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Kids and Adults Alike Will Love the Joyous & Modern Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical

September 22nd, 2016 by

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Stars from Hamilton, Wicked, The Wiz Live! and Glee came together to lend their talents to the world premiere recording of Douglas Lyons, Melvin Tunstall, III and Greg Borowsky's new family musical, Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical.

Polkadots The Musical

Inspired by the true events of the Civil Rights pioneers Ruby Bridges and The Little Rock Nine, Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical follows 8-year-old Lily Polkadot who just moved to the “Squares Only” small town of Rockaway. As the first Polkadot in an all Square school, Lily faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. The musical teaches young audiences that our differences make us awesome, not outcasts.


Below, BroadwayBox reacts in animated GIFs to hearing each of the songs for the very first time, and, since it's about school-aged characters, all the GIFS will be images from an 80s/90s kid's childhood.

1. First Day (Talia Thiesfield, Gerard Canonico, Brittney Johnson, Julia Knitel)

Polkadots The Musical

This is honestly already so adorable and 'really' catchy. This sounds like a very contemporary musical and not "a kid's show".

2. Sticks and Stones (Alex Newell)

Polkadots The Musical- Alex Newell- Stick and Stones

DAMN! It's impossible to stand still during this song. Glee's Alex Newell is SINGIN'. I want to make this positive anthem my new alarm clock, tbh. It's the perfect song to begin the day to.

3. Sticks and Stones [Reprise] (Alex Newell)

Polkadots The Musical- Alex Newell- Stick and Stones

And a nice soft finish.

4. One Pal (Shanice Williams)

Polkadots The Musical- Shanice Williams- One Pal

Beautiful. Makes you just want to hug your bestie (or whoever is closest).

5. Square Motto (Sara King, Talia Thiesfield, Gerard Canonico)

Polkadots The Musical

6. Beautiful (John Arthur Greene)

Polkadots The Musical- John Arthur Green

What a showstopper! That was...beautiful.

7. The First (Katie Thompson & Alysha Deslorieux)

Polkadots The Musical- Katie Thompson

I LOVE this track. Their voices sound great, and it's so danceable. You better believe I was finger-waving and step-touching.

8. One Pal [Reprise] (Shanice Williams)

Polkadots The Musical- Shanice Williams- One Pal

Yes, Shanice. Put some pep in that step.

9. Cool Kid (Lilli Cooper)

Polkadots The Musical- Lilli Cooper- Cool Kid

In the grand Disney tradition of giving the villains some of the best songs ever, here is Ms. Lilli Cooper SLAYING this catchy AF bad girl tune.

10 The Squadot (Talia Thiesfield, Gerard Canonico, Brittney Johnson, Julia Knitel)

Polkadots The Musical- Squadot

Big dance moment...so I'm all like.

11. New Day (Talia Thiesfield, Gerard Canonico, Brittney Johnson, Julia Knitel)

Polkadots The Musical

Short & very sweet.

12. Finale (Talia Thiesfield, Gerard Canonico, Brittney Johnson, Julia Knitel)

Polkadots The Musical- Finale- Cast Recording

This is an album for kids, for musical theatre fans, and for fans of great singing. And it flies by. It's such a quick, upbeat listen.

BONUS TRACKS:

13. Taught (Katie Thompson)

Polkadots The Musical- Katie Thompson

Throwing up double praise hands for Katie Thompson like.

14. Polkadot Christmas (Brittney Johnson)

Polkadots The Musical

This is actually a really great holiday song. It's going on my Christmas Music Playlist.

You could pick up the recording of Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical today.