LGBTQ+ 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 list of the most notable LGBTQ+ musicals for you below, all great to listen to during pride month!

The following musicals either have LGBTQ+ themes in the plot and/or LGBTQ+ characters. The list is organized by time period, and then alphabetically within each category.


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1960s LGBTQ+ Musicals


Cabaret

Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Book: Joe Masteroff

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1970s LGBTQ+ Musicals


A Chorus Line

Music: Marvin Hamlisch Lyrics: Edward Kleban Book: James Kirkwood Jr., Nicholas Dante

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Applause

Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Lee Adams Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

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The Rocky Horror Show

Music/Lyrics/Book: Richard O’Brien

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1980s LGBTQ+ Musicals


Dance a Little Closer

Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

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Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

Music: Janet Hood Lyrics/Book: Bill Russell

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La Cage aux Folles

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman Book: Harvey Fierstein

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March of the Falsettos

Music: Michel Legrand Lyrics: Alain Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer Book: Schönberg, Kent, Boublil

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Ten Percent Revue

Music/Lyrics: Tom Wilson Weinberg

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1990s LGBTQ+ Musicals


A New Brain

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

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Falsettoland

Music/Lyrics: William Finn Book: James Labine

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Falsettos

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

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Trask Book: John Cameron Mitchell

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Hello Again

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

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Kiss of the Spider Woman

Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Book: Terrence McNally

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Naked Boys Singing!

Music/Lyrics: Various Book: Robert Schrock

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Rent

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Larson

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The Boy from Oz

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

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The Wild Party

Music/Lyrics/Book: Andrew Lippa

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Victor/Victoria

Music: Henry Mancini, Frank Wildhorn Lyrics: Leslie Bricusse, Wildhorn Book: Blake Edwards

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Whoop Dee Doo!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Crabtree, Cantanese, Waldrop, Gallagher, George, Morris

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2000s LGBTQ+ Musicals


A Man of No Importance

Music: Stephen Flaherty Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens Book: Terrence McNally

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Avenue Q

Music/Lyrics: Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx Book: Jeff Whitty

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Bad Girls

Music/Lyrics: Kath Gotts Book: Maureen Chadwick, Ann McManus

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Bare

Music/Book: Damon Intrabartolo Lyrics/Book: Jon Hartmere

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Closer to Heaven

Music/Lyrics: Pet Shop Boys Book: Jonathan Harvey

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Glory Days

Music/Lyrics: Nick Blaemire Book: James Gardiner

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My Life with Albertine

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

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Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Music/Lyrics: Various Book: Stephan Elliott, Allan Scott

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Road Show

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: John Weidman

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Spring Awakening

Music: Duncan Sheik Lyrics/Book: Steven Sater

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Taboo

Music/Lyrics: B. George Lyrics: K. Frost, J. Themis, R. Stevens Book: M. Markham, C. Busch

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The Color Purple

Music/Lyrics: Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, Stephen Bray Book: Marsha Norman

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The Full Monty

Music/Lyrics: David Yazbek Book: Terrence McNally

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The Producers

Music/Lyrics: Mel Brooks Book: Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan

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The Wild Party

Music/Lyrics: Michael John LaChiusa Book: George C. Wolfe, LaChius

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Tick, Tick… BOOM!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Larson

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Yank!

Music: Joseph Zellnik Lyrics/Book: David Zellnik

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Zanna, Don’t!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Tim Acito, Alexander Dinelaris

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2010s LGBTQ+ Musicals


& Juliet

Music/Lyrics: Max Martin, Various Book: David West Read

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A Strange Loop

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael R. Jackson

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Music: Dan Gillespie Sells Lyrics/Book: Tom MacRae

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Firebringer

Music/Lyrics: Meredith Stepien, Mark Swiderski Book: Matt Lang, Nick Lang, Brian Holden

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From Here to Eternity

Music: Stuart Bryson Lyrics: Tim Rice Book: Bill Oakes

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Fun Home

Music: Jeanine Tesori Lyrics/Book: Lisa Kron

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Head Over Heels

Music/Lyrics: The Go-Go’s Book: Jeff Whitty, James Magruder

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Home Street Home

Music/Lyrics/Book: Fat Mike, Jeff Marx, Soma Snakeoil, David Goldsmith

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If/Then

Music: Tom Kitt Lyrics/Book: Brian Yorkey

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In Transit

Music/Lyrics/Book: Lopez, Ford, Kaplan, Wordsworth

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It Shoulda Been You

Music: Barbara Anselmi Lyrics/Book: Brian Hargrove

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Jagged Little Pill

Music/Lyrics/Book: Alanis Morissette, Ballard, Farrell, Sigsworth, Cody

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Kinky Boots

Music/Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper Book: Harvey Fierstein

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Lizard Boy

Music/Lyrics/Book: Justin Huertas

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Ride the Cyclone

Music/Lyrics/Book: Brooke Maxwell, Jacob Richmond

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Soho Cinders

Music: George Stiles Lyrics: Anthony Drewe Book: Drewe, Elliot Davis

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The Prom

Music: Matthew Sklar Lyrics: Chad Beguelin Book: Bob Martin, Beguelin

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The View UpStairs

Music/Lyrics/Book: Max Vernon

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We Are the Tigers

Music/Lyrics/Book: Preston Max Allen

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Witness Uganda

Music/Lyrics/Book: Matt Gould, Griffin Matthews

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2020s LGBTQ+ Musicals


Cinderella

Music: Rodgers Book and Lyrics: Hammerstein Book: Douglas Carter Beane

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Frankie!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Elise Marra

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In Pieces

Music/Lyrics: Joey Contrera

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Which of these LGBTQ+ musicals is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above 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 LGBTQ+ 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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