We’ve recapped some of the best selling Broadway shows as of late and even a few popular summer shows. But what if you’re in NYC (or Seattle, Cleveland, Toronto, or London!) with the kids and you want to check out a family-friendly show while you’re there? An afternoon or evening at the theater is a magical experience for children – the songs, the dancing, the amazing costumes and production spectacles. There’s nothing like it! Here are a few of the most popular family-friendly Broadway shows that you can get tickets to this summer!
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Frozen – The Musical
It’s every young kid’s favorite movie come to life! You might be tired of hearing “Let It Go” but they’re not! Frozen opened on Broadway last spring to the delight of kids everywhere and Disney productions are always well-done, to say the least. Audiences follow the film’s story (you already know it!) of two princesses, one of whom, Elsa, is unable to control her ability to freeze things. In order to unfreeze the kingdom and save her sister, Anna, she must experience – you guessed it – an act of “true love.” Complete with all your favorite songs and glittery, icy magic, this show could really be a dream come true for any young Elsas and Annas in training. Expect some true Disney hunks on this journey too!
Now Showing at St. James Theatre, New York City.
This Broadway favorite has been around since 2003 and it remains popular for good reason. Based on the book of the same name, this “untold story of the witches of Oz” gives the audience a glimpse back in time to when the Wicked Witch of the West was just Elphaba and not so wicked at all. We learn how she and Glinda the Good Witch used to be friends back in college and even fought over the same love interest! The songs – like “Defying Gravity” – and quirky storyline are fun for the whole family, particularly if you’ve ever gathered around the TV to watch The Wizard of Oz together. The original production featured Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, and it won three Tony Awards.
Now Showing at Gershwin Theatre, New York City or Paramount Theatre, Seattle.
The Lion King
Again, Disney can do no wrong when they take charge of a Broadway production. If you or your kids were a fan of the classic movie, then you’ll love these same characters just as much on stage. While it premiered back in 1997 on Broadway, it’s still going strong, no doubt in part due to the songs written by Elton John and Tim Rice. The colorful props and talented actors on stilts are particularly amazing as you watch the story of young lion cub Simba navigate the death of his father Mufasa, a rivalry with the evil Scar, and the inheritance of a whole animal kingdom. Get ready for a full cast of African animals and a female Rafiki!
Now Showing at Minskoff Theatre, New York City or Prince of Wales Theatre, Toronto.
My Fair Lady
This classic musical follows the tale of Eliza Doolittle, a girl with a thick Cockney accent who needs to change it in order to pass as a lady in hoity-toity British society. Set in London, Eliza takes speech lessons from Professor Higgins and we watch as she becomes a debutante, falls in love, and eventually no longer needs her former professor. This is just a good a ol’ fashioned musical! Based on the book Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, the play originally featured Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison. Plus, they’ve got a cool flower wall in the theatre lobby that you can pose in front of! You know, for the #instagram…
Now Showing at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center, NYC.
Dear Evan Hansen
Okay, this one isn’t suitable for young children. With storylines that include teenage anxiety and suicide, save this one for the teens who are ready to handle these adult themes. Still, it is a high school story at its core and it won six Tony Awards. Based off of an incident that occurred during writer Benj Pasek’s high school years, the musical centers around Evan Hansen, a friendless teenager with social anxiety, who invents a place for himself in the midst of a tragedy. After the death of fellow student Connor, Evan lies and makes people believe that the two were best friends. They weren’t. We won’t spoil anything else…
Now Showing at Music Box Theatre in NYC, Connor Palace Theatre in Cleveland, and Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto.
What about Harry Potter, Mean Girls, and Aladdin?
Yep, definitely a good choice for families also! We’ve already written about those here! We’ve also got tickets to see them all at Razorgator!
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