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.
Characters: Scar, Simba, Mufasa, Pumbaa, NalaThe Lion King is a musical based on the 1994 Walt Disney Animation Studios' animated feature film of the same name with music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, and book by Roger Allers and Irene... more
Characters: Belle, Gaston, Beast, Babette, WardrobeBeauty and the Beast is a musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton. Adapted from Walt Disney Pictures' Academy Award-winning 1991 animated... more
Characters: Fraulein Maria, Louisa von Trapp, Marta von Trapp, Gretl von Trapp, Kurt von TrappThe Sound of Music is a multiple Tony Award-winning musical by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. It is based on the memoir of Maria von... more
Characters: Wicked Witch of the West, The Wizard, Glinda the Good Witch, Boq, Doctor DillamondWicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Winnie Holzman. It is based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and... more
Characters: Mary Poppins, Michael Banks, Jane Banks, Bert, George BanksMary Poppins is a musical with music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman (the Sherman Brothers) and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and a script by... more
Characters: Captain Hook, Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, Wendy Darling, Mr. SmeePeter Pan is a musical adaptation of J. M. Barrie's 1904 play Peter Pan and Barrie's own novelization of it, Peter and Wendy. The music is mostly by Mark "Moose" Charlap, with additional music by... more
Characters: Ariel, Ursula, Prince Eric, Flounder, SebastianThe Little Mermaid is a stage musical produced by Disney Theatrical, based on the animated 1989 Disney film of the same name and the classic story of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen about a... more
Characters: Matilda Wormwood, Harry Wormwood, Michael Wormwood, Zinnia Wormwood, Amanda ThrippMatilda the Musical is a stage musical based on the 1988 children's novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. It was adapted by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. The musical's narrative... more
NewsiesAlan Menken, Harvey Fierstein
Characters: Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy van Pelt, Patty, Sally BrownYou're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a 1967 musical comedy with music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz in his comic strip Peanuts. The... more
Characters: Annie, Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks, Miss Agatha Hannigan, Daniel Francis "Rooster" Hannigan, Lily St. RegisAnnie is a Broadway musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan. The original... more
CinderellaOscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers
Characters: Velma Von Tussle, Edna Turnblad, Little Inez, Seaweed J Stupps, Motormouth MaybelleHairspray is an American musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on John Waters’s 1988 film of the same name. The... more
Characters: Rosie, Sophie, Harry Bright, Sam Carmichael, Bill AustinMamma Mia! is a jukebox musical written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, based on the songs of ABBA, composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, former members of the band. The title of... more
The Addams FamilyAndrew Lippa
PinocchioJerome Coopersmith, Mary Rodgers
Characters: Rum Tum Tugger, Jellylorum, Bombalurina, Old Deuteronomy, Bustopher JonesCats is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, and produced by Cameron Mackintosh. The musical tells the story of a tribe of cats... more
Characters: Harold Hill, Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn, Marcellus Washburn, Mayor George Shinn, Marian ParooThe 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
White ChristmasIrvin Berlin, David Ives
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatAndrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice
Characters: Potiphar, Potiphar's Wife, Joseph, Pharaoh, ReubenJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a musical or operetta with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The story is based on the "coat of many colors" story of Joseph from... more
Characters: Grinch, Cindy Lou Who, Max the Dog, Grandma WhoDr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, or simply How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, is a seasonal musical adaptation of the Dr. Seuss book How the Grinch Stole Christmas!.... more
- 4347Tarzan of the Apes is a novel written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the first in a series of books about the title character Tarzan. It was first published in the pulp magazine All-Story Magazine in... more
Shrek the MusicalJeanine Tesori, David Lindsay-Abaire
Characters: Conrad Birdie, Kim McAfee, Rose Alvarez, Albert F. Peterson, Hugo PeabodyBye 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
Characters: Billy Elliot, Debbie Wilkinson, Tony Elliot, Mr. Braithwaite, George WatsonBilly 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