65+ Musicals About Family – A Full List of Shows

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!

* There are of course hundreds of other musicals that mention family or involve a bit of family dynamics, but the following list is for musicals that are primarily about family as a concept.


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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

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: John Kander  Lyrics/Book: James Goldman  Book: 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”


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: Almost All of Them


Golden Rainbow

Music/Lyrics: Walter Marks  Book: Ernest Kinoy

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)

Songs About Family: “We Got Us”


Here’s Love

Music/Lyrics/Book: Meredith Willson

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)

Songs About Family: “Arm in Arm”


Mame

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)

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


Robert and Elizabeth

Music: Ron Grainer  Lyrics/Book: Ronald Millar

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age/Operetta (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”


Minnie’s Boys

Music: Larry Grossman  Lyrics: Hal Hackady  Book: Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)

Songs About Family: “Five Growing Boys”


Raisin

Music: Judd Woldin  Lyrics: Robert Brittan  Book: Robert B. 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”


1980s Musicals About Family

Blood Brothers

Music/Lyrics/Book: Willy Russell

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1983)

Songs About Family: “My Child”


Into the Woods

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: James Lapine

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1986)

Songs About Family: “No One is Alone”


Kuni-Leml

Music: Raphael Crystal  Lyrics: Richard Engquist  Book: Nahma Sandrow

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1984)

Songs About Family: “Celebrate”, “The Boy is Perfect”


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”


The Human Comedy

Music: Galt MacDermot  Lyrics/Book: 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”


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/Jukebox (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  Book/Lyrics: 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”


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: The Sherman Brothers  Book: Jeremy Sams

Musical Type: 1968 Film/Contemporary Musical (2002)

Songs About Family: “You Two”


Finding Nemo

Music/Lyrics: Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Songs About Family: “Where’s My Dad?”


Fun Home

Music: Jeanine Tesori  Lyrics/Book: Lisa Kron

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Songs About Family: Almost All of Them


Grey Gardens

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

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


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: Almost All of Them


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: Pre-Contemporary/Contemporary (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 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”


Beetlejucie

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, Scott Wittman  Book: David Greig

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

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


Dear Evan Hansen

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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


Descendants

Book/Additional Lyrics: David 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”


Freaky Friday

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Songs About Family: Almost All of Them


It Shoulda Been You

Music: Barbara Anselmi  Lyrics/Book: Brian Hargrove

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Songs About Family: “That’s Family”


Light Years

Music/Lyrics/Book: Robbie Schaefer

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

Songs About Family: Almost All of Them


Miss You Like Hell

Music/Lyrics: Erin McKeown  Lyrics/Book: Quiara Alegría Hudes

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Songs About Family: “Mothers”


Superhero

Music/Lyrics: Tom Kitt  Book: John Logan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

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


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: Almost All of Them


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”


We Aren’t Kids Anymore

Music/Lyrics: Drew Gasparini

Musical Type: Contemporary/Song Cycle (2019)

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


2020s Musicals About Family

Cambodian Rock Band

Music/Lyrics/Book: Lauren Yee

Musical Type: Contemporary (2020)

Songs About Family: “Family Business”


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”, Others


Stranger Sings!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Hogue

Musical Type: Contemporary (2021)

Songs About Family: “The Dad I Never Had”


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


 

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