48+ Musical Revues – 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 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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Musical Revues

A Grand Night for Singing

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

What’s Featured: The music of Rodgers and Hammerstein


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)

What’s Featured: The music of Comden and Green


A Spoonful of Sherman

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

What’s Featured: The music of the Sherman Family


Ain’t Misbehavin’

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

What’s Featured: The music of Fats Waller


And the World Goes ‘Round

Music: John Kander  Lyrics: Fred Ebb

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)

What’s Featured: The music of Kander and Ebb


Anything Can Happen in the Theater

Music/Lyrics: Maury Yeston  Conceived by: Gerald Alessandrini

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

What’s Featured: The music of Maury Yeston


As Thousands Cheer

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: Moss Hart

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1933)

What’s Featured: The lives of the rich, famous, and prominent personalities of the day


Beehive

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Larry Gallagher

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)

What’s Featured: Female voices of the 1960s


Black and Blue

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)

What’s Featured: Black music in Paris between WWI and WWII.


Blackbirds of 1928

Music: Jimmy McHugh  Lyrics: Dorothy Fields

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1928)

What’s Featured: The music of McHugh and Fields


Blues in the Night

Music/Lyrics: Various

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980)

What’s Featured: The complexity of relationships


Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk

Music/Lyrics/Book: Daryl Waters, Ann Duquesnay, Zane Mark, George C. Wolfe, Reg E. Gaines

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)

What’s Featured: Black history


Bubbling Brown Sugar

Music: Various  Book: Loften Mitchell  Concept: Rosetta LeNoire

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

What’s Featured: The music of the Harlem Renaissance


Call Me Mister

Music/Lyrics: Harold Rome   Sketches: Arnold Auerbach

Musical Type: Golden Age (1946)

What’s Featured: Sketches by Rome and Auerbach


Closer Than Ever

Music: David Shire  Lyrics: Richard Maltby Jr.

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1989)

What’s Featured: The music of Maltby and Shire


Diamonds

Music/Lyrics/Book: Various

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1984)

What’s Featured: Baseball


Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope

Music/Lyrics: Micki Grant

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1971)

What’s Featured: Black history and experience


Five Guys Named Moe

Music/Lyrics: Louis Jordan  Book: Clarke Peters

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)

What’s Featured: The music of Louis Jordan


Forever Plaid

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Stuart Ross

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1989)

What’s Featured: Close-harmony quartets of the 1950s


Fosse

Music/Lyrics: Various

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1999)

What’s Featured: The choreography of Bob Fosse


Harlem Song

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: George C. Wolfe

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

What’s Featured: The music and spirit of Harlem


Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue

Music/Lyrics: Tom Adair

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

What’s Featured: Family-friendly comedic skits


Infinite Joy

Music/Lyrics: William Finn

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

What’s Featured: The music of William Finn


It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues

Music: Various  Book: Charles Bevel, Lita Gaithers, Randal Myler, Ron Taylor, Dan Wheetman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1999)

What’s Featured: The history of blues music


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)

What’s Featured: The music of Jacques Brel


Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood

Music: Jerome Kern  Lyrics: Various  Book: Dick Vosburgh

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1986)

What’s Featured: The music of Jerome Kern


Jerome Robbins’ Broadway

Music/Lyrics: Various

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1989)

What’s Featured: Music from shows directed/choreographed by Jerome Robbins


Let It Be

Music/Lyrics: The Beatles

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

What’s Featured: The music of The Beatles


Life Begins at 8:40

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1934)

What’s Featured: The music of Arlen, Gershwin, and Harburg


Make Me a Song

Music/Lyrics: William Finn

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

What’s Featured: The music of William Finn


Marry Me a Little

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980)

What’s Featured: Cut songs from Sondheim shows


Mayor

Music/Lyrics: Charles Strouse  Book: Warren Leight

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)

What’s Featured: Stories about former NYC Mayor Ed Koch


Naked Boys Singing!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Robert Schrock

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1999)

What’s Featured: Vaudeville-style music performed naked


New Faces of 1952

Music/Lyrics: Various

Musical Type: Golden Age (1952)

What’s Featured: Songs and comedy skits


On the Record

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Chad Beguelin

Musical Type: Contemporary/Revue (2004)

What’s Featured: Walt Disney Songs


One Mo’ Time

Music/Lyrics: Various  Conceived by: Vernel Bagneris

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1979)

What’s Featured: 1920s Black vaudeville


Parade

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jerry Herman

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

What’s Featured: The music of Jerry Herman


Pins and Needles

Music/Lyrics: Harold Rome  Book: Various

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1937)

What’s Featured: Current events of the time


Prince of Broadway

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: David Thompson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

What’s Featured: The producing career of Harold Prince


Putting It Together

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

What’s Featured: The music of Sondheim


Shoestring ’57

Music/Lyrics: Various

Musical Type: Golden Age (1957)

What’s Featured: Comedy sketches


SHOUT! The Mod Musical

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

What’s Featured: Songs from the 1960s


Side by Side by Sondheim

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

What’s Featured: The music of Sondheim


Smokey Joe’s Cafe

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)

What’s Featured: The music of Leiber and Stoller


Starting Here, Starting Now

Music/Lyrics: Richard Maltby Jr., David Shire

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

What’s Featured: The music of Maltby and Shire


Swing!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Paul Kelly

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1999)

What’s Featured: Swing music of the 1930s-1940s


Ten Percent Revue

Music/Lyrics: Tom Wilson Weinberg

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1987)

What’s Featured: The music of Weinberg


The Band Wagon

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1931)

What’s Featured: The music of Schwartz, Dietz, and Kaufman


The Mad Show

Music: Mary Rodgers  Lyrics/Book: Larry Siegel  Lyrics: Marshall Barer, Steven Vinaver  Book: Stan Hart  Additional Song: Stephen Sondheim

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)

What’s Featured: Mad Magazine


The Show Goes On

Music: Harvey Schmidt  Lyrics: Tom Jones

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

What’s Featured: The music of Jones and Schmidt


This Is the Army

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin

Musical Type: Golden Age (1942)

What’s Featured: Morale boosting for WWII


Tintypes

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1979)

What’s Featured: History/WWI


Tomfoolery

Music/Lyrics: Tom Lehrer  Book: Cameron Mackintosh

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980)

What’s Featured: The music of Tom Lehrer


Two on the Aisle

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1951)

What’s Featured: The music of Styne, Comden, and Green


When Pigs Fly

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

What’s Featured: Comedic sketches


Whoop-Dee-Doo!

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

What’s Featured: Sketches designed to showcase extravagant costumes


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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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