The Broadway in Cincinnati Family Guide


We believe that sharing the theatre with youngsters can be a life-changing experience, but some shows are more family friendly than others. Our guidelines below can give you a general idea of what might be appropriate, but you know your child best. If you have questions or want to talk further about any show’s content, just call us at 800.294.1816.

Generally, if your child can pay attention to a full-length movie at the cinema, he or she will probably enjoy a theatrical event. Many shows suggest no children under the age of 4. All children must have a ticket, regardless of age.


Based on the hit film, SCHOOL OF ROCK follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star who turns a class of straight-A students into grade-A rockers. The musical features a cast full of children, who play their own instruments in the rock band, and is a fun and inspiring show for kids. There is some adult language, but in general this delightful show is family friendly. Recommended for ages 8 and up. For more information, please visit the show's website.

Running time: 2 hours, 15 minutes (1 intermission)


Devilish and delightful, CHICAGO is a Broadway landmark that utilizes very minimal scenery and simple costumes to deliver one big musical bang after another. With one great showstopper after the next, the score keeps the story moving at a gunshot pace. The scantily-clad dancers perform iconic Fosse choreography, which is still as steamy and sexy today as it was when CHICAGO first appeared in 1975. Although it’s simple in its presentation, kids who appreciate Broadway will certainly respond to the exciting theatricality of this hit show. Parents should be warned of the show’s hot topics, including murder, violence and adultery, as well as some off-color dialogue. Recommended for ages 13 and up. For more information, please visit the show's website.

Running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes (1 intermission)


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. Recommended for children 8 and up. For more information, please visit the show's website.

Running time: 2 hours, 55 minutes (1 intermission)


ALADDIN is a gorgeously produced show that’s a delight from start to finish. The beloved characters from Disney’s 1992 animated hit are given fresh life, including the Genie, who leads two show-stopping musical numbers. The costumes and set design are among the most beautiful on Broadway, and Aladdin and Jasmine’s magic carpet ride to “A Whole New World” inspires gasps of delight. Children of all ages will be wowed by the story, the songs, the staging and the spectacle of ALADDIN. This is a must-see for families and a show kids will never forget. We recommend that children be at least 6 years old to attend a performance of ALADDIN. All guests require a ticket, regardless of age. For more information, please visit the show's website.

Running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes (1 intermission)


THE BOOK OF MORMON won nine Tony Awards including Best Musical. It is from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of SOUTH PARK, and Robert Lopez, co-creator of Avenue Q. NOTE: THE BOOK OF MORMON contains explicit language. For more information, please visit the show's website.

Running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes (1 intermission)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl’s treasured tale is the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Children will delight in the world of Willy Wonka. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is recommended for ages 6+.

Running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes (including one intermission)

The Play That Goes Wrong

This show will delight audiences of all ages with its silly antics and madcap comedy. What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You'd get The Play That Goes Wrong. This smash comedy is a classic murder mystery gone awry, chock full of mishaps and madcap mania.

Running Time: 2 hours (including one intermission)


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. Rent is a story which addresses adult themes and controversial issues. Parental guidance is suggested. It is not recommended for children under 13.

Running time: 2 hours, 40 minutes (including one intermission)

Fiddler on the Roof

This new product brings a fresh take on a beloved masterpiece to life. Rich with musical hits you know and love, including "Tradition;" "Sunrise, Sunset;' "If I Were A Rich Man;' and "Matchmaker, Matchmaker", this new production is appropriate for most ages.

Running time: 2 hours, 55 minutes (including one intermission)


Hamilton is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now. Hamilton is appropriate for ages 10+, as there is some strong language.

Running time: 2 hours, 45 minutes (including one intermission)

On Your Feet!

On Your Feet! tells the stofy of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, from their humble beginnings in Cuba to breaking through all barriers to become a sensation at the top of the pop music world. On Your Feet! is a family-friendly show, but there are a few moments containing strong language.

Running time: 2 hours, 15 minutes (including one intermission)

Miss Saigon

The epic story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim. In a bar run by a notorious character called The Engineer, Kim meets an American G.I. That encounter will change their lives forever. Miss Saigon contains some scenes and language which may not be suitable for younger audience members, including scenes of a sexual nature. Miss Saigon is recommended for ages 12+.

Running time: 2 hours, 40 minutes (including one intermission)

Dear Evan Hansen

All his life, Evan Hansen has felt invisible. But when a tragedy thrusts him into the center of a rapidly evolving controversy, he is given the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to be somebody else. The show has some strong language and deals with serious and sensitive issues faced by adolescents. Dear Evan Hansen is recommended for ages 12+.

Running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes (including one intermission)


Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater—"Memory”. Children will be transfixed by the human-size felines that interact with the audience throughout the show. Energetic choreography, imaginative costumes, the unique cat makeup and an amazing set help create a visually and musically spectacular experience for all ages.

Running time: 2 hours, 40 minutes (including one intermission)

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