Musical Lists

Two-Person Musicals – The Full List of Shows

The pandemic has put us thespians in a difficult position. But the show must go on somehow! And the easiest way to do that is to either produce musicals digitally or put on a socially distanced production featuring a small cast. And that’s exactly why we’ve put together this great list of two-person musicals, sorted alphabetically.

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Two-Person Musicals

Daddy Long Legs

Music/Lyrics: Paul Gordon  Book: John Caird

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

Cast Size: 1F, 1M

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me

Music: Brendan Milburn  Lyrics: Valerie Vigoda  Book: Joe DiPietro

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Cast Size: 1F, 1M

Goblin Market

Music: Polly Pen  Lyrics: Peggy Harman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1985)

Cast Size: 2F

Gutenberg! The Musical!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Scott Brown, Anthony King

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Cast Size: 2 Any Gender

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Trask  Book: John Cameron Mitchell

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

Cast Size: 2 Any Gender

I Do! I Do!

Music: Harvey Schmidt  Lyrics/Book: Tom Jones 

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)

Cast Size: 1F, 1M

John & Jen

Music/Book: Andrew Lippa  Lyrics/Book: Tom Greenwald

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)

Cast Size: 1F, 1M

Marry Me a Little

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Concept: Craig Lucas, Norman Rene

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary Revue (1980)

Cast Size: 1F, 1M

Murder for Two

Music/Book: Joe Kinosian  Lyrics/Book: Kellen Blair

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Cast Size: 2 Any Gender

The Last Five Years

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jason Robert Brown

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)

Cast Size: 1F, 1M

The Last Sweet Days of Isaac

Music: Nancy Ford  Lyrics/Book: Gretchen Cryer

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)

Cast Size: 1F, 1M

The Story of My Life

Music/Lyrics: Neil Bartram  Book: Brian Hill

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Cast Size: 2M

Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jim Barne, Kit Buchan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Cast Size: 1F, 1M

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Which of these two-person musicals is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of these two-handers? 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 2 Person 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 holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


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