21+ Amazing Musicals for College Productions

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


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A Chorus Line

Cast Size: 24+

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults

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All American

Cast Size: 12+

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)

Why It’s Good for College: About college football

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American Idiot

Cast Size: 7+

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2009)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults

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Bajour

Cast Size: 6+

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1964)

Why It’s Good for College: About an NYU student

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Bubble Boy

Cast Size: 10

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults

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Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story

Cast Size: 20+

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Jukebox (1989)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults

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Cry-Baby

Cast Size: 12+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults

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Dogfight

Cast Size: 9+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults

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Edges

Cast Size: 4

Musical Type: Contemporary/Song Cycle (2005)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults

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Glory Days

Cast Size: 4

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults

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Good News!

Cast Size: 15th

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1927)

Why It’s Good for College: Set at fictional “Tait College”

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Hair

Cast Size: 20+

Musical Type: Post Golden Age (1967)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults

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Legally Blonde

Cast Size: 10+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

Why It’s Good for College: Set at Harvard Law School

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Lizard Boy

Cast Size: 3

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults

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Lysstrata Jones

Cast Size: 12+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Why It’s Good for College: About college basketball

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Rent

Cast Size: 13+

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults

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The Book of Mormon

Cast Size: 10+

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults

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The Mad Ones

Cast Size: 4

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults

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The Theory of Relativity

Cast Size: 8, 13, or 16

Musical Type: Contemporary/Song Cycle (2014)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults

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Tick, Tick… BOOM!

Cast Size: 3

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Contemporary (1990/2001)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults

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West Side Story

Cast Size: 15+

Musical Type: Golden Age (1957)

Why It’s Good for College: Features young adults

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Where’s Charley?

Cast Size: 12+

Musical Type: Golden Age (1948)

Why It’s Good for College: Set at Oxford University

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Which of these musicals for college is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above musicals for college productions? 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 College.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theater Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theater, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


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