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Rodgers & Hammerstein School Musicals
25 Jul

Our top picks from the R&H collection for your next school musical.

Lyrics by Dean Pitchford. Music by Michael Gore. Book by Lawrence D. Cohen.
Full Length Musical, Drama, Contemporary
Casting: 2M, 5F
Strong Role for Leading Woman

Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she's an outcast who's bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she's at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie's just discovered she's got a special power, and if pushed too far, she's not afraid to use it...

Winner! 2012 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical Revival


Adapted for the Stage by Tom Briggs. Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Music by Richard Rodgers. From the 1997 Teleplay by Robert L. Freedman
Full Length Musical, Comedy
Casting: 3M, 6F
Ensemble cast, Strong Role for Leading Woman , Roles for Children

The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits. 

Nominee! 2 Grammy Awards including Best Musical Contribution for Television (Richard Rodgers) - 1958 
Winner! Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program - 1998


Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Based on the story by Robbie Brown.
Short Musical (14 minutes), Comedy, Present Day, Contemporary
Casting: 5M, 1F
Strong Role for Leading Man , Strong Role for Leading Woman , Minority casting

21 CHUMP STREET by Lin-Manuel Miranda (IN THE HEIGHTS, HAMILTON) is a new 14-minute musical based on a true story as reported in the series 'This American Life'.
21 CHUMP STREET discusses the ramifications of peer pressure, conformity and drug use in our schools with a message that will stay with teenagers long after they leave the theatre. Perfect for donor evenings, galas, special events and student/community outreach programs.



Lyrics by Dean Pitchford. Music by Tom Snow. Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar,  Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman.
Full Length Musical, Comedy, Contemporary
Casting: 8M, 9F
Features Teens, Strong Role for Leading Man

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

Nominee! 4 Tony Awards (1999) 
Nominee! 3 Grammy Awards including Best Soundtrack Album (1985) 
Nominee! Grammy Award for Best Original Cast Recording (1999)


Based on the Comic Strip “GARFIELD” by Jim Davis 
Book by Michael J. Bobbitt and Jim Davis. Music and Lyrics by John L. Cornelius II.
Short Musical (60 minutes), Comedy, Backing Tracks, Contemporary
Casting: 4M, 1F
The music for Nermal was written for an unchanged male voice. Because of vocal arrangements, this is very important. You can also cast a young girl or adult female.

Garfield, a chubby and sarcastic tabby cat fantasizes about having the most amazing birthday in the history of birthdays. He deserves it for being the best cat ever! But, it seems that all his friends -- Arlene, Odie, Jon and even his nemesis, Nermal, seem to have forgotten. Feeling rejected, Garfield ventures out to find adventure, but quickly learns that "home is where the heart... and the food is."



Conceived, Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes.
Full Length Musical, Comedy, Contemporary
Casting: 6M, 6F

IN THE HEIGHTS tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. 

Winner! 4 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations (2008)


Music by Mary Rodgers Book by Jay Thompson Book by Dean Fuller Book and Lyrics by Marshall Barer
Full Length Musical, Comedy
Casting: 7M, 4F
Strong Role for Leading Woman 

If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea,' you may be in for a walloping surprise!Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.

Nominee! 1970 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical 
Nominee! 1997 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical


Book by Joseph Stein Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz Music by Charles Strouse
Full Length Musical, Drama, 1900-1910
Casting: 10M, 8F
Strong Role for Leading Woman , Roles for Children

With great passion and humor, the story is told of Rebecca, a naive Russian immigrant arriving at Ellis Island with her young son, and their struggle to make a life for themselves in the New World.
This sweeping saga of awakenings and disappointments, of greed and power, of strength and love is as deeply moving and inspirational a musical as you could hope to present.

Nominee! 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical


Book, Music and Lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt Book and Mark Friedman.
Short Musical (60 Minutes), Comedy, Backing Tracks, Fantasy
Casting: 4M, 4F, Ensemble
Strong Role for Leading Woman, Strong Role for Leading Man.

Visit an enchanted fairy tale land with dragons, a handsome prince, an evil would-be Queen, a really great hair stylist, and that famous princess with the long, long, long hair! Hold on to your hair and prepare for a brand new magical musical re-telling of the classic fairy tale!  This version is for an expanded cast.



Music by Richard Rodgers Book by Oscar Hammerstein II Book by Joshua Logan
Full Length Musical, Drama, 1940s / WWII
Casting: 8M, 4F
Strong Role for Leading Man, Strong Role for Leading Woman, Minority casting, Roles for Children.

Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile's proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he's fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe's life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.

Winner! 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical (1950) 
Winner! Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical (2008)


Music by Richard Rodgers. Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.
Full Length Musical, Drama, 1930s
Casting: 6M, 12F, Flex-Size Ensemble
Features Teens, Strong Role for Leading Woman , Roles for Children

The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.

Winner! Writer's Guild of America Award for Best Written American Musical Film 
Winner! 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical 
Winner! 3 Academy Awards including Best Music 
Winner! 2 Golden Globes including Best Motion Picture Musical/Comedy


Adapted by Jane Iredale. Lyrics by William Perry and Roger McGough.
Full Length Musical, Comedy
Casting: 3M, 4F, Flex-Size Ensemble.
Strong Role for Leading Woman 

The unforgettable characters from Kenneth Grahame's beloved classic spring to life in this sparkling Broadway musical adaptation.
Much more than a show about animals with human characteristics, WIND IN THE WILLOWS is about the delicate balance among all living things, and the surpassing value of friendship.




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