Now is the time to bring your kids to Broadway. If you’ve been waiting to go to New York City with your family, it’s time! With all of the family-friendly shows on Broadway (and the ones that are planned to open this Spring), it’s time to give your kids the gift of theatre! It will change their life.
For the last 15-20 years, Broadway has really focused on marketing shows to families, as it’s a big part of ticket sales. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast changed Broadway forever. Then came along The Lion King and that show solidified Disney as one of the major producers on Broadway. The Lion King is consistently in the Top 5 grossing musicals each week (generally just below the sold-out hit, The Book of Mormon), fifteen years after it opened. Mary Poppins and Newsies are two other shows that Disney Theatricals is producing on Broadway. Disney definitely has a “place” on 42nd Street.
So why is this season different? There are several new musicals and revivals that are centered around children. Out of the 28 opened or announced shows on Broadway for this season, six shows are children-friendly and have children in the show (though not exclusively for children — as I’m excited for many of the same shows):
- A Christmas Story (limited holiday release)
- Elf (limited holiday release)
- The Lion King
- Mary Poppins
- Matilda (opening in Spring 2013)
These shows are perfect for tweens and teens (and story centers around high school age student(s):
- Bring it On
- Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark
Then there are few standards that are still perfect for families
- Chicago (content might be a bit adult)
- Jersey Boys(some language)
- Mamma Mia
- Nice Work If You Can Get It
- The Phantom of the Opera
And then there are the shows that their target audience is everyone else:
- The Book of Mormon
- Hands on a Hardbody
- Jekyll & Hyde
- Kinky Boots
- Motown, the musical
- The Mystery of Edwin Drood
- Rock of Ages
That’s 18 Broadway shows that families wouldn’t have a problem going to and there’s several on the “other” list that families could see depending on the age and interest of your kids (Chaplin, Jekyll & Hyde, Once, etc…).
So, is Broadway catering to families this season? I think so! That is why you should grab a ticket to New York City, and see some Broadway shows!