musicals / plays The Best Broadway Shows for Kids  

Buster McDermott
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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 Mark Mancina, Elton John, Jay Rifkin

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

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Beauty and the Beast Alan Menken, Linda Woolverton, Howard Ashman

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Annie Martin Charnin, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse

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Peter Pan Carolyn Leigh, Adolph Green, Mark Charlap

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The Little Mermaid Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Doug Wright

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The Sound of Music Richard Rodgers, Russel Crouse, Howard Lindsay

65 12
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Cinderella Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers

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Wicked Stephen Schwartz, Winnie Holzman

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Shrek the Musical Jeanine Tesori, David Lindsay-Abaire

47 22
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Matilda the Musical Dennis Kelly, Tim Minchin

45 21
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Seussical Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens

39 17
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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical Timothy Mason, Albert Hague, Mel Marvin

46 24
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Oliver! Lionel Bart

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49 30
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Cats Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Trevor Nunn

44 30
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Hairspray Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman, Thomas Meehan

33 20
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, Jeremy Sams

40 27
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Mamma Mia! Björn Ulvaeus, Catherine Johnson, Benny Andersson

36 24
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The Addams Family Andrew Lippa

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Tarzan of the Apes David Henry Hwang, Phil Collins

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

34 23
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White Christmas Irvin Berlin, David Ives, Paul Blake

29 20
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Pinocchio Jerome Coopersmith, Mary Rodgers, Sheldon Harnick

31 24
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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice

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Newsies Alan Menken, Harvey Fierstein, Jack Feldman

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The Secret Garden Marsha Norman, Lucy Simon

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The Music Man Franklin Lacey, Meredith Willson

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The Phantom of the Opera Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber

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Bye Bye Birdie Charles Strouse, Michael Stewart, Lee Adams

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13 Robert Horn, Jason Robert Brown, Dan Elish

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Once Upon a Mattress Mary Rodgers, Marshall Barer, Dean Fuller

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Billy Elliot the Musical Elton John, Lee Hall

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee William Finn, Rachel Sheinkin

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The Berenstain Bears Live! Michael Borton

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Big: The Musical John Weidman, Richard Maltby, Jr.

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Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Glen Berger, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Bono

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

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Sister Act the Musical Alan Menken, Glenn Slater, Cherie Steinkellner