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32+ Country 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 full list of country musicals (or musicals with country elements to them) for you below.

The following list is broken down into three categories – “Bluegrass Musicals”, “Country Musicals”, and “Country/Mixed Genre Musicals”. Each category is sorted alphabetically.


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Bluegrass Musicals

Bright Star

Music/Book: Steve Martin  Music/Lyrics: Edie Brickell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Music Genre: Bluegrass


Ernest Shackleton Loves Me

Music: Brendan Milburn  Lyrics: Valerie Vigoda  Book: Joe DiPietro

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Music Genres: Bluegrass / Electronic / Folk / Musical Theatre


Floyd Collins

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)

Music/Lyrics: Adam Guettel  Book: Tina Landau

Music Genre: Bluegrass


Paramour

Music: Guy Dubuc, Marc Lessard  Music/Lyrics: Andreas Carlsson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Music Genre: Bluegrass / Jazz / Musical Theatre


The Burnt Part Boys

Music: Chris Miller  Lyrics: Nathan Tysen  Book: Mariana Elder

Musical Type: Contemporary

Music Genre: Bluegrass


The Robber Bridegroom

Music: Robert Waldman  Lyrics/Book: Alfred Uhry

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)

Music Genre: Bluegrass


Water for Elephants

Music/Lyrics: PigPen Theatre Co.  Book: Rick Elice

Musical Type: Contemporary (2023)

Music Genres: Bluegrass / Blues / Folk


Country Musicals

9 to 5

Music/Lyrics: Dolly Parton  Book: Patricia Resnick

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Music Genre: Country


Big River

Music/Lyrics: Roger Miller  Book: William Hauptman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)

Music Genre: Country


Bonnie & Clyde

Music: Frank Wildhorn  Lyrics: Don Black  Book: Ivan Menchell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

Music Genre: Country


Calamity Jane

Music: Sammy Fain  Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster  Adaptation: Ronald Hanmer, Phil Park

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)

Music Genre: Country


Nunsense Jamboree

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)

Music Genre: Country


Oklahoma!

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Type: Golden Age (1943)

Music Genre: Country


Paint Your Wagon

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Golden Age (1951)

Music Genre: Country


Roadside

Music: Harvey Schmidt  Lyrics/Book: Tom Jones

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)

Music Genre: Country (Hints of Bluegrass)


The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

Music Genre: Country


The Civil War

Music/Book: Frank Wildhorn  Lyrics: Jack Murphy  Book: Gregory Boyd

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

Music Genre: Country


The Spitfire Grill

Music/Book: James Valcq  Lyrics/Book: Fred Alley

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)

Music Genre: Country


The Will Rogers Follies

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics: Betty Comden, Adolph Green  Book: Peter Stone

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)

Music Genre: Country


Violet

Music: Jeanine Tesori  Lyrics/Book: Brian Crawley

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

Music Genre: Country


Country/Mixed Genre Musicals

Annie Get Your Gun

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: Dorothy Fields, Herbert Fields

Musical Type: Golden Age (1946)

Music Genres: Country / Musical Theatre


Desperate Measures

Music: David Friedman  Lyrics/Book: Peter Kellogg

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

Music Genres: Country / Musical Theatre


Dude

Music: Galt MacDermot  Lyrics/Book: Gerome Ragni

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1972)

Music Genres: Country / Folk-Rock / Soul


Escape to Margaritaville

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Music Genres: Country / Tropical Rock


Fugitive Songs

Music: Chris Miller  Lyrics: Nathan Tysen

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Music Genres: Country / Gospel / Pop


Hands on a Hardbody

Music: Trey Anastasio  Music/Lyrics: Amanda Green  Book: Doug Wright

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

Music Genres: Country / Gospel / Rock / Soul


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Tim Rice

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1968)

Music Genres: Calypso / Country / Musical Theatre / Pop / Rock & Roll


Knoxville

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens  Book: Frank Galati

Musical Type: Contemporary (2022)

Music Genres: Country / Musical Theatre


Pump Boys and Dinettes

Music/Lyrics/Book: John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel, Jim Wann

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1981)

Music Genres: Blues / Country


Ring of Fire

Music/Lyrics: Johnny Cash  Concept/Creation: Bill Meade, Richard Maltby, Jr.

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Music Genre: Country / Rock


Shenandoah

Music: Gary Geld  Lyrics/Book: Peter Udell  Book: Philip Rose, James Lee Barrett

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

Music Genres: Country / Musical Theatre


Shucked

Music/Lyrics: Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally  Book: Robert Horn

Musical Type: Contemporary (2022)

Music Genres: Country / Musical Theatre


Starlight Express

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Alistair Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Richard Stilgoe, David Yazbek, Nick Coler

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1984)

Music Genres: Blues / Country / Gospel / Pop / Rap / Rock


Texas, Li’l Darlin’

Music: Robert Emmett Dolan  Lyrics: Johnny Mercer  Book: John Whedon, Sam Moore

Musical Type: Golden Age (1949)

Music Genres: Country / Musical Theatre


The Bridges of Madison County

Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown  Book: Marsha Norman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Music Genres: Classical / Country / Legit


The Great American Trailer Park Musical

Music/Lyrics: David Nehls  Book: Betsy Kelso

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Music Genres: Country / Rock


The Outsiders

Music/Lyrics/Book: Justin Levine  Music/Lyrics: Jonathan Clay, Zach Chance  Book: Adam Rapp

Musical Type: Contemporary (2023)

Music Genres: Country / Folk / Rock & Roll


The Trail to Oregon

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Music Genres: Country / Musical Theatre / Pop-Rock


The Unsinkable Molly Brown

Music/Lyrics: Meredith Willson  Book: Richard Morris

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

Music Genres: Country / Musical Theatre / Ragtime


Waitress

Music/Lyrics: Sara Bareilles  Book: Jessie Nelson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Music Genres: Country / Folk / Musical Theatre


Other blog posts you might like:

Folk Musicals

• Jukebox Musicals

• Musicals About America

• Pop/Rock Musicals

Rock Musicals


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Which of these country musicals is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above country 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 Country 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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