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 list of the most notable country musicals (or musicals with country elements to them) for you below, sorted alphabetically.

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


Floyd Collins

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)

Music/Lyrics: Adam Guettel  Book: Tina Landau

Music Genre: Bluegrass


Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge

Music/Lyrics/Book: Peter Mills  Book: Cara Reichel

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

Music Genre: Bluegrass


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


Country Musicals

9 to 5

Music/Lyrics: Dolly Parton  Book: Patricia Resnick

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Music Genre: Country


Annie Get Your Gun

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1946)

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  Book: Ronald Hanmer, Phil Park

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)

Music Genre: Country


Cinnamon Grits

Music/Lyrics/Book: Erica Allen McGee

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Music Genre: Country


Escape to Margaritaville

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

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2017)

Music Genre: Country


Grits

Music/Lyrics/Book: Erica Allen McGee

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Music Genre: Country


Honky Tonk Laundry

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Roger Bean

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2017)

Music Genre: Country


Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue

Music/Lyrics: Tom Adair

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

Music Genre: Country


Li’l Abner

Music: Gene De Paul  Lyrics: Johnny Mercer  Book: Norman Panama, Melvin Frank

Musical Type: Golden Age (1956)

Music Genre: Country


Nunsense Jamboree

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)

Music Genre: Country


Oklahoma!

Music: Richard Rodgers  Book/Lyrics: 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


Ring of Fire

Music/Lyrics: Johnny Cash  Created by: Richard Maltby, Jr.

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2006)

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


Urban Cowboy

Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown, Jeff Blumenkrantz  Book: Aaron Latham, Phillip Oesterman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

Music Genre: Country


Violet

Music: Jeanine Tesori  Lyrics/Book: Brian Crawley

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

Music Genre: Country


Country/Mixed Genre Musicals

Bella: An American Tall Tale

Music/Lyrics/Book: Kirsten Childs

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Music Genre: Country/Musical Theatre


Desperate Measures

Music: David Friedman  Lyrics/Book: Peter Kellogg

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

Music Genre: Country/Musical Theatre


Fugitive Songs

Music: Chris Miller  Lyrics: Nathan Tysen

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Music Genre: Country/Pop/Gospel


Hands on a Hardbody

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

Music Genre: Country/Rock/Soul/Gospel


Pump Boys and Dinettes

Music/Lyrics/Book: Foley, Hardwick, Monk, Morgan, Schimmel, Wann

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1981)

Music Genre: Country/Blues


Shenandoah

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

Music Genre: Country/Musical Theatre


Starlight Express

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Alistair Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Various

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1984)

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


The Bridges of Madison County

Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown  Book: Marsha Norman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Music Genre: Legit/Classical/Country


The Great American Trailer Park Musical

Music/Lyrics: David Nehls  Book: Betsy Kelso

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Music Genre: Country/Rock


The Trail to Oregon

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Music Genre: Country/Mixed


Waitress

Music/Lyrics: Sara Bareilles  Book: Jessie Nelson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Music Genre: Musical Theatre/Folk/Country


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 has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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