical Theater

The easiest way to find books on musicals in the library is by searching in our catalog. Each book listed in the catalog also has a number of subject headings assigned to it. If you click on the subject link for a book, you can find more books on that same subject. If you are looking for a place to begin your research, please consider our musical theater reference collection.

Books on musicals will likely be found under some of the subject headings below. Try entering some of the terms below into a search and you'll find many titles. The list here is not exhaustive, but intended to give you a place to start while searching. Subjects with more titles are bolded.


Acting in Musical Theater

Acting -- Study and Teaching

Actors and Actresses

Musicals -- Bibliographies

Broadway (New York, N.Y.)

Broadway (New York, N.Y.) -- History

Composers -- United States -- Biography

Musical theater -- History

Musicals -- History and Criticism

Musicals -- Librettos

Musicals -- New York (State) -- New York -- History and criticism

Musicals -- Production and Direction

Musicals -- United States -- History and Criticism

Off-Broadway Theater

Theater -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century



Voice culture

Voice -- Care and hygiene

if you would like to browse the library's collection, here are some potentially relevant call numbers for musicals. You can find further recommendations for subject terms and call numbers for each area of drama and film in the Books on Theater and Film pages. 

6th Floor:

  • ML 3795: Music as a Profession. Vocational Guidance

7th Floor: 

  • P 87-96: Mass Media (Communications)
  • PE 1-3729: English
  • PN 1990-1992.92: Broadcasting
  • PN 4832-4836: Magazines and other periodicals

Biographies on Musical Theater Performers and Writers

Biographies of theater figures are also available in the library. Call numbers for a few notable composers, playwrights or actors are listed below.


Call Number


Call Number

Michael Bennett PN2287.B4323 Arthur Laurents
Irving Berlin ML 410 .B499 Alan Jay Lerner ML423 .L3 A3 1978b
Leonard Bernstein ML410.L78 C4 1983 Andrew Lloyd Webber ML50 .S705 L6 1991
Bob Fosse GV 1785 .F67 Ethel Merman ML420 .M39 A32 1979
George Gershwin ML410 .G288 Cole Porter ML50 .W685 M8
Oscar Hammerstein II ML423 .H24 Jerome Robbins ML50 .L8256 M9 1956
Moss Hart PS 3515 .A7943 Richard Rodgers ML 410 .R6315
Jerry Herman ML 410 .H5624 Stephen Sondheim ML 410 .S6872


Musical Theater Reference Works

Encyclopedias and dictionaries are an excellent way to familiarize yourself with an area of study. Below are a few of our recommended titles for researchers looking for broad works relating to musical theater. Except where noted, the titles below can all be found in the reference section (2nd Floor, behind the reference desk) of the Library.