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, but is still pre Golden Age. The most notable musicals of the decade are included below.

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1930 Musicals

1931 Musicals

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1933 Musicals

1934 Musicals

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1930 Musicals

Fine and Dandy

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1930)

Girl Crazy

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1930)

The New Yorkers

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Herbert Fields

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1930)

1931 Musicals

Of Thee I Sing

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1931)

The Band Wagon

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Revue (1931)

1932 Musicals

Face the Music

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin Book: Moss Hart

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1932)

Through the Years

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Operetta (1932)

1933 Musicals

As Thousands Cheer

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: Moss Hart

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Revue (1933)

Let ‘Em Eat Cake

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1933)

Nymph Errant

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Romney Brent

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1933)

Pardon My English

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1933)


Music: Jerome Kern  Lyrics/Book: Otto Harbach

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1933)

1934 Musicals

Anything Goes

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1934)

Life Begins at 8:40

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Revue (1934)

1935 Musicals


Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Moss Hart

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1935)


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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1935)

Porgy and Bess

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  LibrettoDuBose Heyward

Musical Type: Opera (1935)

1936 Musicals

On Your Toes

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1936)

1937 Musicals

Babes in Arms

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1937)

Me and My Girl

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1937)

Pins and Needles

Music/Lyrics: Harold Rome  Book: Various

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Revue (1937)

1938 Musicals

I Married an Angel

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Lorenz Hart

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1938)

Knickerbocker Holiday

Music: Kurt Weill  Lyrics/Book: Maxwell Anderson

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Operetta (1938)

Leave It To Me!

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1938)

The Boys from Syracuse

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1938)

The Cradle Will Rock

Music/Lyrics/Book: Marc Blitzstein

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1938)

You Never Know

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1938)

1939 Musicals

Very Warm for May

Music: Jerome Kern  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1939)

Other Decades

Musicals of the 1920s

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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 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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