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! The most notable musicals set in the 1990s are included below.

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

Big

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

When It’s Set: The 1990s


Clinton

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


Nuncrackers

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

When It’s Set: The 1990s


Silence!

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

Allegiance

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

When It’s Set: 1940s-2000s


Amélie

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


Diana: The Musical

Music/Lyrics/Book: David Bryan, 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/Song Cycle (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


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 Jr.

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2015)

When It’s Set: 1980s-1990s


Rent

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


More Musicals by Setting

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 has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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