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

Note: This proposal would also rename this guideline from "Musical Soundtrack Style" to "Theatre Style".

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.

Basic Guidelines

  • The release type should be Soundtrack.
  • The release, release group, and track artist should be the composer(s), not the performer(s), lyricist(s), and/or librettist(s).
    • Performer(s), lyricist(s), and/or librettist(s) should be indicated using advanced relationships.
    • For non-musical theatre releases, the author of the work should be used as the artist.
  • The release and release group titles should exclude extra title information information such as "Original Soundtrack", "Music from," etc., except that:
  • For compilations of songs from different shows being sung by a one or more performers where the songs are not compiled as part of a specific theatrical revue, the release and release group titles should not include the cast information, unless it already appears as part of the title of the release.
  • Within the cast information in the release and release group titles, only proper nouns (e.g. 'London', 'Broadway', 'Senator Theatre') should be capitalized. All other words (e.g. 'revival', 'original', 'cast') ought to be lower-cased.
Incorrect:    Allegro (1947 Original Broadway Cast)
Correct: Allegro (1947 original Broadway cast)


Studio recording of a musical theatre work
Recording of a filmed musical theatre work. Theatre Style overrides the generic Soundtrack Style.
Demo cast recording for a musical theatre work. Note that "Demo" is proper-cased, not lower-cased.
Non-musical theatre release, using the author, William Shakespeare, as the artist.
  • Note that this example overlaps with Audiobook Style; as there is a single reader, rather than a dramatic performing cast, there is no cast information included in the title.
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.
  • Original and revival casts, where the same show has been performed (and theoretically recorded) multiple times in the same location.
  • Note that "Broadway Revival Cast" is correct, not "New Broadway Cast", as the 2004 Broadway cast is only the "new" cast until the next "newer" cast performs that same show in the same location.
Does not apply:
Operas, so Opera Track Style, not Theatre Style, would apply.
A Broadway (ie, 'musical theater') themed album is not automatically a 'theatre release'.