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, Alan Menken, 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  (1990)

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: John Weidman

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Copacabana  (1990)

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

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Falsettoland  (1990)

Music/Lyrics: William Finn  Book: James Lapine

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Five Guys Named Moe  (1990)

Music/Lyrics: Louis Jordan  Book: Clarke Peters

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Jekyll & Hyde  (1990)

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

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Moby Dick  (1990)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Robert Longden, Hereward Kay

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Once on This Island  (1990)

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics/Book: Lynn Ahrens

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The Life  (1990)

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

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1991 Musicals


And the World Goes ‘Round  (1991)

Music: John Kander  Lyrics: Fred Ebb

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Children of Eden  (1991)

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: John Caird

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Phantom  (1991)

Music/Lyrics: Maury Yeston  Book: Arthur Kopit

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Sunset Boulevard  (1991)

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

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The Secret Garden  (1991)

Music: Lucy Simon  Book/Lyrics: Marsha Norman

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The Will Rogers Follies  (1991)

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

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1992 Musicals


Crazy for You  (1992)

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

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Falsettos  (1992)

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

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Hot Shoe Shuffle  (1992)

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

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Jelly’s Last Jam  (1992)

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

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Kiss of the Spider Woman  (1992)

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

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My Favorite Year  (1992)

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

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Nunsense II  (1992)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

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Putting It Together  (1992)

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

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Ruthless!  (1992)

Music: Marvin Laird  Lyrics/Book: Joel Paley

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Scrooge  (1992)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Leslie Bricusse

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The Who’s Tommy  (1992)

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

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Weird Romance  (1992)

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

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Wings  (1992)

Music: Jeffrey Lunden  Lyrics/Book: Arthur Perlman

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1993 Musicals


A Grand Night for Singing  (1993)

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

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Annie Warbucks  (1993)

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

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First Lady Suite  (1993)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

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Honk!  (1993)

Music: George Stiles  Book/Lyrics: Anthony Drewe

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Moll Flanders  (1993)

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

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Schoolhouse Rock Live!  (1993)

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Keating, Ferguson, Hall

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The Fields of Ambrosia  (1993)

Music: Martin Silvestri  Lyrics/Book: Joel Higgins

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The Goodbye Girl  (1993)

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

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Whoop-Dee-Doo!  (1993)

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

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Zombie Prom  (1993)

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

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1994 Musicals


A Christmas Carol  (1994)

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

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Beauty and the Beast  (1994)

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

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Floyd Collins  (1994)

Music/Lyrics: Adam Guettel  Book: Tina Landau

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Hello Again  (1994)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas  (1994)

Music: Mel Marvin  Lyrics/Book: Timothy Mason

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Passion  (1994)

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: James Lapine

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Smokey Joe’s Cafe  (1994)

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller

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1995 Musicals


Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk  (1995)

Music: Waters, Mark, Duquesnay  Lyrics: Gaines, Wolfe, Duquesnay  Book: Gaines

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Jane Eyre  (1995)

Music/Lyrics: Paul Gordon  Book: John Caird

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John & Jen  (1995)

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

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Jolson  (1995)

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

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Nunsense Jamboree  (1995)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

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Songs for a New World  (1995)

Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown

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Victor/Victoria  (1995)

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

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1996 Musicals


Big  (1996)

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

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I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change  (1996)

Music: Jimmy Roberts  Lyrics/Book: Joe DiPietro

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Kat and the Kings  (1996)

Music: Taliep Petersen  Lyrics/Book: David Kramer

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Martin Guerre  (1996)

Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg  Lyrics: Boublil, Hardy, Clark  Book: Schönberg, Boublil

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Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure  (1996)

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

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Play On!  (1996)

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

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Ragtime  (1996)

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

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Rent  (1996)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Larson

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State Fair  (1996)

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

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When Pigs Fly  (1996)

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

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Whistle Down the Wind  (1996)

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

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1997 Musicals


Amour  (1997)

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

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Bat Boy  (1997)

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

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High Society  (1997)

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

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Lucky in the Rain  (1997)

Music: Jimmy McHugh  Lyrics: Dorothy Fields, Harold Adamson

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Saturday Night  (1997)

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

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Side Show  (1997)

Music: Henry Krieger  Lyrics/Book: Bill Russell

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Steel Pier  (1997)

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

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The Fix  (1997)

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

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The Last Session  (1997)

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

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The Lion King  (1997)

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

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The Scarlet Pimpernel  (1997)

Music: Frank Wildhorn  Book/Lyrics: Nan Knighton

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The Wild Party  (1997)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Andrew Lippa

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Titanic  (1997)

Music/Lyrics: Maury Yeston  Book: Peter Stone

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Triumph of Love  (1997)

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

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Violet  (1997)

Music: Jeanine Tesori  Lyrics/Book: Brian Crawley

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1998 Musicals


A New Brain  (1998)

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

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Aida  (1998)

Music: Elton John  Lyrics: Tim Rice  Book: Woolverton, Falls, Hwang

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Boogie Nights  (1998)

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Jon Conway

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Doctor Dolittle  (1998)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Leslie Bricusse

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Footloose  (1998)

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

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch  (1998)

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Trask  Book: John Cameron Mitchell

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Myths & Hymns  (1998)

Music/Lyrics: Adam Guettel

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Nuncrackers  (1998)

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

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Nunsense A-Men!  (1998)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

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Parade  (1998)

Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown  Book: Alfred Uhry

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Reefer Madness  (1998)

Music: Dan Studney  Lyrics/Book: Kevin Murphy

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Saturday Night Fever  (1998)

Music/Lyrics: BeeGees, Others  Book: Knighton, Phillips, Nicholas, Stigwood

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Spend Spend Spend  (1998)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Steve Brown, Justin Greene

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The Boy from Oz  (1998)

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

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The Civil War  (1998)

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

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The Drowsy Chaperone  (1998)

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

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1999 Musicals


Contact  (1999)

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: John Weidman

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Fosse  (1999)

Music/Lyrics: Various

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It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues  (1999)

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Bevel, Gaithers, Myler, Taylor, Wheetman

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Mamma Mia!  (1999)

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

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Marie Christine  (1999)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

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Naked Boys Singing!  (1999)

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Robert Schrock

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Swing!  (1999)

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Paul Kelly

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame  (1999)

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

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The Marvelous Wonderettes  (1999)

Music: Various  Book: Roger Bean

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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?

Or have you ever played a role in any of these 1990s 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 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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