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Baby Broadway

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Time Out says

Are you tired of 'Twinkle Twinkle'? Bored of belting out 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' to oblige your music-loving child? Baby Broadway has the salvation you seek. After one of these peppy, jubilant concerts you'll have a fresh bunch of kid-pleasing songs to add your family repertoire. In a pretty ingenious move, organiser Anna Unwin has made the link between the inherently catchy nature of hit showtunes and young children's receptiveness to a good singalong. With West End experience herself, Unwin has tapped into her contacts to bring professional singers and musicians to each performance. The quality shows – it's not everyone who can competently carry a Julie Andrews number – means the events are just as enjoyable for the adults as for the kiddos (and often more so, as there is a nostalgia factor involved in hearing the likes of 'Singin' in the Rain'). 

Think you don't like show tunes? Think again. On the bill are classic ear-worms that are impossible to resist: a Mary Poppins medley is a delight; 'Anything You Can Do' is designed to appeal to toddler contrariness ('No you can't/Yes I can'); and the Disney section may be mildly questionable but it works. 

A sprinkling of festive sparkle comes from Christmas tunes such as 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' from 'Meet Me In St Louis' and 'It Feels Like Christmas' from 'A Muppets Christmas Carol'. Some venues are also offering mince pies for the full festive experience. 

Dancing in the aisles in encouraged – the venue we attended didn't particularly lend itself to a boogie but we're assured that usually there's a tiny stage invasion of tots who just can't help themselves from joining in. Best get your jazz hands warmed up and make sure you have ready access to an album of Broadway classics – you're going to need it once your little ones get an earful of this. Suitable for all ages. 

Written by
Natasha Polyviou


£10, children free
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