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, which the pre Golden Age era of shows. And the most notable musicals of the decade are included below.


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Contents:

1920 Musicals

1921 Musicals

1922 Musicals

1924 Musicals

1925 Musicals

1926 Musicals

1927 Musicals

1928 Musicals

1929 Musicals


1920 Musicals

Sally

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1920)


1921 Musicals

Shuffle Along

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1921)


1922 Musicals

The Cabaret Girl

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1922)


1924 Musicals

Lady, Be Good!

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1924)


The Student Prince

Music: Sigmund Romberg  Lyrics/Book: Dorothy Donnelly

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Operetta (1924)


1925 Musicals

Dearest Enemy

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Operetta (1925)


No, No Nanette

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1925)


The Cocoanuts

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1925)


Tip-Toes

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1925)


1926 Musicals

Kitty’s Kisses

Music: Con Conrad  Lyrics: Gus Kahn  Book: Philip Bartholomae, Otto Harbach

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1926)


Oh, Kay!

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1926)


The Desert Song

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Operetta (1926)


The Girl Friend

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1926)


1927 Musicals

A Connecticut Yankee

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1927)


Funny Face

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1927)


Good News!

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1927)


Show Boat

Music: Jerome Kern  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1927)


Strike Up The Band

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1927)


The New Moon

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Operetta (1927)


1928 Musicals

Blackbirds of 1928

Music: Jimmy McHugh  Lyrics: Dorothy Fields

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Revue (1928)


Rosalie

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1928)


The Threepenny Opera

Music: Kurt Weill  Lyrics/Book: Bertolt Brecht

Musical Type: Play with Music (1928)


Treasure Girl

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1928)


1929 Musicals

Fifty Million Frenchmen

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Herbert Fields

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1929)


Happy End

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1929)


More Musicals by Year

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Musicals of the 1930s

Golden Age Musicals (1940 – 1959)

Post-Golden Age Musicals (1960 – 1969)

Musicals of the 1970s

Musicals of the 1980s

Musicals of the 1990s

Musicals of the 2000s

Musicals of the 2010s

Musicals of the 2020s


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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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