20+ All Female Musicals – A Full List of Shows

Do you have a small but fierce group of talented women who are ready to put on a show? That’s exciting, because there are lots of really great musical options out there with incredible female roles! Here’s a full list of all-female musicals.

The following list is broken down into two categories – “Musicals with an All-Female Cast” and” Musicals with an All-Female Writing Team”. Each category is sorted alphabetically.


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Musicals With an All-Female Cast

Alphabet City Cycle

Cast Size: 1-5

Music: Georgia Stitt  Book/Lyrics: Marcy Heisler

Musical Type: Contemporary/Song Cycle (2009)


Beehive: The 60’s Musical

Cast Size: 6

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Larry Gallagher

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1985)


Bernarda Alba

Cast Size: 10

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


Cinnamon Grits

Cast Size: 4

Music/Lyrics/Book: Erica Allen McGee

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)


Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World

Cast Size: 5+

Music: Miranda Cooper, Jennifer Decilveo

Lyrics: Chris Bush, Miranda Cooper


First Daughter Suite

Cast Size: 7

Music/Lyrics: Michael John La Chiusa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)


Grits

Cast Size: 4

Music/Lyrics/Book: Erica Allen McGee

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)


Honky Tonk Laundry

Cast Size: 2

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Roger Bean

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2017)


In the Green

Cast Size: 5

Music/Lyrics/Book: Grace McLean

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)


Nunsense

Cast Size: 5

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)


Ruthless!

Cast Size: 7

Music: Marvin Laird  Lyrics/Book: Joel Paley

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)


Six

Cast Size: 6

Music/Lyrics/Book: Toby Marlow, Lucy Moss

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)


Song and Dance

Cast Size: 1

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1982)


Tell Me on a Sunday

Cast Size: 1

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Don Black

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1979)


The Marvelous Wonderettes

Cast Size: 4

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Roger Bean

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Jukebox (1999)


The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns

Cast Size: 4

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Roger Bean

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2013)


The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On

Cast Size: 4

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Roger Bean

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2016)


Vanities

Cast Size: 3

Music/Lyrics: David Kirshenbaum  Book: Jack Heifner

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


Winter Wonderettes

Cast Size: 4

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Roger Bean

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2016)


Musicals With an All-Female Writing Team

* The following musicals have an all-female writing team – meaning that the book/script writers, lyricists, and composers are all female.


9 to 5

Cast Size: 8+

Music/Lyrics: Dolly Parton  Book: Patricia Resnick

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)


A Tale of Two Cities

Cast Size: 24+

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jill Santoriello

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)


Alphabet City Cycle

Cast Size: 1-5

Music: Georgia Stitt  Book/Lyrics: Marcy Heisler

Musical Type: Contemporary/Song Cycle (2009)


Bella: An American Tall Tale

Cast Size: 13

Music/Lyrics/Book: Kirsten Childs

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)


Cambodian Rock Band

Cast Size: 6

Music/Lyrics/Book: Lauren Yee

Musical Type: Contemporary (2020)


Cinnamon Grits

Cast Size: 4

Music/Lyrics/Book: Erica Allen McGee

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)


Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope

Cast Size: 9+

Music/Lyrics: Micki Grant

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1971)


Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World

Cast Size: 5+

Music: Miranda Cooper, Jennifer Decilveo

Lyrics: Chris Bush, Miranda Cooper


Frankie!

Cast Size: 6

Music/Lyrics/Book: Elise Marra

Musical Type: Contemporary (2020)


Fun Home

Cast Size: 11

Music: Jeanine Tesori  Lyrics/Book: Lisa Kron

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)


Grits

Cast Size: 4

Music/Lyrics/Book: Erica Allen McGee

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)


Hadestown

Cast Size: 8+

Music/Lyrics/Book: Anaïs Mitchell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road

Cast Size: 10

Music: Nancy Ford  Lyrics/Book: Gretchen Cryer

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)


In the Green

Cast Size: 5

Music/Lyrics/Book: Grace McLean

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)


Junie B. Jones

Cast Size: 6

Music: Zina Goldrich  Book/Lyrics: Marcy Heisler

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)


Murder Ballad

Cast Size: 4

Music/Lyrics: Juliana Nash  Lyrics/Book: Julia Jordan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)


Now is the Time for All Good Men

Cast Size: 12

Music: Nancy Ford  Lyrics/Book: Gretchen Cryer

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)


Runaways

Cast Size: 20

Music/Lyrics/Book: Elizabeth Swados

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)


The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin

Cast Size: 11

Music/Lyrics/Book: Kirsten Childs

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)


The Last Sweet Days of Isaac

Cast Size: 2

Music: Nancy Ford  Lyrics/Book: Gretchen Cryer

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)


The Secret Garden

Cast Size: 24

Music: Lucy Simon  Book/Lyrics: Marsha Norman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)


Tokyo Rose

Cast Size: 6

Music/Lyrics/Book: Maryhee Yoon, Cara Baldwin

Musical Type: Contemporary (2021)


Waitress

Cast Size: 8+

Music/Lyrics: Sara Bareilles  Book: Jessie Nelson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)


We Won’t Sleep

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2020)


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Which of these all-female musicals is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of these all-female 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 2 Person Musicals.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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