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 of the most notable mystery musicals for you below!
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Music: Jason Howland Lyrics: Nathan Tysen Book: Rachel Axler, Kait Kerrigan
Musical Type: Contemporary (2020)
Music/Lyrics: Marian Grudeff, Raymond Jessel, Jerry Bock Book: Jerome Coopersmith
Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)
Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: David Zippel Book: Larry Gelbart
Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1989)
Music/Lyrics: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Lyrics/Book: Rupert Holmes
Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)
Music/Lyrics: Jack Feldstein Book/Lyrics: Paul Doust
Musical Type: Contemporary (2021)
Music: Stephen Flaherty Lyrics/Book: Lynn Ahrens
Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1988)
Music/Book: Joe Kinosian Lyrics/Book: Kellen Blair
Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)
Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Christenson
Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)
Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Richard Maltby, Jr. Book: Arthur Laurents
Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)
Music: Albert Hague Lyrics/Book: Dorothy Fields Book: H. Fields, S. Sheldon, D. Shaw
Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)
Music/Lyrics/Book: James McDonald, David Vos, Robert Gerlach, Ed Linderman
Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1972)
Music/Lyrics/Book: Rupert Holmes
Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)
Music/Book: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics/Book: Richard Stilgoe Book: Charles Hart
Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1986)
Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: David Zippel Book: Charlotte Jones
Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)
Music/Lyrics/Book: Preston Max Allen
Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)
Which of these mystery musicals is your favorite?
Or have you ever played a role in any of the above mystery musicals? 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!
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.