Musical Revues – A Full List of Popular 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 for you! The most notable musical revues of all time are included below.

Also, there are of course some other musical revues. But I’ve made sure to only include the most widely-known ones that also have music samples available online for your convenience!


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A Grand Night for Singing

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II  Book: Walter Bobbie

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

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A Party with Betty Comden and Adolph Green

Music: L Bernstein, J. Styne, A. Previn, S. Chaplin, R. Edens  Lyrics: B. Comden, A. Green

Musical Type: Golden Age (1958)

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A Spoonful of Sherman

Music/Lyrics: The Sherman Brothers, Al Sherman, Robert J. Sherman  Book: Robert J. Sherman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

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Ain’t Misbehavin’

Music: Fats Waller  Lyrics: Various  Book: Murray Horwitz, Richard Maltby Jr.

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

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And the World Goes ‘Round

Music: John Kander  Lyrics: Fred Ebb

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)

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Anything Can Happen in the Theater

Music/Lyrics: Maury Yeston  Conceived by: Gerald Alessandrini

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

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As Thousands Cheer

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: Moss Hart

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1933)

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Beehive

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Larry Gallagher

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)

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Black and Blue

Music: W.C. Handy, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Eubie Blake, Big Maybelle

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)

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Blackbirds of 1928

Music: Jimmy McHugh  Lyrics: Dorothy Fields

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1928)

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Blues in the Night

Music/Lyrics: Various

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980)

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Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk

Music: Waters, Mark, Duquesnay  Lyrics: Gaines, Wolfe, Duquesnay  Book: Gaines

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)

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Bubbling Brown Sugar

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Loften Mitchell

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

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Call Me Mister

Music/Lyrics: Harold Rome   Sketches: Arnold Auerbach

Musical Type: Golden Age (1946)

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Closer Than Ever

Music: David Shire  Lyrics: Richard Maltby Jr.

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1989)

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Diamonds

Music/Lyrics/Book: Various

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1984)

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Five Guys Named Moe

Music/Lyrics: Louis Jordan  Book: Clarke Peters

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)

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Forever Plaid

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Stuart Ross

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1989)

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Fosse

Music/Lyrics: Various

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1999)

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Harlem Song

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: George C. Wolfe

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

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Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue

Music/Lyrics: Tom Adair

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

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It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Bevel, Gaithers, Myler, Taylor, Wheetman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1999)

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Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

Music/Lyrics: Jacques Brel  Book: Eric Blau, Mort Shuman

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)

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Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood

Music: Jerome Kern  Lyrics: Various  Book: Dick Vosburgh

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1986)

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Jerome Robbins’ Broadway

Music/Lyrics: Various

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1989)

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Let It Be

Music/Lyrics: The Beatles

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

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Life Begins at 8:40

Music: Harold Arlen  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin, E.Y. Harburg

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1934)

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Make Me a Song

Music/Lyrics: William Finn

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

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Marry Me a Little

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980)

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Mayor

Music/Lyrics: Charles Strouse  Book: Warren Leight

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)

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Naked Boys Singing!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Robert Schrock

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1999)

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New Faces of 1952

Music/Lyrics: Various

Musical Type: Golden Age (1952)

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Parade

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jerry Herman

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

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Pins and Needles

Music/Lyrics: Harold Rome  Book: Various

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1937)

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Prince of Broadway

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: David Thompson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Putting It Together

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Stephen Sondheim, Julia McKenzie

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

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Shoestring ’57

Music/Lyrics: Various

Musical Type: Golden Age (1957)

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SHOUT! The Mod Musical

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

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Side by Side by Sondheim

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Mary Rodgers, Richard Rodgers, Jule Styne

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

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Smokey Joe’s Cafe

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)

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Starting Here, Starting Now

Music/Lyrics: Richard Maltby Jr., David Shire

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

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Swing!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Paul Kelly

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1999)

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Ten Percent Revue

Music/Lyrics: Tom Wilson Weinberg

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1987)

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The Band Wagon

Music: Arthur Schwartz  Lyrics/Book: Howard Dietz  Book:  George S. Kaufman

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1931)

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The Mad Show

Music: Mary Rodgers  Lyrics: Marshall Barer, Steven Vinaver, Stephen Sondheim

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)

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The Show Goes On

Music: Harvey Schmidt  Lyrics: Tom Jones

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

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This Is the Army

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin

Musical Type: Golden Age (1942)

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Tintypes

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Mel Marvin, Gary Pearle

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1979)

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Tomfoolery

Music/Lyrics: Tom Lehrer  Book: Cameron Mackintosh

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980)

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Two on the Aisle

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics/Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

Musical Type: Golden Age (1951)

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When Pigs Fly

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

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Whoop-Dee-Doo!

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

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Which of these musical revues is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above musical revues? 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 Revues.
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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