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Musicals Set in Ireland – The Full List of Shows

Are you looking for a musical that takes place in the Emerald Isle? There aren’t a ton, but there are a handful out there. Below you’ll find a list of musicals set in Ireland, followed by a list of musicals that were written by Irish artists.

The following list is broken down into the following categories – “Musicals Fully Set in Ireland“, “Musicals Partially Set in Ireland”, “Musicals Set in a Fictional Ireland“, “Musicals That Mention Ireland” and “Irish Musicals“. Each category is sorted alphabetically.


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Musicals Fully Set in Ireland

A Man of No Importance

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

Setting: Ireland (Dublin)


Juno

Music/Lyrics: Marc Blitzstein  Book: Joseph Stein

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

Setting: Ireland (Dublin)


Sing Street

Music/Lyrics: Gary Clark, John Carney  Book: Enda Walsh

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Setting: Ireland (Dublin)


The Beautiful Game

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics/Book: Ben Elton

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

Setting: Ireland (Belfast)


Through the Years

Music: Vincent Youmans  Lyrics: Edward Heyman  Book: Brian Hooker

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1932)

Setting: Ireland


Musicals Partially Set in Ireland

Once

Music/Lyrics: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová  Book: Enda Walsh

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Setting: Ireland (Dublin) / USA (NYC)


The Pirate Queen

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Setting: Ireland / At Sea


Three Wishes for Jamie

Music/Lyrics: Ralph Blane  Book: Charles O’Neal, Abe Burrows

Musical Type: Golden Age (1952)

Setting: Ireland / USA (Georgia)


Musicals Set in a Fictional Ireland

The Clockmaker’s Daughter

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael Webborn, Daniel Finn

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Setting: Ireland (Spindlewood, Fictional)


Musicals That Mention Ireland

Christine

Music: Sammy Fain  Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster  Book: Pearl S. Buck, Charles K. Peck, Jr.

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

Song That Mentions Ireland: “Ireland Was Never Like This”


Finian’s Rainbow

Music: Burton Lane  Lyrics/Book: E.Y. Harburg  Book: Fred Saidy

Musical Type: Golden Age (1947)

Song That Mentions Ireland: “How Are Things in Glocca Morra?”


Legally Blonde

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

Song That Mentions Ireland: “Ireland”


Titanic

Music/Lyrics: Maury Yeston  Book: Peter Stone

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

Song That Mentions Ireland: “Lady’s Maid”


Tomfoolery

Music/Lyrics: Tom Lehrer  Adaptation: Cameron Mackintosh, Robin Ray

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980)

Song That Mentions Ireland: “Irish Ballad”


Meet Me in St. Louis

Music/Lyrics: Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane  Book: Hugh Wheeler

Musical Type: 1944 Film/Pre-Contemporary Musical (1989)

Song That Mentions Ireland: “A Touch of the Irish”


Irish Musicals

The following musicals were written by Irish composers and writers.


Once

Music/Lyrics: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová  Book: Enda Walsh

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)


Sing Street

Music/Lyrics: Gary Clark, John Carney  Book: Enda Walsh

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)


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Which of these musicals set in Ireland is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above musicals set in Ireland? 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 Ireland.
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 holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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