Musicals of the 1920s – A Complete Ordered List

The musicals of the 1920s boasted glamorous showgirls, light-hearted shows, and larger-than-life dance numbers. A few of the popular trends at the time included jazz, Gershwin, Cole Porter, and romantic comedies.

The 1920s marked the beginning of the “jazz age” of musical theatre. And the most notable musicals of the decade are included below.

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1920 Musicals

Sally  (1920)

Music: Jerome Kern, Victor Herbert  Lyrics: Grey, De Sylva, Wodehouse, Caldwell  Book: Bolton

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1921 Musicals

Shuffle Along  (1921)

Music: Eubie Blake  Lyrics: Noble Sissle  Book: F.E. Miller, Aubrey Lyles

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1922 Musicals

The Cabaret Girl  (1922)

Music: Jerome Kern  Lyrics/Book: George Grossmith, P.G. Wodehouse

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1924 Musicals

Lady, Be Good!  (1924)

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Guy Bolton, Fred Thompson

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The Student Prince  (1924)

Music: Sigmund Romberg  Lyrics/Book: Dorothy Donnelly

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1925 Musicals

Dearest Enemy  (1925)

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

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No, No Nanette  (1925)

Music: Vincent Youmans  Lyrics/Book:  Irving Caesar, Otto Harbach, Frank Mandel

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The Cocoanuts  (1925)

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind

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Tip-Toes  (1925)

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Guy Bolton, Fred Thompson

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1926 Musicals

Oh, Kay!  (1926)

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse

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The Desert Song  (1926)

Music: Sigmund Romberg  Lyrics: Otto Harbach  Book: Hammerstein, Harbach, Mandel

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The Girl Friend  (1926)

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

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1927 Musicals

A Connecticut Yankee  (1927)

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

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Funny Face  (1927)

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Paul Gerard Smith, Fred Thompson

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Good News!  (1927)

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

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Show Boat  (1927)

Music: Jerome Kern  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

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Strike Up The Band  (1927)

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

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The New Moon  (1927)

Music: Sigmund Romberg  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II, Frank Mandel, Laurence Schwab

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1928 Musicals

Blackbirds of 1928  (1928)

Music: Jimmy McHugh  Lyrics: Dorothy Fields

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Rosalie  (1928)

Music: George Gershwin, Romberg  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin, Wodehouse  Book: McGuire, Bolton

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The Threepenny Opera  (1928)

Music: Kurt Weill  Lyrics/Book: Bertolt Brecht

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Treasure Girl  (1928)

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Fred Thompson, Vincent Lawrence

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1929 Musicals

Fifty Million Frenchmen  (1929)

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Herbert Fields

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Happy End  (1929)

Music: Kurt Weill  Lyrics: Bertolt Brecht  Book: Elisabeth Hauptmann

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Which of these musicals of the 1920s is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of these 1920s musicals? 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 of the 1920s.
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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