The Post-Golden Age Musicals – A Complete Ordered List

The post-golden age musicals of the 1960s showed off more experimental shows and culturally diverse plots. A few of the popular trends at the time included folk/rock, deeper plots, Charles Strouse, Jerry Herman, Kander & Ebb, comedies, love stories, and shows set in the 1930s.

The 1960s are also referred to as the “post-golden age” musical theatre time period. And the most notable musicals of the decade are included below.


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Contents:

1960 Musicals

1961 Musicals

1962 Musicals

1963 Musicals

1964 Musicals

1965 Musicals

1966 Musicals

1967 Musicals

1968 Musicals

1969 Musicals


1960 Musicals

Bye Bye Birdie

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Lee Adams  Book: Michael Stewart

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)


Camelot

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)


Christine

Music: Sammy Fain  Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster  Book: Pearl S. Buck, Charles K. Peck Jr.

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)


Do Re Mi

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: Betty Comden, Adolph Green  Book: Garson Kanin

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)


Ernest in Love

Music: Lee Pockriss  Lyrics/Book: Anne Croswell

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)


Greenwillow

Music/Lyrics/Book: Frank Loesser  Book: Lesser Samuels

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)


Oliver!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Lionel Bart

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)


Parade

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jerry Herman

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age/Revue (1960)


Tenderloin

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)


The Fantasticks

Music: Harvey Schmidt  Lyrics/Book: Tom Jones

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)


The Unsinkable Molly Brown

Music/Lyrics: Meredith Willson  Book: Richard Morris

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)


Wildcat

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics: Carolyn Leigh  Book: N. Richard Nash

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)


1961 Musicals

Black Nativity

Music/Lyrics: Traditional  Book: Langston Hughes

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)


Calamity Jane

Music: Sammy Fain  Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster  Book: Ronald Hanmer, Phil Park

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)


Carnival!

Music/Lyrics: Bob Merrill  Book: Michael Stewart

Musical Type: Post Golden Age (1961)


How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Music/Lyrics: Frank Loesser  Book: Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, Willie Gilbert

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)


Kean

Music/Lyrics: Robert Wright, George Forrest  Book: Peter Stone

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)


Let It Ride

Music/Lyrics: Jay Livingston, Ray Evans  Book: Abram S. Ginnes

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)


Milk and Honey

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman  Book: Don Appell

Musical Type: Post Golden Age (1961)


Sail Away

Music/Lyrics/Book: Noël Coward

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)


Stop the World – I Want to Get Off

Music/Lyrics/Book: Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)


Subways Are For Sleeping

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics/Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)


The Gay Life

Music: Arthur Schwartz  Lyrics: Howard Dietz  Book: Fay Kanin, Michael Kanin

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)


The Happiest Girl in the World

Music: Jacques Offenbach  Lyrics: E.Y. Harburg  Book: Fred Saidy, Henry Mayers

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age/Operetta (1961)


1962 Musicals

A Family Affair

Music/Lyrics: John Kander  Lyrics/Book: James Goldman  Book: William Goldman

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)


All American

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Lee Adams  Book: Mel Brooks

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)


Blitz!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Lionel Bart  Book: Joan Maitland

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)


Bravo Giovanni

Music: Milton Schafer  Lyrics: Ronny Graham  Book: A.J. Russell

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)


I Can Get It for You Wholesale

Music/Lyrics: Harold Rome  Book: Jerome Weidman

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)


Little Me

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics: Carolyn Leigh  Book: Neil Simon

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)


Mr. President

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

Musical Type: Post Golden Age (1962)


No Strings

Music/Lyrics: Richard Rodgers  Book: Samuel A. Taylor

Musical Type: Post Golden Age (1962)


1963 Musicals

110 in the Shade

Music: Harvey Schmidt  Lyrics: Tom Jones  Book: N. Richard Nash

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)


Half a Sixpence

Music/Lyrics: David Heneker  Book: Beverley Cross

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)


Here’s Love

Music/Lyrics/Book: Meredith Willson

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)


Jennie

Music: Arthur Schwartz  Lyrics: Howard Dietz  Book: Arnold Schulman

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)


Oh, What a Lovely War!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Joan Littlewood

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)


Pickwick

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)


She Loves Me

Music: Jerry Bock  Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick  Book: Joe Masteroff

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)


The Girl Who Came to Supper

Music/Lyrics:  Noël Coward  Book: Harry Kurnitz

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)


Tovarich

Music: Lee Pockriss  Lyrics: Anne Croswell  Book: David Shaw

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)


1964 Musicals

Anyone Can Whistle

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Arthur Laurents

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)


Bajour

Music/Lyrics: Walter Marks  Book: Ernest Kinoy

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)


Ben Franklin in Paris

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)


Fade Out – Fade In

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics/Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)


Fiddler on the Roof

Music: Jerry Bock  Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick  Book: Joseph Stein

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)


Funny Girl

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: Bob Merrill  Book: Isobel Lennart

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)


Golden Boy

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Lee Adams  Book: Clifford Odets, William Gibson

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)


Hello, Dolly!

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman  Book: Michael Stewart

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)


High Spirits

Music/Lyrics/Book: Hugh Martin, Timothy Gray

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)


I Had a Ball

Music/Lyrics: Jack Lawrence, Stan Freeman  Book: Jerome Chodorov

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)


Robert and Elizabeth

Music: Ron Grainer  Lyrics/Book: Ronald Millar

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age/Operetta (1964)


The Roar of the Greasepaint The Smell of the Crowd

Music/Lyrics/Book: Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)


The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Music: Leon Carr  Lyrics: Earl Shuman  Book: Joe Manchester

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)


What Makes Sammy Run?

Music/Lyrics: Ervin Drake  Book: Budd Schulberg, Stuart Schulberg

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)


1965 Musicals

Anne of Green Gables

Music/Lyrics: Norman Campbell  Lyrics/Book: Don Harron, Elaine Campbell, Mavor Moore

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)


Baker Street

Music/Lyrics: Marian Grudeff, Raymond Jessel, Jerry Bock  Book: Jerome Coopersmith

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)


Charlie Girl

Music/Lyrics: David Heneker, John Taylor  Book: Hugh Williams, Margaret Vyner, Ray Cooney

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)


Divorce Me, Darling!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Sandy Wilson

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)


Do I Hear a Waltz?

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Arthur Laurents

Musical Type: Post Golden Age (1965)


Drat! The Cat!

Music: Milton Schafer  Lyrics/Book: Ira Levin

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)


Flora the Red Menace

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)


Man of La Mancha

Music: Mitch Leigh  Lyrics: Joe Darion  Book: Dale Wasserman

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)


On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Music: Burton Lane  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)


Promenade

Music: Al Carmines  Lyrics/Book: María Irene Fornés

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)


Skyscraper

Music: Jimmy Van Heusen  Lyrics: Sammy Cahn  Book: Peter Stone

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)


The Likes of Us

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Tim Rice  Book: Leslie Thomas

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age/Contemporary (1965/2005)


The Zulu and the Zayda

Music/Lyrics: Harold Rome  Book: Howard De Silva, Felix Leon

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)


1966 Musicals

Cabaret

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)


Dames at Sea

Music: Jim Wise  Lyrics/Book: George Haimsohn, Robin Miller

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)


Evening Primrose

Music/LyricsStephen Sondheim  Book: James Goldman

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)


I Do! I Do!

Music: Harvey Schmidt  Lyrics/Book: Tom Jones

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)


It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Lee Adams  Book: Newman, Benton

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)


Mame

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman  Book: Jerome Lawrence, Robert Edwin Lee

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)


Sweet Charity

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics: Dorothy Fields  Book: Neil Simon

Musical Type: Post Golden Age (1966)


The Apple Tree

Music/Book: Jerry Bock  Lyrics/Book: Sheldon Harnick  Book: Jerome Coopersmith

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)


The Mad Show

Music: Mary Rodgers  Lyrics/Book: Larry Siegel  Lyrics: Marshall Barer, Steven Vinaver  Book: Stan Hart  Additional Song: Stephen Sondheim

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age/Revue (1966)


Walking Happy

Music: Jimmy Van Heusen  Lyrics: Sammy Cahn  Book: Roger O. Hirson, Ketti Frings

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)


1967 Musicals

Hair

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

Musical Type: Post Golden Age (1967)


Hallelujah, Baby!

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: Adolph Green, Betty Comden  Book: Arthur Laurents

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)


Henry, Sweet Henry

Music/Lyrics: Bob Merrill  Book: Nunnally Johnson

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)


How Now, Dow Jones

Music: Elmer Bernstein  Lyrics: Carolyn Leigh  Book: Max Shulman

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)


Illya Darling

Music: Manos Hadjidakis  Lyrics: Joe Darion  Book: Jules Dassin

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)


Now Is the Time for All Good Men

Music: Nancy Ford  Lyrics/Book: Gretchen Cryer

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)


The Happy Time

Music: John Kander  Lyrics: Fred Ebb  Book: N. Richard Nash

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)


You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Music/Lyrics: Clark Gesner  Book: John Gordon

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)


1968 Musicals

Canterbury Tales

Music: John Hawkins, Richard Hill  Lyrics/Book: Nevill Coghill  Book: Martin Starkie

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)


Darling of the Day

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: E.Y. Harburg  Book: Nunnally Johnson

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)


George M!

Music/Lyrics: George M. Cohan  Lyrics: Mary Cohan  Book: Michael Stewart, John Pascal, Francine Pascal

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)


Golden Rainbow

Music/Lyrics: Walter Marks  Book: Ernest Kinoy

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)


Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

Music/Lyrics: Jacques Brel  Book: Eric Blau, Mort Shuman

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age/Revue (1968)


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Tim Rice

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1968)


Maggie Flynn

Music/Lyrics: Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss  Book: Morton DaCosta

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)


Promises, Promises

Music: Burt Bacharach  Lyrics: Hal David  Book: Neil Simon

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)


Your Own Thing

Music/Lyrics: Hal Hester, Danny Apolinar  Book: Donald Driver

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)


Zorba

Music: John Kander  Lyrics: Fred Ebb  Book: Joseph Stein

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)


1969 Musicals

1776

Music/Lyrics: Sherman Edwards  Book: Peter Stone

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1969)


Celebration

Music: Harvey Schmidt  Lyrics/Book: Tom Jones

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1969)


Coco

Music:  André Previn  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1969)


Dear World

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman  Book: Jerome Lawrence, Robert E. Lee

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1969)


Jimmy

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1969)


Salvation

Music/Lyrics/Book: Peter Link, C.C. Courtney

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1969)


The Fig Leaves Are Falling

Music: Albert Hague  Lyrics/Book: Allan Sherman

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1969)


Other Decades

Musicals of the 1920s

Musicals of the 1930s

Golden Age Musicals (1940 – 1959)

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Musicals of the 1970s

Musicals of the 1980s

Musicals of the 1990s

Musicals of the 2000s

Musicals of the 2010s

Musicals of the 2020s


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Which of these post-golden age musicals is your favorite?

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Stacy Karyn, author of Post-Golden Age 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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