Musicals Set in California – A Full List

Whether you’re doing some research, putting on a show, or simply looking for 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 for you! A full list of musicals set in California are included below.

This list is broken down into two categories – “Musicals Fully Set in California” and “Musicals Partially Set in California”. Each category is sorted alphabetically.


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Musicals Fully Set in California

Back to the Future

Music: Alan Silvestri Lyrics: Glen Ballard Book: Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale

Musical Type: Contemporary (2020)

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Boogie Nights

Music/Lyrics: Various Book: John Conway

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Jukebox (1998)

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Bubble Boy

Music/Lyrics: Cinco Paul Book: Paul, Ken Daurio

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

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City of Angels

Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: David Zippel Book: Larry Gelbart

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1989)

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Dogfight

Music/Lyrics: Benj Pasek, Justin Paul Book: Peter Duchan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

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Fade Out – Fade In

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

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Flower Drum Song

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1958)

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Flying Over Sunset

Music: Tom Kitt Lyrics: Michael Korie Book: James Labine

Musical Type: Contemporary (2021)

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I Remember Mama

Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Martin Charnin, Raymond Jessel Book: Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1979)

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Mrs. Doublefire

Music/Lyrics: Karey Kirkpatrick, Wayne Kirkpatrick Book: K. Kirkpatrick, John O’Farrell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2022)

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Paint Your Wagon

Music: Frederick Loewe Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Golden Age (1951)

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Passing Strange

Music/Lyrics/Book: Stew, Heidi Rodewald

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

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Pipe Dream

Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Type: Golden Age (1955)

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Pretty Woman

Music/Lyrics: Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance Book: Garry Marshall, JF Lawton

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

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Rock of Ages

Music/Lyrics: Various Book: Chris D’Arienzo

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2005)

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Singin’ in the Rain

Music: Nacio Herb Brown Lyrics: Arthur Freed Book: Adolph Green, Betty Comden

Musical Type: Golden Age/Pre-Contemporary (1952/1983)

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Smile

Music: Marvin Hamlisch Lyrics/Book: Howard Ashman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1986)

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Sunset Boulevard

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics/Book: Don Black, Christopher Hampton

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)

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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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The Human Comedy

Music: Galt MacDermot Lyrics/Book: William Dumaresq

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1983)

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The Most Happy Villa

Music/Lyrics/Book: Frank Loser

Musical Type: Golden Age (1956)

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Xanadu

Music/Lyrics: Jeff Lynne, John Farrar Book: Douglas Carter Beane

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

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Yank!

Music: Joseph Zellnik Lyrics/Book: David Zellnik

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

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Musicals Partially Set in California

A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine

Music: Frank Lazarus Lyrics/Book: Dick Vosburg

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1979)

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Cagney

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Mack & Mabel

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman Book: Michael Stewart

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

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Merrily We Roll Along

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: George Furth

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1981)

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Scandalous

Music: David Pomeranz, David Friedman Lyrics/Book: Katie Lee Gifford

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

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Song and Dance

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Don Black, Richard Maltby Jr.

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1982)

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Tell Me on a Sunday

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Don Black

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1979)

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The Biograph Girl

Music/Lyrics/Book: David Heneker, Warner Brown

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980)

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What Makes Sammy Run?

Music/Lyrics: Ervin Drake Book: Budd Schulberg, Stuart Schulberg

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

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Zorro

Music: Gipsy Kings, John Cameron Lyrics: Stephen Clark Book: Helen Edmundson, Clark

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

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Stacy Karyn, author of Musicals Set in California.
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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