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55+ Family-Friendly Musicals for Kids

Are you looking for family-friendly musicals that everyone can enjoy? Whether you’re looking for shows suitable for children or productions that resonate with the entire family, you’ll find them all here. Explore the complete list of musicals for kids below, broken down into two categories for your convenience:

Musicals for Young Audiences

Family-Friendly Musicals

Otherwise, here’s a list of Musicals for Kids to Perform and the full list of JR Musicals.


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Musicals for Young Audiences

These children’s musicals are typically staged by adults for kids, but some can even be performed by children themselves! The musicals in this category are specifically created to entertain children, whether presented by adults or a youthful cast.


A Year with Frog and Toad

Music: Robert Reale Lyrics/Book: Willie Reale

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

Cast Size: 5


Captain Louie

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Anthony Stein

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Cast Size: 10+


Dear Edwina

Music: Zina Goldrich Lyrics/Book: Marcy Heisler

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Cast Size: 8


Dog Man: The Musical

Music: Brad Alexander Lyrics/Book: Kevin Del Aguila

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Cast Size: 10+


Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Music: Deborah Wicks La Puma Lyrics/Book: Mo Willems Book: Mr. Warburton

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Cast Size: 6


Elephant and Piggie’s “We Are in a Play”

Music: Deborah Wicks La Puma Lyrics/Book: Mo Willems

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Cast Size: 5-8


Fancy Nancy

Music/Lyrics: Danny Abosch Lyrics/Book: Susan DiLallo

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

Cast Size: 6


Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Music: George Stiles Lyrics/Book: Anthony Drewe

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Cast Size: 6


Freckleface Strawberry

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Cast Size: 7+


How to Eat Like a Child

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1984)

Cast Size: 20+


Junie B. Jones

Music: Zina Goldrich Lyrics/Book: Marcy Heisler

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

Cast Size: 6-15


Peace, Love and Cupcakes

Music/Lyrics/Book: Rick Hip-Flores

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Cast Size: 15+


Pinkalicious

Music/Lyrics: John Gregor Lyrics/Book: Victoria Kann, Elizabeth Kann

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

Cast Size: 10+


Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Cast Size: 4


Spookley the Square Pumpkin

Music: Jeffrey Zahn Lyrics/Book: Joe Troiano

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Cast Size: 10


The Big One-Oh!

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Cast Size: 10+


The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Cast Size: 20+


The Three Little Pigs

Music: George Stiles Lyrics/Book: Anthony Drewe

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Cast Size: 5


Family-Friendly Musicals

These musicals cater to both children and adults, offering an inclusive experience for audiences of all ages. Many of the following shows have mixed casts of children and adults.


A Christmas Story

Music/Lyrics: Benj Pasek, Justin Paul Book: Joseph Robinette

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

Cast Size: 25+


Aladdin

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics/Book: Chad Beguelin Lyrics: Tim Rice, Howard Ashman

Musical Type: 1992 Film/Contemporary Musical (2011)

Cast Size: 20+


Anastasia

Music: Stephen Flaherty Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens Book: Terrence McNally

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Cast Size: 21


Annie

Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Book: Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

Cast Size: 15+


Beauty and the Beast

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)

Cast Size: 20+


Bugsy Malone

Music/Lyrics: Paul Williams Book: Alan Parker

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

Cast Size: 30+


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Music/Lyrics: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman Book: David Greig

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Cast Size: 20+


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Music/Lyrics: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman Adaptations: Jeremy Sams, Ray Roderick

Musical Type: 1968 Film/Contemporary Musical (2002)

Cast Size: 15+


Cinderella

Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II Book: Douglas Carter Beane

Musical Type: 1957 Film/Contemporary Musical (2013)

Cast Size: 15+


Descendants

Music/Lyrics: Various Lyrics/Book: Nick Blaemire Adaptation: Madeline Smith

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Cast Size: 25+


Doctor Dolittle

Music/Lyrics/Book: Leslie Bricusse

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

Cast Size: 12+


Elf

Music: Matthew Sklar Lyrics: Chad Beguelin Book: Bob Martin, Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Cast Size: 15+


Finding Nemo

Music/Lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez Book: Lindsay Anderson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Cast Size: 15+


Frozen

Music/Lyrics: Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez Book: Jennifer Lee

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Cast Size: 20+


Hans Christian Andersen

Music/Lyrics: Frank Loesser Book: John Fearnley, Beverly Cross, Tommy Steele

Musical Type: Golden Age (1952)

Cast Size: 20+


Honk!

Music: George Stiles Lyrics/Book: Anthony Drewe

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

Cast Size: 20+


How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Music: Mel Marvin Lyrics/Book: Timothy Mason

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)

Cast Size: 8+


James and the Giant Peach

Music: Justin Paul Lyrics: Benj Pasek Book: Timothy Allen McDonald

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Cast Size: 20+


Mary Poppins

Music/Lyrics: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, George Stiles, Anthony Drewe Book: Julian Fellowes

Musical Type: 1964 Film/Contemporary Musical (2004)

Cast Size: 20+


Matilda

Music/Lyrics: Tim Minchin Book: Dennis Kelly

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Cast Size: 20+


Miracle on 34th Street

Music/Lyrics/Book: Meredith Willson

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)

Cast Size: 10+


Mrs. Doubtfire

Music/Lyrics/Book: Karey Kirkpatrick Music/Lyrics: Wayne Kirkpatrick Book: John O’Farrell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2022)

Cast Size: 20+


Nativity!

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Cast Size: 20+


Newsies

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Jack Feldman Book: Harvey Fierstein

Musical Type: 1992 Film/Contemporary Musical (2011)

Cast Size: 30+


Oliver!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Lionel Bart

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

Cast Size: 20+


Once Upon a Mattress

Music: Mary Rodgers Lyrics/Book: Marshall Barer Book: Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

Cast Size: 25+


Peter Pan

Music: Moose Charlap, Jule Styne Lyrics: Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden, Adolph Green Book: Sir J.M. Barrie

Musical Type: Golden Age (1954)

Cast Size: 15+


Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure

Music: George Stiles Lyrics: Anthony Drewe Book: Willis Hall

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

Cast Size: 25+


School of Rock

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Cast Size: 35+


Schoolhouse Rock Live!

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

Cast Size: 6


Seussical

Music/Book: Stephen Flaherty Lyrics/Book: Lynn Ahrens

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

Cast Size: 15+


Shrek

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Cast Size: 20+


Snoopy!!!

Music: Larry Grossman Lyrics: Hal Hackady Book: Warren Lockhart, Arthur Whitelaw, Michael Grace

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)

Cast Size: 7


The Lion King

Music: Elton John Lyrics: Tim Rice Book: Rodger Allers, Irene Mecchi

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

Cast Size: 20+


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 Music Man

Music/Lyrics/Book: Meredith Willson

Musical Type: Golden Age (1957)

Cast Size: 25+


The SpongeBob Musical

Music/Lyrics: Various Book: Kyle Jarrow

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Cast Size: 40+


The Wind in the Willows

Music: George Stiles Lyrics: Anthony Drewe Book: Julian Fellowes

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Cast Size: 15+


The Wizard of Oz

Music/Lyrics: Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg Music: Herbert Stothart Book: L. Frank Baum, John Kane

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

Cast Size: 24+


Tuck Everlasting

Music: Chris Miller Lyrics: Nathan Tysen Book: Claudia Shear, Tim Federle

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Cast Size: 23


Wicked

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Winnie Holzman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

Cast Size: 20+


You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)

Cast Size: 6


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Musicals for Middle School

Musicals Based on Movies


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Which of these musicals for kids is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above musicals for kids? 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 for Kids.
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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