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The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

Updated October 8, 2019 4.5k votes 382 voters 20.4k views39 items

 

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.

 

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

    Mark Mancina, Elton John

    CharactersScar, Simba, Mufasa, Pumbaa, Nala

    The Lion King is a musical based on the 1994 Walt Disney Animation Studios' animated feature... more on Wikipedia

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

    Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman

    CharactersMary Poppins, Michael Banks, Jane Banks, Bert, George Banks

    Mary Poppins is a musical with music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman... more on Wikipedia
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    Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids
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    Peter Pan

    Carolyn Leigh, Adolph Green

    CharactersCaptain Hook, Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, Wendy Darling, Mr. Smee

    Peter Pan is a musical adaptation of J. M. Barrie's 1904 play Peter Pan and Barrie's own... more on Wikipedia
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    Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids
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    Beauty and the Beast

    Alan Menken, Linda Woolverton

    CharactersBelle, Gaston, Beast, Babette, Wardrobe

    Beauty and the Beast is a musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim... more on Wikipedia
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    The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids
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    The Little Mermaid

    Alan Menken, Howard Ashman

    CharactersAriel, Ursula, Prince Eric, Flounder, Sebastian

    The Little Mermaid is a stage musical produced by Disney Theatrical, based on the animated... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Annie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids
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    Annie

    Martin Charnin, Thomas Meehan

    CharactersAnnie, Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks, Miss Agatha Hannigan, Daniel Francis "Rooster" Hannigan, Lily St. Regis

    Annie is a Broadway musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids
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    Cinderella

    Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers
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    The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids
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    The Sound of Music

    Richard Rodgers, Russel Crouse

    CharactersFraulein Maria, Louisa von Trapp, Marta von Trapp, Gretl von Trapp, Kurt von Trapp

    The Sound of Music is a multiple Tony Award-winning musical by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Wicked is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids
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    Wicked

    Stephen Schwartz, Winnie Holzman

    CharactersWicked Witch of the West, The Wizard, Glinda the Good Witch, Boq, Doctor Dillamond

    Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Newsies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids
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    Newsies

    Alan Menken, Harvey Fierstein
  • 11
    Matilda the Musical is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids
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    Matilda the Musical

    Dennis Kelly, Tim Minchin

    CharactersMatilda Wormwood, Harry Wormwood, Michael Wormwood, Zinnia Wormwood, Amanda Thripp

    Matilda the Musical is a stage musical based on the 1988 children's novel of the same name by... more on Wikipedia
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    Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids
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    Hairspray

    Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman

    CharactersVelma Von Tussle, Edna Turnblad, Little Inez, Seaweed J Stupps, Motormouth Maybelle

    Hairspray is an American musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and... more on Wikipedia
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    You're a Good Man, Charlie Bro is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    CharactersSnoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy van Pelt, Patty, Sally Brown

    You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a 1967 musical comedy with music and lyrics by Clark... more on Wikipedia
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    Shrek the Musical is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids
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    Shrek the Musical

    Jeanine Tesori, David Lindsay-Abaire
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    Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stol is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    CharactersGrinch, Cindy Lou Who, Max the Dog, Grandma Who

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

    Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens

    CharactersGrinch, Cindy Lou Who, The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Vlad Vladikoff

    Seussical is a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty based on the books of Dr. Seuss... more on Wikipedia
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    Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids
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    Mamma Mia!

    Björn Ulvaeus, Catherine Johnson

    CharactersRosie, Sophie, Harry Bright, Sam Carmichael, Bill Austin

    Mamma Mia! is a jukebox musical written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, based on the... more on Wikipedia
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    The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids
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    The Addams Family

    Andrew Lippa
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    Oliver! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids
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    Oliver!

    Lionel Bart

    CharactersOliver Twist, Artful Dodger, Bill Sikes, Fagin, Nancy

    Oliver! is a British musical, with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. The musical is based upon... more on Wikipedia
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    Aladdin, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids
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    Aladdin, Jr.

    Alan Menken, Howard Ashman

    CharactersPrincess Jasmine, Aladdin, Jafar, Genie, Iago

    Aladdin Jr. is a one-act, eleven-scene theatre musical adapted from the 1992 Walt Disney... more on Wikipedia
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    Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids
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    Pinocchio

    Jerome Coopersmith, Mary Rodgers
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    Cats is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids
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    Cats

    Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber

    CharactersRum Tum Tugger, Jellylorum, Bombalurina, Old Deuteronomy, Bustopher Jones

    Cats is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on Old Possum's Book of Practical... more on Wikipedia

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

    Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman
    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a stage musical based on the 1968 film produced by Albert R.... more on Wikipedia
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    The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids
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    The Music Man

    Franklin Lacey, Meredith Willson

    CharactersHarold Hill, Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn, Marcellus Washburn, Mayor George Shinn, Marian Paroo

    The Music Man is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on a story... more on Wikipedia
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    The Secret Garden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Broadway Shows for Kids
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    The Secret Garden

    Marsha Norman, Lucy Simon

    CharactersMary Lennox, Colin Craven, Martha Sowerby, Dickon Sowerby, Ben Weatherstaff

    The Secret Garden is a musical based on the 1911 novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson... more on Wikipedia
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