Musical Lists

11 Canadian Musicals – The Full List of Major 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 full list of Canadian musicals for you below, sorted alphabetically.

Although there are other Canadian musicals out there, this is the full list of mainstream shows that also have cast albums available for your convenience. Here’s hoping Canadian musical theatre takes center stage over the coming years!


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Canadian Musicals

Anne of Green Gables

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)

Where It Premiered: The Charlottetown Festival


Come From Away

Music/Lyrics/Book: Irene Sankoff, David Hein

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Where It Premiered: Sheridan College, Toronto


Evil Dead

Music/Lyrics/Book: George Reinblatt  Music: Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Morris

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

Where It Premiered: The Tranzac Club, Toronto


Nevermore

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Christenson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Where It Premiered: The Catalyst Theater, Alberta


Ride the Cyclone

Music/Lyrics/Book: Brooke Maxwell, Jacob Richmond

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Where It Premiered: Atomic Vaudeville, Victoria, BC


The Drowsy Chaperone

Music/Lyrics: Lisa Lambert, Greg Morrison  Book: Bob Martin, Don McKellar

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

Where It Premiered: The Rivoli, Toronto


The Story of My Life

Music/Lyrics: Neil Bartram  Book: Brian Hill

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Where It Premiered: Canadian Stage Company, Toronto


The Theory of Relativity

Music/Lyrics: Neil Bartram  Book: Brian Hill

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Where It Was Commissioned: The Canadian Music Theatre Project, Toronto


Musicals That Premiered in Canada

The following musicals are not Canadian, but they did have their premiere in “The Great White North”


Camelot

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

Where It Premiered: The O’Keefe Centre, Toronto


Ragtime

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

Where It Premiered: Toronto Centre for the Arts, Toronto


The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics/Book: David Spencer

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Where It Premiered: Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre / Segal Center for Performing Arts


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Which of these Canadian musicals is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above Canadian 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 Canadian 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 holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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