60+ Musicals for Kids – A Full List of Shows

Whether you’re helping your child find new shows to audition for, or looking for great family-friendly shows to go see together, it’s good to get familiar with what’s out there. Here’s a list of the most notable musicals for kids!

The following list is broken down into three categories – “Musicals for Kids to Perform”, “Musicals for Young Audiences”, and “Family-Friendly Musicals”. Each category is sorted alphabetically.


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Musicals for Kids to Perform

The following musicals were specifically written to be performed by a full cast of children.


101 Dalmations KIDS

Music/Lyrics/Book: Various

Musical Type: Contemporary/Post-Golden Age

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

Music/Lyrics/Book: Charles M. Schulz

Musical Type: 1965 TV Special /Contemporary Musical (2013)

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A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant

Music/Lyrics/Book: Kyle Jarrow

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

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Alice in Wonderland JR.

Music/Lyrics/Book: Various

Musical Type: Golden Age/Contemporary

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Bugsy Malone

Music/Lyrics: Paul Williams  Book: Alan Parker

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

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Captain Louie

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: Anthony Stein

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

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Dear Edwina

Music: Zina Goldrich  Lyrics/Book: Marcy Heisler

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

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Finding Nemo JR

Music/Lyrics: Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

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Freckleface Strawberry

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

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How to Eat Like a Child

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary

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Junie B. Jones

Music: Zina Goldrich  Book/Lyrics: Marcy Heisler

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

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Moana JR.

Music/Lyrics: Opetaia Foa’i, Mark Mancina, Lin-Manuel Miranda

Musical Type: Contemporary

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Nativity!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Debbie Isitt, Nicky Ager

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

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Runaways

Music/Lyrics/Book: Elizabeth Swados

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

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The Aristocats KIDS

Music/Lyrics: The Sherman Brothers, Rinker, Huddleston, Louiselle, Bernard

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Contemporary

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The Big One-Oh!

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

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The Grunch

Music/Lyrics/Book: BBB Press

Musical Type: Contemporary

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The Jungle Book KIDS

Music: The Sherman Brothers, Gilkyson, Heisler, Louiselle

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age/Contemporary

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The Most Epic Birthday Party Ever

Music/Lyrics/Book: BBB Press

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Winnie the Pooh KIDS

Music: The Sherman Brothers, Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Will Van Dyke, Cheryl Davis

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age/Contemporary

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Musicals for Young Audiences

The following children’s musicals are often performed by adults for an audience of kids. But they can also sometimes be performed by a cast of children!


A Year With Frog and Toad

Music: Robert Reale  Lyrics/Book: Willie Reale

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

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

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

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Fancy Nancy

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Music: George Stiles  Book/Lyrics: Anthony Drewe

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

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My Son Pinnochio

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: David Stern

Musical Type: Golden Age/Contemporary (1940/2000)

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Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

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Spookley The Square Pumpkin

Music: Jeffrey Zahn  Lyrics/Book: Joe Troiano

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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The Three Little Pigs

Music: George Stiles  Book/Lyrics: Anthony Drewe

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

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Family-Friendly Musicals

The following musicals can be enjoyed by children and adults alike! Many of the following have mixed casts of children and adults.


A Christmas Story

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

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Aladdin

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Contemporary (2011)

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Anastasia

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

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Annie

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

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Annie Warbucks

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

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Beauty and the Beast

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Music/Lyrics: The Sherman Brothers  Book: Jeremy Sams

Musical Type: 1968 Film/Contemporary Musical (2002)

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Cinderella

Music: Rodgers  Book/Lyrics: Hammerstein  Book: Douglas Carter Beane

Musical Type: Golden Age/Contemporary (1957/2013)

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Descendants

Book/Additional Lyrics: David Blaemire  Adaptation: Madeline Smith

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Doctor Dolittle

Music/Lyrics/Book: Leslie Bricusse

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

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Elf

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

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Frozen

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

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Hans Christian Andersen

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1952)

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Honk!

Music: George Stiles  Book/Lyrics: Anthony Drewe

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

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Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue

Music/Lyrics: Tom Adair

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Music: Mel Marvin  Lyrics/Book: Timothy Mason

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)

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James and the Giant Peach

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

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Mary Poppins

Music/Lyrics: The Sherman Brothers, George StilesAnthony Drewe Book: Julian Fellowes

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age/Contemporary (2004)

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Matilda

Music/Lyrics: Tim Minchin  Book: Dennis Kelly

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

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Newsies

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Contemporary (1992/2011)

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Oliver!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Lionel Bart

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

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Peter Pan

Music: Styne, Charlap, Rittman  Lyrics: Comden, Green, Leigh  Book: Barrie

Musical Type: Golden Age (1954)

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Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

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Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka

Music/Lyrics: Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley  Book: Tim McDonald, Bricusse

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

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School of Rock

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Schoolhouse Rock Live!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Keating, Ferguson, Hall

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

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Seussical

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

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Shrek

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

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Snoopy!!!

Music: Larry Grossman Lyrics: Hal Hackady Book: Lockhart, Whitelaw, Grac

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)

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The Lion King

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

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The Little Mermaid

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

Musical Type: 1989 Film/Contemporary Musical (2007)

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The Music Man

Music/Lyrics: Meredith Willson  Book: Franklin Lacey, Wilson

Musical Type: Golden Age (1957)

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The Spongebob Musical

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Kyle Jarrow

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

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The Wind in the Willows

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

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The Wizard of Oz

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

Musical Type: Jazz Age/Pre-Contemporary (1939/1987)

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Tuck Everlasting

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

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

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)

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Other blog posts you might like:

Classic Musicals

Musicals for High School

 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 has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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