Loyola University Chicago's musical theatre minor provides a cross-disciplinary program for students majoring in the performing arts. Required courses in theatre, music, and dance help prepare students for performance careers in the musical theatre industry. The musical theatre minor offers two tracks for students majoring in either music or theatre. Students take courses in the two performing arts forms outside their concentration, along with a capstone course in musical theatre repertoire. The capstone course reviews the history of musical theatre and provides students performance instruction related to each historical genre. This course culminates in a Musical Theatre Showcase. The DFPA produces one full scale musical a year. In addition, musical theatre students have the opportunity to participate in a yearly workshop specializing in the development of new musicals done in partnership with a professional theatre in Chicago.
Chicago is a prime location for the study of Musical Theatre. With over 125 theatres, students have the opportunity to see cutting edge theatre, regional theatre, new musicals, and Broadway touring productions.