The 10 Best Broadway Shows for Families to See This Spring

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Spring is finally here, and with it comes the perfect weather for a family excursion. If you’re headed to New York City with the family this spring, catching a Broadway show is a must. Check out our list of the best shows to keep the whole family engaged and smiling until the final curtain drops.

My Fair Lady
This Lerner & Loewe classic is back in a big way, with a lavish new production at Lincoln Center. The show’s lush score and regal costuming make it and excellent show to introduce young newcomers to the concept of a Broadway musical. The gigantic, revolving set, which encompasses a full-size townhouse, as well as the outdoor settings, is sure to wow even the most difficult-to-impress members of your clan. Plus, upbeat numbers like “With a Little Bit of Luck,” “The Rain in Spain” and “I’m Getting Married in the Morning” will have everyone tapping their toes.

Hadestown
If members of your family have an interest in history and myths, Anaïs Mitchell’s folk opera Hadestown is the show to see. Having transferred from the West End in London to Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre, Hadestown is a modern take on the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, lovers destined to an eternity of damnation. Mitchell’s version sets Orpheus and Eurydice in a sort of dystopian, depression-era New Orleans, and is sure to captivate every member of your family.

King Kong
The famed movie monster comes to the Broadway Theatre in this musical spectacular that all families will love. In addition to its rocking score, much of King Kong’s appeal is that the titular character – a gigantic gorilla – is played by a 20-foot-tall, 2000-pound puppet, and is operated by ten puppeteers. Although King Kong’s origin remains an incredible mystery, the puppet gets quite a bit of solo stage time, and continuously awes audience members of all ages.

Kiss Me, Kate!
If you’re looking to enjoy some classic musical comedy with your family, Kiss Me, Kate! is the show to take them to this spring. Currently performing a limited engagement at Studio 54, Kiss Me, Kate! is composer Cole Porter’s take on William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, and features standards such as “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” and “Too Darn Hot.” And your kids will probably recognize Corbin Bleu (of High School Musical fame), who plays the dual roles of Bill Calhoun and Lucentio.

Oklahoma!
Direct from an Off-Broadway run at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse, this season’s revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! turns this groundbreaking musical into an incredibly modern experience. Those of you who like the classic musical can revisit one of your favorites, while members of your family who like rock, pop and country music will love that the score has been retooled. And those of you who like to eat will more than appreciate the cornbread and chili that are served at intermission. Playing at the Circle in the Square Theatre, this production of Oklahoma! most definitely has something for everyone.

The Prom
This brand-new musical has been winning over the hearts of audience members night after night. The Prom, which is currently enjoying a run at the Longacre Theatre, is the story of Emma, an out lesbian whose high school prom is canceled when the school board refuses to let her take her girlfriend as her date. Four washed-up Broadway stars swoop into her small Indiana town, and hilarity ensues. With an upbeat and catchy score by the composer of Elf, The Prom is ultimately a feel-good musical that demonstrates the importance of unconditional acceptance of others, no matter their differences.

Tootsie
Based on the 1982 film of the same name, Tootsie follows Michael Dorsey, a talented actor who has garnered such an awful reputation that he has to disguise himself as a woman, Dorothy Michaels, to salvage his career. This comedy, currently in previews at the Marquis Theatre, is sure to make the whole family laugh. And what’s even better is that you might recognize Santino Fontana, the actor playing Michael, from his voice work as Hans in Disney’s Frozen movie, as well as his appearances on TV’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Aladdin
This musical adaptation of the 1992 Disney film just celebrated its fifth year at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway this week. Based on the beloved animated Disney film, Aladdin is the story of a poor street rat who meets and falls in love with Princess Jasmine. He then enlists a Genie to help him get the girl. The production is full of songs from the film, and will make the entire family nostalgic. Treat yourself to seeing the show before the new live-action film, starring Will Smith as the Genie, is released next month.

Frozen
While one Hans reigns on Broadway in Tootsie, you can find another one in the musical version of the incredibly popular Disney film. The film Frozen (loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen”) premiered back in November 2013, and it already feels like a classic, so relive the experience of the hit film by bringing your family to see it on Broadway. The musical is currently running at the St. James Theatre, and features such hits as “For the First Time in Forever,” “Love Is an Open Door,” “Summer” and “Let It Go.”

Mean Girls
How fetch! The musical version of Tina Fey’s 2004 film Mean Girls is about to celebrate a year on Broadway. Starring younger Broadway stars like Taylor Louderman, Barrett Wilbert Weed and Grey Henson, Mean Girls follows quirky Cady Heron as she moves from Africa to Illinois and is forced to adjust to life as an American high schooler. However, it’s not long before she gets involved with Regina George, Gretch Weiners and Karen Smith, the girls known as the popular “Plastics.” Impeccable comedic performances and Fey’s ingenious book will have the whole family in stitches.

By Mikey Miller

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