Below is a fairly extensive list of pop and rock musicals categorized by style and time period.  Please note that this is not an exact science, but I have done my best to categorize shows in a practical way using the general guidelines presented by Sheri Sanders in her book, Rock the Audition.

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ROCK ‘N’ ROLL & MOTOWN STYLES (1950s/60s)

Original Score:
Bye Bye Birdie (1960)
Cry-Baby
 (2008)
Dreamgirls
 (1981)*
Grease
 (1978)
Hairspray
 (2002)
Kat and the Kings
 (1999)
Little Shop of Horrors
 (1982)
Memphis
 (2009)
Promises, Promises
 (1968)
Zombie Prom
 (1996)

Jukebox Score:
All Shook Up
 (Elvis Presley, 2004)
Baby It’s You! (The Shirelles, 2011)
Beehive (60’s pop, 1986)
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Buddy Holly, 1989)
Dreamboats and Petticoats (50’s/60’s pop, 2009)
Elvis (Elvis Presley, 1977)
Forever Plaid (50’s/60’s doo-wop, 1990)
Good Vibrations (The Beach Boys, 2005)
Jersey Boys (Frankie Valli & Four Seasons, 2005)
Leader of the Pack (Ellie Greenwich, 1984)
The Marvelous Wonderettes (50’s/60’s pop, 1999)
Million Dollar Quartet (Elvis Presley, Jerry Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, 2010)
Motown: The Musical (Motown catalog, 2013)
Movin’ Out (Billy Joel, 2002)*
Return to the Forbidden Planet (50’s/60’s rock ‘n’ roll, 1989)
Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Lieber & Stoller, 1995)

FOLK ROCK STYLE (1960s/70s)

Original Score:
Dude
 (1972)
Godspell
 (1971)
Hair
 (1967)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (1998)*
Jesus Christ Superstar
 (1970)
The Last Sweet Days of Isaac 
(1970)
The Me Nobody Knows
 (1970)
The Rocky Horror Show
 (1973)
Salvation
 (1969)
Two Gentlemen of Verona
 (1971)
Via Galactica (1972)
Viet Rock
 (1966)
The Who’s Tommy (1993)
Your Own Thing
 (1968)

Jukebox Score:
All the Fun of the Fair (David Essex, 2008)
Beatlemania (The Beatles, 1977)
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Carole King, 2013)
Lennon (John Lennon, 2005)
Let It Be (The Beatles, 2012)
Love, Janis (Janis Joplin, 2001)
Movin’ Out (Billy Joel, 2002)*
A Night with Janis Joplin (Janis Joplin, 2013)
Rain (The Beatles, 2010)
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band on the Road (The Beatles, 1978)
The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Bob Dylan, 2006)
Tonight’s The Night (Rod Stewart, 2003)
We Will Rock You (Queen, 2002)*

DISCO POP STYLE (1970s)

Original Score:
Got Tu Go Disco
 (1979)
Pippin
 (1972)
Sister Act
 (2011)
They’re Playing Our Song
 (1979)
The Wiz
 (1975)
Xanadu
 (2007)

Jukebox Score:
Boogie Nights (70’s pop, 1998)
Disaster! (70’s pop, 2012)
Disco Inferno (70’s pop, 1999)
The Donkey Show (70’s pop, 1999)
Hot Feet (Earth, Wind & Fire, 2006)
Mamma Mia! (ABBA, 2008)
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (70’s & 80’s pop, 2006)*
Saturday Night Fever (Bee Gees, 1998)

POP & ROCK STYLES (1980s)

Original Score:
Aida
 (2001)*
Billy Elliot 
(2008)*
Carrie
 (1988/2012)
Chess
 (1986)
Dance of the Vampires
 (1997)*
Fame
 (1988)
Footloose
 (1998)*
Heathers (2014)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (1998)*
Is There Life After High School? (1982)
The Lion King (1997)*
Kinky Boots (2013)*
The Last Ship (2014)*
Lestat
 (2006)*
Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark (2011)*
Starmites (1987)
Taboo (2003)
Tarzan (2006)*
The Toxic Avenger (2009)*
The Wedding Singer (2006)*
Wonderland (2011)*

Jukebox Score:
Back to the 80’s! 
(80’s pop & rock, 2005)
The Bodyguard 
(Whitney Houston, 2012)*
Movin’ Out (Billy Joel, 2002)*
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert 
(70’s & 80’s pop, 2006)*
Rock of Ages (80’s glam metal, 2006)
Sunshine on Leith 
(The Proclaimers, 2007)
We Will Rock You (Queen, 2002)*

CONTEMPORARY POP & LIGHT ROCK STYLES (1990s-present)

Original Score:
13: The Musical (2008)
Aida (2001)*
Aladdin
(2014)
Altar Boyz
 (2005)*
Billy Elliot (2008)*
Bring it On (2011)
Brooklyn
 (2004)
Calvin Berger (2006)
The Capeman (1998)*
Carrie (1988/2012)*
Dance of the Vampires (1997)*
Dear Evan Hansen (2015)
Dogfight (2012)
Footloose (1998)*
The Full Monty
 (2000)
Ghost
 (2012)
Hamilton (2015)*
Heathers (2014)*
Hands on a Hard Body
 (2013)*
High School Musical (2006)
In the Heights (2008)*
Jekyll & Hyde (1997)*
Kinky Boots
 (2013)*
The Last Ship (2014)*
Legally Blonde
 (2007)
Lestat
 (2006)*
The Lion King (1997)
Lysistrata Jones
 (2011)
Reefer Madness (2001)
School of Rock (2015)*
Tarzan (2006)*
Vanities (2009)
Waitress (2016)
The Wedding Singer (2006)*
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (2010)
Wonderland (2011)*
Zanna, Don’t! (2003)*

Jukebox Score:
The Bodyguard (Whitney Houston, 2012)*
The Last Goodbye
 (Jeff Buckley, 2013)
Viva Forever! (Spice Girls, 2012)

CONTEMPORARY ROCK STYLES (1990s-present)

Original Score:
35MM
(2012)
American Psycho
 (2013)*
American Idiot
 (2010)*
Bare (2004)
Bat Boy (2001)
Be More Chill (2008)
The Black Suits (2008)
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
 (2010)
Bright Lights, Big City (1999)
Evil Dead: The Musical (2006)*
Fortress of Solitude (2014)
Glory Days (2008)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (1998)*
High Fidelity
 (2006)
Jasper in Deadland (2014)
Love Kills
 (2009)
Murder Ballad
 (2013)
Next to Normal
 (2008)
Once 
(2012)
Passing Strange
 (2008)
Rent (1996)
Rooms: A Rock Romance
 (2009)
See Rock City and Other Places (2010)
Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark
 (2011)*
Spring Awakening 
(2006)*
Things to Ruin (2008)
tick, tick…BOOM! (2001)
The Toxic Avenger 
(2009)*
Venice
(2013)

Jukebox Score:
N/A

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COUNTRY/FOLK MUSICALS

Original Score:
9 to 5
Bonnie & Clyde
Bright Star
Cowgirls
Big River
Hands on a Hardbody
Pump Boys and Dinettes
Urban Cowboy

Jukebox Score:
The Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash)

GOSPEL MUSICALS

Original Score:
The Color Purple
Leap of Faith
Sister Act

Jukebox Score:
N/A

RAP MUSICALS

Original Score:
BASH’d: A Gay Rap Opera
(2008)
Hamilton
(some songs, 2015)
In the Heights (some songs, 2007)

Jukebox Score:
Holler if Ya Hear Me
 (Tupac Shakur)

LATIN/HISPANIC MUSICALS

Original Score:
Bernarda Alba (2006)
Carmen
(2008)
The Capeman
(1998)
Eating Raoul (1992)
Evita (1979)
Hamilton (some songs, 2015)
The Man of La Mancha
(1965)
In the Heights
(2007)
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (2010)

Jukebox Score:
On Your Feet (Gloria Estefan, 2015)

MISC. STYLES

Fella! (Jukebox: Fela Kuti)
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (various pop styles)


* This show features a fusion of musical styles (often from multiple time periods), so it could be categorized differently.

Kevin Michael Jones

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