Musicals Set in the 1900s – The Full List

Whether you’re auditioning for musicals, setting up your rep book, or simply looking for some 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! The most notable musicals set in the 1900s are included below.

The following list is broken down into two categories – “Musicals Fully Set in the 1900s” and “Musicals Partially Set in the 1900s”. Each category is sorted alphabetically.

* This post includes the years 1900-1909. For more recent dates, see the list at the bottom of the page.


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Musicals Fully Set in the 1900s

A Little Night Music

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Hugh Wheeler

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1973)

When It’s Set: The 1900s


A Little Princess

Music: Andrew Lippa  Lyrics/Book: Brian Crawley

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

When It’s Set: The 1900s


By the Beautiful Sea

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1954)

When It’s Set: The 1900s


Darling of the Day

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: E.Y. Harburg  Book: Nunnally Johnson

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)

When It’s Set: The 1900s


Fiddler on the Roof

Music: Jerry Bock  Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick  Book: Joseph Stein

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

When It’s Set: The 1900s


Half a Sixpence

Music/Lyrics: David Heneker  Book: Beverley Cross

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)

When It’s Set: The 1900s


Jennie

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)

When It’s Set: The 1900s


KIPPS – The New Half a Sixpence Musical

Music/Lyrics: George Stiles, Anthony Drewe, David Heneker  Book: Julian Fellowes

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age/Contemporary (2016)

When It’s Set: The 1900s


Meet Me in St. Louis

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

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

When It’s Set: The 1900s


My Life With Albertine

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

When It’s Set: The 1900s


Oklahoma!

Music: Richard Rodgers  Book/Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Type: Golden Age (1943)

When It’s Set: The 1900s


Redhead

Music: Albert Hague  Lyrics/Book: Dorothy Fields  Book: H. Fields, S. Sheldon, D. Shaw

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

When It’s Set: The 1900s


Seventeen

Music: Walter Kent  Lyrics: Kim Gannon  Book: Sally Benson

Musical Type: Golden Age (1951)

When It’s Set: The 1900s


Sherlock Holmes – The Musical

Music/Lyrics/Book:  Leslie Bricusse

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1989)

When It’s Set: The 1900s


Take Me Along

Music/Lyrics: Bob Merrill  Book: Joseph Stein, Robert Russell

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

When It’s Set: The 1900s


The Gay Life

Music: Arthur Schwartz  Lyrics: Howard Dietz  Book: Fay Kanin, Michael Kanin

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)

When It’s Set: The 1900s


The Immigrant

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

When It’s Set: The 1900s


The Secret Garden

Music: Lucy Simon  Book/Lyrics: Marsha Norman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)

When It’s Set: The 1900s


The Unsinkable Molly Brown

Music/Lyrics: Meredith Willson  Book: Richard Morris

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

When It’s Set: The 1900s


Musicals Partially Set in the 1900s

A Minister’s Wife

Music: Joshua Schmidt  Lyrics: Jan Levy-Tranen  Book: Austin Pendleton

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

When It’s Set: 1900s-1910s


Allegro

Music: Richard Rodgers  Book/Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Type: Golden Age (1947)

When It’s Set: 1900s-1940s


Anastasia

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

When It’s Set: 1900s-1920s


Anne of Green Gables

Music/Lyrics: Norman Campbell  Lyrics/Book: Don Harron, Elaine Campbell, Mavor Moore

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)

When It’s Set: 1900s-1910s


Black and Blue

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)

When It’s Set: 1910s-1940s


Calamity Jane

Music: Sammy Fain  Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster  Book: Ronald Hanmer, Phil Park

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)

When It’s Set: 1890s-1900s


Chaplin

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

When It’s Set: 1900s-1960s


Daddy Long Legs

Music/Lyrics: Paul Gordon  Book: John Caird

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

When It’s Set: 1900s-1910s


Gigi

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1973)

When It’s Set: 1890s-1900s


Jelly’s Last Jam

Music: Jelly Roll Morton, Luther Henderson  Lyrics: Susan Birkenhead  Book: George C. Wolfe

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

When It’s Set: 1890s-1940s


Little Mary Sunshine

Music/Lyrics/Book: Rick Besoyan

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

When It’s Set: 1900s-1910s


Love Never Dies

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

When It’s Set: 1900s-1910s


Mack & Mabel

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman  Book: Michael Stewart

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

When It’s Set: 1900s-1930s


Minnie’s Boys

Music: Larry Grossman  Lyrics: Hal Hackady  Book: Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)

When It’s Set: 1900s-1920s


New Girl in Town

Music/Lyrics: Bob Merrill  Book: George Abbott

Musical Type: Golden Age (1957)

When It’s Set: 1890s-1900s


Phantom

Music/Lyrics: Maury Yeston  Book: Arthur Kopit

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)

When It’s Set: 1900s-1910s


Queen of the Mist

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

When It’s Set: 1900s-1920s


Ragtime

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

When It’s Set: 1900s-1910s


Road Show

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: John Weidman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

When It’s Set: 1890s-1930s


Show Boat

Music: Jerome Kern  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1927)

When It’s Set: 1880s-1920s


The Color Purple

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

When It’s Set: 1900s-1930s


The Golden Apple

Music: Jerome Moross  Lyrics/Book: John Treville Latouche

Musical Type: Golden Age (1954)

When It’s Set: 1900s-1910s


Tintypes

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1979)

When It’s Set: 1890s-1900s


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Which of these musicals set in the 1900s is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above musicals set in the 1900s? Feel free to share in the comments! 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 the 1900s.
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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