Many people consider Broadway to be a place only for adults due to its image as a traditional and somewhat stuffy venue. However, Broadway has changed with the times in many respects, and there are many musicals and plays that kids and their parents can enjoy together. Here are the top five Broadway shows for kids.
1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
The rehearsal script was made available in 2016 in hardcover format, and it went on to sell 2 million copies within 48 hours. But reading this play and seeing it are two totally different experiences. As is becoming popular on Broadway, the production is split into two parts, so only seeing one will leave you with an incomplete story. We suggest booking part 1 as a matinee and part 2 the same evening. While the play, a continuation of the popular book and film series, has been receiving very positive reviews, it's the special effects that have been universally touted as extraordinary.
2. The Lion King
This critically-acclaimed musical has been holding strong on Broadway since its release in 1997, just 3 short years after the release of the 1994 Disney film of the same name. Featuring music by Elton John and Tim Rice, the score to the film was an instant success and was no differently received after being adapted for Broadway. Known for its excellence in costume and scenery, this top Broadway show will visually delight you and your kids at every moment. The Lion King is considered a must-see for spectators of all ages.
If you’ve ever wanted to see a flying carpet, here is your chance! Aladdin features one of these contraptions, along with a princess, a genie, choreographed fight scenes, and special effects galore. Known for its non-stop excitement, this musical will keep the entire family delighted for its entirety. Inspired by the Disney film, Aladdin is the story of a curious young man who finds a lamp containing a genie who then allows him three wishes. Throw in a bad guy, some forbidden love, and memorable music and you’ve got a classic performance that can’t fail.?
4. Frozen: The Broadway Musical
What kid doesn't like Frozen? Seeing the characters perform the action live in person will make the experience that much better! Being a Broadway musical, songs are important. So the creators have upped the ante by increasing them to 20 from the film's eight. Is it a little overstuffed? Sure. But even if it comes across mostly as a quick cash-grab by Disney, the whole experience is at least still enjoyable.
5. Mean Girls
There's even a show for the notoriously picky teens in your group. This musical, based on the popular film of the same name, brings original music to the wisecracking jokes of Tina Fey for a rip-roaring send-up of high school culture. There are a few tweaks to keep the story fresh and different, including some jokes about current culture that has occurred since the film's release, but it's still the same Mean Girls you know and love (with shoutouts to some famous lines). If you thought they would phone it in just to make some money, think again! The musical was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, and the voices of the cast will blow you away!