Family-friendly Broadway shows can bring parents and kids together while providing an immersive, intriguing experience for everyone involved. The theater offers a much different viewing experience from television and the big screen, and kids who enjoy theater from a young age often grow up to continue to appreciate the performing arts. If you want to get your family involved in Broadway performances, check out these shows in 2017.
"The Lion King"
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When you see Pride Rock emerge from below the stage, you won't be able to tear your eyes away from the beautiful sets, gorgeous costumes, and incredible voices that make up "The Lion King" on Broadway. It's one of the most popular shows and has been running on Broadway since 1997. It also runs in Chicago and in several other major cities throughout the world, so you can catch it no matter where your travels take you.
If you're familiar with "The Lion King" as a hit Disney movie, then you'll recognize the iconic songs and familiar characters who populate this Broadway show. It's the perfect introduction to the theater for little ones, too, because although it touches on adult themes, it's perfectly acceptable for young children. Make it a night out for the family, or catch a matinée show so the kids can make their bedtimes.
"The Great Comet"
Billed as "the most Tony-nominated show of the season," "The Great Comet" offers plenty of family friendly fun. It's currently playing at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway, and it takes its story from a short section of "War and Peace." Josh Groban, who plays Pierre, steals the show with his made-for-Broadway voice, while Brittain Ashford plays Sonya, Gelsey Bell takes a turn as Princess Mary, Lucas Steele fills Anatole's shoes, and Denée Benton plays Natasha.
The 2.5-hour performance includes one intermission and is approved for children age 12 and older. It's a story of love, redemption, and heartbreak, but the musical performances easily outstrip the story. The show started in October 2016 and shows no sign of slowing down, even as it premiers in more U.S. cities as well as cities abroad.
Many people have found themselves captivated by the story of the famous Romanov family and their tragic demise during the Russian Empire. Anastasia, the Romanovs' beautiful daughter, takes center stage in many books, movies, and other performances based on her family's story, and the Broadway show "Anastasia" is no different. It's considered an appropriate show for children as young as 7, and fortunately, the story doesn't end as sadly as it did in real life.
There's romance, adventure, and a healthy dose of singing and dancing in Broadway's "Anastasia." Christy Altomare plays the titular Anya, Derek Klena steals the show as love interest Dmitry, and "Titanic" and "Guys and Dolls" alum John Bolton plays Vlad.
There's nothing wrong with spending the evening in the audience at a Broadway show, and the kids will love these performances just as much as their parents. Grab tickets now to see these three fantastic performances in 2017.