15 of Our Favorite Musicals for Middle School

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


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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

Cast Size: 11+


Bugsy Malone

Music/Lyrics: Paul Williams  Book: Alan Parker

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

Cast Size: 30+


Camp Rock

Music/Lyrics/Book: Various

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Cast Size: 20+


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


Goosebumps

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2021)

Cast Size: 10+


Peace, Love, and Cupcakes

Music/Lyrics/Book: Rick-Hip Flores

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Cast Size: 6+


Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Cast Size: 4


School of Rock

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Cast Size: 35+


Seussical 

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

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

Cast Size: 13+


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: 9


The Most Epic Birthday Party Ever

Music/Lyrics/Book: Beat by Beat Press

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Cast Size: 24+


The Three Little Pigs

Music: George Stiles  Book/Lyrics: Anthony Drewe

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Cast Size: 5


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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Want to add to our list of best musicals for middle school?

Or have you ever put on any of the above musicals for middle school? 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 Middle 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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