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khd Mar 8th, 2005 03:29 PM

Broadway Shows
Can anyone help.
First visit to New York. What broadway show is well worth booking. Has to be suitable for an early teen as well.

nytraveler Mar 8th, 2005 06:01 PM

Rent is always a big hit with teens - but if yours is very sheltered or unsophisticated some of the themes might be too much. (My 14 year old nephew and his 13 yo friend loved it - but they're new york kids.)

Otherwise hairspray - or perhaps Stomp.

Everyone seems to love Wicked - but ticketd are not easy.

sallyjane3 Mar 9th, 2005 05:16 AM

Is Lion King still running? Cannot beat this one for ANY age.

LoriNY Mar 9th, 2005 05:54 AM

Spamalot - if you can get tix.

NYJets Mar 9th, 2005 06:22 AM

" but if yours is very sheltered or unsophisticated some of the themes might be too much. (My 14 year old nephew and his 13 yo friend loved it - but they're new york kids.)"

In other words, if you're from Iowa your kids won't be able to handle it since they are sheltered, unsophisticated rubes. Good grief, even if someone actually thinks like this you would think they would have more scruples to word it about, "Rent contains mature themes so you may want to investigate the story more before you decide to take an early teen."

This is the main reason why after 7 years of living in NYC my wife and I are looking to move out (My God, the horrors! Why would anyone leave?)--I love the city but hate the uber-pretentious attitude. We've never been able to fully assimilate with the natives, and virtually all of our friends are from college/professional school who moved to NYC from flyover country like we did and are moving back once they start having kids. Considering the sorry state of NYC public schools if we want to have kids we really have little choice in the matter anyway unless we want to spend a fortune on education we can get for free in the unsophisticated parts of the country.

But to answer your question...Wicked is a fantastic production. We've seen it twice...we preferred Chenowith/Menzel but the new cast is also good.

I've never like Rent; seen it 3 times, left unimpressed 3 times.

Lion King is another great production, I haven't seen it in 5 years so can't tell you about the current cast.

Beauty and the Beast is ok...I wouldn't pay full price for a ticket but if you like the story its a good production.

Haven't seen Hairspray, heard good things.

inthechips2 Mar 9th, 2005 06:44 AM

Headed back next week - have tix to La Cage, Wicked (second time! glad to hear the new cast is good), and Spamalot. Heard Spamalot is sold out til May.

LOVED Wicked but heard tickets are hard to get - teen would enjoy that one.

Gekko Mar 9th, 2005 07:50 AM

Still in previews, <b>All Shook Up</b> is a ton of fun and appropriate for a young teen.

HowardR Mar 9th, 2005 07:52 AM

If I was taking a young teen to the theater, my first choices would be Stomp and Blue Man Group...if your main criterion is something he/she would like. (They wouldn't be my first choice for adults!)
I think a young teen is too young for Rent.
Since I'm in the minority who did not like Wicked and neither did the young teen we took(!), I won't recommend that show. However, he really liked both Hairspray and Fiddler on the Roof

sallyjane3 Mar 9th, 2005 08:54 AM

Oh, I totally forgot about the off-Broadway Blue Man Group. My daughter and I attended a performance last year and left the theater totally exhausted from laughing so much. It is wonderful.

sequess Mar 9th, 2005 08:55 AM

For a first visit to NY I think a real Broadway show is a must. Hairspray and Wicked would be good choices for a young teen.

nytraveler Mar 9th, 2005 09:05 AM

NYJets -

Sorry you are so unhappy in NYC - its true not everyone can assimilate here. That was not aimed at people from Iowa - but at parents who know their own children best. Some kids everywhere are more sophisticated than others - and only the parents will know that. Besides - who says the poster is from Iowa?

(IMHO kids who don;t grow up in big cities may bet - depending on the kid - less aware of some aspects of life than big city kids - is it a crime to mention this??)

stragic Mar 9th, 2005 09:17 AM

Beauty and the Beast was our favorite of the three shows we watched in NYC over New Year's Eve this year. We also saw Chicago-just ok to us-and the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular-terrible to us.

Patrick Mar 9th, 2005 11:38 AM

I must buy a new dictionary. I wasn't aware that &quot;sophisticated&quot; refers to the amount of understanding and knowledge a person has of sex, drugs, and violence.

KikiLee Mar 9th, 2005 11:53 AM

Well, Patrick, the third definition of &quot;sophisticate&quot; on is &quot;To cause to become less natural, especially to make less naive and more worldly&quot; which applies I think. (Sorry, don't want to get involved in the debate - just a word dork.)

jtp Mar 9th, 2005 01:35 PM


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