A “Complete” List of Contemporary Musicals: 2000-2016

 
[UPDATED 10/19/16 – Now with additional shows and links to vocal scores, cast recordings and MP3 recordings!]

At the beginning of our exploration of contemporary musical theatre repertoire in 2012, Lorene Phillips and I went to the (now sadly defunct) Colony Records to see how many scores we could find for contemporary shows.  Click here to read more about our initial research.

To our amazement, we found over seventy selection books for shows presented on Broadway and Off-Broadway from 2000 to the present.  We thought this roster was rather impressive, and quite possibly exhaustive. That wasn’t far from true, but thanks to Lorene’s initial research, we began a more complete list of shows

Below is the updated list, broken down by genre: Legit, Contemporary Mix, Pop/Rock (Original Score), Pop/Rock (Jukebox), World Music and Miscellaneous.

You may notice some of the shows were not on our initial list, which means we were able to find a score elsewhere (most likely through amazon.com).  While we always encourage people to buy locally, it’s hard to speak ill of Amazon’s amazing selection and zippy delivery.

There are several shows for which a vocal selections book was never released (or hasn’t yet been released).  Those musicals are still listed here because a soundtrack is available.

Again, shows marked with a (+) are ones we believe are particularly worth your time.

LEGIT SHOWS

As you would expect, “legit” shows demand the performers sing in a more classically trained way.  These shows tend to utilize singing actors who can use their strong technical backgrounds in music and drama to bring the characters to life.  On the whole, these “cross-over” musicals are much more intricate and demand excellent musicians.  Works like Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel’s breathtaking Light in the Piazza are being performed by opera and theatre companies alike.  

Contemporary performers who fall into this category include: Victoria Clark, Christine Ebersole, Aaron Lazar, Marc Kudish, Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Kelli O’Hara, among others.

SHOW

VOCAL SCORE

CAST RECORDING

MP3

Adding Machine (2008)

VS

CR

mp3

Allegiance (2015)

CR

mp3

Amazing Grace (2015)

VS

CR

mp3

Amour (2002)*+  CR
Beautiful Game, The (2000)

VS

CR

mp3

Chaplin (2012)

VS

CR

mp3

Christmas Story, A (2012)

VS

CR

mp3

Daddy Long Legs (2015)*

CR

mp3

Dance of the Vampires (2004)*

CR

mp3

Death Takes a Holiday (2011)

VS

CR

mp3

Disaster! (2016)*

CR

Doctor Zhivago (2015)*

CR

mp3

First Daughter Suite (2015)*

CR

mp3

Grey Gardens (2006)+

VS

CR

mp3

Honeymoon In Vegas (2015)

VS

 CR  mp3
It Shoulda Been You (2015)

VS

CR

mp3

Jane Eyre (2000)

VS

CR

mp3

Jerry Springer, the Opera (2003)

VS

CR

mp3

Light in the Piazza, The (2005)+

VS

CR

mp3

Love Never Dies (2010)

VS

CR

mp3

Matilda (2012)+

VS

CR

mp3

People in the Picture, The (2011)

VS

CR

Shuffle Along (2015)
White Christmas (2008)+

VS

CR

Visit, The (2015)+*

CR

mp3

+ – Particularly noteworthy
* – Recording only
 
 
 

CONTEMPORARY MIX

These scores highlight more variety in singing styles from legit (Marc Kudish in See What I Wanna See) to belt (Megan Hilty in 9 to 5).  The shows feature diverse musical influences, from Classical to Pop/Rock and everything in between.

Contemporary performers who fall in this category include: Heidi Blickenstaff, Norbert Leo Butz, Sutton Foster, Brian D’arcy James, Julia Murney and Aaron Tveit, among others.

SHOW

VOCAL SCORE

CAST RECORDING

MP3

13: The Musical (2008)

VS

CR

mp3

9 to 5 (2009)

VS

CR

mp3

Addams Family (2010)

VS

CR

mp3

American Psycho (2016)*

CR

mp3

Avenue Q (2003)+

VS

CR

mp3

Billy Elliot (2008)

VS

CR

mp3

Bonnie and Clyde (2012)*

CR

mp3

Book of Mormon, The (2011)+

VS

CR

mp3

Bright Star (2015)+*

CR

mp3

Caroline, or Change (2003)*

VS

CR

mp3

Catch Me if You Can (2011)

VS

CR

mp3

Chitty, Chitty Bang, Bang (2005)+

VS

CR

mp3

Class Act, A (2001)

VS

CR

mp3

Color Purple, The (2005)

VS

CR

mp3

Curtains (2007)

VS

CR

mp3

Dessa Rose (2005)

VS

CR

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (2005)+

VS

CR

mp3

Dogfight (2012)+*

CR

Dracula (2004)*

CR

mp3

Drowsy Chaperone, The (2006)+

VS

CR

mp3

Elegies (2003)+

VS

CR

Elf: The Musical (2010)

VS

CR

mp3

Everyday  Rapture (2010)

CR

mp3

Fun Home (2015)+

VS

CR

mp3

Ghost (2012)

VS

CR

mp3

Giant (2012)*

CR

mp3

Glorious Ones, The (2007)

VS

CR

mp3

Hamilton (2015)+

VS

CR

mp3

Himself and Nora (2014)+

CR

Bridges of Madison County (2014)+

VS

CR

mp3

Immigrant, The (2004)*+

CR

It’s Only Life (2006)

VS

CR

Last Five Years, The (2002)

VS

CR

mp3

Last Ship, The (2014)

VS

Legally Blonde (2007)

VS

CR

mp3

Little Mermaid, The (2008)

VS

CR

mp3

Little Women (2005)

VS

CR

mp3

Man of No Importance, A (2002)+

VS

CR

mp3

Marguerite (2008)

VS

CR

mp3

Mary Poppins (2006)

VS

CR

mp3

Newsies (2012)+

VS

CR

mp3

Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (2016)+

VS

CR

mp3

Pirate Queen, The (2007)

VS

CR

mp3

Producers, The (2001)+

VS

CR

mp3

Rocky (2014)

VS

Scottsboro Boys, The (2010)*+

CR

mp3

See What I Wanna See (2005)+

VS

CR

Seussical (2000)

VS

CR

mp3

Shrek (2008)

VS

CR

mp3

Silence: The Musical (2012)*

CR

mp3

Sister Act (2011)

VS

CR

mp3

Something Rotten! (2015)

VS

CR

mp3

Spamalot (2005)

VS

CR

mp3

Spelling Bee, The 25th Annual Putnam County (2005)+

VS

CR

mp3

Story of My Life, The (2009)

VS

CR

mp3

Sweet Smell of Success (2002)+

VS

CR

mp3

Tale of Two Cities, A (2008)

VS

CR

mp3

Thing About Men, The (2003)

VS

CR

mp3

Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002)+

VS

CR

mp3

Title of Show (2008)+

VS

CR

mp3

Tuck Everlasting (2015)+*

CR

mp3

Urinetown (2001)

VS

CR

mp3

Wicked (2003)

VS

CR

mp3

Wild Party, LaChiusa (2000)

VS

CR

mp3

Wild Party, Lippa (2000)+

VS

CR

mp3

Witches of Eastwick, The (2000)

VS

CR

mp3

Woman in White, The (2005)

VS

CR

mp3

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (2011)

VS

CR

mp3

Wonderland (2011)

VS

CR

mp3

Year with Frog and Toad, A (2004)*+

CR

mp3

Young Frankenstein (2007)

VS

CR

mp3

Walmartopia (2006)*

mp3

+ – Particularly noteworthy
* – Recording only
 
 

POP/ROCK (ORIGINAL SCORE)

These scores are decidedly pop/rock influenced, though that still covers a broad range of styles, from R&B/Hip-Hop (In The Heights) to Indie Folk-Rock (Spring Awakening).  Performers auditioning for these shows will almost always be asked to sing a pop/rock song at their audition.  For the more hard rock shows, much is demanded of these singers, and often times, there are more replacement casts because of the difficulty of sustaining an eight-show week.  

Contemporary performers who fall into this category include: De’Andre Aziza, Coleman Domingo, John Gallagher, Jr., Chad Kimball, Lin Manuel Miranda, Sherie Renee Scott and Stew, among others.

SHOW

VOCAL SCORE

CAST RECORDING

MP3

Aida (2000)

VS

CR

mp3

Altar Boys (2005)+

VS

CR

mp3

Bat Boy (2001)*+

CR

mp3

Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson (2010)*

CR

mp3

Bring it On (2012)

VS

CR

mp3

Brooklyn (2004)

VS

CR

mp3

Carrie (2011)*

VS

CR

mp3

Finding Neverland (2015)

VS

CR

mp3

First Date (2013)

VS

mp3

Full Monty, The (2000)

VS

CR

mp3

Hairspray (2002)

VS

CR

mp3

Heathers (2010)

CR

mp3

Hedwig (2014)

VS

CR

mp3

If/Then (2014)

VS

CR

mp3

In The Heights (2008)+

VS

CR

mp3

Kinky Boots (2013)

VS

CR

mp3

Leap of Faith (2012)*

CR

mp3

Lysistrata Jones (2011)*

CR

mp3

Memphis (2009)

VS

CR

mp3

Murder Ballad (2013)

CR

mp3

Next to Normal (2009)+

VS

CR

mp3

Once (2012)+

VS

CR

mp3

Passing Strange (2008)

VS

CR

School of Rock (2015)

CR

mp3

See Rock City (2010)+

CR

mp3

Spider-man, Turn of the Dark (2011)+

VS

CR

mp3

Spring Awakening (2006)

VS

CR

mp3

Striking 12 (2006)

VS

CR

Taboo (2004)*

CR

mp3

Toxic Avenger, The (2009)

VS

CR

mp3

Waitress (2015)+

CR

Wedding Singer, The (2006)

VS

CR

Zanna Don’t (2003)*

CR

mp3



+ – Particularly noteworthy

* – Recording only
 
 

POP/ROCK (JUKEBOX)

Jukebox musicals have grown in popularity over the last decade.  They often feature songs from one artist or group (i.e. – Green Day in American Idiot, or The Four Seasons in Jersey Boys), which are tied together with some sort of narrative or plot.  These theatrical hybrids bring together musical theatre and a rock concert, sometimes in very entertaining ways.   Again, much is demanded of these singers, especially if the show has a hard rock score (i.e. Rock of Ages).

Performers who have worked in this category include: Stephanie Block, Michael Cavanaugh, Christian Hoff, Cheyenne Jackson and Amy Spangler, among others.

SHOW

VOCAL SCORE

CAST RECORDING

MP3

All Shook Up (2005)+

VS

CR

mp3

American Idiot (2010)

VS

CR

mp3

Boy from Oz (2003)

VS

CR

mp3

Come Fly Away (2010)+

VS

Jersey Boys (2005)

VS

CR

mp3

Here Lies Love (2013)

mp3

Mamma Mia (2002)

VS

CR

mp3

Marvelous Wonderettes, The (2001)

VS

CR

mp3

Million Dollar Quartet (2010)

VS

CR

mp3

Movin’ Out (2002)

VS

CR

mp3

Motown (2013)

CR

mp3

On Your Feet (2015)*

mp3

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (2011)*

CR

Rain (2010)

VS

CR

mp3

Rock of Ages (2009)

VS

CR

mp3

 * – Recording only
+ – Particularly noteworthy
 
 

WORLD MUSIC

These two shows utilize specific musical influences from the particular countries in which the musicals take place.  As such, they don’t easily fall into the above categories.

SHOW VOCAL SCORE CAST RECORDING MP3
Bombay Dreams (2002)*

CR

mp3
Fela! (2010)* CR mp3

  * – Recording only

MISCELLANEOUS

 
There are always shows that don’t seem to really fit in a particular genre. We’ve classified them to the best of our ability below.
 
Legit (Jukebox)
 
SHOW VOCAL SCORE CAST RECORDING MP3
After Midnight (2013)
Bullets Over Broadway (2014)*

CR

mp3
End of the Rainbow (2012)*

CR

mp3
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (2014)*

CR

mp3
Love Musik (2007)*

CR

mp3

Soul Doctor (2013)

* – Recording only

 
Legit (Review)
 
SHOW VOCAL SCORE CAST RECORDING MP3
An American in Paris (2015)*  CR  mp3
Nice Work if You Can Get It (2012)+

VS

CR

mp3

* – Recording only

 

In full disclosure, Laura Josepher and I have been overwhelmed by this growing list of musicals.  Not only has it taken considerable time to gather and edit the information, it’s hard not to feel personally responsible for knowing each show. But, frankly, it’s not possible. If all we had to do each day was listen to a new musical, maybe we’d be able to manage, but as active theatre artists, we struggle to keep up with contemporary work.

We hope you’ll use this categorized roster of shows as a jumping-off point to become familiar with some contemporary musicals. Start with the shows we’ve highlighted as being worth your time. Follow your gut. Ask your colleagues what shows they know.  Compare notes.

And I highly recommend not only researching the shows, but also the performers. The above artists are all at the top of their game in this business. You should have a working knowledge of who they are and what they’ve done. It will help you understand a performer’s “type” (which we’ll discuss in an upcoming blog) and give you a sense of their career development.

Keep in mind many performers fluidly move from one genre of show to another.  My favorite example is dynamo Lauren Molina, who was in John Doyle’s revival of Sweeney Todd, then went to Rock of Ages and recently played Cunegonde in Bernstein’s Candide in several regional productions.  That’s versatility!

It’s inevitable we’ve missed something. If we did, let us know by writing a comment.  We’ll be happy to add the information to our list. Questions? We’ll happily answer them to the best of our ability.

We hope this growing list gets you excited about exploring new work.  There’s a ton of great stuff out there just waiting to be discovered.

Go to it!!

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18 thoughts on “A “Complete” List of Contemporary Musicals: 2000-2016

  1. I am a 60-year old (who can pass for 45) woman. I need to update my audition portfolio to fit roles that are available and appropriate for me. I was a high-E soprano who could also belt. I can still do both (well maybe high-C at this point) but just don’t know what pieces to learn that will “show-off” my range.

  2. I know not to use accents in an audition, but is it acceptable to still sing a piece from a show like Finian’s Rainbow (“Glocca Morra” or “Old Devil Moon”) or Once?

  3. Thanks so much for this website! I really appreciate your attention to detail and it is very helpful! I teach this subject and will be directing students here often as I just discovered it 🙂

  4. So, I have been secretly loving this for a while now as I work through my Musical Theatre History course. 😀 And I desperately need to get myself to you for a coaching!!!

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