101+ Comedic Musicals – The Full List

Whether you’re a musical theatre producer or simply looking for the funniest musicals ever, it’s good to get familiar with what’s out there. Comedy is an art form and there are loads of funny musicals to choose from. And that’s why we’ve put together this list of comedic musicals for you below, sorted by time period.

By the way, I will also be making specific lists for dramedies, parodies, dark comedies, and romantic comedies in the future. The following shows fall into the generic genre of “comedic musicals” and will have you roaring with laughter!


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Contents:

Comedic Jazz Age Musicals

Comedic Golden Age Musicals

Comedic 1960s Musicals

Comedic 1970s Musicals

Comedic 1980s Musicals

Comedic 1990s Musicals

Comedic 2000s Musicals

Comedic 2010s Musicals

Comedic 2020s Musicals


Comedic Jazz Age Musicals

A Connecticut Yankee

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1927)


Good News!

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1927)


Lady, Be Good

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1924)


No, No Nanette

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1925)


Shuffle Along

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1921)


The Cabaret Girl

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1922)


The Cocoanuts

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1925)


Tip-Toes

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1925)


Comedic Golden Age Musicals

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1951)


Ankles Aweigh

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1955)


Best Foot Forward

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1941)


By Jupiter

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1942)


Can-Can

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Abe Burrows

Musical Type: Golden Age (1953)


Damn Yankees

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1955)


Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1949)


Goldilocks

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1958)


Guys and Dolls

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1950)


Hazel Flagg

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1953)


High Button Shoes

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1947)


Mexican Hayride

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1944)


Oh, Captain!

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1958)


On the Town

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1944)


Once Upon a Mattress

Music: Mary Rodgers  Lyrics/Book: Marshall Barer  Book: Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)


Paint Your Wagon

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Golden Age (1951)


Something for the Boys

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1943)


The Boy Friend

Music/Lyrics/Book: Sandy Wilson

Musical Type: Golden Age (1953)


The Girl in Pink Tights

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

Musical Type: Golden Age/Operetta (1954)


The Music Man

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1957)


Top Banana

Music/Lyrics: Johnny Mercer  Book: Hy Kraft

Musical Type: Golden Age (1951)


Two on the Aisle

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

Musical Type: Golden Age/Revue (1951)


Up in Central Park

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1945)


Wonderful Town

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1953)


Comedic 1960s Musicals

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)


Bravo Giovanni

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)


Divorce Me, Darling!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Sandy Wilson

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)


Do Re Mi

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)


Ernest in Love

Music: Lee Pockriss  Lyrics/Book: Anne Croswell

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)


Fade Out – Fade In

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)


Golden Rainbow

Music/Lyrics: Walter Marks  Book: Ernest Kinoy

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)


How Now, Dow Jones

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)


Little Me

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)


Sail Away

Music/Lyrics/Book: Noël Coward

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)


Skyscraper

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)


Subways Are For Sleeping

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)


The Happy Time

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)


The Mad Show

Music: Mary Rodgers  Lyrics/Book: Larry Siegel  Lyrics: Marshall Barer, Steven Vinaver  Book: Stan Hart  Additional Song: Stephen Sondheim

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age/Revue (1966)


Tovarich

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)


Your Own Thing

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)


Comedic 1970s Musicals

70, Girls, 70

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)


A Day in Hollywood, a Night in the Ukraine

Music: Frank Lazarus, Various  Lyrics/Book: Dick Vosburgh

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1979)


Bugsy Malone

Music/Lyrics: Paul Williams  Book: Alan Parker

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)


By Jeeves

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Alan Ayckbourn

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)


I Love My Wife

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics/Book: Michael Stewart

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1977)


On the Twentieth Century

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics/Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)


Snoopy!!!

Music: Larry Grossman  Lyrics: Hal Hackady  Book: Warren Lockhart, Arthur Whitelaw, Michael Grace

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)


Sugar

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: Bob Merrill  Book: Peter Stone

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1972)


The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)


Two Gentlemen of Verona

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)


Comedic 1980s Musicals

Doonesbury

Music: Elizabeth Swados  Lyrics/Book: Gary Trudeau

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1983)


Kuni-Leml

Music: Raphael Crystal  Lyrics: Richard Engquist  Book: Nahma Sandrow

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1984)


Little Shop of Horrors

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics/Book: Howard Ashman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1982)


Nunsense

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)


Tomfoolery

Music/Lyrics: Tom Lehrer  Book: Cameron Mackintosh

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1980)


Comedic 1990s Musicals

Bat Boy

Music/Lyrics: Laurence O’Keefe  Book:  Keythe Farley, Brian Flemming

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)


I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

Music: Jimmy Roberts  Lyrics/Book: Joe DiPietro

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)


Naked Boys Singing!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Robert Schrock

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1999)


Nuncrackers

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)


Nunsense II

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)


Nunsense A-Men!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)


Nunsense Jamboree

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)


Schoolhouse Rock Live!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: George Keating, Scott Ferguson, Kyle Hall

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)


The Drowsy Chaperone

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)


The Marvelous Wonderettes

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Roger Bean

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Jukebox (1999)


When Pigs Fly

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dick Gallagher, Mark Waldrop, Howard Crabtree

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1996)


Zombie Prom

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)


Comedic 2000s Musicals

Avenue Q

Music/Lyrics: Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx  Book: Jeff Whitty

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)


Cry-Baby

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)


Debbie Does Dallas

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Music/Lyrics: David Yazbek  Book: Jeffrey Lane

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)


Fame Becomes Me

Music/Lyrics: Marc Shaiman  Lyrics: Scott Wittman  Book: Martin Short, Daniel Goldfarb

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


Golf: The Musical

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)


Gutenberg! The Musical!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Scott Brown, Anthony King

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)


Happy Days

Music/Lyrics: Paul Williams  Book: Garry Marshall

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)


Legally Blonde

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)


Spamalot

Music: John Du Prez  Music/Lyrics/Book: Eric Idle

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)


The Addams Family

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music/Lyrics: William Finn  Book: Rachel Sheinkin

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)


The Full Monty

Music/Lyrics: David Yazbek  Book: Terrence McNally

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)


The Producers

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

Musical Type: 1967 Film/Contemporary Musical (2001)


The Toxic Avenger

Music/Lyrics: David Bryan  Book/Lyrics: Joe DiPietro

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)


The Wedding Singer

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


[title of show]

Music/Lyrics: Jeff Bowen  Book: Hunter Bell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


Urinetown

Music/Lyrics/Book: Greg Hollmann, Greg Kotis

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)


Young Frankenstein

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)


Comedic 2010s Musicals

& Juliet

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

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2019)


A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Music/Lyrics: Steven Lutvak  Lyrics/Book: Robert L. Freedman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)


Assisted Living

Music/Lyrics/Book: Rick Compton, Betsy Bennett

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)


Beetlejuice

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)


Black Friday

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)


Bullets Over Broadway

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Woody Allen

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2014)


Elf

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)


Escape to Margaritaville

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

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2017)


Head Over Heels

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

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2015)


Honeymoon in Vegas

Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown  Book: Andrew Bergman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)


Lysistrata Jones

Music/Lyrics: Lewis Flinn  Book: Douglas Carter Beane

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)


Mean Girls

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)


Nunset Boulevard

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)


School of Rock

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)


Something Rotten!

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)


The Book of Mormon

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)


The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)


The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Roger Bean

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2013)


The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Roger Bean

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2016)


The SpongeBob Musical

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Kyle Jarrow

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)


Tootsie

Music/Lyrics: David Yazbek  Book: Robert Horn

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)


Comedic 2020s Musicals

A VHS Christmas Carol

Music/Lyrics/Book: Clark Baxtresser

Musical Type: Contemporary (2020)


Emojiland

Music/Lyrics/Book: Keith Harrison, Laura Schein

Musical Type: Contemporary (2020)


Mrs. Doubtfire

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2022)


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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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