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Show tune

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A show tune is a popular song originally written as part of the score of a “show” (or stage musical), especially if the piece in question has become a standard, more or less detached in most people's minds from the original context. Particular musicals that have yielded “show tunes” include:

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  • Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, Flower Drum Song, The Sound of Music
  • Jerome Kern and Hammerstein's Show Boat
  • Rudolf Friml, Herbert Stothart, Otto Harbach and Hammerstein's Rose-Marie
  • Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's Pal Joey
  • Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun, As Thousands Cheer, Call Me Madam
  • Cole Porter's Anything Goes, Kiss Me, Kate, Can-Can
  • George and Ira Gershwin's Girl Crazy, Oh, Kay!
  • Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's Fiddler on the Roof
  • Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, My Fair Lady, Gigi, Camelot
  • Meredith Willson's The Music Man
  • Frank Loesser's Guys and Dolls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's West Side Story
  • Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley's Stop the World – I Want to Get Off, The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton
  • Bricusse, Frank Wildhorn and Steve Cuden's Jekyll & Hyde
  • Jerry Herman's Milk and Honey, Hello, Dolly!, Mame, Dear World, Mack & Mabel, La Cage aux Folles
  • Stephen Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music and Into The Woods
  • John Kander and Fred Ebb's Cabaret, and Chicago
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Starlight Express, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Stephen Schwartz's Pippin, Godspell, and Wicked
  • Jonathan Larson's Rent
  • Claude-Michel Schonberg's Les Misérables, Miss Saigon
  • Though show tunes vary in style, they do tend to share common characteristics—they usually fit the context of a story being told in the original musical, they are useful in enhancing and heightening choice moments.

    Show tunes were a major venue for popular music before the rock and roll and television era; most of the hits of such songwriters as Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin came from their shows. Although show tunes no longer have such a major role in popular music as they did in their heyday, they remain somewhat popular, especially among niche audiences.

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    References

    Show tune Wikipedia


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