85+ Musicals With Kids in Them – A Full List

Whether you’re helping your child find new shows to audition for, or looking to produce a musical that features children, it’s good to get familiar with what’s out there. Here’s a list of the most notable musicals with kids in them!

The following list is broken down into three categories – “Musicals With a Full Cast of Kids”, “Musicals with Kids in Them”, and “Musicals Featuring One Child”. Each category is sorted alphabetically.

* Here’s a similar list of musicals that children will enjoy watching!


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Musicals with a Full Cast of Kids

A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant

Cast Size: 10

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

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Bugsy Malone

Cast Size: 30+

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

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Captain Louie

Cast Size: 10+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

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Dear Edwina

Cast Size: 8

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

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Freckleface Strawberry

Cast Size: 7

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

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How to Eat Like a Child

Cast Size: 30

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary

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Junie B. Jones

Cast Size: 6-10

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

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Runaways

Cast Size: 20

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

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The Me Nobody Knows

Cast Size: 12

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)

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You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

* This cast of children can also be played by adults

Cast Size: 6

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)

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Musicals With Kids in Them

A Christmas Carol

Cast Size: 12+

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)

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A Christmas Story

Cast Size: 25+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

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A Little Princess

Cast Size: 11+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

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Annie

Cast Size: 11+

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

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Annie Warbucks

Cast Size: 11+

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

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Big

Cast Size: 11+

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

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Billy Elliot

Cast Size: 20+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

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Blitz!

Cast Size: 20+

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)

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Bonnie & Clyde

Cast Size: 14+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

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Caroline, or Change

Cast Size: 16

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Cast Size: 18+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

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Children of Eden

Cast Size: 12+

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Cast Size: 15+

Musical Type: 1968 Film/Contemporary Musical (2002)

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Christine

Cast Size: 13+

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

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Descendants

Cast Size: 21+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Fun Home

Cast Size: 11

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

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Greenwillow

Cast Size: 13+

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

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Gypsy

Cast Size: 25+

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

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Hans Christian Andersen

Cast Size: 21+

Musical Type: Golden Age (1952)

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Cast Size: 8+

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)

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I Remember Mama

Cast Size: 14

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1979)

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Into the Woods

Cast Size: 18

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1986)

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Jane Eyre

Cast Size: 15+

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoast

Cast Size: 18+

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1968)

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Les Misérables

Cast Size: 30+

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980)

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Made in Dagenham

Cast Size: 20+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

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Maggie Flynn

Cast Size: 18

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)

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Mary Poppins

Cast Size: 20+

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age/Contemporary (1964/2004)

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Matilda

Cast Size: 18+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

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Meet Me in St. Louis

Cast Size: 16+

Musical Type: 1944 Film/Pre-Contemporary Musical (1989)

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Miracle on 34th Street / Here’s Love

Cast Size: 6+

Musical Type: Post Golden Age (1963)

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Mrs. Doubtfire

Cast Size: 12+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2022)

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Nativity!

Cast Size: 20+

Music/Lyrics/Book: Debbie Isitt, Nicky Ager

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

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Newsies

Cast Size: 30+

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

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Nine

Cast Size: 27

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1982)

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Nuncrackers

Cast Size: 10

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

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Oliver!

Cast Size: 20+

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

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Peter Pan

Cast Size: 15+

Musical Type: Golden Age (1954)

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Ragtime

Cast Size: 18+

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

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Sail Away

Cast Size: 17

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)

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School of Rock

Cast Size: 26+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Scrooge!

Cast Size: 40+

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

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Shenandoah

Cast Size: 16+

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

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Seussical

Cast Size: 13+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

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South Pacific

Cast Size: 30+

Musical Type: Golden Age (1949)

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Stop the World – I Want to Get Off

Cast Size: 13

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)

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Street Scene

Cast Size: 30+

Musical Type: Opera (1947)

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The Goodbye Girl

Cast Size: 13+

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

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The Grass Harp

Music: Claibe Richardson  Lyrics/Book: Kenward Elmslie

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)

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The King and I

Cast Size: 9+

Musical Type: Golden Age (1951)

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The Likes of Us

Cast Size: 8+

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age/Contemporary (1965/2005)

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The Lion King

Cast Size: 20+

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

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The Music Man

Cast Size: 25+

Musical Type: Golden Age (1957)

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The Rothschilds

Cast Size: 11

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)

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The Secret Garden

Cast Size: 24

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)

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The Sound of Music

Cast Size: 23+

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

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The Will Rogers Follies

Cast Size: 25+

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)

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The Wizard of Oz

Cast Size: 24

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

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Titanic

Cast Size: 37

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

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Tuck Everlasting

Cast Size: 23

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Whistle Down the Wind

Cast Size: 23+

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

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Musicals Featuring One Child

Amélie

Cast Size: 13+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Anastasia

Cast Size: 21

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

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A Bronx Tale

Cast Size: 6+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Cast Size: 11+

Musical Type: Golden Age (1951)

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Ben Franklin in Paris

Cast Size: 23

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

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Big Fish

Cast Size: 19+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

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Chaplin

Cast Size: 11+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

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Elf

Cast Size: 15+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

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Falsettoland

Cast Size: 7

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)

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Falsettos

Cast Size: 7

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

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Flying Over Sunset

Cast Size: 10

Musical Type: Contemporary (2021)

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Golden Boy

Cast Size: 21

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

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Golden Rainbow

Cast Size: 26

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)

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Grey Gardens

Cast Size: 9

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

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James and the Giant Peach

Cast Size: 20+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

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Mame

Cast Size: 30+

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)

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March of the Falsettos

Cast Size: 5

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1981)

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Monstersongs

Cast Size: 17+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

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Once on This Island

Cast Size: 10+

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)

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Rags

Cast Size: 16

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1986)

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Ruthless!

Cast Size: 7

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

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State Fair

Cast Size: 25+

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Golden Age (1996)

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The Addams Family

Cast Size: 10+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

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The Bodyguard

Cast Size: 19

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2012)

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The Boy From Oz

Cast Size: 15+

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Jukebox (1998)

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The Man in the Ceiling

Music/Lyrics: Andrew Lippa  Book: Jules Feiffer

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

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The Tap Dance Kid

Cast Size: 11

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1983)

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The Who’s Tommy

Cast Size: 14+

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

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Wonderland

Cast Size: 10+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

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Which of these musicals with kids in them is your favorite?

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