Pop/Rock Musicals – A Full List of Popular Shows

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 pop/rock musicals for you below, sorted alphabetically.

The following list is broken down into three categories – “Pop/Rock Jukebox Musicals”, “Pop/Rock Musicals”, and “Pop/Rock Mixed Genre Musicals”. Each category is sorted alphabetically.


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Pop/Rock Jukebox Musicals

& Juliet

Music/Lyrics: Max Martin, Various  Book: David West Read

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2019)

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

Music: Various  Lyrics: Various  Book: Douglas McGrath

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2013)

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Cruel Intentions

Music: Various  Book: Roger Kumble, Lindsey Rosin, Jordan Ross

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2015)

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Everyday Rapture

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Dick Scanlan, Sherie Rene Scott

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

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The Bodyguard

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Alexander Dinelaris Jr.

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2012)

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Pop/Rock Musicals

13

Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown  Book: Dan Elish, Robert Horn

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

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Aida

Music: Elton John  Lyrics: Tim Rice  Book: Woolverton, Falls, Hwang

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

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Alice by Heart

Music: Duncan Sheik  Lyrics/Book: Steven Sater, Jessie Nelson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

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Bare

Music/Book: Damon Intrabartolo  Lyrics/Book: Jon Hartmere

Musical Type: Contemporary

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Beetlejuice

Music/Lyrics: Eddie Perfect  Book: Scott Brown, Anthony King

Musical Type: Contemporary

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Billy Elliot

Music: Elton John  Lyrics: Lee Hall  Book: Lee Hall

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

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Carrie

Music: Michael Gore  Lyrics: Dean Pitchford  Book: Lawrence D. Cohen

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1988)

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Clinton

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

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Dear Evan Hansen

Music: Justin Paul  Lyrics: Benj Pasek  Book: Steven Levenson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Diana: The Musical

Music/Lyrics/Book: David Bryan, Joe DiPietro

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

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Fame

Music: Steve Margoshes  Lyrics: Jacques Levy

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1988)

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Flashdance

Music: Robbie Roth  Lyrics: Roth, Robert Cary  Book: Cary, Tom Hedley

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

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Footloose

Music: Tom Snow  Lyrics: Dean Pitchford  Book: Dean Pitchford, Walter Bobbie

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

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Ghost

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard, Bruce Joel Rubin

Musical Type: Contemporary

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Glory Days

Music/Lyrics: Nick Blaemire  Book: James Gardiner

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

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Heathers

Music/Lyrics/Book: Laurence O’Keefe, Kevin Murphy

Musical Type: Contemporary (1980s style)

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High School Musical

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: David Simpatico

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

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Kinky Boots

Music/Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper  Book: Harvey Fierstein

Musical Type: Contemporary

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Legally Blonde

Music/Lyrics: Nell Benjamin, Laurence O’Keefe  Book: Heather Hach

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

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Lift

Music/Lyrics: Craig Adams  Book: Ian Watson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

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Lysistrata Jones

Music/Lyrics: Lewis Flinn  Book: Douglas Carter Beane

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

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Mean Girls

Music: Jeff Richmond  Lyrics: Nell Benjamin  Book: Tina Fey

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

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Next to Normal

Music: Tom Kitt  Lyrics/Book: Brian Yorkey

Musical Type: Contemporary

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Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical

Music/Lyrics: Greg Borowsky, Douglas Lyons  Book: Melvin Tunstall III

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

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Pretty Woman

Music/Lyrics: Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance  Book: Garry Marshall, J. F. Lawton

Musical Type: Contemporary

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Rocky

Music:  Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens  Book: Thomas Meehan, Sylvester Stallone

Musical Type: Contemporary

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See Rock City and Other Destinations

Music: Brad Alexander  Lyrics/Book: Adam Mathias

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

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Spring Awakening

Music: Duncan Sheik  Lyrics/Book: Steven Sater

Musical Type: Contemporary

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Starlight Express

Music: Andrew & Alistair Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Stilgoe, Aquilina, Black, Coler, Yazbek

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980s)

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The Wedding Singer

Music: Matthew Sklar  Lyrics: Chad Beguelin  Book: Beguelin, Tim Herlihy

Musical Type: Contemporary (1980s Style)

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We Are the Tigers

Music/Lyrics/Book: Preston Max Allen

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Pop/Rock Mixed Genre Musicals

Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope

Music/Lyrics: Micki Grant

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1971)

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Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

Music: Janet Hood  Lyrics/Book: Bill Russell

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Song Cycle (1989)

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Evita

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970s)

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High Fidelity

Music: Tom Kitt  Lyrics: Amanda Green  Book: David Lindsay-Abaire

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

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The Beautiful Game

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics/Book: Ben Elton

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

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The Full Monty

Music/Lyrics: David Yazbek  Book: Terrence McNally

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

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Xanadu

Music/Lyrics: Jeff Lynne, John Farrar  Book: Douglas Carter Beane

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

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Which of these pop/rock musicals is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above pop/rock 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!


Stacy Karyn, author of pop/rock 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 has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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