New to Musical Theatre – A Mini Guide

Well hello! And welcome to the wonderful world of musical theatre!

Finding out that you like musicals can be a confusing and exciting moment. It’s a brand new world ready for you to explore! But at the same time, where do you start?

It can be a bit overwhelming trying to fit into the musical theatre community when you’ve only seen or listened to a couple of musicals. But with a bit of direction, you’ll be fitting into those groups and conversations in no time! Here are some ways you can help your new-found interest blossom.

1. Start listening to the most popular musicals

I’ve created three sets of musicals that are referenced like crazy in the theatre community. Listening to these shows will get you fitting into the musical theatre circles.

* I would suggest keeping track of your listens, either in a physical notebook or an online document.

* Keep in mind that these are not listed in the order of my favorite musicals, rather in the order of importance that you should probably get around to them!

1st Set of Musicals to Listen to:

Fiddler on the Roof


Guys and Dolls



Into the Woods

Les Misérables

My Fair Lady

The Lion King

The Phantom of the Opera

The Wizard of Oz

The Sound of Music

West Side Story


2nd Set of Musicals to Listen to:




Dear Evan Hansen

Funny Girl




Peter Pan


Singin’ in the Rain

Sweeney Todd

The King and I

The Music Man

3nd Set of Musicals to Listen to:

Bye Bye Birdie





Hello, Dolly!

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Kiss Me, Kate

Mamma Mia!




The Last Five Years

The Rocky Horror Show

The Wiz


2. Listen to a few fringe popular shows

While these musicals may not have all hit mainstream popularity, they’ve certainly won over niche audiences. Listen to the following to discover the diverse types of musicals that have sparked passion in many. Hopefully this inspires you to find your own unique favorites beyond the usual mega hits!

American Psycho



Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Ride the Cyclone

The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals

3. Listen to even more popular musicals

After completing the three sets above, you can go through this full list of popular musicals and listen to the rest of the shows that are on there! If you have seen or listened to every show on that list, you are already way ahead of the game.

4. Dig a bit deeper!

And finally, if you’ve gone through the three sets above and are ready for more, you can start following along on with these musical theatre holidays! This is a great way to deepen your musical theatre knowledge. Just scroll down to today’s date and do what’s suggested!