15 Broadway Musicals for Kids

The world of Broadway musicals is a rabbit hole worth falling into with your children.

Not only are musicals entertaining, but they can also teach us so much about important issues during a particular time in history. Musicals showcase a performer's musical, theatre, and dance talents, not to mention the sheer

complexity of choreography, scenery, and costumes.

Watching a musical is a true feast for the senses, and our children are such willing observers!

There are, however, a plethora of musicals to be enjoyed. 

Where in the world do you start if you want to teach your children about musicals?

 

In our home, I began introducing my children to musicals at a young age. My daughter (who has always had a song in her heart) naturally gravitated toward them and began asking for the DVDs to create a collection.

We would go to local productions (ticket prices are cheaper!). Sometimes we would see the "junior" version of a musical.

As the kids got older I would invest in good tickets to see an off-Broadway shows once a year. 

In our SQUILT LIVE! studies each January we have two live lessons about musicals. The goal is to expose children to many selections from musicals (through a month-long listening calendar), and also to explore a couple of musicals in depth.

(Last year we dove into Hello, Dolly! and The Phantom of the Opera. This January we will learn all about Mary Poppins and CATS.)

Join us in SQUILT LIVE!

 

Learn About Broadway

Don't assume your children know what "Broadway" is. Here are a few helpful resources to guide your study of Broadway musicals:

Where is Broadway?Where is Broadway?A is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to ZA is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to ZLulu the Broadway Mouse (The Broadway Mouse series)Lulu the Broadway Mouse (The Broadway Mouse series)Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated StoryMusicals: The Definitive Illustrated StoryLights on Broadway: A Theatrical Tour from A to Z, with CDLights on Broadway: A Theatrical Tour from A to Z, with CD

 

15 Broadway Musicals for Kids

Here are 15 "starter" musicals, along with age recommendations for each. 

If a musical has a "*" before the name it means it is appropriate for all ages. Those without I suggest investigating a little bit and perhaps hold off until middle or high school with that particular musical.

A simple internet search can tell you a lot about a musical.

This site has a nice listing of musicals with age recommendations - and just a lot of good information in general.

I've also linked to performances on Amazon and YouTube - and in a few instances, a free performance online. Again, a web search will help you with how best to watch the musical.

Remember, less is more!

Even if you just take one musical a year, that's ok. Watch it multiple times. Listen to the soundtrack. Is there a book that came first? Dive into the world of the musical and stay there a while. 

*Annie  

*Beauty & The Beast

CATS!

Fiddler on the Roof

Hairspray

Hello, Dolly!

The King and I

Le Mis

*The Lion King

*Mary Poppins

*The Music Man

The Phantom of the Opera

*The Sound of Music

West Side Story

Wicked

 

I'd love to help you on your quest to teach your children about musicals. 

Join me at ANY TIME in SQUILT LIVE! to learn about Broadway musicals. We have lessons about Broadway musicals in our archives, and each January we offer two new live lessons about two musicals.

Additionally, you receive a month-long calendar with curated selections from musicals for each day of the month, access to our ENTIRE archives (over 60 hours of recorded content), an exclusive member discount, and a members-only volume, SQUILT Goes to the Movies.

 

 

Music appreciation has never been easier!

 

Do you have a favorite musical?

Let me know in the comments below!

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3 comments

  • We love Wicked!!

    Kristen Becker
  • My daughter’s current favorite is The Newsies!

    Tia
  • My two daughters adore musicals. Their favourites are: Cats, Oliver!, Joseph, Sound of Music, Aladdin, Grease, and so much more:)!!!!

    Angela

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