75+ Fantasy Musicals – A 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 fantasy musicals for you below, sorted alphabetically.

Since fantasy is a very broad genre, I’ve divided the following list into subgenres. Below you’ll find “Dream World Fantasies”, “Fairy Tale Musicals”, “General Fantasy Musicals”, “Paranormal Fantasy”, “Mythic Fantasy”, “Sci-Fi Musicals” and “Superhero Musicals”.


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Dream World Fantasies

The following musicals primarily take place in a character’s dream or imaginary visions, concluding with the character waking up or returning to reality.


Alice in Wonderland JR.

Music/Lyrics/Book: Various

Musical Type: Golden Age/Contemporary

Type of Fantasy: Dream World Fantasy


Alice by Heart

Music: Duncan Sheik  Lyrics/Book: Steven Sater, Jessie Nelson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Type of Fantasy: Dream World Fantasy


Starmites

Music/Lyrics/Book: Barry Keating  Book: Stuart Ross

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1987)

Type of Fantasy: Dream World Fantasy


The Wizard of Oz

Music: Harold Arlen, Herbert Stothart  Lyrics:  E.Y. Harburg  Book: John Kane

Musical Type: 1939 Film/Pre-Contemporary Musical (1987)

Type of Fantasy: Dream World Fantasy


The Wizard of Oz (ALW)

Music: Harold Arlen, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Herbert Stothart  Lyrics: E.Y. Harburg, Tim Rice  Book: ALW, Jeremy Sams

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Contemporary (1939/2011)

Type of Fantasy: Dream World Fantasy


Wonderland

Music: Frank Wildhorn  Lyrics/Book: Jack Murphy  Book: Gregory Boyd, Ava Eldred

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

Type of Fantasy: Dream World Fantasy


Fairy Tale Musicals

Aladdin

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics/Book: Chad Beguelin  Lyrics: Tim Rice, Howard Ashman

Musical Type: 1992 Film/Contemporary Musical (2011)

Type of Fantasy: Fairy Tale


Bad Cinderella

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: David Zippel  Book: Emerald Fennell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2021)

Type of Fantasy: Fairy Tale


Beauty and the Beast

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics: Howard Ashman, Tim Rice  Book: Linda Woolverton

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)

Type of Fantasy: Fairy Tale


Cinderella

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II  Book: Douglas Carter Beane

Musical Type: 1957 Film/Contemporary Musical (2013)

Type of Fantasy: Fairy Tale


Flahooley

Music: Sammy Fain  Lyrics/Book: E.Y. Harburg  Book: Fred Saidy

Musical Type: Golden Age (1951)

Type of Fantasy: Fairy Tale


Frozen

Music/Lyrics: Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez  Book: Jennifer Lee

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Type of Fantasy: Fairy Tale


Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Music: George Stiles  Book/Lyrics: Anthony Drewe

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Type of Fantasy: Fairy Tale


Hans Christian Andersen

Music/Lyrics: Frank Loesser  Book: John Fearnley, Beverly Cross, Tommy Steele

Musical Type: Golden Age (1952)

Type of Fantasy: Fairy Tale


Honk!

Music: George Stiles  Book/Lyrics: Anthony Drewe

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

Type of Fantasy: Fairy Tale


Into the Woods

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: James Lapine

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1986)

Type of Fantasy: Fairy Tale


Once on This Island

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics/Book: Lynn Ahrens

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)

Type of Fantasy: Fairy Tale


Once Upon a Mattress

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

Type of Fantasy: Fairy Tale


Shrek

Music: Jeanine Tesori  Lyrics/Book: David Lindsay-Abaire

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Type of Fantasy: Fairy Tale


The Clockmaker’s Daughter

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael Webborn, Daniel Finn

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Type of Fantasy: Fairy Tale


The Light Princess

Music/Lyrics: Tori Amos  Lyrics/Book: Samuel Adamson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Type of Fantasy: Fairy Tale


The Little Mermaid

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics: Howard Ashman, Glenn Slater  Book: Doug Wright

Musical Type: 1989 Film/Contemporary Musical (2007)

Type of Fantasy: Fairy Tale


The Robber Bridegroom

Music: Robert Waldman  Lyrics/Book: Alfred Uhry

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)

Type of Fantasy: Fairy Tale


The Three Little Pigs

Music: George Stiles  Book/Lyrics: Anthony Drewe

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Type of Fantasy: Fairy Tale


The Wiz

Music/Lyrics: Smalls, Graphenreed, Wheeler, Faison, Vandross, Walzer  Book: William Brown

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

Type of Fantasy: Fairy Tale


Zanna, Don’t!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Tim Acito, Alexander Dinelaris

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

Type of Fantasy: Fairy Tale


General Fantasy Musicals

Amour

Music: Michel Legrand  Lyrics/Book: Jeremy Sams, Didier Van Cauwelaert

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

Type of Fantasy: General


Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Music/Lyrics: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, Neil Bartram  Book: Brian Hill

Musical Type: 1971 Film/Contemporary Musical (2019)

Type of Fantasy: General


Big

Music: David Shire  Lyrics: Richard Maltby Jr.  Book: John Weidman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

Type of Fantasy: General


Big Fish

Music/Lyrics: Andrew Lippa  Book: John August

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Type of Fantasy: General


Brigadoon

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Golden Age (1947)

Type of Fantasy: General


Camelot

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

Type of Fantasy: General


Cats

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: T.S. Eliot, Trevor Nunn, Richard Stilgoe

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1981)

Type of Fantasy: General


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Music/Lyrics: Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman  Book: David Greig

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Type of Fantasy: General


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Music/Lyrics: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman  Book: Jeremy Sams

Musical Type: 1968 Film/Contemporary Musical (2002)

Type of Fantasy: General


Death Takes a Holiday

Music/Lyrics: Maury Yeston  Book: Peter Stone, Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Type of Fantasy: General


Descendants

Book/Additional Lyrics: David Blaemire  Adaptation: Madeline Smith

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Type of Fantasy: General


Doctor Dolittle

Music/Lyrics/Book: Leslie Bricusse

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

Type of Fantasy: General


Finian’s Rainbow

Music: Burton Lane  Lyrics/Book: E.Y. Harburg  Book: Fred Saidy

Musical Type: Golden Age (1947)

Type of Fantasy: General


Freaky Friday

Music: Tom Kitt  Lyrics: Brian Yorkey  Book: Bridget Carpenter

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Type of Fantasy: General


Greenwillow

Music/Lyrics/Book: Frank Loesser  Book: Lesser Samuels

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

Type of Fantasy: General


Groundhog Day

Music/Lyrics: Tim Minchin  Book: Danny Rubin

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Type of Fantasy: General


James and the Giant Peach

Music: Justin Paul  Lyrics: Benj Pasek  Book: Timothy Allen McDonald

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Type of Fantasy: General


Just So

Music: George Stiles  Book/Lyrics: Anthony Drewe

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1984)

Type of Fantasy: General


Love Birds

Music/Lyrics/Book: Robert J. Sherman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Type of Fantasy: General


Mary Poppins

Music/Lyrics: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, George Stiles, Anthony Drewe  Book: Julian Fellowes

Musical Type: 1964 Film/Contemporary Musical (2004)

Type of Fantasy: General


Matilda

Music/Lyrics: Tim Minchin  Book: Dennis Kelly

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Type of Fantasy: General


Peter Pan

Music/Lyrics: Leonard Bernstein

Musical Type: Golden Age (1950)

Type of Fantasy: General


Peter Pan

Music: Moose Charlap, Jule Styne  Lyrics: Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden, Adolph Green  Book: Sir J.M. Barrie

Musical Type: Golden Age (1954)

Type of Fantasy: General


Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure

Music: George Stiles  Lyrics: Anthony Drewe  Book: Willis Hall

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

Type of Fantasy: General


Salad Days

Music/Lyrics: Julian Slade  Lyrics: Dorothy Reynolds

Musical Type: Golden Age (1954)

Type of Fantasy: General


Seussical

Music/Book: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics/Book: Lynn Ahrens

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

Type of Fantasy: General


Spamalot

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

Type of Fantasy: General


Starlight Express

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1984)

Type of Fantasy: General


The Lord of the Rings

Music: A.R. Rahman, Christopher Nightingale, Värttinä  Lyrics/Book: Matthew Warchus, Shaun McKenna

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Type of Fantasy: General


The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Music: Leon Carr  Lyrics: Earl Shuman  Book: Joe Manchester

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

Type of Fantasy: General


The Witches of Eastwick

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

Type of Fantasy: General


Three Wishes for Jamie

Music/Lyrics: Ralph Blane  Book: Charles O’Neal, Abe Burrows

Musical Type: Golden Age (1952)

Type of Fantasy: General


Tuck Everlasting

Music: Chris Miller  Lyrics: Nathan Tysen  Book: Claudia Shear, Tim Federle

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Type of Fantasy: General


Wicked

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: Winnie Holzman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

Type of Fantasy: General


Mythic Fantasy

Don’t Play Us Cheap

Music/Lyrics/Book: Melvin Van Peebles

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1972)

Type of Fantasy: Mythic


Hadestown

Music/Lyrics/Book: Anaïs Mitchell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Type of Fantasy: Mythic


Jasper in Deadland

Music/Lyrics: Ryan Scott Oliver  Book: Hunter Foster

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Type of Fantasy: Mythic


Out of This World

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Dwight Taylor, Reginald Lawrence

Musical Type: Golden Age (1950)

Type of Fantasy: Mythic


The Frogs

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Burt Shevelove, Nathan Lane

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

Type of Fantasy: Mythic


The Lightning Thief

Music/Lyrics: Rob Rokicki  Book: Joe Tracz

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Type of Fantasy: Mythic


Xanadu

Music/Lyrics: Jeff Lynne, John Farrar  Book: Douglas Carter Beane

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

Type of Fantasy: Mythic


Paranormal Fantasy

The following musicals all have a presence of mythical beasts such as monsters, vampires, ghosts, and fantastical creatures.


Bat Boy

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

Type of Fantasy: Paranormal


Dracula

Music: Frank Wildhorn  Lyrics/Book: Don Black, Christopher Hampton

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)

Type of Fantasy: Paranormal


Evil Dead

Music/Lyrics/Book: George Reinblatt  Music: Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Morris

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

Type of Fantasy: Paranormal


High Spirits

Music/Lyrics/Book: Hugh Martin, Timothy Gray

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

Type of Fantasy: Paranormal


Jekyll & Hyde

Music/Lyrics: Frank Wildhorn  Lyrics/Book: Leslie Bricusse, Lyrics: Steve Cuden

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)

Type of Fantasy: Paranormal


King Kong

Music: Marius de Vries  Lyrics/Book: Michael Mitnick, Craig Lucas, Eddie Perfect, Jack Thorne

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Type of Fantasy: Paranormal


Lestat

Music: Elton John  Lyrics: Bernie Taupin  Book: Linda Woolverton

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Type of Fantasy: Paranormal


Little Shop of Horrors

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics/Book: Howard Ashman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1982)

Type of Fantasy: Paranormal


Monstersongs

Music/Lyrics/Book: Rob Rokicki

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Type of Fantasy: Paranormal


Night of the Living Dead

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jordan Wolfe

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Type of Fantasy: Paranormal


Tarrytown

Music/Lyrics/Book: Adam Wachter

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Type of Fantasy: Paranormal


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Music/Lyrics: Eamonn O’Dwyer  Book: Helen Watts

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

Type of Fantasy: Paranormal


The Toxic Avenger

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Type of Fantasy: Paranormal


Sci-Fi Musicals

Back to the Future

Music: Alan Silvestri  Lyrics: Glen Ballard  Book: Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale

Musical Type: Contemporary (2020)

Type of Fantasy: Sci-Fi


Bat Out of Hell

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jim Steinman

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2017)

Type of Fantasy: Sci-Fi


Be More Chill

Music/Lyrics: Joe Iconis  Book: Joe Tracz

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Type of Fantasy: Sci-Fi


Dreamland

Music/Lyrics/Book: Chris Miller, Nathan Tysen

Musical Type: Contemporary (2020)

Type of Fantasy: Sci-Fi


Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future

Music/Lyrics/Book: Andrew R. Butler

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

Type of Fantasy: Sci-Fi


Return to the Forbidden Planet

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Bob Carlton

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Jukebox (1983)

Type of Fantasy: Sci-Fi


The Dolls of New Albion

Music/Lyrics/Book: Paul Shapera

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

Type of Fantasy: Sci-Fi


The Rocky Horror Show

Music/Lyrics/Book: Richard O’Brien

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1973)

Type of Fantasy: Sci-Fi


We Will Rock You

Music/Lyrics: Queen  Book: Ben Elton

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2002)

Type of Fantasy: Sci-Fi


Weird Romance

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics: David Spencer  Book: Alan Brennert

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

Type of Fantasy: Sci-Fi


Superhero Musicals

Eugenius!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Ben Adams, Chris Wilkins

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Type of Fantasy: Superhero


It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Lee Adams  Book: Newman, Benton

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)

Type of Fantasy: Superhero


Lizard Boy

Music/Lyrics/Book: Justin Huertas

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Type of Fantasy: Superhero


Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark

Music/Lyrics: Bono, The Edge  Book: Julie Taymor, Glen Berger, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Type of Fantasy: Superhero


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Which of these fantasy musicals is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above fantasy 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 Fantasy 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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