35+ Musicals About War – The Full List

In honor of Veterans Day this year, I decided to put together a full list of musicals about war. The following list is broken down into five categories – “Musicals About WWI”, “Musicals About WWII”, “Musicals About Other Wars”, “Musicals About War in General”, and “Musicals About Conflicts & Uprisings”. Each category is sorted alphabetically.


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Musicals About WWI

Oh, What a Lovely War!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Joan Littlewood

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)

Which War is Present: WWI


The Hello Girls

Music/Lyrics/Book: Peter C. Mills  Book: Cara Reichel

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Which War is Present: WWI


Musicals About WWII

Allegiance

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jay Kuo  Book: Marc Acito, Lorenzo Thione

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

Which War is Present: WWII


Alice by Heart

Music: Duncan Sheik  Lyrics/Book: Steven Sater, Jessie Nelson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Which War is Present: WWII


Bandstand

Music/Lyrics/Book: Richard Oberacker, Robert Taylor

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Which War is Present: WWII


Blitz!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Lionel Bart  Book: Joan Maitland

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)

Which War is Present: WWII


Cabaret

Music: John Kander  Lyrics: Fred Ebb  Book: Joe Masteroff

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)

Which War is Present: WWII


From Here to Eternity

Music: Stuart Brayson  Lyrics: Tim Rice  Book: Bill Oakes

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Which War is Present: WWII


Marguerite

Music: Michel Legrand  Lyrics: Alain Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer  Book: Schönberg, Kent, Boublil

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Which War is Present: WWII


Mrs Henderson Presents

Music: George Fenton, Simon Chamberlain  Lyrics: Don Black  Book: Terry Johnson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Which War is Present: WWII


Over Here!

Music/Lyrics: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman  Book: Will Holt

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

Which War is Present: WWII


South Pacific

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II  Book: Joshua Logan

Musical Type: Golden Age (1949)

Which War is Present: WWII


The Grand Tour

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman  Book: Michael Stewart, Mark Bramble

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

Which War is Present: WWII


The Human Comedy

Music: Galt MacDermot  Lyrics/Book: William Dumaresq

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1983)

Which War is Present: WWII


The Sound of Music

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II  Book: Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

Which War is Present: WWII


The Who’s Tommy

Music/Lyrics/Book: Pete Townshend  Book: Des McAnuff

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

Which War is Present: WWII


This is the Army

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin

Musical Type: Golden Age/Revue (1942)

Which War is Present: WWII


Yank!

Music: Joseph Zellnik  Lyrics/Book: David Zellnik

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Which War is Present: WWII


Yours, Anne

Music: Michael Cohen  Lyrics/Book: Enid Futterman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)

Which War is Present: WWII


Musicals About Other Wars

Cyrano

Music: Michael J. Lewis  Lyrics/Book: Anthony Burgess

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1973)

Which War is Present: The Thirty Years’ War


Dearest Enemy

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Lorenz Hart  Book: Herbert Fields

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Operetta (1925)

Which War is Present: The American Revolutionary War


Doctor Zhivago

Music: Lucy Simon  Lyrics: Michael Korie, Amy Powers

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Which War is Present: The Russian Civil War


Movin’ Out

Music/Lyrics: Billy Joel

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2002)

Which War is Present: The Vietnam War


Hair

Music: Galt MacDermot  Lyrics/Book: Gerome Ragni, James Rado

Musical Type: Post Golden Age (1967)

Which War is Present: The Vietnam War


Little Women

Music: Jason Howland  Lyrics: Mindi Dickstein  Book: Allan Knee

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Which War is Present: The American Civil War


Maggie Flynn

Music/Lyrics: Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss  Book: Morton DaCosta

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)

Which War is Present: The American Civil War


Martin Guerre

Music/Book: Claude-Michel Schönberg  Lyrics/Book: Alain Boublil  Lyrics: Edward Hardy, Stephen Clark

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

Which War is Present: The French Wars of Religion


Miss Saigon

Music/Book: Claude-Michel Schönberg  Lyrics/Book: Alain Boublil  Lyrics: Richard Maltby Jr.

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1989)

Which War is Present: The Vietnam War


Now is the Time for All Good Men

Music: Nancy Ford  Lyrics/Book: Gretchen Cryer

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)

Which War is Present: The Vietnam War


Shenandoah

Music: Gary Geld  Lyrics/Book: Peter Udell  Book: Philip Rose, James Lee Barrett

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

Which War is Present: The American Civil War


The Civil War

Music/Book: Frank Wildhorn  Lyrics: Jack Murphy  Book: Gregory Boyd

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

Which War is Present: The American Civil War


The Rothschilds

Music: Jerry Bock  Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick  Book: Sherman Yellen

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)

Which War is Present: The Napoleonic Wars


The Scarlet Pimpernel

Music: Frank Wildhorn  Book/Lyrics: Nan Knighton

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

Which War is Present: The French Revolution


Tomfoolery

Music/Lyrics: Tom Lehrer  Book: Cameron Mackintosh

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1980)

Which War is Present: WW3 (Fictional)


Musicals About War in General

By Jupiter

Music/Book: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics/Book: Lorenz Hart

Musical Type: Golden Age (1942)

Which War is Present: Fictional


Pippin

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: Roger O. Hirson, Bob Fosse

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1972)

Which War is Present: Charlemagne’s Conquests


Strike Up the Band

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Morrie Ryskind

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1927)

Which War is Present: Fictional


The Pirate Queen

Music/Book: Claude-Michel Schönberg  Lyrics/Book: Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby Jr., John Dempsey

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Which War is Present: Fictional


Musicals About Conflicts & Uprisings

Les Misérables

Music/Book: Claude-Michel Schönberg  Lyrics/Book: Alan Boublil  Lyrics: Jean-Marc Natel

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980)

Which Conflict is Present: The June Rebellion


The Beautiful Game

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics/Book: Ben Elton

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

Which Conflict is Present: The Troubles


The Desert Song

Music: Sigmund Romberg  Lyrics/Book: Otto Harbach  Book: Oscar Hammerstein II, Frank Mandel

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Operetta (1926)

Which Conflict is Present: The 1925 Uprising of the Riffs in Morocco


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Stacy Karyn, author of Musicals About War.
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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