25+ Musicals About New York City – A Full List

Sometimes it just feels good to watch or listen to a musical that’s emitting those NYC vibes. So we’ve put together a list of our favorites! And sure there are many other musicals that are set in New York. But the following are musicals about New York. These are ones that fully capture the vibe of the city’s past and present, sorted alphabetically.


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Musicals About NYC

42nd Street

Music: Harry Warren  Lyrics: Al Dubin, Johnny Mercer  Book: Michael Stewart, Mark Bramble

Musical Type: 1933 Film/Pre-Contemporary Musical (1980)

Songs About NYC: “42nd Street”, “Lullaby of Broadway”


A Bronx Tale

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Songs About NYC: “Belmont Avenue”


Annie

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

Songs About NYC: “NYC”


BKLYN: The Musical

Music/Lyrics/Book:  Mark Schoenfeld, Barri McPherson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

Songs About NYC: “Brooklyn in the Blood”, “Madison Square Garden”


Company

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: George Furth

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)

Songs About NYC: “Another Hundred People”


Hamilton

Music/Lyrics/Book: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Songs About NYC: “Alexander Hamilton”


Harlem Song

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: George C. Wolfe

Musical Type: Contemporary/Revue (2002)

Songs About NYC: “Drop Me Off in Harlem”, “Tarzan of Harlem”


Hello, Dolly!

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman  Book: Michael Stewart

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

Songs About NYC: “Put on Your Sunday Clothes”


In the Heights

Music/Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda  Book: Quiara Alegría Hudes

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Songs About NYC: “In the Heights”


In Transit

Music/Lyrics/Book: Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan, Sara Wordsworth

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Songs About NYC: “Deep Beneath the City”


Jimmy

Music: Bill Jacob  Lyrics: Patti Jacob  Book: Melville Shavelson

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1969)

Songs About NYC: “The Darlin’ of New York”, “Riverside Drive”


Legacy – Two Song Cycles

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens

Musical Type: Contemporary/Song Cycle (2020)

Songs About NYC: “Columbus Circle”, “Windy Day on Coney Island”


Mayor

Music/Lyrics: Charles Strouse  Book: Warren Leight

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1985)

Songs About NYC: “You Can Be a New Yorker Too!”, “The Last I Love New York Song”


Newsies

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics: Jack Feldman  Book: Harvey Fierstein

Musical Type: 1992 Film/Contemporary Musical (2011)

Songs About NYC: “King of New York”, “Brooklyn’s Here”


I Love You Because

Music: Joshua Salzman  Lyrics: Ryan Cunningham

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Songs About NYC: “Another Saturday Night in New York”


If/Then

Music: Tom Kitt  Lyrics/Book: Brian Yorkey

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Songs About NYC: “A Map of New York”, “Ain’t No Man Manhattan”


On The Town

Music: Leonard Bernstein  Lyrics/Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

Musical Type: Golden Age (1944)

Songs About NYC: “New York, New York”, “Times Square Ballet”, “The Real Coney Island”


Ordinary Days

Music/Lyrics: Adam Gwon

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Songs About NYC: “Saturday at the Met”, “Hundred Story City”, “Calm”


Seesaw

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics: Dorothy Fields  Book: Michael Bennett

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1973)

Songs About NYC: “My City”


Subways are For Sleeping

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)

Songs About NYC: “Ride Through the Night”


Tarrytown

Music/Lyrics/Book: Adam Wachter

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Songs About NYC: “Back Home”


Tenderloin

Music: Jerry Bock  Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick  Book: George Abbott, Jerome Weidman

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

Songs About NYC: “Little Old New York”


The Magic Show

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: Bob Randall

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

Songs About NYC: “West End Avenue”


The Nervous Set

Music/Lyrics: Jay Landesman, Theodore J. Flicker

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

Songs About NYC: “New York”


The New Yorkers

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Herbert Fields

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1930)

Songs About NYC: “I Happen to Like New York”, “Take Me Back to Manhattan”


Thoroughly Modern Millie

Music:  Jeanine Tesori  Lyrics/Book: Dick Scanlan  Book: Richard Morris

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

Songs About NYC: “Only in New York”, “Not For the Life of Me”


Tick, Tick…BOOM!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Larson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Contemporary (1990/2001)

Songs About NYC: “Boho Days”, “No More”, “Sunday”


Wonderful Town

Music: Leonard Bernstein  Lyrics: Betty Comden, Adolph Green  Book: Fields, Chodorov

Musical Type: Golden Age (1953)

Songs About NYC: “Christopher Street”, “Conquering New York”


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Do you know of any other great musicals about New York City?

We would be excited to hear about them in the comments below! And if you’re now craving some extra New York City feelings, you should check out our new “Broadway New York City Vibes Spotify playlist”! It’s filled with amazing musical numbers that capture those big city vibes.


Stacy Karyn, author of Musicals About New York.
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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