Play Survey

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Top High School Musicals and Plays

As the leading organization for educational theatre — we’re present in roughly 5,000 schools — EdTA member schools set the standard for what’s popular in high school theatre. Since 1938, our annual Play Survey has identified the most-produced musicals and plays on high school stages.  

Over the decades, the Play Survey has both highlighted the enduring popularity of classic works and reflected issues in the wider world. That’s been especially evident during the pandemic, as health protocols affected which productions got staged – and schools drove demand for virtual productions.  

Explore Play Survey results from the most recent school year and beyond. 

2021-22 Play Survey Highlights

Top 10 Full-Length High School Musicals, 2021-22

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  • by Catherine Johnson, Benny Anderson, and Björn Ulvaeus  

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  • by various composers

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  • by Andrew Lippa, Marshall Brickman, and Rick Elice

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  • by Kyle Jarrow, Tina Landau, and various composers 

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  • by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, and Linda Woolverton 

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  • by Charles M. Schulz, Clark Gesner, Michael Mayer, and Andrew Lippa

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  • by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman

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  • by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine

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  • by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Glenn Slater, and Doug Wright 

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  • by Alan Menken, Jack Feldman, and Harvey Fierstein

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Most-Produced Short Musicals, 2021-22

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  • by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, and Jennifer Lee

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  • by Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin

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  • by Elton John, Tim Rice, Will Van Dyke, Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Roger Allers, and Irene Mecchi

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  • by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, and Linda Woolverton

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  • by Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin, and Thomas Meehan

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  • by David Simpatico and various composers

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  • by Opetaia Foa‘i, Mark Mancina, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Susan Soon He Stanton

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  • by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine

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  • by Howard Ashman, Glenn Slater, Alan Menken, and Doug Wright

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  • by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Eric Idle

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Most-Produced Plays, 2021-22

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  • by Sandy Rustin, Hunter Foster, and Eric Price

Licensing: Broadway Licensing

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  • by Matt Cox

Licensing: Concord Theatricals

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  • by William Shakespeare

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  • by John Cariani

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  • by Qui Nguyen

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  • by Reginald Rose

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  • by Lewis Carroll

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  • by D.W. Gregory

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  • by Rick Elice and Wayne Barker

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  • by Thornton Wilder

Licensing: Concord Theatricals

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Most-Produced Short Plays, 2021-22

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  • by Jonathan Rand

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  • by Don Zolidis

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  • by Don Zolidis

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  • by Ian McWethy

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  • by Jonathan Rand

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  • by Ian McWethy

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  • by Ed Monk

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  • by Terry Wayne Gabbard

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  • by Don Zolidis

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  • by Stephen Gregg

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More Play Survey Results

The High School Theatre Market

Based on pre-COVID Play Survey data, high school productions attract roughly the same size audience as Broadway touring companies and regional theatres combined. 

Performances by Respondent Schools
17,456 performances
Percentage of schools forced to cancel shows due to COVID
8.7%
Average Audience per School
1,738 people
Total Audience for Surveyed Schools
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Million
Total Estimated School Theatre Audience
0
Million

Decades of Data

Want to dig deeper? NPR analyzed and compiled decades of EdTA’s Play Survey results originally published in Dramatics magazine 

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