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85+ Musicals Written by One Person – The Full List

Curious about musicals that were born from the brilliance of one single creator? Or are you writing a musical and looking for inspiration from successful people who have done it on their own? Look no further! In this post, you’ll find a full list of these remarkable works, each crafted entirely by a single composer who penned the lyrics, book, and music for the show.

The following list is broken down into two categories – “Musicals Written by One Person” and “Song Cycles / Revues Written by One Person“.


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Musicals Written by One Person

21 Chump Street

Music/Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)


A Little More Alive

Music/Lyrics/Book: Nick Blaemire

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)


A Strange Loop

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael R. Jackson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)


A Tale of Two Cities

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jill Santoriello

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)


A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant

Music/Lyrics/Book: Kyle Jarrow

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)


A VHS Christmas Carol

Music/Lyrics: Clark Baxtresser

Musical Type: Contemporary (2020)


Bat Out of Hell

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jim Steinman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)


Bella: An American Tall Tale

Music/Lyrics/Book: Kirsten Childs

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)


Bernarda Alba

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


Blood Brothers

Music/Lyrics/Book: Willy Russell

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1983)


Bright Lights, Big City

Music/Lyrics/Book: Paul Scott Goodman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1999)


Bumblescratch

Music/Lyrics/Book: Robert J. Sherman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)


Calvin Berger

Music/Lyrics/Book: Barry Wyner

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


Divorce Me, Darling!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Sandy Wilson

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)


Doctor Dolittle

Music/Lyrics/Book: Leslie Bricusse

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)


Don’t Play Us Cheap

Music/Lyrics/Book: Melvin Van Peebles

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1972)


Faking Bad

Music/Lyrics/Book: Rob Gathercole

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)


Fangirls

Music/Lyrics/Book: Yve Blake

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)


First Daughter Suite

Music/Lyrics: Michael John La Chiusa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)


First Lady Suite

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)


Five Course Love

Music/Lyrics/Book: Gregg Coffin

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)


Hadestown

Music/Lyrics/Book: Anaïs Mitchell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)


Hamilton

Music/Lyrics/Book: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)


Hello Again

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)


His Story

Music/Lyrics/Book: Anna Miriam Brown

Musical Type: Contemporary (2023)


In Pieces

Music/Lyrics: Joey Contreras

Musical Type: Contemporary (2021)


In the Green

Music/Lyrics/Book: Grace McLean

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)


In Trousers

Music/Lyrics/Book: William Finn

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1979)


Light Years

Music/Lyrics/Book: Robbie Schaefer

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)


Little Fish

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)


Little Mary Sunshine

Music/Lyrics/Book: Rick Besoyan

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)


Lizard Boy

Music/Lyrics/Book: Justin Huertas

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)


Love Birds

Music/Lyrics/Book: Robert J. Sherman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)


Love in Hate Nation

Music/Lyrics/Book: Joe Iconis

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)


March of the Falsettos

Music/Lyrics/Book: William Finn

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1981)


Marie Christine

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1999)


Miracle on 34th Street (Here’s Love)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Meredith Willson

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)


Miss Littlewood

Music/Lyrics/Book: Sam Kenyon

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)


Monstersongs

Music/Lyrics/Book: Rob Rokicki

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)


Movin’ Out

Music/Lyrics: Billy Joel

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)


Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dave Malloy

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)


Nevermore

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Christenson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)


Night of the Living Dead!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jordan Wolfe

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)


No Way to Treat a Lady

Music/Lyrics/Book: Douglas J. Cohen

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1987)


Nuncrackers

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)


Nunsense

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)


Nunsense II

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)


Nunsense A-Men!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)


Nunsense Jamboree

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)


Nunset Boulevard

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dan Goggin

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)


Octet

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dave Malloy

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)


Oliver!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Lionel Bart

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)


Ordinary Days

Music/Lyrics: Adam Gwon

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)


Peace, Love and Cupcakes

Music/Lyrics/Book: Rick Hip-Flores

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)


Preludes

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dave Malloy

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)


Queen of the Mist

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)


Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future

Music/Lyrics/Book: Andrew R. Butler

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)


Rent

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Larson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)


Runaways

Music/Lyrics/Book: Elizabeth Swados

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)


Sail Away

Music/Lyrics/Book: Noël Coward

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)


Scrooge!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Leslie Bricusse

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)


See What I Wanna See

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)


Selma

Music/Lyrics/Book: Tommy Butler

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)


Sherlock Holmes – The Musical

Music/Lyrics/Book: Leslie Bricusse

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1989)


Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Hogue

Musical Type: Contemporary (2021)


Tarrytown

Music/Lyrics/Book: Adam Wachter

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)


The Boy Friend

Music/Lyrics/Book: Sandy Wilson

Musical Type: Golden Age (1953)


The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin

Music/Lyrics/Book: Kirsten Childs

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)


The Cradle Will Rock

Music/Lyrics/Book: Marc Blitzstein

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1938)


The Dolls of New Albion

Music/Lyrics/Book: Paul Shapera

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)


The Last Five Years

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jason Robert Brown

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)


The Lion

Music/Lyrics/Book: Benjamin Scheuer

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)


The Most Happy Fella

Music/Lyrics/Book: Frank Loesser

Musical Type: Golden Age (1956)


The Music Man

Music/Lyrics/Book: Meredith Willson

Musical Type: Golden Age (1957)


The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Music/Lyrics/Book: Rupert Holmes

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)


The Rocky Horror Show

Music/Lyrics/Book: Richard O’Brien

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1973)


The View UpStairs

Music/Lyrics/Book: Max Vernon

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)


The Wild Party

Music/Lyrics/Book: Andrew Lippa

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)


Tick, Tick…BOOM!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Larson

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


Valmouth

Music/Lyrics/Book: Sandy Wilson

Musical Type: Golden Age (1958)


We Are the Tigers

Music/Lyrics/Book: Preston Max Allen

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)


Song Cycles / Revues Written by One Person

35mm: A Musical Exhibition

Music/Lyrics/Book: Ryan Scott Oliver

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)


Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope

Music/Lyrics: Micki Grant

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)


Elegies: A Song Cycle

Music/Lyrics: William Finn

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)


Ghost Quartet

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dave Malloy

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)


Infinite Joy

Music/Lyrics: William Finn

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)


Jerry’s Girls

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)


Myths & Hymns

Music/Lyrics: Adam Guettel

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)


Parade

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jerry Herman

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)


Putting It Together

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)


Songs for a New World

Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)


Ten Percent Revue

Music/Lyrics: Tom Wilson Weinberg

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1987)


Things to Ruin

Music/Lyrics/Book: Joe Iconis

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)


This Is the Army

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin

Musical Type: Golden Age (1942)


We Aren’t Kids Anymore

Music/Lyrics: Drew Gasparini

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)


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Which of these musicals written by one person is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above musicals written by one person? 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 Written by One Person.
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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