23+ Musicals About Sports – 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 sports are listed below.

The following list is broken down into five categories – “Musicals About Baseball”, “Musicals About Basketball”, “Musicals About Football, “Musicals About Soccer”, and “Musicals About Sports (Other)”. Each category is sorted alphabetically.


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Musicals About Baseball

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


Dear Evan Hansen

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Songs About Baseball: “To Break in a Glove”


Damn Yankees

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1955)

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


Diamonds

Music/Lyrics/Book: Various

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1984)

Songs About Baseball: “What You’d Call a Dream”


Falsettos

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

Songs About Baseball: “The Baseball Game”


Meet John Doe

Music/Book: Andrew Gerle  Lyrics/Book: Eddie Sugarman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

Songs About Baseball: “Bigger Than Baseball”


Ragtime

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

Songs About Baseball: “What a Game”


You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Music/Lyrics: Clark Gesner  Book: John Gordon  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 either feature basketball in the plot or mention basketball in a specific song.


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”


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”


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


A Family Affair

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


Tarrytown

Music/Lyrics/Book: Adam Wachter

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Songs About Football: “Four Downs to the Ten-Yard Line”


Wonderful Town

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


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/Lyrics: Tom Kitt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, 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”)


Golf: The Musical

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael Roberts  Concept: Eric Krebs

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

Sport Mentioned/Featured: Golf


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 (2010)

Sport Mentioned/Featured: Bowling


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


 

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