The Broadway in Louisville Family Guide


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.


The hills are alive! A brand new production of The Sound of Music, directed by Jack O’Brien, is coming to Louisville. The spirited, romantic, and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy, and Academy Award-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. “We plan to look more closely at this remarkable work—to tear off the varnish of the past and reveal one of the great, fresh glories of musical theater,” says three-time Tony Award-winning Director Jack O’Brien. The Sound of Music features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta von Trapp. The Sound of Music enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December 2013 (seen by over 44 million people); 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. For more information, please visit the show’s website.

Is The Sound of Music good for kids? The Sound of Music is a happy family musical that is suitable for all ages.

Run time: 2 Hours and 40 Minutes (15 minute Intermission)

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID – FEBRUARY 14–19, 2017

Set under and above the high seas, The Little Mermaid tells the story of Ariel, an adventurous young mermaid who’s got a thing for disobeying the rules and following her heart. Ariel’s fascination with the human world often leads her to the sea surface, a zone that’s designated as “off-limits” by her father Triton, the sea king. One day while sneaking to the surface, Ariel witnesses a shipwreck and rescues Prince Eric, with whom she become instantly smitten. Furious at Triton’s inability to understand her love for the prince, Ariel runs away and strikes a deal with Ursula, Triton’s evil witch of a sister, to experience the life she dreams of on land. For more information, please visit the show’s website.

Is The Little Mermaid good for kids? Of course! The Little Mermaid is perfect for kids: colorful costumes, onstage magic and comic performances make this musical a great early Broadway outing for young theatergoers.

Run time: 2 Hours and 30 Minutes (15 minute Intermission)


This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzled audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Audiences will witness stunning acts of grand illusion, levitation, mind-reading, disappearance and for the first time ever in history, a full view water torture escape. Performed by the acclaimed escapologist Andrew Basso, he will hold his breath for over 4 minutes while attempting to escape from his underwater cell. This group of world-class performers take their cue from the showmanship of the great illusionists of the past - such as Harry Houdini – and pair it with a new and updated contemporary aesthetic, whose set and costume design lend the genre a theatricality and artistry that has rarely been seen before. Collectively, these performers have been seen by millions of people around the world and this production showcases their incredible talents together on stage for the very first time. For more information, please visit the show’s website.

Is The Illusionists good for kids? Children of all ages will be amazed and dazzled by the spectacles and tricks. Some acts may seem scary. The Illusionists is recommended for kids ages 7 and up.

Run time: 2 Hours (15 minute Intermission)

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)


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)

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