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Family Shows in New York - February 2016

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Family Shows in New York for the month of February 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 new 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 1994 animated move brings the African Serengeti to life and joins the wide eyed cub Simba on the adventure of a lifetime as he grows up and accepts his destiny as the leonine King of the Pride Lands. In addition to the beloved songs penned by Sir Elton John and Tim Rice (such as the soaring 'Circle of Life') this phenomenal adaptation includes original songs created for the show and explodes with joyous, captivating music, intricate puppetry and a haunting atmosphere. More info

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Stomp is one of New York's most unique entertainment experiences. A rotating cast of eight energetic young performers create rhythms and, yes, music, with their hands and feet and all manner of noisy objects, such as hammers, garbage can lids, buckets, and so on. Their technical skill is truly awesome: this perfectly synchronized ballet of juggled sticks, drums, and what-have-you is indeed thrilling to witness. More info

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: Closes 6th March 2016

The Greatest Show On Earth has never had so much to offer. It's time to mess around with the world famous Ringling Bros. clowns, see amazing animals, and be awe-struck as you witness airborne acrobatics, speeding motorcycles, and incredible feats of strength! Very much an American icon, this show is an innovative spectacular that continues to amaze and grow year after year! 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

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Finding Neverland is the true story of playwright and author JM Barrie and how his friendship with the widowed Sylvia Llewellyn Davies and her children inspired one of the world's most treasured stories. Based on the Academy Award winning movie, expect to fall in love with the power of imagination and storytelling all over again. This exciting new production stars Frasier star Kelsey Grammer! More info

: Closes 18th February 2016

NYCB's newest addition to its repertory is the wonderfully romantic and enduring Danish ballet master August Bournonville's La Sylphide. Artistic Director Peter Martins stages his 1985 interpretation that retains all of the original charm and appeal of the world's oldest surviving ballet. More info

: Closes 4th September 2016

An old lady has been murdered in her apartment above a hair salon, and it's your job to find her killer! Bursting with boundless energy and an incredibly adept cast of improvising, larger-than-life characters, Shear Madness takes audience participation to a whole new level. Sifting through the clues, you decide which twists and turns the show takes. It's a different experience every single night. More info

: Closes 16th February 2016

The Westminster Kennel Club was established in 1877, making it America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs. More info

: 28th February

Experience the wonders of the animal kingdom live, with Jack Hanna's Into the Wild. America's favourite animal expert brings his acclaimed tv programme to a stage near you. In the show Hanna takes the audience on an adventure across the globe, sharing his experiences from his 50 year career and bringing some real life animals onto the stage! More info

: 14th February

Prepare to be dazzled by the world's largest touring magic show. Headed by Farrell Dillon, Masters of Illusion has astounded millions of people across the globe with their live spectacular, and millions more through their eponymous TV show on the CW network. Now they're embarking on a tour of the States. More info

: Closes 21st February 2016

A new Sesame Street Live show is here! Guaranteed to get everyone up out of there seat and dancing like crazy (moms and dads too), this new production features all of your favourite Sesame Street characters performing a mix of classic and brand new songs that will get hip a-swaying and feet a-twisting. More info

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

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