Children’s Musicals – A Full List of Favorites

Whether you’re helping your child find new shows to audition for, or looking for great family-friendly shows to go see together, it’s good to get familiar with what’s out there. Here’s a list of the most notable children’s musicals to date, sorted alphabetically. The following shows are either intended specifically for children or extremely family-friendly.


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101 Dalmations KIDS

Music/Lyrics/Book: Various

Musical Type: Contemporary/Post-Golden Age

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

Music/Lyrics/Book: Charles M. Schulz

Musical Type: 1965 TV Special /Contemporary Musical (2013)

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A Christmas Story

Music/Lyrics: Benj Pasek, Justin Paul Book: Joseph Robinette

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

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A Year With Frog and Toad

Music: Robert Real Lyrics/Book: Willie Reale

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

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Aladdin

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Tim Rice, Howard Ashman, Chad Beguelin Book: Beguelin

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Contemporary (2011)

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Alice in Wonderland JR.

Music/Lyrics/Book: Various

Musical Type: Golden Age/Contemporary

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Anastasia

Music: Stephen Flaherty Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens Book: Terrence McNally

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

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Annie

Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Book: Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

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Annie Warbucks

Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Book: Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

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Beauty and the Beast

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Howard Ashman, Tim Rice Book: Linda Woolverton

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)

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Camp Rock

Music/Lyrics/Book: Various

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

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Captain Louie

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Anthony Stein

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Music/Lyrics: Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman Book: David Greig

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Music/Lyrics: The Sherman Brothers Book: Jeremy Sams

Musical Type: 1968 Film/Contemporary Musical (2002)

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Cinderella

Music: Rodgers Book and Lyrics: Hammerstein Book: Douglas Carter Beane

Musical Type: Golden Age/Contemporary (1957/2013)

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Dear Edwin

Music: Zina Goldrich Lyrics/Book: Marcy Heisler

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

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Descendants

Book/Additional Lyrics: David Blaemire Adaptation: Madeline Smith

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Doctor Dolittle

Music/Lyrics/Book: Leslie Bricusse

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

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Elephant and Piggie’s “We Are In a Play”

Music: Deborah Wicks La Puma Book/Lyrics: Mo Willems

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

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Elf

Music: Matthew Sklar Lyrics: Chad Beguelin Book: Bob Martin, Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

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Fancy Nancy

Music: Danny Abosch Lyrics: Abosch, Susan DiLallo Book: DiLallo, Abosch

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

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Finding Nemo JR

Music/Lyrics: Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

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Freckleface Strawberry

Music/Lyrics: Gary Kupper Book: Gary Kupper, Rose Caiola

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

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Frozen

Music/Lyrics: Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez Book: Jennifer Lee

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Music: George Stiles Book/Lyrics: Anthony Drewe

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

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Goosebumps

Music/Lyrics: Danny Abosch Book/Lyrics: John Maclay

Musical Type: Contemporary (2021)

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Honk!

Music: George Stiles Book/Lyrics: Anthony Drewe

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

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Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue

Music/Lyrics: Tom Adair

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Music: Mel Marvin Lyrics/Book: Timothy Mason

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)

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How to Eat Like a Child

Music/Lyrics: John Forster Book: Delia Ephron, Judith Kahan, Forster

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary

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James and the Giant Peach

Music: Justin Paul Lyrics: Benj Pasek Book: Timothy Allen McDonald

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

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Junie B. Jones

Music: Zina Goldrich Book/Lyrics: Marcy Heisler

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

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Mary Poppins

Music/Lyrics: The Sherman Brothers, George Stiles, Anthony Drewe Book: Julian Fellowes

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

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Matilda

Music/Lyrics: Tim Minchin Book: Dennis Kelly

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

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Moana JR.

Music/Lyrics: Opetaia Foa’i, Mark Mancina, Lin-Manuel Miranda

Musical Type: Contemporary

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My Son Pinnochio

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: David Stern

Musical Type: Golden Age/Contemporary (1940/2000)

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Nativity!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Debbie Isitt, Nicky Ager

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

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Newsies

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Jack Feldman Book: Harvey Fierstein

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

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Oliver!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Lionel Bart

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1960)

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Peter Pan

Music: Styne, Charlap, Rittman Lyrics: Comden, Green, Leigh Book: Barrie

Musical Type: Golden Age (1954)

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Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure

Music: George Stiles Lyrics: Anthony Drewe Book: Willis Hall

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

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Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical

Music/Lyrics: Greg Borowsky, Douglas Lyons Book: Melvin Tunstall III

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

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Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka

Music/Lyrics: Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley Book: Tim McDonald, Bricusse

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

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School of Rock

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Glen Slater Book: Julian Fellowes

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Schoolhouse Rock Live!

Music/Lyrics: Various Book: Keating, Ferguson, Hall

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

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Seussical

Music: Stephen Flaherty Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens Book: Ahrens, Flaherty

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

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Shrek

Music: Jeanine Tesori Lyrics/Book: David Lindsay-Abaire

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

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Snoopy!!!

Music: Larry Grossman Lyrics: Hal Hackady Book: Lockhart, Whitelaw, Grac

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)

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Spookley The Square Pumpkin

Music: Jeffrey Zahn Lyrics/Book: Joe Troiano

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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The Aristocats KIDS

Music/Lyrics: The Sherman Brothers, Rinker, Huddleston, Louiselle, Bernard

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Contemporary

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The Big One-Oh!

Music: Doug Besterman Lyrics: Dean Pitchford Book: Timothy Allen McDonald

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

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The Grunch

Music/Lyrics/Book: Beat by Beat Press

Musical Type: Contemporary

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The Jungle Book KIDS

Music: The Sherman Brothers, Gilkyson, Heisler, Louiselle

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age/Contemporary

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The Lion King

Music: Elton John Lyrics: Tim Rice Book: Rodger Allers, Irene Mecchi

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

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The Little Mermaid

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Howard Ashman, Glenn Slater Book: Doug Wright

Musical Type: 1989 Film/Contemporary Musical (2007)

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The Most Epic Birthday Party Ever

Music/Lyrics/Book: Beat by Beat Press

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾

Music: Pippa Cleary Lyrics: Jake Brunger, Cleary Book: Brunger

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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The Spongebob Musical

Music/Lyrics: Various Book: Kyle Jarrow

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

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The Three Little Pigs

Music: George Stiles Book/Lyrics: Anthony Drewe

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

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The Wind in the Willows

Music: George Stiles Book: Anthony Drewe Book: Julian Fellowes

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

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The Wizard of Oz

Music: Harold Arlen, Herbert Stothart Lyrics: EY Harburg Book: John Kane

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

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Tuck Everlasting

Music: Chris Miller Lyrics: Nathan Tysen Book: Claudia Shear, Tim Federle

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Winnie the Pooh KIDS

Music: The Sherman Brothers, Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Will Van Dyke, Cheryl Davis

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age/Contemporary

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You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Music/Lyrics: Clark Gesner Book: John Gordon Additional Songs: Andrew Lippa

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)

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Which of these children’s musicals is your favorite?

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Stacy Karyn, author of pop/rock musicals.
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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