re: Best 3 Shows for 12 & 16 Year Olds + Parents

bikerneil
Swing
joined:8/8/07
We are traveling to New York and I want to see three shows while there. We have seen Lion King and Phantom. I will have my 12 year old son and 16 year old daughter with us. What are the three "MUST SEE" shows???

Thanks.
NathanLaneStalker
Broadway Legend
joined:5/11/06
For the kids of that age?

Wicked
Spelling Bee
Hairspray
"I'm tellin' you, the only times I really feel the presence of God are when I'm having sex and during a great Broadway musical." - Nathan Lane - Jeffrey
wonderfulwizard11
Broadway Legend
joined:7/30/05
See Hairspray.
I am a firm believer in serendipity- all the random pieces coming together in one wonderful moment, when suddenly you see what their purpose was all along.
dramadude2
Broadway Star
joined:6/29/07
Spelling Bee's song content may be a little mature depending on your standards. Some parents are more conservative than others.
I'd listen to the clips on itunes of the songs from each before you decide
No one wants to see a musical called Thoroughly Modern Mildred.
bwaylvsong
Broadway Legend
joined:7/28/05
Wicked
Drowsy
Hairspray
Spamalot (?)

For a 12 year old, I would NOT recommend...
Chicago
Les Miz
Spelling Bee
A Chorus Line
Avenue Q
Rent
Spring Awakening

For a 16 year old, anything is fine.
madbrian
Broadway Legend
joined:6/1/06
I agree with Hairspray and Wicked. For a third show, I'd recommend the off-Broadway show Altar Boyz.
"It does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are 20 gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket, nor breaks my leg." -- Thomas Jefferson
beyondblessed
Featured Actor
joined:11/1/06
Wicked
Mary Poppins
Hairspray

Spelling Bee has a few adult themes that you may not be completely comfortable with. Not a whole lot just a few. It's still a great show.
Going to a musical late in its run is like going to a prostitute late in her shift.
NathanLaneStalker
Broadway Legend
joined:5/11/06
Actually, Spelling Bee is okay for kids. There's only one song that would be a little mature. "My Unfortunate Erection", but he runs through the audience throwing candy during the entire song and your 12 year old would be distracted by that. Trust me.
"I'm tellin' you, the only times I really feel the presence of God are when I'm having sex and during a great Broadway musical." - Nathan Lane - Jeffrey
RENTingFAME
Broadway Legend
joined:9/13/04
Spamalot would probably be okay, it just depends on how mature your 12 year old is. My younger brother was not quite 12 when we saw Spamalot and it was fine...

I agree about listening to itunes clips before choosing Spelling Bee... most of it isn't too bad, but you have to use your personal judgment.

There's always off-broadway too... The Fantastiks would probably be enjoyable and appropriate unless I'm forgetting some particularly objectionable part. Forbidden Broadway might be a little risky but would be really fun if your family knows musicals a bit. Again, parental judgment.
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beyondblessed
Featured Actor
joined:11/1/06
Drowsy is a good pick too, Spamalot for a 12 year old is all dependent on the child. There is a song about jews, and another about gays. I don't think I'd take any 12 year old I know to see that.
Going to a musical late in its run is like going to a prostitute late in her shift.
dramadude2
Broadway Star
joined:6/29/07
Well, and then the line in pandamonium(spelling?)after

I KNEW THAT WORD
No one wants to see a musical called Thoroughly Modern Mildred.
RENTingFAME
Broadway Legend
joined:9/13/04
Not worse than anything he's heard on TV, most likely.
Measure your life in love, RENTheads, and keep it always in your heart.

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NathanLaneStalker
Broadway Legend
joined:5/11/06
And not worse than what he's probably heard at home. lol.
"I'm tellin' you, the only times I really feel the presence of God are when I'm having sex and during a great Broadway musical." - Nathan Lane - Jeffrey
Updated On: 8/8/07 at 11:09 PM
beyondblessed
Featured Actor
joined:11/1/06
yeah, you're probably right.
Going to a musical late in its run is like going to a prostitute late in her shift.
BroadwayEnthusiast2
Broadway Legend
joined:5/13/07
Hairspray
Spelling Bee (maybe....)
Curtains is borderline innapropriate for a 12 year old (depending on your standards)

Edit: I'm gonna go with Poppins instead of Curtains...
"I mean, sitting side by side with another man watching Patti LuPone play Rose in GYPSY on Broadway is essentially the equivalent of having hardcore sex." -Wanna Be A Foster. "Say 'Goody.' Say 'Bubbi.'" ... "That's it. Exactly as if it were 'Goody.' Now I know you're gonna sing 'Goody' this time, but nevertheless..."
Updated On: 8/8/07 at 11:15 PM
Broadway Local
Broadway Star
joined:12/8/05
It's summer, have fun, laugh a little:

Drowsy Chaperone
Xanadu
Grease
O-ho the Wells Fargo wagon is a-comin' down the street.
Oh please let it be for me!
BroadwayEnthusiast2
Broadway Legend
joined:5/13/07
When are you going?
"I mean, sitting side by side with another man watching Patti LuPone play Rose in GYPSY on Broadway is essentially the equivalent of having hardcore sex." -Wanna Be A Foster. "Say 'Goody.' Say 'Bubbi.'" ... "That's it. Exactly as if it were 'Goody.' Now I know you're gonna sing 'Goody' this time, but nevertheless..."
EponineThenardier
Broadway Legend
joined:4/3/04

Will you be there when "Little Mermaid" is on? I would try and see that.


I'd also say

Wicked
Mary Poppins
Hairspray
COOOOLkid
Broadway Legend
joined:8/15/05
Geez! Some people are acting as if they're taking a 6 year-old to the theatre! Stuff in Spelling Bee shouldn't bother 12 year olds.


If you're looking for a pure fun show, then I'd recommend:
Mamma Mia!, Legally Blonde, Hairspray (I'd just see the movie, though), Spelling Bee, The Drowsy Chaperone, Xanadu, and Curtains

If you want to be amazed, then go see:
A Chorus Line, Les Miserables (s/he might be a bit bored in Act 1 if s/he does'nt pay attention), The Color Purple

If you just want to see a spectacle, then:
Wicked, Phantom, The Lion King



When I go see shows, I like to see a variety, so I recommend:

A Chorus Line
Spelling Bee (Only if you can get cheap tickets)
and Les Miserables
"Hey, you! You're the worst thing to happen to musical theatre since Andrew Lloyd Webber!" -Family Guy
BroadwayEnthusiast2
Broadway Legend
joined:5/13/07
I don't think you guys would have a very good time at Les Miz.
"I mean, sitting side by side with another man watching Patti LuPone play Rose in GYPSY on Broadway is essentially the equivalent of having hardcore sex." -Wanna Be A Foster. "Say 'Goody.' Say 'Bubbi.'" ... "That's it. Exactly as if it were 'Goody.' Now I know you're gonna sing 'Goody' this time, but nevertheless..."
wonderfulwizard11
Broadway Legend
joined:7/30/05
I saw Les Mis when I was eleven, and I loved it.

Of course, I knew the music beforehand, so I *knew* I would love it, but still...
I am a firm believer in serendipity- all the random pieces coming together in one wonderful moment, when suddenly you see what their purpose was all along.
FranzRelax
Leading Actor
joined:8/4/07
Is A Chorus Line really that appropriate for a 12 year old?

Curtains has an F bomb some other cursing and suggestive dancing - but otherwise it's semi appropriate for a 12 year old.
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RENTingFAME
Broadway Legend
joined:9/13/04
I wouldn't think A Chorus Line is appropriate for a 12 year old... People around here are up in arms about a local high school doing it. I don't know about that, but I don't think it's for a 12 year old.
Measure your life in love, RENTheads, and keep it always in your heart.

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COOOOLkid
Broadway Legend
joined:8/15/05
Okay fine, ACL might not be appropriate for immature 12 year olds.

BUT, Les Mis being inappropriate? What???
"Hey, you! You're the worst thing to happen to musical theatre since Andrew Lloyd Webber!" -Family Guy
MerMaggieGalinda
Broadway Star
joined:11/29/06
There is Lovely Ladies, but I think a 12 year old can handle that.
FranzRelax
Leading Actor
joined:8/4/07
No one said Les Mis is inappropriate. It's just VERY long and could be very boring for a kid with a short attention span.
We serve their food, We carve their meat, We tend to their house, We polish their Silverware.

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