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The Broadway in Indianapolis Family Guide

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We believe that sharing the theatre with youngsters can be a life-changing experience. We also understand that not all productions may appeal to or be appropriate for all audience members, especially children. We encourage patrons to familiarize themselves with the presentations in order to make informed decisions prior to purchasing tickets. Please use this content guide as well as the show’s official websites as resources in helping determine if a production is right for you and your family. If you have any questions or want to talk further about show content, just call us at 317.632.5181. Generally, if your child can pay attention to a full-length movie at the cinema, they will probably enjoy a theatrical event. All children must have a ticket, regardless of age.

FINDING NEVERLAND – October 17-22, 2017

Finding Neverland is Broadway’s biggest new hit and the winner of Broadway.com's Audience Choice Award for Best Musical! Directed by visionary Tony winner Diane Paulus, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. Finding Neverland is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR). For more information, please visit the show’s website.

Is Finding Neverland good for kids? Finding Neverland is appropriate for children of all ages.

Run Time: 2 hours, 35 minutes (one intermission)

A CHRISTMAS STORY THE MUSICAL – November 28-December 3, 2017

Based on the perennial holiday movie favorite, the story takes place in 1940’s Indiana, where a bespectacled boy named Ralphie wants only one thing for Christmas: an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle! A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa, and a triple dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. The Associated Press calls A Christmas Story The Musical “a joyous Christmas miracle,” while The New York Times writes “I was dazzled. You’d have to have a Grinch-sized heart not to feel a smile spreading across your face. A Christmas Story- The Musical is a triple-dog-dare of a good time and it is sure to warm your heart this holiday season! For more information, please visit the show’s website.

Is A Christmas Story for kids? Yes! If you and your family love the movie, you will all enjoy the musical.

Run time: 2 Hours and 25 Minutes (one Intermission)

Beautiful: The Carol King Musical – January 30-February 4, 2018

Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.For more information, please visit the show’s website.

Is Beautiful: The Carol King Musical good for kids? Beautiful is appropriate for the entire family, but very young children may not be interested in this 1950s-era biography. The show is best for pop music lovers age 11 and up.

Run time: 2 Hours and 20 Minutes (one Intermission)

LES MISERABLES – March 13-18, 2018

Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck, cheering “Les Miz is born again!” (NY1). Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring the thrilling score and beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars," “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Seen by more than 70 million people in 44 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, Les Misérables is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 32nd year. For more information, please visit the show’s website.

Is Les Misérables good for kids? Les Misérables is good for kids ages 12 and up.

Run Time: 2 hours, 55 minutes (one intermission)

WICKED – April 25-May 13, 2018

Back by “Popular” demand. Variety calls Wicked "a cultural phenomenon,” and it continues to break box office records and sell out in record time. Winner of over 100 international awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, Wicked is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One—born with emerald green skin—is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for "the most complete—and completely satisfying—new musical in a long time" (USA Today).For more information, please visit the show’s website.

Is Wicked good for kids? Wicked is good for children ages 8 and up.

Run Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes (one intermission)

RENT – June 12-17, 2018

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway...and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s Rent continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, Rent follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love. For more information, please visit the show’s website.

Is Rent good for kids? Rent is a story which addresses adult themes and controversial issues. Parental guidance is suggested. It is not recommended for children under 13.

Run Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes (one intermission)

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