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New York Family Shows in January 2015

Our selection of the best family shows in New York for the month of January 2015

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David H Koch Theater : Closes 18th January 2015

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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New Amsterdam Theater

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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David H Koch Theater : Closes 3rd January 2015

This is the production that is the heart of New York City's year-end holiday season. Whether it is a family tradition or a once-in-a-lifetime visit, your experience of this glittering classic ballet will stay with you forever and warm your spirit. This year, celebrate with the New York City Ballet as they celebrate their 60th anniversary of performing the city's favorite Nutcracker! More info

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Astor Place Theatre

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. More info

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Orpheum Theater

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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Gershwin Theater

Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls 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. Wicked follows these two unlikely friends and college roomates grow into very different women: The Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. More info

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Minskoff Theater

Disney presents a musical that brings the much-loved 1994 animated film to life to breath-taking effects, spirit and power, inviting you to explore the African Serengeti and join 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. In addition to the beloved songs penned by Sir Elton John and Tim Rice (such as the soaring 'Circle of Life') this phenomenal adaptation has new original songs and explodes with joyous, captivating music that soundtrack the rich mythology and moving drama expertly. More info

DISNEY ON ICE: PRINCESSES AND HEROES

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A princess and a hero are the two quintessential elements of any classic Disney movie and Princesses & Heroes gathers them all together in one show. Minnie and Mickey Mouse are your hosts for an evening of spectacular skating, elaborate costumes and classic Disney songs, featuring characters from Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Frozen.

This show is happening at multiple venues in Jan 2015:

Izod Center

Jan 01-04, 2015

Nassau Coliseum

Jan 08-11, 2015

Prudential Center

Jan 15-19, 2015

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Jerry Orbach Theater

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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Broadway Theater : Closes 3rd January 2015

This nine-time Tony-nominated new spin on the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic television production adds songs from their catalogue and turns the fairy tale concept on its head: it's Cinderella's turn to save the prince! Songs include "In My Own Little Corner"and "Impossible/It's Possible". More info

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Damrosch Park : Closes 11th January 2015

The Big Apple Circus dares you to experience its brand new show, Metamorphosis! It's an all-new show featuring some of its most popular acts, where the world's greatest circus artists are presented under an intimate big top, and no seat is more than 50 feet from the ring! More info

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Bergen Performing Arts Center : 30th January

For 40 years, audiences of all ages have been delighted by the incredible humor, versatility and pure imagination of Mummenschanz. The celebrated Swiss performance troupe has captivated the world with its groundbreaking non-verbal theatre of movement and transformation. More info

Theater at Madison Square Garden : 17th January

Nickelodeon's popular preschool music group and stars of the hit TV series of the same name are hitting the road for their Greatest Hits tour! Expect to hear tracks like Bananas, Here We Go, Just Like a Rockstar and of course, Great Day. There'll be some new songs added to the mix as well. More info

Metropolitan Opera House : Closes 8th January 2015

A holiday treat for younger opera fans and a fabulous family outing! Helmed by Welsh National Opera's director Richard Jones, Sir Andrew Davies conducts the Metropolitan Opera's holiday production Hansel and Gretel. Experience their fear and trepidation as they journey their way through a labyrinthine forest, full of giant puppet chefs and suit-wearing trees, all the way to a huge industrial kitchen nestling inside an innocent gingerbread house to find the wicked witch. Full of surreal characters and settings, this opera is a feast for both the ears and eyes! More info

Stage 4 New World Stages : Closes 18th January 2015

"iLuminate: Artist of Light" is an electrifying story told through dance and cutting-edge technology. iLuminate Productions takes you on a fantastical journey in their first ever Broadway show using their groundbreaking light suits, as seen on "America's Got Talent"! More info

Skirball Center for the Performing Arts : Closes 19th January 2015

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

Marquis Theater : Closes 4th January 2015

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

Bergen Performing Arts Center : 25th January

The world is a curious and exciting place, and Sid the Science Kid is ready to explore it. Based on the popular animated show from Jim Henson, this musical introduces preschoolers to the basics of science through fun games, audience interaction and musical numbers. More info

Stage 2 New World Stages

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

Beacon Theater : 31st January

Perfect for gamer fans of all ages, this highly successful concert series marries together popular computer games with classical music in an audio-visual experience that will blow your mind! Whether its the recent Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed, or Mario Brothers and Pacman of old, there is something for everyone to enjoy! So dig out your geekiest gaming t-shirt, cosplay it up as one of your favorite characters, or come as you are for this once in a lifetime experience! More info

Venue To Be Announced

King Kong is a larger-than-life and truly unforgettable live experience of the classic tale of the enormous ape and his beautiful female hostage. Using state-of-the-art effects, incredible set design, original songs and dancing, King Kong is a musical theatre experience like no other! More info

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