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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! Then check out our list of the best musical movies for kids.


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    Elton John, Lee Hall

    CharactersBilly Elliot, Debbie Wilkinson, Tony Elliot, Mr. Braithwaite, George Watson

    Billy Elliot the Musical is a musical based on the 2000 film Billy Elliot. The music is by Elton John, and the book and lyrics are by Lee Hall, who wrote the film's screenplay. The plot revolves...  more
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    Robert Horn, Jason Robert Brown

    CharactersRichie, Brett, Eddie, Malcolm, Molly

    13 is an original musical with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn. Following a move from New York City to small-town Indiana, young Evan Goldman grapples...  more
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    Andrew Lippa
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    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 Animation Studios film Aladdin which is an adaptation of the folk tale Aladdin. The production runs between 60...  more
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    John Weidman, Richard Maltby

    CharactersJosh Baskin, Cynthia Benson, Paul, Mr. Baskin, Billy

    Big: the musical is a 1996 musical adaptation of the 1988 Tom Hanks film. It was directed by Mike Ockrent and featured music by David Shire and lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr., with choreography by...  more
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    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 the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. It premiered in the West End in 1960, enjoying a long run, and...  more
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    William Finn, Rachel Sheinkin

    CharactersLogainne SchwartzandGrubenierre, Vice Principal Douglas Panch, Charlito "Chip" Tolentino, Marcy Park, Olive Ostrovsky

    The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a long one-act musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by...  more

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    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 by Willson and Franklin Lacey. The plot concerns con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys' band organizer...  more

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    Glen Berger, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

    CharactersNorman Osborn, Mary Jane Watson, Ben Parker, Peter Parker, May Parker

    Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is a musical based on the character Spider-Man, with music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge and a book by Julie Taymor, Glen Berger, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The story...  more
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    CharactersBackpack, Boots, Map, Dora, Diego

    Nickelodeon’s Dora The Explorer Live! Search For The City Of Lost Toys is a play by Chris Gifford....
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    Charles Strouse, Michael Stewart

    CharactersConrad Birdie, Kim McAfee, Rose Alvarez, Albert F. Peterson, Hugo Peabody

    Bye Bye Birdie is a stage musical with a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse. Originally titled Let's Go Steady, Bye Bye Birdie is set in 1958. The story was...  more
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    Mary Rodgers, Marshall Barer

    CharactersPrincess Winnifred, Sir Harry, Lady Larken, Minstrel, Nightingale of Samarkand

    Once Upon a Mattress is a musical comedy with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer. It opened off-Broadway in May 1959, and then...  more
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    Alan Menken, Glenn Slater

    CharactersDeloris Van Cartier, Mother Superior, Sister Mary Robert, Sister Mary Patrick, Sister Mary Lazarus

    Sister Act is a musical based on the hit 1992 film of the same name with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner, and additional book material by Douglas...  more
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