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28+ Folk Musicals – The Full List of Shows

Weather 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 folk musicals (or musicals with folk elements to them) for you below, sorted alphabetically.

The following list is broken down into three categories – “Folk Musicals”, “Folk-Rock Musicals”, and “Mixed-Genre Folk Musicals”. Each category is sorted alphabetically.

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Folk Musicals

Ghost Quartet

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dave Malloy

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Music Genre: Folk


Music/Lyrics/Book: Anaïs Mitchell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Music Genre: Folk

I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road

Music: Nancy Ford  Lyrics/Book: Gretchen Cryer

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

Music Genre: Folk

Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future

Music/Lyrics/Book: Andrew R. Butler

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

Music Genre: Folk


Music/Lyrics/Book: Elizabeth Swados

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

Music Genre: Folk

Folk-Rock Musicals

Canterbury Tales

Music: John Hawkins, Richard Hill  Lyrics/Book: Nevill Coghill  Book: Martin Starkie

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)

Music Genre: Folk-Rock / Musical Theatre

Girl From the North Country

Music/Lyrics: Bob Dylan  Book: Conor McPherson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Music Genre: Folk-Rock


Music: Galt MacDermot  Lyrics/Book: Gerome Ragni, James Rado

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)

Music Genre: Folk-Rock

Jesus Christ Superstar

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Tim Rice

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)

Music Genre: Folk-Rock


Music/Lyrics: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová  Book: Enda Walsh

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Music Genre: Folk-Rock

The Last Sweet Days of Isaac

Music: Nancy Ford  Lyrics/Book: Gretchen Cryer

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)

Music Genre: Folk-Rock

The Lion

Music/Lyrics/Book: Benjamin Scheuer

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Music Genre: Folk-Rock

Two Gentlemen of Verona

Music: Galt MacDermot  Lyrics/Book: John Guare  Book: Mel Shapiro

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)

Music Genre: Folk-Rock

Your Own Thing

Music/Lyrics: Hal Hester, Danny Apolinar  Book: Donald Driver

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)

Music Genre: Folk-Rock

Mixed-Genre Folk Musicals

Alice by Heart

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Music Genres: Folk / Pop-Rock

Big Fish

Music/Lyrics: Andrew Lippa  Book: John August

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Music Genres: Folk / Musical Theatre

Dessa Rose

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics/Book: Lynn Ahrens

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Music Genres: Folk / Musical Theatre / Soul


Music: Galt MacDermot  Lyrics/Book: Gerome Ragni

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1972)

Music Genres: Country / Folk-Rock / Soul


Music/Lyrics: Michael John LaChiusa  Book: Sybille Pearson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

Music Genres: Folk / Musical Theatre


Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: John-Michael Tebelak

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)

Music Genres: Folk / Gospel

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Music Genres: Bluegrass / Folk / Electronic / Musical Theatre

Hundred Days

Music/Lyrics/Book: The Bengsons  Book: Sarah Gancher

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Music Genres: Folk / Punk

Inner City

Music: Helen Miller  Lyrics: Eve Merriam

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)

Music Genres: Folk-Rock / Soul

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

Music/Lyrics: Jacques Brel  Book: Eric Blau, Mort Shuman

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)

Music Genres: Chanson / Folk / Pop


Music: Heitor Villa-Lobos  Lyrics: Robert Wright, George Forrest  Book: Frederick Hazlitt Brennan, Homer Curran

Musical Type: Golden Age (1948)

Music Genre: Folk Operetta


Music: Al Carmines  Lyrics/Book: María Irene Fornés

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)

Music Genres: Folk / Musical Theatre / Operetta


Music: Gary Geld  Lyrics/Book: Peter Udell  Book: Ossie Davis, Philip Rose

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)

Music Genres: Disco / Folk / Funk / Gospel

The Fig Leaves Are Falling

Music: Albert Hague  Lyrics/Book: Allan Sherman

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1969)

Music Genres: Folk / Musical Theatre

The Human Comedy

Music: Galt MacDermot  Libretto: William Dumaresq

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1983)

Music Genres: Folk / Gospel / Pop-Rock

The Last Ship

Music/Lyrics: Sting  Book: Lorne Campbell, John Logan, Brian Yorkey

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Music Genres: Celtic / Folk-Rock / Pop

The Notebook

Music/Lyrics: Ingrid Michaelson  Book: Bekah Brunstetter

Musical Type: Contemporary (2022)

Music Genres: Folk / Musical Theatre


Music/Lyrics: Sara Bareilles  Book: Jessie Nelson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Music Genres: Country / Folk / Musical Theatre

Water for Elephants

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2023)

Music Genres: Bluegrass / Blues / Folk


Songs: Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers, Susan Birkenhead, James Taylor  Songs/Adaptation: Stephen Schwartz  Adaptation: Nina Faso

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1977)

Music Genres: Country / Folk / Latin / Musical Theatre / Pop / Soul

Related Posts:

Country Musicals

Pop Musicals

Pop/Rock Musicals

Rock Musicals

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Which of these folk musicals is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above folk 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 Folk 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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