If you’re bringing the kids to New York City this spring and are looking for a kid-appropriate Broadway show, there’s a lot from which to choose. From Tony Award-winning musicals in iconic Broadway venues to kid-centric shows, here are six picks sure to please you and your kids.
“On the Town”
“On the Town” is a musical with music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. It offers some of the best dancing and singing on Broadway. It also features eye-popping sets, gorgeous costumes and a 28-piece orchestra. The play is set during World War II just as women were coming out of the kitchen and into their own. Between the main actors and a large supporting cast, a lot of magic happens on the stage. “On the Town” is playing at the Lyric Theatre and tickets start from about $49 each.
Based on the beloved children’s novel by Roald Dahl, “Matilda” is an ideal first Broadway experience for kids. Not only is it a true Broadway spectacle, running two hours and 40 minutes and featuring fabulous singing, dancing, costumes and a magnificent set, but it also embodies the theme of good versus evil. Directed by Matthew Warchus with wonderful songs by Tim Minchin, this show is as much for adults as it is for kids. “Matilda” is playing at the Shubert Theatre and tickets start from about $37 each.
“Finding Neverland” is for those who believe in fairy tales and those who don’t. The show follows the story of J.M. Barrie, author of “Peter Pan, ” and his relationship with widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies’s family, who eventually became his inspiration to write his famous work. It’s a musical that will deepen your child’s imagination and help them understand the inevitability of growing up. The show stars Matthew Morrison of “Glee” and Kelsey Grammer from the hit TV show “Frasier.” “Finding Neverland” is playing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and tickets start from about $72 each.
One of the most famous productions ever returned to the Broadway stage and features a cast member from “High School Musical.” Set during the turn of the 20th century, “Gigi” tells the story of a free-spirited teenage girl, played by Vanessa Hudgens, living in Paris who is groomed to serve as a companion to a bored, wealthy playboy until the pair realizes they have fallen in love. “Gigi” features the memorable tune “Thank Heaven For Little Girls, ” which you and your kids will be singing all the way home from the theatre. “Gigi” is playing at the Neil Simon Theatre and tickets start from about $57 each.