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Family Shows in New York - October 2016

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Family Shows in New York for the month of October 2016


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In an exotic, faraway land, one young pauper's life is about to change with the luck of an ancient lamp - and you're invited to join this magic carpet ride! Based on the hit Disney classic movie Aladdin, this 2014 Tony Award winning musical features best-loved music by Academy and Tony Award-winning composer Alan Menken and is directed by Tony Award-winning Casey Nicholaw, best known for his work on The Book of Mormon. More info

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Blue Man Group is one of New York's longest-running shows and one of its hardest to describe! In the show, three enigmatic bald and blue 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. Although there is no main plot, the show is split into themes such as innocence and surprise towards technology, information overload, as well as an elegant dinner involving a Twinkie snack. More info

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Long before Dorothy drops into Oz inside her flying farmhouse, there were two other young girls who happened to 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. Although sparks fly between them at first, Wicked follows these two unlikely friends and college roommates as they grow into two extraordinary women: The Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. More info

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Going strong since premiering in 1997, Disney's hit musical adaptation of the animated move brings the African Serengeti to spectacular life. We joins the wide eyed cub Simba on the adventure of a lifetime as he grows up and accepts his destiny as the King of the Pride Lands. This phenomenal adaptation includes original songs created for the show and boasts incredibly intricate animal puppetry. 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 set to feature his 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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: Closes 1st January 2017

Matilda, Roald Dahl's much-loved classic of an extraordinary child with hideous parents is given the musical treatment by the combined talents of Tim Minchin and the Royal Shakespeare Company. This critically-acclaimed musical won four awards at the 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for Gabriel Ebert. More info

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: Closes 30th October 2016

Delivering a distinctly steampunk theme, Kurios takes its inspiration from the latter half of the 19th century, when inventions like telephones and railroads transformed the world. Delivering Cirque's usual mixture of death-defying stunts, original music and clowning around, Kurios is the company's most spectacular show yet! More info

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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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A classic coming-of-age story, The Fantasticks features two meddling, matchmaking fathers who scheme to get their children together. But once the couple is united, the real drama begins! More info

: Closes 1st November 2016

A brand new musical for all ages, Molasses in January by Francine Pellegrino is the tale of Anna, a single mother struggling to bring up her two children against the backdrop of the world in tumult. Told during the years 1914-1919, this heartwarming new production follows in the tradition of the Great American Songbook, with original song, dance, and story, it's about learning to laugh and cry and accept that one moment can change your life forever. More info

: Closes 5th March 2017

Since his psychotic portrayal of Tybalt in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo+ Juliet, John Leguizamo's love of both Shakespeare and the theater has seen him rise through the ranks of Hollywood to become a successful screenwriter, playwright and stand-up comedian. His latest project sees a family-friendly, exuberant spin on one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies, portrayed by rappers GQ and JQ. Following a short run in London, the show is headed back Stateside for a highly anticipated four-month run. More info

: Closes 15th January 2017

One of the world's most prodigious close-up magician's lands off-Broadway this fall for a limited three-month engagement that is set to make the area even more magical than before! His new show Verso follows his sold-out engagement Nothing To Hide, and premiered in his home country of Portugal earlier this year. A born illusionist, his magical talents first came to the fore at the tender age of three, when at kindergarten he managed to make candies appear for his friends! More info

: Closes 30th October 2016

A very special play for youngsters (and parents that remember the books), four of children author's Eric Carle's celebrated stories are woven together in a stage adaptation that previously won over New York, returns this fall. Watch in awe as four cast members use an astonishing 75 puppets within a one-act play to tell the stories of the infamously peckish Caterpillar as well as The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse and The Very Lonely Firefly. More info

: 23rd October

Presented by Plaza Theatrical Productions, this affordable Beauty and Beast brings the magical story to life for all the family. As everyone knows, the story follows the adventures of a young girl named Belle who is whiling her life away in a small provincial town. One day she stumbles upon a secret castle and discovers to her horror that it is home to a frightful monster called The Beast! More info

Guinness record-holding bubble artist Fan Yang brings his dazzling family entertainment to Off-Broadway. More info

: 22nd October

Man of a thousand voices and all round comic whirlwind Jim Breuer is heading out on tour once again. While he's a cult icon for his role in stoner comedy Half Baked with Dave Chappelle, Breuer has made a conscious decision to shift his stand-up in a family friendly direction in recent years because "it's much more challenging". More info

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