Musicals of the 1950s – A Full List

The musicals of the 1950s played a huge role in the popular culture at the time. A few of the popular musical theater trends included feel-good shows, book musicals, cutesy love stories, and big dance numbers. The 1950s is also a part of the “golden age” of musical theater. And the most notable musicals of that time period are included below.


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1950 Musicals


Call Me Madam (1950)

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin Book: Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse

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Guys and Dolls (1950)

Music/Lyrics: Frank Loser Book: Jo Swerling, Abe Burrows

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Out of This World (1950)

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter Book: Dwight Taylor, Reginald Lawrence

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Peter Pan (1950)

Music/Lyrics: Leonard Bernstein

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1951 Musicals


A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1951)

Music: Arthur Schwartz Lyrics: Dorothy Fields Book: George Abbott, Betty Smith

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Flahooley (1951)

Music: Sammy Fine Lyrics: EY Harburg Book: Harburg, Fred Saidy

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Paint Your Wagon (1951)

Music: Frederick Loewe Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

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Seventeen (1951)

Music: Walter Kent Lyrics: Kim Gannon Book: Sally Benson

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The King and I (1951)

Music: Richard Rodgers Book/Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

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Top Banana (1951)

Music/Lyrics: Johnny Mercer Book: Hy Craft

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Two on the Aisle (1951)

Music: Jule Styne Lyrics/Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

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1952 Musicals


Hans Christian Andersen (1952)

Music/Lyrics: Frank Loser Book: John Fearnley, Beverly Cross, Tommy Steele

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New Faces of 1952 (1952)

Music/Lyrics: Various

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Three Wishes for Jamie (1952)

Music/Lyrics: Ralph Blane Book: Charles O’Neal, Abe Burrows

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Wish You Were Here (1952)

Music/Lyrics: Harold Rome Book: Arthur Kober, Joshua Logan

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1953 Musicals


Can-Can (1953)

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter Book: Abe Burrows

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Hazel Flag (1953)

Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Bob Hilliard Book: James H. Street

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Kismet (1953)

Music/Lyrics: Alexander Borodin, Robert Wright, George Forrest Book: Lederer, Davis

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Me and Juliet (1953)

Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

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The Boy Friend (1953)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Sandy Wilson

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Wonderful Town (1953)

Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Betty Comden, Adolph Green Book: Fields, Chodorov

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1954 Musicals


By the Beautiful Sea (1954)

Music: Arthur Schwartz Lyrics/Book: Dorothy Fields Book: Herbert Fields

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Fanny (1954)

Music/Lyrics: Harold Rome Book: S.N. Behrman, Joshua Logan

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House of Flowers (1954)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Harold Arlen, Truman Capote

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Peter Pan (1954)

Music: Styne, Charlap, Rittman Lyrics: Comden, Green, Leigh Book: Barrie

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Salad Days (1954)

Music: Julian Slade Lyrics: Slade, Dorothy Reynolds

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The Girl in Pink Tights (1954)

Music: Sigmund Romberg Lyrics: Leo Robin Book: Jerome Chodorov, Joseph Fields

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The Golden Apple (1954)

Music: Jerome Moross Lyrics/Book: John Treville Latouche

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The Pajama Game (1954)

Music/Lyrics: Richard Adler, Jerry Ross Book: George Abbott, Richard Bissell

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1955 Musicals


Ankles Aweigh (1955)

Music: Sammy Fine Lyrics: Dan Shapiro Book: Guy Bolton, Eddie Davis

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Damn Yankees (1955)

Music: Richard Adler Lyrics: Jerry Ross Book: George Abbott, Douglass Wallop

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Pipe Dream (1955)

Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

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Plain and Fancy (1955)

Music: Albert Hague Lyrics: Arnold Horwitt Book: Joseph Stein, Will Glickman

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Seventh Heaven (1955)

Music: Victor Young Lyrics: Stella Unger Book: Unger, Victor Wolfson

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Silk Stockings (1955)

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter Book: Kaufman, MacGrath, Burrows

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1956 Musicals


Bells Are Ringing (1956)

Music: Jule Styne Lyrics/Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

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Candid (1956)

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

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Happy Hunting (1956)

Music: Harold Karr Lyrics: Matt Dubey Book: Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse

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Irma La Douce (1956)

Music: Marguerite Monnot Lyrics/Book: Alexandre Breffort

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Li’l Abner (1956)

Music: Gene De Paul Lyrics: Johnny Mercer Book: Norman Panama, Melvin Frank

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Mr. Wonderful (1956)

Music/Lyrics: Bock, Holofcener, Weiss Book: Stein, Glickman

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My Fair Lady (1956)

Music: Frederick Loewe Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

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The Most Happy Villa (1956)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Frank Loser

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1957 Musicals


Jamaica (1957)

Music: Harold Arlen Lyrics/Book: EY Harburg

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New Girl in Town (1957)

Music/Lyrics: Bob Merrill Book: George Abbott

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The Music Man (1957)

Music/Lyrics: Meredith Willson Book: Franklin Lacey, Wilson

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West Side Story (1957)

Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Arthur Laurents

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1958 Musicals


Flower Drum Song (1958)

Music: Rodgers Book and Lyrics: Hammerstein Book: Joseph Fields, David Henry Hwang

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Goldilocks (1958)

Music: Leroy Anderson Lyrics/Book: Jean Kerr, Walter Kerr, Joan Ford

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Oh, Captain! (1958)

Music/Lyrics: Jay Livingston, Ray Evans Book: Al Morgan, Jose Ferrer

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Say, Darling (1958)

Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Betty Comden, Adolph Green Book: Abe Burrows, Marian & Richard Bissell

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The Body Beautiful (1958)

Music: Jerry Buck Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick Book: Joseph Stein, Will Glickman

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1959 Musicals


Destry Rides Again (1959)

Music/Lyrics: Harold Rome Book: Leonard Gershe

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Fiorello! (1959)

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

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First Impressions (1959)

Music/Lyrics: George Weiss, Bo Goldman, Glenn Paxton Book: Abe Burrows

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Gypsy (1959)

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

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Juno (1959)

Music/Lyrics: Marc Blitzstein Book: Joseph Stein

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Little Mary Sunshine (1959)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Rick Besoyan

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Lock Up Your Daughters (1959)

Music: Laurie Johnson Lyrics: Lionel Bart Book: Bernard Miles

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Once Upon a Mattress (1959)

Music: Mary Rodgers Lyrics: Marshall Barer Book: Thompson, Barer, Fuller

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Redhead (1959)

Music: Albert Hague Lyrics/Book: Dorothy Fields Book: H. Fields, S. Sheldon, D. Shaw

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Saratoga (1959)

Music: Harold Arlen Lyrics: Johnny Mercer Book: Morton DaCosta

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Take Me Along (1959)

Music/Lyrics: Bob Merrill Book: Joseph Stein, Robert Russell

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The Nervous Set (1959)

Music/Lyrics: Jay Landesman, Theodore J. Flicker

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The Sound of Music (1959)

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

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Which of these musicals of the 1950s is your favorite?

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Stacy Karyn, author of Musicals of the 1950s.
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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