Two-Person Musicals – Our Top 10 Picks

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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Assisted Living: The Musical

Music/Lyrics/Book: Rick Compton & Betsy Bennett

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

Cast Size: 1F, 1M (Flexible)

This hilarious musical shines a light on Pelican Roost – the “party school of retirement communities”. This cast can be done with a minimum of two performers, but the actual casting is flexible if you have more performers who would like to participate.

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Broadbend, Arkansas

Music/Lyrics: Ted Shen  Book: Ellen Fitzhugh, Harrison David Rivers

Musical Type: Contemporary (2020)

Cast Size: 1F, 1M

If you’re looking for something timely/relevant, Broadbend, Arkansas could be an interesting choice. This musical focuses on the cycle of police brutality in Arkansas between 1961-1988.

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Daddy Long Legs

Music/Lyrics: Paul Gordon  Book: John Caird

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

Cast Size: 1F, 1M

Daddy Long Legs is the ideal musical to produce digitally or with minimal resources, as it only features a cast of two: an orphan easing into adulthood and her mysterious benefactor.

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Honky Tonk Laundry

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Roger Bean

Musical Type: Contemporary Jukebox (2017)

Cast Size: 2F

Featuring the music of all your favorite country singers, Honky Tonk Laundry is a feel-good jukebox musical that’s set in present day. And it’s great for digital productions/small theatre companies, as the whole show takes place in the Wishy Washy Washateria!

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I Do! I Do!

Music: Harvey Schmidt  Lyrics/Book: Tom Jones 

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1966)

Cast Size: 1F, 1M

If you’re in the mood for playing around with the ups and downs of marriage, I Do! I Do! could be an interesting choice. Ideal for both digital and small theatre companies, it features the simple, yet relatable story of a husband and a wife.

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John & Jen

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)

Cast Size: 1F, 1M

Set between 1950-1990, John & Jen explores the complexities of family relationships during a changing America. This musical is perfect for a fierce cast of two.

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Marry Me a Little

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary Revue (1980)

Cast Size: 1F, 1M

Marry Me a Little is a one-act musical about two single strangers who share their yearning for love from the confines of their own apartments. If you are thinking about dipping your toes into the digital theatre space, this would be the perfect show to start with!

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Murder for Two

Music: Kellen Blair & Joe Kinosian

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Cast Size: 2 Any Gender

The only casting requirement for Murder for Two is that both performers must also play the piano! This is a hilarious “whodunit” that blends “madcap mystery” with classic musical comedy.

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The Last Five Years

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jason Robert Brown

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)

Cast Size: 1F, 1M

This delightfully simple, yet emotional musical shares the story of a five-year marriage – from the romantic first encounters to the tragic final breakup.

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The Story of My Life

Music/Lyrics: Neil Bartram  Book: Brian Hill

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Cast Size: 2M

The Story of My Life is an emotional piece about a man who struggles to write his best friend’s eulogy. This musical is perfect for those who have small resources, but strong talent.

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


 

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