Thanks to their magical Disney contributions, Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman turned out to be one of the most legendary song writing duos of all time. And while the majority of their work was for Disney films and theme parks, they wrote a handful of musicals for the stage as well! So here’s a full list of all of the stage musicals by the Sherman Brothers, sorted chronologically.
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Musicals by The Sherman Brothers
Music/Lyrics: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman Book: Will Holt
Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)
Over Here! opened on Broadway in 1974 and became the top-grossing production of that season! It also received a Tony nomination for Best Musical that same year.
Music/Lyrics: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman Book: A.J. Carothers
Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)
Busker Alley had a US Tour in 1995 and a NYC benefit concert in 2006. A Broadway premiere was planned for 2008, but unfortunately ended in a withdrawal.
Music/Lyrics: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman Adaptations: Jeremy Sams, Ray Roderick
Musical Type: 1968 Film/Contemporary Musical (2002)
The premiere of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was at The London Palladium in the West End. It moved to Broadway in 2005 and was nominated for a few Tony Awards that same year.
Music/Lyrics: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, George Stiles, Anthony Drewe Book: Julian Fellowes
Musical Type: 1964 Film/Contemporary Musical (2004)
Mary Poppins was a huge success both in the West End and on Broadway. It was nominated for multiple Laurence Olivier, Tony, and Drama Desk Awards, winning a handful of them.
Music/Lyrics: Various Book: Chad Beguelin
Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)
On the Record is a little-known musical revue featuring popular Walt Disney songs. A few of the Sherman Brothers songs appear in the show, like “The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room” “Winnie the Pooh” and “It’s a Small World”.
Music/Lyrics/Book: Robert J. Sherman Music/Lyrics: Al Sherman, Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman
Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)
This is a musical revue put together by Robert J. Sherman (Robert B. Sherman’s son). It has been produced in London and around the world.
Music/Lyrics: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, Neil Bartram Book: Brian Hill
Musical Type: 1971 Film/Contemporary Musical (2021)
Bedknobs and Broomsticks as a stage musical was set to premiere in Chicago in 2019, but was postponed due to unexpected events. It later premiered in 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
Music/Lyrics: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman Book: Jonathan Rockefeller
Musical Type: 1960s Films/Contemporary (2021)
The newest musical on the list, Winnie the Pooh had its premiere Off-Broadway in 2021. And in exciting news, it will be moving to the West End in 2023!
Additional Sherman Brothers Musicals
Here’s a list of additional musicals by the Sherman Brothers that don’t have much information listed about them online. The following shows are listed in our musical archive.
1971: Victory Canteen
2000: The Slipper and the Rose
Musicals by Robert J. Sherman
Along with A Spoonful of Sherman (above) the following musicals were written by Robert J. Sherman.
Music/Lyrics/Book: Robert J. Sherman
Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)
Music/Lyrics/Book: Robert J. Sherman
Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)
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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.