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New York Family Shows in April 2015

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

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Eugene O'Neill Theatre: 1st - 1st January

From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of South Park comes this hilarious Broadway musical about a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that's about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. More info

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New Amsterdam Theater: 1st - 1st January

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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Astor Place Theatre: 1st - 1st January

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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John Golden Theater: 1st - 30th April

After a sold-out run in London's West End, David Hare's Skylight makes its Broadway debut with Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan as Kyra and Tom, former lovers on the verge of re-awakening their long lost connection. But the years between them are not the only obstacles to a reunion, preconceived notions and warring opinions ignite a dynamic debate in this comedic and wickedly clever show. More info

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Majestic Theater: 1st - 1st January

Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash musicalization of the Gaston Leroux novel won the 1988 Tony Award for Best Musical and now celebrates over 25 years on Broadway. This musical masterpiece combines songwriting genius with an unforgettable romantic storyline - a Phantom haunting the Paris Opera House falls in love with one of its newest singers, and will stop at nothing to make her love him back. More info

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Gerald Schoenfeld Theater: 1st - 30th April

After wowing on London's West End, and winning Mirren an Olivier to add to her Academy Award for playing Queen Elizabeth II, she dons the crown once again to bring The Audience to Broadway. Directed by Stephen Daldry and written by Peter Morgan, this luminous play imagines the content of the private weekly meetings between Her Majesty and the Prime Minister of the day, leading to some very interesting observations! More info

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Gershwin Theater: 1st - 1st January

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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Orpheum Theater: 1st - 1st January

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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Minskoff Theater: 1st - 1st January

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

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Shubert Theatre: 1st - 1st January

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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Music Box Theater: 1st - 1st January

In 2013 Broadway's favorite high-flying, circus-inspired musical, Pippin, finally returned! This This acclaimed revival opened over 35 years after the original Broadway production closed, but managed to match its predecessor's success by scooping up an impressive TEN 2013 Tony Award nominations of which it won four, including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Direction of a Musical. Set to a toe-tapping pop-rock score, this is one musical that doesn't just ask its cast to act, sing and dance but sees them performing acrobatics and circus right on stage too! More info

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August Wilson Theater: 1st - 1st January

Jersey Boys is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time - Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were 30! More info

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Al Hirschfeld Theater: 1st - 1st January

Kinky Boots is one of Broadway's most successful new musicals, snapping up six 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical! The uplifting show tells the tale of a failing family-run shoe factory in England whose business trajectory is changed (and saved!) thanks to the influence of a stiletto-wearing drag queen named Lola. More info

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Stage 3 New World Stages: 1st - 30th April

Avenue Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q; still, the neighbors seem nice. More info

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Imperial Theater: 1st - 30th April

A fugitive on the run, a promise made to a dying mother and, above all, the hope that despite our circumstances, we still have the power to change the course of our destiny. Producer Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed 25th-anniversary, re-imagined production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's Tony Award-winning musical Les Miserables is returning to the Imperial Theatre in 2014! More info

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Jerry Orbach Theater: 1st - 1st January

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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Broadhurst Theater: 1st - 1st January

Mamma Mia collects a group of hit songs by the Swedish supergroup ABBA and shapes them around the story of a single mother coping with her young daughter's marriage on a picturesque Greek isle. While the daughter plans her future with the love of her life, her mother is haunted by three different men who may or may not be her daughter's father. More info

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Helen Hayes Theater: 1st - 1st January

Hair band devotees rejoice: The anthems of the '80s are back. The new musical features the hits of Journey, Bon Jovi, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar and many more. More info

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Studio 54: 1st - 1st January

The Roundabout Theatre Company's latest revival of Cabaret is a star-studded, two-time Tony nominated affair, with Michelle Williams and Alan Cumming confirmed to fill the lead roles. The musical, which first appeared on Broadway in 1966, is set in 1930s Berlin, in the infamous Kit Kat Klub where cabaret performer Sally Bowles sings against the voice of Nazi rise to power. More info

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Bernard B Jacobs Theater: 1st - 1st January

The creators of the acclaimed Black Watch, director John Tiffany and choreographer Steven Hoggett, join forces with playwright/screenwriter Enda Walsh to bring the hit independent film Once, winner of a 2007 Academy Award for the hit song "Falling Slowly", to the stage. More info

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Ambassador Theater: 1st - 1st January

No musical conjures up quite the same combination of intrigue, drama and sex appeal as Chicago does, a formula that's taken the hit production around the world from Toronto to Tokyo, since its premiere on Broadway in 1975. Set in the roarings 1920s, this tale of two beautiful criminals - Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly - comes alive through daring dance, sensational costumes and a pinch of Razzle Dazzle. More info

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Kirk Theatre: 1st - 1st January

No one in the news is safe! Not to be confused with the Disney musical NEWSIES, this Drama Desk-nominated revue NEWSical is back lampooning current events, newsmakers, celebreties, and politicians - in short, everyone is fair game. With songs and material continually updated to take advantage of the top news stories, composer-lyricist Drama Desk Nominee Rick Crom's topical musical comedy is an ever-evolving mockery of all the news that is fit to spoof - and then some. More info

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Kirk Theatre: 1st - 1st January

The title says it all in New York's most outrageous musical comedy! This hilarious revue features 15 original songs, 8 gorgeous guys and no clothes - a truly winning combination! Hailed by critics and audiences in 27 cities worldwide, don't miss this sure-fire crowd pleaser. Great for groups! More info

Cort Theater: 1st - 30th April

Curb Your Enthusiasm creator Larry David is making his acting and playwriting Broadway debut in 2015 with Fish in the Dark. Produced by Scott Rudin (Book of Mormon) and directed by Anna D. Shapiro (August: Osage County), the play centers around a death in the family. More info

Isaac Stern Auditorium: 9th April

Between them, a staggering 34 Grammy Awards, Chick and Herbie are the undisputed modern kings of jazz, continually pushing boundaries and gaining more fans worldwide. Both started out their careers being part of (at different times) the Miles Davis Quartet. Who could ask for a sweeter jazz education? Now they take their renowned pairing on tour, first heard over 36 years ago, on the classic album, An Evening with Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. More info

Best Buy Theater: 22nd April

The overnight sensations 2Cello have delighted many audiences the world over, with their unique and energetic performances of popular hits, from Nirvana to Kings of Leon. When their rendition of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal went viral, they broke through and ended up catching a gig supporting Elton John on his tour. More info

Metropolitan Opera House: 1st - 20th April

The Met's unforgettable production of Verdi's ancient Egyptian drama stars Liudmyla Monastyrska once again, alongside Latonia Moore, and Oksana Dykand. They share the title role of the enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle with the heroic Radames, played by Marcello Giordani and Marco Berti, and the proud Egyptian princess Amneris, sung by Olga Borodina and Violeta Urmana. More info

Metropolitan Opera House: 1st - 11th April

Three men compete for the fair Elvira's hand. Don Carlo The King, Silvio, a knight and Ernani, a thief. In due course, her honor is fought over valiantly and often, leading to tragedy. Based on a story by Victor Hugo, Ernani became one of Verdi's most popular plays in his lifetime, continuing to into the present day. Will star the acclaimed Spanish tenor, Placido Domingo. More info

David H Koch Theater: 1st - 30th April

New York City Ballet presents its Classic NYCB programme - a night of performances encompassing a range of styles and artistic directions, with choreography by two of the greats, Balanchine and Robbins, as well as more contemporary works. More info

Vivian Beaumont Theater: 1st - 30th April

The Rogers and Hammerstein epic returns to Broadway in a new production that promises to capture the essence of this much-treasured piece of musical theatre history. The story of a widowed governess, who is charged with teaching the severe King of Thailand's myriad royal offspring, and the journey that they both take as they teach each other about respect, culture and the celebration of love. Starring five time Tony Nominee Kelli O'Hara and Academy Award Nominee Ken Watanabe in his American stage debut at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre! More info

Circle in the Square: 4th - 1st January

After a universally acclaimed run at The Public Theater, Fun Home transfers to Broadway in 2015. Based on a graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, this new musical traces the relationship between a deeply closeted father and his daughter. Helmed by director of the moment Sam Gold, Fun Home promises to be the most refreshingly atypical musicals of the year. More info

St James Theater: 1st - 26th April

Returning to Broadway is this revitalized, reinvented and revived version of the 1997 cult classic that delves into the incredible true story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton and their graduation from the fellow attractions of the carnival, to a vaudeville success in their own right! More info

American Airlines Theater: 1st - 30th April

Theatre producer Oscar Jaffee has exactly one train journey to convince Broadway starlet, Lily Garland, to take on the lead in his brand new play! Two tiny problems exist - he is completely bankrupt and the epic play in question doesn't actually exist yet! Love and luck take centre-stage in this mischevious romantic comedy, where Peter Gallagher and Tony-winner Kristin Chenoweth star as the former lovers who meet by fate aboard the luxurious Twentieth Century's Chicago to New York City line. More info

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre: 1st - 1st January

85 year old Miss Ruby was a once famous Burlesque dancer in New Orleans' French Quarter, where she made her name. Now living at the run down Hummingbird Hotel, a once glamorous salon that attracts many different members of society, she decides that she'd like to hold her funeral. Before she dies. More info

Mitzi E Newhouse Theater: 1st - 30th April

Lincoln Center Theater presents the world premiere of Bathsheba Doran's new play as part of their 2014/2015 season. The Mystery of Love and Sex centers on a pair of childhood friends who become romantically involved, and promises to be yet another intense and complex drama from the young English playwright. It will be directed by Sam Gold (The Realistic Joneses). More info

Palace Theater: 1st - 1st January

To be young and restless in Paris is a dream for many of us, but in the late 1940's, it's Jerry Mulligan's life. After escaping the horrors of the war, he moves to the city of romance in the hopes of avoiding the daily grind and making it as a painter. Aided by wealthy fellow American Milo Davenport, his reputation is on the up, but his heart is stolen by the ingenue, Lise. Day dreaming and dancing, with the Gershwin's wonderful score, An American in Paris celebrates the best in life, in true Parisian style! More info

Claire Tow Theater: 1st - 1st January

Stay-at-home-mom Jo spent nine years on her fantasy novel. Now, when it's finally finished, she is summoned by some mysteriously shady 'publishers' Andre and Sven to their New York office to discuss her follow up memoir... More info

Nederlander Theater: 1st - 30th April

Love and luck collide in Las Vegas in this colorful comedy which transfers to Broadway from New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse. Tony Danza - one of televisions most iconic personalities - leads the cast of Honeymoon in Vegas, playing gambler Tommy who tries his luck sweeping Betsy off her feet - and out of the arms of her marriage-phobic fiance, Jack. More info

Apollo Theater: 23rd - 24th April

John Mellencamp is embarking on a truly massive tour in 2015, in support of his latest record Plain Spoken. Released on September 23rd, the new record is Mellencamp's first in four years and is set to be yet another impressive entry in the catalogue of the man they call "The Voice of the Heartland". More info

David H Koch Theater: 28th - 30th April

Two programs make up this season of Balanchine's famous Black and White ballets, with eight of them being performed across the two sets. There is even a condensed version of program one if you are new to Balanchine or are pushed for time. Also known as the "leotard ballets", these works are performed in pared down monochromatic costumes, with little to no formal set design, focusing everything on the dancers. More info

Lion Theatre: 7th - 19th April

Sometimes classed as a forgotten show, the Gershwin's 1933 Pardon My English has seldom seen the limelight since it's first 43 performance run at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway the same year. But now Musicals Tonight! who specialise in reviving rare musicals, have chosen it to close their 2014/15 season, in concert at the Lion Theatre. More info

Metropolitan Opera House: 1st - 25th April

Nicholas Hytner's powerful production features a strong cast for Verdi's epic vision of the Spanish Inquisition. Featuring Yonghoon Lee as Don Carlo and Ferruccio Furlanetto as the commanding King Phillip, this co-production with the Royal Opera House in London and The Norwegian National Opera and ballet, this grand opera is sure to be a highlight of the season. More info

Izod Center: 18th - 19th April

Mickey Mouse is coming to town! Master Magician Mickey Mouse and the always dazzling Minnie Mouse will join forces with professional magicians for a live stage production with Mickey and Minnie and other Disney favorites, Donald Duck, Goofy, Cinderella with her fairy Godmother (of course!), Alice in Wonderland, The Mad Hatter and princesses Jasmine ,Belle and Snow White. More info

Isaac Stern Auditorium: 1st - 10th April

The New York Pops 2014/2015 Season boasts their greatest line-up ever. It's a series of concerts which includes everything from The Fab Four to some festive sing a-longs, to the tunes of Old Blue Eyes. New York's favourite orchestra will be joined throughout the season by a starry roster of guest performers, including Glee's Matthew Morrison and Broadway phenomenon Sutton Foster. More info

Stage 2 New World Stages: 1st - 1st January

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

David H Koch Theater: 1st - 30th April

NYCB have always been at the cutting edge of the balletic artform, constantly performing and commissioning new works from the most accomplished of contemporary choreographers. This season, which runs in October 2014 and May 2015, celebrates this tradition of innovation, and includes world premieres of pieces from Alexei Ratmansky and Troy Schumacher. More info

Metropolitan Opera House: 1st - 30th April

Renee Fleming marks her return to the Met with the title role in Francis Lehar's classic operetta. Directed by Tony Award winning Susan Stroman (The Producers), this production promises a lavish take on Lehar's comic story of love blossoming amidst bureaucratic wrangling. More info

Snapple Theater Center: 1st - 1st January

Perfect Crime goes well beyond traditional mystery play. It is a sexy, compelling thriller, with well-timed surprises and laughs that relieve a growing dramatic tension. The main character is a Harvard-educated psychiatrist accused of bumping off her wealthy British husband. More info

Kraine Theater: 1st - 1st January

This is an Off-Off-Broadway production of the Neo-Futurists' signature show. In Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, a company of actors perform (or attempt to perform) 30 plays in 60 minutes. More info

Lynn Redgrave Theater: 1st - 1st January

Culture Project will present Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, featuring an adaptation by Thomas Kilroy and starring Trudie Styler. More info

13th Street Repertory Theater: 1st - 1st January

Called "hilarious" (Broadway World) and "engaging" (TheaterMania), The Accidental Pervert is a laugh-out-loud play that tells the awkwardly poignant story of a boy's journey into manhood after discovering his dad's video tapes hidden in a bedroom closet. Andrew subsequently develops an addiction that continues until the age of 26, when he meets his wife to be, and finds himself struggling to find the balance between fantasy and reality. More info

Marriott Marquis: 1st - 1st January

Join THE RIDE for a super amped-up experience of the streets of New York City - all from the comfort of a technologically-advanced super-bus. See life in the Big Apple as you have never seen before! More info

Metropolitan Opera House: 14th - 30th April

The Met Opera presents a double bill of operas - Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni and Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo. This exciting new production is created by Sir David McVicar. Marcelo Alvarez will perform the tenor role in both operas. More info

Metropolitan Opera House: 1st - 10th April

Albina Shagimuratova stars as Donizetti's fragile and unhinged heroine in this Mary Zimmerman production of Lucia di Lammermoor. Ms. Shagimuratova plays Lucia, the young woman separated from her secret lover and forced to marry against her will. One of the most dramatic and bloody operas there is! More info

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