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Musicals Collection

Step into the enchanting world of musicals, where dreams come alive and melodies fill the air. From the mesmerizing Busby Berkeley montage to the grand filming of Oliver

Background imageMusicals Collection: Tsai Chin, actress and lead in West End musical play The World of Suzie Wong

Tsai Chin, actress and lead in West End musical play The World of Suzie Wong, which opens next month at The Prince of Wales Theatre, London, pictured during break in rehearsals, 17th October 1959

Background imageMusicals Collection: Busby Berkeley montage

Busby Berkeley montage
A Busby Berkeley stage show montage featured in London Life magazine to coincide with a season of films at the National Film Theatre in 1965. Date: 1965

Background imageMusicals Collection: Filming of Oliver! at Shepperton studios. The scene which should have been shot in mid

Filming of Oliver! at Shepperton studios. The scene which should have been shot in mid winter was being shot in August with a ton of featherlight polystyrene strewn about to represent the snowfall

Background imageMusicals Collection: Scene from Show Boat at Drury Lane, 1928

Scene from Show Boat at Drury Lane, 1928
The auditorium and stage of the Cotton Blossom, as Captain Andys show boat is called in the musical, Show Boat. Howett Worster

Background imageMusicals Collection: Lilac Time by Adrian Ross

Lilac Time by Adrian Ross from Das Dreimaederlhaus by A. M. Willner and H. Reichert; music from the melo-dies of Franz Schubert (Raimundttheater, Vienna 15/1/1916)

Background imageMusicals Collection: Paul Whiteman and his orchestra in the Rhapsody

Paul Whiteman and his orchestra in the Rhapsody in Blue sequence in The King of Jazz, Universal Pictures, 1930 Date: 1930

Background imageMusicals Collection: Lena Zavaroni, aged 14, enjoys a singalong with parents Hilda and Victor

Lena Zavaroni, aged 14, enjoys a singalong with parents Hilda and Victor, at home in Rothesay, Isle of Bute, Scotland, September 1978

Background imageMusicals Collection: Merry Merry by Harlan Thompson

Merry Merry by Harlan Thompson
Promotional postcard for Merry Merry by Harlan Thompson; music Harry Archer (Vanderbilt Theatre, New York, 24th September 1925). First produced in England at the Carleton Theatre, 28th February 1929

Background imageMusicals Collection: Oscar Hammerstein II

Oscar Hammerstein II
OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist and librettist, famous for his professional partnership with Richard Rogers. Wrote lyrics for " South Pacific" etc

Background imageMusicals Collection: On Your Toes

On Your Toes
3781221 On Your Toes'; (add.info.: On Your Toes by Rogers, Hart and George Abbott, with Jack Whiting as Junior and Vera Zorina as Vera Barnova. At the London Coliseum, May 1937)

Background imageMusicals Collection: Songwriter and composer Lionel Bart in his flat in South Kensington

Songwriter and composer Lionel Bart in his flat in South Kensington. He is putting the finishing touches to a pop song called " Too Young for Sad Memories"

Background imageMusicals Collection: Alice in Wonderland, Photocall, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford

Alice in Wonderland, Photocall, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford, Tuesday 22nd December 1970

Background imageMusicals Collection: Opening night after show party, for cast and crew of Cats, a musical based on T. S

Opening night after show party, for cast and crew of Cats, a musical based on T. S. Eliot 1939 poetry book Old Possums Book of Practical Cats, composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Background imageMusicals Collection: Rehearsals for new musical Cabaret, which opens at the Palace Theatre

Rehearsals for new musical Cabaret, which opens at the Palace Theatre, London (on February 28th), Monday 22nd January 1968. Our Picture Shows

Background imageMusicals Collection: Bonnie Langford, star of hit musical Cats, she plays the character Rumpleteazer in

Bonnie Langford, star of hit musical Cats, she plays the character Rumpleteazer in the West End show, a musical based on T. S

Background imageMusicals Collection: Kenn Wells, dancer who plays the character Skimbleshanks in West End show Cats

Kenn Wells, dancer who plays the character Skimbleshanks in West End show Cats, a musical based on T. S. Eliot 1939 poetry book Old Possums Book of Practical Cats, composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Background imageMusicals Collection: Carol Channing with her 10 stout hearted men, opening night of new Carol Channing show at

Carol Channing with her 10 stout hearted men, opening night of new Carol Channing show at the Theatre Royal, Dury Lane, London, Wednesday 22nd April 1970. Our picture shows

Background imageMusicals Collection: Cast of Peter Pan, which will have a four week season at the London Coliseum

Cast of Peter Pan, which will have a four week season at the London Coliseum, starting 20th December, pictured at the Coliseum Theatre, 16th October 1972. Our picture shows

Background imageMusicals Collection: Gigi the musical, by Lerner and Loewe, to be performed by amateur group

Gigi the musical, by Lerner and Loewe, to be performed by amateur group, the Theatre Guild, at the Kings Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland, pictured 6th November 1978

Background imageMusicals Collection: Martin Shaw Actor playing the part of Elvis Presley in Alan Bleasdales Writer stage

Martin Shaw Actor playing the part of Elvis Presley in Alan Bleasdales Writer stage musical " Are you Lonesome tonight?" January 1985 Dbase Msi

Background imageMusicals Collection: It was announced today that Cockney actress Barbara Windsor is to play the part of Marie

It was announced today that Cockney actress Barbara Windsor is to play the part of Marie Lloyd in a musical called " Sing a Rude Song"

Background imageMusicals Collection: Musical: nTom Jonesi: Joan Collins as 'Black Bess'a notorious highwaywoman

Musical: nTom Jonesi: Joan Collins as "Black Bess"a notorious highwaywoman
Musical: nTom Jonesi: Joan Collins as " Black Bess" a notorious highwaywoman. April 1975 75-2017-011

Background imageMusicals Collection: It was announced today that Cockney actress Barbara Windsor is to play the part of Marie

It was announced today that Cockney actress Barbara Windsor is to play the part of Marie Lloyd in a musical called " Sing a Rude Song"

Background imageMusicals Collection: Auditorio de Tenerife, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Auditorio de Tenerife, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Background imageMusicals Collection: Nancy Carroll, American film, stage and TV actress

Nancy Carroll, American film, stage and TV actress Date: 1931

Background imageMusicals Collection: Ruth Vincent with her son

Ruth Vincent with her son
Ruth Vincent (1877-1955), an English opera singer and actress. She began her career with the D'Oyly Carte opera company at the age of 17, and went on to appear in musical comedies

Background imageMusicals Collection: 3673673

3673673

Background imageMusicals Collection: Poster for the Broadway musical An English Daisy, c. 1904 (colour litho)

Poster for the Broadway musical An English Daisy, c. 1904 (colour litho)
747119 Poster for the Broadway musical An English Daisy, c.1904 (colour litho) by King, Hamilton (1871-1952); Private Collection; (add.info.: Libretto by Seymour Hicks. Music by Walter Slaughter & A)

Background imageMusicals Collection: Set Design for a Jazz Musical, illustration from Maquettes de Theatre by Alexandra Exter

Set Design for a Jazz Musical, illustration from Maquettes de Theatre by Alexandra Exter, published 1920s (litho)
660945 Set Design for a Jazz Musical, illustration from Maquettes de Theatre by Alexandra Exter, published 1920s (litho) by Exter

Background imageMusicals Collection: Straight Tap (litho)

Straight Tap (litho)
7189085 Straight Tap (litho) by American School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Straight Tap. Illustration for The Art of Stage Dancing by Ned Wayburn)

Background imageMusicals Collection: For limbering muscles of the back, biceps of the legs, developing abdominal muscles

For limbering muscles of the back, biceps of the legs, developing abdominal muscles and reducing waist line (litho)
7189087 For limbering muscles of the back, biceps of the legs, developing abdominal muscles and reducing waist line (litho) by American School

Background imageMusicals Collection: The Hand Stand on the Flat, and Near a Wall (litho)

The Hand Stand on the Flat, and Near a Wall (litho)
7189082 The Hand Stand on the Flat, and Near a Wall (litho) by American School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Hand Stand on the Flat, and Near a Wall)

Background imageMusicals Collection: First Ballet Position (litho)

First Ballet Position (litho)
7189080 First Ballet Position (litho) by American School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: First Ballet Position)

Background imageMusicals Collection: Front Tap (litho)

Front Tap (litho)
7189086 Front Tap (litho) by American School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Front Tap. Illustration for The Art of Stage Dancing by Ned Wayburn)

Background imageMusicals Collection: Heel Tap (litho)

Heel Tap (litho)
7189084 Heel Tap (litho) by American School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Heel Tap. Illustration for The Art of Stage Dancing by Ned Wayburn (Ned Wayburn Studios for Stage Dancing)

Background imageMusicals Collection: Dance (litho)

Dance (litho)
7189078 Dance (litho) by American School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Dance. Illustration for The Art of Stage Dancing by Ned Wayburn (Ned Wayburn Studios for Stage Dancing)

Background imageMusicals Collection: The Stone Age, at the matinee (colour litho)

The Stone Age, at the matinee (colour litho)
3642969 The Stone Age, at the matinee (colour litho) by Payne, Gilbert Morris (1879-1947); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Stone Age, at the matinee)

Background imageMusicals Collection: The Dream, 1891 (colour litho)

The Dream, 1891 (colour litho)
874709 The Dream, 1891 (colour litho) by Steinlen, Theophile Alexandre (1859-1923); 83.5 x63.5 cm; San Diego Museum of Art, USA; eSan Diego Museum of Art; Gift of Hugh and Jean Stewart; Swiss

Background imageMusicals Collection: Stars of the West - a group of young ladies who

Stars of the West - a group of young ladies who scintillate Hollywood, 1930 - Bernice Claire seen in First National talkies including Spring is Here (top left), the Sisters G

Background imageMusicals Collection: New York to Hollywood - a trio of dancers who

New York to Hollywood - a trio of dancers who transferred to Hollywood from Broadway, 1930 - Inez Courtney to appear in First Nationals version of Spring (top left)

Background imageMusicals Collection: Two film photographs: top right an ensemble of

Two film photographs: top right an ensemble of 150 in the film revue titled The March of Time (MGM), 1930 and bottom left an ensemble from Hold Everything, a Warner Brothers talkie, 1930. Date: 1930

Background imageMusicals Collection: Two film photographs: top left an ensemble shot

Two film photographs: top left an ensemble shot
Two film photographs: top left ensemble shot from Gold Diggers of Broadway featuring Ann Pennigton and top right William Powell and Evelyn Brent in Interference, a Paramount talkie (1930). Date: 1930

Background imageMusicals Collection: Advert for The G Sisters, 1930

Advert for The G Sisters, 1930, German dancers, stars of the Paris music hall who made their film debut in the King of Jazz Date: 1930

Background imageMusicals Collection: Advert for Johm Murray Anderson who devised

Advert for Johm Murray Anderson who devised and directed King of Jazz, a Universal Picture, 1930 Date: 1930

Background imageMusicals Collection: Advert for Albertina Rasch Studios and her dancers

Advert for Albertina Rasch Studios and her dancers featured in Hollywood film, 1930 for MGM and Paramount Date: 1930

Background imageMusicals Collection: Advert for Paul Whiteman in King of Jazz, a Universal

Advert for Paul Whiteman in King of Jazz, a Universal Picture, 1930 Date: 1930

Background imageMusicals Collection: Advert for Larry Ceballos, dance director at Warner

Advert for Larry Ceballos, dance director at Warner Brothers and First National, 1930 Date: 1930

Background imageMusicals Collection: Reproduction of a poster for The Country Girl at Dalys Theatre in December 1902

Reproduction of a poster for The Country Girl at Dalys Theatre in December 1902. Date: 1902



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Step into the enchanting world of musicals, where dreams come alive and melodies fill the air. From the mesmerizing Busby Berkeley montage to the grand filming of Oliver. At Shepperton studios, every scene is a masterpiece in its own right. The lilting tunes of Lilac Time by Adrian Ross transport us to a bygone era, while Show Boat at Drury Lane in 1928 captivates with its timeless charm. In this captivating journey through musical history, we witness young prodigy Lena Zavaroni sharing a joyous singalong with her adoring parents Hilda and Victor. The legendary Paul Whiteman and his orchestra take center stage in the iconic Rhapsody, their music resonating deep within our souls. The infectious energy of Merry Merry by Harlan Thompson sweeps us off our feet as we delve into the creative process with songwriter and composer Lionel Bart in his South Kensington flat. And who could forget Michael Crawford's unforgettable portrayal as the Phantom at Palace Theatre? His haunting performance leaves audiences spellbound night after night. From Mamma Mia Production Media Call to paying homage to Oscar Hammerstein II's genius, each moment spent immersed in these magical productions is an experience like no other. So let your heart soar on wings of song as you lose yourself in the breathtaking world of musicals.