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Musicals Set in the 1990s – 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! Here’s the full list of musicals set in the 1990s.

The following list is broken down into two categories – “Musicals Fully Set in the 1990s” and “Musicals Partially Set in the 1990s”. Each category is sorted alphabetically.

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Musicals Fully Set in the 1990s


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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

When It’s Set: The 1990s


Music/Lyrics/Book: Paul Hodge  Book: Michael Hodge

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

When It’s Set: The 1990s

Cruel Intentions

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

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2015)

When It’s Set: The 1990s

High Fidelity

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

When It’s Set: The 1990s

Kimberly Akimbo

Music: Jeanine Tesori  Lyrics/Book: David Lindsay-Abaire

Musical Type: Contemporary (2021)

When It’s Set: The 1990s


Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

When It’s Set: The 1990s


Music/Lyrics: Jon Kaplan, Al Kaplan  Book: Hunter Bell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

When It’s Set: The 1990s

The Band’s Visit

Music/Lyrics: David Yazbek  Book: Itamar Moses

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

When It’s Set: The 1990s

Tick, Tick… BOOM!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Larson

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

When It’s Set: The 1990s

When Midnight Strikes

Music: Charles Miller  Lyrics/Book: Kevin Hammonds

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

When It’s Set: The 1990s

Musicals Partially Set in the 1990s


Music/Lyrics/Book: Jay Kuo  Book: Marc Acito, Lorenzo Thione

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

When It’s Set: 1940s-2000s


Music/Lyrics: Daniel Messé  Lyrics: Nathan Tysen  Book: Craig Lucas

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

When It’s Set: 1970s/1990s

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


Music/Lyrics: David Bryan  Lyrics/Book: Joe DiPietro

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

When It’s Set: 1980s-1990s

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

Music: Janet Hood  Lyrics/Book: Bill Russell

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1989)

When It’s Set: 1980s/1990s

Fun Home

Music: Jeanine Tesori  Lyrics/Book: Lisa Kron

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

When It’s Set: 1970s-2010s

John & Jen

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)

When It’s Set: 1950s-1990s

Little Fish

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

When It’s Set: 1990s/2000s

MJ: The Musical

Music/Lyrics: Michael Jackson, Various  Book: Lynn Nottage

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2022)

When It’s Set: 1960s-1990s

On Your Feet!

Music/Lyrics: Gloria & Emilio Estefan, Miami Sound Machine  Book: Alexander Dinelaris

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2015)

When It’s Set: 1980s-1990s


Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Larson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

When It’s Set: 1980s-1990s

The Boy From Oz

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary Jukebox (1998)

When It’s Set: 1960s-1990s

The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin

Music/Lyrics/Book: Kirsten Childs

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

When It’s Set: 1960s-1990s

The Cher Show

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Rick Elice

Musical Type: Contemporary Jukebox (2018)

When It’s Set: 1960s-1990s

More Musicals by Setting

Musicals set in the 1800s

Musicals set in the 1900s

Musicals set in the 1910s

• Musicals set in the 1920s

Musicals set in the 1930s

Musicals set in the 1940s

Musicals set in the 1950s

Musicals set in the 1960s

Musicals set in the 1970s

Musicals set in the 1980s

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Which of these musicals set in the 1990s is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above musicals set in the 1990s? Feel free to share in the comments below! 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 1990s.
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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