101+ Comedic Musicals – The Full List

Whether you’re auditioning for musicals, setting up your rep book, or simply looking for the funniest musicals ever, it’s good to get familiar with what’s out there. And that’s why we’ve put together this list of comedic musicals for you below, sorted by time period.

By the way, there are lots of other musical comedies out there that are not on the following list. But that’s because I will be making specific lists for dramedies, parodies, and romantic comedies. The following shows fall into the generic genre of “comedic musicals”.


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Comedic Jazz Age Musicals

A Connecticut Yankee

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

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Good News!

Music: Ray Henderson  Lyrics: B.G. DeSylva, Lew Brown  Book: Schwab, DeSylva

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Lady, Be Good

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Guy Bolton, Fred Thompson

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No, No Nanette

Music: Vincent Youmans  Lyrics/Book:  Irving Caesar, Otto Harbach, Frank Mandel

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Shuffle Along

Music: Eubie Blake  Lyrics: Noble Sissle  Book: F.E. Miller, Aubrey Lyles

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The Cabaret Girl

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

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The Cocoanuts

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind

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Tip-Toes

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Guy Bolton, Fred Thompson

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Comedic Golden Age Musicals

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Music: Arthur Schwartz  Lyrics: Dorothy Fields  Book: George Abbott, Betty Smith

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Ankles Aweigh

Music: Sammy Fain  Lyrics: Dan Shapiro  Book: Guy Bolton, Eddie Davis

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Best Foot Forward

Music/Lyrics: Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane  Book: John Cecil Holm

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By Jupiter

Music/Book: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics/Book: Lorenz Hart

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Can-Can

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Abe Burrows

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Damn Yankees

Music: Richard Adler  Lyrics: Jerry Ross  Book: George Abbott, Douglass Wallop

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: Leo Robin  Book: Joseph Fields, Anita Loos

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Goldilocks

Music: Leroy Anderson  Lyrics/Book: Jean Kerr, Walter Kerr, Joan Ford

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Guys and Dolls

Music/Lyrics: Frank Loesser  Book: Jo Swerling, Abe Burrows

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Hazel Flagg

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: Bob Hilliard  Book: James H. Street

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High Button Shoes

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: Sammy Cahn  Book: Stephen Longstreet, George Abbott

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Mexican Hayride

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Herbert Fields, Dorothy Fields

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Oh, Captain!

Music/Lyrics: Jay Livingston, Ray Evans  Book: Al Morgan, José Ferrer

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On the Town

Music: Leonard Bernstein  Lyrics/Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

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Paint Your Wagon

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

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Something for the Boys

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Herbert Fields, Dorothy Fields

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The Boy Friend

Music/Lyrics/Book: Sandy Wilson

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The Girl in Pink Tights

Music: Sigmund Romberg  Lyrics: Leo Robin  Book: Jerome Chodorov, Joseph Fields

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The Music Man

Music/Lyrics: Meredith Willson  Book: Franklin Lacey, Wilson

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Top Banana

Music/Lyrics: Johnny Mercer  Book: Hy Kraft

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Two on the Aisle

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics/Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

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Up in Central Park

Music: Sigmund Romberg  Lyrics: Dorothy Fields  Book: Herbert Fields, Dorothy Fields

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Wonderful Town

Music: Leonard Bernstein  Lyrics: Betty Comden, Adolph Green  Book: Fields, Chodorov

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Comedic Post-Golden Age Musicals

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart

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Bravo Giovanni

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

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Divorce Me, Darling!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Sandy Wilson

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Do Re Mi

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: Betty Comden, Adolph Green  Book: Garson Kanin

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Ernest in Love

Music: Lee Pockriss  Lyrics/Book: Anne Croswell

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Fade Out – Fade In

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics/Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

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Golden Rainbow

Music/Lyrics: Walter Marks  Book: Ernest Kinoy

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How Now, Dow Jones

Music: Elmer Bernstein  Lyrics: Carolyn Leigh  Book: Max Shulman

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Little Me

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics: Carolyn Leigh  Book: Neil Simon

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Sail Away

Music/Lyrics/Book: Noël Coward

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Skyscraper

Music: Jimmy Van Heusen  Lyrics: Sammy Cahn  Book: Peter Stone

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Subways Are For Sleeping

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics/Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

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The Happy Time

Music: John Kander  Lyrics: Fred Ebb  Book: N. Richard Nash

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The Mad Show

Music: Mary Rodgers  Lyrics: Marshall Barer, Steven Vinaver, Stephen Sondheim

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Tovarich

Music: Lee Pockriss  Lyrics: Anne Croswell  Book: David Shaw

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Your Own Thing

Music/Lyrics: Hal Hester, Danny Apolinar  Book: Donald Driver

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Comedic 1970s Musicals

70, Girls, 70

Music: John Kander  Lyrics/Book: Fred Ebb  Book: Norman L. Martin

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Bugsy Malone

Music/Lyrics: Paul Williams  Book: Alan Parker

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By Jeeves

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Alan Ayckbourn

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I Love My Wife

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics/Book: Michael Stewart

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Snoopy!!!

Music: Larry Grossman Lyrics: Hal Hackady Book: Lockhart, Whitelaw, Grac

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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

Music/Lyrics: Carol Hall  Book: Larry L. King, Peter Masterson

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Two Gentlemen of Verona

Music: Galt MacDermot  Lyrics: John Guare  Book: John Guare, Mel Shapiro

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Comedic 1980s Musicals

Doonesbury

Music: Elizabeth Swados  Lyrics/Book: Gary Trudeau

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Little Shop of Horrors

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics/Book: Howard Ashman

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Nunsense

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

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Comedic 1990s Musicals

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

Music: Jimmy Roberts  Lyrics/Book: Joe DiPietro

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Nuncrackers

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

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Nunsense A-Men!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

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Schoolhouse Rock Live!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Keating, Ferguson, Hall

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The Marvelous Wonderettes

Music: Various  Book: Roger Bean

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Zombie Prom

Music: Dana P. Rowe  Lyrics/Book: John Dempsey

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Comedic 2000s Musicals

Cry-Baby

Music: Adam Schlesinger  Lyrics: David Javerbaum  Book: Mark O’Donnell, Thomas Meehan

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Debbie Does Dallas

Music/Lyrics: Andrew Sherman, Tom Kitt, Jonathan Callicut  Book: Susan L. Schwartz

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Music/Lyrics: David Yazbek  Book: Jeffrey Lane

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Golf: The Musical

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael Roberts  Concept: Eric Krebs

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Gutenberg! The Musical!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Scott Brown, Anthony King

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Happy Days

Music/Lyrics: Paul Williams  Book: Garry Marshall

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Legally Blonde

Music/Lyrics: Nell Benjamin, Laurence O’Keefe  Book: Heather Hach

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The Addams Family

Music/Lyrics: Andrew Lippa  Book: Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music/Lyrics: William Finn  Book: Rachel Sheinkin

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The Full Monty

Music/Lyrics: David Yazbek  Book: Terrence McNally

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The Producers

Music/Lyrics: Mel Brooks  Book: Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan

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The Wedding Singer

Music: Matthew Sklar  Lyrics: Chad Beguelin  Book: Beguelin, Tim Herlihy

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Title of Show

Music/Lyrics: Jeff Bowen  Book: Hunter Bell

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Urinetown

Music/Lyrics/Book: Greg Hollmann, Greg Kotis

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Young Frankenstein

Music/Lyrics: Mel Brooks  Book: Brooks, Thomas Meehan

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Comedic 2010s Musicals

& Juliet

Music/Lyrics: Max Martin, Various  Book: David West Read

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Music: Steven Lutvak  Lyrics: Freedman, Lutvak  Book: Robert Freedman

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Assisted Living

Music/Lyrics/Book: Rick Compton, Betsy Bennett

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Beetlejuice

Music/Lyrics: Eddie Perfect  Book: Scott Brown, Anthony King

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Bullets Over Broadway

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Woody Allen

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Elf

Music: Matthew Sklar  Lyrics: Chad Beguelin  Book: Bob Martin, Thomas Meehan

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Escape to Margaritaville

Music/Lyrics: Jimmy Buffett  Book: Greg Garcia, Mike O’Malley

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Head Over Heels

Music/Lyrics: The Go-Go’s  Book: Jeff Whitty, James Magruder

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Honeymoon in Vegas

Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown  Book: Andrew Bergman

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Lysistrata Jones

Music/Lyrics: Lewis Flinn  Book: Douglas Carter Beane

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Mean Girls

Music: Jeff Richmond  Lyrics: Nell Benjamin  Book: Tina Fey

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School of Rock

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Glen Slater  Book: Julian Fellowes

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Something Rotten!

Music/Lyrics: Karey & Wayne Kirkpatrick  Book: K. Kirkpatrick, J. O’Farrell

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The Book of Mormon

Music/Lyrics/Book: Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone

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The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals

Music/Lyrics: Jeff Blim  Book: Nick Lang, Matt Lang

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The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns

Music: Various  Book: Roger Bean

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The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On

Music: Various  Book: Roger Bean

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The SpongeBob Musical

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Kyle Jarrow

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Tootsie

Music/Lyrics: David Yazbek  Book: Robert Horn

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Comedic 2020s Musicals

A VHS Christmas Carol

Music/Lyrics/Book: Clark Baxtresser

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Emojiland

Music/Lyrics/Book: Keith Harrison, Laura Schein

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Mrs. Doubtfire

Music/Lyrics: Karey Kirkpatrick, Wayne Kirkpatrick  Book: K. Kirkpatrick, John O’Farrell

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Which of these comedic musicals is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above musical comedies? 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 Comedic 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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