Rob Rokicki’s Monstersongs (US/UK) is a musical odyssey through the world of a dozen monsters, from a desiccated mummy to a pair of abominable beasts. Following the journey of a child who opens a portal into the psyches of often misunderstood creatures, Monstersongs flips the switch on the monster narrative, inviting audiences to explore the humanity that binds us all.
Monstersongs inspired us to look through the Concord Theatricals catalog, where we found a menagerie of scary characters. Here’s a look at each of the Monstersongs creatures and their songs, along with some related plays and musicals for you to explore. (Click the song titles to listen on Spotify while you check out the shows!)
Enjoy, but beware: Some of these creatures are dangerous!
“We come from the dark / And we come from the dead”
The show’s opening number features ghoulish creatures of all sorts. Check out these chilling shows featuring a variety of haunting characters.
“If you unwrap my heart all you’ll find is dust and ash”
Dusty, decaying and cursed, the embalmed corpse rises from its tomb to right an ancient wrong.
The Curse of the Egyptian Mummy by David Conville, David Gooderson (UK)
(Full-Length Play, Comedy / 5f, 7m, 8 boys or girls)
The Mummy’s Claw! by Mark Chandler (US)
(Full-Length Play, Comedy / 8f, 3m, 1 any gender)
The Mummy’s Tomb by Ken Hill (UK)
(Full-Length Play, Drama / 2f, 7m)
The Pharaoh’s Revenge by Julie Tosh (US)
(Short Play, Comedy / 13 girls, 16 boys, 2 any gender)
Medusa: “Say Goodbye”
“I’ll only turn you to stone / Don’t look me in the eye”
This monstrous Gorgon of Greek myth, with a headful of hissing snakes, can literally petrify with her gaze.
Medusa by Don Nigro (US)
(Monologue, Drama / 1f)
Pandemonium (A Greek Myth-Adventure) by David Perkins & Jenifer Toksvig (UK)
(Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 4f, 7m, 10 boys or girls)
Troll: “Down and Under”
“I found the only bridge I hadn’t burned and I went under”
Shunned by society for its ugliness, the troll is condemned to a life of solitude. These two musicals present Quasimodo, the ultimate outsider, as either farce or tragedy.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Everett Quinton & Mark Bennett, based on the book by Victor Hugo (US)
(Full-Length Musical / 15 any gender)
Vampire: “Blood and Brains”
“I love him for his blood”
Powerful, immortal and nearly human, the vampire may be the most chilling and compelling monster of all.
Vampire Lesbians of Sodom by Charles Busch (US)
(Short Play, Comedy / 2f, 6m)
Zombie: “Blood and Brains”
“He doesn’t mind that I’m a messy eater”
Brains, brains, brains! Zombies have just one thing on their minds… and in their teeth.
The Zombie by Tim Kelly (US)
(Full-Length Play, Comedy / 4f, 4m, 2 any gender)
Igor: “The Plans”
“Will I ever be more than your humble henchman elf?”
Dr. Frankenstein’s poor abused assistant (sometimes spelled “Ygor”) never gets the credit he deserves.
Ghost: “Right Through You”
“I got nothing but time, time, time”
Ghosts have haunted the stage since theatre began. Here’s a handful of shows, old and new, about spectral beings.
The Canterville Ghost by John Vreeke, George David Weiss & Will Severin, based on the novel by Oscar Wilde (US)
(Full-Length Play, Drama / 3f, 5m, 3boys or girls)
“And we rage, rampage, come of age and never try to put the pieces back”
The ultimate foil to gallant knights and dashing heroes, the dragon features in many plays for teens and kids.
The Last of the Dragons by Kristin Walter, adapted from the story by Edith Nesbit (US)
(Short Play, Comedy / 2f, 3m, 1 any gender)
Doppelgänger: “I’m Sorry”
“There’s something about me that you don’t know / Some other side that I have to show”
Literally “double walker,” the Doppelgänger is a ghostly or paranormal look-alike of a living person. In each of these bone-chilling shows, a woman’s uncanny resemblance to someone else leads to dark complications.
The Woman in White by Andrew Lloyd Webber, David Zippel & Charlotte Jones (US)
(Full-Length Musical, Drama / 3f, 4m, 1 girls + Ensemble)
Witch: “Hell Hath No Fury”
“You wrote your little fairy tale and painted me the fool / A harpy and a harlot, a goblin and a ghoul”
They can be fun or they can be terrifying. Shunned and feared by mere mortals, these “witches” range from a telekinetic high school student to a green-skinned sorceress.
“No one ever believed in me / I’m footprints in the snow”
These enigmatic, elusive beasts remain unidentified… and misunderstood.
All Monsters: “It’s Over / Return of Monsterbaby”
“We come from the dark, to the dark we go”
Want more monsters? Each of these shows features an assemblage of creepy creatures.
Cinderella Meets the Wolfman! by Tim Kelly & Jack Sharkey (US)
(Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 14f, 9m)
The Monster by Ry Herman (US)
(Full-Length Play, Drama / 8f, 2m)