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January 22, 2024

Community Theatre: Your 2024 Guide to Season Planning


Planning your next community theatre season? Concord Theatricals has you covered! Here’s an exciting selection of celebrated and noteworthy titles that would be perfect for you and your audience.

First, we’ve listed a broad array of great musicals, organized by cast size and further subdivided into contemporary or classic shows. Below that, you’ll find a selection of outstanding plays organized the same way. If you’re skimming the list, here’s how they’re arranged:

• Large-Cast Musicals (Contemporary)
• Large-Cast Musicals (Classic)
• Small-Cast Musicals (Contemporary)
• Small-Cast Musicals (Classic)

• Large-Cast Plays (Contemporary)
• Large-Cast Plays (Classic)
• Small-Cast Plays (Contemporary)
• Small-Cast Plays (Classic)

For more ideas, visit Concord Theatricals in the US or UK. Break a leg in your upcoming season!


Large-Cast Musicals (Contemporary)
  • Anastasia: The Musical by Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (US/UK) 
    (Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 4w, 5m, 1 girl +Ensemble)
  • Be More Chill by Joe Iconis, Joe Tracz and Ned Vizzini (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 4w, 6m +Ensemble)
  • Doctor Zhivago by Michael Weller, Michael Korie, Amy Powers, Lucy Simon and Boris Pasternak (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Drama / 3w, 5m +Ensemble)
  • Everybodys Talking About Jamie by Tom MacRae, Dan Gillespie Sells & Jonathan Butterell (US/UK) 
    (Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 8w, 10m)
  • Flowers for Mrs Harris by Paul Gallico, Richard Taylor and Rachel Wagstaff (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Drama / 6w, 4m, Expandable Casting)
  • Hands on a Hardbody by Doug Wright, Amanda Green, Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 6fw 9m)
  • Heathers The Musical by Kevin Murphy, Laurence O’Keefe and Daniel Waters (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Dark Comedy / 9w, 8m)
  • In The Heights by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 6w, 6m +Ensemble)
  • Rock of Ages by Chris D’Arienzo (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 10w, 7m)
  • School of Rock (Lloyd Webber) by Mike White, Julian Fellowes, Glenn Slater and Andrew Lloyd Webber (US)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 6w, 9m, 6 girls, 5 boys)
  • Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ The Musical by Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 3w, 3m, 1 girl, 3 boys, Expandable Casting)
  • The Grinning Man by Carl Grose, Tom Morris, Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Dark Comedy / 5w, 7m, Expandable Casting)
  • The Lightning Thief by Joe Tracz, Rob Rokicki and Rick Riordan (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 7 any gender +Ensemble)
  • The SpongeBob Musical by Stephen Hillenburg, Kyle Jarrow, Tina Landau and Others (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 16 any gender)
  • Tuck Everlasting by Claudia Shear, Tim Federle, Chris Miller, Nathan Tysen and Natalie Babbitt (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 3w, 6m, 1 girl +Ensemble)
Large-Cast Musicals (Classic)
  • A Chorus Line by Michael Bennett, James Kirkwood, Nicholas Dante, Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 9w, 10m)
  • Anything Goes (2022 Revision) by Cole Porter, P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse, Timothy Crouse and John Weidman (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 3w, 4m +Ensemble)
  • Footloose by Tom Snow, Dean Pitchford, Walter Bobbie, Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 7w, 8m +Ensemble)
  • HAIR by Gerome Ragni, James Rado and Galt McDermot (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 4w, 5m +Ensemble)
  • Hello, Dolly! by Michael Stewart, Jerry Herman and Thornton Wilder (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 5w, 4m +Ensemble)
  • Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn by Irving Berlin, Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 3w, 3m, 1 boy +Ensemble)
  • Irving Berlin’s White Christmas by Irving Berlin, David Ives and Paul Blake (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 5w, 6m, 1 girl +Ensemble)
  • Jesus Christ Superstar by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber (US)
    (Full-Length Musical, Drama / 1w, 8m +Ensemble)
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber (US)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 1m, 17 any gender)
  • Man of La Mancha by Dale Wasserman, Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 5w, 6m +Ensemble)
  • Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Broadway Version) by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II and Douglas Carter Beane (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 5w, 4m +Ensemble)
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 4w, 6m +Ensemble)
  • The Secret Garden by Marsha Norman, Lucy Simon and Frances Hodgson Burnett (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Drama / 10w, 12m, 1 girl, 1 boy +Ensemble)
  • The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg and Herbert Stothart (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 3w, 5m, 16 any gender)


2016 Lincoln Center Theater production of Falsettos (Joan Marcus)
Small-Cast Musicals (Contemporary)
  • [title of show] by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 2w, 2m, 1 any gender)
  • Clue: The Musical by Peter DePietro, Galen Blum, Wayne Barker, Vinnie Martucci and Tom Chiodo (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 3w, 5m)
  • First Date by Austin Winsberg, Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 4w, 3m)
  • Fun Home by Jeanine Tesori, Lisa Kron and Alison Bechdel (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Drama / 4w, 2m, 1 girl, 2 boys)
  • Ordinary Days by Adam Gwon (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 2w, 2m)
  • Ruthless! by Joel Paley and Marvin Laird (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 7w, with flexible gender casting)
  • The Spitfire Grill by James Valcq, Fred Alley and Lee David Zlotoff (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Drama / 4w, 3m)
Small-Cast Musicals (Classic)
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz, Bill Melendez, Lee Mendelson and Eric Schaeffer (US/UK)
    (Short Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 5w, 5m, 1 any gender)
  • Falsettos by William Finn and James Lapine (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Drama / 3w, 3m, 1 boy)
  • Nunsense by Dan Goggin (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 5w)
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein’s A Grand Night for Singing, conceived by Walter Bobbie (US/UK)
    (Musical Revue / Cabaret, Comedy / 3w, 2m)
  • Smoke on the Mountain by Connie Ray, Alan Bailey, Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 3w, 4m)
  • You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz, Clark Gesner, Michael Mayer and Andrew Lippa (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 2w, 4m +Optional Ensemble)


2018 Roundabout Theatre Company production of Bernhardt/Hamlet (Joan Marcus)


Large-Cast Plays (Contemporary)
  • Calendar Girls by Tim Firth (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 9w, 4m)
  • Death by Design by Rob Urbinati (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 4w, 4m)
  • Four Old Broads on the High Seas by Leslie Kimbell (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 5w, 6m)
  • Ken Ludwig’s Leading Ladies by Ken Ludwig (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 3w, 5m)
  • Let The Right One In by Jack Thorne (US)
    (Full-Length Play, Drama / 3w, 6m)
  • Mary Page Marlowe by Tracy Letts (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Drama / 11w, 6m, 1 girl)
  • Puffs by Matt Cox (US/UK) 
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 5w, 5m, 1 any gender, expandable)
  • She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 6w, 3m)
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson (US)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 6w, 4m, 9 girls, 8 boys)
  • The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 10w)
Large-Cast Plays (Classic)
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Drama / 3w, 7m, 1 boy)
  • Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express adapted by Ken Ludwig (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 5w, 5m)
  • Bernhardt/Hamlet by Theresa Rebeck (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 3w, 8m)
  • Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo by Ken Ludwig (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 4w, 4m)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest By Dale Wasserman and Ken Kesey (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 4w, 13m)
  • Our Town by Thornton Wilder (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Drama / 7w, 17m)
  • The Miracle Worker by William Gibson (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Drama / 7w, 7m)
  • The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie (US)
    (Full-Length Play, Melodrama / 3w, 5m)


2021 Roundabout Theatre Company production of Trouble in Mind (Joan Marcus)

Small-Cast Plays (Contemporary)
  • American Son by Christopher Demos-Brown (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Drama / 1w, 3m)
  • Cadillac Crew by Tori Sampson (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Drama / 4w)
  • Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors by Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 5 any gender, expandable up to 24)
  • How to Transcend a Happy Marriage by Sarah Ruhl (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 4w, 4m)
  • Is God Is by Aleshea Harris (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 4w, 4m)
  • Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me A Soprano (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 5w, 3m)
  • Ken Ludwig’s Moriarty (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 2w, 3m)
  • My Name Is Lucy Barton by Rona Munro, Elizabeth Strout (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Drama / 1w)
  • Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 2w, 2m)
  • Scapino by Jeffrey Binder (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 2w, 6m)
  • The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow and John Buchan (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 1w, 1m, 2 any gender)
  • The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 3w, 1m)
  • The Sound Inside by Adam Rapp (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Drama / 1w, 1m)
  • The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 2w, 2m)
Small-Cast Plays (Classic)
  • Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 2w, 4m)
  • Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 5w, 2m)
  • Dial M for Murder (Hatcher) by Jeffrey Hatcher and Frederick Knott (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Drama / 2w, 3m)
  • Love, Sex, and the I.R.S. by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore (US)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 3fw 5m)
  • Plaza Suite by Neil Simon (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 2-5w, 3-7m)
  • Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 1w)
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder and David Greenspan (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 4w, 4m)
  • The Lion in Winter by James Goldman (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 2w, 5m)
  • Trouble in Mind by Alice Childress (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 3w, 6m)

For more great plays and musicals, visit Concord Theatricals in the US or UK.

Header image: 2020 Court Theatre production of The Mousetrap (Michael Brosilow)