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45+ Musicals About School – The Full List of Shows

Whether you’re doing some research, putting on a show, or simply looking for new musicals to get into, it’s good to get familiar with what’s out there. And that’s why we’ve put together this list for you. A full list of musicals about school/ musicals set in schools are listed below, sorted alphabetically!


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Musicals About School

13

Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown Book: Dan Elish, Robert Horn

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

School Level: Middle School


21 Chump Street

Music/Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

School Level: High School


A Little Princess

Music: Andrew Lippa  Lyrics/Book: Brian Crawley

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

School Level: Boarding School/Middle School


Anne of Green Gables

Music: Nancy Ford  Lyrics/Book: Gretchen Cryer

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

School Level: Middle School/High School


Band Geeks

Music: Mark Allen  Music/Lyrics: Gaby Alter  Music/Lyrics/Book: Tommy Newman  Book: Gordon Greenberg

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

School Level: High School


Bare

Music/Book: Damon Intrabartolo  Lyrics/Book: Jon Hartmere

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

School Level: High School


Be More Chill

Music/Lyrics: Joe Iconis  Book: Joe Tracz

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

School Level: High School


Best Foot Forward

Music/Lyrics: Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane  Book: John Cecil Holm

Musical Type: Golden Age (1941)

School Level: High School


Bring It On

Music/Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda  Music: Tom Kitt  Lyrics: Amanda Green  Book: Jeff Whitty

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

School Level: High School


Calvin Berger

Music/Lyrics/Book: Barry Wyner

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

School Level: High School


Carrie

Music: Michael Gore  Lyrics: Dean Pitchford  Book: Lawrence D. Cohen

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1988)

School Level: High School


Dear Evan Hansen

Music/Lyrics: Benj Pasek, Justin Paul  Book: Steven Levenson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

School Level: High School


Doonesbury

Music: Elizabeth Swados  Lyrics/Book: Garry Trudeau

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1983)

School Level: College/University


Eugenius!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Ben Adams, Chris Wilkins

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

School Level: High School


Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Music: Dan Gillespie Sells  Lyrics/Book: Tom MacRae

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

School Level: High School


Fame

Music: Steve Margoshes  Lyrics: Jacques Levy  Book: José Fernandez

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1988)

School Level: High School


Freaky Friday

Music: Tom Kitt  Lyrics: Brian Yorkey  Book: Bridget Carpenter

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

School Level: High School


Freckleface Strawberry

Music/Lyrics/Book: Gary Kupper  Book: Rose Caiola

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

School Level: Elementary/Primary


Good News!

Music: Ray Henderson  Lyrics/Book: B.G. DeSylva  Lyrics: Lew Brown  Book: Laurence Schwab

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1927)

School Level: College/University


Goosebumps

Music/Lyrics: Danny Abosch  Lyrics/Book: John Maclay

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

School Level: Middle School


Glory Days

Music/Lyrics: Nick Blaemire  Book: James Gardiner

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

School Level: High School/College/University


Grease

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)

School Level: High School


Hairspray

Music/Lyrics: Marc Shaiman  Lyrics: Scott Wittman  Book: Mark O’Donnell, Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

School Level: High School


Heathers

Music/Lyrics/Book: Laurence O’Keefe, Kevin Murphy

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

School Level: High School


High School Musical

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: David Simpatico

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

School Level: High School


How to Eat Like a Child

Music/Lyrics/Book: John Forster  Book: Delia Ephron, Judith Kahan

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1984)

School Level: Elementary/Primary


Is There Life After High School?

Music/Lyrics: Craig Carnelia  Book: Jeffrey Kindley

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1982)

School Level: High School


Junie B. Jones

Music: Zina Goldrich  Lyrics/Book: Marcy Heisler

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

School Level: Elementary/Primary


Legally Blonde

Music/Lyrics: Nell Benjamin, Laurence O’Keefe  Book: Heather Hach

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

School Level: College/University


Loving Repeating

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics: Gertrude Stein  Book: Frank Galati

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

School Level: College/University


Lysistrata Jones

Music/Lyrics: Lewis Flinn  Book: Douglas Carter Beane

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

School Level: College/University


Matilda

Music/Lyrics: Tim Minchin  Book: Dennis Kelly

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

School Level: Elementary/Primary


Mean Girls

Music: Jeff Richmond  Lyrics: Nell Benjamin  Book: Tina Fey

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

School Level: High School


Nativity!

Music/Lyrics: Nicky Ager  Lyrics/Book: Debbie Isitt

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

School Level: Elementary/Primary


Now Is the Time for All Good Men

Music: Nancy Ford  Lyrics/Book: Gretchen Cryer

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)

School Level: High School


On Your Toes

Music/Book: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics/Book: Lorenz Hart  Book: George Abbott

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1936)

School Level: College/University


Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical

Music/Lyrics: Douglas Lyons  Music: Greg Borowsky  Book: Melvin Tunstall III

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

School Level: Elementary/Primary


School of Rock

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Glenn Slater  Book: Julian Fellowes

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

School Level: Middle School


Schoolhouse Rock Live!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: George Keating, Scott Ferguson, Kyle Hall

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

School Level: Elementary/Primary


Spring Awakening

Music: Duncan Sheik  Lyrics/Book: Steven Sater

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

School Level: High School


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music/Lyrics: William Finn  Book: Rachel Sheinkin

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

School Level: Middle School


The Big One-Oh!

Music: Doug Besterman  Lyrics: Dean Pitchford  Book: Timothy Allen McDonald

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

School Level: Elementary/Primary


The Boy Friend

Music/Lyrics/Book: Sandy Wilson

Musical Type: Golden Age (1953)

School Level: Finishing School


The Marvelous Wonderettes

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Roger Bean

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1999)

School Level: High School


The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Roger Bean

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

School Level: High School


The Prom

Music: Matthew Sklar  Lyrics/Book: Chad Beguelin  Book: Bob Martin

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

School Level: High School


The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾

Music/Lyrics: Pippa Cleary  Lyrics/Book: Jake Brunger

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

School Level: Middle School


The Student Prince

Music: Sigmund Romberg  Lyrics/Book: Dorothy Donnelly

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1924)

School Level: College/University


The Visitor

Music: Tom Kitt  Lyrics/Book: Brian Yorkey  Book: Kwame Kwei-Armah

Musical Type: Contemporary (2021)

School Level: College/University


Zanna, Don’t!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Tim Acito  Book/Lyrics: Alexander Dinelaris

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

School Level: High School


Zombie Prom

Music: Dana P. Rowe  Lyrics/Book: John Dempsey

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

School Level: High School


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Which of these musicals about school is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above musicals about school? Feel free to share in the comments below! And if you like these types of lists, check out the musical database. That’s where you’ll find musicals sorted by composer, theme, setting, and more!


Stacy Karyn, author of Musicals about School.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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