Manchester Musical Youth Shows

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Find out below what’s on in our current season.
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Manchester Musical Youth presents a brand new musical, MEDUSA!

Following the disappointment of the postponement of our summer production, Zorro, we couldn’t simply down tools and give up all creativity. Our cast has been hard at work developing a brand new musical adaptation of an iconic mythological tale. This shortened version has been developed for performance online and will be available free of charge on our YouTube channel. Featuring an original score and book, the show is based on the myths surrounding Perseus, Athena, Hermes and Poseidon, following the fate of the misunderstood Gorgon Medusa.

Be the first to witness this all new theatrical event. As part of this presentation we are hoping to help our friends at Z-arts. Our second home, Z-arts has hosted all of our 20 Musical Productions and the staff have remained a support throughout these months of uncertainty in our industry. We have set up a GoFundMe page and are taking donations that will be passed on to Z-arts to help them as they prepare to reopen their doors and continue their amazing work inspiring the youth of Manchester through the arts. Click on ‘Support Z-arts’ button if you feel you can help.

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Manchester Musical Youth returns for their epic summer production “Zorro The Musical”!

This legendary story of good versus evil has been a source of enduring fascination. Zorro the Musical retells the dramatic tale of the romantic, masked hero with spectacular sword-fighting and incredible magic – all set to the famous red-hot music of the Gipsy Kings. Throw in the authentic colours of traditional flamenco and this promises to be an evening not be missed!

JULY 14th-17th 2021

Z-arts, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5ZA

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Calamity Jane

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The multi award winning Manchester Musical Youth presents ‘Calamity Jane’!

In the wild-west outpost of Deadwood City, 1876, we find the sharpshooting tomboy, CALAMITY JANE surrounded by cowboys, townsfolk, and the famous Wild Bill Hickok. After a mix-up in the talent pool at Deadwood’s saloon-theater The Golden Garter, Calam goes to Chicago to import to Deadwood the glamorous actress, Adelaid Adams. She returns with her maid Katie Brown instead, inadvertently catapulting Katie to local stardom and into the arms of the only man Calam has ever had eyes for, Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin. This hilarious classic features the timeless score including “Windy City”, “Secret Love” and “The Black Hills of Dakota”

12th – 15th February 2020, 7:30pm

Z-arts, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5ZA

Sleeping Beauty

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MMY Grads present ‘Sleeping Beauty’ – An Original Pantomime

This is no ordinary Pantomime! It is an original take on the classic fairytale ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and is full of twists and turns, with magical storytelling that will entertain all ages. It is a story of friendship, love and most importantly… adventure!

24th – 25th January 2020, 2pm (Sat) and 7pm

MMY Turns 5


‘Manchester Musical Youth Turns 5′

We are thrilled to celebrate 5 years of MMY with an extravaganza of Musical Theatre at the Royal Northern College of Music. Join us and our 100+ young performers, plus some very special guests from our incredible alumni for an evening of musical theatre favourites including a trip down memory lane revisiting some of your favourite MMY shows.

9th November, 2019, 7pm

Southbrook Hits the Road

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‘Southbrook Hits The Road’

When a class of students hit the road on a West End theatre trip with their teacher and chaperones they are unaware of how this trip will change them forever. A funny and heartwarming story of friendship devised through the work of our ‘Apprentices’, with some Musical Theatre favourites thrown in for good measure.

Book by Shannon Wild
Additional Original Music and Lyrics by Dave Holden and Kiera Aspinall

19th October 2019, 2pm and 7pm



Presented by Manchester Musical Youth

Lionel Bart’s Oliver! takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England following young, orphaned Oliver Twist as he navigates London’s underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family, and – most importantly – for love. When Oliver is picked up on the street by a boy named the Artful Dodger, he is welcomed into a gang of child pickpockets led by the conniving and charismatic Fagin. Falsely accused of a theft he didn’t commit, Oliver is rescued by a kind and wealthy gentleman, to the dismay of Fagin’s violent sidekick, Bill Sykes. Caught in the middle is the warm-hearted Nancy, trapped under Bill’s thumb but desperate to help Oliver, with tragic results.

With spirited, timeless songs like “As Long as He Needs Me,” “Food, Glorious Food,” and “Where is Love,” Oliver! is a musical classic.

OLIVER! Music, Lyrics and Book by Lionel Bart.

Produced for the Broadway stage by David Merrick and Donald Albery
By arrangement with MusicScope and Stage Musicals Limited of New York

17th-20th July 2019. 7:30pm Z-arts, Hulme, Manchester.

Made in Dagenham

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Following last years hugely successful runs of “Rent” and “Guys and Dolls” MMY Graduates return to Z-arts this June with the funny, touching and timeless production, “Made in Dagenham”.
Essex 1968. Like millions of other working women, each morning Rita O’Grady is just trying to get her husband out of bed, get the kids off to school and get to work at the factory on time. But life is about to change forever when it’s announced that the girls in the stitching room of Ford’s Dagenham car plant will have their pay grade dropped to ‘unskilled’. Quickly drawing on a strength she never knew she had, Rita leads her friends in a battle against the might of Ford and the corruption of the Union supposed to protect them. As the girls’ inspiring journey gets bigger than anyone could have imagined, the pressure is too much for some, but can Rita keep up the fight and the happy home she’s worked so hard for?

Made in Dagenham shows how ordinary people can do extraordinary things when they stand together.

The Musical

Book by Richard Bean
Music by David Arnold
Lyrics by Richard Thomas
Based on the Woolley/Karlsen/Number 9 Motion Picture Made in Dagenham
An amateur production presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe)
All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe

Shrek Jr

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Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical.

Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek.  One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task – if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn’t be complete without a few twists and turns along the way.

This fantastically hilarious show is one for the whole family, so get down to Z-arts and let your “Freak Flag” fly!

Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the Book by William Steig


Originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions

Original Production Directed by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford. “I’m a Believer” by Neil Diamond


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Presented by Manchester Musical Youth

Fresh off the back of their 3rd successive NODA Award for Best Youth Production, Manchester Musical Youth return to Z-arts with a high energy classic based on the classic film starring Kevin Bacon.

‘Footloose’ follows the story of Ren McCormack, an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to small town Bomont in which, as a result of the efforts of a local minister dancing and rock music have been banned. Ren is instantly smitten with the ministers daughter Ariel and we follow their relationship and those of their closest friends as Ren tries to shake up the town with his energy, his passion and his dance.

February 13th – 16th 2019, 7:30pm at Z-arts, Manchester.

Guys and Dolls

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MMY Graduates returned to Z-arts with a touch of class with the 1950s musical comedy Guys and Dolls.

Frank Loesser’s musical is about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright Manhattan lights. A slick and hilarious tale of the most unlikely of New York city pairings: Sky, a high-rolling gambling ladies’ man, meets Sarah Brown, a defiant and highly strung missionary girl. Meanwhile ditzy showgirl Miss Adelaide dreams of the straight and narrow life with her wily fiancé Nathan Detroit who is anything but!

A journey that takes you from the heart of Times Square to the bars of Havana, Cuba; Frank Loesser’s brassy and timeless score will transport audiences to the swinging 50’s! Featuring hits such as Luck Be a Lady, I’ve Never Been In Love, Take Back Your Mink, and of course Sit Down You’re Rockin’ The Boat.

This award-winning creative team and company will be rockin’ the boat and ringing the bells with this all time classic.

Mary Poppins Jr


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Manchester Musical Youth are extremely excited to present this fabulous show, by exclusive licence.

A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers & The Walt Disney film.

31st August/1st September 2018 7:30pm (2pm Matinee on Saturday)

Z-arts, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5ZA

Half a Sixpence

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Half a Sixpence

A Musical based on the novel KIPPS by H G Wells
Book by Julian Fellowes
Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Co-Author of Original Musical and Original Music and Lyrics David Heneker MBE
Co-Author of Original Musical Beverley Cross
Co-Creator Cameron Mackintosh

18th-21st July 2018 7:30pm

Z-arts, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5ZA

Manchester Musical Youth were unbelievably excited to return to Z-arts with an exclusive amateur premiere of the Flash, Bang, Wallop New Musical ‘Half a Sixpence’. Fresh after it’s recent success in the West End this exciting new rewrite of the popular classic includes some fabulous new songs such as ‘Pick out a Simple Tune’, as well as the well known anthems such as ‘Flash, Bang, Wallop’ and ‘Half a Sixpence’.

Read the 5 star review at NORTHWESTEND


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21st -23rd March 2017, Z-Arts, Hulme, M15 5ZA

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson

Musical Arrangements – Steve Skinner

Original Concept/Additional Lyrics – Billy Aronson

Music Supervision and Additional Arrangements – Tim Weil

Dramaturg – Lynn Thomson

RENT was originally produced in New York by New York Theatre Workshop and on Broadway by Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, Allan S. Gordon and New York Theatre Workshop.

Rent was MMY’s Adult group, ‘Graduates’, premiere production, and in true MMY style it was a smash success!

Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer
Prize for Drama, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.

Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, Jonathan Larson’s RENT follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive
and create in New York’s Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mark,
Mimi, Tom, Maureen, Joanne, Benny and Angel. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this
groundbreaking musical.

13 The Musical

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13 The Musical

February 2018

Music & Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn

Manchester Musical Youth returned to Z-arts with the hilarious Jason Robert Brown (Composer of Parade) musical “13”. Evan Goldman is about to turn thirteen, and he can’t wait. His life seems full of possibilities — that is, until his parents get divorced, and he is forced to move with his mom from big-city New York to Appleton, Indiana. If Evan can’t get the coolest kids to come to his bar mitzvah, how is he going to survive the school year, not to mention, the rest of his life? As Evan navigates the world of cool kids and nerds, jocks and cheerleaders, first kisses and heartbreak, he comes to understand “What it means to be a friend.”

This fabulously funny production received 5 star reviews. See our Gallery for images of the show and read the NorthWestEnd review here.

Little Mermaid Jr

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Z-arts, Manchester, M15 5ZA

Saturday October 14th 2017

Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, Book by Doug Wright

Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film. This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe

Manchester Musical Youth ‘Apprentices’ presented their first full production with a journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. Adapted from Disney’s Broadway production and the motion picture, featuring the enormously popular Academy Award-winning music and delightfully charming book and lyrics, Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance.

In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking.

Visit our gallery to see highlights from the show.

The Pirate Queen

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Pirate Queen – July 2017 Z-arts, Hulme


Manchester Musical Youth proudly presented BOUBLIL & SCHÖNBERG’S THE PIRATE QUEEN

From the writers of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, “The Pirate Queen” is an epic musical adventure celebrating the legendary Irish Chieftain Grace O’Malley. Based on her real-life story, Grace is a compelling, inspiring heroine who led an extraordinary life as a pirate, lover and mother in 16th-century Ireland. To protect her people and save her one true love, O’Malley must confront the one woman more powerful than her — her fierce rival, Queen Elizabeth I of England.

Combining classic storytelling and a sweeping score, with the powerful, vibrant traditions of Irish dance and swashbuckling sword fighting, “The Pirate Queen” is a modern musical event that is both an historic romance and a timeless epic.

Book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg and Richard Maltby Jr. Based upon the book `Grania – She King of the Irish Seas’ by Morgan Llywelyn Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg Lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby Jr. and John Dempsey Orchestrations by Julian Kelly.

We were fortunate enough to spend the evening with Claude- Michel Schönberg himself for a masterclass in preparation for this production, a truly memorable evening with a legend of musical theatre. To see highlights of The Pirate Queen visit our gallery.

Legally Blonde The Musical


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Following our sell out run of Les Misérables School Edition, we returned to Z-arts in February to present a fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde.

The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming, this musical is so much fun it should be illegal!

The production received 5 star reviews, building on the already incredible successes of last seasons Les Miserables and Little Shop of Horrors


Book by Heather Hach

Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin

Les Misérables School Edition

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Les Misérables School Edition

20th-23rd July 2016 7:15pm (2pm Matinee)

Z-arts, Hulme

Our most successful production to date, Les Misérables, stunned sold out audiences over 5 shows including a Saturday matinee.

This incredible musical celebrated 30 glorious years this year and we are very proud of how our wonderful cast performed this legendary score featuring well-loved songs such as ‘I Dreamed a Dream’, ‘On My Own’, ‘Empty Chairs at Empty Tables’, ‘Bring Him Home’, ‘Do You Hear the People Sing’ and ‘One Day More’.

Images from the show can be found in our Gallery and if you were unlucky enough to miss the show, read what the critics had to say here.

Little Shop of Horrors

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Little Shop of Horrors

24th – 27th February 2016 7.30pm

Manchester Musical Youth (MMY) returned to Z-arts for their third production. In Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s musical we meet Seymour, a down-and out skid row floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood! This uproarious musical is brought to life by a cast of over 50 of Greater Manchester’s most talented young performers.

The show was a huge success with sell out performances through the weekend. Check back soon as we update our gallery with images from the show.

Hot Mikado

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July 22nd – 25th 2015, 7:30pm at Z-Arts, Hulme, Manchester.

Summer 2015 saw Manchester Musical Youth’s second production, Hot Mikado.

This hilarious 1940’s-style update of a Gilbert and Sullivan favourite was a big hit and showcased the diverse talent and flexibility within our cast.

Take a look at the Gallery for shots from the show.

Jekyll and Hyde


12th – 14th March 2015, 7:15 (Matinee 2:15) at Z-Arts, Hulme, Manchester

Manchester Musical Youth’s premier production, Jekyll and Hyde, proved a huge success with sell out audiences in March. We were hugely proud of the entire cast and team on a dark and energetic performance that attracted high praise from a strong following. We thank you for your support.

Images from the show can be found in our Gallery

MMY Launch Concert

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Manchester Musical Youth Launch Concert – 15th November 2014

An evening of Musical Theatre favourites to celebrate the rise of the phoenix!
A packed audience were treated to a selection of popular solo and ensemble numbers from across the decades of Musical Theatre, as we officially launched the group and brand new uniform. Check out our Gallery and YouTube channel to see what you missed.”