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I work in a call center where I suggest shows for people to attend. One thing this summer is many of the shows we have offers for aren't really kid friendly. No Lion King. Yes, MP - but most have already taken their children. I've been suggesting Billy Elliot but then I thought back to some of my first shows and my mom took me to see this show when I was ten. What do you think is an appropriate age to see this musical? I think it's a great musical for the whole family with beautiful music and dancing.

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I saw WSS (At the Palace) and had a 'family' behind me. The Children were SO OBNOXIOUS. Clapping when it was over, asking for their iPod Touches for Act 2. Talking.

I think <14 year olds will find it boring.


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Agreed. When I was in 8th grade, my class watched it, and only two people enjoyed it (I was one of them).


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I saw it onstage for the first time when I was about ten and I loved it. But your typical kid? Maybe not.

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I would have loved to have had the opportunity to see it live when I was younger. I still never have seen a live production (though that will likely change soon).
Content wise- I see nothing wrong with it, but individual parents would need to use their discretion to decide whether or not to take their children. They would know best if th children would like it, behave appropriately if they did not, appreciate it etc

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I loved it when I was ten, but like shakalakababy, I probably wasn't that normal. Not to mention I had just learned all about "Romeo & Juliet" in school, and I was a big fan of "Animaniacs" and had already seen that show's WSS parody. A kid introduced to the show without those foundations in his/her mind might appreciate it less well.


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Depends on your child ...

Just make sure that they are at least somewhat familiar (like, movie maybe?) with the show before hand.

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kozafluitmusique wrote:
Depends on your child ...

Just make sure that they are at least somewhat familiar (like, movie maybe?) with the show before hand.


Agree with that. Buff Jnr has seen me rehearse shows and toured the sets but not seen me perform. He's a bit young for some of the adult concepts and sitting for 2 - 3 hours :wink:

Having said that, Mrs Buff and I are talking about taking him to see Mary Poppins

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I remeber that I watched the movie of musical when I was ten and it was boring as ,but after i devoleped a love for musicals I saw the stage show at 13 and I absouloutley loved it. It Just depends on what sort of things your childs into whether it's acting singing or dancing or even they could enjoy it just looking at the set and how seeing amazingly it was made. :)


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I would say no when it comes to the West Side Story revival on Broadway or the tour of the revival that is currently going around. I don't think kids would understand it and their parents would have to explain the storyline to them and what is happening. Also, for the sake of art and theatre, don't see the revival as your first time seeing West Side Story. The modern additions personally kill the great show that it is.

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If the revival isn't their first exposure to WSS, what do you recommend it should be?

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ActingDude17 wrote:
If the revival isn't their first exposure to WSS, what do you recommend it should be?

A community theatre production or even the movie. All I ask is see the show the way it was meant to be with the 1950's time period and not the modernized version.

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