A musical that uses preexisting songs to further the plot rather than ones written specifically for a show is a jukebox musical, and it is not something new to musical theatre.
In WXXI Sharp Ears series, Rochester musicians are sharing recordings they think we’ll like and talking about special things they listen for. I learned a great deal from Sylvie Beaudette, an Assistant Professor of Chamber Music and accompanying at the Eastman School of Music. I know that you will enjoy hearing from her, too.
Take a whirlwind international musical journey this week, in music for flute, clarinet, and piano, by Higdon, Debussy, Draganski, and Brahms.