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Great Broadway and Off-Broadway Shows for Kids

Bernd Kellner
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Chief Concierge, JW Marriott Essex House New York
Bernd Kellner
Chief Concierge, JW Marriott Essex House New York
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New York City is home to world-class entertainment—from live concerts in packed Lower East Side clubs and jazz sessions in swanky spots uptown to ballet, opera and more in Midtown’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The city doesn’t skimp on its Broadway and Off-Broadway offerings, either. Any given night you’re bound to find shows that won’t disappoint, but when traveling with the kids in tow, it’s good to keep an eye out for shows that will entertain the younger set as well as their ‘rents. Bernd Kellner, Chief Concierge at JW Marriott Essex House New York shares his top three recommendations for great Broadway and Off-Broadway shows for kids. First up, he says Disney’s long-running musical The Lion King is “quintessential for families.” The storyline of the stage adaptation is pretty faithful to its animated namesake, with Kellner describing the innovative costume designs as “mind-boggling” and Elton John’s score as “fantastic.” Debuting in New York City in 1997, The Lion King currently reigns as one of Broadway’s longest-running shows. “It reminds me of my youth and The Jungle Book,” Kellner says. “This musical is far more superior to the animated movie.” Off-Broadway, STOMP has pleased audiences for years with its clever use of Zippo lighters, garbage cans and more to create toe-tapping percussion beats. “STOMP is original and the performers are creative with the items they use,” he says. “It’s under $100, which really counts for families.” It’s worth noting that this particular show has little to no dialogue. Back on Broadway, Mamma Mia! uses some of Swedish pop group ABBA’s greatest hits to tell the tale of a girl’s search for her biological father to walk her down the aisle on the eve of her wedding. “This is a crowd pleaser,” Kellner says. “You’ll leave the theater with a bounce to your step.”