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14 Musicals Set in the Future – The 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 future.

The following list is broken down into two categories – “Musicals Set in the Future” and “Musicals Set in the Near Future”. Each category is sorted alphabetically.


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Musicals Set in the Future

Bat Out of Hell

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jim Steinman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

When It’s Set: The Future


Dance a Little Closer

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1983)

When It’s Set: The Future


Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future

Music/Lyrics/Book: Andrew R. Butler

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

When It’s Set: The Future


Return to the Forbidden Planet

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Bob Carlton

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1983)

When It’s Set: The Future


The Dolls of New Albion

Music/Lyrics/Book: Paul Shapera

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

When It’s Set: The Future


Venice

Music/Lyrics: Matt Sax  Lyrics/Book: Eric Rosen

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

When It’s Set: The Future


We Will Rock You

Music/Lyrics: Queen  Book: Ben Elton

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

When It’s Set: The Future


Weird Romance

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics: David Spencer  Book: Alan Brennert

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

When It’s Set: The Future


Musicals Set in the Near Future

The following musicals are set in the present or a different, often unstated time period, but their plots imply a setting that is reminiscent of the near future.


Be More Chill

Music/Lyrics: Joe Iconis  Book: Joe Tracz

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

When It’s Set: “The Present”


Dreamland

Music/Lyrics/Book: Chris Miller, Nathan Tysen

Musical Type: Contemporary (2020)

When It’s Set: “The Present”


Lazarus

Music/Lyrics: David Bowie  Book: Enda Walsh

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

When It’s Set: N/A


Starmites

Music/Lyrics/Book: Barry Keating  Book: Stuart Ross

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1987)

When It’s Set: “The Present”


The Rocky Horror Show

Music/Lyrics/Book: Richard O’Brien

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1973)

When It’s Set: N/A


Urinetown

Music/Lyrics: Mark Hollmann  Lyrics/Book: Greg Kotis

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)

When It’s Set: N/A


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

Musicals Set in the 1990s

• Musicals Set in the 2000s

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Which of these musicals set in the future is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above musicals set in the future? 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 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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