When one thinks of theater musicals the first thing that comes to mind are sopranos, baritones and basses singing melodic songs which are great, but that a lot of young people cannot fully appreciate. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of young people love the Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserábles, Miss Saigon and others, but when you are talking about people who do not like musicals it is a lot easier to get them to go and watch other shows. Here are the musicals that you need to see if you are young, but you hate the theater experience and want music that you can enjoy.


Rent Cast on Broadway 2005

RENT was the musical that brought the highest quantities of young people to the theater. The story itself comes from Puccini’s La Boheme, with a present day twist written by Jonathan Larson. RENT is the story of a group of friends who are struggling to survive in poverty and deal with HIV in New York City. The story gets all the drama, romance, betrayal, friendship and fear that you could want in a show, and it does it to young beats and great guitar sounds.

The main characters of the show are:

  • Mark Cohen: Mark narrates the show and is a struggling film maker and Roger’s roommate.
  • Roger Davis: A struggling musician who is a former drug addict now dealing with HIV. He is looking to write the song people will remember him for.
  • Mimi Marquez: Drug addicted club dancer. She is also HIV positive and is the love interest of Roger.
  • Tom Collins: Teacher, genius and anarchist living with AIDS.
  • Angel Dummott Schunard: Angel is a drag queen and percussionist who becomes the glue that binds the circle of friends.

Some of the best and most recognized songs from the show include “Rent”, “One Song Glory”, “Light My Candle”, “Tango Maureen”, “Out Tonight”, “I’ll Cover You” and “Seasons of Love”.

Light My Candle

Avenue Q

Avenue Q Cast

Avenue Q is not your average musical show unless you think that the average show should include adult oriented puppets. Avenue Q is a puppet show, but it is not for kids. Think of a mix of Sesame Street and South Park and you will get a clear idea of what the show is like. You are certain to laugh a lot while watching this show which even includes full puppet nudity.

The show is the brainchild of Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx and they intended it for a TV show, but it was later developed for the stage. Some of the topics covered by the show include racism, porn, homosexuality and drugs so if you were to give it a rating it would be PG-13 to say the least. There are only 3 human characters with the rest being puppets handled by the actors through the show. Some of the main characters include:

  • Princeton: Princeton is a young graduate who is looking for a purpose in life only to discover his B.A. in English is useless.
  • Kate Monster: Kate is an assistant kindergarten teacher and would like to open a monster school someday. She is in love with Princeton.
  • Trekkie Monster: Trekkie's obsession is internet porn. He lives in the second floor and has made some wise investments in that obsession.
  • The Bad Idea Bears: The Bad Idea Bears are not in a lot of the show, but they are very memorable. They get people to go with the irresponsible show but change their ways once they convert to scientology.

Some of the songs that you will remember from this very funny show include “What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?” “It Sucks to be Me”, “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist”, “The Internet is for Porn” and “Mix Tape”. 

The Internet is for Porn

Jekyll & Hyde

Jekyll & Hyde

Jekyll and Hyde is not a rock opera; in fact it feels as if it belongs on a list right next to the Phantom of the Opera and yet much the audience is very young. The reason people like the show is that it is full of sexual tension, hope, violence, murder and the story is something that many young people can relate to. Dr. Jekyll is what society expects and what people aspire to become; Hyde on the other hand works only on his freedom to get pleasure at any cost. The show reflects his dual personality and it attracts many fans.

The main character is Dr. Henry Jekyll who is a scientist working on separating good from evil in people for the greater good and to get rid of evil. After being denied the chance to try the formula on people from asylums he decides to try the formula on himself. This awakens the evil in his personality and transforms him until he becomes Henry Hyde.

Some of the songs to remember from the show include “This Is The Moment”, “Alive”, “Someone Like You”, “In His Eyes”, and “Dangerous Game”.

Dangerous Game

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening is definitely one for young people; it is a rock musical that deals with a lot of the taboo subjects of society including suicide, child abuse, abortion, homosexuality and rape. The musical takes place back in the 19th century, but it could very well be set in today’s world. The young people in the show discover their inner sexuality and deal with the basic challenges in life and it could be used as a cautionary tale for those who do not give sexual education to their families. The show has laughs and tears mixed in so you will experience many emotions while watching it

You should not really expect this show in a lot of conservative communities because it does not hold back. The scenes and even the language used have been the cause for some protests, and the CD even includes the Parental Advisory sticker. There are talks going on about bringing the show to the big screen, but there is no more information at the moment.

Some of the most memorable songs from the musical include “Mama Who Bore Me”, “The Word of your Body”, “The Dark I Know Well”, Totally F’d”, “Those You’ve Known” and “The Song of Purple Summer”. 

Totally F#@%ed