A visit to New York City isn’t complete without taking in a show on Broadway. Visitors flock to the Big Apple from all over the world to check out the latest musicals and plays featuring the world’s greatest actors, writers, directors and musicians. Ending up on Broadway is every theater star’s dream come true, so you can be sure you are heading into a show that will dazzle and delight you! If you have teenage kids in your family, you’re in luck. There are some wonderful musicals geared toward adults and young adults alike right now. Here are a few of the best that are worth checking out next time you’re in town.
Dear Evan Hansen
“Dear Evan Hansen” is one of the most popular musicals currently on Broadway. With music and lyrics by rising stars Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, it has been making waves in the theater world since it opened in 2016. The show follows the story of Evan Hansen, a high school senior with social anxiety that makes it hard for him to make friends. When one of his classmates dies, he gets close to the deceased’s family and also forges his own path ahead in school and with his peers. The super-catchy pop music and the amazing performance by Ben Platt as the lead will make your kids fall in love with this show.
School of Rock
“School of Rock” is a rock-n-roll musical based on the hit movie starring Jack Black. The story revolves around Dewey Finn, a failed rock star who decides to pose as a supply teacher at a fancy prep school. While there, he turns a class of straight-laced star pupils into a radical rock and roll band. The next challenge is to get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s headmistress finding out! It’s a laid-back and fun show with music your kids will love and a story they can relate to.
Chances are you’ve already heard a lot of hype about “Hamilton! The Musical.” Written by Broadway darling Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show is an amazing walk through the history of Alexander Hamilton’s life and the issues of immigration and racism in America’s past and present. The music is a mix of hip-hop and rap, and the show has been hailed as one of the best musicals to ever grace the stage in New York or anywhere! Tickets used to be exorbitantly expensive but are more affordable now that the show’s been running for a few years. However, you’ll still want to check your dates and book ahead to ensure a fun-filled learning experience with your kids.
Book of Mormon
Written by the creators of “South Park,” “Book of Mormon” is an off-color comedy musical that’s sure to be a hit with teenage kids. The characters don’t make any effort to be polite and often veer into crass jokes and lyrics, but if your kids like “South Park,” they’re going to think this show is fantastic. It tells the story of two Mormon missionaries who travel to Uganda to proselytize and don’t get such a warm reception. It’s hilarious, insightful and fun for the whole family.
Be sure to take in one of these shows on Broadway next time you’re in town! Visiting New York is a great opportunity for you and your kids to see some of the all-time greatest theater in the theater center of the world!