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Family Shows in New York - May 2017

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Family Shows in New York for the month of May 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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: Closes 7th May 2017

A glorious celebration of five thousand years of Chinese culture, Shen Yun presents colorful and exhilarating performances of classical Chinese dance and music, integrating technique and influence from both East and West. A performance by Shen Yun is a presentation of traditional Chinese culture as it once was: a study in grace, wisdom, and the virtues distilled from an ancient feudal period of time. 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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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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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 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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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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: Closes 21st May 2017

Truly the Greatest Show on Earth, Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus has been dazzling audiences across America for over a century but will perform its last ever dates in 2017. Don't miss this chance to witness the spectacular acts of this iconic circus, from the world famous Ringling Bros. clowns, airborne acrobatics, speeding motorcycles, and incredible feats of strength! More info

MOVE LIVE ON TOUR: JULIANNE HOUGH & DEREK HOUGH

You've seen them on Dancing With The Stars, Grease Live and Hairspray Live, and now Julianne and Derek Hough take their incredible dance talent across the USA on their second US tour, Move Live - Beyond!

This show is happening at multiple venues in May 2017:

Count Basie Theatre

May 02, 2017

Radio City Music Hall

May 06, 2017

: Closes 1st July 2017

A brand-new work specially created for American Ballet Theatre by resident artist Alexei Ratmansky, Whipped Cream makes its deliciously sweet mark in New York this coming May ! Set to the music of Richard Strauss' Schlagobers (originally created in 1924 for the Vienna State Opera), and designed by Mark Ryden, the world premiere will take place in Los Angeles in March before residing for a limited period at Metropolitan Opera House. A must-see for dances fans with a sweet tooth who didn't quite get their fill of the Nutcracker ballet, this candied confection will put a spring in your step in 2017! More info

: 22nd May

After making waves in the UK and his native New Zealand, Tape Face (real name Sam Willis) finally came to America's attention on the eleventh season of America's Got Talent, where his unique brand of vaudeville took him all the way to the final. His act, which frequently involves members of the audience, makes use of everything from plungers to oven gloves to create bizarre, and strangely beautiful, routines that you'll never see anywhere else. More info

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

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

: 19th May

In this fantastical, magical musical, some of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters are lovingly brought to life with the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and all of the Whos of Whoville. These classic, colorful tales are brought together by Jojo, a young boy and "thinker of strange and wonderful thinks." More info

: 5th May

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! More info

: Closes 25th June 2017

Inspired by the classic Disney movie, Mary Poppins brings one of the greatest musicals to the stage in a joyous show for all the family. Written by Oscar-winning Downtown Abbey writer Julian Fellowes, it re-introduces us to the magical nanny who shows the Banks family what's really important in life. 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

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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