21+ Amazing Musicals for College Productions

Are you searching for a musical that’s perfect for your college students? And something that they will get excited about performing too? If so, you’re probably looking for something that will feature your talent, fit the budget, and all while impressing your audience. Here’s a list of some of the best musicals for college productions, sorted alphabetically.


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A Chorus Line

Cast Size: 24+

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults


All American

Cast Size: 12+

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)

Why It’s Good for College: About college football


American Idiot

Cast Size: 7+

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2009)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults


Bajour

Cast Size: 6+

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

Why It’s Good for College: About an NYU student


Bubble Boy

Cast Size: 10

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults


Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story

Cast Size: 20+

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Jukebox (1989)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults


Cry-Baby

Cast Size: 12+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults


Dogfight

Cast Size: 9+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults


Edges

Cast Size: 4

Musical Type: Contemporary/Song Cycle (2005)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults


Glory Days

Cast Size: 4

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults


Good News!

Cast Size: 15

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1927)

Why It’s Good for College: Set at fictional “Tait College”


Hair

Cast Size: 20+

Musical Type: Post Golden Age (1967)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults


Legally Blonde

Cast Size: 10+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

Why It’s Good for College: Set at Harvard Law School


Lizard Boy

Cast Size: 3

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults


Lysistrata Jones

Cast Size: 12+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Why It’s Good for College: About college basketball


Rent

Cast Size: 13+

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults


The Book of Mormon

Cast Size: 10+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults


The Mad Ones

Cast Size: 4

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults


The Theory of Relativity

Cast Size: 8, 13, or 16

Musical Type: Contemporary/Song Cycle (2014)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults


Tick, Tick… BOOM!

Cast Size: 3

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Contemporary (1990/2001)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults


West Side Story

Cast Size: 15+

Musical Type: Golden Age (1957)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults


Where’s Charley?

Cast Size: 12+

Musical Type: Golden Age (1948)

Why It’s Good for College: Set at Oxford University


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Which of these musicals for college is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above musicals for college productions? Feel free to tell us all about it 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 for College.
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 has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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