Summer Musicals – 32 Hot 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 summer musicals are listed below. The following shows either mention the season or are set in summertime.


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Musicals That Mention Summer

A Family Affair

Music/Lyrics: John Kander  Lyrics/Book: James Goldman  Book: William Goldman

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)

Songs About Summer: “Summer is Over”


Anne of Green Gables

Music/Lyrics: Norman Campbell  Lyrics/Book: Don Harron, Elaine Campbell, Mavor Moore

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)

Songs About Summer: “Where Did the Summer Go To”, “Ice Cream”


Grease

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)

Songs About Summer: “Summer Nights”


Greenwillow

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

Songs About Summer: “Summertime Love”


Mamma Mia!

Music/Lyrics: Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus  Book: Catherine Johnson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Jukebox (1999)

Songs About Summer: “Our Last Summer”


Marry Me a Little

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1980)

Songs About Summer: “The Girls of Summer”


Porgy and Bess

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  LibrettoDuBose Heyward

Musical Type: Opera (1935)

Songs About Summer: “Summertime”


Rags

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: Joseph Stein, David Thompson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1986)

Songs About Summer: “Blame It on the Summer Night”, “Three Sunny Rooms”


Seventeen

Music: Walter Kent  Lyrics: Kim Gannon  Book: Sally Benson

Musical Type: Golden Age (1951)

Songs About Summer: “Things Are Gonna Hum This Summer”, “Summertime is Summertime”


Spring Awakening

Music: Duncan Sheik  Lyrics/Book: Steven Sater

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Songs About Summer: “The Song of Purple Summer”


Summer of ’42

Music/Lyrics: David Kirshenbaum  Book: Hunter Foster

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

Songs About Summer: “The Summer You’ll Always Remember”


The Last Five Years

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jason Robert Brown

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)

Songs About Summer: “A Summer in Ohio”


The Most Happy Fella

Music/Lyrics/Book: Frank Loesser

Musical Type: Golden Age (1956)

Songs About Summer: “Song of a Summer Night”, “Warm All Over”


Two Gentlemen of Verona

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)

Songs About Summer: “Summer, Summer”


Wish You Were Here

Music/Lyrics: Harold Rome  Book: Arthur Kober, Joshua Logan

Musical Type: Golden Age (1952)

Songs About Summer: “Summer Afternoon”


Musicals That Mention Heat/Weather

110 in the Shade

Music: Harvey Schmidt  Lyrics: Tom Jones  Book: N. Richard Nash

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)

Songs About Heat: “Gonna Be Another Hot Day”


As Thousands Cheer

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: Moss Hart

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Revue (1933)

Songs About Heat: “Heat Wave”


Bright Star

Music/Book: Steve Martin  Music/Lyrics: Edie Brickell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Songs About Heat: “Sun is Gonna Shine”


Kiss Me, Kate

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1948)

Songs About Heat: “Too Darn Hot”


New Girl in Town

Music/Lyrics: Bob Merrill  Book: George Abbott

Musical Type: Golden Age (1957)

Songs About Heat: “Sunshine Girl”


Street Scene

Music: Kurt Weill  Lyrics: Langston Hughes  Book: Elmer Rice

Musical Type: Opera (1947)

Songs About Heat: “Ain’t It Awful, the Heat?”


Sunday in the Park with George

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: James Lapine

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1984)

Songs About Heat: “It’s Hot Up Here”


Musicals with Summer Vibes

Bullets Over Broadway

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Woody Allen

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2014)

Summery Songs: “I Want a Hot Dog for My Roll”


By the Beautiful Sea

Music: Arthur Schwartz  Lyrics/Book: Dorothy Fields  Book: Herbert Fields

Musical Type: Golden Age (1954)

Summery Songs: “The Sea Song”, “Coney Island Boat”


Escape to Margaritaville

Music/Lyrics: Jimmy Buffett  Book: Greg Garcia, Mike O’Malley

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2017)

Summery Songs: “Coconut Telegraph Medley”


Falsettos

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

Summery Songs: “The Baseball Game”


Flying Over Sunset

Music: Tom Kitt  Lyrics: Michael Korie  Book: James Lapine

Musical Type: Contemporary (2021)

Summery Songs: “A Sapphire Dragonfly”, “Flying Over Sunset”


Good News!

Music: Ray Henderson  Lyrics/Book: B.G. DeSylva  Lyrics: Lew Brown  Book: Laurence Schwab

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1927)

Summery Songs: “Keep Your Sunny Side Up”, “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries”


Honeymoon in Vegas

Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown  Book: Andrew Bergman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Summery Songs: “Out of the Sun”, “Hawaii”


In the Heights

Music/Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda  Book: Quiara Alegría Hudes

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Summery Songs: “Piragua”, “When the Sun Goes Down”


Mary Poppins

Music/Lyrics: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, George Stiles, Anthony Drewe  Book: Julian Fellowes

Musical Type: 1964 Film/Contemporary Musical (2004)

Summery Songs: “Let’s Go Fly a Kite”, “Jolly Holiday”


Me and My Girl

Music: Noel Gay  Lyrics/Book: Douglas Furber, L. Arthur Rose

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1937)

Summery Songs: “The Sun Has Got His Hat On”


Once on This Island

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics/Book: Lynn Ahrens

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)

Summery Songs: “Waiting for Life”


Salad Days

Music/Lyrics: Julian Slade  Lyrics: Dorothy Reynolds

Musical Type: Golden Age (1954)

Summery Songs: “I Sit in the Sun”, “Sand in My Eyes”


Seussical

Music/Book: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics/Book: Lynn Ahrens

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

Summery Songs: “Mayzie in Palm Beach”


Sugar

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: Bob Merrill  Book: Peter Stone

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1972)

Summery Songs: “Sun on My Face”


The Little Mermaid

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics: Howard Ashman, Glenn Slater  Book: Doug Wright

Musical Type: 1989 Film/Contemporary Musical (2007)

Summery Songs: “Under the Sea”


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Which of these summer musicals is your favorite?

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