MatildaThis showis a no-brainer for young girls. Inspired by Roald Dahl’s classic book, Matilda takes audiences inside the vivid mind of a girl in a difficult situation. She rebels in her own way — by creating an alternate world, something to which younger children can easily relate. Four different young actresses alternate in the title role (collectively, they won the Tony), so young ladies will likely be dreaming of making it on Broadway themselves. Not to mention, the musical is known for its astonishing stagecraft and toe-thumping songs. Trust us, there won’t be a squirmer in the house.
Elizabeth Furze, Managing Partner at AKA, the ad agency that handles the show says that parents particularly like that Matilda is “the story of a young girl who sees the world she lives in and wants to make it better for her and for those around her. For parents, that’s a smart message.” Get tickets
Disney’s newest Broadway offering is one spectacle after another — a genie ascends out of the stage, a cave entrance comes alive and, yes, a carpet flies. Young kids, especially those familiar with the movie, will be wowed by the effects in Aladdin and laugh heartily at the antics of the supporting cast. Girls will root for the independent-minded princess and boys will be thrilled by the sword fights, while the central messages of following your heart and standing up for what you believe in will appeal to children of both sexes. Get tickets
The Lion KingFor elementary school-aged children of either sex, there’s . The Disney musical is the granddaddy of all family shows. Most kids have seen the movie many times, and Tony-winner Julie Taymor’s staging brings it to life with unforgettable costumes and sets. Elton John and Tim Rice’s score really sings, making this one theatrical experience that will likely be on repeat in your own home for weeks or months to come. Get tickets
SHOWS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN
The Phantom of the Opera
Having just celebrated its 25th anniversary, has the distinction of being the longest-running show in Broadway history. The subject matter is ideal for middle-grade kids as it involves a sophisticated love story that brings up complicated issues of obsession and unattainable love. Chances are also high that kids of this age will be intimately familiar with the lush Andrew Lloyd Webber score. And that falling chandelier never fails to impress even the most seasoned of theater-goers. Get tickets
The gold standard for young girls and Broadway, is highly relatable to those undergoing the emotional roller coaster that is middle school. Subtitled The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz, the musical has a hummable score by Stephen Schwartz that should be on every young theater fan’s iPod.
“This show has two amazing female roles that dominate the story, along with a score that appeals to younger girls because of its pop aspect, ” says Pariseau of the Broadway Teaching Group. “It offers an immediately recognizable connection because of the two characters.”
Grace Gorant, age 14, who recently saw the show says she could easily relate to it. “I liked how much it connected with The Wizard of Oz and how there was a backstory with two sides to the characters, ” she says, adding, “It’s just cool.” Get tickets