Broadway Shows for 14 year old Daughter

Jun 5th, 2012, 04:05 PM
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Les Mis is not on Broadway. I actually found the first act of Mary Poppins to be a snooze (literally, and I NEVER fall asleep at the theatre.) Sister Act is...fine. Nothing to write home about, but ok.

I LOVE Once -- it is a quieter show and lovely and moving and has terrific performances. I think a mature 14 year old would "get it." Newsies is high energy, and tons of dancing, and quite fun.

Also, yes, for a play, Peter is terrific.
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Jun 5th, 2012, 09:14 PM
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Thanks again to all- I am still so undecided!!

Betake14 and others who have seen Once- is it at all depressing? I'm certain she'd "get it" too - just wondering if a bit heavy for her age.

I didn't mention that my daughter also tap dances- does this change anyone's votes ( probably forgot to mention it as she's been in a full leg cast for two months after a bad break...hasn't been tapping lately!)
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Jun 6th, 2012, 03:45 AM
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I did not find Once depressing-bittersweet, maybe. All about pursuing your dreams even when everything doesn't work out. One cool thing for your daughter (and for anyone enthralled with the stage) is the chance to go onstage before the show starts. The stage is set for an irish pub-you can even buy a beer- and the actor/musicians come out and start playing and singing while you stand and watch. The audience enjoyed the show very much. One of the most truly spontaneous standing ovations that I have been a part of.
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Jun 6th, 2012, 06:12 AM
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Wow AtlTravlr, sounds amazing- thank you. I'm definitely taking her to that one. The message is a good one.

So now I've chosen Wicked and Once. I think I could do one more- any other suggestions given the first two?
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Jun 6th, 2012, 06:27 AM
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So now I've chosen Wicked and Once. I think I could do one more- any other suggestions given the first two?

My vote is still for Peter and the Starcatchers. A contrast to the other two!

There was a piece about it this morning on the local (NYC) NPR station:
http://culture.wnyc.org/articles/fea...9-tony-awards/
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Jun 6th, 2012, 06:53 AM
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We absolutely loved Wicked and War Horse. War Horse was completely captivating.
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Jun 6th, 2012, 10:24 AM
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If she loves tap, you should absolutely see Anything Goes
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Jun 6th, 2012, 10:40 AM
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I'm going nuts!!!!!!! All of your suggestions are so good. How does one choose?? For local New Yorkers, it's so wonderful that you don't have the stress of packing several shows in a time-limited span. And the stress of having to make the right choices!!

ggreen-I like your consistency! If I am not a huge fan of Peter Pan, should that cancel this out for me?! The truth is I never heard of this play until you mentioned it. Thank you or the link. Can you tell me why you loved it? Does it have the wow-factor?

volcanogirl- thanks. War Horse is another contender, I think. Is it a wow-factor type play?

(excuse the cliches! I really am trying to narrow it down here, and that's one way....)

On the other hand, as emcash has suggested, maybe Anything Goes. emcash, is there a lot of tap in the show? Dancing in general? Is there a good story?
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Jun 6th, 2012, 11:32 AM
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If you want to stick with musicals, I think Anything Goes would be a good contrast to what you have. Both Wicked and Once are a little more "modern" and Anything Goes is totally old Broadway. I've seen videos on line and the tap looks amazing. I had the same dilemma that you did last month and besides Once, the other musical I chose was Nice Work if you Can Get It. Very corny but a good contrast to the lovely Once. Anything Goes is similar - great music and dancing with a silly story just to tie in the musical numbers. Hope you have a wonderful time with your daughter. I've taken mine to NY several times and it is always a great trip.
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Jun 6th, 2012, 11:34 AM
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I saw Anything Goes last September. The story is completely stupid, but the dancing is completely fabulous.
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Jun 6th, 2012, 12:07 PM
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Would you consider waiting until you get there and allowing her to pick the last one?
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Jun 6th, 2012, 12:41 PM
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Yeah i think bennie idea is a good one. Or even just wait at least till you surprise her with the trip. You could probably get hold of a guide and give it to her to look through and pick one. Might be a cool little present to wrap up for when you surprise her, see how many seconds it takes her to work out what the surprise is!

although are you comfortable not knowing yourself.....for me i have to know
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Jun 6th, 2012, 12:46 PM
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Bennnie, I might just do that. In fact, I will do that. Deciding on two is hard enough (see below). Thanks.

My new problem - I thought I had decided on Wicked and Once. Once sounded so great. But I just read some reviews of Once and it seems possibly inappropriate? I'm not sure. But besides that (I think I'm just trying to justify), I keep coming back to what's going to really wow her, again, coming from abroad where we don't have these huge musicals, and not planning to return to NY anytime soon. Don't think Once will do that. (although I was so positive I had decided already).

I started thinking of Phantom....(and Wicked). I love the idea of Anything Goes, because of the tap dancing which she and I (I also used to be a tap dancer) would LOVE. But if the story is silly (I've read on reviews really really zany silly) then I'm a little doubtful. Also because it's so old-fashioned and I'm not sure she'd go for it. I wish we could see the tap and have a good story at the same time. Is there anything like that? - a great story and fabulous tapping?

sf7307- would you go for Anything Goes if you were to do it again given what I've written above (re time constraints, etc.)?

AltTravlr- I never heard of the Nice Work... - I'll check it out, thanks. Was it "wow"?
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Jun 6th, 2012, 12:50 PM
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just found that wicked is voted 11 in all things to do in NYC in tripadvisor.( I would also hope that big mainline musicals are less likely to get fake reviews than other stuff so its hopefully a good reflection of how people find)

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attract..._New_York.html
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Jun 6th, 2012, 12:56 PM
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How about Jersey Boys? its meant to be excellent? and is ranked number 2 in NYC (can you tell i have my tripadvisor tab open!)
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Jun 6th, 2012, 01:01 PM
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tamaraten, I am really really hard to please. Even though in general I love Broadway musicals, I thought Lion King, Phantom and Wicked were all just good, not "to die for" (along the lines of say, Fidder on the Roof, Man of La Mancha, My Fair Lady). I hated Cats and Stardust Memories, and really liked Hairspray. Les Mis is my very favorite of the more recent musicals, and I've seen it multiple times.

Admittedly, however, my view is the minority view.

As for Anything Goes, well, the dancing (in particular, the one big showstopper) really really does have that wow factor, and the show is definitely fun even if the story is inane. It's more "Broadway musical" than so many others.
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Jun 6th, 2012, 01:02 PM
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I LOVED Jersey Boys (and Mamma Mia the first time I saw it, in London. Not so much the second time).
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Jun 6th, 2012, 01:10 PM
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i always hear that people think its so much better than they thought and would love to see it, imagine its a feel good show?
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Jun 6th, 2012, 01:26 PM
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Nice Work will be along the same lines as Anything Goes-they are both meant to showcase the songs so the story is very silly and pretty thin. Having said that, Nice Work had me laughing quite a bit and I didn't mind the old fashioned style. I agree with sf that the dancing in Anything Goes would definitely be a wow and the silly story doesn't mean it's not good. It's just second to the music, etc.

I'm not sure what would be inappropriate in Once. There is a semi-love story but nothing at all outrageous (like Mamma Mia where the central plot is wondering who daddy is...). If you are reading reviews be sure to look at the ones for the Broadway version that has opened rather recently and seems to have a very good chance of winning some Tony's this Sunday. But it is not a spectacle like Wicked is. And I wouldn't rule out Lion King unless you've seen it elsewhere. It is a true theatre piece all on its own- just be sure you go to an evening performance so you aren't surrounded by kiddies. This was the first broadway show I took my daughter to when she was 13 and we loved it.
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Jun 6th, 2012, 02:45 PM
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While I LOVED Peter (and am not a big peter pan fan), i dont think it's what you're looking for for this trip. It doesn't have the WOW factor other than some great great actors and singers.

yes, teh story line is silly for anything goes, but the music and dancing definitely have that broadway WOW factor. and if it could keep my 6 year old entranced, it's gotta be exciting (though she loved PETER too).

I LOVED Jersey boys too and would definitely go see that!
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