Whether you’re enjoying theatre from an audience or honing your craft as an aspiring artist, your first thought when watching a Broadway musical that features pint-sized performers with triple-threat talent is sure to be, “What have I really accomplished so far?”
Check out these six musicals that only go to show what little people can do:
1. ‘Les Misérables’
In showbiz, it doesn’t get much better than singing the iconic music of “Les Misérables.” Classics such as “Castle on a Cloud” and “Little People” are sung by Little Cosette, the adorable orphan under the care of two bizarre innkeepers, and Gavroche, the spirited young revolutionary. Both are equally prestigious parts in the theatre world.
They may be revolting children living in revolting times, but honestly, they’re way more talented than we could ever dream of being. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, this musical adaptation holds some serious girl power (and kid power in general). Believe us, these kids are fierce!
3. ‘School of Rock’
Most actors on Broadway can sing, dance and act, but the cast of “School of Rock” is a whole different story. These quadruple-threat musicians rock out to songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and play their instruments in the band — just like the movie!
4. ‘The King and I’
The King of Siam and English schoolteacher Anna might be the primary roles in this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, but the royal children steal the show. These kids get to dress in intricate prince and princess attire and sing the familiar tune, “Getting to Know You.”
5. ‘The Sound of Music’
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved tale about a singing nun who finds her way into a family of seven children continuously stands the test of time. Besides, who didn’t watch the movie as a child and dream of frolicking through fields with Julie Andrews while singing “Do-Re-Mi?”
Perhaps one of the most iconic roles for young performers is that of the optimistic orphan stuck in the home of the cruel Miss Hannigan. This show is full of heart, as well as hummable tunes including “Maybe,” “It’s a Hard-Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.”