Musicals of the 2000s – A Complete Ordered List

The musicals of the 2000s were full of surprises and often based on other pieces of work, especially movies and books. A few of the popular trends at the time included comedies, pop/rock, soul, the 1920s, the 1950s, big dreams, and jukebox musicals.

The 2000s mark the beginning of the contemporary musical theatre time period. The most notable modern musicals of the decade are included below.


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Contents:

2000 Musicals

2001 Musicals

2002 Musicals

2003 Musicals

2004 Musicals

2005 Musicals

2006 Musicals

2007 Musicals

2008 Musicals

2009 Musicals


2000 Musicals

A Class Act

Music/Lyrics: Edward Kleban  Book: Linda Kline, Lonny Price

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)


Bare

Music/Book: Damon Intrabartolo  Lyrics/Book: Jon Hartmere

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)


Infinite Joy

Music/Lyrics: William Finn

Musical Type: Contemporary/Revue (2000)


Seussical

Music/Book: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics/Book: Lynn Ahrens

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)


Summer of ’42

Music/Lyrics: David Kirshenbaum  Book: Hunter Foster

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)


The Beautiful Game

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics/Book: Ben Elton

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)


The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin

Music/Lyrics/Book: Kirsten Childs

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)


The Full Monty

Music/Lyrics: David Yazbek  Book: Terrence McNally

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)


The Immigrant

Music: Steven M. Alper  Lyrics: Sarah Knapp  Book: Mark Harelik

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)


The Wild Party (LaChiusa)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa  Book: George C. Wolfe

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)


The Witches of Eastwick

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)


White Christmas

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: David Ives, Paul Blake

Musical Type: 1954 Film/Contemporary Musical (2000)


2001 Musicals

Closer to Heaven

Music/Lyrics: Pet Shop Boys  Book: Jonathan Harvey

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)


Dracula

Music: Frank Wildhorn  Lyrics/Book: Don Black, Christopher Hampton

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)


Jerry Springer: The Opera

Music/Lyrics/Book: Richard Thomas, Stewart Lee

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)


The Last Five Years

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jason Robert Brown

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)


The Producers

Music/Lyrics/Book: Mel Brooks  Book: Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: 1967 Film/Contemporary Musical (2001)


The Spitfire Gril

Music/Book: James Valcq  Lyrics/Book: Fred Alley

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)


The Visit

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)


Tick, Tick… Boom!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Larson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Contemporary (1990/2001)


Urinetown

Music/Lyrics/Book: Greg Hollmann, Greg Kotis

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)


2002 Musicals

A Man of No Importance

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)


A Year With Frog and Toad

Music: Robert Reale  Lyrics/Book: Willie Reale

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)


Bombay Dreams

Music: A.R. Rahman  Lyrics: Don Black  Book: Meera Syal, Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Music/Lyrics: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman  Book: Jeremy Sams

Musical Type: 1968 Film/Contemporary Musical (2002)


Debbie Does Dallas

Music/Lyrics: Andrew Sherman, Tom Kitt, Jonathan Callicut  Book: Susan L. Schwartz

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)


Hairspray

Music/Lyrics: Marc Shaiman  Lyrics: Scott Wittman  Book: Mark O’Donnell, Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)


Harlem Song

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: George C. Wolfe

Musical Type: Contemporary/Revue (2002)


Judy’s Scary Little Christmas

Music/Lyrics: Joe Patrick Ward  Book: David Church, Jim Webber

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)


Memphis

Music/Lyrics: David Bryan  Lyrics/Book: Joe DiPietro

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)


Movin’ Out

Music/Lyrics: Billy Joel

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2002)


Our House

Music/Lyrics: Madness  Book: Tim Firth

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)


Sweet Smell of Success

Music: Marvin Hamlisch  Lyrics: Craig Carnelia  Book: John Guare

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)


Taboo

Music/Lyrics: B. George  Lyrics: K. Frost, J. Themis, R. Stevens  Book: M. Markham, C. Busch

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)


Thoroughly Modern Millie

Music:  Jeanine Tesori  Lyrics/Book: Dick Scanlan  Book: Richard Morris

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)


We Will Rock You

Music/Lyrics: Queen  Book: Ben Elton

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2002)


2003 Musicals

A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant

Music/Lyrics/Book: Kyle Jarrow

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)


Avenue Q

Music/Lyrics: Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx  Book: Jeff Whitty

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)


Caroline, or Change

Music: Jeanine Tesori  Lyrics/Book: Tony Kushner

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)


Elegies: A Song Cycle

Music/Lyrics: William Finn

Musical Type: Contemporary/Song Cycle (2003)


Evil Dead

Music/Lyrics/Book: George Reinblatt  Music: Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Morris

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)


Golf: The Musical

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael Roberts  Concept: Eric Krebs

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)


Little Fish

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)


My Life with Albertine

Music/Lyrics: Ricky Ian Gordon  Lyrics/Book: Richard Nelson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)


Road Show

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: John Weidman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)


The Light in the Piazza

Music/Lyrics: Adam Guettel  Book: Craig Lucas

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)


The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)

Music/Book: Eric Rockwell  Lyrics/Book: Joanne Bogart

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)


The Thing About Men

Music: Jimmy Roberts  Lyrics/Book: Joe DiPietro

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)


Urban Cowboy

Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown, Jeff Blumenkrantz  Book: Aaron Latham, Phillip Oesterman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)


Wicked

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: Winnie Holzman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)


Zanna, Don’t!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Tim Acito, Alexander Dinelaris

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)


2004 Musicals

A Little Princess

Music: Andrew Lippa  Lyrics/Book: Brian Crawley

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)


Altar Boyz

Music/Lyrics: Gary Adler, Michael Patrick Walker  Book: Kevin Del Aguila

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)


BKLYN: The Musical

Music/Lyrics/Book:  Mark Schoenfeld, Barri McPherson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)


Desperate Measures

Music: David Friedman  Lyrics/Book: Peter Kellogg

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)


Dirty Dancing

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Eleanor Bergstein

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2004)


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Music/Lyrics: David Yazbek  Book: Jeffrey Lane

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)


Disco Inferno

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Jai Sepple

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2004)


Jersey Boys

Music: Bob Gaudio  Lyrics: Bob Crewe  Book: Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2004)


Junie B. Jones

Music: Zina Goldrich  Book/Lyrics: Marcy Heisler

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)


Mary Poppins

Music/Lyrics: The Sherman Brothers, George StilesAnthony Drewe Book: Julian Fellowes

Musical Type: 1964 Film/Contemporary Musical (2004)


On the Record

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Chad Beguelin

Musical Type: Contemporary/Revue (2004)


See What I Wanna See

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)


Spamalot

Music: John Du Prez  Music/Lyrics/Book: Eric Idle

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)


The Woman in White

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: David Zippel  Book: Charlotte Jones

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)


Willy Wonka

Music/Lyrics: Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley  Adaptation: Tim McDonald

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)


2005 Musicals

All Shook Up

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Joe DiPietro

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2005)


Billy Elliot

Music: Elton John  Lyrics/Book: Lee Hall

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)


Captain Louie

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: Anthony Stein

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)


Dessa Rose

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics/Book: Lynn Ahrens

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)


Edges

Music/Lyrics/Book: Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

Musical Type: Contemporary/Song Cycle (2005)


Gutenberg! The Musical!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Scott Brown, Anthony King

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)


In the Heights

Music/Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda  Book: Quiara Alegría Hudes

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)


Lestat

Music: Elton John  Lyrics: Bernie Taupin  Book: Linda Woolverton

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)


Little Women

Music: Jason Howland  Lyrics: Mindi Dickstein  Book: Allan Knee

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)


Rock of Ages

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Chris D’Arienzo

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2005)


Scandalous

Music: David Pomeranz, David Friedman  Lyrics/Book: Kathie Lee Gifford

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)


Silence!

Music/Lyrics: Jon Kaplan, Al Kaplan  Book: Hunter Bell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music/Lyrics: William Finn  Book: Rachel Sheinkin

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)


The Color Purple

Music/Lyrics: Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, Stephen Bray  Book: Marsha Norman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)


The Great American Trailer Park Musical

Music/Lyrics: David Nehls  Book: Betsy Kelso

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)


The Likes of Us

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Tim Rice  Book: Leslie Thomas

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age/Contemporary (1965/2005)


Yank!

Music: Joseph Zellnik  Lyrics/Book: David Zellnik

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)


2006 Musicals

Bad Girls

Music/Lyrics: Kath Gotts  Book: Maureen Chadwick, Ann McManus

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


Bernarda Alba

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


Calvin Berger

Music/Lyrics/Book: Barry Wyner

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


Chaplin

Music/Lyrics/Book: Christopher Curtis  Book: Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


Curtains

Music/Lyrics: John Kander  Lyrics: Fred Ebb  Lyrics/Book: Rupert Holmes

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


Dear Edwina

Music: Zina Goldrich  Lyrics/Book: Marcy Heisler

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


Fame Becomes Me

Music/Lyrics: Marc Shaiman  Lyrics: Scott Wittman  Book: Martin Short, Daniel Goldfarb

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


Finding Nemo

Music/Lyrics: Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


Grey Gardens

Music: Scott Frankel  Lyrics: Michael Korie  Book: Doug Wright

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


Hadestown

Music/Lyrics/Book: Anaïs Mitchell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


High Fidelity

Music: Tom Kitt  Lyrics: Amanda Green  Book: David Lindsay-Abaire

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


I Love You Because

Music: Joshua Salzman  Lyrics: Ryan Cunningham

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


Make Me a Song

Music/Lyrics: William Finn

Musical Type: Contemporary/Revue (2006)


Million Dollar Quartet

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Colin Escott, Floyd Mutrux

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2006)


Passing Strange

Music/Lyrics/Book: Stew, Heidi Rodewald

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Stephan Elliott, Allan Scott

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2006)


Ring of Fire

Music/Lyrics: Johnny Cash  Created by: Richard Maltby, Jr.

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2006)


SHOUT! The Mod Musical

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Phillip George, David Lowenstein

Musical Type: Contemporary/Revue (2006)


Sister Act

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics: Glenn Slater  Book: Cheri Steinkellner, Bill Steinkellner

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


Spring Awakening

Music: Duncan Sheik  Lyrics/Book: Steven Sater

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


Tarzan

Music/Lyrics: Phil Collins  Book: David Henry Hwang

Musical Type: 1999 Film/Contemporary Musical (2006)


The Lord of the Rings

Music: A.R. Rahman, Christopher Nightingale, Värttinä  Lyrics/Book: Matthew Warchus, Shaun McKenna

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


The Pirate Queen

Music/Book: Claude-Michel Schönberg  Lyrics/Book: Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby Jr., John Dempsey

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


The Story of My Life

Music/Lyrics: Neil Bartram  Book: Brian Hill

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


The Wedding Singer

Music: Matthew Sklar  Lyrics/Book: Chad Beguelin  Book: Tim Herlihy

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


[Title of Show]

Music/Lyrics: Jeff Bowen  Book: Hunter Bell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


Vanities

Music/Lyrics: David Kirshenbaum  Book: Jack Heifner

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


2007 Musicals

13

Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown  Book: Dan Elish, Robert Horn

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)


A Catered Affair

Music/Lyrics: John Bucchino  Book: Harvey Fierstein

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)


A Tale of Two Cities

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jill Santoriello

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)


Adding Machine

Music/Lyrics/Book: Joshua Schmidt  Lyrics/Book: Jason Loewith

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)


Cry-Baby

Music: Adam Schlesinger  Lyrics: David Javerbaum  Book: Mark O’Donnell, Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)


Emma

Music/Lyrics/Book: Paul Gordon

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)


Frankenstein

Music: Mark Baron  Lyrics/Book: Jeffrey Jackson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)


Happy Days

Music/Lyrics: Paul Williams  Book: Garry Marshall

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)


High School Musical

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: David Simpatico

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)


Legally Blonde

Music/Lyrics: Nell Benjamin, Laurence O’Keefe  Book: Heather Hach

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)


LoveMusik

Music: Kurt Weill  Lyrics: Various  Book: Alfred Uhry

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)


Meet John Doe

Music/Book: Andrew Gerle  Lyrics/Book: Eddie Sugarman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)


The Glorious Ones

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics/Books: Lynn Ahrens

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)


The Little Mermaid

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics: Howard Ashman, Glenn Slater  Book: Doug Wright

Musical Type: 1989 Film/Contemporary Musical (2007)


When Midnight Strikes

Music: Charles Miller  Lyrics/Book: Kevin Hammonds

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)


Xanadu

Music/Lyrics: Jeff Lynne, John Farrar  Book: Douglas Carter Beane

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)


Young Frankenstein

Music/Lyrics/Book: Mel Brooks  Book: Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)


2008 Musicals

9 to 5

Music/Lyrics: Dolly Parton  Book: Patricia Resnick

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)


All the Fun of the Fair

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Jon Conway

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2008)


Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Music/Lyrics: Michael Friedman  Book: Alex Timbers

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)


Breast Wishes

Music/Lyrics: Bruce Brown  Book: Various

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)


Bubble Boy

Music/Lyrics/Book: Cinco Paul  Book: Ken Daurio

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)


Camp Rock

Music/Lyrics/Book: Various

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)


Fela!

Music/Lyrics: Fela Kuti  Book: Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2008)


Flashdance

Music/Lyrics: Robbie Roth  Lyrics/Book: Robert Cary  Book: Tom Hedley

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)


Fugitive Songs

Music: Chris Miller  Lyrics: Nathan Tysen

Musical Type: Contemporary/Song Cycle (2008)


Glory Days

Music/Lyrics: Nick Blaemire  Book: James Gardiner

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)


Grits

Music/Lyrics/Book: Erica Allen McGee

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)


Marguerite

Music: Michel Legrand  Lyrics: Alain Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer  Book: Schönberg, Kent, Boublil

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)


Next to Normal

Music: Tom Kitt  Lyrics/Book: Brian Yorkey

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)


Ordinary Days

Music/Lyrics: Adam Gwon

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)


Shrek

Music: Jeanine Tesori  Lyrics/Book: David Lindsay-Abaire

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)


The Hatpin

Music: Peter Rutherford  Lyrics/Book: James Miller

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)


The Toxic Avenger

Music/Lyrics: David Bryan  Book/Lyrics: Joe DiPietro

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)


Things to Ruin

Music/Lyrics/Book: Joe Iconis

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)


Zorro

Music: Gipsy Kings, John Cameron  Lyrics/Book: Stephen Clark  Book: Helen Edmundson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)


2009 Musicals

A Christmas Story

Music/Lyrics: Benj Pasek, Justin Paul  Book: Joseph Robinette

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)


Alphabet City Cycle

Music: Georgia Stitt  Book/Lyrics: Marcy Heisler

Musical Type: Contemporary/Song Cycle (2009)


American Idiot

Music: Green Day  Lyrics/Book: Billie Joe Armstrong  Book: Michael Mayer

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2009)


Baby It’s You!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Floyd Mutrux, Colin Escott

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2009)


Bonnie & Clyde

Music: Frank Wildhorn  Lyrics: Don Black  Book: Ivan Menchell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)


Catch Me If You Can

Music/Lyrics: Marc Shaiman  Lyrics: Scott Wittman  Book: Terrence McNally

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)


Daddy Long Legs

Music/Lyrics: Paul Gordon  Book: John Caird

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)


Everyday Rapture

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Dick Scanlan, Sherie Rene Scott

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)


Giant

Music/Lyrics: Michael John LaChiusa  Book: Sybille Pearson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)


Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge

Music/Lyrics/Book: Peter Mills  Book: Cara Reichel

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)


Lizzie

Music/Lyrics: Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer  Music: Alan Stevens Hewitt  Lyrics/Book: Tim Maner

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)


The Addams Family

Music/Lyrics: Andrew Lippa  Book: Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)


The Count of Monte Cristo

Music: Frank Wildhorn  Lyrics/Book: Jack Murphy

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)


Wonderland

Music: Frank Wildhorn  Lyrics/Book: Jack Murphy  Book: Gregory Boyd, Ava Eldred

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)


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

Musicals of the 1990s

• Musicals of the 2000s → You are here!

Musicals of the 2010s

Musicals of the 2020s


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Stacy Karyn, author of Musicals of the 2000s.
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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