Bright Lights, Big City

There’s
so much to do in New York City – endless amounts of entertainment are at our
fingertips at all times.  This past
weekend was a celebration of one of the greatest forms of entertainment NYC has
to offer:  Broadway!   The Tony Awards were held at the Beacon
Theatre on our very own Upper West Side this past Sunday, and we loved every
second of it.  The awards showcased some
of the best and the brightest on Broadway this season – and also brought with
it a very expected sweep by Hamilton.  

This season brought with it so many
beautiful and game-changing shows, and some of our favorites of seasons past
are still bringing joy and light to audiences 8 times a week.  We’ve compiled a list of our favorite
family-friendly shows that will make you laugh, make you cry, and give you and
your little ones a chance to revel in the magic of live theatre.

Aladdin
The New Amsterdam Theatre
Price Range:  $57.70 – $147.50

This show brings the magic of the
movie to life in a way that will dazzle and amaze your little ones.  It is a spectacle – exactly what you imagine
when you hear the word “Broadway.”  There
are a few changes from the classic, but changes that enhance the already rich
story.   And just you wait for the magic
carpet – it has to be seen to be believed!  

Matilda
The Shubert Theatre
Price Range:  $39.00 – $157.00

This classic story of a little girl
with a love for learning and some special skills comes alive in the Broadway
production.  There’s something so
wonderful about seeing children perform on a Broadway stage, knowing their
dreams are only just beginning.  And
their talent is immense, with the dancing, singing, and acting ability of
colleagues double their age.   This beautiful story becomes only more
heartfelt when paired with song and dance, and it’s closing in January 2017 –
so don’t miss out!

The Lion King
The Minskoff Theatre
Price Range: $99 – $192

The Lion King is one of the longest
running shows in Broadway history – and for good reason.  This hit has been running since 1997, and it
still sells out on a regular basis.   It has become a cornerstone of the theatre
community, and in many ways helped Times Square become the safe, bold, and
bright tourist attraction it is today.  The
costumes are a particularly spectacular piece of the show – as all of the
animals are, of course, played by actors!
But it’s not difficult to suspend your disbelief with this show.  After only minutes, you’ll be transported to
the African safari – and your heart will stay there for the full duration of
the show.  This is an experience for
children and adults alike.

School of Rock
Winter Garden Theatre
Price Range: $59 – $165

School of Rock is a new show,
having just debuted this year, and it has already taken the theatre community
by storm.  It is a tour de force – one of
the most exciting and energetic shows Broadway has seen in years.  The best part? All of the kids onstage are
really playing the instruments!  It’s
more than a little inspiring to watch these kids following their dreams in real
time – and even more inspiring to hear the kids in the audience around you
proudly declare their desire to start playing an instrument themselves.  This show is perfect for your little
virtuosos.

Finding Neverland
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
Price Range:  $72-$152

Finding
Neverland
is the story of how Peter became Pan – and it is just as magical
and vibrant as you’d imagine.  The story
combines the origin and the tale of Peter itself, weaving them together until
they both come to life before your eyes.
Children will love seeing familiar faces – like Peter and Tinkerbell –
and parents will relate to the story of the adults behind the story.  This show is beautiful and bright and after
more than a year on Broadway, is coming to an end on August 21st
so be sure to get your tickets now!

Of course, there are so many shows
and so little time – but there’s nothing quite like live theatre to excite and
inspire children (and adults!) of all ages.

We hope you have a wonderful time
at the theatre this summer.  🙂

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