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.

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)

DISNEY’S THE LION KING – September 12-29, 2018

A lively stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning 1994 Disney film, The Lion King is the story of a young lion prince living in the flourishing African Pride Lands. Born into the royal family, precocious cub Simba spends his days exploring the sprawling savanna grasslands and idolizing his kingly father, Mufasa, while youthfully shirking the responsibility his position in life requires. When an unthinkable tragedy, orchestrated by Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar, takes his father’s life, Simba flees the Pride Lands, leaving his loss and the life he knew behind. Eventually companioned by two hilarious and unlikely friends, Simba starts anew. But when weight of responsibility and a desperate plea from the now ravaged Pride Lands come to find the adult prince, Simba must take on a formidable enemy, and fulfill his destiny to be king. A vibrant and exciting tale from the great creatives at Disney, The Lion King is a story of love and redemption that nobody should miss. For more information, please visit the show’s website.

Is Is The Lion King good for kids? The Lion King is appropriate for children of all ages

Run Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes (one intermission)

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS – November 27 – December 2, 2018

Discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage. Featuring the hit song “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grnich” and “Welcome Christmas”, The Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in the heart-warming holiday classic. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small”, decides to steal Christmas away from the holiday loving Whos. Celebrate the holidays with the show The New York Times calls “100 times better than any bedside story!”. For more information, please visit the show’s website.

Is How The Grinch Stole Christmas for kids? Yes! If you and your family love the story, you will all enjoy the musical.

Run time: 90 Minutes (no Intermission)

THE BOOK OF MORMON – December 18-23, 2018

This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language. For more information, please visit the show’s website.

Is The Book of Mormon good for kids? The Book of Mormon contains explicit language, so it is not appropriate for children. The show is best for adults only.

Run time: 2 Hours and 30 Minutes (one Intermission)

SCHOOL OF ROCK – January 29-February 3, 2019

Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within. For more information, please visit the show’s website.

Is School of Rock good for kids? Yes, for ages 8+. If you love the movie, you’ll enjoy the musical.

Run Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes (one intermission)

THE KING AND I – March 5-10, 2019

Two worlds collide in the Lincoln Center Theater production of this Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, which tells the story of the relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. Kids will delight in seeing the many children in the cast and hearing the memorable and upbeat songs. Parents should note that the show includes discussions on moral issues like slavery, and while there are moments of sadness, the feeling at the end of the performance is one of hopefulness and understanding.  For more information, please visit the show’s website.

Is The King and I good for kids? Yes, it is recommended for ages 8+.

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

WAITRESS – April 23-28, 2019

WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, but Jenna must summon the courage to rebuild her own life. For more information, please visit the show’s website.

Is Waitress good for kids? This musical is uplifting and heartwarming, but tackles mature themes like spousal abuse and infidelity. Recommended for high school students and up.

Run Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes (one intermission)

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