Here are five show to see with your kids this Spring!
“They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway.” That’s certainly the case at the Palace Theatre, with an elaborate and fun set design that’s as colorful as Joseph’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This classic Nickelodeon cartoon is reimagined for the stage in a new musical. Head under the sea as SpongeBob, along with all his friends and foes in Bikini Bottom (including Sandy Cheeks, Patrick Star, and Sheldon Plankton), face catastrophe. Conceived and directed by Tina Landau, with songs written by an array of talented singers including Aerosmith, Cyndi Lauper, and John Legend, the show is for all ages. There’s even a showstopping tap number featuring a chorus dressed in pink sequin costumes.
School of Rock
It’s music to our ears! Playing at the Winter Garden Theatre is a musical adaptation of the 2003 movie, that starred Jack Black. The show follows a failed rock star who decides to earn extra money by posing as a teacher at a prestigious prep school. Then he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-loving, bass-slapping rock band. Andrew Lloyd Webber, who just celebrated his 70th birthday, wrote the music.
You ain’t never had a friend like Aladdin! Head to Agrabah to see this ‘90s Disney animated classic at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The musical features all your favorite family-friendly songs, plus some new ones that weren’t in the original film. The show’s famous tunes, including “A Whole New World” and “Prince Ali,” written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, will have you in search of a magic lamp to wish for another set of tickets to see the show again. Plus, kids will be in awe of the big production numbers and, of course, the flying magic carpet. Jonathan Freeman, who plays Jafar, was also the voice of the villain in the movie.
An alternate story to the children’s classic The Wizard of Oz comes to life at the Gershwin Theatre. Now celebrating 14 years on Broadway, the story follows Glinda and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, as they navigate rivalry and friendship long before Dorothy lands in Oz. Legendary composer Stephen Schwartz wrote the music for the show that originally starred Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel, who won a Tony Award for her performance. Seeing this as a family will have everyone “changed for good.”
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Check out even more wizardry with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, now playing at the newly renovated Lyric Theatre. Parents and kids will be wowed as soon as they set foot inside and see the elaborate set design of this two-part play based on the original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. Part one runs two hours and 40 minutes, with a 20-minute intermission. Part two runs two hours and 35 minutes, with a 20-minute intermission. The critically acclaimed play, which originated on the West End, has won 22 major theater awards in the U.K. and is the most awarded production in the history of Britain’s prestigious Olivier Awards.