30+ Country Musicals – A Full List of Popular 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: Steve Martin, Edie Brickell  Lyrics: Edie Brickell  Book: Steve Martin

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

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Floyd Collins

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)

Music/Lyrics: Adam Guettel  Book: Tina Landau

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Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

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The Burnt Part Boys

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

Musical Type: Contemporary

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The Robber Bridegroom

Music: Robert Waldman  Lyrics/Book: Alfred Uhry

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)

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Country Musicals

9 to 5

Music/Lyrics: Dolly Parton  Book: Patricia Resnick

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

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Annie Get Your Gun

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1946)

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Big River

Music/Lyrics: Roger Miller  Book: William Hauptman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)

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Bonnie & Clyde

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

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Calamity Jane

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)

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Cinnamon Grits

Music/Lyrics/Book: Erica Allen McGee

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

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Escape to Margaritaville

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

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2017)

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Girl From the North Country

Music/Lyrics: Bob Dylan  Book: Conor McPherson

Musical Type: Contemporary Jukebox (2017)

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Grits

Music/Lyrics/Book: Erica Allen McGee

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

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Hands on a Hardbody

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

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Honky Tonk Laundry

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Roger Bean

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2017)

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Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue

Music/Lyrics: Tom Adair

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

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Li’l Abner

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1956)

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Nunsense Jamboree

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)

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Oklahoma!

Music: Richard Rodgers  Book/Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Type: Golden Age (1943)

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Paint Your Wagon

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Golden Age (1951)

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Ring of Fire

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

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2006)

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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

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The Bridges of Madison County

Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown  Book: Marsha Norman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

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The Civil War

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

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The Spitfire Grill

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)

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The Will Rogers Follies

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)

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Urban Cowboy

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

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Violet

Music: Jeanine Tesori  Lyrics/Book: Brian Crawley

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

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Waitress

Music/Lyrics: Sara Bareilles  Book: Jessie Nelson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Country/Mixed Genre Musicals

Bella: An American Tall Tale

Music/Lyrics/Book: Kirsten Childs

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

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Desperate Measures

Music: David Friedman  Lyrics/Book: Peter Kellogg

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

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Fugitive Songs

Music: Chris Miller  Lyrics: Nathan Tysen

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

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Pump Boys and Dinettes

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1981)

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The Great American Trailer Park Musical

Music/Lyrics: David Nehls  Book: Betsy Kelso

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

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The Trail to Oregon

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

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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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