40+ Bio Musicals – The Full List of Shows

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 of the most notable bio musicals (biography musicals) for you below!

The following list is broken down into the following subgenres: “Autobiographical Musicals”, “Semi-Autobiographical Musicals”, “Biographical Musicals”, “Semi-Biographical Musicals”, and “Jukebox Biographies”. Each subgenre is sorted alphabetically.


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Autobiographical Musicals

Everyday Rapture

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Dick Scanlan, Sherie Rene Scott

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

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Semi-Autobiographical Musicals

A Class Act

Music/Lyrics: Edward Kleban  Book: Linda Kline, Lonny Price

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

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A New Brain

Music/Lyrics/Book: William Finn  Book: James Lapine

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

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Jimmy

Music: Bill Jacob  Lyrics: Patti Jacob  Book: Melville Shavelson

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1969)

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Merrily We Roll Along

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: George Furth

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1981)

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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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Tick, Tick… BOOM!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Larson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Contemporary (1990/2001)

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Biographical Musicals

Barnum

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics: Michael Stewart  Book: Mark Bramble

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980)

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Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Music/Lyrics: Michael Friedman  Book: Alex Timbers

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

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Cagney

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Chaplin

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

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Clinton

Music/Lyrics: Paul Hodge  Book: Michael Hodge, Paul Hodge

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

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Coco

Music:  André Previn  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1969)

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Diana: The Musical

Music/Lyrics/Book: David Bryan, Joe DiPietro

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

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Evita

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Tim Rice

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

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Fiorello

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

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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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Gypsy

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

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Hamilton

Music/Lyrics/Book: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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In the Green

Music/Lyrics/Book: Grace McLean

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

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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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Legs Diamond

Music/Lyrics: Peter Allen  Book: Harvey Fierstein, Charles Suppon

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1988)

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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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Nevermore

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Christenson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

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Queen of the Mist

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

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Side Show

Music: Henry Krieger  Lyrics/Book: Bill Russell

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

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Six

Music/Lyrics/Book: Toby Marlow, Lucy Moss

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

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The Capeman

Music/Lyrics: Paul Simon  Lyrics/Book: Derek Walcott

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

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The Sound of Music

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

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War Paint

Music: Scott Frankel  Lyrics: Michael Korie  Book: Doug Wright

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

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Semi-Biographical Musicals

Ben Franklin in Paris

Music: Jerry Herman, Mark Sandrich, Jr.  Lyrics/Book: Sidney Michaels

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

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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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Martin Guerre

Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg  Lyrics: Boublil, Hardy, Clark  Book: Schönberg, Boublil

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

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Jukebox Biographies

Ain’t Too Proud

Music/Lyrics: The Temptations  Book: Dominique Morisseau

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2017)

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Music: Various  Lyrics: Various  Book: Douglas McGrath

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2013)

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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

Music/Lyrics: Buddy Holly, Various

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Jukebox (1989)

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Fela!

Music/Lyrics: Fela Kuti  Book: Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2008)

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Jersey Boys

Music: Bob Gaudio  Lyrics: Bob Crewe  Book: Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2004)

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Jolson

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Francis Essex, Rob Bettinson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)

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MJ The Musical

Music/Lyrics: Michael Jackson, Various  Book: Lynn Nottage

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2022)

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On Your Feet!

Music/Lyrics: Gloria & Emilio Estefan, Miami Sound Machine  Book: Alexander Dinelaris Jr.

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2015)

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Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Colman Domingo, Robert Cary, Des McAnuff

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2017)

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The Boy From Oz

Music/Lyrics: Peter Allen  Book: Nick Enright, Martin Sherman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Jukebox (1998)

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The Cher Show

Music: Various  Lyrics: Various  Book: Rick Elice

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2018)

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Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Katori Hall, Frank Ketelaar, Kees Prins

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2018)

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Related Posts:

Classic Musicals

Jukebox Musicals

Musicals Based on True Stories

Popular Musicals


Which of these bio musicals is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above bio 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 Bio 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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