Classical Musicals – A Full List of Shows

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 full list of classical musicals for you below.

The following list is broken down into five categories – “Chamber Musicals”, “Contemporary Classical Musicals”, “Experimental Classical Musicals”, “Operatic Classical Musicals” and “Operettas”. Each category is sorted alphabetically.


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Chamber Musicals

First Daughter Suite

Music/Lyrics: Michael John La Chiusa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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First Lady Suite

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

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Octet

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dave Malloy

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

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Contemporary Classical Musicals

A Minister’s Wife

Music: Joshua Schmidt Lyrics: Jan Levy-Tranen Book: Austin Pendleton

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

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My Life with Albertine

Music/Lyrics: Ricky Ian Gordon Lyrics/Book: Richard Nelson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

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The Bridges of Madison County

Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown Book: Marsha Norman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

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The Light in the Piazza

Music/Lyrics: Adam Guettel Book: Craig Lucas

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

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The Hatpin

Music: Peter Rutherford Lyrics/Book: James Miller

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

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Experimental Classical Musicals

Adding Machine

Music/Lyrics/Book: Joshua Schmidt Lyrics/Book: Jason Loewith

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

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Preludes

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dave Malloy

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Operatic Classical Musicals

Carmen Jones

Music: Georges Bizet Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Type: Golden Age (1943)

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Chu Chin Chow

Music: Frederic Norton Book: Oscar Asche

Musical Type: Pre-Jazz Age (1916)

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Happy End

Music: Kurt Weill Lyrics: Bertolt Brecht Book: Elisabeth Hauptmann

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1929)

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Lost in the Stars

Music: Kurt Weill Lyrics/Book: Maxwell Anderson

Musical Type: Golden Age (1949)

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LoveMusik

Music: Kurt Weill Lyrics: Various Book: Alfred Uhry

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

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Love Never Dies

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Glen Slater Book: Webber, Elton, Slater, Forsyth

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

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Phantom

Music/Lyrics: Maury Yeston Book: Arthur Kopit

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)

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Porgy and Bess

Music: George Gershwin Lyrics: Ira Gershwin libretto: DuBose Heyward

Musical Type: Opera (1935)

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Show Boat

Music: Jerome Kern Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1927)

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The Cabaret Girl

Music: Jerome Kern Lyrics/Book: George Grossmith, PG Wodehouse

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1922)

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The Golden Apple

Music: Jerome Moross Lyrics/Book: John Treville Latouche

Musical Type: Golden Age (1954)

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The Most Happy Villa

Music/Lyrics/Book: Frank Loser

Musical Type: Golden Age (1956)

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The Phantom of the Opera

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe Book: Stilgoe, Webber

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1986)

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The Threepenny Opera

Music: Kurt Weill Lyrics/Book: Bertolt Brecht

Musical Type: Play with Music (1928)

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Operettas

Candid

Music: Bernstein Lyrics: Wilber, Latouche, Parker, Hellman, Sondheim Book: Hellman, Wheeler

Musical Type: Golden Age/Operetta (1956)

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Dearest Enemy

Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Lorenz Hart Book: Herbert Fields

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Operetta (1925)

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Robert and Elizabeth

Music: Ron Grainer Lyrics/Book: Ronald Millar

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age/Operetta (1964)

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Song of Norway

Music/Lyrics: Edvard Grieg, Robert Wright, George Forrest Book: Lazarus, Curran

Musical Type: Golden Age/Operetta (1944)

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The Desert Song

Music: Sigmund Romberg Lyrics: Otto Harbach Book: Hammerstein, Harbach, Mandel

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Operetta (1926)

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The Happiest Girl in the World

Music: Jacques Offenbach Lyrics: EY Harburg Book: Fred Saidy, Henry Mayers

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age/Operetta (1961)

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The New Moon

Music: Sigmund Romberg Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II, Frank Mandel, Laurence Schwab

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Operetta (1927)

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The Student Prince

Music: Sigmund Romberg Lyrics/Book: Dorothy Donnelly

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Operetta (1924)

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Which of these classical musicals is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above classical 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!


Stacy Karyn, author of Classical Musicals.
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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