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75+ Musicals About Family – The Full List

Whether you’re doing some research, putting on a show, or simply looking for 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! A full list of musicals about family are listed below!

* While there are hundreds of other musicals that incorporate elements of family dynamics, the following list specifically focuses on musicals where family is the central concept.


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Contents:

Jazz Age Musicals About Family

Golden Age Musicals About Family

1960s Musicals About Family

1970s Musicals About Family

1980s Musicals About Family

1990s Musicals About Family

2000s Musicals About Family

2010s Musicals About Family

2020s Musicals About Family


Jazz Age Musicals About Family

Me and My Girl

Music: Noel Gay  Lyrics/Book: Douglas Furber, L. Arthur Rose

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1937)

Songs About Family: “The Family Solicitor”


Golden Age Musicals About Family

Allegro

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Type: Golden Age (1947)

Songs About Family: “One Foot, Other Foot”, “Grandma’s Death”


Juno

Music/Lyrics: Marc Blitzstein  Book: Joseph Stein

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

Songs About Family: “The Song of Ma”


1960s Musicals About Family

A Family Affair

Music/Lyrics/Book: James Goldman, John Kander, William Goldman

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)

Songs About Family: “My Son, the Lawyer”


Blitz!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Lionel Bart  Book: Joan Maitland

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)

Songs About Family: “Mums and Dads”


Charlie Girl

Music/Lyrics: David Heneker, John Taylor  Book: Hugh Williams, Margaret Vyner, Ray Cooney

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)

Songs About Family: “The Most Ancestral Home of All”


Christine

Music: Sammy Fain  Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster  Book: Pearl S. Buck, Charles K. Peck, Jr.

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

Songs About Family: “Welcome Song”


Fiddler on the Roof

Music: Jerry Bock  Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick  Book: Joseph Stein

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

Songs About Family: Multiple


Golden Rainbow

Music/Lyrics: Walter Marks  Book: Ernest Kinoy

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)

Songs About Family: “We Got Us”


I Can Get It for You Wholesale

Music/Lyrics: Harold Rome  Book: Jerome Weidman

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)

Songs About Family: “Momma, Momma, Momma”, “The Family Way”


Mame

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman  Book: Jerome Lawrence, Robert E. Lee

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)

Songs About Family: “If He Walked Into My Life”


Miracle on 34th Street (Here’s Love)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Meredith Willson

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)

Songs About Family: “Arm in Arm”


Robert and Elizabeth

Music: Ron Grainer  Lyrics/Book: Ronald Millar

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

Songs About Family: “The Family Moulton-Barrett”


Stop the World – I Want to Get Off

Music/Lyrics/Book: Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)

Songs About Family: “Family Fugue”


The Fantasticks

Music: Harvey Schmidt  Lyrics/Book: Tom Jones

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

Songs About Family: “Plant a Radish”


The Happy Time

Music: John Kander  Lyrics: Fred Ebb  Book: N. Richard Nash

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)

Songs About Family: “He’s Back”


1970s Musicals About Family

Annie

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Martin Charnin  Book: Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

Songs About Family: “Maybe”


I Remember Mama

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Martin Charnin, Raymond Jessel  Book: Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1979)

Songs About Family: “Mama Always Makes It Better”


In Trousers

Music/Lyrics/Book: William Finn

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1979)

Songs About Family: “I Have a Family”, Others


Pippin

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: Roger O. Hirson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1972)

Songs About Family: “Welcome Home”


Raisin

Music: Judd Woldin  Lyrics: Robert Brittan  Book: Robert Nemiroff, Charlotte Zaltzberg

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1973)

Songs About Family: “Man Say”


Rex

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick  Book: Sherman Yellen

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

Songs About Family: “Where Is My Son?”


Shenandoah

Music: Gary Geld  Lyrics/Book: Peter Udell  Book: Philip Rose, James Lee Barrett

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

Songs About Family: “Papa’s Gonna Make It Alright”


The Wiz

Music/Lyrics: Charlie Smalls  Book: William F. Brown

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

Songs About Family: “The Feeling We Once Had”


1980s Musicals About Family

Baby

Music: David Shire  Lyrics: Richard Maltby, Jr.  Book: Sybille Pearson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1983)

Songs About Family: “The Story Goes On”, “Fatherhood Blues”


Blood Brothers

Music/Lyrics/Book: Willy Russell

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1983)

Songs About Family: “My Child”


Goblin Market

Music: Polly Pen  Lyrics: Peggy Harman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)

Songs About Family: “The Sisters”


How to Eat Like a Child

Music/Lyrics/Book: John Forster  Book: Delia Ephron, Judith Kahan

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1984)

Songs About Family: “How to Torture Your Sister”


Into the Woods

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: James Lapine

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1986)

Songs About Family: “No One is Alone”


March of the Falsettos

Music/Lyrics/Book: William Finn

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1981)

Songs About Family: “A Tight-Knit Family”


Meet Me in St. Louis

Music/Lyrics: Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane  Book: Hugh Wheeler

Musical Type: 1944 Film/Pre-Contemporary Musical (1989)

Songs About Family: “Be Anything But A Girl”


Sunday in the Park with George

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: James Lapine

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1984)

Songs About Family: “Children and Art”


The Goodbye Girl

Music: Marvin Hamlisch  Lyrics: David Zippel  Book: Neil Simon

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

Songs About Family: “Don’t Follow in My Footsteps”


The Human Comedy

Music: Galt MacDermot  Libretto: William Dumaresq

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1983)

Songs About Family: “We’re a Little Family”


The Rink

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1984)

Songs About Family: “The Apple Doesn’t Fall”


1990s Musicals About Family

Bat Boy

Music/Lyrics: Laurence O’Keefe  Book: Keythe Farley, Brian Flemming

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

Songs About Family: “Three Bedroom House”, “Children, Children”


Falsettoland

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)

Songs About Family: “Everyone Hates His Parents”, Others


Falsettos

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

Songs About Family: “Father to Son”, Others


John & Jen

Music/Book: Andrew Lippa  Lyrics/Book: Tom Greenwald

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)

Songs About Family: “Just Like You” and Others


Mamma Mia!

Music/Lyrics: Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus  Book: Catherine Johnson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1999)

Songs About Family: “Does Your Mother Know?”, “Slipping Through My Fingers”


Once on This Island

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics/Book: Lynn Ahrens

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)

Songs About Family: “Mama Will Provide”


Ragtime

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

Songs About Family: “Our Children”, “Your Daddy’s Son”


The Lion King

Music: Elton John  Lyrics: Tim Rice  Book: Rodger Allers, Irene Mecchi

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

Songs About Family: “He Lives in You (Reprise)”


The Secret Garden

Music: Lucy Simon  Lyrics/Book: Marsha Norman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)

Songs About Family: “How Could I Ever Know”


The Who’s Tommy

Music/Lyrics/Book: Pete Townshend  Book: Des McAnuff

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

Songs About Family: “It’s a Boy”


2000s Musicals About Family

A Catered Affair

Music/Lyrics: John Bucchino  Book: Harvey Fierstein

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

Songs About Family: “Our Only Daughter”, “Immediate Family”


A Christmas Story

Music/Lyrics: Benj Pasek, Justin Paul  Book: Joseph Robinette

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

Songs About Family: “What a Mother Does”, “Just Like That”


Bernarda Alba

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Songs About Family: Multiple


Bubble Boy

Music/Lyrics/Book: Cinco Paul  Book: Ken Daurio

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Songs About Family: “Bring Back My Boy”


Caroline, or Change

Music: Jeanine Tesori  Lyrics/Book: Tony Kushner

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

Songs About Family: “I Got Four Kids”


Carousel

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Type: Golden Age (1945)

Songs About Family: “When the Children Are Asleep”, “Soliloquy”


Catch Me If You Can

Music/Lyrics: Marc Shaiman  Lyrics: Scott Wittman  Book: Terrence McNally

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

Songs About Family: “Family Tree”, “Little Boy, Be a Man”


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Music/Lyrics: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman  Adaptations: Jeremy Sams, Ray Roderick

Musical Type: 1968 Film/Contemporary Musical (2002)

Songs About Family: “You Two”


Finding Nemo

Music/Lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez  Book: Lindsay Anderson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

Songs About Family: “Where’s My Dad?”, “Not My Dad”, “That’s My Dad”


Frankenstein

Music: Mark Baron  Lyrics/Book: Jeffrey Jackson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

Songs About Family: “Your Father’s Eyes”


Grey Gardens

Music: Scott Frankel  Lyrics: Michael Korie  Book: Doug Wright

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Songs About Family: “Mother Darling”, “Daddy’s Girl”


Junie B. Jones

Music: Zina Goldrich  Lyrics/Book: Marcy Heisler

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

Songs About Family: Multiple


Little Women

Music: Jason Howland  Lyrics: Mindi Dickstein  Book: Allan Knee

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Songs About Family: “Five Forever”


Mary Poppins

Music/Lyrics: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, George Stiles, Anthony Drewe  Book: Julian Fellowes

Musical Type: 1964 Film/Contemporary Musical (2004)

Songs About Family: “A Man Has Dreams”


Next to Normal

Music: Tom Kitt  Lyrics/Book: Brian Yorkey

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Songs About Family: Multiple


Spring Awakening

Music: Duncan Sheik  Lyrics/Book: Steven Sater

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Songs About Family: “Mama Who Bore Me”


Tarzan

Music/Lyrics: Phil Collins  Book: David Henry Hwang

Musical Type: 1999 Film/Contemporary Musical (2006)

Songs About Family: “Two Worlds”


The Addams Family

Music/Lyrics: Andrew Lippa  Book: Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

Songs About Family: “When You’re an Addams”, “Happy/Sad”, Others


The Spitfire Grill

Music/Book: James Valcq  Lyrics/Book: Fred Alley

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)

Songs About Family: “Way Back Home”


Young Frankenstein

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

Songs About Family: “Join The Family Business”


2010s Musicals About Family

A Bronx Tale

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics: Glenn Slater  Book: Chazz Palminteri

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Songs About Family: “The Choices We Make”


Amélie

Music/Lyrics: Daniel Messé  Lyrics: Nathan Tysen  Book: Craig Lucas

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Songs About Family: “World’s Best Dad”, “World’s Best Mom”


A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Music/Lyrics: Steven Lutvak  Lyrics/Book: Robert L. Freedman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

Songs About Family: “You’re a D’Ysquith”


A Strange Loop

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael R. Jackson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Songs About Family: “Didn’t Want Nothin'” and Others


Anastasia

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Songs About Family: “Journey to the Past”


Beetlejuice

Music/Lyrics: Eddie Perfect  Book: Scott Brown, Anthony King

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

Songs About Family: “Dead Mom”, ‘Ready Set, Not Yet”


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Music/Lyrics: Marc Shaiman  Lyrics: Scott Wittman  Book: David Greig

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Songs About Family: “Charlie, You & I”, “If Your Father Was Here”


Dear Evan Hansen

Music/Lyrics: Benj Pasek, Justin Paul  Book: Steven Levenson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Songs About Family: “Anybody Have a Map?”, “To Break in a Glove”


Descendants

Music/Lyrics: Various  Lyrics/Book: Nick Blaemire  Adaptation: Madeline Smith

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Songs About Family: “Evil Like Me”


Elf

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Songs About Family: “World’s Best Dad”, “Just Like Him”


Far From Heaven

Music: Scott Frankel  Lyrics: Michael Korie  Book: Richard Greenberg

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

Songs About Family: Multiple


Freaky Friday

Music: Tom Kitt  Lyrics: Brian Yorkey  Book: Bridget Carpenter

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Songs About Family: Multiple


Frozen

Music/Lyrics: Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez  Book: Jennifer Lee

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Songs About Family: “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”, “A Little Bit of You”


Fun Home

Music: Jeanine Tesori  Lyrics/Book: Lisa Kron

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Songs About Family: Multiple


Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Music: George Stiles  Lyrics/Book: Anthony Drewe

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Songs About Family: “A Family of Bears”


It Shoulda Been You

Music: Barbara Anselmi  Lyrics/Book: Brian Hargrove

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Songs About Family: “That’s Family”


Little Miss Sunshine

Music/Lyrics: William Finn  Book: James Lapine

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Songs About Family: Multiple


Nevermore

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Christenson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Songs About Family: Multiple


Superhero

Music/Lyrics: Tom Kitt  Book: John Logan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Songs About Family: “What’s Happening to My Boy?”


The Big One-Oh!

Music: Doug Besterman  Lyrics: Dean Pitchford  Book: Timothy Allen McDonald

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Songs About Family: “We’ve Got Each Other”


The Clockmaker’s Daughter

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael Webborn, Daniel Finn

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Songs About Family: Multiple


The Landing

Music: John Kander  Lyrics/Book: Greg Pierce

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Songs About Family: Multiple


The Last Ship

Music/Lyrics: Sting  Book: Lorne Campbell, John Logan, Brian Yorkey

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Songs About Family: “Dead Man’s Boots”, “Island of Souls”


The Light Princess

Music/Lyrics: Tori Amos  Lyrics/Book: Samuel Adamson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Songs About Family: “My Little Girl’s Smile”


The Lion

Music/Lyrics/Book: Benjamin Scheuer

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Songs About Family: “When We Get Big”, “Dear Dad”


The Mad Ones

Music/Lyrics/Book: Kait Kerrigan, Bree Lowdermilk

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Songs About Family: “My Mom Is a Statistician”


The Man in the Ceiling

Music/Lyrics: Andrew Lippa  Book: Jules Feiffer

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Songs About Family: “Like Your Son”


The Prince of Egypt

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: Philip LaZebnik

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Songs About Family: “Goodbye Brother”


The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾

Music/Lyrics: Pippa Cleary  Lyrics/Book: Jake Brunger

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Songs About Family: “Perfect Mother”


The Trail to Oregon

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Songs About Family: Multiple


Tuck Everlasting

Music: Chris Miller  Lyrics: Nathan Tysen  Book: Claudia Shear, Tim Federle

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Songs About Family: “Time”, “The Story of the Tucks”


Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jim Barne, Kit Buchan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Songs About Family: “Dad”


We Aren’t Kids Anymore

Music/Lyrics: Drew Gasparini

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Songs About Family: “Mom Could Play Guitar”, “Little Sister”


2020s Musicals About Family

Days of Wine and Roses

Music/Lyrics: Adam Guettel  Book: Craig Lucas

Musical Type: Contemporary (2023)

Songs About Family: Multiple


Knoxville

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens  Book: Frank Galati

Musical Type: Contemporary (2022)

Songs About Family: “Father to Son” and Others


Mrs. Doubtfire

Music/Lyrics/Book: Karey Kirkpatrick  Music/Lyrics: Wayne Kirkpatrick  Book: John O’Farrell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2022)

Songs About Family: “I Want to Be There” and Others


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Stacy Karyn, Author of Musicals About Family.
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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