Q: I mean, who writes musicals?

If you got love for music say "YEAH!"

A lot of times, I go see musicals and I don't know the WHO behind the music. And then I find out and I am like, "YEAH!" So, to inspire you to check out who the composer/lyricist/writer in a musical is (dude, it could possibly be an old favorite artist on the radio), Here are some composer from musicals currently showing... 


Who wrote that music?
Cyndi Lauper.

It’s true, girls just wanna have fun… and also cash their checks!

Cyndi Lauper, born Cynthia Anne Stephanie Lauper, is the lyricist and composer behind every single song in Kinky Boots. But that ain't the only hits under her belt: "Girls Just Want to Have Fun", "Time After Time", "True Colors"...

But my girl Cyndi showed that her composing skills are not just for the radio but for any stage, with the award winning musical Kinky Boots. I mean, take a listen to one of the most popular songs from the musical below:

2. Wicked

Who wrote that music?
Stephen Schwartz

Yes, you read it right. Schwartz has written and composed many stellar musicals... Pippin, Godspell to name a few. And I know his bank account has got to be looking pretty wicked! 

Here's a smash hit from Wicked:

And if that ain't enough, Schwartz also has done music for movies like  PocahontasThe Hunchback of Notre DameThe Prince of Egypt and Enchanted. Um hmm.

This is one of his:

3. The Lion King

Who wrote that music?
Elton John

It’s not a secret that the “rocket man” himself, is a renowned composer. With classics like: "Don’t Let the Sun Go Down",  "Your Song", "Rocket Man",  and "Bennie & The Jets"...

Elton John has proven time and time again that he can compose hits, jingles, and songs that can be syndicated for publications and last for generations to come. So it really shouldn’t be a surprise that he composed “The Circle of Life”! Even though Elton is a bonafide writer as well, he only composed this song. Tim Rice is the writer, but I’m pretty sure Elton wrote at least a few background vocals...

Here’s some “The Circle of Life” for you...

4. Hamilton

Who wrote that music?
Lin-Manuel Miranda

Of course, we all know how super-talented Lin-Manuel Miranda is on account of his stellar, game-changing musical Hamilton, but do you know what else this genius has done?

Miranda, has written and composed songs on Disney’s 2016 film Moana!
He is no stranger to movies, he even composed songs for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

As if this man hasn’t done enough it was announced that he will be producing and composing a new version of The Little Mermaid alongside the very talented Alan Menken (who’s up next). 

Here's a little Moana! love:

5. Aladdin

Who wrote that music?
Alec Menken

Menken is probably most known for composing Disney movies like, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and most recently the new version of Beauty and the Beast... but he also did the stage versions of The Little Mermaid, Sister Act and Beauty and the Beast.

Check this video of Menken accompanying the original voices for “A Whole New World” years later:

6. The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, and Cats... AND Sunset Boulevard!

Who wrote all that music?
Andrew Lloyd Webber

How could you be the composer of such a stoic, grand musical like The Phantom of the Opera and also be the composer of the comedic musical School of Rock?

Well, I guess you are Webber, who is the epitome of being a versatile composer. Take a listen to this classic hit from The Phantom of the Opera:

He is also the composer on the the movies The Big Short (2015) starring Ryan Gosling, as well as Notting Hill (1999) starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. And a few other musicals... Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Woman in White, Sound of Music, Love Never Dies and Evita

Don't cry for his bank account. Here is a little Madonna in Evita:

7. Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon

Who wrote that music?
Robert Lopez (with Jeff Marx)

This man is the master of modern comedic musicals with Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon. I mean, I'll let the songs speak for themselves...