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. And the most notable musicals of the decade are included below.


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2000 Musicals


A Class Act  (2000)

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

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Bare  (2000)

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

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Seussical  (2000)

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

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The Beautiful Game  (2000)

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics/Book: Ben Elton

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The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin  (2000)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Kirsten Childs

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The Full Monty  (2000)

Music/Lyrics: David Yazbek  Book: Terrence McNally

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The Immigrant  (2000)

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

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The Wild Party (LaChiusa)  (2000)

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

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The Witches of Eastwick  (2000)

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

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White Christmas  (2000)

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

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2001 Musicals


Closer to Heaven  (2001)

Music/Lyrics: Pet Shop Boys  Book: Jonathan Harvey

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Dracula  (2001)

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

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Jerry Springer: The Opera  (2001)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Richard Thomas, Stewart Lee

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The Last Five Years  (2001)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jason Robert Brown

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The Producers  (2001)

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

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The Spitfire Grill  (2001)

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

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The Visit  (2001)

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

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Tick, Tick… Boom!   (2001)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Larson

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Urinetown  (2001)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Greg Hollmann, Greg Kotis

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2002 Musicals


A Man of No Importance  (2002)

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

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A Year With Frog and Toad  (2002)

Music: Robert Reale  Lyrics/Book: Willie Reale

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Bombay Dreams  (2002)

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

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang  (2002)

Music/Lyrics: The Sherman Brothers  Book: Jeremy Sams

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Debbie Does Dallas  (2002)

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

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Hairspray  (2002)

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

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Harlem Song  (2002)

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: George C. Wolfe

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Judy’s Scary Little Christmas  (2002)

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

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Memphis  (2002)

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

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Movin’ Out  (2002)

Music/Lyrics: Billy Joel

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Our House  (2002)

Music/Lyrics: Madness  Book: Tim Firth

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Sweet Smell of Success  (2002)

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

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Taboo  (2002)

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

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Thoroughly Modern Millie  (2002)

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

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We Will Rock You  (2002)

Music/Lyrics: Queen  Book: Ben Elton

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2003 Musicals


A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant   (2003)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Kyle Jarrow

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Avenue Q  (2003)

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

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Caroline, or Change  (2003)

Music: Jeanine Tesori  Lyrics: Tony Kushner  Book: Tony Kushner

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Elegies: A Song Cycle  (2003)

Music/Lyrics: William Finn

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Evil Dead  (2003)

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

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Golf: The Musical  (2003)

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

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Little Fish  (2003)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

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My Life with Albertine  (2003)

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

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Road Show  (2003)

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: John Weidman

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The Light in the Piazza  (2003)

Music/Lyrics: Adam Guettel  Book: Craig Lucas

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The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)  (2003)

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

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The Thing About Men  (2003)

Music: Jimmy Roberts  Lyrics/Book: Joe DiPietro

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Urban Cowboy  (2003)

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

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Wicked  (2003)

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: Winnie Holzman

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Zanna, Don’t!  (2003)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Tim Acito, Alexander Dinelaris

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2004 Musicals


A Little Princess  (2004)

Music: Andrew Lippa  Lyrics/Book: Brian Crawley

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Altar Boyz  (2004)

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

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BKLYN: The Musical  (2004)

Music/Lyrics/Book:  Mark Schoenfeld, Barri McPherson

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Desperate Measures  (2004)

Music: David Friedman  Lyrics/Book: Peter Kellogg

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Dirty Dancing  (2004)

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Eleanor Bergstein

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels  (2004)

Music/Lyrics: David Yazbek  Book: Jeffrey Lane

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Disco Inferno  (2004)

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Jai Sepple

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Jersey Boys  (2004)

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

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Junie B. Jones  (2004)

Music: Zina Goldrich  Book/Lyrics: Marcy Heisler

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Mary Poppins  (2004)

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

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See What I Wanna See  (2004)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

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Spamalot  (2004)

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

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The Woman in White  (2004)

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

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Willy Wonka  (2004)

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

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2005 Musicals


All Shook Up  (2005)

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Joe DiPietro

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Billy Elliot  (2005)

Music: Elton John  Lyrics: Lee Hall  Book: Lee Hall

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Captain Louie  (2005)

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: Anthony Stein

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Dessa Rose  (2005)

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics/Book: Lynn Ahrens

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Edges  (2005)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

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Gutenberg! The Musical!  (2005)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Scott Brown, Anthony King

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In the Heights  (2005)

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

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Lestat  (2005)

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

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Little Women  (2005)

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

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Rock of Ages  (2005)

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Chris D’Arienzo

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Scandalous  (2005)

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

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Silence!  (2005)

Music/Lyrics: John and Al Kaplan  Book: Hunter Bell

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee  (2005)

Music/Lyrics: William Finn  Book: Rachel Sheinkin

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The Color Purple  (2005)

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

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The Great American Trailer Park Musical  (2005)

Music/Lyrics: David Nehls  Book: Betsy Kelso

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The Likes of Us  (1965/2005)

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

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Yank!  (2005)

Music: Joseph Zellnik  Lyrics/Book: David Zellnik

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2006 Musicals


Bad Girls  (2006)

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

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Bernarda Alba  (2006)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

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Calvin Berger  (2006)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Barry Wyner

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Chaplin  (2006)

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

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Curtains  (2006)

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

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Dear Edwina  (2006)

Music: Zina Goldrich  Lyrics/Book: Marcy Heisler

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Finding Nemo  (2006)

Music/Lyrics: Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez

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Grey Gardens  (2006)

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

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Hadestown  (2006)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Anaïs Mitchell

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High Fidelity  (2006)

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

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I Love You Because  (2006)

Music: Joshua Salzman  Lyrics: Ryan Cunningham

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Make Me a Song  (2006)

Music/Lyrics: William Finn

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Million Dollar Quartet  (2006)

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

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Passing Strange  (2006)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Stew, Heidi Rodewald

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Priscilla, Queen of the Desert  (2006)

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

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Ring of Fire  (2006)

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

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SHOUT! The Mod Musical  (2006)

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

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Sister Act  (2006)

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

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Spring Awakening  (2006)

Music: Duncan Sheik  Lyrics/Book: Steven Sater

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Tarzan  (2006)

Music/Lyrics: Phil Collins  Book: David Henry Hwang

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The Lord of the Rings  (2006)

Music: Rahman, Nightingale, Värttinä  Lyrics/Book: Matthew Warchus, Shaun McKenna

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The Pirate Queen  (2006)

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

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The Story of My Life  (2006)

Music/Lyrics: Neil Bartram  Book: Brian Hill

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The Wedding Singer  (2006)

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

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Title of Show  (2006)

Music/Lyrics: Jeff Bowen  Book: Hunter Bell

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Vanities  (2006)

Music/Lyrics: David Kirshenbaum  Book: Jack Heifner

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2007 Musicals


13  (2007)

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

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A Catered Affair  (2007)

Music/Lyrics: John Bucchino  Book: Harvey Fierstein

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A Tale of Two Cities  (2007)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jill Santoriello

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Adding Machine  (2007)

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

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Cry-Baby  (2007)

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

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Happy Days  (2007)

Music/Lyrics: Paul Williams  Book: Garry Marshall

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High School Musical  (2007)

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: David Simpatico

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Legally Blonde  (2007)

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

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LoveMusik  (2007)

Music: Kurt Weill  Lyrics: Various  Book: Alfred Uhry

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Meet John Doe  (2007)

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

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The Glorious Ones  (2007)

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics/Books: Lynn Ahrens

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The Little Mermaid  (2007)

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

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When Midnight Strikes  (2007)

Music: Charles Miller  Lyrics/Book: Kevin Hammonds

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Xanadu  (2007)

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

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Young Frankenstein  (2007)

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

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2008 Musicals


9 to 5  (2008)

Music/Lyrics: Dolly Parton  Book: Patricia Resnick

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All the Fun of the Fair  (2008)

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Jon Conway

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Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson  (2008)

Music/Lyrics: Michael Friedman  Book: Alex Timbers

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Breast Wishes  (2008)

Music/Lyrics: Bruce Brown  Book: Various

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Bubble Boy  (2008)

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

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Fela!  (2008)

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

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Flashdance  (2008)

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

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Fugitive Songs  (2008)

Music: Chris Miller  Lyrics: Nathan Tysen

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Glory Days  (2008)

Music/Lyrics: Nick Blaemire  Book: James Gardiner

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Grits  (2008)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Erica Allen McGee

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Marguerite  (2008)

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

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Next to Normal  (2008)

Music: Tom Kitt  Lyrics/Book: Brian Yorkey

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Ordinary Days  (2008)

Music/Lyrics: Adam Gwon

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Shrek  (2008)

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

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The Hatpin  (2008)

Music: Peter Rutherford  Lyrics/Book: James Miller

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The Toxic Avenger  (2008)

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

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Zorro  (2008)

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

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2009 Musicals


A Christmas Story  (2009)

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

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Alphabet City Cycle  (2009)

Music: Georgia Stitt  Book/Lyrics: Marcy Heisler

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American Idiot  (2009)

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

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Baby It’s You!  (2009)

Music: Various  Lyrics: Various  Book: Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott

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Bonnie & Clyde  (2009)

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

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Catch Me If You Can  (2009)

Music: Marc Shaiman  Lyrics: Marc Shaiman  Book: Terrence McNally

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Daddy Long Legs  (2009)

Music/Lyrics: Paul Gordon  Book: John Caird

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Everyday Rapture  (2009)

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

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Giant  (2009)

Music/Lyrics: Michael John LaChiusa  Book: Sybille Pearson

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Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge  (2009)

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

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The Addams Family  (2009)

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

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The Count of Monte Cristo  (2009)

Music: Frank Wildhorn  Lyrics/Book: Jack Murphy

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Wonderland  (2009)

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

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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 

Musicals of the 1990s

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Musicals of the 2010s

Musicals of the 2020s


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Which of these musicals of the 2000s is your favorite?

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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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