The Broadway in Indianapolis Family Guide


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.

CINDERELLA – November 15-20, 2016

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of Oklahoma! and The King and I that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream... or a really great pair of shoes. For more information, please visit the show page.

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

Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes (One 15 minute Intermission)

THE SOUND OF MUSIC – January 10-15, 2017

The hills are alive! A brand new production of The Sound of Music, directed by Jack O’Brien, is coming to Indianapolis. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. “We plan to look more closely at this remarkable work—to tear off the varnish of the past and reveal one of the great, fresh glories of musical theater,” says three-time Tony Award-winning Director Jack O’Brien. The Sound of Music features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta von Trapp. The Sound of Music enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December 2013 (seen by over 44 million people); 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. For more information, please visit the show page.

Is The Sound of Music good for kids? This musical is known by everybody and is suitable for all ages. The Sound of Music is a happy family musical with no sex, violence, or bad language.

Run time: 2 Hours and 40 Minutes (One 15 minute Intermission)

THE LITTLE MERMAID – February 7-12, 2017

Set under and above the high seas, The Little Mermaid tells the story of Ariel, an adventurous young mermaid who’s got a thing for disobeying the rules and following her heart. Ariel’s fascination with the human world often leads her to the sea surface, a zone that’s designated as “off-limits” by her father Triton, the sea king. One day while sneaking to the surface, Ariel witnesses a shipwreck and rescues Prince Eric, with whom she become instantly smitten. Furious at Triton’s inability to understand her love for the prince, Ariel runs away and strikes a deal with Ursula, Triton’s evil witch of a sister, to experience the life she dreams of on land. For more information, please visit the show page.

Is The Little Mermaid good for kids? Of course! The Little Mermaid is perfect for kids: colorful costumes, onstage magic and comic performances make this musical a great early Broadway outing for young theatergoers. Parents should take note that the show runs just shy of two and a half hours.

Run time: 2 Hours and 30 Minutes (One 15 minute Intermission)

JERSEY BOYS – February 28-March 5, 2017

Jersey Boys is a musical biography of the Four Seasons—the rise, the tough times and personal clashes, and the ultimate triumph of a group of friends whose music became symbolic of a generation. Far from a mere tribute concert (though it does include numbers from the popular Four Seasons songbook), Jersey Boys gets to the heart of the relationships at the center of the group—with a special focus on frontman Frankie Valli, the small kid with the big falsetto. In addition to following the quartet’s coming of age as performers, the core of the show is how an allegiance to a code of honor learned in the streets of their native New Jersey got them through a multitude of challenges: gambling debts, Mafia threats and family disasters. Jersey Boys is a glimpse at the people behind a sound that has managed to endure for over four decades in the hearts of the public. For more information, please visit the show page.

Is Jersey Boys good for kids? Although Jersey Boys snaps along at a pace easy for younger audiences to follow, it is not really a show for young children: they won’t get the heavy nostalgia factor, and parents may find themselves cringing at sexual innuendo (“Oh, What a Night!” indeed), infidelity, the (offstage) death of a child, enough swearing to make a truck driver on the Jersey Turnpike blush and other behavior you might expect from four tough guys touring from sold-out concert to sold-out concert.

Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes (One 15 minute Intermission)

MOTOWN – March 28-April 2, 2017

It began as one man's story… became everyone's music… and is now Broadway's musical. Motown The Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Now, experience it live on stage in the record-breaking smash hit Motown The Musical! For more information, please visit the show page.

Is Motown The Musical good for kids? Motown The Musical is an entertaining show for all ages. Theatergoers will love the show’s energetic dance numbers and nonstop music. The show contains minimal adult language and references.

Running Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes (One 15 minute Intermission)

KINKY BOOTS – May 16-21, 2017

Based on a true story and the indie film of the same name, Kinky Boots follows young Brit Charlie Price, who abandons his family’s shoe factory to live with his demanding girlfriend in London. After the unexpected death of his father, Charlie returns to the struggling factory and finds it’s up to him to figure out a way to keep the business alive. Enter Lola, a fabulous drag queen, who gives Charlie the idea to create ladies’ shoes for men. Soon, the factory is turning out “kinky boots” under the supervision of Charlie and Lola, but can this harebrained scheme actually work? And can these two extremely different men find a common ground and become real friends? For more information, please visit the show page.

Is Kinky Boots good for kids? While KINKY BOOTS provides a fabulous night out for adults and teens, parents of young theatergoers may want to do further research to see if this show is for their kids. We recommend this article to start. The show contains some talk about sex, cross-dressing and other adult themes, but contains no profane language, violence, or sexual situations. Recommended for ages 12+. Advisory: Adult themes.

Run time: 2 Hours and 20 Minutes (One 15 minute Intermission)

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