Re: [Videolib] Using LC Subject Headings "Musical Films" and

John Streepy (
Wed, 28 Apr 2004 11:01:02 -0700

the only difference that I see is that sometimes it is a musical
performed on stage that has been recorded on video, but other times it
is an adaptaiton of a musical that was made to be shown on film. If a
stage production of Sound of Music is recorded it would be a musical,
but the Julie Andrews version is a musical film. Musicals are stage
based and reflect the realities of a stage production, but musical films
may or may not be stage based, but reflect the realities of film
production. I hope that helps. That is how I keep the two separate.

John H. Streepy
Media Assistant III
Library-Media Circulation
Central Washington University Library
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Hello all,
I am looking for information about how/when you use the Library of
Congress Subject Headings "Musical Films" and "Musicals."

A co-worker asked me to explain why I would use one instead of the
other and I could not give her a good explanation. She therefor asked
if we could stop using "Musicals" and only use "Musical Films." For
example of my usage - "Into the Woods", "Cats" and "Cinderella" have
LCSH "Musicals" while "The Sound of Music", "Jesus Christ Superstar"
"The Bodyguard" have "Musical Films."

I read the description in the Red Book but am still confused. Please
help me understand the differences between these two subject headings
and how to correctly use them.

Thanks for any information you can provide me.

Renee Zurn
Duluth Public Library
Duluth MN
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