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21+ Musicals About Food – The 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! The following list is broken down into two categories – “Musicals About Food” and “Musicals With Food in Their Titles“.

Note: Although food is referenced in numerous other musicals, the list below specifically includes musicals where food plays an important role in the show’s plot.


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Musicals About Food

Bravo Giovanni

Music: Milton Schafer  Lyrics: Ronny Graham  Book: A.J. Russell

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)

Songs About Food: “Uriti”


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Songs About Food: “The Candy Man”, Others


Escape to Margaritaville

Music/Lyrics: Jimmy Buffett  Book: Greg Garcia, Mike O’Malley

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Songs About Food: “Cheeseburger in Paradise”, “Coconut Telegraph Medley”, Others


Five Course Love

Music/Lyrics/Book: Gregg Coffin

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Songs About Food: “All-American Down Home Bar-B-Que”, Others


How to Eat Like a Child

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1984)

Songs About Food: “Like a Child”


James and the Giant Peach

Music: Justin Paul  Lyrics: Benj Pasek  Book: Timothy Allen McDonald

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Songs About Food: “Plump and Juicy”, Others


Little Shop of Horrors

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics/Book: Howard Ashman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1982)

Songs About Food: “Suppertime”, “Feed Me”


Oliver!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Lionel Bart

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

Songs About Food: “Food, Glorious Food”


Pump Boys and Dinettes

Music/Lyrics/Book: John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel, Jim Wann

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1981)

Songs About Food: “Serve Yourself”, “Menu Song”, Others


Shucked

Music/Lyrics: Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally  Book: Robert Horn

Musical Type: Contemporary (2022)

Songs About Food: “Corn”, “Corn Mix”


Something Rotten!

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Songs About Food: “It’s Eggs!”, “Something Rotten! / Make an Omelette”


Sweeney Todd

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Hugh Wheeler

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1979)

Songs About Food: “The Worst Pies in London”, “A Little Priest”, “God, That’s Good!”


The Apple Tree

Music/Book: Jerry Bock  Lyrics/Book: Sheldon Harnick  Book: Jerome Coopersmith

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)

Songs About Food: “Forbidden Fruit”


The Baker’s Wife

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: Joseph Stein

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

Songs About Food: “Bread”


The Great British Bake Off Musical

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2022)

Songs About Food: “Somewhere in the Dough”, “Bring on the Scone”, Others


The Spitfire Grill

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)

Songs About Food: “Something’s Cooking”, “Out of the Frying Pan”, Others


Waitress

Music/Lyrics: Sara Bareilles  Book: Jessie Nelson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Songs About Food: “What Baking Can Do”, “What’s Inside”, Others


Musicals With Food in Their Titles

The following shows have food in their titles, but don’t exactly feature food in their plots.


Bubbling Brown Sugar

Music: Various  Book: Loften Mitchell  Concept: Rosetta LeNoire

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)


Freckleface Strawberry

Music/Lyrics/Book: Gary Kupper  Book: Rose Caiola

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)


Let ‘Em Eat Cake

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1933)


Milk and Honey

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman  Book: Don Appell

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)


Raisin

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1973)


Sugar

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: Bob Merrill  Book: Peter Stone

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1972)


Top Banana

Music/Lyrics: Johnny Mercer  Book: Hy Kraft

Musical Type: Golden Age (1951)


The Girl Who Came to Supper

Music/Lyrics: Noël Coward  Book: Harry Kurnitz

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)


The Golden Apple

Music: Jerome Moross  Libretto: John Latouche

Musical Type: Golden Age (1954)


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Which of these musicals about food is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above musicals about food? 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 Musicals About Food.
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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