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The Broadway in Louisville Family Guide

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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 any show’s content, just call us at 502-561-1003. 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.

RIVERDANCE – APRIL 10–12, 2017

The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music, and song. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland - in rock, music, theatre and film - nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality, and the spectacle of Riverdance. For more information, please visit the show’s website.



Is Riverdance good for kids? Riverdance can really cater to anyone’s needs. It has something for everybody and it’s also a family show. It’s got the long line of synchronized Irish dancers that it’s uniquely famous for, with incredible choreography.

Run time: 2 Hours (15 minute Intermission)

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL – MAY 16–21, 2017

The fascinating life of one of pop music’s greatest performers and songwriters takes center stage in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. The show begins just before Brooklyn native Carol Klein composes her first hit song, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” in 1959 when she is 17, pregnant and newly married to 20-year-old lyricist Gerry Goffin. In the decade that follows, King and Goffin produce a string of classic hits while forming a lasting friendship with another composing couple, Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. When Carole’s personal life begins falling apart, she responds by stepping out of the shadows with Tapestry, a deeply personal collection of songs that becomes one of the best-selling albums of all time. For more information, please visit the show’s website.



Is Beautiful good for kids? Beautiful is appropriate for the entire family, but very young children may not be interested in this 1950s-era biography. The show is best for pop music lovers age 11 and up.

Run time: 2 Hours and 20 Minutes (15 minute Intermission)

KINKY BOOTS – JUNE 13–18, 2017

Based on a true story and the indie film of the same name, Kinky Boots follows young Brit Charlie Price, who abandons his family’s shoe factory to live with his demanding girlfriend in London. After the unexpected death of his father, Charlie returns to the struggling factory and finds it’s up to him to figure out a way to keep the business alive. Enter Lola, a fabulous drag queen, who gives Charlie the idea to create ladies’ shoes for men. Soon, the factory is turning out “kinky boots” under the supervision of Charlie and Lola, but can this harebrained scheme actually work? And can these two extremely different men find a common ground and become real friends? For more information, please visit the show’s website.



Is Kinky Boots good for kids? While Kinky Boots provides a fabulous night out for adults and teens, parents of young theatergoers may want to do further research to see if this show is for their kids. We recommend this article to start. The show contains some talk about sex, cross-dressing and other adult themes, but contains no profane language, violence, or sexual situations. Recommended for ages 12+. Advisory: Adult themes.

Run time: 2 Hours and 20 Minutes (15 minute Intermission)

MAMMA MIA! – JULY 21-23, 2017

Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives!



Is Is Mamma Mia! good for kids? Mamma Mia! is most appropriate for children ages 8+. The central plotline centers on a character trying to determine which of her mother’s boyfriends is her biological father, a plot element that may be over the head of younger audience members. The show also contains mild sexual innuendo.

Run Time: 2 Hours and 30 Minutes (15 minute intermission)

FINDING NEVERLAND – OCTOBER 24-29, 2017

Based on the critically-acclaimed film, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. This entertaining musical uses all sorts of good old-fashioned Broadway magic. The story has deep emotional themes, including grief and the death of a parent, and mature topics like marriage challenges. Some scenes featuring Captain Hook could be scary for very young children. FINDING NEVERLAND is recommended for ages 7 and up. For more information, please visit the show’s website.

Run Time: 2 hours, 35 minutes (1 intermission)

DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL – NOVEMBER 28-DECEMBER 3, 2017

Re-discover the magic of Dr. Seuss' classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage. Originally conceived by the three time Tony Award-winning director Jack O'Brien, the whimsical world of Whoville is beautifully realized by an A-list creative team in this delightful musical production.

Featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” The Grinch discovers there's more to Christmas than he bargained for in this 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. Don't miss this record-breaking Broadway hit this holiday season. Recommended for all ages. For more information, please visit the show’s website.

Run Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes (no intermission)

CHICAGO – JANUARY 23-28, 2018

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.

Run Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes (1 intermission)

RENT – FEBRUARY 16-17, 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. Recommended for ages 13 and up. For more information, please visit the show’s website.

Run Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes (1 intermission)

SCHOOL OF ROCK – MARCH 13-18, 2018

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.

Run Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes (1 intermission)

LES MISERABLES – APRIL 10-15, 2018

Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck, cheering “Les Miz is born again!” (NY1). Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring the thrilling score and beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars," “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Seen by more than 70 million people in 44 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, Les Misérables is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 32nd year. Recommended for ages 12 and up. For more information, please visit the show’s website.

Run Time: 2 hours, 55 minutes (1 intermission)

WAITRESS – JUNE 26-JULY 1, 2018

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. This musical is uplifting and heartwarming, but tackles mature themes like spousal abuse and infidelity. Recommended for high school students and up. For more information, please visit the show’s website.

Run Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes (1 intermission)

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