Musical Lists

21+ Soul Musicals – The Full List of Shows

Whether you’re producing a show, 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 full list of soul musicals for you below, sorted alphabetically.

The musicals listed below encompass a diverse array of music styles. While not exclusively classified as soul in style, each of these musicals incorporates elements of soul music.

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Soul Musicals

A Night With Janis Joplin

Music/Lyrics: Janis Joplin, Various  Book: Randy Johnson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Music Genres: Blues / Rock / Soul

Ain’t Too Proud

Music/Lyrics: The Legendary Motown Catalog  Book: Dominique Morisseau

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Music Genres: R&B / Soul

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Music/Lyrics: Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil  Book: Douglas McGrath

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Music Genres: Pop / Rock / Soul

BKLYN: The Musical

Music/Lyrics/Book: Mark Schoenfeld, Barri McPherson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

Music Genres: Musical Theatre / Pop-Rock / Soul

Broadway Bounty Hunter

Music/Lyrics/Book: Joe Iconis  Book: Lance Rubin, Jason SweetTooth Williams

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Music Genres: Funk / Musical Theatre / Rap / Rock / Soul

Caroline, or Change

Music: Jeanine Tesori  Lyrics/Book: Tony Kushner

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

Music Genres: Musical Theatre / Soul

Dessa Rose

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics/Book: Lynn Ahrens

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Music Genres: Folk / Musical Theatre / Soul

Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope

Music/Lyrics: Micki Grant

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)

Music Genres: Gospel / Pop-Rock / Soul


Music: Henry Krieger  Lyrics/Book: Tom Eyen

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1981)

Music Genres: Disco / Gospel / Pop / R&B / Soul


Music: Galt MacDermot  Lyrics/Book: Gerome Ragni

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1972)

Music Genres: Country / Folk-Rock / Soul


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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)

Music Genres: Folk-Rock / Soul

Hands on a Hardbody

Music: Trey Anastasio  Music/Lyrics: Amanda Green  Book: Doug Wright

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

Music Genres: Country / Gospel / Rock / Soul

Hell’s Kitchen

Music/Lyrics: Alicia Keys, Various  Book: Kristoffer Diaz

Musical Type: Contemporary (2023)

Music Genre: R&B

Inner City

Music: Helen Miller  Lyrics: Eve Merriam

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)

Music Genres: Folk-Rock / Soul

Leap of Faith

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics: Glenn Slater  Book: Janus Cercone, Warren Leight

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Music Genres: Gospel / Pop / Rock / Soul

Me and Bessie

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Will Holt, Linda Hopkins

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

Music Genres: Blues / Gospel / Jazz / Soul


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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

Music Genres: Gospel / Rock & Roll / Soul

Motown: The Musical

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Berry Gordy

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Music Genres: Pop / R&B / Soul


Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics/Book: Bob Merrill

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)

Music Genres: Blues / Jazz / Pop / Musical Theatre

Shane Warne

Music/Lyrics/Book: Eddie Perfect

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Music Genres: Funk / Musical Theatre / Pop-Rock / Soul

Simply Heavenly

Music: David Martin  Lyrics/Book: Langston Hughes

Musical Type: Golden Age (1957)

Music Genres: Blues / Calypso / Jazz / Musical Theatre

Sister Act

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics: Glenn Slater  Book: Cheri Steinkellner, Bill Steinkellner

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Music Genres: Disco / Gospel / Musical Theatre / Soul

The Color Purple

Music/Lyrics: Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, Stephen Bray  Book: Marsha Norman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Music Genres: Blues / Soul

The Drifters Girl

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Ed Curtis

Musical Type: Contemporary (2021)

Music Genres: Pop / Rock & Roll / Soul

The Fields of Ambrosia

Music: Martin Silvestri  Lyrics/Book: Joel Higgins

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

Music Genres: Funk / Musical Theatre / Pop / Soul

The Life

Music/Book: Cy Coleman  Lyrics/Book: Ira Gasman  Book: David Newman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)

Music Genres: Gospel / Jazz / Soul

The Wiz

Music/Lyrics: Charlie Smalls  Book: William F. Brown

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

Music Genres: Disco / Gospel / Soul

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Katori Hall, Frank Ketelaar, Kees Prins

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

Music Genres: R&B / Rock / Soul

Water for Elephants

Music/Lyrics: PigPen Theatre Co.  Book: Rick Elice

Musical Type: Contemporary (2023)

Music Genres: Bluegrass / Blues / Folk


Songs: Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers, Susan Birkenhead, James Taylor  Songs/Adaptation: Stephen Schwartz  Adaptation: Nina Faso

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1977)

Music Genres: Country / Folk / Latin / Musical Theatre / Pop / Soul

More Musicals by Music Genre

• Classical

• Country

• Disco

• Folk


• Piano-Only

• Pop

• Pop/Rock

• Rock

• Soul → You are here!

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Which of these soul musicals is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above soul 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 Soul 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 holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


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