Broadway Shows

Mar 8th, 2005, 03:29 PM
  #1  
khd
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 12
Broadway Shows

Hi
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.

khd is offline  
Mar 8th, 2005, 06:01 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 57,890
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.
nytraveler is offline  
Mar 9th, 2005, 05:16 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 891
Is Lion King still running? Cannot beat this one for ANY age.
sallyjane3 is offline  
Mar 9th, 2005, 05:54 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 654
Spamalot - if you can get tix.
LoriNY is offline  
Mar 9th, 2005, 06:22 AM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 55
" 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 differently...how 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.
NYJets is offline  
Mar 9th, 2005, 06:44 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 323
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.
inthechips2 is offline  
Mar 9th, 2005, 07:50 AM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 4,178



Still in previews, All Shook Up is a ton of fun and appropriate for a young teen.
Gekko is offline  
Mar 9th, 2005, 07:52 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 8,303
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
HowardR is offline  
Mar 9th, 2005, 08:54 AM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 891
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.
sallyjane3 is offline  
Mar 9th, 2005, 08:55 AM
  #10  
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 303
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.
sequess is offline  
Mar 9th, 2005, 09:05 AM
  #11  
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 57,890
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??)
nytraveler is offline  
Mar 9th, 2005, 09:17 AM
  #12  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 149
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.
stragic is offline  
Mar 9th, 2005, 11:38 AM
  #13  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 15,749
I must buy a new dictionary. I wasn't aware that "sophisticated" refers to the amount of understanding and knowledge a person has of sex, drugs, and violence.
Patrick is offline  
Mar 9th, 2005, 11:53 AM
  #14  
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 235
Well, Patrick, the third definition of "sophisticate" on dictionary.com is "To cause to become less natural, especially to make less naive and more worldly" which applies I think. (Sorry, don't want to get involved in the debate - just a word dork.)
KikiLee is offline  
Mar 9th, 2005, 01:35 PM
  #15  
jtp
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 347
Wicked!
jtp is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
holl
United States
7
Feb 8th, 2013 02:45 AM
ltaiclet
United States
53
May 28th, 2009 05:54 AM
virginiatraveler
United States
29
Jan 28th, 2007 11:17 AM
Sabrina
United States
7
Jan 24th, 2005 01:25 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 02:39 AM.