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

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Mark Mancina, Elton John, Jay Rifkin

145 28
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Alan Menken, Linda Woolverton, Howard Ashman

138 27
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Martin Charnin, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse

125 23
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Carolyn Leigh, Adolph Green, Mark Charlap

119 22
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Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Doug Wright

97 22
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Cinderella Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers

109 30
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Richard Rodgers, Russel Crouse, Howard Lindsay

112 35
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Stephen Schwartz, Winnie Holzman

67 31
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Dennis Kelly, Tim Minchin

87 47
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Shrek the Musical Jeanine Tesori, David Lindsay-Abaire

75 39
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Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman, Thomas Meehan

72 37
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Björn Ulvaeus, Catherine Johnson, Benny Andersson

62 31
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Timothy Mason, Albert Hague, Mel Marvin

62 33
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Newsies Alan Menken, Harvey Fierstein, Jack Feldman

64 35
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Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens

64 38
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Lionel Bart

68 44
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Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Trevor Nunn

48 29
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Aladdin, Jr. Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Jim Luigs

53 34
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The Addams Family Andrew Lippa

44 31
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Marsha Norman, Lucy Simon

42 30
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Pinocchio Jerome Coopersmith, Mary Rodgers, Sheldon Harnick

47 37
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White Christmas Irvin Berlin, David Ives, Paul Blake

45 37
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Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, Jeremy Sams