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 "musical" 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 in nature. 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.

This guideline specifically applies only to non-opera theater releases. Opera, non-musical theater 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.


  • Applies:
    • [[Release-group:fc880131-a062-36ef-98ba-27d6c94a9100.html>A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (2005 Encores! Cast)]]
      Live recording of a musical theater work
    • Oklahoma! (1998 London Cast)
      Studio recording of a musical theater work
    • Godspell (1973 Film Cast)
      Recording of a filmed musical theater work; Theater soundtrack style overrides soundtrack style.
  • Does not apply:

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)