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Taking a Group of Kids to Broadway...SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA?
Posted by BwayMagic@aol.com 2013-01-25 22:03:29


I am a librarian at Queens Public Library in South Jamaica. Today the manager told me we could take a small group of five of our favorite kids into Manhattan and see a Sunday matinee of a Broadway show in March. We chose five adorable 9-year-olds who come to the library every day after school.

What show would you take them to? My first choice was ANNIE...I loved this current production but that show only offers a discount for Sunday at 6:30 and not the matinee. MAMMA MIA offers discount tickets ($80) for the fifth row Orchestra and the SPIDERMAN discount would be $90 but we could get five seats in the very front row and three directly behind in the second row.

Do you think a group of three girls and two boys aged 9 would enjoy SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA more? Right now, I think I am leaning more towards SPIDERMAN because of the chance to sit so close...you can't really lose with those great seats, right?

When these five kids came into the library today they got the good news...the manager printed out invitations for them saying, "Congratulation! You're invited to come see a Broadway show" It will be the first Broadway show for all five kids and it was very cute to see them all excited. Little Johnny asked me, "How much money are you waisting?"

Well, it will be expensive but I am glad to pay the money because I like these kids and hope it will be a special day for us all...Does anyone have experiences with taking a group of children to see a play?

Taking a Group of Kids to Broadway...SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA?
Posted by Jay Lerner-Z 2013-01-25 22:09:43


Spiderman.

Taking a Group of Kids to Broadway...SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA?
Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-01-25 22:10:23


I think with the shows that you're suggesting, you'll be fine taking a group of kids. It's mainly families and tourists (tourist families, actually) who go to see them so you'll be right at home. From what I read in your post, it sounds like SPIDERMAN would be the better choice. Even though, I didn't care for the show, for a group of 9 year olds it will be much more entertaining than the (maybe a bit too confusing plot of) MAMMA MIA.

BUT since you have the option to sit right up close with such young kids, be sure to find out if they'll be able to see that close. Some stages are high up and even adults have to strain their necks to see the stage.

Taking a Group of Kids to Broadway...SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA?
Posted by Kbradstein 2013-01-25 22:10:39


i think the younger kids would like spiderman better. also mamma mia has some humor they would not get, but its still great! it was my first show! have you thought about lion king or newsies?

Taking a Group of Kids to Broadway...SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA?
Posted by ucjrdude902 2013-01-25 22:12:46


I think Spiderman without a doubt. I will say though I would play it up, I've taken a group of 3rd graders to a regional production. We went over theatre "rules" time after time. Make it a "fancy" thing for them. Teach them to use please and thank you's to house staff, no talking, sit still, applaud when necessary. When I took my kids they wore their "Sunday best" and we had a blast. Very special to them.

Taking a Group of Kids to Broadway...SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA?
Posted by nasty_khakis 2013-01-25 22:22:03


This isn't a moral judgement on the show because it's not that bad and I'm not offended in the slightest, but I think it's funny when people refer to "Mamma Mia" as family friendly. I mean the premise of the show is about a woman who slept with three different men in a week. If it were a straight play/drama it feels like the kind local community theatres would get people offended and protest it.

Taking a Group of Kids to Broadway...SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA?
Posted by CapnHook 2013-01-25 22:27:45


Don't take them to MAMMA MIA. 9-year olds won't enjoy it as much as other shows out there.

Instead, I suggest NEWSIES.

And if you take them to SPIDER-MAN and sit closer to the stage, know that there will be a lot of flying that happens up above and BEHIND you, so the kids will have to turn around and watch for a couple of brief flying scenes.

Taking a Group of Kids to Broadway...SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA?
Posted by Pammylicious 2013-01-25 22:40:44


From what I understand they are under budget restraint so that eliminates several matinee kid friendly shows especially Lion King and most probably Newsies.

Find out about Cinderella in late previews you can probably get a ticket for $90 in a decent area. All of you would love it. It's new and probably going to be a hot ticket so I would act fast.

If not Spiderman is good. NOT MOMMA MIA.

Taking a Group of Kids to Broadway...SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA?
Posted by dramamama611 2013-01-25 23:20:59


Spiderman. No doubt. (Which I hate to say, but it does seem right in this circumstance -- maybe you'll hook some kid into theater.)

Have fun.

Taking a Group of Kids to Broadway...SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA?
Posted by jacobsnchz14 2013-01-25 23:35:57


Shows Kids Will Love:
Annie
Cinderella
Mary Poppins
Newsies
(Probably) Spider-Man
The Lion King
(Maybe) Wicked

Taking a Group of Kids to Broadway...SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA?
Posted by Jersey Girl2 2013-01-25 23:41:35


>>>> I mean the premise of the show is about a woman who slept with three different men in a week.

I agree, not a good choice for 9 year olds.
I would go with Spiderman or Newsies.

Taking a Group of Kids to Broadway...SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA?
Posted by taboo123 2013-01-26 00:07:22


Tough one

Do you see a show about a town whore who carried the spawn of three men's jizz set to Abba music?

Or do you watch 2 hours of a guy in tights jizzing from his hands all over the theater set to U2 music?

Taking a Group of Kids to Broadway...SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA?
Posted by Visceral_Fella 2013-01-26 00:26:32


Spiderman will be nice for that age. Even if they don't have a prior interest in that character.

Taking a Group of Kids to Broadway...SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA?
Posted by Rainbowhigh23 2013-01-26 01:42:10


Since they're students wouldn't they qualify for rush?

Taking a Group of Kids to Broadway...SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA?
Posted by dramamama611 2013-01-26 06:09:55


She's not going to want to risk rush with and for children. And it makes the day much too long.

Taking a Group of Kids to Broadway...SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA?
Posted by TheGingerBreadMan 2013-01-26 07:23:52


Out of these two, SPIDERMAN no question. But if you are flexible in considering other shows, WICKED, LION KING, and CINDERELLA would be nice choices.

Taking a Group of Kids to Broadway...SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA?
Posted by dramamama611 2013-01-26 07:39:00


Those aren't likely going to be available at a discount or with the same ticketing choices in a short period of time.

Taking a Group of Kids to Broadway...SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA?
Posted by PalJoey 2013-01-26 08:47:52


Cinderella

Taking a Group of Kispds to Broadway...SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA?
Posted by suestorm 2013-01-26 09:39:26


Spiderman no doubt the boys will like the action the girl will like reeves!

Taking a Group of Kispds to Broadway...SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA?
Posted by artscallion 2013-01-26 09:59:30


I feel bad for the kids who were not chosen as he Librarian's favorites.

Taking a Group of Kispds to Broadway...SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA?
Posted by mar6411 2013-01-26 10:45:38


Oh good grief. Really?

Maybe others get chosen for other things. And not everyone at that age could sit through a show.

To the OP - what you are doing is wonderful. Kudos to you.

And to artscallion - maybe you can do something for the other kids.

Taking a Group of Kispds to Broadway...SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA?
Posted by ArtMan 2013-01-26 11:32:21


Spiderman. I would get cheaper tickets in the mezz or balcony. Front row is too close for this show. If the front row of the balcony is available. I would go with that. It's a good view of the show and a great view of the flying. Plus Spiderman lands there and takes off, twice from balcony.

Taking a Group of Kispds to Broadway...SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA?
Posted by artscallion 2013-01-26 11:50:42


No, really, Mar. But it's okay that you don't agree with me.

Taking a Group of Kispds to Broadway...SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA?
Posted by DEClarke 2013-01-27 02:57:37


I also have to vote SPIDER-MAN. I don't think MAMMA MIA is kid friendly.

Taking a Group of Kispds to Broadway...SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA?
Posted by BwayMagic@aol.com 2013-01-27 08:52:51


Thanks for all your comments. Yes, you are right that it's too bad for the kids who didn't get chosen. When the five kids were in the manager's office getting their invitations, there was another girl, 8-year-old Jennifer who obviously could tell something exciting was going on and she kept looking through the glass and at one point even tried to open the door to hear. We picked 9-year-old Luz but not her 8-year-old brother Juan who also comes to the library every day and really wants to see SPIDERMAN very badly.

A lot of the kids who didn't get invited were at the library on Friday with their parents and the manager did a nice job of explaining to these families that I was buying the tickets and couldn't take everyone. Plus, she told them that we are planning another trip in April with the younger kids to go see THE GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW.

As for this trip, I ended up buying five front row seats for SPIDERMAN Row AA seats 2,4,6,8,10 and three seats directly behind Row BB 6,8,10. The Row AA seat 2 is right on the aisle...the rest are Orch Right. Someone who has seen SPIDERMAN from all angles wrote that the Front Row is amazing as long as the kids are okay about turning their heads for the flying and looking straight up at Arachne...otherwise perfect seats. Two of the kids are Bengali, Snigdha and Arrafat and a little small for age 9 so they may need the booster seats.


Taking a Group of Kispds to Broadway...SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA?
Posted by everythingtaboo 2013-01-27 12:22:01


Good choice in the end to pick Spider-Man. I know a lot of people that have sat up front for this show and didn't mind it at all.

Taking a Group of Kispds to Broadway...SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA?
Posted by mar6411 2013-01-27 12:30:00


I think they will all have a great time.

And there are life lessons - unfortunately not everyone can do everything. Even with my own kids, we can't always do everything together.

Have a wonderful time. You have my admiration for doing this.

Taking a Group of Kispds to Broadway...SPIDERMAN or MAMMA MIA?
Posted by Pammylicious 2013-01-27 12:59:42


Do you know about High 5. It's an organization for teens (and I believe pre-teens (11-19) that offers both free and $5 tickets for many off Broadway and even some Broadway shows.

You must have a teen with you. They ask to see their school ids. In August they had a slew of dates for War Horse. I snagged two and went with my 19 year old son. Great house seat in center orch on the aisle.

For every adult who goes one teen has to be present but you can take as many teens in with one adult also.

They have Blue Man up often. This might be good for your older kids.