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175+ Musicals Set in New York – The 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 New York are included below.

This list is broken down into the following categories – “Musicals Fully Set in NYC”, “Musicals Partially Set in NYC”, “Musicals Set in New York State”, “Musicals Partially Set in New York State”, and “Musicals Set in a Fictional NYC”. Each category is sorted alphabetically.

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Musicals Fully Set in NYC

70, Girls, 70

Music: John Kander  Lyrics: Fred Ebb  Book: David Thompson, Norman L. Martin

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)

Setting: New York City


A Beautiful Noise

Music/Lyrics: Neil Diamond  Book: Anthony McCarten

Musical Type: Contemporary (2022)

Setting: New York City


A Bronx Tale

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics: Glenn Slater  Book: Chazz Palminteri

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Setting: New York City


A Catered Affair

Music/Lyrics: John Bucchino  Book: Harvey Fierstein

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

Setting: New York City


A Chorus Line

Music: Marvin Hamlisch  Lyrics: Edward Kleban  Book: James Kirkwood, Nicholas Dante

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)

Setting: New York City


A Class Act

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

Setting: New York City


A Strange Loop

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael R. Jackson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Setting: New York City


A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Music: Arthur Schwartz  Lyrics: Dorothy Fields  Book: George Abbott, Betty Smith

Musical Type: Golden Age (1951)

Setting: New York City


Ain’t Misbehavin’

Music: Thomas “Fats” Waller  Lyrics: Various  ConceptMurray Horwitz, Richard Maltby, Jr.

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

Setting: New York City


American Psycho

Music/Lyrics: Duncan Sheik  Book: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Setting: New York City


Annie

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Martin Charnin  Book: Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

Setting: New York City


Applause

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Lee Adams  Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)

Setting: New York City


Ballroom

Music: Billy Goldenberg  Lyrics: Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman  Book: Jerome Kass

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

Setting: New York City


Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Music/Lyrics: Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil  Book: Douglas McGrath

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Setting: New York City


Bells Are Ringing

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics/Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

Musical Type: Golden Age (1956)

Setting: New York City


BKLYN: The Musical

Music/Lyrics/Book: Mark Schoenfeld, Barri McPherson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

Setting: New York City


Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Music/Lyrics: Bob Merrill  Book: Edward Albee

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)

Setting: New York City


Bright Lights, Big City

Music/Lyrics/Book: Paul Scott Goodman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1999)

Setting: New York City


Bubbling Brown Sugar

Music: Various  Book: Loften Mitchell  Concept: Rosetta LeNoire

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

Setting: New York City


Bugsy Malone

Music/Lyrics: Paul Williams  Book: Alan Parker

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

Setting: New York City


Bullets Over Broadway

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Woody Allen

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Setting: New York City


By the Beautiful Sea

Music: Arthur Schwartz  Lyrics/Book: Dorothy Fields  Book: Herbert Fields

Musical Type: Golden Age (1954)

Setting: New York City


Company

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: George Furth

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)

Setting: New York City


Cruel Intentions

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Roger Kumble, Lindsey Rosin, Jordan Ross

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Setting: New York City


Days of Wine and Roses

Music/Lyrics: Adam Guettel  Book: Craig Lucas

Musical Type: Contemporary (2023)

Setting: New York City


Dearest Enemy

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Lorenz Hart  Book: Herbert Fields

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1925)

Setting: New York City


Don’t Play Us Cheap

Music/Lyrics/Book: Melvin Van Peebles

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1972)

Setting: New York City


Face the Music

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin Book: Moss Hart

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1932)

Setting: New York City


Falsettoland

Music/Lyrics/Book: William Finn  Book: James Lapine

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)

Setting: New York City


Falsettos

Music/Lyrics/Book: William Finn  Book: James Lapine

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

Setting: New York City


Fame

Music: Steve Margoshes  Lyrics: Jacques Levy  Book: José Fernandez

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1988)

Setting: New York City


Fiorello!

Music: Jerry Bock  Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick  Book: Jerome Weidman, George Abbott

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

Setting: New York City


First Date

Music/Lyrics: Alan Zachary, Michael Weiner  Book: Austin Winsberg

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

Setting: New York City


Flora, the Red Menace

Music: John Kander  Lyrics: Fred Ebb  Book: George Abbott, Robert Russell, David Thompson

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)

Setting: New York City


Funny Girl

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: Bob Merrill  Book: Isobel Lennart

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

Setting: New York City


Ghost

Music/Lyrics: Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard  Lyrics/Book: Bruce Joel Rubin

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Setting: New York City


Golden Boy

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Lee Adams  Book: Clifford Odets, William Gibson

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

Setting: New York City


Hair

Music: Galt MacDermot  Lyrics/Book: Gerome Ragni, James Rado

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)

Setting: New York City


Hamilton

Music/Lyrics/Book: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Setting: New York City


Hazel Flagg

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: Bob Hilliard  Book: Ben Hecht

Musical Type: Golden Age (1953)

Setting: New York City


Hello, Dolly!

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman  Book: Michael Stewart

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

Setting: New York City


Hell’s Kitchen

Music/Lyrics: Alicia Keys, Various  Book: Kristoffer Diaz

Musical Type: Contemporary (2023)

Setting: New York City


Henry, Sweet Henry

Music/Lyrics: Bob Merrill  Book: Nunnally Johnson

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)

Setting: New York City


How Now, Dow Jones

Music: Elmer Bernstein  Lyrics: Carolyn Leigh  Book: Max Shulman

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)

Setting: New York City


Miracle on 34th Street (Here’s Love)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Meredith Willson

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)

Setting: New York City


High Fidelity

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Setting: New York City


How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Music/Lyrics: Frank Loesser  Book: Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, Willie Gilbert

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)

Setting: New York City


I Can Get It for You Wholesale

Music/Lyrics: Harold Rome  Book: Jerome Weidman

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)

Setting: New York City


I Had a Ball

Music/Lyrics: Jack Lawrence, Stan Freeman  Book: Jerome Chodorov

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

Setting: New York City


I Love You Because

Music: Joshua Salzman  Lyrics: Ryan Cunningham

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Setting: New York City


If/Then

Music: Tom Kitt  Lyrics/Book: Brian Yorkey

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Setting: New York City


In the Heights

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Setting: New York City


In Transit

Music/Lyrics/Book: Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan, Sara Wordsworth

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Setting: New York City


In Trousers

Music/Lyrics/Book: William Finn

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1979)

Setting: New York City


Irene

Music: Harry Tierney  Lyrics: Joseph McCarthy  Book: James Montgomery, Joseph Stein, Hugh Wheeler

Musical Type: Pre-Jazz Age (1919)

Setting: New York City


It Shoulda Been You

Music: Barbara Anselmi  Lyrics/Book: Brian Hargrove

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Setting: New York City


Jimmy

Music/Lyrics: Bill Jacob, Patti Jacob  Book: Melville Shavelson

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1969)

Setting: New York City


KPOP

Music/Lyrics: Helen Park, Max Vernon  Book: Jason Kim

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Setting: New York City


Lady in the Dark

Music: Kurt Weill  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Moss Hart

Musical Type: Golden Age (1941)

Setting: New York City


Leader of the Pack

Music/Lyrics: Ellie Greenwich & Friends  Book: Anne Beatts

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1984)

Setting: New York City


Little Fish

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

Setting: New York City


Love Never Dies

Music/Book: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics/Book: Glenn Slater  Book: Ben Elton, Frederick Forsyth

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Setting: New York City


Maggie Flynn

Music/Lyrics/Book: Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss  Book: Morton DaCosta

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)

Setting: New York City


March of the Falsettos

Music/Lyrics/Book: William Finn

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1981)

Setting: New York City


Marry Me a Little

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Concept: Craig Lucas, Norman Rene

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980)

Setting: New York City


Mayor

Music/Lyrics: Charles Strouse  Book: Warren Leight

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)

Setting: New York City


Me and Juliet

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Type: Golden Age (1953)

Setting: New York City


Mr. Saturday Night

Music: Jason Robert Brown  Lyrics: Amanda Green  Book: Billy Crystal, Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel

Musical Type: Contemporary (2021)

Setting: New York City


Murder Ballad

Music/Lyrics: Juliana Nash  Lyrics/Book: Julia Jordan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

Setting: New York City


My Favorite Year

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens  Book: Joseph Dougherty

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

Setting: New York City


New Girl in Town

Music/Lyrics: Bob Merrill  Book: George Abbott

Musical Type: Golden Age (1957)

Setting: New York City


New York, New York

Music/Lyrics: John Kander, Fred Ebb  Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda  Book: David Thompson, Sharon Washington

Musical Type: Contemporary (2023)

Setting: New York City


Newsies

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics: Jack Feldman  Book: Harvey Fierstein

Musical Type: 1992 Film/Contemporary Musical (2011)

Setting: New York City


Next Thing You Know

Music: Joshua Salzman  Lyrics/Book: Ryan Cunningham

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Setting: New York City


Nice Work If You Can Get It

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Joe DiPietro

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

Setting: New York City


On the Town

Music: Leonard Bernstein  Lyrics/Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

Musical Type: Golden Age (1944)

Setting: New York City


One Touch of Venus

Music: Kurt Weill  Lyrics/Book: Ogden Nash  Book: S.J. Perelman

Musical Type: Golden Age (1943)

Setting: New York City


Ordinary Days

Music/Lyrics: Adam Gwon

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Setting: New York City


Parade

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jerry Herman

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

Setting: New York City


Play On!

Music/Lyrics: Duke Ellington, Various  Book: Cheryl L. West

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

Setting: New York City


Promises, Promises

Music: Burt Bacharach  Lyrics: Hal David  Book: Neil Simon

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)

Setting: New York City


Putting It Together

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

Setting: New York City


Rags

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1986)

Setting: New York City


Rent

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Larson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

Setting: New York City


Runaways

Music/Lyrics/Book: Elizabeth Swados

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

Setting: New York City


Sally

Music: Jerome Kern, Victor Herbert  Lyrics: Clifford Grey, B.G. De Sylva, P.G. Wodehouse, Anne Caldwell  Book: Guy Bolton

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1920)

Setting: New York City


Saturday Night

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Julius J. Epstein

Musical Type: Golden Age (1955) / Pre-Contemporary (1997)

Setting: New York City


Saturday Night Fever

Music/Lyrics: Bee Gees  Book: Nan Knighton, Arlene Phillips, Paul Nicholas, Robert Stigwood

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

Setting: New York City


Say, Darling

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: Betty Comden, Adolph Green  Book: Abe Burrows, Marian & Richard Bissell

Musical Type: Golden Age (1958)

Setting: New York City


Seesaw

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics: Dorothy Fields  Book: Michael Bennett

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1973)

Setting: New York City


Simply Heavenly

Music: David Martin  Lyrics/Book: Langston Hughes

Musical Type: Golden Age (1957)

Setting: New York City


Skyscraper

Music: James Van Heusen  Lyrics: Sammy Cahn  Book: Peter Stone

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)

Setting: New York City


Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Music/Lyrics: Bono, The Edge  Book: Julie Taymor, Glen Berger, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Setting: New York City


Street Scene

Music: Kurt Weill  Lyrics: Langston Hughes  Book: Elmer Rice

Musical Type: Opera (1947)

Setting: New York City


Subways Are For Sleeping

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics/Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)

Setting: New York City


Sweet Charity

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics: Dorothy Fields  Book: Neil Simon

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)

Setting: New York City


Sweet Smell of Success

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

Setting: New York City


Tenderloin

Music: Jerry Bock  Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick  Book: George Abbott, Jerome Weidman

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

Setting: New York City


The Addams Family

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

Setting: New York City


The Goodbye Girl

Music: Marvin Hamlisch  Lyrics: David Zippel  Book: Neil Simon

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

Setting: New York City


The Life

Music/Book: Cy Coleman  Lyrics/Book: Ira Gasman  Book: David Newman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)

Setting: New York City


The Me Nobody Knows

Music: Gary William Friedman  Lyrics: Will Holt  Book: Bob Livingston, Herb Schapiro

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)

Setting: New York City


The New Yorkers

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Herbert Fields

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1930)

Setting: New York City


The Producers

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

Musical Type: 1967 Film/Contemporary Musical (2001)

Setting: New York City


The Rink

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1984)

Setting: New York City


The Tap Dance Kid

Music: Henry Krieger  Lyrics: Robert Lorick  Book: Charles Blackwell

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1983)

Setting: New York City


The Wild Party (LaChiusa)

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

Setting: New York City


The Wild Party (Lippa)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Andrew Lippa

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

Setting: New York City


Thoroughly Modern Millie

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

Setting: New York City


Tick, Tick … BOOM!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Larson

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

Setting: New York City


Tintypes

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Mel Marvin, Gary Pearle, Mary Kyte

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1979)

Setting: New York City


Tootsie

Music/Lyrics: David Yazbek  Book: Robert Horn

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

Setting: New York City


Top Banana

Music/Lyrics: Johnny Mercer  Book: Hy Kraft

Musical Type: Golden Age (1951)

Setting: New York City


Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jim Barne, Kit Buchan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Setting: New York City


War Paint

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Setting: New York City


West Side Story

Music: Leonard Bernstein  Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Arthur Laurents

Musical Type: Golden Age (1957)

Setting: New York City


Woman of the Year

Music: John Kander  Lyrics: Fred Ebb  Book: Peter Stone

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1981)

Setting: New York City


Wonderful Town

Music: Leonard Bernstein  Lyrics: Betty Comden, Adolph Green  Book: Joseph Fields, Jerome Chodorov

Musical Type: Golden Age (1953)

Setting: New York City


Musicals Partially Set in NYC

42nd Street

Music: Harry Warren  Lyrics: Al Dubin, Johnny Mercer  Book: Michael Stewart, Mark Bramble

Musical Type: 1933 Film/Pre-Contemporary Musical (1980)

Setting: USA (NYC, Pennsylvania)


3 Guys Naked from the Waist Down

Music: Michael Rupert  Lyrics/Book: Jerry Colker

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)

Setting: USA (California, NYC)


Almost Famous

Music/Lyrics: Tom Kitt  Lyrics/Book: Cameron Crowe

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Setting: USA (NYC, Various)


Annie Get Your Gun

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: Dorothy Fields, Herbert Fields

Musical Type: Golden Age (1946)

Setting: USA (Minnesota, NYC, Ohio)


Bajour

Music/Lyrics: Walter Marks  Book: Ernest Kinoy

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

Setting: USA (New Jersey, NYC)


Bandstand

Music/Lyrics/Book: Richard Oberacker  Lyrics/Book: Robert Taylor

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Setting: USA (NYC, Ohio)


Big

Music: David Shire  Lyrics: Richard Maltby, Jr.  Book: John Weidman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

Setting: USA (New Jersey, NYC)


Bombshell

Music/Lyrics: Marc Shaiman  Lyrics: Scott Wittman  Book: Patrik Komljenović

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Setting: Asia, England, USA (California, NYC)


Brigadoon

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Golden Age (1947)

Setting: Scotland / USA (NYC)


Broadway Bounty Hunter

Music/Lyrics/Book: Joe Iconis  Book: Lance Rubin, Jason SweetTooth Williams

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Setting: Ecuador / USA (NYC)


Bye Bye Birdie

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Lee Adams  Book: Michael Stewart

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

Setting: USA (NYC, Ohio)


Copacabana

Music/Book: Barry Manilow  Lyrics/Book: Bruce Sussman, Jack Feldman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)

Setting: Cuba / USA (NYC)


Crazy for You

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Ken Ludwig

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Pre-Contemporary (1992)

Setting: USA (Nevada, NYC)


Daddy Long Legs

Music/Lyrics: Paul Gordon  Book: John Caird

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

Setting: USA (New England, NYC)


Dames at Sea

Music: Jim Wise  Lyrics/Book: George Haimsohn, Robin Miller

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)

Setting: USA (NYC) / At Sea


Elf

Music: Matthew Sklar  Lyrics: Chad Beguelin  Book: Bob Martin, Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Setting: USA (NYC) / Fictional


Ernest Shackleton Loves Me

Music: Brendan Milburn  Lyrics: Valerie Vigoda  Book: Joe DiPietro

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Setting: The Antarctic / USA (NYC)


Everyday Rapture

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

Setting: USA (Kansas, NYC)


Fly By Night

Music/Lyrics/Book: Kim Rosenstock, Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Setting: USA (NYC, South Dakota)


Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1949)

Setting: France (Paris) / USA (NYC) / At Sea


Gettin’ the Band Back Together

Music/Lyrics: Mark Allen  Book: Ken Davenport, The Grundleshotz

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Setting: USA (New Jersey, NYC)


God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics: Dennis Green  Lyrics/Book: Howard Ashman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1979)

Setting: USA (Indiana, NYC)


Goldilocks

Music: Leroy Anderson  Lyrics: Joan Ford  Lyrics/Book: Jean Kerr, Walter Kerr

Musical Type: Golden Age (1958)

Setting: USA (New York, NYC)


Guys and Dolls

Music/Lyrics: Frank Loesser  Book: Jo Swerling, Abe Burrows

Musical Type: Golden Age (1950)

Setting: Cuba / USA (NYC)


Harmony

Music: Barry Manilow  Lyrics/Book: Bruce Sussman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

Setting: Denmark, Germany, USA (California, NYC)


Holiday Inn

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: Gordon Greenberg, Chad Hodge

Setting: USA (Connecticut, NYC)


Honeymoon in Vegas

Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown  Book: Andrew Bergman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Setting: USA (Hawaii, Nevada, NYC)


James and the Giant Peach

Music: Justin Paul  Lyrics: Benj Pasek  Book: Timothy Allen McDonald

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Setting: England (Dover, London) / USA (NYC) / At Sea


Jennie

Music/Lyrics: Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz  Book: Arnold Schulman

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)

Setting: USA (NYC, South Dakota, Washington)


John & Jen

Music/Book: Andrew Lippa  Lyrics/Book: Tom Greenwald

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)

Setting: USA (NYC, Other) / Canada


Knickerbocker Holiday

Music: Kurt Weill  Lyrics/Book: Maxwell Anderson

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1938)

Setting: USA (NYC [New Amsterdam])


Knoxville

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens  Book: Frank Galati

Musical Type: Contemporary (2022)

Setting: USA (NYC, Tennessee)


Late Nite Comic

Music/Lyrics: Brian Gari  Book: Allan Knee

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1987)

Setting: USA (Nevada, NYC)


Leap of Faith

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics: Glenn Slater  Book: Janus Cercone, Warren Leight

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Setting: USA (Kansas, NYC)


Legacy – Two Song Cycles

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens

Musical Type: Contemporary (2020)

Setting: USA (New York, NYC)


Legs Diamond

Music/Lyrics: Peter Allen  Book: Harvey Fierstein, Charles Suppon

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1988)

Setting: USA (Pennsylvania, NYC)


Let ‘Em Eat Cake

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1933)

Setting: USA (NYC, Washington, D.C.)


Let It Ride!

Music/Lyrics: Jay Livingston, Ray Evans  Book: Abram S. Ginnes

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)

Setting: USA (New Jersey, NYC)


Lorelei

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: Leo Robin, Adolph Green, Betty Comden  Book: Anita Loos, Joseph Fields, Kenny Solms, Gail Parent

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

Setting: France (Paris) / USA (NYC) / At Sea


LoveMusik

Music: Kurt Weill  Lyrics: Various  Book: Alfred Uhry

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

Setting: Europe (Germany) / USA (California, NYC)


Love Story

Music/Lyrics: Howard Goodall  Lyrics/Book: Stephen Clark

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Setting: USA (Massachusetts, NYC)


Mack & Mabel

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman  Book: Michael Stewart

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

Setting: USA (California, NYC)


Mame

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)

Setting: USA (Connecticut, NYC)


Merrily We Roll Along

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: George Furth

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1981)

Setting: USA (California, NYC)


Miss Liberty

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1949)

Setting: France (Paris) / USA (NYC)


Mr. Wonderful

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Bock, Larry Holofcener, George Weiss  Book: Joseph Stein, Will Glickman

Musical Type: Golden Age (1956)

Setting: USA (Florida, New Jersey, NYC)


My One and Only

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Peter Stone, Timothy S. Mayer

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Pre-Contemporary (1983)

Setting: Africa (Morocco) / USA (NYC)


No, No, Nanette

Music: Vincent Youmans  Lyrics: Irving Caesar  Lyrics/Book: Otto Harbach  Book: Frank Mandel

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1925)

Setting: USA (New Jersey, NYC)


On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Music: Burton Lane  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)

Setting: England (London) / USA (NYC)


On the Twentieth Century

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics/Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

Setting: USA (Illinois, NYC, Ohio)


Once

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Setting: Ireland (Dublin) / USA (NYC)


Out of This World

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Dwight Taylor, Reginald Lawrence

Musical Type: Golden Age (1950)

Setting: Greece, USA (NYC), Fictional


Paramour

Music: Guy Dubuc, Marc Lessard  Music/Lyrics: Andreas Carlsson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Setting: USA (California, NYC)


Ragtime

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

Setting: USA (New Jersey, New York, NYC)


Road Show

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: John Weidman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

Setting: USA (California, Florida, NYC)


See What I Wanna See

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

Setting: Japan / USA (NYC)


Song and Dance

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Don Black, Richard Maltby Jr.

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1982)

Setting: USA (California, NYC)


Tell Me on a Sunday

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Don Black

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1979)

Setting: USA (California, NYC)


Texas, Li’l Darlin’

Music: Robert Emmett Dolan  Lyrics: Johnny Mercer  Book: John Whedon, Sam Moore

Musical Type: Golden Age (1949)

Setting: USA (NYC, Texas)


The Biograph Girl

Music/Lyrics: David Heneker  Lyrics/Book: Warner Brown

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980)

Setting: USA (California, NYC)


The Boy From Oz

Music/Lyrics: Peter Allen  Book: Nick Enright, Martin Sherman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

Setting: Australia / USA (NYC)


The Capeman

Music/Lyrics/Book: Paul Simon  Lyrics/Book: Derek Walcott

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

Setting: Puerto Rico / USA (Arizona, New York, NYC)


The Girl in Pink Tights

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1954)

Setting: France / USA (NYC)


The Drowsy Chaperone

Music/Lyrics: Lisa Lambert, Greg Morrison  Book: Bob Martin, Don McKellar

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

Setting: USA (NYC, Other)


The Landing

Music: John Kander  Lyrics/Book: Greg Pierce

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Setting: USA (Connecticut, NYC)


The Last Five Years

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jason Robert Brown

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)

Setting: USA (NYC, Ohio)


The Lightning Thief

Music/Lyrics: Rob Rokicki  Book: Joe Tracz

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Setting: USA (California, New Jersey, NYC) / Fictional


The Nervous Set

Music: Tommy Wolf  Lyrics: Fran Landesman  Book: Jay Landesman, Theodore J. Flicker

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

Setting: USA (Connecticut, NYC)


They’re Playing Our Song

Music: Marvin Hamlisch  Lyrics: Carole Bayer Sager  Book: Neil Simon

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

Setting: USA (California, NYC)


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)


Vanities

Music/Lyrics: David Kirshenbaum  Book: Jack Heifner

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Setting: USA (NYC, Texas)


What Makes Sammy Run?

Music/Lyrics: Ervin Drake  Book: Budd Schulberg, Stuart Schulberg

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

Setting: USA (California, NYC)


White Christmas

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

Musical Type: 1954 Film/Contemporary Musical (2000)

Setting: USA (NYC, Vermont)


Witness Uganda

Music/Lyrics/Book: Matt Gould, Griffin Matthews

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Setting: Africa / USA (NYC)


Wonderland

Music: Frank Wildhorn  Lyrics/Book: Jack Murphy  Book: Gregory Boyd

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

Setting: USA (NYC) / Fictional


Musicals Set in New York State

All American

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Lee Adams  Book: Mel Brooks

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)

Setting: USA (New York)


Babes in Arms

Music/Book: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics/Book: Lorenz Hart

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1937)

Setting: USA (New York)


Birds of Paradise

Music/Book: David Evans  Lyrics/Book: Winnie Holzman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1987)

Setting: USA (New York)


Dirty Dancing

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Eleanor Bergstein

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

Setting: USA (New York)


Grey Gardens

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Setting: USA (New York)


High Society

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Lyrics: Susan Birkenhead  Book: Arthur Kopit

Musical Type: 1956 Film/Pre-Contemporary Musical (1997)

Setting: USA (New York)


Movin’ Out

Music/Lyrics: Billy Joel

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

Setting: USA (New York)


Nice Work If You Can Get It

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Joe DiPietro

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

Setting: USA (New York)


Oh, Kay!

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1926)

Setting: USA (New York)


The Full Monty

Music/Lyrics: David Yazbek  Book: Terrence McNally

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

Setting: USA (New York)


The Girl Friend

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Lorenz Hart  Book: Herbert Fields

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1926)

Setting: USA (New York)


The Man in the Ceiling

Music/Lyrics: Andrew Lippa  Book: Jules Feiffer

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Setting: USA (New York)


Very Good Eddie

Music: Jerome Kern  Lyrics: Schuyler Green  Book: Philip Bartholomae, Guy Bolton

Musical Type: Pre-Jazz Age (1915)

Setting: USA (New York)


Wish You Were Here

Music/Lyrics: Harold Rome  Book: Arthur Kober, Joshua Logan

Musical Type: Golden Age (1952)

Setting: USA (New York)


Musicals Partially Set in New York State

Do Re Mi

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: Betty Comden, Adolph Green  Book: Garson Kanin

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

Setting: USA (New Jersey, New York, Washington, D.C.)


Romance/Romance

Music: Keith Herrmann  Lyrics/Book: Barry Harman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1987)

Setting: USA (New York) / Vienna


Saratoga

Music: Harold Arlen  Lyrics: Johnny Mercer  Book: Morton DaCosta

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

Setting: USA (Louisiana, New York)


Musicals Set in a Fictional NYC

Avenue Q

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

Setting: NYC (Fictional)


Bat Out of Hell

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jim Steinman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Setting: NYC (Fictional)


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Stacy Karyn, Author of Musicals Set in New York.
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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