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27+ Satire Musicals – The Full List of Shows

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 a producer of musical theatre or just excited to explore new shows, 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 (1933)

What It’s a Satire of: Newspaper headlines of the day


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


Candide

Music/Lyrics: Leonard Bernstein  Lyrics: Richard Wilbur, John Latouche, Stephen Sondheim*, Dorothy Parker  Book: John Caird*, Hugh Wheeler*, Lillian Hellman

* Writers who worked on the 1974/1999 revivals of the show

Musical Type: Golden Age (1956)

What It’s a Satire of: Innocence, Optimism, Life


Clinton: The Musical

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

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


Doonesbury

Music: Elizabeth Swados  Lyrics/Book: Garry Trudeau

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1983)

What It’s a Satire of: College Campus Life


Face the Music

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin Book: Moss Hart

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1932)

What It’s a Satire of: Political Corruption and Show Business


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


God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics: Dennis Green  Lyrics/Book: Howard Ashman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1979)

What It’s a Satire of: Wealth and Society


Here We Are

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: David Ives

Musical Type: Contemporary (2023)

What It’s a Satire of: Wealth and Privilege


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


Jamaica

Music: Harold Arlen  Lyrics/Book: E.Y. Harburg  Book: Fred Saidy

Musical Type: Golden Age (1957)

What It’s a Satire of: Commercialism, Social Issues


Let ‘Em Eat Cake

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1933)

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


Mayor

Music/Lyrics: Charles Strouse  Book: Warren Leight

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)

What It’s a Satire of: Politics/New York City Life


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 & Theatre Workshop

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


Promises, Promises

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)

What It’s a Satire of: The Corporate World


Reefer Madness

Music/Book: 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: George S. Kaufman, 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 Fix

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

What It’s a Satire of: Politics/The Election Process


The Frogs

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Burt Shevelove, Nathan Lane

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

What It’s a Satire of: Greek Comedies


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  Adaptation: Cameron Mackintosh, Robin Ray

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980)

What It’s a Satire of: Social/Political Topics


Urinetown

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)

What It’s a Satire of: Populism, Capitalism, Social Issues


White Girl in Danger

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael R. Jackson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2023)

What It’s a Satire of: American Soap Operas


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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, genre, 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 holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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