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55+ Jazz Musicals – The Full List of Shows

Jazz music is the heart and soul of most of the shows on the following list. However, jazz musicals tend to incorporate a blend of other genres, such as blues, gospel, rock, and swing. So keep scrolling to explore the wide range of sounds and musical styles featured in this full list of jazz-infused musicals.

This list does not contain a list of “Jazz Age Musicals”. Here’s where you can find full lists of musicals from the 1920s and 1930s.


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Jazz Musicals

3 Guys Naked from the Waist Down

Music: Michael Rupert  Lyrics/Book: Jerry Colker

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre / Pop-Rock


Ain’t Misbehavin’

Music: Thomas “Fats” Waller  Lyrics: Various  ConceptMurray Horwitz, Richard Maltby, Jr.

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

Music Genres: Blues / Jazz


Bad Girls

Music/Lyrics: Kath Gotts  Book: Maureen Chadwick, Ann McManus

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre


Ballroom

Music: Billy Goldenberg  Lyrics: Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman  Book: Jerome Kass

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre


Bandstand

Music/Lyrics/Book: Richard Oberacker  Lyrics/Book: Robert Taylor

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre


Black and Blue

Music/Lyrics: Various

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)

Music Genres: Blues / Jazz


Blues in the Night

Music/Lyrics: Various  Concept: Sheldon Epps

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980)

Music Genres: Blues / Jazz


Bombshell

Music/Lyrics: Marc Shaiman  Lyrics: Scott Wittman  Book: Patrik Komljenović

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre


Bubbling Brown Sugar

Music: Various  Book: Loften Mitchell  Concept: Rosetta LeNoire

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

Music Genres: Blues / Jazz


Bullets Over Broadway

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Woody Allen

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Music Genres: Jazz / Ragtime


Cabaret

Music: John Kander  Lyrics: Fred Ebb  Book: Joe Masteroff

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre


Cabin in the Sky

Music: Vernon Duke  Lyrics: John Latouche  Book: Lynn Root

Musical Type: Golden Age (1940)

Music Genres: Gospel / Jazz / Swing


Catch Me If You Can

Music/Lyrics: Marc Shaiman  Lyrics: Scott Wittman  Book: Terrence McNally

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre


Chicago

Music: John Kander  Lyrics/Book: Fred Ebb  Book: Bob Fosse

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre


City of Angels

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics: David Zippel  Book: Larry Gelbart

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1989)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre


Copacabana

Music/Book: Barry Manilow  Lyrics/Book: Bruce Sussman, Jack Feldman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)

Music Genres: Jazz / Pop / Swing


Days of Wine and Roses

Music/Lyrics: Adam Guettel  Book: Craig Lucas

Musical Type: Contemporary (2023)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Music/Lyrics: David Yazbek  Book: Jeffrey Lane

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre / Pop


Don’t Play Us Cheap

Music/Lyrics/Book: Melvin Van Peebles

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1972)

Music Genres: Blues / Gospel / Jazz


Far From Heaven

Music: Scott Frankel  Lyrics: Michael Korie  Book: Richard Greenberg

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre


Five Guys Named Moe

Music/Lyrics: Louis Jordan  Book: Clarke Peters

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)

Music Genres: Blues / Jive / Jazz


Fosse

Music/Lyrics: Various  Concept: Chet Walker, Ann Reinking, Richard Matlby, Jr.

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1999)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre


From Here to Eternity

Music: Stuart Brayson  Lyrics: Tim Rice  Book: Bill Oakes

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Music Genres: Blues / Jazz / Musical Theatre / Pop-Rock


Golden Boy

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Lee Adams  Book: Clifford Odets, William Gibson

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

Music Genres: Gospel / Jazz / Musical Theatre


Grey Gardens

Music: Scott Frankel  Lyrics: Michael Korie  Book: Doug Wright

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre


Grind

Music: Larry Grossman  Lyrics: Ellen Fitzhugh  Book: Fay Kanin

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)

Music Genres: Blues / Gospel / Jazz


Hallelujah, Baby!

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: Adolph Green, Betty Comden  Book: Arthur Laurents

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre


Hello Again

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre


High Society

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Lyrics: Susan Birkenhead  Book: Arthur Kopit

Musical Type: 1956 Film/Pre-Contemporary Musical (1997)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre


Holiday Inn

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: Gordon Greenberg, Chad Hodge

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre


Honeymoon in Vegas

Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown  Book: Andrew Bergman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre


Hot Mikado

Music: Rob Bowman  Lyrics/Book: David H. Bell

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1986)

Music Genres: Blues / Gospel / Jazz / Scat / Swing


Hot Shoe Shuffle

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Larry Buttrose, Kathryn Riding

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

Music Genres: Jazz / Pop


I Love My Wife

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics/Book: Michael Stewart

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1977)

Music Genres: Jazz / Pop-Rock


Jelly’s Last Jam

Music: Jelly Roll Morton, Luther Henderson  Lyrics: Susan Birkenhead  Book: George C. Wolfe

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

Music Genres: Blues / Jazz / Swing


Kat and the Kings

Music: Taliep Petersen  Lyrics/Book: David Kramer

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

Music Genres: Doo-Wop / Jazz / Pop / Rock & Roll


Kimberly Akimbo

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2021)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre / Pop-Rock


King Kong

Music/Lyrics: Todd Matshikiza  Lyrics: Pat Williams  Book: Harry Bloom

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

Music Genres: Jazz


Little Fish

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre / Pop-Rock


Louisiana Purchase

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: Morrie Ryskind

Musical Type: Golden Age (1940)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre


Me and Bessie

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Will Holt, Linda Hopkins

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

Music Genres: Blues / Gospel / Jazz / Soul


Mr. Saturday Night

Music: Jason Robert Brown  Lyrics: Amanda Green  Book: Billy Crystal, Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel

Musical Type: Contemporary (2021)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre


Myths & Hymns

Music/Lyrics: Adam Guettel

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

Music Genres: Jazz / Gospel / Musical Theatre / Pop


New York, New York

Music/Lyrics: John Kander, Fred Ebb  Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda  Book: David Thompson, Sharon Washington

Musical Type: Contemporary (2023)

Music Genres: Jazz / Latin / Musical Theatre


On the Twentieth Century

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics/Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre


Paramour

Music: Guy Dubuc, Marc Lessard  Music/Lyrics: Andreas Carlsson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Music Genre: Bluegrass / Jazz / Musical Theatre


Pippin

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: Roger O. Hirson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1972)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre / Pop-Rock


Play On!

Music/Lyrics: Duke Ellington, Various  Book: Cheryl L. West

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

Music Genres: Jazz / Swing


Porgy and Bess

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  LibrettoDuBose Heyward, Dorothy Heyward

Musical Type: Opera (1935)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre / Opera


Raisin

Music: Judd Woldin  Lyrics: Robert Brittan  Book: Robert Nemiroff, Charlotte Zaltzberg

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1973)

Music Genres: Blues / Gospel / Jazz / Pop


Reefer Madness

Music/Book: Dan Studney  Lyrics/Book: Kevin Murphy

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre / Rock / Swing


Romance/Romance

Music: Keith Herrmann  Lyrics/Book: Barry Harman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1987)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre / Pop


Saratoga

Music: Harold Arlen  Lyrics: Johnny Mercer  Book: Morton DaCosta

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre


Say, Darling

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: Betty Comden, Adolph Green  Book: Abe Burrows, Marian & Richard Bissell

Musical Type: Golden Age (1958)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre


Scandalous

Music: David Pomeranz, David Friedman  Lyrics/Book: Kathie Lee Gifford

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Music Genres: Gospel / Jazz / Musical Theatre


See What I Wanna See

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre


Seesaw

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics: Dorothy Fields  Book: Michael Bennett

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1973)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre / Pop


Shuffle Along

Music/Lyrics: Eubie Blake, Noble Sissle  Book: F.E. Miller, Aubrey Lyles, George C. Wolfe

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1921)

Music Genres: Blues / Jazz / Ragtime


Some Like It Hot

Music/Lyrics: Marc Shaiman  Lyrics: Scott Wittman  Book: Matthew López, Amber Ruffin

Musical Type: Contemporary (2022)

Music Genre: Jazz


Sweet Smell of Success

Music: Marvin Hamlisch  Lyrics: Craig Carnelia  Book: John Guare

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre


Swing!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Paul Kelly

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1999)

Music Genres: Jazz / Jive / Swing


The Act

Music: John Kander  Lyrics: Fred Ebb  Book: George Furth

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1977)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre


The Nervous Set

Music: Tommy Wolf  Lyrics: Fran Landesman  Book: Jay Landesman, Theodore J. Flicker

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre


The Life

Music/Book: Cy Coleman  Lyrics/Book: Ira Gasman  Book: David Newman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)

Music Genres: Gospel / Jazz / Soul


The Tap Dance Kid

Music: Henry Krieger  Lyrics: Robert Lorick  Book: Charles Blackwell

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1983)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre


The Scottsboro Boys

Music/Lyrics: John Kander, Fred Ebb  Book: David Thompson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Music Genres: Blues / Jazz / Musical Theatre / Ragtime


The Wild Party

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa  Book: George C. Wolfe

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

Music Genres: Blues / Jazz


The Wild Party

Music/Lyrics/Book: Andrew Lippa

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

Music Genres: Blues / Jazz


The Witches of Eastwick

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre / Pop


Tootsie

Music/Lyrics: David Yazbek  Book: Robert Horn

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

Music Genres: Jazz / Musical Theatre


Twelfth Night

Music/Lyrics/Concept: Shaina Taub  Concept: Kwame Kwei-Armah

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Music Genres: Funk / Jazz / Musical Theatre / Pop


West Side Story

Music: Leonard Bernstein  Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Arthur Laurents

Musical Type: Golden Age (1957)

Music Genres: Classical / Jazz / Musical Theatre


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Country Musicals

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Pop/Rock Musicals

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Which of these jazz musicals is your favorite?

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Stacy Karyn, Author of Jazz 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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