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

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Alice by Heart

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

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Starmites

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1987)

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The Wizard of Oz

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Pre-Contemporary (1939/1987)

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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)

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Wonderland

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

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Fairy Tale Musicals

Aladdin

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Contemporary (2011)

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Beauty and the Beast

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)

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Cinderella

Music: Rodgers  Book/Lyrics: Hammerstein  Book: Douglas Carter Beane

Musical Type: Golden Age/Contemporary (1957/2013)

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Cinderella (ALW)

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2021)

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Flahooley

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1951)

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Frozen

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Music: George Stiles  Book/Lyrics: Anthony Drewe

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

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Hans Christian Andersen

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1952)

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Honk!

Music: George Stiles  Book/Lyrics: Anthony Drewe

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

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Into the Woods

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: James Lapine

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1986)

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Once on This Island

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics/Book: Lynn Ahrens

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)

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Once Upon a Mattress

Music: Mary Rodgers  Lyrics: Marshall Barer  Book: Thompson, Barer, Fuller

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

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Shrek

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

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The Clockmaker’s Daughter

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael Webborn, Daniel Finn

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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The Light Princess

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

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The Little Mermaid

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

Musical Type: 1989 Film/Contemporary Musical (2007)

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The Robber Bridegroom

Music: Robert Waldman  Lyrics/Book: Alfred Uhry

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)

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The Three Little Pigs

Music: George Stiles  Book/Lyrics: Anthony Drewe

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

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The Wiz

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

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Zanna, Don’t!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Tim Acito, Alexander Dinelaris

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

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General Fantasy Musicals

Amour

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

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Big Fish

Music/Lyrics: Andrew Lippa  Book: John August

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

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Brigadoon

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Golden Age (1947)

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Camelot

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

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Cats

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1981)

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Music/Lyrics: The Sherman Brothers  Book: Jeremy Sams

Musical Type: 1968 Film/Contemporary Musical (2002)

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Doctor Dolittle

Music/Lyrics/Book: Leslie Bricusse

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

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Finian’s Rainbow

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1947)

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Freaky Friday

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

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Greenwillow

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

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Groundhog Day

Music/Lyrics: Tim Minchin  Book: Danny Rubin

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

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James and the Giant Peach

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

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Just So

Music: George Stiles  Book/Lyrics: Anthony Drewe

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1984)

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Love Birds

Music/Lyrics/Book: Robert J. Sherman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Mary Poppins

Music/Lyrics: The Sherman Brothers, George StilesAnthony Drewe Book: Julian Fellowes

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age/Contemporary (1964/2004)

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Matilda

Music/Lyrics: Tim Minchin  Book: Dennis Kelly

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

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Peter Pan (1950)

Music/Lyrics: Leonard Bernstein

Musical Type: Golden Age (1950)

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Peter Pan (1954)

Music: Styne, Charlap, Rittman  Lyrics: Comden, Green, Leigh  Book: Barrie

Musical Type: Golden Age (1954)

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Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

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Salad Days

Music: Julian Slade  Lyrics: Slade, Dorothy Reynolds

Musical Type: Golden Age (1954)

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Seussical

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

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Spamalot

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

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Starlight Express

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1984)

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The Lord of the Rings

Music: Rahman, Nightingale, Värttinä  Lyrics/Book: Matthew Warchus, Shaun McKenna

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

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Three Wishes for Jamie

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1952)

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Tuck Everlasting

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Wicked

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: Winnie Holzman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

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Mythic Fantasy

Don’t Play Us Cheap

Music/Lyrics/Book: Melvin Van Peebles

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1972)

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Hadestown

Music/Lyrics/Book: Anaïs Mitchell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

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Jasper in Deadland

Music/Lyrics: Ryan Scott Oliver  Book: Hunter Foster

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

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Out of This World

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1950)

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The Frogs

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

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The Lightning Thief

Music/Lyrics: Rob Rokicki  Book: Joe Tracz

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

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Xanadu

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

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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)

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Dracula

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)

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Evil Dead

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

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High Spirits

Music/Lyrics/Book: Hugh Martin, Timothy Gray

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

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Jekyll & Hyde

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)

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King Kong

Music: Marius de Vries  Lyrics: Mitnick, Lucas, Perfect  Book: Lucas, Thorne

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

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Lestat

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

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Little Shop of Horrors

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics/Book: Howard Ashman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1982)

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Monstersongs

Music/Lyrics/Book: Rob Rokicki

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

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Night of the Living Dead

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jordan Wolfe

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

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The Toxic Avenger

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

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Sci-Fi Musicals

Back to the Future

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2020)

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Bat Out of Hell

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jim Steinman

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2017)

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Be More Chill

Music/Lyrics: Joe Iconis  Book: Joe Tracz

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Dreamland

Music/Lyrics/Book: Chris Miller, Nathan Tysen

Musical Type: Contemporary (2020)

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Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future

Music/Lyrics/Book: Andrew R. Butler

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

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The Dolls of New Albion

Music/Lyrics/Book: Paul Shapera

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

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The Rocky Horror Show

Music/Lyrics/Book: Richard O’Brien

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1973)

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We Will Rock You

Music/Lyrics: Queen  Book: Ben Elton

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2002)

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Superhero Musicals

Eugenius!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Ben Adams, Chris Wilkins

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

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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)

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Lizard Boy

Music/Lyrics/Book: Justin Huertas

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

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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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