Musicals in the 1950s

South Pacific

1949

Music by Richard Rodgers; lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; book by Rodgers, Hammerstein and Joshua Logan

Guys and Dolls

1950

Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser; book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows

The King and I

1951

Music by Richard Rodgers; books and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Paint Your Wagon

1951

Music by Frederick Loewe; books and lyrics by Alan J. Lerner

Kiss Me Kate

1948

Music and lyrics by Cole Porter

Pal Joey

Original 1940; revival 1952

Music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart

Can-Can

1953

Music and lyrics by Cole Porter; book by Abe Burrows

Kismet

1953

Music and lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest; adapted from music by Alexander Borodin; book by Charles Lederer and Luther Davis

Wonderful Town

1953

Music by Leonard Bernstein; lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green; book by Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov

Fanny

1954

Music and lyrics by Harold Rome; book by S. N. Behrman and Joshua Logan

The Pajama Game

1954

Music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross; book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell

Damn Yankees

1955

Music by Richard Adler; lyrics by Jerry Ross; book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop

Bells Are Ringing

1956

Music by Jule Styne; lyrics and book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green

Candide

1956

Music by Leonard Bernstein; lyrics by Richard Wilbur, John Latouche, Dorothy Parker, Lillian Hellman, Stephen Sondheim, and Leonard Bernstein; book by Lillian Hellman and Hugh Weeler

Li’l Abner

1956

Music by Gene De Paul; lyrics by Johnny Mercer; book by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank

My Fair Lady

1956

Music by Frederick Loewe; lyrics and book by Alan Jay Lerner

Brigadoon

Original 1947; revival 1957

Music by Frederick Loewe; lyrics and book by Alan Jay Lerner

Carousel

Original 1945; revival 1957

Music by Richard Rodgers; books and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Music Man

1957

Book, lyrics, and music by Meredith Willson

West Side Story

1957

Music by Leonard Bernstein; lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; book by Arthur Laurents

Gypsy

1959

Music by Jule Styne; lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; book by Arthur Laurents

Little Mary Sunshine

1959

Music, lyrics, and book by Rick Besoyan

The Sound of Music

1959

Music by Richard Rodgers; lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; book by Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse, and Maria Augusta Trapp

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2 Responses to “Musicals in the 1950s”

  1. musicahumana Says:

    Mmmmm. I love The King And I. And West Side Story, of course. I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t seen most of these….

  2. musicalmutterings Says:

    Oh, please don’t tell me you haven’t seen The Sound of Music!!!! I can understand not being familiar with some of these–some of them have been largely forgotten except by musical theater people.

    I grew up watching the movie versions of many of these musicals. That’s my next list to post.

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