Instead of going away over the Easter Holidays we decided to have lots of days out and treats, as part of this we managed to get to see a few musicals which got us talking and thinking about what our top musicals have been over the years. Thanks to ‘Kids Week’ we have managed to take the children to see several shows at a really reasonable price, combining that with booking the cheaper tickets, earlier at our local theatre in Birmingham, we have seen most of the popular shows, so here are our 5 family friendly musicals.
5. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
This is a great musical for families, it is relatively short and children form part of the cast. The plot is easy to follow, the set and costumes are bright and colourful and the songs are catchy. We were lucky enough to see it both in London with Sheridan Smith as the Narrator and whilst on tour with Alexander Burke. We also got to see Jason Donovan as Pharoah which was a great blast from the past! A really great first experience of a musical for younger ones!
Review of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at Blackpool Winter Gardens
Review of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in Liverpool
4. Back to the Future
True enough to the original film for the fans and captivating enough for those who didn’t grow up in the 80’s, this is a brilliant musical. Honestly, it is worth going just to see the special effects involving the car! The music is classically 1980’s and there is a great balance of romance and comedy throughout. It is currently playing in London at the Adelphi Theatre and is a great show for all ages. We sat in the Circle and without giving too much away, it gave us a great view for the final scene!
3. Disney’s Newsies
Based around the true story of the newsboys of New York and their strike in 1899, this show contains the most spectacular choreography of any show I have seen. The songs are catchy, and the dancing is exceptional. If you want to read more about the show you can read our review of Disney’s Newsies Musical here.
Based around the classic story of The Wizard of Oz, Wicked is a brilliant story with epic songs and costumes. The story provides you with insight into several of the key characters from The Wizard of Oz all centred around the lead characters Glinda and Elphaba. This is one for all ages who will get something from the show, it is a real feast for the senses throughout and a musical we have luckily been able to see more than once!
This has come up as our top Musical time and time again. The songs are played on car journeys and sung repeatedly and the quotes from the show are used in daily conversation as part of our regular family dialogue! Admittedly not one for younger children due to content and language, this is certainly a bit hit with tweens and parents alike. If you get a chance to go and see it, don’t hesitate!