Musicals Set in the 1920s – 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 1920s are included below.

The following list is broken down into two categories – “Musicals Fully Set in the 1920s” and “Musicals Partially Set in the 1920s”. Each category is sorted alphabetically.


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Musicals Fully Set in the 1920s

Adding Machine

Music/Lyrics/Book: Joshua Schmidt  Lyrics/Book: Jason Loewith

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


Bugsy Malone

Music/Lyrics: Paul Williams  Book: Alan Parker

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


Bullets Over Broadway

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Woody Allen

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2014)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


By Jeeves

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Alan Ayckbourn

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Music/Lyrics: Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman  Book: David Greig

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


Chicago

Music: John Kander  Lyrics/Book: Fred Ebb  Book: Bob Fosse

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


Death Takes a Holiday

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


Fifty Million Frenchmen

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Herbert Fields

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1929)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


Floyd Collins

Music/Lyrics: Adam Guettel  Book: Tina Landau

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


Funny Face

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Paul Gerard Smith, Fred Thompson

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1927)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1949)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


Good News!

Music: Ray Henderson  Lyrics/Book: B.G. DeSylva  Lyrics: Lew Brown  Book: Laurence Schwab

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1927)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


Grand Hotel

Music/Lyrics: Robert Wright, George Forrest, Maury Yeston  Book: Luther Davis

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1989)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


Juno

Music/Lyrics: Marc Blitzstein  Book: Joseph Stein

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


Kitty’s Kisses

Music: Con Conrad  Lyrics: Gus Kahn  Book: Philip Bartholomae, Otto Harbach

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1926)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


Lady, Be Good

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Guy Bolton, Fred Thompson

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1924)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


Legs Diamond

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1988)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


Love Birds

Music/Lyrics/Book: Robert J. Sherman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


Lucky in the Rain

Music: Jimmy McHugh  Lyrics: Dorothy Fields, Harold Adamson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


My One and Only

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

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

When It’s Set: The 1920s


Nice Work If You Can Get It

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


No, No, Nanette

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1925)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


Oh, Kay!

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1926)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


One Mo’ Time

Music/Lyrics: Various  Conceived by: Vernel Bagneris

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1979)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


Sally

Music: Jerome Kern, Victor Herbert  Lyrics: Grey, De Sylva, Wodehouse, Caldwell  Book: Bolton

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1920)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


Saturday Night

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein

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

When It’s Set: The 1920s


Singin’ in the Rain

Music: Nacio Herb Brown  Lyrics: Arthur Freed  Book: Adolph Green, Betty Comden

Musical Type: 1952 Film/Pre-Contemporary Musical (1983)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


Strike Up the Band

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Morrie Ryskind

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1930)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


Sugar

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: Bob Merrill  Book: Peter Stone

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1972)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


The Boy Friend

Music/Lyrics/Book: Sandy Wilson

Musical Type: Golden Age (1953)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


The Cabaret Girl

Music: Jerome Kern  Lyrics/Book: George Grossmith, P.G. Wodehouse

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1922)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


The Cocoanuts

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1925)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


The Desert Song

Music: Sigmund Romberg  Lyrics: Otto Harbach  Book: Hammerstein, Harbach, Mandel

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Operetta (1926)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


The Drowsy Chaperone

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


The Girl Friend

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1926)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


The Happy Time

Music: John Kander  Lyrics: Fred Ebb  Book: N. Richard Nash

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


The Most Happy Fella

Music/Lyrics/Book: Frank Loesser

Musical Type: Golden Age (1956)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


The New Yorkers

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Herbert Fields

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1930)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


The Wild Party

Music/Lyrics/Book: Andrew Lippa

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


The Wild Party

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


Thoroughly Modern Millie

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


Tip-Toes

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Guy Bolton, Fred Thompson

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1925)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


Tovarich

Music: Lee Pockriss  Lyrics: Anne Croswell  Book: David Shaw

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


You Never Know

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter, Robert Katscher  Book: Rowland Leigh

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1938)

When It’s Set: The 1920s


Musicals Partially Set in the 1920s

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


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


Bonnie & Clyde

Music: Frank Wildhorn  Lyrics: Don Black  Book: Ivan Menchell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

When It’s Set: 1920s-1930s


Bright Star

Music/Book: Steve Martin  Music/Lyrics: Edie Brickell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

When It’s Set: 1920s-1940s


Chaplin

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

When It’s Set: 1900s-1960s


Doctor Zhivago

Music: Lucy Simon  Lyrics: Michael Korie, Amy Powers

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

When It’s Set: 1910s-1930s


Fanny

Music/Lyrics: Harold Rome  Book: S.N. Behrman, Joshua Logan

Musical Type: Golden Age (1954)

When It’s Set: 1920s-1930s


Fiorello

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

When It’s Set: 1910s-1930s


Funny Girl

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

When It’s Set: 1910s-1920s


George M!

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)

When It’s Set: 1910s-1930s


Giant

Music/Lyrics: Michael John LaChiusa  Book: Sybille Pearson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

When It’s Set: 1920s-1950s


Gypsy

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Arthur Laurents

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

When It’s Set: 1920s-1930s


Hallelujah, Baby!

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)

When It’s Set: 1910s-1960s


It’s a Wonderful Life

Music: Bruce Greer  Lyrics/Book: Keith Ferguson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

When It’s Set: 1920s/1940s


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


Lorelei

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

When It’s Set: 1920s-1940s


LoveMusik

Music: Kurt Weill  Lyrics: Various  Book: Alfred Uhry

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

When It’s Set: 1920s-1950s


Mack & Mabel

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman  Book: Michael Stewart

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

When It’s Set: 1900s-1930s


Mame

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)

When It’s Set: 1920s-1940s


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


Miss Littlewood

Music/Lyrics/Book: Sam Kenyon

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

When It’s Set: 1910s-1960s


Queen of the Mist

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

When It’s Set: 1900s-1920s


Road Show

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: John Weidman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

When It’s Set: 1890s-1930s


Scandalous

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

When It’s Set: 1910s-1940s


Show Boat

Music: Jerome Kern  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1927)

When It’s Set: 1880s-1920s


The Biograph Girl

Music/Lyrics/Book: David Heneker, Warner Brown

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980)

When It’s Set: 1910s-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 Will Rogers Follies

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)

When It’s Set: 1910s-1930s


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Which of these musicals set in the 1920s is your favorite?

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Stacy Karyn, author of Musicals Set in the 1920s.
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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