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The Top Ten Best Broadway Shows For Kids

A ranking of the all-time top ten best child-friendly Broadway shows

lineParents always ask us what Broadway shows are best for their children. We have compiled a list of the top ten best Broadway shows for kids from the past, present and future. These shows captivate the minds of children and leave them entertained. Though some shows on this list may have ended, the shows may be revived at smaller theaters or come back to Broadway again in the future. As a general rule, children under 4 are not allowed in Broadway theaters unless otherwise specified, and some shows carry an additional age recommendation that can be found on the show's website.
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The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid Icon Kid fans of the Little Mermaid are delighted to experience the hit movie in a Broadway format. The story follows a mermaid entranced by living on the surface. She trades her voice for legs and falls in love with a human prince. The show has since ended its run on Broadway, but is often revived at smaller theaters. The Little Mermaid's Broadway run began in 2008 and ended in 2009 after 685 performances.
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie Chocolate Factory Musical Inspired by the classic Roald Dahl novel and the subsequent movies, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a treat for children of all ages. Some themes may be slightly scary for younger kids, such as the fate of the children at the factory, but the musical is lighter in tone than the Chocolate Factory movies. The musical provides many teachable moments about greed and bad behavior.
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Cats

Cats Broadway Icon Children are captivated by the songs and dancing in Cats. Though kids may not be able to grasp the plot, the visual spectacle is enough to seize the attention and spark the imagination of even the most easily-distracted children. The show does have some slow moments, but most kids enjoy the musical. Cats was revived on Broadway in 2016, and the original production spanned 7,485 performances.
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Annie

Annie Broadway Icon Annie is the classic tale of a red-headed orphan who falls into the care of a billionaire, who attempts to seek out her real parents. Famous songs such as "Tomorrow" and "Hard Knock Life" are recognizable to both kids and their chaperones. The musical is wholesome fun and is a great choice for kids of all ages. Annie first opened on Broadway in 1977 and has been revived many times.
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Cinderella

Cinderella broadway icon Cinderella is the story of a young girl who feels trapped by her abusive family, and wishes to go to the royal ball. Her Fairy Godmother grants her one glamorous night, but with stipulations. This musical is great for kids of all ages, as it was created with children in mind. Though Cinderella is no longer on Broadway at the moment, it is frequently revived. Cinderella first opened on Broadway in 2013.
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Aladdin

Aladdin Aladdin is the tale of a poor boy named Aladdin living on the street, who happens to come across a magical lamp containing a genie that can grant his wishes. Aladdin then sets his eyes on a princess, who cannot marry a poor man. Kids of all ages love this energetic musical with well-known songs such as "Friend Like Me" and "A Whole New World". The musical opened in 2014 on Broadway, and still runs.
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Matilda

Matilda Broadway Icon Adapted from the 1988 Roald Dahl novel, Matilda is a delight for kids. The story is about a girl named Matilda who discovers she has telekinetic powers that stem from her intelligence, while dealing with parental neglect and an abusive Headmistress. Most of the cast of Matilda are children, so kids may identify with the characters. Matilda closed in 2017 after a run of 1,555 performances.
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Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins Icon Mary Poppins captures the imagination of both children and adults with musical whimsy and mystifying effects. The musical is full of valuable lessons for kids, including respect and cleanliness. The musical has great songs, such as "Spoonful of Sugar" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious". The show opened in 2006 and closed in 2013 after 2,619 performances, and won a Tony Award.
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The Lion King

The Lion King Broadway This adaptation of the hit movie The Lion King entertains kids of all ages. The inventive costumes and puppetry of the show to mimic animals make for a strikingly unique experience that impresses adults and captivates kids. Some themes may upset young children, such as a character death, but may provide a teachable moment.The Lion King opened on Broadway in 1997, and has made over $1 Billion.
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Frozen

Frozen The highly anticipated Broadway version of the hit 2013 Disney movie Frozen is set to be a spectacular event for kids. Kids worldwide love the movie Frozen, and enjoy the musical. The story follows royal sisters Elsa and Anna who are kept in isolation due to Elsa's icy powers. Expect soaring songs, such as the catchy "Let it Go" and "Love Is an Open Door". Frozen is set to open on Broadway in Spring 2018.