LGBTQ+ musicals – A Full List of Shows

Whether 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 LGBTQ+ musicals for you below, all great to listen to during pride month!

The following musicals either have LGBTQ+ themes in the plot and/or LGBTQ+ characters. The list is organized by time period, and then alphabetically within each category.


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1930s LGBTQ+ Musicals

Nymph Errant

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Romney Brent

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1960s LGBTQ+ Musicals

Cabaret

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

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1970s LGBTQ+ Musicals

A Chorus Line

Music: Marvin Hamlisch  Lyrics: Edward Kleban  Book: James Kirkwood Jr., Nicholas Dante

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Applause

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Lee Adams  Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

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The Rocky Horror Show

Music/Lyrics/Book: Richard O’Brien

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1980s LGBTQ+ Musicals

Dance a Little Closer

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

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Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

Music: Janet Hood  Lyrics/Book: Bill Russell

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La Cage aux Folles

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman  Book: Harvey Fierstein

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March of the Falsettos

Music: Michel Legrand  Lyrics: Alain Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer  Book: Schönberg, Kent, Boublil

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Ten Percent Revue

Music/Lyrics: Tom Wilson Weinberg

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1990s LGBTQ+ Musicals

A New Brain

Music/Lyrics/Book: William Finn  Book: James Lapine

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Falsettoland

Music/Lyrics: William Finn  Book: James Lapine

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Falsettos

Music/Lyrics/Book: William Finn  Book: James Lapine

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Trask  Book: John Cameron Mitchell

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Hello Again

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

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Kiss of the Spider Woman

Music: John Kander  Lyrics: Fred Ebb  Book: Terrence McNally

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Naked Boys Singing!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Robert Schrock

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Rent

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Larson

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The Boy from Oz

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

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The Wild Party

Music/Lyrics/Book: Andrew Lippa

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Victor/Victoria

Music: Henry Mancini, Frank Wildhorn  Lyrics: Leslie Bricusse, Wildhorn  Book: Blake Edwards

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When Pigs Fly

Music/Lyrics: Dick Gallagher, Mark Waldrop  Book: Howard Crabtree, Waldrop

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Whoop Dee Doo!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Crabtree, Cantanese, Waldrop, Gallagher, George, Morris

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2000s LGBTQ+ Musicals

A Man of No Importance

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens  Book: Terrence McNally

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Avenue Q

Music/Lyrics: Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx  Book: Jeff Whitty

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Bad Girls

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

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Bare

Music/Book: Damon Intrabartolo  Lyrics/Book: Jon Hartmere

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Closer to Heaven

Music/Lyrics: Pet Shop Boys  Book: Jonathan Harvey

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Glory Days

Music/Lyrics: Nick Blaemire  Book: James Gardiner

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My Life with Albertine

Music/Lyrics: Ricky Ian Gordon  Lyrics/Book: Richard Nelson

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Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

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

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Road Show

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: John Weidman

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Spring Awakening

Music: Duncan Sheik  Lyrics/Book: Steven Sater

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Taboo

Music/Lyrics: B. George  Lyrics: K. Frost, J. Themis, R. Stevens  Book: M. Markham, C. Busch

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The Color Purple

Music/Lyrics: Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, Stephen Bray  Book: Marsha Norman

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The Full Monty

Music/Lyrics: David Yazbek  Book: Terrence McNally

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The Producers

Music/Lyrics: Mel Brooks  Book: Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan

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The Wild Party

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

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Tick, Tick… BOOM!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Larson

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Yank!

Music: Joseph Zellnik  Lyrics/Book: David Zellnik

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Zanna, Don’t!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Tim Acito, Alexander Dinelaris

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2010s LGBTQ+ Musicals

& Juliet

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

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A Strange Loop

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael R. Jackson

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Music: Dan Gillespie Sells  Lyrics/Book: Tom MacRae

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Firebringer

Music/Lyrics: Meredith Stepien, Mark Swiderski  Book: Matt Lang, Nick Lang, Brian Holden

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From Here to Eternity

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

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Fun Home

Music: Jeanine Tesori  Lyrics/Book: Lisa Kron

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Head Over Heels

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

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Home Street Home

Music/Lyrics/Book: Fat Mike, Jeff Marx, Soma Snakeoil, David Goldsmith

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If/Then

Music: Tom Kitt  Lyrics/Book: Brian Yorkey

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In Transit

Music/Lyrics/Book: Lopez, Ford, Kaplan, Wordsworth

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It Shoulda Been You

Music: Barbara Anselmi  Lyrics/Book: Brian Hargrove

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Jagged Little Pill

Music/Lyrics/Book: Alanis Morissette, Ballard, Farrell, Sigsworth, Cody

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Kinky Boots

Music/Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper  Book: Harvey Fierstein

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Lizard Boy

Music/Lyrics/Book: Justin Huertas

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Ride the Cyclone

Music/Lyrics/Book: Brooke Maxwell, Jacob Richmond

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Soho Cinders

Music: George Stiles  Lyrics/Book: Anthony Drewe  Book: Elliot Davis

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The Prom

Music: Matthew Sklar  Lyrics: Chad Beguelin  Book: Bob Martin, Beguelin

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The View UpStairs

Music/Lyrics/Book: Max Vernon

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We Are the Tigers

Music/Lyrics/Book: Preston Max Allen

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Witness Uganda

Music/Lyrics/Book: Matt Gould, Griffin Matthews

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2020s LGBTQ+ Musicals

Cinderella  (ALW)

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: David Zippel  Book: Emerald Fennell

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Frankie!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Elise Marra

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In Pieces

Music/Lyrics: Joey Contrera

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Which of these LGBTQ+ musicals is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above 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 LGBTQ+ 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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