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Family Shows in New York - October 2017

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

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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

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 Oct 2017:

Bergen Performing Arts Center

Oct 09, 2017

Count Basie Theatre

Oct 21, 2017

: 15th October

The Cat in the Hat is the perfect friend for a boring rainy afternoon. From games and mischief to Thing One and Thing Two, The Cat brings all sorts of trouble to this grey day - but will Sally and her brother be able to explain the mess to their mother? This Dr. Seuss classic leaps onto the stage with chaotic exuberance in this stage adaptation that is perfect for the little ones to absorb, and adults to remember from their own childhoods! More info

: Closes 15th October 2017

Adored by millions of young viewers across the globe, Catboy, Owlette and Gekko are the starring trio of Disney Junor's animated show PJ Masks. In 2017, they're coming to the stage, in their first ever live show! Produced by Entertainment One (eOne) and Round Room Presents​, PJ Masks Live! captures all the action-packed adventure of the show in a fully immersive, musical journey. More info

: Closes 7th October 2017

The New York Phil play John Williams' iconic score live to a screening of the movie. The Force Awakens answered the prayers of Star wars fans worldwide by kicking off another era of the Skywalker saga! More info

: Closes 5th October 2017

The New York Phil play John Williams' iconic score live to a screening of the movie. Closing out the original trilogy, The Return of the Jedi sees the culmination of the titanic struggle between the forces of light and dark, as the rebel alliance launch a full-scale attack on the Empire's second Death Star. More info

THE PRICE IS RIGHT - LIVE STAGE SHOW

"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.

This show is happening at multiple venues in Oct 2017:

Prudential Hall

Oct 13, 2017

Count Basie Theatre

Oct 17, 2017

NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Oct 19, 2017

: Closes 8th October 2017

A timely new kids musical that highlights the importance of racial tolerance through the theme of shapes makes its New York premiere in 2018. First staged in 2015, the musical is based on Little Rock Central High School case in 1957 following the desegregation of schools. With racism on the rise once again, it is a truly time-relevant new musical. Created by Douglas Lyons (Five Points: An American Musical) and Greg Borowsky, it received its first reading in August 2016. A must-see show for kids and parents to experience 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

: 14th October

The smash hit children's TV show Daniel Tiger's Neighbourhood is now touring as a live show! A treat for tiny tots and adults alike, Daniel will take you on an interactive musical adventure with familiar faces from his Neighbourhood and there'll be much singing and dancing to boot! Of course, amidst all the fun, games and laughter, there's learning and education - the show's engaging stories about preschooler life are enriched with musical strategies attributed to the late Mr Rogers' social-emotional curriculum. More info

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