Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published June 13th 2011
If you think that Broadway musicals and productions will only be enjoyed by adults, think again. Many Broadway musicals are based on popular children's books or beloved characters; others take their cue from popular songs that are enjoyed by the whole family.
If you're looking for a family-friendly Broadway musical, a few are listed below. This is only a representative list; it's not all-inclusive, but you should be able to find one the whole family will enjoy.
If you're old enough to remember when the Swedish rock group ABBA was popular (in the early '70s), then you'll really enjoy this play. If you're too young to remember that far back, this production is the best way to be introduced to their music. You'll come away humming "Dancing Queen" for sure.
The Oscar-winning Disney movie comes to life on Broadway, and features all the classic songs that made the movie such a hit. Remember singing "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", or listening to the haunting lyrics of "Feed the Birds"? You'll enjoy those and more when you attend this delightful musical.
In addition, you'll be amazed at how much the actress playing "Mary Poppins" resembles Julie Andrews when she made the movie. It is sure to bring back memories for Mom and Dad and create new ones for the kids.
If you rolled in the floor watching Whoopi Goldberg play a woman who went into hiding in a convent in the movie "Sister Act", you'll enjoy the Broadway musical. The same rocking lyrics and hilarious moments are re-created in this production.
Parents may want to go see this production just to see the end result of a production that suffered technical issues, delays in performances, and even injuries to cast members. Children will want to see it because it has Spider-Man in it.
This production has been running since October, 1997. That tells you right there that this is a family-friendly musical that must be seen. The "animals" are played by live performers, so it's going to have a different feel and appearance than the animated movie version. That's all right, though, children and adults will still enjoy it.