But oh, wouldn't it have been nice if the musical's title weren't so formulaic. Ditch the "the musical" and just call it Lizzie. Or better yet, something else entirely - "Forty Whacks" might have been an attention-getting title that for the majority of people, would have clearly explained the musical's subject.
I remember a time when I was a kid where supermarkets (at least in our area) experimented with generic labels on products - nothing more than black print on white labels that told you, in a straightforward but boring fashion, what was in the can or package. I'm glad they don't do that anymore. And I'd really love for writers to spend that little extra energy to come up with an inventive, clever title that nevertheless still tells you something about the show.
In olden days, one often saw "a musical" or " a new musical" etc as a subtitle, in smaller print, as part of a logo design. Now that has invariably become a main part of the title, complete with ubiquitous colon. It's time to let that go and to tell us something else.