Musicals of the 1990s – A Complete Ordered List

The musicals of the 1990s were big, epic, and full of surprises, just like the musicals of the 1980s. A few of the popular trends at the time included country music, shows set in the 1800s, drama, comedy, pop/rock, musical revues, and Disney shows.

The 1990s mark the end of the pre-contemporary musical theatre time period. And the most notable musicals of the decade are included below.


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1990 Musicals

Assassins

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: John Weidman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)


Copacabana

Music/Book: Barry Manilow  Lyrics/Book: Bruce Sussman, Jack Feldman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)


Falsettoland

Music/Lyrics: William Finn  Book: James Lapine

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)


Five Guys Named Moe

Music/Lyrics: Louis Jordan  Book: Clarke Peters

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1990)


Jekyll & Hyde

Music/Lyrics: Frank Wildhorn  Lyrics/Book: Leslie Bricusse, Lyrics: Steve Cuden

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)


Moby Dick

Music/Lyrics/Book: Robert Longden, Hereward Kay

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)


Once on This Island

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics/Book: Lynn Ahrens

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)


The Life

Music/Book: Cy Coleman  Lyrics/Book: Ira Gasman  Book: David Newman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)


1991 Musicals

And the World Goes ‘Round

Music: John Kander  Lyrics: Fred Ebb

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1991)


Children of Eden

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: John Caird

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)


Nick & Nora

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Richard Maltby, Jr.  Book: Arthur Laurents

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)


Phantom

Music/Lyrics: Maury Yeston  Book: Arthur Kopit

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)


Sunset Boulevard

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics/Book: Don Black, Christopher Hampton

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)


The Secret Garden

Music: Lucy Simon  Book/Lyrics: Marsha Norman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)


The Will Rogers Follies

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics: Betty Comden, Adolph Green  Book: Peter Stone

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)


1992 Musicals

Crazy for You

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Ken Ludwig

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Pre-Contemporary (1992)


Falsettos

Music/Lyrics/Book: William Finn  Book: James Lapine

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)


Hot Shoe Shuffle

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Larry Buttrose, Kathryn Riding

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Jukebox (1992)


Jelly’s Last Jam

Music: Jelly Roll Morton, Luther Henderson  Lyrics: Susan Birkenhead  Book: George C. Wolfe

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)


Kiss of the Spider Woman

Music: John Kander  Lyrics: Fred Ebb  Book: Terrence McNally

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)


My Favorite Year

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens  Book: Joseph Dougherty

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)


Nunsense II

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)


Putting It Together

Music/Lyrics/Book: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Julia McKenzie

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1992)


Ruthless!

Music: Marvin Laird  Lyrics/Book: Joel Paley

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)


Scrooge

Music/Lyrics/Book: Leslie Bricusse

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)


The Who’s Tommy

Music/Lyrics/Book: Pete Townshend  Book: Des McAnuff

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)


Weird Romance

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics: David Spencer  Book: Alan Brennert

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)


Wings

Music: Jeffrey Lunden  Lyrics/Book: Arthur Perlman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)


1993 Musicals

A Grand Night for Singing

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II  Book: Walter Bobbie

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1993)


Annie Warbucks

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Martin Charnin  Book: Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)


First Lady Suite

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)


Honk!

Music: George Stiles  Book/Lyrics: Anthony Drewe

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)


Moll Flanders

Music: George Stiles  Lyrics: Paul Leigh  Book: Claire Luckham

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)


Schoolhouse Rock Live!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: George Keating, Scott Ferguson, Kyle Hall

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)


The Fields of Ambrosia

Music: Martin Silvestri  Lyrics/Book: Joel Higgins

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)


The Goodbye Girl

Music: Marvin Hamlisch  Lyrics: David Zippel  Book: Neil Simon

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)


Whoop-Dee-Doo!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Crabtree, Cantanese, Waldrop, Gallagher, George, Morris

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1993)


Zombie Prom

Music: Dana P. Rowe  Lyrics/Book: John Dempsey

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)


1994 Musicals

A Christmas Carol

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics/Book: Lynn Ahrens  Book: Mike Ockrent

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)


Beauty and the Beast

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics: Howard Ashman, Tim Rice  Book: Linda Woolverton

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)


Floyd Collins

Music/Lyrics: Adam Guettel  Book: Tina Landau

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)


Hello Again

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)


How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Music: Mel Marvin  Lyrics/Book: Timothy Mason

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)


Passion

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: James Lapine

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)


Smokey Joe’s Cafe

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1994)


1995 Musicals

Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk

Music/Lyrics/Book: Daryl Waters, Ann Duquesnay, Zane Mark, George C. Wolfe, Reg E. Gaines

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1995)


Jane Eyre

Music/Lyrics: Paul Gordon  Book: John Caird

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)


John & Jen

Music/Book: Andrew Lippa  Lyrics/Book: Tom Greenwald

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)


Jolson

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Francis Essex, Rob Bettinson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)


Nunsense Jamboree

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)


Songs for a New World

Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Song Cycle (1995)


Victor/Victoria

Music: Henry Mancini, Frank Wildhorn  Lyrics: Leslie Bricusse  Book: Blake Edwards

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)


1996 Musicals

Big

Music: David Shire  Lyrics: Richard Maltby Jr.  Book: John Weidman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)


I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

Music: Jimmy Roberts  Lyrics/Book: Joe DiPietro

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)


Kat and the Kings

Music: Taliep Petersen  Lyrics/Book: David Kramer

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)


Martin Guerre

Music/Book: Claude-Michel Schönberg  Lyrics/Book: Alain Boublil  Lyrics: Edward Hardy, Stephen Clark

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)


Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure

Music: George Stiles  Lyrics: Anthony Drewe  Book: Willis Hall

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)


Play On!

Music/Lyrics: Duke Ellington, Various  Book: Cheryl L. West

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)


Ragtime

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens  Book: Terrence McNally

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)


Rent

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Larson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)


State Fair

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II  Book: Tom Briggs, Louis Mattioli

Musical Type: 1945 Film/Pre-Contemporary Musical (1996)


When Pigs Fly

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dick Gallagher, Mark Waldrop, Howard Crabtree

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1996)


Whistle Down the Wind

Music/Book: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Jim Steinman  Book: Patricia Knop, Gale Edwards

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)


1997 Musicals

Amour

Music: Michel Legrand  Lyrics/Book: Jeremy Sams, Didier Van Cauwelaert

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)


Bat Boy

Music/Lyrics: Laurence O’Keefe  Book:  Keythe Farley, Brian Flemming

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)


High Society

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter, Susan Birkenhead  Book: Arthur Kopit

Musical Type: 1956 Film/Pre-Contemporary Musical (1997)


Lucky in the Rain

Music: Jimmy McHugh  Lyrics: Dorothy Fields, Harold Adamson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)


Saturday Night

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein

Musical Type: Golden Age (1955) / Pre-Contemporary (1997)


Side Show

Music: Henry Krieger  Lyrics/Book: Bill Russell

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)


Steel Pier

Music: John Kander  Lyrics: Fred Ebb  Book: David Thompson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)


Tanz der Vampire

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael Kunze, Jim Steinman, David Ives

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)


The Fix

Music: Dana P. Rowe  Lyrics/Book: John Dempsey

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)


The Last Session

Music/Lyrics: Steve Schalchlin  Lyrics: John Bettis, Marie Cain  Book: Jim Brochu

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)


The Lion King

Music: Elton John  Lyrics: Tim Rice  Book: Rodger Allers, Irene Mecchi

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)


The Scarlet Pimpernel

Music: Frank Wildhorn  Book/Lyrics: Nan Knighton

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)


The Show Goes On

Music: Harvey Schmidt  Lyrics: Tom Jones

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1997)


The Wild Party

Music/Lyrics/Book: Andrew Lippa

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)


Titanic

Music/Lyrics: Maury Yeston  Book: Peter Stone

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)


Triumph of Love

Music: Jeffrey Stock  Lyrics: Susan Birkenhead  Book: James Magruder

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)


Violet

Music: Jeanine Tesori  Lyrics/Book: Brian Crawley

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)


1998 Musicals

A New Brain

Music/Lyrics/Book: William Finn  Book: James Lapine

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)


Aida

Music: Elton John  Lyrics: Tim Rice  Book: Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, David Henry Hwang

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)


Boogie Nights

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Jon Conway

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Jukebox (1998)


Doctor Dolittle

Music/Lyrics/Book: Leslie Bricusse

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)


Footloose

Music: Tom Snow  Lyrics/Book: Dean Pitchford  Book: Walter Bobbie

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)


Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Trask  Book: John Cameron Mitchell

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)


Myths & Hymns

Music/Lyrics: Adam Guettel

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Song Cycle (1998)


Nuncrackers

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)


Nunsense A-Men!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)


Parade

Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown  Book: Alfred Uhry

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)


Reefer Madness

Music: Dan Studney  Lyrics/Book: Kevin Murphy

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)


Saturday Night Fever

Music/Lyrics: Bee Gees, Various  Book: Nan Knighton, Arlene Phillips, Paul Nicholas, Robert Stigwood

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Jukebox (1998)


Spend Spend Spend

Music/Lyrics/Book: Steve Brown, Justin Greene

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)


The Boy from Oz

Music/Lyrics: Peter Allen  Book: Nick Enright, Martin Sherman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Jukebox (1998)


The Capeman

Music/Lyrics: Paul Simon  Lyrics/Book: Derek Walcott

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)


The Civil War

Music/Book: Frank Wildhorn  Lyrics: Jack Murphy  Book: Gregory Boyd

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)


The Drowsy Chaperone

Music/Lyrics: Lisa Lambert, Greg Morrison  Book: Bob Martin, Don McKellar

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)


1999 Musicals

Contact

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: John Weidman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1999)


Fosse

Music/Lyrics: Various

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1999)


It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues

Music: Various  Book: Charles Bevel, Lita Gaithers, Randal Myler, Ron Taylor, Dan Wheetman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1999)


Mamma Mia!

Music/Lyrics: Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus  Book: Catherine Johnson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Jukebox (1999)


Marie Christine

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1999)


Naked Boys Singing!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Robert Schrock

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1999)


Swing!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Paul Kelly

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1999)


The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: James Lapine, Peter Parnell

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1999)


The Marvelous Wonderettes

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Roger Bean

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Jukebox (1999)


Other Decades

Musicals of the 1920s

Musicals of the 1930s

Golden Age Musicals (1940 – 1959)

Post-Golden Age Musicals (1960 – 1969)

Musicals of the 1970s

Musicals of the 1980s

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Musicals of the 2000s

Musicals of the 2010s

Musicals of the 2020s


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Which of these musicals of the 1990s is your favorite?

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Stacy Karyn, author of Musicals of the 1990s.
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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