Musicals Set in the 1910s – A 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 for you! The most notable musicals set in the 1910s are included below.

By the way, there are a few other musicals out there that are set in the 1910s. But I’ve made sure to only include ones that also have cast albums available online for your convenience!


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Musicals Fully Set in the 1910s


A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Music: Steven Lutvak Lyrics: Freedman, Lutvak Book: Robert Freedman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Music/Lyrics: The Sherman Brothers Book: Jeremy Sams

Musical Type: 1968 Film/Contemporary Musical (2002)

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Hello, Dolly!

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman Book: Michael Stewart

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

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High Button Shoes

Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Sammy Cahn Book: Stephen Longstreet, George Abbott

Musical Type: Golden Age (1947)

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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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Irene

Music: Harry Tierney Lyrics: Joseph McCarthy Book: James Montgomery, Joseph Stein

Musical Type: Pre-Jazz Age (1919)

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Mary Poppins

Music/Lyrics: The Sherman Brothers, George Stiles, Anthony Drewe Book: Julian Fellowes

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age/Contemporary (1964/2004)

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My Fair Lady

Music: Frederick Loewe Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Golden Age (1956)

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Parade

Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown Book: Alfred Uhry

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

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Rags

Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Joseph Stein, David Thompson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1986)

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The Girl Who Came to Supper

Music/Lyrics: Noel Coward Book: Harry Kurnitz

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)

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The Music Man

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1957)

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Titanic

Music/Lyrics: Maury Yeston Book: Peter Stone

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

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Very Good Eddie

Music: Jerome Kern Lyrics: Schuyler Greene Book: Philip Bartholomae, Guy Bolton

Musical Type: Pre-Jazz Age (1915)

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We Won’t Sleep

Music/Lyrics: Ari Afsar Book: Lauren M. Gunderson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2020)

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Wildcat

Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: Carolyn Leigh Book: N. Richard Nash

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

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Musicals Partially Set in the 1910s


A Minister’s Wife

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

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Allegro

Music: Richard Rodgers Book/Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Type: Golden Age (1947)

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Anastasia

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

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Anne of Green Gables

Music: Norman Campbell Lyrics/Book: Don Harron, Campbell, Elaine Campbell, Mavor Moore

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)

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Black and Blue

Music: WC Handy, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Eubie Blake, Big Maybelle

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)

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Chaplin

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

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Daddy Long Legs

Music/Lyrics: Paul Gordon Book: John Caird

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

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Doctor Zhivago

Music: Lucy Simon Lyrics: Michael Korie, Amy Powers

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

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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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Funny Girl

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

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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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Gigi

Music: Frederick Loewe Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1973)

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Hallelujah, Baby!

Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Adolph Green, Betty Comden Book: Arthur Laurents

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)

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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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Love Never Dies

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

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Mack & Mabel

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman Book: Michael Stewart

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

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Minnie’s Boys

Music: Larry Grossman Lyrics: Hal Hackady Book: Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)

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Miss Littlewood

Music/Lyrics/Book: Sam Kenyon

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

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Phantom

Music/Lyrics: Maury Yeston Book: Arthur Kopit

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)

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Queen of the Mist

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

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Ragtime

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

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Road Show

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: John Weidman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

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Show Boat

Music: Jerome Kern Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1927)

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The Biograph Girl

Music/Lyrics/Book: David Heneker, Warner Brown

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980)

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The Color Purple

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

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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 Will Rogers Fallies

Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: Betty Comden, Adolph Green Book: Peter Stone

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)

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Tintypes

Music/Lyrics: Various Book: Mel Marvin, Gary Pearle

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1979)

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Stacy Karyn, author of Musicals Set in the 1910s.
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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