Musical Timeline


The Black Crook

Jan 1266 - Jan 1873

The Bowery Boys created the Black Crook. Musical. The musical is known to be the first piece of musical theatre that is a long run play and that the musical conforms to a modern concept. The musical was extremely popular and had special effects which back in the 19th century was really cool.

Musical's were classical

Jan 1700

Musical's were classical. They were original and soothing to remember.

Vaudville and Burlesque

Jan 1843

Vaudville and Burlesque were popular forms of musical entertainment that was introduced in the mid 19th century.


Jan 1870

Stephen Sondheim is an American composer and lyricist. He is known for his contributions to musical theatre for over 50 years. His one of his contributions to musical theatre was that he brought conversational lyrics into theatre.

Gilbert and Sullivan

Jan 1871 - Jan 1896

Gilbert and Sullivan were two Victorian theatrical partnership of the librettist W. S. Gilbert and the composer Arthur Sullivan and to the works they jointly created

Roger and Hammerstein

Jan 1895

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein the second were good friends. They were an successful American musical theatre writing duo.

George Gerswhin

September 1910

George Gershwin was an American composer and pianist. Gershwin's compositions spanned both popular and classical genres. Some musical's that Gerswhin's creations are:
Crazy for You
Funny Face
Girl Crazy
La La Lucille
Let 'Em Eat Cake
Of Thee I Sing
Oh, Kay!
Pardon My English
Shall We Dance
Show Girl

Development of 1920 Musical's

Jan 1920

Jazz gained popularity in worldwide in the early 1920s. Nothing quite like it had ever happened before in America and many other country's. New energising dances were created and many other musical developers took advantage of the breakthrough.

Rock Musical

Jan 1970

The genre of a rock musical overlaps with the traditional concept of musical's. Sometimes the musical's tells a story through the concept of rock music.

1990 - current trends

Jan 1990 - Jan 2014

From 1990 to our current trends of musical theatre is very similar. From the songs to the concept and to the actual musical.