Author: Family Travel Forum Staff
Tags : Flee Market, Kids, Museums & Culture, New York, New York City, Teens, USA, Weekend & Short Break
NYC & Company is working to promote New York City's theatrical life with "NYC Broadway Week," a program to make theater more accessible to all visitors at 19 Broadway productions throughout Manhattan. The three-week promotion, which takes place from January 17 through February 5, offers two-for-one Broadway theater tickets for New Yorkers and visitors alike.
Tickets will be on sale at nycgo.com/broadwayweek so you'll have to act fast. Since its inception, NYC Broadway Week has sold 944,615 tickets and has generated $63.7 million in revenue so you know it's a hit.
Theaters participating in the two-for-one promotion are scattered throughout Manhattan, and offer a variety of drama, music, dance and more for all ages. Long-running shows such as The Lion King and Cats join new productions such as A Bronx Tale and Cirque du Soleil: Pramour, which our reviewer described as "the real crowd-pleaser, great Broadway value, with a silly and kid-friendly love story set in the 1930s-1940s Golden Age of Hollywood, a nostalgic score of show tunes performed by a live orchestra, a professional cast of 16 actors, and 22 amazing acrobats, jugglers, gymnasts, dancers and doers of death-defying feats you’d expect from Cirque du Soleil."
Productions participating in NYC Broadway Week:
• A Bronx Tale
• August Wilson’s Jitney
• Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
• Chicago The Musical
• Cirque du Soleil Paramour
• Dear Evan Hansen**
• The Front Page
• In Transit
• Kinky Boots
• The Lion King
• Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
• Oh, Hello**
• On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan
• The Phantom of the Opera
• School of Rock
*Subject to availability. Blackout dates may apply. **Extremely limited performances/tickets available.
While the FTF staff has not seen everything showing in this great promotion, we can say that Kinky Boots and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical are really great with older teens, and Cats is just great entertainment and thrilling for tweens and younger kids.
Another show we love for kids, The Gazillion Bubble Show is celebrating its 10th birthday. While we think this show is ideal with very little ones, your 10-year-olds will love it too. Just ask the half a million people who have seen the last 3,500 performances at New World Stages (340 West 50 Street). Their new season runs Friday through Sunday beginning Febuary 15, 2017, so if you're in town for awhile you can see a lot of theater.
This is how our reviewer, Steve Ramkissoon, described his family outing to the "Gazillion Bubble Show" --
"So, here we were with our 2 year-old and 5 year-old, about to be whisked away to this magical bubble world. Fan Yang, who invented the special solution that is used with his bubble toys, proved to be quite the showman. He created both big and small bubbles, even encasing the smaller ones in the larger bubbles. His use of fog within the bubble was amazing, especially when he created replicas of huge wedding rings. This level of excitement was also generated by his bubble 'snowfall. The show lasts for 80 minutes with no intermission, but it kept the whole audience interested."
And if you're planning to be in New York during the next few weeks, be sure to keep this other promotion in mind. With good timing, you can take advantage of the first-ever NYC Attractions Week which will offer New Yorkers and visitors discounted admission to popular tours, culture and performing arts at 74 participants across all five boroughs. Top tours and sights include Gray Line CitySightseeing New York Bus Tours, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, New York Water Taxi, On Location Tours, Madame Tussauds New York, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Modern Art, One World Observatory, Bronx Zoo, Museum of the Moving Image, and Staten Island Museum.