Summer Musicals – A Full List of Shows

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 summer musicals are listed below. The following shows either mention the season or are set in summertime.


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Musicals That Mention Summer

Anne of Green Gables

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)

Songs That Mention Summer: “Where Did the Summer Go To”, “Ice Cream”

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Grease

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)

Songs That Mention Summer: “Summer Nights”

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Mama Mia!

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Jukebox (1999)

Songs That Mention Summer: “Our Last Summer”

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Mary Me a Little

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1980)

Songs That Mention Summer: “The Girls of Summer”

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Porgy and Bess

Musical Type: Opera (1935)

Songs That Mention Summer: Summertime

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Rags

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1986)

Songs That Mention Summer: “Blame It on the Summer Night”, “Three Sunny Rooms”

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Seventeen

Musical Type: Golden Age (1951)

Songs That Mention Summer: “Things Are Gonna Hum This Summer”, “Summertime is Summertime”

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Spring Awakening

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Songs That Mention Summer: “The Song of Purple Summer”

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The Last Five Years

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)

Songs That Mention Summer: “A Summer in Ohio”

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The Most Happy Villa

Musical Type: Golden Age (1956)

Songs That Mention Summer: “Song of a Summer Night”, “Warm All Over”

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Two Gentlemen of Verona

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)

Songs That Mention Summer: “Summer, Summer”

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Wish You Were Here

Musical Type: Golden Age (1952)

Songs That Mention Summer: Summer Afternoon

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Musicals That Mention Heat/Weather

110 in the shade

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)

Songs That Mention Heat: “Gonna Be Another Hot Day”

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As Thousand Cheer

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Revue (1933)

Songs That Mention Heat: “Heat Wave”

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Bright Star

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Songs That Mention Heat: “Sun is Gonna Shine”

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Kiss Me, Kate

Musical Type: Golden Age (1948)

Songs That Mention Heat: “Too Darn Hot”

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Sunday in the Park with George

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1984)

Songs That Mention Heat: “It’s Hot Up Here”

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Musicals with Summer Vibes

Bullets Over Broadway

Musical Type: Contemporary Jukebox (2014)

Songs with Summer Vibes: “I Want a Hot Dog for My Roll”

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By the Beautiful Sea

Musical Type: Golden Age (1954)

Songs with Summer Vibes: “The Sea Song”, “Coney Island Boat”

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Escape to Margaritaville

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2017)

Songs with Summer Vibes: “Coconut Telegraph Medley”

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Falsettos

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

Songs with Summer Vibes: “The Baseball Game”

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Flying Over Sunset

Musical Type: Contemporary (2021)

Songs with Summer Vibes: “A Sapphire Dragonfly”, “Flying Over Sunset”

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Good News!

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1927)

Songs with Summer Vibes: “Keep Your Sunny Side Up”, “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries”

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Honeymoon in Vegas

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Songs with Summer Vibes: “Out of the Sun”, “Hawaii”

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In the Heights

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Songs with Summer Vibes: “Piragua”, “When the Sun Goes Down”

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Mary Poppins

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

Songs with Summer Vibes: “Let’s Go Fly a Kite”, “Jolly Holiday”

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Me and My Girl

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1937)

Songs with Summer Vibes: “The Sun Has Got His Hat On”

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Once on This Island

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)

Songs with Summer Vibes: “Waiting for Life”

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Salad Days

Musical Type: Golden Age (1954)

Songs with Summer Vibes: “I Sit in the Sun”, “Sand in My Eyes”

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Seussical

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

Songs with Summer Vibes: “Mayzie in Palm Beach”

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Sugar

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1972)

Songs with Summer Vibes: “Sun on My Face”

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The Little Mermaid

Musical Type: 1989 Film/Contemporary Musical (2007)

Songs with Summer Vibes: “Under the Sea”

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Which of these summer musicals is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above summer 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 Summer 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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