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50+ Jukebox Musicals – The Full List of Shows

Jukebox musicals are all about using well-known songs instead of creating new ones from scratch. Instead of writing their own music, the show’s creators gather up songs that are already popular and weave them into the plot. These musicals often become hits because audiences tend to enjoy hearing tunes that they’re already familiar with. Here’s the complete list of jukebox musicals, sorted alphabetically.


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Jukebox Musicals

& Juliet

Music/Lyrics: Max Martin, Various  Book: David West Read

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Genre: 1990s-2010s Pop


A Beautiful Noise

Music/Lyrics: Neil Diamond  Book: Anthony McCarten

Musical Type: Contemporary (2022)

Genre: 1960s-2000s Pop/Rock


A Night With Janis Joplin

Music/Lyrics: Janis Joplin, Various  Book: Randy Johnson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Genre: 1970s Rock


Ain’t Too Proud

Music/Lyrics: The Legendary Motown Catalog  Book: Dominique Morisseau

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Genre: 1960s R&B/Soul


All Shook Up

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Joe DiPietro

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Genre: 1950s Rock & Roll


All the Fun of the Fair

Music/Lyrics: David Essex  Book: Jon Conway

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Genre: 1970s-1980s Classic Rock


Almost Famous

Music/Lyrics: Tom Kitt  Lyrics/Book: Cameron Crowe

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Genre: Jukebox Hybrid (featuring songs from 1960s-1970s)


American Idiot

Music: Green Day  Lyrics/Book: Billie Joe Armstrong  Book: Michael Mayer

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

Genre: 2000s Punk Rock


Baby It’s You!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Floyd Mutrux, Colin Escott

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

Genre: 1960s Pop/Rock


Bat Out of Hell

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jim Steinman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Genre: 1970s-1990s Rock


Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Music/Lyrics: Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil  Book: Douglas McGrath

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Genre: 1960s-1970s Pop/Rock


Buddy  The Buddy Holly Story

Music/Lyrics: Buddy Holly, Various  Book: Alan Janes

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1989)

Genre: 1950s Rock & Roll


Bullets Over Broadway

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Woody Allen

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Genre: 1910s-1930s Jazz/Pop Standards


Cruel Intentions

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Roger Kumble, Lindsey Rosin, Jordan Ross

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Genre: 1990s Pop/Rock


Dirty Dancing

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Eleanor Bergstein

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

Genre: 1950s-1960s Pop/Rock


Disaster!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Jack Plotnick, Seth Rudetsky

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Genre: 1970s Disco


Escape to Margaritaville

Music/Lyrics: Jimmy Buffett  Book: Greg Garcia, Mike O’Malley

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Genre: 1970s-2000s Country/Tropical Rock


Everyday Rapture

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Dick Scanlan, Sherie Rene Scott

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

Genre: Jukebox Hybrid


Fela!

Music/Lyrics: Fela Kuti  Book: Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Genre: 1960s-1970s Afrobeat


Get Up Stand Up!

Music/Lyrics: Bob Marley  Book: Lee Hall

Musical Type: Contemporary (2021)

Genre: 1960s-1980s Reggae


Girl From the North Country

Music/Lyrics: Bob Dylan  Book: Conor McPherson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Genre: 1960s-2000s Folk/Rock


Head Over Heels

Music/Lyrics: The Go-Go’s  Book: Jeff Whitty, James Magruder

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Genre: 1980s Pop/Rock


Hell’s Kitchen

Music/Lyrics: Alicia Keys, Various  Book: Kristoffer Diaz

Musical Type: Contemporary (2023)

Genre: Jukebox Hybrid/2000s-2020s R&B


Hot Shoe Shuffle

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

Genre: 1920s-1940s Big Band/Pop


Jagged Little Pill

Music/Lyrics: Alanis Morissette  Music: Glen Ballard, Guy Sigsworth, Michael Farrell  Book: Diablo Cody

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

Genre: 1990s-2000s Alt Rock


Jersey Boys

Music: Bob Gaudio  Lyrics: Bob Crewe  Book: Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

Genre: 1960s Pop/Rock


Lazarus

Music/Lyrics: David Bowie  Book: Enda Walsh

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Genre: 1970s-2010s Rock


Leader of the Pack

Music/Lyrics: Ellie Greenwich & Friends  Book: Anne Beatts

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1984)

Genre: 1960s Pop/Rock


Mamma Mia!

Music/Lyrics: Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus  Book: Catherine Johnson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1999)

Genre: 1970s-1980s Pop/Disco


Million Dollar Quartet

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Colin Escott, Floyd Mutrux

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

Genre: 1950s Rock & Roll


MJ The Musical

Music/Lyrics: Michael Jackson, Various  Book: Lynn Nottage

Musical Type: Contemporary (2022)

Genre: 1960s-1990s Pop


Motown: The Musical

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Berry Gordy

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Genre: 1950s-1960s R&B/Pop/Soul


Moulin Rouge!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: John Logan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

Genre: Mixed


Movin’ Out

Music/Lyrics: Billy Joel

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

Genre: 1970s-2000s Pop/Rock


New York, New York

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2023)

Genre: Jukebox Hybrid (Kander & Ebb mixed in with new lyrics)


On Your Feet!

Music/Lyrics: Gloria & Emilio Estefan, Miami Sound Machine  Book: Alexander Dinelaris

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Genre: 1980s-2000s Latin Pop


Our House

Music/Lyrics: Madness  Book: Tim Firth

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

Genre: 1970s-1990s Pop/Reggae/Ska


Play On!

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

Genre: 1930s-1940s Swing/Blues


Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Stephan Elliott, Allan Scott

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Genre: 1960s-1990s Pop/Disco


Return to the Forbidden Planet

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Bob Carlton

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1983)

Genre: 1950s-1960s Rock & Roll


Ring of Fire

Music/Lyrics: Johnny Cash  Concept/Creation: Bill Meade, Richard Maltby, Jr.

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Genre: 1950s-2000s Country/Rock


Rock of Ages

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Chris D’Arienzo

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Genre: 1980s Glam Metal


Saturday Night Fever

Music/Lyrics: Bee Gees  Book: Nan Knighton, Arlene Phillips, Paul Nicholas, Robert Stigwood

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

Genre: 1970s Disco


SHOUT! The Mod Musical

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Phillip George, David Lowenstein

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Genre: 1960s Pop/Rock


Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Music/Lyrics: Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Paul Jabra, Various  Book: Colman Domingo, Robert Cary, Des McAnuff

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Genre: 1970s-2000s Disco


Sunny Afternoon

Music/Lyrics: Ray Davies  Book: Joe Penhall

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Genre: 1960s-1970s Rock


The Bodyguard

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Alexander Dinelaris

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

Genre: 1980s-1990s R&B/Pop


The Boy From Oz

Music/Lyrics: Peter Allen  Book: Nick Enright, Martin Sherman

Musical Type: Contemporary (1998)

Genre: 1960s-2000s Pop


The Cher Show

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Rick Elice

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

Genre: 1960s-1990s Pop/Rock/Disco


The Drifters Girl

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Ed Curtis

Musical Type: Contemporary (2021)

Genre: 1950s-1960s Pop/Rock & Roll/Soul


The Heart of Rock and Roll

Music/Lyrics: Huey Lewis and the News, Various  Book: Jonathan A. Abrams, Tyler Mitchell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

Genre: 1980s Pop/Rock


The Marvelous Wonderettes

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Roger Bean

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1999)

Genre: 1950s-1960s Pop


The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Roger Bean

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Genre: 1950s-1960s Pop


The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Roger Bean

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Genre: 1960s-1970s Pop


Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Katori Hall, Frank Ketelaar, Kees Prins

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

Genre: 1960s-2000s Rock/R&B


We Will Rock You

Music/Lyrics: Queen  Book: Ben Elton

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

Genre: 1970s-1990s Rock


Winter Wonderettes

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Roger Bean

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Genre: 1960s Pop


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Which of these jukebox musicals is your favorite?

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Stacy Karyn, Author of Jukebox 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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