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18+ Musical Parodies and Spoofs – The Full List

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 musical parodies and spoofs for you below!

This list is broken down into two categories – “Musical Parodies” and “Musical Spoofs“.


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Musical Parodies

A parody mimics and exaggerates the style of a particular work, usually for comedic effect.


Avenue Q

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

What It’s a Parody of: Sesame Street


Evil Dead

Music/Lyrics/Book: George Reinblatt  Music: Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Morris

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

What It’s a Parody of: The Evil Dead film series


Silence!

Music/Lyrics: Jon Kaplan, Al Kaplan  Book: Hunter Bell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

What It’s a Parody of: The Silence of the Lambs


Spamilton

Music: Various  Lyrics/Book: Gerard Alessandrini

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

What It’s a Parody of: Hamilton


The Trail to Oregon!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jeff Blim  Book: Matt Lang, Nick Lang

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

What It’s a Parody of: The Oregon Trail


Twisted

Music: A.J. Holmes  Lyrics: Kaley McMahon  Book: Matt Lang, Nick Lang, Eric Kahn Gale

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

What It’s a Parody of: Disney’s Aladdin


Musical Spoofs

A spoof mimics and pokes fun of a particular genre rather than specific works.


Dames at Sea

Music: Jim Wise  Lyrics/Book: George Haimsohn, Robin Miller

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)

What It’s a Spoof of: 1930s Movie Musicals


Disaster!

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

What It’s a Spoof of: 1970s Disaster Films


Fame Becomes Me

Music/Lyrics: Marc Shaiman  Lyrics: Scott Wittman  Book: Martin Short, Daniel Goldfarb

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

What It’s a Spoof of: Musical Theatre


Forbidden Broadway

Music: Various  Lyrics/Book: Gerard Alessandrini

Musical Type: Parody Series (1980s-2020s)

What It’s a Spoof of: Musical Theatre


Gutenberg! The Musical!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Scott Brown, Anthony King

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

What It’s a Spoof of: Musical Theatre


Little Mary Sunshine

Music/Lyrics/Book: Rick Besoyan

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

What It’s a Spoof of: Old-Fashioned Operettas and Musicals


Something’s Afoot

Music/Lyrics/Book: James McDonald, David Vos, Robert Gerlach  Music: Ed Linderman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1972)

What It’s a Spoof of: Detective Stories


Spamalot

Music: John Du Prez  Music/Lyrics/Book: Eric Idle

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

What It’s a Spoof of: The Arthurian Legend/Various


Spies Are Forever

Music/Lyrics: Clark Baxtresser, Pierce Siebers  Book: Corey Lubowich, Joey Richter, Brian Rosenthal

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

What It’s a Spoof of: The Spy Film Genre


The Boy Friend

Music/Lyrics/Book: Sandy Wilson

Musical Type: Golden Age (1953)

What It’s a Spoof of: 1920s Musical Comedies


The Drowsy Chaperone

Music/Lyrics: Lisa Lambert, Greg Morrison  Book: Bob Martin, Don McKellar

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

What It’s a Spoof of: 1920s Musical Comedies


The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)

Music/Book: Eric Rockwell  Lyrics/Book: Joanne Bogart

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

What It’s a Spoof of: Musical Theatre


The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes

Music: Michael Kooman  Lyrics/Book: Christopher Dimond

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

What It’s a Spoof of: Musical Theatre


The Rocky Horror Show

Music/Lyrics/Book: Richard O’Brien

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1973)

What It’s a Spoof of: 1930s Sci-Fi/Horror B Movies


Other Musical Parodies

Here’s a list of indie musical parodies that are not as mainstream as the ones above.


50 Shades! The Musical

A Musical About Star Wars

Faking Bad

Fellowship! The Musical Parody of The Fellowship of the Ring

Stranger Sings!

Wicket: A Parody Musical


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Which of these musical parodies is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above parody 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 Musical Parodies.
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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