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48+ Political Musicals – The Full List of Shows

Let’s take a musical journey into the world of politics! Below you’ll discover a full list of powerful, comedic, and thought-provoking political musicals. The following list is broken down by time period, and then sorted alphabetically.

By the way, politics play a very important role in many additional musicals, like Ragtime, The Sound of Music, and Miss Saigon. But the following list is for musicals that center around politics as a theme.

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Political Jazz Age Musicals (1920s-1930s)

Golden Age Political Musicals (1940s-1950s)

Post-Golden Age Political Musicals (1960s)

Pre-Contemporary Political Musicals (1970s-1990s)

Contemporary Political Musicals (2000s-2020s)

Political Jazz Age Musicals

As Thousands Cheer

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: Moss Hart

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1933)

Genre: Satire/Revue

Dearest Enemy

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Lorenz Hart  Book: Herbert Fields

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1925)

Genre: Romantic Dramedy

Knickerbocker Holiday

Music: Kurt Weill  Lyrics/Book: Maxwell Anderson

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1938)

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Let ‘Em Eat Cake

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1933)

Genre: Sequel/Satire

Of Thee I Sing

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1931)

Genre: Satire

Pins and Needles

Music/Lyrics: Harold Rome  Book: Various

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1937)

Genre: Revue

Shuffle Along

Music/Lyrics: Eubie Blake, Noble Sissle  Book: F.E. Miller, Aubrey Lyles, George C. Wolfe

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1921)

Genre: Comedy

The Cradle Will Rock

Music/Lyrics/Book: Marc Blitzstein

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1938)

Genre: Drama

Golden Age Political Musicals

Call Me Madam

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse

Musical Type: Golden Age (1950)

Genre: Satire

Call Me Mister

Music/Lyrics: Harold Rome  Sketches: Arnold Auerbach

Musical Type: Golden Age (1946)

Genre: Revue


Music: Jerry Bock  Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick  Book: Jerome Weidman, George Abbott

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

Genre: Biography

Li’l Abner

Music: Gene De Paul  Lyrics: Johnny Mercer  Book: Norman Panama, Melvin Frank

Musical Type: Golden Age (1956)

Genre: Satire

Lock Up Your Daughters

Music: Laurie Johnson  Lyrics: Lionel Bart  Book: Bernard Miles

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

Genre: Farce

Louisiana Purchase

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: Morrie Ryskind

Musical Type: Golden Age (1940)

Genre: Satire

Silk Stockings

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: George S. Kaufman, Leueen MacGrath, Abe Burrows

Musical Type: Golden Age (1955)

Genre: Satire

Texas, Li’l Darlin’

Music: Robert Emmett Dolan  Lyrics: Johnny Mercer  Book: John Whedon, Sam Moore

Musical Type: Golden Age (1949)

Genre: Dramedy

Post-Golden Age Political Musicals


Music/Lyrics: Sherman Edwards  Book: Peter Stone

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1969)

Genre: Drama

Anyone Can Whistle

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Arthur Laurents

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

Genre: Satire

Ben Franklin in Paris

Music: Mark Sandrich, Jr.  Lyrics/Book: Sidney Michaels  Additional Songs: Jerry Herman

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

Genre: Semi-Biography


Music: John Kander  Lyrics: Fred Ebb  Book: Joe Masteroff

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)

Genre: Drama

Flora, the Red Menace

Music: John Kander  Lyrics: Fred Ebb  Book: George Abbott, Robert Russell, David Thompson

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)

Genre: Dramedy


Music: Galt MacDermot  Lyrics/Book: Gerome Ragni, James Rado

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)

Genre: Dramedy


Music/Lyrics: Bill Jacob, Patti Jacob  Book: Melville Shavelson

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1969)

Genre: Semi-Biography

Mr. President

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)

Genre: Dramedy


Music: Cyril Ornadel  Lyrics: Leslie Bricusse  Book: Wolf Mankowitz

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)

Genre: Dramedy

Pre-Contemporary Political Musicals

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Music: Leonard Bernstein  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

Genre: Historical


Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: John Weidman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)

Genre: Historical Fiction


Music: Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus  Lyrics: Tim Rice  Book: Richard Nelson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1984)

Genre: Drama


Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Tim Rice

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

Genre: Semi-Biography

First Lady Suite

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael John LaChiusa

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

Genre: Dramedy

Les Misérables

Music/Lyrics: Claude-Michel Schönberg  Lyrics: Alan Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer, Jean-Marc Natel

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980)

Genre: Drama


Music/Lyrics: Charles Strouse  Book: Warren Leight

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)

Genre: Revue

Pacific Overtures

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: John Weidman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

Genre: Drama


Music/Lyrics/Book: Mbongeni Ngema  Music/Lyrics: Hugh Masekela

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1987)

Genre: Historical

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

Music/Lyrics: Carol Hall  Book: Larry L. King, Peter Masterson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

Genre: Comedy

The Civil War

Music/Book: Frank Wildhorn  Lyrics: Jack Murphy  Book: Gregory Boyd

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

Genre: Drama

The Fix

Music: Dana P. Rowe  Lyrics/Book: John Dempsey

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

Genre: Satire

The Toxic Avenger

Music/Lyrics: David Bryan  Lyrics/Book: Joe DiPietro

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy/Comedy

Contemporary Political Musicals


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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

Genre: Drama

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Music/Lyrics: Michael Friedman  Book: Alex Timbers

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Genre: Biography

Clinton: The Musical

Music/Lyrics/Book: Paul Hodge  Book: Michael Hodge

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

Genre: Satire


Music/Lyrics: Fela Kuti  Book: Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Genre: Biography

First Daughter Suite

Music/Lyrics: Michael John La Chiusa

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Genre: Dramedy


Music/Lyrics/Book: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Genre: Biography

Here Lies Love

Music: Fatboy Slim  Music/Lyrics: David Byrne

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Genre: Biography

Made in Dagenham

Music: David Arnold  Lyrics: Richard Thomas  Book: Richard Bean

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Genre: Dramedy

Soft Power

Music/Lyrics: Jeanine Tesori  Lyrics/Book: David Henry Hwang

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

Genre: Metamusical

Soho Cinders

Music: George Stiles  Lyrics/Book: Anthony Drewe  Book: Elliot Davis

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Genre: Satire


Music: Various  Lyrics/Book: Gerard Alessandrini

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Genre: Parody

Stephen Ward

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics/Book: Don Black, Christopher Hampton

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Genre: Drama


Music/Lyrics/Book: Shaina Taub

Musical Type: Contemporary (2022)

Genre: Historical


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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)

Genre: Comedy/Satire


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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Genre: Science Fiction

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Stacy Karyn, Author of Political Musicals.
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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