Musicals Set in the 1910s – A 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 1910s are included below.

The following list is broken down into two categories – “Musicals Fully Set in the 1910s” and “Musicals Partially Set in the 1910s”. Each category is sorted alphabetically.


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Musicals Fully Set in the 1910s

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Music: Steven Lutvak  Lyrics: Freedman, Lutvak  Book: Robert Freedman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Music/Lyrics: The Sherman Brothers  Book: Jeremy Sams

Musical Type: 1968 Film/Contemporary Musical (2002)

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Hello, Dolly!

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman  Book: Michael Stewart

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

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High Button Shoes

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: Sammy Cahn  Book: Stephen Longstreet, George Abbott

Musical Type: Golden Age (1947)

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I Remember Mama

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Martin Charnin, Raymond Jessel  Book: Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1979)

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Irene

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

Musical Type: Pre-Jazz Age (1919)

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Mary Poppins

Music/Lyrics: The Sherman Brothers, George StilesAnthony Drewe Book: Julian Fellowes

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age/Contemporary (1964/2004)

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My Fair Lady

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Golden Age (1956)

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Oh, What a Lovely War!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Joan Littlewood

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)

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Parade

Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown  Book: Alfred Uhry

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

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Rags

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1986)

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The Fields of Ambrosia

Music: Martin Silvestri  Lyrics/Book: Joel Higgins

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

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The Girl Who Came to Supper

Music/Lyrics: Noël Coward  Book: Harry Kurnitz

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)

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The Hello Girls

Music/Lyrics/Book: Peter C. Mills  Book: Cara Reichel

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

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The Music Man

Music/Lyrics: Meredith Willson  Book: Franklin Lacey, Wilson

Musical Type: Golden Age (1957)

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Titanic

Music/Lyrics: Maury Yeston  Book: Peter Stone

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

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Very Good Eddie

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

Musical Type: Pre-Jazz Age (1915)

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We Won’t Sleep

Music/Lyrics: Ari Afsar  Book: Lauren M. Gunderson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2020)

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Wildcat

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics: Carolyn Leigh  Book: N. Richard Nash

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

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Musicals Partially Set in the 1910s

A Minister’s Wife

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

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Allegro

Music: Richard Rodgers  Book/Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Type: Golden Age (1947)

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Anastasia

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

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Anne of Green Gables

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)

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Black and Blue

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)

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Chaplin

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

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Daddy Long Legs

Music/Lyrics: Paul Gordon  Book: John Caird

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

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Doctor Zhivago

Music: Lucy Simon  Lyrics: Michael Korie, Amy Powers

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

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Fiorello

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

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Funny Girl

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

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George M!

Music/Lyrics: George M. Cohan  Lyrics: Mary Cohan  Book: Michael Stewart, John Pascal, Francine Pascal

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)

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Gigi

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1973)

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Hallelujah, Baby!

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: Adolph Green, Betty Comden  Book: Arthur Laurents

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)

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Jelly’s Last Jam

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

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Little Mary Sunshine

Music/Lyrics/Book: Rick Besoyan

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

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Love Never Dies

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

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Mack & Mabel

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman  Book: Michael Stewart

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

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Minnie’s Boys

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)

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Miss Littlewood

Music/Lyrics/Book: Sam Kenyon

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

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New Girl in Town

Music/Lyrics: Bob Merrill  Book: George Abbott

Musical Type: Golden Age (1957)

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Phantom

Music/Lyrics: Maury Yeston  Book: Arthur Kopit

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)

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Queen of the Mist

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

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Ragtime

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

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Road Show

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: John Weidman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

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Scandalous

Music: David Pomeranz, David Friedman  Lyrics/Book: Kathie Lee Gifford

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

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Show Boat

Music: Jerome Kern  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1927)

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The Biograph Girl

Music/Lyrics/Book: David Heneker, Warner Brown

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980)

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The Color Purple

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

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The Golden Apple

Music: Jerome Moross  Lyrics/Book: John Treville Latouche

Musical Type: Golden Age (1954)

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The Will Rogers Follies

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics: Betty Comden, Adolph Green  Book: Peter Stone

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)

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Through the Years

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1932)

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Tintypes

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1979)

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Which of these musicals set in the 1910s is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above musicals set in the 1910s? 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 1910s.
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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