35+ Classical Musicals – A 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 full list of classical musicals for you below.

The following list is broken down into five categories – “Chamber Musicals”, “Contemporary Classical Musicals”, “Experimental Classical Musicals”, “Operatic Classical Musicals”, “Operettas” and “Operetta/Musical Theatre Mixes”. Each category is sorted alphabetically.


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Chamber Musicals

First Daughter Suite

Music/Lyrics: Michael John La Chiusa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)


First Lady Suite

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)


Octet

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dave Malloy

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)


Contemporary Classical Musicals

A Minister’s Wife

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)


My Life with Albertine

Music/Lyrics: Ricky Ian Gordon  Lyrics/Book: Richard Nelson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)


The Bridges of Madison County

Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown  Book: Marsha Norman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)


The Light in the Piazza

Music/Lyrics: Adam Guettel  Book: Craig Lucas

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)


The Hatpin

Music: Peter Rutherford  Lyrics/Book: James Miller

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)


Experimental Classical Musicals

Adding Machine

Music/Lyrics/Book: Joshua Schmidt  Lyrics/Book: Jason Loewith

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)


Preludes

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dave Malloy

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)


Wings

Music: Jeffrey Lunden  Lyrics/Book: Arthur Perlman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)


Operatic Classical Musicals

Carmen Jones

Music: Georges Bizet  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Type: Golden Age (1943)


Chu Chin Chow

Music: Frederic Norton  Book: Oscar Asche

Musical Type: Pre-Jazz Age (1916)


Happy End

Music: Kurt Weill  Lyrics: Bertolt Brecht  Book: Elisabeth Hauptmann

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1929)


Lost in the Stars

Music: Kurt Weill  Lyrics/Book: Maxwell Anderson

Musical Type: Golden Age (1949)


LoveMusik

Music: Kurt Weill  Lyrics: Various  Book: Alfred Uhry

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)


Love Never Dies

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)


Phantom

Music/Lyrics: Maury Yeston  Book: Arthur Kopit

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)


Porgy and Bess

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  LibrettoDuBose Heyward

Musical Type: Opera (1935)


Show Boat

Music: Jerome Kern  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1927)


The Cabaret Girl

Music: Jerome Kern  Lyrics/Book: George Grossmith, P.G. Wodehouse

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1922)


The Cradle Will Rock

Music/Lyrics/Book: Marc Blitzstein

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1938)


The Golden Apple

Music: Jerome Moross  Lyrics/Book: John Treville Latouche

Musical Type: Golden Age (1954)


The Most Happy Fella

Music/Lyrics/Book: Frank Loesser

Musical Type: Golden Age (1956)


The Phantom of the Opera

Music/Book: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics/Book: Richard Stilgoe  Book: Charles Hart

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1986)


The Threepenny Opera

Music: Kurt Weill  Lyrics/Book: Bertolt Brecht

Musical Type: Play with Music (1928)


Operettas

Candide

Music/Lyrics/Book: Bernstein, Wilber, Latouche, Parker, Hellman, Sondheim, Wheeler

Musical Type: Golden Age/Operetta (1956)


Dearest Enemy

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Lorenz Hart  Book: Herbert Fields

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Operetta (1925)


Knickerbocker Holiday

Music: Kurt Weill  Lyrics/Book: Maxwell Anderson

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Operetta (1938)


Robert and Elizabeth

Music: Ron Grainer  Lyrics/Book: Ronald Millar

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age/Operetta (1964)


Song of Norway

Music: Edvard Grieg  Lyrics: Robert Wright, George Forrest  Book: Milton Lazarus, Homer Curran

Musical Type: Golden Age/Operetta (1944)


The Desert Song

Music: Sigmund Romberg  Lyrics/Book: Otto Harbach  Book: Oscar Hammerstein II, Frank Mandel

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Operetta (1926)


The Happiest Girl in the World

Music: Jacques Offenbach  Lyrics: E.Y. Harburg  Book: Fred Saidy, Henry Mayers

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age/Operetta (1961)


The New Moon

Music: Sigmund Romberg  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II, Frank Mandel, Laurence Schwab

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Operetta (1927)


The Student Prince

Music: Sigmund Romberg  Lyrics/Book: Dorothy Donnelly

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Operetta (1924)


Through the Years

Music: Vincent Youmans  Lyrics: Edward Heyman  Book: Brian Hooker

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Operetta (1932)


Operetta/Musical Theatre Mixes

Bravo Giovanni

Music: Milton Schafer  Lyrics: Ronny Graham  Book: A.J. Russell

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)


Kean

Music/Lyrics: Robert Wright, George Forrest  Book: Peter Stone

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)


Lady in the Dark

Music: Kurt Weill  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Moss Hart

Musical Type: Golden Age (1941)


Magdalena

Music: Heitor Villa-Lobos  Lyrics: Robert Wright, George Forrest  Book: Brennan, Curran

Musical Type: Golden Age (1948)


Promenade

Music: Al Carmines  Lyrics/Book: María Irene Fornés

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)


The Gay Life

Music: Arthur Schwartz  Lyrics: Howard Dietz  Book: Fay Kanin, Michael Kanin

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)


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Which of these classical musicals is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above classical 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 Classical 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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