The best musicals for kids are entertaining, and thought-provoking, and will make little ones sing and dance all the way home. Here are our top picks.
Are your little ones begging you to take them to Broadway?
Good musicals for kids will capture their imaginations.
They may even inspire your peanut to pick up a new hobby at school, like dancing or singing.
Let’s look at which children’s musicals are most suitable for a younger audience.
After all, Chicago is great, but it might not be the most appropriate entertainment for your 7-year-old.
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- What Broadway show is good for kids?
What Broadway show is good for kids?
We’ve checked all the performances currently showing on Broadway and picked out the best musicals for kids.
And if you’re not in the NYC-area, many of these are available on streaming platforms, or you can even check out the soundtrack on your music app.
1. The Lion King
The Lion King musical is based on the Disney film we all know and love.
But seeing the show on Broadway is another experience entirely.
The Tony-winning musical contains all the songs from the film, but looks completely different. Incredible puppets bring the beloved characters of Simba, Timon, and Pumba to life.
Kids will be transfixed.
The Lion King is recommended for ages six and up.
Wicked is the story of the supposedly evil Wicked Witch from The Wizard of Oz.
Wicked is great because it teaches little ones that there are lots of sides to every story.
Plus the songs, performances, stages, and costumes are incredible.
Mamas will love it too.
Wicked is a little more mature and could be a tiny bit scary for very little ones.
Can a 5 year old see Wicked?
Yes, but it’s recommended for ages eight and up, and children under five won’t be allowed in the theater.
You can now see Disney favorite Aladdin on Broadway.
Families will be swept into an exotic world of daring adventure and captivating characters.
There are all the brilliant songs from the film, plus even more written especially for the stage.
Aladdin isn’t recommended for children under five, and little ones below five won’t be allowed in the theater.
Ideally, it’s for children aged eight and up.
We all know the rhyme — divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived.
But now there’s a new way for kids to learn about British King Henry VIII’s wives.
Six is a newer musical that will teach your child about this important part of British history through a rock concert.
The Tudors have never been cooler.
Six is recommended for ages ten and up (there are a few ruder and scarier references), and children under five won’t be allowed in the theater.
5. The Little Prince
Based on the classic book, The Little Prince musical tells the story of a young boy who learns to follow his heart with the help of an aviator who descends from the skies and takes the prince on the adventure of a lifetime.
The stunning show contains incredible aerial set pieces and breathtaking music that will captivate the hearts and minds of adults and kids alike.
Plus, it’s a favorite bedtime story.
6. The Music Man
This American classic is back on Broadway starring Hugh Jackman!
Admittedly, Jackman is playing a con man, but the character of Harold Hill does get redeemed when he falls in love with the beautiful and kind librarian Marian.
The Music Man has a one-of-a-kind, rousing score that will get kids singing, as well as a fun and dramatic storyline and costumes that will captivate them.
7. Mrs. Doubtfire
This much-loved film has recently been adapted for the stage, and retains its irreverent charm on Broadway.
If you haven’t seen it, Mrs. Doubtfire is about a father who will do absolutely anything to stay close to his beloved children — even dressing up as a nanny.
This show is recommended for children aged eight and up.
8. Dear Evan Hansen
Dear Evan Hansen is a newer musical following an anxious, lonely high school student who gets embroiled in a confusing tragedy as he tries his best to just fit in.
The theme of self-discovery will resonate with high school kids, and the music itself is emotional yet catchy.
This musical is recommended for slightly older children, aged 12 and up, as it deals with heavier topics like suicide.
Kids under four won’t be allowed in the theater.
So there we go, some of the best musicals for kids. We know musical mamas will enjoy them as well.