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Best Broadway Shows for Families

These Broadway (& Off-Broadway) shows are great choices for families

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These Broadway shows are perfect for family outings because they will entertain both children and parents alike. It is recommended that children be at least 6 years old before you bring them to Broadway shows -- it's important that your children don't disrupt other audience members or misbehave during the performance.

Keep in mind, all people in your party (regardless of age) will need their own ticket, but there are many ways to save on Broadway tickets. In January and February, Kids' Nights on Broadway offer adults a free ticket for children 6-18 with each full-paying adult ticket.

More: Best NYC Attractions for Families | Free Things for Families to Do in NYC

Aladdin

James Monroe Iglehart as the genie in Aladdin
Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann
Disney brings another classic film to Broadway in a spectacular production that will entertain parents and children alike. The show features a lot of the humor that made the movie so appealing, as well as lots of beautiful choreography and familiar tunes.
Official Website: Disney's Aladdin: The Musical

The Lion King

Lion King
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This musical features amazing costumes and many scenes where the performers dance and move through the aisles, which is sure to excite children and parents alike. The music is mesmerizing, and while visually the show doesn't resemble Disney's The Lion King it's entrancing and perhaps better for it.
Official Website: Disney's The Lion King on Broadway

Matilda

Based on the classic children's book by Roald Dahl’s, this musical follows the journey of Matilda Wormwood as she looks beyond her family for someone who appreciates her bookish and caring nature.
Official Website: Matilda The Musical

Newsies

The Company of NEWSIES
Photo by Deen van Meer
Disney's popular film based on the 1899 Newsboy Strike is now a Broadway show! It won 2012 Tony Awards for best score and best choreography and promises to entertain audiences of all ages with plenty of dancing and fun. Another great aspect of this show is that a lot of the cast are men, so it might be a good choice if you have boys who don't want to see a "girlie" Broadway show.
Official Website: Newsies on Broadway

Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

Cinderella on Broadway
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A contemporary take on this classic musical, Cinderella's beautiful music, orchestration and fun twists are enjoyable for audiences of all ages. While most shows are recommended for children 6 and up, this one is recommended for 4 and up, so it's a great pick if you've got young Broadway-lovers in your family!
Official Website: Cinderella on Broadway

Wicked

Wicked the Musical
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If your children enjoyed The Wizard of Oz, Wicked tells the story that proceeds from the Wicked Witch of the West's perspective. While the book might be a bit dark for children, the musical is family-friendly and includes excellent performances and music throughout.
Official Website: Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group
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This highly entertaining Off-Broadway show features three silent performers miming their way through a variety of hilarious skits. The smart performances of the Blue Men will entertain kids and adults alike.
Official Website: Blue Man Group in NYC

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