Centre Stage brings the talented members of COS Musical Theatre together in a musical revue, which has given them the exciting opportunity to perform numbers from some of the most famous and well-loved shows in the history of musicals. The musical as we know it today grew out of opera, music halls and operetta, with the first production to be recognised as a musical being The Black Crook in 1866. The earliest example of musical theatre in Centre Stage is “Anything Goes” from the 1934 Cole Porter musical of the same name, with our most recent being the numbers from Matilda. The selection here exemplifies the very best of musical theatre – drama (Cabaret), tragedy (West Side Story), fantasy (Into the Woods), history (The King and I), biography (Evita), determination (Legally Blonde) and revolution (Les Misérables). But one of the most prominent themes of these shows is love. Passionate, unrequited, paternal and familial, love winds through these musicals and ties them together. And it is the love of these stories and the music that is so much a heart of them that makes us do what we do. And we hope that you love it as much as we do!