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25+ Musicals About Sports – 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 sports are listed below.


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Contents:

Musicals About Baseball

Musicals About Basketball

Musicals About Boxing

Musicals About Football

Musicals About Soccer

Musicals About Sports (Other)


Musicals About Baseball

These musicals either feature baseball in the plot or mention baseball in a specific song.


Bombshell

Music/Lyrics: Marc Shaiman  Lyrics: Scott Wittman  Book: Patrik Komljenović

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Songs About Baseball: “The National Pastime”


Dear Evan Hansen

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Songs About Baseball: “To Break in a Glove”


Damn Yankees

Music/Lyrics: Richard Adler, Jerry Ross  Book: George Abbott, Douglass Wallop

Musical Type: Golden Age (1955)

Songs About Baseball: “Six Months Out of Every Year”


Falsettos

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

Songs About Baseball: “The Baseball Game”


John & Jen

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)

Songs About Baseball: “Little League”


Ragtime

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

Songs About Baseball: “What a Game”


The World Goes ‘Round

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)

Music: John Kander  Lyrics: Fred Ebb  Concept: Scott Ellis, Susan Stroman, David Thompson

Songs About Baseball: “There Goes the Ball Game”


You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Music/Lyrics/Book: Clark Gesner  Additional Songs: Andrew Lippa

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)

Songs About Baseball: “T-E-A-M (The Baseball Game)”


Musicals About Basketball

These musicals feature basketball in the plot or mention basketball in a specific song.


Half Time

Music: Matthew Sklar  Lyrics: Nell Benjamin  Book: Bob Martin, Chad Beguelin

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

Songs About Basketball: Multiple


High School Musical

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: David Simpatico

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

Songs About Basketball: “Get’cha Head in the Game”, “Wildcat Cheer”


Lysistrata Jones

Music/Lyrics: Lewis Flinn  Book: Douglas Carter Beane

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Songs About Basketball: “Lay Low”


Promises, Promises

Music: Burt Bacharach  Lyrics: Hal David  Book: Neil Simon

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)

Songs About Basketball: “She Likes Basketball”


The Full Monty

Music/Lyrics: David Yazbek  Book: Terrence McNally

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

Songs About Basketball: “Michael Jordan’s Ball”


Trevor

Music: Julianne Wick Davis  Lyrics/Book: Dan Collins

Musical Type: Contemporary (2022)

Songs About Basketball: “Horse”


Musicals About Boxing

These musicals either feature boxing in the plot or mention boxing in a specific song.


Golden Boy

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Lee Adams  Book: Clifford Odets, William Gibson

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

Songs About Boxing: “The Fight”


King Kong

Music/Lyrics: Todd Matshikiza  Lyrics: Pat Williams  Book: Harry Bloom

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

Songs About Boxing: “Marvelous Muscles”


Rocky

Music:  Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens  Book: Thomas Meehan, Sylvester Stallone

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

Songs About Boxing: “In the Ring”, “My Nose Ain’t Broken”


The Body Beautiful

Music: Jerry Bock  Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick  Book: Joseph Stein, Will Glickman

Musical Type: Golden Age (1958)

Songs About Boxing: “Where Are They?”


Musicals About Football

These musicals feature American football in the plot or mention football in a specific song.


A Family Affair

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)

Songs About Football: “Football Game”


All American

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Lee Adams  Book: Mel Brooks

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)

Songs About Football: “Physical Fitness”


Good News!

Music: Ray Henderson  Lyrics/Book: B.G. DeSylva  Lyrics: Lew Brown  Book: Laurence Schwab

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1927)

Songs About Football: “Today’s the Day”


Wonderful Town

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1953)

Songs About Football: “Pass the Football”


Musicals About Soccer

Bend It Like Beckham

Music: Howard Goodall  Lyrics: Charles Hart  Book: Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Songs About Soccer: “Just a Game”


Spend Spend Spend

Music/Lyrics/Book: Steve Brown  Lyrics/Book: Justin Greene

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

Songs About Soccer: “The Win”


The Beautiful Game

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics/Book: Ben Elton

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

Songs About Soccer: “The Beautiful Game”, “Clean the Kit”, “The Final”


Musicals About Sports (Other)

Bring It On

Music: Tom Kitt  Music/Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda  Lyrics: Amanda Green  Book: Jeff Whitty

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Sport Mentioned/Featured: Cheerleading


City of Angels

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics: David Zippel  Book: Larry Gelbart

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1989)

Sport Mentioned/Featured: Tennis (“The Tennis Song”)


Falsettos

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

Sport Mentioned/Featured: Racquetball (“More Racquetball”)


Lysistrata Jones

Music/Lyrics: Lewis Flinn  Book: Douglas Carter Beane

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Sport Mentioned/Featured: Cheerleading


Nunset Boulevard

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

Sport Mentioned/Featured: Bowling


The Little Big Things

Music/Lyrics: Nick Butcher  Lyrics: Tom Ling  Book: Joe White

Musical Type: Contemporary (2023)

Sport Mentioned/Featured: Rugby


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Which of these musicals about sports is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above musicals about sports? 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 Sports.
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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