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Musicals Set in Italy – The Full List of Shows

Are you looking for a musical that takes place in beautiful Italy? Though they may be few, each one of the following brings a unique flavor to the stage. Below you’ll find the full list of musicals set in Italy.

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

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Musicals Fully Set in Italy

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)

Setting: Italy (Rome)

Bravo Giovanni

Music: Milton Schafer  Lyrics: Ronny Graham  Book: A.J. Russell

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)

Setting: Italy (Rome)


Music: Burton Lane  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner  Book: Joseph Stein

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1979)

Setting: Italy

Death Takes a Holiday

Music/Lyrics: Maury Yeston  Book: Peter Stone, Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Setting: Italy

Do I Hear a Waltz?

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Arthur Laurents

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)

Setting: Italy (Venice)


Music/Lyrics: Maury Yeston  Book: Arthur Kopit

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1982)

Setting: Italy (Venice)


Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: James Lapine

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)

Setting: Italy (Milan)

The Light in the Piazza

Music/Lyrics: Adam Guettel  Book: Craig Lucas

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

Setting: Italy

Two Gentlemen of Verona

Music: Galt MacDermot  Lyrics/Book: John Guare  Book: Mel Shapiro

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)

Setting: Italy (Milan, Verona)

Musicals Partially Set in Italy


Music/Lyrics/Book: Jay Kuo  Book: Marc Acito, Lorenzo Thione

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

Setting: France, Italy, USA (California, Wyoming, Washington, D.C.)

Ankles Aweigh

Music: Sammy Fain  Lyrics: Dan Shapiro  Book: Guy Bolton, Eddie Davis

Musical Type: Golden Age (1955)

Setting: Africa (Morocco) / Italy / At Sea

Aspects of Love

Music/Book: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Don Black, Charles Hart

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1989)

Setting: France / Italy


Music/Lyrics: Leonard Bernstein  Lyrics: Richard Wilbur, John Latouche, Stephen Sondheim*, Dorothy Parker  Book: John Caird*, Hugh Wheeler*, Lillian Hellman

* Writers who worked on the 1974/1999 revivals of the show

Musical Type: Golden Age (1956)

Setting: France (Paris) / Italy / Spain / Uruguay

Loving Repeating

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics: Gertrude Stein  Book: Frank Galati

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Setting: France / Italy / USA (California, Illinois, Maryland)

Nymph Errant

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Romney Brent, Steve Mackes, Michael Whaley

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1933)

Setting: England / France / Greece / Italy / Switzerland / Turkey

Song of Norway

Music: Edvard Grieg  Lyrics: Robert Wright, George Forrest  Book: Milton Lazarus, Homer Curran

Musical Type: Golden Age (1944)

Setting: Denmark / Italy / Norway

The Glorious Ones

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics/Books: Lynn Ahrens

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

Setting: France / Italy

Top Hat

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: Matthew White, Howard Jacques

Musical Type: 1935 Film/Contemporary Musical (2011)

Setting: England (London) / Italy (Venice) / USA (NYC)

Musicals That Mention Italy

Anything Can Happen in the Theater

Music/Lyrics: Maury Yeston  Concept: Gerard Alessandrini

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Song That Mentions Italy: “Cinema Italiano”

Lend Me a Tenor

Music: Brad Carroll  Lyrics/Book: Peter Sham

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Song That Mentions Italy: “Facciamo L’Amor”

Movin’ Out

Music/Lyrics: Billy Joel

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

Song That Mentions Italy: “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant”


Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: Joseph Stein, David Thompson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1986)

Song That Mentions Italy: “Meet an Italian”

The Bridges of Madison County

Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown  Book: Marsha Norman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Song That Mentions Italy: “To Build a Home”

The Most Happy Fella

Music/Lyrics/Book: Frank Loesser

Musical Type: Golden Age (1956)

Song That Mentions Italy: “Sposalizio”

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Which of these musicals set in Italy is your favorite?

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