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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Mark Mancina, Elton John, Jay Rifkin
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148 23
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Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, George Stiles
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145 29
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Alan Menken, Linda Woolverton, Howard Ashman
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140 29
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Martin Charnin, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse
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127 24
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Carolyn Leigh, Adolph Green, Mark Charlap
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121 22
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Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Doug Wright
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101 22
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Cinderella Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers
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112 31
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Richard Rodgers, Russel Crouse, Howard Lindsay
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115 35
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Stephen Schwartz, Winnie Holzman
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71 31
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80 39
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Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman, Thomas Meehan
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78 38
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Dennis Kelly, Tim Minchin
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90 48
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Shrek the Musical Jeanine Tesori, David Lindsay-Abaire
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73 39
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Björn Ulvaeus, Catherine Johnson, Benny Andersson
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65 33
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Newsies Alan Menken, Harvey Fierstein, Jack Feldman
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63 32
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Timothy Mason, Albert Hague, Mel Marvin
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65 35
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Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens
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66 39
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Lionel Bart
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69 47
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Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Trevor Nunn
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54 34
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The Addams Family Andrew Lippa
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48 32
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Aladdin, Jr. Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Jim Luigs
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43 30
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Pinocchio Jerome Coopersmith, Mary Rodgers, Sheldon Harnick
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45 32
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Marsha Norman, Lucy Simon
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50 37
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White Christmas Irvin Berlin, David Ives, Paul Blake
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46 38
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Franklin Lacey, Meredith Willson