So, you’re coming with eduSTAR to your drama tour or any other tour of NYC and now you need to pick one or more Broadway shows or Off-Broadway Shows. Listed below are student friendly Broadway Shows. However, as we have learned over the years, what is “appropriate” for some may not be for others. Take a look and email eduSTAR with your top 3 choices. Certain shows are very “hot” so the sooner the better.
Please click the images / titles below to learn more about each Broadway Show:
Aladdin »” open=”0″ style=”1″]The beloved story of Aladdin is brought to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical. With just one rub of a magic lamp, Aladdin’s journey sweeps you into an exotic world full of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. It’s an unforgettable experience that includes all the cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning score and more written especially for Broadway.[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”
Annie »” open=”0″ style=”1″]Annie returns to Broadway in the Fall of 2012! This Broadway show is “GREAT” for your kids on your drama tour of NYC and performed in many schools. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts, despite a next-to- nothing start in 1930s New York City. And now, alongside her signature pal dog, Sandy, she’s set her sights on making us grin from ear to ear as she inspires a whole new millennium. [/spoiler] [spoiler title=”
Big Fish »” open=”0″ style=”1″]Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him—most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, Big Fish is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre—for an experience that’s richer, funnier and bigger than life itself.[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”
Blue Man Group »” open=”0″ style=”1″]Blue Man Group is one of New York’s longest-running shows and one of the most complicated to describe! At the simplest level, three performers in black with bald, blue heads splatter paint and use every imaginable prop in this totally fun and unique production. But it’s so much more than that! These hilarious blue-and-black characters take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theater, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else either on or off Broadway. Many kids have declared this “AWESOME” while seeing it on the school tour to NYC.
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Chicago »” open=”0″ style=”1″]The Broadway show that launched the smash-hit movie, Chicago is the kiss-and-tell tale of Roxie Hart, a chorus girl who kills her lover as a career move; Billy Flynn, a sharp lawyer who turns Roxie into a celebrity; and Velma Kelly, a dancing jailbird with an ear for headlines and an eye for talent. Chicago, winner of six 1997 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival, is a loving look back at vaudeville, a timely satire of the justice system, and a reminder of what great theater can be! If you are a dance group, this is a MUST! All teachers and parents should be aware of the theme.[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”
Cinderella »” open=”0″ style=”1″]Douglas Carter Beane has waved his magic wand over the world’s most treasured fairytale, and his delightfully romantic take on the ultimate makeover story promises some hilarious new twists! Discover Cinderella’s sassier side in this outrageously fun Broadway musical for dreamers of all ages. And not to worry, you’ll be home well before the stroke of midnight! This show is perfect for you student tour of NYC.[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”
Matilda »” open=”0″ style=”1″]Winner of a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards including Best Musical, Matilda is more than a show, it’s a phenomenon. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda is the story of an extraordinary girl who dares to take a stand and change her destiny. This new Broadway show is a thrill for schools and summer camps throughout the country, whether or not you are members of the Educational Theatre Association.[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”
Mama Mia »” open=”0″ style=”1″]A musical with a disco beat, Mamma Mia! features the music of legendary singing group ABBA. The setting is a Greek island where 20 year old Sophie is due to be married. Her mother, who happens to be a former star singer, is there. But Sophie’s father is not present because she is not sure of his identity. So Sophie researches her mom’s diary and chooses three former lovers as likely candidates and invites them to the wedding, thinking she will figure it out when she sees them. Mom is a bit non-plussed to be visited by the gathering of old flames. All teachers and parents should be aware of the theme. If approved, Mamma Mia! Is a great show for drama groups and Educational Theater Association members.[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”
Motown »” open=”0″ style=”1″]Motown charts Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Marvin Gaye and many more.[/spoiler]
Newsies » ” open=”0″ style=”1″]Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this new Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly and his fellow newsies take action. With help from the beautiful female reporter Katherine Plumber, all of New York City soon recognizes the power of “the little man.”[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”
Once »” open=”0″ style=”1″]On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician and Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, an unexpected friendship and collaboration quickly evolves into a powerful but complicated love story, underscored by emotionally charged music. The musical adaptation garnered eleven Tony nominations in 2012—the most of any production that year—ultimately winning eight, including Best Musical, Best Actor In A Musical, Best Direction, and Best Book! [/spoiler] [spoiler title=”
Peter and the Star Catcher »
” open=”0″ style=”1″]Peter And The Starcatcher features a company of 12 actors portraying some 50 characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Refused To Grow Up? This epic origin story is one of popular culture’s most enduring and beloved characters prove that an audience’s imagination can be the most captivating place in the world.[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”
Pippen »” open=”0″ style=”1″]In a bold new staging of the dark and existential musical you thought you knew, young prince Pippin embarks on a dangerous journey, encouraged by a mysterious group of performers led by a Leading Player. While on a student tour to New York City, the kids will fully enjoy Pippin. [/spoiler] [spoiler title=”
Rocky » ” open=”0″ style=”1″]Rocky brings to life the story of struggling small time Philly boxer, Rocky Balboa, who gets a once-in-a-lifetime shot to go the distance against heavyweight champ Apollo Creed. The new musical is based on the AcademyAward-winning film of the same name, which starred co-librettist Sylvester Stallone in the title role.[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”
Spider-Man »” open=”0″ style=”1″]Drawing from over 40 years of Marvel comic books for inspiration, Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark spins a new take on the mythic tale of a young man propelled from a modest rowhouse in Queens to the sky-scraping spire of the Chrysler Building, the bustling offices of the Daily Bugle, through the dizzying canyons of Manhattan, to new vistas never before seen. The musical follows the story of teenager Peter Parker, whose unremarkable life is turned upside-down—literally—when he’s bitten by a genetically altered spider and wakes up the next morning clinging to his bedroom ceiling. This bullied science-geek—suddenly endowed with astonishing powers—soon learns, however, that with great power comes great responsibility as villains test not only his physical strength but also his strength of character. This show has had its issues but it is “AWESOME” and any drama tour to New York should see it.[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”
” open=”0″ style=”1″]Stomp is a high-energy, percussive symphony, coupled with dance, played entirely on unconventional instruments, such as garbage can lids, buckets, brooms and sticks. It is a movement of bodies, objects, sounds – even abstract ideas, made completely original through the use of everyday objects in totally non-traditional ways. This Off-Broadway show is appropriate for students of all ages.[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”
The Lion King »” open=”0″ style=”1″]The winner of six 1998 Tony Awards, including Best New Musical, it is the story of a young lion cub named Simba who struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destined role as king. To bring the classic 1994 film to life, Disney turned to the story’s roots, its rich mythology, powerful human drama and primal African rhythms to create a fantastic new musical unlike anything Broadway has ever seen. This is the most popular show when traveling to NYC on a student tour.[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”
The Phantom of the Opera »” open=”0″ style=”1″]Based on the 1910 horror novel by Gaston Leroux, which has been adapted into countless films, The Phantom of the Opera follows a deformed composer who haunts the grand Paris Opera House. Sheltered from the outside world in an underground cavern, the lonely, romantic man tutors and composes operas for Christine, a gorgeous young soprano star-to-be. As Christine’s star rises, and a handsome suitor from her past enters the picture, the Phantom grows mad, terrorizing the opera house owners and company with his murderous ways. Still, Christine finds herself drawn to the mystery man. If your kids have never seen a Broadway show, then the Phantom of the Opera is one of the best for everyone on your student tour to New York.[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”
” open=”0″ style=”1″]Winner of 35 major awards including the Grammy Award® and three Tony Awards®, WICKED is the untold story of the Witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. This is one of the most popular shows for drama groups, Education Theater Association members and any student tour to NYC![/spoiler]
This is not a complete list. If you are a drama group, member of the Educational Theater Association and adult oriented themes are accepted by school administrators and parents, check out www.broadway.com. If you are a drama group and want to add a drama workshop to your package, eduSTAR has plenty of workshops. Click Drama Workshops.