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

Proposal number: RFC-Unassigned
Champion: Hawke
Current status: pre-RFC

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 is covered by a different style guideline. Depending on the release, it may be more appropriate to instead apply classical style. Theatre Style also applies to soundtracks for television or film versions of musical theater shows.


Release Type

The release type should be “Soundtrack”, even for live cast recordings. “Compilation” should only be used for a true compilation. The presence of multiple complete or nearly-complete shows on the same release does not make the release type compilation.

Artist Credits

The recording Artist Credit should be to the performer.

In most cases, the release group, release, and track artist credit should be to the work’s composer(s), not the performer(s), lyricist(s), or librettist(s). Performer(s), lyricist(s), and/or librettist(s) should be indicated using advanced relationships. Exceptions: The following commonly credited composer/lyricist collaborations should be expressed as joint artist credits to the composer and lyricist:

For non-musical theatre releases, artist credit should be to the author of the work. The Special Purpose Artist of musical theater should be used for those cases where the composer is unknown.


The performance cast, including year, may be used in the disambiguation comment. It should not be included in the title unless it is actually part of the release title. Examples:

“Broadway revival cast” is correct, not “new Broadway cast”, as the 2004 Broadway cast is only the “new” cast until the next “newer” cast at some point in the future performs that same show in the same location. “Revival” should only be used within the cast information if “revival” or “new” appears on the liner; it should not be otherwise assumed.

Within the cast information, only proper nouns (e.g. “London”, “Broadway”, “Senator Theatre”) should be capitalized. All other words (e.g. “cast”, “original”, “demo”, “revival”) should be lower-cased. Correct: Allegro (1947 original Broadway cast) Incorrect: Allegro (1947 Original Broadway Cast)


For compilations of songs from different shows not compiled as part of a theatrical revue, or where the songs are performed by different casts, do not include the cast information in the release and release group titles (unless it actually is part of the title of the release). Instead, the cast information should be placed in the disambiguation comment where necessary. Cast information should be appended to each track title:

Cast should not be appended to each track title:

Note: The intent of this guideline is to avoid the creation of “Cast of (some show)” artists whenever possible. If it makes more sense to handle a special case differently, such as Glee Cast, differently, then common sense should overrule this guideline.


Theatre Style applies:

Studio recording of a musical theatre work
Soundtracks to films based upon musical theatre shows. Theatre Style overrides the generic Soundtrack Style.
Demo cast recording for a musical theatre work:
Non-musical theatre release, using the author, William Shakespeare, as the artist.
Live bootleg of a theatre cast with a known performance date.
Live bootleg of a theatre cast with an unknown performance date, where only the performance season is known.
Studio recording of a musical theatre work

Theatre Style does not apply:

These are operas. Opera, not Theatre Style, would apply:
A musical theater-themed album is not automatically considered a “theatre release”.

Title Style
Special Cases/Misc.