Camp Broadway’s Best of the Year 2016
Camp Broadway’s team is filled with regular theatergoers who love seeing all the new shows every season. At this time of the year, we love looking back on our nights at the theatre to remember the shows that are our favorites for theatre-loving kids and their families. With kudos to all the great shows produced in 2016, here’s Camp Broadway’s Best of the Year—
Note: A show was to have opened between January 1, 2016 and December 20, 2016 in order to be considered eligible. Our evaluation criteria includes the following: appropriateness for kids, ages 8-18; enjoyability for parents and adults; quality of storytelling; quality of performances; and quality of various artistic elements (costumes, scenic design, lighting, and sound,).
CELEBRATING ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
1. SCHOOL OF ROCK
The kids who attended Camp Broadway last summer are unanimous that School of Rock is their favorite show of the season. Based on the popular 2003 film about a down-on-his-luck rocker named Dewey Finn. He poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school where he creates a curriculum based on rock in roll and turns his class of straight A students into a guitar shredding, bass slapping rock band. Andrew Lloyd Webber has created a new musical that is clever, fun and perfect for the entire family. The show is a blast and the cast is beyond awesomely talented. You’ll be dancing in the aisle or singing along like a rock star. Book this show in the new year, School of Rock.
Cats, the Now and Forever musical, is back on Broadway to be enjoyed by a new generation of theatergoers. This production features a cast of 37 talented purr-formers and the original Tony Award-winning costume and set design. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. Having played in over 30 countries in 15 languages, this is one of Broadway’s most famous shows. This summer, Camp Broadway will celebrate the prolific career of by Andrew Lloyd Webber at The Next Step.
FOR THE DISCERNING YOUNG THEATERGOER
3. DEAR EVAN HANSEN
Critics and audiences alike are cheering for Dear Evan Hansen by the Tony Award-nominated composing team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and playwright Steven Levenson. This new musical is about a letter Evan writes that was never meant to be seen and his hope for a life he never thought he could have. Dear Evan Hansen is both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary about how we love, feel and survive in the modern world. It is recommended for an audience ages 12 and over. CLICK HERE to read more about the production.
4. A BRONX TALE
Based on the critically acclaimed play that inspired the now classic film, A Bronx Tale transports audiences to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s—where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. The show features an amazing cast lead by Broadway pros Bobby Conte Thornton and Nick Cordero, as well as the scene-stealing newcomer Hudson Loverro as the young Calogero. Don’t miss it. A Bronx Tale is recommended for ages 12 and older. CLICK HERE to read more about the production.
PARENT’S NIGHT OUT
Our recipe for a great date includes good wine, great food and tickets to Waitress, a delightful musical confection featuring music and lyrics by Grammy nominee, Sara Bareilles, and starring Tony Award-winner, Jessie Mueller. Inspired by the film of the same name, Waitress is an uplifting musical celebrating motherhood and friendship in a story about a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna, who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. The smell of a home-made apple pie will meet you at the doors of the theater where vendors are selling miniature pies that are baked daily. The show is recommended for ages 14 and older. CLICK HERE to read more about the production.