45+ Musicals Set in France – A Full List

Whether you’re doing some research, putting on a show, or simply looking for new musicals to get into, it’s good to get familiar with what’s out there. And that’s why we’ve put together this list for you! A full list of musicals set in France are included below.

The following list is broken down into two categories – “Musicals Fully Set in France” and “Musicals Partially Set in France”. Each category is sorted alphabetically.

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Musicals Fully Set in France


Music/Lyrics: Daniel Messé  Lyrics: Nathan Tysen  Book: Craig Lucas

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Setting: France


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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

Setting: France

An American in Paris

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Craig Lucas

Musical Type: 1951 Film/Contemporary Musical (2014)

Setting: France

Bad Cinderella

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: David Zippel  Book: Emerald Fennell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2021)

Setting: France

Beauty and the Beast

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)

Setting: France

Black and Blue

Music: W.C. Handy, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Eubie Blake, Big Maybelle

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1985)

Setting: France


Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Abe Burrows

Musical Type: Golden Age (1953)

Setting: France


Music/Lyrics: Bob Merrill  Book: Michael Stewart

Musical Type: Post Golden Age (1961)

Setting: France


Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II  Book: Douglas Carter Beane

Musical Type: 1957 Film/Contemporary Musical (2013)

Setting: France


Music:  André Previn  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1969)

Setting: France


Music: Michael J. Lewis  Lyrics/Book: Anthony Burgess

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1973)

Setting: France

Dear World

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman  Book: Jerome Lawrence, Robert E. Lee

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1969)

Setting: France

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Music/Lyrics: David Yazbek  Book: Jeffrey Lane

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

Setting: France

Divorce Me, Darling!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Sandy Wilson

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)

Setting: France


Music/Lyrics: Harold Rome  Book: S.N. Behrman, Joshua Logan

Musical Type: Golden Age (1954)

Setting: France

Fifty Million Frenchmen

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Herbert Fields

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1929)

Setting: France


Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1973)

Setting: France

Goodtime Charley

Music: Larry Grossman  Lyrics: Hal Hackady  Book: Sidney Michaels

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)

Setting: France

Irma La Douce

Music: Marguerite Monnot  Lyrics/Book: Alexandre Breffort

Musical Type: Golden Age (1956)

Setting: France

La Cage aux Folles

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman  Book: Harvey Fierstein

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1983)

Setting: France

Les Misérables

Music/Book: Claude-Michel Schönberg  Lyrics/Book: Alan Boublil  Lyrics: Jean-Marc Natel

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980)

Setting: France

Lucky in the Rain

Music: Jimmy McHugh  Lyrics: Dorothy Fields, Harold Adamson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

Setting: France


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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Setting: France

Martin Guerre

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

Setting: France

Moulin Rouge!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: John Logan

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2018)

Setting: France


Music/Lyrics: Maury Yeston  Book: Arthur Kopit

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)

Setting: France

Sunday in the Park With George

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: James Lapine

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1984)

Setting: France

The Baker’s Wife

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: Joseph Stein

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1989)

Setting: France

The Boy Friend

Music/Lyrics/Book: Sandy Wilson

Musical Type: Golden Age (1953)

Setting: France

The Count of Monte Cristo

Music: Frank Wildhorn  Lyrics/Book: Jack Murphy

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

Setting: France

The Grand Tour

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman  Book: Michael Stewart, Mark Bramble

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

Setting: France

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1999)

Setting: France

The Phantom of the Opera

Music/Book: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics/Book: Richard Stilgoe  Book: Charles Hart

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1986)

Setting: France

You Never Know

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1938)

Setting: France

Musicals Partially Set in France

A Tale of Two Cities

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jill Santoriello

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

Setting: France/London

Ben Franklin in Paris

Music: Jerry Herman, Mark Sandrich, Jr.  Lyrics/Book: Sidney Michaels

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

Setting: France/USA (New Jersey)

Flowers for Mrs Harris

Music/Lyrics: Richard Taylor  Book: Rachel Wagstaff

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Setting: France/London

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: Leo Robin  Book: Joseph Fields, Anita Loos

Musical Type: Golden Age (1949)

Setting: France/At Sea

I Married an Angel

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Lorenz Hart

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1938)

Setting: France/Switzerland


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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Setting: France/USA

Miss Liberty

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: Robert E. Sherwood

Musical Type: Golden Age (1949)

Setting: France

No Strings

Music/Lyrics: Richard Rodgers  Book: Samuel A. Taylor

Musical Type: Post Golden Age (1962)

Setting: France/NYC

Nymph Errant

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Romney Brent

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1933)

Setting: France/Europe (Various)

Silk Stockings

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: George S. Kaufman, Leueen MacGrath, Abe Burrows

Musical Type: Golden Age (1955)

Setting: France/Russia

The Girl in Pink Tights

Music: Sigmund Romberg  Lyrics: Leo Robin  Book: Jerome Chodorov, Joseph Fields

Musical Type: Golden Age/Operetta (1954)

Setting: France/NYC

The New Moon

Music: Sigmund Romberg  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II, Frank Mandel, Laurence Schwab

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Operetta (1927)

Setting: France/USA

The Scarlet Pimpernel

Music: Frank Wildhorn  Book/Lyrics: Nan Knighton

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

Setting: France/England


Music: Lee Pockriss  Lyrics: Anne Croswell  Book: David Shaw

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)

Setting: France/Russia


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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)

Setting: France/USA (Illinois)

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Which of these musicals set in France is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above musicals set in France? 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 Set in France.
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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