Broadway 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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137 22
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Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, George Stiles

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136 25
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Alan Menken, Linda Woolverton, Howard Ashman

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129 26
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Martin Charnin, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse

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116 22
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Carolyn Leigh, Adolph Green, Mark Charlap

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110 20
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Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Doug Wright

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102 30
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Richard Rodgers, Russel Crouse, Howard Lindsay

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88 22
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Cinderella Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers

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104 34
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Stephen Schwartz, Winnie Holzman

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60 28
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Timothy Mason, Albert Hague, Mel Marvin

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80 45
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Shrek the Musical Jeanine Tesori, David Lindsay-Abaire

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62 31
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69 37
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Dennis Kelly, Tim Minchin

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65 36
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Björn Ulvaeus, Catherine Johnson, Benny Andersson

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68 39
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Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman, Thomas Meehan

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61 34
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Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens

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54 32
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Newsies Alan Menken, Harvey Fierstein, Jack Feldman

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59 37
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Lionel Bart

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65 44
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Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Trevor Nunn

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46 27
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Aladdin, Jr. Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Jim Luigs

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50 33
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The Addams Family Andrew Lippa

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42 30
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Marsha Norman, Lucy Simon

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47 35
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White Christmas Irvin Berlin, David Ives, Paul Blake

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40 29
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Pinocchio Jerome Coopersmith, Mary Rodgers, Sheldon Harnick

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