21+ Hilarious Musical Parodies to Add to Your 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 for you below!


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Musical Parodies

Avenue Q

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

What It’s a Parody of: Sesame Street


Dames at Sea

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)

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


Disaster!

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

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2011)

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


Drat! The Cat!

Music: Milton Schafer  Lyrics/Book: Ira Levin

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)

What It’s a Parody of: Late-Victorian Melodrama


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


Fame Becomes Me

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

What It’s a Parody of: Musical Theatre


Forbidden Broadway

Music: Various  Lyrics/Book: Gerard Alessandrini

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Contemporary Series

What It’s a Parody of: Musical Theatre


Judy’s Scary Little Christmas

Music/Lyrics: Joe Patrick Ward  Book: David Church, Jim Webber

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

What It’s a Parody of: 1950s TV Variety Shows


Little Mary Sunshine

Music/Lyrics/Book: Rick Besoyan

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

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


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


Something’s Afoot

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1972)

What It’s a Parody of: Detective stories


Spamalot

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

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


Spamilton

Music: Various  Lyrics/Book: Gerard Alessandrini

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

What It’s a Parody of: Hamilton


Spies Are Forever

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

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


Stranger Sings!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Hogue

Musical Type: Contemporary (2021)

What It’s a Parody of: Stranger Things


The Drowsy Chaperone

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

What It’s a Parody 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 Parody of: Musicals


The Rocky Horror Show

Music/Lyrics/Book: Richard O’Brien

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1973)

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


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


Other Musical Parodies

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

Parental Warning: Many musical parodies have adult themes/content, and most of the shows below fall into that category.


50 Shades! The Musical➝

A Very Potter Musical➝

Fellowship! The Musical Parody of The Fellowship of the Ring➝

Gossip Girl: The Parody Musical➝

Say My Name!: The Unauthorized Breaking Bad Parody Musical➝

Thrones! The Musical Parody➝

Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch➝

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 has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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