Spring Musicals – 25 Lovely Shows for the Season

Whether you’re doing some research, putting on a show, or simply looking for 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 for you! A full list of musicals that either mention spring or are set in springtime are listed below!


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Spring Musicals

A New Brain

Music/Lyrics/Book: William Finn  Book: James Lapine

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

Songs That Mention Spring: “Frogs Have So Much Spring”, “I Feel So Much Spring”


A Year With Frog and Toad

Music: Robert Reale  Lyrics/Book: Willie Reale

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

Songs That Mention Spring: “It’s Spring”, “Seeds”


Baker Street

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)

Songs That Mention Spring: “Finding Words for Spring”


Bare

Music/Book: Damon Intrabartolo  Lyrics/Book: Jon Hartmere

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

Songs That Mention Spring: “Spring”


Calendar Girls

Music/Lyrics: Gary Barlow  Book: Tim Firth

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Songs That Mention Spring: “Spring Fete”, “The Flowers of Yorkshire”


Camelot

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

Songs That Mention Spring: “The Lusty Month of May”


Canterbury Tales

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)

Songs That Mention Spring: “April Song”


Flahooley

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1951)

Songs That Mention Spring: “The Springtime Cometh”


Fugitive Songs

Music: Chris Miller  Lyrics: Nathan Tysen

Musical Type: Contemporary/Song Cycle (2008)

Songs That Mention Spring: “Spring Cleaning”


Giant

Music/Lyrics: Michael John LaChiusa  Book: Sybille Pearson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

Songs That Mention Spring: “Did Spring Come to Texas?”


Hadestown

Music/Lyrics/Book: Anaïs Mitchell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Songs That Mention Spring: “Wedding Song”, “Livin’ It Up On Top”, “Flowers”


Life Begins at 8:40

Music: Harold Arlen  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin, E.Y. Harburg

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Revue (1934)

Songs That Mention Spring: “Spring Fever”


Sail Away

Music/Lyrics/Book: Noël Coward

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)

Songs That Mention Spring: “Later Than Spring”


Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Music/Lyrics: Al Kasha, Joel Hirschhorn, Gene De Paul, Johnny Mercer  Book: Lawrence Kasha, David Landay

Musical Type: 1954 Film/Pre-Contemporary Musical (1982)

Songs That Mention Spring: “Spring, Spring, Spring”


South Pacific

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II  Book: Joshua Logan

Musical Type: Golden Age (1949)

Songs That Mention Spring: “Younger Than Springtime”


State Fair

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II  Book: Tom Briggs, Louis Mattioli

Musical Type: 1945 Film/Pre-Contemporary Musical (1996)

Songs That Mention Spring: “It Might As Well Be Spring” / “Reprise”


The Color Purple

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Songs That Mention Spring: “Church Ladies’ Easter”


The Day Before Spring

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Golden Age (1945)

Songs That Mention Spring: “The Day Before Spring”


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)

Songs That Mention Spring: “Five Minutes of Spring”


The Secret Garden

Music: Lucy Simon  Book/Lyrics: Marsha Norman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)

Songs That Mention Spring: “Winter’s On the Wing”, “Spring Music”


The Wind in the Willows

Music: George Stiles  Book: Anthony Drewe  Book: Julian Fellowes

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Songs That Mention Spring: “Spring”


Thomas and the King

Music: John Williams  Lyrics: James Harbert  Book: Edward Anhalt

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)

Songs That Mention Spring: “Improbable as Spring”


Three Wishes for Jamie

Music/Lyrics: Ralph Blane  Book: Charles O’Neal, Abe Burrows

Musical Type: Golden Age (1952)

Songs That Mention Spring: “It Must Be Springtime”, “April Face”


Musicals That Mention Spring

Greenwillow

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

Songs About Summer: “The Spring Courting”


Holiday Inn

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: Gordon Greenberg, Chad Hodge

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2014)

Songs That Mention Spring: “Easter Parade”


The Producers

Music/Lyrics/Book: Mel Brooks  Book: Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: 1967 Film/Contemporary Musical (2001)

Songs That Mention Spring: “Springtime for…”


Tomfoolery

Music/Lyrics: Tom Lehrer  Book: Cameron Mackintosh

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1980)

Songs That Mention Spring: “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park”


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Which of these spring musicals is your favorite?

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