List of fictional musicals

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A fictional musical or fictitious musical is a non-existent stage musical that was created specifically for (i.e. within) a work of fiction such as a novel, film, TV series, play or even an actual stage musical.[citation needed] Strictly, the term does not refer to actual musicals based on fiction (i.e. as opposed to those based on real-life people or events) but rather to imaginary musicals that do not actually exist.

Fictional musicals[edit]

Fictional musical As depicted in Basis Actual composer/s Actual lyricist/s In-universe songs
Alabama![1] Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt all-black version of Oklahoma! Jeff Richmond - "A Glorious Morning"
Always April Murder, She Wrote - - - "Thanks, But I've Been There Before"
Aspects of Juanita The Musical of Musicals (2003 musical) Andrew Lloyd Webber parody Eric Rockwell Joanne Bogart Numerous; see link
Atlanta Irreconcilable Differences Gone with the Wind remake Jerry Belson and Harvey Miller Jerry Belson and Harvey Miller "This Belle"
Batman: The Musical Batman Beyond episode 44 (2000) Batman Paul Dini Paul Dini "Superstitious and Cowardly Lot"
Beautiful Smash (2011 TV series) Etta James and Chess Records Music Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Chris Bacon "Mama Makes Three"
Bombshell Smash (2011 TV series) Life of Marilyn Monroe Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Chris Bacon "The National Pastime"; "Let Me Be Your Star"; "Never Give All the Heart"; "20th Century Fox Mambo"; "Mr. & Mrs. Smith"; "History is Made at Night”; "I Never Met a Wolf Who Didn't Love to Howl"; “Let's Be Bad"; "On Lexington & 52nd Street"; “Don’t Say Yes Until I Finish Talking”; "Don't Forget Me"; “Cut, Print… Moving On”; "They Just Keep Moving The Line"; "Our Little Secret"; "Public Relations"; "Hang the Moon"
Bottom's Up May to December A Midsummer Night's Dream - - "From the Bottom of My Heart"
Casanova Nine (1982 musical) Life of Giacomo Casanova Maury Yeston Maury Yeston "Grand Canal"
The Coconut Girl (1911) The Girl Who Came to Supper (1963 musical) "a charming period musical" from 1911 Noël Coward Noël Coward "Coconut Girl"; "Paddy McNeil & His Automobile"; "Swing Song"; "Six Lilies of the Valley"; "The Walla Walla Boola"
Come.. come now The First Nudie Musical (1976 film) A film studio's attempt to prevent bankruptcy by making a "musical comedy porno" Bruce Kimmel Bruce Kimmel "The Lights and the Smiles"; "The First Nudie Musical"; "Orgasm"; "Lesbian, Butch, Dyke"; "Dancing Dildoes"; "Pervision"; "Let 'Em Eat Cake"
Corn The Musical of Musicals (2003 musical) Rodgers & Hammerstein parody Eric Rockwell Joanne Bogart Numerous; see link
Croon, Crone, Coon[2] Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt an early version of The Sound of Music Jeff Richmond - "Stoop Crone"
The Cruise of the Dodo Rough Crossing (1985 play) Pastiche of 1930s musical comedy André Previn Tom Stoppard "This could be the one"; "Where do we go from here?"; "You never heard it from me"
Daddy's Boy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Jeff Richmond - "Daddy's Boy," "Dickie Bird"
Dear Abby The Musical of Musicals (2003 musical) Jerry Herman parody Eric Rockwell Joanne Bogart Numerous; see link
Die Hard the Musical Bob's Burgers - -
The Drowsy Chaperone (1928 musical) The Drowsy Chaperone (2006 musical) Pastiche of 1920s musical comedy Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison Numerous; see link
Elephant! The Tall Guy (1989 film) Life of Joseph Merrick; also Webber parody Uncredited Uncredited "Roll up, roll up", "He's Packing His Trunk", "Angel with Big Ears"
Ellen: The Musical The Ellen DeGeneres Show episode 167 (2006) Musical adaptation of real-life daytime talk show Eban Schletter Eban Schletter "Breathe from your Hoo-Hoo" (performed by Kristin Chenoweth as Fairy Godmother); "Nerd like me" (performed by Olivia Olson)
Faust (cantata) Phantom of the Paradise (1974 film) The legend of Doctor Faustus Paul Williams Paul Williams "Faust" (performed by William Finley as Winslow Leach)
Feels Like Love[3] Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt inspired by the life of Helen Keller Jeff Richmond - "Feels Like Love"
Feldman Follies of 1926 Moony Shapiro's Songbook (1981 revue) Fictitious counterpart to the Zeigfeld Follies Monty Norman Julian Moore "East River Rhapsody"
Freud! The Musical Friends episode 1.06 (1994) The life of Sigmund Freud Uncredited Uncredited "All you want is a dingle" (sung by Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani as Dr Freud)
Funny Boy The Producers (1968 film; 2001 musical; 2005 film) Hamlet by William Shakespeare Mel Brooks Mel Brooks
Gangly Orphan Jeff[4] Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Jeff Richmond - unnamed songs
The Girl from Indiana Say, Darling (1958 play) Based on (fictitious) book, Paddlewheel Jule Styne Betty Comden & Adolph Green "It's Doom"; "Say, Darling"; "Try to love me"; "Dance only with me" (and others)
Hamlet 2 Hamlet 2 (2008 film) Sequel to Hamlet by William Shakespeare "Rock me Sexy Jesus"; "Gay as the day is long" (and others)
Hamlet: A Musical Gilligan's Island episode 72 (1966) Hamlet by William Shakespeare Uncredited Uncredited "To be or not to be"
Happy Hickory Moony Shapiro's Songbook (1981 revue) - Monty Norman Julian Moore "Happy Hickory"; "Lovely Sunday Morning"; "Rusty's Dream Ballet"; "A Storm in my Heart"; "The Pokenhatchit Public Protest Committee"
Helen Keller: The Musical South Park episode 61 (2000) The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
Heaven On Earth Smash (2011 TV series) Romance "The Higher You Get, the Farther the Fall"
Hit List Smash (2011 TV series) Romance "Caught in the Storm", "Good For You", "I Can't Let Go", "Chest of Broken Hearts", "I'm Not Lost", "Heart Shaped Wreckage", "Rewrite This Story", "I Heard Your Voice In a Dream", "Original","Don't Let Me Know","Reach For Me", "The Goodbye Song"
Imelda: The Musical Spitting Image (TV series) Parody of Evita; based on life of Imelda Marcos Philip Pope ? "Please cry for me, Filipinos"
It's a Happily Ever After After All Shrek the Third Jeanine Tesori David Lindsey-Abaire & Walt Dohrn "Final Showdown"
Jeepers Creepers Semi-Star Mr. Show episode 203 (1996) Parody of Jesus Christ Superstar - - "I don't know what to think of him", "Jeepers Creepers" (and others)
Juliet and Romeo High School Musical on Stage! (2007 musical) Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Various Various "What I've been looking for"
Kickin' It: A Musical Journey Through the Betty Ford Center The Simpsons episode 4F22 (1996) The Betty Ford Center Alf Clausen Ken Keeler "You're Checkin' In"
Lease: The Musical Team America: World Police (2004 film) Parody of Rent Uncredited Uncredited "Everyone has AIDS"
Liasons "Smash" (2011 TV series) "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" - - "A Letter From Cecile", "Ce N'Est Pas Ma Faute (It's Not My Fault)"
A Little Complex The Musical of Musicals (2003 musical) Sondheim parody Eric Rockwell Joanne Bogart Numerous; see link
Manhattan Melodies The Muppets take Manhattan (1984 film) - Jeff Moss Jeff Moss "Together again"; "Right where I belong"; "Somebody's getting married"; "He'll make me happy"; "The Ceremony"
Mewesical High Degrassi Goes Hollywood (2009 film) Based on high school years of Jason Mewes - - "Crash my party"; "Life is a Show"; "Rescue You"; "Swang Song"; "One Saturday Night Away"
Mother Teresa: The Musical Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult (1994 film) Life of Mother Teresa of Calcutta Uncredited Uncredited "Food" (performed by Chrissy Bocchino)
Musical Husbands Merrily We Roll Along (1981 musical) - - - No in-universe songs performed
My Square Laddie My Square Laddie (1959 LP record) Parody of My Fair Lady Max Showalter William Howe "What makes a Limey talk so square?"; "To be Bohemian!"; "It's de Oily Boid"; "The block where you rock"; "I could have boozed all night"' "I gotta hand it to you"; "I'm kinda partial to his puss"
The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Music Hall Royale production) The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1986 musical) The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens Rupert Holmes Rupert Holmes Numerous; see link
Nelson: The Musical Lucky Break (2001 film) Life of Horatio Nelson Anne Dudley Stephen Fry "Four Months at Sea"; "Kiss me, Hardy"
The Nightman Cometh It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode 1P04008 (2008) A rock opera Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney & Glenn Howerton Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney & Glenn Howerton "Tiny Boy, Little Boy, Baby Boy", "Just to Be Clear", "The Troll Toll", "The Dayman", "Marry Me"

Note: The song "The Nightman", from a previous episode, inspires the musical but is not included in it.
Oh! Streetcar! The Simpsons episode 8F18 (1992) A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams Jeff Martin Jeff Martin "Long Before the Superdome"; "New Orleans", "I am Just a Simple Paper Boy"; "Stella", "Kindness of Strangers"
Oh, Yes! Wyoming! A Uniform Used To Mean Something (2004 short) Parody of Oklahoma! Uncredited Uncredited "Oh, Yes! Wyoming!"
Omaha! Omaha! (1958 EP record) "The shortest musical comedy or longest radio commercial ever"; parody of Oklahoma! Stan Freberg Stan Freberg "Whatta They Got in Omaha?"; "Omaha Moon"; "Omaha"
Pius XIV: Super-Pope The Goodies File (1975 book) "The NEW God-Glam-Glitter-Camp-Poof-Rock Show" Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden & Bill Oddie Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden & Bill Oddie "Papal Blues"; "Holy Ghost"; "Six Wise Virgins"; "Cardinal's Crunch"
Pretty Lady 42nd Street (1933 film; 1980 musical) - Harry Warren Al Dubin "You're getting to be a habit with me"; "It must be June"; "Shuffle off to Buffalo"; "Young and healthy"; "42nd Street"
Prisoners of Love The Producers (1968 film; 2001 musical; 2005 film) - Mel Brooks Mel Brooks "Prisoners of Love"
Prop 8: The Musical Prop 8: The Musical (2008 short) Musical about Proposition 8 Marc Shaiman Marc Shaiman "Proposition 8"; "Pick and Choose"; "There's money to be made"
Rap! The Musical Mr. Show episode 202 (1996) Rap-style lyrics performed in a musical comedy style Uncredited Uncredited "Gimme that big booming bass"; "I'm a gansta of the old skool"; "I'm in a gang of one"; "I'm an Old Gold Tooth"
The Real Manchu Face Value (1993 play) "Controversial" musical in which a Caucasian actor portrays Fu Manchu David Henry Hwang David Henry Hwang
Red, White & Black Moony Shapiro's Songbook (1981 revue) J'accuse by Émile Zola Monty Norman Julian Moore "I Accuse"
Red, White & Blaine Waiting for Guffman (1996 film) 150 years in the history of Blaine, Missouri Christopher Guest, Michael McKean & Harry Shearer Christopher Guest, Michael McKean & Harry Shearer "Nothing Ever Happens on Mars"; "Stool Boom"; "This Bulging River"; "Nothing Ever Happens in Blaine"
Robbin' Hood! A New Musical of the Old West Curtains (2006 musical) - John Kander Fred Ebb and Rupert Holmes "Wide Open Spaces"; "Thinking of Him"; "Thataway!"; "Kansasland"; "In the Same Boat"
Rochelle, Rochelle: The Musical Seinfeld episode 621 (1995) Adaptation of (fictional) movie of same name Uncredited Uncredited "Rochelle, Rochelle" (performed by Bette Midler as herself)
Saucy Jack This is Spinal Tap (1982 film) Life of Jack the Ripper Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer Christopher Guest, Michael McKean & Harry Shearer "Saucy Jack"
Scarsdale Surprise Seinfeld episode 822 (1997) The Murder of Dr Herman Tarnower - - No songs actually performed; show purportedly starred Raquel Welch
The Shopgirl Princess For Amusement Only (1956 revue) "A miniature musical comedy of 1917" John Pritchett Peter Myers and Alec Grahame
Sizzle '76 Beaches (1988 film) A typical mid-1970s bawdy Broadway revue Jerry Blatt, Charlene Seeger & Bette Midler Jerry Blatt, Charlene Seeger & Bette Midler "Otto Titsling (performed by Bette Midler as C. C. Bloom)"
The Small House of Uncle Thomas The King and I (1952 musical) Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe Richard Rodgers Oscar Hammerstein "The Small House of Uncle Thomas"
Sneakers A Broadway Musical (1979 musical) - Charles Strouse Lee Adams Numerous; see link
Songbird! Death Becomes Her (1992 film) Sweet Bird of Youth by Tennessee Williams Geoffrey Aymar Martin Donovan & David Koepp "Me!" (performed by Meryl Streep as Madeleine Ashton)
Speakeasy The Musical of Musicals (2003 musical) Kander & Ebb parody Eric Rockwell Joanne Bogart Numerous; see link
Spectacular, Spectacular Moulin Rouge (2001 film) - Various Various Numerous; see link
Spidermen Too: 2 Many Spidermen Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Season 1, Episode 4 Parody of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Jeff Richmond Jeff Richmond, Tina Fey, and Robert Carlock "Til I'm the Spiderman"
Springtime for Hitler The Producers (1968 film; 2001 musical; 2005 film) Life of Adolf Hitler Mel Brooks Mel Brooks "Springtime for Hitler"; "Heil Myself"
Stephen Sondheim's Pinocchio[5] Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Jeff Richmond - unnamed song
Stop the Planet of the Apes: I Want to Get Off! The Simpsons episode 3F15 (1997) Planet of the Apes (1968 film) Alf Clausen Jack Barth "Dr Zaius"; "Chimpan-A to Chimpan-Z"
Take a Left Merrily We Roll Along (1981 musical) - - No in-universe songs performed
A Tale Of Two Cities A Simple Wish (film starring Martin Short) Broadway adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel "It Is A Far Far Better Thing I Do, Than I Have Ever Done"
The Taming of the Shrew (musical) Kiss Me, Kate (1948 musical) The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare Cole Porter Cole Porter "We Open In Venice", "I've Come to Wive it Wealthily in Padua" ; "Were Thine That Special Face"; "Bianca" (and others)
A Taste for Love Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008 film) Dracula performed with puppets Jason Segel Jason Segel "A Taste for Love"; "Dracula's Lament"
Three on a Match "Smash" (2012 TV series) WWI romance - - "Three on a Match"
Twinkle Town High School Musical (2006 TV film) Annual "musicale" produced by (fictitious) East High School Various Various "What I've been looking for"; "Bop to the Top"
The Vagabond Student For Amusement Only (1956 revue) Parody of 1920s operetta John Pritchett Peter Myers -
We Three Marionettes[6] Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Jeff Richmond - unnamed song
The Weissman Follies Follies (1971 musical) Fictional counterpart to the Zeigfeld Follies Stephen Sondheim Stephen Sondheim "Beautiful Girls"; "Rain on the Roof"; "Ah, Paris!", "Broadway Baby"; "I'm Still Here"; "Loveland" (and others)
Yetta's Letters The Nanny episode 619 (1999) Based on the love letters of Fran Fine's grandmother Uncredited Uncredited "Ellis Island"
[Title not revealed] Beaches (1988 film) "Experimental" musical by the Falcon Players Bette Midler and Wendy Waldman Bette Midler & Wendy Waldman "Oh Industry" (performed by Bette Midler as C. C. Bloom)
[Title not revealed] Mame (1966 musical) A female astronomer's astounding discovery Jerry Herman Jerry Herman "Man in the Moon is a Lady" (performed by Beatrice Arthur as Vera Charles)
[Title not revealed] Merrily We Roll Along (1981 musical) Homage to early 1960s revues Stephen Sondheim Stephen Sondheim "Bobby and Jackie and Jack"
[Title not revealed] [7] Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt a combination of Gangs of New York and Newsies - - unnamed songs


One other oddity is that Bombshell, the mythical musical within the TV series Smash!, actually has had its songs released on a cast album, The Music of Smash![8]

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