Trivia / The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Cut Song: "Why We Like Spelling" shows up on the main soundtrack but generally isn't present in performances.
Dawson Casting: The adult actors play characters who are in elementary or middle school.
Harpo Does Something Funny: A few segments can be improvised, though often there are default lines that performers can fall back on. In particular, Panch is often played by an improvisational comic and is given a fair amount of leniency with how he deals with the spellers from the audience.
The Original Broadway Cast Leaf was also Mitchell from Modern Family.
Listen to "Woe is Me" on the original cast album. Since Leaf's actor doubles as one of Logan's dads, feel free to imagine the scene as Mitchell and Lily in about 5-6 years.