20 Musical Theatre Songs Written by Women for Women on Broadway

Last updated March 8th, 2019 by Josh Ferri
20 Musical Theatre Songs Written by Women for Women on Broa…

Happy International Women’s Day! Today, we celebrate March 8 by spotlighting 22 incredible women who broke the male dominated-world of musical theatre writing and created the music and/or lyrics to some truly incredible, original Broadway scores. Lose yourself in these songs created by women for women on Broadway.

Mary Rodgers, Music for Once Upon a Mattress

Betty Comden, Lyrics for Bells Are Ringing

Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, Music & lyrics for The Secret Garden

Cyndi Lauper, Music & lyrics for Kinky Boots

Lisa Kron & Jeanine Tesori, Lyrics & music for Fun Home

Dolly Parton, Music & lyrics for 9 to 5

Sara Bareilles, Music & lyrics for Waitress

Jeanine Tesori, Music for Caroline, or Change

Irene Sankoff, Music & lyrics for Come From Away *

Carol Hall, Music & lyrics for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

Nell Benjamin, Music & lyrics for Legally Blonde *

Edie Brickell, Music & lyrics for Bright Star*

Lisa Lambert, Music & lyrics for The Drowsy Chaperone*

Amanda Green, Music & lyrics for Hands on a Hardbody*

Lynn Ahrens, Lyrics for Once On This Island

Mindi Dickstein, Lyrics for Little Women

Jill Santoriello, Music & lyrics for A Tale of Two Cities

Brenda Russell & Allee Willis, Music and lyrics for The Color Purple*

Markéta Irglová, Music & lyrics for Once*

Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Music & lyrics for Frozen*

* denotes that the score had additional writing team partners.