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.
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)
2. Sticks and Stones (Alex Newell)
3. Sticks and Stones [Reprise] (Alex Newell)
4. One Pal (Shanice Williams)
5. Square Motto (Sara King, Talia Thiesfield, Gerard Canonico)
6. Beautiful (John Arthur Greene)
7. The First (Katie Thompson & Alysha Deslorieux)
8. One Pal [Reprise] (Shanice Williams)
9. Cool Kid (Lilli Cooper)
10 The Squadot (Talia Thiesfield, Gerard Canonico, Brittney Johnson, Julia Knitel)
11. New Day (Talia Thiesfield, Gerard Canonico, Brittney Johnson, Julia Knitel)
12. Finale (Talia Thiesfield, Gerard Canonico, Brittney Johnson, Julia Knitel)
13. Taught (Katie Thompson)
14. Polkadot Christmas (Brittney Johnson)
You could pick up the recording of Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical today.