60+ 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 rock musicals for you below!

The following list is broken down into nine categories – “Alternative Rock”, “British Rock”, “Folk Rock”, “Glam Rock”, “Indie Rock”, “Punk Rock”, “Rock”, “Rock & Roll”, and “Rock/Mixed Genre”. Each category is sorted alphabetically.

Here’s where you can find full lists of pop/rock musicals and jukebox musicals.


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Alternative Rock Musicals

35mm

Music/Lyrics/Book: Ryan Scott Oliver

Musical Type: Contemporary

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Jagged Little Pill

Music/Lyrics/Book: Alanis Morissette, Ballard, Farrell, Sigsworth, Cody

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2018)

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Murder Ballad

Music/Lyrics: Juliana Nash  Lyrics/Book: Julia Jordan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

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British Rock Musicals

All the Fun of the Fair

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Jon Conway

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2008)

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Blood Brothers

Music/Lyrics/Book: Willy Russell

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980s)

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Sunny Afternoon

Music/Lyrics: Ray Davies  Book: Joe Penhall

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2014)

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The Last Ship

Music/Lyrics: Sting  Book: Lorne Campbell, John Logan, Brian Yorkey

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

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The Who’s Tommy

Music/Lyrics/Book: Pete Townshend  Book: Des McAnuff

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1960s Style)

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We Will Rock You

Music/Lyrics: Queen  Book: Ben Elton

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2002)

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Folk Rock Musicals

Canterbury Tales

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)

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Girl From the North Country

Music/Lyrics: Bob Dylan  Book: Conor McPherson

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2017)

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Hair

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960s)

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Jesus Christ Superstar

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970s)

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Light Years

Music/Lyrics/Book: Robbie Schaefer

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

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Once

Music/Lyrics: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová  Book: Enda Walsh

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

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Salvation

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1969)

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The Last Sweet Days of Isaac

Music: Nancy Ford  Lyrics/Book: Gretchen Cryer

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)

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Two Gentlemen of Verona

Music: Galt MacDermot  Lyrics: John Guare  Book: John Guare, Mel Shapiro

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970s)

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Your Own Thing

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)

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Glam Rock Musicals

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Trask  Book: John Cameron Mitchell

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990s)

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Rock of Ages

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Chris D’Arienzo

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2005)

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Indie Rock Musicals

Lizard Boy

Music/Lyrics/Book: Justin Huertas

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Punk Rock Musicals

American Idiot

Music: Green Day Lyrics: Billie Joe Armstrong  Book: Armstrong, Michael Mayer

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2009)

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Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Music/Lyrics: Michael Friedman  Book: Alex Timbers

Musical Type: Contemporary

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Home Street Home

Music/Lyrics/Book: Fat Mike, Jeff Marx, Soma Snakeoil, David Goldsmith

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Rock Musicals

Bat Out of Hell

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jim Steinman

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2017)

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Brooklyn Crush

Music/Lyrics/Book: David Eric Davis  Book: Sam Forman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

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Death Note

Music: Frank Wildhorn  Lyrics: Jack Murphy  Book: Ivan Menchell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

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Evil Dead

Music/Lyrics/Book: George Reinblatt  Music: Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Morris

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

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Fly by Night

Music/Lyrics/Book: Kim Rosenstock, Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

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Gettin’ the Band Back Together

Music/Lyrics: Mark Allen  Book: Ken Davenport, The Grundleshotz

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

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Head Over Heels

Music/Lyrics: The Go-Go’s  Book: Jeff Whitty, James Magruder

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2015)

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Jasper in Deadland

Music/Lyrics: Ryan Scott Oliver  Book: Hunter Foster

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

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Lazarus

Music/Lyrics: David Bowie  Book: Enda Walsh

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Lizzie

Music/Lyrics: Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer  Music: Alan Stevens Hewitt  Lyrics/Book: Tim Maner

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

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Movin’ Out

Music/Lyrics: Billy Joel

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2002)

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Rent

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Larson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990s)

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School of Rock

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Glenn Slater  Book:  Julian Fellowes

Musical Type: Contemporary

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Sing Street

Music/Lyrics: Gary Clark, John Carney  Book: Enda Walsh

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

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Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Music/Lyrics: Bono, The Edge  Book: Taymor, Berger, Aguirre-Sacasa

Musical Type: Contemporary

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The Lightning Thief

Music/Lyrics: Rob Rokicki  Book: Joe Tracz

Musical Type: Contemporary

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The Rocky Horror Show

Music/Lyrics/Book: Richard O’Brien

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970s)

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The Toxic Avenger

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

Musical Type: Contemporary

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Things to Ruin

Music/Lyrics/Book: Joe Iconis

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

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Rock & Roll Musicals

A Bronx Tale

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics: Glenn Slater  Book: Chazz Palminteri

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

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All Shook Up

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Joe DiPietro

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2005)

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Baby It’s You!

Music: Various  Lyrics: Various  Book: Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2009)

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Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story

Music/Lyrics: Buddy Holly, Various

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Jukebox (1989)

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Cry-Baby

Music: Adam Schlesinger  Lyrics: David Javerbaum  Book: Mark O’Donnell, Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

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Grease

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1950s Style)

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Hairspray

Music: Marc Shaiman  Lyrics: Scott Wittman, Shaiman  Book: Mark O’Donnell, Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Contemporary (1960s Style)

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Happy Days

Music/Lyrics: Paul Williams  Book: Garry Marshall

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

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Jersey Boys

Music: Bob Gaudio  Lyrics: Bob Crewe  Book: Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2004)

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Leader of the Pack

Music/Lyrics: Ellie Greenwich Lyrics: Barry, Spector, Morton, Kent, Foley Book: Anne Beatts

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Jukebox (1984)

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Memphis

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (1950s Style)

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Million Dollar Quartet

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Colin Escott, Floyd Mutrux

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2006)

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Return to the Forbidden Planet

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Bob Carlton

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Jukebox (1983)

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SHOUT! The Mod Musical

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Phillip George, David Lowenstein

Musical Type: Contemporary/Revue (2006)

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Smokey Joe’s Cafe

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1994)

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Zombie Prom

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

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Rock/Mixed Music Genres

Bat Boy

Music/Lyrics: Laurence O’Keefe  Book:  Keythe Farley, Brian Flemming

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990s)

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Cambodian Rock Band

Music/Lyrics/Book: Lauren Yee

Musical Type: Contemporary (2020)

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Chess

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980s)

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Jerry Springer – The Opera

Music/Lyrics/Book: Richard Thomas, Stewart Lee

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)

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Passing Strange

Music/Lyrics/Book: Stew, Heidi Rodewald

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

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Reefer Madness

Music: Dan Studney  Lyrics/Book: Kevin Murphy

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

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Tick, Tick … Boom!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Larson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Contemporary (1990/2001)

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Other blog posts you might like:

Folk Musicals

 Jukebox Musicals

 Pop/Rock Musicals


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Which of these rock musicals is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above 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 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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