Style/Specific types of releases/Theatre

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Status: This page describes an active style guideline proposal and is not official.

Proposal number: RFC-28
Champion: BrianFreud
Current status: In development

Trac ticket # 2146

A "theatre" release is a recording of a work for the theatre involving music, songs, and/or spoken dialogue, occasionally also including dance. Typically these works are of a musical nature, but they may also be dramatic or comedic.


This guideline specifically applies only to non-opera theatre releases. Opera, non-musical theatre film and television soundtracks, and video game soundtracks are covered by different style guidelines. Depending on the release, classical style or audiobook style also may be more appropriate. A modified form of Live Bootleg Style may also apply, in addition to this guideline.


Studio recording of a musical theatre work
Recording of a filmed musical theatre work. Theatre soundtrack style overrides soundtrack style.
Demo cast recording for a musical theatre work. Note that "Demo" is proper-cased, not lower-cased.
Live bootleg of a theatre cast with a known performance date.
  • Exclude the colon that Live Bootleg Style would normally require.
  • If the city is easily identifiable (e.g. Toronto, London, Paris, New York, etc.), other location information may be excluded.
Live bootleg of a theatre cast with an unknown performance date, where only the performance season is known.
Does not apply:

This guideline does not apply to compilations of songs from different shows being sung by a one or more performers, unless the songs are compiled as part of a theatrical revue.

Basic Guidelines

Guess Case lowercases the word "original" within parenthesis, which is incorrect for this guideline:
Incorrect: Allegro (1947 original Broadway Cast)
Correct:    Allegro (1947 Original Broadway Cast)