The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

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From tiny tots to high schoolers, kids of all ages will enjoy these great Broadway musicals. While many are running on Broadway currently, the rest will most likely be produced again in revivals so parents should be sure to keep an eye both on Broadway and this list of the best Broadway shows for kids.

A large portion of the Broadway shows kids will love are musicals. After all, what child can resist singing along with their favorite characters? Shows like The Lion King are familiar to kids already and the elaborate sets and colorful dance numbers will hold their interest for the duration of the show.

Other exciting Broadway productions might be more appropriate for older children. Hairspray, based on the film of the same name, touches on the subject of social inequalities, a subject that junior high and high school students can appreciate and relate to. Of course, the show is also fun - the music is memorable, as are the characters, so older kids are sure to not only enjoy this Broadway show but also learn more about the history of the American social landscape.

On this list, readers will find all of the greatest Broadway shows for children, including those that have been produced recently and those that were originally staged long ago. Vote up the best Broadway shows for kids below and see where the shows your kids love rank!

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    The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Mark Mancina, Elton John, Jay Rifkin

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    Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, George Stiles

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    Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Alan Menken, Linda Woolverton, Howard Ashman

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    Annie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Martin Charnin, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse

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    Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Carolyn Leigh, Adolph Green, Mark Charlap

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    The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Richard Rodgers, Russel Crouse, Howard Lindsay

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    The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Doug Wright

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    Wicked is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Stephen Schwartz, Winnie Holzman

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    Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Cinderella Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers

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    Shrek the Musical is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Shrek the Musical Jeanine Tesori, David Lindsay-Abaire

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    You're a Good Man, Charlie Bro... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids
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    Seussical is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens

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    Oliver! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Lionel Bart

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    Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stol... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Timothy Mason, Albert Hague, Mel Marvin

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    Cats is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Trevor Nunn

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    Matilda the Musical is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Dennis Kelly, Tim Minchin

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    Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman, Thomas Meehan

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    Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Björn Ulvaeus, Catherine Johnson, Benny Andersson

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    Tarzan of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    David Henry Hwang, Phil Collins

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    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, Jeremy Sams

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    White Christmas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    White Christmas Irvin Berlin, David Ives, Paul Blake

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    Aladdin, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Aladdin, Jr. Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Jim Luigs

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    Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Pinocchio Jerome Coopersmith, Mary Rodgers, Sheldon Harnick

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    Joseph and the Amazing Technic... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids
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    Newsies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Newsies Alan Menken, Harvey Fierstein, Jack Feldman

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    The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber

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    The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Franklin Lacey, Meredith Willson

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    The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    The Addams Family Andrew Lippa

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    The Secret Garden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Marsha Norman, Lucy Simon

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    Bye Bye Birdie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Charles Strouse, Michael Stewart, Lee Adams

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    Billy Elliot the Musical is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Elton John, Lee Hall

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    13 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    13 Robert Horn, Jason Robert Brown, Dan Elish

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    Once Upon a Mattress is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Mary Rodgers, Marshall Barer, Dean Fuller

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    Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Glen Berger, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Bono

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    The Berenstain Bears Live! is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    The Berenstain Bears Live! Michael Borton

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    The 25th Annual Putnam County ... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    William Finn, Rachel Sheinkin

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    Big: The Musical is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    John Weidman, Richard Maltby, Jr.

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    Nickelodeon’s Dora The Explore... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Nickelodeon’s Dora The Explorer Live! Search For The City Of Lost Toys Chris Gifford

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    Sister Act the Musical is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Alan Menken, Glenn Slater, Cherie Steinkellner

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