• Plays For The Pint-Sized

    For The Playdate Crowd, Children’s Theater Has It All: Big Laughs, Crazy Adventures And Happy Endings

    By Eric Messinger

    New
    York City is
    the theater capital of the world—and that goes for children’s theater, too—with
    more than ten well-established companies producing Broadway-like entertainment
    for kids of all ages. Offering on-stage specialties ranging from modern adaptations
    of fairytales to cutting-edge fun, no two companies are quite alike—and they
    are all worth getting to know.

    13th Street
    Repertory
    :
    This veteran company
    typically has a few beloved children’s shows in rotation. 13thstreetrep.org
    Now Showing:
    Wiseacre Farm and Rumple
    Who?

    Galli Theater: 25 years old and still standing strong, the Galli’s special way of
    connecting with kids is through fresh adaptations of classic fairytales,
    presenting up to ten productions a year. gallitheaterny.com
    Coming Soon:
    Frog Prince (Jan. 7–29); Aladdin
    (Jan. 8-Feb. 26)

    Literally Alive: Now in their 12th season, Literally Alive produces musicals based on
    classic children’s literature. Plus, there’s always a pre-show arts workshop
    for added fun. literallyalive.com
    Coming Soon:
    Alice in
    Wonderland
    (Feb. 12-May 20)

    Manhattan Children’s
    Theatre
    :
    Celebrating their 10th
    anniversary this year, the Tribeca-based company offers a mix of classic and
    new productions, while still trying to keep it as affordable for families as
    possible. mctny.com
    Now Showing:
    Giggle, Giggle, Quack

    Making
    Books Sing
    :
    This critically acclaimed non-profit serves up a unique mix of literacy
    and musical theater with its lively reproductions of contemporary children’s
    books. makingbookssing.org
    Coming Soon:
    The Butterfly (Apr. 14-29)

    The New Victory Theater: While not strictly a producer of plays, the famed
    New Victory—one of the long-time anchors of the revitalized Times Square—features theatrical productions in its mix of
    cutting-edge live entertainment for families. newvictory.org
    Coming Soon:
    Rumplestiltskin (Jan. 6-8); Miss
    Ophelia
    (Jan. 13-15); Hands Up!
    (Jan. 18- 22); Wuthering Heights, Restless
    Souls
    (Jan. 27-29)

    The Paper Bag Players: This forward-thinking troupe is noted for its
    creative repurposing of common household objects into cheerful sets, costumes
    and props to bring its hilarious song-and-dance routines to life. thepaperbagplayers.org
    Coming Soon:
    The
    Paper Bag Players Laugh! Laugh! Laugh!
    (Jan. 28-Feb. 12)

    Puppetworks, Inc.: The legendary Nicolas Coppola has been entertaining families with his
    marionette theater in Brooklyn for over 30 years. Simply amazing. puppetworks.org
    Coming Soon:
    The Steadfast Tin Soldier &
    Nutcracker Sweets
    (Jan. 7-8); Puss in Boots (Jan. 14-Apr. 5)

    Swedish Cottage
    Marionette Theatre
    : The long-time Central Park staple can always be
    counted on for top-notch puppet plays.
    cityparksfoundation.org
    Coming Soon: Little
    Miss Muffet’s Monster-Sitting Service
    (Begins Jan. 17)

    TADA! Youth Theater: Noted for their acting classes, TADA! also sponsors
    professional-quality musical theater throughout the year with casts of totally talented
    kids. tadatheater.com
    Coming Soon:
    The History Mystery (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)

    Tribeca Performing Arts Center &
    TheatreworksUSA:
    We’ve put these
    veteran institutions together because many of the family shows at BMCC Tribeca
    Performing Arts are Theatreworks productions. tribecapac.org, theatreworksusa.org
    Coming Soon
    : Henry & Mudge (Feb.
    26)

    Vital Theatre Company: A high-profile theater group whose family
    division specializes in musical theater for young children. The present productions
    are at several Upper West
    Side locations. vitaltheatre.org
    Coming Soon:
    The Bully (Jan. 14-Feb. 16)


    For more shows to see
    with your kids, visit our FAMILY
    CALENDAR
    .

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