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March 7, 2023

Community Theatre: Your 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. And break a leg in your upcoming season!


Large-Cast Musicals (Contemporary)
  • Be More Chill by Joe Iconis, Joe Tracz & Ned Vizzini (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 4f, 6m +Ensemble)
  • Carrie: The Musical by Michael Gore, Dean Pitchford, Lawrence D. Cohen & Stephen King (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Drama / 5f, 2m +Ensemble)
  • Heathers The Musical by Kevin Murphy, Laurence O’Keefe & Daniel Waters (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Dark Comedy / 9f, 8m)
  • In The Heights by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Quiara Alegría Hudes (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 6f, 6m +Ensemble)
  • School of Rock (Lloyd Webber) by Mike White, Julian Fellowes, Glenn Slater & Andrew Lloyd Webber (US)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 6f, 9m, 6 girls, 5 boys)
  • The Lightning Thief by Joe Tracz, Rob Rokicki & Rick Riordan (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 7 any gender +Ensemble)
  • The SpongeBob Musical by Stephen Hillenburg, Kyle Jarrow, Tina Landau & Others (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 16 any gender)
  • Tuck Everlasting by Claudia Shear, Tim Federle, Chris Miller, Nathan Tysen & Natalie Babbitt (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 3f, 6m, 1 girl +Ensemble)
Large-Cast Musicals (Classic)
  • 42nd Street by Harry Warren, Al Dubin, Michael Stewart, Mark Bramble & Bradford Ropes (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 7f, 6m + Ensemble)
  • A Chorus Line by Michael Bennett, James Kirkwood, Nicholas Dante, Marvin Hamlisch & Edward Kleban (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 9f, 10m)
  • Anything Goes (2022 Revision) by Cole Porter, P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse, Timothy Crouse & John Weidman (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 3f, 4m +Ensemble)
  • Cabaret by Joe Masteroff, John Van Druten, Christopher Isherwood, John Kander & Fred Ebb (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Drama / 8f, 8m)
  • Footloose by Tom Snow, Dean Pitchford, Walter Bobbie, Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins & Jim Steinman (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 7f, 8m +Ensemble)
  • Grease by Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey (US)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 8f, 9m +Ensemble)
  • Gypsy by Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim & Gypsy Rose Lee (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 6f, 2m +Ensemble)
  • HAIR by Gerome Ragni, James Rado & Galt McDermot (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 4f, 5m +Ensemble)
  • Hello, Dolly! by Michael Stewart, Jerry Herman & Thornton Wilder (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 5f, 4m +Ensemble)
  • Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn by Irving Berlin, Gordon Greenberg & Chad Hodge (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 3f, 3m, 1 boy +Ensemble)
  • Irving Berlin’s White Christmas by Irving Berlin, David Ives & Paul Blake (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 5f, 6m, 1 girl +Ensemble)
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber (US)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 1m, 17 any gender)
  • Man of La Mancha by Dale Wasserman, Mitch Leigh & Joe Darion (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 5f, 6m +Ensemble)
  • Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Broadway Version) by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II & Douglas Carter Beane (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 5f, 4m +Ensemble)
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 4f, 6m +Ensemble)
  • The Rocky Horror Show by Richard O’Brien (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Dark Comedy / 3f, 7m +Ensemble)
  • The Secret Garden by Marsha Norman, Lucy Simon & Frances Hodgson Burnett (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Drama / 10f, 12m, 1 girl, 1 boy +Ensemble)
  • The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg & Herbert Stothart (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 3f, 5m, 16 any gender)


2013 Broadway production of First Date (Joan Marcus)

Small-Cast Musicals (Contemporary)
  • [title of show] by Jeff Bowen & Hunter Bell (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 2f, 2m, 1 any gender)
  • First Date by Austin Winsberg, Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 4f, 3m)
  • Fun Home by Jeanine Tesori, Lisa Kron & Alison Bechdel (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Drama / 4f, 2m, 1 girl, 2 boys)
  • I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (2018 Version) by Joe DiPietro & Jimmy Roberts (US/UK)
    (Musical Revue, Comedy / 2f, 2m)
  • Ordinary Days by Adam Gwon (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 2f, 2m)
  • Ruthless! by Joel Paley & Marvin Laird (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 7f, with flexible gender casting)
  • The Spitfire Grill by James Valcq, Fred Alley & Lee David Zlotoff (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Drama / 4f, 3m)
Small-Cast Musicals (Classic)
  • Falsettos by William Finn & James Lapine (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Drama / 3f, 3m, 1 boy)
  • Nunsense by Dan Goggin (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 5f)
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein’s A Grand Night for Singing, conceived by Walter Bobbie (US/UK)
    (Musical Revue / Cabaret, Comedy / 3f, 2m)
  • Smoke on the Mountain by Connie Ray, Alan Bailey, Mike Craver & Mark Hardwick (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 3f, 4m)
  • Smokey Joe’s Café – The Songs of Leiber and Stoller by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 4f, 5m)
  • You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz, Clark Gesner, Michael Mayer & Andrew Lippa (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 2f, 4m +Optional Ensemble)


2011 Flea Theater production of She Kills Monsters (Joan Marcus)


Large-Cast Plays (Contemporary)
  • Calendar Girls by Tim Firth (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 9f, 4m)
  • Ken Ludwig’s Leading Ladies by Ken Ludwig (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 3f, 5m)
  • Let The Right One In by Jack Thorne (US)
    (Full-Length Play, Drama / 3f, 6m)
  • Puffs by Matt Cox (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 5f, 5m, 1 any gender)
  • Shakespeare in Love by Lee Hall, Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 6f, 18m)
  • She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 6f, 3m)
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson (US)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 6f, 4m, 9 girls, 8 boys)
Large-Cast Plays (Classic)
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Drama / 3f, 7m, 1 boy)
  • Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express adapted by Ken Ludwig (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 5f, 5m)
  • Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo by Ken Ludwig (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 4f, 4m)
  • Noises Off by Michael Frayn (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 4f, 5m)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest By Dale Wasserman & Ken Kesey (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 4f, 13m)
  • Our Town by Thornton Wilder (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Drama / 7f, 17m)
  • Rumors by Neil Simon (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 5f, 5m)
  • The Lion in Winter by James Goldman (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 2f, 5m)
  • The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie (US)
    (Full-Length Play, Melodrama / 3f, 5m)


2018 Broadway production of American Son (Peter Cunningham)

Small-Cast Plays (Contemporary)
  • American Son by Christopher Demos-Brown (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Drama / 1f, 3m)
  • Cadillac Crew by Tori Sampson (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Drama / 4f)
  • Grand Concourse by Heidi Schreck (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Drama / 2f, 2m)
  • Greater Tuna and A Tuna Christmas by Jaston Williams, Ed Howard & Joe Sears (US)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 2m or f)
  • Is God Is by Aleshea Harris (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 4f, 4m)
  • Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 2f, 2m)
  • The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow & John Buchan (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 1f, 1m, 2 any gender)
  • The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 3f, 1m)
  • The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Drama / 2f)
  • Tiny Beautiful Things by Nia Vardalos & Cheryl Strayed (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 1f, 3 any gender)
Small-Cast Plays (Classic)
  • Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 2f, 4m)
  • Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 5f, 2m)
  • Plaza Suite by Neil Simon (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 2-5f, 3-7m)
  • The Cemetery Club by Ivan Menchell (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 4f, 1m)
  • The Odd Couple by Neil Simon (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 2f, 6m)
  • The Odd Couple, Female Version by Neil Simon (US/UK)
    (Full-Length Play, Comedy / 6f, 2m)

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

Header image: 2016 Roundabout Theatre Company production of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn (Joan Marcus)