16+ Piano Musicals Written for a Single Keyboard

Are you looking for a musical that’s intended to be performed with a single pianist? These types of shows are great options for smaller theatre companies or those with limited resources. They are also perfect for digital productions. You can find a full list of piano musicals/piano-heavy musical theatre scores below.


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Musicals Intended for a Single Piano

A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine

Cast Size: 8

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1979)

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A Spoonful of Sherman

Cast Size: 5

Musical Type: Contemporary/Revue (2014)

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Elegies: A Song Cycle

Cast Size: 5+

Musical Type: Contemporary/Song Cycle (2003)

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Gutenberg! The Musical!

Cast Size: 2

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

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Make Me a Song

Cast Size: 5

Musical Type: Contemporary/Revue (2006)

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Marry Me a Little

Cast Size: 2

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1980)

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Murder for Two

Cast Size: 2

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

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Ordinary Days

Cast Size: 4

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

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Ruthless!

Cast Size: 7

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

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Side by Side by Sondheim

Cast Size: 4

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1976)

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Ten Percent Revue

Cast Size: 4

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1987)

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The Last Session

Cast Size: 5

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

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The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)

Cast Size: 4+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

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Title of Show

Cast Size: 5

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

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When Pigs Fly

Cast Size: 5

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1996)

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Whoop-Dee Doo

Cast Size: 9

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1993)

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Piano-Heavy Musicals

The following musicals are very piano heavy and usually only require a few additional instruments for full orchestration.


Best Foot Forward

Cast Size: 23+

Musical Type: Golden Age (1941)

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Edges

Cast Size: 4

Musical Type: Contemporary/Song Cycle (2005)

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Falsettos

Cast Size: 7

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

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Forever Plaid

Cast Size: 4

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1989)

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Ghost Quartet

Cast Size: 4

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

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I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

Cast Size: 4

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

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March of the Falsettos

Cast Size: 5

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1981)

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Preludes

Cast Size: 6

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Silence!

Cast Size: 9

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Cast Size: 9

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

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The Fantasticks

Cast Size: 8

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

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Which of these piano musicals is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above piano musicals? 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 Piano Musicals.
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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