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Musicals Set in the 1930s – The Full List of Shows

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! Here’s the full list of musicals set in the 1930s.

The following list is broken down into three categories – “Musicals Fully Set in the 1930s”, “Musicals Partially Set in the 1930s”, and “Musicals Set Around the 1930s“. Each category is sorted alphabetically.


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Musicals Fully Set in the 1930s

110 in the Shade

Music: Harvey Schmidt  Lyrics: Tom Jones  Book: N. Richard Nash

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


42nd Street

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine

Music: Frank Lazarus, Various  Lyrics/Book: Dick Vosburgh

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1979)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Ain’t Misbehavin’

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Annie

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Anything Goes

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1934)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


As Thousands Cheer

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: Moss Hart

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1933)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Babes in Arms

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1937)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Bernarda Alba

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Blues in the Night

Music/Lyrics: Various  Concept: Sheldon Epps

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Cabaret

Music: John Kander  Lyrics: Fred Ebb  Book: Joe Masteroff

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Crazy for You

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

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

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Dames at Sea

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Divorce Me, Darling!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Sandy Wilson

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Face the Music

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin Book: Moss Hart

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1932)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Fade Out – Fade In

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Flora, the Red Menace

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Girl Crazy

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Guy Bolton, John McGowan

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1930)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Girl From the North Country

Music/Lyrics: Bob Dylan  Book: Conor McPherson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Grind

Music: Larry Grossman  Lyrics: Ellen Fitzhugh  Book: Fay Kanin

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Hazel Flagg

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1953)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


High Society

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

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

When It’s Set: The 1930s


I Can Get It for You Wholesale

Music/Lyrics: Harold Rome  Book: Jerome Weidman

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Lend Me a Tenor

Music: Brad Carroll  Lyrics/Book: Peter Sham

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Let ‘Em Eat Cake

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1933)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Me and My Girl

Music: Noel Gay  Lyrics/Book: Douglas Furber, L. Arthur Rose

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1937)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Nick & Nora

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Richard Maltby, Jr.  Book: Arthur Laurents

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Nymph Errant

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1933)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Of Thee I Sing

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1931)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


On the Twentieth Century

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


On Your Toes

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1936)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Pal Joey

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Lorenz Hart  Book: John O’Hara

Musical Type: Golden Age (1940)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Pardon My English

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Herbert Fields, Morrie Ryskind

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1933)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Porgy and Bess

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  LibrettoDuBose Heyward, Dorothy Heyward

Musical Type: Opera (1935)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Reefer Madness

Music/Book: Dan Studney  Lyrics/Book: Kevin Murphy

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Roberta

Music: Jerome Kern  Lyrics/Book: Otto Harbach

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1933)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


She Loves Me

Music: Jerry Bock  Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick  Book: Joe Masteroff

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Side Show

Music: Henry Krieger  Lyrics/Book: Bill Russell

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Some Like It Hot

Music/Lyrics: Marc Shaiman  Lyrics: Scott Wittman  Book: Matthew López, Amber Ruffin

Musical Type: Contemporary (2022)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Something’s Afoot

Music/Lyrics/Book: James McDonald, David Vos, Robert Gerlach  Music: Ed Linderman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1972)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Steel Pier

Music: John Kander  Lyrics: Fred Ebb  Book: David Thompson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


The Baker’s Wife

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: Joseph Stein

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


The Scottsboro Boys

Music/Lyrics: John Kander, Fred Ebb  Book: David Thompson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


The Sound of Music

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II  Book: Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


The Wizard of Oz

Music/Lyrics: Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg  Music: Herbert Stothart  Book: L. Frank Baum, John Kane

Musical Type: 1939 Film/Pre-Contemporary Musical (1987)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Top Hat

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

Musical Type: 1935 Film/Contemporary Musical (2011)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Victor/Victoria

Music: Henry Mancini, Frank Wildhorn  Lyrics: Leslie Bricusse  Book: Blake Edwards

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Wonderful Town

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1953)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Young Frankenstein

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

When It’s Set: The 1930s


Musicals Partially Set in the 1930s

Allegro

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Type: Golden Age (1947)

When It’s Set: 1900s-1940s


Black and Blue

Music/Lyrics: Various

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)

When It’s Set: 1910s-1930s


Bombshell

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

When It’s Set: 1930s-1960s


Bonnie & Clyde

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

When It’s Set: 1920s-1930s


Bubbling Brown Sugar

Music: Various  Book: Loften Mitchell  Concept: Rosetta LeNoire

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

When It’s Set: 1920s/1930s/1940s/1970s


Busker Alley

Music/Lyrics: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman  Book: A.J. Carothers

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)

When It’s Set: 1930s/1990s


Chaplin

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

When It’s Set: 1890s/1910s/1930s/1950s


Doctor Zhivago

Music: Lucy Simon  Lyrics: Michael Korie, Amy Powers  Book: Michael Weller

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

When It’s Set: 1910s-1930s


Evita

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Tim Rice

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

When It’s Set: 1930s-1950s


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


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


Harmony

Music: Barry Manilow  Lyrics/Book: Bruce Sussman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

When It’s Set: 1920s-1930s


I Do! I Do!

Music: Harvey Schmidt  Lyrics/Book: Tom Jones

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)

When It’s Set: 1890s-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


Jimmy

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1969)

When It’s Set: 1920s-1930s


Lempicka

Music/Book: Matt Gould  Lyrics/Book: Carson Kreitzer

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

When It’s Set: 1910s-1930s


Little Me

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics: Carolyn Leigh  Book: Neil Simon

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)

When It’s Set: 1930s-1950s


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)

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


Loving Repeating

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

When It’s Set: 1890s-1930s


Mack & Mabel

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman  Book: Michael Stewart

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

When It’s Set: 1910s-1930s


Mame

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)

When It’s Set: 1920s-1940s


Mrs Henderson Presents

Music: George Fenton, Simon Chamberlain  Lyrics: Don Black  Book: Terry Johnson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

When It’s Set: 1930s-1940s


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


The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

Music/Lyrics: Carol Hall  Book: Larry L. King, Peter Masterson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

When It’s Set: 1930s/1970s


The Color Purple

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

When It’s Set: 1900s-1940s


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


War Paint

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

When It’s Set: 1930s-1960s


Water for Elephants

Music/Lyrics: PigPen Theatre Co.  Book: Rick Elice

Musical Type: Contemporary (2023)

When It’s Set: 1930s/Present


Musicals Set Around the 1930s

Guys and Dolls

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1950)

When It’s Set: Between the 1930s-1950s


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Which of these musicals set in the 1930s is your favorite?

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Stacy Karyn, Author of Musicals Set in the 1930s.
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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