re: Musicals With Small Casts (or shows that can be done with a small cast)

CapnHook
Broadway Legend
joined:5/12/03
I'm going to the licensing companies' websites but am still going to post a request for suggestions here on BWW, of course.
I know other threads exist and I have read some of them, but I would like a fresh thread begun with my restrictions:

I'm an undergrad directing major and am searching for a musical to be my thesis next year. It'll be a fall show as I graduate in December.

Cast size 2-10. That's the only limitation I want to give as I want to consider everything.

Good choices:

THE SPITFIRE GRILL
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
THE LAST FIVE YEARS
YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
AVENUE Q (will it be available by then?)

Bad choices:

PUTTING IT TOGETHER
TICK...TICK...BOOM!

Thank you!
"The Spectacle has, indeed, an emotional attraction of its own, but, of all the parts, it is the least artistic, and connected least with the art of poetry. For the power of Tragedy, we may be sure, is felt even apart from representation and actors. Besides, the production of spectacular effects depends more on the art of the stage machinist than on that of the poet."
--Aristotle
InfiniteTheaterFrenzy
Broadway Legend
joined:1/22/05
Bright Lights Big City... it has a cast size of 12, which is a little bit over what you said but it has recently been made available for licensing, and I could see a great student director going to town with it. http://rnh.com/theatricals/show.php?show_id=107#

Also, A Class Act. Cast size, 8. One of the best small musicals I know, and it will be performed more and more in years to come, in my opinion. http://rnh.com/theatricals/show.php?show_id=86

Hello Again might also be a fantastic challenge. Cast of 10. http://www.dramatists.com/cgi-bin/db/single.asp?key=1880
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EdmundOG
Broadway Star
joined:7/9/05
Assassins can be done with 11, which is one over what you wanted, but maybe you can swing it. If you have a lot of men, it's a good option.
MusicAndPassion
Broadway Star
joined:9/14/05
Showtune. It's basically a Jerry Herman revue that can be interpreted in anyway possible. It's very cool and different. I believe it calls for a 9 person cast. Please check it out, its neat!
almostxfamous
Broadway Legend
joined:5/18/05
Songs for a New World, which was done with four people.
"Last week I would've given a kidney to anyone in this office. I would've reached right into my stomach and pulled it out for them. But now, no. I don't have the relationship with these people that I thought I did. I hope they ask, so they can hear me say, "Uh, no, I only give my organs to my real friends. Go get yourself a monkey kidney." "I'm not offended by homosexuality. In the 60's, I made love to many, many women. Often outdoors... in the mud and the rain. And it's possible a man slipped in. There would be no way of knowing. " -The Office
sanda
Broadway Legend
joined:11/10/04
sondheimboy2
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
Truimph of Love has a cast of seven

Lucky Stiff needs about 12 people
"A coherent existance after so many years of muddle" - Desiree' Armfelt, A Little Night Music "Life keeps happening everyday, Say Yes" - 70, Girls, 70 "Life is what you do while you're waiting to die" - Zorba
mywonderwa11
Broadway Legend
joined:6/11/04
Nunsense (5 females)
Little Women the Musical (6 females and 4 males)
Zanna Don't! (5 males and 3 females)
The Fantastiks (7 males and 1 female)
Cabaret (around 13 actors, but you can always cut back on the Kit Kat dancers)
See What I Wanna See (11 actors I think...)
The Rocky Horror Show (originally done with 9 people: 6 males and 3 females)
Once On This Island (5 males and 6 females)

I hope this helps.
"Somethin's comin', I don't know what it is but it is gonna be great!"
yellibean2
Featured Actor
joined:5/17/06
Elegies (cast of 5)
Falsettos (7)
I Love You Because (6)
The Last 5 Years (2)
A New Brain (9)
Songs for a New World (4)
Zanna, Don't! (8 )

And also, a bunch of revues have a cast size that can be interpreted however you like.

Updated On: 12/10/07 at 05:04 PM
jpbran
Broadway Legend
joined:3/8/06
Not sure if I missed it, but how did you come up with the BAD and GOOD lists?
mywonderwa11
Broadway Legend
joined:6/11/04
Godspell
"Somethin's comin', I don't know what it is but it is gonna be great!"
mywonderwa11
Broadway Legend
joined:6/11/04
Godspell
"Somethin's comin', I don't know what it is but it is gonna be great!"
InfiniteTheaterFrenzy
Broadway Legend
joined:1/22/05
In Trousers
[title of show] on Broadway. it's time. believe.
CapnHook
Broadway Legend
joined:5/12/03
Good/Bad is just preferences/my taste and as I get suggestions, if I am familiar with the title, I'll add them into it.
"The Spectacle has, indeed, an emotional attraction of its own, but, of all the parts, it is the least artistic, and connected least with the art of poetry. For the power of Tragedy, we may be sure, is felt even apart from representation and actors. Besides, the production of spectacular effects depends more on the art of the stage machinist than on that of the poet."
--Aristotle
me2
Broadway Star
joined:6/30/03

I agree with TRIUMPH OF LOVE. If I could direct a short musical, I'd pick this one. Most of the libretto is on the CD. I love how the Leonide is constantly making things up, which I think is always fun for an audience (like NOISES OFF).

BDrischBDemented
Broadway Star
joined:11/13/05
I've seen "Bat Boy" done with like 11 people or so...
"Your lyrics lack subtlety! You can't just have your characters announce how they feel! That makes me feel angry!"
Jon
Broadway Legend
joined:2/20/04
Actually, LUCKY STIFF is exactly ten people.

I am currently Musical Director of a production of TRIUMPH OF LOVE. Seven actors, one set. Period costumes (but not too hard). I know it flopped on Broadway, but our audiences are LOVING it. It's a show that really belongs in a more intimate space.

Other small shows we've done successfully:

BY JEEVES (cast of 10)
A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD (5)
A DAY IN HOLLYWOOD, A NIGHT IN THE UKRAINE (cast of 8 )
THE RINK (9)
FALSETTOS (7)
ROMANCE ROMANCE (4)
OLYMPUS ON MY MIND (9)
70 GIRLS 70 (revised version - cast of 10)
FLORA THE RED MENACE (revised version - cast of 9)
TWO BY TWO (cast of 8 )



Updated On: 12/10/07 at 05:13 PM
Act4ever
Broadway Star
joined:4/12/04
mywonderwa11
Broadway Legend
joined:6/11/04
Bat Boy and John & Jen
"Somethin's comin', I don't know what it is but it is gonna be great!"
mywonderwa11
Broadway Legend
joined:6/11/04
I know this is like my fifth comment, but I thought of some more:

Ain't Misbehavin'
Celebration
Forever Plaid
I Do! I Do!
Marry Me A Little
Side By Side By Sondheim
You're Gonna Love Tomorrow
Up The Pieces
Starting Here, Starting Now
Edges
and...
Five Guys Named Moe
"Somethin's comin', I don't know what it is but it is gonna be great!"
CapnHook
Broadway Legend
joined:5/12/03
Wow, I have a lot of scripts to read and CDs to listen to...

Thanks everyone for your suggestions!! Keep them coming!
"The Spectacle has, indeed, an emotional attraction of its own, but, of all the parts, it is the least artistic, and connected least with the art of poetry. For the power of Tragedy, we may be sure, is felt even apart from representation and actors. Besides, the production of spectacular effects depends more on the art of the stage machinist than on that of the poet."
--Aristotle
morganastyle
Chorus Member
joined:3/13/07
These are my suggestions:

Romance/Romance
SNOOPY
Charlie's Oasis Museum and Bar
Cabaret
The Great American Trailer Park Musical
singingbackup
Broadway Legend
joined:11/3/06
They're Playing Our Song (
Tick Tick Boom (4 or 5.)
Brooklyn (
WestVillage
Broadway Star
joined:7/20/05
Dames at Sea (cast of 6)
I Can't Keep Running in Place (all female cast)
I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking it On the Road
Starting Here, Starting Now
Beehive (all female cast)
Baby (cast of 6)
Closer than Ever
Nunsense
The Fantasticks
Side by Side By Sondheim
kyle.
Broadway Legend
joined:8/24/03
If you conceive it correctly, you can do most any musical (not all) with a small cast.

I recently saw a WONDERFUL production of Oklahoma! with a cast of about 12. It was a very intimate production and it was absolutely beautiful.
StageGuy99
Understudy
joined:6/16/06
I second Bat Boy... you can do it with 10 and its a great and fun show, especially for a college aged group.
"The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but it is also the return of art to life." -Oscar Wilde

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