21 Satire Musicals to Make You Think – The Full List

In case you didn’t already know, November 9th is World Day of Satire! And what better way to celebrate than listening to satirical musicals? Whether you’re looking for a show to produce or just excited to explore new musicals, here’s a full list of the most notable satire musicals to date!


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Satire Musicals

A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant

Music/Lyrics/Book: Kyle Jarrow

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

What It’s a Satire of: Scientology


Altar Boyz

Music/Lyrics: Gary Adler, Michael Patrick Walker  Book: Kevin Del Aguila

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

What It’s a Satire of: Boy Bands and Christian Music


Anyone Can Whistle

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Arthur Laurents

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

What It’s a Satire of: Conformity and “Saneness”


As Thousands Cheer

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: Moss Hart

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Revue (1933)

What It’s a Satire of: The Lives of the Rich and Famous


Call Me Madam

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1950)

What It’s a Satire of: Politics and Foreign Policy


Clinton

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

What It’s a Satire of: The Presidency of Bill Clinton


Face the Music

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin Book: Moss Hart

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1932)

What It’s a Satire of: Political and Police Corruption


Flahooley

Music: Sammy Fain  Lyrics/Book: E.Y. Harburg  Book: Fred Saidy

Musical Type: Golden Age (1951)

What It’s a Satire of: American Capitalism


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)

What It’s a Satire of: Big Business


Leave It To Me

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Samuel Spewack, Bella Spewack

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1938)

What It’s a Satire of: Politics


Li’l Abner

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1956)

What It’s a Satire of: American Politics


Louisiana Purchase

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: Morrie Ryskind

Musical Type: Golden Age (1940)

What It’s a Satire of: Louisiana Politics


Of Thee I Sing

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1931)

What It’s a Satire of: American Politics


Oh, What a Lovely War!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Joan Littlewood

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)

What It’s a Satire of: WWI


Pardon My English

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Herbert Fields, Morrie Ryskind

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1933)

What It’s a Satire of: The Prohibition Era


Reefer Madness

Music: Dan Studney  Lyrics/Book: Kevin Murphy

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

What It’s Parodying: Reefer Madness (the 1936 propaganda film)


Silk Stockings

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1955)

What It’s a Satire of: US/Soviet Relations


Strike Up the Band

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Morrie Ryskind

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1927)

What It’s a Satire of: Politics


The Book of Mormon

Music/Lyrics/Book: Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

What It’s a Satire of: Religion


The New Yorkers

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Herbert Fields

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1930)

What It’s a Satire of: New Yorkers During Prohibition


Tomfoolery

Music/Lyrics: Tom Lehrer  Book: Cameron Mackintosh

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1980)

What It’s a Satire of: Non-Topical, Social/Political Issues


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Which of these satire musicals is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above musical satires? 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 Musical Parodies.
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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