Musicals of the 1930s – A Complete Ordered List

The musicals of the 1930s boasted glamorous showgirls, light-hearted shows, complex plots, and larger-than-life dance numbers. A few of the popular trends at the time included jazz, Gershwin, Cole Porter, romantic comedies, movie musicals, and flirtatious themes.

The 1930s marked the end of the “jazz age” of musical theatre. And the most notable musicals of the decade are included below.


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1930 Musicals


Fine and Dandy  (1930)

Music: Kay Swift  Lyrics: Paul James  Book: Donald Ogden Stewart

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Girl Crazy  (1930)

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Guy Bolton, John McGowan

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The New Yorkers  (1930)

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Herbert Fields

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Of Thee I Sing  (1931)

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind

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The Band Wagon  (1931)

Music: Arthur Schwartz  Lyrics/Book: Howard Dietz  Book:  George S. Kaufman

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Face the Music  (1932)

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin Book: Moss Hart

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Through the Years  (1932)

Music: Vincent Youmans  Lyrics: Edward Heyman  Book: Brian Hooker

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As Thousands Cheer  (1933)

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: Moss Hart

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Let ‘Em Eat Cake  (1933)

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: George S. Kaufman

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Nymph Errant  (1933)

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Romney Brent

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Pardon My English  (1933)

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Herbert Fields, Morrie Ryskind

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Roberta  (1933)

Music: Jerome Kern  Lyrics/Book: Otto Harbach

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Anything Goes  (1934)

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse

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Life Begins at 8:40  (1934)

Music: Harold Arlen  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin, E.Y. Harburg

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Jubilee  (1935)

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Moss Hart

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Jumbo  (1935)

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Lorenz Hart  Book: Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur

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Porgy and Bess  (1935)

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  LibrettoDuBose Heyward

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On Your Toes  (1936)

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

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Babes in Arms  (1937)

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

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Me and My Girl  (1937)

Music: Noel Gay  Lyrics/Book: Douglas Furber, L. Arthur Rose

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Pins and Needles  (1937)

Music/Lyrics: Harold Rome  Book: Various

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I Married an Angel  (1938)

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Lorenz Hart

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Knickerbocker Holiday  (1938)

Music: Kurt Weill  Lyrics/Book: Maxwell Anderson

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Leave It To Me!  (1938)

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Samuel & Bella Spewack

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The Boys from Syracuse  (1938)

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Lorenz Hart  Book: George Abbott

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The Cradle Will Rock  (1938)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Marc Blitzstein

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You Never Know  (1938)

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter, Robert Katscher  Book: Rowland Leigh

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Very Warm for May  (1939)

Music: Jerome Kern  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

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Other Decades


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Which of these musicals of the 1930s is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of these 1930s 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 1930s.
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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