Eight MTI Titles Among The Top Ten Most-Produced High School Shows in the United States!

Eight MTI Titles Among The Top Ten Most-Produced High School Shows in the United States!

NEW YORK, N.Y. - August 2, 2018: On August 1, 2018, the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) released the results of its 80th Annual High School Play Survey . Among the data released, the survey includes the top ten most-produced musicals and plays in high schools in the United States for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Music Theatre International (MTI) is thrilled and honored to announce that seven of the top ten full-length musicals produced by US high schools are represented by MTI, and one play represented by MTI is ranked number three among the most-produced full-length plays in US high schools. Nearly 4,000 high schools across the country participated in the survey.

Full-Length Musicals

  1. Disney's Beauty and the Beast (music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book by Linda Woolverton)
  2. The Addams Family
  3. Disney's The Little Mermaid (music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, book by Doug Wright)
  4. Into the Woods (music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine)
  5. Cinderella
  6. Shrek (music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire)
  7. Seussical (music and book by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics and book by Lynn Ahrens)
  8. Little Shop of Horrors (music by Alan Menken, book and lyrics by Howard Ashman)
  9. The Wizard of Oz
  10. Annie (music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, book by Thomas Meehan)

Full-Length Plays

  1. Almost, Maine
  2. Midsummer Night's Dream
  3. Peter and the Starcatcher (music by Wayne Barker, play by Rick Elice)
  4. Alice in Wonderland
  5. Our Town
  6. 12 Angry Jurors
  7. The Crucible
  8. Arsenic and Old Lace
  9. A Christmas Carol
  10. Radium Girls

"MTI is eternally grateful to the schools and educators who instill a love of theater in their students and for the authors who created these wonderful shows being performed by talented young artists across the country," said MTI President and CEO, Drew Cohen. "Having eight of our shows in the top 10 lists is extremely inspiring, and is a reflection on the tremendous appeal of these musicals as well as the dedication of MTI's Education, Marketing and Licensing teams. Musicals like Into the Woods, Shrek, Seussical, Little Shop of Horrors, Annie, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Disney's The Little Mermaid , and Peter and the Starcatcher all have universal themes relevant not only to the teenage performers themselves, but to their communities as well. All of the authors and rightsholders I've spoken to are very gratified their works of art are helping to make better citizens through musical theatre."

"I'm ecstatic that Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Peter and the Starcatcher lead the list of the most-performed musicals and plays in high schools," said Thomas Schumacher, Producer, Disney Theatrical Productions. "That the themes, beloved characters and scores from each of these titles continue to resonate with audiences young and old is a powerful reminder of the value of educational theater to inspire the next generation of theater-goers and theater-makers across the country."

For additional information on MTI and licensing these and other shows, please call (212) 541-4684 or email licensing@mtishows.com