40+ Bio Musicals – The Full List

Whether you’re auditioning for musicals, setting up your rep book, or simply looking for some new musicals to get into, it’s good to get familiar with what’s out there. And that’s why we’ve put together this list of the most notable bio musicals (biography musicals) for you below, sorted alphabetically.

I’ve divided the following list into the following subgenres: “Autobiographical Musicals”, “Semi-Autobiographical Musicals”, “Biographical Musicals”, “Semi-Biographical Musicals”, and “Jukebox Biographies”.


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Autobiographical Musicals


Everyday Rapture

Music/Lyrics: Various Book: Dick Scanlan, Sherie Rene Scott

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

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Semi-Autobiographical Musicals


A Class Act

Music/Lyrics: Edward Kleban Book: Linda Kline, Lonny Price

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

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A New Brain

Music/Lyrics: William Finn Book: James Lapine, William Finn

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

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Merrily We Roll Along

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: George Furth

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1981)

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The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin

Music/Lyrics/Book: Kirsten Childs

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

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Tick, Tick… BOOM!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Larson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Contemporary (1990/2001)

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Biographical Musicals


Barnum

Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: Michael Stewart Book: Mark Bramble

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980)

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Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Music/Lyrics: Michael Friedman Book: Alex Timbers

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

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Cagney

Music/Lyrics: Robert Creighton, Christopher McGovern Book: Peter Colley

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Chaplin

Music/Lyrics: Christopher Curtis Book: Thomas Meehan, Curtis

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

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Clinton

Music/Lyrics: Paul Hodge Book: Michael Hodge, Paul Hodge

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

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Coco

Music: André Previn Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1969)

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Diana: The Musical

Music/Lyrics/Book: David Bryan, Joe DiPietro

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

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Evita

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

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Fiorello

Music: Jerry Buck Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick Book: Jerome Weidman, George Abbott

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

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George M!

Music/Lyrics: George M. Cohan Lyrics: Mary Cohan Book: Michael Stewart, John Pascal, Francine Pascal

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)

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Gypsy

Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Arthur Laurents

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

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Hamilton

Music/Lyrics/Book: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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In the Green

Music/Lyrics/Book: Grace McLean

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

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Jelly’s Last Jam

Music: Jelly Roll Morton, Luther Henderson Lyrics: Susan Birkenhead Book: George C. Wolfe

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

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Legs Diamond

Music/Lyrics: Peter Allen Book: Harvey Fierstein, Charles Suppon

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1988)

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Miss Littlewood

Music/Lyrics/Book: Sam Kenyon

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

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Queen of the Mist

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

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Side Show

Music: Henry Krieger Lyrics/Book: Bill Russell

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

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Six

Music/Lyrics/Book: Toby Marlow, Lucy Moss

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

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The Sound of Music

Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II Book: Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

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War Paint

Music: Scott Frankel Lyrics: Michael Korie Book: Doug Wright

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

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Semi-Biographical Musicals


Funny Girl

Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Book: Isobel Lennart

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

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Martin Guerre

Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg Lyrics: Boublil, Hardy, Clark Book: Schönberg, Boublil

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

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Jukebox Biographies


Ain’t Too Proud

Music: The Temptations Lyrics: The Temptations Book: Dominique Morisseau

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2017)

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Music: Various Lyrics: Various Book: Douglas McGrath

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2013)

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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

Music/Lyrics: Buddy Holly, Various

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Jukebox (1989)

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Fela!

Music/Lyrics: Fela Kuti Book: Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2008)

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Jersey Boys

Music: Bob Gaudio Lyrics: Bob Crewe Book: Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2004)

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Jolson

Music/Lyrics: Various Book: Francis Essex, Rob Bettinson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)

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MJ The Musical

Music/Lyrics: Michael Jackson Book: Lynn Nottage

Musical Type: Contemporary Jukebox (2022)

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On Your Feet!

Music/Lyrics: Gloria & Emilio Estefan, Miami Sound Machine Book: Alexander Dinelaris Jr.

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2015)

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Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Music/Lyrics: Various Book: Colman Domingo, Robert Cary, Des McAnuff

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2017)

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The Boy From Oz

Music/Lyrics: Peter Allen Book: Nick Enright, Martin Sherman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Jukebox (1998)

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The Cher Show

Music: Various Lyrics: Various Book: Rick Elice

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2018)

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Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Music/Lyrics: Various Book: Katori Hall, Frank Ketelaar, Kees Prins

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2018)

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Related Posts:

Classic Musicals

Jukebox Musicals

• Musicals Based on True Stories

Popular Musicals


Which of these bio musicals is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above bio musicals? Feel free to share in the comments below! And if you like these types of lists, check out the musical database. That’s where you’ll find musicals sorted by composer, theme, setting, and more!


Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theater Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theater, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


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