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.
- 1Mark Mancina, Elton John
- 2Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman
- 3Alan Menken, Linda Woolverton
- 4Martin Charnin, Thomas Meehan
- 5Carolyn Leigh, Adolph Green
- 6Alan Menken, Howard Ashman
- 7Richard Rodgers, Russel Crouse
CinderellaOscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers
- 9Stephen Schwartz, Winnie Holzman
Shrek the MusicalJeanine Tesori, David Lindsay-Abaire
- 11Dennis Kelly, Tim Minchin
- 12Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman
- 13Clark Gesner
NewsiesAlan Menken, Harvey Fierstein
- 15Björn Ulvaeus, Catherine Johnson
- 16Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens
- 17Timothy Mason, Albert Hague
- 18Lionel Bart
- 19Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber
The Addams FamilyAndrew Lippa
Aladdin, Jr.Alan Menken, Howard Ashman
PinocchioJerome Coopersmith, Mary Rodgers
- 23Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman
White ChristmasIrvin Berlin, David Ives
- 25Franklin Lacey, Meredith Willson