The Best Musicals for Families with Young Children

Attending an afternoon or evening at the theatre is a time-honored entertainment pastime. Nowadays it’s more affordable than ever, especially when one considers the increasing cost of attending a movie. The atmosphere of a live performance is breathtaking and enrapturing for adults and kids alike. As a parent, you’ll want to make the perfect choice of a musical for your kids. Here are a few of the greatest musicals for families with kids.

Matilda

Inspired by the classic Roald Dahl book, this musical captures the inner workings of the mind of a girl in a tough situation. Matilda creates her own fantasy world into which she can escape from the pressures of her daily life. This musical will make young girls dream of being a Broadway star and the songs and sets will entrance the adults among us.

Aladdin

Let’s face it: Disney is the go-to source for family entertainment and fun. This adaptation of their hit animated film has stunning special effects and great music. As a cave entrance comes to life, a flying carpet lifts the stars off the ground and a genie emerges from the stage, the crowd will be filled with the “oohs” and “ahhs” of kids and grownups alike!

The Lion King

Another great Disney spectacle, this retelling of the story of Simba, the young prince of the African savanna, is one of the greatest family shows of all time. The movie is a perennial favorite, and the stunning sets of the live show combine perfectly with the incredible songs of Elton John and Tim Rice to create an intense theatrical experience for kids of all ages.

The Phantom of the Opera

Many might not consider this a great show for kids, but the classic story by Gaston Leroux has been turned into an intense and action-packed love story for the ages. The horror notes in the stage show are greatly reduced, while the spectacle, adventure and romance aspects are turned up to eleven. Kids will be entranced by magic mirrors, boats on underground lakes, swordfights and heroism while parents will love the depth of character and musical arrangements.

Wicked

Few musicals have made such an impact on Broadway in the past decade or two than Wicked. For children who love the Wizard of Oz, this alternate take gives us a look at the story from the perspective of the Wicked Witch of the West, who may not be that wicked after all. Of the many great musicals for families with kids, this one presents strong female characters, a magical fairy tale world and excellent songs.

These five are just a few of the great and diverse musicals for families with kids. The options for an afternoon or evening out on the town at the glitz and glam of musical theater are endless. If you would like to view some great local performances in Downtown Norcross, take a look at the shows we are currently running, and get in touch to purchase your tickets today!

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