6 Family Friendly Broadway Shows to See Fall 2018

Pumpkin spice lattes are filling hands, leaves are crunching beneath feet and school is back in session. What better way to treat your family than with a Broadway play or musical this fall?

Cooler weather brings a whole new selection of Broadway plays and musicals. Check out what’s opening this season and find the perfect show to please your entire family. It’s the perfect time of year to see a Broadway show!

Disney's ALADDIN on Broadway


The beloved story of Aladdin is brought to theatrical life in this bold musical. Aladdin’s journey sweeps you into an exotic world full of classic comedy, timeless romance and daring adventure. This show is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw. Aladdin is appropriate for children ages 6 and older, find Broadway tickets to this production starting at $73.

Disney's Aladdin "Arabian Nights" Photo by Deen Van Meer

The Lion King

Watch the Serengeti come to life as it never has before through the extraordinary vision that is The Lion King. This musical tells the classic journey of young royal heir Simba. Giraffes strut, birds fly and gazelles leap in a dazzling panorama that inspires you with the wonder of life. The Lion King is appropriate for children ages 6 and older and showing at the Minskoff Theatre.

Inside The Lion King Exhibit


This dazzling show transports viewers from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. A brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and lovable ex-aristocrat. Anastasia is appropriate for children ages 7 and older and is showing at the Broadhurst Theatre.

King Kong

Thanks to 11 aerialists and puppeteers, 16 microprocessors and 1,000 feet of electrical cable, Kong comes to life at the Broadway theatre. This show will be available at the Broadway Theatre beginning October 5th. This show is based on the classic 1933 film about Kong who falls in love with a young woman. King Kong must be seen to be believed and is appropriate for children ages 8 and older.

King Kong Broadway


Long before Dorothy arrived in Oz, there was a rivalry between a fiery, emerald-green skin, misunderstood woman and a bubbly blonde. Their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good”, and the other “wicked”. See Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre, this show is recommended for children ages 8 and older.

Performance from Broadway's WICKED during NYC Center Stage

School of Rock

This new musical is based on the Paramount Film written by Mike White. Viewers follow Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. Dewey creates his own curriculum, turning his class into a guitar-shedding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. School of Rock is recommended for children ages 8 and older. Find tickets to this school at the Winter Garden Theatre.

School of Rock

After you take the family to see a show, plan your next date night to see a new show or catch some of your favorites this season like “Chicago” starting October 6th. Don’t miss Abby Mueller staring as Carole King in “Beautiful” or Nicolette Robinson stepping into Jenna’s apron in “Waitress” this fall.

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.