Folk Musicals – A Full List of Popular 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.

There are of course some other folk/folk rock musicals out there. But I’ve only included the most well-known ones that also have music samples available and/or licensing options for your convenience!


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Folk Musicals

Alice by Heart

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

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Fugitive Songs

Music: Chris Miller  Lyrics: Nathan Tysen

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

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Ghost Quartet

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dave Malloy

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

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Godspell

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)

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Hadestown

Music/Lyrics/Book: Anaïs Mitchell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

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Hair

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

Musical Type: Post Golden Age (1967)

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Hundred Days

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

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

Music: Nancy Ford  Lyrics/Book: Gretchen Cryer

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

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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)

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Light Years

Music/Lyrics/Book: Robbie Schaefer

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

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Once

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

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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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Two Gentlemen of Verona

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)

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Working

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1977)

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Musicals with Hints of Folk

Big Fish

Music/Lyrics: Andrew Lippa  Book: John August

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

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Promenade

Music: Al Carmines  Lyrics/Book: María Irene Fornés

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)

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The Fig Leaves are Falling

Music: Albert Hague  Lyrics/Book: Allan Sherman

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1969)

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Waitress

Music/Lyrics: Sara Bareilles  Book: Jessie Nelson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Related Posts:

Country 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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