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! Then check out our list of the best musical movies for kids.
Characters: Scar, Simba, Mufasa, Pumbaa, NalaThe Lion King is a musical based on the 1994 Walt Disney Animation Studios' animated feature... more on Wikipedia
Characters: Mary Poppins, Michael Banks, Jane Banks, Bert, George BanksMary Poppins is a musical with music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman... more on Wikipedia
Characters: Captain Hook, Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, Wendy Darling, Mr. SmeePeter Pan is a musical adaptation of J. M. Barrie's 1904 play Peter Pan and Barrie's own... more on Wikipedia
Characters: Belle, Gaston, Beast, Babette, WardrobeBeauty and the Beast is a musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim... more on Wikipedia
Characters: Ariel, Ursula, Prince Eric, Flounder, SebastianThe Little Mermaid is a stage musical produced by Disney Theatrical, based on the animated... more on Wikipedia
Characters: Annie, Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks, Miss Agatha Hannigan, Daniel Francis "Rooster" Hannigan, Lily St. RegisAnnie is a Broadway musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan... more on Wikipedia
CinderellaOscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers
Characters: Fraulein Maria, Louisa von Trapp, Marta von Trapp, Gretl von Trapp, Kurt von TrappThe Sound of Music is a multiple Tony Award-winning musical by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by... more on Wikipedia
Characters: Wicked Witch of the West, The Wizard, Glinda the Good Witch, Boq, Doctor DillamondWicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen... more on Wikipedia
NewsiesAlan Menken, Harvey Fierstein
Characters: Matilda Wormwood, Harry Wormwood, Michael Wormwood, Zinnia Wormwood, Amanda ThrippMatilda the Musical is a stage musical based on the 1988 children's novel of the same name by... more on Wikipedia
Characters: Velma Von Tussle, Edna Turnblad, Little Inez, Seaweed J Stupps, Motormouth MaybelleHairspray is an American musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and... more on Wikipedia
Characters: Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy van Pelt, Patty, Sally BrownYou're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a 1967 musical comedy with music and lyrics by Clark... more on Wikipedia
Shrek the MusicalJeanine Tesori, David Lindsay-Abaire
Characters: Grinch, Cindy Lou Who, Max the Dog, Grandma WhoDr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, or simply How the Grinch Stole... more on Wikipedia
Characters: Grinch, Cindy Lou Who, The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Vlad VladikoffSeussical is a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty based on the books of Dr. Seuss... more on Wikipedia
Characters: Rosie, Sophie, Harry Bright, Sam Carmichael, Bill AustinMamma Mia! is a jukebox musical written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, based on the... more on Wikipedia
The Addams FamilyAndrew Lippa
Characters: Oliver Twist, Artful Dodger, Bill Sikes, Fagin, NancyOliver! is a British musical, with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. The musical is based upon... more on Wikipedia
Aladdin, Jr.Alan Menken, Howard Ashman
Characters: Princess Jasmine, Aladdin, Jafar, Genie, IagoAladdin Jr. is a one-act, eleven-scene theatre musical adapted from the 1992 Walt Disney... more on Wikipedia
PinocchioJerome Coopersmith, Mary Rodgers
Characters: Rum Tum Tugger, Jellylorum, Bombalurina, Old Deuteronomy, Bustopher JonesCats is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on Old Possum's Book of Practical... more on Wikipedia
- 23Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a stage musical based on the 1968 film produced by Albert R.... more on Wikipedia5038
Characters: Harold Hill, Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn, Marcellus Washburn, Mayor George Shinn, Marian ParooThe Music Man is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on a story... more on Wikipedia
Characters: Mary Lennox, Colin Craven, Martha Sowerby, Dickon Sowerby, Ben WeatherstaffThe Secret Garden is a musical based on the 1911 novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson... more on Wikipedia