Top Five Broadway Shows for Families

Top Five Broadway Shows for Families

If you're traveling to NYC with the kids in tow during the holidays (or any time of the year), take a break from the toy store mayhem and treat the kids to a cultural night out on the town. What to do? See one of the many kid-friendly shows on Broadway, of course! From splashy Disney musicals to toe-tapping, rock ‘n’ roll-inspired productions, here are a few fun-filled shows to enjoy with the entire fam.

No one can forget Aladdin’s magic carpet ride and the Genie’s many jokes from the Academy Award-winning animated film. The much-loved movie has a home in our hearts and also on Broadway. Disney Theatrical Productions’ musical comedy transports theatergoers from the bustling streets of Midtown Manhattan to an exotic land filled with romance, special effects and the songs you know and love from the 1992 blockbuster. Run time: 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Finding Neverland
Everyone’s heard of Peter Pan and his many adventures in Neverland. In this musical, you get to learn the story behind the creation of the boy who could fly and never grow up. Finding Neverland tells the tale of playwright J.M. Barie, a man who meets a widow and her four adventurous sons whose antics inspire him to create the legendary character. Run Time: 2 hours and 35 minutes.

The Lion King
The theatrical version of the 1994 feature-length Disney movie has been the toast of Broadway for almost 20 years now—and for good reason. Awe-inspiring set design (you’ll feel as if you’re actually standing in the African Pride Lands), creative costumes, amazing music and a touching story make The Lion King a must-see production and one that should stick around for many more years to come. Run Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Matilda The Musical
Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, this Tony-winning hit musical follows a precocious English schoolgirl as she triumphs over indifferent parents and a monstrous headmistress. Run Time: 2 hours and 40 minutes.

School of Rock
One of the newest kid-friendly productions on the Great White Way, this musical is based on the 2003 Paramount film starring Jack Black. The stage production follows Dewey Finn—a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. Disinterested in academics, Dewey creates his own curriculum, turning his class into a rock band. The musical features all the original songs from the movie, as well as more than a dozen new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Your youngsters will love the live kids’ rock band and possibly be inspired to learn an instrument. Run Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes.

If you want your kids to love Broadway as much as you do, have them put down the computer games and head to the theater. To learn even more about Broadway from a kid-focused perspective, check out Bway Zone. The website is a great source for behind-the-scenes show info, interviews with Broadway stars, lively discussions and more. If you plan to see a show with the brood early next year, save the date for Kids’ Night on Broadway, which will take place February 9. The event allows young people age 18 and under the opportunity to see a participating Broadway show for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. Tickets are on sale now, for more information click here.


Photo Credits: Aladdin, Deen Van Meer; Finding Neverland, Carol Rosegg


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