Celebrate Broadway Week with two-for-one theater tickets, on sale now
Score discounted tickets to family-friendly theater shows like Cinderella and Matilda: the Musical, September 1–14
Tue Aug 26 2014
Photograph: Manuel Harlan
If you thought Broadway was too expensive for a family outing, this might make you change your tune. Broadway Week kicks off on Labor Day, offering two-for-one tickets to some of the Great White Way's most popular shows from September 1–14, which means you can get two tickets—one for you, and a second for your little theatergoer—both at 50% off (you must purchase a minimum of two tickets).
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- Rated as: 4/5
- Price band: 3/4
- Critics choice
Not since Billy Elliot has an English musical import been so hyped. And, sort of like that blockbuster, Matilda centers on a young person trying to find freedom and self-expression in the world of oppressive adults. We look forward to hearing Tim Minchin’s score for this family-friendly tale of a telekinetic schoolgirl, based on the Roald Dahl children's book. Ages 4 and up.
- 225 W 44th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
- Rated as: 3/5
Calling all princess fans: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella is coming to Broadway this winter for the first time (it was originally written for television and aired in 1957 starring Julie Andrews). Expect songs “In My Own Little Corner” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” as well as a few modern twists—after all, this version of the classic tale was imagined by playwright Douglas Carter Beane, the creative mind behind Broadway’s Xanadu and Sister Act. Popular Great White Way actress Laura Osnes (South Pacific, Anything Goes) plays the title role and we hear that princess parties will be offered in conjunction with the show. Ages 4 and up.
- 1681 Broadway, at 53rd St
Bands like Journey, Poison and Bon Jovi inspire the soundtrack for this rockin’ musical set in Hollywood in the 1980s. Your teens won’t remember the big hair and leather jackets, but they’ll enjoy the high-energy, headbanging
Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical of Gaston Leroux's 1911 novel, set in 19th-century Paris, is a lavish, melodramatic and spooky operetta that plays well enough to still receive standing ovations and resounding applause many years into its run. Proof that it's doing something right, Phantom is the longest-running show in Broadway history.
Almost two dozen hits by ABBA form the spine of this worldwide smash, which book writer Catherine Johnson has feebly fleshed out into a mother-daughter comedy-drama. As theater, Mamma Mia! is forgettable. As a delivery system for pop-culture nostalgia, it’s ruthless.
Thanks to this slick biomusical, the Four Seasons may be the only boy band to ever elicit swoons from baby boomers and millennials in equal measure. The making-of-the-band tale is told kaleidoscopically, from the POVs of each of the original members—Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi, Bob Gaudio and, of course, the honey-voiced Frankie Valli.
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