35+ Perfect Musicals for High School Productions

Are you searching for a musical that’s perfect for your high school’s theatre season? And something that they will get excited about performing too? For many young thespians, musicals are the best part of high school, so it’s important to pick a great show! So here are some of the best musicals for high school productions, sorted alphabetically.

The following list is broken down into four categories – “Musicals With a Full Cast of Teens”, “Musicals with a Cast of Mostly Teens”, “Musicals with Teenage Themes”, and “Doable Musicals for High School Actors”. Each category is sorted alphabetically.


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Musicals with a Full Cast of Teens

Bring It On

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Cast Size: 12+


Calvin Berger

Music/Lyrics/Book: Barry Wyner

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Cast Size: 4+


Cruel Intentions

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Roger Kumble, Lindsey Rosin, Jordan Ross

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox Musical (2015)

Cast Size: 10


Grease

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)

Cast Size: 20+


Ranked

Music/Lyrics: David Taylor Gomes  Book: Kyle Holmes

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Cast Size: 15+


Zanna, Don’t!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Tim Acito, Alexander Dinelaris

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

Cast Size: 8+


Musicals with a Cast of Mostly Teens

21 Chump Street

Music/Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Cast Size: 6


Band Geeks

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Cast Size: 9+


Bare

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

Cast Size: 15+


Be More Chill

Music/Lyrics: Joe Iconis  Book: Joe Tracz

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Cast Size: 10+


Best Foot Forward

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1941)

Cast Size: 23+


Carrie

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1988)

Cast Size: 14+


Dreamland

Music/Lyrics/Book: Chris Miller, Nathan Tysen

Musical Type: Contemporary (2020)

Cast Size: 26


Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Music: Dan Gillespie Sells  Lyrics/Book: Tom MacRae

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Cast Size: 18+


Footloose

Music: Tom Snow  Lyrics/Book: Dean Pitchford  Book: Walter Bobbie

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

Cast Size: 24+


Freaky Friday

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Cast Size: 15+


Happy Days

Music/Lyrics: Paul Williams  Book: Garry Marshall

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

Cast Size: 20+


Heathers

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Cast Size: 17+


High School Musical

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: David Simpatico

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

Cast Size: 14+


Mean Girls

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Cast Size: 10+


Ride the Cyclone

Music/Lyrics/Book: Brooke Maxwell, Jacob Richmond

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Cast Size: 7+


Saturday Night Fever

Music/Lyrics: Bee Gees  Book: Nan Knighton, Arlene Phillips, Paul Nicholas, Robert Stigwood

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Jukebox (1998)

Cast Size: 15+


Smile

Music: Marvin Hamlisch  Lyrics/Book: Howard Ashman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1986)

Cast Size: 18+


Spring Awakening

Music: Duncan Sheik  Lyrics/Book: Steven Sater

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Cast Size: 13


The Beautiful Game

Cast Size: 17

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics/Book: Ben Elton

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)


Zombie Prom

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

Cast Size: 10+


Musicals with Teenage Themes

Bye Bye Birdie

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Lee Adams  Book: Michael Stewart

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

Cast Size: 40+


Hairspray

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

Cast Size: 13+


The Prom

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Cast Size: 15+


Doable Musicals for High School Actors

Although the following musicals don’t necessarily feature a large number of teenagers, a cast full of high schoolers can easily pull these shows off!


A Chorus Line

Music: Marvin Hamlisch  Lyrics: Edward Kleban  Book: James Kirkwood Jr., Nicholas Dante

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)

Cast Size: 24+


Beauty and the Beast

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics: Howard Ashman, Tim Rice  Book: Linda Woolverton

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)

Cast Size: 15+


Disaster!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Jack Plotnick, Seth Rudetsky

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2011)

Cast Size: 13+


High Fidelity (High School Edition)

Music: Tom Kitt  Lyrics: Amanda Green  Book: David Lindsay-Abaire

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Cast Size: 20+


Little Shop of Horrors

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics/Book: Howard Ashman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1982)

Cast Size: 8


Lucky Stiff

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics/Book: Lynn Ahrens

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1988)

Cast Size: 10


Mamma Mia!

Music/Lyrics: Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus  Book: Catherine Johnson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Jukebox (1999)

Cast Size: 15+


Shrek

Music: Jeanine Tesori  Lyrics/Book: David Lindsay-Abaire

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Cast Size: 20+


The Addams Family

Music/Lyrics: Andrew Lippa  Book: Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

Cast Size: 10+


The Little Mermaid

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics: Howard Ashman, Glenn Slater  Book: Doug Wright

Musical Type: 1989 Film/Contemporary Musical (2007)

Cast Size: 20+


The Robber Bridegroom

Music: Robert Waldman  Lyrics/Book: Alfred Uhry

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)

Cast Size: 12+


The Wizard of Oz

Music: Harold Arlen, Herbert Stothart  Lyrics:  E.Y. Harburg  Book: John Kane

Musical Type: 1939 Film/Pre-Contemporary Musical (1987)

Cast Size: 24


West Side Story

Music: Leonard Bernstein  Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Arthur Laurents

Musical Type: Golden Age (1957)

Cast Size: 15+


You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Music/Lyrics: Clark Gesner  Book: John Gordon  Additional Songs: Andrew Lippa

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)

Cast Size: 6


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Or have you ever put on any of the above musicals for high school? How did it go? Feel free to share in the comments! 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 High 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 has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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