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Family Shows in New York - April 2017

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Family Shows in New York for the month of April 2017

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Join Aladdin, Jasmine and the hilarious Genie on a magic carpet ride you'll never forget. Disney's Tony-winning adaptation of their 1992 movie is Broadway's biggest family musical, packing in romance and adventure, and all the classic songs from the film. More info

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One of New York's longest-running shows, the Blue Man Group is a little hard to describe, but we'll give it a go! Take a healthy dose of percussion, mix it in with some vaudeville, a pinch of cutting edge technology, and half a teaspoon of comedy, and you've got... well, the Blue Man Group! Guiding you through this multi-sensory, alternatively amazing and hilarious show are three blue-painted performers, who don't seem to have too much knowledge about life on earth. More info

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Forget Dorothy, the juiciest tale from the land of Oz concerns the Wicked Witch of the West and her unlikely friendship with Glinda The Good Witch. Featuring more iconic numbers than you can nod your witches hat to ('Defying Gravity', 'Popular'), this three-time Tony winner is modern Broadway's biggest original musical and a glorious addition to the Oz mythology. More info

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Hoping to educate us once again, Andrew Lloyd Webber returns to Broadway with a brand-new show! Adapted from the Jack Black movie of the same name, School of Rock is based around bumbling lead character Dewey Finn, the substitute teacher with rock stardom on his mind. When his own efforts to take on the world fail, he turns to his new class, who happen to be more than a little handy when it comes to musical instruments! More info

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Broadway's third longest-running show is a thrilling reinvention of the Disney classic. Brought to life by director Julie Taylor, The Lion King on Broadway is an exuberant mix of the songs from the movie, sumptuous costumes and breathtaking puppetry. The winner of the Tony for Best Musical, this how is a must-see for all the family. More info

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: Closes 4th June 2017

A true landmark of New York theater, The Fantasicks is a breezy musical with a sweet and inventive score that's guaranteed to capture your heart. A classic coming-of-age story, The Fantasticks originally opened Off-Broadway in 1960, and ran for an incredible 42 years, playing a record-shattering 17,162 performances​! This current revival started in 2006. One of the most child-friendly shows currently running in New York, this classic is a relatively small scale show with a huge heart! More info

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One of the city's most unique live experiences, Stomp has been thrilling New York audiences for over twenty years. This ear & eye-popping show consists of a group of eight incredibly talented performers, who create intricate rhythms from everyday household objects, from garbage can lids and zippo lighters, to buckets and hammers. More info

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: Closes 16th April 2017

Set in the golden age of Hollywood, Paramour is the first Broadway show from the renowned Canadian circus troupe. It will combine the company's famed acrobatics and spectacular design with the best of Broadway storytelling magic. More info

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: Closes 14th April 2017

Witness magic on a scale unlike anything you've ever seen before. Led by The Anti-Conjurer, The Illusionists are a troupe of magicians who bring the art of illusion right up to date with their high-tech wizardry and death defying stunts. More info

: Closes 16th April 2017

Blending acrobatics, performance art and cutting edge puppetry, Circus 1903 resurrects the Big Top to its former glory. Created by the minds behind The Illusionists and the puppeteers behind War Horse, this touring show is both a dazzling throwback to the circus' golden age and a thrilling evolution of the form. More info

Based on the 1997 animated movie, Anastasia brings the story of the young Romanov Princess to Broadway for the first time. Bursting with adventure, romance and memorable songs, Anastasia is set to be the biggest new musical of the season. The starry creative team includes Tony winners Terrence McNally (It's Only a Play) and Darko Tresnjack (A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder). More info

DANCE TO THE MOVIES

Cinema has given us some of the greatest dances in history, from the finger-clicking face-off in West Side Story, through to 'The Lift' in Dirty Dancing. Dance to the Movies brings all those moments to the stage, a thrilling hit-after-hit spectacular choreographed and performed by some of the most talented dancers in the business.

This show is happening at multiple venues in Apr 2017:

St. George Theatre

Apr 08, 2017

NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Apr 27, 2017

This adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic transfers to Broadway after breaking records on London's West End. Bursting with color, invention and spectacle, this show leads you inside the mysterious Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, where nothing is quite what it seems. More info

: Closes 6th May 2017

Following its acclaimed tour across the country, a new, retooled version of the Percy Jackson musical will be headed Off-Broadway from this March, starring musical newcomer Chris McCarrell as the eponymous hero. Adapted from the popular Rick Riordan young adult's novel, The Lightning Thief has already seen an acclaimed film adaptation; the musical is written by Tracz and Rob Rokicki and directed by Stephen Brackett (Buyer and Cellar). More info

PEPPA PIG'S BIG SPLASH

Peppa Pig and her family arrive in North America for a new US Tour. This fun show features lots of audience interaction, life-size puppets of all the characters, and of course, plenty of muddy puddles!

This show is happening at multiple venues in Apr 2017:

Prudential Hall

Apr 27, 2017

St. George Theatre

Apr 29, 2017

THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

The Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition basketball team that combine athleticism, theatre, and comedy. They also claim to have the longest running streak in the sport's history, which isn't too surprising given their opponents are usually in on the fun. Join Ant Atkinson, Big Easy Lofton, Handles Franklin, Hi-Lite Bruton and TNT Maddox for a night of action-filled ball skills, tricks and audience participation for all the family! 2016 marks their 90th (!) year of entertaining, so this is one heck of a special night to remember!

This show is happening at multiple venues in Apr 2017:

Barclays Center

Apr 02, 2017

Nassau Coliseum

Apr 11, 2017

: 22nd April

One of the most unique Asian performing arts companies in the USA today, the Golden Dragon Acrobats have been going strong for over 30 years bringing centuries-old Chinese art form to fans across the country, with 200 performancess annually. The only Chinese acrobatic company to tour all year whilst working with local community youth outreach programs, their electrifying show Cirque Ziva premiered in 2011 following a major restructure of the company, to critical acclaim. in 2005 they made their first Broadway debut , earning two prestigious New York Drama Desk Awards nominations in the process. More info

: Closes 7th May 2017

This timeless masterpiece has been given life on stage and screen, first as a Disney film and later as a Broadway musical! Now this touching love story that has stolen the world's heart will be performed on-stage as a local production for the whole family to enjoy together. More info

: 21st April

"Come On Down" for this hit interactive stage show that gives you the chance to play the world's longest running gameshow live on stage! Contestants pulled from the audience have the chance to win appliances, vacations and even new cars by playing classic games from the programme, including everything from Cliffhanger to the Big Wheel. More info

: 30th April

The Kratt Brothers are leaping off your TV screens and going on tour with their live stage show. The stars behind PBS' animated show Wild Kratts present a wildly entertaining live experience, featuring lots of audience participation and cool facts about the animal kingdom. More info

: 23rd April

One of China's most prestigious circus troupes, the Golden Dragon Acrobat Circus have been touring America for over 30 years. In fact, they've played all 50 states, and perform around 200 shows annually. They've also conquered Broadway, and have two Drama Desk Award nominations to their name. More info

Guinness World Record holder Fan Yang has been amazing Off-Broadway audiences since 2007. Featuring fantastic next-level laser lighting displays, and a great musical score, The Gazillion Bubble Show is an hour plus of unbelievable soapy masterpieces, which float above the audiences heads in their hundreds and even fully enclose some lucky volunteers. More info

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