21+ 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


Hadestown

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


Runaways

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


Girl From the North Country

Music/Lyrics: Bob Dylan  Book: Conor McPherson

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2017)

Music Genre: Folk-Rock


Hair

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


Light Years

Music/Lyrics/Book: Robbie Schaefer

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

Music Genre: Folk-Rock


Once

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Music Genre: Folk-Rock


Salvation

Music/Lyrics/Book: Peter Link, C.C. Courtney

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1969)

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


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, Jessie Nelson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Music Genre: Folk/Pop-Rock


Big Fish

Music/Lyrics: Andrew Lippa  Book: John August

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Music Genre: Folk/Musical Theatre


Godspell

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)

Music Genre: Folk/Gospel


Hundred Days

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Music Genre: Folk/Punk


Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age/Revue (1968)

Music Genre: Chanson/Folk/Pop


Magdalena

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1948)

Music Genre: Folk Operetta


Promenade

Music: Al Carmines  Lyrics/Book: María Irene Fornés

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)

Music Genre: Musical Theatre/Operetta/Folk


Purlie

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)

Music Genre: Gospel/Folk/Funk/Disco


The Fig Leaves are Falling

Music: Albert Hague  Lyrics/Book: Allan Sherman

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1969)

Music Genre: Musical Theatre/Folk


The Human Comedy

Music: Galt MacDermot  Lyrics/Book: William Dumaresq

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1983)

Music Genre: Folk/Pop-Rock


Waitress

Music/Lyrics: Sara Bareilles  Book: Jessie Nelson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Music Genre: Musical Theatre/Folk/Country


Working

Music/Lyrics/Book: Schwartz, Carnelia, Grant, M. Rodgers, Taylor, Birkenhead, Faso

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1977)

Music Genre: Country/Soul/Pop/Folk/Latin/MT


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


 

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